TMBA254: A Framework for Creating Mastermind Events or Parties post image

Having a mastermind group, and perpetuating a mastermind group, is a great way to handle some of the emotional struggles of having your own business. They are just as fun as a poker party, but they can change your life. Masterminds are the reason we started this podcast. We've done a lot of in-person masterminds, and they are a great way to grow a community and connect with your audience. This week, we're talking about the power, the pitfalls, and the process of in-person masterminds.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 07.24.14
Is Getting to Six Figures Largely about Overcoming Psychological Challenges? post image

I was watching basketball videos on Youtube the other day and was struck by this documentary of Lebron James’ high school team. In their junior year, they choked and lost to an inferior team in the Ohio state championship. A few...

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By: DanPublished on 07.22.14
TMBA253: A Bootstrapper’s Thoughts on Intellectual Property post image

We're talking about protecting our intellectual property and business through copyright, trademarks and patents. This stuff can be expensive for entrepreneurs, but it is incredibly important. There are so many reasons a bootstrapping attitude might differ from a more corporate or startup philosophy regarding these issues. We'll also chat about our upcoming event in Austin, T.X. and why we have decided to sell our cat furniture business.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 07.17.14
Is Blogging Still a Viable Way to Start a Business? post image

I'm more or less obsessed with the idea of writing for a living. Waking up every morning and building something on your own terms, from your own laptop, from anywhere in the world. To honor this obsession I've created a list of over 10 posts...

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By: DanPublished on 07.16.14
TMBA 252: Do We Need to Re-Train Ourselves to Enjoy Free Time? post image

We're getting into some advanced level stuff this week. As entrepreneurs, many of us have achieved what we've built by putting in insane amounts of hours on the phone or behind the laptop. How can we re-train ourselves to step back and enjoy what we have been working for? This week, we're outlining 5 different ways to go after some meaning with that time that you've been creating.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 07.10.14
Some Blogs and Podcasts Worth Checking Out in 2014 post image

For over half a decade, one of my favorite daily rituals is opening up my RSS feed reader (what is RSS?) after my morning working session (along with the DC and Hacker News). Although my Feedly account currently has 300+ subscriptions, it's...

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By: DanPublished on 07.09.14
TMBA 251:  The Entrepreneurial Quest post image

This week, we're talking about the four elements of the "Hero's Quest" that every entrepreneur embarks on. This episode is all about looking back and understanding the first six months of taking off on a new project or a new business, the struggle that it is, and how valuable that can end up being on the narrative of your life. We also answer some listener questions, including one about cold calling a huge corporation to make a sale.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 07.03.14
I Tried to Write a Book and Failed post image

Do you love to write and edit? Would you consider working with me for 3 months and possibly more? You'd help me finish the TMBA book. We'd compensate you with some $$$ and infamy. It won't be easy, though. The details...

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By: DanPublished on 07.01.14
TMBA 250: Designing and Prototyping Your Own Consumer Product post image

Bossman and I are celebrating our 250th episode this week. We're also talking to our good friend Eric Dubs, the creator of Bedphones. Eric has found success in the consumer electronics market, despite facing competition from some huge brands. Eric has been able to build a genuine Four Hour Work Week product business through automation. We'll talk about what went into the creation of Eric's product, how he was able to get it featured on platforms like Dr. Oz and Good Morning America, and how his business has evolved to the point where he can operate it remotely.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 06.26.14
The Retirement Hypothetical post image

Many look at digital nomads as entrepreneurish types on a sabbatical from real life. In my mind, however, the fundamentals of the digital nomad movement-- earning back your time and mobility first-- form the bedrock of a wealth script. I suppose that's...

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By: DanPublished on 06.24.14