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5 Keys Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Must Master to Eliminate the Bottleneck in Their Business



“If you want something done right, do it yourself,” is usually the M.O. of the entrepreneur or business owner who has become the bottleneck in their business. Usually this mindset is backed by fear and fear of loss of control, and it causes more harm than good because there are only 24 hours in a day. Additionally, bottlenecks are expensive to fix. When a business owner hasn’t figured out how to leverage their time to serve as many people as possible, having a bottleneck is a huge pain in the neck (pun intended).

As a “do-it-yourself” dropout, I know exactly what it means to be the culprit behind why things are not getting done and processes are not being created. Today, I help my clients eliminate their bottleneck by showing them how to create systems. But it wasn’t always that way. When

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What’s Up with That?: The Return of the Activist Athlete



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My favorite athlete of all time is Muhammad Ali. Has been for almost 40 years. When I was about 13-years-old, I read “The Greatest: My Own Story,” by Ali and Richard Durham. I was already a fan of Ali’s, having seen him box and entertain, both inside and outside the ring. However, reading about him – his upbringing, his Olympic achievements, his refusal to be drafted into the U.S. military, his opposition to the Vietnam War, and his resulting conviction on draft evasion charges (which led to the loss of both his heavyweight title and nearly four years of his career at its peak) – led me to realize that athletes can have tremendous influence away from the ring or field of play, and that resonated with me. Still does.

It also drew me to other courageous and influential athletes – Jim Brown,

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“Black Men Rock” Is A New Empowerment Program Created By Talk Show Host And Author Coach Michael Taylor 

February 2015 

Radio talk show host, author and coach Michael Taylor has introduced his latest venture, a program called “Black Men Rock.” The program is designed to empower black men and give them the tools they need to succeed by exposing them to successful African-American male role models.

Radio host and author Michael Taylor is set to launch a significant program aimed directly at addressing the state many black men find themselves in. The program is called “Black Men Rock” and will feature a new book of the same name, an accompanying website and an online empowerment course that will offer black men the chance to read about and interact with successful African-American men who bu

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Four Steps to a Better You



I believe that there are four steps in becoming more secure and confident with yourself and the beautiful individual that you are.

Step #1: The first step in becoming more confident is to accept and love yourself.

You should make a list of all your positive traits and strengths on a piece of paper or in your journal. By doing this, you are reminding yourself that you too have praise-worthy qualities like others. You will see the value in yourself and your contributions to those around you.

Step #2: The second step is to motivate yourself.

Tell yourself that you can do it. Say it aloud. Words are powerful. Motivate yourself each and every day by hanging around positive people who will guide you and keep you uplifted in your spirits. Don’t waste time associating with the wrong crowd, because

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Get in the Game Part 5: Tips for Breaking into a Career in Sports



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For nearly 15 years I have been blessed to work as a lawyer in professional sports. From 2000 through 2010, I was a labor attorney for the Major League Baseball Players Association. In November 2010, I started my own consulting practice where I continue to work in sports in various capacities.  In addition to working on contract issues and other matters for some of the top agents and players in Major League Baseball, I have also assisted the National Hockey League Players’ Association in grievance arbitration and salary arbitration and have worked on a number of high profile sports-related projects. I count myself fortunate for all of the opportunities and experiences that have and continue to come my way.  Now, I’d like to help you and others fulfill their dream of building a career in s

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves



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We all lie right? If you want to make a room full of people uncomfortable, just ask that question. I’ve come to realize we live in a society woefully obsessed not with finding the truth, but exposing liars. That in itself has made it easier to deceive one another. Or as one writer put it; Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving.

Everyone is out to expose someone else. But we spend the bulk of our time pointing fingers and avoiding the lies we tell ourselves. How crazy is that? We lie to ourselves about everything from wearing designer clothes instead of non-name brand, even when it is breaking our budgets. We lie about the person we date when we know they’re a jerk. Dr. Courtney S. Warren, adjunct professor at the University of N

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Get in the Game Part 4: Tips for Breaking into a Career in Sports



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For nearly 15 years I have been blessed to work as a lawyer in professional sports. From 2000 through 2010, I was a labor attorney for the Major League Baseball Players Association. In November 2010, I started my own consulting practice where I continue to work in sports in various capacities. In addition to working on contract issues and other matters for some of the top agents and players in Major League Baseball, I have also assisted the National Hockey League Players’ Association in grievance arbitration and salary arbitration and have worked on a number of high profile sports-related projects. I count myself fortunate for all of the opportunities and experiences that have and continue to come my way. Now, I’d like to help you and others fulfill their dream of building a career in spo

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There Are Plenty Of Reasons For Black Men To Be Optimistic About The Future



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With the current media fixation on white cops killing young black men it should come as no surprise that a lot of black men feel pessimistic about the future. We are constantly inundated with statistics about black-on-black crime, high incarceration rates, gang violence and the figures of high school dropouts. Assertions by black activists that there is a “war” against black males only serve to exacerbate feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness.

The perception that there is a black male crisis is so prevalent that the President of The United States created an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper, which was specifically created to “help” black males overcome the challenges of being black in America.

The question we must ask ourselves, however, is this: “Is there truly a black male cris

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Where are the Creative Extremists?



I am a self-declared revolutionary. Don’t be scared of that word. Revolutionary. In my first book (Tried & True: Revelations of a Rebellious Youth) I wrote that revolution “is not always about guns and bombs or large groups of people protesting in the streets.” Instead, it has more to do with being “swift, effective and sometimes unexpected.” The story I tell in that book highlights the present-day social conditions that young Jamaicans face, but my readers are all over the world (thousands of copies in distribution) and they have repeatedly told me how much my memoir applies universally.

In light of the mood that Black America finds itself today – I visited Baltimore a couple of weekends ago and maybe I will blog about that experience later – I think it would do us well to revisit revolut

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Get in the Game Part 3: Tips for Breaking into a Career in Sports



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For nearly 15 years I have been blessed to work as a lawyer in professional sports. From 2000 through 2010, I was a labor attorney for the Major League Baseball Players Association. In November 2010, I started my own consulting practice where I continue to work in sports in various capacities. In addition to working on contract issues and other matters for some of the top agents and players in Major League Baseball, I have also assisted the National Hockey League Players’ Association in grievance arbitration and salary arbitration and have worked on a number of high profile sports-related projects. I count myself fortunate for all of the opportunities and experiences that have and continue to come my way.  Now, I’d like to help you and others fulfill their dream of building a career in sp

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The ‘Game’ Is Rigged



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One of the biggest, deadliest issues in America is campaign financing. Since the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2010, there has been an influx of money into campaigns that can only be described as ‘legal bribery of politicians.’ And, just so you understand what I dub the ‘simpleness of simplicity,’ let me give you one quick example of the insanity of the Citizens United ruling and other crazy campaign finance laws.

Ok, you have former Governor Jeb Bush; son of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, Sr., and younger brother of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, Jr.  Now, Governor Bush is more than likely, like his father and brother before him, going to be running for President of the United States, a

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Get in the Game Part 2: Tips for Breaking into a Career in Sports



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For nearly 15 years I have been blessed to work as a lawyer in professional sports. From 2000 through 2010, I was a labor attorney for the Major League Baseball Players Association. In November 2010, I started my own consulting practice where I continue to work in sports in various capacities. In addition to working on contract issues and other matters for some of the top agents and players in Major League Baseball, I have also assisted the National Hockey League Players’ Association in grievance arbitration and salary arbitration and have worked on a number of high profile sports-related projects. I count myself fortunate for all of the opportunities and experiences that have and continue to come my way. Now, I’d like to help you and others fulfill their dream of building a career in spo

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