Entrepreneurs are all about growth, grinding and hustle. We want to get more done, faster. Work harder than anyone we know. We're inspired by mentors, gurus and influencers who "made it" and want to model exactly what they do to be even more productive and grow even faster.
It's pretty hard to get more than 24 hours in a day, so we look for ways to use even more of those 24 hours for hustling. Because that's what an entrepreneur does, right? No time for slacking off!
It's only natural that we're trying to save time on an activity that normally takes 7-8 hours every day: sleeping.
The less we sleep, the prouder we are of ourselves and feel superior to others who are so lazy that they spend 8 hours in bed and wake up after sunrise. We love complaining about being tired and needing coffee, as this is another way to prove to our peers that we're real grinders. We compensate with 20-minute power naps to get through the day, and we believe that it's worth as much as a good night's sleep.
But here's the thing: you can't 80/20 your sleep.
In this episode, we explore why sleep is more important for entrepreneurs than most people think, how even mild sleep deprivation can affect your performance, why waking up early can be counterproductive and how to get a better quality, more restful sleep that's most ideal for your mind and body.
"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.
You don't have to be a celebrity anymore to take high-quality pictures with branded products and get paid for it. In fact, all you need is a large enough audience, and sponsorship deals will come to you and pay your bills.
That's what everyone seems to think these days anyway.
In this episode, you'll hear about the ActiveGrowth take on influencer marketing and getting a large number of following on social media or high traffic on your website, so that you can use those platforms to place ads on and just wait until you get rich.
But is it a viable business model? Can you really make a living or even just enough money to cover your travels? And if you do, how long can you keep this up?
Listen in to hear our take on these questions, which direction is online advertising heading, and what do we think you should do instead to make more money and provide more value!
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.
A one-person business can be overwhelming. You're the CEO, the marketer, the support rep, the apprectice - all in one person. You just escaped the dreaded 9 to 5, and before you know it, you're working 5 different jobs and there's not even free office coffee.
This episode is specifically for solopreneurs. We'll discuss what you need to do to move your business forward without wasting time, what you should stop doing, what you could do differently and what are the key things you definitely should spend your time on instead.
Ready to take your one-man show to the next level? Listen in!
We've all listened to speakers who were simply not able to finish their long introductions and just get to the point. Once they get there, we wonder how it's all related to anything and if it's just us not getting what they're trying to explain.
Those speeches are the worst. You know there's something important or interesting that you could learn from the expert on the stage, yet your head is filled with question marks and eventually you start zoning out.
The same might be happening to your audience when they listen to you or read your content. Clear, concise communication that's also not boring doesn't come naturally to most of us.
In this podcast episode, after a ton of requests, we're continuing our discussion on efficient communication - listen in!
Don't worry, this won't be a long read. You wouldn't read it if it was, anyway.
At least this is what the trend shows: our attention span is getting shorter when we're online, making content creators' job harder.
While we can't compete with all the distraction coming from Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush and who knows what else, constantly nudging your pocket like a little child hungry for attention, not all is lost.
As an entrepreneur, you might face the same problem. But there's one thing in your hands that Candy Crush is lacking: real value.
But how can you fight for a moment of attention in this messy jungle to let people see your worth? Should you join the club of addictive apps or there's another way?
Listen to our newest podcast episode to find out!
Trends are changing faster than ever before. Most of us still remember life without the internet, yet even what used to be "the thing" online is outdated now. Those who want to keep on growing simply have to keep up.
Online advertising, the lifeblood of much of the internet as we know it, is slowly dying. We can feel the next wave coming. Those who can catch it early could win in a big way.
If you've been wondering why your online ads are less successful than they were in the past or you're a creator or personal brand, this episode is for you.
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.