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How to Become a Rockstar

 

 

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If you were going to start a rock band, and you wanted to be successful and sell number 1 hits and be awesome, how would you do that?  

Becoming a Rockstar

There are really two approaches to becoming a rockstar, and they're very related to how we do business.

Method A:

The first approach is to want to do things right away. These people want to take an approach that's like this:

“I'm going to be a rock star, so I'm going to play gigs, I'm going to play events 6 nights a week and I'm going to work really hard. I'm going to hustle, I'm going to grind, and I'm going to do this for a year. If that doesn't work out, I'll probably run out of money, so I guess I won't be a rock star.”

And that method does work sometimes for some people, and if it does, it can be awesome. You hear about people who become an overnight success and they work so hard and everything happens in a very short period of time.

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The Happy 4-Day Work Week Stay at Home Parent

 

 

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Have you ever talked to an entrepreneur who is supported by a spouse who stays at home and helps raise the kids? You'll often hear the entrepreneur say that the other parent works harder than they do. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a working parent, or somewhere in between this episode is for you.

Parenting: The Hardest Job of All

A lot of people don’t realize how difficult the work of parenting can be, mainly because it's not treated in the same way as a paid job. Imagine if you were working 120 hours a week, and you were getting paid a really low amount. You’d probably have some complaints. You’d make sure you took breaks or had certain times off.  

When a child is first born, it’s almost impossible to take any time off, unless you have a nanny or a helper. Most new parents don’t get much rest: they’re just trying to keep up.

But these times don’t last...

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Leveraging Patience

 

 

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“God, give me patience, but give it to me now.”

I love that sort of joke of a prayer. My mom often quotes it to me, and I guess it's because I'm not a very patient person by my nature. But here, I'm going to share with you something that I'm working so hard on. I've become better at it, but it's still difficult.

The Value of Entrepreneurial Patience

I think patience is especially difficult for entrepreneurs, for people who get excited about things and see possibilities, and for people who want to make the world a better place. We get excited about things!

And that’s when the impatience sets in. Where is it coming? When is it coming, why isn't it here yet? I did all my stuff. I mapped out my plan. I did all the homework I'm supposed to. I listened to the podcast by so-and-so. I did this dude or this gal's course. I've done what I'm supposed to do, damn it. Where is it?

This impatience can reflect a...

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Bringing Happiness and Fulfillment to Your Work

 

 

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Have you ever worked in a place that just had awesome energy? Things were happening and moving forward, and people were excited to be there. Think about what that felt like.

And have you ever worked in a place that wasn't as happy? Maybe it was just depressing, or people didn't want to be there and they were miserable.

Bringing Joy to Work...

I want you to think about, in each of those environments, what was it that really caused the happiness? Part of it might be the nature of the work. Some work can be fun or engaging, some of it maybe not so much. That's certainly part of the equation.

But another part of the equation is probably what the people themselves brought. There have been people who have worked in situations that are miserable to some people, and yet these people are happy in them, and vice versa. What I'm going to suggest to you is happiness, joy, motivation: all these things are brought in to work by the...

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The Power of Intentions vs. Goals

 

 

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Have you ever had a goal that you wanted to happen so badly, but it wouldn't happen the way you wanted no matter how hard you tried, and yet things turned out better than you anticipated?

Today, I want to talk to you about the difference between goals and intentions.

There's a great song by Garth Brooks called Unanswered Prayers, where he talks about his desire to marry his high school sweetheart, but it doesn't turn out that way. And later in the song, he gets to meet her at a reunion, and he says, “I thank God for unanswered prayers.” And the concept was that the universe, God, fate, or whatever you want to believe, had better plans for him than what he originally thought.

The Difference Between Intentions and Goals

When it comes to goals and intentions, there's a fine line between them. This is a concept I'm so grateful to have learned a lot about from mentors like Deepak Chopra, Shakti Gawain, and Wayne...

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Necessary Entrepreneurial Boredom

 

 

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If you're an entrepreneur or somebody who wants to be an entrepreneur, I want you to think about this: which two things do you want most out of your business?

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you want some sort of creative excitement. You want some to feel like you're in control of your destiny, and like you’re creating something and making something happen that hasn't been done before. But at the same time, you want a source of income that gives you the freedom to be creative: something that's automatic.

But if you look at these two things, they're almost exact opposites, and this is why we're going to need to have some necessary boredom in the work we do. Let me show you why.

Creativity Vs Steady Income

Novelty

Creative excitement comes from doing new things: things we've never done before, or things that are exciting.

Automatic income comes from doing something that we've done before and we know it works. Anybody who...

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The Entrepreneur's 4 Primary Focus Areas

 

 

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Today, we're going to talk about the entrepreneur's 4 primary focus areas. Most entrepreneurs are really focused on 4 things, and if they can do these things and constantly improve them, life gets better, and if they can't, it doesn't.

There's an acronym I want to use for this: LIFE.

Lifestyle

Most entrepreneurs are looking for a certain lifestyle. They were working for somebody else before, and they said, “I want to have control over my lifestyle, my time freedom, be able to come and go when I please, and I actually want to be able to afford a certain level of lifestyle with regards to making more money, being able to afford nicer things, afford more freedom, travel, and so on.” Most people don’t feel they can get this as an employee.

Income

Entrepreneurs are usually looking for more income. Whatever they were doing before, they probably thought they could make more money as an entrepreneur. They want to know...

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EFFORT Entrepreneurs vs. IMPACT Entrepreneurs

 

 

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If you listen to some of the more popular thought leaders in the entrepreneurial space, you'll hear some of them talk a lot about effort, hustle, and grind. You'll also hear others talk about quality of life, impact, and meeting client needs. People can get easily get caught up wondering which is better, or which is right.

Here, we’re going to go over each viewpoint, and how each one can help you to maximize your results, whether you're an entrepreneur, an employee who wants to become an entrepreneur, or an employee who simply wants to get paid more, or a business owner who wants to grow your business.

Effort vs. Impact

When you look at effort versus impact, some people believe that effort and hard work alone are the primary keys to success and wealth. Certainly, there are some examples of this being true, and there are some people that just work so hard that they eventually figure things out.

Then there are others who...

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The 2 Types of Work You Want to Be Doing

 

 

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Have you ever found that there are some types of work that you like doing, but there are other types of work you don't like doing?

If you've had a career for any period of time and ever worked in a role where you have to do multiple tasks, you've probably found that you like doing some of them more than others.

One of the most important things that I've found to make my career and my time more enjoyable is to focus on the work I really enjoy.

Years ago, I did a project on retirement for a career counseling course that was part of my master’s degree in psychology. I asked lots of people what their definition of retirement was, and when they thought they’d get there. One man’s answer really struck me.

He told me, "Wade, I'm already retired. By my definition, I'm doing what I want with my time, I'm helping people manage their money, their funds, I’m helping them create the finances for their goals and their kids'...

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My Members Only/Generation One Jacket

 

 

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Have you ever wanted something just so badly you had to have it? Everybody else had it, so why couldn’t you have it?

You thought about the thing you wanted, and maybe even prayed about it, and you asked your parents, or you asked the universe, or you asked God, “Can I have this?” But even though you asked with all your heart, you didn’t get it. Have you ever gone through that?

My Members Only Jacket

For me, that was my Members Only jacket. Any of you that grew up in the ‘80s probably know what a Members Only jacket was. It was just a windbreaker: nothing very fancy, but it had a little tag that said it's Members Only.

All the cool kids had one, all the kind-of-cool kids had one, even all the dorky kids had one, but I didn't have one. This was one of the only things I think in life that I ever really wanted in this way.

I begged my Mom for one, in any color, but she told me “Wade, these things cost like...

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