My 10 Items – Stripped Down Bug Out Bag

Recently a family member has turned me onto a TV show on The History Channel in which contestants are left fully alone in a wilderness survival situation and the person who “survives” the longest wins a sum of money. I really enjoy the TV show and one of the unique elements of the show is…

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What Do People Find When They Google Your Name?

There were 5 of us inside the cab of a Ford F350 driving back home from our week-long trip to SHOT Show in Las Vegas. 12 hours in the car doesn’t exactly go by quickly and somehow we got on the topic of what one finds when they type their own name into Google. I…

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Jacob Email Sins

I have a problem. I’m neurotic when it comes to email. I manage my inbox really carefully and I care too much about proper email etiquette. Over the years I’ve developed a list of what I’ve come to call Email Sins. Things that are just against any decent email etiquette and, in my opinion, should…

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Are You The Hero Or The Victim Of Your Story?

We all relate well to superhero stories. Who doesn’t love a story of someone swooping in to save everyone from a great calamity and criminal? As it relates to our own life story, I have found there are generally three types of characters; Heroes, Victims, and Bad Guys. Which are you? Sadly We Are All…

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Top Hacks For Hiring Amazing Employees

I used to dread the process. Trying to get applicants and then trying to guess who is the right person based on resumes… No wonder research suggests that odds of finding a good employee are about 50/50 no matter the hiring process or amount of resources dedicated to finding the right applicant.

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Good Business Books for Startups?

Naturally there are going to be some books that I would recommend for companies in certain industries and not others… but since your question is more generic… here is a generic list of books you should consider

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A Man Without Hobbies?

I don’t ever experience any feelings of missing these activities. If I really missed them with any significant amount of emotion I would find a way to engage in them again… but I don’t.

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The Killing Paradigms or Lies of Entrepreneurship

Thinking back on my various failed ventures I can always identify one of the two paradigms below as being the driving factor in my failure. When I talk to would be or starting out entrepreneurs I now more easily recognize when they are equally stuck in one of these paradigms. The biggest issue is that…

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