Brian Scudamore
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I'm the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the banner company for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. I'm a strong believer in ongoing personal and professional development, and I like to show others how to use goal-setting to take the lead in their own business. As someone who is passionate about people, I've created a corporate culture where we are building something bigger, together.

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How To Pitch Yourself And Land The Job Of Your Dreams

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 3:32 PM

In a buyer's market, job seekers have to be the world's best salespeople. You have to spark an interest, craft your pitch, and prove the worth of your top product: you. If you can't sell yourself as the best and brightest for the job, you'll never close the deal.

Not...

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I Make My Employees Go Tech-Free When They Take Time Off

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2017 | 5:05 PM

No shoes, no shirt, no cell phone. That's how a vacation should be. But nowadays, with email and web conferencing, it's harder than ever to take a tech-free holiday. We're a hyper-connected society with a bad case of FOMO -- we're afraid of what we'll miss if we...

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3 Books Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Read

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 1:30 PM

As someone with ADHD, who grew up with reading difficulties, sitting down with a book was never my go-to pastime. I preferred hands-on learning over classroom education -- so when I traded in my textbooks to run my own business, I don't think anyone was surprised.

But even though I...

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The Key To Work-Life Balance? Working While You Commute

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2017 | 12:26 PM

How long does it take you to get to work in the morning? For me, it's a 20-minute drive. For our COO Erik Church, it's a five-hour flight. He lives in Toronto and works in Vancouver, putting 2,000 miles between home and the office.

Many people think this setup is...

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Why It Pays To Be A Happy Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2017 | 5:41 AM

There's no big secret to success in business -- it's all about attitude. Approaching entrepreneurship with optimism means you can bounce back when ideas flop, and in general, you bring more energy and enthusiasm to the workplace. But the true benefits of being a positive leader are its...

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Facing Your Fears To Become An Amazing Public Speaker

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 6:23 AM

If life were a game of "would you rather?", 74% of people would rather die than speak in public. Considering the finality of the first option, it's probably better to get a handle on getting in front of an audience.

Besides, public speaking is linked to...

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The Right Way To Let Someone Go

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2016 | 3:44 PM

For years, I worked with a COO who was much more to me than just a colleague -- we were friends. I was even the best man at his wedding.

When I had to let him go in 2007, it was one of the hardest days ever. But I'd grown...

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Your Business Needs To Always Be Branding

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2016 | 8:29 AM

One thing is clear from this year's presidential race: Donald Trump has built an incredibly recognizable brand. He's stamped his name on so many things -- from buildings around the world to steaks for sale at The Sharper Image -- that some American voters associate him...

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How Taking One Day To Think Can Boost Your Productivity

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 3:23 PM

Many things go into building a successful company -- awesome people, vision, and strong systems, to name a few. But the biggest and best companies get to where they are because their leaders make time to prioritize one thing: thinking. I mean taking time to ponder issues, develop strategies, and...

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Ways New Entrepreneurs Can Get Hiring Right Every Time

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2016 | 12:42 PM

Too often, new entrepreneurs make mistakes with their first hires. In the early days of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? my hiring decisions were based on convenience: Are you my friend? Do you have a pulse? Can you drive a truck? I was desperate for bodies and hired almost anyone who came...

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Want To Hire And Keep Millennials? Do Less

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 4:31 PM

Everyone is talking about millennials: How do they work? What do they want? How do we hire them? How do we keep them happy?

All these questions are for good reason: in a decade they will make up three quarters of our workforce.

But if your plan is...

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3 Quick Tips For Getting Focused From A CEO With ADHD

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 11:28 AM

Distractible. Energetic. Impulsive. These are some of the words often used to describe me. They're also common descriptors for well-known execs like Richard Branson, David Neeleman of Jet Blue Airways, and Ikea's Ingvar Kamprad.

That's because we all have ADHD.

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3 Reasons To Make Friends With Your Business Competition

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 1:05 PM

1-800-GOT-JUNK? was only two years old when my top employee blindsided me: Mike announced he was leaving to open a competing junk removal service.

First, I was devastated to lose such a solid team member. Then I became obsessed with shutting his new company down.

After...

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Find Your Next Hire Over Beers And Barbecue

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 11:45 AM

Here's some scary news: The average person spends over 90,000 hours of their life at work. That means you probably see your colleagues more than your friends and family! Despite this reality, many companies disregard personality and culture fit when they're hiring new people. It can mean teams...

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