“You need to have a thorough Business Plan”.

Ep #157:  Matt Choi, Chartered Market Technician

Ep #158:  Patrick Mackaronis, Brabble

Ep #159:  Jeremy Griffin, Serial Entrepreneur

Ep #160:  Bradley Fauteux, Consultant

Ep #161:  Aviv Shahar, consultant, visionary and author Create New Futures

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

Welcome to Week 31 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 31

1. Matt Choi is a successful, self-taught, professional trader with over 16 years of experience trading the markets. He is a CMT (Chartered Market Technician) who specializes in trading stocks, ETFs, options, commodity and financial futures, and FOREX.

An entrepreneur at heart, Matt owned and managed a successful car dealership after obtaining his MBA from McMaster University while he traded the markets on the side. He always knew that his passion lies in the financial markets because the opportunities there are limitless, and it can give him the mobile lifestyle that he wants. So he sold his business to focus full time on his trading.

2. Patrick Mackaronis has been an entrepreneur his entire life. While earning his Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Public Relations at Monmouth University, Patrick created a live event promotion and marketing business that grew so successfully that he had to move the office off campus to accommodate his 17 part and full-time employees.

His largest accomplishment to date is Brabble, the Disruptive Technology Company he founded in 2013 that combines social media and e-commerce with valuable patented technology that drives revenue for customers. By working the contacts he’s developed over the years he has raised millions through his network of private investors and investment bankers to execute his entrepreneurial vision.

3. Jeremy Griffin grew up working in construction in Rochester NY for his uncle’s business, Wright Bros. Contractors. Jeremy started working side jobs doing painting and drywall at the age of seventeen. By twenty-one, he was insured as a company and working in his own company. Along the way, Jeremy attended Monroe Community College. He was inspired by a marketing professor to take the plunge and go into the field. By twenty-six, Jeremy transferred to the University of Tampa and finished a marketing degree four years later.

Currently, Jeremy is running a handful of small businesses including; Startup Street, Grizzly Targets, Dropzone Gunner, Elite Realty, and (UNDER CONSTRUCTION): Startup Street Studios, a community podcasting center opened for the entrepreneurs of the Tampa area to help them bring their stories to the masses. Featuring wired phone lines, five mics, full streaming/recording capabilities and lots of coffee!!

4. Bradley Fauteux is an accomplished leader with more than sixteen years of senior management and executive-level experience. Brad has specific experience in the areas of service delivery, organizational design, business development, relationship management, and financial management.

Currently, Brad serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Trillium College. He also acts as a consultant in natural resources management, applying his years of experience and service in the field. In this consultant role, Brad currently provides strategic guidance for the Credit Valley Trail Strategy in Ontario and the Conservation Areas Master Strategy for Credit Valley Conservation Authority.

5. Aviv Shahar enables Fortune 500 leaders to create purpose-inspired visions, bring out the best in their people, and catalyze growth. President of Aviv Consulting and the author of the book Create New Futures, Aviv guides executive teams at companies such as Cisco, DuPont, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Luhansa, and Procter & Gamble as they develop breakthrough collaborations that dramatically accelerate the achievement of their business results.

Aviv’s unique approach to helping these teams create new futures for their companies integrates the process of developing strategic breakthroughs with the evolution of the team’s development. Aviv grew up on a kibbutz in Israel, where he cultivated and internalized his sense of can-do idealism by working in an avocado orchard. Told by a specialist at the age of 8 that he shouldn’t exert himself because of his heart condition, Aviv took up running and became a champion runner by age 13, an experience that shaped a spirit of defiance prepared to overcome impossible odds. He subsequently joined the Israeli Air Force, where his fighter pilot training taught him the importance of thorough planning, flawless execution and the debrief discipline. It was during these years that Aviv adopted his life motto for continual learning: an un-debriefed an action is a wasted action.

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.

“I have been a trader since 2009 and I teach people how to trade. To-date I have taught approx. 50,000 traders so far using different platforms such as webinars, courses, seminars, conferences and mastermind groups. People learn in different ways so I accommodate people. by Matt Choi

There is no way anyone starting out can achieve 100 % accuracy in trading. When you start out in this business you must accept that the decisions that you will make will not always be the right ones. For two years when I started out, I hired a mentor and he helped me during this process.”  by Matt Choi

“As a business owner you cannot be an expert in all areas in your business but you must understand all areas in your business.” by Matt Choi


“Our patented technology helps companies drive revenues using social media and e-commerce channels. We give tools for companies or people wanting to sell their online products, using our technology.”  by Patrick Mackaronis

To avoid issues when you are starting out you need to have a thorough business plan that addresses where you are starting and where you are going and how you are going to get there. You need to know how much your idea is going to cost and you need a great securities attorney before you take money from any investors.”  by Patrick Mackaronis

“My advice for anyone wanting to start a business is to start small. Get some experience.  Learn the process. Learn how to do budget. Understand accounting. Understand payroll. EASE into it.”  by Patrick Mackaronis


I am running 4 small companies consisting of marketing, management, and manufacturing and now events. We have our hands in a little bit of everything these days. As a result, there is a lot of stuff that falls through the cracks every single day. You try and do the very best that you can with it.”  by Jeremy Griffin

“When you start a business the money will start flowing in but you have to expect that it will dry up after a little while.  There is a lot more stress as you build your business. – if you want to keep growing and you want to hire more people.”  by Jeremy Griffin

“There are so many highs and lows and it is very hard to stay positive all the time. But once you reached your 10 year mark you will start to see that if you just stay focused and you just keep going the goal that you want to achieve will happen.”  by Jeremy Griffin


“The biggest obstacle for me when I branched out on my own was coming from a structured environment and now just relying on me. At the same time I appreciate the tools I gained just from working in that environment. I know how to structure my time. I can prioritize my to-do list. I have gained a competent financial literacy bank.”  by Brad Fauteux

“When you are out there on your own you have to know yourself and your ability to cultivate openness not just with opportunities but with your own improvement & how you are seen by others. This to me defines leadership because if you cannot lead yourself then you will not be able to lead others.” by Brad Fauteux

I would tell my younger self to listen more actively. Be more present. Be more thoughtful about your impact on others and that you don’t always have to be the smartest person in the room.”  by Brad Fauteux

“Just because you are an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you don’t have to grow as a leader and as a human being.”  by Brad Fauteux


“Tips for those who don’t know what their future looks like:
#1: Your life is a narrative discovery journey. This is the project of living. Living is the real thing and discovery is the journey.
#2:  You are here to create personal growth and to facilitate the growth for people around you. Get engaged in the project of your own personal growth.
#3:  To create growth on the outside you must first grow on in the inside. Begin with questions like: What energizes me. What best expresses my gifts and my talents. What inspires me to create new possibilities for me and for other people? What activity am I engaging in where I don’t sense the time is passing?”  by Aviv Shahar

“We are here for a purpose. This is a time of tremendous change and evolution for humanity – certainly in the Western world and globally. How can you exercise your gift and talents to create that contribution and your job is to discover how to do that and how to live with purpose.” by Aviv Shahar

“Whether you are working for you or working for others you actually have 3 jobs:
#1: Serving customers or partners to solve problems. This is your job description or doing the work.
#2:  Transforming the work you do. As the environment continues to shift & shape and new technologies are introduced and more competitors enter the arena (growing) and reshaping the market place you must look at what you are doing and how you can transform the value that you provide to your customers.  (
# 3:  Transforming you. Continue to evolve has a human being.”  by Aviv Shahar



To connect with Matt Choi email him: support@certustrading.com or connect with him on Matt’s Twitter: @mattchoitrader

To connect with Patrick Mackaronis visit his WebsiteBrabble   or connect with him on LinkedIn: Pat Mackaronis

To connect with Jeremy Griffin:  Jeremy’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GrizzlyTargets/

Jeremy’s Email: jeremy@thestartupstreet.com

To connect with Bradley Fauteux visit his Website: http://bradfauteux.ca/ OR

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bradley_fauteux

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradfauteux/

To connect With Aviv visit: Aviv’s Website: http://www.avivconsulting.com/

Aviv’s Podcast: http://www.avivconsulting.com/podcasts/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avivconsulting/

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Suggested Readings:

Quench Your Own Thirst: Business Lessons Learned Over a Beer or Two by Jim Koch

Shoe Dog: A Memoir for the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

When Things Fall Apart: Hear Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron it will help you to be objective and present in those really difficult times that you will have. IT helps you to balance yourself a

Create New Futures by Aviv Shahar

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Week 23 and Week 24 and Week 25 and Week 26 and Week 27! And Week 28 and Week 29 and Week 30

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