TMBA 134 (LBP117) – Flexing Your Hustle Muscle And Hacking A Job

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Dan and Ian spent a fair amount of time (ok…they spent a session) learning Crossfit from Joe Bauer in the Philippines during the recent Tropical MBA session. After they managed to drag themselves back to the microphone, they realized there was some techniques to work out on the LBP.

CrossFit burpees at TMBA

The thing with starting a biznass is that it isn’t all rainbows and puppies. There’s some heavy lifting that you have to do to get that baby off the ground, and we’re not talking reps with a tropical umbrella drink. Sure, everyone wants the 4-Hour Work Week, but you gotta put in the work to make that happen.

Wanna Flex Your Hustle Muscle And Hack A Job?

  • Know What You’re Gonna Do Before You Do It
  • Stop Teaching Beginners (Unless You’ve Got One Of Two Things Going For You)
  • Find An Expert Status Model That Works
  • Bartenders Everywhere Are Serving Up Drinks With A “Booyah”
  • Intrepreneurship Is More Than Corporate Synergy Speak
Listener Testimonials

Yamile on Continent #3 (Colombia, South America)

The LBP and the DC community have literally transformed my life. I never miss an episode of the podcast as it has taught me more than any of the 4 colleges (in 3 countries) I attended, especially about international business strategies like offshore incorporation and banking. Dan and Ian are the real deal. They know their stuff and also make me laugh a lot :-)

And the DC is just plain awesome! Before I led a pretty lonely entrepreneurial life but since I joined the DC I have a worldwide network of fellow entrepreneurs to connect with. So far I’ve met DC members in 4 cities on 3 continents, joined a DC mastermind group and found new business opportunities. There simply is no better business community out there. – Yamile Yemoonyah, Creative Web Biz

Listener Questions

  • I feel like I’m lacking some of the entrepreneurial skills. Maybe I lack that hustle muscle – not that pumped about making cold calls. But here’s the good news: I only need to make $2400 a month in order for me to deem this a success and for me to get to the lifestyle I desire. I wanna do that through reading, writing, and publishing content on the web because I’m web savvy and I love information. Any help you can give? – Eddy D
  • You guys mentioned hacking your job once in the podcast and I’d love to hear more about that — hard to find resources online. – Chris


Just The Tips

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Episode length: 16:13


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Published on 08.23.12
  • Anon

    This is something I have to disagree with you guys on. By your description, my boss would be the ultimate entrepreneur. This guy works literally 24/7 and wears his 80-100 hour work week as a badge of honor. And the crazy thing is he’s nowhere near the top. He’s a man in his 40s/50s who works in middle management, rarely makes important strategic decisions and still does a lot of the dirty work that low level employees typically engage in. This guy is beyond the status of “Great Employee”; he’s an absolute martyr to the company and constantly lives in fear that he’s not working hard enough! Insane. And yet somehow I doubt that he would be a be a great entrepreneur because he thrives in rigid corporate environments, enjoys hierarchies and chains of command, thinks bonuses are the greatest incentives ever, and genuinely believes that the only way to be successful in life is to work 80 hours a week at a job (and by the way, this isn’t a Wall Street hedge fund. We work in health/safety consulting, which has relatively low salaries).

    I tend to believe that entrepreneurs make bad employees – not because they’re incompetent or lazy but because they value time, freedom, and creativity which are all limited in a corporate setting. Why spend 80 hours a week at job just to get a 3% raise at the end of the year when you could work 40 hours a week being your own boss, with unlimited growth potential? The time investment to be a “great” employee has a terrible ROI. Entrepreneurs also love to invent new systems or put new ideas into action. This creative process is completely stifled in a corporate environment, where ideas have to pass through a dozen filters before being approved (if they ever make it that far).

    I could go on and on about this but I won’t. I just wanted to provide an opposing view point :)

  • Tuning in now!

    I have a feeling this episode will resonate my current situation. Story time – the lease on my apartment ends in a week and instead of finding a new place I’ve opted to move into the conference room at work. It’s the perfect gym for building my hustle muscle, complete with whiteboard, working thermostat, and nearby espresso machine. This saves me ~1000/mo in rent and ~2 hrs/day commuting. A month of being semi-homeless equates to 3 years of DC membership! boo-yah?

    One thing that’s helped me go from zero to advanced in a couple months was joining an insanely good mastermind group. There’s a science to finding a gem and I’ve probably saved 2 or 3 years of solid grunt work by being tactical.

    Who’s that in the pic? He’s havin’ a good time.

  • Yeh I’m not sold on this A Level employee thing yet.

    In a couple of my jobs I did kick serious ass but that was because I worked for entrepreneurs and they loved me for it.

    In the bureaucracies I worked in I got my ass absolutely kicked. They did not appreciate that shit one bit.

  • Maybe we need to look at how we define a good employee here.

    As Dan mentioned we are looking at the “Intrepreneur”, we are not talking about blind loyalty, 80 hour weeks or aiming for 3% pay rises, this is the fodder of the masses and the drone definition of what makes a good employee.

    What the employed entrepreneur does, that is more valuable than the $50 employee of the month voucher, is to be effective.

    You may step on toes, break rules and rub people up the wrong way, but this doesn’t make you a bad employee, if you are doing it for the right reasons.

    As entrepreneurs we see the ways systems can be improved, we think outside the box and we question the status quo.

    As an intrepreneur we need to act on these insights within a predefined business construct, to the benefit of our employer, while being true to our nature.

    The real challenge can become helping a company to progress despite itself, especially in large corporate environments.

    Learn to hack the systems quietly and efficiently, always let people know what you are doing (when you’re half way through it), take full responsibility for any backlash and be the first to admit when it hasn’t worked out.

    A few of things that have worked for me:

    I pay for outsourcing when I know it will be a better service provider than the procurement approved services, there is always a way to recoup it as expenses.

    I never openly question the way things operate or complain about systems, just find a better way to do things and try to implement.

    Don’t be precious about recognition for your contribution, convincing the boss that it was his good idea is a much more effective way to get things done.

    Have a service agenda or platform, mine is cost savings, that you are delivering to your employers on your own terms and to your standards. I have saved the company over $200K in the last 12 months (they have no idea)

    I never think of myself as an employee, the company I work for is always my Client.

    Operating like this has created trust, and in turn, more flights around the country to meet the players in the company, more seminars at resorts, and, as Dan found at K2, more time at the big tables.

    The wash up for me now is the opportunity to start an exclusive ecommerce distribution operation at the end of the year, that will be bought out by my employers if I can run it successfully for 24 Months and hit some turnover targets.


  • Dan

    Hey Anon! I totally agree with your run down on your boss, but I disagree that this style of thinking would represent the ultimate entrepreneur or employee. By your description, he sounds like the definition of a B player. Great employees– A players– are difficult for most organizations to handle and many small businesses flat out can’t/don’t hire A players (that’s part of the reason if you become one you can revolutionize a small business and your career)…. Venkat calls them “sociopaths” check out his great article here:

    I agree that it’s very risky to be an A player in a corporate setting and think it’s 9/10 bad ROI, must be done in a small business or corporate set up. My sense is that we are in lock step on this issue but we didn’t get enough time to flesh it out. Hope you dig that article!

  • Dan

    Yeah, I didn’t mean to suggest you should subject yourself to bureaucracies– that’s why I got pushed out of K2 and went to work for a small business where they can appreciate and reward the A level thing.

  • Dan

    hahaah sounds awesome!!! best of luck with the venture Danny and thanks for listening in.

  • Dan

    This is exactly what I’m talking about. You put an entrepreneur in a corporate setting and they show their chops. They rarely get beat down. They make moves and become identified as ‘indispensable’ or get special treatment or they get booted out on the street. This isn’t so different as a lean start-up approach to career– you push push push your opportunities to a fail point. You don’t hang out in middle-areas. A player or no player. Winning start-up or defunct start-up. Not I’m gonna keep trying to market this product I built for the next few years and see if it works.

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