The Act You’ve Known for All These Years

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. And then I remembered that I was late with this latest editorial offering. Where would I find inspiration? The good news was that I was going to visit with Sir Paul McCartney and 50,000 of his closest friends at Globe...

It’s Time to Face Your Competition

One of the things I learned very early in life is that “Competition is Good” The better the competition, the better I performed. This was and is true in all walks of life.  Athletic endeavors, Scholastic challenges, and even the schoolyard bully were all critical to...

How to Overcome First-Store Anxiety

Do you remember the 1994 movie “Maverick”? Specifically, there’s a scene in which gambler Maverick(Mel Gibson) pushes all his chips into the pot on a final hand. It probably feels something like that when you look to open your first convenience store. You have worked...

It’s a Good Time to Be a Disruptor

Disruptor. I love that word but I think it is often misunderstood. Some might define it as simply someone who shakes it up and does things differently. I believe it is much more. In a business context, I believe a Disruptor first identifies opportunities that the...

Why It Pays to Diversify Your Team

Grandchildren are amazing. I am blessed to have three perfect grandchildren, who are truly a fountain of youth in my life. They make me laugh, smile and wonder as if I am reliving my own childhood. Grandchild No. 3, Tate, recently got his first haircut. Back in the...