When Setting Goals Never Make This First or Last

Goals are scary, powerful and necessary but before you set them remember what happens when you make money your first or last goal. The results are eerily similar.
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When Making Money is Your First Goal

Bad Clients
We work with anyone even if that person is annoying, impatient, unprofessional, dishonest or lazy.

Bad Service
We under deliver on our service because the profit is the goal, not the product.

Unequal Treatment
We treat our projects and customers differently based on how much profit we are making.

Poor Work
Our work ethic will be inconsistent.

Never enough
We will feel like we never have enough money even if we really do.

Poor Partnerships
We are less likely to partner with capable people because capable people don’t work for cheap.

Money Complicates Things
We will talk about money too early in the relationship which is more likely to hurt the chances of landing the deal.

Poor Work Boundaries
We will have poor work boundaries because we are always pursuing more profit.

When Making Money is Your Last Goal

Bad Clients
We work with anyone even if that person is annoying, impatient, unprofessional, dishonest or lazy.

Bad Service
We under deliver on our service because the profits aren’t motivating us to work diligently.

Unequal Treatment
We treat our customers and projects poorly because they aren’t giving us a sense of worth.

Poor Work
Our work ethic will be inconsistent.

Never enough
We will literally never have enough money.

Poor Partnerships
We are less likely to partner with capable people because capable people don’t work for cheap.

Money Complicates Things
We won’t talk about money until we’ve made too many promises then under-deliver because we’re not making enough money.

Poor Work Boundaries
We will have poor work boundaries because we’re always pursuing more profit.

Have you made a financial goal for next year? Did you make the mistake of making money the first or last goal for your business?

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If Your Dream Is Worth Something It Will Certainly Cost You Something

She mentioned she had been at the office since 4:20 a.m. She wasn’t trying to impress me. She went in early so she could spend time with her kids after school. She gets over a million page views a month.

I was just finishing lunch and she had already put in an eight hour work day.

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Lessons from the best conference I’ve ever been to – #WDS2013

You only need one thing to connect people.
3,000 people came to Portland, Oregon because we had one connection, Chris Guillebeau. We were entrepreneurs, artists, authors, moms, dads, unmarried, non-profit and for profit, gay, straight, rich, not as rich, young and old. We came together and got along beautifully because we had one thing in common, Chris. You were pre qualified if you were at World Domination Summit because you followed Chris’ writing and goal of designing a life instead of accepting the one the world gives you. You only need one thing to connect people and if that one thing is strong enough you can have a tremendous amount of diversity and still make beautiful experiences together.

A clear leader but it’s not about him
This was not a conference about Chris Guillebeau. This wasn’t about his business or his products or his world travels. He brought us together and then got out of the way. I believe every great movement needs a clear leader but that same movement needs to be about more than the leader. As a Christian I live this out every day. Jesus doesn’t live here anymore and He was clear that His message should go forth through His followers. I’ll be the first to admit we don’t do a great job of communicating His message to the world sometimes but the true measure of a leader is the power of his message when he’s not on the stage. Chris wasn’t there to pontificate and educate us. He just hosted the party and invited the right people. WDS is not about Chris Guillebeau, it just happens to be held in his town.

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True Motivations for The World Domination Summit

I cried this morning. When you’re a grown man being misty eyed counts. It happened as I went in to kiss my two oldest kids (5 and 3 yrs old) goodbye while they slept. They’ll look older when I get back, it happens every time. I’ve tried to explain why I’m going to Portland, Oregon a few times this week and I end up sounding like an idiot. I’m going to the World Domination Summit and given our world’s political climate perhaps it’s wise that I tell as few people as possible the name of the conference. It’s friendly though, I promise.

Chris Guillebeau started the conference just a few years ago and it has quickly grown to 3,000 attendees. This may not seem like a huge deal but Chris is one man. He’s not part of a larger brand or even business. He works for himself and I doubt he even has an office he works out of. He’s the ultimate solopreneur (entrepreneur that works for and by himself most of the time). If you look for #WDS2013 on Twitter you’ll see the huge variety of people attending and expecting different things. This conference is unique. There isn’t another that comes close to it. It’s defined much more by the personality of the attendees than the founder or the speakers. There will be great speakers and break out sessions but the topics will vary wildly  and there will be few lines drawn that we must follow.

This is a conference for people who think for themselves and it gives us a space to do just that. This isn’t a place for a step by step plan to change your life, it’s a time for friendship and opening your mind to new possibilities in yourself. That may sound like a vague reason to buy a ticket for hundreds of dollars then pay hundreds more to fly and stay in a hotel but I trust Chris and I trust the other attendees. There are billions of people in this world and I’m pretty darn excited about the 3,000 I get to hang out with this weekend in Portland.

If you didn’t know what to expect then you might fill your mind with ideas and scenarios. For the next three days I’m going to leave my scenarios at home in Sioux Falls and leave myself open to new friends, new ideas, new hope and new joy. The only way to receive a gift is with open hands. Here I come Portland, with open hands.

You’re not alone

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This week I hosted a web community’s call and one of the attendees mentioned that he often felt alone in his creative process. I told him that I too feel alone at times. He responded with disbelief, “Really?”

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Feelings are universal
Why are we surprised that other people feel the exact same way we do? The President of the United States feels alone at times. The guy who made your Big Mac yesterday feels alone. These are universal emotions and for some reason (that I think I know) you still label them as unique to you.
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