The power of no

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Being an entrepreneur is hard but to me the hardest part of being an entrepreneur is using the word “no”. To some, saying no comes naturally, to me, not so much. As a result, I have become a “yes” man. My default instinct and answer is to say yes. I know I’m not the only one and the lack of … Read More

On Failure

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Failure isn't always a bad thing

Business is hard. Having a family is hard. Losing weight is hard. Life is hard. I’ve spent 40 years failing and I used to think that it was a bad thing. No matter how much I read or spoke to people my self assessments constantly produced a plethora of proof of me not being good enough at anything. This is … Read More

Recent Presentations

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I was recently asked to give a number of presentations in Trinidad to entrepreneurs and students on starting up a business, investment and modern web application development. Unfortunately, these presentations weren’t recorded but I’ve decided to make the slides available (links below). My first presentation was done over Skype on behalf of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) … Read More

Customer Retention and why I’ll never rent from Budget Cars again

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Customers are the most important thing in business. Without them, in their various forms, there is no point in having a business. Most people seem to focus exclusively on customer acquisition and tend to forget that customer satisfaction and retention are just as important to the growth and well being of the business. I’ve got two examples for you, first … Read More

Teaching a man to fish

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When I was a child I was told a quote I have embraced through my life. Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime I take this approach with everything I do. Sharing knowledge is the greatest gift one can give. The empowerment that comes with … Read More

What to do when your idea is taken

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I’m sure it’s happened to you; you have a great idea and get all excited only to find out someone else is doing exactly the same thing. It’s depressing, I know, your dreams of billions are shattered and your life seems duller. But, is the fact that someone else is doing something similar to what you want to do reason … Read More

The first step is the hardest

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Sitting here, writing this, I reflect upon my past experiences and I’m reminded of the movie Collateral with Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise. In the movie Jamie Foxx plays a taxi driver who has grand plans of starting a luxury car service. He’s done research on the cars, thought out the service, spends his spare minutes reviewing his plans but … Read More