Winsight Episode 6: Don’t Be a Street Sweeper

 

On our street every Friday a street sweeper comes by and supposedly cleans the side of the road near the curb. Call me cynical, but that machine has to be the biggest waste of money known to man. All it does is swirl the dirt and debris in the air and spray some water down. It doesn’t actually pick anything up or clean the area. In fact, it seems like the only purpose is to catch people who don’t read the parking signs and give them a ticket. To me, the only winner here is the city.

In today’s episode I’ll discuss why a street sweeper is similar to how we live our lives. We’ll cover the following points:

  • Why being “busy” isn’t a good thing
  • What a rocking horse has to do with motion vs. progress
  • Where relaxing went wrong and prioritizing went right
  • Why money isn’t the most important currency anymore

So after learning about how you can be a street sweeper sometimes, what are “busy” doing? Please share your thoughts below!

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Winsight Episode 5: Why You Need a PHD (Permanent Hustle Degree)

 

School is overrated. Now with a Bachelors and Masters Degree under my belt that sounds hypocritical coming from me, but knowledge doesn’t necessarily translate to real world skills.

You can’t afford to wait for the economy to rebound. It’s not going to happen.

In this episode, I’ll explain the following reasons why you need a PHD (permanent hustle degree):

  • Why there is NO substitution for experience
  • Networking shouldn’t just be a goal, it should be part of your lifestyle
  • How public speaking is just like selling
  • Why you need a side hustle and when you should start one (or many)

What’s your experience with school and how has it shaped you into the person you are today? What idea has been brewing in your head/heart that you need to share with the world? Comment below because we need to know!

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Winsight Episode 4: Successfully Failing

 

A successful failure? Seems like an oxymoron huh? But actually it’s not.

In this episode learn how failure is essential to success. Here is what is covered:

  • Failure is simply a numbers game. Learn how to play it and win.
  • What a baseball players batting average has to do with your success
  • The myth of risk and why resting your past successes is a recipe for disaster
  • Insanity, growth and what regret can do to your soul

How willing are you to fail? Share your number and why you chose it below. Remember transparency is part of growing.

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Winsight Episode 3: The Importance of Goliath

 

The original Goliath in the Bible was a defeated in a huge upset by David and ever since then the underdog has become the fan favorite.

In this episode I’d like to pose the argument why we all need “Goliaths” in our lives through the following points:

  • How Nike leads the pack and everyone else benefits from them
  • The Tiger effect and how he is bigger than the sport itself
  • Why dominance in sports is good and parody is bad
  • Why identifying your personal Goliath is important and how your legacy depends on it

Who or what is your Goliath? Share how you have overcome this figure in the comments below and you’ll inspire someone else to do the same!

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Winsight Episode 2: Why You Need Haters

 

People like to call others haters, but what if that isn’t necessarily a bad thing?

If you take a stance on ANYTHING someone is bound to disagree with you, so I’ll discuss why haters are essential in this episode:

  • Being politically correct vs. keeping your opinion to yourself
  • My connection to Lakers Nation & how the Lakers historically bad season helped me
  • The relationship between controversy and respect
  • Leadership, significance and haters

What’s been your experience with “haters?” I’d love to hear your thoughts below and how you’ve risen above it!

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Winsight Episode 1: Introduction to the Winsight Podcast

 

So I’ve jumped on the podcast bandwagon after seeing the majority of the entrepreneurs that I follow regularly do them consistently with great results. I’m not a huge radio/music listener, but I see the benefits of audio learning.

In this introductory podcast I’ll cover:

  • How podcasts are a “passive” learning tool
  • Why I use sports analogies with my coaching clients
  • Why I don’t market myself as a Life Coach
  • Why flexibility and reinvention is key to your success

This is going to be a fun ride and I need your feedback and comments to tackle the subjects that matter most to you. Please leave your comments/suggestions about the podcast below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

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How to S.C.A.L.E. your Business

Coming up with a business idea is easy, executing it is hard.

There’s a big difference between “doing what you love” and creating a business that makes money.

Sure, you should choose something you have a vested interest in, but you need a sales/marketing strategy to go along with it before you launch.

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For example, I love coaching, but that alone is NOT going to pay the bills. I evaluate different opportunities now based on the income potential. Is my motivation to be filthy rich? No. But I want to provide for my family and have my business ventures support my lifestyle. So here is an acronym to help you judge your next idea against:

Sell your strengths – Do what you know and are great at. Don’t try to do everything well. That only disrupts your focus and dilutes your efforts. Figure out what you’re best at and stick there.

Collaborate – Nothing great is accomplished alone. The bigger the dream, the more help you’ll need. Network like your life depends on it. Offer value to others, but don’t keep “score.” Say yes to most partnerships at first. Learn from others who have done it before.

Automate – Figure out how to get yourself out of your business. That means aim to put it on auto-pilot and let it run itself. Most people’e egos won’t let them NOT micromanage, but if you truly want something to grow, you have to give up full control. It doesn’t mean you won’t be involved, but it does mean you won’t be involved in every little detail anymore. Trust good people and systems to do what you can’t.

Lifestyle – Your business doesn’t need to be your life, unless you want it to be. Have your business support your lifestyle, not the other way around. If you plan that way, you’ll have a life and the time to spend it the way you want. That’s the best part about being a lifestyle entrepreneur: the freedom and flexibility of schedule.

Efficiency – Time is the currency that is given equally to all. Use it wisely. Along with selling your strengths, collaborating and automating you want to spend your time and effort on what gives you the best ROI. Being busy for busy’s sake is just plain dumb. A rocking chair makes a lot of movement, but doesn’t go anywhere. As someone who is obsessed with efficiency, work smarter, not harder.

If you measure your business effort against S.C.A.L.E., you should be able to select a project that is both worthwhile and profitable. I hope this is helpful and I’d love to hear what you’re working on. Please comment below!

University of Convenience

In the age of information, content is plentiful (not always important, but still readily available).

If you look at the rise of online education as an example, times are changing. Not only are University degrees not as prestigious anymore, but it also doesn’t guarantee you work like it did in the past.

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Welcome to the DIY age where anything AND everything can be learned through doing a Google search.

Ease and convenience has become such a commodity that credibility isn’t as scrutinized.

Both as an entrepreneur and a consumer that means unlimited options. Not only can you enjoy instruction from the comfort of your home, but you can also get paid without being “live.”

Here are some examples:

  • Instead of attending a live event, you can watch a webinar at your kitchen table.
  • Why enroll in a college course, when you can get the same, if not better information on platforms like Udemy?
  • Marketing degrees can be outdated, but if you follow the best online marketing blogs their advice is priceless.

Technology has changed the way we learn, so now you have more choices. No longer do you have to pay to add some letters behind your name to be known as an expert. Credibility is earned through follower-ship, not credentials.

Your story and experiences are your foundation to helping others learn something you’ve gone through.

So get current and figure out how you can assist others…while sitting on the couch.

Why You Shouldn’t be a Leader

Nowadays “leader” is a term thrown around too loosely. I come from the school of thought that leaders are born, not made. That doesn’t mean a leader can’t be developed. I just don’t think anyone can be a leader just by acquiring the skills. Whether you agree or disagree, hear out my reasoning behind this theory:

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Potential – Leaders are born into this world with intangible qualities that attract others to follow them. I’ve seen it on the playground as early as 2 years old. It’s not something they’re trying to do. It just comes out. When you were young, were others attracted to follow you?

Responsibility – Everyone loves to get praise when things go right, but can you handle the blame when things go wrong and it may not even be your fault? Leaders take ownership for poor results by themselves or others under their supervision. Being a leader isn’t as glamorous as advertised. It’s about deflecting the praise towards others and shouldering the burden when people are complaining. Are you willing to take the fall, under your watch, even if you’re right?

Profile – Leaders usually aren’t the outspoken, extroverts that the media portrays them to be. They’re usually the quiet, soft spoken ones who do things “under the radar.” Leaders don’t purposely seek attention. If it comes their way, fine, but it’s not something they desire. Leaders earn the respect of others by their example of consistent behavior(s). Do you “fit” the profile of a leader?

Results – One of the most important traits of a leader is the “fruit” of their labor. By definition, leadership is getting things done through people. One part task. One part relationship. Leadership is about what you’ve accomplished with and through the efforts from others. It’s like a personal resume of achievements over time. Do you have the “resume” of a leader? 

Confidence – Leaders don’t need the title of leader, they’re voluntarily given it by others. If you’re driven to lead by your ego, you’re going about it wrong. Leaders are confident, but not arrogant. Confidence is usually based on past successes, but a leader has an inner confidence that isn’t shaken easily by circumstances. Everyone loves “strokes,” but leaders don’t need them. Is your confidence level unflappable, even during scrutiny? 

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, consider this a realization. Everyone isn’t cracked up to be a leader. In fact it’s better that way. If there are too many leaders on a team, nothing gets done. Leaders are invaluable, but that doesn’t mean you need to be one. In my opinion, the best leaders aren’t the most dynamic, but they are great at developing the people around them. So by this definition, are you a leader?