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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May 18, 2016

When I hear people say they are bored, it blows my mind. How can anybody be bored these days? With all of the technological advances, everyone has access to everything and we are all connected 24/7. There's no reason anyone should ever be bored. Being lazy on the other hand, I think we all get stuck in that phase from time to time.

People that say they are bored, some of these things come to mind: no goals, they are on cruise control, no imagination, taking things for granted, no hobbies, and more.

I get lazy sometimes, and it's usually because I get distracted too much, I procrastinate, lack of motivation, and poor habits.

If you notice the people around you are saying they are bored, be careful, they might drag you down to their level. But don't think that means it's ok to be lazy. Both are places you don't want to be stuck.

My quick tips would be to eat better, exercise, get high-quality sleep, get some hobbies, increase your skills, and cancel all distractions. Easier said than done, but everything in life is a marathon, not a sprint. Take it one step at a time and you'll get there with consistent action and positive daily habits.

Thanks again for listening! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, take those risks and have no regrets along the way!

May 9, 2016

One of my favorite people to follow is Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists. His style of writing and the way he explains minimalism really resonates with me. If you ever wanted to live a more meaningful life, you're going to love this episode.

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People, websites, & products mentioned:
Ryan Nicodemus
Essential: Essays by The Minimalists
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists
As a Decade Fades
Create Your Online Shop
Spyr Media
Matt D'Avella

Connect with Joshua:
Twitter: @jfm / @theminimalists
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Instagram: @joshuafieldsmillburn / @theminimalists

Best quotes:

While living the "American Dream," I learned it wasn't my dream.
It took getting everything I thought I wanted to realize that everything I ever wanted wasn't actually what I wanted at all.
I made really good money in the corporate world (six figures), but I spent even better money. And that equation never works.
Why the hell are you so happy? -Ryan Nicodemus
When I find value in something, I tend to share it with my friends and family.
I think that's the meaning in life: growing and giving. The more you grow, the more you have to give.
When you look in the rearview, your scars make up the best part of yourself.
When you buy stuff to be happy, the happiness doesn't last far past the checkout line.
Happiness is when our short term actions align with our long term values.
Just being busy for the sake of busy is a supposed sign of productivity. But it's not necessarily productive. Busy usually gets in the way of true meaningful work.
I was living the ideal life to a lot of people. And the reason it was ideal to them is it was something they aspired to be. But they didn't realize that once they got there, it wasn't going to make them happy.
As I climbed the corporate ladder, I got closer to these guys that I aspired to be like. And what I realized as I got closer to them, they were miserable. At least the majority of them were.
There's nothing wrong with making money, I'm certainly not allergic to money. But it's no longer the primary driver for doing what I do.
Debt is an anchor in our lives.
There is no such thing as good debt.
I found that the best way to give myself a pay raise was to spend less money.
Minimalism is a tool that allows me to get rid of the excess so I can focus on whats truly important.
It doesn't mean it's a perfect life, and it's certainly not an easy life. It's just about living a simpler life, one that is within our means.
Being on autopilot tends to lead us into bad decisions.
Going with the flow is easy. And if you go with the flow long enough, you end up at the rapids. And then you're in a world of hurt because you weren't prepared for that.
That's why you'll never see me tweet a picture of my breakfast, because I don't find that it adds value to other peoples lives.
I like to do other things that make me uncomfortable, it's what I call my discomfort zone. I find that the place from which I grow the most is when I put myself in a bit of an uncomfortable situation.
As we move along a path from a novice to intermediate to an expert, it just has to do with putting in the work. Being willing to drudge through the drudgery.
I don't have a college degree at all and I've never taken a writing class. The reason I started teaching a writing class online was because a lot of people kept asking me a ton of questions about writing.
Don't start a business until someone asks you to start it. -Derek Sivers
The teacher learns more than the student.
If you want to get better at just about anything, teach it. Even if you're not very good at it. Because it will force you to communicate to yourself in the same way you would communicate to others.
I'm constantly trying to find new ways to spread the minimalism message to people. We wanted to show people that minimalism isn't a radical lifestyle, it's a practical lifestyle.
While all these people lead considerably different lives, they all share one thing in common: they're all striving to live a meaningful life with less.
Sometimes you wake up in the middle of the day. Sometimes you wake up in the middle of your life. -Yarrow Kraner
That's what happened to me. I woke up in the middle of my life and realized that there was more to life than just bills and money and status and achievement. There was something else, and I needed to find that.
Ultimately, we all just want to live a more meaningful life.
The path that I was on was leading me to a place that I didn't want to be. And so, the bigger risk for me would be staying.

Thanks again for listening and reading the show notes. Be sure to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, hustle harder and take massive action to reach your dreams!

Apr 30, 2016

No matter how much money you make, if you're spending more than you make, your equation is broke. It's simple math.

Most wealthy people live within their means, and actually live far below their means. Most people that complain about bills and stress about money, they are living beyond their means, often well beyond them.

Hit play on this short 10 minute episode and listen to my thoughts about this quote. Enjoy!

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Apr 23, 2016

On today's episode, I talk with Geoff Woods. He is an entrepreneur who has spent most of his life in Southern California, but he recently moved to Austin, Texas. We'll discuss why he moved there and some of the defining moments that led him to start thinking differently about life and business. We'll also talk about his podcast and how he teamed up with some amazing people along the way and how you can do the same.

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<strong>Show notes:</strong>

Was in medical device sales for the last 5-6 years. Awesome job, made a lot of money, work from home.

A series of defining moments cause you to take action. End of 2013, colleague had a stroke at 35.

Geoff and his wife just had a baby and just bought a house, wife was a stay at home mom. If something happens to him, the income stops. He didn't have passive income, that kept him up at night.

The week after this, his company decided to slash his income by 40%. Wondered how he was gonna pay the mortgage and put food on the table. Heard the Jim Rohn quote, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with."

<blockquote>If I wanted to be earning 7-figures a year, I needed to surround myself with 7-figure-earners. If I wanted to be in control of my schedule and be a successful entrepreneur then I needed to surround myself with people who are already living that life and seeking advice from them instead of seeking advice from the people who had not done it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It all started because I focused on one thing, which was forming relationships with the right people.</blockquote>

Launched The Mentee Podcast in January 2015. Fast forward a year later, was able to quit a $200k a year sales job in just 10 months.

Partnered up with Gary Keller and Jay Papasan of Keller Williams Realty to launch a big media company, required him to relocate to Austin, Texas. He was in SoCal almost his whole life.

<blockquote>This is a job where at any single moment, my company can decide to shrink my territory, boost my quota, or change my commission rate. I have zero control. Or I could legitimately decide to leave and partner up with the guy who's built the largest real estate company in the world, a guy who is a billionaire. What's more secure for my long term growth and my long term well being?</blockquote>

How would you describe what you do these days? Content.

<blockquote>It all comes down to creating quality content and figuring out how you can get that content in front of as many people as possible (the right people) to the point where it actually makes an impact in their life first. Just give incredible value to the point where they're willing to give you an email address, they're willing to buy your stuff & do business with you, and to really scale that.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I was limiting myself. My perception of what was possible was clearly off.</blockquote>

The first time he sat down with a heavy hitter, and they asked how they could help him, he said his goal is to get $12k/month in passive income within the next 7 years. (That was a year ago that he said that.) And as he said it, he didn't really feel confident. He couldn't see how that could ever possibly happen in his life.

<blockquote>At the end of the day, you have to be able to describe where you need help in one sentence, very clearly.</blockquote>

And the guy went, "No way man." Geoff said, "Ya I know, it's too high of a goal." And the guy said, "You'll do it way faster than that." And since that guy had already done it, it was qualified, and it really opened Geoff's mind. He was limiting himself.

<blockquote>I know exactly what my one thing is, and I'm integrating it into every conversation.</blockquote>

<blockquote>80% of everything you need already exists in your circle of influence. The people you know, your existing relationships could already give you what you need 80% of the time, but the problem is you just don't tap into your relationships.</blockquote>

Fast forward, he surrounded himself with amazing people for a year. Now Geoff's goal is to get to $25k/month within the next 6 months. Now what changed? Simple. He just surrounded himself with people who had already done it instead of trying to figure it out on his own and crossing his fingers.

<blockquote>I'm going to the people that have done it and said tell me what to do.</blockquote>

I didn't ask for anything. They asked "what's up" and I told them what's up. What ends up happening is they start asking questions. Now I'm able to tell them exactly what I'm looking for and either they're the person, they know the person, or I've planted a seed and when they meet that person they're gonna remember me and they'll consider making the introduction.

<blockquote>This is how I have made so many connections, because I just simply tell everybody and their mom where I need help.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Don't let the simplicity undermine the significance.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It's not that hard, you just gotta put some consistency behind it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Stop whining. Stop making up excuses because there's gonna be another guy out there or another girl out there who won't make an excuse and who will take action. And they will be the one's who get it done.</blockquote>

His mentor Dave, he heard him speak at an event, and he knew he had to talk to him. Had no idea what he could say to him.

<blockquote>I have mentors for everything. From business to finances to relationships to health.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I tried something different, I dropped my ego.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It's situations like that, that you can't help but say it's meant to be. But you'd never know if you didn't take action.</blockquote>

<blockquote>There's so many things laying right in front of you in your life right now and you have no idea because you don't dare to take action. You don't dare to step out of your comfort zone and take a shot.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Recognizing that the worst thing that could happen is that you get a no and you're just as well off as you would be if you did nothing at all.</blockquote>

For his membership program, his goal is to have 700 people paying him $37/month ($25k/mo).

<blockquote>I don't believe that you need to go to college or that you need to get a higher level of degree to be successful.</blockquote>

<blockquote>When I look at the things that I actually learned in college, I'm not applying a single damn thing. I invested six figures for an experience. Which I loved the experience, but if I had invested that in starting a business, I'd be way further off now.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You need to figure out what you're passionate about. You need to surround yourself with people who inspire you, who are already doing what you want to be doing, what you could only hope one day to have the opportunity to do. And when you surround yourself with those types of people they end up opening your eyes and showing you ways that you can do things that you never thought you could do before.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You don't have to look at what society tells you is the way, you can write your own ticket. You can do it your way, you just gotta surround yourself with the right people along that way.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You end up making a lot of sacrifices but you have to recognize that sometimes you have to do what it takes even when you don't want to, to get what you want in the long run.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I surround myself with frickin ridiculously amazing people. It's my drug. I can't help but feel inspired when I'm around people who are making an impact in the world and are making a killing doing it.</blockquote>

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

<a href="" target="_blank">Jim Rohn</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">John Lee Dumas</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Gary Keller</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Jay Papasan</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Ryan Moran - The conversation that will get me to $25k/mo in passive income</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Geoff's articles</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Shark Tank's Daymond John on building an empire with no money & the power of broke</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Jerry Maguire - Show Me The Money!</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">David Dunn</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Gene McNaughton</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Tony Robbins</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Chet Holmes</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Create Your Online Shop</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Pat Flynn & David Siteman Garland</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Michael Carbone - Risk Without Regret Interview</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Free 15-minute call with Geoff Woods!</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Mike Dillard on becoming financially free</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Joshua Santos - Risk Without Regret Interview</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Amy Woods - An interview with Geoff's wife</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">How to Win Friends & Influence People</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Wisdom from Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Rich Dad's CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad's Guide to Financial Freedom</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">The Mentee Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Download Geoff's Free Guide - 7 Steps to a 7 Figure Network</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Join Geoff's Mastermind - The Inner Circle</a>

<strong>Connect with Geoff:</strong>

Website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Twitter: <a href="" target="_blank">@geoffwoods</a>
Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

Thanks again for listening and reading the show notes. Be sure to <a href="" target="_blank">subscribe and leave a review</a> on iTunes and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, hustle harder and take massive action to reach your dreams!

Apr 5, 2016

No matter how much you want it to be true, it just isn't. Humans cannot successfully <a href="" target="_blank">multitask</a>. Our brains are fast, but not that fast. Even computers can't multitask, they just work faster than the human brain, so it appears like they are processing code simultaneously, when they really aren't.

I was motivated to record a podcast on this subject after reading a chapter out of <a href="" target="_blank">this book</a>. I literally couldn't put this new book down last night. Also, it's 2016, and everyone claims to be an expert at multitasking. So I'm here to share why they're not. Hit the play button and enjoy!

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<strong>Best quotes from this episode:</strong>

<blockquote>If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. -Russian Proverb</blockquote>

<blockquote>To do two things at once is to do neither. -Publilius Syrus</blockquote>

<blockquote>Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time. -Steve Uzzell</blockquote>

<blockquote>You can do two things at once, but you can't focus effectively on two things at once. -<a href="" target="_blank">Gary Keller</a></blockquote>

<blockquote>If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?</blockquote>

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Mar 18, 2016

On today's show, I talk with a passionate traveler and science writer from Houston, Texas by the name of Kayt Sukel. Some of the topics that she often talks about range from love to politics to sex to neuroscience and everything in between. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, and several other well-known publications. She's the author of two books, she does public speaking at events like TEDMED, she claims to overshare on Twitter, and if you asked Forbes, they would say she knows more about sex than you do. Without giving it all away, hit play and listen to my conversation with Kayt!

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<a href="" target="_blank">Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Bluehost - Best Website Hosting</a>
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<strong>Best quotes from this episode:</strong>

<blockquote>I may not have 20 million Twitter followers or be some famous writer's daughter, but I have something to say and this is what I'd like to talk about.</blockquote>

<blockquote>But also, I understood as I accepted his invitation, that it was gonna help me tell a better story.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I'm ok with that, because I think this work is important.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you talk to anybody who's currently incarcerated in prison, they're gonna tell you that they're there for love or money.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I wasn't depressed, I just felt the weight of all my responsibilities.</blockquote>

<blockquote>We're all risk-takers.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It's not a personality trait, risk-taking is a process.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Risk is just being able to embrace uncertainty when you're going to make a decision. And there are very few decisions that we make that don't have some amount of uncertainty involved.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Neurosurgery is really a series of adjustments, but then again, most of life is.</blockquote>

<blockquote>What did I learn here so I can do this better next time? What is the lesson? How can I apply this so I can actually achieve whatever long term goal I've set for myself?</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you want to get better at dealing with risk, you gotta take more risks.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You're never gonna improve or gain new skills unless you're willing to take a risk.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Success can eliminate as many options as failure. -Tom Robbins</blockquote>

<blockquote>Easier isn't always better.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I think a lot of times, we mistake fear with intensity.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The brain puts a lot of stock in novelty. That pushes our limits and yet it gives us a lot of rewards as well.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I think when you understand that ultimately any decision is one big calculation in your brain, and that risk is a part of it, a calculated risk makes sense.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Success to me isn't just about making money, it's about carving out a life for yourself that has wealth in all aspects of it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Risking without regrets means making time to go after the things that you've always dreamed of.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Risk is not a one size fits all approach.</blockquote>

<blockquote>And as you're making those little small changes, over time, they make it so you're more comfortable with the big ones.</blockquote>

<blockquote>What would you do if you weren't afraid?</blockquote>

<blockquote>What's the worst that can happen?</blockquote>

<strong>Connect with Kayt:</strong>

Website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Twitter: <a href="" target="_blank">@kaytsukel</a>
Facebook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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

<a href="" target="_blank">This Is Your Brain on Sex: The Science Behind the Search for Love</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">fMRI orgasm</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Forbes article</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Steph Davis</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Tom Robbins</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">TEDMED talk - Eliminating Penalties for Playing Out of Bounds</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Think Again – a Big Think Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Death, Sex & Money Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Serial Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Adulthood Made Easy Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Reply All Podcast</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Thinking, Fast and Slow</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Unbound Book Festival</a>

Thanks again for listening and reading the show notes. Be sure to <a href="" target="_blank">subscribe and leave a review</a> on iTunes and I can't wait to share the next episode with you soon. Until next time, hustle harder and take massive action to reach your dreams!

Mar 13, 2016

"To be really successful at anything, you don't have to be the best. Being the best is too hard and there's only one person who gets to be that. It's too elite. You can be an expert if you know a little more than the average person. If you read 3 books on any topic or learn that amount of information on a skill or industry, you can make a good living at it on your own. You just have to want to do it. If you're passionate about it, the money will follow."

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When people think of the word expert, they instantly think of the best of the best. While that person would be an expert, you don't have the best the number one in the world at something to truly be an expert.

Take a listen to this episode and listen to the examples of why I think everyone out there is an expert at something. If people constantly ask you questions about a certain thing, guess what, you're probably an expert at that thing.

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

<a href="" target="_blank">Create Your Online Shop</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Uber</a> (discount code: randyj440ue)
<a href="" target="_blank">Lyft</a> (discount code: randy711364)
<a href="" target="_blank">NSNG Life</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Big Meas</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Eight Deuce</a>

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Feb 22, 2016

Thanks for checking out my conversation with Kolby Kolibas. He shares his story from the Olympics to corporate America, to The Healthy Primate, and so much more! He also talks about stress and why your life is killing you.

Feb 18, 2016

After reading that title, you must be thinking I'm crazy. How could someone be happy or grateful about losing a job? That sounds terrible! Well, trust me, so many good things can come from a negative situation like this.

Today marks four years of being free from the 9-5 mindset. It's crazy how fast time flies, but they say that happens when you're having fun, right? There are probable more than 13 reasons why I'm glad to be where I'm at but these are the main ones. Hopefully when you listen to this episode, you're able to think how this relates to you and your job and what changes you might want to make in your career or life. Enjoy!

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Feb 9, 2016

Today's guest is <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Carbone</a>. He's originally from Canada where he went down the typical path of going to college and getting a corporate job. You know, just doing the standard 9-5 grind that so many people do. Everything seemed great from the outside, but inside, he was feeling unfulfilled. Unfortunately, most people stay in this position their whole lives and never make a change. But Michael was different.

He's going to share his story about how an Ironman race changed his life, how teaching others to win more at online poker was a gamechanger, why webinars are so lucrative, as well as using fear to force you to take more action in your life. And towards the end, he talks about traveling to Paris a few months ago... the day after the terrorist attacks. He elaborates on how that experience can relate to business, as well as showing you how fragile life is and why you should live your life to the fullest everyday.

This is definitely one of my favorite conversations so far, and I know you're going to take several things away from this episode. Enjoy!

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<strong>Featured books:</strong>

<a href="" target="_blank">Stop Chasing Influencers</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Kimanzi Constable</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Jared Easley</a>. I took a quote out of that book and dug deeper into it in <a href="">the last episode</a>. Since then, I finished the book and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to start an online business. It gives you so many new ideas that you can use with your podcast, online course, online coaching business, <a href="" target="_blank">e-commerce website</a>, and more. If you want to check it out, just go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

<a href="" target="_blank">Will It Fly</a> by <a href="" target="_blank">Pat Flynn</a>. As you probably know, I'm a big fan of Pat as I've mentioned him in several of the episodes, so it was a no-brainer to add this book to my Amazon wishlist. About a week ago, I jumped on a Skype call with my friend Jason Reaves from the <a href="" target="_blank">Live Life Loudly</a> podcast. After helping him for a couple hours, he said he wanted to thank me by sending me this book. Thanks again Jason, it was much appreciated!

So it showed up a few days later and I started reading it instantly. It's already adding a lot of value but the coolest part is the <a href="" target="_blank">free online companion course</a> that comes with it. This book is all about testing your next business idea at the beginning so you don't waste a lot of time and money. Most people just build something and hope people want it. You know that old quote, "If you build it, they will come." That's terrible biz advice and that's why their business usually fails. So if this sounds awesome to you, just visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and order this book today!

<strong>Best quotes from this episode:</strong>

<blockquote>I teach something I know and then package it up beautifully and offer it to people who want to learn that topic.</blockquote>

<blockquote>We all have something that we know and love and are passionate about that other people want to learn as well.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I didn't want a backup plan, because to me, that's a distraction.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you're not hosting webinars at this point, you're probably leaving money on the table.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Webinars help you build your list, create relationships, and make sales, all at once.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I'm really passionate about being on that stage and helping inspire people.</blockquote>

<blockquote>These influencers are not these untouchable people.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I remember thinking about how insane the idea was, and that made me want to do it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I hired someone that knew what they were doing to help me and teach me what I needed to do. Then I put in a ton of work, and I'm getting results.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I don't need a Plan B. I just obsess over Plan A and find a way to get it done.</blockquote>

<blockquote>I needed the risk of quitting my job to get results. I needed that risk to scare me into taking action.</blockquote>

<blockquote>For me, comfort equals complacency.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The more fear I had of failure, that fear makes me take action.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you're spending all day working on it because you have nothing else and nothing is paying your bills, trust me, you'll find a way to make it work.</blockquote>

<blockquote>It's always easier to see someone else do something first and then you can do it because it becomes simpler.</blockquote>

<blockquote>When people think I'm crazy, that's when I know I'm doing something right.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Remove yourself from toxic environments and from people that tell you that you can't do it. Surround yourself with people who are more positive and more motivating.</blockquote>

<blockquote>You can know the most basic thing and there's still people who have never heard of it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Even if you have the most basic knowledge, you shouldn't take it for granted. There's always people who don't know anything about that topic or are just new to it. So you can always find an audience of people who want to learn more.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you're struggling with something, tell your struggles. People will relate to it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Life is very fragile, and the more you sit and think about it, the more it makes you want to live your life.</blockquote>

<blockquote>There's a lot of beauty in facing situations where you're afraid.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you just think about things and don't actually dive into them yourself, you might feel a little more afraid until you actually do it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>The more you think about something—versus actually doing it—the riskier it will seem.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Never in a hurry, never worried, never desperate, and never stopping short.</blockquote>

<blockquote>If you're not where you want to be, do something about it.</blockquote>

<blockquote>Live your truth and live your dream.</blockquote>

<blockquote>No one ever did anything big out of comfort. Because comfort makes you sit back and take things for granted.</blockquote>

<blockquote>When you're in a moment of discomfort, that's when you take massive action to get out of it, because you want to move away from that pain into a moment of pleasure.</blockquote>

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

<a href="" target="_blank">Tim Ferriss</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">The 4-Hour Work Week</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Lewis Howes</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">The School of Greatness</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Marc Fitt</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Jon Nastor</a>
<a href="" target="_blank">Keith Breseé</a>

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