After an amazing interview I did with Neil Patel (Link) last year, I realized what I truly had been doing for the past few years.
Working very hard to put a smile on people’s faces.
Yep, that’s my main goal.
I’m going to brag just a bit here, but I do so to help explain my point.
I’ve helped amazing entrepreneurs earn a lot more money:
- Danielle LaPorte – Author
- Barbara Sher – Best Selling Author
- Steve Kamb of NerdFitness.com – Online Entrepreneur
- Jenny Blake – Online Entrepreneur
- Glen Allsopp – Online Entrepreneur
- Amy Porterfield – Online Entrepreneur
- Michael Port – Best Selling Author
I do this because it amazes me that these people choose to work with me. I feel blessed.
I have a list of entrepreneurs that you’ve probably never heard about, but they get me just as excited to wake up in the morning as the more famous ones.
It all started with a passion project.
Work Happy Now
I started a blog to help businesses create a happier work culture for their employees because I hated every job I’ve ever had. As I’ve developed the blog, it has shifted to help people with their careers.
Work Happy Now was my 5th attempt at a blog, and my first real attempt at starting a business.
Since 2008, I’ve published 521 articles on Work Happy Now. That’s a lot of time researching, reading and breathing work happiness.
As the years passed, I enjoyed connecting with people on Work Happy Now, but I also missed writing about business and helping companies. I needed to unleash my connecting superpowers. I had a degree and a lot of experience in marketing, but I wasn’t utilizing this knowledge. So I started a marketing blog (Party Biz Connect), which revolved around helping companies throw Twitter parties.
Twitter parties were a cool way to help launch their cool stuff. (Not sure what a Twitter party is click here.) The basics are… I get a really cool experts on the phone and they talk about concepts that help small business owners grow their company. I engage people on Twitter asking them questions, and the people the tweet in response get a chance to win some cool prizes. It’s turns into a really cool domino effect on Twitter.
It’s a win-win for everyone. The audience deepens their knowledge and connects with the expert. The expert deepens their connection with their audience and as the tweet on Twitter their message tip into their friends bringing more people to that part.
I used to hate marketing, actually I should say I dislike traditional marketing. I earned a marketing degree and went to work to help companies grow, but I didn’t like many of the tactics the companies used. It was about pushing out a message in print media, TV, radio, and billboards and hoping people liked the message. It was mostly a waste of money. Then social media came around and businesses started realizing the importance of connecting, engaging, and building relationships.
As I grew the Domino Connection of my business, I met some wonderful people, but once again like work happiness it was hard to monetize Twitter parties. This was after 9 months of hard work. And then I found a lump in my right testicle.
I discovered I had cancer. I was scared, angry and confused, but I had the loving support of my wife to help me through and it taught me a lot.
Fear and stress dominated my life, even though I wrote about how to deal with it on Work Happy Now. It was a funny irony. I guess we research and write about the topics we need to learn.
My urologist told me that I needed it removed the next day. I went into surgery, still in shock. I remember holding my wife’s hand before I went into surgery, I tried to be tough, but I couldn’t hold back. The whole situation overtook me and I cried like a little boy, and as I look back on everything, I really did fee like a little boy at the time.
After I had my testicle removed, they tested everything and the doctors said I caught it early. I’ve been free of cancer for 2.5 years and hope to stay cancer-free for another 50 years. As I knock on wood.
Over the next year as I recovered, I began to feel less burdened by life. I stopped letting that inner negative voice hold me back. I started living my life more fully.
Have you ever had a life-altering event that changed how you view life?
Now I didn’t quit my job and travel around the world. I had a wife and child to help support, but I did live in the moment. I made choices on what I wanted, not what other people wanted from me.
As I began to let the real me open up, that’s when my boss told me I was getting laid off. I was free and very afraid.
What should I do next? Find a new job? That’s what I tried to do. I was afraid to go after my dreams.
You’ve probably looked back on your career and wondered how you’ve got where you are. I’ve done this countless times. I actually try to do this with my gratitude journal every day. This reflection helps me stay focused.
As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate of unleashing and leveraging your superpowers. It’s how you really learn to love what you do.
I began to be more contemplative as I looked for a job and nothing came. I sent out resume after resume, went on interviews, but nothing clicked.
I couldn’t find a job because deep down I didn’t want a job. I wanted my own business.
The Next Leap
As I continued to help entrepreneurs throw Twitter parties, I began to see my company’s flaws. People were coming to me at the end of their launch instead of the beginning. I had to turn a lot of people away.
As I’ve built this business up, I’ve learned so many valuable lessons. Why relationships are so important, why relaxation is a must in everyone’s workday, how marketing can be fun instead of tedious, and how to be happy with my work. It’s been a MBA degree like no other. It’s why I think a MBA is actually a waste of time. You need to apply your superpowers out in the real world, mess up, fix it, alter the direction and keep improving until you’ve hit your sweet spot.
When I stopped focusing on finding a new job, that’s when I began to trust my superpowers and use them to help other entrepreneurs.
My journey has taken me to meet some amazing people. It’s helped me grow my business and as a person.
It’s these shifts that have made me into the business owner that I am today.
I’m going to continue to help people be happier at work because I love it. Work Happy Now is a passion project that I hope to maybe turn into a non-profit some day.
Life should be about engaging in projects that excite you, not work that bores you. You have to love what you do, otherwise you end up burning out and hating life. That’s no way to do great work.
That’s why core values should be the cornerstone of every business. When you connect your core values with your work, the work stops feeling like work and becomes playful.
You connect with people through shared interests.
That’s why the interview I did with Neil Patel was so important. He became a vital part of my domino set that I will always consider a turning point.
I realized that I could deepen my superpowers and best utilize them by helping teach entrepreneurs the process of…
Closing Their Connection Gaps
This has been a huge turning point in my business.
When I figured out that I help businesses close their connection gaps, so they can reach more people, everything clicked.
It’s why I do what I do.
This sentence that you see above took me years to figure out, but it’s what separates me from other marketers. I prefer not to think of myself as a marketer because connecting and deepening the connection is where most business should put their communication efforts.
If you aren’t looking at the whole sales process from first connection to what leads to a sale you are missing out on new customers. You have to make sure every step of your communication process tips and builds momentum for you along the way.
A lot of what I’ve learned hasn’t come from books. I like getting my hands dirty. Trying something, testing it and seeing what happens. The frustration of missing my target makes me more motivated to figure out the solution.
What gets you more motivated to succeed?
Look back on your career and see how everything has dominoed to today. You have been putting dominoes in place for many years, connecting with people and learning skills that no one else can copy. Now it’s just improving your systems so they tip into each other.
Your tipping point is coming and I can’t wait to see it happen.
Tell me a little about yourself. Why do you do what you do? Just leave a comment below. The person with the best answer (judged by me) will get a free 1 hour strategy session.
Angela Artemis says
I was going to leave you a comment regardless of your generous offer just to say how inspiring your story is. I’m so happy that you are now living a healthy, happy life focused on what brings you joy and your core values.
Your story gives readers hope that you can create a business doing what you love. I also think it illustrates exactly how we learn and grow as we strive to reach our goals. It’s never a straight line and we never start out knowing exactly where we’ll end up.
I started my first blog in 2008 dishing financial advice and look where I am now. My background is in financial planning, investments and real estate lending but writing about these topics felt too much like the work I was doing so I stopped. When I began my financial blog the only goal I had in mind was freeing myself from the corporate world.
I started my present blog in 2010 purely because I wanted to write about topics that interested me. Over time it evolved and as I evolved it evolved further.
I recently became a certified life coach. I’m focusing on helping people transform their lives and find their true purpose – the same thing thing that you found. This coaching practice helps them uncover the one thing that lights them up so much that the way finally becomes clear – just like what happened to you.
I believe we teach best what we most need to learn and finding my real vocation has been the greatest struggle of my own life. I always landed great jobs managing lots of people making lots of money that I hated. I thought that this was what you were supposed to aspire to.
I thought loving your life and job only happened to a few lucky people, not me. Now I know differently and I want to shout it from the roof tops: You can transform your life, make lasting changes and live a life you love once you become clear on what really lights you up.
Karl Staib says
Hi Angela! Life truly is about the journey and not the destination. We all struggle, but as long as we keep moving forward our lives will improve. It’s making sure we put enough emotional space between the struggle and our attachment to it.
Congrats on becoming a certified life coach. It sounds like you are living your life to your fullest. That’s so great to hear.
I’m so glad to have you in our community.
Matthew Newnham says
Thank you for sharing your ‘Why’ in such a genuine way.
Like you, I dislike traditional marketing, and believe there is a growing hunger for a new way for us to deepen our connections. After all, as humans, connections should be our most precious gifts, right after the gift of Life itself.
I also believe that finding the core of who we are, what our unique value is and how we can share that meaningfully with others is the essence of high value, authentic business [and a refreshed view of ethical marketing].
I do this via my Soul Centered Branding & Marketing work, and I love your inspired path of Closing Their Connection Gaps. I feel we’re on the same page, and I’m grateful to have made this new connection.
Perhaps I can help you some day in some yet unforeseen way. Either way, I thank you for sharing your unique perspective, and for the learning and inspiration I know I’ll glean from what you’re contributing to the world of ethical business.
Best wishes from Scotland,
Karl Staib says
Hi Matthew! Heart centered marketers must stick together. We need more people out in the world teaching people about connecting from their core instead of just chasing money. Business is meant to support our lives, not run it.
I too hope we can work together someday. I’m always up for partnerships that are a good fit for my business.