It’s clear — system thinking is the best thinking.

You made a plan when starting your business: sell, make money. But have you found your busy, entrepreneurial self constantly putting out fires? That’s the problem with linear thinking.

In life and in business, we’re used to thinking in linear terms. A precedes B. I fuel up my car, then I drive it. I sell something, then I receive money. A brings B — cause and effect.

However, it’s rarely that simple in business.

Linear Versus System Thinking

The reason for this complexity is that everything has a ripple effect. It might seem as if taking on a new client and earning more money…


Standardise your offerings, and watch your business take off.

In business, custom equals death.

These words stuck with me during a conversation I had the other day with a seven-figure entrepreneur. With just a few years under his belt of running his business, he’s already fairly brilliant when it comes to entrepreneurial strategies.

It’s all about standardising, he said. Standardising your processes, how you work, and even whom you work with each day. Essentially, say no to anything custom.

Why? Because custom increases your costs. It increases your variables. …


You are the architect of your business.

Walking through London is a pretty cool experience. I wandered through the city the other day, admiring the mixture of old and new buildings. As I stared up at the Tower of London, it kind of hit me: Every architect who created these structures did not actually build them.

What I mean is that the architect works as the brains behind a building. They create on paper the layout of the building, how many rooms it contains, what kind of lighting shines throughout, that sort of thing.

But other people bring the building to life. Carpenters, bricklayers, electricians. …


Here’s how to tell, and what you can do about it.

Entrepreneurs work 100 hours a week so that they don’t have to work a 9–5.

Sound familiar? You started your business so you could live life on your own terms. You wanted to pursue your own definition of freedom through using your passions and skills.

But you’ve quickly found yourself trapped in a self-made prison.

Don’t feel too bad — you’re not the only one to entangle yourself in the cogs of your entrepreneurial machine. I’ve been there, too.

I quit my 9–5 working for IBM because I was sick and tired of living “on client site,” of having my…


Sometimes the fundamentals can have the biggest impact.

I have a riddle for you. What do an entrepreneur, an athlete, a president, and a couch potato all have in common?

Give up?

They all get 24 hours each day, no more, no less.

OK, so I’m not great at riddles. But I am great at helping entrepreneurs who struggle against the idea of not having enough time. The idea that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all.

The funny thing about struggling against time, though, is that every single one of us all have the same amount of time. But not all of…


Saying ‘yes’ to every client request is keeping you small.

Sometimes you just need to say no.

Saying no feels like going against your entrepreneurial nature, doesn’t it? After all, saying yes means more clients, more exposure, more work, and, ultimately, more success.

Right?

Actually, no. (See what I did there?)

In this article, I will show you how saying no to some clients and standardising your offer will bring you more success.

Just ask Adam Smith.

Why Standardising is Important

Adam Smith, famous for writing “The Wealth of Nations,” was all about the division of labour. The more you standardise and divide labour, he argued, the more prosperous you’ll be.

You may have…


3 Steps to identify skills that you have (and people will pay for)

Ready to start a business or a side gig, but don’t have a clue where to begin?

Whether you are going to sell a service or a product, where can you find the initial clarity that will jumpstart your business? You start by looking at your current skills. But your list is short, and nothing impresses you enough to take to the bank.

So you begin thinking outside your skills, and get sidetracked: what would just be an awesome business idea in general?

Let me stop you right there. You are overcomplicating this. You will never stumble across a successful…


Why getting distracted is killing your business potential

Do you keep starting new projects…only to quickly give up and start a new one?

You are not alone. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs I know used to struggle to move beyond the first step — to present their business idea to the world so that potential investors and clients can examine it from every angle.

I know how they feel. Mainly because I was once there where they now are.

A few years ago, I launched eight businesses in twelve months and had ideas for half a dozen more. …


Productivity isn’t wasting less time, it’s getting the important stuff done

In this article, I’m going to show you how to find two extra hours a day you didn’t even know existed.

Time is the most non-renewable resource we have. Or is it? I believe that’s a mindset. And by changing your mindset and adopting the behaviours and techniques outlined in this article, you’ll learn how to actually find the time you didn’t know you had.

What would you finally accomplish if you had more time? The options are endless: start a side business, launch a side gig, add a revenue stream.

Whatever the case, follow the steps below to make…


How to invest your time and energy in the right project

Everybody has a business idea. And everyone thinks that theirs is special.

Everybody has figured out the next best thing to sliced bread — if only they had the money, the time, or the…

The catalyst turning a business idea into a business is being able to select the right idea, and then taking action to turn it into a money opportunity.

In this post, I’m going to show you a simple step you can take to determine if your business idea has legs — it will help you answer the question: “is this idea worth my time, money, and…

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