Mindset

How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, and Live a Fascinating Life

Total Reading Time: 2.5 minutes.
Know the feeling when you hear a ridiculous statement or opinion that makes you want to rip your hair out and pray for humanity?
I used to get offended easily by perspectives that conflicted with my own. I would try to see and appreciate the new perspective, but couldn’t. But what is an opinion anyway?
An opinion is just an individual’s model of the world.
 

Making the Shift

It isn’t logical that another person’s opinion should ever cause so much emotion in ourselves.
Here’s an idea: what if instead of immediately judging the opinion, we shifted to a place of fascination?
If we were to only surround ourselves with people that share similar viewpoints, it would be like living on a tiny island with a small tribe. The truth is, our opinions come from what we value and care about.
I’ve shifted from trying to understand or accept a person’s opinion (a big task), to just attempting to be fascinated by it. That fascination may eventually lead to an understanding. That understanding can create a lot of magic in your life.
This lead to a big epiphany: if you’re being affected by someone’s opinion — it’s not their fault — it’s yours.
I hate to be the one to share this news with you, but it has nothing to do with them. This is happening because you’re overvaluing something, and we all have one thing we value above all else (whether it be security, our identity, or even violence).
That trigger that occurs isn’t happening to you, it’s being created by you. And shifting from a place of judgement to a perspective of fascination makes life (and people) really, really exciting.
Yes, even opinions that are different on this very topic. If you disagree with the idea in the post, my goal would be to become fascinated and intrigued as to why. But let’s be clear, some people just suck and don’t deserve your attention. But I’m sure you don’t suck.
 

Why This Matters

You should use this in your work as a solopreneur, your online business, and even your relationships. If you build this skill, you will learn how to speak your prospect’s language, build relationships with dynamically different people, and even influence people as a leader.
This is how to connect with anyone, anywhere, and live a fascinating life. The reality is, this is a leadership skill.
A true leader knows that it’s not their opinion that matters most. The best ones surround themselves with people smarter than themselves, and empower them to make decisions that align with their vision and mission.
Use this on a day-to-day basis and not only will you have more magic in your life, but you’ll build a valuable skill.
 

A Good Example

A good example of this is when something bad happens that affects a large group of people, like a natural disaster or war. Every single person in the world remembers where they were and how they felt, the morning of September 11th, 2001.
Every single person has their own opinion on this event. It’s that opinion which gives it a meaning, and that meaning which creates the experience. Realizing that we all naturally give things meaning — and this meaning creates our reality — is a powerful understanding.
The next time I decide to judge someone, I’ll remind myself that it could be me in that person’s shoes. Who rolled the dice to decide where, when, and to who I was born?
Until we can answer that question, let’s keep an open mind toward one another. And top it off with some fascination…

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Yes, even if they’re different than my own…
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Weekly Review: The Productivity Secret of Superhuman Achievers

Total Reading Time: 7 minutes.
If you don’t implement this weekly exercise soon, your precious texting thumbs could fall off.
Okay, now that I’ve got your attention, let me give you a brief introduction to the single greatest (and most effective) productivity ritual I’ve ever discovered: The Hour of Primetime.
Simply put, the Hour of Primetime is a weekly review. This ritual and exercise is something all high-performers and achievers complete in one form or another.
You may have heard of people performing an annual review (I have some free templates you can download here). This is quite similar, and is a necessary component for achieving the objectives you set for yourself each year. This exercise can change your life, and will if you apply it weekly. It is the single greatest discovery I have made, and I’ve taught this exact weekly exercise to countless friends and mentoring clients.
This is about being effective, not just productive (for more on that see the ultimate guide to productivity). It’s also about having a fulfilled life, across the many different categories that matter to you.
Years ago I went through an audio program by Tony Robbins called The Time of Your Life. It’s a fantastic program and I highly recommend it. One particular specific section really stood out to me and has formed the basis of this weekly review exercise.
I’ve made a lot of custom tweaks and added more systemized structure to make this easy to follow and implement for you. I’ve also put together all the materials you’ll need to get started today.
 

Hour of Primetime: The Weekly Review Ritual

Every week set aside one hour for yourself. It’s you time. What a concept, right?
I do this every Sunday morning, and I recommend you pick a set time as well.
You’ll be writing, so either have a special notebook for this or print out the downloadable template below. During this exercise you’re going to really observe what’s going on in your life and start planning ahead.
It’s an opportunity for you to get everything out of your head and live proactively.
It’s also an opportunity for you to review your progress and “rate” yourself in the different areas of your life, like the annual review.
 

Step 1. Visualize

Take 5-10 minutes, close your eyes (do this!), and think about the outcomes you want for your life. Trust me on this. Visualize it vividly.
Try to think long-term. Why do you do what you do? What are you actually working toward? What’s your ultimate vision of success, happiness, wealth?
What does it look like? What does it feel like? Feel the thoughts and see the images as if you’re already there. Get clarity on what you’re working toward.
Always ask yourself “what’s my outcome?”.
Make sure you don’t skip step #1. The rest will not work without it.
 

Step 2. The Seven Areas of Your Life

After you’re nice and juiced on these fun thoughts — head to the notepad (you can do this in a special notepad, in a journal, Evernote, or even a Google Doc).
Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on the 7 key areas of your life. Feel free to switch this up if you want, but these categories should cover everything.
Seven key areas of your life: Relationships (significant other, family, and friends), Health, Spiritual, Career, Finances/Cash Flow, Emotions/Meaning, and Celebration.
Review the past week and think about how well you did compared to the desired level, with 10 being the absolute best.
 

Step 3. Accomplishments

Review your week…and don’t do this quickly. Think about it in your mind. Reflect and list out all the little accomplishments and magic moments you had.
Think moments of laughter. Think about accomplishments at work. Think about the awesome little moments that made you smile. Think about memories with family and friends, or the special woman/man in your life. You get the idea.
Note: I like to open my calendar when I’m doing this to help jar my memory and reminisce about the week.
List them all out, and feel good about them again. Feel proud and let yourself remember all these incredible accomplishments. We don’t revisit these memories and experiences very often normally, do we?
This step should make you feel fantastic and give you a sense of immediate fulfillment.
 

Step 4. Areas to Improve

Start thinking about things you didn’t do or areas you could improve upon (refer to the 7 areas of your life to get ideas). Now list them out.
Did you make any mistakes? Were you short-tempered with anyone? Did you not exercise when you intended to? As weeks go on you may start to see patterns here. That’s your hint!
It’s an area you need to address and an old habit you’ve (unconsciously) built into your life. Now don’t feel bad about yourself here after getting pumped up in step 3.
This isn’t about punishing yourself. Just think specifically about areas you can improve or things you didn’t do and would have liked to.
 

Step 5. Capture

Shake out those thoughts now. This step feels really good. Start thinking about all the little thoughts, worries, and to-dos that are occupying your mind.
Think of the thoughts that keep popping into your mind, especially the ones that nag at you or you keep procrastinating on.
Capture everything. Write them all down. Feels good right?
 

Step 6. Batch Into Outcomes

Look at everything you just captured. Now try to find common outcomes between the different things you captured. Look at the Seven Key Areas of Your Life to see how these pieces might be connected.
Example: running a mile in the morning AND buying a supplement/vitamin AND juicing green vegetables AND researching standing desks are all actually related!
They’re both part of the same outcome: Get fit. Which falls under Health. So why get fit? Maybe because you want a stronger and healthier physical body. But why? To have a high level of energy so you can handle anything as it comes at you and increase your vitality.
See what we did there? You need to look at your ultimate outcomes. Group them together.
Another example: Calling your business partner to discuss a potential new client opportunity AND needing to correct the images on your website because they’re outdated.
Both part of the same outcome: Grow your business. Which falls under Career. Again, group them together.
Do this for all of the items you captured.
 

Step 7. Schedule it

Take everything you just grouped together into larger “outcomes” and schedule them into your calendar for the week (and beyond if needed).
Do your absolute best to group the related tasks that have the same outcomes together. This way working on each task doesn’t feel like a task, it feels like part of the same outcome. You’ll constantly be reminded of why you’re doing what you do.

What gets scheduled gets done.

Note: As you’re performing tasks try to remember the outcome you’re working on. Remember that it’s always part of a bigger picture and grander outcome.
Let the stress go away when one simple little task bothers you. The worry and stress is bad for your health and isn’t serving you.
When scheduling these blocks of tasks/outcomes into your calendar, give yourself room to breathe. Don’t schedule 10 blocks back-to-back.
Try to narrow down and distinguish among your weekly outcomes which ones are absolute musts. Meaning, know which ones must get done vs. the ones you’d like to get done.
If something doesn’t need to be done that week—schedule it in your calendar at the appropriate time and save that space now (it’s okay if you end up changing this).
Also, remember to schedule some personal you time also. Instead of getting distracted by little things you can now stick to this schedule and look forward to the pre-scheduled relaxation/do-whatever/chill-out time.
I have a block of time every Friday where I just watch videos, catch up on reading, goof around—whatever.
 

Step 8. Bonus: Pat yourself on the back

You’re now light-years beyond how the average human being deals with the many areas of life, let alone how they schedule their days.
Remember that what gets scheduled, gets done. With time you will be able to handle whatever comes at you. Don’t panic, stick to the outcomes. Enjoy the journey.
 

Bonus

Did you enjoy this weekly review exercise? I’ve created a PDF version of this for you to download and keep forever. I’ve also included a template you can use each week to actually perform the weekly review.
Just enter your best email below and you’ll be able to download everything. 
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5 Step Framework for Becoming an Expert and Achieving Mastery

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes.

Why would you ever want to be an expert?

Pride. Money. Fame. Interest. Ego. Passion. Lifestyle. Career.

All commendable answers. All things that are worth working and fighting for.

But here’s another motivation for developing expertise in something: Freedom. Yup, this is another way to create complete freedom (and fulfillment) in your life.

Here’s how: all expertise is relative. Meaning, if you know even slightly more than I do about copywriting, you’re an expert (in my eyes).

Becoming an expert means you create demand for your raw skills, knowledge, and intellectual property. And when you’re in demand, your options for supporting yourself and giving value back to the world are limitless.

Books, speaking, products, services, software, you name it. You can potentially start one any of my top 15 solopreneur businesses, develop expertise as you go, and be a happy human.

Let’s address something first: this “become an expert overnight” topic gets thrown around a lot. In fact, before writing this post I found that some of the top ranking articles on developing expertise were nothing more than the typical over-promise, under-deliver, hyperbolic headline click bait we’ve all become addicted to.

I searched for any hidden gems of advice throughout various posts, but found nothing. Well, I found one. But it wasn’t the writer’s word, it was a quote by someone else:

There aren’t shortcuts. Merely direct paths. Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us. Things that look like shortcuts are usually detours disguised as less work.

– Seth Godin

Just like the path to becoming an expert, that answer is direct, honest, and impactful.

In an effort to to provide something new to the topic, I’ll highlight some of what has helped me achieve relative expertise in a few areas. You’ll also see what the path to freedom through becoming an expert looks like.

5 Steps to Becoming an Expert and Achieving Mastery

1. Study

Do you remember that one class you just loved? Or that time you were fascinated by a new topic (e.g. a documentary, a place, a time, politics, architecture, a desire, etc.).?

There was a deep hunger, wasn’t there? You must become infatuated with your new skill.

 To become an expert you must develop an insatiable appetite for knowledge.

– (Tweet this)

If it isn’t in direct alignment and doesn’t excite you, forget about it. Take money out of the equation and ask yourself what you’d do then (related: what if money were no object?). Start there.

2. Practice

Don’t let this piece intimidate you. By day two you could already be developing some relevant expertise, especially if you love the topic.

You simply need to get into the habit of consuming, and then producing. Meaning, study and learn all you can — then get really good at getting what you’ve learned out of your head.

Put your learnings into action immediately, and practice every chance you get. Practice for free, practice alone, practice in your sleep (lucid dreaming anyone?). You’ll be going back and forth between step one and two for the rest of your life. A true expert never stops practicing their craft.

3. Emulate

Have your friends and network started to ask you questions? Are people seeking more of your time, and asking you to coffee?
Good, you’re on the right track. Start teaching and don’t ask for much in return. Just give as much value as possible to everyone around you, and practice that.
Now it’s time to up your game even more. At this point you should already have a few role models in the area you’d like to become an expert in.
Study these people. Think like these people. Live like these people. Learn their life stories and understand what drives them. This is important, because in the next step it all comes together.
A learning resource: Brendon Burchard, author of The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge, is a top peak performance trainer and teaches people how to create a business around their expertise and passions. He gives away great free content and puts together an event called Expert Academy.  

4. Elevate

Of all the experts in your field, which one do you most identify with the most and/or want to be in 5-10 years? Decide.

Now, your job is to get as close as possible to this person. Your must either:

a) Work for/with them

b) Become a student of theirs

c) Build a relationship and friendship

Depending on who they are and how they structure their life/business, you’ll have to decide what the best route is. Is your expert role model Bill Clinton? Good, now get to work for him.

You may think I’m joking, but I’m not. At this point, you are a talented student of your craft. You are hungry and you can prove to this person that you’re worth their time.

So either find a way to work for them (for free if necessary), get them to become your mentor, or build a friendly relationship with them.

During the next phase of your life, your job is to absorb as much as possible and be the best student they’ve ever seen, regardless of how your relationship is structured. In this world, they are the relative expert.

5. Mastery

The goal is not to become your teacher’s teacher. The goal is to learn from the very best, because that is the most direct path to becoming an expert.

Eventually, you will become an absolute expert. You will achieve a true level of mastery.

Will there be someone that knows more than you? Always. But this isn’t about climbing a meaningless ladder, it’s about growing into the best version of yourself (related: how to grow).

In the end, you’ll get an opportunity to share your unique value with the world. And yes, you’ll have the freedom and fulfillment you deserve too.

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This blog, and this post, is my version of developing and practicing my expertise. Personally, I’m working on step 4.

Where are you at? What have been your biggest obstacles to becoming an expert?

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How to Cure Your Procrastination Forever with This Simple Formula

Total Reading Time: 2.5 Minutes
When I was in high school, I became an expert in the art of procrastination. And believe me, I was damn good. I would somehow complete homework assignments the morning they were due, and take tests with minimal studying (i.e. glancing at the chapters the night before). For years I said, “I just work better under pressure. I wait until the last minute because that’s when I get laser focused and do good work.”
Cool story. Well, I got away with that in school, but it doesn’t work in the real world. We humans are basically a combination of three things:

  1. How we’re wired
  2. Our environment
  3. Our choices

However — nothing is more powerful than choice.
Procrastination is one of the most negative forces in the world. You already know why you procrastinate, but I’m going to break it down for you. The act of procrastination is caused by two character traits (more on this below). These two traits actually form habits that cause us to fall into unconscious patterns of procrastination.
Get good at these two things, and you’ll quickly become a habitual, lifelong procrastinator. Procrastination causes failed businesses, lost jobs, lost opportunities, poor performance, a general lack of creativity, and an overall poor quality of life.
Every procrastinator has a reason for procrastinating. This is similar to a smoker who tells themselves that one or two cigarettes a day is okay, or the person who can’t unwind at night without a glass of firewater.
 

The Procrastinator’s Formula

Want to know exactly what causes procrastination? There’s a very specific formula…

Laziness + Indifference = Procrastination

(Tweet the formula)

If I were you, I wouldn’t take your procrastinating ways too lightly. But I’ll be honest, I didn’t purposely or consciously just stop procrastinating one day. That wasn’t my goal. Ending procrastination was a byproduct of another event, which I achieved over time.
The day I realized the change and could sense its permanency, I was ecstatic. After some analysis, it became crystal clear:
I was finally living with a purpose. I wasn’t aimlessly going about my days anymore. I wasn’t floating along and living someone else’s life, occasionally getting a pat on the back over things that were meaningless to me.
I had a clear, definite, unbreakable plan. If you want to stop procrastinating and live a fulfilled life, you have to get hungry. You have to make the choice that you only get one shot at this, and that it’s not worth playing small.
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This is something Napoleon Hill, author of one of the bestselling books of all time, calls “definiteness of purpose”.
Here’s the scariest part: too much procrastinating will eventually lead to complete wandering or drifting.

Laziness + Indifference = Procrastination = Drifting

 
A drifter is someone who lacks purpose and passion. Sometimes this person goes through negative spirals and doesn’t even understand why (see this case study for more on this). A drifter has fallen completely into an unconscious pattern, and this can become a permanent rhythm.
 

Conclusion

To stop procrastinating, start caring. Deep down, we already know this is the answer. It’s not a matter of having a workflow or productivity guide. It’s not about learning how to focus better or get into a flow.
The root cause of this is our laziness and indifference. You can remedy this by using your mind consciously and having a definite purpose.

Definite Purpose + Burning Desire + Actionable Plans = Fulfilled Rockstar

 
Don’t know what your purpose is? I’d bet that you already know exactly what it is. I’ve found that people who say this usually have the answer but won’t allow themselves to believe it’s possible. Either way, just continue growing and making small changes — it will become more clear to you every day.
Once you have it, don’t let it go. Focus on this and only this. This is the fastest, easiest, and most direct way to eliminate procrastination forever.
 

Links to Resources

  1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  2. Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
  3. Procrastination and Task Avoidance: Theory, Research, and Treatment by JR Ferrari, JL Johnson, WG McCown

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Meditation 101 for Busy People and Non-Hippies

I was sitting under a bodhi tree when it first happened…
Enlightenment.
And then I woke up from my dream and felt the sharp shooting pains in my ankles.

Under the bodhi tree
That’s me…attempting to sit in meditation pose under a Bodhi tree in Thailand.

Years of soccer has token its toll, and I can barely sit cross-legged for more than one minute. I got up, laughed it off, and thought “maybe one day I’ll figure this stuff out.”
Something has always intrigued me about meditation. We’ve all heard about the many benefits (summary of research studies, Harvard Business Review, Wired Magazine). Why then do more of us not partake in this ancient, beneficial spiritual practice?
I have a theory:
a) When we do try, it’s frustrating. We quickly give up because “the chatter in the skull” doesn’t stop.
b) The people that do meditate aren’t communicating in a way that makes sense to outsiders. The steps are ambiguous.
c) It seems too hippie and new-age for most people.
In this video you’ll get a basic introduction to meditation. If you’re not sure where to start, or think you’re too busy or not hippie enough for meditation, this is for you.

Meditation 101 Video

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Hope you enjoyed! Below you’ll find a list of resources mentioned in the video. I’ve also included materials that have been instrumental throughout my adventures with meditation.

1. Insight Timer app – After experimenting with close to 10 different meditation apps, I finally settled on this one. I use this app daily. There are around 70 incredible guided meditations, and a useful timer for doing your own sessions.
2. The Art of Meditation by Alan Watts – HIGHLY recommended. Alan Watts was a brilliant man, and in this video he touches on meditation. This explanation of meditation is what caused the breakthrough for me.
Note: Yes, it is a long lecture, but so worth it. If you’re interested but don’t have the time, here is a 14 minute version of the best parts.
3. Gratitude: Louie Schwartzberg at TEDxSF – A beautiful video about gratitude. Great way to start your morning.
4. Start Your Day (Guided Meditation) – A simple, powerful 7 minute morning guided meditation.
5. Blissful Deep Relaxation (Guided Meditation) – The YouTube channel that created this video, HonestGuys, has awesome content. This is worth checking out.
6. Tibetan Bowls Sounds – This is just the relaxing sound of tibetan bowls, which are perfect for meditation.

  1. How to Stop Being So Busy – A video by yours truly. This will show you how to stop being so busy and instantly reduce any stress you might have, especially during high pressure situations.

The 21 Day Challenge

Step 1: Commit

Commit to meditating every single day for 21 days. Give yourself a strong enough why i.e. strong reason. Make this commitment to yourself, and one accountability partner.

Step 2: Write a Check

What do you stand for? Are you an animal rights activist? Do you support a political party? Are you pro or anti anything? Is there a group of people you just can’t stand?
Write a check made out to an organization that you simply cannot stand. If you can’t think of anything, do the IRS. Make it for an amount that will hurt, a lot. $1,000 is plenty for most people. Now, give that check to your accountability partner (send it to them if you have to). Tell them exactly what your plan is, and tell them that their job is to hold you accountable to this challenge every single day.

Step 3: Report Back

Let us know how you did. Report back after 21 days and tell us: What were your results? Did you succeed or fail? What benefits did you experience? Tell us in the comments below.
Also, I recommend you commit to forming a new habit as soon as this one is done. Do the exact same 21 day challenge, and enjoy the process.

Do you know someone who’s tried to meditate and given up? Or perhaps you have a friend who’s interested but never tried? Send them this video/post so they can do the 21 day challenge too. 
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6 Brilliant Lessons I Learned from Shark Tank's Kevin O’Leary

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes.
In “real life”, he’s a lot like what you might expect: direct, confident, and sharp. I recently had the opportunity to attend a keynote speech by Kevin O’Leary, founder and star of ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. The keynote was in San Diego, CA, at the annual Traffic and Conversion Summit event.
Kevin, or “Mr. Wonderful” as he’s called on Shark Tank, has great stage presence and enjoys the limelight. More than anything, it was the content that stood out most. The keynote’s focus was on investing and finance, but the message came down to a handful of brilliant life lessons.
I think you’ll enjoy these lessons. Take a look at six of them below.
 

Lesson 1: Shark Tank Is Successful for One Reason

One of the first things Kevin O’Leary talked about in his keynote was the history and story of Shark Tank. The show did not find success right away. It took time to develop a following and passionate audience, but eventually it did. Kevin attributes this to one single value (and I couldn’t be happier with it).
Shark Tank is successful because people believe in Freedom.
Freedom, Kevin says, is the most desirable thing in the world. It’s something we all want. Success, money, fame, etc. all come in a distant second to having true freedom. People believe freedom is possible by watching shows like Shark Tank. They become motivated to do amazing things with their lives because of it.
I created this website for one reason: to share an ideal I call the Freedom Lifestyle.
 

Lesson 2: Money Equals Freedom

It’s a simple formula: Money = Freedom.
Kevin explained that you’ll lose if you pursue money for any reason other than freedom. Nothing else can drive a person like the desire for freedom. The entrepreneurs that are pursuing freedom will find success.
If you use your money to educate yourself on accumulating wealth through investing in assets, you’ll get there. How do you define freedom?
To me, freedom is the ability to do what you want, when you want, how you want.
 

Lesson 3: Forget about Work/Life Balance

If you’re a solopreneur or entrepreneur, forget about work/life balance. According to Kevin, you must sacrifice to achieve your goals and become successful. You must focus on the work. You must go into isolation at times as well, because this is how the real creativity comes about.
I agree wholeheartedly now, and I think you should take this one seriously. When I first became a solopreneur, I didn’t believe this at all. I sold myself on a naive dream of maintaining my existing lifestyle with no interruptions, as if I was still working at Google. I didn’t want to sacrifice anything, and that’s a big mistake.
If you want to grow, learn, and push through the obstacles — you must go all in.
 

Lesson 4: Strengths vs. Weaknesses

Knowing your weaknesses is your biggest strength. It’s important to know the areas where you are the most weak, but don’t worry about trying to strengthen them. Work on making your strengths stronger, and do work that allows you to focus on only that. Where there are gaps, you must find solutions.
Which leads to…
 

Lesson 5: You Need a Partner

If you are building a traditional startup company or venture, you need a partner. Kevin explained that your partner must be strong in the areas where you are weak. It’s important to take a partnership seriously. Most people gravitate toward someone like themselves and this is wrong. Your partner should have a different style, mindset, and skill set. Together, you complement each other’s skills and can grow faster.
As far as solopreneurship goes, partners aren’t part of the plan, but you should still look for people to fill the gaps. It’s better to have strategic and joint venture partners.
The best way to grow and scale as a solopreneur is to build a team. These team members should handle all the aspects of your business you shouldn’t be working on (your weaknesses). Your first step will be to get an assistant, and then expand from there.
 

Lesson 6: Your Competition Is the Enemy

This final lesson from Kevin O’Leary was the most entertaining and controversial one. In characteristic form, he explained passionately that your competitors must be crushed. Business is war, and if you are not the first to act and “burn down the barn”, they will come after yours.
Again, in traditional big business, this holds more true. But, in the world of online businesses and solopreneurship, befriending your competitors is a better approach. I support my competitors and in return they have helped me grow. Yours can do the same for you.
 

Conclusion

Kevin O’Leary’s message was inspiring, actionable, and heartfelt. His persona on TV comes off as playful, but also cold and unsympathetic. While money is his main driver, he seems to do it all for the freedom it buys him and his family.
I found it interesting (and reassuring) that he drew such a strong parallel between success and being driven by freedom. I agree strongly with many of his lessons, but also disagree with some. This is because of the differences between traditional entrepreneurship and solopreneurship (as I define it).
Whether you’re already a solopreneur or intend to become one soon, I recommend you reflect on these lessons. There is much wisdom and success behind these words.
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Which lesson was your favorite? 
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