2020 I’ll Be Building ‘Brick By Brick’ – And a Look Back to 2019

2020 I'll Be Building 'Brick By Brick' - And a Look Back to 2019

  Hey, Team – Great to see you again! It’s been a minute…    As I’ll get into below, I’ve been prioritizing professional time in other realms which has been a great and at times slightly frustrating thing. And while I’ll cover all of that below, I want to let you know that although my new content hasn’t been nearly as frequent as it was when we started 2019 – I haven’t quit working behind the scenes.   Not by a longshot.   In fact, since I launched the blog (March 1, 2016) I’ve published over 360 articles covering the gamut of business, fitness, family, finance, entrepreneurship, personal development, … and how each of those topics has intersected with my specific life – and my journey – along the way. And in traveling that path with you, I’ve earned an income, made great friends, honed some aspects of my communication […]

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Improving your Fitness Is a Full-Time Job

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 […]

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Why Your Business Isn’t Growing and How To Fix It

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. […]

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Stop Out Eating Your Fitness Gains!

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 […]

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“911 is on the Way, Placenta Ruptured, Don’t Know About Baby…”

“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 […]

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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 […]

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9 Proven Methods to Build an Amazing Team at your Business

9 Proven Team Building Activities to Build an Amazing Team at your Business

    A well-functioning Team can be seen a mile away. Their mutual respect and willingness to help one another is pervasive and their results speak for themselves. You won’t find their members gossiping in the back room or wasting time tearing each other down. A great Team will work together, overcome obstacles, and achieve great results. And they didn’t get to this point with some wonky trust fall-like team building activities.   Nor did they just happen to randomly fall into this amazing cohesive unit.   They were led to this point.   Most likely by someone who cares more about the Team’s success than their own ego and glory-seeking traits would allow.   And if their leader were to take their hands off the wheel for a while, this group would probably remain tight-knit for a while…   But eventually, without someone constantly driving this group toward excellence […]

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What Falling Down the Stairs Has to Do With Your Business

What Falling Down the Stairs Has to Do With Your Business

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I tell you about the day a month or so ago when I took a tumble down the stairs (yep – literally). We’ll dive into the coffee stains I left in the carpet and the mug I didn’t let go of, but more than that – I’ll tell you what it has to do with your business. Finally, I’ll close with a twist that every 40-68 year old will absolutely love.    CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     My dad looked up from the bottom of the stairs and saw that the coffee stains started on step 3 (near the top) and ended on step 13 (the bottom).     “Wow. You are incredibly lucky.” He told me.   Truth be told, I completely agree. There I was hustling to get some menial […]

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When Huge Personal Growth Comes From Simple Changes

When Huge Personal Growth Comes From Simple Changes

  In this Current Events Friday’s Post (CE-Friday’s), I’m going to tell you a story about how life teaches you lessons when you least expect it. We’ll also talk about leaving a lasting impression on those around you, then I’ll tell you why my story and this particular lesson will help advance your career or business.   CE-Friday’s – “What you need to know today in less than 500 words”     There’s a code among runners, much like Jeep people.   When you pass one another on a run, there’s a sliding scale of acknowledgment that takes place. A minor effort toward leaving a lasting impression.   The minimum required dose of acknowledgment is eye contact. That’s followed up by the head nod and typically tops out at a cordial wave. Personally, I throw up a casual ‘deuces’ every time I pass a fellow calorie crusher.     There […]

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“I Want to Build a Home Gym… In My Garage… Right Now”

"I Want to Build a Home Gym... In My Garage... Right Now"

  In today’s post, I’ll discuss the vitally important organizations that are dueling piano bars, my love for fitness and working out, throw in some quality GIFs, but mainly this post is a well-calculated and analytical ploy to a readership of 1. I’ll be passively-aggressively forwarding this link to my wife as my opening and closing argument for why we should need to build a home gym in our garage.   You with me?   Or, like the masses, do you think I’m a 6 out of 10 on the ‘crazy spectrum’ as well?   Let us know in the comments!     The Desire to Build a Home Gym Doesn’t Crop up out of Nowhere – Here’s my Origin Story…   Have you ever been to a dueling piano bar?   I’ve been to 2 and each time I’ve come away with sore cheeks (smiling) and no voice (singing […]

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