I like to hang out with inspiring entrepreneurs. No, not sipping coffee in their offices… I like to get out and do something fun. Even if it means breaking bones. When you connect without it being about business, two things happen: First, you get insights into the character of a successful business person. Second, when the conversation isn’t forced, that’s when the most valuable business advice flows organically.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Squeeze the trigger... ‘BAM’ -- ‘ting’. There are similarities in business and in firing a sniper rifle. Hear me out.
Sometimes you can glean insights about life from the most interesting places... Like that time my buddy Brad learned the hard way while snow-biking in the backcountry. He was supposed to zig zag, and not go straight fast, so to avoid hitting tree stumps or river banks head on. That missed instruction from our guide resulted in him cracking open his pelvis which required surgery. I know. Intense right? While a terrible outcome, I took away a HUGE company killing
Growing up, I had to fight off a lot of negativity. I made some big mistakes as a kid and the consequences haunted me for a long time. So when I tried to get ambitious or even toy with the idea of making a future, it always felt like someone was lurking around the corner, ready to tell me that I’d fail. Deflating me like a flat basketball. Thud.
I can’t believe this... One of the guys on my marketing team told me he Googled my name and you know what came up as a suggested search term? “Dan Martell Wife”. Google only suggests popular searches, so… Does that mean people are Googling who my wife is?! Oh man that makes me laugh. I’ve got a better idea -- How about you meet her?
I was recently working with one of my coaching clients, Mark, when he drops this bomb: “How do I fix the feeling I have inside where I don't know why I'm doing this anymore?” (I hear this more than you’d think.) From everybody else’s perspective, Mark’s is extremely successful. $1M+ in monthly recurring revenue (MRR) from his SaaS with 60% NET profit But even the heavy-hitters have their head-scratching days, kicking the can down the street and wondering what the
Where does your entrepreneurial spirit come from? Is it in your blood? For whatever reason that I still haven’t figured out, I’m in a family of business owners. So for this week’s episode of Escape Velocity, I wanted to try something a little different. I sat down and interviewed Pierre Martell, the CEO of Martell Custom Homes. Yes… I interviewed my brother.
When I was 16 years old, I screwed up. It wasn’t pretty. There’s no way to sugar coat it... I crashed a stolen car into a house while trying to escape the police. High on drugs. No driver’s license. Stolen handgun in my backpack. And I woke up the next morning… in a jail cell... wondering what my life was going to look like.
You might not know my story yet, but... I’ve come a long, long way. I wasn’t born into success. I was a very troubled teenager, big-time. In and out of jail a few times. Rehab too. But I pulled myself out from some bad places, took responsibility for my life, taught myself to code, and started building software companies. I really struggled, until at 28 a US firm acquired my business and I found a real taste of success.
Health is wealth. It’s a mantra I repeat to myself a dozen times a day anytime my brain wants to slack off on training, or reach for those nachos. It’s also a belief I share with many of my entrepreneurial friends, like David Hauser. I first met David (co-founder GrassHopper.com / Chargify.com and many others) 10 years ago when I cold emailed him for an interview on my blog (recorded with a Flipcam :). Since then we’ve spent a lot