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October 4, 2011

I didn’t get it after watching the group Silhouettes perform on America’s Got Talent (I was, however, the only one in my family to correctly pick the winner from the four semi-finalists). All (the) Silhouettes seemed to do was dance behind a screen and make shadow impressions.

Maybe the pragmatic side of me took over and I thought about how many things in life and business are like shadow dancing. From Ponzi schemes to business opportunities; things that don’t offer any benefit or value. Is it realistic to make a low investment, work part-time and get a six-figure income?

Or maybe it’s that I’ve heard too many small business owners who struggle for years tell me if only they had a little more money. (The cynical side of me says if they had another $250,000 it means they can stay in business another year or so.)

All of us need to look at what we’re providing and realize it takes hard work, smart work and value proposition that benefits the customer to such an extent that the product or service they are getting from us is worth more to them than the money they are paying for our product or service (a win-win deal).

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures.  So I did ten times more work.”  George Bernard Shaw

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