The Solution to (failed) Resolutions

Are you making any New Year’s resolutions? Do you even remember your resolutions from last year? I’m betting you don’t, and I’ll also bet the reason why is that you didn’t write it down.


Allow me to offer a solution to the failed resolution problem. I have personally never been a big fan of resolutions, simply because they fail far too often. I also don’t see the point of waiting to start something on January 1 as if it has magical and mystical qualities to it. Yes, it’s a new year and a new beginning, but anything that you want to start in the new year can be started today. That’s not tomorrow, it’s today! Tomorrow is full of even more tomorrows. Tomorrow can be endless, but today is today, and tomorrow it is gone.

It has been well documented that writing down your plans and goals greatly increases the odds for successful fulfillment. Writing down your plan is crucial. Most goals will not completed unless you write them down. There’s something about writing it down that makes it more of commitment. And, since resolutions are more often than not, “made to be broken”, I suggest that you don’t make any resolutions. What you should do is make a plan! After all, you wouldn’t start a business without a business plan, would you? If you are a married man, you didn’t propose to your wife without planning to buy the ring and planning to ask her to marry you. It’s not like you went to the movies and just happened to ask her over the popcorn, right?


So make a plan for 2015. Make a plan for the entire year. Plan for your success. Plan time for new and old hobbies. Plan a big present for yourself or your family. Plan to do things that you have never done before.  Most importantly, plan for a great year!

Happy New Year, and happy planning, today, tomorrow and throughout the year!


Small Business Remains Good Business!

This week is National Small Business Week. Please remember to support small businesses because small business has always been, and will always remain, Good Business.


Every large businesses was once small. From McDonald’s and Starbucks to Microsoft and Apple. Nobody starts out as a large business, they begin as a small business, and if a variety of factors fall into place (hard work, determination, smart business planning and other factors far too numerous to mention) they have the opportunity to grow.

Small business is the backbone of America. It is every small diner and non-chain restaurant, independent clothing store and just about every convenience store not named 7-11. They are the places where you can find unique and interesting items, not just the “same old thing” that you can find in every cookie-cutter chain outlet.

I have written two previous blogs about National Small Business week, so at the risk of repeating myself, I will direct my readers there:

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2013 –

In 2014, small business remains good business, and your support is important as ever.  Support entrepreneurship. Support Small Business!

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Small Business is Still Good Business!

This week, June 17-21, we celebrate National Small Business Week.  Last May, I wrote a blog about National Small Business Week 2012.  Without intending to be redundant, I believe that small business is still good business.

While many people regularly enjoy places like McDonalds and Starbucks where the sense of familiarity breeds monotonous choices, but without the variety of the local coffee house and friendly neighborhood burger joint, life would be a little more boring.  More importantly, our economy would surely suffer tremendous ills if they all get replaced by big box stores and chain outlets.

The United States established the National Small Business Week in 1963 to recognize the important contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  You may or may not know this, but more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.  More than half…Wow! Small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  Huge kudos to the small business owner!

Personally, I have always been a big fan of mom and pop shops, and I try to show my support whenever possible.  In my humble opinion, the small coffee café almost always offers better coffee than the colossal coffee chains.  They always seem to be friendlier and more appreciative of my business too.  In my neighborhood, I always get great customer service from my local hardware store.  While they may not have quite the selection of Home Depot, their customer service is impeccable (if you want to know, Brown‘s Hardware* in Falls Church, Virginia has been in business since 1883.  That’s not a typo…since 1883!).   It is hard not to make the occasional trip to Home Depot, but it would be a shame if you don’t have a “Brown’s” in your neighborhood…hardware store or otherwise.

As individuals, we always make personal choices, and whenever possible, please choose to patronize small local businesses.  It is understandable that you can’t do it all the time, but please do it as much as possible, and especially during National Small Business Week.

Everybody believes it is patriotic to show support for our troops, but I believe that it just as patriotic to support your local businesses.  We are all counting on you, and thank you, for your support!

Steve – aka “theguyfrom4staff” – 4Staff is a small business, based in Washington, DC.

*Brown’s Hardware is in Falls Church, VA, but as one online reviewer wrote, it is just like Mayberry.  “Quality – Very good.  Appeal – Very good.  Service – Excellent!   Please don’t ever close Brown’s Hardware. These courtly gentlemen who work here will help you and advise you on how to solve your problem.  It’s like stepping back in time to Mayberry 1950″.