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A Top Rated Podcast for Lifestyle Entrepreneurs & High-Performers. Hear from: Jim Rogers Former Partner of George Soros, Steven Kotler High-Performance Expert and Best Selling Author, Laird Hamilton #1 Big Wave Surfer, Casey Fenton founder of CouchSurfing, Janice Howroyd First Black Female Billionaire, Ron Lynch GoPro Marketing Genius, John Lee Dumas Worlds Top Business Podcaster are just a few of the guests you will find on The Business Method. Get behind the minds of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs and high-caliber people. Series #1: 100 6-Figure Entrepreneurs, Series #2: 100 7-Figure Location Independent Entrepreneurs, Series #3: 100 Major Influencers.
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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/
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/  
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/
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/
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/
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/
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  
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  
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 
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   
~ 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.   So check that out, subscribe and listen, sign up for our newsletter, we have a newsletter to keep you productive and on your toes, helping you get shit done on a regular basis. I’ll end it there and have an incredibly productive day! Bye everybody!
  Hal Elrod~ Author of The Miracle Equation ~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers   He died at the age of twenty after being hit head on by a drunk driver and was pronounced dead for exactly six minutes. After surviving, the doctors told him he would never walk again and have permanent brain damage. He then recovered and ran a fifty-two mile marathon. In record time, he became a top sales rep for CutCo Cutlery. Then going into business for himself he has become a hall of fame business achiever, an international keynote speaker and author of one of the highest rated books in the world, The Miracle Morning, which has been translated into thirty-four languages and sold over one million copies. On top of that, he is a cancer survivor, and his name is Hal Elrod.    I came across Hal’s work after I heard many of my fellow entrepreneur friends raving about The Miracle Morning. They would start their day using Hal’s methods taking one hour each morning to practice Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercize, Reading & Scribing, each taking ten minutes. So, as the life-hacking nerd that I am, I decided I would try it out also. I did it for seven months and it was awesome!  I am a firm believer in morning and daily rituals and I think anyone that implements The Miracle Morning can really make life changing shifts rapidly.    It was really enjoyable talking with Hal. He is such a genuine and inspirational guy.  We get some time to dive into how The Miracle Morning came about on the podcast today, we talk about his newest method of life hacking The Miracle Equation, which is what he used when he was going through cancer, becoming a top salesman at CutCo and how he used his experience there to apply it to his success and Hal and I dive into some other inspirational topics.      01:50: Who is Hal Elrod? 05:36: The Story Behind The Miracle Morning 09:54: Hal's Experience Using The Miracle Morning methods 13:14: Hal on The Importance of Being a Responsible Influencer 19:02: Hal on How To Balance Your Energy 22:50: What is a Miracle? 27:15: The Miracle Equation 33:58: Hal's Perspective on Goal Setting ​ Contact Info: ​ The Miracle Morning Community on Facebook ​ https://halelrod.com ​ https://www.miraclemorning.com/
Laird Hamilton ~ World’s #1 Big Wave Surfer & Surf Innovator ~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers   Our guest today is someone that I have followed since I first heard about him when I was 25 years old. Somewhere I came across this cool hour long surf video and I used to watch 2-3 times a week as a sort of meditation/visualization process picturing myself living somewhere where I could surf on a regular basis, and enjoy the beach lifestyle. One day, I was looking up more cool surf videos on YouTube and came across a video of this guy that would surf the biggest and most difficult waves anyone could surf. And I remember him saying in one of his videos on how he said he felt called to the waves, how the waves just called him in, and this really stuck out for me because many times I had felt called to climb mountains, travel the world, go on adventures and I didn’t really know where it came from, because the things that I was doing were semi crazy compared to everyone else I knew at the time. but that I had this intuitive feeling of being called to things also. During one of his videos he said this quote that struck me to my core. It was, “Do not be afraid of death, be afraid of a half lived life.” This really resonated with me, it spoke to me and I thought to myself….I like this guy. Since that moment I have followed him and watched multiple documentaries about the accomplishments he has taken on and how he lives his life. He is one of the two biggest names in surfing, and has become the Michael Jordan of big wave surfing and his name is Laird Hamilton.    I will be honest, I was nervous as hell before the interview. I think that is expected when anyone meets their role model/superhero for the first time. But after a couple minutes, it really felt like I was speaking to an uncle that I had known for years. Laird was really down to earth, a good conversationalist and just fun to hang out with for the time we had together. We got nearly an hour and a half to chat on this interview and we talked about so much during that time, but what I really wanted to get out of the conversation is Lairds mentality, how he sees the world, and why he chooses to live his life the way he does. I think I did a pretty good job of that, while both of us having a really good time during the interview. We touch on everything from competition surfing, handling opposing views, near death experiences, inner-callings and being connected with one's higher-self, his passion for innovation, living a healthy and high-performance lifestyle and of course keeping his home balance and family routine. We dive into breath work, Laird’s current recommended books, flow-states, reducing stress goal setting, daily rituals, the type of people Laird surrounds himself with, riding Teahupoo, where he conquered the impossible wave to ride that really put him at the top of big wave surfing and we find out if Laird still fears a half lived life. Ladies and gentlemen, I am so excited to bring this show to you….Laird Hamilton     05:25: Who is Laird Hamilton?    09:40: How Does Laird See Himself?    15:15: Laird on Competition Surfing    16:40: Handling Opposing Views    18:38: Laird on Near Death Experiences & the Impact on His Life    22:45: What is Laird’s Internal Inner Drive?    25:50: Staying Connected to One's Higher-Self    28:30: Laird’s Biggest Fear    33:30: Laird's Biggest Passion Currently    34:50: How Laird Keeps His Home Balance    36:30: Laird on Breathwork    41:55: Laird’s Recommended Reads    45:00: Laird on Influence    55:40: Laird Defines the Spiritual Side of Himself    57:55: Riding the Impossible Wave 1:03:40: Flow-States 1:08:50: Basic Ways to Reduce Stress & Get Into Flow-State 1:11:15: Laird's Daily Rituals & Time Tested Rituals 1:20:20: The Types of Men Laird Surrounds Himself With Contact Info:   Laird’s XPT Life App: https://www.xptlife.com/ Laird’s Apparel: https://lairdapparel.com/ Laird Superfood: https://lairdsuperfood.com/ Website: http://www.lairdhamilton.com/ Instagram: @lairdhamiltonsurf/ Facebook: @LairdLife Twitter: @LairdLife
Alison Armstrong ~ Understanding Men ~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers   Hello listeners, welcome to the show today. I want to welcome you back to the podcast and introduce another very special guest. Alison Armstrong is our guest today, I actually heard her first speak over six years ago and I was blown away by the content about men and women, and then I started just engulfing myself into her material. I can be a testament that what she teaches changes people's lives because it has been one of the most impactful subjects that I have studied throughout my life and my personal growth process. Alison and what she teaches has absolutely revolutionized the way that I see the world. Alison’s exploration into understanding the differences between men and women started way back in 1991. She just was curious about why men operated the way that we do, and she wanted to understand the differences between the sexes. She's been studying men for nearly 30 years now, and she has this type of understanding about the sexes, that when men see her speak they actually start to cry, and they do that because they feel more understood than they ever had in their entire lives. What she does is she distinguishes human instincts that compel both men and women to behave in ways that contradict and undermine our own purposes goals and values and needs and relationships. I think there's a few key important things that we don't study in school that are incredibly important. One of those is of course money. The other one is effective communication, and the other one is understanding relationships. These are three things that are essential for people to live a healthy well balanced life. So, I recommend anybody to check out.   I've made it actually one of my goals to make Allison and her material one of my major studies for the next year. I usually have a few major goals in a year and Allison is in her materials, one of the most important things my priorities for 2020. Throughout the interview, we talk about how she built this passion into an amazing location independent business, starting way back in the 90s. We talk about essential differences between the sexes, why men are operate the way that we do and argument resolution for couples.  I don't think there's anybody that could listen to this show and not get an incredible amount of value out of it this podcast interview! 06:01: Starting a Location Independent Business on Accident in 1995 07:40: Who is Alison Armstrong and Why is She On Our Podcast? 14:55: Tips on How the Sexes Can Listen To Each Other Better 29:49: The Five Layers of Protection Men Have About Criticism 41:15: Argument Resolution for Couples 52:10: Turning Alison’s Mission of Understanding Men Into a Business   Contact Info:   https://www.understandmen.com/
GSD Live is a perfect example of entrepreneurs being in the trenches of business together, experiencing the blood, sweat and tears of entrepreneurship that most people are trying to do all on their own. And what happens because of this is….is rapid growth, both business and personal, deep levels of trust and bonding, and bottom line massive results. This is exactly why I created GSD Live, you can’t get this at a conference, you need to be in the trenches with other entrepreneurs experiencing the pains, growth and rewards of entrepreneurship. It is the event that gives entrepreneurs the platform to see huge shifts in their businesses in a very short period of time.   10 Days of High-Performance Productivity, Targeted Collaboration, and Focused Execution If you have been craving an environment where you can excel at getting A LOT done for your business in a short amount of time while collaborating with other established entrepreneurs…then join us for a 10-Day high-performance productivity sprint designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs to get real tangible results and to bottom-line help you make money! “My first three-day productivity session I created a funnel that produced mid-5 figures in revenue. My second productivity session one week later I created a course that produced $25,000. It was literally like six-months of work in two-weeks!” Omer Bar, Founder of Facebook Lab     "Every single thing I worked on at Get Shit Done Live has now made me over $40,000." Willo Sana Transformational Business Coach for Entrepreneurs The Event "It's like 6 months of work in 10-days!" Imagine spending an extended period of time at a private location in Thailand collaborating to complete some of your most IMPORTANT PROJECTS with other established entrepreneurs!  From Oct. 24rd to Nov. 2nd. we will be spending 10 days at a private location  GETTING SHIT DONE.   It is as simple as that…this was created for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. There is magic that happens when brilliant minds come together to push one another towards rapid productivity, high collaboration, and targeted execution.     The Schedule Day 1: Intros and Brain Dump – Put all the things you want to implement in the next 10 days on paper and get ready for our first 3-day productivity session! Day 2: 10:00 am Start 3-Day Productivity Session and 7:00 pm Check-in Day 3: 10:00 am and 7:00pm Check-in Day 4: 10:00 am Check-in 7:00pm Check-in Day 5: Open Day/Skill Exchange Day and Guest Speaker on Using Productivity to Build a 7-figure Business Day 6: 10:00 am Start 2nd Productivity Session and 7:00 pm Check-in Day 7: 10:00 am Start 2nd Productivity Session and 7:00 pm Check-in Day 8: 10:00 am Check-in and 7:00 pm Check-in and Rapid Round Day 9: 10:00 am Check-in and 7:00 pm Results Day 10: Closing Events Day-to-day you interact with other entrepreneurs that are very driven and smart business people. Spending a long amount of time with them alters your business and your mentality about business. Goals are set, new businesses are formed, new partnerships will develop, greater profits margins are achieved, and the productivity skyrockets for those at the event!      "My ROI right now is super high, around 450%. I would say I made around $12,000 from the sales at this event." Eduardo Borges, founder of Partners Factory     I've already decided, to getaway next year and spend another 10 days at Get Shit Done Live. I'll be here for sure!" Andy Steven, co-founder of High-Voltage SEO and Page Optimizer HVSEO.co Location The Get Shit Done Live location is in the beautiful northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. It is one of the most cultural places to visit in Thailand and known as one of the world's easiest cities to live. On location we have a private coworking/meeting room, high-speed wifi, restaurant, cafe, a gym and pool on location. The event takes place within walking distance to many of the cities best restaurants, shopping, cafes and nightlife. It is also just a few minute drive to be in nature exploring the mountains and waterfalls in the area.    "My experience has been awesome. It has been some of the most productive time I have had in a loooonnng time....just the structure of the event is pretty amazing. It has been a real driver for me to get things done!" Derek Pankeaw founder of Flexr Travel Pullup Bar    Because of GSD Live we had our highest month ever hitting $25k in one month. I'll come next year again for sure!" Aakash Bansal, eComm Entrepreneur for a Consumer Electronics Brand in India
Nick Loper~ Founder & Host of The Side Hustle Show ~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers   Currently, we have interviewed about 65 major influencers from around the world on this podcast series and today’s guest, I am happy to announce is one of the top business podcasters raking in at #7 on Apple Podcasts for Entrepreneurship! Nick Loper is the founder and host of The Side Hustle Show a podcast for part-time entrepreneurs who are looking for business ideas, actionable tips to start a business, and killer strategies on how to turn their side hustle dreams into a growing business. They cover all aspects of starting a business and making money online and offline. The topics include passive income ideas, niche sites, self publishing, software and app development, and many more.    Today on the show, we get into the nitty-gritty of starting and building a podcast and business part-time. Entrepreneurs talk all the time about ‘the hustle’! Working hard to make things happen in your business and make your dreams come true. What we don’t talk about as often as we should is the art of building a business slowly. Many entrepreneurs have done this successfully and have ended up building incredibly successful businesses. The fact is, that not everyone can go all in with a new business. There are a lot of people that have their jobs and lives that come first, and a business has to be built on the side of these priorities. Nick talks directly to people about this on his podcast.     Throughout the show, Nick and I really talk a lot about how he has built a successful side hustle business and making a podcast profitable. He has some incredible insight on what is working and what is not working for podcasting today. Nick is transparent enough to share his financial numbers and how many listeners he has. He gives thorough advice on creating a successful business and a successful podcast.  It is a must listen if you are thinking about or have started your own podcast.  ​   ​   1:43: Who is Nick Loper?   5:47: 500 Days of Cold Showers   8:02: The Inspiration behind The Side Hustle Show 15:23: Nick on Using SEO Strategy to Grow His Podcast 21:44: Nick’s Tips for Starting a Podcast in Today’s Market 26:54: Nick’s Thoughts on What Podcasts Are Lacking Right Now 28:02: How To Double Traffic To Your Podcasts 29:18: Getting Advertisers VS Creating Your Own Products 35:14: Nick on Selecting Sponsors 37:15: Nick’s Advice to New Podcasters 39:06: Nick on Building a Facebook Community 43:05: Nick’s Thoughts on Video Podcasting 45:54: Nick’s Productivity Batching Tips For Podcasting Habits 47:28: Nick on Managing His Influence 51:40: Nick on the Importance of  Being Respectful of Your Listeners Time 52:47: Where to find Nick Loper? ​ ​ Contact Info:   https://www.sidehustlenation.com/side-hustle-show/
Lt. General Honore ~ Author of Don't Get Stuck On Stupid ~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers   “The only difference between charcoal and diamonds are heat and pressure.”  Lt. General Honore ​ Hey listeners welcome to the show today! We’ve got a special guest for you. By chance I was speaking with an old friend. I had been looking for some high ranking military professionals to come on the show for some time and I’m excited to introduce today’s guest.   Lt. General Honore is a retired lieutenant general who served as the 33rd commanding general of the US. First Army at Ft. Gellem, Georgia. He is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina Gulf Coast and as the 2nd Infantry Division’s commander while stationed in South Korea.    Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana – General Honoré served in a variety of command and staff positions which focused on Defense Support to Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense. For four of the past six hurricane seasons, he supported the Department of Defense planning and response for Hurricanes Floyd in 1999; Lilli and Isidore in 2002 (both hit the Gulf Coast); Isabel in 2003; and Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004. ​ General Honoré also planned and supported the United States military response to the devastating flooding which swept Venezuela 1999 and Mozambique in 2000. As Vice Director for Operations, he led the Defense Department’s planning and preparation for the anticipated Y2K Millennium anomaly. He planned and oversaw the military response to the Space Shuttle Columbia Tragedy and the DC Sniper Shootings. His lists of medals and awards are literally too many to mention, but they easily fill up a page.  ​ Today, on the show we dive into the General’s story over the past 40 years and how he handles disastrous situations, decision making and clear thinking. He started out attending segregated schools in rural Louisiana with a dozen siblings to become the man that handled disasters and hurricane damage relief all over the world. ​ I’m excited to get this show to you guys and hope you enjoy General Honore’s story as much as I did.  ​ ​     2:06: Who is General Honore?     7:37: General Honore’s Childhood in Louisiana    11:32: The General on Attending Segregated Schools    15:55: The General’s Military Career    21:18: The General on Overcoming Challenges    30:08: The General on Leading The Joint Task Force Katrina    42:03: The General’s 3 Essential Leadership Lessons    50:28: The General’s Routine    55:57: The General on Self-Perception 1:03:20: The General on Climate Change 1:15:14: The General’s Favorite Books 1:24:25: Where to find General Honore? ​   Contact Info:   http://generalhonore.com/
JP Sears ~ Author of How To Be Ultra Spiritual ~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers   “I think that the best form of spirituality is the religion called ‘Entrepreneurship,” JP Sears   On today's episode, we are welcoming the ultra-spiritual life coach JP Sears to the show. JP has been called the honey badger of the spiritual kingdom and is the creator of the popular YouTube channel ‘Awaken with JP.’ Not only that, JP is a spiritual guru, international teacher emotional healing coach, entrepreneur, and the author of his new book ‘How to be Ultra Spiritual.” ​ I wanted to bring JP on the Podcast after seeing his video ‘The Entrepreneur Life’. In JP’s terms “The entrepreneur life is a hard life of hustle, scaling, creating apps, starting startups, telling people that you're hustling, and pretending to be a billionaire. It's a lot of hard work, but it's a glorious life where you're a rock star of the business world who does things on your terms.” ​ I personally couldn’t agree more, so here to talk about his new book and ‘The Entrepreneur Life’ is the honey badger of the spiritual kingdom, JP Sears! ​ “The only thing better than our listeners hustling, is them watching us hustle. Why? Because we can’t monetize their hustle, we can monetize our hustle through them watching our hustling.” JP Sears ​ 03:37: JP’s Tips On How Entrepreneurs Can Become More Spiritual 16:52: JP On How to Monetize the Hustle 18:15: JP On Tech Being the One True Industry 22:49: JP’s Gary Vaynerchuk Impression 26:24: JP’s Steps on Spiritual Superiority From His New Book 29:55: How to Create the Four Hour Spiritual Week 32:51: The Anti-Spiritual Entrepreneur ​ ​ “If you’re not scaling something, then get the hell out of my life. Why are you wasting my time?” JP Sears ​ Honorable Mentions: ​ 'The Entrepreneur Life' Video ‘How to be Ultra Spiritual’ by JP Sears Gary Vaynerchuk Elon Musk Steve Jobs Richard Branson Tim Ferriss ~JP has some other great videos that can apply to the entrepreneurs out there~ Pursuing Your Passion vs. Accepting What Is How to Deal with Rejection Balancing Work and Family Life Becoming Successful on YouTube The Four Hour Spiritual Week Self Discipline - Is it Helping or Harming You? The Dark Side of Goal Setting How to Be a Life Coach ​ “The best way to become a leader is to get your followers, to follow you.” JP Sears ​ Contact Info: Pick up JP’s book now for free with a mandatory donation: How to Be Ultra Spiritual ​Landing Page: howtobeultraspiritual.com/ Social Media Links www.facebook.com/AwakenWithJP www.youtube.com/AwakenWithJP www.Instagram.com/AwakenWithJP www.twitter.com/AwakenWithJP SnapChat: AwakenWithJP  
Cynthia Johnson~ Co-Founder of Bell+Ivy ~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers   Cynthia Johnson is a global entrepreneur, marketing professional, author and keynote speaker. She is Co-Founder at Bell+Ivy, a marketing and PR firm in Santa Monica, CA, and Las Vegas, NV.  Previously, Cynthia was Partner & Director of Marketing for RankLab, a digital marketing agency listed in Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2015. She is an Advisory Board member for The Millennium Alliance, a leading technology, business, and educational advisory firm serving Fortune 1000 C-Level executives.    Cynthia has been a keynote speaker for companies and events such as Alibaba Group in China, World Government Summit in Dubai, Global Ventures Summit in Indonesia and Mexico, and Web Summit in Lisbon. She has been involved in influencer and marketing campaigns for PayPal, HereMedia, Chevy’s, PETA, and several other leading brands.     Cynthia was listed as top personal branding experts in 2017 by Entrepreneur, top 50 marketers on SnapChat by Mashable, top 12 Female Entrepreneurs that Inspire by Darling Magazine, and top 20 people in SEO by Guardian. She is a contributing columnist to Entrepreneur, and has had work published in Forbes, TIME, and several other industry-specific and top-tier publications.    Throughout the show we delve into influence and PR with Cynthia on how she handles the clients her company works with. She has a really unique take on building your personal brand and only working with people that can truly backup what they claim they can do. She walks us through her process of building a person or company's influence and PR and it is a process that any of us can benefit from when getting our brands more visibility! She also has a massive 1.7 million followers on Twitter and we get to find out how she made that happen too!     01:52: Who is Cynthia Johnson? 09:25: How Cynthia Got Into PR 17:22: How Cynthia Selects Her Clients 19:25: How To Get Press as a Young Company 20:44: Cynthia on Forming Opinions and Handling Backlash 29:32: How To “Tie Yourself To The Top” 34:08: Cynthia’s Tips on Growing Twitter Following 35:45: Cynthia on Goal Setting 46:21: Platform: The Art & Science of Personal Branding 47:13: The Importance of Knowing Your Why 48:33: Managing Your ROI on Events & Conferences 51:15: Cynthia on Building Your Personal Brand 53:38: Cynthia’s Tips To Grow Your Influence 56:05: Where to Find Cynthia Contact Info: cynthia@cynthialive.com https://www.bellivy.com/ https://www.cynthialive.com/ https://twitter.com/CynthiaLIVE PicMonkey Discount: https://www.picmonkey.com/blog/cynthialive
John Hall~ Founder Influencer & Co ~ Current Series ~100 Interviews with 100 Major Influencers   As we dive down this rabbit hole of influence we have noticed there's a couple different types of influencers that are out there. There is the influencer that everybody knows. This influencer is the one that everybody sees. The influencer that has a massive public image, you see them all over Instagram, Twitter, the media, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. These influencers are what you could call Spotlight Influencers. Then you have another type of influencer that isn’t so much in the spotlight. This influencer is a more of an underground influencer. These are people that have significant influence but decide to stay under the radar just a little bit. They still have their personal brands, they still get into media sources, but they are not the typical faces you might see when you think of ‘influencers’.  Today’s guest is a master at the second type of influence. John Hall has been called by Inc. magazine as “one of the most powerful people in media that you have never met!” He is Ernest and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, he has been recognized as one of  Business Journal’s Top 100 Visionaries. The company he co-founded was ranked #239 on the Inc. 500 and #72 on the Forbes list of the most promising companies in America.  There's an art and science to this type of influence and on the show today John shares with us some of his best secrets to maintaining this influence.  We talk with John about how he developed the company Influence & Co, how it became the largest creator and distributor of expert content for major media outlets. We talk with John about building influence with his clients and some of the key takeaways that he learned from seven years of helping other businesses gain influence. John has some core values as an influencer, and it really boils down to simple things such as personal relationships, how he gauges every single personal acquaintance, and how he decides whether he's going to continue that personal relationship or let it go. Towards the end of the show we chat about two of his really awesome articles that I enjoyed reading, Perception of Influence vs. Actual Influence and how you can use both of those to grow your brand, as well as 7 Tips for Seeking Out and Seducing the Best Influencers to Love Your Brand..          02:43: Who is John Hall?      10:38: John on His Entrepreneurial Journey      13:30: John on Influence      15:41: John on Managing Your Ego      17:29: The Story Behind Influence & Co.      19:41: How John Obtained the Calendar.com Domain      22:18: John on How To Maintain Relationships      27:18: The Mission of Calendar.com      34:46: John on How He Uses His Influence to Grow Calendar.com      37:51: How To Get Started Pitching Your Writing To Major Platforms      40:56: Perception of Influence vs. Actual Influence      45:25: How To Identify Fake Influencers      48:09: John’s Favorite Influencers      53:05: How To Keep A Low Profile As An Influencer      57:05: John on Choosing Influence Over Money 01:01:50: John’s Favorite Conferences 01:03:27: A Sneak Peek into John's Book, "Top of Mind" 01:05:21: John on The Future of Influencer Marketing Contact Info:   http://www.johnhallspeaking.com/ https://marketinginsidergroup.com/strategy/12-keynote-sales-speakers-you-shouldnt-miss/ https://twitter.com/InfluenceandCo https://twitter.com/johnhall https://www.influenceandco.com/ https://www.inc.com/author/john-hall?cid=landermore John on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/#28a7d6253845 Perception of Influence vs. Actual Influence: https://www.inc.com/john-hall/the-perception-of-influence-vs-actual-influence.html 7 Tips for Seeking Out and Seducing the Best Influencers for Your Brand https://www.inc.com/john-hall/7-tips-for-seeking-out-and-seducing-the-best-influencers-to-love-your-brand.html Calender.com: https://www.calendar.com/
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