The Quadrant of Happiness To-Do List Matrix

It's a new year. New resolutions. New plans. New ways to get everything done. I've tried every to-do list, prioritization plan, productivity model, and 4-hour workweek on the planet. And whiel some work better than others, I'm still searching for the perfect method. To do lists are a personalized phenomenon - what works best for a Sagittarius wi…

The Conspiracy Theorist’s Guide to the NFL Playoffs

(This is a work of fiction. I do not believe there is an NFL conspiracy. At least, I'm pretty sure there's not.) It's Playoff time! And our favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks, are seeded um,  wait a second?! No Seahawks in the Playoffs? So in order to keep these playoffs interesting, I'm going to make some predictions based on the ludicrous id…

10 Things To Do On New Year’s Day

The New Year is upon us. For many people, New Year's Eve means staying up past our normal bedtimes, drinking champagne past a reasonable hour, and awaking the next morning thinking that the year can only improve from there. But the good news is that you have the day off from work. You could turn on Netflix, find a show, and spend the next 10-15 …

5 Simple Copywriting Rules for Non-Writers

In my career, I've learned there are two types of people in the business world - those who hate writing, and crazy people. Since I spend a significant amount of time writing for companies, I guess I fall in the latter category. I love to analyze the differing styles of writers, and the ways they work with their words in order to make a good stor…

Mark Cuban 2020?

Mark Cuban set about to troll President Trump, in what was surely the only newsworthy event from the NBA's Celebrity All-Star game. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="534"] Source: USA Today[/caption] But wait a minute, does a Mark Cuban presidency make sense? Have the times changed so greatly, that this something we should consider? Let…

A Conspiracy Theorist’s Predictions for the 2017 NFL Playoffs

We all know the NFL playoffs aren't rigged. But if they WERE being written by a team of storytellers in New York, here's how it would go down. Houston: No NFL team has ever won a Super Bowl in the year their city hosted the game. The host city needs the tourist revenue. So no Houston this year. 1st round out. Oakland: Their QB is out so they…

6 Business Lessons To Learn From Bruce Springsteen

3 hours and 45 minutes. That was the amount of time Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at Key Arena on Thursday night. What can a musician teach a business person in 4 hours? Here are some simple lessons of which I was reminded. 1) Treat your customer right How do you get you most ardent fans, all who have seen you play multiple tim…

American Politics are Dead, and I Blame Social Media

I hear the gasps now. "But Andy, your mortgage gets paid because of social media. How can ANYTHING be social media's fault?" In the beginning, we all promised that social would lead to the democratization of media. Finally, one person with a great point could be heard by the masses, without the media getting in the way and distorting the message…

NWEN First Look Forum – Connecting the Dots

The Northwest Entrepreneur Network hosted one of its signature events last Wednesday, the spring version of First Look Forum.  (For those who want to know the whole format, check the appendix at the bottom of this post.)  In a nutshell, it's a several month process that brings 12 entrepreneurs who have never pitched their business before,…

Why 30+ Year Olds Have More Fun on Facebook than Our Junior Counterparts

I just don't understand when people my age tell me, "Facebook is just for kids."  I will argue that the best part about Facebook is in fact lost on these newbies, and us more mature folks are getting the best it has to offer. To wit: My friend's daughter is 15.  She has something like 700 friends.  Basically every person she has ever…