Entrepreneurship


Living Your Life Purpose Education / Entrepreneurship / Personal / Productivity / Spirituality

“It’s messing people up, this social pressure to ‘find your passion’ and ‘know what it is you want to do’. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This...

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Making Work Meaningful Entrepreneurship / Goals / Spirituality

When I created Music Teacher’s Helper ten years ago, it was to solve a need that I had in my own life — to better organize my student lesson schedules and payments. I decided to turn it into a “business” for two reasons. One, because other teachers expressed interest in it. And two, to provide for my family without being dependent on an employer. I’ve learned a lot since...

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The Why of Happiness Entrepreneurship / Personal / Productivity / Spirituality

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 offering consulting is that...

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Do you want a portable piano? Entrepreneurship / Music

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...

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Creative Projects and Productivity Education / Entrepreneurship / Family / Household / Personal / 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...

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Sunset at Pangulasian Island Entrepreneurship / 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...

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Codependent in Hong Kong Entrepreneurship / Hong Kong / Personal / Spirituality / Travel

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...

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How to Choose a Winning Business Idea Entrepreneurship

Recently, thanks to some articles I was highlighted in, I’ve been getting more consulting requests than usual. I’ve turned down many of these, partly because I only want to spend so much time on the phone and email each day, and also because the majority of the requests had the same difficult question: How do I choose a winning business idea? I wrote an article about...

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From Entrepreneur to CEO Entrepreneurship / Finances / Productivity

When I started my online business, I did everything myself. The planning, programming, graphics design, database management, server maintenance, marketing, customer support, billing, accounting, taxes — everything! Most of it I learned as I went along. It was a lot of work and took every spare moment of my time for several years. As the business grew, I realized that I didn’t have to do it all...

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