Uganda Youth Entrepreneur Conference Is Now!

Over 20,000 Expected, God at Work

I’m back at it. Uganda. Youth Ablaze 2018. September 3rd. This time I’m not fighting it like I used to. I am fighting it, just not with the same intensity and self-righteousness. (I was wondering why I’m not, to tell you the truth.) Every year I agree to go to Uganda. This will be the […]

How I Made Myself Feel Small

And What I Changed from the Experience

“Not everybody thinks I am helpful. There is this one guy in the startup community who really dislikes me,” I said. Here’s the story. I met with a founder and his team in 2009. They were bright, talented, and chasing what looked like a big problem in a growing market. I was asked to join […]

How I’m Learning to Get Real and Write from My Heart

The Pain and Gain of Transparency

“I always wanted to write a novel,” she said. I was having lunch with Michelle, a good friend who owns an advertising agency. I always admired her for her copywriting. Her writing, even in a simple email, was clear and to the point. When she wrote copy for a product, she had a way of tapping […]

Life Reimagined Confirmed

2 Realizations That Changed Everything

I was now an angel investor. I had one company which was kind of working, one not working, and one which was failing. The money was going out. Nothing was coming in. This was the result of my first two years of my reimagined career. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure I was […]

Don’t Be Confused

You Are Made in God’s Image

I was about to facilitate a leadership workshop in Uganda but wasn’t feeling right about it. I told Pastor Elijah, “I think I know what you want me to do, but I’m confused.” He said, “No. Do not say such things. You are not confused. We do not serve a God of confusion. We serve […]

My 5 Lessons from a Failed Angel Investment

John Richie was referred to me. My friend said, “John just became available. He was working for a fast-growth tech company, and now he is looking for his next big opportunity. He’s smart, hard-working, and of high integrity.” This would be the first time I laid eyes on John Richie. Little did I know we […]

The Power of the Second Question

An Insight Into What You Truly Value

I read a book review in the WSJ which caught my attention. The book is called Our Towns by Jay and Deborah Fallows. The Fallows wanted to find out the character which makes up the backbone of America. They flew a small plane to 50 cities over five years and interviewed hundreds of people in […]

Charlie’s Notebook

12 Thoughts for Entrepreneurs on Business, Life, and Success

12. God does not give a vision to be rich. He gives a vision to serve others. 11. Write your goals on paper. Do it for you. Your inner voice wants to speak to you. Ask and listen. 10. Listen. It is the essence of learning. It is the heart of understanding. It is the […]