FTC 200 | Attaining Success

200: Finding Your Path To Success With Blake Ian

The path to success has always been different for every single person, but whatever forms those paths would take, the important part has always been building the endurance and perseverance to fight your way through. Attaining success is an uphill battle, and you need to be ready to take on whatever comes your way. Mitch Russo is joined by Blake Ian, the co-founder and CEO of Tawkers. With Mitch, Blake shares his story of attaining success despite everything that he was up against. Let this dialogue between Blake and Mitch inspire and empower you to keep fighting for what you want another day.

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FTC 199 | Business Remote Team

199: Building A Business From A $2.2 Million Loss To A 140-Person Remote Team With Kean Graham

When life throws us curveballs, we either get knocked down and stay there or stand right back up and do better. Kean Graham, CEO of MonetizeMore, is someone who chose the latter, and in this episode, he joins Mitch Russo to share the incredible story that took him from incurring a $2.2 million loss to now operating a 140-person team completely remotely. He tells us about his hero’s journey beginning with conceptualizing and starting in a narrow niche to getting hit with a crippling blow and deciding to push through and rebuild again, now with a virtual team. He gives us some of the great lessons he learned throughout his experience, as well as some helpful tips and tools on starting a business and hiring a remote team. Follow through this great conversation to find wisdom and inspiration on what it takes to build a successful business, especially one that can take a hit.

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FTC 198 | Business Networking

198: The Power Of Business Networking With Dr. Ivan Misner

There’s no way to overestimate the power of business networking. The relationships formed through such interactions will no doubt be invaluable to you as an entrepreneur down the line, so make the most of them. Dr. Ivan Misner is an entrepreneur and the founder of BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization. He sits down with Mitch Russo to talk about the finer details of successful business networking. If you’ve ever underestimated how powerful business networking can truly be, this discussion between Dr. Ivan and Mitch might just change your mind.

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FTC 193 | Success Through Failure

197: Success Through Failure With Seth Godin

A single failure can either break you or make you into someone better. Claiming success after going through failure is no easy feat. Founder and CEO of Seth Godin Productions, Seth Godin, talks about his share of failures, how he used it as motivation, and his perspective when it comes to failing. He explains why it’s important to know what your target audience wants as opposed to pushing your product on them. Seth also gives a reminder on why it’s still necessary to take the human approach and start on building trust even at the expense of losing profit.

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FTC 192 | Improving Your Business

196: The Vacation Effect: The Secret To Working Efficiently And Improving Your Business With Denise Gosnell

It’s only logical to think that if you aren’t working, then no work is getting done. CEO and Founder of The Vacation Effect and President of Denise Gosnell Consulting, Inc., Denise Gosnell, shares the secret to improving your business while not actually working. In this conversation with Mitch Russo, she talks about ways on how giving yourself space and time off can assist you in coming up with solutions to problems that you wouldn’t normally think of sitting in your office. Denise gives detailed real-life experiences of how she applied this in her life and how it resulted in success for her clients. She also gives tips on how to pinpoint your inefficiencies and turn it around to give balance in your life.

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FTC 191 | Creative Thinking

195: Creative Thinking: The Secret To Awakening Possibilities With Geoff Hughes

As people grow older, the lesser they are willing to take big risks, and coming up with creative solutions and ideas become a problem, resulting in minimal possibilities for success. In cases like this, creative thinking becomes a critical factor in looking for things to improve. President of Geoff Hughes, Geoff Hughes, bares it all in this episode with Mitch Russo as he talks about his past and how it molded him into who he is. He talks about how perspectives can play a crucial role in defining who you are as a person and how it affects your business. Geoff shares a specific strategy that he likes to use that has been proven time and again to be effective in reconstructing your identity.

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FTC 195 | Selling Tech

194: Selling Tech With Joe Sexton

Selling tech isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially if the tech you’re selling is something completely new, with absolutely no exposure in the world. But it’s certainly not an impossibility if the people tasked with putting your product out there know exactly how to sell it. Joe Sexton is a mentor and advisor to several big Silicon Valley CEOs. Joe speaks with Mitch Russo about the science that is sales, especially in a sector as competitive as tech. Having trouble getting people to invest in your tech? Joe is here to help you find your footing!

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FTC 194 | Spirit Airlines

193: Lessons From The Fall And Rise Of Spirit Airlines With Ben Baldanza

If your strategy aims at changing the world, then it can surely encourage a positive domino effect. In this episode, Mitch Russo interviews Ben Baldanza the CEO of Diemacher LLC, Independent Board Director of JetBlue Airways, and podcast host of  Airlines Confidential. As an accomplished leader, Ben has worked with American Airlines. From there, at an increasing level of responsibility, he went to Continental, Northwest, and US Airways until 2005, when he accepted the role of President of Spirit Airlines. Ben’s journey paved the way to standing out and changing how airlines function. He shares the four pillars that make any consumer-facing business a powerful proposition. He also narrates how he and his Spirit Airline team converted over time from an airline that was low-cost by default to an airline that was low-cost by design.

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FTC 197 | Workplace Culture

192: How Workplace Culture Shapes Your Work With Chris Cochran

Most people downplay its importance, but workplace culture is a crucial factor in how well your business does down the line. Your workplace culture, your values, must be an extension of who you are as a person – otherwise, it’s something you deliberately rebel against. Chris Cochran is the CEO of FreightWise. Joining Mitch Russo, Chris shares his journey towards becoming a CEO and how workplace culture has shaped that journey. The story of Chris is compelling and inspiring, and you definitely don’t want to miss it!

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FTC 196 | Meant For More

191: Meant For More: The Process Of Changing Your Life With Lisa Sasevich

Have you ever had that feeling that you are meant for more? So many people walk around without knowing their bigger purpose. In this episode, Mitch Russo’s guest, Lisa Sasevich, reminds us of how we can bring more abundance to our own lives and the lives of other people. Known by many as the Queen of Sales Conversion, Lisa has taught over 15,000 entrepreneurs how to sell without being pushy or salesy. She is also the author of Meant for More, a book that guides people into taking advantage of their unique skills. Today, she explains the formula for turning knowledge into profits, including making peace with sales and identifying your unique value. Tune in as Lisa reveals a gift at the end of the interview!

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