From Chaos to Clarity

Endless to do lists.

Social Media.

Shiny objects.

A crying toddler 🙂

All of these and more can contribute to chaos in our lives.  When things are chaotic we’re just surviving not thriving.     

My friend Mariane Renner, this week’s podcast guest and author of the book Chaos to Clarity says “Chaos is the biggest thief in our lives.  It robs us of our goals, our dreams, our true purpose, and of living the lives we were meant to live.”

When chaos is present we may be busy but we’re usually busy with distractions.

So how do we break the cycle of chaos?  Marianne says we need to get focused on our purpose.

We have to know our why.  When we have clarity of purpose we’ll be directed to the next right action and cut through the chaos.

Doing the next right action means we’re not busy with those distractions and we’ll be moving our business forward.

From Chaos to Clarity – 014

This episode is packed full of wisdom.  Author, Speaker, and Coach Marianne Renner shares how your thoughts determine your destiny.
Chaos is the biggest thief in our lives. It robs us of our goals, it robs us of our dreams, it robs us of our true purpose–and of living the lives we were meant to live.  This episode will help you find the clarity and confidence you need to live each day with deeper meaning and purpose in your business, career, and family.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Marianne’s Home Page

Dan Miller and 48 Days

Chaos to Clarity Journal

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Step Out of your Comfort Zone and Into your Calling

Yesterday I had the privilege of chatting with a gentleman who wrote a fiction book and he was wondering how to get the word out about it and to create a stream of income from it.

Like any product or service you have, you want to find out who your ideal audience is and where they hang out – online and even offline.  His book has a message behind it so one idea I had for him was to find events he could speak at.  He basically said that it would be outside his comfort zone to do that.  I told him that I totally empathize with him and began to explain what has really helped me in this area because much of what I do is or at one time was outside of my comfort zone.

I was praying about this one time and sensed the Lord telling me that the message I have is not about me.  It’s His message and I’m just the messenger.  For me it’s way more comfortable to talk about someone else and what they’re doing so the idea of having to promote me is just not something I like to do.
So when I learned that I’m only the messenger, that totally took the
pressure off and made me more comfortable sharing and promoting this message that’s on my heart.

Is there something on your heart that you know has been placed there by the Lord?  Don’t hold back in fear of being seen as self-promoting.  It’s not about you.  It’s not about me.  It’s about Him and the message He wants to use you to bring to the world.  Allow yourself to be used by Him.

Get over any anxiety you have about it and just get the job done.

Write that book.

Start that blog.

Whatever it is….get it done.

The world needs it.

“You Make it Seem so Effortless”

Yesterday I was blessed with the opportunity to meet with a friend and chat with him about how to take his love and knowledge of baseball and turn it into a business.

Was I working?  Yes.

Was I having fun?  Yes.

I feel like one of my gifts is helping people see opportunity…helping them figure out how to take something they’re passionate about and turn it into streams of income.  I absolutely love the brainstorming process and watching as the light bulbs go off in their heads and they also see the hundred dollar bills floating around in the air.

When I’m in meetings or calls like this I feel like I’m in what my friend Dan Miller calls the Zone of Genius.  It’s that place where you’re able to use those unique abilities God has placed within you and you feel fulfilled. 

As I was thinking about what to write in this email, I was reminded of a chapter in my book Finding your Grace Place.  (You can get it for free here –

That chapter is called “Effortless” and it was referring to a compliment that I received from a colleague about how I run my business.

I work hard, but like yesterday’s meeting with my friend it doesn’t often feel like work.  I was playing in my Zone of Genius or what I call in my book my Grace Place.

1 Corinthians 15:10 sheds some light on this:

“But by the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not [found to be] for nothing (fruitless and without effect). In fact, I worked harder than all of them [the apostles], though it was not really I, but the grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God which was with me.”

It was the grace of God working through me and I was in my grace zone. When you’re doing something you’re good at and you’re graced for, it’s fun.

In contrast, when you’re not good at something it’s no fun at all.

Where’s your Grace Place or your Zone of Genius?  Spend more time there.  When you step into what God has called you to do and you’re relying on His grace, you can’t help but to change the world around you by His grace which is flowing through you.

Others will describe your life as effortless and you’ll just smile and say “It’s the Grace of God.”

How to Find your Niche, Scale your Business and Build your Brand. With Guest Jason Miles – 012

In this episode you’ll hear from best selling author Jason Miles on how to scale your business, how to build a brand, how to find your niche and the importance of having what Warren Buffet calls a “castle with an unbreachable moat.”

Jason and Cinnamon started selling doll clothes on eBay and now they own their own sales platform and are changing lives in Africa through their non-profit organization.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Pixie Faire

Marketing Warfare by Al Ries

Winning on Shopify Course

Instagram Power

Pinterest Power

Brand Builders Masterclass

Sew Powerful

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The Key to Overcoming what’s Holding you Back. With Guest Christie Hertzler – 011

In spite of Christie’s health challenges she has built an incredible business.  This episode will destroy excuses and uncover the key to overcoming challenges we all face.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Amazon Legends Group

Amazon Merch – Amazon’s Print on Demand T-Shirt Platform

48 Days Eagles

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The Key to Overcoming what’s Holding you Back

If you think of your life as a movie what genre would it be?

I know we all have times when it might be a comedy or times when things aren’t going well or you’re going through some difficult times and you would call it a horror show.  But if you had to select one genre that sums up what your life has been so far what would it be?

My podcast guest this week is my good friend Christie Hertzler.  Several years ago Christie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Much like an actor in a movie Christie didn’t choose that script.  She could have continued to play the actor role and let that script play out for her.  No one would fault her if she let that diagnosis define her life and she made that an excuse for why she couldn’t build a business.  Rather Christie took the role of producer and writer and re-wrote the script of her life.  So instead of sitting at home feeling sorry for herself she started an Amazon business and now has multiple streams of income.

Life isn’t always fair and you might be dealing with some serious things that could hold you back from what God has called you to do.  I encourage you….re-write your script.  I believe that what the enemy meant for your harm, God will turn into something good.  Your mess will become your message.  That horror movie will turn into an inspiring story of someone (you) who overcame what life threw at them and built an incredible business and life.

Here’s a short clip from my interview with Christie that will inspire you –


How to Stop Chasing the Squirrels

Do you sometimes feel like the hunting dog that gets distracted by every squirrel it sees?

I know I do.

You take a course and jump in with both feet like the dog that has just been unleashed into the woods, but a squirrel runs right in front of you and you get distracted and start chasing the squirrel instead.  Even worse there are scads of squirrels all over the place and you want to chase them all.  Can you relate?

The good news is everywhere you look you see opportunity.  The bad news is everywhere you look you see opportunity and you let it take your focus off of what you need to be doing.  This is a common ailment in the age of the internet we’re living in.  There is definitely opportunity everywhere which is crazy exciting.  There are so many ways to make money online and while many of them are really good ideas only a few are the right ideas for you.

Fortunately, there is a cure for this ailment that we call Shiny Object

Syndrome and I’m going to give it to you right now.

All you need is a pair of glasses.  Let me explain……

Earlier this week I carved out some time in the morning to pray and think about my business.  I wrote down the things I really enjoy doing and I thought about who the ideal person is I’m trying to serve.

For my ideal tasks I thought about whether they get me closer to my overall goals or farther away.  For example, I value my free time.  I never want to be the guy that works 12 hour days at the expense of my family.  So through that lens I look at potential opportunities and the tasks that need to get done in my business. 

This is the cure to Shiny Object Syndrome….getting a clear focus on what you’re trying to accomplish and evaluating opportunity through that lens.  Hence, put on your glasses.

What are your ultimate goals?

What do you enjoy doing?  Try to do more of that.

Who is your ideal audience?

I’m sure there are other questions that you can ask yourself to filter

opportunities through, but the important thing is to put on your glasses.

Get a clear focus of what you’re trying to accomplish and your why of doing it.  Then those opportunities (shiny objects) that don’t fit will be much easier to say no to.

How to Fire your Banker and Become your Own Source of Financing. With guest Mark Willis – 010

In this episode Ryan talks with Financial Planner Mark Willis about how to fire your banker, become your own source of financing, and meet your financial goals without unnecessary risks.


Links mentioned in this episode:

Amazon Legends Group – Get your free, no-obligation 15-minute Strategy Session and Analysis

Not your Average Financial Podcast

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Hit by a Truck and Shot in the Chest But His Business Still Thrives

My friend Benji shouldn’t even be alive.

In May of 2018 while sitting in traffic he was hit from behind by an 18-wheeler going over 50 mph.  It knocked him and his truck ¼ mile through a power line pole and a fence.  If that wasn’t bad enough he suffered a ladder to the back of his head causing a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage which resulted in 5 days in ICU and 6 full months out of work.

It’s a miracle that he survived.  That accident would have been enough excitement for most people, but Benji “decided” to get accidentally shot in the chest in February of this year.
He and some friends were on a guys trip in Georgia and Benji took a 40 caliber hollow point dead center to his chest.  At the time they were at a state park a full hour away from the hospital.

This accident resulted in a 28 day stay in the hospital 3-1/2 hours away from home.

For most folks accidents like this would result in severe financial stress due to missing so much work, but because Benji and Angie had built up their Amazon business it continued to pay the bills while Angie was able to nurse him back to health.

About 4 years ago they started with $300 and have grown their business to where they’ll hit about $400,000 in sales for 2019!

You can listen to the rest of Benji’s story in the most recent podcast episode here –

Hopefully you don’t have to endure a severe car crash and a gunshot to the chest, but I do want you to be like Benji and have a business that can allow you to take time off (not in the ICU, though) and it still pay the bills.

It took Benji and Angie 4 years to get to where they are now.  2023 will come no matter what.  It’s up to you what your business looks like when it does.  Will you be wishing you took action now or will you be at $400,000 in sales?

It’s up to you.

Hit by a Truck and Shot in the Chest But His Business Still Thrives. With guest Benji Laney – 009

It’s a miracle that Benji is even still alive.  In 2018 he was hit by a bus and in early 2019 accidentally shot in the chest.  Listen in as Benji describes how his business continued even as he was going through a grueling recovery process.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Amazon Legends

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The Super Secret Key to Knowing EXACTLY What to Sell​

“You look like you want a spicy chicken sandwich with fries and a lemonade”

Is that what you hear when you’re greeted by a friendly Chick-fil-a employee?

No.  What do they or any other fast food restaurant employee say instead?

Yes……”How may I help you?”

My VAs (Virtual Assistants) from the Philippines are here this week for our Amazon Legends Family Reunion (that’s what we call our conferences) and I introduced them to Chick-fil-a for the first time.  You’re welcome, Zech and Rain!  🙂

So what’s the super secret way to find out what your customers want?


In my interview with photographer Katie Lamb she talks about how

listening to her audience lead the way to creating multiple streams of income.

(You can listen to her episode here –
Katie is in a business in which in order to make more money she has to book more sessions or work more hours.  She’s already swamped being a mom of almost 4 year old twins so she needed to do something differently.

Rather than guess at what her audience might want she started listening and engaging with them.  She now makes money through her course, coaching, and even brand sponsorships.

Do you need to create multiple streams of income?
Find a group to serve, ASK them what they need, and fill it.  No guessing involved.

How Katie turned her passion and talent into multiple income streams. With guest Katie Lamb – 008

If you’re in a business that you need to work more hours or book more clients to make more money then this episode is must listen to one for you!
Katie Lamb took her love and passion for photography and turned it into a course, a coaching program, brand sponsorships and more!

Links mentioned in this episode:

Katie’s Blog

Katie Lamb Photography and Films

Katie’s Instgram

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What are you Working Through?

My podcast guest for this week is my friend Brian Dixon, author of the book Start with Your People.  In our interview we talked about this question – What are you Working Through?

This is a question he asks of friends, clients and even strangers.

My friend Jim Cockrum has a similar way of asking this – “What are you working on and how can I help?”

These are brilliant questions and here’s why… gets people to talk and allows you the opportunity to figure out how to serve them.

I know most of you read my emails, take my courses or read my books because you want to make more money and you might be wondering why this topic of service comes up so much in my emails.  The truth is…. if you want to make more money you have to know how to serve people.

You can guess at what they might need, buy why not just ask them?

A question like “What are you working through?” will open the door for them to tell you what they’re struggling with, what their pain points are.

As someone who might have their solution this is super valuable information.  And even if you don’t have the solution you just became a listening ear for someone and you’re showing them how much you care just by asking and being interested in them.

As I’m writing this I’m in Atlanta for the Paid to Speak Conference.  At lunch yesterday I was talking to a fellow attendee about ideas on how she could serve her audience.  She has just written a book as well and she was wondering what the next step might be.

She could guess at what her audience might need or she can simply ask them.

I told her to engage with those members in her Facebook group or maybe even offer a short coaching call to a few of them to get some valuable feedback about where they are in their journey.  Either of these will provide valuable information and will give her insight on the next product or service she needs to create to serve those people.  Rather than her guessing, this will be the exact product or service they need because it came from talking to her customers.

So the point to this is if you want to make more money in your business you have to serve people.  To do that you have to know what they want and to do that you can simply ask them.

Because you’re my customers and friends let me ask you….What are you working through?

Maybe your business is good, but you’re dealing with something in your family or personal life.  Shoot me an email ( and I’d be more than happy to pray for you.

Have a blessed weekend, my friend!!!

Loving your Work and Making the Dream Happen With Guest Brian Dixon – 007

Brian Dixon, Author of Start with your People, unpacks the following: how to love what you do, how his morning routine plays a part in his success, the question he asks people that allows him to serve them in a greater way, and how to deal with difficult people.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Start with Your People

Brian’s Tedx Talk: How to do your Impossible

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Is It Okay to Dream Big?

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the Proven Conference and one of my breakout sessions was about dreaming and creating a vision board.

In that session I lead the attendees through an exercise I call “Your Ideal Day.”  In this exercise I had them take out a sheet of paper or their phone and think through what their ideal day looks like?
Some of the questions I asked were…

What time are you waking up?

Where are you waking up?  Are you in your dream home?

What are you doing that day?

One of the attendees of that session told me it was a difficult exercise for her to go through because she felt like she didn’t have permission to dream – that it was somehow selfish to think about what she wanted.

Back in 2009 I wrote this in my journal “What if God could use me to teach people to dream again?”

Well…I’m giving you permission to dream.  We all start life off as dreamers.  Think about children for a minute.  They’re really good at thinking big.  But somewhere along the line we get “practical” and settle.  I’m telling you it doesn’t have to be that way.

Maybe you listened to someone or several someones that told you to play it safe – to take the safe job, that those things you used to dream about aren’t possible for you.  I’m here to tell you that they’re all possible!!
Those dreams that God placed in your heart are there for a reason and if you’re still breathing they can be switched back on and come to life.

How bad do you want it?

Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone to make them happen?

If you’re struggling with feeling selfish for dreaming big dreams let me throw this at you….I think it’s selfish not to.We’re not here on this earth just to live life for ourselves.  Those dreams in your heart are for someone else.  There is someone waiting for you to step out and do what you are called to do.

If you’re content to only live for yourself you’re missing out on a HUGE blessing and those that you need you are missing out as well.

So dream BIG!

Traveling the World and Running a Business at the Same Time. With guest Chris Niemeyer – 006

Are you working in your business or on your business?
In this episode Productivity Coach Chris Niemeyer talks about how to outsource parts of your business, how to implement systems and processes, and how to scale your business.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Mission Travel

Amazon Merch

EFM Life

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