Petite-Productivity

There exists in France a small company called Teddyfish that makes bags by hand.

Their philosophy of production and by extension entrepreneurship is beautiful:

“We believe in ‘petite-production’, which means the willingness to work on slower rhythm and scale. Through creating and hand-making by ourselves, we are aiming to flavor our products with the warmth of the craftsmen’s hands, instead of the gasoline from the machine.”

Imagine if our world of mass-production was turned into a world of petite-production. People would hand-make clothing bicycles furniture food.

We would produce less and consume less. Things would cost more but people would make more for their labor.

We would love our work more. Produce quality things that last. Love our lives more. Call it Anti-Walmartization.

Slow down. Make less. Do it better. Be happier.

Successful Entrepreneurs Need People

Successful Entrepreneurs Need People

If you’re stuck living a life you wouldn’t have consciously chosen if you had it to do all over again, what can you realistically do about it?

The Black Hole

By “stuck” I mean truly, deeply stuck. You’ve got the stable business/job, the family, and the mortgage. But even though your situation looks pretty good from an external standpoint, you’re not happy about it. It’s not fulfilling, and you know you should be doing something else, but at the same time, you know there are no guarantees, and you feel as if the only way out would be to destroy what you’ve got and rebuild from scratch. And that isn’t something you’re willing to do.

It’s not like you haven’t tried, but realistically you can’t see any viable, intelligent options to get things moving in a new direction. It’s like you’re in a black hole, a gravitational well that makes it impossible for you to ever reach escape velocity. It seems to take you a massive amount of effort just to move an inch, and if you let up for an instant, you’re sucked right back down again. You feel trapped, maybe even depressed, and perhaps you even wonder if you should just suck it up and take it. It’s not really that bad compared to most people, right?

On your best days, you’re consciously aware of your situation but still don’t see a way out. But on your worst days, you’re in denial about the whole thing and may succumb to escapist tendencies.

You might read books that even directly address your situation, but they don’t help you much. Their solutions don’t seem practical for you. Perhaps they rely too much on things like putting your faith in the universe and hoping things will work out, and that sounds risky and foolish to you.

What can you do in such a situation? Is there a way out? Continue reading

Why You Should Raise Your Prices

Why You Should Raise Your Prices

Want an instant way to increase profits for your business? Just raise your prices. I could write a whole book on why you should do this. But, luckily someone already has done that. The book is by Larry Steinmetz and it’s called “How To Sell At Prices Higher Than Your Competitors”. This is a must read!

Here are some of my thoughts on pricing…

First off, people don’t buy the cheapest things. They say they do, they think they do, but they don’t.

Think about it.

If price were the only reason anybody bought anything, then only one seller would sell all there is that’s sold, whatever that stuff is, and that’s whoever could survive the longest at the lowest price until everybody else went broke.

While i am over generalising… many times your buyers make good liars.  Continue reading

To Do Great Work, You Need To Fight Your Lizard Brain

Why You Should Raise Your Prices

Starting a business. Finding your dream job. Getting fit. Becoming more productive.

For anything you want to do, finding out how is easy. Just get onto the internet, read a book, do the research and make it happen—or so the gurus would have you believe. Yet despite all the “advice” out there, every day you still stay stuck in your dreadful job, you become more unfit, and you procrastinate. Every day, despite your best intentions, you do the exact opposite of what you plan to do.

Why?

This is supposed to be the age of information. The steps to achieving greatness are supposed to be easy to search for. Ideas are supposed to be easy to generate. You should be able to generate ideas on a whim, and write them down on the back of a napkin, ready to take on the world.

And yet, you are still not doing it. Part of the movie is still missing. A page is torn out of the book. There’s a big X in the equation. Do you know what it is? Continue reading

If You Win At Business, If You Lose At Business … So What?

I was stressing recently about a project (that is worth nearly three months of income) , that i had put a lot of hard work into securing, and that i might not even get. A mentor of mine shared this fable with me and it’s reminded me that things are neither bad or good, they just are what they are.

A farmer had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away.

His neighbors said, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

A few days later, his horse came back with twenty wild horses following. The man and his son corraled all 21 horses.

His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

One of the wild horses kicked the man’s only son, breaking both his legs.

His neighbors said, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

The country went to war, and every able-bodied young man was drafted to fight. The war was terrible and killed every young man, but the farmer’s son was spared, since his broken legs prevented him from being drafted.

His neighbors said, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

Great reminder that If You Win At Business, If You Lose At Business … So What? If you get that client you are working so hard to win … so what ? If you lose that client that you are working so hard to get … so what?

Would love to know your thoughts…Or if you have a favorite fable/story share it below. 

The Best Way to Get Clients

bw-room

Why do we waste so much time on marketing things that no one ever pays attention to? I want to talk to you about a way to cut your marketing time by 80%, but increase your earnings by over 1000%. This is something that i learnt over the years building our business to nearly $30 Million in revenue, and making a ton of mistakes along the way.

When i talk to typical small business owners, freelancer and even new consultants and coaches, a lot of  the time when it comes to starting to market their business, they will be overwhelmed by things that they can do.

They will say things like , “well you know i was searching on google, and some one that has 70000 twitter followers said that i should setup my blog, and my Facebook page, and start doing Twitter. So now that’s what i did. I am Blogging, i’m attending networking events, and i’m still not getting enough business.”

They get frustrated and say ” I dont understand it, i am doing all of these things (that the expert/guru said i should), but i am not getting anywhere.”

Thats because there is a difference between process and results. Continue reading