The Entrepreneur Start-Up Series Week 25

These entrepreneurs can help you get your business “out of obscurity”.

Ep #127:  Josh Elledge, Turning Digital Entrepreneurs into Media Celebrities

Ep #128:  Larry Miles, Reinventing Wealth Management

Ep #129:  David Quick, How to Harness the Power of Your Herd

Ep #130:  Elliot Carlyle. The Brand. The Voice

Ep #131:  Michael O’Brien, Creating Better Tomorrows

The Daily Grind Business Podcast interviews successful business owners and people in hopes to inspire the next great entrepreneur.

Welcome to Week 25 of The Daily Grind Business Podcast Weekly Summaries. Each week the interviewees impart their wisdom by sharing their experiences. Learn from them. To connect with them and to receive some free information please click on the links below.

There is a common thread with all successful entrepreneurs and that is the importance of investing in both your business and personal growth. So each week we also share with you titles of books that either these entrepreneurs have written or suggested that you read.

The people who Colin interviews didn’t just make a million dollars. They persevered. A lot of them failed; but they got back up, dusted themselves off and got back in the race. They had an undying belief that what they were doing was the right thing and would eventually take off – it just needed time and more hard work. In the process, they reached out to mentors, read books, listened to podcasts and audiobooks and attended seminars. They got rid of their egos and they learned from people who were doing exactly what they wanted to do.

We are passionate about helping entrepreneurs get started in their businesses so this is why we have compiled weekly notes from our weekly podcasts. The entrepreneurs who so graciously offered their time to be interviewed are passionate about giving back and helping others as we do.

You are not alone!


Week 25

1. Josh Elledge is a U.S. Navy veteran and launched com to help entrepreneurs attract the perfect audiences and grow their brands without the crazy costs associated with traditional PR companies. UpMyInfluence’s purpose is to DEMOCRATIZE access to influence.

Josh believes he has a moral imperative to help entrepreneurs serve the world with their collective messages while growing their revenue! UpMyInfluence was the natural outgrowth of his first startup, SavingsAngel. com which has grossed more than $6 million in sales with less than $500 in advertising. He did it all through building authority and serving audiences in the media.

Josh is a weekly TV consumer expert in Orlando, writes a syndicated newspaper column to 1.1 million readers, and regularly appears on more than 75 TV stations across the country. All told, Josh has appeared in the media more than 2000 times.

Josh loves living in Orlando, FL with his wife and three children.

2. Larry Miles is a Principal and shareholder of AdvicePeriod, a firm whose mission is to reinvent wealth management. His primary focus is providing strategic leadership for growth and profitability while driving and maintaining a culture of excellence.

Over a nearly two-decade career, Larry has developed a wealth of leadership and business development experience across national market management, coaching, and professional growth.

His teams have won “#1 Best Place to Work in Los Angeles” two different years at two different companies—the only leader to ever accomplish this. Prior to joining AdvicePeriod, Larry was President of BNY Mellon’s largest Western Region. Larry started his career as an executive of a large independent RIA, where he facilitated a successful sale of that business to City National Bank.

Larry earned a BA from Amherst College, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and is a member of Young Presidents Organization.

He was named to InvestmentNews’ 40 Under 40 list last year and is authoring a book on how to build a professional services firm of the future, due out later this year.

3. David Quick is the go-to speaker, executive coach, and Vistage Chair expert helping business owners and CEOs learn how to work fewer hours, be significantly more successful, and build stronger professional relationships. David is a true “recovering Bull,” having worked over 20 years with companies like Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, and Roche Diagnostics. As the owner of Helping Bulls Thrive in China Shops, David has impacted over 300 CEOs nationwide, been featured on TEDx, and is a regular presenter at Vistage meetings.

Ask the big question, “Do you have the right people in the right seats?” The answer may surprise you! David takes a deep dive into employee performance, helps your organization understand the ideal traits needed for each new hire, gives you a better understanding of your current organizational gaps, and helps you get more top performers into your organization.

David truly enjoys helping business leaders thrive, their companies thrive and helping make his small corner of the world a better place.

4. Elliot Carlyle is a New York City-based branding & creative consultant, empowerment speaker, executive & life coach, and philanthropist. Elliot specializes in marketplace technologies including executive, public relations, creative direction and/or media services in the fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle industries. He has built a respected brand and reputation inside and outside the fashion industry because of his expertise in personal branding. Starting out as a college dropout, Elliot began his career by harnessing the power of social media to launch his brand via MySpace. From that time, his professional experience encompasses a number A-list entertainment clients, multimillionaire business executives, fashion events and brands over the last 10 years.

Today, Elliot continues to execute his personal mission, which is also his brand statement, in all his endeavors, “building people for global influence.”

5. Michael O’Brien helps sales and marketing leaders who are juggling it all slay the internal feelings of worry and doubt so they can accomplish complete success.

Before starting his executive coaching firm, Peloton Coaching, and Consulting, Michael spent over two decades in the pharmaceutical/bio industry in roles that ranged from sales to marketing to executive leadership. He is also lucky to be alive. On July 11th, 2001, he was struck head-on by a speeding SUV while out on a training bike ride. He considers it his last bad day and shares his journey from being a human doer to a human being in his best-selling memoir, Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows and donates all the proceeds to the World Bicycle Relief.

Finally, Michael is an active volunteer and corporate sponsor for the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and an advocate for gender parity. He lives in Bergen County, NJ with his wife, two daughters, three dogs and Rosie the cat.

Here are the key overarching takeaways from Colin’s interviews.

If anything resonates with you, click on the link and listen to the full one-half hour podcast or if you have any questions these entrepreneurs supplied you with their links so you can personally reach out to them.

Whether you are just starting this entrepreneurial journey or you’ve been at it for a while, the biggest hurdle you are likely to face is getting you and your business noticed.

There are people out there who need what you offer; you just need to find your voice!


“If you want to grow your business then the #1 thing to do is Brand your Website. People love doing business with people and not faceless corporations. It is really important on your website and on your social media platforms to communicate that you are a real person and that you had a hero’s journey. Tell them your story why you do what you do and that you have a lot of value that you can now offer to them.” by Josh Elledge

“The second thing to do if you want to grow your business is to work on your business instead of in your business. If there is something that you do not like doing but know that it will grow your business then you should be doing it. It is a sign.”  by Josh Elledge

“The currency that is more valuable than anything in business is authority. Finding ways to become respected in your industry is the most valuable thing that you could possibly do. Authority comes from other people who are higher in authority saying “yes Paul Morgan at Plan2Profit is a cool guy. You ought to pay more attention to him. It doesn’t necessarily come from financial success.  It comes from other influencers. So make this a huge priority.”  by Josh Elledge


“The more you can surround yourself with great people in your business, the more you will learn and the better you will be.” by Larry Miles

“People are the key to your success. The biggest challenge is finding the right people and then putting them in the right position to allow them to succeed.  To find the best people, it is about telling the world about what you believe in and allowing the people who share your mission to find you. In our business, we want to attract people who share our mission.” by Larry Miles

“Two years ago we had 50 clients. Today we have over 600 clients. Two years ago we had one office – today we have 12 offices. We have added so many great people with great ideas that our partners could never have come up with. If we weren’t open to their suggestions we would not have the business we have today. You must be open to new innovations, new technologies and new ideas.” by Larry Miles


“This is my version of what a coach can do for you. You need that person alongside you that will stretch you, that doesn’t have an agenda and that holds you accountable for that path that you define. Every athlete has a coach that holds them accountable to a scheduled practice routine so every business owner should as well.” by David Quick

“I also tell owners that they should be involved in a Mastermind group or groups as well as employing a coach. It allows you to step out of your day to day routine and work on your business with a broader perspective.” by David Quick

“Always ask yourself these questions: Where are you going? What do you want to be? What do you want to do and what do you want to have?” by David Quick


“Behind every brand, behind every company, behind every product there is a person. “I help bring people to a place of clarity so they can create the type of context that they need. The more clear you are on your entrepreneurial journey the more success you will experience.” by Elliot Carlyle

“I think one of the biggest struggles that entrepreneurs experience is when to say yes and why to say no. When you get caught up in the grind, you are really excited about what you are doing so you say yes to everything. I overextended myself. I served the people but probably did not service them the way I should have. So I put systems in place. Now I ask myself this question – Is this a relationship that will benefit both parties.”  by Elliot Carlyle

“Remain a student of life. In every piece of life or every area in your life there is a moment to learn. There is a moment to be inspired. There is a moment to be empowered. Every experience you have helps you navigate your place in this world.” by Elliot Carlyle


“I was in a horrific accident. I knew I was in trouble. I was in pain and I couldn’t move. When I was in the helicopter being transported to a hospital I can remember hearing the blades of the helicopter and this thought came to me – If I live – My Life will be different. I will stop chasing happiness and just be.” by Michael O’Brien

“I did play the victim for a while. In fact I was a mess. I was angry. I was revengeful. I then had this moment that I realized I wanted to be the best version of myself. I wanted to be the best husband; the best father. I knew then that I had to shift my mindset from being a victim. My new story is that I am resilient. I readjusted my mindset. I have this mantra that I recite every day and it is about me getting better every day.” by Michael O’Brien

“You need resilience because you are going to have setbacks. When you experience setbacks go back to your breath. Pause and just Breathe. Try to change your story. Look at this setback as a growing opportunity and keep showing up day after day. Live the value of resilience.” by Michael O’Brien



To connect with Josh Elledge – Sign Up For Josh’s FREE WEBINAR

To connect with Larry Miles visit his Website: or you can Email Larry:

To connect with David Quick visit his Website:

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To connect with Elliot Carlyle visit his Website or you can connect with him on Instagram: Elliot Carlyle, Twitter: Elliot Carlyle, and Facebook: Elliot Carlyle

To connect with Michael O’Brien visit his Website

ALL proceeds of Michael’s book goes to The World Bicycle Relief. 

If you need a Business Plan visit: Plan2Profit

If you want to talk to Colin Morgan book a call HERE

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Suggested Readings:

Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant  by W. Chan Kim

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win (New Edition) by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick M. Lencioni

Radical Candar: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

Lingo: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible  by Jeffrey Shaw

Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard

Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows: Winning at Work and in Life by Michael O’Brien

***ALL the profits from Shift will go to World Bicycle Relief. ***

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss

Need a Business Plan? Visit Plan2Profit

Suggested Readings from Week 23 and Week 24

There are also suggested readings from: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 , Week 5 and Week 6, Week 7 , Week 8 , Week 9 and Week 10 , Week 11. and Week 12

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