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The Misfit Entrepreneur

The weekly podcast with serial entrepreneur, Dave M. Lukas, devoted to giving you incredibly useful and unique insight from the world's top entrepreneurs with a focus on their non-traditional methods for achieving success, their Misfit side. Misfit was created to give YOU the best, actionable advice to accelerate your success! The show's open format and Misfit 3 concept, combined with Dave's intuitive and engaging interview style quickly uncovers each guest's key tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can start using in their lives right now. Learn more about the show at www.misfitentrepreneur.com and become a member of Misfit Nation by signing up for the Misfit Minute, the FREE weekly email with specific resources from the week's "Misfit 3," and actionable tips and items from the world of Misfit Entrepreneurs. It is delivered every Friday to your inbox!
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The weekly podcast with serial entrepreneur, Dave M. Lukas, devoted to giving you incredibly useful and unique insight from the world's top entrepreneurs with a focus on their non-traditional methods for achieving success, their Misfit side. Misfit was created to give YOU the best, actionable advice to accelerate your success!

The show's open format and Misfit 3 concept, combined with Dave's intuitive and engaging interview style quickly uncovers each guest's key tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can start using in their lives right now.

Learn more about the show at www.misfitentrepreneur.com and become a member of Misfit Nation by signing up for the Misfit Minute, the FREE weekly email with specific resources from the week's "Misfit 3," and actionable tips and items from the world of Misfit Entrepreneurs. It is delivered every Friday to your inbox!

Feb 7, 2018

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Steve Olsher. Steve is known as America's reinvention expert. He has done it all. From being one of the early web entrepreneurs in the 90’s to creating massive financial deals to being a best-selling author, top influencer and radio personality – there is little that has he as not accomplished. I’ve gotten know Steve well over the last year and was even honored to attend and present at his New Media summit.

But, like many entrepreneurs, how Steve got to where he is full of twists, turns, and incredible lessons on how to succeed and win in life. He’s helped tens of thousands of people all over the world recognize and maximize their “what,” their singular gift that they can use to turn their dreams into reality.

Steve is known as Mr. Bold and after our time together today, I think you’ll understand why.

www.SteveOlsher.com

www.ReinventionRadio.com

Get a FREE copy of Steve's #1 NYT Bestselling book at www.WhatisYourWhat.com

Steve says he got to being where he is by being a Misfit. His journey has been full missteps in a lot of ways. It these missteps that he credits with getting him where he is at.

At the 6 min mark, Steve tells the story of how he started in the web in the early 90’s creating some of the first online stores and secured the domain Liquor.com. In 1998, he bought Liquor.com for $7500 which was a good amount of money for web address back then. By March 2000, they were doing millions in sales and were ready to IPO the company.

It was bad timing as the markets literally crashed and by this time, Steve had signed away the bulk of his control to Wall Street. He gave up his management rights. And then when the company couldn’t go public, he was stuck holding the bag with his hand completely tied. After 9 years of hard work, he walked away from everything.

In 2005/2006, he tracked down the domain and convinced the owner and get it back after a long process and reclaim it. He then put it up for sale and got an offer for $4.25 million, which he took, only to have to buyer default after a couple payments. So, he took the domain and rebuilt the company around it to what it is today.

He uses this as a lesson that if you stay the course and pursue your goal, it will eventually work out. It may not work out as you planned, but it will work out for you.

At 13 min mark, Steve tells the story of how he got into the real estate markets. After walking away from Liqour.com, he got into real estate development. He would buy older buildings, refurbish them, and then turn them into different types of developments and did it up to 2008/2009. Once everything imploded in that world, he had to give properties back to the bank, go through litigation for over 5 years, and lost almost everything.

You can reinvent your life on a dime.

You must answer the core question of “What is your what?”

  • What is your core gift?
  • What is the primary vehicle you will use to share that gift?
  • Who are most compelled to serve?

Many people are spending their time support other people’s “what” and that adds up to a tremendous amount of time you cannot get back, so figure out what is your what and focus your time to get it.

How does someone get the true answer of their “what?”

  • There is a framework
  • Start with taking a look at who are the people you most enjoy being around, working with, and helping
    • This is the best place to start to get an understanding of who you want to serve and the type of work you truly want to do.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about how to succeed along the way? What is the most important thing you’ve learned about yourself?

  • It boils down to one thing – Having that one thing that you are focused on.
  • Focus on finding and doing one thing that you were born to do for now
  • Do whatever you can to give yourself fully to that one thing for a period of time, you’ll be amazed at the results you can generate. Go all in.
  • You can do different things, but at the time there is one that is most important and where you need to fully focus on.

Other advice?

  • Create your day by design
  • It is very easy to just let your days to go by
  • Be deliberate about your day and your life
  • It is amazing how much we can ge tdone in 2-3 days with focus – more than most can do in a week
  • Ask yourself what you want to be doing with your time and ask yourself if there are better ways to accomplish your work.

Best advice to succeed and build a business today?

  • In order to truly help people, consult, and help people work through challenges, you have to have gone through them and experience them as an entrepreneur
  • You can then share the knowledge you have to truly help people
  • You have to earn the right to help people
  • We should teach what it is that we know
  • You will hit a ceiling of limitations based on your experience – realize that and work with people that are “the 2nd grader to your 5th grader”
  • Don’t be what you are not

Thoughts on creating and maximizing a niche?

  • You will be amazed at far you can take a niche and how big of a market it can be
  • Create a business around who you are most compelled to serve
  • Pick the one the one thing that creates the fire in your soul

Steve uses a great example of niche in this section starting at the 41 minute mark

Best tips to grow an audience and get found?

  • There is no magic bullet
  • You have to say yes to every opportunity that you can to gain visibility
  • Everywhere you are adds up for you over time

Final advice?

At some point, you have to move beyond free.

You can’t cheap it out

You will need to invest in education, mentorship, or coaching to get you from point A to B to help you succeed at higher levels and accelerate your success– you can’t get it just from videos on the net.

 

Best Quote: "Don't live for a day in the future that may never arrive..."

 

Steve's Misfit 3:

  1. Get the guidance that you need and be willing to invest in it such as a coaching program or mastermind, but it can also be buying an hour of someone’s time. Be creative.
  2. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and go to where the people are you need to be able to connect with. Look for a more intimate setting to do so as you can make meaningful connections.
  3. Figure you how o work fun into the equation. You hear you should enjoy the journey, but many don’t take the time to enjoy it. Do it! Don’t live for a day in the future that may never arrive.
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