This past weekend I went to see the Founder, a movie about the man behind the origins of McDonald’s fast food empire staring Michael Keaton.

★ ★ ★ SPOILER ALERT★ ★ ★ Be advised this post describes some scenes from the movie.

The movie is based on a true story and about the life of Ray Kroc, a struggling salesman from Illinois. Ray met two brothers, Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation during the 1950’s in Southern California.

Ray Kroc was extremely impressed by the McDonald brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He ingeniously positioned himself to be able to acquire the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire known as McDonald’s.

Basically he stole it from them right under their noses!!!

Who Should See The Founder Movie?

I highly recommend that you go see the Founder if are a business owner or if you call yourself an entrepreneur. Make it a family night and take the kids too. There are some incredible lessons that we can all learn from this story.

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In the movie, Ray had apparently been a salesman for some time, 17 years I think. People and businesses  around town new him from trying to sell them one product or another.

In 1954 Ray met the McDonald brothers in San Berdino, California while he was a traveling milkshake machine salesman. The McDonald brothers had ordered an unusually high number of milkshake machines from Kroc so they were actually Ray’s clients.

The milkshake machines that he sold were top of the line and made five shakes at a time designed to be fast and increase restaurant efficiency.

Kroc, a high-school dropout, was so impressed with the McDonald brothers operation that he volunteered to partner with them in order to franchise the McDonald brother’s restaurant.


Here are the top five lessons I learned from watching the Founder.


I think if you are a true entrepreneur you can not come out of this movie without being inspired by Kroc’s persistence (portrayed by actor Michael Keaton).

Ray Kroc believed persistence was the key to success. Well persistence, and some not so cool business practices.

Nevertheless, Ray was super committed and determined to keep going until he got it right, despite the numerous challenges and obstacles he faced as a husband, salesman, opportunist and entrepreneur.

One of my favorite lines from the movie

I know what you’re thinking…how the heck does a 52 year old, over the hill milkshake machine salesman build a fast food empire with 1600 restaurants at an annual revenue of 700 million dollars…one word…PERSISTENCE!” Ray Kroc

With unwavering persistence Ray Kroc, changed his life and the world. So the message I got from the movie was that persistence pays.


As an entrepreneur you must have a vision. It’s something that you work toward without any sense of when it will be fully realized, perhaps never.

An ambitious man with a singular vision can be a powerful thing.

Ray saw the incredible potential of the McDonald brother’s restaurant. He envisioned opening McDonald’s restaurants all across the country and the people coming to McDonald’s 24/7 days a week.

His vision was much bigger than the McDonald brothers who were content with just being a successful local restaurant. The McDonald brothers were focused on just their product – hamburgers but Ray saw beyond that, he saw the unlimited business potential.

He eventually convinced the brothers to see his vision and expand through franchisees.

McDonald’s can be the new American church, and it ain’t just open on Sundays, Boys!” Ray Kroc


Here is that exact scene from the movie that won over the McDonald brothers…



To his credit, Kroc keeps looking for ways to improve what the McDonald brothers started. They, in turn, are loath to make any changes to what they understandably see as a winning formula.

This was the downfall of the McDonald’s brothers. When you are the entrepreneur or business that refuses to innovate you risk no longer being competitive and eventually you will lose great business partners/leaders who will break away from you and go align themselves with other people and businesses that appreciate what they bring to the table.

Ray Kroc believed the McDonald’s business needed to innovate to remain competitive and grow but the McDonald’s brothers were happy with the status quo.

In the beginning the McDonald brothers brought efficiency by innovating assembly line operations for their restaurant.  Later, Kroc introduced standardization, automation and discipline.

As a business owner you can not be afraid to be innovative or find new ways to accomplish things. Learn to embrace and use today’s technology.


I think too many people never reach their full potential in life because they are too afraid to take any risks.

Entrepreneurs are problem solvers and risk takes at their core.

When Ray Kroc saw the potential of the McDonald brothers restaurant and he went all in. Short on cash, he even mortgaged his home just to strike a deal to franchise the brothers operation. Talk about risky!

Kroc was able to get a few franchises up and running before going through some other significant financial challenges. Kroc was struggling to make the business profitable and  was on the verge of losing it all when he met Harry Sonneborn, a financial expert, at the bank.

Sonneborn gave him a new perspective, “Ray you’re not in the food-service business, you’re in the real-estate business.”

Sonneborn showed him a new way of making money off the deal with McDonald brothers on selling hamburgers and franchisees. This new way involved creating a real estate company that would buy up (or lease) the land on which all McDonald’s would be located.

The company would then sublease to the franchisee who would run the restaurant. Sonneborn further developed the plan to eventually take out mortgages to own both the building and the land.

Problem solved!


It’s truly amazing to see how a 50-year-old turned an idea into a global empire with many ups and down is truly extraordinary.

Kroc was a high school drop out and had been in the sales industry for most of his life. He struggled to keep food on the table.

In just six years of working with the McDonald brothers and finding their ambition ultimately falling short of his own, Ray bought them out and became the owner of McDonald’s Corporation in 1961.

It really doesn’t matter how old you are, you can start a business, open a franchise and still be successful in a short period of time.

As long as you have a vision, are persistent, determined and committed to your success eventually you can over come any obstacle and see your lifelong  dreams come true!

There are probably several more lessons I can take away from this movie some good some bad but I think you get the point.

McDonald’s is a great case study on scaling, franchising and building a brand.

I personally think ‘The Founder’ was an incredible film and a must watch –especially for the young aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Monday has often been considered the worst day of the week.  So today I have complied a list of my top 10 Monday motivational videos by Mateusz M to help you kick start your work week and hopefully inspire you to do more! Sometimes we all just need a little motivational!

Who is Mateusz M?

All I know about Mateusz M is that he a 21 year old film producer from Lublin, Poland.

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Mateusz M joined YouTube in November, 2011 and at the time of this post, has over 105 million views and 577 thousand subscribers.  He has only produced 20 motivational videos to date!

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Mateusz M has the personal mantra,


“I want the world to be better because I was here”. Mateusz M

Mateusz M has definitely discovered how to tap into the power of the universal messages that bind humanity together.

Here is a list of my favorite top 10 motivational videos by Mateusz M!

10. Born in Darkness

9. Awakening

8. Vision

7. Desire

6. Hero

5. Unstoppable

4. Unbroken

3. Dream

2. Resiliency

1. Why Do We Fall

I hope you enjoyed the…

Top 10 Monday Motivational Videos By Mateusz M

Have a great Monday and rest of the week!

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Need some motivation today? Have you ever felt like giving up? Have you ever been told you would never be anything or you would never make it?

Well today, I want to share with you the incredible transformation of Arthur Boorman.

This is certainly a heart warming story of inspiration that is a must SHARE with your family, friends and co-workers! So Share this on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter…TODAY!

Who is Arthur Boorman?

arthur boormanArthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again.

He stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga and decided to give it a try — he couldn’t do traditional, higher impact exercise, so he tried DDP YOGA and sent an email to Dallas telling him his story.

Dallas was so moved by his story, he began emailing and speaking on the phone with Arthur throughout his journey – he encouraged Arthur to keep going and to believe that anything was possible. Even though doctors told him walking would never happen, Arthur was persistent. He fell many times, but kept going.

quoteI took control. I stopped thinking of myself as a victim of my injuries. I stopped thinking of these as permanent conditions. I started thinking of how to fix things. I started working the program every day. I fell down many times. Hard. I got back up every time, more determined than ever to make this work. To tell the truth, there were a few days when I was tired, or sore, but I listened to DDP’s CD for encouragement.” Arthur Boorman

[VIDEO] Watch Arthur Boorman’s Incredible Transformation

Artist Name: Javier Colon
Song: Fix You

Arthur was getting stronger rapidly, and he was losing weight at an incredible rate! Because of DDP’s specialized workout, he gained tremendous balance and flexibility — which gave him hope that maybe someday, he’d be able to walk again.

quoteI put up with disbelieving friends and co-workers. I heard the negativity, and I ignored it. They started thinking differently when they saw the pounds begin to drop off and when they saw me moving better, with less pain and greater endurance and mobility. Now some of those same people ask me about DDP YOGA.” Arthur Boorman

His story is proof, that we cannot place limits on what we are capable of doing, because we often do not know our own potential. Neither Arthur, nor Dallas knew what he would go on to accomplish, but this video speaks for itself.

In less than a year, Arthur Boorman completely transformed his life. If only he had known what he was capable of, 15 years earlier.


Do not waste any time thinking you are stuck – you can take control over your life, and change it faster than you might think.

Hopefully this story can inspire you to follow your dreams – whatever they may be.

Anything is Possible!


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Maybe you have heard of her maybe you haven’t, but today I want to talk give you my top 3 reasons why I love Mimi G and Mimi G Style!

Who Is Mimi Goodwin?

mimi g styleNAME: Mimi Goodwin (Mimi G)
AGE: 39
BORN: Puerto Rico, [Raised in Chicago]

RESIDES: Omaha Nebraska with her husband and children.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Roberto Clemente High School (Chicago) in 94; Attended FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) Los Angeles, 1999-2001.

quoteI am a thirty something year old mother of 6, so finding time to be a mom, a wife, and a designer is a lot of work, but its what I was meant to do.” Mimi

Mimi G is a wife, mother, consultant and stylist. She is also the creator of a popular Fashion, Lifestyle, and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) blog entitled

What’s really cool is that Mimi Goodwin’s original foray into the fashion world started as a self-taught seamstress at the early age of 12, which culminated with her own ready-to-wear runway show in spring 2010. It was then that Goodwin’s fashion consciousness and direction took a turn down a different path, as she recognized that women want ready-to-wear that is not only trend-setting and looks great on a variety of body types but have also found a love for making and creating their own clothes.  

Mimi’s axiom,

quote“Buy It, Make It, Mix It, Rock It!”….

is the mantra for thousands of daily followers, as well as fashion industry professionals.

According to her website,

quoteMimi G has quickly become an International fashion icon, instructor, role model, and an “in demand” speaker and panel member at blogging conferences across the country. Her DIY projects are the talk of every town, “making sewing sexy,” and generating a fresh new following of fashion savvy readers.

So here are the top three reasons why I love Mimi Goodwin and her blog MimiGStyle!

Reason #1: Mimi G blogs about her passion

Obviously Mimi G understands that blogging about your passion is a very good way for people to get to know and trust you.

By consistently putting out fresh content on her blog, Mimi G has built long term relationships with her followers.  She is now seen as expert in fashion, people trust her and more importantly come to her for tips/advice.

In her blog, MimiGStyle, Mimi G focuses on DIY projects, health and fitness tips, product reviews, highlights from her annual “Sewing, Fashion and Style” conference, and your everyday family shenanigans.

mimi g styleAs a mother of six, Mimi G works hard to balance her family life, her day job in the entertainment industry and sewing by night.  She started blogging as a way to keep a living diary of her own sewing adventures, and soon learned that other women share her same passion!  

Now she has over 350,000 unique visitors per month, who check in each day to learn everything from sewing, to choosing fabric for the right pattern or DIY project, to finding out what is trending in the fashion world.

Only within the last year,  June 2014, did Mimi transition from to acquiring her own domain name and launching her own website/blog titled MimiGStyle.

Apparently in the beginning blogging wasn’t always easy for Mimi G. In an early 2012 blog post entitled, The Good, The Bad + The Ugly of Being a Blogger,” she shares the pros and cons of being a blogger.

Yes, blogging takes a lot of work. However, if you are willing to do the work then you will find the benefits and rewards are well worth it! Get a blog if you want to take your business to the next level!

Reason #2: Mimi G utilizes Social Media

Successfully using social media to promote or market you brand/business can enable any entrepreneur or small business looking to extend their reach and acquire more customers.

If you are on social media sooner or later you are going to see a post or photo someone has shared from Mimi G Style!

Each day, followers check in to see Mimi’s “daily looks,” popular pattern reviews, sewing tutorials, links to other trend-setting fashions, and learn her secrets on how to get the looks demonstrated below on a budget.

On Facebook alone a single post from her will net 20K -30K Likes, hundreds of engaging Comments and a minimum of 1K Shares! Yep, her status updates contain everything the Facebook algorithm loves in order to extend her reach to her followers!

Mimi G has several social media accounts, amassed several followers in each and continues to gain hundreds of “new followers” by the day.

You can follow Mimi G at the following handles:

Twitter: @mimigstyle
Instagram: @mimigstyle
Chictopia: (fashion site)

If you want to drive traffic to your website just blog or use social media. A good Social Media Marketing strategy can create a recognizable identity for your product or service. This is extremely important for any entrepreneur or home business. Social Media tools can get the word out about your brand in a way that promotes online conversation and creates buzz.

Reason #3: Mimi G created her own brand

As am entrepreneur you have to understand the power of developing a unique personal brand, then marketing yourself and not any one business.

Mimi G’s unique tri-photo blog post unveiling her wearing the “outfit of the day” can be found all over the internet. Take a look at see some Mimi G Style images below…


Typically Mimi G will post a photo on her website showing her modeling three distinct poses of her latest outfit from the side, front and sometimes even the back.


Most of the outfits are of her own creation but there are also some that are store bought.

Mimi G will always post the brand name of the accessories that accompany her outfits in case her followers would like go purchase them to create or duplicate the same look.

Building a personal brand like Mimi G goes hand in hand with attraction marketing.

Attraction marketing is providing a specific group of people (a niche) with valuable information and resources in order to help them find solutions to a challenge they are struggling with.

Mimi G has done a great job attracting fashionistas by providing valuable tips on sewing and accessorizing.

Well I hope you enjoyed this on post on,

The top three reasons why I love Mimi G!

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I know that all of you were saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most hardworking members — Someone Else.

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Someone Else’s passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill.  Else has been with us for many years, and for every one of those years the level of his caring and commitment was highly evident.

Someone else did far more than the normal person’s share of the work.

Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results.

Someone Else can work with that group.

Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, an extra effort to be made, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s lips, “Let Someone Else do it.” It was common knowledge that Someone Else was the hardest worker in our organization.

Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed that Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was the largest giver in our organization.

Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super-human, but a person can only do so much.  Were the truth known, everyone expected too much of Someone Else.

Now Someone Else is gone.  What will happen now? What are we going to do?  Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it?  Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?

Our organization can’t depend on Someone Else anymore to initiate projects, come up with ideas, help with events and enhance our motivation to achieve….It is up to YOU!

 –Author Unknown–

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At the first sight of her husband’s flag-draped casket, Katherine Cathey broke into uncontrollable sobs, finding support in the arms of Major Steve Beck.


When Beck first knocked on her door in Brighton, Colorado, to notify her of her husband’s death, she glared at him, cursed him, and refused to speak to him for more than an hour. Over the next several days, he helped guide her through the grief. By the time they reached the tarmac, she wouldn’t let go.

Minutes after her husband’s casket arrived at the Reno airport, Katherine Cathey fell onto the flag.


After arriving at the funeral home, Katherine Cathey pressed her pregnant belly to her husband’s casket, moaning softly.


Two days after she was notified of Jim’s death in Iraq, she found out they would have a boy. Born on December 23, 2005, he was named James Jeffrey Cathey, Jr.

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey left for Iraq, he wrote a letter to Katherine that read, in part,

quote… there are no words to describe how much I love you, and will miss you. I will also promise you one thing: I will be home. I have a wife and a new baby to take care of, and you guys are my world.”

The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag.

Photo Credits: Todd Heisler

Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of “Cat”, and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept.

quoteI think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it” she said. I think that’s what he would have wanted.” Katherine Cathey

Not sure what is more honorable: Being married to this faithful wife to the end or the Marine standing next to the casket watching over them both.

quoteGreater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 

John 15:13

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Friends, freedom is not free. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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