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  • The Peculiar Future

    Today marks exactly 5 years from the day that I launched Peculiar PPL. Happy Birthday, Peculiar PPL…you’re finally old enough to go to kindergarten!!

    While the brand is called “Peculiar PPL,” the company is called “Peculiar Enterprises, LLC” because the overall mission was always bigger than just creating and selling great products. My vision is to equip and inspire Peculiar people–which are the people who have an unwavering drive to positively affect the world with their unique skills. When these people are empowered, they make a positive change in the world, which benefits everyone.

    Here’s a deeper look at the Peculiar Enterprises Strategy as I envisioned it six years ago:

    Phase 1: Create a clothing brand to better understand Peculiar people

    Peculiar PPL doesn’t seek to be the biggest brand in the world, but I’d like it to be the most important brand in the world. Instead of trying to individually reach all 7+ billion people, I’d like to just appeal to the few million change agents out there. These are the people who move first and then the rest of the world follows. They’re leaders, pioneers, deviants, and independent thinkers. They’re the ones who can massively impact the world in a great way when they’re inspired, motivated, and given the tools and support that they need.

    Selling products through Peculiar PPL is my way of reaching trailblazers and understanding their needs via the things that they purchase and their interaction with the brand. A key part of “phase 1” is providing the products that enhance a Peculiar person’s daily life. This is why I started with the # 1 thing that they use every single day of their lives: clothing.

    Peculiar Packaging

    Instead of trying to create the cheapest shirts, I focused on limited edition, high-quality shirts with inspiring messages on them, packaged in a very unique way…like meat at a supermarket. Then I moved onto other products that Peculiar PPL use frequently, like dress shirts, pens, notebooks, bottles, and cell phone cases. The focus of all of these products is to maximize quality, not minimize costs.

    The brand is currently still in Phase 1 where I will continue to create more and more products that will appeal to Peculiar people, enhance their work and inspire them to do more great things. As I continue to learn about Peculiar people, we will eventually enter into Phase 2.

    Phase 2: Use the learning from Phase 1 to expand Peculiar Enterprises into other areas

    Peculiar Enterprises Strategy.001

    The expansion areas include (not in any particular order):
    Transportation: Air travel, Auto travel
    Food: Restaurants, Cafes, Packaged food products
    Business Management: Business consulting, Business finance management, Personal finance management
    Knowledge: Seminars, Lectures, Schools, Content creation
    Media: Book publishing, Music production, Video production
    Real Estate: Interior design, Home construction, Commercial construction
    New Ventures: Venture capital, Business incubator
    Other Services: Concierge, medical center, Car wash, Delivery service

    I’ve got a very unique way of approaching each of these areas, and everything is in the service of Peculiar people. For instance, there will be a “Peculiar Air” private jet service for Peculiar people. Also, there will be buildings across the world where Peculiar people will go to do their work and be effective. Those buildings will include offices for people who are working on important projects or for people who are starting their new ventures, restaurants where they can get healthy food options, studios for people to create content, and libraries filled with resources to teach and inspire. Everything will be created with the unique needs of Peculiar people in mind, and will be unlike anything that exists today.

    Phase 3: Help others create products and services to reach Peculiar people

    Phases 1 and 2 are there to show that Peculiar people can make a massive impact in the world when they are appropriately served. Phase 3 will be to help large brands focus a percentage of their efforts on helping Peculiar people.

    Imagine Apple creating a Certified Peculiar iPad, or Tesla releasing a Certified Peculiar Model III, or Google releasing a Certified Peculiar software suite. The intention of the third phase is to take everything that was learned in Phases 1 and 2 of the plan and sharing it with companies who want to meet the needs of the people who positively impact the world. If other companies don’t want to do this, then it’s fine…Peculiar Enterprises will do it ourselves.

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    So that’s a high-level view of the planned future of the company. It won’t be easy because it has never been successfully completed on a large scale, but my life’s mission is to add value to those who multiply value to others, and those people are Peculiar people.

    To celebrate the 5 years of Peculiar PPL (and to reward those who have read this far into this post), I’m announcing two things today:

    1) A $5 credit on PeculiarPPL.com, with free shipping.
    Every customer can get $5 off each purchase with free shipping on PeculiarPPL.com for the next 5 days (through March 24th) by using the code 5ive. You can use the credit to buy something for $5, or you can buy the t-shirt or bottle that you’ve always wanted. Either way, each person can use the coupon once, so have fun with it and tell all of your friends…you can even buy something and ship it directly to them and seem like the best, most thoughtful friend ever!

    2) Launch of the Peculiar PPL Ambassador program
    The ambassador program was created to get feedback on future products and to reward those who spread the word about the brand. You can visit TeamPeculiar.com to read all about the program and apply.

    Thank you to everyone who has participated in the brand along the way! It has been an exciting five years and I’m looking forward to an exciting, Peculiar future. If you want to stay tuned-in to the developments, Like us on Facebook, Add us on Instagram, and Follow us on Twitter!

    – Geremy

    ** This post was originally featured on Geremology.com/the-peculiar-future **

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  • Learn to Rest, Not to Quit

    “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit…”

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  • Received a Peculiar PPL Gift?

    Did you receive a gift from Peculiar PPL as a gift?  Lucky you!

    If it turns out that your clothing item wasn’t quite your size, or you would prefer it in a different color or style, contact us! We won’t tell the person who bought it for you…pinky swear!

    If you didn’t like your gift at all, then we’re not quite sure what’s wrong with you!  But either way, we’re here to make sure that you’re happy.  Contact us to return the item to us, and we can share some options to make things right.

    If you received one of our Peculiar PPL writing instruments, please note that it comes with a comprehensive plan that you can read all about here!

    Welcome to Team Peculiar!

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  • Our New, Shiny, Improved Logo!

    Peculiar-PPL-Logo-DisplayIf you’ve been following the Peculiar PPL brand since its inception, you are familiar with our script word mark logo.  This logo has been printed on hundreds of shirts, shoes, pens, and many other types of products and has been the primary way for people to identify the brand.  Today, I am excited to introduce a design mark logo that will be used in conjunction with the existing logo.

    Our new and improved logo consists of the existing “Peculiar PPL” logo with the “Reaching for the Stars” design mark.  In the same way how Mercedes Benz can be identified by the iconic three pointed star logo and by the “Mercedes-Benz” text written with a serif font, Peculiar PPL will use the same philosophy to employ both a design mark and a word mark in order to promote brand recognition.

    But our logo isn’t only a nice graphic that is associated with the brand, it has a much deeper meaning.  One important attribute of Peculiar people is that they not only strive to achieve more than what conventional thinkers believe is possible, but they actually achieve their goal.  Therefore, the logo mark depicts someone who is unique (hence the unique number of fingers) reaching for something that people think is unreachable (the stars) and they are within a close range of grabbing hold of it.

    peculiarppl logo wireframe

    We all have different “stars,” or super-ambitious goals.  But regardless of what others might say, we remain focused on the goal and we will continue striving until we achieve our goal…then we will set a bigger goal.  The logo was created as a constant reminder that you should always have your own star to strive for, and you should continue making progress towards that goal until you grab hold of it.  Peculiar PPL was formed in order to inspire, enable, and empower Peculiar people in each individual mission towards these goals!

    When we open a brick and mortar location, this is how I see the two logos being used together to mark our location:

    Peculiar PPL Store Display

    Great things are happening, and this is only the beginning!

    By Geremy F.

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  • How do you make resolutions that actually work?

    The secret to making resolutions that actually work is also the secret to making a hit movie. So let me teach you how to make a hit movie.

    At the start, our hero lives their ordinary life. We wouldn’t care to watch that for long, but fortunately all good stories push our hero through a door.

    The door is something irreversible; once you walk through, you can never go back. For the Matrix, it’s Neo choosing the red pill. For Gravity, it’s having your shuttle sliced to ribbons. In Shawshank Redemption, an innocent man is sentenced to life.

    The door is where the story begins. It puts our hero on a path they cannot escape, and the tension compels us to watch.

    Near the end of the story, our hero must pass through a second door. Again, the door is one-way. But this door demands a resolution. To pass through it guarantees a conclusion, whatever that may be. Our hero must fight their nemesis to the death, or chase their love to the airport, or stand before disapproving parents and dance for their hopes and dreams.

    It’s the formula of nearly every story ever told, because it works. Once you pass through a door, you can never go back.

    Now let me tell you what isn’t a good movie.

    Our unhappy hero wakes up one late December morning and stares at the mirror. “Oh god” he sighs, at his portly reflection. “In the new year, I swear – I’m going to lose weight!”

    And then he updates his Facebook status, buys a copy of Runners World, and goes to the gym three times. The End.

    If you want to make a resolution – a real resolution – you’re gonna have to walk through a door. The smart, resolute part of yourself might be in control now, but you know that’s not who will stop you. The lazy, stupid, reflexive part of yourself will be in control later, when the air is cold and you feel sort-of-ill-ish-I-think, and if you haven’t got something to drag that screaming brat out of bed you will fail.

    You do this already, by the way. School, for example, is a door you can’t well choose not to pass through, which is why you attended it so successfully. Your job works in the same way, as does marriage and children. Doors are irreversible and non-optional, and our society is predicated on them.

    So you really want to start your own business? Try quitting your job; that’ll take care of motivation. Want to lose weight? Sign up for a marathon in 9 months in an exciting foreign country, and book the non-refundable flights now. Or if that’s more than you can handle, start a scheduled team activity where if you skip out, it’ll hurts the others. Guilt will carry you when willpower fails.

    Don’t jump on Facebook to announce your new resolution. It gives you a short term ego buzz now (“Look at me! I’m so awesome!”) but does zip to regulate your behaviour (few friends will remember your promise, or be so crude as to call you on it). By all means involve friends, but make your pressures real.

    Most of all, don’t make the mistake of thinking wishful words alone will get you there. Nearly everyone fails their new year’s resolutions, which should be about as surprising as learning that the words “avada kedavra” don’t actually kill people. Just saying words doesn’t make a thing happen. Try walking through a door instead.

    Written by Oliver Emberton on the Quora article:  http://qr.ae/6DBvU

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