Do people buy your premise?

Johnny Carson was one of the pioneers of the live TV skit (he was doing it when Lorne Michaels was still in diapers), and he had a famous phrase about putting on a successful skit: “If you buy the premise, you buy the bit.” Any screenwriter or playwright...

The one thing to grow your business today

As a small business owner, I know all too well the dilemma of having a thousand things to do and trying to decide which to tackle first. But too often we get caught up in doing the easy thing or the trivial thing instead of the important or the difficult thing, which...

Fear is your friend, so embrace it

Almost everybody who has every thought about starting a business has been afraid of something, and most entrepreneurs I know who have been in business a while still harbor lots of fears. There’s fear of screwing up. Fear of having a bad week/month/quarter/year....