Bottleneck Breakthrough By Joshua Long

  • August 16, 2017
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Just stated reading Bottleneck Breakthrough How To Find And Fix Your #1 Business Challenge To Unlock Sustainable Growth, Fast by Joshua Long and I’m loving it! Anyone looking to grow their own business should pick up this book.

Bottleneck Breakthrough hasn’t been released yet, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a brand shinny new pre release copy. You can apply the bottleneck breakthrough method to achieve predictable growth plateaus in every business, and every stage of revenue, whether you’re at $100K or $100M. Best of all his technique builds on what you already do in your business so you don’t have to completely overhaul your operation.

Purchase the book: http://bottleneckbreakthrough.com/book

Bottleneck Breakthrough Book

What’s a Bottleneck?

A bottleneck according to the author is “any point of friction in your business that prevents you from generating more revenue or generating the same revenue more easily.” If your company is just starting out the most common bottleneck is the owner can no longer keep everything running smoothly.

If your business does have a bottleneck this book will show you how to breakthrough step-by-step, complete with action items. Each chapter ends with a complete set of action items for you to follow. I found it interesting that Joshua Long places such importance on good management, especially in small business. I feel management has kind of become a dirty word, Josh feels it’s undervalued in small business and possibly overvalued in fortune 500 companies. Interesting perspective. “Small business owners equate the topic of management with bureaucracy, creating unnecessary oversight and slowing down the implementation process.” Joshua also recommends another “dirty word” in the book, a meeting. Yes, the dreaded meeting word, but not just any meeting a weekly implementation meeting. He guarantees that you at least will get back 3 hours for every one hour you invest in these meetings.

Why Should I Even Listen To Author Joshua Long?

Joshua Long is “a consultant who focuses on helping B2B companies in the $10 million to $100 million range break through their current revenue plateaus and unlock rapid growth. Through his experience as an entrepreneur, marketing director for BBI (The company owned by Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins), and consultant, he has developed Bottleneck Breakthrough Method. It has proven most reliable for unlocking rapid growth for his clients, while reducing the risk of waster capital in the process.”

The book breaks down it’s 6 sections by levels of growth. “The 6 levels of growth include: Mindset, vision, systems, management, strategy, and marketing.” First the forward details the bottleneck, then book goes into the big idea, optimization. Next, in marketing it go into your funnel, traffic pillars, and closing. In management book delves into basics, weekly implementation meeting, and confrontation. Systems is up next with creating one, delegation, documentation, and automation. Then book goes into vision asking readers to explain their goals, and creating a bottleneck breakthrough plan. Finally the book ends with mindset and getting free.

It’s not just a book about generalities it’s a book with specific tactics and tips such as using Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Hotjar tracking tool, Xero the less clunky Quickbooks, and just good old fashioned spreadsheets. I’m just using these examples as proof this isn’t just a book with a birds eye view of the business world, it’s both macro and micro. The best of both worlds.

My Favorite Sections

I especially like the section about reducing fires. I can totally relate to the phenomenon of business owners becoming full time “firemen.” Not firemen in the traditional sense of putting out actual fires, but putting out fires throughout their business. In other words you are completely reactive ALL DAY and end up getting nothing productive done. The solution according to this book is to document and delegate. I also enjoyed the section where Long explains the Dunning-Kruger Effect where when you first start out with 0 experience you have the most confidence, but as you move forward and gain more skin your confidence dips and only rises until you reach the expert phase of your career. One of the hardest things for me to do in my business is to delegate and for reasons Long talks about in the book. “It takes more effort to tell someone else how to do this, so I’ll just do it myself.” I see daily tasks as branches on a tree, I decide to one thing and that thing has unintended consequences that branch off into other obligations. So the thought of delegation also leads me to that fear of for every action there’s a reaction and delegating this task will end up being more work than me doing it myself. Joshua suggests shifting the stating to something more positive, “How easily can I give this to someone who would love doing it and do a great job at it?”

Conclusion

I actually loathe most business books, specially because many authors tend to write about clique generalities or base writing solely off case studies. I do, however, like business books written by authors with first hand, in the trenches, experience. As far as I’m concerned there is no substitute for experience especially in business. That’s why I recommend this book, Bottleneck Breakthrough because it’s an step-by-step, actionable guide to business born out of real world experience. Thanks Joshua Long for writing such a comprehensive business book!

 

AVATXT Messenger To Aid The Blind On GoFundMe

  • July 28, 2017
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AVATXT started as a aid to help combat distracted drivers by reading users text messages. This is why AVATXT was initially created. Please Donate just $5 and you will make a difference helping distracted drivers and also their new campaign helping the blind.

Visit GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/avatxt-messenger-to-aid-the-blind

You can download AVATXT texting app now from Android for free. The app gets very good reviews on Android, 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 39 customer reviews.

AVANTXT Banner App

Download the app here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.extr.rnf.avatxt

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The goal of their GoFundMe campaing is $3,800 and right now they have 2 backers. AVATXT is looking to expand beyond the original idea to help the visual impaired, but I’d like to touch on the issue of distracted driving. I live in Washington State where a new ‘E-DUI’ law just went into effect. DUI normally stands for “Driving under the influence” but in this case they are taking poetic license and applying it to “cell phones.” Just shows you how serious of an issue distracted driving has become. That’s why AVATXT and products like it are so important. Drivers need to stop messing around with technology and start driving again. I guess when driverless cars become commonplace the laws can be relaxed once again, but until then we need more apps like AVATXT.

“When you are driving with a cell phone, you are a more dangerous driver than if you are driving drunk with a .08 blood alcohol level,” Gov. Jay Inslee said.

Whether you are blind and need help with your text messages or a distracted driver consider giving to the AVATXT’s GoFundMe campaign today.

NFL Players Helps LUX Atlanta Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

  • June 18, 2017
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LUX Atlanta, creator of the Celebrity-Hosted Event Series, and the LUX Elites: Top Ten Professionals to Watch, launched their Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo. This Campaign is the first step in their bid to expand, and it is aided by Philanthropist and NFL Player Darius Robinson. Right now LUX Atlanta has a goal of $20,000 on Indiegogo with lots of “Thank You” perks. Check out the campaign and donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-m-with-the-nfl-said-the-voice-on-my-phone–2#/

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Lux Atlanta’s CEO and Founder is D. Bryant. He plants to use the funds raised by the Indiegogo campaign to support expansion efforts. LUX Atlanta is actually the beneficially of great luck when they were suddenly endorsed heavily on social media by a well know NFL Player. LUX Atlanta now has a high quality problem on it’s hands. In order to continue providing world class service they need to obtain and office and at least one full time worker.

Curious to know who that NFL Player was who endorsed LUX Atlanta? Check out the actual endorsement YouTube video.

The Indiegogo campaign also comes with lots of perks. For example donate just $100 and get 1 general admission ticket to the Celebrity Hosted Event Series. Donate $50 and get 50% off. Donate $200 and get 1 VIP level ticket. Donate $350 (Best Deal) and get 2 VIP tickets. As you can see there are lots of perks for those that donate.

If you are interested in future LUX Atlanta events they have a complete list on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lux-atlanta-12349384780.

Help Lux Atlanta continue offering image-consulting/re-branding services, entertainment management services and celebrity-hosted events donate to their campaign today.

 

Foxfire Legend Of The Nine Tailed Fox Platformer Game

Introducing a unique Kickstarter to my Cash Sherpa readers called ‘Foxfire Legend Of The Nine Tailed Fox Platformer Game.’ The game looks awesome! I’d recommend going their Kickstarter page and watch the game play video https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foxxio/foxfire-legend-of-the-nine-tailed-fox-plattformer?ref=user_menu. If you are like me and can’t get enough of side scrolling video games consider contributing to their campaign and make the $11,218 happen.

Right now the ‘Foxfire Legend Of The Nine Tailed Fox Platformer Game’ has 3 backers and 32 days to go. Pledge €5 or more and get 1 place on the game credits! I’ve seen several Kickstarter campaigns and have not seen this at such a low price point. Give €10 and get 1 Steam Key for the game. The pledges go all the way up to €2,500 get 5x Steam Keys, 1 place in the game credits, get a copy of the game 7 days before general public, 5x Genesis DLC on Steam for the game, a Skype call or meeting with the developers, and 1 name recognition when they help a fox.

Who They Are

“My Name is Patrick and i come from Aldingen a Town near Stuttgart in Germany. me and my small team creating this game called Foxfire -Legend Of The Nine Tailed Fox which basically tells the story of flynn a fox who will rescue his family from an evil Warlord. So Our game has already been green lit and the reason for this campaign is that we need more financial help to make this Game even better. A Version for PS4,3 and Vita is also planned which is combined with additional costs. Another wish is to make a a hand drawn intro and ending as a real cartoon like in sonic CD for example. So the more we earn here the better the game will be which does not mean if we earn nothing we will make a bad Game. So you can help to make a top game – IMPORTANT: the Video shows Alpha Footage please keep that in mind.

Foxfire Legend Game

Foxfire Legend Game

The Story

“It’s dark in Urbia, a futuristic city reigned by the evil dictator Ironlord. The people are afraid of their dictator but still obey as Ironlord is the only one offering them the defense to fend of all the potential attackers. One day Ironlord was told by one of his counselors that a huge attack force is incoming even he can’t defeat with his whole army and his only chance of victory is by creating a new weapon strong enough to end all wars and conquer all the other kingdoms, making him the ruler of the whole known world. The dictator, who believes into occulcy and magic, calls in his scientists to create him the strongest weapon. The only problem with the weapon is the huge energy consumption it has. It’s so much that no known energy source is able to supply enough power to activate this weapon. Ironlord in dire need for a solution looks through the old libraries finding a book about an old legend about the “nine tailed fox“. It is said that the nine tailed fox gets his power by absorbing the energy of surrounding foxes, therefore creating an endless arcane energy source called „Foxfire“. Flynn the fox and his family live in the Aztec forest. One evening the earth starts shaking, trees are falling over and a loud metal roaring is sounding through the forest. Flynn tries to hide in a tree stump but has to witness his family being captured by huge metal machines, Ironlords Harvesters. After a long time silence crawls back into the forest, the air itself is burning and Flynn understood what happened. He tearfully pleaded to the heaven itself for help until suddenly a ghost appeared right behind him willing to help him. Flynn and his ghost friend have to learn a lot to find the troublesome path to Urbia to save his family and all the other missing foxes from the Aztec forest.”

The Features

Explore over 30 Levels in five worlds plus. Hidden levels where you can revisit levels to get the good 100 percent ending. Main character with all necessary abilities to pass the game. Local coop mode game setting. Achievements unlockable on any platform, three possible endings, and Easter Eggs.

Risks And Challenges

“If the Kickstarter campaign fails we cant implement the futures we wish and if we reach our goal we can do it. So a higher Kickstarter end result will make the game better because we can afford ideas we have in mind – cartoon Intros Endings etc – better Graphics – PS4 and Vita Versions as well as a Windows Store Version as i mentioned before if this campaign fails we will only make a Steam Version for Windows Mac and Linux and learn from our fails of the past to make a better game next time. If you wanna try the experience simply download the alpha version here: http://www.foxxio.de/ff.zip this demo contains one half level a title screen a map screen demo.”

If you do nothing else play the video of the game. After watching it I don’t see how you’d not want to donate to this campaign. The game looks like so much fun. Give to their Kickstarter campaign today: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/foxxio/foxfire-legend-of-the-nine-tailed-fox-plattformer?ref=user_menu I really want to see this game be the best it possibly can.

Cheap Cloud VPS Servers At IdeaStack

  • May 22, 2017
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Looking for a Cheap Cloud VPS Server? There is a great company called IdeaStack that offers this service. It’s a tier 1 bandwidth providers, root/administrator access, 24/7 technical support, tier 4 data center, instant scalability, and multiple locations.

For only $5/month get 1 GB memory, 1 core processor, india/usa locations, 30 GB diskspace, 1 TB transfer, control pannel, and 24/7 support. For those of you who have shopped around for VPS Servers from the big guys know that $5/month is a unheard of deal. Also, 24 hour customer support includes e-mail, not just phone call support as other hosting companies provide. Also, since it’s a smaller company wait times will be better for support. The standard wait time for customer service with the big hosting companies is about 30 – 45 min. wait. Having good customer service is a huge deal in my opinion when it comes to hosting.

Visit IdeaStack Today: http://ideastack.com/

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About Idea Stack

“IdeaStack solutions private limited Specializes in Web Hosting. We Have An Experience of 5 yrs in the web hosting industry. We have developed our own fault Tolerant white labeled system of clustering servers called optimized hosting. All sites hosted with us our hosted on our fault tolerant cluster to give you amazing performance and zero down times. In optimized hosting each site is hosted on a server which will give maximum performance on for your site. How this is done when you sign up with us your account is created on a random server then after you upload you site we continuously monitor it for usage statistics. Say if your site is a forum based and requires a lot high performance of My Sql server it will be moved to server with the lowest MySql load among the cluster. Best part all the servers are within the cluster so no changes are required from your side in the domain name server’s. Get hosted with IdeaStack solutions private limited and experience the difference.”

Have Questions? 

Visit their query page http://ideastack.com/#contact

Why not take a chance with this new player providing Cloud VPS Server and much more.

Expanse Speakers Expanding your Sound Experience

  • May 9, 2017
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Expand your sound experience with the Expanse Speakers on Indiegogo. Expanse Speakers are the revolutionary new speaker system that delivers crisp, clear room filling sound at a reasonable price. Right now you can back these speakers on Indiegogo for as little as $179.00.

Visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/expanse-speakers-expanding-your-sound-experience-audio#/

The Indiegogo for the Expanse Speakers was launched by Nathan Oxley of Melbourne, Australia. What’s striking about these speakers is they are only 1/2 inch thick and transparent. The design is unlike anything I’ve ever seen for a speaker. The speaker is basically a membrane under tension that produces sound equally front to back. I strongly urge my readers to take a look at them, they don’t even look like they would produce sound. Until now, electrostatic speakers have been costly, and only available in very high-end sound systems. But new innovations have made it possible to deliver electrostatic technology in a more affordable package.

Additional Information:

“Expanse Speakers are a new speaker system featuring electrostatic speaker panels in a gorgeous, super-thin package. The electrostatic speakers deliver expansive, “room filling” sound and super-low distortion, one order of magnitude lower than conventional cone speakers. The result is bigger, fuller, crisper and clearer sound. Until recently, such high-end technology has only been available in expensive sound systems. But now, clear, expansive sound is available to everyone.”

There are two Expanse Speaker models. One is meant to connect to your TV or computer, the larger model is meant to connect to your HDTV. The large model takes full advantage of the large diaphragm design, providing big, full sound, easily capable of filling an entire room. It can also be connected to Bluetooth audio for a wireless listening experience. Expansive Speakers deliver impeccable sound quality along 3 vectors: clarity, frequency range and volume.

There is also another speaker called ‘The SLAM’ this is your sub woofer. The SLAM is separate from the main electrostatic speaker set, but can be installed in a matter of seconds. The electrostatic speakers supply the crisp mid and high-range frequencies while the SLAM underlines this with rich bass.

The Perks

There are many perks, check out the campaign for complete details. I’m going to mention the lowest dollar perk and the top perk. There is a $179 early bird funding perk that gets you ‘The SLAM.’ Next at the highest price perk, $499, gets you ‘The Kick’ and ‘The SLAM.” Get in the early bird group right now and get all that for $459.

Expanse Speakers

The Expanse line of speakers are incredibly easy to use and set up, provide high quality sound, and feature gorgeous design. I have no doubt they will reach their $60,000 funding goal.

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