According to statistics, most of us don’t like our jobs. That’s a big problem. When we’re not doing work we love, we’re unable to fulfill our true purpose, our happiness is sapped, and our relationships are often destroyed.
Today’s guest can help with that. His purpose is simple: to help people find work they love. He helps others find the career that they were meant for.
I believe that this is important work. Just three decades ago, almost two-thirds of Americans liked their jobs. The divorce rate was lower, the overall happiness of the population was higher, our productivity (in the US) was the best in the world. Today, that is no longer the case.
How do you start something big?
How do you set about changing the world, one career at a time?
Scott Barlow and Mark Sieverkropp literally are doing just that. They started Happen to Your Career (HTYC) with the mission of helping people find the work they love. (Read all about Happen to Your Career here)
For the next two days, I want to talk to you about your career.
My friend Mark Sieverkropp has an exciting announcement that I’ve asked him to share with you. If you hate your job, this stuff is for you. If you just kind of like your job, it’s for you. If you are underpaid, underappreciated, overworked, or just plodding along aimlessly in your career, this information is for you.
We all have to start somewhere. Some first time affiliate launches are big. Some are small. Some are resounding successes, while others are unmitigated disasters. Most, however, fall somewhere in between. That’s exactly what happened to Scott Barlow with his first affiliate launch.
This is the first in a series of posts called “My First Affiliate Launch.” Each post will highlight an online entrepreneur who recently ran their first affiliate launch. This month’s featured launch is from Scott Barlow. Scott has ran several successful businesses, conducted over 2,000 interviews as an HR professional and personally has made several successful career changes. Scott’s course, Figure Out What Fits
helps people discover their strengths and decide what work fits them so they can design their work around their life and not the other way around.
I’ve participated in JV launches for over 2 years for several different courses. Some of them were total failures and others have been very successful.
I recently moved into doing JV Partnerships for my own products as a way to build out my list and be able to reach a greater number of people.
We began by offering a free 8 day course that helps people learn what they should be doing for work or business. Later, this turned into webinars. With each new affiliate partner we would offer the 8 day course to their list — which was an extremely high value optin and led to an opportunity for people to learn more through the webinar. We went through this same sequence one affiliate partner at a time. This allowed us to send a lot of people through the 8 day course and do a lot of webinars so we could really perfect our messaging and sales funnel.
Once I had proven the sales funnel and messaging I knew I wanted to do a full JV launch.
We did our first full-scale affiliate launch in January 2016 with approximately 15 affiliates.
So what would you do if someone you looked up to told you everything you did wrong when you reached out to him?
Maybe you’ve thought about emailing or calling this person for months or years. And you finally do. And then…
That’s what happened to Mark Sieverkropp recently when he reached out to someone he looked up to. But I don’t want to ruin the story, because it’s really good and there is a lot to learn from it.
So without further ado or explanation, take it away Mark.
I have been waiting several months to share this story. And I don’t believe there is any better place to share it than on Matt’s blog!
This past summer I was working on a project, Happen To Your Career, with Scott Barlow. (You may recognize that name from the fact that our very own Matt McWilliams was featured on our podcast). In the process of this, we were doing some marketing and contacting folks to ask for their help.
Right now, at this very moment, you are determining who you will be in ten years.
I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on a great new podcast, Happen to Your Career. Their lineup of guests before me and coming after me is impressive (but I can’t tell you who is coming up or I’d have to kill you).
In this interview, Scott Barlow and I talk about the importance of self-worth and the importance of creating the lifestyle that works for you. I share a glimpse of my story and how I found a career that I enjoy (most days) and is meaningful to me. We talk about starting what you want to become today.
You have a product ready. You know it will change people’s lives. The question you ask yourself now is: “Will my launch be successful?” How can you know if your launch will be successful? This is the exact question I get asked frequently.
If you’re looking for some awesome affiliate launches to promote over the next six months, look no further. We’ve got the top ten affiliate launches for July-December all in one place.
The following launches are in chronological order.
NOTE: Application to any of the following programs is no guarantee of acceptance. Some programs have stricter rules than others.
Last week, I wrote a post entitled, Why I’m Not Sharing My 2016 Goals This Year. In it, I explained that research shows that we shouldn’t share our goals publicly. But who should we be sharing them with?
To best answer that question, I’ll share what has and what hasn’t worked for me.
Who NOT to Share Your Goals With
1. Anyone and everyone
I covered this last week, but it bears repeating. Don’t share your goals with anyone who will listen. The act of doing so feels too much like an accomplishment.
Don’t post them on social media or write about them on your blog. Unless you have a very compelling reason to do so.
Almost every time I have done this, I have failed to reach my goal.
Can business success lead to business failure? Yes. I’ve allowed it to happen. Seven years removed from my time at one business, I had time to do an autopsy. Here is what I learned.
One of my favorite authors, if you haven’t noticed already is Greg McKeown, author of the book, Essentialism. He writes about what he calls the clarity paradox. The question he asked is:
Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful?
He then presented four stages which moderately successful business often go through:
Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2:When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3:When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4:Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.