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Executive Letter #17: The Word is Potential

By The Grind Team on Jan 24, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Last week, our staff of 130 came together—in person and over Zoom—for what we call an “All Hands” meeting. Led by my two sons Chris and Brett, our CFO Jessica Stooksbury, and myself, we went over our final numbers of the year, our goals for 2022, and other company updates. We so rarely get to see our many team members all together like that, spread out as we are across so many cities and states, that these times are always special to me.

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Executive Letter #16: Boldly Go

By The Grind Team on Jan 10, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Happy New Year, readers! I hope this holiday season has provided you the rest you need to get better and go bigger in 2022.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to go.

Topics: setting goals executive letter small business
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Executive Letter #15: We Are Family

By The Grind Team on Dec 20, 2021 9:00:00 AM

As we get further and further into the holiday season, I want to take this opportunity to share more about how our company became the family owned and operated business it is today.

Topics: familybusiness executive letter small business
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Executive Letter #14: Mistakes Make the (Business)Man

By The Grind Team on Dec 6, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Today, I want to talk about finding opportunity, particularly the opportunity to develop talent.

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Executive Letter #13: Man Vs. Machine

By The Grind Team on Nov 22, 2021 9:00:00 AM

If this drama with Zillow has taught us anything, it’s that an algorithm is never going to make the same kind of decisions as a person.

Topics: real estate market investing mistakes to avoid Zillow executive letter
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Executive Letter #12: First Things First

By The Grind Team on Nov 8, 2021 9:00:00 AM

It’s not easy getting started—on anything. Buying your first investment property. Opening the doors of your first business. Taking that scary next step toward financial independence.

No matter the industry, getting started is the toughest part, and as a beginner entrepreneur, you are guaranteed to encounter a lot of barriers to entry—starting with building trust. 

Topics: entrepreneurship executive letter
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Executive Letter #11: Read Like an Executive

By The Grind Team on Oct 25, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Over the years, I've accumulated quite the library. In the conference room where I work, there are stacks of books that I keep out, not only for my reference but also for the reference of any team member who cares to pick them up.

Topics: entrepreneurship executive letter business management top reads
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Executive Letter #10: A Day in the Life

By The Grind Team on Oct 11, 2021 9:00:00 AM

In my last letter, I talked about the journey versus the destination, and how getting to the top of the mountain doesn't mean you've arrived.

Now, I want to tell you a little bit more about how I keep moving the mountaintop. That's right, 70+ year old me. How do I "grind," minute to minute, day to day, going on five decades in business?

Let's look.

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Executive Letter #9: Awesome Never Rests

By The Grind Team on Sep 27, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Over the many years I've been working, and within the many businesses I've developed and run, there are a few things I tend to repeat over and over again. Those who work around me get to know these catch phrases by heart, because they are how I approach all aspects of business. 

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Executive Letter #8: There's No I in TEAM

By The Grind Team on Sep 12, 2021 6:00:00 PM

If investing in real estate was just about walking to the mailbox once a month and pulling out a fat check, then everyone would do it. But it's not.

Like anything in life, nothing rewarding is ever that easy.

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