Education

8 Ways To Make Money (for Teenagers)

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Did you know that at age 13, John D Rockefeller – the richest man in the world – built his family a house?!!!

As a teenager I was definitely not a productive member of society.

Quite the opposite actually.

That being said, I continue to believe that we all underestimate what kids can accomplish at every age.

If you have teenagers in your life, this video is for them.

Over the past few months I’ve received dozens of emails and comments on my videos from young entrepreneurs (9-15 year olds) asking for advice.

So after a few emails I decided to create a video sharing the 8 ways I would start making money if I were starting over in my teens. Read More

5 Steps That Will Take The Fear Out of Talking With a Mentor

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After failing twice in business I decided I needed help from a mentor.

The first person I identified was named Larry and he lived 1500 miles away.

After sitting on it for weeks, I finally hit send on the email asking him to meet.

Within 30 minutes he replied and agreed with a recommendation for a spot.

I lied about being in his city in a few weeks assuming that if he agreed that I could buy a flight…

… so that’s what I did.

It was on a Monday at 6:30pm and he was late.

We met in an old seafood restaurant off the highway and I was nervous.

What if he didn’t show up?

What if I say something stupid?

What if he sends someone else in his spot? Read More

The Best Strategy For Sending Your Customer a Thank You Video

By | Education, Marketing, Sales | 14 Comments

Do you have a business coach that pushes you to do things outside of your comfort zone?

If not, you should.

Recently one of my good friends was brainstorming new strategies for generating sales within the next 30 days.

We sat down, brainstormed ideas for quantity THEN ranked based on effort and impact.

(Side note: always separate the idea generation from the idea quality filter, it will help you come up with better strategies).

At the end of this process, one of the clear winners was to send past customers quick videos thanking them for their business and asking if there’s anything else we could do to help them.  

We called it the Customer Re-Engagement Video strategy. Read More

Lean Learning: Just in Time vs. Just in Case

By | Education, Personal, Productivity, Strategy | 17 Comments

As entrepreneurs, we can get pretty damn obsessive about our growth and learning.

Stacking our kindles with the hottest titles from the business bestseller list…

… and secretly (or shamefully) looking forward to our next cross-atlantic flight where we’ll finally have a chance to catch up on all those latest reads.

But as entrepreneurs, we’re also pretty devout at finding efficiencies and maximizing the return on every investment.

Which makes it kind of crazy how we haven’t learnt how to properly combine the two.

Until now.
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Proactive vs. Reactive: 5 Success Principles To Get The Most Out of Life

By | Education, Life Hacks, Personal, Strategy | 17 Comments

You either live a proactive life (where you decided what you want out of it), or reactive (where you react to the world around you).

Unhappy people live reactively. They believe their life happens to them and they have no power to change that.

Successful entrepreneurs are highly proactive.

They create the world they want to live in.
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How To Turn ADD/ADHD Into a Super Power

By | Education, Life Hacks, Personal | 29 Comments

Is ADD/ADHD a Super Power?

I believe that it is.

I was diagnosed at 11 years old with ADD. For many years I was taking 40mg SR Ritalin, or Adderall. I still don’t understand how you can diagnose a child at that age. It honestly messed me up for many years because I believed there was something wrong with me – like I was broken – BUT it was actually quite the opposite, I had a SUPER POWER!
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3 Steps To Learn Any Topic Quickly

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Today I’m excited to share with you something that’s been frustrating the begeezus out of me, which is that most people would rather be entertained than educated!

It seems like it’s a subtle thing, because you’re like, “Dan, you are entertaining and you are teaching me stuff… what are you talking about? I love this! Why would you stop doing that?”

Truthfully, most people would rather zone out and watch 4 hours of TV, than actually learn something that moves their dreams and ideas forward, or improves their health or their relationships with their family. They would rather sit there and be numbed out by watching the news!
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Books Are The Most Powerful Weapons In The World

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A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
~ Will Rogers

The other day I was talking with my mom – who owns a delivery service – and she asked, “Dan, you know a bit about business, what can I do to grow?” (You may find this funny, but I’ve never talked business with my mom.)

That’s when I realized I had one chance to share with her something that, if it stuck, could help her improve her situation… so I thought about it for a few minutes, then asked, “How many business books have you read?” to which she replied, “None.”

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Permission To Question Everything

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A few years ago I heard someone say, “Everything that exists in the world was created by man. Everything.” Rituals, holidays, cities, objects, innovation – it was all created by a person who had an idea, convinced enough other people it was worthwhile, and brought it to life. If that’s true, then are we living someone else’s reality?

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