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Our Problem With Success

the problem with success

We’re not failures, it’s just that a do-nothing, no-talent celebrity, pouring wine on her ass, is suddenly more significant than our success. There’s an odd relationship between our culture and success. It seems, especially in these days of immediate information and constant distraction, success has become infinitely

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The Irrationality of Robin Williams’ Death

robin williams death irrationality

There’s something irrational about feeling the pain we feel from Robin Williams’ death. Who are we to mourn the death of someone we’ve never met? Who are we to assume his family needs our condolences or worse, reminding of the tragedy that has destroyed their lives? We

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Steroid Scandal KILLS Another Saint’s Brand?

steroid scandal kills another sain's brand

This post was originally published in a personal rant on Facebook. After thinking about it, I decided to pull this post over to TheBrandChef.com to push it to a point. This is a PERSONAL BRANDING issue if there ever was one.  Alex Rodriguez (“A-Rod”) and his doping

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A Pause… For The Cause

Today I got to take the “Mr. Marketer / BrandChef” hat off for the afternoon and spend it at the Iowa State House with my wife and my eldest son to lobby for a cause that, over the last year, has become very dear to our hearts

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Shorten The Divide Between New Year’s Resolutions and Reality

making resolutions that work

It’s that time of year again.  The Holidays are winding down and the obligatory list of New Year’s Resolutions start showing on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and other open forums of much-too much public personal platitudes and promises. The one thing I’ve noticed on these lists, year after

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Grandpa Mac’s Call-To-Action for the Upcoming Generations

the greatest generations call-to-action for generation x, generation Y and Millenials

Grandpa Mac’s Call-To-Action for the Upcoming Generations. When did the skin of America become so damn thin? Remember when we were the chapped, rebel, bad-asses on the block? I do. Anymore we act like a bunch of pampered playboys (and girls to be P.C.) looking for the

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OPEN INVITATION: Business Growth Summit Jan 31, 2012!

This is an OPEN INVITATION to ALL of my friends, colleagues and extended network! (please read all of this post…  kinda long, but VERY important.) I wanted to make sure I invited all of you to this amazing event, the 2012 Business Growth Summit coming up on

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Create A Personal Annual Report

Jonathan Fields is an author… That’s where it all started for me. I read his book, Uncertainty, Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance. And for those that know me, I NEEDED it. I can’t say it changed my life. I’ve personally understood what he wrote

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Giving The Smack Down To Defeat

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell This is for those of you out there that dwell just

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Rare Iowa Straw Poll Backlash (a Personal Rant)

While I try not to mix business, personal life and my public persona with ANYTHING remotely political, I usually refrain from posting content such as this. But in this election season started by the Iowa Straw Polls this week and destined to continue on through the next

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