019: Switching Off The Distractions with James Mielnik

Keeping yourself productive is one of the biggest challenges for the entrepreneur, especially if you’ve been used to working in a different environment previously. Being your own boss can easily ejames-mielniknd up being just like having an extremely lenient boss who lets you spend all day browsing cat videos on YouTube without getting dressed, until you get to the end of the month and realize you don’t get paid because you didn’t actually do anything.
Luckily, James Mielnik is here to help. James is the CEO of Get Altitude, a great organization originally founded by Eben Pagan to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. James is also an expert in productivity strategies. “There’s something called Parkinson’s Law, which says that you’ll always take as long as you have on any task,” James told me, “so that’s why I block my time off into 60-90 minute chunks and really focus on one task. It gives me a bounded time limit for each thing and gets them done much quicker.” [Read more…]

018: Navy Seal Training for Entrepreneurs with Kevin Maurer

I often say that being an entrepreneur requires a certain amount of bravery – you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and take action if you want to see success. But on today’s Kevin Maurerpodcast we have a guy who’s braver than most. Kevin Maurer is a military reporter and the author of several books who has previously been embedded with the US army in Iraq and Afghanistan, two of the most dangerous places on earth.

But as well as seeing the high levels of physical fitness that men and women on the battlefield have – and I always advocate for keeping your body healthy even as an entrepreneur sitting in a chair most of the day – Kevin emphasises that mental preparedness is a big issue. “There’s this image that all soldiers are meatheads, and that’s not really true. Special forces, in particular, are usually the smartest people on the battlefield, they’re often bilingual, and they need to be culturally sensitive when they’re called upon to train foreign forces.”

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017: Eat for Heat and Achieve Your Fitness Goals, with Matt Stone

A lot of us entrepreneurs are perfectionists – we all want to be the absolute best possibMatt-Stone-author-pic-260x300le version of ourselves. And this often manifests itself in the various diets and exercise fads we end up following – paleo, raw food, long-distance running, and so on. But can we go too far when it comes to looking after our health? Can we end up making ourselves less healthy due to our obsessive pursuit of bodily perfection? This week’s guest, Matt Stone, thinks so. Matt is an independent health researcher and the author of numerous books, and he graciously provided some of his time to Hardcore MBA to speak about these issues.

In this week’s podcast, Matt and I discuss:

• The problems with many fad diets, including low carb diets and the paleo method.
• Matt’s own food plan, Eat For Heat, and the benefits of focusing your nutrition on building an effective metabolic system.
• And Matt’s new project, Buck Books, which offers low cost Kindle and audiobooks in an attempt to benefit and authors.

“I found that a lot of the people who were drawn to my work were very obsessed with the minutiae of their nutrition, to the extent that they were actually making themselves unhealthy,” says Matt. “A lot of Type-A personalities tend to take things to the extreme and overdo healthy actions – drinking twice as much water as we need, running twenty miles every day, that kind of thing. And then we also tend to think that if we’ve read a study or two about the benefits of a particular diet, it must be right. And we ignore the warning signs that our own body gives us when the diet isn’t working – low energy, low libido, interrupted sleep, and so on. We have to start learning to listen first and foremost to our own bodies, rather than simply following experts.”

For more information on Matt’s work on health and nutrition, check out his Amazon page, and specifically the book Eat For Heat. And to get some great on e-books and audiobooks, as well as the chance to sign up as an affiliate, head over to Buck Books. Until next time, stay healthy!

016: The New Game of Selling, with Mitch Axelrod

Mitch Axelrod and I were recently thrown together in some slightly odd circumstanmitch_axelrodces regarding a cruise I had to miss out on – you’ll hear more about that at the start of the podcast. The situation may have been a little random, but sometimes these strange happenings bring us great benefits, and that’s certainly what happened in this case. As you’ll find out in our latest Hardcore MBA podcast, Mitch is an excellent speaker and author but also a wonderful philosopher of sales and business.

During our talk, Mitch and I discussed:
• The differences between the old way of selling, and the new way that Mitch encourages his clients to follow.
• The importance of building a high-quality list of customers, rather than just a huge collection of random email addresses. [Read more…]

0015: Stop Dreaming and Start Living with Sabrina Iovino

Sabrina-iovinoOne of the greatest things about becoming an entrepreneur and living the freedom lifestyle is the ability to go anywhere, anytime. Most of us dream about travelling and seeing the world, but it can seem like a faraway fantasy when you’re stuck in a day job. Sabrina Iovino is one person who wasn’t prepared to let it remain a fantasy – she left Germany, hit the road on a one way ticket, and has barely looked back since – she’s now a travel blogger and literally gets to make money while living her dream lifestyle.

“It all began when I visited Thailand and realized that although I was there for a holiday, a lot of other really fun people were living there long-term because of the lifestyle and how cheap it is. So I headed back to Germany, saved up for ten months, sold all of my things in eBay and elsewhere, and flew back. I had no idea how long I would be gone, but it turned out to be a year-and-a-half.”
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014: Breaking Bad Habits Through Hypnotherapy, with Doug O’Brien

thWe’ve all seen those movies and TV shows where the hypnotist swings his pocketwatch from side to side, puts another character in a trance, and gets them to do whatever he wants – until, with a click of the fingers, they’re awake again and have no recollection that they were pretending to be a chicken three seconds previously. Well, it turns out that hypnosis can actually have some pretty serious benefits when it comes to achieving our life goals – but, as always, it’s not quite as simple as television makes it look. That’s why I invited hypnotherapist and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) expert Doug O’Brien onto this week’s Hardcore MBA.

In the podcast, Doug and I discuss:

• The differences and distinctions between hypnotherapy and NLP.
• Ways to interrupt the patterns that encourage your bad habits, and how to break the automatic connections that your brain makes.
• And the importance of starting small and devoting even a little bit of your time to improving yourself.
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013: The Art of Walking the Path, with Jakob Lovstad


Jakob Lovstad is a great friend of mine and a big influence on my thjakobinking over the past few years. It’s for that reason that I’m very excited about this week’s Hardcore MBA, because Jakob has agreed to take the time to talk to us all about his interesting past (how many of us can say they’ve been a software engineer and an MMA fighter?), and about the thorough and important coaching work he currently does. Jakob’s coaching helped me to formulate many of the idea’s in my Amazon #1 book Never Work Again, so I really can’t recommend listening to this podcast enough.

In this week’s talk, Jakob and I discuss:

  • The importance of opening yourself up to the magic of the world that surrounds us, and grasping every opportunity as it comes.
  • The four ‘arts’ that are covered by Jakob’s six-month Insight Consulting course.
  • And what it means to embrace the concept of ‘mastery’ in the modern world.
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012: Profit First with Mike Michalowicz


Mikmikeme Michalowicz is a funny guy, and funny guys can usually get away with being a little less serious about their work because their natural charisma pulls them through. Mike, however, is not like that. It’s rare to meet a guy who can be as light-hearted as he is while also providing an in-depth analysis of how young entrepreneurs can succeed in business. But this week, Hardcore MBAlisteners are in luck, because I asked him to share some of his insights with us in our podcast.

Over the course of forty minutes, Mike and I discuss:

  • The use of affirmations to help yourself truly believe in the successes you want to bring forth.
  • The excellent task management system that Mike uses to prioritize his work and make sure the important stuff gets done first.
  • And Mike’s idea of ‘profit first’ accounting, which encourages small business owners to see profit as the top line, rather than the bottom line – an intriguing idea that you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear more about.
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011: UNCENSORED with Dan Pena, the 50 Billion Dollar man calls me a Cu#”$$”! (Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics)

Dan-Pena-on-Hardcore-MBAIt can be hard to find great guests for Hardcore MBA sometimes – people who have walked the walk rather than just talking the talk. So I’ve been looking forward to having Dan Pena on the show since the day we arranged it, because he is the definition of walking the walk – after all, not many of us have been successful enough to take up residence in a Scottish castle. Dan called in to talk to us about the secrets of his success and the mentoring he does for others.

In this week’s podcast, Dan and I discuss:

  • The importance of learning through failure, rather than fixating on success.
  • The need to focus on filling our emotional bank account with self-esteem.
  • And the benefits that come from getting a mentor who will force you to take action.
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0010: Modelling Success with Evan Carmichael

0b7905e82188168b8389c4655ff3da3a_400x400Evan Carmichael is one of the biggest names in entrepreneurship today. He’s been featured in global publications like the New York Times, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. And he is the dictionary definition of a guy who walks the walk as well as he talks the talk. He’s worked in software entrepreneurship, venture capital, and online marketing, and he’s here today to tell us what he knows.

In this week’s podcast, Evan and I discuss:

  • The importance of learning from the successes (and the mistakes!) of the great businessmen and women of the past.
  • The difference between people with a passion and those who are only in it for the money.
  • And the need for constant experimentation and innovation.
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