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Have you ever thought about starting a business? According to a recent reader and listener survey, nearly 100% of you have. I believe that starting a business can be one of the most exciting, liberating, and fulfilling things you’ll ever do. And it’s a great way to impact the world in a positive way…if you do it right.

Show notes: http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/074

Today’s guest has been a part of fifteen startups and has worked with companies ranging from eBay, Oracle, Adobe, Honda, Yahoo, and Apple to numerous small businesses just getting off the ground. He’s a leading expert in helping aspiring business owners to launch the right way.

Here’s a sample of what Trajan and I cover in today’s interview:

  • What has Trajan learned from working with 15 startups?
  • The advantages of entrepreneurship – and the mythical advantages.
  • Why you should think big…and start and act small.
  • What holds people back from starting their own business?
  • How do you discipline yourself to focus?
  • Why you should stop saying “Wouldn’t it be cool if ____?” in your business.
  • What you can learn from Zappos, Papa John’s, and Kleenex.
  • How to test a product BEFORE you make it.
  • Why shouldn’t make long-range plans before you start.

About Trajan

Trajan has been a self-proclaimed internet nerd since 1995. His career spans the past two decades working in Silicon Valley for some big companies and some small companies. Today, he works for himself teaching other aspiring business owners how to start their businesses the right way.

Fun facts about Trajan:

  • He has a couple of patents on internet technology and a couple of degrees.
  • If you’re a designer you’ll know his name is also a font, but he wants you to know that he wasn’t named after the font.
  • He loves to travel and speaks a few languages. He also loves to fight and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
  • He competes in triathlons.
  • He lives in Europe “where the food is better.”

Episode Links and Resources

PODCAST: Autopsy of a Failed Business

POST: Of Risk and the Entrepreneur

FREE BOOK: Who Will Change the World…if Not the Entrepreneur

Trajan’s Site Invincible Startup

Follow Trajan on Twitter

Show notes: http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/074

Direct download: Episode_74.mp3
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Show Notes Page: http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/073 

You will never hear yes if you never ask. What holds you back from making the impossible asks in your life? Usually, it’s because you’re stuck in the most dangerous place in the world…your comfort zone.

What is the Impossible Ask?

The impossible ask is the question that scares you the most. In fact, just thinking of asking it terrifies you. It’s the question that has never been asked before. It’s the question that seems…well impossible to ask. It’s crazy. It’s potentially embarrassing. It leads to unknown places.

It’s different for everyone. And asking it will change your life.

The impossible ask might be when you ask your boss for that huge raise. It might be when you ask a publisher to publish your book. It could be any number of things.

But most people never ask.

Today, I’ll show you how to bust out of your comfort zone and make the impossible ask.

Episode Links and Resources

POST: You’ll Never Hear Yes

BOOK: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazi

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If you have a question, comment, thought or idea, you can leave a voicemail for me or contact me via email.

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Next Episode

Join me for episode 74 with Trajan King, who will show you how to start a business the right way.

 

Question: What are you missing out on just because you’re too afraid to ask the right question? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Direct download: Episode_73.mp3
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I used to be a very grumpy person. OK, I still am sometimes, but it used to be a whole lot worse. Until I discovered the power of something so simple, it almost seemed too good to be true. I learned how to smile more.

In today’s episode I’ll share with you:

  • How I learned how to smile. (Yes, for some of us this takes learning)
  • The positive effects of smiling more on your mind, body, and performance.
  • The secret to smiling more.
  • 6 ways you can get in the habit of smiling more.

This episode is literally guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, so listen carefully and you’ll reap the benefits of smiling more.

Episode Links and Resources

FREE WORKSHEET: How to Set Positive Expectations

POST: How to Stop Being Negative

Show notes page: http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/072

Direct download: Episode_72.mp3
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SHOW NOTES: http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/071

Since the dawn of time, most great leaders have had one thing in common. It’s not often highlighted in the annals of leadership. It’s rarely written about or listed as a strategic advantage. It might surprise you, but it’s responsible for freeing nations, leading movements, and inspiring generations.

The shocking similarity among great leaders is that they were angry. More importantly, they used their anger.

Great leaders are angry.

Angry at the status quo.

Angry at average.

Angry at injustice and oppression.

Angry at the missing pieces.

Angry at second place.

Angry at anything that holds them back or others back.

Angry at obstacles.

Anger has such a negative connotation, but when we look at the greatest leaders throughout history, they used their anger to free people from oppression, start world-changing movements, think of new solutions to old problems, and ultimately to leave a powerful legacy.

Today, I’ll show you why anger is an ally and how to use it to your advantage.

Episode Links and Resources

FREE GUIDE: 21 Questions Every Leader Should Ask

Quote

“The supreme task is to organize and unite people so that their anger becomes a transforming force.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

TWEET THAT: http://ctt.ec/ceap3

Ask Me a Question

If you have a question, comment, thought or idea, you can leave a voicemail for me or contact me via email.

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If you enjoyed the show, please rate it on iTunes and write a brief review. That would help tremendously in getting the word out and raising the visibility of the show so that we can inspire other World Changers just like you.

Next Episode

Join me for episode 72, The Secret to Smiling More Often. Do you want to know the secret to smiling more often? Of course you do! Smiling more has been shown to have all sorts of positive effects on the body and mind. Smiling is the result of feeling happy, right? Not exactly. In fact, the secret to smiling more often is not a reaction to a feeling at all. In the next episode, I’ll reveal to you the secret to smiling more often and what it could mean for you.

 

Question: How have you used anger to your advantage? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Direct download: Episode_71.mp3
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