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The Struggle Isn't Real Podcast - Codie Sanchez
29 minutes | Sep 27, 2017
Jim Rogers: Investing Legend & Original Nomad
Note: My articles often contain links to companies I invest/have stake in, or am an affiliate for, meaning we get a commission at no cost to you. I never promote anything I haven't used, or invested in, but since my tagline is to question everything, good to start here! Please see my disclosure page for more. A conversation with the Legendary Indiana Jones of Finance.Best selling author, hedge fund investor, globe trotter (and a bit of my personal hero), Jim Rogers.I believe it was Thoreau that said, “I could no more name all the books I have read and yet, all the same, they made me.” Truer words for me have never been spoken. But occasionally there comes across my hands a book that I can name and its impact reverberates through my life for years to come. One such book was by the legendary investor Jim Rogers called, “The Adventure Capitalist.” I touched its pages more than a decade ago and it shaped my life in many ways. Jim is a bit akin to the Indiana Jones of finance, he's an explorer, a pioneer and he is not afraid to go against the norm. Basically, he’s anything but your typical investor. If the world economy gets better, commodities are a very good place to be in... even if the world economy does not improve, commodities are still a fabulous place to be. — Jim Rogers, "The Adventure Capitalist" You see Jim has a story, Jim was at the peak of his investing career in the 1970's. He was the co-founder of the industry leading Quantum Hedge Fund with one of the other most famous investors of our time, George Soros. They just had a record year of 127% return on their portfolio and 4200% return over 10 years. Not bad, eh? Then Jim did something that so few do. He left the lucrative high life of Wall Street behind, by choice. He set out to travel the world investing for himself personally in emerging market real estate, third world stock markets, and currencies, all from not a cushy seat in New York, but atop a yellow convertible. Jim decided to continue his emerging market investing spree and circumvented the globe astride a gleaming yellow convertible Mercedes, bedecked with tires able to traverse an African back road just as well as a Californian coastal freeway. This journey led to one of my favorite books of all time, “The Adventure Capitalist.” As if that wasn't enough he wanted to get even closer to the Earth so better to invest in it's trends, aka he traveled around the world astride a motorcycle. That was his book, “Investment Biker.” Order here! Order here! Order here! Those who cannot adjust to change will be swept aside by it. Those who recognize change and react accordingly will benefit. — Jim Rogers, A Gift to My Children: A Father's Lessons for Life and Investing So you can see why I have to admit when I reached out to Jim to have him on this podcast I thought, “Well, this is a bit of a stretch, to say the least.” Then from the skyscrapers of China, where he currently resides, he responded yes. We spent an hour diving into some of the questions I’ve held close to my vest for a decade. Like how to develop contrarian ideas when the entire world disagrees, how did he get the guts to leave it all behind on Wall Street, what advice would he give to his daughters today, where is the opportunity of the future and what is a belief he holds dear that most of the world would completely disagree with him on. I challenge you if your desire is to travel the world lucratively, invest yourself, or simply understand the inside of one of the most brilliant minds in finance, listen to what Jim has to say. Maybe he'll change your life, just as he did mine. Un abrazo,Codie Wait! You're going to miss out! Sign up with your email address to receive all the hot stuffs. Email Address Sign Up We don spam. That's rude. Thank you! Codie Sanchez Cannacurious? Here's our contrarians' guide to investing and getting a career into cannabis, or find out more information below:IG: @codiesanchezEEC: www.entourageeffectcapital.comCS: www.codiesanchez.com This article is presented for informational purposes only, is an opinion, and is not intended to recommend any investment, and is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase an interest in any current or future investment vehicle managed or sponsored by Entourage Effect Capital, LLC or its affiliates. Any such solicitation of an offer to purchase an interest will be made by a definitive private placement memorandum or other offering document.
48 minutes | Sep 12, 2017
My Most Personal Podcast Yet: Neeta Bhushan
Almost a year ago I walked into a crowded cramped little cabin of a cruise ship for Summit at Sea, (think a young entrepreneurial invite only version of Davos and Burning Man all in one), and I stumbled upon a shining light of energy inside a tiny little body. That light was Neeta Bhushan.Neeta is a best-selling author of Emotional Grit, a PhD in psychology and medicine, an international speaker renowned across Asia and India, has spoken at the likes of Google and Facebook, and is one of the key members of A-Fest (a grouping of global change makers with her life partner Ajit). She specializes in helping leaders develop emotional intelligence or as she calls it, “Emotional Grit,” as well as is in the midst of a new world speaking and event tour called Boundless. On this podcast, Neeta and I get personal with it. You see she, like so many of us, had to go through a real trial to achieve greatness. She talks about her first marriage to an abusive spouse, to living in her car, to leaving it all behind to start afresh, to pushing past cultural norms as a self-identified “brown girl.”We talk about how she creates a powerful relationship and success for each of them, how she travels the world while running a major business and non-profit, and the life lessons she wishes she had learned earlier. Neeta was a key trigger and drive in my life at a time that I truly needed it, I hope that you allow her to trigger you too. Neeta was a key trigger and drive in my life at a time that I truly needed it, I hope that you allow her to trigger you too. While it's hard to pick a favorite.. I did. Here is my small, succinct but if you sit on it, absolute favorite quote from Neeta: Is what you’re doing really worth it? Take a moment, put in your headphones, sit back, relax, and get ready for a ride. Love you animals,Codie Subscribe This is where you get all the goodies, my friends. Email Address Sign Up We're locked up tighter than Fort Knox. Thank you! To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here.
32 minutes | Aug 8, 2017
How Selling Hot Dogs Led to Funding from Silicon Valley Who's Who
Sam Parr, CEO of The Hustle Tells His Wild Story..."And how butterfingers are the key to happiness…" Real talk. I haven’t laughed this hard or wanted to steal so many one liners on the podcast before. I really shouldn’t be surprised because my guest is SamParr, CEO & Founder of TheHustle.co. Sam is just about as quirky, funny, and strangely poignant as his site and newsletter.I mean what can you expect from a dude who went from owning a hot dog company in Nashville, with commentary such as, “if you can sell meat on the street to strangers something good is going on,” to running a site with over 200k subscribers and millions of people frequenting his website.It all started for him with HustleCon. A conference he created after he had sold one of his startups in Silicon Valley and was looking to surround himself with the smartest of the smart by hosting an event chock full of them. Maybe stimulating his next idea or two. He figured he’d lose some money, but gain a killer network. Turns out he got both. He made $60k on HustleCon, and a few years down the road they make a heck of a lot more than that and have thousands of attendees listening to hundreds of striving weirdos (my favorite types of humans). We get into how Sam has systematically cultivated a Zero F’s attitude, the one piece of advice he gives to all salespeople, the thing he thinks we will look back on in 20 years and be amazed by, as well as what he tells himself when he is told, "No, you can't."Spoiler: "Is it impossible according to the laws of physics? Hmm.. then watch me."--> You can sign up for the newsletter here... and you're welcome in advance.Love you Animals, CODIE To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Subscribe Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. We respect your privacy.
49 minutes | May 25, 2017
Nathan Chan: The 20 Something w/ Millions of Followers & One Ridiculous Rolodex
CEO Of Foundr Magazine on How He Built One Crazy BusinessJust a short few years ago Nathan Chan (@foundr) was a young 20 something fixing computers in the IT department in corporate cubicle land. Then something happened that made him say never again. A moment, and a collection of moments compounded, changed everything. Now Nathan is the CEO and Founder of the aptly named Foundr online magazine, he’s amassed millions of listeners and followers, built a business with revenues above 7 figures and as you can imagine, probably now has a dude to fix his computers. A moment, and a collection of moments compounded, changed everything. So what’s Foundr and what’s the big deal about that? Well, as we were recording this podcast Nathan had just returned from interviewing Tony Robbins in NY. That’s kind of a like a typical Tuesday for Nathan. He’s a humble sort of bloke, so I’m sure he’s reading this and eye rolling at my pontification, however you guys tell me what you think. His first interview was with Sir Richard Branson and the cover of his magazines has been graced by names like Arianna Huffington, Gary Vaynerchuck, Marie Forleo, Daymond John, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss just to name a few. So let’s just say he plays with some big fish. Cool for Nathan, but how is that useful for you? On this podcast Nathan gave me the green light to ask him some questions he’d never been asked before. We dig into the moments he, just like all of us, was told NO. That he wasn’t enough, that he couldn’t, that it wasn’t impossible but for him it was. We talk about how he overcame those moments. He gives us his recipe for how to get in front of big names and absolutely what NOT to do when reaching out to just about anyone. Some of my favorite moments are at the very end where we get into where he would escape if convicted of a hideous crime, and his biggest mistakes.I hope you have a nice adult beverage, snuggled up somewhere and ready to listen to our conversation ripe with questions not appropriate for the dinner table.Cheers My Animals,Codie To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Wait! You're Going to Miss Out! Sign up with your email address to receive all the hot stuffs. Email Address Sign Up We don't spam. That's rude. Thank you!
40 minutes | May 4, 2017
Become An Influencer, Go Viral, Create A Tribe
Ana Flores - CEO & Founder of WeAllGrow talks making waves in influencer land Have you heard the word influencer more and more? Have you heard about the growing demographics in the Latino space? Do you keep hearing about the power of bloggers both for brands to leverage and for people to get $$ to post on social media about whatever tickles their little fancy? Well if any of that interests you, amigo you are in luck. This episode with CEO & Founder of WeAllGrow Latina Network, Ana Flores is all about how influencer marketing works, how she built a company around it, and what is shaking in the world of Latina’s and Latino entrepreneurs. You see Ana knows a thing or two about how to get Insta-famous or how to make your product go viral. WeAllGrow was the first and is still the largest network of Latina influencers in the US. She was a content creator before she ran WAG, authoring the book Bilingual is Better, launching award-winning SpanglishBaby.com website, and working as a producer for major Spanish language networks. When she isn’t at the White House speaking, she’s running summits, or helping companies understand this unique market. Aka - she's a change maker and fabulous. Some people speak, some listen and the few ACT. That is Ana.If you want to hear about work life balance, creating a tribe, influencer marketing and understanding the Latino market, you are in luck my friends.Some people speak, some listen and the few ACT. Ana is a member of the few. Please enjoy this conversation with my friend and all around lady boss Ana Flores.Cheers,Codie To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Want More? Sign up with your email address to receive all the hotness. Email Address Sign Up We don't spam. That's rude. Thank you!
51 minutes | Apr 27, 2017
Lessons from My Favorite Contrarian Entrepreneur
Her name is Mary & Her Motto is: Eat, Play, Crush(You are going to like her, and her stories even more).There are four people’s Instagram I actively follow and check, four. Mary’s is one of them. I don’t think I’ve told her that before (our little secret). Most have heard of Mary as @PaleoChef on Instagram, twitter and the web. Or you may know her as a private chef to more celebrities and athletes than I can list without being a shameless name dropper… but let’s just say if they write books, have the biggest platforms in the world, play sports, have millions of followers, are frequently on a big screen near you, she probably has cooked or coached them on Paleo. Oh and she has a Youtube Show on Mixed Makeup. NBD. You might also know her because she’s a fudge packer. Say what? She came up with one of my favorite brands as a healthy traveler, PhatFudge, which is all organic, paleo goodness on the go. While I follow her for those reasons, my favorite part about Mary is her completely contrarian approach to business. While everyone is out talking about life hacking and leveraging everything from technology to personal networks, Mary mostly turns left when others go right. You see she has never taken a dollar of funding for her now crazily growing company. In fact, she didn’t have a credit card a month ago. Straight cash baby. While everyone is out talking about life hacking and leveraging everything from technology to personal networks, Mary mostly turns left when others go right. On this podcast, she opens up about where creativity stems from for her, how she handles moments of doubt, her transition from corporate to entrepreneur, what Paleo means to her, and everything in between.I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I reveled in recording it with her. Stay tuned I guarantee you'll be hearing big thangs from this lady. ***Bonus - Scroll below to see my favorite posts from Mary on Instagram. They are all time. My Top 5 Favorite Posts from Mary: #2 #3 #4 #5 And a bonus picture.. Because we are really really ridiculous looking and I thought you guys would like to end that way. That's all. Cheers my animals,Codie To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Don't Miss The Good Stuff Sign up with your email address to receive all goodness straight to your inbox! Email Address Sign Up We don't spam. That's rude Thank you!
74 minutes | Apr 20, 2017
Care Over Commerce: Build A Brand & A Life That Matters
Written by Codie Sanchez Baker Tim Dyer, Co-Founder & Chief Storyteller of one of Inc 500’s fastest growing companies speaks truth Have you ever sat across from someone and just instantly known you wanted to dive deeper into the conversation. The other person literally had you hanging on every word. That was my experience the first time I met Tim Dyer and actually his brother, business partner, and twin Dave Dyer as well. Tim is the Chief Storyteller and Co-Founder of Manifesto Agency. Tim is my favorite kind of human, a status quo disrupter. He’s built his life around the power of the word, to not only sway someone, but to sway someone towards real purpose and meaning. On this podcast, you’ll see why Manifesto is on the Inc 500’s fastest growing business list, and how these two guys who started their business with no money, no clients and in a coffee shop, created the #7 fastest growing ad company in the game. If you are searching for how to define your brand, business, or self, how to tell a story and get heard, or how to build something that matters, this is the podcast for you. I want to start this off a little differently…I want to read you the Manifesto (what I would call the Why) that is the foundation of Tim & Dave’s company. Given the company is duly named Manifesto, it makes perfect sense…Get ready to get goosebumps… We are the fearless ones. The why-nots in a world of cannots. We believe in lightning strikes. MANIFESTO:We are the fearless ones. The why-nots in a world of cannots. We believe in lightning strikes.A belief that puts insights and stories above artifice and vanity. We believe in the tin man’s heart.Soulless brands are only meaningful when given a fleshy, beating heart.We believe in tilting at windmills. Sometimes the best causes are those only the dreamers, the dare-ers and the blind can see. We believe in care over commerce. That when you give a d**mn, you’ll inspire others to do the same.We believe in the life lived deliberately. “Most men go to their graves with their song still in them.”We will make our finite lives and work count, each informing the other—and both be better for it. We believe in the immutable power of story and those who propel it.We believe brands were meant to stand for more. We believe in the life lived deliberately. “Most men go to their graves with their song still in them.” Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:On drafting off the cultural conversation. “It’s a little like walking into the middle of a street fight and putting on a pantomime show. I’d like to see that.”"Just as much Substance as Sizzle." (Talking about Summit Conference we met at)."We look at the triangulation of ideas. Imagine a Ven Diagram. We look for where all the parts intersect.""Say it square and then say it with flair.""Find people who speak truth into your life.""Be unapologetically unafraid in taking the life pivots that speak to you." Your Onlyness – The one thing that you want to be known for, that unique something that only you bring. Framework for How They Help Brands:If you own a company, are coming up with your own personal why, or want to align your team around one, this process is so deliciously applicable.1) Origin: Why does your brand exist?Did you start in a garage? Handed down from a family member? Created in an college dorm room?)2) Ambitions: What does your organization aspire to be?What do you hope to stand for and stand out in, in this world? 3) Attributes: Your DNA? What DNA makes up the organization?What are your unique qualities that you bring to the table? Your onlyness. I’ll leave you all with this… There is only one thing worse in the world than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. — Oscar Wilde I hope you enjoy my conversation with Tim as much as I did. I have a sneaking suspicion you will. Love You Animals,Codie To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? But hen making it profitable, --> Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. The Only Email You Want To Read Sign up to receive my Monday Slay. The 5 things that as one reader says, "Changed my entire business." Email Address Sign Up No spam ever. That's just rude. Thank you!
50 minutes | Feb 9, 2017
Dominate Powerpoint: Tom Jamieson Founder Slidebot
Say Ciao To Boring Pie Charts..& Hello to Auto PowerPoints Written by Codie Sanchez Baker “Make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them.” — Seth Godin As you all know I love nothing more than a super actionable breakdown from an expert in their space, not to mention I like telling the future. Well Tom Jamieson Co-founder of Slidebot kind of does just that. Slidebot is AI for powerpoints. Just imagine NEVER having to put together a powerpoint again (I kid you not I am using it right now). You see, Tom and his brother Ned have seen their fair share of presentations, think in the tens of thousands. #deathbypowerpoint There are 20 million powerpoint presentations created a day, I beat 19.9 million of them are awful. — Tom Jamieson So if you are looking to perfect your pitch, want to nail your next presentation or have your eye on a Ted Talk this bad boy is for you. Since I'm told most people fear #1 public speaking and #2 death.. this will be a great fear conquering activity for you. Three Key Takeaways:- Pictures of eyes correlate to higher retention rates- People remember visual content 65% better than verbal content- Facts are 20x more likely to be remembered if they are part of a story Some of our mutual favorite powerpoint presentations nailed: Brene BrownAmy CuddyIf you just want to hear his prediction that blew my mind fast forward to the end. Mind blown.So my dears without further ado - I hope you dig this episode with Tom Jamieson of Slidebot! www.slidebot.io To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. The Only Email You Want To Read Sign up to receive my Monday Slay. The 5 things that as one reader says, "Changed my entire business." Email Address Sign Up No spam ever. That's just rude. Thank you!
41 minutes | Jan 19, 2017
Selling: The Art of Closing Deals w/ Kim Orlesky
Written by Codie Sanchez Sick and Tired of Cold-calls and Emails Gone Unanswered?Whew, then this podcast w/ Kim Orlesky - Author, Sales Savant & B*d A$$ Chicks Is For You!As a saleswoman at heart, having @KimOrlesky on my podcast, the ultimate saleswoman, who has been able to land names on her podcast like Grant Cardone, Guy Kawasaki, Nathan Chan was like unleashing a nerdy teenager at a Comic festival. Kim has made a living out of teaching others, particularly entrepreneurs, how to take their ideas and turn it into actual cash flow. You see the funny thing that most business people realize after they get out of marketing classes and into the game of marketing, is that nothing really sells itself. As I've said before if you build it, they will not come. You have to go find them and drag them in despite themselves. Consumers are drowning in a sea of choice and confusion. As a salesperson or a business owner, understanding how to create a sales pipeline, which CRM (client relationship management) software is best, how to define the right prospects, how to create a sales funnel, or when to take No as a No and walk away, is akin to finding the holy grail. Because as my favorite CEO says, without sales there is nothing. Without sales there are no taxes for accountants to account on, no legal work for legal to attorney away for, no administration for administrators to, well you get the deal. First you get the sales, then you get the lifeblood pumping through the organization. Enough from me, let's hear it from the Master Kim Orlesky on straight closing.In the podcast, we talk about: 1. Her favorite sales funnels and how to close the deals that matter2. How to sell anyone on anything 3. The easiest mistakes to avoid as a salesperson that you never thought of4. The one thing you can do now, to increase your sales If we use the prospect’s personal belief, and tie it into where they want to be: that ideal state or how much better their life will be when they purchase your product or service, you will be able to capture the prospect’s attention better. — Kim Orlesky www.kimorlesky.comSo without further ado I hope you dig deep into this podcast with Kim Orlesky. For more on Kim Orlesky: Her books: Finding (My)Self (Love): One Girl's Journey of 17 Countries Across 4 Continents in 6 MonthsHow to Be a Nomad: Go from Business Suit to World BackpackerRead her articles here To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? But hen making it profitable, --> Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Subscribe, Bro. Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. Email Address Sign Up No spam ever. That's just rude. Thank you!
55 minutes | Dec 29, 2016
From Consultant to Sex Trafficking Abolitionist
Written by Codie Sanchez ...She saw children being sold into slavery in Cambodia and she said enough... It all started with a little girl named Nomi. This little girl had been through things one can hardly imagine halfway across the world. Thankfully she met Diana Mao and Diana instead of continuing on her lucrative and successful track as a consultant became the President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network. She saw children being sold into slavery in Cambodia and she said enough. What does that mean? Well Diana is a modern day gladiator. She’s an abolitionist whose mission is to ensure the complete end of human trafficking in her lifetime. This small of frame, but not of mind, human rights champion and I talk about:The moment her life changedHow she manages international teams across multiple countriesAll while contributing to Reuters, HuffPostAlso being a Presidential Leadership ScholarHow to create a non-profit in a way that makes an impact and is sustainable.What makes a successful partnershipHow to handle international crises.Her story is the kind that gives you chills. AND inspires you to do more. She’s an abolitionist whose mission is to ensure the complete end of human trafficking in her lifetime. I dare you to read their origin story and not be inspired… “Nomi Network’s namesake is an eight-year-old survivor of sex trafficking who now lives in a supportive partner shelter in Cambodia. Co-founders Diana Mao and Alissa Moore first met Nomi on a visit in 2008. As a child living in a rural village, Nomi was sexually abused by multiple perpetrators and was treated worse than an animal. She has physical scars, but also emotional scars from her abuse which will pose major challenges to her living independently and reintegrate back into society. Nevertheless, Nomi has grown into a beautiful young woman, with a warmth that’s contagious and a generous heart. It was through her friendship and resilience that we realized that she did not have to be defined by her past, but that she could be defined by her future. Nomi Network exists so that survivors will be able to say with confidence, know me, know my story, know my success.” Nomi Network exists so that survivors will be able to say with confidence, know me, know my story, know my success. So if you are searching for meaning, impact, a life to help or a change to make this is the episode for you.So without further ado please enjoy my conversation with Diana Mao. To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Subscribe, Yo. Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. Email Address Sign Up We don't spam, that's rude. Thank you!
52 minutes | Dec 16, 2016
Kumar Arora - Hustling with Heart
Written by Codie Sanchez Kumar AroraCleveland Hustles w/ HeartTV Star, Angel Investor, Fashion Mogul and Entrepreneur Dishes His StoryIf you’ve watched Lebron James, TV show Cleveland Hustles, if you are a fashion or streetwear savant, or if you play in the realm of angel investing then you probably know my friend, Kumar Arora. If you don’t know him I loved this quote from Inside business magazine on him, “Kumar Arora is cool..” They have a point. He hosts parties at hidden gems through his Black Rose Entertainment. He is a co-owner of the popular streetwear brand Ilthy, and also owns Sunglass brand Rogue eyewear which really lives up to it’s name and is doing some pioneering work with stone glasses. So if you see Kumar today, with companies that have millions in revenue a year, launching new products constantly, on TV and sites like Inc and Inside Biz, you might not realize that he’s had to grind just like all of us. Some of my favorite parts of this interview are him talking about how he (like many of us in 2008) couldn’t find a gig and so his counselor told him to go make one. And he made multiple.How he analyzes a company in a way I’ve never heard any other investor contemplate, how he sets small goals which snowball into large ones, and how he systematically created his own empire based solely on the things and people he loves. Also pay attention to the part on the question he always asks in meetings, and the best way he’s ever been pitched for anything. If you are looking for seed money, a mentor, or just how to get more of what you want there are some nuggets here.Get your popcorn ready.. and your notebook and pen out, or get with the 21st century and open your evernote file, because this guy spits some sage wisdom at us. Some of the questions we dug into:Your origin story…. What made you the man you are today, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, founder with companies that rev over $8mm annually, in numerous startups tv star on Cleveland hustles?When did you decide you wanted to build a company as opposed to be a part of a company?What drive keeps you going when you are burning the candle on both ends flying back and forth from LA to Cleveland, grinding on your businesses and your brand?I’ve been struggling lately with the balance of promotion vs. creation? What do you do to balance the two?What is the one thing you believe wholeheartedly that almost no one agrees with you on?What are you most excited about that you are working on currently? (Spoiler alert it's a kickstarter campaign for epic sunglasses!).Hope you enjoy our chat below as much as I did!! To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Subscribe, Bro. Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. Email Address Sign Up We don't spam, that's rude. Thank you! CLICK BELOW: SUBSCRIBE TO THE STRUGGLE ISN'T REAL PODCAST CODIE'S MOST POPULAR POSTStart A Clothing Brand: But Don't Go BankruptThe Girl Next Door To Fit As Hell: FitAmySuzanneHow to Become a Millionaire...From a Millionaire
93 minutes | Dec 9, 2016
Mind Hacks from Pro Athletes to Olympians
Written by Codie Sanchez Jason Richardson… (all social links are here)Secrets from the Psychologist to Professional Athletes & OlympiansHow to Find Fulfillment, Happiness, and Peace. Aka How Do We Win at Life?To make it to the peak of any sport (and isn’t that what life is?) most athletes will tell you the athletic ability is just the foundation, the real difference is mental fortitude or how strong your mind is. It makes sense. As did you know, we are actually more likely to die in a car accident (1 in 113) than make it as a professional football player even as a kid who plays in high school or college (1 in 325 college students make it or 1 in 1,010 high school players). To beat those kind of odds you must have a different mental gear I figured. So I tracked down the man who gets in the heads of the highest performing among us, professional athletes and Olympians, Dr. Jason Richardson. I am fascinated with the mind and the power it has over each of us and humanity collectively. So when I came across World Champion BMX biker, professional speaker and psychologist to champions Dr Jason Richardson, I interrogated him in my typical reformed journalist manner. Jason specializes in human behavior and specifically how to train your brain like an athlete trains his or her body. I love the idea that we could actually control our actions and thought patterns through better understanding our own cognition. So in this episode we dive into Jason’s book, Gold Metal Mindset, what the biggest mistakes are people make when they try to change their habits, how he overcomes anxiety and recalibrates his mind, and the lessons he’s imparting upon hundreds of clients and listeners so that they can go become world class in their own right. I hope you enjoy this episode, consider it a free chat with your very own award winning psychologist, as much as I enjoyed interviewing him. I love the idea that we could actually control our actions and thought patterns through better understanding our own cognition There are a million tactics but if you don’t plug your DNA into whatever it is you do, the tactics won’t work. Favorite quotes: “Humans are an interesting bunch. We’re messy at best. Beautiful, but messy.”His mantra: “The more I do, the more I can do.”“Your primal brain is designed for one function. To protect you.”“There are a million tactics but if you don’t plug your DNA into whatever it is you do, the tactics won’t work.” To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? But hen making it profitable, --> Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. The Only Email You Want To Read Sign up to receive my Monday Slay. The 5 things that as one reader says, "Changed my entire business." Email Address Sign Up No spam ever. That's just rude. Thank you!
90 minutes | Dec 2, 2016
How To Become A Millionaire.. From A Millionaire
Written by Codie Sanchez Ask a Millionaire: Q&A on Hitting Seven Figures with Shawn Thomas of @AskaMillionaire Let’s say you want to be a millionaire. So you google search, “how to become a millionaire?” and this guy’s face pops up. This is Shawn Thomas of (@askamillionaire or @askshawnthomas). And I bet you can guess what he’s achieved, and how many zeros’ come with it. Doubters Don’t Pay Your Bills. So Don’t Pay Them With Your Attention. To be honest, the millionaire status wasn’t as interesting to me, although I suppose it does mean he is in the global 1%. What was interesting is that he is now building a business on how to teach others to accomplish the same thing, financial freedom. And people are eating it up. In fact, he has amassed millions (there's that word again) of followers because humans want to know how to achieve the elusive 7-figure-dream. But the best part is that Shawn has one of my favorite characteristics, he’s not that nice. (Sorry, Shawn but don’t worry I’m not that nice either). What does that mean? It means that in this breakdown he is the type of human that actually tells you what it will take to achieve a high level of financial success, he doesn’t sugar coat it and he just might help you get there as opposed to most coaches that tell you if you “visualize it enough” or if you “believe in yourself," that you will wiggle your magic fingers and make it happen. So Shawn and I dive into where most people mess up, how you can achieve financial success 10x as fast, the future of building social media followings, and he even goes into my favorite realm of what happens when you achieve it all, and still have that little hole inside of you. From playing for the circus, to signing a record deal, to going $100k in debt this guy epitomizes what it means to climb and share not just your highlight reel. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Shawn Thomas as much as I did… My Favorite Lines:On how to grow a big following: “Just start, most people don’t do even that.”The question he gets asked the most: “How do I find success?”How he defines success: Balance of 7 areas of my life: Spiritual, Health, Bank Account, Friends, Love, Family, and Business. More From Shawn Thomas:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHpuMk7H7Lg&feature=youtu.behttp://grantcardonetv.com/video/powerplayers/shawn-thomas/https://smallbiztrends.com/2016/01/angel-investor-shawn-thomas-periscope-engagement.html To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here, I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Subscribe Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates. Email Address Sign Up We respect your privacy. Thank you! CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD MY FREE GUIDE: Click Below to Subscribe for new episodes of the Struggle Isn't Real Podcast Codie's most popular postsThe Girl Next Door to Fit As Hell FitAmySuzanneStart A Clothing Brand: But Don't Go BrokeHarvard Educated Success Coach Shares Her SecretsHow To Turn $0 An Hour Work Into Profits
62 minutes | Nov 18, 2016
Start A Clothing Brand: But Don't Go Bankrupt ;)
Written by Codie Sanchez Topics: The Struggle Isn't Real With Nasty Gal declaring Chapter 11 Bankruptcy this week, it made me realize how the shiny bow is often on the gnarliest of presents. Don't let the veneer fool you, starting a business ain't for sissies. Don’t let the veneer fool you, starting a business ain’t for sissies. People, I dig this episode a lot because I love nothing more than a super actionable breakdown from an expert in their space. This is the episode for you if you want to build a distribution company OR a fashion/apparel/graphic tee company. You all actually requested this one, so that is extra fun. And it makes sense right, I mean haven't you ever had a quote and thought GOD I should make this into a t-shirt. Well here's how to do it.. and we are assuming you know all the normal business portions we focus on the nitty gritty of clothing. I know Sophia Amoroso is all the rage, graphic tees are selling like hot cakes (I’m probably the largest purchaser), and boutique brands are popping up more frequently than election memes so there has to be something here. But the questions are: How do you in fact build a fashion or t-shirt company? (without going broke)What the heck is screen printing ?When does it make sense to start your own company , how do you do it on the cheap? What is the biggest surprise, and what kills dreams of beautiful graphic tees faster than anything?We answer all these and more!For the first 10 minutes we dive into how to build any company (and not hire shitty people in particular). The rest of it we get down and dirty into the not so fancy side of fashion. WANT MORE TOOLS AND TIPS ABOUT RUNNING A BUSINESS? CLICK HERE TO HAVE THEM DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX. There is more noise than you can imagine in clothing, it’s a crowded industry. If you don’t know your differentiator. You are in trouble. — Ryan Egan Well without further ado I have on for you Ryan Egan @slcactivewear , the T-shirt & Apparel Queen. Ryan is founder of SLC activewear and comes from a long line of apparel distributors. I can vouch for the fact that she literally can tell what brand you're wearing without looking at your label. Superpowers.Honestly, if you are looking to start a clothing company make sure you listen from 15 minutes in, it will save you a world of headache. P.S. Thought to live by... "There is more noise than you can imagine in clothing, it's a crowded industry. If you don't know your differentiator. You are in trouble." - Ryan EganXOXO,Codie To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Get Her Step by Step Guide: Sign up with your email address to make it stupid simple. Email Address Sign Up We hate spam too. Thank you!
70 minutes | Nov 11, 2016
How To Close Multi-Million Dollar Deals
Written by Codie Sanchez Baker Lessons from a Financier: How He’s Closed Million to Billion deals from Ireland to Saudi ArabiaAdam Sadiq - Managing Partner New World Capital AdvisorsToday is a fun one. If you are interested in angel investing, startups, entrepreneurship, investments, closing big huge deals, then this is the dude for you. Adam Sadiq is Managing Partner of International private placement firm New World Capital Advisors. Which means that he goes around Europe, the Middle East and Asia and finds investment opportunities for the big boys from Private equity, to hedge funds, to real estate. Adam and I go way back to our days together at one of the world’s largest asset managers. I was heading up Latin America and Adam in Europe and the Middle East. I brought Adam on to talk to us about everything from how we sell, how to close big deals, how to get into investments and finance, how to climb the corporate ladder and how to transition from corporate America to building your own company. Below are some of my favorite quotes from Adam (by the way how much do you guys love his accent!). Noteworthy soundbites:On Youth and Inexperience: “Sometimes being 23 and knowing nothing is the best part. I like to open doors through naivety and use ignorance to find success.”On Taking the Initiative: How he closed his first deal by buying his own plane ticket and asking for forgiveness later. “I knew if I asked permission I wouldn’t get the answer I was looking for, so I didn’t ask.”“If I had followed the internal process I would have never closed my first $100 million dollar deal.”Go to Markets with Dislocation: “If you are operating in conventional markets like Europe, the UK, the US, business is very systematic. If you follow the process you’ll get a share of the pie. If you start moving to emerging markets it is a different story, it is based on relationships and visibility.” ** I love this one ** working in emerging markets is a game changer. Many relationships come to you by chance, but what you do with that relationship as a next step is what changes it all. Ultimately it can change your life. — Adam Sadiq Being Different: “My standpoint is to be against the grain of commoditization. I try to be ahead of the market and whenever everyone is doing one thing I try to go the other way.”“You need to think about being niche. Not being everything to everyone.”So without further ado I hope you enjoy this conversation with Adam Sadiq.Ciao, Codie Sanchez Find Adam Sadiq Here:Twitter: @Adam_SadiqIG @adamsadiq To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. The Only Email You Want To Read Sign up to receive my Monday Slay. The 5 things that as one reader says, "Changed my entire business." Email Address Sign Up No spam ever, that's just rude. Thank you! CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD MY FREE GUIDE:
64 minutes | Nov 4, 2016
Lessons Learned From The NFL to Wall Street
Written by Codie Sanchez Topics: The Struggle Isn't Real From Speaking No English...To Playing for the Patriots...To Becoming A Finance Exec...Lessons On Pivoting, Fear Conquering & Life Defining.Imagine you come to US, speaking no English, find out the futbol is actually football, and somehow still find your way to the highest levels of the game, the NFL. That's the story we are telling today. About how to achieve whatever it is your little heart so desires and continue to redefine yourself as life throws you wide passes (wow did I just use football terminology #winning). Paul Francisco Twitter: (@paul_francisco) is going to tell us his story.. and you are going to love the strategies he employs.. Let me paint the picture... Set the scene, I’m at the Gaylord Texas for an ALPFA convention, picture if Disneyland were an indoor hotel on steroids and filled with Latinos. I’m at a little cantina chatting with Paul about how our stories have evolved since I left the company where he heads diversity and inclusion. As we walk past the innumerable tables and groups of people, I get a glimpse of why Paul is such a special dude. I'm with the proverbial mayor. He stops to shake hands, give hugs, dar besos and congratulate on others successes. I know literally no one, but Paul seems to have that inherent quality of making all 3000 attendees feel they are his gente, his people. That is Paul, 6'3, former Patriots NFL player, current finance exec, from Honduras, standing in a power suit, not bad to look at, and always sporting a big huge smile. The difference between Paul and the myriad other successful individuals I chat with, is that Paul really is about his gente. It almost makes sense that he’s dedicated his life post-football to diversity and inclusion. He was the only black kid in his town in Honduras, who gave away his rather large shoes to another kid that needed them more. He’s the kind of guy that reveals how the day he realized he’d never play in the NFL spotlight again post injury, he pulled over, had a good cry and then re-dedicated his life to the next step. He now fights to insure people of color, women, those with disabilities, and LGBTs, all have shoes to wear in corporate America and their chance at the spotlight. He applies the tenacity that brought him to college on a scholarship from Honduras, to the NFL playing for the Pats under Belichick, Shula (@donshula), to working for one of the world’s largest asset managers on promoting opportunities for people like you and me. On this episode Paul tells his story, he breaks down how he found his why, the incredibly insightful strategies he uses to overcome obstacles, how he gets mentors, how he uses fear to focus and the way to pivot when necessary. Listen in for a look at how to continually re-define your life, beat expectations, and why diversity is a lifeblood we should all be seeking in our companies, communities and tribes. These gems jumped out at me:His mantra: 5 P’s – Prior preparation prevents poor performance.When you get to the NFL everyone physically is at more or less the same level, the difference between a good athlete and a great professional athlete is mental. The game is 80% mental and 20% physical.On Visualization – When you get to the end zone you have to have lived it or imagine it. 1000 times I’d picture getting a touchdown and what it would feel like so that when I eventually had the opportunity I would have been there before.Thoughts on finding mentors – I’ve never gone to someone and asked them to be my mentor. It’s more that I think of myself as Paul Francisco Inc. So I surround myself with people that can be my advisors, my corporate board, if you will.“It's never as bad or as good as it seem to be.”"If you can’t bring your whole self to your company it’s probably not the right place for you.""Fear keeps me alive. I have a fear of failure so my combat mechanism is whenever I feel fear I focus.""Tough situations don’t last. Tough people do."Find Paul Francisco Here:Twitter: Paul_franciscoIG @price8188 To stream and subscribe on iTunes, click on the icon above, or click here. Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Subscribe, Yo. The only email on business you'll ever need. Email Address Sign Up We hate spam too, no spam allowed zone. Thank you!
27 minutes | Oct 20, 2016
If I Was Starting Work Again.. I'd Want to Know This
Written by Codie Sanchez Topics: Business & Career Building Letters to My Younger Self.. These 5 things Change It AllIf I could go back and tell my younger self the answers to these five questions, what would I say? What would I tell others who are starting their climb in work and in life? What did I wish I knew when I first started in business? Well I'll tell you just that on this episode. This one is kind of interesting, I have gotten tons of emails from all of you asking me varying questions on how to grow your business, work ideas, how to get a promotion, negotiate a deal and even tips on meditating (still working on this one!).One email jumped out at me from 17 year old Sarah, asking these below questions. Honestly, she's already ahead of the game at 17 by even thinking of these questions but then I realized maybe we all should be asking ourselves these very same things. I hope you enjoy a brief conversation taking a step back in time. Life is about moments. The moment you find your passion, the moment you decide to follow it and the moment you realize you can actually make money doing it. — Codie Sanchez If you could give your 17-year-old self any advice, what would it be?What were your biggest goals and dreams when you were 17? 20?What is your viewpoint on a traditional college education vs. real world experience? How valuable is a college degree in your eyes?What book has had the most positive influence on your life?Where is your favorite place to find inspiration?2-3 biggest tips for killing self doubt and gaining self confidence?I am a naturally very optimistic and positive person, Consequently, I smile A LOT. In business, smiling is often a disadvantage when overused. What are your biggest tips on controlling smiling/ to use it as an advantage? (This question made me smile!)How do you maximize your day?Biggest tips for building wealth?Ciao,Codie Sanchez The Only Email You Want to Read Sign up to receive my Monday Slay. The 5 things that as one reader says, "Changed my entire business." Email Address Sign Up No spam ever, that's just rude. Thank you!
42 minutes | Oct 13, 2016
Marketing: Get Noticed In A Crowd
Written by Codie Sanchez Topics: The Struggle Isn't Real If you find yourself doing what everyone else is doing, you might want to take a pause. How To Market (aka Sell) Like A ProYou have product, you want to sell said product, but you need to get your incredible product noticed in order to sell it. That's marketing 101, right? Here’s the problem, marketing is crowded, noisy and confusing. So how do you quiet the noise and trumpet your ideas like a supersonic blast? How do your blog posts and paid endorsements not drown in the sea of sameness? We are going to talk about one marketing industry vet's ideas for how to jumpstart marketing right off the OR table.We’re going to talk about if traditional marketing is dead and social marketing has won the game? We are going to talk about where to spend your hard earned money? How do you use the right channels and why? And the man leading us today has a killer perspective as a long time traditional marketing content specialist. Jim Knapp (@jim_knapp) is a media man… 45 minutes with him is like a shot of marketing adrenaline straight to the heart. Jim leads marketing business development for Bonneville Phoenix, KTAR and Arizona Sports, he’s spent thirty years crafting the pitches of companies who want to touch us all through the airwaves.Why do I have him on here instead of some blonde 20 something blogger talking about shoppable links and S4S? Well h*ll I’ll probably have one of those on here too BUT I firmly believe that when everyone is crowding one space you need to think long and hard about why you two are pushing through the crowds, remember; what if it was easy?Here are some of the questions Jim answers: Get excited. What are most people doing wrong with social media and traditional marketing?Talk to me about the differences between the two?Who is doing traditional media really well? Who is combining the two well?How do you judge returns and reach?For someone who is building a business or brand what advice do you have for them in how to engage in marketing?When do ads make sense, where and what are the keys to doing this right?How do you narrow down your audience (the mad men story)What are the biggest mistakes happening in marketing right now?What is the one thing any person looking to sell something should do now?Hope you enjoy! Ciao!Codie Sanchez Stream and subscribe on iTunes click here.Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Sign Up, Yo. Weekly ideas, interviews, tips and tricks to design your life. Email Address Sign Up We're too cool for spam. Thank you! CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD MY FREE GUIDE:
11 minutes | Sep 9, 2016
How To Grow Your Network 10x As Fast
Written by Codie Sanchez Topics: The Struggle Isn't Real Why social media presence is just the tip of the iceberg, not the magic answer to the success of your business?Social networking is all the rage. It is how brands judge payments, it is how some of us determine reach and importance of a person or a brand. But here is my problem with it: Social networks are all about quantity, not quality. The question becomes, would you rather be known by the guy on the street corner, your barista, the other bloggers, or would you rather be known by thought leaders, CEO's, power players and people who are in the world making a BIG impact? My CEO from my company always says, "Let's get rich quietly," or "Rich not famous." I think he's on to something. I question my patience and civility if everywhere I went someone was commenting one way or the other, and fame is not something I seek. But being known by the right crowds, very admittedly, is. The fishing is best where the fewest go, so get out of the shallows of SM and build your strategic network. The problem if you are focusing all your efforts on social media networks is three-fold. One: You are trying to attract as many humans as possible to you and largely are unconcerned about who is at the other end as long as the likes, follows, and re-tweets add up.Number two: You don't actually own those networks. Instagram Stories is a great example. Mark Zuckerberg decided in one data upgrade, to seriously hinder the viability of SnapChat. Maybe not that big of a deal to most people but, what about DJ Khaled, who is one of the most followed on Snapchat but has less than 1/3 of those followers on Instagram? "His" network and reach, with the touch of a button in seconds by Instagram, has now less value. Think about all the effort and energy that goes into growing in the platform you choose. Do you realize that you are growing someone else's followers? Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook... you own none of them. You could be kicked off at any point, or they could restructure the system. In life, we can only guarantee three things; death, taxes, and change. So assume that eventually all of these platforms will go the way Myspace went. What happened to your Myspace followers? For Millennials, did you even ever use it? In life we are only guaranteed three things.. death, taxes and change. My solution to this is to own your email database. Is this something you'd like to hear more about? If so comment me @codie_sanchez or Twitter or @codiesanchez on IG and I'll write out how I've grown three email databases. One database with over 12,000 names of humans who in total manage trillions of dollars of wealth. Let that soak in. I have a list of names I own (or my company does), that are responsible for the wealth of nations. That is quantity AND quality. I also have two other databases both over 1500 and growing with those relevant to my fashion company and my strategy company. Then the third problem is this: Who are your followers? When you build a strategic network with other movers and shakers, each connection is a 3 standard deviation event. What does that mean? That means that when you are highlighted by Elon Musk, when you connect with Seth Godin, when you sit down with your congressmen, major shifts can occur. Large standard deviation events mean the outliers, the unlikely big jumps, changes, non-normal moves that can happen. Social media growth is much more tactical. It is every day posting, liking, in the trenches engaging, in order to entice someone to follow you. There is a place for that, but it will be a long steady climb as opposed to a whale hunt that brings in one big fish. I am all about strategic connections. That is the law of the universe. The 80/20 rule or the Pareto principle. In this context, this means that 80% of your revenue, relevance, and positive growth comes from 20% of your contacts, clients, etc. This law is KEY.So here are the takeaways:1) Own your network, aka, have an email database2) Create a system for Strategic CRM management (here for mine)3) Look for the 20%, engage with the change makers. Then, as a byproduct, watch your online presence BOOM when you do the everyday tactical paired with the strategic. Stream and subscribe to my podcast on iTunes: click here.Want to hear a podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Girl Power Hour Radio. Here, I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing.
11 minutes | Sep 2, 2016
How To Turn $0 An Hour Work Into Profits
Written by Codie Sanchez Topics: The Struggle Isn't Real If it’s not profitable it is not sustainable. How To Catch the Big Fish...There are two ways to sell anything in life 1) whale hunting 2) daily casting. Most people spend their lives doing the latter. Why? Because hunting big fish is scary. What happens if you don't catch it? Am I going to starve? It seems so much safer to play in the shallows and go after the small fish. The problem is that the fishing is best where the fewest go. Thus this interview is about how to fish in the depths in order to turn the strategic work you are doing into major cash flow. Listen in for this specific actionable plan with Latina Bloggers Connect. Stream and subscribe on iTunes click here.Want to hear another podcast about how to find your why and passion? — Listen to my broadcast on Getting Over Fear to Take the Next Step. Here I talk about 5 steps to finding what you want and then executing. Like Good Stuff? Weekly ideas, interviews, tips and tricks to design your life. Don't miss it. Email Address Sign Up We won't spam ya. We'll just send you the good stuff. Thank you! Blog: Think & Invest Like a Contrarian RSS
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