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#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.

Yes, really. 

In this episode, James tells us exactly how he became an “overnight success” in those nine years.

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#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. Yes, really. 

In this episode, James tells us exactly how he became an “overnight success” in those nine years.

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!

Top Takeaways:

  • 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!

#ALB74

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.”

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