A Simple Solution For The NFL Problem

I am not going to preach and this is not political. I am about solutions. Let me be 100% clear; I love this country and like 99.99% of Americans, I do not endorse racism, police brutality or social injustice. I am not making a judgement on the cause behind any NFL player’s protest and will defend all Americans right to protest. BUT… They chose the wrong symbol to do it with. Notice that no one… READ MORE

The Business of Being an Entrepreneur… Who is Patrick Hadley?

Who is Patrick Hadley? Good question. I love business and I love being an entrepreneur and I have been one all of my life. I grew up outside of Boston. I graduated from UMASS, Amherst. I worked in sales and marketing for a couple of giant companies before venturing out on my own. My first business was publishing a college entertainment magazine in New York City. Which I started with about $50,000 in credit card… READ MORE

Business Advice To Celebrities… STAY OUT OF POLITICS!

STAY OUT OF POLITICS! Like many Americans, I am tired of the actors, musicians, and athletes jumping into the political fray with their self righteous, condescending, ‘we live in a bubble’ rhetoric. Let’s take the Emmy’s for example. Hollywood actors, directors and producers surrounded by people who agree with them (or people who are too afraid to admit they don’t,) get together in a room and bitch and moan and think that we want to… READ MORE

If Your Training Program Had Only Done It’s Job

If your training program had only done it’s job. You may not be a Marine, but as an entrepreneur you must spend time training your team. I am not taking about just the mandatory stuff, (safety, harassment, etc). You must train them how to do their job well and how to win. When I began my company, I ‘assumed’ people knew what they were doing. It usually went something like this; I give them a… READ MORE

Business Book: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World‎

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World‎, By Adam Grant is the latest addition to my book collection. I just started reading but already know that I would recommend it. Grant writes: “…Ultimately, the people who choose to champion originality are the ones who propel us forward. After spending years studying them and interacting with them, I am struck that their inner experiences are not any different from our own. they feel the same fear, the same… READ MORE

Business Book: Eat People

Business books are one of my favorite learning tools. I am not the first to say it but… learning must never end. I try to read 2-3 business books per month. From an ROI standpoint (yes, I am big on ROI), books are one of the best investments you can make with your money and your time. For $20 bucks or so, you can read about and learn from some very smart successful people. Information and… READ MORE

Risky Business

It’s risky business working for someone else. It fascinates and confuses me when people say that I am a risk taker or it’s ‘risky to be an entrepreneur. I never understood that way of thinking. One of my greatest life influences happened when I was a teenager. My father was an engineer and worked at a the same company, a major defense contractor, for 25+ years. By all accounts, he had a very successful career…. READ MORE

College ROI

College ROI … for parents and high school students. I am proud to be a ‘state school kid’. Two years at a community college then two more at UMASS, Amherst. I got my bachelor of science and saved my parents a lot of money. From a pure college ROI standpoint, I would say it was a home run. I wish more people would stop getting themselves into what I call, ‘crazy debt’ for an undergraduate… READ MORE

Don’t Run Away From The Fire…Stomp it Out!

In business (and in life), it is dangerous to ignore any small problems. Every aspect of your business will suffer if you allow internal issues and problems to continue to grow unchecked. They will not fix themselves. A good leader will confront problems as soon as they recognize them. Work hard to find positive solutions by listening to people then act. Don’t run away from small fires or they may turn into raging infernos.