How — and how not — to Find a Mentor

by Tim Berry

So you want a mentor to help you start or grow your business?  Never ask somebody to be your mentor.  Instead, ask a person who might be a mentor a specific question. Find a question an expert can answer quickly without having a lot of specific knowledge about your case in detail. Make it a... Read More »

Do You Want Your Daughter to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

by Tim Berry

I stumbled on this question on Quora: How should I raise a 12-year-old girl to be a successful entrepreneur? I have four grown-up daughters. Some of them are “successful entrepreneurs,” all of them have tried, some are still trying. So I care a lot about this subject.  There are good answers already posted. The answer I like... Read More »

More Proof Why You Can’t Ignore Your Online Self

by Tim Berry

For most of us, doing business requires social proof. It’s  fact of life. And it’s something you have to do over time. The only way to get there is by doing it over a period of time. So it’s a tough challenge for people who haven’t started.  What’s social proof? Daniel Lay describes it in Social... Read More »

My Secrets of So-Called Success

by Tim Berry

I’m pleased to see that Rieva Lesonsky has published Secrets of Success: Tim Berry at her blog Forum.web.com. I’m proud of what I have to say there. Rieva asked really good questions.  Here’s one quote, on why I started my own business: First, I wanted to do the work I liked doing (forecasting, market research,... Read More »

Truth is a Believable Story

by Tim Berry

I grew up believing that facts, like research, numbers and percentages, told the truth. I believed in objective, verifiable truth, based on fact. I distinguished that from mystical religious truth, based on faith. I was a mainstream journalist for almost 10 years in the 1970s. Every professional journalist believed in objective verifiable truth based on... Read More »

Q&A: Is This Partner Arrangement Fair?

by Tim Berry

I get these emails, summarizing one side of an argument, asking me to guess or comment on fairness. For example, in an email I just received, the one asking me has worked for 18 months “with significant intellectual contribution.” He’s apparently resenting the other partner, who has shelled out $560,000 and wants a guaranteed payback before other... Read More »

Don’t Drown in That Wave of Bad Startup Advice

by Tim Berry

“The availability and ubiquity of bad advice has exploded over the past few years,” writes Dave Lerner in How To Avoid Bad Startup Advice. Amen to that. He explains it very well:  This is due to many factors, the primary one being the tidal wave of entrepreneurship washing across the country, which has brought to... Read More »

Decision Making is Way Easier Than Decision Doing

by Tim Berry

Imagine a dark shape in the distant sky, moving towards you. Slowly. It’s white or perhaps off white, but not as clear a color as a cloud, speckled. And it seems more solid than a cloud, and it moves in ways clouds don’t. As it comes closer, maybe a mile away now, it’s as if... Read More »

Memorial Day, Draft Lottery, Reality TV, Flags

by Tim Berry

It seems like it often rains on Memorial Day where I live, in Western Oregon. Today is no exception; it’s cold and rainy. And it rained all night, so there’s a thick mist cushioning the quiet hills I live in. From my house, across a small valley, through the tall trees, I can see the... Read More »

How to Use Silence to Stay Focused

by Tim Berry

Today I’m recommending another in John Jantsch’s Recover You series: How to Use Silence to Stay Focused. Everybody should read it. I love reading John on how to live better. In his case, it’s a natural extension of his brand on business advice. Do yourself a favor. Read this. Think about it. Do it. Read More »