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The Leadership Stack Podcast Sean Si

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    The Secret To Success: Connections and Network

    The Secret To Success: Connections and Network

    Would be are connection's important? How important? 


    Well, I answered a little about it a little bit a while ago when I said it's not about what you know, But who you know. Yes, it is important. And actually you would know this because you have exited your first company, having these connections. I couldn't stress enough how important connections are. There are a lot of clients that I've closed that were referred to me by a connection. And you know, when a client is referred. That's the easiest client to close and to deal with because you have a promoter already, who might also it'll be another client that you have, or a long time client, or a long time a friend. This person is just promoting you to other people in their network. They're just saying you should try SEO Hacker. I've closed one recently and it's a referral from. Mr. Anton Laborte. Thank you, Anton. If you're listening to this, if you're here right now, super important, you will generate a lot of leads and revenue If you have a lot of good connections.


    Master Miko Pena, how does one learn the skill to sell and where do we start? Our learning?


    There are many places to learn how to sell. But first thing you need to know is how we can build trust and likability in others. There’s a very old but timeless book that I've read early on in my life and that's How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Honestly, that book is the best book. And it's not even about selling. It's how to win friends and influence people. That was the only book that I've read when I started as you hacker and started selling. So I could actually attribute my entire selling skill when I was starting out the company to that book, if you could download that book on your Kindle, you have an ebook or you can buy the hard copy. 


    Do yourself a favor and do it's super-duper, easy to read. You will enjoy all the examples. And that's the book that helped me to be able to deal with people and treat people well so that I can sell a lot easier. That's definitely the starting point for me. That's what I'm going to answer that question. 


    How did you start growing or gaining? Your clients? 


    Well, we would have referrals because of connections and we ranked for keywords that were really good for our industry. Keywords, such as SEO Philippines, SEO company Philippines, SEO services Philippines.


    In fact, if you try searching for that now using your browser, you might find our website, SEO hacker, ranking. There. A lot of our clients find us this way because we're ranking and it makes sense to them to hire a company that's actually ranking for their own keywords. You don't want to hire, for example, a pest control company, you know that they have an office full of pests.


    It's not a good testimony that you're good in controlling pests when you're own building is full of pests, right. If you're a pest control company. For me, it's that simple. We're an SEO company. So we must rank for keywords in our industry. And that's SEO Philippines, SEO services Philippines, SEO company Philippines.


    We went for that keyword. We're still ranking for those keywords. We still get a lot of lines from those keywords. There you have it. That's the answer. 


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    • 10 min
    The Best Investment You Can Make

    The Best Investment You Can Make

    What are the most important investments we must have?


    Okay. Since you did not mention monetary, I am going to take your question and run with it. The first investment you should make is in your spirit. Why? Because when you die, The only inheritance you will have is either heaven or hell and that's it. Your money, your houses, all your possessions are going to be inherited by someone who's still living. When you die, you inherit nothing but heaven or hell. That's it. 


    Again, I'm a man of faith. I respect your faith. If you're listening in here and you don't believe in heaven or hell you don't believe in Christianity, that's fine. But since you're here, might as well listen. 


    The best investment in my opinion is an investment in your spirit. The Bible says, if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead. You will be saved. 


    That's it. That's all you need to know. When you, when the Bible says you will be saved me, you're going to you Heaven. Now there's a lot of people who say “No if you do a lot of good, good stuff if you do more good than bad, you will be saved.” That's not true because the Bible doesn't say that nowhere in the Bible will you find a verse that says do more good than bad and you'll get to heaven. But yet a lot of people spread that for the news.


    Read the Bible. Invest in your spirit. Because that's your only inheritance when you die. Other investments second, most important investors that I believe you should make is in your physical health, nowhere else. But this season of COVID have I began to realize how important and expensive life can be. We had a friend. A close friend who passed away and the hospital bill is just super expensive and the grief that it cost our families… It's not something that we want to go through again. 


    Invest in your physical health exercise, eat the right stuff. If you want a cheat day. Sure. Once a week, but that's it, there's a lot of information about nutrition and exercise on the web, an infinite amount, actually. All it takes is you have to be disciplined to follow them, invest in your physical health. 


    Next is in your relationship, invest in your relationships. There's a saying in business, it's not about what you know, it's who, you know, And that's because connections, network relationships. That's what really makes you successful and not just in business, but also in your family andyour love life. You have to invest in your relationships.


    Relationships, take time and takes communication. You have to have a two-way communication in order for a relationship to work. You have to have it in good frequency. And you have to be present and caring. That's how he nurtured relationships.


    And lastly, financial, how do you grow your financial investment? A lot of ways right now I'm using a copy trading platform. I'm sure you're familiar with EToro. If you're not familiar with it. You can go ahead and check it out. 


    Why do I use a copy trading platform because unlike Mr. Marvin Guillermo, I am not good with tradong stocks and investing in stocks.






    So I'd rather have someone who does it full time for himself or herself and just copy whatever it is they're doing real-time. That is the platform that I'm doing. I also have private investments in friends and' sugar farms. I also have investments in life insurance for myself. Of course, I need my own protection because when they die, If it's abrupt, my family has to have something that they can live on with et cetera. Financial investments. Do you have a whole slew of vehicles that you can invest in stocks Forex, insurance, VULs, UITFs, bonds, you name it.


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    • 15 min
    How Can You Stay Motivated as an Entrepreneur?

    How Can You Stay Motivated as an Entrepreneur?

    What do you put into your mind first thing in the morning and how do you stay being motivated?


     I do this every day. I pray first before I opened my phone. I thank God, for the day. I thank God, that I'm awake; that I didn't die in my sleep. I Thank God for everything that he has blessed me with. That's pretty much the first thing I do in the morning. As to what I put in my mind, well, I do read the Bible every day and I spend maybe 10, 15 minutes reading it and praying other things that I put into my mind would be the books that I'm reading right now.


    I'm reading Principles by Ray Dalio. I've just finished Atomic habits by James Clear and I'm rereading The Ultimate Sales Letter. For some reason. I’m also reading Narnia for the first time because I want to be able to read it to my kids as a bedtime story, but they always asked me to read their Bible. So of course, I'm going to read their Bible. No problem. 


    How do you stay being motivated? It's tough. It's very tough to lead people in general. I lead around 50 people in SEO hacker. All of them are younger than me. I'm 32 years old. It's tough. There are not the tough days.


    Work does not get done or sloppy work is produced or people are absent or late. And it's hard to see. Sometimes the great things happening because of all the bad stuff happening. So being motivated, staying motivated is more of an attitude of gratitude. If you have an attitude of gratitude, being thankful for what you have being thankful for your team, no matter how imperfect they are being thankful that you still have work, that you still have people who help you out. Being thankful that I have my family being thankful that I have a home where I live. I have food. I have water. These things help motivate me because I am so thankful and I really am genuinely think genuinely thankful that I have these things. I am more enticed. I am more motivated to do things like this.


    Again, I'm not getting anything from it, but I still do it because it's a work of love. And I always say, can't give what you don't have. So there must be something that I have, I must be motivated today because I'm doing this for you. 


    One habit that you did consistently every day when you were just starting out.


    Definitely praying and reading God's word every day. It's something that I did daily. It's something I still do daily today.


    What mindset did you have when you were just starting? 


    If you're asking me about, was I ambitious? Did I have a risk-taking mindset? Not really, to be honest, again, it's some serious stuff, divine appointments. How I got to start SEO hacker. I will never take credit for it because how I start was really an impossibility that if I wrote the dice, it would never. Come out to be what it is today. What I have, the people I have a company and the revenue is making. I have never dreamed of having this. Every day that I wake up is a blessing for me. Tying it back to how do I have, how I am motivated every day is because every day is already a huge blessing for me.


    I've never expected to be married as well. Every day is a gift for me. I'm going to recommend the song at this point. So the title is Good. G O O D by Dave Barnes. That is a really good song. And that actually captures how I feel every day. So please listen to it. It's available on Spotify. If you have Spotify, I hope you do because you need to follow our leadership staff podcasts as well.


    Look for Good by the barns. Listen to it. That is how I feel every day. 


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    • 12 min
    How Do You Deal With a Team Leader With No Leadership Skills?

    How Do You Deal With a Team Leader With No Leadership Skills?

    How do you deal with a team leader who has no leadership skills? 


    Demote him or her to a follower. Having a team leader who can't lead is dangerous, I have firsthand experience. Demote that person, or you have to let that person go if they don't want to get demoted. And that's because a person who can't lead and is in a leadership position will cap the entire team. They will slow down the entire team. 


    Your team will not be able to grow above that leader. Because if the leader is leading at the level of a five or six, and you have followers under that person who is an eight or nine, It will no longer improve, because this person will just be on top of that follower and that follower will feel trapped. And then we'll leave. That would be a great loss because he or she was an eight or nine, but the one you made stay was just a five or six. 


    Do the hard decision and either remove that person from the leadership position because he or she has no leadership skills. Again, I'm just using your wording here. No leadership skills. So just remove that person from the leadership position, or if they're contrary to that. They don't like being removed, then you have to let them go. You have to part ways. Otherwise, you're chopping off the legs of that entire team that the person is leading, and that might be a critical part of your organization. You're kind of leading yourself there, which doesn't make sense. 


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    • 15 min
    How to Find Your Successor in Your Business

    How to Find Your Successor in Your Business

    Sean:


    I want to ask one very important question that also a lot of entrepreneurs who have a retirement plan at the horizon is how do you, how did you find Julia? How did you know that she is the right person to replace me as CEO? What was the process like?


    Laura:


    Honestly, I placed a lot of ads, but the people that know you best will lead you to the people you need. And I firmly believe that it was actually a woman that used to run my company that knew me really, really well. And she saw me through some of my darker times and saw her through some dark times. And we're still really tight friends now. I just told her, I was like, yeah, I got it. Go. I gotta go. But I don't want to let go of the money. I just don't want to do this anymore. Cause it's just really killing me. And I don't even think I'm doing a good job anymore. Do you know anybody? She's like, no. I'll let you know. And eventually, she managed to introduce me to this woman. She's like, you know, I'm not really sure that she's your person, but you guys should definitely hang out. She's the only person that terrified me as much as you. And then I met her. I was like, yeah. Wow. If that's how I come across, Oh my God, I'm scared. But turns out Julia was coming out of a very toxic employment situation that made her a little grumpy. I was just coming out of my own toxic situation that I built, I basically built my own prison. 


    Julia needed somebody to be with that appreciated her, valued her, gave her lots of freedom, and lots of trust. And I'm a very trusting person. I'm a very clear person. I'm going to show you how to do it, and then I'm going to watch you do it. And then when I know you do it right, I'm not going to micromanage. Get me the reports I asked for on time. I will never bother you. 


    Julia and I are very much, I guess, twins in that regard. I just think that things happen in the times that they should and when you. Put it out there to the people that know you really well, what you're looking for. I think it will come to you and some people are just looking for straight-up buyout cause they want to be completely done. 


    Other people will, might be looking for, you know, a partner, a legacy partner. Like I was somebody else might be looking to sell to a larger enterprise and just get absorbed. There's a lot of different options and you know, there's a million people out there that can help you do it, but what I would say is if you don't have your plan, actually formulated start talking to somebody that knows about exit strategies, about how to build one and what options exist. Then talk to somebody else about it and ask them, what did that first guy not tell me? Because the first guy will not tell you everything.


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    • 21 min
    How Your Habits Shape Your Happiness

    How Your Habits Shape Your Happiness

    Sean:


    How did you jump from where I am right now To being where you are?


    Laura:


    I hated who I had become, you know what I mean? When I looked in the mirror, I just saw grumpy. Dirtbag looking at me and I'm like, I didn’t like her. I wasn't proud of who I was being. That probably hurt the most. I remember leaving my first marriage and one of the major reasons why I wanted to end that marriage is because I didn't like who I was being. I think a big part of why I wanted to retire is because I didn't like who I was being. And I actually used to think that it was the company that made me that way. No. I made me that way. And also I believed a lot of the lies that society and culture told me for years about how I needed to be in a marriage and accompany, whatever. 


    So for me, I needed to figure out what all happy and successful people seem to have in common. I needed to figure that out. I needed to figure out, why is it that I've been to the retreats and I've gone to all these classes and I've done the Tony Robbins stuff, and I've done this lecture and this meditation and read that book. Why is it that I've done all these things and spent thousands and thousands of dollars in the pursuit of happiness, but I'm still an unhappy lump.


    Why what went wrong? What did I do wrong? Turns out it wasn't me. There was a lot of things that were actually missing. A lot of the personal development world exists based on one particular notion, which is: 


    You are broken. Buy my product. This will fix you. 


    And that upset me because part of the reason why I always loved doing things at my marketing company is because I wanted to do things with high integrity and stuff, things to people for the right reasons. And it's like, Oh no. Don't buy that magazine ad because the salesperson told you to. Buy the other one because I'm objective and I make money regardless of what you do. 


    High integrity has always been one of my major core values. I guess I just got like really frustrated and felt like I'd been lied to. And I thought it was, I actually thought it was the self-help world that lied to me. And that's where I began my journey turns out it wasn't the self-help world. There's a lot of amazing, amazing lessons out there. So many wonderful books and so many wonderful products and whatever. But if you take a look at so many of these different things, a lot of these now that I've written this book and done all this research, I can put a lot of those in the context of those are a really good step two. You need a really good step one, which is give yourself a solid foundation within your relationship with you. When you do that, you can take this course, that class, that meditation, this and that, it will mean more, it will land better. It will stick, and it will give you a much more permanent impression. 


    So back to your question, how do you do it? Figuring out where do I start? Right. That that's where I started. Okay. Well, here's the information. Here's where you start. Six habits is where you start. You read the book, you Oh wow. You do all the exercises they're free. And then you begin your mastery journey. I've got a thing that can help you with that. Or you can do it on your own, but at the end of the day, It's not called the six Epiphanes they're the six habits. What is a habit? It's something we do unconsciously and we do it automatically. This is like you get every day, get up every day, and brush your teeth. I do it every day without even, or, you know, you roll over in your sleep and you always cover up that one shoulder. It's a habit, right? That's what needs to be cultivated here is actual habitual behaviors that you no longer think about. That's the trick. And that's why, that's why it's the foundational element.


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    • 22 min

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