He took a beating on the field and off, but David Vobora fought back every time.
First, he attacked his title of “Mr. Irrelevant” by becoming a superstar on the football field. Next, he attacked his addiction to pain medication, healing both from that and the severe injuries he sustained in his career.
Then he got started on his true path; helping civilians and combat veterans become battle buddies in their own missions to overcome their injuries. You may have seen David Vobora on Ellen, and now you can catch him again right here on American Snippets.
Listen in to this episode of American Snippets as David Vobora explains how he gets as much out of the Adaptive Training Foundation as do the athletes coming through it.
Dave Santia, Speed Painter and Accidental Altruist
What happens when art meets altruism? You get Dave Santia!
He’s not just an artist. He’s an upside down, speed-painting artist who has donated over $600,000 to various charities. It’s hard to say what’s bigger: Dave’s talent or his heart.
Dave Santia didn’t set out to become a philanthropist, it just happened by accident and he has “accidentally” donated over $600,000.00 to charities since his career took off.
Rather, it chose him. He’s been drawing and painting as long as he can remember, first burning through sketch pads his mother brought home, and now with custom made easels. He’d always known his life would involve art, and pondered careers in animation and illustration. Then he stumbled upon videos of Denny Dent performing speed painting to music, and knew he could teach himself that. So he did. “Frustrating,” is how Dave Santia described the initial process. The paint sold at art stores was too thick to be flung on a canvas, and the commercial easels didn’t quite meet his needs – even though they spun.
You see, Dave starts most of his pieces upside down. It is not until well into his performance that he spins the easel right side up, revealing the subject to those who have not yet discerned it.
Listen in to Episode #4 of the American Snippets Podcast to learn more about Dave Santia.
Over 31% of Americans abandon their New Year’s resolutions by the second week of January. As an entrepreneur, you know the meaning of discipline, which means you’re likely not in that camp.
If you are, though, it’s time to get serious about your growth. Your success relies on you now, so feed your entrepreneurial mindset with the best New Year’s resolutions to start the new year off strong.
Read on for New Year’s resolutions every entrepreneur needs in 2019!
1. Stop Comparing Yourself
With the prevalence of social media today, it’s easy to get caught up comparing yourself to others. Don’t forget that, on social media, people share only their highlights, not their failures.
There’s a whole world of hard work and failed attempts behind every achievement. The entrepreneurial-minded know that. Others make it look easy, but they’re hustling just as hard as you are.
Don’t get caught up feeling like you’re not as far along as you should be.
2. Stay Ahead of the Curve
How much focus do you place on professional development? In traditional office settings, employers often boast the opportunities they create for their employees’ professional development. There’s no reason you shouldn’t get the same.
The only difference: you’re your own boss now. That means it’s up to you to stay on top of trends and keep growing in business.
Look up local business conferences and RSVP to at least one. You should also start listening to entrepreneurial podcasts during drive hours, too!
Listening to podcasts during a commute is a great way to make use of time otherwise wasted. Whether your commute is to a co-work space or to a meeting with a client, podcasts will help you stay in that entrepreneur mentality during all hours of the day.
3. Get Delegating
You can’t build an empire by yourself. Of course, if you have the mind of an entrepreneur, you’re probably trying to.
Entrepreneurs work harder than most. Why? Because most traditional workplaces delegate tasks to others.
You might not have a team assembled yet, and that’s okay. There are ways to delegate without having to pay an arm and a leg out to others.
Hire a VA to help keep things running smoothly, for instance. You can also hire a content writer to write your blog posts for you. Social media managers (or even an intern!) can help you keep up on that front.
Think of it this way: if your hourly rate is $100, and you’re spending that hour writing a blog post, you’re making $0. If you hire someone to write it for you for $50, now that hour belongs to you again to work. You might pay out $50, but you’ll make $50, which is more than you’d have made if you spent it writing.
Delegating can be hard to stomach for an entrepreneur, but it’s actually the key to scaling your business.
Feed Your Entrepreneurial Mindset
New Year’s is the perfect time to get some things right that have been sliding away from your standards. It’s also a great time to get in the habit of new practices that’ll help you grow your business.
Need help getting into that entrepreneurial mindset? That’s where I come in! Get in touch to talk about how you can start earning money while you sleep!
1. Freedom Of Location: The ability to work where you want and when you want.
2. Low Fixed Costs: The ability to start, grow, and scale your business with low overhead.
3. The flexibility of Time: The ability to manage the business with as little time invested as needed. It’s about being able to do what you want when you want and to be able to do those things with the people you love and care about the most.
Again I’m not special, anyone can do this. I’m just passionate about living life on my own terms and want to encourage other people to do the same.
So with that being said…
Ever dreamt of spending your work day at the beach?
At one time that may have been more a fantasy than viable option, but those days are in the past. Imagine running a business that worked around your life rather than the other way round.
As a lifestyle entrepreneur, you can take your work with you anywhere and enjoy life according to your own terms and talents.
5 Key Steps Towards Becoming a Lifestyle Entrepreneur
Here are five key steps to get you started.
1. Make a Plan
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin
Despite what some may initially think, some passions simply do not translate into a profitable business plan.
Because of this, it’s important to take an honest look at the interests and talents you possess and analyze which of those can actually be used to develop a successful business.
If what interests you most is watching movies, for example, you may struggle to find clients willing to pay you just to sit on the couch.
But, if you have talents for writing and humor, you can take that movie-watching love and turn it into an awesome movie-review blog.
2. Set Realistic Goals
You’ve probably heard the old adage, “it takes money to make money.”
Well, unfortunately, it’s true.
This being said, it’s important to recognize that even with a substantial financial investment on your end, the odds of you making a million that first year are not very high.
Still, with realistic goals and an excellent daily work ethic, you can become a successful lifestyle entrepreneur in less time than you may think.
Just remember to set SMART goals.
3. Determine Your Niche
With billions of individuals in the world, creating one business that appeals to all of them is virtually impossible.
Luckily, this is not necessary to be a successful lifestyle entrepreneur.
In fact, doing the opposite may be more likely to aid your efforts.
By this, we simply mean choose a niche.
Finding a narrow demographic that finds value in what you have to offer is much more likely to lead to success in business.
Create a solution or service that particular niche truly needs or resonates with, and your business or service can become indispensable to them.
4. Raise Awareness
You could have the most amazing product or website on earth, but it will do you little good if people don’t know it exists.
Having a robust marketing and social media strategy to gain exposure and reach your target audience is more than just a good idea if you want to become a successful lifestyle entrepreneur.
If your free content provides enough value, potential customers will not be satisfied there.
They will continue to seek out your services or products.
Be sure to consistently create and offer free content that’s more valuable than what other companies are charging for.
Then, when it comes to your premium services/products, don’t undercut your self.
Becoming A Lifestyle Entrepreneur
Now that you’ve got a spot on the inside track on the 5 top ways to become a lifestyle entrepreneur, it’s time to get started.
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Entrepreneurship has taken a steady rise. But what is it about self-employment that has brought the number of people seeking to be their own boss to 8,751,000 since 2014?
Being your own boss is a plus for diving into self-employment. But if you’re already there, you might be finding it difficult to manage your time. If that’s the case, take a look at these stellar time management solutions.
Calendars are Your Friend
If you don’t plan out every hour of your day ahead of time, you won’t be very efficient, and your time will not be well managed.
By writing down the things you need to carry out in a day, all the way down to the smallest of details, you are effectively planning a well-timed day.
Using a calendar, whichever method you desire, will ensure you are keeping track of past, present, and future events and significant dates. This also means any tweets, emails, and press releases you know need to be sent out.
Time Management Solutions with Technology
We have thousands of useful apps and tools at our fingertips, but sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly which ones are going to give us exactly what we need. Especially when we’re wary of having too many apps to switch between for each function.
If you need an application that will enable you to communicate with your team members, Slack is a good possibility. Via Slack, you can share files and messages with everyone in the group, and it’s all in one place.
If what you’re looking for something to provide focus and boost concentration during working hours, try applications that offer a technique called Pomodoro. The Pomodoro technique means that you choose one task, set a timer, and focus solely on that task until an alarm tells you to move on.
Prioritize Your List
It’s easy to get bogged down by the entire to-do list.
But it’s important to prioritize the projects from most important to least important. This way, you’re sure to get to the higher-level tasks before you or your team members become overwhelmed or the day comes to a close.
If this happens, keep in mind that it’s okay to prioritize your rest, as well. Efficiency cannot happen if you’re too exhausted to function.
Procrastination happens to the best of us.
If you tend to put things off until the last minute, create a deadline for yourself. Put it on the calendar or ask a colleague to create one for you. A sense of urgency can help jump-start motivation and cut procrastinating tendencies.
Don’t forget to reward yourself, and those you work with, for hard work.
If you give yourself plenty to look forward to, your mind will keep working hard. Studies have shown that reward systems have a way of motivating people to do just a little more than they’ve been asked.
The reward doesn’t have to be big; people just like to be appreciated.
Entrepreneurship and More
Leaving the hustle and bustle of the eight-to-five is a huge step and if you took it, welcome to the open skies of self-employment. Navigating the world of self-made deadlines can be tricky at first, but that’s why I’m here.
Marketing is one of the most important things that few people stop to consider. On a daily basis, people are exposed to thousands of advertisements, both on a micro and macro level.
And yet it’s pretty rare for most of these ads to stand out. What’s the trick to establishing memorable brands and campaigns that will bring in millions of dollars?
The answer is simple: become a legendary marketer.
Failure to properly market a business is one of the biggest reasons for businesses shutting down today. So those that want to get ahead in today’s fast-paced marketing world pay attention.
Here are a few helpful tips on how to become a legendary marketer in a short amount of time.
Accept That It’s Hard Work
The journey to becoming an expert marketer begins with one simple truth: to become a legend, one must be willing to earn that status.
It’s impossible to be both an expert marketer and a lazy businessperson. Marketing is, at its core, a hard, creative, labor-intensive craft.
Nothing in the marketing world is handed over or given. Everything has to be earned, and the sooner that’s accepted, the sooner one can become a legend.
It’s going to take thousands of hours, tons of hard work, and a whole lot of sacrifice. Not everyone has what it takes, and that’s okay. It’s important to analyze how much one really wants to be a legendary marketer.
Those that put in the hours are sure to find an exciting and worthwhile career.
The vast majority of work in the marketing field is concerned with one question: how?
But before getting the corner office and expensive suits, start from square one by asking a far more complicated question.
Why become a legendary marketer in the first place? Why not become a car salesperson or a banker or one of the thousands of other careers?
Legendary marketers are hungry for success because they have something that drives them each and every day.
Asking why is a great way to determine what an individual values in the marketing world and whether or not its truly the best career path.
Establish an Identity
Each week, millions of people tune in the popular ABC series Shark Tank. For the unfamiliar, the premise is rather simple. Hungry, young entrepreneurs bring their best ideas in front of a panel of potential investors including Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary.
Surprisingly, the show is a hit. So why would so many people want to watch others risk their money for a life-changing investment?
It’s simple: because each of the investors has established his or her own identity.
Viewers tune in for the marketers themselves because they’re not faceless corporations. They’re people, with very real thoughts and feelings.
Part of marketing is personality, so don’t be afraid to stand out simply by being yourself.
Consider Niche Marketing
Since marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry, it seems logical that people would flock to it. But there are so many people out there that try and master it all that they never really perfect one skill.
Let their mistake be your advantage. Don’t worry about all types of marketing, focus on one or a few.
It’s great to go where the money is, but it’s going to be hard to get anywhere if the market is too big. Think of what interests you on an individual level and work from there.
Consider learning skills like digital marketing, content marketing, or website development. These are among the most in-demand types of marketing out there in today’s world.
Shadow The Experts
So far, we’ve dealt with a lot of hypothetical situations. And for some, that may be more than enough to become the next great legendary marketer.
But most people tend to learn by doing rather than reading or seeing. That’s precisely why it’s recommended that newer marketers try and shadow more experienced marketing legends.
Get out there and make some friends. Network with local marketers and ask about shadowing their office for a day. You’ll learn so much by seeing what really goes on in a marketing department.
If that seems too difficult or intimidating, never be afraid to reach out. Ponder the types of marketers that one could really admire, then send them an email.
Most people are more than happy to talk about their success or offer a few words of advice. Don’t be afraid to get out there, there’s no telling who a future marketer could meet!
If readers take away nothing else, let it be known that mistakes are often the best learning tools one has.
It’s crucial to stop viewing mistakes as failures and start thinking of them as learning opportunities. No one gets it right 100 percent of the time, especially in marketing.
In fact, some of the world’s biggest brands often make costly mistakes.
Remember the Arch Deluxe from McDonald’s? Probably not. What about the flop that was Crystal Pepsi? If these products strike a chord, it isn’t because of fond memories — it’s because they didn’t work.
But the companies took these lessons to heart and improved. The latter even made a huge comeback recently! A legendary marketer in the making needs to do the same.
The ability to pick oneself up, dust themselves off, and learn from those past mistakes truly sets a wannabe apart from a legendary marketer.
Never Stop Learning
Finally, anyone who wants to be a legendary marketer needs to understand that no matter how much schooling they’ve had, how much they’ve done, or how much money they’ve made, there’s still so much to learn.
And that’s extra important in today’s fast-paced, digitally-oriented world!
Marketing trends change at a moment’s notice, so keep an eye out. Find trusted news sources or blogs and read as much as possible. The more information a marketer arms themselves with, the more successful they’ll be.
Want to Become a Legendary Marketer?
There’s no surefire, easy way to become a marketing legend or successful enterperneur. But keep these tips in mind and work hard.
Performance-based models are useful for a couple reasons.
First, most companies are thrilled to pay only when there are measurable results, instead of throwing money at a strategy and hoping it works.
Second, with the amount of data available, it’s easy to analyze the performance of each ad, and then tailor affiliate marketing strategies.
Even though people have been using these models for years, performance-based models will probably gain popularity in 2018 since they’re so wallet friendly.
It’s conventional wisdom that people are more likely to listen to people they trust.
Refer-A-Friend programs are another cost-effective move to add to your 2018 affiliate marketing strategy.
Getting existing customers to spread the word to their friends not only expands your audience reach, but it’s also cheaper than traditional methods.
If you create incentives for customers to email Mom, Aunt Sally, and the couple in Apartment B about your product, they’ll do the marketing for you…for free.
6) Influencer Marketing
Influencer marketing basically combines the best aspects of refer-a-friend and a content focus.
The subscribers or followers of a popular YouTube personality, for example, follow that person because of the content they put out. Those subscribers are the perfect example of loyal customers.
If that YouTuber endorses a product, you can bet that their subscribers are going to buy it.
This is a win for everyone — you get to build your brand and hopefully expand your audience, while the YouTuber gets some cash in their pocket every time a subscriber clicks their affiliate link.
7) Using Multiple Marketing Channels
Like how customers can view your content across multiple devices, they also see lots of different types of marketing.
Banner ads, search ads, short commercials before videos…as important as affiliate marketing is, don’t get pigeonholed.
Tunnel vision will only hurt you.
Learn about a variety of marketing methods. The best and savviest affiliate marketers this year will know how to mix various methods to get the best results.
8) Moving Away From Tradition
This is one of the biggest affiliate marketing trends to know — traditional methods just aren’t cutting it anymore.
In 2017, you’re going to have to change your thinking.
Humanize your marketing strategy. Consider working with new partners. Reexamine how you’ve been doing business.
While we would all love to believe that every choice we make is foolproof, the truth is there’s always room for improvement.
Even the best plan isn’t perfect.
Challenging the status quo is how things get better. Maybe your company has an amazing idea that will change the face of affiliate marketing in 2018!
If you haven’t already incorporated video into your affiliate marketing strategy, start making your plan now.
The stats of online video don’t lie — four times as many customers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it. And after they’ve watched it, they’ve got about an 80% chance of remembering it a week later.
Using video not only grabs customers’ attention, it connects you with them. Video can also help raise your brand’s perception.
You can make videos about a variety of topics — a product, your staff, your company’s origin story. Whatever you choose, make it short, sweet, and engaging.
Finally, as the affiliate field continues to grow and companies get bigger, brands will be less likely to spend lots of time on repetitive tasks.
Instead, a likely 2018 affiliate marketing trend is automation. More companies will create and run programs that can monitor the heaps of data.
In the meantime, the actual employees can turn their focus to more important things, hopefully creating even more revenue for the company!
The Bottom Line on Affiliate Marketing Trends
These are the affiliate marketing trends that are going to be most important throughout 2017 — but no matter what, make sure you’re keeping up with all of the latest developments.
Have you set any goals for your 2018 affiliate marketing strategy? Tell us about them in the comments below!
Lots of things make people decide to become entrepreneurs. Sometimes it’s a dream, other times it’s a job loss. For many people, it’s about wanting a different kind of lifestyle.
Making the leap into entrepreneurship creates a whole new set of challenges. One of the most pressing challenges is entrepreneurial growth.
Even if you aren’t looking for constant growth in your business, periodic growth must happen. Growth offers new revenue streams, expanded internal resources, and the option to stop pouring every waking minute into your business.
So what can you do to drive this entrepreneurial growth? Let’s take a closer look.
Entrepreneurial Growth Means Saying No, Sometimes
When you’re first starting out, it’s often necessary to take any work that comes your way. Maybe you need the money. Maybe you’re just trying to build a reputation.
There is nothing wrong with taking work for those reasons. Most entrepreneurs do it at some point.
The danger is that you’ll keep accepting all comers long after the necessity disappears. Learning to say no is a crucial skill when you get to the point that you don’t need every client.
Saying no does two important things for you. It helps you avoid committing to too much work, which taxes your entire business. It also gives you the chance to seek out and accept those opportunities that will propel your business to the next level.
Consistency drives long-term success.
As an entrepreneur, you need to show up every day and do the hard work. In short, you need to be self-disciplined.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have an off day.
What consistency does do is provide you a buffer against distraction and missed deadlines. Customers won’t always compliment you on being consistent and hitting deadlines, but they will absolutely notice. They will also tell others.
A reputation for consistency will help drive growth because so many of your competitors won’t be consistent.
Develop Good Delegation Skills
Ever have one of those bosses that couldn’t let go of anything, even after they supposedly delegated it? The boss who ultimately takes something back because they’re sure they can do it better?
Many entrepreneurs are this boss. They come by this behavior honestly, as most entrepreneurs start out doing everything themselves.
Entrepreneurial growth requires that you learn good delegation skills. Every level of business growth will magnify and complicate the tasks you need to manage. At some point, it will grow beyond your capabilities.
The trick is to start delegating before you reach that point. It won’t be easy, but you’ll avoid mistakes and headaches.
Outsourcing secondary processes, like payroll, and delegating lower priority tasks to employees does one, all-important thing. It frees you up for high priority work and bringing in the new business that drives growth.
It’s a social media world and potential customers expect to you to be there. They want status updates on Facebook, podcasts on Soundcloud and videos on YouTube. If you aren’t engaging on at least one or two social media platforms, you’re probably losing business.
Engaging with potential and existing customers isn’t about short-term revenue boosts. It’s about creating a window people can look through to learn about you or your business. Engagement also lets you cement long-term trust.
Social media provides the ideal environment to tell your brand story. This goes a long way toward generating entrepreneurial growth. People like and remember stories. They repeat stories to their friends.
Creating trust is a little trickier, but also achievable with engagement. You need to demonstrate in some way that the product or service connects with your brand values.
Find your version of blender plus random objects and you can build trust, too.
Stop Stressing About Perfection
It’s easy to fall into the perfectionism trap as an entrepreneur. You want your business, product or idea to do well.
The problem is that perfection is just an aspiration. No venture or product will ever be perfect because the world is constantly changing. Technologies, business models, and best practices evolve constantly.
Chasing perfection in the middle of that is setting yourself up for both disappointment and never getting started.
Instead of stumbling after unattainable perfection, aspire toward functional and good. Functional products and good ideas can be reworked over time while still letting you be in business. After all, you can’t grow what isn’t even available.
Entrepreneur, Schedule Thyself
“Wait,” you say. “Didn’t I become an entrepreneur to escape the 8-5 grind?”
You probably did, but that doesn’t mean you should adopt a random schedule. Remember when we talked about consistency earlier? Developing a schedule is part of that.
Now, this doesn’t mean keeping a schedule you hate, but some sanity must apply. Most other businesses are still operating on normal business hours. So, bare minimum, you must be available during some of the regular business hours.
Keeping a schedule makes it easier to drop into the working mindset, which will contribute to business growth all by itself. Scheduling also helps to keep you organized. The fewer calls and meetings you miss, not to mention the more deadlines you hit, the more opportunities you’ll hear about.
Take Days Off
Human beings need rest. No one can work 7 days a week, 8-12 hours a day indefinitely. You’ll start making mistakes and get burned out.
Taking time off lets you catch up on some rest, which will improve performance and creativity. It also takes you out of the business environment, where you’ll get exposed to different ideas and people. These are the fodder from which great new ideas will emerge.
As the captain of your business ship, new ideas and good performance are critical to growth.
Plus, time off may save your relationships.
Entrepreneurial growth isn’t the result of any one thing, but rather the combination of several factors.
Luck plays a role, but so does your own behavior. By setting yourself up to have time, resources and the mental bandwidth in place, you’ll be able to capitalize on opportunities to drive growth.
Have people ever told you your dream is impossible? Have you ever let yourself believe the naysayers?
Trevor Mauch has an important lesson for all of us who are tempted to give in to doubt.
Shaken by his friend’s death, Trevor turned his grief into action. He looked deep within himself to determine his core values and committed to making his life matter.
Trevor Mauch was tired of hearing about small towns shriveling up and dying when their primary big businesses closed its doors. He believed people who thrive in wide-open country lives shouldn’t feel forced to move to cities, where the jobs are.
He didn’t want those who choose to cling to country life spending more time in traffic or on trains than they do at home with their families and he thought hard about how people who want to live in small towns should not just scrape out middle-class incomes, but earn six figures or more.
On top of all that, Trevor Mauch also knew it was possible to help people in his small town find big success – so he did, and has since made millions helping people across this country find success right in their own communities.
Trevor Mauch now runs his multi 7 figure Real Estate SaaS company with an infectious passion and is an inspiration in both business and life.
Listen in as one of this country’s leading Entrepreneurs shares his story of dismissing doubt and realizing his own American Dream by helping others realize theirs.
He may have left the battlefield, but this Navy Seal has never stopped fighting. Micah Fink first waged his own inner battle to adjust to civilian life after combat, then turned his sights to helping others.
Who doesn’t love cowboys? What’s not to love about wild horses?
Listen in as Micah Finks explains how wild mustangs become battle buddies for combat veterans in the vast Montana wilderness through his Heroes and Horses program.
Dave Brown has been active in real estate full time since 2002 and has combined his passion for internet marketing and SEOwith real estate investing to create a highly successful and profitable real estate investing business. This is the driving force behind Dave’s unique success as a real estate investor and entrepreneur.