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    Do You Have $10?

    No, this is not a request for a loan, or even a pitch to donate for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

    Although if you do want to loan me the $10, I suggest you send it to the Red Cross instead.

    Rather, I just wanted to highlight a story I came across last week, about a regular guy that set his dreams in motion with just $10.

    Mike Neal liked to barbecue (and I admit the barbecue angle was what led me to find this story), and he dreamed of someday having his own barbecue restaurant.  So instead of waiting, hoping, or simply ignoring that dream, Neal simply went for it. 

    From the story:

    "I had $10, and I went out and got one pack of ribs," said Neal. He set up a grill outside a furniture store and began cooking ribs slathered in his family's special sauce."I'd sell for $5 a sandwich, and people came and started buying them, and I'd go back and get more food, and before I knew it something was happening," he said.

    Eventually, continued hard work and dedication led to Neal opening his own restaurant, Michael Neal's Southern Grill,  and developing and marketing his signature barbecue sauce in stores like Walmart.

    Sure Neal had a talent for barbecue, and sure good barbecue is about the most wonderful food in the world, but the story is not really about that. The message to me is that you can start small, even $10 small, and still see your dreams realized.  Neal did not see having only $10 as a constraint, he saw it as an opportunity. A start.

    So let me ask again, do you have $10?

    Postscript - This restaurant is in the 513, winner of the Best HR City. What is it with that town?

    I would give you the link to the restaurant's web site or Facebook page, but I don't think they have either, but it sounds like Neal is doing fine without them.

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    Reader Comments (8)

    One more reason why the #513Rocks.

    Looks like this place is actually near my house so I'll have to pay them a visit. When I do, I'll be sure to let them know that an HR Tech blogger in Rochester, NY sent me. :)

    (Good point on the $10 opportunity too!)

    January 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer McClure

    Thanks Jennifer - maybe when the HR Happy Hour show visits the 513 we can order some takeout from his place! And if you do go there, tell him he needs a Facebook page, maybe you can do some social media consulting for him!

    Thanks again!

    January 30, 2010 | Registered CommenterSteve

    I think we need to go there to eat when we visit the 513. :)

    January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHR Minion

    That's true and so in the blue. Engine also gets started after a hazardous and irritating noise of a spark plug. So is the career.

    January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKiran Godbole

    @HR Minion - Absolutely!

    @Kiran - Well said, (I think)

    January 31, 2010 | Registered CommenterSteve

    Hey, Steve! Great post. I LOVE the entrepreneurial type stuff. It reminded me of a similar story I read recently. It's not about barbecue, but who doesn't love pies? :-) http://chrisguillebeau.com/3x5/100-businesses-types-of-entrepreneurship/

    January 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBen Eubanks

    Thanks Ben and thanks for sharing the link!

    February 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterSteve

    Do not enough cash to buy a house? You not have to worry, because it is achievable to take the loan to work out such problems. Thence take a consolidation loan to buy all you need.

    March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCHELSEAPetersen

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