Do You Want to Be in Demand?

Be In Demand

Do you want to be in demand? Do you want to be a problem solver? Are you interested in working with your hands? Do you want a higher than average salary after graduation? All of these questions can be answered by pursuing a career in the industrial trades. The demand is high and promises to…

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Successful People Want You to Succeed

Your own resolution to succeed

The older I get, the more I realize that successful people are very generous. I am not just talking about giving away money, I am referring to how successful people are often willing to offer advice, encouragement, coaching and help. They are usually grateful for all they have been given and freely share with others.…

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Behavior and Opportunity

Behavior and Opportunity

I ran into a friend the other day. This person owns a local restaurant that has grown in popularity and in sales over the last 10+ years. They run their business very well. They stay close to the action by working alongside their employees, and even working some of the worst hours. They pay competitively…

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Fund Your Mission

Rustic Furniture Sale

It usually happens like this. You open your mailbox and find a letter from a mature teenage boy or girl from your church, neighborhood or circle of friends. They are going on a mission to some oversees destination and are asking you to consider making a donation. After all, they are going to be serving…

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Learn How to Hustle


I just had a long conversation with an inspiring person that I will call “Bill” in this post. He has a great story and is doing some amazing things in his career. The word I would use to describe Bill’s career would be “hustle”. I have always been impressed by people who do the kind…

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Raising Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial Kids

I reconnected with some dear friends this week via email. They were my neighbors, just down the street in my home town of Sunrise, MN. It was so nice to catch up with them and be reminded of things from a long time ago. I began thinking of how our families were different in one…

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Live Your Legacy

Live in such a way...

Over Thanksgiving weekend I had the opportunity to visit the property where my Grandpa and Grandma Rockensock lived in Northern Minnesota. I had such a good time showing my family some of the landmarks that I remember and sharing the stories that came with them. My grandparent’s home is no longer there. A fire took…

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When a Promotion is Not a Good Thing

Do You Know What You Want

One of the best employees I ever hired was a retired Army Master Sergeant. I needed a supervisor and his experience and work history was perfect. The second reason I hired him was so that he could, one day, be my replacement. It’s a good goal to have depth in your employee pool, and this…

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Making College Affordable?

How you Pay for Your Education, Makes all the Difference

In an effort to make college affordable, we have actually driven the cost up in the last 30 years. That is the conclusion of Bill Bennett in his recent book, “Is College Worth It?” Here is the basic idea. Our government makes financial aid available to students. Colleges and universities recognize that the money is…

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Four Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur

_The Way to Get Started is to Quit Talking and Begin Doing._

Today, after lunch, I will be speaking to an Intro to Business class at our local High School. I love every opportunity I get to speak to teens. It’s a chance to encourage and inspire young adults to make good decisions about their career and future. So today I will be talking about four reasons…

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