Here’s the final post in my series on “success,” where I’ve been exploring how we define it, what it looks like, and the obstacles that are holding us back. Through all of this, we’ve been building a solid framework for our own definition of success. Keep in mind, how we define success is very personal. Your definition and mine may be very different. The point of this is not to have one universal definition we all share. …


In his book Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes about what he calls his “QQS Rating” and how this simple formula impacts our ability to sell our products and services. Here’s a quick explanation of his rating system and the one piece of the system that dictates success or failure in all we do…

The first “Q” is tied to “Quality of Service.” Hill is talking about the overall quality of whatever product or service we offer. How does each detail perform? Based on quality, does the product or service deliver what we say it will and exceed expectations…


As I’ve shared in my recent writing, I’ve been exploring the topic of success and I created a simple survey where I asked people to help me define it. I promised in my last post to talk about the responses to this survey question, “In one or two sentences, what is your definition of success?” I am going to share those answers, but first I’m going to take us on a quick sidetrack…

As curious as I am about how we define and create success in our lives, I want to crack the door on something else as well —…


Every day, multiple times each day, we follow processes. We observe patterns when we wake up in the morning and steps we note when we’re preparing to end our day. We follow a process to put gas in our cars, recipes that guide us in baking our favorite foods, and procedures we pay attention to when we onboard new clients. Frankly, there’s a process for just about everything we do.

Here’s a real-world example to showcase why this matters… When clients come to us, they generally need certain things. For example, many approach us in need of a new or…


As I shared in my last post, I’m on a personal journey to define success. It’s something we all want, but many of us have no idea what we’re actually chasing. I liked the word “success” but had no idea what it really meant to me personally. Acknowledging that, I took a step back and started asking questions. I was curious how other people were defining success, so I created a simple survey and asked a diverse group of people to share their insights on the topic. Then I collected their responses and listened…

In my last post, I asked…


At the end of the day, when you think about the products and services you are bringing your customers and clients, what are you really trying to create for them? The answer is simple.

Delight.

We’re all in the business of delivering delight. Step back for a moment and look at what you do. How does delight show up in your organization? Here are a couple of places we see it:

Form and function meet delight… If you have a product that you’ve developed for consumers, delight always plays a significant role in the design process. How will your product…


Success is something we’re all chasing in one area or another, but how do we define it so we know when we achieve it?

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“Success leaves clues.” — Tony Robbins

This quote has stuck with me from the moment I heard it, and I’ve been looking for the clues ever since.

Most of us would say that we want to be successful in life. What that looks like is different for everyone, but we each have areas in our lives where we want to be successful. Some of us want financial success, or to be successful professionally. Others want to be successful in our marriages and raising our kids. Maybe you want to be successful as an athlete or an artist. …


Over the past week, on four different occasions with four different prospective clients, we’ve heard the same thing. Two men, two women, four completely different businesses. They called us reaching out for help in their content marketing, and in each instance, they shared the following, almost word for word… “I know that I should get in front of a camera, shoot some video, and tell our story. I just don’t want to. It’s so uncomfortable… and it’s just not me.”

Friends, that’s the point. It IS you!

When you step in front of the camera and start to talk about…


I spent a good part of my life looking for the easiest and fastest ways to succeed. At everything. From my work and making money to my relationships, I wanted to get to my destination as quickly as possible with minimal work. That’s probably why I was a sprinter in high school and not a distance runner. The sooner I could cross the finish line, the happier I was. I wanted to be uncomfortable for as little time as possible.

Fast forward from high school to 2015, when Cristina and I ran Grandma’s Marathon along Lake Superior. I went from…


Strengths and weaknesses… What areas do you excel in, and where are you lacking? Often, we try to stretch our boundaries. We want to get stronger in the areas where we’re weak. From a growth perspective, that can be a good thing. Constantly learning new things and stretching ourselves leads to growth. At the same time, there are moments where we need to step back and reassess.

Years ago, we worked with one of the most talented digital illustrators in the country. His work was magical. Through his illustrations, he possessed the unique ability to transport you to different worlds…

John Gamades

Creative, entrepreneur, blogger, husband, and dad — focused on cutting through the negative noise with a message of positivity and growth.

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