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Paul's Hard Lemonade

Added on by Sam Davidson.

A few takeaways:

  1. Business can be fun. Work hard and make money, but be sure to find some aspect of work that can be enjoyable for employees and customers alike. You can even tip over a few sacred cows - like changing your name - once in a while, too.
  2. Thank people. Make sure your customers, your fans, your vendors, your employees - everyone - knows you appreciate them. A simple verbal "Thank you" goes a long way. And every once in a while, surprise someone with how much you appreciate them.
  3. Find reasons to celebrate. When you hit a milestone, close a deal, grow quickly, or survive another day, be sure to acknowledge that success with those who got you there.
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Making Meaning in the Margins

Added on by Sam Davidson.

I read a lot from folks who want to make money in the margins - people who recommend you spend early mornings or late nights (or even holidays like today) grinding and sweating to pursue a passion. Perhaps you can use those extra hours to start work on your big idea, launch your company, or lay the foundation for your dream.

I think this is well and good, but doesn't apply to everyone. Where I do think anyone can focus in on making meaning in the margins.

Instead of chasing the almighty dollar when burning the candle at both ends, what if you chased something meaningful? What if you used early mornings to focus on your faith? How about using down time to handwrite thank you notes or drop someone a line to let you know you're thinking of them? Why not ask around and see who needs help? 

Your margin (non-work) time can be spent volunteering, doing favors, or hanging out. And there's absolutely no shame in that. 

A bank account is only one (very small) way to measure wealth.

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Oh the Humanity!

Added on by Sam Davidson.

A lot of times (especially online), we put our best face forward. We want to showcase our absolute best and who can blame us? But when all we discuss are our successes and high points, it can give the impression that we're super human. 

And while I'd love some superpowers now and then, we're all just humans, trying our hardest to do things that are meaningful and fun. So why not share our human sides as often as possible? Why not make sure all of us can be dragged out of the clouds and keep both feet on the ground?

The next time you're meeting someone, building community, or catching up, be sure to share that which keeps us all united. Share a bit of your humanity. Congrats on the success and all, but if you want others to know who you really are, toss out a quirk or two, tell a story about a silly blunder, or let us in on something that reveals how you're completely normal. 

I'll go:

Parts of my daily routine include watering my hydrangeas and bathing with fancy, handmade soaps.

For real. Each morning, I take time to go out to my backyard and see to it that my seven hydrangea plants are well hydrated. I follow that up later by using handcrafted soaps to get clean. I don't much prefer the stuff you get in the aisle of a drug store.

Not only does that feel good to get off my chest, but each of these truths tells you something deeper about me, too.

For example, I water the hydrangeas and make sure they're in tip top shape because that's important to my wife and my wife is important to me. And my love affair with unique soaps comes from my work at Batch, which allows me to discover local makers from all over the U.S., including those who make fantastic products that make one smell enticing.

When we share our common humanity, we have a chance to really get deep. The fact that last quarter's sales were up 12% tell me very little about who you are. But letting me know how you eat your corn flakes or a story about when you learned to drive reveals more of you, and that's what I want to connect with.

Take time this weekend to share your humanity with someone. You can start by leaving a comment here if you like.

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Who You're With

Added on by Sam Davidson.

Check this out:

"The riper a piece of fruit is, the more ethylene it produces, and overripe fruit gives off even more ethylene, eventually leading to a concentration of the gas that’s enough to overripen all the fruit. Given the right conditions and enough time, one apple can push all the fruit around it to ripen—and eventually rot.

Additionally, an apple that is infested with mold will contaminate other fruit it's stored with as the mold seeks additional food sources and spreads. In both cases, it actually does take just one single apple to start a domino chain that ruins the rest of the bunch."

Thanks for the 411, science. In other words, who you're with matters. They'll make you better. They'll make you worse. No matter what, they're making you something.

Better to associate with those who will help you ripen instead of help you rot. 

So, who are you with these days?

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The Best We Can Do

Added on by Sam Davidson.

"It's the best we can do."

Why is this always said as a disclaimer? Why is this phrase used to share bad news? Is this term ever used to highlight the positive?

The next time you utter this expression, do so when sharing great news, when calling attention to something awesome, or when sharing an accolade with your team.

"It's the best we can do!"

If it's the best you can do, then don't be so resigned when you note that fact. If there's a feeling of disappointment that accompanies this phrase, then you're probably lying, in fact. Because I bet you can do better, which means this wasn't your best at all.

Be thrilled with your best or get better.

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