Last updated on August 31, 2017
How do you make it big in a highly competitive industry?
It’s not easy. Ben Mezrich failed 190 times before he succeeded.
But today, Ben’s unconventional thinking has led to MASSIVE success.
Here’s what Ben is famous for…
On the surface, Ben is an author… but his lessons go MUCH deeper.
From being on the verge of bankruptcy to changing how an entire generation of authors approach the writing and movie industry, Ben has been on one crazy ride.
Here are 3 of Ben's BIGGEST lessons:
And tons more.
Here’s how most people think business works:
Most of the time, this is not how the world works.
To build a long-term career from writing, Ben knew he had to take a unique approach.
He decided to do something TOTALLY different. Something no one in the book industry had done before, which would cause him to stand out.
He decided he’d only writes books if he could sell the movie rights first.
I actually write a proposal I sell it as a movie and then I sell it as a book. The book is I.P for whatever comes next.
Ben isn’t really in the business of selling books: He’s actually in the business of selling stories.
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What are YOU really selling in your business?
Take a look at your business and figure out exactly what you’re selling.
Life isn’t as easy as people portray on Facebook, TV shows, or Instagram.
My mountain biking photo may look cool… but do you know how f’in long it took to achieve?!
I’ve spent YEARS mountain biking. I've fell down again and again. And I still think I can get tons better (you're seeing me resting, ha!)
At times, your business or idea is going to be a struggle too. Rejection and temporary defeat is something you have to learn to overcome.
This is true of any “famous” person you might see.
Ben experienced failure, too.
In his first year of writing, Ben received 190 rejection slips.
Every time, he tweaked his approach slightly. And he kept persisting.
He used those rejections as motivation. He even plastered each slip over his office wall as a reminder to keep working and improving his craft.
To deal with rejection, you need to really love what you’re doing.
To bounce back from rejection, you have to accept EVERYONE fails.
Me, you, Ben Mezrich… everyone. (It still happens to me daily, too.)
Here’s how Ben viewed his 190 rejection letters:
I know my audience and those are the people that I write for. I don't write for critics at the New York Times.
In your own business, how can you stay hungry, persistent, and focused on your market?
For example, I know Noah Kagan Presents listeners are usually…
Understand rejection happens. Keep focusing on your ideal target market, make your content and material great, and promote the heck out of it.
My old boss once told me AppSumo would NEVER work.
I did it anyway. Here’s why:
And today, we’re an 8-figure business. Take that, old boss.
To come up with a product idea, book idea, or business idea, scratch your own itch.
Passion gets a bad wrap, but I think there is some value in it. You NEED to care about what you’re doing at least a little to push through the hard times.
Once you find your itch, ask yourself two questions before you commit:
All the best books have a one sentence hook.
For example, here’s how you cam pitch three of Ben’s bestselling books:
But creating a one-sentence hook isn’t just for authors.
If you’re trying to start a business, your one-sentence hook is a critical part of creating a business.
How would you define your one-sentence hook?
When your story connects with someone, you get results like this...
— Brandy Lawson (@thefieryfx) August 3, 2017
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When Ben writes a book, he wants to be the ONLY person writing the story.
In other words, he wants to grab the compelling stories other people have missed.
In business, you need to find an angle that makes your idea unique.
Back in the day, I used to run a company called Gambit. Not many people knew about it… but we were raking it in.
Gambit focused on social games payment during the peak Facebook games years — and during its height, we were doing $135,000 in daily revenue (before we got banned…).
Frankly, our business kinda sucked. We were basic AF, it wasn’t always fun… but our unique angle was pricing.
To make us stand out, I used to break down the costs of using Gambit compared to the costs of using a competitor. I showed it to every prospect.
Our unique angle helped us massively grow. You can do it, too.
Here’s a recap of the three main lessons you can learn from Ben:
But that’s not all.
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