Lessons Learned

Business Lessons from Auto Racing?

Business Lessons from Auto Racing?

Ever since childhood, I have been an avid "car guy.” Back in 2007, I started competing in autocross and did some track time too. I never thought I would be learning business and leadership lessons while burning some rubber. When I started in Chicago, I did very well...

How To Be an Entrepreneur and Not Ruin Your Marriage

How To Be an Entrepreneur and Not Ruin Your Marriage

The associated risks of starting a company are hard enough when you are young and unattached (though lack of experience and naïveté keeps you brave and motivated). But being in a long-term relationship, married, or a parent adds a whole new level of complications,...

My Boss Doesn’t Answer My E-mails! What Should I Do?

My Boss Doesn’t Answer My E-mails! What Should I Do?

The 1st version of this post I wrote 12 years ago. To this day, the post still is one of the top 10 most read on my blog. Back when I wrote it 1st, Blackberry was a serious competitor to Android and iOS. Now it is just meme stock. What has changed since then were the...

12 Rules of Business I Learned from My Father

12 Rules of Business I Learned from My Father

It has been almost a decade since I lost my father to cancer, but the lessons I learned watching him run large companies, creating new businesses, and turning around languishing businesses are still fresh in my mind. I credit him for my business ethics, “workaholism”,...

What To Look For In a Business Partner

What To Look For In a Business Partner

Sometimes it is worth examining your “scars” to figure out what you could have done to avoid getting hurt in the first place.  I have been part of two ventures that failed and several that have been great successes, and both types of experiences have made me a better...

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