John Lee Dumas: Hey, Fire Nation! I have a special announcement. I was just asked to speak at New Media Expo in Las Vegas on January 6th, 7th and 8th, hosted by BlogWorld at the Rio. I couldn’t be more excited. When some of Fire Nation found out about this, they contacted me and they said, “John, we want to do a Fire Nation meetup in Vegas. I think it’s a great idea. I’m going to hand the mic over to Chris and Jared, two Fire Nation Igniters and let them tell you more.
Chris Murphy: Have you been encouraged to ignite through the EntrepreneurOnFire podcast?
Jared [Eastland]: Are you planning to attend New Media Expo in January? I’m Jared [Eastland] from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Chris Murphy: And I’m Chris Murphy from Franklin, Tennessee. And as fellow listeners of John and fans of the EntrepreneurOnFire podcast, we are excited to announce the EOFire Meetup in Las Vegas. Saturday, January 5th at [4:00] P.M.
Jared [Eastland]: We will meet at the In-N-Out Burger located at 4888 South Dean Martin Drive just west of the Las Vegas freeway in North and north of Tropicana Boulevard. This location is two-and-a-half miles from the Rio and six minutes by car or taxi, etcetera.
Chris Murphy: Meet John Dumas and get to know other entrepreneurs on fire!
Jared [Eastland]: And while you’re at it, order a world famous In-N-Out burger!
Chris Murphy: I’m getting mine animal style.
Jared [Eastland]: Double double.
Chris Murphy: So join John and the EOFire community at the official meetup. January 5th in Las Vegas at In-N-Out Burger at [4:00] PM.
John Lee Dumas: Wow! What podcaster could ask for a better community! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alright, Fire Nation! It’s great to be back and I’m really excited to finish off the 2013 goals sent in by you, Fire Nation. Let’s kick right into it with Michael Shin of SovoMedia.com. “John, my number one goal for 2013 is to get on your show by becoming a world class entrepreneur with a great story (I am currently holding a fulltime job and pursuing three separate businesses).” Michael, best of luck to you in that venture, and my one word to you is “focus.” Jose [Maldenado]. “To get off my rear end and put everything I learned in 2012 into practice in 2013.” Jose, there is no time like the present. Richard Spear. “My number one goal for 2013 is to monetize my website and hit $10,000.” I love that number, Richard! Let’s end your sentence with “in a day.” [Kemda]. “My New Year’s Resolution is to continue to kick butt on work and personal relationships, with the addition of combing my hair more often.” Guys, if you don’t know [Kemda], wow! Tune in! She’s coming up on the show later in 2013. I can’t wait!
Johnny Duncan of DuncanConsult.com. “My number one goal for 2013 is to become a master of networking and relationship-building.” Kelly [Alford]. “Grow my Internet business to the point that I become location-independent and gain financial freedom or to gain true freedom!!” Two exclamation points, all in capital letters. Kelly, use those capital letters. Use that passion. Zach [Goodinger] of RabbitAndTurkeyFarms.com. Man, I love the sound of that website. “Health. Such a cliché, but my fitness is lacking, and without a healthy self, all decisions suffer. P.S. I’m on the hunt for a treadmill and vow not to turn into a clothes rack.” Well, Zack, a great place to listen to EntrepreneurOnFire is on a treadmill. Frank [Katzer] of Internet-ProxySteps.de. “So finally a good reason to make me prioritize my, at the moment, vague goals. Goal number one, downshift my business. Think less of what others expect me to be and not get paid by the hour anymore.” Great goals, Frank. Sean Fagan of muay-thai-guy.com. Wow! I can’t believe I got that the first time [Laughs]. My goal is to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and chase their dreams and goals as I continue to chase mine and become a world champion Muay Thai fighter.” I hope I’m pronouncing that right, Sean. Polly Venning of ceotas.au. “2013 goal – to keep it relevant and intelligent.” Kind of rhymes, Polly. I like it.
“Hello, John! My name is [Babak Nabati]. My 2013 goal is to hire a few VAs, be able to learn to delegate and to learn Internet marketing.” [Babak], you are well on your way! Robert [Fuson]. “My main goal for 2013 is to have a business that would replace my wife’s income to allow her to be a fulltime mother so my kids will never have to go to daycare.” Robert, when people have passions for the right reasons, they do great things, and I feel like your passions are very well-placed. Good luck, my friend! Chris Evangelista. Sorry if I pronounced your name wrong. “For 2013, I aspire to read a total of 156 books, which includes “The 4-Hour Chef,” which is somewhat of a daunting goal, but I’m up for the challenge.” Well, Chris, that’s a very audacious goal for 2013. Maybe for 2014, you need to take a page out of Chris Brogan’s book and go on a three book diet. You’ll have earned it by then. Danny Ang. “One goal I truly wish to accomplish this year is to win a design award or to be featured in a well-respected organization or publication such as AIGA, DNAD, Computer Arts Magazine, etcetera.” Stephanie Monty. “My number one 2013 goal is to successfully delegate tasks and manage a virtual team so I can focus on growing my business.” Well, Stephanie, John Jonas tells me you’re on the right path with ReplaceMyself.com, so I think you’re going to make that happen.
Terry [Evinson]. “My number one goal for my life in 2013 is to continue to be sensitive in the direction God is leading me.” John [Curl]. “My goal for 2013 is to diversify my income from just my 9 to 5, as if my 9 to 5 is just 8 hours a day.” I hear you there, John. Samantha Martin. “My number one goal for 2013 is to figure out how to monetize my website so that I can be truly location-independent. Thanks!” Heather [Ingersol]. “My number one goal is to launch my first paid product on my new blog. Keep on with the podcast. Love it!” Thank you, Heather, and best of luck! Andrew Maxwell. “My number one goal for 2013 is get past my laziness and fear and take the necessary steps needed to reach my potential.” Andrew, like everybody else listening, you have unlimited potential. Alan [Sloas], coach and entrepreneur. “Hey, John! Thanks for all you do. I get so much information from each podcast. My number one goal for 2013 is to act. I have a lot of ideas on the burners, but now I have to prioritize them and I’m ready to take them on one by one into success. I may even include some podcasting.” Alan, PodPlatform.com. Check it out.
David Freyman. “In 2013, I would like to finish my MBA, increase the popularity of my blog, davidfreyman.wordpress.com, and find a way to quit my 9 to 5 job and go out on my own.” Best of luck, David! Tim from 3dGraphicArt.com. “To consistently create content in the form of one high quality article a week from my new website.” Good goal, Tim! Shawna [Gulstein] says, “My number one goal for 2013 is to launch my website and to create awesome content to inspire the world!” Shawna, we have similar goals.
Alright, Fire Nation. I’m going to end this segment of the 2013 goals with two emails that I got back that didn’t quite listen to my request of one sentence, but you know what? I love their passion, I love their drive. So I’m going to give them their moment in the sun. “John, I should’ve written you before this to thank you. I’m sorry it’s taken the [Unintelligible] of a book that I want to read to get me to do so. Thank you. I’m a stay-at-home mom whose youngest will start kindergarten in the fall of 2013. Excited to work again but still wanting the benefits of being at home, I began searching traditional job websites hoping to find a position I was qualified for that would allow me to work remote. Nothing excited me. In September, I stumbled across Pat Flynn’s blog. In October, I searched his name in iTunes and you had just released your second podcast with his interview. I listened to those two podcasts and every one since then. John, your podcasts have opened my eyes to the possibility of being an entrepreneur and I have never been more excited. Your show has been an immeasurable source of inspiration, with you being the biggest inspiration of all. You took hard work and motivation and turned it into something special, and to steal a line, we are all better for it. So my goal for 2013 is to narrow my many ideas into one golden idea that I can pour all my hard work and motivation into by the time my son starts kindergarten in the fall. Thanks for everything, John, and Merry Christmas! Jennifer [Simmers].”
Jennifer, what a moving email. Thank you for your kind words. I can just tell you have something special. I hope you continue to use this passion and this drive to make something special. Keep me updated and best of luck!
This next email is from my good buddy, Joe Cassandra, who’s just been a phenomenal Fire Nation fan from Day 1. “Wow, John! You continue to kill it. Six months in and already speaking at one of the largest conferences. Congrats! This is a tough answer to put in one sentence, so I’ve taken Napoleon Hill’s advice and written pen to paper the goals for my family and my career for the next year, 5 year and 10 year plan, then focusing on these goals just a little bit each day to obsession. Goals for 2013. I want to get my subscriber base to over 150 while providing them at least one high value piece each month, including securing one interview with a top of the pop entrepreneur for my new podcast. Other goals I’ll share with you, John, are small goals to include getting my PR4 by January 2014, attend a paid seminar course, pick five book topics, research the heck out of them, and to pick one to plunge into in 2014 and join at least one mastermind group. Thanks for the email. No one’s ever asked me what my goals are so I’m excited to share them with you, John. I’ll be crossing my fingers to hit that lotto. Thanks for the mention in last week’s Jam Session. You’re the best! Cheers! Joe Cassandra.”
Joe, with this kind of focus, drive and determination, I cannot wait to see where you are in 2014. Stay inspired, stay ignited and stay in touch.
Okay, Fire Nation. This is going to conclude our 2013 goal segment. To everybody that emailed, thank you for sharing your goals, for putting them out there to the world. It’s great accountability. Now everybody knows what you’re desiring. I can’t wait for this time next year to have people emailing me how much they not only accomplished these goals, but accomplished so much more than they ever dreamed. EntrepreneurOnFire wasn’t even a dream at this time last year. Six months ago was when I started this journey, so you can see just how far you can go with a lot of heart, a lot of passion and a lot of drive. Fire Nation, happiest of happy holidays! For anybody going to New Media Expo, please come and say hi. I’d love to meet you personally. May all your New Year’s dreams come true!
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