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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!

Nov 4, 2020

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Michelle Reines. Michelle is the founder of the Badass Leader brand and best-selling book, From Bad to Badass leader. Michelle worked extensively in the corporate world for years racking up accolades, awards, and being featured throughout top publications.

But something was missing. She was making multiple 6-figures per year and crushing it in business, but she wasn’t fulfilled. So, Badass Leader was born. It came out of a desire to create a cool, approachable, edgy, humorous, more relatable leadership development resource for every day front line leaders, middle managers, executive entrepreneurs, and the up and coming generation of leaders.

Michelle put her money where her mouth was. She quit her job, went from making several hundred thousand dollars a year to making $25k a year and creating Badass Leadership. And nowadays, Michelle and Badass Leadership are one of the most sought after leadership training groups in the business. So, I asked her to come the show and teach you how to be a Badass Leader. ​

www.BadassLeader.com

Michelle’s exodus from corporate America stemmed from a tragedy. At 49 years old, her mom passed away. It was a shock. Her mother had a sudden heart attack while she slept with no red flags, being healthy, etc. When Michelle turned 47, she got to thinking – what if I only have 2 years left? She had discovered that she had some of the same risk factors as her mother.

She embraced the mindset of living like you were dying. She stepped away from corporate America in 2011 to fulfill a dream to help leaders. She had struggled learning how to lead and learning to be effective as leader before figuring it out and having get success and knew she could help others succeed faster and easier.

In her first year, she made just under $25k and was absolutely thrilled and knew she had something. She succeeded wildly over the next couple years and then decided to take it to a new level with the Badass Leader brand. She started Badass to bridge a training gap that existed and provide and easier to understand and implement leadership structure for success.

What was the hardest part of transitioning from employee to entrepreneur and what advice would you give others looking to do that same?

  • Fear. In particular for Michelle, it was disqualifying herself (I’m not ready yet or I’m not good enough).
  • Michelle really took hold of the phrase, “If it is to be, it is up to me” and took it to heart, embodying it.
  • Don’t shoot yourself down before you’ve given yourself a shot.
  • Say yes and figure out how.
  • Look at the fear as excitement and opportunity – let it fuel you and give you momentum.
  • All possibility lies in living outside your comfort zone.

What is a Badass Leader?

  • Someone who is fearless and willing to live outside their comfort zone, focused on people over performance.
  • They really get that it has everything to do with how we care for us.
  • To get the performance you seek, you must love, develop, and support your people as a leader to become their absolute best.

What is the difference between being in a position of leadership and being an actual leader?

  • There is a difference between managing and leading.
  • Managers micromanage and are afraid to show weakness – thus are insecure and rely on ego.
  • It’s not just about performance. It is about consistent results by helping people reach their great.
  • It is about creating an environment for people where they want to “play their ass off for you and the team.”

Tell us about the 12 principles. Can we go through each one of them and why it matters and how we can institute them?

  1. Don’t be an ass. You cannot be oblivious. Learn what is working and not working and what you need to do differently. Know thyself.
  2. Stop, Drop, Take a Selfie. You must become self-aware. You need to get clarity on how to best communicate and how others need to communicate with you. Everything DISC is one of the best.
  3. Let’s Talk About Trust. Trust is the foundation on which every Badass team is built. You simply cannot succeed without trust in your team and then of you.
  4. Put Your People First. Make sure they know and see you put them first. Prioritize people over performance. Performance is an outcome from great leadership.
  5. Be an Epic Coach. Put your people first and coach them to accelerate their success. Work at becoming a good coach for them.
  6. Building a Badass Team. Once you are an epic coach and leveraging the other lessons, you can build a Badass team. Each lesson builds on top of the other.
  7. Make Sure People Are Evolving. This when you stretch yourself and your team our of your comfort zones and live into their potential.
  8. Suck it Up Buttercup. This is focused on the leader. Stuff is going to happen. Problems are going to arise – big ones. You are in the spotlight and people are watching you. It’s your job to navigate through the problems and challenges and shy away from them. Get comfortable with “the suck.”
  9. Don’t Be a Kiss-Ass. Don’t fall prey to sucking up and kissing ass. Learn how to be respectfully sugar-fee. You have to communicate effectively to your leaders and without being manipulative or politicking.
  10. Be a Groupie. Love, love, love your team. Be a groupie for them – not yourself. As a leader, their success is your success.
  11. Expand Your Tribe. Learn from others that are succeeding and share and cross-pollinate with your peers. It will accelerate your success.
  12. Love Somebody Like You. There is nothing more important than health and your time with those you love. Take care of yourself and make sure to prioritize those you love.

Anything else to share?

  • Be you and do you.
  • Don’t sacrifice who you are to succeed.
  • Stay true to yourself.
  • Trust your instincts.

 

Best Quote: "If it is to be, it is up to me..."

 

Michelle's Misfit 3:

  1. Get to know your selfie. Use DISC or a similar type assessment.
  2. Focus on developing your epic coaching skills.Become an architect of people.
  3. Expand your tribe and do it now. Expand peer relationships, get mentors, etc.

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Nov 4, 2020

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Michelle Reines. Michelle is the founder of the Badass Leader brand and best-selling book, From Bad to Badass leader. Michelle worked extensively in the corporate world for years racking up accolades, awards, and being featured throughout top publications.

But something was missing. She was making multiple 6-figures per year and crushing it in business, but she wasn’t fulfilled. So, Badass Leader was born. It came out of a desire to create a cool, approachable, edgy, humorous, more relatable leadership development resource for every day front line leaders, middle managers, executive entrepreneurs, and the up and coming generation of leaders.

Michelle put her money where her mouth was. She quit her job, went from making several hundred thousand dollars a year to making $25k a year and creating Badass Leadership. And nowadays, Michelle and Badass Leadership are one of the most sought after leadership training groups in the business. So, I asked her to come the show and teach you how to be a Badass Leader. ​

www.BadassLeader.com

Michelle’s exodus from corporate America stemmed from a tragedy. At 49 years old, her mom passed away. It was a shock. Her mother had a sudden heart attack while she slept with no red flags, being healthy, etc. When Michelle turned 47, she got to thinking – what if I only have 2 years left? She had discovered that she had some of the same risk factors as her mother.

She embraced the mindset of living like you were dying. She stepped away from corporate America in 2011 to fulfill a dream to help leaders. She had struggled learning how to lead and learning to be effective as leader before figuring it out and having get success and knew she could help others succeed faster and easier.

In her first year, she made just under $25k and was absolutely thrilled and knew she had something. She succeeded wildly over the next couple years and then decided to take it to a new level with the Badass Leader brand. She started Badass to bridge a training gap that existed and provide and easier to understand and implement leadership structure for success.

What was the hardest part of transitioning from employee to entrepreneur and what advice would you give others looking to do that same?

  • Fear. In particular for Michelle, it was disqualifying herself (I’m not ready yet or I’m not good enough).
  • Michelle really took hold of the phrase, “If it is to be, it is up to me” and took it to heart, embodying it.
  • Don’t shoot yourself down before you’ve given yourself a shot.
  • Say yes and figure out how.
  • Look at the fear as excitement and opportunity – let it fuel you and give you momentum.
  • All possibility lies in living outside your comfort zone.

What is a Badass Leader?

  • Someone who is fearless and willing to live outside their comfort zone, focused on people over performance.
  • They really get that it has everything to do with how we care for us.
  • To get the performance you seek, you must love, develop, and support your people as a leader to become their absolute best.

What is the difference between being in a position of leadership and being an actual leader?

  • There is a difference between managing and leading.
  • Managers micromanage and are afraid to show weakness – thus are insecure and rely on ego.
  • It’s not just about performance. It is about consistent results by helping people reach their great.
  • It is about creating an environment for people where they want to “play their ass off for you and the team.”

Tell us about the 12 principles. Can we go through each one of them and why it matters and how we can institute them?

  1. Don’t be an ass. You cannot be oblivious. Learn what is working and not working and what you need to do differently. Know thyself.
  2. Stop, Drop, Take a Selfie. You must become self-aware. You need to get clarity on how to best communicate and how others need to communicate with you. Everything DISC is one of the best.
  3. Let’s Talk About Trust. Trust is the foundation on which every Badass team is built. You simply cannot succeed without trust in your team and then of you.
  4. Put Your People First. Make sure they know and see you put them first. Prioritize people over performance. Performance is an outcome from great leadership.
  5. Be an Epic Coach. Put your people first and coach them to accelerate their success. Work at becoming a good coach for them.
  6. Building a Badass Team. Once you are an epic coach and leveraging the other lessons, you can build a Badass team. Each lesson builds on top of the other.
  7. Make Sure People Are Evolving. This when you stretch yourself and your team our of your comfort zones and live into their potential.
  8. Suck it Up Buttercup. This is focused on the leader. Stuff is going to happen. Problems are going to arise – big ones. You are in the spotlight and people are watching you. It’s your job to navigate through the problems and challenges and shy away from them. Get comfortable with “the suck.”
  9. Don’t Be a Kiss-Ass. Don’t fall prey to sucking up and kissing ass. Learn how to be respectfully sugar-fee. You have to communicate effectively to your leaders and without being manipulative or politicking.
  10. Be a Groupie. Love, love, love your team. Be a groupie for them – not yourself. As a leader, their success is your success.
  11. Expand Your Tribe. Learn from others that are succeeding and share and cross-pollinate with your peers. It will accelerate your success.
  12. Love Somebody Like You. There is nothing more important than health and your time with those you love. Take care of yourself and make sure to prioritize those you love.

Anything else to share?

  • Be you and do you.
  • Don’t sacrifice who you are to succeed.
  • Stay true to yourself.
  • Trust your instincts.

 

Best Quote: "If it is to be, it is up to me..."

 

Michelle's Misfit 3:

  1. Get to know your selfie. Use DISC or a similar type assessment.
  2. Focus on developing your epic coaching skills.Become an architect of people.
  3. Expand your tribe and do it now. Expand peer relationships, get mentors, etc.

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Oct 28, 2020

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Jim Stoval. Jim is an icon. He’s shared the stage with everyone from Zig Ziglar to Tony Robbins. He’s the bestselling author of 30 books including The Ultimate Gift, The Ultimate Life and The Lamp which have been made into major motion pictures.

Jim has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker. Steve Forbes said “Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era.”

You see, Jim is blind and he has shown through his life and work that no matter who you are or your situation, you can accomplish anything. In fact, for his work in making television accessible to our nation’s 13 million blind and visually impaired people, The President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Jim Stovall as the Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also chosen as the International Humanitarian of the Year, joining Jimmy Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Mother Teresa as recipients of this honor.

It's truly an honor to have him on and I can’t wait to have him share his wisdom with you in this episode. ​

www.JimStoval.com

Jim was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and still makes it his home. His businesses stretch across the world. He grew up with one ambition – to be an All-American football player and play in the NFL. He had the size and speed to do it and was heavily recruited and scouted. As such, he never cared about school or anything. He didn’t have a plan B.

Then one year, during a routine physical, he was diagnosed with a condition that would cause him to lose his sight. His dream to play in the NFL died and he was confronted with this massive problem that was a blessing in disguise.

Of all that you’ve done and learned on your journey, what have you found that truly matters?

  • Jim has over 10 million copies of his books in print and the movies off them have grossed over $100 million.
  • The story of the book and subsequent, the Ultimate Gift is what truly matters.
  • The secret of life is to find our gift and then we achieve meaning when we share it and give it away.
  • We achieve meaning when we truly serve humanity with that gift.
  • So many people play the wrong game.
  • You can go from world class to mediocre by playing the wrong game.

How does someone go about finding their gift or confirming they have found it?

  • You must grow, advance and develop – otherwise, you are choosing only with the options you have currently.
  • You start with what comes easy to you that everyone else seems to think is hard.
  • You have to find what you enjoy doing and then find meaning with it and how it can matter in a larger way.
  • And you need to be able to profit in it.
  • You don’t “make money.” You “earn it.” And you earn money by creating value.
  • Ask how you can serve more people and create more value – the money will follow if you can do that.

How do you see money?

  • The big lie – If I have enough money, I wouldn’t have any more problems.
  • Money doesn’t solve your problems; it makes you more of whatever you are.
  • Valuables without values is like a loaded gun. Get and instill the right values before your get the money.
  • Money is not a goal. It is a tool.
  • We don’t want money, we want the things money will buy and we need to know what those are.
  • Otherwise, we get caught up in the “disease of more,” where are never satisfied and “more” never comes.
  • The disease of more is an empty pursuit.

At the 16 min mark, Jim talks about losing his sight and about changing your life by changing your mind…

  • Jim made a bargain with God and challenged God.
  • It all happened at a state fair. He saw an exhibition of weightlifting.
  • And then went to a concert at fair without even looking who was playing.
  • And then the announcer came out and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Ray Charles”
  • In that moment, Jim found his message in the magic of seeing Ray Charles and realizing a blind guy could do something.
  • That was the beginning and what put him on his path to be an Olympic weightlifter, his businesses, etc.

What have you learned about how to develop and winning and succeeding mindset?

  • The magic words “Somebody ought to do something…”
  • Those words are an idea.
  • The world is weighting for a great idea and we trip over them multiple times a day.
  • The have a great business, you need idea of “somebody ought to do something” and then ask, how can I help other people avoid that problem or issue or improve this situation for them.
  • Care about others and solve their problems. It’s about them and not you. That is how you succeed.

What have you learned from your relationship with Steve Forbes?

  • They met after Jim was chosen as Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • Steve is a 3rd generation and handed the business built by his father and grandfather.
  • He had a choice of growing it and taking to the next level or sitting on it. He did the former and has built it into the powerhouse it is today.
  • It is different to take something successful and grow it and keep it successful, than to start from nothing and grow something. They are two different skill sets.

You’ve written 40 books, is there a favorite? If so why?

  • The best book is Keeper of the Flame.
  • The best-seller is the Ultimate Gift.
  • They are all special in their own way, but the Ultimate Gift is in a league by itself. ​

What is Ultimate Productivity?

  • Productivity is a matter of getting the most of what you put into something.
  • It involves intensity and efficiency.
  • It came out of a conversation with Steve Forbes.
  • The biggest source of productivity knowledge came from John Wooden, who Jim spoke with weekly until his death.
  • It comes down to how we motivate, communicate, and how we act.
  • It is not about time; it is about results.
  • The things you measure are the things that will move.
  • Activity is not productivity. Don’t confuse them.
  • The one commodity we don’t get any more of in life is time. Every day you should be doing something to get closer to your goal.
  • The time to get in the game is today.

Jim and I continue a discussion on this and it’s best to listen at around the 32 min mark.

What would be your advice a young entrepreneur to succeed, not just in the beginning, but into the future?

  • First, they need to understand what it is to be an entrepreneur.
  • The name is overused.
  • Entrepreneurs are the ones who do everything in our society. Everyone who is employed works for an entrepreneur.
  • Everything invented, built, etc. started in the mind of an entrepreneur.
  • Entrepreneurship is not for those that can be talked out of it.
  • You have to be so committed and have deep passion for it.
  • You must also realize that you have a lot of bosses as an entrepreneur – your customers are your boss and can fire you by voting with their dollars.
  • Next, you must have serious delayed gratification. There are a lot of rules that have to be learned.
  • Self-education is critical to succeed as you competing against the best.

 

Best Quote: You don’t “make money.” You “earn it.” And you earn money by creating value. The more value you create, the more you earn.

 

Jim's Misfit 3:

  1. The biggest dream, you’ve ever had in your life is alive in you and well. The big scary dreams are real and hell is standing before your maker understanding what you could have done if you had gone after the dream that was inside of you. The question is not “can we,” but “will we.”
  2. You will be the same person you are today 5 years from except for the books you read and the people you meet.
  3. You change your life when you change your mind. Guard your mind and the input into it.

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Oct 21, 2020

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

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

This week’s Lesson for Hannah

Hannah, ​

I want to talk to you about what makes a great friendship. We live in a time in which true friendships are rare. It’s seems that in the age of social media, you can be friends with someone one minute and then it disappears the next with one tweet, post, or view that is not the same. Things like social media and the instant world have made people more tribal and kept them from growing beyond a certain way of thinking or viewpoint and stifled being open and tolerant of others views. And in this world, true friendships become more and more rare.

You see, to have and build a true, life lasting friendship it takes work, commitment, a willingness to set aside each other’s faults and things you disagree with, and love. When I say love, I am not talking about romantic love, but a love and caring for your fellow man. An understand that everyone is different and won’t believe the same things – and that is OK. In fact, that is what makes life and friendship great. It saddens me that people don’t realize that they probably agree on 80% of more of things with others but let 1 or 2 differences keep them from having a friendship.

A great friendship has several elements at its core, and I want to go through them.

First, a great friendship has a deep commitment. A commitment to one another that you will care. A commitment that you can count on each other when in need. And a deep commitment to look out for each other and help each other – especially in the darkest times.

Second, a great friendship is built on trust. Trust that the other person will be honest and be there. Trust that you will not betray one another. And trust that, even in disagreement, the friendship will stand.

Third, a great friendship takes effort. In our world, it is very easy to neglect the effort part of friendship. In order to maintain a lasting friendship, you must make an effort to stay in touch, communicate regularly, and be there. I’m not talking about sending an email or a message through a social platform. I’m talking about taking time to get on the phone and have a great conversation. Scheduling time together, even if it is just a coffee. And showing genuine interest and care for the relationship, nurturing it over time.

And sometimes, it takes more effort from one side than the other. Sometimes, to be a great friend, you have to put in more of the work and effort to keep the friendship going. Sometimes, you have to speak hard truth and even act to help each other against what one may want. Think about someone who is an addict, whose true friends and family pull out all the stops to help them – even when they don’t think they need help.

True friends are always revealed in the darkest times. They will be there when you need them most. And in today’s world, as polarized as it is, true friends will remain friends even when they don’t disagree on things or have opposing views – because they know they AGREE on a hell of a lot more than they disagree on. They are not fickle.

For example, a true friend will not disown you for something like supporting a political candidate that they don’t. As we are in an election season, it’s amazing to see this happening all over the place and on places like social media – where people have been “friends” for years, but just because they disagree on a candidate, they are now sworn enemies. They were never friends to begin with.

Hannah, you will have friends come and go throughout your life, but there will be a few truly lasting friendships that you will find along the way. Cherish them. Commit to them. Trust in them. Put effort into them. These relationships are what make life so wonderful and exciting. Remember, in the end, all the money, possessions, and accolades mean nothing if you do not have those you truly love to enjoy and celebrate them with. Here’s to true, long-lasting friendships! ​

I love you,

Daddy

 

Best Quote: To have and build a true, life lasting friendship it takes work, commitment, a willingness to set aside each other’s faults and things you disagree with, and love.

 

Misfit 3:

  1. True friendships are rare.
  2. True friends are revealed in the darkest times.
  3. The 3 elements of a great friendship are deep commitment, trust, and effort.

 

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Oct 14, 2020

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Jeff Dudan. Where to start with Jeff? Jeff is the founder of a massive franchise, Advantaclean which he started in 1994, built it to over 240 locations in 37 states and exited just last year. He then went on to start Dudan Partners, a company that partners with clients to help them start new franchise businesses, grow existing ones, and invest in potential opportunities.

He is also a former D1 college football player, was featured on CBS’s Undercover Boss, a Forbes Contributor, speaker, consultant, and tireless advocate and supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

And if that wasn’t enough, he went out and wrote a best-seller called Discernment, The Business Athlete’s Regimen for A Great Life Through Better Decisions and this is the major area I want to focus with him today – how our daily decisions as entrepreneurs make such an impact on us, not only now, but for our future. So, let’s jump in.

www.JeffDudan.com

Jeff has always been a Misfit. He grew up in Chicago and was a great athlete. He originally was basketball star, but found football and loved it. He walked on at University of Northern Iowa, but was a terrible student and after 1 year, could not make the grades. He went to a Junior College, got his grades up and went to play ball at Appalachian State. When he got there, he realized that he was interested in learning and there was a path for him. He started a painting business painting student housing to pay for college and by the time he graduated, it was doing so well, he didn’t need a job. Then, in 1992, a friend from south Florida called and asked if he would come down and work with a restoration company to help get things rebuilt.

He originally thought it would be 3 weeks, but it ended up being 3 years. He cut his teeth in the restoration business and ended partnered with a few others to create the business that would become Advantaclean in 1994. Over the next 10 years, they built out the business with locations across the south. Along the way, Jeff bought his partners. It was in 2005 that he was coming back from being on the road for Hurricane Katrina and drove through the night to make it to his son’s football game and had a realization that he could not continue being away and doing things like he was.

He realized that “Our true values are what we tolerate and must have.” He knew that building this business further would require him to be constantly on the road, so he decided to franchise. In 2005-2008, he sold all of the locations he currently owned as franchises and then in 2009, they launched to market and built it to over 200 locations in 37 states. Then in 2018, he sold the business in its entirety.

What are your values now in business and life?

  • Your values are how you operate.
  • Then need to be an authentic reflection of your true self and believes.
  • Values are choosing.
  • You want diversity in your business, but you don’t want diversity in your values.
  • Your vision is the dream, then your mission is how you will do it, your values are your choosing – how you decide how you operate, hire, etc.
  • Each business needs a value set that works for that business that everyone understands throughout the organization and honors them.
  • There is not one set of values. There are personal ones and business ones, but they should and will overlap.

Define Discernment and explain why it is so important to understand…

  • At the core – Discernment is a principled, effective, experience informed process for making decisions.
  • There is never a 100% success rate with decisions.
  • It is all about probabilities and the quality of the good decisions over time can be meteoric on your results.
  • If you are business athlete meaning your are going to show up and put the work, you need to define the things you need to sturdy and continually refine to become a better athlete. Decision making is one of the big things.

Is there a process for how to make good decisions that consistently work?

  • The first step is knowing your values and using them to aid in your decision making.
  • Jeff looks at things like a personal balance sheet and at the 14:30 mark talks about this in detail. It’s best to listen.
  • Everything you do as a leader creates a positive or a negative. They both go on your “balance sheet.”
  • You have to control your inputs – the things that go in between your ears and through your eyes because they affect your outputs. Make sure your inputs are helping be the best in your outputs.

At the 18 min mark, Jeff talks discusses how he learned to understand the power of his mind and how to shape his thoughts.

  • Sports and visualization helped him early on.
  • Our brains like to take everything and put it into a pattern and routine.
  • Changing these routines take a lot of brain power vs. just the automatic patterns of the subconscious.
  • Be intentional about the changes you need to make is hard and if you don’t stick at it, you will revert back to the old pattern.
  • Understanding that and looking for these patterns in our lives is critical to changing and growing.

How do we know we are making a good decision and are on the right track?

  • You don’t. You just don’t.
  • It can take a while to see if a decision was really good.
  • We do the best we can and cannot criticize ourselves for taking action based on the best information available.
  • People are the biggest variation. They are the X-factor. People create all the variation in our life and this where your gut, intuition, listening skills, and discernment comes in to help make the best decision.

Any daily habits people can practice to make the best decisions?

  • Reading and personal growth helps you not only learn, but see others and how they handle problems/challenges and get inside an author’s head is a great way to develop yourself.
  • Push yourself to be uncomfortable and get different perspectives. Don’t be afraid to put yourself in uncomfortable situations.
  • You have to get out on the edge. If you aren’t, you are just taking up space.

What is advice your can give a 1st time franchise to help them be successful?

  • No genius attacks for 12 months. Follow the plan.
  • Franchises have a track record of success – you change and adapt to the model, don’t try to adapt it to you.
  • One of the best reasons to franchise is to learn to be an entrepreneur with guardrails. Franchises allow you to put your entrepreneur toes in the water and learn following a system that is already developed and proven vs. having to do it on your own.
  • Talk to a franchise consultant to help you if you needed.
  • Make sure to leverage your passions into a business you would be proud to show up everyday.

Advice for someone thinking about franchising their business?

Do your homework.

  • Franchise is a completely different business.
  • It can be costly to get off the ground.
  • You have to be incredibly responsible with the opportunity you are giving to people.
  • At the end of the day, it is a people business. Your customers are now your franchisors and you need to develop them and help them to be successful.
  • Franchise is also inverse to the general economy. When unemployment is up, more franchises are sold because people are not as secure in a job and look for something else.
  • Crises accelerate trends. Franchise businesses during Covid have survived at much better rates than small businesses.

What are the most important things you learned in your sports career that translated well to entrepreneurship?

  • Grit. How to persist. The ability to keep going and make it.
  • Seek coaching. You’ll never push yourself as far as a coach will push you.
  • Keep things simple. Simple metrics that can be measured make all the difference. 80/20 Rule.

Anything else to share?

  • Entrepreneurship is something that everyone should think about and we are coming into a renaissance for it.
  • Entrepreneurship will rebuild the middle class and grow it even larger.
  • When it comes down to it, if you can’t figure out a good, solid reason to say know to entrepreneurship, then say “yes.”

 

Best Quote: Discernment is a principled, effective, experience informed process for making decisions...

 

Jeff's Misfit 3:

  1. Half of life is showing up. Nothing great happens until you show up. How you show up matters, but just showing up is the first step.
  2. You can make a decision today and have a different life tomorrow. It doesn’t happen overnight, but changes start to happen and the dream happens faster than you think.
  3. The person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you. We are not victims unless we choose to be. There is nothing that can hold us back except us.

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Oct 7, 2020

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Bill Flynn. Bill has over 30 years of experience working for and advising hundreds of companies, especially startups. After working for ten different high-tech startups in different market segments such as speech recognition, e-commerce, and affiliate marketing where he was a VP of Sales eight times, twice a CMO and once a GM of a division of a $100MM IT services company, he pivoted to becoming a business growth coach. He had five successful outcomes, two IPOs, and seven acquisitions, including a turnaround during the 2008 financial crisis.

Bill is the author of Further Faster, The Vital Few Steps That Take the Guesswork out of Growth. And he embodies them, everywhere he’s gone, he has been the key ingredient in the growth of the business. It’s probably, because he says, “Most business do just about everything wrong.” They do decision making wrong, hiring wrong, teams wrong, strategy wrong, and so on. In fact, a lot of it boils down to how we read and interpret people, which Bill has a gift for.

So, I brought him on the show to share his wisdom and lessons with you to help you in your life and business.

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Bill started out in high tech through some family connections and spent a lot of time in startups, including the company who created Siri. He did 10 startups over 5 years including two that went public at well over a billion valuation. He was 5 for 10 in startups through the mid 2000’s and then got into coaching because he was forced to turn a failing company he was involved in around. He had to learn to lead and coach others to be leaders and succeed.

He put together his own system of running the business that worked well and became basis for him to coach other business owners on how to build a business. He really fell in love with helping business owners “figure it out” by working with leadership teams and take the guesswork out of growth.

What is neuro-leadership and why it is important?

  • It is how to lead with brain in mind.
  • Our brains have biases and you have to understand that we are all a little crazy.
  • We are emotional, irrational, and we don’t also act in rational ways.
  • As a leader, you must understand how the brain works, learns, takes feedback, etc. so you can coach through the biases that exist.

At the 10:30 mark, Bill talks about using this for sales and how the brain makes buying decisions – and how knowing this made him the top sales person and create top sales teams wherever he’s gone.

What are some of the basics people need to know and understand to start practicing neuroleadership?

  • The brain is really a prediction engine as a way to survive. It must predict the future to keep itself safe and survive.
  • Over 10’s of thousands of years, the brain has created short cuts to automatically discern if it is moving toward reward or away from threat.
  • The brain has a 2x bias toward threat and is geared toward seeking reward.

At the 13 min mark, Bill gives a good example of reward vs. threat in the workplace and how it can impact people and leaders.

The model Bill uses is SCARF.

  • Status
  • Certainty
  • Autonomy
  • Relatedness
  • Fairness
  • 5x every second, our brain is looking out and also listening to the body perceiving threats and rewards.

Bill’s best tip for sales success:

  • When trying to persuade or influence, before meeting them, sit down and identify the “Bully with the juice.”
  • This person is the one that has the most influence in the room and they are the one you want to key on.
  • As them what the best outcome from the meeting can be? Write it down, then acknowledge any others and get their feedback.
  • Repeat back what they say they say and make sure it is captured right.
  • Then tailor your presentation around what they told you – their ideas.
  • Come back to it at the end and go down the list to make sure you covered everything they listed and offer any other feedback.
  • In the end, it is very hard for people to say no to their own ideas.
  • It is about them and not your product.

Thoughts on building a sales team/organization?

  • As a sales manager, you have 3 things you need to do:
  • Hiring for these 3 things:
    • Hire the best salesperson for the environment that you are in.
    • They need to be super curious and have an entrepreneurial drive.
    • They have to be compassionate = empathy with a bias to action
  • Train, train, train.
  • Learn how to build capacity.

Further Faster, Vital Steps to Growth…what should we know?

  • Focus on team vs. individual or culture. The team is where everything happens. Teach your people to be good team leaders.
  • You must build a set of systems to run your business. Strategy and execution are connected.
  • Cash should be your primary growth metric. The business lives on cash, not “revenue.” Growth sucks cash and it is your lifeblood.

What is one thing every entrepreneur should do every day to help their success?

  • There are 2 types of entrepreneurs, the startup founder and those that want to build and grow something.
  • As a startup founder, do not fall in love with the idea, fall in love with the problem. Keep working at how to best solve the problem.
  • For the entrepreneur that is growing and building – go back and revisit every key decision you made in the startup phase and make sure that is still true. Most often they are not. Going from $1 million to $50, $10, or $20 million require completely different skill sets. Make sure to keep your identity and don’t violate it.

“A plan is about doing, a strategy is about thinking,” what do you mean by that?

  • The definition of strategy is different across the board for most business owners – but it should not be. Strategy is about choice.
  • Strategy is figuring out the unique market position you want to have that helps you to have a predictable, profitable customer.
  • You have to craft that, but remember, it about choice – and many times, it is not choosing what to do, but what not to do. Southwest Airlines is a good example of this.

Final thoughts?

If you are entrepreneur and struggling, it’s not your fault. We’ve never been taught to do this.

Running a company is a unique thing that you have to get better at by learning and growing over time.

Learn the science behind building a great company.

 

Best Quote: Few things matter in business or life, but those that do, matter tremendously...

 

Bill's Misfit 3:

  1. There is a huge gap between what science knows and business does. A survey is not a study, a study is not research, and research is not science. Science is when people look at problem objectively and experiment and solve the problem. The good news is that for entrepreneurs, many have already done this. Go self-educate.
  2. Few things truly matter in business or life. But, those that do, matter tremendously. Relentlessly focus on those things.
  3. Most businesses struggle on force of will, luck, effort, and timing. Don’t do that. Figure out how to fire yourself, so you spend more and more time thinking about how to create the future of your business and yourself.

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Sep 30, 2020

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Damion Lupo. Damion is the founder of multiple businesses, EQRP co, My Gold Adviser, and Financial Underdogs. Damion’s mission and that of his businesses is helping people break financial bondage by empowering them with the tools and training to be financially free in retirement.

And if that is not enough, the guy has published 12 books, is the comeback king after losing $20 million and being negative $5 million – he built it all back and surpassed where he started, and is a multiple degree black belt who created is own martial art called Yokido.

Needless to say, Damion’s experience, mission, and discipline has allowed him to become the leading voice in helping realize how to take control of their financial future and I’m excited for him to share his wisdom with you today. ​

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Damion’s path was all over the place. He originally had gone to the Air Force Academy and was going to be a fighter pilot but had issues with his eyes and ended up working in the article circle. After a little while, he went back to school and ended starting a textbook business out of his dorm room that paid for his school – until the school shut him down and would not allow him to run it.

The universe kept giving him feedback to be an entrepreneur and after he left school, he embraced it. As he says, “I’m a bad employee – I got fired from a volunteer position…”

He then started into real estate and learned how to use other people’s money and did it 150 times. He was naïve and just focused and took action amassing millions in property. Things went great until 2008 hit.

Damion got caught up in the 2008 bubble and lost $20+ million. He lost everything and after a few years, he finally admitted defeat and lost the game. He went to work on himself and found that who he truly is, is a teacher, but he needs to be in trenches doing the work too. He shifted his focus to freeing 1 million people from financial bondage. It took him 10 years to go from the crash to surpassing his previous wealth.

Can you elaborate on what truly happened in 2008 and what happened to you so people can learn from it as the market is heated up again?

  • Damion leveraged a ton and took on too much debt doing real estate in 7 states.
  • When the market got sense and re-priced, he was essentially naked in that the fundamentals were way off, so his investments were worth a lot less over night.
  • He was underwater and it collapsed on him.
  • He was also remote operating and losing money in that process.
  • He got hit from all angles because of his personal guarantees, etc.

What is EQRP?

  • It is an Enhanced Qualified Retirement Plan.
  • It came from a philosophy of personal responsibility.
  • Instead of handing their money over to someone to manage, they can have the ability to control their money.
  • EQRP gives people the power to invest and control their investments in a much better way.
  • The IRS actually allows people to do much more than buys stocks and bonds in retirement accounts, tax free – and most people don’t know it.
  • The tax code is setup for entrepreneurs and business owners to succeed.
  • The government wants you to have a good retirement so you are not a burden on them.
  • With EQRP, you could literally put almost $250k a year away tax free for a family of 5.

Why is it better to specialize than diversify?

  • Narrowing your focus is a key to success.
  • Pick your focus and nurture it over time.
  • Patience is critical. You have to put in the time.
  • Don’t chase irrational expectations and spend time understanding risk.

What type of investments can be done that people don’t know can be done and how do they give you more control?

  • The IRS tells you what you cannot do. Outside of that, it is pretty open.
  • For example, the IRS says you cannot invest retirement money in something like a classic car, but you can invest in multi-family properties, rentals, flips, gold, silver, AirBnB, private notes, etc.
  • These things give you much more control than what Wal Street is selling.

At the 26 min mark, Damion talks about how you can do an EQRP account…

  • You can actually have unlimited amounts of retirement accounts – you just have to stay within the monetary limits for them.

What should people know about investing in real estate in these accounts?

  • Real estate gives you leverage because you can use a small portion of your retirement account for a down payment on a piece of property and finance the rest.

“Money makes people stupid. And a lot of money makes people super stupid because they think they can solve all of their problems with money and the reality is they just gave up thinking.”

  • Your biggest asset to attaining wealth is your ability to learn and think – it’s between your ears.

At the 31 min mark, Damion talks about how is not a good fit for EQRP.

We also talk about personal responsibility and empowerment and not playing the role of a victim.

How did you go out and create your own martial art?

  • When you do something long enough, it becomes part of you. It becomes part of your DNA
  • Business and martial arts are now one and the same for Damion.
  • He notices some big overlap with martial arts, yoga, and reiki, and created a fusion of them into a new martial art he calls Yokido.

What principles from martial arts have a made a big difference for you in business?

  • Heading straight into something doesn’t end well.
  • You need to get into alignment which requires maneuvering and connecting. Teams will beat an individual. Thinks sports.
  • It’s the same in business. You must align your team and bring people with the right values.
  • How you do anything is how you do everything – so how people act in their lives is how they will act in business.
  • Get your Foundational 15% right and you will do well. ​

What is something you think every entrepreneur should know?

  • Everything takes longer and more money than you think.
  • You should double everything when you are starting off.
  • Having unreasonable expectations and lack of patience is a business killer.

 

Best Quote: Money makes people stupid. And a lot of money makes people super stupid because they think they can solve all of their problems with money and the reality is they just gave up thinking.

 

Damion's Misfit 3:

  1. Make sure you balder and greyer people around you. You have to wisdom and true life experience from people that have gone through it to help you.
  2. Passion is not enough. You have to figure out what the market wants and solve problems. Have passion for solving a worthy problem.
  3. Fall in love with the process vs. the outcome. The process will lead to the pleasing outcome.

 

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Sep 23, 2020

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Carl Allen. Carl is an entrepreneur, investor, and one of the most prolific corporate dealmakers in the world. Over his 30-year career, he’s done over 330 deals worth over $48 billion.

Carl has analyzed thousands of deals, large and small, across dozens of countries and nearly every business sector. And because of his experience, he’s brought in to advise some of the world’s largest corporations on investments and acquisitions.

Recently, he’s launched a new venture, the Dealmaker Wealth Society, a platform that teaches people how to use Allen’s techniques to purchase and sell businesses.

Needless to say, Allen is the go to for how to successfully buy or sell a business and he was the perfect guy to come on and discuss the topic.

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Carl started back in 1992 when started working for the investment banking arm at Bank of America. He was helping to buy and sell businesses for the Fortune 100. He then had a brief stint in private equity investing in tech company that was bought by HP. As part of the deal, he became one of the M&A directors at HP buying and selling businesses all over the world. He spent most of his time on the road, granted he loved it, but he spent a lot of time away from his wife.

In February 2008, he life completely changed in the matter of 24 hours. He was in Moscow doing a deal for HP in a boardroom and keeps getting calls from his wife. He finally stopped and answered the phone and his wife told he needed to be back to the UK immediately because she had gone into labor 4 weeks early with their son. He had his wallet, phone, and passport on him and ran out of the building leaving his luggage behind, sped to the airport, and when he landed in the UK, he had a police escort waiting for him – and he got into the room 5 minutes before his son was born.

When he cradled his son in his arms, looking at him, he burst into tears. He knew he couldn’t do it anymore. He called up his boss at HP and quit leaving behind millions in stock and bonuses and decided to retire.

3 weeks later, he was bored beyond belief and knew he had to do something. He sat down with his wife and she helped him understand that he could be a local business broker.

Within a few days, he had his first deal. He found the buyer; things went on for about 3-4 months. The night before the deal was to close, he got a call from the seller, who he represented – they had decided to pull the deal. He left immediately to meet with the owners and got to the business where they had assembled all the employees. They told him the buyer was going to fire the employees and essentially gut the business and they could not allow that. In a half-crazy moment, Carl looked at them and said, “I will buy the business.”

At the 10:50 mark, Carl goes on to tell the story of how bought the business and ran it with no experience. What makes a great deal for both the buyer and seller?

  • There are 3 criteria
  • Buy a business that you know something about, are passionate about, and can bring something of value to it.
  • You want to find a distressed seller of a good business (not a good seller of a distressed business).
    • A distressed seller is someone that has a very big incentive to leave the business, whatever it is.
  • You want a business that is finally strong with good cashflow and assets (if applicable)

How does someone go about finding a deal?

  • There are 4 ways to generate deal flow (and deal flow is the holy grail)
  • Business brokers like BizbySell.com, Benchmark, and others. Typically these will inflate values.
    • Look for a deal that has been open about 9 months.
  • You can build a network pretty easily by talking to CPA’s, Attorneys, Banks, or any other professional that works with businesses.
  • Direct approach. Go to InfoUSA, Hoover’s, etc. and do a search for exactly what you are looking for and then write to them in a highly confidential way.
  • Leverage the power of social media.

What are the most important factors to look at when looking to buy a business? What do you need to do if you are looking to sell?

  • Small business deals are 90% about seller psychology. You have 2 identical businesses and the valuation and structure of the deal can be night and day different.
  • You will pay more if a seller is not motivated.
  • Most businesses are valued on a multiple of their profit.
  • The average of $1-10 mil business sold in 2019, the multiple was 2.5-3x profit. So if you have a $1 mil business, then that means it would be worth $250-300k.
  • Multiples will be higher for tech and fast growth businesses.
  • How do you value a business? There is an accounting answer, but then there is the terms and structure of the deal. For example, if you can buy a business out of cash flow over 4-5 years, you may be willing to pay more for it vs. everything being paid up front.
  • One of the challenges for people looking to sell a business, and this is most important – the only way you are going to sell the business quickly is if you separate yourself from the business – meaning you are not needed day to day for it to operate and grow.

What is the blueprint to buy a profitable business in 99 days or less?

  • 10 steps
  • Step 1 has nothing to do with dealmaking. It is mindset. It comes down to a person’s why. Nobody wants to own or buy a business – we want the deep emotional benefits that business ownership gives us – freedom, cash flow, legacy, assurance, etc.
  • Step 2 – Creating a deal spec. Define the 3 pillars for yourself and finding the perfect business to buy.
  • Step 3 – Deal origination
  • Step 4 – Go through how to build a great relationship with the seller and get them to want you to be the one who buys from them. Know, like, trust.
  • Step 5 – Valuing and structuring the deal
  • Step 6 – Negotiation
  • Step 7 – Financing
  • Step 8 – How to close, LOI,
  • Step 9 – Deal team
  • Step 10 – What to do in the first 100 days post-closing.

What are some of the things to do in the first 100 days?

  • Administrative stuff
  • Change all the passwords in IT
  • Change bank accounts
  • Spend a lot of time with the people and learn how to improve and better the culture.
  • Get feedback from the team and customers
  • Improve how you manage the working capital.

Purchasing a business with no experience or no money – any tips?

  • Know your why before you do it. What is the deep emotional reason? This gives you the fuel to follow through and make things happen.
  • Stay in your lane. Buy something that you have experience in.

Where are you seeing the opportunities in right now? What is the trend?

  • Online, manufacturing/engineering, etc. is booming
  • Brick and mortar is down and the trend is away from it.
  • People going into Covid with business have done 3 things:
    • They’ve taken advantage of opportunity and growing
    • They’ve put their head in the sand and refused to adapt.
    • There are some that have continued as it and have not been affected.
  • If you can buy a business that is struggling a little and can turn it around, then there are good opportunities.

 

Best Quote: Nobody wants to own or buy a business. We want the deep emotional benefits that business ownership gives us – freedom, cash flow, legacy, assurance, etc.

 

Carl's Misfit 3:

  1. Buy a business in a sector you know, love, and understand and that is established vs. doing a startup.
  2. Live with passion and do something you really love and care about. Life is too short.
  3. Fall in love with your customers, not your product or services.

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Sep 16, 2020

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

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

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

This week’s Lesson for Hannah

Hannah, I want to talk to you about personal responsibility – one of the greatest assets to your success and living an amazing, fulfilled life.

Most people upon hearing the term “Personal Responsibility” may not associate it with living their best life, but I do.

Let me tell you why.

As I write this, I continue to watch many parts of our society erode and give way to anarchy, riots, and emotional outbursts with no logic behind them. And when many of the people that are participating or leading these actions are confronted, they blame everything and everyone besides themselves for what they did or for why they did it.

To me this sad. I feel for them. Because by not taking responsibility, they are giving up all their personal power. Think about it, if you do not take responsibility for your actions, your thoughts, and basically your life, that means that you have given up these things to something or someone else. You have lost control. You have given away your best chess piece. Your personal freedom and individual liberty.

And every time this has been done in history by people and groups, it has not ended well. It has devolved into the destruction of societies, massive poverty, needless suffering and death. Every dictator in history has told those that they have taken over that they are not responsible for their problems, their place in life, and to just give up their rights and liberties to them and they will solve everything and all will be wonderful. And every time people do this, it ends badly.

Personal responsibility, the freedom to think for ourselves and take control of our lives, and yes, take responsibility for our mistakes, failures, and the good things, the wonderful things and yes, bad things we do is the greatest asset we have. When you take personal responsibility, it frees you. It frees you from the forces of groupthink. It frees you from having your value in life dictated to you by someone else or some group. It allows you to chart your own course and be your best. It gives you the ability to reach your potential and not be held back. It gives you everything you need to be the greatest version of yourself and leave your impact on this world.

Do not, under any circumstances, ever give up or surrender your personal responsibility to someone else or some thing. Especially out of fear or anxiety. These are the easiest ways it is taken and when people are most willing to give it up. They throw in the towel – because they just want things to be Ok or “normal. But, that is part of taking personal responsibility. Because things aren’t always going to be OK. It is an illusion that they can be. There will be times of suffering, loss, deep fear, and even catastrophe in our lives – but none of that is ever worth giving up your greatest asset as it is that asset, personal responsibility, and our ability to use it that gets us out of these challenging times and dark places. Without it, we can sink deeper. For example, think of the addict that will not confront their illness and take responsibility. They blame very circumstance and everything and everyone for their problems and in doing this, they slide deeper into darkness. But, if you have ever talked with someone who has been down a road like this and tuned everything around, the same elements are always present. The minute they took responsibility for their life and for taking care of themselves – they started to get better, get the help they needed, and ultimately win over the illness. There are countless stories like this throughout history – many of them are people in society we look up to, from famous leaders, artists, world-changers, and so on. All of them, at some point realized the asset of personal responsibility and used it to its fullest.

Hannah, I have given you many lessons over the years and will continue to do so, but out of all of them, this may be the most important one and it is the underpinning of everything. The lesson to build all lessons on, except for one. There is only one thing that is more important and goes along with this. While, it is critical for you to practice personal responsibility for your life, it is even more important for you to put your faith in God because he will never let you down. Responsibility plus faith in God is the secret to life. Not to get too preachy, but I have it on my wall for a reason – Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

So, to sum it up, Hannah, take personal responsibility for your life, your actions, your thoughts, everything you can control, but make sure you put your faith in God. That is the secret to living an amazing, fulfilled, successful, and happy life.

I love you,

Daddy

 

Best Quote: Personal responsibility, the freedom to think for ourselves and take control of our lives, and yes, take responsibility for our mistakes, failures, and the good things and bad things we do is the greatest asset we have.

 

Misfit 3:

  1. Personal responsibility is one of the greatest assets to your success and living an amazing, fulfilled life.
  2. If you do not take responsibility for your actions, your thoughts, and basically your life, that means that you have given up these things to something or someone else. You have lost control.
  3. There is only one thing that is more important than personal responsibility for your life, and it’s to put your faith in God because he will never let you down.

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Sep 9, 2020

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Jake Kiefer. Jake is a serial entrepreneur, founder of the Pro Basketball combine, that has been called the “Steph Curry of speaking.” He helps entrepreneurs and freedom seekers build their dream business by creating world class networks that create raving customers, unlimited freedom, and epic life experiences.

Jake has been featured everywhere from NBC to ESPN, USA Today, Forbes and on and on. He’s reached his success by being a master networker and creating opportunities within his network and starting businesses.

I could not think of a better guy to come on the show and teach you how to build and grow your network and use it to succeed.

www.JakeKelfer.com

@JakeKelfer on Instagram

Jake has always been a “hungry” kid. Growing up his dream was to play for the Lakers. But, at 5’8’’, that wasn’t going to happen. So, Jake studied to be a sports agent to be able to work with the players and the Lakers in some way. He was willing to do whatever he could. Coming out of college, he put his hustle and what he had learned to work and go a job with the Lakers to work in corporate partnerships.

He got to be on the court and work in the business and with the players every day.

“In the pursuit of greatness, you must always be willing to take action every day because great things will happen when we don’t expect them or how we expect them.”

It wasn’t too long before he realized that it was time to move on and start his own business career. He started his first business, launched several books, building a combine for the NBA, and teaching entrepreneurs how to build a 6-figure business – all from creating world class networks.

How do you build a world class network and get in the room with the right people?

  • It is not about personality. Every person has their own unique communication style.
  • The key is to understand it, embrace it, and then learn to use it to your advantage.
  • Networking does not take the time that people think it does. It can be done as simply as sending out a few messages per day that takes 15 mins.
  • Start small with your networking efforts. For example, if you want to be on more podcast, start by reaching out to one person per week, then one per day, and so on.
  • Make a list of your 1-2 steppers. These are people that are 1-2 steps above you that could be highly beneficial in your life and business.
  • Do research and be open in honest in your communication.
  • Once you get going, it is like a snowball that keeps going and growing. ​

Where is the first place someone should start?

  • Identify who you want to network with and why.
  • Then identify the best place in which to connect with them. Meet them where they are…
  • Then look at the how – How is the best way to connect with them?
  • Leverage the power of other networks like social media to help.

How do you cut through the noise so people that you want to network with actually get your message and connect with you?

  • Don’t copy and paste. Use their name and know about them so you can reference it in your communication.
  • Always find a commonality between you and the person you are reaching out to. Find something you can make personal in your communication.
  • Let the person know how you came across them or heard about them.
  • Give one sentence about who you and leave it open for future communication.

Once you build a network, how to do you cultivate it, engage it, and start to make it work for you?

  • One-time outreach is an interaction, but a relationship is an experience.
  • Building a relationship and network is selling. Selling yourself.
  • You need to craft an experience.
  • First, after the initial outreach, be the one to follow up on next steps. Take initiative and execute on any action steps.
  • Make it easy and remove any obstacles.
  • Second, update your contact at a time interval that makes sense. Give before you get as well. Create value.
  • In every relationship you have the starting phase, development phase, and the growth phase.
  • Following up takes you from the start to development phase. And then you progress to growth as you interact futher.
  • You then get the “Triple Win.” That is where each person is winning and others impacted by the relationship as well.

71 things you must do to turn your network into a 6-figure business. Give us a few...

  • F-U. It’s all about the follow up. You need a solid process.
  • The rule of 3. You want to have 3 types of people to reach out to every week. A prospect, a customer, and a 1-2 stepper. That is 50 every single year in each group.
  • We are all people and share the same desires. How can you make sure someone feels appreciated, loved, etc.
  • You can get a free copy from Jake’s site at https://www.jakekelfer.com/

At the 25 min mark, Jake talks about using a network to create a 6-figure business….

  • The game of life is meant to be enjoyed. And the best way to enjoy is to surround yourself with the right people. This leads to great business and life.
  • Jake shares the story of his connections with the founder of MVMT watches.
  • You never know who you are talking to until you know. In other words, everyone has something that can impact us. Don’t discredit people because they cannot help you right now as you never know where they come in in the future.
  • Example of other speakers are not competitors. Instead, Jake networked with the competition to be a resource for speaking gigs others could not do. This has led to 10’s of thousands per year.

Has anything changed in the age of coronavirus?

  • Not much from an in-person standpoint, but the opportunities to connect are more abundant that ever.
  • More people are spending time on their phones than ever before and are more widely available. Y
  • ou just need to be willing to put yourself out there.
  • Instagram is the best platform for Jake right now because it is one of the few platforms where people are responding themselves.

At the 37 min mark, Jake talks about creating the Pro Basketball Combine and the business lessons he’s learned. It’s best to just listen.

Tell us what it means to “Elevate beyond the competition.”

  • We play the game of life
  • Competition is part of any game.
  • You have to be better than the competition and sometimes the competition is ourselves.
  • When you become super clear on what success looks like to you, you don’t have to compare yourself – you just go after it.
  • And when you are clear, you make better decisions because you know exactly what greatness looks like and you can pursue it relentlessly.
  • Surround yourself with the right people and those that help you grow, push you, and get better.
  • Think in terms of investment, not cost.
  • Execute in spite of any hurdle that gets in your way.

 

Best Quote: In the pursuit of greatness, you must always be willing to take action every day because great things will happen when we don’t expect them or how we expect them.

 

Jake's Misfit 3:

The only shortcut in life is to start now.

Live in the moment and enjoy the journey.

Take one action related to your network every single day to build a world class network.

 

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