The New Leadership Rules in Your Startup | Why You’re Currently Killing Your Culture

The New Leadership Rules in Your Startup | Why You’re Currently Killing Your Culture

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Kevin Kruse, New York Times Best Selling Author & Founder of LEADx, drops back by the show to talk about the new leadership rules + why you may be killing your company culture.

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The New Leadership Rules in Your Startup | Why You’re Currently Killing Your Culture

Is It Too Late to Make Money as an Entrepreneur? | How Grant Cardone Went From Rehab to $300 Million Net Worth

Is It Too Late to Make Money as an Entrepreneur? | How Grant Cardone Went From Rehab to $300 Million Net Worth

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Grant Cardone, New York Times Best Selling Author + #1 Sales Trainer in the world, drops by the pod to talk about how to make money as an entrepreneur, even if it feels like it’s too late for you.

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Pitching Investors and Life Advice with Guy Kawasaki | Why the Actual Pitch is Overrated

Pitching Investors and Life Advice with Guy Kawasaki | Why the Actual Pitch is Overrated

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How to Choose a Business Idea Using Data | Getting Customers to Tell You What They Want

How to Choose a Business Idea Using Data | Getting Customers to Tell You What They Want

  • Asking your customers what they want works but only when you CHOOSE the right market.

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Can Customers REALLY Tell You What They Want?

By now, we’ve all heard the story about Henry Ford and how if he had listened to his customers they would have told him they wanted a faster horse…

But what were they really telling him upon further review?

Faster transportation…

And then if you dig a layer deeper, what if he had asked more meta-specific questions regarding cargo, capacity, refueling, etc.?

When framed that way and in the appropriate manner, your responses will accordingly be far more specific, as well.

So when I first met Ryan Levesque and he joined me on the show to talk about his #1 Best Seller, ASK, this reasoning and deducing of information made total sense to me.

I later stated that, of all the people I’ve interviewed, Ryan is one that truly stands out as not just a brilliant marketer but also someone that has sincerely mastered his genius.

As mentioned, ASK went on to become a best seller and the results spoke for themselves.

People went from making $17/hour to building companies grossing $500,000 in a very short period of time.

All by taking this ASK methodology and using it to literally get inside the minds of their customers.

Now, the entire framework on HOW to do this is much more complex than the brevity of an explanation I’m giving it so you’ll definitely want to bounce back to Episode 111 to learn more from Ryan himself on this system…

But here’s the thing.

Despite the fact that many people had OVERWHELMING success using the principles in ASK, Ryan started receiving a few letters from customers stating those results weren’t what they experienced.

They had applied ASK to a T but didn’t see the monumental growth that many of his customers saw.

I experience this quite a lot so it’s not entirely uncommon when it comes to communicating your genius.

Let me quickly explain.

When you have a superpower, and we all have them, the method to your madness comes as second nature.

So to articulate that to someone else and do so in some form of a concise format is really tough.

I can’t speak for Ryan but I tend to really make a lot of assumptions.

Things I THINK my audience already knows because I just assume it to be true.

And you likely have some kind of genius you’ve mastered where you’d assume I would know what you’re talking about and I have NO bloody clue!

This happens every week with the engineers I work with and coach.

Their brains just work differently than mine and that’s a beautiful thing.

So, when Ryan received these letters, it was a matter of going back to the drawing board, retracing his steps and figuring out WHY they were missing the mark when he had already proven it in over 20 different industries and at a very high level.

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You Have to CHOOSE Before You Can ASK

Let me explain this concept, although I think it will be super obvious to you…

But for the sake of not making assumptions, like I just referenced, this is how Ryan explained it to me.

Let’s say you went out and bought the most expensive kayak on the market.

And this kayak had guaranteed you the experience of a lifetime.

In your excitement, you read everything there is to know about how this kayak functions, why it’s different, where every little component goes and how it’s stored, etc.

Is that a guarantee of your experience?

NO way!


Because if you don’t CHOOSE the right river to put it in, what is the kayak really worth?

**Unless you do this


Let’s say your river is too narrow with not enough water for you to float downstream…

Think you’re going to have a rip-roaring time?

Or let’s say you put your kayak facing the wrong direction and you’re fighting against the current the entire time.

Again, less than desired results.

The symbiotic relationship between ASK and CHOOSE is the exact same thing!

If you’re too busy asking customers what they want but you haven’t chosen the right market to play in, you’re likely not going to get the results, no matter how great your Ask funnel is.

And so Ryan went back to work to teach us how to create the magic alignment from right market, to right offer to right positioning.

Consider CHOOSE the prequel to ASK…

Star Wars style!

Only this prequel is better than that really awkward and cringe-worthy series that tried to ruin the originals in many ways.

Sorry, Jar Jar

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Okay, Chris, But HOW Do We Choose?

This is where the magic happens so wake back up again…

Ryan went back and analyzed every single market he’s had success in…

And then every single market he hasn’t had success in.

And he found some overwhelmingly obvious answers to his data dive.

For one, it was a matter of testing the river…is there enough water flowing downstream.

Ryan calls these the Rosetta Stone Industries.

They are industries that have been around pretty much since the dawn of man and can provide you with several really powerful insights.

  • Orchid Care
  • Beekeeping
  • Memory Improvement
  • Learning Skills

And by taking these keywords and then applying them to a tool like Google Trends, you can run some comparative analysis on you own industry.

You want your industry search to fall somewhere in the middle of these.

But not just in terms of search for that duration of time.

You want this to track for years, if possible.


Because you don’t want to end up in a fad market.

Remember fidget spinners?

Check out the search for those and how much it’s gone down over time.

Peaked in 2017 and then a drastic nosedive.

Ouch, right?

But it doesn’t end there either…

How many times do you need someone to come out to your house to help you with mold?

Hopefully only once and then the problem is resolved.

So you really don’t have that residual income that allows you to build an evergreen business model.

That’s not to say it isn’t lucrative and I’m certainly not taking a stab at all of you mold experts.

But you’re likely not going to see many Facebook communities around a mold coalition.

Dogs, however, completely different story.

Think about how much money and how frequently we spend it on our little furry friends.

And it’s likely you’re going to buy different products at different phases of your dog’s life.

Most of us will end up getting another dog when our current dog moves on to doggy heaven.

So, great market.

Golf is another great market and for yet another reason.

That industry is filled with people that have what Ryan calls PWM…



Think about how much people spend on their golf hobby…

Thousands upon thousands of dollars.

We recently met two gentlemen that actually took their business from swing coach to info product and are making $10MM in ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue)!

TEACHING people how to swing…on the internet!

Not even in a one-on-one setting.

Because the BEST thing you can do to scale is to go from DOING something to TEACHING others how to do what you’ve mastered.

Like Ryan is now TEACHING YOU how to apply his genius.

You can also do the same…

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Where To Get Started

I’m sure your mind is roaring with ideas and maybe you’re questioning your entire business model.

Here’s the thing…


I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed, nor do I want you to close up shop.

I’ve been in businesses where it was a BRILLIANT concept but we were just positioning it wrong.

Truth be told, I did that exact same thing with this current business model.

You see, my podcast started as a passion project.

I had a thriving and growing 7+ figure business.

But I REALLY enjoyed, as I always have, connecting with people and having high level conversations.

And so this thing just kind of fell in my lap.

The show started trending Top 5 in the world on iTunes under Business, Health and Education within the first 2 weeks of launching.

And for a LONG time I was just the podcast guy but there really wasn’t a business around it.

And then I started to take this thing I bit more seriously.

How can I monetize?

What’s going to really appeal to people on a deep and meaningful level?

What provides a $10,000 problem, as Ryan talks about?

And truth be told, what I found is that people REALLY need help growing a business.

They need a coach.

But not just a coach to help with X’s and O’s…

One that could also help them navigate LIFE as an entrepreneur.

Because it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done outside of beating my chronic health condition.

So when I labeled myself a Business & Performance Coach for Startup Entrepreneurs, I was casting a way larger net but I was also very clear and specific about what I was offering.

Furthermore, there were only so many people that could afford my rates (~$10,000/month) so I had to find a MODEL that was both affordable for my customers but made sense for me financially.

And thus, my information products were born.

Now, we are slowly sending our clients off to hopefully greener pastures and focusing on serving at scale in a different capacity.


I say all this because it’s not the end of the world if you do this exercise and you’re not in the right bucket.

We can tweak and pivot your model so that it does check all the boxes.

Or maybe you’ve been really working harder than you actually needed to and that small tweak is finally going to make your efforts pay off.

Either way, what I CAN tell you is that you’ve come to the right place.

And no, this isn’t some lame infomercial brought to you by a used car dealer.

Ryan Levesque is the real deal…

I’ve had time to now study his methodology and see, first hand, how he approaches business.

And part of my job with not only my show but with my courses & my book club is to push you in front of the right people and resources that can make a profound impact on your life and business.

Ryan is certifiably in that category.

We recently caught up to chat and he was gracious enough to give my audience a magic link to take advantage of.

This link gives you the book for free plus direct access to Ryan’s insights and expertise that you can’t get otherwise.

And look, I literally have nothing to gain for sharing this with you.

Go figure out what a commission on FREE looks like…

I’ll wait.

But by opening you up to this methodology and providing a resource to get you real results I know you’re going to use it to do powerful things in the world.

I believe in that sort of good karma so giving you access to my magic link really fills me up and makes me excited to share.

But again, you ONLY get access to this offer for free + the bonuses when you use my link AND just pay for shipping of the book.

But don’t just take it from me…

You can click either the embedded player at the top of bottom of this page to listen to my full discussion with my friend, Ryan, or you can click here to listen on any of the major podcast players.

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Ryan Levesque, #1 International Best Selling Author and Founder of The Ask Method Company, returns to the show to talk about how to choose a business idea but to do it with data from your customers.

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Ideas to Become a Veteran Entrepreneur and How to Make the Transition | Life After Service

Ideas to Become a Veteran Entrepreneur and How to Make the Transition | Life After Service

  • Making the transition out of the military is tough and over half of the Veteran population is out of the work force.

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  • There are ways to leverage the brotherhood that is your background in the military and we talk about costs to get started.

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Leaving the Military, Now What?

There is a systemic problem we face as a society in regards to how we assist our veterans, post-service.

You can actually dive into to see the full reports and summaries but I’ll go ahead and summarize some of it for you.

53.5% of all veterans are currently not in the Labor Force with only 39.7 working full-time.

40,000 veterans (as of 2018) are currently listed as homeless, with 15,000 of those listed as non-sheltered.

That all said, the median income for Veterans that are working full-time is actually slightly above civilian income (~$43,000 versus ~$42,000).

In other words, the ones that are able to secure work aren’t charity cases but rather appear to be just as, if not more, productive and fruitful to their organizations than their citizen counterparts.

But man, that 53.5% number really stuck with me…

Over half of our veterans aren’t just not working full-time, they’re not working at all.

Now, these figures DO include those of retirement age, so that’s certainly something to take into account.

Even if that skews the figure by 10%, it’s still way off the charts in relation to labor participation rates for civilians.

And that’s really what I wanted to talk to my dear friend, Vaughn Page, about in the latest episode of Entrepreneur Hour.

Vaughn took a risk and it paid off.

In my view, he always had the skills and talent to succeed in any form of entertainment so when he popped up in my Facebook Messenger with voice-over spots he had done, it came as little surprise to me.

But what was most fascinating in my discussion with him was the behind the scenes chatter.


The how do you navigate family matters stuff?

How do you decide you’re going to skip re-enlisting and go do your own thing?

And then finally, how do you re-program your mind to start thinking with a more entrepreneurial mindset of self-promotion versus being told what to do every single day.

Vaughn has made it work and I couldn’t be happier for him.

I’ve known both him and his family since the day my own family packed up and decided to move to Georgia.

My brother flew out to be with Vaughn in San Antonio for his INDOC Graduation in the Air Force.

*Vaughn and my brother, Brandon, at his Air Force Ceremony

Left to Right: Chris (me), Brandon, Vaughn

Subsequently, Vaughn then returned the favor by attending my brother’s graduation from The University of Georgia a few short years later.

Having the ability to utilize my show to share some of these stories and experiences of friendship I felt was an amazing opportunity but also to hopefully serve Veterans on a deeper level.

Because Vaughn, like many of our Vets, was very much in a situation where figuring out the next move was a tall order.

And to say support of his dream to pursue a career in acting might have been absent by his peers and direct authority figures is probably putting it lightly.

Figuring out what those next steps looked like took support from both his family and civilian friends and fortunately, it is all working out for him.

But what about those that have yet to create those same opportunities from themselves?

What do they do?

And moreover, what can we do as an entrepreneurial community to show them that this startup life can be a fruitful and viable path.

Here’s what I discovered people are doing and I’ll give you, the Vet seeking these opporutunities, with my commentary on what you should expect with each of these avenues.

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Buy Into a Franchise

This was the first one that came to mind for me.


Because Veterans have been specifically trained to follow commands and maintain a well-oiled machine.

Franchises like things to be done a certain way.

It keeps brand continuity and user experience consistent.

I always talk about this but how much of a different experience do you have from one fast food restaurant to another?

Many greatly vary contingent upon location and ultimately who runs it locally.

Chick-Fil-A, in my opinion, has nailed that part of of what they do and it’s evidenced by how fast they’ve grown and how they are now ranked as America’s favorite fast food restaurant.

We can get into how they’ve created that culture, hiring & onboarding in a later installment because it’s one definitely worth exploring, but I’ll keep things on track here.

Let’s just say it largely has much ado about that first part I mentioned…culture.

And nobody, NOBODY nails culture better than the military.

There’s not just a code but also an expectation that you follow in line and live the role.

If you analyze it from a psychological standpoint, what interesting to note when you really think about it is how many people are willing to go risk their literal lives for this culture.

And, what’s more, is studies have shown in that moment of staring death in the face, what they actually are willing to die for isn’t some manifesto of patriotism but one of brotherhood.

They are willing to sacrifice their own lives to save a brother or sister.

Now, just imagine if you could implement that kind of comradery into your franchise?

You think they’d be able to serve up chicken sandwiches effectively?

Well. I’m not the only one that feels this way.

Many Franchises have this same logic and have actually actively pursued military vets to buy into their franchises.

Often times reducing their franchise fees substantially to do so.

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you there’s probably some tax breaks and benefits to doing so but let me just also tell you from a business perspective the minor tax breaks and benefits pale in comparison to that of a failed venture.

In other words, they’re not giving handouts to people that can’t conduct the functions of the role.

Buying into a franchise can get really expensive, often times costing between $40,000 to $60,000 just for the fees.

I did some research for you on how to get the funding for these programs and fortunately there are ample options.

One I really like was

From what I can gather, they really seem to have a finger on the pulse of what’s going on plus several major corporate partners they already do business with, like Marriott, Snap-On, & Sport Clips; which were all among the top franchises I saw that support Veterans.

*7-Eleven was another one I saw on the list that VetFran did not have listed on their site. 

To me, as I see it, that’s your biggest barrier to entry.

Because, despite all of the unique skills and experience that align with that of a franchise owner, that’s a huge financial component and one that many may not be willing to risk.

Plus, there’s not guarantee of success in any business so you’d really want to do your speculative homework on markets, how saturated they are plus potential addressable market.

These are all skills that highly trained and mature entrepreneurs are accustomed to doing but would be very foreign to a veteran.

You’d really want to make sure you had a really good mentor before you ventured off in this direction, in my opinion.

Someone that has been in the franchise business before and has personal ties to you.

Many of these individuals have more money than time now and are actively always seeking a way to put their money to work.

As a knowledge worker, you really couldn’t be in a better spot in that case.

Another option I saw many are taking is a program through the SBA.

It falls under the SBA 7(a) umbrella and it’s called the Patriot Express program.

I’ve had organizations pursue 7(a) loans in the past and what I can tell you is that it’s a VERY long and arduous road.

It’s mounds of paperwork and you really need to know someone that has executed these types of loans for businesses before.

You’ll need an expert and even then the process can take 6-9 months just to push through the red tape.

They are highly favorable terms (for you) and are mostly guaranteed by the Federal Government.

What that means is if your franchise goes kaput you won’t be on the hook for the entire note.

The 7(a) program usually guarantees 75% of the loan amount, which is astonishing when you really think about it.

Definitely a road worth pursuing if you’ve analyzed the financials, have the right team and resources in place and you’ve made a concerted effort to surround yourself with the expertise you’ll need to secure funding.

I would still give the same advice as before to have a contact that has operated and prospered in the franchising space as a mentor.

You’re going to need to put your networking cap on and meet people if you don’t already have a contact in mind.

This is something ALL entrepreneurs have to do so you’re most certainly not alone.

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Get Subcontractor Work From the Government

This option would be very appealing to me if I’m a vet getting ready for civilian life.

In essence, it’s largely a continuation of what you’ve been trained to do your entire military career but one that likely ends up putting much bigger money in your pockets.

One of my businesses explored military contracts to furnish the barracks.

These were HIGH PAYING opportunities but it really hurt our chances that we weren’t vets.

Many of these opportunities are specifically reserved for Veterans because it’s kind of similar to a fraternity mindset.

You’re military?

You’re in the Brotherhood.

And that, from my experience, was the mentality.

It was so much that way we ended up taking our pursuits elsewhere as we saw ourselves not getting anywhere fruitful.

The other beautiful thing about these contracts is once you’ve secured one they pretty much keep the same people in place for YEARS.

So, if you landed a gig doing military barracks in North Carolina, for example, it’s likely you’ll be doing military barracks at that location for the long foreseeable future.

That differs mightily to that in the private sector.

In my experience, bids go out every single year, regardless of how well you did, how much money you saved them, etc.

They are still going to do their diligence and ensure they get the absolute best bid.

Your successful efforts won’t be futile but you also couldn’t just rest your laurels on it, either.

From what I’ve seen, you have far more stability and guaranteed, residuals if you can leverage your background to land a few of these gigs.

This, however, is an entirely different animal in terms of navigating that and it’s one I have not completed to give you sound advice on.

I would suggest you utilize tool like LinkedIn to connect with individuals that have done so.

This article from Inc. might help you when you’re done here…

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Start an Online Brand!

Okay, I’m clearly biased on this one…

There’s not denying it.

This is what I do and largely how I make a living.

But honestly, I can’t tell you how BIG the opportunity is and how LITTLE it costs you to start it.

Will you need to acquire some technical skills?


But for like $20/month you could easily host your own website and get an entire online business off the ground.

My podcast started as a passion project.

I was having such high level conversations with people about growing my first company that I decided to just record those convos and pay it forward.

That hosting company for the podcast charged $5/month.

And within two weeks the show was trending Top 5 in the world on iTunes under Business, Health and Education.

This, in turn, exposed me and my message to tens of thousands of people around the world (over 120 countries) and has led to me having some of the most mainstream entrepreneurs on the planet on my show.

Now, you may be thinking “Chris, what do I have that other people would pay for?”

And that’s a very normal thought process…

But, as Russell Brunson (a brilliant marketer) says, we all have superpowers we just don’t recognize it because it’s just intrinsically who we are.

And as a Veteran, I can’t imagine there NOT being SOMETHING you’ve learned along the way through life experience that would be super valuable.

The best example of this is Jocko Willink.

Jocko is a former Navy Seal and launched the Jocko Podcast, which almost instantly became a smash hit.

The entire premise of his brand is to share wisdom from a Navy Seal and to tell stories of what he exeprienced.

MILLIONS of people tune into this.

And so maybe you can start a consultancy business on logistics and build your customer base by having your own YouTube Channel, podcast or blog (like the one you’re reading).

The reason I LOVE this options is because the others deal with a TON of red tape and capital to get off the ground.

This online game isn’t a guarantee, I’ll be the first to tell you that…

But if you really surround yourself with the right resources and knowledge it can be highly lucrative and your set of skills is so unique to civilian life that people are going to really NEED that framework and knowledge that you’ve just grown to take for granted.

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Vaughn Page, Actor and Veteran, drops by the pod to talk about transitioning out of the military + I give you some ideas to become a Veteran Entrepreneur.

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