Authentic Entrepreneurship – Making the Cut


About a month ago, I had a quick telephone call with a prospective marketing student. On the other end of the line stood a sharp entrepreneur asking me some tough questions about our training program. After a few minutes, she asked me one of the best questions I’d ever received. “Matt, what are the character traits of the entrepreneurs who don’t succeed?” The question really got me thinking. Frankly, I can’t remember what I told her, but the question stayed with me. Last week, I took out a pad of paper and thought of about seven marketing clients who were terrible business owners. I added several more of my student quitters to this list. I then realized that almost all of them fit into one of three categories. In today’s post, I’ll share these three personalities and why some people will never be successful in business. 

Reflecting, Rethinking, and Refreshing

For most people with kids, summer can be a bit of a crazy time. Say hello to the Law family, where the word summer itself is defined as one wild ride. The problem of course is that our kids are out of school. So what do you do? Can you say VBS? AKA Vacation Bible School. Our summer started with a couple weeks of VBS for the kids. Summer is also a time to go on vacation! My vacation consisted of a short cruise to Cozumel Mexico with my wife and two daughters. Let me just say that we had a blast and my girls are now cruise fans! Summertime also means that it is easier for others to come and see you. Our summer enjoyed many family and friends visiting us in Florida. July 14th and 15th was our first annual FSMC Summer event. The following weeks were frequented by my brother’s family from Maryland. And just like that, summer was over. Poof! Or was it? In today’s post I’ll share the biggest blessing of summer break –  reflecting, rethinking, and refreshing!

Entrepreneurship’s Best Kept Secret


Last night, I left the office at 10:15 pm. It was a long thirteen hour workday. This morning I’m sitting on my couch and I’m realizing that I didn’t get enough sleep. If you looked at my schedule yesterday, you’d probably label me a crazy workaholic. Next week, the demands on my schedule will be even worse. I’ll probably work until midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for our May training class. It will likely be a 60+ hour week for me. I’ll miss dinner at least twice and Sarah will have to tuck the kids in bed. Because of business responsibilities, I’ll also miss a family trip to Vero Beach. It might sound crazy, but I’m not even upset about it. In today’s post, I’ll share one of the best kept secrets of entrepreneurship. 

Being Healthy as an Entrepreneur


When you’re young, you’re invincible. At least you’re supposed to be. However, at age 29 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My blood sugars soared into the 600’s and I found myself very, very sick. In case you’re wondering, I wasn’t overweight. And no, I wasn’t an alcoholic either. My problem was that I was a mortgage loan officer who worked too hard and neglected his body. When things were very busy in the day time, I would catch up by working into the early hours of the morning. I’d grab 3-4 hours of sleep and then guzzle a gallon of coffee to keep going the next day. On September 29th of 2006, it all caught up with me. I realized I wasn’t invincible any more and I had to make some changes. That was 10 years ago and as of today, I am the healthiest I’ve ever been. In today’s post, I’ll share with you my advice for staying healthy as an entrepreneur.

The Entrepreneuer’s New Year Resolutions

It might sound weird, but one of my passions is vacationing. My wife and I are adventurers and we love to explore new cities. Our anniversary falls on the 28th of December, so typically, we’ll go away for a couple of days without the kids. Over the years we’ve had some great trips including, Niagara Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park, Savannah, and Santa Fe. Being from Florida, we love to go and find snow. However, because of how busy it was in the fall of 2015, we decided that this year we’d have a New Year’s Staycation. In today’s post, I’ll share about our staycation and how it parallels with what good entrepreneurs do at the start of a new year.


Field Trip Dads


Dads are known for being absent when it comes to their kids’ lives. Like most men, I have to work. Sometimes the hours are long. This has been an especially trying year for us with the changes we’ve made to LMS. It is easy to tell our kids we are too busy and that we have to go to work.

As entrepreneurs, we have to remember that we started businesses for the freedom it can provide. Today, I went on a field trip with my 2nd grader Libby. There were dozens of moms, but out of six second grade classes, just three dads were on site. We had a blast and I know Libby will remember that I was a field trip dad. One of the biggest blessings of entrepreneurship is being able to manage your schedule. Today that meant being a better dad too!