Today’s Show Recap

Thanks for listening to Makin’ It. On this week’s episode, on Show Buzz, the Tommy, Todd and Brittany take a look at “The New Celebrity Apprentice.” On The Fix, they discuss solutions for McDonald’s. Also this week, Makin’ It features a new segment called The Doubt Whisperer. Finally, on Makin’ It or Breakin’ it, the gang discusses Elon Musk and his Los Angeles traffic solution. Let us know what you think of the show in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

It’s time to dig deep and start the show!

Show Buzz:

Tommy, Todd and Brittany start the show with Show Buzz, and this week they take a look at the controversy surrounding “The New Celebrity Apprentice.” Arnold Schwarzenegger had taken over the show for Donald Trump, but due to bad ratings, the show was canceled. Trump tweeted that Schwarzenegger was fired, but Schwarzenegger responded that he left the show.

Schwarzenegger has an extensive entrepreneurial background, and it is just one of his many career paths. He has his hands in real estate, mail-order business and media companies. He had a very non-emotional approach to the show, offering celebrity contestants advice as an entrepreneur.

But why did the ratings drop? Trump has said that it was due to Schwarzenegger being on the show instead of himself. However, Schwarzenegger claims that it is because Trump’s name is still attached to the show, and many people don’t want to be associated with him because of his presidency. Additionally, the cast, while good, wasn’t as explosive as previous seasons. While politics and an amicable cast might have taken responsibility for the show’s cancellation, its charity focus should be acknowledged. Contestants Boy George and Matt Iseman raised more than a million dollars for charities. Do you think the show can be revived? Would the show be able to continue if Trump removed his name? What did you think of “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” and why do you think Schwarzenegger is no longer attached? Let us know in the comments section.

OMG Fact of the Week:
When an egg floats in water, it has gone bad and should not be eaten.

The Fix:

In the next edition of The Fix, Tommy, Todd and Brittany discuss McDonald’s and its declining sales. Since the improvement of the economy, McDonald’s has been hit by competition that has healthier food, such as Panera. While McDonald’s is a staple of the American economy, especially with its signature French fries, it needs a fix to help it regain some of the sales that it is losing, and there are several routes it could take.

  1. 1. It could lean toward more hardcore fast food, incorporating food like Hardees, which is actually doing well financially.
  2. 2. It could barbell, bringing people in with low-end options, but also selling premium burgers.
  3. 3. It could bring back the Dollar menu.
  4. 4. It could limit the menu.
  5. 5. It could go upscale like Panera or Starbucks, selling healthier options.

McDonald’s has always done well in a poor economy, providing families with an inexpensive option. It has had the reputation of not being the best food, but the cheapest. McDonald’s either needs to own its niche or find a better one. With the economic improvement McDonald’s is going to need to find its niche again. What do you think McDonald’s should do to improve its declining sales? Let us know in the comments section.

Update: Tommy’s experience at the Capital Grille

A while ago, Makin’ It aired Tommy’s experience at the Capital Grille, a high-end restaurant chain in Florida. He had taken a friend to dinner for her birthday and had a terrible experience, primarily with the customer service. When management was contacted, the experience was invalidated and nothing was done to correct the evening. Capital Grille heard about Tommy’s evening and dissatisfaction with the general manager and set out to make it right. They went above and beyond, sending homemade cookies to Tommy’s friend and hundreds of dollars in gift cards. Tommy’s Capital Grille experience is a good example of how a business can turn around a bad situation, creating a life-long customer.

The Doubt Whisperer:

Today, we talk about the elephant in the room that is in the lives of even the most successful and self-assured. What is this affliction that results in this metaphorical elephant that everyone can see, but nobody wants to discuss? One word: Doubt. Self-doubt comes from many sources. It’s often spoon fed to us since childhood, but whether it comes from mom and dad, teachers, coaches, husbands or wives, the result is the same: People going through life not reaching their potential ̶ beat down, living life in fear and trepidation and never fulfilling their destiny, dreams and purpose. We were not put on this earth to be put down, beat up or to underachieve. In fact, just the opposite is true. Each one of us is on this journey of life with the unique talent and purpose that only we can fulfill. But we and the rest of the world get robbed of our contribution by others who plant seeds of doubt in us, often by those who claim to love us. So, when these attacks come against you, remember: no matter who says what about you, even if it’s a loved one, just shrug it off. Remember that you were beautifully and wonderfully made, and go show the world what you’ve got! For more great content and overcoming doubt and winning in life, go to

Makin’ It or Breakin’ It:

Finally, Tommy, Todd and Brittany end the show with the Makin’ It or Breakin’ It segment. This week they discuss Elon Musk’s Los Angeles traffic solution.

Is it a good idea to let Musk think too long about something? One day, while sitting in parking lot traffic in Los Angeles, Musk got so frustrated, he decided to fix the problem. Having only two directions to take traffic, up or down, he has decided to dig tunnels under Los Angeles to free up traffic. In fact, when asked by investors what they should look into investing, Musk has replied frequently: digging tunnels in Los Angeles to help solve the traffic problem. But no one took the lead, which led Musk to his decision to spearhead the project.

Musk is a quintessential example of an entrepreneur because he takes problems and turns them into opportunities. He has not only fixed the car and the gasoline problems and is going into space, but now he’s going under the earth to solve a problem that affects everyone. He can’t do much better than that. What do you think of Elon Musk? What do you think of his traffic solution for Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments section.

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