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Grand Rapids, MI

​Hi.  I'm Mike Dokter.  I've ridden the coat tails of others.  I hang out with people who are much more talented and much smarter than I am.  I consistently work to learn as much as I can from these people so I can help others along their journey as well.  

What I think...

Consistency pt. 2 Mistakes to Avoid

Mike Dokter

So, I figured I'd follow up on this because we've had such a wild ride since I posted the original article a couple weeks back. This past week I talked to people who lost thousands, tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in our volatile market over the past couple months. 

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Understanding the Financial System

Mike Dokter

Nobody likes to talk budgets and spending.  It's uncomfortable.  Thats probably why so many people suck at it.  Especially when it comes to debt and leverage.  The argument can, and should, probably be made that if you can't balance a checkbook with $100 in it, no one should give you $1,000.  Honestly, the only difference in the two is zero's and zero's are worthless.  What's important is the mindset.  How do you think and act around your time and money?

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What I Wish I Knew About Business at 19...

Mike Dokter

Isn’t it funny sometimes, as time goes by, if you really are trying to tune into a specific channel you can often find it?  This is a revised post of a previous entry I wrote years’ back entitled, “Common Sense is Hard”.  It spurred conversations that have lead to me having the privilege to kick off my alma mater’s 2018 Speaker Series on February 13th at the beautiful Entrepreneurial Center of Davenport University.  Those of you who knew me 4 years ago, know I’ve gone through some pretty awesome experiences and changes that have allowed me to gain a much broader perspective on the topics from my original post.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the perspective I’ve gained and I hope it can help you avoid some of the costly mistakes I’ve had throughout my career.

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Macro vs Micro. Get your marketing right...

Mike Dokter

Some people wanna sell you and others just want you to feel warm and fuzzy about them.  The smart one’s want both.  Ever notice that?  Let’s be real.  Everyone is in sales.  From one extreme to the other, everyone implores sales habits throughout the course of their day and definitely throughout the course of their career.  So how do some find longevity while others fade quickly?  Sales professionals or otherwise?  I think the difference lies in the definition and understanding of branding vs advertising.

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Why We Hunt

Mike Dokter

Every time I come to Arkansas, I fall in love again.  Not with a person or a place specifically, but rather, with an idealism.  A renewed belief in the preciousness of the beautiful resources our Creator entrusted us with.  I find a renewed love of a lifestyle that promotes the love of nature, family, and most importantly, the love for the One who created it all.  I’ve been hunting with my family for as long as I can remember, really.  We are Yankee Hunters, and this is our story.

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Here's to Life...

Mike Dokter

It’s been almost a year since I’ve published anything.  I’ve started to write a variety of times but got distracted by one thing or another.  That’s life, isn’t it?  A series of moments split up by distractions.  Maybe those of you who don’t struggle with the fun little thing some of us call ADD, can’t quite relate but the others who do, know exactly what I am talking about.  Honestly, if life wasn’t this way, I’d probably be bored.  Maybe it’s time to slow down…

 

I’m writing words in between staring out the window of a Dodge 2500 diesel pickup.  I’m on my way down to Arkansas for opening day of duck hunting with my father and uncles which promises to be spectacular.  I’m reading a book entitled “Life and Life Only” by Dave Moyer.  It’s a fine book about a child baseball prodigy who’s dreams and moments got split up by distractions such as a shoulder injury and an unexpected pregnancy.  

 

Life sometimes goes places you don’t expect.

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Don't be Fussy, It's Annoying...

Mike Dokter

I don’t pretend to be the best at relationships.  In fact, one could argue that I am among the worst at relationships considering a failed marriage is in my back pocket.  Although that’s a rough card to carry around and occasionally awkward to explain to people, it has helped me realize what not to do in a relationship that you actually want to work.  Now, my beautiful, brilliant, loving girlfriend may argue that point since, like everyone, we still have our disagreements.  I came across an article on the topic in the Huffington Post and I think it’s brilliant.

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Common Sense is Hard...

Mike Dokter

I had the pleasure of being a part of a panel on entrepreneurship last night hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence at the Warehaus in Holland.  It was a great event with some great participants and I was very honored to be asked to sit in.  The moderator asked me to prepare 10 minutes on the common mistakes made early on in business ownership.  I’m probably not the most qualified to be speaking on this topic but I gave it a shot and it went over pretty well.  I titled the talk: Common Sense is Hard.  Here are the 5 things I specifically spoke about.  These are not magical business techniques or short cuts.  They are common sense principles that I wish I had listened to earlier.  Enjoy…

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The Most Amazing Email Conversation Ever...

Mike Dokter

Ok, so my good friend sent me this email earlier this week and it is epic.  It was a conversation he had with a perspective employee.  I have changed the names and "X"ed out any pertinent information.  I can assure you this is real and the man responsible is brilliant.  I have separated all email exchanges with dashes.  Scroll all the way down and read from the bottom.

Enjoy! 

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Why I Love My Team...

Mike Dokter

I’m insanely blessed.  It’s stupid really.  I have done nothing to deserve any of the great experiences I’ve had in the last year.  Those of you that know me well know it has not been easy.  It’s been downright hellacious at times.  One of the brightest points of the last year was starting my business.  I want to tell you why I have the best team in #merica.

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The Risk of Living...

Mike Dokter

You ever get scared of life?  I was talking with someone earlier this week who is quickly becoming one of my best friends.  We were having a discussion on risk, and making decisions in life in light of that.  I’m kinda messed up in the brain and love the excitement of the unknown.  This individual…not so much.  There’s nothing wrong with that at all but I have some thoughts on the entire idea of risk and the consequences of both taking and not taking them.

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Friendship...

Mike Dokter

I had lunch this week with a friend I had not seen in years.  It’s amazing how things can pick up right where they left off sometimes.  We started talking openly and honestly like we hadn’t skipped a beat.  We talked about life, love, pain, faith, business, and all the other bullshit that comes along with just “living”.

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Human Capital vs. the Human Being...

Mike Dokter

​I had an interesting conversation a while back with some area business leaders that I felt worth sharing.  We were looking at a case study where a CEO discussed the idea of identifying what they called: Human Capital.  This to me is an interesting idea that I take issue with a little bit.  So, I started what ended up being a half an hour conversation on the idea of what human capital actually refers to and how it relates to the idea of the human being or what I referred to in an earlier blog as “The Human Element.”

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Don’t try to innovate in a mature industry. You may get screwed…

Mike Dokter

I was reading an article in Bloomberg tonight about JCP and their “downfall”.  The article entitled, “Can Penney Get Off The Down Escalator” talked about the short tenure of ex Apple executive Ron Johnson (fired April, 8) who attempted to reinvent the company over the last few years.  He was also featured on a recent CBS Sunday Morning piece.  I like Ron Johnson, and not just because I’m typing this blog on a Mac.  I like him because he’s an innovator. 

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