"If you don't build your dream... someone will hire you to help build theirs." /Tony Gaskins/
We don't think so.
Here's what we think: If you agree with the quote above, you're never gonna be a successful entrepreneur.
In today's episode, we continue the gentle but kind discouragement we started last time and discuss all the reasons why running your own business might not be your path after all.
Being an employee, an entrepreneur, a freelancer or an intrapreneur can be equally cool depending on your character. With this episode, we help you find the right alternative - or further confirm that you were born to be an entrepreneur.
Listen in before you quit that dreadful nine-to-five.
We all want to be successful. Whether it means becoming a millionaire, making enough money to travel the world, gaining recognition, popularity or making a difference in the lives of others... the entrepreneurial-mind usually wants more. We like to think of success as a shiny place with cherries on the top where only great things happen.
Yet, the news is full of highly successful celebrities who somehow end up taking their own lives. Money and fame just aren't enough to make them stay...
But what should you do if you're the type of person that wants success and wealth? Should you drop it all and live as a monk? How can you hustle and build your empire without destroying yourself?
Today we're dealing with a heavier topic, inspired by an earlier episode of The Fizzle Show podcast: managing your mental health as an entrepreneur.
We're talking about the types of challenges you're inevitably going to face, and how to tell the hard times apart from each other – the ones that are normal and the ones that you need to do something about. As always, we're not just telling you what to do, but how we think you might go about doing it.
Please note: while this episode is intended to help you, it is in no way a substitute for professional help. If you are in distress, please reach out to a healthcare professional.
Thanks to The Fizzle Show for bringing the topic up and allowing people to realize they're not alone with their internal battles.
This is our third episode on making videos. We recorded it, because we know that you're still putting off sitting down in front of the camera and film. Aren't we right?
In this episode, we're talking to three guests who got over the resistance and have been making videos regularly now. They started making videos for different reasons, coming from different backgrounds, with different skills and tried different approaches, yet, looking back, the lessons they've learned and the stages they had to go through are nearly the same.
Learn from their stories how they got themselves to record their first videos, got over the initial fear and resistance, managed to turn this into a habit, and how they improved their video making and communication skills fast with regular feedback and daily repetition. As part of this episode, you'll also get a bonus from us.
When you start your entrepreneurial journey, it's easy to find yourself working multiple jobs - you're the idea generator, the executor, the web-developer, the marketer, the customer support person... and so many other things you've just never done before!
While outsourcing is a great solution, it's not always possible. Sometimes you need to give in and learn all the new skills to scale up. How can you to this without wasting a lot of time and energy that you could spend on moving forward?
In this episode, the founders of Thrive Themes, Shane Melaugh and Paul McCarthy, are presenting a very specific way of learning and practicing new skills the fastest possible way, that helped them move the needle and grow their business. They're now applying this method to the members of their team and the improving their team management skills through it.
This episode is about a skill building method called Deliberate Practice, exactly how it works and how you can apply it to your business. Listen in!
You know that filming videos in 2018 is essential to build your online brand. Yet, you're still not making them. But one day you will – at least that's what you keep telling yourself...
Chances are that whatever your justification is for not getting in front of the camera ("My camera isn't good enough...", "There's nowhere to film in my apartment...", and so on), it's likely your ego that's preventing you from building the video skills you need to make it online.
In this episode, we'll provide you specific action steps on how to overcome camera shyness, stage fright and procrastination when it comes to filming and publishing videos. We'll help you quiet that fear-of-judgement keeping you from venturing out past your comfort zone.
In the previous episode about colliding ideas with reality we talked about how to tell business ideas that are likely to succeed from those that aren't. An important part of this process is to turn vague ideas into specific numbers.
Instead of thinking "I'll need a lot of traffic" we want to think "I'll need X visitors and a Y% conversion rate". But how do you come up with these numbers for a business that doesn't exist yet?
In this episode, we'll teach you how to use approximation to figure out as quickly as possible what ideas are worth pursuing and be able to implement it rapidly, without spending a lot of time trying to be precise, or being careless and making bad business decisions.
Listen in, we're about to save you a lot of time!
Let's go for a hike! At the end of the hike, we'll get to the top of a beautiful mountain with breathtaking views of the crystal clear lake below and the pine forest that surrounds it.
Well, we also want you to take your most durable boots, food for 3 days, a first aid kit and a rifle that can stop an angry bear. Then you might make it.
You see, coming up with a fantastic business idea is like imagining watching the sunset from the mountain top. It's fun to dream of the end goal but the road that leads there is way harder than you imagine. If you aren't prepared for a hard journey, you'll never get there.
In this episode, we're giving you the best strategy we know to prevent you from losing all your time, money and self-respect by starting on a business or project that just won't work.
We're about to destroy your dreams and wipe that enthusiastic smile off of your face... and you'll be grateful for it.
If you want people to pay attention to you, it helps to be an expert.
But as you know, becoming an expert takes time. You must amass knowledge, apply it and then develop a strong record of practical success before the internet will consider you an authority.
It’s hard to shortcut that process, but today we’re going to look at a business that managed to do just that.
Whenever people talk about entrepreneurship, they usually discuss groundbreaking businesses. You know, like Tesla, SpaceX and Amazon.
It makes you feel like you need to be an Elon Musk level super genius to start a successful online company!
The truth is that straightforward products solving basic problems create fantastic business opportunities. In fact, a lot of businesses are successful because they KEEP...IT...SIMPLE.
That's why we're going to start analyzing some simple businesses to show that you can succeed through simplicity too! If that feeling of "I can do this!" sinks in, you'll finally take action on your own ideas to break through the crippling wantrepreneur phase.
What is it that you really stand for? What are your biggest values that motivate your decisions? What differentiates you from other companies and makes you more than just a seller of a product or service? Why are you doing it all?
Recently, we published the ActiveGrowth Manifesto to declare our answers to these questions.
In today's podcast episode we explain all the reasons behind publishing this manifesto, why you should do the same regardless of the type of business you have, and the action steps on how you can do it.
Warning: if you're always feeling highly productive, know your goals and priorities and not even the combination of crying babies, barking dogs and unreliable internet connection could distract you, this episode is not for you. Everyone else, read on.
Staying produtive all the time is hard, especially is you don't have a boss and coworkers in the same room to hold you accountable. There's just too much distraction.
The Thrive Themes / ActiveGrowth marketing team is fully remote and has no office. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, not so much when it comes to productivity. When you can work from whichever timezone and location you want, (my most random location was an Uber in Vegas), without any of your co-workers around you, you have to develop some extreme self-discipline and focus to get shit done.
In today's episode, we all gathered around to share with you how we keep our habits, stay on top of our duties and get quality work done, even when nothing else is stable in our daily lives.
Now you know why you need a good offer and how to create different offers for your product or service. (If you're new here, listen to the first episode in the series here)
Let's take it a step further and tear some of the most amazing niche offers into pieces. Learn why these offer work, what makes them stand out and how they could've gone wrong, so that all you have to do is apply the same principles to your own offers.
At the end of the podcast, you'll find a bonus update to Shane's Big Picture Productivity Experiment.