John Lee Dumas has said it many times before when asked “what makes a winning podcast?” His response: Create a unique show, and ask your guests questions listeners won’t hear on any other podcast interviews. Today’s episode isn’t John interviewing a guest. Today’s episode is John being interviewed by Samuel Donner, host of the Finding Founders podcast. Tune in to hear a truly entertaining and engaging podcast episode – plus learn things you never knew about JLD!
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3 Value Bombs
1) Real winners are being born by finding the underserved niche and creating unique products, services, offerings, podcasts, and content that doesn’t currently exist.
2) Find your path to initial traction, and make the best solution to a real problem.
3) Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith.
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Today’s Audio Interview: JLD’s epic interview with Samuel Donor
[4:04] – JLD’s childhood in Maine.
- He had a delightful childhood in a small town in Maine.
- He grew up in a friendly neighborhood where almost everybody knew everyone around town
- Growing up, he felt happy and secure in his small town, but at the same time, he was aware that there is a bigger world out there for him.
[6:32] – John’s father contributed to his unique way of interacting with the world.
- John’s father was an entrepreneurial and independent lawyer. Being so, he had quality moments to spend with them.
- His father worked hard, but had financial and time freedom as a result.
- John wanted to follow the blueprint that his father engineered.
[7:28] – John joins ROTC in college.
- Just like his father, John joined ROTC to save on college expenses.
- The ROTC program was very intense, which almost caused him to drop out.
- He consulted his father about dropping out or continuing with the ROTC program, and ultimately, John carried on with his ROTC commitment.
[12:27] – John’s first job after college.
- He became an officer in Fort Lewis, Washington.
- He did 12 months of training in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and learned to become a Tank Commander.
- He was given a platoon at Fort Riley, Kansas.
- He was shipped off to Iraq to fulfill a 13-month Tour of Duty just after 9/11
[15:29] – John’s 13-month Tour of Duty.
- His top priority was to bring every soldier in his platoon home
- For 13 months, uncertainties filled John’s everyday life.
[17:54] – John’s life after Iraq.
- Life seemed meaningless after John got back from Iraq.
- He decided to go to a place where he could get away from his military years while thinking about what his next move in life would be.
- He went to Guatemala, and he had a fresh and enjoyable experience there.
[20:47] – Leaving Guatemala.
- While he enjoyed his time in Guatemala, he knew that he would be forced back into a more traditional life.
- He tried going to law school, but after a few weeks, he started experiencing PTSD.
- He knew in his core that he would not come back the following semester.
[23:43] – Dropping out from Law School.
- He wrote a letter to his dad about leaving law school and hand-delivered it to him.
- John’s decision affected his father so much.
[25:37] – John’s life in India.
- Next, John took off to India, and he experienced being in a Bollywood movie
- Extreme discipline and extreme freedom caught John in the middle. He felt trapped.
- John knew that his life in India was just a temporary escape.
[27:58] – Going back to a traditional lifestyle.
- John wanted to do something that he would enjoy, that would make his parents proud, and that would give him a good lifestyle.
- He wanted to feel relevant again.
- He worked at John Hancock, and he did well there, but it was a conflict with his values.
[30:24] – John talks about “wearing golden handcuffs”.
- He was making a lot of money, when suddenly the stock market crashed.
- He realized he wanted to have more control over his future.
- He left John Hancock.
[33:21] – Finding Founders Short Break
[35:03] – Being a free man.
- John moved to San Diego and tried real estate, then found himself back in Maine to start a career in Commercial Real Estate.
- He started listening to podcasts and fell in love with the medium. He kept listening to a podcast – The Eventual Millionaire by Jaime Masters.
- He decided to start a daily podcast, and Jaime became his mentor.
[39:19] – Starting a podcasting career.
- Jaime helped John set his expectations with his podcasting career. Podcasting is a long-term investment.
- John launched Entrepreneurs on Fire in 2012. EOF was the only daily podcast featuring entrepreneurs.
- He also launched Pod Platform, but it was not successful as EOF.
[46:00] – Kate joins Entrepreneurs on Fire.
- John knew Kate’s talent would be a significant contribution to Entrepreneurs on Fire.
- John and Kate worked and built something extraordinary together, along with a virtual assistant who had been with John even before Entrepreneurs On Fire launched, JM.
- Kate handled the logistics while John focused on expansion and exploration.
[48:44] – On expansion and exploration.
- John kept on exploring how other business owners generate more revenue.
- He launched a Mastermind – Fire Nation Elite.
- They had their first 5-figure month.
[51:45] – Podcasters’ Paradise
- Podcasters’ Paradise is filled with video tutorials, resources, and it provides a community you need to ignite your podcasting journey.
- This single course has brought in over 5,000 members to-date.
- John threw out the average and became a leader in the space of podcasting.
[52:46] – On becoming a leader in the space of podcasting.
- The success of Podcasters’ Paradise solidified John as a leader in the podcasting space.
- John generates significant revenue monthly from this and other revenue streams
- He wrote a book, became a keynote speaker, ran webinars, conducted private one-on-one coaching, and started running sponsorships.
- From a mentee to a mentor, giving value to his audience enthralled John.
[57:30] – JLD’s parting piece of guidance.
- Real winners are being born by finding the underserved niche and creating unique products, services, offerings, podcasts, and content that doesn’t currently exist. Find your path to initial traction, and make the best solution to a real problem.
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