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“You keep on trying different approaches, but the biggest gain comes from the experience of even trying” - Daniel Hayes

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Do you know what it takes to be truly tough? To not take no for an answer, and to go and do battle in life? Daniel Hayes does. As a Middleweight Champion boxer, he’s seen his fair share of bruises and bumps. He’s come out on top, and he’s on the James Swanwick Show to talk about what it takes be a champion.

One of the most important takeaways is that failure can actually be a positive thing. While we often regret the loss of time, what we learn about ourselves, and who we become in the process, is usually worth so much more than the time invested. So don’t fear failure! Embrace it as a necessary part of the process to becoming the person that you want to be!

Learn how to be more persistent at life, how to not take no for an answer, how to be tenacious, and why you should continually throw yourself into uncomfortable situations on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

 

“Goals are powerful because even if you don’t achieve the goal, the person you become is so worth it.” - Daniel Hayes

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Key Takeaways:

  • Failures can be net positives in your life if you take the right lessons away from it
  • When you start a process, you must trust that it will work over time
  • Understand that if you want something that other people don’t have, you must live a life that is different from them
  • Persistence must be in the area of continually trying new things. Not consistently and persistently trying the same thing over and over if it doesn’t work
  • Continually throw yourself into uncomfortable situations to learn how to deal with them
  • The traumas that you go through will shape who you are

 

Resources:

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“You keep on trying different approaches, but the biggest gain comes from the experience of even trying” - Daniel Hayes

(click to tweet)

 

Do you know what it takes to be truly tough? To not take no for an answer, and to go and do battle in life? Daniel Hayes does. As a Middleweight Champion boxer, he’s seen his fair share of bruises and bumps. He’s come out on top, and he’s on the James Swanwick Show to talk about what it takes be a champion.

One of the most important takeaways is that failure can actually be a positive thing. While we often regret the loss of time, what we learn about ourselves, and who we become in the process, is usually worth so much more than the time invested. So don’t fear failure! Embrace it as a necessary part of the process to becoming the person that you want to be!

Learn how to be more persistent at life, how to not take no for an answer, how to be tenacious, and why you should continually throw yourself into uncomfortable situations on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

 

“Goals are powerful because even if you don’t achieve the goal, the person you become is so worth it.” - Daniel Hayes

(click to tweet)

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Failures can be net positives in your life if you take the right lessons away from it
  • When you start a process, you must trust that it will work over time
  • Understand that if you want something that other people don’t have, you must live a life that is different from them
  • Persistence must be in the area of continually trying new things. Not consistently and persistently trying the same thing over and over if it doesn’t work
  • Continually throw yourself into uncomfortable situations to learn how to deal with them
  • The traumas that you go through will shape who you are

 

Resources:

Daniel-Hayes.com

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Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/161

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Do you feel like you’ve been stuck for forever? Like you’ve been trying to make progress for so long, and things are just taking forever? Like you’ve been stuck in the same place for FAR too long?

This episode outlines a simple exercise to go through to get you unstuck FAST! The good news is that there are simple steps to go through to get you headed the right direction, where you ultimately want to go, but they may be a bit different than you expect!

For example, I recommend outlining what you DON’T want, and who you DON’T want to be. After this, outline what you do want and who you do want to be, and the path from one to the other becomes much clearer.

Learn the exact steps to get unstuck on this episode of The James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways

  • Instead of figuring out what you want, find out what you definitely do not want, and it will bring clarity about what you do want
  • Make a whiteboard of the things that you definitely do NOT want
  • Then, work through what you DO want
  • After this exercise, the path from what you don’t want to what you do want will become much clearer

Resources:

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Do you have business aspirations but struggle to come up with the right idea? Do you have awesome business ideas but aren’t sure how to know which are good and which are bad? Would you like to build a million dollar business?

If you answered yes to any of those, this episode is for you! These are my in-depth notes that I took from the 2013 Gorilla Business School Conference that I attended, and they are jam-packed with a ton of useful business ideas. They’re so packed, in fact, that I decided to split them into 2 parts, and this is the first.

Whether you’re already running a business, just have the idea for a business, or are looking for the right idea, this episode will give you the toolset that you need to be successful in business! This is a fast, hard-hitting episode with a ton of information packed into a short amount of time, so definitely take notes so you can implement in them in your business life! Enjoy!

Key Takeaways:

  • This essence of business is buying something for one price and selling it for a higher one. Business is simple
  • Be a good networker with successful people
  • Double the price of your product
  • Focus on getting customers first and foremost
  • Cashflow is King
  • Focus most of your business on marketing and sales
  • Only 20% of your time should be in administration. Any time you’re handling administration in your business you are losing money
  • Negotiate with the objective as a win-win for both parties. State a win-win intention at the outset of any negotiation
  • Create competition and you will get a better price. Price matching, etc
  • Never negotiate with anyone who doesn’t have authority to give you what you want
  • Always go into every negotiation knowing your have to haves, and your want to haves
  • Business is about building long-term relationships
  • Find the pain in the marketplace
  • Absorb change, don’t be resistant. The only constant in business is change
  • Be a great story-teller to connect with people. See my interview with Bo Eason here.
  • What gets measured get done. Measure everything

5 Steps to Come Up with Million Dollar Ideas in 60 Seconds

  1. Solve pain for others
  2. Solve problems for people for profit
  3. Look for problems and solve problems
  4. Don’t look for opportunities, look for problems
  5. After problems come - no problems

Questions to ask to drive the price down

  1. What’s the price if I pick it up?
  2. When is the sale/what’s the sale price? Can I get the sale price?
  3. Why are you penalizing me for paying now?

Resources:

Get My Book Notes on 3 Life-Changing Books

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/159

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Do you have business aspirations but struggle to come up with the right idea? Do you have awesome business ideas but aren’t sure how to know which are good and which are bad? Would you like to build a million dollar business?

If you answered yes to any of those, this episode is for you! These are my in-depth notes that I took from the 2013 Gorilla Business School Conference that I attended, and they are jam-packed with a ton of useful business ideas. They’re so packed, in fact, that I decided to split them into 2 parts, and this is the first.

Whether you’re already running a business, just have the idea for a business, or are looking for the right idea, this episode will give you the toolset that you need to be successful in business! This is a fast, hard-hitting episode with a ton of information packed into a short amount of time, so definitely take notes so you can implement in them in your business life! Enjoy!

Key Takeaways:

  • This essence of business is buying something for one price and selling it for a higher one. Business is simple
  • Be a good networker with successful people
  • Double the price of your product
  • Focus on getting customers first and foremost
  • Cashflow is King
  • Focus most of your business on marketing and sales
  • Only 20% of your time should be in administration. Any time you’re handling administration in your business you are losing money
  • Negotiate with the objective as a win-win for both parties. State a win-win intention at the outset of any negotiation
  • Create competition and you will get a better price. Price matching, etc
  • Never negotiate with anyone who doesn’t have authority to give you what you want
  • Always go into every negotiation knowing your have to haves, and your want to haves
  • Business is about building long-term relationships
  • Find the pain in the marketplace
  • Absorb change, don’t be resistant. The only constant in business is change
  • Be a great story-teller to connect with people. See my interview with Bo Eason here.
  • What gets measured get done. Measure everything

5 Steps to Come Up with Million Dollar Ideas in 60 Seconds

  1. Solve pain for others
  2. Solve problems for people for profit
  3. Look for problems and solve problems
  4. Don’t look for opportunities, look for problems
  5. After problems come - no problems

Questions to ask to drive the price down

  1. What’s the price if I pick it up?
  2. When is the sale/what’s the sale price? Can I get the sale price?
  3. Why are you penalizing me for paying now?

Resources:

Get My Book Notes on 3 Life-Changing Books

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/159

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Do you find that it’s easy for you to fall into the ego trap? Entrepreneurs often find it easy, because they usually find themselves living such a different life and in such different circumstances from everyone else. Observing that, it’s extremely easy to start to think that you’re different from everyone else, and allow that to drive your ego.

Ryan Holiday, author of “Ego is the Enemy,” understands the ego, how to hold it in check, and why you must. Success comes when you understand your role, and hold your ego in place. For instance, when you are trying to build a business, ego will keep you from giving up control, and drive you to over-management, thereby holding you back.

While we admire a lot of people with large egos, Ryan makes the case that those people have such a large ego because of their uncompromising work ethic and skill set, and that they actually would have been able to accomplish more without their tremendous ego. Listen up and learn how to live a more successful and happier life with less ego on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • When ego for us means that we’re better than the rest of the world, it gets in our own way
  • Thinking that you’re better than everyone else is setting yourself up for failure
  • Sometimes ego can get you places. But it’s important to consider the consequences, often in relationships, and the fact that it actually won’t work for most people without the incredible skill sets of the people we admire who have big egos
  • Ego become a huge issue when you can’t appreciate others for who they are and what they bring
  • The ego trap is especially easy for entrepreneurs, because they find themselves in such a different life situation than others
  • When you think that you’re very different from other people, you end up becoming a jerk to other people
  • Ego will hold you back as your company grows because you will have such a hard time delegating
  • Awareness is the first step to fixing ego
  • While ego can drive you to success, you are not going to be good at everything. That’s why you must hold your ego in check so that you can get the right people on your team to help you succeed
  • In a social media world, everyone is a performer, but people don’t know how to balance a performance lifestyle, and the ego that comes from it
  • Have a mindset of gratefulness. Doing this continually will keep your ego in check

3 Steps to Keep Ego in Check

  1. Constantly pick up the mantle and mindset of a student/learner
  2. Fight the disease of me, the selfishness, and desire for attention
  3. Put effort into getting the most alive time you can out of every moment of your life

 

Resources:

“Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday

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Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/158

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Do you find that it’s easy for you to fall into the ego trap? Entrepreneurs often find it easy, because they usually find themselves living such a different life and in such different circumstances from everyone else. Observing that, it’s extremely easy to start to think that you’re different from everyone else, and allow that to drive your ego.

Ryan Holiday, author of “Ego is the Enemy,” understands the ego, how to hold it in check, and why you must. Success comes when you understand your role, and hold your ego in place. For instance, when you are trying to build a business, ego will keep you from giving up control, and drive you to over-management, thereby holding you back.

While we admire a lot of people with large egos, Ryan makes the case that those people have such a large ego because of their uncompromising work ethic and skill set, and that they actually would have been able to accomplish more without their tremendous ego. Listen up and learn how to live a more successful and happier life with less ego on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • When ego for us means that we’re better than the rest of the world, it gets in our own way
  • Thinking that you’re better than everyone else is setting yourself up for failure
  • Sometimes ego can get you places. But it’s important to consider the consequences, often in relationships, and the fact that it actually won’t work for most people without the incredible skill sets of the people we admire who have big egos
  • Ego become a huge issue when you can’t appreciate others for who they are and what they bring
  • The ego trap is especially easy for entrepreneurs, because they find themselves in such a different life situation than others
  • When you think that you’re very different from other people, you end up becoming a jerk to other people
  • Ego will hold you back as your company grows because you will have such a hard time delegating
  • Awareness is the first step to fixing ego
  • While ego can drive you to success, you are not going to be good at everything. That’s why you must hold your ego in check so that you can get the right people on your team to help you succeed
  • In a social media world, everyone is a performer, but people don’t know how to balance a performance lifestyle, and the ego that comes from it
  • Have a mindset of gratefulness. Doing this continually will keep your ego in check

3 Steps to Keep Ego in Check

  1. Constantly pick up the mantle and mindset of a student/learner
  2. Fight the disease of me, the selfishness, and desire for attention
  3. Put effort into getting the most alive time you can out of every moment of your life

 

Resources:

“Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday

Get My Book Notes on 3 Life-Changing Books Free!

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/158

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When was the last time that you took the time to sit down and write a handwritten letter to someone? Not very many people do it these days, and because of this, it makes a huge impression on anyone who receives it.

The impact of receiving a handwritten letter is immense, and disproportionate compared to the amount of effort it takes to write it. Because of this, it is one of the best ways to make a tremendous impression on someone. While you shouldn’t do it for this reason, the effect of the letter will be one of raising you greatly in the eyes of the receiver.

But the reason you should do this is because you care. Take the time to write down how you genuinely feel about someone, and send it to them. You will feel good about it, they will, and it can only help you, probably in a way that is disproportionate to the amount of effort it took to write it. Do it!

Key Takeaways:

  • Hand-written letters are extremely rare these days. It shows that you truly care, and put more work into the communication than most people will
  • You never know where doing something like this could lead, and what it could do for you in the future
  • Take the time to communicate what you genuinely feel in a way that will make an impression
  • When you take this step, the person you send it to will remember you


Resources:

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Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/157

 

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Do you know how to win with people? Are you a people person? Do you often dislike people? John C. Maxwell has a lot of very poignant points about people, how you should interact with them, and why interacting with them should be so important to you.

As John C Maxwell says, everyone but you is someone else, so understanding how to interact with other people and make a good impression on them should occupy most of your energy. It’s the difference-maker in how happy, fulfilled, and successful you will be in life. Ultimately, the things that bring fulfillment include others. The person who is entirely self-focused will feel restless and unfulfilled.

These are my book notes on the book “Winning with People” by John C. Maxwell. Listen to this episode to understand how to win more and better with people, enjoy your life more, see more success in your endeavors, and leave a positive imprint on the world, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the most important thing you will do is choose your friends
  • The difference between who you are now and who you are in 5 years will be the people you’re with and the books you read
  • If you don’t like people, that’s a statement about you and your viewpoint. You are the problem
  • If someone lashes out at you, the best thing to do is forgive and move on
  • In our relationships, we can either lift people up or bring them down. It takes no skill to tear down, but careful work to bring people up
  • Each person you meet has the potential to teach you something
  • Believing the best about people brings out the best in people
  • Make giving to others you goal
  • Ultimately, the things that bring fulfillment include others. The person who is entirely self-focused will feel restless and unfulfilled
  • If people made the effort to see things from other people’s point of view, 80% of our problems would be resolved
  • Are you willing to change? No one is too old, smart, or experienced to not need any more change and improvement
  • Avoid people who belittle your ambitions
  • Conflicts turn out well if you enter them with the mindset of caring about the other person and trying to help them. Make it a win for both parties
  • Never confront someone via email
  • If you are not honest with yourself, you will not be capable about being honest with other people
  • Try to see the positive in every situation
  • Let friends and family members know how much you care as often as you can
  • You may be able to impress people with your success, but if you want to connect with them, share your failures
  • Invest in people first and often. Focus on the investment, not the return
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else up

Resources:

Book: “Winning with People” by John C. Maxwell

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Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/156

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Do you know how to win with people? Are you a people person? Do you often dislike people? John C. Maxwell has a lot of very poignant points about people, how you should interact with them, and why interacting with them should be so important to you.

As John C Maxwell says, everyone but you is someone else, so understanding how to interact with other people and make a good impression on them should occupy most of your energy. It’s the difference-maker in how happy, fulfilled, and successful you will be in life. Ultimately, the things that bring fulfillment include others. The person who is entirely self-focused will feel restless and unfulfilled.

These are my book notes on the book “Winning with People” by John C. Maxwell. Listen to this episode to understand how to win more and better with people, enjoy your life more, see more success in your endeavors, and leave a positive imprint on the world, on this episode of the James Swanwick Show!

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the most important thing you will do is choose your friends
  • The difference between who you are now and who you are in 5 years will be the people you’re with and the books you read
  • If you don’t like people, that’s a statement about you and your viewpoint. You are the problem
  • If someone lashes out at you, the best thing to do is forgive and move on
  • In our relationships, we can either lift people up or bring them down. It takes no skill to tear down, but careful work to bring people up
  • Each person you meet has the potential to teach you something
  • Believing the best about people brings out the best in people
  • Make giving to others you goal
  • Ultimately, the things that bring fulfillment include others. The person who is entirely self-focused will feel restless and unfulfilled
  • If people made the effort to see things from other people’s point of view, 80% of our problems would be resolved
  • Are you willing to change? No one is too old, smart, or experienced to not need any more change and improvement
  • Avoid people who belittle your ambitions
  • Conflicts turn out well if you enter them with the mindset of caring about the other person and trying to help them. Make it a win for both parties
  • Never confront someone via email
  • If you are not honest with yourself, you will not be capable about being honest with other people
  • Try to see the positive in every situation
  • Let friends and family members know how much you care as often as you can
  • You may be able to impress people with your success, but if you want to connect with them, share your failures
  • Invest in people first and often. Focus on the investment, not the return
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else up

Resources:

Book: “Winning with People” by John C. Maxwell

Get My Book Notes on 3 Life-Changing Books free!

 

Show Notes: JamesSwanwick.com/156

Direct download: Winning_With_People_-_John_C_Maxwell_FINAL_VIDEO.mp4
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