The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make

What do you think the best investment you can make is?

Stocks?

Gold?

Bitcoin?

Life Insurance?

There is a lot of argument over the above, but I would submit that the absolute best investment you can make is in yourself.

Jim Rohn said “Poor people have big TVs.  Rich people have big libraries.”

I may never meet the world’s best business minds, but I can learn from them by reading or listening to their books, listening to their podcasts, taking their courses, and attending their events.

Every year people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to receive a piece of paper that hangs on their wall that represents a degree they may never use.  And then they balk at spending $97 on a course that can make them back those hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Let’s take selling online as an example….I realize that with the internet there is a ton of free information out there.  So, yes, you could digest all the free info out there and start a business, but your time is super valuable.  It’s tedious work trying to wade through the plethora of content and then filtering through it for the best most accurate, up to date stuff.

And if you’re just starting out you might not even realize that the video you just watched is obsolete because Amazon changes so fast.

An investment into an online course or coaching program can save you time and money by short-cutting the process and helping you avoid mistakes that others make along the way

I’ve personally spent and continue to spend thousands of dollars every year on continuing education in the form of books, courses, mastermind groups, and live events.

I can guarantee you that my business would not be where it is today without investing in myself in this way.

My friend Dan Miller gave a keynote about this very topic at a conference I attended and did a whole podcast episode called “Your success is guaranteed – if you do this”  Here’s the link to it – https://www.48days.com/invest-in-yourself/

He suggests investing 3% of your income back into yourself and once you hit $50,000 per year to bump that number up to 5%.

So for example if you’re making $50,000 per year that would equate to $2500 per year or $208 per month.  For $2500 you could easily attend 1 or 2 conferences or book a coaching package with someone.

Dan says “See this as “investing” not “spending.”  If you purchase a 65″ TV you just spent that money, and your expense is depreciating every minute.  If you “invest” in yourself through a course that opens the door to a new opportunity, that investment can go up in value from the minute you begin.”

Shoot me an email (ryan@ryanreger.com) if you need some advice on where you might invest in yourself.  I’ve been doing this for a while and have gone through many courses and programs.  I’d be happy to help.

7 Steps to Realizing your Dreams

This past weekend I was in Indiana for my first ever Streams of Income Live Event.  I am thrilled with how well it went.  We had over 30 people in small town Pendleton, Indiana!

On Sunday I had the privilege of speaking at the church I went to when I lived in Indiana.  I felt lead to talk about how to realize your dreams.  The 7 steps below is a summary of that message.

I hope it blesses you!

7 Steps to Realizing your Dreams

1) Know who you are in Christ

Too many people never realize their dreams because they disqualify

themselves.  They feel like because of who they are or because of the

mistakes they’ve made that they’re not worthy of living their dreams and that God could never use them.

This is a HUGE lie!

Or maybe thoughts like these below have crept into your head…

Who are you to dream big? No one in your family has ever amounted to anything. 

You have always been a failure

Recognize these for what they are – lies.

You are the righteousness of God in Christ (Romans 5:21).  You are a child of the most high God!

There is NOTHING that can disqualify you from fulfilling God’s call on your life and living your dreams!

 

2) Get a Vision for your Life

This might look different for you, but the best way for me to get a vision for my life is to pray and get quiet.
The ideas I’ve received during these prayerful quiet times have been the best ones.

3) Write down the Vision

Habakkuk 2:2 says “Write the vision”
I have a journal where I write things down from my prayer time.  Many times these things get implemented in my business.
For some things I go one step further and put it on my vision board.
For example….I have the desire to do more speaking events like I did this past weekend.  I feel it’s something I’m called to do.  So I found a picture of a guy speaking in front of a large crowd and this is on my vision board among many other things.
And…I look at my vision board every day.

4) Take Action

It’s not enough to just write your dreams down.  You must take action on those dreams.
I believe that many people miss God’s plan for their lives because it’s

disguised as work.
You probably won’t know every single step you should take.  Just take the first one.
Then the next.  Then the next.
With action comes clarity.

5) Don’t Rely on your Own Efforts

In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul says “ 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.”

“Hustle” is a word you hear a lot in business. I know not everyone that uses this word means it this way, but what typically comes to my mind when I hear “hustle” is work 18 hour days, sacrifice family time, and work some more and that it’s all up to me to make it happen.

I could never ever do what I do without the grace of God.  St. Augustine said “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though

everything depended on you.”

The more I rely on His grace (unmerited favor) the more doors of

opportunity open for me.

6) Surround Yourself with Dream Cheerleaders

Not everyone is going to be your biggest fan and believe you can realize your dreams.  Limit your time with those folks or distance yourself

completely.
You are on a mission and can’t afford to be de-railed by naysayers who don’t get the vision.
Find those people that cheer you on and hang out with them.

7) Consistency is Key

It’s easy to start, but harder to finish.
Small consistent effort over a long period of time produces massive results.
Keep doing the work – over and over and over again.

Go get your dreams!!!

Just Get Started

Me and my business partner Jenni Hunt were on a brainstorming call with a client this week and when asked what else we could do for her she said “I just need to get started.”

Many people I talk to struggle with the how of getting started…they analyze it too much and never take action.  Or they aren’t really sure what to do first.

I heard a quote from Carl Jung recently that said “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”

Rich Litvin, author of The Prosperous Coach says “Stop waiting for clarity.  Clarity can be useful before you begin. But you don’t need it. Take one tiny step. And then the next. And then the next. You’ll be surprised at what you accomplish.”

My family and I had the privilege of traveling to the UK back in May of last year and we toured the Arundel Castle.  Inside the castle are some very long, winding staircases in which you can’t see the top while standing at the bottom.  Our business journey and even our life journey is sometimes like that winding staircase.  You just take one small step after one small step until you reach the top.

I’ve hosted many live events over the past several years, but this weekend is my very first Streams of Income Live event.  I’ve had it on my heart for several years now to do an event on this topic.  So I’m just stepping out and being obedient.  I believe that the Lord is going to send the people there that need to be there.

I’m not going to have a huge crowd and that’s okay.  If I can help just one person re-ignite those dreams inside of them it will have been worth it.

What is on your heart to do?

There’s never going to be a perfect time.  You just need to take action and get started.

My very first live event was at my home several years ago.  The reason I did that was to keep the expenses down, but also to be very honest I had no idea if anyone would come.  And if no one showed up, no one but me and my wife would know.  Ha!

Thankfully I did have 7 people fly from all over the country to come to my house for a day and a half event.  But had I been too nervous to try that first one I wouldn’t be doing the one this weekend.

So again I ask….what is it on your heart to do?

Please take action on it because the world needs the gifts you have.

How can I help you get started?

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In this shorter than normal episode Ryan encourages the listener to not wait for clarity to take action on those dreams in your heart.  There’s never going to be a perfect time.  Start now!

Links mentioned in this episode:

Email me at ryan@ryanreger.com for ideas on a Streams of Income Live event in your area.

Streams of Income Live

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How Greg Turned His Facebook Ads Knowledge into a Thriving Business – 024

In this episode Ryan chats with Greg Tosi who recently made the leap from his full time job to being a full time entrepreneur.
Listen in as they discuss how to find your niche, how to know when to leave your job, and even how you can get started growing your business with Facebook ads.

Links mentioned in the episode:

48 Days Eagles

GregTosi.com

Calendly

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Launch Your MVP

In the sports world “MVP” means “Most Valuable Player.”  In the online business world we call it “Minimum Viable Product.”

We live in the greatest time in history of the world to be an entrepreneur.

Why do I say that?

Because in this age of the internet you don’t have to put together a fancy business plan and risk your entire life savings to start a business.

I love teaching people how to create multiple streams of income using the internet and what’s so cool is that every single one of these strategies can be launched with very little and sometimes no monetary investment at all!!  And several can be launched with zero experience!

Even though it’s easy to start a business sometimes I see students of mine making the mistake of thinking everything has to be perfect to launch that course, publish that book, or test that new product.  Well….there’s never going to be a perfect time and your product isn’t going to do anyone any good if it never gets off the ground.

My friend and New York Times best-selling author of the book 48 Days to the Work you Love, Dan Miller preaches not to wait until everything’s perfect.  He says that done is better than perfect every time.  In fact, his first version of 48 Days to the Work you Love was printed at Kinko’s and was held together by spiral binding.  Now that’s a minimum viable product!
If Dan had waited until he had a publishing deal his book may have never made it past his own hard drive.

What is it that you’re “waiting for the perfect time” to do?

I challenge you…..just launch it in MVP form.  You can always make changes later.

The world needs what you have to offer.  Get it done and out the door!

The Big 3

Do you have a long list of To-dos that seem to never get done or just never seem to move the needle in your business?  This tip below will help.

I’m a student of productivity.  I’m always looking for ways to improve how I work.

This one tip has made a huge impact on my business and it’s this….

Focus on your Big 3

What’s the “Big 3?”

It’s the 3 things that you MUST accomplish today no matter what.  What are the 3 things that will move your business forward the most today?

It most likely won’t be something like organizing your mail or scrolling through Facebook.
If you’re selling physical products online it might be calling on a wholesale account or getting out a shipment.
If you’re working on building your personal brand it might be writing a blog post or going live in your Facebook group.

Whatever your Big 3 is they need to be the 3 most important things that will make the most impact on your business.  Too often we get distracted with the fires that start and we never make progress on the important things that will really help us reach our goals.

So make it a practice to write down (either the night before or the morning) your 3 most important tasks and just focus on those.

The rest either can wait, can be delegated, or don’t need to be done at all.

Even Knuckleheads Can Do This!​

Are you a knucklehead?

Probably not, but even if you were you can build an online business.

My radio guest this week is my good friend Karl Jacobi and he says that when he started his business he was a complete knucklehead – making tons of mistakes.

I’ve definitely made my share of mistakes and had my knucklehead moments.  Just ask my wife.  🙂  The important thing is that knuckleheads like Karl and I have kept going.  We’ve kept learning and taking action.

When I asked Karl what he would do if he had to start over again he said he would

……start selling items from around his home

……source books because they’re inexpensive and have high profit

potential

……re-invest that money into replenishables (items that sell over and over again)

……get into the Amazon Legends group, develop relationships, and soak up the content

He cautioned, however, to soak up just one piece of the business at a time.  It’s so easy to get what we call shiny object syndrome and “hop around like a little squirrel.”

His advice is to get one part of the business going successfully, automate it and outsource it which will allow you to move on to something else.  Then rinse and repeat the process.

Karl just recently quit his job because of the success in his business and he credits much of his success to what he learned in the Amazon Legends group.

I want more success stories like Karl so I invite you to follow his advice and try out the Legends group. 

Here’s a link for a 14 day trial – https://amzlegends.com/14days

Even a Knucklehead Can Do It – 022

In the beginning of his e-commerce business, Karl Jacobi, made some knucklehead moves as he describes in this episode.
Yet it didn’t stop him from building a business that has allowed him to quit his job and be at home with his family.

In this entertaining episode you’ll learn how he went from selling car parts on eBay to now having a team of people that source and ship for him.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Proven Amazon Course

Amazon Legends 14 Day Trial

Replen Dashboard – Use Code “FriendofRyan” for 10% off for life!

MySilentTeam Facebook Group (Free)

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