4 Critical Steps for First-Time Entrepreneurs

“When I was at my lowest point, that’s when the worst people came into my life,” Aiden said. I was talking to Aiden (not his real name), an entrepreneur who started his company six years ago. He was 32 years old at the time and had market experience and vision. Aiden started by building a […]

What Type of Leader Are You?

“I’m not like Gary,” said my good friend Regi Campbell. “Gary thinks big. I remember he called me when he discovered satellite bandwidth was available. He called to brainstorm on the question, ‘What kind of business could I create with this bandwidth?’” Regi and Gary became friends while working on two different Cam Lanier companies. […]

My Mother’s Final Goodbye

I went to visit my mom at the hospital. She had stubbed her toe at our house during Christmas. Because of her advanced diabetes, the toe became infected and wouldn’t heal. She returned home to Florida, visited a doctor, and was immediately admitted to Parkway Hospital in Miami. Within a week, they amputated. They were […]

10 Leadership Best Practices

Profound Lessons from Jesus

I was asked to lead a leadership workshop. I wasn’t sure what to cover. The subject is so broad, and I was having difficulty knowing even where to start. My first step was to go to the internet and start researching leadership. I read all kinds of articles. I ended up watching videos from my […]

How God Helped Me to Shut Up, Listen, and Learn

I was escorted into Pastor Elijah’s office. There he stood on the other side of the door. He threw his hands out with the wingspan of an NBA player. As his arms spread, his jacket opened wide and revealed a red t-shirt imprinted with the words “Budapest Hungary.” His big smile just sucked me in. […]

Why Entrepreneurial Success Demands the Right Focus

And How the Wrong Focus Can Doom Your Venture

Tim Ferris asked the 30-year-old women’s tennis grand slam winner Maria Sharapova, “Where do you see the novice to intermediate players spending too much time or focusing too much? And where should they spend their time?” Sharapova answered, “They spend a lot of time on the outcome.” I was listening to a recent Tim Ferris […]

The Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Building a Winning Team

4 Critical Employee Traits Necessary for Success

“I want to keep people out, not let people in. I only want people who will be highly productive. The last thing I need is to pay someone $10,000 per month and get nothing for it,” said my brilliant entrepreneur friend Jim Grady. Jim Just Got Funding Jim closed his seed round at $1.4mm, which […]

3 Essential Skills to Being a Successful Executive

I remember sitting in a president’s meeting at Sterling Software. It was 1986 in Dallas, Texas. I was 33 years old and president of the vertical market software divisions. All twelve of us were in a glass conference room. We sat in our high back leather chairs edged up to a beautiful 30-foot oval mahogany […]

Why 35 Is the Golden Age for Blossoming into an Entrepreneur

5 Advantages You Have Over Twenty-Somethings

Something happens to a man at 35. I know because it happened to me, and it is still happening to men at that age. As an angel investor for almost 25 years, I continue to observe it. (I’m not sure about women. I can only speak as a man. If you’re a woman, I’d especially […]

Why the Impossible Connects the Most

A Tribute to David Cummings

I was lying in bed last night and checked my email one last time. I saw the daily email from my friend David Cummings and was shocked when I opened it. “Today marks blog post number 3,000! I’ve been blogging daily for over eight years, and it’s time to mark the end,” wrote David. David Cummings […]