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Weekly insights for online business builders and small business owners earning a living doing something they care about. We focus on modern business essentials, self employment, motivation, productivity, audience growth, blogging, podcasting, content marketing, work-life balance among other things!

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Weekly insights for online business builders and small business owners earning a living doing something they care about. We focus on modern business essentials, self employment, motivation, productivity, audience growth, blogging, podcasting, content marketing, work-life balance among other things!

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Chase, let the guest speak!

By ktorres101 - Apr 04 2019
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I love you, Chase. I’ve listened to the Fizzle Show for maybe three years now, and only recently have you started having guests more often, and maybe it’s because you’re not used to the format, but you keep interrupting your guests and then go on long points! In the episode for parents that published the first week of April, it was really difficult to get into a listening groove, because whenever your guest would start to make a point, you’d jump in and make the point, or a different point, for her.

Podcast change my life - Chase Speaks to my Soul

By EOP Sean - Feb 23 2019
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Chase - you impacted my life and my relationship with my 5 yr old son in episode 307. Starting my day with a song and intention about how I wanted to feel, to have an emotional connection with my wife and sons, got me to sit down and enjoy a nice breakfast with my son at the table instead of the couch. We had a nice chat. Simple but changed my day! “Hey Google - Play Macklemore Good Ole’ Days” ... new routine!! Thanks for all the great stuff you and Corbett and Steph and everyone always put together. Definite 5 stars and recommended for any soloprenuers or people looking for inspiration in an honest way

iTunes Ratings

574 Ratings
Average Ratings
521
22
11
9
11

Chase, let the guest speak!

By ktorres101 - Apr 04 2019
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I love you, Chase. I’ve listened to the Fizzle Show for maybe three years now, and only recently have you started having guests more often, and maybe it’s because you’re not used to the format, but you keep interrupting your guests and then go on long points! In the episode for parents that published the first week of April, it was really difficult to get into a listening groove, because whenever your guest would start to make a point, you’d jump in and make the point, or a different point, for her.

Podcast change my life - Chase Speaks to my Soul

By EOP Sean - Feb 23 2019
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Chase - you impacted my life and my relationship with my 5 yr old son in episode 307. Starting my day with a song and intention about how I wanted to feel, to have an emotional connection with my wife and sons, got me to sit down and enjoy a nice breakfast with my son at the table instead of the couch. We had a nice chat. Simple but changed my day! “Hey Google - Play Macklemore Good Ole’ Days” ... new routine!! Thanks for all the great stuff you and Corbett and Steph and everyone always put together. Definite 5 stars and recommended for any soloprenuers or people looking for inspiration in an honest way

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The Fizzle Show

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Weekly insights for online business builders and small business owners earning a living doing something they care about. We focus on modern business essentials, self employment, motivation, productivity, audience growth, blogging, podcasting, content marketing, work-life balance among other things!

Rank #1: Episode 8: 008 - Choosing & Vetting A Business Idea

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Are you like the thousands we've heard from, worried and stressed about choosing a business idea? Maybe you don't think you have an idea. Or maybe you've got too many business ideas and you don't know which is best. Maybe you're stuck in analysis paralysis. In this episode we explain a simple framework that will help you take back some control and make a choice you're proud of (so at least you'll have a better answer next time to that "what is it you do again, Kelly?" cocktail party question). Be sure to visit http://fizzleShow.com/ for shownotes (and enter your email there so we can send you things like birthday party invites).Jun 27, 2013

Apr 10 2014
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 237: You Don’t Lack Discipline, You Lack Motivation. There’s a Difference (FS237)

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As indie entrepreneurs we live and die by the execution of our ideas. Without the right focus and motivation, discipline alone won’t save you. I find it’s very common for creatives and business builders to feel they lack discipline. We think if we had more discipline then we’d be making more progress on our idea. I don’t agree. You don’t lack discipline, you lack motivation. You lack the internal drive, the clarity and focus of desire, that would make being disciplined almost easy. As I said before, us indie biz people live and die off the ideas we execute. Not the ideas we capture in our Moleskine notebooks, but the ideas we execute. And if you’ve got issue with motivation (or discipline, if you insist), then you’ve got big problems with execution. But here’s what I believe: you deserve to bring your idea to life. You deserve it. You’re not sitting on your ass doing NOTHING; you’re doing things to make it happen… it just sometimes feels like, you know, you don’t do enough, you couldn’t do enough, you’re not enough and you’re never enough. Again, that’s all false. You just haven’t learned how to turn on motivation and channel it at whatever project you want. Show Notes: http://fizzleshow.co/237

Oct 17 2017
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 260: Yes You Can Earn an Independent Living Doing Something You Care About (FS260)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.co/260 Are you struggling to stay motivated in your business? Are you doubting your chops as an entrepreneur? Do you need a reminder of why you got into the game in the first place? You need a REBOOT, a reminder about what’s actually possible in modern small business. It’s common to lose vision, motivation and perspective, and you’re in the right place to get the shot in the arm (or gut) you desperately need. Because when we’re losing perspective, that’s when dangerous mistakes are made. So here’s the thing - I’m going to ask you to do something. I want you to listen to something. It’s a panel discussion featuring some experts who have spent the last 5 years helping small business entrepreneurs succeed online. Your motivation problem likely won’t get fixed by “browsing” another internet article. So, take it the next step and listen in… grab a coffee, put on your shoes and go for a walk as you listen and get your mind completely rebooted about what’s POSSIBLE in entrepreneurship today. This episode is all about making it through those difficult times, staying motivated and reaching the highs that made you pick this path in the beginning. During this episode we’ll be speaking from personal experience, looking at the tough points and the mountain tops and asking why some of us choose to stick it out. Entrepreneurship is definitely not for everyone but if you have come this far, there is a good chance you are in the right place, right? We also talk about deciding your own destiny, the infinite possibilities of running your own business, and what separates the committed from the slackers. So if you need a shot of confidence, a little bit of a pep talk or just want to stay on track, this is the episode for you! Key Points From This Episode: The challenges of entrepreneurship and why it can sometimes get you down. [0:02:41.2] Deciding your entrepreneurial destiny and why it has to be you to choose. [0:05:19.3] The endless expanse of entrepreneurship and the exhilaration of this idea. [0:09:09.7] The difference between internal versus external centres of control. [0:14:29.3] Pat Flynn’s anecdote that taught Steph the power of finding her why. [0:21:27.8] Probable, profitable and why huge amounts of money are not the answer [0:27:07.2] The excitement of high revenue business and just earning a living. [0:31:01.1] Envy and the evils of comparison and an external control locus. [0:36:30.6] Differentiating factors between those that stay committed and the rest. [0:41:02.7] “For entrepreneurs there is no outer limit of what is possible, and just that thought alone always gets me excited.” Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Gusto — https://gusto.com/fizzle ConvertKit — https://fizzle.co/convertkit Walt Disney — https://www.biography.com/people/walt-disney-9275533 Steve Maxwell — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/possible-support-family-indie-business-yes-just-listen-fs245 Steve Jobs — https://www.biography.com/people/steve-jobs-9354805 Pat Flynn — https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Inception — https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inception/ Taylor Swift- - https://taylorswift.com/ Gary Vaynerchuk — https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/ Prince — https://www.officialprincemusic.com/ Minimalist Baker — https://minimalistbaker.com/ There is No That — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/there-is-no-that

Mar 27 2018
45 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 224: Why You Don’t Feel Confident (& How to Fix it) FS224

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How can we decrease the volume of fear in our head and increase our feeling of confidence? Because, for many of us, if we can do that, won’t our work have a better chance of succeeding? “I got this!” That’s the feeling we want. “I *got* this. I can do it.” You know what I think of when I think about confidence? I think about the difference between “this *MIGHT* work” and “this might *NOT* work.” Which way does the voice in your head normally sound like? For many of us it’s WAY more common to resonate with “this might NOT work.” Truth is, for many of us, it’s difficult to feel positive, optimistic or confident about a creative idea or project. **Does your head sound like that?** Well, you’re in for a treat because you’re about to hear things you need to hear about confidence, how to grow it and how to change that dialogue in your head. **Because you need confidence to take the right kind of risks,** and success for us independents relies on us taking the right kind of risks with the right kind of energy and outlook. So, first of all lets talk about what I call the “Necessary Delusion” of being an entrepreneur. READ MORE: http://fizzleshow.co/224

Jul 17 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 127: 9 Stage Small Business Roadmap: A step-by-step plan for what comes next in your business (FS127)

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The 9 Stage Small Business Roadmap: A step-by-step plan for what comes next in your business (FS127) One of the biggest challenges in building an independent small business is figuring out the answer to one simple question: Now what do I do? At every stage of building a business, it's a challenge to learn what you need to know to continue growing. In this episode. we chat about the 9-stage small business roadmap we've just released at Fizzle. fizzleshow.co/127

Sep 09 2015
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 193: 10 Trends in Small Internet Business for 2017 (FS193)

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There are 10 modern trends in small business you need to know about. 5 of them are recent, emerging, and the other 5 continue to be timeless. On the show today we’re going to walk you through each one. Enjoy! Oh wait, we are doing the first ever survey of fizzle show listeners and I want to hear your thoughts, Fizzleshow.co/survey I’ll tell you more about it in the episode, but if you’re at a computer right now go to Fizzleshow.co/survey. Okay lets do it. FizzleShow.co/193

Dec 15 2016
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #7: Episode 231: A Stupidly Simple Guide to Taking Action, Finding Clarity & Getting Clients Right Away (FS231)

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One of the things we hear most often is that people want CLARITY in order to get started. They feel overwhelmed and murky, like they would totally get started if only they knew what to DO! Maybe you feel like you need answers before you begin, because you have to get this right. Today, we are flipping that. I know you think you need CLARITY in order to take ACTION. But today, we're out to prove that CLARITY comes from ACTION. Perhaps the very best part is that you don't have to buy anything to start doing this. Not from us, not from any other marketing wizards on the internet (and please don't trust anyone who tells you otherwise.) As you're going to hear in today's real life stories, you just need an internet connection and some conversation in order to make seriously meaningful progress.

Sep 05 2017
58 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 288: The 3 Habits That Grew His Business to 428,000 Email Subscribers (FS288)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/288 How can we live better lives? Do you want to implement great habits in order to achieve your goals? What determines the success of our attempts when trying to form habits? We cannot really have a conversation about successful business owners and entrepreneurs without discussing the importance of habits and the systems that allow them to build their dreams. But what is formula to implementing this? In this episode we get down to the real essence of habits, their relationship to individual and social identity and how they are formed. We unpack these ideas to better understand the cycle of improvement that we all should really be trying to embody. Today on the show we are joined by James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, the creator of the Habits Academy, a weightlifter, and a travel photographer in over 30 countries. James is basically a habit expert and has loads of great ways to unpack these ideas for everyone’s benefit We also talk about the concept of one percent better, the explore-exploit tradeoff, adaptability and reinvention. James has a bunch of really useful frameworks and distinctions that will undoubtedly progress your thinking in this area. For a particularly inspiring and thought provoking conversation be sure to check this episode out! Key Points From This Episode: • Understanding the compounding effect of the one percent better concept. [0:05:12.4] • Decision making and habits as the two pillars of success. [0:10:01.2] • The difference between goals and systems. [0:15:36.3] • The cardinal rule of behavior change and waiting for results. [0:20:28.4] • Identity conflicts making changes stick through your beliefs about self. [0:26:30.3] • Adaptability and the potential to reinvent yourself. [0:33:25.1] • Some of James’ systems that he has used to build his site. [0:35:20.8] • The real value of ideas and how to house them effectively. [0:39:00.4] • James’ most valued habits for his health and business. [0:40:47.6] • Atomic Habits and what James hopes its readers will gain. [0:46:05.3] • The evolution of systems and the importance of reflection and review. [0:50:31.6] • And much more! Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: • Fizzle — https://fizzle.co/ • James Clear — https://jamesclear.com/ • Atomic Habits — https://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Habits-Proven-Build-Break/dp/0735211299 • Mitch Horowitz — https://mitchhorowitz.com/ • Elon Musk — https://www.forbes.com/profile/elon-musk/#2ba127667999 • Gary Vaynerchuk — https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/ • Seth Godin — https://www.sethgodin.com/ • Entrepreneur — https://www.entrepreneur.com/ • TIME — http://time.com/ • New York Times — https://www.nytimes.com/ • CBS — https://www.cbs.com/ • Derek Sivers — https://sivers.org/ • Scott Adams — https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-adams-52b1595a • Dilbert — http://dilbert.com/ • Evernote — https://evernote.com/ • Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds — https://jamesclear.com/why-facts-dont-change-minds • Niall Ferguson — http://www.niallferguson.com/ • Slack — https://slack.com/ • Fizzle Essentials of Web Design Course — https://fizzle.co/library/essentials-of-website-design-for-business-builders • Fizzle Website Tune Up Curse — https://fizzle.co/courses/tuneup • Fizzle Roadmap — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/small-business-roadmap-1-clarity • Courage and Clarity — https://www.courageandclarity.com/ • Corbett Barr on Twitter — https://twitter.com/CorbettBarr • Chase Reeves on Twitter — https://twitter.com/chase_reeves • Start A Blog That Matters Course — https://fizzle.co/start-a-blog-that-matters • Fizzle 80/20 Copywriting Guide — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/writing-copy-for-web • Fizzle Toolkit — https://fizzle.co/toolkit • Fizzle Goals C

Oct 09 2018
56 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 264: Finding the Balance Between Being Creative and Getting Sh*t Done (FS264)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.co/264 Do you lean more to the artistic or organizational side? Are you struggling to organize your creative ideas? Is it difficult for you to make time for ideas amongst all the organization and admin that you do? As entrepreneurs, there is a constant balancing act that takes place between these two poles. On one hand you have the inspiration, ideas and free energy of your business, and on the other hand, the structure, organization and management. Without a good mix of these it is difficult to imagine a successful business. In this episode, we talk about just that - how to give enough energy and time to both areas. More importantly, how to do this according to your needs and personality! During the discussion we even help you reclaim the true meaning of ‘creativity’ so as to encompass both worlds and emphasize their dual-role in creation and production. So come with us on this journey as we help you down the ski-slope of your business. With both feet firmly in a place and your mind as the director of each ski we are certain you can ensure a smooth ride! Tune in to hear it all! Key Points From This Episode: The war between chaos and order. [0:06:10.2] Making sure the big, important creative work does not fall off the list. [0:08:23.4] The benefits of forcing periods for creativity. [0:13:07.2] Chase’s challenge of coming back to earth from the world of ideas. [0:17:39.6] Comparing the actual differences between these supposedly separate spheres. [0:24:09.1] The idea of guided flexibility as a happy medium. [0:32:01.2] An example of a successful musician to emphasize structured creativity. [0:35:31.3] Using your intentions and needs as the third point of the triangle [0:41:32.7] The inherent biases that we retain around these approaches. [0:44:17.9] The strength of polarization and harnessing this through balance. [0:49:05.2] Assuming the role of director in your inner play. [0:52:02.7] Recognizing and using our internal stories as a tool. [0:55:03.2] Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Gusto — https://gusto.com/fizzle Fizzle — https://fizzle.co/ Fizzle Toolkit — https://fizzle.co/toolkit Fizzle Goals Course - https://fizzle.co/courses/goals Fizzle 80/20 Copywriting Guide — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/writing-copy-for-web Fizzle Journaling Course - https://fizzle.co/courses/journal ConvertKit — http://fizzle.co/convertkit Courage and Clarity Plan Your Week - https://www.courageandclarity.com/plan/ Do Good Be Good - https://sharonspeaks.com/ Grateful Dead - http://www.dead.net/ Elizabeth Gilbert - https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/

Apr 24 2018
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Rank #10: Episode 201: Why “Follow Your Passion” is Essential But Terrible Advice (and What to Do Instead) FS201

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We’ve all heard it before. You should “follow your passion” if you want to be happy and successful in life. But what if you don’t know what your passion is? Or what if there’s no money in your passion? Or what if you have multiple passions!? Within the Fizzle team, we believe “follow your passion” is actually both essential AND terrible advice. It’s a great episode, and, let’s be honest, your life is in an awesome place to hear this right now. Enjoy! Show Notes: Fizzlshow.co/201

Feb 07 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 300: Self Sabotage & Impostor Syndrome: How to Get Out of Your Own Way

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Impostor syndrome is one way entrepreneurs can completely sabotage their own business. Starting a business can endlessly fun at first... all the possibility, hope, potential. But soon the fear starts to creep in, the self confidence starts to slip, and the inner saboteur begins to do her work. In this episode we dive into several helpful tools for you to break out of self sabotage mode, including: what the onset of self sabotage looks like, how to identify when you're in self sabotage mode, practical ways to get out of your own way before it's too late!

Jan 01 2019
55 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 139: What To Do When You Need To Get To Minimum Viable Income Fast (FS139)

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I Lost my job. I have 60 days to launch and get ramen-profitable. What would you do? If you had to make ends meet in a short amount of time, what would you sell? How would you find clients? What would your pitch be? This is where a Fizzler named Josh really is. He brought his question to the Fizzle Forums and in this episode we share his story, breaking down some of the common mistakes and best places to start when you need to get to a minimum viable income fast. Read more: fizzleshow.co/139

Dec 02 2015
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 307: Routines For Tuning Up The Mind (FS307)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/307 What are the daily practices that help us have a better day? How do we keep our routine from turning into dogma? When is the right time to tune up our habits and move on to something new? That’s right, we are tackling the often talked about, sometimes misrepresented, idea of daily routines! We have been told so many times about the effects of our habits and our repeated actions but sometimes that is not enough to help us find what works for us. In this episode, we take an essential look at the issue, considering what it is about daily practices that can have positive effects on things in our lives and specifically our businesses. From showering and good rest, all the way to where you work and taking regular walks, we cover it all! We also talk about meditation and gratitude, unlocking spaces you never knew existed in your mind and how choosing a good song can change your life. For this great chat, join us on the Fizzle Show today! Key Points From This Episode: • The modern online entrepreneurial landscape. [0:06:20.9] • Hacking, experimentation and finding loopholes. [0:12:03.4] • Routine is good, meditation is healthy. [0:16:15.8] • The effect that simple routines can have on your mindset. [0:20:08.2] • Showering, sleep and the foundations for ideas. [0:22:49.7] • Journalling, walking and starting the day with a good song. [0:29:30.7] • Expectations of our loved ones and the evolution of relationships. [0:36:42.9] • Shaking things up and getting out of dogmatic states and stagnation. [0:44:16.2] • Ways to break into new routines. [0:55:15.6] • The two things that impact our wellbeing above all else. [1:00:04.4] • Our huge dependence on each other and relationships. [1:10:04.2] • Using the vessel of routine to get to a good feeling. [1:14:45.6] • And much more! Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: • Fizzle — https://fizzle.co/ • Fizzle on Twitter — https://twitter.com/fizzle • Gusto — http://gusto.com/fizzle • Jamba Juice — http://www.jambajuice.com/ • Skype — https://www.skype.com • Nathan Barry — https://nathanbarry.com/ • ConvertKit — https://convertkit.com/fizzle • Tim Ferriss — https://tim.blog/ • Winston Churchill — https://www.britannica.com/biography/Winston-Churchill • Benjamin Franklin — https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/benjamin-franklin • Fizzle Defining Your Audience — https://fizzle.co/guides/defining-your-audience • Fizzle Journaling Course — https://fizzle.co/courses/journal • Justin Timberlake — https://www.justintimberlake.com/ • Can’t Stop This Feeling — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw • Pharrell — https://pharrellwilliams.com/ • Happy — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM • Michael Jackson — https://www.michaeljackson.com/ • Grease — https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077631/ • Arianna Huffington — http://ariannahuffington.com/ • Esther Perel — https://www.estherperel.com/ • Mating in Captivity — https://www.amazon.com/Mating-Captivity-Unlocking-Erotic-Intelligence/dp/0060753641 • MailChimp — https://mailchimp.com/ • Asana — https://asana.com/ • TypeForm — https://www.typeform.com/ • Planet Earth II — https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5491994/ • Swordbill Hummingbird — https://giphy.com/gifs/bbcearth-bird-bbc-3oz8xzmy5jM39tV4OI • Byron Katie — http://thework.com/en/do-work • The Work — http://thework.com • Jess Lively — http://jesslively.com/ • Tesla — https://www.tesla.com/ • Headspace — https://www.headspace.com/ • InsightTimer — https://insighttimer.com/ • Alan Watts — https://blog.mindvalley.com/alan-watts/?utm_source=google • Ram Dass — https://www.ramdass.org/ • Hafez — https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/hafez • Tony Robbins — ht

Feb 19 2019
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 292: How to Name Your Business

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I want to show you a method to get away from the gross, subjective confusion that clouds your business name decision making. You’ve felt that cloudiness if you’ve ever tried to name a business before. I was recently with a group of people trying to name their real estate company. We spent several hours talking about options, took a break, and then someone came up with another name idea and the conversation started all over again. No decisions being made, no progress, no clients being helped or revenue coming in… just a handful of name options and no way to decide which idea is best. We all get like this when it comes to naming our business. A list of several ideas, a bunch of subjective opinions and the immense pressure of deciding. So, we created a simple worksheet to help you. The Name Evaluation worksheet below will introduce you to 10 categories that will help you get out of the clouds and into a business name that will grow with you.

Nov 06 2018
57 mins
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Rank #15: Making a Book, Blog or Podcast? Start Here!

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We see a lot of entrepreneurs who have great ideas but they keep getting stuck in the ‘how’ of their business and losing sight of the most important elements. (Show Note: Fizzleshow.co/252) Here’s what I mean: Let’s say you wanted to make a book (for podcast or blog) on “mindfulness and parenting.” The common big mistake is to rush into thinking about your HOW. How you’re going to be different than others out there. How you’re going to teach people your truths. How you’re going to setup your website. Like I mentioned above, we see this happen very often AND IT’S A BIG MISTAKE. Why is it a big mistake? Because you can spend weeks/months/years thinking about the HOW of your business only to have that business fail… because you didn’t set the right foundation. You have to set the right foundation! If you want your blog or podcast or book or instagram account or youtube channel to be successful, you have to focus yourself in the beginning on what matters most… … And if you want to learn about that, then get yourself a cup of coffee and strap in, because you’re about to learn one of the most important lessons in modern business. This lesson is more important now than ever before because you have more opportunity to succeed than ever before. So, if you want your business dream to actually become a reality, you’ll want to get a notepad ready to take some notes… … because this lesson may change how you think about business forever. Maybe you weren’t planning on listening to a podcast here. Maybe you wish you could just skim through the content… … well, maybe your business idea needs more than just a skim at this point. We hope you’ll dive in and give it a listen because the results are likely to make it WELL worth your while. Enjoy!

Jan 30 2018
46 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 268: How to Build The Biz of Your Dreams in 10 Hours A Week (FS268)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.co/268 Are you constantly running up against limitations? Do you feel like you would be able to conquer the world if you just had more time or energy? Can our limitations actually help us find our way to a successful business? Here at Fizzle, we are well aware that most entrepreneurs face a host of limitations, whether it is capital, time, support or something else. Chances are you do not have an infinite amount of everything! In this episode, we discuss how to address this potential problem and embrace it as a source of inspiration. We believe it is possible to use those areas in which you are limited as a guiding star to steer your ship to a shore of success. We also talk about the ubiquity of limitations in all areas of life, how to bypass some of the obvious hindrances and three steps towards conquering these hazards. So if you want to correct your course and stop your ship from constantly blowing off course, listen up because we have you covered. Key Points From This Episode: Is ten hours a week enough to build your business? [0:03:19.6] Reminding ourselves that we all have limitations, forever! [0:06:24.4] The feeling of futility when trying to squeeze in work on your business. [0:08:08.2] Acknowledging your limitations and moving on productively. [0:12:39.7] The team’s own sets of early limitations. [0:15:03.1] Steady progress is what matters above all else. [0:18:50.5] The positive side and encouraging force of limitations. [0:22:20.9] Time, mindset and focus as the essential triangle. [0:26:20.6] Getting a handle on your time and creating blocks for your business. [0:26:50.3] Creating allies within your family and partners. [0:29:12.2] Fostering the correct mindset for productivity [0:32:29.6] Entrepreneurship as an extended mind game you play with yourself. [0:36:56.4] Maintaining focus and doing away with time wasting. [0:43:21.4] Steph’s 15 Minute Planner Method! [0:45:21.6] The difficulty in knowing what is important to your business. [0:49:12.4] Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Gusto — https://gusto.com/fizzle Fizzle — https://fizzle.co/ Fizzle Toolkit — https://fizzle.co/toolkit Fizzle Goals Course — https://fizzle.co/courses/goals Fizzle 80/20 Copywriting Guide — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/writing-copy-for-web Fizzle Journaling Course — https://fizzle.co/courses/journal Fizzle Roadmap - https://fizzle.co/sparkline/small-business-roadmap-1-clarity ConvertKit — https://convertkit.com/partner/fizzle Princess Bride — https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093779/ Netflix — https://www.netflix.com/ Guy Fieri — http://www.guyfieri.com/ Iron Chef — https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/iron-chef-america Keynote — https://www.apple.com/lae/keynote/ Courage and Clarity — https://www.courageandclarity.com The 15 Minute Weekly Planner — https://www.courageandclarity.com/plan

May 22 2018
55 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 241: Networking, Avoiding Hard Stuff & Lessons Learned Making 100 Projects in 1 Year (FS241)

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If you are stuck in the romantic notion of what it looks like to create a business and you need some motivation to stop running away from the hard work, you’re going to love this episode. On today’s show we are joined by none other than Justin Jackson, who went from having a day job to being a successful author and creating 100 projects in one year, all to show that it is possible for you to become an indie entrepreneur (even in Canada!). Justin is the founder of MegaMaker, where he advises software, SaaS, and digital product companies. His books, Marketing for Developers and Jolt have sold thousands of copies, and truly saved him from bankruptcy. On his blog and in his podcast he focuses mainly on topics like product marketing, helping entrepreneurs and software companies around the world. Inside this episode Justin shares his experience of pursing his indie entrepreneur dream and how he got caught up in the romantic fantasy of what it’s really like to start a business. Justin gets vulnerable, revealing that his initial motivation for creating 100 projects in a year was to impress others and get approval from celebrity entrepreneurs, instead of doubling down on what was already working for him. Plus, he gets super real with us about how you absolutely cannot avoid the hard work that entrepreneurship requires. Show Notes & Conversation: FizzleShow.co/241 Key Points From This Episode: Why Justin could not have been an indie entrepreneur without a strong network. [0:03:32.1] The turning point that opened up the possibility for Justin to quit his day job. [0:06:30.1] An overview of Justin’s books, and whether or not they are right for you. [0:09:36.1] A single blog post that put Justin on the map; This is a webpage. [0:10:124.1] Justin’s journey of creating 100 projects in a year. [0:14:50.1] Learning not to get caught up in the romantic fantasy of being a business owner. [0:25:44.1] Identifying your motivations behind starting a business; do they align with your values? [0:29:29.1] Biggest lessons Justin learned from his challenge of creating 100 projects in a year. [0:36:39.1] Why we get caught up in the idea that “the grass is greener on the other side”. [0:46:39.1] Recognizing that you have to lean in to your discomfort, fully owning your story. [0:49:02.1 Understanding that the beginning stage of every business is difficult. [0:55:19.1] Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: A Toolkit for Indie Entrepreneurs — https://fizzle.co/toolkit FreshBooks — https://freshbooks.com/fizzle Justin Jackson — https://justinjackson.ca/ Justin on Twitter — https://twitter.com/mijustin Mega Profitable — https://megamaker.co/profit/ MegaMaker — https://megamaker.co/ Marketing for Developers — https://devmarketing.xyz/ Jolt — https://justinjackson.ca/jolt/ Product People Podcast — http://www.productpeople.tv/ Build and Launch Podcast — https://buildandlaunch.net/podcast/ MegaMaker Podcast — http://podcast.megamaker.co/ This is a Webpage article — https://justinjackson.ca/words.html Jason Zook — https://jasondoesstuff.com/ Heroku — https://www.heroku.com/ Peter Levels — https://levels.io/ Jeff Sheldon — https://shop.ugmonk.com/ Tobias van Schneider — http://www.vanschneider.com/

Nov 14 2017
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 311: The Science of Controlling Your Emotions: How The ABC Model Will Transform Your Life (FS311)

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Shownotes: http://fizzleshow.com/311 Do you sometimes feel like you’re trying to push a Sisyphean rock up a hill as an entrepreneur? There will likely be initial excitement about a new business or idea, but what mostly follows is a period where your motivation begins to dwindle and you begin to second-guess yourself. The question is, are you able to get out of that pit? There are also times when you can simply let the rock glide down the other side of the hill, when things seem to happen effortlessly. But how do I get more gliding and less pushing? Can it be easier to make money? Is it possible to have less stress and anxiety and to be better set up for success? In this episode, we get into the topic of navigating your emotions as an entrepreneur, discussing the relevance of the “Just Ship It!” challenge, Ram Dass’s concept of neutrality, how others influence our responses and the importance of becoming aware of your blind spots. On the show we are joined by Corbett Barr, Aiden Fishbein and our special guest, Joe Kerns, who is a mental resilience expert and someone who has a ton of experience on the topic of our conversation today. He shares about the ABC model as a tool to analyze and better understand our reactions to circumstances, the role that our thoughts play in shaping our emotions and how it all ties into our interpretation of the past, present and future. We also talk about why it is so hard for entrepreneurs to take that first step of getting something out the door and about the effect that thoughts and emotions have on business. Join us today for expert advice on growing the mental toughness that is required to succeed in business. Key Points From This Episode: • The important relationship between being relaxed and performing well. [0:04:16.0] • Joe’s back story about controlling emotions. [0:06:56.0] • Where our emotions come from. [0:08:03.0] • More about Fizzle’s “Just Ship It!” challenge. [0:09:16.0] • Why many entrepreneurs are afraid of putting themselves out there. [0:09:30.0] • How your emotions can derail all of your plans. [0:13:37.0] • Why learning is a necessary result of building a business. [0:16:49.0] • The premise of the ABC model. [0:22:43.0] • The umbrella analogy about controlling emotions. [0:27:37.0] • Why you need to create more space between the event and the thought. [0:28:24.0] • More about Ram Dass, his lectures and the concept of neutrality. [0:29:16.0] • The role of our history in how we respond to situations. [0:31:01.0] • The importance of pulling apart and analyzing our responses to things. [0:32:11.0] • How we are susceptible to the influence and ideas of others. [0:32:56.0] • The part of the brain that allows us to deceive ourselves. [0:40:59.0] • How entrepreneurs can practically apply mental toughness. [0:43:34.0] • Applying the ABC model to Chase’s personal case study. [0:50:20.0] • A breakdown of the laws described in The Three Laws of Performance. [0:53:05.0] • The importance of deconstructing your thoughts. [0:56:43.0] • Why you need to consider all the evidence from both sides of your beliefs. [1:00:23.0] • And much more! Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: • Fizzle — https://fizzle.co/ • Fizzle on Twitter — https://twitter.com/fizzle • Gusto — https://gusto.com/ • Seth Godin — https://www.sethgodin.com/ • Chase Reeves — https://chasereeves.net/ • Chase Reeves on Twitter — https://twitter.com/chase_reeves • Bill Murray — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000195/ • Corbett Barr on Twitter — https://twitter.com/corbettbarr • Aiden Fishbein — https://twitter.com/megafishbein • Joe Kerns — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/author/joekerns • Fizzle “Just Ship It!” Challenge — https://app.fizzle.co/just-ship-it-challenge • Stanley Kubrick — https://www.imdb.

Mar 16 2019
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 277: 7 Realistic Tactics For Building A Biz While Working (FS277)

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Are you trying to start a business while you still have a day job? Do you need more time to get your business going but just cannot find it? How can we manage this transition phase from 9 to 5 professional to self-employed badass? Today we are talking about making this challenging dynamic work for you. Steph is away on vacation so Corbett and Chase are tackling this issue head on and have a host of suggestions to make your double-life doubly beneficial! In this episode we’ll be unpacking just how important it can be to maintain a functioning work life while starting your own thing. We’ll also be looking at how different the lives of new entrepreneurs are to those of established ones. Chase and Corbett discuss the initial phases of trial and error and attacking these terrains with excitement and fearlessness. We also talk about finding exactly what your value is, chiseling out time within a busy schedule, managing energy levels, and fueling your work with passion. From there the discussion moves onto some concrete ideas and strategies for getting the ball rolling in the right direction. We cover your internal operating system, small tasks, removing vices, workplace related choices, and more. So for an inspiring chat on an almost indispensable stage of any digital entrepreneur’s journey, make sure to tune in and hear it all! Key Points From This Episode: The difference between building a business and maintaining an established one. [0:06:50.7] Why it is no longer necessary to raise financing as in the past. [0:09:31.4] Working smarter instead of harder according to your own needs. [0:14:18.2] Finding your way to your value and then packaging it. [0:17:42.8] Trying despite the challenges, lack of guarantees and the possibility of failure. [0:18:40.3] Making time and finding the energy to juggle all of your commitments. [0:21:58.1] Using your motivation and passion to fuel the fire of why you do this! [0:29:01.5] Choosing how you want to build your entrepreneurial house. [0:30:31.3] Doing what you know you have to in the way that you can. [0:36:58.1] Work about work, planning and reflection. [0:42:20.3] Objectives and Key Results (OKR) as an important framework. [0:44:26.2] Breaking down projects into small, accomplishable chunks. [0:47:40.6] Cutting out vices and making more time in your day. [0:53:30.6] Considering going part time with your current day job. [0:54:09.4] Looking for a different job that better suits the requirements for your business. [0:55:59.2] Relying on a partner or spouse for income and security for a period. [01:00:58.3] Hiring a coach or joining a mastermind group. [01:04:49.3] And much more! Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Fizzle Try 5 — http://fizzle.co/try5 Fizzle Project Management for Entrepreneurs — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/project-management-for-entrepreneurs HoneyBook — https://www.honeybook.com/fizzle Fizzle — https://fizzle.co/ Fizzle Toolkit — https://fizzle.co/toolkit Fizzle Goals Course — https://fizzle.co/courses/goals Fizzle 80/20 Copywriting Guide — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/writing-copy-for-web Fizzle Journaling Course — https://fizzle.co/courses/journal Fizzle Roadmap — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/small-business-roadmap-1-clarity Fizzle Craft + Commerce — https://fizzle.co/sparkline/craft-commerce Corbett Barr on Twitter — https://twitter.com/CorbettBarr Two Set Violin on Twitter — https://twitter.com/TwoSetViolin Pachabel’s Canon in C(hicken) — https://twitter.com/TwoSetViolin/status/1018520345769177090 Pat Flynn — https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ Pamela Slim — https://pamelaslim.com/ Amy Porterfield — https://www.amyporterfield.com/ Gary Vaynerchuk — https://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/ Chase Reeves Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmadtJlpo-e2wnBOEgLvj1A I Hope You Dance — https://www.youtube.com/watc

Jul 24 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 35: 035 - Finding Your Idea. Product Prodcrust 1

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http://fizzleshow.co/35 -- (with special guests!) For the next few episodes of the Fizzle Show (including this one) we're going to get you thinking about building your first product. Whether you're ready to build it now or not, getting your mind right about this stuff will profoundly impact the decisions you make about your business.  Jan 03, 2014

Apr 10 2014
1 hour 3 mins
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