Tagged: work

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Searching For Something Meaningful

I’M NOT SURE WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR, BUT AT LEAST I’M CLOSER TO KNOWING WHAT IT IS NOT. I’ve often had a bit of a tortured relationship with my career. More so since I became a husband and father, I’ve been taking a more critical look at my life because some days I think it’s OK, but most of the time it seems like there’s something wrong. I know it’s not my wife, and it’s not my kids: those are things that are definitely right. It’s hard to put my finger on, because by most measurements I should be happy...

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An Open Letter to the CEO of Carbonite

DEAR MR. FRIEND, I appreciate that you had a prompt public response to the complaints from your customers about the behavior of Rush Limbaugh on his show that you advertise on. I would like to address a few of your points.

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A Different Kind of Space

SITTING IN STARBUCKS, I’M COMPELLED TO DISCUSS WHY. I mean, it’s the middle of the work day, and I “should” be at my desk, but there are some things that I can’t do as effectively there as I can when I remove myself from work (and home) environments, such as writing or really being creative in any way. One of the vice presidents at work likes to tease me about how much time I spend over at Starbucks, but he knows as well as anyone the amount of work I get done. I call it my remote office, but others...

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One Crazy Year

I HAD NO IDEA THAT ONE YEAR LATER, I WOULD BE WHERE I AM NOW. No longer a business owner, no longer a homeowner, and happier than I have been in quite some time. The only real constant has been my job. Even the family has had an addition and several subtractions. To describe the last 9 months as crazy is an understatement. Best to start at the beginning.

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A Fantastic New Loan Program From the SBA

I WENT TO A SEMINAR HELD TONIGHT by the Hagerstown Economic Development Council and the Maryland branch of the Small Business Administration regarding the new America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) loan program that launched this week.  For those of you who have been in business for at least 2 years, this is an amazing opportunity that you don’t want to miss out on.  I’m going to give you some of the details from the meeting, as even most banks are not clear on the details of this program yet.

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A Temporary Loss of Faith

I had a moment of weakness the other day. The realization that summer is a slow time of year for our business, combined with the knowledge that we’re not operating in the black yet, hit home somewhat hard. Some might even call it a mini-meltdown. I lashed out at The Boss in IM. I got myself in a funk for the rest of the day. But sometimes that’s just what you need to clear your head and crystalize what it is we need to move forwards.