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If It Ain’t in Writing, It Ain’t Happening (The Most “Must Learn” Lesson in All of Business That I Bet You’ve Never Learned)
Jul12

If It Ain’t in Writing, It Ain’t Happening (The Most “Must Learn” Lesson in All of Business That I Bet You’ve Never Learned)

“IF IT AIN’T IN WRITING, IT AIN’T HAPPENING” So goes one of the hardest, and most valuable, lessons I’ve ever learned in business. [Disclosure: The following content includes links to products and/or services on Amazon.com or Apple Music. If you make a purchase through these links, we will receive a commission from Amazon.com or payment from Apple Music, which will support Manifestation Machine and help...

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This Independence Day, It’s Time For You to Declare Your OWN Independence
Jul04

This Independence Day, It’s Time For You to Declare Your OWN Independence

WILL THE REST OF YOUR LIFE BE “FIREWORKS WORTHY?” It was 241 years ago today that the United States of America declared its independence from Great Britain and, surely, the day is to be celebrated across America with fireworks galore. But what about you? When was the last time you personally declared, either out loud or inside your own head, your independence with regards to anything? When, pray tell, was the last time you...

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In the Real World, You’re All Alone and It’s Everyone for Themselves, Whether You Like It or Not
Jun29

In the Real World, You’re All Alone and It’s Everyone for Themselves, Whether You Like It or Not

WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD Before I’d graduated from college at age 20, and even after I’d spent six or so years working my first couple of full-time jobs, I’d held the belief that other people, namely my friends, instructors, and supervisors had my best interests at heart. And why shouldn’t I have held that belief? After all, it’s what I’d been taught to believe and what I’d been told was the truth...

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How to Avoid the Most Costly Mistake Made by Most Musicians, Entertainers, Artists, and Authors (Must-Read for All Sole Proprietors and Entrepreneurs)
Jun26

How to Avoid the Most Costly Mistake Made by Most Musicians, Entertainers, Artists, and Authors (Must-Read for All Sole Proprietors and Entrepreneurs)

SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALL THE “LUCK” “Some people have all the luck”, as they say. They grow up with at least one if not two parents (or perhaps an uncle, aunt, grandparent, or other adult role model) that knows a thing or two about running what I would call “a legitimate business”, as in, one that not only turns a profit but also pays its taxes, as opposed to one that survives by doing “under the...

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Spending Less or Saving More Will NOT Make You Rich (The Truth About What It Takes to Build Real Wealth)
Jun23

Spending Less or Saving More Will NOT Make You Rich (The Truth About What It Takes to Build Real Wealth)

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO GET RICH Growing up, I heard it all the time: “To get rich, you need to spend less than you earn.” It wasn’t until I was in my early 30’s that I realized that this idea was only half right, if not complete bullshit. While it is true–and, dare I say, a “no-brainer”–that one cannot become wealthy by perpetually spending every single dollar one earns or gets...

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How I Broke Through the Glass Ceiling, Quit the Rat Race, and Put Myself on the Path to Financial Freedom (And How You Can, Too)
Jun18

How I Broke Through the Glass Ceiling, Quit the Rat Race, and Put Myself on the Path to Financial Freedom (And How You Can, Too)

THE ROAD MOST TRAVELED When I graduated from Mid-State Technical College in May 2003 with an Associate’s Degree in Marketing, I intended to apply my education to a career in music. As I’d already been recording in studios all around Wisconsin since age 17, had multiple live gigs under my belt, and become a “triple threat”, in terms of my ability to produce music, write lyrics, and perform well on stage, I...

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Down the Rabbit Hole with Cory Groshek: 7 Lessons I’ve Learned Since Self-Publishing My Debut Children’s Book
May03

Down the Rabbit Hole with Cory Groshek: 7 Lessons I’ve Learned Since Self-Publishing My Debut Children’s Book

A JOURNEY DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, IF EVER THERE WAS ONE [Disclosure: The following content includes links to products and/or services on Amazon.com. If you make a purchase through these links, we will receive a commission from Amazon.com, which will support Manifestation Machine and help keep our content free. You will not incur any additional charges in exchange for your support.] On December 6th, 2016, I self-published my first book,...

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The WWE’s Roman Reigns: Living Proof That Being Hated Means You’ve Made It
Apr01

The WWE’s Roman Reigns: Living Proof That Being Hated Means You’ve Made It

IT’S FEELS SO GOOD TO BE SO BAD Earlier this year, WWE Superstar Roman Reigns accomplished something that no “baby face” (pro wrestling lingo for a so-called “good guy”) has accomplished when he was named Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Most Hated Wrestler of 2016. Additionally, the man is mercilessly booed in a way no “baby face” has ever been booed before (including John Cena, his predecessor in many ways and a man who...

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Will Your Nudes Be the Next to Leak? (Why Taking Sexual Selfies is a VERY Bad Idea)
Mar25

Will Your Nudes Be the Next to Leak? (Why Taking Sexual Selfies is a VERY Bad Idea)

NEWS OUTLETS ARE CALLING IT “THE FAPPENING 2.0” A brand new trove of “private” photographs, apparently stolen from a multitude of celebrities’ electronic devices, has popped up online and now the likes of the WWE’s Paige, Maria Kanellis-Bennett, and Summer Rae, as well as Hollywood starlets Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried (to name a few), are scrambling to save their dignity (or what’s left of it). And to think, all of...

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What We Can All Learn from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and His Drivers’ Mistakes
Mar02

What We Can All Learn from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and His Drivers’ Mistakes

UBER EMBARRASSMENT Recently, the CEO of online transportation network company Uber, Travis Kalanick, found himself in some hot water of his own making when dashcam video of a confrontational conversation he had with one of his Uber Black drivers leaked online. The video, which was obtained by Bloomberg and is embedded below, puts 40-year-old Kalanick’s true colors on full display and reveals him to be extremely out-of-touch with the...

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How to Quit a Job You Hate (And Why You Haven’t Done It Yet)
Jan30

How to Quit a Job You Hate (And Why You Haven’t Done It Yet)

DO YOU HATE YOUR JOB? Do you find yourself daydreaming constantly about how great it would be to quit? Have you ever psyched yourself up to the point where you were about to do just that, only to have gotten “cold feet” at the last minute? And do you still believe, despite the fact that you haven’t done it yet, that someday—hopefully very soon—you’ll find the courage to quit? Well, I have to break it to you: You probably never will....

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Is Happiness Really a Choice? (The Truth About Depression and What You Can Do About It)
Jan21

Is Happiness Really a Choice? (The Truth About Depression and What You Can Do About It)

“HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE” Never before, in the history of the Internet, have I seen four words set off such a firestorm of debate. On one side, we have those who agree with the above statement and believe that happiness is indeed a choice (or an “inside job”, if you will), and on the other, we have those who vehemently disagree and believe that it is a result of external circumstances (or, in other words, what happens to...

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The Kurious Kase of Kylie Jenner (What the Second Richest Kardashian Can Teach Us About Attracting Both Fame and Fortune)
Jan16

The Kurious Kase of Kylie Jenner (What the Second Richest Kardashian Can Teach Us About Attracting Both Fame and Fortune)

Kylie Jenner: Over 18 million Facebook page likes, nearly 20 million Twitter followers, 80 million+ Instagram followers and, if recent reports are to be believed, a personal net worth rivaled only by that of her big half-sister, Kim Kardashian, as far as Kardashian-Jenner clan members are concerned. How is it exactly that the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan became its second wealthiest, at only 19 years of age? I must...

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Words of Wisdom for the Would-Be Wealthy
Jan13

Words of Wisdom for the Would-Be Wealthy

THE DEFINITION OF WISDOM Dictionary.com defines “wisdom” as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment”, but I have a better definition: Knowing that you don’t know anything. And the sooner you (yes, you—the person reading this right now) realize that you, despite all of your schooling and apparent life experience, still don’t know anything, the better off you will be. It doesn’t matter how much schooling you...

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You Can’t Say You’ve Made It If You Haven’t Been Hated (The Truth About Haters and Trolls)
Jan08

You Can’t Say You’ve Made It If You Haven’t Been Hated (The Truth About Haters and Trolls)

I REMEMBER MY FIRST HATERS LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY It was the spring of 2012. I was 29 years old and had just dropped from my all-time high weight of 197 lbs. (at 5’10”) to 156 lbs. (nine lbs. below my weight as a high school junior) before settling in at a very healthy 162-165 lbs.—a feat I’d accomplished in public on my first YouTube channel, which I’d created really as nothing more than a video weight loss...

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YouTube is Dead (How Google Killed It and the Dreams of YouTubers Worldwide)
Jan03

YouTube is Dead (How Google Killed It and the Dreams of YouTubers Worldwide)

I USED TO BE BIG ON YOUTUBE Okay, well, not BIG big, like PewdiePie big, but pretty big, especially considering that I was working within the confines of what is colloquially known as “the YouTube fitness community”. As Low Carb Cory, I grew my original YouTube channel to over 8,000 subscribers and was pulling in over $600 a month in Google AdSense revenue (from the ads that Google would show before and during my videos),...

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