ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE…if you dare to ask!

I saw a post on Instagram today with this quote

Three Simple Rules in Life:

  1. If you don’t go after what your want, you’ll never have it.
  2. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.
  3. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

They are simple rules, but they’re absolutely correct. Reading this made me reflect back to the early start-up days of one of our companies. It was a time of a very steep learning curve and a time where I learned a lot about business and about myself. 

We had started a manufacturing company in an industry in which we were not known and we had no experience. So saying that we had a steep learning curve is an understatement. It seemed like we were running into brick wall after brick wall in every area of the business.

I was the one who knew the product and understood the manufacturing process. So that’s where my focus was. I was setting up the manufacturing and getting it right so that we were producing the quality product we were aiming for. While I was focused on this area of the business I had hired someone else to work as our salesman with the direction of establishing a distribution network to sell our product through. 

As I was watching things come together in the business, we were making huge strides on the production side but very little was happening on the sales side. By this point I was hoping to have our distribution channels established but we didn’t. We had a few people who were interested in becoming dealers for us, but we had no firm commitments. 

At this point, establishing our dealer network (i.e. sales) jumped to the top of my priority list and I decided to take it on myself. I put all of my samples and marketing materials together and hit the road. 

We were producing a product with an unknown brand in an industry with some very well known competitor companies. There were many unknowns as I headed out on my sales trips. 

  • Will they be interested in our product? 
  • Do they sell our competitors products already? 
  • If they sell a competitors product do we even talk to them about our product?

I also had my own internal struggles. I had to cold-call people I didn’t know and had never talked to before. I had never been in a position to sell like this. What if they are busy and are upset that I’m interrupting? What if they already sell a competitors product? What if they don’t like my product? What if they don’t like me?

What it really came down to was that I had a Fear of Rejection.

I clearly remember sitting in the parking lot of a company that I thought could be a potential distributor for us. It was my first attempt at finding a new distributor.  I was frozen with fear. I had my samples with me. I had my marketing materials. But I did not want to get out of my truck, walk into the business and ask to speak to someone about our product. The anxiety caused by my fear of rejection was enormous. 

As I was sitting behind my steering wheel of my truck I remember thinking about a book that I had recently read. The book was The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. The book is all about teaching you the power of how to ask for what you want. 

I remembered a specific section that talked about the fear of rejection, which read:

“…when you find yourself afraid to ask or afraid to take action, stop and take a deep breath. Then rationally ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that could happen? Is it really that bad? Can I survive it?” If you think you can, and what you want is important, then go for it.” 

If you are rejected… “Realize you haven’t really lost anything. Remember that the rejection is really an illusion. Consider this: If I ask Janet to go to dinner with me and she says no, I didn’t have anyone to eat dinner with before I asked her, and I don’t have anyone to eat dinner with after I asked her. I did’t really lose anything. I didn’t have it before and I don’t have it now. There was no real loss. It didn’t get worse. It stayed the same. 

If I apply to Harvard and I don’t get in, I wasn’t in Harvard before I applied, and I am not in after I applied. It didn’t get worse. It stayed the same. Since I am already handling that – not having dinner with Janet or not being a student at Harvard – what’s the big deal? I know I can cope with that reality because that already is my current reality and I am just fine.”

“What I point out to people is that it’s silly to be afraid that you’re not going to get what you want if you ask. Because you are already not getting what you want. They always laugh about that because they realize it’s so true. Without asking you already have failed, you already have nothing. What are you afraid of? You’re afraid of getting what you already have! It’s ridiculous! Who cares if you don’t get it when you ask for it, because, before you ask for it, you don’t have it anyway. So there’s really nothing to be afraid of.”

– Marcia Martin

If they kick me out because I showed up unexpected. If they don’t like my product. If, for any number of reasons, they do not want to be one of our distributors I told myself that I’d be ok. Because they are not one of our distributors now, they’ve never met me before. So if they reject me, what’s changed? They’re still not a distributor, they still don’t know me. Nothing has changed. Can I survive if that happens? I shut the truck off and went in.

Fortunately I don’t have to tell you about how I was rejected and kicked out of the building. Rather, this particular operation turned into a distributor for us and still sells our product today, 14 years later.  But what this single experience did for me, was that it put me in the right mindset as I approached more and more potential distributors in the coming days and years. 

I did have a number of “no’s” after this first attempt and I survived. But I also had a number of “yes’s” which helped us establish a great dealer network to sell our product. This was a great learning and growing experience for me that helped me as I established our sales network, but it was more than just that. It has helped me in a number of other situations, businesses and relationships since then. The fact that 14 years after this happened I still recall the story quite often shows the impact it has had on me. 

In the words of W. Clement Stone, “If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask!”

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Book Quote of the Week 138

“Even in a situation of poverty, a lack of opportunity is never the issue.”

– Stephen Larsen

30 Days to Save Yourself

I recently finished going through the One Funnel Away Challenge from Russell Brunson/ClickFunnels. There were a number of things I received as part of this course, which included a book, which I’m currently reading and have to say that I love it! It’s a unique book from Russell, put together by going to his Two Comma Club members and asking them what they would do to get back on top if they lost everything. Here’s what he asked them:

“You suddenly lose all your money, along with your name and reputation, and only have your marketing know-how left.    You have bills piled high and people harassing you for money over the phone.

    Plus, you have a guaranteed roof over your head, a phone line, an internet connection, and a ClickFunnels account for only one month.

    You no longer have your big guru name, your following, or JV partners. Other than your vast marketing experience, you’re an unknown newbie.

    What would you do, from day 1 to day 30, to save yourself?”

This book is different than anything I’ve ever read before. It’s a compilation from 30 different individuals who give their day by day plan for 30 days on how they would deal with the situation Russell outlined. 

I’ve really enjoyed reading through each chapter as each one is focused on the individuals expertise. Some are coaches, some sell products through e-commerce, some are affiliate marketers and the list goes on. 

If you’re interested, you can find out more at the following link:  http://bit.ly/JH30DaySummit

Today I was reading Stacey and Paul Martino’s chapter. Stacey and Paul are some incredible people and the founders of RelationshipDevelopment.org

For the past while I have been focused on structuring and organizing our upcoming Mastermind Groups. So there was one section of their chapter that really stood out to me and I loved what Stacey wrote because it ties in so well with our Mastermind Groups.

“When people just do what THEY know, they fail and RETREAT.What do the ones who break through do differently? They seek out The Mentor and The Tribe solution.When I am looking at my goal and I know that it is outside my current comfort zone and I need to break through, I must find a MENTOR who (a) already navigated to that goal successfully for themselves, (b) has a proven process for taking other people to that outcome successfully, and (c) has many success stories of others they helped to get the SAME goal that I want to achieve.And now for The Tribe – people who BREAK THROUGH to new levels, surround themselves with a tribe of people who are on the same journey, going to the same goal or beyond. These are the people who will catch me when I stumble and celebrate with me when I am victorious. I must surround myself with The Mentor who has the solutions and The Tribe that will support me.”

This is why I love Mastermind’s so much. Your knowledge and abilities has got you to where you are today. When you combine the collective genius of a Mastermind Group, you have the opportunity to grow and reach another level. 

I remember when one of my business partners was doing his Executive MBA. I was talking to him about it and asking, with all of his business knowledge and experience, was he able to learn much? His response was that you don’t know what you don’t know. 

If you’re ready to take your life and your business to the next level, go to this link: MASTERMIND, to complete the form so you can find our more about our Elite Groups!

Your Not-To-Do-List

At the end of every day I take a look at my list of things I needed to accomplish during the day. If there are any items that couldn’t be completed for some reason, I deal with them. It might be rescheduling them, delegating them or deleting them all together. I then review my list for the following day, which are items I had already scheduled along with new items that surfaced in the mean time. 

The next morning, when I sit down at my desk, the first thing that I’ll do is review this list again.

In the past I’ve had days that this list seems to grow bigger and bigger, regardless of how much I check off of it each day. I’ve found myself feeling great as I’m checking off item after item, feeling like I’m being producing and getting things done. But then I’d get to the end of the day and realize there are still a lot of important items that I haven’t even looked at yet. How can this be? I’ve been working and knocking things off like crazy.

Often, this problem arises not because of the number of items on my to-do-list, but because of what the items are and which ones shouldn’t even be on my list in the first place. 

One of the best exercises you can do to increase your productivity is to create your Not-To-Do-List!

Think about this, there are things you do every day that move the needle the most for you and/or your company. Maybe it’s sales, maybe it’s marketing, maybe it’s coaching your team. It’s whatever you do that creates the biggest results/revenue. These needle movers are the things you should be spending your time on. 

Now look at all the things you do on a daily basis that are not creating these results. That are not the needle movers. If you are putting off the needle-mover items to work on these other things, you need to stop. Stop Now! These are not the things that need your focus and that you need to be spending your time on. 

It’s hard to make changes that free up big blocks of time in our days. We have smaller moments that we need to utilize and take the best advantage of. You need to create your Not-To-Do-List to free up these moments so that you can focus on the needle-movers in your life. 

Let’s do this right now! Don’t put it off, grab a pen and paper and lets get started…

What things do you spend your time on that don’t serve growth, a greater income, empowerment, your God, your family or a bigger future?

  1. Make a list of the non-needle-mover activities that you spend your time on.
  2. For each item mark it as:
    1. Automate,
    2. Delegate, or
    3. Eliminate

Now that you’ve made this list, follow through. Maybe it’s your monthly bills that you can get online and automate the payments. Maybe it’s a daily task that you’ve felt it was just easier if you took care of it yourself. Delegate it! Maybe it’s something that just really doesn’t matter. Eliminate it!

When you clear the clutter from your to-do-list, you clear your mind. Your stress level decreases and your creativity increases. 

As important as a To-Do-List can be, even more important is your Not-To-Do List! 

*Add this exercise to the top of your To-Do-List right now! Actually do it and get it done!

By joining one of our Mastermind Groups, you’ll put into practice more life hacks like this that will help you to become more productive. You would be a part of an elite group of goal-orientated people who want to help each other succeed and get to the next level in life and in business.

If your life and/or your business are not where you thought they would be at this point in your life, hurry over to our Mastermind page and fill out the form. That will allow us to contact you to give you more information and to see if you qualify to be in one of our elite Mastermind Group!

High Performance Mastermind Group

I spent hours thinking, jotting notes down, researching but I had nothing. My company was still fairly new in our industry but we had been in operation for a while. Long enough that a lot of the start-up kinks were figured out. But now I was faced with a new problem. It was a situation I had never had to deal with before in this company or any of the other companies I had been involved in previously. But the toughest part was that I just couldn’t figure out a solution that I was happy with. Sure, I was coming up with a lot of different ideas and plans, but the more I thought about them, the more I realized they were not the answer. 

One evening I was at an event that a number of other entrepreneurs there that I knew. A few of us ended up sitting at a table together and once the evening wrapped up we all stayed and spent some time talking about each others businesses, successes, failures and challenges. During our conversations I brought up the issue that I was dealing with and it just so happened that one of the ladies at the table had dealt successfully with a very similar situation in her company. After she told us what she did, we all discussed it more until we figured out the best way it would work for me.

This was when I discovered first hand, the power of a Mastermind Group.

The first time that I had heard the concept of a Mastermind Group was from Napoleon Hill. In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Hill described the Mastermind principle as, “The coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony… no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force which may be likened to a third mind,” also known as the Mastermind.

It’s incredible what can happen when you bring people together to solve a problem or make a plan. When you combine the power of a number of different personalities, perspectives, experiences and knowledge a lot can be accomplished or discovered. 
Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who you spend your time with influences the person that you will eventually become. This includes every area of your life from wealth, to health, to styles and more. Take a look at yourself. Who are the people you spend the most time with? Now take a look at your similarities. Interesting isn’t it? Are you spending time with the people that will help you grow and take your business to the next level?

When you join the right Mastermind, one that is a committed and dedicated group of individuals, you can take your life and your business to another level. The group can raise the bar by challenging one another to create and implement larger goals and to help each other figure out the path that is needed to accomplish them. 

I’m excited to let you know that we are in the process of developing a High Performance Mastermind Group. If you would like more information or would like to be added to the list of those who want more details once the group is ready to launch, you can fill out the form on below or visit our High Performance Mastermind Page HERE!

Book Quote of the Week – 132

“People often ask me, “What does it take to make money?” My answer is that it takes a dream, a lot of determination, a willingness to learn quickly, and the ability to use your God-given assets properly.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki (Expert Secrets – Russell Brunson)

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Book Quote of the Week – 131

“People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, justify their failures, allay their fears, confirm their suspicions, and help them throw rocks at their enemies.” Blair Warren (Expert Secrets – Russell Brunson)

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The Best $100 Investment You Will Ever Make!

Russell Brunson is a name and face I’ve seen plastered all over the internet for a long time. I’ve known a little bit about his company, ClickFunnels, but only to the degree that it’s an online marketing company.

Recently he caught my attention with a great hook. It said, “What would I do if I lost it all?” That got me curious and took me right into his funnel. The next thing I know, I’m signed up for the One Funnel Away Challenge.

As an entrepreneur I love to hear the stories of other entrepreneurs. I love hearing how they got started, where they’ve failed and where they’ve succeeded. So this is what got me excited about the One Funnel Away Challenge.

Here’s how Russell explained the challenge:

Recently, I asked 30 of my ‘Two Comma Club’ members (those who have generated over $1 Million+ inside their ClickFunnels funnel) a very loaded question…
“You Suddenly Lose EVERYTHING…
You lose all your money, along with your name and reputation, and only have your marketing know-how left. 

You have bills piled high, and people harassing you for money over the phone. 
Plus, you have a guaranteed roof over your head, a phone line, an internet connection, and a ClickFunnels account for only one month.


You no longer have your big guru name, your following, or JV partners. Other than your vast marketing experience, you’re an unknown newbie.
What Would You Do?
(From 
Day 1 To Day 30) If You Knew You Only Had ONE FUNNEL To Make Back Your Millions?” 

Each of them replied to my email with a brilliant detailed 30-day plan of what they’d do to get back on TOP. 

They broke it down day-by-day… 

“Day 1, I’d do this…  Day 2, I’d do this… Day 3, I’d do this…”  

Each of them laid out a complete 30 day battle plan to get their business back on track…starting back at “square one” with:
 No Product…
 No List…
 No Traffic…Running Errands… 
 No Reputation…
 And No Funnel…

The “30 Days” book is a GIANT 550 page hardcover book of ALL their compiled battleplans (Day 1 through Day 30).

30 chapters… 30 action plans…

You can actually flip through the pages day-by-day, and SEE the “big picture” of their ONE FUNNEL plan laid out right in front of you! 

You can HOLD it in your hands…

You can page through, and reference it as you try out new business ideas…

You can highlight key ‘a-ha’ moments’ as you read, and make notes in the margins… 
If you’re starting from scratch (or starting again), with no name, no reputation, no list, no money, no traffic, and no product…
The One Funnel Away Challenge is what I would do, from Day 1 to Day 30, if I lost everything, and had to create ONE FUNNEL to get back on track!  

Now that is something that gets my attention. Wanting to hear all those stories excites me. I love reading autobiographies to see how different people built their businesses. But this one is unique! 30 successful entrepreneurs walking you through a day by day plan of what they would do if they had to start over again.

I spent the $100 to join the One Funnel Away Challenge. I’m a week into it and I can definitely tell you that I’m not disappointed. I have learned a lot about marketing, sales and funnels. It’s not just another course that you may or may not use the things you are taught. From day one you are taking action and creating your business. But I’ll tell you what. If I had spent the $100 and only got the 550 page “30 Days” book, it would have been money well spent! This book is Golden! The things shared in it are invaluable!

Click HERE and find out more about the One Funnel Away Challenge.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ONE FUNNEL AWAY CHALLENGE

Book Quote of the Week – 130

If you want to be successful in any part of your life, you need to find someone else who is already doing what you want to do and model your efforts after theirs. – Tony Robbins (DOTCOM SECRETS – RUSSELL BRUNSON)


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Book Quote of the Week – 129

“I’ve learned that in order to be happy in life, you need to figure out what your talents and strengths are… then run with them! Don’t settle for anything less than what your abilities can get you.” – Trey Lewellen in Expert Secrets (Click below for your FREE copy)

This Challenge Is EXACTLY What I Need

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Earlier this morning I had the post below ready to go but hadn’t pressed Publish yet. I was sitting at my desk reading from the book that you receive when you join the One Funnel Away Challenge.
 
 
It’s absolutely incredible what you can gain from this Challenge. But, if you didn’t get anything else besides this book, it’s worth it’s weight in GOLD!
 
 
Russell Brunson sent a brief email to over 100 of his ‘Two Comma Club’ award winners…
 
 
Inside that email was a single question…
 
 
Here’s what it read:
 
 
“You suddenly lose EVERYTHING in your business (your money, your big name, your list, your affiliates and JV partners, all of it)…You have bills piled high, and people harassing you for money over the phone.
All you have is a roof over your head, a phone line, an internet connection, and a ClickFunnels account for only ONE MONTH.
Other than your vast marketing experience, you’re back to being a newbie…What EXACTLY would you do, from Day 1 to Day 30, to save yourself?”
 
 
This book is 539 pages of these experts step-by-step answers. It’s absolutely amazing!
 
 
 
You can find out more right now at this link: One Funnel Away Challenge
 
 
 
 
Now, here’s my original post from before I got so excited about the book:
 
 
This year, I’m putting a huge focus on IMPLEMENTATION in my business.
 
We live in a world with soooo much information right at our fingertips.
 
Almost anything we need to know is literally a few clicks away…right?
 
But here’s the thing…
 
All the articles you sift through to find out how to grow your business online…
All the business books that you read…
All the infoproducts that you buy…
All the courses…
 
They mean almost NOTHING if you don’t actually execute.
 
But imagine if you took just ONE plan to start and grow your business (or next business) online, and hyper-executed EVERYTHING…
 
ONE plan well executed is infinitely more powerful than knowledge from 50 books that you do nothing with…right?
 
So here’s my challenge for you:
 
I’m challenging you for 30 days to TAKE ACTION on your business, and get your funnel built and launched.
 
It’s the SAME challenge that Russell Brunson just gave to me, and I accepted!
 
It’s called the One Funnel Away Challenge!
 
It’s designed to FORCE entrepreneurs to stop working on stuff that doesn’t matter, and start implementing the KEY tasks that will get your funnel LIVE, and your business flowing…
 
In 30 days, you’ll have a funnel that is built and LIVE, and ready to gather leads and sales.
 
If you’re the type of person who vaguely knows what to do, but just needs to buckle down and DO IT… then this Challenge is going to be the kick-in-the-pants you need EVERY DAY until you get your funnel launched!
 
 
Here’s the link to join the One Funnel Away Challenge with me → One Funnel Away Challenge

 

 


How to create a mass movement (new book – want one?)

Once in a while you start reading a book that opens up a new world for you. That is what happened to me with the last book I read.

And, I just hooked you up…
Russell Brunson just launched his new book called:
And I got you a FREE copy (you’ve just got to cover shipping).
Go to this page now, and let him know where to ship it:

P.S. In case you’re on of those people (like me) who just skip to the end of the letter, here’s the deal:
Russell is mailing you a physical copy of his new book. The book is free, and all you pay is the shipping costs.
There’s no catch… no gimmicks… You will NOT be signing up for any “trial” to some monthly program or anything like that.
So click here to claim your free copy now. You won’t regret it.

Would you know what to do in this situation?

A few months ago, legendary marketer and friend Russell Brunson sent a brief email to over 100 of his ‘Two Comma Club’ award winners…
Inside that email was a single question…
Here’s what it read:
“You suddenly lose EVERYTHING in your business (your money, your big name, your list, your affiliates and JV partners, all of it)…You have bills piled high, and people harassing you for money over the phone.
 
All you have is a roof over your head, a phone line, an internet connection, and a ClickFunnels account for only ONE MONTH.
 
Other than your vast marketing experience, you’re back to being a newbie…What EXACTLY would you do, from Day 1 to Day 30, to save yourself?”
He started reading through the crazy detailed plans, mapping out what they’d do day-by-day…
They sent him incredible, creative blueprints for how to get their business back up and rolling again, and generating income and leads in just ONE MONTH.
Every Two Comma Club expert had a different answer, and used a different strategy…(which is really, really cool!)
Each of his 30 speakers are going to answer that question for you IN DETAIL during the summit.
They will lay out their step-by-step detailed ACTION PLAN (Day 1 through Day 30) for how they’d get their business up and rolling…
…and each plan is DESIGNED to start out from ZERO.
Meaning, even if you have:
NO LIST…
NO AUTHORITY…
NO INCOME…
NO AFFILIATES or PARTNERS…
Even if you’re starting out truly from “Square One”…this summit is pre-engineered for YOU to succeed starting from SCRATCH!
THIS IS THE SUMMIT YOU NEED TO ATTEND!
Click here to reserve your spot for the free 30 Days Summit Event!

Book Quote of the Week – 115

“The second reason deep practice is a strange concept is that it takes events that we normally strive to avoid – namely, mistakes – and turns them into skills. To understand how deep practice works, then, it’s first useful to consider the unexpected but crucial importance of errors to the learning process.” – Daniel Coyle

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Book Quote of the Week -108

When Brown came up with the idea of an app for sending disappearing photos, Spiegel was the first person he told. The response: “That’s a million-dollar idea!

The Snapchat Story

 

 

 

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Book Quote of the Week – 107

“Deep practice is built on a paradox: struggling in certain targeted ways – operating at the edges of your ability, where you make mistakes – makes you smarter. Or to put it a slightly different way, experiences where you’re forced to slow down, make errors, and correct them – as you would if you were walking up an ice-covered hill, slipping and stumbling as you go – end up making you swift and graceful without your realizing it.” – Daniel Coyle


Book Quote of the Week – 105

“The people inside the talent hotbeds are engaged in an activity that seems, on the face of it, strange and surprising. They are seeking out the slippery hills… they are purposely operating at the edges of their ability, so they will screw up. And somehow screwing up is making them better.” – Daniel Coyle

Book Quote of the Week 104

High performers can do almost anything they set their heart and their mind to. But not every mountain is worth the climb. What differentiates high performers from others is their critical eye in figuring out what is going to be meaningful to their life experience. They spend more of their time doing things that they find meaningful, and this makes them happy.

Brendon Burchard