Make your message clear, by delivering content that is based around your brand and your mission.
Making a good connection with your audience takes you being aware of the content you’re putting out. You want to post content that is within your brand.
These things may not always look like it’s part of your brand, but if you understand a bit more of the individuals mission and goal in life, you’ll see why they post certain content.
Let’s look at Grant Cardone, and Gary Vaynerchuck.
Grant Cardone has multiple companies, including a sales training company, and real estate company. At surface level, you would think that he would only be posting content that is around his businesses. Maybe just videos of him working with his team, one on one with a client, or pictures of some commercial real estate. You look on his Instagram and what do you see? You see a lot of videos of him speaking, you see promo videos, you see bits of the shows that he produces during the week. Then you see pictures and videos of his family, and occasionally videos of him and his wife working out, and you think “how does this fit into sales training, and real estate?”
It’s all a part of his bigger “WHY”. His brand is about creating an abundant life so that you can really take care of you and your family’s life. To get out of the middle-class trap. For him, his family is a very big part of his brand, because that is what is at the core of his mission. Taking care of his family, and showing you what you need to do, in order to take care of yours.
Now Gary Vaynerchuck, doesn’t show his family in his content, because that’s his choice. He wants his family to be his own experience in a sense. His dad is on his vlog every once in a while, because of wine library TV. But Gary mainly focuses on what he does in the daily, to show you that it takes hard work and patience to make things happen. He is focused on removing the excuses you have for not doing what ever it is that you want to do, every day. Gary teaches exactly what you need to do to make money today, and how to grow your followers on social media, and how to create massive amounts of content. He does that by going out and flipping items he purchases at garage sales, because he grew up flipping baseball cards as a kid, and knows that it’s this easy thing that anyone can do. He talks about his $1.80 strategy of going on Instagram, looking up a hashtag, consume the content, and engage, then do that over and over. He runs a media company, but he’s talking about flipping stuff you buy at garage sales, or at target. Doesn’t seem like it matches with his company, but it matches his core “WHY”.
If you’re posting some content on your page, make sure that it is in line with your brand. It should be a piece of what your overall mission is.
You want to make sure your viewer can easily understand your brand, what you do, what you stand for, what you’re accomplishing, and who YOU are.
Right now, reach out to your current client base, and ask them to introduce you to three of their friends..
You need to make more money and grow this new business you have, and you think the only way to do that is to go out and knock on every door, send everyone a Direct Message, to spend money on advertisement. That is one way to do it, but there is a more effective way, to show quicker results.
Getting your current client base to introduce you to at least 3 of their close friends, whom they think could benefit from your products and services, is the easiest way to start growing.
Pick up your phone and either call, or send a video to your current client, asking them this. “If you have received any value from my products and services, would you introduce me to 3 of your friends who could also benefit from the products and service that I offer?”
What will they say? If they find your products and services of any value, and they should, they will gladly introduce you to 3 of their friends.
Why is this important?
Your client’s fiends, trust your client. Which means when you get the opportunity to speak with them, there will automatically be a foundation of trust built. They trust their friend, and they trust their friends recommendations. Now all you have to do is work on closing them on getting the same value that their friend is getting.
Here’s the best part of this. When these new people become clients, you repeat the process. If one client can bring in 3 friends, and you close 2 of them, that’s now 2 new clients. Then if those 2 introduce you to 3 people each, and you close 4 of them, you now have 6 new clients in total. That’s a much easier, and quicker way to grow your client base.
There’s value in cold calling, but when you get someone in the door who is warm , and trusting already, that’s much easier.
You have an idea for a post, a video, a blog, or something else. You’ve posted it. A couple of likes. Maybe a comment. You start asking yourself, “how do I get more engagement on my posts?”
First of all, let’s not focus on the likes. Let’s focus on the comments. The DM’s. The real engagement. How do you get more of that?
There are 3 core elements that you will need to get more engagement on your content. If you go back and watch your favorite YouTube videos, Instagram posts, tweets, etc… You will see these 3 elements in every single one of them.
1: Entertainment value
Entertainment comes in many different ways. It doesn’t have to be a cat falling off a dresser, or a funny joke told while screaming into a microphone, or even getting hurt trying to do some parkour. Unless are the things that are you niche, then by all means, do those things. Other than that, let’s look at a couple of people. Grant Cardone, and Gary Vaynerchuck. Why do they have so many views, comments, likes, follows, etc?
Let’s start with their entertainment value. Look at the things they do, the places they go, the events they put on, the online shows they host. It’s fun to watch. You might not get to travel all over the world, or have a nice produced vlog, but you can harness this piece from them. They are doing the things they love to, and are having fun doing. That transcends into the production of the videos, the blogs, the webinars, the books, the Instagram posts, the live streams, and other content they put out.
You need to be documenting the behind the scenes. Show people who you really are. Be yourself. Have fun! That’s a quick way to bring entertainment to your content.
2: Solve a problem
There are a lot of different kinds of content out there. Some may go viral, or get a lot of engagement, and makes you start thinking “why is this so popular?” Yes, the content is entertaining, but what problem does it solve? Some content simply solves boredom, and the need for entertainment. What problem does Netflix solve? In a simple way, it fills the void of entertainment in your life. Maybe you cannot afford to go on trips, and have your own adventures. So, you watch them to get your fix.
Solve a problem. People go to the internet for answers. Be the source of solving a problem in your niche. If you’re an automotive fanatic, maybe you are the go-to source of information on vehicles. Everything from simply repairs, to purchasing your next vehicle. You solve a problem, and people want it in an entertaining way, so it keeps them engaged.
3: Call to action
So, here you are. You’re entertaining. You solve a problem. But now what? You need a call to action. Watch those popular videos you keep going back to on YouTube. You’ll see Grant Cardone, and Gary Vee asking “leave a comment on what you think of ….”, or “Be sure to comment, like and share” They add in the all-important call to action. It’s like in sales, you have to ask for the close. If you don’t ask, don’t expect to get anything.
There are some easy ways to do this. You could pose a question to get someone’s opinion on the subject you’re talking about. It could be that you ask someone to leave questions in the comments.
Example on the car fanatic scenario. If you’re comparing sports cars, you might get a poll from the audience member. Like, “Comment below, Ferrari, or Lambo?” or “If you were given any car in the world, what would it be? Comment below to let me know!”
Simply call to actions. Or the simple ASK, “If you liked this content, be sure to subscribe, like, comment, and share with a friend!”
Easy enough right?
What are the 3 elements again?
1: Entertainment value
2: Solve a problem
3: Call to action
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You will not be able to do EVERYTHING! Networking will help you find those who can assist where your weaknesses are, and you can find ways to help people where their weaknesses are. People need your product and services, and extending a hand and introducing yourself is how you identify those people.
This is a soundbite of a previous episode I did on personal branding. Hank Norman was brought on due to his expertise in the marketing, and branding field. He has worked with stars like Grant Cardone, Gloria Mayfield Banks, Mel Robbins, Tim Storey, and many many more.
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Thank you for tuning into Patience and Hustle Daily! I have a really big podcast coming soon that you will NOT want to miss! It’s all about the best and greatest tips on branding. I’m not doing the podcast alone though! I am bringing two amazing people to help me with it. I’m bringing in Tim Coe who is out of the UK, he is an incredible marketing expert, and bringing in the Hank Norman of 2 Market Media. Hank is a media guru who has worked with famous people like Grant Cardone! This will be an episode you will want to watch out!
In the mean time while that is currently cooking, I want to bring you something fresh to hold you over and give you some added value.
I want to give you 3 things you can do to improve the audio quality of your podcast.
1 Get a pop filter, and move a little bit away from the microphone. A pop filter will help screen out some of the air, to help prevent those “Plosives”, like the P, and B. With that you can position that about 5 inches away from the mic to also force you to keep your distance. Why though? This will help you will harsh sounds that may come through when speaking so it doesn’t Peak the signal and cause distortion.
2 Set the recording level accordingly. When you’re testing out the sound, set the volume to just a little over half way on the meter. You don’t want the recording level to be almost maxed out, because if you get louder it could peak the signal, again, causing distortion. When you go back to edit the audio, you can boost the signal, add in compression and make up the couple of decibels that were lost. Setting the recording levels correctly will help eliminate a lot of post editing issues you may come across.
3 When editing, you should always use what is called a “high pass filter” This is done with the Equalization plug in that is in the audio software you’re using. Whether that software is GarageBand, Ableton, ProTools, Audacity, Audition, or something else, it will have an EQ plug in. You’ll want to find a spot between 0 and typically 100 hz, where it just cuts out the low shelf noise, but doesn’t affect the natural sound of your voice. As you move it around, if you cut too much you’ll hear your voice sound thin, and not normal, so you just back it off until you don’t hear an actually difference in your voice. I know that seems weird, like, when you edit, it should change the sound of something, right? In most cases. With editing, sometimes it’s about eliminating something that just doesn’t add any quality. Using a high pass filter will help cut out any low humming noise that may just muddy up the audio quality.
There you have it! 3 easy things you can do that will make a big difference! If you have questions, let me know! Hit me up, email@example.com
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Knowledge is NOT Power
You’ve heard knowledge is power. Well, I’m here to tell you that is wrong.
Knowledge is not power.
Knowledge alone hold no power without action.
I recently met up with a buddy of mine, Eric Jones, who you can find on Instagram as Doctor Dapper. He is the owner of LFLS Shoes, like father like son, and Riff Marketing. He started giving me some really great advice to improve my Instagram page, and grow my brand.
Later that day I started listening to a book called “The 12 Week Year” by Brian Moran. In the beginning of the book he starts talking about this concept of “knowledge is power” is in correct, and that without action, knowledge is useless. That really got me thinking about what Eric had told me to do about my branding, and Instagram page.
There are two options: 1- I can just keep doing what I do and ignore the knowledge I was given, or 2- I could take action and use the knowledge given that has been proven to work for him and many others that he has helped with their brands.
So you see, the knowledge alone won’t help me unless I do something with that knowledge.
Not all knowledge is created equal. So you have to first make sure you’re not just taking advice from just anyone. You want to see that they’re drinking their own medicine before you take a sip. Make sure this person you’re taking the knowledge from knows what they’re talking about, and show proven success with it.
Is knowledge power? No, it is not. Knowledge with Action, is power.
I’m going to give you the biggest piece of advice when creating content.
Deliver it as if you are only delivering it to one person.
But wait Lance….100’s of people are going to see the content?!?
Yes, but what you want to do is make a personal connection with that individual.
One thing you will notice in my podcast episodes is I always say “YOU” and not “You all” or “HEY EVERYBODY!”, that’s because I’m talking only to YOU.
At any given time that an individual is listening, reading, or watching your content, it’s just you and that person.
When you can make a personal connection to that one individual, you will start seeing a change in the reactions you get. If you simply try to address “EVERYONE”, then how is that content special? How are you going to make a personal connection to someone? You won’t be able to.
Hank Normal, the media Mogul, sent out a tweet that said “If you want to fix all your media problems, only speak like you are only speaking to me.” He teaches this in his video course called Star Power. You can check it out on my website, patienceandhustledaily.com/success, and sign up for that today if you want to learn how to fix even more of your media problems.
That is it for today! So remember, when you create content, you are creating it as if you’re speaking to one individual person. Make a personal connection with them.
Have a great day.
Just before January 1st you start writing out your New Years resolutions. You post it all over Twitter, Instagram, facebook, snapchat,
You’re going to get into shape.
You’re going to start a podcast.
You’re going to make $100,000.
You’re going start your own business.
You’re going to read 100 books.
You’re going to, you’re going to, you’re going to….
You’re going to give it up 2 months later. That’s what happens.
It happens because you go about these goals all wrong. You think just because it’s a new year, that something is magically different? Do you really think that because you now have to write a new year on the rent check, that somehow you are a completely different person? Just over night, you transformed into this go getter, get things done, resilient, persistent person?
The problem is 2 fold.
1: You don’t remove time from setting the goal, to taking action on the goal. It should be immediate. You write it down, you action on it. Then you write it down the next day, and you take action on it. Immediately. Take time out of the equation.
2: Your goals are not big enough. Figure out what it is that you really want, then reverse engineer that. You have to know what you’re shooting at, in order to hit the target. Take the big goal, and chop it into smaller goals that compound as you achieve them.
So stop waiting for the new year to start on your goals. That’s just an excuse for not taking action.
There’s nothing new about the new year. It’s just another year. What you do today though, is what actually makes change, and makes a difference.
Todays episode is little unique. I am recording it with different equipment than I usually do. Today I’m using a basic USB microphone with an added pop filter, and Audacity software which is free. I want to demonstrate that you do not need $1000’s worth of equipment and software to start producing a podcast.
One of my all time favorite Robin Williams films is "The Dead Poets Society". About a year ago when I was watching it for about the millionth time, I decided to write a blog on some lessons learned from that movie. In this episode, I am reading that blog to you. I hope you enjoy!
Too often you over complicate things, and you then keep yourself from actually starting anything.
You over complicate a project at work. You over complicate that email you’re trying to send to a prospective client. You over complicate a gift you’re going to give to your wife.
Yes, all of these things should take good thought, and consideration, but you should not over complicate them.
Here’s your actionable tip:
If you find yourself struggling to start something, because it seems too complex, just pick 3 things you can quickly do to start. Then, when you finish those 3 actions, pick 3 more. Rinse and repeat as needed.
What you’re doing is you’re forcing yourself to start. Once you start that momentum will carry you.
One of the hardest parts about starting, is actually starting. Starting something, means you actually have to do something. You have to take some sort of action. It means you have to step into the unknown, because you don’t know what to expect. You have to enter the uncomfortable, unknown of what the outcome will be. Will it succeed? Will it fail? You won’t know until you actually start.
The hardest part of starting, is starting. And the longer you wait, the longer it takes.
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On today's show I discuss 3 ways one could use time to their benefit and how to master patience which can be your downfall in starting and growing yourself or a business. -- Visit www.thecomfortkillers.com for more self-improvement tools Email me firstname.lastname@example.org to ask your questions.
There will be times when you start asking yourself, if what you’re doing, is what you should be doing Every day it seems it’s the same thing. You wake up, you do the work, you go to bed, you wake up, you repeat it. You keep pushing, and you keep doing, and it’s the same grind every day. It can seem like you’re going nowhere. I want you to know, that if what you are doing right now, is contributing to you being able to do whatever it is that you want to do in life, that you should stick to it. How do you know if it’s contributing? Ask yourself these questions, Am I learning new skill, or even improving on current skills, that will help me accomplish what I really want to do? Is this contributing to my mission, and goals monetarily? That’s it…two questions. If you answer YES to at least one, then it’s the thing you should be doing right now. Look, if it’s not contributing to you monetarily, then you have a few options. You either go find something within it that will contribute, or do something on the side that will contribute, or go find something else. Look, I work a day job. It does two things for me. It teaches me new skills, and improves my current skills. Skills like, sales, leadership, management, organization. All things that will help me in the future. It also allows me to keep the lights on at my place, and help me pay for the programs, and equipment I need to do business, and now this business of audio editing, and video editing, pays for itself. This is why you should keep doing what it is that you’re doing.
I made a compilation video of Grant Cardone talking about the middle class, and how it is a trap. The mindset behind the middle class, is have just enough to survive, but the problem is that you're not really surviving. We were all sold on this idea of buying a home, going to college, investing in Wall Street, but that system is broken.
Sometimes you can have what seems like, a million things go wrong in a day. You could start off by burning yourself on the stove, then have a flat tire, be late for a meeting, lose a client, get into a wreck, lose your wallet, stub your tub, forget to let the cat back in, and accidently leave grandma at the supermarket. It happens. Joking about the grandma part! There are days, you know you’ve had them, where it seems as if nothing is going your way. One thing after another is not working out. It’s not how you react to these situations, it’s about how you adapt. To react is to “respond or behave in a particular way in response to something.” To Adapt is to “Make something suitable for a new use or purpose.” When something goes presumably not in the way you intended, if you “react” you’re simply just responding, and not doing anything about. You may complain, or waste time, or pass blame. If you adapt to that same circumstance, then you are taking action on it. So something doesn’t go according plan, rather than you sitting around complaining, or arguing, or some other reaction, you adapt to the situation at hand, and act on a solution. From a business stand point, if you lost a client to a competitor, rather than curse, or scorn, or be upset, you should be following up with them, reaching out to new clients, getting referrals from existing clients. By adapting, you’re not wasting any time, and you’re formulating a solution rather than focusing strictly on the problem. So instead of reacting when things go “wrong”, Adapt and overcome the situation.
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So, this last week, I started working on improving my craft in video editing, and graphic design, which led me to this message to you today. It’s about the importance of constantly improving on what you do. Here are a few reasons why you should be improving your skills, and how to do so Improving your skills will make you more efficient in the skill, and produce higher quality output with the skill. You always want to be striving for better quality, and efficiency, as this will help you provide a higher value to your clientele Improving your skills will also help you develop better self-discipline. Sometimes working on a skill is not always fun. If you want to improve your long-distance running ability, you have to do various exercises to build up the endurance. It won’t be as fun as actually going out and competing, but it’s necessary. When I was working on some different graphic design techniques, and some video editing techniques, it wasn’t fun when I struggled through trying to learn. As I began to build that skill, and learn how to do these new things, that’s when it became fun. I could finally put the skill to work. Improving your skills will help you stay competitive. In this day and age, information is everywhere, and everyone has equal access to it. So how do you stay competitive when trade secrets are, well, not so secret anymore? You improve your skill, which as mentioned above, will help you provide better value to your customers. So, you now know a few reasons why, so HOW do you improve your skills? The internet is your friend. Figuratively of course. Everything you need to know is on the interwebs. Just go to google, go to YouTube, and search what you’re wanting to improve on, or what you’re wanting to learn. The problem is, that since there is a lot of information, how do you know what information is good? That part takes a bit of personal-judgment, and research. It may be more work, but it’s the best way to learn something new. You have everything you need in the palm of your hands. You could always reach out to someone who is doing what you’re wanting to learn, or improve on and ask questions. Maybe they offer courses, online training programs, YouTube channel, or mentorship. This is a great way to build a network as well. If you can’t seem to find what you’re looking for, and can’t find the right person to give you some quick tips, you may just have to dive in and learn on your own. Nothing wrong with that. I highly advise doing research, or reaching out to someone first though. It can save A LOT of time, and also help you figure out what NOT to do, which is equally important.
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Two quick tips to success in anything that you do. Let’s go 1: Find a problem, solve it, teach others to solve it. Maybe the company you work for is trying to increase sales. Find ways to increase yours, then teach others the processes you took to do that. Or maybe they’re trying to improve efficiency in a particular area of the company. Take that on as your personal responsibility. When you can solve a problem in a company, or in an industry, you will start to stand out. Especially if you start teaching others how to solve it. This will help you also break out of obscurity, in the company. If the company doesn’t recognize your hard work, and give you credit, maybe you should you find a new company who values you, or start your own company to solve that problem for companies. 2: Give more value Similarly to #1, these go hand in hand. When you seek out a problem to solve, more than likely you don’t get a paycheck to solve that particular problem. Here’s one example: Your job is to close deals, to make sales. A problem the company has is that their people aren’t making enough phone calls though. You’re not being paid to solve that problem, but if you take that problem on, give more to the company than what you’re paid to do, you’ll see more success in the company, and more opportunity. Same goes for when you’re working with a client. When the value exceeds price, price no longer becomes an objection, and makes closing the deal easier.
Being a Leader Being a leader means telling someone the truth, that they don’t want to hear, but they need to hear. Imagine the injustice you’re doing by avoiding those important conversations? Imagine someone is not performing at their maximum level, or at the acceptable level. Do you leave it alone? Do you brush it under the rug, and not address it? That’s hurting not just them, but it’s hurting your company, your business, your customers. As a leader, you have to speak up, and take care of your household. If someone is bringing negativity into your place, or gossip, or slander, you cut that out as soon as possible. You don’t want that to spread, and trust me…it will. It’s your duty, to protect the culture, your family at your business. Here’s the best part about being a leader. You don’t have to wait to be given a specific title to become one. You first have to set high standards for yourself, and stick to them. Take charge. Take person ownership, and responsibility. You cannot tell someone to do something, that you are not willing, and doing, yourself.
When starting out, you may be wondering which medium is best to put your energy in to. Is it video? Is it audio? Is it written? Is it a combination? The truth is, there’s not one that is better than the other overall. Each consumer, takes in information differently, and each creator produces content differently. If you are a stronger writer than you are a speaker, then start with blogging. If you are a stronger creator with video than writing, then do video content. If you are stronger with just speaking rather than being in front of a camera or writing, then focus on audio. You will want to focus on your strengths. Too often, you don’t start something because you’re not confident in your ability to do the task. So, in order to start, start with your strengths. You can always learn the other mediums as you go, but don’t let the fact that you’re not strong in one area, keep you from creating content around your message and mission.
This episode is really geared more toward those working at their resource center, or as most call it, the 9-5. Business owners, managers, supervisors, and everyone else, you should listen too. Today, I’m talking about the three different types of employees. There are three types of employees. 1: Those who do less than what they’re paid for 2: Those who do only what they’re paid for 3: Those who do more than they’re paid for Those who do less than what they’re paid for typically complain before they get to work, when they’re at work, and when they’re off work. They don’t want to be there, they don’t like what they’re doing, they think they’re entitled to more than they’re getting. They’re constantly below goal, and pass blame to someone else on why they’re not hitting them. And you think you’re entitled? Guess what? You’re not entitled to anything! Then there are those who do only what they’re paid for. They show up on time, they leave on time, they hit the bare minimum on goals. You can’t really count them off for anything, but you they don’t deserve praise either. Some of these people are looking for that praise. That pat on the back. Atta boys. Why? Because you showed up on time? Because you sold a few products? That’s what you’re being paid to do! You don’t deserve some congratulations, for doing the job you were hired to do. This is the real world. Not everyone gets a trophy for showing up. The last group, the few and far in between, are those who do more than they’re paid to do. They find problems they’re not being paid to fix, and fix them. They take responsibility and go beyond what is expected. They show up earlier, and stay later. They never complain. They have made themselves valuable assets within the company. They are never satisfied and always pushing themselves further. They take care of themselves, and never ask for praise. They do the job, because they know what needs to be done, and then some. They innately build up others around them. Let me ask you, out of those three types of employees, who do you want on your team? As an employee, which type are you? Now that you know the three types, which type will you now become?
Stacy A. Cross and Wendy Y. Bailey My guest today, Wendy Y. Bailey is a BEAST at showing her clients how to double, triple, quadruple and quintuple their profits. Sometimes it means making little tweaks in language or strategy. Or, she may work on developing and implementing an income acceleration plan. Either way, it's her greatest joy coaching clients to create extraordinary results in their businesses. I Charge for That™ are the four most powerful words in selling. These words involve beliefs about yourself and money, your limiting beliefs about selling and how you show up in selling conversations. The I Charge for That™ mindset means you have a profound belief in yourself and the value you bring to the marketplace. The words, “I Charge for That™” embody the spirit of your beliefs and flow effortlessly from the tongue. These words demonstrate your high self-esteem and establishes success on your own terms. The I Charge for That™ mindset means you also have dogged determination in setting and achieving your goals. You’re able to excel by setting clear boundaries that safeguard your professionalism and expertise. The I Charge for That™ mindset means that you have crazy faith in your selling conversations, knowing your most ideal clients ALWAYS recognize how you can help them, they WILL say “Yes!” and they will readily make the investment in your programs, services and products. Learn more and buy her book: http://www.IChargeForThat.com Learn more about Coaching, Income Acceleration, and WendyY Like Share | Download(8)
Today’s episode is a follow up to my previous episode, where I posed the question “how much money do you need today, to quit your job?” If it were tax free, how much would it be? What’s your number? And what would you do with it? I got a mix of answers. Some picking $100,000. Others $1mil, and some said even more than that. I dug a little deeper to see what folks would do after they got the money. Some would invest it, some would pay off debt, some would start a business. What I want to make clear, is that this question isn’t about you being able to be bought out of your dreams. It’s really to help you figure out, at what point, what number, would you feel comfortable jumping ship into this idea. Check this. If you had enough money in reserve to pay for your basic necessities like, housing, food, utilities, etc… that would last for 2-3 years, you could go focus on this business idea you have, and not worry about failing. At the end of the 2-3 years, if the business failed, or just didn’t get off the ground, you’ve lost nothing. You could go get a job again. You didn’t lose any money; you didn’t get behind on bills. That reserve money was strictly for living expenses only. The business had to pay for itself. So if you were to accumulate, or be given enough funds to pay those basic needs, for 2-3 years, what kind of business would you start?
Service comes before money. Jason shares this concept of how you should pursue service with your customers, your friends, your spouse, everybody. Become a servant first. Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
Stacy A. Cross talks with Lucas Rubix about loving what you do, but making sure you are making money in your business. ----- Lucas Rubix is The Coaches Coach - his company helps passionate coaches get more clients, make more money and book themselves solid. Lucas believes that you cant make money by just simply doing what you love. You have to build an actual, real life business around your passion, you need to know know your numbers AND you need to build a solid sales funnel / marketing plan so you can get your message no only out there but get it heard! This episode will blow your mind after you realize that there are somethings that you SHOULD be focusing on in your business. Website / Academy: http://lucasrubix.com/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/lucasrubix Links: Sponsorship / Questions Email: email@example.com Subscribe: www.stacyacross.com Join The Comfort Killers : www.thecomfortkillers.com Be My Guest: www.thecomfortkillers.com/podcast-guest Books Mentioned: The Comfort Killers Book : www.thecomfortkillerbook.com The 4-Hour Work Week: Chapter 3 https://tim.blog/2017/05/15/fear-setting/
It's Wednesday once again, and @stacyacross brings a fire episode, which you need to hear the full thing of! Check this link out here: https://stacyacross.podbean.com/e/how-many-more-people-are-going-to-get-sucked-into-the-box-mindset/ Or just listen to #DontGetWeakWednesday for a quick FIRE episode! #podcast
I have never been able to write out what I have done to get the success that I have now. I have written out the single greatest piece of writing that I have ever done. Only, because it shows the foundation on which my success stands.
Jason Howland from Action Closers Academy, is bringing #BulletproofFriday. You HAVE to have a guarantee on what you're selling! Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
You need to increase your sales knowledge. Doing so will result in you getting more of whatever you want in life. I recommend these two two sales trainers. Check them out, and pick one. Grant Cardone Sales Training: https://bit.ly/2Gzzgnh Victor Antonio Sales Academy: https://bit.ly/2IfGuu6
Replay / Repurposed YouTube stream that published last week. I had a private call with my mentor that I opened up to The Comfort Killers. And now we are having a part 2 and I want you to join! Is it important to have coaches or a mentor in your corner? https://academy.thecomfortkillers.com/lenny
You should be using your talents, and strengths.
The greatest things you do, are the ones that are most natural to you. If you are really good teaching, find ways that you can teach, and train others. If you you’re great at writing, then you best be putting out blogs, or articles frequently. Whatever it is that you’re naturally good at, and love doing, DO THAT!
I challenge you to figure out what it is that you’re great at, and if you’re not doing that thing, start immediately!
It’s Simple. Wake Up. Work. Sometimes you may not feel like waking up. Sometimes you wake up, and you don’t feel like working. Do it anyway. Or if you don’t, don’t complain. You cannot complain about not having the things you want, because you didn’t do the work necessary to get it. If you are the type of person who has to plan things out, plan it the night before. This way when you get up, you can hit the ground running. This will also help you prevent wasting time in the morning, or all day, trying to plan things out. Don’t make excuses. If you want to get something done, then do it. If you don’t, and you know you wasted time, then don’t make an excuse that you didn’t have enough time. It may be beneficial for you to cancel your Netflix account. Short. Simple. Wake Up. Work.
Stacy A. Cross & Dr. Kim D'Eramo My guest today, Dr. Kim D'Eramo is a physician, bestselling author of the MindBody Toolkit, and Founder of the American Institute of MindBody Medicine. During medical school, she developed a strange illness with joint pain, bloating, headaches, weight gain, aching and chills all over, and severely low energy. After seeing doctor after doctor… dozens of them over an almost 2-year period, most could find nothing wrong and told her to come back if things got worse… She knew about “mind over body,” and that she was somehow creating this pattern, so she tried to heal herself… but failed miserably. Until she realized the solution existed in a new relationship between her and her body. She quickly learned how to work with her body, opening up to what it needed, and allowing herself to receive it. It felt harmonious when she did this, and instantly lifted her energy, so she kept going. Within 10 days, her body was completely healed. Many doctors, even integrative ones, are trying to “fix the problem” rather than release it at its root. That requires more and more complexity of medications, diet, supplements, or testing. Since you’re not addressing the root cause at the deepest level, the problems get worse and worse as you continue searching. To learn more about Dr. Kim's MindBody approach to healing visit: https://drkimderamo.com/ To learn about the 3 Ways to Start Living Your Soul Purpose watch her webinar REPLAY by visiting: https://drkimderamo.com/purpose Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a follow up show! Remain uncomfortable, Stacy A. Cross
So I posted a picture of the letter “C” and asked people if they could tell me what it represented it means. I even added the disclosure that it might be a trick question. Which it was in a way. I got some really great responses though. First off. After I read these I came to a very interesting realization. These words that people chose, were the first words that came to mind. Which means that it’s probably a word that is very important to them. Things like collaboration, clarity, character, confidence, chocolate, which is very important. What’s the first word or phrase or anything that comes to mind with the letter C? I want you to quickly think about that and just store it. That’s a good self awareness practice. Anyways. What I meant by the letter “C” came about when I came across a post by Stacy A cross who talked about how she was a C average student. I was too. I hated school. I may have been a little lazy, or maybe just not motivated. I did well in computer class, go figure, because of how interesting it was. I hated having to sit in those hard seats for hours at a time, copy notes off of slides, read chapter of boring books, write paper on subjects I’ve long forgotten, and waking up early in the morning to catch to bus to do it. I told you it might be a trick question. But Jason Howland of Action Closers Academy got it closest. Saying it was the highest grade he got in high school. With that in mind, this guy is doing pretty well, and always pushing himself for more. He helps train businesses and sales teams the art of sales and closing deals. I may not be super successful yet, but I’m this C average student who is Creative, Compassionate, a little Crazy, and Confident that he is going to do something amazing with his life. And I will. That’s what the C represented in my post. Do you know who else was a C average student? Gary Vaynerchuck.
3 key things to work on to gain opportunity 1: Give more than you get How much should you give? If you asking that question, you don’t understand. It’s not about how much more. It’s not about the number of more units sold. It’s about, are you pushing yourself? Are you self-driven? Do you stay hungry? Are you setting and exceeding goals? Always be resetting your goals. 2: Invest in yourself Buy some books to help expand your knowledge. Join seminars, webinars, networking events, training materials or platforms. Spend money on improving your skills in any area that will get you moving forward, and setting yourself out above the crowd. 3: Go For it You have to go for the opportunity. You may have to move, or travel, or step out of your comfort zone. But you have to go for it. Opportunity can be taken up by someone else, if you do not take it first. So go for it
Nick Holladay - VP Customer Success I work with Nick on a weekly basis as a result from signing over to Infusionsoft - He is an expert in solving marketing problems that new and growing entrepreneurs face as we aim to automate and optimize our businesses. I was interested in learning about best practices and how as entrepreneurs we can do more to automate, capture more leads, generate more sales, wow more customers, and save more time. To learn more visit: https://successengine.net/ https://www.thecomfortkillers.com/marketing
You have talents, you have skills, you have passion, you have all of these things and you know you want to do something with them, but you’re not sure where to start, or how to go about it. Here is what you need to do. You need to start using them. You need to start sharing them with the world. You have get over the fear of criticism, and put yourself out there. When you share your talents with the world, opportunities will open. When was the last time you took a chance on yourself? When was the last time you did something that scared you? The important thing to keep in mind here, is that these opportunities won’t happen overnight. You have to be patient, but you have to work. You have to keep doing whatever it is that you do. Maybe you’re a content creator, maybe you into fitness, maybe you’re into coaching, whatever it is, you just keep bringing value to the marketplace, and keep showing it what you can do, opportunities will open. Here’s a big tip. Give information away for free. Anyone can go online and find out how to do what you’re doing, but the problem is it takes maybe too long. If you can become the one stop shop for whatever it is that you do, if you can become the library of your space, you will have the attention, and the opportunities. So get started, by starting.
I recently posed a question on my Instagram account, @patienceandhustle, asking people to fill in this phrase. “Money is_____” blank Complete that phrase… “Money is____”. The responses I got were great! Money is a tool, money is energy, money is a necessity, money is an accelerant, money is a way to create opportunities, money is freedom. We were taught that Money is the root of all evil. That’s just not true. In fact, that bible verse is quite misquoted. It actually says “For the LOVE of money, is A root of all kinds of evils”, it’s an attitude problem, not a money problem. Getting rich simply for the consumption, the crave, the desire for it, the LOVE of it. That’s the problem. Money is a tool, it is a way to get new opportunities, it does help you accelerate your business or even your charity to others. It can create freedom. Finances are one of the leading causes of stress. Not being able to properly take care of your family in the good, and the bad times, will cause undue stress. Imagine a loved, maybe a parent, becoming terminally ill, possibly with cancer, and they don’t have good health insurance, or even life insurance. Who is going to pick up the tab? You. Can you? Can you afford to? Can you afford not to? Your attitude and desire behind money makes all the difference. So ask yourself today, what is money to you?
It’s been a few days since I have done a podcast. In fact, last week got so productive with projects for other people, I was really too exhausted to work on my own stuff. It sounds like excuses, but that’s what I want to talk to you about. See last week I attended a meeting with a group of amazing people, who asked me to help them with their podcast project called, Breaking The Cycle. Check out the page on Instagram at btc_podcast, and I had 2 new clients who needed help with their podcasts as well. I have 4 people I’m working on edits for, and needed to get them done by Saturday. What ended up happening is that I didn’t get very much sleep for a few days, and that led me to physical and mental stress, which caused more fatigue. Which lead me to crashing Friday night, and taking Saturday to fully recover. What lesson did I learn from this? Well, I became very self-aware that I need to recover by getting some sleep at night. With working a day job to fund really everything right now, that leaves me with just a few hours in the evening, and in the morning to work on my own stuff. Organization and time management, I discovered, is vital. I tried to compact too much work in too short of time, giving me no time to recover. In all honesty, I could have reserved some of the work for Saturday, which I had been doing, and got some recovery time during the week. I have the drive to get the work done, but when you run out of fuel, you can’t really drive anywhere. Recovery time is important, so be aware of how much you really need to recover, and take that. But, word of caution, don’t get stuck in recovery mode, to where you get lazy.
Another clip from Stacy A. Cross, on her incredible podcast, the Stacy A. Cross Show! The full episode can be listened to here: https://www.podbean.com/site/EpisodeDownload/PB95962FWYBAY SHOW NOTES Erica Glessing believes that when you tell your story, you change the world. She is an international bestselling author 18+ times over, an expert on happiness and creativity, and is the CEO of Happy Publishing. Listen to The Erica Glessing Show, on itunes or at www.TheEricaGlessingShow.com, an 8-minute daily inspirational podcast for entrepreneurs and lightworkers. Visit World Class Celebrity Medium to claim your gift: http://worldclasscelebritymedium.com/gifts/
You need to be creating content every day. Don’t get caught up in the impressions, the likes, the shares, or that stuff. Get caught up, in giving value. When you get caught up in giving value, the real engagement with your audience will naturally take place. Too often, you get caught up in the numbers game. How many followers, how many likes, how many comments, how many impressions, how many clicks. Shift your focus from the numbers you get in, to the value you give out. The best way to give value is to teach someone something, that can solve their problem. Useful information, that is clear, concise, and actionable. That is the type of content you should focus on. It’s okay to create content that is just there to look nice, and help tell a story. Creative videos, or pictures, with great context that tell a really captivating story, those are great. It solves the problem of people looking for entertainment, something fresh, something unique. So stop worrying about numbers you get from your content, and focus on the value you give.
The Stay A Cross Show notes Akosua Dardaine Edwards is the founder of the Enabling Enterprise Project. The Enabling Enterprise Project is a progressive and interactive programme, which partner with Caribbean and international women’s business support agencies, policy makers and women entrepreneurs from all over the world for the enhancement, empowerment, exchange of ideas and experience and best practice of women’s enterprise and entrepreneurship worldwide. Akosua has travelled and worked throughout countries such as the United Kingdom, Uganda, India, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Kenya and her native Trinidad and Tobago working with women and youth entrepreneurs combining her expertise of entrepreneurship, empowerment and transformation and sharing lessons on the Journey. Visit http://www.akosuadardaineedwards.com/to learn more and to purchase her books.
Another Independence Day celebration and I want you to celebrate freedom in your life - Here are 3 ways to shape shift independence for Health, Wealth and Happiness, right now. Links: Sponsorship / Questions Email: email@example.com Subscribe: www.stacyacross.com Join The Comfort Killers : www.thecomfortkillers.com Be My Guest: www.thecomfortkillers.com/podcast Books Mentioned: The Comfort Killers Book : www.thecomfortkillerbook.com The E-Myth Revisted: https://amzn.to/2NwtBzg
One of the challenging parts about being a leader is having the tough conversations. If you’re a business owner, a manager, or some sort of team leader, having those tough conversations is part of the role. I want to share a couple of quick tips you can use when situations come up, that require the tough conversations. 1: Do not react to your first reaction. What I mean by this is to not act hastily, take a moment to sit back and reflect on the situation. You do want to address things in a timely manner, but you also want to remain professional, and fully informed. Sometimes you may miss some information in the moment of receiving the complaint, or the observation, or seeing or hearing something. Take a quick moment to breathe, and assess the situation, and then, we get to #2 2: Listen. It’s important to hear out the person. You may have a tendency to already have your mind made up about the outcome, and you forget to listen to what they have to say. It is very possible that they will just make excuses, or try to BS their way out of it, but it’s still important to listen. You really don’t know how they will react, maybe they fill confess and admit they messed up, or maybe they will blame someone else, whatever it is, listening will help you deliver the well thought out, outcome in a professional way. Don’t let someone else drag your good name and image into the ground, by letting them get you worked up to where you say or do something that makes you look bad. Those are my 2 biggest tips. Don’t react to your first reaction, and listen.
Having solid relationships is so important in life. Over the past couple of years, I have been fortunate to connect with some amazing people. Social media has made it so easy to connect, and network with like minded people. What’s amazing, is how though these social media sites you end up getting connected with other people, through someone. There’s now a group of us that stay connected, share each other’s content, and collaborate on ideas. One of the best parts is that you start working together on projects. I started this podcast, with just myself in mind, but what I figured out is that it is difficult to create a podcast, even a short one, every day of the week. That’s where the #DontGetWeakWednesday with Stacy A. Cross, and #BulletProofFriday with Jason Howland came in. These are just two great people I’ve connected with, and they graciously let me curate their content into my daily show on a weekly basis. There are other people I’m connected with that we bounce ideas off of each other, give real honest feedback, and help connect to others. This is the kind of stuff you can do when you have solid connections with people. You can get value, as you give value, and everyone is looking to help each other grow. It’s a winning community, start building yours today. patienceandhustle.com
So you have this great idea for a product or service, you’re really excited about it, you started drawing up your ideas, but you work a 9-5 so you don’t know how you’re going to find time for it. It’s easy. You change your thinking. You see, you’re looking at it backwards. You don’t have a 9-5, you have a 5-9. You just gained 8 extra hours each day. 8 hours for you and your business idea. You can wake up early, work on it, go to your job, crush it there, get off work, work on your business for 4+ hours. Don’t be in such a rush to get out of your day job. First off, let me stop calling it a day job. It’s really your first flow of income. That’s what you will call it now. Your first flow of income. You need to focus on growing that, to put money aside to invest in yourself to grow your first flow, and your 2nd flow. The old excuses of not having time are now nulled and voided. You no longer are a 9-5, you are a 5-9. This is the foundation on which you will build upon.
If you have a business, or thinking of starting a business, one very important element is knowing who you are targeting in your business. Who is that idea target? It's important to know who this is for. Stacy was in Chicago for an event when she recorded this episode, and shares some amazing tips with us for todays episode. Subscribe on: Website: www.stacyacross.com Itunes (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stacy-cross-show-motivation-self-improvement-entrepreneurship/id1281308515?mt=2 Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stacy-cross/the-stacy-a-cross-show Google Play (Android): https://play.google.com/music/m/Iphveprcydjvhnxcebyb7efalsq?t=The_Stacy_A_Cross_Show__Motivation__Self_Improvemen
Too many people want to wait to start doing something. That’s call procrastination. They want to wait to have everything in order, or wait to have the website built, wait to have a plan, or wait to have enough inventory, or wait for whatever excuse they come up with. It’s procrastination. There may be some things that need to in place before you can fully execute on something. Take for instance, if you wanted to invest in real estate, but you don’t have the funds, you kind of have to wait on that. In the meantime, though, what could you be doing? For something like this, you have to wait because money is a factor, you could be taking action to go out and make more money to get the finances quicker. You also could be educating yourself more, so when you have the funds to drop, you’re even more educated. If it’s something like, you want to start a blog, or a vlog, a podcast, you want to sell tshirt or your art, you want to do photography. You don’t have to wait for these things. You have a cell phone, you can blog, vlog, podcast, do photography, and even sell tshirts straight from your phone. You don’t have an excuse to not take some sort of action. You just want to procrastinate. So stop procrastinating.
Be careful with the good times. Never let up on the throttle or you will lose momentum. This is the message Jason talks about in this episode of #BulletProofFriday Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Why am I focusing on these things? This is episode 1 of a new series I will be posting once, or more a week, where I record a podcast episode on my phone while driving. Sometimes my best thoughts come to me when I'm on the road, so I'm going to start documenting those.
Stacy A. Cross brings on guest, Dionna Walker, founder of Business Mom Inc. She shares her mindset on some of the struggles, and how it's levels to getting what you want in life. You have to go through the levels, and Dionna shares that insight on how to handle it. Dionna Walker is From Dayton Ohio, she is the Founder of DIONNA HELPING HANDS, a non-profit that help low income families in my city with clothes, food, furniture and more! Dionna is also a mother 6 kids and married. She is the founder of BUSINESS MOM INC, a Business Management Firm for Mothers looking to start a business! Dionna has 3 published books and her most recent book is called THE MOMMY HUSTLE, a book that will inspire and uplift women and business women in all areas of life. Website: https://www.businessmominc.com/ Dionna Helping Hands Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/DionnaHelpingHandsInc/ Links: Sponsorship / Questions Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe: www.stacyacross.com Join The Comfort Killers : www.thecomfortkillers.com Be My Guest: www.thecomfortkillers.com/podcast-guest Books Mentioned: The Comfort Killers Book : www.thecomfortkillerbook.com Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz: https://amzn.to/2MsrRpS
Bitcoin - The New Nigerian Prince It seems like at least 2 times a week, I get a message from someone claiming they can get 200, 300, even 400% returns on investment. I already know what they’re trying to sell me…something about bitcoin, and mining bit coin. It’s a scam, we all know that. These bitcoin scammers are the new Nigerian princes. It is a total waste of my time to sit there and humor them, by replying back. They usually open up conversation with something about an opportunity, and I simply reply back “Send me your best pitch.” Then the fun begins. They tell me all about this big scam, and send me these pictures of text messages from supposed investors. The thing is, they’re all using the same photos of these text streams. The exact same photos. You can read these fake text streams, and be like “Yeah, that’s fake…” Then after you humor them for a short bit, you call them out, they get angry, then block you. With all that being said, this is what I want to tell you about. Have integrity. Sell something that is going to actually bring value. You need to be solving people’s problems, making their lives better. Not making them worse. I’m sure you have an incredible product, or service, and it solves some big problem that people, or companies have. Great! Stick to it! Never waver from that honesty. If you don’t have a product that you believe in, if it’s not bringing value and you know it. Go find something else to sell. This world is full of opportunities, so don’t be afraid to go and get them.
Stacy A. Cross brings another incredible edition of Don't Get Weak Wednesday. You will not want to miss the full episode, where Stacy goes through the entire list of 13 Virtues. Personal Growth. Spiritual Growth. Entrepreneurial Growth. Grab your free book: http://www.thecomfortkillers.com/secrets Buy my new book: https://goo.gl/HAHVmy Email: email@example.com Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com
When you’re doing sales, and you keep getting rejections, you can start to think “what’s wrong with me?” You have a great product, you ask the right questions, you bring a great amount of value, but you keep getting rejection. The truth is, it may just not be the right time for the buyer. It may be the right product, it may be the right price, everything is good…it just legitimately is not the right time. That’s why persistence, and follow up, and rapport building are so important. Staying on the mind of the prospect, continually giving value when you follow up, is important. One day, that prospect is going to need your product, and will be in a position to invest in your product, and you best be the first one on their mind when that happens. If you’re worried about not obtaining this one prospect, if you’re freaking out, then your pipeline is too small. You need to be hammering on doors, punching digits on a phone, typing out tweets, snapping some chats, being on facebook, Instagram, youtube, everywhere. Leads are there, you just have to go get them. Rejection doesn’t hurt as bad, when you have a full pipeline, and know you can always try calling them another day.
Healthy body, healthy mind Since June 1st, I have been exercising regularly, eating a lot healthier, and I’m feeling the results. Overall, I feel healthier. I have not eaten any greasy fast food, or a lot of sugary junk food. I have had a couple of chocolate chip cookies though, but it’s a lot more under control than it was before. So what kind of changes can you expect when you start exercising, and eating right? Well, what I have experienced so far is that I have more energy, more focus, I’m sleeping better. I feel getting more sleep has actually helped me with remembering things better as well. I usually have to write things down, or I will forget, but I am noticing better retention which I attribute to be more rested. My sinus allergies have also been under control. Usually this time of year, I’m popping allergy pills just to breathe. But by eating cleaner, cutting out the grease and the sugar, I’ve noticed improvement. I was a struggle in the beginning. Usually starting is the hardest part. I challenge you to make a change, a healthy change. Start exercising, start eating right, start drinking more water. A healthy body = A healthy mind
We are desensitized to alarms. Their urgency of emergency no longer registers in our minds. We hear a whistle, it’s simply a whistle. Not an alarm of emergency. We hear a siren from a cop or ambulance, it’s just a siren. We hear a car alarm go off, we don’t run outside to see if someone is breaking into a car. We just want the alarm to stop. This month of June for me, is about health. Not just physical, but mental health as well. This really made me start thinking about the alarms that our body gives us, to tell us when things are just not right. When it’s time to stop…breathe…reset… I have personally found these alarms to come in the form of lower energy, frequent headaches, tense muscles..especially around the neck and shoulders, inability to focus, becoming easily agitated…I know this is starting to sound like one of those medical commercials with all the side effects…but the point is, sometimes we ignore these alarms that our body and mind are giving us, and in return our body can crash hard. If you take intermittent moments to just stop..breathe..and reset, it will better for you in the long run.
Stacy A. Cross talks about starting at your own pace when it comes to healthy personal development. You do not need to listen to people who tell you that you need to do cross fit, or some other exercise program. You just need to start, jump in for the sake of jumping in. Personal Growth. Spiritual Growth. Entrepreneurial Growth. Grab your free book: http://www.thecomfortkillers.com/secrets Buy my new book: https://goo.gl/HAHVmy Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com
You need a game plan. The month of June for me is about Health. This health, Wealth, and Happiness challenge came about from a friends of mines podcast, The Stacy A. Cross Show. She talks about health, wealth, and happiness in her shows, and really got me to thinking that I need to work on this myself. So I’m challenging myself to make a change in June, to improve my health by eating better, exercising more, and growing in knowledge. Growing in knowledge, I’m doing fine with. Reading books, doing training daily. The eating healthy, and exercise part has been a bit more of a struggle. The first 3 days, I didn’t really eat healthy. I was getting away from junk food, and eating out, but I did both of those things. The big problem is that I did not have a game plan. I have no direction, no clear goals, and those are vital to making a change, and setting new habits. You need a game plan. Here is how you build a game plan. You first need an overall goal. You need to define very clearly, and precisely what you want to achieve. Then you need to break that overall goal, into weekly, and daily goals. This makes it more consumable. Every single day, you have a clear vision of your plan, you write down your goals for the day, your game plan, and work to accomplish it. The small victories will amount to big wins.
Jason Howland shares how there are two types of people. There are the consumers, and the creators. Which one are you? Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
What is your “Why”…you know what, on second thought, forget your “WHY”. Focus on WHAT you’re going to do. You talk about your “why” all day long, but without the “WHAT you’re going to do”, you WHY means nothing. Layout an action plan and take action on it. Don’t plan on taking action, as soon as you write down your step number one, take it. Don’t hesitate. Remove time from the equation. If Step One about WHAT you’re going to do about your WHY, is call on 10 people, call them right then and there. There’s no waiting. There’s especially no whining. Don’t whine about not having the time. In the amount of time, you were whining about not having time, you could have used that time to do what you were whining about not having time to do. There. End of podcast… If I were on Brad Lea’s “Dropping Bombs” Podcast, there would be an explosion sound for that. I’m not going to copy him though haha. Layout step one of WHAT you’re going to do about your WHY, and take action on it.
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Are you taking care of yourself? My good friend Stacy A. Cross, talks about Health, Wealth, and Happiness in her podcast “The Stacy A. Cross Show.” And this inspired me to do something. I’ve been working on improving my health, but have struggled to really focus on that. I eat healthy for a few days, then fall back into the junk. I’m trying to exercise more, but not having healthy eating habits in a way reverses the work you do. It’ll keep you from really progressing. So I’m challenging myself over the next 3 months to focus on Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Starting in June, I’ll be focusing primarily on eating healthier, and exercising more. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing every day. To build up that habit When you take care of your body physically, you in turn are taking care of yourself mentally as well. If you eat right, and exercise, you’re going to sleep better, you’re going to have more energy, and you’re going to feel better overall. My challenge to you, is to look at what you are eating, and how you feel daily, and realize there’s a correlation. If you’re body and mind are feeling drained, if you’re suffering from allergies even more than usual, it’s more than likely a result of your diet. Improve your physical health, which will help improve your mental health.
The toughest objection you get in the sale, is the same objection you have internally. Jason shares how to overcome that objection, and win in the close. Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
Thelonious C. Jones, and Stacy A. Cross come to you today for #DontGetWeakWendesday. Thelonious talks about passive income through rental properties. This was specifically geared toward truck drivers, as a means for them to make supplemental income in the times that trucks break down, and they cannot be on the road. The important facts that Thelonious talks about though, are important for everyone to listen to. Personal Growth. Spiritual Growth. Entrepreneurial Growth. Grab your free book: http://www.thecomfortkillers.com/secrets Buy my new book: https://goo.gl/HAHVmy Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com
This was the context to my Yanny VS Lauren post. There's nothing really special about it, except for the fact that I hopped on a trending topic, and used trending hashtags. The results were what was interesting. ---- This is pretty interesting. Remember that whole “what color dress is this”, thing? Well. Now we have another one, and this time I can explain it. • When people hear his audio, some hear the name “Yanny”, and others hear the name “Laurel”. #yannyorlaurel #laureloryanny • Being a sound guy, I knew I could figure out what’s going on. • Here it is 1: An audio clip of the word “Yanny” and “Laurel” are playing at the same time. Yanny at high frequency, Laurel at a lower frequency. 2: Depending on the quality of your speakers, it may not pick up the lower frequencies. 3: Depending on your ears sensitivity to frequencies, you may only hear one or other even with good speakers. • I cut the Lowe frequencies out in the video to where you hear “Yanny” more clearly, and the. Cut the high frequencies out, where you hear “Laurel” more easily. • An interesting thing is, a friend of mine only heard static when I cut the low frequencies out. She couldn’t hear “Yanny”. • Just like color vision, we all hear frequencies slightly differently. Some may not have the ability to hear certain high or low frequencies, based off age, exposure to loud noise over periods of time (causes hearing damage), or just genetics I’m sure. I’m no rocket genius when it comes to that. • An interesting thing that popped up, and I thought I’d throw my 2¢ at it. Since I’m in the world of audio. • #audio #recoding #video #yanny #laurel #whatdoyouhear #hearing #experiment #instagood
I'm now recovered after a few days of resting, getting re-energized, re-committed, and re-focused. Here is an excerpt from my latest blog to talk about what happened: I dropped a cookie on the floor Kind of a strange name for a blog, I know. This really happened though. Twice. In the same evening. It’s currently Saturday morning, 00:34 or 12:34am, as I am writing this. This week has left me physically, and mentally exhausted. Mid way through the week I was feeling drained. I couldn’t hold myself together it seemed. The best way to describe how I was feeling, was that I dropped two chocolate chip cookies on the floor. I love chocolate chip cookies. What a waste of a good cookie. That’s when I knew my body was feeling the wear of the work, and time I have been putting in. Working a day job 7-5, then working out 30min-1hr after work, then doing another 2-3 hours of my side work. I’ve been doing this routine for a while, and I could feel my body needing rest. I continued to push through regardless. Read the full article at: 10xmillennial.com/recovery
Not every day is a sunny day, but that doesn't mean you can't make it a sunny day. Jason Howland brings us bullet proof friday, talking about how to make gray skies, into sunny days. Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
Stacy A. Cross is back, and is on fire! Raw, no fluff, pure energy, is what she is now bringing. Bringing it on her terms, and no one else's. In today's episode of #DontGetWeakWednesday, Stacy talks about running your business, and life on your terms, and not being controlled by the outside world. Personal Growth. Spiritual Growth. Entrepreneurial Growth. Grab your free book: http://www.thecomfortkillers.com/secrets Buy my new book: https://goo.gl/HAHVmy Email: email@example.com Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com
There is a gap in the educational system, that doesn’t teach people how to handle money. They don’t teach how to make it. They don’t teach how to keep it. They for sure do not teach how to multiply it. #1 Sales is not a bad trade. We all have had bad experiences with sales people, or maybe with ourselves in sales. It’s because the salesperson didn’t know what they’re doing, so they had to use bad techniques which turned into a bad experience. #2 It’s ok to get your money right. It’s not greedy. You shame people who have wealth, while we sit here and struggle financially. Would you still shame a wealthy person if you suddenly found wealth? If you were no longer struggling with finances, and could help your family financially, would you still hate that people are wealthy? No. You wouldn’t. So stop hating and focus on your life, and getting your money right. #3 College education is becoming more and more inefficient. It’s not a guarantee you’ll get a job. I talk to so many people who have degrees, that no longer use the degree. They now see that it’s a waste. They’re doing something else they’re happy with, or haven’t been able to get a job doing the thing they studied. The tides have shifted. College education is no long a must have, unless you want to be a doctor or lawyer. Educate yourself on money. I recommend @grantcardone and @therealkiyosaki
I took the weekend to myself. I talk about taking time to reboot, recharge, and reset, but I hadn’t been practicing what I’m preaching. My body started feeling weak, muscles were tense from stress, I needed a recharge. Have you felt like that before? You have to take time out, to unwind. Not every weekend. Not the whole weekend. Just enough to reboot. After a weekend of not doing any work, watching some movies, spending some much needed time with friends I haven't seen in a while, I’m recharged. I hope you took time for yourself this weekend. The new week is about to begin. Are you ready?
Find your style and run with it. You’re unique. You know what you like, so why hide it? Why not just be you? That’s the best version anyway. Trying or wanting to be like everyone else, never resulted in someone standing out. Do you remember that Apple commercial, where everyone was in an auditorium wearing all gray clothing, and watching this person on a big screen. Then this lady runs in with bright red shorts, and a bright white shirt, throws a sledge hammer smashing the screen? Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984. Challenging the status quo. Disrupting the norm. Be yourself. Find your style.
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Sometimes it’s better to cut things out, rather than trying to add more. There is a time for more, but that is not what this episode is about. This episode is about learning when to cut things out of your life that are not adding value. What to look for: If people in your life are adding drama, and stealing your time, it’s time to have that serious conversation with them that you cannot spend as much time with them, and sometimes not any time with them. Your time is precious, it’s limited, and you have no time for their drama anymore. What about how you spend down time? You may need to cut those time wasting video streaming programs out. I know for me, I would sit and binge on a show for hours every single day. I love movies, and tv shows, but what ends up happening is that I take moments for myself, and end up taking a few hours. Those services make binge watching very easy, and it can be very addicting. Cutting things out is a lot more challenging than adding more. The benefit though is far greater. Cutting out those things that rob you of your time, opens up more time for those valuable things in your life. The ones that add to your dreams, get you closer to your goals, and help you fulfill your mission.
The Attitude of 'Stop Trying & Just Start Doing' Stacy A. Cross talks about setting goals bigger, better, higher, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Stop trying, and start doing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com Grant Cardone: Twitter: twitter.com/grantcardone Instagram: instagram.com/grantcardone Web: http://bit.ly/2reAQlM
Taking time for your other passions is important. You may have a passion for what you’re doing on the daily, but you have other passions. Making time for them can spark creativity in your other passions. You may love videography, but also have a passion for drawing. Do so drawing each day. Let your brain reset for a short moment. It’ll disrupt your day if you’ve been focusing on a project all day long. That disruption is like getting up and walking away to get a fresh look, except now you’re causing your brain to get creative in a different way. Try that next time you find yourself stuck in a slump when working on something. Break away from it, get the creative juices flowing with other things, then come back to the project with rejuvenation.
Hard lessons, but necessary lessons to learn Life isn't fair You’re not owed, or entitled to anything You have to be willing to do things you don't want to do Despite all the trouble of the economy, life, competition, you are your biggest obstacle You have to get over the mentality of “I don't like this,” “I can't do this,” “I'm no good,” or anything else negative. You have to have a “Can Do” attitude. The only reason you would hate something like singing, dancing, working out, reading, Sales, or anything else, is because there's something about it that you don't know. YOU are your biggest obstacle. No one else is keeping you from doing what you want in life. You cannot blame anyone else, and you cannot feel owed or entitled.
How do you get opportunities? By solving problems If you can first solve a problem, then teach others to solve that problem, you will land opportunities, and new doors will open. It starts with your attitude, and mindset. This means No excuses. No whining. No complaining. No blaming others, or other things. Accepting responsibility for your outcomes. Having patience. Putting in the hard work that no one else is willing to do. There are no bad days. Does the hard work pay off immediately? No. The energy you put in, the work, is all an investment. You position yourself as the expert at something, by solving the problem consistently. In fact, you become so knowledgeable about how to solve the problem, that at some point others begin to seek out your advice. They reach out to you, rather than you trying to reach out to them to help solve that problem. So ask yourself problem do you solve? Or, what problem do you want to solve?
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The misplacement of energy, and potential is what throws you into places that do not benefit you, and rob you of what you’re capable of. But how do you get out of it? You have to divert your energy elsewhere, because where energy flows, there your life and circumstances go. First you have to make a decision. A decision to make a change. What’s something positive, beneficial, fulfilling, rewarding, what is that one thing you really want to do deep down inside of your being? This will require some soul searching, some self-awareness, and some testing. Once you start figuring out some ideas of what it is you want to do, you have to start doing, and adjusting. Once you have that thing figured out, then your energy can fully be poured into it. There won’t be any “free time”, you’ll realize that time isn’t free. Time cost you money whether you doing something with it, or not. You could be building on this idea you have, being productive. Or you could be binge watching tv which would be wasting your time. You’d be losing time and not having anything to gain. Be warned though, when you start acting on this idea, this thing you want to pour your energy in, you will not see immediate returns on your investment. It’s possible you may not see any. You may have to adjust, recalibrate, and push though difficult times. If you’re not where you want to be, or at least in the lane you want to be in, and you’re feeling your potential is being wasted, the find ways to divert your energy elsewhere. Even if it’s just on the side of your day job.
Stacy A. Cross from The Comfort Killers speaks with Grant Cardone on his book, Be Obsessed or Be Average. This is an incredible episode with the legend himself, Uncle G. Full Podcast Episode: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gb4a4-900d4f Email: email@example.com Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com Grant Cardone: Twitter: twitter.com/grantcardone Instagram: instagram.com/grantcardone Web: http://bit.ly/2reAQlM
Sales is about service. It’s not about slamming someone with products, trying to force them to buy. You have to find out what their problem is, so that you can then present them with a solution. If you’re talking with a prospect, who has never purchased from you before, probably doesn’t even know who you are, do you think laying on high pressure tactics is going to close a deal? No. It’s not. If I were to ask you if you enjoyed sales, you would probably tell me you hate sales. The truth is, sales is every conversation you have, and the commission is whatever outcome you’re looking for. If every conversation were high pressure, intense, it’s all about your way and no one’s else’s way, you would not be having very many conversations. People would avoid you. If you can bring value by giving, and giving, and giving, when it comes time to ask you’ve got a lot better chance than you would have ever before. Get creative. What products, or services do you have that could build value today, to help you land a sale tomorrow? You won’t be able to close everyone on one call, with one conversation. Sales isn’t about high levels of pressure, it’s about high levels of service.
Would you rather have 10,000 followers, with and average 2-3 comments per post, that are probably just spam, or would you rather have 2,000 followers, with 5-10 average comments from people who add value, and regularly engage? Honestly, we would all rather have both. The follower count and engagement. We want people to follow our brands, be engaging, and maybe even purchase our products or services. More often than not, we get hung up on the numbers. You constantly look the follower count every day, hoping it goes up, like that solves any problems. If you have 8,000 followers who don’t engage, probably are not real, don’t comment, and don’t purchase, then are they even really truly followers? What can you do? 1: Be more engaged with your audience first. Don’t expect other people to be engaged if you’re not 2: Stop worrying about the numbers. The follower count doesn’t mean anything If they’re not truly following, engaging, and if you’re really good enough, buying. So, for your Monday Marketing tip, Be engaged with you audience. Listen, watch, respond.
If you have an idea, or something you’re wanting to do. Just do it. I want to make this message as clear as possible for you. Stop overthinking this thing you want to do or try, and just do it. You have nothing to lose. If you try, and fail, you simply are right where you started. You’ve lost nothing. This is the how you get this idea out there, and start doing. Press Record on your phone. Record a short video of you doing this thing, this idea. Documenting. If you’re good, the market will tell you. If you’re bad, forget what people think. If you really want to do this thing, you will keep doing it over and over, failing and failing, learning and learning, doing and doing. That’s it. Short and sweet. Just do.
Even when you do not feel like it, still do it. You may not feel like writing that blog. You may not feel like making that podcast. You may not feel like calling that client. Do it anyway. You will feel so much better finishing that task for the day. Don’t put it off for tomorrow, when you know you need to do it today. To be honest, I didn’t want to do a flash briefing. It’s Friday night, I had a long day at work, then a long evening working on some editing projects. I’m tired. Plus, it is difficult to come up with content every single day. By pushing through though, I’m able to finish the last task of my night. By pushing through those mental barriers that tell you to just quit, to cut it short, to stop while you’re ahead, to take it easy, to not take that last phone call, to not help that last client, to not create that last piece of content for the night, by pushing through you push out that weakness. You push through that average thinking, because you know you that you can’t stand out if you’re just standing in the crowd. That last client, that last phone call, that last piece of content, could be the one thing that causes you to stand out, and catapult you toward your goals.
No one likes getting a sales call at 5pm, while you're eating dinner with your family. What if you could change the way you make the call, so that the receiver would be more willing to listen? Jason Howland shares some tips with us today on how to achieve this. Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
It’s take a certain personality type to stay calm under pressure, and chaos. Like when the building is burning down, you’re the person who is calm and directing people where to go. You thrive in those high pressure situations. The more chaotic the better. It’s a unique feeling one has, when things start going crazy around you, but you remain calm. It’s like you’re in this happy spot where you’re functioning at 110%. You’re in your element. When things go down everyone else starts looking for that person to guide them with what to do, and where to go. Being this kind of person takes a lot of responsibility though. You, being the one the others look toward for direction, have to be willing to take on responsibility for anything that may go wrong per your direction. Not many are willing to accept that responsibility. I don’t know if this type of personality is something that is genetic, or something that can be learned or even taught, but I do know that those who possess it, should embrace it.
From the 9-5, to full time entrepreneurship, Stacy A. Cross of the Comfort Killers talks about why you need self control and discipline. You have to respect, and honor your time to get things done. When you no longer have that comfortable paycheck rolling into your bank account every two weeks, you have to stay focused on your time, and working your revenue streams. Get the book: http://www.TheComfortKillerBook.com on Amazon: https://goo.gl/HAHVmy Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com
Take action on your ideas! With GUSTO!!! Which is “enjoyment or vigor in doing something. Style of artistic execution” Write down that idea, and get in the habit of taking action. But how? By doing. Sounds easy enough, and it is! This is a like a muscle, you have to work it, on a regular basis, in order to build its strength, or to tone and define it. Here’s an example: I had this idea to put my podcast logo on a coffee mug, and on the other side the customer could customize it to have their name, favorite hashtag, quote, or whatever on the other. Do I know how to make this really work? No. But, I took action, and will figure it out as I go. It’s a cool idea, and I acted on it. If it works out, awesome. If not, awesome. I took action on an idea, a cool idea at that. I lose nothing, but could gain a lot. Think about all of those ideas you once had. Maybe you had this idea where instead of people calling a taxi cab, they can call you for a ride instead. So instead of getting a taxi that had cigarette burns in the seats, dirty floors, some weird smell, and a cab driver that hates his life, they get you and your nice 2017 Honda Accord. It’s clean, it’s friendly, it’s affordable, and it’s convenient. What a great idea that would be! That’s such an ubercool idea… But, you didn’t take action on the idea, and now some Joe Schmoe is making billions on this idea. I’m not saying my coffee mug idea is anywhere in comparisons, but you know what it is? It’s part of my repetitions on taking action. Between the IDEA and the PRODUCT, is ACTION.
Going into the work week can be stressful. Don’t let it be. Embrace it. It’s an opportunity to make a difference, and move closer toward your goals. Yes, it will be full of useless paperwork, meetings going longer than they should, technical problems, incomplete assignments, and just the general fires that must be put out on a daily basis. But you know what? It’s going to be okay. This is your week. This is your career. This is your life. This is your opportunity. Here are three quick things to focus on this week: 1: Making a difference. Focus on making a difference, not just in your life, but those around you. 2: Learn something new. Seek out knowledge in your endeavor. A little more knowledge never hurt anyone, in fact it does quite the opposite. 3: Getting things done. Just that. Get stuff done. Don’t waste time sitting around the coffee maker, or sitting in the break room. Stay focused on the work at hand, and get stuff done.
Believe In What You're Selling I don’t do design, and content creation work for everyone. I have to believe in your product, and your message before I will agree to work with you. When I started studying graphic design back in 2007, I made a decision I was never going to use design and marketing to promote products that I didn’t believe in. I saw the power behind design, the influence it can have, and the outcome it could cause. Think about how many lives tobacco companies have affected, or even war propaganda. Marketing, and design, is a powerful tool. Now, not taking every prospect out there is the opposite of what some would tell you. Some may tell you to take every opportunity to start making some money and building a power base. I may lose in the short term by taking the opposite approach, but it’s a choice I have made. I will not lower my morals, or standards, for a quick buck. I challenge you to do the same. Never sell a product you don’t believe in. If you do not believe it is of the highest quality, and can positively affect someone’s life, don’t sell it. Find something that you believe in. If you wouldn’t sell it your own mother, then why would you sell it to someone else’s? Stay true to your beliefs and morals. Yes. You may leave some money on the table now, but it will give 10 fold in the future. Patience & Hustle. That’s the name of the game
How to create content daily. Figure out your mission. That’ll take so leg work if you don’t know it already. What’s the thing you stand for? What problem are you’re going to solve? I teach people to create content daily. Why? You need more exposure to get more customers. More customers mean more money. More money and financial discipline, means you become financially confident I teach you the 5:1 method of content creation, so you can get more exposure, and more customers, and more money. 5:1 method: Long form video. Video audio converted to podcast. Long form video condensed to 1 minute video so social sites. Audio from video, transcribed to a blog. Quotes in the blog designed into quote posts for social media. You will find though, a fair warning, it is time consuming. You can do it all your own. My question to you though, is how much is your time worth? You can’t make more time, but you can buy time. That’s where I come in. People pay me to help them create the content, because by me giving you time, and content, it allows you to focus on customer acquisition. Figure out your message, the problem you’re solving, and create content using the 5:1 Method, to show you solving that problem.
What does learning do for you? Jason Howland explains how learning, can actually change the chemical makeup in your brain, to promote happiness! Listen to learn more! Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
Here’s a fun way to create content... Give something away. What you give away is up to you. It could be knowledge, tip, tricks, something tangible, something digital, a service, recognition. It’s up to you. Creating content around giving something away, can help spark up engagement. Especially when you ask a question. Not just any boring question, get creative with it. I brought some traffic to my brand by doing something silly. I videoed myself hold a Patience & Hustle coffee mug, and asked people to guess what was in the mug, and the first person to guess right would win their very own mug. The point of doing that was not so much to raise awareness that I have these awesome coffee mugs for sell, but really just awareness to my brand. I show people how to create content, and the only way to show these skills is to …well…create content. What am I giving you today? This fun way to build brand awareness. Give something away. Give your product or service to away. Find a fun and creative way to do it, that gets people engaged in conversation.
On this week's episode of #DontGetWeekWednesday, Stacy A. Cross reads an excerpt from her new book "Your Journey To Success: How To Change Your Life Using Tools You Already have." Get the book: http://www.TheComfortKillerBook.com on Amazon: https://goo.gl/HAHVmy Email: email@example.com Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com
Just be human When a coworker comes into your office upset about a life situation, or a client calls you frustrated about something that happened, just be human. Actively listen. Empathize. Look for ways to either directly solve it, or move them towards a solution. When you make the effort to really make that connection with people, you can really give value, and gain trust. I have experienced positive results from taking time to really just be a human to people, and not a “sales person, or supervisor.” Like Jason Howland said on a Fridays episode, “Don’t show interest, BE interested.” Actually BE interested in what it is your customer or employee is upset about, or excited about, or is intrigued about. You need to invest that interest into them. Without them, you don’t have a scalable business. So, just be human. Show empathy, interest, intrigue. Those people matter to you, and your business matters.
Rethink Your Content I see so many videos, and ads, a lot of people trying to sell their stuff, and position themselves as experts. I know all they’re doing is trying to sell me. I’m turned off by that and I just keep swiping. I did an experiment Saturday, where I made a video of me drinking from my signature Patience & Hustle mug, and proposed a giveaway. The first person to correctly guess what I was drinking, would win their own Patience & Hustle coffee cup. This video, as of recording this podcast, had 117 views, 55 likes, 41 comments, 8 profile visits and 1 click on link in my bio. It reached 275 accounts, left 370 impressions, and gained about 9 followers. Now, RULE #1 of creating content… DO NOT get too hung up on Insight analytics. “But Lance, you just read all that stuff off. You hypocrite!” Stay with me, there is a reason I did that. I know you are staring at the analytics on your social, and yes they do hold some value, but honestly the likes, the impressions, the shares, all of that, it doesn’t really mean anything. The biggest piece of value was that I could bring something fun, and entertaining, and give something away, by not asking people to buy anything, and guess what? I got a good amount of engagement compared to my previous posts. Engaging in conversation build a foundation, which later could potentially lead to them paying you for their services. But for right now, DON’T THINK ABOUT THAT! Simply engage and create for the sake of engaging and creating! When you create fun, engaging content, it will have more engagement. Who would have known?!? I learned that. Now I have to learn how to duplicate that. Rethink how you’re creating content. Does it bring value? Is it entertaining? Can your audience take something away from it? If you answer no, to just one of those, start rethinking your content. I know I am. Web: 10xmillennial.com Instagram: instagram.com/patienceandhustle Store: 10xmillennial.bigcartel.com
I just got my copy of Stacy A. Cross’s book “The Comfort Killers – Your journey to success: How to change your life using tools you already have.” It’s about 91 pages of pure value. I cannot wait to really deep dive into this thing, but the book is not necessarily what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk to you about, is the importance of supporting those in your circle. The people in your circle should be supporting one another. Sharing content, engaging, collaborating, pushing one another, encouraging. There should be a trust built up, to where each person can call each other out on their BS when needed. If you don’t have that, find it! Seek out people who are on the same mindset, reach out to them, and start conversation. Find ways to bring value. So support those in your circle, every day!! Get the Book: Thecomfortkillersbook.com
Are you using social media, or is social media using you? I will be honest. I get on a social site like Facebook or Instagram, and can sometimes find myself lost in consuming content. It is so easy to access tons of content, but you have to ask yourself “am I using social media, or is social media using me?” There are 3 types of people on social. Those that just want ot consume, those that just want to create, and those that want to create and consume. You need to be in the “create & consume” category with your business. When you consume content though, don’t get lost in all the garbage. Consume to learn new things, to better understand your target market, to study trends, to find out what your followers are posting about so you can engage in conversation with them. This will then help you also create. You can start to discover voids, maybe common issues they’re having, they may be seeking information. You can use that data to create content to then bring value. It shows that you are interested in them, that you listen, that you care. You want to bring value. That balance of creating and consuming is really right where you want to be. If you just always create, but never consume or listen to your audience, then you may create content that no one wants to see. If you consume only, well…you know what happens, you get nothing done, no one knows your brand, and you’re out of business. So there’s your social tip for Saturday. Create & consume, just don’t get stuck focusing on only one. It requires a nice balance to make it really work.
"Don't show interest in your customer, BE interested in your customer" - Jason Howland Web:Jasonhowland.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/jason_howland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actioncloser/
When you are trying to move up in life, work, business, anything… you have to start networking with new people. Not just for connections though. As you are moving up, you have to make sure you surround yourself with people who challenge you, can mentor you because they have been where you are. They may have tools, resources, or skills that you don’t have but need, and you may have tools, resources, or skills that they don’t have but need. These people you network with should be on a level equal to and higher than yourself, to learn from them, or consider advice. Simply put, as you move up…your circle should move up too.
You want to start your own business? You need to first listen to Stacy's podcast on some tips to doing so. She recently jumped off the 9-5, and into the world of entrepreneurship full time. She shares some incredible tips to help you make the transition. Twitter: twitter.com/stacyacross Instagram: instagram.com/stacyacross Web: thecomfortkillers.com Podcast Episode: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-6dti7-8eae66
Have you defined what success means to you? If not, you need to. Ask yourself, what kind of lifestyle do I want to live? How much money will it take to live that lifestyle? What kind of legacy do I want to leave behind? This is all foundational to Success, and this is also the 4th part of the fundamental elements to build the foundation of success. Here are my mindset actions: I have defined what success means to mean, and I work towards it every day. I know that it is my duty, obligation, and responsibility to become successful. Success gives me freedom, and options. I know that having money is not what makes me successful, money is a tool that helps me achieve the success that I want. I redefine success, as soon as I reach it. When I reach a goal, I set new, and higher ones. I never settle for mediocre. I know that I could do more, therefore I do more.
This is the third installment of a series I have been doing on fundamental elements that I have used, to build the foundation of success. The first piece of the foundation is mindset, the second piece is Self-Improvement. A key part of success is not just getting the things that you want, but also giving back. I teach others what I am learning, because I want others to be successful. I give without the expectation of getting anything in return. I genuinely enjoy giving value to others. I will never be satisfied with the amount of giving I have done. I will seek out new ways to give more. I will give only the highest quality information that I can provide. I give what I know, that has been proven effective through my personal success. I never give advice, or direction, on anything that I do not do personally. I will set the example for those around me. Repeat back those 5 things to yourself each day, focus on giving, and always look for ways to give more value.
Well, it's a method of content creation that takes out all of the excuses that you have of creating content. So let's dive in. Step 1: You got an idea? Write it down. Step 2: Make a video You want to state your opinion and you want to give actionable motivation. Step 3: Blog You want to transcribe your video into a blog. Step 4: One minute video make your video into a one minute video for social media Step 5: Quote Post Create a quote post based off of pieces of your content. Step 6: Podcast Turn the video audio into a podcast. So there you have it. It's really simple. Six steps, and you can create content, so you now have no excuses. So all you got to do is press record.
YOU NEED MORE MONEY Social Security will not save you. 401k will not save you. A pension, or anything else, will not save you. It's time to get your money right. Start today. Pickup Matt Manero's book today for help on how to get started, and why You Need More Money. This was a tough podcast to get through. This subject really hits me when I talk about it. I'm sorry it's not as smooth, and clean sounding as other podcast episodes Matt Manero "You Need More Money" https://amzn.to/2Gyi0j7 Twitter: https://twitter.com/MattManero
#DontGetWeakWednesday TRUST THE PROCESS I would have I could have I should have You need to trust the process! The world needs someone like YOU to solve it's problems. Be that someone! FREE 30 Day Online Coaching : http://www.HowToGetUncomfortable.com Signed Copy The Comfort Killers Book: http://www.TheComfortKillersBook.com
Read the First Step: Mindset HERE This is the 2nd part of this mini-series on some foundational elements for success. Today, it is about Self-Improvement. I will consume information that challenges me, and helps me grow. You have to invest your time, money, and energy, every single day to improve yourself. I take self-improvement seriously, and work on it every single day. Make time for this. The old excuses of “I don’t have time” are gone, and spent up. Make time. I see the investments in myself, as the greatest investments I can make. The investments in yourself, will always have the highest ROI (return on investment). Why? By improving yourself, your skills, your mindset, you start leveling up. Gaining access to new money, and new opportunities. I will never lose sight of my potential, and will see to it that It is constantly growing. As you’re improving, you have to push the ceiling up, and push the walls out. Always be pushing yourself further. That potential of yours will always, should always, be just slightly out of reach. So keep pushing! I do not worry about the opinions of other as I am improving myself. People will scoff, tell you to slow down, tell you that you work too hard, question your motives, you’ll have some haters along the way. While you are moving forward, just keep in mind that they are just standing still. Self-improvement can come in the form of books, new challenges, training programs, webinars, seminars, conferences, promotions, anything that pushes you to improve. You should be looking for those kinds of things every day. Do not sit back and wait for someone to bring along a book, or program, to help you improve. There are tons of materials out on the web, start searching. Here are some key to listen to. Grant Cardone, Gary Vaynerchuck, Hank Norman, Sales – Marketing – Branding. If you're scared to get out of your comfort zone, then I recommend Stacy A. Cross from The Comfort Killers. She will push you, motivation, you and get you out of that comfort zone of yours. There you go. No more excuses, start your journey on self-improvement.
Can you teach someone the core elements that made you successful? Have you ever thought about that? Yesterday I mentioned some of the core elements, I want to dive a little deeper into how this came about. I wanted to write out what changed I had to make to get the success that I have. I’m not super rich, or a CEO, or full time entrepreneur, but I have had success with running a freelance, and being promoted to management in the workspace. So I can only teach success, up to the point that I have achieved it. What I have been able to accomplish, is some solid groundwork to build on. Here’s the foundational pieces, Mindset, Self-Improvement, Giving Back, Success, Networking. Let’s start with mindset today: I work with a resource center; I do not work for a job. The change here is that you work WITH the company, not FOR the company. You’re on a mission. It’s referred to as a resource center, because this place you call a JOB, is actually a place of learning, growing, improving skills, and gaining new skills. Next, I take responsibility for my outcomes, which puts me in control of the situation. When you take responsibility for things in your life, you can then have control to make adjustments as necessary, to achieve your desired outcome Next, I make every day the best day of my life. You have One life, so make the best of it. Positivity wins in the macro. Next, I know everything in life is a sale, and everything I want is a commission. In order for you to get what it is that you want in life, you will have to convince others to make an exchange for what they want. It doesn’t have to be a product, or service, it can simply be opinions, views, ideas. I see problems as opportunities. That’s what problems are. They’re opportunities. When you can solve a problem, it will cause you to stand out, and add more value. Which leads me to “I will always give more, than what I get in return.” Give more value build leverage. The thing with leverage, is that you have it, but never use it. You just keep giving more and more value. Lastly on mindset. I do not make excuses. You take responsibility, you take control of the situation, and you find solutions. Mindset, that’s the first element in the foundation to success.
Stacy A. Cross dropping some amazing information once again for #DontGetWeakWednesday! The BE DO HAVE Approach to Changing Your Reality Building Blocks to Success 30 Day Program: http://www.HowToGetUncomfortable.com Register For The Power Talk: https://goo.gl/2SD75m Buy My Book: http://www.TheComfortKillerBook.com FREE T-shirt: https://academy.thecomfortkillers.com/tshirt
My good friend Stacy A. Cross from The Comfort Killers taught me a word for how I've approached my "9-5." It's a resource center. I've always approached it as a place where I learn, and skill up, but never had a name for it.
You should be documenting your process Documenting your process, does two things 1: It shows your audience that you are the expert 2: It shows you what you need to adjust Learn more about ways to build your brand, by visiting: https://starpower.mykajabi.com/a/7729/s8aaVCSE
Stay A. Cross, owner of thecomfortkillers.com, talks about the importance of staying in your lane. You have to be the expert at one thing, not a lot of things. Improve your skill, your craft, at one thing, to the point where you're so good that people will pay you for that service. Free 30 day course: https://academy.thecomfortkillers.com/comfort-killer-course/ (might not be free by the time you get, so get it ASAP!) The book: https://academy.thecomfortkillers.com/book/
So you've got an opportunity coming up... how do you prepare? Much like presenting a presentation to a group of people, you have to prepare yourself in the same way... You have to be able to sell yourself.
Taking time for yourself does not mean you take the whole weekend off. No, it means that you take one of the days, and use SOME of the time for yourself. Deploy self awareness to figure out how much time you really need, what you need to do, and then do it. Let this be a moment to refresh, rebuild, regroup, relax, so you're prepped to kick it back in full gear. So many people try and say that they "hustle 24/7", which is a load of garbage. I would love to follow them around and see them hustling 24/7. I guarantee they don't. That's okay. I'm not saying get lazy though. I'm not saying to ease up on the actions you take, I'm saying take a moment to do something special for yourself. This could be a nap, could be getting sushi by yourself, exercising (which you should be doing daily), going outside and soaking in the sun instead of the computer screen for a moment. These are some healthy things, that will help re-energize your body, mind, and spirit. It will help fuel the creativity. Take some time for yourself today, and be sure to put in some work. Monday will be here, and we're going full steam ahead. Get Ready.
Jason Howland, from Action Closers Academy, is talking about Sales Esteem. Sales Esteem is about sales being an ethical practice, it contributes to the economy, contributes to your goals, dreams, and your potential. Visit Jason at jasonhowland.com
What is your excuse for not creating content? Is it that you don't have the right equipment? Is it that you don't have time? Is it something else? You have everything you need. You have a cell phone. Turn on the video, PRESS RECORD, speak your opinion, your truth, and now you have your first piece of content. Take that video, strip the audio from it, now you have a podcast, and your 2nd piece of content. That the audio, type out what you said, and now you have a blog. Your 3rd piece of content. No more excuses, PRESS RECORD. Need more? Get Hank Norman's Star Power course to learn more about creating your brand, and becoming a star. https://starpower.mykajabi.com/a/7729/s8aaVCSE
Stacy A. Cross, founder and CEO of The Comfort Killers, bring us the #DontGetWeakWednesday. It's time to change your mindset, and you have the control. Full Podcast: https://stacyacross.podbean.com/e/push-buttons-like-henry-ford-unlearn-these-3-things-and-watch-the-magic-happens/
Success Tip #Tuesday!!!! Show up early! I know there are some crazy, obsessed, relentless, people out there that will agree with me on this one! If not! Then good! I'll show up early and take the market!
You have to learn when to decline, and to take opportunity. Opportunity should have a sense of fear of behind it, because it is something that will push you higher, further, and closer to your goals. music: https://soundcloud.com/sappheirosmusic/embrace
What opportunities to you have before you? Your job is not just a job, it's an opportunity. Go into it with that attitude, take advantage of everything they offer to learn, to grow, to build. music: https://soundcloud.com/sappheirosmusic/embrace
Jason Howland shares a very important message about mindset. It's one of the most important things you can work on, and focus on daily. You should be working on improving your mindset, so that you do not limit yourself of your true potential.
Stacy A. Cross is bring you the #DontGetWeakWednesday message, on what to do when people doubt you. Full episode: Stacy A. Cross Show - What to do when people doubt you? Music Credit: https://soundcloud.com/sappheirosmusic/embrace
You have to be able to deploy patience, you have to deploy work. Write down your goals. What you want to do, where you want to be, what you want to have. Then reverse engineer them down to what you're going to do today to achieve them. Now you have a road map, and a vision of WHY you must deploy patience, and hard work. Music Credit: https://soundcloud.com/sappheirosmusic/embrace
What talent's do you possess currently, should you be using? We all have them, we ignore most of them, we use very little of them. It's time to unlock, and tap into those talents. Why? They can bring value to people! Music Credit: https://soundcloud.com/sappheirosmusic/embrace
I’m giving you permission to rest, if your body is telling you to rest. I’m not talking about being sleepy, or having the sniffles I mean, if your body feel exhausted, not getting the sleep it needs, it’s time to rest. Listen to yourself
If you're breathing, you're selling. No matter what it is, your opinion, a product, a service, whatever... You're selling, and you need to be asking for the close. That's how you get what you want, and give what you're wanting to give. It's an exchange of value. I was in the market for a printer, and I set it for the easiest sale possible. I told him exactly what I wanted, and what was the most important thing. Four printers later, I was shown the one that fix the problem I was trying to solve. That salesperson, I cannot honestly call him that, never asked for the close. I left printerless...
My biggest fear is being elderly, and trying to survive off of social security income. The educational system will teach you how to save money, but wont teach you how to make it. So many people were sold on the lie that the government was going to take care of them if they worked until they were at least 65, then retired. They were going to give them Social Security deposits each month to live, the truth is, you cannot live off of it. The smallest life event breaks your bank account, and your spirit.
Why is attending a conference like the 10X Growth Conference, and networking important?
Networking connects you with like-minded people.
People who may have skills that you need, and you may have skills that they need.
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Stacy A. Cross, from The Comfort Killers, shares some thoughts from her new book "The Comfort Killers, YOUR JOURNEY TO SUCCESS: How To Change Your Life Using The Tools You Already Have," https://academy.thecomfortkillers.com/book/
When you start taking action, things start changing. It's not a quick fix, or a instant gratification thing. It takes work, it takes effort, and it takes actions!
How important are goals to you? Do you focus on them daily? Do you write them down? I can tell you from experience, that when you are traveling this life without goals, you really get no where.
I have goals for 2018, and I am focused on them daily. I can see the results already from this, and the actions I put into place.
What goals do you have for yourself?
"We are the dreamers of dreams..."
I want to help people starting "doing" without worry of what others may think or say. I want people to create the things they have been wanting to create.
What is your purpose? What are you going to do to make the world a better place? What is your mission?
Sometimes we all have creative block. That is no excuse to not be productive, and produce. You need to figure out what you need to do to get out of that block. I'm going to give you a tip that works for me, and maybe it can help you as well.
You can change your position in life,
By first changing your perception.
I share a little bit about my good friend, Stacy A. Cross from TheComfortKillers.com, who shared a powerful story at the same time I was writing the mock up of this podcast.
So this morning I go out to my car around 6am, it's dark out, I pull on the door handle, and what happens? It breaks off... yup, and then I take a good look at the car; it's totally frozen. This was the start of a rough day. I could not seem to be totally focused, my whole groove seemed thrown off. I had to keep refocusing over and over, throughout the whole day. The good thing is, I have built up good mental strength, and was able to push through it. It also showed me that I have a lot of work to do.
Your mindset can determine everything about your day, your week, your life, your health, and everything else. Too many people get stuck in a negative mindset, and wonder why bad stuff just continually keeps happening to them. Your dreams, and goals rely on your ability to maintain a positive mindset.
Everyday, every single day, you should be grateful. Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Do you express a readiness to show appreciation? Do you focus on what you're grateful for every day?
We all make mistakes. Mistakes with money shouldn't be one of them. Have you made any of these? Paying everyone else first Saving to save Increasing your income, and increasing your spending Investing in trends Relying on a single source of income
Do you ever feel like you just ran out of creative juice? It happens. Now it is Sunday, you know you have to start prepping for this weeks content, or finish up a project for a client, but you just cannot come up with anything. I have 5 tips to help get that creative mind of yours back up and running.
I bring on Stacy A. Cross, from thecomfortkillers.com, to bring to us the #DontGetWeakWednesday briefing. To hear the full podcast episode checking out this link, https://stacyacross.podbean.com/e/the-trick-to-money-is-having-some-part-2-rate-your-money-consciousness-today/
Six tips for success 1: Stake your claim as an expert at something 2: Give more value than you're paid for 3: Take responsibility 4: Get out of your comfort zone 5: Train daily 6: Learn to sell Questions? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
What's love got to do with it? Great question! Jason keeps you on track every Friday with his series, Bullet Proof Friday, and answers that exact question. What does love have to do with sales? https://www.facebook.com/JasonHowlandCorporation https://www.jasonhowland.com/
Stacy A Cross, thecomfortkillers.com, brings some fire to the show today! Wednesday is not the day to let up, let loose, and relax. It's the time to push harder, further, and keep going the course. To hear Stacy's full podcast episode, check out https://www.podbean.com/site/EpisodeDownload/PB7E7FAAHY7ZJ
Why Are You In Business? : How The Top 20% Answer That Question "Why Are You In Business?" There's guilt and shame around being politically, socially and spiritually correct. We tend to err on the side of comfort and acceptance when we are starting a business. We need to be crystal clear on why we are in business first so that you can enhance your offerings and provide better products to your customers. It begins with a simply question. Why are you in business? I used to answer round about... not really trying to offend anyone. That was the problem. It wasn't until I allowed myself to get uncomfortable and remained there that I learned the value of creating for results not for show! www.thecomfortkillers.com hello@thecomfortkillers https://www.facebook.com/groups/thecomfortkillers/
The Dead Poets Society is one of my all time favorite movies. You will hear an excerpt from my podcast of what lessons I have learned from this movie. Visit me on Soundcloud.com/10xmillennial to hear the full version. Music: https://soundcloud.com/sappheirosmusic
Start to Finish No matter how your day starts, you have to start with the right mindset. Figure out what's good in your life, and focus on that. Wake up early, (yes, that's what I said. No it's not a typo), and do something you enjoy. If you love to create, then create. If you love building, then build something. If you love music, play music or listen to music. If you love exercising, then exercise. If you love reading, then read. Just make a point to get out of bed, and get your mind and body active in some way. This will help start your day off on the right foot. Even if you trip over it and run head first into a wall. You refocus on something good. Then throughout the day, focus on what motivates you. It has to be something bigger than anything monetary. Monetary things go away. They're temporal. What's something of higher purpose and meaning that fulfills you? Focus on that.
🎙 Instead of waiting to figure out what you should do, just start doing. Start doing things. Taste. Figure things out. Try new things. What’s the worst that could happen? That one thing fails? Great. You have a million other ideas. Try that next one. Need some more inspiration? Visit my website: 10xmillennial.com Thank's for listening!