Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Stop trying to achieve balance

Teeter Totters rule.


Balance is another lousy Industrial Age artifact. Successful people don’t live a balanced life. They don’t want one, either. Want a successful life? Stop seeking balance.

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The joy of business.

Success is a positive thing.


Those who find joy in business have a clear vision for significance, believe they can actually get there, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, are running toward something, not away from something.

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Your Mother Was Wrong

The three S’s are not Nirvana


Your parents, 3rd grade teacher, college professor and Giant Corporation, Inc. all have you chasing the wrong dream. It’s no wonder most people aren’t excited about where they’re going. My mother thought I was nuts when, after six years, I left the army 29 years ago.

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The Industrial Age is Dead - Time is the New Money

Going to work is a bad idea.


As a business owner, you’re likely carrying a lot of baggage from the Industrial age (1800-ish to 1965-ish) that won’t fully go away for decades to come. He who makes the rules wins. You need to stop running your business on Industrial Age rules.

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Why I wrote “Making Money Is Killing Your Business”


I built five businesses from the ground up. Each time in the process I found myself as a hostage of my business, never knowing how it would work out, how I would get off the treadmill, or most importantly, a firm date for when I could look forward to enjoying my business. It all seemed to be up to chance, and that the best I could do was work harder and increase my “chances”.

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The Four Cornerstones of Business Success & Significance


The Four Cornerstones of Success and Significance are A Big Motivator and Three Bosses.

  1. The Big Motivator – or The Big Why – Lifetime Goals
  2. Boss #1 – A simple Strategic Plan that runs my daily business
  3. Boss #2 – Process Maps and Process Descriptions to create freedom and a reproduceable business (and make it worth a lot more money)
  4. Boss #3 – Outside Eyes on my Business to catch the blindspots and bring balance and completeness to my leadership.
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What an old guy told me that changed my life.


The Time, Money, and Energy Conundrum – When I was just starting out, a creepy old guy (about my age – mid-50s) told me life had a built in problem. He said “The problem with life is this.

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Retirement is a Bankrupt Industrial Age Idea


Retirement is a really bad, bankrupt, industrial age idea that was never a good idea in the first place. It was invented by big businesses to steal the best 40 years of our lives so they could discard us when our good years were all behind us.

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Seven Decision-Making Principles Leading us to Profitability


Guiding Principles of a business are necessary (honesty, integrity, customer service, etc.), but there is another set of principles that help the Business Owner in particular: decision-making principles.

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Guidelines vs. Rules – Creating Wildly Successful Employees


Employees have changed. Rules don’t cut it anymore. The newer generation isn’t sure it even wants to go to work and has in some ways decided to retire BEFORE working. They’re out there “gigging” instead of working. How do you as a Business Owner respond to this new world?



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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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