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What scares you the most about friction? Disagreements?

The other day, during a call w/ Sean Gray (GrowthHaxx Head Of Sales & Biz Development) we hit a brick wall 🤦‍♂️, then another, and then another

I was saying one thing // he was saying another – and I couldn’t hide my excitement 💡

I love this part

For years I’ve seen this be where most businesses crumble.

Someone would pull rank and the whole thing became a d*ck measuring contest – as soon as friction began, there was this rush to “put out the fire”

But, not here


Sean’s way smarter than me @ what he does, so when I’m off, being… well… me, i tend to nerd out

Over time, I’ve learned to be self aware enough to acknowledge that I do tend to see it so vividly I can almost touch in my head – but when I’m saying it out loud… ehh🥴

This sparring pushes me to improve how I communicate. Marketing my idea to someone who trains some of the best sales coaches and made Robert Kiyosaki tens of millions of dollars has become an invaluable practice that tends to lead to our best breakthroughs 

From BIG, to small – this meritocracy leads to stress test ideas – and test them with our tribe 

Ok enough chit chat – look we’re about to see a week or two of slow paced silence, if you’re up to it – it makes for a great time to find out what improvements you can make, like those you can spar with


  • Understand what feedback you want, (coaching, praise, or an evaluation)
  • Don’t wait. A feedback loop moves better when you start right away, with fresh information
  • Improve your questions, we started asking specific questions, ask for specific examples to avoid armchair theory and focus more on real world practice

Not Helpful:

  • Asking just anyone for feedback. We’ve learned and enforce asking the most qualified person we have access to
  • We heard from many that scheduling a weekly meeting was the best way to remain running smoothly, we’ve learned that this didn’t lead to results – just more meetings – we excel by picking up convos at anytime, anywhere
  • We had received advice at first that suggested working on avoiding conflict was paramount, while it makes sense to not have to fight, common decency and our sparring skills have proven far more effective

Nothing is truly one size fits all, us cursing, roasting each other and calling the other on a weak argument has led to breakthrough after breakthrough. 

Somehow, not listening to what the popular kids are saying has proven to be helpful for us, design tinker and test what works for you

You might just enjoy it 

Here’s to escaping average, because fcuk normal 

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It’s no coincidence that the shittiest and greediest of businesses are the ones worrying about raising minimum wage

If your business only exists as a vacuum – womp womp – play stupid games, win stupid prizes

If your business exists to improve things around you – you have nothing to worry about

The majority of people arguing against minimum wage simply don’t understand how money works – somehow filing for an LLC convinced them they were Titans of industry

A higher minimum wage is not always a bad thing – unless your business sucks, or the leadership sucks of course

A minimum wage job is an entry level job – we can agree there right?

Many argue that it’s not the businesses job to help their employees


Most businesses who cry, b*tch, & moan do NOT have actual clarity on their growth or for their employees

Which is why you get so many companies complaining how “hard it is to find good help”

Which is why the same person who finds themselves so clever in being a parasite, sooner begins their pity party when inflation hits

Do they train? No

Do they invest in people? No

Do they invest in systems and management? No

What do they do?

The ones who cry the most? Have shitty leadership

As the economy goes through its inevitable shifts (it’s literally a cycle) those who take pride and ownership of their trajectory will invest in systems, people, training, management


Cause it’s not rocket science – it’s a natural evolution, and the business owners who refuse to adapt? Well they’ll soon learn that the game they thought they were playing passed them by – imagine a true capitalist crying over things not being fair

A true capitalist // hustler knows those investments aren’t government regulated – this IS chess after all, not checkers

They navigate the architecture in place, and ready themselves for the changes (sometimes even help steer said changes, you know… cause money is more powerful than votes)

Inflation is real and growing everyday

I recently heard a phrase that fits many of the ailments businesses face beautifully – Chiefs, Priests, and Thieves (that’s for another day)

If this post triggers you, good – if you’re really the badass businessperson you claim to be – you’ll start mapping your growth strategy out now

It’s not rocket science, just simple logic

Here’s to escaping avg 🖖

While most companies are treating the very people that help them run like disposable silverware – there are several who are saying enough is enough, career coach Ariel Lopez breaks down an easy to remember audit process you can try by the end of this post

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Ready? Let’s get right into it 👇

  • What about my job/career makes me unhappy?
  • If I kept the same job but switched companies would I be happier?
  • What does an ideal day look like for me?
  • Are my needs being met in my current job? If not, what’s missing?
  • Is it possible to switch roles at my company? What does career growth and transitioning look like internally?
  • Is it possible to get a promotion within the next 6-12 months? Can I wait that long?
  • If I were to switch careers, what else would I like to pursue?
  • Who in my network can help guide me?
  • Do I feel comfortable having a conversation with my boss about my unhappiness?
  • If I leave my current company, how long am I going to give myself to make a change?
Achieve To Do List GIF by MAX

After seeing the responses to “A Letter To You, Who’s Sick And Tired, Of Being Sick And Tired” It was a breath of fresh air to come across Ariel’s perspective and mission.

As Founder of Hello Knac, Ariel Lopez is dedicated time helping people apply and prepare for new jobs – something we 100% need more amazing talent working on improving

Exploring and embracing your weaknesses is how many before you have excelled and made it look easy

The time for “wait and see” is over, these days it’s the folks who are investing in themselves, shooting their shot that will enter 2021 with a head start

Exhibit A 👆

Feeling a tad timid? Learn what makes you tick, here’s a link to an awesome way to decipher how your personality works: 16 Personalities Test

Now it’s time to take a good honest look at your job and yourself, answer the questions honestly, and you’ll position yourself to get ahead of the pack now

Here’s to escaping average ✊

As we share more behind the scenes on what we do on Instagram the responses have been fun, enlightening, and downright awesome getting to know my audience more.

From Entrepreneurs, Executives, and Employees alike. Questions are welcome and encouraged! this week we received this from one.

The adrenaline is rushing, you’ve searched the web for hours, you’ve designed a makeshift logo and told all your friends and family about your new endeavor……

First things first;

You’re the Captain of This Ship

Take stock of your skills, just because you want to be a CEO, doesn’t mean half-ass it. This is serious business and this requires you to look at Roles and Responsibilities

George Lopez I got this

Why Are You Doing What You’re Doing?

There’s commercial and there’s residential. PICK ONE and be the best damn company at that. This also means looking at why you love doing this job.

One company I worked with years ago started off doing paving and finishes on homes because that was what the founder learned as a kid working with his father.

That made his charm and love for that niche stand out and he began to build a rep for being the Picasso of stucco, as his community grew, so did he.

Michael scott the best

Today he’s expanded into commercial handling facade work for some impressive high rises in upper Manhattan.

Related: How To Build A Brand Without Spending A Dime

Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies

I earned my stripes in real estate, and for years I observed as more than half of NYC’s deals were done outside of the public eye and with a handshake.

If you’re not a charismatic person or don’t have luck building rapport with Real Estate Investors you’re out of luck because that’s your bread and butter.

Homeowners will not be your bread and butter, and big commercial. projects don’t fall out of the sky.

Real Estate is the market you serve FIRST.

Wall Street real estate markets
Fugazzi Fug-AH-Zee the market lives off waves

Homeowners and Development firms need stamps of approval from their peers before doing business with you.

Last but not least, bootstrap. This means whatever your company’s’ specialty is, consider being a subcontractor to bigger companies that act as generalists.

You Inc Thrival Kit

Most general contracting firms outsource 3/4 of their work.

Oh and one more thing, create — don’t compete


Feeling stuck? Send us a message here with your biggest trouble areas and we’ll share the best questions like this

A group of teenagers who thought they could, DID. The all new Austin harvest market opened its doors to the public Wednesday after an experiment turned business opportunity spearheaded by eager young pioneers made the magic happen

Much of Austin is considered to be a food desert. The all new pop-up market located at 423 N. Laramie Ave. sits in an area that was devasted by covid and then looters – leaving only two markets where people can buy fresh food

When presented with the chance to transform one of the looted stores into a resource for the community, “the kids took the idea and ran with it,” Donnita Travis, executive director of By the Hand Club for Kids

As originally seen on Block Club Chicago via Pascal Sabino:

And like all things happening on our blocks, word spreads fast – grabbing the attention of several people who pitched in with help of all sorts

Via Pascal Sabino

Related: Launching, Surviving, And Thriving During This Pandemic

“People care. It’s a time for people to show up. So for us to be able to come together and say we’re going to lead that change, it means something.”

Sam Acho, NFL Player

Some of the pro athletes contributing to the cause included Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Related: Emergency grants and funds for Chicago businesses

As more and more cities face uncertainty, small businesses bring opportunities corporations never will – sovereignty, localized success

And many of us know, some of the most successful businesses are started in a downturn

From developing a curriculum, to helping each other learn how to navigate entrepreneurship and business skills, now more than ever you and I and the business next door have everything to gain and nothing to lose from camaraderie

As we speak we (GrowthHaxx) are doing something similar with the city of Lancaster, CA (updates to come)

Initiatives like this are a welcome change to the constant lip service we’re accustomed to – real pathways that help young folks and all folks contribute to the collaborative successes that are needed so desperately.

Only time will tell, but for now, here’s to escaping average 🤙

P.S. Working on something similar? Know anyone who is? Send us a dm here

In many ways, this is a thank you to all the Mrs Williams out there who teach with their hearts and elevate and inspire us

Audrianna Williams and Callie Evans of Monroe High School in Georgia came up with a creative approach to get the attention of their students

They remixed the song “Whats Poppin” by Jack Harlow, and created a video discussing the current situation students are facing due to COVID-19

Press Play 😎

We wanted to meet them where they were, just to get them excited about virtual learning because some may feel kind of nervous or upset

Audrianna Williams

And the reception was more than welcoming, as many of us have warm memories of educators who made their marks on our lives with their teaching style

Mrs Williams

When asked if this was is for her, she excitedly shared “We are going to give them another song, coming soon.”

Here’s to escaping average 🤙

Good news early stage startups, fellow hustler and GumRoad founder Sahil Lavingia just shared this bit of great news

From his statement:

“I am the founder & CEO of Gumroad, which I started in 2011 and raised $10M+ for from Kleiner Perkins, Lowercase Capital, First Round, Naval Ravikant, Max Levchin, and others. I wrote a post about that journey here. Today, Gumroad is at $10M ARR, growing 100% year over year, with a team of 10.

I am also a designer and engineer. I can empathize with and help founders solve real problems. I also know when investors should get out of the way”

Related: Want To Level Up Your Skills? Microsoft Has FREE Options For You

With more and more startups and talent realizing there’s massive gate keeping in the VC world, several players like Sahil are leading the charge in paving new roads, ones with less middle(wo)men, and more builders

Katriel c Sarfati

Notable of course, is that Sahil is one of the best examples of someone who bootstrapped their way to where they are, they didn’t play the traditional VC game – something he’s helping more founders do via his initiative

Notably, Google and Microsoft have also come forward with game changing initiative such as their providing certification courses for free (or very little)

He’s got a point there

Think you’re ready? What better time than now 👉 apply here

P.S. Are You Scrappy Creative? Here’s A Collection Of FREE Resources For YOU (Series)

Here’s to escaping average 🤙