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Writer, Speaker and Entrepreneur

The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.—King Solomon

What I'm Reading: November 9, 2013

Reading has been, and continues to be, one of my favorite activities. There's nothing better than a good book and some time to kill. Unfortunately, I've yet to figure out how to make a living doing that! Here's what I'm currently reading with a few notes. Read more about What I'm Reading: November 9, 2013

The Secret to Work That I Learned During the Financial Crisis

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As a business owner I’m expected to love what I do because to many people owning a business is a dream that comes true for a select few. Of course, I did love my work for many years, but increasingly the business began to feel like a burden that I wanted to unload. Then the financial crisis of 2008 hit and changed everything I understood about work. Read more about The Secret to Work That I Learned During the Financial Crisis

Video: Seth Godin on Why Business Leaders Should Think Like Artists

In this video Seth Godin chats with Bryan Elliot about his thoughts on business and art.

I know Seth is popular, but I have a confession to make. I have always liked Seth's thinking, but have tended to avoid his work because of all the raving fans. I got turned off by all the corporate marketing zombies spouting Purple Cow madness. That said, I think Seth's work is moving away from marketing tips and tricks and towards helping people realize what work can be like in a world where people have intrinsic worth. The following clip is long, but I found it worth the time. What do you think?


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