DIY Home Practice Challenge

From the recent practice survey we conducted at Brookline Tai Chi and experiments I’ve been running in online learning, it’s become clearer and clearer to me that most people need some external motivation when they are learning a new skill. That’s not a judgment about willpower and motivation, it actually says more about the way […]

Building Better Practice Tools

I’m running a little experiment right now at Brookline Tai Chi to see if we can help our students develop better home practice habits. Specifically, I’m experimenting with self-reporting and automated reminders to spark daily practice sessions outside of class.

The Pros and Cons of Automation

Pro: My Car Broke Down and I Was Actually Happy about It I guess I need to explain that a little more. I wasn’t really happy that it broke down. I was on the way to Maine to teach the tai chi group in Farmington, so that sucked. And it was the clutch the completely […]

Out with the Old….Business Model

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to get out of old habits and mindsets. So, here’s my prediction for the best business model for independent fitness and wellness pros, for the next DECADE. Yeah, I think it’s going to take a few years to unfold, but the groundwork has been laid:

Become an Enterprise of One

Over at TechCrunch, Stephen Martin lays out his thesis about an interesting turning point for entrepreneurs in this economic climate. I could quote the piece at length, but I think this part is especially important: These business mavericks live by a new dynamic of success — unique individual strengths, expertise and credibility — fueled by […]

Turning the Wheel

Claude Hopkins, in Scientific Advertising: A Rapid stream ran by the writer’s boyhood home. The stream turned a wooden wheel and the wheel ran a mill. Under that primitive method, all but a fraction of the streams’ potentiality went to waste. Then someone applied scientific methods to that stream — put in a turbine and […]

No Systems? No Raise for You This Year!

You probably don’t realize it, but there is a good chance you are letting a lot of extra money in your business slip right out of your hands. In fact, if you don’t have good systems in place, I can almost guarantee it. In this post I’ll pull back the curtain and show you some […]