Why you should avoid launching a startup at all costs

One of the craziest trends to emerge in the entrepreneurial world in recent years is the popularity of launching a “startup”. There’s so many things wrong with the startup concept, as it’s built on a fantasy. If you’re thinking of launching a startup, don’t do it. Just don’t do it. Here’s what’s wrong with the... Read more »

On Rosh Hashanah eve: Achieving your dreams

As we approach the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, many of us who observe the holiday ruminate on the usual things you think about when a New Year comes and goes. We mull over what we’ve accomplished in the past year (or what we haven’t), and what we’d like to do in... Read more »

I want my kids to fail

I’ve failed a LOT in my life. More than I care to admit. I’ve taken many risks personally and professionally, and failed in my endeavors at LEAST half as much as I’ve succeeded. Sometimes I’ve failed right away; at other times it’s taken awhile before I’ve made the difficult decision to cut my losses in... Read more »

Time to lay off the credit checks, employers

As a society, we’ve gotten a little too used to prying into one another’s lives. Blame it on technology, social media, helicopter parenting, reality TV, what have you, but our culture has shifted noticeably toward the extreme in this regard. And one of the ways in which we’ve gotten most carried away is that of... Read more »

Why I hate talking politics

As a rule, I hate talking politics, and I avoid it whenever possible. Always have. Whenever I’m at a party, and I hear some guests debating with an intensity and a volume in which the participants can’t even hear one another, I leave the room. Furthermore, when someone tries to draw me into a debate,... Read more »

3 useful non-business apps for entrepreneurs

3 useful non-business apps for entrepreneurs
Like you, I hate to waste space on my phone by cluttering it up with stuff I don’t really need. So many apps are such a waste of time, and I think at least twice before paying for one. But after much trial and error, I have found a few new apps that are actually... Read more »

To my daughter: 3 things to remember on your first day of school

So it’s your first day of school tomorrow. I’m not sure what I can say that will make you any less nervous. I know it’s not really that comforting to hear that everyone is nervous, including the teachers and staff. But it really is true; everyone is in the same boat. It feels like you... Read more »

Athletes shouldn’t be role models? This Cubs player is.

Athletes shouldn’t be role models? This Cubs player is.
NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley made headlines in 1993 when filming a commercial in which he said, “I’m not a role model. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” As a rule, it’s most certainly true, especially when examples such as Michael Vick come to mind, that athletes should not... Read more »

Isn’t it ironic: Trump celebrating Labor Day

In anticipation of Labor Day weekend coming up, we can most likely surmise that in addition to Donald Trump doing and saying something else offensive about North Korea and Hurricane Harvey, he will be vacationing at his getaway in Mar-a-Lago or a similar vacation locale. He usually does this on holiday weekends (and non-holiday weekends),... Read more »

3 biggest lies entrepreneurs love to tell

We entrepreneurs love to lie. Shocker, huh? There’s nothing particularly earth shattering about that revelation, but it’s the specific lies that entrepreneurs choose to tell, that are the most interesting. These lies aren’t specifically directed at customers, it has more to do with the lies business owners tell in order to pump ourselves up. These... Read more »