Sun, 29 January 2017
Hey hey! Welcome to episode 223 of Life on Fire. Character. Have you ever considered the role it plays in success? Whether it’s crossed your mind or not, our guest on this show is talking about why character is critical to success.
Shirley Solis is here to share her story of taking a $10,000 grant and turning it into a six-figure business, as well as highlighting the character traits that have played key roles in the success of some very notable people.
On this episode, you’ll hear how she came to me as a client about a year and a half ago and how she discovered character and why it’s important to living a life on fire and why being resourceful can help you overcome any odds! This is an inspiring and equally informative show that will help you dig deep to find the character traits you need to creating your own Life on Fire!
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According to Shirley, at the foundation of everything we do is character. It is the one thing that will ensure you are successful in every area of your life and in every endeavor.
She came to this understanding by overcoming a procrastination habit. In school she would put things off til the last minute, even getting up in the morning! She’d wake up about 10 minutes before her school bus would arrive and would dash outside to catch it so she could get to class on time. She even pulled an all-nighter once to write a 50 page paper! She got an A on the paper, which only encouraged her procrastination tendencies.
But when she had kids that all changed. She married at age 18, had her first child at 19 then her 2nd at 20 and her third by 21. She had three children in 3 years, all of whom are boys!
It soon became clear that waiting til the last minute didn't work so well anymore. She realized she couldn't wing it anymore, her children would get her bad habits and things just weren't going to go well for all of them. She decided she couldn't live that way any longer and she wanted to be a better example for them; she knew she had a responsibility to them.
She made the decision to homeschool her children and along the way discovered character at the heart and foundation of every successful person’s story.
So what exactly is character? Shirley gives Webster’s definition of it as being “…the engraved qualities in a person”. Basically character is your core and who you are when no one is watching, character is what it looks like when you are in the midst of a struggle and who you are in that struggle. It’s things like honesty, punctuality, and reliability. There are many character traits - 52 in fact.
Shirley goes on to say that when things get tough character is what grounds you and keeps you on track. Character is your unfair advantage; it’s not talent, not looks, etc - only character.
If you would take two people with equal talent, the one with character will go further. On today’s show she gives some real life examples of people who utilized character to succeed including Brian Tracy, Barbara Corcoran, Will Smith, Tony Robbins and Stephen Covey.
She talks about how Brian Tracy went from being a high school drop out and sleeping in his car to creating over 300 courses for people all over the world in multiple languages! He is now being paid $500 million to consult with companies about their businesses.
And all of this happened because he took personal responsibility. He said “If it's to be it's up to me”. That quote from Brian is a great example of taking personal responsibility, a necessary character trait for success.
She also talks about Barbara Corcoran who learned to be resourceful. Barbara’s mom taught her to use whatever assets she had or could find to make the best of any situation and to get ahead. Barbara used that to get more tips as a waitress and then later to build a real estate empire in New York City and to be the savvy investor she is today.
All of us can follow in Barbara’s footsteps. We all have something that life has given us that we can use, we must be resourceful and find it and use it.
Also on this episode, Shirley shares her own resourcefulness story. She talks about applying for a startup challenge, writing up her plan, asking for what she wanted and getting $10,000 as a result! She also talks about Tony Robbins’ consistency character trait, Will Smith’s commitment and more.
Listen in to hear that plus recite a pledge to make your character your unfair advantage on today’s 223rd edition of Life on Fire!
Direct download: 223_Why-Character-Is-Critical-To-Success-with-Shirley-Solis.mp3
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Mon, 23 January 2017
Hey hey! Welcome to episode 222 of Life on Fire. Today we have one of our very own Life on Fire clients who is now a coach with us, Jenn Beninger.
Jenn is here because she has an amazing story of going from in debt, overweight (her words!) and living in doubt, not enjoying her work, and dealing with uncertainty and turmoil. She was not living a Life on Fire! But all of that changed because of an event she attended and her willingness to be coached.
On episode 222 of Life on Fire you’ll see and hear from a brand new Jenn: she rocks the stage, looks amazing and has an inspiring journey to share. To boot, she’s going to tell you how and why you want to market yourself on YouTube. Check it out!
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Jenn Beninger has been an entrepreneur for 20 years, she knows what it’s like to go through the ups and the downs. When we met, she was experiencing a pretty big down. She had put everything into a business partnership and had built a big social media marketing business - only to see it crash and burn.
After five months of feeling depressed, her husband suggested she get a job. She said she was going to an event; she knew being around likeminded people would get her mojo going again.
She and I met in the hallway at the event, after I had spoken on stage. I gave her a ticket to an upcoming Life on Fire event in June of 2015. She had plenty of reasons why she couldn’t be there but when I asked her why I’d never heard of her, that question silenced her objections and showed her she needed to be there.
Attending that event helped Jenn start on a new path, and today she is an expert at YouTube marketing. On this episode, she explains the limiting beliefs people have around doing video and the keys to creating and growing your business with a successful YouTube channel.
Before you can begin to do the legwork on your YouTube channel, Jenn walks you through a quick mental exercise to show you what’s possible. After you hear that, Jenn gives you a step by step process to figuring out what videos to create and how to create them.
The first step when you don't know how or what to create with your videos is to do keyword research, then you’ll need to create 3 types of videos and you’ll need specific tools to do so.
In terms of keyword research, this is where you will spend the most amount of time, this is the heavy lifting piece. If you make videos that Google and YouTube want you to make then they will rank you. Your content can be your own, but it's how you title them and how you describe them and the keywords you use in the description of the video that will help you get ranked. The content is still yours: it’s still your passion, your view and your approach.
To properly do your keyword research you go through three tiers: go to Google Adwords. Type in what you think people are asking about, then look at how many searches it gets and the competition for that keyword or keyword phrase. You want low competition, with a good amount of searches.
Next you want to go to YouTube and type in the same phrase: this will show you what else pops up in YouTube. Whatever pops up are your ideas for your next five videos!
Finally you need to see how many people are watching videos on your chosen topic/keyword. If there aren't many views you don't want to make a video about that phrase, or you should find a way to title it something else that is more popular.
Repeat this process for about 20 topics so you have a variety of things to choose from when creating your videos, and so you can also produce videos in bulk.
Also on this show, Jenn explains the three types of videos you want to have and the equipment you’ll need. This is a must-listen show whether you have a YouTube channel or not! You’ll hear how simple it is to get started, and why having well-done videos helped one of Jenn’s clients land a $97,000 contract!
It’s all here on episode 222 of Life on Fire. Be sure to watch it, and let us know what you think in the comments. Thank you for being here and for watching the Life on Fire content, I’m so grateful for you!
Direct download: 222_How-to-Grow-Your-Business-With-YouTube-with-Jenn-Beninger.mp3
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Mon, 16 January 2017
Hey hey! Welcome to episode 221 of Life on Fire. We’ve got another very special guest for you on this show: Sabastian Huynh is an amazing man who has gone through some incredible transformational experiences in his life!
Today he’s taking what he has learned from those transformations and helping others set their lives on fire. Sabastian is in charge of our coaching program at Life on Fire and he has changed the game for our coaches and for our clients. Right now you’re only accessing 70% of our capabilities, he helps pull out that last additional 30% of your human potential.
And you're about to see it in action! Tune in for a discussion on the three ingredients to rapid growth, tips for identifying and clarifying your vision as well as the three things that make a declaration and the three that don’t. All of that and more on episode 221 of Life on Fire!
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Sabastian kicks off this episode by listing the three ingredients to rapid growth: integrity, visibility and accountability.
He explains that integrity is not just your word but how to keep your word after you’ve given it. It’s important to understand this distinction because if you are playing a big game you’re going to be out of integrity often. As you build momentum and your life grows, circumstances will blow up your word and you’ll have to renegotiate it.
Which leads to visibility. How visible is your word? How many people know you’ve given your word to your vision and what your vision is? Allowing people to see and know what you are up to is important because it ties into the third piece: accountability.
Accountability is when you give your permission to certain people to hold you to account. This could be a coach, a mastermind group, a business partner, your team, etc. Accountability is the final piece of rapid growth, when you have it in place along with integrity and visibility, you are much more likely to achieve your goals and vision.
He also has three tips to identify and clarify your vision.
The first is your vision has to be free with no judgment. You should have freedom when you create it and go after it.
The second tip is to have an emotional connection to the vision. You know you have an emotional connection when there’s a significant pain involved in not reaching and achieving your vision. If you don’t get emotional, then it’s just a safe goal.
And the final tip is that your vision must impact you, others and the world. Your vision should be big enough to impact you, your immediate family, your community and then the world. As you live out your vision it ripples beyond you, beyond your family, beyond your community and out into the great big world.
Sabastian also reminds you that you don't need to know the how. Rather you can and should create as you go, when obstacles show up you simply go above them and/or around them. As entrepreneurs, we are leading the way when we do this and it’s our duty to step up to the plate and stop being afraid of how something will get done. The how doesn't matter, the intent you have does.
Tying into the how piece of the puzzle is Sabastian’s three components of a declaration, three things that make a declaration real.
The first is that something is going to happen because YOU said so. That something
wasn't going to happen until you said it was going to happen, and now that you’ve said it it will become real.
The second piece of a declaration is that it is inspiring and it stretches you outside your comfort zone.
And thirdly, a declaration accomplishes the extraordinary. It does not go after the ordinary, it sets out and achieve the extraordinary.
He also gives the three things you don't need for a declaration: evidence, agreement and authority. He explains why you don’t need any of these on this episode, and he has people share what has happened for them when they’ve put all of this into play in their lives.
You’ll also find out why entrepreneurs need to be weird, why leading with giving leads to greater success and why the Life on Fire family shares their monthly wins with each other. See it all on episode 221 of Life on Fire!
Direct download: 221_The-Three-Keys-to-Rapid-Growth-with-Sebastian-Huynh.mp3
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Mon, 9 January 2017
Hey hey! Welcome to episode 220 of Life on Fire. Today’s guest is someone you should listen to not because of the size of his bank account or the success of his businesses, but because he is a walking, talking, living example of a Life on Fire.
Dr. Matt Hubbard is my friend and mentor and one of the greatest teachers I know. He made an extra special appearance at our recent Life on Fire event. This episode is all about how to stretch yourself and expand your vision to have the greatest impact on the world. You’ll hear Dr. Matt walk you through a two-minute exercise to see how big your goals and dreams are, and then he explains how to grow them even bigger.
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One of the first things Dr. Matt explains is why you must have a solid philosophy for why you do what you do, and how having that philosophy is what will get you through the difficult times.
Another critical factor to getting through the challenges is to have a mastermind group and accountability partners who will cause you to grow. They’ll also help you avoid listening to the buzzkillers in your life. Those buzzkillers could be anyone from a parent to society at large. Our culture is not one that tells us to dream big and will strip your passion from you if you don’t take precautions.
For those reasons it’s especially important that you are particular about the people closest to you, they have the greatest impact on every area of your life from your bank account to your health to your love life.
To check in and see where you are in terms of vision and dreams, Dr. Matt walks you through a two minute exercise. Set a timer for two minutes and write down anything you want to be, do or have in your life. This could be anything from the kind of work you want to do to the homes you want to have to the trips you want to take to the kind of health and family you most desire.
See how many things you can write down in a two minute timeframe, and then check listen to today’s show to see how you faired.
The reason for this exercise, as Dr. Matt explains, is that we have to see something first before we can achieve it. We have to see ourselves with the happy marriage, the dream family, the ideal home and fabulous vacations before we can create them.
Dream boards/vision boards can help you with this as can writing down your dream list. It’s helpful to get magazines and other images to inspire you and help you think and dream big.
Wanting to reach for these things is not about having them, but about who you need to be to achieve them, who you need to serve and how can serve humanity. If you provide great service then someone will pay for it because you add value to their life and they'll add money to your bottom line
Also on today’s episode, Dr. Matt explains why he sets aside time to simply think about his life: his businesses, his marriage, his children, his legacy, etc. You’ve got to allow yourself to simply think, and take some time away from the “grind” or the grind will grind you straight to your grave.
He also explains why he became a chiropractor, why accountability has been so critical to his success as well as a candid sharing of the income he’s made from his first year after chiropractic school to 2016.
You’ll learn all of that and see an amazing clip from an inspiring movie too! Check it out on episode 220 of Life on Fire and then leave a comment below letting us know what you are committed to doing going forward!
Direct download: 220_Stretching-Your-Vision-with-Dr-Matt-Hubbard.mp3
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Mon, 2 January 2017
Hey hey! Welcome to episode 219 of Life on Fire. This week is part two of our conversation with Joseph McClendon III. If you missed part one be sure to check out episode 218!
Joseph is a brilliant personal development speaker, coach and author who is Tony Robbin’s right-hand man. He joined us at our recent Life on Fire weekend event, and spoke on the topic of vision. Today he continues in that same vein by sharing the three things you need to do to become a different person, and go farther faster. Listen in to hear what those three things are on episode 219 of Life on Fire!
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Joseph kicks off this episode by revealing the power of your why. If you can find your why, find something that calls to you in a deep way, it will change how you think and you change how you feel. By changing your thoughts and feelings, you begin to change your surroundings and the world around you. As you change so does your world.
He gives an example to illustrate this. If your dearest most precious loved one was inside a home that was surrounded by a electric fence and a toxic moat but they needed you to save them you would do it. Even if there was a no trespassing sign outside, you would do everything to save them.
But if you had to go through all of that just to get a ten dollar bill you probably wouldn’t, because your why isn’t big enough. So you must have a why that pulls you forward in a big, big way and when you have that you will begin to change yourself and your life.
To facilitate that change you need more than just a vision that calls to you, you also need the reasons why that vision is important and attractiveness.
On this episode, Joseph highlights an exercise to help you create that vision and the reasons why it’s important.Then he goes on to explain what attractiveness is and why it’s been overlooked in the past.
The attractiveness piece of this puzzle is what most personal development coaches miss and few people consider. Through his own life experiences and the clients he has worked with over the years, Joseph has found that attractiveness is the key to the kingdom.
Attractiveness is how well you attract situations and circumstances in your life to support you in achieving your greatest goals and vision. It is what some would call luck, but Joseph describes as fortune. He says it is 20% of all success.
Instead of the 80/20 rule - 80% of success is psychology and 20% is mechanics - he says it is 60/20/20. Sixty percent is psychology, 20% percent is mechanics and 20% is fortune (or attractiveness).
He also describes the science behind this rule. When you put your intention and attention on something you begin to draw it to you with electromagnetic energy. The things you desire are attracted to you and you are attracting them. This is why some people seem to get all “the breaks”, and things just go their way. Their attractiveness is high.
Joseph explains how Kirlian photography illustrates this beautifully, and why we should all harness this principle. Today he goes on to define what magnetic success is and why it’s never too late to have a happy childhood!
Get ready to dig into all of that and more on this episode of Life on Fire with Joseph McClendon III!
Direct download: 219_Get-Clear-On-Your-Vision-Part-2-with-Joseph-McClendon-III.mp3
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