Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Contentment is dangerous.

Pursuit, Not Acquisition


We work so hard to achieve contentment. Be careful, it could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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The 2nd Most Important Business Word You’ve Never Heard

Wouldn’t it be great if…?


All too often I hear people say, “I got it”, when everything about their actions says differently. The process of truly getting it is much deeper.

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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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Live Longer - Don’t Retire.

Golf is bad for your future.


A 90-year study of 1,528 Americans called The Longevity Project shoots holes in the retirement dream. Turns out goofing off for the last thirty years of our lives is a really bad idea.

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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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Resolve to Never Make a New Year’s Resolution

I hereby resolve...blah...blah...blah


The best resolution you could make in January is to not make a New Year’s Resolution. They rarely work, and tying them to the New Year nearly ensures they never will.

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The Short Straw of Failure

One Simple Thing


For years I’ve been hunting down reasons why people are successful, or why they aren’t. In the last few weeks an over-arching single reason seems to be forming for me.

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The Long Pole of Success

Truth & Consequences.


A few years ago I spent a day finishing my first book, because I wanted to go to New Zealand 21 months later. If I didn’t do it that day, the trip was in jeopardy. Why? Because the Long Pole of Success is very predictable.

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Knowing vs. Knowing

They’re vastly different things.


The ancient Greeks had two distinctly different words for knowledge. One of them is good for business owners, the other one, not so much.

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How to Start a Business

Don’t follow MBA, SBA or SCORE advice.


The SBA’s SCORE site had a “how to start a business” blog recently, but the traditional MBA-style advice is too “ivory tower” to work. It’s both much simpler and a little harder than they make it sound.



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Why Employees Are Always a Bad Idea (WEAAABI) is radical book about the Participation Age, for everyone who: has a job, owns a company, or manages people.

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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