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January 2019

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt

When inaction takes hold of your innovation process, get physical.  Prototype.  You might even get a meal out of the deal.


December 2018

“No one ever drowned in their own sweat.”  Ann Landers

Some call it sweat equity.  Others describe it as 60 to 80 hour work weeks.  Both are right.  You must invest a huge amount of personal time and energy to make a startup successful.


November 2018

“The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.”  J. W. Riley

An old country saying – “even a blind hog will find an acorn every once in a while, if he just keeps on rooting.”


October 2018

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”    Andre Gide

Go outside, grab an arm full of air, and create something new!  SIF Team 2.0.


September 2018

“Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.”  William James

Who said all the blocks had to be on top of the table?


August 2018

“Your actions speak so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is determined by your character, your ability, and your effort.


July 2018

“Throw creativity at a problem, not money.”  David Erickson

What do you get when you combine pine cones and paintings?  Creative solutions.


June 2018

“I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

SIF Team 1.0 is prototyping five projects:  (1) scent storage and delivery system, (2) retro video game revival, (3) non-contaminated hand cleaning solution, (4) do-it-yourself tennis system, and (5) art and prayer process for family spiritual growth.


May 2018

“Ideas are a dime a dozen.  Execution is priceless.”  Mary Kay Ash

There is a huge chasm between having ideas and having a successful startup.  There are many methods and tools available to help someone make the jump.  Rest assured, at some point, you will have to jump!


April 2018

“If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and then five minutes solving it.” Albert Einstein

It’s all about identifying a problem.  Get out of the office and talk with the people.  Ask the right questions and find the “job that needs to be done”.


March 2018

“A problem is an opportunity in disguise.”  John Adams

Is this an opportunity or a problem?  What’s your perspective?  Should you reframe your point of view?