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.

Boon Investments Direct U.S. Investment Made Simple

  • July 24, 2017
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Available in 140 countries Boon Investments makes investing in the U.S. financial markets easier. Boon offers international investors passive, long-term investments in the United States equities, bonds, and real estate markets.

All you have to do to get started with Boon is pick the companies you want to invest in and they will algorithmically optimize your portfolio. Your picks combine with Boon’s creating a diversified portfolio of assets to minimize risk and maximize returns. Rather than assigning users a typical S&P 500 fund, Boon Investments use sets of optimization algorithms to allow users to create their own portfolio. Boon considers multiple factors when generating a custom portfolio for our users, including personal preferences, risk tolerance, market trends, and market simulations.

Learn more about Boon Investments: https://www.booninvestments.com/

Boon Investments

How Do I Use?

Go to their web site: BoonInvestments.com

Apple Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/boon-investments/id1046427689?ls=1&mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.booninvestments.boon

Right now the site app isn’t rated on Apple, but on Google it gets 4 out of 5 starts, 100-400 installs.

Because Boon Investments are entirely digital they are able to offer users a less expensive and more accessible way to invest. Boon believes that they offer users a unique opportunity to easily invest how they want and in the companies they believe in.

How Do They Operate?

“Boon operates under a master/sub account structure with its broker-dealer. Under this relationship, Boon controls a single master account that is divided into multiple sub-accounts. A sub-account is opened for each of Boon’s clients. Boon has entered into an agreement with ICBCFS to  serve as the qualified custodian for Boon Client accounts.”

Want To Know More?

Watch this short video about Boon Investments:

https://www.facebook.com/booninvestments/videos/1337755169671007/

I like the idea of using algorithms to help investors maximize returns instead of simple putting your money into a index fund. Not only do you get the benefit of Boon’s picks creating a diversified portfolio of assets to minimize risk and maximize returns Boon also makes it easy for investors around the world to invest in US financial markets.

Gary Sherwin Author Of Immortalis On Patreon

  • July 19, 2017
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Gary Sherwin author of Immortalis The Fallen needs your support on Patreon. Sherwin has been a professional writer for nearly a year, Immortalis is his first book. If you enjoy sci-fi, horror, and thriller themes mixed into novel consider supporting Sherwin’s Patreon campaign today at https://www.patreon.com/Gsherwin. The world needs more writers like Gary Sherwin.

Gary has one big issue he needs Patreon’s help with. Sherwin can write far faster than he can afford to publish his creations. That’s where all the good people in the Patreon community come in. This Patreon campaign will help the author with editing, advertising, and everything else that’s associated with marketing.

The book currently gets 4.5/5 stars on Amazon. One testimonial on Amazon reads “WOW!! what a BEGINNING! I loved the opening pages of the prologue, the intrigue and the suspense was mind blowing… Gave me goosebumps. G. M. Sherwin’s brilliant debut, Immortalis, is one of the best books I have read in 2017 (Dr.shalini).”

What Are The Rewards?

The $1 donation level gets you access to Patreon only content and sneak peak photos. $3/month gets you behind the scenes, all previous rewards, access to alpha advanced group on Facebook Sherwin Publications, and digital copy of books before their release. The rewards go all the way up to $50 and that will get you all the previous rewards plus a signed copy of the book!

Patreon Book Gary Sherwin

There is no specific goal to this campaign other than to get monthly donors.

Gary Sherwin has enjoyed reading since he was a child, getting lost in other worlds created by great writers. Finally, Sherwin in his early 20s, began to write and create his own works filled with mystery and rich characters. After a long struggle perfecting his technique a first book was created. Make sure Gary Sherwin can continue his life long dream of being a professional writer by supporting the Patreon campaign today.

The Smartest Night Light In The Universe Is Here

  • July 11, 2017
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Most night lights aren’t that smart, no actually night lights are pretty unintelligent. That is until now, introducing the Trumpray intelligent night light TRNL-1. It’s a smart night light with battery, sunrise simulator, alarm clock, motion sensing, rechargeable intelligent silicone night light. Pretty smart if you ask me! Learn more about the TRNL-1 on the official Trumpray web site: http://www.trumpray.com/pd.jsp?id=77&_pp=2_757

Just how intelligent is the TRNL-1 LED Night Light? So smart you can set it up and forget about it. It will keep your room safe and sound at night and it’s so smart it will just power itself off when morning comes. The Trumpray is a smart light that does more than just light up your nights. Best of all no WI-Fi, no Bluetooth needed. There’s nothing worse than having to connect yet another “Smart Home Product” to your home wi-fi network and company app.

Trumpray

Visit their web site at: www.trumpray.com

Use this as an alarm clock and you will wake up in a room with simulated natural light with an alarm with this sunrise simulator alarm. Are you a heavy sleeper? The alarm clock will even use sensors to continue the alarm to get you out of bed. And no matter where you are, the Trumpray night light will let you relax by stimulating sunset. The light will turn light orange to help stimulate the production of melatonin for a nice, deep sleep.

Trumpray intelligent smart night light

This is a smart night light, alarm clock, motion sensing unit and low light night light that you won’t have to mind. It is fully touch operated with its updated Motion Sense Technology. Uses only 3W of power to operate with 72 hours of standby time. The Trumpray is equipped with a motion sensor that will turn the light off or on according to motion. It will even adjust the level of rightness according to motion sensing. Get out of bed safely without flicking a switch with this mushroom nightlight.

So get ready for the best sleep of your life with the Trumpray TRNL-1. You can visit the official company web site, follow them on Twitter or Facebook, or buy their products on Amazon for $55 at the time of this article. Best of all it comes with a full one year warranty, there is nothing to lose but sleep.

Movies Are The Passion At MiSt Productions

  • July 11, 2017
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Support MiSt Products on Patreon where movies are the passion https://www.patreon.com/mistproductions. MiSt Productions was created by a two guys, Vlad and Alex, who love films and film-making. They want to share their passion and tell awesome, inspiring, and entertaining stories about the subject. Support their mission on Patreon at Patreon.com/mistproductions.

It all started for Vlad and Alex in 2014 when they bought the necessary equipment, filmed an entire short and made all the possible mistakes. That short short taught the team a lot of lessons and a few months later they filmed and released “TEMPORAL.”

Watch Parasomnia Written & Directed by Vlad Micu

Parasomnia was released just a few days ago. Currently the video has 5,669 views, 86 likes.

Why Patreon?

MiSt Productions is turning to Patreon to initially just get 10 pledges. Once the goal of 10 Pledges is reached the team post the first page of our next short.

Mist Productions

Are There Any Bonuses?

Yes, if you give to their Patreon campaign one can expect bonuses. For example contribute $1 or more and be the first to hear about upcoming work. Pledge $3 and get movie script pieces, sneak peeks, and previous rewards. Pledge $5 and get the movies the moment they are released, extra features, and all previous rewards. These are very generous bonus levels at those low dollar amounts.

If you share a passion for film like Vlad and Alex consider donating to their Patreon campaign today.

 

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