Author Archives: Chris Hughes
Author Archives: Chris Hughes
Austin, Texas 1:11pm
The other day I actually started writing out this blog post after re-watching the video I shot a few years back in Costa Rica. The video was on my blog over at Masterminding on the beach in Costa Rica. That video was recored after a really intense mastermind session we had. One that actually had a significant impact on my life and a few others who were lucky enough to attend.
One quote that really stood out when I was re-listening to this was…
This quote is so damn true. It often seems like the times where I’ve experienced my biggest successes have come after terrible failures. My business took off when I quit my jobs, moved to a foreign country and took a major chance. The problem was that I had no income anymore… the opportunity was that I learned how to create a business because of it.
It’s pretty incredible when you really stop and think about it. Everyday people you can hear people talk about problems that they have. There are thousands of problems everywhere, and many of these problems are BEGGING for these problems to be solved. That’s an opportunity right there.
Think for a second what kind of problems you’re currently experiencing… maybe it’s snowing where you live now. How much does it suck that the windshield freezes and your car is cold when you get in it? For me, that was a terrible part of my day. For me, I just moved south to get away from the cold. However, there was the opportunity to get one of those remote starters for your car. Problem solved.
What about problems related to your fitness? Fitbit created something incredible when they figured out setting the goal of 10,000 steps a day for people. It’s simple enough that it’s an easy goal to aim for… and you can track all of the steps through their little device.
The problem was that people forgot to be active in the traditional world we live in now… and the solution is to try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. The solution was provided by them and now they have a massive business. Fitbit was valued at $8 BILLION in 2015.
Great question. Identifying problems comes down to simply paying attention to things that are happening around you. The next thing is to get creative about the solutions to these problems. It’s not going to be easy, but damn is it going to be fun.
The next time that you’re in a conversation and you notice that someone is complaining about something, pay attention. Ask a few questions about why they are so upset about the issue. If you ask then 3-5 times “why” you’ll get to the root of the problem. There is always a way to provide a solution to problems, but you need to be creative to solve the problem.
Paying attention means you’ll need to listen more than you speak as well. But, you know that already and should be listening more than you speak already.
I could try and tell you that I can help you with solving all your problems, but the truth is that it’s up to you. Every single day you’re going to experience problems in your life. It’s important to recognize these problems and to identify solutions to the problems.
You’ll start doing it for yourself, and then eventually you’ll end up solving other people’s problems as well… which could lead you into creating a business doing something that you’re totally kick ass at.
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Today I want to share with you an excerpt from the book Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Using the link here, you can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon. I highly recommend picking up a physical copy of this book. However, if you sign up for my newsletter here, or in the form below, you can get a free copy of the digital book.
1) Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount.
2) Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
3) Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
4) Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
5) Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
6) Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read – see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
It is important that you follow the instructions described in these six steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of money” before you actually have it.
Here is where a burning desire will come to your aid. If you truly desire money so keenly that you desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to become so determined to have it that you convince yourself you will have it.
The process that is listed above seems to simple, which is why so many people don’t follow through with it. Instead of putting in the time to write out their own specific goals and follow these 6 steps, they’ll just keep doing things the way they always have done things.
But, if you want to truly change your life it’s recommended to put aside the ego and follow the steps laid out for us by people who have done what they are teaching. People like Napoleon Hill who dedicated his life to understanding how to become wealthy.
My challenge for you is to actually follow through with this activity, and to give it a minimum of 30 days with doing step 6. It’s going to be hard. You’re not going to want to do it and you might feel like a weirdo when you’re doing it. But, put aside your self-talk and give this a shot. I’m willing to bet that your life will never be the same after that 30 days.
Now what I want you to do is comment below “I’m in” if you’re going to give this a shot. If you say “I’m in”, you are committing to trying this for at least 30 days. This is a public accountability check for you and once you commit, you should follow through with it.
Here’s a video from Napoleon Hill
Want to know something a little crazy?
There’s a plugin, by the name of Honey, that will save you money on your everyday Amazon purchases. It takes like 30 seconds to install, it’s just a chrome plugin, and it could save you a bunch of money this year.
If you love saving money, then this might just be the best blog post you read all year.
Amazon does a great job at providing us with good prices and the 2-day shipping is terrific. One problem with Amazon is that they don’t have it set up for the average shopper to compare prices in order to find the best deals possible. Even someone who is extremely careful can accidentally end up overpaying for products.
Well, that was until Honey came out.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to outsmart the Amazon marketplace and ensure you pay the lowest price every time you shop: Honey. This little browser add-on gained popularity among shoppers for its automatic coupon feature, but it also offers powerful Amazon shopping tools that can save you TONS of money. And, yes, it works with Prime!
Here’s how it works:
You don’t need to change anything at all about how you currently shop on Amazon. Honey works in the background for you. When you visit any product page, you’ll have a little orange button appear just above the price. (See picture below)
If Honey finds a better deal for you, it’ll let you know by saving “Save $x.xx” and you can click that button to see the better deal.
I’ve found savings ranging from $.02 to hundreds of dollars—not bad considering it takes zero effort.
In the case of this TV, Honey was able to find $95.84 in savings, and all I had to do was click one button.
Here’s another example (in video) so that you can see just how this works. This is how easy it was for me to save $10.20 on a Keurig, simply by going with another Amazon seller:
10 seconds to save $10.20, and I still get the same 2-day shipping and fulfillment by Amazon. Same coffee maker, same shipping, just cheaper!
Sometimes the displayed price is actually the lowest price, and in which case, Honey tells you. Either way, you’ll feel confident knowing you didn’t get ripped off! Over time, your savings can really add up if you shop on Amazon frequently.
Did you know that I have failed more times than I can count?
My first “real business” was with a direct sales company back in college. I spent a few thousand dollars buying the product (a home cleaning product) because I thought it was an entire no-brainer for people to buy it.
Turns out, I had no idea how to sell the product. I was just getting started with my business and hadn’t spent years studying and learning about marketing, sales and how to run an actual business yet.
It was pretty devastating realizing I was a failure. I mean, I got good grades in high school, I played sports and I was on the honor roll. Everything seemed like it would just go along perfectly.
Turns out that my potential customers for that original business didn’t care about me. I walked around door-to-door in my neighborhood in Binghamton, NY trying to sell the cleaning solution. Sometimes it worked, other times I got the door slammed in my face.
I don’t talk about this much, in fact, I don’t even think my parents knew about that particular time in my life.
You see, when I walked up to these peoples houses… none of them gave a shit about my high school or college grades. No one cared that I was in college and just starting my business. No one cared that I had a dream to be rich and have my own island.
Not one person cares until you do something for them.
It’s a harsh reality. We don’t live in a world full of sunshine and unicorn rainbows with people just giving you money because they liked how you said “hello”. People are busy. People have their own problems to worry about.
It was a rough time period for me.
I considered myself a failure.
Man… I feel weird writing that.
Don’t worry though, the story gets better… but at times it also gets worse.
like the time I spent over $15,000 trying to build a business in a niche that I knew absolutely NOTHING about.
Crazy, right? I mean… what kind of an idiot thinks he can build a business in an industry where he knows nothing about the niche?
How did it happen?
Well. I didn’t have a clear image in mind of what I needed to do. I knew I needed a “team”, but I had no idea what that meant. I mean, with entrepreneurship, we’re often doing this all on our own.
It sometimes looks like this…
That looks terrifying, doesn’t it? If you’re the one doing all of that work, it IS terrifying.
The truth is that…way too often that’s exactly what happens when we’re building up businesses. We try to bootstrap everything because money is tight and we think we can’t afford to hire people to handle other tasks for us.
I made the opposite mistake with this particular business. I hired people before I had the system in place because I had built the same type of business in a different industry. So, naturally I felt like a genius and that nothing could go wrong.
I know, I know… what a silly mistake.
The truth is, I was all jacked up and excited after going to a mastermind that I just kinda jumped in headfirst before taking the time to build up the systems first. When you surround yourself with others who are at levels way above your current level, you sometimes forget to drop back down to where you’re currently at and reflect from that position before making decisions.
I am 100% for surrounding yourself with people who are doing bigger things than you currently do and especially for masterminds and hiring mentors. It significantly cuts down on your learning curve and as you know, you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with.
In that image that you saw above with “You” in the middle and all the tasks around it, you see all of the different day-to-day things that happen in a business. That report is from I believe 2012 so it’s a little out of date for the current reality, but the concept is the same.
If you’ve been running your business for a while, you know that you have little things that have to operate each and every day to make your business work. Everything from writing blog posts like I am doing right now, to emailing your list, to posting all over your social media properties. Every single thing comes down to a system you create and follow.
Each and every single thing in your business should have a process map.
Ideally, a step-by-step checklist that you can use so that when you get ready to grow your business, you can hire someone and have them come in, follow your process and produce a similar result each time.
Here’s just a brief look into one of the systems I have, this doesn’t show the video tutorials and emails/chats about the system… but you get the idea.
You see in my trello board that it starts off with the mindmap, showing what the structure for the template should look like. It then includes 3 attached images to show the process and at the bottom, there is the checklist to follow along.
This is the type of systems you want to have for every step of your business. Here’s just another example of process mapping, this is a proces for my team members who are uploaded blog posts to a particular site I own.
Every time I have a new blogger come onboard, I have a series of video tutorials and checklists to follow to make sure that everything goes to plan…every time.
I was just doing everything myself, not recording anything or writing out the reasons WHY I did something. I originally didn’t know any better. As a beginner, we’re expected to do it all. So, that’s what I did. I did everything in my business. I built the websites, I wrote the copy for the articles, I researched the niche, I set up emails, I, I, I…. it was miserable.
This stuff is an absolute pain in the ass to create, its extremely time-consuming and isn’t the glamorous side of entrepreneurship that is often marketed by people selling courses on being an entrepreneur.
But, taking the time to do this makes a major difference in your business and an even bigger impact on your life.
Think about this for just a second… McDonald’s was founded on May 15, 1940. Right now it’s the year 2017 and the McDonald’s system has been operating pretty much the same way for all that time.
It’s so easy that high-school kids with no other job experience can do it. That right there… that is how simple you want your processes to be. If your business isn’t at that point yet, you have some work to do. But don’t worry. I’ve got some recommendations to help you out.
I’m glad you asked! Even if you didn’t ask, I’ll let you know.
Over the last few years, as my processes have improved, I applied some of them to that particular business… you know, to harden the blow a little bit of losing that much money. Since then, the business has been earning money every single month with minimal work from myself.
I realized I wasn’t meant to write about the niche, email people about the niche or even post pictures to the fans I acquired in the niche. My job was simply to identify opportunities and have my team handle the content and distribution.
The only reason that happened was because I spent the time to build the systems and partner up with people who are better than me with the work.
The first recommendation is to get the book Work The System by Sam Carpenter.
The second recommendation is to actually read the book and apply what is taught in the book. Yes, it’s going to suck. No, it won’t be glamorous like the entrepreneur hashtag on Instagram.
It’s going to be work. Boring, tedious work. But, this is work that you only have to do one time. After you have written out the process and created the tutorials, someone else can handle the work so that you can focus on your strengths. The hours you spend creating these tutorials will save you days, weeks and even months of your time in the future…
and time is the only resource we can’t get back.
We can all admit that some days are better than others. Some days we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, maybe a little hungover or just feeling “off”…
Most of the time we just accept that this is the way today is going to be. BUT, it doesn’t have to be that way.
In fact, you can drastically change your state in minutes with this simple trick.
In this video you’ll learn about the “Chris is Awesome” folder and how you can create the same thing in your life to have a little “mindset hack” to immediately change your mood.
After watching this video, you’ll create your own “Chris is Awesome” folder for yourself and start filling it with awesome stuff you’ve done over the past few years.
You can put pictures of cool things you’ve done, messages that people have sent you thanking you for things, you can even put pictures of things you’ve always wanted in the folder. It’s up to you!
The goal of the folder is to make it nearly impossible for you to continue having a bad day after you’ve gone through it.
So what are you waiting for? Start creating your “Chris is Awesome” folder today!