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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!

May 11, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Yaro Starak. Yaro has an awesome entrepreneur story. From growing up sleeping in an old van parked in the backyard of his small home in Australia to working multiple jobs trying to make ends meet, putting himself through college – Yaro learned he wasn’t an employee. His first breakthrough came in the form a website where he gained following and traction making money with banner ads.

I won’t spoil his story, as I want him to tell it, but he went on to create more online businesses, especially in the blogging space making millions, and created his financial independence. Today he invests in companies – making over 30+ investments to date, continues to build others and coach entrepreneurs. He’s been featured everything from Forbes to Entrepreneur and Business Insider. His latest project is called Inbox Done, an email management company.

I asked him to come on the show to share what he’s learned on his journey and how you can use it in your life.

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Yaro shares his story and his experience during this time having business and property in Ukraine. His father was born in Ukraine and escaped after WWII and immigrated to Australia where Yaro was born. When Yaro turned 18, it was 1998 during the Dotcom boom. He started a card game business, a media site where it had commentary, e-commerce store, and he sold advertising. When he went to college, he started an essay editing business to offer editing/proofreading that became a full-time business. In 2005, he got into blogging and found a lot of success and still does it today. He was an early adopter. He sold off the essay company and card business and focused on blogging full time. He turned the blogging into creating courses, e-books, a membership site, etc. It was the first business that did over a million dollars. He traveled the world living in over 26 cities running the business. He did it up until 5 years ago. He then started his current company Inbox Done to help provide outsourced professional assistants.

What are some of the principles you have applied to your different businesses that have allowed you to be consistently successful?

  • Compounding a skill set. For example, with the card business, content helped build a community, this gave an audience that could be monetized.
  • Content was used to drive sales in the essay company through SEO.
  • Content is also a driver for Inbox Done.
  • Using the written/spoken word to build an audience and build trust has been the common principle used to build the businesses.

Best advice on how to write good content and sell with it?

  • First is the delivery mechanism. It is all about technology and it is constantly changing.
  • Email has been tried and true alongside a blog/website.
  • What you put into the content will follow the same strategy.
  • Look at what kind of content you will produce and how it relates to your goal of building the business.
  • Storytelling is powerful which is intimate and grows trust.
  • Step 1 is always telling a story. But, your story telling must turn into the strategic goal you have for the business. Each business will require different content and stories focused for it.
  • What does your business do and what are the rejection points from people purchasing – use story to discuss these and show why people should buy.
  • Email newsletters are most important. Email is the only true platform you have 100% control of, so building your list is critical.

Can you layout the components of your business models that you have duplicated?

  • It is different depending on the product or service.
  • It starts with what you are excited about building what need you can meet in the marketplace.
  • Next, you must understand the right business model to capitalize on the need that must be met.
  • Then it is all about execution.

If you choose one model to work with, which one is best?

  • Yaro at different times in his life would answer this differently.
  • Blogging was very simple, but it required consistency and constant creation of content – you’re on a treadmill. It is harder to scale.
  • A business that is more SAAS or marketplace oriented, it can scale easier.
  • If he had to choose, it would be to build a company that can scale without him.

Talk to us about blogging. How does someone create a million-dollar business blogging?

  • It’s changed a lot.
  • Things are way more crowded and there are way more platforms.
  • Niching down is important for blogging today.
  • Story telling about real results will always work. How content and stories are important.
  • Stay specialized and differentiate yourself in every way you can to help you stand out. Double down on everything that is different. The content will help you stand out in search engines.
  • At the 28 min, Yaro gives an example.
  • When you go narrow, you still have a large enough audience in today’s world to have a really good audience.

Thoughts on driving traffic?

  • It continues to be very dynamic.
  • Google ads and SEO can work well for niche.
  • Podcasts are a great medium.
  • A solid referral program for clients to refer.
  • Branding to drive a sense of awareness in your niche – what is the message you need to state that stands out and makes you different?
  • Build an email list!
  • Get published – go in front of audiences that are interested in what you are doing. Whatever platforms those are – get in front of people on them.
  • Things do not work straightaway or at all sometimes, so you must be ready to pivot and try others. Keep trying and testing mediums. ​

How do you keep up with everything and stay successful across your businesses?

  • Genuine interest and passion for what he does which drives intent.
  • Intent drives focus. Researching and learning to stay on top and be a leader in his space.
  • Most important is to make sure you structure your life and business for the free time you need and the time you need to keep on top of things.
  • 80/20 Rule. Focus on the most important things and delegate or eliminate the rest.
  • It’s not so much about “working hard and the time you put in,” its about working hard on the right things that move the needle and it’s ok if takes just a few hours a day. Focus on getting the results.
  • Use technological automation. Build teams by hiring or outsourcing.

 

Best Quote: It’s not so much about “working hard and the time you put in.” It's about working hard on the right things that move the needle and it’s ok if takes just a few hours a day. Focus on getting the results.

 

Yaro's Misfit 3:

  1. There will be ups and downs, but neither will last forever.
  2. Rest is the foundation for performance.
  3. Focus on where your creativity can add value for others.

 

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May 4, 2022

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.

Ok, so here goes…this week’s Lesson for Hannah.

Hannah, In this episode, we celebrate the 300th episode of the Misfit Entrepreneur. And it’s only fitting that it should be a Lessons for Hannah episode. Wow, 300 episodes – that is almost 6 years’ worth of interviews from the top entrepreneur and minds in their areas of expertise. First, I want to give my sincerest thanks to all of you that support and listen to the show. You are the best audience anyone could ever ask for. Second, I can honestly say at this point that you can find an expert on pretty much any topic in business and entrepreneurship amongst the Misfit Entrepreneurs. And I would put the content produced by this show and these entrepreneurs up against any MBA program in the world. In fact, if I can be so bold, I would say that if someone listens to the Misfit Entrepreneur for 1 year and puts the wisdom and guidance shared by these amazing entrepreneurs into practice in their lives, they will be light years ahead of most MBA programs.

Why do I say that and why is it important? Because it is part of the lesson I want to teach you today. As I write this, the world is in turmoil. Not that there isn’t always something going in the world, but particularly this time in history, I think, will end up being significant. Why? Because when history looks back at this time period, it will have a lot to keep up with. We just came out of a pandemic after 2 years where unprecedented measures were taken – in many cases to unimaginable extremes. Coming out of the pandemic, the US and the world has had to contend with a generational economic upheaval that is still in progress and will be for some time. On top of that, we have a major war in Europe in which one side, Russia, more and more, is talking about the use of nuclear weapons. We are seeing supply shortages of many things, but especially food and energy throughout the world. And if that is not enough, we have had governments create massive amounts of debt printing money to no end and injecting it into economies alongside the supply shocks, causing Inflation to reach 40-year highs.

So, what is the lesson I want you to learn in the midst of all of this. First, those that can understand, but separate themselves from all that is happening in the world, and see the “forest through the trees” will find massive opportunities. To do that, they will need to self-educate and take lessons from history. For example, we have been in this situation with inflation before from 1972-1983. If you study this period, it will give you some great insight into what to expect during these times and where opportunities are hidden.

Second, you must think independently and not follow the herd. I amazed at how many things are upside down from even just a few years ago. People scream things like “follow the science” only to change what “the science” is 2 days later. We cannot even agree on how many genders there are anymore. The number seems to change by the week. We are told that down is up and up is down and that things we know to be true are no longer true – things that have held up since time has been recorded in some cases. This where history comes in again. Throughout our human history there have been many times where we did ridiculous things, and the herd, the majority went along with it. There was a time when the consensus of the world was that it was flat and anyone who said it wasn’t, was shunned. We used to burn people at the stake because the herd somehow in a perverted way of thinking claimed them to be witches. In more recent times, we were told that wearing a mask from the time we enter a restaurant to the time we sat down, was needed to prevent getting a virus, but once sitting, we could take it off and breath openly, and everything would be fine – but we would have to put it back on again to leave the restaurant. Regardless of your view on masking, there is no science behind that – its just the herd mentality at work.

The major point I want to make in this lesson is that there are going to be times of turmoil in your life where it seems like the world is on fire and the herd is going in a direction that defies the reality that we know to be true and that has proven to be true. Hannah, it is during these times that the most successful keep their wits about them and stay grounded finding amazing opportunities. But you must be prepared and that comes from self-education and independently thinking things through – not just going along with the herd. Be curious and don’t be afraid to ask questions and challenge the herd mentality. In fact, one of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Jefferson where he said, “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” This quote sums it up. Question things with boldness for the truth will hold up in the end vs. following the herd out of fear and going along with things that are not true. Hannah, this may be one of the most important lessons I can ever give you and I hope that you take it to heart and use it throughout your life. This lesson has served me very well in life and in business, and as I think through over 300 episodes of speaking to some of the greatest minds of our time, I find that that they embody this mentality as well.

Hannah, there are so many other lessons to share you and many new ones for me to learn and I look forward to sharing them over the next 300 episodes!

I love you,

Daddy

 

Best Quote: If I can be so bold, I would say that if someone listens to the Misfit Entrepreneur for 1 year and puts the wisdom and guidance shared by these amazing entrepreneurs into practice in their lives, they will be light years ahead of most MBA programs.

 

Misfit 3:

You must learn to think independently of the herd and logically make decisions.

There are going to be times of turmoil in your life where it seems like the world is on fire and the herd is going in a direction that defies the reality that we know to be true and that has proven to be true. It is during these times that the most successful keep their wits about them and stay grounded finding amazing opportunities.

Question things with boldness for the truth will hold up in the end vs. following the herd out of fear and going along with things that are not true.

 

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Apr 27, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Molly Rose Speed. Molly has a great story. She is a military spouse who had enough of being a corporate accountant cubicle dweller and decided to create a business to help military spouses and others reach their own dreams through entrepreneurship. In fact, she was named 1st Special Operations Group Spouse of the Year.

She is the creator of Virtual Assistant Academy which provides trusted Virtual Assistant solutions and flawless tech execution to busy entrepreneurs and business owners. Molly has become the go-to professional for some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the speaker/author and content creator industry. Even the former president of Chicken Soup of the Soul is her client. Molly has created the life she dreamed of and is helping others do the same. And I’ve asked her on the share her story and how to completely outsource your business.

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Molly was a young, focused executive hustling in corporate America. She woke up one day and realized that there was more to life than just moving up the corporate ladder. Her husband was being deployed at a rapid speed. And when he was home, she was working and they hardly could see each other. So, she quit. Her husband came home to find out she did not have a job and said, “OK, you’ve got 4 months to figure this out.” She started doing freelance work and had success. It evolved into more clients and success in the personal development space. She was creating the life she wanted and other military spouses kept asking her how she did it. She saw an opportunity to help other military spouses do what she was doing in the virtual assistant space. Virtual Assistant Management was born.

How did being a military spouse help prepare you for entrepreneurship?

  • You’re given this huge responsibility of running the ship when your spouse is gone. The house, the family, the finances, all the little things that couples would do, but on your own.
  • There is a level independence that being a military spouse teaches you which helps to transfer to entrepreneurship
  • . It also teaches you to be resilient and adaptable.

What there a catalyst that spurred you to quit? And what is your advice for someone who is in the same place you were and wants to make the leap to entrepreneurship?

  • She went to a conference for high-potential young professionals.
  • The term entrepreneur, the ability to use your skills and talents to create and sell services was introduced to her.
  • Learning this gave her the lightbulb moment that there was another way.
  • She was getting completely drained every day in the corporate world and was in tears a lot of days.
  • She had to trust in herself and created a plan and took action on it. She had the choice and the power – it just needed her to take action. She did.

Talk about having a plan and taking action. How do you advise people in this area?

  • First, you must figure out what you actually want.
  • Define what you want your work to be. For example, Molly defined hers as a position that she can do virtually, on her own time, that pays her at least 75% of what she was making in the corporate space.
  • When you envision what you want, the universe will open it up to you.
  • But it takes an action plan.
  • You should know what you are going to do every day.
  • You should reach to others and let them know what you are doing. Your Power 100 list – the most influential people and those close to you that should know as they may be able to help you.
  • “By doing nothing, you are not going to get anywhere.”

Other lessons that you feel are most important from your journey?

Being present in the interactions with people you are with every day.

  • How you spend your day is how you spend your day – and it is your choice how to spend it.
  • It is amazing how fast you can build a network.
  • Pay attention to the people that show up and the opportunities – they can come out of nowhere and are so important. Be open to them.

Talk to us about utilizing virtual assistants, the dos and don’ts, etc.

  • Entrepreneurs have a passion for the solution they are providing, but as they grow, they find that they wear a lot of hats and have created a number of jobs for themselves.
  • There is a big difference between running a company and creating a job for yourself.
  • Entrepreneurs need a plan to outsource from the beginning.
  • When it comes to hiring a virtual assistant, it should be the first person an entrepreneur hires as they can where several hats and take a number of things off the entrepreneur’s plate. 
  • They give you leverage at a lower cost.

If you were coaching someone on how to hire their first VA, what would you have them do?

  • First, recognizing all the things that are on your plate and then start cherry picking all of the things you want to offload. This serves as your initial job description.
  • Start with 5 hours a week.
  • Each week should have a weekly meeting with the VA and an action plan with roles and responsibility.
  • You can use a project management tool like Monday to help.
  • Communication throughout the week is important. VAs where a lot of hats and have a number of ways to communicate – pick the medium that works best for you.
  • Make them part of the team, share your goals and how they can make a bigger impact.
  • By knowing the bigger picture, VAs can find opportunities to make things even better.
  • Clarity is very important for everyone in the process to maximize productivity and success.

Tell us about hiring an outsourced, COO…

  • This is the goal of a tenured VA in their career.
  • They are the right-hand person for a business owner.
  • They take your vision and run with the strategy, the how, and run and delegate a team to help execute the vision.
  • A level below that is an OBM – outsourced business manager.
  • This can be done at a fractional level, and you don’t need a 40 hour/week employee. They can execute their duties in 10-20 hours per week.

What are the major duties Outsourced COOs do and how can they do it in less than 40 hours per week?

  • Technology and automation is a big part of things.
  • Outsourced COOs are very good at building systems.
  • They are good at taking projects and mapping everything out, hiring the needed contractors to help to do it.
  • They can do payroll and book-keeping and interface with others in the business and even clients.
  • They are the gate-keeper for the entrepreneur.
  • Costs for COOs range from retainers of $5000 to paying a commission or a mix of both.

Talk about automation and its importance…

  • If you are doing any task that is repetitive, you need to automate it and automate it all the way down to things like email templates.
  • Online schedulers are very important to maximize productivity.
  • Your sales funnels, how you sell, and after-sales engagement, etc. should be automated.
  • Every area of a business, if broken down, can have a lot of it automated.

Other best practices to free time and be productive?

Take some time and look at your calendar for the last couple weeks. How did you spend your time? Did you enjoy it? How many things would have made sense to avoid or eliminate?

  • Pay attention to what you are saying “yes” to and decide if you should be saying “yes” to these things.
  • Working in sprints of say 90 mins at a time and then having a little break is good to help.
  • You can also work in 45-minute sprints with a short break to maximize productivity.
  • You must be intentionally with your scheduling and plans.
  • You must also create days off.
  • Automation is very important to help make this a reality.

​ Any other advice for managing and hiring VAs?

  • There is a big difference between overseas and local VAs.
  • It takes more work for overseas, but there are great people.
  • For overseas, you must be very specific and be willing to work across the different time zones. In fact, local VAs can even help hire and manage overseas VAs.
  • There is a place both types in a business.

 

Best Quote: By doing nothing, you are not going to get anywhere. 

 

Molly Rose Misfit 3:

Time freedom – wherever you can create this in your life, look for it and enjoy it.

There is great importance in human connection. Those your surround yourself with greatly affect all areas of your life. Choose wisely in your connections.

We are here to support and engage with one-another. Give and have gratitude. In the end, it is about the impact and experience you had on this earth.

 

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Apr 20, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Ari Galper. Ari is the world’s #1 authority on trust-based selling. He’s the best-selling author of “Unlock the Sales Game,” a must read by the way, and “The One Call Sale.” He’s been featured everywhere from Forbes to INC and CNN and is sought after by business owners, entrepreneurs, and major corporations like Citibank and GE to help them improve their sales organizations.

But the thing I am most excited for Air to share is the journey he took to become who he is. In some ways, it parallels my own journey with the Misfit Entrepreneur as we both have a very special why. Of course, we are going to talk all things sales and selling too.

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Ari met his wife over 20 years ago. She was from Sydney, Australia. He came to meet her family and fell in love with the country. They lived in LA for a while and moved to Australia after the birth of their son. He was in professional sales in tech and other industries prior to going out on his own.

At the 6:30 mark, Ari tells the story of a major sale that would double the size of the tech company he was working. He did the demo and got awesome feedback. It went so well, he thought it was a done deal – until it wasn’t. This was where he learned how important it was to use trust-based selling to succeed.

  • Somewhere along the way, it has become socially acceptable not to tell the truth to people who sell.
  • Instead, we hear things like “sounds good,” “Send me information,” “Send me a proposal,” etc. without the buyer having any intention to buy at all.

Ari asked himself, “Why are people afraid to tell me the truth?”

  • He realized that there is an invisible river of pressure that flows under every sales conversation, and you need to learn how to remove it, so you don’t play the sales game.

You must shift your mindset away from the goal of the sale and instead build deep trust with people where they feel vulnerable and comfortable enough to open up and tell you the truth.

You credit learning to be your son’s dad as a breakthrough for Trust-Based selling – what was the breakthrough?

  • Toby has down syndrome which means he’s open and honest, kind, and a joy to be around.
  • He has no hidden agenda with people.
  • He is honest and open and doesn’t carry a shield.
  • He lives in his authenticity and integrity.
  • This is how it should be with a sale between the buyer and seller.
  • We must detox from the old ways and behaviors of selling to a new way. A trust-based way.

So, what is it that companies and salespeople doing wrong in selling?

  • Most people live in myths such as “sales is a numbers game”
  • It’s not about that. It’s about at how deep you go in each conversation.
  • The sale is not lost at the end of the process but lost at the beginning of the process.
  • Most sales calls are over at “Hello.”
  • The other myth is that sales rejection is part of the game when in fact, it is triggered by old habits and ways of thinking.

Define Trust-Based Selling…

The redefinition of selling as you know it.

  • It’s not about making the sale for you. It’s not focusing on your goal but focusing on their goal.
  • 100% authentic going deep underneath their problem to a level where they feel you truly get them.
  • Trust-Based selling is making the process all about them and not you.

Take us through the process. How does an entrepreneur or salesperson get to the point where a prospect believes that they truly get them and understand them?

  • Trust-Based language: Changing your words and language to show you are different.
  • For example, always be diffusing pressure.
  • Ari gives an example of a sales phone call at the 17 min mark and the moving forward conversation and how it should go. Instead of telling what they next steps are, ask “Where do you think we should go from here?”
  • When you people feel you truly care about them and show it and back it up – it sets you apart.

Why is the sale lost at “hello?” And what do people need to do differently in the beginning?

  • We have been conditioned to start the relationship at hello, to build rapport.
  • Relationship building and trust-building are mutually exclusive.
  • The mistake is made where salespeople try to get people to like and know them.
  • Buyers don’t have to like you.
  • Think of a doctor and patient. A doctor doesn’t have the luxury of being liked as much as they are responsible for diagnosing solving a problem with a patient whether the patient likes them or not.
  • Build relationships after the sale – not before the sale, so it’s not fake at “hello.”
  • Instead as entrepreneur or salesperson, you be the doctor. Peel back their issues and go to the place they don’t even know about and help understand the real challenge to solve.

At the 25 min mark, Ari gives examples of what to say on an initial call.

  • It includes things like “asking for help” or asking if they “would be open” to a problem that you help clients solve.

How is unlocking the sales game comparable to the Japanese art of Aikido?

  • Aikido is all about no resistance.
  • You deflect and diverge energy in Aikido.
  • When you sense pressure or tension in the sales process, you are conditioned to two responses – fight or flight.
  • Instead, don’t try to fight resistance, but diffuse it and don’t go to “fight the battle.”
  • Diffuse and re-engage.
  • For example, if someone tells you that your “fees are too high,” the natural response is to fight the battle for them. Instead, say something like, “You are absolutely right, it can be perceived as high if you haven’t had a chance to actually the product or service to get the result you are looking for, to justify making this happen. Would you be open to looking at this from a different perspective to see how we can build a business case for this?”
  • This is redirecting to a different path of thinking about things.

How does someone develop themselves to be able to practice Trust-Based Selling?

  • It is about unlearning.
  • People typically put on sales armor, get ready for battle, and react in the moment because we are not centering ourselves.
  • People have a pattern of moving things forward and the minute that is broken, we freak out and get defensive, we over-educate, give stuff away – we lose ourselves and the ability to be the “doctor.”
  • We must be 100% present in the other person’s world.
  • It requires practice and coaching, a shift in mindset.
  • Remove this phrase from your vocabulary – never ever again use the phrase “follow up.” Not in email or phone call, etc.
  • The only profession in the world that uses that phrase is selling and sales.
  • Stop being a “salesperson.”
  • Get rid of the old language.
  • Stop using “check in” or “touch base.” Instead use “I’m giving you call to see if you have any feedback from our last discussion or from our meeting.”
  • Change you thinking and language and people will tell you the truth.

Talk to us about the “One Call Sale.” Explain your philosophy.

  • It is Ari’s lifework in a book.
  • It is a refined model that removes resistance at “hello.”
  • It teaches you to be a “doctor” and have the right bedside manner to peel back the onion – like a therapist and patient.
  • At the 37 min mark, Ari walks through some of the thought process.
  • It is all about digging deeper and deeper below the iceberg.
  • You job is not to move prospects forward, but to move them down the iceberg to where they say, “How can you help me?”

Final thoughts?

  • Let go of the idea that your job is to educate prospects of and in your sales process. They don’t want work to do.
  • They are not asking whether they want to buy a solution, but instead – is this person the one I can trust to solve my problem?

 

Best Quote: There is an invisible river of pressure that flows under every sales conversation, and you need to learn how to remove it, so you don’t play the sales game.

 

Ari's Misfit 3:

  1. Stop selling. Build trust instead.
  2. Be the doctor and diagnose problems.
  3. Be present with people in their world so you don’t slip out into your world.

 

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Apr 13, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Carson Tate. Carson is the best-selling author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity and founder of the business with the same name which helps clients amplify team performance, better engage their workforce, and increase productivity.

Carson and the principles of Working Simply have been featured everywhere from Fast Company to Forbes to the Harvard Business Review. And Working Simply has helped some of the largest organization including FEDEX, J&J, Chick-Fil-A, and Lowes, just to name a few, improve their performance.

I bet you can guess why I asked her on the show. What entrepreneur wouldn’t want to improve team performance, better engage, and increase productivity? ​

www.WorkingSimply.com

https://www.workingsimply.com/work-style-assessment/

Carson started her career in corporate America in HR/Training. She then went into outside sales for Big Pharma and that is where the light bulb went off for her and where she realized she wanted to be an entrepreneur. It was like having her own business, until they changed her compensation which require her and her team to change how they did things. They had to become more productive, so Carson developed a system that got great results to a point where it became a model for the company. Carson saw that there was a good opportunity for a business to help companies in this area, so she left and launched her business.

What does it mean to work simply? What are the principles?

  • Can you re-orient from output to impact and results only work?

What are the principles?

  • It starts with identifying what is not working well
  • Where are team members burned out?
  • Do you have a communication or meeting issue?
  • Depending on the root cause, that is where you go to work.
  • For example, if there are too many meetings and they are ineffective – then the focus would be on optimizing meetings for results and time.
  • You also have to look at how they team gets work done most effectively and make sure everyone understands it.

Where do you see challenges in productivity consistently?

  • Execution is one area that is consistent.
  • It is also looking at conflicts between individuals and teams. People need to learn how their personal dynamics can work better together.
  • Meetings and email management are two other areas where a lot of productivity and time are lost.

Explain why email management is so important?

  • It’s the primary communication tool in most businesses.
  • Most people don’t know how to use platforms like Outlook most effectively.
  • People are also connected to it 24/7 which means it makes it easier to get burned out.

At the 14 min mark, Carson and I have a great conversation on being productive in training people to be respectful of your time.

Thoughts on running a team to be most productive?

  • Dedicate time to each of your direct reports to ask questions and get updates.
  • A leader’s focus should be on coaching and development during focused time.
  • Leaders should stack 1 on 1’s and do them in the same day if possible. This will help with focusing on the same activities which helps you to be more productive.

The data on multi-tasking proves it does not work. Multi-tasking is an illusion and goes against your biological design of voluntary vs. involuntary focus. You are much less productive when you multi-task.

Any other productivity tips that people should know about?

  • The most important practice is the recognition that people don’t think and process information the same way, so there is not a one-size fits all solution to productivity.
  • Many companies think everyone can function the same way in the same structure for productivity. Some will do well, others will not.
  • Ultimate productivity comes when you are able to personalize productivity based on work style.
  • Carson developed an assessment to help people understand how they process information and how to maximize productivity around it.
  • Just go to https://www.workingsimply.com/work-style-assessment/

What do you see as the most important thing a leader can do each day to help their team’s success?

  • Coach!
  • Transform from manager to coach.
  • A coach invites the individual team member to co-create and problem solve.
  • It is asking questions vs. telling.

What have you learned along your journey about how to consistently perform and succeed?

  • It starts with you.
  • Exercise, rest, and meditation are essential for your ability to navigate entrepreneurship thoughtfully and intentionally.
  • Self-care is essential.

Best advice to an entrepreneur just starting out?

  • Radical self-awareness is needed to succeed.
  • Get clarity around why and what your best way to contribute is.
  • Once you start building a team – the self-awareness allows you to know where it is best for you to focus and work with your team.

There is a difference between being a leader and a CEO. What are your thoughts on how to maximize your success as a CEO?

  • Having an information and eventually more formal advisory board with diversity is helpful.
  • It is important for leaders to engage an executive coach at different stages to help them.

Your thoughts on how to select the right coaches?

  • First, there are credentials for coached.
  • There are processes, methods, etc. that coaches can be certified in.
  • Another important thing is if they have experience in the area you are looking for help in.
  • Above all, it needs to be a good fit. You have to be able to trust them and be open with them. ​

Anything else you feel is important for us to understand for success?

  • Engagement and engaging your team.
  • You must create and engaging environment for your team and your clients.

 

Best Quote: The most important practice is the recognition that people don’t think and process information the same way, so there is not a one-size fits all solution to productivity

 

Carson's Misfit 3:

  1. Know thyself...
  2. Take care of thyself...
  3. Serve others...

 

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Apr 6, 2022

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Alisa Cohn. Where to start with Alisa. She has been named the top startup coach in the world and has been coaching startup founders to help them grow into world class CEOs for almost 20 years. She is also an angel investor and advisor and has worked to help everyone from Venmo to Etsy to Draftkings in their sucess. She has coached CEOs and C-Suite Executives at many of the largest Fortune 500s such as IBM, Google, and Microsoft.

And if that is not enough, she is a top leadership speaker and guest lecturer at Harvard, Cornell, and even the Naval War College. Alisa is the author of the best-seller, From Start Up to Grown Up and I’ve asked her to come on the show to talk everything startup and leadership.

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Alisa was in the non-profit world and had a moment of truth when she was working at a university. A provost told her that “you could not manage faculty because the have tenure.” She thought that it could not be. She went to business school at Cornell and ended up focusing on finance and accounting. She ended up working at Price Waterhouse Coopers. She was fast-tracked. After working for some time, she knew it was not what she wanted to do. One Sunday she woke and thought to herself that she hoped to get the flu, so she didn’t have to go to work the next day. 18 hours later, she was rushed to the emergency room with the flu!

She was out for 2 weeks and during that time really thought about what she wanted. She went to a conference and there was speaker and coach. They were amazing. The next day, she followed the coach and watched her speak – she loved it and decided that she wanted to go that route. She took jobs during the dotcom boom and went through coach training. When the dotcom bubble burst, she decided it was time to go on her own and she’s been doing it ever since.

Define Leadership…

  • A leader is like a conductor. They bring people together in service of something bigger and better, coordinated together – and then empowers the people to do the best work of their lives.
  • It’s knowing where you want to go and having the vision and then finding the people and unlocking their potential to help in fulfilling it.

Qualities of great leaders?

  • Great leaders come in all shapes and sizes.
  • The greatest leaders care about people genuinely.
  • They do what it takes to move the organization toward the mission.
  • They make the hard the calls. They make sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Sometimes it means getting in the trenches.
  • Great leaders have situational awareness and do what it takes in the moment to be effective and powerful.

How do you teach people to gain better situational awareness?

  • It’s first checking in with yourself.
  • Second, it is recognizing that all others have their own bundle of emotions, priorities, dynamics, etc.
  • Get curious and super observant as a leader and strive to understand these things in people in the context of what you are feeling.

Leaders have blind spots. What are the ones you see most prevalent in leaders?

  • Leaders do have very similar blind spots.
  • The first one is that leaders sometimes forget they are the leader – the boss. Your suggestions are orders. As a leader, you have authority and need to remember that.
  • Leaders don’t realize how much they need to communicate. They need to repeat themselves over and over to make sure everyone has heard them and is aligned on the strategy and vision.

Most important aspect for a startup leader to get right from the beginning? Most important aspect for a leader in a mature company?

  • Starting up, leaders how to figure out who to even higher and need to be charismatic enough to get people on board and raise money, etc. It’s working a miracle in some ways.
  • Startup leaders must be adaptable and willing to persist against all odds.
  • As a company matures, the leader has to be willing and able to rapidly grow.
  • Alisa’s book “From Startup to Grown Up,” deals with this.
  • All leaders must have emotional self-control and be able to weather the ups and downs.
  • Leaders in mature companies must be consistent and be excellent at delegating and making sure everyone is on mission.

Talk to us about dealing with the internal politics of business….

  • Any time you have more than one person, you have politics.
  • People have different opinions, agendas, ways of looking at things, etc.
  • In large companies, status and power is part of politics and politics in companies is reality.
  • Leaders need to have organizational awareness and be savvy to navigate for good and not for ill.
  • Leaders need to build relationships and network with those have power and align in the right ways with the people making decisions.
  • If you want good things for the company, you need to be savvy enough that your voice is being taken into account when decisions are made.
  • For startups, it’s about creating a great culture and hiring the right people aligned with it.
  • For startups, it is also about being transparent and doing things in the light of day.

Power and Influence – what role do they play in the development of a leader and what should leaders understand about them?

  • You must gain power and influence as you get more senior, or you will be sidelined.
  • This means you must be networking with and savvy with those that make decisions and the key stakeholders.
  • You have to look and see what is being rewarded in the company and make sure that you participate in it.
  • Observe your surroundings and the power/influence dynamic in the organization and what drives it.

How does a leader and organization developer their guidepost and values?

  • Spend a lot of time thinking through what you want the company and culture to be. It’s worth it to slow down and get it as close to right as you can.
  • Sit down and ask what things your really value? What kind of company do you want to work at? What culture do you want to ensure lasts?

Key elements of a successful startup?

  • You have to have a lot of magic.
  • You have to have a strong view of what you can create and why it is significant in the market.
  • You have to get the feedback and take the negative comments and keep going.
  • You then must find the right team who are aligned and committed to the mission.
  • As you grow, you will need to bring in more senior people who know how to grow a bigger organization – maybe even replacing yourself.

Personal mastery – how does someone learn to live and work at their peak?

  • You spend a lifetime doing it.
  • It starts with intention.
  • How are you going to be better tomorrow than today?
  • It’s about learning from the masters and what world class experts do to achieve peak performance.
  • It’s also figuring out which things make sense for you to take on and do with discipline and diligence that make the most difference.

What have you learned that is most important for success as an entrepreneur?

  • Resilience, resilience, resilience
  • The longer you can stay in the game, the better chance of success.
  • Keep putting one foot in front of the other and do the next right thing. ​

What is the most unexpected thing you found on your journey?

  • A pivotal moment was in 2006 when she reached out to Marshall Goldsmith.
  • She met with him personally and he took her under her wing and helped her get her start.
  • She dared to say yes to working with him and it has made all the difference.

 

Best Quote: The longer you can stay in the game, the better chance of success.

 

Alisa's Misfit 3:

  1. Get out of your comfort zone and take more risk.
  2. Build your network early and often.
  3. Be someone who is known for helping other people and the rest will take care of itself. Believe in yourself.

 

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Mar 30, 2022

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 am excited to speak to you about one of my favorite topics, mental toughness. There are many takes on this subject and tons of books written on it. It seems there is a new book out on the subject every week. And I can understand why, achieving true mental toughness is personal to each person. How you find yours will be personal to you. I can only speak from my experience and how I have achieved my levels of mental toughness in my life – and I hope it inspires you to level up in yours.

First, what does it mean to be mentally tough? To me it is the ability to respond rather than react to hard circumstances in our lives. Notice I said respond. Most people react emotionally and let fear drive them when hard times come. They cede control of thought to the basic animal side of humanity and react in ways that are typically detrimental to themselves and their potential.

Being mentally tough is being prepared for the hard times because they will inevitably come, and then having the fortitude to say no to the emotional reaction and instead think logically and work through the challenge to reach the best outcome. Being mentally tough is keeping perspective as hard times come, and they go, and life goes on. You must never lose faith in yourself, but you must see reality for what it is.

To be mentally tough is to be able to endure and outlast. One of my favorite movie trilogies is the Batman Trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan. I like it for a lot of reasons. The series is a great set of lessons on good, evil, how fragile societies can be and of course, mental toughness. In one scene in the Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne and Alfred are talking about how in order to stop the Joker, he will have to turn himself in as the Joker has demanded it in order to stop his anarchy and crime spree. This was a moment of mental weakness for Bruce Wayne as he knew deep down that turning himself in would not stop the Joker and Batman was the only way. He asks Alfred what he should do, and Alfred says, “Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They'll hate you for it, but that's the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice.”

I’ve learned that mental toughness is making the right choice even when it is the hardest choice, even when it may bring pain. It is making the right choice knowing others may not understand why at the time or be angry at you for it. It is enduring through all the things, including your own thoughts, that tell you to stop or quit, or give in because you know what is on the other side. You know the ultimate prize is waiting.

I have found my mental toughness through sports and entrepreneurship. I played football from grade school through college and then after college started endurance racing and ultimately Ironman. Sports provide one of the ultimate battle fields for mental toughness. You will go through highs and lows. You will stretch yourself physically and mentally. You will experience fatigue, not just from the work you must do to compete, but also in the form of doing something for a long period of time. I played football for almost 15 years and there were times where I just got tired of it – after all, I had been doing it for so long.

But something I realized is that I spent all this time getting to where I could be my best at the sport and to quit would be to waste all of that hard work and effort. It is the same with Ironman racing. There are a lot of days where my training plan calls for me to train for 5, 6, 7, hours or more. This means, I need to be starting at 4 or 5am in the morning to get everything in alongside all the other things I do and commitments to our family. I would be lying if I didn’t state that there are days where I get up and just am not feeling it and don’t want to do it. I question why I am even doing it – after all I don’t have to…it is an elective sport for me at this point in my life. Those are all emotional reactions, and I have learned to respond logically. It is in these moments that I think of all the benefits of what I am doing and move forward. For example, I have done all the work to get into the best shape physically and mentally of my life and the training is the practice to keep it. After all, it is a lot easier to stay in shape than to get in shape. I also know that it helps me in my health and my ability to be able to do all the things I do with you and your mom. I also know that it helps me as an entrepreneur and in my life as it keeps me disciplined. It keeps me in a good routine and structure. Lastly, I am being rewarded for the work as I am now Top 10% for my age in the world in the sport. And I also know that I have not reached my full potential yet. So, this keeps me going.

Entrepreneurship is similar to sports in that you have to take a long-term view and have the endurance to keep going through the challenges that present themselves on almost a daily basis. I have learned that the more problems you can handle and the bigger ones that you can handle, the larger your business can grow. And this capability allows you to develop others and help them reach their potential, because you can show them through your experience that they are capable of so much more. And ultimately, as an entrepreneur, you want to develop your systems and people so that the business can continue to grow and thrive without you having to be there for it to do so. The only way you can get there is by being mentally tough and sticking it out until it happens.

Hannah, developing your mental toughness and learning to respond rather than react when challenges and hard times come is a lifelong journey. It is worth it. It is worth to push and stretch yourself. It is worth to live into your true potential and capabilities. It is worth it to endure and develop the fortitude needed to see things through. I’ll leave you with a secret and probably the most important advice I will give you on this topic. You don’t have to do it alone. In fact, you are not alone. While you can rely on others, like your mom and I, to help in tough times, there is something else that is always there for you and by your side and that is God. Knowing God and Jesus are walking with you on your journey will keep you going. In fact, one of the most important phrases I use late in Ironman races after swimming over 2 miles, biking over a hundred, and getting deep into my marathon is “God is with me.” When I am feeling like my muscles don’t want to move any more or that I am too tired physically and mentally to go on, I just say that to myself, “God is with me. God will help me finish.”

And it is in these moments that I truly understand what it means to be mentally tough and keep going, because that is what Jesus did for us. He endured more than any human being every could to sacrifice himself and take on the burdens of this world, and knowing this, knowing I have him by my side means I can see anything through. He is the greatest example of mental toughness there is. Hannah, develop your mental toughness and you will be amazed at how you can see anything through.

I love you,

Dad

 

Best Quote: Being mentally tough is being prepared for the hard times because they will inevitably come, and then having the fortitude to say no to the emotional reaction and instead think logically and work through the challenge to reach the best outcome.

 

Misfit 3

  1. What does it mean to be mentally tough? To me it is the ability to respond rather than react to hard circumstances in our lives. To be mentally tough is to be able to endure and outlast.
  2. I’ve learned that mental toughness is making the right choice even when it is the hardest choice, even when it may bring pain.
  3. Knowing God and Jesus are walking with you on your journey will keep you going. Jesus is the greatest example of mental toughness there is.

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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.

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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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