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Inspiring Innovation Podcast episode 53  Get it on iTunes

If you only remember one thing from today’s episode, make it this:

“It’s okay to make a business out of  something that makes you feel good.”

Welcome to the second part of the first ever live coaching session, continuing the Inspiring Innovation’s first year anniversary (for part 1, click here)

And just like last week’s episode, we are going to eavesdrop on an in-depth, gut-wrenching coaching session with David Taylor-Klaus of DTK Coaching and Rachel Dewell.

David and I chose Rachel because we were both incredibly moved by her story, and are very, VERY excited about the unique business opportunity that we believes she has.

With David Taylor-Klaus taking the reins of this coaching session, we will discover ways to break the barriers that stop us from taking actions, and the most common entrepreneurial fear: Am I enough to make this happen?

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David Taylor Klaus of DTK Coaching

The Silent Voice

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Rachel Dewell

Rachel Dewell has a story to tell… and a very interesting business opportunity right within her grasp. If she will choose to take action.

She has a voice that has to be heard and a role to share knowledge about a debilitating illness that plagues women — pregnant women — all over the world, and provide them much-needed support.

But the (un-based) crippling fear of inadequacy holds her back from realizing her great potential. The thought of making a business out of helping others is hard for her to digest. And I definitely understand. So how can you stop feeling the need to justify? How can you feel good about the services you provide to others?

Making The Vision Into Reality

Tossing out the root of the fears, self-doubts and reservations that’s keeping Rachel’s voice in a tight, closed box, there’s finally an actionable push towards.

After today’s session, Rachel has a basic business model of what, and how, can she offer. The only thing left is to take action and make things happen. After following up with her, I can tell you this – just like with Patrick last week –With David’s guidance, Rachel’s procrastinating days are over.

Tune in to today’s episode and find out how David was able to encourage Rachel to embrace her role and let her voice be heard across the world.

Next Stop…

We are also thinking of having another episode of Inspiring Innovation in the Wild series. So, if you are interested, drop us a comment below to get a chance to be the next!

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Inspiring Innovation Podcast episode 52  Get it on iTunes

Challenging The Status Quo

How do you challenge the status quo and bring more freedom, creativity and happiness to your life – when you have a full time job (in the form of a business that you own, but actually owns you), kids, a wife, and all the responsibilities and liabilities that come attached?

This 52nd episode of the podcast marks the first year anniversary of Inspiring Innovation, and it’s such an exciting milestone.

Before I get into today’s (incredibly juicy) episode, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Inspiring Innovation during this passing year. Hats off to you — the listener — for walking with me through this wonderful journey filled with innovative, inspiring and actionable lessons from masters of different crafts, prolific entrepreneurs and admirable people – who’ve made it in the world of business and entrepreneurship. I hope, and know, that this year will be your year.

To commemorate this milestone, we are joined by coach David Taylor-Klaus of DTK Coaching.

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David Taylor Klaus of DTK Coaching

Today and next week, David will work with two amazing, brave, and inspiring entrepreneurs from the Inspiring Innovation family, through a real-life 1-on-1 coaching session – that we all get to eavesdrop on and learn from!

The Overworked

Joining David and me today, is Patrick Sledz. Patrick, from Belgium, stood out immediately from those that applied to be part of this live coaching event. With unmistakable transparency and honesty, he described his current situation in such colors that we knew he will benefit from this opportunity.

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Patrick Sledz

We were looking for those that are striving to bring more freedom to their lives and are at the turning point of becoming entrepreneurs. Patrick already is one. But instead of owning a business, his business owns him.

Airing out your deepest feelings and fears is scary. Especially when doing that with strangers. I really didn’t know how much our volunteers would open up to David, the coach.

I shouldn’t have worried since Patrick graciously opened up and shared more than the pain and pressure from his business and his life: Although things are going well for him and his company, it’s far from what he always wanted for himself and his family. While his company is doing well financially, in terms of work-life balance — he’s almost broke.

In this session, David walks Patrick through the different hindrances that’s keeping him from having the life he wants, spending more time with his kids and build a dynamic team with the associates in his company.

We Discuss:

  1. Getting over fears
  2. Fighting the “how” paralysis
  3. Planning backwards
  4. Setting the right mindset for this journey
  5. Handling complex situations with skeptic spouses or partners
  6. Finding a passion, and realizing why that passion is important TO YOU
  7. Creating the legacy that you want for your children
  8. And more…

Ready. Get Set. Go.

A nudge through coaching brings Patrick into the right path, encouraging him to understand the root of his reservations and fears, which stops him from seeing the vision of his future come into fruition. In this session, he can finally take action that will reap great results — all of which can be witnessed in this episode.

UPDATE: Following the session, among other changes, Patrick and his wife have registered to the Inspiring Innovation Podcasting Bootcamp and he is about to launch his own podcast show, among other changes in his life!

Join us on today’s episode to get a clear vision of your own life, and a grip on how to move forward. Tune in for this eye-opening and encouraging episode.

Happy 1 year anniversary, you! I love you. There, I said it :).
Meron

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Inspiring Innovation Podcast episode 51  Get it on iTunes

How can you start a nutrition supplements company at the age of 25, and bring in over $100,000 in sales within just a couple of months?(?!)

That’s what we’re answering on today’s episode, where we are joined by Ben Hebert; a young entrepreneur with a wealth of lessons and wisdom to share that are truly inspiring.

Learning By DOING

While getting his college education, Ben became an intern at GiftCardRescue.com, an online business where he was doing SEO, blog writing and many other operational activities, mainly focusing on marketing. The company was growing rapidly and he was offered to become the start-up’s first full-time employee.

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Ben Hebert of Natural Stacks

He eventually left the company in search of something he wanted to do and that will give him the freedom he always wanted in life that no corporate job can give. All of the things he learned combined with his passion to music, and inspired him to create his next business venture:

With the Electronic Dance Music (or EDM) trend going strong in the US a couple of years ago, he capitalized on it and created something that was close to his passion that gave birth to WhiteRaverRafting.com, which has now become one of the leading dance music websites in North America.

However successful WhiteRaverRafting.com is, he knew that the Electronic Music trend will eventually wear off – and he wanted something more stable… something more substantial.

Going Natural

“People want to buy from a company they can trust.”

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Natural Stacks Products

Born out of an idea like anything else, and inspired by a friend/client who knew a lot about the nutritional supplement world, Ben decided to navigate the world of supplements and came up with Natural Stacks.

Unlike other shady nutritional supplement companies, Natural Stacks is a company that has information supported by science, has good manufacturing practices and 100% FDA-compliant.

How did he do it? How did his product get Tim Ferriss excited? How did they go from zero to $100,000 sales in just two months? Tune in to today’s interview to find out!

Be Inspired To Be The Best

With tons of business wisdom, lessons learned and an entrepreneurial journey that is truly inspiring, this week’s episode is certifiably jam-packed. Tune in and learn more from Ben and his story from Inspiring Innovation Podcast — your weekly backstage to success.

GIVEAWAY!

Leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of today’s show. 3 people will get to try out Natural Stacks’ celebrated CILTEP stack for FREE!

You can also get a 15% discount on all natural stacks products by using the coupon code INSPIRE15 on the Natural Stacks website.

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In today’s episode, recorded live from our hotel room in Manila, Julie (my girlfriend and personal time strategist) and I are joined by our VA – Rose Fernandez. We discuss how to get started with outsourcing, how to buy time (but not waste money), and how to build an effective, long-lasting virtual team!

What happens in Manila gets broadcasted to the world!

As the final leg of our visit to the Philippines draws to a close, Rose shares some of her experiences of being a virtual employee for several years now, and we discuss common pitfalls and shortcomings that virtual employers (i.e. Entrepreneurs like you and me!) face.

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Julie and I with Rose (our VA) in Manila

We get into the nitty gritty details on the merits of having a VA, why virtual employment is getting more and more popular, what makes Filipinos great for the job and the right reasons and time to get started with building your virtual team.

Virtual Connection

What does it really take to establish a good relationship with one and create a symbiotic relationship that is essential for a business to work? How does one trust someone who is practically thousands of miles away with confidential details regarding one’s business? How can one get a great virtual staff and maintain a long-lasting relationship with?

Like most online entrepreneurs, outsourcing has become a necessity especially when one doesn’t want to get stressed working more than 40 hours a week in keeping the business going. Outsourcing is easy and for the most part — convenient. However, there are things one should consider before getting your first VA — and to be honest, those things are more about YOU than they are about the VA!

Understanding what VAs are capable of doing and what they can contribute to the business is one great factor to consider. Before acquiring a VA, one must realize that these are people too, and they need training in order to best assist you and eliminate the chance of wasting time and resources. Taking time to get to know your VA is important to establish a strong and loyal foundation that creates a lasting relationship even if you’re living at the opposite side of the world.

Tune in to today’s podcast episode and learn the other side of the virtual outsourcing and discover ways to get your own and make a lasting relationship with your VA.

*The Google Hangout will be on Wednesday, March 26 at 2PM EST. For those who want to join, just email me at m@meronbareket.com.

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The Do Over

If one would think of a good example of someone who’ve triumphed over the travails of life, a prime candidate would be Matt.  As an author, podcaster, blogger, entrepreneur and success coach, he has shown people how to start life all over again, taking a leaf from a devastating time in his life and sharing them.

Right after finishing his tour of duty as a US Marine Corps  Desert Storm veteran, he continued his career as a producer and marketer in the music industry. His music business has thrived; he was bringing in 6 figure income every month, working from noon till night, partying all night, and waking up again the next afternoon. For a guy in his twenties, there is no doubt he was living the dream.

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Matt Theriault , The Do Over Guy

The dawn of digital downloads took him, like many others in the music industry, by surprise. Within a few short months, his income diminished. Not reading the map, he kept trying harder and harder, repeating the formula that worked so perfectly just 6 months earlier… to no prevail. Shortly after, he hit rock bottom, went bankrupt, faced a divorce, and at 34 years old, he was flat-broke, working as a grocery store bagger for $7 an hour.

Real Estate

Running a 6-month pity party didn’t help reinstate his former glory. One day, his grocery manager told him, “Listen, Matt, if you really want the money back, if you want the life you had before, the last and the final frontier for an average person to create real wealth is real estate.” 48 hours later, Matt enrolled in real estate school, and 4 months later got his license and started selling houses.

Income has been predictable and steady, less than he was making before as a music producer, but more than enough to live on. He was doing pretty well, but what truly hit him was the fact that he was working so much, and so hard, closing deals and shuffling papers – while his customers, arrived late to meetings in denim and T-shirt, signed the papers, and were off to enjoy their lives.

“If the final frontier really is in real estate,” he thought, “then I’m sitting on the wrong side of the table. I should be the seller, not the agent.”

Becoming Real Estate Investor With No Money Down

He took the first step by jumping into an educational program which cost a hefty $20,000. “It was a leap of faith,” he explains, but it sounded right, and ended up being well worth it for Matt. The product showed him several ways to invest in real estate with no money and without using his credit score.

We discuss some of these methods in the episode, so tune in if you want to get the full picture. The bottom line is, he used the same formula, again, and again, and again, slowly but surely building enough funds to buy his first property – and lease it out. From there, once he cracked the code – it was a simple matter of rinse & repeat.

Sharing The Secrets

Instead of focusing on working hard all your life, to earn enough money to be able to make residual income off of it at the end, a system that’s failing 95% of Americans, Matt asks – why not go at it the other way around? Instead of putting 40 years into saving enough money, he asks, why not put 4 years, focused on creating streams of residual income, that bring in enough money?

This is why today, Matt’s income comes from his properties, from his online academy, and from a third “done for you” or “turn-key” company. It provides a way for busy people who want to get started with real estate, but doesn’t have the time, to have Matt’s team do it for them, and guide them hand-in-hand in their first year as property owners.

By starting a podcast to build and grow an engaged audience base, he was able to grow and improve his online academy. Then, from listening to his audience’s needs, frustrations and cravings – he came up with the idea of the turn-key business – succeeding since he was offering his audience exactly what they want.

The Difference Between You And The World’s Millionaires

Matt’s final, and powerful note, is about the biggest secrets of the successful people. Matt says that many people ask if they could pay to follow him during his day and learn his business Jedi moves. He always answers that that would be very boring to his mentorees. He insists that there’s nothing special about him, no secret ingredient that he possesses and others don’t: It’s just a matter of showing up every day and focusing on the business building tasks.

He explains that choosing a new printer, designing business cards and furnishing your office doesn’t count as business building. Getting sales, talking to your customers and prospects, following up and making sure your customers are happy – these are business building activities. “And if you repeat them, day after day, long enough – you will succeed,” he says.

I hope that you find this episode as inspiring and motivating as I did. Hey, if Matt could go from bagger in a local grocery shop to becoming an owner of a 7-figure real estate business, by simply focusing on the right steps and showing up day after day, week after week, until he reached success — why can’t you? icon smile IIP049: From A Flat Broke Grocery Store Bagger Making $7/hr To Owning A 7 Figures Real Estate Empire

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Inspiring Innovation Podcast episode 48  Get it on iTunes

He’s back! And he has something new to share. . .

Bob Burg, the co-author of the bestselling book “The Go-Giver”, is back in this latest episode of Inspiring Innovation Podcast where he talks about his latest book, Adversaries Into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion and the different ways people can be an influencer.

The Distinguishing Factor

What’s different in his book that hasn’t been discussed before? Is there really something more that hasn’t been traversed by so many books by prominent writers before?

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Bob Burg, Author of Adversaries Into Allies

Drawing inspiration and finding great information from many books, citing examples like Dale Carnegie’s How To Make Friends and Influence People, Bob is aware that many known authors have tackled this frequently traveled topic of influencing people. Burg is quick to say that whenever he reads any of these books, he always gets something from them.

So what makes ‘Adversaries Into Allies’ unique? In my opinion, Bob’s straightforward and simple take on the subject, combined with a strong focus on people skills, makes this book a “must read” for anyone who’s struggling with becoming a more effective influencer.

Most success principles have been around for thousands of years. And just like there are many teachers teaching math or history, different authors bring different things on the table because there are different ways of teaching — a different style.

What he’d done with his book is to communicate these principles differently and in a way that would hopefully be of help. His goal is to find a way to equip people with information that will allow them to know exactly what to do and how to do it to be more effective in their lives. He teaches these principles through very short stories that people can relate to because they’ve experienced the same situation and might experience it again.

This book is for people like him — people who have and still been struggling with controlling their anger and other strong emotions — and be able to be more effective in things that are more productive.

Five Principles of Ultimate Influence

In this interview, Bob explains the Five Principles of Ultimate Influence

  1. Control your own emotions
  2. Understand the clash of belief systems
  3. Acknowledge their ego
  4. Set the proper frame
  5. Communicate with tact and empathy

We go through each and Bob provides immediately actionable advice on developing your skills in each of the 5 parts that create ultimate influence. Bob believes that at least one of them, and usually more than one, will come into play in every interpersonal situation you will face when trying to move a person to a desired action and towards a specific and a mutual goal.

More. . . More. . . More. . .

For an entrepreneur, influence is a big deal and mastering people skills is essential in influencing people. It has a direct correlation without a bottom line. With Bob Burg’s book out, we have more tools in order to really understand and work the law of influence (that was covered in his previous book co-authored with David Mann, The Go-Giver, and discussed in Episode 27: The 5 Laws of Success).

Tune in to this week’s episode to learn more tips, lessons and Bob’s infinite wisdom!

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In three weeks I launched my first membership website, including

  1. Recorded and edited over 50 videos
  2. Got checklists and summaries written for all of them
  3. Wrote a 13 email auto-responder sequence
  4. Created a membership site from scratch
  5. Most important: Won the fight against my own fears

How did I do it, and how can you use the same methods to productively, effectively, and QUICKLY reach your next goal, and carry on making 2014 matter?

All answers are in today’s episode!

By the way, these are temporary, quick and dirty show notes that I’m typing at 5am just to make sure I don’t miss another publishing deadline. I will re-upload the full show notes by the weekend. Thanks for being patient!

Mentioned Resources

  • The Inspiring Innovation Podcasting Bootcamp: Build an engaged audience from zero to thousands in weeks, without blogging, SEO, or a big budget: Get it now, it’s free!
  • The Inspiring Innovation Pro Podcasting Course: Make A Successful Business Out Of Your Podcast. Everything you need. Step-by-step. In one place: Growing the show, monetizing it, building your brand, and a lot more. First 20 people get the Early bird special offer.
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Inspiring Innovation Podcast episode 46  Get it on iTunes

“If I’m gonna have a hobby, why not do something that I have potential to do it professionally.”

In today’s show, we have a living . . . breathing image of Inspiring Innovation. He’s a full-time software engineer who followed his instincts and created simple a solution to an everyday problem. Now, backed by Kickstarter, Frank Cho has created his eCommerce business — going within weeks from idea to over $22,000 already pledged to his Kickstarter campaign!

The Inspiration

The idea came to him while listening to a podcast on his way to work. When it was time to get out of the car and pause the episode, he was left with the dilemma of where to put his earbuds.

Refusing to put them in his pocket where they would get all tangled up, unwilling to let it hang and risking it snagging onto something — Frank realized there’s just no good place to put your earbuds on-the-go. Why can’t you just have them hang without disturbing, tangling, or snatching onto things??

That’s when the concept of Zipi came to his mind.

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Taking Action

Frank didn’t indulge too much on how great his idea seemed to him. He asked his friends to validate some interest, and then set to create a prototype. He researched online and found the pieces he wanted, then super-glued it himself on the kitchen table.

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He showed it to more people, and the feedback was very positive. Frank knew that starting an eCommerce business takes a big initial investment, so he decided to put his idea on Kickstarter. “If it works, then great,” he thought.

Kickstarting and Taking Off

If there was one true overnight success, it’s Frank’s Kickstarter campaign. The media monster TechCrunch picked up on his campaign and featured it while he was sleeping. By the time he woke up — his phone was going off the hook. He also already surpassed his fundraising goal of $6,000 — the cost of creating the initial injection mold, and has already raised over $22,000 to-date.

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Tune in to this week’s episode for the full story of Frank, the full-time engineer that created his first eCommerce business with no money down and no manufacturing experience.

Could you be next? icon smile IIP046: Creating Your First eCommerce Business And Funding It With Kickstarter

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