Utah Christian Drug Rehab Program Says 'Grandpa Theory' Behind Huge Success

Utah Christian Drug Rehab Program Says 'Grandpa Theory' Behind Huge Success

Like millions of Americans, my life was directly impacted by addiction. Both of my grandfathers were alcoholics but my mother’s story was the most impactful. Born in Los Angeles in 1954, she was the daughter of a successful medical doctor and nurse.   

My devoutly religious grandparents had six beautiful children: five boys and one girl, who had everything they ever needed and then some including the newest cars, five course dinners at the finest restaurants, a housekeeper and annual vacations – all seemed perfect until the family was ravaged by drugs and alcohol.  

12 Habits of Highly-Effective Communicators

12 Habits of Highly-Effective Communicators

Effective communication has always been important, but the more we utilize technology to communicate through emails, texts, and social media, the more face-to-face communication becomes a lost art. Even before 2000 (around the time when digital communications took the world by storm), people seemed to either have “it,” or they didn’t when it came to the savviest of communication skills.

It doesn’t matter if someone is sixteen or sixty, they know when they can’t communicate as well as others. Introverts or “shy” people may fall into this category, but even extroverts can have poor communication skills, which can impact many aspects of their personal and professional lives. Sure, the “I don’t care what others think attitude” may make someone feel strong, but at what cost? Life is easier and it rewards us in spades when we treat others with dignity and respect, no matter how much we’d prefer to do otherwise. 

Throw Out Everything You Knew About Hiring...Now!

Throw Out Everything You Knew About Hiring...Now!

Hiring...it’s literally the plague of every business owner. It’s probably one of the most exhausting aspects of running a small business. If you have more than one employee, in your mind you’re raising your hand saying, “Yes, that’s me! I hate hiring and firing people.” In fact, it’s such a dreadful process, business owners can’t wait to turn the hat over to somebody else and wash their hands of the dirty task.

Small business owners know how difficult it is to find and retain top talent. It seems like finding good people is hard, and keeping them is even harder. If you don’t have a revolving door of employees, you may find that once you luck out and hire a good one, he or she leaves for another opportunity before you can get a return on your investment – so frustrating, right? For so many companies, they hire and train people only to find themselves wondering...” When will he (or she) ditch me?” 

Entrepreneurs: Is Your Health Suffering?

Entrepreneurs: Is Your Health Suffering?

Regular exercise and an excellent diet are fleeting for entrepreneurs, aren’t they? After all, startup founders are in the habit of working 50, 60, or 70 hours a week – they don’t have time to shop for organic food and spend an hour and a half at the gym on most days of the week. If this has been your train of thought, it’s time to think differently. It’s time to shift your attitude about eating right and working out.

According to NBC News, “America’s obesity crisis appears more unstoppable than ever.” And, a troubling report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “almost 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese – the highest rates ever recorded for the U.S.,” NBC reported. Someone is considered “obese” when their BMI is 30 or higher. 

Meet the Entrepreneur Who's Taking the Pet Industry by Storm

Meet the Entrepreneur Who's Taking the Pet Industry by Storm

Rolane Grinnell of Pet Partners Worldwide, LLC is an entrepreneur based in Southern Utah, a stone’s throw from Zion National Park. Initially born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, his mother worked in entertainment, but when Rolane was about five-years-old, the family moved to Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Arizona before landing back in Las Vegas. It was the time spent in Colorado on his family’s ranch that led Rolane to developing a deep love for animals, and his eventual desire to launch Pet Partners Worldwide and its flagship product, My Pet Pail™.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Rolane, a successful businessman in his own right, to learn about his entrepreneurial journey and what compelled him to go from owning a lodge and ATV rental store in the mountains of Utah to inventing My Pet Pail. 

Is Tax Evasion a Threat to the Gig Economy?

Is Tax Evasion a Threat to the Gig Economy?

As a proud member of Generation X, otherwise known as the “latchkey generation,” I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s watching my elders enjoy rewarding careers in Corporate America. I’d observe them work dutifully for one company most of their adult lives and retire comfortably with a nice, cushy pension.

Fast-forward to 2018 and today’s workforce barely resembles the one I remember. Nowadays, people change jobs a lot. The era of working for the same company straight out of high school until retirement is long over. Today’s workers are migrating from job to job in search of fulfillment, higher pay, and more opportunity.

Who is the Most Overlooked Employee in a Company?

Who is the Most Overlooked Employee in a Company?

 

If you’re a small business owner, you could be scratching your head. The most overlooked employee in a company? Is it the customer service representative? The salesperson? The social media manager? Nope, it’s none of those people. This person is sitting right under your nose and if you’re like too many business owners, it’s never occurred to you just how important this employee is. Who is the most overlooked person in most offices? It’s the receptionist. You heard me right – the guy or gal answering the phone.  

If your business has been around less than five years, you may be thinking, “No way, the receptionist isn’t that important. After all, she’s the lowest paid person in my office and she’s disposable. Receptionists are a dime a dozen.” If this has been your train of thought, you couldn’t be more wrong. 

Can Entrepreneurs Avoid Divorce?

Can Entrepreneurs Avoid Divorce?

You’ve probably heard about the common causes of divorce – adultery, money problems, addiction, or simply growing apart – all things that can happen in spades with founders, even the most successful ones.

According to Psychology Today, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.” While we may have a tendency to assume that financial success will make our marriages divorce-proof, that’s hardly the case. Just ask any successful entrepreneur who is divorced.

Survival Checklist for Startup Founders

Survival Checklist for Startup Founders

Being a startup founder is anything but easy; it takes guts to take an idea and transform it into reality. For many entrepreneurs, it means they ignored the naysayers (which could be their closest friends and family) and found a way to support themselves while starting a business from scratch – not an easy task. It means they’ve pushed forward regardless of the numerous delays and setbacks they undoubtedly encountered along the way.

What sets successful business owners apart from those who fail? Often, it comes down to one thing: perseverance. We’re talking about the uncanny ability to bounce from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm. Of course, you’re going to feel the “loss of enthusiasm” but you can’t let it affect you for more than 24 hours; you have to give the lows of business ownership a shelf life.

Former SWAT Member Brings Tactical Training to the Masses

Former SWAT Member Brings Tactical Training to the Masses

Forward Movement Training Center (FMT), located in Meridian, Idaho is an indoor training facility unlike anything you’ll see in the Western United States. It offers 30,000 square feet of space for civilians, law enforcement, and federal personnel to develop the skills and confidence necessary to defend themselves and their families in the event of a home invasion, burglary, carjacking, sexual assault, or other form of attack. In the wake of the recent Las Vegas tragedy among other random shootings and terrorist attacks, it seems the timing of FMT couldn’t be better.

I interviewed Matt Schneider, the owner of FMT, whose resume resembles something out of a blockbuster action movie. Schneider’s experience includes being a sworn deputy for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, a detention deputy, a patrol deputy, an undercover narcotics detective, a task officer with the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, and an entry team operator on the Ada Metro SWAT team. He also worked in the Street Crimes Unit, but what he was most interested in sharing was the “how and the why” behind FMT.