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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 breakthrough entrepreneurship strategies and 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 uncover 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 6, 2019

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Tom Nardone. Tom is known as the Millionaire Mailman. He is a great example of ingenuity and the American Dream. He is the co-author of the best-seller, Secrets of Real Estate Millionaires and has been featured on Good Morning America, CNBC, and others.

At age 19, Tom started working for the post office, but according to him, it didn’t take him long to realize that the security entrapment of a “good job” is NOT a lot different from a 30-year jail sentence.

So in 1993, he took some real estate investing courses and bought his first property. But, he realized that he had a huge advantage where others didn’t. Every day, he would see properties along his mail route. In fact, being a mailman, gave him even more huge advantages which I won’t spoil and let him tell you about.

Because of the system he developed, Tom was able to retire at 35. Nowadays, he has purchased over 250 properties and works with and mentors others on their path to real estate investing success.

The lessons he will share with you will not only help you if you invest in real estate but also in your business as well.

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Tom started working as a mail carrier in 1979. After 5 years, he and his wife wanted to find a way for her to be a full-time mom. And one mailman’s paycheck wasn’t going to make it work. So, Tom went to a few real estate seminars where he met a couple mentors that were real and doing the business. They helped him to realize that he was in the neighborhoods everyday where he got to look at houses and start a real estate business doing what he was doing every day.

He got started by buying run-down, foreclosed houses on his mail route. He slowly fixed them up and rented them out and after 10 years, he woke up and realized that he had enough cash flow that he could go full time.

At the 6:30 mark, Tom reveals more about how found and got his homes…

  • He would see the notices of potential foreclosure in the mail where he had to deliver a certified letter.
  • The home owner would mention needing to get rid of the house and Tom would offer to help.
  • He would come back after work in his civilian clothes and work out a deal with the seller.
  • Tom stressed that timing and being prepared to act are big keys to success.

What is different between the crisis in the 80’s and what we saw in 2008/09 with real estate and what are you seeing in the market now?

2008/09 allowed many to reinvest in the market at a very low price which hadn’t been available in a few decades.

  • There are signs to watch for to see if there will be a slowdown in real estate or a future buying opportunity.
    • Look for new housing starts to slow
    • Look for defaults on credit cards to pick up
    • Look for defaults on car payments
    • After these happen, then you see foreclosure filings go up.
  • At this point, Tom is seeing houses not move as fast and prices begin to flatten out.
  • There has been an uptick in foreclosures.
  • The next crash is not here yet, but things look to be slowing or at least in a softer patch

Tell us about your system. How do you find properties and make them profitable?

You want to buy houses for way below market value – find $1.00 for $.50.

  • Tom uses postcards/mailers to find interested parties that need to get out of properties
  • Mailers still work very well.
  • You can get much more “intelligent” mailing lists
  • You can get lists of absentee owners, 2nd homeowners, age, price range, how long people have owned properties, and also the equity spread, etc.
  • Your profit as an investor is directly related to the equity already in a property.
    • For example, if you find a property worth $100k and the owner only owes $50k on it, but wants to get out…you can negotiate to get the property below market value.

Where can an investor get a list like you mentioned?

  • Listability.com
  • Listsource.com
  • Where you need to be careful is that it can be expensive to test because of mailer costs.
  • You have to give it a shot and when you find a good response rate with a list, stay with the company you got it from because the data is good.

What is the criteria you look for in a deal?

  • Look for problems, not properties.
  • There needs to be uncomfortable circumstances with the seller and they have to be ok with selling at a discount. They just want to get out.
  • There will be work that needs to be done – so you have to have a good idea of what those costs will be.
  • If you can do a cash offer, you have a better chance.
  • Only a small amount of offers you put will have interest and you will close a few over time – so staying consistent is important.

At the 26 min mark, Tom talks about wholesaling and how you can make money that way.

When flipping a property, you don’t want to have more than the 40% mark in the home compared to similar homes in the market. This means if houses are $200k average, you don’t want to have more than $120k in it after purchase and repairs.

How does someone purchase a property if they don’t have the ability to do an all cash offer?

  • Throughout the country there are real estate clubs and meetups.
  • Go to the meetings in your area and start to make connections and learn
  • These connections will have money and or be able to help you.
  • Meeting others in the space can help you as well in evaluating deals to make sure you are not doing a bad deal.
  • There is even the ability to use 401k or IRA money.
  • There is a lot of money from non-traditional places looking for a home. It’s called “lazy money.”

Talk to us about renting…

  • That is the endgame. You want to have a rental portfolio in which the tenants pay down and eventually become free and clear.
  • This will give you great cashflow and tax benefits over time.
  • This cashflow is better than most retirement plans. But, you must be willing to play the long game to get there.

Thoughts on AirBNB?

  • You can do really well with them.
  • It is more hands on as you need to run a tight ship with them.
  • You also need to get good reviews from your guest

Any other tips and tricks?

  • Don’t become emotionally involved in a property.
  • If you are buying a distressed property, it has problems, so the numbers have to make sense.
  • Treat it like a business.
  • Be careful about borrowing money personally – make the asset the sole collateral.

What have you learned from real estate investing that translates well to running a business?

  • You cannot and should not do everything yourself
  • Put together your team of all stars in the areas where they are needed to help you.
  • Stick with your unique ability

 

Best Quote: "Look for PROBLEMS, not properties..."

 

Tom's Misfit 3:

  1. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Do something bigger and braver.
  2. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
  3. Where the mind goes, the man follows. Feed your mind with good things.
Jan 30, 2019

Hello Misfit Nation! Welcome to another edition of "Lessons for Hannah!"

In November of 2016, we introduced a new format that we are putting alongside our regular episodes called “Lessons for Hannah.” Hannah is my daughter and one of the main inspirations for the Misfit Entrepreneur. I wanted to have a place where she could go and learn from her daddy and his Misfit friends throughout her life….even after I am gone. If you haven’t listened to the first episode of "Lessons for Hannah," I urge you to as it gives some more background and tells the amazing story of how Hannah came to be in our lives.

"Lessons for Hannah" are short, very useful, and sometimes comical lessons, that I have learned which I want to share with you and give to Hannah to help in your lives. Because I want Hannah to have these for her life, I’m going to speak as though I am talking directly to her. These episodes are a lot of fun and if you think there is a lesson that we should include in these episodes, please don’t hesitate to send it over to us at support@misfitentrepreneur.com. We’d love to share it.

This week’s Lesson for Hannah

I want to talk to you about a very famous poem, IF, by Rudyard Kipling. You may have noticed that I have a canvas of this on my wall in my office. Today, I’m going to tell you why. But, in order to do that, first, I need to read you the poem.

You can view it here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46473/if---

After hearing it, you probably have some idea why I think it is important. It gives some of the best time-tested advice and lessons for life. Now, when it was written, it was written by Rudyard giving advice to his son, but the advice is equally as important to a daughter, a friend, a family member, and of course, you sweetie. Let me explain going through each of the 4 stanzas.

The first stanza says…

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

What this says to me is that you must believe in yourself and walk your own path doing what is right. You must keep your head when all about you are losing theirs – so think logically and methodically in your actions and don’t follow the herd or lemmings over the cliff. Trust yourself when others doubt you, but at the same time, take the time to understand why they doubt you and ask yourself whether it is valid or not. In other words, believe in yourself, but don’t follow blind ambition or lose your humility in the process. Lastly, if you can wait and not be tired of waiting or being lied about, but don’t deal in lies or being hated – don’t give into hating, yet don’t look to good nor talk to wise. This is great life advice, have patience for what you want, know that others may lie about you, but you must not fall to their level and deal in lies, and don’t flaunt your looks or try to be the smartest person in the room all the time – even if you are. Let others have a chance.

The next stanza says…

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

This gives 3 very important lessons. First, dream and think, but realize that dreams and reality are not always going to be the same. Second, understand that you will have great successes and failures in life and there are amazing lessons and gifts in each of them – so treat them the same and learn from them. Third, know that things you put a tremendous amount of time and effort into may not always workout or be destroyed – be ok with that and be strong enough to rebuild in the face of it.

The 3rd stanza says…

If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

This is one of my most favorite messages in this poem – you must be willing to persevere. You must be willing to take risks and deal with the consequences of them, good or bad. You must never quit and always be willing to start again, and above all else persevere and hold on!

The 4th stanza says…

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

More very sage advice. To me this is all about remaining true to yourself and who you are. Talking to crowds and keeping your virtue and walking with kings, but not lose your common touch. Hannah, don’t change who you are for the audience in front of you. Be who you are and let it shine through. And the last part of the poem tells us to seize each moment and make the best out of it and that if you do all of this, yours is the earth and everything in it.

It is amazing how much wonderful wisdom can be packed into such a short little group of words…and that is maybe the last lesson for me. The lesson that a small amount of anything can make such a huge difference. A small amount of extra effort can be the difference between winning and losing a race. A small amount of ingenuity can be the difference between inventing the solution and missing it forever. A small amount of perseverance can take you to levels no one ever thought possible.

Hannah, I hope you can use the lessons of IF and the power of small things to help you in your life the way they have helped me. Yours is the earth and everything in it.

I love you, Daddy

 

Best Quote: “A small amount of anything can make such a huge difference. A small amount of extra effort can be the difference between winning and losing a race. A small amount of ingenuity can be the difference between inventing the solution and missing it forever. A small amount of perseverance can take you to levels no one ever thought possible"

 

Misfit 3:

  1. Read "IF" by Rudyard Kipling and think about how you can apply the lessons to your life.
  2. You must believe in yourself and walk your own path doing what is right.
  3. Learn and use the power of small things in your life to make a difference.
Jan 23, 2019

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Alex Quin. At just 24 years old, Alex is a Forbes accredited entrepreneur, investor, and influencer. He’s worked with everyone from Adidas, McLaren to Puma and Red Bull through his marketing agency, UADV.

On top of that, he has investments in a number of other entities, owns an exotic car rental company, and produces documentaries on entrepreneurship and other aspects of the entrepreneur life.

One of the things Alex said to me when we first met is that hustle inspires hustle. He’s right and that is just one of the reasons I asked him to come on and share what he has learned on his journey with you in this episode.

www.AlexQuin.com

@MrAlexQuin on social

Since Alex was a little kid, he had an entrepreneurial mindset and was a master at arbitrage. After graduating high school, he worked in food-service doing all the lowly tasks someone can do while he built his business. His first business was car shows like you’d see in Fast and Furious. They had initial success and had partners like Lamborghini and others. The business blew up, but it was cash suck. They could pay for the events, but not have much leftover. It was the connections he made that would later help his business today.

He kept working in food-service, but also started driving as a chauffeur for the CEO of a major Advertising agency in Miami. After learning some from the CEO, he quit his job and started his advertising business.

Now, they are a private agency that carries out its own projects and invests in others as a partner.

At 6 min mark, Alex explains what it means to “just keep going” and “sometimes it is just part of the cycle and process.” Consistency is the most critical aspect of succeeding.

Was there a time where you hit bottom? How did you claw your way back?

  • Yes! At least 4 times!
  • Entrepreneurship is a roller coaster that never stops
  • There is always something happening that you have to work on, overcome, or work through.
  • Sometimes you are going to doubt ourselves and our biggest opponent is our mind.
  • You must learn to defeat your own negative thoughts and you can always make it through.

Advice on how to overcome?

  • It like a game. Like sports. The big game.
  • You start off on the team as 3rd stringer
  • You’ve got to practice and put your time in.
  • You’ve got to learn the little tricks and habits to make you better. You’ve got to commit and then you work your way up.
  • No one is a “starter” in entrepreneurship out of the gate.
  • All business is training yourself. It’s you that must be trained. 

There is no such thing as a loss…there is only a lesson to learn.

At the 14 min mark, Alex explains “Hustle Inspires Hustle…”

  • Alex loves to infect people with good energy.
  • Doing what you do and doing so well that others gravitate to you and are inspired by you. That is hustle inspiring hustle.
  • We all can inspire someone else in some way. Every day, someone can be looking up to you.

What have you learned about building a business through your experience?

  • If you are creative, at some point, you will have to choose between being a creative and business person. It is very hard to do both.
  • Getting business is about the numbers. If you reach out to enough people, you are going to see a return. If you are not getting a return, you are not talking to enough people.
  • Pivoting requires time and strategy and is not something to just do. You have to really think through what you want.
  • But, you have to be open-minded and sometimes the things you want are not life has planned for you.
  • As long as you stay true to your values, you will be good.

How does someone pivot effectively and make it happen?

  • You have to know when to keep going and when to cut your losses. Your gut will tell you.
  • You have to believe in yourself enough.
  • You can only control YOUR actions and must focus on those things you can control.
  • Sit down, make a plan, and then be obsessed with executing.
  • Entrepreneurship is not for those unsure of themselves and that don’t believe in themselves.

Can someone who doesn’t believe in themselves learn to do so? How?

  • You can learn.
  • You learn by the little victories you have.
  • Every day you will run into little adversities that give you a chance to overcome them.
  • Each time you overcome, you get stronger.
  • You have to go through the weeds to get to the flowers.

What your biggest success hacks?

  • Maintain awareness of world news at all times
  • Maintain awareness of what is happening in culture
  • Taking solid care of himself both mentally and physically
  • Remaining humble and slowing down when it is needed
  • Keep your mind open to learn new things. We know very little at the end of the day.
  • Surround yourself with people that you can really trust and that you know will stick it out through very hard times. It takes time to find them.

 

Best Quote: “There is no step by step guide on how to succeed as an entrepreneur. There are only takeaways that you can grab and apply to your situation to create your own formula.”

 

Alex's Misfit 3:

  1. Honesty. Be honest with others and be honest with yourself.
  2. Humility. Materials things come and go. Keep your humility and be true to yourself.
  3. Hustle. If you are honest, humble, and you hustle – you are going to get what you want.
Jan 16, 2019

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneurs are Sania Khiljee. Sania is a serial entrepreneur as well as social media expert. Sania has businesses in everything from children’s private pre-schools to subscription box services.

She is the founder of Losers to Legends, a social media consulting and education company that started out as a motivational movement on social media and has grown to over 1.5 million followers.

The thing that stuck me most about Sania when we met is how humble, down to earth, and willing to help others she is. I knew I had to have her on to share not just her incredible wisdom and advice with you, but her entrepreneurial spirit as well.

www.SaniaKhiljee.com

@SaniaKhiljee on social

@LoserstoLegends on social

Sania grew up in an entrepreneurial family. But, 10 years ago, Sania was not allowed to be on social media. She had a very possessive ex-fiance that was very dominant over her and would not allow her to be on social media. It took several years to find out why – he was cheating on her using the platforms.

After she got out of that terrible circumstance, she fell in love with social media and its possibilities. She built several brick and mortar businesses alongside her family, but wanted to do something her family had never done before. So, she branched out and created subscription box service using social media and sold it. Since then, she has been teaching others on how to grow their business using social media.

What’s the best advice on entrepreneurship that you got from your father?

  • Sania’s dad is very practical
  • His philosophy is not “follow your passion,” but “Do what makes you money. Do what drives cashflow. It is the lifeblood of any business. Get that right and then follow your passions from there.”
  • Don’t be afraid to be money-minded.
  • Another lesson is that he never let work-life balance get in the way. He made time for family each day. It was a priority. P
  • rioritize money, but not at the expense of the quality of your life.

At the 11 min mark, Sania talks about work-life balance in a 24/7 world…

  • Structure is very important.
  • The more you plan, the better you will do, even with the fires that come up.
  • You have to always be ready for the unexpected demands of business day to day.
  • Ask yourself, “What does a productive day really look like?

What was like going out on your own away from the family business?

  • Sania is not a rags to riches story, but a prove your own worth story.
  • She had beat imposter syndrome by building a business and selling it herself.
  • Creating businesses that make money that were aligned with dreams she had were very validating for her.
  • The lessons learned and what it took to be successful are very integral to who she is as a person today.

What did you do to actually create the conviction you now have as an entrepreneur?

  • You don’t have to be so polar or a binary decision between one thing or another. You can do multiple things at once.
  • Sania still worked in the family business but built her other businesses outside of it.
  • Having a side-hustle that you can build to a point where you can do it full time is a great way to go.
    • Gary Vaynerchuk is a great example of this.

What are your best tips on how to grow a worldwide audience through social media?

  • Have a focus. Don’t jump around between a bunch of different types of posts.
  • As much as you can niche down, you will do better in speaking to a specific audience.
  • Get granular. For example, “30 year old entrepreneurs who live in the US and are looking for morning motivation.”
  • When someone lands on your page, they should know immediately who it’s for, what it is about, and the content they can count on from it.
  • Quality of content is critical as well. 1 piece of viral content can change everything, so every piece you put our should be top quality.
  • Consistency. If you are serious about social media – it is 2-3 hours per day minimum across all platforms. Instagram, Youtube, Quora, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • It is not enough to just put up content – you then have to go out and engage and attract people back to your pages and take a real interest in you and what you are doing.

Tell us about the 3 hours a day…

  • The 10,000 hour rule. If you spend 3 hours a day on social media, within 10 years, you will become world-class at it.
  • Sania chooses not to outsource, but to use the time to hone her skills.
  • If you do not want to be an expert. You can put in less time, such as an hour a day, and outsource for the rest.
  • No matter what, you are looking a devoting time daily.

What about someone that owns a business and only has 3-5 hours per week? Can they maximize their presence online?

  • Yes – you can hire an intern or hire an agency that does done for you solutions.
  • If you outsource, you may miss out on some of the engagement. If you can still find some time to engage, that is good.

Talk to us about some of the methods you use to grow your account…

  • There are paid and organic growth tactics
  • $5 per day in social media marketing, such as Facebook ads or boosting posts, can make a huge difference.
  • The more exposure you get coupled with high quality content is a recipe for success.
  • You can pay for influencer shoutouts. You can pay a little bit to someone with a million followers or more to promote you.
  • Engagement with other users in a genuine way costs nothing. Leaving comments and posts on other pages that you like will drive slower growth, but the best followers.
  • There are also software available for growth. Automations are touchy as they can de-personalize, but can and do work.
  • LinkedIn has a lot of automation as well.
  • You should also research times to post across platforms as well as which hashtags. You can study others you admire in your niche. Copy them.
  • Social media is a science – doing the right things in a consistent way.

What is a paid shoutout and what do they cost?

  • It is when an influencer promotes you to their audience.
  • You can pay anywhere from $10-$300 for a shoutout.
  • Sania usually pays $10-$20 or does a trade.
  • You have to be very careful when paying for influencer shoutouts to make sure people have real followers, not ones they bought.
  • You can go to socialblade.com and type in an influencers name to see their growth.
  • You want to see consistent daily growth instead of bursts of growth followed by a loss of followers (this is a sign they buy followers).
  • You should also look at the makeup of followers and quality of comments to see if they resonate with your focus.

At the 44 min mark, Sania talks about the types of shoutouts she does and others do…

It is generally best to give something free to potential followers or new subscribers

If you could pick only one social media platform to be on, which one would it be and why?

  • Instagram because it is where she started
  • Data shows Instagram is one of the most lucrative platform and better for organic growth vs. Facebook where you have to pay more now.
  • Instagram also has better ability for viral content
  • But, you should figure out which platform is best for you and for what you like.

What are ways to make money online from your social media presence?

  • Once you have an audience, you can promote your services to them.
  • Books, video courses, masterminds, affiliate products you promote, etc.
  • Referring business to others and taking a cut – so look for partnerships you can do shoutouts for.

 

Best Quote: “ Do what makes you money. Do what drives cashflow. It is the lifeblood of any business. Get that right and then follow your passions from there.”

 

Sania's Misfit 3:

  1. Try meditation. 30 mins to an hour a day can change your life. Search “deep-guided” meditation on Youtube. Guided makes it easy for you.
  2. Find your focus(es). Find the 1-2 things that deserve your most focus and that are symbiotic to each other and focus on them intently.
  3. Approach your sales as being a friend or partner first, then your customer. If you try to sell people right at the start without a relationship, it will make it harder.
Jan 9, 2019

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Cameron Brown. Cameron is an award-winning composer, international speaker, and founder of Thriving Collective a world-wide movement dedicated to helping people reach their true potential. Cameron has been featured everything from TEDx to ABC and Millennial Magazine. He was born in the outback of Australia and started playing piano at a young age. His story has a lot of ups and downs and twists and turns which he will share with you today.

In 2016, he sold or donated 99% of the things he owned and embarked on a global initiative called the “Impact diaries” to inspire people to make a greater positive impact in the world. And just this year, he official partnered with National Geographic as a National Geographic Explorer.

Cameron has a developed a very compelling and unique way of speaking and teaching through what he calls Multi-Sensory talks where he speaks to audience while mixing in playing piano and a complete video experience embedded in.

Cameron credits all of his success to the incredible impact that curiosity can have on your life and we break that down with him in this episode.

www.ThrivingCollective.com

@AskCameronBrown on social

Cameron says he’s had a number of big defining moments in his life. One of them was in mid-2010 when they heard screaming from his neighbor that her son had just killed himself. He and another went running through the house and found the deceased. Cameron remembers most taking care of the siblings and pretending like nothing was going on, playing with them to keep them occupied, but to then see the father come home with a look of helplessness and the rest of the family. Cameron took away some very important truths from the experience. First, not one should ever have to go through that type of experience. Second, that there are others ways out and that there had to be a way to help people that are going through these tough times.

With a couple months, Cameron had enrolled in his first coaching course on personal development to help people. He learned a lot about himself and started to help people have breakthroughs. This grew and allowed him to start working with businesses to help them overcome their biggest challenges around the country.

Cameron’s work and other experiences lead him to ask 2 really important questions:

  1. What do I really want to experience out of this life?
  2. Am I really living?

The answer to the 2nd question was “no.” He made significant changes to his business to allow him to live more fully and begin to enjoy all aspects of life instead of just being focused on work.

He traveled and had had adventures, tried new things, met new people…and this really made him realize that life really is about experiences and he decided to find a way to blend helping others and companies with doing through a great experience.

What is the most important thing you have learned on your journey to this point?

  • Earlier on, it would have been about taking responsibility for your life.
  • Today, curiosity is the most valuable thing to nurture because it takes you into the unknown and helps to grow as a person.

Pay attention at the 9 min mark as Cameron talks about the benefits of curiosity in our lives and how it serves as the gateway to creativity and innovation.

At the 13 min mark, Cameron answers the question” How did the music side come to be in your life and how does it work with what you do?”

  • Cameron’s favorite question to ask is “If it all ended today, what would the one thing you would regret not doing?”
  • For Cameron, this was having a grand piano on stage while giving a talk. He set out to do it and visualized it daily. 3 months later, it was reality.
  • Music often gets around the conscious mind to the subconscious and opens us in different ways.

Talk to us about the process of manifestation – how does someone go from visualization to get the real result?

  • First, you must believe it is possible to achieve what you desire.
  • One you believe, you can visualize.
  • Then practice G.O.Y.A. Get off your ass! Take the inspired action.
  • Be relentless in your pursuit.
  • At the end of the day, it is about your being in alignment with who you want to become.

What did growing up in the outback of Australia teach you about how to succeed in life and business?

  • The power and potential that technology has to allow to achieve things we would not necessarily be able to achieve. Because of growing up in a rural environment. Cameron took his singing lessons by phone because there wasn’t a singing teach in town.
  • The value of time by yourself. As entrepreneurs, things can get lonely. Learning to be ok by yourself is a great skill to learn.
  • The power of the mind to drive creativity.

What should people know about maximizing technology in their lives?

  • We are already hybrid beings. Things may not be in us, but our phones, tablets computers, etc. are extensions of us.
  • We have an operating system and it is either performing at its best or not. Our lives are the same and we must upgrade as technology allows us.
  • You can choose how you can use or not use technology to upgrade your operating system.
  • Things that hold us back are the scrolling through the social media feed or surfing the net or responding to every notification that comes up on our phone.
  • To maximize your life, first audit and look at what areas you have that you don’t feel like you are in control.
  • Can you use technology to close the gaps? Can you schedule “sprints” of uninterrupted work? Look at how you can create space in your life to make sure the technology does not run you.

Other advice?

  • We have to prioritize ourselves and not the external world dictate who we are or what we do.
  • If you don’t fill your calendar, someone or something else will.
  • Treat yourself as your very best client. You wouldn’t cancel time you have with them.
  • The first thing that goes when we get busy is our time for ourselves.

What are the 3 Impacts?

  1. We make an impact on our lives
  2. We make an impact on others’ lives
  3. We make an impact on the planet

The big insight is that you can be succeeding in your business and taking care of others, but if that is out of alignment with taking care of your environment – then what you are doing in the other 2 areas, you can still have a negative impact.

  • Doing even the smallest things can have an impact.

Tell us about curiosity and being comfortable with being uncomfortable…

  • Curiosity is one of the most valuable and least used skills we practice
  • The quality of your life will be in direct correlation with the amount of uncertainty you can handle
  • Outside of your comfort zone is the unknown, a sometimes scary, but untapped unknown with endless possibility. Curiosity can bridge the gap between these two areas.
  • Audit your believe systems to see which ones give you more level of certainty in your life vs. keep you from doing what you could do.
  • Curiosity allows you to dream up what you could do. Ask yourself, “What could I do?”

Listen at the 44 min mark as Cameron really dives deep on curiosity and curious language and tonality…

What is Meercat Syndrome and why should people understand it?

  • It’s the same as shiny object syndrome
  • You get to into all the things you can vs. picking a few and focusing intently on them
  • This is how curiosity can get you stuck, so you have to beware seeking too many opportunities and not focusing and acting on a few.

 

Best Quote: “Become comfortable with being uncomfortable.” 

 

Cameron's Misfit 3:

  1. Responsibility. You must take responsibility because those who take responsibility get to create the change. Those who blame stay with the pain.
  2. Courage. Develop the courage to go for what you believe in – even in the face of fear. You have to become and make peace with the worst case scenario - nothing can hold you back.
  3. Curiosity. Learn to nurture your curiosity as a skill. It is the bridge between where you are now and infinite possibilities.
Jan 2, 2019

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Heini Zachariassen. Heini is the creator and founder of the widely popular app, Vivino, which provides users with any wine's rating, review and average price. It is also the world’s largest wine community, claiming more than 31 million users.

Vivino’s been featured, well, just about everywhere and in every publication from Entrepreneur to Forbes to INC and on and on.

The interesting thing is that Heini started Vivino with no experience at all in the wine business. He has a varied background in software development and mobile innovation and as an entrepreneur, had had success in a few other ventures, but as he says he was a total outsider.

And that is one of the major topics I want to discuss with him today – how being an outsider can actually be the best thing for your business and success.

www.Vivino.vom

Heini was born in the Farrow Islands in the North Atlantic. Basically in the middle of nowhere. He grew up there and moved to Denmark when it was time for college. Heini says that he was always entrepreneurial, and his father was a “super-nerd,” so the whole family was into technology.

When he left college, he wanted to start a business. He found success after a few small enterprises with a software security company. The company did well and still exists, but he wanted to create something more fun. So, about 10 years ago, he noticed that there was no way to judge wine. There was no rating, no information, etc. He started building something really for himself and the idea was to create a web-database for wine.

One thing Heini notes is timing. They hit it right on for timing with smart phones coming online and giving people the ability to take a picture of a label and get instant info and a rating. A few years earlier and that would not have been possible, so timing was huge in the success of Vivino.

Talk to us about how being an outsider can help you in succeeding as a business…

  • Heini was definitely an outsider.
  • The priority was building the solution for the average wine drinker.
  • He found that when he talked to people in the industry, they thought alike and were kind of a “herd mentality.”
  • He found that what made the product win was creating a product more for the masses and not the connoisseurs.

Talk about launching the product…

  • When they launched, there were 600 other wine apps, but more geared to the wine expert.
  • Most people are more casual around wine.
  • They wanted something that was easy, could help them quickly, and know they are getting a good deal.
  • They wanted to find a way to empower people in their ability to choose

Over 30 million users, what can you teach us about how to grow and build an online community?

  • There are no silver bullets.
  • The Vivino group has been extremely product focused.
  • Early on, they released the product quickly, but then really listened to the feedback and actioned it.
  • The continuously improved for 2 years.
  • Make sure to have your priorities right. Your only priority is getting people to absolutely love your product.
  • You must know your core user. You can’t please everyone. So, focus on the core and make them raving fans.
  • Keep things simple for people to use and engage your product. You can always add to it, so don’t give too much to start.

What ways did you market and gain visibility as you began to grow?

  • One thing that has helped was building the app around something that people are sociable and enjoy – win. It makes it relatable.
  • Be careful with spending too much time promoting the product early in the beginning. Pour that energy into the product. Your users will be your best marketers

Are there any mediums that you promote through that work better than others?

  • Be humble. Targeting smaller blogs with loyal followers was very helpful for them.
  • This works well when you are in niche and can be a big fish in a small pond.

What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned about growing and scaling a business?

  • Things change a lot.
  • Your role as a founder changes a lot.
  • See it as a layer cake
    • When you start out, you do everything
    • Then you begin to take slices out and give them to others to take one
    • Slowly you get to where you are focused on what you are best for in the business
  • You will have to hand duties off.

Talk about replacing yourself in the business….

  • First you start as a manager as the company grows
  • Then you become a leader of leaders
  • At some point, you will grow to a point where someone out there will be a better CEO for the future growth of the company.
  • You must be willing to let go.

At the 24 min mark, Heini talks about what he looked for when he wanted to replace himself and find a CEO to take the company into the future.

What have you learned from raising capital?

  • If you have a free, community-based product, it is very hard to succeed without raising funding vs. a product you may sell business to business.
  • Raising money is hard, but the hardest part is building something that millions of people can use.
  • There is plenty of money out there, but you must build something that can have a huge footprint and has a path to profitability
  • Investors don’t invest in ideas – they care about what you’ve built.
  • Many times, your first round will come from your network and people you know.
  • Check out Heini’s YouTube channel Raw Startup to hear him talk more about this topic.

Do you have any critical habits that you practice and contribute to your success?

  • Sleep and a good rest routine is important.
  • Commuting to work on a bike giving exercise, but also shutting out the noise and allows you to think and come up with ideas.

Other advice?

  • A lot of successful entrepreneurs that do well have a little bit of insecurity about how they are performing which spurs them to keep over-performing and making sure they are winning. Don’t rest on your achievements.
  • Always believe in your luck.

 

Best Quote: "Always believe in your luck."

 

Heini's Misfit 3:

  1. Always build something. When we are building something in our lives – a business, a garden, a relationship, we find purpose and meaning.
  2. Think big, but start small. Little steps lead to the big picture.
  3. There are no naysayers unless you choose to hear them and believe them.
Dec 26, 2018

Misfit Nation! Welcome to the Misfit Entrepreneur 2018 year in review where each year I attempt to boil down all of the incredible, useful information, strategies, and tips that our guests have given on the show into less than one hour for you…with a few surprises thrown in.

It’s impossible for me to go over every single best piece of advice from these amazing people and that is why I urge you to take some time and go through the Misfit Archives to see which episodes resonate most with you. In doing this episode, my goal is to spur ideas – to give you a lightning strike that propels you down a path of action to better improve yourself, your life, and your business or career in 2019!

But, before listening, I want to tell you something. I want to say “Thank YOU.” Thank you for listening. Thank you for your support of the show and thank you for sharing our message. Without you and the amazing feedback members of this audience give me every week, it would not be half of what it is. Because of you, in just over a year, this show has reached hundreds of thousands of people in over 70 countries. I am truly humbled and in awe OF what we’ve done together and I am excited about having an even bigger impact with your help in 2019.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did creating it for you!

Dec 19, 2018

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Marcus Aurelius Anderson. Marcus is best-selling Author, TedX speaker, Entrepreneur, and coach who is best known for teaching people how to harness the gift of adversity.

I have had the chance to meet and spend time with Marcus and I was blown away at his insight about life, business, and how to maximize potential.

And the story of how Marcus came to be who he is and teach what he does is one of the most powerful that I have ever heard and I know that you will learn a tremendous amount from him.

www.MarcusAureliusAnderson.com

Marcus started out going to chiropractor school, was married, and following the typical life path. All at once, he got a divorce and lost a strong male role model in his uncle who was a special forces veteran. This caused Marcus to re-evaluate his life and do something he had always wanted to do deep down, join the special forces.

The only problem the cutoff age was 35 and Marcus was older than that. But the recruiter spoke with him and saw his passion- and how good of shape he was in, so he signed a release to allow him to join.

After the first two weeks of training, he could see that he could do it physically and new his mentality would carry him through. He got placed with the 10th Mountain group.

He was having these symptoms that he was writing off to just the hard work he was doing, but in reality he had a C5 nerve root that was compressed in his spine and the disc exploded while he was sleeping leaving him waking up paralyzed from the neck down in his barrack bunk.

He was bedridden, divorced, and had nothing.

It was at this low point where everything started for him.

To come back from things, Marcus had to be operated on and he flatlined on the operating table twice during the operation. After the surgery, they didn’t expect him to walk unless he could in just a few days or he wouldn’t ever walk. Days turned into weeks, then week’s to months. He was bedridden for 3 months and was full of anger.

How did you recover?

  • The realization that the anger was not helping him
  • Being angry at himself, his circumstance and everyone around him was holding him back and not letting him be able to move forward.
  • He looked for something to offsite the anger. For him that was gratitude. He took himself out of the equation and asked “Where is the opportunity in this adversity?”

At the 11 min mark, Marcus talks about the realization and understanding of what would have happened had he been deployed with his team and his injury happened and how that gave him a very positive perspective and helped motivate him. In fact, he sees the whole experience as making him lucky.

It was once he saw his adversity as a gift and found joy in his realization, he began to get feeling back in his fingers and toes.

After a year of physical therapy, Marcus was able to walk again.

Besides learning how use your mind and bend adversity to your will, what is the most important thing you learned about yourself and the human spirit?

  • The human spirit, body, and mind is much stronger than we give it credit for.
  • We are only as strong as the adversity we overcome, but most people never push themselves in any of those capacities and stay comfortable, so they never learn what they are capable of…
  • We have to learn to stop our mind from shutting us down when we reach the unknown in our lives.
  • We must ask and expect more from ourselves.

How does someone push themselves to grow to their next level?

  • It is difficult for us to push ourselves, we need help either in the form of others to push us or having a coach or trainer.
  • Adversity is an adversary and fuel for finding out what you are made of in overcoming it.
  • Pushing slightly past a limit is a little victory and every time you do, you grow. The little victories matter and we must discipline ourselves to seek them and relish in them.
  • Seek micro-adversities
  • Find the gratitude and joy in it all

Can you expand on how people can put habits in their lives to push them and stretch them over their adversities?

  • Create micro-adversities. For example, Marcus fasts twice per week to work on his willpower and control.
  • At the end of the day, look back on your day and ask what adversities you ran into and what the opportunity is in them. Self-reflect while you brush your teeth.
  • Push yourself to where you hear the little voice in your head want to quit…and then talk yourself through and power through it. Each time you do it, it gets easier.
  • Use your fear to push you.

How does someone get “unstuck?”

  • Challenge your beliefs and ways of thinking
  • Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add what is specifically your own – Bruce Lee
  • Seek wisdom for yourself and challenge yourself to execute in some way on it.
  • Go out and find ways to be uncomfortable.
  • The things you are avoiding are what will grow you and help you get unstuck.
  • Taking some sort of action at all will make a difference vs. not doing anything.

What do you see that consistently holds people back from reaching their potential?

  • People are held back by their belief systems and their self-worth
  • What you believe about yourself and your value directly impacts your potential and ability to get to their next level.
  • People ask themselves, “What should I be allowed to do this? Or Why am I better than others in my area of value?
  • They should be asking “Why the hell not me?” There are so many people out there that are not good at what they are doing, but have the audacity to fall on their face over and over again and end up succeeding where others give up.
  • If you are going slow enough that you can control, you are not going fast enough. If everything is easy, you are not asking enough from yourself.

How do you teach people to train and program their mind to become who they are meant to be?

  • Using the Adversity Scale where 10 is the worst thing you’ve ever been through and 1 is heaven on earth.
  • At some point, you’ve reached a 10 in your life
  • You need to ask yourself about your 10’s and put it in perspective, is it really that hard or that bad? Could you push yourself even further?
  • Most people operate in a zone 2-4 on the scale
  • If you look at the value you deliver and how it can solve problems on the scale, you can re-evaluate the value for what it really provides and thus the worth of you for delivering it
  • Focus on “quality” value. High standards for everything.

At the 31 min mark, Marcus explains what the “Inner Warrior” is and what it means…

  • It means having a mission, a set of objectives to accomplish
  • It is the indomitable spirit to be great and succeed on the different missions in your life from your work to your family, relationships, etc.
  • The mission is inevitable, it’s not if, but when, but more importantly for you, it’s how well and what level it is accomplished at.
  • Focus – If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority
    • There are 3 things that derail people:
    • They don’t have urgency
    • They don’t have a goal or objective worthy of pushing them forward They don’t have even idea of what they want to do
  • Solving those 3 issues helps you to move forward
  • It is about doing all the right things that allow you to be in the right place at the right time

What are some topics from your book, the Gift of Adversity, that you don’t usually talk about, but feel are important?

  • No matter how successful you get, there is still struggle, there is still adversity
  • It’s not supposed to be easy. Adversity is the indicator of things being worth doing or not.
  • Parkinson’s law is important to understand. The law states that the amount of time you have to get something done is the amount of time you will take – when in fact, you don’t have to take that time. If you have 2 weeks to get something done, you don’t have to take 2 weeks, it may be done in one day. This helps you to move exponentially faster on your objectives.

At the 44 min mark, Marcus gives his 3 steps to help someone in their entrepreneurial journey...

  1. Know exactly what your goals and objectives are.
  2. Ask yourself repeatedly if what you are doing in the moment is helping you reach those goals or holding you back?
  3. If what you are doing is not helping your reach your goals and objectives, how can you course correct to put your energy and effort into something that is?

 

Best Quote: “The body doesn’t tell the mind what to do, the mind tells the body what to do…”

 

Marcus's Misfit 3:

  1. Urgency – you don’t need more time, you need a deadline.
  2. Have tunnel vision and focus on your mission or objective.
  3. Work to be present in everything you do – beware multi-tasking.
Dec 12, 2018

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Chris Krimitsos. For many, Chris needs no introduction as the founder of the Podfest Multimedia expo, the world’s premier conference for all things podcasting and new media.

Chris is also the founder of the Tampa Bay Business Owners organization, CK Media Productions, and is a speaker and consultant. But, more than anything Chris is a master at creating and facilitating successful events. He’s has facilitated over 2000 successful events and recently started a podcast focused on helping people learn the secrets to creating and putting on great events. It’s called the Conference Cashflow Podcast.

I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with Chris and I am amazed how our philosophies and principles are so similar – so there is a lot we can talk on today, but I want to focus first on what you can learn from Chris about how to put on a great, successful event.

www.Podfest.us

www.chriskrimitsos.com

Chris grew up in New York and had a lot of inspiration from his uncles. They came as immigrants with nothing in their pockets. They worked hard, got into the restaurant industry, and were very successful. He would learn from them and started his first business at 13 years old selling candy. He was serial entrepreneur ever since. He moved to Florida in the mid 2000’s and invested in real estate. He was fortunate to have exited before the crash.

Chris then got into production and produced two live TV shows. After some success, he started a group known as the Tampa Bay Business Owners. After growing it substantially, he sold it. He then started Podfest and is now its 6th year.

Why should people consider doing events as part of their business strategy?

  • There is something about today’s day and age that life events can do that things like social media cannot.
  • Coming together with people of the same interests is something people crave.
  • It is also a great way to drive business and create income.

Putting on over 2000 events – what would you say are the critical elements someone needs to have to create successful event?

  • You need an audience that is hungry for the information.
  • You must be very specific about you are teaching and the topic of the event.
  • If you can’t describe in 4-5 bullet points what they will walk away with, the there is an issue.
  • The best speakers are not always professional ones, but great subject matter experts.
  • Make sure to have early bird pricing and then raise your rate as you get closer to the event.
  • Never set up more chairs than you have tickets sold.

At the 10 min mark, Chris gives two case study examples on how to pick speakers and find the right ones.

  • Make sure you speaker is relatable to your audience. You cannot have a disconnect with your audience and your speaker.
  • You always want to have someone that is a step ahead of your audience, but not 4-5 steps ahead.

Talk to us about the size event, what do people need to know?

  • Starting out smaller is good and “big” when you are starting out is 20 or so people.
  • You can do meetups 1x a month and then once a year do a larger event of 100 or more.
  • Look what is happening in the local area, see if there is a need that is being underserved, and then create your event to serve it.
  • You have to watch your expenses closely.
  • Don’t go “free.” At minimum, have a contribution amount of $10 or so and make it optional.
  • You want to have value on what you are doing. You can then graduate to fee based.
  • Once you establish a following, then you can do larger events at $50 to $100 to attend and so on.

How do you promote and get people to come to an event?

  • For local events, the simplest way is to make sure you have the city name in your title of your event.
  • There are 3 very simple ways to get traffic:
    • Setup a Meetup Page which you can invite people to.
    • Sell your tickets on Evenbrite and use their marketing expertise.
    • Setup a Facebook event page and spend $50-100 targeting people in the local area.

Best secrets to make an event memorable?

  • People show up for the education, but they come back for the collaboration.
  • Make sure to leave room and breaks for people to connect and collaborate. Create an experience.
  • For local Meetups, 1x a month is a good cadence with special workshops that are a premium.

Are there any big “don’ts” for events?

  • Be very careful not to overpay with hotels and watch your food and beverage minimums
  • If you can get the room for the value of the room and not do food and beverage, if you don’t need it.
  • Make sure the hotel is right for your needs. Smaller hotels will charge just for the room and it will cost a couple of hundred dollars for the day

If someone would like to speak at an event, what should they do?

  • A lot of promotors these days that work with millennials don’t want to be approached by a representative – they want to be contacted by the speaker themselves.
  • Promotors are doing the best they can to fulfill their audience needs, so make sure you know what the audience is looking for.
  • If you do get selected – make sure your presentation is beautiful and clear with more pictures, so people can see it and understand it.
  • Make sure you give the audience what they are looking for, not just what you want to share.

What are your feelings on the current state of podcasting and what does the future hold over the next few years?

  • Podcasting has really just started growing.
  • 30% of the US is using podcasting, but are not “powerusers.”
  • A lot more money is coming into the space to advertise and fund content.
  • We will see growth like we haven’t seen before…

Any specific things people should watch and follow in podcasting?

  • Podcasting is on demand audio that is searchable through the internet.
  • It can be SEO and content rich.
  • You can use podcasts for some many things – ways to market your business, fill a need, focus on a very small niche.
  • Don’t look at it as an interview show, look at it as searchable content.

What are some critical habits that you believe all entrepreneurs should practice in today’s world?

  • Being present in the moment.
  • Using time effectively – focus and not waste it.
  • Be very conscious to remove all time-wasting distractions from your work life that you can.

What is your best advice for an entrepreneur starting out?

  • Design a future that is worth living into.
  • Spend time visualizing that future.
  • Make sure your why is big enough that the how become irrelevant.

At the 33 min mark, Chris talks about how to manifest your future and your why…

  • Burn your “why” into your brain by visualizing what it is you are going to live into. What you intently focus on will become reality.
  • Visualize while in motion if you can.
  • Your why centers around the reason you are doing what you do – know what achieving your success looks like and how you celebrate it. This is really celebrating your why.
  • If your why is strong – you will break through any issues with the how.
  • Where do you want to go? What does it look like? Taste like? Smell like? Sound like? Etc. Go that deep…

 

Best Quote: "Design a future that is worth living into..."

 

Chris's Misfit 3:

1. Keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the stars

2. Make sure you have a future that is worth living into

3. Monitor your self-talk and how you are programming your brain

Dec 5, 2018

Hello Misfit Nation! Welcome to another edition of "Lessons for Hannah!" In November of 2016, we introduced a new format that we are putting alongside our regular episodes called “Lessons for Hannah.” Hannah is my daughter and one of the main inspirations for the Misfit Entrepreneur. I wanted to have a place where she could go and learn from her daddy and his Misfit friends throughout her life….even after I am gone. If you haven’t listened to the first episode of "Lessons for Hannah," I urge you to as it gives some more background and tells the amazing story of how Hannah came to be in our lives.

"Lessons for Hannah" are short, very useful, and sometimes comical lessons, that I have learned which I want to share with you and give to Hannah to help in your lives. Because I want Hannah to have these for her life, I’m going to speak as though I am talking directly to her. These episodes are a lot of fun and if you think there is a lesson that we should include in these episodes, please don’t hesitate to send it over to us at support@misfitentrepreneur.com. We’d love to share it.

This week’s Lesson for Hannah

I want to talk to you about faith. Faith in god, faith in yourself, and faith in the goodness of others. If you look up faith in the dictionary, you get several different definitions, but the overarching meaning is to believe in something or have confidence in something without necessarily having the proof that it is yet true.

Faith is essential to success in life. Many times, the things we manifest in our minds or the dreams we have are not yet true. We can see them in our imagination so vividly, but yet, they do not exist. It is faith that keeps up going to make them a reality. Now, there are different kinds of faith as I mentioned at the beginning of this message. The first, and I believe most important one, is faith in god. You’ve heard me talk before about the miracle that any of us are even alive. In fact, the chances are 10 to the 2.5 millionth power or about as close to impossible as you can get. Taking that a step further than even the chances of you being alive is the even smaller chance that you were meant to be with your mother and I. When I think about this and think about all the amazing things we get to experience in our lives and the divine works that go into it, it is easy for me to have faith in God.

I know deep within in my soul that there is a creator and that I am blessed by them beyond belief – not because of the accomplishments we’ve had in life and the things we are able to afford and do (although those are incredible blessings too), but because I have you, your mother, our family, and our friends. God has given us a great book of life to live and equipped us with the abilities to write it. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that because of my faith in God things will turn out in the best way they are supposed to, in good times and in bad.

Aside from creating your own faith in God, you must have faith in yourself. You are more capable than you will ever know. I feel one of the most tragic traits of human beings is the incredible ability for many of us NOT to live up to our true potential. We make excuses for it or let things get in the way of our dreams, but the truth is many of us don’t have the faith in ourselves to truly go after what we know we are capable of. It goes beyond fear of failure to more of a fear of what happens if we succeed? Because we know, if we succeed, that we will need and want to continue to operate at those levels and beyond. We know that it would mean holding ourselves to a much higher standard. And it also means that people will judge us more based on actions and/or inaction and this can paralyze people and hold them back from achieving greatness. This is why you must develop faith in yourself to go beyond these things. An undeniable faith in the ability to reach your potential, dreams, goals, and aspirations is what has propelled us throughout time.

Along the way, there are some that just do not back down. Their faith in themselves creates the burning desire, an un-extinguishable flame to achieve greatness. History is riddled with examples of this for us, from Jesus Christ to the founders who wrote the Declaration of Independence and then mustered their faith to fight until they made the words “We hold these truths to be self-evident” ring throughout the world, to the soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy and defeated the most evil empire ever in the Nazi regime, to completing the “impossible task” of landing a man on the moon. Behind it all was faith. You too are capable of greatness when you have faith in God combined with an undeniable faith in yourself.

Lastly, have faith in the goodness of others. In the world we live in with media all around us coming from all directions this Is hard. It’s hard mainly because the majority of things reported or shared on a large scale are negative or divisive. I’m here to tell you that that is not reality. The reality is every day, almost 8 billion people, get up and are looking to better their lives with their families. The overwhelming majority of people are good and know right from wrong. And every day, there are far more acts of goodness and greatness than there are of negativity or wrongdoing. Those things just don’t grab attention as much as the shock of something terrible. Let me give you an example to put this in perspective. Every day, there are well over 100,000 plane flights taking place all over the world. Pilots encounter all sorts of things when they fly, many of which the passengers never even know. In fact, every day pilots all over the world, make decisions that save their passengers lives and prevent a disaster – but you never hear about that. You hear about maybe one flight per year or every other year that was a tragedy and it is plastered all over the news for days. Think about that – one flight out of millions upon millions – when all the while heroes are saving others.

It is the same with people. Heroes are all around us. We are heroes in some way, if not every day, probably every week. Have faith in people. Have faith in the goodness of the human spirit and understand that while there will be failings of it and bad things will happen – there is a lot more good in this world than there is bad.

Hannah, I could go on this topic for hours and hopefully, if you mother and I have done our job somewhat well, you already have these faiths instilled in you. Embrace them, make them yours and use them to help you in reaching your full potential in your spiritual life, your contribution to the world, and with your fellow man. Remember, faith backed by committed action can achieve great things.

I love you,

Daddy

 

Best Quote: “Faith is essential to success in life. Many times, the things we manifest in our minds or the dreams we have are not yet true. We can see them in our imagination so vividly, but yet, they do not exist. It is faith that keeps up going to make them a reality."

 

Misfit 3:

  1. Faith is essential to success in life.
  2. Aside from creating your own faith in God, you must have faith in yourself. You are more capable than you will ever know. We are heroes in some way, if not every day, probably every week.
  3. Have faith in people. Have faith in the goodness of the human spirit and understand that while there will be failings of it and bad things will happen – there is a lot more good in this world than there is bad.
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