How to get 10,000 Instagram followers in 3 months

I had an idea to start a motivational instagram account for skateboarders in the spring. A few months before that, the idea of “niche” became my latest obsession. Niche businesses, niche marketing, niche nonprofits and niche ideas. Instagram accounts devoted to entrepreneurship and motivation were taking off. I felt like the skateboarding side of social media needed to have a personal development twist to it. Instagram …

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Quit Your Job With No Regrets

I got a phone call from a friend and supporter of my organization one day. He’d been helping out STOKED for a few years now. About to turn 30 and faced with the fact that he’s not feeling fulfilled by his job, he decided to drop me a line to get some feedback and advice. I find it flattering that …

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How To Network Like A Boss

  Networking is such an important skill. I hadn’t been to a networking event in a while and found myself having to revive my old skills at this function. Someone on my advisory board invited me to a happy hour/mixer for high net worth entrepreneurs at the NOMAD hotel in the city. I was super open because although I know a …

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Labor Day Thoughts

I hate Labor Day. Hate is a strong word. I could careless for it. Who wouldn’t be happy with a paid day off? Not me! Here’s why… I love what I do and it’s essentially a day that’s forcing me not to work. It’s ok though because the only thing I love more than my work is my family. Spending …

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The Gift of Time

I’m writing this post from Hong Kong. I here because I was invited to participate in a professional exchange program sponsored by the US State Department, University of Connecticut, and Hong Kong Baptist University. I’m here to learn from and job shadow professionals in the sports and youth development field. It’s part cultural exchange/understanding – part professional development. I’ll write …

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The End Of The Year Motivational Strategy

The end of the year for most of the world is a great thing. It’s the holiday season. Gifts. Family. Holiday bonuses. Time off. But to someone who runs a non profit, this is probably the most stressful time of the year. For years, I’ve run around feeling crazed right before the holidays. There’s a lot of pressure to take advantage …

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What Nelson Mandela Would Do

As the world knows, the great Nelson Mandela passed away. Much has been said about how amazing and great man he was. My first real understanding of who he was occurred when I was 25 years old. I had just just started my first business, NinjaWorks, and was over my old business partner’s apartment. She loved to watch Oprah at …

Innovate or Die

Call it my personality or a characteristic of an entrepreneur, but I don’t like doing things the same way from year to year… Especially if business strategies and programs are not working. I realized this years ago when STOKED’s one on one program model was hitting a road block. We couldn’t grow and it was taking to much resources to …

Killing Your Non Profit

It’s such a funny title. Killing your non profit. This title reminds me about a meeting I had with 10 top non profit consultants. As I was telling them my challenges, one of the guys asks me, “How long do you want your organization to be around?” I responded, “Until all low income and underserved students have the same opportunities …