16 episodes

This show is for the purpose-driven entrepreneur who recognizes that the cliché, cookie-cutter, and conventional recommendations about finance and business don’t work because they’re playing a different game.

As a painfully shy kid, I often found myself on the sidelines quietly observing the game of sports, life and business until the flames of competitiveness grew to a bonfire and took over. From the ashes, birthed a relentless curiosity and drive to understand how to massively win at business and confront my fears without conforming to a set blueprint.

I share the unconventional strategies and tips I learn to make sure you win (get what you want) under your rules. If you’re going to play the game, why not set the rules?

I share all the “a-ha” moments as a business owner, Dad, exercise enthusiast and serial idea generator while interviewing other thought leaders who have developed their own strategies to rig the game to win.

Rigging The Game Dan Nicholson

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

This show is for the purpose-driven entrepreneur who recognizes that the cliché, cookie-cutter, and conventional recommendations about finance and business don’t work because they’re playing a different game.

As a painfully shy kid, I often found myself on the sidelines quietly observing the game of sports, life and business until the flames of competitiveness grew to a bonfire and took over. From the ashes, birthed a relentless curiosity and drive to understand how to massively win at business and confront my fears without conforming to a set blueprint.

I share the unconventional strategies and tips I learn to make sure you win (get what you want) under your rules. If you’re going to play the game, why not set the rules?

I share all the “a-ha” moments as a business owner, Dad, exercise enthusiast and serial idea generator while interviewing other thought leaders who have developed their own strategies to rig the game to win.

    EP 16: Engineering Client Success with Tony Banta

    EP 16: Engineering Client Success with Tony Banta

    Although companies now have a dizzying array of tools and systems on hand to make day-to-day operations run smoothly, no amount of cutting-edge software can take the place of strong leadership and a desire to serve clients at the highest level. 
    Tony Banta is the co-founder of the Client Success System, along with his wife Suzanne, and the host of The Client Whisperer™ Show. The entire process is designed to provide business owners with not only the systems, but the behavioral shifts they need to optimize their clients’ journeys and get them incredible results. 
    On this episode of the Rigging the Game podcast, Dan and Tony discuss the practice of recognizing the systems that govern everything in order to optimize for the best possible outcomes, taking a fluid, process-based approach to making changes within your business (or even your clients) as opposed to a binary approach, ensuring that the help you give your clients lasts in the long term, and why your systems will remain useless if you don’t have a strong focus on value creation. Join in for a necessary reality check on what your clients actually need. 
    What You’ll Learn 
    What the signs in a company’s bathroom can tell you about the culture of the organization itself How to troubleshoot the standard process to fit the results to your client’s needs (because we don’t all fit perfectly into the average) Why treating your clients like the boss is a disservice to you and them, and the process Tony uses to prevent this issue entirely And much more! Favorite Quote
    “I quickly found that the best code, the best software solutions were powerless in the face of dysfunctional leadership and dysfunctional organizational structures. And as a systems engineer, that bothered me. So that spurred the next decade of my career of getting out from behind the computer to figure out what makes leaders and teams and organizations tick.”
    - Tony Banta
    Connect with Tony Banta: 
    The Client Whisperer™ Show How to get involved
    Visit Dan Nicholson’s website - Nth Degree CPA’s and the Rigging The Game to learn how he helps small business owners cultivate good accounting and tax practices to achieve their financial goals. To rig the game to win and to set the outcomes that you want in life and business. Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We love to hear your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

    • 51 min
    EP 15: What True Client Service Means with Mark Fujiwara

    EP 15: What True Client Service Means with Mark Fujiwara

    There are plenty of ways to approach serving your clients. For instance, lots of service providers out there will simply ask what it is that the person wants, take them at their word, and simply accomplish the task at hand. But the ones who stand out above the rest know that there are so many levels beneath that conversation to explore. 
    Mark Fujiwara was raised to run a business. From early childhood, he was witness to the inner workings of his family’s restaurant - and when that restaurant eventually shut down, Mark took what he had learned and applied it to his budding career as a stockbroker and his general love of numbers. From there, he went on to found what he refers to as a “family office,” through which he provides the highest possible level of service to each and every client, going far deeper than simple accounting. 
    On this episode of the Rigging the Game podcast, Mark and Dan dig into the process of figuring out the “point” of what you’re doing for your client and focusing in on the one or two things that matter most to them, the unconventional methods Mark has used to excel at a given task (even something as small as selling pork buns), and how to engineer your conversations with clients to get beyond “more money” and dive into the heart of what they really want for themselves. Tune in to take your client service to the next level, and the next.
    What You’ll Learn 
    What gross food-eating contests have to teach us about the art of rigging the game How Mark assembled his team of professionals, from physicians to air travel experts, to better serve his people Why working remotely during COVID-19 actually lends us a huge advantage in one very important way And much more! Favorite Quote
    “It's not the technical strategies, all the sophisticated, complex solutions you can do for clients. What really matters is delivering what exactly the client wants. And in doing this process over and over again, I found that my real value is understanding who the people I’m dealing with, what they really want and need and just really dive in deep into all the insights of their goals and their needs, situation, concerns, anxieties, what they really want to accomplish.”
    - Mark Fujiwara
    Connect with Mark Fujiwara: 
    Markfujiwara.com How to get involved
    Visit Dan Nicholson’s website - Nth Degree CPA’s and the Rigging The Game to learn how he helps small business owners cultivate good accounting and tax practices to achieve their financial goals. To rig the game to win and to set the outcomes that you want in life and business. Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We love to hear your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

    • 43 min
    EP 14: Scratching Your Individual Itch with Chris Small

    EP 14: Scratching Your Individual Itch with Chris Small

    Sometimes, small actions lead to huge outcomes. Daily blog posts turn from a simple exercise in journaling to new parts of your business (or even a new business) you never planned on. In any case, finding what fulfills you is an excellent first step. 
    It goes without saying that most of the unconventional people in the world don't fit into any one mold, and Chris Small is no exception. Originally an attorney, Chris found that his interests lay less in the law and more in the realms of building systems, sharing his wisdom with other law firm owners and creating high-quality content. Currently, Chris owns a law firm alongside his consulting business, and a media agency, all of which tie together what fills Chris up and drives him forward. 
    This episode of the Rigging the Game podcast features Dan and Chris discussing how Chris landed where he is now by "scratching his own itch," how to decide what it is that you actually want, in business and in life, and resisting the "yo-yo" mentality in order to set up sustainable, fulfilling habits that take you where you want to go. Listen in to find your ideal and start pursuing it. 
    What You’ll Learn 
    Why the common image of a business that goes from 0-100 very quickly is misleading How to start to navigate the pressures and comparisons of those around you to get to what makes you happy and fulfilled What philosophies Chris has in mind that make up his idea of a perfect day And much more! Favorite Quote
    “You have to take some action. If you want to see results in your life, you have to be willing to put some work in and find a way to enjoy the process. You have to find some way to be able to wake up every day and do the things that you need to do to get to where you want to go.”
    - Chris Small
    Connect with Chris Small: 
    Unconventionalattorney.com How to get involved
    Visit Dan Nicholson’s website - Nth Degree CPA’s and the Rigging The Game to learn how he helps small business owners cultivate good accounting and tax practices to achieve their financial goals. To rig the game to win and to set the outcomes that you want in life and business. Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We love to hear your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

    • 47 min
    EP 13: Using Your Strengths to Play Your Game with Justin and Michelle DeMers

    EP 13: Using Your Strengths to Play Your Game with Justin and Michelle DeMers

    Have you ever taken time out to examine the factors that make up your idea of success? For many of us, those factors come from our upbringing, our peers, or others in our industry. So, in your case, who’s at the wheel? 
    Justin and Michelle DeMers met in college as fellow art students, and as they built their first photography business together, they came to realize that simple beauty isn’t enough to sustain actual meaning or satisfying success. There has to be more. The two of them combined their strengths - Justin’s vision and Michelle’s organizational mind - and created a life and a way forward filled with success and impact as they define it.
    On this episode of the Rigging the Game podcast, Dan sits down with Justin and Michelle to discuss the path they took into a world of independent creativity, how putting in the effort to connect deeply with clients changes the game, and structuring a business (and therefore a life) that helps you play your own game to the best of your ability. Listen in to embrace what makes your way the best way. 
    What You’ll Learn 
    Why Michelle and Justin believe that beauty should be backed up by substance - and how it impacted their business in the early days How to gather social proof from clients without damaging the relationship by making it transactional Why seemingly risky choices may actually be a necessary, and safer than you think, part of your upward trajectory And much more! Favorite Quote
    “Take a pause and make sure that you're actually going in the direction that you want, not the direction that others may think is more attractive or impressive. And make sure you've got good support to help you make the change when change seems hard or when it's uncertain. But if you can see that where your path is taking you is not where you want to be, you need to make a change somehow.”
    - Justin and Michelle DeMers
    Connect with Justin and Michelle DeMers: 
    Social Proof Club How to get involved
    Visit Dan Nicholson’s website - Nth Degree CPA’s and the Rigging The Game to learn how he helps small business owners cultivate good accounting and tax practices to achieve their financial goals. To rig the game to win and to set the outcomes that you want in life and business. Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We love to hear your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

    • 52 min
    EP 12: Breaking Down Financial Readiness with Dan Nicholson

    EP 12: Breaking Down Financial Readiness with Dan Nicholson

    Have you ever sought advice from someone you trust, only to walk away feeling like that advice just didn't fit? The secret to action steps that actually work for you is in knowing the difference between the factors in your life that you can change and which ones you simply have to withstand.
    On this episode of the Rigging the Game podcast, Dan talks through the nuances that make up financial readiness, recognizing group indexing vs. personal indexing, and how to put these concepts together for optimal decision-making. Listen in to stop feeling powerless. 
    What You’ll Learn 
    How to tell the difference between rhythms you can't control and decisions you can What steps to take once you've isolated the data of your individual lifestyle How to stop trying to solve the unsolvable and make your decisions count And much more! Favorite Quote
    “Oftentimes folks haven't thought about the rhythm thing versus decisions and they're always trying to solve every problem. And we need to be able to separate out what's an actual problem versus something that's not.”
    - Dan Nicholson
    How to get involved
    Visit Dan Nicholson’s website - Nth Degree CPA’s and the Rigging The Game to learn how he helps small business owners cultivate good accounting and tax practices to achieve their financial goals. To rig the game to win and to set the outcomes that you want in life and business. Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We love to hear your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

    • 11 min
    EP 11: Wealth Acceleration with Dan Nicholson

    EP 11: Wealth Acceleration with Dan Nicholson

    Many of us dread tax season. But have you ever thought about ways you might shift to make the tax code work in your favor? Tax time gets a lot less frightening when you've got a plan to drive down your taxes and save for the future. 
    On this episode of the Rigging the Game podcast, Dan digs into Wealth Acceleration and lays out the exercise that will help you align your behavior with the tax code to your best advantage, as well as an example equation for turning a minimal investment into a massive amount of money.    
    What You’ll Learn 
    Why the tax system - whether we like it or not - is intrinsically fair How different business entities get taxed (and how you can start to figure out where you want to be on the quadrant) How to choose what you accelerate with your money And much more! Favorite Quote
    “If your specific objective is to accelerate wealth, then you want to drive down your tax, take that extra money reinvested in things that are going to grow and accelerate.”
    - Dan Nicholson
    How to get involved
    Visit Dan Nicholson’s website - Nth Degree CPA’s and the Rigging The Game to learn how he helps small business owners cultivate good accounting and tax practices to achieve their financial goals. To rig the game to win and to set the outcomes that you want in life and business. Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We love to hear your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Jedidiah Collins ,

Love the lens which Dan looks at life through

Rigging the Game in and of itself is an intriguing concept to approach life.

We are all looks for efficiency’s and edges to beat the game of sales, tech, sports, life!

This podcast continually delivers valuable insights into how we can all maintain a growth mindset.

MichelleThompson90 ,

How do you scratch your entrepreneurial itch?

Dan gets to the heart of that matter. For those of us who just don't quite fit into "normal" society because we know there is more than the 9-5... For those of us who got the entrepreneurial bug, Dan delivers a blue print to create your own rules to rig the game in your favor.

Justinrp98 ,

Hooked

The first episode of this show hooked me right in. I love the story and I love the message. I cannot WAIT to see where this show goes from here.

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