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TMBA389: TMBA Mailbag: How Can I Get Started on My Own Business?

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One of the requests that Dan and Ian have received a lot on this show is to do more of an old school episode; the kind of one-on-one conversation that permeated the early days of this podcast.

On this week's episode, they are doing just that. Dan and Ian are reaching back into the TropicalMBA mailbag and answering questions that listeners have submitted through the mailing list on a variety of topics, including advice for entrepreneurs who don't know where to begin, why being an entrepreneur means that you might lose a lot of friends, and what the two of them have been up to lately.

TMBA388: Why We Need Strong Towns

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Dan and Ian are always looking for new ways to increase their productivity.

In a lot of ways, Dan and Ian have often used this show as a means to explore places, though they have never explored those places in the ways that today's guest has.

Chuck Marohn is the president of a nonprofit organization called Strong Towns. Through his work with Strong Towns, Chuck has helped to create a framework for how our cities and towns can become financially stronger and more prosperous.

Today's podcast is an inspiring, and perhaps controversial, conversation about what kinds of towns and cities we want to live in, and what those places will look like in the future.

TMBA387: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

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Dan and Ian are always looking for new ways to increase their productivity.

Quite often, there is a mental cost that comes with any kind of productivity boost. Generally speaking, the harder a person works, the more stress is added to their life. But what if there were a few easy steps to increase productivity without these kinds of costs?

Dan has recently traveled to New York City, and whenever he makes his way to the city, he always makes it a point to catch up with Taylor Pearson. Taylor is the author of The End of Jobs, and a very frequent guest on this show.

On this week's episode, Taylor shares four productivity strategies that he has tested himself and teaches his students. He believes these strategies are the path to becoming more capable and productive without adding any stress to our lives.

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The Middle Class Mind

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I was in Barcelona to attend a business conference. One evening, a small group of us found our way to a fancy bar with quiet music. We knew each other - we’ve met all around the world, from developing-world resorts to New York City cafes. Our conversations are mostly stories and laughs with like minds....

Is America Bad at Building Cities?

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I was at dinner in Barcelona with two Americans who live in the United States. They wanted to know why I had chosen to live abroad for the better part of a decade. Maybe they saw me as a guinea pig for a life they could choose in the future. They encouraged me to share...

Here’s a Problem With Metrics

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A few weeks back, I was on a call with Ian. We were discussing how to best manage our team. He asked, “What numbers are we tracking? What specifically can we ask our team to improve?” The “numbers” Ian was referring to are KPIs, or “key performance indicators.” They’re an essential part of any good...

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