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Thomas Jefferson's 10 Rules for the Good Life (Part 2)

September 27, 2022
In this article, we will apply the same interpretation to rules six through ten, and throw in a "bonus" of sorts by also discussing two additional rules that Jefferson shared with his granddaughter, Cornelia Jefferson Randolph, several years prior to sharing the now famous "Decalogue of Cannons" with young Thomas Jefferson Smith in 1825. 
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#033 Thomas Jefferson's 10 Rules (Part 1)

September 22, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be joined by Dirk Haupt to discuss Thomas Jefferson's "10 Rules of Live" including some background and the meaning of the first five rules.
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Thomas Jefferson's 10 Rules for the Good Life (Part 1)

September 13, 2022
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743 and famously died on July 4, 1826, on the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the United States of America, codified by Jefferson's most important and famous contribution to our nation, the Declaration of Independence.
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#032  Hope Is Not a Business Strategy

September 08, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking with long-time friend, Howard Bashford, about the appropriate application to small business owners of the phrase, "Hope Is Not a Business Strategy."
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Hope Is Not a Business Strategy

August 30, 2022
At the end of 2006, we were finishing our best year ever for gross revenue. Our employee numbers hit a peak of 28 that year, and we celebrated our good fortune with a festive Christmas party in the new office building we had just purchased in 2005. Despite all the positives, I knew our fortunes would be changing very soon.
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#031  Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout

August 25, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking with long-time entrepreneur and business coach Gary Wilbers about one of his most recent articles, titled “8 Tips to Manage Entrepreneurial Stress and Avoid Burnout.”
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Core Values, Vision & Superior Performance

August 16, 2022
The first company meeting of the new year, in January of 2016, was unlike any meeting we had ever had at D.R. Wastchak, LLC (DRW). Things had changed and were going to be changing even more over the next year and beyond.
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#030  Navigating the "Demographic Drought"

August 11, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be joined by Tara Jackson, who is President of The Arizona Town Hall.  Tara and Daran will be discussing a recent report, titled "The Demographic Drought", that helps to explain reasons for the labor challenges we've experienced the past several years.
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Navigating the Demographic Drought

August 02, 2022
It's not that we can't find enough or "the right" people to fill job openings, it's that the people we need simply don't exist, and we need to face the reality that our labor shortage in the United States, and in many other developed countries in the world, is not temporary.
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#029  Why Is Everyone So Excited About A 4-Day Work Week?

July 28, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a 4-day work week for small business owners, including a little history on employee work hours, studies that prove a 4-day work week is beneficial to both employees and employers, and how to move your business from a 5-day to a 4-day work week.
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More Rejuvenation Time with A 4-Day Work Week

July 19, 2022
In the past several months, it seems that every news outlet has been talking about the "4-Day Work Week." I ran across an article in The Washington Post last week:  "Nobody wants to be in the office on Fridays"
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#028  Freedom to Exit - Guest Interview with Lisa Riley

July 14, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be joined by special guest Lisa Riley of Delta Business Advisors to learn tips and tricks for selling your business when you've achieved the "Freedom to Exit".
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Achieving Your Freedom to Exit

July 5, 2022
I'll admit that calling the highest level of freedom for a business and its owner "Freedom to Exit" is a bit unconventional. Why not just call it "maximum freedom" or "peak freedom", since it resides at the top of a pyramid?
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#027  Two Important Elements of a Strategic and Business Plan Every Business Should Have

June 30, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about Strategic Planning and Business Planning, why both types of planning are most likely not an activity that most small business owners engage in, and two elements common to both types of plans that every business should have.
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No Time for Planning? Be Certain to At Least Do These Two Things!

June 21, 2022
In a previous article, I shared the story of my experience with "strategic planning". In the words of George Steiner, a strategic plan is, "a systems approach to maneuvering an enterprise over time through the uncertain waters of its changing environment to achieve prescribed aims."
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#026  How Small Business Owners Can Escape the Struggle Between Work and Leisure

June 16, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a struggle that’s been going on for mankind for thousands of years, and is as strong today as it’s ever been. The struggle is with time.  The time we devote to work, and the time we devote to leisure.
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Work, Leisure, and Rejuvenation 

June 07, 2022
Our stone age ancestors, homo sapiens, evolved around 300,000 BC during the Paleolithic period. Almost all of their time was devoted to simply surviving by hunting birds and animals and gathering berries, fruit and nuts from the lands they lived in.
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#025  The #1 Challenge for Small Business Owners

June 02, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about the biggest challenges identified by small business owners in today’s economy, with particular focus on the number one challenge that rises to the top of most business owner’s list.
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The #1 Challenge for Small Business Owners

May 24, 2022
In 1953, writer William Burroughs gave us the often quoted phrase, "If you're not growing, your dying." In the world of business, this quote seems to have achieved the status of gospel, being the default goal and aim of every business owner.
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#024  The #1 Reason Why Employees Become Business Owners

May 19, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about the primary reasons why people, by the hundreds of thousands every year, give up the safety of their job to start a business.
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How Do You Define "Freedom" as a Business Owner?

May 10, 2022
In the summer of 1776, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were tasked by the Continental Congress with not only crafting a "Declaration of Independence" from England, but also with designing an emblem or national coat of arms for the new nation.
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#023  Rejuvenation - Guest interview with Ben Weiss

May 5, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be joined by a special guest, Ben Weiss. Ben took a very special nine-week long road trip with his family, beginning exactly one year ago today in April, to see the United States.
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The Real Reasons Small Business Owner's Start Their Business  (Hint:  It's Not Money!)

May 3, 2022
Tom clearly remembers the early days when he started his own small business, providing architectural design services for new and remodeled commercial office buildings. 
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#022  Winning the "Great Resignation"

April 21, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a troublesome employment issue that was brought to light by a management professor at Texas A&M University in the Spring of 2021.
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Winning the "Great Resignation"

April 12, 2022
In the Spring of 2021, Texas A&M professor of management Anthony Klotz noticed a major trend in employment data from the US Bureau of Labor StatisticsIn April of that year, for the first time in history, over 4 million workers in the United States voluntarily quit their jobs....in a single month!
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#021  Living Your Life Rather Than Your Business

April 7, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a simple but essential ingredient to Freedom Focused.
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A Simple but Essential Ingredient to Freedom Focused!

March 29, 2022
Lisa shared a story with me that is all too common for small business owners. As a single mother looking for a way to earn a living and support her family, she discovered that popcorn, cotton candy, and peanuts were the answer.
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#020  Maximizing Freedom with a Well Organized Team

March 24, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a simple business management tool, that’s been around for a long time, but many small business owners don’t take advantage of.
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Clarity Rather Than Chaos with A Well Organized Team

March 15, 2022
Throughout my entrepreneurial career, I've made a point to learn and implement as many best practices as possible for running a business.
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#019  What Is the Best Exit Strategy For A Business?

March 10, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about, “The best exit strategy for a business.”
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What Is the Best Exit Strategy For a Business?

March 01, 2022
After spending eleven months trying to find a buyer for my company, it became very clear to me that my business was not salable.
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#018  Have You Reached the Pinnacle of Freedom?

February 24, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about a couple ways to think about the highest level of personal and professional freedom for small business owners.
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The Pinnacle of Freedom

February 16, 2022
People operating at the pinnacle of Abraham's hierarchy are experiencing the greatest fulfillment in their lives, the greatest satisfaction with who they are and what they are doing (personally and professionally) and enjoying true freedom.
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#017  Employee Reviews You and Your Team Will Look Forward To

February 10, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about one of the biggest missed opportunities small business owners have to create much greater employee buy-in, engagement, and happiness.
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A Missed Opportunity for Increased Employee Engagement!

February 01, 2022
Most people are familiar with the Gallop Organization for the regular polling they do to determine the public's sentiment on issues in the news, like the state of the economy, the favorability of a particular government policy, or the popularity of political issues, office holders, or candidates.
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#016  How to "Never work another day in your life!"

January 27, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about how to make work more like “play” by working as much as possible on activities that fall within your “unique ability”.
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How to "Never work another day in your life!"

January 18, 2022
In past articles I've established the importance of discovering your organization's core values and a clear vision for the future in order to create a "dream team" of employees that are enthusiastic, engaged, and motivated to help you build a truly high-performance organization.
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#015  Productivity Secrets with Ben Weiss

January 13, 2022
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be interviewing Ben Weiss as a guest for our “Productivity Secrets” podcast series. Ben has been the top sales person at his company for the past two decades and is the all-time leading sales person in his company’s 43-year history.
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Eudaimonia for the New Year!

January 04, 2022
Several years ago my youngest daughter shared with me a new word she had learned and studied in her English class that really intrigued her:  eudaimonia
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#014  The Fastest Way Forward is to Slow Down...and Think

December 30, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about taking time out of your daily routine for quality time to think.
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The Fastest Way Forward is to Slow Down...and Think

December 21, 2021
In the middle of World War II, when Britain was at a breaking point in its ability to fight back the onslaught of attacks from Hitler's Germany, President Franklin Roosevelt took a fishing trip to Lake Huron for six days....
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#013  Quiescence - The Secret to Recharging Your Batteries

December 16, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be talking about RejuvenationWhat it takes to truly unplug, relax, and recharge your batteries.
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Quiescence - The Secret to Recharging Your Batteries

December 08, 2021
As I sat waist deep in the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, the gentle waves washed the sand I was creating first up towards the beach, then out towards the open ocean....
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#012  "Dream Team" Builder Course Debrief

December 2, 2021
In this episode, host Daran Wastchak will be doing a debrief on the online course he just finished launching, “Dream Team” Builder.
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