Past Issues

HEMP Mentor Maxims

I Found the Problem—It’s Me!

I’ve been blessed to have a lot of great mentors over the years, and the very first one was my dad. He taught me things that still hop on my train of thought on a daily basis. He was really good at pointing out problems that self-confident, Type-A entrepreneurs (and his kid) suffered from. (more…)

What’s REALLY at the End of the Tunnel?

When you’re running a business, it can be hard to be ready for everything that lies ahead. It’s like the old line about the “light at the end of the tunnel.” You have no way to tell if you’re about to find a pot of gold or … a freight train barreling down at you. (more…)

HEMP Mentor Maxims: Start with the End in Mind

How many times have you said, “If only I knew then what I know now”? Most of us realize hindsight is a valuable thing. So why, as business leaders, do we jump to making a decision before we fully understand the potential consequences of our actions? Time is money, sure, but not defining the endgame before investing can mean that the investment doesn’t yield the intended return. (more…)

HEMP Mentor Maxims: Don’t Be Ashamed of Making Money

Making money was the unofficial vision, mission and value statements of one of my mentors. It simply meant that if everyone at the company performed in a way that contributed to bringing money into the company, we all benefited. I have found that many people hate to say that they are in business to make money. (more…)

HEMP Mentor Maxims: The Lesson of the Square Peg

Once upon a time, Kansas City and many of its surrounding communities were home to a thriving textile industry where companies made coats, jeans and a variety of other clothes and textile-related products. Now, just as the rest of the United States has seen, the textile industry in our area has become nonexistent as products from countries with cheap labor have allowed consumers to purchase these same items at a less expensive price than what they paid 30 years ago—sometimes without even adjusting for inflation. (more…)

HEMP Mentor Maxims: A Real Strategy for Business Growth

As business owners, we fight the good fight every single day. We put in long hours, late nights and every ounce of energy we have to ensure that our business grows and prospers. Unfortunately, because we are mired down in the minutia of day-to-day operations, many of us fail to define a clear vision for the future. I’m not talking about that business plan or annual budget that we stress over for two weeks per year. I’m talking about a real, actionable plan. (more…)

Building a Wider Network

Do you have a strong personal network? Do you actively seek out new opportunities to connect with people? Do you look for a wide variety of connections? I hope you can answer yes to these questions. (more…)


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