Entrepreneurship

The Why of Happiness

Despite having stated that I no longer offer business consulting, I occasionally get emails asking me if I can make an exception. Sometimes I'll write back asking what they hope to get out of consulting, and it usually turns out they want advice on what they should do, or instructions for how they should do it. One of the reasons I stopped off... Read More

Do you want a portable piano?

It's exciting to see the progress on the Groove digital piano I've been working on for the past several months. The first prototype should be finished very soon! We decided not to make it fold after all, but it will separate neatly into three sections that can fit inside carry-on luggage. The prototype was pieced together from existing keyboard parts and the case is bigger than we'd like the fi... Read More

Beach Clubs, Projects, and Kids

Recently, thanks to some friends, we discovered the wonders of beach clubs. Typically, I'm not a big fan of beaches. I do love looking at them, feeling the sand under my feet, and playing in the water and waves can be fun, too. But I have trouble enjoying the aftermath of sandy clothes and a sticky body, and if there's no shade or food around, I typically don't want to stay long. Fortunately, p... Read More

Creative Projects and Productivity

When we came back to Bali a few weeks ago, we really hit the ground running. We've been very busy, but also creative and productive, and have been enjoying our time immensely. Within one week, we found a house we wanted to live in. It's a small 3-bedroom house near Ubud, but it's completely unfurnished and needs some renovation. We signed a lease for 13 years, and have been having fun playing arou... Read More

Playing in the Philippines

For the past several years, I've employed people in the Philippines to help me run my business, including programmers, customer support staff, marketers, content writers, and virtual assistants. But I had never met any of them in person, or even spoken to them on the phone. All our correspondence was via email or chat, and lately, via managers I've hired. I was looking forward to finally meeting ... Read More

Codependent in Hong Kong

It's been another intense month for me, digging through the recesses of my soul, questioning what I want in life and relationships, and breaking through more barriers that have been holding me back from being myself. I also took a solo business trip to Hong Kong for a few days, and have been working more on building my business structure and systems to handle new growth. I'll tie it all together i... Read More

How to Choose a Winning Business Idea

Recently, thanks to some articles I was ...

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From Entrepreneur to CEO

When I started my online business, I did everything myself. The planning, programming, graphics design, database management, server maintenance, marketing, customer support, billing, accounting, taxe...

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Living the Good Life

I love my life! It's a lifestyle I've created by choice and through persistent hard work, creativity, a bit of luck, and a lot of help from others. Not everyone would enjoy living like I do. Some people don't like to travel. Others prefer the comfort of a steady paycheck, or are satisfied enough with their life as it is. And that's awesome! But there are many people who don't love their life. ... Read More

Planning for the Moment

Do you ever find yourself stuck between the balance of enjoying whatever it is you're doing in the moment, and being lost in hopes or fears about the future? This game seems to play out constantly in my own mind. When I'm not enjoying the moment, the wonders of life tend to pass me by unappreciated. But if I live without structure and planning, little gets accomplished. Establishing a few good ha... Read More