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Risk Without Regret: Stories from Risk Takers, Inspiring Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners

Based out of Dayton, Ohio, Randy Johnson hosts a weekly podcast titled Risk Without Regret. The main goal of this show is to inspire and motivate you to follow your dreams, take more risks, build a business around your passions, and have no regrets along the way. Some episodes, I'll discuss a quote I came across and really dig in deeper for 10-20 minutes. Quotes that mean something to me, and I think deserve to be expanded upon to make you think about them more and how they can relate to you. The rest of the episodes will be more of an interview format. I'll bring guests onto the show that have an inspiring story to share about their journey. These might range from 30-90 minutes, and some may even pass the 2 hour mark. These amazing people will come from all walks of life and they bring insane amounts of wisdom to the table. I refer to all of my guests as risk takers. Individuals who didn't follow the typical path, they paved their own. They enlighten us all about how they started their business, or travel the world, or work from their laptop on a beach, or make 7-figures, or even just how their life experiences shaped them into who they are today. Some are more successful than others, but they all share the same mindset of taking risks, doing what they love, helping others, and living life to the fullest. Enjoy!
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Dec 25, 2015

About 3 months ago, I posted a photo of a 500 square foot tiny house on <a href="http://www.instagram.com/bigran82" target="_blank">my instagram</a>. Something about a small living space really interests me. The idea of just using it to do the basic things in life. Something like this would most definitely encourage you to get outdoors more and live more.

In the comments, one of my friends said I should talk to Trevor Gay from Heart Of It All House. I had never heard of him before, so my curiosity led me to his profile where I did some basic research on him and what he was up to. Turns out he only lives about 30 minutes away, we have mutual friends, and share a lot of common interests. I wondered how we never crossed paths over the years!

With that being said, you'll have to listen to this inspiring episode where we talk about his tiny house journey, why he's vegan, some of his favorite books, and so much more. Enjoy!

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<strong>Show notes:</strong>

[03:10] Meet Trevor! Tell us who you are, where you work, etc.

<blockquote>It's a little ironic, risk without regret could be used to describe my entire career.</blockquote>

[06:20] Have you always been into bikes?

<blockquote>I didn't care about getting paid, I just wanted to work there.</blockquote>

[10:05] Talk about the clothing line you started...

<blockquote>I learned a really hard and valuable lesson at an early age and that's really stuck with me ever since.</blockquote>

[12:00] If you could do another clothing line, what would you do different? Explain the non-profit you work with...

<blockquote>Your morals, your values, and your mission need to be pretty clear, because people are more conscious than ever of everything.</blockquote>

[13:45] Have you always lived in Ohio?

[15:55] The HGTV show, how did that come about? Talk about your tiny house and minimalism...

<blockquote>You really find out how much stuff you actually have when you reduce by 80%.</blockquote>

<blockquote>When you get rid of a bunch of stuff, there's definitely this huge sense of freedom that you just can't get anywhere else.</blockquote>

<blockquote>To detach from things and to let go of things that you think you care about is really mentally healthy.</blockquote>

[23:35] Do you have any side businesses?

[25:50] Has video work always been a passion of yours?

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[29:30] What made you decide to go vegan?

<blockquote>We are saving all of these animals, we love all of these animals, how can we do that and then eat another one?</blockquote>

<blockquote>I can't tell you enough that a plant-based diet is where it's at.</blockquote>

[32:10] Talk about Wild Again...

<blockquote>Every animal here has a story.</blockquote>

[35:10] Is your tiny house permanence or mobile?

[36:10] What inspires you?

<blockquote>People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily. -Zig Ziglar</blockquote>

<blockquote>Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it. —Zig Ziglar</blockquote>

<blockquote>For me, being involved with so many different things does keep me on my toes, it does keep me sharp, and it does keep me motivated.</blockquote>

[37:05] Any skills every entrepreneur, or most people in general, should have?

<blockquote>I like to be honorable. My word is extremely important to me.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Just because you hear that someone else can do it that way doesn't mean that you should do it that way or that you can do it that way.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You shouldn't engage in any deal if it isn't beneficial to both parties.</blockquote>

[40:40] Is hustle or ambition more important than talent?

<blockquote>If you're someone like myself (who doesn't consider himself naturally gifted or talented at anything) who has had to work as hard as you possibly could for the things that you have and the things that you've done, that's when hustle is extremely important. Because without it, you're not moving, you're at a standstill.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Know how to sell yourself at all times and to preserve your self image. That's why your word is so important, because in the end, that's all you have.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I do believe that if you surround yourself with the things that you want to be attracted to you, things just inevitably end up working out that way. And it's not magic, it's just the power of networking.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I think if you don't find balance in your life, you might be regretful that you missed out on things. But at the same time, you also risk looking back and being like, "Wow, I didn't do anything."</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you set goals, you're already on the right path.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I think that being a good person and sticking to your morals really goes a long way.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you're burned out, if you're stressed out, and if you're tired all the time, you're not gonna perform.</blockquote>

<blockquote>No one can tell you that you're right or wrong about what you actually want out of life.</blockquote>

[48:05] You have a normal job, do you ever think of just doing your own thing? Explain vision boards...

<blockquote>One of the pieces on my vision board says "working for myself by 2016." I set that about 2.5 years ago. And the absolutely, wildly terrifying thing is that I think that could happen next year. That definitely scares the hell out of me in a good way.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I've always had all these side brands but they were safe because I had my 9-5. Stepping out of that comfort zone, ya, that's a scary thing.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Without a doubt, I think that just seeing those goals in front of you when you wake up and when you go to sleep are powerful. And it's not magic, it's just literally seeing your goals everyday and that's a simple reminder of what you're working towards. Ask yourself, "Have I done anything today to work towards that goal?" And if you say no, well, there's your motivation right there as soon as you get out of bed.</blockquote>

[52:15] How important is it to have a significant other with the same goals?

<blockquote>Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage. -Zig Ziglar</blockquote>

<blockquote>Your significant other is your rock, your foundation.</blockquote>

<blockquote>In my situation, ya I'm extremely lucky, but I wouldn't say luck. That's your selection process.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Find someone who does coordinate with you.</blockquote>

<blockquote>A relationship could make or break your dream.</blockquote>

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[57:25] Do you still have fears?

<blockquote>It's really important to do the things instead of wondering what would happen if you would have done them. It's better to at least do it wrong and learn from that.</blockquote>

<blockquote>When you hear how many people welcome mistakes and failures, we're like, "Ya, I'm totally on board!" But on the inside, we're like, "I don't want to fail. I'm terrified of failing." You still have this fear of making mistakes or looking bad, especially now with how vulnerable we are through social media.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Your morals and your ethics will really show what kind of person you are when you fail or when you make a mistake.</blockquote>

[1:00:30] How has social media played a role in what you do?

[1:02:30] Have you ever had a mentor or coach?

<blockquote>If there's someone in a position that you want to be in, study their life.</blockquote>

[1:04:50] What is a big risk that you've taken?

<blockquote>I think one of the risky things was choosing not to go to college and be self-taught.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you're in a spot for a long time and you feel yourself getting stagnant, it's time to go. Even if you've been there for 8 years and you're in a good spot, you're risking your career. Don't burn out.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Move on before it's too late. And it's not only for your sake, but don't hurt the brand that you're associated with too. If you're comfortable and feel like you're on auto-pilot everyday and things are easy and you're almost bored, it's time to move on.</blockquote>

[1:08:00] If you could recommend one book, what would it be?

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671745212/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0671745212&linkCode=as2&tag=riskwithoutregret-20&linkId=HWLZD6KONEZFFYUC" target="_blank">The Magic of Believing</a> by Claude M. Bristol

<blockquote>Taking care of yourself regardless of your dietary choice is probably one of the most important things you could do in life period.</blockquote>

[1:12:35] What do you wish you knew more about before starting the tiny house project?

[1:14:50] Any specific moments that stand out on that journey?

<blockquote>I really just wanted to pay it forward and do the same for people who have the same goal of trying to live with less and just be simpler.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Not forgetting why you started the whole journey is pretty important.</blockquote>

[1:18:10] What would you say to someone thinking about going down the tiny house path?

<blockquote>I do still find myself tempted to look at these big mansions, but to not get confused with having that house and having success.</blockquote>

[1:20:35] What does stories over stuff mean to you?

<blockquote>I'm definitely not regretful that I did this now in life because i think that everything happens for a reason.</blockquote>

[1:22:45] When you hear risk without regret, what comes to mind?

<blockquote>Bet on your strengths and don't give a fuck about your weaknesses. -Gary Vaynerchuk</blockquote>

<blockquote>Keep moving forward. Take those risks. As long as you don't die, don't regret it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>"Risk Without Regret" really resonated well with me. It made me smile for a few minutes just thinking about all the risks I've taken.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I would suggest the same to everybody else, to not be afraid and to just go for it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>"What if's" will go to the grave with you.</blockquote>

<strong>Connect with Trevor:</strong>

Instagram: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/trevorgay" target="_blank">@trevorgay</a>
Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/trevorgay" target="_blank">facebook.com/trevorgay</a>
Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/trevorgay" target="_blank">@trevorgay</a>

<strong>Connect with Heart Of It All House:</strong>
Website: <a href="http://www.heartofitallhouse.com" target="_blank">heartofitallhouse.com</a>
Instagram: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/heartofitallhouse" target="_blank">@heartofitallhouse</a>
Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/heartofitallhouse" target="_blank">facebook.com/heartofitallhouse</a>

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<a href="https://www.instagram.com/maryhadawhat/" target="_blank">Mary Benasutti</a>
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<a href="http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/" target="_blank">Tumbleweed Tiny House Company</a>
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Dec 15, 2015

Today's quote is: "The most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later." Tomorrow is not promised, so stop procrastinating and go do what you love.

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The longer you wait, the harder it will be to reprogram your mind to do whatever you want. As we get older, we get more stubborn and stuck in our ways. Now it the time, today. Stop doing shit you dislike, quit working the job you hate, end the terrible relationship, etc. You're not getting any younger, and time is always running out for all of us. I read something that talked about people's wishes at the end of their lives. The most common answer was, "I wish I did more." Or something along the lines of, I put things off for various reasons my whole life, and I wish I could go back and do those things. Now it's too late. Don't be that person, be different, be you. And start today following your passions!

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Nov 2, 2015

Nick and Gen from The Great Anomaly share their story about how they became minimalists and ran towards their passion for traveling the world. They explain how they built their location independent life and how you can too!

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Nov 1, 2015

Today's quote is: "Don't complain about things you're not willing to change." Seriously, stop complaining about everything. It is getting you nowhere. Be positive and change your mindset!

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<strong>People, websites, & products mentioned:</strong>

<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/artofwork" target="_blank">The Art of Work</a>
<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/miracle" target="_blank">The Miracle Morning</a>
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Oct 24, 2015

On this episode, Eric Zimmer explains how he has always had the entrepreneur mindset. From a paperboy to owning a small landscaping company to working in various small startups to starting his own companies and so much more.

But all that could have been cut short as he developed a nasty drug problem early on. Luckily for him, he was able to kick that habit and create a lot of success for himself!

At the beginning of 2014, he launched The One You Feed Podcast, and by the end of the year, he was voted one of the Best of iTunes Podcasts of 2014. But it doesn't stop there, he also does e-commerce consulting for large businesses on huge projects.

I'm excited to share this story with you today, I think you're really gonna find it motivating and relatable! So without further ado, here's Eric...

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<strong>Show notes:</strong>

[00:45] Tell us a bit about yourself...

[02:40] Did you go to college for computer programming?

[05:00] Unqualified but did it anyway

<blockquote>When you're starting a company, you have to build what you can with what you have.</blockquote>

[06:00] Where do you live?

[06:45] How were you able to get sober?

<blockquote>I hit a point where I just had no idea what else to do. No idea of the next step, so I checked myself into treatment. Something happened in that period where I started to get a little bit of hope, that maybe I could live a different way. So I threw myself into that pretty hard, and that was really all I was focused on for at least a year and a half.</blockquote>

[07:40] Did family or friends or a mentor help you get through all of this?

[08:00] Tell us about your award-winning podcast...

<blockquote>An old grandfather told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and bravery." The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."</blockquote>

[09:30] What type of guests do you have on your show?

<blockquote>I interview anyone that I find interesting, who I think has something useful to say about how do we make good decisions. What do we think about and where do we spend our time, and that totally determines the quality of our life. And the show is focused on how can we do that better.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I didn't start the podcast to necessarily be a business. It would be good for me and i get to spend more time with my best friend. The fact that it blew up isn't the primary focus of why I'm doing it. It really started as a hobby more than anything else.</blockquote>

[11:40] What did you think of the Best of iTunes award?

[12:30] Talk about the solar energy biz you started...

<blockquote>The idea came from something I got interested in, I tend to follow my curiosity. I was at the library browsing around and saw a book on clean energy. I thought there was a great opportunity there and I thought that kind of work was really important.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I just hit a point where I didn't see the path forward from here, that I didn't think this was going to make me happy. So I just decided to change directions.</blockquote>

<blockquote>What's the point of owning your own company and doing your own thing if you're not enjoying it anymore?</blockquote>

[17:40] Started a non-profit at age 16...

<blockquote>It started when I just wanted to take some kids to the zoo, and it turned into something more. But my transition out of it was hastened by my problems with alcohol and drugs. So I sort of helped to kill that. That's certainly one of the regrets I have.</blockquote>

[19:20] Have you always had the entrepreneur mind?

<blockquote>If you can find someone who has a lot of credibility who will take you seriously, then to some degree you can leverage that credibility.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I think you're always projecting an image or you're selling something that's a little bit beyond where you are. There ends up being a gap between what you're out there selling and what you're capable of at that exact moment. The key is that you don't let that gap get too big that you can't jump it when you have to.</blockquote>

[23:15] Did you start the solar company right after you got sober?

[24:00] As the solar company was being put on hold, is that when you got into the e-commerce stuff?

<blockquote>There are ways at any juncture along your career that you can take risks and not expose yourself to complete ruin.</blockquote>

[26:40] How old are you? Is age a factor?

<blockquote>There are ways to do your own thing and make your life different than what it is. There's a middle ground between staying at something you hate doing and quitting everything to chase what you want. There's a lot of play between those two things that people can do, and those options don't seem to be talked about a lot.</blockquote>

[28:50] Do you think a regular job is secure?

<blockquote>I don't see working for a big company as job security. Having skills that I know I can apply in a lot of different places and continuing to have connections, I see that as job security. I'm confident I can go find some way to make money with the skill set I have. I have no faith that Fortune 100 company "X" is any safer than being out on your own.</blockquote>

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[34:25] Your e-commerce biz doesn't have a name?

[37:30] How important is networking?

[38:40] What is more stressful, the larger or smaller projects?

[40:25] Tell us about the coaching and public speaking that you do...

[41:45] People come to you, you don't have to sell yourself as hard anymore...

[42:35] Do you travel much or is Columbus good for what you do?

[45:45] How did you meet Lewis Howes?

[47:05] What do you wish you knew before starting a biz?

<blockquote>A skill worth investing in is learning how to learn things.</blockquote>

[51:45] If you could only read one book, what would you recommend?

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[52:40] What have you given up to start a biz?

<blockquote>There are definitely sacrifices. I think anybody that says there are not is probably not being honest, or is not real successful.</blockquote>

[55:35] Some people feel like they are stuck in what they have chosen for their life. What are your thoughts?

[56:35] Any daily rituals?

<blockquote>The president exercises probably nearly everyday, I cannot, with a straight face, say that I'm busier than him or that the stuff I have to do is more important.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Try replacing "I don't have time for that." with "I'm not prioritizing that right now." And once you do that, you really are making choices about your time.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you want a different life, you make different choices.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I'm amazed at what I'm able to get done when I'm that laser-focused.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I think I've kinda become one of those people that a lot of people look at and go, "How on earth do you do that?" And I think you have to know how to work smart to do that.</blockquote>

<blockquote>We only have 24 hours, I can't manufacture any more. I have to think and be as disciplined as I can at what I spend my time on. And, while I'm spending that time, that I am using it well.</blockquote>

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[01:05:25] Doing whatever you want to do everyday is harder than it seems...

<blockquote>The people that have nothing that they have to do or don't have any set schedule, they find it the hardest to be productive. Those are the people that tend to get the least amount done because there's just no structure of any sort, and it's just really hard to function in that.</blockquote>

<blockquote>A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.</blockquote>

[01:07:45] Who motivates and inspires you? Favorite interview you've done? Favorite quote?

<blockquote>A lot of times for me, inspiration, or feeling better when I'm down, comes from listening to loud music more than reading somebody's blog post.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I think that changing our ratio of what we create versus what we consume is a really great thing. I think a lot of us, we just consume and consume and consume. I found that I get a lot more out of slowing way down, consuming less, and actually learning it then applying it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. -Arthur Ashe</blockquote>

<blockquote>There is no substitute for starting the work. Plan the best you can, but just start.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you have an idea, go find a customer and see if anybody would ever actually even want that thing.</blockquote>

[01:16:00] What is one moment that really makes you proud to do what you do?

[01:18:05] How does social media affect what you do?

[01:19:50] What skills should every entrepreneur have?

<blockquote>One way to not have regret about risks is learn how to take small risks, and do those often. Learn to take a risk and try, versus just thinking about it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The old saying goes, "Ready. Aim. Fire." But I think a lot of entrepreneurs are a lot more like, "Ready. Fire. Aim."</blockquote>

<blockquote>I'm taking a risk, but I've got a lot of good information here telling me that this is a smart risk to take.</blockquote>

[01:22:45] What's a big risk you've taken?

<blockquote>The other way to take risks is if you get to the other side of it, are you gonna know a whole lot more than you know now? And is that going to make you valuable in other ways?</blockquote>

[01:25:50] Any cool companies that have caught your attention lately?

[01:28:30] Is that popular advice that you don't 100% agree with?

[01:30:45] Are you the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with?

[01:33:55] What are you working on next?

<blockquote>I think behavioral change has a lot to do with how you structure your life and the environment. There's a lot of studies, a lot of science, and a lot of best practice in trying to change habits that I just think most of us don't ever know.</blockquote>

[01:36:10] Best way to contact you...

<strong>Connect with Eric:</strong>

Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/oneyoufeed" target="_blank">@OneYouFeed</a>
The One You Feed Podcast: <a href="http://www.oneyoufeed.net" target="_blank">oneyoufeed.net</a>
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<a href="http://www.oneyoufeed.net/the-parable" target="_blank">The Good Wolf/Bad Wolf Parable</a>
<a href="http://www.tipenergy.com" target="_blank">Tipping Point Renewable Energy</a>
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1623365961/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1623365961&linkCode=as2&tag=riskwithoutregret-20&linkId=LK3LLU3CEU3N7RR5" target="_blank">Lewis Howes - The School of Greatness</a>
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<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/droptime-a-pomodoro-timer/id670599332?mt=8" target="_blank">DropTime App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coach.me-life-changing-productivity/id530911645?mt=8" target="_blank">Coach.me App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/committo3/id924684301?mt=8" target="_blank">CommitTo3 App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wunderlist-to-do-list-tasks/id406644151?mt=8" target="_blank">Wunderlist App</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">james clear interview</a>
<a href="http://www.oneyoufeed.net/michael-taft/" target="_blank">Michael Taft Interview</a>
<a href="http://www.oneyoufeed.net/james-clear/" target="_blank">James Clear Interview</a>
<a href="https://youtu.be/FZ6lZJWL_Xk" target="_blank">Tesla Motors</a>
<a href="http://www.goodlifeproject.com/radio/" target="_blank">Good Life Project Radio</a>
<a href="https://twitter.com/jonathanfields" target="_blank">Jonathan Fields</a>
<a href="http://www.imfinethanksmovie.com/" target="_blank">"I'm Fine, Thanks" Documentary</a>

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Oct 4, 2015

The quote of the day is: <em>"My goals don't stop for anyone. Either you support me or I make it happen alone. Either way, it's going to happen."</em>

You will encounter many people in your life that will doubt you, hate you, make fun of you, or whatever. You need to ignore them, and move on. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, and if they are holding you back, it's time to cut them off. You will never reach your goals if you give into them. You need a stronger mindset. Reach your goals no matter what. If they don't want to support you and go with you on this amazing journey towards your success, then leave them behind, while you go on to do epic shit alone!

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<blockquote>You have to let go of the things that weigh you down. If the people around you aren’t supporting you, but you believe in what you’re doing, you have to push them away.</blockquote>

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<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/friends" target="_blank">How to Win Friends & Influence People</a> by <a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/friends" target="_blank">Dale Carnegie</a>

<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/warofart" target="_blank">The War of Art</a> by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Pressfield/e/B000AQ8R8Q/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&qid=1443939394&sr=1-1&tag=riskwithoutregret-20&linkId=2PLKBTAF5BU227XB" target="_blank">Steven Pressfield</a>

<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/tribes" target="_blank">Tribes</a> by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Seth-Godin/e/B000AP9EH0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&qid=1443939363&sr=1-1&tag=riskwithoutregret-20&linkId=4NIKUSCNSIFXOTR4" target="_blank">Seth Godin</a>

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Sep 27, 2015

I've known who Mike was for quite some time, but we didn't connect with each other until a year or two ago when he approached me to build a website for him. Little did I know, this idea would turn into a big digital publishing company. And by big, I don't mean a massive office in Silicon Valley with hundreds of employees. He has assembled a team of freelancers and passionate individuals in the custom automotive scene from all over the world to crank out high quality content month after month.

Over the past year or so, <a href="http://slamdmag.com/" target="_blank">Slam'd Magazine</a> has built a huge following, and I know the recently launched <a href="http://liftdtrucks.com/" target="_blank">Lift'd Trucks</a> is setup to do the same in the coming months. It's pretty cool to see it all evolve even though I was hired to build these sites, so I may be a little biased. But from the perspective of a custom automotive enthusiast (which I have been for over 15 years), something new like this is exactly what our scene needs. Someone to push the envelope, put quality before anything else, and make the content easily accessible to the entire world.

I ask all the typical business questions, but I dug deeper and really pulled out some inspiring thoughts from this publishing veteran, things he never thought we'd discuss. Not only is he a very genuine person, but you really get a sense for his desire to help other aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as pave the way for generations to come in the automotive space. Even if you've known Mike for years, I think you're gonna learn a lot more about him here, and after you listen to the whole episode, you'll be so motivated that you'll probably reach out to him just to say thanks.

With that being said, let's get on with the show...

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[5:00] Tell us your story, take us back to the beginning then bring us up to speed to what you're doing these days

[16:00] So did you go to college?

[17:35] If you didn't leave your last job, would you still be working for someone else at another magazine?

<blockquote>If you do what you love, eventually the money comes.</blockquote>

[20:20] Where did the name come from for Rev'd, Slam'd, etc.?

[23:20] Why did you choose to go with a digital publication?

[33:55] Mike's sites: <a href="http://revdmediagroup.com/" target="_blank">Rev'd Media Group</a> / <a href="http://slamdmag.com/" target="_blank">Slam'd Mag</a> / <a href="http://liftdtrucks.com/" target="_blank">Lift'd Trucks</a>

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[38:00] Do you have plans for the next magazine yet?

[44:15] Did you quit your last "real" job or were you fired?

<blockquote>I had to turn those job offers down because I didn't feel good about going back to that life.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It was very very scary. I will never be able to share that feeling in words.</blockquote>

[53:00] What motivates you to keep going?

<blockquote>The people you surround yourself with are everything.</blockquote>

<blockquote>With the limited time you have in each and every day, who you surround yourself with is the biggest thing you can control that makes the most difference in your life.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Your time is your resource, your time is your bank account, your time is everything.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Everybody has the same 24 hours in a day, not everybody uses them the same.</blockquote>

[58:00] Do you think you're more passionate about the cars/trucks now?

<blockquote>My passion now is to keep the spark alive in every other car person out there.</blockquote>

[01:02:30] What is one of your favorite business books or inspiring movies? <em>(<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/linchpin" target="_blank">Click here to see which book he picked...</a>)</em>

<blockquote>The #ranplan kind of struck a chord with me personally, because it's about doing what you want when you wanna do it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Whenever you put a deadline, or schedule, or restriction on a human being's creativity, generally you're not gonna get the best product back.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you don't give your team the freedom to creative something great, you're hurting your business.</blockquote>

<blockquote>We all have something great that we need to share with the world, but so many people are afraid to execute.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Everything comes down to execution.</blockquote>

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[01:13:25] Do you have any daily rituals that contribute to your success?

[01:15:40] What is a huge risk that you have taken?

<blockquote>Jumping off a cliff and building the airplane on the way down is just a daily thing for us entrepreneurs.</blockquote>

<blockquote>My entire idea of risk is 100% different than what it used to be.</blockquote>

[01:20:15] Some more inspiration from Seth Godin and <a href="http://riskwithoutregret.com/tribes" target="_blank">the Tribes book</a>.

<blockquote>Whatever you do, it all boils down to selling. No matter what your company is, you are a sales marketer.</blockquote>

[01:24:15] How do you make money from these magazines? Where is the revenue coming from?

[01:29:00] What life lessons have you learned from traveling around the country and the world?

<blockquote>We're all writing our own book. If you've only lived in one place, only seen one place, only been one place, then you've only written one chapter.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The traveling has really opened my eyes, and it really reminds you of just how small you are. Small, but not insignificant.</blockquote>

[01:34:45] Are there any specific moments from the past year or so that are humbling or make you proud to do what you do?

<blockquote>When I seen people getting tattoos of our logo, I knew we had created something bigger than ourselves. And that was a big moment for me.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Most other companies are bigger, and they have a marketing budget, but they don't have the passion as a line item or the creativity as a checkbox.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It was a big moment to see something I just saw in my head less than 2 years ago, on someone else's body, inked permanently. It was a very surreal moment.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You don't always get to hear you're right. But when my readers and my audience wear that shirt or get that tattoo or send a picture of their car in, that's them saying you're right.</blockquote>

[01:40:10] What have you given up to build this business?

<blockquote>You put a lot of time into building something, but when you build it for you, I believe you get that time back.</blockquote>

<blockquote>We gave up our savings account, our safety net, to put it into something we really believed in.</blockquote>

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[01:44:30] What do you wish you knew more about before starting your business?

[01:45:55] Any business advice you don't really agree with?

<blockquote>It's not doing what you love if you're still chained to a desk.</blockquote>

[01:49:30] Have you always had the entrepreneur mindset?

<blockquote>Multi-level marketing is people feeding off the drive that most people have to want to do something for themselves, but they haven't found what it is.</blockquote>

<blockquote>A pyramid scheme or selling products for other people, in my opinion, that's just the same as getting someone else rich and not building your own company.</blockquote>

<blockquote>That same time and effort that you put into selling shit out of a catalog to your friends is the same amount of time you could be putting into building a company and something that you're proud of.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I feel like you've made it when you can pick and choose your clients.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The difference between freelancing and owning your own company that is successful is the ability to provide your service to a client who is a like-minded person who has the same quality about them.</blockquote>

[01:56:00] Have you had to turn potential advertisers away from your brand?

<blockquote>At this point, it's much easier for me to say no because I've found the right companies and the right companies have found me.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Your success always depends on the people you can keep, not the people you can get.</blockquote>

[01:58:30] What social media site works best for your biz and why?

[02:01:45] What skills should every entrepreneur have?

<blockquote>It's not as scary or intimidating as you think it is.</blockquote>

<blockquote>In reality, if you're good at what you do and you love what you do and you're passionate about what you do, you're in competition with no one, you can learn from everyone.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The people that ask the right questions to the right people will get the right answers.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It's refreshing, it's recharging when you take yourself back to that feeling that you had when you asked that same question.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It brings you right back to that instance, it snaps you back. Boom, this guy is exactly where I was at that time. I'm gonna take the time to give him the answer that I wish someone would have gave me.</blockquote>

[02:08:45] What is SEMA and how does it help your biz?

<blockquote>Instead of 2 million people seeing your product every month, wouldn't you rather 200,000 people who actually own custom cars, buy custom car parts, and are custom car fanatics see that same product?</blockquote>

[02:13:50] What's the best way to connect with you?

<blockquote>If you're a good person ,and you're grounded, no matter how big you get, that shouldn't change.</blockquote>

<strong>Connect with Mike:</strong>

Email: <a href="mailto:slamdmag@gmail.com">slamdmag [at] gmail [dot] com</a>
Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mikealexander99" target="_blank">facebook.com/mikealexander99</a>
Instagram: <a href="https://instagram.com/mikea_slamd" target="_blank">instagram.com/mikea_slamd</a>
Websites: <a href="http://revdmediagroup.com/" target="_blank">Rev'd Media Group</a> / <a href="http://slamdmag.com/" target="_blank">Slam'd Mag</a> / <a href="http://liftdtrucks.com/" target="_blank">Lift'd Trucks</a>

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<strong>People, websites, & products mentioned:</strong>

Courtney 'Tito' Halowell: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3nmPpetpZM" target="_blank">Memorial '53 Chevy Build</a> / <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM-EvV0Zpnw" target="_blank">Tito's Garage</a>
<a href="http://www.instagram.com/lancemartz" target="_blank">Lance Martz</a>
<a href="http://www.johnnyophoto.com" target="_blank">Johnny O</a>
<a href="https://twitter.com/MIKEFINNEGAN999" target="_blank">Mike Finnegan</a>
<a href="https://accuair.com/" target="_blank">AccuAir Suspension</a>
<a href="http://www.semashow.com/" target="_blank">SEMA Show 2015</a>
<a href="http://www.powerautomedia.com/" target="_blank">Power Auto Media</a>
<a href="http://www.rodauthority.com/" target="_blank">Rod Authority</a>
<a href="http://revdmediagroup.com/" target="_blank">Rev'd Media Group</a>
<a href="http://slamdmag.com/" target="_blank">Slam'd Mag</a>
<a href="http://liftdtrucks.com/" target="_blank">Lift'd Trucks</a>
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL12C0C916CECEA3BC" target="_blank">Roadkill</a>
<a href="http://www.vast-ex.com" target="_blank">Erick Collins / VAST-Ex Corp</a>
<a href="http://www.graphicdisorder.com/" target="_blank">Brandt Fuqua / Graphic Disorder</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/sadisticironwerks" target="_blank">Bobby Martins / Sadistic Iron Werks</a>
<a href="http://www.imagestreetrods.com/index.php" target="_blank">Keith Vander Meulen / Image Street Rods & Customs</a>
<a href="http://www.mcgaughys.com/" target="_blank">Michelle Garcia-McGaughy / McGaughy's</a>
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UirFHFAczM" target="_blank">Boiler Room</a> (This is also one of my favorite movies, and that link is to one of the best scenes.)
<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/linchpin" target="_blank">Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/explore/tags/ranplan/" target="_blank">#ranplan</a>
<a href="https://www.wunderlist.com/" target="_blank">Wunderlist App</a>
<a href="http://www.instagram.com/fisher.lindsey" target="_blank">Lindsey Fisher</a>
<a href="http://www.downtimedesigns.com/" target="_blank">Matt Hodgson / Downtime Designs</a>

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Sep 17, 2015

Thanks for your patience while I work on getting a bunch of interviews setup. In the meantime, here is episode 9 where I talk about my new web design course I've been working on. This online course will teach you how you can start selling online and take your business to the next level. If you've ever wanted to know about e-commerce, and how to accept payments right on your site, this is for you! <strong>Sign up for the course today: <a href="http://www.createyouronlineshop.com" target="_blank">Create Your Online Course</a>.</strong>

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Odds are, you’ve got your own business, or you at least have some sort of side hustle. That’s great! Hopefully you have your own website by now, but if not, this online course is for you! Maybe you already have a website, but it’s not working the way you want, it looks terrible, it’s not mobile-friendly, or you can’t sell your products/services. Well then this course is also for you too! <a href="http://www.createyouronlineshop.com" target="_blank">Read more about the course here...</a>

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Sep 4, 2015

When I recorded my first episode about 5-7 weeks ago, I knew I wanted to immerse myself into the world of podcasting. I was so nervous to record that first episode, but I'm so glad I did. A couple weeks after that, I launched the Risk Without Regret podcast on iTunes and I was humbled by how many people around the world cared about it. As soon as the first few episodes went live, I knew I was going to do a recap of everything after the first month. Well, here it is.

I start the episode off with a couple books I am in love with (<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/steal" target="_blank">Steal Like an Artist</a> and <a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/friends" target="_blank">How to Win Friends & Influence Others</a>), then I lead into some stats over the past month. I'm really excited with how well everything is going, which just fuels my passion for all of this even more. And almost daily, people are commenting about it, or sending me messages on Facebook, or sharing on Twitter, or calling/texting me about it. I try not to have any regrets in life, but if I had to have one, it would be that I wish I started all of this sooner. But here we are, one month in, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for the RWR podcast!

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<a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/steal" target="_blank">Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative</a> - This is the latest book I've read and I highly recommend it, especially if you're a creative person like myself. Author Austin Kleon put together this easy to read manifesto about what it's like to be a creative in this day in age, and how nothing is original anymore. Stop trying to create the next Facebook out there. Find something you love, look at people doing things you want to do, study them, collect some of their ideas, and remix it with your style and personality. I finished this one in just a few hours, so you can easily digest this in an afternoon. <a href="http://www.riskwithoutregret.com/steal" target="_blank">Read more reviews here...</a>

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Aug 28, 2015

On this short episode, I talk about this inspiring quote I found: Always Deliver More Than Expected. I think more businesses should listen to this and really think of some quick and easy ways they can do more. These ideas will help them stand out from their competitors and literally cost almost nothing. But it can leave a lasting impression on the customer/client.

If your customer is surprised in a good way when you deliver something to them, they will become fanatical and want to tell everyone they know and post on social media about it, which could attract strangers to your brand, which could turn into customers. It's all about building brand loyalty and here are some ways. Enjoy!

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<blockquote>Always Deliver More Than Expected -Larry Page</blockquote>

[03:20] How to deliver more with a business that sells physical products

[03:30] Throw something free in every order

[04:30] Write a personal thank you note

[05:40] Ship the order out as fast as possible

[07:30] Send them a coupon code

[08:10] How to over deliver with a service-based biz

[08:20] Finish the job before you said it would be done

[08:50] Give them free training like I do with my web design biz

[10:30] Give them a discount on their next service, or a free service

[11:35] Respond to your customers

<blockquote>Just be yourself and add personality to your brand.</blockquote>

[12:40] Everyone shops on price, but you can do more than that

<blockquote>If you can't win on price, customer service usually wins the game.</blockquote>

[13:55] You don't know who your customer knows

<blockquote>Treat every customer like they know everyone.</blockquote>

<blockquote>That's why I do the best job I can, because you never know who's gonna tell someone about you... good or bad.</blockquote>

[15:10] Word of mouth is the best

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