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.
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.
You have the product, the target audience, the offer... But the key tool to selling is still missing. The tool is: words.
In the previous episode of our Irresisitible Offers podcast series, you learned how to create different offers for the same product and pick the best one.
In the final episode of the Irresistible Offers series, we'll discover how to find those magic works for presenting your offers that will make people take their credit cards out.
Stay tuned and you'll also find out to how you can win $100 USD!
Having an amazing product is great. But if your offer is not good enough, your business will never really take off.
In the previous episode of our Irresisitible Offers podcast series, you could learn how to avoid general offers and find the right niche you should sell to.
In today's episode, we'll show you the next step: we'll talk about how to start creating different offers for the same product, and pick the best one out of them.
How good is your offer? What do you offer to visitors on your website, in exchange for their attention, time and money?
How good that offer is can make or break a business. A bad offer is almost impossible to move, even if your marketing and copywriting are excellent. With a good offer, on the other hand, getting traffic, sales and loyal customers is almost effortless.
But what exactly is a good offer? With this episode, we're starting our newest podcast series at ActiveGrowth which is all about irresisitible offers (and how to create them).
We've seen countless offers - from dreadful to amazing - and in this episode we tackle the first set of problems you must avoid in order to create truly great offers.
There's something magical about dance. When I was a kid, I could spend hours in front of the TV watching world-class dancers effortlessly glide over the dance floor with smile on their face and pride in their eyes. That's how I want to feel! I decided to learn to dance and was counting the hours until the first lesson.
The lesson started - and it wasn't easy or freeing at all.
When we watch experts do something with ease, we often don't even realize how hard that skill actually is until we try. In fact, pros found it just as hard at the beginning as we did - the difference is that they sticked to mastering that one skill for months, years or even decades. They focused on a single skill and got the result.
The tricky part in being an entrepreneur is that there are way more than just one skill that you have to be really good at if you want to succeed. But how do you build these skills fast, without getting overwhelmed by all these areas you want to master?
In this week's episode, we're revealing the two things that can help you make better progress.
We all know successful, inspiring people we look up to. And sometimes, we want to be just like them.
What's their secret? Can we be just as successful as they are if we copy what they do?
Yes and no.
While following someone's example and getting inspired by their actions may be a good thing, copying them without filtering can hurt your business. Take it too far and your customers will lose trust and find you unethical.
How to follow someone else's example without crossing the line and still remaining ethical, original and authentic? And how to know what ideas are worth stealing - and what's just a waste of time?
In the newest episode of the ActiveGrowth podcast, we're answering these questions. Listen in!Continue reading
You know you're not lazy. You're a hardworking entrenpreneur pursuing your goals. You just need to finish a few things first, before you can go live. It's just that your product is not quite ready yet...
If that's how you feel, you're not alone. Most entrepreneurs would tell you they haven't launched their product / service / website yet, because they feel like it's not complete yet. It's just not good enough.
In fact, perfectionism is probably the most common reasons among entrepreneurs for not shipping. But remember: your job is to ship.
In the latest episode of the ActiveGrowth podcast, we're discussing why perfectionism is standing in the way not just of your business but also of growing your skills.
As always, we filled this episode with practical, actionable advice that you can start following right after listening to us!Continue reading