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Success is a journey - not a destination. As you walk down this road to success, you're going to become a different person - a better person. We look at how you can accomplish this!
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We have Matt McWilliams with us again. We look back on the Thank You Revolution, which we talked about in episode #002. Great things are happening there! We also spend time talking about failure and how to use it to move forward. Check out more show notes at http://SimpleLiving.us/051
This is the 50th episode celebration! Thanks to everyone that has made this possible - from the incredible guests to the fantastic subscribers! Go to http://SimpleLiving.us/050 (http://SimpleLiving.us/050) for full shownotes
Henry Matlock   Book: "The Bible Cure for Anxiety" Book: "Daily Deposits for the Soul" Book: "How to Create a Stunning eBook Cover" henrymatlock.com/stunning-ebook-cover.html twitter   What does "quality living" mean to you?     What is a failure that you've hard striving for a better quality of life?     What are some simple tools, tips, or ideas you use to help have a better quality of life?     What are some resources you would recommend?
In this episode, I share just a couple things. The first thing is that I am guest posting this week on WholeDonkey.org: http://wholedonkey.org/guest-post-why-its-time-to-hurry-up-and-slow-down/ (Why It’s Time to Hurry Up and Slow Down) We have the tendency to hurry up and rush through everything in life. I got my driver’s license on my 16th birthday. The examiner gave me a perfect score and called me a defensive driver. I had only been behind the wheel for a month, so I was probably more scared than defensive. That title, however, was short lived. I got my first car shortly after that – just a little Hyundai Excel. It was not a racecar by far, but I pushed that little thing to the limit on my startups. I would see the light turn green and then floor it! I felt that there was no need wasting time getting up to the speed limit... To read more, http://wholedonkey.org/guest-post-why-its-time-to-hurry-up-and-slow-down/ (visit WholeDonkey.org) Looking to Guest Post? This could be your chance,if you're looking for an opportunity to guest post on this blog! http://qualitylivingmadesimple.com/guest-posting (Click here to find out more) information about my standards and submission instructions. Leave Your Feedback I always love hearing from you. I would especially love to hear your thoughts as we approach Episode #50 of the podcast. Not sure what to share? Here's some ideas:   How has this blog/podcast helped you? What is been your favorite episode, interview, or blog post? How can I better serve you? How can I improve the blog/podcast? What would you like to read/hear?   To leave me feedback, leave a comment below or go to the http://qualitylivingmadesimple.com/feedback (Feedback page).
Dave Arnold is a return guest on the podcast this week. He was previously in http://qualitylivingmadesimple.com/how-to-overcome-displacement-in-your-alley-dave-arnold/ (episode #35), in which he talks about his book, "Pilgrims of the Alley." http://qualitylivingmadesimple.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/COVER-Its-Possible.jpg ()Dave Arnold has written another book: "http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFVAWXQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00IFVAWXQ&linkCode=as2&tag=josrivblo-20 (It's Possible: How to Thrive, Not Just Survive.)" He shares the story of how he began the journey in his own life that led to this book, starting with a sermon he was preparing: "The Impossible Becoming Possible." He refers to the story of Hugo Cabret, who was an orphaned boy that lived in a train station in Paris during the early 1930's. He became engaged in rebuilding a automaton. He deduces that the little mechanical man was just waiting to do what he's supposed to do - waiting for his purpose. Dave also shares what he calls Destiny Deterrents - those things that try to stop us from fulfilling our destiny. He has a great quote and lesson: Well it's time to unlearn and relearn what we've learned. This reminds me of a quote by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back: In closing, he shares a little bit about the Levels of Languishing - those things that cause us to lose vigor or strength. If you http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IFVAWXQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00IFVAWXQ&linkCode=as2&tag=josrivblo-20 (purchase the book) before February 23, 2014, you can get some free bonuses: Pilgrims of the Alley "Leadership Mandate" by Dan Black Video To get these bonuses, http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/its-possible-book/ (go to his website) and follow the instructions.
Our guest this week is Aaron Walker. He has started several businesses throughout the years, but his current endeavor is "View from the Top." Aaron shares some fantastic things, including: How he started is first business How he retired several times, the first time at age 27 How he recovered from a tragedy How he helps men grow themselves and their business through his mastermind groups Aaron has generously shared several things for you to download: Personal Assessment What Do I Want? Steps to a Productive Day Just go to http://viewfromthetop.com/success
Dan Black was on the podcast to talk about his book "The Leadership Mandate" back in episode 33. That was back when this podcast was Quality Living Made Simple. I'm actually going to replay that episode for you here in minute, but before I do, I wanted to let you know that Dan has written a new book that is now available. It's called "The Little Book of Personal Growth: Start Growing and Achieve your Potential." You can get your copy on Amazon. Until August 3rd, it's available for $2.99, which is about half off. So hurry and grab your copy right away. You can also get a PDF copy of "The Leadership Mandate" for free if you forward your Amazon receipt to thelittlebookbonuses@gmail.com. I think I will also throw in a bonus for you. If you also forward that Amazon receipt to me, I'll send you the PDF copy of my book, "Leave Nothing Undone: 13 Key Lessons from the Life of Joshua." My email is joshua@podcastguy.co. You can get the book by going to joshuarivers.net/dan. That is also an affiliate link, so I'll get a few cents for you using that. It's also no extra cost for you, so it's a win-win! Any way, here's the interview I did with Dan Black before. When we get back, I'll give a quick overview of what you can expect from his new book.
Jason Pockrandt joins us and shares his burden for fathers. Here's Jason's Tedx Talk: https://youtu.be/BbnxAHET72Y Here's Jason's book, "Father-Daughter Conversations": http://joshuarivers.net/father-daughter
Who are you?   Welcome to the Success Road podcast. Success is not a destination, it is a journey. My name is Joshua Rivers and we discover things that help us on this road of success. Sometimes there are little things that can make a big difference. Sometimes, we need to delve into bigger questions. Throughout history, people have sought to answer several big questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? Why am I here? Philosophers in many different countries and religions have pondered these questions and have come up with just as many opinions on what the answers are. I’m not going to be so bold as to say that I have all the answers or have figured it all out, but I do believe that God has given us answers in the Bible. I do look at or listen to what others have to say, but I try to look in the Bible for the final say. If you’ve listened to this podcast for a while, it’s no secret that I’m a Christian and that God and the Bible play a big part in my life. As a side note, an important part of reading and studying the Bible is to keep things in the context in which they are written and also not to read into the Bible any preconceived ideas. Knowing where we come from and where we are going are both important. The Bible says that we will all go somewhere when we die, and we have to settle that while we are here. It clearly teaches that the way to Heaven is only through Jesus. This is important to know, but we aren’t focusing on that in this episode. Knowing why you are here is also important. God has us here for a reason. Each of us has a purpose. Ultimately that is to give glory to God, but He also has specific things for us to do as individuals. Again – this is not the topic today. I want to focus on the question, “Who am I?” Twice a month, my church has a grief recovery group that I help lead. I’m not an expert, but I’ve learned a lot since we started last year. There is certainly more to it, but a large part of grief comes when a loved one dies. If we look back to Creation, death did not exist. Death didn’t happen until Adam sinned. Death is the consequence of sin. Of course, Adam didn’t physically die as soon as he sinned – it took about 900 years. Same thing for us – we don’t always experience the consequences of our actions until much later. People handle grief in many ways. Grief may bring remorse, regret, and even despair and depression. One leading cause of people reacting in a way that brings them down this road is misplaced or missing identity. They don’t really know who they are. Sometimes, when a spouse dies, the remaining person is no longer married. Especially for someone who had been married for 40, 50, or 60 years, their identity had been as either husband or wife. That identity brings with it certain responsibilities and feeling. With that identity stripped away, what is left? It’s a completely different role for them. They look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person looking back at them. They don’t know who they are anymore. This feeling scares many people and they don’t know how to handle it. This leads them to discouragement and depression. They have the tendency to disconnect from the world around them, which actually worsens their feelings. A similar thing happens at retirement. I was listening to a podcast on retirement. While they usually focus on the financial aspect of retirement – saving and investing – they also talk about other aspects of retirement. The two hosts are financial advisors, so they work with a lot of people through this transition in life. They have observed that there are some that don’t live long after retirement. And it’s not due to poor health or old age. It’s because they worked for 40 -50 years and suddenly stopped. Their identity was wrapped up in what they did for a living. After retiring, they wake up in the morning and are faced with basically nothing to do. They lose their purpose for getting up and...
Welcome to Success Road Podcast. Today’s episode features Brent Magnussen. Brent is an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, an accomplished cook, a speaker, and the author of the book Roger Up: The Mission Ready Blueprint to Crush the Morning, Own the Day, and Be the Best Version of You.  Brent is also one of the board members of the Resilient Warrior Foundation which serves United States veterans, and first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress. This organization provides scholarships to study the art of Brazilian jiu jitsu in the Academy of their choice, anywhere in the United States. Brent is a veteran and also an avid practitioner of Brazilian jiu jitsu.  Benefits of Brazillian Jiu-jitsu   When someone is a member of the military, you are constantly in high stress situations. From the first day an individual arrives at basic training, people are screaming at you at four in the morning to get up and do a bunch of pushups. And they're spraying you with hoses and whatever else. Not to mention the verbal assault you take for a couple of months. As a result, individuals learn very quickly how to deal with stress. Once you’ve been in the military for an extended period of time, you get used to it. Then, when you leave the military, you're no longer in a constant state of stress. Many people have trouble coping with the difference in lifestyles.  What Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu does is it provides you the opportunity to use stress in a safe environment. This allows the veteran to relearn how to manage stress. When you go through hard situations, you learn how to manage them. This approach transfers over into your work life, into your relationships, and into everything you do. You learn how to become a better person, and you get your confidence back.   A Real Life Example Brent mentioned his daughter is nine years old. And when she gets older, she's very likely going to be a smaller person as her Mom is five foot tall. I don't think Emma's going to be much over five foot, four or five foot five, 105 pounds. And God forbid, someone, some guy tries to attack her or hurt her. Since she has been trained in jiu-jitsu, she's going to know exactly what to do. When she's on her back and having to deal with an aggressive person, she's going to know what to do. When a bully confronts her, she's going to know how to use her words first, because she's going to have that extreme confidence that if it does get physical, it doesn't matter if.  Establishing A Morning Routine  Brent came up with the Zero Five Thirty Blueprint. First, he gets up at 5:30. He says the key is getting up at the same time every morning. He says to never use the snooze button. The first thing he does is smile. Then he does a hundred pushups. He smiles because it tricks his body and gives him the right mindset. Then he gets up and makes the bed. Then he drinks sixteen ounces of room temperature water. Next he does some quick diaphragm breathing and goes for a walk. And after his walk, he takes a cold shower.  In the rest of the podcast, Brent shares more information about Brazillian jiu-jitsu, morning routines, the benefits of water, and more. I encourage you to listen to the entire podcast. Special thanks to Brent for being on Success Road.
Today’s episode of Success Road features Eddie Maalouf. Eddie is an entrepreneur and marketer at brilliantmarketers.com  Eddie’s Personal Story   In college, Eddie would skip classes and go out start his own businesses on the side. He always had the idea of starting his own business. Once he graduated college, he worked for a fitness company and became the number one salesman. But once he realized he had reached the top spot, he decided to quit his job and work for his father for a flat rate plus 20% of any revenue increases in his father’s business. During that time, Eddie realized like the wonders that marketing actually does for a business. Since then he expanded by starting a team and building an agency.   How To Push Past Barriers and Limits Eddie sees three challenges that are common to most businesses. The first challenge is when people are making money, and they're often self employed, and they don't want to hire. They want to see how much they can make without having to hire someone. But then there comes a point where you need to hire someone.  In some cases, there are people that are ineffective in their company, that aren't doing the job. When you fire them, you notice that your efficiency as a company still stays the same. Eddie says, “I'd rather own half of a watermelon than an entire grape.” This is why mindset is so important when looking at a business. In order to get to that kind of watermelon point, you have to build the team around you to take care of other things. The second challenge is marketing. Eddie says the biggest growth in every business that he has seen comes from a really good marketing campaign. So that is usually the bottleneck. And when that campaign works well, it often leads back to the first challenge with hiring.  The third challenge is that owners need to invest in themselves and their own mindset and personal development.  For example, if all someone’s friends make $10,000 a month and they make 20,000 a month they think they're a success. But you know, if you actually said that at the wrong table at a restaurant, you realize all those people are making a million dollars a month. All of a sudden, that whole mindset that you had your whole life just kind of comes crashing down.  How To Start Hiring People  The first step is recognizing where you need employees. When a business owner hires someone to do one or two jobs that take the most time out of your day, you'd be surprised within a month, they probably are doing that job better than the owner, because that is that they do that from nine to five every single day.  Once Eddie realized this, he became more comfortable hiring and like losing money for a month, knowing that next month, this person on my team is going to be able to generate that revenue back and make even more revenue in the future.  Eddie says that it is also important to know that not everyone is going to have the same vision as the owner. And they're not going to understand what metrics are important and what standards the business owner has. That’s why it is important to use KPI’s, or key performance indicators, on paper for each position.  I learned a lot from this interview and I wanted to mention that Eddie’s course is available at brilliantmarketers.com. This program primarily teaches business owners how to learn online advertising. I recommend checking it out.  Thanks so much for listening to Success Road, and special thanks to Eddie for being a guest.
Welcome to Success Road. Today’s episode features Brad Hart. Brad is an entrepreneur and author who has a lot of experience building mastermind groups. This episode will focus on how masterminds work as well as the benefits of joining a mastermind.  What Is A Mastermind?  Brad says that a mastermind is made up of 8 to 15 people that are seeking clarity and accountability. Masterminds are also about getting the support you need in a trusted environment, which gives you the leverage you need to overcome any challenges, stay engaged in your business, and also achieve your goals.  The main difference between a mastermind and group coaching is that the facilitator of a mastermind isn't necessarily the guru or the expert. There might be several experts in the group. And there might be multiple solutions that different people are looking for. But generally, a mastermind member comes with the expectation of getting what you came for, but also a whole lot more. Each member learns from the experience and the hot seats of the other people that are in the group.  Brad says when he runs a mastermind, he loves for them to be intimate, and he wants each member to get at least 10 to 15 minutes on the hot seat. The hot seat gives every member the clarity that they need to make the breakthroughs that they need to move forward in their business.  Different Levels of Masterminds There are free masterminds and there are also masterminds that cost six figures a year to participate in the group. Brad encourages everybody to not compare themselves to others, but rather to focus on their own growth. One of the really cool things about mastermind groups is that there are different shapes and sizes. Brad has been a part of 30 now. He has participated in free ones to high-ticket masterminds with well-known entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, https://www.neilstrauss.com (Neil Strauss), and Tim Ferriss.  Just One Word Makes A Big Difference Whenever Brad talks about the price of masterminds, he looks at it as an investment. He does not look at it as a cost. He says, “It's only a cost if you don't get something out of it.” The reason he joined masterminds is to be connected to the people that can solve the problems that I have. And this mindset propels Brad forward. Brad doesn't look at a mastermind as a one time event. Rather, a mastermind is an ongoing process. Just as you don't shower once and expect it to work forever. You don't brush my teeth once and expect it to work forever. You need to keep intentionally participating in these activities. The Next Step For Your Journey Brad recommends that everybody start with his book, 8 Minute Mastermind. He also has a podcast with the same name that you can check out here. Brad is very passionate about masterminds, and I know they can be very beneficial too. I hope you’ll consider joining one or starting one as you move forward.    Thanks to Brad for being on Success Road.
When you’re starting or growing your business, it is extremely helpful to get outside help. Specifically, I’m referring to help in the form of coaching, consulting, masterminds. Of course, you can (and probably should) get some help on regular daily tasks, especially when those tasks need to be done, but take your time and focus away from the most important and revenue driven tasks. Last week on the podcast, I shared an interview I had with Matt Clark. It was a fantastic interview and gave me some really great takeaways and things to think about. After the interview, he ended up giving me a spontaneous coaching session. I’m going to share that part of the conversation with you, and it picks us right after we ended the official interview. If you didn’t listen to that episode, you’ll definitely want to go back and listen to that conversation first - this episode will make more sense. After the conversation I had with Matt, I also started working with a business coach, who agreed with what I needed to work on. In order for me to really hone in on what my offer is and how to present it, I needed to get clear on who I wanted to serve. So I started to delve into who my target audience is and create a specific avatar. His name is Anthony. I loosely based him on one of my clients that I absolutely love working with. I’m currently working on my offer - as Matt plainly told me - I’m too cheap and have basically positioned my service as a commodity. Another aspect that I’m getting help to work on my business - rather than in my business - is through my mastermind group. We’ve been meeting weekly since late March of 2020, and have only missed a couple weeks. We take turns being in the “hot seat” where we can each get help in specific areas where we need improvement or to help us get clarity on what we should be focusing on. It has been very helpful for me to get this extra perspective between my business coach and mastermind group. Next week on the podcast, I’ll be sharing a conversation with Brad Hart, and we’ll be delving into exactly what a mastermind is, different ways of doing it, and the benefits from these groups. If you think you might be interested in either getting coaching yourself or joining a mastermind group, let me know and I’d love to help you get going with either or both of these. Send me an email, joshua@podcastguymedia.com, and I’ll help you get started.
This year, my wife and I have some definite financial goals and we have a plan that we are following. Debt-free The biggest financial goal we have is to become completely debt-free. Yes, that includes our house! Let me share a little bit about our journey, and then share some things you can take away from it. Our Journey My wife and I were introduced to Dave Ramsey back in 2004. Well, we weren't introduced personally - just introduced to his book: "Financial Freedom." We had been married less than a year at that time and we had a little bit of debt: I had a credit card (which I had maxed out between a laptop computer, engagement ring, and honeymoon) and my wife had a car payment. I was terrible with finances. I mentioned that maxed-out credit card. At one time before we got married, I had gone to an ATM to withdraw $40 from that credit card, deposited the money in my checking account, and then paid that same credit card $40. Did I mention that I was terrible with finances? My wife, on the other hand, was pretty good with finances. She did have a car payment, but she had money in savings and managed her money pretty well. She is a big reason we are having financial success now. During those early years in our marriage, we worked to pay off those debts, quickly paying off the credit card, followed by paying off the car a year or two later. We were also putting money into savings. We started to get a little lax in our spending as my wife went to school to become an LPN. She also became pregnant with our son. I always knew that my wife was special, but this pregnancy proved it. She had a rare condition where morning sickness wasn't just in the morning - and it wasn't just during the first trimester. She was sick all the time and all through the pregnancy - including during labor. We were told that only 2-3% of women experience this (yea!). So with the pregnancy complications while going to school, we depleted our savings and began charging on a credit card. Oh, and we got a new car with a matching payment. And then came my daughter. This was like pregnancy #1, but about three times worse. Luckily, the credit card now had a higher limit. By the time my daughter was born in 2009, we had over $20,000 in debt between medical bills, the car payment, and the credit card. This was in addition to the $90,000 mortgage we had. My wife graduated college, got her LPN, and started making a little more money. We started making up ground. We were able to pay off the car in 2010 (about 2 years early), as well as the medical bills. The credit card was dwindling. We had moved from Illinois to Michigan in 2009, and then back to Oklahoma in 2010. My wife's parents allowed us to stay at they're house for a very low amount (thanks, Dad!), allowing us to finish off the credit card and put a good chuck into savings. We bought our current house in May 2011! This presented us with an issue. We still had our house in Illinois. We were renting it out, but the market was still in decline there. We lost the renter and ended up going into short sale. We found our credit card again and charged about $3,000 - mostly on one Black Friday! Then we found Dave Ramsey again. I had never listened to his radio show before that, but I would hear it on my way to work. My wife and I started to get intense. Gazelle intense. We paid off the credit card again, leaving us with just our new mortgage. We built up a 3 month emergency fund as well. My wife was back in school again, this time working toward getting her RN - but we were doing it debt-free this time. At the end of January 2016, we are looking at about $30,000 left. We plan to continue our intensity, and should have it completely paid off this year. Action steps We started by following Dave Ramsey's baby-steps: $1,000 emergency fund Pay off all debt Fully-funded emergency fund Invest 15% in retirement Fund children's college Pay off...
Today’s episode of Success Road features Matt Clark. Matt specializes in helping coaches, consultants and advisors get more leads. If you have a small business, you know the importance of finding new customers. This podcast episode provides valuable insights that will help you automate the sales process and find more qualified leads.  Matt started doing door-to-door sales and transitioned to online marketing. After some experience with online businesses, he realized there was a big need for finding new leads.  He wasn’t having any success with Facebook and the traditional routes to find new leads. He realized that LinkedIn gave him a platform to be able to just find and connect, and reach out to my ideal clients. He starts conversations and then converts them into customers.    The Key To Sales Matt says one of the biggest challenges businesses face is “How do you get people interested in what it is that you're doing?” You need a message that's going to capture people and lead them to take action. Then you want to take them through a repeatable sales process. A common approach is to start off with something like a landing page where people can learn about what you do. Then people can see what connects with them and then find out more about how you can help them get results.  The best part about this approach is that it is evergreen. It doesn’t need to change. When the sales process is streamlined, businesses save yourself tons of time and even have these potential customers watch a video or take a questionnaire before anyone gets on a sales call with them. In addition, this approach provides many opportunities to scale up your business.   Finding The Ideal Client Everything starts with your ideal client. Many business owners say that they have between two and four different potential ideal clients. But it is important to narrow it down to one person. One of the best questions to ask is “Who would you be willing to put time and energy and effort into to get on a phone call with?” Another great question to ask is ”What are the biggest problems you can solve in the easiest way?”   Matt recommends taking a look at your previous clients. Summarize how it went in words. You might say, “Okay, cool. Well, you know, I've helped five different people. Some of them were in the same industry, some of them weren't. But I really liked working with this person.” And you can start building a model around that person. Ask questions like:  What industry are they in?  What is their job title?  What size company do they have?  What was the big problem that you solved for them?  Do other people have this kind of problem too?  And you just go and look for you to solve that one problem, and then look for more people with that problem.   You can connect with https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattclarksa/ (Matt via LinkedIn here) or reach him directly at connect@thevirtualedge.com. In addition, Matt has invited Success Road listeners to get his 20-minute LinkedIn Profile makeover.
Ready to boost your productivity to new heights? Today’s episode features USA Today Bestselling writer, Russell Nohelty. He is not only an author, he also runs three companies. Clearly, Russell has to be very productive. And in this episode, he’s going to share with you how he does it. Best of all, his approach is actually very simple.    The One Thing Russell uses The One Thing approach which was made popular by author Gary Keller. The One Thing focuses on moving one domino or boulder at a time. If you focus your attention and energy on one specific area, you can move past the one challenge that is in your way. And then once you push that domino over, you create momentum. Then you move on to another domino. Most people don’t have one clear intention. They are just very busy. But being busy does not mean you’re being productive.  For example, Russell wanted to be a USA Today bestselling author. Not so much for the acclaim, he wanted to have this behind his name so get more clients and reach more readers. It took about two years of pushing all sorts of different boulders and working with people to push that boulder over. But he pushed that boulder down in 2018, and says that it felt great.    Another Important Approach  Russell uses time blocking during the week to take care of the tasks that are most important. Every block of time is labeled as green time, yellow time, or red time. Green time is when you are working on things that are moving you towards your goal or working with customers. Green time is when you're making money.  Yellow colored time is focused on activities that are indirectly related to Russell’s income. For example, customer service, shipping something, or doing payroll. Lastly, there’s red time. These activities have no bearing on making money. Some of these things include eating lunch, going to pick up your kids from school, or going to a doctor's appointment. While all of these things have no bearing on making money, these tasks are still essential.    Working During The Right Time It is very important to work when you are most productive and have high amounts of energy. Russell says that while he doesn't have any kids, he has two dogs that are very, very needy. They want his attention most between about 6 am and 8 am, and 5pm to 7pm. Because of that, he knows that he is most likely to have a problem with distraction during those times. With this knowledge in mind, he does not schedule his green time during those hours.  For even more info about Russell’s approach, I recommend listening to the podcast. It’s a great interview. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.    A Final Word  To further connect with Russell check out The Complete Creators blog and podcast. This content helps creators build better businesses and then make the best work of their life. And don’t forget to check out his author website which features his fiction work which focuses on fantasy, sci-fi and supernatural stories. A special thanks to Russell for being on the show. I hope you are able to use some of these approaches to be more productive on your journey.
Do you want to scale up your business? Thinking about making that first hire? Today’s episode covers these topics and more. Get ready as JC Hite is going to share his story as well as some really helpful information about how to hire and scale up your business.  JC Hite started out as an entrepreneur when he was only 14-years-old, and now he leads Hite Digital as Founder and CEO. Hite Digital is all about helping digital marketing agencies scale. They provide SEO, PPC, Facebook, websites, and CRM automation for agencies. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or on Instagram.   Scaling Up Your Business  Before you start scaling up your business, it is important to take the time to consider your goals. One way to figure out your goals is to ask questions like, “What do I really want to do?” The answer to this question is key in the scalability of a business. JC’s goal is to create 1,000 jobs. That goal would give his company the ability to serve about 10,000 clients in total. So 1,000 jobs is the goal. In order to reach that goal, JC says that he knows he has to have some great systems in place.  It is very helpful to ask questions like:  What’s the endgame?  What do we want to build?  Why does it matter? And then reverse engineer your goals. But that’s not all you need to consider. There’s another important part of the equation.   Even More Than Goals JC shares that it is also important to consider commitments. For example, what are we committed to in life? There are struggles everywhere. If you have a commitment to something, you’ll do anything for it. You’ll do whatever it takes.  It’s also important to focus on the big picture, not just the short-term. Our commitments have to be worthy. When you see people like Mother Teresa, or Martin Luther King Jr., they were dedicated to one thing. Mother Teresa was committed to helping people. Martin Luther King Jr. was committed to equality.  I want to grow my team. And whatever the reason for it, they want to grow their team beyond themselves. So how do they get started then being able to transition from working for themselves to Okay, now they're working with other people? How do they make that transition?   Learning What You Need To Know If you are hiring other people and scaling up your business, it is essential to know the skills required for a job. If you don’t know how to do telemarketing, how can you hire a telemarketer? You hire an expert who knows a lot more than you and learn what you need to know to hire for that position.  Communication is also essential. You must improve how you communicate with other people. This takes time. You don’t want to hurry when making that first hire. Don’t hire out of desperation.    My Personal Story I’ve heard a lot of stories of people that started some sort of small business as a kid - whether that was a bike repair business, or lawn mowing service, or whatever. I never really did any entrepreneurial things like that growing up. But I did like doing creative things and starting projects. I did do a little subcontract work washing windows for a few months when I was 22 and I looked into some sort of mail-order, work from home thing - from my lack of descriptiveness with this, you can probably tell that it never worked out. My first stint into entrepreneurship was in 2010 when I landed my first web design client. At the time, I had worked at 2 different churches - almost full-time work for part-time pay. For a couple years, I also worked a full-time job to compensate for the lack of money. But that first web design client gave me the idea that I could create my own business to provide the income I needed while still maintaining a level of freedom - both location and time freedom. Now, I have moved away from web design and into podcast production, but, 10 years later, I am now fully self-employed.   A Final Word JC highly recommends the book Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey. He even says it’s the...
This week, Jared Latigo is joining me. I met him on http://48days.net (48day.net) and he has also been on Kent Sanders' podcast (Kent was also on http://qualitylivingmadesimple.com/how-to-simplify-your-life-with-evernote-kent-sanders/ (episode #009 of this podcast)). You can http://jaredlatigo.com (go to his site) or http://twitter.com/jaredlatigo (connect with him on Twitter). Making Connections Jared has published his own book: "http://booklaunchplace.com/project/the-connection-brand/ (The Connection Brand)." He is offering some bonuses if you purchase the book by July 15. Here's a snippet of what the book is about: In this connection economy, the companies that will succeed now and in the future are the ones that build connection with us. They are the brands that have developed advocates to market for them and actually care about what the public thinks and says. We can build those brands as well. Whether you are one person, 25 or 500, the core principles that brands like Apple, Michael Hyatt, Dave Ramsey and Jeff Goins have used are applicable to you. The deeper we can go with our connections, the better off we’ll be in the long run as we continue into this new economy. Book Launch Place Reading and writing is one of the greatest privileges that we have. In today's society and with today's technology, there are limitless possibilities. "Ordinary" people now have the opportunity to bypass the traditional publishers and get their own books out into the marketplace. One of the largest and most popular places for this is Amazon with their CreateSpace and Kindle publishing. With all of these new books, there are many of them that are offering specials and bonuses during their launch period. The problem: how do you find all of these new book launches? As an author, where is a great place to advertise your own book launch? The solution: http://booklaunchplace.com/ (BookLaunchPlace.com). Jared has put together this site to become the place for book launches. The tagline is "All launches. One place." Jared talks about this in more detail in the episode. Work You Love In 2009, Jared quit his traditional job to pursue his own work. In the episode, he shares his missteps while doing this. You'll want to listen to this story and get his advice. Coming up in the next several episodes, we will be having an emphasis on doing or creating work you love. In episode 11, I was able to interview http://qualitylivingmadesimple.com/pursuing-work-you-love-with-dan-miller-qlms-011/ (Dan Miller) and discuss some of his advice about pursuing work you love. We'll have an interview with http://www.jonacuff.com/blog/ (Jon Acuff) next episode. In future weeks, we should have interviews with http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ (Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income), http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/ (John Dumas of Entreprenuer on Fire), and http://happentoyourcareer.com/ (Scott Barlow with Happen to Your Career). These are going to be some great interviews that you will not want to miss! Questions: What do you think about the Book Launch Place? What about connection branding?
What is one of the most important things you can do to ensure success? It is also one of the most overlooked areas of our lives: mindset.  Today’s episode features Kimberly Milousis. Kimberly has a great story and a lot of great advice to share the importance of having the right mindset in our lives.  A Huge Transition Kimberly had over 20 years of experience as a CPA working as a senior corporate tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Despite having a beautiful office, working with a great staff and earning a six-figure income, she knew something was missing.  Kimberly and her husband decided to try something different. She left her job not even exactly knowing what her next steps were. She just knew she wanted to do something more.  Pivoting During Times Of Change Kimberly found herself pregnant shortly after leaving her job. She decided with her husband that it was a good time to sell their home in Toronto and moved into the country. They decided to flip houses and did that for a while during that time of change.  While flipping houses, Kimberly had purchased some essential oils to make one of the houses smell better. Kimberly had always maintained an interest in natural health products. As she learned more about the products, she became excited about them. She found a business opportunity when she was not looking for one.  There's also a mental aspect that Kimberly discovered as she started building her new business: that in order to move forward, you must adjust your mindset. Moving Past Limiting Beliefs  In building her business, Kimberly had to let go of her limiting beliefs. Some of these included having her identity attached to her past career as a CPA for over 20 years. It took her a long time to realize that she had gifts to share with the world that were not attached to her job.  In addition, Kimberly had to get over her fear of rejection. She says,”I just wanted to be liked, I just wanted to be accepted, so the terror of putting myself out there with the possibility that someone could say no, to me was just overwhelming.” You’re Always Selling Something The act of selling something is very powerful. There are times when we sell our kids on the idea that going to bed is a good idea. And we’re always selling people on something whether we're making a movie recommendation or recommending a restaurant. Kimberly views sales as an act of service. She is more passionate about helping people than making money.   A Common Setback And The Solution We often compare ourselves to other people and what we used to do. But the reality is we are often not making fair comparisons. You might be comparing someone else’s ending with your beginning. You can't compare people that way. Comparison truly kills joy. And it also steals motivation.  Kimberly feels more abundant in all areas of her life now: her physical health, her emotional health, her relational health, her spiritual health and her financial health. No one piece is more important than the other; they are all important. And it is because they are all pieces of a beautiful tapestry that gets woven together to create abundance in your life.  An abundance mindset can completely change how you view everything. I would like to challenge you to spend some time asking yourself what kind of mindset you have. And then taking the next steps to improve your mindset.  A Special Offer For Success Road Listeners You can learn more about https://kimberleymilousis.com/lma/ (Kimberly’s course here). If you use the discount code “success” you’ll receive 20% off the regular price.  Special thanks to Kimberly for being on the podcast.
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