What Are you Doing with your Time, Talents, and Treasure?

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), Fr. Bob and I are asking you – what are you currently doing with your time, talents, and treasure…? Seriously, I want to know. We’ll cover why I’m curious then I’ll give my breakdown to wrap it up.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”   (Photo courtesy of Steve W.)     So, here’s an update then a newsflash for me   Our family (me and the girls) are Catholic and I’ve recently learned that our priest has discovered this here blog… After sitting up a little straighter in church and cleaning up my vocabulary (a little), this revelation has led me to blend some of what I hear on Sundays with what you read here on the blog.   Don’t worry – I’m not going to take you to church…     But […]

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How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg

How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll tell you the no-nonsense and full-proof way of how to make a hard-boiled egg… Seriously. They’re great for you and I struggled for 30 years to get it right. Learn from my mistakes.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       The 100% Reliable Method of How to Make a Hard-Boiled Egg   Go ahead and give the Google machine a try… As of this writing, if you type “how to make a hard-boiled egg” into the search bar, you’ll get fancy pictures of perfectly cooked eggs.   There are fancy instructions detailing the ideal starting water temperature and then the timers… Ohh, the timers. “Exactly 8 minutes…” – “10 minutes is the ideal time. No more.”    Can I say it?   I will…   All of that advice – every […]

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Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively??

Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank... Exclusively?? #onlinebank #allybank #highyield #savings

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be doing a brief Ally Bank review to let you know the relevant information to consider if you, too, are considering switching to this highly-rated online bank.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     A Brief Ally Bank review – Is it Crazy to Switch to Ally Bank… Exclusively??     Ally Bank is an “online” bank that is first made an impression on the financial world with its online savings accounts. As a current online savings account owner myself, the 2.2% interest rate I have with my Ally account completely blows the 0.01% interest rate my previous bank touted out of the water.   Ally (and similar online banks) can provide these high-yield (and highly competitive) accounts because of what they can save in overhead and efficiencies by not having to build, house, […]

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These Unemployment Rates Are Keeping Me Up at Night…

These Unemployment Rates Are Keeping Me Up at Night... #CEO #business #staff #retention #benefits

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll clue you in on why the current US unemployment rate keeps me up at night – both as a business owner and as a regular red-blooded American.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       The current US unemployment rate is 3.8% (as of March, 2019)   Why is that 3.8% unemployment number significant?   Well, the running 70-year average had been 5.76% with the all-time high at 10.80% in November of 1982 and the all-time low of 2.50% in 1953…   Meaning that our current 3.8% is creeping into record-low territory, and I don’t know about you but I can’t “tell you what the 50’s like”…       As a CEO, this bottomed out unemployment rate is stressing me out a few different ways   1- Finding the GREAT quality […]

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What your Conflict Reveals About your Character

What your Conflict Reveals About your Character

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be discussing a vitally important topic that I literally think about on a daily basis. It’s a self-reflection point I dissect regularly – what does your conflict reveal about your character?   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”       What your Conflict Reveals About your Character   My dad (Pops) always told me, “It’s easy to lead when everything is going well. But your actions when you’re behind and fighting for life are what reveal your true character.”   Dude was 100% on point with that advice.   First, some current events, then a personal anecdote, and we’ll finish with a challenge question to you.   …Yeah – YOU.     October 29, 2018 – a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane crashed at sea   All 189 souls on board did not […]

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What Me Quitting Twitter Has to Do with Your Life

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m quitting Twitter for a while and telling you why you should care.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     A break in the game?    Check the phone.   Daughter steps out of the room?   Check the phone.   Sit on the toilet?   …Didn’t want to go there but, desperate times – ya know?   Say it with me: “Check the phone!”    It’s damn exhausting – so why do we continue to do it? Well, my friends – I no longer will.   I’m quitting Twitter (for a while) and it may have some impact on your life   I was inspired by my friend, Scott (Making Momentum) when he pulled the trigger and took all social media off his phone and severely limited what he’d allow himself to […]

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Beware of the Negative Comparison Game – You Do You

Beware of the Negative Comparison Game - You Do You

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), Scott (from Making Momentum) will be letting you know why comparing your success against that of your peers is a waste of time and mental energy.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”         Hello MikedUp Blog Readers and a big thanks to Mike for letting me contribute to CE Friday’s! It’s my pleasure to be back for a third time (Wins And Losses and Walks To Work Interview) on the site.     Today I’m diving into something that has been on my mind lately. It also came up in recent conversations around the office when a coworker was talking about how much “further ahead in life” their friends from university are.   With that in mind, I say…don’t play the negative comparison game, do you and start big or start […]

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Alert!! Millions of People Are Behind on their Car Payments

Alert!! Millions of People Are Behind on their Car Payments #default #economy #vehicle #cars

    In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’ll be letting you know just how concerned you should be about the fact that many millions of our country mates are over 90-days behind on their auto payments.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     Alert!! 7 Million Americans are Raising Their Hands to say, “Can’t Make Car Payment!”     I was listening to Marketplace last week when I heard the news that the number of people not making their car payments is on the rise. And whether you choose to lease or buy your car, this is troubling for us as an economy.     First the facts (from this source):   Over 7 Million Americans were over 90 days behind on car payments in 2018 (New York Fed) That’s up about 16.5% compared with 2010 More people are […]

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Introducing a New Series on MikedUp Blog!!

    (Photo courtesy of Al Emmert)   Well, we had a great thing going there… For 41 Friday’s in a row, we shared with you 2 of the greatest and 2 of the worst moments from a generous writer’s life to this point in MikedUp Blog’s Wins and Losses Series.   There were debt payoffs, ejections from your kid’s little league games, diagnoses, hot takes, suicide attempts, and everything in between…   I started the Wins and Losses Series for 1 reason alone – to learn from other’s experiences so that we could all improve together. And reflecting from the other side of this series, I’d say we accomplished that mission.   But I feel the time has come to close the chapter on the series.   It’s been a great run, but honestly – I’ve got something shiny, new, and (hopefully you agree) exciting to take its place!! […]

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