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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!

Sep 22, 2021

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Jennifer Justice. Jennifer, also known as JJ, is an entertainment and live experience executive known for her expertise in building artists’ careers and business portfolios by marrying art with commerce. She made her mark as an entertainment attorney with a roster of clients that included Jay-Z, Outkast, Slipknot and Mark Ronson, and negotiated massive joint venture agreements including the partnerships of Jay-Z and Roc Nation with Live Nation. She then parlayed her experience to join Jay-Z to build Roc Nation in 2010 and served as his personal attorney for 17 years as well as Beyonce’s at times, during that time.

Today, JJ’s focus is on accelerating the success of women, women owned businesses, and women focused brands to help them succeed and achieve equality and diversity in the market and workforce.

I’m excited to have her on to talk about this topic, her experience, and the power of entrepreneurship.

www.TheJusticeDept.com

@JenniferJusticeLeague on Instagram

JJ’s family never went to college or in some cases never graduated high school, so she didn’t have any success mentors. She was passionate about music and when she did get the chance to go to law school, she decided that she was going to be a music entertainment attorney. She didn’t realize how hard it was to get into doing that type of law – it was very small market. She started off a big Wall Street law firm and networked to meet some in the entertainment space. She had some success and ended up as a partner at a firm that specialized in music entertainment law. She found a lot of common ground with her clients and being an advocate for them as many came from the same type of background as her.

One of her first clients was a very then, unknown, Jay Z. They grew up in the business together and she started growing her roster of clients. She then grew into all the other areas of the business for her clients with Live Nation, Roc Nation, etc.

After 17 years, she had twins that were 2 and half and felt it was time to move on. She was single mom and took 6 months off. She took the time to find out what she really wanted to do and became the President of Suyperfly, a live experience company that started festivals like Bonnaroo and others. She was there for 3 years and pushed herself.

Through it all, she has always had a really big passion for gender equality and started her own firm called the Justice Department to help women in this area. She also invests in companies and consults for general business needs.

What was it like taking 6 months off?

  • It was foreign to her.
  • It was actually stressful because of her being used to going all the time.
  • She felt discombobulated. It was eye-opening. She needed a purpose – just a bigger one.

Tell us more about your mission for equality and the state of things…

  • JJ went in bright eyed and thinking that success was equal.
  • She found through her work with clients that there was a big discrepancy in wages between men/women for the same roles and types of contracts.
  • She started questioning why this was happening and looking into it deeper.
  • Me Too and Covid really brought this into the forefront and showed a lot of examples on a larger scale.
  • We haven’t made a lot of strides in the area of equal pay and people are fed up with it.

Do you see entrepreneurship as the best opportunity to level the playing field?

  • Yes, but there are issues there too.
  • Women get funded 90% less than men.
  • You do get to set your own rules and solve your own issues as an entrepreneur
  • It is a great opportunity.

What you best advice to help women succeed in their careers?

  • In a traditional job or system, do it with open eyes.
  • Understand that biases exist and educate yourself on them.
  • Know what other people make. Legally, other employees can share this with you. Find your tribe.
  • Be armed with the information.
  • Make sure when you are negotiating a new role or salary, you hire an attorney to review the documents and negotiate on your behalf – you can do this.
  • For more of an entry level role, you should still hire an attorney to give advice.
  • Let them give you the first offer and take it into consideration before any agreement or negotiation.
  • Ask for 20-25% than you think you deserve because you never know. If you don’t get what you want – ask how you can and decide on what needs to be done to get there that you and the company agree to.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and believe in your worth.

What are the principles that you’ve used to build great companies and what do you look for when you invest in companies?

  • It comes down to the founder. They lead the business.
  • There is something to be said about the product but investing in areas you know is important as an investor or when deciding to build a company.
  • Founders needs to understand when it may be time for them to step aside and let someone with the right experience for that level come in to run the company.

What are some of the best lessons you learned from working with Jay-Z?

  • He really knows who he is.
  • He had never had an agent because he doesn’t like a middleman.
  • He took what was passion and built businesses around them doing them himself.
  • He was/is focused on enterprise level opportunities.
  • Jay-Z was/is very good at using joint ventures to grow and increase the value of his companies. 1+1 could equal 1000.
  • Lastly, the willingness to walk away from a bad deal.

You should always be willing to walk away from a bad deal. Many times, walking away will turn it in your favor and if doesn’t, it wasn’t mean to be.

Best advice for an entrepreneur just starting out?

  • Go through the MVP process
  • Get a lawyer from the beginning
  • Find your right team that will support you internally and externally.
  • Build the core business and expand from there.

​Craziest thing you’ve ever seen happen in your career in the entertainment industry?

  • A lot of it JJ cannot say because of attorney client privilege.
  • She had her life threatened a few times.
  • If you’ve watched the show Empire, it pretty much nails how it is.
  • It’s just as crazy as you think it is.

 

Best Quote: Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and believe in your worth.

 

Jennifer's Misfit 3:

  1. Before taking advice, take a moment to think about if the person giving you that advice has ever been in your shoes.
  2. Don’t worry about the traditional way of doing things. Be un-conventional.
  3. Hire outside of what is traditional. Give those that need a hand up a chance.
  4.  

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Sep 15, 2021

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Steven S. Hoffman. Steve is the CEO of Founders Space. Founders Space is one of the leading startup accelerators in the world, with over 50 partners in 22 countries. In fact, Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazines ranked it as the #1 incubator for overseas startups.

Steve is also a venture investor, a successful entrepreneur multiple times over and the author of several best-sellers including his latest Surviving a Startup. He’s found success everywhere from Hollywood to Silicon Valley, but his biggest passion is helping other entrepreneurs succeed.

My goal is to squeeze as much wisdom and advice as I can from him and his experience in our time together in this episode.

https://www.foundersspace.com/

Steven has had more careers than cats have had lives. He began as an electrical computer engineer. His real passion was film, entertainment, and games. He went to graduate school for film and then went to Hollywood. He worked his way up the ladder and began a television development executive at a large TV production company. While there, he started to see the future of video games and the growth they would have. He’s made over 100 games in his career. He met the founder of Sega and was offered a position at their Japanese headquarters coming up with new ideas for games, specifically for the US market.

He then came back to the US and launched his first company, LavaMind. The first product he launched was a game that taught people how to become entrepreneurs called Gazillionaire. He did it all himself and put all his money into it. It took off. After that, he saw the opportunity for gaming on the internet. He partnered and launched another business that was an interactive TV/Gaming product with MTV. He then did 2 other ventured startups and took a break.

During the break, friends that were starting their entrepreneur journey would come to him for help and advice and out of that grew his incubator, FoundersSpace.

You’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in you career, alongside your own experience, what would you say is the main ingredient needed to succeed as an entrepreneur?

  • Most entrepreneurs never make it.
  • Ideas don’t matter. Where you start doesn’t matter. Just start.
  • The most important thing is that you don’t lock onto your idea. More startups fail because entrepreneurs fall in love with the idea and their passion for it.
  • Go out into the world and start exploring. You may not have the magic idea in the beginning.
  • Google started out as non-profit to allow academics to search for peer papers.
  • Yelp didn’t think reviews would be a big part of their product. It was just an add on.
  • YouTube started out as an online dating site.
  • Many of the biggest companies you know are far different that the idea that started them.

What is the process that people should go through to find the right version of the idea?

  • It’s best to pick a direction vs. picking an idea and holding to it.
  • Try a number of things in that direction
  • Engage deeply in that area and figure out who your customer is.
  • An entrepreneur’s job is not to sell a customer on your idea; it is listening to them. The best ideas come from the customer. What do they really need that they are not getting?
  • Your job as entrepreneur is help solve the customer’s problems.
  • Entrepreneurs are demand hunters. They cannot create demand, but they can find it and fill it.

How important is it to focus before branching out?

  • Think small. The majority of entrepreneurs succeed with very small ideas.
  • A small idea that can tap into a big pool of demand is powerful.
  • YouTube was a great example of this.

What is it that you look for in a company you invest in?

  • Venture capital is like rocket fuel for a business.
  • But the rocket needs to already exist and be pointed at the right target.
  • Is the business solving a real-world problem and is there demand?
  • For a startup, the potential is in the team. A great team can help even a poor idea get off the ground and improve it from there.
  • The CEO must have great leadership qualities. They need to be able bring together the right people, motivate them and lead them.

“An entrepreneur/CEO, put 80-90% of your time into finding an amazing team.”

What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned and put into practice?

  • Small businesses are not a good fit for venture capital.
  • A business with linear, steady growth is not a good fit either.
  • If you are growing exponentially and can prove you can sustain it, then you have a shot with venture capital.
  • The business model that produces more “unicorns” than any other is a recurring revenue business.
  • A business where the customer comes back over and over again or needs a subscription to keep the service is key.

What are principles that you’ve developed to help guide you and build your businesses?

  • How you communicate to your employees is critical.
  • Culture is not ping pong tables and plush couches – building a great culture comes down to one word – Trust.
  • Your need to trust you and trust everyone else on their team.
  • If they know you have their back and everyone else on the team has each other’s, then they will own it together.
  • The way you get it is by, duh, trusting your employees to do their job and helping them be part of the success by engaging them and giving them a say.

You wrote a book called “The Five Forces.” Tell us about it and what are the 5 forces?

  • The Five Forces shows where we are headed in the future.
  • These forces will change all of our lives.
  • They are as follows:
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Brain Computer Interfaces
    • Genetics
    • Space Technology
    • Human Computer Intelligence (AGI/ASI)

 

Best Quote: Entrepreneurs are demand hunters. They cannot create demand, but they can find it and fill it.

 

Steven's Misfit 3:

  1. If you fail, don’t internalize the failure. You are not your failures.
  2. Don’t settle for what you think is possible. Growth comes from pushing yourself a little further.
  3. Listen to what you say to yourself. Are you talking to yourself in a negative or positive way? If it is negative, you have the power to change it and it will transform your life.

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Sep 8, 2021

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is JJ Virgin. Where to start with JJ? You’ve no doubt heard of her before. JJ, in many ways redefined fitness and nutrition for people world-wide. She is a 4-time New York Times Best-Selling author and prominent TV and Media personality including the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil, and numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, and many others.

And if that isn’t enough, she host her own podcast, Ask the Health Expert and is the founder of the premier health entrepreneur event and community, the Mindshare Summit. ​

But a lot of people don’t know that JJ’s biggest challenge and biggest success didn’t come in her businesses – it came from an event – her worst nightmare that she was able to turn into her biggest opportunity to grow and thrive.

www.JJVirgin.com

JJ has always been fascinated by nutrition and fitness all the way back to high school. She went to college and on a theatre scholarship. But she catered her way through college using it to pay for things. She dropped out of the theatre program and starting personal training people – being one of the first alongside Body by Jake. She switched to be an English major. She graduated from college with a full-blown personal training business doing 6-figures +. She went to grad school for health and nutrition.

She kept looking at the next things that people wanted and needed and creating them. All of what she did ended up helping her. Her theatre work helped her in promoting and showcasing her services and products on TV and stage. Her English degree helped her in writing her books, etc. And her catering work helped her to better understand foods to help with nutrition and her cookbooks.

You wrote Warrior Mom to document the story of your son and what you learned going through this traumatic time in your life – tell us about it.

  • Success is living on your own terms and helping others and making a difference. Success typically comes through some very hard challenges and sacrifices.
  • JJ was in the process of releasing her second book and was going BIG with it.
  • She went all in. She had 2 children, 15 and 16. The financial responsibilities were on her.
  • All of her money was tied up in the book launch and she even borrowed some for it.
  • She came home one day and her son, Grant, was agitated and they got into a little fight and Grant stormed out of the house.
  • The next thing she knows, her ex-husband and other son come in and tell her that Grant got hit by car and was airlifted to a local hospital.
  • She rushed to the hospital, and they ushered her into a conference room. She was told that her son was going to die. He had a torn aorta, and he had a deep coma with multiple brain bleeds, and they could not do that type of surgery there.
  • They also told her that he could not be airlifted because he would die during transport.
  • She had taught her kids that the only limitations are the ones in your mind and her other son looked at the doctor and said, they would take the chance.
  • The airlift worked and the other trauma center was ready and the exact opposite. They saved her son.
  • They fixed his heart, but they did not know if he would wake up. Additionally, he had 15 compound fractures that needed fixed.

At the 17 min mark, talks about her talking to him while in a coma and he would squeeze her hand. She committed right there to get him better than he was before the accident.

  • JJ committed everything to him and even got the hospital to give her an office so she could work as he was still on the hook for the book launch.
  • She realized that she had to take care of herself first and be in the best shape physically and mentally as she could to do everything and not risk being sick around her son.
  • She put the time in and did the work for him and the business and she broke her first million in business while working from the hospital.
  • Her son later told her than he saw “over there”, and it was wonderful, but he kept hearing her voice and decided to stay and no go.
  • The first 2-3 years of coming back were brutal, but after 8 years he is better than before the accident.

We are capable of so much more than we think we are, and your story shows that. Can you give more insight into this area?

  • You have no idea what you are capable of.
  • JJ said the lessons she shared in the book where already in her, but they were revealed going through the process.
  • When she was 30, she had a mentor – a personal training client. In a conversation, the client asked why she was in grad school and why she wanted to get her PhD. And the reason was that “I want to be more successful.” The lady just said “huh.”
  • It turns out the lady, Kay Smith, was a mindset trainer who never went to college. Kay told that if she ever wanted to be more successful, she would teach her.
  • Kay taught her a few things that made a huge breakthrough – so big, that she dropped out of school, drove all the way to Florida and moved in with her to “be taught.”
  • The first thing Kay did was put a rubber band on her wrist and tell her every time she had a negative thought to snap it. Kay taught her to tightly control her environment.
  • One of the key things she taught her were that “the only limitations were the ones in your mind.”

“If you want to learn something, teach it.”

2 Lessons really stood out - “Your limitations become your life.” And “Forgiveness will set you free.”

  • Forgiveness is tough. JJ used to be more resentful and hold grudges. She didn’t like it about herself and needed to change it.
  • She started choosing where to put her energy. Putting energy into negative things is not worth it.
  • It is harder than it seems. She thought she had forgiven the lady who did the “hit and run” on her son until they found her. JJ still had rage.
  • She learned a process from Dave Asprey on how to forgive.
  • Most often the biggest person you need to forgive is yourself. It is freeing.

What is your best advice for entrepreneurs to remain healthy and perform at their best?

  • This is the single more important thing to help your success.
  • We are the most important tool we have in our business.
  • Prioritizing self-care is one of the things that separates the most successful.
  • You have to move every single day. Do not skip this. It not only helps you body, but your brain.
  • You also have to prioritize sleep. Don’t steal from it. It helps in all areas.
  • When you wake up in the morning, you want to do some form of meditation. Even 10-20 mins.
  • Make sure the diet is right:
    • Figure out your food intolerances
    • Lower your sugar intake
    • Hire a coach to help you if need
    • Take supplements – you cannot get all you should have without them. A good multi-vitamin.
    • Extra magnesium
    • Fish oil
    • Optimize your vitamin D and take it with K
    • Take some extra vitamin C as stress blows it out
    • Get some Zinc
    • Take Quercetin

 

Best Quote: The only limitations are the ones in your mind...

 

JJ's Misfit 3: ​

  1. Find and always have an amazing mentor. Have a great community.
  2. Choose people that elevate you.
  3. Self-care. Good sleep, daily exercise, healthy diet, take supplements, and reduce stress.

 

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Sep 1, 2021

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, This episode is going to deal with a little heavier subject. I want to talk to you about death and dying. This past year, we lost both of your great Grandmothers – amazing women, Matriarchs in our family. And over the last few years, others, including another great Grandmother have passed on.

Death is a natural part of life. It is inevitable and is not something we escape. But I want you to understand that it is only the beginning of something greater. It is the final step toward our real home – our eternity with God in Heaven. In death, all our imperfections are righted on our way into Heaven and the best versions of ourselves are created.

It is amazing to think about this life in the context of eternity. Eternity is forever. Our time in this life is truly a blink of an eye in those terms. It goes by so fast. And while we are just passing through to a greater place and greater existence, this life that we have is special. As I’ve noted before, the odds of being born into this life are 1 in 4 trillion. So, while it goes by fast, we must cherish it. We must cherish the gifts we have been given and share them with the world and those around us. We must cherish the time we have with family and friends in this human form. We must cherish the amazing world that is around us and all that it has. We must maximize our potential and who we are capable of being. It is by God’s amazing grace that we have this opportunity. We must not waste it. We must not put too much energy into trivial things but reserve the best of ourselves for the best around us.

I will not deny that the passing of a loved one is sad and painful. We honor them through our grieving and through our memories of them. We also honor them by putting into practice what we’ve learned from them and by being our best selves. But, Hannah, I want you to understand that one day, we will be reunited with them in eternity. What a glorious and magnificent time that will be.

So, in the end, death is bittersweet. We lose our loved ones in this life, and we grieve them, but we gain an even greater life with them in eternity. And on our way to this future reunion, we get to make the most out of this life and all that it has to offer.

Hannah, you are so loved, and you give so much love. All those that have gone before you love you dearly and look down upon you with a smile and amazement at how wonderful you are. Honor them by living into and being your best self. And honor those around you by making sure they are better off for having known you and give to them in the ways in which you can make the most difference in their lives. On that note, I’ll leave you with this final thought…make the most out of every second of this life and cherish it while preparing yourself for eternity by living a good and just life.

I love you, ​

Daddy

 

Best Quote: All those that have gone before you love you dearly and look down upon you with a smile and amazement at how wonderful you are. Honor them by living into and being your best self. ​

 

Misfit 3:

  1. Death is a natural part of life. It is inevitable and is not something we escape. But I want you to understand that it is only the beginning of something greater.
  2. So, in the end, death is bittersweet. We lose our loved ones in this life, and we grieve them, but we gain an even greater life with them in eternity.
  3. Make the most out of every second of this life and cherish it while preparing yourself for eternity by living a good and just life.

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Aug 25, 2021

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Anthony Trucks. Anthony is a former NFL player, American Ninja Warrior, Best-Selling Author, and Founder of Anthony Trucks Industries and the Shift Method. He’s been featured everywhere from NBC, FOX, Netflix, WSJ, Success and INC.

Anthony has a heck of a story from starting in the foster care system to realizing and then seeing his NFL dream collapse, to starting his own business, losing it, losing his marriage, and almost his life, but then finding his redemption through a shift. Since the shift, Anthony has become one of the most sought-after speakers, coaches, and consultants out there today.

And I’ve brought him on to further share his story, what he learned and now teaches from his shift, and to get his best wisdom and advice on how to succeed and live a great life, not just as an entrepreneur, but a person in this world.

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Anthony was and his 3 siblings were given away when he was 3 years into foster care. It was 1986 and it was not a great situation. He was starved in some homes, beaten in others, and put through a lot of very rough stuff. By 6 years old, he was a sad little kid who was angry. At 6, he was placed into the family which is now his family today. He was with them for 8 years and they adopted him. But, they were poor and he grew up poor. His adoptive mom got diagnosed with MS. He tried out for football and was terrible. He checked out and was becoming a statistic. Most people don’t know that 75% of in-mates in prison are former foster care cases. As Anthony says, “He beat the odds.” He had an adoptive mom who “loved him past his crazy.”

At 15 he made a choice that he didn’t want to be a loser. To start, he didn’t want to suck at football. He learned to do the things that he didn’t want to do or weren’t in his current character and he transformed himself into a great ballplayer in 7 months. His biggest shift came from the inside and had this ferocious drive that he had done too much in the dark to get better and transform himself that no one was going to take it. This manifested in him being a top ballplayer and ultimately getting a scholarship to play at Oregon.

He made it to the NFL and tore his shoulder out in his 3rd year. He was a dad at 21 and had a family, but no paycheck. At this point, he had a massive identity crisis. Things came tumbling down. His marriage fell apart. The businesses he started failed. Then his adoptive mom passed away from MS. This was a wake-up call. It took him another 2 years to really wake up and change his life, but his mother’s death was the seed that grew into it.

At the 11:30 mark, Anthony talks about the moment before his mom passed away and his friend put things in perspective. This also was a seed that helped him in the future. A friend told him “This is your reality.” Those 4 words unlocked everything he had been experiencing. He cried and just drove to the middle of nowhere not telling anyone and his family and friends got worried. The police found him and brought him home. The next day he went to the gym and a friend he had since childhood told him, “Never do something like that ever again. When I found what happened, I thought I lost a hero.” This made Anthony realize life is worth living and gave perspective. All of the craziness of his life had meaning.

How does someone choose their identity? And how do they develop their life’s vision and know they have it right?

  • We either assume or survive into our identity.
  • A lot of people set goals for other people’s dreams.
  • You have set your own scale and truly answer the question of what you really want.
  • Once you have decided – let know tell you it cannot be done, or it is not what you want.
  • You need to then align your identity with what you want.
  • Who is the person you must become to get what you want? What does that person need to do live into that? What habits must you start or develop or stop? What actions do you need to take each day?

At the 24:30 mark, we talk about Simone Biles as an example of someone who may have lost her identity or being out of alignment with it in her exit from the Olympics (It was not revealed until much later that she had a death in her family which did impact her). It’s best to just listen to our discussion.

  • Do hard things to get stronger…

The Shift Method has 3 steps, what are they?

  • See: This is where you find your optimal zone. Find your specific areas that you need to work on.
  • Shift: Action ends suffering. Put a plan in place of the action items you need to do to improve in the areas you need to work on.
  • Sustain: Discipline. When you begin to shift, it will feel out of character and thus lends itself to quitting before you get your breakthrough. You must be disciplines to do the actions. You must do what needs to be done to become the person you know you should be. You must not stop. ​

What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned from your entrepreneur journey?

  • It’s a journey of predictable failure.
  • Fail and learn, fail and learn, etc.
  • Entrepreneurship is an identity in itself.
  • It is incredibly difficult and incredibly rewarding.
  • Entrepreneurship helps you find what you are truly meant to do.

 

Best Quote: There are two types of people in this world: Those that work and those that watch. Make sure you bow for your audience.

 

Anthony's Misfit 3:

  1. The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.
  2. Fall in love with the day, not just the destination. Enjoy the journey.
  3. There are two types of people in this world: Those that work and those that watch. Make sure you bow for your audience.

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Aug 18, 2021

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneurs are Alex and Leila Hormozi. Alex and Leila are an entrepreneur power couple. They have scaled three companies to well over $100M in cumulative sales across 3 different industries (software, service, eCommerce) and continue to grow.

Their companies include Gym Launch, a service and coaching company, Prestige Labs, a premium supplement company, and ALAN a lead management software firm. In fact, they took Gym Launch from 1 employee to over 70 and $28 million in revenue in just 3 years.

Needless to say, Alex and Leila have not only figured out how to scale and grow companies quickly and effectively, but they’ve also found the right balance as a couple to do it well and I want to dig into all of this with them in this episode.

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Alex and Leila both have Youtube Channels where they give a lot of advice

Alex and Leila met in 2016 through online dating. Both were very focused on their careers. But they met for the first data and found a lot of commonalities including their love of business and their backgrounds. How they saw business was similar. In fact, after Alex heard what Leila wanted to do, he told her to skip all that and come work with him. Over 3-4 weeks of them talking and her learning more about the Gym Launch concept, she saw a great opportunity to work together. She ended up leaving her business and joining him with Gym Launch. They ran the business as just them for a year and then began to build out the teams, etc.

They actually were doing such a good job that some gyms could not handle the capacity they were creating for them, and it caused problems. In fact, Alex and Leila almost gave up. They re-worked the business model so they or a rep for them did not have to be present and things took off. From there, they got into supplements specifically for gyms. They also developed a lead management software and other solutions.

Alex mentions that they had a logistically challenged business that they had to fix, even though they were very good at doing what they did.

Alex was good at the solution side, but Leila is really good at putting the team and leadership into place.

What has been your secret to working well as a couple?

Leila

  • They want to be around each other is the foundation. You have to desire to be around each other all the time.
  • There is never anything between them – they don’t allow things to go un-addressed, fixing them when they come up.
  • Delineating each other’s responsibilities is important.
  • Making sure to drive toward the same goals.

How does your dynamic work or change during tough times?

  • Alex We are fairly even keeled.
  • It’s important to separate a circumstance from emotions. It is not a reflection of who you are, it just is. 
  • Separating the stressor from the response is a key skill.
  • Finding out what information each other is working with that the other doesn’t have when there is a problem.
  • Staying in each other’s lanes when it comes to making decisions in the business is also very important. They trust each other to make the best decision, but seek input as needed.

What are the principles you use to develop a successful business and teams?

  • A lot of it is psychology. Really understanding people and making sure to put them in the best place to succeed.
  • Being willing to have good, but hard conversations.
  • Working on your emotional intelligence is very important to success.
  • You pick the people, you assemble the people, you coach the people.
  • “Sharp mind, kind heart, strong will.”
  • Core values: Candor, Micro-speed/macro-patience, have humility, give credit/take blame

At the 23 min mark, Alex and Leila talk about their culture…

“To have a great company – marry the smarts and the hearts.”

Explain your marketing and lead strategy…

  • Fundamentally, there are 2 ways to grow a business: Get more customers or make it each customer more profitable.
  • Fancy fails, simple scales.
  • Paid media, earned media, owned media are the areas of marketing.
  • Referrals are one of the best and easiest ways to grow. You should not scale other areas until the word of mouth is a significant driver of your business.
  • Mastering an area is that it will continue to produce once you’ve set things up and don’t have to be involved in it constantly.

Give an example of a front-end offer that works well?

Win-win.

For Gym Launch, a customer can start using Gym Launch absolutely free and if they don’t make at least $4000 in their first 30 days, you don’t have to continue.

Back-end?

  • Value ladders should never stop. You solve problem one and problem two, but solving problem two creates problem 3 that needs a solution and so on.
  • Value ladders typically stop at the level of competence of the entrepreneur selling them.
  • Your job is to continuously grow your ability to find and solve problems building out your value ladder.
  • Alex’s book on this is called Hundred Million Dollar Offers ​

Best advice for an entrepreneur starting out today?

  • If you are not moving at the pace you want to look at what you may be lacking. Is it a skill? Is it a belief? Is it a character trait? Identify this and go seek it.
  • Let go of any identity that you hold – identity is habit and may not serve you in the way you need to succeed. Start with a blank slate and become the person you need to be through the habits needed to succeed at what you are doing.

 

Best Quote: To have a great company – marry the smarts and the hearts.

 

Alex and Leila's Misfit 3:

  1. Alex: Think in decades not months. ​
  2. Leila: 99% of your thoughts are not true.
  3. Alex: Do the boring work.
  4. Leila: ​Feelings are not to be obeyed, but something to be managed.
  5. Alex: Volume begets skill. The more you do, the better you get. The better you get, the more you do. ​
  6. Leila: ​Learning how to make smart decisions is one of the best skills you can require. Don’t build up decision debt.

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Aug 11, 2021

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Robert Burr. Bob is one of kind. He’s been in the oil business for over 40 years and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars during his career. He’s shared the stage with everyone from Robert Kiyosaki to Peter Schiff educating people on the opportunities, benefits, and risks of investing in oil and gas.

Bob is a master syndicator and deal strategist…but you know what, he retired a number of years ago and after spending almost every day on the golf course and with grandkids, he felt the urge to come back. It it was the pandemic that made him jump back in with both feet because it created some of the best oil and gas opportunities he says he’s ever seen.

I asked him to come on to share his wealth of knowledge on investing in oil and gas and his philosophies on business.

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Bob started out in the insurance business in the 70’s and had huge success. He was making more money than he ever thought he would. His brother got into the oil business and recruited him to help sell the investments. His brother would run the business and he would raise the money. The timing proved to be tough as it came right as oil and gas embargoes started, but they worked their way through and went on to have massive success over many years.

As Bob says, “It wasn’t easy, but it has been a passionate, life-fulfilling mission that he would not trade.” Bob wrote about his story in his book, Leaving Your Pack.

At the 6 min mark, Bob talks about a conversation with his dad that helped put him on his path and about “being in the game.” “

  • The day I can no longer compete in life is the day I hope God takes me…”
  • All this is, life, is a big game and we get to play and compete every day.
  • Everyone has 24 hours. You have to show up for your 24 hours and keep showing up.

Talk to us about the types of things and deals you do in oil and gas…

  • Bob talks first about the geological side and how it is very hard when starting.
  • You have to try multiple fields to find one that is good.
  • He hit big on one field and sold it in the early 90’s to marathon and was able to retire.
  • After many years of retirement, his boys got into the business. He decided to help them avoid a lot of the early mistakes and come out of retirement.
  • One of the benefits of oil and gas is the tax advantages – up to 90% in the first year against your income.
  • Bob raises money to drill his wells and targets a 3-year payout alongside the tax advantage.
  • He focuses on good, solid income producing wells that will product for many years.
  • The drop in oil prices during the virus was an opportunity of a lifetime for him and his investors.

What are the risks that people should know about when investing in oil and gas?

  • Conventional new well drilling is successful about 20% of the time, so pretty risky.
  • Bob focuses on proven oil fields that are already producing and getting a piece of them.
  • Proven production and proven recoverable reserves are key to limiting risk.
  • In some cases, Bob will drill the well with his money to test it out and if he finds oil, he will then use investor money to build the well out. This is least risky for the investor.
  • Bob is obsessed with making money for his investors and has built his reputation on it.

At the 26 min mark, Bob talks about the tax-free way to “roll” oil gains like a 1031 exchange and defer taxes…

  • What are the principles you build your businesses on?
  • Bob wasn’t great with people – his brother ran the business side and Bob brought in the money.
  • But then he lost his brother and had to come to grips with who he was and change because he was a selfish person.
  • He soul searched and really made a commitment to become someone who truly loves his people. Initially, he thought he would “fake it til he made it,” but in the act of caring and putting his people first, he began to change and become that person.
  • It’s the same with partners/investors – without them, you cannot win, so take care of them and help them.
  • “In order to have a successful business, you have to sincerely, from your soul, love your people.”

Other great lessons about entrepreneurship and how to succeed from your journey?

  • Getting into a deal is a lot easier than getting out of one.
  • It’s better to kill a deal than to get into a bad one.
  • Be so sensitive.
  • Don’t do business with people that have an acidic personality. Do business with people that have a soul and heart.
  • Success is not easy. Educate yourself to be ready and know the good and bad sides and be prepared either way.

 

Best Quote: In order to have a successful business, you have to sincerely, from your soul, love your people.

 

Bob's Misfit 3:

  1. You can’t do anything without passion. If you are not being fulfilled spiritually, you cannot give it every it requires.
  2. You must have total commitment. Once you decide, commit.
  3. Take care of your spiritual relationship with God and love people.

 

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Aug 4, 2021

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is David Bradford. David is well known throughout the world for his work and development of Interpersonal Dynamics -arguably the most sought-after course at Stanford Business School. He is the Eugene O’Kelly II Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Leadership at Stanford and has been leading in his areas of expertise since 1969.

His work in Interpersonal Dynamics has been at the forefront of how to build great relationships in business and in life and David has been tapped by many of the largest companies in the world to help them in better developing their leaders and teams. He is the co-author, with Carole Robin, of the best-selling book, Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues. The book is in many ways the Stanford course he is so well-known for packaged in an easy to use and implement guide so anyone can put the principles to work. ​

And its these principles that I want to dig into today, so let’s jump in.

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David did his doctoral work in social psychology with an emphasis on interpersonal group behavior. He learned how to get students working in groups of 12 to get better at interpersonal relations and was brought to Stanford to help teach this to generations. Students call it “touchy/feely.” Over the course of a semester students learn how to be more open and authentic and get it validated from their peers. The experience is often transformation for students. After succeeding for so many years, David and his co-author, Carol decided that they could help people build powerful relationships on a larger scale by putting their process into a book, Connect.

What is Interpersonal Dynamics?

  • The course is part of the business school because business is about relationships. Strong relationships.
  • We have to look at how we relate to other people and it will be different for each person – there isn’t one way to do it.
  • Interpersonal Dynamics is about creating strong relationships where people can be honest, authentic, and work through challenges successfully together.

What is an exceptional relationship and what are the characteristics of them?

  • Relationships are on a continuum. Some are casual or superficial. Others are closer. We have friends that we share experiences with as well as intimate ones.
  • Exceptional relationships have 6 core dimensions that David has discovered throughout his career. They are as follows
    • #1: Can I be myself? Not having to “spin an image.” Can I tell you who I really am?
    • #2: Can I build conditions where you can be yourself and let yourself be known? This builds trust.
    • #3: Do I know that neither of us will use this information against the other person?
    • #4: Can we be honest and say what we mean and mean what we say?
    • #5: Can we lean into the conflicts and learn from them in a way that builds the relationship?
    • #6: Are we committed to each other’s growth and development.
  • This is high standard. If you have 3-4 exceptional relationships, you are ahead of the game.

Is there one of the dimensions that is harder to achieve in a relationship?

  • Each one has its own needs, but the hardest one is learning to deal with conflicts.
  • We have trouble with getting and giving feedback.
  • We have trouble dealing with someone being upset with us.
  • We need to see conflict in a positive sense.
  • Conflict is a sign something needs to be fixed.
  • If you car is broke, you don’t say “Bad car!,” you get it fixed.

At the 11 min mark, David tells the story of how he and Carol had a falling out and used the dimensions to repair their relationship.

  • Carol and David had a very strong relationship.
  • They were both teaching the interpersonal course and David had mentored Carol.
  • Carol was set to replace David as he was moving to Emeritus.
  • Carol wanted a new title and some other things that David didn’t really think was needed and he did not go to bat for her with the University.
  • It hurt their relationship deeply.
  • After some time passed and each reflected, they got together and neither ended up agreeing, but they understood each other and accepted each other’s views, it allowed them to rebound and even led to them writing the book.
  • Logic and feelings are both important. It’s the feelings behind the logic that give it importance.
  • Logic and feelings are partners. Not in opposition. We don’t want logic to fully control us like Spock on Star Trek and we also don’t want feelings to fully control us. But if we don’t recognize our feelings, then they do control us. So, can we know what we are feeling and now what we want and have them work together.

What are some of the things people should be doing to put their relationships on a path toward exceptional?

  • At the 18 min mark, David talks about how they do the groups with the students at Stanford. It’s best to listen.
  • You should look at each of the 6 Dimensions/variables and ask where you can improve.
  • Then focus on getting a little bit better and growing each area of improvement.

You worked with and advised some of the biggest companies in the world include top Silicon Valley startups, where are some of the biggest challenges in most companies when it comes to building better relationships?

  • Entrepreneurs often have a great idea and pull in others, but they over-emphasize what they know.
  • Building a company and solution is complicated.
  • It is hard as a leader to both have a vision and drive but stop and listen to other people.
  • At the 25 min mark, David tells the story of George Washington being talked out of attacking New York by his team and if he had, they would have been defeated and the US would not exist.
  • You have to be able to make decisions and know where you are going, but listen to others and implement their feedback at the same time.

At an individual leader level, what are things they should thinking about when interacting 1:1?

  • What is often most difficult to recognize that the power differential between them and their direct reports.
  • In the end, they are the boss. They hold the employee’s future in their hand. So leaders have to work extra hard to make sure their relationships are strong enough to get the truth, but also that they maintain the line of being the boss and not becoming a friend.
  • Asking “Am I doing anything that is getting in the way?” or “How can I be more helpful?” is important to show you are willing to work with people and adapt to help them succeed.

What do you see in the great leaders you’ve worked with on how they balance being a leader and being a friend?

  • It’s both.
  • Your primary objective is the organization.
  • This doesn’t keep your from building a strong, open relationship with direct reports.
  • At the 31 min mark, David tells the story of Jeff Immelt, former CEO of GE, giving a talk at Stanford discussing his relationship at GE with then CEO, Jack Welch. He said they were friends and liked each other. Jeff worked for Jack.
  • Jeff had a time where he didn’t meet his numbers for 2 quarters. At a leadership retreat, Jack pulled him aside and said “Jeff, I really like, but a 3rd quarter like that and you are out.”
  • They could be friends, but Jack never forgot that his first duty was the organization.
  • Hiring and growing people is important – we hire people for their potential and it your duty to help them. Feedback is a gift.

Any practices or habits leader embody that help them learn to get better?

  • Leaders need to know themselves.
  • If you want a leader to be liked, you are in trouble. You want to be a leader that is effective. You need to get likes and approval somewhere else.
  • Can you live with the fact that a direct report is mad at your or disappointed in you and not bend yourself into a pretzel?
  • This important when you need to terminate someone.
  • Can you honor differences in style with direct reports? This is important and needed to succeed. Don’t just hire people like you. ​

What works or mentors have influenced you most in your career?

  • David’s father.
  • Carol.
  • The best mentors have been the mistakes he’s made. And what he has learned has been huge for his success.
  • David sometimes has a class that doesn’t go well, and he takes time to write down why.
  • Mistakes are learning opportunities and you must use them as such.

 

Best Quote: Logic and feelings are partners. Not in opposition. We don’t want logic to fully control us like Spock on Star Trek and we also don’t want feelings to fully control us. But if we don’t recognize our feelings, then they do control us. So, can we know what we are feeling and now what we want and have them work together.

 

David's Misfit 3:

  1. We constantly have choices. “I can’t” is a choice. Whatever you decide on anything, is a choice. Own it.
  2. Realize that your goal is not to be perfect, but to be human and show who you are.
  3. See disagreement and conflict as a sign that there is something here we need to work on. Seek a 3rd alternative that has the best of both. See conflict as a source of creativity and a source of growth.

 

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Jul 28, 2021

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, Between this Lessons for Hannah and the next one, you will turn 9 years old. Nine! It feels like it was just yesterday that I held you for the first time and saw your first smile. Time goes so fast, and you wake up one day and your baby has grown into an amazing little girl who is already making her impact on the world. Hannah, you have impacted your mother and I in so many ways (most of them good, ha ha) and I wanted to take this time to give you 9 ways you are amazing as you turn 9 years old. Here goes.

  1. You have a beautiful and caring heart and are not afraid to show your love to all those around you. You are always there to put a smile on our face or give us one of your little notes telling us how much you love us. Never stop doing this.
  2. You have a mischievous side that keeps you active, and yes sometimes get you into trouble, but keeps you curious and learning – and keeps us on out toes. Although, it sometimes frustrates me, this quality will prove so useful during your life. Never stop being curious or learning.
  3. I love, love, love the sense of humor you have developed. It’s witty, yet sometimes sarcastic, but always playful. You’ve even started talking in movie lines like your crazy dad and mom do way too much. (Also, the occasional quote from The Office)
  4. You are also strong, not just physically (amazingly, at 9 years old, you are just about a black belt), but also in the way you approach life. This isn’t surprising – you have always been strong and brave since the moment I first held you.
  5. You have a talent for music and continue to grow and increase your abilities every day. I don’t say it as much as I should, but I love hearing you sing while playing piano or your Ukulele.
  6. You are very comfortable in your own skin and being by yourself. You can keep yourself busy for hours and are independent in your way. Many people afraid to be by themselves and face who they are. You do it every day and can with ease because of your good heart and curiosity for the world around you.
  7. You are very giving. How often do you whip out your little wallet and offer to pay for something like groceries or want to give to one of your family members? It’s like 10 times a week. And of course, even though you persist, I have to explain that you do not have to buy our groceries, but the act of giving and helping others is inherent in you and I love that you want to and are always look for ways to help.
  8. You are personable. While you are very comfortable being on your own, you are also great with others and easily can adapt to new people and become fast friends. You can walk into a room full of people you’ve never met, and within a short time, almost everyone will know you and like you. This is just part of who you are – never lose it.
  9. Lastly, you are an amazing blessing to your mother and I and all those you come in contact with. You are an incredible daughter, granddaughter, friend, cousin, sister to your puppies, and a bright light of goodness in this world.

Hannah, I could keep listing ways you are amazing, but you’ve got a lot more birthdays ahead of you and I need to save a few to add to this list each year. Just know that your mother and I, family, friends, etc. love you, are proud of you, and are so lucky to have your impact in our lives. Happy 9th birthday!

I love you,

​Daddy

 

Best Quote: Many people afraid to be by themselves and face who they are. You do it every day and can with ease because of your good heart and curiosity for the world around you.

 

Misfit 3:

  1. Keep growing, learning, and being true to yourself.
  2. Never stop doing to little things for those you love and showing you care.
  3. The willingness to give to others is a wonderful quality. Never lose it.

 

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Jul 21, 2021

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Matt Lohmeier. You may have heard of Matt as he has been in the news over the last year when he wrote a book and spoke out about the dangers of marxism and its effect on people’s lives, especially the military. He was a lieutenant colonel in command of a space-based missile warning squadron for the United States Space Force and was subsequently terminated after writing the book and speaking out.

While Matt’s story has been controversial politically – politics is not why I asked him to be on the show. No matter who you are or what you believe, at some point in your life you will need to take a stand to defend your principles and in today’s day and age with seemingly endless twitter mobs and cancel culture rampant, that is not an easy, no, an almost impossible thing to do. I want to explore what compelled Matt to take his stand and use his lessons learned to help you for when it’s your turn.

And lastly, while I know Matt has deep concerns about marxism and its danger to the American way of life – I think there is something that is even more dangerous and that is the loss of entrepreneurs. We are going to explore all this and more in this episode.

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Book: Irresistible Revolution

The views that Matt expresses are his views and not those of the military. Matt has served in the military for over 15 years and has been a fighter pilot logging over 1200 hours with F15s and other planes. Most recently, he was in command of a space unit in the Space Force. During 2020, as he saw what was happening in the culture and the woke culture, he recognized the seeds of marxism behind a lot of it. And he saw how much it was polarizing society. He recognized many of the talking points of marxism from his studies in the military and on his own.

At the 5:30 mark, Matt talks about the oppressor vs. oppressed mantra from Marx and the Communist Manifesto and started to see it being brought into and impacting the military. There were trainings being done in the military that re-enforced marxist principles. He saw it as his duty to speak up and wrote his book the Irresistible Revolution. He was fired a week later.

What was the catalyst that compelled you to take your stand?

  • The military service member shoulders and important and large burden in that they have to be and remain un-political.
  • Politics until recently have remained out of the military, but things have become much more politized.
  • This started to create a climate in the military that stifled free speech and made service members fearful. It created a climate that hampered innovation and started to infringe on the oath he took to defend the Constitution.
  • Matt believes that integrity and preservation of the individual and their rights and freedoms is paramount and could not let those things be infringed upon.

Can you explain why marxism is such a danger to the American way of life, entrepreneurs, and the individual?

  • At the 13 min mark, Matt talks about the founding philosophy of the US with a focus on the individual and their natural rights vs. marxism’s goal of collectivism and removing the worth of the individual and instilling that worth in a group instead.
  • Marxism can only survive by making everyone a victim and calling for violent force to overthrow the system and creating a collective run state that owns the means of production and is control or all – no private property, no natural rights, no entrepreneurship, etc.
  • It destroys the individual and their potential.
  • The principles the underpin the founding of the country are what have unleashed the potential of mankind and given them the freedom to reach it, especially for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs are great at using logic and reason to succeed, but as a whole, society runs more on emotion – how do we get back to using logic and reason as a society to better manage the emotional reactions so many have in today’s world?

  • There is emotionally induced illogic and the influence of emotion on the ability to think critically is important to understand. This has been studied and it has been proven, the more emotion, the more the ability to think clearly is diminished.
  • At the 25 min mark, Matt explains this throughout history using examples and how we can get back to logic/reason and better tap into the entrepreneurial side of ourselves.
  • Pay attention to rhetoric. For example, equality vs. equity. People have the right to be free of discrimination or roadblocks to equal opportunity. But equity means forced equality of outcomes, not opportunity. This is totalitarian. It ends up in inequality and discrimination of one group over another.
  • If the state has to ensure outcomes, it chooses what people get and forcibly takes from others. It becomes a large authoritarian/totalitarian lust for power state.

Entrepreneurs are the biggest line of defense. Everything stems from entrepreneurship. To take an idea from nothing and do what has to be done to create something around it that creates benefits for others that impacts their lives and the lives of others. Capitalism and the principles of the US unleash this. What an incredible opportunity we have at our fingertips every day that most do not have.

What should entrepreneurs be doing to share and show the success of entrepreneurship and capitalism?

  • You are a leader – whether leading a large or small group, or just impacting one person for your sphere of influence.
  • You must do all you can to foster the creative impulse and spirit of entrepreneurship and keep forces that would destroy it away.
  • Leaders influence culture and impact culture – this can be positive or negative.
  • Dialogue is a good thing, but context in which dialogue unfolds is important.
  • You must share ideas and the logical reasons for them, but not force ideas on people and lead out of fear.
  • Everyone is uniquely situated to bring something to a team – discussion and free thinking is critical to a great culture and you as a leader must foster the kind of climate that can allow this and allow for disagreement without punishment.

What advice would you give someone to get over the hump and take the stand they know they need to take?

  • Some things are worth falling on your sword over and other things just aren’t.
  • You have to determine whether the issue you think you need stand on is really worth it.
  • If so, you need to study and learn about the issue very well and be very well versed in it. You must understand it.
  • You also must weigh the cost(s).
  • The book Ordinary Men is an example of what can happen if a stand is not taken.
  • Matt judged the issue to be worth the cost and it was important to speak up early before things became worse. ​

Final thoughts?

  • The loss of entrepreneurship is a devastating blow to America and Marxist ideology directly threatens that. These are issues that should not be partisan.

 

Best Quote: The loss of entrepreneurship is a devastating blow to America and Marxist ideology directly threatens that.

 

Matt's Misfit 3:

  1. Be authentic. Speak the truth. It will enhance your life personally and professionally and speaking the truth is courage which is desperately needed.
  2. Determine your aim and pursue it vigorously by prioritizing your life consistent with that aim.
  3. Learn constantly, but don’t be ever learning and never come to the knowledge of the truth of things. Seek truth to reason appropriately and use logic based on sound principles.

 

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