Growing up Entrepreneur; an anthology in the making

Being an Entrepreneur is all that I have ever known. When I tell my “story”, I start with “I may have never had a J-O-B in my entire life”.

Maybe a little untrue, I worked for A&W as a teenager 🙂 The total truth, and the point I am looking to get across to the readers of this anthology is simple.

Entrepreneurship is a way of life, better yet, a way of living, and you can be an entrepreneur even if you don’t own the company you work for.

But to say that I “grew up as an Entrepreneur” is an understatement, it is just who I am, and the only way I have lived my life.

I chose my industry early, “Hospitality”, which encompasses bars, restaurants, hotels, distilled spirits and nearly everything you spend your leisure doing. I live in the service of others, and won’t change that till I die.

Here is what has to say about the “Entrepreneur”.

Here is my version;

An entrepreneur is one who organizes and manages any form of business, usually with much initiative and risk. Entrepreneurs engage in productive labour and show “hyper-organization” of personal and professional tasks.

In this anthology, I intend on providing a thorough and transparent look at the life of someone who “Grew Up Entrepreneur” in the most hospitable industry in the world. A geek in bartender’s glasses, with more education than sense.

Weekly you can take part in my anthology, learn from my mistakes and learn from the observations. Although I may reach into the “philosophy” of Entrepreneurship as much as the practical side, I am confident that you can find something from this series that will prevent your own costly mistakes.

Here is to hoping, now let’s get to doing.



International Days and a question about what makes them special…


Today is International Women’s Day, and it got me to thinking. How many “days” are actually “International”?……. As it turns out……a lot….

Nevermind all the fake Facebook ones or the cheesy menial “national” or “regional” days, let’s just talk “INTERNATIONAL”……(so snobby, I know)

Here is March alone; (according to the UN website)

8 March International Women’s Day —
20 March International Day of Happiness A/RES/66/281
21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination A/RES/2142 (XXI)
21 March World Poetry Day [UNESCO] —
21 March International Day of Nowruz A/RES/64/253
21 March World Down Syndrome Day A/RES/66/149
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21 March International Day of Forests and the Tree A/RES/67/200
22 March World Water Day A/RES/47/193
23 March World Meteorological Day  [WMO] WMO/EC-XII/Res.6
24 March World Tuberculosis Day [WHO] WMO/EC-XII/Res.6
24 March International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims A/RES/65/196
25 March International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade A/RES/62/122
25 March International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

Don’t get my tone wrong, I have 3 mothers a girlfriend and nothing but close female friends, BUT, WHY THE HELL DO I NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DAY to be more “AWARE” of them? Or even “CELEBRATE” them? I tell almost all of them about my love and admiration every other day of the year and it seems to go over just fine…

I’m a lover of POETRY, but you won’t see me at Times Square chanting out sonnets on the 21st of March, ANY more likely than I am going to treat today “special”.

I guess this is a simple rant about;

  • Not needing Valentines to tell someone I love them.
  • Loathing that a UN sanctioned “day” gains more attention than most current GLOBAL issues or UN problems.
  • Asking “WHY?” people LOVE “International” or “Global” days but do little to raise a finger to CHANGE local problems….

I guess I just wonder why we need the “OCEAN” of GLOBAL or INTERNATIONAL to mobilize, when the “POND” of  LOCAL or REGIONAL is massive enough.

Does “Globalization” mean “anti-Localism”? 

How do you celebrate “International” days vs. “Local” ones? What makes an “International” day more sensitive than a “Local” one?

Get to doing! (Done is better than perfect)

“You Spoke, We listened” Maker’s Mark transparently reverses it’s decision

Maker's Mark Logo

After a major uproar in the distilled spirits community, Maker’s Mark has “listened” and reversed the decision to change the ABV from 90 down to 84. A classy call by a classy brand. I will admit, I wasn’t going to change my love for the brand, BUT, this move has ADDED to my loyalty. Let’s all be ready for the price hike, and continue to enjoy the delicious 71% corn true Bourbon Whiskey.

As I said before, Maker’s Mark places emphasis on being transparent in an otherwise blurry spirits climate. Kudos to the Samuels Family and showcasing why people really love you {emails at the bottom for Thank You’s}.

Know that I am one consumer that believed you when you said, “You didn’t screw up my whiskey”.

You spoke. We listened. 

Dear Friends,

Since we announced our decision last week to reduce the alcohol content (ABV) of Maker’s Mark in response to supply constraints, we have heard many concerns and questions from our ambassadors and brand fans. We’re humbled by your overwhelming response and passion for Maker’s Mark. While we thought we were doing what’s right, this is your brand – and you told us in large numbers to change our decision.

You spoke. We listened. And we’re sincerely sorry we let you down.

So effective immediately, we are reversing our decision to lower the ABV of Maker’s Mark, and resuming production at 45% alcohol by volume (90 proof). Just like we’ve made it since the very beginning.

The unanticipated dramatic growth rate of Maker’s Mark is a good problem to have, and we appreciate some of you telling us you’d even put up with occasional shortages. We promise we’ll deal with them as best we can, as we work to expand capacity at the distillery.

Your trust, loyalty and passion are what’s most important. We realize we can’t lose sight of that. Thanks for your honesty and for reminding us what makes Maker’s Mark, and its fans, so special.

We’ll set about getting back to bottling the handcrafted bourbon that our father/grandfather, Bill Samuels, Sr. created. Same recipe. Same production process. Same product.

As always, we will continue to let you know first about developments at the distillery. In the meantime please keep telling us what’s on your mind and come down and visit us at the distillery. It means a lot to us.


Rob Samuels Bill Samuels, Jr
Chief Operating Officer Chairman Emeritus

Get to doing.

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