Today’s guest is Michael Carbone. He’s originally from Canada where he went down the typical path of going to college and getting a corporate job. You know, just doing the standard 9-5 grind that so many people do. Everything seemed great from the outside, but inside, he was feeling unfulfilled. Unfortunately, most people stay in this position their whole lives and never make a change. But Michael was different.
He’s going to share his story about how an Ironman race changed his life, how teaching others to win more at online poker was a gamechanger, why webinars are so lucrative, as well as using fear to force you to take more action in your life. And towards the end, he talks about traveling to Paris a few months ago… the day after the terrorist attacks. He elaborates on how that experience can relate to business, as well as showing you how fragile life is and why you should live your life to the fullest everyday.
This is definitely one of my favorite conversations so far, and I know you’re going to take several things away from this episode. Enjoy!
Stop Chasing Influencers by Kimanzi Constable and Jared Easley. I took a quote out of that book and dug deeper into it in the last episode. Since then, I finished the book and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to start an online business. It gives you so many new ideas that you can use with your podcast, online course, online coaching business, e-commerce website, and more. If you want to check it out, just go to riskwithoutregret.com/influencers.
Will It Fly by Pat Flynn. As you probably know, I’m a big fan of Pat as I’ve mentioned him in several of the episodes, so it was a no-brainer to add this book to my Amazon wishlist. About a week ago, I jumped on a Skype call with my friend Jason Reaves from the Live Life Loudly podcast. After helping him for a couple hours, he said he wanted to thank me by sending me this book. Thanks again Jason, it was much appreciated!
So it showed up a few days later and I started reading it instantly. It’s already adding a lot of value but the coolest part is the free online companion course that comes with it. This book is all about testing your next business idea at the beginning so you don’t waste a lot of time and money. Most people just build something and hope people want it. You know that old quote, “If you build it, they will come.” That’s terrible biz advice and that’s why their business usually fails. So if this sounds awesome to you, just visit riskwithoutregret.com/willitfly and order this book today!
Best quotes from this episode:
I teach something I know and then package it up beautifully and offer it to people who want to learn that topic.
We all have something that we know and love and are passionate about that other people want to learn as well.
I didn’t want a backup plan, because to me, that’s a distraction.
If you’re not hosting webinars at this point, you’re probably leaving money on the table.
Webinars help you build your list, create relationships, and make sales, all at once.
I’m really passionate about being on that stage and helping inspire people.
These influencers are not these untouchable people.
I remember thinking about how insane the idea was, and that made me want to do it.
I hired someone that knew what they were doing to help me and teach me what I needed to do. Then I put in a ton of work, and I’m getting results.
I don’t need a Plan B. I just obsess over Plan A and find a way to get it done.
I needed the risk of quitting my job to get results. I needed that risk to scare me into taking action.
For me, comfort equals complacency.
The more fear I had of failure, that fear makes me take action.
If you’re spending all day working on it because you have nothing else and nothing is paying your bills, trust me, you’ll find a way to make it work.
It’s always easier to see someone else do something first and then you can do it because it becomes simpler.
When people think I’m crazy, that’s when I know I’m doing something right.
Remove yourself from toxic environments and from people that tell you that you can’t do it. Surround yourself with people who are more positive and more motivating.
You can know the most basic thing and there’s still people who have never heard of it.
Even if you have the most basic knowledge, you shouldn’t take it for granted. There’s always people who don’t know anything about that topic or are just new to it. So you can always find an audience of people who want to learn more.
If you’re struggling with something, tell your struggles. People will relate to it.
Life is very fragile, and the more you sit and think about it, the more it makes you want to live your life.
There’s a lot of beauty in facing situations where you’re afraid.
If you just think about things and don’t actually dive into them yourself, you might feel a little more afraid until you actually do it.
The more you think about something—versus actually doing it—the riskier it will seem.
Never in a hurry, never worried, never desperate, and never stopping short.
If you’re not where you want to be, do something about it.
Live your truth and live your dream.
No one ever did anything big out of comfort. Because comfort makes you sit back and take things for granted.
When you’re in a moment of discomfort, that’s when you take massive action to get out of it, because you want to move away from that pain into a moment of pleasure.
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