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The Audacity of Reasonable Expectations

April 15, 2014

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The oven looked like an aquarium. The picture in the ad showed the oven in the kitchen, but at some point it had been moved outside so that it could get some rain. When I arrived, it was outside under a tarp from the late 70′s. It was more fishnet than tarp. When we pulled […]

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What Paper Airplanes Have Taught Me About Success

March 12, 2014

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Standing on the edge of a large cliff in the mountains of Southern Oregon, we prepared our plane for launch. The paper airplane glided back and forth across the valley below for what seemed like forever before it finally clipped the top of a tall Douglas Fir tree. It was almost magical. We had made […]

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The High School Startup

February 13, 2014

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As I opened the email three words jumped off the screen. High school students. Yes!, I said out loud to my wife. Some high school kids are doing this! Kyle and Nick, two high school seniors outside of Boston had started their own appliance business. Here’s their story. It started for Kyle at the age […]

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Why I Started A School

January 21, 2014

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A year ago I got an email from a reader asking me how to get into the appliance business. I ended up coaching him for an hour, and 10 months later he’s made more money buying, selling and repairing appliances than at any job he’s ever had. After that, I went on to coach dozens […]

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What I Learned From My Grandfather

January 12, 2014

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This morning as I stepped out into my garage, I looked down and saw an old Kenmore dryer. It was the style that has the black control panel with brown trim on it. I’ve grown to love those machines. They were designed and built back in an era where quality and longevity were highly valued. […]

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How I Got Out of Debt

December 5, 2013

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Three years ago this past month, I sat down for coffee with my friend Jeremy at a Starbucks near our house. Almost 25k in credit card debt, behind on all our payments and ready to walk away from the debts, he talked me out of it. He encouraged me to use the last of my money […]

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Do Things Right The First Time

October 10, 2013

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It will be fine, it’s so close to the main drain pipe that it shouldn’t be an issue, my discount plumber said to me almost four years ago. He said it would take at least an hour for him to cut out and replace the section and that it just wasn’t worth the time and […]

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How Craigslist has Changed My Life

August 11, 2013

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I clicked over to the free section and there he was. A beautiful, 2 year old, long-haired maine coon. The ad went on to describe why the woman had to give him up. Some young relatives were going to be moving in with the woman and she had to find the cat another home. She […]

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World Record Bird’s Nest and Your Dryer Ducting

July 16, 2013

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As I turned the corner I immediately noticed straw hanging out of the vent. Bingo. I figured a bird had built a nice cozy home just inside a woman’s dryer ducting where it exited the building. This explained why it took hours for her laundry to dry. So I told the owner of the building […]

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My Record Week and a Standing Up For Yourself

May 5, 2013

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I’m sorry I haven’t been writing as much lately. Writing posts can take a good bit of time and I’ve been busy, especially this past week. I had my best week ever, selling and delivering 18 appliances. I made as much this week as I used to make in a month. I sold, delivered and setup 10 dryers, […]

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