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Interview with Mickey Mikeworth, Founder of Mikeworth Consulting



Mickey Mikeworth

Mikeworth Consulting is a group of forward-thinking idealists readied to bring a working prosperity model to personal, business, and philanthropic entities. They help those who hope to passionately create wealth with personal meaning by supporting and empowering their clients through knowledge and resource sharing, barrier reduction, individual and community investment, and the creation of diverse and sustainable wealth strategies.

We recently interviewed Mickey Mikeworth, founder of Mikeworth Consulting to understand her journey as a successful entrepreneur.

Tell us a little bit more about Mikeworth Consulting and describe the journey so far as a business owner. 

First, I am glad I was willing to take risks even if they were painful at time. I never regret the work of becoming a business owner.

I am a Financial Strategist Business Consultant with a private firm for small to medium size business. I mostly work with companies that are over 1 million in revenue, although we take in many smaller businesses that are planning to grow to the 1-5 million mark in annual sales. We have a staff of people and resources that assist in many things that can help business owners get a great handle on their growth vision. I deliver all my service and strategy with the guideline of a business model that I wrote called the Prosperity Business Model (PBB)

That craziest part of my personal journey was the tenacity needed to give voice and action to a business concept about prosperity, and ZERO people in traditional financial jobs were talking about 20 years ago. I had to really dig in and fight for my style, understand my concepts inside and out. I also had to prove them right and prove some of them wrong. I had to be willing to learn not just my own truth but the test the truth I believed was possible.

To this day, I have to constantly be willing to be a student of the world.

What were the initial challenges that you faced as an entrepreneur?

Hands down the largest struggle in the first decade of my career was my gender.

I am 20 years into my field.  I started as a personal advisor with a big firm, and at the time less that 3% of the people in my field were women.Being a pioneer is understated as to the difficulty of the everyday strife one must endure. The amount of blatant discrimination was horrendous and in today’s world laughable.

I tell my initial story so young women can hear how hard we oldsters had to fight to pave the way for women to be taken seriously and to have a safe work place in male dominated roles, like in my field of finance. I can laugh now, butit was awful to endure.

I was a single mom just getting off welfare after college. No one in my company of professional planners was like me in any way.  The culture of finance still called group office area a BULL PEN because it was for young bulls racking their horns together and going to get the big prize. The corporate old-boys network that was my work environment had no clue about what my single mom struggles were to hold night appointments with no daycare, leaving to drive across town every day at 2:30 in a panic to get my kid off the buson time, ( I ate my lunch in the car on the way because it counted as my lunch time), or manage school summer vacation as a budget killer because of the higher cost of full time daycare costs. There was no corporate culture for women. They did not ever care about my dreams, ask about my family or give a thought to what difficulties I may face. My co-workers in the bull pen were still talking about babes and boobs at their desks.

Mickey Mikeworth

Mickey Mikeworth

On top of that as a barrier, I worked totally on commission. If I did not sell something I did not have a way to feed my family or pay rent. Stressful was an understatement and its why so few women like me were willing to work at it.

Luckily, I had a boss who was willing to give me the time tools I needed. But, even that help still did not spare me from his male bias and the countess times he gave the best opportunities to men who were going to do half the work and were often under me in rank. Luckily, he would listen to me only after new guy, after new guy, failed. It was excruciatingly painfully watch as those bulls failed at tasks I knew they would fail at,and THEN I would be graciously allowed to be the one to pick up the pieces and save the relationships. Some of those hand me down relationships I still serve 20 years later.

The biggest time I struggled with the juxtapose position of my gender was one specific night.  I remember through my sales winning the opportunity to get an all-expense paid trip to a big conference that was celebrating the Top 200 Advisors in the United States for this company.

It was in the tears of that long night I had to make a choice to trust and listen to my own voice over the expectation of the male majority.

I can still visualize the cheap shoes I wore, hoping they did not look cheap in the dark.It was a big fancy reception dinner and awards ceremony. The room was packed to the brim full of “the good ole boys” who were totally NOT my tribe. They were all drunk, slapping each other on the back and full of themselves. I had one group of about five men ask me who’s secretary I was. I told them I worked for “Mickey Mikeworth” (and that was my name).

One fellow literally said with raised drink from the unlimited open bar “ Oh yeah, I wanted to meet that guy”. I was so smug I replied with a sucker punch answer, “You really should…” and I excused myself.

It was pointless, they were never going to know they were awful to women in general trying to enter the field. That night I remember going back up to my hotel room andnot just crying myself to sleep but having the ugly-face sobbing cry that I was on the wrong path and what was I thinking? I had a huge meltdown about being a woman in a very egotistical male dominated field.

It was a pity party of one,

Then miraculously, after like an hour of sobbing the light bulb clicked. I knew in my heart I could do the work better and that I could actually change lives and not just sell insurance products for a fancy award and an open bar.

Gender was not going to harness me forever, but it was annoying obvious I would have to get lots of late afternoons on my meditation mat. I would say that in the first 10 years of my career I was asked even at events, ( even at ones I was being recognized at for my sales or excellence), if I was someone’s wife or secretary. Not just a few times, but more that100 times. Once I took my friend Alice as my guest, so she could watch it live, because it was so comedically bad.

Pioneering takes tenacity, so to all of you who are doing it in the now time of growth, call one of us oldsters. We are happy to lend an ear.

What consulting services are provided by your firm?

The service I offer 100% of the time is my devout attention.

Basically, I sell my time by the hour and we base those hours available to each of our clients by the goals of the client. Some people just need a three hour quarterly check in and some need lots of real tactical work that need research and unwinding. It may be reviewing the upcoming costs and investments of the business, starting to add benefits, crafting a strategy to build a culture, and it may be reviewing brand investment. We just see what pops up.

How do you differentiate yourself from your domain competitors?

Staying power and long-term investment. I feel my work speaks for itself through outcomes. The people we serve ARE our firms’ portfolio, so we invest heavily into those individuals lives.

What differentiates me in business is my crazy energy. It is the first thing people notice about me and my floppy mop of red hair, I am a have a get down to business tone, and I am quick to laugh. I am someone that people like to hug, you often hear my clients yelling “love you” as they bid farewell and walk out of the office. As if they were saying goodbye to family.  70% of our clients have been here for more that a decade.

My secret sauce is that I get up and stay tuned to the work at hand and to the future we are trying to build. We have lots of task lists.

So finally, how is working at  Mikeworth Consulting like

The office is a crazy fast paced space. I am totally excited about our new incubation project. It took 2 years to build because every year my time sells out in a matter of minutes. My clients book a year in advance and for 6 years we had a waiting list.

The team had to get creative on time, and this year we totally got it! We are taking in 12 young brands as a group and letting them work individually and as a co-creative assembly of businesses. That way they can magnify with the social capital of a community that is invested, diverse, and like minded.

The incubation program is a 1-year program and totally affordable, $500 a month with consulting services and group classes.

I am also excited about our short term 12-week internships in writing, design, media, and business art. Bringing more art into business has been a fun adventure and I am excited to see how we expand that in the future.

I am also enthusiastic about finding my successor. I am retiring in just seven years, so I am very interested in finding and growing the next set of prosperity business people who will impact their communities in fresh new ways. It will take 7 years of investment for the next batch to fruit. So, I am excited to get started.People that want to know more can contact us through email at Mikeworth Consulting, or just call the office.

Crazy- We still answer the phone!

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An Interview with Jonathan Printers Jr., Founder of ‘A Writers Business’



Jonathan Printers Jr.

Jonathan Printers Jr. is the founder of ‘A Writers Business‘. He started this platform to help the writers’ community evolve into better writers and gain exposure. And ultimately, helping them achieve their financial goals as well. We recently interviewed Jonathon to more about his venture.

Jonathon, Thank you for doing this. Tell us something about yourself. What did you do before founding ‘A Writers Business’?

Thank you for having me. I’m primarily a mental health therapist and for the most part I spent years balancing that career with one in the national guard. I’d been interested in starting a business and really had no idea where to begin. Technology helped with that. Back in 2017, I first played around with the idea. I found it easy to create a website, get an address link, and add some information and images. From there, I created or collaborated on various online projects/businesses. The inspiration for A Writers Business originally came from an interest in poetry that soon expanded to include writers, authors, and content creators as well. There is an emphasis to help these individuals expand their audience.

What was your motivation behind founding ‘A Writers Business’? What were the initial challenges that you faced in your endeavor?

I did a few clothing lines in 2018 and 2019. I found it difficult to get those going because of the upfront costs of production. I needed something relatable, something I was interested in, and at a minimum upfront investment that could run without thousands of dollars invested. The poet and writer community is extremely large, and growing, and because of social media now many people have the opportunity to showcase their talents. A Writers Business began sharing various poets and writers. Now with a goal to help those in this community grow their brand.

Do you think the space for authors and poets will change forever with the adoption of tools like ChatGPT?

Absolutely. ChatGPT comes with pros and cons, right? I see ChatGPT helping authors and poets develop summaries, outlines, bullet points, or even short stories with ChatGPT. With some editing, authors will be able to use AI to generate many more words in a shorter time span. I haven’t seen prompts for poetry yet, but I’m sure it’s possible. The downside is that it will take the creativity, uniqueness, and style away from the poet. So, If I had a preference, I can see it being useful if I’m on a tight deadline. Other than that, I’d prefer someone’s honest words.

Taking forward the previous question, do you feel that Artificial Intelligence tools can ever replace authors and poets?

No, absolutely not. I see AI as a great tool for compiling information and providing great suggestions. Filler material. However, great authors and poets put their essence and personal perspectives in their writing. That’s something that can only come from the human heart and mind.

How does ‘A Writers Business’ help authors and poets in achieving their goals?

Our goal is to help authors and poets gain exposure, grow their audience, and have some support with promotions. We offer a variety of services including social media promotion, editing, poet and author interviews (free of cost), as well as support through marketing. Each service is tailored specifically to the individual client, their needs, and the feedback we receive.

How did Covid impact your business?

Tremendously. We were up and running in 2019-2020, focusing heavily on poetry contests, interviews, and promotion. With the pandemic, there was worry over finances and unemployment. As a result, I lost some support I had with maintaining the website, social media pages, and marketing authors and poets. Also, most of my time went into maintaining my household and career. Since then, we’ve slowly built back up refocusing our efforts on consistency, article writing, poet and author interviews.

How has ‘A Writers Business’ evolved over the years? In the coming months, how do you wish to transform the landscape of the writers community?

A Writers Business went from an Instagram platform exclusively promoting poetry to a network that includes several social media platforms, a medium publication, a complete website, and a community on Patreon. There are so many talented creatives that are deserving of acknowledgment. In the coming months to a year, I hope to meet with several poets and authors, give a few interviews myself, and shift our focus back to marketing.

What would you like the writing community and your audience to know?

I always invite feedback. I want to meet people and guide them toward their goals. So, if there’s a need in the community, please, let me know. And if you’re looking to boost your portfolio, come write for us!

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An Interview with Joanne Docherty, Mental Health Expert and Founder of Starra Education



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Joanne Docherty is the founder of Starra Education. Through Starra Education, she offers a range of accredited Mental Health Training and Qualifications crafted both for individuals and organisations. Joanne also teaches Psychology at The University of Glasgow. We recently interviewed her to know more about mental health challenges and how her company is addressing those challenges.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and experience in mental health first aid training?

I have been actively involved in mental health first aid training for several years now, and I am passionate about helping individuals and organisations to better understand and address mental health issues. I have a strong educational foundation and have worked hard to gain valuable experience in this field. As an educator at the University of Glasgow, I have had the opportunity to teach students about mental health. I am also a member of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Mental Health, which has allowed me to contribute to policy discussions and advocate for better mental health services in Scotland.

In addition, I am the founder of Starra Education, a company that provides evidence-based mental health training programs to organisations. Through my work with Starra Education, I have been able to help many employees learn how to identify signs of mental health issues in their colleagues and take appropriate steps to provide support. I have also worked with organisations to provide mental health support and resources to those in need.

What inspired you to become involved in mental health first aid training and founding Starra Education?

I have always been passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and I have dedicated my career to working with various non-profit organisations and educational institutions to help individuals facing challenges. However, the impact of COVID-19 and seeing how people were being affected mentally was a significant reason I started to offer this qualification at Starra Education. I was supporting a lot of leaders through their leadership qualifications who were facing issues with their staff teams and didn’t know how best to support them, and I could see a massive gap. This motivated me to take action and offer mental health first aid training to help people identify and manage mental health issues in themselves and others.

I saw an opportunity to use my expertise to provide evidence-based programs that could teach leaders how to recognize the signs of mental health issues amongst their employees and take the necessary steps to support them effectively. My personal experiences with my mother, who was schizophrenic, have been a significant source of inspiration for my work. Witnessing the impact of mental health issues firsthand, I was driven to make a positive difference in the lives of others through education and support. Overall, the combination of these factors has fueled my passion for mental health first aid training and inspired me to offer this at Starra Education.

How do you think mental health first aid training can help individuals and communities?

Mental health first aid training is a vital resource for individuals and communities. It can help to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health challenges by increasing understanding and awareness. It can help individuals recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and provide them with the skills and knowledge to support someone in need. It can also help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and create a culture of openness and support. By providing mental health first aid training to community groups, organisations, and workplaces, we can create a safer and more compassionate environment for everyone. 

How do you tailor your training to different audiences, such as youth or older adults?

As an experienced educator, I understand that effective teaching is all about tailoring to the needs of the learners. Therefore, when training different audiences such as youth or older adults, I employ different strategies to cater to their learning needs. For instance, when working with younger learners, I use more interactive and engaging teaching methods that allow them to learn while having fun. For adults, I take a more practical approach by providing real-life scenarios that they can relate to and learn from. I also ensure that I understand the audience’s background, level of understanding, and learning style to create an effective learning environment. Additionally, I provide open communication channels to ensure that learners feel comfortable approaching me for extra support if they require it. Overall, I strive to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment that caters to the diverse needs of all learners.

How do you approach issues of stigma and discrimination in mental health first aid training?

A huge part of my approach to mental health first aid training involves addressing stigma and discrimination head-on. I believe that language is a powerful tool, and we need to be mindful of the words we use when discussing mental health. Many people use hurtful language without realising the impact it can have on those who are already struggling. Therefore, I encourage individuals to use appropriate language to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people experiencing mental health problems.

In addition to language, we also need to address the root causes of stigma and discrimination. I emphasise that mental health problems are prevalent, and anyone can be affected at any time, and individuals need to approach it from a place of compassion and empathy.

What are some of the most important skills or knowledge areas individuals should gain from mental health first aid training?

Individuals can gain essential skills and knowledge areas from mental health first aid training, such as: Understanding mental health and mental illness, this includes learning about common mental health conditions.

Recognising warning signs: this training can teach individuals how to identify signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, and how to distinguish between normal behaviour and signs of distress.

Effective communication:this includes learning how to communicate effectively and empathetically with someone who is experiencing a mental health challenge, and how to approach and support them.

Crisis management: it teaches individuals how to respond in a crisis situation. By gaining these skills and knowledge areas, individuals can become better equipped to support someone who may be experiencing a mental health challenge and provide them with the necessary help and resources they need.

You also teach Psychology at Glasgow University. How do you incorporate your subject matter expertise in Psychology in the training program you offer?

As a Psychology tutor at Glasgow University, I am able to incorporate my expertise in mental health and human behaviour into my mental health first aid training. I draw on the latest research in Psychology to provide participants with evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals with mental health issues. I also emphasise the importance of mental health education and provide participants with a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of mental health problems. By incorporating my subject matter expertise into my training, I hope to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of mental health and the tools to support those in need.

Finally, what advice would you offer to someone who is interested in becoming a mental health first aider?

Contact me and we can have a chat of course! In all seriousness, If you are interested in becoming a mental health first aider my advice would be to start by seeking out reputable training programs and organisations that offer accredited mental health first aid qualifications. Attend training courses, gain practical experience through volunteering or just being there for friends and family when they need support. It is also important to stay up-to-date on the latest research and developments in the field, and to engage in ongoing professional development. Most importantly, approach the work with empathy, compassion, and a commitment to reducing mental health stigma and promoting mental health and wellbeing.

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An Interview with Fitness Entrepreneur Eugene Pallisco



Eugenio Pallisco

As a fitness entrepreneur, Eugene Pallisco has dedicated his life to equipping people with the knowledge, willpower, confidence, and appropriate technique they need to reach their fitness objectives.

He has devoted a lot of effort to sculpting and refining his training philosophy, which is centered on the improvement of others, ever since working with motivating fitness mentors in high school. Pallisco began his career teaching group fitness classes, then broadened his knowledge by working one-on-one with gym patrons as a personal trainer before starting his private training company in the fitness sector.

Eugene is dedicated to assisting individuals in discovering the joy and freedom in their physical activity, whether through weightlifting, long-distance or high-intensity cardio, or sports training. He is confident that everyone can change their body into a strong, healthy one with the appropriate attitude, patience, and effort.

Entrepreneurship is an evergreen “buzzword.” Why do you think that is?

In my experience, being an entrepreneur can offer several benefits and perks that keep it an enticing proposition, including:

Control and flexibility: As an entrepreneur, you have the freedom to set your own schedule and work on projects that you are passionate about, allowing for a better work-life balance and the ability to pursue other interests.

Opportunity to make a difference: Starting a business can allow you to create something that positively impacts the world and helps solve a problem or meet a need.

Potential for financial success: If your business is successful, you may have the opportunity to earn a higher income than you would in a traditional job.

Independence: Being your own boss can give you a sense of freedom and autonomy that may not be possible in a traditional job.

Being an entrepreneur can be a gratifying and rewarding experience, but it also demands tremendous hard work and attention. I can’t emphasize this last part enough.

Why did you pursue the fitness industry?

Becoming a personal trainer can be a rewarding career choice for people who are passionate about health and fitness and enjoy helping others achieve their fitness goals. Some potential benefits of becoming a personal trainer include:

Personal fulfillment: Helping others improve their health and fitness can be a fulfilling and meaningful career. The reward of helping others, in particular, was my primary motivator in pursuing a career in the fitness industry.

Good pay: Personal trainers can earn a good salary, particularly if they have a solid client base and can charge competitive rates for their services. That said, you should always prioritize the client’s well-being over monetary gains.

Career growth: Personal trainers can advance their careers by earning additional certifications, specializing in certain areas of fitness, or starting their own training businesses, as I’ve done.

It’s important to note that becoming a personal trainer requires a significant commitment of time and energy. In addition to obtaining the necessary certifications, personal trainers must be able to motivate and support their clients and adapt to their clients’ changing needs and goals.

As a fitness professional, I’m sure you don’t back down from a challenge, but I imagine the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on your industry. How did you overcome this?

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the fitness industry. Many gyms and fitness studios were forced to close their doors or substantially limit their capacity to comply with public health measures designed to slow the spread of the virus.

In response, many fitness facilities and trainers, including myself, pivoted to offering virtual classes and training sessions, allowing them to continue serving their clients and generating revenue while in-person classes were impossible. Some facilities also implemented additional health and safety measures, such as frequent cleaning and sanitization, temperature checks, and mandatory masks, to make it safer for clients to return when restrictions were lifted.

In addition, outdoor and socially distanced fitness options, such as outdoor group classes and personal training sessions, became more popular as people sought ways to stay active while minimizing the risk of exposure to the virus. Thankfully, the year-round weather in Dallas is quite pleasant and enabled me to implement this approach.

To continue servicing customers and offering value throughout the epidemic, other fitness professionals and I had to be innovative and adaptive. As vaccination rates rise and public health regulations relax, the sector is expected to change and adapt to suit evolving requirements and concerns.

What are the advantages of working with a personal trainer?

Depending on the client and their goals, the perks will differ, but in most cases, I’ve found that there are several ubiquitous advantages to working with a personal trainer:

Customized workouts: A personal trainer can design a workout plan specifically for your needs and goals, considering your current fitness level, medical history, and any injuries or limitations you may have.

Motivation: Personal trainers can provide encouragement and support to help you stay motivated and committed to your fitness goals.

Expertise: Personal trainers are trained professionals with a wealth of knowledge about exercise, nutrition, and overall health and wellness. They can provide guidance and recommendations to help you achieve your goals safely and effectively.

Safe and effective workouts: Personal trainers can ensure that you are performing exercises correctly and safely, which can help reduce the risk of injury and help you get the most out of your workouts.

Accountability: Having a personal trainer can help you stay accountable for your fitness goals. You are more likely to stick to your workouts and make healthy choices when you have someone to regularly answer to and check in with.

Variety: Personal trainers can help you mix up your workouts and try new activities to keep things exciting and challenging.

Overall, working with a personal trainer can effectively improve your fitness level, help you achieve your goals, and lead a healthier lifestyle. It may not be for everyone, but it’s certainly worth exploring!

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