TM85: Stages of Entrepreneurship and Focus on Passion with Neil Patel

Posted by Thrive on January 21, 2018  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Corporate, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

Neil Patel from also A lot of you also know him because he’s the founder of Crazy Egg and Kissmetrics and a number of other tools and other great pieces of software. He’s created 4 multi-million dollar businesses and he consults a lot of other great businesses, too. He’s just a wealth of knowledge.neil patel, blogger, content marketer

I brought him on the show today to talk specifically about: content, managing content, how to approach content, how to know what to write about, how many articles you should launch with, if you’re just launching for the first time, how often you should be blogging and putting content out there into the world, and how to make the most out it, too. We put so much hard work into our content, a lot of it just gets put into the archives or we often do too much. What’s just right? I asked Neil and I pick his brain on that to help you and Neil definitely delivered on this episode.

Lastly, we talk about he more recent book Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum. This book is kind of his response to a woman who he met who told him that creating a successful company can’t be done unless you’ve already had some kind of advantage beforehand. In it, he talks about how to hustle as an entrepreneur, how to know yourself, and how to build your business.

TM84: Learn To Code For Free, Help Non-Profits & Build a Career with (Replay)

Posted by Thrive on January 14, 2018  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Business, Corporate, Design, Marketing, Podcast

Quincy is a former teacher and school director who transitioned into a career in tech. He is the creator of Free Code Camp, an open source community of over 500,000 people who learn to code while building projects for nonprofits.code camps

Quincy first became interested in tech while working in China as a school director. During this time, his focus on using technology to increase efficiency led to a career change. Back in California, Quincy began attending meetups and hackathons as often as he could. His networking efforts led him to his first tech job, and eventually to his founding of Free Code Camp.

In this episode, Quincy and I discuss…

  • His career move from teaching to becoming a programmer.
  • Why he started Free Code Camp?
  • How Free Code Camp is different from paying for profit code camps?
  • Is this a Non-profit or for profit business? What’s the long term sustainability around this?
  • Is coding for everyone?
  • The process someone can expect from learning how to code, to gettting a job.
  • and much more!

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TM83: Growing A Business Plan From Marijuana To Cannabidiol with Dr. Bee

Posted by Thrive on January 07, 2018  /   Posted in Blog, Business, Corporate, Design, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

Today my guest who goes by Dr. Bee and I take on Cannabidiol also known as CBD Oil and Anti Marijuana Propaganda.cannabis legal sales states

Dr. Bee is a proud Air Force Veteran, former federal police officer, college professor, turned cannabis entrepreneur. Dr. Bee has over 25 years of sales, marketing & management. She actually help grow a dispensery to $5M. She’s now the co-founder of Hemplogica and which founded in 2014. She’s part of a group of cannabis authorities that searched the world over to find the best CBD Oil products on the market, worthy to sell on Hemplogica and In this interview we discuss Dr. Bee’s journey in the industry, the health benefits of CBD oil, anti marijuana propaganda and more.

TM82: From The NFL to the Business World with Gregory “J.R.” Tolver (Replay)

Posted by Thrive on December 31, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Business, Corporate, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

J.R. Tolver isn’t what’s considered to be the standard ex-“jock” or the statistics that tend to go with them. A new study says that 16 percent of NFL players will go broke within 12 years of retirement. The findings are markedly different from a 2009 study that put the number at 78 percent just two years after retirement.

Regardless what the percentage is, some people don’t plan to fail…they fail to plan. In some respect they’re not just talking about money in terms of being “broke”. This also includes in spirit.tolver business

J.R.’s spirit and drive remains strong and he attributes that to the way he was raised and the example set by his father. So by the time his playing days in the NFL were over, he knew what he had to do next. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters…with that and the connections he made during his playing days, he set a plan in motion. You have to respect the grind!

In this interview J.R. and I cover his journey;

TM81: Fat To Fit Transformation with Solid Business Building (Replay)

Posted by Thrive on December 25, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Business, Corporate, Design, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

Our guest is Robert “Brix” Glover, 🍕Ex-Fat Boy, 🎥YouTuber, owner and founder of Brix Fitness. Four years ago he made some critical changes that not only transformed his body, but his entire life and the lives of those he has trained…including myself.

Tipping the scale at 346 pounds with high blood pressure and being borderline diabetic didn’t persuade Robert to change his lifestyle. Neither did his inability to walk a flight of stairs without feeling faint. In his defense, he had ventured out on many weight-loss journeys before but first, second and third attempts failed. His addiction to unhealthy foods was always his downfall and he had become the ultimate yo-yo dieter.

It wasn’t until January 2013 when a close friend who was the same age as he, died of health problems associated with being severely overweight. And soon after, Robert made the decision to adopt a healthy lifestyle, forgoing all lose-weight-quick schemes. In his new love affair with perfect health, Robert was moved to create Brix Fitness, which relies on principals based on a realistic approach to health and fitness.

Meetup with @brixfitness in Raleigh. #inspired #health

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TM80: Learning to Lead By Doing With Kristen Hadeed

Posted by Thrive on December 18, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Business, Corporate, Design, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

Kristen Hadeed imagines a world in which all organizations have cultures that empower people to keep climbing toward the best version of themselves every day. As the young leader of Student Maid, a successful cleaning company that hires students, Kristen has fostered a unique perspective on leadership, organizational culture and engaging the next generation.student-maid-gainsville

In October 2017, she published her first book, “Permission To Screw Up,” in which she tells the stories of her biggest mistakes in leadership. She hopes to inspire other leaders to share their “perfectly imperfect” stories of success to empower people with the knowledge that even if they screw up, they can still make it. Kristen and Student Maid have been featured in news outlets including PBS, FOX, Inc., TIME and Forbes. Her first TED Talk has received more than two million hits on YouTube.


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The Blockchain and Affiliate Marketing Revolution Begins

Posted by Thrive on December 09, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Marketing, Uncategorized

What if I told you we’re only at the beginning stages of a financial revolution? You’ve heard of digital currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin…in fact there’s well over 1,000 coins out there as of today and ICO’s are popping up everyday. There’s so much out there explaining how Bitcoin is a bubble and will bust. I’m not here to disagree with that but I can tell you that Blockchain is here to stay. Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin is one of the most accurate and secure systems ever created.

What is BlockChain

A blockchain is a ledger that keeps records of digital transactions. Instead of having a central administrator, like a bank or the government, blockchain organizes data in batches called blocks. These data batches use cryptographic validation to link themselves together. In other words, each block identifies and references the previous block by a hash value, forming an unbroken chain. Blockchain solves two of the most challenging problems of digital transactions: controlling the information and avoiding duplication. When a purchase is carried out, the ledger records it and sends it out to the entire network. Computers all over the world then compete to confirm the operation by solving complex math equations. The first to figure out the answer and validate the block receives a reward in Bitcoins (this process is called mining.) The validated block is time stamped and added to a chain in chronological order. The entire chain is continually updated so that it’s always an accurate representation of who owns what at any given time. Key factors are it’s GLOBAL, IRREVERSIBLE, LOW FEES, PRIVATE, SECURE and OPEN. Ingredients for a future global economy.

The Year of Cryptocurrenies

2017 has been a landmark year for blockchain, bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies at large, as more and more individuals, investors, companies, banks, and governments are beginning to recognize its importance. So, what then is cryptocurrency? In layman’s terms, cryptocurrency is digital money. Just as you have physical money in Dollars, Yen, Euros, or Pounds, cryptocurrencies are digital versions of these currencies. Starting out as Bitcoin in 2008, the basic idea behind them was to create a peer-2-peer, decentralized and encrypted way of sending digital money. Remember Blockchain has pushed this forward  in the last 2 years because transactions are irreversible, secured, fast, global, and do not require permissions.

Unlike hard currencies that need to be printed, cryptocurrencies are created by solving complex mathematical algorithms using computers, in a process called mining. In other to count as money and have a certain value, cryptocurrencies are limited in supply, meaning they have a market cap. Each currency claims to solve a different problem and attempts to offer a more robust solution to a particular audience. Some top cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin (which is the first, and still maintains the largest market cap and share), Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Dash, Monero, and Litecoin. The truth is that blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies can be used for virtually anything, from payment merchants, to insurance policies, and even affiliate marketing. Now, let’s explore how companies can use blockchain in affiliate marketing.

What is Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing consists of three core players; advertisers, publishers, and an affiliate network. Advertisers are in need of internet traffic and operate on a “Cost Per Action (CPA)” model. Publishers have the required internet traffic and monetize it for commissions. An affiliate network serves as an ecosystem to facilitate interaction between advertisers and publishers. However, affiliate marketing is often saddled with fraud, tracking, and data loss challenges. And this is where blockchain technology can come in handy.
The most obvious use of cryptocurrencies in affiliate marketing comes as a replacing to standard money. Instead of receiving payments in hard currency, marketers can opt to be paid in digital currencies which is faster, and simpler. In addition to being a faster medium of payment, blockchain technology may help curb fraud and data loss problems in the digital marketing industry.

To solve fraud and tracking challenges, smart contract can be used in place of traditional tracking pixels. These contracts and data cannot be lost because they are stored on all computers in the network. Also, because of the nature of blockchain technology, they are literally not hackable and 100% accurate.
Although blockchain is still a relatively new technology, interest is fast growing and it may find application in several industries of business. How soon? This is a question no one can really answer. But with growing global interest, soon may be 2-5 years from now.

More Info:

Check out my interview with crytocurrency investor Ian Balina.

Why Bitcoin, Etherium and Cryptocurrencies (free ebook)

Join Coinbase for FREE!  a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency

MM79: Second Chances, People Over Profit and A Multi-Million Dollar Business

Posted by Thrive on December 09, 2017  /   Posted in Blog, Business, Corporate, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

For the first 24 years of his life, Chris Rickerson’s future looked dim. He grew up in poverty, with a drug-addicted mother and drug demons of his own. Facing dire chris-rickerson-sonsconsequences, he turned his life around and, in 2013, started Elite Staffing Solutions, a Wichita, Kansas-based staffing company that lifts up people who are struggling as he once did.



We talk about;

  • Growing up in a home with a drug addicted mother
  • Chris’s own battles with substance abuse
  • How his faith helped him turn his life around
  • Why his firm doesn’t hesitate to hire those with similar backgrounds to Chris’s
  • The keys to Elite Staffing Solutions rapid growth
  • Mentors
  • People over profit
  • Advice to other entrepreneurs

Earn $50k-$60k! Apply Now! Chris is looking for a Operations Manager!


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This $3 Million Company Hires People Who Need a Second Chance. Because Its Founder Needed Help Once, Too. (INC article)

MM78: Turning Your Passion into Cash with Susie Moore

Posted by Thrive on December 02, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Business, Corporate, Design, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

Susie Moore entrepreneur, writer and life coach based in New York City. A former sales leader for a Fortune 500 company, she inspires and educates people to live the lives they imagined by tuning in to their authentic power and unlocking the confidence to get what they really, really want.

Beyond her high vibe personality, she’s also a force to be reckoned with as a life coach and business woman. In this interview, you’ll learn more about how Susie manages to be positive and joyful ALL the time, how she’s taken so many risks in her life with grace, how to be more confident, and how to create a profitable side hustle that allows you to live out your purpose.



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Having A Side Hustle Allowed Susie Moore To Walk Away From A $500K Job (Forbes article)

What If It Does Work Out?: How a Side Hustle Can Change Your Life (book)

How to turn your hobby into a sustainable side hustle (MarketWatch Article)

MM77: Taking Action as an Entrepreneur with Rhett Power

Posted by Thrive on November 28, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Business, Corporate, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

In 2007, Rhett Power resigned from his lucrative consulting career to co-start a toy company called Wild Creations. Less than two years later, the economic downturn left him exhausted and nearly bankrupt. Rhett was not only forced to analyze his company, but

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himself to see what needed to change. The results of this were that he figured out how to do the right things right and Wild Creations was named one of INC 500’s fastest growing companies 2 years in a row and has gone on to win over 40 national awards.

He is the author of the Amazon best-seller, One Million Frogs, a regular contributor to INC, Success Magazine, and Business Insider… and has a new book being released in the next week called, The Entrepreneur’s Book of Actions.


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Rhett and I talked about having a personal mission statement and he was kind enough to share one that he teaches and shares with his clients. Click here!

Other reads: Amazon #1 Best-Seller One Million Frogs: Lessons About Entrepreneurship Learned The Hard Way

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