Three lessons from a chiropractic patient

Over a decade ago I had a patient come in. She was probably in her late 60s. As usual, I adjusted her and then helped her up. This particular day we were pretty busy. People were parked in the field out back and were lined up in the street. An average chiropractor sees 80-100 patients a week. I’ve seen as many as 900 people or so in a week. This may have been one of those weeks.

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Avoid being a commodity

I’ve been an optometrist for 20 years now, officially longer than I haven’t. But what do most people think about when they think of an eye doctor? What do you think about? If you’re like most people…

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Is this really the best way?

The world is changing at a very fast rate. In fact, the only constant is change. You have to constantly disrupt yourself. That’s actually what drives me as an entrepreneur.

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Not status quo

We live in a world of statuses. I’m not talking about your economics status, but what describes you right now? It is a smiley face? Is it a do not disturb sign?

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Life is our classroom

I learned what entrepreneurship is in business school, but accidentally. Looking back, the most powerful things I learned were outside of the classroom. An incredible experience with a great instructor helped me learn that.

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Ignoring special snowflakes in business

At Easy Time Clock, the growth we’ve experienced in the past few years has been largely due to focusing on the right things. We started ignoring what we like to call “special snowflake” circumstances, and instead focused on improving the experience for everyone.

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Starting and growing a company by filling a need

I am the co-owner and CEO of Easy Time Clock. And no, we do not fix clocks. If you need to keep track of your employees, we can help solve that for you. Maybe the origin of your company is similar to ours.

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The single biggest lesson learned in 10 years

My two partners—Jason and Tim—and I started Clevyr back in 2009, and we’ve learned a lot since then. In the early days, I would go out and get a contract, we would pay ourselves, I would do all the business analysis, then I would hand that over to partners to develop the software and say, “Good luck.” Then it was back out to fish for more business. I was fishing every day!

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Software development sales process

At Clevyr, we get to play all day every day for a living. We develop custom software, and what I love about what we do is we built a team of people who, even when you ask them something really hard, and they say, “It’s not going to happen,” they still make it happen.

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Making it convenient

To stay competitive in our market, one of the concepts we really believe in is a continuous evolution of our product. Several years ago we realized a lot of businesses were coming to our escape rooms for team building.

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