Who’s in your ‘toolbox’?

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 11.55.49 AMNever before in history has the opportunity to have access to mentors been so readily available. Thanks to the internet, high performance mentors who you would have probably never known about, let alone had access to, are making their experiences, insights and knowledge available to like-minded individuals who want to do more in business.

Through books, podcasts, social media and YouTube, these guys are replacing or at least shifting the location of where real-time market value can be learned. I’ve said before, podcasts are the new university for gathering actionable information in order to succeed in business. All over the internet there are men like Dan Pena, Tim Ferriss, Chase Jarvis, Gary Vaynerchuck, Ramit Sethi, and of course Tony Robbins all espousing that it’s time for you to get off your ass and do better. Their message is that if you’re complaining and are tired of being economically downtrodden, you need to ‘prepare, hustle, stop being a cunt and do the work!” And guys are coming in droves to hear their what they have to say.

Why? Because the economic model your parents and their parents grew up under is changing everyday. Job security through wage earning jobs in traditional industries has ended. Jobs moved offshore to countries where the wage is a dollar a day most of the time and automation has made the need for people in positions of managing less and less. Technology has exploded with opportunities to build businesses in the tech sector.


If you’re the right person to hear it the message, you can create immeasurable positive changes. 

So who are some these high performance gurus?

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 6.23.10 PMDana Pena, the 50 billion dollar man screams at you and tells you your soft and a cunt and how he killed a bear with a Bowie knife. He wants to show you how to raise money to buy small companies, consolidate them into a larger one and then sell the fucking thing. Pretty reasonable. The thought of being in a room with him for more than a day while he rants and shouts can be off-putting. But listen to the message.



Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 6.23.34 PMTim Ferriss likes to deconstruct success, looking for data that he can simplify and act on so as to ‘hack’ his way to success. Often good information but a bit overkill in the area of micromanaging data. He’s actually gotten much better as a host on his podcast, which I enjoy.









Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 6.23.56 PMChase Jarvis is a well respected sports photographer who is a proponent of the creative endeavor. Creative output, distinction and quality of product are his anthems. He has a great series called Chase Jarvis Live on YouTube.








Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 11.49.06 AMGary Vee is the Wine Library YouTube host turned first tier investor in such startups as Facebook, Twitter and others. His message is hustle, grind it out and properly using social media to promote your brand (and wanting to buy the Jets.)






Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 11.29.26 AMRamit Sethi shows you how to negotiate better salaries, raise you financial portfolio and how to keep yourself away from the prison of living a consumer based existence.







Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 6.27.00 PMTony Robbins, the master motivator. Made a bulk of his money doing seminars non-stop on personal development. Now he is promoting wealth mastery through investing in the markets. His training course  10 years ago Mastering Influence is by far the best I’ve ever come across and is my constant go to when I need to reboot my mind and refresh my sales tools.





Can anyone who takes their advice become an entrepreneur? Not everyone.There are certain lifetime habits that need to change if one wants to make ‘quantum leaps’ in business and life. (That’s a Peña-ism)

Here’s my take on entrepreneurship. If you can’t manage your cash flow monthly, you are not going to be an entrepreneur. If you have CC debt from buying consumer goods you really don’t need, you’re not going to be an entrepreneur. If you have a mortgage area 6 year car payment, you are not going to be an entrepreneur. If you are thinking of how you’re going to spend your bonus or extra money on a new suit or a 3 k mountain bike or jewelry, you are not going to be an entrepreneur.

In order to become an entrepreneur, you need to stop these bad habits. Period.

If by chance, you do stop these habits and you think you can beat the odds and make it as a business owner, I’ll give you the best of all their advice in one list.

  1. Turn over every stone; investigate thoroughly
  2. Set yourself up with small wins; chunk it out
  3. Follow what you are passionate about
  4. The world is evolving at a rapid rate and you need to be aware of what is trending before everyone jumps in. Don’t miss the boat on opportunity.
  5. It isn’t what you’re selling, it’s the why. You need to know the WHY of your product, the story of WHY.
  6. Strive everyday for balance in your personal life. Be grateful, tell your family you love them, take care of your health now and eat correctly.
  7. Limit your exposure. In other words, low to zero debt, take time for you every day and take care of your health.
  8. Have a little fun!
  9. Every ‘no’ gets you closer to a ‘yes.’
  10. Be confident in your ability to perform but don’t attach your self worth to a project, regardless if it wins or fails.


The way to approach any of this is to see if there is a specific tool or practice they use that you have not made use of in your toolbox. More often than not, there is something you’ve been missing all your life that you need to do now to change. This is valuable stuff guys. Use it; its free!

If you haven’t heard of these guys, I recommend you search them and find which ones relate to you. Depending on your personality, some may seem high-strung (Gary Vee or Dan Peña) or chill (Tim Ferriss, Chase Jarvis, Ramit). Just remember one thing- don’t try to be like them. Be yourself but use their tools to enhance your life.





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *