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The Frameworks Every Entrepreneur Should Learn | My First Million Podcast

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Key Takeaways

  • Instead of making a to-do list, ask what is the one highest impact thing I could do today?
    • Prioritize the rest of your tasks based on impact and urgency
  • Set clear measurable goals that are both ambitious and realistic
    • Then set your anti-goals, the things you don’t want to happen along the way
    • Run quick calculations on what it will take to succeed, then spring into action
  • People don’t care about you or your product, they care about what the product will do to them
  • Plateaus are an inevitable part of growth, embrace them
  • Be impatient with action and patient with results
  • Build an audience first, it makes everything easier and gives you optionality

Intro

Your To-Do List is Killing You

  • Even though they feel good at the moment, To-Do lists are not the best way to be productive
  • Instead of making a to-do list, ask what is the one highest impact thing I could do today?
    • Keep in mind: Impact, not difficulty
    • This will make you more productive and less stressed
  • For your other tasks, use a power box instead of a list
    • That is, categorize your tasks in terms of impact and urgency to help you prioritize

How to Kickoff a Project

  • Set clear measurable goals that are both ambitious and realistic
    • Think “I want to have $5MM in liquid assets by the age of 35” instead of “I want to achieve financial success”
  • Set your anti-goals, the things you don’t want to happen along the way
    • For instance, sacrificing your health or family
    • Don’t be in the position where you won the battle but lost the war
  • Run quick, back of the envelop, calculations on what it will take to get there
    • Brainstorm strategies to conquer seemingly hard to hit numbers
  • Always take action when you make a decision, get 1 hour of momentum
    • For instance, talk to a customer or make a prototype

Big Mario Marketing

  • Mario is a potential customer, he starts off small then finds your product which makes him big and powerful
    • It’s a mistake to then start obsessing about and marketing your product
    • Instead, describe how customer lives improve if they use your product
      • Then back it up with evidence, explanations, and social proof
  • Keep in mind, people don’t care about you or your product, they care about what the product will do to them

Getting Unstuck

  • When faced with a plateau, some give up and move on, others push through
  • Masters embrace plateaus and understand they are an inevitable part of growth. Here is a recipe for getting unstuck
    • Relax and get in the right state of mind
    • Use the 3 Ms:
      • Music
      • Movement, do a physical exercise
      • Meaning, frame the challenge in a different way and give it a new meaning
  • No matter how bad it gets, remember “this is gonna make for a hell of a story later”
  • Ask the right questions. For instance,
    • What are the data and evidence telling you?
    • What is a stupidly obvious thing you haven’t tried?
    • What would a friend or a mentor do?
    • Who is successful at this and what are they doing differently?
  • Last but not least, Be impatient with action and patient with results

Having an Audience is Like Steroids

  • Build an audience first, it makes everything easier and gives you optionality
    • Start with a newsletter or podcast or a YouTube channel
    • Keep in mind; it’s a marathon, not a sprint. So, enjoy creating the content

All News is Good News

  • Common founders mistake: Bad news demoralizes them, so they avoid looking anywhere they might be bad news
    • Instead, create a culture where you see all the data, good bad or ugly
      • As a result, you focus on the learning and see the truth

Work Like a Lion, not a Cow

  • Cows stand on a field all day, every day, slowly chewing on low nutrient grass
    • This is similar to a daily 9-5 grind
  • By contrast, lions sit and observe till a prey comes along and sprint to get the prize
    • They enjoy then rest waiting for the next prey
  • As Naval puts it, “Knowledge workers function like athletes – train and sprint, then rest and reassess”

Don’t Sell Saddles

  • If you are operating in a new or a niche market, you want to promote the lifestyle, not your product
    • In other words, don’t market your product against competition as if you are selling horse saddles
      • Instead, promote the lifestyle of horseback riding to the masses, when someone admires the lifestyle, be there offering the saddle
  • Case in point, Slack is the dream of working without long email threads, not a chat app

Cold Emailing to Close Sales

  • Instead of sending a cold email, try making it personal and friendly, here is a trick
    • A senior manager tells a sales agent to email a potential client. The agent forwards that interior email to the client with a little brief, asking if they are interested
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