Genius Network usually has about 200 people. This year it was about 400 people. Dave took away a ton of insites while there.
Tips and Tricks for You and Your Business:
"Don’t get hung up on your past, use it as raw material."
"You’re mindset is what focuses you behaviors."
"Every person has a purpose in life, even if it is to be a bad example."
Speaker 1: 00:00 Welcome to funnel hacker radio podcast, where we go behind the scenes and uncover the tactics and strategies top entrepreneurs are using to make more sales, dominate their markets, and how you can get those same results. Here is your host, Dave Woodward.
Speaker 2: 00:17 There'll be welcome back to funnel hacker radio. I'm super excited today. I'm actually out in Palm Springs, a wee Russell and myself and Carrie wife and a collector here. It was just a ton of fun along with the Russell's parents and today's. Before we fly back, it's kind of a than I'm going to try to get caught up. I that so many things happening recently and I just feel like I haven't connected with people, so I want to kind of share some of the things have been happening and some of the lessons I've been learning, I've been traveling a ton as my wife will attest to, uh, over the last four or five, six weeks now. And so I really wanted to kind of give you guys some of the, some of the insights that I received while being at some of the events. So I can't even tell you.
Speaker 2: 00:58 I'm sorry, I can't remember all the place had been that, uh, one of the ones recently was genius network, which was last weekend and while I was there, so Jesus network is normally about 200 people and Joe Polish is the guy who basically had the standards, can usually kind of keeps it to that list, but this year he kind of expanded it and it was kind of a different dynamic, be a little bit larger. It was almost three 5,400 people. But the cool part was the insights and things that I got while I was there. And that's what some things I want to share with you. So this is going to be kind of a popery mix of a whole bunch of different ideas and kind of go through them pretty quick. But hopefully these are ideas or takeaways that might be a benefit to you and your business into your life.
Speaker 2: 01:35 And uh, hopefully this makes sense to you guys. So if there's, if you're liking this kind of content, if you don't mind, please leave me a comment. Send me an obstacle to itunes rate and review this. And if you don't mind either, uh, send me a personal message on facebook or instagram, email me, whatever. Uh, I just, I always appreciate the feedback and I want to make sure that you're getting value out of this. If you're not, I'd love to change it to make sure that you are so I appreciate the time that you're taking to listen to this and your ghost. Uh, one of the very first people who spoke was a boat Easton, and one of the things he talked about was this concept as far as who made the rules and those people that know me, I've always kind of taken it.
Speaker 2: 02:15 I've looked at rules as, as something that, uh, are, are great ideas. Had this really resonated with me because his whole thing was who made the rules. If it wasn't you, why are you following them? And I think a lot about some of the things that we typically do in life where we just keep doing it because we've always done it. Or you probably heard the story of the Thanksgiving Ham where basically what happened was a man was sitting there talking to his wife and each time I always asked them, so why is it ever safe every single thanksgiving you cut the ends off of the Ham? And she's like, I don't know. My mom always did. And she said, well great. You know what grandma's going or your mom is going to be here at Thanksgiving. I want to ask her why. And so sure enough, his mother in law was there.
Speaker 2: 03:00 And he said, so tell me why is it that you've always cut cut off the ends of the Ham before you cook it for Thanksgiving? She goes, I just doesn't make any sense to me. We're wasting all this good meat and steak. You know what I don't know my mom always had. And it's like, alright, I gotta get to the bottom of this. There's gotta be some reason why we cut off the ends of the Ham. And so he said, why don't we call grandma and let's ask grandma why she cuts the ends off of the ham every single thanksgiving. So it was sure enough they get grandma on the phone and grandma goes, well, because my oven wasn't large enough to fit the ham in, I had to cut it off and so it Kinda goes back to that same idea as far as sometimes we just obey rules and things without really knowing why.
Speaker 2: 03:39 And if it doesn't benefit us and you don't know who set the rules, you may want to question why. So it was one of things I got from bullies and I thought was just a great insight. Dan Sullivan who owns strategic coach always has a ton of words, wisdom. He's always dropping pearls, wisdom and some of the things he was talking about I want to share with you were things that I think I hope resonate with you in a way that is a value to you. One of things he said was that your past is just raw material for you to use for learning. I think so often as entrepreneurs we go through a lot of struggles and you're like, oh my gosh, I don't want to share this with anybody because I'm not very proud of it. And his whole thing was, you know what, it's just raw material.
Speaker 2: 04:17 Don't get hung up on your past. Just use your past as raw material to help you in your learning and to help others as well. Use that like a comedian would use their raw material and find ways of changing it to benefit you to make sure that it's a value to you. The other thing he talked about was this whole concept as far as that your eyes only see and your ears only hear what your brain is looking for. And I see this happen so often with so many people and it's always fascinating to me where two people can have the exact same experience and yet get a completely different meaning out of it. And I think it's really important that you take a look at the way you approach things is how you approach everything. If you approach things with the idea that I got to find out what's wrong with this, you will find out what's wrong.
Speaker 2: 05:02 If you approach it with this concept as far as what can I learn from this? What's the value in this? You will get value and you will get learning out it, and so I love the idea as far as eyes only see and ears only hear what your brain is looking for, so thanks Dan. One of the things he talked about was this concept as far as the difference between a consumer versus an entrepreneur on their mindset, and I think this is a real important for you. Anybody who's listening to this as a consumer and as an entrepreneur, you got to consider both sides to it. If you're selling a product, you're the entrepreneur and you've got to understand how are your buyers looking at this as far as consumer. So typically the consumer mindset is one of criticizing, complaining, and blaming. I think that this is one of the things I've seen happen so often.
Speaker 2: 05:43 It just blows my mind where someone can sit there and complain and blame other people for an experience that they purchased just because it wasn't exactly what they wanted. And I think too often consumers have this mentality that every almost an entitlement mentality these days and drives me absolutely insane. I hate, I have no room for entitlement in my life and I just don't do well with those people like it. The other thing he said was, as far as the entrepreneur, it says entrepreneur mindset is more of a transformers mindset and with the transformer mindset, what you're looking at is, is more things along as how can I contribute, how can I collaborate? How can I create, and I find this extremely valuable is as I look at the things that I've ever experienced, I'm in, whether it's even a negative experience, it's like how can I use this experience and what can I create from this experience?
Speaker 2: 06:35 How can I contribute to this experience? How can I collaborate with realize that every experience there's there is good in it. If you look for it, one of things he talked about again is Dan Sullivan was when you're looking as far as transformers mindset, the key to that is time, and this is one of the things I'm really going to focus a lot more on. My wife and I were just talking about this recently as far as the importance of of really dedicated and setting aside more time and Dan had a great idea here as far as the key to transformers mindset as time and too often we are so tightly scheduled that it actually constricts our ability to think and if you can't think you can't develop and you can't create, so one. A couple of things that I've made mentioned before on a prior podcast that I learned from Dan was his three types of days.
Speaker 2: 07:22 Free Days, focus days and buffer days, focus days. Those days where you're going all in and you literally are closing the door and there's no other. Nothing's happening, but whatever you've got, you've got to get done. That's your plateau, diploma type of days. These are your focus days. Those days you've got to make sure no matter what I have to get this done. Free days are the days where you're literally, which I've never done a very good job of. I'm going to. That's my goal for this next year is to start scheduling free days where you literally do nothing. You don't work. You actually allow your mind to think and to create and to develop and to be exposed to other things and one of the days that he's really well known for and that those are the buffer days where you literally understand as an entrepreneur, there's so many things happening all the time and you're trying to build and grow and develop things that we schedule things so tight.
Speaker 2: 08:08 They said what you need is a buffer day where this is your, is your makeup day. It's a day where you're like, I have nothing else to do except to get caught up on all the other things and you literally have to plan those. So you plan your focus days. You then plan buffer days and then reward yourself with free days. So those are some of the insights from Dan. Again, I always love Dan and sub is strategic coach stuff is just awesome. Um, another thing is to really focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. That the whole idea here is to realize that your mindset, your mindset is what alters your behavior, and if you start focusing on your weaknesses and your mindset is all around your weaknesses, you will find that your behavior focuses more on your weakness. Whereas if you allow your mindset to focus on your strengths and you continue to develop your strengths and you outsource your weaknesses, you'll find that your mindset actually continues to grow and to expand.
Speaker 2: 08:57 So huge, huge believer in the idea as far as understanding. It's so much better to outsource your weaknesses and focus on your strengths. One of the things that Joe Polish, he's because you guys know Joe, he's very sarcastic guy who loves making fun of himself and others in and it's. This is a true Joe Polish, a statement that says, every person in life for every person has a purpose in life. Even if it has to be a bad example to you, and I think that is just so, so joe, but it it. I've, again, I totally agree with it that every single person who run across your life serves a purpose and sometimes that is a purpose to be a bad example, meaning I'm going to learn not to do, but this person did. So I thought that was pretty awesome. I want to do the things they had on there was actually a panel of four generations deep guys and a girl.
Speaker 2: 09:50 So three guys, one girl, uh, 18, 19 and 20 years old. And it was really cool for us, for me to, uh, I've got two kids right now in that age group and another one soon hitting it. And I've, I love, love my four boys and it's so fun for me to see how they learn. And it was fun as I listened to these four generation z people talking about how to market to generation z. So one of the things for them was that stories and experiences, what they look for, they really look for experiences for them. Everything is about the experience says we don't get too wrapped up in things as much as people think that they do. It says we've really kind of grown up with more of a shared economy and so experiences are super critical to them. The other thing he said is to make sure that you turn moments into movements and I'd look at what we've tried to do with clickfunnels and it's been one of the things we really have tried to do is to take moments and turn those into movements and I would encourage you in your own marketing to find out what those moments are and really trying to make a movement around them.
Speaker 2: 10:53 Uh, the other thing they talked about was the fact that to quote a conner blakely said, we breathe stories. And I thought, man, I mean we've talked a ton about stories and it's honestly one of the main reasons I'm doing this podcast at the recent. I'm doing it as many facebook lives as I am. I'm trying to get better at telling stories and not just telling the story, but hopefully have been able to elicit in to develop the story with more emotion. I'm sure this podcast is coming across probably more factual as far as things that actually happened, but I'm really going to try to, in upcoming episodes and things, I want to focus more on the emotion because what I've realized, and I've seen this, Russell does probably, it's probably one of the best at it, uh, is the ability to get into that state and to tell the story from as if it had just happened and to bring back those same raw, those st pure emotions because it's the first time that other person is hearing it.
Speaker 2: 11:50 And so for them, the greater the emotion that you can bring to it, the greater empathy and the greater connection they're going to have with you. So those are some of the things that they've talked about as far as generation z. A Dean Graziosi, he's a dear friend of mine and I just, I love talking to him anytime is just kind of hearing his insights. Has Been Marketing for over 30 years now. And just, uh, just always has great insights. And one of things he was talking about was to make sure that you take your marketing to the highest level of authenticity and I think that today so often there's this idea as far as kind of fake it till you make it type of approach or faking the Lambo Bose or, or the influencer type of approach to life. And I think people what I know what people want more than anything else is true authenticity.
Speaker 2: 12:36 And so don't be afraid to share your own insecurities. And I, it's again, I, I'm really going to, this is my goal in 2019 is to really focus more on, on really sharing more of my own insecurities of really. I've been an entrepreneur now for over 25 years and there'd been a lot of ups but there'd been a ton of downs and I think I probably haven't done the best job at sharing those and I hope to get better at doing that in upcoming episodes. And things. Uh, the other thing dean talked about was the importance of, of which again is something we, we tout a ton of click funnels and that is this whole idea as far as you need to focus more on raising your own money and focusing on cashflow versus going out to try to raise capital and have other people invest in you.
Speaker 2: 13:24 I'm a huge, huge proponent and believer in the fact that the greatest way to market and to grow your business is to sell, to do your own marketing, to do your own selling and to fund your own business through your own sales. That's the way you know your product and service actually resonates with the buyer. When they take the credit card out of their wallet and they actually swipe that and give you money for your product or service, that's when you know you've, you've done it right. And so I think that too often these days people are so focused on raising money and raising capital from outside ventures where the real benefit to knowing your customer, knowing your client, knowing whether your product or service actually resonates is when they pay you for it. So I did, again, huge believer in doing just that. One of the last things I want to talk to you about is a gentleman by the name of Andre Norman.
Speaker 2: 14:09 So Andre Norman, uh, ended up getting basically an African American guy grew up in the ghettos and the, some really, really bad experiences. Gangs and everything else. Ended up serving I think 18 years in prison and has now come out and is trying to turn his life around and is trying to help a deal is made thing right now is helping people with addiction, which is a huge cause that uh, Joe Polish is involved in. And one of the things he talks so much about was the pain that people experience. It says, and this is how he's taking a look at his own life. And I think it was a extremely valuable lesson to me is to realize that the things you go through in your life, they actually have a purpose. And what he said was, it's not about you and it's not about your pain.
Speaker 2: 14:58 It's about the people who are coming behind you. And I thought, man, that is so, so true. And I think this kind of ties in as far as the importance of being vulnerable, about being authentic, authentic is the Lord has given you experiences, trials in your life to help you grow and help you develop and help you to build and realize that it's not just for you. It's for the people who are going to come from who are coming behind you. And I've seen that happen so often in any of the mentors and the people I've worked with as they go through the trials of their life. They use those trials to help bless the lives of others. And I think that, uh, you take a look at, at your own life and the trials and the hard things that you go through. It's not about you.
Speaker 2: 15:40 And it's not about the pain that it caused for you, it's about how you can help the people who are going to come beyond behind you and how those lessons of your life will be a blessing to them. So with that, I hope you have an amazing day. Again, I greatly appreciate and I can't thank you enough for taking the time to listen to these podcasts. If you're liking this kind of stuff, please let me know a rate, review it on itunes. I read all the comments there, send me a facebook message or an instagram post, or send me an email. Let me know if this is helping, if it's a value to. If it's not, I want to change it because your time is extremely important to you and to me, and I want to make sure you're getting the most out of it. Have an amazing day. We'll talk soon.
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