Action Planning > Action


I wish I had one dollar for every time I witnessed someone making some elaborate plan on how to achieve success. I also wish I had another dollar for every time I noticed somebody making a plan to do something. I just wish I had a dollar anytime somebody was planning more than taking action, because then I would be super rich and could have more time to write this guest blog for you loyal readers out there.

I wanted to give my take on action planning over just taking action. Recently we were going to hire a sales person in our office. We had him go through typical training by shadowing a fellow team member and I overheard their conversation one day. The potential new employee was making elaborate plans on how to prospect people, new ideas of calling and ways to plan for the most “effective” outcome. I’m not saying planning is wrong, but when planning impedes your ability to take action, we have a huge problem. To say the least, he doesn’t work at Grand Apps. (Grand Apps)

It is actually a huge pet peeve of mine when people think they need to write some huge drawn out detailed roadmap on how they will get to somewhere. Do you think the pioneers had a detailed roadmap? No. They didn’t. They had a goal and idea of where they wanted to go and took massive action. They might have planned out basics like supplies for their journey, but that’s it. Too many times people are stopped in their tracks because they keep planning and planning and after years pass they never even start. I wanted to give you some reasons why you should typically take action before planning.


Momentum is real my friends. Think about a huge snowball on top of a hill. When you start pushing, you’re creating momentum. When gravity takes over and it begins to roll, watch out! It is very, very hard to stop this huge snowball hurling towards the bottom due to a huge momentum that built up from your small starting efforts.

The same rule applies in the business world, or what I like to say the Hustle World. When you get some great idea about starting a business, you start to get a sense of momentum. Some little thing in your brain is pushing you down the hill saying “start it or you can do it”. But before your idea falls down the hill with huge momentum you stop it by “planning”. You sit there and think of every single thing that could happen or might happen. To be honest, who cares? You are literally stopping the idea snowball from falling down the hill by planning for weeks, for months, for years.

When people keep doing this planning they lose all momentum and their idea is dead in it’s tracks. The snowball never falls and you’re left unsuccessful because you never even started. Listen, I have been a part of a few startups in my early career as an entrepreneur and all I can say is that momentum of taking action is real. Soon as you stop planning (everything for months on end) and just start taking action, you’ll see WAY more success.

No Clue

I also think part of the reason people plan so much is because they simply don’t have a clue where to start. When you start a business there is so much to do. You need to set up your paper work, you need to build a website, you must set up emails, don’t forget to buy a coffee machine and by the way, do you have a logo? This can get overwhelming for anyone including me.

When young entrepreneurs look at a long laundry list like this, they get fearful and never start. They think that because they don’t know where to start then they must plan some more. Let’s plan on the plan. Stop worrying about not knowing how to do something and start trying. Just take action.

What You’re Taught

Another part of the planning way too long stage is probably because some professor at some business school you attended told you that you needed some complex, one hundred page long business plan. Would you say I’m right? I know I am. I have had the same professors preach on writing a huge business plan before we start a business so we can see almost everything before it happens to ultimately help us reach success faster. I say don’t do that. I say skip that part.

What you need to do is write down a goal. Write down some basics. Write down something so basic it can fit on a few pages of paper, then execute these things. As you knock these items off your list and hit the goals, keep going. Before you know it, you will have that long business plan overtime. Just don’t get worried about doing it first. You will become paralyzed because you think that some godly figure will strike your business down before you even start if you don’t begin with the “business plan”.

How Do I Know?

I know all of this is true because I have lived this the last five years. I have helped scale a company from a basement of two people into the city’s largest company in the market with an office downtown that now has over ten employees. I did this in under three years.

I never started with a business plan. I didn’t over plan. I simply started taking action and tried to get that snowball starting to roll down the hill as fast as I possibly could. I’m not saying not to plan because that is foolish. The main takeaway message here is to not let planning stop you from taking action. I would rather see someone NOT plan and take action then plan and NOT take action. Action will win over all.

If you have questions please email me at

Contributing Editor

Chris Ake

#AskChrisAke YouTube Show



T-Mobile changes the way we see mobile plans, again.

Blog, Tech

T-Mobile in the past 3 years has been revolutionizing the way we see cell phone plans. They were one of the first to introduce plans without contracts. They also allow you to stream music without it going against your daily data limit.

Today T-Mobile made headlines by pushing the boundaries a bit more with their Binge On plan.  Customers no longer have to worry about streaming video, because it doesn’t go against your data. You do have to be in the higher tier of Data plans over 3gb a month to take part in the service, but let the Netflix and chill happen even without a tv.

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Competitors like AT&T and Verizon have stopped offering unlimited data plans which makes it hard to stream music and video when you want. Sprint and other mobile carriers always throttle their data, which makes it pretty much useless. The plan will work with services such as Netflix, HBO Now, Sling TV, Showtime, ESPN and Hulu.

According to data earlier this year put T-Mobile on top for Download speed and tech support. T-Mobile promises DVD like quality, let’s hope they can deliver and be a cutting edge mobile carrier.

Is it finally time to buy a wearable?

Blog, LIfestyle, Tech

What can you wear with anything and always keep it classy, a watch. The watch is an iconic piece that stands out and gives you a touch of style. Now with wearables the watch has evolved into a piece that holds daily information besides time.

 After a couple of years of some innovation there’s finally some wearable pieces that will make any look stand out. 

1. The recently announced Fossil Q wearable line 


Fossil is making sure design comes first with this line of wearables. The best part all of the Fossil Q wearables support both iOS and Android.

Let’s start with the upcoming Q Founder 

The most expensive on the list but with a price of $275 you’re getting an awesome smart watch. It will run on AndroidWear and work side and side with the Fossil Q app which is available on Andorid and iOS. It will have 2 options including a leather wrist and a metal band.

Q Grant 

This is an awesome addition to the wearable game. If you love the analog watch look you can still have some functionality of a wearable in a classic fossil package.

Receive filtered notifications from your favorite contacts and track everything from steps to calories all while completing weekly curiosity challenges.

The Q Revealer/Dreamer 

Fossil takes you back to a very basic activity track but brings it in a classic Fossil look. With the genuine leather and the Fossil accents it could be a nice little addition to your wrist.

2. The Moto 360 

This is the watch that had some iOS users wanting to switch to Android. It was the first smartwatch to bring the round look to wearables and now it’s on the second generation.


Starting at $299 the Moto 360 is a full-fledged android smartwatch. The 360 has features such as a customizable face, ambient light sensor, access to apps from Google Play, and the ability to listen to music wirelessly without your phone.

3. The Apple Watch 


The apple watch is most popular with iOS users because of the streamlined workflow to your iPhone. Unfortunately, it’s one of the priciest out there and the more expensive models are the ones for the design conscious.

Prices start at $349 for the AppleWatch Sport and up to $12,000 for the AppleWatch Edition.

The Apple watch does support Siri, notifications, ApplePay, activity tracking, and use of iOS apps.

4. LG Urbane 2 

LG took it to the next level with a smartwatch that has 4g LTE built-in. You get all that AndroidWear has to offer without having to be attached to your phone. The watch costs $300 but you can split it into monthly payments with AT&T.


Oh and also is one of the most stylish pieces out there. The watch is available in 2 colors gold, and silver (and it looks good). Compatible with Android™ 4.3 or higher and iOS 8.2 and later (with limited functionality).

With the updated looks, affordability and features maybe it’s time to consider investing in a wearable.

Five Of My Favorite Moments As A 20-Something Baseball Fan From Texas.


A little backstory before we get started: I went to my first MLB game when I was 6 years old, and since then, baseball has been my first and biggest love. I grew up right outside of Arlington, so I was a Rangers fan by default. However, I have an older brother who is a Yankees diehard, which has led to a lifelong not so friendly family rivalry. My first game consisted of the Rangers beating the Yankees and me having the ultimate bragging rights against my teenage brother (which is a big deal when you’re 6). Regardless of the result that night, my first time at the ballpark made me fall in love with the game of baseball and everything about it. Since then, my emotions tend to take on a whole new range during April through October.

So naturally, while everyone obsesses over Lebron’s 25,000 points and the CFB selections, I’m still mourning the end of baseball season. In case you didn’t watch, the World Series ended this week in a dramatic, 12-inning showdown between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets.  After tying the game in the ninth inning, the Royals went on to score FIVE more times in the top of the 12th to win their first World Series in 30 years and redeem themselves after a devastating game 7 loss to the Giants last year.

Stories like these are the reason I look at people like they have six heads when they tell me they don’t like baseball. Sure, it may be difficult for all 162 games to hold your attention, but the unpredictability and drama that accompanies the game is what makes it one of the most exhilarating sports to watch.

I always joke that baseball will be the death of me, especially being a Rangers fan.  As miserable as it can be sometimes, very few things can compare to the happiness that comes along with a walk-off homerun or a diving catch to end the inning.

So without further ado, here are 5 of my favorite baseball memories.

5. Exit Sandman and Farewell, Captain — The Two Times it was OK to Cry in Baseball

It’s no secret that the Yankees will never be on my list of favorite teams, but real recognizes real and there’s no denying the iconic presence that Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter had on and off the field.  The very first homerun I witnessed in person was by Jeter, and when I think of players that best exemplified excellence, Rivera’s name is one of the first to pop up. Even as an avid Yankees hater, I appreciated the talent and class of these two players and knew that their retirement would mark the end of an era.

So there I was two years in a row, tearing up over the retirement of these two players as if I was a Yankees fan or something.  However, I will call your bluff if you say you didn’t get emotional when Jeter and Andy Pettitte walked to the mound to hug Rivera in the manliest of tearful embraces.

And if this image of Derek Jeter’s nephew tipping his hat to honor his uncle doesn’t hit you in the feels, I’m not sure you have a soul.


But seriously, who’s chopping onions here?

4. Those Four Days in October of 2004
Now that we got all that Yankee praise out of the way, I’ll touch on one of the greatest series in postseason baseball, the 2004 ALCS. The New York Yankees had just embarrassed the Boston Red Sox with a 19-8 win to lead the series 3-0, and the rest of the season was looking a little predictable for Boston. Their alleged curse began to break in Game 4, however, which consisted of extra innings and a walkoff homerun in the 12th by none other than Big Papi himself.

And then came The Bloody Sock.

Or better yet, The Bloody Socks. (pada-PSHH. I’ll be here all week, folks.)

Curt Schilling evolved from a pitcher to a legend during game 6, as he pitched despite having torn a tendon in his right ankle earlier in the season. He simply asked his doctors to sew that puppy into place and led the Socks to victory.

That same game also brought us an Oscar-worthy performance by Alex Rodriguez who was called out for interference after swatting the ball out of Red Sox pitcher, Bronson Arroyo’s glove during a play near first base. Rodriguez quickly took on the role of an unfairly punished child, claiming he never made a swatting motion, that’s just how his hands moved when he ran.


Yeah ok.

Boston went on to win the next three games and clinch the AL pennant, making them the first team to ever come back from a 3-0 deficit. They also won their first World Series since 1918 that year.

3. Heads up, Chase Utley
Rain during the postseason is just God’s way of telling us that things are about to get real. Coming into the storm-filled game 5 of the 2008 World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies were leading the series 3-1 against the Tampa Bay Rays. The game was delayed in the 6th inning, after the field was practically underwater.  This wasn’t your typical rain delay where you go take cover and chug your beer while you wait it out.  Also, a game is typically considered official after five innings,  but Bud Selig stepped in and saved America from the disgrace of an anti-climatic Series clinch from a rain-shortened game.

So 46 hours later, the teams played the final three and a half innings of the Series. During the top of the seventh inning, Chase Utley made a play so memorable, that it made me feel something other than blatant indifference towards him. After hustling to grab a grounder, he brilliantly faked to first, deceiving the Rays’ Jason Bartlett into going home, and then made the throw to get Bartlett out at the plate. GOT EM.

The Phillies went on to score in the bottom of the seventh inning on a single by Pedro Feliz and win the World Series. Had it not been for Utley’s play, Tampa would have taken a 4-3 lead and then who knows what could have happened?

2. Baseball’s most famous fight
I don’t condone violence by any means, but I can’t say I’m not entertained by a good scuffle here and there. No, I’m not talking about the lame excuses for “fights” we saw this season where players mouth off to each other and everyone clears the bench just to stand around and awkwardly puff their chests (refer to multiple games during this year’s ALDS featuring Texas and Toronto, if you’re looking for an example).

I’m talking about the infamous mound charge, where Nolan Ryan showed the world why you don’t mess with Texas.


Okay so maybe I didn’t watch this live, being that I was 3 years old. However, growing up in Texas, the fight between Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura is more than just a baseball highlight, its an iconic symbol. Sports bars, homes, and diners are adorned with the image of Ventura in a headlock. It plays in almost every video containing some sort of Texas pride. Heck, I even have it on a shirt (sorry, mom). God bless you, Nolan.

1.  The 2010 ALCS – It Was Time

It’s not surprising that my favorite moment in baseball would include a Rangers win over the Yankees. However, this one also included the most meaningful strikeout in Texas history.

Texas pitcher, Colby Lewis, had managed to shut out the Yankees for the first five innings. Then comes former Ranger, Alex Rodriguez, to hit a double and later score off a wild pitch.

Later that inning, the Yankees walk Josh Hamilton for the third time that series to reach Vladimir Guerrero, who had not been performing at his usual ability. This time however, they tugged at Superman’s cape one too many times. Guerrero doubles bringing in Moreland and Hamilton and the Rangers score twice more that inning.  By the top of the ninth, the Rangers had a 6-1 lead.

As I mentioned before, history is what makes this sport so great. It’s no secret that most Ranger fans have a personal vendetta against A-Rod; he could easily be named one of the franchise’s biggest mistakes. So when he came up to bat during the top of the ninth with two outs, I remember thinking this was too good to be true. One more out until the Rangers FINALLY made it to the World Series. One more out until they beat the Yankees in order to get there. But the last out being against A-Rod? There was no way that the cards would play out this perfectly.

At this time, I vividly remember not knowing what to do with myself. I couldn’t watch. I couldn’t not watch. I didn’t even know where to position my body. So naturally, I stood on top of my living room couch, with my hands on my head, and absolutely no control over what came out of my mouth. My dad laughed from the doorway and my mom sat there shaking her head; i’m sure it was quite the sight.

Sure enough, rookie Neftali Feliz threw the last pitch and Rodriguez struck out swinging. The Texas Rangers were going to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.


And that was it. That’s where the story ended. The World Series didn’t happen that year or the year after. The End.

Mireya Martinez 

Price Is A Myth

The Hustle

Have you ever heard somebody say (or said yourself) something is either overpriced or affordable? We can all understand or relate to these terms based upon our own previous experiences. I have been thinking about this lately because it relates to my business, mainly my sales team. I also speak with many other business owners and often price comes up about their services or ours. The reason it relates to my business is because some sales reps will diminish price in seconds, reducing price with “special offers” to clients immediately after they show sticker shock. This can be a problem as it could reduce value of your product overtime. It can also reduce your sales teams confidence and your bottom line.

We now have a problem to solve. We must come up with a way to not deter from our offerings to the marketplace. But, how do we do this?

Price definition: 


  1. 1.decide the amount required as payment for (something offered for sale).


  1. 1.the amount of money expected, required, or given in payment for something.

So basically price is an amount of payment for something offered in exchange. Basically price is a man made transaction happening every single second of every single day. In today’s economy, usually the payment is in terms of dollars. The dollars we use for purchasing are only valuable because we the consumers value it. Do you think most Americans know it is not backed by gold or is only “valuable” because we think it is? Most consumers really believe the dollar is worth a dollar.

Myth definition: 


  1. a widely held but false belief or idea.

Money could be considered a myth and so can price, because in these terms we are talking about money being used for payment of a price. I understand, this is stretching the idea, but I really wanted to open your eyes and make you think. We must all realize that the dollar and price is made up and can be altered or controlled at any time if we choose too.

So how do we stick to our price & sell for more? 

This is simple. Anytime value increases, price does too. The first step to selling for more is to find the customers values. Do they value time, money, freedom or something more? Sales teams often focus on features and benefits, when in reality they are hearing their bosses voice talking about value in the background. Selling the features and benefits comes easy because it’s easy to talk about. It is something you’re doing every single day. Every customer is different in terms of what they value, so this sale will be harder & take more time. But if you understand and get this, you will see a higher close rate.

It seems too simple, I know. You are probably thinking…there has to be more. I am a firm believer in simplicity. So I like to keep this concept simple too. Just find out what they value and show how your services / products benefit their values. Do this and you will succeed!

Actionable Tips

– Make your meetings investigative. Ask many questions & take tons of notes.

– Ask them bluntly, “what do you value? Is it time, money, family?”

– Keep It Simple (remember that old sales saying?)

If you use these every single day in every single meeting, you will see a higher close rate. If you are doing this already, then try to find a way to make it more efficient.

In the comments below, tell me some of the ways you seek value & pitch to customers.

Contributing Editor

Chris Ake

#AskChrisAke YouTube Show



Podcasts to keep up your Hustle

Tech, The Hustle

The on-demand market for podcasts is continuing to grow and there’s an obvious reason why, there’s impactful free content. Content is king when it comes podcasts and there is a lot of great content out there. Since 2008 podcast listenership has nearly doubled from 9% to 17% according to

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So why listen to podcasts? 

There are plenty of startup founders, money experts, and people in your boat. People who are hustling everyday to make their dream a reality. Some people say podcasts are old news, but with the resurgence of insightful information and great content, podcasts are the secret weapons you should be listening to.

StartUP Podcast 

Let’s start with one of the most interesting podcasts you’ll listen to hosted by Alex Blumberg. Blumberg comes from the world of public radio with as former co-host of Planet Money and former producer of This American Life. The StartUP podcast puts you in the passenger seat with Alex as he hustles to start his newest venture, Gimlet Media. The podcast is exciting, crazy, honest, and of course nerve wracking. You get to hear Alex talk to investors, put time into his idea and struggle to make his idea come to life. Gimlet Media, which is a podcasting network now has 4 shows that are all exciting, weird and just the right amount of crazy.

Hustle Culture

Hosted by Carlos Gil and Tayo Rockson, the Hustle Culture puts together success stories from entrepreneurs and how to use Social Media to gain your ultimate goal. Both of these guys give you information that pushes you to keep on track with your goals.

Check them out on twitter for more insightful information

Ted Radio Hour 

Why Ted? You’re always going to learn something and usually in a very interesting way. While your commuting cut the music and learn some new things.


Keep up with the global economy in a real and interesting podcast. Talks about the economy and money can be draining, but Planet Money changes that. You will always be entertained and in tune with great content.

Startup Life Hacks

Learn from people who started their own business and learn from some of their mistakes. This podcast keeps it real and is filled with great content.