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Words of Wisdom from 101 Awesome Entrepreneurs

Posted on April 10, 2016;

Words of Wisdom from 101 Awesome Entrepreneurs

1. Chris Kilbourn - Focus on the big picture, don't get sidetracked by the small stuff. "Don't get caught up in the busyness rather than the business."

2. Theresa Watts - Make meaningful connections.

3. Alex Genadinik - Get to know your customers.

4. Kai Davis - Pick an income target or goal and go for it!

5. AnarchoFighter - Get out there and hustle. Think about what else can you sell an existing customer.

6. Emma Perez - Just do it!

7. Meron Bareket - Ask for a 10% discount. (Get uncomfortable and embrace the minor failures, what's the worst thing that can happen?)

  • "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."
  • Find the problem before the solution.
  • "Just do it."

8. Jeremy Blanchard - Practice just-in-time learning, and just-in-time doing. (You don't need to have a fully built out website to launch)  A very lean-startup mentality.

9. Steve Scott - Commit to the daily habit, build an email list.

10. Robert Farrington - Network and get to know others in your niche, take action.

11. Jason Pliml - Just ship it and get feedback, dedicate time to your side hustle.

12. Josh Isaak - Take the word "impossible" out of your vocabulary.

13. Melanie Ida Chopko - Reach out to people in and out of your network for informational interviews.

14. Chris Guthrie - "Stop learning and start earning."

15. John Dumas - "Just start! Stop making excuses. You have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else. Get up 15 minutes earlier, go to bed 15 minutes later."

16. Ari Meisel - Get a virtual assistant.

17. Benny Hsu - Take a risk.

18. Spencer Haws - Try to be original and be yourself.

19. Lee Drozak - Build that network.

20. Adam Steele - Diversify.

21. Jim Wang - Build your network.

22. Jullien Gordon - Go make a $1 - use your skills. "Go sell something."

23. Brian Swichkow - "You can do anything if you stop trying to do everything."

24. Laurel Staples - Fear is a companion on your journey - get used to it.

25. Vasavi Kumar - Ask, "What can I be teaching?" Don't wait.

26. Josh and Jill Stanton - "Get comfortable w/ the uncomfortable"

27. Jonathan Shank - Develop relationships! "Virtual assistants are valuable team members!" 

28. Timo Kiander - Become an early riser.

29. Scott Bold - Reduce your material needs. (simplify)

30. Nick Ruiz - Massive action and massive execution.

31. Tom Morkes - Get started.

32. Jonathan Milligan - Be a scientist!

33. Virginia Roberts - Figure out how to write more like a person.

34. Ryan Cote - Form strategic partnerships.

35. Daniel DiPiazza - Cultivate the skills and the passion will follow.

36. Melissa Witmer - Keep the business fundamentals in mind. The Internet is a tool, not a magic pill.

37. Tess Strand - Find something you're passionate about to put your time and energy into!

38. Freddie Mixell - Build a list.

39. Mike Newton - Charge what you're worth, never compete on price.

40. Montina Portis - Get a coach. Join a mastermind.

41. Alex Harris - Build relationships online and offline.

42. Alex Barker - Pick 1 thing.

43. Pat Flynn - Become a marketing minimalist - focus on those vital few efforts.

44. James Swanwick - Just do it!

45. Chris Ducker - Build your team.

46. Bjork and Lindsay Ostrom - 1% infinity.

47. Nicklas Kingo - Be willing to experiment. What's the least amount of effort to figure out if it works?

48. Jeff Steinmann - Forget about failure, it's just feedback.

49. J. Money - Figure out what you like and ask people to pay you for it.

50. Me - Find your why. 

51. Alex Genadinik #2 - 80/20 your efforts. 

52. Nick Reese - Give yourself artistic freedom and write daily.

53. Cameron Rambert - Make up in volume what you lack in (perceived) competence.

54. Kimberly Palmer - Just get started.

55. Chandler Bolt - Complete the process instead of perfecting the product.

56. Kimanzi Constable - It's a marathon, not a sprint. Be you, be original, and don't try to copy the A-listers.

57. Grant Baldwin - You can do this!

58. Jon Acuff - Don't be ashamed of fear.

59. Ryan Grant - Get your mind right. Think "how can I make this happen?"

60. Jesse Krieger - Take action and take it one step at a time.

61. Scott Britton - Find other people with your same mission.

62. Corrina Gordon-Barnes - Be alert to overwhelm, and understand overwhelm is a choice.

63. Josh Elledge - Don't put this off!

64. Garrett Moon - Validate your idea.

65. Doug Cunnington - Do it today.

66. Kurt Elster - Solve simple problems.

67. Ryan Finlay - The best opportunities are found only once you're already in motion.

68. Matt Giovanisci - Spend 90% of your time creating and 10% marketing.

69. Harry Campbell - Think outside the box and don't be afraid to try something out.

70. Alexis Grant - Be persistent. Stick with it!

71. Kellie Gimenez - Find something you're passionate about and find a way to make money doing it.

72. Carrie Smith - You are your most important asset, so put yourself first and invest in you.

73. J. Massey - Once you get started, stay started. Focus on your IGAs; your income generating activities.

74. Jasper Ribbers - If you're going to make assumptions, you might as well make empowering assumptions. 

75. Rob Cubbon - Be consistent. Keep the products coming.

76. Jessica Lawlor - Wake up earlier and start each day with your most important task.

77. Andy Slamans - Take action. Don't be a career "learner."

78. Scott Oldford - Don't be afraid of failure.

79. Joshua Jordison - All business is done through people. Give them value first.

80. Bryan Harris - Get extremely specific. Read the book Built to Sell.

81. Nick Stephenson - Focus on building your email list.

82. Jon Nastor - Get started today.

83. Sean Marshall - Ask yourself what your values are, what you REALLY want, and what you can create. How do those align with a paying market?

84. Dayne Shuda - Think how BIG could this be 5-10 years from now? 

85. Joshua Sheats - Find your actual net profit from your job. It might be less than you think.

86. John Corcoran - Create a "conversations list" of 50 people you'd like to build a relationship with over the next 12 months.

87. Nate Dallas - Be honest with you are and be courageous. Do what you’ve been designed to do. Don’t shortchange yourself.

88. Dan Faggella - Build your list!

89. Will Mitchell - Think big, act small. 

90. Jeremy Jacobson - Start today. Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.

91. Dorie Clark - Dive in on content creation.

92. Mark Podolsky - Read The 12 Week Year.

93. Steph Halligan - Try something radically different.

94. Daniel DiPiazza #2 - The less I have to do, the more I get done.

95. Lise Cartwright - Done is better than perfect.

96. Melinda Fleming - Do the thing people notice you for. 

97. Ankur Nagpal - Just do it.

98. Travis Marziani - Write down 1 idea a day. Start small.

99. Justin Cooke - Find your ONE thing.

100. Tim Johnson - Make your value proposition obvious.

101. Natalie Sisson - Do or do not; there is no try.


You'll notice than many of the tips fall into 3 main categories:

  1. "Just do it."
  2. Adopt the "lean startup" mentality.
  3. Build your team / network.

Obviously there's something to these if people keep naming them episode after episode as their "#1 tip." Probably worth reading again to really let them sink in.

What action can you take today to apply those tips? If I asked you the same question, what would be your response?

Hustle on,

Nick Loper

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