[No. 2] People Need to Know You to Help You

14 Rules for Success in Business and Life

14. Personal growth comes from helping others succeed and grow, not simply working on yourself. Don’t make it about you! 13. Being too busy to listen to God is too busy, no matter the importance of other priorities. 12. Angel investors should only go deep in their areas of proficiency. Otherwise, they are a distraction […]

Are You Discerning Enough to Separate the Truth from the Delivery?

Advisers Have Bad Days, Too

“I met with Tom, and he was so mean. It put me off,” my entrepreneur friend said. I know Tom (not his real name). He meets with entrepreneurs all the time. He is smart and experienced. And he has the patience, empathy, and spirit of a counselor. Tom is the kind of person that really […]

Should You Attend My Upcoming Angel Investor Talk?

5:30 PM on April 16th at the Atlanta Tech Village

I am currently preparing a talk for the Atlanta Technology Angels. I’ll deliver it on April 16th at 5:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Tech Village. The title I’ve been assigned is “Paparelli’s Seven Criteria for an Angel Investment.” My audience will mostly be my fellow Atlanta angel investors. Whenever I give a talk, I like […]

No. 8: Put Everything Into Everything You Do

15 Friday: Thoughts for Entrepreneurs on Business, Life, Success

Here are 15 thoughts to inspire and encourage you as you pursue your entrepreneurial vision. 15. Do everything to the best of your ability. Set a personal standard of excellence. You may not always be the best, but you can be your best all the time. 14. Serve others by helping them achieve their dreams. […]

Is 37 Too Old to Start My Own Business?

Never Ignore Your Heart

“It is the perfect age to become an entrepreneur!” I’ve said this so many times over the years to men and women who shared with me their secret desire to start their own business. I struggled with this the entire time I was working for someone else, whether it was a corporation or another entrepreneur. […]

You’ll Be Missed Because of Your Relationships

Not Because of Your Accomplishments

“He is responsible for leading the project which resulted in the Meeting House. In fact, he was also responsible for naming it,” said the man who worked with Seb. As part of Seb’s eulogy, he told this story in great detail. He was a 20-year church member who was mentored by Seb and who grew […]

An Entrepreneur’s Success Depends on the Quality of Their Questions

What I Learned From My First Months as a Paid Coach

When I decided to get into coaching entrepreneurs, I had some high-minded ideas on how I wanted to help. I learned that what I think they need and what they need are two different things. I thought they needed holistic advice on business, family, and faith. After all, it is clear to me these three […]

How I Became an Angel Investor

And How I Learned the Hard Lesson That Typical Angel Investing Is Not for Me

In May of 1992, I left a startup on less than good terms. After leaving the corporate world, I was aching to get back into startups. I found one and jumped in as their chief operating officer and president. They had great intellectual property but couldn’t figure out how to monetize it. I had a […]

Announcing 15 Friday

Thoughts for Entrepreneurs on Business, Life, and Success

Thoughts strike me every week. It happens when I’m meeting with entrepreneurs, talking to fellow investors, or having dinner with Kathy. They aren’t stories. They are just thoughts God places in my head based on what I am experiencing right then. Some of these thoughts are new insights to me. Sometimes they are reminders of things […]

What’s the Right Way to Leave Money for Children?

My Struggle with Future Family Planning

Suddenly, it looked like for the first time, one of the businesses I invested in was really going to be worth something. I was 43 years old and into my third year of full-time angel investing. Up to this point, my net worth was edging downward month by month. I was married with four children, […]