Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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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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Two things a business owner should never do.

The 2nd is worse than the 1st.


One of the worst things you can ever do is write a business plan. But easily the worst thing you could do is follow it. It’s a great way to go out of business. It’s the 97% rule.

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Lewis & Clark - Your Best Business Heros

Maps are over rated.


Don’t look at IBM, Starbucks or Facebook to see how to start and grow a business successfully. The adventures of pioneers Lewis & Clark 208 years ago are the prototype for all of us. Things don’t often work out as we planned. Most often what happens instead is the good stuff.

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Always release your product before it is ready.

Movement, not Planning.


Want to be successful? Get your product or service out there now, not after you’ve refined it and made it good. The MBA programs are wrong. Get moving.

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Building a Business is Really Simple

Get out of the garage.


My friend Alan Wyngarden has done some adventure travel and says: “The hardest thing about climbing a mountain is just getting out of the garage.” Huh? Actually, it’s pure genius.

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Education Is Not Important For Success

Learning is not education.


Sitting in a hotel lobby in Martinborough, New Zealand after a bike ride, two professors from Vancouver asked me if I thought education was important for success. They hit my hot button. If, like the old saying goes, knowledge is power, then librarians would rule the world. They don’t. Something else is more correlated to success than education.

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The Holiday Advantage

Getting Ahead When the Rest are Resting


Assumption – December is a black hole for growing our businesses. We might as well just relax & make peace with it. Not really.

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The #1 Indicator of Success in Early Stage Businesses


Move Quickly

Very few business owners expect their business to support them right out of the gate. More often than not, the expectation to receive income from outside the business gives the owner a false sense of security and a lack of real intentionality to build a business. We assume it’s supposed to be this way, and if we look around at other business startups and some of the really awful advice we get, we’re told it could be 18-24 months before the business even breaks even. So we take that 18-24 month window and use every bit of it, burning through outside money like there’s no tomorrow, and feeling just fine about it because it’s supposed to be this way.

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Why Systems Focused Owners are better business builders than business starters.


Last week we tried to give perspective to the idea that being the classic Market Focused entrepreneur isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. This week we’re looking at why Systems Focused managers are great business builders but aren’t such great business starters.

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3to5 Club – Is there a Business Maturity clock ticking in your business?


I know what my business looks like when it’s mature and I know to the day and hour when I plan to get there. And it won’t take as long as you think. What’s your Business Maturity Date?



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