All Things Business
The Path To Something Larger Than Ourselves
What is it you’re trying to build? Do you want monetary success? (You’d better.) Do you want to save the world or one special part of it? How are you going to reach people? Do you have what it takes to do any of this? (Of course you do.)
See how these folks did it!
Building a brand: Marc ran into a lot of brick walls to eventually bring the Ecko brand to life, then keep it alive. Fascinating story!
I only recently discovered Stuart Wilde. He was a pure Outsider! Unapologetic, mystical, spiritual, entrepreneurial, cocky and irreverent about all of it all at the same time. He was my kind of guy! I’ll be reading more of his work and sharing it with you as I go. Find out how to make money come your way and keep it growing.
If you’re struggling to pick a career path, start here. Some of us were born to do many things. Pursuing one path is the wrong way to approach our lives. We’re explorers, meant to search for our answers in many nooks and crannies.
The key thing I remember about this book was the term “scanners”. Some of us only hold a job until some lesson is learned, usually one we weren’t aware we needed to learn, then we’re done with that job. To the outside world, we look like quitters. But we’re not. We’re doing a type of life research. And when a resource has given us all we need, we move on to the next.
Life changing information if you’re someone who wants to get paid to guide others. This is a book that’s meant to be reread a lotta times. It’s designed for you to take action. If you wish to be a coach, consultant or advisor start here.
You NEED this book in your head!
Powerful tale of non-profit creation. Powerful examples of seeing the Big Picture and having faith in one’s vision. One person CAN change the world!
Full disclosure: I don’t wish to have a work life or do business quite like Brendon does. He’s hyper active and has more energy in one day than I’ve ever had in my entire life. But when I bought this book, I didn’t know that. I was hoping for direction to start my new career selling what I knew about beating bipolar naturally.
Another thing: his origin story is just about nothing for drama, pain, and suffering when compared to mine. It pissed me off, actually, to read his “life changing” moment and realize he’s gone on to glory and untold riches off the back of it. Yet I did not.
BUT…it gave me hope that one day I WOULD reach the heights of success that I dream of, because I know my story has more power in it.
And that’s why I want you to read this book. You’re my people. There’s a strong chance that YOUR story is more powerful than his too! Which should also give YOU hope that one day, with whatever amount of help from me, you’ll make it big too!
Incomparable Expert: 133 Lessons For Removing the Head Trash That Keeps You Small, Communicating Your True Value to the World and Becoming a One of a Kind Trusted Advisor to Your Clients and Customers
I found Jason Leister through Craig Ballantyne over ten years ago. Craig wrote an article about fitness, life and business that really resonated with me. Somewhere in the website it mentioned that Jason was his copywriter. So I researched Jason.
Back then, he had a website called “Clients Suck.” It shared how he dealt with “problem clients” as a copywriter and website designer, among other things. At that time, I too had clients who were sucking my soul dry and frustrating the hell out of me, so I dug into the site.
Fast forward a few years: Jason eventually realized that the type of clients he had was wholly dependent upon his view of the world, not theirs. He matured. (As have I.) LOL
Since then, he’s evolved 2 or 3 more times. He’s Sovereign Business now. But right before that, he was Incomparable Expert, which is where the material for this book was created. It’s still highly valuable material. And it focuses entirely on how you must BE rather than what you must do, regardless of life goals. Get it. Now. Then head to www.sovereignbusiness.org and sign up for his free newsletter.
Speaking also as a long time client, I can safely say that Jason is one of the most powerful people I can send you to.
Women Entrepreneurs/Creators: this is for you. Victoria is the Founding CEO of Big Think, a site packed with the smartest of the smart talking in entertaining ways about the most interesting stuff. Crude description on my part. But accurate.
Big Think’s existence is an incredible reality all by itself. But what it took from Victoria to bring it to life, keep it alive and expand is the stuff of legends. She fought tooth and nail for every inch of territory gained. The work almost killed her. This story will motivate you all to pieces, male or female!
OK. Unlike Brandon’s, above, Hal’s origin story is a nuclear war level case of physical destruction. It equals in intensity what I endured mentally. So kudos to Hal for surviving such. Yet the way he does business and his type of personality couldn’t grate on my nerves more.
Like Brandon’s work, I was studying Hal to see if I could find success through my story, in some way I hadn’t yet considered. I discovered what I just shared above. Impressive. Better results than me. But it still didn’t make me want to duplicate his style of work or delivery.
It felt important to me to clarify to you that not everyone you follow, regardless of results, is going to be for you.
But studying such folks is always a good habit to nurture. They offer clues and fresh perspectives that will flavor the soup that is your growing idea. There’s huge value in that. You just don’t know where the next important piece of the puzzle may be hiding.
And an open mind is a mind that more easily discovers said pieces.
Seth Godin is something of a big deal in the marketing world. I actually read this book back when it came out. Details are non-existent. But I remember this much: I want my own tribe and people like you are it. It dovetails nicely with Simon Sinek’s advice of “You build a business not to sell to everyone but to sell to those who believe what you believe.”
To whatever degree, I hope I’m remembered in some way as Felix is. A wild child who did things his way. This book is a great motivator for doing the impossible. But it’s also like reading about something from The Wild West.
I didn’t take away any concrete steps that I cared to duplicate, or even have an interest in trying to do so. But it definitely inspired me to be me. I would have loved to have met this man in person. A true raconteur!
This book was a life changer! When I discovered it, I had one of the most technically demanding jobs of my life. And I hated it. I wanted to own my time; something I’d been trying to do for a few years at this point. So, every day after work, I’d stop at a nearby Barnes and Noble and peruse their business books.
I found Rich Dad and read the whole thing right in the store. It clarified how the rich and non-rich view money and work. To put it bluntly, I became even more fucked for employment than I already was. And that’s saying something.
If you read this book and still feel holding a job is the noble and honorable thing to do, especially when you have some sort of gift to share with the world, then there’s no helping you. At least not via me.
Be careful with this one. And embrace the correct perspective as you read it. TFBH has to do with negotiating and how to gain the upper hand in any transaction. The title belies the fact that these are good things.
There is a huge case being made for showing vulnerability these days. (Brené Brown anyone?) And this is great. And it’s something I try to do as much as possible in all I do. But there’s definitely a place for strength, cunning and strategy. Keeping your cards close to the vest. Making the other guy flinch first.
These two realities can coexist. I do it all the time. Practice Thick Face Black Heart and see how your ability to grow, earn and lead improves.