Do you suffer from the Entrepreneurial Myth?

“The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” – Michael E. Gerber

Do you suffer from the Entrepreneurial Myth?

The Entrepreneurial Myth #1: 

The myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurial Myth #2: 

The fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical side of a business can successfully run a business that does not technically work.

The secret to go ‘Beyond’ The E-Myth is to scale up… that said, what are the best ways to scale your business?

Excerpt from – Beyond The E-Myth – 

This is the simplest book I’ve ever written.

It’s a book written for everyone who has started his own business, or for everyone who hopes to.

It’s a simple book because it starts out with a simple premise. That unless you start your business with the intention of selling it, it will almost always turn out to be a disaster.

So this book is about going to work ON your business (I’m going to call it ‘a company’ from now on) – to design your company, to build your company, to launch your company, and then to grow your company for the extreme purpose of preparing your company for sale.

That means that a company, no matter what it does, and how it does that, is nothing other than a product. A product you’re preparing to sell.

After all is said and done, that’s what an entrepreneur is: an inventor of a grand and growing company — a product — which ultimately will be sold to a buyer who falls madly in love with it.

Every company on the face of the planet is nothing other than a product for sale.

But, the buyer of your company, whomever that may be, doesn’t fall in love with what the company does; he’s much more pragmatic than that. The buyer falls in love with how well your company does it.

And the measure for how well a company does what it does is only two things: First, its success in its ability to attract and keep customers better than any other company; and Second, the return on equity a company produces time after time after time.

In sum, such a company – a company which buyers absolutely love — possesses the uncanny, and seemingly unnatural, ability to scale. 

How to disaster-proof your business

The following post is part of out office technology series, sponsored by Frontier Business. (have you taken the Geek Quiz?)

Even on the brightest of days, we know that future days won’t all be wonderful. 

I’m an optimist. I expect serendipity and good fortune to come my way and that most of us will live in a better future, full of abundance. We will solve the world’s problems, capitalism will feed the world, rid us of pollution and prevent doomsday scenarios.

I am planning for great things.

One of the best ways to plan and see those better days is to stay realistic about thing that could go wrong and to do what is neccesary to reduce those threats right from where we sit. Before we can change the world, we best get out own houses in order. 

Here are some business strategies that will allow you to prosper during any disaster.

Avoiding disasters

You are best off if the disaster never happens. Why not plan to make sure there is less likelihood of it happening?


Any system, equipment or program is bound ot have an occasional failure but the likelihood of redundant systems failing simultaneously are far smaller. If you business depends on a system as mission-critical, make sure you have more than one. 

Start by asking yourself what the minimum viable equipment you need to stay up and running. Then duplicate that. 

And make sure you test the redunant systems.


The closest I ever came to loosing a business due to system failure was a server hard drive that we backed up every day. Don’t just make a back up, TEST your backups. 

Statistical analysis will like prove that you don’t need many backups. More likely that you need a rotating few, with rigorous testing. 

The hard drive failure taught me well. We did have paper copies of most everything back then, went through weeks of long, painful hours reconstructing what had been lost. We thought we had everything, but year laters, we were still talking about things that happened “before the crash”

Our crash was unnoticed by anyone other than our own business, but not soon forgotten. Nowadays, I keep everything backed up on cloud servers known for rigorous redundant backups, with a local copy that is automatically synced. Anything important is regularly backed up to another service and offsite copies. If I can’t find a file, it’s no longer due to it being corrupted. 

Strong Partnerships

I have a 37 year history of creating and protecting resources online. I owned a tech support company for nearly half of that time, and was able to help many set up hardware, software and network solutions. Plus my business is kept small today with contractors.

If you aren’t tech savy, or have more than a smidgen of online data and networking capability to maintain, I strongly suggest you look at solutions offered by professionals like new Frontier Total360 Business Continuity programs. 

Your future business may depend on it.

Frontier Business sponsors some of my posts. The DO NOT tell me what to say. This content, and my recommendation are my own.

5G open for business : Mobile World Congress

I’m so ansxious to see the world covered with 5g service. I think it’s going to facilitate the faster path to abundance for atl.

Here’s an exciting announcement from the Mobile World Congress (#MWC18) that started today. 

I’ll be sharing more on Twitter and here. 

Ericsson President and CEO Börje Ekholm declared 5G open for business during a briefing to media and analysts on Monday, February 26. There he highlighted the company’s concrete focus on the 5G business cases as well as the key technological enablers – from radio access to network slicing and machine intelligence – that will make 5G a commercial success.

“We will focus not only on why and what, but also on how. This is what our customers – the service providers – want to discuss.”

Ekholm pointed out three fundamental areas where service providers need to succeed:

  • efficiency – bringing the cost per gigabyte down
  • digital experience – improving customer experience and cost reduction
  • and creating new revenue streams based on 5G and IoT use cases.

“Customer feedback was the foundation for our focused strategy launched last year and now in how we are showcasing our products and technologies in our hall.”

After many years of work with standards and technology, 5G is moving into the commercial phase. To date Ericsson has signed 38 memorandums of understanding with service providers for trials. Even more importantly, Ericsson has signed several commercial contracts with deliveries already by the end of this year.

5G will be built on multiple use cases, and Ekholm underscored enhanced mobile broadband as the first large-scale global use case for 5G. This is based on surging data traffic and the need to provide better user experience. Between 2017 and 2023, data traffic is projected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent. This means eight times more traffic per site.

But enhanced mobile broadband is not only about speed and user experience, it is also about network efficiency. A site fully evolved with 4G and 5G capacity will deliver mobile data at one tenth of the cost compared to a basic 4G site today.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn joined Ekholm on stage where he talked about the importance of being an early mover in 5G, focusing on the opportunity it creates for enterprise segments of Telstra’s business and the company’s desire to always be the leader in customer experience.

Ekholm also addressed the achievements of 4G early adopters in terms of yearly revenue growth and market share.

“We don’t know which use cases will ultimately be the most important for 5G, but we know that early adopters tend to get a sustainable advantage.” Ekholm said.

By having a network that is ready for 5G, service providers can choose the time to turn on 5G traffic.

“Last year we broke speed records in tests, opened a 5G design center in Austin, Texas, and introduced new radio products for Massive MIMO and network services that ease the 5G journey.

“Just this year, we completed our 5G platform, which comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, together with OSS, BSS, network services and security. We added 5G commercial software for radio and core networks to enable operators to launch 5G already from Q4 2018,” he said.

Panoramas gone wrong

Thanks to the Verge and Reddit user MalletsDarker for bringing a chuckle to my Friday. I wouldn’t call this Mountain Giant “Sasquatch,” but it definitely is a rare sighting. Image technology does offer us many beautiful moments, and occasionally, some funny distorted ones too. 

And sometimes, they give us superpowers.

He’s just invisible, that’s all

For the Mountain Giant, MalletsDarker explains how this delightful mistake came to be. 

MalletsDarker shared the source images that Google Photos had combined together as a panorama, a feature that the software will automatically offer to you if it notices the images were taken near one another. He took three pictures: one with two friends, one of the snowy landscape, and one of the trees in a distance. In the photo of his friend, Google Photos managed to wipe out one person in the shot, artfully cropping her from the helmet down and replacing her with more trees and snow. The end result is reminiscent of Screaming Cowboy, Canadian edition. – Reddit

For more of these pano-whoopsies, head on over to this Reddit thread, Panoramics Gone Wrong.