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Hey, I’m Ryan Limpie. 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. 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. I’m Rachel with Tip Top K9 and we just want to 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 Thrive 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, right? This is where we used to live two years ago. This is our old neighborhood. See? This is life, right? So this is my old van and our old school marketing and 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 4 to 14 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. All right. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I’m gonna bring up my good friend, Ryan Wimpy, my good friend Ryan Wimpy, and his dog, Odin. This dog has the ability to eat me, so I’m sort of concerned. I’ll pass the mic to you, and Odin, you can have your own mic if you want whatever you want Odin. Okay. Hi I’m Ryan Wimpy. And I’m Rachel Wimpy. And the name of our business is Kip Top Training. Our business is a dog training business. We help people with behavioral issues and teach their dog how to listen. When I was learning to become a dog trainer, we didn’t learn anything about internet marketing or advertising or anything at all. Just dog training. And that’s what’s so great about working with Clay and his team because they do it all for us. So that we can focus on our passion and that’s training dogs. Clay and his team here, they’re so enthusiastic, their energy is off the charts, never a dull moment, they’re at thread. We’ve been working with Clay and his team for the last five months, two of which have been our biggest months ever. One, our biggest gross by 35%. Clay’s helped us make anything from brochures to stickers, new business cards, new logos, scripts for phones, scripts for email, scripts for text messages, scripting for everything. How I would describe the weekly meetings with Clay and his team are awesome. They’re so effective. It’s worth every minute. Things get done, we’ll ask for things like different flyers and they’re done before our hour is up. So it’s just awesome, extremely effective. If you don’t use Clay and his team, you’re probably going to be pulling your hair out, or you’re going to spend half of your time trying to figure out the online marketing game and produce your own flyers and marketing materials, print materials, all the stuff like that. You’re really losing a lot as far as lost productivity and lost time. Not having a professional do it has a real sense of urgency and actually knows what they’re doing when you already have something that’s your core focus that you already know how to do. You would also be missing out with all the time and financial freedom that you would have working with Clay and his team. We would recommend Clay and his team to other business owners because they need to be working on their business not just trying to figure out the online game which is complex and changing daily. So, no one has a marketing team too. Most people don’t. They can’t afford one. And their local web guy or local person that they know probably can’t do everything that a whole team and a whole floor of people can do in hours and not just weeks or months. There’s a definite sense of urgency with Clay and his team. I used to have to ride other West people really, I mean really ride them to get stuff done and stuff is done so fast here and people there’s a real sense of urgency to get it done. My name is Rachel Wimpy and I’m originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ve really, I mean, I’ve learned so much. My head, I feel like it’s about to explode. But a lot that I’ve taken away from it is the working on your business instead of in your business, because I have the tendency to just want to do it all myself. And that’s one thing that Clay really teaches is to have systems in place that you don’t have to be there running it, and your business can actually run without you. It’s just awesome. It’s like a entrepreneur playground. It’s amazing here. So it’s really awesome. I mean, a fun atmosphere, lots of cool stuff, lots of fun quotes. It’s just a really cool place to be. Clay’s presentation and his style is so different than most. It’s been really one-on-one. He takes the time to just kind of answer your questions about your business rather than just a generic answer. He’ll personalize it for different people’s businesses because everybody’s is different, but at the same time you implement those very same systems that he’s discovered throughout all of the businesses he’s ran and it’s just a lot of good information, really good presentation. When you, if you don’t come, you’re just going to be missing out on so much. So much actually knowledge that’s applicable rather than just like, you know, accounting information. It’s just very hands-on. The Thrive15 conference has been great because there is no real upsell. He’s not pushing anything down our throats. I’ve gone to different conferences before where my husband and I have been upsold over and over and over and over again and they’ve just been pushing that down our throats and it’s, I mean you know how it is, it’s annoying. And so there’s none of that here. It’s been really nice. Most business conferences are very, very expensive and to just go and then get sold again, to spend even more money. This one’s very affordable, it’s definitely worth it, it’ll completely change your mindset, it’ll change your life. It’s definitely worth it. James on today’s show I want to tell you a story about two great entrepreneurs, both of which we’re going to feature on today’s show. One is the great entrepreneur behind the company called BunkyLife.com, and the second is the entrepreneur behind TipTopCanine.com. TipTopCanine.com. When I say, what makes a great entrepreneur, let me just tell you what I believe makes a great entrepreneur. It’s somebody who has the curiosity needed to say, you know what, I don’t know what I need to do to grow. I don’t know what I need to do to grow, but I’ve got a curiosity to figure that out. And the curious entrepreneur is the one that is always the most successful. It’s the curious entrepreneur. So let me give you an example. Today’s the founder of the founder of BunkyLife.com was on today’s show. When he started BunkyLife.com, he had an idea of what he thought customers might want. He had an idea of what he thought customers might want. But at the end of the day, he had to ask people, do you like this? Do you like that? Is this the right size? Could I make it bigger? Could I make it smaller? He had to have that kind of curiosity to learn from those customers. And when you talk about Ryan Wimpey with Tip Top K9, he had to get to a place and say, you know what, I went to business college, I’ve taken nine years of my life since business college, I clearly am not implementing what I learned in college or it’s not being beneficial to me and my career, so I need to reach out to somebody who knows what they’re doing. And now, without any further ado, folks, we’re going to interview now the founder of BunkyLife.com, David Frazier. Welcome to the Thrived Time Show. How are you, sir? I’m happy to be here. Thanks for having me. Awesome. So I got to ask you this real quick here. So the curiosity thing, I want to get your just initial take on that idea. You’re always the guy who’s very curious about what your customers like and what your customers don’t like. Can you talk to me about how curiosity helped you to start BunkyLife.com? So what I thought people would love the bunkies for, they didn’t end up loving them for. I bought a bunkie and made a bunkie for myself and I rented them out on Airbnb. And some people do do that, but the vast majority of people don’t do that. These are for a completely different thing I couldn’t predict. And so if I wasn’t curious, I wouldn’t have figured that out. Does that make sense? Yeah, and I think James, though, like when you talk to buyers who want a ticket for our conference Why do you ask people how they heard about us? We want to know what show they’re watching To see how they found out about us so we could do more of that kind of marketing And I’m sure you found out that there are certain people that never listen to any Particular shows at all there are certain people that never ever ever listen to certain shows right and then you find probably what? Can 10% of people listen to this show 10% of the buyers listen to that show. But if you didn’t ask people those questions and you just talked at people, what would happen over time? We wouldn’t know where to market for the conference at. Yeah, so let’s talk about this here. So David, again, curiosity. So I want to walk people through my journey and then I want to get your reaction to it here. When I built a company called Epic Photography, epicphotos.com. Here’s what I knew. I knew a guy named Derek, and I met Derek because Derek had a booth next to mine. So let me pull it up here. So this is a true story. So I had a booth next to Derek at a trade show multiple times, and I knew there was a guy named Derek. I won’t mention his last name for today’s show. And Derek noticed that my booth at DJ Connection was bumpin’. My company, DJ Connection, we were having a massively full booth every single event we went to. And he looked at me and he says, man, how do you do that? How do you create that sort of energy? I’ll see if I can find an image of it here. So he says, how do you create, this is what a trade show looks like. This wasn’t our epic booth, but it’s like, how do you create an environment that people want to come to? How do you do it? And he had that curiosity to ask me the question because my booth at DJConnection.com was rocking and his trade show was not full at all. I said, well, there’s a couple of things you have to do. And he says, well, what do I need to do? And I said, well, one, what you want to do is you want to make sure that you don’t have any chairs in your booth. And he says, no, no chairs. I said, no, no, no, you can’t have a chair. He said, why can’t I have a chair? I said because the chair leads to despair and makes people think you don’t care. So again I’m not saying you’re a trade expert, a trade show expert, but I want to get your thoughts on this David Frazier. You as a consumer at a trade show, why is that not the look to have a bunch of people in a booth all sitting down? Well I wouldn’t consider myself a trade show expert but I definitely never had chairs up with trade booths in my other business and so if you have a chair people are going to sit in the chair and it’s going to be the people that are supposed to be engaging with prospective clients or prospective customers. So, yeah, get rid of the chairs right away is a great piece of advice because a standing person is an engaging person. A sitting person is something that just doesn’t grab you, doesn’t grab attention at all. It’s so powerful. And these are just little moves. I’m going to pull up a picture of our actual trade show so you can see this. But if Derek hadn’t asked, if he hadn’t said, Clay, how do you make your booth boom? So I said, here’s the move. Here’s the move. We’re going to set up five bistro tables. Now, James, this is good teaching for you, OK? Get five bistro tables. Now, this right here, this line of demarcation, this is like there’s 80 booths at this trade show. Now, James, could you please explain to me why the back half of my booth was the tallest booth at the trade show? Please explain that to me. So people are always looking up and they could see what’s there and they want to see what it is. There it is. So I was at the tallest booth, okay? Then I had five bistro tables. No, there’s no chairs, okay? And the first person, they’re the point. They’re the point person at the trade show. By the way, if you’re out there, folks, you want to make an unbelievable trade show, this is how you do it. So the point person says, hi, would you like a chance to win a trip to Hawaii? Or do you need wedding photography? That’s a broad statement. That’s a big net. Now, when you ask people, hey, are you at a bridal show by the way, at a bridal show, not a boat show, a bridal show. And you say, hey, would you like a chance to win a trip to Hawaii? Or do you think say, yes? At a wedding, a bridal show. At a bridal show. Like 80%, maybe even 90% of people. It’s a large number, 80%, okay? And then we say, well, hey, do you know what date you’re looking at? And if the bride said, yes, we do have a date picked out, we would talk to them. If they said no, we would say, oh, well, here’s a flyer. But if they had a date picked out, if they already knew the date, we would say, okay, well, let me walk you back here, and we’d walk them back to this table. We’d say, let me walk you back here. And that way, one of our teammates can just take 30 seconds to tell you how you can win the giveaway. All right? All right. And so why do we tell somebody, we’ll have one of our teammates walk you back, and it’ll just take 30 seconds for them to explain to you how to get registered for the giveaway. Why would we say 30 seconds there, James? So they know it’s not going to waste their time. Yes! And then they’re back there and we say, all right, so you got this date, what day is it? June, whatever, okay. And what venue? They tell us and we’d say, hey, the way it works is if you schedule your bridal session or your engagement session today, it’s a hundred percent free, no obligation, okay? So you can try it before you buy it. And just for scheduling that, you’re entered in for a chance to win a dream trip to Hawaii or whatever destination. Now, David, why do you think that that move was so successful year after year after year after year after year? Because it’s a no brainer offer, Clay. How can you say no to that kind of an offer? Oh my gosh. If there’s any pushback at all, we would say, well, you know, there’s only going to be about 400 bridles that we’re even going to schedule. See if I’ve got a one in 400 chance of winning a trip to Hawaii. So it’s a move. It’s a move. It’s a move. Meanwhile, Derek, though, the photographer, he’s like, dude, you are killing the game. Now, he’s not in my booth. He’s just looking around going. You have a line of like 20 people at your booth at all times. Nobody’s in my booth. So I talked to Derek curiosity. I said, well, Derek, wedding photography, how much money do you make for her wedding? Well, I, you know, pull back a couple thousand dollars per wedding. He says, how many weddings do you do a year? I said, we do 4,080 weddings a weekend. And he says, you do 4,000 weddings a week, dude. How do you even sleep? I’m doing like 50 a year. That’s crazy. I said, well, it’s a system. So I said to Derek, this was the pitch. This is how this company started. I said, what if you teach my team how to do photography and I’ll pay you 5% of the gross revenue for five years. And all you have to do is whenever I want to train my team how to do wedding photography I’ll ship them down to Dallas and you can teach them. Now David, why is that a move for me at that moment to have asked a photographer hey again this is at a Dallas wedding show I said what if you were to teach my Tulsa guys people that I didn’t have a photography company at the time I just said what if you teach random people that I hire, and I’ll pay you 5% of the gross revenue to teach them photography. Why was that a move? Because if I recall the story correctly, you didn’t actually know how to take photos at that point. You just know how to take maybe half engagement photos for free. Yeah, now this is what’s crazy. So he said, that sounds like a great deal. So we dropped the contract, dropped the agreement. This company Epic Photos is born. Now this is where it gets funny, this gets hilarious. So I said, well, let’s send our guys down. So we drive on down to Texas. I won’t mention his last name. I drive on down to Texas. Our team goes down to Texas to meet Derek. And I get there the day before, because I want to make sure that the training is next level. I’ll make sure that people are engaged. I want to make sure our people are fired up. And I said to him, now again, technology’s changed over time. I don’t own Epic Photos anymore. This is just a story that happens to be true that took place over a decade ago, and I said all right So what are you gonna teach the people he says clay? I’m gonna tell you a couple things and David you’ll love this He says on your on the Canon cameras and in cameras you want the Canon ones the the Mach 2 I think it was if you’ll switch that thing to auto mode You just turn that dial to auto mode Then then really you don’t have to do anything else. And what you’re gonna do is I do a philosophy that I feel good about, it’s called spray and pray. So I just take the photos and I begin spraying and praying and just taking tons of photos. And I say fun stuff like, okay, I have a checklist of all the photos we’re gonna get. So like, hey, bride, let’s get one of you and the groom, all the bridesmaids, all the groomsmen, okay. And then no one’s smiling. And I’m like, okay guys, picture yourself naked. And if no one smiles, picture me naked. If no one smiles, I’m gonna get naked right now until you smile. And you just constantly, and so what you do is you hire high octane people that can borderline be a carny, just fun people, and then they just spray and pray, and then have a second photographer with you who also sprays and prays. And I said, you mean you’re gonna tell my team that you spray and pray? He said, no, no, no, you also have to wear like photography gear, like I like to look like I’m a member of National Geographic. I like to wear like a vest thing with all these different things in it. And I like to carry a lot of gear. And I go, what do you do with it? Nothing really. But the point is, it looks awesome. I might have different flashes that look impressive. But at the end of the day, you just spray and pray. I said, so you mean you’re going to take the next two days telling my team to spray and pray? He goes, well, there’s a checklist of all the shoots you get. So when you meet with the bride and the groom before they pay you, you say, do you want this photo or not? Do you want one of the bride and the groom kissing, yes or no? Do you want the bride seeing the groom for the first time, yes. Do you want the groom seeing the bride for the first time, yes. Okay, if you want both of those at the same time, you need two photographers. Okay, great. What time does it start? And you just have a checklist. And so anyway, we’re building this and he’s surprised, he’s blown away that I’m going to start a wedding photography company with no knowledge of photography. And I’m blown away that he has no knowledge of photography and he just sprays and prays. But at the end of the day, it started with curiosity. Because, David, I said, how did you get started? And the story was something like, well, I was at a wedding and noticed that the photographer seemed to be just taking a bunch of photos and running around, having a good time, eating a lot of food from the buffet. And I thought, I could do that. I mean, I just, the curiosity there, David, is just not there for a lot of people. Very few people have that curiosity. Why is that? No, I don’t really know. I guess just people get comfortable and they don’t they don’t ever think outside their little circle of whatever is comfortable for them. But I mean a lot of people I’m sure have thought about I want to build a bolt-on bedroom, you know, a cabin or something. A lot of people have had the thought, I mean, I bet those wedding photographers get paid, must be nice. However, what I do, which is mind-boggling for people, and I know it’s probably mind-boggling for people that know you, I actually do something. Rather than say, must be nice, I think to myself I could do that. And I did that very well. Before I sold the company, we were doing just, I don’t know how many weddings a year, like maybe a thousand weddings a year. And let me tell you the secret. I paid myself off the top. What do you mean you paid yourself off the top? I mean, you know, if we did a wedding package for 2000 bucks and I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but I would tell I would, you know, I paid myself something like 10% off the top, you know, so you say you paid yourself 10% off the top. Yeah, so it’s like 200 bucks a wedding, you know? How many weddings were you doing? I don’t know. Ten a week. 20 a week. Really? So you’re making four grand a week with no knowledge of photography. Yeah. But the other thing I had a knowledge of, a curiosity for, Dave, is where does the bride go to book their wedding? So again, more teaching. So if you’re a bride, where are you going to go? So David, the bride, every bride, they’re going to go to three places. Back in the day, maybe it’s different now, but they would go to the bridal shows. That was one. So you got to get the booth, the bridal show. Two, they’re going to go on the knot.com or weddingwire, these third-party wedding registration sites. The third is they’re going to go to Google. So I thought to myself, I should probably be in all those places and offer a no-brainer. And David, I got so much hate from the photography community because I refused to become a member of an association. I refused to pay my dues. I refused to even acknowledge their physical presence when at the same trade show and it bothered them because David people with degrees who had gone to film school, photography school, they couldn’t get a booking and I was killing the game and I said we’ll beat anyone’s price. Free bridles and engagements, try it before you buy it, you get a chance to win a drip to a dream vacation. David and all the photographers got pissed instead of asking the question what can we do to beat this guy? Why is that? Well, so in every single industry, you find everybody is about this narrow in what they do. And everybody’s doing what, plus or minus 10% of each other. And when someone comes from outside the industry and goes, let’s try this new crazy idea. It can just, it was blow up the entire industry and take everybody off. But like what I’m sure happened is people adapted to the reality of epic photography being in their thing. I bet you they probably upped their game at the trade shows, right? Or maybe took them six months. Well, this is just real. This is real. And I’m not just saying this for puffery. I’m being very real. Most of the photographers never did figure it out. And they would just get… Really? Oh, yeah. And I won’t mention the name of the company, but right now we have a trade show we’re at right now for one of our clients. And we’ve got a couple of our teammates that are at the trade show right now. And the competition is so pissed. And let me tell you my secret move I’m doing secret for anybody out there listening, don’t share this with anybody except for everybody, you know, just keep it between you and me and then the people you share it with, tell them to keep it private between their closest 10 friends and then we’ll just keep it secret. Okay. We’ll keep it virally secret. This is the thing. We’re at the trade show and we say, hey, if you come in and get a demonstration of the product that we provide, if you come in and get a demonstration, so we’re gonna show you what we do, and if you’ll leave a review about the demonstration today, you are entered in for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii. And why won’t anybody else do that move? David, we’re sitting there doing that move all day. People are gathering around going, oh my gosh, this guy’s so busy, they’re on fire. And we had a person yesterday come up to us and cry. A competitor cried at the booth. They cried. They cried like a dog. They cried at the booth. Come on. And again, we’re in different industries now. I mean, we’re in the home building industry. We’re in the home remodeling business. Could you imagine being at a trade show where you’re trying to pitch your home remodeling services and the competitor comes up to you? I mean Wow to be an adult and to cry at another adult because they’re taking all the business What is that day? What is it? Why would someone cry? Why wouldn’t they just ask? Dominating what is that? Uh, I don’t know. I guess that people are just emotional. Maybe they’re eating too much Soy, I don’t know what the deal is with it with their crank But seriously, I want to ask you why is that? Well, I can’t speculate on that particular guy But I mean it’s just so much easier to try to manipulate people than to stop doing like a man What I can say is like we’ve got People that come and compete with us and and God bless them I mean, I wish them all the best, but instead of being like, hey, can I take you out for coffee? Can I buy you supper? Can I pick your brain? They just kind of do crappier, horrible knockoff versions of everything we do. And I always think, why wouldn’t you just talk to me? Because it’s not like, most of the stuff that you do, you can’t really do it and keep it secret. You gotta, if you’re gonna advertise, you gotta kind of advertise your advertising. And, but yet people just don’t want to, like you said, be curious and ask questions. And that’s what is up in tears. Now another thing people always ask me about being successful as an entrepreneur, they always say, what does it take? I always tell them, well, whatever it takes. And they’re like, what? So what does it take? I say, well, it takes whatever it takes. So here we are at this trade show. Again, I go back to these trade shows, they’re so fun. We’re at a trade show in Oklahoma City, true story. We’re at the trade show, and I think I sent three people to the trade show. We got three people there and I pay my staff a $5 per appointment you set or $5 per whatever the action is I’m looking for. $5 per appointment you set or $5 per survey you take or whatever the action is I’m looking for. And so I’ve got people in my booth making like $1,500 a day. I got people making like $2,000 a day. I got people making $500 a day. And my competitors, I mean, I talked to these, or the other booth people, I talked to booth people, I said, hey, booth people, how you doing? Like, it’s kind of slow, man, you guys look packed. And I just love to ask these questions just to mess with people, because it’s hilarious to me. Like, why do you think you’re slow today? Well, the traffic out here in Oklahoma City, I tell you, the weather right now, this time of year, the weather, you know, you got the snow, you got people probably all beat up from the Christmas vacation, you know, people trying to recoup a new year, people probably at the gym, people probably in Florida, people thinking, my booth is busy and I’m eight feet away from you, but I continue this, you know, and I go, so are you guys making any connections now? And they’re sitting down the whole time. They’re talking to me. Now, we’re just passing out brochures here. Just getting our word out there. I just what you’re getting your name out there. You’re getting the word out there. I just want to get your thoughts on this idea. Why is it that people can just sit there and look at the meteoric growth of something like Bunky Life or look at the success of a very successful company and just look at it and not have curiosity as to how you did it? I mean, the only people that listen to our show are curious entrepreneurs, but what is it, David, that makes that dormant mind? Well, okay, so one thing I want to point out about your story there, so the lesson that you can take away from that is, okay, you incentivize the action you want it. And there was a reason that people wanted to do it because they want to make the five bucks or whatever, right? I bet you boost sitter guys probably don’t own the company. And I bet you boost sitter guys aren’t incentivized to do anything. I mean, I’m willing to put money on that bet. A hundred percent. What you just said is the most profound, true thing you could have possibly said. It’s a hundred percent correct. And so we think about this for a second. So now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna talk about Bunky Life, we’re gonna transition for a minute. You reached out to us about, I wanna say about a year ago, maybe it was-ish. Yep. And since that time, it has just been an honor to work with you, it’s been exciting to work with you. But I mean, have you had some growth or are you making some more profit? Are things working? Yeah, so we’ve grown from $0 sold in the United States pretty much to I think about half a million last year, maybe 450,000. We also grew our Canadian business a fair bit. And then of course, our profit probably tripled, I would say. I can’t give you all the credit, but I’ll give you 80% of that credit. And I don’t want all that credit. I guess what I’m just saying is, in my life, as an example, I’m building a cabin right now, okay, in Arkansas. I’ve never built a cabin in Arkansas. I frankly have never been to Arkansas very much at all. But it occurred to me, you know what? I would like to sit and look at a mountain on a weekend. And when I’m not there, I want to rent it out. So I reached out to a guy who lives in Arkansas. I said, dude, how did you find your property? He says, I found it this way. I said, would you sell me the property next to your property backs up to 2 million acres of national forest. He says, I will sell it to you. And I said, okay. So my wife and I drove three and a half hours. We bought the land. We bought the property. We started building the compound. It’s happening. It’s not like it’s a, it’s a mythological confusing, but somebody, but then I met a guy this past weekend. I reconnected with a guy this past weekend. I’ve known for years. And he says to me, how did you get in the vacation rental business? Oh, I reached out to somebody I knew who was in the game, asked him how to do it. And David, over my career, I’ve paid people, I’ve paid accountants. I do pay accountants. You know, I pay my accountant about three grand a month, four grand a month. I pay my attorney about three to four grand a month just for the business operations. And people say, why would you be willing to pay $4,000 a month on going to your accountant, to your attorney? Because I’m curious as to what makes success possible. And I just think there’s, it’s like, hopefully I’m encouraging somebody or agitating somebody that you too could be the next, you know, bunkylife.com success story. You too can be the next epic photography. You too could be the next, whatever it is. It’s really not that challenging. You just have to be curious. So I’m curious here, sir. What’s the hot special you’re offering right now at BunkyLife.com? Oh, check it out. It’s our epic winter sale, up to $2,000 off. It’s our biggest sale of the year. It’s on until February 6th at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. We can ship all across Canada, all across the USA. And check that out on BunkyLife.com. You can check out the winter sale and it’s epic. And the move we just did was we gave a bunkie away. We actually wrapped that up two nights ago. And it was fantastic. Huge, awesome night. And I want to make sure I’m clarifying a couple of things here. I’ll make sure there’s no hyperbole coming for me here. So one, you got the special wraps up when there, sir? On Tuesday, February 6. And again, I’m taking notes here, JGI, I like to document everything. Are you saying that you have tripled your profits since you’ve met us? Is that an accurate statement? That is accurate. And again, you are the founder of MonkeyLife.com? That’s me. And that is a real beard, it’s not a hologram? It’s a complete, it’s a fake beard. Fake beard, okay, okay. Everything else is real though. So again, folks, I know David, he’s a great guy. He’s been to our office in Tulsa, Russel, I promise you if he can do it, you can do it too. If you’re out there today and you’ve got the mental capacity and the tenacity needed to succeed, you can do it. All you got to do is take that first step. So I got two calls to action for you today, everybody. One, go to BunkyLife.com. What’s the website? BunkyLife.com. Bunky, B, Bunky, Life.com. Not Bunker Life, that’s an entirely different Mark Zuckerberg kind of a theme. Go to BunkyLife.com. When you go to Bunkeylife.com, you can learn more about buying a bolt-on bedroom, custom cabin. It’s a way to add on some additional space on your place in an affordable way. Look at these things. These things are so hot, you’re going to burn your retina. It’s like a solar flare. Click it on the button. Look at the product. You click on the products button. Oh, it’s here in my eyeball. It’s unbelievable. These specials are so hot. Bunkeylife.com. Second is if you have not scheduled a free consultation to learn how to get a check up, kind of from your neck up, learn how to grow your business, how to do a profound turnaround, you can schedule a 13-point assessment to learn more about our business growth consulting, or you can attend one of our in-person Thrive Time Show workshops. On part two of today’s show, Ryan Wimpey of Tip Top Canine, again, his name is? Ryan Wimpey. Ryan Wimpey of Tip Top Canine joins us on part two of today’s show to talk about how the business workshops have impacted his life, his business, and have helped him to dramatically change his mindset and his business. David Frazier, thank you so much for carving out time. We’ll talk to you next week. 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 grams 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 wanna thank you, Clay, and thank you, Vanessa, for everything you’ve done, everything you’ve helped us with. We love you guys. All right. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to bring up my good friend, Ryan Wimpy, my good friend Ryan Wimpy, and his dog, Odin. This dog has the ability to eat me, so I’m sort of concerned. I’ll pass the mic to you, and Odin, you can have your own mic if you want, whatever you want, Odin. Okay. I’m a little bit afraid of Odin. Hi, I’m Ryan Wimpy. And I’m Rachel Wimpy. And the name of our business is Kip Tap Kine. Our business is a dog training business. We help people with behavioral issues and teach their dog how to listen. When I was learning to become a dog trainer, we didn’t learn anything about internet marketing or advertising or anything at all. Just dog training. And that’s what’s so great about working with Clay and his team because they do it all for us. So that we can focus on our passion and that’s training dogs. Clay and his team here, they’re so enthusiastic, their energy is off the charts. Never a dull moment, very thrived. We’ve been working with Clay and his team for the last five months, two of which have been our biggest months ever. One, our biggest gross by 35%. Clay’s helped us make anything from brochures to stickers, new business cards, new logos, scripts for phones, scripts for e-mails, scripts for text messages, scripting for everything. How I would describe the weekly meetings with Clay and his team are awesome. They’re so effective. It’s worth every minute. Things get done. We’ll ask for things like different flyers, and they’re done before our hour is up. So it’s just awesome, extremely effective. If you don’t use Clay and his team, you’re probably going to be pulling your hair out, or you’re going to spend half of your time trying to figure out the online marketing game and producing your own flyers and marketing materials, print materials, all the stuff like that. You’re really losing a lot as far as lost productivity and lost time. Not having a professional do it has a real sense of urgency and actually knows what they’re doing when you already have something that’s your core focus that you already know how to do. You would also be missing out with all the time and financial freedom that you would have working with Clay and his team. We would recommend Clay and his team to other business owners because they need to be working on their business, not just trying to figure out the online game, which is complex and changing daily. So, and no one has a marketing team, too. Most people don’t, and they can’t afford one, and their local web guy or local person that they know probably can’t do everything that a whole team and a whole floor of people can do in hours and not just weeks or months. There’s a definite sense of urgency with Clay and his team. I used to have to ride other web people, really, I mean, really ride them to get stuff done. And stuff is done so fast here. And people, there’s a real sense of urgency to get it done. My name is Rachel Wimpy, and I’m originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ve really, I mean, I’ve learned so much. My head, I feel like, is about to explode. But a lot that I’ve taken away from it is the working on your business instead of in your business because I have the tendency to just want to do it all myself and that’s one thing that Clay really teaches is to have systems in place that you don’t have to be there running it and your business can actually run without you. It’s just awesome. It’s like a entrepreneur playground. It’s amazing here. So it’s really awesome. I mean, a fun atmosphere, lots of cool stuff, lots of fun quotes. It’s just a really cool place to be. Clay’s presentation and his style is so different than most. It’s been really one-on-one. He takes the time to just kind of answer your questions about your business rather than just a generic answer. He’ll personalize it for different people’s businesses because everybody’s is different, but at the same time you implement those very same systems that he’s discovered throughout all of the businesses he’s ran and it’s just a lot of good information, really good presentation. If you don’t come, you’re just gonna be missing out on so much, so much actually knowledge that’s applicable rather than just like, you know, accounting information. It’s just very hands-on. The Thrive 15 conference has been great because there is no real upsell. Like, he’s not pushing anything down our throats. I’ve gone with several different, I’ve gone to different conferences before where my husband and I have been upsold, like, over and over and over and over again, and they’ve just been pushing that down our throats. And it’s, I mean, you know how it is. It’s annoying. And so, there’s none of that here. It’s been really nice. Most business conferences are very, very expensive and to just go and then get sold again, to spend even more money. This one’s very affordable. It’s definitely worth it. It will completely change your mindset. It will change your life. It’s definitely worth it. All right, JT, so hypothetically, in your mind, what is the purpose of having a business? To get you to your goals. So it’s a vehicle to get you to your destination. And would you need profits to get there? I mean, when you have a business that’s successful, in your expert opinion, would you need profits to get you to your goals? Yeah. Because if you have a $15 million business, but you have $15 million of expenses, it’s kind of pointless. Holy crap. All right. So the question I would have here for you, if you could take like, I don’t know, 10 minutes or less and see if you could save $3,000 a year by reducing your credit card fees. Would you do it? Yes, absolutely. Holy crap. Why would somebody out there who’s listening right now, who has a sane mind, why would they not go to Thrivetimeshow.com forward slash credit dash card, Thrivetimeshow.com forward slash credit dash card to schedule a 10 minute consultation to see if they can reduce their credit card fees by at least 3,000 bucks a year. Why would they not do it? Yeah, why would they not do it? Maybe because they don’t understand how you set the website. This tree is a symbol of the spirit of the Griswold family Christmas. That’s clear. Okay, so that can be true. So I encourage everybody to check out Thrivetimeshow.com forward slash credit dash card. Thrivetimeshow.com forward slash credit dash card. What would be another reason why someone would not be willing to take 10 minutes to compare rates to see if they could save $3,000 or more on credit card fees? Maybe they think it is a waste of time and that it won’t, it’s not possible. There’s somebody out there that’s making more than $3,000 every 10 minutes and they’re like, nah, that’s not worth my time. There’s probably some, someone out there. Okay. Who would think that. Well, I’ll just tell you folks, if you’re out there today, and you’re making less than $3,000 per 10 minutes, I would highly recommend that you go to thrivetimeshow.com forward slash credit dash hard. Because you can compare rates, you can save money, and, you know, the big goal, in my opinion, of building a business is to create time, freedom, and financial freedom. And in order to do that, you have to maximize your profits. Holy crap. Now, one way to maximize your profits is to increase your revenue. Another way to do it is to decrease your expenses. Ah. It’s a profit deal. Takes the pressure off. JT, is there any other reason why somebody would not be willing to take 10 minutes to compare rates to see if they could save a total of $3,000 a year on average. I am at a loss and I cannot think of any other. Shampoo is better. I go on first and clean the hair. Conditioner is better. I leave the hair silky and smooth. Oh really fool, really! Stop looking at me, swine! Let me tell you a good story here, real quick. I actually, years ago, compared rates with this company here, called IPS. It’s Integrated Payment Services. And I scheduled a consultation. I don’t know if I was skeptical, I just thought, whatever, I’ll take ten minutes, I’ll compare rates. I can’t tell. You can tell me I’m a doctor. No, I mean, I’m just not sure. Why can’t you take a guess? Well, not for another two hours. You can’t take a guess for another two hours. And in my case, in my in my case, my particular case, I save over $20,000 a year. Holy crap. Wow. Which is like groceries when my wife goes to the organic store. Find everything you need today? Yeah. Great. Okay. Oh God. Everything okay ma’am? It’s just that you’ve only scanned a few items and it’s already 60 bucks. I’m so scared. Okay, I’m a trained professional ma’am. I’ve scanned a lot of groceries. I need you to stay with me. It’s just that my in-laws are in town and they want a charcuterie board. This isn’t going to be easy so I need you to be brave, all right? What’s your name? Patricia. Patricia, all right. I need you to take a deep breath. We’re about to do the cheese. You know, that’s the difference between eating organic and not organic. So because my wife eats organic, I had to take the 10 minutes needed to compare rates to save the $20,000 a year on credit card fees just for one of my companies. One question, what’s the brand name of the clock? The brand name of the clock, Rod. Do we have it? The brand name of the clock. It’s an elegant from Ridgway. It’s from Ridgway. Let’s buy the clock and sell the fireplace. I encourage everybody out there, go to thrivetimeshow.com forward slash credit dash card. You schedule a free consultation, request information. A member of our team will call you. They’ll schedule a free consultation. It should take you 10 minutes or less. And they’re going to compare rates and see if they can’t save you more than $3,000 a year off of your credit card processing. You were hoping what? I wouldn’t owe you money at the end of the day. No, you don’t owe us money. Because at the end of the day, the goal of the business is to create time, freedom, and financial freedom, and in order to do that, you need to create additional profits. The number of new customers that we’ve had is up 411% over last year. We are Jared and Jennifer Johnson. We own Platinum Pest and Lawn and are located in Owasso, Oklahoma. And we have been working with Thrive for business coaching for almost a year now. Yeah. So, so what we want to do is we want to share some wins with you guys that we’ve had by working with Thrive. First of all, we’re on the top page of Google now, okay? I just want to let you know what type of accomplishment this is. Our competition, Orkin, Terminix, they’re both $1.3 billion companies. They both have 2,000 to 3,000 pages of content attached to their website. So to basically go from virtually nonexistent on Google to up on the top page is really saying something. But it’s come by being diligent to the systems that Thrive has, by being consistent and diligent on doing podcasts, and staying on top of those podcasts to really help with getting up on what they’re listing and ranking there with Google. And also, we’ve been trying to get Google reviews, asking our customers for reviews. And now we’re the highest rated and most reviewed Pescelon company in the Tulsa area. And that’s really helped with our conversion rate. And the number of new customers that we’ve had is up 411% over last year. Wait, say that again. How much are we up? 411%. Okay, so 411% we’re up with our new customers. Amazing. Right. So not only do we have more customers calling in, we’re able to close those deals at a much higher rate than we were before. Right now, our closing rate is about 85%, and that’s largely due to, first of all, like our Google reviews that we’ve gotten. People really see that our customers are happy, but also we have a script that we follow. And so when customers call in, they get all the information that they need. That script has been refined time and time again. It wasn’t a one and done deal. It was a system that we followed with Thrive in the refining process. And that has obviously, the 411% shows that that system works. Yeah, so here’s a big one for you. So last week alone, our booking percentage was 91%. We actually booked more deals and more new customers last year than we did the first five months. Or I’m sorry, we booked more deals last week than we did the first five months of last year from before we worked with Thrive. So again we booked more deals last week than the first five months of last year. It’s incredible but the reason why we have that success is by implementing the systems that Thrive has taught us and helped us out with. Some of those systems that we’ve implemented are group interviews. That way we’ve really been able to come up with a really great team. We’ve created and implemented checklists that when everything gets done and it gets done right, it creates accountability. We’re able to make sure that everything gets done properly, both out in the field and also in our office. And also doing the podcast, like Jared had mentioned, that has really, really been a big blessing in our lives, and also, you know, it’s really shown that we’ve gotten the success from following those systems. So before working with Thrive, we were basically stuck. Really no new growth with our business. And we were in a rut, and we didn’t know… The last three years, our customer base has pretty much stayed the same. We weren’t shrinking but we weren’t really growing either. Yeah and so we didn’t we didn’t really know where to go, what to do, how to get out of this rut that we’re in. But Thrive helped us with that. You know they implemented those systems and they taught us those systems, they taught us the knowledge that we needed in order to succeed. Now it’s been a grind, absolutely it’s been a grind this last year. But we’re getting those fruits from that hard work and the diligent effort that we’re able to put into it. So again, we were in a rut, Thrive helped us get out of that rut, and if you’re thinking about working with Thrive, quit thinking about it and just do it. Do the action, and you’ll get the results. It will take hard work and discipline, but that’s what it’s gonna take in order to really succeed. So, we just wanna give a big shout out to Thrive, a big thank you out there to Thrive. We wouldn’t be where we’re at now without their help. Hi, I’m Dr. Mark Moore. I’m a pediatric dentist. Through our new digital marketing plan, we have seen a marked increase in the number of new patients that we’re seeing every month, year over year. One month, for example, we went from 110 new patients the previous year to over 180 new patients in the same month. And overall, our average is running about 40 to 42% increase month over month, year over year. The group of people required to implement our new digital marketing plan is immense, starting with a business coach, videographers, photographers, web designers. Back when I graduated dental school in 1985, nobody advertised. The only marketing that was ethically allowed in everybody’s eyes was mouth-to-mouth marketing. By choosing to use the services, you’re choosing to use a proof-and-turn-key marketing and coaching system that will grow your practice and get you the results that you are looking for. I went to the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, graduated in 1983, and then I did my pediatric dental residency at Baylor College of Dentistry from 1983 to 1985. Hello, my name is Charles Colaw with Colaw Fitness. Today I want to tell you a little bit about Clay Clark and how I know Clay Clark. Clay Clark has been my business coach since 2017. He’s helped us grow from two locations to now six locations. We’re planning to do seven locations in seven years and then franchise. And Clay’s done a great job of helping us navigate anything that has to do with like running the business, building the systems, the checklists, the workflows, the audits, how to navigate lease agreements, how to buy property, how to work with brokers and builders. This guy is just amazing. This kind of guy has worked in every single industry. He’s written books with like Lee Crockerill, head of Disney, with the 40,000 cast members. He’s friends with like Mike Lindell. He does Reawaken America tours where he does these tours all across the country where 10,000 or more people show up to some of these tours on the day-to-day. He does anywhere from about 160 companies. He’s at the top. He has a team of business coaches, videographers, and graphic designers, and web developers, and they run 160 companies every single week. So think of this guy with a team of business coaches running 160 companies. Every 6-8 weeks he’s doing Reawaken America tours. Every 6-8 weeks he’s also doing business conferences where 200 people show up and he teaches people a 13 step proven system that he’s done and worked with billionaires, helping them grow their companies. I’ve seen guys from start-ups go from start-up to being multi-millionaires, teaching people how to get time freedom and financial freedom through the system. Critical thinking, document creation, organizing everything in their head to building into a franchisable, scalable business. One of his businesses has like 500 franchises. That’s just one of the companies or brands that he works with. Amazing guy, Elon Musk, kind of like smart guy. He kind of comes off sometimes as socially awkward, but he’s so brilliant and he’s taught me so much. When I say that, Clay is like, he doesn’t care what people think when you’re talking to him. He cares about where you’re going in your life and where he can get you to go. And that’s what I like him most about him. He’s like a good coach. A coach isn’t just making you feel good all the time. A coach is actually helping you get to the best you. And Clay has been an amazing business coach. Through the course of that, we became friends. My most impressed with him is when I was shadowing him one time. We went into a business deal and listened to it. I got to shadow and listen to it. When we walked out, I knew that he could make millions on the deal and they were super excited about working with him. He told me, he’s like, I’m not going to touch it. I’m going to turn it down because he knew it was going to harm the common good of people in the long run. The guy’s integrity just really wowed me, brought tears to my eyes to see that this guy, his highest desire was to do what’s right. And anyways, just an amazing man. So anyways, impacted me a lot. He’s helped navigate any time I’ve gotten nervous or worried about how to run the company or navigating competition and an economy that’s like, I remember we got closed down for three months. He helped us navigate on how to stay open, how to get back open, how to just survive through all the COVID shutdowns, lockdowns. I’m Rachel with Tip Top K9, and we just want to 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 Thrive 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. Right. This is where we used to live a few years ago. This is our old neighborhood. See? It’s nice, right? So this is my old van and our old school marketing. And 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 14, 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. The Thrive Time Show, two-day interactive business workshops are the highest and most reviewed business workshops on the planet. You can learn the proven 13 point business systems that Dr. Zellner and I have used over and over to start and grow successful companies. When we get into the specifics, the specific steps on what you need to do to optimize your website. We’re gonna teach you how to fix your conversion rate. We’re gonna 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 We built this facility for you and we’re excited to see it. We go back eight years ago. Think about the number of clients you had back then versus the number of clients you have now. As a percentage, what has been the growth over the past eight years, do you think? We’ve got to inspire somebody out there who just doesn’t have the time to listen to our calls. I would go up and down from about $10,000 a month up to about $40,000. It was an up and down roller coaster. So now we’ve got it to where we’re in excess of 100 clients. And so I would have anywhere from 5 clients to 20 clients on my own with networking, but I had no control over it. Without the systems, you’re going to be victimized by your own business. For somebody out there who struggles with math, if you would say that your average number of clients was 30 and you go to 100, as a percentage, what is that? I have doubled every year since working with you. I’ve doubled in clients. I’ve doubled in revenue every year. That’s 100% growth every year I’ve worked with. Now, so I’m looking, we’ve been good friends seven, eight years, and I’ve got doubled five times. Which is just incredible. I mean, the first time you do it, that’s one thing, but when you do it repeatedly, I mean, that’s unbelievable. We’re working our blessed assurance off this year to double. We’re planning on doubling again. We’re incorporating new, some new things in there to really help us do it, but we are going to double again this year. I started coaching, but it would go up and down, Clay. That’s when I came to you, as I was going up and down, and I wanted to go up and up instead of up and down. And so that’s when it needed a system. So creating a system is you have nailed down specific steps that you’re going to take no matter how you feel, no matter the results, you lean into them and you do them regardless of what’s happening. You lean into them and it will give you X number of leads, you follow up with those leads, turns into sales. Well I tell you, you know, it’s if you don’t have a script and you don’t have a system, then every day is a whole new creation. You’re creating a lot of energy just to figure out what are you going to do. The best executives, Peter Drucker is a father of modern management, he said, the most effective executives make one decision a year. What you do is you make a decision, what is your system, and then you work like the Dickens to make sure you follow that system. And so that’s really what it’s all about. So with a script here, we have a brand new gal that just came in working for us. She nailed down the script and she’s been nailing down appointments. Usually we try to get one appointment for every 100 calls. We make 200 to 300 calls a day on that script. Somebody out there is having a hard time. So she’s making how many calls a day? She’s making between two and three hundred calls a day. And our relationship is weird in that we do, if someone were to buy an Apple computer today, and or let’s say you buy a personal computer, a PC, the computer is made by, let’s say, Dell. But then the software in the computer would be Microsoft, let’s say, or Adobe or whatever that is. So, I basically make the systems and you’re like the computer and I’m like the software. It’s kind of how I would describe our relationship. Tim, I want to ask you this. You and I reconnected, I think it was in the year 2000 and, what was it, maybe 2010? Is that right? 2011 maybe? Or maybe even further down the road. Maybe 2013? 2012. Okay, so 2012. And at that time I was five years removed from the DJ business. And you were how many years removed from tax and accounting software? It was about 10, 11 years. We met, how did we meet? What was the first interaction? There was some interaction where you and I first connected. I just remember that somehow you and I went to Hideaway Pizza. Do you remember when we first reconnected? Yeah, well we had that speaking thing. Oh, there it was! It was Victory Christian Center. I was speaking there. My name is Robert Redman. I actually first met Clay almost three years ago to the day. I don’t know if he remembers it or not, but I wasn’t working with him at the time. I asked to see him and just ask him some questions to help direct my life, to get some mentorship, but I’ve been working with Clay for now just over a year. The role I play here is a business coach, business consultant. I work with different businesses implementing best practice processes and systems that I have learned here by working with Clay. And the experience working here has, to put it real plainly, has been just life-changing. I have not only learned new things and have gained new knowledge, but I have gained a whole new mindset that I believe, wherever I end up, will serve me well throughout the rest of my life. Since working with Clay, I have learned so much. I mean, I would like to say almost everything about business in terms of the different categories. I haven’t learned it all, but I’ve learned all about marketing. I’ve learned about advertising. I’ve learned about branding. I’ve learned how to create a sales process for organizations in any industry. I’ve learned how to sell. I’ve learned how to create repeatable systems and processes and hold people accountable, how to hire people. It’s almost like every aspect of a business you can learn. I have learned a lot in those different categories. And then again the mindset that I’ve gained here has been huge. You know, working here you can’t you can’t be a mediocre person. You are a call to a higher standard of excellence. And then as you’re called to that standard here, you begin to see those outcomes in every area of your life. That standard of excellence that you want to implement no matter what you’re involved in. I would like to describe the other people that work with Clay are people that are going somewhere with their life. Marshall, in the group interview, talks about how, you know, the best fits for this organization are the people that are goal-oriented. So they’re on their own trajectory, and we’re on our own trajectory, and the best fits are those people where there can be a mutually beneficial relationship, that as we pursue our goals, and we help the business pursue those goals, the business helps us pursue our goals as well. And so I’d say people that are driven, people that want to make something of their lives, people that are goal-oriented, they’re focused, and they’re committed to overcoming any adversity that may come their way. Clay’s passion for helping business owners grow their businesses is, it’s unique in that, I don’t know if there’s anyone else’s that can be as passionate You know whenever a business starts working with clay It’s almost as like clay is is running that business in the sense that he has something at stake You know he’s just serving them They’re the one of his clients But it’s as if he is actively involved in the business. Whenever they have a win, he’s posting it all over his social media. He’s shouting it across the room here at Thrive. He’s sending people encouraging messages. He can kind of be that life coach and business coach in terms of being that motivator and that champion for people’s businesses. It’s, again, unique because there’s no one else I’ve seen get so excited about and passionate about other people’s businesses. The kind of people that wouldn’t like working with Clay are people that are satisfied with with mediocrity, people that want to get through life by just doing enough, by just getting by, people who are not looking to develop themselves, people who are not coachable, people who think that they know it all and they’re unwilling to change. I would say those are the type of people. And in short, anyone that’s content with mediocrity would not like working with Clay. So if you’re meeting Clay for the first time, the advice I’d give you is definitely come ready to take tons of notes. Every time Clay speaks, he gives you a wealth of knowledge that you don’t want to miss. I remember the first time that I met Clay. I literally carried a notebook with me all around. I was looking at this notebook the other day, actually. I carried a notebook with me all around, and I just took tons of notes. I filled the entire notebook in about three or four months just from being around Clay, following him and learning from him. And then I would say come coachable. Be open to learning something new. Be open to challenging yourself. Be open to learning and adjusting parts about you that need to be adjusted.