Find Your Passion, Start Your Business!

This past weekend I spent time with my extended family in Northern Minnesota. We got to just hang out and relax, which was a very nice change. On Saturday I realized that I had been hearing the lawn mower running for a while.  When I asked who was doing the mowing, someone said that it…

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Are Good Grades the Key to Success?

When you make a list of the qualities necessary to become successful in your career, or life or pursuit of your dream, most of us would be tempted to place intelligence pretty high on that list. When I mean intelligence, I am referring to getting good grades, having a high IQ or scoring well on…

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A Nickel for Advice: The Architect is IN

Most of you will probably remember Lucy’s famous booth in the Peanuts comic strip, where she gives Psychiatric Help for 5 cents. Well I just heard a cool story about an architect who used the same concept to build his business after losing his job. With the economy being the way it is, and new…

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What’s Your Plan?

I read a great quote this week and it is a powerful one.  Jim Rohn, and American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker said the following: “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” You likely fit into…

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Blogging Your Passion

These guys have been very helpful to me, and I wanted to pass this information along to all of you. I have been learning a lot about the world of blogging, but the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. It really helps to be connected to experts who are…

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The Farmer’s Market is a Great Place to Start a Business!

I run into a lot of people that have a great idea for a business, or they have something that they think they can sell. Unless they take action and find a way to put the idea into practice immediately, the chances increase that they will never do anything with the idea. However, the chances…

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A Must-Read for Every College Bound Student & Their Parents

For those of you that know me best, you already understand that I am not a conventional wisdom kind of guy. I haven’t always been that way, but I am becoming more so as I get older. That is why this book, by Zac Bissonette,  is such an important resource for students looking forward to…

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Financial Freedom & Today’s High School Student

I had a great opportunity last week to be a guest speaker for an Economics class and a Personal Finance class at Owatonna High School. The students were polite, attentive and had some great input to our discussion. Most of the students were seniors so the topic was something to which they all had given a…

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Garage Sales for Cash and Maybe as a Business

This weekend my family is having a garage sale. In fact there are 30 – 50 garage sales listed for our town this weekend. It’s that time of year, again. I took a day off work, cleaned, organized and pulled things out of my shed that haven’t been touched in years. I finally emptied a…

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Remembering Mo

I had a sobering and thought provoking experience this week that will stay with me for a long time. My Father-in-Law, my son Alex and I were in Schaefferstown, PA to visit some family for the afternoon. When we drove in the driveway, one of the neighbors urgently waved us over. Mo, a retired Vietnam…

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