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Get ready to enter the Thrivetime Show! We started from the bottom, now we’re here. We started from the bottom and we’ll show you how to get here. We started from the bottom, now we’re here. We started from the bottom, now we’re here. We started from the bottom, now we’re on the top. Teaching you the systems to get what we got. Cullen Dixon’s on the hooks, I’ve written the books. He’s bringing some wisdom and the good looks. As the father of five, that’s what I’ma dive. So if you see my wife and kids, please tell them hi. It’s C and Z up on your radio. And now, three, two, one, here we go. We started from the bottom, now we’re here. We started from the bottom, and that’s what you gotta do. Survivors, we are back, and we are pumped to be with you guys today. This episode is going to be just a game changer for you guys. We have Clay Clark, the U.S. Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year, and Dr. Robert Zellner. It’s going to be awesome. Thank you guys for joining us today. Hey, I appreciate you for putting up with me yet again, Marshall and Z. I know we’ve had to work through some emotional baggage. It’s painful at times. But during today’s training, we’re going to get into some really good stuff. We have thrivers all over the world who are emailing us, calling us, asking us questions, and this whole thing about the elections. You got two different parties, two different ideologies, two different world views that are running. People are wanting to know how is this going to affect my business. If one guy wins, if one lady wins, if one team wins, how is it going to affect my business? And so today’s topic is running a business while our country is running an election campaign or running elections. Okay, so Marshall, we’ve got a mailbag question for one of the thrivers. Go ahead and dive into it my friend. Okay, so we have a mailbag question from Alicia in San Diego. She writes, I’ve started a business and we’re in year two of the company. Okay, how will the upcoming election affect the future of my home cleaning business? Okay, so we’re gonna begin diving into this, picking this apart for Alicia here. Dr. Z, Clay, who wants to tackle this first? First of all, I just want to say I love San Diego. Yeah, San Diego’s weather there is incredible. It’s just beautiful. All year, it’s like 75. The best job there is probably being a weatherman in San Diego. You just tape him once and you just replay it every day. Today it will be 75 and perfect. And again. This just in. Now, I’m going to let Zee start off here as we get into this here, Marshall. So ask this man any question in the world, because Zee, he’s been there. You’ve seen the economy go up and down. You’ve seen Democrats, you’ve seen Republicans win, you’ve seen all different parties. You’ve been there, you’ve done that, and somehow you’re still 24. I don’t know how you’ve seen 30 years of elections while still being 24, but you’ve done it. So we’ll start with you, I guess. Well first, I wanted to say to Alicia in San Diego, thanks for writing me in. Great question. And the first thing I tell people when they’re around me, everybody wants to, there’s so much fear and panic out there, you know, with all the stuff going on. So the first thing is take a deep breath and know this, it’s going to be okay. Deep breath. Deep breath. It’s going to be okay. Now, depending upon, I mean, and there are, I can’t remember an election in my time, the differences have been so drastic. Yeah, yeah. From, and we’ll get, we’ll unpack that and get into that here in a little bit, but the differences are so drastic that yes, it could have a consequence on your business. But here’s what I always tell people, and here’s what I, kind of one of my mantras in business and that is, is that you tell me the rules and I’ll play by them. I’ll, I’ll figure it out. You just let me know the rules, be clear, be concise, let me know the rules. So Alicia, you know, after the selection, we’re going to let you know what the rules are, then you can make the appropriate adjustments if you need to, to continue your business and be successful. Now, before we dive into it, I want to just say, because I’ve seen you do this, there’s all sorts of legislation around being, you know, you own an optometry clinic, you own an auto auction, you own a sleep center, you own, you’re part of a Ponzi scheme, I’m sure, but you’re also the chairman of the board of a bank. Well, I mentioned that. Do you know two people that know two people that can give me 20 bucks each? I’m saying, those are regulated industries. Banking is regulated. Optometry, you can’t just show up and just go, yeah, I feel like you need some contracts. No, it’s a long weekend in Costa Rica to get that license. Trust me, it’s tough. It’s tough. Each business has its own rules and its own regulations, and you’ve done well in all of them, but I see you live by that. And those businesses, we’ll get into some specifics later, but the rules have changed. Drastic, big rules have changed. And you can sit there and panic and bite your nails and scream and, but you say, you know, take a deep breath, tell me the rules, make my adjustments and move forward. Awesome. Now, Marshall, let’s go ahead and just unload just some serious questions here for the good doctor. Okay, so the first question is, what are some of the platforms that are coming out in this election? What are some of the different polarizing, different belief systems, if you will? Like on the right they’re doing this, and on the left they’re doing this. Well, I think one of the ones that’s the most, being a businessman, that affect us is tax structure. I think when you look at tax structure, that’s probably the thing as a businessman that you want to look at the most. Right now our country is $19 trillion in debt, which is embarrassing. A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it’s $19 trillion. $19 trillion. I mean, people realize how much money that is. That is a lot. We’re going to put a graphic up on the screen to explain what that looks like. But one thing, we have a thrive… Compare it to the size of a dinosaur. Like a dinosaur is this much in debt, and then we’re like… And I’m going to add this fact to the screen. I’m going to have our program observer add this to the screen right now. By the way, if you get the video version on thrive15.com, you can see this kind of stuff. But the national debt goes up at such a fast rate that you can’t even track it. So we’re going to start at the beginning of this episode, and at the end, we’re going to show how much it went up, okay? So we’re going to start at the beginning, and over this half hour, we’re going to show… I’m laughing, but I should be crying, because… Yeah, this is therapeutic. Yes, that’s deplorable. I mean, anybody out there that runs a business, let me give you the first step of advice in that is if you don’t have the money in the bank, don’t write the check. And our country just continues to do that. So when I look at it, Marshall, you asked the question, when I look at it, you know, as a businessman, the tax structure and the tax breakdowns are probably two of the biggest things that I look at. And you have, you know, you have one of the extreme, which is the socialistic democratic view of it, and that is almost, you know, almost towards communism in the sense that, hey, everybody pretty much gives everything to the government, and then they can dole out stuff to everybody. Can I interrupt real quick? Yeah. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with communism or socialism. I mean, you think about, like, the USSR. Look how good they did. Yeah. Or, or… Cuba’s a fine place. Yeah, Cuba’s a fine place this time of year. And who? Why are you always going off about communism being a bad thing? I don’t know, the people trying to get away from these communist countries is just silly. Do you have the communist national anthem ready to go? I’m looking at it. What is the deal? Why does he not ever have it ready? It’s like so many people want to hear that song. He’s a slacker. You know, that’s why… Okay, continue, Dr. Z. You know, with his lack of preparedness, I may not be able to share with him my dating tip today. Well, okay. We can only hope. I know, but hopefully he’ll redeem himself as the show goes along and I can give him another dating tip. So, yeah, so you have over here on the one side, hey, we’re going to take 90% of your income, which is virtually, let’s call it what it is, all of it. I mean, you know, call it what it is. And then we’re going to distribute that and provide things because as we know, and as we learned, the government actually knows how to do things much better than the individuals do. That’s why the USPS is so profitable every year. I mean, if you look at the stats on the screen of the USPS and how much money they lost last year, it is awesome. People are going, where did the money go? I don’t know. I don’t know. Where’s the money? I know. There’s a billion. I can’t find it. There’s a billion. I thought I put it over here, but I guess it was over there. Now, on the other extreme, because you have two extremes here, on the other extreme we have kind of more of that socialistic view. What would be the other extreme in your mind? Well, I think you get over here what’s kind of fascinating when you break down some of the tax plans over here on the list called the right-hand side is some of these flat taxes and I think one of the big keys that we’re looking at and one of the things that I think that we’d really kind of balance on the level field, the playing field is deductions. You know, what makes up a deduction? Yeah, and I will just say this. A lot of people, if you’re watching this and are listening to this, and you’re going, gosh, I don’t even know what a deduction is. We have unbelievable trainings on thrive15.com of how to account for your expenses. And what it is as a business person, I know someone listening to this right now is kind of a baby business owner. Somebody else is an extreme guru. But when you own a business and you go out there, let’s just say you buy an advertisement right now. So you and I want to advertise our business. The tax code allows you to write off a certain percentage of that against the taxes you owe. Correct. And, you know, if the tax law changes tomorrow and says you can’t write it off, then guess what happens? People tend to advertise less. And you’ve been in business for 30 years, so you’ve seen that structure go up and down, and you’ve seen that. So Marshall, we’re going to go back to you here, and I’m going to have you kind of just give us the good info so Dr. Z can break it down. Okay, so we talk about kind of the left side and the right side and a couple different platforms of different candidates. And I know that recently we’ve had the New Hampshire election vote. And we’re coming up on South Carolina. And coming up on South Carolina and Nevada. And so some of the front runners here, you know, Bernie Sanders for the first time uh… in the national polls is actually leading hillary clinton for the first time by three points it’s crazy ok so i just i’m really a very sad my bernie sanders tattoo after this taping and swans if you’re ever feel like a poor for one of the cricket bs next-level feel the burns to feel the bird ok so so sanders you know one of his uh… leading platforms is he wants to increase the minimum wage. Increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15. As a business owner, how would something like that affect, how would you be able to handle that? Is that something? I’m going to let Z unpack that while I pet the squirrel. I have a, for the Thrivers, again, if you’re not watching the video right now, you’re missing out on a lot of things. But Z has a horse from one of his winning championship horses here with the headphones on and I have a squirrel animals everywhere but Z back to you. She’s a great listener by the way. Some of the stuff that Bernie says has some merit. People being able to work for a living wage is important. The problem is some of the jobs he’s talking about were never designed as an end all job. I worked a lot of jobs. I was a busboy. I was washing dishes and those were not what I was shooting for in life. I’m like, if I can’t make enough money washing dishes to be in my life as a dishwasher, gosh, I need to pay more money. No, those are jobs that are transition jobs. There’s not very few jobs out there that people are paying minimum wage for that in any way was meant to be an end-all job. I’m going to rip myself real quick because you mentioned the dishwashing thing. You prided yourself on being the best dish washer. I was. I’m humbly… How old were you when you did that? Thirteen. I’m sorry to derab a trail, but I want to break this down. I prided myself when I was like 16 on being probably the worst dish washer at the Northsmond restaurant. That breaks my heart. And it was a deal where I didn’t understand a work ethic at all. And so the only job I could get was washing the dishes. And guess what job I didn’t get by doing it poorly? I did not become the manager. They did not offer to pay me more. They actually encouraged me to go somewhere else. So I just want to say that you used that entry-level job to show your work ethic and move your way up. And I mentally wasn’t there yet, and I was using that to show why I should be. If they found a way to pay me $2 now, they should have done it, because I was doing nothing of value. Yeah, to pay someone a livable wage as a dishwasher, to say that that’s what we want to try to encourage in this country, is I think a wrong statement. But going a little deeper, what you find with some of the companies out there is that they actually are getting their employees subsidized by us, by the federal government. When I say the federal government, it’s always us. They don’t create any money. They take money from the people out there working, and they distribute it as they see fit. And so, for example, and not to pick on any one particular company, but I might just pick on them, you have one of the biggest retailers in the world, and they pay the people X. Well, there’s a large percentage of their employees that are on food stamps, that are on Medicaid, that are on government subsidy stuff. So are they really subsidizing that company’s payroll for them? And that’s some of the stuff that Bernie talks about and some of the left talk about that I think has some merit to it, to be honest with you. And I’m a feel the burn, feel the burn. But on the flip side, just to say across the board, every job should be a X number of dollars, I’m not sure that’s where we need to go because the cost of living is different in different states, the cost of living is different in different, you know, life zones where you are. So I think that’s something, and here again, you leave that as a state-level thing, and so many things that were designed to be run by the people at the state level, now the government is taking over and trying to dictate. And I would just say that whatever strategy that you’re voting for, because everyone here is going to be a part of that, we’re all going to vote, we’re all going to be a part of that decision. Whether you’re disenfranchised and you believe your vote doesn’t matter or not, the point is we’re going to take a vote and we’re going to decide this. And I think you have to look at the countries that are doing these systems. So whatever candidates are proposing, let’s say that one guy over here is proposing this strategy and someone else is proposing that strategy, just look for countries that are implementing that. I’ll give you an example. I have a family member that lives in Spain, and they have a deal where they have the free medical care going on there. It’s free It’s free. That’s a move, you know, and if you want to go see a dentist You’re gonna be on a waiting list and I’m not gonna exaggerate the number here But you’re for months and months and months and months and months and they have mandated like breaks during the day I think I call my siesta, you know, and they have a Grease think about Greece. They’ve got mandated subsidies and government entitlement programs, just ask yourself, is that a place you want to be? No. And if it is, I mean, then vote for that guy. And if it isn’t, maybe think about who has the values and strategies you need to be successful. Because this person, Alicia, who’s starting this this company, Alicia, I would just ask you, you know, think about where you want the business to be, where you want your company to be, where you want your country to go, but specifically, just think selfishly, where do you want your business to be? And think about what is the best economic climate to run a business like that? Is it Spain? Are people moving to Spain to go and start a business? Are people going, that right there is the city on the hill. That right there is the land of opportunity. We got to move to Greece, see? Yeah, because Greece is happening. Yeah, so we got to move. Our entrepreneurs, is Silicon Valley now in Greece? I mean, maybe if they’re on a cruise over there. I don’t know. We talked about the minimum wage as being one of the platform topics for Sanders’ campaign. The other is the paid leave, you know, the time off. OK, so so if Sanders is elected, what he said in his platform in his speeches is that he’s going to require employers to provide at least 12 weeks of paid family and sick leave. Sorry I was just, I had a thing. Yeah, it’s weird. Two weeks of paid vacation, and seven days of paid sick days. So that’s just a part of it, that’s a component, but Z, what does that really mean for small business owners? I mean, it makes sense, you know, if you’re maybe a large big box retailer and you can afford… It doesn’t even make sense to them. I know you’re trying to give them a bone here, but you know It just makes no fiscal sense. I mean to go in to go into me. I’m a businessman I’m starting the business and now you’re gonna dictate that I have to It’s just crazy It’s crazy for government to step into our personal lives like that and say well The only way you can get a business the only way you can have a business in the United States of America the greatest Nation on this planet. That’s why everybody’s trying to get here. We’re trying to build walls to keep people out. Other countries are building walls to keep people in. You get it? I mean, there’s a difference there. That right there is a true statement. Just being real. Just being real. Yeah, we’re the greatest country. And so to try to fundamentally change the greatest country in the world, you’ve got to say to yourself, why? But to go to somebody like me as a small business and sit there and say, I’ve got one employee and I’ve got to give them off four months out of the year? I’m like, huh? Let me give you an example. If we were going to play sports. Let’s just say we’re talking about sports. When I played basketball, I was six feet tall when I was in eighth grade. I haven’t grown at all since that time. Okay, so I was really tall as a sixth grader, seventh grader. I haven’t grown at all. Well, I was very good as a sixth grader, seventh grader. So I played all the time. I pretty much dominated, did what I wanted to do, did great. Well, I quit growing, and my skill set really didn’t develop either. And neither did your dishwashing skills, obviously. Very. And so my high school coach, I remember talking to the coach, and he goes, hey, you’re not going to be a starter on this year’s team. And that hurt my core. But the team did better because I just wasn’t good enough to play at that position. When we think about the economy, if someone works in my office and they’re not good enough to get it done, think about your economy as a sports team. If you’ve got someone on your team who’s weighing 450 bills, and he’s slow, and he doesn’t want to be on the team, and he’s on the team because that’s the only job he can find, and you’re going to run him out there as your starting center, and you can’t cut him, and you can’t fire him, and you can’t replace him, then how are you going to win? Furthermore, what kind of sick freak would want to get in perfect physical shape to play at the highest level of the National Basketball Association, where you’re running around 82 games a year, practicing who knows how much. Those guys have body fat percentage. Marshall used to play sports, but they have body fat percentages of what, 6%, 7%? These guys are committed. They’re eating protein. They’re getting their beauty sleep. They’re working out. Who would want to go through that personal hell if you couldn’t make millions? I’ll tell you, there’s not many pro athletes that would go through that personal hell if there wasn’t a reward at the end. And then what kind of team could win if everyone was paid the same regardless of how they perform? It’s a participation trophy. It doesn’t say, hey listen, if you work hard, you’re going to achieve this. We want to celebrate excellence. We don’t want to celebrate average and that’s what’s happened. And so you know it’s one of the things you have to look at fundamentally say when people when people come out and say hey listen and they rant and rave about how about our country is have you traveled around the world any? Have you gone to Europe or Central America here lately? And you think you think now I know we can do better. But if you’ve traveled any bit, you’re like, as soon as that plane gets back in U.S. airspace and it lands at your United States city, and you just want to go out and kiss the ground, you just want to say, oh, I’m so glad to be home in America. A lot of people have not traveled. I know the first time that I did, I remember that eye-opening experience because I was at a resort down there in Mexico, a nice resort, and I remember just leaving the resort because I needed to find my shoes. My shoes got destroyed basically on one of the excursions, so I learned the word for Zapatos. I had to buy my dulce de zapato. My size is 12 shoes, basically. I had to go out there and find these things. You realize, whoa, this is very different. The wealthiest of the wealthiest people over there are, there are some extremely wealthy people, but the average person, their standard of living is so much lower. They’re great people, but their standard of living is so much lower. I didn’t feel safe at most of the stores I went to, most of the places. And my wife and I are very good friends with people who have left Mexico to come up to the United States for better opportunity. And they, the stories they tell of living in Monterey and what that’s like, and you know, I’m just saying, back to your point, most countries are building walls, many countries are building walls to keep people in. That’s what the communist countries always end up doing. Every communist country has always built a wall to keep people in. Every one of them. They do it. Yeah, it’s a move. In America, we’re trying to keep people out. I mean, that’s the idea. So, I mean, we’re not saying we’re in favor of building a wall or not. We’re not trying to keep them out, we’re just trying to keep them to where they come in the country through our rules. We have a set of rules, you can come in, we’d love to have you come in and you know, if you check these boxes, we’ll welcome you in. You know, but the wall just keeps the illegal ones from coming out, just to make a point on that. Well, and just to make another point on your point, I know you locked your house last night, Marshall. Yeah. But I just snuck in and slept there and ate what I wanted. Well, that explains a lot. Okay. So back to you. So we talked about one side of the fence here. I want to get to the other one and tee it off with a notable quotable from actually Bill Gates. Okay. Have you heard of Bill Gates before? Rumor has it Microsoft is doing fairly well right now. He wears glasses, that’s why I like him. Seems smart. That’s fair. Well, what Bill Gates says is, I never took a day off in my 20s, not one. And I’m still fanatical, but now I’m a little bit less fanatical. Clay, what does he really mean by this statement here? Well, let’s get into this real quick because I want to make sure we get this. I look at Dr. Z as a mentor, kind of a business hero of mine, and I want to make sure people get this. Because one thing you see as you start to study successful entrepreneurs, you’re going to notice this. But Bill Gates didn’t take a day off. He famously didn’t. He worked, he worked, he worked, he worked. At a certain point, he goes, you know what? I don’t have that grind needed to run the day-to-day operations, so I’m going to have someone else do it. And I’m going to focus on philanthropy and whatever. But he was a grinder. So a lot of people only know him as the philanthropist who’s running around and taking all the time in the world to do interviews and just hang out. But he was a grinder for a long time. So a lot of people see you and they go in. Dr. Z, he must have it made. The guy wears a soccer jersey all the time. He’s always relaxed. He’s always casual. You know, that’d be nice. Well, your optometry clinic, I believe, was open, Dr. Zellner and Associates, seven days a week? Six days at first. And so the other seven days I worked for somebody else. And so you, real quick, you were there six days a week at one point? In my own office, but I worked seven days a week because I was off a day, but I wanted to go work. So you worked seven days a week. How long did it take to get your business where it finally became solvent or profitable? How long did you do that? I think probably that’s in my memory bank here. Let’s see. Probably the first three years, maybe. So I’m just saying, we have a haircut business, Elephant in the Room. And this month I’m proud to declare we made a $50,000 profit for the first time this month. That’s a celebration. We’re excited. Now you send $45,000 of that to Bernie Sanders and let him… I was writing checks every week though for two, three grand, every week for the longest time just trying to get that baby up, up, up, and now I finally started making a little money back and now the pendulum’s switched, now we’re going to franchise it. I’m just saying, if there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, why the freak would you want to work hard enough to do… I don’t know! I don’t know, and I don’t know why we’re trying to change the greatest country in the world fundamentally change it I really don’t. I’m going to tell you something, two things here if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and you know what, that’s so powerful I’m just going to say the one thing ok, I’m just going to marinate on that while Marshall’s talking about he’s reading a… truth bomb ok, so the other side of the fence here and Z, maybe you can just comment on it briefly here. You bet. But the other leading candidate is Donald Trump. One of his economic platform positions is that no business of any size, from Fortune 500 to a mom and pop shop to a freelancer, will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes. That is maybe a little bit more in line with the Bill Gates mentality of really working and reaping what you work for. Well, the devil’s always in the details, and a lot of that’s going to depend on what you can do as deductions, because right now, so many organizations set up their business to where they’re spending money in X different ways, and that reduces their tax liability. That’s why they look at some of these companies and say, they only pay this much in taxes. Well, yeah, because the tax code allowed them to make this donation, this deduction, this purchase, this thing, to reduce that. That’s what people don’t understand. It’s not just a magical thing. So there is a formula out there that definitely needs to be fixed. I mean, it has to be fixed for this country to succeed. So the flat tax is great, but it’s also, like I said, there’s other details that come with that. Just saying flat tax is not everything that you need to hear. Alicia, if Donald Trump builds a massive wall outside of San Diego, right there on the coast of right near Mexico or if Bernie Sanders comes in where I raise the minimum wage by $15 guess what life goes on you still have to win back to your main idea here you’re gonna have to figure out the rules and play by them and so we’re just here to give you that business mindset that the business perspective we’re homers for business that’s what God’s blessed us with is business knowledge. There you go now I’d like to can we can I get a little dating music I’d like to take it down a notch. It’s going to be pretty intense. The election, the arguing, the debates, the back and forth, you know. It’s hard, you guys, fighting. And I got a bigger problem here. I got a bigger fish to fry, and that is literally Marshall. He’s getting out there in the dating world, and at least if you’re single, I don’t know, I mean, if you’re single, I’m trying to get Marshall prepared to date. And so, Marshall, another dating tip is I want you to really focus on this one. You’ve got to get your act together, son. You’ve got to get your act together. You know what that means? You’ve got to work out. You’ve got to get your diet, your exercise. You’ve got to get your body fit, both mentally and physically, okay? You know, and then you need to go to elephant in the room. Which you just did. Get your hair cut. Get a new style. Make sure you’re the latest, greatest version of yourself, right? You following me? And you Right you follow me and and you need to start by kind of the mindset is dating yourself. Oh And so once you get yourself high and tied as we call it you’re ready to step on out there start dating Marshall I know that’s probably almost too much for you to handle But I want to encourage thrivers no matter where you’re listening from if you’re in San Diego. You’re in Canada We have thrivers right it was thriving Egypt right now Just email us your questions. Click the Ask the Mentor button on the Thrive15.com platform. And for $19 a month, if you don’t have a mentor, guess what? Now you have one. Bingo. That’s awesome. Thrive15.com, check it out. Marshall, what else do you have here for us? So for all of the video version, make sure that you go to Thrive15.com. All the downloadables, the transcripts of today’s training is going to be great. And for all the Thrivers that are listening, make sure that you tune in to the next podcast where we’re going to be getting into some of the hiring process and the group interviews. Just real quick, I will not be here during the next episode, but I am going to be paid during to be here. You know, 15 an hour minimum. Just throwing it out there. Just throwing it out there. Is this part of your 12 week off time? Yeah, I mean, I could be pregnant. Could be pregnant. You could be. Paid vacation. Don’t ask me. It’s personal. You offended me. I can’t take you into the group. We can’t ask that question. That’s right. Okay. Well, drivers, thank you guys so much. Dr. Z clay. I appreciate you guys. Not gonna respond cuz I’m getting paid to not be here. But listen, hey, I want to last final thought out there. We’re in election year. It’s a big year for everybody. There’s so much on the line. Get involved. Get other websites, read about the candidates and go and vote. Vote V o t e. It’s a four letter word, but it’s okay to say it. JT, do you know what time it is? 410. It’s T-Vote time in Tulsa, Oklahoma baby. Tim Tebow is coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma June 27th and 28th. We’ve been doing business conferences here since 2005. I’ve been hosting business conferences since 2005. What year were you born? 1995. Dude, I’ve been hosting business conferences since you were 10 years old, but I’ve never had the two-time Heisman Award winning Tim Tebow come present. And a lot of people, you know, have followed Tim Tebow’s football career on the field and off the field. And off the field, the guy’s been just as successful as he has been on the field. Now the big question is, JT, how does he do it? Hmm, well, they’re gonna have to come and find out because I don’t know. Well, I’m just saying, Tim Tebow is going to teach us how he organizes his day, how he organizes his life, how he’s proactive with his faith, his family, his finances. He’s going to walk us through his mindset that he brings into the gym, into business. It is going to be a blasty blast in Tulsa, Russia. Also, this is the first Thrive Time Show event that we’ve had, where we’re going to have a man who has built a $100 million net worth. Wow. Who’ll be presenting. Now, we’ve had a couple of presenters that have had a billion dollar net worth in some real estate sort of things. But this is the first time we’ve had a guy who’s built a service business, and he’s built over $100 million net worth in the service business. It’s the yacht driving, multi-state living guru of franchising. Peter Taunton will be in the house. This is the founder of Snap Fitness, the guy behind Nine Round Boxing. He’s going to be here in Tulsa, Russell, Oklahoma, June 27th and 28th. JT, why should everybody want to hear what Peter Taunton has to say? Oh, because he’s incredible. He’s just a fountain of knowledge. He is awesome. He has inspired me listening to him talk. And not only that, he also has, he practices what he teaches. So he’s a real teacher. He’s not a fake teacher like business school teachers. So you’ve got to come learn from him. Also, let me tell you this, folks. I don’t get this wrong, because if I get it wrong, someone’s going to say, you screwed that up, buddy. So Michael Levine, this is Michael Levine. He’s going to be coming. He said, who’s Michael Levine? I don’t get this wrong. This is the PR consultant of choice for Michael Jackson, for Prince, for Nike, for Charlton Heston, for Nancy Kerrigan, 34 Grammy Award winners, 43 New York Times Best Selling Authors he’s represented, including pretty much everybody you know who’s been a super celebrity. This is Michael Levine, a good friend of mine. He’s going to come and talk to you about personal branding and the mindset needed to be super successful. The lineup will continue to grow. We have hit Christian reporting artist Colton Dixon in the house. Now people say, Colton Dixon’s in the house? Yes! Colton Dixon’s in the house. So if you like Top 40 Christian music, Colton Dixon’s going to be in the house performing. The lineup will continue to grow each and every day. We’re going to add more and more speakers to this all-star lineup, but I encourage everybody out there today, get those tickets today. Go to Thrivetimeshow.com. Again, that’s Thrivetimeshow.com. And some people might be saying, well, how do I do it? I don’t know what I do. How does it work? You just go to Thrivetimeshow.com. Let’s go there now. We’re feeling the flow. We’re going to Thrivetimeshow.com. Again, you just go to Thrivetimeshow.com, you click on the business conferences button, and you click on the request tickets button right there. The way I do our conferences is we tell people it’s $250 to get a ticket or whatever price that you can afford. And the reason why I do that is I grew up without money. JT, you’re in the process of building a super successful company. Did you start out with a million dollars in a bank account? No, I did not. Nope, did not get any loans, nothing like that, did not get any inheritance from parents or anything like that. I had to work for it and I’m super grateful I came to a business conference. That’s actually how I met you, met Peter Taunton, I met all these people. So if you’re out there today and you want to come to our workshop, again, you just got to go to thrivetimeshow.com. You might say, well, when’s it going to be? June 27th and 28th. You might say, well, who’s speaking? We already covered that. You might say, where is it going to be? It’s going to be in Tulsa, Russell Oklahoma. It’s Tulsa, Russell. I’m really trying to rebrand Tulsa as Tulsa, Russell, I’m sort of like the Jerusalem of America. But if you type in Thrive Time Show and Jinx, you can get a sneak peek or a look at our office facility. This is what it looks like. This is where you’re headed. It’s going to be a blasty blast. You can look inside, see the facility. We’re going to have hundreds of entrepreneurs here. It is going to be packed. Now for this particular event, folks, the seating is always limited because my facility isn’t a limitless convention center. You’re coming to my actual home office and so it’s going to be packed. So when? June 27th and 28th. Who? You! You’re going to come. I’m talking to you. You can get your tickets right now at Thrivetimeshow.com and again, you can name your price. We tell people it’s $250 or whatever price you can afford. And we do have some select VIP tickets, which gives you an access to meet some of the speakers and those sorts of things. And those tickets are $500. It’s a two-day interactive business workshop, over 20 hours of business training. We’re going to give you a copy of my newest book, The Millionaire’s Guide to Becoming Sustainably Rich. You’re going to leave with a workbook. You’re going to leave with everything you need to know to start and grow a super successful company. It’s practical. It’s actionable. And it’s TiVo time right here in Tulsa, Russia. Get those tickets today at Thrivetimeshow.com. Again, that’s Thrivetimeshow.com. Hello, I’m Michael Levine, and I’m talking to you right now from the center of Hollywood, California, where I have represented over the last 35 years 58 Academy Award winners, 34 Grammy Award winners, 43 New York Times bestsellers. I’ve represented a lot of major stars and I’ve worked with a lot of major companies and I think I’ve learned a few things about what makes them work and what makes them not work. Now, why would a man living in Hollywood, California in the beautiful sunny weather of LA come come to Tulsa because last year I did it and it was damn exciting. Clay Clark has put together an exceptional presentation, really life-changing and I’m looking forward to seeing you then. I’m Michael Levine. I’ll see you in Tulsa. James, did I tell you my good friend John Lee Dumas is also joining us at the in-person two-day interactive Thrive Time Show Business Workshop. That Tim Tebow and that Michael Levine. Have I told you this? You have not told me that. He’s coming all the way from Puerto Rico. This is John Lee Dumas, the host of the chart topping EOFire.com podcast. He’s absolutely a living legend. This guy started a podcast after wrapping up his service in the United States military and he started recording this podcast daily in his home to the point where he started interviewing big-time folks like Gary Vaynerchuk, like Tony Robbins, and he just kept interviewing bigger and bigger names, putting up shows day after day, and now he is the legendary host of the EO Fire podcast, and he’s traveled all the way from Pluto, Rico, to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend the in-person June 27th and 28th live time show, two-day interactive business workshop. If you’re out there today, folks, you’ve ever wanted to grow a podcast, a broadcast, you want to improve your marketing, if you’ve ever wanted to improve your marketing, your branding, if you’ve ever wanted to increase your sales, you want to come to the two-day interactive June 27th and 28th Thrive Time Show business workshop featuring Tim Tebow, Michael Levine, John Lee Dumas, and countless big-time, super successful entrepreneurs. It’s going to be life changing. Get your tickets right now at Thrivetimeshow.com. James, what website is that? Thrivetimeshow.com. James, one more time with a more enthusiastic. Thrivetimeshow.com. Shine, everything rides on tonight. Even if I got three strikes, I’m not to be played with because it could get dangerous. See these people I ride with this moment. We are we. Thrivetime Show two day interactive business workshops are the world’s highest rated and most reviewed business workshops because we teach you what you need to know to grow. You can learn the proven 13 point business system that Dr. Zellner and I have used over and over to start and grow successful companies. We get into the specifics, the specific steps on what you need to do to optimize your website. We’re going to teach you how to fix your conversion rate. We’re going to teach you how to do a social media marketing campaign that works. How do you raise capital? How do you get a small business loan? We teach you everything you need to know here during a two day, 15 hour workshop. It’s all here for you. You work every day in your business, but for two days you can escape and work on your business and build these proven systems so now you can have a successful company that will produce both the time freedom and the financial freedom that you deserve. You’re gonna leave energized, motivated, but you’re also gonna leave empowered. The reason why I built these workshops is because as an entrepreneur, I always wish that I had this. And because there wasn’t anything like this, I would go to these motivational seminars, no money down, real estate, Ponzi scheme, get motivated seminars, and they would never teach me anything. It was like you went there and you paid for the big chocolate Easter bunny, but inside of it, it was a hollow nothingness. And I wanted the knowledge, and they’re like, oh, but we’ll teach you the knowledge after our next workshop. And the great thing is we have nothing to upsell. At every workshop we teach you what you need to know. There’s no one in the back of the room trying to sell you some next big get-rich-quick, walk on hot coals product. It’s literally we teach you the brass tacks, the specific stuff that you need to know to learn how to start and grow a business. I encourage you to not believe what I’m saying and I want you to Google the Z66 auto auction. I want you to Google elephant in the room. Look at Robert Zellner and Associates. Look them up and say, are they successful because they’re geniuses or are they successful because they have a proven system? When you do that research, you will discover that the same systems that we use in our own business can be used in your business. Come to Tulsa, book a ticket, and I guarantee you it’s going to be the best business workshop ever and we’re going to give you your money back if you don’t love it. We built this facility for you, and we’re excited to see it. And now you may be thinking, what does it actually cost to attend an in-person, two-day, interactive, Thrive Time Show business workshop? Well, good news, the tickets are $250 or whatever price that you can afford. What? Yes, they’re $250 or whatever price you can afford. I grew up without money, and I know what it’s like to live without money. So if you’re out there today and you want to attend our in-person, two-day, interactive business workshop, all you’ve got to do is go to Thrivetimeshow.com to request those tickets. And if you can’t afford $250, we have scholarship pricing available to make it affordable for you. I learned at the Academy in Kings Point, New York, acta non verba. Watch what a person does, not what they say. Good morning, good morning, good morning. Harvard Kiyosaki Rich Dad Radio Show. Today I’m broadcasting from Phoenix, Arizona, not Scottsdale, Arizona. They’re close, but they’re completely different worlds. And I have a special guest today. Definition of intelligence is if you agree with me, you’re intelligent. And so this gentleman is very intelligent. I’ve done this show before also, but very seldom do you find somebody who lines up on all counts. And so Mr. Clay Clark is a friend of a good friend, Eric Trump. But we’re also talking about money, bricks, and how screwed up the world can get in a few and a half hours. So Clay Clark is a very intelligent man, and there’s so many ways we could take this thing but I thought since you and Eric are close, Trump, what were you saying about what Trump can’t, what Donald who’s my age and I can say or cannot say. Well I have to first of all I have to honor you sir I want to show you what I did to one of your books here. There’s a guy named Jeremy Thorne who was my boss at the time I was 19 years old working at Faith Highway I had a job at Applebee’s, Target, and Direct TV, and he said, have you read this book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad? And I said, no. And my father, may he rest in peace, he didn’t know these financial principles. So I started reading all of your books and really devouring your books, and I went from being an employee to self-employed to the business owner to the investor, and I owe a lot of that to you, and I just wanted to take a moment to tell you thank you so much for allowing me to achieve success. I’ll tell you all about Eric Trump, but I just want to tell you thank you, sir, for changing my life. Not only that, Clay, thank you, but you’ve become an influencer. More than anything else, you’ve evolved into an influencer where your word has more and more power. So that’s why I congratulate you on becoming, because as you know, there’s a lot of fake influencers out there too, or bad influencers. Yeah. Anyway, I’m glad you and I agree so much and thanks for reading my books. Yeah. That’s the greatest thrill for me today. Not a thrill, but recognition is when people, young men especially, come up and say, I read your book, changed my life, I’m doing this, I’m doing this, I’m doing this. I learned at the Academy at King’s Point in New York, acta non verba. Watch what a person does, not what they say. Hey, I’m Ryan Wimpey. I’m originally from Tulsa, born and raised here. I went to a small private liberal arts college and got a degree in business, and I didn’t learn anything like they’re teaching here. I didn’t learn linear workflows. I learned stuff that I’m not using and I haven’t been using for the last nine years. So what they’re teaching here is actually way better than what I got at business school. And I went what was actually ranked as a very good business school. The linear workflow, the linear workflow for us in getting everything out on paper and documented is really important. Like we have workflows that are kind of all over the place. Having linear workflow and seeing that mapped out on multiple different boards is pretty awesome. That’s really helpful for me. The atmosphere here is awesome. I definitely just stared at the walls, figuring out how to make my facility look like this place. This place rocks. It’s invigorating. The walls are super, it’s just very cool. The atmosphere is cool. The people are nice. It’s a pretty cool place to be. Very good learning atmosphere. I literally want to model it and steal everything that’s here at this facility and basically create it just on our business side. Once I saw what they were doing, I knew I had to get here at the conference. This is probably the best conference or seminar I’ve ever been to in over 30 years of business. You’re not bored. You’re waiting live the whole time. It’s not pushy. They don’t try to sell you a bunch of things. I was looking to learn how to just get control of my life, my schedule, and just get control of the business. Planning your time, breaking it all down, making time for the F6 in your life, and just really implementing it and sticking with the program. It’s really lively, he’s pretty friendly, helpful, and very welcoming. I attended a conference a couple months back, and it was really the best business conference I’ve ever attended. At the workshop I learned a lot about time management, really prioritizing what’s the most important. The biggest takeaways are you want to take a step-by-step approach to your business, whether it’s marketing, what are those three marketing tools that you want to use, to human resources. Some of the most successful people and successful businesses in this town, their owners were here today because they wanted to know more from Clay and I found that to be kind of fascinating. The most valuable thing that I’ve learned is diligence. That businesses don’t change overnight. It takes time and effort and you’ve got to go through the ups and downs of getting it to where you want to go. He actually gives you the road map out. I was stuck, didn’t know what to do and he gave me the road map out step by step. We’ve set up systems in the business that make my life much easier, allow me some time freedom. Here you can ask any question you want, they guarantee it will be answered. This conference motivates me and also gives me a lot of knowledge and tools. It’s up to you to do this. Everybody can do these things. There’s stuff that everybody knows, but if you don’t do it, nobody else is gonna do it for you. I can see the marketing working. It’s just an approach that makes sense. Probably the most notable thing is just the income increase that we’ve had. Everyone’s super fun and super motivating. I’ve been here before, but I’m back again because it motivates me. Your competition’s gonna come eventually or try to pick up these tactics. So you better, if you don’t, somebody else will. I’m Rachel with Tip Top Key Night and we just wanna give a huge thank you to Clay and Vanessa Clark. Hey guys, I’m Ryan with Tip Top K9. Just want to say a big thank you to Thrice 15. Thank you to Make Your Life Epic. We love you guys. We appreciate you and really just appreciate how far you’ve taken us. This is our old house. This is where we used to live two years ago. This is our old team and by team I mean it’s me and another guy. This is our new house with our new neighborhood. This is our new van with our new marketing and this is our new team. We went from four to fourteen and I took this beautiful photo. We worked with several different business coaches in the past. And they were all about helping Ryan sell better and just teaching sales, which is awesome. But Ryan is a really great salesman. So we didn’t need that. We needed somebody to help us get everything that was in his head out into systems, into manuals, and scripts, and actually build a team. So now that we have systems in place, we’ve gone from one to 10 locations in only a year. In October 2016, we grossed 13 grand for the whole month. Right now it’s 2018, the month of October. It’s only the 22nd, we’ve already grossed a little over 50 grand for the whole month and we still have time to go. We’re just thankful for you, thankful for Thrive and your mentorship and we’re really thankful that you guys have helped us to grow a business that we run now instead of the business running us. Just thank you, thank you, thank you, times a thousand. So we really just want to thank you, Clay, and thank you, Vanessa, for everything you’ve done, everything you’ve helped us with. We love you guys. If you decide to not attend the Thrive Time workshop, you’re missing out on a great opportunity. The atmosphere of Clay’s office is very lively. You can feel the energy as soon as you walk through the door, and it really got me and my team very excited. If you decide not to come, you’re missing out on an opportunity to grow your business, bottom line. Love the environment. I love the way that Clay presents and teaches. It’s a way that not only allows me to comprehend what’s going on, but he explains it in a way to where it just makes sense. The SEO optimization, branding, marketing. I’ve learned more in the last two days than I have the entire four years of college. The most valuable thing that I’ve learned, marketing is key, marketing is everything. Making sure that you’re branded accurately and clearly. How to grow a business using Google reviews and then just how to optimize our name through our website also. Helpful with a lot of marketing, search engine optimization, helping us really rank high on Google. The biggest thing I needed to learn was how to build my foundation, how to systemize everything and optimize everything, build my SEO. How to become more organized, more efficient. How to make sure the business is really there to serve me as opposed to me constantly being there for the business. New ways of advertising my business as well as recruiting new employees. Group interviews number one. Before we felt like we were held hostage by our employees. Group interviews has completely eliminated that because you’re able to really find the people that would really be the best fit. Hands-on how to hire people, how to deal with human resources, a lot about marketing and overall just how to structure the business, how it works for me and also then how that can translate into working better for my clients. The most valuable thing I’ve learned here is time management. I like the one hour of doing your business is real critical if I’m going to grow and change. Play really teaches you how to navigate through those things and not only find freedom but find your purpose in your business and find the purposes for all those other people that directly affect your business as well. Everybody. Everybody. Everybody. Everyone. Everyone needs to attend the conference because you get an opportunity to see that it’s real. Everyone needs to attend the conference because you get an opportunity to see that it’s real. Everyone needs to attend the conference because you get an opportunity to see that it’s real.


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