The End of The Chapter & Parting Advice

It’s time to make even more changes to this blog.

It’s time to close this particular chapter altogether.

I know we just said we were switching…

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…from two posts a week to one post a week and that the podcast would only come out sporadically but…it’s time for the sun to set altogether on this chapter of my life, er-this blog.

First of all let me just say it’s been an absolute privilege and honor getting to know some of you solely because of our initial interaction here.

For that I’ll be forever grateful.

Second let me just say I still love meeting new people and engaging in meaningful conversations now as much as ever, it will just have to happen outside of these web pages.  At least for now.

We may fire this thing back up again someday…or we may not.  At this point I don’t know.  We’ll have to wait and see I guess.

This is surprisingly hard to write because there’s been a gazillion times I’ve wanted to quit, but now that I know it’s the right thing to do and the time is at hand I know I’ll miss it.

Blogging (and relationship period) is all about transparency, so in light of that here are some of my reasons for this decision:

The Hedgehog Concept:

Jim Collin’s talks about sticking with those opportunities that fall into each of the follow three circles.

1.  What you can be best in the world at.

2.  What you are deeply passionate about.

3.  What drives your economic engine.

This blog scores high on #2 but #1 would be a no and #3 would require more time than I’m willing to invest right now.

Quitting vs Quitting:

There are two types of quitting:

1.  You quit because you’re lazy, fearful, discouraged, afraid what others think, etc.

2.  You quit because when all things are considered it’s the right thing to do.

I’ve tried to live in a way that discourages people from quitting for reason #1.  This would be quitting for reason #2.

It’s Not about Time:

Believe it or not this isn’t about time.  I have 24 hours just like you do.  I could get up earlier.  I have the time.

It’s about Focus:

It’s more about focus than time.  Right now there are other things that need my attention more than this.

Stop Doing List:

Some will say for every new thing that goes on your ‘To-Do’ list you should add another to your ‘Stop-Doing’ list.  I’m not sure that’s an exact formula but I am finding it necessary to put this blog on the ‘Stop-Doing’ side for now.

So that’s about it.  Nothing too breath-taking or dramatic.

I do want you to get one thing though:  I’m not going anywhere and I still love to help people and processes improve.  So if there’s ever anything I can do…email me at:  kent@kentlapp.com

Several years ago someone asked me out to lunch looking for my best business advice.

This is what I told him and I’ll leave it with you in closing:

1.  Always pay your bills.

2.  Always do what you say you will do.

3.  Make your customers happy.

4.  Be organized.

5.  Market your product.

6.  Spend some money on Research and Development.

7.  Be okay with change.

8.  Be loyal, but not naive.

9.  NEVER ask your team members to do something you’re not willing to do yourself.

10.  Be aware of your problems but don’t dwell on them.

11.  Be sure you get paid if you delivered your end of the agreement.

12.  ALWAYS be looking to improve.

13.  Make positive thinking a habit.

 

Cheers. 

Entrepreneur, Investor, Optimistic Realist. Saved by Grace, Student of Life. Husband, Father, Son.

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6 thoughts on “The End of The Chapter & Parting Advice

  1. I’m sorry to hear that is the last one. I really enjoyed reading your viewpoint on things. However, it is also educational watching you pull the plug.

    Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this. It has effected my life more than you might think.

    Are you planning to leave the website up or should I print off things I don’t want to forget?

    Thanks again, and blessings!

  2. It’s good stuff Kent…post it whenever you can. I hope we can keep doing BusinessMen’s meetings together in the coming year… as God wills. Blessings on this new phase in life. Penn

  3. Thanks much for sharing these posts. I always love to hear the hearts of Godly friends like yourself, I’ve read everyone. I’m all about practical things. So, again, THANKS!!!!