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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!

Mar 23, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Alex Weber. Alex is a former American Ninja Warrior, Award-Winning Entertainer for NBC, and international keynote speaker on leadership and peak performance. If that is not enough, he’s also a world record holder and best-selling author of Fail Proof, Become the Unstoppable You.

Alex has proven that you can learn to consistently operate in a peak state and accomplish more than anyone thinks is possible. So, I’ve asked him on the show to teach you how to do it in your life and business.

www.ImAlexWeber.com

Alex was a bullied, insecure, awkward kid until a leader came into his life. It was a high school lacrosse coach. He told Alex he could be good at the sport. This small vote of confidence spurred Alex to work as hard as he could and commit to it. The more he poured himself into it, the more he grew. He gained, friends, confidence, respect, etc. Alex learned that when find an outlet to be successful, it can make all the difference in your life. He went on to play in college and started every game as a freshman, but then got benched every game as a sophomore. This affected him negatively – so he worked hard and came back and was a player his junior and senior year, but he never forgot the way he felt and was affected when he was sidelined. His path was like many other at U of Penn – get a business degree and go to Wall Street. It wasn’t the path for him, but he followed the path “he was supposed to go down.” On evening, he was sitting around with friends talking and he asked the question, “What do you want for your moments on earth? He wrote down his answer. The next morning, he read what he wrote and started doing action and theatre. He did it quietly, but new it was right for him.

“People don’t see it until they see it.” Once those around him, saw him have success and be in commercials, etc. they can around and understood his path was to go that way.

He moved to Los Angeles for his career and start acting and doing comedy. In fact, he’s done stand up for many years.

During this time, he was also coaching Lacrosse for a prestigious High School. Right before the season started, the head coach quit and he was names interim head coach, so he gave it everything he had. He fell in love with it. The team had never won a playoff game and in that year, they won the LA championship and Alex was named Lacrosse coach of the year.

You have to notice when it is time for new chapters in your life. You have to move to next chapter with courage and grace. He wanted to fulfill his acting career and ended up getting hired as a host of American Ninja Warrior. Part of his job was also trying everything on the show, and he failed at it. But, after the end of the first season, his bosses said that he was crushing it at failing, but as a former athlete, he could be really good.

They gave him the opportunity to be an athlete again. He ended up winning an award for hosting, but also pursued being a contestant on the show. He also pursued his speaking career by blending his experience as a host, pro-athlete, coach, and comedian.

Define unstoppable…

  • It’s not that you will live a life without challenge or fear.
  • It is knowing you want something and are committed to it.
  • No matter what comes at you, you are not going to stop.
  • It is being relentless.
  • If you are unstoppable, you will get to your goal.

What does it mean to get into a peak performance state and stay there?

  • If you want it, you will make it happen.
  • If you are clear on your powerful, visceral why – the thing that makes your heartbeat faster, it will ripple through your life.
  • Fight for the best version of yourself.
  • You decide to get in the jungle, so you must see it to them.
  • Peak performance is a building process.
  • Preparation is one of the biggest things. Be around the best you can. (Athletes, entrepreneurs, etc.)
  • Being around people that are more successful or experienced than you will elevate your capability and possibility.
  • Once it is time to perform – you need to “get in your body.” Get the blood going. Visualize your success.
  • Focus on the immediate actions that will affect your success.
  • Things are won or lost in the moment by who we are and our commitment. Choose to believe in yourself.

What is it that holds most people back?

  • Good is the enemy of great. Good is a trap. Strive to be great.
  • We are quick to dismiss wanting to be and do more. Our minds hold us back.
  • Don’t let negative thinking validate fear.
  • You are capable of doing anything you really want. It is a choice, a commitment to see it through, and believe that it is possible.

What is the “Fail Proof system?”

  • 6 steps
  • Step 1: Identity goals that matter to you.
  • Step 2: Make it real. Get it from idea to reality.
  • Step 3: Dive in the deep end. It’s big bold action. This leads to initial progress.
  • Step 4-6: The Chain Reaction. The progress feeds on itself and it becomes snowball effect.
  • Step 4 - you will have adversity and your emotional reactions and how fast you overcome to get back to what matters is most important. Respond, don’t react to emotion.
  • Step 5 is the “golden nugget” – find one thing that you can do better.
  • Step 6 is staying committed, full effort and full belief. Implement your golden nuggets.

How do people foster the ability to respond instead of reacting to emotion?

  • Reacting is weakness.
  • It is short-sighted.
  • You can feel the emotion, but if you let it control you, it is your weakness.
  • Feel it, but channel it in a way that is productive.

What are some of the best ways to translate the lessons you teach to entrepreneurship?

  • You must find your crew. People you admire to have around and fuel each other.
  • Get a small group committed to each other’s success and hold each other accountable.
  • Don’t go it alone. Your best may not be able to be attained alone. Many times, our best is summoned when others need us and we have to level up to help them. ​

What have you learned from doing standup comedy that has helped you as an entrepreneur?

  • He was scared to do it. And had to dive into the deep end. Just like you have to do as an entrepreneur.
  • It has taught him how to feel a crowd and know if he is engaging or not – or hitting the market.
  • It has brought a new level of awareness.

 

Best Quote: What do you want for your moments on earth?

 

Alex's Misfit 3:

Zoom out. You are a living creature on a planet. What do you want for your moments on earth?

  1. Purpose is the meaning of life. Purpose can be anything as long as it is meaningful to you. Find your purpose and see if it can be with people.
  2. Be open to the gifts. Do not have blinders on so much that you miss the gifts on the journey.

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Mar 16, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Mike Moll. Simply put, Mike is a marketing expert with a special focus on helping entrepreneurs build systems that create time freedom. He built a fully remote company in 2013 and then has replicated that in helping hundreds of other companies charge what they are worth and free up the entrepreneur in their business.

Through his company, MarketMe, he’s worked with everyone from Trends to AppSumo and regularly speaks on how to build effective and successful marketing systems. I’ve asked him to come on and share his best strategies and advice on how to create better marketing systems in your business.

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Mike was not a great student. He felt that everything he was doing was wrong and questioned if he was smart or not. He started making money early in life, working 25 hours a week even in high school. He went to college, and it didn’t last. He was on academic probation within a year and ultimately left. He did a bunch of odd jobs in things likes breakdancing, Bingo caller, and then did some sales roles. He felt he needed to grow up and get a real job, so he got into insurance and did it for 6 years.

In his 6th year, he had a complete nervous breakdown. He was doing well financial, had a company car, etc., but he was not happy. He knew things had to change. His family and life at the time told him he had to find something else. Two weeks later he left and was unemployed with no plan. He started a software company out of his house and as he says, “That caught him up on everything he had not learned and needed to learn about life and business.” He pivoted a year in and turned it into a marketing agency. That is where found his calling and groove to doing what he is today.

What is your business today?

  • When he first started, he was selling advertising and google ads for clients.
  • Now, he does lead generation for service companies through Facebook, google, and other mediums.
  • He also coaches marketers “helping Mike from 7 years ago.”
  • The agency has a team in place the operates without him having to be there.
  • The coaching side is where Mike spends his individual time.

What is the most important piece of a good marketing strategy?

  • A very clear vision of who you work with and what you do for them.
  • People buy when the feel understood – not when the understand you. Narrow things down and speak to people.
  • I help “X” group of people” achieve “Y” by doing “Z”
  • Really defining that and understand the specific person you are selling to is the focus.
  • If you don’t know how to speak to the needs and challenges of your customer, you cannot succeed.

What is the best way refine and state how you help clients?

  • The key is to not be afraid and not there is a big enough market for just about everything.
  • Getting a certain type of business in front of a local audience. A service in a specific town or city is easier than national.
  • Niching is the best place to go to work and help clients – you’ll be surprised at how much business there is for you.

Any other elements of a great marketing strategy?

  • Where people go wrong is to go bigger and flashier than they need to be and try to be everywhere all at once.
  • Find that one channel first to focus on. One market channel should bring you 80% of your customers.
  • You can’t be good at everything.
  • Unless you have the budget to hire expertise in all areas, it is a waste of your time and money.
  • You will have to determine what works for you.
  • Use Google Tag manager on your website.
  • Great solution called CallRail that dynamically adapts to the lead by source.

What should we know about Google Ads?

  • They are not for everyone.
  • 70% of businesses are a good fit, about 30% are not.
  • Many times, what people search to find you are not what you think.
  • Google Ads work well for service, Ecom businesses, etc.
  • Google makes it seem like they are very friendly, but their “easy to use” system wastes a lot of money for clients.
  • Do not use the default “google AdWords express.” You want to use “Expert Mode.”
  • When you put your keywords in, you need to take control and make sure that specifics need to be in the search for your ad to show up.

At the 26 min mark, Mike answers the question, How do you generate high converting leads with one single message?

  • You should have an individual sales or landing page for everything you offer. It should never go to a website.
  • Be focused and obvious about you being the solution to their problem on a specific page.
  • Then you have to think about what that person needs to do to get the finish line with you.
  • Make sure they are in the right place with the “who and do what statement.”
  • You need to show you know what you are doing with social proof like testimonials.
  • Then you reinforce they are in the right place by confirming what they care about.
  • Then a call to action. On that page there should be nothing else, but the way to move forward.

How does someone automate things to free themselves up in the business?

  • You cannot do this until you’ve nailed the product and pricing in the business.
  • Your product must be positioned and priced the right way to turn it into a business.
  • Once you’ve got things right, you can hire or outsource for what is needed.
  • You then need to build out your systems and processes for people to follow.
  • Make a list of every step that needs to be done in every area of your business and then explain it in a way that someone who has no knowledge can understand.
  • Put the processes into a slide deck and record a video of how to do the process.

 

Best Quote: If you don’t know how to speak to the needs and challenges of your customer, you cannot succeed.

 

Mike's Misfit 3:

  1. Start building relationships with people who are at your next level by giving away your time and expertise for free.
  2. Take action now. No one is going to do it for you. You have to move you forward.
  3. Expect to fail and learn to enjoy it. You cannot build anything without failing.

 

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Mar 9, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Michael Juergens. Mike is a very interesting guy and a modern-day renaissance man. He runs the winery solutions practice for a Big Four firm. He founded the wine industry in the Kingdom of Bhutan. He owns the award-winning So-Cal Rum company that boasts the highest rated silver rum of all time. He runs the Drinking and Knowing Things newsletter and is the author of the best-selling book with the same name. And if that is not enough, he is an adventure race addict and candidate to become the 58th American to qualify as a Master of Wine. Oh, and he’s also a professor at the University of California Irvine.

Mike’s motto is “do epic stuff with awesome people,” And on this show, we have epic conversations with awesome people. So, I’ve asked Mike to come on today to share how he’s done all he’s done and what he’s learned along the way.

www.DrinkingandKnowingThings.com

Mike got to where he through interesting experiences that he was not afraid to lean into. As he says, the universe is constantly presenting us with opportunities and we are often too caught up in our day to day to realize or, even if we do, we don’t lean in on it. So, Mike decided to lean in on everything that seems cool and that has lead him to where he is.

Explain more about we should and can lean into the opportunities in our lives…

  • If you are going Kayaking in a whitewater rapid, the rapid is going to take you to the bottom.
  • The goal is the make it to the bottom and have the best time without having any major issues.
  • If you can nudge yourself into the middles, the fast part, and not try to control it, but let it take you, it will get you to the bottom.
  • The analogy applies to the universe as if you try to fight the universe, you don’t get anywhere and get beat up, but if you get into the flow of the universe, you will go places you don’t expect – but they are the right places for you to be.
  • Mike gives a few examples at the 6:30 mark.

With all that you do, you still choose to work and have a job. Why still do that when you have all your businesses?

  • Mike loves what he does, and his job is to travel around and hang out at wineries and help them.
  • He was doing that as a hobby before starting the vertical at the firm.
  • He gets paid to do his passion.
  • He’s built a business within a business.

Talk about how you created your role…

  • The corporate culture allows for it.
  • He has started 6 different practices during his career at the firm.
  • It has been having a good idea and the sponsors for it, communicating it well to get support and momentum – and then having the guts to do it and take the risk.
  • It also easier to do when you have already done it and shown success which he has done.

How do you keep up with everything? How do you schedule your life?

  • He was a single dad for many years and had to be very structured around their schedule.
  • He would get up at 3am every day.
  • As the kids got older and did not need him for so much, it freed up a lot of time as he stayed on the same schedule.
  • Don’t attend non-essential meetings.
  • Delegate and let go where needed.
  • And he truly wants to live the life he has and does what is needed to do so.

How did you create the wine industry in the Kingdom of Bhutan?

  • Mike has been adventure racing in all kinds of different places and his girlfriend had read a book that took place in Bhutan.
  • She always wanted to go there.
  • He got an email about doing a marathon in Bhutan and applied.
  • He surprised his girlfriend but was confused and thought it was an island in the tropics, and she explained it was in the Himalayas.
  • Bhutan is self-sustaining and has incredible crops/soil.
  • Everywhere he went, he asked about wineries, and no one knew what he was talking about.
  • He met some people from the government, and they told him they did not have wineries.
  • He told them they were screwing up, went home and wrote a white paper about it and sent it to them.
  • They asked him to help build the industry.

What did you have to do to get started?

  • He helped them understand the possibilities.
  • He wrote a 10-year business plan to follow.
  • It is literally building from scratch.
  • Mike paid for phase 1 and then got a series A round for phase 2.
  • He personally planted the first vine, a merlot.
  • Pre-covid, he went every quarter and there is a team of 100 people there.

Lessons learned?

  • They don’t know what grape will ultimately work best, so they have adopted a philosophy of failure to see which grapes are going to work.
  • It takes 3-5 years to figure this out.
  • It’s a core strategy for them to try a bunch of different things and see which ones work which is different than a typical business strategy.
  • You have to be careful not too be wide and broad, but not too narrow at the same time.
  • Building the industry is the most risk he’s take in business.

At the 29 min mark, Mike talks about how he got into the rum business…

  • One of his best friends and his son are big rum guys.
  • One day, they were all sitting around having drinks and his friend said, “we should start a distillery!”
  • Mike said, “what if?” What if we could create a competitor to Bacardi silver rum and focused on that category – and just did it better.
  • They didn’t know anything about how to do it, but started talking to people who did.
  • They found out that they could be better and it would not cost much, so they did it and had it made. And it won.
  • They outsourced the making and bottling of the rum.

You’ve spent 25 years traveling the world meeting people, what are the most important things you’ve learned about life and business?

  • It’s all about people and relationships.

Advice for people that aren’t living the life they are capable of?

  • Get outside your comfort zone. The people least like you are the ones you need to meet and learn from the most.

What does it mean to optimize the runner’s mindset?

  • Recognize that you are capable of much more than you believe.
  • We place limitations on ourselves.
  • 40% rule. When you body is telling you that you are done – you have 60% still left.
  • Acknowledge that you are capable of more because you are.

We have a great conversation on racing and breaking through mental limitations…

Drinking and knowing things – what should they know about wine?

  • There is a wine for everyone.
  • Just explore and be willing to try them
  • Drinking and Knowing Things book Vol 1 and 2 - check it out. ​

What’s your favorite wine?

  • Burgundy, Pino nior from France

 

Best Quote: Get outside your comfort zone. The people least like you are the ones you need to meet and learn from the most.

 

Mike's Misfit 3:

  1. Do epic stuff with cool people. Don’t leave anything on the table.
  2. Don’t fight the universe.
  3. Ask “What if?”

 

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Mar 2, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Stephen Flood. Stephen is the founder and CEO of Goldcore, one of the oldest gold and silver dealers in the market today. The firm is responsible for over $1 billion in transactions and manages $300 million in assets for their clients.

Stephen has an incredible story. After graduating college in Ireland, he left for New York with just a few hundred dollars in his pocket and made his way into finance, eventually working with Goldman Sachs as a Trader in Equity Derivatives. After having a lot of success, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit back to Ireland starting Goldcore in 2003. The company has been featured on just about every financial medium there is from CNBC to Bloomberg.

But, what I love most about Stephen is that he’s an entrepreneur at his core and I’ve asked him to come on and share the wisdom he’s learned on his way to becoming a billion dollar CEO as well as his unique take on investing.

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Stephen’s father died when he was 11. He learned early on how to take care of himself. And after going to college he knew he needed to follow his instincts and decided to go to New York where he go into finance. He loved his time in New York, but was always fascinated with technology and finance together. This helped in New York, but it also helped in finding creative solutions like he and his team have done at Goldcore.

Everywhere Stephen has gone, he’s been a disruptor and is driven by creating efficiencies.

What made you leave Wall Street to start Goldcore?

  • It wasn’t in the plan.
  • He had been there 7 years and planned to stay.
  • He originally had planned to start his own firm.
  • Then 9/11 happened. He was newly married and had an opportunity to exit Goldman and decided to travel the world with his wife.
  • He witnessed 9/11 firsthand and was ready to move. After about a year, he found himself back in Ireland and joined an old friend to start Goldcore.

What should people know about investing in gold and silver?

  • Put 10% of your money into gold and hope it does not work!
  • Gold is a risk off solution.
  • It gains or holds when things get rough in the markets.
  • It provides stability and financial insurance.
  • It calms the mind of the investor so you have the insurance and can take advantage of the opportunity of a down market.

Inflation is at 40-year highs, why hasn’t made very large moves higher?

  • At the 14 min mark, Stephen talks about the financial experiment of Quantitive Easing and money printing.
  • Stephen talks about the gold price seeing intervention by larger institutions.
  • The Cantillon Effect: You can print money and things look good initially, but eventually, it catches up with you and the money loses purchasing power and people start to dump it as they do not believe in it.
  • Hard assets will appreciate in value.

At the 18 min mark, Steven and I have a deeper discussion about central banking and about the monetary system in general.

Explain how gold gives personal sovereignty…

  • Having gold stored in a private storage facility is the closest thing you can have to personal sovereignty.
  • It’s like having your car parked in a garage that is storing it for you.
  • It gives you an asset that you can access at any time.

Thoughts on cryptocurrency?

  • Blockchain is a revolutionary technology.
  • It is huge leap forward.
  • Bitcoin is not a really a currency and should not be treated like one.
  • Money is power and the central banks will not allow Bitcoin to take that power – they will create their own and replace it.

What are the key elements needed to succeed as an entrepreneur?

  • Many entrepreneurs chase the exit and money, but it doesn’t usually happen.
  • If you can become the domain expert in your area, your chosen field.
  • If you do that, you will do well successfully and monetarily.
  • You must become the expert first and then the money will follow.
  • You need to be truthful to yourself, your employees, and partners.
  • Your team is critical and cannot be taken for granted. Show then a high degree of respect.
  • “It is better to find right, than to be right.”
  • Never stop learning…nothing is sacred.

Biggest challenges and how did you overcome them?

  • When they first started, gold was about $300/oz, and no one really cared about it.
  • Then as the financial crisis came in and gold went down.
  • At the time, the business was very transactional based and gold buying slowed down and their business slowed down for quite some time – they had an 80% drop in transactions.
  • They learned the most on the way down.
  • They also found a niche in storage which added stability.

What is the benefit of storing things offsite vs. a safe at home?

  • It is a client preference.
  • For larger orders, it is easier.
  • The benefits are that if you sell it very quickly vs. having it at home where you have to ship it in, etc.
  • Storage is also insured by Lloyds of London.
  • There is a chain of integrity for storage, so validation is automatic.
  • If you take possession, it needs to be re-validated.

www.GoldintheUSA.com for some good basics on gold. ​

Main principles that you have used in building your business that have really stood out?

  • Being honest and truthful.
  • Humility is very important.
  • Own it and take personal responsibility.

Where do you see the economy going over the next year?

  • Big bold call – there is going to be an event that had a major impact on the markets and economy.
  • Commercial real estate is a place to watch.
  • The FED is in an impossible situation and cannot raise rates meaningfully.
  • There is desperation for yield and returns and it is a bubble.

 

Best Quote: It is better to find right, than to be right. Stephen's

 

Misfit 3:

  1. Take personal responsibility and own every outcome.
  2. Look after your mind, body, and soul.
  3. Be truthful to yourself and those around you.

 

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Feb 23, 2022

Hello Misfit Nation! Welcome to another edition of "Lessons for Hannah!" Many years ago, I introduced a new format that 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 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

Hannah, I want to talk to you about commitment. The definition of commitment states that it is the “state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.” What does that mean? Commitment is a word thrown around a lot and you will hear it all throughout your life. I don’t think people take the word and what it means seriously enough.

People say all the time that they are committed to things but give up on them. People commit to doing things for themselves or others, but don’t follow through. To me, commitment is something truly special. To commit to something means that you will do whatever it takes to fulfill the commitment and not give up until it is complete. To commit means that you have taken the time to think through what you are committing to and are choosing to move forward knowing and being prepared for what may happen on the journey. You are deciding that you are willing to go through all the challenges, hard times, and setbacks that could happen on your path to fulfilling the commitment. You also get to enjoy the good times of the journey as well.

A great of example of commitment is marriage. And marriage is one of those commitments that, sadly, many people break.

Marriage is incredible. To find the one person you are meant to be with and commit to them for the rest of your life is a serious and exciting experience. But too many people enter it without taking the time to understand what the commitment of marriage really means. I fact, Jesus spoke a lot about marriage, but I think he really understood what commitment meant in marriage when he said, “The two will become one. So, they are no longer two but one. Let no man divide what God has put together.”

Let no man divide what God has put together. If you believe like I do that things happen as they are supposed to, guided by a divine hand, then when you find the one you will marry and commit to, God has put you together. And because God has put you together, you should not divide it.

Now, that does not mean that there aren’t legitimate reasons for a divorce, but there certainly should not be superficial ones.

Marriage like entrepreneurship requires a true commitment and playing the long game. No matter how good a marriage is, it will have tough times. There will be times where each spouse is not happy with the other. That doesn’t mean they don’t love each other; it just means that they are having a challenge with each other at that time. Marriage is compromise, it’s give and take, it’s tough love, it’s standing true. It is the willingness to love someone when sometimes you don’t feel like you want to. It is the willingness to go through the hard times together and be there for each other.

Your mother and I will be celebrating 15 years of marriage this year. I am very excited about it. The average marriage length is sadly about 8 years which means your mother and I will be almost double that. But, it hasn’t been perfect. We are not perfect. There are times where I know I get on mom’s nerves and drive her nuts and of course, she has her moments as well. We will have arguments from time to time but seem to always find ways to work through them together. There are times where it is tough, but I know I can always count on mom to be there for me, and she knows that I will always be there for her. No matter what happens, we are committed. As we said in our vows – til death do us part.

Hannah, what I want you to take away from this is that commitment is something that is a serious choice in our lives and when we commit to something, we must see it through. And if we are not willing to do that, then we should not commit in the first place. I hope that you take this lesson to heart and use it to make better decisions for yourself in life committing to the right things. It is lesson I wish I understood earlier on in life.

I love you,

Daddy

 

Best Quote: To commit means that you have taken the time to think through what you are committing to and are choosing to move forward knowing and being prepared for what may happen on the journey.

 

Misfit 3:

  1. Commitment is a word thrown around a lot and you will hear it all throughout your life. I don’t think people take the word and what it means seriously enough.​
  2. To commit to something means that you will do whatever it takes to fulfill the commitment and not give up until it is complete. ​
  3. Commitment to something is a serious choice that we must see through. if we are not willing to do that, then we should not commit in the first place. ​

 

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Feb 16, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is John Mitchell. John is the founder of Think It Be It. John is an entrepreneur that went from averaging low 6-figures in business for 20 years to creating a $25 million per year business in just a few years. When I heard this story, naturally my question was, what changed? How did he increase his income 25 times in such a short time?

John did it by radically following the principles of the timeless classic, Think and Grow Rich. He discovered the Science of Success and put it to work. And he developed a system so that anyone can apply it. Today, his 12 Minute A Day methodology is recognized as the Top Application in the World of the Top Book in the World on success.

I brought him on the show to share exactly what he figured out and teaches others, so you can put to work in your life.

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John started out as a CPA and at 30 decided that wasn’t the career he wanted, so over the next 20 years, he got into multiple different businesses. When he reached 50, he was not at the levels he aspired to be. He wanted to have enough money not to have to work and have the woman of his dreams and he was falling short on both. He did OK – making 6-figures a year, but he knew he needed to start making over million per year to reach his goals. He realized he had to change his 20-year history. So, he decided to find the top book in the world on success and apply it word for word to his life. That book was Think and Grow Rich.

He got it and read it cover to cover finding that there was a problem. The book said there was a secret for success, but it only gives you half of the secret and the reader has to figure the other half. It kind of bummed John out as he wasn’t sure where to go next. So, he decided to immerse himself further and during a 2-month period, he figured it out and a 12 minute a day process to apply it. He put it into effect in his business at the time and the income doubled and 4-years later he was netting $5 million.

He was operating at a higher level. He was more focused and more in control.

He sold his company and semi-retired but wanted to teach what he had learned to the world and that is what he has been doing. Even the University of Texas brought him on to teach it.

What did you figure out about Think and Grow Rich? What is the secret?

  • The part the book gives you is that everything begins with a thought.
  • John realized that the full secret is that “what you envision in detail on a daily basis is shows up in your life.”
  • When you establish immense clarity of exactly the person you want to be, exactly what you want to accomplish, and precisely how you can achieve your clearly defined goals and then feed it to yourself in 12 minutes a day, you will succeed.
  • After about 21 days of doing this, it starts influencing your unconscious daily actions and enhances them.
  • This begins to create the life you want.

Thoughts on conditioning and how it impacts us – and how it can be changed?

  • Think and Grow Rich is based on the fact that 95% of your daily actions are unconscious.
  • We are all innately wired for survival and if 95% of our daily actions are unconscious, you are innately wired to be fear-based and negative.
  • That is the opposite of who you need to be to be pro-active and successful.
  • You have to override that programming.
  • “The success of anyone’s life comes down to the cumulative effect of their daily actions.”
  • You must then influence your daily actions. You do that by proactively influencing the subconscious mind.

How do people influence their subconscious mind?

  • The way the human mind works is that the conscious mind sets the intention and is influenced by logic, but your daily actioned are influenced by the subconscious mind and only influenced by repetition.
  • As an example – losing weight. The conscious mind sets the intention to lose weight. But that doesn’t make it happen. The subconscious is in control and is influenced only by repetition, so it the change in behavior reputation that helps someone lose weight.

Take us through the 12 Minute Methodology you’ve developed…

  • First, you must create immense intention clarity about your life.
  • You define exactly the person you want to be.
  • You define exactly what you want to accomplish.
  • You define exactly how you will achieve your clearly defined goals.
  • You will live your life quarter by quarter and have your goals set in each area by quarter.
  • Once you create your clarity, you feed it to yourself every day.
  • Initially, the subconscious mind will reject it, but around the 21st day of doing it, the subconscious will begin to accept it and start to be reconditioned.

12 minutes?

  • Reading your template, you’ve created and visualizing it.

If someone implements this, what are the pitfalls they need to look out for, so they don’t fall back into the trap of the subconscious?

  • People must be driven. If you are not driven, this process will not work. D
  • arren Hardy gave Joh advice telling him that most people will not spend 12 minutes a day on this process. He must be selective and only work with driven people who will commit to it.
  • People that are driven will do it.

Is it just a fact that people just do not have the desire and drive to better themselves or can they develop themselves to have it?

  • At the 23 min mark, John tells more of his story and about his mother dying while he was going through finding himself.
  • Go through the experience made him think about his life and whether he was living it at his true potential. He wasn’t and that spurred him.
  • He was confusing working hard with working smart or being competent as an entrepreneur.
  • It is very hard to change your drive and desire. It takes something dramatic.
  • But the driven know who they are.

At the 27 min mark, John and I have a great conversation on beliefs and how it relates to drive. We also discuss more on the subconscious and awareness.

Talk to us about the deep-thinking you advocate…

  • Set aside time to just think 2x per week.
  • Pick which days per week you will do it.
  • Pick your favorite place in your home or in nature.
  • Each session should last 30 mins.
  • Get a pad of paper (thinking tablet)
  • Step 1: For the first 10 mins, let whatever come to you come, and write it down.
  • Step 2: Figure out a question you will ask yourself and then write it down and answer it.
  • Step 3: Write the 2-3 takeaways and 2-3 action steps you will do over the next week.

Go to www.ThinkitBeit.com/ME there is a video and guide on the process for you.

Is there anything else from your study of Think and Grow Rich that we should know?

  • It works on everyone. It is based on pure science.
  • But it is not for everyone.
  • The hard work is creating the clarity.

 

Best Quote: The success of anyone’s life comes down to the cumulative effect of their daily actions.

 

Johns' Misfit 3:

  1. Don’t have an average life. If everyone else doing something, you should look at doing the opposite.
  2. Most things don’t matter. There are a few things you truly need to do great to give you the best outcome. Focus on those.
  3. Most people do not appreciate how precious life is. Take the time to appreciate it and if you are not happy, grab ahold and play the game at a higher level.

 

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Feb 9, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Donnie Boivin. Donnie is a Marine Corp veteran, award winning professional sales trainer, and owner of Success Champions and Success Champions Podcast. After leaving the Marine Corp and working in sales and business for almost 20 years, at the age of 40, Donnie realized he was not living his dream.

So, he set out to create it. Donnie is author of best-selling book, How to Be a Success Champion, Business Strategy for Badasses. ​

What I love most about Donnie is his no BS, direct style. The guy gets results. So, I’ve asked him on the share his best on how you can do the same in your life and business.

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After the Marine Corps, Donnie spent 20 years in straight commission sales. His last career was as on one of the top sales trainers in the country for the Sandler Sales Institute. He was all set to buy the business from his boss when his boss told him something that would change his life. His boss, out of love, said “Thank God, you are my retirement plan.” It was in that moment that he realized he was building something for someone else and was their retirement plan. 15 days later, he launched his company and went out on his own.

Nowadays he runs 6 companies, 2 of the top podcasts in the world, and has written 4 Best-Selling books, plus he owns a working farm.

What is a success champion?

  • Someone who is chasing their own success.
  • At the 5 min mark, Donnie relates this to the movie Troy. Achilles is the champion.
  • A success champion is chasing life so they can find their own business freedom.

What is a badass in business?

  • Someone who knowingly gets up every day knowing they are going to get punched in the face by life but does it anyway.
  • Most people think business is fairly straightforward and easy.
  • They are not prepared for the amount of work and dedication it truly takes.
  • The badass is excited to get to work knowing things are going to be a wreck and they will have to sort through it, plus do all the other things in their life like taking care of the family.
  • They enjoy the struggle.

At the 10:30 mark, Donnie and I have a great conversation about the DCP formula.

  • Donnie ads that you have to know what you need to be disciplined about. You need to be focused and stay in your lane and delegate out what is not your lane.

What are the strategies you’ve used to create and build your businesses?

  • Writing down everything you have to do in the business. Everything.
  • Then ask yourself, “Would Steve Jobs do this task?” If not, as a CEO of a company, you need to decide what it is you should be doing.
  • And you may not be able to afford to outsource everything, but you and trade services for things you would like. You have to get things off your plate.
  • Everything is a system, a process. Donnie created a formula to create processes: ADD. Action. Document. Delegate. For every task in a business, you have to take action on it, document it as you go through it and then delegate it to someone else and let them further define it and make it better putting it to work.
  • This creates a duplicatable system.

“Every lesson you learn in business is going to be applied again somewhere down the road…”

What are the best strategies that you advocate for gaining clients in today’s world?

  • People need to understand that the old school tactics that were taught many great names don’t work anymore.
  • There is no more “closing.”
  • Instead, your personal brand has become something much bigger and stronger.
  • Sales is now just a conversation that has an outcome.
  • People are not used to getting an outcome. They don’t like closing, but they love “closure.”
  • If people focus on how to get closure than on closing, they will be more successful.
  • Every conversation with a prospect needs to have some sort of end.
  • Most people leave their conversations open-ended.
  • Use sales as a conversation and get to closure.

At the 24 min mark, Donnie shares some examples.

  • You have to let people know what the actions are that you want them to take and then be detached from the outcome.

Thoughts around story?

  • How we tell our stories and show up in the world that gets people talking about you.
  • Cold sales are tougher and tougher.
  • Everything is community and if you don’t have one or the ability to build one, then you can’t be as successful as you could be in this world.
  • If you can’t tell the right stories, you cannot build the community of people you need to.

What are the elements of a great story?

  • The Hero’s Journey. If you have not read Joseph Campbell’s philosophy, it is recommended.
  • It’s Frodo from Lord of the Rings and going from a nobody, adventure to hero.
  • What are the moments of time you went through that were really impactful that you can use to teach others?
  • It’s also being vulnerable in telling the stories and showing that you’ve been through it before.

LinkedIn for growing your business?

  • LinkedIn is becoming a business social app.
  • It’s not just a place for putting your resume.
  • It’s now one of the best places to engage and develop a business.
  • LinkedIn has just come out launching their own audio/video style of Clubhouse
  • DCP the heck out of LinkedIn.

There are a lot of people out there working in a job, but know they are destined for something greater as an entrepreneur. What is your best advice for them on how to make the transition?

  • Screw up fast and screw up hard. As an employee, you are taught not to do this, but as a business owner, if things are not breaking, then you are not going big enough and doing enough.
  • Turn off everything you thought of an employee and start thinking like a CEO.
  • People get hung up in creation.
  • They are not being out front growing their business.
  • Your business will never be built by doing just operational stuff.  Build a network and leverage the heck out of it.
  • You have to mentally become what you want before you can get it. If you hand someone a million dollars that didn’t earn it, they most likely will lose it because they have not developed themselves to keep and manage a million dollars.
  • Quit thinking in “how” and start thinking in “who” – who can get this done for me?
  • Quit thinking in “how” to get where you want to go and start thinking in “systems,” – what systems do we need in place that can duplicate and grow to get you there?
  • Most of the time you need to take action and quit planning. ​

What lessons from owning a farm have helped you most as an entrepreneur?

  • Regiment is everything.
  • If you don’t have regiments and routines, you will fail.
  • Your day should be regiments including the fun things you do.

 

Best Quote: Every lesson you learn in business is going to be applied again somewhere down the road…

 

Donnie's Misfit 3:

  1. Be you. Everyone else is taken. You do not need to be someone else to be successful.
  2. Go BIG. The Level you are going at right now is not big enough.
  3. Get rid of your excuses. Running your own company, you will meet yourself along the way because you will run out of excuses. Take ownership.

 

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Feb 2, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Dave Menz. Dave is known as the “Laundromat Millionaire.” He grew up in poverty and had to overcome tremendous challenge to find success. And he did it by doing something obvious, but unique – upping the game in an industry that was resting on its laurels, the laundromat space.

He started by doing what I have come to call “chicken entrepreneurship,” building a business on the side while working a job. And now he’s a millionaire multiple times over and the author of the forthcoming book, Laundromat Millionaire – the Grit to Elevate and Industry.

Dave has a true rags to riches story that I cannot wait for him to share with you.

www.LaundromatMillionaire.com

Dave grew up poor in Flint, Michigan. He lived in a rough neighborhood but had good parents. They didn’t have much money, but they had a good family. He learned that no one was going to hand him anything, but that he could make it happen for himself if he pursued it. He always had an entrepreneur streak in him, but as he grew up, he “took the bait” of corporate America and had the stereotypical middle-class lifestyle.

It was in is late 20’s that he realized that it really wasn’t what it was cracked up to be. He had kind of sold out on his dream of being an entrepreneur. So, over the next 5 years he and his family lived well below their means and saved to buy a business. They didn’t know what it was, but they needed seed money.

Over those 5 years, he and his wife worked really hard at their plan and looked at every business he could find, but none of them checked all the boxes until he came across a laundromat a few miles from his house.

He didn’t see any red flags in his diligence, but he saw tremendous opportunity and he seized it. The laundromat was “a complete dump and losing money” when they bought it. After going to work, nowadays Dave owns 5 laundromats and the real estate with them and has built a multi-million-dollar business. They even had a laundry pickup and delivery service.

Now Dave’s personal mission is to elevate the industry.

Why did you choose the laundromat business over all the others you looked at?

  • A lot of the negative conceptions about laundromats as opportunities.
  • Dave believes the laundromat business is the best small business in America.
  • Laundromats are a simple cash business with no accounts receivable, no inventory, simple book-keeping, and minimal employees to manage.
  • It is also a simple business to run that is steady.
  • It is also a vital community resource that is recession resistant.
  • It is a business about people who need a good service and that is the opportunity – where many owners just maintain a laundromat, it can be and do so much more.
  • It can almost be boring because it is consistent, but not “sexy.”

At the 10 min, Dave talks about being an entrepreneur in the general sense and the gift that it is. Dave would find that he was proud to be an entrepreneur and own a business, but when told people what kind it was, he could see the look on their face. He also talks about the laundromat business in general.

What did you learn and do to differentiate your business?

  • Most people that run laundromats treat it as a side hustle that they don’t have to do much with. That sets the bar low.
  • Dave treated it as a true business who cared for its customers. The bar was already set low for wowing people. For example, having a very clean and well-kept store. Having an attendant available to help people.
  • Dave created standards such as high customer service, having attendants, and creating a better value proposition.
  • It didn’t happen overnight and he continued to work for almost 5 years at his job while putting every extra hour and extra dime into building and making the business better.

Dave’s philosophy: As a human being, he wants to be a better version of himself each day. A better husband, a better dad, and a better business owner.

You found your business on Craig’s List. Was that luck or is there still opportunity to find businesses to buy there?

  • There is still opportunity there.
  • It’s an overlooked place
  • At the 21 min mark, Dave talks about the love being an entrepreneur and running a good business, no matter what the product is.
  • You can go onto Craig’s List under the “Businesses for Sale” area and find many different ones there.
  • There are “diamond in the roughs” to be found.

You talk a lot about “Grit.” Define grit how you see it.

  • The willingness to do anything that is legal and ethical.
  • It is never quitting. It is not what you do, it is who you are.
  • It is a mentality.
  • There are lot of people out there that want to be an entrepreneur but aren’t willing to do the things necessary. They just want the fun.
    • They don’t have the risk tolerance
    • They aren’t willing to delay gratification
    • They don’t understand everything that goes into it.

At the 29 min mark, Dave talks about how he was grinding and pushing so hard, that he woke up one day and started getting ready for work and his wife looked at him and said, “What are doing? It is Christmas Day.”

“To get things in life that most people in life don’t ever achieve, you have to be willing to do things that other people are not willing to do.”

What advice do you have for those looking to build their business while working a job?

  • Sacrifice. You will have to sacrifice to make it.
  • You will have to delay gratification and think long term.
  • None of us are guaranteed a tomorrow, so we must make the most of it.
  • Make sure you are living your authentic self.
  • At some point, you will reach a point where you entrepreneur income equals you job income and that is freeing and empowering.
  • For Dave, his job came first as his primary source of income, and he did whatever he had to give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
  • Dave stayed longer than he had because he could do both well and it helped him to have extra cash to pay debt and other things.
  • “When you start, you need your job. In the middle, you want your job. And in the end, you are done with your job.” How you make decisions in life is reflective of needs and wants and where your priorities are in life. Dave got to a point where he did not have to do overtime, etc. ​

At the 38 min mark, Dave and I talk about self-education and the important of that journey in helping you as an entrepreneur. Don’t every stop pushing the envelop when it comes to your self-development.

 

Best Quote: To get things in life that most people in life don’t ever achieve, you have to be willing to do things that other people are not willing to do.

 

Dave's Misfit 3:

  1. Be your authentic self. The beauty of business ownership is that you get to decide what your business looks like and what it doesn’t.
  2. Be passionate about something. Live a fulfilled life. Do not be here to “exist.”
  3. Serve others. Look for opportunities to make a difference. Always do what is right.

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Jan 26, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Andy Mowat. Andy has helped build 3 $1Billion+ companies, Upwork, Boc, and Culture Amp. He is a serial entrepreneur who knows how to build a scalable company that gets results. His specialty is building successful sales and marketing organizations.

But, at the core, he’s a great entrepreneur. He knows how to spot a trend, create the vehicle to capitalize on the opportunity, and make it go. Most recently, he is doing that in his latest company, Gated, which is a unique twist on how people can access you.

I want to discuss all of this with him today and squeeze all of the wisdom I can from him on how to start, grow, and build a brand.

https://www.gated.com/

Andy’s path was not a straight line. He went to college on the East Coast and ended up in finance and banking. He took Czech while he was in college and ended up going into private equity in eastern Europe.

He ended up running the finance function for every grocery store chain in Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. It was early in the days of coming out of Communism and was eye opening.

He then went to business school but came out in 2001 and things were slow. He found a family office to work for and they tasked him with finding a new business to buy and get into. He suggested health clubs and ended up building high end athletic clubs throughout the west. He knew tech was where it was at, so he then reached out Elance and others and cold called the CEO’s ending up working for Elance. He ran sales and marketing operations. He then went to work for a company as a co-founder outsourcing administration assistants. He then went to work for BOCs running all their post-sale operations and then leading marketing. He then went to work for CultureAmp taking it from $5 mil to $80m. Along the way, he noticed the need to need to better guard a person’s email, so he built Gated.

At the 7:30 mark, Andy shares what Gated is. It is an email management system that keeps people from getting to your inbox unless they are willing to give a donation to charity. It helps to make sure you are communicating with people that genuinely want to communicate with you.

What elements are needed to build a unicorn – a billion-dollar company?

  • Product/Market fit
  • Brand
  • If you don’t have those 2 things, it’s almost impossible.
  • Andy gives an example of ow this happened with CultureAmp.

Talk to us about Go to Market Machines. How do you build a successful, scalable business?

  • It is a custom fit each time.
  • It is not “cookie-cutter.”
  • Andy starts with marketing because you must have the demand generation.
  • Pattern recognition is important, but a marketing strategy must be customized to each company.
  • Andy has a 6-part article series on his LinkedIn that lays out how to build the Go to Market engine.

Any specific part of the 6 that you feel is most important?

  • The team is the most important aspect of a growth engine.

What are the key elements to building a successful sales team and growth engine?

  • Read Jason Lumpkin’s stuff around hiring and building sales teams.
  • Invest deeply in sales-enablement vs. throwing people at the problem.
  • From a sales enablement standpoint, the managers are your customers, not the reps. If the managers aren’t deeply invested in the training and asking for what is needed to make their people better, it won’t do well.
  • Invest in good managers and support them well.

What should business owners and entrepreneurs do from the start to avoid some of the common mistakes in building a sales organization?

  • The classic mistake is that founder’s hire a salesperson thinking they can figure out how to go to market. The founder needs to do that and figure it out.
  • The founder needs to be selling the first half million to a million of ARR.
  • You need to be able figure what the repeatable sales process is before you bring someone into to sell.

At the 17 min mark, Andy talks about being a non-technical founder….

What type of data should people be looking at to maximize the impact of a sales team?

  • Systems that are good are Hubspot for smaller organizations and Salesforce for larger ones.
  • Look for all the ways you can scale and find leverage.
  • Key metrics to look at include:
    • Client retention
    • Funnel conversation
    • Time for the sales process. (How long it takes from lead to sale)
    • Lead flow.
    • MQL to Opportunity conversion. The opportunity to win conversation.
    • Customer acquisition costs.

What does it take to build a great brand?

  • Brand starts with what you name your company.
  • Naming matters.
  • Being very clear around what your company does and what you stand for is critical.
  • People should understand very clearly and quickly your value to them.
  • Product marketing and differentiation is very clear.
  • The last important piece is the experience people have when they interact with your brand.

Most unexpected thing that you have found on your entrepreneur journey?

  • Andy shares how Gated has surprised in that people give more than required and how much people want it.

Routines or best practices you do every day to help you maximize your success?

  • Andy writes down his Top 3 things he has to do on a notepad each day.
  • He spends each evening reviewing what he needs to do and accomplish the next day.

 

Best Quote: The classic mistake is that founder’s hire a salesperson thinking they can figure out how to go to market. The founder needs to do that and figure it out.

 

Andy's Misfit 3:

  1. Have a career thesis. Get clear around the path that is most likely for your career.
  2. Don’t worry about the steps you make in your career. You can always tell a good story about your career. Don’t take too many steps at one. Take one step and pivot, then the next and so on.
  3. Have a side-hustle to give you an outlet.

 

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Jan 19, 2022

Hello Misfit Nation! Welcome to another edition of "Lessons for Hannah!" Many years ago, I introduced a new format that 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 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

Hannah, I want to share something with you that I’ve learned over the years. It’s something I have noticed about human nature. And it’s pretty consistent. Most people give up too early or right before they find success or get the breakthrough they have been seeking.

This usually happens because people cannot stay in the game long enough for all the work and effort to truly payoff. To be fair, some of this is because society has conditioned us for instant gratification. Everything has to be now, now, now.

In some ways, we all have what I call a “chaos switch” which is a pattern in human in nature to disrupt and change when things have been consistent for a while or even when things have been good for too long. It’s almost like in some ways we are wired to self-sabotage. And that is what happens to people over time and the reason they don’t succeed in reaching the levels they want.

But the secret to lasting success is to stay in the game. To outlast. Where everyone else is throwing in the towel or letting their chaos switch get the best of them, we need to focus on press on. When you feel these moments in your life is when it is most important to keep going. We need to continue toward our goal or stick with our endeavors.

I will give you an example. At 9 years old, you just got your Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do. It’s an incredible achievement that you worked several years to achieve. And after working for that long and achieving the goal, you may feel a little like it is time for a change. Time to do something else. In fact, I sense you feeling a little this way recently. That is the chaos switch in action. At 9 years old with a level 1 Black Belt, you are really just getting started on your journey. You love Tae Kwan Do and there are many more degrees of Black Belts to go. To achieve true mastery, you will need to keep going. After all, you’ve put in years of work to get this point – and now is when things get really good, and you start to learn the best stuff in the sport – it would be a shame to stop now. But that is what a lot of people do. They stop or give up right before all of the best stuff comes their way!

Hannah, and everyone listening – don’t be one of those people. You must have the fortitude to keep going and see things through to their best levels and outcomes. Don’t let the chaos switch sabotage you from achieving your dreams, goals, and reaching your best self. Resolve to follow what I’ve called the DCP formula. The D stands for discipline. The C stands for consistency. And the P stands for persistence or perseverance. Now when you hear that you think, duh, yeah those are needed to succeed. But what do they really mean? What is discipline? Discipline is doing the things you know you need to do, even when you don’t want to do them. Consistency is doing that day in and day out. You can be disciplined for one day, but that won’t do you any good. You must be consistent. And even if you are disciplined and consistent, you are still going hit walls – major roadblocks that seem insurmountable. That is where you must be persistent and persevere and keep going because it is beyond those roadblocks and walls where the great things in life are found.

Hannah, I hope you take this lesson to heart as it will serve you well for your whole life. Stick with the things that matter, give them everything you have and see them through – and practice DCP as a way to help you do it.

I love you,

Daddy

 

Best Quote: Most people give up too early or right before they find success or get the breakthrough they have been seeking.

 

Misfit 3:

  1. The secret to lasting success is to stay in the game. To outlast.
  2. Don’t let the chaos switch sabotage you from achieving your dreams, goals, and reaching your best self.
  3. Stick with the things that matter, give them everything you have and see them through – and practice DCP as a way to help you do it.

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