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To Lead is To Be Confident

To me, a great leader isn’t someone who tells people what to do. A great leader is someone who can empower others to figure out problems for themselves, to improvise and adapt on their own. The rewards for everyone are much greater that way....
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Book Review: Rework

In the words of Seth Godin, this book will make you very uncomfortable and that is a good thing....
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Tension Headaches – An Entrepreneur’s Worst Nightmare

These headaches are your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Your body is saying “Hello?! Are you there? I need attention and if I don’t get it, I’m gonna kick your ass!” So try to lighten your workload and spend a little more time on you....
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Fight, Flee or Just Plain Panic!

Rome was not built in a day. Yea I know…so cliché, but so true. No matter what kind of business you plan on starting, the beginning is not going to go smooth. It never does and it never will. Whether it is a restaurant or a dotcom, things just pop up and cause headaches. The...
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My Boy Patton

One of my idols is General George S. Patton. Not just because he was a great general, but because he was a very capable man faced with a vexing dilemma. He felt strongly that if he did not seize his destiny by force, it would pass him by. And that kept him up at night....
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Visualize and Achieve

It seems like the new buzz word these days is visualization. In the books, magazines and blogs I read, everyone is talking about the power of visualizing your success. One book in particular said that visualizing your goals in your mind is one thing, but creating a tangible visual aid is even more powerful. I...
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So You Want to Start a Blog

People start blogs for a variety reasons. Some start a blog to generate an income, some do it out of passion and many businesses create blogs to engage their existing customers. Blogging, which is an integral part of  any social media marketing strategy, can do wonders for a business, whether it be brick and mortar...
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Send Me An Angel

Do you have a great business idea but can’t find the funds to start it? An angel may be looking for you. Angel investors are individuals looking to invest their own funds into new businesses. Generally, they look for high risk, high reward startups that are in need of $50,000 to $750,000 of seed capital....
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I Love This Movie

I watched this movie again last night and I forgot how good of a flick it was. Definitely worth the rent. I’m not sure if this one is on the Netflix instant queue yet. It’s called Layer Cake. “The art of good business is being a good middle man.” – This movie really drove that...
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Crowdkindle.com – Let's Start a Fire

Follow me as I take you through the steps of creating your own fully functioning website! I’ll be posting articles as I develop the site and show you the little tricks I’ve learned....
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Pop Ups

Well if I had seen this before I opened a bakery / cafe, I may have thought twice! I came across this while surfing google images looking for funny bakery artwork. I had a meeting with a friend of mine today who is a business consultant doing some work for me. He brought up a...
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Ditch the Droid..Nab the Nexus?

I feel a dilemma approaching! I’m a Verizon customer and I love their service. However, until recently, they had a serious lack in cool smart phones. So I jumped on the Blackberry bandwagon, but I always felt inferior to iPhone users. Then the Droid was released. I immediately switched to it, and I’ve seen the...
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How I Miss the Past

Our Kentucky Derby Win with War Emblem Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the past events and people that helped shape me. Digging through photos and old boxes of memorabilia, I’ve been overwhelmed by powerful memories of unforgettable times. When I tell stories of my past, those who don’t know me think...
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Book Review – The Power of Focus

I recently began reading a book called The Power of Focus (Les Hewitt, Mark Hansen, Jack Canfield). The authors wrote the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well, which has sold more than 50 million copies. This is a great book! I actually put all ten of my other books away and have been...
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Will You Be My Business Partner?

Going into business with a partner is a lot like marriage. Finding the right business partner is just like dating. The last thing you ever want to do is jump into a financially committed “relationship” with someone you don’t know well. I’ve made that mistake more than once, and it can be devastating financially and...
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Audiobooks: No More Excuses Not to Read

Reading is important. I tell that to everyone. I read at least one book a week even though I don’t have the time. How you ask?? I recently discovered audiobooks on Itunes. They have a good selection and you can find more on Amazon as well. At first, I didn’t think I would enjoy listening...
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Busy Body Fitness Tip #1

A healthy mind requires a healthy body. Many small business owners don’t have the time or energy to workout at the gym, but they can turn their office, bedroom, living room or just about any other room into a temporary workout area. Only a few tools and the proper routine is needed....
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The Pirates of Silicon Valley

I wanted to share one of my favorite movies with you. It’s definitely in my top 5! This is the true story about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and their respective businesses. If you don’t already know the story, this movie will change the way you view a lot of things! These guys are geniuses....
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Social Media Marketing – Visuals Are Key

Today’s ritalin popping culture is growing more and more dependent on visuals and short excerpts rather than essays and articles. And the more businesses try to reach their customers over the internet, the more engaging content they must create. Pictures and videos are becoming the prevalent method in which to engage with customers....
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We Can All Be Entrepreneurs

I realize this is actually an ad, but I love this video. It does a great job of summing up the reasons I started this blog…we can all be entrepreneurs....
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“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one having more ability or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.”...
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The All Important P&L

Any savvy entrepreneur knows the importance of the profit / loss statement (the P&L). The P&L is basically a breakdown of all your expenses (fixed and variable) and all of your income, showing you the difference between the two. Hopefully, you’re “in the black,” meaning your profitable with your income being greater than your expenses....
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Now Writing for MorethanMary.com

Hey everybody…I’m moving up in the world of blogging and have just landed my first major writing gig at MorethanMary.com! Check it out! Not only will you find very useful information about business (compliments of me!) but there’s a great deal of advice to be had in many different categories. Fashion, fitness, beauty, food, nutrition,...
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This is Our World Now..

http://www.retireat21.com/top-young-entrepreneurs/ Anyone who doesn’t think we’re surrounded by opportunities should take a look at the link above. Looking at what seems like high school yearbook photos of just “normal” looking kids, I can’t help but feel encouraged and even excited. Some of these guys and girls used creativity and innovation, some used passion and some...
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Cool Apps for the Entrepreneur

Here are some cool apps I’ve used which will help any entrepreneur. Enjoy! This is one of my favorite online apps for small business owners and independent contractors. It allows for invoice creation, tracking and collection. It’s done completely online and its simple to use. Because of its professional look and streamlined operation, this tool...
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2009…Focus on the Good

As the end of 2009 approaches, most are very happy this year is ending. It’s been a rough one, with bad events happening globally. Everyone’s attitudes and habits have changed due to financial hardships caused by an ongoing recession and a constant barrage of bad news from the media. Almost every business owner I speak...
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Business Review: Philly Kitchen Share

PhillyKitchenShare.com This new business is based on a model that I’ve always been interested in. Their website is horrible, but the idea itself is very interesting. There are numerous chefs, bakers and caterers in the industry that simply cannot afford their own facilities to operate in. Perhaps they only want to work part time or...
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Break Even Broken Down

The break even analysis is something most small business owners and entrepreneurs have heard of. It is a formula used to determine the sales a business must generate to pay off their total expenses. A thorough break even analysis should always be done before entering into a venture. There are two types of expenses: Fixed...
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U.S. in red for 14th straight month

Here’s a good lesson. As a small business owner, if you want to figure out what you should NEVER do, simply look at the U.S. government. An excerpt from an article on CNN.com today: The U.S. government rang up a deficit of $120.3 billion in November – the 14th straight month it has spent more...
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Bigger is Better

Small banks suck (to put it plainly). I don’t care what you’ve heard or what you think; using a small bank for your business needs is risky and can be detrimental to your success. This is one case where BIGGER is better. I use Bank of America. And I always will. I’ve gone the small...
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This may be a cheesy bumper sticker quote, but in the realms of business, it echos truth. For example, a good boss or business owner can fire a staff member and actually make the (ex)employee feel good about it. They actually walk out the door with a smile on their face and their head held...
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Duck on Water

When a mentor told me I was a true “Duck on Water” I had no idea what he meant. He said I was so calm and tranquil on the surface, but truly he knew I was paddling like a mad man to stay above water. I almost fell down laughing. But when I thought about...
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The Perfect Business Card

Making the perfect business card is tough. But here are a few tips that may help: Don’t skimp on cards! – Business cards are important. They’re great marketing tools and they’re the usually the first visual item that people see representing your business. So forget the perforated business cards from Office Depot everybody. You need...
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The 3 Pillars

A good friend once shared with me the secret to his company’s success. He called it the 3 tier supportive structure (he was an engineer)…I just call it the 3 Pillars. There’s 3 pillars in business and each pillar supports the other. Employees – Treat them well, make them your first priority. Customers – Happy...
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As I Write This…I Cry Yet Smile

I may have gone to USC business school, but my real schooling came from what you see above. This was the first major business I began. This is where a boy became a man, where the young Michael Mulhall was replaced with the harder, wiser and stronger Mike Mulhall. I may not have fought in...
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Got Plans? Stick with them…

Today, out of the complete blue, I was contacted by a business associate of mine. He’s about my Dad’s age, incredibly successful, and I actually look up to him and his accomplishments. So you can imagine my surprise when he called me, embarrassed, asking for help in writing a business plan for an industry I...
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Spring Your Mind (and the rest will follow)

Fruit for the entrepreneurial mind…check out one of my favorite sites Springwise.com. Springwise is made up of a weekly compilation of good (and bad) ideas that entrepreneurs all over the world are pursuing. I can’t tell you how many brainstorming sessions and eureka moments I’ve had from reading this site....
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Because the Box is to Damn Crowded

I designed this logo a while back and I feel it portrays everything I’m about. I also think it portrays exactly how every entrepreneur should think. I printed this out and taped it on my wall a long time ago. Whenever I’m brainstorming or working on ideas, I like to look at this picture and...
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LLC's…S-Corps…Sole Props….Huh?!?

And now for a technical posting…One of the entrepreneurial questions I’m asked most (some friends were asking me last night which inspired this posting) is in regards to the legalities of forming a business. I’ve formed so many LLC’s and “Incd” (that’s lingo for incorporated) so many companies that it’s no longer a very complicated...
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What's next to your bed?

So I woke up this morning and kind of laughed when I jumped out of bed into a pile of books and magazines. At any given time, this is what the floor next to my bed looks like. It seems like the only time I have to read is around 3 am when I hop...
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Passion..

I wanted to share one of my favorite composers / pianists with you today. When I was a very young child, there was a certain piece of music that I loved listening too called the Scarborough Fair. The composer from above actually improvised his own piece from that original work, and I must say it...
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Beginnings and Baby Steps

Being the first post ever on my new blog (Woo Hoo!), I thought perhaps it would be appropriate to discuss beginnings. Entrepreneurial beginnings that is, and the courage it sometimes takes to even get to the beginning of a business venture. Whether it be launching that initial demo before renovations on an old brick and...
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Just a little about me

Hi there. My name is Mike and among other things I’m an entrepreneur, an artist, a teacher…a warrior poet. From the time I can remember, I’ve always been driven by an overwhelming amount of ambition. Combined with my immense thirst to learn and try new things, I’ve managed to accumulate an eclectic collection of life...
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