Influence

Why You Shouldn’t Dress Up for Halloween

Sitting at the airport this morning I noticed a random daytime talk show on the screen in the lounge. I loathe this type of show… they typically consist of yappy people obliged to share their low-information opinion on everything from politics to romance. But, despite having a …

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Leadership Coaches Are Charlatans

I cringe when I see a promo for a so-called ‘leadership expert’. Similar to spreading Tiger Balm on sore muscles, their impact is temporary because they aren’t relatable and often speak with a sense of ‘I know better than you’ – no one likes that. …

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Lessons Learned from ‘Empire of Deception’

Empire of Deception, a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and written by Dean Jobb, is a cautionary tale documenting the life of an infamous swindler stock promoter, Leo Koretz. He ran a bigger Ponzi scheme than Charles Ponzi himself after …

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Watch What Nerds Do With Their Free Time

Entrepreneurs need to stay ahead of trends – it’s vital to their existence… early entrants to any market reap high margins. And trends vary by demographic of course. As such, entrepreneurship requires us to consistently research what’s going on with kids’ social trends and grandparents’ …

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You Can’t be Cool and Have an Instagram Account

“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”  – George Orwell Social media, particularly the likes of Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, where people post pictures or videos of themselves ‘doing things’, is fucking …

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Why Your Customers Don’t Care About You

Small talk is a lost skill among young people. Nowhere is this more evident than in the business world, among young entrepreneurs. Instead of enjoying it, they avoid getting to know their clients on a personal level. They’re always in a rush, or at least …

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How Economic Hitmen Rule the World

The global economy has so many nefarious players pulling strings in all directions. Manipulation in our financial markets, which impacts the interest rate on your mortgage, price you pay for a loaf of bread and the cost to fill up with gas, is rampant. Bribery, …

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We Are Living in George Orwell’s 1984

The foresight behind George Orwell’s book ‘1984’ was remarkable. Written in 1949, at that time it was deemed as kind of a loony sci-fi story about a country known as Oceania (in 1984) that had been controlled by an overbearing, paranoid government insistent on manipulating …

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