Entrepreneurs Don’t Need Stimulus, We Need Fewer Roadblocks

Most 8pm Warriors I know are stimulated enough.  Growing, hiring, expanding, and moving forward is what we do.

What’s holding many of us back is concern about the changing landscape and the potential risks involved.

I’m not an expert in all industries, but I know from experience with real estate and healthcare that government regulations are holding back significant progress.  More questions are being asked, fewer answers are provided.

Confusion is a killer.

  • Will the government add more regulations or spook the markets?
  • Will we get taxed more for certain activities?
  • Should we hire now or wait to see what happens with healthcare insurance mandates?
  • Can the government even make necessary changes?
  • Will it take me three years to get my patent approved?  (hopefully fixed now)

The economy will grow when there are more answers, less questions, and comfort with where government is headed.

Do you agree?

Have a great night,


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An Ultimate Goal in Life – What’s Yours?

Have a family?

Buy a home?

Retire someday?

Like you, I work too hard to be satisfied with common achievements.  I’ve always set big goals, but struggled to figure out my ultimate goal in life.  I just told myself to keep planning, working, pushing, and winning and I’ll end up somewhere great.

Unfortunately, the “just keep trending upward” strategy doesn’t work well when facing multiple losses.  There were times I couldn’t tell where I was headed.

I know I’m not the only one, so let’s look to the future, set one ultimate goal for our lives, and “accelerate through the corner” as the economy improves.

The pains many of us feel will go away and the time will come when we look back and smile fondly on the day we decided to restart, relearn, or relaunch ourselves into the world.

Maybe that day is today.

Last week I finally figured out my ultimate goal in life and I’m going to share it tomorrow with five reasons I believe in the “Go Big or Go Home” goal setting approach.

Sometimes people define their goals, other times goals define their people.

I’m ready to be defined.

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Pigs Get Slaughtered

It’s no secret that this economy has some amazing 8pm Warriors in weak positions at the negotiating table.

For many buyers/employers out there, this may be the most muscle or power they’ve ever had when making a deal.  Consequently, I think some short-sighted people have gone too far because they can.

They may get their way now, but lose a future opportunity or resource in the process.

On Wall Street the saying goes “Bulls make money.  Bears make money.  Pigs get slaughtered.”  However, when someone uses their advantage to push for an overly aggressive win-lose deal for a unique person, product or service, both parties may get slaughtered.

Unique people or companies will soon have other options.  Now is the time to lock in the relationship.

Instead of pushing ridiculous pricing, enjoy the great discount you’ll get anyways, treat the seller/employee with respect, and take the chance to build a nice long term relationship.  That’s the way to lock in dividends for the future.

Don’t be a pig.

Have a great night!


A Caring Attitude

The economy has eased our worker shortage temporarily, but I have no doubt it will be back very soon.  With healthcare reform to add 32,000,000 new patients to a system already facing a retiring baby boomer generation, this is going to get very interesting…and stressful.

In an industry with unlimited choices, where will all the talent go? 

I believe they will seek to work with servant leaders who are knowledgeable, engaged, and caring.  With burnout reaching epidemic proportions, and many medical professionals re-evaluating their career paths, caring will not only lead to your success as a leader, but to an increased quality of life for your people. 

If you want to compete and make a difference, you will need to have an attitude of caring…and mean it.

That’s why it made my top 4.

Does it make yours?


About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.