5 Steps to Starting From Scratch | DO 49

Regardless of what it is that you want to accomplish.. there are four steps that cannot be avoided and there’s the fifth step if you want to accomplish it FAST! On this episode, Matt shares the four essential steps plus the fifth “results accelerator” step. Enjoy!

how to start overRegardless of what it is that you want to accomplish.. there are four steps that cannot be avoided and there’s the fifth step if you want to accomplish it FAST!  On this episode, Matt shares the four essential steps plus the fifth “results accelerator” step.  Enjoy!


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Podcast Transcript:

Matt:  Hey, this is Matt, “The Do Over Guy,” and this is Your Do Over actually it’s just your Do Over.  No more Ryan Seacrest.  This is your Do Over.

I don’t know how you guys started on that but this is your Do Over: Episode 49.

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Okay.  On today’s episode, I want to share with you what I’ve been up to all month.  As you know I had Jay and Sterling from Internet Business Mastery podcast on the last episode.  Coincidentally, the day I recorded their interview was the day I launched my real estate membership website, The Epic Pro Academy.

I don’t know if you knew this or not.  I’m not sure if I even had shared this in such detail but the Internet Business thing is a completely new realm for me.  I mean just over a year ago, I knew nothing absolutely nothing about Internet Business or making money online.

I certainly wanted to create a secondary stream of passive for myself.  As I have heard about countless others that have done it before but I really have no idea where to start. I was very much in the same place with it as I was when I was moving from grocery bagger to real estate investor.

I knew I wanted to be in real estate but I knew nothing about it nor did I know where to begin.  I mean it took me a while to figure out what part of real estate I wanted to be in.

I mean I spent four years as a real estate agent before realizing that I was sitting at the wrong side of the desk.  But it did begin, as I want to be in real estate.  That is the first step of anything: knowing what you want.

I mean a couple of years ago when I finished my book, I knew I would be self-publishing it. If I were going to sell any of these books.  The Internet would be my best outlet for doing that so I knew I wanted to be involved in Internet business somehow.

I mean as you’re contemplating right now.  What your own Do Over is going to consist of. The first step is just clarity, knowing what you want.  The Internet business wasn’t a Do Over for me so to speak but it was an endeavor that I was starting from scratch so it had all of the aspects of doing over.

I mean unless the emotional distress I suppose that kind of accompany a Do Over but the steps to succeed are the same.  So first step, you got to know what you want.  The second step, you got to know why you want it.

I wanted real estate primarily for income opportunity but it wasn’t just the money that I wanted.  It was that I wanted to replace the feeling of having money.  That’s what I really wanted was the feeling. I didn’t know that then but in a hindsight that’s really what I was searching for: the feeling because I didn’t have previously had money when I was in the music business.

That money gave me freedom and allowed me to sleep at night.  It allowed me to take care of people I care about most.  It allowed me to have a whole lot of fun. I mean missed that freedom.  I miss the feeling that freedom gave me so that is why I wanted real estate.

As I saw it as the best opportunity available to recreate the type of lifestyle that I had accustomed to in the music business.  I think I was right. I think it is the best opportunity out there.

I haven’t seen anything better since or I haven’t second guessed myself or wished I had jump ship and try that instead. So thank God it turned out to be the right path for me.

Knowing that why I want what I want will fuel my actual achievement of it. I had to find for myself why I wanted to have an Internet business. I mean there were few reasons. I mean I wanted to have control on distributing my own book.  That was the initial interest that was the spark.

Then as my real estate portfolio tended to build and get bigger and I get to enjoy all the benefits of the residual income that the portfolio is creating. I wanted a secondary stream of residual income.

The Internet could provide that but when I got deeper into why I wanted an Internet business as real estate investing was getting easier and easier for me.  I think I actually wanted something else to do.

I wanted a new challenge. I would say I got bored with real estate not by any means still love it. Business is as good as it ever been but like anything if you do it enough times.  It does get easier. The small little triumphs and the small little victories that you get to experience when you’re learning something new. They become fewer and get further between.

I think I miss that feeling again there we are with the feeling.  Right?  Now that I knew why I wanted an Internet business.  It’s one of the new challenges. I want to do something new.  I want to wake up and do have a slightly different activity during the day.

Now knowing why, I knew I had to move on to the third step. I needed a plan.  I remember with real estate that I created my own plan. I thought the plan was just to go and get a real estate license and jump in that way.

I thought I knew. I made that decision to become a real estate agent without even really asking anyone for advice or input.

It took a little over four years to realize that I created the wrong plan. I executed the plan but I had the wrong plan.  Now being someone that hosts a podcast on learning on past mistakes to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes again over when doing over, I decided with the Internet business that I was going to do some real research.

I wasn’t going to make that mistake again. I wasn’t going to create the wrong plan and figure two, three, four years later that I had the wrong plan. And so I decided to do some real research and talk to people and collect many opinions and points of view from people that actually that had some Internet business.

I started with reading. I mean I jumped on Amazon.com and ordered half dozen books.  I jumped over to audible.com and ordered half dozen or so books on audio.  Then I started searching on the podcasts on iTunes.

Since I didn’t personally know anybody at that time that had an Internet business. I was particularly interested and attracted to the podcast episodes that had interviews with Internet business owners.

I took all of this information that I collected. I started to consume. I immersed myself in it.  I studied it. I explored several types of Internet business models. Eventually I was able to create a plan to develop an Internet business that made sense for me. I knew what I wanted then I knew why I wanted it.  Now I had a plan to go get it.

But you know I remembered something else for my Do Over. I mean even though I had all of that in place in real estate, I’m referring to the real estate investing part after I got my real estate agent career behind me.

I had a good plan in place there too eventually but I remember what really made the difference for me was a mentor.  He was someone that I could look up to; someone that I can ask questions of someone had been there before and done it.

That’s was when my results really started to explode when I found a mentor.  So rather than taking that “let’s try it by myself for a while and see how it goes” approach again like I did with real estate.

I decided to find an Internet business mentor ASAP before I even took a bid or action. I mean that’s how on the priority list of what’s for me.  That’s how I ended up becoming a member of Jay’s and Sterling’s Internet Business Mastery Academy.

They weren’t direct mentors but they were really good virtual mentors as their academy has a step-by-step system in place. So I joined and followed the steps making modifications to my own plan that I already have in place.

And really refined it and created something that is really clear.  That brought me to the final step. I had created the plan. I planned the work. Now it was time to work the plan.

So you might want to write this down.  Step one; you got to know what you want.  Step two; you have to know why you want it.  Step three; you got to create a plan.  Step four, find a mentor then go back with that mentor to modify your plan as needed.  Step five, work the plan and don’t stop until you get there.

I’m sharing this with you because my first endeavor in the music business was a long one.  It really began when I was 13 or 14 years old. I started making money from music when I hit the age of 19 or so.

Then it grew into a real business over the next 10 years.  The final 2 or 2 ½ years were where we really took off.  So that’s success at least 15 years in the making before I actually got to really experience the success part of the business.

Now having learned countless lessons of what to do and what not to do in business, not just in business but what not to do and to do even in life. I was able to recreate my life through real estate about one third of the time.

It was about 4 or 5 years taking the lessons I learned from my growth and pursuits in real estate, I’ve been to create an Internet business in just a little over a year. Now I wouldn’t consider my Internet business a smashing success yet but I am not disappointed by the results in any means.

I mean in the two weeks we launched the business.  It was this month or a couple of weeks ago. I just followed the exact steps that Jay and Sterling had laid out in their academy.  I didn’t question really anything because I had learned that mistake before.

Just go ahead and do it the way people have done it said to do it. I just did what they told me to do.  In that little launch period of doing what they told me to do, I had 45 people join the academy at $47 a month or $297 annual membership of which added up to a little over $7,000 or so.

Now like I said, I’m not considering this smashing success but it is far better than what I did this fast in the music business or the real estate business. I mean just one year from start to profitability.  This is certainly not to impress you but this is just to demonstrate that there are steps to success.

There are certain steps that you are going to take.  Regardless where you are in life or what your endeavor is, the steps are the same.  You got to first know what it is what you want. A lot of people walk around and have no clue as to what they want.

Then once they find what they want, now you got to find they’ve to find, I got to find why I wanted it. Why you want it?  Then you got to create a plan.  You know if you decide you want to go on a vacation this summer.  You create a plan.  You map out the route you’re going to take.  You map out the plane that you’re going to fly and when it’s going to take off and when it’s going to land.  What hotel you are going to stay in and if you’re like me, you map out all the restaurants that you’re going to hit up.  You’ve got a plan.

So you got to create a plan.  Then you got a find a mentor then you got to refine that plan. You know what a bee spat is such a bad idea to go if you plan to go to Paris and you’ve never been there before.  Would it just make sense to go find a friend who have been to Paris and thy told you where to go and where not to go and where to spend most of your time and where not to waste your time?

Yeah.  It works just like that in business.  It works like that on your vacation.  It works just like that in anything that you’re up to.  Anything that is worthwhile so once you got that plan. You got that plan refined with someone who’s been there and done that.

Someone you know you like and trust and you respect.  Then you got to work the plan.  You just don’t stop until you get there.  I mean if you’re on that vacation and the plane was delayed, would you just give up and turn around and go home?

No.  What if that plane was flat out cancelled?  You go find another plane and another airline to get you there. Wouldn’t you?  Exactly.  Don’t stop until you get there.

There’s going to be lots of refinements along the way.  There’s going to be lots of feedback of what works and what don’t work.  You can’t get around that. I don’t care how great your mentor is.

You’re still going to go against that.  Just don’t stop until you get there. Insert whatever it is you want to aspire.  Just follow those same steps.  What you want will be yours too.

If you want to create an Internet business, go to InternetBusinessFromAtoZ.com.  Jay and Sterling will get you there.  That happens to be my affiliate link by the way.  Jay and Sterling will pay me a commission if you decide to join.

But as always I never promote anything that I haven’t used and succeeded with myself.  If it’s not an Internet business that appeals to you, you can implement the same steps into whatever it is that does.

It doesn’t matter what it is.  For example, I’ve shared with you several times on the how on how I’ve wanted to get back in shape.  These success steps they work on anything by the way.  They’re not exclusive to business so I’ve taken them and I’ve applied them to getting back in shape.

I started that in the beginning of the year.  I know what I want. I want to get back in shape. I know why I want it. I feel terrible when I’m not in shape. I feel great when I am.

Then I created a plan of how I was going to achieve it.  I’ve created several plans over the years actually but it wasn’t until I finally got a mentor who assisted me with my plan.

I made the necessary modifications not until I did is the goal of getting back into shape actually coming together.  I mean now all there is left to do is to just work the plan.

I’m not going to stop not until I get what I want.  I’m not going to stop not until I get there.  You shouldn’t either because that’s how it works.  As right now of 30 official days of working out at that getting in shape plan.  Yesterday I officially retire 3 pairs of my fat jeans.  They’re gone. They’re never coming back to the closet space.

I’m documenting this entire thing by the way.  I’ll share it with you in the next couple of months I fell I have accomplished what I said I would accomplish.  But the point is today, the point is today for you.  Make today the day you decide what you really want.  Decide why it is what it is that you want to.

Because that why is what’s going to fuel your pursuit of it.  It’s what is going to ultimately be the reason that you achieve what you did.  We’re going to get you through the hard part.  It’s going to get you to the frustrating parts.  It’s going to make it worthwhile.

It’s actually what’s going to drive you.  It’s what it’s going to make it happen.  You can certainly do those tow things today.  You can define what you want today.  You can decide why it is that you want.  If you want to go for some credit today, start your plan today also.

Your plan might not come together in a day.  Take some time with it until it really feels right.  In fact, I don’t see anything wrong with collapsing steps three and four:  creating a plan and finding a mentor.

I mean if you’re stuck at creating a plan, you don’t know where to start there also.  Go ahead find a mentor because a mentor can help you create your plan.  I don’t know if you’ve heard on the previous episode but sterling had mentioned that he is a big proponent for seeking out mentors and paying them if you must.

I mean it’s a real results accelerator.  Get a mentor.  If you must hire one, and once you got the plan, once you plan the work, all there is left to do is to work the plan.  Today is the day.  Do it.  Do it now.  Go. God loves you and so do I.  I will see you on the next episode of your Do Over.

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