John Rampton | You Might Have Thousands of Followers and Likes, But Strongly Asks, Are You Actually Profitable?

Show Notes

  1. Yes, yes, yes, and yes! Thrivetime Nation on today’s show we are interviewing the online influencer and entrepreneur John Rampton! John was recently named #2 on Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine as well as a blogging expert by Forbes. He currently invests and advises several companies in the bay area. John, welcome onto The Thrivetime Show…how are you sir?!
  2. John throughout your career you’ve had a ton of success and have been featured Forbes, The Huffington Post, Tech Crunch, and other huge publications, but I would love to start off at the bottom and the very beginning of your career. What was your life like growing up and where did you grow up?
  3. What was your first real business? A Candy Stand
  4. What was your second real business? Buying Domains on Flippa, 
  5. What was your biggest early win? 
  6. When did you first figure out what you wanted to do professionally?
  7. How did you start your first company? 
  8. How did you go about funding your first company?
  9. How did you go about getting your first 10 customers?
  10. When did you first feel like you were truly beginning to gain traction with your career?
  11. I know that you are a serial entrepreneur who has experienced massive success, but I would love for you to walk us through the lowest low-point of your career and how you made it through it?
  12. Today, I’d love for you to share with the listeners about the kinds of projects that you are up to?
  13. How, you come across as a very proactive person…so how do you typically organize the first four hours of your and what time do you typically wake up?
  14. What are a few of your daily habits that you believe have allowed you to achieve success?
  15. What mentor has made the biggest impact on your career thus far?
  16. What advice would you give the younger version of yourself?
  17. We find that most successful entrepreneurs tend to have idiosyncrasies that are actually their superpowers…what idiosyncrasy do you have?
  18. What message or principle that you wish you could teach everyone?
  19. What are a couple of books that you believe that all of our listeners should read?
    1. Book Recommendation
      1. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
      2. Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss
      3. Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins
  20. We are working on a project titled “The Mastermind Manuscript” where we take some of our TOP interviews with people like John Maxwell, Wolfgang Puck, Guy Kawasaki, David Robinson, Seth Godin, Grant Cardone, Craig Groeschel, etc and turning it into a book. Think Tim Ferriss Tools of Titans or Tribe of Mentors and I wanted to include you in it. There is ZERO charge to you and will require none of your time. 

FUN FACT – “Your cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat…Because people are always carrying their cell phones even in situations where they would normally wash their hands before doing anything, cell phones do tend to get pretty gross,” says Emily Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.” – 

Exhibit U

Being Mentally and Emotionally Distant from the People in the Same Room with You is Not a Good Thing

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “There is something in the way that we are now, with our cell phones, and people are not looking at each other and not being in the moment with each other, that kids feel isolated.” – Lady Gaga (The singer, songwriter, and actress who became a household name in 2008, as a result of the release of her debut album, The Fame. This album was nominated for several awards during 2008 and for an incredible six Grammy Awards, including the actual Album of the Year. Her album and the song “Poker Face” won Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording, respectively, at the 52nd Grammy Awards. The album also won International Album at the 2010 BRIT Awards.)

Most Times the Person Who is the Most Engaged On Social Media Is the Most Disengaged in Their Life


Maybe I should try to find the old me

Take me to the places and the people that know me. 

Tryin’ to disconnect, thinking maybe you could show me

If there’s so many people here, then why am I so lonely?

Can I get a connection?

Can I get, can I get a connection?

Can I get a connection?

Can I get, can I get a connection?” 

The hit pop song Connection written and recorded by OneRepublic and Ryan 

Tedder who is the Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and producer who has written and produced singles with artists such as U2, Paul McArtney, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Adele, Birdy, Alsou, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Leona Lewis, Logic, Jennifer Hudson, Alexandra Burke, the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé Knowles, Jordin Sparks, Ludacris, Gavin DeGraw, James Blunt, James Morrison, Hilary Duff, Timbaland, Bubba Sparxxx, Clay Aiken, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Whitney Houston, Westlife, Daughtry, Mario, Tamar Kaprelian, Tiësto and so many, many, artists. During college, Ryan was the hardest worker in our dorm rooms and he is still the hardest working person that I have ever met. Jonathan Kelly is the second hardest man that I have ever met, but if he were single, he would give Ryan Tedder a run for his money. Ryan Tedder, FUN FACT – The song “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley is the song that changed Ryan Tedder’s life. Don’t believe me? Watch this video – OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder Reveals The Song That Changed His Life 

The More People Earn, The Less They Use Their Smartphone

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “I hate phones. All businesses are personal businesses, and I 

always try my best to get back to people, but sometimes the barrage of calls is so enormous that if I just answered calls I would do nothing else.” – Vera Wang (The American fashion designer, entrepreneur and former figure skater who is now worth a reported $650 million dollars.)

When You Allow Your Smartphone to Control You, You Miss the Opportunities Sitting Right Next to You

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “I was once sitting on a tube (British for Subway), and someone was playing my song so loudly through their ear phones next to me. I just stayed silent and chuckled to myself.” – Sam Smith (Sam Smith is an English singer and songwriter who was born in London, England. Smith became internationally known in October of 2012, when he was featured on Disclosure’s hit song, “Latch.” Throughout his career, he has been nominated for the 2014 BRIT Critics’ Choice Award, and he won the award for the Best Pop Vocal Album, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

FUN FACT – “Justin Rosenstein (the inventor of the Facebook “Like” feature) purchased a new iPhone and instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps…Rosenstein appears most concerned about the psychological effects on people who, research shows, touch, swipe or tap their phone 2,617 times a day…And Rosenstein should know: he was the Facebook engineer who created the “like” button in the first place.” – 

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “Most people are sitting on their own diamond mines. The surest ways to lose your diamond mine are to get bored, become overambitious, or start thinking that the grass is greener on the other side. Find your core focus, stick to it, and devote your time and resources to excelling at it.” – Gino Wickman (The best-selling author of the iconic entrepreneurial book, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business)

Exhibit V –

NOTABLE QUOTABLE – “Each day is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to Him.” – T.D. Jakes (The producer, pastor, entrepreneur and author of 50 + books, who has written 15 best-selling books, who employs 350 + employees, the man who preaches every sunday at his church, The Potter’s House which is watched live by 6,000 congregants in attendance, streamed online by over 30,000 – 40,000 people, and whose messages are heard by 80 million homes per week.) 

Exhibit W – 

FUN FACT – “Researchers have known that the amygdala, a pair of almond-sized bundles of nerve fibers in the middle of the brain that help process emotion, memory and fear, are involved in anxiety disorders.” – 

Exhibit X – 

AMPLE EXAMPLE – December 27th 2019 at 7:44 PM 

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