Keeping It Real

6 Quotes from So-Seasoned-They're-Salty Entrepreneurs

When I first became an entrepreneur in high school, it was SO not cool.  I was heavily into Junior Achievement when “Risky Business” came out, so I got a lot of “Future Enterprisers, eh?” snickers.  This was back in the day when you could safely go door to door after dark in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, and oh, we did.  I sold tie racks, trivets, pieces of ribbon that pulled into bows, and for some inexplicable reason personalized BioRhythm Calendars.  (“Today is not a good day for you to take a calculus test…”)

In the past decade, the pendulum has swung; now it’s hip to have a Square and run credit cards at tradeshows.  I’m pretty sure Shark Tank had as much to do with this as the recession.  When LA law was on, law school applications skyrocketed.  When ER aired, medical school became much harder to get into.  I bet admission to a forensic scientist program now is just about impossible.

Because being an entrepreneur is au courant, most articles are 5-point advice lists or “how I made my millions” or click-bait to sell entrepreneurs services.  In other words, peppy upbeat stuff.  For a dose of reality, here are my 6 favorite quotes for commiseration (or reassure yourself that keeping the day job was a solid move).

1.“Ah, entrepreneurship: every day is better than the next!" - Phil Palermo, Founding Partner, Formation Design.

Ten years ago these guys made Buzzy on spec because they thought needle pain relief was worth bringing into the world.  Their entrepreneurial glamor life included a 5 year period basically sitting on each other’s laps, talking in open-office whispers because they grew faster than the tight Atlanta real estate market. They frequently do all-nighters to deliver last minute work that the customer then says they may not need (and won’t pay for). Ouch.  Formation Design, I salute you!

2. “Entrepreneurship is a series of near death events.” -Lynne Laube, COO, President and Co-Founder of Cardlytics

Lynne and I were on a panel for a high school class on entrepreneurship. Lest anyone emerge from our session dewey-eyed, Lynne emphasized scrambling for payroll, lawsuit threats, and the slings and arrows of large companies trying to copy your ideas. I think her quote to myself all the time when people ask me how it’s going.

3.“Get a good idea, and stay with it.  Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.” -Walt Disney

Posted outside what used to be called “Countdown to Extinction” in Animal Kingdom. (Dark entrepreneurial metaphor?) I like this one because “dog it” is such an old fashioned phrase, and because everyone knows how hard Disney worked before catching a break. Plus, it goes to show you can always change your first product from a Mortimer to something catchier, and you should listen to your spouse when they tell you to change a bad name.

4. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Unknown

This is attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, but there’s actually no good support for this.  I also don’t find it to be particularly good advice, but more a good way to lose investors.  Instead, if success is your goal, take from the good Prime Minister the admonition to “Never, never, never give up.” Then couple that resolve with his rationalization, “I have taken more good from alcohol than it has taken from me.”

5."It's never as good as it seems, and never as bad as it seems." - Philip Petracca, Co-Founder & CEO, Fizzics Group

Fizzics Group had a giant, hugely successful crowdsourcing launch of their beer tech, (bringing the classy keg vibe to your kitchen countertop!) So successful, in fact, that they then freaked out – demand was high, and overnight they had to bring it to mass market.  Seems like a great problem to have, until you realize you’re understaffed and people start yelling at you.  Stressful.

Finally, the most ubiquitous entrepreneur quote of all…..

Daniel Rensing, CEO of The Smart Baker, is a fellow Shark Tank Pal. (Shark Tank Chum? heh.) His generosity with insight and experiences from his multiple businesses is legendary. Seems you develop a lot of wisdom (and gut wrenching gastric acid) being up in the middle of the night, reverse bidding a huge contract live with countless other companies, while on the phone with factories to get the best pricing, only to lose it by trying to do it by the book.  Until you’re awake with your stomach hurting at 3AM, I’m not sure you’re a real entrepreneur.  Hence Daniel’s quote, echoed by those in the 3AM club ‘round the world:  

6. "What the @#$ did I get myself into?!?"

Honestly, though, curating snarky quotes was actually a challenge - entrepreneurs are probably the most optimistic group of people I know.   Thriving isn’t as much about gold-plating the crap that comes your way as maintaining a constant silver-lining lens. “That glass looks like it’s WAY more than half full, doesn’t it? and that’s SUCH a good branding on the glass!” Formation just got a new office, Cardlytics was named top 5/360 best entrepreneurial companies last year, and Fizzics had one of the most successful crowdfunding launches ever. And I hear “Mickey” is going to be big!  As my dad used to say, “Never be too influenced by any one day.” Keep perspective, and keep it real, y’all!

  

How Magnesium Decreases Pain

How Magnesium Decreases Pain

As people try to find non-drug solutions for pain, lots of old treatments are getting dusted off with fresh press.  Epsom Salt baths, yoga, that kind of thing. The question is, what do doctors really recommend?

How to Deal with Pain Like a Dancer

How to Deal with Pain Like a Dancer

When a dancer feels pain, they dance through it while making a plan to move past it. They expect pain, and anticipate it will resolve without taking their livelihood with it. When our wrist aches or our knee creaks, our minds jump to the eventuality of the beginning of the end. Pills give instant reassurance that the pain won't last, to let us ignore our mortality without the drudge of creating a coping plan.

Technology Used in VibraCool® Proven to Relieve Foot and Ankle Injection Pain

A new device reduces foot injection pain by half, according to The International Foot & Ankle Foundation's Foot and Ankle Online Journal. A recent study from Temple University evaluated two treatments for injection pain in the lower extremities. Use of an external vibratory device as a pain management adjunct for injections to the foot and ankle (Joseph Rundell, Tracey Vlahovik et al) showed MMJ Labs, LLC's CoolPulse technology combining ice and vibration was twice as effective as cold spray alone reducing pain from foot and ankle injections.

Foot and ankle injections can cause more pain than other types of injections, due to depth and a greater density of sensory nerve endings. This pain, as the study notes, often leads to the deferring of future treatment, lower compliance by patients and lack of follow-up. The researchers concluded, "The combination of external vibratory stimulation in addition to cold spray produced an appreciable reduction in the pain in comparison to cold spray alone for our patients undergoing foot and ankle injections." The findings were presented during the Foundation for Podiatric Medicine on Jan. 27-29, 2017 in New York City.

 

VibraCool(R) harnesses the same physiologic pain relievers of high frequency massage and ice in a product optimized for a wider range of pain sufferers.

"Joint and foot injections can be intense, so having a drug-free device that works on contact is fast and convenient. Combining cold and vibration leverages the body's own physiology to block pain," explains physician inventor, Amy Baxter MD. "I believe that our technologies have so many applications that we have not yet explored, and I appreciate the support from the scientific community who continue to confirm the effectiveness of vibration and ice therapy for all kinds of pain."

Cool-Pulse™ technology was developed by MMJ Labs, LLC's for Buzzy®, the device used in the study. VibraCool® harnesses the same physiologic pain relievers of high frequency massage and ice in a product optimized for a wider range of pain sufferers. VibraCool®'s intense 20-minute frozen solid ice packs decrease inflammation, pain and swelling. Vibration massages muscles, mechanically loosening stiffness and improving blood flow. The design also features a neoprene compression strap so VibraCool® can be worn comfortably during therapy.

To learn more about VibraCool®, visit www.VibraCool.com, or the needle product line Buzzy® and DistrACTION® cards at www.buzzyhelps.com. Engage in conversations about pain relief with VibraCool on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Pain Relieving VibraCool® Debuts During Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

"Drug-free solutions for carpal tunnel or knee pain are critical right now, but other products are too complicated or lack data," noted Dr. Amy Baxter, creator of VibraCool®, Buzzy®, and CEO of MMJ Labs. "We adapted our clinically proven technology for needle pain into a solution optimized for joint and muscle pain."

Ice decreases pain, swelling, and inflammation, but can stiffen muscles and reduce blood flow. Vibration massages muscles, mechanically loosening stiffness while improving blood flow, and is clinically proven to decrease delayed onset muscle soreness. Advanced ice packs guarantee 20 minutes of anti-inflammatory intense cold, while one-push vibration activation gives 10 or 20 minutes of motion. The design also features a neoprene compression strap so VibraCool® is easy to keep in place during light activity.

VibraCool® is available at specialty retailers, spas and therapists, VibraCool.com, and on Amazon. VibraCool® is optimized in three different units: Plantar Fasciitis/Neck/Shoulder, Wrist/Elbow, and Knee/Ankle. To learn more about VibraCool®, visit www.VibraCool.com, or the needle product line Buzzy® and DistrACTION® cards at www.buzzyhelps.com. Engage in conversations about pain relief with VibraCool on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

MMJ Labs Innovates Pain Relief With VibraCool® Neuromodulation Device

MMJ Labs LLC., industry leaders in non-invasive pain relief, have announced the launch of their newest product, VibraCool® Massaging Ice Therapy. VibraCool® incorporates Cool-Pulse™ technology, leveraging the physiologic pain relievers of high frequency vibration and ice in a product optimized for athletes and chronic joint pain sufferers.

VibraCool(R)'s Cool-Pulse(TM) technology combines high frequency massage and ice in a product optimized for athletes and chronic joint pain sufferers.

"Drug-free solutions for carpal tunnel or knee pain are critical right now, but other products are too complicated or lack data," noted Dr. Amy Baxter, creator of VibraCool®, Buzzy®, and CEO of MMJ Labs. "We adapted our clinically proven technology for needle pain into a solution optimized for joint and muscle pain."

Ice decreases pain, swelling, and inflammation, but can stiffen muscles and reduce blood flow. Vibration massages muscles, mechanically loosening stiffness while improving blood flow, and is clinically proven to decrease delayed onset muscle soreness. Advanced ice packs guarantee 20 minutes of anti-inflammatory intense cold, while one-push vibration activation gives 10 or 20 minutes of motion. The design also features a neoprene compression strap so VibraCool® is easy to keep in place during light activity.

VibraCool® is available at specialty retailers, spas and therapists, VibraCool.com, and on Amazon. VibraCool® is optimized in three different units: Plantar Fasciitis/Neck/Shoulder, Wrist/Elbow, and Knee/Ankle. To learn more about VibraCool®, visit www.VibraCool.com, or the needle product line Buzzy® and DistrACTION® cards at www.buzzyhelps.com. Engage in conversations about pain relief with VibraCool on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.