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Kevin Cann acquired 9 properties while working a regular factory job and earning $10hr. Listen to find out how he did it, and how you can do the same!

Episode Highlights

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • How Kevin Cann acquired 9 properties while working a regular factory job and earning $10hr
  • Lessons learned from Kevin, and how you can apply them to your own journey!
  • Entrepreneurship, the sacrifices Kevin had to make, and what he got in return

I e-met Kevin when he was taking my free video course, Podcast Starter Kit. We were chatting about his new show, and I asked him for his background. When he shared his story with me, I was gobsmacked.

“There’s no way something like this is even remotely possible!” I thought.

Nonetheless, here, standing right in front of me (virtually) – was a man who achieved it. But how?

Was he more qualified than others? No. Did he have the perfect upbringing or previous experience? No, not at all.

It’s sheer determination to get out of the hamster wheel that powered this amazing feat. It was the will to lose sleep, work hard (very hard), make mistakes and learn from them, and reach out for help.

**It was everything that makes an aspiring entrepreneur into a successful one. **

And today, I’m very thankful for Kevin opening up and sharing his unique story with the audience. It’s his first interview ever, but I’m sure it’s the first of many.

I hope you tune in to today’s inspiring episode, and if you have a minute, check out Kevin’s website or leave him a few words in the comments section.

I also want to use this day on which America is celebrating Thanksgiving, to thank YOU – for the ongoing support, for reading, tuning in, and spreading the inspiration. Thank you.

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KEEP CALMANDCOPY SALES LETTERS1 This Surprising Hack Can Make You Into An Epic Copywriter!

Do you struggle with marketing? Does the thought of writing a sales letter make you cringe? Awesome – then today’s episode is just what you’re looking for!

Today I’m joined by my new friend, Derek Johanson, for a quick talk about a crazy hack that we both believe will help you break through the glass ceiling, and become the marketing and copywriting Jedi that your business needs you to be!

Episode Highlights

  • A (very) surprising hack that can turn any novice into a marketing genius
  • Why learning copywriting is like learning a new language – and how to not suck at it!
  • Why you should take the CopyHour Challenge – and how to get it for free icon smile This Surprising Hack Can Make You Into An Epic Copywriter!

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I have some exciting news for you, and one AMAZING, FREE, EPIC, MIND BLOWING resource, that is guaranteed to take your online business to the next level!

The News

I am so excited to announce that I have been chosen to speak at the biggest branding conference in the world: The Branding Summit.

But much more exciting is the fact that you are getting the full virtual access pass for FREE!

The Details

shared link thumbnail Join Me At The Largest #Branding Event In The World!

If you ever wondered how to create a successful online brand and business or if you wanted to take your online business to the next level – this event is exactly for you:

  • Learn the best branding strategies from the world’s leading branding experts
  • Let the leading online entrepreneurs of our time show you how to build authority in your niche
  • Get everything you need to start creating your own successful and prolific online brand (and business)
  • …and get it all from the comfort of your own home (or office) – for absolutely free.

How? Just head over to www.TheBrandingSummit.com.

Where & When

The Branding Summit starts on November 17 and will go on for 4 entire weeks of superb education. You will find talks by experts including John Lee Dumas, Yaro Starak, Danny Iny, Natalie Sisson, Neil Patel, Susan RoAne, and many others.

By heading over to The Branding Summit and claiming your virtual pass right now, you will be get complete access to all of these sessions.

Note this: You’ll be able to sign up for free access until the event ends in December, BUY you’ll only be able to get access to sessions that take place after you claim your virtual ticket.

So it is in your best interest to head over and claim it now – so you can get access to ALL of the sessions.

Check out this quick episode with Navid Moazzez, the host of the summit, where he explains all the details for the Inspiring Innovation family!

Take action and claim your spot at The Branding Summit Signup. Don’t miss out!

That’s all for today. I will see you for our regular episode – this Thursday! icon smile Join Me At The Largest #Branding Event In The World!

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Today we share the 10 Steps to Mastering The Art Of Networking.

Find out how to turn your “business connections” into sincere and beneficial relationships… no matter who you are or what niche you’re in!

Networking Secrets & Episode Highlights

  • How to become a networking rockstar
  • How to NOT be a networking dirtbag
  • How to easily find ways to help market leaders and strengthen your relationships with them
  • How to use online tools to easily keep in touch with your connections and turn your network into your biggest engine of growth
  • How to easily make conversation with anyone in the room when you attend conferences or events
  • Great templates for streamlining your networking!

Meet John Corcoran, Networking Super Hero

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This is a story of a man who managed to crack the glass ceiling, create a business that provides him the freedom lifestyle he always wanted, and say “so long!” to corporate America – all while working the 9 to 5, raising his daughters, and handling all of life’s liabilities!

Building A Business While Working The 9 to 5 – Episode Highlights

  1. How to build a business while working the 9-5 and raising a family – even if you don’t have much time or money!
  2. How to turn service based businesses that charge money per hour into passive income streams.
  3. How to deal with competition and with people that try to win by underpricing you.

Today’s Guest – Jeff Mendelson

Today’s guest, Jeff Mendelson, shared with us today how he went from the frustrating days of bumping against the glass ceiling in a technical job, seeing all the unqualified people around him getting promoted instead of him, and through creating the exit route and finally – getting off the hamster wheel.

But the most surprising part about Jeff’s story, is that by walking away from the safety of the 9-5, he ended up saving himself:

Over the last 5 years, all of his previous employers went out of business. The last man standing, was Jeff Mendelson, and his business, Las Olas Tech.

Las Olas, meaning “the waves” in Spanish, provides online solutions – from web design, social media management, pay per click campaigns and SEO, to complete web presence strategy.

There are two important lessons that I want you to pay attention to when listening to today’s story:

The first, is How Jeff realized that he just doesn’t have the time required to build a sustainable business while working for the man and being a family man, and the unorthodox solution that he found to make it work.

Second, is the business strategy that allowed Jeff to turn a service business charging money for hours into recurring revenue streams that guaranteed that bills will be paid – even when the market took a downfall.

Scroll to the top of the post and click the “Play” button now.  I know you’ll enjoy Jeff’s story just as much as I did.

By the way, it’s his birthday tomorrow, so I’d really appreciate it if you could leave him a quick “happy birthday” comment below! I know it will mean a lot to him! icon smile Creating A Sustainable Business BEFORE You Leave The 9 5

Mentioned Resources

  • Las Olas Tech
  • Jeff’s email – [email protected]
  • Jeff on Twitter: @lasolastech
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Daily Habits1 Why You Must STOP Doing Things First Thing In The Morning!

We all try to copy the habits of the ultra-successful people, hoping for magic to happen. On its own, it’s not a bad idea. On the contrary – it actually makes a lot of sense… until it doesn’t. 

Every day, I see a new blog post about this habit that helped someone rich and famous become, well, rich and famous. And you know what’s the one thing that all of these posts share?

The most annoying piece of advice ever given for implementing a new daily habit:

“Do this first thing in the morning, so that you don’t dread from it all day and so you start the day with a win”. 

The Problem With Your Daily Habits

I use to follow this advice. Garry Halbert says I should take a 60 minutes walk every day? No problem!

Derek Johanson and Dane Maxwell say I should spend one hour every morning copying by hand sales letter to learn copywriting? Great, I’ll add that too.

“Oh, I also want to learn Russian, and that’s out of my comfort zone, so I better add that to the morning routine so I can get it over and done with before I start my day!

Joel Runyon says  I should do cold showers? Let me add that to the morning routine too! This way I will start my day like a superman!

Farnoosh Brock said I should stretch every morning for at least 10-15 minutes. Better do that first!” 

I can easily give you 7 more daily habits that I’ve tried to adopt over the last few years.

The Result (AKA shit hitting the fan)

The result of all this “do it first thing in the morning” movement, is having morning routines that take a good few frickn hours to complete!!!

By adding things to be done “first thing in the morning”, you guarantee that one of three things will happen:

  1. Option 1: You get all those things done, and by the time you finish with your new habits you have no time left to actually do the stuff you need to be doing
  2. Option 2: (as happens in most cases) you stop doing your new habits (At least until a new and exciting one comes around).
  3. Option 3: Your new morning routine is so heavy with stuff that’s out of your comfort zone, that you wake up and then procrastinate all day trying to avoid it.You don’t do anything meaningful with your time, because “you haven’t started your day”, and finally, you get your morning routine (or parts of it) done, and call it a day… saying that, “at least I completed my daily habits!”

    And this goes on for while, until your business breaks down, your ass is on fire, and you drop this “morning routine” concept altogether.

    (BTW, This is the worse option – as it’s a combination of option 1 and option 2 in one big time-wasting fiasco).

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Here’s How You Do It Right:

The key with habits is not in doing it with the same timing like other people. The key is doing it consistently, at the same time every day that works for Y-O-U!

Want to try a new habit? Here’s what you should do:

  1. Estimate how long it will take
  2. Lock a recurring time block for it in your calendar – wherever it fits.
  3. Stick to your calendar.

If’s, But’s and Coconuts

“But I can’t find a time in my calendar for this!” 

Then it won’t happen. Either give up something else to make room, or give up wasting your time on acquiring a habit you don’t have time for.

“But if I don’t do it first thing in the morning, it doesn’t happen!”

This answer might hurt. Get ready for some tough love: Learn how to use a calendar, and take responsibility for your life. Seriously. 

What’s Your Take On Daily Habits?

How do you introduce new habits into your life? What’s been working (or not working) for you? Share in the comments below. I’ll see you there!

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In this episode, David Long (on of America’s top 1% income earners!) shares his success tips: the 7 principles that you can duplicate that made him millions!

Tips For Success: David’s 7 Principles – Episode Highlights:

  • How David Long turned his life around – from losing his house and moving back to his parents, to starting a company from the garage and growing it to a $10M annual revenue machine
  • The 7 actionable principles behind David’s success that you can start applying right now to your business and life
  • The secrets behind what makes managers, leaders and entrepreneurs truly great
  • How to achieve all this, and be able to take 22 weeks off a year!

The 7 Success & Leadership Principles Of Today’s Guest

25 years ago, David Long was two weeks away from losing his house to foreclosure. He managed to sell his house at the last minute, and moves back to his parents house with his wife and tail tucked between his legs.

In just a couple of years, he had changed jobs seven times, and the job he was currently interviewing for had so many applicants that the interviewing manager announced that the initial salary will be cut by 25% – not enough to plug David’s leaking ship.

Everything he tried seem to have failed and crumbled between his fingers. He was desperate to find a way out of his parents house, and out of the financial hold that he dug. But fast-forward to 2014… David’s company, ‘My Employees’, is projected to make over $10 million in sales this year.

David Long Build To Lead Success Tips: 7 Principles You Can Apply Today That Made This Man $10M!

Clearly, a lot of happened in 25 years.

Today, David is in the top 1% of income makers in the entire United States. He takes an average of 22 weeks of every year, which he spends with his wife, family, and friends at his beach house, traveling the world, and riding his bike from coast to coast.

On today’s episode, David shares the seven key principles that allowed him to become a top manager and leader – two key skills when trying to build a great company.

You may scroll to the top of this post and click the “play” button for the entire story behind his business, or carry on reading to find out his top success tips and seven principles for becoming a top manager and leader.

The R.E.W.A.R.D.S. Principles

David’s seven principles for becoming a top 10% manager or entrepreneur are can be memorized with the acronym R.E.W.A.R.D.S.:

  • Reconnaissance
  • Education
  • Winners Emerge
  • Attitude
  • Recognition
  • Duplication
  • Success.

Let’s review each one in detail:

Recon Success Tips: 7 Principles You Can Apply Today That Made This Man $10M!

1. Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance, or recon, as called in the military, is all about figuring out if you have the right people in your team – both managers (if you have them), and employees.

Research shows that there is a ratio of 10:1 between actively engaged and actively disengaged in world-class companies. In the average company, on the other hand, the ratio drops to 2 engaged employees for every 1 disengaged.

Here’s a visual way to look at it that will make a lot of sense:

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Photo courtesy of MyEmployee and David Long

Now, a research by the Gallop Research group concluded that having fellow associates that are committed to doing a great job is among the top 10 things that make employees and team members happy.

Every disengaged employee is weighing your business down and slowing everyone else around him (even if it’s just you and a disengaged VA!). And this is what recon is all about:

  1. Find the disengaged members of your team
  2. Either fix the issue, or let them go
  3. Repeat

Or in David’s own words – “Hire, Train, Prune, Repeat!”

Education and books Success Tips: 7 Principles You Can Apply Today That Made This Man $10M!

2. Education

“Without consistently learning and educating yourself and your staff, you will become roadkill to someone more ambitious than you”, says Long in today’s episode.

Sounds harsh? Maybe, but it also makes great sense.

David attributes most of his success to being an avid reader and listener, and for instilling this trait in all of his employees. In fact, he runs a book club at his company, and pays people to participate!

“Say what?!”, you ask? Yeah, it’s pretty unique. You can hear David talk about it in the interview at 3:20. The Important thing for you to know, is that magic happens in Dave’s book club meetings:

  1. Employees open up and share personal experiences
  2. People connect on a much deeper level, and new, more meaningful relationships are formed
  3. Incredible, life-changing, personal growth happens
  4. And of course … people learn, A LOT!

The other part of education in Long’s system, is being a part of a mastermind.

Now, masterminds have been discussed many times in this podcast that I’m not going to go into more details about them. You can find more information about them, including a template for setting one up both on IIP034: Live an Enjoyable Life AND Make Millions, The Story of Jaime Tardy – The Eventual Millionaire, and in these additional resources provided by Dave.

Winners Emerge Success Tips: 7 Principles You Can Apply Today That Made This Man $10M!

3. Winners Emerge

This one is pretty simple to explain: When you start providing growth opportunities, for instance – through book clubs – winners start to emerge. You start noticing unpolished diamonds. The ‘W’ in R.E.W.A.R.D.S. is all about noticing these diamond team members, and investing in them, to create your next leaders.

Remember Zig Ziglar’s famous quote?

“You don’t build a business –you build people– and then people build the business.” –Zig Ziglar.

“Winners emerge” is all about noticing these people, and building them.

Attitude Success Tips: 7 Principles You Can Apply Today That Made This Man $10M!

4. Attitude

“If you at the world through a clear glass, everything looks clear. But if you sprinkle some dust in that glass, everything will look dirty and cloudy.

“And that is your attitude: If you have a bad attitude, every little thing that happens to you in your life is perceived as [someone is] trying to get me. And you can’t have that in your team. It’s destructive. If someone’s attitude stinks – get rid of him”, says Dave.

“How about family members? friends? relatives?”, I ask.

“If you surround yourself by people with bad attitude it’s going to rub off on you. The top 5 people you hang out with better have a great attitude, or DROP THEM from your list. I don’t care if it’s a relative. Limit your time with that individual if he’s toxic.

“Otherwise, they will wear you down and destroy you as a business person”

I could go on and write more about this, but I think David made this point crystal clear (get the pun?)

Recognition Success Tips: 7 Principles You Can Apply Today That Made This Man $10M!

5. Recognition

“65% of people in America say that they have received no recognition from their boss in the last year. Not one time in the whole year! “ Dave tells me.

But why is recognition so important? “What you recognize is what’s going to get repeated. What I brag on, is what I’ll see more of. That costs you nothing. It costs you not a single dime to do that. “

Recognition, David explains (at 27:13), is what keeps people engaged. It’s what makes them do a great job. It’s what makes “the game” worth playing.

And speaking of the game… the rules need to be clear. Your employees need to know what you hold important, and to what metrics will they be held accountable to.

If you want to learn how it’s done at David’s company, MyEmployees, listening to what Long shares between 27:40 – 31:45. I got to admit, I never thought about recognition this way before I heard this!

Shark Teeths Success Tips: 7 Principles You Can Apply Today That Made This Man $10M!

6. Duplication

David has developed in his company what he calls “the shark’s teeth leadership development program”:

Sharks have multiple rows of teeth, so when a shark loses a teeth, a new one immediately fills its place. And Long has modeled his company around this idea:

Every once in a while, he will ask each of his managers two simple questions:

  1. If (god forbid) something happens to you and you can’t be at work – who’s your #1 guy that can replace you?
  2. What are you doing right now to continue developing him/her?

This does a couple of things:

  1. Your most promising employees get invested in, increasing their engagement and their loyalty to you, as well as their value.
  2. You encourage the creation of systems (that was discussed extensively on Getting Real & The E Myth Revisited and on Standard Operating Procedure Template For Systemizing Your Business) that provide you with scalability and protect you from single points of failure
  3. Most important – when it’s done from your first employee and onwards – it creates a company like Dave’s – where he can take 22 weeks off and not worry about a single thing!

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7. Success

What is your focus? How do you define ultimate success? What matters to you?
For Dave, it’s not the money. It’s growing people; employees, colleagues, friends and family. It’s caring, reaching out, and affect people in a positive way. It’s leaving a lasting impact.

What is success for you? Comment bellow and share, and then… go get it! icon smile Success Tips: 7 Principles You Can Apply Today That Made This Man $10M!

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