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Are You Giving The Most To Those Who Need The Most? Or Are Your Priorities Out Of Whack?

Are You Giving The Most To Those Who The Most? Or Are Your Priorities Out Of Whack?

Are You Giving The Most To Those Who The Most? Or Are Your Priorities Out Of Whack?

What Your Kids Really Want For Dinner Is YOU.
Don’t Wait Till You’re Darn Near Dead To Recognize What’s Really Important In Life.

Written by Rich Harshaw.

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Streaking Into The New Year

Streaking Isn’t Just For Naked Hippies Anymore! You Can Do It Too!

Streaking Isn’t Just For Naked Hippies Anymore! You Can Do It Too!

A Fun & Unusual Strategy For Getting Stuff Done In 2014

Written by Rich Harshaw

Note: About once a month, Monopolize Your Marketplace takes a break from contractor marketing advice and focuses on personal development topics. We call this ongoing series “Personal Edge.” Enjoy!

Nothing beats an ice cold Dr. Pepper on a hot afternoon.

Or on a cold afternoon for that matter. Come to think of it, nothing beats an ice cold Dr. Pepper on just about any kind of afternoon. At least that’s what I used to think until my oldest son, Sam—just 4 years old at the time—came home from preschool one day where he’d apparently learned to “just say no” to drugs. The dialogue went something like this:

Sam: Do you know what’s in Dr. Pepper?
Me: No, Sam. What’s in Dr. Pepper?
Sam: Caffeine.
Me: Really?
Sam: Yea. And do you know what caffeine is?
Me: No, Sam. What is caffeine?
Sam: It’s a DRUG.
Me: Oh my.
Sam: Do you know what happens when you take drugs?
Me: No, what?
Sam: You DIE.
Me: (no comment)

Hardcore stuff for a preschooler. But I guess he had reason to be concerned. Follow the logic: Drugs will kill you; Dr. Pepper contains a drug called caffeine; dad drinks about seven Dr. Peppers a day; dad is going to die soon.

Those of you who have children will understand that any attempt to explain away the differences between Dr. Pepper and, say, heroin, would prove to be fruitless. So I did what any good dad would do—I quit.
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