A few months ago, members from our Monthly1K.com course came in-person to a workshop I held in Seattle. We drank whiskey, cried, and went through each person’s business to help it grow.
We discussed starting a freelancing design business, hangover pills, web hosting and other businesses. Everyone was challenged as we spent over 4 hours working through each business.
After the workshop, I looked at Anton (Biz-Dev Sumo) and said, “Let’s select a dream team. If we were starting a business, who would we select to join us?”
Out of everyone, we both chose the same person. #interesting
So what did this one person at the workshop do or say that made Anton and I both instantly want her on our team?
Her attitude was open minded and she was willing to work hard.
She was always saying, “Does anyone need help? I’m willing to do anything to help any of you with anything in your businesses.”
I subsequently hired her to do some really shitty admin work and scheduling. Most 25 year olds think tasks like that are below them. Surprisingly, she did everything with a great attitude and asked for more work.
How’s your attitude when someone asks for help or when things aren’t working out?
I’m not encouraging you to be an annoyingly fake cheery person. But this defining attitude is what I notice separates the winners from the losers.
With members in Monthly1K, I can instantly tell who’ll be successful in starting a business or not.
Here are 2 common emails I receive. Which do you think is more likely to succeed?
a) hey noah
nothing is working. i tried to sell to 3 friends but they didn’t buy.
what should i do now?
b) hey noah:
the course has been a challenge that’s helped me grow and learn more about myself.
I’ve been trying to sell but I’ve struggled to find something my friends want. To get started, I’m now thinking about offering to help friends and Facebook groups with accounting help for free.
What do you think?
Bad Ass Max
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So what’s the difference between the first and second email?
The first person has already cast themselves as a failure and has given up the hope that any positive outcome will arise. Look at the words he uses: “nothing is working.” Almost seems like no matter what he does, nothing will work.
The second person highlights how they are looking at things as a learning experience, they have alternative ideas to succeed and just want confirmation they’re on the right track.
The first person acts like a victim while the second person’s attitude is about the opportunity to get their business really going.
Check out one of the best cold emails ever.
It’s been fascinating to see how people, without knowing it, are either setting themselves up for success or failure.
It is this attitude of staying positive, perseverance and not blaming others that helps people succeed.
Now you might say, “Come on Noah, I know that.”
Of course you do, but sometimes it takes random moments or an email reminder to internalize knowledge.
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Next time you are dealing with something tough or wondering why you aren’t getting what you want, be mindful of your attitude. (When others see the right attitude and that you’ve made a solid investment already you’ll hear more “Yes” and less “No”.)
And that girl who we met in Seattle with the open-minded amazing attitude …. is now hired by AppSumo and making more than double what she was doing in the past.