Believe me, I’m possibly the world’s worst dater.

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There may come a time when I’m the perfect gent. You know, hold doors open, pay for everything, and be godlike in bed. Until then, I’ll feel like a failure.

I’ve had one serious girlfriend. We lasted three months. Other than that, my romantic experiences have all been disasters. I’d go as far as suggesting I’m the world’s worst dater.

It’s not something I’m proud of, and I don’t want to parade this title. I just want to show that mistakes are part of the dating process; that you shouldn’t be ashamed. You won’t be a sex icon out the gates. …

Good things happen when you outsource the tasks you dread.

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6 months ago, I hired my first virtual assistant. I’d never managed anyone before, let alone someone on the other side of the world. Happily, it’s been a joy!

My VA edits audio, sends emails, creates social posts, schedules episodes, does ad-hoc tasks — all the things I hate doing. Just as importantly, she gets to work from home, spend more time with her family, and learn a bunch of new skills.

With the time zone difference, I also wake up to a daily report, detailing work that’s been completed and the time it took. …

Here are 8 tips to scale the charts

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I launched my first ever podcast, Entrepreneurs Can Party, on 4th March 2020.

Just 6 days later, Entrepreneurs Can Party was ranking in the U.K. Top 10 of Apple Podcasts for entrepreneurship. This means it was up there with Tim Ferriss, Gary Vee, and Steven Bartlett.

I started to network with successful entrepreneurs who are having fun in their lives to see how I can replicate this for myself. With this ranking and the credibility it brings, my podcast has given me the opportunity to speak with people such as:

top 10 apple podcast ranking for entrepreneurs can party
top 10 apple podcast ranking for entrepreneurs can party

It’s the small details which can help you scale the charts in 6 days.

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I launched my podcast, Entrepreneurs Can Party, on 4th March 2020. Just 6 days later, it was a U.K. top 10 ranking entrepreneurship podcast on Apple Podcasts.

This wasn’t a fluke, and it wasn’t cheap. Six months of preparation went into the launch. I’ve also spent close to $4,000 on my podcast to date. However, a lot of this was unnecessary. Even though the £400 I spent on a 30-minute conversation was useful, for example, it was mostly stuff I’d heard already.

With this in mind, I know it’s possible to launch a podcast and get it ranking in the top 10 of Apple Podcasts in less than a week. Here’s my take on where you should splash the cash, as well as how to create a podcast for next to nothing. …

And how hiring her has changed my life.

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In April 2020, I hired a virtual assistant. She does all the things I hate doing. Just as importantly, she gets to work from home, spend more time with family, and learn a bunch of new skills.

The process has changed my life. By saving 10+ hours a week, I’ve been able to spend more time with family and friends, and I’ve put together my first Udemy course.

It hasn’t been without challenges. I’ve also made many mistakes along the way. Here are five of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the last seven months.

1. Putting systems in place saves time and money

One of my friends hired a virtual assistant around the same time I did. We went about it in much the same way, having come across Travis Marziani’s YouTube channel, but our results have been different. For one thing, my VA still works for me. …

I’ve only had five sessions but this might just work.

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I was on the phone with my mum last week, telling her about hypnosis. She didn’t get it. I could have been speaking Latin.

To be fair, I didn’t either, at least at first. When I spoke with my coach, I was expecting a pendent swinging before my eyes and all my worries to be swept away. The reality was different. She asked me questions, guided me through exercises, and set me homework.

Still, even after five sessions — one with my coach and four without — I feel excited. I think it might be working.

The fundamental aim of hypnosis is to shift your beliefs. According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the “state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness” brought on by hypnosis may help us use our own minds more powerfully. …

Your podcast guests can become your biggest cheerleaders when you delight them.

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We all want to be seen. Whether it’s a smile or a thank you, appreciation is a wonderful gift.

Nothing is truer for podcast guests. They’re giving up their time, usually on an evening, to speak with someone they’ve likely never met and to give advice they usually charge others to hear. Oh, and they’re likely to be answering the same questions they’ve heard a million times before.

As podcasters, then, the least we can do is show our appreciation. And yet, it’s something I see from very few people! …

I was able to ignore 70% of candidates with this single trick.

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In April 2020, I hired my first virtual assistant. She’s been a dream to work with and saves me 10 hours a week.

To get to this point, I put in a ton of work. I also made my application as attractive as possible by pointing out the benefits of working for me, such as being able to work whenever.

This led to me receiving a large number of applications for the job I posted. Luckily, I knew a few tricks.

Tim Ferriss writes about them in his best-selling book, The 4 Hour Work Week. The idea is this: You want to separate applicants who haven’t taken the time to read your job post from those who have. …

Scribbling on paper has helped us both.

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My brother is 28. It’s an age of responsibility, right? Still, I get the feeling he doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing.

I shouldn’t judge. I don’t either. But my concern is he’s popped four kids into this world with two different mothers. And he’s been unemployed for five years. And his last job lasted a couple of months. And he’s a recovering addict.

I’m not ashamed, I’m not resentful, but I am scared — scared for the lives of the children he’s bringing into this world. What hope will they have? Who will be their role models?

More importantly, what can I do? How can I help? I feel so small but surely there must be…

Please stop saying it does.

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It’s my pet peeve.

I’ll see a post on Instagram where someone links two separate events. They then determine the good wouldn’t have happened without the bad. Everything happens for a reason and all that.

I think this is total BS.

Let me be clear; I was one of these people. I used to connect the dots. I celebrated wins, failing to acknowledge the countless graces working in my favour. I thought all things must happen for a reason.

And then Steven Bartlett got me thinking.

He mentioned in one of his podcasts that if things really do happen for a reason, why do millions of children in Africa starve? And why are thousands of innocent people murdered every single year? If you believe in the ‘reason narrative’ for the convenient stories, what about the inconvenient ones — the ones where it doesn’t make sense? …

About

Scott Stockdale

Host of Top 10 Rated Podcast | Published in P.S. I Love You, Entrepreneurs’s Handbook & Inspired Writer | Outsource: https://www.udemy.com/share/103LyG/

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