BABL 069: Amanda Boleyn on Going Out On Your Own

Amanda Boleyn, on top of being the most photogenic woman on the planet, is the incredible host of the She Did It Her Way Podcast, a freelance consultant, a blogger, a conference planner, and an all around baller.

After graduating from the University of Iowa, Amanda took a job with Target managing a $65M store. What she described as ‘drinking from a firehose’, and problematic management issues had her waiting until the very last minute to get out of bed in the morning. She and I had met shortly into her Target career and I suppose I introduced her to living a life by design.

The rest, as they say….

What Amanda describes as the Lead Up, the Leap and the Land is what she went through over the next several years. The Lead Up is making that decision as to whether or not you’re going to jump ship and begin creating the life you’ve imagined.

Around the 10:00 mark, Amanda talks about making the decision to get out of her comfort zone saying that the timing is never perfect, but the Universe was supporting her in a number of ways. Once she made the Leap, Amanda worked with Wells Fargo in a 3rd party recruiting position, but it was a total interim position with no time off and no benefits. This was the time Amanda needed to do some networking and begin laying the groundwork for, ultimately, The Land which is doing what she’s up to now.

Amanda’s advice to people who want to leave their job is to spend some time figuring out what gives you joy. Learn as much as you can, and know that there is generally a system for doing anything you really want to do. It’s about finding those systems and people who know those systems to get you going.

Around 21:00, Amanda talks about being a solopreneur giving you more time to create. With some additional free time, the She Did It Her Way Podcast was born. Since the beginning of 2015, SDIHW has been mentioned in high profile places like Forbes. All because she took action and a slight calculated risk. The rewards have been enormous.

At 25:00, she describes the Lead Up, the Leap and the Land from her own perspective.

Mentioned on the show:

The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly

She Did It Her Way Podcast

 

Books recommended by Amanda:

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T.Harv Eker

Man’s Search For Meaning

The Untethered Soul
For more of Amanda, check out: Amandaboleyn.com, SheDidItHerWayPodcast.com

BABL 027: Diego Corzo on The Pursuit of My American Dream

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BABL EP 27: Diego Corzo on My American Dream

I first met Diego Corzo about four years ago when he was a student at Florida State University. Immediately struck by what a driven, inspired and motivated young man he was, we struck up a keen friendship, mentorship, and profound level of mutual respect.

Diego’s story is an inspiring one of someone who didn’t let obstacles stand in his way — you’ll be impressed at the level of responsibility he takes for his life, his success, and for finding ways over, around and through everything life put in his way.

Around the 9:00 mark, Diego talks about going to Succeed Faster and how that changed his life forever because his mindset changed. As a recent college graduate with no green card, Diego pursued work with GM in Austin, TX — but roadblocks kept appearing — no drivers license, knew no one, and the immigration process was lagging on months longer than he thought.

At 16:00, Diego talked about how he pushes through obstacles by viewing them as challenges to be tackled one by one. “When my mindset shifted, everything changed.

After reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and surrounding himself with the mentors at GoBundance, Diego dove headfirst into real estate sales and investing. He’s been an agent with Keller Williams Realty for nearly a year, has closed enough home transactions to put him in the “successful realtor” category, and has invested in 4 rental properties in Florida and Austin, TX.

At 24, Diego has decided part of his life is about helping others. His mindset is about being happy with what he has now while he builds the life of his dreams. I hope you’re as inspired by Diego as I am!

Books recommended by Diego:

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko

The Changing Economic Realities of College – Adam Carroll at TEDxUWMilwaukee

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Adam Carroll, finance expert and financial education enthusiast, calls college “the longest and most expensive party” he’s ever been to. Adam juxtaposes the realities that have changed about obtaining a college education with our perspectives that didn’t. What has college become, and is it still worth it?

Broke, Busted, and Disgusted

Broke, Busted, and Disgusted

We’re setting out to produce a film called Broke, Busted, and Disgusted. The documentary will examine issues of rising tuition, mounting student debt, and the potential future of higher education at colleges and universities here in the United States. You can get more information and see some occasional updates at the film’s page:  http://bbdthefilm.com/

Over the past 30 years, the United States has seen a consistent increase in the cost of college tuition (four times more than CPI) and a soaring level of student debt (more than $1 trillion as of March 2012). Money well spent considering that the yearly number of graduates considered “academically excellent” has seen a similar up-curve. Yet at the same time, more and more employers are saying that college graduates lack the skills needed to place them in open jobs and are forced to spend time and money training new hires. So what is happening during those four (or five…or six) years?

During college students live the dream of traveling across the globe, eating in gourmet dining centers, exercising in brand new rec facilities, and attending endless student activities. After college, graduates are shocked by a reality of tight job prospects and staggering monthly payments. Yet the problem is not that more and more graduates are in tough financial situations. The problem is that it takes so many of them by surprise, even though it is exactly the situation for which they signed up.

Broke, Busted, and Disgusted will examine the educational system in three broad questions:

  • Is there something wrong with the system?
  • Is there a way to work the system?
  • Is there a way to fix the system?

Broke, Busted, and Disgusted will ask all of these questions, and any more that may lead to a better educational system. We don’t believe we have the answers. We just believe there is a problem which, if fixed, can help lead us back to wealth, health, and happiness.

Again, check out the documentary website here: http://bbdthefilm.com/

or join the conversation on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/bbdthefilm

The 3 Core Components

I have this calendar on my desk from www.tut.com.  It gets me thinking every morning when I read the “note from the Universe”.  Today’s was:

The trick is remembering that at all times far more in happening on your behalf than your physical senses will ever reveal.  Like right now.

I did a deep dive into the Law of Attraction last year and realized that there were really three components to activating this law (which supercedes the Law of Gravity).

The first component is your thoughts.  I’ve heard from many sources that the mind is a wonderful slave but a terrible master.  There was a book written some years ago that was titled You Can’t Afford The Luxury of A Negative Thought.  Yet, every single day people are telling themselves all sorts of negative lies that begin to effect what they bring into their life.  These thoughts have an effect on all the stuff happening outside your physical senses.

Step 1: Monitor your thoughts

The second component is your emotions.  Ever gotten so tense or anxious or upset that almost every minute during the day goes the opposite of how you wanted it to?  Almost as if when you woke up in the morning and stepped in a wet spot on the carpet from the dog, it set the tone for the rest of the day?  Your emotions have a powerful effect on the Law of Attraction.  In fact, the stronger the emotion you feel, the more powerful the magnetic effect that your thoughts have at that very point in time.

The solution is to feel good as much as humanly possible and get to a point where you begin to feel even better.  You should be guided by your emotions — when you have that pit in your stomach, take a deep breath, think positive thoughts, and replace any negative emotions with positive ones.

Step 2: Feel good ALL the time

The third component is probably the most important one.  It’s all about belief that what you want will actually come to you.  Belief is the one missing link for most people looking to access the law of attraction.  We can think great thoughts, all the while attracting that “stuff” to us, have powerful emotions that act as a strong magnet, but the minute we think to ourselves, “but it probably won’t happen”, the stuff we’re attracting goes away.

Make a list of the 5 goals you have for yourself this year.  Then, write a number between 1-10 beside each goal.  1 means you don’t think you’ll achieve the goal and 10 means it will happen in the next 6 months.  Anything that’s not an 8, 9, or 10 does not carry with it enough belief to make it so.  So instead of focusing on the 1’s thru 7’s, focus on the 8’s, 9’s, and 10’s and you’ll be astonished at how quickly those events, things, or people come racing into your existence.

Step 3: BELIEVE

The reason we dream big dreams and focus on big goals is we have no idea what is working on our behalf on the other side of the globe (or the other side of the street).  What we do have an idea of is how to accelerate and exponentially multiply the law of attraction so that whatever it is we think about, feel amazing about, and believe in will come into our lives, faster than we ever thought possible.

Succeed Faster!

Surfer’s Paradise

I spoke last week at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  Without question, if I had attended a school with views and surroundings like Pepperdine has, there is NO WAY I would’ve ever made it to class.  (I barely made it to class in Northern Iowa…)

One of the things I most enjoy about traveling and presenting in different places is getting to see how other people live and imagining what life might be like if I transplanted my family there.  I’ve lived in California before, so I know what “life” is like there — both in Northern and Southern areas.

However, there are experiences I wasn’t able to have in the previous trips to Cali, and this last trip allowed me to cross one major item off of my bucket list.  I finally went surfing.

Now before I go into how badly I got my ass handed to me by the ocean, it’s worth mentioning that I’ve wanted to surf since I was probably 12 when my parents took my sister and I to Hawaii.  I imagined that I’d pop up on the first wave and ride it all the way in to the beach.  In my mind, I was Brody from Point Break.

It’s made nearly every Big Dream List I’ve ever filled out, and with the help of Succeed Faster alum, Dave Glanzrock, I finally get to say that I tested my manliness against the Pacific and it chewed me up and spit me out.  This time.

While I watched some of the pros pop up off their boards with the mere hint of a wave, I started wondering what these dudes did for a living.  Why were they in the 54 degree water on a Thursday morning?  What was life like for them?  Where did they live?

Of course, you can only daydream and ponder these things for a minute or two before the surf picks you up and slams you back to reality.  Over and over and over… (am I selling how badly I got douched with sand?)

After breakfast at the world-famous Sugar Shack, we drove down the coastline and saw amazing homes that were no doubt built decades ago when people could still afford to buy land on the coast.  There was a lot for sale that Dave and I surmised would be a great place to build a surfer’s paradise.  The lot was about 12-15’ wide and probably 80’ deep.  The home that could be built on it would be described as a shotgun home because you can fire a shotgun from the front door right through to the back.

Asking price of the lot: $3 Million.

What I want you to do is listen to your inner voice — does it say, “That’s ridiculous.”?  Or, do you think, “Maybe someday..”?

While I don’t see myself buying the lot and building The Carroll Surf-Inn right away, I do believe in Dreaming Big and putting some completely (seemingly) unattainable goals on my dreams list.

While others would turn their nose at a $3M lot, I find immense enjoyment in letting my subconscious run wild with how I’m going to make the money to pay for that lot over… and over… and over.

You want to Succeed Faster?  Figure out exactly what you want out of life.  Get really specific.  Write it all down.  Then get to work thinking about how you’re going to make it happen.

We’ll teach you how to do all this and more at Succeed Faster in Chicago July 13-15, 2012.  Hope to see you there!

Where Do I Start?

A good friend of mine and I were having breakfast a few days ago and started talking about entrepreneurial mindset.  This is a guy who dropped out of college because he felt it was keeping him from going out and making a living.  He got married early, realized he needed to provide for his wife and coming child, and jumped into doing about the only thing he was qualified to do — drywall.

Drywalling wasn’t something he was especially passionate about, it was something he could do and make money at.  He learned from some of the best in the business by asking around who was busier than anyone else.  He studied what they did, went to work for some of them, realized he could do certain things better and then set out to do just that.

His company is called Professional Drywall and it’s worth close to a million dollars right now.  His work week ranges from 15-25 hours and the company provides a really solid living for he and his family.

From the time he began the business, his goal was to continually build massive passive permanent streams of income so that at some point he would be free to retire.  He built mini-storage buildings which are now filled to capacity.  He started a custom home-building company and does a couple projects a year.  He bought a chunk of land and had it developed for new construction homes.  All of this because he started with drywalling.

As we discussed the process of starting a new company we talked about all of the people we know that approach us with business ideas, but have no idea where to begin.

The start-up phase can be scary. There are so many unknowns, so many unanswered questions, so many ways to screw everything up and not make a dime.

And to be clear — we all go through it.

In fact, it’s part of the process of building a business.  The fear, the worry, the pushing through all of that to find security, success, and then significance.

If you’re wondering where to start, the answer is anywhere.  Start something.  Do something.  Even if it’s taking a part-time job working for someone that’s doing what you ultimately want to do… that’s a start.  Never take these jobs for what you can earn, instead take them for what you can learn.  And in the process of figuring out how someone else did it, continually ask yourself how you can do it even better.

Starting your own company is the most exhilarating, frustrating, exciting, rewarding thing you could ever do.  And until you jump the hurtle of starting, it will continue to pull at your heart to try.  Here’s my advice — start.  It’s the first step.