“They can feel that there’s that compassion that creates safety. And I think that what compassion as that superpower, what it does is it unlocks things. And as soon as something is unlocked, then it opens up this whole treasure chest of limitless possibilities. So, it’s almost like, compassion is the key to unlocking one’s potential.”
“The first thing people say when I try to understand what their problems are, “I don’t want to sound salesy.” It comes from what we’ve grown up with–this throwback 80s 90s, business manager of all the films–a boiler room of sales practices and techniques–growing up in the kitchen, your parents get the hundredth call of the week. Someone is trying to sell them something, yelling at the person down the phone. We’ve grown up seeing all the sleazy second-hand car dealer. It’s all deeply ingrained.”
“It’s the idea that competition exists in a way that sets you back. There are many other people who are doing similar work. You have to understand that the way that you’re going to differentiate yourself, is not by saying, I need to create the same thing that they create, but who you serve. If you focus on who you serve, then you do not have to worry about competition, you just have to focus on who you serve. Because then, they’re ready to hear from you.”
“People usually say ‘I know I should be able to JUST WRITE’, which is true but it doesn’t help them. Regardless of your outlining process, PREWRITING IS NECESSARY. In FICTION, I can sit down and write by the seat of my pants but for the most part, the outline cuts down a lot of the mental chatter. I would take away that term/phrase/advice, ‘Just sit down and write.’ I would take that away, destroy it; never to be seen again. I would replace that with LET’S HAVE A CONVERSATION.”
“I’m building for legacy. I want to leave something behind and I’m building for my parents to be proud because I never went to any cinematographic school. I never finished school I dropped when I was 19 because I knew it was not for me. I was just wasting time but I’m doing it because I like entrepreneurship. I like being an entrepreneur because I like the process; not just the success and the money. I love the process, the hustle, the change, the state, & the staying awake late night and work.”
“I feel like people–a lot of times–are looking for a savior when they hire a business coach. They’re looking for all their problems to be solved. That’s not really how it works. It’s more like, you’re getting another perspective from someone who has been where you’re trying to get to or they’ve been where you are now. Being able to get that just a little nugget of perspective sometimes is all it takes.”
“…thing that makes me most passionate-is the business that we’ve been talking about where my goal is to bring the same level of automation that high-tech companies have for their businesses. It’s normal for Uber to “feel like Uber”. You pull your phone, the car shows up, you jump in and you don’t even think about payments. I want to bring that same level of automation and technology that high-tech startups have to regular local people in Boise, Idaho that are starting a three-person company.”
“…it’s hiring smart people who learn fast. I think it’s a passion for satisfying customers. Everyone has different skill sets, mine is sales and closing big deals. That’s because I’ve learned to listen to customers–to love customers. I just love satisfying customers. I think everything starts in the entrepreneurship. It’s always about selling. It’s all about you. I always tell our salespeople, “Find out what the customer wants. Give them what they want and they’ll give you all their money.”
“…the value of seeing that artwork in most stories is that they teach us. I think it’s a G.K. Chesterton quote. something along the lines of… ‘fairy tales don’t teach us that dragons exist; fairy tales teach us that dragons can be beaten.’ I’ve always loved that ever since I read it. Like, that’s my mission. My mission is to use my artwork, my stories, my voice, to help other people to tell their stories.”
“I learned a long time ago that if you just hire people for skill, a lot of times it doesn’t work out. You hire someone with that five-star review on some platform or they’ve 10 years of experience and then two months later, blows up in your face. You’re like, ‘How did that happen? That person was so talented.’…we don’t need someone to be ‘10-out-of-10’. They can be ‘8-out-of-1’0 or ‘3-out-of-10’ as long as they’re honest about what they can and cannot do, and they’re priced accordingly.”
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