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Elmer — Getting Things Done

I don’t know about you, but there are only two things that come to mind when I hear the name Elmer: Elmer’s Glue and Elmer Fudd.  I find it amazing how these two icons are tied directly to small-business success. When it comes to running a business, there are only two things you must do over and over again: 1.  Start Something 2.  Ship … [Read more...]

Dealing With Change – The Price of Being a Master Instead of a Jack

Sometimes, even the best of us have a difficult time dealing with change. The most famous change agent of our country’s history, George Washington, even had times where he had difficulty dealing with change. Upon Washington’s death, he had three doctors attending to his needs, Drs. Brown, Dick and Clark. Two of the Drs. suggested that they … [Read more...]

Another Spoiled American? (Part 1 of a Freedom Series)

By Kevin Mogavero It is so easy to forget how spoiled we are in America.  Sure, things aren’t perfect, but it really wouldn’t take much to make them a lot worse. I have a friend who lived on a big island. He actually lived closer to Key West (the southernmost point in the United States) than people in Miami. On this island, he was not … [Read more...]

Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast

By Kevin Mogavero One of the best soldiers I met during my time in the Army was First Sergeant Zackary. He was my First Sergeant during our deployment to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I’m sure you remember when we invaded Afghanistan and then, a short time later, we declared war with Iraq. My unit deployed the day we declared that … [Read more...]

Free Enterprise, Capitalism, Great Systems Until…

By Kevin Mogavero There are a few interesting factors we should study when we look at our free enterprise and capitalistic-natured economy. First, consider that free enterprise evokes and encourages competition. Second, consider that the capitalist system requires an entity to generate profit to survive. Two things that I think have … [Read more...]

Get Your Hands Off My Cookie!

By Kevin Mogavero I heard a great story from Pastor Rob Rod the other day. It began with a woman at a crowded mall who had just sat down next to a gentleman about her age. She opened her newspaper and started to read. A few moments later, she reached over to grab one of her Oreo cookies only to notice that one was already gone! A … [Read more...]

Training the Factory Workers for the Farm

By Kevin Mogavero This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking with a good friend of mine whom I have a great deal of respect. She is a teacher in a low-income-area elementary school. We had an inspiring conversation about our current school system, they way “things are” in our society today and how things “should be.” Many of … [Read more...]

What Do You Do With Luck?

By Kevin Mogavero My good friend Randy Watterson sent me this article, What’s Luck Got to do with it? by Jim Collins. In the article, Jim talks about the difference between a 1 or 2Xer (a person who meets or doubles the industry standard of success) and a 10Xer (a person who is able to obtain 10 X the industry standard). What he describes … [Read more...]

The Magic of Parkinson’s Law and Your Money

By Kevin Mogavero Parkinson’s Law: “Work Expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” In other words, we’ll take all the allotted time available to complete a task. If we’ve got an hour to do a task, we’ll take an hour to do it. If we’ve got a minute to do the task, we’ll get it done in a minute. For example, if … [Read more...]

Freedom from Stupid People

By Kevin Mogavero I read a great quote the other day that I will share with you here. Unfortunately I have not been able to track down the source of the quote. If you know where it has come from, please share it with me… In any case, here goes: “Freedom from keeping selfishness in check = Not freedom.” I’m just going to go ahead and add … [Read more...]