TMBA 113 (LBP102) – The Drama Denominator: Finding The Cause Of Your Biggest Business Problems

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Yeah Buddy! Another week and another chance to talk biznass is always a good combo. Once again Ian and Dan are talking marriage in business, discussing partnerships and what matters and what doesn’t in the listener questions. Thankfully Dan doesn’t nag Ian on his greasy oil change habits. Much.

With all the questions coming in and advice going out here at LBP, Ian and Dan realized that may of the questions fall into 4 general categories.

What Are The Four Pieces of Advice Dan & Ian Dish Out Regularly?

  • If You Have Limited Resources Get A Foothold In The Market
  • You Have 3 Seconds To Tell People What To Do – Not 3 Minutes
  • You Are The Common Denominator In The Drama In Your Life
  • The Internet Is Not A Business – It’s A Tool Through Which You Operate Your Business

Listener Questions/Comment:

  • I feel like to really succeed and build or maintain any momentum I need to find a business partner. I want to have someone to help me stay accountable, discuss strategy and take on a fair share of the work load. My problem is finding that person and establishing a clearly laid out business agreement. My #1 concern is entering a business agreement or partnership on a project and the other person not fulfilling their end and then owning equity in the business. – Ryan
  • How long should we wait to establish a business entity instead of receiving money in our personal account? – John


Quick Tips, Tricks and Funny Jokes



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Episode length: 33:28


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Published on 05.10.12
  • John McIntyre

    Just tried to download direct. It’s linked to last week’s podcast.

  • Elisa Doucette

    Whoops! Thanks for catching that John – updated now. :)

  • Paulo Roberto

    One more nice episode, guys.

    Ryan, shoot me an email (paulo-at-domain), I’d like a accountability partner. You can see more about my background here


  • Matthew Newton

    Love your thoughts on specialisation, guys. You are so right. I have had this argument with way too many people. Way too many.

    But then again – wherever there’s an obvious reality that noone is grasping, you’re either insane or there’s opportunity.

    Argh I just love this podcast too much. The three second thing, absolutely nailed it. Man, you guys always just nail it.

  • Matthew Newton

    Oh great. So you decide to put up your productivity music literally at exactly the same time I just finished approximately 100 hours worth of work paring down a list of 9777 keywords to 2087 keywords for a website I’m doing. The joys.

  • Dan


  • Dan

    haha I’ll choose insane.

  • Dan


  • Johan Woods

    Ridiculously good. Hammering that advice, man.

    I’ve been finally getting it the past few months. The coin drop. Now I look for any way possible to test hyper focused niches.

    I’ve seen the light. Thanks.

  • Dan

    Thanks Johan I appreciate all your encouragement over the past few months! You’ve also been doing great on Tim’s podcast! Maybe it’s worth starting your own!?

  • Johan Woods

    Haha, I’ve thought about it. I haven’t even had time to fool around on my own blog, although that has changed a little bit.

    Want to be my first guest? We’ll talk about 4th wave stuff, Quest of Entrepreneurship: The Hero’s Journey, pursuing business as self-expression, identity evolution, and argue of OMM writer vs. ByWord, Girl Talk vs. Bootie

  • Dan

    haha sure man sounds good!

  • Taylor Pearson

    Awesome Guys. Exactly what I needed to hear.

  • Cristina C. Ansbjerg

    It was driving me insane, lol.

  • Ian

    That’s what we do best!

  • Amanda Markham

    Best. Episode. Ever.
    And No.4…thanks, guys. It took Penguin to make me understand this.

  • Matt Campbell

    Really good podcast – I like the no-BS vibe when it comes to treating online business as a business. This is one of only 5 podcasts that I listen to at this point.

  • Dan

    Cheers Amanda thanks for that!!

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  • Dan

    Thanks Matt. Do you mind sharing the other 4? I’m always looking for new stuff to check out.

  • Matthew Newton

    Perfect example of how specialization works happened to me today.

    I have a very niche blog – DriverlessCarHQ. Terrible design but we are building it up, 115 posts or so now.

    We have gone from writing the first 100 posts with not ONE comment to getting mentioned in US News this week.. and… I just got off the phone from and they will be quoting us in a story tomorrow! How’s that for win!

  • Dan

    AWESOME! you’ve got a hard case of the winning sir. We’ll done!!! Gonna send the link to the boss.

  • Dave Huss

    Loved this podcast and the drama denominator. I’ve definitely done that before.

    It’s a really easy mental trap to fall into to say “oh I can’t do it because of x”. Where X can be family, friends, relationships, whatever. This is a really insidious form of the resistance because it often seems legit. But no matter how you slice it, it’s still an excuse. If someone like Chris Ducker or Pat Flynn can make it to the top of the entrepreneurial mountain with families and kids, is your excuse still valid?

    One of my favorite commercials ever – the Nike “No Excuses”

  • Dan

    Cheers Dave! Thanks for the link. Agreed… some of the most insidious excuses come wrapped in moral banners. They work so much better that way!

  • Bobbie Floerchinger

    Great Podcast as always. I have one junker site, perhaps with this advice I can…ahhh hell I don’t want to think about it tonight – forgot to give you stars damn (tonight is my swearing night)

  • Dan

    hahaha…. yeah a sleep on it is always a good call :)

  • Matthew Newton

    And now CNN emails us to do an interview, but we live in the wrong country. What a week!

  • Andrea

    Thanks for linking to the Robert Locascio’s interview on Mixergy.

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