I was recently watching the last season of Breaking Bad. One of the things that is facinating about the show is how Walt, the main character, slides from good, decent H.S. chemistry teacher, family man…to be a drug kingpin, organized crime lord type. It all starts with a simple premise though. As humans, it is easy when we embrace the idea that morality is relative and that there are no absolutes. In our education system today, many are teaching this philosophy and that if we believe in a moral absolute, than we are forcing “religion” on people…and then the separation of church and state crusaders march in to save the day.

When we start a business, it is important to know what we stand for. If not, and making money is the only absolute, then prepare for compromise after compromise that could very well lead down the path of our dear friend Walt.


On May 10th, Startstuff.net will be involved in an event in Greer, SC. (315 South Buncombe Rd., Greer, SC 29652)  It is a day of fun starting at 10:00 and ending about 10:00 at night. The day will host sports stars, race car drivers and military personnel for you to meet. Most are willing to sign autographs.

The #89 race truck will be on display for you to get a picture. TRuck89-2

The big part of the evening will be an auction. Many sports memorabilia items as well as other things will be auctioned off. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, this will be a fun day to help support Track Warrior Racing and Adopt-A-Hero. There will be plenty of things for you in the auction as well. One thing I am looking forward to bidding on is a 75 minute full body massage from Advanced Massage of the Upstate.

Keep checking back for more updates, auction day events, who will be in attendence…


I have mentioned the idea of “tribes” before, but for a quick refresher, at the most base level, a “tribe” is a group of people who have a common interest.

As leaders, we aren’t so much in the business of creating a tribe as we are in the business of bringing the tribe together. One thing hit me recently and that was that tribes are no longer limited by ethnic or national borders.

With the internet making the world smaller and smaller as each day goes by, we have the ability to connect across the world with relative ease. Your tribe could include people from many countries, ethnicity groups, ages…

The “Coca~Cola Tribe” is found all over the world. They speak many languages. The one thing they have in common is that they like to drink Coca~Cola. They may even have different recipes in their country, but there is still that common bond.

Coke might not be your thing, but whatever it is, you might be overlooking a huge opportunity to lead your tribe by limiting it to your own nation, ethnicity, age group, gender…

Start thinking outside the borders!

PS. Be on the lookout for announcements about May 10th!


The following video is of a Southwest Airlines pre-flight announcement. It is far from standard. I don’t know that this flight attendant was paid any extra for her time on that day, but she made a flight more memorable in a good way for a plane full of customers.


“I choose YOU!” Those words make us feel good. It doesn’t matter if you are a 4th grader in gym class and the teams are being divided up to play dodgeball or if you are a struggling author attempting to get her first book published. “I choose you.” Makes us feel like we are part of the team. We have been chosen and that makes us good enough. Depending on what we are hoping to be chosen for, it may really take the wind out of our sails if we are rejected. It hurts to deal with someone telling you that you aren’t good enough. The wonderful thing about the world that we live in is that it is changing. In today’s world, we can each choose ourselves! You can start doing what your passion tells you to do! You can accomplish amazing things!

Years ago, the idea of a job, a career wasn’t something that one had to think about. You did whatever your parents did. You stayed in the same social caste that you were born into. Your life was mapped out from the day you were born until the grave the moment you popped on the scene. In the world today, you can be whatever you choose to be. You can do whatever you choose to do. Life is about making those choices, and today, I am choosing you to make your dreams come true! (Exerpt from I Choose YOU!)

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