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Steve Jobs once said, “You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards.”

And that’s exactly what the Deconstructing Success podcast does each week when host Chris Winfield interviews and "connect the dots" in the journeys of top entrepreneurs, writers, artists and business people from around the world.

Discover the real story of how they “made it” and how they actually work each day, earn money, stay motivated and live their lives. Find out their exact habits, daily routines, productivity hacks and secrets. Get actionable advice, takeaways and actions to apply and try them in your own life.

Deconstructing Success with Chris Winfield Chris Winfield: Entrepreneur, Writer, Life "Hacker" & Productivity Guy

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Steve Jobs once said, “You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards.”

And that’s exactly what the Deconstructing Success podcast does each week when host Chris Winfield interviews and "connect the dots" in the journeys of top entrepreneurs, writers, artists and business people from around the world.

Discover the real story of how they “made it” and how they actually work each day, earn money, stay motivated and live their lives. Find out their exact habits, daily routines, productivity hacks and secrets. Get actionable advice, takeaways and actions to apply and try them in your own life.

    #13: Master Your 'Money Mindset' with Emily Williams

    #13: Master Your 'Money Mindset' with Emily Williams

    Do you want to be scared or... free? Scared or... rich? Scared or... extraordinary?
    If you're sick of being "scared" and truly ready for what's on the other side of fear... this interview might just change your life. And I don't say that lightly.
    This conversation with Emily Williams has profoundly affected my life and "flipped the switch" on how I view money, freedom and even fear itself.
    Wondering who Emily is? She's a success coach, entrepreneur, and author with a seven-figure business, who at one point, couldn’t get a job at Starbucks... and she has an uncanny ability to make complicated "money concepts" really simple and actionable!
    Some of the big things you’ll learn from Emily in this inspiring and tactical interview are:
    Emily’s approach to changing your relationship with money and the exact steps she took to transform $120,000 of debt into a thriving 7-figure business.... How to ‘flip the switch’ and turn OFF your negative thoughts and insecurities about making money... The ‘Why Not Me Mentality’ that you can use to turn your yearly salary into a monthly paycheck... The 'Positive Money Mindset' that will allow you to overcome the shame and fear that comes with being rejected.... How to quit playing the victim and start believing in yourself so that YOU can accomplish anything... We'll cover all of that (and a lot more) in this exclusive interview with Emily Williams in Episode #13!
     
    Thank you SO much for checking out the Deconstructing Success show. Two quick things before you go..

    Thing #1) Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, just type in “deconstructing success” in the search bar...and click the subscribe button.  

    And if you enjoyed today’s show, please take a few moments to leave a review...your support means the world to us!

    Thing #2) You can get all of the shownotes, transcripts, breakdowns and special bonuses for this and every other episode at http://chriswinfield.com/podcast

    That’s it! Now go out and have the best day ever and we’ll see you next week right here on the Deconstructing Success show!

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    #12: From Employee to $800,000 Launch with Luisa Zhou

    #12: From Employee to $800,000 Launch with Luisa Zhou

    Ever since she was a little girl growing, Luisa Zhou wanted to be the CEO of a major corporation. She just knew that the power, the money, the prestige that came with this would make her happy.
    As a young adult, she began to climb the corporate ladder and said “...on the outside, things looked good. I had a great job and a great salary, but the truth was, I wanted more.”
    What was the 'MORE' that this self-described introvert was searching for?
    Afterall, she’d been an International Space Station engineer, a mobile payments start-up co-founder, and a digital advertising manager for companies looking to fuel their marketing with artificial intelligence.
    She wanted to to start her own business but… she had to overcome the fears that were holding her back. The fear of failing, of giving up the safety and prestige of her corporate life.
    One day she asked herself a question that would change her life…
    WHY NOT?
    Why not me? Why not now? What’s the worst that could happen?
    She began to embrace this 'why not mentality'...
    She got comfortable with being uncomfortable. She faced her fears and went from employee to entrepreneur.
    In this interview, she breaks it all down and walks us through her journey:
    How her first group coaching program launch went from a complete bust to a six-figure success. How she used Facebook challenges to grow her business. And  the EXACT steps she took to generate over $800K in sales in her first course launch! Best of all, you’ll discover how embracing Luisa’s “Why Not?” mentality can help you to go BIG and take massive action!
    Thank you SO much for checking out the Deconstructing Success show. Two quick things before you go..

    Thing #1) Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, just type in “deconstructing success” in the search bar...and click the subscribe button.  

    And if you enjoyed today’s show, please take a few moments to leave a review...your support means the world to us!

    Thing #2) You can get all of the shownotes, transcripts, breakdowns and special bonuses for this and every other episode at http://chriswinfield.com/podcast

    That’s it! Now go out and have the best day ever and we’ll see you next week right here on the Deconstructing Success show!

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    #11: How to Teach and Grow Rich with Danny Iny

    #11: How to Teach and Grow Rich with Danny Iny

    Danny Iny was a self-described “goodie two shoes” for the first fourteen years of his life.
    Until the age of 15, when he suddenly lost interest in school, missed 152 days of classes and then convinced his parents to let him drop out in the middle of ninth-grade so he could start a business.
    They let him.
    He started that business and climbed aboard the entrepreneurial roller-coaster which was initially filled with some ups but a whole bunch of downs or as he calls them “plot twists” including losing everything in 2011 after his 3-year old startup imploded…
    Leaving him down -- but not out.
    In 2011, he started Firepole Marketing with less than nothing:
    No traffic No subscribers No relationships with any influencers in the industry And over $250,000 of personal debt (left over from that last failed startup) Which he then turned into into a seven-figure business through:
    Some ingenious marketing efforts (Such as becoming the "Freddy Krueger of Blogging") A strong commitment to teaching people And whole lot of listening to what his customers actually wanted In essence, he discovered the magic of how to “Teach and Grow Rich” and has since helped thousands of other people do the same.
    In this exclusive interview Danny walks us through his journey up until today... from dropping out of high-school -- to serving in the Israeli military -- to his first business “misfires” and...
    How he finally lit the match, made things simple and became one of the world leaders in the online education and marketing space.
    Some of the big things you'll learn from Danny in this "on fire" interview are:
    The four kinds of "educator entrepreneurs" that exist... and how to determine which one you are. How Danny convinced his parents to let him drop out of school at 15.... and why he’s completely fine if his own kids choose the same path (starting with first grade). Why stepping into difficult situations (that you’d rather avoid) will ultimately make you better in every way possible... and how he had to do this recently. What the two contradictory and unsustainable business models (that destroy many entrepreneurs) are... and how to "straddle" them both for success. What the "Teach and Grow Rich Opportunity" is... and the super simple steps you need to take to harness it. We'll cover all of that (and a lot more) in this exclusive interview with Danny Iny in Episode #11!
    Thank you SO much for checking out the Deconstructing Success show. Two quick things before you go..

    Thing #1) Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, just type in “deconstructing success” in the search bar...and click the subscribe button.  

    And if you enjoyed today’s show, please take a few moments to leave a review...your support means the world to us!

    Thing #2) You can get all of the shownotes, transcripts, breakdowns and special bonuses for this and every other episode at http://chriswinfield.com/podcast

    That’s it! Now go out and have the best day ever and we’ll see you next week right here on the Deconstructing Success show!

    • 57 min
    #10: Laura Belgray | Crushing Crappy Copy (One Word at a Time)

    #10: Laura Belgray | Crushing Crappy Copy (One Word at a Time)

    Laura Belgray does two "main things" with her (brilliantly named) business Talking Shrimp:
    She helps TV networks (like Bravo, NBC, Comedy Central, and many more) come up with the words that make people want to watch their shows. And she helps small businesses and entrepreneurs, like you, find the words that make buyers go bananas. And she does two "main things" (actually it was a lot more than two but I'm trying to do something here) in this interview with me today:
    Helped me to understand things about writing and copy that I never could have imagined before. And...made me laugh. A lot. Win-Win.
    In this interview Laura walks us through her journey from fact-checking & research to writing ad copy for major magazines to crafting award-winning promos for TV networks to...
    Starting her own company...and the ups & downs, bumps & bruises, wins & losses...and all of the life-lessons she learned along the way.
    Some of the big things you’ll learn from Laura in this "so good it hurts" interview are:
    The reason she “lies” to her calendar...and how this technique helps her stay productive. Why Laura was happy she didn’t know any of the “rules” when she started her company. The simple framework that will help you write better immediately, even if they aren’t a “writer”. Why “good copy isn’t just about moving products, it’s about moving people”...and how to tap into this. How to quiet your inner critic...and prevent your “hyper-critical self judgement” from stopping you from doing something amazing! And so much more… We'll cover all of that (and a lot more) in this exclusive interview with Laura Belgray in Episode #10!
    Thank you SO much for checking out the Deconstructing Success show. Two quick things before you go..

    Thing #1) Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, just type in “deconstructing success” in the search bar...and click the subscribe button.  

    And if you enjoyed today’s show, please take a few moments to leave a review...your support means the world to us!

    Thing #2) You can get all of the shownotes, transcripts, breakdowns and special bonuses for this and every other episode at http://chriswinfield.com/podcast

    That’s it! Now go out and have the best day ever and we’ll see you next week right here on the Deconstructing Success show!

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    #9: Ryan Levesque | The Power of "Screw It. Let's Do It!"

    #9: Ryan Levesque | The Power of "Screw It. Let's Do It!"

    Have you ever asked yourself...what if?
    What if I went all in?
    What if I saw what I was really capable of?
    What if I really gave it everything and truly made an impact in this world?
    My guest on today’s show asked himself those questions from his hospital bed as he was recovering from a rare condition that nearly cost him his life.
    He was 30.
    It was a few months after the birth of his first son. And he knew he had to make some big changes...
    He left that hospital with a new determination, drive, passion and desire to be the best version of himself that he could be.
    Fast forward to today...
    Ryan Levesque is the #1 best-selling author of the book ‘Ask’ and two others. He’s the creator of 34 information and software products.
    He’s a world renowned marketing expert known as "The Funnel Specialist", the guy that companies quietly bring through the back door to go from good to great.
    But here’s something that most people don’t realize...
    For most of his life, fear ruled him.
    Fear of taking chances. Fear of failing. Fear of going broke. Fear of change. Fear of going “all in”.
    Until one day, when Ryan decided that fear was no longer going to be his master and instead, it was going to his fuel to go even further and reach new heights...
    In Episode #9 of Deconstructing Success.you’re going to get the full story and so much more.
    Some of the big things you’ll learn from Ryan in this "jam-packed with takeaways" interview are:
    Why "Screw It. Let's Do It!" were the 5 most lucrative words of Ryan’s career. Discover the counterintuitive online formula to find out exactly what your customers want to buy. How simple productivity "hacks" tripled Ryan's income (and changed his life). How to accomplish your biggest goals by “keeping the main thing the main thing” How to determine what your true “driving force” in life is through the Through Line exercise And so much more… We'll cover all of that (and so much more) in this exclusive interview with Ryan Levesque in Episode #9!
    Thank you SO much for checking out the Deconstructing Success show. Two quick things before you go..

    Thing #1) Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, just type in “deconstructing success” in the search bar...and click the subscribe button.  

    And if you enjoyed today’s show, please take a few moments to leave a review...your support means the world to us!

    Thing #2) You can get all of the shownotes, transcripts, breakdowns and special bonuses for this and every other episode at http://chriswinfield.com/podcast

    That’s it! Now go out and have the best day ever and we’ll see you next week right here on the Deconstructing Success show!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #8: Bushra Azhar | How to "Reframe Failure" and Become a Master Persuader

    #8: Bushra Azhar | How to "Reframe Failure" and Become a Master Persuader

    “I hereby solemnly declare never to freeze in fear, sit in utter despair, or move from foot to foot like a 3 year old on the verge of an “accident” when faced with an email, sales page or Facebook post.
    I refuse to smile needlessly, play nice hopelessly, give in uselessly…in the hopes that if they like me enough, they might open their wallets for me.
    I am a persuasion revolutionary and I use psychology of persuasion to win hearts, minds and wallets of my audience.”

    Thousands and thousands of people have taken this oath and are loyal "soldiers" in the Persuasion Revolution.
    Ready to meet the person who has somehow made the science and psychology "sexy, classy and fun"?
    Bushra Azhar is one of the world’s leading authorities in the science of persuasion or as she puts it:
    “...helping the frustrated, the lost and the uber confused; bulldoze their way through counter-arguments and objections effortlessly and gracefully (like a ballerina on roller-skates).”
    Bushra is outspoken, bold, funny, direct and super passionate.
    Now here’s the interesting part...
    ...she grew up as army brat in a culture that favored “pretty little boys” and definitely not bold, outspoken women.
    And since she certainly wasn't a "pretty little boy" she made a decision early on to overcome these shackles and in turn used this as motivation to carve her own path and discarding the labels and limitation that others put on her.
    Was it easy? Nope.
    Did she fail? Yep.
    Did that stop here? Nope!
    In fact, at one during our interview Bushra said something that led me to rethink what failure (or success) really mean:
    "I failed a lot. I just don't label it as a failure. For me it all boils down to the self-imposed labels that people tell themselves."
    Find out what she means and get the full story (and so much more) right here in my interview with Bushra in Episode #8 of Deconstructing Success.
    Some of the big things you’ll learn from Bushra in this "hilariously informative" interview are:
    Why she was living a “double-life” and how her husband reacted when he found out. How Bushra "themes her days" for maximum efficiency and uses personal “intention” challenges to reach her goals. The simple “BS detection system” Bushra deploys to suss out fakes online and in real life. How to convince your boss to give you a raise, get a customer to buy or get your kid to clean their room by leveraging persuasion principles. What the “8 Most Powerful Persuasion Switches" are and learn Bushra's step-by-step framework to use them in your business and personal life right away! We'll cover all of that (and so much more) in this exclusive interview with Bushra Azhar in Episode #8!

    Thank you SO much for checking out the Deconstructing Success show. Two quick things before you go..

    Thing #1) Don’t forget to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, just type in “deconstructing success” in the search bar...and click the subscribe button.  

    And if you enjoyed today’s show, please take a few moments to leave a review...your support means the world to us!

    Thing #2) You can get all of the shownotes, transcripts, breakdowns and special bonuses for this and every other episode at http://chriswinfield.com/podcast

    That’s it! Now go out and have the best day ever and we’ll see you next week right here on the Deconstructing Success show!

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