TE Tips: Begin With The End in Mind

Have you ever tried to come up with a plan but didn’t know where to start?  According to Stephen Covey author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People you should “begin with the end in mind.”  This is the Second Habit.  Covey says “To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination.  It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.”

The concept of begin with the end in mind can be [...]

What Is An Entrepreneur?

What is an Entrepreneur?
In his article on Inc.com Justin Bariso asks “So, What is An Entrepreneur Anyway?”  He then examines different definitions of the term.  One definition is offered by Phil Friedman but Bariso believes that Friedman’s definition is too strict.  Bariso specifically disagrees with the following points:

Not every owner of a business, small or big, is an entrepreneur. Indeed, only a few are.
Not everyone who starts his or her own business is an entrepreneur. Relatively few are.
Not everyone who works for him- or herself is an entrepreneur. Only a few truly are.

I agree with Bariso that the above points [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Mike Lawless of MTL Rentals

Mike Lawless of MTL Rentals

This week’s Teacher Entrepreneur profile is Mike Lawless of MTL Rentals.  Mike is a former colleague of mine from Huntington North High School in Huntington, IN.  Mike dedicated most of his career in education to working with At-Risk students.  Not only did he work with them in the classroom he had a Career Ed program which allowed many of his students to obtain job skills while pursuing their education.  For a number of years Mike also taught U.S. History and Government to students incarcerated at the local jail so they would still be able to earn [...]

TE Tips: Goal Setting

Goal Setting

There is lots of advice out there on goal setting.  A simple Google search of “goal setting” returned 27,000,000 results in less than a second.  With all that info, how do you know where to start?  As I’ve mentioned before I am a bit of a nerd, so I enjoy things like goal setting.  These are some of the best tips and strategies I have learned for goal setting over the years.

Set goals for the important areas in your life. Areas such as:

Personal Life
Family Life
Work Life
Financial Life
Spiritual Life

Set short range and long range goals. Make sure to include some [...]

Visit the Site. Join the Tribe!

Visit the Site.  Join the Tribe!

I hope you’ll forgive me today for linking back to my first ever blog post.  It has been a little over 15 months since that first post.  The first month it was live there were a little over 100 users to the website.  This month we are on pace to have over 1,000!  THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE VISITED THE SITE AND OFFERED ENCOURAGEMENT!!!

Due to the increased user base I thought it might be worthwhile to share this link because it articulates the vision that the site is for all of us.  This is not [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Amy Egly of 84fifteen Photography

Amy Egly of 84fifteen Photography

This week’s Teacher Entrepreneur Profile is Amy Egly of 84fifteen Photography.  Amy is a former colleague of mine from R. Nelson Snider High School in Ft. Wayne, IN.  She is an excellent teacher and is great at managing a tough crowd in the classroom.  Amy believes in doing things the right way and that is reflected in her photography.  Check out her work at http://www.84fifteenphotography.com/

CS:       What is the name of your business and where is it located?

AE:      My business is called 84fifteen photography, Most of my work is done on location.  I am a natural light [...]

TE Tips: Be a Life-long Learner

Be A Life-Long Learner

Are you a life-long learner?  If not, you should be.  The old adage that leaders are readers is true.  The next time you meet a person whom you consider very successful, ask them what they’re reading.  If they’re not in the middle of some book on personal or professional development I’ll be surprised.

When I talk to people about being a life-long learner they often tell me “I’m not a reader.”  No problem!  The good news is there have never been more ways to be a life-long learner without reading!  If you are not a reader, you can [...]

Inspiring Quotes

Inspiring Quotes

This week I read an article that included several inspiring quotes for entrepreneurs. It made me think of some of my favorite quotes, which I have assembled here. I shared them one other time but it was when I first began blogging so I’m betting most of you missed them! According to my Google Analytics the number of people who saw the previous post could all fit in one elevator, so for those few who have seen them before (mom, Lindsay, Grandma) please bear with me.

I hope you find them inspiring!

1. “If you play with class you can never [...]

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Korey Grow of Northwestern Mutual

Teacher Entrepreneur Profile: Korey Grow of Northwestern Mutual
Today's Teacher Entrepreneur Profile is Korey Grow of Northwestern Mutual.  I've known Korey for years as he is also a Huntington University Baseball Alum.  Korey is a great guy with a heart for service.  He recently left the classroom to open a financial practice with Northwestern Mutual.  Based on his heart for service and his keen knowledge of financial planning I'm sure Korey will have great success in his new business.   You can check out his website at http://koreygrow.nm.com/

CS: What is the name of your business and where is it located?

KG: I have [...]

Is Your Pension Safe? Don’t Bet On It!

Is Your Pension Safe? Don't Bet On It!

I received my Social Security Statement in the mail recently.  According to the statement I could receive $1,995.00 per month when I reach full benefit age.   That will never happen!

Many people have doubts about the future of Social Security but what about your Teacher’s Pension?  Will it be there to support you in retirement?  According to a CBS News report from January 2015 “Teacher pension plans across the country are staggering from a half-trillion dollars in debt. Put in perspective, that's more than $10,000 worth of debt for every student in the nation's [...]