2018 Life, Business, and Blog Goals Mid-Year Recap – How Have We Done!?!?

2018 Goals Recap

Way back in January (2018) I wrote this to open my annual Goals Post:   2018 Objective: To actually write down tangible and somewhat attainable goals for the most important aspects of my life. Nothing is off limits… And with the article below, I’ve achieved my first goal of 2018 (actually writing them down).   You know what? This writing goals down business actually does have an impact. I’m going to go through my original goals post, category-by-category below and let you know how I’m (we’re) doing. Intrigued…? Me too! Oh, and heads up for the subtle announcements that may or may not be scattered about the post.   I also wrote in the original post’s introduction a plea to you, the reader:   2) Indirectly hold me accountable. Read/share this article and drop me a line throughout the year to the tune of, “Hey, man. How’s the debt payoff coming???” Thanks in advance, […]

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How to Best Prepare your High Schooler for the Big Bad World

Prepare your high schooler for life after high school

How to best prepare your high schooler for life out of the nest can be a terrifying thought.   Take it from me – the father of a 3-year-old who hasn’t quite approached that stage yet but experiences a 10% rise in blood pressure just as I write this sentence.   Sure, there’s research and logical thought on best practices, but how can you know if that’s what actually works – in the real world?   Well, we are incredibly fortunate to have 2!! people here today that literally work with 14-20-year-olds as they prepare for and enter life after high-school.   These two – collectively – have 3 degrees and double-digit years of experience helping kids just like ours make this transition successfully. There may not necessarily be one “right way” to prepare your teenager, but there are some great general concepts and the two below have graciously offered […]

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I hate avocados… But call me a ‘snowflake’ millennial any day!

Avocado and it's relationship to the millennial stereotype

I recently found out that I’m a “snowflake millennial,” so now I’m jumping on the bandwagon – all aboard!!   Stereotype (definition) – a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or the idea of a particular type of person or thing.   Can they be based in truth…? Sure.   Should you believe every stereotype you hear…? Not so fast.   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   The stereotype I’m most interested in today is this: Millennials are lazy, job-hopping snowflakes that seek only instant gratification.    Let’s not stop there. I’ve even read that more seasoned generations tend to believe that millennials are unprepared and incapable of taking the reins to lead our world forward. For the record – I think this opinion is short-sighted and not well investigated… So let’s take care of the latter.   Why am I interested in this stereotype? Well, I found out last year that […]

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I was interviewed – extensively – by Scott at Making Momentum; check it out!

Hi, Team! Today I’m sharing a snippet from one of my guest posts on another blog (Making Momentum). Scott, who runs the site, reached out with an opportunity for me to be interviewed and to share my story with his readers. And I’ll just say that going through this process was a blast! Scott didn’t pull any punches with his questions and I made every effort to answer fully and to the best of my ability. Much of these topics haven’t been covered on my site… Yet. But I am taking the inspiration and some of the content to rework my “About Mike” page. So, needless to say, Scott’s interview made a significant impression on me. Below is a short snippet, but if you want the full 4,000+ word experience, please click over to Scott’s site. I’ll be monitoring the comments on the Making Momentum interview and on this post, so […]

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I’m not doing that with my kid, Dad! (guest blogger – Pops; parenting advice)

Big news this week!   Below I will introduce a new guest blogger to MikedUp Blog, and depending on how this article is received, maybe we’ll be able to coerce him into writing a little more often. I’d love your thoughts in the comments below! For now, I’ll kick it off, then let the ‘new guy’ take his swing. Thanks for reading!     I was talking with my dad (Pops) on the phone the other day after a particularly long day at my first job.    After the call – next would be parenting/husbanding followed by some work on the business, and if I were so efficient, maybe some blogging. But I had a few minutes on the commute and wanted to catch up. The conversation was casual for a bit while we covered the basics: sports, business, work, retired life, etc…  When we got to the family talk though, things […]

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So I almost sunk your house… My bad

 In my defense, Tony chose to use a sailboat as his house. A 40-foot former America’s Cup racing sailboat, at that – valued at a cool $210,000. And then he chose to invite me and a great buddy out on it. Not sure what the worst of those decisions was but on this past summer day, I turned his house upside down… Literally.     I wrote last week about the best and worst jobs I’ve had over the years, and what I learned from some of the stand-outs (there were more than a dozen!!). In writing about my time working as a restauranteur (host) at the Hard Rock Cafe in Maui, an amazing story came to mind… That story is below and, no – I don’t think I’m exaggerating on ‘amazing’ for this one. You be the judge:     Best summer ever…? It’s up there.    Best summer […]

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How to Set Up Legal Documents for New Baby

Good morning, Team! Today I have my guest post published on another blog (Mr. Jamie Griffin). I have included a snippet below, but feel free to click over to Jamie’s page to read the rest! It was a Wednesday. And if you know anything about Wednesdays, then you know we’re half-way there… Yet we still have roughly half of the work week remaining. But when it comes to toddlers, that’s the beautiful thing: they don’t care what day it is. Nor do they care the time. Toddlers possess this beautiful innocence that allows them to say what they want, when they want, to whoever they want. On the Wednesday in discussion, I was picking our daughter (the toddler) up from school (daycare). On my way to the building I engaged in the normal banter with the front desk staff, “How’s it going?” – “Lovely day out there” – “Looking forward […]

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Shout-out: The small, big wins (Tortoise Happy)

Hello all! Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life. (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography) This week’s shout-out is: The small, big wins published at Tortise Happy. This post struck me as soon as I started reading it. So often, many of us are completely focused on the long-term horizon that we lose sight of the here and now. “How I am going to pay off 6-figures of debt!” or “I can’t wait for Financial Independence!!” or “I’ll have a 6-pack this time next year!” You’ve seen the similar headlines and I’m guilty of writing at least a few of them, but this post did a phenomenal job of resetting my mental focus.   The […]

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Shout-out: Jocko and Leif. (Extreme Ownership- How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win)

Hello all! Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is the best thing I’ve read in the last 5 years, if not ever: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (New Edition) by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (both retired SEALs).   For some perspective on my feelings regarding this book: I have given it as a gift to friends, relatives, and employees alike. In fact, it is the literature we use at our business to read, describe, and discuss the culture we have implemented and aspire to in the future. All of our team members have been provided with a copy and I’ve read through and discussed […]

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#ParentingIsHard – Adventures from gymnastics

I love a good story, especially when I see one play out in front of my very own eyes. This is one such story…   We started Clara in gymnastics about 2 months ago and my 2.75 year-old daughter absolutely loves this stuff. Mom and I are on board as well because not only is it fun for the family, but Clara can also build strength, confidence, and relationships. And the cherry on top: there are about a dozen other families also present that have toddlers; each of whom can go rogue at a moments notice.   Clara’s age group has a ‘parent participation’ class where either mom or I will stretch alongside our little amig(a)s and walk with them as the navigate the week’s obstacle course. The week in question, Monica was assisting while I took the opportunity to watch and knock out some business matters. Win-win.   There […]

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