Spotting Business Ideas by Getting Pissed Off

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Business Ideas by Getting Pissed Off

Plenty of ingredients go into a successful business.

In the early stages, one of the most important is having the energy and the will and the desire to stick with something even when it appears to be not working. And even when the world is telling you it’s just no good.

Having a great idea and being passionate about it helps with that.

So does being surrounded by great people who believe.

And being pissed off helps a lot.

A little “righteous indignation” can help push people through the rough times.

For years now, I have been very aware of how much local businesses contribute to my (and other) communities.

Put aside the pragmatic things like jobs and products and services they provide, look around your community, and my guess is there are a few small businesses run by passionate owners that improve quality of life, contribute to a sense of connection in your area, and just make you feel good.

It could be an amazing restaurant, the handyman who always comes through, or any of hundreds of others of local businesses run with passion and pride.

And for years now I have been pissed at how limited or outright bad the advice these business owners have to choose from when it comes to growing their companies.

While “small business” advice includes them … the truth is that LOCAL businesses are different. Different rules, different media, different measures of success. This is even more true with the advent and acceleration of local internet marketing.

I’m doing something about it.

We are building a website specifically for local business owners, called Inside Local Business.

I’m contributing marketing articles and tutorials there, and an array of experts in everything from advertising to finance to employees will be publishing there soon.*

Frankly, I just got so tired of being so pissed off … that I couldn’t not do it any longer.

What do you feel that way about?

And what are you waiting for?

Be well,
Michael Cage

* If you are interested in contributing and have *real value and expertise* to deliver to local business owners, reach out using the contact tab at the top of this page.

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1 Ryan Critchett January 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm


I too, sometimes do things because I’m pissed. Normally it’s because a great majority of people are saying one thing about something, while the reality is something completely the converse (and I feel this overwhelming need to set the record straight).

Very similar drive behind the book “The Entrepreneur Equation,” by a chick named Carol Roth (who rocks).


2 jana May 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I have been a nurse for 23 years, I am burned out by the constant beating alot of us nurses get.
I am starting a new business in a resort area that I think will serve well.
I am a servant at heart! I have had people tell me ” that is too hard of work”. “why would you want to leave nursing and do that!”.
I don’t know much about owning a business but you Michael Cage have been so much help and I am learning. Thanks for what you do.


3 Jon Clemett March 22, 2011 at 7:43 am

I have just come across this site and have not yet gone through it all, however, from what I have read so far it looks like a great site for start ups and SME’s to visit. Totally agree with the comment about different rules etc. My business is based on an innovation of a marketing/advertising avenue and the core is directed regional business/service providers. It is hard to get the concept across at early stages but having faith in your product and keeping your determination by getting “pissed” or otherwise is valuable


4 Mouli Cohen June 29, 2010 at 7:39 am

Instead of “they should do this”, they must say, “they should improve this.”


5 Anonymous June 22, 2010 at 1:37 am

For me it depends on the person if he can spot a business idea getting pissed. Sometimes making yourself pissed gives you a mental block and depression.


6 Anonymous May 30, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Frankly, I just got so tired of being so pissed off … that I couldn’t not do it any longer


7 juliacassidy May 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

I counldn't agree more with the idea conveyed by the article. The truth is that when we are pissed off or angry about something or at someone, we have a lot of energy in our bodies, just like when we are happy and willing to do or achieve something. In the case of being angry, since you want to get rid of the negative thoughts you will focus all your energy to your thinking. And that's when you are more confident and determinant to make a decission or start doing something.
This is so real life!!!
thanks for sharing


8 kschoeck March 31, 2010 at 2:28 am

It is so true. Whenever you hear yourself saying “they should do this” “they should come up with that”, YOU be the “they”.


9 Samantha March 8, 2010 at 12:54 am

Doing something about it what entrepreneurs do. That is an idea that needs to have action taken and moved on. The others are the ones that sit back and complain.


10 Mike February 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Never underestimate the power of anger as a motivator.


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