Text 30 Aug 3 notes Every child is an artist: How to exercise your creativity in order to remain one

Every child is an artist: How to exercise your creativity in order to remain one is a post from: EntrepreneurOnFire.com

This post was written by Dave Bentley, an entrepreneur and beatbox performer.

“Today is the day your life changes forever.”

I recently met Kate through EntrepreneurOnFire. We exchanged some emails, and after I told Kate a bit more about my journey, she suggested I share it with you here today.

Kate mentioned that most of you are either close to taking your own entrepreneurial leap, or that you’re already in the process of taking the necessary steps towards living the life you truly want to live.

I thought hard about the best way I could have an impact – to help you live the life that you desire and deserve – so I’ve decided to share my personal story with you and the challenges I’ve overcome to prove that anything is possible.

I also want to share the steps and information I’ve learned to help you develop a perspective and awareness that will set you up to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.

So here goes…

My Journey

I was born without the part of my brain that controls the right side of my body.

As a child, my right hand had the tendency to make a fist-like ball and stick to my chest. My shorter, weaker right foot was pointed inwards, which meant falling over on a weekly basis.

Unfortunately, the natural reaction to brace myself only existed on my left side, so I used to knock myself out every now and then.

Being a ‘different’ child meant I was bullied for about fourteen years on a daily basis in some form.

This came in the traditional form of being physically hit, along with attempts to throw me in the bin, and also in the form of mental bullying such as being laughed at or having girls be embarrassed to be around me. It smashed my self-esteem and made me wonder if a girl could ever like someone like me, or if I could ever achieve what I wanted in life.

My experiences as a disabled child made me feel like I had a different perspective than my friends; a perspective that was observant and more than just following the status quo. I believe it was this perspective that guided me on a different path.

I had to believe there was a better life for me as an adult, and I transferred this pain from my childhood into energy and motivation, which drove me to pursue my ultimate goals.

My Values In Life

I learned that what is most valuable in life is time, traveling and people. So I set out to design a life that gave me the freedom to travel, see the world and meet people, all while earning and building a business.

I was also inspired when I was fifteen to practice beat boxing, and I’ve now been practicing for ten years. I have performed onstage in over fifteen countries in front of tens of thousands of people, simply by asking for the opportunity to do so. Not for money, but to have fun and share a connection with people. I believe this the best way to  perform around the world.

The exploration of new complex rhythm structures and sounds through beat boxing has allowed me to further improve my creative capacity and apply this to other areas of my life.

I started my first business when I was nineteen: a web development company. I taught myself everything I needed to know, and within weeks I was out selling to companies.

Six years later, I’m running my third company with three partners, two of whom I met while traveling.

We are building a social commerce platform called trendii. The platform uses images, articles, audios, videos and products, and it allows the user to express their emotions and ideas in an even more customized way.

creativity

We want to inspire users to be creative and to take social interaction to the next level.

Changing your life forever

Now it’s your turn to start designing your life.

If I can do it, then you can, too.

It would’ve been easy for me to have let my external influences get the better of me. Instead, I took action and made decisions. It’s a simple process once you understand the concepts.

Below, I outline the methodology I’ve created and that I’ve personally followed throughout my adult life. I also talk about the steps you can take in order to change your perception of reality and to shift the direction of your energy towards achieving your goals.

There is a reason that you have chosen to read this article today - especially to this point.

Make this the day you change your life forever.

Grab some paper and a pen and follow the steps below:

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • Why do you want to achieve this?
  • What does it look like? What’s the vision here?
  • What are the steps you need to take in order to get there?

Write the answers to these questions down.

If the steps you need to take are not clear, then write what down what you do know now. Next, start asking people who have had some success in this area for guidance on what they think these steps might be, and then you can revisit. This part you may have to keep adding to as the steps become more clear.

Who are you?

You are a product of your environment, influenced by the world we live in.

The market system doesn’t care if you are happy or fulfilled. The system is designed for you to be a super consumer, buying material things to fill a void, eating unhealthy food to fill an even bigger void, and working an unfulfilling job until death do thou part.

Do you follow the system, or do you take action in order to design your own life?

  • Write down what you are not happy with in your life.
  • Write “This is the reason that I want to take action and change my life forever.”

I wrote:

I have seen where my life will go if I stay working in a supermarket. I will just scrape by doing the same thing every day. The monotony is going to kill my creativity and soul. I will receive no life fulfillment. This is the reason that I want to take action and change my life forever.”

Making Decisions

Every day you wake up and go to sleep. You eat for energy, but what do you do with that energy?

It’s important to grow your level of awareness so you are fully aware of the way you use your energy.

Most people are not really aware of how they use their energy. They make little change to their direction of energy or their thought process on a day-to-day basis. Life is the sum of the decisions you make, so the more decisions you make, the more you are alive.

You make a decision to brush your teeth and to shower, so why not also make decisions that will lead to a happier and more fulfilled being?

What decision can you make now that will have a positive impact on your life?

  • Write down the new decisions you are going to make to kick-start your new life.

Some examples:

Reading a book Allocating 2 hours a day for self development
Finish my website and business cards Start being creative again
Stop watching TV Start getting exercise each day
Eating only healthy food Get on my feet and meet people

Creativity

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

― Pablo Picasso

At school we were taught in a linear fashion, which stamps on our creativity. Creativity allows us to find solutions and to see things in a different way. It is our highest conscious ability.

You are a very creative person, don’t ever forget that.

You’ve most likely just been caught-up in the rat race, which has caused you to stop doing those creative things you loved when you were younger. The path to success is not obvious, and typically counter intuitive, so it’s really important to exercise your creative capacity.

The more creative you are, the easier it will be to see your challenges from different perspectives that will help you find solutions.

How can you bring more creativity into your life?

  • Write down what you can do to bring more creativity into your life.

Some examples:

Drawing Cooking new and creative meals
Painting Brainstorming with a friend
Writing Making up a game
Playing an Instrument Doing something new on the weekend

Observe Yourself

Most of what you do on a day-to-day basis is unconscious and done on autopilot.

Many of the things you are thinking are just recycled thought processes.

Every day that goes by where you haven’t taken action is wasted.

These thoughts just represent what your brain has stored from past experiences, which are replayed over and over again if you don’t make a conscious effort to think differently.

Are you aware of your thoughts?

  • Get a new piece of paper . Write down some of the things you typically think about and that you want to stop thinking about, (at the end you are going to throw this list away.)
  • On the first piece of paper, write the things you would like to start thinking about.
  • Are there some negative thought patterns you have that you can flip around so that they’re positive?
  • Write down that you are ready to become aware of your thought processes, and you are ready to disrupt the usual flow. State that you will change your thoughts to be positive and guided towards you achieving your goals.

Be vocal

Mind your thoughts because they become words, mind your words because they become reality.

― NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)

This is the most powerful quote from NLP, in my opinion.

Who would you like to be? Decide, and start saying it out-loud to yourself, to your friends or even post it on Facebook.

  • Write down the new person you are transforming yourself to be.

Some examples:

I am an entrepreneur I am a writer
I am a singer I am good at sales
I am a podcaster I am good at communicating with people

The words that come out of your mouth can have a powerful impact on your reality and the direction of your energy. It’s important to remove all negative language from your vocabulary.

Observing yourself is about being able to recognize when you’re being negative and to stop yourself before you say whatever it is you were going to say.

Choose to speak positively instead. It’s a choice, remember that.

It takes some practice, but it’s a very powerful and life-changing concept.

Make decisions, be vocal, take action and be creative.

Team Work

Regardless of the personal qualities that I have, I also have many limitations. It’s a fact for all of us as humans. Understand what you are good at and connect with people who have complementary skills.

Stephen Covey, in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, speaks about inter-dependence as the best type of relationship to have. Bring value to the table and connect with people who also bring value from a different respect. Evolve, learn and grow together. This will allow you to create far better results than you could have ever done on your own.

Creativity truly works at its best when other people are involved. This includes solving much more complex problems and coming up with ideas one person could never have dreamed of.

I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with three other partners – all of whom bring a huge amount of value to the table in different respects.

We move fast, generate lots of ideas, and deliver creative and innovate results.

trendii will be the result of our combined energy.

Did I mention two of those partners are on the other side of the world?

The Internet brings us closer together than ever before. There’s no reason why you can’t work with people and develop a business remotely.

Is there someone you can connect with and go on this journey with?

  • Brainstorm on your paper places where you can find and connect with people who have complementary skills and who are ready to take the next step.

Some suggestions:

Co-working space Business social networks/forums
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Seminars Business exhibitions

Time

There are one hundred billion stars in our galaxy and hundreds of billions of other galaxies in our universe, each with hundreds of billions of their own stars.

Now that gravitational waves have been detected for the first time, this indicates the likelihood of a multi-verse. Our universe could just be one of hundreds of billions.

We live on a tiny planet in a solar system orbiting one star. In the vastness of space and time, your limited conscious existence lasts for a spec of time in the grand scheme of things. It’s practically been and gone.

Do you really have time to waste?

  • Write down how much time in a day you are going to allocate to connecting with people who can help you get one step closer to your goals.
  • Where is your working space? Write down where it will be – and don’t say in your bed.

Comfort Zone

Leave it!

The only two words that need to be said for this part.

Your comfort zone represents the behaviors you have created over time; a state of being that is consistent and avoids risk. Most people live in reaction to their emotions. If it feels like there is a risk, or something to lose, your emotions make you feel anxious.

This can be something simple like having a conversation or picking up the phone. You’ll only be able to grow when you leave your comfort zone and overcome or harness your emotions.

You are not your emotions.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

― Aristotle

Are you ready to leave your comfort zone and grow?

  • Write down the things you’re going to do to help you grow as a person and get closer to your goals.

Some examples:

Make a call to a potential client Approaching people, starting a conversation
Give a presentation Facing a fear
Begin an old passion Speak in front of large audience

Push yourself out of your comfort zone and go after what you want. Over time you will create completely new habits.

The more you’re outside your comfort zone, the more confidence you’ll gain in all areas of your life, including raising your self-esteem.

Your Body

You can’t have a healthy mind without a healthy body. You are what you eat.

It’s important that you strive for a healthy eating lifestyle if you want to stay focused and motivated.

Are you ready to cut unhealthy food out of your life and stay focused on your goals?

  • Write down the healthy foods you are going to eat in order to keep your energy high and focused.

Some examples:

Oatmeal Green Tea
Avocado Brown Rice
Salmon Fruits and Vegetables

Social Entrepreneurs 

We live in uncertain and hostile times. The current economic model is based on infinite growth, (on a planet with finite resources), and we are destroying our environment in pursuit of profit.

Successful businesses in this new era are those that have sustainability rooted in their vision, and who are looking to find creative solutions to environmental and social issues, which they balance with profit.

Over to you

Type out what you have written from each exercise above.

Add any pictures that help illustrate your vision.

If you can’t type it, re-write it so it’s nice and clear. You can also draw the pictures to illustrate your vision.

Be ready to add to it over time and upgrade it as you grow and alter your approach.

Stick this piece of paper somewhere where you can read it every day.

Stay focused, keep making small steps forward, learn, grow and connect. You’ll reach your goals if you stay focused and work hard.

It’s a rocky road, and it takes a lot of time, but I know full well you’re more than capable. Remember it’s a journey, not a destination, and failures happen along the way.

I hope you’re able to get as much value out of this approach as I have.

Be a part of the trendii journey

Dave Bentley is an entrepreneur and beatbox performer. He is passionate about having a potrendiisitive impact on the world by bringing together all of his knowledge and abilities and sharing that with others. He is currently working on a revolutionary social commerce platform called trendii.

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Text 29 Aug Breakthroughs, Triggers, Influence + Tested Methods [Noise Reduction .78]
I know I usually rant and rave about the fact that your portfolio needs to be larger than your library.
That you need to be taking action and building a portfolio of results — as opposed to spending all your resources on just learning and creating a dusty bookshelf. 

Well, I’ve learnt that no matter how much I preach, sometimes, as they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. 

So, in this week’s edition of Noise Reduction, I wanted to share with you a list of what I believe are some of the non-negotiable must-have books in your marketing library. 

No matter what I say, you’re most likely going to be buying books and courses anyway… at least make them the right ones.  

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My Life in Advertising and Scientific Advertising – Claude Hopkins
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I doubt there are many people who have bought and gifted more copies of this book than me. It’s my #1 favourite book of all time, and I gift it to as many people as possible — including all new Platinum Advisory Board members.


The Ultimate Marketing Plan – Dan Kennedy 
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I thoroughly enjoy everything Dan writes. But if I had to suggest you start with one book, it’s this one, then move onto his Ultimate Success Secret, Ultimate Sales Letter and No BS series. 

Breakthrough Advertising – Eugene M. Schwartz 
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This book is such classic, I forked out over $300 for a first edition. Physical copies of Schwartz’s book are hard to come by, but there is a Kindle version available (luckily). 

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert Cialdini 
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I was recommended this book whilst still in high school, and to this day I try and make sure I apply his principles to every single marketing campaign I’m involved with. Such a super easy read, packed with principles to apply to everything beyond marketing as well. 

Triggers – Joe Sugarman 
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Many would say Joe’s other works such as The Adweek Copywriting Handbook or Marketing Secrets of a Mail Order Maverick are much more meaty reads. However, Triggers was the first of Joe’s books I read, and like Cialdini’s Influence, it left a very memorable mark on me. 

Tested Advertising Methods – John Caples 
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Don’t buy the 5th edition on Amazon. If you can find an early edition of the book, you’ll get the original as it was written — without all the revisions. It’s worth the extra effort to find! 

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got – Jay Abraham 
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Unlike most of the books on this list which have a bias towards copywriting and advertising, Jay’s book includes everything else you need to think about when marketing your business — referrals, networks, retention and lifetime value. 

The Boron Letters – Gary Halbert 
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This is classic Gary. These series of letters written by Gary, from his jail cell to his son Bond, are not only the most entertaining of reads, but the most profitable as well. This updated version includes commentary directly from Bond himself.

So what did I miss, what are your favourites? Hit REPLY and let me know.

So What’s Noise Reduction? Well, we all know there is so much crap out there on the web, especially in the business /marketing space — and it’s hard to remove all the noise to find the stuff that’s actually valuable. So we started a really small (almost) weekly e-mail with just a handful of the cool, noteworthy, and important stuff we stumble across each week. This post is one of those editions.

Want to Get These Noise Reductions Direct to Your Inbox? Easy! Just register to download Pete’s book below, and you’ll automatically be added to the newsletter list.

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Text 29 Aug 2 notes 677: Chris Widener: What Zig Ziglar and Jim Rohn did for him
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Chris is one of the top speakers in the world today. He is the author of 12 books and has produced 85 CDs and DVDs on success, leadership, and motivation. Chris worked closely with, and was mentored by, two speaking legends, Zig Ziglar and Jim Rohn.

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  • Chris hired the wrong person, and kept him around for 9 years, which was 8.9 too many. Fire Nation, Chris tells you how to avoid similar fate – use your courage!

Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment

  • Chris shares one of the biggest wins he had as a child: being selected to be the Seattle Supersonics ball boy. This was quickly followed by his most crushing moment of breaking both arms and at risk of losing this dream job. Listen to what Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson did that saved Chris’s bacon! His AH-HA moment? Be KIND.

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Guess who spent the entire time since his last appearance sitting on a roof.

I forgot how fun inking is! I’m really looking forward to drawing this whole chapter, honestly. Yeah! Comics!



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Text 28 Aug The Fire Path 8: Earning trust and loyalty

The Fire Path 8: Earning trust and loyalty is a post from: EntrepreneurOnFire.com

This is Chapter 8 of The Fire Path, where your passions and our guidance unite! 

Click here to listen to the audio version of this post, Episode 08 of Kate’s Take.

I’m excited to jump right in and talk about how you can start using the credibility and authority you’re establishing in your niche to help you earn trust and loyalty with your followers.

You can think of the two like this:

Establishing credibility and authority is what will help attract an audience and get you noticed within your industry or niche. Your target audience will start coming to you for information because you’re demonstrating that you’re the best person out there who can provide it to them.

Soon, they become your followers.

Once they become your followers, then what?

Great question. You’re going to further that relationship by beginning to earn their trust and loyalty.

No matter what your expertise, there are a few things that are universal to earning that trust and loyalty from your followers.

Top 5 ways to earn trust and loyalty

Know your followers

When’s the last time you trusted someone or were loyal to them without knowing anything about them?

Okay, so maybe you weren’t the best of friends yet, but you at least knew what their interests, struggles and goals were, right?

If you don’t know who your followers are (insert: your avatar), then you’re not going to know what it is they want and need.

If you don’t know what they want and need, then you’re not going to be able to provide them with valuable content.

If you’re not giving them anything of value, then there will never be an opportunity for you to earn their trust and loyalty.

Be consistent

Part of earning trust and loyalty from your followers is proving to them that you’ll do what you say you’ll do. Being consistent is an important part of gaining someone’s trust, and it’s also something that will encourage them to come back for more.

People like having a schedule – a routine. If you can make yourself a part of it, then they won’t even have to think twice about whom they’re going to go to for the help you’re providing them. (Think in terms of a 3x / week blog, or a 5x / week podcast that they rely on consuming certain days of the week.)

Make every interaction personal

Every member of your audience – whether they’re a customer yet or not – is important and should feel that way through their interactions with you.

Making your interactions with your followers personal will help you earn trust and loyalty a lot faster. Imagine if you spent one extra minute to find out where someone lives or what their industry or niche is for their business.

This is easy enough on Facebook, and with plugins like Rapportive, it’s right there for you in Gmail, too. Here’s a quick comparison of two interactions so you can see how drastic the difference is:

Personal

Hi Casey,

I hope you’re staying warm in Chicago – I hear the snow is over 1′ deep! Bbrrrrr. Just wanted to get back with an answer to your question about Podcasters’ Paradise

Not personal

Hi Casey,

Podcasters’ Paradise is $1,197.

See the power of just that single piece of personal information?

Make it easy

It starts with your website and content, and it goes all the way through to your products and services. People want to follow and engage with content that makes their life easier.

If someone lands on your site and it’s difficult to navigate, or you provide them with a service that is more work for them to set up and implement than it’s worth, then their trust and loyalty to you has just gone down the drain.

Listen

Your followers are the reason you’ve created what you’ve created. It’s not for you – it’s for them. That’s why it’s SO important to really listen to them:

What do they like about your content?

What do you hear over and over again from them?

Are there certain topics or areas where you can help them?

When you listen to your audience and respond to these types of things, it let’s them know that you care – that you’re in it for them.

Taking action in direct response to something you’ve heard from your followers (and then letting them know that you’ve done it) is a great way to help earn trust and loyalty. Because they know you’re working hard to provide them with what they want and need, they won’t have a reason to go anywhere else.

As you can see, earning trust and loyalty from your followers is an important step in the process of growing your business. Without it, your followers will never become customers, and your audience will never grow.

Alright, we’ve come to a very exciting place on The Fire Path, because right here, many roads come together and start compounding to take your business into a space where growth and awareness and social proof and recognition and many more amazing things start to appear.

Your passions, your expertise, your business idea, your avatar, your niche, your relationships, your platform, your content, your credibility and authority and the trust and loyalty you’re earning from your audience all have one thing in common: they in some way, shape or form help build your brand.

This is Chapter 8 of The Fire Path, where your passions and our guidance unite! You can subscribe to Kate’s Take: The EntrepreneurOnFire Audio Blog in iTunes today to get all the latest episodes as soon as they go live.

This post was written by Kate Erickson, Content Creator and Community Manager for EntrepreneurOnFire. Ready to connect? Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Google+

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Text 28 Aug 676: Greg Hickman: Creator of Mobile Mixed
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Greg is the Founder of Mobile Mixed—a blog, podcast and resource teaching small businesses how to generate leads and sales with mobile marketing. He is the Author of The SMS Marketing Handbook and creator of The Mobile Marketing Business Academy. When he’s not talking mobile, he’s coaching entrepreneurs on how to leave their job and uncovering how the most successful were able to leave their job on his latest podcast Leaving Corporate.

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  • ‘You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may trod me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you?
    Why are you beset with gloom?
    ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
    Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I’ll rise. Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
    Weakened by my soulful cries?Does my haughtiness offend you?
    Don’t you take it awful hard
    ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
    Diggin’ in my own backyard.You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you?
    Does it come as a surprise
    That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
    At the meeting of my thighs?

    Out of the huts of history’s shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
    I rise
    I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise.’ Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014 click to tweet!

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  • Greg’s AH-HA moment rocked me to the core, as it was so similar to mine on every level. Fire Nation, tune in!

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Text 27 Aug 675: Ross Tucker: NFL Pro turned Podcasting stud, and so much more!
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Ross is a 2-time Academic All-American at Princeton University who played 7 years in NFL before launching a media and entrepreneurial career that includes a high school athletic recruiting service named Go Big Recruiting, in addition to his very popular NFL-based Ross Tucker Football Podcast.

Success Quote

  • ‘The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.’ - Vince Lombardi click to tweet!

Business Failure

  • Ross almost failed before he started. He had an idea, researched it, and lo and behold, someone was already doing it. Like so many others, he over-reacted and almost quit on the spot. Fire Nation, when others are doing your ‘thing’ that is PROOF OF CONCEPT. Learn from them, find their weaknesses, exploit them, and create YOUR masterpiece!

Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment

  • When Ross heard about the revenue he was generating for ESPN via his Podcast Sponsorships reads, his Entrepreneurial light bulb switched on, and it hasn’t dimmed one bit since.

Current Business

  • Ross is FIRED up about his Podcast, and the overall growth trajectory of Podcasting. In 2 words: ME, TOO!

Small Business Resource

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  • Magazines and Periodicals in YOUR niche!

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Shane & Jocelyn SamsWhat does it take to be an Entrepreneur? Join us as hane & Jocelyn shares their Entrepreneurial mindset and an inside glance at their journey to becoming a successful Entrepreneur.

Shane & Jocelyn discovered online business in 2012. In just one year they had their first 5-figure month of $36,000, and by September 2013 they both quit their teaching jobs to run their business together full time! Their AH-HA moment? FlippedLifestyle.com!

Success Quote

  • ‘Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.’ - Ecclesiastes click to tweet!

Business Failure

  • Burnout. It can happen to anyone, Fire Nation. Shane & Jocelyn were making $$, but they were also overwhelmed and in a leaky boat. Their advice? Hire a VA the MINUTE you make your first dollar online.

Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment

  • 11 cents. A dime and a penny. Shane was days away from cancelling everything and going back to the only career he knew. Then it happened… One click, somewhere out there in the wide world, SOMEONE clicked an ad on his site. The fire has never left, and Jocelyn just launched a product that cleared $60k in a WEEK!

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  • These two are so enthusiastic on helping other Entrepreneurs just START. So much so, they have a GIFT for your Fire Nation! Visit http://ift.tt/1stztYf for your free gift. Light that spark!

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  • Canva: Makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters and more!
  • LeadPages: The world’s easiest landing page generator. It’s the easiest way to build conversion optimized & mobile responsive landing pages.

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Text 25 Aug The Fire Path 7: Establishing credibility and authority in your niche

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This is Chapter 7 of The Fire Path, where your passions and our guidance unite! 

Click here to listen to the audio version of this post, Episode 07 of Kate’s Take.

When I started writing this chapter about credibility and authority, I couldn’t help but think about all the fears and doubts that were going through my mind when I first launched my own podcast, Kate’s Take.

I was scared as ever, and thinking to myself, “Will anyone listen to the podcast?” Shortly followed by, “If they do, will they like what they hear?… Will they come back again for more?

Have you ever felt that way about what you’re creating?

I’ve realized over the past year plus that when you’re first starting out, it’s difficult to gain the momentum and traction that we’ve talked about before – building momentum takes time.

A lot of questions come to mind when you’re trying to build and grow your own business, like “Where should I start?” “What should I do next?” and “Is what I’m doing even working and/or worth it?

Lucky for us, there are techniques we can use to help us start building the momentum and traction we need to KNOW that what we’re doing is working, and that it is without a doubt worth it.

How?

Establishing credibility & authority in your niche

Doing so is a very important step in the process because establishing credibility and authority in your niche will help drive traffic to your website and get you noticed by your target audience.

Think of this way: if you typed into Google “looking for an iPhone 4s”, you’d probably get a ton of returns. I’m willing to bet that the first few (at least) would be links from the Apple Store, or other certified re-sellers of Apple products, like Verizon Wireless, AT&T and the like.

But there might also be a few returns from individuals or small businesses that are re-selling Apple products.

Now this is not to say that these Apple products from individuals or small businesses are bad products, but if you were actually searching and ready to pay money for an iPhone 4s, then your instincts would likely push you to purchase from a true Apple retailer, am I right?

That’s not a bad thing.

It just proves that brands with credibility and authority are ones that we’re more likely to follow, more likely to trust and more likely to buy from.

So what if you could start establishing credibility and authority in your niche? Wouldn’t that help you gain followers who can trust you, and who will eventually buy from you?

The answer is yes.

6 ways you can start today

Reach out to your network for help

Remember those relationships we started building with others in our industry or niche? Reach out to them and ask if they can help by featuring your new podcast, your new blog or your new product or service on their site or in their next newsletter.

Having already-known authority figures within your industry or niche “vouch” for you means a lot, and because their community already knows, likes and trusts them, their audience will be a lot more likely to listen to what that person has to say.

Note: There is a fine line here between asking someone you’ve actually built a relationship with, versus asking someone who you’ve simply scratched the surface with. I like to use this as a rule of thumb: if your relationship is really that solid with a person, then you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable talking to them about your ideas and what you’re looking to do.

Position yourself as a thought leader

The more you can demonstrate that you have knowledge and are an active member in your industry or niche, the more opportunities there are for people to notice you.

Not sure what a thought leader is or how to become one? Check out this post I wrote on the EntrepreneurOnFire blog for a deep dive on the topic.

Start guest posting

Practice sharing your knowledge and expertise in your industry or niche where your target audience already hangs out.

Make a list of the top 10 blogs in your industry or niche, and then reach out to those leaders and request to guest post on their site.

Guest posting on other sites within your industry or niche is a great way to be exposed to and reach a whole new audience who is very targeted and who is potentially finding out about you for the first time.

If you’re looking for some great tips on how to request a guest post and get accepted, I wrote detailed post on this topic, too.

Speaking engagements & local events

This really only applies if you’re interested in speaking at the moment; however, whether it be introducing someone else on stage at a conference, or sharing valuable information of your own with an audience, it’s a great way to build authority and credibility with a large audience.

Keep your eye out for potential speaking engagement opportunities at conferences in your niche. If you’re not well known yet, chances are it will be tough to land a speaking engagement without a close connection that can vouch for you, but it’s always worth a try to get your name out there.

Local events that might be more intimate or that are being put on by someone in your industry or niche are also great events to attend so you can continue extending your network and growing your reach.

Get noticed by writing a press release

Yes, I’ve been told several times that “PR is dead”, but clearly I don’t believe this to be the case.

There’s not much that can compare with being mentioned across major news sources, and that’s a fact. Writing a press release and putting it out on the web for news outlets to pick up is a great way to spread the word about you, your company and what you’re doing.

Making sure your piece is newsworthy is important; otherwise it’s likely that it will not get picked up. However, if you have something newsworthy to share about your company or your brand, then a press release is a great way to establish authority and credibility.

PRWeb has a ton of free resources available on how to write a press release, what types of stories or topics might be considered newsworthy, and the exact steps you can take to publish a press release today.

Write a book

Many people are scared off by the thought of writing a book, but the truth is, writing a book these days is easier than ever. You can write a book that is 5,000 words or 50,000 words and have it published on Amazon for millions of people to buy within minutes.

Having your name on Amazon and being noticed in your industry or niche as an expert with knowledge to share will add incredible value to your brand and to your own name.

The World Wide Web offers us some incredible platforms that we can self publish on, including Amazon (books), iTunes (podcasts) and YouTube (videos). These are three of the top search engines in the world, and the fact that they’re welcoming us on board is pretty special.

Of the six recommendations I’ve listed above to help you get the ball rolling with establishing credibility and authority in your niche, there must be at least one or two that you feel comfortable and confident about implementing.

If you’re fired up and ready to take action today, then I always love hearing about it and being one of the many to cheer you on! Let me know by Tweeting @KateLErickson and use #TheFirePath!

Ready for the next turn? The Fire Path is about segue by taking the credibility and authority you’re working to establish right now and showing you how to turn it into trusting and loyal fans later.

This is Chapter 7 of The Fire Path, where your passions and our guidance unite! You can subscribe to Kate’s Take: The EntrepreneurOnFire Audio Blog in iTunes today to get all the latest episodes as soon as they go live.

This post was written by Kate Erickson, Content Creator and Community Manager for EntrepreneurOnFire. Ready to connect? Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Google+

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Text 25 Aug 673: Jason Gracia: The 6-Figure Expert
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Jason GraciaWhat does it take to be an Entrepreneur? Join us as Jason shares his Entrepreneurial mindset and an inside glance at his journey to becoming a successful Entrepreneur.

Jason is the Founder and CEO of VantagePoint Inc, Author of Shifting the Balance, and creator of The Six-Figure Expert. Jason specializes in helping experts grow their online brands and businesses.

Success Quote

  • ‘Well done is better than well said.’ – Benjamin Franklin click to tweet!

Business Failure

  • Jason takes us back to a time when he was in Wal-Mart buying 2 plastic bins for taxes… and he couldn’t afford to do it. This was his pivot moment Fire Nation. What’s yours?

Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment

  • Jason’s AH-HA moment happened on a cold and rainy day in Madison, Wisconsin. Wait, isn’t EVERY day a cold and rainy day in Madison? IGNITE!

Current Business

  • Jason is SUPER fired up with the leverage and scalability he has built into his business, and he attributes this success to one single thing. Listen in…

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