How do you get a lot of ideas?

Don The Idea Guy Linus Pauling said the best way to get a good idea was to get a lot of ideas -- but the question then becomes, how do you get a lot of ideas? The answer is easy... DON THE IDEA GUY!

10 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Minimally Minimalist (or how to get rid of 400 books as slowly as possible)

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I have an addiction… Books. I can’t help myself. When I was growing up, books were the one thing my family always worked into the budget no matter how tight our finances might be. And not just trips to the library to participate in Summer Reading programs and borrow more books than we could carry, (which I absolutely […]

02 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

The Big Book of Unknown Things

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When my siblings and I were growing up, our mother never really got annoyed with the typical questions that precocious and curious kids are want to ask. She’d simply refer us to a resource where we could find out for ourselves. If my mother didn’t know the answer to one of my weird questions, she […]

01 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pointing and Leading

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Don’t just Point the way — Lead The Way. Leading doesn’t mean being at the front of the line. It means inspiring people with belief and confidence to follow, even if that means going out on a limb or skating on thin ice. Leaders may take the first steps, but they don’t walk alone.

04 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

31 Days of Ideas

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One of the great ideas I’ve run across online is something called #VEDA. Twice each year Amy Schmittauer of SavvySexySocial.com takes ownership of an internet meme called #VEDA — which stands for Video Every Day in August (or April …hence the twice-each-year…). While Amy didn’t personally create this month-long challenge to motivate individuals to commit […]

13 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Cause, Effect, Squeaky Wheels, and Newspapers

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I recently read couple of articles about the Newspaper industry and the online industry which, while not overtly interconnected, mesh together so well to relate a story-behind-the-story, I can’t help but think of a pithy spin on old cliche that my grandmother one said to me: “The squeaky wheel may get the grease, but sometimes […]

09 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Neatly Delivering Value

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Most salespeople turn off the value tap as soon as the transaction is complete. Successful sellers keep the relationship (and value) flowing. A while ago I backed a Kickstarter campaign for a smartphone tripod mount called the Glif. Production took a little longer than the creators predicted, in the end they delivered a great finished […]

07 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Fires and Flames

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Who lights your fire? Who fans your flames? Some people can fire you up, but you also need people who can turn up the heat and help push you to get things done. You likely have one or two people who inspire you to think big thoughts and explore big concepts. A lucky few of you have […]

23 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Magazine Revenue Ideas

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I recently participated in an hour-long brainstorm session with Ron McDaniel, leader of the Micro Mag Publishing community. We bounced around ideas for local publishers on the topics of non-traditional revenue generation, selling ideas (versus selling advertising), sponsorship opportunities, featured content ideas, how to stay motivated, and a myriad of other topics (until I ran […]

27 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Are You Building a Wall or a Bridge?

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The conversation regarding the building of a certain wall (and who will pay for said wall) is certainly a hot topic in the news these days, but this article is about more building metaphorical walls (and bridges) rather than physical (or political) ones. Rather than reading these words and thinking about national borders or politicians with tiny […]

09 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Calling it quits

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You have an idea and you fall in love with it. Maybe a little too much. But you struggle with the relationship and it doesn’t seem to love you as much as you love it. It eventually becomes an extremely one-sided relationship. You devote heart and soul to the idea, but there’s no reciprocation. Your […]