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April 28 , 2011

The Independent Life


All that definition-of-success stuff was invented to keep you asleep.

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The follow-up to the Amazon #1 Bestseller for Startups, The Independent Life picks up where It’s All Nonsense left off, with 20 unique, contrarian takes for anyone who isn’t satisfied with the status quo, anyone who wants to start something, create something, build something.

It doesn't matter if you want to be an entrepreneur or a writer or a corporate leader or a homemaker or a priest or a beach bum, The Independent Life speaks to anyone who wants to call their own shots.

The Independent Life
I'm still an entrepreneur. I still want to help entrepreneurs, but not just entrepreneurs.

Does Success Bring Happiness? Or Is It The Other Way Around?
The four key components to an independent and entrepreneurial life – Growth, Achievement, Success, and Happiness.

How To Be More Successful Right Now
Here are 10 things you can do, today, to start working towards success at the things you want to do with your life.

The Ballad of the Company Man
Frustration and fear kill way more entrepreneurial careers than running out of money does.

Why We Should Raid Corporate America For Talent
Just because they’re not slinging the code that's going to create the next unicorn, doesn't mean they shouldn't get involved with startup.

The False Promise of Retirement
The entire concept of retirement is foreign to me and, to be naively truthful with you, I pretty much live what I consider to be a semi-retired life now.

Why a Startup is Like a Rock Band
I've been putting together bands for as long as I can remember, and there are a ton of similarities that make startup easier to understand.

Where Do Great Ideas Come From?
If you ask a successful person where their ideas come from, and if they answer with anything other than some variation of – I don't know – they're bullshitting you.

Why You Should Be Themestorming
Themes, not ideas, are what ultimately make a startup successful. Great ideas are the engine. Themes are the hypothetical and nascent forms of undefined product, company, delivery, and market.

Your First Technical Hire
Where does the early, non-technical, shallow-pocketed founder turn for technical help?

How To Make Great Decisions
One of the most difficult skills for anyone to get their head around, let alone master, is solid decision making.

What To Do When People Won't Help You
If you're banging your head against the wall trying to get someone to help you, here's the best advice I can give you.

Do What You Hate
A lot of people hear startup, small business, and be your own boss, and equate that to having the freedom to do what you want. No.

Why You Need 30 Minutes Of Play
When you don't take the time to do the things you want do, every day, why the hell are you doing all the other stuff?

When Confidence Trumps Competence
It's an incredibly awesome feeling to walk into a situation you've never been in before and dominate just off your confidence.

Don't Be a Rock Star
The people who are the best at what they do are artists. Designers are artists, sure, but so are salespeople, managers, lawyers, and accountants.

How To Stop Spinning Your Wheels
Lost money you can make back. Lost stuff can be replaced. Lost friends are a body blow, but in most cases what we really lament is the time invested.

Don't Panic!
Fear is something you can't escape. You live with it and work with it. Panic is fear without bounds. If you are panicking, you should do nothing.

When Should You Seek Outside Investment?
If you need to ask when you should seek investment, I'm 99% sure you shouldn't be seeking investment yet.

What To Do When It All Goes To Hell
The first thing to do is to come to terms with how much this hurts. No one is immune to the pain and suffering that comes with failure or loss.

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