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I’m pretty much an HGTV design star. Not just because I put up crown moulding in my living room and master bedroom.¹ But also because I went to an interior design store once.

The store was called Rustica Hardware. It’s an amazing store, but the thing that dug into my brain like a Ceti eel from The Wrath of Khan was this sign they had up in their shop:

 

I LOVE THAT. Partly because, as I already established, I’m an HGTV design star, but also because who wouldn’t accept that challenge? Living in art is better than living in mindless acceptance of the default. I intentionally try to approach my home like an artist approaches some kind of art thing. Read more

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“You wanna know why I’m getting out of the game?”

 

I really didn’t give a crap. But I didn’t tell him that I didn’t give a crap, so he told me anyway.

 

“It’s because I have to work with millennials.”

 

And that got my attention. This guy should be getting out of the game because he’s like 150 years old or because he’s got butt cancer. Those are reasonable explanations for why someone would retire. Read more

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Since the phrase ‘countercultural firm owner’ is part of Thriveal’s purpose statement, I thought it would be helpful to explore what this phrase means. First, here is Thriveal’s purpose:

Thriveal inspires countercultural firm owners to embrace their entrepreneurial creativity within the profession.

 

Many recognize the phrase ‘countercultural’ when discussing a certain time in history like the 60’s. The 1960’s was a countercultural time when certain demographics of brave people distrusted a current establishment and decided to go against that establishment with a grassroots voice and often disruptive behaviors. The establishment, or people who adhered to established ways of doing things, often didn’t understand or even distrusted the ways of these countercultural crowds. Some call it a movement.

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You may not realize it, but the context of your business is always changing on you. And that is playing tricks with your mind and what you think you can do to grow your firm. I’ve heard people say something like, “I don’t see any new things we can do to grow. So I guess we’ll just steadily continue serving clients and raising prices when we can.” They have fallen into the Current Context trap.

 

Before we talk about the Future Context of your business, I need to define what I mean by context. Context consists of the thoughts, processes, and past that you have run your business under for many years. Context could go by other names such as ‘worldview’ or ‘paradigm.’ You may not even realize it, but you have a context surrounding how you do things, why you do things, and why you can’t seem to break free from your past way of operating your firm.
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I always knew that the end was near. I just never thought Jon Hamm would be the one to break the news.

But right now that good looking son of a bitch is on the TV with his sexy Mad Men voice telling everybody that — even though H&R Block employees are the Mark Hamills of the tax prep world¹ — IBM’s Watson is now their R2-D2. And even though H&R Block took Watson into mainstream tax prep, the hipster organization KPMG started using Watson for audit support before it was cool.

We’ve got to get used to the idea that robots are eventually going to make traditional accounting jobs irrelevant. Not convinced? Here are some other traditional jobs that robots are making obsolete: Read more

Have you read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey? You have? That’s nice. But have you been to Stephen Covey’s house? No, you haven’t. I know you haven’t because I was there, and I didn’t see you.

 

Oh yeah. I spent several hours at Steve MF Covey’s house on December 15. I kept asking when I would get to meet him, and they kept saying, “he died in 2012.” Likely story.

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