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Ted Prodromou

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Why old people are crushing it

I had the honor to contribute to an article in www.thestreet.com written by Susan Mangiero. The article, Experience + Passion = Success: Why Older Entrepreneurs Are Crushing It, is a compilation of opinions from older entrepreneurs like me. The essence of the article is that people over 58 are considered too old to be hired by a company but we are thriving as entrepreneurs. It's no secret that there is age-discrimination in today's job market. Companies don't want to hire people over 50 for a...

Last night, we saw Ellen DeGeneres on her Last Stand...Up Tour. Ellen has been silent for two years since her show ended after 19 years. The show ended because former employees complained about a toxic workplace created by producers and senior managers. This devastated Ellen because she's all about making people happy and having fun. She never imagined the show would be so successful. Looking back, she admits she wasn't as involved in daily activities of the show as she should have been. She...

In "Hook Point," Brendan Kane tells the story of working with Taylor Swift to amplify her social media presence. Kane started working with her by listening to what she wanted. After meeting with her agent, then her parents, he earned the right to meet with her. At the time, she had a huge presence on MySpace. Yes, Taylor Swift built her empire by posting on MySpace. She loved posted her own content but at the time, websites were not easy to update. She had to send content to her website...

Taking time off and exploring the world gave me time to reflect. For as long as I can remember, my identity has been tied to my work. I was "Ted the Techie", "Ted the LinkedIn Guy," or "Ted the Marketing Expert," My sense of self-worth and purpose was deeply rooted in my professional achievements and the constant pursuit of business growth. I realized my career identity has been limiting me. It has prevented me from fully embracing other aspects of my life and exploring new facets of my...

Going on a cruise with 7600 of our closest friends was never on our bucket list. Ellen and I dreaded the idea of getting on a ship for a week or two with thousands of people. There's no escaping the crowd. Our perfect vacation is relaxing at the beach or hiking in the mountains. Lots of open space. A few years ago some of our friends, who aren't into cruises, did a river cruise and couldn't stop raving about it. Small crowds, bucket list destinations and lots of time to roam off the ship. We...

From your response, my last email about my post-vacation blues resonated with you. It's been a few days since I shared my thoughts, and I've had some time to reflect on the experience. You know what? I think my ship might have sailed, but not in the way I initially thought. For years, I believed that my purpose was to grow my business, to be the best at what I do, and to find fulfillment through professional success. But during those three weeks in Europe, something shifted. The absence of...

There are countless songs about Monday. I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats comes to mind. How about Monday, Monday by The Mamas and the Papas? Monday Morning by Fleetwood Mac is one of my favorites. In my corporate career, there were plenty of Mondays where I didn't want to get out of bed. According to the British Heart Foundation, your chances of a heart attack at 13% higher due to the Blue Monday phenomenon. For the past 20+ years, I've been a solopreneur so Blue Monday hasn't been a...

You knew this was coming. Opportunity seekers creating 100% AI-generated content to make a quick buck. LinkedIn is full of AI-generated content. AI-generated books are flooding Amazon. YouTube is full of AI-generated videos. I heard of a scam the other day that made me cringe. I won't name names but this person is offering to make you a five-time Amazon best seller for $2000. They find a New York Times best-selling book related to your niche. They create five AI-generated books directly from...

I'm positive Perry Marshall has a crystal ball. I've seen him accurately predict the future numerous times. He predicted the 2008 financial collapse in 2006. He's predicted numerous online marketing trends a year or two before they happened. Last week Perry shared his perspective of AI from the 10,000' level. Perry shared nugget after nugget in our one-hour interview. Little did I know this would turn into a controversial event. While we covered a range of topics, it's impossible to cover...

Perry Marshall says “Subject matter experts” will be commoditized, with a very small handful turning into rock stars. If you're an expert on marketing, AI can commoditize ordinary information about marketing. But if you are on the cutting edge of any subject, people need someone they can trust. AI is not very good at giving you information if less than 200 people are talking about it. What isn't changing is that people want to learn from people. And the need for trust went up 10X. Perry...