Mindfulness

Today's message was inspired by my interview with Sharon Salzberg. To hear my full interview with Sharon, listen HERE. (can you link the "here" to podcast website episode)


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small changes BIG RESULTS

Today's message was inspired by my interview with Gregg Clunis. To hear my full interview with Jesse, listen HERE. (can you link the "here" to podcast website episode)


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Focusing On The Big Picture

Today's message was inspired by my interview with Jason Stone. To hear my full interview with Jason, listen HERE.


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Stand Out and Get Noticed

Today's message was inspired by my interview with Jesse Cole. To hear my full interview with Jesse, listen HERE


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My dream was to be a professional golfer. It didn’t happen!

Expectations. We all have them.

We are all taught at a young age to dream and to follow our passion, and that you can do whatever you want to do and be whoever you want to be. Some work for it and believe wholeheartedly that it will happen; however, sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

Why, is the big question?

We all want to be successful. We want nice clothes, a nice car, a beautiful home, an amazing partner, and financial freedom. We all think about it, some of us even dream and fantasize about it, but why do so many of us fail to achieve it?

My dream was to be a professional golfer.

A few years ago, I came to the realization that I wasn’t going to play on the PGA Tour. I was lost, depressed, and felt like a loser. All I ever wanted to do from the time I was a little boy was to be a professional golfer and prove that I could be one of the best in the world. I worked hard at it. I played competitive golf whenever I could and I won more than my fair share of tournaments. I was reaching my goals. I attained a full scholarship at a University in Oklahoma.  I turned pro – I was all in and I was living the dream; so, when I realized that becoming that person who I had always wanted to be wasn’t going to happen, I was crushed.

Afterward, I remained a dreamer. I shifted my focus to business and becoming an entrepreneur. I attempted a golf instruction business, an e-commerce business, and even looked at getting into the used car financing business; but in the end I didn’t pursue any of these businesses. I had no self-confidence. I had no direction to my life. I was lost.

At one point I had been out of work for 3 months, didn’t have any money saved, and my checking account was below $100. I had to do something! I realized I needed to change and change is what I did.

I landed a job as a server in a restaurant to make money. I then began working with my father in his business. I started learning from him and others. I watched countless motivational and self-help YouTube videos. I started to get up early.  I read books. I spoke with successful entrepreneurs. I attended webinars. I listened to podcasts. I journalized everything. Simply put, I became a learning sponge.

Through that experience, I learned lessons that would change my life.

I learned why I failed as a pro golfer and why I failed in my first 3 attempts at business.

  • My expectations far outweighed my desire.
  • I was in love with the result, but not the process.
  • I wanted the glory but I wasn’t willing to feel the pain.
  • I wasn’t committed enough to put in the necessary blood, sweat, and tears to get what I wanted.

In the process of understanding the root causes of my failures, I learned that I actually didn’t want to be on the PGA Tour, and I didn’t want to start those businesses, I was simply in love with the end results of what those things might bring me.

I learned that when you have expectations, you are set up to succeed or fail, win or lose. You either “get a big head” because you think you were the reason for the success, or you “feel like a loser” because you think you were the reason for the failure.

You’re now probably asking yourself: “That’s great and all; but if we don’t have expectations, or goals, how do we get better and achieve success?”

I’ll tell you. After speaking with some of the most successful people in the world and implementing the one strategy that they all had in common, I started seeing real improvement in my approach to life and subsequently, in my approach to business and my relationships. All these successful people had a vision - they all had a long-term goal in mind. This goal wasn’t to make a billion dollars, it wasn’t to have nice things; instead, it was one or all the following:

  • leave a legacy
  • impact others in a positive way
  • change the world in some way
  • make life easier and more enjoyable for others
  • set the foundation for which others could build on.

Notice how their goals were immeasurable. They all wanted to simply help others or make the world a better place.

When your life is constructed with this type of goal in mind, your mindset shifts from becoming focused on accumulating belongings and money, to becoming focused on just getting better every day.

The key to reaching your goals starts with consistency. You have to get up every day and do something to make sure that get better than you were the day before. I like to look at life as a success ladder, with an infinite number of steps and every day my goal is to wake up and take 1 step further up on that ladder of success.

Every morning when I wake up, I reflect on my life, ask myself if I improved yesterday and when the answer is yes, I am happy.

We all want success. We all want to feel fulfilled. We all want to make our mark on the world and have an impact on those around us.

So, how do you do that?

To achieve success, you must first learn to delay gratification, and then start to work on YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Successful Entrepreneurs All Share One Common Regret

Having spoken to over 150 of the World’s top entrepreneurs over the past few months has given me a unique perspective and look inside their minds. From these conversations, I have learned a lot and tried to find out what makes them ‘tick’. They all believe that the failures and challenges they experienced led them to where they are now. They learned from failing and they never shied away from facing adversity.

However, they all shared one regret in common - they wished they would have started their entrepreneurial journey sooner.

They all had an idea that they sat on and that wasted time of inaction, still haunts them somewhat today.

We can all recover from a loss of money, or the loss of physical things; but the one thing we cannot get back is time. And time is the most precious commodity we have. If we had more time, we could spend it with our families, explore the world, make a bigger impact in our world, and reach more people with our message.

So, for people reading this today, and thinking to themselves…….

“Should I start that thing?”

“Will it work?”

“What if it doesn’t work?”

…. think back and visualize 20 years from now, and ask yourself this:

“Do I want to live with regrets, or live with experiences?”

I am sure it is the latter, so stop thinking, and start taking action to get you to where you want your life to be.


Awaken Your Creative Potential to Help You Find Clarity

Preparation leads to creativity. So many people think that creativity is something someone is born with. The truth is, we all have it in us, we just need to learn to tap into it.

A big part of being creative is being in the right state of mind. Any type of stress, tension, excitement, or noise can hinder your creativity.

One way I like to calm my body in mind is through practicing a simple breathing technique.

  1. Get into a comfortable position.
  2. Put one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
  4. Release your breath out through your nose, deeply, and at a controlled pace. Feel your breath being released and direct your breath towards your neck, releasing all that bad energy.
  5. Take another deep breath in through your nose, and again let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should again not move.
  6. Release your breath out through your nose, deeply, and at a controlled pace. Feel your breath being released and direct your breath towards your shoulders, releasing all your tension.
  7. Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.

Now that you are in a place of calmness and relaxation, you can begin to think clearly.

A big reason why we fail to create new things or think of new ideas is because we are so caught up in our day-to-day crap that we forget about the life that exists beyond the borders of our small world.

Simply, preparing your mind and being in a state of calmness can awaken your creative potential and allow you to begin creating and thinking of new ways to do things.


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The Entrepreneur Start-Up Series Week 12

“Marketing is the cornerstone for every successful business. “Nothing happens in business until someone sells something to someone else.”

Ep #56:  Noah Kagan, Founder of The Sumo Group

Ep #57:  Tom Schwab, Founder of Interview Valet

Ep #58:  Finding Your Dream Job with Nissar Ahamed

Ep #59:  Curiosity & Culture with Barry Glassman

Ep #60:  Influencer Marketing with Victor Ricci

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

Welcome to Week 12 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.

 

Week 12

1. Noah Kagan is a serial entrepreneur, author, podcaster, internet marketer, business expert, and taco lover. He was employee #30 on Facebook and #4 at Mint. He’s the founder of Sumo and AppSumo. Essentially, he builds tools that help small businesses grow.


2. Tom Schwab knows how to build an online business. Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer. Tom helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and soloprenuers get featured on leading podcasts their prospects are already listening to. Then he shows them how to turn listeners into customers.


3. Nissar Ahamed is the Founder and Managing Editor of an online publication called com, where they focus on career advice for job seekers and freelancers.

His publication, CareerMetis.com has a community focused approach to career discussion and has earnt Nissar great respect amongst his peers. His decision to establish CareerMetis.com, was motivated by a desire to share his experience in the recruitment industry with others.


4. Barry Glassman founded Glassman Wealth Services back in 2009 and has grown the firm to manage over $1 billion for families and entrepreneurs. You may have seen him on CNBC as he sits on their digital advisory board; and he has been recognized with top advisor awards by just about every respected financial publication, including Barron’s, Financial Times and Investment News.

But what drives him is different than most financial leaders, believing that the culture at his firm can affect the outcomes of his clients’ goals. In his spare time, he’s a frustrated color-blind photographer (www.barryglassman.net), specializing in travel and sports photography.”


5. Victor Ricci is the founder of Trend Pie. A marketing company that specializes in Influence Marketing. At 22 years old he has around 5 years of experience in social media and digital Ricci has always loved the Internet and creating things. As a teenager, he experimented in different areas of technology and business to find what he was passionate about. During this process, he started a half dozen web companies before founding Trend Pie in his college dorm room.

He started taking social media more seriously when his Vine account, @QuickLifeHacks, amassed over 1,400,000 followers. He was a social media personality for years so he understands the industry from both aspects. Ricci graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Marketing.


Three of these entrepreneurs carved a unique and different niche in the marketing world.

A couple of entrepreneurs were taught to go ahead and find a secure career. Put your time in, get a pension and everything will be taken care of. These entrepreneurs did work in what the masses would consider a “great job” but they were not happy.

 

“I kept getting fired so this is how I got into entrepreneurship. I started this business to solve two problems. I wanted software and I didn’t want to pay full price for it. I wanted to find a career that would make me stay. I wanted to be my own boss that I couldn’t do in any individual company. I quit my job after making about $2,000 outside my job. I believe that you have to find out if your business idea has legs and then from there flush it out– test the market. by Noah Kagan

“It’s hard to be in business if you do not have a network around you. I recommend going to find a Facebook group that is set up for people who want to start a business and start helping them out with advice. Offer your service for free and then just start to get busy.” by Noah Kagan


“Your Problem is actually 20% of the problem. The real problem is your attitude towards that problem.” by Noah Kagan

 

“Marketing for me is just starting a conversation with someone that could be an ideal customer. If you can get your blogs on guest’s blogs like Huffington Post, New York Times, etc. wherever your ideal customers are, then you are borrowing that audience so they get to know who you are and to start to trust you.” by Tom Schwab

“Podcast Interview marketing will be similar to what email marketing or social media marketing was.” by Tom Schwab


“I learned something very valuable when I served in the Navy. You have to be smart enough to know the right answer when told.” by Tom Schwab

 

“Focus on skill building and gaining experience. Different experiences will lead you to great things.” by Nissar Ahamed

“Empower yourself so if and when you get in the position that you might leave your present job to go out on your own you will be ready.” by Nissar Ahamed


“If you don’t buy into your mentors philosophies and their values then you will be frustrated most of your career.” by Barry Glassman

“I gave up my brokerage firm in 2009 and became a fiduciary. It was a learning curve. When I started out I would pick up the phone and start calling potential clients from 9-4 and then from 6-9 to introduce myself and my independent services to them. It took a long time before someone said Yes. Then I had my Forest Gump Moment. In 1996 there was a snow storm so no other brokerages were open. So I phoned that week and that is when I started my client base. I made more clients that week than the previous 2 years combined.”by Barry Glassman

“When you do it right and for the right reasons everything that you do should come back to your mission statement. Our mission statement is to enrich our client’s lives.” by Barry Glassman


“Gary Vanderchuk feels that you should put out a whole bunch of content and eventually it will pay off. I believe in this philosophy to a point. - Putting out poor content can negatively affect your company and hurt your image down the road. My advice is to definitely put out as much content as you can but to a standard that will make you proud of what you posted. Balance your content with good content.” by Victor Ricci

“When I started Trend Pie – I messed up more times than I can count. But I had an amazing support system. My mentor guided me through the pitfalls of being an entrepreneur in the early stages. I wasn’t keeping any records of our campaigns. I had no analytics set up to view the results of the campaign, no invoices or logs of campaigns, and this is how I was running the business for 2 months. I was more concerned about executing the campaign and making sure it was successful rather than any preparation pre or post campaign.” by Victor Ricci

“Building your network is so important.” by Victor Ricci

 

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Podcast Guest Profits: Grow Your Business with a Targeted Interview Strategy by Tom Schwab

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Change in Your Business Will Really Make You Better

Change is something we all have to go through and have to deal with if we want to survive in
business.

Change is taking place all the time and you need to be able to adapt and stay up with and ahead
of the times. In a lot of cases, we feel comfortable with the status quo and so we say, “Why
should we fix it if it ain’t broke?” The fact is, that if you are not looking at how to improve things
within your business, one day you are going to wake up and be behind.

Now, change isn’t easy, it is oftentimes very difficult. We have been doing things a certain way
for so long, it becomes habitual. So, what is the right approach?

  • When making a change, work incrementally. If you get really aggressive, you may look to
    change everything, when a minor tweak is all that is needed.
  • Sometimes, by thinking long-term, it can affect the short-term success of a business.
    Finding the right balance is an art. Start small. Find something simple you can do
    differently and try and incorporate that into the business. If it works, great, move on to
    step #2.

When you approach change in this way, what you find is that it becomes a natural transition, as
opposed to a complete shock. So, again, start with a small change, see if it works, test it, and
then move on to the next step.

Moving quickly is what we all want to do, but as my father always says, “hurry up and slow
down”!