“How to start over?” is a common question this time of year for many people, and setting goals and objectives is a common activity for even more. Matt, the “Do Over” Guy, is just the success coach to show you how to get from where you are to where you want to be as he kicks off the new year with the ABCs of Success, multi-million dollar network marketer Justin Yates and new access to your ultimate levels of achievement with Og Mandino. From simple tips for a happy life to living life to the fullest… say, “Hello!” to YOUR Do Over.
“How to start over?” is a common question this time of year for many people, and setting goals and objectives is a common activity for even more. Matt, the “Do Over” Guy, is just the success coach to show you how to get from where you are to where you want to be as he kicks off the new year with the ABCs of Success, multi-million dollar network marketer Justin Yates and new access to your ultimate levels of achievement with Og Mandino. From simple tips for a happy life to living life to the fullest… say, “Hello!” to YOUR Do Over.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- The Greatest Salesman in the World
- Constant Contact
Matt: Hey, this is Matt, “The Do Over Guy,” and this is Your Do Over: Episode 9.
Narrator: During an era where countless people, businesses, and organizations are feeling the pinch, running out of time, running out of money, losing confidence, feeling as if life is unfair, praying for another chance and unless something is done, life is going to pass them by. Life is going to pass them by.
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Matt: Welcome to Your Do Over, the place where once a week, at least once a week, you will hear, learn and take action on the ignored, underestimated and unknown steps to producing results.
This is the show where I show people dissatisfied with their current situation how to start over and begin a new life, setting goals and objectives. Goals and objectives that actually work so they can create wealth and live life to the fullest, and do it easier, faster, smarter.
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Happy New Year to you. We’re kicking off the year with a fantastic show. First, I’ve got some words of wisdom from the ultimate personal development book, one that you might have overlooked. Second, I have one of my mentors standing by on the phone who is in the middle of an amazing do over himself.
Along with his experience and insight he’s going to share with you today, I’ve arranged for you to receive a free resource within his new company that of which should you decide to just open your mind a bit and allow him to contribute to you today, you’ll be able to eliminate a bunch of the barriers and challenges that you’re likely to face this New Year. You’re going to want to pay very close attention to that.
You see, to make this New Year better than the last, it’s likely most of you will have to change your approach, change your strategy. One of the best strategies regardless of what you’re up to, and really in any case – even yours – is to find a role model, someone who is already getting the type of results that you want.
And then tap into their knowledge. You’ll want to learn what they’re doing, what their core beliefs are and how they think, what they think about. And sometimes, most importantly, what they don’t think about. Not only will this make you more effective, it will also save you a huge amount of time because you won’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can fine-tune the wheel, you can reshape the wheel and perhaps even make the wheel better.
Today’s guest can provide you access for that improvement in the New Year, so you want to give him your undivided attention.
But first, I want to share with you my day in church yesterday. This is not a faith-based show, at least not directly. And it doesn’t really matter where your faith lays for this to make a difference for you. What I mean by that is I’ve immersed myself in personal development for more than two decades now. I think I was about 17 or 18 years old when I bought my first Tony Robbins personal development program. “Unlimited Power” I think is the title of it. I purchased that off an infomercial. Right there, my whole world to personal development really opened up.
And later, I got involved and listened to Earl Nightingale and Napoleon Hill. There was Og Mandino. Later, other things like “The Secret” came out the Law of Attraction – all that type of stuff. I’ve always just had a fascination with that and I’ve been able to learn that stuff and apply it and produce amazing results in my life.
Lately, you’re hearing things like The Secret is nothing new. That’s been around for years. For example, Wallace Wattles’ book, “The Science of Getting Rich,” very much the foundation for The Secret. That was written in 1910. So The Secret is nothing new.
I’ve also heard recently that Napoleon Hill’s “16 Laws of Success” that are floating around and those are available now. That was the original manuscript or the original text that he pulled “Think and Grow Rich” from. Even “Think and Grow Rich” had a predecessor.
The more and more I learned, the more and more I see the history behind personal development and the principles behind success. What I’m finding as a newer Christian – I’ve been going to church and studying the Bible. I was going to say a couple years, but that would be embellishing. I’ve been serious about it for about the last year.
I’ve been digging deeper and my faith is growing. The more that I read the Bible and the more I find that it’s the source for all of this stuff; it’s the source for everything. What I mean by that is yesterday in church we had a great sermon. The title of the sermon was “The ABCs of Maximizing 2011.” It was very much personal development driven, but it gave Bible context and Bible scripture to support everything. I just wanted to share that with you really quick.
It started off with Proverbs 17:24. It says “An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.” It’s very much the foundation of this show is bringing on people who have had these stories of rise and fall and rise again who have taken some of the foolish directions and learn from those mistakes and have been able to apply it into their do over where that’s essentially the birth of wisdom and they do it over again, they do it better and they take wise action.
The ABCs. A stood for Assume responsibility. The scripture they gave for that was Galatians 6:5 – “Each person must be responsible for himself.” So if you want this New Year to be a great New Year, it’s going to be up to you. Nobody is going to create that year for you. You have to take responsibility for yourself. You have to take responsibility for your own thoughts and your own actions. Specifically, you have to take responsibility for your own results.
Sure, there are always excuses. Time restrictions get in the way. Money restrictions get in the way. We get busy, we get overwhelmed, we don’t know how to something, we don’t have the resources; whatever it may be.
But you have to take responsibility for that. 2011 has to be the year you stop blaming other people. You have to stop blaming your circumstances. Stop blaming your situation and stop blaming your lack of resources and your lack of knowledge. You have to take responsibility for that. Nobody is going to do it for you.
B – The ABCs of Maximizing 2011. B is Believe that you can change. The scripture they gave is Philippians 4:13 – “Christ gives me strength to face anything.” Now, wherever your faith is, just know that you are equipped to handle whatever is dealt. There’s nothing out there that you can’t accomplish. You have to have the belief. Belief is a very powerful force. It’s actually a force multiplier. You have to believe that you can do it. You have to assume the responsibility and believe that you can change, believe that you can accomplish what you’re out to accomplish.
C of the ABCs of Maximizing 2011 is Clarify what you really want. You have to know what you want and you have to begin with the end in mind. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road is going to get you there. Job 34:3-4 – “We can choose the sounds we want to listen to, we can choose the taste we want in food and we should choose to follow what is right. But first of all, we must define among ourselves what is good.”
What do you value? What do you want to change? You have to begin with the end in mind. You have to know what you want. Through my coaching program, I take a lot of people through the first step as defining their dream. So many of them underestimate that step. They want to get right to the meat. They want to get to the technique and the strategy. How am I going to get where I want to get?
Well, they’ve got to back up. They don’t understand that defining their dream is the meat. If your dream is not clearly defined, if you don’t know what you’re after, what you’re going for or where you want to end up – things like when time gets in the way or money gets in the way, or your knowledge or you resources get in the way, or lack thereof is what I’m referring to, it’s really easy to do non-productive activities. It’s easy to do stuff that doesn’t propel you forward. It’s easy to get discouraged. Most of all, it’s really easy to quit.
You’ve got to clarify what you want. You’ve got to define your dream and you’ve got to get a burning desire to achieve that dream.
D – this is the one I like the most. It should’ve been called “The ABCDs of Maximizing 2011.” The D is Don’t wait to begin. Don’t want to begin. Ecclesiastes 11:4 says “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” That’s just so true.
So many people say, “I’m going to wait until things settle down before I go after my dream. Let me just tie up these loose ends and then I’ll get started on this or I’ll go take on that.”
I want you to know life is never going to settle down. It’s just the nature of life. It doesn’t settle down, so don’t wait to begin. I share this with you because there’s just a ton of invaluable information and insight that’s overlooked or ignored. It might fall into the category of “I’ve heard that before; I already know that.”
Well, I want you to be careful because that’s a very dangerous mindset to have. It’s a trap. Sure, you may have heard something like “Plan the work and work the plan as a strategy for success.” I’m using that just as a very basic example to illustrate that. “Plan the work and work the plan.”
But if you’re not doing it, if you haven’t planned your work and you’re not working the plan, even if you’ve heard it before, if you’re not doing it, you don’t know it. To know and not do is to not know.
Now there are plenty of people in the world – in fact, the vast majority, I would say – know exactly what to do. The problem is they don’t do what they know. It’s like the man who can read and chooses not to. He’s no better off than the man who cannot read. He’s no better off than the blind man, essentially.
So don’t go into the New Year being a reluctant learner. Keep an open mind always. Don’t fall into the know-it-all trap. You know what Albert Einstein said? He said, “Education begins once you know everything.” Keep all that in mind as I introduce my guest. Keep an open mind.
This is a gentleman that once worked for United Healthcare earning $75,000 a year. He hit a point where he was completely fed up, and then went and took on the world of entrepreneurship and in a very, very short period of time, began to generate a seven-figure income. A seven-figure income in a year. That was his annual income.
He’s got the experience and the knowledge of how to succeed. He’s a great leader in the sense he’s shown thousands of others how to succeed – including myself. Like so many, however, the credit crunch a few years ago, it took its toll on his business and he found himself in a position where he had to do over. You know I wouldn’t have him on this show if he didn’t bounce back, right?
He has an amazing rise and fall and rise again story that I can’t wait for you to hear. But that’s not what makes him so great, however. What makes him so great is he’s willing to help just about anybody that asks for help – including you. In helping those people how to bounce back and how to rise again.
On the phone I have Mr. Justin Yates. Justin, thank you for being here today.
Justin: My pleasure.
Matt: I want to hear all about what you’re currently up to. We’ll definitely get to that, but I want to hear a little about your last endeavor, what you were up to, because I know things were going really, really great for you. You were really living the good life. I saw it myself. I know it’s easy to feel unconquerable and on top of the world experiencing the lifestyle you were experiencing. What was the first sign that things were changing for the worst?
Justin: It’s interesting. It’s a very emotional rollercoaster as you’re going through success. When you haven’t experienced a massive run of success in your life, everybody wants it and they quench it. They want to create success, they want to go out there and make their mark in the world. You just drive, and drive, and drive and drive.
I don’t know if your listeners know my story, but I went from making $75,000 a year working at United Healthcare, got my Master’s degree to my best year in my business being $1.2 million in one year, which if you equate that out to a year timeframe, it’s $100,000 a month.
When you go from that short of a period where – really, I started in 2002 and my best year was 2007. I didn’t have a year less than a half-a-million dollars; my best year being $1.2 million. It creates such an emotional rollercoaster for yourself.
I’ll tell a quick story, if that’s okay, of me buying my Cadillac Escalade. That was one of those moments where you feel like you’re invincible and nothing matters.
It was August 2006. Things were going fantastically well. I walk into the Cadillac dealership. I had a Cadillac; it was just the old model. I walked in, saw the ESV, saw that it was brand new. It was $86,000. It was right off the showroom floor. It just came out. I got in and test drove and said, “I want it. I want this.”
Well, by the time I had done my evaluation on my Cadillac, my old one, I was basically $20,000 upside down in my Cadillac and I was paying full price for the new one. I had literally said, “Here, just take it off this card right here.” It was how I got paid, off a card. That’s how they paid us. They literally dropped $20,000 off my card to bring the one up from being upside down. I paid full sticker for the new car.
That was the mentality that I was in. It was a brand-new payment of $1350 a month for that payment on that car. It was just one of those moments that I look back and I’m like, “Man, you are such an idiot. What were you thinking being just so disrespectful to money, disrespectful to the process?”
You get to that point where you think that you are invincible. I guess the moments where I saw that things were changing – here’s the psychological pattern that you go through. It’s so – ugh. I wish, for those of you who are listening, I hope you never go through this. Chances are, you probably will if you’re ever going to go through what I call “the race car phase.”
You go through that point where you build up this. You go from where you are to building up that lifestyle of who you are now – the cars, the house, the trips, the discretionary spending, everybody thinking you’re the man, or you’re the woman or you’re the person that’s creating success.
There’s that moment where the switch flips. My particular business, what I was in, it was back in September of ’08. I don’t know if you remember back when the whole stock market shifted, all the banks started failing, and the mortgage companies and everything started shifting.
Well, I was in the real estate arena and all that started shifting. I saw how we built the business. We built it on a lot of credit. We built it on credit cards, we built it on student loans, we built it on home equity lines of credit, we build it off cash, 401ks, savings.
I literally saw, at that moment, the way we had built business, the way we had done things, the money that we had generated, that moment was gone. It left. That wasn’t going to return for a long, long, long time.
The problem is you’re in that phase where you have to maintain this lifestyle, you have to maintain this image, you have to maintain this look that everything is okay with you, even though you know the reality is everything is falling apart around you.
That was one of those moments where I just realized, “Wow. Things are shifting and I’m not prepared.” That phase where you think you can conquer the world, and you’re untouchable and $100,000 a month is going to be just normal for you for the rest of your life, that’s where you get your butt kicked. You get your butt handed to you, in not so many words. That was the moment where I just thought things were starting to shift the other direction. It was a very, very, very scary feeling in that moment because it was the first time it had ever happened to me.
Matt: Right. You might have already answered this, but how would you have responded differently under the same circumstances today, knowing what you know now?
Justin: First and foremost, the first thing I would do is I would kill my need to impress and pretend. I don’t know if your listeners know anything about that. When I realized that things were going south, things were shifting in a different direction, I still had this need to impress and pretend to all the people that were around me that things were okay, I was fine, nothing is going wrong, everything is going great.
Knowing what I know now, I would’ve immediately starting downsizing my lifestyle to something that would be more congruent with what my ability to make money would be in the future.
I don’t care how much money you make, when things shift south and you’ve created this lifestyle that you have to live and you’ve got the expensive cars, all this lifestyle you’ve developed around that income, when things shift south and you don’t adjust your outflow of cash to your new ability to what you’re able to create inflow, that savings accounts, those investments, everything, your cushion, it can go away so fast. It will make your head spin.
And you’ll justify it. In the process of going downward, you’ll justify “I need to keep this image because my business is relying upon it. People think I’m this.”
My personal opinion is if I ever get in that situation again, my need to impress and pretend will go away. It won’t matter anymore. I need to be smarter with my finances because when you’re not smart, you put your family’s whole wellbeing at risk. I’m never willing to do that again, ever again. That’s one thing I’d definitely do a lot different.
Matt: Outstanding advice. Again, you might have already answered this also. What is one mistake you made in your first endeavor that you swear you’ll never make again? If you’ve already answered this, just say so.
Justin: I’m going to reiterate a little bit, because I think it’s a mistake that a rookie makes. I referred to a little back – “the race car phase” of people’s lives, when you have your first run of money.
If any of you have not had that first run of money – I’m not saying $100,000 a year, not that that’s not a lot of money, but I’m talking a real run of money, like a million dollars a year. That’s a lot of money.
When you have that type of run, don’t ever convince yourself – in fact, one of my very good friends and I… And I take that back. A million is a lot. But he’s a guy that works for a company. He makes about $350,000 a year and lives here in Utah, which is an amazing income anywhere in the country. But in Utah, that takes you a long, long way.
He lives in the same house. Very comfortable, very affordable. It’s a beautiful house. He drives very nice cars. He started having this conversation with me about upgrading his lifestyle. I just said, “Look, please do not make the rookie mistake that I made, that when you finally have some money, you have some cash in the bank, you have some freedom because you never know when that faucet is going to turn off.”
That’s a mistake everybody makes. When they start making that kind of money, they think it’s never going to end, that they’re on this roll and it’s just going to keep going, and going and going.
But that’s not the reality of business cycles. They shift. It was New Year’s Eve this year. I said to him. “Look, don’t do it. Don’t be tempted to do it. Pay off your house, pay off your cars, put money in the bank, buy investment properties, buy things that will continue to support your lifestyle so that if that day ever comes, which it will – your employer is going to come in and say ‘We’re done,’ or something changes, there’s a fallout in the partnership. That’s just business, that’s just life. It’s going to come where you’re going to have to retool, where you’re going to have to reengage, go find a new job, go find a new business or retool your skill set.”
The worst position you can ever be in is in that position with no resources, because then you get into what’s called desperation where you’re desperate to find something new, you’re desperate to find something that will fulfill and you don’t make good decisions.
So being in a position where you have a lot of resources available to you and you’re not worried about making your house payment or making your rent or making your lifestyle work and you have a good six months to a year cushion where you could ride out a storm or retool, that’s the thing I would do 100% different.
When I have my next run of cash, which I know I will – there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll have a very, very large run of cash again. I’m not going to make that mistake with upgrading my lifestyle. I’ll buy little nice things here and there, but I’m going to create comfort and security versus trying to impress and pretend out in the world that I’m doing awesome, everybody should be like me and that ego-driven stuff. That’s gone. Absolutely gone. I’m done with that.
Matt: The reason I asked you personally to be on this show was because I witnessed all of this firsthand. You’re an amazing leader, you’re a top-notch producer and I just know those types of skills are going to serve you wherever you go in anything that you’re up to.
I know you have something new that you’re working on. It’s very exciting – groundbreaking, if you will. I’m very excited to be a part of it, but I still don’t know too much about it. Based on what I know of you, I was like if Justin is in, I’m in. I can learn more about it later. I want to get in now. If you could, tell us a little bit about your do over.
Justin: Thanks. I appreciate that. After I had that eight-year run with my last company, at the end of that run – May of this year – I set [22:50 inaudible] one my business partners who had a very similar rune. He was in the same company, but just had a very similar run. We swapped first, second, and third place in income in that company for a long time.
We sat down in June, because he had resigned from that company a few months previous to that, too. We sat down and said, “What was it? How did you go from working at a drycleaners to making $1.7 a year? How did I go from making $75,000 a year to $1.2 million a year? How did we do that? What was one of the common things that was prevalent that helped us do that?”
There were a lot of components that were involved, but there was one thing that stuck out in both of our minds. We said to ourselves, “Who was our coach? Who was mentoring us? Who was training us? Who was giving us the skill sets that we needed to actually succeed in the marketplace?”
Some of you may or may not have heard of Og Mandino who is an author of a book “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” Well, in ’96, Og passed away and a few years later, one of our good friends, Dave Blanchard, picked up the Og Principles, picked up the Og book – the rights, the sales material, everything that’s associated with it.
In 2002, in my previous business I was referring to, I had an opportunity to meet Dave. For the first six month of that business, I was hitting a wall that was just insane. I could not make money to save my life.
One of my good friends, Chad – the one I was referring to – he said, “Well, why don’t you come over to this weekend workshop that Dave Blanchard is putting on? It’s an event he’s putting on. He’s going over the Og Principles. There’s this assessment you can take that will measure your thought patterns and determine which ones are holding you back and which ones are supporting your success.”
I was really resistant at first. I’m like, “I don’t need any sales training. I have my Master’s degree. I know I can sell. I’ve done sales before.” I was really resistant to it, but I eventually caved in and said, “Okay, fine; I’m coming.”
Well, I spent $3000 for that weekend retreat, so to speak. That was the beginning. That was when the following month, I had made $19,000. That was my first big month in that business. I made $19,000. Then I went to $30,000, and I went to $50,000. I explained my results since then.
It was something that Dave had actually taught me from the Scrolls, but also one of the things that he teaches is connecting with people. How do you connect with people to get them in a spot where their walls of resistance come down?
What do I mean by walls of resistance? Let’s say you’re in business for yourself. I’m just going to use an example that you’re in car sales, because it’s an easy one that all of us relate to. When someone walks onto a lot, what’s the natural tendency of the person who’s walking on the lot to buy a car to the salesperson?
Well, they instantly put up walls of resistance. “I don’t want this guy to talk to me, I don’t want him to sell me a car, I don’t want to buy a car today.” All types of walls of resistance come up around that.
If a salesperson or an entrepreneur, a business owner – even an employee. If you don’t know how to break down walls of resistance as people throw them towards you for whatever product you sell or whatever product you market or whatever you’re doing for a living, if you don’t know how to do that effectively – and you might know how to do it a little bit, but even more effectively – you’re not going to make a lot of money at what you do.
That weekend completely changed my life. That was just one of the many, many, many, many things that Dave Blanchard and the Og Mandino group taught me over the next eight years, but also my teams, my leaders, all my people. I had them at my Super Saturdays, I had them in my regional trainings, I had them coaching a lot of my top leaders.
That was the same thing that happened to Chad. The same thing happened to him. We just said, “Wow, that’s a common congruency among both our teams, which perpetuated our success.”
So in June of this year, we said let’s go talk to Dave Blanchard. Let’s see if he’s open to going out and spreading the message about the Og Mendino Principles and what they’re doing. We approached him and he’s like, “You guys, you couldn’t have hit me at a more perfect time. I just finished putting all this online. I just created the assessment online.” This assessment thing used to be a 32-page report that you’d have to have a coach debrief with you. It was all online so people could literally take an assessment on their thought patterns and determine which ones are supporting their success and which ones are holding them back. Amazing.
I said, “What about the content? What about the product? What about the delivery of the education?” He’s like, “It’s of all skills. It’s all deliverable. We can deliver it in the United States all the way to Canada. Anywhere in the world, we can deliver this content and it’s very, very, very scalable.”
So we decided we wanted to join Dave. We set up an affiliate program. In the last seven months, I think we’re about 60+ affiliates that are working with us and marketing the education.
Here’s the cool part. We’re not just talking to the individuals. We’re talking to corporations, we’re talking to large teams and MLMs, we’re talking to sales teams, we’re talking to executive teams. We just put a proposal together last week for a company that teaches teachers how to teach. We’re going to train their salespeople first, and then after that, we’re going to go out there and use the education and roll it out to their whole organization. They have 600,000 teachers that they train nationwide and their business model.
It’s just been really, really, really fun, but it all starts at that assessment and teaching people, or just helping people understand, that literally our thoughts will determine our actions and our actions determine our ability to succeed.
If people’s thought patterns – and right now, more so than ever – people’s thought patterns, it’s stressful. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. People are stressed right now. And when people are stressed and when they’re worried about their careers, worried about their jobs, worried about their finances, they mentally start shutting down internally. And when you start shutting down internally, you can’t perform.
It’s just a really, really fun space to be in that I’m more excited about. We’re here to make money. Don’t get me wrong; I want to make money and I want to make a lot of money doing this, but it’s really fun to be in a space where we’re not focused on just money. We’re not pitching money as the solution. We’re pitching let’s help you and assist you to get your thought patterns into alignment so you can succeed at whatever you’re doing.
That’s not only true with the businesses, but with their careers, also their marriages, their relationships. This stuff applies to everything. It’s really, really fun. Does that give you a good explanation of what we’re doing?
Matt: That was perfect. I see how it affects everything; your professional and your personal life alike. I was able to take the assessment and it revealed some incredible stuff about myself that I was unaware of. It was really eye opening. What a gift, especially being free. I wanted to make that available for my listeners. If they want to take the free assessment, where should they go to do that?
Justin: Have them go to ThinkWithIntent.com. That would be a good place for them to go take it. We’ll call them up and set up a debrief with one of our coaches to have them go through their assessment and let them identify the areas that are really holding them back.
Matt, you’re the Do Over Guy. I love your title. But you’ve got to remember, too, that we can do things over, but what’s the definition of insanity? It’s doing the same thing over, and over, and over and expecting different results.
So if we’re still carrying our bad habits into our new venture, the same problems and frustrations are going to keep showing up there, too. That’s why I think you’ve decided to work with us and [30:43 inaudible] with us, because this is a component of people having a successful do over; identifying the things that are truly holding you back, the thought patterns that are holding you back.
What’s so fun, you guys – we’re seeing in these assessments that people are still putting on a pretty good front out in the marketplace. They’re still showing that things are okay, but when you look at the interior side of the equation, when you look in their insides about what they think about when they’re by themselves, looking in the mirror or how they’re dealing with rejection and frustration, it is amazing how much is showing up in this assessment where it’s red and orange, which means it’s off balanced. People are struggling.
I’m not talking about just some people. It’s across the board; everybody from CEOs, to major leaders, to presidents of corporations to the guy next door who lives next to you that’s struggling with their marriage or their finances. It’s universal.
What we have here is the ability to help them get their thought patterns back into alignment and intentionally create what they want to create in spite of the firestorm. Even though those things won’t go away, we want to teach them how to intentionally create whatever they’re trying to create, whether it’s a better relationship, better career, better business, whatever it may be even though the firestorm still exists. Those won’t go away. We’re just going to teach you how to deal with them so you can continue to produce in spite of those firestorms.
Matt: Definitely. It’s having that kind of effect on my life already. I noticed you mentioned the definition of insanity. If you do the same things over and over expecting a different result, that’s absolutely insane. You could easily insert the word “think” for the word “do.” If you think the same things over and over again expecting a different result, that’s still insanity. Maybe even more so.
It would be just as sound as our thoughts proceed our actions. The definition of insanity, whether you’re doing or thinking the same thing over and over again expecting a different result, it’s the same thing.
The thoughts that got you here are not going to get you where you want to go. It’s that logic that has caused me to align myself with your company and your company’s mission. I was a big fan of Og Mandino’s book, “The Greatest Salesman in the World,” long before your business was in place; actually, long before I knew you for that matter.
It seemed to be a blessing for such an opportunity to arise at this time. It’s just perfect timing for me and I’m grateful for you bringing this to my attention and now sharing it with my listeners. On your new endeavor, what new habits have you had to adopt?
Justin: The first one, and the biggest one, was take the focus and emphasis off of money. That might feel kind of weird, because a lot of people, their drive is to make money. And I get that. I’m very, very much money motivated.
But one of the habits that I had to really get away from is when I’m sitting down with someone and I’m trying to assist them or guide them towards their goals – I used to do this in the very beginning and this is why I believe I was so successful in what I did in that last one is because I was very, very conscious of someone’s needs and what they’re trying to accomplish. It was all about them, and it wasn’t about me and it wasn’t about making a sale. It wasn’t about the commission that I was going to make; it was about serving them, serving people.
I really got away from that. Remember, I was talking about how when you get your lifestyle so big that you’ve got to maintain that income, otherwise your lifestyle starts falling apart. Well, then you start losing your principles on how you built your success.
I started losing those principles and I started going after desperation because I was trying to just maintain, puff up and balance and juggle this lifestyle and it didn’t matter who I hurt, who I destroyed or who I hindered in the process.
One of those habits I’ve gotten back to is about just connecting with people and being of service. That’s why when you asked if I will do something over better next time is I’m not going to increase that lifestyle this time because when you do that, it creates so much pressure as a producer and as someone who has to perform, otherwise people start not being paid or kids don’t get fed. That’s just too much pressure and I don’t want that anymore.
I like the habit of serving people. I like the habit of stepping in their world. I like the habit of getting in there and saying, “How can I serve you today?” It’s not about me making a sale, although I eventually will make a sale because when you connect with people and their walls come down, it’s not hard to connect with them and move them towards whatever objective you have. I got back to that habit of connecting with people.
Matt: Yeah. You are definitely a connector; one of the best that I know. How are you using technology today in your do over?
Justin: I’m still using a lot of Constant Contact, which is email database. One of the things I’ve actually adopted is start using more text messages, having people opt into my text message thing.
Email has a certain hit rate, but text messaging has a very, very high hit rate with people because their cell phones are always on them and most people check their texts and read them. They don’t just delete them like they do a lot of emails.
You want me to throw out the name of the company I use? They’re really good.
Matt: Oh, yes. Definitely.
Justin: It’s Txtwire.com. It’s not cheap, just so you guys know. Texting and having that database of people you’re texting to is not cheap, but it’s very effective. That’s one of the things I’ve been using more effectively is having opt-in texting where people opt into my [36:10 inaudible] and I send out notices, I send out information, I send it out all via text. That’s one of the things I’ve been using.
In this economy, you have to have a lot more touches and a lot more feels with people. They have to really feel connected with you. People are getting bombarded so much right now with so much information that if they don’t have three, four, five, six, seven touches with whatever you’re trying to accomplish, it’s no longer a one, two-touch game where you just call them up and say hi or talk to them once or twice about whatever you’re doing, and all of a sudden, they’re jumping on board with you. It’s a much slower process now. Texting I found is a very, very effective way to do that where you’re not intruding on them too much, and they’ve opted into it, so you provide the little touches.
Matt: I’m definitely going to look at myself. I’ve never heard of that service. Would you say that is the service or a technology that’s making the biggest difference for you right now or is there another service that’s making an even bigger impact?
Justin: Well, I’m more of a belly to belly kind of guy with respect to business, but what I’m finding is the social networking has really become a big part of my business, too. Once again, it goes back to those multiple touches on many different topics so the people feel like they know you now instead of being this – I don’t want to say fantasy, but someone out there that they know when you’re using the social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter and finding that people get to know you a little bit more and more about you. They see your personality, they see what your likes are, your dislikes, and you create a much better relationship. Everybody knows that’s how business is created is through relationships. That’s another area that excites me, too.
I don’t know where it’s going, too. Even at Christmas, I was saying it felt like Facebook was losing a little bit of its luster. I don’t know if people were just checking out over the holidays and no one is responding or everybody’s just tired of it for a little bit.
But I think it is still the future. I think it’s still the way things are going to go. Who knows where it’s going to go? It’s definitely amazing. If you think about it, Facebook has more users than the whole population of the United States. In fact, many more users than the whole population of the United States, so it’s definitely not going away. It’s just how will it play out in your business?
Matt: Social networking, it’s definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. So, tell me, Justin, with all of this great stuff that you’ve got going on in your life, what in your future is the most exciting?
Justin: I am so excited about what we’re doing here with the Og group simply because of the fact that I honestly believe that our country and the people who are – and not even just the United States; it’s all over the world. I believe that people are shutting down.
I believe this because I believe that we’re experiencing a level of frustration and a level of fear and a level of economic downturn that we haven’t experienced in our country since the Great Depression.
Most of the people who are in the world right now never even experienced the Great Depression, never even had really that much of – and this is kind of crazy. You know how you talk about being on top of the world? I literally said to myself that our generation has never had really that hard of a time.
You and I are pretty close to the same age. You’d probably say that too. When we were kids, it was the 70s and the 80s. We might have had some challenges there. But the reality is, us as adults, we’ve never really had that big of a struggle in our lives. Wouldn’t you agree with that?
Matt: Totally. Absolutely.
Justin: And then, all of a sudden, it’s just “Wham!” It smacked us and we’re all going, “What the crap?” We don’t know how to deal with it. I thought it was just in the individual space and some of these different things, but I’m telling you right now, the corporations in this country right now are shutting down internally.
Here’s why. Their employees are dealing with the stresses of home life whether their spouse got laid off, they overleveraged themselves, they bought into liar loan thing or their marriages are falling apart, they’re stressed their kids are falling apart, they’re having drug – I’m not meaning to be a doomsdayer by any means. I’m saying these things are playing out and showing up in corporations.
I have a company here in Utah – actually, all the west coast. They’re one of the Berkshire Hathaway companies. They did a survey of all their salespeople, all their people who really drum up the business for the company. They found that they are so frustrated with management and upper management – and this is one of the best companies in the west coast. They have a stellar reputation.
They’re frustrated because their salespeople, their income is down by a quarter to a half. Imagine that. I’m sure there are people who that’s happened to. Imagine the stress and frustration that comes with it if you’re used to a certain lifestyle. Not even an extravagant lifestyle.
All of a sudden, your spouse gets laid off or your significant other, your income goes down by a half or a quarter, what kind of stress that creates for you and your family. All of a sudden, like we talked about a little bit earlier, now when someone walks through that door and they’re coming in to purchase some products, they’re no longer in it to serve them and help them and really align the product with their needs; they’re in it for themselves. They’re in it for “What sale can I make so I can feed my family this week?” When that happens, you start pushing up these walls. It’s a downward spiral.
So they’ve hired the Og Mandino group to come in first quarter and train all their sales managers how to get their people reengaged. On average, the average individual holds back a 40% reserve in any situation. On average, a 40% reserve of cooperation gets held back in any given relationship.
So imagine what happens when there starts to be some frustrations, challenges. That’s why when we get to the point where that level of frustration is so high that people are 80-90% lack of cooperation. That’s why people start to quit jobs, they start to get away from situations, divorces start happening. Those things start happening and there are so many people who are at that level where their level of cooperation with their employer, with their spouse, with their relationships, it’s so high right now because they’re so frustrated that it’s shutting them down internally.
So what am I excited about? Because we have the solution. We absolutely have the solution. We know how to get people back into the proper thought patterns, how to open up that reserve of cooperation and how to get them to start producing in spite of a firestorm, in spite of the firestorms that are raging around them.
For me, that’s so much fun. It feels like I’m on a little bit of a mission here where we have a great opportunity to make money, but we got a great opportunity to help a lot of people who are dealing with some serious stuff and some serious challenges in their life. That’s so rewarding to see people [43:07 inaudible].
I don’t say that because I think that’s what’s out there. That’s what we’ve already experienced in just the six months that I’ve been working over here with the Og Mandino group. I get emails and texts all the time saying, “Hey, I was at my last wits, my last string, gun loaded type of stuff and this saved my life.”
As serious as that sounds, and it is, I don’t think most people are at that level. But whatever level they’re at, they need some help. They absolutely need some help. If we can give them some good ideas, some good solutions and we can measure their thought patterns and find out which ones are holding them back and which ones are supporting their success and then coach them back into alignment so they can continue to produce.
Matt, you’ve heard this before. We’ve talked about this before. Ten times more millionaires are created in a down economy than a down economy.
Justin: I believe the difference is those who can produce – because no one is without firestorms. Those that can produce in spite of the firestorm are the ones that made the most money in this down economy. I don’t know if it’s getting better or getting worse. My personal gut is we’re going to be status quo for at least 2011. I don’t think it’s getting any better; hopefully not any worse.
But the firestorms are going to rage and we’ve got to learn how to produce in spite of the firestorms. Those are the ones that will come out on top with this down economy.
If you want to know what you’re thinking or how it’s holding you back, go to ThinkWithIntent.com. Let’s do an assessment on you. It only takes about ten minutes. Then we’ll line you up with one of our Og certified coaches and they can do a debrief on your assessment and assist you in showing you which thought patterns are your biggest risk of succeeding.
Please don’t be arrogant with this and think, “I’ve got it all figured out.” I’m telling you, I’ve got a guy right now who’s making $5 million a year right now. He’s still making $5 million a year and his assessment was a mess. He’s got so many internal struggles, it’s baffling. He’s making $5 million a year, but he’s so miserable and unhappy right now. We’re here to serve him and help him and his team and get him and his team on track.
So no matter where you’re at, we can assist you. Regardless, it’s a fun exercise to go through.
Matt: It’s definitely a fun exercise to go through. I can attest to that. You’d recommend someone in middle management, senior management and owner of a corporation or even a small business, you’d recommend they get started with the free assessment as well?
Justin: Absolutely. Go to the assessment. Once people take the assessment and they go through the debriefing process, you’ll get what we do and you’ll be blown away. You’ll be going, “Wow, this is really neat.”
It’s not hokey-pokey stuff. It’s legitimate, principle-based education that will show you what’s going on.
Matt: I’m glad you said that, because the first time you told me about it, I thought it was a little hokey-pokey myself. But, no doubt, the results of the assessment and the experience itself, it totally exceeded my expectations.
Justin: I know when I first talked to you, you were like, “Eh, eh.” Once you did it, you were like, “Oh, wow. This is really cool.” I want to make a distinction, too. It’s not skill set training. It’s more of the softer side. I kind of think of it like I think of a baseball diamond. You’ve got the coach up on the home plate going, “Get up here and let’s swing. I can show you how to do a single, a double, a triple.” The skill set side.
But then he’s got a whole team over in the dugout going, “I don’t know if I even want to get up there.” That’s where most people are at right now.
So we own that space between the dugout and the home plate where we can really get them in the proper mindset so when they get up to the home plate and they’ve got someone teaching them how to do what they need to do, the skill set side, they can actually receive it and apply it instead of being shut down internally.
Matt: Great analogy. As we’re beginning to wrap this up, what’s one piece of advice you would give someone who is currently finding themselves at a low point or looking for their do over? They’re contemplating how to start over in life.
Justin: I’ll give from the piece of advice that some of my – I’m 36 years old, but I still hang out with my high school buddies. Two or three times a year we get together and play cards, have a night out.
The day before New Year’s Eve, I sat down with all my friends and I just shared with them the rollercoaster I’ve been through in the last couple of years. One of my good friends is an attorney and he said, “I see this happen all the time. I see the guys and the gals that have made a ton of money, and they’re down on themselves, they’ve lost it or they’re trying to start over again.”
He said, “Just remember this. Don’t get down on yourself. Those are just cycles. Those are just business cycles. Those are ups and the downs of business.”
I’ll use your reference because I think it’s very appropriate. One thing that will kill you in any do over is if you lose your self-confidence. If you lose your belief in you that you have the ability to go out and produce. That was huge for me. He’s like, “I knew you were going to succeed before you even had your first run. You had the drive, you had the passion, you had the drive to make it happen.” That was a huge compliment coming from one of my good friends. “You’re going to do it again.”
I’m like, “I know I’m going to do it again.”
He goes, “But just don’t lose that because when you’ve lost a lot and you’re trying to do something over again, a lot of times, that’s the mental struggle we’re battling with back and forth, back and forth is whether it was a one-hit-wonder or it was a fluke that we succeeded, whatever it may be, but the reality is it’s not. It’s not a fluke. It’s business cycles that take place. Just don’t lose confidence in yourself. You have talents, you have abilities, you have the ability to create. It’s whether you apply yourself.”
For your listeners, I am so glad that I have the Og Mandino Principles. I’m so glad that I surround myself with people who think like this. It’s a mental torture to put yourself through to start doubting your self-confidence. Your ability is to go out there and produce again. We can measure over here. I don’t mean to pitch it again, that they need us. But, kind of. I don’t know how I would do it if I didn’t have this. Those days when you’re feeling bad, you’re having your own pity party, or there’s a lot of rejection in your life or something is not going the way you want it to go, that’s when principles show up. That’s when you have to have your principles.
What we do over here is give you that foundational principle base that will help you go through all the challenges and struggles you may be incurring right now in your life.
That’s the advice I’ve got. Don’t lose faith in yourself. You’re your biggest asset.
Matt: Once again, great advice, Justin. Thank you for that. And thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule and sharing your words of wisdom today. The best of luck to you. Thanks again. I know you’re a very busy man. Thanks for being here.
Justin: Thanks, Matt. Thanks for having me on.
Matt: Another great, great call. I’m just so grateful Justin could be with us today. I hope you were taking notes. There are some really invaluable lessons in there, some of which you’ll never read in a book, most of which only the School of Hard Knock you can deliver.
Again, thanks to Justin for taking one for the team, so to speak, and sharing his insight. What you heard, that’s Justin’s hindsight. What you want to do is transform it into your foresight and don’t make the same mistakes.
If you do, your time here today will have been wasted. It would have been completely wasted. Hopefully, that’s all that you would lose is just your time. Justin took the hit for you. Now that you’ve heard about it, you don’t have to. That’s the good news.
That’s it for this episode. I know last show I said we were going to be covering at least five different forms of passive income. I’m still going to do that. But rather than just share with you what they are, I thought it would be better if I could actually pull together some solid, reputable resources that would actually show you how to pursue and create passive income for yourself and make it work in your life.
It’s taken a little longer than I thought. I don’t want to steer you in the wrong direction. I want to make sure every time I refer you to something, it’s something I’ve tried myself. I’ve got most of them down. There are just a couple others that I’m actually implementing in my life as well, and I want to give them a little bit of time and try it out before I point you in that direction or recommend that as a resource to you. That’s just my personal philosophy. I don’t want to recommend to you anything that I haven’t tried on for myself.
I’m not sure if I’ll get to that in the next episode, but I’m going to try my hardest. In the interest of maintaining integrity around my recommendations to you, I might need another week or so. Nonetheless, next show will be awesome. That I promise.
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