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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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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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Aug 22, 2015

Episode 6 is here, and it's everything about my favorite social network: Instagram! I can almost guarantee I have way more accounts than you have, and I go into detail about each of them.

Then I talk about some tips that you can use on your Instagram account, some things I'm doing, and hopefully some new ideas you can easily incorporate in your business. At the end, I list off the handful of apps I use everyday and some other apps I've downloaded and use from time to time.

Comment below with how many Instagram accounts you have, and any tips or tricks you have that I missed!

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[2:05] @TacoLion

[6:50] @RanPlan

[8:25] @BaggedCars

[12:35] @EnviousAir

[16:50] @DieselScene

[19:40] @NSNGLife

[21:55] @C10Life

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[29:15] @SEMACrunch

[32:40] @HotRodAvenue

[35:55] @FullSizeTruckScene

[38:35] @EightDeuce

[43:50] @MiniTruckScene

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[57:30] @RiskWithoutRegret

[1:03:15] @BigRan82

[1:09:35] Instagram tips overview

[1:09:50] Hashtag 101

[1:15:00] Follow, like, comment, and share

[1:19:45] Make a great bio, and choose the best URL as possible

[1:21:40] Decide if you want to follow everyone or no one

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[1:27:55] What types of posts should you post?

[1:31:45] Easily share to Facebook and Twitter

[1:33:30] Editing photos within Instagram

[1:37:00] Apps I use: InstaSize, Diptic, Over, Layout, Phonto, Font Candy, Snapseed, PicPlayPost, Repost, Meme Factory

[1:51:00] What are some tips that you have for me? Comment below or email me here: randy [at] riskwithoutregret [dot] com.

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<strong>Connect with me on all 14 of my accounts:</strong>

Taco Lion: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/tacolion" target="_blank">@tacolion</a>
Ran Plan: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/ranplan" target="_blank">@ranplan</a>
Bagged Cars: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/baggedcars" target="_blank">@baggedcars</a>
Envious Air: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/enviousair" target="_blank">@enviousair</a>
Diesel Scene: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/dieselscene" target="_blank">@dieselscene</a>
NSNG Life: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/nsnglife" target="_blank">@nsnglife</a>
C10 Life: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/c10life" target="_blank">@c10life</a>
SEMA Crunch: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/semacrunch" target="_blank">@semacrunch</a>
Hot Rod Avenue: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/hotrodavenue" target="_blank">@hotrodavenue</a>
Full Size Truck Scene: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/fullsizetruckscene" target="_blank">@fullsizetruckscene</a>
Eight Deuce: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/eightdeuce" target="_blank">@eightdeuce</a>
Mini Truck Scene: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/minitruckscene" target="_blank">@minitruckscene</a>
Risk Without Regret: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/riskwithoutregret" target="_blank">@riskwithoutregret</a>
BigRan82: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/bigran82" target="_blank">@bigran82</a>

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<strong>People, websites, products, and other resources mentioned:</strong>

<a href="https://instagram.com/yelp" target="_blank">Yelp</a>
<a href="http://www.instagram.com/aftermathrollie" target="_blank">My Crazy Friend Rollie</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/enviousair/" target="_blank">Envious Air - The brand that is for sale!</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/patflynn" target="_blank">Pat Flynn</a>
<a href="http://vinnietortorich.com/" target="_blank">Vinnie Tortorich</a>
<a href="http://www.instagram.com/c10crew" target="_blank">C10 Crew</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/c10era/" target="_blank">C10 Era</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/c10talk/" target="_blank">C10 Talk</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/lonestarthrowdown" target="_blank">Lone Star Throwdown</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/johnnycupcakes" target="_blank">Johnny Cupcakes</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/rebel8" target="_blank">Rebel 8</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/hotrodmagazine" target="_blank">Hot Rod Magazine</a>
<a href="https://instagram.com/gasmonkeygarage" target="_blank">Gas Monkey Garage</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instasize-post-entire-photos/id576649830?mt=8" target="_blank">InstaSize App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/diptic/id377989827?mt=8" target="_blank">Diptic App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/over/id535811906?mt=8" target="_blank">Over App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/layout-from-instagram/id967351793?mt=8" target="_blank">Layout App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phonto-text-on-photos/id438429273?mt=8" target="_blank">Phonto App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/font-candy-typography-photo/id661971496?mt=8" target="_blank">Font Candy App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snapseed/id439438619?mt=8" target="_blank">Snapseed App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/picplaypost/id498127541?mt=8" target="_blank">PicPlayPost App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/repost-for-instagram/id570315854?mt=8" target="_blank">Repost App</a>
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meme-factory/id493405859?mt=8" target="_blank">Meme Factory App</a>

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Aug 13, 2015

In episode 5, I talk with <a href="http://<a href="https://twitter.com/zephanmoses" target="_blank">Zephan Moses Blaxberg</a> about his journey from working the typical 9-5 job, quitting the rat race, starting his own biz, hiring a coach, travel hacking around the country, and ultimately living a life of purpose. He runs a successful videography business and a podcast called <a href="http://www.yearofpurpose.com/" target="_blank">Year of Purpose</a>.

In the first few minutes of the show, I give a brief overview of some of his accomplishments, including working in the White House and on the set of House of Cards (ya, that one show on Netflix)! So hit the play button and learn more about this inspiring individual.

And be sure to read the rest of this post for the show notes, ways to connect with Zephan, links for people mentioned in this episode, and more. Enjoy!

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[1:30] Zephan talks about getting a job at Apple and quitting it a year later

[5:30] Discusses his initial fears of starting his videography biz

[8:00] Not knowing how to actually run a business

<blockquote>Everybody wants to go into it knowing exactly how it's going to work. And for me, I'd rather make the mistake and apologize after the fact than ask for permission.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The reason why people wait is because they are afraid of failing. But you can fail at everything your doing right now. You can lose your job just as easily as losing being an entrepreneur. So your chances aren't any better in any one direction, despite what a lot of people think.</blockquote>

[10:05] Becoming an entrepreneur

[11:25] Taking a big risk: spending $11K to hire a business coach

[14:20] Bringing us up to speed since he started his biz

<blockquote>Find someone who's doing what you do, but doing it better. And find out what they're doing.</blockquote>

[19:15] Is video what I love, regardless of money

[20:15] Current fears and the law of attraction

<blockquote>As long as I keep doing good work for the people that I do work with, I'm not gonna have any problems getting referrals or having new clients come in next month."</blockquote>

[25:25] How do you stay inspired

<blockquote>You're the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.</blockquote>

[27:20] Entrepreneur advice that you don't agree with

<blockquote>I'm not gonna be the person who gives up in this moment. But I will accept that this moment happened and that I got to experience it. I'm going to understand that I'll keep moving past it because this is why I will succeed.</blockquote>

<blockquote>When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful! -Eric Thomas</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you're not making it happen, then you don't want it bad enough.</blockquote>

[29:45] Changing your mindset to put in the work

[31:20] Skills every entrepreneur should have

[32:55] What did you give up to grow your business

[34:20] Travel hacking and people think we just travel and never work

<blockquote>Because I built a business upon doing really good and consistent work, and being a trusted part of their team when I am working for them, that's allowed me to make bigger and better opportunities.</blockquote>

[41:15] Moments that make you proud to do what you do

<blockquote>A lot of people go into something and stick with it, only to realize that it's not what they should have done in the first place. For me, it took getting laid off to finally realize that, a huge blessing in disguise. And although things are scary, exciting, ecstatic, and confusing, all at the same time, your older self will look back on this time of your life and thank you for it. -Pat Flynn</blockquote>

[46:45] Who do you admire and look up to

[51:45] How do we find out what we are supposed to do in life

<blockquote>Once you figure out what it is that lights you up, you need to get started in doing it.</blockquote>

[55:20] Horrible jobs and something positive you can pull from that

<blockquote>You really have to go after the things that you enjoy doing. We don't have enough time on this earth to do the things that we don't like doing.</blockquote>

[57:30] People hate their jobs, but they think they have to have a "guaranteed" paycheck

[58:10] What's a big risk you've taken

<blockquote>If you believe that you've been shaped into a spot that you don't really like, the best part about it is you can reform that, and it's totally up to you.</blockquote>

[59:55] People that question you for quitting your job

<blockquote>Watch me!</blockquote>

[1:02:00] If you could ask me anything...

[1:06:40] How can we connect with Zephan

[1:08:15] What's your plans for the rest of the year

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<strong>Connect with Zephan:</strong>

Podcast: <a href="http://www.getyop.com" target="_blank">getyop.com</a>
Website: <a href="http://www.yearofpurpose.com/" target="_blank">yearofpurpose.com</a>
Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/zephanmoses" target="_blank">twitter.com/zephanmoses</a>
Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yearofpurpose" target="_blank">facebook.com/yearofpurpose</a>
Instagram: <a href="https://instagram.com/yearofpurpose/" target="_blank">instagram.com/yearofpurpose</a>
Life Re-scripted Summit: <a href="http://www.liferescriptedsummit.com" target="_blank">liferescriptedsummit.com</a>

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

<a href="http://theartofcharm.com/podcast/" target="_blank">Art of Charm Podcast</a>
<a href="http://www.abroaders.com/category/podcast/" target="_blank">Abroaders Podcast</a>
<a href="http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/" target="_blank">FlyerTalk Forums</a>
<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/churning" target="_blank">Churning on Reddit</a>
<a href="http://www.smartpassiveincome.com" target="_blank">Pat Flynn</a>
<a href="http://podcastmovement.com/" target="_blank">Podcast Movement</a>
<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs" target="_blank">Steve Jobs</a>
<a href="http://www.reboundthefilm.com/" target="_blank">The Rebound Documentary</a>
<a href="http://www.minitruckscene.com/shop/build-trucks-eat-tacos-shirt" target="_blank">"Build Trucks. Eat Tacos. Repeat." Tshirt</a>

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Thanks again for listening and reading the show notes. Be sure to leave me a review on iTunes and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, think less, risk more, regret nothing!

Aug 5, 2015

On today's episode, I go into detail my whole trip from Ohio to Texas for the Podcast Movement 2015 conference. It was amazing to say the least. It was also my birthday weekend, and the podcast became available on iTunes this past Thursday! Damn, what a long weekend full of epic shit!

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Thanks again for listening and reading the show notes. Be sure to leave me a review on iTunes and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, think less, risk more, regret nothing!

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