Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Only One Type of Bankruptcy Is Fatal

And it’s not financial


Tons of people have gone bankrupt and succeeded anyway. It’s because they avoided the one type of bankruptcy that would have ended it all. And it has nothing to do with money.

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Why Studying Exceptional People Doesn’t Help Us

Process vs Result


We all have a desire to be significant. Yet few of us feel we are creating the rules that will get us there. So we study “exceptional people” to find rules for success. But we almost always miss the one rule that makes them successful; struggle.

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Discipline will not make you successful

The tortoise wins.


I ran a marathon 30 years ago. While training, my wife, Diane, started casually jogging with me at the end or beginning of my runs. A few weeks before the marathon she ran a half-marathon with me.

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Why Africa (& the world) should reject Gladwell’s "Outliers"

Victimology doesn’t work.


I read Malcolm Gladwell’s book"Outliers" while in the poorest part of the poorest country on earth. Gladwell’s theory of success will not help Africa, or you. It’s actually dangerous to those who CHOOSE to live a life of significance.

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Risk what I risk, not what I say.

Grab the flag. Lead the charge.


Recently a client and good friend said, “I would be willing to bet a smart guy like you with a lot of success in your past wasn’t in danger of losing your house when you started your business, even if it had failed.” She’s wrong, but she’s not at all alone in believing that. Why?

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The Conative Filter

Stop Thinking: Conation, not Cognition.


Conation is one of the 1,000 most obscure English words and yet the most important business word you’ve never heard. Want to know if you’re doing well and going where you want? Filter everything through the word conation:

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Business is like Surfing

Don’t Float. Paddle Hard. Catch the Wave. Enjoy the Ride.


A long time ago I lived on the ocean and while describing the cycles of business to somebody last week it dawned on me it’s a lot like surfing –

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Commitment is the Engine of Your Business, Not Motivation

Committed people make history.


Imagine building a boat without an engine or a sail. We call that a raft. You could build a gorgeous multi-million dollar 60’ cruiser, but if there is no engine, it’s still just a raft. And if you actually want to have some control over where you’re going, drifting around aimlessly in a raft isn’t the best way to get there. Or the fastest. Or the safest. You get the idea. You need an engine.

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We Don’t Find the Sandbars With An Anchor in the Water


Our desire for safety is paralyzing. We’re so afraid of hitting a sandbar that we’re willing to just sit in the harbor for years on end. Then we have the audacity to wonder why our business never grows up.

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Planning won’t even get you a good plan, let alone success.

Stop thinking. Get moving.


Planning does not create success or even the best plan. It also doesn’t create action. Most planning just creates paper, spreadsheets, complexity, doubt, paralysis, and dream-dampening. There are two things that create a far better plan than planning itself.



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Making Money is Killing Your Business

You’re too busy making money; no business can survive that. Your business should give you both time and money. Not just money.

Making Money is Killing Your Business

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