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Dan Martell is a Canadian serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Subscribe now and learn his best strategies to build and scale successful products and businesses. Now hit that red button and start the show. It's FREE.

    5 Business Lessons Learned Riding Backcountry Snowbikes

    5 Business Lessons Learned Riding Backcountry Snowbikes

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    I like to hang out with inspiring entrepreneurs. 

    No, not sipping coffee in their offices… I like to get out and do something fun. Even if it means breaking bones.

    When you connect without it being about business, two things happen:

    First, you get insights into the character of a successful business person.

    Second, when the conversation isn’t forced, that’s when the most valuable business advice flows organically.

    So, last year I went snowbiking with some entrepreneurs behind $100 million+ companies, and here was our (accidental) itinerary:

    - Day 1: Matt broke his collarbone within 30 seconds. In the afternoon, Nick smashed into a tree and took the day off.
    - Day 2: I hit a jump, fell into a tree well. My brother came after me and landed on top of my bike.
    - Day 3: Brad who organized the trip gunned it through a clearing, smashed into a small river and fractured his pelvis. He drove himself out 22 miles to get help.

    It was a disaster… and yet it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time!

    But while we were breaking bones, we were sharing business lessons with each other.

    These guys were incredibly generous with their advice, so I wanted to pay it forward and share those lessons learned with you.

    I’ve got to admit, most of these lessons came from Brad Pederson, the guy that fractured his pelvis:

    1. The 1 – 3 – 1 Rule (amen!)
    2. Quickest To Grow ← flawless strategy
    3. The 3 Things That Break
    4. Hand vs Hearts
    5. Magical Moments

    If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. Or snowfield.

    Even though I coach businesses, I’ve never considered myself the know-it-all. I’m always looking to learn more and I’m grateful to anyone that is generous with their advice.

    I aim to be just as generous with you.

    I hope this video was as valuable for you as the ski trip was for me. As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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    Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter @danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.

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    • 10 min
    5 Ways to Successfully Onboard New Hires

    5 Ways to Successfully Onboard New Hires

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    Today, I’m going to show you how to get 3x-5x as much value out of a brand new employee.

    Think about it…

    If every time you hired someone in your business, you got more value from them, how much of a difference would that make to your:

    - Productivity?
    - Budget?
    - Business growth?

    You already know I work closely with SaaS founders both big ($100 Million+ ARR) and small ($10k monthly), and I can tell you this:

    An awesome onboarding program will make a new team member WAY more valuable! 

    In fact, a friend of mine recently hired a new employee who was perfect for the job… but then the new hire left within 1 week.

    Why?

    There was no onboarding program to ease him into the company culture and check-in with how she was feeling.

    So, what makes an onboarding program that works?

    Let me show you in this weeks’ video.

    From my experience and from the businesses I’ve worked with, these are the 5 key points I follow for a flawless onboarding program:

    1. Orientation Session
    2. Training System
    3. 90 Day Goals
    4. Assign a Buddy
    5. Schedule 1 - 1

    You know the cliché “first impressions last”?

    It applies to new hires too.I truly believe that how you spend the first week with a new employee completely changes their entire commitment to your business.

    Get that first impression right, nurture your new hires so they actually ‘get’ what you are trying to do and they will serve your business with more clarity.

    Over to you. What’s your onboarding system like? Got any stories to share? 

    I’d love to hear from you. So check out the video and drop a comment underneath!

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    Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter @danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.

    + Instagram (behind the scenes): http://instagram.com/danmartell
    + Facebook (live trainings + Q&A): http://FB.com/DanMartell
    + Twitter (what I'm reading): http://twitter.com/danmartell

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    • 9 min
    9 Powerful Insights Learned in 2019 (A Year in Review)

    9 Powerful Insights Learned in 2019 (A Year in Review)

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    Sometimes you can glean insights about life from the most interesting places…

    Like that time my buddy Brad learned the hard way while snow-biking in the backcountry. He was supposed to zig zag, and not go straight fast, so to avoid hitting tree stumps or river banks head on.

    That missed instruction from our guide resulted in him cracking open his pelvis which required surgery.

    I know. Intense right?

    While a terrible outcome, I took away a HUGE company killing avoidance strategy from that incident and it’s what I want to share with you today.

    Actually, this year was peppered with interesting moments like that…

    Dozens of key lessons learned about squeezing the most out of life, growing my empire and becoming a better husband/father/friend….

    Lessons I’ve covered in this weeks video.

    Here’s how I came up with them….

    After boarding more than 40 flights in 2019, I took some time last week to sit down and think of the crazy adventures I’ve been on for the past year and the most impactful moments.

    Everything from rally car racing, backcountry skiing to taking a private jet across the Atlantic with pit stops in Greenland & Iceland.

    These insights had a huge impact on me, my team and even helped me have a record year in business.

    It was hard to choose the top lessons because I did not want this to turn into a 2-hour video ;)

    So here’s what I’ve got… nine of the most powerful strategic insights from 100’s of conversations and experiences I had these past 12-months!

    These were pulled from magical moments like:

    1. Snow-biking for the first time
    2. Disney cruise w/ 21 other family friends
    3. Going to a max prison in Cali
    4. Racing dirt rally cars
    5. Nine events I ran for clients
    6. Jumping on my buddy Jayson’s private jet for 2-weeks
    7. Taking July off and squeezing in five separate vacations travelling coast to coast
    8. Going from not knowing how to swim to racing in three triathlons with 4-weeks of training
    9. Completing my first Tough Mudder & hiking Mt Katahdin with my family.

    It exhausts me just reminiscing about them all… but it’s important for you to know WHY I keep my foot on the throttle 24/7.

    Ten years ago I made the decision to start planning my life assuming I only had 5-years left to live…

    It may sound dark, but hear me out.

    That perspective allowed me to avoid making near-sighted decisions but also pushed me to increase the frequency and intensity of Magical Moments (something my pelvis cracking friend Brad taught me many years ago ;).

    So with that, I REALLY hope to inspire you in 2020 to live a bigger life and build a bigger business.

    Don’t take life for granted and always take time to reflect upon the blessings you have…

    Life’s lessons exist in the space in between those moments.

    See you next year! 

    Much love.

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    Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter @danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.

    + Instagram (behind the scenes): http://instagram.com/danmartell
    + Facebook (live trainings + Q&A): http://FB.com/DanMartell
    + Twitter (what I'm reading): http://twitter.com/danmartell

    Exclusive Download: Future Living™ Framework – Play a Bigger Game and Enhance the Way You Communicate Your Vision to Everyone You Interact With - http://bit.ly/2F4KWvZ

    • 29 min
    How To Make Big Decisions In Your Business When You Don’t Have The Experience

    How To Make Big Decisions In Your Business When You Don’t Have The Experience

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    Play along.

    You’re on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. (The Dan Martell SaaS edition.)

    Sweat on your brow, lights on your face.

    Clock ticking.

    You’ve got 20 seconds to make a decision. 

    Lock in the right one and your profits double. Lock in the wrong one, and it’s game over for your business.

    Your fingers are crossed, hoping for a question you know the answer to…

    No luck.

    The next question on your screen is one you’ve never faced before. You have ZERO experience in handling this.

    Something like:

    - “Should you move to San Francisco?”
    - “Should you bring on a business partner?"
    - “Should you raise venture capital for your startup?”
    - “Should you pivot your business or stay on this course?”

    You’re an entrepreneur. You launched your own startup… so you are meant to be THE decision-maker, the one person capable of answering this question.

    …and you’ve got no clue.

    What do you do?

    Stressful, right? Trust me, even the big players doing over $10 million+ ARR face big decisions they’ve never handled before, with massively high stakes.

    So, of course, I have a framework for how to make those decisions when you don’t have the experience.

    You’ve got to have systems for this kind of stuff, or else it can go wrong too easily. And I’m sharing the system with you in this week’s video.

    It’s 5 steps, designed to give you clarity and to minimize your stress when facing huge decisions. These steps are:

    Step 1: Define the Problem… (specifically and exactly.)
    Step 2: Research the Solution Space
    Step 3: Connect With Mentors
    Step 4: Verify With Peers
    Step 5: Decide and Adjust

    This is one thing I love about business… it’s ever-changing.

    Yes, there are frameworks, patterns, and repeatable problems, but the context for which you apply those answers keeps changing.

    A successful entrepreneur is the one who learns to make decisions in the face of uncertainty.

    It’s scary stuff.

    But I hope this video shows you that you don’t have to lose sleep over it. 

    So check it out, and keep that system in your back pocket for the next time a heavy decision catches you off guard.

    Love to know your thoughts, so drop me a comment under the video. Speak soon!

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    Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter @danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.

    + Instagram (behind the scenes): http://instagram.com/danmartell
    + Facebook (live trainings + Q&A): http://FB.com/DanMartell
    + Twitter (what I'm reading): http://twitter.com/danmartell

    Exclusive Download: Precision Scorecard™ – Keep Your Leadership Team Focused & Accountable To Growth - http://bit.ly/373eFBm

    • 8 min
    Your CompanyOS™: The 5 Meetings You Need To Have To Grow Your SaaS Business

    Your CompanyOS™: The 5 Meetings You Need To Have To Grow Your SaaS Business

    Exclusive Download: The Weekly Sync™ Format – Run Your Weekly Team Meetings Following This Structure Easy, Fast & Productive - http://bit.ly/2toOVB1

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    Today, I’m going to show you how to generate consistent, repeatable momentum in your business.

    Yeah. You read that right. 

    When I was 24, I started a company called Spheric.

    And it grew. Fast.

    150% year over year. We were one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada when I successfully exited and sold to a US firm. I was only 28.

    I owe a big part of that success story to a great book I read, called Good to Great by Jim Collins.

    Prior to that book, I was addicted to being busy.

    You know how it is: 

    Running around like a one-man-band trying to juggle 100s of demands…

    Cramming two weeks’ worth of work into one…

    All because that feels like progress.

    It’s addictive.

    But that kind of fire-cracker energy doesn’t last. It’s super inefficient and couldn’t possibly be sustainable!

    Real scalable momentum only comes when you have an Operating System for your company.

    And that means – drumroll – holding the right meetings with your team.

    Yes, meetings. 

    If you think about it, the only tool you have to lead your team better are meetings.

    But not just any meetings. You’ll need these 5 specific types of meetings that I’m going to walk you through in this week’s video.

    These meetings all work together and feed into each other. Each one has a name:

    1. Daily Standup: for setting your focus.
    2. The Weekly Sync: to iron out problems
    3. Monthly Review: for celebrating achievements.
    4. Quarterly Planning: for getting perspective
    5. Yearly Strategic Planning: to build your future.

    Some of these meetings take just a few minutes. Others much longer. 

    But together, these 5 meetings become the operating system with which you maximize efficiency, iron out problems, stay connected and build momentum.

    In fact, I believe that these meetings are so crucial to a business… that if you aren’t doing them, you’re going to flounder and feel like nothing is getting done right.

    I consider them non-negotiable.

    Even if you’re team consist of 2 people. 

    Which is why I want to share them with you. So check out the video for the best-spent 11 minutes you’ll watch this week, and leave your thoughts in a comment underneath!

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    Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter @danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.

    + Instagram (behind the scenes): http://instagram.com/danmartell
    + Facebook (live trainings + Q&A): http://FB.com/DanMartell
    + Twitter (what I'm reading): http://twitter.com/danmartell

    Exclusive Download: The Weekly Sync™ Format – Run Your Weekly Team Meetings Following This Structure Easy, Fast & Productive - http://bit.ly/2toOVB1

    • 10 min
    Positive Mindset Shifts To Get Through Any Struggle

    Positive Mindset Shifts To Get Through Any Struggle

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    The other day I got a call from one of my coaching clients, Carl. 

    He was doing about $70K in MRR, killing it. Business is booming, he’s hiring new team members…

    Then BAM.

    His lead salesperson quit on him.

    In an instant, Carl’s problems went from “How do I scale up?” to “How do I stop my business from falling apart?”

    2 steps forward. 1 step back.

    Over the many years, I’ve coached 100s of business founders and there’s one thing I absolutely know with certainty:

    Problems are ALWAYS right around the corner.

    Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson… the mega-business-millionaires out there – they aren’t succeeding because they don’t have problems…

    They’re succeeding because they’ve gotten really good at dealing with them.

    So rather than being surprised by new struggles, what makes a business owner successful is their ability to reframe their perspective…

    And get back on the horse.

    I’m there to support my coaching clients, to be the person they can turn to when everything feels like it’s collapsing and help them get their business out of the funk.

    But even if I don’t coach you personally, in today’s video I want to share with you 3 insights I always ask when I know someone is struggling.

    Listen in to wrap your head around these perspective-shattering mind bombs:

    1. Battles VS Wars: Which one are you really losing?
    2. Embrace the Struggle: Opportunity wears a disguise.
    3. Ask For Help

    Look, I get it. “Oh 3 simple points, is it that easy?” No, it’s never that easy.

    But what I really want you to understand is that the key to your success…

    …is your mind.

    It’s HOW you think about your problems. 

    It’s HOW you face them.

    And I’m pleased to say that Carl didn’t let his set-back stop his business growth. After shifting his mindset, he conquered those problems…

    3 months later? He’s already doubled his MRR.

    You can conquer your struggles too. So watch the video here and learn how to shift your perspective.

    As always, I’d love to hear from you too. So please leave me a comment under the video!

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    Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter @danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.

    + Instagram (behind the scenes): http://instagram.com/danmartell
    + Facebook (live trainings + Q&A): http://FB.com/DanMartell
    + Twitter (what I'm reading): http://twitter.com/danmartell

    Exclusive Download: Dream 100 – Learn How to Identify The 100 People That Will Transform Your Life (Peers, Advisors & Mentors) - http://bit.ly/2RKGLgD

    • 11 min

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