The LUTHAS Center

The LUTHAS Center

On April 4 2024, The first LUTHAS Center will be erected in NYC. This center will provide Educational resources, Life Training, Financial planning, Health and Medical Services, Emergency shelter to Women and Children. It will be 1,000,000 sq feet.. A third bigger than the Jacob Javits Center. I look forward to seeing you at the opening ceremonies.


The Importance of having a Strong Vocabulary

It’s impossible to become a great leader without being a great communicator.

Great communicators are skilled at reading people by sensing the moods, dynamics, attitudes, values and concerns of those being communicated with. Not only do they read their environment well, but they possess the ability to link the message with the environment without missing a beat.

It’s about meeting the needs and the expectations of those you’re communicating with..

This book is intended to assist us with that process.



GET USED TO IT BITCH!! It comes with the Dream..

In our attempts to be more efficient and productive.. We will encounter headaches, stress, frustration and other uncomfortable feelings. Usually, we would stop and complain – when we feel overwhelmed and say “Fuck it.. I need a break..”

The reality is when we want to become something, do something or achieve something – we can’t afford to stop. Becoming Successful at anything requires that we are Uncomfortable at times – much more so than before.

Being comfortable is for our days off. Being comfortable is for when – we’re with our Family, Friends and Loved Ones.. not when we’re Working towards Greatness or Achievement.

Do you think it was comfortable for the People that changed history when they were creating change or creating products that ultimately changed their Eco-System or world?

No.. But they sacrificed – so they could fulfill their Visions of what they believed in. We’ve heard and read about plenty of success stories – that involve the uncomfortable experiences Successful people have encountered on their way to Greatness.

The most important conversations we have are the conversations we have with ourselves.

When we feel Uncomfortable – we must be emphatic and passionate with our self-talk.

Nothing shocks your feeling of quitting like constantly telling yourself – “GET USED TO IT BITCH!! It comes with the Dream..”

So get comfortable with being Uncomfortable.. the pavement is comfortable to walk on – but no Flowers will ever grow on it :)


Growth is Not an event.. It’s a Process

If we want to be something, get something or achieve something.

We must become the person that is “something”, obtained “something” or achieved “something”.

Our behavior and character has to mimic that persons behavior and character. We must analyze the contrast between you and that person (the person you want to become).

The person we want to become effectively manages time and uses time as a tool.

One strategy would be.. waking up and being productive earlier.. If we wake up at 4am.. we can start producing by 5am.

We will start the process of completing goals by Identifying and completing activities with focused energy.

It’s not enough to know something.. we must effectively apply the knowledge

It’s not enough to want something.. we must manage our energy, time and resources to get what we want

If we truly want to be successful.. We must be brutally honest with ourselves. Am I fraud? Why do I say I know this? Or want that? When my behavior and actions highlight the opposite? What am I going to do change that? Do I need help? What will I stop doing? What will I start doing?

Everyday won’t be perfect.. We may be inconsistent at times, but don’t worry. Reflect on what made you inconsistent.. Ask yourself – where did I go wrong?

There’s a difference between reflecting and beating yourself up. Reflection is “I messed up.. why did I mess up? What changes can be made? What changes will I make?

The key is to never stop trying.

Remember Growth is Not an event.. It’s a Process.


10 Daily Steps to Activate your Greatness

1. Create 3 small Goals & complete them before bed.

2. Use your INFLUENCE to help others

3. Work Harder on yourself than you do anything else

4. Focus on ACTIONS not words

5. Be better today, than we were yesterday

6. Read for a least 1 hour

7. 1 hour of Physical Activity

8. Write down all Productive Ideas

9. Its not about what happens to you, it’s about how you respond to it

10. Set out to Learn something new everyday and apply it to your life.


5 Things You Should Do Before Bed Tonight

1. Write an email to yourself and make the subject

“From 2014 me to 2015 me”

In the body of the email – do the following:

2. Identify and write about your challenges

3. Things you’ve overcame in 2014

4. Things you will improve upon in 2015

5. Identify which three things you will do to improve your quality of life in 2015


Relationships and their Effect on our Lives

I believe sometimes we refuse to have relationships with some people because we know they will challenge us to improve and expose us to different things. Whether its the lack of confidence in ourselves or refusal to leave our comfort zone.

Look at your current situation.. Then look at the person or people you’ve dated. Their influence or lack of influence is 50% of the reason you’re where you are today.

As Leaders and Changers we must challenge ourselves and surround ourselves with others that will teach, motivate and inspire us to improve.

Otherwise, I can assure you.. Five years from now.. You will be exactly where you are now or worst.

Why We Need Two Lists – Will Do and Won’t Do

We all have a list of all the things we WOULD do – once we accomplish or obtain something significant in life. This vision is extremely important, however there should also be a list called ‘destructive items’ – which consists of behaviors and people that could sabotage our success.

If we forget this, we could risk losing what we worked so hard to accomplish.


Dysfunctional Behavior

Sometimes you don’t realize how dysfunctional your behavior until your audience and environment changes. What you always assumed was normal becomes dysfunctional.

One bad behavioral trait can destroy good friendships, careers and possibly everything you’ve worked for. Pay attention to those that warn you.. They could be saving your life.

Your talent can take you somewhere, your character won’t keep you.


30+ Awesome Websites that Make you Smarter

We all have our sites that we browse daily or whenever we have a few mins to ourselves.

To expedite this routine, I’ve created a folder in my Chrome Bookmark Bar called “Websites that Make You Smarter”. A one-stop shop for sites I can quickly browse to – that will hopefully add ‘value’ to my life. I’ve done some research and condensed the list based on the sites I felt were the most useful.

1. Khan Academy

Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course? Khan Academy aims to provide education at the collegiate level for anyone who wants it. They provide resources for learning pretty much every subject out there, including math, science, history and more. As you learn, the platform will even assess your progress and help you gauge what you’ve learned. Not only will you learn a wide variety of subjects through immensely helpful videos, but you’ll get a chance to practice them and keep track of your learning statistics, too. It’s a great way to further your understanding of subjects you’ve already taken or to learn something new.

Other great learning sites include UdacityCourseraAcademicEarthMemrise, and edX.

2. Lifehacker

On this highly useful site, you’ll find an assortment of tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.

3. The World Factbook

Did you know that the CIA has information on pretty much everything in the world? Okay, but did you know that they make a ton of this information open to the public? The World Factbook is your godsend for research, allowing you to cite facts and details that pertain to a seemingly endless amount of information from reputable sources.

4. Fast Company’s 30-Second MBA

In short video clips from from accomplished corporate executives, you’ll learn great business advice and life lessons, really fast.

5. Instructables

Through fun videos and simple instructions, you can learn how to make anything from a tennis ball launcher to a backyard fort. You can also submit your own creations and share what you make with the rest of the world. Still wanting to learn more? You can visit eHow and gain a wide range of skills, such as how to cook, decorate, fix, plan, garden, or even make a budget.

6. TED-Ed

This is a new initiative launched by TED with the idea of “lessons worth sharing.” It is meant to spark the curiosity of learners around the world by creating a library of award-winning, animated lessons created by expert educators, screenwriters, and animators. You can create your own customized lesson to distribute around the world by adding questions, discussion topics, and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube.

7. Investopedia

Learn everything you need to know about the world of investing, markets, and personal finance.

8. Quora

Get your questions answered by other smart people, or read through the questions other people have asked. You can learn anything from productivity hacks to the best foods of all time.

9. Unplug The TV

A fun website that suggests informative videos for you to watch instead of TV. Topics range from space mining to “How Containerization Shaped the Modern World.”

10. VSauce

This Youtube Channel provides mind-blowing facts and the best of the internet, which will make you realize how amazing our world is. What would happen if the world stopped spinning? Why do we get bored? How many things are there? Watch the videos and find out.

11. TED

For years, people have been benefiting from TED talks that provide free insights from the world’s smartest people. TED provides the value and learning growth of a seminar, but without the exorbitant costs and travel expenses, by providing visitors with tons of free video lectures. The app is also great for catching up on the latest talks, and you can even download some on iTunes.

12. You Can Easily Learn 100 TED Talks Lessons In 5 Minutes Which Most People Need 70 Hours For

13. 10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work

14. MIT Open Courseware

As much as I would love an education at MIT, that isn’t really in the cards. Thankfully, the educators at the Massachusetts Institue of Technology decided to give out information for tons of courses online through Open Courseware. Hundreds of millions of people have benefitted from the information that they can learn from these courses, starting a trend for other sites to offer free courses as well.

15. HowStuffWorks

There are things we want to know about, and then there are things we didn’t know we wanted to know about. HowStuffWorks addresses the latter by providing information on a variety of topics and eye-opening facts that will broaden your horizons.

16. Lumosity

Using games to learn is something I’ve treasured since Kindergarten, making Lumosity a trusted resource for me and countless others. Using a daily schedule of games, Lumosity is literally designed to make you more clever. As you progress, the software figures out what your strengths and weaknesses (such as memory or math skills) and assigns you games accordingly. The best part is that the games are actually addicting and fun to look forward to!

17. Duolingo

This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. Duolingo is a free version of Rosetta-Stone that delivers the same results: teaching you another language. Regular use of the site can have you speaking and writing Spanish, English, German, French, Portuguese and Italian in a matter of months depending on the diligence you put into it. Hopefully, even more languages will become available soon.

18. Mindtools

There are countless blogs that you can enjoy for being interesting and mildly useful, but how many of them actually help you with your career? Mindtools is a blog that teaches you what they call “practical career skills” that you can apply at your job. This is a great daily read for entry-level workers who want to make a great impression, and the variety of topics and advice provided make this is a fantastic bookmark for anyone wanting to excel.

19. Factsie

Did you know the horned lizard can shoot blood out of its tear ducts? Keep clicking through this site to find unusual historical and scientific facts, along with links to sources. Another great site for fun facts is Today I Found Out.

20. CliffsNotes

Ideal for high school and college students, Cliffsnotes provides valuable resources like study guides and test prep for standard books and subjects you’ll have to read anyway. The site also provides resources for math and science, giving you the chance to finally master the dark arts of homework.

21. Quora

Have you ever wanted to ask someone famous a question, but you suffer from never having the chance? Thanks to Quora, you can read the opinions and answers of fascinating (and varied) questions from the leading experts in pretty much everything. You can answer questions too and get feedback from numerous others who share your love for a given topic.

Do you think you’ve mastered the searching skill on Google? Not yet.How to Google like a boss – Become a master of Google search with these little-known tips

22. Spreeder

According to Spreeder, a lot of us have trouble reading quickly because we can only read as fast as our “inner voice” can. Spreeder’s solution is to teach you to read without an inner voice, boosting reading speed and comprehension immensely. The best part? It’s totally free.

23. Project Gutenberg

Imagine a library with tons of free books that you can keep for the rest of your life. Actually, you don’t have to imagine that because Project Gutenberg gives you the ability to download thousands of free e-books, and it’s completely legal.

24. GeographyIQ

Imagine if Google Earth and Wikipedia decided to make it official and have a child. That would be GeographyIQ. Using the world map, you can select any country and access virtually every facet of useful information there is about that country, including history, currency, population and more.

25. Information is Beautiful

I love reading, but sometimes a visual demonstration just makes information come alive. Hence, Information is Beautiful is a platform that uses gorgeous visuals to impart data. For example, if you want to find out how much money individual organizations have lost from data breaches, you can view an action visual that shows bubbles that are labeled and sized accordingly, giving you an in-depth, but easy to digest overview of the data.

26. Digital Photography School

Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they’re helpful even if you’re a complete beginner. There’s also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers to connect with.

27. Freerice

Expand your vocabulary while feeding the hungry. It’s the best way to feel good about yourself and learn words you can use for the rest of your life.

28. Gibbon

This is the ultimate playlist for learning. Users collect articles and videos to help you learn things from iOS programming to effective storytelling.

29. Powersearching with Google

Learn how to find anything you ever wanted by mastering your Google search skills. Also, read this article on 100 Google tricks that will save you time in school.

30. Justin Guitar

Guitar is one of the few instruments out there that’s actually pretty easy to learn if you’re a little older, making it one of the most accessible instruments. Still, learning how to play still takes some direction, at least for most people, so a guy named Justin decided he was going to help out. His website provides hundreds of free guitar lessons that range in different styles, depending on how you want to play. His schedule for learning is pretty easy to follow, and the site is a great stepping stone for people wanting to pick the instrument up.

31. Nerd Fitness

When we think of exercising and gym techniques, we typically think of bodybuilders and jocks from high school. Nerd Fitness aims to provide resources for getting in shape from a nerd’s point of view. All of the guides, blogs and fitness tips on this site have a geek flavor that is intended to make anyone who feels uncomfortable at the gym feel right at home here.

32. Cooking for Engineers

Founded by Michael Chu, Cooking for Engineers goes further than just providing recipes. The site is a blog that is geared toward making your food taste good. Additionally, his analytical take on ingredients and cooking recipes is interesting and will likely change the way you approach cuisine.

33. Anki

It’s no secret that the key to memorizing information is mastering recall. With flashcards, you can recall things faster, making Anki an ideal resource for using flashcards online. Unlike other sites that use flashcards, Anki allows you embed more than just text. You can use video, audio and images to help you start studying faster and smarter.

34. OneLook

Finding a great dictionary is not a difficult task in a world full of search engines, but it can be tricky to define more complicated words and phrases that most dictionaries (besides UrbanDictionary) don’t attempt to define. With OneLook, you can find multiple definitions from numerous dictionaries in one place, even if you’re looking up a phrase that is obscure or too specific for normal dictionaries to help you out with.

Sources: Lifehacker and Business Insider


19 Reasons Why This Is An Excellent Resume

Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before they make the initial decision on candidates, according to research conducted by TheLadders, an online job-matching service for professionals. That means you have to win them over fast.

To get a better idea of what makes a resume great, we reached out to Amanda Augustine, career expert at TheLadders. She created an example of an excellent resume and allowed us to share it.

While resumes should be tailored to the industry you’re in, the one below offers a helpful guide for entry- and mid-level professionals with three to five years of relevant work experience.

Good Resume

What makes this resume so great? Augustine outlines the following reasons:

1. It includes a URL to the jobseeker’s professional online profile.

If you don’t include URLs to your professional online profiles, hiring managers will look you up regardless. Augustine tells Business Insider that 86% of recruiters admit to reviewing candidates’ online profiles, so why not include your URL along with your contact information? This will prevent recruiters from having to guess or mistaking you for someone else.

2. It uses consistent branding.

“If you have a common name, consider including your middle initial on your resume and online professional profiles to differentiate yourself from the competition,” says Augustine. For example, decide if you’re Mike Johnson, Michael Johnson, or Mike E. Johnson. Then use this name consistently, be it on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

3. It includes a single phone number and email address.

“Choose one phone number for your resume where you control the voicemail message and who picks up the phone,” she advises. The same rule applies to an email address.

4. It does not include an objective statement.

There’s no point in including a generic objective about a “professional looking for opportunities that will allow me to leverage my skills,” says Augustine. It’s not helpful and distracting. Ditch it.

5. Instead, it includes an executive summary.

Replace your fluffy statement with an executive summary, which should be like a “30-second elevator pitch” where you explain who you are and what you’re looking for. “In approximately three to five sentences, explain what you’re great at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a prospective employer,” Augustine says.

6. It uses reverse chronological order.

This is the most helpful for recruiters because they’re able to see what you’ve been doing in recent years immediately, says Augustine. “The only time you shouldn’t do this is if you’re trying to transition to another career altogether, but then again, in this situation, you’ll probably be relying more on networks,” than your resume, she says.

7. It uses keywords like “forecasting” and “strategic planning.”

Many companies use some kind of screening process to identify the right candidates. You should include the keywords mentioned in the job posting throughout your resume.

“Identify the common keywords, terminology, and key phrases that routinely pop up in the job descriptions of your target role and incorporate them into your resume (assuming you have those skills),” advises Augustine. “This will help you make it past the initial screenings and on to the recruiter or hiring manager.”

8. It provides company descriptions.

It’s helpful for recruiters to know the size of the company you used to work for, advises Augustine.

“Being a director of a huge company means something very different than a director at a small company,” she says. You can go to the company’s “About Us” section and rewrite one or two lines of the description. This should be included right underneath the name of the company.

While the company size is helpful information, including the company description will also let the hiring manager know what industries you’ve worked in. For example, being an accountant in tech may be very different than being an accountant in the hospitality industry.

“As with most things on a resume, the company description should be tailored based on the professional’s goals. If you’re looking to switch industries, your focus may be on the company size — assuming it’s similar to your goals — and less on discussing the various products your company sells.”

9. It does not list achievements in dense blocks of text.

Recruiters receive so many resumes to scan through at a time, so make it as easy as possible for them to understand why you’re perfect for the job. Dense blocks of text are too difficult to read, says Augustine.

10. Instead, achievements are listed in two to five bullet points per job.

Under each job or experience you’ve had, explain how you contributed to or supported your team’s projects and initiatives. “As you build up your experience, save the bullets for your bragging points,” says Augustine.

11. It quantifies achievements.

“Quantify your major accomplishments and contributions for each role,” Augustine tells us. This can include the money you saved or brought in for your employer, deals closed, and projects delivered on time or under budget. Do not use any more than three to five bullet points.

12. Accomplishments are formatted as result-and-then-cause.

A good rule is to use the “result BY action” sentence structure whenever possible. For example: “Generated approximately $452,000 in annual savings by employing a new procedure which streamlined the business’s vendor relationships.”

13. White space draws the reader’s eyes to important points.

Recruiters do not spend a lot of time scanning resumes, so avoid dense blocks of text. “The key is to format the information in a way that makes it easy to scan and recognize your job goals and relevant qualifications,” Augustine tells us.

14. It doesn’t use crazy fonts or colors.

“Stick to black and white color,” says Augustine. As for font, it’s best to stick with the basics, such as Arial, Tahoma, or Calibri.

15. It does not include pronouns.

Augustine says you should never write your resume in third person because everyone knows you’re the one writing it (unless you go through a professional resume writing service).

Instead, you should write it in first person, and do not include pronouns. “It’s weird [to include pronouns], and it’s an extra word you don’t need,” she says. “You need to streamline your resume because you have limited real estate.”

16. It does not include images.

“Avoid adding any embedded tables, pictures, or other images in your resume, as this can confuse the applicant-tracking software and jumble your resume in the system,” says Augustine.

17. It doesn’t use headers or footers.

It may look neat and concise to display your contact information in the header, but for “the same reason with embedded tables and charts, it often gets scrambled in an applicant tracking system,” says Augustine.

18. Education is listed at the bottom.

Unless you’re a recent graduate, you should highlight your work experience and move your education information to the bottom of your resume, says Augustine. Never include anything about your high-school years.

19. It doesn’t say “references upon request.”

Every recruiter knows you’re going to provide references if they request it so there’s no reason for you to include this line. Again, remember that space on your resume is crucial so don’t waste it on a meaningless line, Augustine tells us.


Source: Vivian Giang


Success vs Happiness

Success is all the money in the world; happiness is having people to spend it on.

Success is measurable; happiness is limitless.

Success is a fancy car; happiness is a great ride.

Success is working hard; happiness is loving the work.

Success is the fame; happiness is the rise.

Success is the race; happiness is the finish line.

Success is having everyone know your name; happiness is having the right people know your name.

Success is being right; happiness is being true.

Success is earned, happiness is achieved.

Success is awards; happiness is its own reward.

Success is money in the bank; happiness can’t be deposited.

Success is private jets; happiness is flying high.

Success is never easy; happiness will never feel difficult.

Success is money; happiness is value.

Success is sacrifice; happiness is plentiful.

Success is late hours; happiness is all day.

Success is second homes; happiness is always home.

Success is material things; happiness is in the materials.

Success is pursuing your dreams; happiness is living your dreams.

Success is praise; happiness is never needing it.

Success is reaching the top; happiness has no ceiling.

Success is all the money in the world; happiness is needing none of it.

Success is doing what you love; happiness is loving what you do.

Success is just ahead; happiness was never behind.

Success is pursued; happiness is acquired.

Success is getting everything you ever wanted; happiness is not needing any of it.

Success is calculated; happiness doesn’t need a cheat sheet.

Success is envied; happiness is shared.

Success is perfection; happiness is embracing the imperfections.

Success is going the distance; happiness is enjoying the destination.


17 Successful Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Productivity Hacks

Starting and maintaining a small business takes an exceptional amount of work, and time is a precious commodity. That’s why most successful entrepreneurs have developed a few tricks along the way to increase their productivity and effectiveness.We asked entrepreneurs across industries to share their favorite productivity hacks, from useful organization apps to clever tricks for cutting down meeting times.These simple habits have proven to enhance their focus, organization, and happiness, all of which fuel their success.

Beth Doane, founder of Raintees, lets all calls go to voicemail.

Beth Doane, founder of Raintees, lets all calls go to voicemail.

Beth Doane

In 2008, Doane created Raintees, an apparel line that plants a tree in an endangered rainforest for every shirt sold and donates school supplies to a child in need for every tote bag sold.

Leading a growing company requires her full focus. Doane lets all of her non-scheduled calls go to voicemail, or else she would never get anything done, she says.

“I tend to return calls at the end of the day, and if someone really needs to reach me I have my assistant’s info on my voicemail and let her decide if it’s really an ‘important’ call.”

Eric Casaburi, founder and CEO of Retro Fitness, multitasks by combining a “brainless” activity with a “brain-required” activity.

Eric Casaburi, founder and CEO of Retro Fitness, multitasks by combining a "brainless" activity with a "brain-required" activity.

Eric Casaburi

Casaburi founded the first Retro Fitness in 2004 as an affordable gym for fitness buffs of all intensity levels. His franchise now has locations across the country and continues to grow.

He thinks multi-tasking is key for productivity, but only if it combines a mindless task with one that requires focus.

“For example, you could exercise on a treadmill, while taking a conference call (something that I do frequently),” he says. “Yes you will be winded, but I assure you it won’t affect your thinking and communication skills. In fact, there are studies that show the brain neurons fire off at a higher rate while active!”

Jamie Wong, founder and CEO of Vayable, schedules three non-work-related activities a week that nothing can interfere with.

Jamie Wong, founder and CEO of Vayable, schedules three non-work-related activities a week that nothing can interfere with.

Jamie Wong

Vayable is a San Francisco-based travel firm that connects travelers with locals who serve as tour guides. Its network includes over 600 destinations around the world.

Wong says that she’s found schedules and daily plans regularly get broken, so she started keeping three things in her life that she sticks to no matter what. She commits to one activity in each of the categories “Create,” “Love,” and “Grow.” Right now, for example, she’s learning how to play songs on her guitar (Create), keeping Thursday and Saturday nights reserved for friends (Love), and taking boxing lessons (Grow).

“I’ve discovered that few things are more powerful in personal growth than sports,” she says. “I block off Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings now for boxing training. Not only is it an amazing workout, but the mental and physical discipline it requires is a great exercise and metaphor for achieving anything outside of my comfort zone… I find that boxing, like many sports, is always a powerful metaphor for life and business, and I am able to draw on its power throughout the week.”

Doug Quint, co-founder of Big Gay Ice Cream, books his flights based on the availability of WiFi.

Doug Quint, co-founder of Big Gay Ice Cream, books his flights based on the availability of WiFi.

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Quint and Bryan Petroff started selling gourmet ice cream from a rented truck in the summer of 2009 as a fun side project.Big Gay Ice Cream quickly gained a devoted following throughout New York, and the pair opened up a proper shop in the city in 2011, followed by another the next year. The brand’s fanbase continues to expand, and the Daily Beast and USA Today ranked it the best ice cream parlor business in the U.S. last year.

To make the most of his time spent traveling, Quint always makes sure he will have access to a WiFi network.

“There’s usually no guarantee at the time of booking that I’ll need Internet access — but if I can’t sleep and there’s work to be done that hinges on connectivity, it seems like a week’s worth of work can be done during those hours at 24,000 feet,” he says.

Kate McKeon, founder of Prepwise and Prepwise Games, utilizes Fancy Hands’ assistants-for-hire.

Kate McKeon, founder of Prepwise and Prepwise Games, utilizes Fancy Hands' assistants-for-hire.

Kate McKeon

McKeon was a longtime consultant who turned to the education world when she became an instructor at Manhattan GMAT in 2008. In 2012, she founded her own test prep company, Prepwise, for students taking the SAT and GMAT.

As the leader of two small startup teams, McKeon has to take care of a constant stream of tasks. She turned to Fancy Hands‘ assistant services a year ago and has said it’s significantly boosted her productivity.

“In some cases, I have them do preliminary research on market segments so I can make a high-level decision very quickly,” she says. “In other cases, I break up a very complicated project into small enough pieces that can be done with a series of tasks. I had them sort through a 15,000 word glossary for wrong words, and it only took two days.”

Joe Silverman, founder of New York Computer Help, has a rewards system for achieving his goals throughout the day.

Joe Silverman, founder of New York Computer Help, has a rewards system for achieving his goals throughout the day.

Joe Silverman

Silverman founded New York Computer Help in 2000, and now his team of 25 repairs computers, smartphones, and tablets. He places an emphasis on customer service and personally follows up with as many customers as he can.

When Silverman became his own boss, he wanted to find a way to motivate himself. The answer was a simple reward system — with an emphasis on snacks.

“Complete the blog and get a mini-chocolate,” he says as an example. “Call up all customers who would like additional IT services and buy coffee from Dunkin Donuts. Reach my daily sales goal and eat a protein bar. The key for me is to stick to these incentives. If I don’t accomplish a goal, well, I don’t get the reward.”

Roger J. Hamilton, founder of the XL Group, categorizes every task as a “project” or a “process” and then strictly manages them.

Roger J. Hamilton, founder of the XL Group, categorizes every task as a "project" or a "process" and then strictly manages them.

Roger J. Hamilton

Hamilton was born in Hong Kong and is now based in Singapore. He conducts motivational “Fast Forward Your Business” tours around the world each year and owns businesses in publishing, property, financing, event and resort management, and business coaching. He founded the XL Group entrepreneur network in 2002, which has included members like Air Asia founder Tony Fernandez and Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus.

Hamilton wants to spend most of his time growing his business rather than maintaining it. That’s why he and his team members categorize every task as either a project or a process, and he then automates or outsources as many processes as possible so that he can focus on growing his brand. Answering emails, for example, is a constant process and one that can easily be handed off to an assistant so that he has more time to take care of high-level decisions.

Mona Bijoor, founder of Joor, skips the gym and incorporates exercise into her daily routine.

Mona Bijoor, founder of Joor, skips the gym and incorporates exercise into her daily routine.

Mona Bijoor

In 2010, Bijoor started Joor as an online global marketplace for wholesale buying for fashion retailers. It is based in New York City and now has offices in Los Angeles and Milan, Italy.

Bijoor works fitness into her busy days, which start at 6:30 a.m. when her young daughters wake her up.

“I make my girls breakfast and while they are eating I generally do 100 sit ups or 100 push ups,” she says. Then she takes the train into the city with her husband. “I get off two subway stops earlier than my normal stop and walk 20 blocks to work so I can log some steps on my Fitbit. This is all the exercise I get during the day, so I take full advantage of NYC being such a great walking city.”

Bobby Harris, founder and president of BlueGrace Logistics, keeps meetings as short as possible.

Bobby Harris, founder and president of BlueGrace Logistics, keeps meetings as short as possible.

Bobby Harris

BlueGrace Logistics offers transportation, technology, freight, and logistics services to companies. In 2011, it launched a program to sell franchises in all 50 states, and in 2012, Inc. magazine named it the No. 1 logistics and transportation company in the country.

Harris hates meetings because he thinks they waste time, but he knows that sometimes they’re necessary. He’s found a way to make the most of them.

“Never accept a meeting without a clear agenda and then ask how long they need,” he said. “Whatever amount of time is requested cut it in half! For instance, if someone asks for 30 minutes, give them 15. Start and stop your meeting on time, every time.”

Priscila Barros, founder of Babiekins Magazine, makes sure her desk is always clean.

Priscila Barros, founder of Babiekins Magazine, makes sure her desk is always clean.

Priscila Barros

When Barros was a 22-year-old mom, she decided to start an online fashion magazine for kids. Babiekins took off when Vogue Kids Brasil covered it, and now it’s advertised as the leading children’s fashion magazine in the U.S.

Barros thinks entrepreneurs should not underestimate the benefits of a clean desk.

“I have made it a habit to put things away and keep folders for different tasks,” she says. “And once a task is done, I check it off. It helps my mind keep focused on that ‘one thing’ to do instead of looking at the long list of must-dos.”

Carlo Ruggiero, co-founder of Kono Pizza, gets back to work once his family is asleep.

Carlo Ruggiero, co-founder of Kono Pizza, gets back to work once his family is asleep.

Carlo Ruggerio

Ruggiero founded Kono Pizza USA as the American branch of the company Italian chef Rossano Boscolo started in 2002. Boscolo has expanded the cone-shaped pizza franchise to 19 countries, and Ruggiero is in charge of locations in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Florida.

Ruggiero goes back to work at night as a way to focus and get extra work done.

“At night when my family is asleep, I work uninterrupted for at least two to three hours,” he says. “These few extra hours have been extra productive because I sleep better knowing I’ve done all I can that day, but more importantly, it decreases my ‘to do’ list for the next morning.”

Note: A previous version of this slide named Ruggiero the founder of Kono Pizza rather than its American branch, Kono Pizza USA.

Mark Slater, CEO of Pingup, leaves the office for a half hour each day to get some fresh air.

Mark Slater, CEO of Pingup, leaves the office for a half hour each day to get some fresh air.

Mark Slater

Slater is a Boston-based serial entrepreneur who started his latest project, Pingup, in 2012. It develops mobile booking apps like BookNow for making reservations and TaxiNow for hailing cabs.

He thinks that “too many people (especially in the cold Northeast) don’t take time away from work during the day, which actually increases productivity.”

Slater spends a half hour each day out of the office to clear his mind and get some exercise. He also often uses this time to pick up his daughter from school, which is an added bonus.

Samira Far, founder of Bellacures, uses Evernote to organize her life into lists.

Samira Far, founder of Bellacures, uses Evernote to organize her life into lists.

Samira Far

Far opened her first Bellacures nail salon in 2006, and now the company has seven locations across California. It has developed a dedicated customer base, which includes celebrities like Jessica Biel.

Far is obsessed with lists, which she organizes with the app Evernote.

“I make a list of what I want to accomplish, then tie action items to them quarterly, monthly, and then daily,” she says. “I keep my daily list fresh by re-determining the best use of my time the night before. Every now and again I glance at my monthly and quarterly lists to see if I need to make any adjustments in order to accomplish my goals.”

James Borow, co-founder and CEO of SHIFT, sets aside all emails that aren’t related to his to-do list.

James Borow, co-founder and CEO of SHIFT, sets aside all emails that aren't related to his to-do list.

James Borrow

SHIFT is a Los Angeles-based marketing platform that works with brands to maximize their influence on social networks. Since 2010, it has raised over $14 million in funding, works with 10 of the world’s top 20 brands, and has opened additional offices in Palo Alto, Chicago, New York, and London.

Borow uses the Mailbox app to isolate emails that are relevant to tasks he must accomplish.

“The key is to snooze all of the emails that are not part of weekly goals,” he says. “If you do this, you can start to treat your email as a to-do list as opposed to just reacting all of the time. This has completely changed my ability to get bigger tasks done.”

Tracy DiNunzio, founder and CEO of Tradesy, works from home one day each week.

Tracy DiNunzio, founder and CEO of Tradesy, works from home one day each week.

Tracy DiNunzio

DiNunzio operates the online clothes re-seller Tradesy. It absorbed her previous venture, Recycled Bride, the largest online wedding re-sale marketplace.

She considers multitasking a myth and focuses on one task until it’s complete. To cut down on distractions, she tries to regularly work from home.

“I try to work from home at least one day a week, and carve out time blocks throughout the day in the office to focus on whatever is at the top of my to-do list without interruption,” she says. “It’s better to do three things well than try and do 10 things when your attention is divided.”

Rob Israel, co-founder of Doc Popcorn, starts each morning with a two-word mantra.

Rob Israel, co-founder of Doc Popcorn, starts each morning with a two-word mantra.

Doc Popcorn

Israel and his wife Renee started their naturally flavored popcorn business in 2003 and moved from New York to Boulder, Colo., to turn Doc Popcorn into a franchise. TheDenver Business Journal reported that the company achieved revenue growth of 600% between 2010 to 2013.

Israel starts the day off right by having five minutes of quiet time each morning before he gets to work.

“In the last minute,” he says, “I breathe in and out two great words for the day. It could be ‘peace and play’ or ‘calm and strength’… it simply depends on what comes and is needed in the moment. This is an awesome and important start of my day’s productivity and creates immediate sanity.”

Lucas Donat, founder and CEO of Tiny Rebellion, gets his hardest work done before most people wake up.

Lucas Donat, founder and CEO of Tiny Rebellion, gets his hardest work done before most people wake up.

Lucas Donat

Donat founded Tiny Rebellion as a small ad agency dedicated to working exceptionally closely with its clients. It has had significant success growing the brand awareness of eHarmony, LegalZoom, and Hotwire, to name a few.

Donat’s now-favorite productivity trick fell into place after his infant daughter began waking him up at 4 a.m. Now she’s grown, but he still uses the “magical time” from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. to get his hardest work done.

“That uninterrupted, quiet time allows me to start my business day with a sense of accomplishment,” he says. “I have already done the hard work of writing and thinking before breakfast. As a CEO, I am increasingly finding that my highest contribution is to be there for others in a way that adds harmony and clarity. Having that quiet time in the morning for reflection and creativity is what keeps me firing on all cylinders during the chaos of my day.”



A Head’s Up..

There will come a time when you’re so busy chasing the horizon, focusing on tomorrow – that you’ll completely lose your ability to enjoy today.

To gain balance, you’ll begin to try different strategies and techniques.. many of them will be wrong. At that point and only at that point.. you’ll realize you are exactly where you need to be at this point in your life.

You’ll learn what got you here, won’t get you there.

You’ll learn it takes a different quality of person to get to the next level.

This person is ‘less talk and more action’

This person doesn’t ‘work hard on busy work, they work focus their energy producing the results they want’

This person ‘focuses completely on the task at hand’

This person ‘focuses on one thing at a time’ because this person knows ‘multitasking is the least productive thing you can do’..

This person knows ‘how to disconnect and conserve their energy for activities that produce tangible results..’

This person knows ‘you don’t treat people how they treat you.. you treat them better than they treat you”..

This person knows ‘people grow when they’re ready.. not when you’re ready’

This person knows ‘not to date – every person that catches your eyes because despite their physical beauty – everyone does not deserve your time or energy’

This person knows “Success requires structure and stability”

This person knows ‘instant gratification will destroy you and everything you’ve built’..

This person knows ‘never spend more time working to achieve something, than you do actually appreciating – what you already have’


Sunday Morning Reflection And Resolution

I admit I’ve wasted massive time this week in a failed experiment. The experiment was simply, go out and get out more. Although the concept was cool, it was destructive and counter-productive.

I am not disciplined enough at this point in my life to completely isolate the two worlds of Work and Play. I function at a very high level when I’m doing productive activities. However, I play extremely hard. I do everything at 150% (work and play).

Those of you that have hung out with me, know I like to go really hard. I just choose not to promote that behavior, because I know its destructive when over promoted and uncontrolled.

The challenge is finding a ‘happy medium’ where I can have fun and still be extremely productive, because my behavior is momentum driven. When my Productive momentum is broken, it takes days to get back in the zone. For this reason, I will stick with the occasional vacation and only hang out 1-2 times a month. Multiple times in a week is definitely a massive fail. I know my strengths and weaknesses, therefore it is to my advantage to focus on my strengths and manage my weaknesses.

With this being said.. It’s a new day.. The score is back to Zero-Zero. Time to re-establish my productive momentum.


A New Personal Challenge For Us

Every other outfit and shoes we purchase from this point on – must be Business Attire. The catch is, you must spend the same or more for your Business Attire.


Just as we are always anxious to wear our party / chill clothes outside or to social events. We’d be – just as interested or more to find places and events to wear our business attire. Therefore, preparing and exposing us to opportunities – previously unavailable to us.

You’d be surprised how good you feel when you clean up nice.

Small changes consistently implemented, will inevitably create huge results.