Nichole Goodyear

A few months ago I had the opportunity to chat with Nichole Goodyear. And in that conversation, this is what I got:

Being altruistic is a key component to succeeding in the entrepreneurial world.  But, at the same time, an individual needs to be passionate, proven, prominent, and persistent with regards to how a business is run. People who practice these traits are individuals who inspire me.

Recently I chatted with Nichole Goodyear; she fits the criteria of being an entrepreneur/inspiration. Goodyear is known as THE women in new technologies and has exceeded every expectation that anyone has made for her. Yet, last Monday, Goodyear took thirty minutes out of her busy schedule and spent it with me on the phone. Goodyear, I am sure, had hundreds of projects to work on, thousands of phone calls to make, and a million things going through her mind. Yet she stopped and gave me a listening ear, while truly being an advisor to someone who wants to listen and learn. The ability to converse and network with someone like this had an incredible impactful because it made me think…

  • I didn’t just have an opportunity to network; I had an opportunity to think through my own dreams.
  • I had the opportunity to hear the path of a successful entrepreneur.
  • I observed how I could be a mentor for others.
  • I caught the vision of where to watch for new technologies; who are the current business leaders, and so much more.

Goodyear had this altruistic mentality and was willing to chat, help me think, give thoughtful responses, and gave me feedback on the thought processes I have regarding being an entrepreneur. My question now is, how do I move forward to not only take in this knowledge, but also apply it in my future?

You may have been where I am and could shed light on this status. Who have you met that was an inspiration and how did you apply the knowledge they shared?

Life is Picking Up

In moments when things seem to get going in a great ‘”rhythm” life comes out of the blue and moves faster. These moments truly test the ability of an individual. Often, I think people overlook the fact that life is a “ride” and one that we can learn a lot from it on a regular basis if we are willing.

There haven’t been many “posts” concerning business, ideas, or theories on life recently on this blog and that is because of a few great changes that have occurred over the past few months that jolted life in an amazing way. But, in every one of these moments I am starting to realize that there are things to be learned in every circumstance. Every moment is only a starting point for the following moments.

But how do we take in every moment to the best of our ability?

I believe that it falls on a way that I do try to “understand”: research – organize – minimize. These there ways that I look at understanding the world can play out in learning from the moments we live through. If we are willing to do the following, we may get more out of what we do in life:

  1. Research – Look into the situation around you and how it is helping you in life, business, friendship, and with life in general.
  2. Organize – Step back and look at the whole picture and organize it.
  3. Minimize – Remember, the generations that are here in these moments are in “information overload” and in many ways, we need to only remember the important moments and keep those learning details only.

Simple Helpful

Often people forget the importance of remembering those ‘little things’ that we all need to remember. Especially when it comes to passwords, tutorials, cool websites, ideas, and other nonsense.

Until recently, I hadn’t found a way to keep all of these things in order until @flakblas introduced me to the two following programs. I completely recommend these two programs for a simple knowledge base and password safe. They are easy to set up and you can keep them in your Dropbox so that they go where ever you are. Let me know if you have any other ideas for productivity and note taking!

  • TiddlyWiki – TiddlyWiki is a reusable non-linear personal web notebook. It’s a unique wiki that people around the world love using to keep ideas and information organised.
  • Keepass – KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database.
  • And, because I store both of these in one spot, Dropbox


Now, here are my ideas for news aggregation, please let me know if you have any ideas for this: (From early blog post)

The world of news is endless and in many ways there is a sense of news overload. But, yesterday someone did ask what websites I watched for technology related to Randomly Famous, LLC. Here is my short list of websites that I check on a more regular basis, in no particular order. I do want to say though, news is news and needs to be filtered because some of the content isn’t news worthy. This is no perfect list so if you have suggestions, please let me know, I am truly trying to learn more about filtering the good news vs. the bad news. Plus, looking for aggregation tools, new sites to check out, and so on. Fill me in below!

And for the news, generalized:

Now, tell me more things for this list! Even your personal sites that are brilliant, I want to hear them all and will personally check them out!


Thinking Around

With a lot of ideas floating around, there seems to always be space to network / chat / organize / and take time to think. I have to say that this has been a good week thus far and it continues. Though my networking hasn’t been moving forward as quickly as I like but at least I am getting responses from people like Bill Gates. Yes, I am aiming for anyone to network with, here is the latest response from Bill Gates’ Foundation. Any other ideas on how to just have coffee with these types of people? Anyone want to network now?

Here is the latest response from the Gates Foundation:

Dear Mr. Elliott,

Thank you for contacting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We appreciate your request to meet Mr. Gates. Unfortunately, due to his current level of commitments and the number of requests he receives, he is unavailable and must respectfully decline.

On behalf of the foundation, we wish you the best.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grantee & Public Communications

Thought you would find it interesting…. Anyone want to chat about a few ideas in Augmented Reality / Entrepreneurship / Start-Ups / Artists / Ideas? My goal is simple, to creatively execute ideas.

Taking another Step

There have been many posts about topics along the lines of brainstorming and focusing but I come ashamedly to share that my mind has been working on a few tangents and ideas.

In essence, I need to join a ‘think tank’ and/or sell my ideas to fortune 500 companies that are in need of them. No matter what, I will keep these ideas rolling and I am here to share with you the latest and dorkiest idea that I’ve had in a few months.

Everyone wants to become wealthy and make a name for themselves. In essence, it is time to give the opportunity to those individuals and I think I found a way that feeds to a network on through advertising. The idea is simple and called Deliberately Rich and gives an individual and/or business a full day of advertising on this site and on it’s following networks like twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

I truly wanted an idea that took around 15 minutes max, brought return visitors, and allowed the money to flow on two levels (those who buy the opportunity to be there and the advertisements that will be on the site as a whole through AdSense).  The idea is an easy opportunity to pull off with the availability of websites like who focus on these such things.

Now, with the uniqueness of the idea there is a short span for the life of the business. And I am completely okay with that. I’ve spent about two hours total on the idea and the backend. I will probably work for another hour or so finishing up the touches. Then, it is time to launch and that is where you come in.

There seems to be a question that boggles my mind on how I ‘approved’ this quick idea when I have other ideas that need to be finished. This for me personally was the way I went about it:

  • Does this cause me to relax and/or be stressed?
  • Can I pull this off in less then two nights?
  • Will it profit me in a fun way?
  • Can I pull the plug at any moment with no loss?

So, if you are like me and have a lot of ideas all at once, ask yourself these questions and see if it can fit for fun. Knowing the answers to these gave me the approval I needed to go ahead with the idea and just have a little fun relaxing while building a random idea. Check it out, join in and get famous and/or truly deliberately rich.

Contemplation is Key

Often when it comes to brainstorming, I’ve realized that I don’t contemplate the ideas for a extensive period of time. Simple as that, I don’t sit down and think over a concept after it has come into existence. There are moments on a regular basis that need simple time and contemplation rather then quick decisions.

Normally, I live by a statue of hurry and wait but I am starting to think that in moments of brainstorming and problem solving it revolves around waiting a bit and fully contemplating each idea.

I know for a fact that this is the cause of my father, Dr. Elliott. He has always encouraged me to contemplate specifically my business ideas from Randomly Famous to Living Hope, and now Random Rental.

So to the painless point of this, take time to think and understand. We live rushed lives and yet thinking is the power we control that can be slowed down. And personally, I want to control what I have control over and slow it down to contemplate ideas fully and “creatively – execute – ideas.”

Continual Ideas

For a little while I’ve tried to figure out why my mind comes up with random ideas on a regular basis. I am not just talking about new entrepreneurial ideas but also business solutions, inventions, systems, and performance styles.

So, how and why does this occur a lot of the time for me? I think it is because my mind is set in a continual circle and debate aligned with the idea of brainstorming. No, I am not saying that my ideas are amazing or the next potential ‘big hit’. I see myself as attempting a million, failing a billion, and succeeding at a few. The ride is the part that I enjoy, the completion and success is what I drive for.

The tag line I live by came from this theory, “creatively – executing – ideas”. I come up with creative (not always great) ideas. I try to continually execute each one, even if that means I run them into the ground. And, both of these things occur because of a continuous soup bowl of ideas venturing in and out of my mind.

In simple form, that is how Random Rental came about. I was chatting on the phone with a friend in California who started WebConnect, realized that I wish I could rent out the things I don’t use on a regular basis, wrote it down and left it there. Then, as the day went on I listened to conversations, probed the idea into people’s minds, listened to responses, and heard about hundreds of things that lay around a house wasting away.

Aletheia pointed out many ways that we could use it for our home life from the lawnmower to the rake… The GPS unit to our books. And, my mind continued to go into a realm of brainstorming by labeling the problem I saw, adding in the solution I wanted to see, knowing what I personally wanted to add to the business idea and get out of the venture as a whole.

Random Rental will open its doors in the near future, less then a few months for the best and/or for the worst. Depending on the use we will find out if it is a amazing idea or a failing idea. Though, no matter what I’ve stuck to my tag line of “creatively – executing – ideas”. And, my theory is that everyone comes up with ideas on a regular basis but we don’t stick with them long enough and/or remember them. My solution…

Write down every thought and remember, you may have the next Facebook/ExemplaryPerformance/Apple/Google idea!

Branding for Launch

The long trail of a to do list fills up my whiteboards. Writing ideas, business ventures, networking availability, things to learn, and ideas to execute. Plus, on top of that finding time to do nothing (which is a true exercise for me). With that being said, I recently had a “clear the fog” moment and sat down to find my five projects.

Yes, the number five on the list has a few subcategories that comes in and goes out on a regular basis. None the less, this list will become the way I govern my time on a regular basis.

My full time priority in life is my wife and family. There is no getting around that in any way, shape, or form. So, why do I share this list with you and explain it a little bit? Well, before I limited myself to five projects at a time, I would have upwards of 10-15 which doesn’t allow excellence.

To grab the best out of yourself there needs to be some order to the insanity. No, I am not saying to go out and write a to-do list for your to-do lists. I am merely pointing out that to do things with excellence there needs to be an order.

For me to launch Random Rental fully, I needed to make sure I was branded on my new website as an entrepreneur who executes ideas. I Needed to make sure that site looked decently appealing before I could start seeking out angel investors.

An investor wants order and smart risk takers to be heading up ideas. Being the creative type makes it difficult to pull of the ordered lifestyle though it is a true necessity. For any entrepreneur it all begins with you. Getting money starts with investors believing not just in your idea, but you as a person. And, when you know what your priorities are, you are better off at organizing your life and to be a true brand.

Brand yourself so that you can brand what you do. People will always find themselves back to who and what. Just make sure that picture of you is what you want them to see. Brand yourself for the launch of your career, business, and your life.

Clear the Fog

Many mornings, as I go over into DC I notice the amount of fog still above the water. But for some reason, the fog frankly caught my eye and I started brainstorming ideas. Lets be honest, all of us know that I can’t take a big breath and blow the fog away but I kept my mind going and tried to find a solution.

To my demise, I realized that I hadn’t just fogged up my own mind with this idea. I want to practice ‘brainstorming’ on a daily basis but the mere fact remains, I am only human. I need to stay focused on the ideas ahead of me. Personally, I keep my ideas to a maximum of five. It is the limit that I can handle and trying to come up with new ideas on a regular basis means I need to use discernment and not let them fog my way.

  1. Where is the fog coming from?
  2. Is it important enough to allow it to fog my original means?
  3. What can I do to rid myself of the fog?
  4. How can I simplify?

Short, sweet, and simple… Things come and go and we need to make sure that we don’t let these quick lasting situations and/or ideas fog our true mission in life. Push the fog out and remember the simple fact, you are only human!


I was sick over the past weekend and it hasn’t been getting any better. My cough seems to roughen, my lungs seem to fail, and my heart keeps racing. What a joyous situation to have going on in this moment. But why do I share that?

This ‘episode’ has happened to me three times this past year and my wife and I have realized that the way to fix it (medications) has become a short-term fix. So, we have decided to look into homeopathic ideas for breathing / asthma.

Great, great, great… Another personal blog post. You could complain but there is one large thing that stuck out about this scenario, we brainstormed ideas, more ideas, and even more ideas to see what we had on the platter to chose from.

I am sure that I will write more specifically about brainstorming but the thing is, people can practice it in every moment of every day. All we need to do is give every idea a chance because it might be the great idea and/or the best inspiration if we let it. To simplify the world around us, here is the way I begin:

  1. Find the Problem – Sickness
  2. Label the Outcome You Want – Healthiness
  3. Write / Walk / Write – Medicines / Homeopathic / Exercise
  4. Chose & Try – Medicines don’t work (problem) / Trying Homeopathic
  5. Allow Failure
  6. Find Solutions & Ideas

These are six steps to a million ideas and solutions. The truth is, many of the ideas you and I come up with wont work but you won’t know unless you try (even this idea wont work unless you try the theory out).

When someone usually labels a problem there are a million solutions that a team will come up with and for the most part, everyone thinks that it is their idea or the highway. The problem is that we need to capture every idea since everyone has their own expertise and pull these common themes and successful ideas together.

After the problem has been stated and the outcome has been found. The only way to go after this outcome is to write as many ideas down as I can, go for a walk with another person who has the same mindset, come back and write again. I will do this over and over again till I come up with something I semi like. The final solution/idea usually takes the form of a few of the unsatisfying ideas I didn’t care fore earlier on.

That’s where the ‘chose and try’ strategy comes to play. We have to choose what we are going to try and go after it full heartedly and without any reservation. And always remember, it is okay to fail. Allowing failure is sometimes the best advice I was ever given but a hard one to come by.

My goal, and hopefully not to my failure, in life is to creatively execute ideas and I know for a fact that I will have a thousand failed ideas before one successful. But sooner then later we will find solutions and new ideas that will manifest in a great way. I like my odds, do you like yours?