Focus on results rather than approval, with Michael Port.

Episode 64

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Called an “uncommonly honest author” by the Boston Globe, a “marketing guru” by The Wall Street Journal, and a sales guru by the Financial Times, Michael Port is a NY Times bestselling author of six books including Book Yourself Solid, The Think Big Manifesto and his hot new release, Steal the Show. Interestingly, he is probably the only NY Times bestselling business book author to have also been a successful professional actor, guest starring on shows like Sex & The City, Law & Order, Third Watch, All My Children and in films like The Pelican Brief and Down to Earth. These days, Michael can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on-air expert in communication and business development.

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Secret — time saving technique

Don’t try to do everything yourself — create a collaborative environment at your workplace. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Michael wakes up early — is proactive throughout the workday — and does something special for someone in need.

Could have ruined your business — but now — an invaluable learning experience

Michael learned to identify constraints — and Michael tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner needs to serve their audience through commitment and fulfillment.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Do it for the right reason — Focus on mutually beneficial relationships that are grounded in results.”


Final Round — “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”


What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have gone back and put a system in place to help with scaling back the unnecessary workload.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners who put in the work — utilize a balanced strategy — and maintain quality over a period of time.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who adheres to deadlines — has a natural sense of urgency — and is willing to make decisions.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Attribute success
  2. Authenticity and openness

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