Confessions, Cautionary Tales & Case Studies

The Personal Blog of the Undaunted Hustler

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I blog about business, family, & goals. 
When I'm out of willpower, I talk politics

Business Lessons

By Christopher Johnson | December 1, 2017

I’m starting a new business. I’ve screwed up nearly everything about my old business and I want to build something that’s worth having for a long time. Always have enough money on hand to close the business. Don’t risk inadvertent Ponzi schemes. Always know your YTD, MTD, QTD collected, contracted & completed numbers. Growth follows […]

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Thoughts I Used To Think

By Christopher Johnson | November 30, 2017

I’m watching a lot of people fall. I’m not really surprised by any of it. I’ve seen aggressive behavior before. I’ve also (personally) said things that I’d never consider doing these days. Usually flirting or jokes gone wrong, that could make people feel uncomfortable and in hindsight were in poor taste. I don’t know what […]

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Radical Accountability & Transparency

By Christopher Johnson | November 28, 2017

As I’m rebooting myself, I am embracing transparency. Have no real choice. I feel like it’s a pillar of my life, a building block I need in order to make my life the way I want it. Where I’m calling from. Selective transparency is just bragging. The worst businesses and lives have areas of success. […]

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Personal Operating System

By Christopher Johnson | November 26, 2017

This year has been a year of reflecting. I’ve filled journals, written tens of thousands of words. Gone through the five stages of grief from moving to Portland (and losing my zeal for my business). I’ve read more this year than I have in past years. And I’ve licked my wounds (all self-inflicted) to come […]

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On Form and Practice

By Christopher Johnson | October 14, 2017

One of the quests I’ve had lately is to get better at playing Racquetball. I’ve rediscovered it and enjoyed playing the game. It’s mostly a game of skill, and my acute lack of footspeed isn’t a disqualifier like it is in basketball. I bought a book as an add on from Racquetball Warehouse.It showed that […]

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On Selling Out

By Christopher Johnson | September 29, 2017

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend. Her premise was that artists all eventually got corrupted and sold  out. There was a hint of contempt—or even pity—on those words. That this was just what happened in a lifecycle. There was the egg stage, larval stage, starving artist stage and finally, pretentious […]

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Work Vs. “Work”

By Christopher Johnson | September 18, 2017

We all want to work hard. Or do we just want to seem to work hard? So many times I find myself not productivelyspending office time. I listlessly look at Reddit. Or I look at my burn rate and try to figure how many sales I need to make. Or I’ll scroll through LinkedIn and […]

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Minimum Viable Business

By Christopher Johnson | June 10, 2017

I’ve put my own company back on track. It took some doing, and some stubborn optimism. And I’ve started advising other startups, too. All of it is pretty great. I’ve had fun with it. But, I’ve noticed something. A lot of companies create complexity in lieu of simplicity. They have some idea that the future […]

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April 2017 Commitments

By Christopher Johnson | March 29, 2017

Commitments, Course, Constraints, Challenges. This is the first in a planned series of posts detailing what I’m after and what I can do. Feel free to follow along (or not). Chandler Bolt inspires me. He and I haven’t met and we’ve only barely interacted. But he’s influenced and inspired me to think bigger for myself […]

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Creation and Consumption

By Christopher Johnson | March 29, 2017

My friend Jason Womack has influenced me a lot. He’s got two books: one is a snackable book called YOUR BEST JUST GOT BETTER. The other is more of a 5 course meal called Get Momentum. I recommend both. I don’t recall if it was from a book or from one of our conversations. But […]

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