Motivation

Entrepreneurs are some of the most motivated people on the planet. Which is important, because they also face some of the darkest, scariest moments of business life, too. So even the best entrepreneurs can use some extra motivation and inspiration. These are the posts that drive us. These are the things we think of when business life gets tough. If you’re going to prevail sometimes you have to fight to win.

26Dec

Don’t Wait Until January

BeforeAfterI’ve had back problems for a long time. In fact, I was born with one less vertebrae. That means a couple of things. I could have been an inch or two taller and maybe I wouldn’t have back problems if said missing vertebrae wasn’t actually missing. But, it is what it is, right? In the last five years or so my health has really gone south. I gained a lot of weight and stopped all serious exercise. Much of the lack of exercise was not by choice. It hurt too badly or I simply could not do it. Some of it was laziness and lack of effort or desire as well. So, after years of pain and difficulty, I finally succumbed to the surgeons scalpel. So far I think it was a pretty good decision. Actually, it really wasn’t much of a decision at all but rather my final and only option.

In May of 2012, after fully recovering from surgery and searching high and low for the right exercise options, I decided I’d had enough. I used to be an athlete (played every sport, and some half decently) and I was always active, so being out of shape was not cool for me. It definitely wasn’t healthy. I joked about eating poorly, I joked about not exercising, I joked about my back — but really I was just bummed out about my slow and steady decline into inactivity. So I made a very conscious decision to do something about it. Since that time (the picture on the right), I’ve riden my road bike nearly 4,000 miles. I’ve lost about 30 pounds (the photo on the left). And I’m just getting started!

If you are out of shape, for any reason, I think you should join me in the battle to be healthy again. And for me, it is a battle. A daily one.

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9May

An Indie Developer On How To Live The Dream

Dave Stevenson is the man. He is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 13 years in the technology industry. Dave currently runs Stevenson Software, a mobile application publisher. Prior to Stevenson Software, Dave had started and sold three successful internet based businesses. In addition to his entrepreneurial experience, Dave has held leadership positions in various real estate and banking software companies and serves on the board of 8 Pillars, a financial education company. Dave is also active in social media, having been named one of the “50 Tweeters Every Utahn Should Follow” on Twitter.

Today Dave tells us about how to be persistent and become an independent, bootstrapped software developer. A lot of you would no doubt like to do that, no? Then read on…

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