Welcome to Get Real About Business
Let's explore what this community is all about
I'm Clive Maloney and I'm so pleased you're here! If you're looking to grow a successful business and make great money by being your own boss, you're in the right place. No need to keep figuring everything out on your own anymore. I'm genuinely here to help!
I've helped thousands of people to be more successful in business and I want to do the same for you. I believe success is all about earning the right. You can have anything you want in life providing you take smart, strategic action and you're prepared to do the work.
Before we take a look at how to get the most from this community, let's start by examining what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur.
What exactly is a successful business?
Most people who start a business never really stop to ask themselves what a successful business actually is. Their aim is often to make as much money working for themselves as they did working for someone else. They want the freedom to do what they love and have enough clients so they can pay the bills while calling all the shots.
If that’s your thinking then I’d urge you to think bigger.
A successful business is more than just being busy with clients. That’s a JOB (Just Over Broke) and it usually involves trading time for money. While you may be wanting to do that initially, building a successful business is about creating one that earns you money even when you aren’t there.
People often talk about a turnkey business – where you turn the key, press go and it practically runs itself.
The truth is that there is no such thing as a turnkey business. Every business, no matter how successful, still requires some effort to keep it going. But there’s a lot you can do to move in that direction.
A successful business, in my opinion, is one that earns you money when you’re not there and you have the choice over how much you want to be involved in it. There are three ways to achieve this:
- Leverage your time by creating online services and products that run without you.
- Leverage other people’s time so they do the work and you profit off their efforts.
- Create passive income streams by selling other people’s products or services.
In case you're wondering: I'm not saying you can't roll up your sleeves and deliver the products or services you worked so hard to put in place. I'm just saying it's a mistake for your income to be determined purely on your own daily efforts.
Set your wildest goals and annihilate them
The first step in creating anything you want in life is to define what it is. Those that fail to set goals drift from one thing to the next fooling themselves that they are busy, but failing to see any real success. You have to set goals – fact! You wouldn’t go on holiday without choosing a destination, so why start a business and fail to decide where you want to go with it?
Should you set big goals or smaller, more realistic goals?
Well, it is a preference thing but for the most part, setting small goals is very limiting. No industry leader or business sensation ever became successful by setting small goals.
You want to set goals that are so big they scare you a little and when you think of completing them it gives you a warm tingle inside. Imagine how unstoppable you’ll feel once you accomplish your goals. Each success will build courage for yet more outrageous goals. You’ll end up achieving more than you ever dreamed possible.
Master productivity, discipline and focus
I often think that discipline is the rarest of human qualities. I see entrepreneurs like you struggling with it daily. I get it by the way; despite all I’ve learned it’s something I still have to work on for myself.
Ultimate entrepreneurial success requires the unwavering discipline to sacrifice what we want today in exchange for what we want most.
There are two reasons we fail in business (and life):
- We don’t know what to do – therefore we need the information, strategies and guidance to get on the right path.
- We know what to do, we’re just not damn well doing it – because we procrastinate and take the easy route, day in and day out.
To become a successful entrepreneur you must become a master of your time and your mental focus. That means focusing on the things that will create long-term happiness and wealth, cutting out distractions and accomplishing your goals.
The good news is that discipline is like a muscle. The more you work it the stronger it gets.
Choose your platform and dominate
Somebody once gave me some advice that I never forgot:
Your next client isn’t sitting at home with you or banging on your office door. You sure as heck better go out and find him.
Your business will go nowhere unless you have a solid plan to consistently and reliably (relatively at least) generate clients. Since people buy at the stage that they have credibility and trust with you, you’re going to need a platform to help achieve that.
Your platform can be online or one in which you meet people in person. It’s where you connect with people, build likeability, provide massive value and when the time is right, invite them to get involved by working with you. Examples of platforms include:
- Business networking event
- YouTube channel
- A group you run on LinkedIn or Facebook
- Your blog
- A podcast
Since nothing good comes from spreading yourself too thin, your best bet is to choose a platform that suits you, focus your efforts and dominate it entirely.
Why did I choose podcasting?
I’m an educator. That’s what I do. I’ve spent my entire professional life coaching, mentoring and training people in one guise or another.
If you’ve read my story you’ll know how passionate I am about teaching entrepreneurs how to start and grow their business. Podcasting gives me the ability to do that in a way with which few other channels can compare.
Podcasting allows me to achieve three things:
- Service my existing community by giving them regular, actionable learning that gives them what they need to be successful.
- Meet new people (like you) in order to grow the community, share ideas and get support.
- Open the door for you to work with me directly (via online training, masterminds and coaching). Since my podcasts are all educational, at least you get to see the value I would bring if you worked with me more closely.
That’s it. Simple and honest. Something you should always expect from me.
So what now?
Step 1 – Explore the podcasts
Take your time to explore the podcasts that you’ll find on this website. You can also download them to your mobile phone via a podcast app. This will mean you can listen to them while driving to meetings, walking the dog or doing chores around the house.
Keep up to date with new episodes as they come out by getting on my mailing list (more in a moment).
Step 2 – Join my Facebook group, Earning the Right
Come join me on Earning the Right. This is my free Facebook group. There’s always plenty to talk about. Ask questions, share where you’re at, get support and make friends.
Earning the Right is not like most Facebook groups. I limit all promotions to a single weekly thread. That way the group remains open and supportive – not the “spamathon” you see in most Facebook and LinkedIn groups these days.
Step 3 – Get on my mailing list
Subscribe for weekly podcast updates sent straight to your inbox. I’ll keep you up to date with things, share details about courses, Masterminds and other opportunities. You’ll also get a free place on my Virtual Academy where there are more ebooks, cheat sheets and strategy guides.
Your business needs you to invest in you. Join the community, share your adventure with us and get involved. You're among friends here. Welcome!