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My three levels of PRIORITY for growing a startup. Jan 23, 2023

My three levels of PRIORITY for growing a startup.

For me, it's no longer Low, Medium and High.

A few years back this really helped me set a new standard for assigning priority levels to my tasks and projects.

Setting priority is something most startup founders struggle with.

My problem with Low,...

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Sell at $60 million or $120 million? Jan 20, 2023

Would you rather sell your company at $60 million or $120 million?

$120 million, right?

Let me ask it this way ... would you rather own 100% of the $60 million company or 30% of the $120 million company?

It's a calculus every founder raising VC has to think through.

The VC's often encourage founders...

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Why do early employees make bad managers? Jan 19, 2023

Why your first employees in Year 1 often become your worst managers.

As your company transitions from 6 or 7 employees to 15 or 40 ... this happens.

In the early days everyone takes on a variety of roles and projects. They become jacks-of-all-trades.

But as you grow to more and more employees, you...

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Disrupting An Industry Jan 18, 2023

When I'm creating an entirely new marketplace, there are few cheerleaders.

All disrupters can expect the same treatment IF you're slightly early ... on purpose.

When I begin to disrupt an industry, the so-called industry elites will think I'm chasing an impossible pipe dream.

Yet I don't care.

WHY?

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The Priority & Focus to Hit Your Goals Jan 17, 2023

When a founder misses their goals, 99% of the time, this is why.

They are not controlling their priority and focus.

Like you, I've set my vision for what I want to accomplish in 2023.

I've got 7 major pieces of the puzzle. All are complex with moving parts.

When I look at everything I want to...

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The problem with being focused on survival. Jan 16, 2023

Have you ever been stuck just trying to keep your head above water?

Here's the problem with being focused on survival.

What you focus on actually frames your future. So if your focus is on survival, you'll get more of the same.

I know firsthand what it's like to struggle to survive. And if we're...

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Don't get comfortable with success. Jan 16, 2023

Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.

That quote from Billy Graham is so true.

One of the lessons I've learned over the past 38 years building and investing in a variety of ventures is there is very little learning on the mountaintops.

When things are going...

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(4 min video) You already have the same faith as Jesus! Jan 15, 2023

What would you do IF you had the same quantity and quality of faith as Jesus?

You do.

- You have the same measure of faith as Peter
- You have the same measure of faith as Paul
- And you have the same measure of faith as Jesus

And you are probably thinking, "well Gerald, you could of fooled me!"

Romans...

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It's a Birthing Canal. Jan 06, 2023

The storm you are facing isn't what you think!

It's a birthing canal.

And the winds of the storm will position perfectly for what God has planned.

- But you'll never make it though by sight.
- You'll have to make it through by faith.

Your unbelief must go.

Trust totally in God's how and His when.

Trust...

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Is your future BESPOKE? Jan 05, 2023

Is your future BESPOKE?

Mine is, and yours can be too!

EVERY year I take the time to ASK and ANSWER what I want out of life.

It's bespoke to my desires. Custom fit.

I decide what I want.

My wife Leslie and I ask ourselves these two questions EVERY year.

#1 - IF I had a magic wand, WHAT would I change...

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Founders who struggle with Work/Life balance — struggle with this. Jan 04, 2023

99% of entrepreneurs who struggle with Work/Life Balance — struggle with this.

They don't manage their project schedules very well.

If you struggle with this, do what I do.

#1 - Make a list of the major projects you want to accomplish in 2023.

#2 - Prioritize them. (I have a list of 7...

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When to SHIP IT and when to PERFECT IT. Jan 03, 2023

You gotta know when to SHIP IT and when to PERFECT IT.

And understand the difference between the two.

Anytime I'm planning a new project, product or service, I invest much time creating it around customer experience goals.

These two processes help us get there.

- Lean Business Canvas
- Brand...

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