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Aug 30, 2016

The gift I got today, that I want to share with you so you can keep moving forward.

On today’s special 257th episode Russell talks about how money doesn’t buy happiness, but how you can achieve happiness by helping and serving others, as well as by improving your inner self.

Here are some cool things to listen for in this episode:

  • Why working towards wealth shouldn’t be your focus because in the end it doesn’t matter.
  • Why serving other people’s needs will help you with your own needs and in turn help you achieve true happiness.
  • And why focusing on your contribution and growth can help you actually become something and why that’s more important than wealth.

So listen below to find out why money doesn’t equal happiness.

---Transcript---

Hey Everyone this is Russell Brunson. Welcome to episode 257, a very special episode of Marketing in Your Car. Alright everybody, I’m excited today and you may be thinking, Russell why is today so special? Well It’s special for a few reasons. First off, this is episode 257, that just sounds cool. Second off, right now, a little later on today we are taking these first 250 episodes and we’re putting them onto MP3 players that we will be giving away for free plus shipping, I think I talked about this a couple of months ago, but we’re going to do it. This is the last episode that will be on the MP3 player.

So for those of you guys that are listening on the MP3 player, you made it to the end, congratulations! For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, give me about a week or two, we still gotta get them back from China, but when you go to marketinginyourcar.com, you’ll be able to get a free MP3 player with the first 257 episodes preloaded, which will be kind of cool. And my brother, actually edited out the intro song on most of them so you don’t have to hear the intro song 8 thousand times either, so that’s kind of cool too. So that way you can go and you can geek out. You can binge listen to everything while you’re everywhere and you’ll have your own personal MP3 player with the first 257 episodes, so I’m excited. That’s number one.

So then with that said, I gotta think about something cool to say, because this is going to be the last episode that those that are on the MP3 player got. I can’t just end on a thought, it’s gotta end on something cool. So then I had all sorts of stress and pressure. I’m like, well crap. What am I going to talk about? Then it came to me, so I actually just drove back, this is my second drive to the office, I’m driving back home and back to the office because I wanted to get my notepad. This morning I had one of my coaching sessions with Tara, and it was interesting. Tara is my woo woo coach, you guys probably heard me talk about her a couple of times, super cool. They’re also in my Inner Circle and just some of my favorite people in the world. The coaching’s been really cool because its kind been coaching things but kind of you don’t know where it going to go and it goes different directions and every time there is something really valuable that comes out the other side of it. And this time it kind of answered a question that I don’t think it’s a verbal question I have had. Or I’m asking this question I’m asking out loud consciously. But subconsciously I think that probably all of us have this thought as we’re doing what we do in our lives and businesses.

The thought is does any of this even matter? I am fully aware that someday I’m going to be dead and it could be today, that car just drove past, boom, could hit me. I could be doing my podcast and driving and I get hit by a car and it’s over. And I am fully aware of that. When I die, guess what I get to take with me. Nothing. It’s done. My cool car, my cool house, none of my……it’s gone instantly. So I get that, I believe that, I understand that. So it’s like, why do we even care?

It’s interesting when my Grandpa passed away, probably a year and a half, 2 years ago now. I thought it was so weird, after he died they brought all my uncles together, basically they handed out his possessions he had left in life. There was a gun and a couple of things and that was it and I’m like, “Wow. My grandpa lived a full life. He was amazing.”  By the time you get to the end you give away all your stuff, you got rid of them. It’s like, “Here are the 4 or 5 things I have left.” And you divvy them out and it’s done. Man that’s going to happen to me. The reality is none of this money stuff matters, even a little bit. Other than it helps make your life a little more comfortable here, but it doesn’t matter, it’s stupid, it’s ridiculous. My mission of helping entrepreneurs to share their message so they can make more money, and we talk about money a lot because that’s how we keep score. But does it even matter? When all is said and done, am I just kind of spinning my wheels? I think I subconsciously have that thought, maybe I should just shut down shop and focus on other places I can contribute. Does this contribution actually help, help people make money? You know what I mean?

So there’s the question that I didn’t consciously ask, but from today’s coaching session kind of came out of it. And if you could see my notepad, I actually grabbed my notes. This is the first Marketing In Your Car I’m actually teaching from a notepad, so that’s how prepared…….I have these little circles with arrows that go around in a bigger circle, I think there’s 4 circles and the top circle I wrote, “Triggers Fears” and so what does that mean? What I probably do for a lot of you guys, I’m guessing, hopefully I get you guys excited and help you see the vision of what can be and where you could go. But I’m sure with that comes a lot of fears. Like, oh wow, he wants me to do a podcast, or he wants me to go spend money on ads. He wants me to do a webinar every single week. Every week he wants……all these fears come up, right. And then I’m trying to be a good role model, so I’m doing these things that I’m telling people to do and I’m actively, consistently doing them over and over again trying to be, I hate saying this, sounds stupid, but being the model. Here’s something….I gotta try and practice what I preach so people can see that and hopefully say, “If Russell can do it, I can do it.”

That’s something Liz told me after she started having success, she said, “If Russell can do it, I can do it.” And I hope people feel that way. I want to be this thing, but a lot of what I’m telling people to do and teaching and coaching on there’s fear associated with it, right? If there weren’t fears, you would have already done it, but for some reason there’s these fears. And most of the time, most of the coaching and consulting I do is stuff people know. Sometimes there’s tactiful things that we bring to the table and they’re different. But most of the time, you kind of know the path, but there’s fears and concerns and false beliefs and things that keep you from that. So I’m coming in and I’m like a wrecking ball. Busting through these things and probably causing a lot of fears for you guys.

So that’s the first step in my little mission here. The second step is come back after you fall through with tools. So it’s like, we got a new webinar movie, go! I’m freaked out! Don’t worry, here’s the tools to actually make that possible. These are the tools and the training and the coaching and consistent repetition of this stuff. If you listen to my message, if you listen to all 257 episodes, you probably noticed there’s a lot of patterns and a lot of repetition and a lot of things we come back to that are essential. So after we get the fears, after we set off the triggers that cause the fears, then my next step is I’m delivering the tools and the things to make it possible. And then those people, unfortunately not everyone, but the people who step into those fears and accept them and then go after the tools to fight it, eventually when they follow that process they get to a spot where they get money or security in their life.

So it’s interesting because that’s typically the driving force for change. You go through this process, you have these fears, you learn these tools and then during this process you start becoming and that’s the word I want to stress. You start becoming something. You figure out what people need, you figure out how you can serve them at the highest level. You figure out your voice. You start learning it and developing as a human and as a person and you become something different, something more, hopefully. So when that happens, the way the world or the universe or whatever call it, rewards you for that sacrifice and that effort. And really it’s the transformation from growth to contribution. In fact, I have this as the overarching theme for the next Funnel Hacking Live, is like that transition from growth to contribution. There’s a point in our life where we’re growing and learning and studying and it’s all a growth phase for yourself. Because you can’t…..if you’re not prepared you can’t go out there and serve. So there’s a growth phase we all have to go through.

But if you keep growing forever, you keep learning and growing and you keep that to yourself, you can’t keep progressing. The only way, there’s a point where you can’t progress in life through more personal development, or more growth, it’s impossible. There comes a point where the only way you can actually grow in life is by transitioning from growth to contribution, and then your growth comes through the contribution. My company grows now….me as a person grow as I help and serve other people and contribute to them and as they have success, that’s what brings me joy, which is kind of cool.

There’s the religious tangent here that I probably won’t’ go too deep into because I know every time I talk about religion I get a couple funny stares, but for the Mormon’s who are out there listening. There’s a scripture that we believe in Moses 1:39 it says, “Behold this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortal and eternal life of man.” That’s God’s mission too. It’s not to make him more glorious or better. He grows in glory by contribution, by helping us to achieve our full potential. So it’s kind of this really cool thing.

So back to this, so through that process of becoming who you’re supposed to be through the personal development, the growth and going through the tools and all these things, at the end you become something and have the ability to start contributing and helping and serving other people. And when you start contributing, the first thing that starts coming back to you, because it’s the way this world judges monetary value is money, you start making money. At first it’s exciting and then it gets really exciting and then one day you wake up and you realize that it doesn’t matter. A lot of people, they start this journey because they think that when I have money I’ll be happy. How many of you guys have thought that? If I just had money, if I had security, then I’d be happy. And the weirdest thing happens when you get money and financial security, you find how it does not bring happiness. So I hate to ruin the surprise for you guys. It doesn’t. It brings temporary pleasure, kind of like eating ice cream. It’s like, “Oh that was good, that was really good.” And fifteen minutes later you are like, ”What was I thinking? That was not worth what I feel like now.” That’s how money is, its temporary pleasure.

So we mistake that sometimes for happiness, but it doesn’t. It leaves you empty just like that ice cream, you’re empty. Maybe you’re kind of full, but you feel empty inside and you’re like, “Man, I could have not eaten that and felt really good, but I didn’t.” That’s kind of how money, you’ll find out, money isn’t the best………it’s not the best servant. It’s like Ice cream.

So they get money and after you get money you realize, “Well, I’m still not truly happy.” Then, and this is the key, then you start focusing more on the contribution and you start trying to make the changes inward in yourself. Because you realize true happiness doesn’t come through wealth, it comes through serving other people, it comes through the actual things I need to change about my life. It has to do with cutting out addictions, with serving people, all these weird religious things we learn about in church. I’ll leave that one there. But it’s interesting.

But the problem is that most people never get to fixing themselves and the internal struggles and problems they have and really get out there and contribute because they are so stressed out about the financial problems. I remember growing up, and I don’t remember where in school I learned this, I think its like the Mazlov hierarchy needs or something like that. That’s like 8th grade coming back, so I could be completely off, but I think that’s what it was. And in that there’s the need for hunger, and until that need is met, you can’t do anything else. When you get your hunger met, then you’re like okay I need love. When love’s met, then you need shelter, whatever those things are. There’s all these hierarchy of needs, and the problem is….it’s almost like this is. The real needs are internal problems we have with ourselves that we need to fix, change, grow and develop, but it’s hard to get to that higher need. It’s hard to really care about where you’re living if you’re hungry. As far as Mazlov’s hierarchy.

So I feel like, my mission, if we call it that. The reason why it doesn’t matter is because I’m trying to get people to a state where they get through these needs so they can get to a spot where they can focus on their own personal growth and the contribution to help other people. And so if we can get you financially secure and in a place where you’re in a spot of abundance, or whatever you want to call it, now you’ve got the ability to really focus on the inward things that you need to work on in yourself, first off. And second off, really start focusing more on the growth and contribution.

So that was cool, like when I saw it today I sketched it out and I had this little thing in my notes with the circles of trigger and fears over tools, over security, over to inward change and then back to growth and contribution. For me, that validated the fact that what I’m doing is important beyond just I’m helping people make money. Because like I said, in the end that doesn’t matter.

So for you, I hope you kind of think about that for yourself. The people that you’re serving, and I know that you guys are serving them all at different capacities. Some of you guys are helping save people’s marriages. Some of you guys are helping people with their physical bodies, their health and nutrition. Some of you guys are helping by creating products and services. All of our businesses are here to serve people. That’s why we develop them, that’s why they’re here. So I hope that just thinking through this for your own business, your own life it helps you to kind of think through that and figure out how can I serve people at a higher level? How can I focus on the things that I know are holding me back? I know what holds me back. I know what my pet issues are. The little things that I know, man if I could get rid of these 3 or 4 things I could serve more people, I could feel better about myself. I could be a better dad, a better father, a better husband. I know what those things are and I think you probably do too, deep down.

So let’s focus on building the business. You can get your footings underneath you. You can have that stability and you can focus on other things because I don’t want you miss those. I don’t want you to miss out on what life can be because you’re stressing out so much about the financial side of it. The tools are there, the keys are there. We share, everyday on this podcast, we share through Facebook Live, through training, through podcasts, through blogging. We’re giving and sharing as much as we can. We also do it through our training programs, through our coaching, through our software, through our mastermind groups and wherever you’re able to plug in. Plug in and take what you can from that and apply it.

Right now, we just recently opened up the Inner Circle, we had a couple spots open up. A bunch of people messaged me, “I can’t afford it, I’m never going to be successful now because I can’t get into your inner circle.” I’m like no, plug in where you’re at. We have stuff at all levels. I’m not holding things back. The reason why my book name is Dot Com Secrets is because I’m the worst secret keeper on planet earth. People always ask me, “Russell, can you keep a secret?” I’m like, “No!” I’m like the worst secret keeper ever. You tell me anything, I’m sharing with the world. I wrote a book called Dot Com Secrets that told everything I ever knew. I am the worst secret keeper ever. But if you’re okay with that, to share with me, I’m going to try to help, and see if whatever you shared with me will help other people. I’m horrible at secrets.

I’m not holding back on you guys. There’s nothing that I’m giving that I’m like, “Not going to tell them this piece, they gotta upgrade to get that.” Every level that you plug into, I’m giving you everything. I’m giving you my all. So understand that. If you can’t afford a coaching program yet, then go get the books. If you can’t afford the books yet, get on the podcast, it’s free. If you don’t have a phone to listen to a podcast, go to the library and listen to it. Whatever you need to do, but plug in at whatever level you can and if I’m doing my job right and I’m doing my best, we can ascend you up to the next level. To where you can then afford the next thing to help get you to the next level and keep moving up. And it’s not so much that we want or need more money, but it’s level commitment that comes with that, that helps hold you accountable to actually implementing and following through. Some of these fears and these pains that when you’ve got some money on the line it makes it a lot easier to break through and actually achieve those things that you want in life.

So that’s why those things are there. Plug in wherever you can, and we’re going to continue to give and serve and hopefully get you to where you want to be so you can become who you want to be. And if I can do that for at least one of you guys in this podcast, this business, then everything we’re doing is worth it. So I appreciate you guys listening in. For those that are on the MP3 player, I hope you enjoyed this. Go back now to marketinginyourcar.com and make sure you’re subscribed so you can listen to all future episodes. For those of you guys who are on iTunes right now or whatever, listening to this. Make sure you get the MP3 player so you can go back and have an immersed weak and pound through the first 257 episodes and geek out with us. And hopefully we can help serve you guys as much as we can. With that said, I appreciate you all. Thank you so much for everything, and I will talk to you guys all again soon.

Aug 26, 2016

Don’t ever stop doing this or else you will die…

On this episode Russell talks about reminiscing with Stu McLaren about people who used to be giants in the business but became irrelevant.

Here are some interesting things to listen for in today’s episode:

  • What helps you stay relevant in any business.
  • And why a picture Russell posted on Facebook proves that he won’t become irrelevant.

So listen below to find out what you need to do to stay relevant in any market.

---Transcript---

Hey everyone, this is Russell Brunson and welcome to Marketing In Your Car. Hey everyone, so this’ll be a shorter one because I’m starting this halfway to the office, but I just had a thought, an inkling, an idea, something that I’ve wanted to share with you. I keep thinking about it and I keep forgetting, but it just popped in my head, so I’m dropping it real quick now. Because I think it’s really, really important.

So I was in Kenya with Stu McLaren and we’re sitting there talking about our pasts. We’ve been doing this for a long time, for me it’s been 12 or 13 years now, I don’t know. It’s weird because I feel like I’m still just getting started.  It’s crazy, last night I had a bunch of my buddies over wrestling and we’re talking about our wrestling era, which was ….we got done 12 or 13 years ago. Which is insane, that means there’s been 4 or 5 cycles of people that came through. Like Jordan Burroughs for example, one of the greatest wrestlers in the world was in high school when we were in college. Anyway, it was just funny how old we actually are getting, which is crazy to me.

But Stu and I have both been doing this for 12+ years, and we were talking about a lot of our friends in the past who were the giants and the icons at the time. And they were the ones that we were studying from and learning from and all sorts of stuff. And we were talking about how all of them, for the most part, have disappeared. There’s a couple that are still around in some fashion, but not like they should be. They had a leg up on all of us. But it’s interesting, and I was like I wonder why that happens. Because I don’t want that to happen to me, I want to be relevant in another 10 years from now. I’m doing my best to try to keep things exciting and different.

And one thing Stu said that I thought was really interesting and I think he’s right. He said, “If you look at the commonality between the people who are still relevant today and those who aren’t, the one commonality if you look at all of them is their ability, not their ability, but their willingness to learn from other people.” Stu’s like, “Russell, I’ve seen your library.” I just posted a picture on Facebook of a third of my library, and people were going crazy because it’s insane. I’m studying courses and books and I’m constantly learning from other people, because there’s so many brilliant people out there, and I want to learn all the nuggets that everyone’s got, because everyone’s got different views and perspectives. So I’m studying all these people all the time. Even though the fact that we’re doing pretty dang well. But I’m obsessed, I keep studying and learning and that’s what’s keeping us relevant and hot and on top of things, we’re always focusing on that.

And he said, “Those other guys, if you look at a lot of them, they’re I don’t know if prideful is the best word, but they’re people who obviously figured things out early and knew a lot, but none of those guys who are around anymore are studying.” They’re never going to even or reading books or buying courses. They feel like they’re above that, and because of that they become irrelevant in the market. And I’m sure that’s true in most businesses. I look at actors and actresses and singers and songwriters. People that were the best in the world and then a year later, you don’t hear from them ever again. And it’s a big piece of that.

I think sometimes we get so good at what we do that we get cocky or we stop trying to learn and grow, and as soon as you do that, it’s so fast, it’s so easy to become irrelevant in any market, it’s crazy. So what I would say is this, if you are struggling or if you’re doing well, it doesn’t matter. You should be studying a lot from a lot of people, because you’re not above it and if you think you’re above it, that’s when you’re going to lose. That’s when guys like me who are obsessed with this business, and obsessed with marketing, and obsessed with becoming better every single day, we’re going to eat your lunch.

So there you go. Go study something, go buy some courses, go download something on your ipod and just geek out and study because that’s what’s going to keep you sharp. I’m at the office, about to start funnel Fridays. Talking about share funnels, so I gotta go, but I will talk to you guys soon. Have an amazing day, and go study and learn something today. Alright bye.

Ps….My guess is that I’m preaching to the choir because you guys are listening to this podcast, so you’re probably geeking out right now. So I’m probably preaching to the choir. But don’t forget that when you hit the top, it makes it hard sometimes to keep digging in. So keep on keeping on. Alright talk to you guys soon.

Aug 23, 2016

The key to getting people to have the same epiphany that you had.

On today’s episode Russell talks about state control. Why being able to be a good storyteller to get people in the same state you were in to give you an epiphany, so that they too can have one is necessary to sell them.

Here are some cool things you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Hear the difference between stating how you felt and telling the story in a way that will put other people in the same state you were in.
  • Find out why it’s important for people to have the same epiphany as you in order to sell them.
  • And stick around to the end to hear one last little value bomb about the blue underlined link used in Clickbank.

So listen below to find out how to get your customers to have the same epiphany you once had and why its so important.

---Transcript---

Hey everyone, good morning. This is Russell Brunson and welcome to, you know where we are, we are here today with Marketing In Your Car. Alright everyone, I hope you guys are doing good. I am on day number two of my routine. Not going to lie, I am feeling it. For some reason I couldn’t fall asleep last night, probably because we turned on bachelor in Paradise and that was dumb. As soon as that started, it was like, there’s 2 hours of my life that I’m not going to get back. It’s actually less than that because I can fast forward through the commercials, but it was still way too much time. So probably about 11 I passed out on the couch, wake up and I’m like, “Oh crap, I’m already an hour past bedtime, I gotta wake up at 5.” So I jumped into bed and then for some reason I couldn’t sleep until 12:30 and then I finally fell asleep until Norah woke up at like 2. Tough night.

5 the alarm clock goes off, I jumped in the float tank and floated, which was really nice. Then I had my call with Tara, my energy session, which was amazing and cool and weird and I don’t know. But it’s good, so I really enjoyed it. And now here we are, we’re driving to the office. So I wanted to tell you guys today, I don’t know about you guys, but I love just the art and science of what we do. This whole marketing game. So for me, it’s like here’s the scientific funnel structures that we know work, and within that framework then we have the art. How do we get it to break people’s patterns and cause emotion and get people to connect and bring them back to where they’re at?

It’s interesting, one of the coolest things that I figured out as I have been writing the new Expert Secrets book, it’s just cool. If nothing else, writing a book is cool because it causes you to deep dive, immersion, all the stuff we’ve been talking about the last couple of weeks. All these cool things come out. And one of the things we were talking about in the book is the whole epiphany bridge concept. I showed you guys a bunch of times, and if you missed that go back to Marketinginyourcar.com and search for one of the episodes on epiphany bridges. But it’s coming back to rewinding and trying, not to sell people, but to get people to buy into what it is you’re selling.

So that’s the difference between selling and getting people to buy into what you’re selling. It’s like, trying to get them into buying into something. So I have to cause an emotion for them to be able to buy into that. So for me, a lot of times it’s going back and telling the back story. So you figure out, you start this back story, and the back story is important because where you’re at today, is where your audience wants to be, that’s why they’re listening to you. So your back story brings it back to the spot where you’re starting in the same spot they’re at. So that’s the key, it’s coming off of your pinnacle or whatever you want to call it, the mountain on high, where people are looking at your success and coming back down the mountain and standing where they’re at and saying, “Hey, let me tell you about where I was in the same spot, because you want to get to the top of the mountain, that’s where am right now. Let me share with you how I got there.” So you step down off the mountain and you share this back story. You bring them through this process and then you’re telling them about the epiphany you had. Whatever that process or the thing you learned or read or discovered or whatever. Somewhere you had this epiphany that caused you to move and that was kind of the process.

There’s a whole bunch in the other podcast about how the epiphany is getting people emotionally connected and things like that. But one of the interesting things, so we talked about in the book, a lot of people tell stories and just kind of tell the story. But if you want to become good at telling stories you have to move away from just the telling of the story. The facts and the details, like “Hey, I woke up this morning and I was really tired so I blah blah blah.” And just tell the story, a lot of people tell stories like that. And getting into the feeling side of it, if you read good books you’ll notice when you read the book the author doesn’t just say, “Hey I walked into the room and then I went to the bathroom and then I left.” The author walks in the room and he describes the room. “I walked in the room and on the side I could see the paintings that were kind of dusty and they were off center so you could tell they hadn’t been upkept, and the lights in here, one of them was kind of flickering and it gave this dim shimmer on the room. And there was kind of this music you could hear quietly in the background, almost like elevator music but even more quiet. I could smell this musty cigar smell that reminded me of my grandpa and reminded me about back in the day when he used to bounce me on his knees.” So I’m describing the scene to you, number one.

Number two starts bringing you into the emotional things, like how you feel. “As I walked through that door, my hands started to sweat. And as I did that my mouth started getting dry and I had this weird feeling where I couldn’t swallow. I tried to swallow but it got stuck on the swallow. And then that thing that was stuck in my throat and started to swell and I felt like I was going to choke on it, because I couldn’t quite get it through. So I had to cough to get that pressure off my thing and all I could think about was how thirsty I was and I needed some water quick. So I looked over to the bartender and I saw…blah, blah, blah.” So that’s the story and it starts bringing you into the actual feelings. So he starts describing how you feel and the emotions and the senses and you start kind of describing those things.

In the book, and in the event we did last week or two weeks ago, whenever that was, we talked a lot about me telling stories. How to tell them, how to get deep into the emotional side and painting a picture. And I was thinking about it and how to write this section of the book, I was like, “Why is that so important?” and all the sudden it hit me like a ton of bricks. If your job is to tell this epiphany story, this epiphany bridge and you’re trying to give somebody the same epiphany that you had, obviously you tell the story and you hope that the moral of the story is the same thing they get, they the same “Wow. I should have a funnel. Wow, I should definitely change my career. Wow, I should do this way to lose weight.” Or whatever that epiphany to have is. For them to get the same epiphany you had, you have to try to get them in the same state that you were in when you had that epiphany. That’s the key, that’s the big aha I had this week. It’s all about state control.

I should do a whole course on this, it’s so cool when you start understanding it. I learned it originally from Tony Robbins. How to get in a state instantly. If you search Tony Robbins, search the Triad, it’s a concept he talks about where it’s basically there’s 3 things you need to do to get in state any time. Your physiology, what your body is doing. Then there’s pop quiz if I remember them. Physiology, focus and meaning. So what you’re focusing on and the meaning you’re attaching to things. And you can instantly get into any state as soon as you understand the pieces that go into state control. You can instantly go into a state. I want to be in a happy state. Boom, you can do it by changing your physiology, change what you think about, change your focus. Boom, boom, boom, really quickly you can get into a happy state, or a depressed state. State control is the key when you understand it. So when you understand it for yourself and how you can, not manipulate, but how you can control it and use it at certain times, the same things happening when you’re telling your stories. You were in a certain state when you had that epiphany, so because of that, the change happened. Have you had a friend that tells you a story and they’re like, “The most amazing thing happened ever! It changed my whole life.” They tell you the thing. “This was the thing.” And you’re like, “That’s it? Dude, that’s not a big deal.” And they’re like, “No, you don’t understand. When I heard it, it changed everything.” And you’re like, “It’s not …” and the reason it’s not a big deal to you is you’re in a different state when you heard it. So the state you’re in, it’s not that impressionable. You’re like, “Oh, yeah. Whatever.” The power behind the epiphany that they had when they share it with you, because you are in a different state, you miss it. There’s no emotion to it.

So for one of our stories when we go back and tell our stories, when we’re telling this epiphany bridge, the goal of the story is to get them into the same state that you were in. Because if they’re in the same state you’re in, you control that state and get them to that same state, then they’re more likely to have the epiphany you are trying to get them to make. Does that make sense? I haven’t verbally talked about this, I’m kind of thinking through it live on this podcast to help you think through it. But that’s the key, that’s why it’s good to start understanding the principles of good storytelling. And understanding how to describe the scene that you were in and describe the feelings that you felt, the emotions. Because you describe those things, even though that person is not there, you start telling this story. Like I told you guys the story of the room I walked into. That was all make believe on top of my head, but I’m guessing you guys had a vision and you felt like you were in that spot. And I talked about how I felt when I walked in, my nervous system and the lump in my throat and how thirsty I was. For a minute you guys were taken to that spot. You have to be as I describe it.

So for you as you’re trying to tell your stories and give people an epiphany, think about that. It’s not just you have to tell them the story to give them the same epiphany. You have to get them in the same state you were in, and you do that through how you tell the story. Through breaking down the environment and the emotions and all these kinds of things, because when you have those two things in the storytelling process, if you do it correctly you’ll get that person closer and closer and closer to the state that you were in when you had the epiphany. When you share that piece of the story they’re much more likely to have the same epiphany you had. So that’s it you guys.

It’s all about state control, so exciting. So I would recommend, here’s your homework assignment. Google Tony Robbins, State Triad, I don’t even know, search Google, Youtube. Find some videos of tony teaching about that, because you need to understand how to do state control for yourself. How to control the state you’re going into, which is powerful. But then second off, you start understanding, as I’m telling my stories these are the things that I’ve got to control in the story. I gotta control the physiology, so how do I do that? I explain my physiology. I want to control their focus, I gotta control the meaning, I gotta control all these different things. How do I do that? By sharing what I was thinking. By sharing my meanings I was attaching. By sharing all those kind of things. So state control. I’m excited. I want to write a whole book on that now. Just kidding. No time for that. No more books. I swore I’d never write a book again after this one, but it would be a cool topic. Maybe we’ll do a training, a deeper one on it.

But state control is pretty exciting. So there you go, you guys. Hope that kind of helps as you are doing your stories, writing your webinars, crafting your pitches, connecting with people. Think a little bit more about state control. Alright that’s what I got. See you later, have an amazing day.

Oh wait, you guys want one more last value bomb. We learned something cool today, yesterday actually. So Clickbank makes us, when we have a button, you have to have a text version of the button underneath it, so let’s say the button says, “Click here, order now.” Underneath that you gotta have a blue underline link “Click here to order now.” Looks ugly and that was annoying. But Clickbank on their rules said you have to have that, so we had to do it on this thing. So for the Free Water Straw funnel we launched last Thursday, John threw on this heat mapping software, which he always does on the pages, it’s kind of interesting. So he threw it on there to see what’s happening. And what’s interesting is if you look at the page where people are clicking, we’ve got the video, the call to action button, copy, call to action, copy, call to action, anyway the last button, the thing that had the majority of the clicks on the page was on page 3 or page 4 in this funnel and it was the blue underline link underneath the button. Crazy, crazy. So guess what I’m doing right now. I’m going back to every button on every one of my pages and making a blue underline link underneath it. Because It’ll increase your click through rate. All my emails going out will no longer ever have just a button. They will have a button with the blue underline text underneath it, so there you go, guys. There’s a little value bomb for you today. Alright, that’s what I got. Peace you guys, have an amazing day. Talk to you soon.

Aug 22, 2016

The daily template I built out this week to help maximize world domination.

On today’s episode Russell talks about making a template of a calendar that he’s going to stick to this week. You will get to hear what his week will be like as he goes through his hour by hour plans.

Here are some cool things you will hear in this episode:

  • What activity is exciting enough to get Russell out of bed at 5 am.
  • Find out how he is able to focus and move forward on projects for 6 hours everyday.
  • And see how often he and his wife get to enjoy a date night.

So listen below to hear how Russell is going to spend his week and why it would be beneficial for everyone to have a strict schedule.

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Hey everyone, good morning, this is Russell and today’s the first day of school so today is a back to school special of Marketing in Your Car. Hey everyone, I hope life and everything is amazing. I appreciate you guys so much and so glad that you are listening and hanging out with us. I am excited today. Our kids started back to school, which means we get back to a normal schedule. No more staying up til midnight watching movies, no more sleeping in, no more anything. So today I was up early at 5 and I have been pounding through things. It’s now 8:44 and I’ve lived an entire day. Now I’m heading to the office, which is exciting, it’s been really fun.

But what I did, and this is what I want to talk to you about because this is important. Yesterday I was like, I’m going to create a schedule and actually stick to it. And a lot of times we have our daily to-do’s that we go through and we have our Google Calendar where everything is calendared out. But I wanted a framework that I could live my week around. So I was like, I don’t know how to do that. I can’t really do that in Google Calendar, I can’t really do it on….I don’t know. So I was like, I’m going to just make a framework in Excel. Now, I hate Excel, so this is good for any of you guys who are wondering, you don’t have to have any Excel skills to do what I did because I did it without being good at Excel. But I opened up Excel and left hand side, I started breaking down time. And the morning, my morning routine is a lot tighter, minute by minute of what I need to get done. The afternoon is bigger time and then night is bigger as well. So I broke it down.

For when I wake up, I got 15 minute segments, so 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45. 6:00, 6:15 like that all the way until the morning. So I did that on the left hand side. And on the right hand side I went Monday through Friday, because Saturday and Sunday are just different days. But Monday through Friday I want to follow a strict, stringent schedule. So I kind of build out the calendar, and again this is not something that shifts day to day, week to week. This is the template, then everything else kind of plugs inside of it. So I did that and then had the template, and then start breaking it down. It took a while, it took me probably an hour and a half, two hours. Kind of kept shifting things around, moving around, trying to find the perfect schedule for the perfect day. You can tell this life radio right, because I’m coughing in the middle. I apologize.

So trying to do that, and if you guys listen to my podcast a little while ago about the Perfect Day formula from Greg Valentine stuff, and I kind of started building my perfect day, but it was hard to stick to it because I just kind of had it, but I didn’t have a template of where things are plugged in. So anyway, after about an hour and a half yesterday, I had this template and everything fits. So my goal is this week, is to live the template perfectly and not deviate from it at all. I’ll kind of give you guys an idea of what my template looks like. And everybody’s is going to be different obviously, but this is what mine is.

So Monday I start it at 5. From 5 til 6 I have funnel time. So I get up and work on my funnels, my projects, my books and things like that. I found that by leading the day with something that really gets me excited, where there’s pure pleasure and no pain associated with it, it’s easier to get up. When I have to wake up at 5 to go lift, there’s pleasure associated with it, but there’s also a lot of pain, so it was harder. So I’m starting my day with what I would want to do the most. So I wake up, boom from 5 til 6 on Monday is funnel time, and then from 6 til 7 we have weight lifting time, so that’s when I head out to my gym and then invite anyone else who wants to come. Today was kind of fun, Brent and John both came, and Dave came and Steven came, and Dave’s son came. It was a big party today. So that’s kind of what happened from 6 til 7. And I’m trying to do this thing, I used to do it, where Monday I would do back and biceps, Wednesday chest and triceps and Friday would be legs, and the problem with that, I was talking to Alex Hormozi, one of our Inner Circle members and a stud. He talked about, he’s like, “If you want to be good at anything in life, it’s all about volume. You want to be good at marketing, volume. Just study like crazy and do a bunch of stuff. You want to get good at lifting, it’s all volume. Right now you are lifting out each of your body parts once a week, you should do it three times a week.” I was like, alright. So today we lifted everything. We did a circuit, a heavy circuit. We did legs, back, biceps, chest, triceps. Kind of pounded all of them, which was really, really fun. I actually got done in less than an hour, which is cool. Super intense, just lifted hard and heavy and as soon as that was done, at 7 til 7:30, we’ve got a cryo session. So we jumped on over to the cryosauna, everyone wanted a freeze, froze, which is kind of cool.

Then from 7:30 til 8:30, is my family time. That’s about the time my kids are waking up. So I jump out and have breakfast with them, and then we got them ready, got school pictures and then they headed out the door. From 8:30 til 9 is Marketing in Your Car/driving to the office, which is what’s happening right now. We’re in the middle of this day, you guys are part of it. When I get to the office I’ve got about 15 minutes to kind of plan out what’s happening, and then I have what’s called NZT time. So NZT time, if you guys have been watching Limitless, the movie or TV series, both are amazing. If you do, watch the movie first and then go watch the TV series. But in there, there’s this magic new tropic called NZT, where you take it and all the sudden you are in the zone. Unfortunately, there’s not a real thing called NZT that actually works like it, but there’s a thing called Keto OS, similar. It’s got caffeine in it, it’s amazing. And normally I was taking that first thing in the morning, the problem is that by the time I get to the office it had all worn off, so what’s happening now is I’m bringing in my NZT, which is my Keto OS along with a bunch of supplements and stuff. So as soon as I get there, I’m going to plan my day and it becomes NZT time. Basically I’m going to drink the stuff, I get my caffeine boost, focus and it’s my NZT time.

So if you watch the TV show, Limitless, basically what happens is he comes in every morning, he takes NZT and he’s got a 12 hour window where the NZT works and he’s like a genius for 12 hours. So I’m going to do the same thing, except for instead of 12 hours it’s closer to 6 hours. Take my thing and then it’ll ….obviously it’s not the same as NZT but it’s like…..there’s something really cool with rituals and with doing things to get yourself into a state. So I’m trying to create a state called my NZT state, which is like everything is focused. Boom, I take this drink and now I’m in focus mode. I’m out of reactive zone. I can’t answer emails, can’t check emails, can’t do anything. Just gotta move forward on the projects. So it’s, obviously there’s a little caffeine boost, which always feels good. And I like drinking Keto OS because it tastes good and you get ketones in your body, a whole bunch of benefits. But it’s more so the initiation of the state. If you’ve been to a Tony Robbins event, you learn how to get yourself in a state instantly. You learn how to create triggers and things to get you back into that state. So this is going to be my trigger. That as well as the song, Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes, always gets me in a state. So I will drink that while I listen to that music and it will automatically get me in a NZT state, which is where I’m going to be most productive and I will work like crazy through my NZT state, which will be about 6 hours. It will be probably somewhere between 10 and 4. That’s 6 hours right. Yeah, 10 to 4 will be my NZT state, which is all proactive, moving forward time, which will be amazing.

About 4 I kind of go out of that. That’s when I check emails, Voxers, catch up on everything. Then at 5 I shift to family time. From 5 til 9 is family time, so me and the kids are partying, playing, my wife as well. Reading scriptures, having dinner, playing. And then at 9 the kids go to bed. From 9 til 10 I’ve got scripture study time, which is going to be me in bed with some Biohacking device, so I’ve got all sorts of weird, crazy crap that Anthony’s got me hooked to. Different lights and lasers and things so I’ll be sitting in bed from 9 til 10 hooked up to lights and lasers as I read my scriptures, get my spiritual time in, re-focus, re-center. Then at 10 at night, try to go to bed, which is hard for me, but it’s the only way to get up at 5. So that is Monday.

Tuesday will be similar; the only difference is I’m not lifting on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning I wake up, I’m actually going to start with a float in the float tank for an hour. My float tank time is my gratitude time. So I sit in the float tank and I think about everything I’m grateful for, and not at a high level, but person by person by person. So my wife, my kids, each one of my kids. I think about each of them and be grateful for them, and then I go through my parents, my siblings, my staff, my team and I go person by person and think about what I’m grateful about each of these people for, until I fall asleep, which is usually what happens. Because I don’t really know how to meditate and it seems weird to me and I don’t really like the idea of meditating, but I do love being in the float tank. So when I’m in the float tank, that’s what I do. I go person by person and think about them and what I’m grateful for. And when you wake up after that, you just feel good. So I got float tank in the morning from 5 til 6:15.

At 6:15 I got my energy session with Tara Williams, so I’ll be doing that for an hour, til 7:15. At 7:15 boom, that’s when kids are getting up and my morning routine from that point Tuesday is pretty much the same.

Wednesday will be very similar to Monday. Thursday I don’t have an energy session, so I’m going to basically start the morning with funnel time for an hour, then do a float session. And then Friday is pretty much the same as Monday and Wednesday. The only difference is Friday at 4 I leave the office and I shift into date time. My wife and I have dates a couple times a month. Now we’re going to make it where every Friday it happens, regardless.  I’m Mormon, so one thing we’re going to do is try to once a month go to the temple during that time, and three times a month doing dates. Probably dates by ourselves, maybe inviting friends to dates. Basically every Friday night will be locked down to date time.

There you go, there is my template for Monday through Friday. Oh, and one other thing. Thursday night from 9 til 11, I threw in wrestling time. So I’m inviting some of my wrestling buddies over and I will wrestle for 2 hours every Thursday night, which is something that feeds me and fuels me and gets me excited. So thursday night is wrestling time.

So there’s my template, its printed out and literally set in ink. You can’t change it when it’s set in ink, right? So I got it printed out, I’m carrying it with me and I’m going to try this week to follow that template to a t, as perfect as I can. The reason I sacrificed some things, it means The Bachelor in Paradise, I will not be able to watch it tonight because it wasn’t on the template. I’ll shift those things to Saturday, they’ll be Saturday activities. Everything else that’s fun that doesn’t fit in those, I will shift those things to the weekend. Weekends I’ll be more free. Weekends are all about for us, getting projects done and then playing with the kids and really just having fun there. And Sunday is more of a church, family time. So that’s kind of the game plan. So I’ll be, at least this week, trying to be perfect in the template. So I recommend for you guys if you don’t have a template yet, to go build one. Again, it’s not going into your Google calendar and blocking out hour by hour, because those are for your minute by minute things, that’s what’s happening inside your NZT zone or whatever those things are for you. For me, this is a template that’s printed out that I can look at and say, “From this block this is where I need to be and what I need to be doing.”

Anyway, I’ m excited to try it out, and I’ll let you know throughout this week how it goes. But that’s what’s happening. Hope that helps a little bit. That is my schedule and that’s all I got you guys. I’m almost to the office, we’re doing a marketing hack-a-thon this week during NZT time, and it’s going to be fun. I’ll be snapchatting and just grabbing some of the behind the scenes, so if you want to see what we’re doing, come hang out over there. Alright guys, thanks so much for everything and we’ll talk to you guys all again soon, bye.

Aug 18, 2016

Step 2 of 3 in building your own cult-ture.

On today’s episode Russell talks about filming the second episode of Funnel Hacker TV and what it’s about. He also goes into details about the part he’s currently writing in his book Expert Secrets.

Here are some interesting things to listen for in this episode:

  • Find out what the next episode of Funnel Hacker TV will be about.
  • What part of the Expert Secrets book Russell is working on and how he was able to write it.
  • And find out why it is so important for you to have a cause in your business.

So listen below to hear about Russell’s recent breakthrough with his book and to get excited for episode 2 of Funnel Hacker TV.

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Good morning everybody. I hoopoe you are doing amazing. Welcome to Marketing In Your Car. Hey everyone, I hope things are going amazing for everybody today. I am so exciting. We are coming in to start filming episode number 2 of Funnel Hacker TV. I cannot wait for you guys to see this. I cannot wait, you guys are going….I hope. I really hope actually. You may hate this show, but I think you’re going to like it, I think you’re going to love it. We’ll film episode number 2 today, which is today. So episode number one we all went into Biohacking Secrets. We built out the book funnel for that. So if you go to biohackersguide.com you can get the free book and see the funnel and blah, blah, blah. So that’s step number one.

That was the first thing that we did. That’s working awesome. So episode one is all about that and kind of telling Anthony’s story and that kind of thing, which was cool. Episode 2 now we’re doing a funnel with my Christian Ferrante (good luck spelling that), he’s awesome. Someone’s who’s been working with us for a long, long time. He’s just an awesome guy. So he’s been building a survival product forever. I wanted to be in the survival space for a long, long time. Ever since all the people I know have started crushing it in survival. And I always wanted to do a survival straw that you drink. Have you seen those little straws that are like a filter so you can drink out of a toilet if you want to? So when the world comes to an end you are still good to go. So that’s what I always wanted was a survival straw, so we’re kind of partnering on this and doing a survival straw offer and it’s going to be cool. But this episode, the first episode was very emotional. Anthony’s an emotional guy and the story’s awesome. So that was episode one, we want to lead with that.

Episode number two now we want to kind of start defining some of the core things like what funnel hacking actually is. So that’s what’s going to be kind of cool about this one. We’re actually going to go and this is going to be a funnel hack episode. We funnel hacked two survival funnels yesterday and Steven designed them on these big old poster boards so we’re going to be showing those on the video and walking through the whole thing and really mapping out exactly what we’re going build it and then we’re going to go build it. It’s going to be amazing. I already pre-bought ads that are going to be running tomorrow for this funnel we’re going to be doing today, and a bunch of other cool things.

So that’s kind of what’s going down. It’s going to be a fun day. We have today and tomorrow to shoot, but the ads go live tomorrow morning. So we pretty much have to get it all done today. So cross your fingers. And I got to get home because we got people coming over tonight. So it’s not like I can pull an all-nighter. We got to get this done during business hours today, which will be a ton of fun. So that is what we’re scrambling for.

So that’s what’s happening. So many fun things. I tell you what, I spent probably, I don’t know, 10 or 12 hours yesterday working on the new Expert Secrets book. I gotta tell you, I am so, so, so, so, so, so excited. I would say, and I don’t think I would’ve said it over myself, but after the event we had last weekend talking about Expert Secret stuff and going deep into it. I always get people like, “The event was amazing. Best thing I’ve ever been to.” Those things always come with any event you do. This was different. I had people who don’t normally give compliments to me, to try to pat me on the back, come back and pull me aside and be like, “Dude, this is the best thing you have ever done, ever.” Which is exciting. Multiple people………So I’m just dying. I want this book to be done. I’m hustling more than I ever have because you guys, I spent the last 8 months writing the first version of the book, and it was good, but it didn’t fire me up. Now all I want to do is have this book done. But it’s going to be good. It will redefine everything you believe about selling and how to sell and how to build a following. I can’t even tell you how cool it is.

One of the really cool things, one of the things we talked about at the event is that there’s two pieces. One’s you becoming an expert and two is building a following. If you don’t have a following, it’s the whole, ‘if a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a noise?’ No, it doesn’t. If you’re an expert and there’s no one there that listens to you then it doesn’t really matter. You’re just some crazy person on the corner yelling. So how do we build a following and what goes into that. So we broke that down a lot. What’s cool is there’s 3 core components. You see the book, you’ll see all the hand sketches in the book and it’ll make more sense. But it’s basically a charismatic leader, a cause and a new opportunity. Those are three things that have to be present for there to be a mass movement. For there to be people to buy into your vision and things like that.

You know, a charismatic leader/attractive character, we talk a lot about that. The new opportunity is the big aha you will have when you read the book. The reason why most people, if your offer is failing, means you’re probably selling an improvement or repair offer, where you’re trying to make things better as opposed to a new opportunity. And I make a pretty dang convincing argument that you have to have a new opportunity. And we look at pretty much every offer we ever had that succeeded were all tied to a new opportunity. None of the improvement offers have ever made any money. So there’s another lesson for you, but that’s a lesson for another day because we can go deep into that.

The cool thing we figured out yesterday is the middle one is the cause. Creating a cause. When you create a cause, it’s got to be something that is all based on the vision of the future because people are afraid of what the future could hold. They don’t want to move, there’s fear around that. But when they’re faithful in the future it makes them want to move towards that compelling future, that vision that you’re kind of painting and illustrating. So that was a big part of it.

Then I was trying to explain that at the event. I was like, “How do we get everyone to get this and understand it?” and I was struggling for them to get it and all the sudden I had this thought pop in my head to show the intro video for the reality show that we’re filming episode two of today. Because in that I wrote the script and it was all about this call to action. I wanted this to be an us versus them, like we’re separating us from traditional business. We’re separating us from college. We’re separating us from VC backed companies. I wanted a very clear, defined us versus them. So when you guys see the intro the first time, first off you are going to love it because it’s pretty dang cool. Second off, you’ll see how it’s this thing that you’re drawing a line and taking sides. You’re with us or against us type of thing, it’s pretty cool.

I showed the video, and people when they saw it were like, “I understand now what you mean by starting a cause or a movement.” So yesterday I was working on the book and I was writing that section and getting stuck. I was like, how do you make this interesting? I don’t want to just have the book be very strategic. “Oh you need to start a cause, it’s got to be important.” That’s dumb. What’s the tangible, practical things afterward? So I was thinking more and more through that and all the sudden I started thinking back like in the movie, Jerry Mcguire. In the very beginning Tom Cruises character, I guess his name is Jerry Mcguire in the movie. Anyway, he sits down and he writes out that manifesto of what he thinks the issue should be and he hands it out and that’s the turning point where everyone is either with him or against him, and most people are against him, but he gets Renee Zellwegger or whatever her name is to follow him. That document is what stirred people to action and to want to move towards this cause, which is really cool.

That’s kind of the concept. So I started saying, I feel like every business, every cause needs to have that. That moment where they sit down and write out the Jerry Mcguire letter. This is their manifesto of what they believe and who they are and who they’re not. Well how to do they write that. What’s the tangibles? So then I went back to the video for Funnel Hacker TV and I listened to it 5 or 6 times and there was a very cool script that was in there and I sketched it out.  Number one you introduce the attractive character, the charismatic leader. Number two he earned his movement. From there you move over to us versus them. You talk about what you stand for, who you are, who you’re not. From there you talk about why your movement is better and then you talk about who this is not for and then you transition at the end to who you are and who are as movement.

It was so cool, so I sketched out the whole thing. I drew it on a flag, so it turned out so cool. So now we’ve got an actual script and a process for people to build out their manifesto or whatever you want to call it. The call to get people into your cause. That was a big aha yesterday that we got that and we got that into the book. It was so cool.

So anyway, just something to think through today. We’ll get deeper into the charismatic leader and the new opportunity, but today I want you thinking about your cause. What’s your cause? Why should people buy into it? What are the alternatives they have that you need to kind of shun and push aside? Why is your cause the best? Those are the questions I want to you to ask yourself, first off. And then second off, I want you guys to sit down and actually write out, pretend like you’re Jerry Mcguire and you’re pissed at everything that’s happening in the industry and write out your manifesto and create that and then that could be the rallying call for your people, for your cause. You will see that coming in full light here very soon as we release the first episode of our reality show. I think it’s something you guys are going to love.

So that’s all I got you guys. I’m at the office, time to go film. I’m only 9 minutes….6 minutes late. So that’s pretty good, not double digits today. Alright guys, talk to you all soon. Bye.

Aug 16, 2016

If you can get them to believe this… the only option is they have to give you all their money.

On this episode Russell talks about that one thing if you can get people to believe they have to have, they will give you all their money. He relates the concept to religion and it all comes back to building a cult following.

Here are some interesting things to look for in today’s episode:

  • Why Russell’s 10 minutes explaining the one thing concept turned into 2 1/2 hours.
  • How the one thing concept is similar to religion.
  • And why finding out what the one thing in your business is will help make it successful.

So listen below to hear why finding the one thing in your business is so important.

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Good morning everybody in Marketing In Your Car land. So glad to have you guys all here today. Heading in for an amazing day, I’m excited. I honestly, last night, had dreams all night about stuff in the Expert Secrets Event. It’s crazy. I wish that you guys all could have been there. In fact, it’s insane that you weren’t there. We’ve been hanging out now for 252 episodes, or 251 episodes, if you haven’t joined the Inner Circle and you weren’t here last weekend, seriously? Come on? What are you waiting for? Have I ever let you down? Come on, you guys.

Anyway, the event was amazing, but the process, oh the process. I’m so excited about the process. I totally want to start doing high end events where people come in for 2 days or 3 days and we just take everyone through that process. I had multiple people afterwards tell me, “Man, everyone that comes into your world should go through this. Anyone who joins Inner Circle should go through this process first.” Because it helps to identify so much of what you’re actually doing and selling and how you’re positioning it. Oh, so many cool things.

Anyway, today I’m excited because I’m going back through all the PowerPoint slides from the event, making tweaks and changes based on some of the stuff we discovered together as a group. Things that as I was teaching didn’t come out quite clear, or I hit road blocks. Or things from my stories that weren’t the right stories the first 2 or 3 times. Sometimes I tell a story…..I was like, “Huh, that story was completely inappropriate or weird or the wrong thing.” So just kind of re-factoring everything in the process. And I’m going to go through and record while it’s still the top of my mind. Re-record all the sections and that will help as the audio commentary as we go through and we start writing this new version of the book, which I’m so excited for. So that’s kind of what’s been going down over here, and that’s what I’m excited for today.

I also have decade in a day so we also had a bunch of new Inner Circle members who came in. I think it’s 4 of them that we’ll be doing coaching sessions with this morning, which will be kind of cool. So for those who are wondering about the Inner Circle, it’s typically always sold out, but every once in a while there is a spot or two that open up. People who don’t renew or the people who don’t love money, I think. So anyway, for the most part those are always booked out but we did have a couple of slots open up, I think we might have one or two more for people who are trying to decide if they’re renewing or not. So if you’re interested, go run and go to Russellbrunson.com because there might be a little, small window where you can get one of the last one or two spots left, if you’re interested.

With that said, I’m going to move back onto Expert Secrets. So I’m probably just going to, as I’m geeking out on this for the next while, share some things. I’ll share like last night when I couldn’t sleep because it was so, so, so excited. It comes back to a concept I talked about a lot. And it was something that in the event, I had planned maybe 10 minutes to talk about this concept and it ended up turning out to be over 2 ½ hours of us going really, really, really, really deep into it. And it was…..it opened up my eyes to really understand this whole thing. So let me step back.

The concept that I’m talking about right now is the one thing. We’ve talked about this before. Any time you have to convince your prospects of more than one thing, your conversions will drop in half instantly. So you’ve got to pick one belief that you have to get them to believe. So everyone’s like, ‘What’s that belief? What should it be?” And for a long time I was like, “Just pick one thing.” But the more we thought about it, we started realizing the one thing, first off…….I wish you guys could read the whole book right now. I wish the book was done so I could read it right now. But it comes back to, to be successful first off, you can’t be selling, you can’t be trying to improve somebody. Nobody wants improvement. That is…..ambitious people want improvement, and the masses, 99% of the world are not ambitious. People have desire, but they don’t have ambition. So if you’re selling to ambitious, “Here’s how to improve your golf swing. Here’s how to make this thing better. Here’s how to improve something.” By default you will make less money.

So a big part of the whole thing we talked about how to build a cult/ how to build a culture, I mean. It was all about one of the three steps of building a cult following is you have to have a new opportunity. That may be a whole other podcast for a whole other day, but assume that you’ve got a new opportunity that you’re selling. So they have this new opportunity, so you think about that opportunity. There is got to be one thing that people have to believe. If they believe that one thing then they have to accept your new opportunity. So you gotta think about it. What is that one thing that they have to believe in? If they believe that then they have no other alternate options except to give you money. And every business has this. Every new opportunity has this. So you gotta think through it.

So some examples, I’ll step out of business just to give some practical real world examples, so I’m going to go to religion. Religion is probably the easiest place to really identify this. So let’s say, you are considering Christianity as your new opportunity. With Christianity there’s one belief you have to believe. It’s like if the Bible is true then Jesus Christ is our Savior, direct correlation. If you read the Bible and you’re like, “I believe with all my heart that this is true.” Then the only answer is that “Okay, Jesus Christ is my Savior.” That’s it, there’s no other if’s, and’s, or but’s. Okay, I look at, I’m a Mormon as all you guys know. Mormons are Christians and we believe in a book called the Book of Mormon. So if I read the Book of Mormon, if I believe that boo is true, that’s the one thing. IF I believe that thing is true then everything that Mormons believe, therefore I believe, because it’s the one thing. I now believe in Latter Day Prophets, I believe in Temple ordinances. Here’s all the things that Mormons believe. If you believe the Book of Mormon is true then you have to believe all these other things.

Same thing is probably true in every religion. If you believe the Koran is true then this all the stuff you have to believe. So religion is very….you look at religion they are all tied to a one thing. What’s the one thing you believe? If you believe that then everything else is part of that belief patterns. So you gotta look at your business and your new opportunity you are providing people and there’s always the same thing. Like when we were launching Clickfunnels, if I could get people to believe that the only way their business could succeed is they have to build sales funnels inside of Clickfunnels. If I can get them to believe that there’s no other option. You have to give Russell all your money now, because he’s the only person now that provides that thing. Come back to religious. If I believe that Christ is the Savior, or if the Bible is true, then I believe that Christ is my Savior and I have to follow him because the only way to get salvation is through him. That’s what it comes down to.

It’s almost like we have to figure out how to make that same statement for our business. If I can convince them that the only way for their business to survive is to create funnels through Clickfunnels is the one belief I have to get into the habit. And if they honestly believe that in the core of their body, then they know that the only way to business salvation is through Clickfunnels, is through what I’m offering. That’s it. So until you’ve identified that statement…….that has to be step number one. Because then when you start building the webinar, the whole event was about the webinar, everything else in the webinar is built around that. What are all the false belief patterns based on that new opportunity? And what is that thing? And how do we knock down those belief patterns? Everything else gets tied to that, but it all stems from this concept called the one thing. And the one thing is tied to a new opportunity, but what is that sentence?

So I said it, it was supposed to be a 10 minute, I explained the one thing in 10 minutes, and everyone wrote what their belief was and they had to get people to convince. And everyone kept sharing with us and then kept coming back with headlines and I’m like, “No! I’m not looking for a headline here, you guys. We’re looking for….” We ended up developing this sentence and it was like, “If I can get them to believe ‘blank’..” and in that blank you put in what new opportunity is. “If I can get them to believe that the only way to make money online is by having sales funnels built inside of Clickfunnels.” There’s my sentence. If I can get them to believe that, then they’ll have to give me all their money because I am the salvation or success, or whatever you want to call it, could only come through that one path, that one vehicle, right. Because when you’re presenting a new opportunity you’re presenting, man, this will set us back to the previous section with building your culture. Is it, you have to have a new opportunity, so it’s like the new opportunity is the vehicle. If I go to the car dealership, there’s 50 cars there. I’m trying to convince you that this car is the only car you can drive, the only car that makes any logical sense. If I can convince you of that, that this is the vehicle, you have to buy that car. That’s the only vehicle you can go with.

So for everyone, if you guys can step back and figure that out for your business, your thing. What is the one thing? The one thing that I can put in a sentence like this, ‘If I can get them to believe that the only way they can be successful is through blah.’ And it’s your system, your thing, whatever it is. If you can get them to believe that, then that’s it. All of their other concerns disappear. Pricing disappears. Everything else. Every other concern instantly disappears. That’s what we call it in the training. We call it a big domino. It’s a domino where if you know that down, it’ll make all the other dominos…..it’ll either knock down all the other dominos or make them irrelevant. That’s the key.

Think about that a little bit you guys. When you can identify what that thing is, it becomes very, very powerful. And then the rest of the webinar is based on, ‘what are the false beliefs based on that thing?’ And we broke it down at the live event and based it on three things. Secret number one is always tied to the vehicle, secret number two is always tied to the internal struggle, secret number three is always tied to the external struggle. We’ll share that stuff in another podcast, but for today that’s what I want you guys to think about. What is your one thing that if your customers believe that and they believe that success or salvation or whatever you want to call it, is only available through that one thing, what’s that one thing you have to get them to believe. Because that’s it. If we can get them to believe that one thing it knocks over all the dominos or makes them irrelevant and they have to give you money, there’s no other option. That’s the key, you guys. Oh, it’s the key. It’s the biggest key on earth. I can’t believe that it took 2 ½ hours in that meeting with everyone there going back and forth before all the sudden it was like the angels were singing. We’re like, this is it. That’s the key. And last night I couldn’t sleep, I spent 8 hours tossing and turning thinking about the one thing. It may seem simple, but think about it, spend some time and effort. Because that is the key that will unlock infinite cells for you for the rest of your life. So that’s it you guys. I’m at the office and I’m going to go start working on my PowerPoint. Appreciate you guys, and talk to you all again soon.

Aug 15, 2016

Here are some cool highlights from the last seven days!

On this episode Russell talks about how he did not get into the entrepreneurial business to hustle all the time. He also talks about how immersing yourself in something can bring about new connections that you never made before.

Here are some interesting things you will hear in today’s episode:

  • Why sometimes the hustle of business sucks, and you need the freedom that you got into this business for in the first place.
  • How Russell immersing himself in content during a 10 hour flight is making the current event better.
  • And how you can make new connections you never made before when you do more than dabble in information.

So listen below to see what part of the hustle is overrated and how Russell made new connections to talk about during the event and inside his upcoming book, Expert Secrets.

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Hey everyone, this is Russell Brunson and welcome to Marketing In Your Car. Hey everyone, hope you’re doing good. I am on the way to day 3 of the Expert Secrets event and it’s kind of bittersweet, I’m not going to lie.

So first off, I told you guys some of the crazy journey that happened last week to get back in time for the event and it sucks because we were supposed to be home on Monday. And if we got home on Monday we would have had half a day on Monday, all day Tuesday, and half a day on Wednesday to hang out with the kids and get caught back up, but because we had missed flights and all that kind of stuff, we didn’t get home until super late Tuesday night. So basically we had Wednesday, but on Wednesday I hadn’t had time yet to prepare for the event. So Wednesday was basically me locked in a room busting out 3 days worth of PowerPoint slides and sketches and just getting everything prepped for the event. So I didn’t have much kid time at all. And then boom, the next day we had two events that started. You know it’s just been….so I feel bad. I haven’t been a good dad for the last two weeks. And I had some time; I had a couple hours last night, which was really good actually. Then this morning it was Saturday morning and my poor kids are just like, “You have to go to work again, Dad?” I’m like, “I’m so sorry.”

So first off, I wanna mention is that the hustle that everyone makes sound so amazing and awesome, it sucks and it’s not amazing and it’s not awesome. And I don’t know about you, but I did not get in this business to hustle all the time. There are times when hustle’s important, especially when you’re trying to complete projects, but it seems like the big entrepreneurial message right now, and it’s definitely stemmed from someone I respect. Gary Vaynerchuk is someone I respect, love his stuff. Learned a ton from him, but he’s preaching and prophesying hustle, right. And so because of that entrepreneurs…..it’s becoming a badge of honor. In fact, I saw a funny meme thing that said, “40 hour work week? Yeah I remember my first part-time job too.” Or something like that. Anyway, it’s hilarious.

But the reality is we all got in this business because we were looking for some sort of freedom, right? That’s it. And then the problem is we addicted to the process, because it is really fun, not going to lie. I get so many of my needs met through it, but we get addicted to the hustle and then that becomes the badge of honor, is the hustle. And you completely lose the freedom that were going after when you got started. When we were in Kenya last week, we were hanging out with Stu McLarin, and Stu made a video about hustle. He said initially he was going to dig at Gary V. but he didn’t. Instead he just kind of talked about hustle, and how working your face off is not always the best route. It was awesome, and it kind of went viral for a little bit and he got a bunch of ……ya know, it was cool.

So we talked a lot about that. There’s a time to hustle, but it’s between set hours of like 10 until 4 or whatever. This is my hustle time. Then when the hustle is done, you gotta turn it off and get into quality time mode because that is honestly way more important and it’s the reason why we did this business. There’s number one, so I am driving to the event, excited to hang out and hustle with these guys and share some cool things. But number two, I’m honestly kind of bummed out because I just wish I could stay home today and just have a big pool party with the kids. So there you go, that’s where I’m …..that’s the entrepreneurial conundrum.

And right now I’m headed to the seminar room, my gas light is on, it’s been on for 2 days. I have approximately 12 miles left before I run out of gas. I’m not sure how many more miles it is to the event. But also, I have 10 minutes until the event starts, which means I do not have time to get gas but I might run out of gas before I get there. So there is the second entrepreneurial conundrum we have today. So what do you do? What would you do? Remember those math story problems in school? The train is moving 50 miles an hour you have 13 minutes til whatever. Do you have time to blah blah? You have to figure out the math equation. Anyway, I wish I was smart enough to figure out the math equation because it might be physically impossible for me to get to the event on time. Or, and maybe that my time gamble…..I might have less than 12 miles to get to the event, therefore I will make it to the event and I’ll be there in less than 10 minutes and I could be on time. Or it could be 15 miles to the event and I run out of gas and I’m not going to be on time. Or I fill up with gas and I’m not on time. Which choice do you take? I already know what choice I’m taking. I’m going for it. Worse case I break on the side of the road and call an Uber. So you guys will be part of that. We’ll see what happens.

Alright with that said, I want to talk about something else. Let’s shift to something excited. One of the many amazing things that happened this week is this event’s been awesome. IT’s called Expert Secrets and it’s me going over the outline of the new book. If you watch my Snapchats, about a month and half ago, I ……we were almost done with the book, so it’s sad. I highlighted 200 pages of the book live on Snapchat and deleted them all and started over. People said, “Why in the world would you do that?” And I said, “Well, I had a really good book.” And they’re like, “Most people have really good book are excited about them.” I said, “You know, my goal wasn’t to write a really good book. My goal was to write an amazing book.” So I started all over and spent the next 6 weeks going back through a lot of stuff, deep diving, dissecting every webinar we’ve done that’s been successful and trying to see the internal patterns and trying to figure out things. While we were in Kenya, a trip I probably immersed myself and smashed through, I don’t know, probably…..if I was to count the hours, 70 or 80 hours worth of courses and content specific to this concept that I’m teaching in this book. I don’t know about you, but there’s something powerful and amazing about an immersion. And this is one of the reasons I’m actually grateful for the huge layover, even though it kind of sucked. But it forced me to go through this immersion period. Whenever you immerse yourself in something, the coolest thing is that when you do that these weird connections start being made that aren’t made by reading a chapter in a book a day, you know dabbling into something.

When you immerse yourself and go crazy into it, all these connections start lighting up that you wouldn’t normally see. And then hooking an event on the end of it, amplified that process. Because I was going through this thing, and I had a 10 hour flight from Amsterdam back to Minneapolis, and my wife passed out right before that flight started. I think it was a 9 or 10 hour flight. Anyway, I took some Ketones with caffeine in it, so I was awake. So for the whole 10 hours I was lit up on fire. And during that time I had my PowerPoint’s out, I had my sketch book out, I had 2 books I was reading and then 3 different courses I went through and I slammed through in 8 to 10 hours all this stuff. And all these connections I had missed before……oh and also going through about 12 or 13 different PowerPoint slides I presented in different webinars formats. I’m pounding through all this information as fast a speed I could and all the sudden I started seeing all these patterns and connections and all these lines connected that I hadn’t seen before. I was like, “Oh my gosh.” For one example, in the Perfect Webinar there’s 3 secrets, right? I’ve always talked about that, and the 3 secrets are tied to 3 belief patterns. But what I realized on that flight all the sudden I saw a weird connection of those 3 secrets weren’t random. I always thought they were random. Randomly picked 3 secrets, but they weren’t. Every webinar that we had that was successful, there was the exact same pattern. Secret number one was very specific on one thing. Secret number two always had to do with something else. And secret number 3 always had to do with another thing. I had partially figured that out…..Stu McLarin and I were in this little car in Kenya driving around. A five or six hour drive we were stuck on talking about stuff. And that popped up in conversation. I was like, “Stu I just realized something weird. ‘this’.” And he was like, “That’s pretty similar to how I do ‘this’.” And I was like whoooom! With this connection. Now I can reverse engineer what I do better because I never even realized these 3 secrets were all tied to these very, very specific types of beliefs. Now that I know that, holy cow! It’s so much easier to do that. So that was amazing.

And then this thought came out of this immersion thing and so many other things. So it’s like all these connections happened. And then at the event I’m on stage teaching these things, for example there’s this one part in the book that we talk about the big domino and the one thing and how to figure that out. And I explained that and I thought that was kind of common sense myself. But then we had this exercise where the group tried to do it and I can’t believe how far……everyone got stuck. And then the more I thought it through the more stuck I got. And we kept going through it and it ended up that 10 minute session, was supposed to be 10 minutes long, ended up going 2 ½ hours. By the time everything was done, we came out with this one sentence. It was like, If you can frame what you do in this one sentence, it becomes the one domino. If you can convince someone of that one thing, every other concern becomes obsolete or disappears. And it was like, when it was done, I had to take a break. My brain was fried. I just got this nugget, that when we come back now after the book, it’s amazing.

Anyway, I’m not sure why I’m telling all this stuff. Maybe wanting to get you excited. Help you realize you should always be at my events because if you’re missing out on any of them you’re insane. Maybe that’s number one. Number two is to get you excited about the book because I am so excited for the book now. These insights, this went for me, what would have been a really good book to something that can and should and will be, I think, the best book ever written on planet earth. Why even write a book if you don’t think it’s going to be that, right? But now I honestly am excited to finish it. And then number three is just to talk about the power of immersion. There’s something to that. To mass learning a whole bunch of stuff in a finite period of time where you start getting these weird connections that you cannot and will not get just by dabbling.

So that’s it, you guys. That is what I got. So I am at the event center. Good news, I did not run out of gas. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get from here to a gas station, but that is an issue for another day, or maybe later on today. But I’m going to go in there and we’re going deep now and taking all these things and plugging them. Everything we worked on the last two days. The stories. The epiphany bridge story. The one thing……the how to build a cult. In fact, figured it out. This is the crazy insight we had, we looked at how all mass movements have been built. So I was going through the book, The True Believer by Eric Hoffer, which is a book about how to start mass movements. And I’m reading that book at the same time I’m listening to Dan Kennedy’s Influential Writing Workshop and Perry Belcher’s Secret Sales System. And between those three things there was this weird thing where all three of them crossed over and I had this, I can’t even explain how cool it was. All three of these things crossed over and in the middle there was this one nugget that was just like holy cow. All mass movements have this one thing that is tied to something that both Perry and Dan specifically pointed out, which is also the only way to create offers that convert. And it was just like angels from heaven started singing when I saw that crazy connection and so basically we built this super cool sketched out diagram showing three things that have to go into a mass movement. And the third one is…..that one is essential for you to figure out your one thing, and if you don’t have any way, it’s amazing. It’s like a puzzle where everything is coming together. I love it. Appreciate you guys for listening and hanging out. I am almost walking across a crosswalk now, so I gotta bounce. So I will see you guys all soon. Bye everybody.

Aug 10, 2016

Follow these 9 steps to get more attention and cash!

On today’s episode Russell talks about his trip to Kenya and the nightmare of getting back home and being stuck in airports for 56 hours. He also talks about a street show he witnessed in Amsterdam that was filled with golden marketing lessons.

Here are some fun things to listen for in this episode:

  • Find out how the trip to Kenya went, the purpose behind it, and how as a Clickfunnels member you are contributing to helping kids there.
  • Hear about why it was important to get home from Kenya on time and how everything went wrong.
  • And finally hear about a street performer that impressed Russell with his marketing skills and find out how that can help you.

So listen below to find out the valuable marketing lessons Russell learned from a street performer.

---Transcript---

Good morning everybody and welcome to Marketing In Your Car. Hey guys and gals and all my friends out there. It’s been a little while since we hung out and I apologize, but I’ve been traveling like crazy and I’m finally getting to a spot where I can report back and hang out. But if you watch my Snapchats then you’ve been seeing all the craziness that’s been happening.

So last week, it’s kind of a last minute, spur of the moment, we decided to go to Kenya with World Teachers Aid and it’s usually a ten day trip but I have an event starting tomorrow, therefore I could not go for ten days. So we thought well, the trips broken down in two parts. The first part you go and see the kids in the villages and you help build the school and stuff and the second half is a safari. So we decided we won’t go to the safari and we’ll just focus on the first half. So that’s what we did, which was really cool. So that was where we’ve been. We weren’t supposed to go. Dylan, one of the Clickfunnels co-founders was supposed to go, but he was working on the new editor and just ran out of time and didn’t get his shots and stuff, so we headed in the last minute and kind of went there. So we’ve been doing that.

On the way there we decided, hey we have a couple days at the beginning that we have some free time, so we flew to Amsterdam for two days and hung out there, which was cool. I’ve never been to Amsterdam before it was awesome. It’s like super quiet. I was walking around the downtowns and there’s no cars anywhere and mostly everyone is on bikes. I was telling Collette, “Listen. Do you know how quiet it is here?” It’s just crazy quiet and it was really neat. We loved it and had a great time. I did a boat tour through all the canals and saw the Anne Frank house and a bunch of other cool things, that was awesome.

We went to Kenya and had a chance to hang out with these little kids and it was just like last time 4 years ago we went. It was a very emotional, powerful experience to see these kids and the transformations. One of the cool things is that the village that we spent all of our time at 4 years ago, we had a chance to go back there and see the progress and how things have evolved. There’s this little girl that we’ve been helping, her name is Jane. When we saw her 4 years ago, she’s a little, I think she was 13 or 14 years old. We’ve been sponsoring her and helping her get through high school and stuff, it’s just amazing to see her progress. My wife and her really connected before, so my wife is bawling her eyes out seeing her. It was really a neat experience.

Then after that we went to a new village, it was the most beautiful place. Cliffs that…or this big huge…it was up on a mountain looking over this huge valley and it was beautiful, but the kids didn’t have a school yet, so they just were almost finished with the school and it was amazing. Such a cool experience. One thing that you may or may not know as a Clickfunnels member, every time you build a funnel that goes live a dollar goes toward World Teacher Aid and we’re always working on that, trying to help support those guys and build more schools and support more children. It’s just amazing to see the transformation from 4 years ago, til this week. Which was really cool.

And then we jumped in a plane to head home, so we could hurry and get home. We were supposed to get home Monday because Aiden’s birthday, my little 5 and now 6 year old, his birthday was on Monday. So we had everything booked and traveled so we could get home in time for his birthday. We were supposed to get in Boise at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. So we were going to take him out to dinner and the next day take him to the water park. That was the plan, but unfortunately plans don’t always go how they were supposed to.

So we get into Kenya and they’re like, “Oh, the dude who is supposed to be flying this plane is late.” So we were 4 hours late leaving from Kenya, which was horrible because our layover in Amsterdam was 2 hours. So we finally leave Kenya, we fly to Amsterdam. Get to Amsterdam and our plane is already gone, so they rebook us on one that’s 7 hours later. So we’re waiting forever and finally we get on that one and fly from Amsterdam to…..where were we going to? Oh, Minneapolis. So we get to Minneapolis, and we basically missed Monday, which was kind of sad because we were gonna miss his birthday, but we’re like, “We’ll still be there, but like at 2 in the morning. We’ll take him to the water park on Tuesday, it’ll be awesome.” So we’re sitting there and then the flight course in Minneapolis gets delayed 3 hours, then 5 hours and we’re sitting there waiting and waiting and finally we’re about to board and they say, “Oh, by the way all the pilots have been flying too long, therefore they cannot fly, therefore this flights been canceled. Oh by the way, there’s no flights out tomorrow, so you gotta wait til Wednesday to leave.” I was like, “Are you freaking kidding me? I needed to get home to my kids birthday!” And we were just missing our kids like crazy.

It was kind of like Home Alone, I felt like. The mom had to race to get home to Kevin and every little thing possible, hiccup that could happen was happening. So anyway, I’m sitting there; it’s like 10:30, 11:00 at night and I message Melanie, my assistant, I’m like, “All the flights tomorrow are apparently booked, we need to figure out how to get home and we need a hotel.” The other thing they said was, “All flights are canceled plus there’s no flights tomorrow and there’s no hotels available.” We’re like, “Are you kidding me?”

So Melanie went on and was able to find a flight that didn’t leave until the next day at 5, which got us home at 9:40 at night on Tuesday. So we missed our water park day, and then she booked us a hotel. So we jumped in an Uber, headed to the hotel, slept, hung out all day and I got a bunch of work done towards the event, which is starting tomorrow. Then we get in our plane finally. We leave Minneapolis, fly to Denver, and we’re like, “Last leg, we’ll be home by 9:30.” Get in our plane to head to Denver and guess what happened? Yes, you are right. Lightning storm. Therefore our flight was delayed again.

Anyway, we ended up getting home at 10:30 at night, finally. And I think it was 56 total hours that we were in airports. So that was horrible. And we missed the little man’s birthday. But today, this morning we went and celebrated his birthday and got some cool stuff. Now I’m headed to the office because we have an event tomorrow and I got a lot of work to do before that.

So that’s kind of what’s happening over. So anyway, there’s the catch-up of where we’ve been and now we can start moving forward again and keep hanging out. So the event tomorrow, I’m excited. It’s all of our Inner Circle members and our old Ignite Program. This is the last Ignite event ever, so we’ve got a bunch of those guys coming as well. I think we’ve got about 100 people coming, or so. And it went from kind of a concept to after spending 56 hours in the airport and geeking out and going through as much marketing stuff as I could consume during that time, it’s gonna be an amazing event. I’m crazy excited. I hand sketched out, I think another 40 new sketches, similar to the Dotcom Secrets book, all with new concepts and I’m hoping and praying that Vlad, my designer can get them all looking good today so we can get handouts printed for tomorrow. Oh it’s all running together. I don’t know if we’ll make it all. Anyway, worst case scenario I’ll just re-sketch them live on a whiteboard for everybody.

The event is going to be awesome and it’s actually focusing on the new book, Expert Secrets. I’m excited for Expert Secrets, we spent about 6 months writing it and when I was in Bear Lake last month, I basically deleted the whole book and started over from scratch and the new direction that this is going, I’m really, really proud of. It’s what this whole event is based on. I’m kind of teaching it out loud so I can make sure all the pieces make logical sense in my mind before we turn it into a book, which is similar to what I did with the Dotcom Secrets book. We re-wrote it 3 times and then I did a live event for 3 days and then that helped me organize the thoughts in a better way. And I’m teaching onstage and I’m like, “That was good, but that one didn’t make sense and I need to tweak this.” Anyway, it was really cool.

So I kind of did the same process with this one. So if you want to write a book, that’s the secret, throw an event. It forces you to get everything done in time and then it lets you teach it out loud. I don’t know about you but when I teach out loud, I just get different ideas and thoughts and I figure out what makes sense, what’s slow and boring, what’s exciting and what pieces people get and what pieces they don’t. Anyway, that’s what’s happening. Hopefully this book will be done before the end of the year, because I’m really excited for it, it’s going to be amazing.

With that said, I gotta draw some value for you guys before I get to the office. So when we were in Amsterdam, the second day my wife were walking around downtown and all the sudden we get to this, I think it was a parliament or something, some big huge building. And we’re like, “Wow, that building is amazing.” And all the sudden we hear, “Ahem, ahem, ahem.” Like this coughing and we look over and there’s this guy with a nice shirt on and a microphone and he’s coughing. He keeps coughing louder and louder and keeps doing it and all these people start coming close and I’m like, “What’s happening?” and he had a unicycle on the ground, a bunch of boxes, a bunch of things. He had this flame that was there, so we kind of get closer to him. And he keeps coughing, probably for 5 minutes and we’re like, “This is weird.” And we’re about to leave and all the sudden he stops and says, “Everyone, I’m okay. I’m just trying to get all of your attention.” And then he said something that I thought was really cool. He said….how did he say it? He said something like, what did he say? “A show without attention is just an accident.” I might have screwed that up, but it was basically that. I thought, that’s kind of powerful. How many times do we do something, but no one’s paying attention, therefore it’s just an accident? Didn’t even happen, right? So in our business are we getting attention first? You get attention first; you get people to pay attention. So that’s the first thing.

As I’m watching him as he does that, get’s attention and then he’s like, “I’m going to start the show.” And he goes and draws this big, huge chalk square around him, a pretty big square. So all these people are out further from the square so he’s like, “Okay everyone, come up to the square, this is the edge. Come in.” and he gets everyone to come closer. So he’s getting everyone to move towards him. So first he gets attention, second he gets everyone to move their physical bodies towards him so they are closer. And everyone gets kind of close. Then we started watching and I was watching what he was doing and the show ended up being 45 minutes long. And when all was said and done, if you look at it, all the show was, was he juggled fire for 30 seconds. That was it, but it was 45 minutes of buildup and excitement and building rapport.

So he did all sorts of things to build rapport. First he got everyone to pull in close, and he started……and at first you could tell the crowd was cold, “What’s this guy doing? What’s happening?” and he could of just got on his unicycle and started juggling fire and it could have been over in like a minute, but if he did that he would have missed….the whole presentation is what made this thing work. He gets everyone together and starts talking and telling jokes and starts making fun of people in the audience to get them to laugh. He starts getting everybody talking about fire and to breathe together. Breathing is one of the fastest ways to build rapport. So if you can match breathing patterns. So he’s getting everyone to breathe and pretending like they’re blowing fire. Get everyone to breathe the same thing which instantly builds rapport for everybody. So he’s getting everybody to build rapport to just all sorts of the really smart things to build rapport with this audience. From making fun of people to making fun of himself and getting people laughing and all these things to get rapport within this group.

So then he starts, he’s telling jokes and everything and then he’s trying to train the audience on what he needs them to do. So he gets on the unicycle and he’s got basically juggling things. He gets people throwing things to him. He’s training the audience on what he wants them to do and how he wants them to react. He’s like, “Okay, when you throw this…” He had Collette, actually take one of these juggling batons and had her throw it to him. “Okay now, when she throws it to me, everyone cheer like crazy.” So he’s training the audience on how he wants them to respond. Probably for another good 10 or 15 minutes. He’s doing this whole thing, training his audience how he wants and needs them to respond.

He does this whole thing and sets up this fire thing, builds up the anticipation. Now we’re probably 30-35 minutes into it. And he says, “This is what’s going to happen, you guys.” And then he explains, “In a minute I’m going to get on my unicycle and we’re going to light fire and we’re going to juggle this fire.” So it’s like, okay this is what we’ve been building up towards and we’re so excited. And then before he does he says, “Look, now what’s going to happen..” and this is where he asks for money, and first thing he does is price justification, “Look, I’m a street performer and this is how I make my living. If you were to go to the bar right now and you were to buy a beer or whatever, it’s going to be about 5 pounds and that’s going to take maybe a minute to drink, or a minute and a half if you take your time. I’ve been performing for almost 45 minutes so far, and I would assume this is worth at least the same as just a quick beer in actual entertainment value. So the minimum donation accepted is 5 pounds. The maximum is 100.”

So he starts going through and he does his price justification and he keeps explaining to the audience how to buy, which was so good. I wish I could have recorded this whole thing. So he teaches them how to buy, how to buy, how to buy. “When this is done,” he’s coaching them through, “When this is done, I’m going to juggle my things, fires going to go. I’m juggling fire, everyone’s going to go crazy. I’m going to put my hat out and everyone’s going to come rush to me and give me a minimum of 5 pounds up to 35” or whatever it is. So he explains and coaches and shows them how to pay him. He’s coaching them this whole time and what he wants and now he’s coaching them on how to pay him at the end, which is just brilliant.

Then he finally does the thing. Gets on the unicycle, juggles fire. The whole show’s maybe a minute long. Boom, gets down, everyone cheers and then people start flooding him in droves to bring him money. And everyone’s throwing 5 dollars in it and again he coaches. Then some people that start walking away. He’s like, “What are you going to be a freebie seeker?” starts calling out people who just basically came and witnessed it and ran away. So he calls these people out, so they feel kind of dumb. Everyone else goes, “I don’t want to be called out. I can’t leave this because this guy just performed for me the last 45 minutes.” And they felt this obligation to pay. And initially I probably would have given him maybe 1 pound or whatever that is. I think its pounds there. Anyway, because I felt obligated at 5, I was like, “okay I gotta give 5.” So we came to give 5, we give 5. And I looked at this process, when all is said and done he probably made, a couple thousand pounds. It was impressive.

And then everyone displaced and he started packing up his stuff and took off. And it was just cool. There were so many cool marketing lessons. One was getting attention. Number two was building a rapport. Number three was training your audience on what you want and need them to do. Number five was price justification. Number 6 was the actual show. Number 7 was the call to action. Get people to come back and pay. Number 8 would probably be calling out those who didn’t take action. And then number 9 was wrapping up the show.

Anyway, so many cool marketing lessons in one. I’m totally geeking out watching this guy. My wife’s like, “This guy is annoying.” I’m like, “He’s kept everyone’s attention here for 45 minutes to do a 30 second to 1 minute long show and at the end he made a ton of money.” Like I said, he could have just got up there and juggled fire and would have made 50 bucks. But instead he went through the whole thing and made 5 or 6 hundred dollars. Pretty impressive.

Anyway, I hope that gives you guys some value, some things you can think about with what you’re doing. One of the biggest questions people have is, “I can’t get people to show up to my webinar.” It’s like, “What are you doing? This guy spent 45 minutes for a minute long trick. What are you doing to get people excited and fired up? What kind of video, what kind of….the more you’ve got to be exciting. You’ve got to create attention. You’ve got to create desire to get people to do what you want them to do. That’s how you get people to show up on webinars is doing all those kind of things.” With that said, I’m at the office. Get some work done real quick. Appreciate you all, have an amazing day.

Aug 1, 2016

How to know when to stop.

On today’s episode Russell explains why you need to be able to consistently and profitably generate customers, or you are in the wrong business.

Here are a few interesting things you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How to recognize if your business is a sinking ship you need to bail on.
  • What else you need to know besides being able to consistently and profitably generate customers in order for your business to be successful.
  • And why every business needs consistent work in order to avoid deterioration.

So listen below to find out how you can tell if your business will grow or deteriorate.

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Hey, hey this is Russell Brunson, it is Saturday? I don’t even know. I’ve been camping and now we’re flying to Kenya and we’re all over the place. And I’m driving my car and was just Voxing some people in the Inner Circle, catching up on stuff before I headed out. And I had a conversation with somebody that was probably not what they were hoping for, but it was I think what they need. I just wanted to share it here because I’m positive that they’re not the only person in need of this advice. Because it’s hard advice, so I just wanted to share it with you guys. A lot of you won’t be applicable, but some of you, it will be very, very applicable. So here we go.  By the way, this is Marketing In Your Car.

So like I said, in the preview or the intro or whatever we call this thing nowadays. I’ve got some probably backwards advice that’s backwards from what you’re hoping. I’m walking in the office right now and the alarm is about to go off, unless someone forgot to set the alarm. Check it out, somebody’s about to be fired, the alarm was not set. We’re good to go, there’s no beeping.

So the person’s advice, they’ve been going through my stuff and they have been almost a year in the program and just not having the success that they wanted or desired. In fact, having almost no success and there’s a couple of reasons. I’ll kind of leave it, I won’t give you an opinion on all the reasons but I do want to talk about what my feedback was.

The first thing was that if the business you are in cannot consistently and profitably, and those are the key words, consistently and profitably generate customers, it’s not a good business to be in. And I don’t care how many times they say, “I’ve made money in the past. I’ve got a bunch of clients who love me.” Or whatever. If you can’t consistently and profitably generate new clients, the business is not a good business and if you’re not careful you’re going to get caught where this person got caught. Where they have a business now that doesn’t, that they can’t profit from. They’ve got customers and clients paying them some stuff, but it’s just kind of stagnant. There’s always this, I don’t even know what it’s called, there’s the law. It’s one of Einstein’s law of deterioration, where everything deteriorates. Like Clickfunnels, we’re pushing and pushing and it’s growing and growing, but if I stopped it would start deteriorating. It’s just the law of how the universe works. You get an apple and you set it out in the sun, what happens? It doesn’t bloom up and become bigger, it deteriorates and starts going down into this mush thing.

Businesses are the same way, everything deteriorates. So if you have a business that’s there and you’ve got some customers, it’s going to start deteriorating and getting smaller no matter what you do unless you can consistently and profitably bring customers in. So my first question for you is are you in a business  where you can consistently and profitably generate customers? If not, you’re in a bad business. That’s number one. Number two is you’ve got to learn how to sell people stuff.  That is the most important thing, I don’t care what business you are in. The only thing that really matters is selling stuff. That’s it. And it’s interesting how people will try everything else to avoid selling. They’ll try focusing on Facebook ads, and this and that and all sorts of stuff you don’t have to actually sell, selling is the only thing that matters.

If you’ve read the book, Ready Fire Aim, and if you haven’t, seriously I recommend this probably 100 times in this podcast, it’s amazing. The book by Michael Masterson is all about to take a business and go from 0 to a million, a million to 10, 10 to 50 and 50 and above. And the skills challenge is opportunities that happens at each level. But the first part, if you only read the first section of the book going from 1 to a million dollars, that’s the most valuable part of the whole book for most of the people listening onto this. And the whole thing talks about the entire goal going from 0 to a million dollars in sales, the only thing you are trying to do is figure out how to profitably sell the thing you’re selling. That’s it. That’s the most important thing you can be focusing on your business. It’s not how to scale, the customer support, or all these things we get involved with. Or getting my office and my business cards and I need a sweet website, and all this crap that us as entrepreneurs think is important, because it’s not. The only thing that matters is how can I profitably sell my product? What do my customers actually want? That’s the whole section of that book is about is how to do that. Because as soon as you figure that out, that’s the role of the entrepreneur, that’s not something you can ask for or hire away, or set up a team around. All that crap. That is your role as the entrepreneur, you have to figure out, you have to cut your teeth and go out and sell something. Because until you sell something nothing happens. That’s your job, to go out there and sell and figure out how in the world, first off, how do I pitch this thing that I created to get people to get excited enough to give me money for. That’s what you gotta figure out, that’s the most important thing that you’re doing here in that business, when you’re going from 0 to a million dollars.

And after you mastered that and figured out, okay, boom. Like for Clickfunnels, we figured out the way to sell Clickfunnels is through webinars with this pitch. Boom. So we figured it out, we went from 0 to a million and then beyond almost overnight. And now as soon as you get from a million to ten, all these headaches start coming in. This happened to Clickfunnels, when we went from 0 to a million. As soon as the webinar pitched worked, like two weeks we were at a million bucks. It blew up fast. And then all of the sudden all the new nightmares came. That’s when you go, management and people and support and all this other crap that happens, but that’s phase two. After you figure out the selling system that will profitably sell your thing for forever. So we figured that out and boom all the sudden new strengths, problems and opportunities came out from your ten million. Now you passed that you’re going from 10 to 50, now you’re looking at the next phase of that thing. And that’s kind of where we’re…..we’re kind of treading water right now in our company.

But for most of you guys, that’s the key. So for this person who is struggling, that’s what they’re stuck at. They’re stuck at that 0 to a million and they haven’t’ figure out how to sell the product yet. So the next two things. First off, we talked about first. You’ve got to be in a business where you can consistently and profitably generate customers. Number two you’ve got to figure out how in the world to sell your thing. That means, maybe try a webinar. Maybe that doesn’t work. Maybe try a membership site, maybe that doesn’t work. You’ve got to try 5, 6, 10, 15 things. Whatever it takes. Because one of them will work you just have to figure out which one it is. As soon as you figure out, boom this is the method of how I will sell to the people of this world is through a webinar, or is through phone sells, or is through Facebook ads, whatever that is. As soon as you figure out how to profitably sell that thing, boom now you’ve got the key and now you start scaling your business.

So those are the two things guys. Step one, profitably and consistently generate customers. Step two you’ve got to figure out the selling system to sell your product to those people, also profitably, by the way. And that’s it. Now, for this person the advice I gave, I promise was not the advice they wanted to hear, and I’m probably going to hear back from them later today or tomorrow telling me that I’m wrong or they’re upset or whatever and I understand that because what I told them. I said, “If you can’t figure out how to profitably and consistently generate customers, you are not a business. So one thing you can do is keep trying and trying and spend another two or three years in this thing, or you got to shut down shop. You need to stop. You need to, what does Mr. Wonderful say in Shark tank? You hate money….I can’t remember what he says, this is where money goes to die. You’ve got to stop. There’s got to be….we’re taught our hold life, don’t become quitters, but there’s a point in your life and things in your life, you have to quit.” All the signs are telling you this is not working and so you need to stop and say, look this doesn’t work.” And shut down shop.

That might mean shutting down your business, it might mean declaring bankruptcy, it might mean, I don’t know what that means for you and its’ going to be scary and fear associated with it, and a whole bunch of bad things you don’t want to do, but it’ll be worth it. Okay, I’ve had what, three or four times in my business life where I have had to shut things down and start over. And every single time I’ve had to go through so much pain, and it’s so intense, I even think about it, I can feel it inside of my chest and my hands are sweating just thinking about the pain I had to go through during those times when my business didn’t keep working. It was deteriorating and I was freaking out. I couldn’t figure out how to profitably generate new customers and I had to stop. Sometimes I stopped early, which I was grateful for, because it causes a lot less pain, it causes a little of sharp pain, but it went away fast. Other times I freaking hung on to the ship while it was sinking, to the point where I almost got drug under two or three times. You’d think I’d learn by now.

So my job is to come in and kind of help warn you guys. Say, “Look, bad things could be happening if these things aren’t happening in your business. If you have not figured out a way to profitably sell your product yet, you better try a whole bunch of ways quick because you have to figure out what is and you’re not able to consistently and profitably generate customers, another big warning flag.” So those things are all figure out-able, is that the right word? You can figure those things out, but you’ve got to try. And if you’re in a business and you’re like, “I can’t generate a customer for under $30, $40. Then it’s the wrong business to be in. It’s time to start over. It’s time to figure out…the nice thing about entrepreneurs is we can create and do whatever we want. If your business isn’t profitable right now, guess what? It doesn’t hurt to start and start something new that could be profitable in like a week from now. The hardest thing is our willingness to do that.

I had a friend, I feel bad for this guy. I’d gotten in the business and this is again, over a decade ago. And I met him in a time, he’d been in the business for 2 years, he’d written this e-book and he was super proud of it. And when I first met him I was like, “Man, this book is good. Does it work? Are you selling it?” And he was like, “No.” and I was like, “Why not?” and he was like, “I can’t figure it out. I’m trying all sorts of things.” And he kept trying and trying. And then year one went to year two and three and four. I was about 5 years into my business and I remember having this conversation with him again and he was still trying to sell this book. I’m like, “Man, in the time that you’ve been trying to sell this book, I’ve sold probably 30 or 40 different products. Some of them worked, some of them bombed. Some of them were somewhere in between, but I’m moving forward on things. Dude, you’ve got to stop. No one wants this book. I know that you love it and you put in so much time. Everyone that’s read it told you it was good, but people don’t want it man. You’ve got to stop and change or you’re never going to progress.” And I still remember what he told me. He said, “Russell, I can’t. I’ve spent so much time and energy on this product, I can’t walk away from it now.” That was the last conversation I had with him. It’s probably been 7 or 8 years now and I don’t know…..I know he’s not in the business, or I would know.

So anyway, that’s what I wanted to kind of give you feedback. I know it’s not pretty and it’s not nice, but some of you guys need to hear. And if you have figured that out, you do have a business that is profitably generating customers consistently, you’ve figured out your selling system, now it’s time to start scaling it. As soon as you figure those pieces out, you should be able to grow fast. Like Clickfunnels, as soon as we figured it out, boom this is the webinar, this is the pitch, we went to a million dollars quick and then to ten quick. As soon as you figure those pieces out it should be scaleable. It should be really quick and fast and easy. Well, easy from the sales standpoint. Then all the sudden it transitions to the new headaches that show up when you pass a million dollars in sales, but that’s what that book’s for. So go read Ready Fire, Aim, and read chapter two when you’re there. But don’t read ahead. You don’t need that. Just figure out, just focus on going from 0 to a million, that should be where most of our minds are at right now. When you cross that barrier, reopen the book, read chapter two and figure out the next step.

So that’s what I got for you guys today. I’m at the office, I gotta do some work. I will talk to you all again soon. Bye everybody.

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