David Hauser ~ Founder of GrassHopper.com

~ Current Series ~

100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

On the mic today we are joined by an individual who sold the company he and his partner built for $170 Million. David Hauser is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded multiple companies over the years, making his largest exit from Grasshopper.com. David and his partner are 100% focused on building companies that focus on rapid growth, and delayed gratification for themselves. This is how they took Grasshopper to $1 Million in year one, scaling it to $30 Million annual revenue then selling it after 12 years for the amount mentioned earlier for $170 Million. 

 

David not only co-founded Grasshopper he also started Chargify that was invested into by Mark Cuban himself half a million dollars over a short three email exchange. David founded ReturnPath, SuperFat, invested in Intercom, Unbounce, Broove, The Hustle and 50+ more companies.  He is also a founding member of National Entrepreneurs’ Day, and has been featured in Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30!

 

 02:27  Who is David Hauser?

     11:11  Starting a Company His Second Year in College

     14:23  Making $1 Million While Still in College

     23:47  A Growth Business vs. A Lifestyle Business

     28:25  Making the Decision to Sell for $170 Million

     37:09  Remote Teams vs. Teams in an Office

     39:47  Letting Go of Team Members that Get You to $5 Million But Can’t Get    You to $10 Million

     43:44  Why Happiness & Freedom Don’t Come With Massive Amounts of Money

     51:58  Valuing Experience Over Things

     54:02  Importance of Catching People Doing Good Things

     56:58  How You Do One Things is How You Do Everything

     58:20  Work Hard Be Nice

01:05:36  Life Changing Books 

01:10:45  Where to Find David 

 

Contact Info:

https://www.davidhauser.com/

 

Website: https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/david-hauser

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

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Ep.479 ~ The Former CEO of Chipotle, Growing it to a $23 Billion Company ~ Monty Moran

November 18, 2020

Monty Moran ~ Author of Love is Free, Guac is Extra

~ Current Series ~

100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Today on the podcast, we have the former CEO of everyone’s favorite Mexican grill, Chipotle.  Monty Moran was the co-CEO of Chipotle, growing their valuation from a few million to $23 billion over his decade with the company. They went from 8 restaurants to 2,000 globally, from a few hundred employees to over 75,000. His whole philosophy of leadership is centered around love. Truly hearing, seeing, and understanding the people around him, and working to make each of the 75,000 Chipotle employees better and happier every day.

 

Today, the day of this recording Oct. 20th, 2020 is the release of Monty’s book ‘Love is Free. Guac is Extra.: How Vulnerability, Empowerment, and Curiosity Built an Unstoppable Team’. During his time with Chipotle Monty met one-on-one with somewhere around the number of 20,000 Chipotle employees making this a foundation to understand what his employees were going through, and used this strategy to build a culture that took Chipotle from a regional burrito chain to a global superstar. Today, Monty shares behind the scenes of Chipotle, the decision making processes they used, how he managed priorities, and the incredible culture that allowed for this rapid growth!

   02:20  Who is Monty Moran?

   05:21  From Law to Chipotle

   09:06  Building an Awesome Culture

   20:27  Building Empowered Teams

   38:24  Leadership Needs to Care

   43:27  The Importance of Being Vulnerable

   54:06  Strategies for Rapid Retail Growth

   58:04  Monty on Being a Top Performer

1:10:17  Where to Find Monty

 

Contact Info:

http://loveisfree.com/

 

 

Website: https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/monty-moran

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

Ep.478 ~ He’s 24 & Went From $3k to $20 Million in 1 Year ~ Kevin Zhang

November 4, 2020

Kevin Zhang ~ CEO of Kreator eCommerce

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Kevin is a 24-year-old serial eCommerce entrepreneur who has successfully built multiple 7-figure brands and is the CEO of Kreator eCommerce, a global business that features over 60 team members with facilities in 3 countries.

 

Starting with only $3K saved from a summer job, Kevin became a self-made millionaire at the age of 23, only one year after graduating college.  Although Kevin is young in terms of age, his traditional approach to business basics has helped him to achieve acclaim within the eCommerce community for building a $20+M business in his first year as an entrepreneur.  He is highly sought after as both an investor and strategic advisor for organizations focused on eCommerce and has helped these organizations strengthen their digital strategy, ranging from a luxury fashion brand frequented by A-list celebrities to a 9-figure gaming company.

 

Kevin is the son of Chinese immigrants who came to America in pursuit of the American Dream, Kevin has a passion for elevating those around him and views eCommerce as a means of extending opportunity to driven, hardworking individuals from all backgrounds. Aside from his own ventures, Kevin is also active in the world of entrepreneurship education. He also focuses his time on Generation E – a movement he founded to provide high quality, free eCommerce education for all. He has a vision for inspiring and empowering one million new entrepreneurs. 

 

    02:15 Who is Kevin Zhang?

    05:19 Hitting $20 Million in 1 Year

    15:15 Choosing Entrepreneurship Over Corporate Success

    18:35 Kevin on His Business Model

    30:05 Using Outsourcing & Automation For Scalability

    44:31 Kevin on Productivity

 1:01:30 Where To Find Kevin

 

Contact Info:

 

Website: https://www.kevinzhang.com/hey

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kevinzhangofficial/

 

 

Website: https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/kevin-zhang

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.477 ~ The Mind Behind the Top Business Podcasts In The World ~ Sachit Gupta

October 28, 2020

Sachit Gupta ~ Founder of Platforms Media

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

 

Today we welcome Sachit Gupta to the podcast. Sachit is the founder of Platforms Media and one of the genius minds behind some of the biggest names in the podcasting world today. Sachit has worked personally with Andrew Warner's Mixergy podcast for numerous years and helped Andrew and the Mixergy team create a sustainable,  very successfully monetized podcast, selling $70,000 worth of advertisement for his show in just one day! He was also essential to help Tim Ferriss grow his podcasts working with Tim for  three years, and then Sachit has also helped Seth Godin create and build his podcast as well. 

 

Sachit has a really great story about how he started out in India and it was his dream to live and build a successful career in the US.  He was inspired, believe it or not, by these three amazing people Tim Ferriss, Andrew Warner, & Seth Godin by reading their books and studying their strategies. He had a dream to meet all three of those entrepreneurs and one day and thank them for how they helped him change his life. Coming around to  full circle, all three of  those people later became clients of his. 

 

Towards the end of the podcast, we talk deeply about podcasting in today’s world. Sachit actually launched his own personal podcast, getting it up on the Top-25 charts across all  podcasts in the United States. We address where podcasting is going in the next decade, some hacks, tips and strategies that both him and I use for growing our podcasts.  It's an incredible episode. Without further ado, let's hop into the show with Sachit Gupta.  

 

   

     02:00  Who is Sachit Gupta?

     09:38  Sachit’s Journey

      37:46  Getting Advertisers vs Keeping Advertisers

     46:12  Working with Tim Ferriss, Andrew Warner & Seth Godin

     52:59  Strategies to Monetize Podcast

     58:00  Sachit on Launching His Own Podcast

01:03:25  Using Banners to Advertise

01:05:45  Podcasting in the next Decade

01:26:00  Where to Find Sachit

Contact Info:

https://www.platformsmedia.com/

 

Website: https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/sachit-gupta

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.476 ~ 5 Hours in a Sauna, Climbing Kilimanjaro in Shorts, Superhuman Performance Hacker & Author ~ Scott Carney

October 21, 2020

Scott Carney ~ Author of Wedge

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Could you imagine climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in record time with no training? How about spending 5 hours in an 180 degree sauna? Most people think these are nearly impossible feats but our guest today has done them both. 

 

Today on the podcast we are welcoming back for the second time superhuman performance hacker, investigative journalist, and anthropologist Scott Carney. He is the author of numerous books including the New York Times Bestseller ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us” that talks about his experience studying with Wim Hof who holds 28 world records for various superhuman acts.

 

From this experience Scott learned how to hack his body, and train his mind to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in record time with no training, and just wearing shorts. Scott also spent 5 hours in a sauna that would kill most humans. He has a new book out titled “The Wedge”. In Scott’s new book, he addresses how people can “Wedge” control over their automatic physiological responses, and control their bodies and minds to perform superhuman tasks.  Scott has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world as an investigative journalist. He has writings that have appeared in Wired, Men's Journal, Playboy, and Fast Company. He has been the subject of many TV programs including NPR, and National Geographic TV. Scott won the Payne Award for Ethics for his story which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring, and he is with us on the podcast today. 

 

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7mfneAq0s4

   

   02:06: Who is Scott Carney?

   08:32: Optimizing Your Living Space During Covid

   19:07: Altering Your Consciousness

   27:48: Trouble Sleeping? Try This

   37:47: 5 Hours in 180 Degrees

   55:42: Where To Find Scott

 

 

Contact Info:
 
Scott Carney
Skype ID: sgcarney
phone number: 401-489-4116
email address: sgcarney@gmail.com

Website:  http://www.scottcarney.com/
Get Scott’s New Book The Wedge: https://www.scottcarney.com/the-wedge
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Website: https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/scott-carney

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.475 ~ The Author of Essentialism ~ Greg McKeown

October 14, 2020

Greg McKeown ~ Author of Essentialism

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

Hey listeners, I want to welcome you all to a very special podcast that we are recording today!  Why is it special?  Because today we have one of my favorite thought leaders and author of a book that is without a doubt one of my top-10 reads of all time. You know when you find a book or a philosophy, or a quote that sings to your soul, and changes everything for you, this author’s book did that for me. 

 

His name is Greg McKeown and he is the author of Essentialism. Essentialism is a NYTimes Bestseller. It has sold more than 1 million copies around the world, it has been translated in 25 different languages, and voted a Top 20 Book on Leadership by both Amazon and Goodreads. The philosophy of Essentialism has been taught by Facebook, Apple, Pixar, Google, Twitter, and I am sure thousands of other businesses around the world. The ideas and strategies in the book have been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Fast Company, Politico, Inc Magazine, Harvard Business Review, NPR, NBC, Fox, & The Steve Harvey Show. 

 

This book is one book that I couldn’t put down when I read it, I’ve easily recommended it to dozens of people... and also recommend it to all of you. I’ve read it twice now, applied the principles of Essentialism for years, and it will forever be on my bookshelf as a re-readable. 

 

So, who can get value out of this podcast? I am going to answer that question by quoting a passage from Greg’s book. “Now let me ask you this: have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Have you ever felt both overworked and underutilised? Have you ever found yourself majoring in minor activities? Do you ever feel busy but not productive? Like you're always in motion, but never getting anywhere?” 

 

I think guys, that relates to pretty much everyone. We have all been there multiple times in our lives. So, if that relates to you, grab something to take notes and get ready because without further adieu the author of Essentialism, Greg McKeown. 

     02:45: Who is Greg McKeown?

     06:29: Greg on Adapting During Covid

     11:14: The Birth of Essentialism

     15:58: Decision Fatigue

     21:59: Priority Isn’t Plural

     27:23: In Order to Have Focus, We Need to Escape to Focus &          Creating Boundaries

     31:44: How Does Greg Play?

     40:09: The Race To The South Pole

     42:44: Choosing Between Two ‘Hell Yes’ Decisions

 

Contact Info:

 

https://gregmckeown.com/

 

Website: https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/natalie-sisson

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.474 ~ The Story of Summit Series & Buying a $40 Million Mountain ~ Ryan Begelman

October 7, 2020

Ryan Begelman ~ Co-Founder of Summit Series & Biznow Media

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Ryan Begelman is the cofounder of Summit Series and the former CEO and co-owners of BizNow Media. In 2008, Ryan bought into Bisnow Media, became CEO, and bootstrapped it with its founders, Mark and Elliott from $1,000,000 to $20,000,000 in revenue with $7,000,000 annual profit. In 2016, he led the sale of Bisnow to a private equity firm for $50,000,000 and today, Bisnow is the largest producer of commercial real estate news, conferences, and webinars. Bisnow's now has 80 employees operating in 28 metro markets and hosts over 300 annual conferences attracting more than 70,000 attendees. 

I first learned about Ryan when I read Steven Kotler’s book Stealing Fire. In the book they tell the story of 3 young guys that want to rub shoulders with giants and how they got there. Ryan and his buddies came up with an idea to host a ski trip for some of the world's top entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Nineteen people showed up and thus started what is now called Summit Series.

Summit Series began as an event series with a mission to unite world leaders through events designed to catalyze positive personal and collective growth.They gather leaders and feature icons like Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jessica Alba, and Al Gore. 

I thought that idea was really creative and smart, but then as when I learned the next part of the story was one of the boldest, smartest, most genius moves I had ever heard of.  After creating Summit, Ryan and his friends decided they wanted to take their ‘community building’ to the next level and buy a mountain….yes a mountain...where thought leaders and entrepreneurs could live, work, visit and enjoy. So they acquired America’s largest ski resort for $40,000,000 Powder Mountain, where they created an actual town of entrepreneurs and successful people that go to the mountain for conferences, vacation, visiting, and living. Current to date, they have sold over $160,000,000 in homesites. 

 

   02:08: Intro 

   11:28: Getting Involved with Bisnow Media

   14:57: How Ryan and His Partners Got Connect w/ Some of the World’s Top     Entrepreneurs and Creating Summit Series

   23:33: Creating an Entrepreneur Event at The White House

   30:23: What Ryan & His Team Did When They Were Worried No One Important in Washington D.C. Would Come to Their Event at the White House

   38:01: Ryan & His Team Decide to Buy a $40,000,000 Mountain

   48:17: How Ryan Balances Running Multiple Businesses and a Mountain 

   48:25: Why Ryan Always Have Multiple Apprentices

   55:35: The Most Fulling Aspect of Creating a Community of Successful People

   56:44: The Most Impressive People Ryan Has Met From Summit Series

1:00:15: Ryan on Mental Fitness

 

Contact Info:

  • Subscribe at RyanBegelman.com and I will occasionally send you insights.   
  • For companies with $300K+ in profit email Ryan for investing opportunities
  • Follow me on Twitter @ryanbegelman

Website: https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/natalie-sisson

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.473 ~ Does Your Freedom Limit You? ~ Natalie Sisson

September 30, 2020

Natalie Sisson ~ Creator The Suitcase Entrepreneur

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

 

“I worked so hard to get all this freedom, and….it was paralyzing.” Natalie Sisson

     Today listeners, we have the founder and CEO of The Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson on the show. The Suitcase Entrepreneur is one of the largest blogs in the digital nomad world. Natalie has been traveling the world almost non-stop for years while building The Suitcase Entrepreneur and helping thousands of people become location independent and redefine their lives.

On this episode, we talk about a few of the strategies that Natalie uses to build her business and travel the world. We will talk about how she became a featured author for Forbes, and Business Insider. Also, how she landed a TedTalk. Lastly, Natalie and I talk about an interesting idea about how chasing freedom can actually entrap you.

“Freedom to me was the ability to drop anything at any moment to be with the ones I love.” Natalie Sisson

01:35: Natalie’s Story

08:20: How Natalie Became a Featured Author for Forbes

11:10: Pitching to Get on Large Platforms i.e. Business Insider and Forbes

13:05: Getting a Ted Talk

17:00: Is Chasing Freedom Limiting You?

24:40: Natalie’s Sabbatical

“Chasing freedom, or always putting freedom first, had in many ways become debilitating.” Natalie Sisson speaking about her podcast with Conni Biesalski

 Honorable Mentions:

'Is Freedom Really Free?'- Podcast with Conni Biesalski and Natalie Sisson

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-suitcase-entrepreneur

Tony Robbins

https://www.tonyrobbins.com/

Natalie’s Ted Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNNCMu1OjRQ

Contact Info:

The Suitcase Entrepreneur

http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com

Personal Website

https://www.nataliesisson.com/

Social Media

https://www.instagram.com/nataliesisson/

https://www.facebook.com/suitcaseentrepreneur/

https://www.youtube.com/user/NatalieSisson/videos

 

Website: 

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/natalie-sisson

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

Ep.472 ~ From Poor Backpackers to 7-Figure Entrepreneurs Traveling Non-Stop with 6 Kids ~ Ka Sundance

September 23, 2020

Ka Sundance ~ Creator Freedom as Family Challenge

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

 

What are the pictures in your mind that come up when you think of traveling the world with children?  Most people think of the challenges, the fears, the lack of support and the money.  Of course, you would need to be very rich to make this happen, right?

 

Our guest today has been traveling the world almost non-stop with his wife for nearly 20 years and everywhere they go, their kids come along. And guess what? They don’t just have one or two kids. Not three or four...they have six!  Yes, six and they are one of the few truly nomadic/location independent entrepreneurs of the world that travel long term as a family and without a home base. On top of that, they are very successful in business, but they didn’t start out that way.  

 

They started out as poor backpackers in their early years trying to get by while traveling the world, and they forged a life of their own when the world told them they were wrong. Now, people can’t wait to ask them how they did it! They are The Sundance Family and today the father, Ka Sundance, joins us from Slovakia to share about how he and his wife Katie made this dream a reality.

“I felt like a lot of people, and I still feel a lot of people are living lies. Lies toward themselves, trying to live a life that is supposedly normal, but is making them unhappy.” Ka Sundance

01:38: The Sundance Family

05:26: The Sundance Family as Entrepreneurs

06:32: The Sundance Family’s Decision to Go Raw Food and Vegan to Save Their Son’s Life

14:22: Finding Out a Baby is On the Way in South America, and Deciding to Keep Traveling

20:21: Ka’s Family Reaction to World Travel with Small Children

22:52: Ka On Making the Leap to Travel with Kids

26:57: How Ka and Katie Define Security for Their Family

31:40: Maintaining Healthy Long-Term Intimate Relationships while Traveling

38:37: Ka’s Dream for His Children

45:55: Tips on Growing a 7-Figure Location Independent Business

“True security comes from within!” Ka Sundance

Honorable Mentions:

The Sundance Family YouTube Channel

Cultiva.org

Days for Girls

 

Contact Info:

http://www.thesundancefamily.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/SundanceFamily/

Website: 

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/ka-sundance

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.471 ~ A 7-figure SEO Location-Independent Business in 4 Years ~ Matt Diggity

September 16, 2020

Matt Diggity~ Founder of Diggity Marketing

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

“Just start tracking everything. Just gather all the data you can in whatever activity you do.” Matt Diggity

Today Matt Diggity joins us to share how he built a 7-figure SEO Location Independent business in four years. Matt is the founder of Diggity Marketing a very well respected SEO company that gets their clients ranked ASAP to catapult their business.

On this episode, Matt and I chat about a few things that hit home for location-independent entrepreneurs. We talk about the home-based/travel life balance and Matt shares why he prefers a 60/40 split. Matt digs into the science of building and maintaining a 7-figure business with plenty of travel involved. Lastly, he shares about where SEO is headed and ways you can manage your SEO to get better results.

 

01:31: Why Matt Loves Chiang Mai?

02:50: Who is Matt Diggity?

06:15: What Diggity Marketing and Lead Spring Offer

09:19: Mastering Tracking and Testing

11:06: Tracking SEO

13:35: The Future of SEO vs. Google

15:39: Will Google Ever Fill Search Results with Only Advertisements?

16:09: What’s the 80/20 of SEO vs Google Ads?

18:07: Balance Work/Travel with a 7-Figure Location-Independent Business

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

'The 4-Hour Work Week' by Tim Ferriss

Matt’s SEO Conference

Contact Info:

http://diggitymarketing.com/

http://leadspring.org/

http://diggitymarketing.com/chiang-mai-seo-conference/

 

 

Website: 

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/matt-diggity

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

 

Ep.470 ~ Squatty Potty, $30 Million w/ 17 Employees ~ Bobby Edwards

September 9, 2020

Bobby Edwards ~ Founder of Squatty Potty 

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

On this episode, we are joined by the CEO and founder of the legendary and so incredibly viral poop stool Squatty Potty. His name is Bobby Edwards and back in 2012, Bobby’s mother was having some troubles pooping. So, Bobby did what any good-hearted son would do, he got creative and designed a stool that would help her poop, and it worked!  His Mom (Judy) deemed the magic stool to be called Squatty Potty and now they are running a corporation that had $30 million in sales in 2016.

 

Bobby is an incredibly warm-hearted guy and you will be able to tell from the show that he is humbled and flattered from the success. Squatty Potty has literally changed the way people poop. The family receives ‘thank you’ messages all the time, and Squatty Potty has been featured on Oprah, CNBC, Shark Tank, Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur Magazine, Dr. Oz, Howard Stern, The View, and has a YouTube video that cleared over 150 million views complete with a unicorn pooping rainbow ice cream.

Today we will get behind this ingenious entrepreneurial mind and chat with Bobby about the growth of Squatty Potty. He shares some ups and downs, some essential elements to the business's growth, and some tips for fellow entrepreneurs out there about the difference between the 7-figure and 8-figure mentalities in business.

“People responded to toilet posture….and that’s when we started getting a response.” Bobby Edwards

03:55: How Squatty Potty Started

11:30: Getting Traffic in Year 1

14:33: Mistakes from Year 1

17:01: The Turning Point of Squatty Potty’s Messaging

20:14: Inspiring Stories About Squatty Potty

23:03: What’s Life Like for Bobby Edwards These Days?

23:30: A Team of 17 Running a Company that Produced $30 Million in Revenue Last Year

24:51: The Squatty Potty Video That Went Viral

27:12: Growth and Sales From a Viral Video

32:43: The Future of Squatty Potty

33:49: Bobby Edwards on The Difference Between the 7 & 8-Figure Mentalities

 

Contact Info:

https://www.squattypotty.com/

 

 

Website: 

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/squatty-potty

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.469 ~ The Content Marketing Godfather ~ Joe Pulizzi

September 2, 2020

Joe Pulizzi ~ Author of Killing Marketing, Content Inc. 

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Today, we have the man who is known as the "Godfather of Content Marketing", Joe Pulizzi on our show!  Joe started Content Marketing Institute back in 2007 and later started Chief Content Officer Magazine and Content Marketing World. These have become the leading education and training organizations for content marketing as well as the largest in-person content marketing event in the world. There are few people in the content marketing field that haven’t heard about Joe and today we get to pick his mind for almost an hour.

Joe will share with us what it is like after selling his business that he built for nine years. We talk about why it might be a bad idea to fall in love with your products and services. Joe shares about how he would build a community in today's world, and some practical tips about being a major influencer.

02:00: Joe’s Taking His First Vacation Completely Offline

02:41: Joe On Balancing His Life Never Taking Time Offline for 10 Years

06:47: How Joe Became the Godfather of Content Marketing

15:56: Should You Fall in Love With Your Products/Services?

20:54: Building a Community in Today’s World

23:58: The Future of Content Marketing

33:22: Changing From the Idea of an Office Space Business to a Location-Independent Business

35:53: 6-Figure Mentality vs. 7-Figure Mentality

38:06: Joe on Hitting Monetary Goals

41:40: Life After Selling a 9-Year Business

Contact Info:

http://www.joepulizzi.com/

Twitter: @joepulizzi

 

“Media companies have been doing this for 200 years. They focus on building one property on one content platform they do it really well. They build an audience, and then they diversify.” Joe Pulizzi

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/joe-pulizzi

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.468 ~ Mindset, Habits, Values & Maintaining Peak-Performance w/ Roland Frasier

August 26, 2020

Roland Frasier ~ CEO of All Channels Media  

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Roland Frasier is a serial entrepreneur who built and/or sold 24 businesses with adjusted sales ranging from $3,000,000 to almost $4 Billion. He is a featured Forbes, Inc and Entrepreneur Magazine serial businessman. He is the cofounder or principal of five different Inc. Magazine fastest growing companies. He is currently the CEO of All Channels Media, and the principal in Scalable.Co, Digital Markerter.com, Traffic & Conversions Summit, Praxio.com, TruConversions.com, War Room Mastermind, Fully Accountable, Everbowl Restaurants, Big Block Realty, Scribe Publishing, & Real Estate Worldwide.

 

Roland’s work also includes infomercials with Guthy-Renker, publishing deals with Simon & Schuster & Random House, over 100 private and public offerings, running an international hedge fund, advising Pepsi, McDonalds, and also strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Etihad Airlines, Harper-Collins Publishing, FedEx, & Uber. 

 

His specialties or superpowers as we like to say today are acquiring or partnering with entrepreneurs to scale businesses through acquisitions, strategic relationships and marketing, negotiation, copywriting, marketing strategy, structuring and funding of mergers and acquisitions, and public exit strategies for businesses and entrepreneurs. 

02:24: Who Is Roland Frasier?

04:53: Developing Core Values

13:12: Leading During A Pandemic

17:36: Building A Positive Mindset

48:10: Overcoming Mistakes

50:55: Focus On Your Superpower

59:54: Where To Find Roland

Contact Info:

 

https://www.rolandfrasier.com/

https://www.digitalmarketer.com/

https://www.getepicchallenge.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RolandFrasierPage

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rolandfrasier/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RolandFrasier

YouTube: Roland Frasier

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/roland-frasier

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.467 ~ 700 Million From His Copywriting Letters & $1 Million in a Single Day ~ Stefan Georgi

August 19, 2020

Stefan Georgi ~ Top Copywriter That's Grossed Over $1 Million 

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Stefan Georgi is a direct response copywriter who Individually wrote 50+ direct response marketing pieces that have grossed a combined total of nearly $700 million. Created a company that generated over $120 million in revenue for one single client in its first year. Built a health and wellness company that’s grossed over $23MM in a single year. Minority owner in a sports agency with players in the NFL and MLB.  He's the inventor of the RMBC method, which is a systematic approach to writing better and more consistent sales copy in less time. He's the Co-founder of Copy Accelerator, a high end copywriting mastermind whose 100+ members generate over a billion dollars in sales. 

 

Stefan and his partner Justin did over $1MM in a single day from a 900 person email list & 1000 member FB Group using Emotional Response Marketing. That FB group is called Justin and Stefan Talk Copy and is involved in a lot of talk in the entrepreneurial world right now. 

     

 

      02:06: Who is Stefan Georgi?

      14:40: How Masterminds Changed His Life

      30:35: The RMBC Method

      46:35: How Stefan Made $1 Million In A Day

      58:21: VSLs vs. Text Sales Letters

 01:05:22: Where To Find Stefan

 

 

Contact Info:

 

https://www.stefanpaulgeorgi.com/

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/stefan-georgi

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

 

Ep. 466 ~ Top-Level Branding & Influence ~ Raoul Davis

August 12, 2020

Raoul Davis ~ Founder & CEO of Ascendant Group

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

 

Raoul Davis founded Ascendant Group in 2004 which is a company that helps CEO’s become recognized industry experts. Ascendant Group has worked with the world's leading CEOs and execs ranging from Fortune 50 executives, CEOs at middle market companies with $5-100 million in revenue, New York Times best-selling authors, Inc 5000 fastest growing businesses, elite athletes and many, many more. Prior to founding Ascendant, Raoul was in management roles for Paramount, and the General Wesley Clark for President Campaign.  Raoul also holds an interest in a number of innovative enterprises including, a real estate planning company, and a real estate technology company.  A few years ago, he joined 150 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in small business economics forums at the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Senate, and Ascendant Group was awarded as one of the top 25 small businesses to work for.

 

02:06: Who Is Raoul Davis?

05:09: The Beginnings Of Ascendant Group Branding

09:30: Personal Branding For Executives

19:37: Positioning To A New Audience

29:26: How To Increase Impact Through Branding

37:24: Deposits VS Withdrawals In Relationship Building

43:29: Managing Your Brand

48:24: Where To Find Raoul

 

Contact Info:

https://www.ascendantgroupbranding.com/

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/raoul-davis

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

 

Ep.465 ~ How Can You Create a 7-Figure Funnel? ~ Akbar Sheikh

August 5, 2020

Akbar Sheikh ~ Author of 7-Figure Funnels

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

 

 

Akbar Sheikh has gone from homeless to helping create several 7- figure funnels. He specializes in the psychology of sales and has helped entrepreneurs scale businesses all around the world.

 

He is an award-winning funnel coach, & a #1 best-selling author of a book titled 7-figure Funnels. He is an international keynote and TEDx speaker. He has helped hundreds of people scale their businesses including many to 6 and 7- figures using his proven methodology.

 

Akbar went from living in an electrical closet and 50 pounds overweight with a crippling anxiety order, and no passion to rising to the top 1% earners in 12-months. He has been awarded one of the top 30 social entrepreneurs.

 

02:13: Who is Akbar Sheikh?

16:25: The Anatomy of 7-Figure Funnels

21:50: Building A 7-Figure Empire of Giving

31:31: Competition is Irrelevant

33:23: With Content, Consistency is Key

38:50: Akbar on Managing His Influence

44:43: Where to Find Akbar Sheikh

Contact Info:

 

https://akbarsheikh.com/

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/akbar-sheikh

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

 

Ep.464 ~ How to Network with the Top 1% & Getting a Defense Contractor to Reveal Secrets in 10 Hours ~ Jordan Harbinger

July 29, 2020

Jordan Harbinger is a Wall Street lawyer turned talk show host, often referred to as “The Larry King of podcasting,”  he is also a communications and social dynamics expert. Jordan has hosted a top 50 iTunes podcast for over 12 years and receives over six million downloads per month, on The Jordan Harbinger Show one of the most popular podcasts in the world. The show was awarded Apple’s “Best of 2018”. On his podcast, Jordan deconstructs the playbooks of the most successful people on earth --from intelligence operatives to legendary musicians, iconoclastic writers to visionary change-makers, on top of that, Jordan is a networking and social engineering pro!

 

He has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and he speaks five languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, and traveled through war zones. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation.

 

 

 

02:32: Who is Jordan Harbinger?

06:08: The Social Engineering Experiment That Caught the eye of the NSA

13:53: Networking Tips

18:04: How To Maintain Long Term Connections

23:02: Dig The Well Before You’re Thirsty

25:21: If You Hoard Your Network, It Atrophies

31:31: Jordan’s Podcasting Predictions

36:16: Becoming Top iTunes Podcast In Under a Year

46:16: How Jordan Prepares for a Podcast 

49:24: Where to Find Jordan Harbinger

Contact Info:

 

https://www.jordanharbinger.com/

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/jordan-harbinger

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

Ep.463 ~ Building the Largest Community of Entrepreneurs in the World ~ Verne Harnish

July 22, 2020

Verne Harnish ~ Founder of EO

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Verne Harnish is the founder of the largest and one of the most influential communities of entrepreneurs in the world, Entrepreneur’s Organization, or EO as many people call it. EO is in 62 countries, it has over 195 chapters and around 14,000 members.

 

Verne is the author of The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, & Scaling Up, the book that has won 8 major international book awards.

 

If that’s not enough, Verne is also the founder of Gazelles, and Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 180 partners all over the world.  

 

 

02:16: Who is Verne Harnish?

08:33: The Origins of EO

22:53: How To Attract High-Profile Connections

32:39: Curating The Culture of EO

39:53: How Verne Scaled EO

53:13: Key KPIs for Influencers

58:16: Where to find Verne 

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/verne-harnish

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.462 ~The Future of Video, Television, & Apps from the Co-Founder of Harmon Bros. ~ Jeffrey Harmon

July 15, 2020

Jeffrey Harmon Co-Founder of Harmon Bros. & VidAngel

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

If you haven't heard of Harmon Brothers. there is a good chance you have seen a commercial or advertisement that was created by this company. Our guest today is Jeffery Harmon, one of the famous Harmon brothers. Jeffrey was one of the first people to figure out you could advertise on YouTube and make money and he did it. In January of 2011, Jeffrey said this…”If my calculations are correct then I can safely estimate that at least 500 channels on YouTube have already created full-time jobs. Hindsight is 20/20 and it was suggested to me by a mentor of mine back in 2011 to start a YouTube channel and use it to make money. I ignored this advice and we see where YouTube has gone in the past 9 years. Now...if you have seen a commercial for Poo Pourri, Clickfunnels, Woodwind Grills, Purple Mattress, Chatbooks, and my favorite the legendary Squatty Potty then you have seen an ad that made the Harmon brothers legends in the marketing world. They now have over $350 Million in sales as a direct result from their video ads, and nearly 1.5 billion cumulative client video views. 

Now, that is just scratching the surface of Jeffery Harmon, Jeffery is also the co-founder of VidAngel, a program that filters violence, profanity, racial slurs, disturbing images and sex from regular TV so families can keep it clean for the kids, or for the adults. He then created Dry Bar Comedy which is a place for people to enjoy clean comedy. They have a YouTube channel and app for Dry Bar Comedy. The YouTube channel has 834,000 subscribers and their app is used close to 30 minutes per use! Dry Bar Comedy is an actual comedy show that now goes on tour around the country to give live clean humor to the world, and now Jeffrey and his partners are working on Chosen App which is the first app of its kind to keep a movie series, and its community completely on the app and has spread to 1 million downloads in just over 2 months using a giving model!

 

 

     02:11: Who is Jeffrey Harmon?

     10:26: Orabrush- The Beginning of Harmon Brothers

     22:05: Why Youtube?

     27:14: Jeffrey's Predictions

     30:45: Drybar Comedy

     43:09: The Chosen App

     53:21: Jeffrey's Creative Process

01:07:03: Where to find Jeffrey Harmon

Contact Info:

 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffreyharmon

Dry Bar Comedy: https://www.drybarcomedy.com/

The Chosen App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-chosen/id1473663873

VidAngel: https://www.vidangel.com/

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/jeffrey-harmon

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.461 ~ Making the Squatty Potty Video and Viral Video Ads ~ Benton Crane, CEO of Harmon Bros.

July 8, 2020

Benton Crane ~ CEO of Harmon Bros.

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

 

Our guest today is Benton Crane the CEO of Harmon Bros. and if you haven't heard of Harmon Bros. there is a good chance you have seen a commercial or advertisement that was created by them.  If you have seen a commercial for Poo Pourri, Clickfunnels, Woodwind Grills, Purple Mattress, Chatbooks, and my favorite the legendary Squatty Potty video ads that made them legends and who was also interviewed on our podcast about 3 years ago, those are the typical viral video ads they create.

 

Harmon Bros. has over $350 Million in sales as a direct result from their video ads, and nearly 1.5 billion cumulative client video views. They have a now top-rated podcast called From Poop to Gold and a book by the same name. 

 

02:00: Who is Benton Crane/ Harmon Bros?

05:55: Starting Harmon Bros

14:28: Harmon Bros Creative Process

26:41: The Hero’s Journey

34:06: Pillars of a Viral Video

39:54: The Squatty Potty Video Breakdown

53:46: Where to Find Harmon Bros?

 

Contact Info:

https://harmonbrothers.com/home

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/benton-crane

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

Ep.460 ~ Former CIO of Facebook Talks Productivity ~ Tim Campos

July 1, 2020

Tim Campos ~ Former CIO of Facebook

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Tim Campos was responsible for the productivity of the entire Facebook workforce from 2010 - 2016.

 Two weeks after Tim started as CIO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg summoned him to his office for an urgent meeting. Once there, he met with Zuckerberg’s Executive Assistant, who lambasted the company’s internal calendar app and urged Tim to fix it. From that moment, Tim set to work designing creative tools that would help Facebook employees easily find optimal times and places to meet. It was so successful that it helped Tim double Facebook’s productivity from $900,000 to $1.8 million per employee making it the most productive company in the world — five times more than most tech companies.

 

In 2016, Tim left Facebook to co-found Woven, an intelligent calendar that helps busy

professionals maximize their most valuable asset - time.

 

02:00: Who is Tim Campos

21:30: How Tim Doubled Facebook's Productivity

34:21: Leadership Lessons from Mark Zuckerberg

37:55: Combat Creative Burnout with Better Organization

           Why You Need "No Meeting Wednesdays"

           Business Meetings Aren't a Waste of Time

55:01: Time Management Tools for Freelancers

           The Best Time To Get Creative

59:00: Where to find Tim Campos?

Contact Info:

 

https://woven.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tcampos

 

 

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/tim-campos

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.459 ~ Getting to The Future First from the Creator of iFart ~ Joel Comm

June 24, 2020

Joel Comm ~ Creator of iFart

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Our guest today, has been building online businesses since 1995. His first website was amongst the first 18,000 sites in the world, and his efforts have brought experience in creating and selling websites, licensing content, affiliate marketing, Internet marketing, blogging, podcasting, online video creation, social media marketing, joint ventures, mobile app creation and marketing, authoring books, public speaking, conducting live training events and more. 

 

He hosted and produced the world’s first competitive Internet reality show, The Next Internet Millionaire. He also created a #1 best-selling iPhone application which became one of the most talked about novelty iPhone apps of all time. He is always exploring new methods of leveraging his expertise and technology to educate, inspire and entertain others. His name is Joel Comm.

 

In July 2017, Joel and Travis Wright went down the rabbit hole of blockchain technology. They took their excitement and channeled it into the creation of The Bad Crypto Podcast. The show, heard in 180 countries around the world, is one of the top crypto-related shows in the world. With over 400,000 downloads / month, the show provides an informative and entertaining take on the Blockchain revolution that is changing the world. 

     02:54: Who Is Joel Comm?

     10:32: 40 Years In The Online Game

     19:57: Easiest Money Made Online

     24:53: Biggest Takeaway From Creating iFart

     33:43: Positioning Yourself For The Future - Cryptocurrency

     39:27: Google vs Brave/Duck Duck Go

     45:26: Wikipedia vs Everipedia

     51:19: Joel's Tech Predictions

01:02:52: Where To Find Joel Comm

Contact Info:

 

https://joelcomm.com/

https://www.instagram.com/joelcomm/

https://badcryptopodcast.com/

Ep. 458 ~ Surviving 5 Recessions as an Entrepreneur ~ Stephen King

June 17, 2020

Stephen King ~ President & CEO GrowthForce

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

 

 

From bootstrapped tech founder to billion-dollar executive, he is regarded as one of the accounting industry's top thought leaders, he's currently serving as President & CEO of GrowthForce, one of the nation’s largest cloud-based accounting services.

Stephen has worked with Fortune 100 companies and he’s been an executive at a $4bn company and a fundraiser at a non-profit. He’s launched bootstrapped startups and piloted an industry-leading tech company.

 

Importantly, for today’s talk, Stephen has also successfully navigated five previous recessions as an entrepreneur.

 

 

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/stephen-king

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.457 ~ The $108k Formula For Community Building During COVID ~ Dan Schwartz

June 10, 2020

Dan Schwartz ~ CEO InvestorFuse

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

02:11: Who is Dan Schwartz?

17:15: Pivoting during COVID-19

46:30: The Importance of Building a Community

01:04:20: Where to Find Dan

Contact Info:

 

dan@investorfuse.com

www.claritywithdan.com

https://investorfuse.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/dan-schwartz-covid

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.456 ~ Do You Have What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur? Gino Wickman, Author of ‘Traction’

June 3, 2020

Gino Wickman ~ Author of Traction

~ Current Series ~

100 Major Influencers 

 

The author of the award-winning, best-selling book Traction, as well as Get a Grip, Rocket Fuel Gino Wickman joins us today who has been an entrepreneur since the age of 21, At 25 he took over his family’s business, which was deeply in debt and turned the company around and ran it for seven years, eventually selling it.

Gino then set out to help entrepreneurs and leaders get what they want from their businesses. Based on his years of real-world experience, he created the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), an organization that has helped tens of thousands of
businesses implement EOS with the aid of an international team of over 350 professional and certified EOS Implementers.

 

There are more than 76,000 companies using the EOS tools worldwide. Gino has personally delivered more than 1,900 full-day sessions for
more than 135 companies, helping them implement EOS.

 

01:56: Who is Gino Wickman?

     05:50: The Inspiration behind The Entrepreneurial Leap

     17:14: Six Essential Traits That Every Entrepreneur Has

     29:10: Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

     39:35: Let Your Freak Flag Fly- Embrace Your Flaws as Gifts

     45:29: Finding A Mentor as a New Entrepreneur

     54:54: The Transformative Power of 10-year Focus

01:07:06: Where to find Gino Wickman’s work

*Entrepreneurial Leap is available to order on Amazon

*Visit e-leap.com to Take the Free Entrepreneur-in-the-Making Assessment

*Get a sneak peek! Download a Free Chapter of Entrepreneurial Leap here.

Contact Info:

 

Website: www.e-leap.com 

Twitter:   Twitter.com/readLeap

Facebook: Facebook.com/readLeap

Instagram: Instagram.com/readLeap

Linkedin: Linkedin.com/company/readLeap

Email:  info@e-leap.com 

Phone number: (248) 672-1192 

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/gino-wickman

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.455 ~ Business During COVID from the Executive That Turned Around Continental Air, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Quiznos, Burger King and Home Depot  ~ Greg Brenneman

May 27, 2020

Greg Brenneman ~ Chairman CCMP Capital

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

 

 

Greg Brenneman Former CEO of Burger King and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, former president of Continental Airlines, COO of Quiznos Subs. He now chairs the private equity firm CCMP capital. He is known as one of the greatest business turnaround experts in the world today. He has revived multiple businesses while creating thousands of new jobs. He is the author of the popular book Right Away and All at Once.

We wanted to get some professionals on the podcast to talk about handling business during times of Crisis, we feature a lot of digital entrepreneurs and few of them were even in business during the 08 recession. So I wanted to get someone on the show that has a wealth of knowledge and experience over the years to help these younger and less experienced entrepreneurs out, and by younger I mean people in business less than 10 years. 08, early 90’s crash, crash of 87,  So I am really happy to have you on the show Greg.

     02:42: Who is Greg Brenneman?

     06:45: His Perspective on the Current Crisis

     18:28: Predictions For Covid19 Therapies

     20:56: Economic Predictions

     27:50: Lessons Learned From 3 Recessions

     41:19: Continental Air - Greg's Most Challenging Role 

     46:39: Future Trends in the Digital Industry

     51:54: Advice to Entrepreneurs that are Cash Poor

     58:13: Greg's Daily Routine

01:01:04: Where to find Greg

 

Contact Info:

https://www.ccmpcapital.com/

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/greg-brenneman

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.454 ~ 8-Figure Founder of AppSumo, Noah Kagan - Q&A w/ Freddy Lansky, & Itamar Marani

May 20, 2020

Noah Kagan~ Founder of AppSumo & SendFox

~ Current Series ~

100 Major Influencers 

 

Noah Kagan was #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint.com is the founder of AppSumo, OkDork, KingSumo, and SendFox. AppSumo is an 8-figure business and is #1 site online for software deals. He is the founder and host of one of the top podcasts on entrepreneurship, Noah Kagan Presents.

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/noah-kagan

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

 

 

Noah

How do I sell people I'm like, you find that people who have the money and you do something valuable for them, and then they will give you that money. I think what's even more powerful as you say, you can be a millionaire in 10 years. And so pick some fucking idea. Most importantly, pick an idea that you'll work on for 10 years, and just commit 10 years and finding the thing to commit to is almost the more hard part about it. Especially right now I think the one thing to think about in business is what are you certain of not what are you uncertain of, and make a list of all the certainties and then execute against that?

 

 

Chris

Hey guys, we get the fortunate opportunity to hop on the mic and do a Q and A session with Noah Kagan. Noah is the founder of AppSumo, a $30 million a year business. also the founder and owner of Noah Kagan Presents, a very popular podcast on entrepreneurship as well as the founder of Ok Dork, KingSumo and Send Fox. Noah was the 30th employee at Facebook and number four at Mint.com. He has quite an amazing resume. And just a genius when it comes to spouting out business ideas. You guys will notice this on the podcast. Noah is very creative, but he's also very thoughtful on not only how he can be a better entrepreneur, but how he can engage with other people and be a better person himself. So what we do on this show you guys we have two other friends Freddy Lansky, who organized this podcast and Itamar Marini, my partner and friend as well. And we go through some chat back and forth about asking Noah different types of questions around entrepreneurship, what's going on in the world today with the crisis that we're going through, and then we bring in one guest entrepreneur to ask some questions and then we have a q&a going. And Noah answered some q&a from the Facebook Live that we did with this podcast as well. So it's a fun session, more informal, a lot of back and forth banter, a lot of rabbit holes and tangents we go often but really enjoyable and I think it's an episode you guys will get a lot out of. First before we hop into the episode we want to tell you about our sponsors NomadX. NomadX is shaping the way remote workers live, work and learn online at nomadic calm remote workers can find apartments, bedrooms or co living spaces to rent on a monthly basis. 50% more affordable than Airbnb. True story you guys. Plus that's not all. No is a comprehensive educational platform providing easy to learn courses to start or to skill, your successful location independent online business. They have built An incredible community with more than 7000 remote workers and online entrepreneurs and they have over 21,000 followers on Instagram to show you how to position yourself as an authority and how to combine different social media channels to gain maximum visibility during these remote working times, NomadX is the trusted community for location independent entrepreneurs to live work and learn online. Check them out at NomadX.com, that's nomadx.com and now let's hop in to today's podcast.

 

Noah

Give them what they want, Chris give what they want.

 

Chris

going live Is this thing on?

 

Noah

Oh, there it is. All right. We're about to get it on. Yeah, man. I'm stoked. All right. I'm grabbing my brisket. Once I get my brisket, it's Game on.

 

 

Chris

Are you eating pork again? No shame on you

 

Noah

No. Well there's two things. I was just gonna say one you got to eat otherwise you can be hungry but two, we don't in our lives include enough recharge time. Yeah. And so I've been really working on not this moment, but I was gonna have more things after this and I'm like, Fuck that. Yeah, I think we think our phones need to recharge, but we don't need to recharge.

 

Chris

I hear you man. I always like to make it equivalent to a bow and an arrow. You know, like you've got to have that recharge that pullback time in order to shoot the arrow so it can go fast. And we don't do that. We don't pull our bows back enough.

 

Noah

Dude, I've literally one thing that happened to me recently with this whole Coronavirus thing which I love. It's my favorite holiday.

 

Noah

I really do. Yeah, well  regarding the recharging. I fucking forgot where the fuck I was going with it. But it was a really good point. You know, come back to me about this reach. Oh, I the number one thing I've noticed. This is one thing, the number one thing I notice about everyone who fucking hates Corona There's two things. Number one, though, they're not getting enough sleep. Seriously, every day that I wake up and I'm like, fuck today, like that happened to me on Friday and Saturday, I was just just lonely and angry. And then I was like, Did you sleep a lot? I was like, No. Okay, that's probably why

 

Freddy

Do you have an aura ring? Or like a sleep tracker?

 

Noah

So there's two other things I was going to say though. Number one is, it's interesting to think about our morning routines. And I think everyone's got weird as shit, but I was just really zoning in and like honing in on a fucking badass morning where like, today, I did it perfectly. And I was like, okay, when I do it this way, my day starts great. And when I do it other ways, My days are a little more fucked. Yeah. And then the last thing that is interesting is that when you're rich, it's really hard to know what it's like to be poor. And I know that that's a fucking that's a dick thing to say. But I really had this universe of rich bullshit. I hired a guy to come over and massage me last night. And so he came over to my house, and it was really sad. Okay, it was just sad. Because he was like Yeah, I've lost my job and no one wants to have me come over the house. And you know, it was good to understand and try to see where I can help that kind of person right like and so I talked to him I was like well you're a sous Have you thought about teaching people how to give themself massages or couples massages and maybe putting that online or helping people locally? And you know, it's just interesting to kind of learn from that versus just I think as you get as you rise levels you just forget so I think it's good to go back to the frontline.

 

Chris

Do you ever do anything to like, keep you humble? You know, they talk about like, I like to do things that make me survive on very little like this past weekend, we just went out in the woods, and we took a knife and took a pot to boil on a fishing hook. And then you really kind of get in touch with you know, you don't need a lot like it doesn't matter how much money you have. You know, you can understand, like humility or living on bear means or interacting with people that don't have a lot on a regular basis.

 

Noah

Yeah, like, yesterday I had to call my assistant to go do something and I was pretty low for me. Like, you know, I was like, this thing to call her. No, I like that. I like that approach. I think we've done that is I like doing that in the small things like the dishes is the stupidest one, right what is just something small that you know, doing the bitch work and eating it. There's something great Oh, shoot me.

 

Chris

No, no, sorry. Sorry. I was just gonna say like Mike Tyson used to go big on streets further for money, even after he was rich and famous. And he would go and he put a hoodie on and he would go out just just to kind of, I mean, it may not be the best example because Mike, you know, had his own word for No.

 

 

 

 

Noah

Well, I think what I've been doing recently, especially with the YouTube channel, and some of these other things is starting businesses again from scratch. Yeah. And really doing it live like we did with Freddie a few days ago and I did it myself. The past I've done like I started a gym business two weeks ago. started selling Oculus a few weeks ago and so really experimenting with like, Alright, can I actually do this stuff? And I don't know I guess it does keep me humble. It also reminds me sometimes how hard or and also how easy some of this stuff is.

 

Chris

Yeah, that's a good point.

 

Chris

So before we get started we wanted to reconnect you with Itamar here. I know you both, I don't know you know very well, but I know Itamar pretty well. And we thought you guys would kind of hash it out and have good chats and good fun together. He's really special forces for 10 years and counterterrorism, good friend of mine and partner of mine now. And and so if you ever want to learn Hebrew, this is the guy to learn from.

 

Itamar

You need to try Jiu Jitsu, man. There's no better equalizer in the world. Nobody cares how much money you have. What's your background on the mats? Kelly?

 

Noah

yeah, I love watching two dudes grow like groping each other on the ground. That's like I'm really into that. I did watch it. Yeah. Boxing I think one thing I've been thinking about in life is like ratios. And so I do boxing and I found that like the calorie to time ratio for me was more effective. And also enjoyment plus skill, but I felt that I got more out of that with boxing than I did with jujitsu and I've done it, it's not just me. Yeah, it's interesting to stay humble, man. I like that. I think you know a lot of it about Chris checking your ego. 

 

Yeah, no matter what size you get, and you know, happened to me two weeks ago, like I put out this YouTube video youtube.com slash Okay, dork, by the way, but I put out this video and I didn't get a lot of views. And then I was like, Am I not worthy? I was like, Am I not smart? Are my ideas sucky? And it was interesting. I was like, Well, what am I doing this for? And what, what's, what's the treadmill that I'm on? Right? And is there ever enough? So we were talking even when we could in that moment, I talked to a friend. He's like, Well, why did you do it? And I was like, I really have so much confidence in the world and people these days that I want to go help. I want to help these underdogs. I want to help the people willing to work. And he's like, Well, did you do it? I was like, yeah. And I was like, Alright, well then don't fucking care if you get one person's help or 1000. 

 

And it's a kind of shifted how I'm even goal setting lately. Because it's like, people have these goals. And once you get to a million dollars I want you just get a million bucks and then set whatever fucking cool goal you want. And then you know, you can do but I think frankly, you'll get a million dollars if you do the thing that you're not trying to make the million dollars on. Yeah. You know, and that's bullshit advice if you're not rich, because you're like, Well, I'm not rich yet. So that advice doesn't work for me. But I've generally made the most money, not trying to make the money just doing the thing that I'm most interested in. But with the goal thing, we were talking about our YouTube goal, and we're actually looking at the goal that's interesting for the dork brand, my stuff that I share basically the voice of our company. For app Sumo and Sumo group. We said we want to get our active audience number up. And I don't think this is a metric that anyone talks about if you're in content. So your active audience is not just your email list, but it's the active audience on your email list and the active audience on your YouTube. That active audience on the platforms that matter to you, and what is that actual reach? And so my reach is like penis size, micro, okay? But it was like 173,000. And then we're like, Alright, this month in May, we're gonna get to 200,000. And I was like, I don't give a fuck if I get to 200,000 people, I really don't. I really care more than like, I get to hang out with you guys and do a talk like this to 10,15, 500 I don't care. And so I'm more interested in sharing the things I'm learning and also getting learned and meeting people that I'm learning a lot from. And so it's maybe setting my goals a little bit more differently that are aligned to things that really fulfill me. I love that man.

 

Chris

I love that. Okay, so let's do a quick introduction. I think most people know who knows Noah Kagan is but I'm going to introduce him anyway. Noah Kagan was number 30 on Facebook. Number four is the founder of AppSumo. Ok Dork, KingSumo and Send Fox and probably a bunch of others. AppSumo is an eight figure business and the number one site online For software deals, Noah is the founder and a host of one of the top podcasts on entrepreneurship. Noah Kagan Presents.

 

Noah

Dude, that guy sounds awesome.

 

 

He sounds cool.

 

 

Yeah, I was like, Is that me? I think sometimes I'm just surprised.

 

 

I'm like, wow.

But you know, I think some of it is. I was talking with my therapist. He calls himself a coach, but I say you're a therapist. I guess it just depends how much they charge.

 

 

And who's cheaper? Well, tell us first. I know well. I think a coach can charge more. A therapist charges 120, a coach can have a program. That's what he wants to talk to me about next week, which I'm interested in. But I think what's really interesting about successes, how we label it to each other, but not ourselves. Because I never think of the word success. I don't, it's not that I don't believe in it. I guess I don't believe it. I just don't give a fuck about success. I've really explored and I think where I've explored my interests and my explore things I really want. I thrive and when I explore money making opportunities, I fucking flame out and That's been interesting in my own journey, and I hope for everyone's journey is just really, you know, Facebook. I didn't know anyone there. I didn't have any advantages I just built, I looked it up recently. I built probably like four to five different online college businesses. So when I applied I said, hey, I've just been doing this stuff because it sucked for me, and I wanted to build it. And then I got the job there. And I think a lot of the most of the stuff I started or worked at, I was just really like, I was excited to work at MIT. So I did whatever it took to work there. And appsumo I was like, I want deals on these products. These products are fucking dope. There's this whole Groupon makeit thing. That's a cool way to do it. And let me just go get deals on the software I don't want to pay full price for and I'm like, now I get fucking paid for that. Like, how cool is that? Like, everyone should do that.

 

Chris

 

You're right, you're right. What do you think gets in the way of people from doing that?

 

Noah

 

Well tell you there's two separate things that I've observed for myself. So I think there's two separate places, there's the starting place and then there's the success place. People are afraid of getting success as much as they're afraid of starting. Yeah, that's been really fascinating for me, and So on both sides of that, I would say for myself, what I can only speak for myself in my recipes. So in myself, I noticed that my superpower is starting and experimenting, and I'm not as strong. It's consistency. Just don't get really bored. I'm like, Alright, next. Next, I was telling the coach this morning I said, My motto is kill comma, next. Kill next, what's next, kill it. Next thing. And so I'm actually thinking my and I've been learning this one of my books that I've really enjoyed is the powerful engagement by Tony Schwartz. And I got to chat with him recently. And he said that life doesn't have to be zero and one, there's a spectrum and you go back and forth on it. And so I think the spectrum I'm working on is how I slow down a bit more and enjoy the kill, and slow down more and recharge more. And so in terms of the the, the thing I hope you will back into success for me what I've observed is embracing your strength. So I'm a starter so I should be fucking starting and amens a closer so he's running appsumo The other side of that the other part of that that I'm really working through right now is of what's working for you or what's fulfilling you really fulfilling like fucking calling like, Hello, it's Jesus. It's your turn. How do you remove the distractions from that? So I'll give you an example of what that means. I love this. This with you, not just hearing my fucking voice, like I can listen to you guys talk if I have questions for you. I do this all fucking day. But when I'm spending the day doing meetings, I've been setting the date like I spent like two hours trying to figure out some tech shit earlier. And when spending my day like a planet doing other stuff, it honestly discourages me from it. And so it's like, Alright, well how do I hire the people or figure out you know how to reduce it. So I'm not spending my day in that and I color code my calendar, and I call it my purple productivity priority. And my purple productivity party is that how much fucking purple is on my calendar and you can color code your calendar is really cool. And so I'm like, Well, if my color isn't fucking purple, something's wrong. And so I've just noticed for myself in terms of once you've gotten some level of Your own measurement of success? How do you remove the things that are hindering you from sustaining? So that's it once you've gotten inside and honestly, the purple productivity priority, I'm still working on the branding is what's working for me? Because then I look at my calendar right now. And I can say like, do I have something everyday that fulfills me? Do I have something that's towards my main priority every day? On the starter site for the beginners out there? The number one thing for starters is fear. They're all fucking afraid. They're so fucking afraid, and I'm afraid of relationships. And I'm afraid of sustaining. But I'm not afraid of fucking starting. And so that's why I've done so well, business wise around the start. These people, it's been amazing. We had that monthly one k.com we reopened this course. About 10,000 people have gone through it, maybe 1000 have gotten businesses like really good businesses, and maybe like 100 have made like six figure businesses. And that's probably true for how like the statistics work publicly, but it's been amazing to observe how they avoid that part's been so fucking wild. Like the psychology You have people who put this out, and they're afraid of it so I do a lot of things to get them out of their fucking fear. Like we know, we do a push up challenge, try to do 100 push ups. That's it. You can do it at home. You don't need anyone. Okay? You fucking failed. Alright, good your life next coffee challenge, which you guys probably have heard of, or maybe if not coffee challenges go for 10% off your next purchase, preferably in person and get rejected. And then you're like, well, that's fucking fine. And then the last one I like is like the stranger challenge. Now it's even scarier because no one wants to talk to fucking anyone. But next time you go out, talk to a stranger. It's fucking scary. I'm scared of that. It's just a little scary. But I pushed myself. I still do that to this day one because I love deals. So I'd like to do a 10% Coffee challenge, but I like the idea of practicing and making strength in my fear muscle. I think the fear muscle is something that you can actually work on. And with starting a business ideas are fucking a joke. I talked to the masseuse last night. He's like, Man, I'm struggling. I got no money. I was like, Well, I didn't want to be a business coach. But I said, I was like, Did you try to teach people how to do couples' massages?'' Have you you post it anywhere Have you applied for an Amazon delivery job, like I applied for an Amazon delivery job took me like five fucking minutes. It's actually shockingly easy. And not everyone should be an employee. But I think in terms of starting a side hustle. Number one, if you have no fucking money, go get a day job and get just get your foundation set up. But in terms of the fear, it's just practicing the fear, noticing the traps, like there's traps. So I actually made a list of the traps yesterday, things that were entrepreneurs say 10 ways to know your entrepreneur, or 10 things that they say they say, Ah, it's the economy, the economy's bad. I'm like, the economy is always gonna be fucking weird. So it's just that you're not valuable, and you're doing things that are not valuable. It's a good point.

Ep.453 ~ Lessons From Running a Digital Business in the 2008 Recession & How to Apply Those in the Current Crisis ~ Russ Perry

May 13, 2020

Russ Perry ~ Founder of Design Pickle

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

 

We're hopping into the podcast today with a friend and former guest of the show, Russ Perry. Russ is the founder of Design Pickle, and I actually had him on the show about two and a half years ago nearly 200 episodes ago. At the time, we chatted a lot about his company Design Pickle which was then just three years old, and they were doing half a million dollars a month with 125 employees. In that episode, Russ shared some really good insight and philosophy as an entrepreneur, how to build a business that serves the founder, as much as it serves the customers and clients, and the team as well. Now, fast forward two and a half years later, Russ’ businesses are five years old, and they do $14 million in annual revenue, with a team of nearly 500 people also applying those same philosophies that he was two years ago. 
 
Here's the reason I brought Russ back onto the show, Russ was a digital entrepreneur running a creative agency back in 2008 during the recession. He was in Phoenix, Arizona, which was like the impact zone for the ‘08 Housing Crisis and Cash Crunch back then. Russ survived as an entrepreneur, his business continued to flourish throughout that time, and he has some really good tips about the failures, lessons, and the hard times that he had surviving through that recession as an entrepreneur.
 
We chat about the lessons that he took away from 2008. We discuss when he saw the global pandemic hit, and changes that are happening, what were the immediate things that he implemented within the company and within his team. 

     02:00: Who is Russ Perry?

     15:51: How Russ's Business Survived the '08-'09 Cash Crunch

     22:32: Managing Your Stress During a Crisis

     32:49: How to Build an Anti-Fragile Business

     37:49: Action Steps Prompted by Covid-19

     48:16: Russ’s 6-Month Predictions

     53:46: The Importance of Building a Solid Team

     56:28: FreshStock

     58:38: Final Thoughts

01:00:00: Where to Find Russ Perry

Contact Info:

Design Pickle:

https://designpickle.com/

Social Media:
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/russkperry
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/russperry/

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/russperry

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.452 ~ Habits Built Now Will Prepare You For the Post-Covid World ~ Eric Edmeades

May 6, 2020

Eric Edmeades ~ Founder of WildFit

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

Today we are joined by Eric Edmeades, whose passion for food & behavioral psychology led him to create Wildfit. Wildfit is a program about nutritional balance that helps you change your relationship with food and attain optimal health.

On this episode, Eric shares insights on how eating well can protect us from Covid-19 and why creating new eating habits during the lockdown is so important. 

 

     17:28: Eating Well Can Help Protect You From Covid-19

     19:31: Eric’s Story on How He Healed Himself From Chronic Illness

     29:06: Most People Are Overfed & Starving To Death

     33:40: The Origins of Your DNA Determine Your Optimal Diet

     46:07: Bootcamp vs Summer Camp- Using the Lockdown to Create New Eating Habits

     51:43: How Eric Strategically Shifted His Business To Prepare for Post-Covid World

     56:36: Eric on Managing His Brand Influence During These Uncertain Times

01:00:32: Where to Find Eric Edmeades

Contact Info:

 

Website:https://ericedmeades.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/erictv.show/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericedmeades/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricEdmeades

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/eric-edmeades

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.451 ~ COVID-19 Business Data & Trends | What We’ve Seen After Sitting Down with 60+ Entrepreneurs for the Past Month

April 29, 2020

 

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

 

Itamar and I discuss the business trends and observations from the Covid-19 Mastermind with over 60 entrepreneurs. We highlight the importance of calculating your business runway, setting contingency triggers and also how to maintain a positive mindset in the midst of it all. We end the conversation with an informative Q&A session. 

06:22: Calculate Your Financial Runway

09:15: Change Your Perspective- Opportunity vs Challenge

12:40: Grow Your List- The Time is Now!

14:28: Set Contingency Triggers

18:15: Keep Messaging Relevant

19:05: Sell Like You Would To Your Grandmother

23:11: Shift Targeting To Europe

30:08: Q&A

 

 

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/covid19-data

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.450 ~ How Neuromarketing Can Help Entrepreneurs Achieve a Better ROI During a Crisis ~ Felix Cao

April 22, 2020

Felix Cao ~ Founder of Happy Buying Brain

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

 

02:42: Who is Felix Cao

20:33: How A Business Can Position Itself Today

29:26: The Power of Contrast- Case Study

43:50: The Power of Loss- Case Study

52:06: Where to Find Felix Cao

 

Contact Info: https://www.happybuyingbrain.com/

 

Website:

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/felix-cao

 

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVidXNpbmVzc21ldGhvZC5wb2RiZWFuLmNvbS9mZWVkLnhtbA%3D%3D

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.449 ~ How To Build a Highly Successful Personal Brand & Why It’s Beneficial During a Crisis ~ Chris Ducker

April 15, 2020

Chris Ducker ~ Founder of Youpreneur

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

 

Chris Ducker is a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of the bestseller, “Virtual Freedom” and also The Rise of the Youpreneur.

 

Originally from the UK, Chris has lived in the Philippines for 15-years, where he hosts the annual YouPreneur Summit event and has founded several businesses, which combine an amount of over 400 full-time employees.

 

He is also a popular business blogger and podcaster at ChrisDucker.com, YoupreneurAcademy.com, and the founder of Youpreneur.com, an exclusive Personal Brand Business Building Community. 

 

02:00: Who is Chris Ducker?

07:30: Youpreneur- The Value of a Personal Brand

14:19: How To Become Someone's Favorite

18:07: Chris' Personal Brand Business Model

39:00: Chris on Staying on Top of Things during a Crisis

46:43: Where to Find Chris Ducker

Contact Info:

Youpreneur.com

 

 

 

 

The Business Method Podcast

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Apple Podcasts

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Spotify

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Ep.448 ~ Navigating the Cash Crunch as an Entrepreneur ~ Timothy Francis

April 8, 2020

Timothy Francis ~ Founder & CEO of The Profit Factory

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

04:31: Tim's Super Secret Dinner Party

10:49: 3 Steps Every Entrepreneur Should Take to Navigate the Cash Crunch

​21:00: The Bloat Factor

31:15: The Cash Flow Forecast Tool​

 

 

Contact Info:

 

https://knowyournumbersworkshop.com/cashcrunch

 

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/timothy-francis

 

Apple Podcasts

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-business-method-podcast/id1069958541?mt=2

Google Podcasts

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Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/show/2q8Q9t78sCL6kNkWlnV1Po

Ep.447 ~ Wealth is Shifting Right Now! Is Your Business Positioned Correctly? ~ John Logar

April 1, 2020

John Logar ~ Founder of ConsultingUnleashed.com

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

Topics During Interview:

  • The Challenges & Opportunities of Running a Business during a Global Crisis
  • Steps Every Entrepreneur Should Take To Position Themselves Correctly

 

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/john-logar

 

Contact Info:

CallJohnLogar.com

ConsultingUnleashed.com

 

Ep.446 ~ OFFER: FREE Corona Crisis Masterminds for Entrepreneurs w/ Chris Reynolds & Itamar Marani

March 25, 2020

Corona Crisis Masterminds for Free!

 

What We Address During the Podcast

  • Being Adaptable During Chaotic Times
  • Itamar’s Thought Process of Being Adaptable
  • Regulatory Period for 
  • The Free Corona Crisis Masterminds
  • The Structure of the 5 Week Corona Crisis Masterminds 
  • What We Know & What We Don’t Know Right Now

 

Mentions:

Ep.445 ~ How to Handle the Corona Crisis w/ a Special Forces Mindset & Keeping Your Immune System Strong Right Now ~ Itamar Marani 

https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/coronavirus

 

Sign Up for the Masterminds Here:

http://maraniconsulting.com/masterminds/

Ep.445 ~ How to Handle the Corona Crisis w/ a Special Forces Mindset & Keeping Your Immune System Strong ~ Itamar Marani

March 18, 2020

Itamar Marani ~ Former Israeli Special Forces, 15 Years in Counter-Terrorism w/the Israeli Government, Former Head of Security for a Billionaire, International Jiu-Jitsu Champion, Trained Medic & Founder of Marani Consulting

~ Current Series ~

Entrepreneurs Surviving & Navigating the Corona Crisis

 

Topics During the Interview:

  • Special Forces Mindset on the Corona Virus Outbreak
  • How to Handle Yourself During Times Like These
  • What is the Most Important Trait to Have During a Crisis?
  • How to Analyze the Situation in Real Danger
  • The Importance of Being a Leader Right Now 
  • How Leaders Stay Calm in Crises
  • The Importance of Transparency and Communication
  • How to Stay Healthy While Quarantined
  • How to Balance Your Neurochemistry While Quarantined 

 

Intellihelp Facebook Group for Support During the Corona Virus:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1061901284171597/

 

5-Minute High-Performance Meditation to Reduce Stress

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1061901284171597/

2-Minute High-Performance Meditation to Reduce Stress

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am7ux3h4f5U

 

Contact Information:

Itamar Marani: https://maraniconsulting.com/

Ep.444 ~ Why Most People Suck at Listening ~ Dane Maxwell

March 11, 2020

Dane Maxwell~ Founder of The Foundation & Start From Zero

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

  

Dane Maxwell has been an entrepreneur for over 10 years and has started 16 business in his career.. He’s  the Founder of The Foundation, a program designed to teach entrepreneurs how to build a profitable SaaS business, and currently owns a multi-million dollar SaaS business called SwipeMyIdeas.com, as well as PaperlessPipeline.com, ‍MyAgentBase.com, & ‍FearNoFeeling.com 

 

Dane found building a business around a painful problem to be extremely lucrative. He taught people not to follow your passion, but to follow the pain, and become passionate about the process of problem solving. 

 

Nowadays, he has a love hate relationship with teaching entrepreneurship because while building a business that solves other people’s problems is financially rewarding, it’s not always fulfilling. So he has  recently had an awakening and has chosen to retire from business to develop himself as a singer/songwriter.

 

01:54: WHo is Dane Maxwell?

08:00: MLK, Steve Wozniak & Michelangelo

12:33: Dane's Decision Making Process

24:16: Living in a State of Receptive Curiosity

34:23: Live Listening Exercise w/ Chris

47:56: How to Improve Your Listening Skills

01:04:12: Identifying What Gives You Pleasure

01:13:09: Final Thoughts

01:16:48: Where to Find Dane 

Contact Info:

 

https://www.startfromzero.com/method

Ep.443 ~ An 8-Figure Philosopher ~ Pejman Ghadimi

March 4, 2020

Pejman Ghadimi~ Author of Third Circle Theory

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

 

Pejman Ghadimi is a self-made entrepreneur, philosopher and the author of the best selling books Third Circle Theory & RADIUS. 

 

Over the last 20 years, Pejman has built a multitude of businesses ranging from a one-of-a-kind investment firm that focuses on alternative asset management known as VIP Motoring to a series of online education businesses including Secret Entourage, Exotic Car Hacks and Watch Trading Academy that have reshaped what and how people learn. 

 

In 2018, Pejman's companies finished the fiscal year with over $87,000,000.00 in combined revenue. A byproduct of his very own teachings, Pejman is the perfect example of how resourcefulness and self-education are the two most powerful keys to success. 

 

Today, Pejman is a mentor to over 36,000 students from across the globe and his teachings have created many 6, 7, and 8-figure Entrepreneurs.

     03:00: Who is Pejman Ghadimi?

     10:43: The Evolution of a Car Wash Business

     21:13: Becoming a Chase Bank Manager at 18 

     36:36: Entrepreneurs VS Money Flow: What are they missing?

     39:08: Third Circle Theory: The Progressive Journey of Entrepreneurship

     42:23: Dimensional Awareness

     48:00: What is True Freedom?

     58:47: Pejman on Planning for the Next Decade

01:02:14: Where to Find Pejman Ghadimi

01:02:38: Pejman's Final Thoughts

Contact Info:​

https://www.pejmanghadimi.com/

https://learnfrompj.com/

https://www.secretentourage.com

https://www.exoticcarhacks.com/

https://www.watchtradingacademy.com/

Ep.442 ~ Co-Founder of Kajabi ~ Travis Rosser

February 26, 2020

Travis Rosser~ Co-Founder of Kajabi

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

After a decade in the software industry, Travis co-founded Kajabi, a knowledge capital platform that has helped customers redefine themselves as experts, free themselves from the traditional notions of a job, and live more fulfilled lives. 

 

Since 2010, Kajabi has helped more than ten thousand people launch their own small businesses, and to this day these knowledge entrepreneurs have generated more than $600 million in sales. He is also the best-selling author of the book You, INC

02:00: Who is Travis Rosser?

12:08: The Impact Rich Dad/Poor Dad

15:30: The Beginning of Kajabi

25:56: Kajabi Success Stories

29:27: Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs

36:03: Exiting Kajabi

41:23: Profession, Passion, Profit, & Pain

47:43: Is The Online Course Market Too Saturated?

51:26: What’s Next for Travis?

Contact Info:

 

https://travisrosser.com/

Ep.441 ~ Using Celebrity Entrepreneurship to Take Your Business to the Next Level ~ Clint Arthur

February 19, 2020

Clint Arthur ~ Author Break Through Your Upper Limits on TV

~ Current Series ~

100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Host of The Greatest Show of All Time on 77WABC Radio in New York City  Celebrity Entrepreneur, Personal Branding Expert, Wharton Business School graduate, Dan Kennedy's GKIC Info-Marketer of The Year, with 20 years experience running his own gourmet food company.

 

Clint's #1 Bestsellers include Break Through Your Upper Limits on TV, followed by What They Teach You At The Wharton Business School, then Speaking Game: 7-Figure Speaker Secrets Revealed, and his latest manifesto: Celebrity Entrepreneurship, then you also have The Greatest Book of All Time, The Presidents Code - Common Traits of Uncommon Leaders, The Last Year of Your Life, The Last Lecture for Entrepreneurs and Authors…. 21 Performance Secrets of Donald Trump

Clint believes the Meaning of Your Life is Determined by You. That You Can Do More, Be More, and Have More — and Capacity is a State of Mind.

03:10: Who is Clint Arthur?

14:58: The 5 Elements of Celebrity Entrepreneurship

23:10:The Hierarchy of Media

32:38: Clint on Goal Setting

39:43: Where to Find Clint Arthur?

 

 

Contact Info:

 

https://clinttt.com/

https://www.clintarthur.tv/

Ep. 440 ~ Making Amazon Millionaires from Romania ~ Alex Huditan

February 12, 2020

Alex Huditan ~ Founder of Amazonienii

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Alex Huditan, or Hudi as his friends call him is on the mic today to talk about how he became a millionaire on Amazon from Romania and how he has helped many other Romanians become millionaires also.

 

Alex has completely changed his life since 2014 and personal beliefs about money over the past few years, switching from corporate to running a business from a deck chair in a tropical country and running his 7-figure business that he works on only four hours per MONTH!  

 

Alex and his friends found a perfect business model and strategy that helped him succeed on Amazon. It worked so well that Alex and his friends decided to help other Romanians share in the success now teaching their method to others. Alex has mentored over 500 launches, sold over $4,000,000 and now runs a community of Amazon sellers with over 3,000 people. 

 

   02:36: Who is Alex Huditan?

   22:07: Building a Business Mastermind

   29:20: 5 To The Power of 5- Amazon Strategy

   35:56: Tips on Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset

   50:45: Lifestyle Design Through Trial & Error

1:03:06: Where to Find Alex Huditan

 

 

Contact Info:

 

https://www.amazonienii.ro/

http://www.hudi.ro/

https://enlightened-millionaires.com/

 

Ep.439 ~ From Juggling on the Streets to $16 Million ~ Daniel Rosen

February 5, 2020

After leaving home at age 13 to make a living juggling on street corners he ended up in a 25+ year career on TV. The longest gig was the announcer of The Price Is Right. Yea, he was the one who said: "Come on down!" 

 

For him life took an unexpected turn when a bank error devastated his credit, leaving him on the verge of bankruptcy. There weren't any solutions out there to help with the process and while fixing his own problem, he thought of a way to help others by bootstrapping the world's first credit repair software.

 

Credit Repair Cloud was born and now powers the credit repair industry and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs to become “Credit Heroes” by changing millions of lives and 25 of them have become millionaires by leveraging the software to start their own credit repair business.

 

Now, with more than $16M in revenues, Credit Repair Cloud is the industry leader and Daniel Rosen is known as one of the most innovative SaaS CEOs out there. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Info:

 

https://www.creditrepaircloud.com/

Ep.438 ~  Niche Travel Blogging ~ Janice Waugh

January 29, 2020

Janice Waugh~ Founder of Solo Traveler World Blog

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

Hello listeners! Welcome back to The Business Method Podcast once again and today we have another amazing guest that we wanted to bring on the mic and share about blogging, and travel blogging specifically. 

 

Janice Waugh is the founder of SoloTravelerWorld.com. Janice hops on the mic with us to talk travel and blogging. This is a really good episode because Janice is very transparent and opens up about all the in’s-and-out’s of her business and how she has built SoloTraveler World. 

 

Janice started the blog in 2009. We talk today about her expertise and why she decided to start blogging about solo travel, why she also loves solo travel and still to this day, 10 years after starting the blog, she is still solo traveling and and doing it on a regular basis. Janice shares about how she grew her Facebook following to over 260,000 followers. Why she doesn't focus so much on video on YouTube, where a lot of travel bloggers do focus on those mediums, and she shares why.

 

Then we discuss why she's doubling down these days on Pinterest. But also, she has a course that's a pick-your-price course. Janice has created a course on solo travel and she actually lets the clients and customers pick their price on what they pay, and you'll find out in this podcast how and why that's working for her. Janice then shares about some of the other revenue sources of ad revenue; Google ads, Amazon affiliates, and she is partnering up with other companies to advertise.

 

Janice has is very open. She has a very open heart and she's sharing some really good information here. I think you guys will enjoy it. If you want to learn more about blogging, solo travel or creating a solo travel blog or a travel blog. This is a great podcast to listen to. 

 

 

01:30: Who is Janice Waugh?

05:05: The Inspiration Behind Solo Traveler World

10:08: Transitioning from Business Writing to Travel Blogging

19:00: Sources of Revenue

26:15: Building Solo Traveler World’s Readership

30:49: Pick Your Price Course

35:26: Doubling Down on Pinterest

37:17: Keeping Solo Travel Society Facebook Community Engaged

51:50: The Solo Travel Awards

57:50: Tips for Building a Travel Blog

 

 

Contact Info:

 

Website: https://solotravelerworld.com/

Ep.437 ~ The Creator of the ‘Profit First’ Formula ~ Mike Michalowicz

January 22, 2020

Mike Michalowicz ~ Author Fix This Next

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

By his 35th birthday Mike Michalowicz had founded and sold two multi million dollar companies then he decided to become an Angel Investor and lost it all. He stared all over again determined to help entrepreneurs grow healthy, and strong companies by creating the Profit First Formula

 

Now, Mike is running his 3rd & 4th million dollar ventures. Mike is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is the former MSNBC business make-over expert; is a popular keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics; and is the author of Profit First, Clockwork, The Pumpkin Plan, Fix This Next, Surge, and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, which BusinessWeek deemed "the entrepreneur's cult classic." Mike is also a guest lecturer for collegiate entrepreneurial programs such as Babson, Boston College, Columbia, Copenhagen Business School, Emerson, Harvard, Penn State, Pepperdine and Princeton. His books are in the core curriculum for entrepreneur students at Pepperdine, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford University, and universities across the country. His books have been translated into over 10 languages, and sold over ½ million copies, and he is the host of Entrepreneurship Elevated Podcast!

 

I recommend listening to this episode for all the entrepreneurs out there. Mike’s method for helping entrepreneurs business successful business should be standard business knowledge and I am convinced that if more entrepreneurs knew what Mike taught, the success rate of building a business would greatly increase. It is an incredible episode so make sure to listen to this one! 

02:19: Who is Mike Michalowicz?

10:39: Building a 7-Figure Business & Losing It Through Angel Investing

15:05: Mike on Rebuilding After Failure

20:21: Entrepreneurial Hierarchy of Needs

34:18: Apparent Issues VS Impactful Issues

38:31: Achieving Colossal Growth: Quality over Quantity

43:12: Using Nature to Understand Business Efficiency

49:48: Mike’s “Profit First” Business Model

55:05: Tips from Mike’s New Book “Fix This Next”

Contact Info:

 

https://mikemichalowicz.com/

Ep.436 ~ Using the Skill of Mastery to Build an 8-Figure eComm Business ~ Ezra Firestone

January 15, 2020

Ezra Firestone ~ Founder of SmartMarketer.com

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

Ezra Firestone is one of the biggest names in the internet marketing world. He is the founder and face behind SmartMarketer.com, a resource and educational company that helps eComm entrepreneurs scale to the next level. Ezra has over 10 years of experience in the eCommerce world. In the last few years Ezra has done $65 million in sales. He is the founder of Boom! an 8-figure eComm business and also the owner of a few other 7-figure companies. 

 

Ezra, says the reason why most entrepreneurs don’t make it, is because of their expectations and lack of patience. Today, we talk with him about his mentality regarding both expectations and patience. We get to talk about how he designs and structures his business, why he focuses solely on ads for his businesses, how important routines are for him, and when he breaks them how he stays productive and focused, and of course some tips on managing influence. 

01:45: Who is Ezra Firestone?

06:05: Marathon Not a Race: Recommendations for Up & Coming Entrepreneurs

12:26: Scaling VS Profitability

14:20: Ezra’s Business Model

16:08: Why Education?

20:04: Ezra on Work/Life Balance

22:17: Ezra’s Daily Routine

26:26: How Ezra Manages His Influence

30:38: Tips for Entrepreneur in the Hustle

32:41: Where to Find Ezra Firestone

Contact Info:

 

https://smartmarketer.com/

https://www.instagram.com/ezrafirestone/

Ep.435 ~ Building an Online Business Around Solo Female Travel ~ Kristin Addis

January 8, 2020

Kristin Addis ~ Founder of Be My Travel Muse

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

The dream for so many people is to be able to travel the world, blog about their travels and make money online. For so many people, it seems like an impossible quest, but the truth is, today it is more of a reality than ever before.

 

Our guest today is one woman that forged that life for herself. She was burnt out working as an investment banker and decided that she was going to travel the world and blog about her adventures. After a couple of years, the blog started to take off and now Kristin Addis is the mind behind Be My Travel Muse, a blog about and for female solo travelers. She spent years on the road traveling solo and sharing her story and what she learned with other women that wanted to do the same. 

 

Be My Travel Muse is considered an authority on solo traveling in destinations worldwide. The blog is a widely-read travel website geared towards solo female and intrepid travelers who like to have authentic, independent travel experiences. Kristin has built her blog into a full fledge business with multiple sources of income and a community of followers that she inspires.

 

Throughout the podcast today, we chat with Kristin about what it was like traveling the world solo and building an online business. How she made this blog successful, how she added multiple sources of revenue for the business, how she manages her social media and the traffic she gets from her social media and of course, how she manages influence as a successful entrepreneur. 

 

02:00: Who is Kristin Addis?

08:23: How Kristin Became a Location Independent Entrepreneur

09:23: The Inception of the Be My Travel Muse Blog

17:09: The Perks of Being a Solo Female Traveler

19:59: Kristin’s Main Sources of Revenue

21:50: The Process of Scaling to Profitability

29:00: Kristin on Her Long Term Goals

37:05: Kristin’s Daily Routine

49:09: Tips on How To Handle Adversity

51:07: Where to Find Kristin

 

 

Contact Info:

Website: https://www.bemytravelmuse.com/

Instagram: @bemytravelmuse

 

Ep.434 ~ Make 2020 Your Best Year Ever

January 1, 2020

A new year podcast with Chris Reynolds on how to use high-performance goal setting methods to make 2020 your best year ever!

 

Check out The Business Method @ https://www.thebusinessmethod.com/

Subscribe and Listen to the Podcast @ http://bit.ly/TheBusinessMethod

Leave us a review @ http://bit.ly/TheBusinessMethod

 

Ep.433 ~ Making The Four Hour Work Week a Reality ~ John Crestani

December 25, 2019

John Crestani~ Internationally Renowned Expert in Affiliate Marketing 

~ Current Series ~

100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

I love it when people hop on the podcast ready to make a great show, with a contagiously stoked attitude and a lot to share. They really make an impact, and I will literally talk about these episodes with my friends non-stop. Quite often I have know idea what show is going to have such an impact on me. I have had some guests that I thought the show would be great, and they were really difficult. Then, I have had other guests, that really surprised me how they showed up on the mic. What is the magic touch when it comes to being a good interviewee? For me it is personality and connection. If someone is truly interested in connecting, having a good time on the podcast and being open, those usually make the best episodes. Sometimes, and we all can tell, the person just shows up to promote their own agenda. I am not knocking it, I know many people do this, and it can be a decent marketing strategy.

 

But the best episodes, the interviews that leave a mark, the ones that I end up naturally promoting and talking about more are the episodes where the interviewee is stoked, ready to be on the show, having a good time and sharing some of the juiciest tips they have. Today's guest is one of those episodes that I will never forget. 

 

I’ve seen this guy pop up on my YouTube channel a few times and he stood out to me. So, I reached out to him but didn’t hear anything back. About a year later, someone on his team reached out to us to have him on the podcast. I already knew who he was and instantly accepted the request. His name is John Crestani. 

 

John is the perfect example of a ‘Four-Hour Work Week’ case study. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur that started out on an island in Thailand trying to figure out what to do with his life, to creating massive online success in a short period of time. For the past few years, John is running a fully location-independent business pulling in $1,2,3,4+ million USD annually with ZERO employees, and he does it with zest, zeal and a really awesome attitude. 

 

As soon as John hopped on the call, he had a big smile on his face and I knew instantly we were going to get along.  We talk about a lot today on the show, because even though John has no employees, there are still many facets to his business. We start off talking about John, when he was on the island in Thailand and what he was going through. Like many of us lifestyle entrepreneurs he came across the book ‘The Four-Hour Work Week’ and it really had a massive impact the way he saw the world. He started out selling on eBay, then trying to go back to University and selling digital products to his fellow students, which turned out to be pretty lucrative. It took him a few years to master the online game, but when he did, he started to crush it.  We get to delve deep into how he has built a multi 7-figure business with no employees, how he still designs his work life around the hobbies he enjoys, what he would do if he had to start all over again, why he is doubling down on YouTube, and the strategies he is using that is quite different then other people teaching the same thing as him on YouTube, and much, much more. 

   03:04: Who is John Crestani?

   06:57: The Power of Perspective

   17:51: Balancing Lifestyle & Entrepreneurship

   24:30: The Impact of Reading “The Four Hour Workweek”

   26:49: Running a 7-Figure Business With Zero Employees

   35:09: John’s Tips on Selling Online Courses

   36:59: How To Strategically Position Yourself In A Community

   41:42: John’s Favorite Communities & Organizations

   44:00: Why Youtube?

   53:17: John’s Vision for the Next Decade

1:02:38: John on Managing Influence

1:06:31: John’s Favorites Books & Podcasts

1:14:00: How John Got Featured in Forbes

1:18:32: Where to Find John Crestani

Contact Info:

 

johncrestani.com

YouTube: bit.ly/crestani_yt

John’s Forbes Article the Went Viral 

Ep.432 ~ World’s Top Female Pro Skateboarder ~ Lizzie Armanto

December 18, 2019

Lizzie Armanto ~ Top Female Pro Skateboarder

~ Current Series ~
100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers

 

 

It has been really fun interviewing some of the world’s top influencers. One of the reasons is because many of these influencers are also top high-performers as well and today’s guest is no different. Lizzie Armanto joins us today on the mic. Lizzie is one of the world's best skateboarders and has the accolades to prove it. Lizzie has won over 30 skateboarding awards including placing first overall in the World Cup of Skateboarding points race from 2010-2012. She won the gold at the first Women’s Skateboard Park X Games in Barcelona, Spain. She won the 2014 Van Doren Invitational and in 2018 she became the first female skater to complete Tony Hawk’s 360-degree ramp. And, she will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. She is one of the most groundbreaking women in skateboarding history and she is joining us on today’s show. 

 

During the interview we dive into a variety of things with Lizzie about how she has grown from a kid skating in Southern California to an international skateboarding pro. Lizzie shares about daily rituals, how she sees competition and fun, her mindset around being a professional skater and the importance of doing what she loves. Later in the interview, we touch on how Lizzie ‘gets in the zone’, what it is like being in the zone, or in flow-states for her, some of the other hobbies she enjoys, other cities and countries around the world that Lizzie really enjoys skating in, and of course how she manages her influence.  

 

 

01:58: Who is Lizzie?

04:46: Lizzie on Participating in the 2020 Olympics

05:33: Journey To Pro Skateboarding

10:00: How Skateboarding Helped Lizzie Find Her Identity

16:10: Lizzie on Overcoming Challenges

18:54: Daily Rituals

25:06: The Challenges of Being a Pro Skater

26:21: Lizzie on The Importance of Doing What She Loves/ Competition Mindset

29:50: How Lizzie Gets Into “The Zone”

32:30: Favorite Top Skate Scenes

39:00: Lizzie on Managing Influence

44:40: Where to Find Lizzie

 

Contact Info:

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizziearmanto

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizziearmanto/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizziearmanto 

 

Ep.431 ~ Top 20 Productivity Hacks for 2020

December 11, 2019

~ 10x Your Productivity This Year ~

 

02:28 Turn Off Your Phone and Hide It

04:32 Turn Your Phone on Black and White Mode

06:07 Put Your Vices in the KBox

07:29 Go to the Cafe/Work Without Your Computer Charger

08:50 Breathe

11:50 Work in 90 Min Cycles. 

14:25 Do Less Better, Eliminate

15:35 Deep Focus Work First Each Day

16:48 Do the Tasky Things After the Most Important Work is Done

18:05 Check Email at Scheduled Times 

19:10 Learn to Say No First

20:27 Batch

22:25 Hard Stops

23:57 Bookmark Bar

26:23 Keep Tabs Open for Each Project Your Working On Only and Minimize the Others

27:39 Block Notifications 

28:28 Meditate, Exercise, Plan

29:23 Create Long-Term Plans

30:31 Create Short-Term Plans

33:39 Eat Less

Products/Apps Mentioned in the Podcast:

 

KBox (Actually Called the KSafe)

HazeOver

Brain.FM

X.ai

Unroll.me

HeyFocus

Otter.ai

 

Podcast Transcription:

Hello podcast listeners and high performance gurus. Today, we are bringing you the top 20 productivity hacks for 2020. These are tried and true productivity hacks I wanted to hop on to the mic and share with you some of the top productivity hacks that we have come across in the past year or so, things that I've implemented myself, things that we tell our clients to use, things that have really helped people become more productive and lead a better lifestyle. And so we're going to go through them. A lot of them involve neuroscience and and flow states, which is the newest research that's out there when it comes to productivity and high performance. And so we're going to talk about those today and here they are in no particular order. Plus, we'll talk about some bonuses and some of the top apps that I recommend these days.

 

The very first hack and the one that I have used and it's probably one of the juiciest most powerful ones. I'm going to give it to you right now…..drum roll.

 

It is turning off your phone and hiding it. The University of Texas did this study you guys, and

they found out that your cognitive ability declines somewhere, to the point of 10 IQ points, around 10 IQ points when your phone is on and it is around you. Even if it's in a bag, where you cannot see it. And so what I have done is, I turn that sucker off. And I hide it from myself! I put it in another room, I put it in a drawer across the room so it is not around. And another thing that I've done is kept my phone at home for social engagements. So if I go out to eat with friends, you know, whatever, go out dancing, my phone stays at home. I’ve got 6000 pictures on my phone, I don't need anymore. I don't need the extra two that I'm going to get, you know, tonight or some more selfies. But, what happens especially when you go out with friends, you kind of feel like you're on. You have a little superpower, you're out in the world without this codependency that we have with our phones and you feel a bit stronger. It's really strange, and then when it comes to working when you don't have your phone around you, especially in the morning, or the first thing you do when you do deep focused work, like it is really, really refreshing not to have that phone around. One time, I measured how many times I checked my phone in a day over a period of like two weeks, and it's on average about 10 times per hour. That is 160 times per day more or less during our waking hours, that we're checking our phone. We're thinking about checking our phone and this actually reduces our cognitive ability to input, to focus and to get shit done. So that is our very first productivity hack for 2020. Turn off your phone and hide it from yourself. I'm sure it's been years since many of you have turned off your phone, actually hit the power button and turned it off. 

 

The second productivity hack of 2020 is to turn your phone on black and white mode.

 

This is also a really good one. If you turn your phone on black and white mode, it decreases the attractiveness, so like Facebook and YouTube, and all the apps, all the major apps out there know exactly what they're doing when they're using the colors to hook your mind into their news feeds. And so if you don't have those colors around, just imagine it's like watching TV in black and white. It's not even fun, it's not even attractive and then you realize okay, I'm just here because these are my habits, I'm just trying to scroll through things, because they're my habits and when it's in black and white it's not as fun it's not as engaging. You're not getting the neurochemical hits in your brain as often, and it loses its attraction and so it's easy to say okay, I'm putting this thing up. I'm going to go on and do some work or spend time with family or do something that really helps me live a better life. And so, turn your phone on black and white mode. 

 

I can walk you through the process but it's probably going to be much easier if you just asked Google. I know the iOS process for Apple, you go to General Settings, Accessibility, and then Color Filters and then you can turn it off. I don't know for Android, but it's really just easier if you ask Google. Siri, she can help you out with that black and white mode for your phone and productivity.

 

That’s hack number two, and on to productivity hack number three!

 

 Put your vices in a Kbox. We had a client we worked with this year who smoked, and he really wanted to quit spending so much time smoking. He had been smoking for years and he wanted to break this habit. And so, what he did is he ordered this cool thing called a Kbox. It is a timed lockbox so you can put your things in the box that you don't want to get until a certain period of time, and it actually really will lock things up and it will not matter how important it is to get in the box, you will need a baseball bat to open it up. It will not open up until the selected time. So our client would put his cigarettes Monday through Friday in his Kbox and would not smoke Monday through Friday and give himself a little leeway on the weekends. So if you have any vices, substances, food or whatever chocolate, who knows what it is, that's a distraction for you when you're in the house. You can order this KBox and you can put those things in there, and keep them away from you, for people that have those dependencies, have those habits, you know, it's really a powerful thing to use, and it is beneficial. So check out the Kbox

 

That's productivity hack number three on to productivity tip number four!

 

When you go to the cafe or coworking space go work without a computer charger. This really works! I heard this from Noah Kagan, on an email randomly, and I was like, that sounds interesting. So I then went to the cafe the next day, and something switches in your brain! You're like you have this scarcity mode sometimes. We can use scarcity to ignite some, some amazing productivity and it’s this idea that the computer will eventually run out you don't have an unlimited amount of battery actually makes you be more focused and you think to yourself, “Oh wow! I've got to get stuff done! I've got to get on top of this, because my battery's gonna run out.” And I would argue that, you know, however long a battery lasts 3,5,6 hours, I don't know, each computer is different. Mine I think it lasts about five or six hours. I would argue that the intensity of work, knowing that your battery's going to run out really increases that productivity probably at least two fold and it's pretty impressive! So that's productivity number four you guys! Go to the cafe, and do not take your computer charger but make sure you have 100% in your battery before you go.

 

Okay so on to productivity hack number five. 

 

This one's really powerful you guys, and especially when it comes to the neuroscience behind this. It's such a simple thing, and it's remembering to breathe. Take some time out when you're feeling stressed or distressed. When you're feeling anxious, when you're feeling overwhelmed. Just take some time out and do some deep breaths. Here's why this is so important. Our bodies can last years without exercise, you know, we use exercise all the time to help us be more productive. What else do we use? Diet! Our bodies can last a month without food. What else do we? We use hydration! Our bodies can last a week without water. But our bodies cannot last more than a handful of minutes without breath. It is key and it is essential. And if you check out the top flow experts, the top productivity experts out there today, what they're telling us more and more is they're talking about breathing. So learning to control our breath helps us manage our thoughts and helps us manage our neurochemistry in our body. And it helps us be really more productive.

 

So there's some fun techniques actually we have. We have some high performance meditations coming out that include deep breathing. They are two or five minutes or 10 minutes. They're coming out very soon. One thing that I did, I started testing this out about a year and a half ago. When I was working away at the computer and I would feel stress. One of the things I would do is just go away from the computer and I would hold my breath, and I would hold it for as long as I could. Then a funny thing happened. It’s like whatever I was feeling just kind of faded away. Because what I think your mind is doing is saying, “Hey dummy you don't have oxygen! You need oxygen! Quit worrying about that thing that's stressing you out. And so then, then you take some deep breaths, and it really kind of releases some really feel good neurochemicals. What I think it does also is wash away some of that cortisol in our body which makes us feel more stress, it's a stress hormone. And, and then you feel good. And so there's some deep breathing techniques, Wim Hof is a great one. A quick one that I do is like three deep breaths in and out, and then a couple minutes of block breathing which is breathe in for five seconds, hold for five seconds, breathe out for five seconds, hold for five seconds. Do that for two minutes, and your physiology will change. It's very impactful. Somebody was saying recently, Dr. Daniel Amen. That the optimal productive state, relaxed state in an optimal productive relaxed state, we're breathing about six breaths a minute I believe he said. So five to six breaths a minute. And that, is what happens when we feel fear, stress, or anxiety. Our heart rate jumps up, our breath jumps up, and changes. So if you can control your breath, it is a huge productivity hack. Learn to breathe. 

 

Okay, productivity hack number six! Here we go. 

 

Based on research flow-states are best in 90 minutes cycles, and then you take a 15 minute break. So we tested these out this year at our live event called Get Shit Done Live. It's a 10 day event for those that don't know, a 10 day event where people come that want to move the needle in their business and be incredibly productive in a short period of time. And people get amazing results. It is really shocking to see the results people get done, especially on the last four days for some reason. So what we tried out different Pomodoro times, and for you guys that don't know, Pomodoros are like 25 minutes of work, then a five minute break. Or 15 minutes of work, then a 10 minute break. Or 90 minutes of work, then a 15 minute break. So, the shorter Pomodoro is 25 minutes on, five minutes off are generally good for tasky things like email. You know, answering messages just miscellaneous tasks, things like doing dishes or something like that. Then, the longer Pomodoro of 50 minutes on, 10 minutes off, are good for longevity. And so if you've got a long day like a 10 hour work day, 12 hours a day, 50 minutes on 10 minutes off is great because you get 10 minutes to do some pushups and situps, maybe do some dishes, whatever move around the house get some body movement. Get some deep breathing going.

 

But what's optimal for deep flow states, the concentrated work where your creativity spikes up to like 400% - 700%, literally, you need about 90 minutes of work straight. This comes from Steven Kotler, 90 minutes, are the optimal based on research or is the optimal time for deep flow states, and it kind of makes sense. Think about work, you know people, regular nine to five jobs, people work 90 minutes, and they get 15 minutes off. My dad was a construction worker for 40 years, and they would work an hour and a half, then have 15 minutes off work, work another hour and a half, they get their lunch, then work for another hour and a half and have 15 minutes off. It is just part of the structure that really works. So, something to think about especially if you guys are doing deep focused work when you get up in the morning, or first thing in the morning, 90 minutes on, take some, you know, 10-15 minutes off. This is a very powerful flow technique!

 

On to productivity hack number seven!

 

I didn't realize I was going to talk so much about this stuff you guys. This next tip is really good. Do less better. That's my motto for 2020, it has been, it has been my motto for 2019 also. Eliminate, eliminate! Learn how to say no, do less better. It's hard for us, especially as driven people you guys are. You want to get a lot of shit done. You want to be focused, you want to be productive, do less better. I was in a meditation retreat recently, and there's this quote that I saw in one of the books. It was a Buddhist quote and it said, “The best way”, and it's Buddhism from 2600 years ago, it said, “The best way to get a lot of things done, is doing one single thing at a time.”, and it is so true. This goes back, also to not having your phone around you when you're working when you're engaged in social events, you do less better, you can focus on the task at hand. It is really powerful and impactful do less better. Eliminate eliminate. 

 

So, productivity hack number eight!

 

I think I mentioned it already, deep focused work for the first work task, deep focused work. First thing first thing. Give yourself 90 minutes at least maybe two Pomodoro sessions, three hours to do deep focused work. So many of the top performers in the world are getting up early in the morning at 5am, getting like three-four hours of work done, even before breakfast time. Mark Wahlberg is now literally going to bed at 7pm, getting up at 2am. He has three quarters of his day done before the family even wakes up. And so then he can just kind of fluff off the rest of the day. So do deep focused work. And also, the most important tasks in the morning. Pick two or three most important tasks and you will feel good. This also overlaps with ‘Eat the Frog’ principle, and you will feel really good. So that's productivity number eight, and on to productivity number nine. 

 

Productivity tip number nine is to do the tasky things after the most important work is done. So you do your deep focused work, your most important tasks in the morning, and then you do the tasky things like answering email, checking your messages, checking your social media, whatever it may be. Quite often, the miscellaneous small things that sometimes we tend to try to do first because there are the easy things to do. You know, they're the easy things that we can knock off and then we can get like a shot of dopamine or oxytocin and feel good for a little bit, because we knocked those few things off. But then, on the backside of it are the big important things. So we reverse this time for the big important things first, and then do the tasky little things in the afternoon, it's much better because especially like our energy levels are different. You know, if you're going on a morning, you usually do a typical morning and afternoon work schedule. It's much better to answer those emails do these tasking miscellaneous things when your energy levels are not as concentrated or as high in the afternoon after lunch. So save those tasky things for the afternoon. Do the tasky things after the most important work is done. 

 

Productivity hack number 10!

 

Check email at scheduled times once or twice a day. This is an old tried and true Tim Ferriss recommendation. 11am and 4pm is what he used to suggest. Even sometimes just doing it once a day in the afternoon. It's great. It really is great if you can set up your life, so, everything doesn't revolve around email, and you can check email once or maybe twice a day. You know, you're still going to get plenty of stuff done, it is really beneficial and you feel good, like you just feel better. Email is connected with Facebook messages and social media messages are really connected to the amount of stress that we're adding in our live. So check email scheduled times once, maybe twice a day. If you can't separate yourself from an email twice a day. If you can create that in your business or in your life then do it just once a day. 

 

Okay, productivity hack number 11!

 

This goes back also to do less better. Learn to say “No” first. There are two schools of thought like Richard Branson says, “Say yes first and then decide later if you can do the project well.” That comes to like big business deals right? Really important business deals! And so, fair enough, I understand. But, I think a lot of us have a hard time saying no and if we can learn to say no more often, we can balance our lives much better and we can take off so many of the big to do lists. We can start to reduce that big to do list. Even just try it as a habit. You know, if somebody asked you to do something, say “No” first, and then if it feels really good, go back, you know, if it's really a great opportunity and it's meant to be that opportunity is going to be there 30 minutes from now, an hour from now, a half a day from now. Whenever! You learn to say no more often you guys. It's really powerful! It will reduce your tasky to-do list. It will make you feel better overall, you'll have a better overall state-of-mind, peace-of-mind and you will learn to say “No!

 

Okay, we're on productivity hack number 12!

 

This is a lot. Okay, number 12 is batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch batch! And I said that so many times so it can sink in. The better we become a batching, the more free time we will have, the more time we have to spend with our family and friends, do the things that we enjoy, the more time we have to get shit done! Batching for those that don't know is like taking a bunch of tasks and doing them all in the same period of time. So you're focused on those tasks, only those tasks, and you can get a lot more done instead of your brain switching from one task to a completely different task. So, for example, I podcast. So, if I want to knock out you know, two months, three months of podcast interviews, I schedule all those interviews in a two to three day period. So, I've literally knocked out like two to three months of podcast interviews within a few days. And, that feels really good because then I don't have to worry about scheduling more interviews and I don't have to worry about getting more people on the show. I don't have to worry about that part, then I can send all the podcast stuff to the editor, let them take care of it and I'm good for the next two months. I did this recently in September. I got like, I don't know, eight or nine podcasts recorded in late August and September. It was awesome. It was really great because then the end of September, all of October, and all of November I had zero podcast interviews to worry about and it was one less thing I had to worry about.. So, learn to batch. Batch your email time when you check it once or twice a day, manage your social media time. James Schramko says this he says when it comes to social media, “Get in, batch it all, get out. It's like a war zone! You've got to get in, do the things you need to do on social media, and get out. Spend the rest of your time doing the things you love.” So that is productivity Tip Number 12!

 

Productivity tip number 13 is learn to implement hard stops.

 

We interviewed Christian Chazmer, a year, a little over a year ago, and he said he scaled his business to $5 million, and 10x’ed his productivity based solely on implementing a hard stop of 7pm every night. So, I'm going to tell you some apps later on in the podcast that help you with this. They actually shut your computer down, or your phone off! And, you also need rest in the evenings. We need to rest in the evening time after you put in eight hours of work. We need to take a few hours off and chill, spend time with family, have a nice dinner, spend time with friends, let our minds, let our thoughts just go. Let the stress of the day just, you know, wave away and. Hard stops are essential. Putting more stuff on our to do list is not the way to be productive, it's not the way to be a high performer. It's the way to burn out. What we want to put on our to-do list are the essential and juicy things that really make a huge impact on our lives, on our business, on our families, and on our friends. So, the less we can put on our to-do list, and implement boundaries and priorities around hard stops, and working hours, the more impactful and productive you're going to be!

 

Alright, productivity hack number 14!

 

The bookmark bar! The bookmark bar is really powerful and I will actually show you mine. Sorry podcast listeners, we're videoing this also, so let me hop over here and share the video really quick. Look at my bookmark bar here you guys. I've got all the pages that I visit most often in order of how often I visit them up here on my bookmark bar. For some people this, is a distraction. For me, it's not because these icons are so small that I don't really see them. So, if you look, the one I use every day is Brain.FM. Brain.FM is productivity music that really helps me, then I have my calendar, and I have my website and then I have my booking page, then I have my Calendly dashboard, my scheduling dashboard. I have both my emails, my two different emails. I have me Google Drive, my Google Drive for podcasting, my Google Drive for podcast show notes, my Google Drive for coaching. Then, I have website editing links, then Facebook, Instagram. Instant TV, YouTube, Twitter, Podbean, where we upload our podcast to iTunes. An entrepreneur forum, Bitly links, Apple, Dropbox, Workflowy, and Trello. All these things I use on a regular basis and it's so great! Here we have Google Voice. It's so great because you just like, you don't have to think, you don't have to click it, you know to type it in. You don't have to think, you know they're there and I've got probably 20 shortcuts in my bookmark bar that you can check out and and I recommend it. It saves a lot of time. The other thing that I've got this also from Noah Kagan is speed up your mouse. If you speed up your mouse, you guys literally shave microseconds off your time and it will help you become more productive. So, that's a good one to implement, bookmark bar, and speed up your mouse so you can go faster to the bookmark bar! 

Productivity Hack number 15

 

Okay, number 15, keep the tabs open for each project, only and minimize these others. So, minimize the other tab so like if you're checking email all have open my Google. Google Calendar and my, my one email that I'm checking. That's it. All the other tabs are minimized down below, and I'll show you guys this also for those that are watching down below here you guys like I have two tabs one is like creating a new course three tabs actually one is like copy for a landing page that I'm creating and one is some outsource working that we've done with this person. And so those are the three types of things I need to work on this week, those are the most important ones, those stay minimize the ones, the things that I'm working on directly stay open. So, for whatever action so like right now I have my Google Calendar and then I have my all my podcast stuff, open on one tab. 

 

Hack number 16

 

Block all notifications as possible. This is, you know, common sense. The more notifications, we have the more we're distracted, especially when you're working in flow state you get a little ‘ding’ like, oh, you know, my friend messaged me and I need to check this real quick. No you don't! I mean, unless it's like, super important, you don't really. So, put those notifications on mute, mute them on your computer, mute them on your phone, and hide your phone. It will really increase your productivity. Tip number 16 block all notifications!

 

Hack number 17

 

Three things that I realized are essential for my productivity on a regular basis are M.E.P, meditate, exercise, and plan! Meditate, exercise, and plan! One more time, meditate, exercise and plan! If I don't meditate, if I don't exercise, if I don't plan, there's a good chance that I'm going to feel more cortisol in my body, more stress in my life, a bit more anxiety, and this is on a day to day basis. If I forget to do these things, even just one of these things in the afternoon I'll feel like a bit more stress, and just realize to myself, “Why am I off today?” If I get my meditation, my exercise and my planning in 99% of the time my days are spot on. The days are solid, they're productive, they're in flow states, they're enjoyable, and I'm grateful for them! From the morning the time I get up to the time I go to sleep, like it's just a great it's like the perfect perfect productive day. So that's what I need to implement in my days. Try them out, meditation exercising and planning. We just interviewed Hal Elrod who's the founder of The Miracle Morning. Everyday, he needs to do his Miracle Morning that he's done it for 12 years. Each morning he completes meditation, exercise, journaling, reading for 10 minutes, exercising for 10 minutes, visualization for 10 minutes, affirmation for 10 minutes. I need meditation, exercise, and planning to get shit done and have the perfect productive day. Figure out what it is for you. Try them out, and that's number 17 

 

Productivity hack number 18 & 19!

 

I'm going to batch productivity hacks 18 and 19 together here. Hack 18 is to create a long-term plan and productivity hack 19 is to create a short-term plan that fits into that long-term plan.  Now, I put these as two different productivity tips because they are they can give you different results, and they are different things. So, when it comes to short term planning it's great for daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and even hourly, but you're going to see the world differently, you're going to plan differently and you're going to have different priorities if you set up long-term plans. What I do is I picture myself when I'm in my 90s, I've lived an amazing life, I've done all these awesome things, and I look back on my life and all the things that I did, and I think about the important things. So, short term planning is good for like daily tasks weekly tasks. Long-term planning is much better to see the bigger picture and to focus on the priorities. So currently, it’s the end of 2019 and I have been contemplating and reminiscing on all the things that I've done over the past 10 years. All the business ventures, all the travels, all the goals that I've set, and I thought to myself, if I would have focused on less, I would have been in a much better financial and business position. Because I was focused on a lot, because I was focused on the short-term, like how can I make my few hundred, few thousand next dollars then my brain was scattered and the priority was just survival. The priority was, especially when I was starting off as an entrepreneur 10 years ago, try something for a few months didn't work, then try a new thing, didn’t work? Then try a new thing. There was no longevity and there was no time to cultivate the success that you do in a business. Think of a farmer, if they plant a seed and the seed doesn't grow in a few weeks, and don't get the results you want, you don’t dig up those seeds and plant another seed. That would be stupid as a farmer. You've got to plant a seed, you've got to water it, you've got to give it sunlight, you've got to give it nurture and love, and then the seed grows. Then you can harvest your corn, but it takes almost the entire year for that seed to grow. And so, the same thing when it comes to business. You’ve got to look at the long-term picture so, what I did this year was think of what the one or two things I can do over the next 10 years. To where 10 years from now I'm not sitting here saying, “Wow, if I, if I wouldn't have been so sporadic. I would have been in a much better financial and business position.” So that's the bottom line and power of a long-term plan. Create a long-term plan first, and then fit your short-term planning into that long-term plan! First long and then short-term planning. Very essential, and very powerful. 

 

Okay, hack number 20!

 

Here's the last one. It'll be a shocker to you guys I guarantee, but it really works. Hack number 20 is eat less! I know a lot of you're saying...hahahaha….I can't do that. You can! Our ancestors did it, they did fine. We can do it. People are doing it all over the world and science and research, they've been studying this over and over, eating less can help us be more productive and have healthier lives. It puts our bodies in ketosis which helps us focus better, which helps us burn more fat, which helps us be in better shape, which helps us exercise better, which helps us just be more productive. And so now, I eat two meals a day. That's it. There's people that eat one meal a day. I think they’re a little crazy. I'm sure it's doable. Two meals a day is fine in between an eight hour period. I usually eat around noon, and get my last meal around 6:30pm or 7:00pm. I like to finish eating before 8pm. And if there's nothing wrong it usually works well. You know I'm in great shape. I am not overweight. And so, eating less, I think especially for the standard American diet. The standard average person diet, we eat easily too much, too much stuff, too much junk in our bodies. Eating less can really help you reduce the junk that you put in your body. Make sure when you do eat, you guys eat the good stuff. Okay, you're not eating too much white pasta, white flour, you know, sugar. Get your vegetables, get your fruits, get your proteins, get the things that make you perform well. Eat less is productivity hack number 20. 

 

So I told you guys I was going to go over some apps and this is turning into a really long podcast. I didn't think it would be so long, but….. So, let me touch on some apps that have really changed my life, and I think they are good suggestions for you. 

 

So, new apps I like Otter.ai. It literally transcribes everything on spot, or you can upload audios and it transcribes it all for free. I'm transcribing this podcast and we're going to turn it into some content, and put it up on a page. Transcribing with Otter.ai is really an awesome app. I can't believe it's actually free. 

 

Then we have X.ai. I haven't used this personally myself, but I thought about trying out a few times. I have friends that have used it and they raved about it. X.ai is artificial intelligence that schedules your meetings for you. So, if you send a link to a friend, or to a colleague that wants to set up a meeting, they pick the time, and then, X.ai actually goes back and forth with the emails and they are communicating with the artificial intelligence. It is literally communicating with the person to find the best time for you both based on what it knows from your calendar. You don't have to go back and forth with those 3, 4, 5, 6 emails to figure the best time out X.ai does that all for you schedule. It's all automated and it's really awesome. 

 

Of course you guys, I've got to always suggest Brain.FM. Dan Clark, the CEO, he's a friend, but I was using Brain.FM long before I ever met Dan. We also made a great podcast episode with Dan, and Brain.FM is probably one of the best productivity music apps out there. They have focus music, relaxation music, meditation music, and sleep music. It is very simple to use. I use it almost on a daily basis. Brain.FM, I highly recommend you guys set it up. 

 

Okay guys, so I wanted to walk through the format on my phone. The way that I use my phone you guys, is I turn it on black and white and I hide it from myself. One app that I came across this year that I've used immensely is ScreenTime. It’s an iOS app. I'm sure there's like Rescue Time that you can use for Android, but ScreenTime actually measures the amount of time you pick up your phone per day, per week, the amount of time that you're on different apps on your phone, and it shows you where you're spending your time. The first time I used this was about a year ago, and I saw that I picked up my phone nearly 800 times in a week, and I was shocked. I was actually a little disgusted. I was like, 800 times a week to pick up my phone! That's too much! It's just too much time on this little device. And so Screen Time measures when you're spending two hours a day on YouTube. You know when you're spending X amount of time on Facebook, and so on. So, ScreenTime is a powerful tool. 

 

Another one, you guys that I have just come across is called HazeOver. So basically, what it does is like, say you have something open on your computer, and you see all the little miscellaneous tabs in the background. You know you're looking for something on Finder, and under documents or under downloads or something, then you can also see like the Zoom box you have in the background and then the tabs for your internet search bar in the background as well, which can be very distracting. So, what HazeOver does is it fades over everything that’s in the background of the tab of what you are actually using. So, I'm actually using it now I have my notes that I'm looking at, and then in the background everything else is darkened out so I can barely see my Zoom window. I can barely see the internet browser, I can barely see everything else in the background. It makes you focus! So it's a great one, HazeOver

 

I have to go back, always to Unroll.me. Unroll.me is just this great app that deletes subscriptions to these email newsletters. The first time I used Unroll.me, all you have to do is click a bunch of buttons to unsubscribe you from all these newsletters. The first time, my main personal email had like 900 subscriptions, and my new email that was only a few months old had like 85 or 95. I have no idea how I got subscribed to so many. So Unroll.me just unsubscribes you by clicking one click, and you unsubscribe from a ton of newsletter.

 

This is another highly recommended app it is called Focus App or HeyFocus. The app is one which shuts your computer down at a selected time, it literally shuts your computer down so you can implement those hard stops times for being on the computer. I have a client that uses his computer excessively and he wanted to shut it down at 10pm every night. This really worked well for him. If you shut your computer down on this app, at 7pm, you have to go have dinner and enjoy time with friends and family like, it's just a necessity or relax or watch TV or whatever. 

 

One other bonus tip you guys I want to wrap this up, is to get a coach and accountability partner. It is always incredibly beneficial when trying to get shit done and being productive. They can work you through these problems and what I want to say to finish you guys, you know it takes a little discipline to implement new productivity hacks. Pick one out of these 20, pick just one pick one hack, try it out. Don't just try it out one day, try it out for a few weeks. See if it resonates with you. Give yourself three weeks at least to make it a habit, and then pick another one. If you want to implement it more, if you want to change and be more productive pick a second. 

 

These are 20 of the top productivity hacks for 2020. I'm going to wrap it up there you guys. I want to thank you for listening to the show. Check out our podcast at TheBusinessMethod.com, or on iTunes. We're on all the apps, Spotify, and we've got really great shows coming. We are in the middle of our 100 Major Influencer series, and we've interviewed some amazing people like Hal Elrod, Laird Hamilton, Jim Rogers, Steven Kotler some of the top experts in the world.

 

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