Learn out loud

Learn out loud

I heard the concept of learning out loud while listening to an episode of Nat Chat with Isaac Morehouse. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about over the last few years and I never had a nice, succinct phrase to express the idea (thanks Isaac!). Learning out loud is nothing fancy, and it doesn’t…

Why I like Taiwan

Why I like Taiwan

I talk a lot about Taiwan and most of the pictures on this site are from from trips to Taiwan, but I don’t actually live there. I’m just a big fan of the country. When I was studying abroad in Hong Kong in 2013, an acquaintance there recommended I visit Taiwan. He had just gone…

Strong opinions loosely held

Strong opinions loosely held

I first saw this quote on Nat Eliason’s Twitter and it’s one of those rare sentences that actually resonates. I’m not one for quotes, but there are times I find one that speaks to something I’ve been thinking about and does it so succinctly. What I love about it is that it helps explain something…

Question the defaults

Question the defaults

If something is a default, question why that is. Many people find defaults to be the safe choice. “Everyone is doing it, so I probably should to.” It’s that social proof we see on sites. A product has 700 reviews and everyone is talking about it. It’s the safe choice, but is it the right…

Is it ethical to dropship?

Is it ethical to dropship?

For a while I’ve been interested in the proliferation of fly-by-night Shopify dropshipping stores and Amazon FBA sellers. Now that the Atlantic has published an article exposing just a few of the course sellers that promote these business models, more people are starting to learn about this industry. First off, the whole business model is…

What’s in it for them?

If you do anything in marketing/business/sales, even if you’re applying for a job, think of this, “What’s in it for them?” Here’s an example of what I’m talking about….. Say you are applying for a job. You saw the posting on Monster.com and it asks for a resume and cover letter. You whip out your…

Sustainable businesses are hard

I’m on a bit of a tear with eCommerce stores. I keep checking out the different eCommerce subreddits and see all of these dropshipping sites going up and the site owners posting “I have traffic but no sales, what’s wrong with my site?”. People share quick fixes like blurry logos or that the images are…