But, What if it Works?

As Follows: “Doubters” / Leaders

“Taxis have a monopoly, they’re not going anywhere.” / Uber ($51.0 billion)

“Rent your couch to perfect strangers, are you nuts?” / Airbnb ($25.5 billion)

“Who wants to take photos that disappear? Dumb.” / Snapchat ($16.0 billion)

“Wait, your goal is to enable people to live on other planets? Haha!” / SpaceX ($12 billion)

“Ads will kill that music app, nobody likes ads.” / Spotify ($8.5 billion)

“So, you wear a camera on your head? Why?” / GoPro ($5.5 billion)

Leaders weed out doubters and make things happen. It’s time for you to step up.

You have an idea. I know you do. Don’t waste time galvanizing public opinion. Spend time on a plan and begin to execute on it. This week.

Need direction or encouragement? Drop me a line, I’m happy to help. I just may need your idea someday. (138 words)

Company Valuation source: Wall Street Journal

Facebook Did What?!

1 in every 7 people on the planet used Facebook yesterday. Did you?

It marks the first time in its history that more than 1 billion people were using the site in a single day.

Facebook has come a long way since 2004 when starting out, essentially, as an online directory for Harvard’s students.

I utilize many social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc. (Feel free to follow me on any of these channels…I promise to follow back.)

For pleasure, Instagram is my favorite. For business, whether promoting an idea, blog post or event, Facebook is clearly the best arrow in my quiver. And, it’s not even close.

If you are a small business owner, blogger, teacher, entrepreneur or anyone trying to reach the largest and most engaged possible audience, you need to consider using Facebook. Now.

Don’t just take my word for it. Take the world’s. (139 words)

P.S. – If you need help setting up a Facebook business page or just need a little advice or encouragement, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

When Your Pants are on Fire

Dishonesty is exhausting.

And, it’s sneaky. Nobody wakes up in the morning asking the question, “What shall I lie about today?” We all intend to speak the truth, to be real, to be open and honest.

But, then…life happens. So, we hide. A lot.

I’ve gone days (heck, weeks!) where I’ve been a shell of myself, portraying a different, new and improved version of Brent Stromme for fear of being found out or not being accepted as I am.

Not anymore. I grew weary of inflating numbers, covering bases, and spinning stories.

There’s nothing more freeing than being completely honest. On the flip-side, isn’t it refreshing to hear someone tell it like it truly is?

Speaking the truth has become a daily habit. I’m still tempted to hide, but now I fight it.

Tomorrow’s a new day. Fill it with truth. (139 words)

Podcasts: A New Way to Grow

I used to listen to talk radio for hours while driving in my car.

I used to put on headphones and sing along to my favorite songs while mowing, running or chilling on the deck.

Not anymore.

Because life flies by, I’ve decided to maximize my time by listening to people who help me grow.

Podcasting is hot, and I can hear why. The best and brightest minds and hearts offer up insights and encouragement to anyone, anywhere, anytime…for free. In fact, I’m currently attending a course, “How to Start a Startup”, through Stanford University (regardless of my SAT score) at no cost. The experience has been incredibly valuable.

The messages from these podcasts give fuel to regular people like you and me to do more than we could ever imagine on our own. I like that. (139 words)

Here are a few podcasts that inspire and challenge me to think broader, love bigger and live better:

Pat Flynn podcast (best online business advice around, startup stories)

John Lee Dumas (interviews leading entrepreneurs EVERY day, amazing)

James Altucher podcast (writer, investor who keeps it real in business and life)

Brian Houston podcast (senior pastor of Hillsong Church, faith and leadership)

Chris Brogan podcast (helping humanize and grow your biz, connect so well)

Gary Vaynerchuk podcast (media rock star, investor and marketing guru)

Amy Porterfield podcast (social media strategist, she’s the real deal)

Tim Ferriss podcast (author of “The 4-Day Workweek”, investor, crazy smart)

(Podcast Primer: How to Subscribe to a Podcast on Your Phone & Computer)

* I want to give a shout out to Jamieson Webking, a good friend of mine who turned me on to podcasting. He will be launching his very own podcast shortly, and will get that out to you, as well!

Why My Commencement Speech Bombed

I wish I could have a “do-over”.

In light of tonight’s graduation ceremony in our sleepy, little lake community, I was reminded of perhaps the worst talk I have ever given. (believe me…I just read it, again, and should immediately send an apology to each of my classmates and the 2000 people that were in that sweaty gymnasium)

While I certainly had lofty goals, hopes and dreams to share, I was afraid it would come off as irresponsible and “out there”. Thus, I elected to play it safe.

I used big words and predictable advice. There was no heart, just platitudes such as:

“Life’s goals must be realistic and achievable. Otherwise, you will become frustrated.” (huh? yaawwwn)

“Set goals that advance your personal agenda. It’s your life.” (so, screw everyone else?)

Instead of inspiring my friends, I chose to impress and pander to the adults in the room. Ugh.

Fast forward to today (and, due to the inspiration of YOU and others): I don’t play it safe, I’m fairly irresponsible, often unpredictable…and, dream like crazy.

Keep inspiring me! (139 words)