Latest EOFire Podcast S4E7: Redefining and celebrating success as an entrepreneur

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It’s a familiar feeling for entrepreneurs: you know, the one you get when something goes wrong, something fails, or something doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped.

You get to feeling pretty down about yourself, your business, and your progress.

The frustration starts to rise, that little voice inside your head begins throwing around negative talk about your abilities, and finally, you become oh-so-close to giving into the imposter syndrome, which right about now is telling you that you aren’t capable.

Not to mention the added grossness of comparing yourselves to others, or actually letting others’ criticisms get you down.

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ~ Aristotle

We all know what that’s like

What I’ve just described is not foreign to you.

What I’ve just described is how every single one of us as entrepreneurs have at one time or another let frustrations and negativity take away from our journey.

This post is not about riding yourself completely of everything described above.

Of course we’re going to feel frustrated and hear that little voice every now and then.

But how we react is up to us. How we choose to continue our day is up to us.

This post is about flipping the script and realizing that once you know what your definition of success is – and you actually give yourself permission to celebrate the wins you have along your journey – it’ll be much easier to move past and overcome the tough times.

Why defining success is important

In 2011 I lost a promotion that I wanted really bad.

It wasn’t just the new title, the new office – with a door, which I’d never had before – or the pay raise. It was also me proving to myself and others around me that I was capable of being so much more than just an admin.

At the time, that was my definition of success. My definition of success was a title, an office, more money, and being able to prove to myself and others that I was capable.

Today, my definition of success is MUCH different.

Today, my definition of success has nothing to do with a title, an office, more money, or being able to prove anything to anyone.

Today, my definition of success is being able to choose how I spend my time, and with whom I spend it.

Sounds pretty simple, right?

Well, not exactly.

Unfortunately, there are way more people in this world who have the same definition of success that I had back in 2011 than there are who have the same definition of success that I have today.

What’s even worse is people don’t even know why that’s their definition. They simply borrowed it from the people they surround themselves with.

They don’t know any better.

And I know this because that’s exactly why it was my definition of success back in 2011.

Success is different for everyone

Reflecting on all of this has taught me that success truly is different for everyone.

Understand and accept this, and you will open up a whole new world for yourself.

I’m not here to tell you what your definition should be, but rather to show you how important it is to know what it is.

What does success mean for you, your business, your family, and your future?

Because once you define what success means for you as an individual, you have a true north star – a set of values, and a clearly defined reason to celebrate the many wins you’ll experience as an entrepreneur (versus focusing or dwelling on the times when something goes wrong, something fails, or something doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped.)

It’s a rollercoaster

Regardless of your definition of success, there will be days when you feel you can conquer the world!

You’ll be high, up on top of a mountain waving your flag of success.

But not every day will be like that, which is why it’s so key to know what success means for you, and better yet, to actually celebrate it when it happens.

Recognizing when we’ve made progress, congratulating ourselves on figuring something out that we’ve been struggling with for weeks, and taking time to be excited about what it is we’re creating is going to help you tip the scale.

What if you spent more time celebrating your successes than you did dwelling on your missteps?

What if you focused more on the progress you’re making every single day – even if it’s tiny – rather than beating yourself up for not accomplishing something that was probably unrealistic and unattainable in the first place?

Don’t you think you’d enjoy your journey more?

That the positive momentum you’re building for yourself will start to overflow into other areas of your life?

I think so.

Success happens every single day to those who know what it means for them and are willing to commit to obtaining it. Yet more often than not, we don’t even pay attention to it.

Instead, we pay attention to the negative things.

When frustration starts to rise, and that little voice inside your head begins throwing around negative talk about your abilities, the one thing that will help you flip the script and move past and overcome the tough times is you wanting success more.

When you commit to your success, you can achieve it.

Jodi Flynn writes in her book Accomplished:

“Commitment is a game-changer. It’s not sexy and a lot of people don’t like to talk about it, but that’s the reason why many of us are living a shadow of the life we want to be living. It’s because we haven’t fully committed to it.”

What if you fully committed to not only redefining what success means for you today, but also committed to taking actions every single day that will help you achieve and live in that definition of success?

Wouldn’t you enjoy your journey so much more?

Up next in Season 4 on What it means to be an entrepreneur

Up next, we’re going to be talking about the roadblocks we face as entrepreneurs.

You can visit our home base right here to find all the posts and episodes in Season 4!

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Latest EOFire Podcast EOFire’s November 2016 Income Report

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November 2016 Income At-A-Glance

Gross Income for November: $205,459

Total Expenses for November: $61,589

Total Net Profit for November: $143,870

Difference b/t November & October: +$47,711

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Why We Publish An Income Report

This monthly income report is created for you, Fire Nation!

By documenting the struggles we encounter and the successes we celebrate as entrepreneurs every single month, we’re able to provide you with support – and a single resource – where we share what’s working, what’s not, and what’s possible.

There’s a lot of hard work that goes into learning and growing as an entrepreneur, especially when you’re just starting out. The most important part of the equation is that you’re able to pass on what you learn to others through teaching, which is what we aim to do here at EOFire.

Let’s IGNITE!

CPA On Fire’s Monthly Tax Tip

What’s up Fire Nation, my name is Josh Bauerle. I’m a CPA and the Founder of CPA On Fire, where we specialize in working with entrepreneurs to minimize their tax liability while keeping them in line with the ever-changing tax laws.

I’ve been working with EOFire for years now, and John and Kate have included me in these monthly income reports with unlimited access to all their accounts so I can verify that what they report here is complete and accurate.

And because they believe in delivering an insane amount of value to you, my job doesn’t stop at the verification level; I’ll also be providing tax and accounting tips to you along the way!

Josh’s November Tax Tip: What is a tax write-off exactly?

In each month’s income report, I share a tax tip – usually involving writing off various items on your taxes.

But after getting a ton of questions on the subject – and seeing even more bad information out there – I finally realized we need to spend time discussing what a tax “write-off” or “deduction” actually is!

Let’s start with an example:

You followed last month’s income report tip and turned a trip to an NBA basketball game into a legit “meals and entertainment” expense by bringing your attorney along to discuss business info.

Altogether, with your meals and game tickets, you spent $500.

You run it by your CPA and they confirm this is a legit business expense – that you’ll receive the meals and entertainment rate of 50% as a tax deduction (or $250).

But what does that $250 deduction actually mean?

Does it mean you pay $250 less in taxes?

Sadly, and contrary to what many believe, the answer is no.

What it does do is reduce your taxable income by $250. Meaning, if your taxable income was $10,000, after the deduction it is now $9,750.

So how much actual money does a tax deduction or write off save you?

The answer, as with everything else in taxes, is: it depends.

But the simplest way to estimate your true savings is to take your marginal tax rate (this is the rate your next dollar is taxed at) and multiply that by the deduction.

So if you’re currently in the 25% tax bracket, and you get that $250 tax deduction, the actual amount you save on taxes is about $63.

All this isn’t to minimize the power of tax deductions, because they are still an awesome perk of owning a business!

But it should reveal one big mistake I see a lot of entrepreneurs make: justifying purchases they don’t truly need because they can take it as a tax deduction.

I get clients all the time asking if they should buy a brand new truck, or computer, or whatever else they want – but don’t need – so they can get a tax deduction. And unless you like spending a lot of money in order to save a little money, the answer is definitely: don’t do it!

You should never, under any circumstances, buy something for the sole purpose of a tax deduction.

Instead, think of a tax deduction like a sale on products or services you need, or were going to buy anyway.

Going back to our example from last month, if you were going to attend that NBA basketball game anyway, and you turn it into a business event you can write-off, then it’s basically like getting a 25% discount on the meal and tickets.

And on the other side of things, if you can start thinking of ways to turn personal expenses into business expenses, you can then apply that 25% savings to many of the things you purchase anyway.

A tax write-off is a powerful tool for entrepreneurs to use, but as with any other tool, you need to truly understand it before being able to use it effectively.

If you have a question you would like to see covered in a future income report, leave it in the comments section below, or reach out to me directly!

As always, please feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss what would be best for YOUR business. I LOVE chatting with Fire Nation!

*Bonus* If you haven’t checked out our FREE course on business entities yet, you can get it here!

What Went Down In November

funnelonfirecpuFunnel On Fire

November was a big brainstorming month for us: we not only started to put together some major marketing pieces for The Mastery Journal (more on that in just a minute), but we also sat down to reflect on some discoveries we’ve made.

As it relates to Funnel On Fire, our discovery was that our affiliate income from Click Funnels has been amazing over the past several months.

So with that discovery, John and I sat down to think about ways we could “double down”.

Here’s what that looked like, and how we came up with the idea to create Funnel On Fire: How to create a funnel that converts!

The thought process

Wow – we’ve been getting a lot of affiliate revenue from Click Funnels recently; I wonder why / where it’s coming from?

Well, we did transfer our Free Course delivery over to CF, and on every one of our delivery pages (Free Course videos) there’s a CF logo that is our affiliate link.

Conclusion: presumably, people are signing up for our Free Course, loving the pages we use to deliver the course (example here: eofire.com/fpc4), seeing at the bottom right it’s from CF, clicking that link, and then signing up for CF = affiliate revenue for us.

The brainstorming begins

What if we not only created another Free Course with more pages (equals more exposure for our CF affiliate), but we actually built that Free Course around something we know our audience wants and needs and that is directly related to CF?

Questions we get all the time:

  • how do I grow my email list?
  • how do I know what lead magnet to create?
  • how do I build a funnel?

These are all related to needing a platform like CF.

The idea: Create a Free Course called Funnel on Fire

Well, we’ve done Free Courses before, so we know we need:

  • opt in page
  • thank you page
  • course outline
  • campaign in IFS with all the emails / videos
  • video pages for each “lesson”
  • an offer / goal for the funnel
  • testing

With a timeline in place, this essentially becomes our plan.

Step 1: create course outline (John and Kate brainstorm for 30 minutes in Kate’s office and come up with the outline)

Step 2: create the content around the outline (Kate writes content for each video lesson – there are 8 total from our outline)

Step 2.1: what’s the offer? (what do we want them to do throughout / after taking the free course – work that into the content / CTA for the Free Course)

Step 3: create keynote presentations for the videos (Kate takes the content she created and puts it into a keynote template)

Step 4: once keynotes are complete, record videos (Kate records videos for each lesson with the Keynotes she created)

Step 4.1: upload videos to Vimeo

Step 5: put campaign together in IFS (emails, timers, opt in form, ty page)

Step 6: create pages in CF (opt in, ty page, video pages – grab embed codes from Vimeo for video pages)

Step 7: connect campaign and CF pages – start testing

Step 8: start promoting (list of promotable places – John mentions on EOFire, we add to our website, we include in our income report)

So, there you have it: an idea plus our brainstorming and creation process from start to finish!

Are YOU ready to learn how to create a funnel that converts? If so, join us in Funnel On Fire to learn how!

Viva Puerto Rico!

During the month of November we had the pleasure of hosting two amazing groups of people here at EOFire HQ:

1. Our friends Ryan & Katie from San Diego + John’s best friend, Ryan

2. John’s parents and niece, KC!

While the first group of visitors made for a nice adventure / mastermind combo, the second group brought a lot of beach exploring and relaxation here in Palmas Del Mar.

Trekking to the top of El Yunque in the pouring rain:

hiking el yunque

Hanging out at the EOFire HQ for some pool and BBQ time:

mastermind in PR

Taking a drive along Ruta Panoramica (known as “the Spine”):

the-spine-trip

It’s always great having visitors, but of course, it requires a significant amount of planning and preparation – something we’re getting quite good at 🙂

Before each set of visitors arrived, John and I each sat down and created a list of things we’d have to take care of ahead of time so that our time with friends and family wasn’t totally overrun by work.

Now, this is not to say we didn’t work while company was here, but the amount of time we worked was drastically reduced due to our preparation and planning.

Kate’s Take Season 4

November brought the beginning of the final season of Kate’s Take for 2016 on What it means to be an entrepreneur.

After deciding to switch to Seasons on the podcast at the beginning of 2016, I’ve felt so much more connected to the Kate’s Take listeners because they have actively been participants in the content itself. Each Season on the podcast has been a direct result of votes from listeners.

I was a little nervous about Season 4 since it broke the mold in terms of providing actionable, step-by-step content around business strategies. But since its launch, where we’ve been covering topics like Mindset and facing fear, How being an entrepreneur creates freedom, and Taking ownership, I’ve been receiving some incredible feedback!

If you want to find out more about this Season on Kate’s Take head over to our home base!

Marketing The Mastery Journal

January 2017 is fast-approaching, which means November was high time to kick things off for our marketing for the launch of The Mastery Journal.

This month alone we’ve:

  • Started documenting our project plan as a whole
  • Created a team and individual tasks in Asana
  • Finished 3 photo shoots for The Mastery Journal images (editing starts in Dec)
  • Finalized the trailer for The Mastery Journal
  • Ordered 30,000 copies to be printed
  • Created our behind-the-scenes email campaign to share where we’re at
  • Started our outreach / asking for support
  • Hired our FB ads manager

Whew!

We’ve still got a ways to go in terms of marketing, but with the above checklist we’re well on our way to making sure our marketing campaign is on lock down for our January launch!

Here’s a sneak peek behind-the-scenes are our most recent photo shoot:

The Mastery Journal

If you haven’t signed up for our interest list yet, click here! When you sign up you’ll receive a free 30-day PDF form of The Mastery Journal along with behind-the-scenes updates on our progress!

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November 2016 Income Breakdown*

Product/Service Income: $157,810

The Freedom Journal: Accomplish your #1 goal in 100 days!

  • Shopify: $23,363 (516 Freedom Journals & 66 Digital Packs sold!)
  • Amazon: $12,597 (323 Freedom Journals sold!)
  • Total: $35,960

Podcasters’ Paradise: The #1 Podcasting community in the world!

  • Recurring: $11,740 (170 monthly)
  • New members: $11,325 (36 new members)
  • Total: $23,065

Podcast Sponsorship Income$71,250

Speaking Fee: $20,000

Podcast Websites: $5,000 Your all-in-one podcast website peace of mind

Free Podcast Course: A free 15-day course on Podcasting

Free Webinar Course: A free 10-day course on Webinars

Free Goals Course: A free 8-day course on Setting & Accomplishing Goals

Funnel On Fire: A free 8-day course on Creating a Funnel that Converts!

WebinarOnFire: $1,991 Learn how to Create & Present Webinars that Convert!

SkillsOnFire: $297

The Fire Path Course: $115 A step-by-step business roadmap

Podcast LaunchAudiobook$104 | eBook: $28

Affiliate Income: $47,649

*Affiliate links below

Resources for Entrepreneurs: $32,264

Courses for Entrepreneurs: $12,518

Resources for Podcasters: $1,381

Other Resources: $1,486

  • Amazon Associates: $989
  • Other: $497

Total Gross Income in November: $205,459

Business Expenses: $58,448

  • Advertising: $1,375
  • Affiliate Commissions (Paradise): $1,706
  • Accounting: $350
  • Cost of goods sold: $4,966
  • Design & Branding: $2,018
  • Education: $108
  • Legal & Professional: $772
  • Meals & Entertainment: $1,133
  • Merchant / bank fees: $1,513
  • Amazon fees: $3,134
  • Shopify fees: $3,214
  • Stripe fees: $7
  • PayPal fees: $485
  • Office expenses: $1,348
  • Payroll Taxes: $1,839
  • Promotional / events: $125
  • Paradise Refunds: $2,460
  • WebinarOnFire Refunds: $0 (invoice total)
  • Shipwire: $6,000
  • Sponsorships: $16,500
  • Show notes: $372
  • Total Launch Package Fees: $175
  • Travel: $3,776
  • The Freedom Journal: $86
  • The Mastery Journal: $387
  • Virtual Assistant Fees: $2,590
  • Website Fees: $2,009

Recurring, Subscription-based Expenses: $3,141

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: $100
  • Avangate: $34
  • Boomerang: $80 (team package)
  • Brandisty: $24
  • Authorize.net: $91.10
  • Cell Phone: $210
  • CCBill: $20
  • Google Storage: $9.99
  • Go2MyPC: $12
  • Graphly: $99
  • Internet: $332
  • eVoice: $9.95
  • Infusionsoft CRM: $360
  • Insurance: $551
  • Libsyn: $338
  • Chatroll: $150
  • PureChat: $20
  • ScheduleOnce: $9
  • Skype: $2.99
  • Shopify: $20
  • Scout: $10
  • TaxJar: $19
  • Payroll fee: $223 (switched to ADP)
  • Workflowy: $4.99
  • MeetEdgar: $49
  • Wistia: $25
  • WPCurve: $29
  • Zapier: $15
  • Zencastr: $216 (annual fee)
  • Taxes & Licenses: $77

Total Expenses in November: $61,589

Payroll to John, Kate & PR Team: $23,880

In our May 2014 Income Report and our June 2016 Income Report, Josh focuses on how to pay yourself as an entrepreneur. Check them out!

Total Net Profit for November 2016: $143,870

Biggest Lesson Learned

The importance of asking yourself for answers

It’s often the case when we get ready to do something big in our business – start a new project, or set a new goal – we immediately think about who we can turn to for guidance or help. We all know the saying about “taking the lead from those who have gone before us”.

This is definitely a wise saying – one that we live by ourselves here at EOFire.

But only to a certain extent… because you can’t rely on others for everything.

Here’s what I mean by that:

In November I realized through a few conversations with peers that more often than not YOU are the one with the answers when it comes to your next most important step.

Trouble is, we rarely give ourselves the time to take a step back and reflect on the things we already have experience doing – things that we already know.

So next time you start working on a new project, or you think about setting your next big goal, before you run out and look to someone else for the answers, ask YOURSELF for the answers first.

Here’s a list of questions I ask myself when I’m brainstorming a project or my next big goal:

  • Have I done something like this before?
  • If so, what project was it?
  • What was the same? (that way I can pull from that experience)
  • What was different? (that way I know what I need to research)
  • What are the steps I have to take to get the big project done?
  • What’s my estimated timeline?

After answering questions like these about your project or goal you’ll be able to evaluate where you’re at in terms of what you already know (what you can pull from previous experiences) and what you don’t know (things you’re basically starting from scratch with).

This list of experiences – what you already know – along with the things you need to research, will then become the start of your project plan.

Asking yourself for the answers before running out and looking to someone else for them will help you get the foundation of your project set. And with a foundation, everything that follows will be much easier to accomplish.

Alright Fire Nation, that’s a wrap!EntrepreneurOnFire

Until next month, keep your FIRE burning!

~ Kate & John

Note: we report our income figures as accurately as possible, but in using reports from a combo of Infusionsoft & Xero to track our product and total income / expenses, they suggest the possibility of a 3 – 5% margin of error. 

Click here for all of EOFire’s Income Reports

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Latest EOFire Podcast S4E6: Mindset struggles and facing fear as an entrepreneur

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Mindset Struggles and facing fear

Marianne Williamson once said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

It’s pretty crazy to think our mind has this much power over us – that if our mind tells us we should be hesitant about stepping into the light and embracing what it means to us, as individuals, to be successful, we actually listen.

She continues to say, “We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? … Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine… It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.”

But being confident; stepping into the light; making decisions – both big and small – that will not only affect us, but also those around us; and having the courage to stand up to the fears we feel on a daily basis as entrepreneurs is not easy.

If it were easy, everyone would be confident, courageous and successful.

The victim role and limiting beliefs 

In December 2013 I attended a 3-day basic training course.

I had been on the EOFire team for eight months.

I attended the course because I was told it would help me uncover my passions and break through my limiting beliefs – that it would help me start living the exact life I wanted to live without apologies.

I wasn’t really sure what limiting beliefs were, or how (and to what degree) they may have been affecting my ability to step into my light, but what I did know is that when asked by a friend what I was most passionate about just days earlier, I had a hard time answering.

I didn’t know what I was passionate about – I actually found myself questioning if I was passionate about anything.

That’s not how I wanted to live my life, so with shaking hands and sweat gathering around my hair line, I took action and signed up for the training.

Those 3 days changed my life.

My two biggest takeaways from basic were that:

  • I was living my life as a victim; and
  • We get back what we put out into the world.

Marianne Williamson ends the quote I started this post with by saying, “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Walking through life invisible

In February 2014 I attended another 3-day training – this time the advanced training.

Since basic, I’d been working on realizing and acknowledging when I was playing the victim role. Now that I knew what it was and why I was doing it, I could start to shift my energy and mindset – my attitude around responsibility and what I was putting out into the world.

I was feeling really great, and I could tell by just acknowledging it and stepping out of that role when I felt myself slipping into it that other positive things were happening as a result.

I no longer allowed my mind to trick me, nor did I accepted phrases from myself like:

“But it wasn’t my fault”, or “That happened because of circumstance out of my control”, or “I don’t know the answer” or, “This happened to me, and I’m sad / mad about it – it ruined my day.”

Instead, I took ownership and responsibility for my actions and the outcomes those actions created. I stopped blaming others for how I was feeling, what I was (or wasn’t) doing, and for how I felt throughout – and at the end – of every day.

Then, during my advanced training, I had my break through.

During advanced, I discovered something about myself that went far deeper than playing the victim role.

I discovered that I was walking through life invisible.

I discovered this when I found myself alone in the middle of a dark room, sinking. No life preserver – just one hundred people standing around me and not one of them holding out a hand to help.

Letting your light shine

I can’t possibly describe the feeling I had sitting alone in the middle of that room.

Knowing what I know now, what I can describe are all the reasons why I found myself there:

  • I was afraid of being wrong
  • I was afraid of looking stupid
  • I was afraid of others judging me
  • I was afraid that I wasn’t good enough / smart enough / strong enough
  • I was afraid to make big decisions where I didn’t know the outcome
  • I was afraid of feeling uncomfortable
  • I was afraid of being in charge / taking responsibility
  • I was afraid of coming across as a know-it-all

That is a lot of fear to discover all at once.

That is a lot of fear for anyone to hold on their shoulders.

I know from experience that type of fear will kill your light and keep you feeling trapped in the dark.

I know from experience that type of fear will make you invisible.

Mindset and embracing fear

You’ve probably heard a lot of the same things I’ve mentioned here in this post in your own mind and experienced limiting beliefs, fear and the imposter syndrome many more times than you can count. I know I’m not alone in sharing these fears with you.

The feeling that comes up every time we’re about to do something big – important – life-changing – new…

The feeling that comes to us when the risk is high, and we don’t know the outcome – we’re feeling uncomfortable, and we’re not sure what other people are going to say about the decision we’re about to make.

And all the while, we wonder if it’ll ever be possible to believe anything else but that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, experienced enough, passionate enough – anything enough – when we continue to feel as though we’re in a constant battle with our mind over fear.

The answer is so simplistic and straight forward, and it’s within all of us.

Just as is the case with freedom, YOU get to choose.

You get to choose

Tony Robbins says, “Our beliefs are like unquestioned commands, telling us how things are, what’s possible and impossible and what we can and cannot do. They shape every action, every thought and every feeling that we experience. As a result, changing our belief systems is central to making any real and lasting change in our lives.”

Change your belief system, and you will change your life.

For some, this means practicing affirmations. Hal Elrod is a huge fan of this, and one he’s shared with me before is this:

“I am just as worthy, deserving and capable of achieving extraordinary success as any other person on the planet, and I will prove that today with my actions.”

When asked on EOFire Episode 1473 what the best advice he’s ever received is, Andy Andrews said: “You have been created with a will that is stronger than your emotions. No matter how you feel you can choose how you act.”

Grant Cardone writes in his book The 10x Rule: “Fear, for the most part, is provoked by emotions, not rational thinking. And in my humble estimation, emotions are wildly overrated – and the scapegoat many people use for their failure to act… it must become your indicator to go.”

Amanda Holmes shared the best piece of advice she’s ever received on EOFire Episode 1475When you live in honesty and truth there’s nothing to fear.”

The things you think about turn into what you talk about.

What you talk about turns into what you do.

What you do turns into what you are.

You will continue to feel fear on your journey, and mindset struggles, while they can and will become easier to experience, will always be there. Stop trying to get rid of fear, and instead, embrace it.

Embrace that you’re on a journey that most people never even start. You’ve already embraced a HUGE fear on your journey: taking your entrepreneurial leap.

Continue to embrace fear knowing that fear let’s us know we’re on the right path – that we’re continuing to work towards things that matter to us – things that are bringing us one step closer to freedom.

3 Ways to Embrace Fear

Up next in Season 4 on What it means to be an entrepreneur

We all know that entrepreneurship isn’t easy.

If you’re looking for something easy, just go ahead and continue doing whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

Up next, we’re going to be talking about redefining and celebrating success as an entrepreneur.

You can visit our home base right here to find all the posts and episodes in Season 4!

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Latest EOFire Podcast S4E5: The importance of productivity, discipline and focus on your entrepreneurial journey

Here’s the latest Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast for your enjoyment!

Productivity, Discipline and Focus

Grant Cardone writes in his book, The 10x Rule: “I challenge you to keep track of how you’re spending your available time… Most people have no clue what they are doing with their time but still complain that they don’t have enough.”

Sound familiar? – the part about not really knowing what you’re doing with your time, but still complaining that you don’t have enough?

I know it does to me, and that’s why over the past 5+ years I’ve continued to study, practice, improve and do my best to share with others how to become more productive, disciplined and focused.

I know productivity, discipline and focus may not be your top traits – they aren’t mine, either.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t develop, or better yet, master these traits with a little help.

I can assure you it’ll be worth it, because productivity, discipline and focus will become your guiding light in regards to accomplishing the goals you set for yourself and for your business.

And THAT is why they are so important on your entrepreneurial journey.

What being productive, disciplined and focused means

So let’s do this: I’ll share a brief description of exactly what being productive, disciplined and focused means so we’re all on the same page, and with that description I’ll also share one step you can take TODAY to start mastering each of these traits on your entrepreneurial journey.

Being Productive

Being productive: Accomplishing tasks that MATTER to you and your business.

Accomplishing tasks that MATTER to you and your business is easier said than done – am I right?

But what if you could end every single day by looking back at the work you’ve accomplished and thinking to yourself:

Wow, I’ve been super productive today!

If you often end your day this way, then kudos! But you’re in the minority…

Being productive is something everyone wants, but people rarely work hard enough to achieve it consistently.

This reminds me of a Stephen King quote: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Are you spending your days waiting for inspiration to strike?

How often do you honestly feel productive?

If it’s not as often as you’d like, then you’re in for a treat. Increasing productivity can help you get to where you want to go faster.

Here’s a quick tip on how to begin mastering productivity

Each night before you end your work day, write down the ONE task or project you must complete the next day.

When you plan ahead in this way, you’ll be crushing your top priority not just some days, but every day!

Mastery of productivity is at your fingertips. Will you take on the challenge?

Being Disciplined

Being discipline: Setting and sticking to a plan of ACTION.

Setting and sticking to a plan of action is TOUGH.

Distractions are EVERYWHERE.

Not the first time you’ve heard that line before, right?

It’s time to stop using that excuse.

It’s up to YOU to make the choice – to make the change – to make the commitment.

And the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone.

It doesn’t have to be this scary, unattainable hope or dream that you’re constantly doubting whether you can achieve.

As Samuel Butler said, “If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.”

Here’s a quick tip on how you can start mastering discipline

For your next task or project, instead of just diving in and “seeing what happens”, actually write out the steps you need to take in order to accomplish it.

Once you’ve written out the individual steps, put time deadlines on each of those steps.

Then FOCUS on those deadlines!

Speaking of FOCUS…

Being Focused

Being focused: Following ONE course until success and remaining distraction free in the process.

On average, how much “Focus Time” do you have on a daily basis?

Is it 20 minutes?

2 Hours?

NONE?

Focus Time is gold.

20 Minutes of FOCUS is worth 20 hours of distracted ‘busy work’.

Tim Ferriss wrote in his book The 4-Hour Workweek, “Focus on being productive instead of busy.”

I LOVE talking about focus because it has played a HUGE part in the success of EOFire.

Here’s a quick tip on how to start mastering focus in your every day

Use an online timer like e.ggtimer.com and give yourself specific time blocks when working on tasks.

During these time blocks make a promise to yourself that you will not let distractions push you off course.

If something comes up – an idea, something else you know you need to work on, or a notification pops up – write it down so you don’t forget about it, and then immediately get back on task.

As Peter Drucker says, “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”

The Mastery Journal

If you’re looking for a little help and guidance when it comes to mastering productivity, discipline and focus on a daily basis, then we know you’re going to love The Mastery Journal: Master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days.

In January 2017 we’ll be launching The Mastery Journal via Kickstarter! To get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation and launch of The Mastery Journal, visit TheMasteryJournal.com and join us on the journey to Mastery!

Up next in Season 4 on What it means to be an entrepreneur

We all know that entrepreneurship isn’t easy.

If you’re looking for something easy, just go ahead and continue doing whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

Up next, we’re going to be talking about mindset struggles and facing fear as an entrepreneur.

You can visit our home base right here to find all the posts and episodes in Season 4!

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Latest EOFire Podcast S4E4: Taking ownership as an entrepreneur

Here’s the latest Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast for your enjoyment!

Taking Ownership

In year four of my entrepreneurial journey, I learned one of my toughest lessons to date: no one cares about your business as much as you do.

I’d heard this before, I’d just never experienced something this damaging as a result.

The experience made me step back and second guess everything.

What else have we delegated that might not be being done properly?

And worse than this thought swimming around in my mind, for me, second-guessing things doesn’t mean a quick comparison of pro’s and con’s, rather hours – sometimes days of doubt.

Lesson learned – the hard way

It all started when we decided to switch merchant providers back in May 2016.

We had done a significant amount of research and we were feeling good about it, and when it came time to buckle down and make the actual switch, we asked for support.

Without thinking too much of it – since making the actual switch was going to be a pretty manual process – we delegated it and brought our focus back to our own projects and tasks.

A couple of days later I received an email from one of our community members: they had been re-billed for their Podcasters’ Paradise annual subscription – and it was not their due date.

After apologizing to the member, refunding the overcharge, and jumping into the system to some research, I came to realize that their “next payment due” date was off, which is what had triggered the early payment.

This seemed pretty strange to me since this isn’t a field you can manually change to be sooner than whatever the rules are for the subscription attached to it.

My first mistake: I wrote it off as a fluke and didn’t once take a step back to think this might have had something to do with our merchant provider switch.

Crazy old Infusionsoft…

Later that day, I received another email: the same thing happened to someone else.

Then another.

And another.

Okay, this is getting ridiculous – what the heck is going on?

After some more research, I came to find out that this same exact thing had happened to dozens upon dozens of contacts: their “next payment due” date was off.

I tried to find similarities in the contact records – were they all annual subscriptions? Did they all have a form of payment in common?

I couldn’t seem to find a common thread, and so I thought to myself, “As long as I can get ahold of someone at Infusionsoft, they can help us identify and fix the problem.”

After even more research, and not much help from Infusionsoft, I started to uncover that the problem was bigger than I originally thought: not only were dozens upon dozens of contact’s “next payment date” off, but our PayPal connection was lost – meaning, the connection between anyone who had joined our community via PayPal and our system was completely cut off.

I felt sick to my stomach.

I started imagining all the other things that might be wrong, but that we didn’t know about yet.

This is about the time that I had a lightbulb moment: when I brought up an account from a customer who had joined via PayPal, I noticed that the new merchant provider was selected. I knew that in these situations the the merchant provider was supposed to be PayPal, and that once you change it from PayPal to something else, there is no going back.

On one hand, it was a careless mistake. Had proper research been conducting – or had I been the one making the switch – we would have known not to change the merchant provider on PayPal orders.

On the other hand, all the skewed “next payment dates” and the unexplainable things that would happen as a result – those were all things not even the highest level of support at Infusionsoft could explain.

For the next 6 weeks, I would experience learning one of my toughest lessons to date: no one cares about your business as much as you do.

My biggest takeaway

It is no one else’s fault, problem, issue or concern that something you’ve worked SO hard to create didn’t turn out the way you had hoped.

On your entrepreneurial journey, excuses cannot exist. You must take ownership of your actions (or inactions) and the results they create.

You better believe that deep down inside I wanted to blame someone else for what had happened, but it was also deep down that I knew no one was to blame but myself.

This was my responsibility.

Is that scary to take full ownership of your actions (or inactions) and the results they create?

Absolutely, but you might remember us calling on Stephen Covey in Season 4 Episode 1: he says, “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

An unintended lesson learned

Although my biggest lesson learned through this whole experience is that no one cares about your business as much as you do, and therefore you must learn to take ownership and responsibility for your actions (or inactions), I also had some other, unintended lessons learned.

One of them is that just because no one is ever going to care about your business as much as you do doesn’t mean you should never hire a team.

In fact, stepping up and being a boss is critical to the growth and scalability of your business, and while I don’t feel that managing people is what I’m best at, I know it’s required to achieve the goals I have set for myself, and for my business.

Grant Cardone says, “A person who limits his or her potential success will limit what he or she will do to create it and keep it.”

It’s time to get courageous; it’s time to step up and take ownership – not only of what it is you want to see in your life, but of the actions (or inactions) required to get you there.

Up next in Season 4 on What it means to be an entrepreneur

We all know that entrepreneurship isn’t easy.

If you’re looking for something easy, just go ahead and continue doing whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

Up next, we’re going to be talking about the importance of productivity, discipline and focus on your entrepreneurial journey.

You can visit our home base right here to find all the posts and episodes in Season 4!

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Latest EOFire Podcast S4E3: The sacrifices and hustle required to be an entrepreneur

Here’s the latest Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast for your enjoyment!

sacrifices and hustle entrepreneurship

As you take one step forward on your entrepreneurial journey, understand that at times it will feel like you’re also taking five steps back.

When we take the full leap into entrepreneurship, at the very baseline we’re sacrificing things of value, like:

  • A steady paycheck
  • Health benefits
  • A 401k
  • Comfort
  • Predictability…

But as the definition of sacrifice states, we give up (something important or valued) for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.

While many of these things of value I’ve mentioned here are what can certainly make life a little easier, they are never going to be the things that help us achieve true happiness and freedom in our lives.

In my mind, knowing this makes it much easier to sacrifice them.

But there are certain sacrifices we’ll have to make on our entrepreneurial journey that aren’t so easy, like:

  • Time with family
  • A good night’s sleep
  • Knowing what’s around the corner
  • A vacation you’ve been planning for months

I thought entrepreneurship = freedom?

But wait – I thought entrepreneurship was supposed to bring me freedom, and now you’re telling me I’m having to give things up like time with family and vacations?

Well, let’s not be shortsighted here…

Yes, there are time you’re going to have to give things up, like time with family and vacations.

Because while entrepreneurship can and will bring you freedom, that doesn’t mean you aren’t taking on a huge responsibility – a responsibility that at times has to come first.

And this is right about the time we meet our friend, hustle: to obtain by forceful action or persuasion.

Because your business doesn’t care if you’re tired, overwhelmed, stressed out, frustrated, angry, or any other emotion you’ll feel on levels from 1 – 10 every single day.

Lori Greiner says, “Entrepreneurs [are] the only people who work 80 hour weeks to avoid working 40 hour weeks.”

Remember: Your business wants you to win

Your business wants you to win, and so it will ask ridiculous things of you, like:

  • Working for 15 hours straight
  • Forgetting to eat
  • Eating everything in sight
  • Drinking way too much coffee
  • Spending time on tough research – time you didn’t even know you had
  • Figuring out how to solve something, only for it to break again
  • Figuring out how to implement something that isn’t actually going to work out in the end
  • Staying home and working the entire weekend while your friends are on a road trip

Sacrifices and hustle are a part of being an entrepreneur, and there will be plenty of instances where you’ll have to turn down a lot of stuff to make it work.

Again, let’s not be shortsighted.

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” ~ Warren G. Tracy’s student

And so if we call on our friend Tony Robbins again like we did in Season 4 Episode 1, we’ll be reminded that, “If [we] do what [we’ve] always done, [we’ll] get what [we’ve] always gotten.”

And my guess is that because you’ve taken the leap and started your entrepreneurial journey, that you’re not all that impressed with what you’ve always gotten.

Accept and step into it

Accepting that sacrifices and hustle are required on your entrepreneurial journey will make all the difference. When we stop fighting against reality, we get to step into it.

I’m not talking about ignoring the fact that you do have to take care of your health – both physical and mental. Hustle, for me, is not about exhausting yourself or never taking a step back to breath. Rather, hustle is exactly what it’s defined as: to obtain by forceful action or persuasion.

Hustle is about taking action – even when you don’t necessarily feel like taking action.

It’s about waking up every morning, and over and over again, doing things that other people aren’t willing to do in order to create the life you want to live.

This is a choice that you get to make, and in that comes power like none other.

Here’s an example: You choosing always wins

In April 2011, just before I was offered that promotion at the job I’d been at for 3+ years, I submitted a request for time off to my boss.

It would be the first big trip I’d ever taken by myself; I was going to go to Hawaii.

I’d taken 0 days off in 2011 and there were no major projects or events coming up that might have prevented me from taking this vacation.

The next day, my request was declined: there were 2 other people “above” me who were thinking about taking time off around the same week.

Did I sacrifice my vacation?

Yes, I did, but not by choice.

The next time you’re called to sacrifice something, or hustle harder than you ever thought – or knew – was possible, remember that your entrepreneurial journey and creating freedom in your life is a choice that you make. Not a choice someone else makes for you.

Up next in Season 4 on What it means to be an entrepreneur

We all know that entrepreneurship isn’t easy.

If you’re looking for something easy, just go ahead and continue doing whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

Up next, we’re going to be talking about taking ownership as an entrepreneur.

You can visit our home base right here to find all the posts and episodes in Season 4!

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Latest EOFire Podcast S4E2: How being an entrepreneur creates FREEDOM

Here’s the latest Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast for your enjoyment!

entrepreneurship creates freedom

It’s 2008 and I just graduated with my Masters degree in English.

I’m 25 years old.

As was the case with the first 24 years of my life, I was following a path often traveled:

  • Go to school
  • Get a degree
  • Find a great job
  • Get promoted
  • Make more money this year than I did last year

To me, having my Masters degree was my golden ticket to getting my dream job as a college professor. I was on to my 3rd bullet point and feeling pretty awesome!

…but that didn’t quite work out as I had hoped.

I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time, but 2008 would end up being the first year I truly felt like I was creating and living a life I did NOT want to live.

While I definitely woke up each morning wondering why I was doing what I was doing, I didn’t know any better than to assume that’s how everyone’s life was.

We do what we have to do to get by, pay the bills, support the family, [enter your excuse here].

This was me at the age of 25, and for the next 3 years of my life. I was living every day feeling trapped and impatiently waiting for the weekend and my next vacation.

Snap out of it!

Luckily, in 2011 I tasted freedom for the first time as an adult.

I was 28 years old, and my boss had just promised me a promotion.

But that promotion is not what gave me that taste of freedom. Within a week, that promotion was stripped from me and given to someone outside of the company.

As was the case with the first 28 years of my life, I immediately fell victim to my situation; there’s no way any of this could be my fault. 

deserved that promotion.

I’d spent years in the same position, doing the same tasks – REALLY well – taking orders from the same people… 3+ years had gone by already as I sat and waited for recognition.

I deserved that promotion.

Luckily, after my 60-second pity party, I snapped out of it.

I don’t know how or why it happened, but I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life: it was the moment I decided to take my life into my own hands instead of giving it away to someone else.

Kind of gives new meaning to the quote:

“Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will NEVER be a perfect time to pursue your dreams and goals.” ~ Unknown

It was the first of many mindset shifts I’m grateful to have experienced thus far.

Luckily, it was in that exact moment I decided I would become an entrepreneur.

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

If I’m being honest, I didn’t even really know what it meant to be an entrepreneur when I left that job back in 2011 – let alone have a plan in place for how I was going to become a successful one.

But regardless, for the first time in my adult life, I felt like I was the one in control of my future.

For the first time in my adult life I was making decisions based on what I wanted to see in my life – not what others were telling me to do, or following the path often traveled.

For me, that was the freest I had felt for as long as I could remember, and from that day forward – even though I didn’t recognize it at the time – entrepreneurship became directly associated with freedom.

Freedom comes with a price

So, now I know what it feels like to be FREE!

It’s all sounding pretty rosy so far, right?

Well, it wasn’t all rosy.

In fact, I’ve never lost so much sleep, been so scared, or felt more alone and lost than I did the day I quit my job and for the several months that followed when I was starting my own business.

All the sacrifices, struggles, roadblocks, fears and failures I faced over the 6 months after leaving my corporate job were plentiful:

  • I suddenly didn’t feel productive
  • I didn’t know what I needed to do in order to start a business, and therefore, sometimes I wasn’t doing much
  • I didn’t know any other entrepreneurs, which can feel pretty lonely
  • My family, while super supportive, didn’t understand what I was going through
  • I didn’t have a paycheck or health benefits any longer = stressful
  • I couldn’t figure out how to convey to others what I was trying to accomplish
  • Sometimes I wondered if even I knew what I was trying to accomplish
  • I couldn’t convert the few prospects I did have into clients
  • I felt like I was running in circles 99% of the time

Do any of these sound familiar?

While I may not have realized it at the time, every single one of these experiences was so worth it.

What I learned during my first 6 months as entrepreneur is this:

We will all experience having to make sacrifices and encounter many struggles, roadblocks, fears and failures on our entrepreneurial journey. But we HAVE to face, embrace and breakthrough each and every one of these challenges because THAT is how we bring ourselves one step closer to creating freedom in our lives.

What creating freedom looks like

One of the greatest benefits of being an entrepreneur is that YOU get to choose, and you CAN choose to create freedom – whatever freedom is for you.

Is it going to seem really, really hard at first?

Absolutely.

But remember our friend Stephen Kellogg from Season 4 Episode 1?

He said, “It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don’t.

So yeah, it will feel like you’re at the bottom of the ladder when you first start out, but the important thing to recognize is whether you’re taking steps towards creating freedom in your life.

If the answer is no, then it’s time to step away from the ladder and reflect.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to ensure you’re on the right path:

  • What does freedom mean to me?
  • What am I doing in my day-to-day that does NOT make me feel free?
  • What am I doing in my day-to-day that DOES make me feel free?
  • What does my perfect day look like?
  • How can I best serve others, authentically?
  • What are my core values, and how can I better align my daily actions with those values?
  • What’s my #1 goal that will help me get one step closer to freedom? (Whatever it is, The Freedom Journal will help you in accomplishing it in 100 days!)

Zig Ziglar once said: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

If you know what freedom means to you – how your life looks and the type of person you are when you’re experiencing true freedom – then you can create it.

How to deal with sacrifices, struggles, roadblocks, fears and failures

You didn’t think I was going to leave you hangin’, did you?

I know I’m not alone in having experienced the laundry list of struggles I shared with you above – you know, where I talk about freedom coming with a price.

Here are some ways I deal with the sacrifices, struggles, roadblocks, fears and failures I continue to encounter every single day (tune in to the podcast episode that accompanies this post for more details on these items):

  • Surround yourself with supportive, like-minded people
  • Educate those you care about on your mission so they’re on board
  • Plan your day, and stick to your plan
  • Find your virtual mentors
  • Join an online community
  • Get real with what it is you’re doing in your business – and WHY you’re doing it
  • Practice your elevator pitch: tell someone else what you do in 1 sentence – and make them care

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” ~ Warren G. Tracy’s student

Up next in Season 4 on What it means to be an entrepreneur

We all know that entrepreneurship isn’t easy.

If you’re looking for something easy, just go ahead and continue doing whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

Up next, we’re going to be talking about sacrifices and hustle as an entrepreneur.

You can visit our home base right here to find all the posts and episodes in Season 4!

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Latest EOFire Podcast How to master productivity, discipline and focus

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Productivity, discipline and focus are three words that are thrown around pretty loosely in the online world.

Of course everyone wants to be more productive, more disciplined and more focused because these are three traits that can – and will – help us achieve our biggest goals.



But is anyone really giving us actionable steps and a tangible guide towards making this a reality in our every day lives?

If you’re asking me, then my answer is simple: NO.

That’s why I’ve set out to be the change, because for me, my life’s work isn’t about being productive sometimes, or disciplined only when I feel like it, or focused simply because my back is against the wall.

My life’s work depends on me being able to MASTER productivity, discipline and focus so I can pull from these traits every single day – not just some days.

Let’s start with what it means to be productive, disciplined and focused; dive into how you can start mastering each of these traits TODAY; and then I’ll share with you exactly how I’m taking Gandhi’s advice to heart:

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

What it means to be productive, disciplined and focused

Being Productive

Being productive: Accomplishing tasks that MATTER to you and your business.

Accomplishing tasks that MATTER to you and your business is easier said than done – am I right?

But what if you could end every single day by looking back at the work you’ve accomplished and thinking to yourself:

Wow, I’ve been super productive today!

If you often end your day this way, then kudos! But you’re in the minority…

Being productive is something everyone wants, but people rarely work hard enough to achieve it consistently.

How often do you feel productive?

If it’s not as often as you’d like, then you’re in for a treat.

Increasing productivity can help you get to where you want to go faster.

Here’s a quick tip on how to begin mastering productivity

Each night before you end your work day, write down the ONE task or project you must complete the next day.

When you plan ahead in this way, you’ll be crushing your top priority!

Mastery of productivity is at your fingertips. Will you take on the challenge?

Being Disciplined

Being discipline: Setting and sticking to a plan of ACTION.

Setting and sticking to a plan of action is TOUGH.

Distractions are EVERYWHERE.

Not the first time you’ve heard that line before, right?

It’s time to stop using that excuse.

It’s up to YOU to make the choice – to make the change – to make the commitment.

And the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone.

It doesn’t have to be this scary, unattainable hope or dream that you’re constantly doubting whether you can achieve.

Here’s a quick tip on how you can start mastering discipline

For your next task or project, instead of just diving in and “seeing what happens”, actually write out the steps you need to take in order to accomplish it.

Once you’ve written out the individual steps, put time deadlines on each of those steps.

Then FOCUS on those deadlines!

Speaking of FOCUS…

Being Focused

Being focused: Following ONE course until success and remaining distraction free in the process.

On average, how much “Focus Time” do you have on a daily basis?

Is it 20 minutes?

2 Hours?

NONE?

Focus Time is gold.

20 Minutes of FOCUS is worth 20 hours of distracted ‘busy work’.

I LOVE talking about focus because it has played a HUGE part in the success of EOFire.

Here’s a quick tip on how to start mastering focus in your every day

Use an online timer like e.ggtimer.com and give yourself specific time blocks when working on tasks.

During these time blocks make a promise to yourself that you will not let distractions push you off course.

If something comes up – an idea, something else you know you need to work on, or a notification pops up – write it down so you don’t forget about it, and then immediately get back on task.

The Mastery Journal

Just a bit ago I made a pretty strong claim: that no one is really providing actionable steps and a tangible guide towards making productivity, discipline and focus something you can work towards achieving every single day.

That’s why in early 2016 I set out to create the guide that will help YOU master productivity, discipline and focus in just 100 days.

It’s called:

The Mastery Journal: Master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days.

The Mastery Journal

Are you ready to be the change that you wish to see in the world?

If so, I know from firsthand experience that possessing these three traits will help you accomplish that.

Ready to mastery productivity, discipline and focus in just 100 days?

Sign up here for real-time updates and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of The Mastery Journal, launching January 23, 2017 on Kickstarter!

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Latest EOFire Podcast Top conferences for entrepreneurs in 2017

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Top Entrepreneur Conferences

There are dozens of reasons why attending events is an important part of your entrepreneurial journey and growth, and it all starts with finding the right ones to attend.

Every year we put together our list of top conferences for entrepreneurs. You might see repeat conferences we’ve had on previous years’ lists, and you might see a few new ones, too.

That’s because we don’t recycle lists.

We do research and we attend most of the events on our lists ourselves.

We create these posts each year to present them in a way that will be most helpful for you in terms of deciding whether one, a few, or several can help you on your entrepreneurial journey.

How do you know which conferences are right for you?

When deciding whether a conference in right for you, there are several factors to consider.

Here are a few to help as you check out our list for 2017…

  • Will the conference put you in front of your ideal customer?
  • Will the conference connect you with leaders in your industry?
  • Are there special events in or around the area you can double up on?
  • Given the content, can you take something away that will help you get one step closer to your business goals?

Now that you have some criteria to help, let’s dive into the top conference for entrepreneurs in 2017!

Top conferences for entrepreneurs in 2017

Funnel Hacking LIVE

Feb 21-23, 2017, Dallas, TX

Quick description: Discover the cutting edge secrets of funnel hacking.

Long description:

We attended Funnel Hacking Live as attendees in San Diego, CA in 2016.

Do you ideas for products and services you can sell to your audience, but you’re not sure what your next steps are?

Do you wish you knew more about email marketing campaigns, the structure of them, and how to actually set them up?

If you said ‘yes’ to either or both of the questions above, then Funnel Hacking Live is for you.

Put on by Click Funnels, Funnel Hacking Live gives you step-by-step instruction, a lot of inspiration, and brings you together with like-minded people.

Check out this sneak peek of Click Funnels, the software we use to run our Free Courses and other campaigns here at EOFire. If you like what you see, then you’ll love Funnel Hacking Live.

Tropical Think Tank

March 10-15, 2017, Cebu, Philippines

Quick description: Attending this event will change your business and life forever (we’re speaking from experience!)

Long description: 

John attended Tropical Think Tank as a speaker in 2014, and we both attended as speakers in 2015.

Tropical Think Tank is unlike any other conference I’ve ever attended.

Not only is it all-inclusive at a tropical resort in Cebu, Philippines, but more importantly, it puts you within a 1 mile radius of 10 top-notch speakers and 40+ like-minded attendees for an entire week.

You just don’t get this kind of access and closeness at any other conference.

If you’re looking to connect with incredible entrepreneurs and gain life-long friendships – all while learning how to take your business to the next level through mastermind sessions and other group activities – then Tropical Think Tank is an event you can’t miss.

2017 is the LAST and final year this conference will be held, and as of Nov 1, 2016, there are only 3 spots left.

Traffic & Conversion Summit

March 10-12, 2017, San Diego, CA

Short description: Learn what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s actually working right now in digital marketing.

Long description:

We attended events surrounding Traffic & Conversion Summit as attendees in 2015 & 2016.

We’ve heard from several of our online peers that Traffic & Conversion Summit is their favorite event.

If you’re looking to roll up your sleeves and do the work, then this conference will give you all the tips, tools and tactics you need in order to make it happen.

Social Media Marketing World

March 22-24, 2017, San Diego, CA

Short description: Discover the best social media marketing tactics from the world’s top experts.

Long description:

John attended SMMW14, ’15 & ’16 as a speaker, and will be speaking at SMMW17, too; I attended SMMW15 and will be at SMMW17 as an attendee.

Social Media Marketing World has it all.

From the opening night party, where you get to mix and mingle with some incredible super stars in the social media world; to the sessions, where you get to learn from some of the brightest minds in social media; all the way to the happy hours, where you get to build relationships with those who know social media marketing BEST.

If you play a big role in managing your business’s social media presence, then Social Media Marketing World has a ton of value waiting for you – from both the content and the community side of things.

iCON

April 25-27, 2017, Phoenix, AZ

Short description: Infusionsoft’s annual user conference.

Long description:

We attended iCon in 2015, John as a speaker and me as an attendee.

iCon is the most well-put together conference I’ve ever been to – breakfast, coffee, lunch, happy hours – they’ve got you covered every step of the way so you can truly focus on the content and meeting people. They truly take care of their attendees.

If you’re using Infusionsoft as your CRM, then attending this event is a no-brainer.

If you’re not using Infusionsoft as your CRM, there is still a lot of really great advice being shared as it relates to managing your client base.

World Domination Summit

July 2017, Portland, OR

Short description: A weekend of inspiration, strategizing and adventure.

Long description: 

John attended WDS in 2013 & 2014; I un-conferenced WDS in 2013 & 2014.

World Domination Summit is a massive coming together of world dreamers and doers.

If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation and want to focus more on mindset than on tactical advice, then WDS is for you.

Podcast Movement

August 23-25, 2017, Anaheim, CA

Short description: Join us for the biggest podcasting event of the year!

Long description:

We’ve attended Podcast Movement as speakers since 2014.

Podcast Movement is truly that: a movement.

There’s something about being at a conference that’s so niche – where everyone is passionate about the same thing, yet everyone is leveraging the medium in a different way.

Podcast Movement brings together some of the biggest names in podcasting and the group of attendees guarantees this is one event you won’t forget.

FinCon

Oct 25-28, 2017, Dallas, TX

Short description: The world’s largest Financial Content Expo.

Long description:

We have not attended FinCon.

But we have heard from several big names in the entrepreneurial and financial world that FinCon is a can’t-miss event.

If you’re in the financial industry – whether that be by way of blogging, creating online courses, providing investment coaching or guidance, producing a podcast, creating videos – then FinCon is definitely an event to check out to connect with others in your industry / niche.

Content Marketing World

Fall, 2017, Cleveland, OH

Short description: Learn and network with the best and brightest in the content marketing industry.

Long description: 

John attended FinCon in 2015 as a speaker.

Content marketing is the most powerful way to grow an audience, and therefore grow your business, regardless of what industry, niche or market you’re in.

Without valuable content to share, your business has no way of informing potential clients of what you have to offer – let alone getting them to actually want to follow you.

If you’re feeling lost when it comes to content marketing – meaning, you’re just not really sure where to start, or what medium is best for you and your business – then Content Marketing World is a great place to start.

Agents of Change

Fall, 2017, Portland, ME

Short description: Search | Social | Mobile

Long description:

John attended Agents of Change in 2012 as an attendee, and returned as a speaker in 2013, 2014 & 2016; I attended Agents of Change in 2014 and returned as a speaker in 2016.

Agents of Change is a unique, 1-day conference run by our good friend, Rich Brooks. I say unique because the intimacy of this conference is unlike what you see at most conferences.

If you’re looking to up your game when it comes to attracting more leads to your website, building a better presence and growing your engagement on social media, and learning the power of mobile marketing, then Agents of Change is for you!

ProBlogger

Fall 2017, GoldCoast, Australia

Short description: Helping you build profitable blogs.

Long description: 

We have not attended ProBlogger.

ProBlogger is THE event for bloggers looking for new strategies and tips to help grow your blog, and therefore your business.

Learn from the best bloggers in the world and interact and engage with hundreds of incredible attendees.

We Are Podcast

Nov 2017, GoldCoast, Australia

Short description: How to grow and monetize your online business using a podcast

Long description: 

We will both be speaking at We Are Podcast in 2017! 🙂

Looking to grow and monetize your business with the help of a podcast?

We’re excited to see for ourselves everything that We Are Podcast has to offer!

That’s a wrap!

Attending conferences can do a lot for you on your entrepreneurial journey.

Not only are you learning from the best in the industry, but you’re also giving yourself the opportunity to surround yourself with like-minded people who you can build relationships with and exchange ideas with long after the conference is over.

So, what conferences will you be attending in 2017? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Latest EOFire Podcast 156: How treating your business like a franchise can help you grow

Here’s the latest Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast for your enjoyment!

franchise framework for entrepreneurs

Whether you’re a small business owner, own a brick and mortar business, are an entrepreneur, or you’re maybe even doing a little bit of side hustle right now, the benefits of treating whatever it is you’re creating like a franchise are many.

And it all starts with systems.

Now, I may be a systems expert, but I’m certainly not a franchise expert. That’s why I’ve invited my good friend Josh Brown of Indy Franchise Law on today to talk to us about 4 specific benefits of treating your business like a franchise.

This is going to involve implementing franchise-like systems – but don’t worry: just because you’re modeling a successful framework used by franchises doesn’t mean you have to own, or even want to own, a franchise of your own.

Tune in today’s episode above for a deep dive on these 4 benefits, and how you can start leveraging them in your own business today!

4 Benefits of treating your business like a franchise

1. Predictability

Let’s face it: nothing about being an entrepreneur is predictable; however, there are certain aspect of our business – especially when we’re first starting out – that we can make predictable so we can always stay on track.

The first benefit, predicitability, relates to knowing exactly who you’re talking to and what it is you can provide them that is of value.

Josh also talks about how he has implemented processes, tools and systems in his business as if he were going to replicate it business a 1,000 times over (even though he’s not).

2. Efficiency

Discovering the core competency of your business, focusing on those, and cutting out the rest.

Plain and simple: we don’t have to recreate the wheel every time we work on something in our business. Tune in to hear how Josh creates efficiencies within his business.

3. Simplicity

Josh gives some great examples of how he’s leveraged his business’s intellectual property to create recurring revenue streams.

Simplicity isn’t about not doing the work, or cutting stuff out – it’s about working smater and paying attention to the information being shared and engagement that’s going on around you.

4. Marketability

For this benefit, Josh talks about factors to consider when scaling and growing your business – plus, determining how you would like to scale and grow.

Formulating your list: Your business’s 4 quadrants

Before we wrapped on this episode, Josh shared an exercise for getting your business down on paper and figuring out the direction you’re headed.

This is not a difficult exercise, yet it could make a huge difference for you and your business.

In fact, all it requires is that you give yourself the time and space to take out a piece of paper and start reflecting and writing down what you already know.

Here are the 4 quadrants, ‘it’ being your business:

What it is

What it isn’t

What you want it to be

What you don’t want it to be

Reach out to Josh!Indy Franchise Law

A huge shout out to Josh Brown of Indy Franchise Law for sharing his experiences, advice and insights with us today on creating systems across any industry or niche.

You can reach out to Josh via email: Josh@indyfranchiselaw.com or visit his website for more valuable content at: IndyFranchiseLaw.com

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