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What a fun couple of weeks here in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, NOT!  It has basically rained every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the last three weeks, and it looks like this one will be no exception.  Look, I’m not one to complain in general.  I also almost never complain about the weather.  I’m making an exception this time, because it is starting to interfere with my kids football!  So, enough is enough! With that said, I thought I’d talk about Continue Reading…

Priorities and lost time

September 13, 2018 — Leave a comment

It’s quite interesting when you start adding up the costs of “missed opportunity”. Many of these costs aren’t just financial. Many of us entrepreneurs miss the opportunity of a lifetime to be a good parent or spouse. We spend countless nights and weekends “grinding” away at our dreams. We tend to keep growing and growing, creating and solving, wanting more and more. It never stops.

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So, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past.  I’m sure I’ll keep making them until I learn to listen to my wife!  One of my largest mistakes since founding 2020 REI was rapid expansion.  Not only of office space, but also expenses and personnel.  Operating under the standard entrepreneur ideology that if you build it, they will come.  We’ve gone from a 300 square foot office with two couches, two people and a desk; to 5,000 sqft overlooking downtown with 50 people; and back to 1,300 sqft in the corner office with five people.  Should we have Continue Reading…

SOOOOO, I’ve been lazy.  I’ve been really lazy.  This summer, I’ve been working about 5-7 hours a week.  I’ve really been spending a lot of time with my family.  My oldest son started his Senior year today (Mom’s going a bit crazy) and my youngest started 3rd grade!  This has made my world flip a bit.  I was actually at the office before 9 today, and may actually be here more today, than all last week!  I always have (and always will) put my family first.  We have football practice three nights a week for the little guy, and games on Saturdays.  The oldest is a Varsity football player, so Friday nights are gone until mid-December!  These events create a whirlwind of activity and responsibilities that are ALWAYS conflicting!  So, I’ve committed to Continue Reading…