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s you may know from my email signature, website, the bottom of this newsletter, and elsewhere I have trademarked the term, “The Escape Artist®” for the work we do helping our clients escape their business, their job, or plan for that escape.

But I’m not the real escape artist and I’m not referring to Houdini. I’m referring to the little fuzzball in the picture below. Coco is 10 weeks old and is half Lab and half Siberian Husky. She can escape from almost anywhere. Kid gates, no problem. Backyard gates are now lined with bricks. Furniture barricades, they’ll only slow her down. She seemingly can get anywhere there’s a cord, a backpack, or paper to chew.

I mention this because while her attention span is short and she’s easily distracted, she is super creative. And in today’s world creativity is needed. The same old, same old doesn’t usually work. I don’t consider myself to be very creative. Not like an artist, designer, serial entrepreneur, etc. 

But in today’s world my business has to change. One might say we are “forced” into trying to be of help to our clients in different ways. Creative in finding matches, financing, and deal structures – and in some cases, help our clients survive. There’s no alternative; we, like a lot of companies, have to find new ways to attract customers, deliver our product, etc.


  • What creativity have you used over the last few months? 
  • Have you brainstormed for new ideas for things not working like they used to? 
  • What happens if you don’t do things differently (out of the box)?

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” – Erma Bombeck

“The United States is the only country with a known birthday.” – James G. Blaine

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