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“Keyboards embolden us all.” But Is That a Good Thing?

“Keyboards embolden us all.” I ran across a phrase this afternoon while working on a new article for work. While at first, it seemed innocuous enough, I quickly became attached to it. I couldn’t stop thinking about. I couldn’t just leave it alone. As a fairly early

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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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Don’t Be A Brand Poser

Today, I’m speaking as your brand advocate. If I’m your brand advocate, we, in some significant way, have made a connection. Your unique message has fought through the din of chaos and clutter and found it’s way into my heart, my mind and even my soul. It’s

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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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Those Clever Spammers

I have to give it to the spammers out there. They are starting to get a little more clever.  I receive BUCKETS of spam every day. Everything from “Male Enhancement” solutions to “The BEST BUSINESS INVESTMENT SOLUTION IN THE WORLD.” sure…  don’t we all Lately, though, I’ve

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