What’s your breakthrough business model? Download the guide to find out!

Outsmart the Hustle

The Blog

This is my public library.

I'm all for action. And clarity. And outsmarting the hustle. I'm championing impact AND income. In my world, one doesn't exist without the other. And this is where I talk straight - to you.

Featured at

Michael Knouse Logos

Latest Posts

Biz Wisdom Bomb – Can People Feel Why You’re In Business?

  Jill & I just spent three amazing days unplugging at the Oregon Coast and I’ll say straight up that it was hard to come home. We had fun running on the beach, starting happy hour a little earlier than usual, and we even renewed our wedding vows on the same beach where we got married two years ago. It …

Read More

“I Am Not My Profession”

Last week I posted Episode 31 of my show with special guest Steve Rosenfield. I got to know Steve through my participation in his What I Be Project when he was in Portland recently. Steve left his corporate job a few years ago to pursue a life and career with more meaning and adventure. And his recent experiment with photography […]

Read More

The Joy of Putting People First

Six weeks ago I was sitting at the Pioneer Nation event in Portland, OR, wondering what bits of wisdom or knowledge that I would walk away with. It’s always my intention to gain insights, new friends, and new ideas from events like this. But this time I was looking for something more. Something specific and actionable that I could start […]

Read More

A Pioneer Nation is Born

Photo credit: Chris Guillebeau via cc Nearly ten days have passed since I attended the inaugural Pioneer Nation event in Portland. I’ve had time to reflect on my experience and now it’s time to share. It’s nearly impossible for me to describe what actually went down over the course of three days. Imagine a conference packed with aspiring and seasoned […]

Read More

Hanging Out With Pioneers On The Oregon Trail

Portland, Oregon – Last week I spent 2 ½ days with fellow independent entrepreneurs at a brand new conference called Pioneer Nation. If there was ever an event hand-crafted for me, this would be it. The entire affair was geared towards independent entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers that are creating their own work and forging their own destinies. I […]

Read More

Setbacks on the Road to Meaningful Work

Why do people struggle with creating meaningful work? It’s a common problem: the part-time health coach, personal trainer, yoga teacher, photographer, mystery writer, jewelry maker, app developer or web designer who has incredible talent… but just can’t seem to get their meaningful project off the ground. Talented creatives often end up working for someone else, often at the expense of […]

Read More

Raising the Bar: Reinventing Your Work In The World

In a recent blog post I wrote about the personal meltdown that I experienced five years ago. I talked about hitting a low point in my life where it seemed like I made all the wrong decisions and ended up broke, divorced, laid off, and desperately looking for answers. This was a painful time in my life that shook my […]

Read More

Why Are You Here?

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”  – Joseph Campbell Let’s cut the crap. Life is short and you have less time than you think.  So rather than doling out the standard patsy advice, let me humbly ask: do you want to have a meaningful life? […]

Read More

 
 

What's your breakthrough business model?

This guide contains the need-to-know facets of each business model so you can strategically plan your entrepreneurial journey.

Wanna learn more about working together?

Michael Knouse Logo Design

Cut that BS and snag my FREE guide ‘How to Choose Your Breakthrough Business Model,’ to help you design the life and business you truly want.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Michael Knouse Logo Design

Sign up to get new episodes of my podcast delivered straight to your inbox each week!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

#LessHustleMorePlay #OutsmartTheHustle