Hey thanks

The happiest people on earth have remarkably few things in common. One of them, however, is gratitude. If you want to be happier, try being more thankful. Your life is an amazing miracle, which, truth be told, you did absolutely nothing to deserve. It’s a gift, a daily birthday present, a sumptuous banquet set before…

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Intellectual Property is the Ownability of your Own Ability

Excerpt from chapter 1 of Ownability – How Intellectual Property Works now available for pre-order at a 20% discount. Intellectual property is everywhere. You can hardly exist in the modern world, let alone on the internet, without accessing or using someone’s intellectual property. The rules of intellectual property help you turn ideas into money, which,…

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Be a rockstar

I am a lawyer. I help people start companies and do deals. I try to be really good at this. In fact, I try to be a big effing rockstar. Like they say, “Go big, or go home.” Life is way too short not to supersize it. My clients and friends know this. They’re all…

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Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

I am 47 years old and I am in the best shape of my life. I recently dropped about 35 pounds and about 5 inches off my waist. I have more muscle definition and less body fat than I have had since college. My cholesterol is through the floor. I have more energy than I…

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Notes on Pitching Investors

The basic thrust of pitching your business to investors — or to co-founders, or indeed, to yourself — is to portray confidence about what you are going to do with the investor’s money. Investors invest in people. They seek strong, capable navigators of their financial future. You must demonstrate the skill and will to succeed,…

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Lawyers Using Social Media

The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising recently released its Guidelines for Networking Sites, which are meant to give Florida lawyers some guidance as to how the Bar Rules apply to social media sites like Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, and Twitter. Communications from a Florida lawyer that promote the lawyer’s legal services are regulated by the…

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TechVenture… human adventure.

Remarks delivered at the TechVenture conference. December 6, 2011. Hard Rock Cafe, Universal Studios, Orlando. [The audio is here: techventure2011] On December 17, 2010, Mohammad Bouazizi, a 26 year-old street vendor in Tunisia, was harassed, beaten, and humiliated by police for selling vegetables in the street without a permit, which is a euphemistic way of…

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Playful Detachment

Is this seat saved? So I’m sitting in a movie theater and this guy comes up to me and says, “Excuse me, is this seat saved?” And I say, “Well if Thomas Aquinas reasoned that even animals have no souls… how can an inanimate object like a chair expect to attain eternal salvation!?” And he…

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