There’s a huge difference between people who show up for work and those who show up everywhere with the mindset to own everything. Some people are quite content with being average, with fitting in, and with doing the minimum to get through the day. Others approach every aspect of their life and their business with the mindset that they can improve their performance, and that they could do better, given the right tools, mindset, and the repeat opportunity to tackle challenges. Those people believe (as I do) that the time for average is over.
In creating my most recent course, The Owner’s Path, I wanted to help people grow their success by working on their leadership and personal development efforts. The course seeks to help people:
“But you’re Chris Brogan.” I hear this all the time (mostly because that’s my name). People will say, “I want to get started in public speaking.” I say, “So speak.” They say, “But no one will have me.”
The concept of Monchu is that these people are “one family,” the people you choose to have around you versus simply your blood family. Your allies are your monchu. The clients who are more than just clients or customers are your monchu. That’s a powerful shift from the mindset of competitors, customers, and the like. Not all customers are in the monchu, but once you understand who is or who isn’t, everything gets better.
Jake Thompson is in the monchu. He runs Compete Every Day, a lifestyle brand that sells apparel that appeals not just to fitness people, but to owners, people who choose to own their lives, and who choose to push against themselves to learn and grow.
There are books that come along that make me think two things at the same time: “I wish I wrote this book” and “Phew, now I don’t have to write this book.” John Jantsch has done this to me before (with The Referral Engine). This new book, Duct Tape Selling really is a must for your bookshelf (and I rarely say that – like only two or three times a year tops), *IF* you’re either a salesperson who doesn’t quite get marketing OR if you’re a marketer who doesn’t yet fully accept that you’re supposed to be a salesperson.
A Quick Video Trailer
I stole this from John’s site:
The kids and I went to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary over the weekend to check out their program about camouflage and how animals hide in plain sight. I wouldn’t have known to take the kids there, but I thought, “You know, as a dad, I’m supposed to do some research and plan actual things to do, instead of ‘hey, let’s go to the mall!'” And that’s what I learned the value of a good website.
What Makes a Website Good?
You’d think, if you listened to all us who are into content marketing, that sites with great stories are good. You’d imagine that we all want long pieces about the 7 Best Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer. But that wouldn’t have cut it for me. I needed to know, “Hey, it’s Sunday. I have two kids. We want a simple adventure. What should we do?”
I’m doing a free webinar for VOCUS in a few days, and I want you to come and take a listen. Essentially, I’ll be talking about how this whole business about Freaks relates to your marketing opportunities and experiences. The story will be largely based on what you’ve already read in my book. But I thought I’d share a bit of it here, too. Okay by you?
Marketing for Freaks
The primary point I’ll make during the webinar is that what’s out is the concept of trying to market to as many people as possible. What’s in, instead, is working to ensure that the people you most want to attract feel heard, understood, and cared about through your efforts. What does it take to make this shift? It’s a little bit more work, I’ll admit. But it’s also much more rewarding.
I was named one of the Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts according to Inc magazine the other day. The list is rather impressive and filled with people I admire a great deal. People like Tom Peters and Richard Branson and with friends like Guy Kawasaki and Steve Farber and many more. It’s an honor, and yet, it’s important to try never to be swayed by lists of this nature, as well.
Lists Serve Their Makers More Than the Recipients
While my ego is really thrilled to be even seen in the same breath as those people who are above the list, it’s also worth nothing that people like Bill Gates didn’t make the list. Bill not a leader? He changed the whole damned world (save your hate. He did change it, and is doing even more with his foundation with Melinda Gates). Many other amazing leaders missed the cutoff, friends like Charles H. Green, who has led huge movements for years. And because of that, it’s easy to know that the list serves a purpose, but isn’t something I should dwell on for especially long.
I really love Terry Brock. He’s SUCH a professional. If you could’ve seen HOW he put this interview together, your mind would be blown. He used Google Hangouts plus a screencasting app plus ALL kinds of little masterful tricks. Honestly, even though this is about me and promotes my book (which I really want you to buy), what’s so cool is just how professional Terry is and how he pulled this all together. It’s really worth connecting with Terry and getting to know him better.
In the past several months, on many fronts, I have pushed past my comfort zone. Unofficially, my private mantra has been “comfort is a prison.” Since pushing on many levels, I’ve found success in all kinds of small but meaningful ways. This is all leading towards something else.
Bold Action Drives Success
In the movies, we see all bold action as the difference between life and death. More often, in our lives, it’s the difference between life and settling. The time for average is over. Don’t believe me?
Once again, Chris Guillebeau and team have made magic. I loved my experience at Pioneer Nation and now the video of my speech has been released. If you can get to this event next year, go. It’s the best produced and most personable event I’ve attended in ages. Here’s my speech: