It's such a simple concept: social media. Platforms for people to connect with each other from anywhere at anytime without limitations. It's like everyone is invited to the party, class, meeting, conference, exhibition, etc. no matter where you are or how you get there. BUT the platforms quickly declined into the home of trolls, spammers and scam artist. There is hope.
I'm seeing a shift in how people understand social media, the internet, mobile technology, etc. and it's for the good. Entrepreneurs, marketers and business decision-makers are pulling back from selling and doing a better job of communicating by being social. Like the wise man once said, start with your WHY long before you get to the how, what and for how much.
Don't use SM to prospect wide and close what you can, but instead tell your story and connect with people as people. What you want them to do (buy something, go somewhere, support a cause, vote, riot, etc.) will naturally occur once you take the opportunity to create relationships. THAT is what social media is supposed to do.
Good luck, see you next week!
We talk a lot on the #SaturdayMorningHustle about the path to success. This morning, I break down that path in the most simple way possible. Once you see how the parts, you can make your plan for achieving success for yourself.
Bonus: The #SaturdayMorningHustle t-shirts are now available for everyone at http://bit.ly/SMHshirt so get yours today and tell the world your willing to do what it takes to make it to the top. That includes hustling, grinding and working on the weekend to build your career.
Get your t-shirt, tag me and use the #SaturdayMorningHustle hashtag. Best of luck to everyone, see you again next week.
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Roller coasters are supposed to be fun because you get to climb to the top of the track, look around at everything and then all-of-a-sudden whoosh your diving downward at top speed. Twist, turns and even loops. That's great fun at an amusement park but not when running a business. A metaphorical roller coast ride as an entrepreneur is having an epic high like a new client, big check or other great success but then what goes up must also come back down. Often in business, these highs and lows happen in the same week. That's the roller coaster.
So, what do you do? Strive for a more predictable middle. Avoid making decisions when you're at the very top or very bottom. Understand that neither the euphoria of wins or the dread of a loss (taking an "L") is permanent. Predictability is key to a successful business, so go after those highs to balance the lows (it happens to everyone, not just you) but work towards consistency. The roller coaster is a lot of fun, but it's exhausting at the same time. If you want a long, healthy career try staying off the roller coaster or at least try to make it a short ride.
Don't think you're bulletproof when you are on top and don't quit just because you came crashing back down. Balance yourself and understand we all take this ride from time to time.
Good luck! See you next week. May the forth (5/4/19) be with you. It's Saturday, I'm in the office so it must be the #SaturdayMorningHustle.
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It's an exciting #SaturdayMorningHustle weekend around here! Startup OKC - A Weekend-Long Startup Competition is happening in our building Project 3810. I love this stuff. Young, up-and-coming entrepreneurs all get in a room to meet, discuss potential business ideas and form teams to develop the best ideas and pitch to a panel of experts for constructive criticism. It's the process of starting a business, just shrunk into a weekend and executed in a safe space for learning and developing as a professional.
If you're not interested in the process, feedback, change and working within realistic expectations than you have no business calling yourself an entrepreneur. An open mind, adaptability and strategic (not just tactical) thinking are the keys to starting and managing a successful business.
So, what is Startup OKC? Startup OKC is a 3-day event during which teams of participants pitch ideas for new startups. They then form teams around the ideas presented, and work the entire weekend to build an MVP (minimum viable product), identify customers, refine MVP, market research, customer validation, refine MVP, validate, business model & rollout strategy, pitch prep & finally on Sunday evening. Pitch!
Throughout the weekend participants network with other teams and individuals at Startup OKC. Mentors will be in and out throughout the weekend. The mentors are some of the best and innovative minds from around Oklahoma City.
Good luck to everyone participating in Startup OKC and all of you out there in universe. If you need some advice from a mentor, hit me up on social media or at TheGoldingGroup.com.
See you next week. It's Saturday, I'm in the office so it must be the #SaturdayMorningHustle.
What an amazing morning, at the end of a great week in a super month. That's right, everything is going well and I am full of gratitude for the opportunity to create a career that I love so much I work "extra" on the weekend. As Mark Twain once said: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” and I'm right there. When things are going well for us, we need to remember that a lot of other people are playing their part in our success. The key is to give back more than you are receiving. Be a part of others finding their passion, their calling, their success.
I'm so thankful for my business partners, our clients, our vendors, community collaborators and anyone who's putting great things into the universe and allowing us to amplify that. Take a moment to think about how you fill a role in what other people in your life and profession are doing. Enjoy that feeling. You earned it. Finally, respect to all of Oklahoma and OKC on the 24th anniversary of the 4/19/95 Murrah Building bombing when we lost 168 lives here in Oklahoma City and a blessing to all on this Easter weekend. Enjoy your blessings. See you next week!
Too many people use the word "Failure" wrong in the current "Hustle Culture" of learning great lessons of business and life from failing. But that's too simple in vision and not accurate in nomenclature. Learning from your mistakes and making changes/adjustments is completely different than failing until you succeed. A better way to approach the path to success is levels of adjustment, not accepting failure. Listen for a full explanation.
It's Saturday and I'm in the office all fired up because I had an amazing experience at TEDx Oklahoma City yesterday. The speakers (some I knew, other hearing for the first time), the people in the room together and the opportunity to open yourself up to new, different and challenging thoughts was exactly what I needed. I love the exchange of ideas. I like being challenged and debated on thoughts and processes. I think it's good to have healthy, respectful conversations with constructive criticisms and challenges to the status quo. That's what happened yesterday.
How about you? Do you enjoy the process or just the end results? Are you open to ides that are not your own? Did you open yourself up to debate, discussion and potential change (n you and the others in the discussion)? Let's talk about it. SaturdayMorningHustle.com
Question: What is the definition of success? That thing we all chase, the reason we work on the weekend, the ultimate motivator.... How do you define success? Let's talk about it! After you listen to this week's episode, tell me your definition of success on social media. @KyleGolding on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KyleGolding or @TheKyleGolding on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekylegolding/
Thanks for listening. Good luck!
The #SaturdayMorningHustle is for everyone, not just Entrepreneurs. Anyone can use this advice in your career pursuits. Success always comes to those who work the hardest, make the most of every situation and refuse to lose. It doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up. That also applies when working for other people. Don't let any single setback, big or small, deter you form your career vision. Don't let the day-to-day drag down your long-term goals. Think like an entrepreneur in your career. You will have a job of some sort for the majority of your life, so don't let any day, week, month or year (a small % of your overall life) stop you. Keep #Hustling and #Grinding #EvenOnTheWeekend to control your own success. Good luck, see you next week!
Can you hear the scratchiness in my voice this week? Yes, I'm less than 100% but the show must go on. I'm sharing some insights from my Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma #TrustTalk this week, including great advice like:
“Don’t be better, be different.”
“Take your weakness and make it your strength.”
“Fake it till you make it is a disaster. Be yourself.”
“It’s okay to ignore anyone who says you can’t do something, but you can’t ignore reality."
“Effort doesn’t necessarily equal success. Focused, smart, strategic efforts equal success.”
Full video coming soon! Thanks to BBB of Central Oklahoma for letting me kick off Trust Talks series for 2019.
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The #SaturdayMorningHustle is behind-the-scenes as I prepare for my BBB of Central Oklahoma #Entrepreneur #TrustTalk on March 14th. In my presentation, I will explain the best strategies, insights & tactics to be successful in your business without burning yourself out! Today, I'm working through these ideas and giving you a sneak peek at the presentation. Want to attend? Hit linktr.ee/bbbcentralok to save your seat! Can't make it? Check back on my Twitter, Instagram and IGTV to see clips, hear more about the conversation with a room full of entrepreneurs, business owners and hustlers. Have a question you want me to answer or need advice on this topic? Hit me up on social media.
The #SaturdayMorningHustle is all about making adjustments. In business and life, things almost never go 100% to plan. Things happen. Being able to adjust is key to making the best of any situation. The small, daily adjustments we all make are easy. Big, life-altering changes are harder. Should you quit your job, change careers, move across the country? Sometimes that’s what it takes to be successful or find what makes you happy. So be open to the idea of making that adjustment in your life. Don’t close your mind to the possibilities. Talk with family and friends and make good, informed decisions. Best of luck to you! This episode was inspired by a conversation with a good friend who listens to this podcast. Call in, make a comment on social media and let me know what you want to talk about next Saturday. Thanks.
#SaturdayMorningHustle today, I'm not giving any business advice or inspirational quotes. Instead, I'm asking you these 2 question: What are you working on and how can I (or anyone listening to the podcast) help you? It's just that simple. On the Anchor.fm app use the call-in feature. If you're listening on iTunes or Spotify or another podcast service find me on Twitter @KyleGolding or Instagram @TheKyleGolding and leave your answer in the comment section. I will try to answer all I can, or maybe someone else will see it on social media and offer their help as well. That's the point of social media, right? Thanks for tuning in this week! Tell a friend. #SocialMedia #Advice #Community #Collaboration
It's the simplest of all social norms: Don't steal other people's things. This includes creative ideas and content. Not just word-for-word copy and paste style plagiarism but lifting ideas, styles and execution is just wrong. No one appreciates this. The internet and social media have presented all of us an opportunity to connect with others and communicate in new and interesting ways. The only rule is to be yourself. Don't build your self-brand on someone else's concept. Authentic audience development is the only way to create something valuable and sustainable. Shortcuts and unethical behavior is the exact opposite. You don't have to be the most interesting person on the planet to have an audience, you just have to be your authentic self. Good luck!
It's a #SaturdayMorningHustle first..... I'm going to suggest you listen to my business podcast this week. It's typically all business, marketing, etc. but the current episode is about you defining success and not wrapping your own self esteem or value in a job title, salary level or someone else's definition of being successful.
Don’t let any single setback kill your dreams. Life's not fair, so keep on your #Hustle and #Grind to win. My business partner Pritch Pritchard, APR and I discuss and provide examples from our careers you can learn from.
On each episode of the #NeoMarketing podcast, The Golding Group we briefly (12-15 mins.) discuss best practices, latest trends and modern techniques for professional business communications options. Our goal is to be educational, informative and (hopefully) entertaining.
Check out The Golding Group #NeoMarketing podcast on iTunes http://bit.ly/TheGoldingGroup + videos on YouTube http://bit.ly/GoldingGroupYouTube or stream on Spotify http://bit.ly/NeoPodcast.
I'm typically motivated on the #SaturdayMorningHustle but today I'm really fired up after a very fulfilling experience this week I want to share with you. Twice a year I teach a 2 hour class on Marketing / Advertising for the local Career Tech. My class is one in a series on small business education like accounting, legal, social media, etc.
My fav. part is meeting entrepreneurs, small business owners and people considering taking the leap into the world of business. Helping these people understand how to best succeed but also what to avoid (so they don't blow all their money) is very rewarding.
I also find great value in putting my expertise to the test. Like the Albert Einstein Quote "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" teaching a beginner class to a range of people forces me to simplify complex ideas and communicate in a very direct and effective way.
Ultimately, playing a small part in developing our small business community and taking the challenge of explaining in a simple fashion both add up to a very fulfilling experience. If you get a chance to support others while expanding your ideas about business or career success - I suggest you do it. It's good for the community and it will motivate you as well. A true Win-Win. See you next week!
A key to success: not letting BS (in your head or from other people) slow you down. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing, saying or working on. Even if they're competing with you for a client, job or some other prize. Focus on being your best for all the right reasons. Stay true to what gives you a reason to work harder, longer and better than them. Don't let their shortcuts, questionable tactics or even straight up unethical behavior affect your hustle. You do you. The right path to the success you want (whether you know it or not) will reveal itself when you tune out all the noise and stay true to yourself.
Good luck! See you next week.
First, I want to thank everyone who listens to the #SaturdayMorningHustle podcast, but especially when I get to hear your stories of motivation, hustle and grind.
But, not everyone can #RiseAndGrind on Saturday mornings and that’s OK. The key to success is focusing on what you can control - your effort. It doesn’t matter if it’s this morning, tomorrow or sometime next week. If you want more, you gotta work more - when and how you can. You don't have to do it the way I do it, but you do have to find ways to work smart and work hard.
Let me know when and how you put in the extra hustle. Let’s get social on social media. It’s a two way conversation. Maybe your story will motivate and connect with others as well.
Until next week, good luck and stay safe out there.
Today on the #SaturdayMorningHustle, I run through the levels of entrepreneurship: Side-Hustle, Project Based, Outside Interest, Second Career and Hobby. Each has it's own set of rules, expectations and return on investment (or lack of). If your full time / part time J-O-B isn't enough for you, here are a few options.
Let's clear up some confusion about the differences and similarities between having a career working for someone else or being an Entrepreneur and the levels of transition in-between. There are many options to "being your own boss" with levels of risk, freedom and fringe benefits. Let's Discuss.
Good morning and welcome to the first #SaturdayMorningHustle for 2019. With the new year comes a lot of New Year Resolutions and other standards people try to hold themselves to. If "business" is one of your topics for 2019 you need to know a couple of simple but powerful ideas about how to best achieve success in 2019 - focus on 2 key things: How much effort you put into your pursuits AND controlling what you can, not everything. If you can do this, you will find real empowerment as an entrepreneur, self-brand or rock star employee climbing the corporate ladder.
Hustle, grind and put extra effort in to outwork "the other guy/girl" is something you have control over. Every great champion credits the training that got them to the top levels. Do the same for your career.
If you cannot focus on what you control, you will burn out from letting outside factors effect your work flow, attitude and outlook. Do what you can, when you can and understand all other factors are outside your control (and often your competitors control as well). Don't worry about weather, the stock market or who is President. Stay connected to who you are, what you're trying to accomplish and why.
Best of luck in 2019. See you next week!
It's the last Saturday in 2018 and everyone is reflecting on the last year and planning for the future. Now is the time to make a plan for success and then DO SOMETHING to put it into play. I got a t-shirt from OKC media consultant Patrick Allmond this week with a simple but powerful message perfect for starting 2019 off right: Stop Doing Nothing.
So simple, but so true. Yes, you need to make a plan, create a to-do list and create goals, objectives, tactics, etc.... BUT without action it's all worthless. So let's get started. You don't have to wait until Monday, New Years Day or any other artificial deadline - get to work right now.
If you want it bad enough, you will work for it. Stop ding nothing and get your hustle and grind on. Grab a cup of coffee, power up with a donut and make it happen. No excuses.
Good luck! See you next week for the first show if 2019. Check out Patrick online at https://stopdoingnothing.com/
It's almost time for a holiday break. A few days off to spend time with family and friends. Remember the reason for the season! #SaturdayMorningHustle advice: Take some time off during the holidays to spend real time with real people important to you - family, friends and community. After all, isn't that the reason we all hustle and grind #EvenOnTheWeekend to make a better life for the people around us? Spend some holiday down time really enjoying the act of being present (pun intended) for others. You can always work extra next week.
No matter what holiday you're celebrating (or not celebrating at all) I wish you and yours the best! Next, we #RiseAndGrind again for the last time in 2018.
Another #SaturdayMorningHustle Accountability Conversation: putting action behind your decisions. It’s not enough to have great character in your decision making process, but you MUST put action behind the idea or its worthless. This is not just in your personal life but also your business life. People want to hire and do business with people they can trust with decisions and actions. You need both! Good luck!!
It's that time of year, everyone is playing nice for Santa (or their boss). But were you a good person all year, not just in December? Do you make decisions based on what's best for all or just you? Do you have character? Do you do the right thing, even if it's unpopular or even gets you into a tough situation? As we end the year let's talk about accountability, starting with character. You either have it, or you don't. Here's why it's important.....
Are you ready for 2019? Do you have a strategic plan in place for next year? If not, you're WAY behind. In fact, proper strategy is developed months in advance of implementing. Right now, start by setting goals and objectives. Consider your strategy and develop tactics (with measurements) for pursuing your goals. Write it down, make a plan and get to work. Don’t wait. Good luck!
Let's talk about how important small business is for our local, state and national economy. The majority of people in the United States are employed by small businesses. This time of the year, #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday get all the attention and a lot of your $$$. To make sure we don't lose our small businesses due to the holiday "big box" retail push, #SmallBusinessSaturday is essential. Almost as essential is #GivingTuesday on the 27th for supporting non-profits. So. get out there today and spend some of your cash on goods and services from small businesses. Locally owned businesses employ people and buy/sell raw materials and support items. All of this creates tax opportunities for your city and state. Keep your money local, support great employers and be a smart consumer by shopping at a small business (or 7) today.
Thanks! See you next week. Good luck!!
Something struck me recently about the changing ideas of what makes one an entrepreneur, hustler, influencer, business leader, etc.... This last week I've interviewed a few entrepreneurs, hosted a small business/entrepreneur event and been in multiple meetings. Every time, I looked at the people involved and realized there was no "set" type of person. Old, young, male, female, suit-and-tie or jeans and a t-shirt types. All types of people, pursuing their career or other passions while trying to find ways to make it all work. That's the common bond - making your "thing" work because that's what you want to do with your life. From that, comes the common traits of successful people. Drive, determination and work ethic. You gotta want it and you gotta be willing to work for it. Not just long, hard hours but odd, not convenient hours.
Are you willing to do more than "the other guy/girl" to be successful? That's what really matters. Not what you look like, where you came from, what your favorite band is or how "cool" you are. That's the common denominator. Good luck, see you next week!
You can only do one, so choose! Make Excuses -OR- Make Progress. Do you have #SaturdayMorningHustle in you or not? If you're in it to win it, then you have no time for worrying, blaming others or finding reasons not to do something. If you want to be successful, get to work!
Hustle and grind even on the weekend if you're a true Entrepreneur, Business Owner or #1 employee. Grab a cup of coffee, a donut and then work if success is what you want. It's all up to you.
The only thing you can control is your effort, focus and passion for what you do. Procrastination and excuses -OR- accomplishments and success. As the old saying goes, Winners never quit and Quitters never win. It's all up to you.
One month ago today I missed a Saturday Morning Hustle for the first time in over a year due to complications from surgery. But, I didn't let missing time off work, being sore and uncomfortable while healing stop me from reaching goals and getting my work done. You can do it too.
Like Nike says, Just Do It! Check out the #SaturdayMorningHustle podcast on Anchor, iTunes, Spotify or IGTV (link in IG Story). Thank you and good luck.
The #SaturdayMorningHustle is all about effort: #Hustle and #Grind #EvenOnTheWeekend BUT you can’t lose sight of why you’re doing the work. Dont forget what it is that motivates you to put in that extra work. The people who are important in your life, a drive to be the best you can be or simply taking a challenge head on.
With the upcoming holidays are full of distractions, but you can’t let that kill the motivation that you’ve created all your long. At the same time, you shouldn’t ignore family and friends in order to put in extra work on your side hustle, start-up, self brand or small business. So how do you balance the Entrepreneur life during the holidays? Adapt.
In Nov. and Dec. your regular schedule will be tested. The “extra” time you find on nights and weekends will be less thanks to holiday parties, shopping and family time. The key is to find new, often smaller, times and situations to utlize. Stay motivated, focused and most of all organized. Use free time between work, family and fun times to prep for dedicated work times. Make the most of what you can, when you can. All without skipping out on the important people in your life.
Enjoy some time off for the holidays. Spend time with family and friends. Recharge your batteries and reaffirm your motivation.
See you next week. Good luck!
Stop, collaborate and listen. The #SaturdayMorningHustle is back with a brand new edition. I’m all about collaborating as the best pathway to success. In 2018 (2019 and beyond) the old rules of business no longer apply. New business models and combinations are creating new opportunities. Virtual businesses, side-hustles and startups are taking advantage of collaboration and non-traditional working arrangements for win-win situations. We’re doing this with all our clients at The Golding Group. Welcome to the future. Find the right partners for all the right reasons and collaborate. Alternatively, walk away from inequitable business relationships and “in the box” thinkers. That’s old news and not where you want to be. Your happiness will be up and your stress down if you choose to collaborate with the right partners for the right reasons. Work smart, work hard, be open to the process and success will follow.
Sorry everyone, but we didn’t get to do a show last week because I ended up with a little too much #Hustle, too much #Grind and an unplanned hospital stay. I’m OK now, and in fact I’m back at work in my home office this week trying to catch up from being off last week due to being in the hospital. Thank goodness we have so many opportunities to work remotely, digitally and other ways in order to keep the process moving along, keep our clients happy, keep our bosses happy and meet those deadlines without too much disruption thanks to modern technology. So many jobs these days can be accomplished on a laptop, a smart phone, tablet or any place that has Internet access. This made life possible for me this week for sure.
But, You don’t have to wait for an illness or accident in order to allow your staff, key members, PT or others to work remotely. The key is finding balance in the new found freedom‘s vs. accountability, deadlines, expectations and the workflow of others. This situation is different for every office, whether a start up, existing company or a digital entity that doesn’t have a physical space. The key is making sure every member of your team feels valued for what they’re contributing and not allowing anyone to “gig the system” and not pull their own weight. God luck! See you next week.
Break your patterns! Interrupt your routine. Avoid burnout and create opportunity for yourself. Be creative. #SaturdayMorningHustle keys to success include #Hustle #Grind and #Consistency but occasionally you need to take a break. The question is when and how? The answer is.... it’s up to you. Everyone is different.
In communications, it’s called a pattern interruption. Change the standard response to create a new, difference opportunity to connect. Be interesting. Be memorable. But most of all, find ways to connect, communicate and create the potential for a relationship (personal, business or other).
#WorkSmart then #WorkHard but find ways to make your routine less routine to keep your battery charged and communications open.
Lot's of people talk about Work / Life balance for entrepreneurs, business owners, side hustlers and #RiseAndGrind personalities but balance is more than that. Finding real balance in your life when you have dedicated yourself to building a business, career or self-brand also includes how and when you talk about your pursuits, when to "sell" and when to pass and when to be proud of what you do (and how you do it) vs. being obnoxious about it. You can't be shy or nothing ever happens BUT if you're about that life 150% of the time you don't have room for anything (or anyone) else. So how does one manage passion with being social or drive to succeed with being supportive of others? Let's talk about it on the last #SaturdayMorningHustle Podcast for September of 2018. Join the discussion. Thanks and good luck!
Everyone on their #SaturdayMorningHustle right now is after the same thing - Success! Everyone has a different definition of being successful and the path to your ultimate success has a million possibilities. But, the one constant I have found in life and in business is the most successful people are those who can manage change the best. There are plenty of other ingedients, including hustle, talent, integrity, etc..... but the constant is how you put these elements behind implementing change. So today, we're going to talk about it. Call in (on the Anchor App) or comment on social media if you agree, disagree, want to hear more or have other Saturday morning topics to discuss. Thanks and Good Luck!
A central theme of my last four new client orientations (for The Golding Group) has been the function of Branding and Marketing as a filter to the sales funnel, not a catch-all. Too many people want their brand, marketing, advertising and PR to be "everything to everyone" which is a mistake. The best business marketing sets expectations for exactly what your business provides (and doesn't) how your product/service operates (and doesn't) and why EXACTLY they should be spending their money to acquire it. Everything else is just fluff. Focus on setting and meeting expectations with a realistic approach to your branding, highly focused marketing and disciplined operations create efficiency and effectiveness in your sales process. More conversion, less cost per customer and better overall profit potential. Let your branding and marketing create a sales pipeline, not a funnel. Stay focused from the beginning. Best of luck! #SaturdayMorningHustle #Advice
Don Draper on Mad Men once told the owner of scandalized Caldecott Farms dog food “Any agency that does not change the name is stealing your money”. She does not agree of course. Draper goes on to tell her to find a new agency because she won't follow his professional advice - and he's right!
This advice is very similar to a quote of mine in an article The Reasons Why Agencies Say ‘No’ to New Business - “If you’re not willing to make changes, then why are you hiring us?” added Golding, who looks for executives that are not only comfortable with his agency’s ideas but excited about them. https://databox.com/why-agencies-say-no
Don Draper and I agree, anyone you hire (or hires you) has to be a "fit" in style, approach and willingness to do what works, not what's easy or what the client wants to hear. That's just stealing your money. Sometimes it doesn't work out, and the professional relationship should end.
A #SaturdayMorningHustle reminder to stay focused on what’s important for you. The reason I come in early, stay late, hustle, grind and do all the things I do for my business is because I’m trying to build something for my family to live the life we want to live. It’s not always about becoming rich and famous. It’s about doing what feels good to you, what feels right to you and what makes sense for you. When you combine those things in a business that can be profitable (and sustainable) you’re doing it the right way and not for all the wrong reasons. Understanding your “Why" (you know what I’m talking about right? Simon Sinek - Start With Why - Go look him up if you don’t know) makes it all happen in the right way. Can you combine your “Why” and your experience and your passion? Something that makes you want to work this hard, along with something that can be sustainable, for your family, the way you want live? It’s not about someone else, it’s not about society, it's about you.
Everyone wants to talk about how bad they want success, what they are willing to do for it, how long it's been on their mind (since I was a kid!). Only a portion of these same people actually have the talent to pull it off. Of that group, who is willing to hustle, grind and patiently build from the ground up? The building process is where success comes from. Not ista-fame or being an overnight sensation, but actually building a brand (or self brand) from nothing. Why? Because understanding how it was build will allow you to adapt to changes that WILL happen. The market, your audience, the competition will push back on your vision of the brand. Things will change. Will you know what to do when that change occurs? And then when it happens again (and again, and again)? The key to sustainable success is understanding every element of a business. How you got from idea to launch to audience attention to success. Skipping steps or having someone hand you a finished product does NOT do that!
We discuss a lot on the Saturday Morning Hustle including tips, advice and business insights but we also try to motivate and inspire when possible. Nothing inspires me more than hearing from people IRL (in real life) who listen to/watch the SMH on podcast, video and social media. Today's post has two examples of people who are building their own success in the world who also happen to be fans of the #SaturdayMorningHustle podcast. How cool is that! Let's all be motivated by other people just like us working hard and seeing the rewards. Thanks for listening!
There are two equally important aspects to creating success. #WorkSmart and then #WorkHard. You can't just do one or the other and expect to win.
#WorkSmart is the research, planning and documentation of how you will create your successful endeavor. This is your business plan, your strategy and financials. You must have these in order to create and capitalize on attention and conversion of your marketing efforts. This is a lot of work, and can be intimidating for many. But once done, this information will make decison making easy and fast with assurance you're on the right path. Very helpful when all you see is work and not enough rewards (yet). Be patient.
#WorkHard is the hustle and grind. You have to execute every single day. It's a marathon, consisting of hundreds of sprints. Stay focused and consistent. Work every aspect of your plan from the most basic item to the top-end. Put max effort into your #WorkSmart plan or it will fail. Start with a plan before #WorkHard to win!
The #SaturdayMorningHustle didn't start as a podcast, but a series of social media posts about the #Hustle and #Grind of owning your own business. These posts connect with entrepreneurs, business owners and everyone willing to work hard for what they wanted to achieve because I'm actually in the office every Saturday putting in extra work. One group that really connects with this idea are fitness professionals. No other lifestyle is more connected to "working hard every day to see results" more than the gym crowd. The irony is I am not in shape like these fitness coaches and trainers. But, we do have a similar mindset, work ethic and need to motivate others to achieve their goals. My aim is to help business people of all types, which includes fitness businesses as well. If you have a question or need advice for your startup, small business or self-brand (fitness, health or other) please feel free to connect with me on social media (or call-in on Anchor). That's what I'm here for.
That's right, not everyone on the planet is ethical (or honest). Plenty of people you have never met (or might be very close to you) are willing to take other people's ideas and pass them off as their own. I'm not condoning it, I'm just telling you it can/will happen. But, you still need to innovate. Come up with new ideas, approaches, tactics and ways of doing things. Do not let the potential theft of your next great idea slow or stop you. Put yourself out there, and see who does it better. Focus on your audience and your success. Anyone looking for a shortcut will end up short in the end. Make them work hard to keep up with you. Stealing ideas and claiming credit is not sustainable. Go for it! #SaturdayMorningHustle #BestOfLuck
The most practical advice I can give you on the #SaturdayMorningHustle is this: Start every idea, project or promotion the same way you build a business. Begin with the best idea possible. Don't be an "us too" offering but really find something new or a new way to do it. Make sure that idea solves a problem for people. That makes it valuable, something people will pay you for. Set your idea apart, differentiate what it is, how it works, how you deliver it, etc.... Do all of this with your audience wants and needs in mind, not your wants (or ego). If you do that, you will have something people are willing to pay for, delivered the way they want. Last but not least, make sure it's profitable. That profit will pay back startup cost and keep you going when things are not working perfectly. If everything goes well, profit will make it possible to expand. Measure, adjust, do it all again - just better.
We’re all about the Hustle and Grind on the #SaturdayMorningHustle podcast, but today we focus (or refocus for some) on what’s really important. Don’t lose sight of why you’re trying to be successful. Put in the extra effort, but also make time for family, friends and community.
Today on the #SaturdayMorningHustle, I translate the business marketing process into a simple format with tips everyone can use for your next event, non-profit organization or personal brand - artist, musician, entrepreneur, fitness, SM influencer, etc.... Goals, strategy, objectives, tactics, measurement and adjustment is the process (we discuss this fully on my business podcast The Golding Group #NeoMarketing on iTunes) which might seem like a lot of work. But, for an individual or smaller project this process can be simplified if you understand the basics. That's what I'm going to give you in 5 minutes this morning. Waht you do with it will be up to you.
Everyone is chasing some sort of success. Business, self-brand, art/music or community efforts. That success is measured by one metric: Conversion. Getting your target audience to do something. Buy, vote, donate, attend, click, call, etc..... The way to make that happen is understanding of your audience, the reasons they will say Yes or No, the other options available and what is most likely to motivate to action. All that, in just 5 minutes today. If you want to know more, or check out other topics, visit https://saturdaymorninghustle.com. Thank you and best of luck! See you next week.
Success is a series of hurdles. Some are easy, some are harder, some seem impossible. That's the grind, this is where hustle and drive are needed. If it's worth doing, it will be hard. But, everyone on TV, social media and the internet only show you the cars, vacations and bling that comes from their (claimed) success. The grind isn't pretty and no one wants to admit they struggled, failed, got discouraged and maybe even quit (but then came back). That is the reality of anyone who has achieved a level of success that you are sitting at home hoping to emulate. True story! Do NOT be discouraged when your success journey has highs and lows. It's all part of the process. Get up early, stay up late, work on the weekend and do what you need to do for your success. Do not focus on how easy it was for someone else, because it wasn't as easy as they say. Best of luck!
Getting work done on a second job, startup or side gig is usually nights and weekend. If you want it bad enough, put in the extra work. Be strategic, make a plan, set goals, make a to-do list and get on your #Hustle and #Grind. #WorkSmart then #WorkHard for your side hustle success. ⠀
My Golding Group side hustle is VORTTX Training and Testing, which just won a #MedTechBreakthroughAward for the Best Compliance Solution in Clinical and Health Administration. VORTTX is designed to be the most user-friendly variable outcome training solution available. Multi-part, multi-level scenarios provide a unique experience every time. VORTTX training utilizes shift, time-of-day and real-world complications to present robust training and testing opportunities. For more information visit www.VORTTX.com
GET TO WORK! Best of luck to you. We'll talk again next Saturday.
The #SaturdayMorningHustle is all about motivation, inspiration and putting in the work to pursue your dreams. But how do you keep your head up when you have setbacks or even tragic loss? You ask yourself "What Would Annie Do?" Let me tell you about the most positive, happy person I ever met and what I Learned from her before she left this earth way, way, way before her time. Just like Annie, I'm trying to find positivity in a very bad situation. It's what she would want for all of us.
The great thing about the pursuit of success is everyone gets to define what success means to them. A million $$, a hundred million $$, work/life balance, serving others, etc.....? But don't stop there! What are you going to do with that success once you have achieved it? Let's talk about it. I have a few ideas, and an example of someone doing it right.
#SaturdayMorningHustle advice from Emmy Award winning rapper and entrepreneur Jabee during the DD Audio #SpeakerSeries this week at Project 3810: Have passion for what you do, authenticity, honesty, being a human being first, hustle and grind because there is no such thing as an overnight sensation and stay in front of the right audience by saying "No" to the wrong opportunities.
We'll be releasing clips and the full event audio/video soon. There's advice and knowledge for everyone including artist, business and self-brands. Collaboration, influence and audience development are just a few reasons business decision makers need to working with (and paying) artist and creative professionals more in 2018 (and beyond).
On the #SaturdayMorningHustle I'm talking about collaborating with artist Jabee Williams on the DD Audio 2018 #SpeakerSeries next week discussing visionary marketing tactics, the use of technology and innovative approaches to starting or running a small business, personal brand or passion project.
Jabee is a multi-talented Emmy award-winning rap artist from Oklahoma City, OK who has been a DD Audio ambassador since 2015. Hear about artist/business partnerships, product endorsement and the power of collaboration from one of OKC's brightest voices in music and community.
Join us for a casual but informative conversation about inspired ideas and practical execution from Jabee and myself along with food and craft beer (over 21 with ID) from local partners. FREE WITH RSVP ONLY. Please reserve your spot today.
DD Audio will also be providing door prize drawings, including DD Audio headphones. Time for networking before the program and Q/A. http://bit.ly/DDAudioSpeaker for RSVP.
Everyone makes mistakes. It happens in business and in life. No one is perfect. The key to success is what you learn from each mistake, steps you take to change so it doesn't happen again and owning up to it so you can move forward. Too many people get too focused on the small stuff or what a setback means in the very immediate short term. Take a step back and look at how mistakes and other errors are great teachers and allow us the opportunity to own up to the shortcoming. That ownership puts you in the position of earning back the trust of everyone involved. Why? Because mistakes happen, and your clients, co-workers and associates will not be afraid to trust your judgment if you make everything work for you in a positive way even when things don't go as planned. If your not making mistakes, you're not trying hard enough. Keep pushing, keep learning and keep growing. Best of luck!
#SaturdayMorningHustle Truth - NO doesn't mean never, it means not right now. Use the feedback of a NO to go back to the drawing board, edit, adapt and make your idea stronger. You will hear NO more often than YES in business and life. You can still win as long as you don't let any singe NO stop or even slow you down you going after your goals. Good luck!
You know the story of David vs. Goliath, right? The average man David slew the undefeated giant Goliath with a simple slingshot. But how does this apply to today, and for business? Simple: Positioning. The process of competing by utilizing your business strengths, mitigating your weaknesses and never going head-to-head with your competitor greatest strengths. You can't beat Wal-Mart with price or selection but you can win the customer service battle. Find the place (the position) in your industry that maximizes your strengths without competing with others greatest strength. This gives you best advantge to win. The only way to find your truest position is be honest about your strengths/weaknesses, research your competition and execute tactics based on this information and not your ego, gut feeling or "how we've always done it" excuses. Good luck!
To find success, you really need the ability to change situationally. Not major changes (unless forced) but adapting along the way. Everyone I had interactions with this week needed to make changes in their organization. Some big, some small some just being open to new things. If any of them had a "how we've always done it" attitude they would have set themselves and their organizations back. Being open to change, listening to collaborative ideas and allowing the problem to be solved instead of insisting they were right was the best, most successful way to solve the problems at hand. Anyone can hold themselves back be being selfish and unbendable. Instead, look for ways to incorporate input from others to open yourself up to better ideas. You can always go back to the "old" way of doing things later if it doesn't work out, BUT you will never find a better way to do thongs without being open to the process. Until next week, good luck!
Everyone wants to be successful. Hustle, grind, late nights, early mornings. Work smart, work hard and stay focused. The definition is different for every person as well. Become a millionaire, corner office, Instagram famous, whatever you want it to be. But, along the way, someone opened a door for you, gave you a shot, supported what you were doing or just gave you some helpful advice and encouragement. DO THE SAME THING FOR OTHER PEOPLE! Do not achieve success and then change who you are. For true success, be a part of other peoples success. Create a cycle of opportunity. That's what "making it" is all about. See you next week for #SaturdayMorningHustle advice. Thanks for listening.
During a media interview this week, I was asked what advice I would give my younger self if I had a time machine. The interview was about business and entrepreneurship, so my response was this: Go all in, don't play it safe or over-think. Be willing to stick your neck out and take risk. Don't make reckless or stupid decisions, but do push yourself and your business fast and hard. Commit! Put yourself out there for the business you want to create and avoid holding yourself back in order to avoid potential shortfalls. Nothing great ever happens in your comfort zone. Make a plan, do your homework and then GO FOR IT with everyhtign you have. If you can't do that, then maybe the entrepreneur life isn't for you.
Treating all people well creates positive situations for everyone. Slow down, talk to people and create relationships, not just transactions. #SaturdayMorningHustle advice for the Easter weekend. Has this happened to you? Positive or negative?
In business, we always focus on customer service. But, what if we do less training on what to say and when to say it and put more emphasis on being open to the needs of the person walking in the door, calling on the phone, etc...? That would make for happier employees, customers, vendors, etc.... and that's good for business.
Too many businesses make the mistake of building an operational model that makes providing a product or service as easy as possible for the provider and not the consumer. That's backward! To create a unique, successful business model that will compete, attract and retain a highly loyal audience (best case business scenario) you must construct your operations to the wants and needs of the audience. You can't force your way of doing business onto your audience. You can try, but most likely fail. Instead, pay maximum attention to your consumer and give them what they want, how they want it. With a consumer forward business model, you now need to find ways to improve or simplify the process to create profitability. With profit, every business will fail. This combo of audience need plus profitability has a real chance to succeed and adapt as needed when your audience or industry changes. That's disruption! It's what Uber did to taxis, Amazon did to big-box retail and AirBnB did to hotels.
The best way to be a great boss, co-worker, collaborator, entrepreneur, business owner, volunteer, civic leader, etc.... is to learn the right and wrong way to lead, motivate and inspire from everyone you meet. #SaturdayMorningHustle #Advice This includes not only those people doing it all right but those bad bosses who made you want to quit, hide or just not care. Learn from their mistakes but doing the exact opposite. You're in control of how you treat people, so do your best and the best will happen. Now, get to work! #Hustle #Grind #WorkSmart and #WorkHard
The #SaturdayMorningHustle is all about making things happen while everyone else is resting. It's not enough to work hard, but you really have to set yourself apart IF you are trying to build a successful business, career or side-hustle. There's no such thing as an overnight success and there is no one singular way to achieve your goals. But, you can't just tell people you have the drive. You must show them! You also need to prove you have what it takes to build something successful, not just get lucky once. Document your hustle, grind and work process. Show how you made it work and how you can do it again. For me, it's all about the process. I don't just do it and then hand over a finished work product to my clients. No, I involve them in the process to ensure everyone understands how the decisions were made. This creates a better long-term solution for everyone involved. Then, I take my skills and do it all over again.
#SaturdayMorningHustle is all about Patience and Consistency. It’s the key to Success! Play the long game, offer more than you take and don’t chase the wrong opportunities. The best clients, projects and collaborations in my career came to me after working and waiting for a long time (years even) for it to happen in the right way. Create value for others, then others will value you. You can’t force it or fake it. #GoodLuck #WorkSmart #WorkHard
Adversity hits everyone. There will always be bumps in the road. The only thing you have control over is how prepared you are and how well you react to negative situations. Don’t let set backs get you down. Use that to motivate even more #Hustle #Grind and #MaxEffort. Don’t get mad or sad, just het to work. When life gives you lemons.... #Lemonade #WorkSmart #WorkHard
You can’t lose motivation due to temporary circumstances. Don’t let a team beat your team twice by getting in your head, keeping you from working hard towards your next goal. You can’t let a single loss, setback or bad situation keep you from moving forward and preparing for the next opportunity. We all have more L’s than W’s so don’t take it too hard. You will hear “No” more than “Yes” so keep #Hustling and #Grinding #StayMotivated
Practical advice on the #SaturdayMorningHustle this week: it’s not an opportunity if you can’t afford to pursue it. #WorkSmart and #WorkHard but you can only #Hustle and #Grind so many hours a day. Your choices are to hire some help (pt, ft, freelance or service vendor) or focus on the most impactful opportunities and let the other stuff go or wait. #GoodLuck
Because I received so much positive feedback from the podcast last week, I wanted to continue the conversation today. I love the hustle and grind, I’m just built that way. But, not everything is a 1-to-1 give and take (or make) situation. In business, we miss these opportunities more than we take advantage. Sometimes you need to do things that are not for you, but others. At least 51% for others. Sometimes 100%. Why? It always opens opportunity in ways you can never plan.
Meet new people, hear new ideas or be inspired by others you would have never otherwise met. We all need that. The ROI is always positive, but hard to quantify.
True success comes from a positive attitude and willingness to give more than you take. We all hustle and grind every single day, even on the weekends, to make something for ourselves and our family. That’s what it takes to be an entrepreneur, own your own business or be the best employee where you work. BUT that does not mean every minute of every day is spend getting just ourselves ahead. Sometimes you need to do things that are not for you, but others. At least 51/49 for the. Sometimes 100% for others. Why? It always opens opportunity in ways you can never plan. Meet new people, hear be ideas or be inspired by others you would have never otherwise met. We all need that. The ROI is always positive. Trust me, this attitude has served me well. The more I give, the more I get. I’m having the best 1st quarter ever, and I hope you are too. Get busy, hustle, grind and do what it takes. That includes giving more than you expect in return. Create value for others, and people will a
The best way to get the most out of your Monday through Friday 9-5 grind is be prepared and organized. SaturdayMorningHustle is the perfect time to prep for the week ahead. That's what I do. Make your to-do list, set up your assets, do your research, etc..... Come in early, stay late, on the weekend, etc. it’s all up to you. Put the work in before the work. THAT’S hustle. Good luck.
Today we discuss the process all Creative professionals go through. I call it the “Blank Page” Theory. You start with a blank sheet of paper. Write down where you are, point A. At the other end of the paper, write down where you need to be, point B. This can be used for creating art, design or solving a problem. Now, start adding to your point A. What do you have in place (assets), what are you trying to accomplish, why are you doing it, etc. Then, do the same for point B. What ya the finished product? A painting, a brochure, a website, a better mousetrap maybe? Now, without preconceived notions or “how we’ve always done it” excuses start connecting A to B. This is the what, how, when, etc. in problem solving. For art, it’s a sketch, then a base layer, then the details, etc. the process is still the same. Start with nothing. No BS or reasons why you can’t do it. Just work towards your goal. Good luck! See you next week.
It’s a new year, the first #SaturdayMorningHustle and the best time to make a plan, set goals and get to work for 2018. Too many people falling victim to their own procrastination. The best time to plan a tree was 20 years ago, but the second best time is right now. You can’t wait for the perfect time or scenario. You just have to go for it. Tips on how to get (and stay) started. Good luck!
It’s that time of year, to make New Years resolutions. If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, management, investor or self-brand you should be setting goals for your business pursuits. In addition to your goals, you need a theme for the year. A word or two that describes who you are, what you do and what you’re trying to achieve. For me, that theme is collaboration. In that spirit, connect with me on Anchor App or social media (twitter: @KyleGolding Instagram @TheKyleGolding) yo ask a question, present a scenario or create an opportunity to collaborate. Thanks for tuning in to the #SaturdayMorningHustle podcast each week. Best of luck in 2018!
It’s a cold and snowy #SaturdayMorningHustle one day before Christmas Eve. Just because everyone else gets a 3 day weekend is no reason #Hustlers and #Entrepreneurs should slack off. I’m full of gratitude for a great 2017 and look forward to an even better 2018. Make sure you follow, like and ask question about business, marketing and audience development on SM. Next week, we will discuss setting and reaching your goals in 2018. Best of luck. Merry Christmas!
Why put off until 2018 what you can accomplish today. Don’t fall into the “holiday” trap of letting up on your hustle. Make a plan, set goals and work harder than ever to start next year off right. This goes for entrepreneurs, business owners, Artist or anyone wanting to better themselves as a person, employee or member of a community. Best of luck in the new year. Keep up the #SaturdayMorningHustle
Opportunity comes from change. Don’t be afraid of new situations, even if it wasn’t your plan or idea. In fact, run at it full force. A new year is coming, a new opportunity for you to set and reach goals. Do you have the right goals and are you working hard enough (in the right way) to achieve them? The new year is the perfect time to make that evaluation.
Today is a Big announcement about an even bigger announcement next week. Our Creative Co-Work space is gone, but something new is coming. The key to make it all happen: Patience and positive attitude. Find a way to collaborate, create success for all. Win/Win!
Today, I want to say thank you and show my gratitude for everyone who listens and interacts with the #SaturdayMorningHustle each week on iTunes, Anchor.fm, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Keep listening, commenting, liking and sharing. You guys are the best! Good luck everyone!! See you next week.