IF you are not happy with your life then you need to acknowledge it and instead of just glazing it over – magnify your discontent and your anger about not being in the place where you want to be in your life. If the pain of staying where you are is not greater than the pain of change then you will never make a move.”  By Tony Robbins

Ep #197:  Publicity for Good with Heather DeSantis

Ep #198:  Author, Ghostwriter, Mike Sahno

Ep #199:  Facebook Advertiser and Sales Funnel Strategist, with Josh Marsden

Ep #200:  Actor, Producer, Writer, Adam Ambruso PART 1

Ep #201:  Actor, Producer, Writer, Adam Ambruso PART 2

Welcome to Week 39 of The Daily Grind Business Podcast Weekly Summaries. Colin has interviewed now 200 of the world’s most insightful and successful entrepreneurs. The goal of this show is simple. To show you how these people think, act and the steps they took to get where they are today to hopefully inspire you to follow in their footsteps.

This show is for people who want to learn, who want to grow and develop and who are willing to lay it on the line and grind for what they want.

Each week the interviewees impart their wisdom by sharing their experiences.

Learn from them. To connect with them and to receive some free information please click on the links below.

There is a common thread with all successful entrepreneurs and that is the importance of investing in both your business and personal growth. So each week we also share with you titles of books that either these entrepreneurs have written or suggested that you read.

We are passionate about helping entrepreneurs get started in their businesses so this is why we have compiled weekly notes from our weekly podcasts. The entrepreneurs who so graciously offered their time to be interviewed are passionate about giving back and helping others as we do.

You are not alone!

Week 39

1. Heather DeSantisis a Top Millennial publicist and CEO of Publicity for Good, a purpose-driven public relations firm with offices in San Diego and Phoenix. Heather combines market foresight, strategic timing, and organic interviews to generate millions of earned media impressions from outlets like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BBC, iHeartMedia, Business Insider, Inc, and more.


2. Born in Bristol, CT, Michael J. Sahno began writing stories at an early age. He obtained a Master of Arts in English from Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY at the age of 24, going on to become a full-time professional writer in 2001.

Since founding Sahno Publishing in 2015, he has gone on to achieve national and international recognition, gaining over 18,000 followers on Twitter and publishing and selling three novels both in the U.S. and abroad.

Sahno has ghostwritten books for entrepreneurs in the U.S. and continues to electrify audiences with his story and his natural gift for entertaining while informing. He is available for professional speaking engagements upon request.


3. Josh Marsden leads the direction of the team at CVO Acceleration leading to you doubling your sales in 6 months. Josh’s super-power is in being able to look at a funnel with a logical, data-driven eye and identify how to improve it further.


4. Helping to spotlight Hollywood’s reckoning in the wake of the #MeToo movement, actor, producer and gifted entrepreneur Adam Ambrusostars and holds a producer credit in the Sony Pictures award-winning film, BUTTERFLY CAUGHT, which made its debut and won ‘Best Ensemble Film’ at the 2017 San Diego International Film Festival and will make it highly-anticipated theatre release in September 2018.

BUTTERFLY CAUGHT trailer

Written and directed by Manny Rodriguez Jr., the film follows three bright-eyed women with dreams of making it big as actresses. Each is pushed past breaking points when they’re tempted with promises of fame and will be forced to decide how far they’re willing to go to become actresses. BUTTERFLY CAUGHT explores the dark underbelly of glitzy Hollywood and illustrates with deafening power, how the cut-throat industry makes victims of naïve newcomers. Touching on drugs, sexual advances, and make-or-break career decisions, the film’s artful take paints an all too real portrait of Hollywood’s deepest secrets.

Drawn to projects that passionately move audiences, Ambruso also recently starred in and executive produced Will Wallace’s thrilling drama, TRAFFICKED. Starring alongside Ashley Judd and written by a Harvard professor who wrote a book about human trafficking, TRAFFICKED explicitly details the story of three young women who are abducted and thrust into the vicious underworld of sex trafficking. TRAFFICKED made it’s premiere in 2017 and found the perfect balance to portray the horrifying truth of sex slavery while also not pushing the audience beyond its limits. Adam also appeared in the drama RUNNING WILD opposite Sharon Stone, Tommy Flanagan, and Jason Lewis and the Syfy original horror-sci-fi film ATOMIC SHARK.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Adam graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has since made deep roots in Los Angeles, and while not on-set has also balanced a career as a successful entrepreneur; building properties and dabbling in investment real estate. Adam is also a strong health advocate and maintains a rigid fitness routine complete with Bruce Lee ab workouts.


 Here are the key overarching takeaways from Colin’s interviews.

If anything resonates with you, click on the link and listen to the full one-half hour podcast or if you have any questions these entrepreneurs supplied you with their links so you can personally reach out to them.

 

 “I worked at an ad agency for 3 ½ years and at the same time I was part of a network marketing company (for fun on the side) and my employer gave me an ultimatum to choose between my passion project or them and I chose to get into the unknown world of being an entrepreneur.”

“I have gone through so many obstacles. Many clients did not pay on time. Many weeks I had no money in my account. Learning my way in the online world has been a struggle.”

“I have a list of goals that I want to achieve. I look at my goals every day.”

Thought of the Day:  IF you really want to make an impact and reach more people and share your messages in business, then get yourself out there by putting yourself in front of the media. Reach out to the media on Facebook or call your local TV news stations to offer your services to be a guest on their shows.”  By Heather DeSantis 

 

“Shortly after I launched my company I attended a 3 day event. I was struggling to gain clients and I was struggling just defining my business. In between speakers most of us did some networking and the conversation started with the typical – “so what do you do?”  I told them I was a marketing writer and I had written 3 books of my own. I was told by 7 different people during the course of the event– “Why don’t you write books for business owners.”  I paid attention. I then changed my main focus of my business from doing small projects to larger projects.”

“I spent a lot of time on my business. When I had doubt and issues I had to remind myself that I was getting an education in the school of hard Knox and from other people who were already successful entrepreneurs. I went to events, I watched webinars. I definitely had the shiny object syndrome. In a certain sense working on my business this way hindered my business. I wasn’t spending enough time trying to get new clients and making sales. Once I started acting I was coming from a place of authority and influence. I built up a following on social media. I spent a lot of time and energy building my network.”

Thought of the Day:  “When I started this business I was an older person. It was important for me to not start my business borrowing a bunch of money at this stage in my life. If you are younger and time is on your side maybe you can do that. I bootstrapped my business from the very beginning. I am happy now that I didn’t go heavily into debt. If you think it is important then it probably is to you.”  By Mike Sahno

 

“I was working some great jobs before I decided to break out on my own. In one of my jobs they gave me an ultimatum and said that I would have to change my schedule to be able to stay there. I wasn’t fitting into their company culture of basically busting your tail and working from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. So it was at this point that I really had to look inside myself. I drew a table on a piece of paper and reviewed the positives and negatives of options available to me and I rated them. It didn’t seem so fearful if I started on my own.

I knew that I wanted to start a business and I felt that I could do it. But I also knew it wasn’t the safest route.”

“The winning behaviour I had when I started was staying focused on selling at all times.”

“The biggest lesson I had was setting expectations and delivering. Early last year we experienced a lot of explosive growth. I was stoked. But then when it came to implement and deliver it was hard to do that. I hired different rounds of team members. On top of that my ego grew. I burned some bridges. I let my business success get the best of me. I thought I had it all figured out. I didn’t show empathy towards people.”

Thought of the Day:  “Give it everything you got. Wake up and get fired up every day. Stay focused and work hard. Don’t settle for anything less.”  By Josh Marsden

 

I left my job working as a Financial Analyst. I then packed my U-Haul and drove to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting. I didn’t know anyone but I was determined to make something happen.

I jumped right in and did things I was advised to do. I realized after 2 years that you cannot just sit back and let other people build your career. You have to navigate. You have to be the person in charge of what is going on.”

“I had some dark moments but I realized that I never failed at something when I put 110% of myself in what I was doing. So I had the attitude if I continue to put in this 110% long enough and keep using the brain that God gave to me I will figure this industry out.” By Adam Ambruso

There is no route in Hollywood. You can create your own route. Creativity and hard work in Hollywood trumps everything here.”  By Adam Ambruso

This actor tells his story in Part 1 and in Part 2. He fought for a role. He did things differently. He stepped out of those boundaries and this actor definitely reaped those benefits. Adam took big risks that led him to big rewards.

Thought of the Day:  I am in a position of gratitude – just pure unadulterated gratitude. Be grateful.”  By Adam Ambruso

 

FREE RESOURCES:

To connect with Heather DeSantis: visit her Website – publicityforgood.com

To connect with Mike Sahno visit:  msahno.com

To connect with Josh Marsden visit: cvoacceleration.com or email Josh: HERE

Follow Adam Ambruso on Instagram: @AdamAmbruso

 

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Suggested Readings:

Brothers’ Hand by Michael J. Sahno

Jana  by Michael J. Sahno

Miles of Files by Michael J. Sahno

 

Rich Dad Poor Dad: By Robert Kiyosaki

Think and Grow Rich: The Original, an Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation

Brand Intervention: 33 Steps to Transform the Brand You Have into the Brand You Need by David Brier

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Foundation to Sustainable Success: A Conscious Guide to Mastering the Mortgage Business by Kelly Resendez

Big Voices: An Invitation to Women To Awaken, Increase Joy, Reduce Suffering And Think Differently by Kelly Resendez

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