Ryan Ayres is a business coach and virtual chief operating officer who has had the privilege of working with companies of all sizes from Microsoft, Sports Illustrated, and Time Inc. to hundreds of small businesses in the last 20 years. His business, Focus 53, is focused on Business Operations and helping business owners identify and solve opportunities and roadblocks with the people and processes in their company. Ryan is also the host of the outstanding podcast, Focus 53.
Ryan uses Trello to stay organized -- you need a simple, distraction-free way to organize the tasks you need to execute on every day. ONWARD!
Get the blood flowing -- Ryan finds that his worst days are the days when he doesn't exercise.
Ryan had a client that consistently made him unhappy -- and Ryan tells the whole story here.
"Focus -- work on the right things at the right time."
"Own the successes -- and the failures."
I would have had a system that forces me to vet the tasks I'm doing.
Do more doing -- and less thinking and pontificating.
An individual would be a good genuine person that works hard.
Caroline Balinska has a rare and unique talent for online business and has mastered three key areas of online marketing which give her eCommerce clients a special insight into how to sell out their products online. Caroline combines her savvy digital marketing skills with her talent for website design and development and then meshes them with her deep knowledge of how business works to maximize profit. These three key areas have poised Caroline to help over 200 clients generate revenue streams of 6-7 figures online. Passionate about business and marketing, Caroline mentors and speaks professionally about a multitude of business and marketing topics and often focuses around marketing pertinent to eCommerce businesses.
Caroline recently started using a daily planner -- and she's become much more focused and productive. ONWARD!
Exercise is so important for your health -- Caroline exercises before she does anything and will go for a walk if she needs a break during the day.
Caroline lost about $100,000 at 25 years old -- and Caroline tells the whole story here.
"If you can't do the marketing yourself, hire someone."
"Put all of your proprietary knowledge in one document."
I would have had a Proprietary Knowledge Kit in place.
An individual would be a great communicator.
For five years in a row Jim Cathcart has been selected as one of the Top 5 Speakers on Sales & Service in an online survey of over 14,000 people. With over 39 years of professional speaking around the world, Jim is one of the best known and most award-winning motivational speakers in the business. He has delivered more than 3,000 presentations to audiences in every state of the US, most provinces of Canada and countries from Scotland to Singapore. A business strategist, psychological researcher and philosopher at heart, Jim is also a down-to-Earth regular guy. He has worked in warehouses, driven trucks, sold donuts door-to-door, been a bank teller, plays guitar in night-clubs and pubs, and has toured much of the world on a motorcycle.
Jim believes success is living fully in all the areas that count -- mental, physical, family, social, spiritual, career, financial, and emotional. You can't be a 10/10 in all of these areas all the time, but you can 9 in one today and a 7 in another tomorrow.
Kristin Marquet is a public relations, branding, and integrated marketing expert in both the non-profit and for-print sectors. She serves as the Creative Director of Creative Development Agency, a full-service lifestyle public relations in New York City. Kristin has also written for several fashion and business magazines and appeared in several media outlets including Entrepreneur, Business Insider, American Express Small Business, and Enterprising Women magazines. She currently writes for Entrepreneur.com.
Kristin keeps a handwritten to-do list right next to her -- crystallize and prioritize your tasks. ONWARD!
Relieve stress in the way that works for you -- Kristin runs for at least an hour a day to relieve stress.
Kristin had a huge franchise client not pay the bill -- and Kristin tells the whole story here.
"You need to be a critical thinker and a confident decision maker."
"The two most important things that you need to do are offer value and be different."
Mike Coughlin is the owner of Digital Blue Creative, a full-service digital advertising agency in Boston with core competencies in marketing analytics consulting, search engine optimization, social media, global paid search management, and video production. Throughout his career, Mike gained a wide range of knowledge and experience working with global companies in almost every industry, including Sony Music, SAP, Four Seasons Hotels, Humana, Wharton School of Business, Scholastic, National Grid, BMW, DirecTV, and The Boston Globe.
Mike is his own skeptic and tries to see his own challenges down the road -- work smarter, not harder. ONWARD!
Stay focused -- Mike creates a list of the five most important things he has to do each day.
Mike signed a partnership agreement that was not a good agreement -- and Mike tells the whole story here.
"Don't compete -- create."
"You don't need a partner."
I would have had hired a consultant sooner rather than later.
Go against the trends -- the majority is usually wrong.
An individual would have a tolerance for risk taking and creative thinking.
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.
Build a Better Agency is an offshoot of Agency Management Institute -- so the audience is very narrow -- people who run small to midsize agencies. The guests are wide in range -- but they all have something to teach these agency owners.
The most important skill is for the host to check their ego at the door -- put the spotlight on your guest and find out what they have to say.
The challenges are very human challenges. What if I'm not good at it? What if no one wants to listen? But get out of your own way and put the spotlight on your guests.
I don't work on podcasts every week -- but when I do it takes about 90 minutes of my personal time to prepare and record each podcast. After that my team -- Predictive ROI -- takes it from there.
My digital footprint is growing faster than I would have expected -- and all because of the podcast.
Matt Curry was diagnosed at an early age with Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) and suffered with the typical symptoms: hyperactivity, trouble with finishing tasks and staying focused, being disruptive, not following the rules, being impulsive, etc. Matt has gone on to become a highly successful entrepreneur and automotive industry expert with more than 30 years' experience. From his first job changing tires at age 15 to his current accomplishments as a best-selling author and consultant, Matt is a visionary whose achievements have been recognized across the business world. Matt started his flagship company, Curry’s Auto Service, in 1997 with one shop and grew the company to 10 locations. When he sold his business, Curry’s had annual revenues of almost $20 million and had won numerous awards.
Matt believes in the "two-minute meeting" -- reinforce your company's policies every day. ONWARD!
Manage by walking around -- Matt believes you need to talk to every employee -- you can't just talk to the managers.
Matt got cocky and thought everything he touched turned to gold -- and Matt tells the whole story here.
"Problem-solving -- you have to get through the static and solve the problem."
"Be prepared to be busy."
Marc Mawhinney has a passion for entrepreneurship, having started a number of businesses in his life and growing one to 100 employees. Marc is now on a mission to help coaches build stronger businesses! After becoming a coach, he saw the struggles that coaches face while trying to build a successful business, and decided to do something about it! He launched “Natural Born Coaches”, a daily podcast where he interviews successful coaches to share their advice with listeners, and he has created a number of innovative programs to help coaches get more clients and less stress, including his 6-week “Seize Your Niche” program!
Marc begins his day with the "Seinfeld Strategy" -- do what you need to do every single day and don't break the streak. ONWARD!
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
Marc uses Bob Dylan's definition -- success is waking up in the morning, going to bed at night, and getting to do everything you want in between.
Marc tries to stay out of his head and takes action -- and Marc tells the reasons why here.
An "A player" is on the ball -- you can't haul them across the finish line.
Shelley Davidescu is a business mentor for health and wellness coaches and the founder of Clean Forks. Professionally trained in mental health, Shelley helps health and wellness coaches master their online business. Shelley teaches how to build trusting relationships with their audiences through powerful message and sharing vulnerable parts of their story to authentically attract more dream clients in a magnetic way. Shelley has been featured in Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Elite Daily, and Fit Life TV.
Shelley loves to batch -- block out specific activities and only do that thing in those specific time. ONWARD!
Take care of yourself first -- Shelley gets up and goes for a walk before starting her work and then dives into mindset work.
Shelley was 20 minutes into a huge webinar and the audio was broken the whole time -- and Shelley tells the whole story here.
"If you are in business -- you are in the people business."
"Exist in your fear and harness it."
I would have a system for connecting with my audience before launching a product.
Systematize how you will connect with people.
Mitch Stephen is a nationally known real estate entrepreneur, trainer, and consultant who has purchased over 1,300 houses in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. He is also the author of two books, “Failing Forward to Financial Freedom” and “200+ Ways to Find Bargain Properties.” Mitch is a high school graduate who never stopped learning from books, seminars, and webinars, a graduate of "La Calle U" (which means “The Street" in Spanish), and a fine example of what “on-the-job-training” can produce in a person. Mitch now teaches others how to become financially independent and invest for more than just the typical lump-sum check.
Mitch has the systems in place so that he can spend the first hour of his day in bed answering emails -- and then his day begins. ONWARD!
"Action overcomes fear."
Success is a business that relatively recession proof.
Mitch believes that financial freedom isn't tied to wealth -- and Mitch tells the reasons why here.
Stacy Tuschl is a speaker, business coach, and the owner of The Academy of Performing Arts in Wisconsin. She is the author of “Is Your Business Worth Saving” where she reveals proven strategies for pulling entrepreneurs out of a rut and launching them toward business success. She is the host of the brilliant podcast Business Rescue Road Map, which became the #1 podcast in iTunes New & Noteworthy just 48-hours after launch!
Business Rescue Road Map airs three episodes a week -- interviews with high-achieving entrepreneurs on Monday and Wednesday and a solocast on Friday. Stacy loves the mix, especially since she gets to learn answers to questions like whether or not work-life balance exists.
People are listening to your show -- you need to understand that people are there for your opinion and not just your guests -- so have a real conversation.
Launching is a challenge -- so you need to have a great strategy and support team around you.
I spend only my Wednesdays on podcasts by batching them. And even though I air two episodes a week -- I record three episodes a week so I can build inventory.
Even though the podcast didn't exist at that point -- I was able to get some amazing people to be my initial guests. Don't sell yourself short because people will look into you.
Richard Sheridan, author of "Joy, Inc.", has never shied from challenges or opportunities. Rich’s focus has always been on technology, his passion is process, and teamwork with the goal of Joy.
Rich's day starts with coffee, has breakfast, and checks his email -- keep yourself connected to the world. ONWARD!
"Everyone wants to work on something bigger than themselves."
Success is service to others.
Rich believes you lose creativity, innovation, imagination, and invention when you motivate with fear -- and Rich tells the reasons why here.
Rich doesn't believe in the "A Player" mindset -- he believes in great teammates that put others first.
Jim McCabe is Vice President and General Manager for SUCCESS. With 25-years experience in the media industry, Jim has seen the industry change from traditional print to early digital adoption, and finally, print and digital integration, and has successfully led major publications through these challenges. Before joining SUCCESS in 2014, Jim’s leadership as a partner at LongBoard Media, executive vice president of PC Mag, and publisher of Fast Company and Worth magazine earned him a reputation as a champion for leading print publications into the digital age.
Jim writes down a list of priorities -- continuously evaluate what needs to be done. ONWARD!
Work on your relationships -- Jim connects with everyone on his team every day.
"Focus -- determine with your team what you want to accomplish, where you want to go, and a clear path on getting there."
"It's more important to include people than exclude people."
I would put in personal development systems -- people value other people that are trying to get better.
Rosalie Chamberlain specializes in maximizing talent and productivity within organizations. Her mission is helping organizations become inclusive environments where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and to help individuals become their best authentic self to lead effective careers and lives. She is a nationally recognized consultant, facilitator, coach, and speaker in the areas of diversity and inclusion strategy, multicultural competency, leadership development, and talent management, with expertise in managing and leveraging diverse talent. She is the author of Conscious Leadership in the Workplace: A Guidebook to Making a Difference One Person at a Time; and has been quoted in numerous national and legal publications, as well as The New York Times.
Rosalie schedules everything on her calendar -- block out your schedule. ONWARD!
It is all about self-awareness -- Rosalie pauses, thinks, and is intentional about her actions.
Rosalie was kind of lonely after moving to Denver -- and Rosalie tells the whole story here.
"Self-awareness -- we cannot get to where we want to go if we don't know where we are."
"Purpose is concerned with every task that you do."
I would have had gotten assistance sooner.
Be collaborative -- we need the diversity of ideas.
An individual would have integrity and authenticity.
Look fear in the face, acknowledge it fully, and take it apart. Use this FEAR acronym:
Good Morning Onward Nation…I’m Stephen Woessner. During today’s solocast…I am going to dig really deep — get personal — and share a story that will push my comfort zone quite a bit — but — the lesson in teamwork is powerful and that is why I want to share it with you, Onward Nation.
And so for this solocast — I am following the advice of many of our Onward Nation guests — when you feel that anxiety bubbling up — when you feel anxious about a topic — about a problem — about a situation in your business — you are likely headed in the right direction.
Don’t run from it — instead — run toward it.
Don’t let your fear overpower you — run toward the situation, Onward Nation — and you will likely be running toward your destiny.
You see…your destiny is really big, impressive, and if God were to reveal it to you all at once…it would likely frighten the living daylights out of you…without the context of how you will also grow along the way in order to get there.
So today, I am going to share a story about a situation that caused me to grow — it pushed me like I had never been pushed before — and I grew as a result.
And then nothing I have faced ever since has even come close to being anywhere close to as difficult of a challenge.
Nothing, Onward Nation. Because of this one day…I feel prepared to tackle any challenge — but not going at it alone.
No…this is not lone wolf story — this is not a story about individual heroism — or some sort of self-aggrandizing.
No, this is a story about teamwork and what happens when you and your team decide to follow what my good friend and mentor, Don Yaeger discusses in his newly released book, “Great Teams”…when he illustrates in detail how great teams win in critical situations.
I had the privilege of interviewing Don for a third time recently — and — we aired Episode 282 yesterday so he could take us deep inside his latest book, “Great Teams — the 16 things high performing organizations do differently.”
And Don’s principle of how Great Teams win in critical situations was so inspiring to me that I wanted to share how I have seen this personally play out and hopefully this story will have value to you — despite how it is pushing my comfort zone to share this with you.
To take you deep inside this principle of Great Teams — I am going to take you back to the summer of 1990…June 17, 1990, to be exact.
Don Yaeger has been as our incredible guest in Episodes 2 and 160. He is also one of Stephen Woessner’s (host of Onward Nation) most influential mentors -- and someone who keeps him on the straight and narrow both professionally and in life. Don is the author of over two dozen books, a 9-time New York Times bestselling author (soon to be 10) a highly sought after, nationally acclaimed professional speaker, and one of the world’s leading authorities on what makes the great teams great -- and -- how to put their proven practices into application inside any organization -- to propel a team to new levels of achievement.
Don was challenged to study this topic -- and he talks all about going on the road and talking to all the great team leaders in the episode.
Don talks about defining what a great team is -- and -- choosing who to study.
It's your team that is going to make or break your business.
Leadership has to inspire others -- trust allows you the opportunity to do something special.
Geoffrey Colon works at the intersection of marketing, tech, and popular culture. Data punk, DJ, podcaster, and author of the book Disruptive Marketing, Geoffrey is a communications designer at Microsoft, where he leads a team of disruptive marketers to develop creative and analytical strategies for the company’s search advertising business. Previously he was vice president of digital strategy at Ogilvy & Mather, digital communities supervisor at 360i, and social media specialist at Bond Strategy and Influence. He has written for The Futurist, Advertising Age, and Fast Company, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Billboard Magazine, Advertising Age, Los Angeles Times, and on NPR.
Geoffrey believes in having periods of the day away from technology -- we aren't designed to be around them all the time. ONWARD!
"Soft skills -- they come with time and learning."
Lori Jones is the President and CEO of Avocet Communications and brings top retail, consumer product, business-to-business and nonprofit organizations knowledge and experience in all aspects of integrated marketing to clients. Her experience with Fortune 500 brands and entrepreneurial start-ups, enables her to contribute a keen understanding of the intricacies today’s businesses. Lori is also the host of the brilliant podcast, Integrate and Ignite, recently launched on iTunes and soaring up the charts. You may also remember Lori and the wisdom she shared during episode 130 of Onward Nation. If you haven’t listened to, studied, and applied all that Lori shared during our first interview…we highly encourage you to add episode 130 to your list of vital priorities.
Lori gets up at about 4 AM, gets some of the things off of her desk that she was not able to complete the previous day, does some heavy thinking for the day, and wakes up her children -- cherish the important moments. ONWARD!
"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon." - Paul Brandt
There are personal, business, and mentorship forms of success -- and Lori shares how she defines the three kinds in the episode.
Lori reflects on pros and cons of a situation with pen and paper and then takes 24 hours to think about it -- and Lori tells the reasons why here.
Aaron Anastasi is a serial entrepreneur with online businesses such as Superior Songwriting Method, Singing Success, and the internationally recognized, Superior Singing Method, an online singing lesson program that grosses seven-figures annually. Aaron has the #1 singing / life lesson channel on YouTube and has over 11.5 million organic views and over 130 thousand subscribers total on his three channels. Aaron is also a prominent success coach for clients in industry-leading roles, ranging from film directors to marine biologists to TEDx speakers. His new book, The Voice of Your Dreams, was released in April 2016 and reached Amazon's top 100 best sellers within the first week of release.
Aaron starts his day with meditation -- go over examples that refute the lies you tell yourself. ONWARD!
Give yourself time to refresh throughout the day -- Aaron goes into his walk-in closet to renew his mindset.
Aaron launched a product to zero customers -- and Aaron tells the whole story here.
"Commitment and tenacity."
"You can be 30 years old with a degree or you can be 30 years old without a degree."
I would have had an assistant sooner.
Keep your vision front and center and rehearse it every day.
Stephen is the CEO of Predictive ROI and the 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. I hope you are having a wonderful week — a week filled with new opportunities in your business, new relationships personally and professionally, and yes, I even hope you have experienced some challenges along your path this week, too.
Because it is through the challenges that you are given the opportunity — the blessing — to grow, to make changes, and to learn. It is through the challenges — even the fiercest of obstacles that try to impede you on your path — that is when you are truly tested – and success is right at your doorstep.
You will grow the most, Onward Nation, when you are pushed to your limits — when you are…stress-tested. When I think about my darkest times as a business owner — or — when I think back to how when I was in the Air Force and situations sometimes went from bad to worse while I was working on a nuclear missile silo in South Dakota — I never quit — but more importantly — I looked at those challenges as opportunities to learn, grow, and oftentimes improve the system.
But part of being able to push through the challenges and achieve success as has more to do with our mindset than external factors. It is your belief system – what you believe you can do that will largely determine if you succeed or fail.
Your belief system – Onward Nation – is a complex interwoven network of inputs – your experiences – the people you spend the most time with – and so on. But there is one voice you hear and listen to most often – and this voice is the one that has the greatest amount of influence over your belief system.
And that one voice is yours Onward Nation. You speak to you more often throughout the day – consciously or unconsciously – than anyone else.
Your voice is the one that helps create beliefs, destroy previously held beliefs, and sets the trajectory of your life.
So it matters how you talk to yourself every day, Onward Nation.
And let's dive in.
Ford Saeks is the president & CEO of Prime Concepts Group. Ford’s extensive background in the business world and the Internet provides his clients with a unique advantage. His practical marketing approach and proven strategies have been applied across a wide range of industries and applications. He has successfully founded 10 companies, received three U.S. Patents, sold millions in sales, and is the genius behind many successful ventures. He has helped thousands of people improve results, monetize their websites, leverage social media, and expand market share. He is an entrepreneur in every sense.
Ford uses Act to block time -- use a CRM that fits you to save yourself time. ONWARD!
What you focus on you attract -- Ford starts every day with positive messages.
Ford marketed an event for a year and only sold 65 tickets -- and Ford tells the whole story here.
Nicole Walters quit her 6-figure, 9 to 5 corporate job LIVE in front of 10,000 people on Periscope...and six months later...she built a million dollar business while teaching others how to monetize their passions. Monetize Thyself™ Nicole is creating a transformative lifestyle brand that offers online training courses, consulting, mentorship, networking, and a full suite of resources to help everyday people -- brands -- and leaders -- realize their full potential.
Nicole uses the tool Wunderlist -- use the tools that exist to make your life easier. ONWARD!
Talk to your audience -- Nicole starts her day with social media.
Nicole scrapped her product and redid it before launching -- and Nicole tells the whole story here.
"Listen to your audience -- and -- be responsive."
"You don't need to listen to everything -- listen to what speaks to you."
I would have had ran surveys right from the beginning.
You need to use multivariate beta testing within your team.
If you're having trouble selling something:
Coach Jim Johnson developed winning high-school basketball teams for 30 years, taking over three losing varsity programs and turning them into winners in short periods of time. Of his 428 career victories, one in particular will surely never be duplicated. On February 15, 2006, Coach Johnson made the kind-hearted gesture of inserting his autistic manager, Jason McElwain, now known to the world as J-Mac, into Greece Athena High School’s final home game, which the Trojans won 79-43. J-Mac scored 20 points in just over four minutes, including six three-point baskets, to become an instant national celebrity. Since that night in February, Coach Johnson has made a number of radio and television appearances, including the Oprah Winfrey and Jim Rome shows to tell this incredible story. Coach Johnson has retired from teaching and is now a professional speaker focusing on teamwork, goal setting leading by example.
Jim studies success and leadership -- you have to make life a study. ONWARD!
Have a specific morning routine -- Jim starts his day off with a nutritious breakfast and then takes the time to pray, writes down his 17 goals, reads, exercises, and listens to educational and inspirational audio.
Jim had anarchy amongst the parents of his basketball team -- and Jim tells the whole story here.
"Know what you're all about -- and master the art of sales."
"You have to live your life with integrity."
I would have had systems for leading to new opportunities following speaking engagements.
Be clear on your mission and vision -- and then attract those are passionate about your vision.
An individual would believe in the same values that you do.
Kelly Hatfield is co-founder of Enginuity Advantage based in Everett, Washington. She has been in the recruiting and HR field for 20-years and loves serving others. Kelly and her business partner have built three successful companies with the purpose of helping others succeed and delivering remarkable results. Kelly and her team strategically align themselves as “The Partner of Choice” with clients and strive to be the first place clients call when they are looking for extraordinary service, quality, and reliability. The result outcome has been an outstanding referral network that has built and continues to build their companies. h3>Secret – timesaving technique Kelly plans tomorrow today -- you can't sleepwalk through your day. ONWARD!
Appreciate what you have -- Kelly starts her day with gratitude.
Kelly's most challenging time was the first two years of her business -- and Kelly tells the whole story here.
"Be really, really open-minded."
"Anything you set your mind to, you will be successful at."
I would have implemented our onboarding system sooner.
Start with the end in mind -- and start with your vision.
An individual would focus on building relationships -- not the sale.
Stephen is the CEO of Predictive ROI and the 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 thank you for taking the time to be here this morning…and for all the support, the encouragement, and the notes letting us know how we can improve and deliver even more value.
I appreciate the feedback so very much.
Each week — we receive virtual high fives, thumbs up, posts on Facebook, Tweets, LinkedIn messages, and emails letting us know how much Onward Nation means to you as well as the value delivered by the incredible transparent lessons learned shared by our rock star guests.
I want you to know that my team and I are deeply committed to our mission and purpose of sharing practical and tactical insights you need in order to think, act, and achieve like today’s top business owners — so you can move your business onward to that next level.
So thank you, again, Onward Nation — it is an honor to be here with you — just 2 days after July 4th — a day for us to remember how fortunate and blessed we are to live in a free country — where we can chart our own course — where we can be a business owner if we choose to be — and where we can create the life of our dreams…if we just have the grit, the persistence, the tenacity, and the courage to do so.
Thank you also for helping us celebrate our recent 1-year anniversary. Episode 258 on June 15th with Wendy Keller as our great guest marked 12 full months of Onward Nation…and what started as our mission to help business owners here in the United States…quickly spread globally.
In fact, two of our early guests, Afraa Zammam in Episode 9 and Albrecht Behmel in Episode 12— both business owners from Germany — started our international expansion, which has grown steadily to the point that our episodes are listened to in 91 countries around the world. 91!
So thank you, Onward Nation — thank you for everything.
It is hard for me to express just how much these last 12-months have meant to my team and me. To be able to see our hard work provide so much value is rewarding.
And…it is especially rewarding to me because I know the backstory…the story of how Onward Nation almost never happened.
This dream of ours almost never got off the ground.
The concept of Onward Nation could have vanished before it ever started — if — I would have let FEAR cheat us out of our full potential.
So for today’s solocast, I am going to take you deep behind the green curtain of Onward Nation — and — deep behind my personal green curtain by sharing Onward Nation’s startup story — it is a story about fear, about procrastination, perseverance, and then success — but — FEAR could have derailed Onward Nation from launching or from becoming a top-ranked business podcasts that it is today.