Kick Monday’s Ass: it’s hammer time (April 19, 2021)

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass…

I’ve got a business proposition for you: whoever invents a smart smoke detector that only does that ANNOYINGLY INCESSANT low battery chirp during the daytime will be a freaking millionaire.

Can you figure it out? If so, shut up and take my money!



Yeah, words of wisdom are limited today considering I found my short ass up on a chair in the early morning hours, dismantling the alarm in my Airbnb. Random aside: I wonder if leaving a dismantled smoke detector on a table beneath a working one would serve as an adequate warning of my capabilities and ruthlessness?

What does that have to do with business?

Good question – something something opportunities are everywhere if you look and something something sleep is important.

Aaaaaaanyway check out this week’s video while I go bathe in coffee:

Kick Monday’s Ass: Are You Ready for a Mentor?


Especially in my industry, copywriting, folks will often advise you get a mentor to shortcut the process and level up quickly. Here’s the thing though: some of those would-be mentors don’t really have YOUR best interests at heart – they’re focused on padding their bottom line by attracting raw beginners ready to invest in a “quick fix”.

So how do you know if you’re ready or if you’re being taken for a ride? That’s what this week’s video is all about…

(P.S. if you’re looking for a mentor AND you’re ready for one, there’s no one I’d recommend more highly than my friend and mentor, Kevin Rogers. Right now his RFL coaching program is open for enrollment, and it’s the same one I briefly mentioned in this video – the one that helped me learn business skills so I could create my own ideal work setup and still pay the bills. I get a tiny commission if you join through my link – but it doesn’t cost you anything extra.

If you want more info on that, click here. Shameless plug alert: I love the program so much I went through it a couple time and became a coach for it – so if you sign up, you may just find yourself with ME as a mentor!)

Badass of the Week

Talk about a turnaround story – today’s badass is Rodney Stotts, who went from living on the streets and dealing drugs to being a master falconer and helping at-risk youth connect with and care for the animals around them.

As a special bonus, here’s a 24 second clip of a hawk at someone’s front door, ready to throw down (yeesh, that scream!). Just so you can see how intimidating these awesome birds are, and how cool Mr. Stotts really is.

(If you know someone who should be featured as my Badass of the Week, leave a comment and tell me!)

New podcast episode!

When I asked the entrepreneurs I know to share personal stories, I had no idea we’d go THIS deep. This week I’m joined by my friend Patrick Kenney… and he shares what happened to his business (and his personal life) when he found himself on the wrong end of a six-figure lawsuit during COVID shutdowns.

Patrick is a straight shooter, and that’s one of the things I really appreciate about him. In this episode he breaks down what he learned from going through a lawsuit at the same moment most of his clients backed off business spending. We crack a lot of jokes (and do a lot of silly accents) in this one, but if nothing else I hope it shows you the power of focusing on the right things, and preparing yourself for the eventuality of a big, unexpected challenge.

Can’t-Miss Moments From This Episode:

  • When the world collapses: how Patrick coped with a six-figure lawsuit at the same time COVID shut the world down
  • The double-edged sword of online entrepreneur groups… part support group, part pitchfork mob (and how they can make you act against your own interests)
  • Being the trusted expert doesn’t mean you have to be your clients’ boss… the real way to build lasting relationships (and command respect)
  • Why focusing on making millions is short-sighted (and potentially setting you up for a Notorious B.I.G. situation… mo’ money, mo’ problems)
  • Where do you draw the line between your personal and professional lives, and is it OK to share when you’re going through a rough patch?

You don’t want to miss this one. Click here to listen (and subscribe) now!

On Repeat This Week…


This has literally been stuck in my head for days, so today I bring you my all-time favorite version of this song: They Can’t Take That Away From Me as a duet between the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. I could listen to those two play off each other and sing around each other all damn day (and often, I do just that).

The way your smile just beams
The way you sing off key
The way you haunt my dreams
No no they can’t take that away from me

We may never never meet again
On the bumpy road to love
Still I’ll always, always keep the memory of

The way you hold your knife
The way we danced till three
The way you’ve changed my life
No no they can’t take that away from me
No they can’t take that away from me



If you’re an aspiring freelancer who’s working up the courage to leave the day job… good news! I’m sharing all the things I WISH I’d known before making the leap so that hopefully your journey goes a little more smoothly than mine.

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