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This is the podcast for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs to increase your leadership, teamwork, and profits. We have guests from all over the world and all kinds of industries who will tell you how they hire, manage culture, inspire and lead their people.


The Leadership Stack podcast is hosted by Sean Si - serial entrepreneur and author of the books 'CEO at 22' and '50x your Business'. He is the CEO and Founder of SEO Hacker (https://seo-hacker.com) a digital marketing agency in the Philippines that is best-known for their work in the SEO industry.


He has worked with and spoken to numerous companies throughout his career. He has also been invited to speak in international events and conferences.


Tune in to Leadership Stack Podcast every Tuesday and Thursday at 6PM PHT on YouTube and Spotify and to our "Ask Me Anything" or AMA segment every Wednesday and Friday at 6PM PHT on YouTube and Spotify as well.


We also do free business consulting every Thursday at 8PM PHT live on YouTube, so join our community and ask questions here: http://from.sean.si/

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This is the podcast for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs to increase your leadership, teamwork, and profits. We have guests from all over the world and all kinds of industries who will tell you how they hire, manage culture, inspire and lead their people.


The Leadership Stack podcast is hosted by Sean Si - serial entrepreneur and author of the books 'CEO at 22' and '50x your Business'. He is the CEO and Founder of SEO Hacker (https://seo-hacker.com) a digital marketing agency in the Philippines that is best-known for their work in the SEO industry.


He has worked with and spoken to numerous companies throughout his career. He has also been invited to speak in international events and conferences.


Tune in to Leadership Stack Podcast every Tuesday and Thursday at 6PM PHT on YouTube and Spotify and to our "Ask Me Anything" or AMA segment every Wednesday and Friday at 6PM PHT on YouTube and Spotify as well.


We also do free business consulting every Thursday at 8PM PHT live on YouTube, so join our community and ask questions here: http://from.sean.si/

    Ep. 263: How To Overcome Common Business Problems

    Ep. 263: How To Overcome Common Business Problems

    Sean: What are some of the most common problems that people tell you, people, who work as an employee, that you are able to help them with?


    Lou: A lot of the time, so it usually starts with team dynamics can often be an issue and people not knowing how to best handle a dominant manager for example or an unmotivated team member.


    And what I always say to people in that respect is you can't control those other people's behaviors. What you can control is how you respond to those. And so I teach them tools and techniques to allow them to get to know themselves better so that they are then better equipped at handling all the different kinds of people.


    Another really key thing is their own self-belief and self-confidence, self-esteem, you know, all of the rest of it that has probably been instrumental to the fact that they're still there. They're still somewhere that they may realize they shouldn't still be, because they've been there for 10 years, 20 years, however long.


    And that comes down to their own sense of self-worth and their own sense of self-esteem, self-confidence to actually do something about it. And so we do a lot of work around that as well. We unlock all of those old stories that we carry around with us, or that, you know, that I often refer to it like a backpack full of rocks.


    It's all our old b******t stories from childhood, from, you know, experiences of the past that create our limiting beliefs, that creates our, you know, our fear-based behaviors. So I just help them unpack that rucksack and reframe those old stories and they go away feeling a lot lighter.


    Sean: That's awesome. So it's mostly about coworkers.


    Now let's go to the business owners because they come to you because they're stuck somewhere in their life. Right. That's usually the case. What are some of the most common problems of business owners when they come to you and look for a solution?


    Lou: Lack of a clear strategy, overwhelm, and again the lack of self-belief. And this is where I, being a self-love advocate because I really helped them do so much work on themselves.


    They become unstoppable. So that mix, that combination of getting to know yourself, getting to know your, your own limits and setting in place a really clear strategic direction, but then in their business. Is it completely tailored to where they want to go? I don't believe you can have one without the other. You can have all the strategies in the world, but if you don't believe in yourself, you're not going to get to where you want to be.


    And you can be the most confident person and have, you know, doing all of the inner work. But if you haven't got a clear strategy for where you're going again, you're not going to have a successful business.


    So those two, and we integrate the two so much so that they step into their own self-belief. They step into their own unlimited selves, knowing where they're going and knowing who they are and that sets them off. So yeah, they often come to me because they are, they've got, overwhelmed. Like we talked about before that shiny object syndrome, they tend to do all. They haven't got quite the clarity. And I'll tell you the number one thing that people often come to me with and they haven't realized that they're not doing. They haven't truly nailed who they're talking to, why they're talking to them and how they can help them.


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    Ep. 262: How Mentors and Values Can Change Your Life

    Ep. 262: How Mentors and Values Can Change Your Life

    What type of coach should people in transition seek - career shifters, aspiring freelancers, or entrepreneurs? How does one decide if they need a coach or a mentor or expert in the field they want to pursue?


    For me, I'm more of a mentor than a coach. Although I am a certified John Maxwell coach as well as speaker, but my style is more of mentorship because I do share my experience. Of course, if you want a field in ballet, you should never get me as your mentor because I have no experience in ballet. But if you want to do it, if you want to go start a business, I could help you there. So I think you have to seek people who have gone the way, made mistakes and stood up, and became successful. I think those are one of the best mentors to get.


    Coach? I would say, a lot of mentors have helped me, definitely. I do have a coach right now. I am being coached to help to balance my life. That is one goal I want to have this year because I'm just choked with a lot of work. So I did hire a coach and yeah, so far so good. So far so good. What's your take on this, Toni?


    Toni: Well, I would say to help out Mitch, maybe, the first thing that you need to identify is, what is it that you want mentorship around? So you need to identify what your mentorship objective is. Because if there's one thing that I learned by meeting different mentor circles is that there's no such thing as one mentor for everything. 


    So you look for people whom you want to model. So even in my case, I have a mentor in the insurance industry. I also have another mentor for social media branding or social media growth. And then I have Sean Si whom I consider as my mentor when it comes to leadership. Right? Leadership. I even have another one just simply for, like what said more of like a life coach. Right? Because, you know, that's why I'm very grateful that I have a trusted female mentor that I can turn to for advice and inspiration even as someone who is still quite new in the finance industry.


    Her name's Joan. I'm not sure if she's tuned in, but you know, she taught me how to become a tough performer. She taught me how to build relationships with clients. So in a sense, when you do have a mentor/coach, you can model them so that you can accelerate your own success. So it really helps when you have guidance who can help, especially when you're starting out new in the industry that you want to be in.


    Sean: Yeah. Very good answer. So with mentors, if you do get a mentor, there are things that are important for a mentor. Number one thing that's important is you remember what the mentor gave you. The advice. Number two, you actually do some of it. Whether you do it exactly as the mentors said it, or maybe how you think is best, doesn't matter as long as you do something about it. And you have to be the one to schedule routinely with your mentor. So I do have a mentor right now. I am learning. A lot actually. Super. I am learning so much. And I scheduled with him and I wrote my questions before I met him.


    That's so important because there are some people who come to me for mentorship, sit down and then, you know, like nothing, we just talk. But, you know, a mentor-mentee relationship is all about asking questions. So before I ask this person for one hour of his time, I make sure that I have a lot of questions already. Questions that I really want to know the answer to and how he's doing it. And then when I sit down that one or I ask it. And after the one hour is done, I make sure to cut it there. I don't take up more of his time. That's how I do it.


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    Ep. 261: Why Purpose And Passion Must Work Together

    Ep. 261: Why Purpose And Passion Must Work Together

    Sean: How about the people who were so passionate and the purpose was clear at the get-go. I mean, I'm going to take you as an example since we already have your story here, you started out, you said you love your job. You were in your twenties and then moving to your thirties, forties, somewhere in between the line got blurry.


    It's not, I don't believe it's just, you're a bad boss, although that does contribute a lot to kind of mud - muddling, muddying down your passion in your purpose. Right. But somewhere in between, and this happens to a lot of people and they lost their passion because they lost their purpose.


    When does that happen usually? And what triggers that?


    Lou: Well often it's such an unseen thing that it can happen so slowly. It usually just gets eroded away over time. I think what happened to me was, and I don't think in my twenties when I was loving what I was doing, that I realized I was fulfilling my purpose.


    I was just doing what I loved and looking back now I can see that it was really aligned with my values. And I think then we change. We grow don't we - we moved to new jobs. We moved to different careers and we think that that's going to be the golden bullet and it isn't, the grass is always greener.


     And that's the danger, I think because it can be very difficult to recognize that the passion and the purpose of, you know, disappearing because it can be such a slow, unseen process. And it can be, you can get 10, 20 years down the line, turn around and look back and go, how did I get over here? I was supposed to be over there and, and, and that's the danger because people don't realize it's happening.


    You know, when either they get so sick because they're so stressed out or whatever, or, you know, like hit a milestone birthday or something like that makes them just stop. Or, you know, the global pandemic has made a lot of people stop and reevaluate their life, that you can turn around and look back at your journey and say, was I really supposed to be here?


    And that's when it happens. But I think overall it's a slow sort of eroding of your purpose and your mission.


    Sean: And this is why it is so important to have, if not a daily then every other day, right. Just stop, pause, take a walk, think, breathe the fresh air, journal and realize, am I still on track with my life's purpose?


    Lou: Yeah. I couldn't agree with you more.


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    Ep. 260: Why Choosing Goals Before Investments Matter

    Ep. 260: Why Choosing Goals Before Investments Matter

    What should I invest my money in – insurance, stocks, et cetera?


    Toni: You know that's probably my most asked question even on TikTok. And the reason why I cannot always give a direct answer is that I don't know what your goals are. So, you know, the word best investment or perfect investment is relative. So it really depends on what your goals are.


    Okay. So the first thing that you need to do is to set clear goals with achievable targets. So that's very essential when it comes to financial planning. When I ask people, okay, what is your goal? Sometimes they'd say, okay, I just want passive income, but you need to be more specific. How much do you want to earn on an annual basis? Or at what age do you want to retire? And from there on, you'll be able to identify what investment strategy is suited to get you or to help you reach that goal of yours.


    And then the first thing that you can also consider is your timeframe. So there are many different investments that they're suitable for short-term investors, for midterm investors and for long-term investors. So let's say, if you're going short term, then the options are money market funds, their bonds, government bonds. And then if you are looking for midterm, there are balanced funds. And then if let's say you want to go long term, then there are stocks or even crypto. Right?


    And then of course, another thing that we have to consider is your own risk appetite or your risk profile. So you need to identify if you are a conservative investor, meaning you're more suitable for low risk, low return type of investments, or are you moderate or are you aggressive. So from then on, if you're able to assess your own profile, then you'd be able to identify which investment vehicle suits you best. And you can seek out credible experts who can help you out with the financial process of that or simply do your research.


    Sean: Perfect answer. I mean, I couldn't add so much more to that. Maybe I'll take on the personal growth route in answering this. I'd say you should also invest your money in yourself, growing yourself, and paying for more education. I always say during my talks, when people hire me to speak about how I became CEO at 22, I say, do not let your schooling interfere with your education.


    A lot of people when they graduate, they think that's it. This is as much as I could grow and school has helped me and I have the diploma to prove it. And that's it. Finally, I get to work and make money. That's a problem right there. Education, learning, it never stops. And if you stop with school, then you are actually leaving a lot of money on the table because there's so much to learn. There's so much to invest in when it comes to knowing more about it.


    I have had a lot of investment paying for things that I learned, public speaking, leadership, some certifications, profiling people, being able to read them better, being able to lead and coach them better as well. And it has paid off in dividends for me. So at the end of the day, it's not all about money. It's not all about passive income. It's not all about retirement. It's also about, how much growth did you have as a person? How many moments did you have in life? Because life is made out of moments, not really of a balance sheet. So yeah, I hope that helps.


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    • 12 min
    Ep. 259: Bring Out People's Best Selves Through Coaching

    Ep. 259: Bring Out People's Best Selves Through Coaching

    Sean: So I'm going to tell you, I'm going to tell you it's - something that I don't really share out there, but I'm a certified John Maxwell coach and speaker, but I find that coaching is not something that I love to do, because coaching requires a lot of listening to people. And helping them figure out within themselves.


    What's the solution is, I'm more of a mentor, like ask me questions. I'll tell you the answer. Let's keep it short and sweet. That is something that I highly respect for coaches because it takes a lot of patience and a lot of listening to be a coach. But I've seen the results, there's a lot of happiness. There's a lot of positivity and realization with the person after each session. It's amazing.


    And you mentioned earlier in the pre-show that the reason why you're doing this guesting on podcasts, sharing your wisdom is to make a positive impact in the world. I just want to know, where did that come from?


    Because that comes from somewhere very deep. It's not every day that you meet people who say that “I want to impact the world positively.”


    Lou: When I'm working with my clients and they have a breakthrough, or they, you know, like you say, being a coach is about holding the space for them to realize what's already inside them.


    And I very much see my job as, like you say, listening to that, and just asking the right questions to help them see what's already there, asking difficult questions at times and challenging questions. But whether they have that breakthrough or when, when I get messages from my clients saying, I've just done this today, I couldn't have done it without you.


    That is so rewarding. My clients come to me and they've got big goals. They've got really big goals. They want to find out, figure out why they're here, find out their purpose so they can have more fulfillment in their life.


    But what they don't realize when they come to me is that it will make them better parents. It makes them better partners. It makes them better colleagues. It makes the better friends daughter, husband, et cetera. Because of the small incremental changes that they're making in their life, as well as the big huge changes.


    And to see that and to see the difference. And we were chatting before, when we were about there, the ripple effect of changing one person's life, doesn't just change one person's life. It changes another 10, 20 lives indirectly.


    And having seen the power of that on my own coaching journey, I know I'm a much, much better person now. I have coaching myself. I have a couple of coaches that I'm working with. It means that I have stepped into the best version of myself, which allows me to help others become the best versions of them.


    And yeah. If we can, by inspiring one person to go, "I want to figure out what my purpose is. I want to know what my values are. I want more fulfillment in life." I want to be part of that ripple effect of positive impact. Then that can only be a good thing. We need more positivity in the world. We need more people who want to make a difference and that's absolutely vital.


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    Ep. 258: How To Achieve Financial Independence

    Ep. 258: How To Achieve Financial Independence

    How can I save up enough money to start a business?


    Toni: I guess for me, once you're set on your goals, as I've mentioned earlier, I guess, and you've already established your foundation, then I would say to really organize your budget or really set aside or have a different fund simply for that goal that you have, which is to save up for your capital. And again, if you're working right now and let's say your income equates to your monthly expenses, I would say, find ways to cut back.


    And if that doesn't work, then you really have no choice, but to increase your income or find other sources so that you can be able to save more. Because at the end of the day, there is a limit to how much you can cut back, but there's no limit to how much you can earn. So that's what I would say, or advise someone who wants to save up money for a business.


    Sean: Great. It makes a lot of sense. That's actually the perfect answer for it. It’s either you cut your expenses or increase your revenue. I didn’t have a lot of money when I was starting. I had 1,300 pesos. That's my capital. You don't need a lot of money. That's the truth. If you think you need millions to start your own business, hundreds of thousands, that's actually not true. 1,300 pesos, believe it or not, I cannot make it up, that's how much money I had when I started out SEO Hacker.


    A lot of people would say I was in the right place at the right time, I'd say it's a series of divine appointments. And there was a need and the need was people wanted to rank their business online for certain keywords. And SEO does that. I had my blog. I learned what SEO was. I was able to supply that need. They were willing to get someone like a, nobody like me, you know, 28 feeling units, guys, from LaSalle. That's like a death sentence if you didn’t know. 28 units slapped on your transcript of records, you're probably not going to get a great job. Right?


    So, yeah, I ran with that. I ran with 1,300 pesos. 800 pesos I used for the hosting per year. That's how much it cost. And 500 pesos I used for the domain name, seo-hacker.com. One year. That's how much it costs. And I started writing, people started inquiring. I started getting deals. My first deal, 50,000 pesos a month, six months locked in contract and I used that money to grow the business. Hire more people, get my first office, pay for the utilities, electricity, water, internet, you know. That's it.


    So it would depend a lot on what kind of business you want to start. But if it's a service-based business, you don't need a lot of money. Just need a lot of grit, a lot of guts, and you need to work really hard and you need to pray hard as well.


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