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The realities and struggles of entrepreneurship with Schuyler Diehm

Not everything is at it seems

With social media these days, it’s easy to paint a picture of a certain lifestyle. Many people only highlight the highs, and they skip past the lows.

Of even worse, some people portray living a life that really isn’t theirs (Lamborghinis that aren’t theirs, fake watches, etc.).

In this conversation, Schuyler Diehm and I really dive into realities and struggles of entrepreneurship.

Show up every single day

Sometimes, things get hard. Money takes longer to make. Impact seems to be insignificant. Everything you’re working so hard for can seem like it’s for nothing.

But you have to keep showing up every single day, and even if it feels like it’s not worth it, you are changing and improving for the better just by showing up and more importantly, by doing the work.

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Mindset

Improving self-confidence with Ben Naumann

Self-confidence is one of those things that is required if you want to live a life of success.

It’s easy to fall victim to self-doubt when we hit failures from time to time, but we must not let that lower our belief in ourselves.

In this episode, Ben Naumann and I talk about how to improve your self-esteem and your belief in yourself. Many entrepreneurs have so much belief in themselves and their abilities that they say you can take everything from them and they will be able to rebuild.

The secret to self-confidence

So what’s the secret to self-confidence? One tip that Ben and I have is to keep the promises you make to yourself.

It can be easy to set a New Years resolution that we quit on after 2 weeks. It can be easy to decide to get in shape and then skip the gym frequently.

If we slip into the habit of letting ourselves down, we will believe that our promises to ourselves are empty, and that will make changing our lives much more difficult.

You need to be able to believe yourself when you commit to something

Start small

You don’t have to go all in right away. If you want to get in shape and haven’t been working out at all, setting a goal to work out an hour every single day is going to be tough.

Start small. Go to the gym twice a week for 30 minutes each. Then build up to 3 times a week, and so on.

As you start to trust yourself again and know that you can keep promises you make to yourself, you will see everything else in your life also start to improve.

Like the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats.


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Mindset

Stop playing small

Today’s post is inspiration to stop playing small. We are all guilty of this at times (myself included).

It’s cool to see that a lot of my podcast listeners look up to me like I’m some sort of celebrity or like I’ve already figured things out. But let me assure you that I’m only human… I also face moments in my life where I doubt my abilities and wonder if I have what it takes to achieve greatness.

There’s a quote I’ve heard that says “another level, another devil.” We constantly have challenges and as we become more successful, the problems we face just become larger.

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Are you playing small?

Do you talk yourself out of thinking or doing more? If you find yourself thinking “I’ve never done that,” or “I’m not sure if I’m ready,” you are setting yourself up for failure.

It’s the little voice of self-doubt that makes us want to play it safe, to sit back, to stay comfortable. It’s that little voice that says “just keep your job, it’s safe, it’s what you know.”

However, that little voice, if we let it, can cripple us and destroy our dream before they truly have a chance to materialize.

Success leaves clues

Success leaves clues, and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Others who have come before us have achieved the levels of success that we sometimes think we are not capable of achieving.

But that should be enough to inspire us. If anybody ever accomplished something, you can, too. Be sure to surround yourself with mentors who are doing the things you want to do.

See how you can add value to them so that they take you under their wing and are more willing to go out of their way to mold you into success.

Achieve the impossible

On May 6, 1954, something incredible happened. You may have heard of Roger Bannister. If not, prepare to be amazed.

Prior to this date, it was thought to be impossible for a human to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. People thought that your heart would literally explode.

So, for decades, the feat was never accomplished. On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister broke a 4 minute mile, achieving what was thought of previously as impossible.

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The crazy thing is that after he did that, several others started to accomplish that same feat shortly after.

Once others knew it was possible, they started to achieve the same feat!

The point I’m trying to make here is to look to others who inspire you. Realize that many goals you think are “out there” for you were also seemingly impossible to others who have achieved them.

You, too, can achieve the impossible. It all starts by understanding that things you consider “impossible” are actually possible and have been achieved before.

Daily Motivation

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Winston Churchill

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Tips to improve your presentation and communication skills

Let’s face it. To get to the ultimate level, no matter what it is you do, you have to be competent and confident with your presentation and communication skills.

You might be able to get away with getting clients through online ads and sales funnels, but if you really want to be a big brand or entrepreneur, chances are you’ve got to get comfortable with being in front of crowds.

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Long story short, communication is important. How you say something is arguably more important than what you say. 

If there was a single thing of highest importance, it would be to focus on your tonality (vocal variety). Some people can be so monotone and BORING (I’ve been guilty of this).

What NOT to do

I found a video I made for a college class… it’s pretty cringe-worthy. Watch my YouTube video or listen to the podcast to get a feel for it.

I was trying to do a deep voice, was extremely monotone, and quite frankly I’m pretty embarrassed that the video even exists. However, I’m willing to share it so that you can learn what NOT to do. 

Listen to how I currently speak when compared to that video. 

Tips to Improve Communication

I found a few top articles on Google that shared tips on how to improve communication.

An article on www.Genardmethod.com highlights 3 main tips:

  1. Use Your Optimal Pitch for a Healthy, Powerful Voice
  2. Make Your Voice More Expressive and Interesting
    • Use pitch inflection (raising the tone of a word or phrase in terms of the musical scale)
  3. Practice Exercises for Precise and Crisp Articulation
    • Whatever you say will sound more intelligent and elegant if your diction is good—if your speech is crisp and articulate.
    • Example: Say the word “Government” (did you pronounce the first “n”?)

www.TheAccidentalCommunicator.com says that tonality is really what matters. A celebrity voice coach, Roger Love, shares the opinion that tonality controls up to 40% of whether or not a person who is listening to you will believe what you are saying. The key: don’t speak in a monotone voice. 

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Transfer Energy!

It takes more work to transfer energy through audio alone as opposed to in video or in person. To get somebody excited requires some passion behind the message.

You could have the most important or interesting topic ever, but if you present it in a way that does not engage or excite your audience, they will not retain that information. 

You probably know this for yourself. Anytime you click on a YouTube video or start a podcast that has fuzzy audio or where the speaker is super dry, you probably exit out, right? Exactly. So make sure you are not speaking in a way that would bore others to death.

Practice Makes Perfect

As always, practice makes perfect. Record yourself speaking into a microphone or even the Voice Memo app on your iPhone if you have one. Better yet, throw a camera up in front of you and record yourself speaking.

How do you look? How do you sound? We all have room for improvement, but as you do this more and more often, you’ll be able to perfect the way you communicate and present yourself to others via video, audio, or in person. 

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Entrepreneur Motivation Podcast

Tips to improve your presentation and communication skills – EMP091

In this episode, I share a few key tips to improve your communication and presentation skills. 

Perhaps the most important thing you can do is use tonality and vocal variety in your voice. If you have a monotone voice, your message can get lost as you won’t engage or interest your audience. 

You can have the best message or information in the world, but if you fail to present it in a way that captures attention, don’t count on there being any retention. 

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Chris Bello on the Early Risers Podcast – EMP087

Today I am sharing an interview featuring yours truly on the Early Risers Podcast.

Schuyler Diehm runs that show and has become a good friend of mine as we are both on similar paths and growing an audience of driven individuals. 

I share some of my story and how I got on this path, as well as some tips and tricks for staying productive. 

After this episode, be sure to check out episode 72, when I interviewed Schuyler on the Entrepreneur Motivation Podcast as well. Enjoy! 

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You might be closer to success than you think – EMP086

Often times, we put in so much hard work and effort into goals and quit in frustration when we don’t see the needle move. 

What we need to realize is that we are often much closer to success than we realize! 

This post talks about the power of consistency and how successes compound over time. 

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You might be closer to success than you think

There’s a cartoon that shows two guys with pickaxes that are digging a tunnel to find diamonds. One of the guys has given up and has turned around, pickax thrown over his shoulder, and his head down.

He doesn’t realize that he is inches from breaking through, but we, the viewers, can see that he’s so close.

That’s how seeking success can be for us at times. We feel like we’ve put in enough time and effort and that we should be further than we are now. But what we might not know is that the breakthrough is about to arrive.

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I’m currently reading The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Jeff mentions how it’s the small, seemingly insignificant things that start to compound and build momentum in our lives. Sometimes, things we’ve done to get to where we are now can seem so unimportant and easy to do that we end up NOT doing them.

Just like how doing things right over time can start to build success, doing the wrong things or failing to stay consistent can cause us to backslide.

When we “skip a workout” or “have a cheat meal” more and more often, those little things start to build up. Then a year later, we wonder what the heck happened to our abs.

Travel back in time

A fun exercise is to look at memories either in your Instagram archive or Facebook memories to see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished.

I see memories from a few years ago showing me doing things I cringe at now, like playing 4 hours of Xbox or being so drunk I didn’t remember the end of the night before.

I have come so incredibly far. I’ve gotten into real estate, I just passed my Texas real estate license exam, I’ve filed a patent, etc. I’ve stopped drinking almost entirely. I’ve started to wake up earlier. I like what I see!

Do you like the growth you see?

I’m hoping that you love the growth that you see. Now, if you look at your history and archive and notice that you are kind of stuck in the same place you were a few years ago, it might be time to set some goals and level up.

Key Takeaways

Sometimes, we feel like we’re doing all this work and that we’re just stuck in place with wheels spinning.

But realize the power of the slight edge. Like the continuous force water has to cut through rock and eventually become something like the Grand Canyon, the little things we do every day matter, and they matter a lot.

To borrow a few lines from the book:

What you do today matters.
What you do
every day matters.

Daily Motivation

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” – Bill Gates

Actionable steps

Try the exercise I mentioned of looking back a year, or 5 years, or more if you can. Social media platforms make it easy to look back on memories, which is always neat.

Hopefully, you’ve come really far! If you’ve come a long way in the last few years, let that motivate you to set bigger, better goals and continue the momentum.

If you’re kind of in the same spot… it’s time to level up.

Maybe you need to get some new friends, reach up to people in places you want to be in. You might have to leave the party-goer friends behind, or minimize time spent with them.

Take massive action as always. And remember that you are closer to success than you think.

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How to maintain (or increase) your hunger – EMP084

Hunger is one of those things that you can’t learn at school. It’s that drive and that desire to succeed, to push past those normal levels of effort that most people put forth.

Complacency and settling for “good enough” can slow down or hinder our progress.

Today’s episode talks about several tips to maintain or increase your level of hunger.

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