This week we have an inspiring episode with the hardest moments that great entrepreneurs had and overcame by looking at themselves and focusing on the things that needed to change from within first, how to cope with forever changing external situations, dealing with your first unhappy customer, and even actually losing millions by risking too much.
This week we have a special episode looking back at the starting point of the careers of five great entrepreneurs that we’ve had on the show, getting some inspiration with success stories that maybe seemed like big leaps at the time, always involving some risk and uncertainties; what some people call luck is just opportunity meeting preparation.
Shayna Oliveira had her love to capoeira bring her over to Brazil where she got engaged and stayed, until harsh socio-economic conditions made her think outside the box to improve her income and that became one of the must successful english teaching businesses around; in this episode she talks about how she started with just with a blog, the challenges of teaching over email, market saturation for online language courses, real strategies to grow your course audience, developing a relationship with your email list and disembarking the “worry roller coaster”.
Kristian Cotta had a crazy “Wolf of Wall Street” experience during his 20s, where he managed to make a lot of money on real state but then doubled-down right before the crash and took years to recover, both financially and mentally. In this episode, he talks to Grant about the grit required to succed, how making one dollar requires the same skills to making a million, how to approach opportunity and the best ways to get started growing your audience on Periscope and reaching some of the best conversion rates available.
Karen Marston was supporting her nomadic lifestyle by working on bars and saving up money to travel, until the day she figured out that with an online business she could do that a lot more, so she started humbly writing SEO for low paying clients and gradually build up quite an empire by teaching other people to make money online writing about what they love instead of generic material; she’s got a great personality that shines through on her writing and makes her a record-breaking online tutor when it comes down to retention rates: people start their courses, actually participate and then finish.
Efficient tools go along with the best practices of productivity and in this episode Grant shares great apps to help you get more of your time and be very productive, staying focused in the task at hand, taking healthier non-distractive breaks to stretch, using an online project management software to organise your tasks and subtasks, a different kind of sound wave you can use to improve focus, how his modern office works – they’re slackers! – and an awesome way to exchange information between your devices.
There are many tools and resources online to build a website, the options can be overwhelming for people that are just getting started and need a course-friendly one; so in this episode Grant talks about the top four platforms and resources for you to make your course website, considering budget restrictions, tempting options and usability.
There are many long term productivity hacks but there are also quick ones that you can implement in your routine right now, and that’s what Grants brings in this episode: tips to plan your day, to build energy shortcuts and work smarter, how to focus time on the most important things and also considering the ways your energy gets refilled, when to save it and when to go for the grind.
With so many tools, platforms and marketplaces around to get your course published, Grant goes a little bit into what are the differences between them and once you’ve made your content, how to pre-sell your course at a low risk, a simple technique to get people onboard, how partnerships can help you immensely to kickstart your audience and a great way to get your name around the web.
There’s a whole new category of mental supplements now called nootropics, claiming to make you smarter, have better memory and enhance your cognitive functions overall; in this episode Grant explains some of the different types, interesting facts and great resources to check out including websites for analysis and ordering, a great expert on the topic and a very deep, introspective exercise to analyse you own mental crutches.
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