12 months, 1 piece of paper, A4 only. Does it fit? Can you write a plan for your next year on a single piece of paper? If not, then… your plan is too complex. (This is coming from a guy who LOVES spreadsheets.) Your next 12 months are going to fly by whether you want them to or not. The question is: Are you going to get 12-months’ worth of life out of them?
Ever noticed my black wedding ring? Want to know a secret about it? It’s electronic (made by Oura). It measures a lot of cool stuff about my body, including my sleep. I didn’t care about sleep for YEARS. It wasn’t until I had kids (aka: human alarm clocks) that I had to dial in my routine and structure.
When I was 26 years old, my company Spheric was growing steadily. We were doing about $2.5 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR), with about 16 employees. But… I felt suffocated. I was struggling to cope with the daily challenges that came with business, so I reached out to a mentor for help. The first thing he did? He asked about my routines.
I’ve never been one to watch wrestling. Rarely ever step in the ring for a boxing match. But despite not being much of a sports guy... I sure know how it feels to get slammed to the ground by life, kept in it’s chokehold, and kicked in the gut while I’m there. Failure after failure, problem after problem, it was mentors and business coaches that helped me through everything that went wrong.
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