Extreme Perseverance

You hear it all the time, “Great entrepreneurs have confidence.” And, “That girl is really talented.” Or, “He comes from privilege.” And you think to yourself, “I’m afraid to start my own business, I’m definitely not gifted, and I don’t have the privilege, connections or money that create luck.” The truth is most of us aren’t born with confidence, talent or privilege—yet we create amazing businesses and build successful careers every day. What’s the secret? Confidence is just one tool entrepreneurs use to overcome the fear, doubt and anxiety we all feel when starting something new, or doing something important. Talent is a gift that helps people focus when there are too many options in front of them. Privilege is a starting point at the front of the same race we are all running. Confident, talented and privileged people use these tools to persevere when others quit. They still face the same challenges and they, too, must persevere in the face of incredible obstacles. So, the secret is

CORL8 May Demo Day

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CORL8 March 12 Update and Demo

 We have been building like crazy over here at CORL8 and taking advantage of the momentum. Here is our latest update and demo video. If you have a startup or small business, come over to CORL8 and sign up for the free marketing audit . Follow our CORL8 YouTube Channel if you're interested in the #StartupJourney .

My Journey from CEO to CTO to just being me

It's easy to get distracted by titles. I have been the CEO of a mapping startup, CTO of a book publishing company and Product Owner at a secure collaboration SaaS platform. But I've never been happier than just being, "Mash, the guy who helps people get stuff done." Before I can tell you about that, I need to tell you about this… When I was 14 my Mom, a 5-foot tenacious Vietnamese business woman, taught me how to sew. Yes, needle-and-thread-in-a-sewing-machine-making-clothes kind of sewing. She would drive me down to the fabric store and we would pick out cool colors and Hawaiian prints that my friends might like on their Clam-Diggers. If you don’t know what a clam-digger is, imagine going down to the beach to forage around in the shallow water for clams. If you wear pants, they will get soaked. But if you wear shorts, you’ll get cold. So clam-diggers are basically short-pants. At 14 I didn’t want to learn how to sew clam-diggers, but I did know that my friends and I

New CORL8 Demo Video

 I’ve decided to document as much of this startup journey as I can. Maybe another founder out there needs to see what I’m going through. Started with a demo video and a YouTube channel. Take a look and follow along. Subscribe to the CORL8 YouTube Channel

CORL8 is making easy-to-use frameworks for startup Marketers

 I've been on silent mode for the last 6 months but it's time to emerge from the cave and start talking about CORL8. If you're a startup founder or small business marketer, we've created a platform to make it easy for you to get organized start making progress on your fundamentals. I'll share more details as we roll out the beta program. But for now I encourage you to take a look, give it a try and send us some feedback. We really want to do this for you, we want to help you and make your life easier and more productive. Check it out,

Follow Your Heart

"If you want to follow your heart, you must be in touch with your heart." Even though you may feel busy, it's important to take time to reflect, journal, meditate and listen to your heart. It's not easy, but the alternative is to be swept away by the desires and motives of others.  I discovered that I like to wake up slowly. After spending many years waking up to alarms, rushing through my coffee and jumping into remote meetings with teams across the globe, I now set aside 2 hours to wake up at my own pace. That doesn't mean I'm a slouch or lazy. It means I set aside time to enjoy the morning, enjoy my coffee and breakfast, spend time in prayer and meditation, and write in my journal.  This has been incredibly fulfilling and makes me a better person for the rest of the day. But this time is not easy to capture if you don't put it on your calendar. I specifically have a time slot set aside for waking up which blocks my calendar as busy and I don't h

Slow and steady wins the race

I’ve been working on Radi8 for 3 years now. I’ve started and stopped and started and stopped. I’ve given up... then picked up the pieces and started new. I’ve tossed them out, turned left and picked up different ones. Sometimes I think entrepreneurship is a curse, but more often I think it’s a blessing. The depression that follows a failure is quickly replaced by hope as a new insight emerges. Then I dust off and start climbing again. My hands sweat even now as I think about how I’m going to make it to the next ledge. If you’re trudging, don’t give up. It’s the tortoise that wins the race.