a poem (haiku)

A warm morning. Fog.

Difficult to see, to drive

Sun melts the low clouds.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Quote by Thomas Edison on opportunity

When you decided on which goals you wanted to achieve this year, did you make an outline of the steps you will take to achieve them? Did you list how you will accomplish your goals, or did you simply write what you want to get done? There is a subtle difference between what and how, yet the critical distinction is part of what determines your success. Continue Reading…

a poem (haiku)

Snow, freezing rain, sleet

Then warm, rain, cold again. Why?

Missouri weather.

In recent months I’ve had people ask me how book publishing works, especially when they’re getting started with their very first book. Here are the four major book publishing options to consider for first-time authors.

Traditional Publishing

Traditional publishing includes a book contract with an advance on royalties to the author, ranging from a few thousand dollars to seven figures for a select few. This involves working with a book agent (which I have not done), sending query letters and manuscript proposals to publishers (and most of the time you get rejection letters until someone finally says “yes” to your book, this can take years). The publisher owns the copyright (this part I don’t like) and has full say on what can be changed of your content (I don’t like that, either). Continue Reading…

This documentary, Not Business as Usual, explores some of the major trends in business and ethical capitalism. It’s worth watching this hour-length film. See more at Institute B.