Charles Luzar

Bits, bytes & brand @ Liberty Auto Group. Driving and living spiritedly.

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Hypothesis: A Smarter Way To Shop

My girlfriend and I live together, and a couple that lives together shops for groceries together. It’s easily one of the most straining, annoying experiences we share. She’d corroborate, trust me.

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She is the healthy one. She tends to buy items – kale, ginger, etc. – for their health benefits. I sincerely appreciate that influence in my world, because I’m somewhat the opposite. I’m much more concerned about taste and enjoyment than spending plenty of time on this Earth. (“If something has to kill me, I at least want to pick what it is” is a favorite saying of mine. Death by steak char sounds like a great way to go, but I digress…)

Naturally, we have a hard time balancing these two approaches. Meal suggestions from one are often met with a grimace from the other. Happy mediums are hard to come by in our household.

We do occasionally find them, though, and when we do they’re glorious!...

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Reflection Isn’t That Thing In The Mirror

Have you ever struggled with time management?

I’m constantly struggling with time management. I’m sure there are people out there that are just “on” 100% of the time, effortlessly bouncing from one high-priority task to the next. They roam free, unencumbered by the follies of lesser workers, like GTD unicorns…

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I dream of one day finding some zen-like state of getting things done, but I’m not there yet and I frankly doubt I ever will be. Time management is a process and like all processes, there will almost always be an opportunity to find and extract new efficiencies.

If you aren’t trying to find those extra efficiencies in your own time management process, you’ve either got it all figured out (unicorns!) or you aren’t trying all that hard.

At the core of improvement is reflection. If you don’t reflect you’ll never understand what or how to improve, right?

For me, Trello has become...

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Startups & Starting Somewhere

When I helped launch Crowdfund Insider with a small team of co-founders in 2012, I couldn’t have imagined what I’d learn along the way.

That isn’t meant to sound self-deprecating, either. The journey of launching and trying to grow a company never plays out the way you think it will, and I don’t think you’re ever as prepared as you think you are no matter what the outcome. It’s truly a leap of faith.

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The beauty of taking a leap of faith is you’ll find that necessity is the best catalyst for learning and self-improvement. If you want to become something better than what you are today, stick your name on it. Stake your reputation on it. You’ll figure it out or you’ll fold. Both are admirable in their own way. (Those that fold can always try again!)

Having said that, I am going to begin collecting some of what I think I have learned here with the caveat that I am always learning....

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