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April 2008

On Being Brief

Written by Paul on April 30th, 2008

I used to write long emails; I mean really long. I justified it by telling myself that I was being thorough. I thought that the reader (most likely my clients or someone I worked with) would appreciate my effort to be as detailed as possible. Nothing could be further than the truth.

I noticed that most of the responses failed to answer the 34039857 questions I buried deep within. I learned that I was much more likely to get the answers …

Stop Beeping and Start Batching

Written by Paul on April 27th, 2008

This is the third in a series of posts about the lessons I wish I’d learned earlier in life.

How many times have you been working on something only to be interrupted by a beep from your cell phone or a bouncing icon on your desktop?

Here’s how I got my productivity back and you will too:

  1. Turn off all email alert sounds on

Welcome new I Will Teach You To Be Rich Readers

Written by Paul on April 22nd, 2008

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Why I love working with small business and you should too

Written by Paul on April 21st, 2008

Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of businesses ranging from the Fortune 500 all the way “down” to small bootstrapped businesses (including my own).

I’ve noticed an inverse relationship between the size of the company and the “interesting-ness” of it’s employees. Simply put: I’ve met the most interesting people at the smallest companies.

“But Paul,” you might say, “everyone is interesting in their …

Here's why you always wait for the last minute

Written by Paul on April 17th, 2008

This is the second in a series of posts about the lessons I wish I’d learned earlier in life.

Anyone remember getting assigned a project in school? You’d think to yourself, “I’ve got plenty of time, it’s not due for 6 weeks!” Then, before you know it, you’re cramming in the entire project on the night before it’s due. (I was a master of this throughout my school years.

How to avoid pissing off your mentor

Written by Paul on April 15th, 2008

Ben Casnocha wrote an interesting article on the six habits of highly effective mentees which is a great add-on to my previous post on goal buddies.

There’s no shortage of people hailing the benefits of mentors. There’s also ample advice on how to find mentors. Few talk about what to do once you’ve made contact with someone who wants to help you. You sit down to lunch with a potential mentor.

The 80/20 Rule

Written by Paul on April 12th, 2008

This is the first in a series of posts about the lessons I wish I’d learned earlier in life.

This may come as a surprise but I’ve all but given up on achieving a real work/life balance. Rather, I’ve started to benefit tremendously by introducing a little imbalance into my day. I’m referring to the 80/20 rule of time management, which is rooted in something known as the Pareto Principle.

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My First Job: What I Learned Making Pizzas

Written by Paul on April 9th, 2008

Pizza MakingMy first job was at a Papa John’s Pizza in northern Virginia. Not only was making pizzas the only employment available to me, it was my favorite food at the time. What better way to make my first few paychecks?

It’s All About the Process
On my first day, each new employee would get a manual – a freakin’ MANUAL. This thing contained exact measurements, diagrams, pictures and clear …

Some lessons I wish I learned earlier in life

Written by Paul on April 4th, 2008

As I get older, I realize I’ve learned some lessons that I wish I had picked up sooner in life. Most of these lessons were learned through experience, many through the various mentors (Thanks, guys!) I’ve had along the way and a few from various books I’ve read here and there.

When most people today hear the word “lesson,” they usually don’t think of it as a good thing. Teaching a lesson may be looked at as being bossy or perhaps …

Two things I use to stay productive

Written by Paul on April 2nd, 2008

I was catching up with an old friend yesterday and we started talking about how busy our respective circle of friends had become over the last few years. “You probably wouldn’t understand,” he said, “but while you get to do the cool stuff, the rest of us seem to be stuck in the daily grind.”

Huh? Where’d that come from? What do I even say to that?

That got me thinking for a while. Then I realized that he saw me …

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