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Lay down your best brick every day. 

I don't need to tell you this. Everybody wants to be an entrepreneur these days.  

Especially us millennials. We don't want to work for "the man". It's unbelievable. The internet and media have produced a rainfall of "wantrepreneurs". Believe me, I know what it's like to think about that "million dollar" idea all day and fantasize about creating the next FB.

I think it's good to be ambitious and goal-oriented when you're young.."hustling and grinding". But what does that really mean? I think the true meaning has been taken out of context. Everyone is looking to make a quick buck. 

However, let me tell you right now - stop with the short term, shoddy ideas. Stop looking for short-cuts. That road will close quickly. That last thing you want to do is get stuck.

Build a foundation. It's better to not make any money for 15 years so that you can make $100,000 dollars a month forever then it is to make a quick $60,000 and go back to laying down brick #1.

I've learned to understand that great things take time and tons of hard work. Go out and test things. Get feedback. Learn what product-market fit is. Learn to work as a team. Learn through failure. You will be tested.

However, make sure you realize this is not something that you do for a couple months or even a couple years. This is a long-term game. Read about the failures of successful individuals. No one had an easy road.

For those lucky enough to climb high and fast, realize you can fall even faster.

Be yourself. Think about why you're doing this. Do you truly care about solving this problem? Realize if you're going to be serving the world and your community, you will need trust. You will need relationships.

And both take time to build. These are things you earn. You're not the only one playing this great game - we all are.

If you lay your best brick down every day, you'll eventually start to realize that you've built something so magnificent, wherever you go, you feel at home.

Know When to Take a Break

I didn't want to get out of bed today.

For the second time this year, I feel burned out.

My body is aching everywhere and I don't feel sharp mentally.

Taking time off hasn't been in my vocabulary this year.

I would've kept pushing through but today I hit a brick wall. 

I've done the least I needed to today. 

I showed up and did a interview. To be honest, I didn't feel the best about it, but I'm glad I didn't reschedule.

We're all grinding and pushing ourselves constantly.

But at what cost? I think it's important to work hard and build your toughness.

However, we're all human and it's okay to say I need a break.

Instead of pushing myself and digging a deeper hole,  I decided to take my foot off the pedal and rest.

That networking event, the pop-dinner, and that catch-up meeting can wait.

Because how can you help others when you can't help yourself?

Take a break before it's too late.

On that note - I will not scheduling any more one-off meetings until after the holidays.

What we can learn about American Airlines and its dedication to world class customer service

“After 15,000 flights without pilots erroneously scheduled by American Airlines,

thousands of angry passengers take to social media”.

Hopefully, nothing of that sort makes headlines come Christmas and New Year.

AA might be able to deliver on its promise and ensure all of its customers are taken care of,

but what happens if it’s just a couple hundred passengers?

Are we willing to give AA the pass?

Just a couple hundred families that weren’t able to see each other. No big deal.

I’m not sure what the solution is. Only people closest to the situation can shed light.

Should they try to serve as many flights as possible and risk a small number of cancellations?

Even given the huge concerns from the Allied Pilots Association.

Or make a decision, own the mistake, and tell their customers upfront so they can schedule alternative plans.

Possibly offer free miles or some incentive for them to return?

How long before a decision is too late.

Do you think those passengers that lose the chance to be with their loved ones during the holidays of a known problem,

will ever use AA again?

It’s not a merry situation by any means, quite the opposite.

But it is an opportunity for AA to show they know a little about class and customer service.

If you’re running AA, what would you do?