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Episode-2874- Brian Norton on Business, Hustle and Freedom Networks

Brian Norton is the founder of CBD Specialty Coffee.  A small custom roasting company that offers both CBD Infused Coffee and non infused coffee as well.  He is also involved with a variety of secondary income hustles form trade shows, Continue reading →

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Episode-2858- Understanding, Building and Utilizing the 8 Forms of Capital

I first heard of The Eight Forms of Capital all the way back in 2012.  It was first idealized by Ethan Roland on his blog and his original post about it can be found here.  From the first time I Continue reading →

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Episode-2857- Building a Farming Business as a Teenager with Nick Hazelton

Nick Hazelton is a young yak and hog farmer based in Western Oregon. Started raising yaks after dropping out of high school at 16. His focus is on living with the land and make complicated systems easy to understand and Continue reading →

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Episode-2842- Being Bold in the Face of Fear

Today my Miyagi Mornings video was about the difference between entrepreneurs and business owners and it got me thinking about being bold when others are in a state of fear.  More it made me think about how big the opportunity Continue reading →

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Leftists blast Dolly Parton’s ‘5 to 9’ Super Bowl ad that celebrates ‘working’ for your ‘dreams’ — and the backlash is fierce

One of many Super Bowl commercials making headlines the day after the big game features country music legend Dolly Parton turning her iconic song “9 to 5” on its head by celebrating the grit and determination of entrepreneurship as folks out there are “working working working / working 5 to 9” until their “dreams come true.”

Here’s the commercial, which was for website builder Squarespace:


5 to 9 by Dolly Parton – Extended | Big Game Commercial 2021 | Squarespace

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Fun stuff, eh?

Well, not for everyone. A number of news outlets published pieces severely criticizing Dolly. In fact, a writer who penned an NBC News op-ed Sunday blasted the singer’s “tone-deaf misstep” and “rare miscalculation.”

Say what?

“Rather than paying homage to the spirit of the original song, which made no bones about the exploitative nature of the daily grind, the commercial for Squarespace features a tinny ode to the side hustle,” Kim Kelly wrote. “Its office workers are portrayed as being overjoyed to continue working after hours, their side hustles are painted as freeing, fun and fulfilling, and the song itself encourages them to ‘be your own boss, climb your own ladder.'”

More from Kelly’s op-ed:

Now, Parton’s silvery voice is being used to promote the false virtues of working overtime, when so many gig economy workers are barely scraping by and the tech companies who employ — but misclassify — them are raking in boffo profits. The gig economy is a wretched alternative to a stable paycheck and proper benefits, and efforts to paint it as a matter of “independence” or “being one’s own boss” downplay how hard it is for so many gig workers to make ends meet. The lack of a safety net has become even more apparent thanks to the increased demands and dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic Parton herself has helped combat; delivery drivers, grocery shoppers and other gig workers have become a lifeline to so many, and yet they remain stripped of the protections and dignity they deserve.

She added that “as we all love Parton, she’s still a capitalist and still a very, very rich woman; she has a vested interest in boosting her public profile, and Squarespace surely paid dearly for the privilege of borrowing some of her sparkle. Parton doesn’t need the money herself, but between funding her philanthropic efforts, supporting her family and local community and expanding her empire, I can see her welcoming an influx of filthy lucre. The reality is that it made good business sense, and she’s always been a shrewd businesswoman.”

It’s worth noting that Kelly, according to her op-ed bio, also is an “organizer” who specializes in “labor, politics and working-class resistance” — which makes her reaction to Parton’s “5 to 9” tune not terribly surprising.

But that ain’t all

Kelly wasn’t the only one to sling arrows at the beloved songwriter, either:

  • Slate’s pop culture writer and editor Hilary Hughes chided Parton for the same reasons, saying the ad “diminished one of the most potent, and beloved, messages behind her own work while dressing it up as a tribute.”
  • Newsweek published an analysis calling the commercial “disturbing” and full of “propaganda” that reflects “an insane ideology.”
  • And Jessica Bennett — a New York Times editor at large who covers women and culture — didn’t like the commercial’s theme, either, saying it ignores the present reality of “American women” who now “deal with ongoing job losses, economic challenges and just plain fatigue.”

What was the reaction?

As you might expect, many folks weren’t happy with Kelly’s op-ed — and they hit back on Twitter by telling her it actually does take hard work and determination to get where you want to go in life. And that such a path is more gratifying to travel upon than one featuring more and more stuff handed to you:

  • “Why would singing the praises of work be ‘disappointing’ to anyone but a commie?” one Twitter user asked.
  • “Remember: the left *hates* the idea of the individual building something and making the world a better place,” another user noted. “They’d rather you worship at the feet of the state — the government should provide and decide who succeeds and what you need for life.”
  • “I think you misinterpreted the commercial,” another commenter said. “The ‘hustle’ isn’t to work more jobs. It’s to build something on the side that you love and eventually leave the drudgery of cubicle life … that’s how most small businesses are started.”
  • “What’s wrong with working? Millions of us go to work every day and dream of someday working for ourselves to have more freedom and independence,” another user noted. “The point is, we work hard no matter what for ourselves and our families. This work ethic is worthy of praise.”
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Episode-2788- Starting a Rep Firm Business with John Davis

John Davis is the second generation owner of Paul Davis Automation, an Ohio based Manufacturer’s Representative firm that specializes in high tech motion control product lines with a focus on the Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner network. Started in 1989, Paul Continue reading →

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Episode-2785- Nicole Sauce on Crowdfunding a Business

Nicole Sauce of Living Free in Tennessee, Holler Roast Coffee and The Expert Council joins us today to discuss crowdfunding a business.  We come at this for both expanding an existing business or launching a product line.  We discuss the Continue reading →

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Episode-2779- The Future Belongs to Land Holders and Entrepreneurs

Historically in America who has been president or your senator, etc has meant very little in reality.   What has mattered is how well individuals have designed their lives.  The two biggest things that have enabled this for the most people Continue reading →

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Episode-2776- Getting the Frack Out of the City with Dennis Alan

Dennis Alan is a true city boy who went from rags to semi riches and back down to rags to follow his heart. After dropping out of high school and barely escaping jail a few times he got a J Continue reading →

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Episode-2770- Thoughts on Running Workshops

Today I am doing a down and dirty style podcast, no intro segments, or promo or song of the day, just strait content and I am doing that specifically to get in some new content during this week while we Continue reading →

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Episode-2766- Jeremy Kauffman Answers Audience Questions on Odysee and LBRY

Jeremy Kauffman is the CEO of LBRY and Odysee the safest and freest way to share digital content. Jeremy is a serial entrepreneur, a longtime supporter of decentralized technology and freedom of information, and lives in NH as part of Continue reading →

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Episode-2763- A Professional Guide Talks Fishing and Entrepreneurship

Darren Sadler has lived in the Ozarks for over 20 years and has been an avid fisherman and outdoorsmen since childhood. After earning a degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation with an emphasis on Fishery Biology from Missouri State University, Continue reading →

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Episode-2758- Building a Content Based Business for Lifestyle Freedom

We had a great episode of Unloose the Goose last night talking about countering the technocracy with our own technology and our own lifestyle decisions.  We discussed a variety of options including cryptocurrency, food production and a variety of other Continue reading →

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Episode-2720- Matt Derosier from the Casual Conspiracy Podcast

Matt is a longtime fan of the The Survival podcast who was inspired enough by podcasting to start his own podcast with two of his friends. He felt this could be a good topic for people wanting to get started Continue reading →

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Episode-2715- Living Boundlessly and Hustling for Your Best Life

Michael Evans is our guest today on TSP.  He is the author of post apocalyptic thrillers that combine near future technology scenarios gone wrong with flawed, captivating characters facing extraordinary odds in order to survive and fight for the future Continue reading →

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Sneak Peek: The Art of Innovation and Data-Driven Enterprise

On the Remarkable People podcast, I interview people such as Jane Goodall, Woz, and Stephen Wolfram who have changed the world. Their stories are inspiring, and I hope they encourage you, too. 

This post has a different twist – let’s look at why and how you can foster change and the art of innovation in your company by driving your company with data.

Background: data is a good thing

We’ve been talking about being evidence-based, fact-based, and data-based for decades, but if you’re not up to speed with this, you aren’t alone. According to NewVantage Partners’ study, 69% of companies have failed to create a data-driven organization.

There is an avalanche of studies that support the business benefits, including this Forrester report indicates that data-driven companies grow at an average of more than 30 percent annually and are on track to earn $1.8 trillion by 2021. 

Forrester did another study that concluded that businesses that rely on data management tools to make decisions are 58% more likely to beat their revenue goals than non-data driven companies.

Being data-driven isn’t only about revenue results. There’s also transparency and fairness. If everyone has access to the data driving decisions, we can establish reasonable data ethics policies that create even playing fields.

Why companies haven’t succeeded at this data-driven change

In my upcoming keynote at SAP’s Data and Analytics Virtual Forum: Data To Outcome, I’ll give you real inspiration and tips so you can get started. That’s the hard part, right? A few sneak peeks:

  1. This isn’t corporate altruism. The culture change, funding, and language start at the top. How do you do that? Attach your initiatives to real business outcomes. (No, “agility” is not a business outcome.) Here’s a highlight from McKinsey on how ShopRunner’s CEO made the change

For tips on speaking the language of business, securing on-going funding, and getting buy-in from your executives, check out this free Data strategy master class

In the end, this is a culture change. You need executives to model the right behavior, which requires you to get them analytics without days of manual assembly. You need executives to ask ad hoc questions of their analytics and brainstorm with other board members on innovative solutions. Are you there yet?

  1. To understand what is possible, survey the current technology landscape for data and analytics offerings. Web searches are easy. The hard part is accurately assessing where you are now. Luckily, there are free assessment tools, including SAP’s Next Generation Database & Data Management Assessment, which offers a unique approach to enable best-in-class database & data management processes in support of strategic priorities.
  2. Join SAP’s Data and Analytics Virtual Forum: Data To Outcome and you’ll be able to schedule one-on-one time with industry veterans to discuss how to renovate your data landscape, and even put your hands on some free software trials.

Therefore, what?

Your supply chain is challenged. Your revenue model is under pressure. Your employees are dealing with unprecedented challenges. Do you know what you need to solve all of those problems? Real-time data and data literacy to interpret that data.

All the supply chain optimization, new business models, collaboration models, and new markets require timely and intuitive access to data to drive innovative ideas. It’s a mistake to entrust these ideas to only data geeks. 

The goal is to be able to answer a simple question and foster innovation to jump to the next curve. The question is, “Therefore, what?”

Data management is the “therefore” part. It enables you to see what’s happening to your organization, to see what trends are shaping the reality of your customers, and to read the tea leaves to understand what your opportunities.

Then you can take these insights and create the “what.” In other words, what new products, services, and practices will enable you to meet and exceed the needs of your customers and “dent the universe.”

I invite you to tune in to my keynote and the entire event for inspiration, encouragement, practical tips, and advice from other customers. Ask me questions. Ask the other presenters questions. Come away in two days with a plan that will motivate and drive your business.

This post is sponsored by my friends at SAP. 

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Episode-2693- The 2 Reasons Most New Businesses Fail

I want to start out by clarifying I am talking about businesses and entrepreneurs who had a chance to succeed in the first place.  So a lazy person won’t succeed and a flawed product or service is likely to fail, Continue reading →

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Episode-2689- 12 Critical Skills and Knowledge Sets for the Coming Years

So recently I began a series of articles on 8 Mega Trend that are leading the US into extreme flux and likely recession or even depression.  The good news is I feel there will be tremendous opportunities as this occurs Continue reading →

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Episode-2649- Tim Cook on Starting a Handy Man Business

Tim Cook has been a listener to TSP since 2013, is very active in the Facebook forum and occasionally spends time on zello. He is one of those weirdos that loves the cold and really doesn’t mind the heat. He Continue reading →

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Episode-2621- Nicole Sauce on Side Hustles during the Crisis

The word of the week in fact the word or the month is solutions and so that is what we are discussing today with Expert Council member Nicole Sauce.  While many right now are out of work and hoping this Continue reading →

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Episode-2590- Building a Business in 2020

One of the topics I have been strong on since 2008 when I started TSP that is honestly unique in the preparedness world is entrepreneurship.  Many take the view that since it is “all going to collapse”, why would you Continue reading →

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Episode-2532- More about the Toolbox Fallacy

Last week I discussed a YouTube video called “The Tool Box Fallacy” (a video by Passion of the Nerd on YouTube) and I challenged you guys to state a life goal that you have been holding back on due to Continue reading →

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