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Make the most of your windshield time - get a motivational and educational boost during your drive.

Drive Time Education | Dave’s Weekly Kick In the Butt

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Note: This page was updated due to a YouTube problem that stalled the video after 15sec. The issue has been resolved!

Here’s something that has had a huge impact on my motivation and updated my business education at the same time.

What are you listening during your drive time?

 

 

 

 is a professional keynote speaker and the author of the book Building Your Booming Business. He is also an executive business coach and consultant that works with business owners and managers to create momentum in their business with strategies and tactics that they can implement today. These strategies are based on the five foundations of business: Marketing, Leadership, Operations, Finance and Systems.

DIYMarketers with Ivana Taylor| Read It and Reap | Building Your Booming Business

DIYMarketers: Read It and Reap

By | Building Your Booming Business, Contact Manager - CRM, David Bryant Mitchell, Finance, Leadership, management, Marketing, Motivation, Operations, Sales, Strategic Planning, Systems | No Comments

I had a lot of fun on this interview…..caution, I had technical difficulties on my end at about 17:12, but check out how I worked around it and was able to get back on the call by 18:34….

Here is what Ivana Taylor says about the book:

“For years, David Mitchell has been coaching businesses and business leaders to success by helping them build the tools and processes they need to make a business successful.

He knows the secrets for why businesses succeed, why customers stay loyal or leave, and how to be an effective business leader.

Unfortunately, it would be impossible for him to coach every business, so now he has written Building Your Booming Business to share the main strategies businesses need if they want to get ahead and stay there in a competitive marketplace. And surprisingly, it’s not all about profit or even having a better product.”

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Your legacy is more than just working like a mad-person. It also means working smart. Leveraging sales, delegation of less important tasks, efficient production systems, proper controls and key measurements are all things we need to get the most of our efforts.

As a man I can be ignored

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Your legacy is more than just working like a mad-person. It also means working smart. Leveraging sales, delegation of less important tasks, efficient production systems, proper controls and key measurements are all things we need to get the most of our efforts.“As a man I can be ignored . . . ; but as a symbol I can be everlasting”

In the movie Batman Begins, we see the moment when Bruce Wayne reveals to his loving and ever-faithful butler, Alfred, his intention to become a symbol. Bruce has discovered that his legacy must become more than just his individual efforts. Your business must become your symbol that is everlasting. Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and even Donald Trump have become more than themselves. They can’t do everything themselves. Richard Branson, when asked how he managed so many companies, responded that his key is to do as little in managing the day-to-day as possible.

 

Your legacy is more than just working like a mad-person. It also means working smart. Leveraging sales, delegation of less important tasks, efficient production systems, proper controls and key measurements are all things we need to get the most of our efforts. Take some time evaluate how you can better utilize your energy and talent to grow your revenue, streamline your resources and ultimately improve your profits.

 

Your team wants to follow you. They need you to be their hero. The challenge of being a hero is knowing how to slay the dragons, teaching them to slay their own dragons, and not sacrificing the damsel in distress. Following through with your promise, providing a clear path to complete the quest, and holding values above convenience make someone a hero. The same is true whether you are talking about your employees, your clients or your family.

 

Stare down that dragon. Don’t compromise on values and principles. Lead the people around you using virtue, honesty and fairness. They want to follow.

 

is the author of the upcoming book Building Your Booming Business. He is also business coach and consultant that works with business owners and managers to create momentum in their business with strategies and tactics that they can implement today. These strategies are based on the five foundations of business: Marketing, Leadership, Operations, Finance and Systems.

Masterminds Are Not Networking

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I seem to be getting popular these days. Last week, Jim Nemley interviewed me about how a business mastermind SHOULD work. We talked about accountability, openness, confidentiality and that a mastermind is not a networking group or a social outlet.

Check it out below:

 

Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Jim Nemley on BlogTalkRadio

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The Achievement Cycle

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Most of us approach goals the wrong way. What we miss most is some very basic concepts that the Boy Scouts have been using for over 100 years and what video game developers have been adding into their games to make them addicting.

Find out how to use these “addicting” achievement methods for your goals.

is a business coach and consultant that works with business owners and managers to create momentum in their business with strategies and tactics that they can implement today. These strategies are based on the five foundations of business: Marketing, Leadership, Operations, Finance and Systems.

Knowing more is not always what you are missing - sometimes you just have to implement what you already know.

Implement or Fail

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Knowing more is not always what you are missing - sometimes you just have to implement what you already know.

Chance are, you are not looking to sell your business to a large corporation. Chances are you are the independent doctor, contractor, specialty baker, landscaper or restaurateur. You want to create a business that allows you to get paid well and do what you love. People want and need what you offer. You have built a business around what you know best. You had hoped that by building a business you could take control of your own destiny, build a legacy and build wealth.

The trouble is: your talents, skills and artistry in providing your service or product do not always translate into the freedom and prosperity you had hoped.

Even with so many business books and now e-books, podcasts and “free reports”, businesses still suffer. You are still running a business on the seat of your pants, fighting for adequate revenue, can’t find good employees or keep them, and will probably sell your business for the salvage value of your equipment.

There is something in the business advice industry that many coaches, consultants, and gurus know. It’s a dirty little secret that keeps many clients and “followers” constantly on the hook for more:

1)    Most people feel that they have missed some key piece of information or skill instead of realizing that their biggest obstacle is their own failure to implement.

2)    Few people actually implement. Of those that implement, fewer implement well.

Here is the “catch 22” to this dirty little secret: education and developing your abilities as a business owner is one of the defining factors between those who succeed and those that don’t. There are many things that we just cannot know.

Few people start their business truly understanding how they will run it. You are not alone. Education in business is easier to get now than ever before thanks to Google and countless business advisors putting some of their best stuff out there in blogs and books.

So how do you become one of the few successful business owners out of the millions who read business books and attend countless seminars around the world?

Here are the biggest trip-ups I see and what business leaders tell themselves:

Silver Bullet – “There has to be a secret out there. If I can find the one trick that is going to transform my business, my life will improve dramatically.”

Strategy of the Week – “Hey! There’s something I haven’t tried yet. I think I will give it a shot. All the other things I have going on can wait.”

Failure to Launch – “I want it to be just right before I put it out there.”

Overwhelm – “I have so many ideas, I can’t seem to decide which one to do.”

Now that we have diagnosed the problem, here are the remedies:

No Silver Bullets – There are as many paths to success as there are definitions of success. The key is measured implementation of one sound strategy.

Follow Through – Constantly changing tactics and strategies is going to get us nowhere but with a shop full of half-completed projects. Pick one and stick with it until it is operating on auto-pilot

Just Put It Out There – A friend of mine told me recently that “version one is better than version none.”

Get Organized – Most people who talk about having too many ideas never write them down and therefore cannot prioritize them. Keep a notebook of ideas handy and write down anything you come up with. When putting together an annual plan, prioritize them and pick only the ones you can implement well.

As I work with clients, only about 40% of my time is spent in education. Most of what I do is help people get past the challenges they face. Usually business owners know what should be done and have more than enough ideas, but they have not figured out how to implement well.

Get out there and make it happen!

Succesful Entrepreneur from small beginnings

The Richard Branson Success Model

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Succesful Entrepreneur from small beginnings

Recently, global sentiment towards entrepreneurs and businessmen/women has become jealous and antagonistic. This antagonism towards business owners is not as strong towards the struggling business owner, but more towards those individuals who build successful businesses.

One target of this growing sentiment is Sir Richard Branson.

While he lives on his own island, hangs out with supermodels and actors, and gives billions to charities, he wasn’t born into such wealth and fame.

You probably wouldn’t have guessed that he would become the 4th richest citizen of the United Kingdom when he started his first business at 16 – a newsletter called “The Student.” About four years later, he started mail-order album sales in two years opened a record store.

Since starting the simple newsletter at 16, Richard Branson has created an international empire with successful businesses in music, airlines, mobile phones, banking, alternative fuels, space tourism, and hundreds of other investments.

So what is it about Richard Branson that separates him from every other person who starts a business?

Find a Need and Fill It – “There is no point in starting your own business unless you do it out of a sense of frustration.” His newsletter hit a segment of the market that no one was providing. His success in music was selling records (first by mail-order and then in his own chain of stores) was being able to sell records at a deeply discounted price and still bring a profit. He signed talented bands that no one else wanted to take a chance on.

Start Small – “A business can be started with very little money.” Sir Richard’s business seed-money came from the proceeds from an unclaimed necklace that his mother found.  His record stores had very little “upper management” as he gave low-level employees responsibility and created a culture of competition for success.

Dream Big – “My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them … from the perspective of wanting to live life to the full, I felt that I had to attempt it.” Who would think that a 21yr old could start a record label? Or an airline that would compete with some of the biggest airlines in the world? How about starting a space tourism company?

Leverage Yourself – “Find somebody else to run your business on a day-to-day basis.” Mr. Branson runs his entire empire from his personal island in the Caribbean. He has been recruiting others to run the business from the very beginning.

Be prepared – “Protect against the worst eventualities. Make sure you know what they are.” What is the absolute worst-case scenario? Do you have the resources to survive it?

 

 

With the information age, we find ourselves looking for a new way to do it - without actually doing it.

Too Much Content

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With the information age, we find ourselves looking for a new way to do it - without actually doing it.OK. I’ve had enough information over-load. I find myself constantly looking for new ideas, new ways of marketing, new ways to deliver my service that will move my business and my life-style forward in some incredible leap.

Each of us reach our “plateaus” – those stages where we have reached a wall and can’t seem to climb it, go around it or even go under it. It feels like you are just beating your head against the wall and can’t get past it.

The key to getting past the wall or moving off the plateau is more simple than you might think. And even I struggle with it:

It’s implementation.

I have seen in many of my clients that they have one of two problems. One problem is they have a hundred strategies in various levels of development, but none of them completed. The other is that they continue using the techniques that have taken them this far, but don’t make the adjustments necessary to continue growing. As Dan Sullivan says, “The skills that got you out of Egypt are not the same skills that will get you to the Promised Land.”

So how do you break those plateaus? How do you get beyond the wall?

The first is complete implementation. Pick one strategy and develop it, launch it and tweak it before moving on to the next one. Rather than starting a new business line, why not figure out how to make the current service/product more efficient, satisfy needs better, reduce your cost or increase your revenue? Rather than looking for a new marketing method, why not develop the marketing efforts you currently have to create more sales?

The second is to stop doing what isn’t working. If you are still doing the same things and can’t move forward, it might be time to start teaching your team to take over some of your tasks (delegation) to free you up to begin taking your business to “The Promised Land.”

Either way, you need someone to walk you through it. You can’t do it by yourself.

You already know what you should be doing, now get someone to help you organize your thoughts and make a plan to follow-through.

Let me know if you are ready to break your ceiling: