Happy Hour and Periscope today at Zoobies!

Happy Hour and Periscope today at Zoobies!


I know it’s probably a little early to be thinking about happy hour right now, but…it’s been a long week and, well, it’s Friday.

So, this afternoon, starting at 3PM, I’ll be hanging out at Zoobies, kicking off a happy hour.

I get it, 3PM is kind of early, so if you can’t join until 4 or 4:30, that’s no biggie.

And, if you can’t join at all, then tune in on Periscope (@StartupLansing, @MakiLane, or @jflores1c) and join the fun that way.

This afternoon, Courtney Maki of Glow Social Media and I will be discussing the Startup Community Report Card for Lansing.

As you may recall, last year, I gave Lansing a C-.

This year, with your help, we’re going to dust off the report card, discuss how things have changed over the past year, and talk about some strategies for moving the needle forward in the coming year.

We hope you’ll join us!

See you this afternoon,


Think and Grow Rich – I read it and applied it, and it WORKS!

Think and Grow Rich – I read it and applied it, and it WORKS!

Some people think it’s mumbo jumbo, but transmutation, The Secret, “Fake it ’til you make it” – all worked for me!

tagrI was watching a periscope this morning by Luke Hessler, a MSU student and entreprenuer whom I had the pleasure of meeting last Fall at the LCC AMA Business Ettiquette dinner and he was passionately and ferverently reading from – and re-reading sections as he highlighted – Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.

Think and Grow Rich is a 1937 personal development and self-help book by Napoleon Hill. The book was inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. (via Wikipedia)

Think and Grow Rich is considered by many to be the most inspirational and authentic self-help book of its kind. This book was the culmination of a project that took Hill over 20 years to complete and was based on interviews with many of the most successful business men and women of his time. Among those he interviewed were: HENRY FORD, WILLIAM WRIGLEY JR., GEORGE EASTMAN, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, THOMAS A. EDISON, FRANK A. VANDERLIP. F. W. WOOLWORTH, WOODROW WILSON, WM. HOWARD TAFT, LUTHER BURBANK, & DR. ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL. The book continues to inspire, and it remains an all-time bestseller due to both the universality and the timelessness of its message. Many new and ‘modern’ versions of this book are abridged and lack the beauty of the original writing. This beautifully crafted hardcover edition faithfully reprints the complete, unaltered text of the original 1937 classic. (via Google Books)

I highly reccomend reading this book, especially if you are a new entreprenuer! In the meantime here are 6 tenants of the book to get you started (via Business Insider):

1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definite- ness which will be described in a subsequent chapter).

2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)

3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.

4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.

6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.

I definitely believe in the power of positive affirmations and this book really breaks down how to get yourself rolling in the dough in no time!

In the meantime, find me on Periscope @MakiLane!

Why I love the Nike+ Training Club App

Why I love the Nike+ Training Club App

I downloaded the Nike+ Training Club App shortly after getting my first gen Nike+ Fuel Band. I am currently on my third Fuel Band (I’ll leave THAT to another post) but the App is still going strong. Nike rolled out some great new changes to the app and new workouts! I use the Shawn Johnson stretch guide and the Hollywood Ab workout weekly.

I also highly reccomend using the app to create a program, which will create a semi-custom 4 week training program based on your desired results and activity level. It syncs with the Nike+ Running App and is really dynamic if you don’t currently have a training program.

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So download the app today and add me as a friend (@MakiLane) so we can challenge each other!