I am not really talking about matchmaking in the historic sense as in the Fiddler on the Roof. I am referring to connecting people in your tribe. When you are instrumental in bringing two people together and that makes their life better, then you have gained not only two friends who are appreciative of your efforts, but they will likely remember you and when there is a need in your life, the turn about will be a good one. Call it Karma, or whatever, but the truth I have found is that those who are spending a part of their day helping others to connect are rarely without friends, business opportunities and seem to have things “fall into their laps”. The truth is, like the idea of the overnight success, things don’t really fall into their laps, the people have taken time to help others for years, and then someone comes along and helps them, because the person knows them to be a trustworthy and good person.

One of the best examples I know of this principle is my friend Paul Hoke. Paul is the type of guy who every time I have a need, he knows just who to call to help me out. It isn’t just me. He seems to be able to remember the skill sets of every friend he has…and he has many. When someone needs anything, he will say, “Hold on, my friend _________ is great at that. Let’s give them a call and see if they can help you out.” A minute later, you have been connected with a painter, plumber, computer tech, DJ, Dance instructor, Real Estate agent, transmission repair guy… You get the picture.

Who are people you can connect?


Back in January, I started a new business. I filed with the Secretary of State, got my EIN# from the IRS, opened a business bank account. While I had had a business once before, my ex-wife had taken care of all that stuff the last time. It was a great learning experience. While I have had many business like ventures, some of which made money, others that were more of a hobby, this was a big step jumping forward to start a full fledged legal identity. Burl Walker Marketing LLC was born.

Here are a few things I learned along the way:

1. It is surprisingly easy! While many people get a lawyer to do this, at least here in South Carolina, the Secretary of State’s website is full of information and is quite easy to navigate.  I had one question, called the office and they were quite helpful. The EIN filing at IRS.gov was equally painless. Opening the bank account, once I had those two pieces of paper was no problem either. The biggest hoop is getting over the fear of doing it.

2. It isn’t that expensive. Again, I can only speak for South Carolina, but the filing fee was $110. The EIN# was free and with the bank account, I had the expense of buying checks for the new account. It didn’t cost thousands of dollars to get going. I also am not building an office…my home office will work for now. I am using my own cell phone, so no new phone lines had to be put in. Each business is different, but at least what I am doing was not expensive to get started.

3. It opens doors. Just having that EIN# helps you engage in deals that you couldn’t do as an average citizen.

If you are thinking of starting your own business, let me encourage you to give it a go! Make sure you have the capital to sustain you through the start-up, (or like me, don’t quit your other job) and then get started! Have some fun along the way. You will learn new things that you can’t find in a book or a blog post just by doing it.


Half a year ago, it was New Year’s Eve. The new year was full of promises. You may have made some goals or New Year’s Resolutions. No matter what you have done with the last six months of your life, you are not the same person you were then. You are different. But how?

Are you more compassionate?

Have you learned a new skill?

Did you build a platform so that your ideas could spread?

Are you part of a new tribe? (Or did you start your own tribe?)

Who have you become? Are you happy with that person?

If you are happy with the results of the last six months, Congratulations! I am proud of you. If you aren’t happy, all is not lost. Just as you aren’t the same person now that you were six months ago, you will not be the same person in six months that you are now.

Be intentional. Make the change to be someone you want to be. Learn something new. Love someone more. Give someone a gift to remember. Share your ideas with the world….


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No, I am not talking about spamming them with your multi-level marketing venture. I mean that when you are able to help others, before you head out to save the world…look closer. Do you have family/friends in need. I am not talking about the leech brother who is always broke and looking for a hand out. But, are there people in your life who are working like crazy to make it, but just don’t seem to be able to get any traction? How much would it mean to them if you offered them an extra job where they could make a little money. What if you borrowed their car and then brought it back fixed and with a full tank? It can be little things. It can be a hand out OR a hand up. Could you rent them a room cheaply so that they can get on their feet? What about just giving someone a sincere compliment and word of encouragement? We ALL can do that.

Here is to making the world a better place starting with those closest to you. Have an awesome day!

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