Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Sorry – College Won’t Make You That Extra Million Dollars

Then what does?


Which one is true? A) Going to bed with your shoes on gives you a headache. B) Ice cream increases your chance of drowning. C) College will make you a million extra dollars over your lifetime.

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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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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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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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What to Obsess About in a Maturing Business

Not survival.


You found a viable product or service. Then you grew the business into a stable, healthy profit-generator. Now what?

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Attitude actually ISN’T everything.

Close, but no cigar.


I’ve heard it all my life. Your attitude determines your altitude, attitude is everything, attitude is a choice, etc. Good luck with that. It sounds like a big fake “grind” to me. And I’m certain it won’t make you successful.

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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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What Do You Want to Be Known For?

An empowering vision.


What are you building with your business? Do you know? If not, it’s never too late to get this answer. Stop for a moment and get it, because every decision will fall from this one if you have it answered. People who try to make money rarely make very much of it. People who answer this question understand it is where significance begins.

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Sorry, but failure is NOT the road to success.

Practice instead.


The books are all wrong. The standard claptrap in the shelf-help books is that we fail our way to success. Nobody fails their way to success and you need to stop listening when experts tell you that you will.



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Chuck’s Books

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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We started Crankset Group out of the desire to help small businesses grow and mature. Along the way, we have developed a lot of the tools and practices that we’ve created working directly with business owners. Now these tools and resources are available to you.

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