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Create Your Dream Job: Download The 9 Step Action Plan

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In Today’s Episode We Talk About:

  • A 9 step plan to create your dream job.
  • The similarities between the 9 to 5 hamster wheel and prison – and they key to escaping both of them.
  • The inspiration and lessons to be learned from the story of Andy Dufresne, and how to apply them to your escape to freedom plan.
  • The worst mistake you could make when trying to launch the brand of you, and how to do it right.
  • Why buying an Olympic gold medal on eBay doesn’t make you a champion (and what does).
  • Some of the things that amateurs do that break the trust and prevent people from following them – and how you should avoid them!

It’s Time To Escape The 9-5 Prison

I got a phone call last week. It was my old boss, wanting to know if I can do some consulting work for him.

As we finished talking (for the first time since I left corporate world) and I hung up, memories starting rushing through my brain.

I could see myself sitting in the company’s brand new light-blue Hyundai, playing with the radio, trying to find my favorite sports show to make my long way home more interesting.

It was only a 25 kilometers drive, but sometimes it took almost two hours to get back home.

I remember feeling trapped – by going corporate I’ve ditched my business, and now I was on the hamster wheel, building somebody else’s business instead. It hit me, that I replaced running in circles for my own good, with running in circles for someone else’s own good — with no prospect of it changing.

The Good Old Hamster Wheel

Life has become more and more about the job.

I found myself working 350 hours a month – sometimes 400. I was busy all the time. When I wasn’t at work, I was on the phone with work, or talking about work with Julie. I felt imprisoned.

Almost two years have passed this way – without me noticing, or doing anything about it.

Looking back, I know now that I fell in the most common loop the western world has to offer: I got busy dying.

This video is from one of my favorite movies, The Shawshank Redemption. The film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends 19 years in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence. While everyone around Andy loses hope for achieving anything with their lives – within or beyond prison – Andy has different plans.

In the movie, Andy holds in his mind a painted picture of breaking free and building a cheap motel on a Mexican beach in front of the Pacific Ocean.

Through many hardships, beatings and pain, the movie ends with Andy making it alongside a fellow inmate named “Red” (played by Morgan Freeman), to Zihuatanejo, Mexico (you’ll have to watch the movie for the full story of how he did it).

Today’s Guest

As it turns out, I’m not the only one who’s been inspired by the The Shawshank Redemption. In fact, today’s guest wrote his book, From Day Job To Dream Job in the same cell where Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, spent his days of confinement.

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Author, life coach, and speaker Kary Oberbrunner is on a mission to help people escape their own ‘Shawshanks‘ and launch their dream jobs.

Kary recently wrote the Dream Job To Day Job, a book targeted at helping readers “jailbreak” from their day jobs without relying on an MBA, investors, or a lucky break. Instead, he offers his tried-and-tested 9 step plan.

Much of the book was written inside Shawshank Prison (The Ohio State Reformatory). Kary sat inside the same prison cell where Andy Dufresne served solitary confinement as punishment for playing his famous anthem of freedom, and for Kary – this book has the same goal: Playing the anthem of freedom for millions of people that feel burned out in their day jobs.

The Disturbing Facts (Or: How The 9-5 Is Killing Millions)

Here are some very disturbing facts about what the 9 to 5 is causing1 in America today:

  • The Los Angeles Times reports that there is a 33 percent increase in heart attacks on Monday mornings.
  • According to the NCDC, more people die at nine o’clock Monday morning than at any other time of day or any other day of the week.
  • Male suicides are highest on Sunday nights. This is assumed to be because of them realizing that their careers — and possibly their finances as well — are not where they want them to be.

According to Kary, millions of people are squandering their talents and wasting their time in jobs they don’t love. If you feel that you are one of them, tune in to today’s episode, and then download our free PDF: Kary’s 9 Step Action Plan To Creating Your Dream Job!

For more from Kary, check out his Dream Job Bootcamp:
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Resources For Creating Your Escape To Freedom Plan

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Click here to download Kary’s 9 Step Action Plan and start creating your dream job, today!

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  1. Research from 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller. 
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shareasimage IIP067: Jared Easley Starves The Doubts

In this episode we cover:

  • How Jared Easley went from conference attendee to co-founder of the Podcast Movement.
  • Why podcasting can help you build your brand, authority, and network.
  • How starving the doubts and taking action changed Jared’s life, and how it will change yours!
  • How to help market leaders in a surprising way and build great relationships with them.
  • How being a team player allows you to build your entrepreneurial career faster and easier!
  • What you can do today to replicate the same results!

Today’s guest

Jared Easley, co-founder of the Podcast Movement, is a full time entrepreneur, speaker, trainer, consultant and the creator and host of the Starve The Doubts podcast. He interviews successful entrepreneurs about overcoming self-doubt and fear management. His guests include Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Pat Flynn, and many others.

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Today Jared joins us to share his story — from attending the New Media Expo 2013, through launching a successful podcast with guests that are at the absolute top of their market, to building relationships with his market’s leaders and celebrities, to finally following a gap he saw in the market, and co-founding his own event.

Podcast Movement

Here’s more information about the Podcast Movement, as appears on their website:

” In August 2014, hundreds of past, present, and future podcasters will converge on the Westin Galleria Dallas for two packed days and nights at the first ever Podcast Movement.
Podcast Movement 2014 will be THE gathering for anyone interested in podcasting. You can expect to find a place where not only will you leave motivated and inspired, you’ll leave a BETTER PODCASTER.”

If you’re going to be in the US in August, go ahead and check the different ticket options. Over 500 people already have their tickets!

Podcast Incubator

One of the things that Jared and I mentioned today is just how powerful podcasting is. It’s an amazing strategy that helps you:

  • Build up your name, brand and authority in your niche
  • Interview, network, and connect with your niche’s market leaders and celebrities
  • Grow an engaged audience of thousands within weeks
  • Build your mailing list rapidly and easily
  • Become a sought-after speaker, mentor, consultant and author

If you’re interested in becoming a successful podcaster, I’ve created the perfect resource for you. The Podcast Incubator is the #1 step-by-step, over the shoulder training course and community for podcasters, and it’s now open to the public.

My students already see amazing results, where not only all of them get into the top of the Apple New & Noteworthy rankings of their category, many of them outrank huge names in the main rankings including one show outranking Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, Amy Porterfield, Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, Chris Ducker, Tim Ferriss and others!

Check out http://podcastincubator.com/ for more information. I hope to see you there!

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 IIP066: How To Make Money Self Publishing On Amazon Kindle Note: click here to download the latest PDF of our passive income ideas series: Jonny Andrews Kindle publishing success checklist

The passive income ideas we cover in today’s episode include:

  • My guest’s Kindle publishing system that’s behind his 15 best-selling titles.
  • How to validate your idea and market on Amazon before writing a single word.
  • The 4 most important things you need to get right when publishing on Kindle in order to succeed (none of them is content, by the way!).
  • Why producing tens of shitty books is a bad business plan that won’t bring you success.
  • How to price your book.
  • How to get traditional publishers to drool from the idea of signing you.
  • A step-by-step tried and tested writing process for writing non-fiction books with super high value that people want to pay for!

More ideas for building your passive income streams:

This episode is part of the Inspiring Innovation Passive Income From Scratch series.

If you’re interested for more ideas on how to create passive income streams, check out our previous episodes from the series:

  1. Passive Income Idea I: SaaS & creating a business without an idea (my interview with Dane Maxwell).
  2. Passive Income Idea II: Making Money on Udemy & Skillfeed (my interview with Rob Cubbon).
  3. Passive Income Idea III: Making Money with Affiliate Marketing (my interview with Jill Stanton).

Today’s guest

Jonny Andrews joins us today. Andrews, previously featured on Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn and other radio and news shows throughout the US, is an entrepreneur, marketing specialist, publishing expert, international speaker, business strategies consultant, multi-time best-selling author and podcaster (host of Audience Hacker Show).

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From having his identity stolen and being left with nothing and with no ability to get a job, to rebuilding himself from rock-bottom into a 7-figure income business owner, Jonny has been through a lot — and he shares what he learned from his journey with us today.

But Jonny is first and foremost with us today to share how he published over fifteen #1 best-selling titles on the Amazon Kindle platform. His books continue to rank well in their niches, generating him passive income day after day. In fact, Andrews also shared with the Inspiring Innovation audience a free webinar that he’s running titled: “How To Sell 10,000 Books In 7 Days… (Even If You Haven’t Written Yours Yet!)”.

Free gift

If you’re short on time, download our free PDF: “Jonny’s Kindle publishing success checklist now!“, covering:

  • How to validate your idea
  • How to outline your book
  • How to write your book
  • The 4 key things to pay attention to (that are more important to your sales than your content)
  • How to grow your audience (and sales)

Want it? It’s yours for free! Download the Kindle publishing success checklist now!

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Entrepreneurship Quote IIP065: Richard Branson, Stale Pizza, And CV Covered In Cheese

In Today’s Episode You Will Find:

  • The #1 attribute every entrepreneur needs to develop in order to succeed.
  • The biggest mistake first-time entrepreneurs and unsuccessful entrepreneurs make — and how to avoid it.
  • A single piece of advice that our guest has used again, and again, and again, to launch successful businesses, including one he sold to Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
  • A mind-blowing example of how to turn a rotten situation to a business opportunity (it involves stale pizza icon smile IIP065: Richard Branson, Stale Pizza, And CV Covered In Cheese ).
  • Why (and when) sticking cheese to your CV is a good idea?
  • The best answer I’ve received so far on the show for “what’s one question nobody asked you, and you wish someone did?”
  • Some epic and inspiring entrepreneurial quotes.

My Guest Today: Entrepreneur on a mission

Scott Duffy is an entrepreneur, business consultant, angel investor, author and speaker. And today he joins us because he’s on a mission: to help millions of people create their dreams with entrepreneurship.

To achieve this mission, he founded The Launch Project, a company that helps entrepreneurs launch new businesses, products and services. As an author, he wrote the best-selling book LAUNCH! 90 Days from Big Idea to Market — his blueprint for launching and growing great companies.

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Looking at his career — it might seem like he always had it all:

He worked for huge brands like CBS Sportsline, NBC Internet, and FOXSports.com. Then, he founded Smart Charter, an online booking tool for private aviation, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

But like in many other cases, the “2 sentence bio” doesn’t tell the whole story.

In fact, as he shares with us today, he’s been through a lot: nearly dying in a horrific car accident, ending up with no money and no where to sleep but his car in his early days in the Bay Area 1, facing the doubts of his close ones — thinking he’s wasting his time — among other stories.

In fact – the story of how he got his first job in the Bay Area by delivering pizzas and sticking his CV inside the cheese is a true eye opener for the art of being resourceful at all times!

Some great inspiring quotes about entrepreneurship from today’s interview

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  • “The one attribute that successful entrepreneurs need is: a terrible memory for failure” TweetMe
  • “We have to learn to repackage our failures into learning experiences that help us move forward” TweetMe
  • “The biggest mistake you could make is to fail to get started” TweetMe
  • “People that have small visions of themselves can not have a larger vision of you” TweetMe

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 IIP064: How To Make Passive Income By Building A Niche Site EmpireClick here to download today’s free PDF: “How to create your first profitable niche website!”

Affiliate Marketing & Profitable Niche Websites: What You Will Learn

  • How team ‘Screw The Nine to Five!’ used affiliate marketing to create passive income streams totaling over $17,000 a month – and how can you do the same!
  • How to find the best passive income opportunities for affiliate marketing.
  • How to easily do keyword research for niche websites
  • How to build profitable websites one after the other – until you have your own niche site empire!
  • How to do all of this – using nothing but free tools!

Today’s Guest: Affiliate Marketing & Passive Income Ninja

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Jill (and Josh) Stanton. Founders of ‘Screw The Nine to Five’

Jill and Josh Stanton are the founders of Screw the 9-to-5. Today, Jill joins us to help listeners of Inspiring Innovation (that’s you I’m talking to! icon smile IIP064: How To Make Passive Income By Building A Niche Site Empire ) create passive income streams from scratch.

You can complete your research, set-up a niche website, and create the content for it in 9 days or less – according to Stanton. This makes it one of the fastest ways to start generating an income online!

For the Stantons, affiliate marketing is a $17,000 monthly passive income stream. Read more to find out how can you achieve the same results.
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 IIP063: Passive Income From Scratch: How To Make Money On UdemyNote: Click here to download the free PDF: “How to build online courses on Udemy and start making passive income – today!”

Make Money Teaching Courses Online: Episode Highlights

  • How can you start making passive income of $2500 per month or more – by creating an online course on Udemy or Skillfeed.
  • Why you don’t need an existing list or following to create a successful course.
  • How to use online learning platforms like Skillfeed or Udemy to build your mailing list rapidly and effectively.
  • How to create an online course: Resources, tools, guidelines and recommendations.
  • How to find passive income ideas for information products.
  • The secrets of making money on Udemy: How long should your course be? How many videos should you have? How to price it?

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Farnoosh post photo IIP062: Leaving Corporate With Your Significant Others Support

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode

  • How to engage your significant other in your journey from corporate to entrepreneurship: How to address their doubts, fears and rejections, and turn them into your biggest supporters.
  • How to balance learning, planning and doing when making the move from corporate life to entrepreneurship.
  • How to free time to start building your business while still in your day job by smartly negotiating and removing time wasters.
  • The top two misconceptions and roadblocks for people making the transition, and how to avoid them.
  • How to make the transition easier by starting a side business while employed.
  • How to find your WHY and deeper calling.

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PLUGIN Fixing The BackWPup Error: Dropbox API: (59) Unknown cipher in list

A few days ago I published The Ultimate WordPress Tutorial To Bulletproof Your WordPress Blog Backup, where I show step-by-step how to set up an automatic backup process for your WordPress site, that’s saved both to your server as well as your Dropbox.

The WordPress Error

Ever since then I’ve been getting questions from people who are receiving the following error when trying to authenticate Dropbox in the BackWPup plugin.

Dropbox API: (59) Unknown cipher in list

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