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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/

The Leadership Stack Podcast 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.236: NFT Investing: Should You Buy NBA Top Shot

    Ep.236: NFT Investing: Should You Buy NBA Top Shot

    Sean: What is your most favorite Top Shot moment you bought so far? What is Top Shot first? Maybe we have listeners here who don't know.


    Marvin: Do you want the blockchain answer or you want the simple answer? Let’s go with a simple answer. The best way to say it ist, it's like NBA cards, but it's a video version which is online. That's it. You collect it online. That's what it is basically. You're collecting moments. If with NBA cards, you're collecting pictures printed out on cardboard. In Top Shot, it’s a digitized format which is videos. That's what it is basically.


    Sean: Do you have a favorite?


    Marvin: When you go that route, you can separate it as what you look at as an investment, and then what you look at as a collection. So if it’s a favorite as a collection, it would be Steph Curry. This is what I believe also, NFTs, I think will be easier accepted as an asset than other Cryptocurrencies that people don’t understand. Why? People understand that when I buy a LeBron James, I get to understand the value easily as compared to what is a Chainlink, what is an ADA, what is XRP, what is Litecoin.


    It's harder to grasp the value of it versus if you look at it as a collector. So I think that the inherent value of it also will be, a lot will buy the NFT, some of them have no intention of selling it. So I'll give you an example. There was a pack drop, I think it was the rare All Star collection. So I said, if I will be able to get a Steph Curry, even if it’s expensive, I will never sell it. So I think that's the demographic that you get there also. People always think that those who enter Top Shot are all investors. Not necessarily because it is just like a condo. Not all who buy a condo, will have it rented out, some of them will live there.


    So it’s the same with Top Shot. There will be a chunk of people that will buy it because they're really collectors. So it's not income generating for them. The fact that you own it, it’s a different feeling. The argument in NFTs is that it’s just a video. You can watch it on YouTube for free. That’s true, but it’s the same with the NBA cards. I can screenshot that shot by LeBron James, then I’ll print it and copy how it’s laid out. Or if you notice it also, there are those who upload their cards, right? Just use it and edit it on Photoshop, then copy it and print it. However, it does not have the same value as the real thing, the bragging rights that you own it.


    So imagine this. I feel that you're into Pokemon cards, Sean.


    Sean: When I was young, yes.


    Marvin: I don't know anything about Pokemon cards, but the prestige of owning something that is very, very rare, but here’s the difference with Top Shot. In Top Shot, because it’s a blockchain network, people will see who the real owner is. If it’s a card, no one knows where it was stored or who bought it or where it came from. It will be hard to display how rare it is. Unlike in blockchain, everything is seen on what its value is. You can also see all the transactions.


    For example, there was an artwork that was, I think, $68 million by Beeple, if I remember properly. Everyone knows that he was the one who bought the artwork. So the prestige to that, I think that's what makes it interesting. Even the Mona Lisa, there are so many fake Mona Lisa paintings that you can buy in the mall.  But it does not mean that that has any value. It's more of the rights that you own the real thing.


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    • 10 мин.
    Ep.235: The 3 Real Estate Wealth-Building Factors

    Ep.235: The 3 Real Estate Wealth-Building Factors

    Sean: What are your methods in creating wealth using real estate?


    Sensei: Well, to create wealth, you actually have to buy and hold. If you think you're going to get wealthy fixing and flipping properties, you're not. You could become cash rich and it could be a great business. How do I know that? Because that's how I started. And that's what I do today. I am known for flipping properties by volume.


    So for me getting into real estate back in the day, it wasn't about buying and holding. I didn't have the cash to do that. I didn't even know my own home at the time. It was about buying something. Creating value and selling it retail value. And so when you told your audience that you really need to learn and do your due diligence about the business that you're seeking, I couldn't agree with you more. Because I can tell you this as a real estate coach and instructor, most people fail in real estate because they don't study.


    And that's a huge issue. You know, they just want deals to fall in their lap where they want someone to provide for them. And I won't do that. So to answer your question, you have to buy and hold real estate for the long term so that you can get the trifecta and the trifecta is cashflow, appreciation in value that asset, and the tax benefits.


    And when you can take those three ingredients and intertwine them, that is a true wealth builder. If you remove one of those ingredients, you're not building wealth, you either have a tax deduction or you have something that's possibly growing in equity, or you have cashflow, but you have to have all three.


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    • 13 мин.
    Ep.234: Top Investing Tips For Beginners

    Ep.234: Top Investing Tips For Beginners

    Sean: We have a question from Myrose. Which one would you recommend for a first time stock investor?


    Marvin: I won’t buy any of that. That’s true. People need to understand this, that in the world of investing, you invest in where you are confident already. And when you're asking that question, it also means that you also need to have more research. And if we answer that, they might do, “Oh, Sean and Marvin said this, we should buy this”, not knowing that that may be based on your certain conviction.


    Please remember that in the world of investing, when you are starting, it will always be based on your competence. And my suggestion is, if you're looking at all of them, then invest in all of them. Try it all. And then what works for you, you put most of your capital there. But if you're asking me right now, if I'm going to invest in any of them, I won't invest in any of them because I'll buy the individual stocks instead of the ETF. I know nothing about what’s in it. So what I will do, just looking at those names, I would have to research first what’s in it because not knowing its content, it's just like putting a dart. So maybe you, knowing the connected sectors here, but I will also search for what they hold.


    Let me give an example. I made a video on TikTok a few days ago about GInvest. GInvest has a global portfolio. So they have a consumer, it’s separated. I will really look for its content. So I saw that it includes Samsung, it includes Apple, it includes Microsoft, and you’ll know that this is okay. It’s not just about knowing the names of the fund, but it's knowing what’s included in the fund. Because knowing what’s in the fund, in my opinion, you still need to study if it’s okay that you want to invest in there.


    But if the question is, what is allowed if you are just starting? Try everything, try everything. I started 2018 in Bitcoin but I think I’m very, very, very, very new still. So everything that can be tried, can be done in Cryptocurrency space, I try to do it. So it is fine for me to make mistakes, it’s fine for me to lose some, it’s fine if it will underperform, because my goal is to learn. So if I learn it, and then by the time, 2, 3, 4 years down the line, I get better at it also, that's when I will reap the benefits of it. But if I earn in two months, in three months, that will be a bonus for me. If I earn this week, that’s a bonus for me, but that's not my chief motivation for doing it.


    So when you start practicing it and when you start trying it, from there, you will figure out if this is the fund that you should focus on. That’s when the competence also starts to build in. I'll give you a perspective. There’s a lot who jump from no background in investing, they go straight to the cryptocurrency market, which is not wrong. As for me, my background is really a stock market trader and trained in the cryptocurrency market, which is also not wrong. The way I'm analyzing things is I'm using my background in the stock market. And the things I learned like I should not buy the things that I don’t know. That what I should buy should be based on something that at least has fundamentals also.


    The chart in the US market, in the Philippine market, and in a Crypto market almost looks the same. So with the difference that there is more volume and volatility in the crypto market, but the same tools that you have MACD, Moving Average, Candlesticks, Support and Resistance, analyzing the trend are pretty much still there, so I still have it with me. And if a Cryptocurrency drops, it's not something that I am scared of. It's not something that rattles me because I've built that experience also through the years. So I think that's one thing that in terms of an edge I've built through the years, because I obtained how I get past the volatility.


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    • 11 мин.
    Ep.233: How To Start A Business With Nothing

    Ep.233: How To Start A Business With Nothing

    Sean: We want to hear from you first. Like any other person who ends up being an entrepreneur, what was your start up journey? How did it look like?


    Sensei: Oh man, I can really go into depth on this, but I'll hit some key points here. As a kid, I didn't grow up rich. In fact, I didn't even grow up with money.


    My grandparents had a lot of money. My parents did not have a lot of money. In fact, I remember as a kid going out with my father on the weekends, after business hours going dumpster diving. If you don't know what that is, we're jumping in the trash cans and pulling out produce and food.


    And we would throw it in the back of the truck now to me and my brother. We were young, we were a little, we thought that was the greatest thing in the world. It was so much fun to jump into a trash can and it was like an Easter egg hunt; it was like Christmas and we loved it.


    But later on in life, I learned "Oh my god". We really had to eat out of a trash can at one point. And it's not because my dad was lazy or anything. Man, that guy is a hard working dude. But he was a truck driver, in that time he would work and get laid off and get work and laid off. And so it was really, really difficult. And I had a lot of brothers and sisters.


    So there was one summer back in 1984, I was in high school. I was watching the 1984 Olympics, which was happening in Los Angeles, California at the time. And. I thought it sucked that I had to stay home and babysit and watch TV.


    But what the Olympics did for me is saying, "Hey, you have opportunity out there. You can get whatever you want." Because the majority of those people that I watched on the Olympics came from nothing. They had nothing and they created something and here they are top athletes of the world. And I said, I'm going to do that. That's what I'm going to do.


    And so with all my efforts, I got, I was into martial arts and I put my efforts in everything to where I started traveling around the United States in competition, winning championship, after championship, and then started going international to the point where they now have the junior Olympics to qualify for the Olympics.


    And I got gold, silver, bronze, gold, and silver. I got five medals. And so with that, I'm now on this journey in athletics, teaching me how to channel my energy and focus in something that's positive versus focusing, which is negative, which I was doing as a kid. And so right out of high school, I took all that positive energy.


    I took my focus and said, you know what, I'm not going to be like my dad where he's breaking his back, working. But not able to capitalize on a paycheck because he has to rely on his company, his boss, and all the other people that are higher up, I will build my own boat and I will make sure that my boat sails. If it sinks it's on me and I'll figure out how to get it afloat again. I refuse to work for anybody but me.


    And so right out of high school, I opened up my very first martial arts business, which 33 years later next week, we're still in business. And that was the beginning of my journey.


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    • 13 мин.
    Ep.232: Stock Trading Basics You Have To Know

    Ep.232: Stock Trading Basics You Have To Know

    Sean: Thank you so much for being on the show. We have a question from Erika. How can I start stock trading in the Philippines? Very basic, but maybe a lot of people still don't know how to do that.


    Marvin: It’s very, very simple. You just need a broker. I guess when you enter the stock market you need access, meaning you need a platform that will allow you to buy and sell the shares in the market. So it's as simple as opening a broker which is online. Which of course, when you open a broker, they will ask you for IDs to be able to verify who you are, then the mailing address, also the proof of where you live, and proof of billing. Then after that, they give you an account. When they start to give you an account, that’s already it.


    Basically, it's as simple as that. When they give you an account already, you will have a password, then you'll have to fund it. Then as you start funding it already, that's what you can use to start buying stocks. So relatively straightforward as that, what’s needed to be studied, it's not about, in my opinion, not about starting, but it's more about analyzing what stocks fit you, and what stocks are meant for you as well. Because I think that's a bigger thing and a larger question because it’s easy to enter especially for app-based platforms where you can get to buy and sell stocks.


    It’s like a game, but since it’s like a game, you have to realize that you need to study what you need to buy. So if you don't know what you're supposed to buy yet, don't get super excited because your time is long. You have enough time to be able to build the skills for it, so not as hard.


    Sean: Erika asks a very basic but very profound question. How can I make a lot of money with stock trading?


    Marvin: Based on what we talked about earlier that it's still based on the amount of skill that you put in. And then the term, a lot of money, I think that’s a bit subjective. For some people you would see that they are already happy with Php 2,000.00 a day, every day. That’s already okay for them. But there are people that don't get that Php 2,000.00 everyday, but in a year, they get a million pesos. But they're very, very passive also in their investments. So I think it depends also on what's a lot for you. It also depends on how big your capital is. It depends also on the proficiency that you have in it.


    But this is what I've realized, that the larger your portfolio is, the more money you have also. You will notice it. For example, Sean, he doesn't care if he makes a thousand pesos, or two thousand pesos, or five thousand pesos, on a daily basis. What matters is, overall, the portfolio grows. Second is, he does not want his portfolio to drop. So what's important for him is the overall growth later on.


    Because you have to realize that two thousand, two thousand, four thousand, four thousand earnings on a daily basis are all fine. But once your portfolio reaches as big as Sean with eight digits on his portfolio.


    Sean: Fake news, bro. Fake news. Fake news.


    Marvin: You just log it out that what’s more important is it grows larger over a stretch period of time. And then, you will notice that as your portfolio grows, it’s more important to preserve it than getting the jackpot. So I think getting those large swings and trades is very, very nice if your portfolio is smaller. But when you are in the Sean Si level already, it's more about storing that value.


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    • 10 мин.
    Ep.231: Respect, Inspire, Empower: Core Values For Teams

    Ep.231: Respect, Inspire, Empower: Core Values For Teams

    Sean: I'm wondering what other values does your culture intentionally hold on to? Aside from people over profits, you seem like you have a very strong company culture and it seems. I mean, it's four generations. "Hello, it should be right." But you know, culture is going to be built, whether you are intentional about it or not.


    A lot of companies aren't. They're just like, you know, culture happens, just let it happen. Just let the employees run culture, right. Or let the HR run culture. But it has to be a top down thing where the leaders would intentionally shape it for it to be a healthy culture that people would like to work in. I'm wondering, are there other principles or values that are to your business that shape your culture?


    Charlie: Our mission statement is pretty easy. It's we make everyday celebrations better for our team members and guests. And we have the word team members in front of guests for that very reason. And we have three core values that drive behavior and those three core values are the words, respect, inspire, and empower.


    And again, they're pretty easy to follow, we can get in a deeper conversation around each of those three. And when we're training somebody at ABC and then we're onboarding them, we're going to go deeper. But just the high level for your listeners - respect, you know, respect yourself, respect the team members, respect the business, respect the foundation of the company, respect the guests and the vendors that come in our stores.


    You know, my, my five-year-old. What respect means. So it's, it's not like someone can say, well, what does respect mean? We know the difference between right and wrong. It's pretty simple. That's all we intend it to be. We don't intend it to be much deeper than that. Just the difference between right and wrong. Inspire. Inspire people with what you're doing, inspire yourself.


    And then lastly empower. We do have a culture of empowerment where we've got our rules, we've got policies. We've got our code of ethics and all of the things like that - that you have to have when you have this many team members, but there's a ton of leeway. We hire people from much bigger corporations all the time that come to us and they just see the look of all on their face after a month or two.


    And they're like and they cannot believe how empowering we are and the leeway that we allow our team members to operate with to make decisions. And, and you know, it, it's certainly going to vary from area to area and time of the year and all of those things. But those three core values drive the behavior. And our mission statement really drives all decision-making. That we're going to look after the team member first, before the guests, because if we do that, then we're going to take care of the guests.


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    • 10 мин.

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