While this site has only recently been revived, I want to continue the tradition of looking back at the past year and extracting the most valuable lessons and learning points from it.
2016 was another big year in my business and despite already being past the "small business" and "startup" stages, we managed to double our revenue again, over the course of the year.
This would indicate that we're doing some things right.
2016 was also arguably one of the most challenging and stressful years for me yet. And if you're familiar with The Grind, you know that this too is a good thing in many ways.
Watch the video to get a closer look at the big lessons and mistakes from this hugely successful year.Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why starting a business is so damn difficult? And all the while, some entrepreneurs make it look easy.
What's up with that?
In today's post, you'll discover a universal and unshakable principle that makes being an entrepreneur difficult. There's (almost) nothing you can do about it, but if you know about this, you're much more likely to see it through...Continue reading
As an entrepreneur, you have one job: conjure a working, profitable business out of thin air.
But while most of us can work hard in short bursts, how can you stick with it for the long run? When the excitement of starting a new business has worn off, how do you keep motivated for the day-to-day work?
That's what we're answering in today's video...Continue reading
In the last post, I introduced the concept of Hustle Mode - a state of extreme focus that is necessary to get a new business off the ground quickly.
As was correctly pointed out by several commenters, while Hustle Mode is a great way to make a business successful, it's not a great way to live. If you're in Hustle Mode, your health, social life and perhaps even sanity are taking a hit.
What's worse, Hustle Mode will only get you so far and if you don't know how to successfully escape it again, you'll be stuck in entrepreneurial purgatory.
Watch the video below to learn when, why and how you need to leave the hustle behind.Continue reading
As an entrepreneur, you're attempting to do something almost magical: you're conjuring up a business out of nothing.
Unfortunately, there's a lot of inertia you will have to overcome before your new business takes off and this post is about the one thing you MUST do to make that happen...Continue reading
There are parts of your brain that really aren’t qualified to run a business at all, but they’ll trick you into making bad decisions (if you let them).
This post is about the ups and downs you experience as an entrepreneur, why they don’t matter and what you should focus on instead. Plus, discover the one question you need to be able to answer about your business, if you ever want to achieve breakthrough success…
Did you know that there’s one single factor that you can look at to predict an individual’s future success with astonishing accuracy?
That means that if you asked me to predict how successful a starting entrepreneur will be, I’d only want (and need) to know one single thing about them.
I’ll tell you exactly what that factor is (and back it up with science). But first, let me show what it has to do with online videos.
The feeling of being stuck or treading water is a frustrating and very common one, among entrepreneurs. We’d all love to smoothly sail towards our goals and keep growing our businesses at a steady pace.
Unfortunately, this is rarely how it pans out in reality.
Watch the video below to see why you often experience plateaus in your business and how to break through them:
In many ways, marketing is about making yourself, your product or your brand noticeable. If you can stand out from the crowd and offer something unique or superior, half your marketing is already done.
The good news is that there is one simple factor that will contribute to you standing out from the crowd more than anything else and in this post, I’ll tell you exactly what it is.
Watch the video below to see what I mean:
In my post about the lessons I learned during the past year, I mentioned that along with quite a lot of success, I also experienced a lot of failure in 2011. I lost quite a lot of time and money on projects that failed for one reason or another; sometimes because of unfortunate circumstances and sometimes simply because of bad decision-making on my part.
Based on the reaction I got in the comments to said post, as well as in my inbox, I was inspired to dive a little deeper into the topic of success and failure for self-made entrepreneurs (or any kind of entrepreneur, for that matter).
It’s a quiet week in online marketing when no one declares the end of affiliate marketing, the end of SEO, the end of e-commerce, the end of the gravy-train or something of that ilk.
This post is not about declaring the death of anything, but it’s also not a post to reassure you about the future of online business. Instead, I want to talk about the reality of online marketing and the big mistakes that come with too much optimism as well as too much pessimism about it.
What do Seth Godin (author, marketing cult-figure and notorious bald guy) and the Google Panda update (change in Google algorithm that left a lot of sites in the dust) have to do with each other? Watch the video below to find out: