Under30CEO http://under30ceo.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Under30CEO interviews successful young entrepreneurs to hear about their story and journey while starting their company. These young founders have over a million dollars a year in revenues and have been through many ups and downs to get there. These stories are meant to inspire, educate and motivate more young people to take a leap and do what they are passionate about. Under30CEO clean Under30CEO jared@under30ceo.com jared@under30ceo.com (Under30CEO) Under30CEO Interviews with Young Entrepreneurs on Starting Businesses entrepreneur, business, interview, young entrepreneur, business advice, startup advice, founder interview, ceo Under30CEO http://under30ceo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/u30logo300x250.png http://under30ceo.com Want to Grow? How to Make Tiny Changes That Produce Enormous Results http://under30ceo.com/want-grow-make-tiny-changes-produce-enormous-results/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=want-grow-make-tiny-changes-produce-enormous-results http://under30ceo.com/want-grow-make-tiny-changes-produce-enormous-results/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:48 +0000 Under30CEO http://under30ceo.com/?p=40236   An Odd Interim I was in 7th grade. I rode around everywhere on my GT Mach One BMX bike. I rarely ever did my homework. I didn’t pay attention in class. And I didn’t care to listen to anyone, especially if it was unsolicited advice. I hung out with a sixteen year old homeschooled […]

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An Odd Interim

I was in 7th grade. I rode around everywhere on my GT Mach One BMX bike. I rarely ever did my homework. I didn’t pay attention in class. And I didn’t care to listen to anyone, especially if it was unsolicited advice.

I hung out with a sixteen year old homeschooled kid that was obsessed with vampires and Marilyn Manson. Eventually, I became obsessed with those things too. He slept in until 4 PM every day, and we’d hang out after I got home from school.

My other friends were kids that rebelled against their parents, were constantly in trouble, and had zero motivation to succeed. But they were “cool”…

As you can see, I was going through a bit of a phase. The ironic thing about a phase is that you have no idea you’re going through one until you’re out of it.

Luckily for me, it was a short one. Those things simply weren’t me. As much as I wanted them to accept me and have a group of my own, I couldn’t let myself drown or perpetually hate life like those kids.

A Powerful and Simple Proclamation by Jim Rohn

There’s a quote you’ve probably heard before:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

- Jim Rohn

This could be one of the most true and profound statements of our time. I’d like to explore a 2.0 version of this same idea.

We all know it’s true we start talking like, acting like, thinking like, dressing like, spending like, and even feeling like the five people we spend the most time with.

Just walk through any of San Francisco’s eclectic neighborhoods and this truth is plainly presented. Even in a city known for its individuality, everyone looks and acts like everyone else. No one wants to be the outcast, the black sheep.

The Average of All Choices: True Growth

What about everything else? Do the books we read, people we listen to (but don’t necessarily know), TV shows we watch, and choices we make on the weekends shape who we are?

Of course they do, it’s just harder to see. After that phase in 7th grade I made a big change. I started hanging out with kids that did their homework, and started doing my own (most of the time). I began enjoying having intellectual conversations. I started reading books by inspiring people and began to care about measuring growth. I started realizing that maybe success was in my own hands, and life didn’t have to just happen to me. I was in control.

Later on in life — just a year or so ago actually — I decided to become a professional. I had another one of these “waking up” episodes, and with it, a big epiphany: the visions I had in my mind of the person I wanted to become didn’t match the actions I was taking today.

Would future Arman finish his work early and assume it was good enough? Would future Arman spend every weekend out on the town—drowning himself in noise, alcohol, and surface level conversation? Would future Arman surround himself with people who were okay with the status quo, with no real passion for life?

To think one day we’ll wake up and magically have the life we envisioned is a fatal mistake. That’s an amateur mindset.

The fastest and most effective way to move in the direction of your vision (without worrying about how it’ll happen), is to actually live it now. Be it now, even in the smallest ways possible.

Tiny steps go a long way.

You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.

- Paulo Coelho

I thought I was doing a good job, but there’s always room for improvement. Being aware and conscious of your choices is a great start toward becoming a happier and more fulfilled person.

I made a decision to be the very best version of myself I can be, and that person doesn’t play at an amateur level. I played small because I fell into the sheep trap again. Maybe I wanted to be accepted, or just live a “normal” life.

I stopped, I changed, and I’ve never felt better. Now everyone around me tells me I’ve changed, but I love it. Why? I think because it confirms I’m moving in the right direction. Something magical keeps nudging me along, like little omens. I know this feeling, and it usually leads to great triumph. I’m not going to question it. And when you make those changes, neither should you.

You don’t have to worry about what people will think about your new lifestyle choices. If anything, you’ll gain more respect and they will admire you. Growth attracts amazing people, and naturally sheds the rest (including the naysayers).

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

- Bernard M. Baruch

How Do You Make The Shift?

So how do you start to build that awareness and make more conscious choices about what influences you? Look around. Where and how do you spend your time?

What about the news you consume, does that affect you? Absolutely. The people you follow on Instagram, the books you read, the movies you see — all of it is part of the “formula of averages” that shapes who you are.

Just because you’re watching it on TV doesn’t mean you’re detached from it. We underestimate the affect of incoming information on our subconscious and conscious minds. It’s affecting your behaviors, and even your desires. I mean, you’re spending time with this person or idea after all, aren’t you?

Realizing this can be a bit heavy at first. There’s definitely an initial waking up period. You may feel a sense of responsibility to be more conscious about your choices, or even a sudden urge to radically change everything at once.

Don’t let it overwhelm you, have fun with it. Take it one area at a time and start to make changes little by little. Maybe start by finding excuses to hang out with that one really quirky, successful friend you have. Remember, success leaves clues.

Time to Start, but Slowly…

Start slow. Exchange just one brainless show you’re addicted to with the enlightening documentary on your queue, or that book you’ve been wanting to read. For example, lately I’ve been spending my free time watching Cosmos (the best thing on television, ever). I get to relax, and still learn something at the same time.

Another new ritual I’ve formed is meditation. I used to think it was mystical balderdash, but I’ve researched and tested this thoroughly now. I’m hooked. Meditation, even for a busy entrepreneur, is one of the most important and positive rituals you can add into your life today.

Just to be clear: I’m not recommending you become some uptight, sober book worm. There’s nothing wrong with relaxing and zoning out sometimes. In fact, it’s good for you. Sometimes doing nothing but relaxing and rejuvenating is the best thing you can do.

I’m suggesting that you be more aware of how you spend your time.

When we hear about success stories, we place them in a separate category, as if it’s a hollywood movie. All my life I looked at people I wanted to become and thought, “Well, that’s them. They were born with talent. They probably knew the right people and had connections” which is the biggest BS of all.

I believe there’s one key thing that stops us from getting what we want: our story. The fictitious story you tell yourself about why things are the way they are. Change your story, and you can change your life.

Perhaps you want to be wealthy. So surround yourself with successful, wealthy people. Read books by wealthy people, and learn to appreciate their perspective. Don’t hang out with people who get jealous of others. Or worse, people who believe all wealthy people just “got lucky”. And if that’s what you believe, maybe it’s time to take a look at your own programming and explore the cognitive dissonance you’re holding. I did, and it changed my perspective.

Perhaps you want to travel more. So ask your traveler friends when their next trip is and go with them this time. Or even better, take a long weekend and head to a random country for no reason at all. I flew down to Panama and explored a beautiful country, in only 4.5 days. Don’t be the person who just asks questions about what destinations to visit, and then never does anything.

Perhaps you want to become a solopreneur. So support the ones you identify with most. When I first started to even consider this as an option, I looked to people like Chris Guillebeau to get guidance and motivation. Email your solopreneur friends and offer some value or help (this is key). Then ask them specific questions, including me. You’ll be surprised at the free help you get from people. Don’t delay and keep searching for a golden ticket, you’ll never find it.

So remember, it isn’t just the people we spend time with that influence us. It’s the reality we live in, the choices we make, and the things we do that shape us.

You are an average of the friends, mentors, activities, information, and experiences you choose to have in your life.

I trust you’ll make the best decisions. And remember, enjoy the ride…

Do you agree with Jim Rohn’s ‘average of the five people’ quote? What’s one small step you can take today to be more fulfilled?

A version of this post was originally published on WhyILeftGoogle.com

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Arman Assadi is founder and Chief Solopreneur at WhyILeftGoogle.com (WILG). Arman helps solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, and wantrepreneurs create more freedom and work more effectively. He is a writer, soccer player, and obsessive world traveler. He is also Board of Directors President for Traveling Stories— a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to outsmart poverty one book at a time. For more articles like this, get access to his Freedom Lifestyle Insider Newsletter.

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Alexander Mendeluk always saw himself being in the spotlight, but as an actor, not as an entrepreneur. As the child of a Hollywood movie director, Alexander grew up on television and movie sets. “That whole world helped me explore my imagination.” That imagination fueled his passion and interest in storytelling, which led him into acting.

After graduating from film school he moved to Los Angeles and became a professional actor (Alexander Mendeluk’s IMDB page). His breakout role was soon to come, but it wouldn’t be on a movie set. “Out of nowhere, literally, came SpiritHoods.” SpiritHoods are faux fur animal inspired hoods, “embracing the inner animal inside that we all have.”  The company started with accessories, and is now moving into apparel as well.

After a couple of years of working as a professional actor and an entrepreneur at the same time, Alexander was faced with a tough decision. “You’ve got to make a choice. You can be a jack of all trades and a master of none, and that’s not really what I was interested in doing.” So why choose being an entrepreneur over being a Hollywood actor? “As SpiritHoods matured and I matured, I realized that there was more opportunity and a better route as an entrepreneur than an actor.  It came down to being able to control your own destiny. You have a lot more control with your world as an entrepreneur than you do as an actor.” It was a great choice.

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Two years after their launch, SpiritHoods started to become a celebrity of its own. The product has become a symbol of music and festival culture and appeared in countless magazines and on the heads of many celebrities. Celebrities spotted wearing a SpiritHood include Venessa Hudgens, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Jon Hamm, Kesha, Justin Bieber, and Conan O’brien. The publicity and praise the company received in the media helped SpiritHoods achieve a celebrity-like status. The company even made an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, where they turned down an offer from Daymond John.

A sharp rise in demand and popularity doesn’t always translate to sustained success.  In response to avoiding becoming a fading fad, Alexander replied, “Most trends that come and go, go pretty quick.” SpiritHoods is now in their 5th year after seeing an initial explosion in demand and exposure for their brand.

What separates SpiritHoods from the numerous fashion trends and fads that have quickly disappeared?

“What has kept us alive is our community.” The brand built behind the fashionable hoods is stronger than any fad.  SpiritHoods has been able to build a strong community with their partnerships, giving back, innovating, and telling and sharing stories. The company donates 10% of net profits to 5 nonprofit organizations that helps endangered animals. They have also been awarded the PETA Libby award for the best cruelty-free accessory. The hoods have brought music fans together, given hope and pride to customers, raised awareness for endangered species, and given back to many of the animals that were the inspiration for their products. SpiritHoods makes an nearly impossible not to route for them.

Would you rather be the superhero lead in a blockbuster movie or build SpiritHoods to have an evaluation of $250 million?

“$250 Million hands down, woooo!”

What about at $50 million? “I’d choose the $50 million. When you’re an actor, you’re a cog in the wheel.” Alexander explains that with SpiritHoods he has the ability create a change in the world that would not occur with being a superhero in a blockbuster film.

Get the full story! Listen to the complete interview with Alexander Mendeluk below!

Interview Highlights

-        Career/life goal: “I wanted to get to a position where I could influence positive change. I thought I could do that through acting, but you can do the same thing with your company, if not more.”

-        Advice on thriving in a partnership.

-        “We’re currently in an entrepreneurial renaissance.  The Barriers to entry have never been lower. The ability to influence the masses has never been easier and the tools that are available for us to create are endless. Right now is the best time, the best ecosystem in our history to begin.”

-        How SpiritHoods have helped create long lasting memories for many fans.

-        “If you are going to get in a partnership, make sure that your roles are clearly defined from the beginning.”

-        “If you believe in an idea, just run with it.”

-        “Entrepreneurship can give you the freedom to do whatever you want.” “You can create the world as you want it.”

-        Watch SpiritHoods’ appearance on Shark Tank!

-        What’s next for spirit hoods? A fall line of faux fur jackets. They are also working on wearable tech including LED lights and a super-secret line extension that will be released in 2015.

Quick-Fire Questions

How many hours a week do you spend on SpiritHoods? “Maybe 27 technical, 9-5 hours, but always on call. We used to do a lot of in-office work. Right now we have custom-tailored the business to more of a remote type of operation, which allows us the freedom to be on the go.  SpiritHoods is always a phone call away.”

How much sleep do you get a night? 8 Hours.

What is the weirdest idea you’ve ever received for a SpiritHood? “We’ve got a list of SpiritHoods that goes on for days. Fish, crocodile, pink monkeys, zebra wombat squirrels, hybrid animals that you couldn’t even think of, glow in the dark animals, you name it. The weirdest hood we just created was a lemur.”

If you could add one entrepreneur or entertainer in the world to SpiritHoods, who would it be and why? “I’d bring Richard Branson on for sure. That man is the epitome of visionary in my opinion. He’s putting people in space, and I think that’s pretty cool. Maybe we could have SpiritHoods in space.”

If you could star in a movie opposite one Hollywood actor, who would it be and why? “Maybe Brad Pitt. He’s always been copying my style. It would be cool to finally get on screen together and rock it out.”

Who would be the director of the film if it couldn’t be your dad? “I’d direct it!”

 *Alexander Mendeluk is a member of the YEC and is also launching The Disruptive. Thank you to the Young Entrepreneurs’ Council for the introduction to Alexander. For more information on the YEC, visit YEC.co

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Hey Under30CEO,

This is our list of all time top reads and business books for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  It includes some new releases and best-sellers you should be reading now.

Here’s our list of must reads!

We are big fans of anything that gives us the edge in our personal and professional development or business.  We’ve authored over 4,000 articles here on Under30CEO and interviewed countless best selling authors including Seth Godin, Donald Trump, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Peter Shankman, Eric Ries, and Sharon Lechter.

New Releases & Best-sellers picked by our staff:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher (Recommended by Co-founder Matt Wilson)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking (Recommended by Editor Cara Murphy)

101 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations to Create Positive Change (Recommended by Community Manager Cesar Romero)

Thrive by Arianna Huffington (Recommended by Co-founder Jared O’Toole)

Our all time top reads

The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

How to Win by Mark Cuban

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

The E-Myth Revisted by Michael Gerber

How to Win Friends ands Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Start with Why Simon Sinek

Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Our Top Book Lists

26 Awesome Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

17 Lessons from 17 Books to Learn from in 2013

Under30CEO’s Must Read Books from 2012

Under30CEO’s Must Read Books from 2011

Under30CEO’s Must Read Books from 2010

Under30CEO’s Must Read Books from 2009

10 Billionaire Biographies You Must Read

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The #1 Reason Most 20-Somethings Get Stuck http://under30ceo.com/1-reason-20-somethings-get-stuck/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1-reason-20-somethings-get-stuck http://under30ceo.com/1-reason-20-somethings-get-stuck/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:07 +0000 danieldipiazza http://under30ceo.com/?p=40266 I can remember, just a few short years ago, when I would have done ANYTHING to get “unstuck”. I had “played the game” just like I’d been told. Went to school, picked a major that made sense, got good grades and followed the rules. (I can see you nodding your head in agreement with me […]

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I can remember, just a few short years ago, when I would have done ANYTHING to get “unstuck”.

I had “played the game” just like I’d been told.

Went to school, picked a major that made sense, got good grades and followed the rules.

(I can see you nodding your head in agreement with me — we’ve all been there.)

But as college ended and the real world started to loom closer and closer, I had to admit…I was terrified.

Why?

Because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing…

See, I knew how to operate within the system that had been laid out for me — the traditional path of school >> more school >> career.

But there was a problem…

I didn’t want to take that route anymore.

I felt boxed in.

I felt like, if I took that path, I already knew exactly what my future would be like, down to 2.3 kids and a $56,000 salary.

(No offense to anyone with kids…but have you looked on your Facebook newsfeed? It’s scary how many people get married and/or have babies at the same time. It seems like some sort of a social programming.)

Check it: There were DOZENS of people in my life who I could lean on if I needed help taking the traditional route — guidance counselors, family, friends, etc. I mean, all these people had already traveled that route, right?

But there was literally NOBODY (and I really mean nobody) who I knew that could give me advice about venturing out on my own.

  • I wanted to start a business.
  • I wanted to make movies.
  • I wanted to go on trips.
  • I wanted to take time off “just because”
  • I wanted to have enough money to help my family if they needed it.

And nobody had ANY idea how to help me with these things.

Then, one day, everything changed…

A lightbulb went off (err…on?)

I realized that I needed a mentor.

Someone who could guide me, hold my hand and tell me exactly what to do and when to do it.

Somebody who could tell me if the “amazing” idea I had was really good — or a complete waste of my time.

A person who could cut years off my learning curve because they’d already been there, read all the book and done all the guesswork for me.

I knew if I just had that, I’d be able to RAPIDLY accelerate my progress and get where I was going MUCH faster.

In fact, I think the #1 reason most 20-somethings get stuck is because we don’t have good mentors.

We may have supportive friends and family — but when it comes to doing something “different” oftentimes, we’re all alone.

Imagine how different your life would be if you had just one person that you could call, with any question about starting a business, breaking out of the 9-5, becoming insanely productive, etc… and have that question answered immediately.

So now, I want to know: If you had a mentor to help you move your life forward and help you solve your problems QUICKLY, what advice would you get from them?

What would you be able to accomplish with the help of a trusted advisor that you can’t do on your own?

Leave a comment and let me know! :)

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Like the need to buy extra light bulbs or touch up your hair color, your company’s accident protocol is likely something you don’t think about until you’re in the moment, and it’s too late.

Accidents happen, and it’s important for business owners to know how to address them appropriately when they occur.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, about 13 Americans are killed on the job every day, tens of thousands die every year from workplace-related disease, and nearly 4 million are seriously injured on the job.

As a lawyer who specializes in personal injury, it’s probably no surprise that I’ve encountered many cases involving accidents in the workplace. However, establishing a few workplace procedures can go a long way toward preventing accidents from happening in the first place.

Here are six steps to help you eliminate workplace hazards and handle accidents effectively when they do occur.

1.     Understand the Basics.

Creating a safe workplace doesn’t happen by accident. To foster a culture of safety in your company, it’s important to understand what constitutes a “workplace accident” so you can start taking steps to prevent them from happening.

To qualify, an individual must be injured while:

  • In the scope of employment.
  • Performing a responsibility in line with his or her job performance.
  • Performing work at the request of the employer.

These accidents could include injury at a construction work site, slipping and falling within the workplace, or getting in a car accident while driving to meet with clients.

2.     Start Before Day One.

As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By taking proactive measures, you can prevent a number of problems, and these precautionary steps should start well before the employee’s first day on the job.

For instance, employers should always perform background checks on potential employees, especially in industries such as the rental car business, where verifying a safe driving record is critical.

Once an employee is hired, provide him or her with guidelines and policies for safety requirements. This should be an integral part of each employee’s onboarding experience.

Build in processes that you check regularly to ensure employees are meeting safety guidelines, and keep up with technology to see how safety procedures can be improved.

3.     Make a Plan for Handling Accidents.

When accidents do occur, it’s important to show sympathy for the employee and implement a program to prevent future accidents.

As you think of ways to improve your safety efforts, it’s tempting to focus on the most severe threats. However, you can often make the greatest impact by reducing small safety violations that contribute to the most frequent injuries.

4.     Engage Employees in Safety Discussions.

While you’re focused on running your company on a macro scale, your employees are more familiar with the day-to-day processes, problems, and potential solutions. Constantly observe how employees perform their daily tasks, and encourage employees to bring safety deficiencies and ideas for improvement to their managers’ attention.

If possible, talk with individual employees to see if they have suggestions for making their work environment safer. They may have insights you haven’t considered.

5.     Communicate Managers’ Responsibilities.

In addition to ensuring employees understand preventive processes for workplace safety, it’s equally important to communicate with management about the plan.

Managers should understand that it’s their responsibility to fill out an incident report with as much information as possible the minute an accident occurs. Information should include injury details and the medical treatment provided to the employee. The more information a manager can record, the easier it will be for the work compensation attorney and the defense attorney defending the claim.

6.     Make Safety a Part of Your Culture.

Safety should be as integral to your company culture as your vision and values. A culture of safety starts the moment a new employee is onboarded, and leadership should reinforce it repeatedly.

Turner Construction, for example, holds an annual “safety stand-down” at every job site in the country. It suspends work, and staff gather to listen to best practices for staying safe on the job. Turner’s safety philosophy is based on its trademarked Building L.I.F.E. (living injury-free every day) principle. This approach aims to eliminate worksite accidents by pre-planning construction activities with safety engagement.

Don’t let workplace safety get bumped to the bottom of your to-do list. By keeping safety top of mind and ingraining it in your company culture, you can stay ahead of workplace hazards and avoid potential accidents.

Michael Acosta is a partner at Acosta & Williams LLC. As an attorney, he specializes in the areas of pharmaceutical litigation, personal injury, premises liability, auto and truck accidents, toxic torts, property and air contamination, and wrongful death. Connect with Michael on Twitter and Google+.

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Why You Should Burn All Your Bridges and Never Have a Backup Plan http://under30ceo.com/burn-bridges-never-backup-plan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=burn-bridges-never-backup-plan http://under30ceo.com/burn-bridges-never-backup-plan/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:56 +0000 Under30CEO http://under30ceo.com/?p=40234 What do you see when you look at a successful human? I see a determination, definiteness of purpose, and plan that most people are too afraid to ever create for themselves. Have you ever met anyone who achieved something important in life, something they would consider a dream, by dropping back to a plan B? […]

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What do you see when you look at a successful human?

I see a determination, definiteness of purpose, and plan that most people are too afraid to ever create for themselves.

Have you ever met anyone who achieved something important in life, something they would consider a dream, by dropping back to a plan B? It just doesn’t work that way.

Backup plans are not for winners. A person with a backup plan is likely to use that backup plan. This automatically means they’ve settled for less than what they initially wanted.

If you want to become a solopreneuer, you become one by deciding once and for all that there is no other route or course of action for you. You decide to push past the bottom-feeders and live out your full potential. You decide to create something that not only adds value to the world, but is in line with your individual purpose. There’s that “purpose” word again. Where are you supposed to find that?

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No one ever wins in life with a backup plan.

Here’s the problem: Plan B is the sum of all your worries, fears, and disaster scenarios rolled up into one half-a*sed plan. A plan that you’re allowing yourself to be happy with. Why on earth are you compromising with your fears?

Shouldn’t we be focusing on the prize, not on the obstacles in the way?

There’s no hocus-pocus to this. Analyze any successful person you know, and you’ll see these common traits (whether they realize it or not). It essentially comes down to a fixed vs. growth mindset. People like Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck have dedicated their lives to this. Studies have been performed to understand what creates success.

If you don’t take action on your goals and desires now, will you regret it when you’re on your deathbed?

Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is time.

- Napoleon Hill

Look around at the people you admire. Think about your role models and heros. Do they negotiate with life? Do they back down when they’re met with defeat or criticism? Do they believe in failure?

We hear these hero stories and learn about people who finally “made it” every day. There’s a constant theme every time: they had a relentless, crazy belief in succeeding and achieving their dreams. Whether they “failed” once or a thousand times, they kept going.

Also, isn’t there always an odd constant theme of them being in the worst possible state, in their most defeated times, when they finally pushed forward and achieved their goals?

If you want something, and you have a relentless desire to make it happen, backed by immediate action and a solid strategy — you will inevitably get it. Why? Because when you only have one possible outcome, the failures along the way can’t stop you.

The best part is — there is no such thing as failure happening to you. Failure is a choice. Failure is something we have to allow. Failure is the moment we choose to give up. For many, this may be hard to swallow. But there’s power in this realization.

In actuality, a failure along the way is nothing more than a temporary hiccup or side-step in your ultimate plan. If you have some big dream about becoming an entrepreneur, bestselling author, or world traveler — the only thing stopping you is…you.

Not the you you normally identify with. This you is nothing more than a mass accumulation of fears that your mind has created and held onto for years.

Your desires, dreams, and goals are perfectly fine. Now if you feel the plan is not yet ready or complete, that’s okay. But what’s not okay is just floating around wondering why all your plans aren’t coming true.

You must know clearly what it is you want.

Combine that with massive amounts of desire/purpose and your goals will miraculously be met with brilliant plans to help bring them into reality.

The problem (and cycle) starts when you allow yourself to come up with alternate plans that distract from the mission. The alternate plan comes with an alternate end goal, which is never as worthy of your ultimate one.

Burn the bridges, don’t look back, and march forward like there’s no tomorrow.

We’re all human. There will be struggles and moments of extreme doubt. But we can’t allow these fears or backup plans to creep into our minds.

Over time, I’ve developed a reflex to quickly stop these thoughts the moment they occur. Think of it as a game. Monitor the chatter in the skull, rather than identify with it. The moment something outside of your grandiose visions creeps in, snap it out of there like a rubber band slapping against your wrist.

In fact, I actually do that. I use a rubber band on my wrist to break old habits and develop new ones. This was one of them.

I’m not the typical entrepreneur. I don’t have the typical entrepreneur skills, mindset, or business. But I believe in my mission. I believe every single one of us deserves a life of freedom. I believe we all deserve to live the life we want, not the one others want for us.

I decided the only way I would ever commit to escaping the corporate world, building my dreams for myself, and becoming a solopreneur was by burning the bridges to the ground!

There is no return to a life of mediocrity, being incentivized to produce like a monkey, and falsely believing my daily actions (job) are contributing to the development of mankind. I’m contributing to society now, more than ever before.

If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.

- Tony Gaskins

With that said, what are you going to do?

Question: If there was one thing you could do for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Note from the author: I began drafting these ideas on a long transpacific plane ride, after a 97 day journey throughout Southeast Asia. At the time, I understood the lessons (in theory), but didn’t fully know how to live these values. Now I do, and I’ve seen a dramatic difference in my business and life.

A version of this post was originally published on WhyILeftGoogle.com 

Arman Assadi is founder and Chief Solopreneur at WhyILeftGoogle.com (WILG). Arman helps solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, and wantrepreneurs create more freedom and work more effectively. He is a writer, soccer player, and obsessive world traveler. He is also Board of Directors President for Traveling Stories— a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to outsmart poverty one book at a time. For more articles like this, get access to his Freedom Lifestyle Insider Newsletter.

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Keeping the Customer from Hell out of Your Business, Automatically. http://under30ceo.com/keeping-customer-hell-business-automatically/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keeping-customer-hell-business-automatically http://under30ceo.com/keeping-customer-hell-business-automatically/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Under30CEO http://under30ceo.com/?p=40276 “You’ll throw in the extras we talked about if you want my business.” We were negotiating with a potential customer. His pattern was the same. We’d negotiate the terms and send the agreement. Our customer would confirm that everything was fine. Everything looked good. Until we spotted all of the extras he added in without […]

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“You’ll throw in the extras we talked about if you want my business.”

We were negotiating with a potential customer.

His pattern was the same. We’d negotiate the terms and send the agreement. Our customer would confirm that everything was fine.

Everything looked good.

Until we spotted all of the extras he added in without telling us. A new feature here, better payment terms there – He squeezed us anywhere and everywhere he could.

He was the customer from hell and we needed to keep him out.

But we couldn’t keep him out because we didn’t recognize him for what he was. In part 1, we talked about recognizing the customer from hell and why that’s important. In part 2, we talked about turning these nightmare customers into all-stars.

The real question though, is how we keep them out.

When it comes to keeping these customers out, you’ll need to cover specific areas. I’m sharing these tips with the assumption that you’re already in control of your environment. If you’re not in control, you can’t keep these customers out.

You need a system to keep them out.

One of our clients sold wheels and rims. They were a high-end manufacturer and their products were awesome. But they had no system in place for order confirmation, shipping or refunds. Customers found creative ways to take advantage of their business.

Customers would purchase their wheels, not realizing that it would take 12 weeks for our client to build, customize and ship their order. Once customers got frustrated they cancelled their orders.

At first, customers had no idea their order was on its way so they received a 12,000 dollar set of wheels for free. Word got around and customers started to take advantage.

It’s easy for businesses to ignore the systems and procedures they need. But good systems screen out bad customers. Systems close the loopholes and gotchas in your business. They help to eliminate loopholes.

But systems can’t fix the wrong tone.

Systems keep everything in line but they can’t control how customers see you. That’s where tone comes in. The wrong tone starts your customer relationship off on the wrong foot.

Let’s do a little tone comparison.

“Interested in working with me? I have 2 consulting slots left this month. I only take on 8 consulting projects each month. Here are the projects I accept.”

“I’m interested in working with you and I’d love to work on your project. Feel free to get in touch if you’re interested as well.”

Can you see the difference?

The first message tells customers you’re in demand. That you’re valuable. That you’re interviewing them just as much as they’re interviewing you (which you should be).

And the second message?

It sends a message of neediness or desperation. Communicating this way shows customers you’re a mark or a target. If the customer from hell is a shark, neediness is the blood, the attractor that draws them in.

Which means you’ll need boundaries as backup.

Customers are like kids. And what do kids do? They test boundaries. They whine. They demand refunds on old products and they throw tantrums to get their way. Often times, they don’t understand the wisdom behind your decisions so they question eeeevvverrrrrything.

As frustrating as this behavior can be, it’s actually normal.

Most of us want customers who trust us completely. We want them to feel safe with us; where they don’t feel the need to question each and every decision we make.

Your customers need to test your boundaries. They need to push the limits and see that things work out when they follow your lead.

Which means you’ll need to enforce your boundaries.

Once you have your rules and systems you’ll need to enforce them. Giving in to a customer tantrum won’t lead to the kind of trust you want. Caring for them, guiding them, protecting them – from themselves even – that’s how you build that kind of trust.

Does all of this work automatically?

It’s automatic but you’ll need the complete system in order for this to work for you. Why? This whole thing works in layers. It’s a lot harder to say No to a customer or enforce boundaries when you’re desperate for work.

You’ll need to be in control over yourself and your business before you set expectations for your customer.

So what do you need to do to keep it going?

Once you have everything in place it’s all about maintenance and improvement. Go through each of the areas we’ve covered in parts 1 and 2. You’ll want to make sure you’re still in control over the areas we’ve discussed.

If you notice behavior from customers you don’t like, the first thing you’ll need to do is ask questions. What’s going on? Why is this happening, what caused it, etc.

Customers aren’t naturally unreasonable.

They’re generally okay with following the rules. Bad behavior has a source or point of origin. It’s up to you to find it.

What if we lose all-star customers as well?

All-star customers want very different things from your nightmare customers.

If you’ve done this right, your system should attract all-star customers. Your system should be focused on giving customers as much incentive as possible to behave the way you need them to.

If your customer is an all-star it’s easy to sync your goals with theirs. They want to solve a pain or problem, and you want to solve it (because it leads to more good things).

And if this whole thing stops working?

Then it means something is off, you’ve lost control somewhere along the line.

If it stops working, you simply audit your system. Go through each of the areas we’ve covered and find the leak. Figure out how the leak started and then plug it.

Can’t we turn the bad customers we get into all-stars?

You can, but it’s much easier to attract all-stars from the start.

Converting the customer from hell makes sense when your business is already full of them. When they’ve already found their way in and you’re looking to minimize the damage. It’s something you do to keep the doors open and the business going.

Letting nightmare customers in, giving them an opportunity to do some damage with hopes you’ll be able to turn it around later – not a good plan.

Keep the customer from hell out of your business.

Keeping them out of your business requires a game plan. But that game plan won’t work unless you’re in control of yourself and your environment. Follow the steps we’ve shared and the customer from hell should be a distant memory.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned from a negative customer experience? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Andrew McDermott is the co-author of Hook:Why Websites Fail to Make Money and co-founder of HooktoWin.com. His Free 5 day mini course shows entrepreneurs how to fix website failure and attract customers automatically.

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It’s Your Time to Fly: Why You Should Be Impractical and Move Somewhere New http://under30ceo.com/time-fly-impractical-move-somewhere-new/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=time-fly-impractical-move-somewhere-new http://under30ceo.com/time-fly-impractical-move-somewhere-new/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:57 +0000 Under30CEO http://under30ceo.com/?p=40164 The urge to pack up and start a new life in another city is a dream most everyone has entertained at one time or another. There’s a certain impulsive appeal in just leaving behind your established routine and starting fresh somewhere else. There’s an aura of adventure and renewal to the idea that calls to […]

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The urge to pack up and start a new life in another city is a dream most everyone has entertained at one time or another. There’s a certain impulsive appeal in just leaving behind your established routine and starting fresh somewhere else. There’s an aura of adventure and renewal to the idea that calls to us.

But when you start seriously considering moving to a new place, there are all sorts of un-adventurous questions to answer. Are there jobs available? How’s the cost of living? What are my transportation options? Will I know or meet anyone there? These questions can be daunting, even frightening, and there may be very practical, sensible reasons to stay where you are.

But practicality can be overrated. And there are all sorts of reasons why being impractical and pulling up stakes might be the best move (literally) you ever made.

Facing your fears will teach you about yourself.

Ask around and you’ll no doubt find no shortage of people telling you why you shouldn’t move to a new city. Financial concerns. Fear of being alone. Fear of being away from friends, family, and most of all, familiarity. But would you rather be ruled by your fears, or face them down as the challenges they really are?

You get to call the shots.

Life often forces change on us, instead of the other way around. Many people find themselves forced to relocate by circumstances — family trouble, health reasons, changes in employment, or any number of other reasons may force you to find a new place to live. Why not take the reins and decide for yourself to move to someplace you’ll love? This is your opportunity to take charge, declare your independence, and go where your passion takes you. If you’re at a point in your job or career where you fear you might let go, this also might be your chance to meet new challenges head-on, instead of waiting for the worst to happen.

You can find better opportunities elsewhere.

The sad truth is, not every place is created equal. Having a personal history and emotional investment in where you live is great, but it doesn’t mean the opportunities there are better (or even as good as) anywhere else. You may find better employment opportunities, education, transportation, and community or even weather somewhere far away. The grass may, in fact, be greener on the other side.

For example, there might be a much better market environment for your startup company (Finland and Switzerland rival the United States as some of the best places for high-tech startups, while Tuscon, AZ and Augusta, GA have some of the lowest small business growth in the U.S. right now).

There are impractical considerations to moving, too. You might find a bustling arts scene, volunteer organization, or thriving community you didn’t know you were missing out on. You’ll never know unless you experience it for yourself.

There may never be a better time to follow your dreams.

Life has a way of adding obligations. Starting a family, establishing a career, buying a home: these are milestones that enrich our lives, but can also restrict opportunities. If you’re young, ambitious, and just starting out, there may literally be no better time than now to pull up stakes and set out to find a place for yourself. You’ll have your whole life to act sensibly. The time to be impetuous and impractical is now!

New adventures create growth.

Moving to a new city will create all sorts of challenges for you to meet. Develop new skills. Learn a language. Volunteer. Meet new people. Getting outside your comfort zone and pushing yourself to embrace new ideas will change you in powerful, positive ways you never expected — not to mention the personal, professional and financial opportunities and rewards that come with such growth. And you just might have a blast at the same time.

Your passion doesn’t live here anymore.

Routine can actually get comfortable if you live with it long enough. Stagnation starts to feel like familiarity, and you may not even realize what you’ve lost until you find it again. Lack of job satisfaction and growth might start to feel like security. When that happens, you know it’s time to shake things up. Starting a new life somewhere else not only holds the potential for new financial and career opportunities, but new people, new food, a new climate. Change awakens something inside us, and can reinvigorate your passion in unexpected ways.

You could find the dream career you didn’t know you wanted.

Often in life, we don’t end up where we thought we would. The dreams we cultivated as children or teens don’t survive into our adult years. Our interests change and grow as we do, and that dream job or successful business we thought we wanted may go unrealized — but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, finding a new dream career could be the best thing that ever happened to you.

Moving to a new place is not necessarily something to do on a moment’s notice — it pays to do your research and find out as much as you can about where you’re going and what life will be like when you get there — but don’t let fear and uncertainty hold you back from exhilarating new experiences. There may never be a better time to experience the world than right now. Your next great life story could be just around the corner.

Jon Russo is the CEO of Areavibes, a website focused on helping people find the best places to live. Areavibes accomplishes this via a Livability Score created using a unique algorithm that takes into account dozens of characteristics in 7 different categories including nearby amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. Through this scoring system, AreaVibes is able to provide useful information for people who are relocating or looking to conduct a quality assessment on their own area.

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Investing in Service: Interview with Regal Wings Founder Eli Ostreicher http://under30ceo.com/investing-service-interview-regal-wings-founder-eli-ostreicher/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=investing-service-interview-regal-wings-founder-eli-ostreicher http://under30ceo.com/investing-service-interview-regal-wings-founder-eli-ostreicher/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:47 +0000 Michael Luchies http://under30ceo.com/?p=40100 Every business requires investments, but not all investments are monetary. When Eli Ostreicher started New York City based boutique travel agency Regal Wings, startup capital was not the most important investment made in the company. “It wasn’t so much about investing financially, but investing effort and everything that I could give to it.” Regal Wings […]

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Eli Regal WingsEvery business requires investments, but not all investments are monetary. When Eli Ostreicher started New York City based boutique travel agency Regal Wings, startup capital was not the most important investment made in the company. “It wasn’t so much about investing financially, but investing effort and everything that I could give to it.” Regal Wings acts as both a travel consolidator and business travel management provider.

The company was founded in 2006 and started as a single booking made by Eli in the bedroom of a small apartment in Miami. His first customer was his uncle. Word quickly spread among his uncle’s friends and Regal Wings took-off. Eli admits that he started Regal Wings with basically nothing. “I knew no business tools. I didn’t know what payroll meant.” Eli didn’t know much about how to run a business, but he did know how to work hard and how to provide exceptional service to others.

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The effort invested in the company and service has not gone unrecognized by customers. Regal Wings has focused on customer service from the start and it remains their strongest competitive advantage. In my interview with the young entrepreneur (audio below), he told the story of a regular client who flew often from New York to Hong Kong. On one occasion he needed a last minute ticket for the trip. He needed a kosher meal, but due to the last minute booking of the ticket, they couldn’t confirm that a kosher meal would be available on the flight. Eli woke up at 4 am, made several kosher sandwiches and met the customer at the check-in desk before his flight. Their efforts and success in customer service are a clear product of Eli’s passion, hard work, and determination.

Life as an Entrepreneur

Eli on being an entrepreneur: “It’s a choice that a person makes. You can either have a typical life (9-5), or you can do it on a different type of scale. It comes at a price, but it’s rewarding.”

Asked when he first recognized that he had an entrepreneurial spirit, Eli replied, “As a kid, I was called different titles. I was given the name of ADD and ADHD. I was a hyper kid and I always came up with these interesting ideas.” Later in life, Eli conducted his own research and realized that although he had some traits of being a dreamer and hyperactive, there was one big difference between himself and the traditional traits of someone who has ADHD – the ability to complete tasks. Eli lives and breathes with to-do lists and has trouble sleeping if he still has incomplete tasks.

As an adult Eli is just as active as in childhood, but he remains focused and goal oriented. On any given night you may find Regal Wings founder Eli Ostreicher at one of his several offices, on one of his two cell phones, looking at one of his three computer screens.

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Working hard and keeping his mind on the business has worked out well for Eli and Regal Wings. Regal Wings was listed on the 2013 Inc. 500 list and was the fastest growing travel company in the US, which Eli said was a “big honor.” After being notified this past week that Regal Wings has once again made the Inc. 500 list, Eli said, “we are exstatic!” 

Perfecting the Niche

Eli’s successful ventures all capitalize on a niche market. In addition to Regal Wings, which focuses on first class and business class travelers, Eli started Harei At, an Orthodox Jewish dating service with tens of thousands of active members. Eli stated that within the community it is a necessity to get married. He built Harei At as an alternative to going to a matchmaker.

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Eli was told by a smart friend that “every business man knows each company needs a USP – Unique Selling Point. If you want to take it to the next level, work in a niche market.” It’s not always possible to target a niche, but it has worked very well for Eli. He couldn’t share the details, but he did hint at an upcoming launch that will have a much broader focus.

Summary

It’s refreshing to see a young entrepreneur focus on service beyond the popular trend in building tech businesses. Regal Wings’ investment in customer service is paying dividends, and helps to set them apart from larger, less-personal touch based companies and services.

Listen to the full interview with Eli Ostreicher below!

Interview Highlights

  • Why Monday is his favorite day of the week.

  • On something he previously struggled with: letting go of an employee. “When someone doesn’t do their job the right way, do not let the damage continue.”

  • Eli’s best piece of advice for young entrepreneurs: “If you try hard enough, you will succeed.”

  • A discussion about niche businesses and targeting a specific market instead of ‘everyone.’

Quick-Fire Questions

How many hours a week do you work on Regal Wings and other business ventures? “Basically, I work non-stop.”

How much sleep do you get a night? “It depends. I love to sleep. I make up for it when I do sleep in.”

What was your worst business idea? A solution to fix cracks in car tire rims caused by potholes. The more research he did, the more he realized the idea wasn’t feasible.

If you could not be an entrepreneur – if you were banned as an entrepreneur, what would you be? “Ouch, that sounds like a punishment. Thank god that’s not the case. It would probably be something in IT. I’d probably be a really geeky Cisco network administrator somewhere.”

If you could add one entrepreneur in the world to Regal Wings, who would it be and why? “A very wild answer would be Warren Buffet. On a more realistic level I would say Barry Liben, CEO of New York City based travel agency called Tzell. I find him as the most brilliant entrepreneur as well as a friendly nice man.” 

Listen to the full interview here:

*Eli Ostreicher is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Council (YEC). Special thanks to the YEC for the interview. Visit YEC.co for more information. 

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Hey, how’s it going?

It’s Mike Gowans. Do you got that friend that’s like he always comes around, and he’s always in a weird mood, kind of like cheerful but maybe not, and he’s always talking about oh, my job, blah, blah, blah?

Well, the other night, I was actually out to eat with my girlfriend, and I sat down. An old friend of mine that guy that comes in, and he sits down and I haven’t seen him in a while. I asked him how things are going, and I had seen he had switched jobs. He had like his job shirt on. He had switched jobs, and so, I was talking to him. I said, “So, what’s going on?”

He said, “Well, you know the pay is better over here, and you plug into that 40-year-plan, you know you got to work for years for somebody, then hopefully retire.”

When I heard that, it made me cringe.

I was like, “Man! Buddy, we’ve got to get you working on some goals.”

Today, I want to talk about how to reach your goal with mastery. I found that when you go work on a goal, and you got to reach your goal, you develop mastery because you’re working on it. You’re learning different skills in order to get there. That’s kind of what I want to kind of talk about.

Let’s talk about a goal that you want to reach this year, okay?

You need first to define a goal.

Where do you want to be at the end of this year? Are things going to be different? Where are you going to get to? That’s one thing that we first got to do is define our goal, and it’s got to be something that is passionate to you.

I mean it’s important to you. It makes you cry. You got a real big reason why you want to reach this goal, and it’s so important for you to be able to reach your goal is to really knowing why you want to reach that goal. That’s the first thing we need to do.

The second thing we need to figure out is the top four skills that you would need to learn or acquire or get really good at or master in order to reach your goal that year. And so, in order to do that, you think about your goal and then you pick the top four skills, and we’re going to break those skills down into three-month chunks.

For three months at a time, you’re going to work on one skill, and you’re going to master it.

As you do that throughout the year in four different sections, so each quarter of the year, you’re going to master that one skill. Skill number one, for three months, you’re going to plug away at that one skill, not focus on anything else but that one skill that’s going to get you to your goal and that’s going to compile altogether with these other four skills and boost you into that result that’s reaching your goal.

For this first skill set that you’re going to learn in these three months, what you’re going to do is you’re going to go out there and you’re going to get the top four to six books that actually talk about that one skill.

You can find this on Amazon. Google it. Ask a friend. Go to your local bookstore. Find the top four to six books that cover this skill set.

Then, you need to go out and get the top three to five audio programs or DVDs that cover this skill. You’re going to plug in those audios and DVDs – again Amazon, your bookstore, ask around, Google it, YouTube. You’re going to find a lot of the things you’re going to need. Just Google it, okay?

The next thing you do is you plan to go to one to two live events.

Now, this may be a live seminar. It may be a live webinar. It may be a live teleseminar. Maybe you’re listening to a live call, and that’s going to be focused around that one skill that we’re going to be working on for this three-month period, okay? And then, everyday of these three months, what you’re going to do is you’re going to read 30 minutes a day, and then you’re going to listen 30 minutes a day in that focused skill that we’re looking at, okay.

These 30 minutes of reading might be broken up into three different sections of 10 minutes or maybe six different sections of 5 minutes.

Whatever you got to do to get that 30 minutes in, you got to do that because each day that 30 minutes a day piling up over three months is going to be huge.

I mean you’re going to be saturated with knowledge and all the different techniques that help you gain that skill set that are going to help you reach those goals. Listen 30 minutes a day. That may be broken up too into 10-minute increments or 5-minute increments, whatever it takes to get that 30 minutes in.

And then, here down at the bottom, I put “in the cracks of your life” because these 30 minutes of reading and 30 minutes of listening, you might not be able to do it all at once.

You got to kind of fit it into the cracks of your life – in-between different activities, in-between lunch, in-between this meeting, or in-between driving somewhere. Over here, I got an arrow that goes over here to the things or in the cracks of your life or what you can do while your hands are busy, your mind can be absorbing the knowledge of these skills that you need to learn, these top four skills.

When you’re driving, great time to turn your car into a drive time university and listen to these audios or these DVDs.

When you’re walking, maybe you go out and take a walk or when you’re doing yard work. When you’re traveling, when you’re at the airport sitting, waiting for your plane or on the plane. When you’re exercising, that’s a great time. You’re charged up. You’re kind of going. Your mind is just kind of open the things because your body is working so hard, or when you’re cleaning.

I love putting my iPhone or load up one of these audios into my iPhone and I’ll just listen to it while I’m doing those things.

Hopefully, going over this or looking at this is going to help you reach your goals, and if you got a friend that’s maybe trying to reach some goals, why don’t you share this with them?

I took a screenshot of this, and I put it below the video or there’s a link below the video that you can click on, and you can print this off and maybe hang it in your bathroom or your seat every day, or wherever you’re going to be at all the time. Maybe you can hang it there to remind you of what you’re trying to do.

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With these goals, you got to write them down. Write them down. They’re physical. They’re out of your brain. They’re something you can look at.

It’s going to help a lot, too. Share this with someone.

Write your comments below.

What do you do to help reach your goals?

Or how did these things help you or just maybe add your two cents to other people that maybe watching this, what you got that helps you reach your goals. Be sure to do that.

Just a reminder:  This is your life. You can design it the way you want to.

I’ll see you on the next one!

I’m Mike Gowans and my whole purpose in life is to, inspire others to do what it is that inspires them. Visit me at my website www.MichaelDavidGowans.com. Find and know what it is YOU want to do. Have love and passion for what YOU want to do. Believe in YOURSELF and what YOU want to do. Take relentless action on what YOU want to do.

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