#MentorMonday Wows The Crowd(funding) With Money-Making Tips For Biz

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Financial resources matter a great deal to all businesses which is why for many small business owners, crowdfunding campaigns have become so popular. Crowdfunding, the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet, has been used for everything from potato salad recipes (nope, that’s not a typo) to film production and business launches.

So when we at #MentorMonday thought about practical advice for you, our beloved entrepreneurs,  and how you need to fund your BIG dreams, crowdfunding seemed like a perfect fit.  And if the chat room love our two crowdfunding experts received was any indication, the insight for creating a successful crowdfunding campaigns was on point.

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#MentorMonday [Recap]: 3 Entrepreneurs + 1 Conversation = Infinite Information

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So Paul may or may not have been ‘smacked’ (slang word meaning you’re somewhere on the spectrum from “tipsy to drunk”). Pour it up it’s #MentorMonday and we’re toasting!

Lots of great news, such as the recent marriage of Marshawn Evans, who married Jack A. Daniels. Marshawn broke the news of the engagement on #MentorMonday Session 11.  Watch the episode to find out the part Paul played in getting these two together.  Matchmaking comes in many forms, my Friends.

We also said, “Cheers” to BlackGirlsRun founders Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey from #MentorMonday Session 13.  They received  a live, on-stage shout out by the Queen Oprah herself during her recent tour stop in Atlanta, where they received a $25,000 grant for their awesome non-profit work.

Anytime you can watch #MentorMonday you will be greatly enriched and get all the tools that you need to be successful wherever you are along your entrepreneurial and life’s journey. HOWEVER, there are some benefits to joining #MentorMonday LIVE! And tonight we had mo’ guests so we had mo’ prizes!

Amazing prizes from each of the panelists were awarded to the three #MentorMonday community members whose questions were selected by the members in the chatroom as the best questions. Those questions were then answered by the panel members in real time! Just another perk of being a member of the #MentorMonday community. (more…)

9 Biggest Problems With Dating Today & How To Solve Them

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I’ve been a professional matchmaker for six years and in just that time I’ve seen a significant shift in how people date around the world. In most countries, every category related to dating, from public opinion about it, to average length of time couples see each other, to satisfaction, have plummeted. We’re living in a time I label as “alarming” and fully expect if there is not an immediate shift in how we date, our communities will fall apart. After all, marriage is the cornerstone of society and dating is the cornerstone of marriage.  

Below, are the 9 biggest problems with dating today and my thoughts on how to solve them.

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8 Quick Ways To Detect A Non-Committal Man or Woman

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When genuinely searching for a committed partner (leading to marriage), there is nothing worse than wasting your time with someone who is simply looking for quick sex, casual dating, or just a long-term hang out buddy. By my estimate, 80% or more of daters are not looking for anything serious and although I’m an advocate for “date practicing”, I’m not a proponent of giving your time or resources to a dead end partner.

If you find yourself debating whether the person you’re “dating” is non-committal, here are 8 quick ways to determine if he/she has long-term intentions:

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#MentorMonday [Recap]: Dr. Dennis Kimbro On Our CHOICE to Create Wealth!

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It was the 20th Episode of #MentorMonday!!! Shout out to Blue Moon…was that a beer burp, Paul?

On a serious note, Paul took a moment to discuss the shooting of Michael Brown, and to reflect on the dialogue that ensued surrounding racism, policing and strategies to address equality – especially wealth equality. And there’s no better person to discuss wealth creation than Dr. Dennis Kimbro.

Paul even shared a bit about his own upbringing, his father’s economic trajectory and the impact his father’s wealth-building efforts had on Paul’s life.

Honestly, this episode really holds up a mirror to us and in some instances will make you say “Ouch!” But if you’re serious about pursuing your dreams, creating wealth, expanding your world, gritting your teeth and taking the medicine that Dr. Kimbro doles out, this episode of #MentorMonday can change your life! That’s not hyperbole. Check it out for yourself!#MentorMonday (more…)

The 10 Books That Changed My Life

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In a recent post I wrote about how I significantly reduced how much TV I consume and dramatically increased my reading. A key reason for doing this is because upon reflecting on “activities” that have led to substantial changes in my life, I can’t count one TV show as the catalyst.

I can, however, point to several books. Here are 10 books that have had a profound influence on my life…

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#MentorMonday [Recap] – 3 Surefire Ways Eric Thomas Inspires: Service, Secrets, and Saying “NO”

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For this edition of #MentorMonday, Paul hosted from New York City, instead of his usual DC location, because he and his beautiful wife, Jill were celebrating a very special day. Happy 13th Wedding Anniversary to Paul and Jill Brunson!

And, a very special thank you to Lamar Tyler, of BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com for stepping in to continue the interview after Paul experienced technical difficulties. Lamar did an amazing job…Paul, don’t slip…ut oh!

Motivation, inspiration, and tools for success are all embodied in the incredible 20 plus year career of world renowned speaker, educator, author, activist and minister, Eric Thomas. ET, as he’s known, shared life lessons with the #MentorMonday community this week.

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10 Things I Learned While Making My First $1 Million

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The last 5 years in business have been transformative for me – both personally and financially. I have never been more fulfilled and purpose-driven than I have been doing what I do. And, as a result of stepping out on faith (it took a huge leap of faith to leave what others thought was a secure lifestyle to delve into the unknown), I’ve learned some powerful lessons. This journey has taken me places that I’ve only dreamed of going, while accomplishing some key milestones along the way.

Folks always ask how I did “it.” Recognizing the importance of paying it forward and sharing what I’ve learned, I managed to synthesize an actionable list of the 10 things I learned while making my first $1 million.

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#MentorMonday [Recap]: 3 Myths about Entrepreneurs Lauren Maillian Bias Slayed

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This #MentorMonday was advertised as “…how to grow your small business revenue to over $1 million annually.”  And when it was all over someone in the chat room wondered why that question was neither asked nor answered.

I understand.  We all want “the answer,” but as #MentorMonday guests have proven and shared, there is never just one way to reach the top.

Lauren Maillian Bias did answer the question though; maybe not in her words, but in her work ethic and practices which she shared.  She explained how her natural inquisitiveness keeps her learning from the best, how she parents two children as a single mother, and what she does in business which makes her ventures thrive.

So without further ado, here are 3 Myths About Entrepreneurs That Lauren Maillian Bias Slayed On #MentorMonday.

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#MentorMonday [Recap]: What Success in Media Really Means w/ OWN TV’s VP of Programming & Development, Endyia K. Sterns!

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#MentorMonday started as it always does.  Paul started the party early with some Blue Moon.  Yep!  Our fearless leader is loving the Blue Moon vibe and was three moons in as the show started.  Why so many?  The excitement of having…

Ms. Endyia K. Sterns!  Yes!  The Vice President of Programming and Development at the Oprah Winfrey Network and Paul’s former boss spent some time mentoring us.

The conversation centered around three media concepts:

  1. The life cycle of a show and the various actions taken from the concept to what we see on television.

  2. Getting our products, services, and ourselves on the air.

  3. The trends in media today and how entrepreneurs can fill the gaps the established media may be experiencing.

Not only did Endyia give us solid advice and strategies on how to leverage media, she also explained a thing or two about what success really means.

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Oh, and you know we couldn’t let her leave without dishing about how it is to work with THE woman herself!  She has the BEST Oprah story we’ve ever heard…

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