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Mike Fisher, On How to Put Your Ego Aside and Start Hiring People Who Are Better than You

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More often than not, business leaders are inclined to think they need to know everything and have all the answers. Consequently, they become terrified whenever they fail to appear as perfect as they think people expected them to be. However, as you might have noticed, no one, despite the common expectation, is perfect. Hence, your role as leader is not to know everything. Rather, it is to set the stage for the discovery of the best there can be. Do you know what that means? Working to sustain and support people who are more experienced, up to date and talented than you. But what does ego do? It prevents you from being a true leader and instead turns you into a micromanager acting on pure insecurity. Well, perhaps it’s not that bad, but you can admit that if business leaders would just put their ego aside and start hiring people who are better than them, then business would be better for everyone, and especially for the same leaders. So, how’s that?

Mike Fisher, a branding and marketing expert at Valiant Consultants advocates for partnering with and hiring people better than you with no ego, and here’s his weight on the subject matter.

Tone Down Your Ego’s Power Over Your Life

One thing you probably don’t know about ego is that the bigger it grows, the more you are at risk of ending up in an insulated bubble, losing touch with your colleagues, the culture, and ultimately your clients. An unchecked ego can warp our perspective or twist our values. “Business leaders ought to tone down their ego’s power over their life and hone their humility,” Fisher advises. You don’t always have to be the smartest person in the room. Instead, avoid the urge to safeguard your ego and lead from within. Hire that person you know you need to have on your team, support them and move on. That’s what a good leader does. If anyone is making you feel inferior, seek counsel and open your mind to learning new things. A coach or mentor will help you gain knowledge and skills on how to think, how to listen, how to learn through inquiry, how to emotionally engage, how to collaborate, or how to embrace mistakes as learning opportunities.

Identify Your Weaknesses Before Hiring

Usually, the objective of hiring new talent is finding someone who can perform better than you in specific areas of the business. The only way to do this effectively is knowing for sure where you need help, and then find the right person for the job. For example, bearing in mind that many modern-day entrepreneurs have grown up in an era where higher-order thinking and discipline were not emphasized, there is a likelihood that the majority of them have a weakness staying organized. In such a case, hiring an older and more mature person is recommended. If you are not sure about being completely honest with the self-assessment, ask a colleague to help you come up with a list of weaknesses or limitations that you could work on to be better. Another approach would be to ask yourself or your team what kind of employee would become the perfect fit to solve the challenges you are currently facing.

Learn to Trust as You Want to Be Trusted

When you fail to hire people just because they are better or smarter than you, you are essentially limiting your business to the level of your capability. Many entrepreneurs, after having built their business on their own, cannot trust anyone else with the wheel. While it is understandably not easy to trust everybody, some entrepreneurs use this as a cover-up for their egos. Employing someone with better managerial skills does not mean you are handing over your business to them. It simply means you trust that person enough to do something better for your business than you would have done by yourself. After all, despite your imperfections, there are people like your clients and other stakeholders in the business who still trust you. Even research shows that you need to trust the universe and hire intelligent minds that will drive your business to new heights. Consider a study from the Harvard Business Journal which records that bad hiring decisions account for up to 80 percent of employee turnover. All that is wasted talent that could be salvaged if only we were a little bit more trusting as a species. 

In summation, Fisher warns that “Entrepreneurs need to bear in mind that even the most exceptional employees have limitations. Someone might be very good at something and at the same time, totally disappoint in another. You might hire a genius who has an attitude you cannot keep up with. As such, do not be in a hurry to make hiring decisions.”

Ulyses Osuna has made his own unique advances to traditional PR-marketing activities to help his public relations endeavors succeed. He is one of six founders to be featured in an Inc Magazine article on "Millennials with a Thriving Business" and has also been featured in the Huffington Post as a 19-Year-Old dominating the PR space.

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Ariella Lorio Widely Recognized As The Done For You Girl Helps Thousands Quit Their Job

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Giving up the traditional 9 to 5 job is difficult for anyone. Though this kind of day to day grind can be difficult to sustain, it is what tends to make ends meet. Making the decision to drop that in exchange for your dreams is something that many people do not dare to try. 

Ariella Iorio is a widely recognized and successful serial entrepreneur that helps people learn affiliate marketing. She is on a mission to teach people to work from home and fire their bosses instead of going to the office everyday. She abandoned the 9 to 5 in order to achieve happiness in her life. 

“I interned for  Wesley Virgin for two years for free, and he taught me everything I needed to know. He is the King of online marketers.” Ariella recounts.

For Ariella, there was a turning point that led her to change the way she thought about her day to day life. Early on in her college career, Ariella suffered serious injuries after being in a terrible car crash. Though she eventually recovered, the experience fundamentally changed her life. The trauma that she experienced from that period caused her to rethink what she was doing in her life as a college student and whether or not this kind of life was worth it in the end. 

“I was in a terrible car accident in which I broke my back, neck, and arm. It was a terrible experience.”

She moved on from this car accident, but couldn’t help but think there was more to this life. She didn’t want to struggle to make ends meet and worry about paying the rent each month

Back then, the work that she was putting in did not equal the output she was getting in terms of work-life balance and the money she was making. She knew she needed to change something to increase her happiness and believes she manifested her now mentor/business partner Wesley Virgin. Ariella always believed in meditation and visualization and attributes that much to her success.

“I now make 600,000 in four months with affiliate marketing. The company now nets 20k a day.” Ariella explains.

Though she has become incredibly successful now, Ariella had a rough start to her business journey. Her desire to follow her dreams drastically changed her lifestyle. She has experienced failure and difficulties with people supporting her in following her dreams. No one was convinced that she would succeed, not even some members of her own family.

“I was living in the basement for 2 years before becoming successful. I had one failed company with Wesley Virgin before the Done for You Services business that we run now. I also dropped out of college and was kicked out of my house for believing in my dreams and not going the ‘traditional route.’” Ariella states.

Now they both are dominating the industry, but most of all, changing lives. Ariella and Wesley pride themselves on finding the correct system for all of their users. They understand that finding the correct audience for your online business can be difficult, but they are there to help walk their clients through all the stages of the process to ensure success.

“We have a Done for You System that we basically do all the work for them such as give them the offer to promote, the videos, the Facebook target audience, have a coach call them to set up their Facebook campaign and stick with them to hold their hand throughout this process guaranteeing them their first sale online. We have three phases: mindset (our millionaire in training group), execution (the done for you services program), and the mastery program (Facebook and youtube ads).” Ariella says.

If you would like to learn more about Ariella Iorio, go here.

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Meet Sean Castrina, Serial Entrepreneur and Author

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Sean Castrina is a bestselling author of 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success andthe fictional tale The Greatest Entrepreneur in the World. His new release is World’s Greatest Business Plan, written for those who cannot afford to fail. Sean is an active entrepreneur and CEO, having started more than 20 companies in the last 25 years. He has guest lectured on entrepreneurship at some of America’s finest colleges. He hosts The Ten Minute Entrepreneur, a top 10 business podcast on iTunes.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a 7-figure entrepreneur, investor, speaker, and author. I’ve got three books out: 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success, The Greatest Entrepreneur in the World, and World’s Greatest Business Plan. I also host my own podcast.

What was a major challenge you had to overcome to get to where you are today?

I suffered a back injury. Doctors prescribed me a large amount of oxycodone and fentanyl to cope with the pain, which is incredibly easy to get addicted to. I was determined to not get caught in that trap, so I quit cold turkey. I truly believe that you can accomplish anything with the right mindset.

If you could start over, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t wait until after college to start a business. I could’ve been where I am today a lot sooner had I gotten a jump start on my career.

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Alex Saenz Is A Millionaire At Age 23 Because, Despite His Hardships, He Always Tried To Work Harder And Do More

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Hardships during our childhood years often have a long and profound impact on our lives. Alex Saenz experienced a childhood full of difficulties and hardship that he was able to overcome and become the person he is today. Instead of letting it get him down, he used it as fuel to achieve his dreams.

“I grew up in west phoenix from very humble beginnings. I lived in a trailer park from the age of 13-18. During the ages of 13-18, my parents divorced and I dealt with a lot of emotional and mental issues such as anxiety, depression, loneliness and abandonment. Having felt all this, I worked my butt off in highschool and graduated with a 4.2 GPA.” Recounts Alex.

With this kind of GPA, Alex had the opportunity to go to plenty of elite colleges. Instead, his interest was piqued by real estate investing. Though he had very little money in his bank account, Alex wanted to achieve his goal of making six or seven figures, so he began his venture into real estate.

“At the time of jumping into real estate, I had less than $500 in his bank account. This was Money I had saved up from working at a grocery store pushing carts where I only made $7.50 an hour from pushing carts. Having no emotional or financial support, I dove into real estate head first by door knocking and putting signs out on street corners. It took me nine months to get my first real estate wholesale deal. During this time, my mom moved to Nevada, which was 18 hours away. I then had to move into my friend’s house and work out of my friend’s little brother’s room, which was spiderman themed. I started to dig deeper and work harder by marketing for real estate deals.” States Alex.

Though these months were difficult for Alex, like before, he pushed through it and finally made his first closing. This first deal changed everything for Alex. He was only 19 and had already closed a sale and quickly began closing other sales. He began to expand his team and hire other agents to help build his business and close more sales.

“Having closed my first real estate deal by January 2016, I took off in real estate. I was 19 when I closed my first real estate deal! In 2016, still at the age of 19, I closed 12 real estate wholesale deals for $120,000 in revenue. Keeping living expenses low, I invested nearly everything back into business. I hired two sales guys to help hunt down more real estate deals, by 2017, the real estate company grew to five total team members!” Exclaims Alex.

Alex has never looked back since beginning his journey. His business took off and he was able to create his real estate business All in Entrepreneurs with his two partners: Carlos Reyes and Sal Shakir. He also has started creating youtube videos in which he shares his life story and ways to help others learn the tricks of the real estate trade.

“In 2017, my company closed 62 deals for $615,000 in revenue with more than 60% profit margins. This was all done at 20 years young. In 2018, being 21, I continued to grow my real estate company and Co-Founded ALL IN ENTREPRENEURS with his partners Carlos Reyes and Sal Shakir. In 2018, Over 100 deals were closed, and it was the first 7 figure year in business and I was only 21. Fast forward to 2020, I have closed over 300+ deals with my 7 figure real estate acquisition firm.” States Alex.

Though Alex has faced numerous challenges, he has worked hard to overcome them and achieve his goals. He has always had a good mindset, which has helped him come as far as he has at such a young age. In the future, Alex hopes to keep expanding his real estate business as well as continue pioneering his new solar power company.

“I am a millionaire now, currently 23 years old, building more companies, earning 6 figures monthly through real estate, and consulting solar and SAS (tech/software) companies. I am most excited to help others overcome poverty, bad programming and helping younger entrepreneurs achieve success at a young age!” Remarks Alex.

If you want to learn more about Alex’s amazing life story, you can check out his Youtube channel by subscribing to Alex Saenz on Youtube. In addition, you can follow him on Instagram @alexsaenz and check out his business at allinnation.com

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