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How to Build a System and Make Money

Hey guys Chris Hughes here and right now I’m live at Finca Lerida here in Boquete, Panama.


In this video you’ll get to see the Finca Lerida coffee plantation. One of my buddies Cole, who was filming this video went to the top of the mountain there to have some coffee and share this experience with you.


This video is to show a little bit about the experiences I’ve been having while living in Panama.


The reason I wanted to create this short video was to show you how businesses are built in the offline brick-n-mortar world. You need to have some type of a system that you can run people through.


For example in the video here, we drove up an entire mountain to have the coffee that was produced at this place because the coffee there is so fresh and delicious and being above everything else is totally worth the experience.


The cool thing about Finca Lerida is that you get to see how everything is made.


When you are driving up the hill, you get to see rows and rows of coffee plants all over the place.


In the video I show some pictures of the rows of coffee, some pictures of the guys naturally roasting the coffee beans from the sun below where I am standing in that video.


In a little building in the distance of this video you get to see where the next step of the coffee process is, you know all the finishing touches and things like that.


To me, it is awesome to witness something like that where you get to see the entire process of being created and actually seeing where the product is being consumed.


When you are running a business you need to have some type of system in place otherwise you will not succeed. You see, Systems Succeed, People are the ones who fail.


Right now I’m actually using the Empower Network system to help train people on how to sell things online and earn an income from the internet.


If you want to learn more, which you know you do, all you have to do is click here.

You’re Not A Baby Anymore

While I was watching video Lesson 14 of the Empower Network Masters Retreat class I learned a very important lesson that can be relevant to you if you are growing any type of business in which you are empowering people to take massive action and increase their level of income.

The more emails you get and respond to, the more emails you start to get. When you do it once, you just end up getting beat to death with question after question after question. It’s flat out annoying. It causes a lot of stress and doesn’t make a lot of money.

This goes directly against the ELF (Easy, Lucrative & Fun) way of building a business.

Honestly what the best thing that you can do, as a leader, when you are put in a situation where everyone is constantly asking questions is to just go enroll more people onto your team, show them you don’t need them and that you are going to build a successful business without them.

If something is going to teach your team what is necessary to do, it’s going to be this.

Don’t Baby People

Image courtesy of photostock

Instead of babying them and holding their hand about every little thing that happens, you force them to step out of their own comfort zone and do what is necessary to take themselves to the next level.

As leaders, it is our responsibility to do the things that will help our team get to the next level. More often than not, it will end up being us telling our team that they need to quit being a wussy and start taking action.

They need to try something and fail.

and then try something else…and fail again.

and again and again and again.

It’s all a part of learning. It’s natural for most people to want to give up when they fail the first time. It’s HARD to succeed. That’s why not everyone you know is living the life of their dreams, making the kind of money they deserve and becoming their true self.

I know that I personally have struggled a LOT in my life.

Some of my friends will probably tell you that everything has always come easy for me and part of that is true. I am a quick learner and focus only on the things that give me the results I want.

I learned that by putting in hour upon hour when no one is watchingthat I could become better at everything I did.

Let’s use an example here.

I’m a juggler.

When people see me juggling now and I’m throwing 5 or 6 balls around in the air and making it look effortless, it IS effortless because i’ve put in countless hours learning how to do it. I’ve spent hundreds if not thousands of hours practicing and perfecting my technique, getting the rhythms down and mastering the fundamentals.

Yet what most people see is that I am just juggling and must have been born with the talent.


When I first started juggling, do you think I could just automatically pick up 5 balls and BOOM BABY, master juggler!

Nope. Although I tend to tell people I just learned how today when they ask how long i’ve been juggling lol.

I failed. I failed over and over again.

I remember practicing 5 balls in the garage at my parents house for hours on end because my dad told me he would give me some money if I could juggle 5 balls for 50 throws.

The garage had a high ceiling and allowed me to practice my ass off until I finally got it. Until I called him into the garage and was like “dad, check this out” and did it.

I juggled 5 balls. I was a badass. I, Chris Hughes, was a master at juggling. Anything was possible from that point forward…as long as I put in enough hours to make it work.

Now if I would have just started off knowing how to juggle 5 balls without going through those hours of failure, it wouldn’t mean anything to me. It would just be another thing I could do, like tying my shoes or riding a bike.

Guess what?

The same thing is true with building an online business.

You’re going to fail a lot. It’s part of the fun.

There are certain things that will cut your learning curve down. For example, instead of trying to learn how to code a website yourself, you could buy some books or a course on how to do it. That will save you time. You’re still going to need to put some time in to become good at it, but it will cut the time down significantly for learning.

If you want to build an online business, you can find something like this that will teach you how to build a business.

Does it seem like its cheating to learn from people who have already done it?

I think not!

That’s what they are here for, to help us learn and grow. The people who have already done it love helping those who want to do it…IF THEY ARE WILLING TO PUT IN THE TIME!

If you are willing to put in the time, go watch the video here and join my team.

I’m not going to baby you and hold your hand, but I will direct you to the experts who have created video tutorials to teach you how to do everything. Is that cool?

Go sign up here and join me for only $25.


Can The World Cup Help My Business?

As you may or may not be aware, there’s been this little thing called the World Cup going on. I mean, it’s not too serious. Only the BIGGEST sporting event in the world.

Soccer, Futbol, Football. Whatever you call it, it is HUGE. If you’re from the US like I am it isn’t quite as popular as it is in the rest of the world so the majority of people here aren’t turning into soccer hooligans…maybe that’s the reason the US got beat by Ghana? We should become better hooligans. I know during hockey season Buffalo has hooligans all over the place (I became one this year).

So about that picture…When my dad was in Argentina, he bought me an authentic Argentina jersey and it pretty much solidified me as a fan of Argentina…not to mention that Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi are crazy good.

So what can I learn from the World Cup?

Well, there are quite a few…one of these could be how supply & demand can make a company profit like never before selling Vuvuzelas, how Nike has gotten their fans involved by creating the “Write the Future” marketing campaign 

or even a message about how working together as a team is essential to victory.

I like that last one, so I’m going to go with that.

What is teamwork?

According to Wikipedia: Teamwork is work performed by a team. The quality of teamwork may be measured by analysing the effectiveness of the collaboration

It’s the team that plays together the best each and every game that will win the cup this year. The same is true in business.

Teamwork is what you’re already doing with the teams YOU are already working with. If you are an Entrepreneur trying to do it without a team(I’ve been there, it’s hard to share ideas), but I’m here to tell you that collaboration is good for Entrepreneur’s.

Steps to building an effective team:

  1. Identify Strengths & Weaknesses for each person
  2. Focus on these strengths
  3. Outsource Weakness
  4. Rinse and repeat with the rest of the team 😉

What’s In It For Me?

Well one thing is that it’s going to make you more money and everyone you are working with will show increased productivity. Is that enough?

I’ve got an exercise for you. It’s not anything like doing a crazy workout each day for 90 days, unless you’re into that…I’m crazy and did that over at . Literally, I did that. I’m now turning Insane and doing something similar but for 60 days at

Take out a piece of paper; go ahead and step away from the computer and grab a piece of paper and a pen.

Go ahead and do this exercise with your team. All you need to do is have everyone in the meeting write out 4 things that each person on the team does well and 1 thing that the person does EXCEPTIONALLY well. They should write one of these for themselves as well.

An example of this from my personal list:

  1. Ideation
  2. Learner
  3. Activator
  4. Maximizer
  5. Significance

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin

That list right there is my top 5 strengths and I explain them more in a post I made, Should I Focus On My Strengths?

With a team of 5 people working together, you will have a list of 25 things that each person is good at. This will increase each person’s confidence and allow for them to see what they are really great at. (Sometimes we find it hard to truly identify our strengths)

Why does this work?

Think about it this way…. if you suck at doing a particular task do you really want to do it? Deep down inside of you, do you really want to do it?

I know that when I’m not good at something, I definitely don’t want to do it. On the other side, when I’m doing something I’m really good at (helping businesses make more money) I’m having a freakin’ blast! I’ve typically got a grin on my face and ideas flow to me faster than a speeding bullet.

If your business has been static, please take the time to do this with your team. If you find that you are spending 80% of your time on things that you flat out suck at, then STOP. Start spending time on what you are good at. Use the Pareto Principle to your advantage. Hire people who are good at what you suck at and start spending your time on the things that YOU and your team are good at. Outsourcing is an option that is great. Use it to your advantage and if you need any help finding a company to outsource through, let me know and I’ll hook you up with a phenomenal team.

What Do Nerf Guns, Blue Hair & Juggling Have To Do With Business?

Business is often boring. You are well aware of this if you have ever met a typical business-man or woman. It’s got to be this way and not straying from this path.

Well, in my opinion this is BORING. I don’t like boring things, I don’t know about you. If something isn’t fun, I just don’t do it. Simple as that. By the way, I love my life.

I want to release a secret to you that many successful people realize.


Develop and build your business’s personality that stands out. People want to buy from people.

This is Maverick Rule #26 from Yanik Silver’s “34 Rules for Maverick Entrepreneurs: Make More Money, Have More Fun & Give More Back” book. If you don’t have this book yet, get it. You can get it here –>

I deal mainly with online marketing and working with offline businesses to take their business online and one thing that I’ve noticed when I go to help these people…. their website bore’s the crap out of me. I’d literally rather write “I will not have a boring website” on a chalkboard 300,000 times than stay another 2 minutes on their site. (actually I’d just leave their site)

When I’m on these websites I have no idea who the business owner is and I really don’t build a connection with them. In fact, it’s so impersonal I feel like i’m trying to communicate with a computer. I’d rather deal with a person than a computer… how about you?

One thing about having a personality is that it creates a bond with your customers. It forms a relationship and the Know, Like & Trust Factor goes up in your relationship! You know what else happens? It creates a fun environment for people doing business with you. It makes them ENJOY the time they spend with you and the product/service you provide.

How Can I Make My Personality Show?

The thing about this question is that it’s really easy. It’s so easy that you can use a camera and YouTube to share your personality in about 20 minutes! With Web 3.0 we’re able to share ourselves like never before. In my videos, I’ve started to share myself with you a ton including my crazy blue hair that I wear for all Duke basketball games 😉

I’m a little crazy. I do some random things that I find really fun and people seem to respond to it in a great way. It’s crazy how the Universe attracts people to you that are like yourself. I’m crazy passionate about business and marketing and let my passion out when I’m on video or when I’m writing an article.

The Cool Thing Is That You Can Do This Too

You can do the same thing, I juggle so I include that in some videos to share with people my “personal” self as well.

Having a blog is one of the best things you can do to share yourself and your personality with others. I’ve shared a ton of things on this blog and will continue to, I’m growing everyday and the experiences I have shape me into the person I’m becoming. I want to let you know who I am and what I’m all about so that we can develop a relationship, whether it’s me helping  you, you helping me or just having a great friendship I am interested in YOU.

If you don’t have a blog, go get a free self-branded wordpress one at

This Might Not Be For Everyone

You might be very uncomfortable with sharing yourself with others, but if you are in business you are going to need to learn how to adapt to this new way of doing business. We’re no longer in the age of business being separate from personal. Everything we do is being shared on Social Networks. What’s the point in hiding who we truly are? I find that life is more fun and more profitable when we are open and honest about who we are AS LONG AS we provide exceptional content and value when doing business.

Creating personality is a key aspect of bonding, of creating zealots for your business and creating more profits for your company.

If you want to be a truly successful Entrepreneur, you need to let your personality shine. Simple as that.

Disclosure: Throughout the content of the blog, I’ve placed a few of my affiliate links. This means if you follow a link on this blog and then buy something, I’ll probably get paid a commission. So if you feel like shopping, by all means do so – you may even buy me a beer if you’d like.