The Learned Podcast With JustTries

Justin Nolan, JustTries, Just Tries

The Mission of Just Keep Learning is to combine entertainment with education to help people learn in the real world. "The Learned Podcast" is a show where Justin (Aka Just Tries) interviews experts in their field to help people learn from the best. Each season the skill we learn changes, but it always involves vulnerability, dreaming big, and growth mindset.

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Our guest today has a ton of experience in building business, especially when it comes to podcasting. He grew his first podcast, Growth Mindset University to being ranked in the top fifteen of education, self improvement, and training. His show focused on entrepreneurship, self development, writing and educational leadership.His TEDX Talk was all about education too. It focused on the question, have you ever regretted taking on college tuition debt? What if you believed that an internship provides more life experience than a classroom? Jordan shared how you can make the most out of your college experience. He talks about succeeding financially, socially, and authentically in a world that is different for each of us. Jordan is really big on finding real world experiences aligned with your goals and interests to prepare for a career.We all evolve in our thinking and Jordan is one of the best at being a personally critical thinker. Upon reflecting, he realized that we live in a world where things are getting tense, real issues are bubbling to the surface, and wanted to do his part to create conversations that can have greater impact. The podcast episodes evolved into his second podcast, The Jordan Paris Show, where he started discussing current affairs, politics and debunking myths. He got into this style of show because being a best-selling author, getting a TedX Talk, and achieving some social media status felt like fake social proof.Jordan, like many of our guests, does a lot of awesome work. He is also the founder and creative director of Trend Up Media, a one-stop podcast agency that produces shows to help businesses grow in both profit and influence.Jordan is a heart-felt leader who takes a no BS approach in seeing out his mission to be as real as possible. His main platform on social media is LinkedIn where he has built a community of people who are focused on achieving whatever success means to them. On this episode of The LEARNED Podcast, we talked about podcasting, productivity, business tips, nutrition and mindset. Like any strong entrepreneur with a focus on the meaning of life, Jordan helps people learn to escape the rat race by acquiring cash flowing assets and building passive income. With this the real goal can be how to live life to the fullest and do more of the things you love.Perhaps the most impressive thing about this discussion is Jordan’s willingness to say “I don’t know” in the face of challenging questions. It is also pretty neat how Jordan explains that we all must continue to fight our cognitive bias. That it is ok if we no longer believe what we used to believe. 12 Tips To Help You Start A Podcast:1. Don’t Be Afraid To Ship It. The most important thing in the beginning is building all of the skills and experience. There is only one way to improve and that is by having episodes that are not good at the beginning. 2. Don’t Give Up. Nobody will listen at first. Unless you are already a big brand you will have to grow one listener at a time. This can be a positive because you will have time to figure out your workflow and improve before more people start listening. 3. Don’t Delete Old Episodes. No matter how cringe you feel your old episodes are, they are important to show growth to your community. No matter how embarrassing it is, keep your old episodes up so you can be an inspiration to others wanting to get started, not to mention show the full story. 4. Don’t Be The Best Kept Secret Online. Get out there, shill and share your show. Also realize, you are never as good as you might think you are. Continue to improve and continue to share the show so that more and more people can know about it. You could build amazing content and literally no one will find it. So keep spreading the word. 5. Create Micro Content From The Main Podcast Pillar. Record great episodes, but don’t stop there. Find a way to share the highlights and quotables on social media platforms you think connect most with your audience. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different styles of videos, thumbnails, vertical, horizontal, durations and whatever else comes to mind.6. Focus On One Platform. Determine your best percentage based breakdown of time spent building community on a social media platform. Feel free to share quickly across all platforms, especially if people want to find you. But, be sure to focus at least 75% of your time on one single platform, because without focus no one will find the show.7. Grow Your Marketing One Post At A Time. Sharing micro content will be slow in the beginning. You will get no likes on a post. Then perhaps one like and a comment. But the next time you may get two, and with another piece a few more. Over time, more guests and more content will lead to a compound effect. It will snowball until it can’t be slowed down. With patience you will find more and more opportunities to engage with the audience in DM’s, or replies and likely get too busy all of a sudden.  8. Guests Will Compound Too. In the beginning you have to get what you can get when it comes to asking people to be on your show. For a brand new podcast, it’s likely to need to interview your immediate connections, possibly friends and family. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to the people you would love to interview. The worst that happens is they say “not right now”. That’s fine, there are many amazing people out there to collaborate with. Over time, guest opportunities will have a compound effect too. One guest will lead to another, a topic will lead to leverage and before long it will be hard to keep up with the opportunities. 9. Never Worry About Clout. What you’ll realize is that just because someone has a lot of social media followers does not mean they’ll be a valuable guest for you, or your audience. Do your homework and be sure you are interviewing people that serve your greater purpose and mission. Whether they have a large following, or small following, focus on the question, will this serve my listeners?10. Be Open Minded And Listen. We should always be open to counter arguments and guard against our biases. Lifelong learning is appreciating that we can learn something from everyone. We can also change our views on things in life as we get more information. So, don’t stress too much about who you have on the show, or what their answers are. It is not about crafting and tailoring someone’s responses. Rather, it is about being an effective listener. 11. Love Your Haters. It’s simply mathematical that haters will grow as the community grows overall. If you are doing something worthwhile, it will have a polarizing effect. And so people that dislike the show will grow too. But, there is nothing more badass and cool than remaining calm when receiving hate. Be sure to take constructive criticism and appreciate everyone's feedback. It doesn’t mean you need to take it personally, or even accept it as something to implement. Simply be willing to listen and spend most of your energy leaning into the community that is kind and supportive toward your work. Memorable Quotes“Target audience is overrated. I'm so sick of marketing classes saying target market, target market, identify your target market and they don't teach you anything about how to get them to actually give a damn and buy what you're selling.”“To find your passion, pay attention to those things that you gravitate towards. Think back to your childhood and ask, what did you gravitate towards? What really made you happy and excited? Try to incorporate that into your career and test it, Try to figure out your calling. Think about what makes you feel alive.” “I struggle with how honest I should be when answering questions I don’t have a response to. I have the courage to say, 'I don't know’ to people, but it can come across as, ‘I don’t want to be here’ or ‘I don’t care’. I just don't want to BS something and fluff some answer that doesn't serve people. That's actually a detriment to people. If I don't know, I will say I don't know, but people take that the wrong way. “Guest BioJordan Paris is a podcast host, entrepreneur, and author featured in Forbes,  Entrepreneur, and other publications. But most importantly he is a lifelong learner, repping that Just Keep Learning attitude. Jordan has been interviewing people on podcasts since his sophomore year of college. While the show is amazing and really did serve a lot of people, it is less aligned with his current ambitions, and so it is on a pause from recording for now.Jordan really matured in his personal brand and shares some amazing things about “fake social proof”: blue checkmarks, becoming a “best-selling” author by understanding algorithms, getting a TEDx talk because of the clout factor, getting featured in Forbes and Entrepreneur.com, lots of likes on social media and on and on.He got over the social reward chasing and shifted his views. In a world where things are getting tense, real issues are bubbling to the surface, Jordan realized he wanted the show to focus less on social media growth, or popularity and more on political issues. So, Growth Mindset University evolved into The Jordan Paris Show. This lasted for a while, but really it led to him deciding to focus solely on his companies and entrepreneurship for now. His podcast production company, started in 2019 is called Trend Up Media. And he also has a business in real estate investing called Estateomatic. No doubt there will be more companies to be built in the future as well.Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastFOLLOW Jordan ParisLinkedin - Jordan ParisInstagram - @TheJordanParisWebsite - JordanParis.comYoutube -What Would Karla Say? FOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group -  JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499

Nov 30

1 hr 2 min

Our guest today on The LEARNED Podcast has a ton of experience in social media and content creation, especially video. She has worked as an assistant to big time Youtubers, created content for American Ninja Warrior and even turned down work with the Ellen show. Karla Gregg named her Youtube Channel “What Would Karla Say” because she has a huge passion for lifelong learning, personal development and goal setting. Even though Youtube has not been her full time focus, she definitely is an expert in how to grow a YouTube channel. She learned a lot of this through her own trial and error. But, she also worked as an assistant to Joey Graceffa, learning a ton about building a YouTube brand behind the scenes.Karla is a heart-felt, and vulnerable personal brand coach. Her work and experience focuses on storytelling, video content strategy and defining your brand. If you’re ready to embrace your spark and turn your personal story into a marketable brand, then she is one of the best to guide you.She is the founder of a courage based weekly newsletter at karlagregg.com, the courageously you collective, and creator of the YouTube channel What Would Karla Say? Much of her focus in the last couple years has been on speaking, coaching and creating resources for people in the area of entrepreneurship. While she started her career with aspirations to work as a social media manager for big brands, it was the classic story of being laid off from work that led her to being a business owner. She gives credit to people like Tim Ferris, Marie Forleo and Jen Sincero when it comes to building her foundation as a personal brand expert.We talk a lot in this episode of The LEARNED Podcast about following your own path. It feels scary to be an entrepreneur, but that fear is the exact evidence that you are on the right track. The question is how do you not give up when you are faced with challenges?Throughout the episode Karla opens up about struggling with her own vision and patience. She mentions how many times she probably would have succeeded in a passion area if she went with her gut and cared less about what people think. She talks about how simple it would be to take the easier, conventional path, but how that doesn’t make her come to life.Karla has always used the catchphrase “create your own path” and you’ll understand why after listening to this episode. She also gives so many great tips on being a badass business owner and starting a YouTube channel for the first time.12 Tips To Help You Get Started On YouTube1. Create content you're excited to edit. You may want to edit a particular theme, teach a topic, or tell certain stories. Don’t edit a video just because you think it might get views, you’ll give up, or you’ll burn out quickly.2. Find your unique brand story. What are your values, personality traits, stories and passions? Put those together and your audience will feel connected to you. 3. Every video should provide value. It should entertain, empower or educate. Even if you're not monetizing yet, you're still building a community who supports you.4. Have a consistent structure and flow. I tend to give like 15 seconds of what the video will be about. I'll share some form of hook, or activation. And then I’ll do a funny, or creative montage with music, or B-roll and music. And then I'll hop into the main points and story, followed by some element of conclusion, or recap.5. Write a script. Not an elaborate novel for a Morgan Freeman like voiceover. Have three main points and stick to them so you’re not rambling on.6. Find the balance of engagement and education. It's all about personality, so don't just sit there and waste people’s time for fifteen minutes blabbering about nothing. There is a mid-point between being a teacher and lacking energy, find that.7. Have a strategy mindset. If you are strategic you will succeed. If you study up on trends, keywords, captions, descriptions, and comment best practices, PLUS add personality, you’ll win. Don’t forget to treat thumbnails, and titles like a researcher. What works and what doesn’t? 8. Define your niche. As much as it is fun to inject overall personal interests, there should be a specific reason that someone would search your channel. What is your overarching purpose, or topic?9. Define your sub-niche. A specific video should be able to be searched by a keyword that people are actually looking for in search engines. Once you find related keywords you will also have more ideas for things to include on your channel. A quick personal example: I made a video of me having pizza with my friends. I called the video "having pizza with friends". Nobody is searching for that. But if I say “best pizza place in Philadelphia”, people come across my video and all of a sudden it is a fun video of me trying the best pizza places with friends, they could be like, I like this girl and channel and maybe subscribe when they originally came for a piece of content that they searched for.10. Quantity over quality. With more videos, quality will naturally increase. You'll learn how to be more efficient, creative and provide more value. Over time you will know when it makes sense to start creating longer form, slower produced videos, but starting out get focused simply on creating more.11. Monetize early. It’s important to monetize for the right reasons as long as it’s aligned with your values. There should be a balance, but it can’t only be about the art and storytelling. You need money to be able to reinvest in the channel. Don’t jump at everything, but always be on the lookout for strategic partnerships and revenue streams.12. Be patient and focus on the journey. I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect and plan everything just right. We are all just trying to do the best that we can with the resources we have. Give it your all, but don't be too hard on yourself. And make sure you do it because you love it first, any results are a bonus.Memorable Quotes“I used to compare myself a lot to people doing similar stuff to me. But a coach told me, instead of looking at them as competition, look at them as inspiration and collaboration.” “One of the biggest tricks is realizing we are not going to be perfect, we won’t have everything. There will be ups and downs, but you just need to put yourself out there and do it.”“Figure out who your audience is. Knowing these 4 answers will help. Who vibes with your personality, passion, skills and story? These 4 questions make up your brand story and are the key to success.”“I passed up a lot because I worried what people thought. But, one of the cool things about being an adult is we start worrying less. If you can have a carefree mindset younger, maybe even in high school, you can start to see yourself as a badass who doesn't worry what people say, which really helps you be more creative.”Guest BioKarla Gregg is a business coach, speaker and content creator who focuses on helping people face fear and create their own path in life. As a leader in entrepreneurship, she is a tremendous role model for anyone looking to build their own brand. Perhaps her greatest strength is a tremendous understanding of the power of storytelling.She has worked on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior and spoken at conferences around the world on the topics of brand identity and content creation. Her website is KarlaGregg.com, YouTube channel is What Would Karla Say and she has created a podcast called Live Well Be Bold, a show called Never Have I Ever and a newsletter to help people be more bold and courageous with life and business decisions.FOLLOW Karla GreggLinkedin - Karla GreggInstagram - @KarlaGreggWebsite - KarlaGregg.comYoutube -What Would Karla Say?FOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityFree Newsletter - JKL NewsLetter We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499

Nov 11

1 hr 2 min

Noah has been called the “next Tony Robbins”. We talk about moving to Canada, learning English, entrepreneurship and goal setting. Specifically, we look at building businesses, marketing and how to improve online learning. In this episode of The LEARNED Podcast, we also talked about how to create your own digital books, and the healthy way to grow an audience on social media. Episode NotesSome of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastOur guest today is often called “The Next Tony Robbins”. This is because he has a huge passion for lifelong learning, philosophy and personal development. While he appreciates the compliment, he is definitely carving out his own path. He has overcome a lot and shown a ton of resilience to start building his social media, business and life empire. Noah Merriby is the type of person that makes you wonder “how do you get so much done?” But, he learned through trial and error, how to work smart, and not just hard. Noah is the co-founder of Lurnus, an educational curation media brand. He also is a leader in social media growth, digital marketing and a big part of collaborations and content with us at Just Keep Learning.While he started a university degree focusing on business and marketing, Noah quickly realized that focusing full time on building businesses he owns was the best decision. He knew that he could always go back and complete a degree if he needed to. This is why we talk a lot in this episode of The LEARNED Podcast about self learning. The idea that we need a specific way to learn something is pretty traditional. It’s not to say school is unnecessary. But, it is to say we can learn in many other ways and each person learns differently.Noah builds a lot of personal brand content on mindset, speaking and career goal setting. His most recent startup is Lurnus, which curates educational content for people to learn about many different topics. Throughout the episode Noah opens up about being an immigrant to Canada and having to figure it all out at a young age. Another big part of his life was having to navigate bullying in school. It seems this challenge and the need for resilience paved the way for a solid foundation for being a business leader. We talked about why and how he got into entrepreneurship too. All about the things he learned along the way and how anyone can do it with the right attitude.The books Noah has published so far are called, the habits of success, you are what you know, and genius at work. So, no doubt he is focused on all the right things when it comes to helping his audience be more productive and live with more joy.In episode 10 of The LEARNED Podcast, we talked about how to craft your life vision and take the first steps to grow as an online educator.How To Craft Your Vision As An Online Business Leader:One of the biggest challenges we have as creative entrepreneurs is crafting a fine tuned vision and knowing the steps to take. Here are some tips to help:Take a piece of paper and penGo to a quiet placeAsk yourself, if a genie appears, what would you ask for in life?Write down everything you think of with zero limitations.Once you have a bunch of things pick one or two to focus onFind mentors, courses and content to follow that are specific to that goalPick a platform to focus 80% of your growth and community building onCraft something free that you give to your audience for joining your community, such as an e-book, guide, course, or exclusive opportunityAvoid all the things that are distracting, shiny ideas and stay focused by building systems and habits that you put in dailyMemorable Quotes“That book showed me that I can dream and that I can use my imagination to start creating a future of whatever I want to do. Really, just imagine, and then I can start working towards it. So I started imagining and I started thinking, where do I want to go? What do I want to achieve? And things started to build up for me.” “At first, it was messy. At first, it was messy. I would just write, I would talk to somebody and figure out a problem, and then I'd write about it and then afterward, I'll try to organize everything together. Now I'm writing a new book called State of Creation, and this is a lot more organized.”“I spent four months working on this business and 20 dollars in marketing, then it didn't work. I was like, oh, nobody likes it. I guess I'll drop it. Four years later, if I start working on other products, I launch my first ad and it doesn't perform well, I do something different. I refined the ads, test and it didn't work. And then again and again, and I keep refining it to a point where now I have ads running. I have ads running all the time and I get like a $0.01 per click. Which is insane. But I spent a lot of money to get to that point.”Guest BioNoah Merriby is an Author, Entrepreneur, and Investor. He is best known for his work in the Personal Development and Transformation field. He has taught more than 100,000 students from 170 different countries, speaking 55 different languages. He conducts training programs for employees and executives in some of the leading international organizations. From Mercedes-Benz and Adidas, all the way to SurveyMonkey, Pinterest, Eventbrite, Lyft, and more, Noah’s training programs have had a huge impact on both individuals and organizations.As a communication expert, Noah is an Internationally Recognized Award Winning Speaker. He got recognized for his expertise as a communicator, an orator, a public speaker, and a leader through Toastmasters. FOLLOW Noah MerribyLinkedin - Noah MerribyInstagram - @NoahMerribyWebsite - NoahMerriby.comFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social!Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499

Oct 8

1 hr 5 min

Our guest today stresses that life is simply better when we are working in areas connected to our passion. He destroys the idea that sales, or marketing are bad and helps us realize why it’s such an important part of seeing out our visions to help people.In this episode of The LEARNED Podcast, we have great conversations about serving in the military, setting goals, developing habits and pursuing businesses that matter to you. After building a career in sales working for someone else, he decided to take the leap of faith and build his own business. He has founded, failed and succeeded in many different business ventures. But one thing remains steady, his ability to win, or learn.Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastOur guest in this episode, Daniel Peretz, truly understands what it means to run multiple businesses. The idea of being an entrepreneur in a small way scares a lot of people off, but Daniel is an entrepreneur with many businesses.He opens up about how he got into entrepreneurship, the things he learned along the way and how anyone can do it with the right mindset. While it may not be for everyone, entrepreneurship could be for anyone. You just have to realize that you will fail and learn. You have to realize that there is no such thing as balance, rather compartmentalization that will really help you thrive.He has an incredible resume when it comes to helping other businesses, or individuals in the creator economy achieve success. One of the most interesting things about Daniel is his ability to be open to the next idea as well. A true entrepreneur and lifelong learner. With this attitude, you can be sure that Daniel’s brand will continue to grow and being a part of the journey is pretty awesome. Like all of our guests, he is an inspiring example of putting family first, continuing to pursue your passions, and making a lot of money in the process, but most importantly, being a good person along the way. In episode 9 of The LEARNED Podcast, we talked about learning styles, online education, being in the military, balancing family life, and building businesses. Hope you enjoy it! How To Be An Entrepreneur And Build Passive Income:When you start a business, the key is to focus on the lifestyle you want and continually build toward that vision. Here are some steps to get started:Goal one is to appreciate that you have to sacrifice a lot in the beginning.The best way to start is to ask what lifestyle do you want in the end?Then reverse engineer that process into small goals. What small goals would lead to eventually and actually generating passive income for you?Avoid all the things that are distracting, shiny ideas and stay focused by building habits and systems that keep you healthy and on task.Remember it takes time, but keep learning and keep goingDon’t worry about what you think will work. Focus on the people you serve, they will show you what will be successful. They are the key to success.Make sure you stay positive in terms of cashflow, but decide with any given project whether the goal is to build revenue, or brand, or both.There is no juggling. You have to compartmentalize so you can focus on fitness when you’re working out, focus on family when it’s family time and business when it’s business time.Again, really focus on who your audience is and what solution they would like you to provide them. Do this with one product, or service at a time and then add more.Sell first in a way that allows you to really test if something will be successful so you don’t waste time, or energy as you fail and learn quicklyWhen it’s time to grow your business, there are multiple ways, but I am a big fan of hiring micro influencers. To be honest many marketing strategies can work, you just need to test them out.Memorable Quotes“Say you’re selling a tie-dye shirt. Depending on your budget, I would look at nano, or micro-influencers, you know, anywhere between 5000 to 100,000 followers. In my opinion, it's cost-effective, and if you find the right one who has the right audience, then right away you're focused on your niche.”“Look, you're not going to start this three, four months from now and start putting up one hundred videos in one day. You might as well start it now. Give yourself a platform and build over time.”“There is no juggling. You have to compartmentalize. One for your sanity. And two, it's important that you give attention to your kids. Just like if I asked, would it be important for you to give attention to your business, you would say, hell, yeah, of course, it's important to me. Well, the same thing goes for kids. Same thing goes for your family. Give attention to them and put it in your calendar.”Guest BioDaniel Peretz is the CEO at Click Connect Media, supporting businesses in growing media, brand, marketing and advertising. He has delivered millions of leads to local businesses through a business called Grow My GMB and built Tokfluence an influencer search database.He is a speaker, business strategist, sales and marketing expert. As a family man, his goal is to build awesome businesses if his foundation of family, friends, and health is there first.There’s always a new partnership, or creation in the works because Daniel is a lifelong learner and uses collaboration over competition. He is also really good at building systems and strategies to stay organized and be able to do many things.FOLLOW Daniel PeretzLinkedin - Daniel Peretz FOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityReach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave  “The LEARNED Podcast” reviews because it will help people find it. If you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.

Sep 19

57 min 56 sec

Our guest today stresses that now more than ever it is time for you to stop hiding and unleash your badass self. She stresses that just keep learning attitude in her own life. In this episode, we have some great conversations about priorities, authenticity and what really matters in life. She is an entrepreneur that wears her heart on her sleeve. Her priority is lending a hand to those in need. And she is an inspiring example of pursuing your full passions, while making some great money in the process.Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastOur guest in this episode, Stephanie Powell, truly understands what it means to pivot and reposition herself in life. She started out really not knowing what to do, got into education for thirteen years and still wasn’t sure. After trying a couple things based on her interests and following her omens she took a leap of faith to become a leader in business.She has an incredible resume when it comes to helping people get clarity over what they want to do in life. And she has a specific skillset for helping people build personal, or company brands that have impact. She is a designer and coach who uses an all encompassing approach to outline and implement brand strategy for her clients. From the logo to the colours and messaging she knows how to help people show up for their audience in a bold, yet authentic way.She is also a lifelong learner with big goals to become a speaker, continue to build her company and give back to those in need. Like all of our guests, she is an inspiring example of pursuing your passions, doing what you love first, while worrying about money second, and most importantly, being a good person along the way. In episode 8 of The LEARNED Podcast, we talked about growing up with struggles, resilience and building a badass business. Hope you enjoy it! How To Figure Out What To Charge In Your BusinessWhen you start a business, the key is to focus on breaking even as you build your brand. Here are some steps to figure out what that looks like:With service based businesses in particular you have some flexibility when it comes to deciding on and evolving prices.Sit down and write down all of your overall expenses (personal cash flow needs + business expenses)Once you have this total you know your break even point and the minimum monthly money you must make in the business.Multiply this number by 12 to get your annual revenue minimumWorking backwards, decide on your minimum amount per service hour to account for break even plus any profit and reinvestment amount you would like (how many hours do you need to work per week to achieve this annual goal?)Take that hourly, or service based rate to the market and test it.Get feedback and adjust accordingly.This method seems simple, it’s just math, but take the time to apply it to the products and services you roll out to make sure it is sustainable.How To Build A Personal Brand As A Speaker And Thought LeaderUltimately it takes time, patience, networking and consistent brand development, but these steps will help you book more speaking gigs if that is your goal:Recognize what stories you could tell. And realize that everyone has a valuable story. Our stories are not more, or less valuable than each other, they’re just different.Appreciate that you likely will need some revenue, or savings to pursue this passion in the early stages as the brand grows.Start putting your stories out there. Connect with audiences on social media, enter speaking contests, speak as much as possible for free, and be a guest on podcasts, or lives where you can share the story.The key is to practice your storytelling, refine the stories and improve your comfort speaking. Get feedback and continue to adjust the way you tell stories, as it is a lifelong development process.Once you feel ready to charge, fix up your website to include a speaker’s reel, some testimonials and a contact me page. Share this information with as many people as possible.Continue to gain experience speaking, while taking the content from those speaking engagements and sharing it on social media. Be patient and repeat this process with links back to your website and the brand will scale.Memorable Quotes“I do believe everybody needs a website, because even if you don't ever sell anything, just think about how we operate. What's one of the first things we do? If we want to think about doing business with someone, we Google them and websites are the most important piece of Google content”“To find your passion, you have to try things. If you’re stuck, find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and can focus. Grab a good old fashioned pen or pencil and a piece of paper, or journal and start literally brain dumping. Don’t quantify any of your thoughts. Write them all down. Anything that makes you happy or brings you joy, write it down. Then ask yourself and your peers what your strengths are. You know have all of your strengths and interests recorded. Now brainstorm different combinations of passions to pursue by combining items from each list until you find one you want to try and simply give it a shot.”“You Are A Badass At Money is a great place to start uncovering what stories you're telling yourself about money. We need to improve our relationships with building wealth. Instead of thinking about it as an amount, it's an exchange of value. I'm giving you something of value and you're giving me something of value.”Guest BioStephanie Powell is a speaker, business strategist, brand designer and authenticity expert. She is also a lion chaser, a creative, a designer, a total nerd, an educator, a dancer, an Aggie (whoop), a photographer, an intense logophile, a walking juxtaposition, a fierce animal advocate, and a forever champion of the oxford comma. Oh, and Jesus is her homeboy. Her goal is to live life as authentically as humanly possible and surround myself with those souls who seek to do the same. And also, to enjoy as many side-splitting, crying, not-making-sound-anymore laughs as I can. Those are the best.  In 2018, she took the biggest leap of faith in her life thus far: resigning from 13 years in public education to start her own business in creative and graphic design and hasn’t looked back! FOLLOW STEPHANIEWebsite -Stephanie Powell SiteLinkedin - Stephanie PowellFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group: JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.

Aug 18

55 min 8 sec

This episode will help anyone trying to find their way in life. Especially if you want to start a business online. Irina coaches people to get clarity over their business goals and get started. She prides herself on helping people find full alignment and the pragmatic steps to getting those goals.Irina has a unique backstory that involves moving to a new country. She had to overcome a lot to learn the culture, build social networks and learn the language. Yet, in spite of the challenges, she was able to get an MBA and build a successful business.If anyone truly believes the idea that we are all unique and have gifts that we should share it’s Irina Buse.The LEARNED podcast will help you stop waiting and take action on your big dreams. It focuses on growth mindset, vulnerability and lifelong learning. We also discuss how the education system may not teach us what we need for our big goals. But, there are many great people to help you get started. Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave  “The LEARNED Podcast” reviews because it will help people find it. If you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.Episode NotesSome of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastOur guest in this episode, Irina Buse, truly understands what it means to overcome adversity en route to achieving your goals. She is a great example for people who want to pursue their own passions but don’t know where to start. She has an incredible resume when it comes to helping people get clarity over what they want to do in life. She has specific skills in supporting people who want to be their own boss. One of her greatest strengths is making business simple and practical for people.While she has a lot of corporate experience and an MBA, she prefers her work as an entrepreneur. Irina is a speaker, coach and consultant that supports people in finally taking that leap to pursue their dream work.She has quite the backstory of living in Romania during difficult political times, emigrating to Canada and having to start over, but really making a pretty special comeback.You don’t have to look any further than the testimonials on her website to know how many people she has helped. Like all of our guests, she is an inspiring example of pursuing your passions, doing what you love first, while worrying about money second, and most importantly, being a good person along the way. In episode 7 of The LEARNED Podcast, we talked about growing up with struggles, resilience and building a coaching business. Hope you enjoy! Keys To Keep In Mind As A New Business OwnerWhen you start a business, the key is to start really simple. Here are some stepsKnow your why and what that accomplishment would mean to youRealize that “failing” is going to happen a lot and it’s actually learningGet crystal clear on the community and audience you want to serveUnderstand all of the possible ways you could serve themServe that community as much as possible for freePick one of those ways and sit with the idea a bit so you know it’s for sureShare that with your community, and build testimonials, and referrals around that offerGet feedback and revise that offer, price, marketing strategy etc.Share the offer renewed, revised and continue to build the business by servingOnce that idea is established and automated you can move on to the next oneMemorable Quotes“When a baby learns to walk, you don’t get mad at failure. You celebrate the first step. But this is not how we function in regular life because we think that only success should be celebrated. It’s way more important to fail and learn than to get it right, because it helps us learn.”“Everybody should try to start a business. You don’t know if you are made to be an employee, or you are made to be an entrepreneur. Everyone should try. Because, it’s like your first relationship trying to find love. You need to give things a try to know .”“The way we conventionally measure time has nothing to do with our growth path. I think there is value in everything, because there is a lot of value that people can offer at any age. There is a huge difference between someone who is 14 and someone in their eighties.”“It will work when people need it. It doesn’t even matter what it is, but if people want it, it will work. It’s that simple.”“If you serve first and do it right, you won’t have to worry about money, you will have lots of money.”Guest BioIrina is a mindset coach specializing in supporting people to become their own boss by the power of their mind and emotions. Initially trained for the business world, she completed her formal education in business management, got her MBA and worked in different corporations for 20 years.Her passion is being close to people, feeling their story and helping them build the conditions for long lasting transformation.She changed careers in her late 30’s becoming a certified health coach empowering women from all walks of life.The programs she runs are around the concepts of spirituality, diet, mind management, habit change, communication and holistic, green living.This is the foundation for realizing your dreams. Be and stay in shape, without stressful effort and make peace with the worries, fear and power you have to live healthy. FOLLOW Irina BuseWebsite -IrinaBuse.ComLinkedin - Irina Buse MBAFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEClubhouse - Search: Justin ( JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok - @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok - @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.

Jul 26

45 min 35 sec

This episode will help anyone who struggles with their identity as a creative entrepreneur. We talked about school, growing up with a single mom, lifelong learning, starting your own business, building an app, marketing, and how to build a value ladder. If anyone speaks to the just keep learning mindset, it’s Ali Jones. She is an expert in all things brand building, parenting and productivity. She started out in nursing, followed by Hollywood, and then became a coach, entrepreneur, and fitness expert. With so much life experience that provided equal struggle to success, she has a lot to share about how to stay healthy while being a multi-passionate business owner.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastOur guest in this episode, Ali Jones, lives by the belief that we only get one life, so we might as well give it a shot to do what we truly love. Ali is one of those multi passionate leaders who has tried many things but never failed because she always learned.When you get to know Ali you will get a sense that continually finding out what you really love is the definition of success. A career isn’t only about money, it can be about connecting with a new audience, helping others succeed and finding what really brings your passion to life.In episode 6 of The Learned Podcast, we discussed the path she took to get to where she is, which included pursuing her first dream to be an actress, working as a nurse, time spent working on Hollywood films, starting her own business and much more.Ali talked about why she wasn’t overly keen on pursuing acting when she saw The Rock and other celebrities endure the popular life and how it helped steer her in the right direction. As she made this decision she cemented a belief that it’s more important to do things in line with our true values than chase things like prestige, or fame.Once she decided to go into business as an entrepreneur for herself she knew that the number one thing she could focus on was networking. She was willing to give up some personal revenue, and a paycheque to be mentored by those who have built businesses already. And that led to her building the confidence to launch her own app-based business. Like any intelligent person starting a business, Ali knew to focus on community, customer journey and solving a pain point. Ali built a web based app to create digital business cards as a means of making networking more efficient. Ali made it clear that accomplishing something like this is never an end game. As entrepreneurs we often pursue multiple ventures and ideas. Some will work, some won’t but we will always learn. Since learning is such an important topic for this show, Ali shared her own struggles with school. As she struggled through math she didn’t realize she had dyscalculia and built coping strategies to make it through. She was one of those students who knew how to play the game to succeed within the institution, but mentioned that we should not let grades determine our worth. It’s a trap where we think grades actually matter in the real world when they in fact don’t at all.We got into discussing topics of vulnerability, growth mindset and lifelong learning. We talked about her previous passions and the importance of high quality marketing, instead of gimmicks, or fads that come and go. Ali also told us which resources and people inspire and teach her about success in life and business. Example Value LadderA value ladder is made up of the possible touch points a customer, or community member could have with your business. They range from free to expensive and can be only a couple of things, or many. Here is an example mentioned by Ali in our interview.Free download (course, e-book, podcast) that brings real value on the topic that your possible customers, or audience will really appreciateFree 30 minute call where you don't do any research ahead of time. Just focus on whatever the client could need most and discuss possible solutions to social media, brand building, goal setting and productivity. Give some possible action steps to go and apply.60 minutes paid coaching where there was some research beforehand about areas of improvement, possible ideas and themes to discuss. A power hour where you can discuss the current pros and cons of the business, or life goals. As well as a prescription for next action steps. Could include a courteous follow up call for 15 minutes or so in the future.Paid course or membership with ongoing learning and support for a set price, or monthly recurring revenue where over time you are able to contextually support a group with their goals. Ideally it creates a community to support each other and gives support over an extended period of time.One on one coaching experience, where the topics from the course, or membership can be tackled in depth and very specific to the individual. Ideally regular follow up and a contract that extends over a few months will have the greatest impact.Memorable Quotes“Nobody can help you get to that next level in your business unless you're honest about where it is you need to get and what you need to get there. Nobody can help. They will help you, if you tell them how and if you're honest. But if you're pretending like you're already there and you've already quote-unquote made it, then obviously no one's going to lift a finger.”“I would say that I wish I had quit trying to blame somebody else for it, regardless of if there is somebody to blame. At the end of the day, you're the only person that can really fix it.”“I was with Dwayne Johnson, The Rock. I was assigned to give him his cues for the scene. And it was probably like a three hour process. It was a really long shoot that day. And he is the kindest person in the entire universe. And he was constantly stopping to go and manage "celebrity-ness" of signing autographs.”“When it comes to collaboration with similar business owners, instead of them being competition, I really respect them and love what they're doing, and I wouldn't want to do exactly what it is that they're doing. So it's a great way for me to be able to bring that other missing piece that my course doesn't provide and gives them an opportunity to plug their business too.”“Grades always try to determine your worth. But I think it's really your perseverance to get over whatever systemic system is set up, you can have the worst grades in school or not even finish, but if you can still find value in learning, as long as you can still do something that you feel proud of, that's going to give you all the confidence you need that grades can never do because grades aren't real life.”Guest BioAli Jones is a highly experienced customer service and marketing professional with a broad range of skills and expertise in multiple disciplines. When it comes to business she is excellent in sales, research, promotions, customer management, copywriting and speaking.To say she has a lot of life and career experience would be a huge understatement. She has worked as a personal assistant for Hollywood filmmaking, built an app as a CEO of her own company, and worked in nursing. She uses the valuable and varied insights she’s gained from her background to help people understand and stay consistent with their personal brand. She also helps businesses grow their potential customer awareness, increase conversion rates and develop practical marketing solutions.Ali's experience developing and launching new products gives customers confidence in her ability to quickly understand, assess, and recommend solutions to a variety of hurdles inherent in the brand development and customer retention process. She is also a very effective coach when it comes to life, productivity, social media and business goals.FOLLOW ALI JONESInstagram - @alijones.coFacebook - Ali JonesLinkedIn - Ali JonesFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEClubhouse - Search: Justin ( JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.

May 2

1 hr

This episode will help any creative entrepreneur thrive. We talked a lot about learning, starting your own business, owning your goals, marketing and how to succeed in the world of e-commerce, or hip hop. Hayden is an expert in all things social media, brand awareness, and digital marketing. He started his own digital agency, Cashion marketing before completing university. As a former athlete, sponsored skater, and hip hop artist, he has powerful tips to share on growth mindset.The first season of LEARNED is all about business. So, we tackle how to stop waiting and start taking action. We also discuss how the education system may not teach us what we need for business. But, there are many great people to help you get started. Reach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries at +1 (313) 710-5499We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave  “The LEARNED Podcast” reviews because it will help people find it. And if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Episode NotesBest Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastDid you know that paid social media advertising is one of the quickest and most effective ways to build your brand? It isn’t only about sales, it can be about connecting with a new audience and growing your community. Our guest in this episode, Hayden Cashion, has an incredible tagline for helping attract clients. Hey says simply, “D.M. me to grow your business.”In episode 5 of The Learned Podcast, Hayden shares how it can be a realistic dream to pursue your passion, no matter what it is. We discussed the challenges of creating an online business, or brand, but provided a lot of solutions. For example, less so tips and tricks, and more on improving your attitude. If you want to succeed in a passion and you are willing to map toward long term ambition, then you will succeed. Hayden explains how it can be challenging, yet so rewarding to pivot and pursue your passion. Then perhaps pivot again as you get closer and closer to your big dream. He shares the importance of having a long term mindset and how to efficiently leverage your social media as an investment. One of the great points Hayden made in this episode is that short term pain is well worth it for long term satisfaction if it prevents regret, which is like long term sadness.Since learning is such an important topic for this show, we asked Hayden how he feels education can do a better job of serving those who gave up on school at a young age and he had some really good ideas. We talked about having more general knowledge in school, so that everyone learns the valuable basics and has a chance to explore their passions with freedom. We got into discussing topics of lifelong learning, his previous passions and the value of hip hop on both his life and the culture of social media. He let us in on some stories about who inspires him and how his mind works when it comes to goal setting. We talked about vulnerability as one of the most important aspects of goal setting. Not only is Hayden a worldwide leader in digital marketing, he also creates a lot of tremendous personal brand content that serves his audience. He is a public speaker, hosts clubhouse rooms and is a great role model for anyone in this digital age.  How To Start As A Hip Hop ArtistStart by studying the market to find people who have done similar things to what you want to do already.Make a list of people who have been there before that become your role modelsNext, find a style and playbook that some artists used that you feel you could relate with and emulate. Did they try to pop viral songs, or build a high volume of albums consistent with their own values? How did they brand their art?Once you figure out the plan of attack, start putting in that work by building habits that map to that ambition.Have the expectation that you need to do a lot of work without any results early on and then you will be able to stick with it if you love it.How To Start A Youtube Show About Building A Vintage Clothing StoreFirst off find someone who has done it before and study what they did.Don't portray yourself as an expert. Show the real you, say an 18 year old girl who's just coming out of addiction and learning how to build a vintage clothing store.It takes the pressure off, knowing what you're talking about or knowing what you're doing.Document the journey. Don’t overthink the creating of content, you can just document the process of learning.Remember to shift your perspective. You can be an amateur with patience, and now you're interesting to watch. People want to watch you build things over the long term and see the process, which makes it more special.Memorable Quotes“I wasn't planning on starting a business as early as I did. The reason I did that early was because I had demand for it. So I knew I was going to make it. And, no time like the present. Right? feel like when you're young is the time to take as much risk as possible because, if my business failed, I would just go get another job. I didn't have a house. I didn't have a wife, I didn't have kids. I didn't have all these things relying on me. So I was able to just go full risk. And for me, I didn't really care if it failed and people laughed at me either. I'm OK with judgment. So, I just went for it.”“If you want to build a personal brand around one facet of who you are as a human being, it's important to create an alter ego, or a name for that. So that you can then go back and be who you are. A kind of a stupid example, but like Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana. Hannah Montana was just one aspect of who she was as a true person. Then when she switched to Miley Cyrus, she was kind of her whole package.”“Focus on quantity, because quality is subjective, quantity isn't. So if you put out ten pieces a week, you know that's ten pieces a week. Whereas if you put out ten quality pieces, then you're just making a subjective decision. Right? The amount of times I've run campaigns for people and what they thought would work and what I thought would work didn't work. It was actually the other stuff that we tested that worked.”“Short term pain is well worth it for long term satisfaction if it prevents regret, which I feel is like long term sadness.Guest BioHayden is a multi passionate person. At a young age he already has a wealth of experience in different industries from hip-hop, to digital marketing and many things in between. He has a lot of wisdom too, which serves him well with his own goals in life and business.Hayden talks a lot about how he finds happiness in helping others achieve their goals. He does this through personal branding, content creation and digital marketing. Hayden is the owner of Cashion Marketing, a brand built on his personal values and that operates as a digital agency in Ottawa, Canada. As a business, Cashion Marketing helps clients achieve their business goals. This can be done through helping with brand building, attracting leads and creating awareness organically. And he also leverages paid digital ads to deliver his clients the best possible business results, when it comes to growing the brand, or conversions. There is no denying that both his personal brand and his business success will keep skyrocketing because it is built on his ability to put people first. If you are looking for someone to follow when it comes to business, marketing, and mindset, then look no further than Hayden and his workFOLLOW HAYDEN CASHIONInstagram - @haydencashionFacebook - Cashion Marketing Twitter - @HaydenCashionLinkedIn - Hayden CashionFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEClubhouse - Search: Justin ( JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningSchool - Just Keep Learning SchoolFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.

Mar 6

1 hr 2 min

A world leader in digital marketing and live streaming, Stephanie is the host of Lights, Camera, Live and the co-founder of Leap Into Live Streaming Bootcamp. It can be difficult, but everyone can learn to turn their passions into a business. Once you get past the struggle phase to the strive phase it is so worth it! In this episode, Hey Stephanie Liu explains how it can be done. She has spoken at Social Media Marketing World, VidCon, Podcast Movement, and co-authored the Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing. Now she is bringing knowledge and wisdom to the Learned Podcast.Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Modern Mobile Recording Site: SquadcastReach out anytime! Text your questions to JustTries anytime at +1 (313) 710-5499Did you know video can be one of the best ways to connect with your audience? Our guest in this episode, Hey Stephanie, has an incredible tagline for helping brands stand out. She asks, “are you tired of being the best kept secret online?”In episode 4 of The Learned Podcast, Stephanie shares how it can be a realistic dream to start your own profitable and creative business. But, we also get into the challenges of starting an online business and how live video can really help connect with your audience. In this episode we get into the value of starting a business in order to design life the way you want. Stephanie explains how it can be challenging, yet so rewarding to figure out what kind of business you want to create and how to get started. She shares the importance of putting family first and how to safely leverage your skills as a freelancer to build a profitable business.One of the great points Stephanie made in this episode was how the skill of communication between people is important for all aspects of life. Communication is key in both business and relationships. She speaks to the power of storytelling as the number one tip she would pass on to the next generation.Since learning is such an important topic for this show, we asked Stephanie how she feels education can do a better job of serving multi-passionate, creative entrepreneurs from a younger age. We got into discussing topics of lifelong learning, various learning styles and the importance of real-world experience. She let us in on her own experience showing her nephew what it can be like to work remotely and become a live streamer. Stephanie is the co-author of an incredible book, The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing. It gives readers a 360-degree perspective of social media marketing in business. And gives strategy for organic, paid, business to business and business to consumer marketing.Not only is Stephanie a worldwide leader in live video, she also teaches online courses to serve her audience. While the instruction details vary, her favorite topics are neuro linguistic programming, growing on social media and how to start your own live show. So let’s look at each of those in a bit more detail.Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a powerful tool that puts you in control of your life. It helps you fully understand how your thinking impacts your behavior and results in life.Our mind is our greatest wealth-building asset. When we fully grasp how our thoughts have an effect on how we think and feel, we have a better understanding of how our mindset determines our outcomes.It will help you overcome limiting beliefs and communicate more effectivelyIt will help you master the art of confidence to deliver spell-binding presentations and captivate any audienceGrowing A Community On Social MediaStephanie agrees that it is valuable to have your brand exist across all of the popular platforms. However, she is a proponent that when you are starting to build an audience, you need focus and consistency. She believes the best place for this is wherever your audience is. For her, and likely the majority, a great place to start is Facebook. Stephanie recommends creating a genuinely helpful Facebook group that can grow over time. She explains how sharing the link to your Facebook group all over social media, email, videos and posts is a great way to quickly grow a collaborative community. It’s not just about selling. While that can be valuable, understanding Facebook as a great way to support each other is the most important part. It can be a confusing place to start and Stephanie explains the difference between a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group.Finally, she described how interesting it is to grow your personal brand. Over time, using a nickname like “Hey Stephanie” she started receiving a lot of inbound requests for support and speaking engagements. She tells a funny story about the first time she ever experienced the idea of “blowing up” beyond your immediate friends and family. Keys To Live StreamingTo be memorable, you need to have a strong brand and embody the same personality every time you go live. Think hard about your brand personality and how you want to express yourself.Focus first on where your audience is most engaged. You have a group of ambassadors that need what you are teaching, so keep it simple and serve where they are.Go live as regularly as possible, such as once a week. Remember, at first you need to reach as many people as you can.Don’t be afraid to promote your show to friends, colleagues, family, on social media, to your email lists, text communities, and groups.After you go live, you also need to measure the success of your awareness content. Get feedback from viewers about what they appreciate and desire.As you stream, engage in conversations with your audience. Ask them questions and make them feel like they are a part of your show.To promote sales, which should be done at most 10 percent of your time, be direct: “Buy now.” “Sign up today!” “Book now!”When it comes to being shy on camera many people face barriers such as Imposter Syndrome, comparing themselves to others, trying to be perfect, being shy, or wanting a certain production level. All of these things are defeated by taking immediate, imperfect action, where the only goal is progress, not outcome related.Plan your live streaming process by creating a tech checklist for starting the show, testing the audio, visual set up, using a rough outline, introducing yourself and/or a guest to the audience, maintaining momentum throughout the show, thanking your audience every now and again and wrapping with a summary and call to action.Finally, don’t let the great content die on the live show, be sure to repurpose highlight moments to bring value to your audience on other platforms.People love authenticity and a real personality where mistakes are something that you embrace, where the raw, free-flowing nature becomes the appeal.Memorable Quotes“I would recommend a split strategy. Try to get a job that will fuel your passion project, instead of being a starving artist. Don’t just scrape by. What if what if you could have just a bit of stability where you're working, maybe that nine to five and then towards the evening you're making steps to learning that software or making those connections and going to those networking events because you have the funds to do so.”“When you put yourself out there, I think vulnerability is the admission ticket to creativity. And I think it's one of those things where you could put yourself out there and share your story, that people are going to love that in the sense that they could relate to you. They could probably find something like, oh, I've heard something similar, or I've gone through that before.”“I think most people just need accountability. That's another thing is just accountability, because it's so easy to want to jump around, especially when you're reading like a “how to” manual, right? You just have to flip through, but then you need someone that's going to hold you accountable, like you should read this first before you start that for where you are at.”“If I could give you one piece of advice, something that you could always work on that's going to impact you in all areas of your life, both personal and professional, it's honing in on your communication skills. It's not just about the words that you say. It's about how you're able to listen to someone else and you're able to see it from their viewpoint and you're able to resolve conflicts. I think communication is one of those things where most of the problems in the world exist because there's always a communication breakdown. And I think if we all worked on being better listeners, being better communicators, then we wouldn't have as many problems as we would today.”Guest BioStephanie Liu is a live video strategist for brands and entrepreneurs who want to go from unknown to unforgettable. She lives in San Diego and got her start in digital strategy fifteen years ago serving in the ad agency world. She has since built an impressive entrepreneurial career that includes freelance consulting, course creation and a couple of different social media based companies. She is an advocate of the power of live video, teaching people to leverage lives to get more exposure for all sorts of brands. Stephanie also shows people how to improve their on camera presence. She coaches them by improving both the technical aspects of production and storytelling to become irresistible on camera. She has helped many personalities, from astronauts to master chefs ignite their ideas and become confident on camera. As she has become a veteran in entrepreneurship, she is a leader in helping others start their own thing too. She would be a tremendous role model for anyone looking to become an entrepreneur. As a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming trainer, Stephanie teaches brain hacks to help people overcome their fears of public speaking by rewiring their minds for success. With her proven system, clients discover how to create crave-worthy content, get audiences buzzing with excitement, and how to deliver a spell-binding presentation that hooks viewers in. She is the co-founder of “Leap Into Live Streaming Bootcamp” and continues to produce an awesome show in “Lights, Camera, Live” which airs every second Thursday. You can find past episodes on the Website.Stephanie has been named in the Top 50 Digital Marketing Thought Leaders by University of Missouri and her work has been recognized by Forbes, Online Marketing Media And Advertising, PR Daily, and Forrester. She has spoken at Social Media Marketing World, VidCon, Podcast Movement, and many more events to come. Stephanie is also the co-author of Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing, published by Entrepreneur Press. FOLLOW HEY STEPHANIEWebsite - LightsCameraLive HOMEInstagram - @heystephanieliuFacebook - Social Media Strategist GROUPTwitter - HeyStephanieLinkedIn - Stephanie LiuYoutube - Stephanie LiuFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEClubhouse - Search: Justin ( JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningSchool - Just Keep Learning SchoolFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.

Jan 22

59 min 27 sec

In this episode, Jacob Kelly, former social media marketing manager of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, and founder of JAK Marketing brings a ton of value for anyone who wants to learn to turn their creative passions into a business. The first season of The LEARNED Podcast is all about online business. So, we definitely tackle how to stop waiting and start taking action. We also get into the way that the education system may not teach us what we need for business. He talks about how much of what you learn in online business and social media marketing will be learned only by doing. But, that school can in fact give us the foundation to get there. Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Remote Interview Recording Software: SquadcastDid you know most people quit producing their podcast by episode seven? Jacob discusses the difficulties of persisting, but how to build systems and habits that will help you surpass this seven episode barrier.Jacob has shown perseverance as he has gone from episode zero to well over a hundred with hardly missing a beat. We discussed the idea that as creative people we need to find ways to carve our own paths. This can be in our own work, or in our side hustles. Or both. Jacob is the founder of JAKMarketing and hosts the hit podcast My Social Life, in partnership with Trufan. We went deep into the topics that are discussed on his podcast. Specifically how we are often curating our own social media content to build a reputation, but that there is always a real person behind the feed and stories. We discussed in great detail how to start a podcast, from the technology requirements to editing, uploading and everything in between. Jacob answers questions like how did you get started? What is the free way to start a podcast? And how do we go about marketing each episode to get the most engagement.Finally, we discussed that having purpose and meaning in our work is so important. Jacob shared his own current learning goals and some wisdom for young entrepreneurs. This is one of those episodes that could have went on for days. You are sure to learn a lot from giving this one a listen.Keys To Starting A PodcastI have lists all over the place. I have a list on Twitter of people to D.M. to come on a podcast. I have a folder on my Instagram of photos I've saved of people to reach out to. I also have a note on my phone that I write in when people come to me, or I see their stuff. So I have lists all over the place. I'll find those and I'll start messaging people.It is different being a guest, but I actually love being the interviewee because in every single podcast I get something different out of being the guest. Right? I think part of my love of being a guest is because if I ever have a job interview or something, I would do far better than I would before.I found that I learned by doing, I learned so much more by doing and I figured out my podcast interview cadence. I figured out how to edit better. I figured out how to read people better. There's just things that you're only going to be able to learn by actually doing it. So what I always tell people is to just start!I think it was the commitment to having my first guest that got me from planning to taking action on the podcast. It held me accountable to getting it together and figuring out how to edit and all that stuff.Anchor is completely free, but I was being fancy and I got Simplecast. Fifteen bucks a month, I believe is what the charge is and again, it's very similar to anchor, a little bit different. It comes with its own website for your podcast and you can brand it yourself.It's great for preserving your audio. If anything weird happens and it’s the best sounding audio quality of anything that I've ever used to record audio remotely. With Zoom, it would transmit from my computer to your computer and record on your computer. When it's recording straight into your computer, it keeps it in a higher audio quality.A negative is the amount of time commitment that podcasting takes. But to not scare anybody listening to this, it doesn't have to be that way. I don't have to do any of that. I choose to. If you want to just sit down, you can literally stop recording, schedule and be done with it and spend two minutes editing the podcast. With my personality type, I have to do it that way. But you don't have to if you're starting.High School Creativity And BusinessJacob talks about his creativity growing up and how it actually started with an interest in the film industry. He started out wanting to be a filmmaker in a role of director and writer. But, he found very little outlet for that passion. And social media was yet to be an interconnected space where he could do as much self learning as someone could now.We talked about the fact that now, even though it’s not too long later, it’s much clearer that you can find very high quality learning opportunities on google, or social media platforms.But, turning to where there were possibilities in highschool, he got interested in business and enrolled in a specific highschool program where he got to make his first pitch for investment dollars. Funny enough, that became a digital media agency to bring local businesses a greater return on marketing investments. He explains how education, both in highschool and college didn’t lead to specifics for starting his businesses. But that it did establish a solid foundation for him to build off of. While there is a lot of hate for formal education, it can really create a base for us to then go pursue strengths and interests on.Memorable Quotes“It was pretty quickly on, that I realized the relationships I'm going to form through the podcast are far more valuable or equally as valuable as the downloads. My podcast has connected me with people literally all over the world, Australia, England, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Florida, all over the world.”“I didn't start recording because I didn't think I was ready. I had to figure out the podcast name, had to come up with cover art and I had to be able to do my intro and had to know who I was going to interview. I had to figure out how to get guests and how to do interviews. You could have given me another six months of trying to figure it out. I still wouldn't have been ready because I found that I only learned by doing.”“Just start, especially for your audience. I think that's going to be key. To stop debating and start doing because you're going to learn. You're never going to be ready by thinking, planning and strategizing. I understand that it does have a place and that can be important. But there's a point where it becomes counterproductive, so just start and you'll figure it out along the way.”Guest BioJacob Kelly got his start in sports social media at 19 years old as the Digital Manager for the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League. He built their social marketing strategy and scaled the platforms to great heights, earning and approximate earned media value of $1,480,000 in his time with the team.In January 2020, Jacob started his own company, JAK Marketing and has since taken it full time. Prior to running this agency, he was the Digital Manager for the Ottawa REDBLACKS, responsible for all social media channels, email and web content.In addition to the CFL day job, he leveraged his podcasting experience to launch a second show, called REDBLACKS Unfiltered, which launched at the top of the football podcast charts.In partnership with Trufan, Jacob hosts the hit podcast “My Social Life”. A podcast that he started a few years ago to tell the stories behind the people on social media. He continues to be a leader in the podcast space and has interviewed many influencers in the online marketing world. He’s interviewed over a hundred people, including YouTuber JustDustin, Karla Gregg, Nik Sharma, Sean Does Magic and more! FOLLOW JACOBWebsite - JacobKellyHOMEInstagram - @thejacobkellyTwitter - @TheJacobKellyLinkedIn - JacobKellyYoutube - JacobKellyFOLLOW TRUFAN Website - TrufanHOMEInstagram - @TrufanYouTube - TrufanInc.LinkedIn - TrufanCompanyTwitter -  @TrufanIOFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Website - JustTriesHOMEInstagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGWebsite - JKLHOMEInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningSchool - Just Keep Learning SchoolFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityConnect with Justin:  To join our texting community for secrets and motivation to help you for FREE, just text +1 (313) 710-5499Best Remote Interview Recording Software: SquadcastWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave “The LEARNED Podcast” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.

Nov 2020

55 min 24 sec

Everyone can learn to turn their creative passions into a business. In this episode of Learned, David Speed of Creative Rebels UK talks about how to build a creative business, especially if school isn’t for you. Other advice includes how to ignore the haters and become successful in pursuing your passions, starting a podcast and much more!Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Remote Interview Recording Software: SquadcastEveryone can learn to turn their creative passions into a business. In this episode, David Speed of Creative Rebels UK talks about how to build a creative business, especially if school isn’t for you. How to ignore the haters and become successful pursuing your passions, how to start a podcast and much more!The first season of LEARNED is all about online business. So, we definitely tackle how to get started with monetization of your creativity. But we also go deep on the way the education system fails so many of us and talk a lot about how to start a podcast.In this episode, David talks about dark times and how learning to becoming a better painter helped him regain happiness. He shares his experiences with learning, inspiration from his dad about being an entrepreneur, becoming a public speaker and much more.We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social.Episode NotesWe discussed the idea that creative people are often made to feel like outsiders. The right brain, random, creative rebels are people who just want to be free to share their art. But, how do you monetize this? How do you pay the bills and support your family long term with a creative career?We discuss the concepts of patience, perseverance and knowing your own big dreams when it comes to building the life you want, instead of what other people tell you to do. David has proved to the world that this can be done and one of his greatest passions is sharing how to do this with youth, teachers, parents and companies to help them do it for themselves.David talks about how mainstream education was built as a system to fuel factories with workers a hundred years ago. We talk about how important learning is and what the difference is compared to education. Learning is everything. David also has a pretty wise belief that learning leads to mental health. It seems roundabout, but it’s not. If you’re engaged with lifelong learning, then you will progress in your passions and as you make progress you will feel happiness more often. One of the main things that ran throughout this episode was the concept of how to start a podcast yourself.Keys To Starting A PodcastOur rule was that we only do in person podcasts. But we realized it’s better to be flexible, and use things like Zoom calls to overcome barriers to working with guests. And when you think about it, some of the biggest one’s like Tim Ferris have always been remote.Pick a name and go with it, use the best equipment that you currently have and get started, that’s the best way to learn and build at the beginning.Don’t listen to the haters, or those that don’t care about the show. They don’t matter. People will judge you for starting a podcast but you don’t want them in your audience anyways.When it comes to the information you discuss and share be sure to keep the end user in mind. What do your listeners like to hear and in what format? As you grow to understand your audience your show will evolve and adjust. It’s ok to get creative, but be on topic and on point for them more often than you are not.One thing about the type of content you make for your show, and it’s amazing is that podcasts are evergreen. So, that means that as a show grows and more people are exposed to it, they can always go back and find earlier episodes. The key is to build content that you know once you develop a following and subscriber base that you are leaving things they will still love to go listen to.When it comes to getting people on your show, potential guests are busy, so I understand them being protective of their time. At the same time, you know, I think it's totally worth the effort to just try, because if you ask a hundred people, one of them will say yes. It becomes a numbers game.To grow your show, don’t go chasing followers. This way you will build an engaged audience that truly cares what you are building. What you should do is plant as many flags as possible. A flag is every piece of content, or networking interaction you have. Touch points with potential supporters and collaborators. Doing this more and more ensures that opportunities and support for your work will flow to you. It's always worth planting the flag because you never know who will see it.School TalkSchool was not the right fit for David. He made it through, but for a world class artist, he only ever got C’s in his favorite subject of art. In main school he felt like an outsider who didn’t belong. Even in art he was never considered good. In fact, one teacher told him that he needed to find a “realistic” job because painting wasn’t an actual career.We got to talking about how the ones who are supposed to be lifting us up are also the ones with direct access to tear us down. It’s the people like David, who find something deep inside to keep pursuing their passion. They continue to follow their dream in the face of hater and push on. We talked about why this might be. Perhaps it was the influence of his father who followed and monetized his trade as a career as well. Or simply the fact that he knew painting would bring him mental health at a minimum. We also discussed Andria Zafirakou, an art educator who won teacher of the year in 2018 and often buys supplies with her own money so her students can access creative passions like painting and drawing. It’s teachers like this who bring the things that really light a student's soul on fire into the classroom that make a real difference.How To Start A PodcastDavid reminds us that success in any creative field is dependent on the amount of work and focus we put into it. The only way to get better at podcasting is to create a podcast. Just get started. Don’t slow down to think too long about a name, equipment, or who your guest will be.When it comes to building a following realize that this will take a three year plan in many cases. If you work hard for three years, put in the consistent effort you simply will be successful. But one of the most important things to keep in mind is the feelings of the end user. Get feedback on what people like, don’t like and learn how to improve, pivot and get more feedback. The best approach we can make is to implement the design approach to our business and podcast life. Memorable Quotes“My advice to people choosing a podcast name would be pick something and go with it, because too many people spend six months wondering what it's going to be called, when they could just be recording. At the end of the day, the name is not important.”“Learning is everything, I think that so much of happiness is built up in progression, and I think the more that you progress, the happier you can become. And I think that comes from learning.”“Whatever your dream is, there's a person on the planet who will make that happen for you. You just don't have access to that person yet.”Guest BioIn 2010 he started his first business, Graffiti Life. They started as two street artists taking their talents to paint residential bedrooms, but quickly realized that a move to more corporate settings would make the business more scalable and feed more artists.At this time they pivoted to networking with larger businesses and it worked. In the years that followed we have generated a massively successful business. Our team has grown from three to fifteen and we regularly make art for global brands like Nike, L’Oreal and Disney.David started the podcast as a way to share their business with potential customers. But, the main reason was to help people learn to start their own creative businesses.Alongside his business partner and fellow creative rebel Adam, he started the Creative Rebels Podcast.Creative Rebels launched to number 1 in the business charts. It has also been featured on Apple’s ‘New and Noteworthy’, ‘Be your own boss’ and as one of iTunes recommended business podcasts. The show has also been featured by Spotify as the top podcast for ‘Fuel Your Creativity’.FOLLOW DAVIDInstagram - @davidspeedukTwitter - @davidspeedukLinkedIn - DavidSpeedukFOLLOW REBELS CREATEInstagram- @RebelsCreateFOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningSchool - Just Keep Learning SchoolFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityConnect with Justin:  To join our texting community for secrets and motivation to help you for FREE, just text +1 (313) 710-5499Best Remote Interview Recording Software: SquadcastWe appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social. 

Oct 2020

50 min 39 sec

Buster talks about the rise as a broadcaster, blogger, and business owner all before the age of 16. He’s built a social media giant in Hoopsnation and works with the NBA, record labels, athletes, and artists to increase their digital impact. We got to talking about school, dealing with the haters, how to start as a rapper and building businesses from a young age. But most importantly, how to follow your dreams while being a good person along the way.Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Keep in mind that we link these companies and their products because of their quality.Best Remote Interview Recording Software: SquadcastSo, who better to kick The LEARNED Podcast off than someone who started building a pretty badass basketball media company from the age of 14?I believe strongly that there is no such thing as a self-made person. In this episode, Buster Scher talks about this when it comes to how important collaboration is.. We discussed the idea that the music we loved growing up always brings us back. We didn’t spend too much time discussing Buster’s come up, because it’s been so well documented in previous podcasts. You can check out a great episode from Jacob Kelly’s, “My Social Life Podcast” for example where they go over some of these great beginnings. It was really powerful to hear Buster tell us how Seth Godin. Yes, THE Seth Godin, was the person who predicted Buster would start his career without going to college. Not only did it become the reality, but he’s also done quite well without it.We talk about this notion for a little while about whether or not college is valuable. In my opinion, if you know a program that requires specific training, then it is a must.Buster talks about how over-priced formal education is when it comes to the amount of time wasted and the price versus what you learn. He has some great ideas about what we should teach, such as networking in third grade. He also brings up the fact that curation may be the key to helping people learn in a digital world. Maybe we won’t learn a lot of academic things on social media, but we don’t have to learn them from a college. So, where could we learn them from? Perhaps the key is people curating great learning so that people know where they can go to learn, from the best, for free, or close to it.Right now, the only thing everyone has to do, aside from food is learning, and so we discuss how eventually major brands and corporations will take over education. It seems inevitable.Entrepreneurial MindsetBuster brings us into his mindset when he goes on to talk about how important it is to find your passions, discover what you love and really pursue it full speed. He says this was one of the main reasons why “bullying” didn’t impact him as much as it could have, because he was always so grateful with being able to try to do what he loves and tune the rest out. When discussing the potential struggles with drugs and alcohol that youth face, Buster brought up a very important point. That we need to put people into more positions where their goal is so important to them that they will decide more and more often to choose to take the more efficient route. To do things that will help them achieve that goal.A powerful moment was when Buster talked about enjoying what you do so much that the process is the fun part, not the end result. This is coming from someone who has millions of followers across multiple social media platforms, yet still practices what he preaches. Buster is a big believer that the majority of things we do when we find our true passions are enjoyable. There will always be additives that aren’t as exciting, but if we audit life we definitely should enjoy seventy-five percent of it. The humble nature that Buster brings to collaboration is truly incredible. Leveraging that level of being a great teammate makes it pretty obvious as to why he is rising to the top of the online business game. Here are some things that came up in the episode that would help anyone looking to start their own online business.Keys To Building A BusinessCollaboration is so important from a growth standpoint because it allows you to reach other audiences you may not have otherwise and teamwork makes things way more fun.Paying attention to the market is one of the first most important things you should do when starting in online business. Pay attention to those who are successful doing something similar to what you want to do. Study what they do and why they’re successfulNetworking is one of the most important skills that we don’t explicitly teach young people enough. It is such a super skill that seems very underrated.Create as soon as possible. Don’t spend too much time consuming the work of others, because the more you start building your work, the more you will be able to succeed with your own work and appeal to more and more people.Scaling up is all about putting work out there and sharing it with people at your level. Putting more work out there, hitting people a bit higher and ratcheting it up and then it’s over.Automate, and make things more efficient, so that you can spend time doing more things that you love doing and that is unique to your skillset, and less of what someone else can do.Live content is the best content because it is raw and there's a different connection. The action is exactly what you see and people connect to it. It’s also efficient because you don’t have to edit as much.Sports TalkWe had a funny moment when I asked Buster, “why hockey is better than basketball” which actually turned into a funny story about his experience with hockey. Buster talked about the business side of sports and how it is a really good example of teaching people to start their own business. And that things like time management, effort, and perseverance we see in sport are reflective of what we see in business.When it comes to athletes or people in business, it is so important to put people in positions where they can build confidence and succeed.In sports, Buster talks about the fact that sports card ownership makes him a fan of players that he, in many ways, has stock in. He also discusses how beyond that, it’s all about appreciating greatness. Looking up to the athletes that stay on top of their game the longest because it’s so hard to do. Towards the end of the episode, Buster gets into talking about sports cards and his subsidiary under Hoopsnation, called Cardsnation. The sports card market is taking off and Buster is ahead of the curve by investing, trading, studying, and selling. But above all, he’s already building a brand in the sports cards industry. If all other projects are any indication, Cardsnation will be pretty big, pretty quickly too.Social Media UseWe threw around the idea of making learning more mainstream. Discussing things like social media by going a little rapid-fire. Buster talked about Facebook and how it has its ups and downs but is still a valuable platform. How it can be valuable to go where the attention is and figure out how to grow the brand across platforms that are working at the time. We brought up the idea of using Youtube and Twitch for more than entertainment, but for education as well. There are definitely pros and cons, but it’s a cool idea to have learned on a cool platform. Buster discusses his current ambition to have a positive impact on the world through more than just sports influencing. He speaks highly of Joe Rogan and the skillset of building a network of great people. Ultimately, that’s what learning is, being able to tap into great minds when you need them, and Buster is also well on his way to building such a massive team in life.Memorable Quotes“When it comes to collaboration, I don’t really put much thought into it, because of how much I believe that it is a necessity. It’s one, or it’s both. Either you work alone, or you work alone and with other people. It’s a no brainer in my opinion.”“It’s worth holding out, by doing something organic, instead of trying to make a quick buck and then selling out your merch. It’s just worth it.”“Everything you want to do takes ten times longer than you think it will and you gotta just stick it out if you love it.”“Something scary that happens on social media is when someone blows up. I think that is the worst thing that can happen because it creates an unsustainable level of success from the beginning. You get everything too quick and therefore you lose it quick too.”Guest Bio At Just Keep Learning we are all about being able to focus on following your dreams. Not just dreaming, but feeling safe and supported to do it! We want kids pursuing passions with an insane drive where they know they can’t possibly lose. Buster is the perfect role model for this mindset.Buster has built a brand with his companies and on a personal level that is all about his passions first. He is a tremendous role model for growth mindset, goal setting, and vulnerability.  He is what the internet might consider and influencer, or sports personality, known best for founding the basketball brand Hoopsnation. His accounts earn millions of views, visits, and followers. But beyond social media, he is an all-around first-class entrepreneur. He is able to leverage his ability to network, create content, and his love for all things business of sport to create a career that he loves and owns. To see where someone who started his business in high school is able to grow in the years to come will be incredible. 😉 CONNECT WITH BUSTERInstagram - @BusterYouTube - Buster ScherTwitter - @BusterScherFacebook - Buster Scher😉 FOLLOW HOOPS NATIONInstagram - @HoopsNationFacebook - Hoops Nation😉 CONNECT WITH JUSTIN (JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just Tries😉 CONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningSchool - Just Keep Learning SchoolFree Group - JKL Goal Setting CommunityBest Remote Interview Recording Software: SquadcastConnect with Justin:  To join our texting community for secrets and motivation to help you for FREE, just text +1 (313) 710-5499*We appreciate you being here! Be sure to leave the podcast, “LEARNED” ratings and reviews because it will help people who need it be better able to find it. Also, if you want a shoutout, simply share an image of the episode, you listening, or your takeaways and share it @JustTries anywhere on social*

Aug 2020

46 min 56 sec

Connect with Justin:  To join our texting community for secrets and motivation to help you for FREE, just text +1 (313) 710-5499SummaryThe Mission of Just Keep Learning is to combine entertainment with education to help people learn in the real world. "Learned" is a show where Justin (@JustTries) interviews experts in their field to help people learn from the best. Each season the skill we learn changes, but it always involves vulnerability, dreaming big, and growth mindset.TrailerEveryone has the ability to chase their dreams. Yet, we let so many things get in the way.Everyone has the ability to be a great teacher. Yet, we over complicate.If you are listening to this right now, thank you. Contrary to popular belief, the most difficult thing in starting a show is not getting started. It’s getting people to know about it. If you like learning, growth mindset and vulnerability, then this podcast is for you! Welcome to the trailer for LEARNED, I’m your host, Justin aka (@JustTries).All of our guests are great role models in their field. We interview many of the greats when it comes to podcasting, community management, social media, digital products, online marketing, memberships, blogging and more...By listening wherever you are, at whatever speed you’d like you can learn how to pursue online business for yourself.Check out some of these gems from upcoming episodes:Amy Blaschka - “Everyone is a leader. Everyone can be a leader. It’s really about how you move through life.” Amy’s SiteJacob Kelly - “Everyone tends to be their most P-R’d version of themselves on social media. We curate what we decide to share. Although we are starting to see a shift.” Jacob's PodcastIrina Buse - “Yea I did my job, but I was never the best. I did what I had to do. But the system is very good at telling you that if you’re not good at everything then you are no good.” Irina Buse SiteJordan Paris - “The goal should always be to find evidence that disconfirms your most cherished beliefs and those of others, that is true science. Confirmation bias, that’s what we’re fighting here.” Jordan's SiteKarla Gregg - “If you put different skills, something you’re good at and something someone else is good at, it’s going to be a power team So yeah, I definitely believe in collaboration. Karla’s SiteBuster Scher - “I think everybody, at a very young age, knows what they love. Now, most people don’t think they know what they love. But whatever you spend the most time doing, that’s what you love!”Our biggest challenge is to make sure that this show gets to the people who need it most. If you know anyone with an interest in learning, or starting their own online business, please pass it along, subscribe, and leave a review.We don’t have any outside sponsors yet. So, if you would like to support the show follow @JustTries, or go to justkeeplearning.ca and check out our content and coaching to help you crush your own goals!FOLLOW JUSTIN (JustTries)Instagram - @JustTriesYouTube - Just TriesTwitter - @JustTries_Tiktok -  @justtriesPinterest - JustTriesFacebook - Just TriesCONNECT WITH JUST KEEP LEARNINGInstagram - @JustKeepLearning.CaTiktok -  @justkeeplearning.caFacebook - Just Keep LearningSchool - Just Keep Learning SchoolFree Group - JKL Goal Setting Community 

Aug 2020

3 min 30 sec