Becoming financially fit, just like achieving a higher physical fitness level isn’t easy. It takes hard work, dedication, and granite-like discipline to make significant positive changes. The fact is – you need to put in the work. Period. But when you’ve got a ton of motivation and energy, but don’t know what to do with it, not only are you wasting your time… But you’re missing out on the potential for growing your personal wealth and boosting your net worth, too. And friends, that’s no good. That’s why, I’ve got Robbie here today to help get us on the right path. Take it away, Robbie! 3 Actionable Tips to Make you Financially Fit Hi everyone! I’m Robbie and I’m a personal finance blogger over at EAT Money and am really excited Mike has given me the opportunity to share some thoughts with you […]
Improving your Fitness Is a Full-Time Job
Mike! Put. Down. The. Doughnut!!! Is that ‘sugar-coated lie’ helping you toward improving fitness or obliterating it? We all know the answer, yet in spite of Jocko’s unique moniker for sugary treats (sugar-coated lies), most of us tend to go past ‘everything in moderation’ when it comes to a few vices… Me? Lately, it’s been mint chocolate chip ice cream and Aldi’s off-brand Keebler Elf cookies. A couple of scoops won’t suffice quite like the whole pint. And with each ‘relapse’, the same 3 stages of guilt cycle through my head. Shame – Regret – Rebirth The ‘Shame’ and ‘Regret’ pieces speak for themselves, but it’s the ‘Rebirth’ piece I’d like to touch on a bit. After binging on some edible delicacy, I’ll typically swear off the item for the foreseeable future For example – last week I ate a sleeve […]
Why Your Business Isn’t Growing and How To Fix It
Over the past 3 years, we’ve poured a ton of focus and time into researching ‘how to grow your business’-type learning. We’ve looked at numbers, techniques, marketing, …, the whole 9 yards. But as you’ll read below, and just like in many aspects of life, if your business isn’t growing to your expectations – maybe it’s time to look in the mirror. I was fortunate to find out early that the problem was me And I’m very excited to share the story below with you today from Jeff, who also has some experience when it comes to breaking through your business goals… Especially when those goals come by realizing some hard truths about yourself. Jeff sold his business to private equity for eight figures in 2017. He now manages his real estate, angel, and private equity investments and writes the occasional article on his blog, TheKickassEntrepreneur.com. […]
Stop Out Eating Your Fitness Gains!
Dude… I was shocked to hear how a self-proclaimed and famous ‘fat guy’ lost 60 pounds, got ripped, and became a healthier version of himself. But the more I read about his ‘how’ the more skeptical I became. I’ve tried my hand at a wide variety of fitness regimens, including the one touted as this guy’s saving grace. So I dove deeper into the facts and found out the truth… and guess what – weight loss continues to be as simple as ever. But that don’t make it easy. You know what would help matters most? If people actually gave you the true skinny to how they did it. So today I’m here to decode the story written about this man’s journey and tell you what the author’s really trying to say. Joe Thomas, a former offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns is a […]
“You’re Crazy to Have a Single Fund Portfolio…”
I saw a headline during my morning blog reading the other day that jumped out to me as ‘crazy talk’. I guess as far as the blogger is concerned, the headline worked – it grabbed my attention. But once I gave up the sacred click and dove into his post, I started thinking to myself that a single fund portfolio is reckless, at best. And at worst – catastrophic. “Investing in a single fund portfolio is just downright crazy,” was my stance Then all I had to was find the information to back up my claim… #ScienctificMethod As I researched and contemplated over the course of a few days, my data backed up my hypothesis. Not diversifying is dangerous. But on Research Day 3 – I noticed a scarlet letter forming on my chest “H” is for “Hypocrite”, Mike. Or “F” […]
The Complete Ally Bank Review – Is It Right For You??
About 4 months ago I posed the question, “Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively?” Well, as it turns out, making the switch to Ally wasn’t crazy – it just brought with it some new adventures. Some good, one bad, and a few unexpected. So today I’m here to download my complete Ally Bank review so that you can determine if it’s right for your personal finances. The Complete Ally Bank Review – Is It Right For You?? To make sure my Ally Bank review is fair and impartial, I listed the following pros and cons exactly as they appeared in my head. Also, no brick and mortar banks were harmed in the writing of this review. [SPOILER] – I’m really glad we made the switch, but there’s one issue I’d like to change. Let’s dive in! Pro – I love the […]
“911 is on the Way, Placenta Ruptured, Don’t Know About Baby…”
“911 is on the way. It looks like her placenta ruptured and I don’t know if the baby’s going to be OK…” It took a full moment for the gravity of those statements to sink in. I was just coming back from lunch and aside from the phone in my wife’s hand and the look on her face, all seemed business as usual. We had patients in chairs, staff working their usual jobs, and folks in the lobby all presently uninformed to the fact that 2 lives were in danger. ‘Grave danger?’ ‘Is there any other kind?’ But in just a few moments, that scene would change… “Got it. What can I do?” And as I waited for my wife’s response, I looked over her shoulder and saw a friend, colleague, one of our original 2 employees, and most importantly a 35-week […]
Crazy Yield Curve, Scary Recession, and How They Matter to You
Today we’ll cover the current economic conditions, what they mean in the grand scheme regarding the next recession, and how they have the ability to impact your personal bottom line. Oh, how the economic indicators are signaling the next recession Alarm bells, sirens… you know the drill. All signs are pointing toward a recession, and unlike a year ago, now we have some estimate on when the next recession will hit. But first, the indicators: The Yield Curve – here’s what normal looks like The yield curve shows you that when you loan money to the U.S. Government (via buying Treasury bonds), what interest rate you should expect to receive based on how long the term of your bond is. In the example above, if you buy a 5-year bond, you should expect a 2.9-ish% interest rate. The curve almost always slopes […]
Back and Better Than Ever!! Summer Updates and Changes Ahead
You know – a little time away really enriches the writing soul and makes one remember how much they miss the exercise. Translation – I’m back from my summer break and I’m really excited to be back and writing again! It’s really been a great summer away! We’ve made some great memories, made some progress on our business, and learned a few financial tidbits as we’ve enjoyed the local pools and splash-pads. Here are a few updates from my time away from the blog: After pregnancy, the newborn stage, and getting our business off the ground (while I was working a different full-time job), I can say that it feels great to be able to adventure together and share some great memories as a family this summer! Pregnancy really knocked my wife out the last go-around and without the stress of moving our dental office or […]
It’s a Summertime ‘Mike’ Drop – See you Soon!
Hey, Team! I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to say that MikedUp Blog is going to be out on sabbatical for the remainder of the summer After writing, publishing, editing, and sharing 3 posts with you each week (at a minimum) for the past year, I’m taking some much-needed downtime to do a few things… Spending time with my girls and family Beach volleyball Work on our business Vacation And actually spend what seem like the first moments of true ‘downtime’ I’ve had in a few years I’ll miss you guys for these few weeks, but if you’re still looking to connect – I’ll be checking the email regularly and yes… I’m back on Twitter. I’m looking forward to spending some time learning and experiencing so that I can come back recharged and ready to write articles that engage you, make you think, and hopefully […]