Home Contractors HQ Show Notes – Episode 7 – Jon Nastor
This week we learned that Clay has begun attending Toastmasters. If you want more information about Toastmasters, which specializes in teaching people to speak publicly in confidence and, ultimately, to equip people to become leaders, visit toastmasters.org.
Interview – Jon Nastor, Hack The Entrepreneur
Jon Nastor is the host of the Hack The Entreprenur podcast, where he seeks to cut the small talk out of the typical entrepreneur-focused podcast and get to the meat of what each guest has to teach his listeners. Recently, he took some of the best “hacks” from his 200+ guests and compiled them into a book called, you guessed it…”Hack The Entrepreneur.”
Some snippets of wisdom from Clay’s interview with Jon:
- Any entrepreneur worth their weight in Post-It Notes can, on an honest day, admit that their success is due to the combined knowledge they’ve gleaned from several sources over the course of their lives. Jon’s podcast and book really drive this point home.
- Jon says the most important “hack” for him is having the mindset to succeed, which includes realizing that you will fail, and that you have what it takes to be successful if you work hard enough.
- “Learn from your mistake, and you’re good to go.”
- Entrepreneurs don’t just “get lucky” like most outsiders would say, they just balance the scales by not giving up and keeping at it until a certain attempt becomes a success. Chris’s favorite line was the response one of Jon’s guest has to people who say that they were just in the right place at the right time: “Well, you guys were always in the exact same time and place as me, I just did it!”
- Are you comfortable yet with being uncomfortable? If not, you’re missing out on the most exciting part of business…the adventure of it all. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? You’re right back where you started?
- He made Chris’ heart flutter a little bit (quality control nerd that he is) when he mentioned the Pareto Principle…20% of your effort will get you 80% of the results. Conversely, 80% of your effort is spent on the last 20%. Weed out those things that eat up your time and steal productivity that contribute relatively little to your bottom line.
- Getting an online presence is fairly easy, fairly inexpensive, and key to success. When two similar companies in the same space have zero online presence or marketing presence…price is the biggest factor for a customer choosing your company. But…what if your online presence was larger? What if you outshined your competitors online? Then, price isn’t as much as a factor…because you’ve positioned yourself as the expert in the field.
Mailbag Question – Forget the mailbag, that was a lot!
Afterwards, Chris and Clay discussed all of the meat that Jon brought to the table. (This, for some reason, reminded me of one of my favorite ESPN catchphrases from Kenny Mayne.)
Don’t let failure define you this week! See you next time!
— Chris —