#ALB 74 – THE NINE-YEAR OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
Nine years ago, James Marks sat, head in hands at his kitchen table, wondering how he was going to pay the bills. Today, James owns a number of businesses, employs 34 people, and has systemised his entire operation – leaving him free to write romance novels.
In this episode, James tells us exactly how he became an “overnight success” in those nine years.
Ambitious Lifestyle Business Podcast #74
#ALB 74 – THE NINE-YEAR OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
In this episode, you’ll discover:
- How James started his very first business by searching Google for “how to run a window cleaning round” after his interest-free credit cards ran out.
- James’s constant devotion to personal development and self improvement.
- How a One Percent Club coaching call helped James realise that he needed to systemise his business.
- How, as a result of that systemisation work, James removed himself from the day-to-day work.
- The rule of 3 and 10 – that predicts exactly when your business systems will break.
- The time that James devotes to creating evergreen assets – including ghostwriting romance novels under a pen name!
- How wrong we all were about 2020 – hoping for “a year of plain sailing”, and declaring it would be “the year of travel” – oops!
- James is ALWAYS learning, and challenging himself. Working on his own personal development has been a game changer.
- Getting started is more important than getting perfection. Just start knocking on doors!
- James achieves things that others deem “impossible”, simply by rolling up his sleeves and giving it a go – whether that’s starting a window cleaning business, teaching himself Google Ads, or ghostwriting romance novels.
- Once James figures out how something works, he creates a process, and either outsources or automates it – freeing him up to learn the next thing.
- James drinks from a “Mr Happy” mug – both during this episode, and in life in general!
Quotes from this episode:
“It all stems back from working on myself, and just having the courage to do it”
“For someone who fell into it, we seem to be doing alright at it, to be fair!”
“Over the years, I’ve managed to learn to focus on one thing or two things now. If you try and spin too many plates at one time, you get mediocre results in several things.”
“You need to develop the owner and not the business. Develop the owner and everything else falls into place.”
“Someone recommends a book to me. I buy it. I don’t procrastinate. I just buy it.”
- First Man In – Ant Middleton
- The One Percent Club
- Wim Hof Fundamentals
- Christian Simpson
- Bob Proctor
- The Rule of 3 and 10.
- Screw it, Let’s Do It
- Find James on Facebook
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I know I am better organised, better planned and prepared and more likely to succeed sooner, thanks to their wisdom and experience.”
DON’T YOU WISH GROWING YOUR BUSINESS COULD BE LESS STRESSFUL?
Could you improve your business by just 1% this week? Note: I said “improve”, NOT "grow" your business - growth might not be what you need.
More customers, more leads, more staff, more stress might be the last thing you need.
You might actually need more profit. more margin. more leverage.
You might need more time, less stress, and a business that relies less on you as the "font of all knowledge and the god-like genius through which everything must flow".
You might need a smaller team, fewer customers, and less products.
The One Percent Club won't help you grow your business. It'll help you IMPROVE it - 1% at a time. Baby steps. Steady, predictable improvement - towards the kind of business you wanted when you first started - one that delivers a fantastic lifestyle, and serves you rather than you serving it.
John released his first book “Big Ideas… for Small Businesses” in 2017, and it shot straight to the #1 bestseller list for Small Business and Entrepreneurship on Amazon, outselling books by Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and Duncan Bannatyne combined.
Since then, it’s sold thousands and thousands of copies all over the world, and attracted more than 100 five-star reviews. But more importantly, it’s changed the lives of small business owners all over the world, who now understand that running a lifestyle business isn’t a bad thing.
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