Why Do They Repeat That Same Line Every Flight?

Most of you who are reading this have, at some point in your life, taken an airplane flight. Did you ever wonder why they repeat those same instructions every time you get on the plane?

I have been on hundreds of flights and maybe a dozen to 20 times I was seated near someone who was on their first flight. Yet the instructions that are given each time are the same, and most of them are the same from company to company. Why do they repeat it?

I was thinking this week about those reasons that hold entrepreneurs back; one of them is repeated each and every plane trip I take. I think most of us know it for the flight, but never apply it to real life. Then we ask, “Why is it that people like Bill Gates are so successful? Why is it that I can’t have my business take off?”

They miss it. We all want to have the heart to give away money to causes; to have a foundation that helps poor neighborhoods; to reach out to help those kids of the troops who are struggling. I could list a million great charity ideas that need us to give, to participate in.

I meet and talk to so many people who never get the dream or venture off the ground that could change the world. I listened again this past weekend to my great friend and joint-venture partner, Jason Nast, talk about how lack of funding is a big reason businesses fail. But here is another thing that keeps them from succeeding.

We must often put our businesses ahead of everything; but we have to sacrifice some things to make that happen. The truth is we must take care of the business first and let those things that can wait till later do so. You see, the thing that is mentioned each time we get on a plane is, “Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.”

When it comes to entrepreneurs that have the greatest hearts, they want to help and change the world. The problem is they do not put the oxygen mask on the business and it dies so they have a great idea that is dead.

I know people who tell me how they want to help others. They give and give of themselves till there is nothing left to give. Then when they have no money for food, no money for rent, or they are working several jobs to pay the interest on the debt used to help others first, they choke the life out of themselves.

Yes, I think we need to help others. But even in the Bible it was mentioned that a tithe referred to a tenth of what you make. You give less than you make and build for yourselves; when you have great riches, then you give more.

I once had a friend whose ultimate goal was to live on 10% of his income. He knew it was going to take a long time to do this. As he built his income each year he and his family reviewed how much they could increase their giving. Last I talked to him, they were giving over 20% of their income because of the economies they had achieved in their daily living expenses.

You see, Bill Gates gives away a lot of money each year; but first he built a company that will be around longer than he will. He built the wealth first before he could give it away. If more people would put the oxygen mask on first then help their neighbors we would see more success and less failure. So do you have your oxygen mask on?

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do, and those you share life with. Are you ready to go to the next level and become the RockStar in your world?

Things That Hold Entrepreneurs Back

This week I wanted to share some things that clients were dealing with when they first came to me. I work with all kinds of different entrepreneurs, from the dreamer who wants to move towards a new business or make the existing one successful to the entrepreneur who wants to build a charity that helps feed the homeless of his town once a month.

They are all what I call dreamers and in my seminars I teach how to become a RockStar Dreamer. If you are going to have a dream, make it a big one. What I find that most people who come to me for coaching need to realize is that they have something that is holding them back.

Dreamers want to take the world on and that brings some hang-ups along the way. Today let’s deal with one of those hang-ups: they try to do too much.

Imagine you are sitting with nothing to do. You start looking at every single opportunity that is put in front of you and, as a result, get nothing done. As one of my coaches and mentors tells us, we need to focus and get things done. He uses an acronym for the word focus:


F= Follow

O= One

C= Course (of action)

U= Until

S= Successful


This is the reason that I start many of my clients off with lessons on cleaning the clutter out of their lives, getting rid of those things that are not working.

We also need to get things lined up to bring the success we want.

A man once said to me that he was told he could be anything he wants to be, but he could not be everything he wants to be. This becomes a problem with the entrepreneur as they are always looking for something that works. In many cases the dreamer must attempt several things until they find a niche that works for them.

So today, if you are a dreamer who feels like something is holding you back; if you feel you just came to get the launch part of your business going; let’s break it down and stop trying to do everything at once.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Are you ready to take it to the next level and become the RockStar in your world?

Money Action Plan

Recently I had the privilege to become acquainted with someone who has some serious experience with getting the money and finances right. I want to introduce you to our guest post for today from entrepreneur Nathan W. Morris. He is a personal finance expert for small- to medium-sized businesses, helping his students achieve financial freedom. His upcoming book Your 33-Day Money Action Plan will be out soon, so I wanted him to share with you some of his wisdom. Nathan posts regularly on his blog nathanwmorris.com. With that, Nathan, take it away:

I’ve been an entrepreneur for about 10 years now and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just about thrown in the towel. Entrepreneurship is not easy, but it IS exceptionally rewarding. If it was easy, they’d call it a job. You show up, do a limited set of duties while a huge network of other people do other parts of the business and you collect a reasonable salary from the word go.

As an entrepreneur, you’ll be plagued with spikes and dips in income. Usually you’ll start out broke and your friends and family might even “worry” about you and suggest that you do what everyone else does and just get a job. Of course, when you’re winning and the income and lifestyle are sweet, those same people will praise you and even envy you.

Today though, I want to talk to you about getting your financial foundation laid to both start and survive business. Many entrepreneurs not only have business issues but they also have fundamental financial issues and it’s almost impossible to overcome financial stress when you have so much else on your plate.

I specialize in helping entrepreneurs, small-medium business owners and high-income professionals get their financial houses in order and teach them how to manage their money so that even when they’re making the big bucks, their money doesn’t manage them.

Odds are good that you were brought up with a middle class or even “lower” class mindset about money. You may have read a number of financial books, but the reality is that your programming is the same as most other people’s. You see income as the ultimate goal. “If only I could make a million bucks a year then I’d be happy,” you say.

Well, I thought the same way. I thought if I just made six figures, everything would be so much easier and I’d be able to go anywhere and do anything. Unfortunately, before I made six figures I had no debt and very few worries; when I started making money I actually wound up in debt and struggling despite my high income.

I knew a lot about money, and the reason I got myself in trouble was because I thought I was particularly clever with money. One of the things that got me in trouble was taking on debt that I didn’t really need to take on, just because the interest rate was low (0% for 36 months). I had the money at the time to pay for the thing, but I thought I’d take the loan at 0% and use the money in the meantime in my business or an investment.

Nathan has given us some great information. But wait, there’s more. We talked about all Nathan had to share, with his experiences, information, and his book that is coming out. He had so much that fits with our weekly theme I am going to save part 2 of this post until tomorrow.

If you get a chance, check out his page, nathanwmorris.com and get on the list to get his book when it’s released.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Getting your money right will drive you to RockStar status faster. 

Are You Online Yet?

It’s another day in our week of helping coaches rock the coaching world. I thought about this week after realizing my wife is set on catching all of the Olympic events she can. If you are watching the games in London this week, they are something that takes over the world every 4 years. If you love it, you watch. Many work to get there in person.

But on TV, you can see the relationships between the coaches and those competing. It shows the value of coaching, from the coach who worked with them for years to get to this point to the team members who are coaching and encouraging along the way.

The team members learn coaching because many of those competing will be back in years to come as they get older, coaching those who come after them. Like the many who contact me about how to build the coaching business, they are following after me and I want to help them succeed by showing them the mistakes I made and helping clients learn from them.

So in our week of how I help coach the coaches, it’s important to understand that we will help more coaches, and once those we coach succeed, they might actually be able to offer coaching to others as well. I know to the many competitive careers out there it sounds like we are pushing to get more and more out to coach.

Well, we need more people to make this world better, and if more successful people would offer coaching programs to help, we could build many more successful businesses and organizations. Part of what Donald Trump is doing with his “Apprentice” show is helping to train others to build themselves to success, as well as building his company to a stronger place.

Now we take it to the practical level of where to grow your coaching. Yesterday I shared how we need a program to help others. Now we need a place to share it. We need an online presence.

I built an online presence for my coaching programs before I ever stepped out to meet people. So here are the places you need to be online to start your coaching:

1. Start with a website or a blog. You can start out with some of the free sites to get going and build from there. I started with a blogspots and WordPress.com site. WordPress.com had an option for me to take the domain name and make it look like a real site. But building a blog and posting on a regular basis is the first thing you need. Be sure to get the domain name that matches where you want to go, but also get [your name].com. Getting Rockerlifecoach.com was the first thing I did to set the position of brand I wanted to build from.

2. Get on the social networks. Once you have the domain name and the business name, you can build a Twitter name, a Facebook fan page and a YouTube channel. All of these are places that you will need to build a following to get people to go back to read your site and blog posts. I know speakers and coaches who try to build a coaching business with an online presence, but you need to have some footprint in the online world for others to easily find you.

3. Get an email system. There are many of these out there from the A-Webber, Constant Contact, iContact. I used Mail-Chimp to get started because they have a free version that you can use until you build a list of people. You will need this to email as sending individual emails out can become long and hard to do and you will look like a spammer if it’s done wrong. You want a system where people can find you and know you are running a real business.

4. Online media. So many create things on other sites like E-zine and radio shows like Blogtalk Radio. These are great places to get yourself online to build a presence and get your name known. I am just now starting the online radio show; it comes with some work, as you need to find guests and topics to talk about each week. That scares so many but once you get it started you will see followers coming.

The online presence it a big thing in our internet world. I encourage many forms of online activity for my clients. I started with a blog and social sites like Facebook and Twitter. When I met online training people like Mike O’Neil and Lori Ruff, they worked to help me with LinkedIn. Then I started to follow people who taught me video, like Lou Bortone and Frank Kern. They said “you need to be on video,” so I built a YouTube channel. Now I’m working on a radio show from what Craig Duswalt taught me.

Each of these parts is needed to help build a world of attraction to get your message out. Over the next two days I will share how getting out to meet people face-to-face works to build your business more. In each of these steps you should be attracting new clients.

RockStarTim Gillette is the Creator of The Rock’N’Roll Keys to Business Success, using music, motorcycles and mentorship to create Entrepreneurs who lead. To find out more about upcoming webinars sign up here .  Free Online Training that Rocks.

How to Handle that Overwhelmed Feeling

We have all gotten to that point where we have so much on our plates we feel stuck, frozen, locked in one place and we just can’t move anymore. We have become overwhelmed. It’s bound to happen to all of us; we just have to find our way out with a solution that works.

Every week I work to find great ideas to help you gain that entrepreneur mindset of solving the very problems that keep you from the success in life, business, and dreams you wish to reach.

This week I wanted to focus on five things you need to do when feeling overwhelmed as an entrepreneur. If you have been an entrepreneur for any length of time, you’ve probably found yourself stuck in the quicksand feeling of being overwhelmed.

Today I wanted to tell you the first thing you need to do to get out of this feeling: realize what it is. What you are experiencing is just a feeling; you have to understand that it’s nothing more than that.

So the first thing when feeling overwhelmed is putting it in perspective, realizing the very fact that it is a feeling. We must understand that most of the things we struggle with have just built up to the point we feel we cannot handle them.

Stop and look all around at what you have to do; understanding when the feeling of being overwhelmed is upon you. I know that many things can feel like they are weighing you down. Once you set aside the feeling, then you can get back to the work of handling these problems.

Now take note of what you really have to get done. You see, once you have set aside the feeling and then list one by one all those things you need to get done, you can get started actually doing them instead of just worrying about them.

In this list, give priority to those things that need to get done first. Handle one thing at a time and soon you will get those things that made you feel overwhelmed back under control. Easy!

Come back every day this week to find out the next step to handle that overwhelmed feeling and get it back under control.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Put life into perspective to become the RockStar in your world.

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