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Back at it again!

Around September of last year, I ran full steam into a season of life that many of us have. This season involved my wife becoming pregnant (due in June 2013!), cramming classes to finish my Master's degree, and entering a 6 month studying session to prepare for and take the CPA exams. I can truly say that this was one of the most trying seasons of my life, and having taken the last CPA exam 3 days … [Read more...]

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Passion – Building a Sustainable Lifestyle

Friday again... the day when I take a step back from the details and work of the week to gain a better perspective on where I am and where I am going. Hopefully this will help you take that step back as well to examine your life and work and determine whether or not you are heading in the direction you desire. I was blessed to be able to spend some time over the past few days with a dear friend … [Read more...]

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Passion – Understanding Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

There is a lot of discussion about motivational theories among the business community. Most all of these theories and discussions revolve around how to motivate your employees to work harder and reach the goals set by the company. I have studied these theories at length and find most of them manipulative and frustrating as they all center on what is best for the company, but not what is best for … [Read more...]

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Passion, Hard Work, and Systems for a Sustainable Lifestyle

Last week I discussed some ideas for finding your passion and even your purpose in life. I want to continue on that vein this week and discuss what to do next. I want to discuss turning your dream into reality; turning your passion into a lifestyle through a business that opens the doors for you to live the life you want. I will discuss refining and defining your passion into something you can … [Read more...]

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Link – Dave Kraft: A Job or Calling?

I will throw links to other articles and resources out there from time to time from the various blogs and sources that I follow. I would like to link to a thought-provoking blog by Dave Kraft called A Job or Calling?. In the blog he differentiates between a "job" and a "vocation" with the latter being what you are called, gifted, and passionate about doing. It was a good reminder to me to keep … [Read more...]

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Passion – Where to start

So today is the end of my week - a week that has been full of the flu, wrapping up some tough loose ends, and overall pretty tough. But I left this topic for the end of the week knowing that some weeks would be tough and that I need a lighter, more uplifting topic to finish things out for the week. So my topic today, as with all this week, is where to start. Today is where to start to find your … [Read more...]

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The Schedule

Hello Again! So I have had 1 week of introduction, but now its time to get down to the sum of business... got to love a good double entendre... ok, here we go: My plan for building content and creating a framework of information to help you build and manage your business from the ground up will include 1 topic on each of the 5 days a week I will be posting. The topics each day will be as … [Read more...]

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The Goal

Back again and want to share with you in greater detail what I would like to do and what "The Sum of Business" will be about. As I said yesterday, my goal is to help people on the journey to personal success as entrepreneurs out there doing what they love and making a living as well. But more specifically, what will this look like? Well tonight I would like to sketch out some ideas that have been … [Read more...]

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The Beginning of The Sum of Business Blog

Here I am on the edge of the precipice. I have been here many times before, but have always found a reason to turn back, a reason to delay the inevitable. Well, today I step out, today I reach out beyond what I have grasped, beyond what I know in my head and into what I know in my heart. As Robert Browning so aptly put it in his work "Andrea del Sarto": Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his … [Read more...]

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