JT McCormick is the President and CEO Book in a Box, which is a quickly-growing startup co-founded by Tucker Max.
When Tucker was thinking about hiring JT, here’s what Tucker said about his background checks:
I’ll sum up what we found: he was even more of a baller than we thought. Everyone I talked to loved him. They told me stories about him that were so amazing they seemed made-up (for example, he put a kid through college that wasn’t his).
With traits like that, JT isn’t your average startup CEO.
He went through hell to get to where he is today...
Never graduated from high school
Lived part of his life with his dad, who was a pimp and drug dealer
Became a millionaire despite insane hardships like sexual abuse, homelessness, and juvenile detention centers
If you need a kick in the ass, you’ll LOVE the lessons JT shares.
You’ll learn 3 key things.
What JT says made him successful (and how to build the quality in yourself)
How JT would make his millions all over again if he had to
Motivation tips to wake up at 4 am every day — even if you have a family or aren’t an early riser
1. The 3 S’s
JT owes his success in large part to his hustle and work ethic.
H classifies his work ethic with the 3 S’s:
No matter how good your work ethic, you need to sleep.
And even if you’re only sleeping three hours per night, those are still non-negotiable hours. You don't want to become a zombie. 😴
With a good night’s sleep, you wake up feeling refreshed and ready go get it every day.
Here are three tips for better sleep:
Keep your room DARK. My bedroom is pitch-black so I can sleep better at night
No electronics in the bedroom. Don’t distract yourself
Maintain a schedule. Keep your body used to the routine of going to bed at a regular time (so you can get started with the day more easily)
People celebrate great athletes like LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Tom Brady.
But we celebrate what they do on the outside. Their 50-point games. The millions they make. How famous they are.
What isn’t talked about is the sacrifice that goes into their work ethic.
No one talks about the sacrifice that LeBron James makes working out every day
No one talks about the crazy travel schedule he has every week between NBA games
No one talks about the 50+ hours he spends behind his laptop studying game tape
Without the sacrifices and a good work ethic, the achievements are less likely.
To build a successful company, JT had to make sacrifices, too.
If JT were to lose everything, he’s confident he could get it back.
He even says he could make millions again by starting his career over at McDonald’s! “Would you like fries with that?” 🍔
Here’s how he would climb the ranks:
Months 1-3 - Make a good impression: Show up on time every single day. And no matter what tasks you’ve set, dominate them. If you’ve got to start mopping the floors, make sure they’re immaculate.
Months 3-6 - Take on more responsibilities: “Can I learn fries? Can you teach me burgers?” At this stage, learn as much as you can about the business and how you can help.
Months 6-9 - Take another step up: Turnaround in fast food jobs is quick, so by 6-9 months, you’ve been there longer than most. Now it’s time to ask for more responsibility… “Can I manage the checkouts? How about running the drive-thru?”
Taking steps into management:
Months 9-12 - Assistant Manager: Having outlasted many of the staff, now is the time to become an assistant manager. You’ve shown in the previous nine months how quickly you can learn and how keen you are to take ownership… and now it pays off.
Months 12-18 - General Manager: Now’s the time to step up and manage your own store. You know the place inside out and the people hiring for this role will know all about your work ethic and results.
Months 18-24 - District Manager: “OK, can I be a district manager?” You’ve had success in one store, now you want to start running multiple locations.
What it all boils down to is simple: Working hard and doing the best job you can possibly do.
With this approach, JT could go from a minimum wage starter to an district manager in 18-24 months.
Plus, with the extra money from your day job, you can start to work on a side hustle.
Here’s what should you take away from JT’s approach to starting over:
First, ask for what you want.
JT didn’t sit back and wait for promotions. He worked his off of and then asked for what he felt he deserved. You won’t succeed if you don’t ask.
The best way to get something is to ask for it.
Second, you’ll notice how JT talks about completing every task to the best of his abilities — no matter how mundane.
This is SUPER important if you want to grow. 💪
No matter what you’re tasked with, even if it’s super boring (and you feel above it), do your best. You can learn new things:
Tasked with a boring analytics report… make it the best report your boss has ever seen