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Onward Nation

America's best podcast for learning how today's top business owners Think, Act, & Achieve. Onward Nation is a five-day-a-week podcast hosted by Stephen Woessner, CEO of Predictive ROI. Business owners share the most influential lessons learned throughout their careers, including insights into their daily habits, their most vital priorities that have contributed to their business and personal success, and the most challenging time or situation that could have devastated or even ruined their businesses or careers. Business owners share their "recipes for success" including those systems they wish they had put into practice inside their business when first starting out. Each episode concludes with guests sharing two or three practical and tactical strategies they would recommend to brand new business owners in order to best ensure success in their new business and careers. Onward Nation provides business owners with the strategies and tactical step-by-step "recipe" that will help anyone make their business more systematic, predictable, measurable, and repeatable.
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Feb 15, 2016

Dr. Carri Drzyzga is known internationally as The Functional Medicine Doc the go-to expert on finding the root causes of health problems so you can feel normal again. She is a chiropractor and naturopathic doctor, host of the popular podcast The Functional Medicine Radio Show, and author of the hit book, “Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again! Fixing the Root Cause of Your Fatigue with Natural Treatments.” Dr. Carri is the creator of Entrepreneurial Fatigue: How to Fuel Your Brain & Body for Entrepreneurial Success. Her private practice is Functional Medicine Ontario located in Ottawa, Ontario.

Secret – timesaving technique

Dr. Carri wears a sleep mask over her eyes every night -- you need great sleep to maximize your energy. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Take care of yourself -- Dr. Carri suggests eating a healthy breakfast full of protein and good, healthy fat.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Dr. Carri realized that she didn't love being a chiropractor -- and Dr. Carri tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"You need to know where your strengths and weaknesses are -- and where your weaknesses are, hire people that have those strengths."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Take it day-by-day and step-by-step."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have gotten the advice of a mentor or coach really early on.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Have really great communication with your team.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would take the things off my plate that I don't need to be doing.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Read the book "The Slight Edge"
  2. Read the book "Think and Grow Rich"
  3. Surround yourself with people that are better than you

How best to connect with Dr. Carri:

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Feb 12, 2016

David Covey is the 3rd son of Stephen R. Covey, author of the groundbreaking book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” David was the chief operating officer of FranklinCovey. He then left Franklin Covey to start his own company, now called SMCOV. SMCOV works with the best intellectual property content experts on the planet and helps distributes their content globally through licensees. David loves working with impactful IP and setting up distribution systems around the globe.

Secret – timesaving technique

David gets his email inbox empty at least once a week -- you've got to have a system. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Take the time to ask for help -- David prays and reads scripture every morning and night.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

David faced tremendous challenges in starting over and beginning his business -- and David tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"Perseverance and focus."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"My father was the most influential person in my life -- and I try to live the Seven Habits."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would do a lot more trial and error and experimentation -- it takes a lot of time to get things right.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

You need to create something unique.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would be truly passionate.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Make sure being an entrepreneur is the right fit for you emotionally
  2. Make sure you have a unique strategy
  3. Experimentation and failure is part of the process

How best to connect with David:

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Feb 11, 2016

John Warrillow is the author of books “Built to Sell” and “The Automatic Customer” and founder of The Value Builder System™ where advisors help company owners increase the value of their business. Previously, he founded Warrillow & Co., a subscription-based research business dedicated to helping Fortune 500 companies market to small business owners. A sought-after speaker and popular Inc.com columnist, John lives in Toronto.

Secret – timesaving technique

John writes in his gratitude diary every morning -- do this right away every morning. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Do the big projects first -- John saves the small projects for the end of the day and starts on the big ones early in the day.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

John had to realize the hard way that your employees are not your friends -- and John tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"Inbound marketing and the ability to change your marketing."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Never share equity with employees."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Blow up your business plan and go sell something

How best to connect with John:

  You can also find us here: ----- OnwardNation.com -----

Feb 10, 2016

author of two bestselling books, speaker, trainer, and his digital marketing insights have been featured in SUCCESS, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and other media.

Good Morning Onward Nation...I’m Stephen Woessner. And I have to say -- today’s solocast topic has me so fired up because over the last couple of weeks -- we have been delving deep into some critical topics likes excuses -- or alibis as Napoleon Hill describes them -- and the week earlier -- I shared with you how destructive the imposter syndrome can be -- and -- how easy it can be to allow that to happen.

Yesterday, Jodi Flynn -- one of our Onward Nation guests -- and the host of the brilliant podcast, Women Taking the Lead, invited me to be a guest on her show to discuss leadership, mentorship, and some of the influential women who have been powerful mentors in my life. The conversation was off the charts -- Jodi had me teary eyed with her very first question -- no joke. The interview goes live in late March and we will be sure to share the link. During the conversation with Jodi we talked about the imposter syndrome -- about the constraints the syndrome can place us under -- about how the syndrome can grip us in what seems to be paralyzing fear -- and then procrastination sets in. Lack of performance sets in -- loss of relationships can set in -- all the while -- the whirlwind of compounding negativity can easily swallow us up -- if we let it.

And Jodi had a different term for the imposter syndrome, which I thought was spot on -- so I wanted to share it with you. When she is working with her coaching clients -- or even keeping herself on the right track moving onward with gusto -- she refers to the syndrome as her inner critic. She said that and I thought -- oh -- now that’s a perfect description. She made me laugh when she said, “Oh yeah, and my inner critic is mean -- she has a foul mouth and disposition.” I laughed -- but then I thought, wow -- this is such a brilliant point because our inner critic can get away with saying things to us that we likely would never allow another human being to say to us -- but those comments are going on in our heads every minute of the day. Why?

The imposter syndrome works because the person’s words that have the most influence over you -- and that don’t have to ask your permission to speak up -- are yours, Onward Nation. You are the one who is speaking over and over again -- whispering in your own ear -- throughout the day -- day after day -- month after month -- year after year.

So for today’s solocast topic...thanks to the inspiring conversation with Jodi Flynn...I am going to show you how your words become your reality. Your words are what empowers your inner critic. Your words, Onward Nation, are what empowers -- or -- disempowers your entire life.

Every aspect. It is not some mystic dark magic voodoo -- luck -- destiny -- the winds of fate -- the power that someone else possesses and wields it for your misfortune. Well, actually -- that last part isn’t entirely true. Because the power to control your destiny is in someone’s hands -- your hands -- or more accurately said -- in your mind.

And I will show you how during today’s topic -- your words become your reality.

Let’s dig in by starting with a quote from Henry Ford.

He said, “Whether you think you can -- or you think you can’t -- you’re right.”

Success -- or accomplishing that which you seek and desire, Onward Nation, is oftentimes the result of simply deciding and being committed to the result outcome you want to produce. And believing -- and understanding -- it is up to you to make it happen for you. It is not someone else’s responsibility. It is your own.

So if you have an idea you want to pursue -- a new product -- a new business -- a new service -- a once in a lifetime vacation -- and you begin to craft a plan -- your inner critic may try to derail your planning process right away with thoughts of self doubt, fear, you’re being too ambitious, what would your family think when you share the news with them, and so on. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t -- you’re right. Isn’t it fascinating that before you have even collected any data from the market -- given your idea of any sort of litmus test -- you already encounter obstacles. In my opinion, more than half the battle of being successful is getting the right words to yourself down on paper so you can retrain your brain -- your subconscious mind on what the plan of action will be. Again, Onward Nation, whether you think you can or you think you can’t -- you will be right.

So let’s take this deeper.

I have studied and continued to study Napoleon Hill’s timeless work, "Think & Grow Rich." Hill includes a verse that speaks directly to how your words become your reality, so I wanted to share it with you, Onward Nation. Hill writes:

Please download the episode to hear Hill's verse.

The words you speak to yourself -- the building blocks of the thoughts you think to yourself -- eventually become your actions. And your actions direct your destiny. So if you can get the words you speak to yourself correctly aligned with where you want to go -- then you will realize your full potential.

Hill dedicates a full chapter to the technique of autosuggestion -- which is the process of getting the words you speak to yourself correctly aligned with your purpose -- your mission in life -- your most vital priorities -- what you are striving to accomplish. Tony Robbins also addresses autosuggestion -- although differently -- he calls the process “Incantations.” What I love about Tony’s process of incantations is how he breaks down the word when he is teaching this powerful technique because he ties it back to the Henry Ford quote I shared with you earlier… "Where you think you can or you think you can’t -- you’re right."

Just look at the word incantation. You can either emphasize the “can” in the word...In - CAN - tation when you pronounce it. Or you can emphasize the word can’t...In - CANT - tation. And even just that subtly could tell you where your thought process is currently.

But neither Tony Robbins or Napoleon Hill were the ones who discovered the power of autosuggestion or incantations. I will argue it comes from the book of Matthew -- but will also give you a more modern or recent example.

Let me introduce you to Dr. Emile Coue, who was a French psychologist and pharmacist. It is he who introduced autosuggestion as a form of psychotherapy and self-improvement. Dr. Coue lived from 1857 to 1926. Napoleon Hill first published his Laws of Success in 1925 and then later refined the manuscript into Think and Grow Rich in 1937.

In addition to his discoveries around autosuggestion, Dr. Coue also discovered what became known as the placebo effect.

He became known for reassuring his clients by praising each remedy's efficiency and leaving a small positive notice with each given medication.

His book, “Self-Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion” was first published in England (1920) and then in the United States (1922).

Many American thought leaders of the time adopted his ideas and methods, such as Norman Vincent Peale, Robert H. Schuller, and W. Clement Stone, and then became famous in their own right by spreading his words.

Dr. Coue developed what he later called, “The Coue Method”.

The application of his mantra-like conscious autosuggestion, “Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.” It is sometimes quoted as saying, “Day by day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.” Or, “Day by day, in every way...I’m getting stronger and stronger,” which is similar to the Tony Robbins version.

The Coué Method centered on a routine repetition of this particular expression according to a specified ritual—preferably as much as twenty to 100 times a day, and especially at the beginning and at the end of each day. And expressed out loud -- with full emotional power and belief.

When asked whether or not he thought of himself as healer, Dr. Coué often stated that “I have never cured anyone in my life. All I do is show people how they can cure themselves.”

Coué believed that curing some of our troubles requires a change in our unconscious thought, which can be achieved only by using our imagination -- and getting our thoughts correctly aligned with our goal.

Coué noticed that in certain cases he could improve the efficacy of a given medicine by praising its effectiveness to his patients. He realized that those patients to whom he praised the medicine had a noticeable improvement when compared to patients to whom he said nothing.

This began Coué’s exploration of autosuggestion. The good doctor certainly believed in the effects of medication. But also believed that our mental state is able to affect and even amplify the action of these medications. By consciously using autosuggestion, he observed that his patients could cure themselves more efficiently by replacing their "thought of illness" with a new "thought of cure". According to Coué, repeating words or images enough times causes the subconscious to absorb them. The cures were the result of using imagination or "positive autosuggestion" to the exclusion of one's own willpower.

Coué thus developed a method which relied on the principle that any idea exclusively occupying the mind turns into reality, although only to the extent that the idea is within the realm of possibility. For instance, if a person firmly believes that his or her asthma is disappearing, then this may actually happen, as far as the body is actually able physically to overcome or control the illness. On the other hand, thinking negatively about the illness (for example, "I am not feeling well") will encourage both mind and body to accept this thought.

Likewise, when someone cannot remember a name, they will probably not be able to recall it as long as they hold onto this idea (for example, "I can't remember") in their mind.

Coué realised that it is better to focus on and imagine the desired, positive results (i.e. "I feel healthy and energetic" and "I can remember clearly").

So the experiment that lead to the discovery of the placebo effect went like this. Coue was making his rounds with patients and providing them with their medication. He also instructed each patient to say out loud to themselves with full enthusiasm, belief, and faith -- “Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.” And to repeat the process 100 times a day -- with conviction.

What Coue noticed was an increase in the efficacy of the medication as a result outcome of the words his patients were audibly saying to themselves each and every day. So then Coue tried something even more radical. He replaced the medication with a placebo -- while instructing his patients to continue with the autosuggestion as they had been doing.

And the result outcome was staggering. His patients continued to recover despite the absence of medication.

Onward Nation...your words affect your thoughts...your thoughts affect your actions...and your actions affect the trajectory of your life.

How often do we see professional athletes walking into a stadium before a big game listening to their noise cancelling headphones? Why are they doing that? To block out the distractions and to listen to music to increase their concentration -- their mood -- tempo -- their thinking.

Or, how often do we see Olympic athletes getting ready to ski jump, race downhill, snowboard, do a gymnastic routine, and we can see them visualizing the result outcome -- rehearsing over and over in the mind the moves they need to make -- the result outcome they want to see.

That is the power of visualization, Onward Nation. And it is a visual version of the principle of autosuggestion developed by Dr. Coue. Elite athletes know they need to get their words right -- their visualization right -- in order to direct the actions they take during their performance or competitive event.

Well, if autosuggestion and visualization can be used to increase the efficacy of medication -- or to guide the performance of Olympic athletes -- and used by Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Andrew Carnegie, JP Morgan, and many of the other industrial giants interviewed by Napoleon Hill to direct and influence the words they spoke to themselves...then why not you, Onward Nation?

I mentioned earlier that autosuggestion can be connected back to the book of Matthew in The Bible. And perhaps in a future solocast -- we will dig deeper -- but for now -- let me just share with you...Matthew chapter 7 versus 7 reads, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

These are the power of your own words, Onward Nation. When mixed with faith and the belief that the result outcome will occur -- if we ask -- by conditioning our minds that the result outcome is indeed possible.

But many of us don’t ask. Why?

The fear of rejection. “What if I don’t receive what I have asked for?”

Or, pride. “I don’t want to sound silly for asking.” Or, “I cannot ask because if I do ask, that means I am less because I was forced to ask -- or forced to submit.”

Don’t fall into the mental trap that is as old as time itself, Onward Nation.

Instead...realize that your inner critic attempts to derail you every day -- but -- as in all aspects of your life -- you have the power to change the outcome.

Your inner critic will listen to you -- but -- you need the right script. You need to give conscious thought to the words that will create the right thoughts -- then the right actions. Your thoughts become your reality -- and the origin of your thoughts are the words you speak to yourself throughout each and every day...and what you ask for.

Remember Dr. Coue’s autosuggestion… "Day by day...in every way...you are getting stronger and stronger,” Onward Nation!

So with that...I want to say thank you again for taking the time to be here with me today. It is an honor to have you here -- thank you for tuning in -- I am delighted you chose this episode to be what you listen to, study, and take with you on your morning run, or maybe Onward Nation has become part of your daily commute, or in some other way has become part of your morning routine.

However our daily podcast fits into your daily routine -- I want you to know how much I appreciate you sharing some of your invaluable 86,400 seconds you have in your day with me and the strategies we learn and share each day from today’s top business owners.

And please continue to let me know what you think of Onward Nation...good or bad...I always want your feedback. My direct email address is stephen@onwardnation.com -- and yes -- that is my actual Inbox. No fancy filters or filing system and I read and reply to every single email.

So please let me know how you think we are doing. I look forward to hearing from you.

We will be back tomorrow with an incredible interview with John Warrillow -- he is the author of several groundbreaking books, “Built to Sell” and “The Automatic Customer”. His insights are counter intuitive, John’s strategies and recommendations are precise, and the entire conversation is packed full of wisdom that can be applied to your business right away. Please don’t miss it.

Until then, onward with gusto!

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Feb 9, 2016

Drew McLellan is a 25-year marketing veteran who helps clients create authentic love affairs with their customers. In 1995, Drew started his own agency -- McLellan Marketing Group. He also helps other agency owners learn how to take their business to the next level through the consultancy -- Agency Management Institute. Drew is also one of the world’s top marketing and branding bloggers, according to AdAge’s Top 150 index. He’s written the book 99.3 Random Acts of Marketing and co-edited the Age of Conversation series of books. He has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Businessweek and Fortune Small Business. The Wall Street Journal calls him one of 10 bloggers that every entrepreneur should read. Drew also hosts the brilliant Build a Better Agency Podcast.

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

Drew gets up, goes for a walk, eats breakfast, and then starts on the task he wants to do least -- and start and end your day in gratitude. ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

"Gratitude, Give, and Grace."

How do you define success?

Success for Drew is freedom -- but don't let other people your definition of success.

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

Drew assumes that he will figure it out -- and Drew tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" has the things you can't teach.  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

How can we become better mentors?

  1. Be willing to have difficult conversations
  2. Ask better questions -- don't give your mentees all the answers
  3. Be present -- commiserate and celebrate
  4. Be regular with your mentorship

How can we build an audience?

  1. Figure out what you have to offer and pick the platform that makes the most sense
  2. Bring all of you to the platform you choose -- don't be stiff and rigid

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

  1. Recognize that the next level is optional -- sometimes bigger isn't better
  2. Know what you're willing to sacrifice
  3. Define where you want to land -- then figure out the baby steps

How best to connect with Drew:

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Feb 8, 2016

Larry Broughton is Founder and CEO of broughtonHOTELS; Broughton Advisory Group; and yoogozi.com. He’s an award-winning entrepreneur & CEO; a best-selling author; keynote speaker; and former U.S. Army Green Beret committed to helping visionaries, leaders and high-achievers step into the leadership gap.

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

Larry begins tomorrow before he goes to bed today -- write down in a gratitude journal the things you're thankful for tonight and do some deep breathing when you wake up tomorrow. ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." - George Patton

How do you define success?

Success is a byproduct of living a life of significance.

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

Larry believes we need to embrace failure -- and Larry tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" is motivated and has integrity and capacity.  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

How can we become better mentors?

  1. Leaders are learners -- read, listen to podcasts
  2. Just start mentoring -- you can't give yourself the excuse that there are people better than you
  3. You have to have a mentor to be a mentor

How can we build an audience?

  1. You have to be writing blogs, recording podcasts, speaking, and writing books
  2. Engage with people -- utilize social media

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

  1. Focus on personal mastery and personal development
  2. Hire a coach/mentor and join a mastermind group
  3. Help other people

How best to connect with Larry:

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Feb 5, 2016

Kris first took the business world by storm in 1999 when he founded Pepperjam, a full-service internet marketing agency and affiliate network that was sold for millions to eBay ten years later. Pepperjam distinguished itself as one of the most successful, fastest growing companies in the country and the three-time consecutive recipient of the prestigious Inc. Magazine Fastest Growing Company award (2006, 2007, 2008) as well as dozens of other awards and honors. Since the sale of Pepperjam, Kris has continued his significant contributions to the business world as investor, CEO, best-selling writer, speaker and dedicated philanthropist.

Secret – timesaving technique

Kris uses a program called Rapid Planning Method -- capture: write down what you want to achieve and schedule: make these goals become real. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Commit to waking up earlier -- Kris wakes up an hour earlier than his wife and kids.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Kris had to lay off over 40 members of his staff -- and Kris tells the whole story here.

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"You have the power."

How best to connect with Kris:

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Feb 4, 2016

John T. Meyer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lemonly. Lemonly helps companies tell their story through visuals. Specializing in infographics, videos, and interactives. Lemonly works with brands like Marriott, Major League Baseball, Netflix, Lego, Under Armour, Salesforce, the Green Bay Packers, and the United Nations. John is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and in 2013 was named to Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 10 Emerging Entrepreneurs. John loves to cheer on the Minnesota Twins, spend time with his wife Paige and daughter, Margot. He also writes about focus and productivity within a weekly newsletter called “Point Letter.”

Secret – timesaving technique

John does six professional tasks and two personal tasks every weekday, six personal tasks and two professional tasks on Saturday, and then he's off on Sunday -- make it eight for the day. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Saying "no" today means you can say "yes" tomorrow -- John takes control of his schedule by saying "no."

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

John had to have a hard conversation with his brother who he was in business with -- and John tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"Communicate your value."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"It's not just luck."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have developed a stronger backbone -- don't be afraid to give clients pushback.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Get out of the way and let your team work -- the killer to productivity is too many managers and too many meetings.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Know when and where to draw a line in the sand
  2. Be prepared to adjust and adapt

How best to connect with John:

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Feb 3, 2016

Stephen is the CEO of Predictive ROI and host of the Onward Nation podcast. He is the author of two bestselling books, speaker, trainer, and his digital marketing insights have been featured in SUCCESS, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and other media.  

Good Morning Onward Nation...I’m Stephen Woessner. And before we jump into today’s solocast topic -- I want to say thank you for all of the thoughtful and specific feedback following last week’s solocast, episode 158...which I entitled, “How to defeat the imposter syndrome.”

I love feedback -- good or bad -- and often encourage it at the end of my solocasts. But last week’s solocast was followed by more feedback than normal...and I am grateful.

I received notes via email, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. I appreciate the kind words -- but even more so -- for the insights into how the discussion helped. It is always awesome to find out someone likes what you have to say -- and it is so rewarding to hear the connecting points between what is being shared and an experience. Those are powerful and I am grateful -- thank you, Onward Nation.

So same request goes for today’s solocast -- please let me know what you think -- thumbs up or thumbs down -- I want to know what you think and appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

It is a gift, a privilege, and an honor to be with you each and every day. It is important to me that you know how much I appreciate your time -- I consider your time sacred -- because it is -- and am looking forward to spending time with you this morning delving into yet another deep topic that affects all of us.

So for today’s solocast...I am going to focus our attention toward an obstacle we all experience -- something we all face. In fact, it is fair to say that everyone on Earth faces it no matter who they are. The obstacle is art of making excuses...or “alibis” as Napoleon Hill described them in in his timeless work, "Think & Grow Rich."

Hill goes on to explain that “Building alibis or excuses with which to explain any failure has become a national pastime. The habit is as old as the human race and is fatal to success. People defend their alibis because they create them. A person’s alibi is the child of his own imagination. It is human nature to defend one’s own brainchild.”

I am not going to get political -- I have no conversation for you there whatsoever -- but I will set Washington as a prime example of excuses -- and then defending one’s position vehemently -- and sometimes until the bitter end. Instead -- an intelligent, non-defensive discussion that leads to a win-win compromise is often the best policy.

In an effort to dig deep into this topic...let’s examine some of the most common excuses Hill shares in his book. People who fail to succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure and have what they believe to be airtight excuses to explain away their own lack of achievement.

Some of the excuses are clever -- and a few of them justifiable by the facts. As I read you the list -- examine yourself -- your thoughts -- your actions carefully and think about how many -- if any -- of these excuses you have used.

I will say this -- if you are open and honest as I share this list with you -- it may be a painful process -- as it was for me when I first reviewed and considered the list. In fact, as I read it the first time...I highlighted 17 excuses off the list and set about to resolve those and eliminate them from my thought process.

Please listen to the podcast for Napoleon Hill's complete list of excuses.

And...here is the greatest excuse of them all, Onward Nation…

“If I had the courage to see myself as I really am, I would find out what is wrong with me and correct it, then I might have a chance to profit by my mistakes and learn something from the experience of others, for I know that there is something wrong with me, or I would now be where I would have been if I had spent time analyzing my weaknesses, and less time building excuses to cover them.”

This is a lesson -- about the greatest excuse -- is a lesson that I tend to learn and relearn over and over again. One of the most painful examples was taught to me was in June of 1990. I was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas for basic training. About midway through our training, we were asked if anyone was interested in volunteering and trying out for the Air Force special forces. Uh Rah! Count me in. So I volunteered to spend that Saturday gritting it out with the best on the base to see who would make the cut.

It was a long day...by the end...I was beat down. I was tired...had swam a mile and a half. Had run a mile and a half. Had just done pull ups, sit ups, and a variety of other exercises. I was hot, I was sweaty, I was exhausted.

My energy level was beat to the pulp.

But it was time for push ups, which perked up my energy level a bit because push ups had normally been a decent exercise for me.

This time...it came with specific instructions, which I failed to hear. And it wasn’t because the instructions weren’t loud enough -- oh no -- our instructors did not have an issue with volume. The instructions were to perform the movement in stages...you would lower your chest to the mat until you touched your spotter’s fist with your chest...and then raise yourself back to the starting position...hold yourself there for a beat...and rinse and repeat.

All the while...I needed to be looking face up...not down at the mat...throughout the entire movement. If any of these instructions were not followed...the repetition would not be counted.

I was feeling confident because this was “my” exercise -- I knew I could bang out a bunch of reps despite being exhausted so I was excited to get started -- so excited -- that I did not pay close attention to the instructions.

I thought -- very arrogantly -- that I had this competition “in the bag” and based on my previous swim, run, etc. Yeah! I was going to be a candidate for the special forces. Well, I was about to learn how painful it can be to come up short -- and the creative force to making up excuses that followed.

When the instructor yelled, “begin”...the race was on and we were on the clock to see how many push ups we could complete within the specified time. I was so concerned about speed...and quantity...I failed to perform a critical step. I was looking down at the mat during the completion of each rep for the first four...instead of “eyes front.”

It was after four repetitions, that my spotter pointed out my mistake, and I made the correction on my fifth repetition -- and then my heart sank when I heard my spotter say loudly count out...“ONE”. Oh no...I was at least four reps behind. And I never did catch up.

By the time the exercise was over...I was still four reps behind the pack...and I knew I was probably sunk.

Then it was the long wait for the instructors to tabulate our scores and announce their selections. If you were selected, your normal basic training would be over and you would immediately join the special forces training program -- first stop -- the Bahamas for scuba diving. Um...yes, please!

But, when the instructor came out to announce the list of names...mine was not called. I had missed the cut by four points.

I had battled all day -- and lost by four points. But did I blame myself for not following the very specific -- very loud -- and clearly articulated instructions? No. I blamed my spotter. For what? For doing his job? He wasn’t supposed to count bad reps -- and he did me a favor by even telling me about my mistake.

He didn’t have to do that.

He, too was competing to win a spot on the list. But he did tell me.

My success was up to me, Onward Nation. Not him. And yet I blamed him.

Deep down inside, I couldn’t bare the thought that it was me who had failed -- and to Napoleon Hill’s point -- I then created an alibi that rationalized the loss and tried to make it sting a little less.

Several weeks later, I learned from the mistake at I made at the special forces qualification. I was outside my dorm on a break with my squad...and a drill instructor...not assigned to our squad decided to come up and harass us to see if she could get us to misspeak, not follow protocol, or make some other mistake. And for whatever reason, I was the lucky one she picked. Not awesome.

I don’t remember the line of questioning she bombarded me with -- but -- I missed something and made a mistake. I next found myself standing outside my squadron commander’s office in the hallway. My drill instructor had been summoned -- we made eye contact as he walked down the hallway -- and he shook his head in disappointment.

As I was called into my commander’s office to explain the situation, they were looking for any sign of weakness -- of excuse making. I didn’t provide one. I apologized for the situation and accepted full responsibility without excuse.

I passed. But why?

Because I didn’t throw someone under the bus. I stood up and acknowledged the situation -- accepted responsibility -- and then moved on.

And it has been my experience in business and in life -- and likely yours, too -- that if we simply acknowledge our mistake -- as hard as that may be to do -- set our ego aside and apologize -- and accept responsibility -- then our customers, employees, spouse, or children are more willing to forgive us because everyone makes mistakes.

But no one likes excuses.

Michael Jordan famously said, that “A loss isn’t a failure until you make an excuse.”

When you make excuses -- you lose credibility -- you lose the respect of your peers -- and you run the risk of damaging relationships.

So stop the excuses, Onward Nation.

Forget the alibis -- do your best every time -- own your mistakes -- learn from them -- and you will achieve success and greatness.

You were indeed meant for greatness. You are a child of the most high God. You are instilled with an infinite abundance of talent and gifts. How can I be so sure, you might ask? Because Luke Chapter 17, Verse 21 says so. The scripture reads, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” The kingdom of God is indeed great...and if the kingdom is within you...then that makes you great, Onward Nation. So please don’t let something so small as making excuses -- and creating elaborate alibis -- cheat you from your success...your greatness...your destiny!

So with that said...

I want to say thank you again for taking the time to be here with me today. It is an honor to have you here -- thank you for tuning in -- I am delighted you chose this episode to be what you listen to, study, and take with you on your morning run, or maybe Onward Nation has become part of your daily commute, or in some other way has become part of your morning routine.

However our daily podcast fits into your daily routine -- I want you to know how much I appreciate you sharing some of your invaluable 86,400 seconds you have in your day with me and the strategies we learn and share each day from today’s top business owners.

And please continue to let me know what you think of Onward Nation...good or bad...I always want your feedback. My direct email address is stephen@onwardnation.com -- and yes -- that is my actual Inbox. No fancy filters or filing system and I read and reply to every single email.

So please let me know how you think we are doing. I look forward to hearing from you.

We will be back tomorrow with an incredible interview with John T. Meyer -- he is off the charts amazing. His productivity strategy of “8 for the day” and the discipline he applies to mastering it is remarkable -- which has helped him build a phenomenal business.

Until then, onward with gusto!

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Feb 2, 2016

Patrick Henry is a former Nashville songwriter and SiriusXM Radio personality on the Family Comedy Channels. Today he delivers entertaining and funny keynote presentations that show how to create extraordinary customer experiences. Patrick has spoken to over 1,000 audiences around the world and is also the author of the book entitled, "The Pancake Principle: Seventeen Sticky Ways to Make Your Customers FLIP For You."

Secret – timesaving technique

Patrick gets up early and works out daily -- create time for yourself everyday. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Be deliberate in carving out the time you need -- Patrick carves out the time he needs to be creative.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Patrick's speaking business was hit hard in the recession -- and Patrick tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"Understand who you are and what you do."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Every speech is a performance."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would surround myself with people -- get a mastermind group.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Make sure your employees are operating from an authentic place -- continue to create a community.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would champion your business.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Believe there's a successful place for you in your line of business
  2. Surround yourself with positive, talented people

How best to connect with Patrick:

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Feb 1, 2016

Jim Palmer is a marketing and business building expert and host of “Newsletter Guru TV” and “Stick Like Glue Radio”. He is known internationally as ‘The Newsletter Guru’- the go-to resource for maximizing the profitability of customer relationships. Jim is the author of 6 six books and also the founder and President of Custom Newsletters, Inc., parent company of “No Hassle Newsletters”, “No Hassle Social Media”, and Success Advantage Publishing.

Secret – timesaving technique

Jim focuses on what he needs to focus on each day -- focus on high revenue-generating activities only. ONWARD!

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Jim got called out and embarrassed by a friend -- and Jim tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"Any success business is built on trusting relationships that a business has with its customers."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"You will earn infinitely more income for who you are than what you do."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success” 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have actually put systems in place -- this is so necessary if you want to sell -- or -- heaven forbid -- tragedy strikes.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Recognize that someone has already paved your path -- learn from them
  2. Stop trying to be all things to all people
  3. Don't let anything hold you back

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Jan 29, 2016

Don Yaeger is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, longtime Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated and author of 25 books, nine of which have become New York Times Best-sellers.

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

Don's days don't always begin the same way -- if he's at home, he spends time with his wife and son -- but if he's on the road, he begins his day with exercise and listening to podcasts. Whether you're at home or on the road, begin the day in the way it needs to begin. ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

"Make each day your masterpiece." - John Wooden

How do you define success?

"Success is the peace of mind that comes from knowing each and every day that you've done your very best." - John Wooden

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

Don believes you need to let your fears go if you want to overcome them -- and Don tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" wants to work with other "A Players" -- "A Players" don't frighten "A Players."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

How can we become better mentors?

  1. Force your mentees to be an active participant in your mentor-mentee relationship -- otherwise you can't mentor them

How can we build an audience?

  1. Provide value to others -- otherwise they'll follow someone else
  2. Be consistent -- people have to know that you're going to be giving them something on a schedule

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

    1. Get out of your comfort zone -- it's all about thoughtful risk
    2. The ability to put failure in perspective

How best to connect with Don:

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Jan 28, 2016

Rob Berger has practiced law since 1992 -- and then in 2007 -- he started a personal finance and investing blog. It was more of a hobby than a business -- but -- over the next several years, however, it turned into a business. By 2009, he was making a full-time living, and by 2010 he was making more from his blog than practicing law. Today, Rob runs DoughRoller.net and AllCards.com. He also writes for Forbes, U.S. News, and The Huffington Post.

Secret – timesaving technique

Rob stands up while he works -- when standing you're less drawn to time-wasting activities. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Don't lose focus of your bigger picture, long-term goals -- Rob works on long-term writing projects for a couple hours before getting into his daily task-list.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Rob got too focused on search engine traffic -- and Rob tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"The thing that has really powered my business is the relationships I've developed over time offline."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Once you realize it is possible -- it really changes your mindset."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have diversified my traffic sources early on -- make sure you build your email list.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Constantly evaluate those things that drive profit.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would do quality work when they said that they were going to do it.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. You've got to connect with others in your line of work
  2. Keep costs down -- know whether the ROI will be worth it

How best to connect with Rob:

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Jan 27, 2016

Stephen is the CEO of Predictive ROI and host of the Onward Nation podcast. He is the author of two bestselling books, speaker, trainer, and his digital marketing insights have been featured in SUCCESS, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and other media.

Good Morning Onward Nation...I’m Stephen Woessner. And before we jump into today’s solocast topic -- I want to wish you a very belated Happy 2016. My hope for you is that your New Year has started off with the momentum you envisioned, with the progress you wanted and desired, and that you and your team are executing on all the plans and strategies you crafted toward the end of 2015. My additional hope is that during all the Christmas and New Year celebrations, you also made time to practice Habit #7 that we learned from the wisdom of the late Dr. Stephen Covey is his groundbreaking book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

We all must take time to “Sharpen the Saw” as Dr. Covey so masterfully described it. If you don’t maintain your health, maintain your sanity, take time to relax, rejuvenate, unwind, de-clutter, spend time with family and friends, and nurture relationships, your “Saw” -- or your production capability -- becomes dull and ineffective.

Just like a dull blade on a saw that has been overused and becomes dull then needs to be sharpened before it can be put back into useful service.

The holidays are an excellent time for sharpening -- but -- not the only time.

Today is Wednesday, January 27th...and Habit #7 is partly the reason behind today’s episode being my first solocast of 2016. I have been spending time with family, friends, traveling for a couple Predictive ROI engagements, and for the last 2-weeks, I have been in Disney World to teach a workshop, attend another, as well as some family down time.

It has been the perfect start to 2016 -- a fine balance in which to sharpen the saw.

And it is a wonderful honor and privilege to be back here with you, Onward Nation, this morning for today’s solocast. Thank you so much for being here with me.

So for our time together...I am going to focus our attention toward an obstacle we all experience -- this obstacle is something we all face. In fact everyone on Earth faces it no matter who they are -- it is just that some people are better than others at pushing themselves past it.

The obstacle is known as the “Imposter syndrome.”

If you are hearing the term for the first time -- I will start us off with some context and background.

The term Imposter Syndrome was first coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Dr. Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne Imes and was used when referring to high-achieving individuals marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud.” Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. In fact, they take their proof of success and pass it off as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Some studies suggest the impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women while other studies indicate that men and women are equally affected.

Now let’s take that definition and break it down into its two core ingredients.

Ingredient #1: the inability to internalize accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud.”

Have you ever walked into a meeting and felt that you weren’t worthy -- or that you didn’t belong there? Perhaps someone on the selection committee, the award committee, or board of directors had somehow made a mistake in selecting you. Heck, maybe even some of your colleagues, family members, or friends looked at you and even validated your own suspicions and asked you the seemingly innocent question of “So why did they pick you?”

I began to learn about the imposter syndrome back in 2009. My first book had been published while I was an academic staff member at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. My book had become popular with small business owners and several of the UW campuses around the state started asking me to teach a class at their respective campuses. Awesome. So one day I mentioned the opportunities to a family friend -- that I was headed to UW-Green Bay the next day to teach a class based on my SEO book...and my friend looked at me and said, “Well, why are they having you teach the class? Couldn’t they find someone else locally to teach the class?”

My friend was not trying to be hurtful -- not in the least. But those comments hit me hard. Never mind that my SEO book was #3 in the United States, I had just been interviewed for Inc. Magazine, and other credibility indicators. When he asked me that question -- I actually paused and thought about it. “Yeah, why are they hiring me to teach...am I good enough...do I have what it takes...am I the best they could bring in...did I deserve to be there...was I a fraud...did I know what I was talking about?”

There is nothing unique or different about my story. We have all had these experiences of the little voice in our heads whispering -- or in some cases shouting -- “Who do you think you are to do something so amazing?” That is the imposter syndrome, Onward Nation, and it is holding you back -- it is rearing its ugly head in the form of fear -- and you need to push it aside so it doesn’t block your progress in moving forward.

Here’s the reality...high-performers work hard to prevent people from discovering that they are "impostors." This hard work often leads to more praise and success, which perpetuates the impostor feelings and fears of being "found out." The "impostor" may feel they need to work two or three times as hard. They over-prepare, tinker and obsess over details. This can lead to burnout and sleep deprivation.

I have felt that way before. With each new interview, success quote, media feature -- I would think -- goodness -- did I deserve to be there? YES -- but it took me a long time to believe it -- and I still wrestle with it today.

Ingredient #2: the “imposter” takes the proof of success and passes it off as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be

Has your business ever gone through a growth spurt and you wondered why?

Have you ever looked around your office and suddenly realized you have some amazing people working for you, looking to you for leadership, and you cannot figure out what they see in you?

Have you ever felt uncomfortable heading into a presentation with a new client and you wonder why they invited you to the table?

Or in a personal situation -- have you ever felt like you married up -- that your husband or wife -- was not only your better half -- but completely out of your league?

Why do we ask ourselves such lousy and unfair questions?

And here’s the important point that I really want you to get, Onward Nation. When you ask yourself, “How on earth were we able to hire such amazing employees? Don’t they know that we don’t know what in the world we’re doing?” -- your brain does a funny thing...it gives you an answer.

Your brain doesn’t want to make you out to be a liar -- so it gives you the answer to fit your story.

You start hearing things like…”Yeah, boy, you really pulled the wool over their eyes on that one. Hope Becky doesn’t figure it out -- because if she leaves -- then Tom is sure to leave, too.”

Or, “Why did client X invite us here? We don’t really have a shot at winning this pitch, do we?”

And then answer you get back might be something like, “Nope, we have no chance of winning -- especially if they knew all about the mistakes we made just last week on Client Z’s account. We are lucky to have kept Client Z -- hope X doesn’t ask for references. Maybe we ought to back out of the process now.”

What nonsense. The reality is that you were invited into the evaluation process because you have a stellar network -- perhaps stellar credentials -- and you deserve to be at the table. The voice on your shoulder -- the voice whispering in your ear -- is the imposter syndrome.

And we all deal with it. It doesn’t matter who you are thinking of right now...Tim Ferriss has dealt with it...Joel Osteen has dealt with...all of the incredible business leaders that grace the cover of SUCCESS Magazine, Inc, and Fast Company deal with it...heck, I struggle with it… “I think to myself all the time -- I can’t invite that person to be a guest on Onward Nation -- they’ll for sure say no!” Good grief!

Every business owner -- every political leader -- every leader throughout history has dealt with this. George Washington did not feel he was worthy to be this country’s first president. No one is immune from the imposter syndrome.

But what is unique -- and what is special -- is when someone stares into the face of potential rejection -- faces their fear and they do it anyway.

And to quote the beautiful words of Dr. Marcie Beigel -- a two-time guest of Onward Nation...she said to me in her recent encore interview for episode 144 said to me, “Stephen...be scared, and then do it anyway!”

Wow...I loved that.

Because it is oftentimes fear -- which is another way of describing the imposter syndrome -- it is fear that gets in your way more than anything else. You -- you, Onward Nation...are your business’s biggest constraint. Not the market, not your lack of customers, not your pricing, not your product quality...no...it is you. You set the pace and tempo of your company -- either fast or slow -- you do.

So I asked Dr. Marcie during that special encore interview to share how business owners can reach that elusive next level? She was kind enough to map it out into three simple steps.

  1. Get clear on what the next level is — how will you know when you’re there?
  2. Walk through your fear -- make a plan -- and just do it
  3. Find a mentor -- we learn best from the people who have been there

And let’s look at all three of these.

First...get clear on what the next level is. Well, if the imposter syndrome (aka FEAR) is making you believe that you are not even worthy of your current level of success -- how could you possibly believe that you are worthy of more? So how could you define what the next level looks like? Great question, right? Instead, perhaps you need to spend some time in gratitude being thankful for what you have already accomplished -- consciously acknowledging that what you have achieved was deserved because you worked hard to get there and you applied your God given gifts and talents to get there -- and now -- to realize your full potential -- it is time to leap off your current plateau and move onward to that next level -- and your deserve to be at the next level -- because you’re an expert. But the first step is to give yourself permission to define that next level so you know when you and your business have arrived.

Second...be scared about the next level...and do it anyway. Set your fear aside -- what is the worst that could happen? Prospective customers could say no. You might make a bad decision and lose some money. An employee or a group of employees may disagree in how you’re redirecting the company and could decide to leave. Okay? Are any of these life threatening situations? Did anyone die? No. And like Mike Stromsoe taught us in episode 24 of Onward Nation -- did anyone die? No? Then move on!

Stop making each decision more than it has to be. Just make a decision...then move on. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that. So, Onward Nation, Be Scared -- and then do it anyway.

And lastly...find a mentor to learn from. More specifically -- find a mentor or group of mentors who are all moving at a pace and tempo that is faster than you. It matters who you spend your time with -- and if you spend your time with people who are moving at your current pace -- or slower -- those people may make you feel comfortable to be around -- they may not challenge you -- they may not push you or ask you tough questions -- and it is easy to relax and unwind. But guard yourself -- if you don’t protect your time -- you will slow down as a result. Why? Because as Coach John Wooden once said, you will never outperform your circle. You won’t -- it is just human nature.

So you need to make sure the mentors you select are operating at a completely different level than you are currently at -- that you reach -- that you stretch -- that you get yourself into a group of people where you don’t currently belong. And then you work like crazy to not get left behind -- and in the process -- you will expand and grow -- and leap off your current plateau onto that next rung.

And as Scott McKain recently taught me, “Stephen, you cannot reach that next rung, unless you are willing to let go of the current one you are hanging on to.”

Very wise words, Onward Nation.

Please recognize the imposter syndrome for what it is...it is nothing more than fear. Please also know that we all deal with it...you are not different because you feel it...you are not uniquely burdened or yoked. But what can make you unique and distinctive is your ability to refuse the status quo and to push past your fear -- to shove the imposter syndrome aside and to not let yourself be your own limitation.

You were meant for greatness. You are a child of the most high God. You are instilled with an infinite abundance of talent and gifts. Please don’t let something so small as fear limit all you were meant to be.

So with that said...

I want to say thank you for taking the time to be here with me today. It is an honor to have you here -- thank you for tuning in -- your time is sacred and I am delighted you chose this episode to be what you listen to, study, and take with you on your morning run, or maybe Onward Nation has become part of your daily commute, or in some other way has become part of your morning routine.

However our daily podcast fits into your daily routine -- I want you to know how much I appreciate you sharing some of your invaluable 86,400 seconds you have in your day with me and the strategies we learn and share each day from today’s top business owners.

And please continue to let me know what you think of Onward Nation...good or bad...I always want your feedback. My direct email address is stephen@onwardnation.com -- and yes -- that is my actual Inbox. No fancy filters or filing system and I read and reply to every single email.

So please let me know how you think we are doing. I look forward to hearing from you.

We will be back tomorrow with an incredible interview with Rob Berger -- he is off the charts amazing. Don’t miss it.

Until then, onward with gusto!

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Jan 26, 2016

Allen Martinez is a film director and producer in California. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design, his career was launched when he was hired by Quentin Tarantino to direct television commercials through Miramax'’s partner company; A Band Apart. Realizing the shift happening in digital marketing, Martinez founded NobleDigital.com in 2012 and took his decades of experience creating scaled-out corporate commercial strategies for Fortune 500s and successfully applied them to digital campaigns to create respective impact for scale-ups as well. His current focus is on helping new ventures create a successful balance between "push and pull" across all digital strategies before scaling up to more traditional tools.

Secret – timesaving technique

Allen starts his day by getting centered -- you must get to the right state of mind so you're not overthinking important things. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Map out a plan for the next 90 days -- Allen makes this plan and then breaks it down into what needs to get done today and this week.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Allen was completely shot down by his film school teacher -- and Allen tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"Understand your data -- it's so critical to understand your day-to-day metrics."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"My mentor empowered me to be a leader by making me take over a call with my clients."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I wouldn't -- I'm still waiting for technology to catch up to what I want to do.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Be in the moment -- and stay in alignment with what you agree to.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would be amazing in the three areas of technology, creativity, and data.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Ask the right questions -- everything you need to know is out there
  2. Do the research -- you have to find out what you need to know

How best to connect with Allen:

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Jan 25, 2016

Paul Brown is the owner of Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center, Vermont. The mill was started in 1974 — it ran successfully for 26 years — and then Paul purchased the business in 2000. Cold Hollow is a top producer of fresh apple cider in New England and one of Vermont’s most popular tourist attractions. That’s because Cold Hollow is committed to doing it the old-fashioned way, making pure cider with a traditional rack and cloth press built in the 1920s. Cold Hollow is also the home of the legendary “Cider Donut”, which Gourmet Magazine called one of the country’s four best donuts. During the last 15 years, Cold Hollow has expanded to include a jelly room, large production facility, two cold-storage rooms, and a large bottling facility.

Secret – timesaving technique

Paul checks on Monday morning who called in sick, who got hurt, and what broke -- focus on the realities of your business and try to negate the problem areas. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Don't leave anything on your desk to take care of tomorrow -- Paul cleans his desk off every single day before leaving.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Paul tried to grow too big in one year -- and Paul tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"You really need to know your customer."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Never ask a staff member to do something you aren't willing to do yourself -- lead by example."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I wish I hadn't tried to do too much -- focus on one area and get it right before working on something else.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Get clear on your vision -- and make sure everyone is laser-focused on that vision.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would be organized -- they need to put together a gameplan for the day, week, month, year.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. You're going to struggle for at least five years -- you need to know that
  2. There are challenges every day -- the fun comes from fixing the day's problems
  3. Celebrate the small victories -- and celebrate with your team/staff

How best to connect with Paul:

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Jan 22, 2016

JP Moery is founder of The Moery Company in Washington, DC. He has 25-years of experience in the association industry, having built a track record of success at the nation’s most influential associations. JP previously served as Senior Vice President at the United States Chamber of Commerce where he oversaw the Association Committee of 100, the most prestigious group of association CEOs and executives in the country. During his tenure at the chamber, JP developed and launched a program that added more than 250,000 companies to the organization’s membership. JP also has experience in the digital media world, having served as Executive Vice President of Association Relations for SmartBrief: a corporation that produces co-branded electronic publications with leading associations for 3 million subscribers. Under his leadership, the number of partnering associations for SmartBrief doubled in less than 3 years.

Secret – timesaving technique

JP looks at his year-long goals every single day, looks at his six action items he must achieve each day, and fills his schedule around it -- do what you have to do to get the important things done. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Take care of yesterday's emails before you hit today's -- JP uses Yesterbox to put this into practice.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

JP realized nobody cares if you're doing good or bad -- and JP tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"You're the number one sales person -- learn how to sell."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"If you don't have the cash, you're not going to make the dash."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Burn the boats behind you -- go absolutely all in
  2. Price you product or service the right way
  3. Get ready to work your fanny off

How best to connect with JP:

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Jan 21, 2016

Carl founded the Wright Partners in 1998. Since then, his Team has developed Real Estate Projects valued at over $200 million and currently owns and manages a portfolio of over $100 million.

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

Carl gets up at 5:30 AM and reads for at least 30 minutes, makes a green blender drink with his wife (recipe in the episode), then takes on his number priority of the day -- these three chunks will give you a sense of accomplishment early in the day. ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

One project at a time.

How do you define success?

Success is consistent progress toward your ultimate personal and professional vision.

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

Carl believes what counts in life is what you do after the pain sets in -- and Carl tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" have "the four E's and the P" (from Jack Welch's "Winning"): excecution, edge, high energy, energize others, and passion.  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

How can we become better mentors?

  1. Be the change you want to see -- allow them to see your wins and losses
  2. Have weekly meetings with your entire business -- allow them to see your mindset

How can we build an audience?

  1. You are always selling you -- be kind, be encouraging -- make people want to work with you

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

  1. "Quit every job you do, except the one that brings the most value to your company." - Ken Fisher, "The Ten Roads to Riches"
  2. Master your profession -- learn faster than your competitors
  3. 3+ system: emphasize a point three times to make sure it is received

How best to connect with Carl:

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Jan 20, 2016

Morag Barrett is founder and CEO of leading HR consultancy SkyeTeam (which was just named one of HR.com's Top 15 Small Leadership Partners and Providers for the third year running) and author of CULTIVATE: The Power of Winning Relationships (a second edition of which launched on Jan 5 2016 with Greenleaf Book Group). With 25+ years experience in senior executive coaching and developing high-impact teams and leadership development programs across Europe, America, and Asia, Morag intimately understands the challenges of running a business and managing people. In case you were wondering: her name is Scottish, and means great.

Secret – timesaving technique

Morag's word for 2016 is intentional -- be intentional about everything you do. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Actively build a community on social media -- Morag has LinkedIn open on any computer she uses and works her network regularly.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Morag lost her mojo for sixth months -- and Morag tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"You can't be successful in business or in life if you can't cultivate successful relationships."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"We are all very smart at what we do -- but when we take the time to involve others we get exponentially smarter."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success” 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I wish I had automated and hired professionals to do the things I shouldn't have been doing myself.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Get over the fear -- you're just one conversation away from taking a step closer to your dreams.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would fit your culture -- how someone does business is the most important.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Understand your definition of success
  2. Intentionality -- what do you need to do to reach your success?
  3. Consistency -- follow through

How best to connect with Morag:

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Jan 19, 2016

ReLaunch – Become Known in Your Niche – podcasts and resources to inspire entrepreneurial confidence, maximize visibility and promote business growth. Founders Joel and Dr. Pei.

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

Joel sets a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and writes in his journal about everything he's thankful for -- keeping this in your in routine is a game-changer. ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile." - Roger Staubach "Talent wins games but teams win championships. - Michael Jordan

How do you define success?

Success is being able to work from wherever you want and from whatever situation you're in and being able to provide tremendous value to the people that are relying on you as well as yourself.

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

Joel believes you need to do it anyway -- and Joel tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" fills the responsibilities you require -- hire for responsibility, not for personality.  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

How can we build an audience?

  1. Pick a platform -- pick where your peeps hang out -- and become a rockstar at that platform

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

  1. Elimination -- look at what's not working and get rid of it
  2. Zero in on a strategy that's working -- spend your time there
  3. Look for a strategy that works in tangent with your already working strategy

How best to connect with Joel:

 

Recommended reading:

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Jan 18, 2016

Jessica Rhodes is the founder and CEO of Interview Connections, the premier source for booking outstanding podcast guests. The Interview Connections team of Booking Agents works with podcasters to find and book guests for their shows. They also represent dozens of highly qualified guest experts to connect them with podcast hosts for interviews. Jessica is the host of the hit weekly web TV show, Interview Connections TV, she’s the host of the Rhodes to Success podcast and she is the co-host of The Podcast Producers, a ten episode audio series selected by Apple as a “How to Podcast” show in iTunes. Jessica is a regular speaker at Dream Business Academy and has shared the stage with dozens of top podcasters at Podcast Movement.

Secret – timesaving technique

Jessica blocks and schedules her time -- focusing on specific tasks at certain times increases productivity. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Pay attention to your health -- Jessica has made exercising and eating healthily very important in her life.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Jessica had to let employees go after not being clear with them on expectations -- and Jessica tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

"Know how to hire, fire, and manage people."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Stay committed to your marketing."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I wish I had used the CRM called Highrise -- and Jessica shared the reason why this CRM is so cool.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Focus on how to keep clients longer instead of trying to bring in new clients.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would underpromise and overdeliver -- they go above and beyond.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Follow the money initially -- focus on what you're passionate about later
  2. Get yourself a coach, mentor, or mastermind group -- you need someone to keep you on track
  3. Go to live events -- build relationships with people like you -- you're not going through it alone

How best to connect with Jessica:

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Jan 15, 2016

Shane Stott is CEO of Walker Tape Co, and the co founder of Zen Float Co. He's an inventor at heart and has revolutionized both of his industries. His inventions have been featured on The New York Times, ABC, MSN, and Yahoo. He is a very active industry expert in both fields producing webinars, interviews, and how-to videos that can be found at ZenFloatCo.com and WalkerTapeCo.com.

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

Shane wakes up at 6:00 AM and works out to motivational videos -- trade in an hour of sleep for exercise and meditation (and read "The Miracle Morning"). ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

Hire an assistant -- and have them fill out your schedule completely.

How do you define success?

Success is results -- don't get fooled by what success isn't.

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

Shane believes you need to spend time out of your comfort zone -- and Shane tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" fills these four qualifiers: 1.) they manage themselves better than you could, 2.) they bring new ideas and direction continuously, 3.) they are an active study themselves, and 4.) they don't take things personal.  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

How can we become better mentors?

  1. Set the example
  2. Stay connected with those that you are mentoring

How can we build an audience?

  1. Get someone to network every single day -- it's realistically probably not going to be you

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

  1. Get around people that are like you -- these people need to be further along than you
  2. Network -- with thresholds -- find the right group for you

How best to connect with Shane:

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Jan 14, 2016

Gerard Adams is the co-founder of Elite Daily, the No.1 news platform for Generation Y, is an experienced angel investor, millennial thought leader and social entrepreneur who overcame early adversity to become a self-made millionaire by the age of 24. Now 30, he has built, backed, or invested in nine businesses and trades across multiple industries that have all delivered over seven-figure profits. While he continues his role as an investor and influencer, his mission in life is to mentor and inspire young entrepreneurs on what it takes to be successful and how to turn dreams into reality.

Secret – timesaving technique

Gerard takes down notes every night of what he learned that day and what he wants to accomplish tomorrow -- hold yourself accountable, be self aware, and have a good mindset. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Have a regular process -- Gerard firmly believes in using quarterly reports.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Gerard was a month away from not making payroll -- and Gerard tells the whole story here.

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"I'm no expert of any one thing -- I'm an expert of experts."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I wish I had realized how important how important it is to have a process -- you can't just wing it.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Consistency, consistency, consistency -- you and your team need to be consistent as possible in every area.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Be proactive, not reactive -- don't wait for something to happen

How best to connect with Gerard:

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Jan 13, 2016

John Addison is the newly appointed Leadership Editor of Success Magazine and CEO of Addison Leadership Group. John is renowned for his insight and wisdom on leadership, personal development and success. A sought-after, world-class speaker and motivator, John is sharing his business know-how and leadership insights in his upcoming book, “Real Leadership”, which shares his straightforward practices for successful leadership through his personal and professional journey, helping leaders at any level understand and emulate the nine principles that fostered enduring results on his path to success. He is also the former co-chief executive officer of Primerica. Following the financial crisis of 2008, he spearheaded the process of separating from Citigroup. These efforts culminated with a successful IPO in 2010 that was 22 times oversubscribed. 

Secret – timesaving technique

John works to make -- and finish -- daily goals -- spend your time focusing on being the best you that you can be. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Show up early every day and go throughout your day with a positive attitude -- John believes the greatest ability is likability.

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Everybody has their walk in life -- you need to love everybody."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Spend time on team-building -- if your team works together -- truly together -- you can accomplish anything.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Turn your fears into fuel -- you'll never conquer them -- but you can turn them into what drives you

How best to connect with John:

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Jan 12, 2016

Ira Chaleff is the author of a very unusual book called Intelligent Disobedience; Doing Right When What You’re Told To Do Is Wrong. It was named the best leadership book of 2015 by the University of San Diego and has been featured in many publications including Fast Company and Forbes, as well as in the New York Times Educational Supplement. Ira is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on Courageous Followership and transforming hierarchical relationships into powerful partnerships. Ira is also the founder and president of “Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates” and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.

What does a small business owner need to understand?

You need to hope your employees say what is needed -- don't create an environment where they would be afraid to give you valuable insight.

What are some strategies small business owners can use to launch a new product?

Don't put out your new ideas too enthusiastically -- ask for feedback first and invite discussion.

Are there other skills business owners need to master to reap the benefits of a 'culture of candor'?

You have to master your body language -- learn to master how to get feedback and not seem defensive.

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Slow the motion down and understand the situation."

What should the leader/follower dynamic look like?

Being a "follower" isn't a personality trait -- it's a role -- not everyone needs to be a leader all the time -- be able to pay both roles.

How does 'intelligent disobedience' fit into being a parent?

We put too much weight on obedience in childhood development -- we inadvertently contribute to a mindset where we believe he must do what authority says.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Focus on missions and values -- what are we here to do?

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would come to understand their mission, value, and role -- and no longer needed orders.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Pay attention to cashflow -- don't take your eye off the ball
  2. Have exceptional customer service -- your customers won't let you know if they leave because of bad customer service
  3. Build a culture

How best to connect with Ira:

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