Is Information Overload Killing Your Dream to start your own business?

Want to know what often can  hold us  back from pursuing our dream to start our own business?

Dan Miller and Michael Hyatt

Okay, so it may be a lot of things, but I’m willing to bet that one of your biggest obstacles is overwhelm, or…

Information overload!

How do I know? Because throughout the last couple of years, I have read countless blog posts, listened to hundreds of podcasts and watched dozens of webinars.

Let’s face it – it’s much easier and much more uplifting listening to eight hours of motivational podcasts than digging your heels in and actually putting in the work.

So, is learning bad? Am I shunning podcasts and webinars as an unnecessary evil?

No way!

The point I’m trying to make is that instead of getting excited over every shiny new thing that comes along, it’s best to find 2-3 teachers that resonate with you and your business goals and reserve your learning time for their expertise.

Believe me, I’m not berating you if you’ve fallen into the trap of “over-learning.” We all do it at one time or another, but I’m here to try and save you from yourself, because I was you!

The Podcasts That Changed My Way of Thinking

Of course, your path is your own, and you may find these are not the self-improvement experts you want to follow, but I can tell you from my own experience that these two are responsible for a lot of growth. They both have teachers’ hearts and a very generous spirit.

Michael HyattMichael Hyatt

Several years ago, I went to a book signing and came across Michael Hyatt for the first time.  He was giving a talk on the book he had written called “Platform.” He delivered his talk with such energy and passion that I went straight home, looked him up and subscribed to his blog. Ever since then, I have been an avid listener of his podcasts and he’s never steered me wrong.

Check out Michael Hyatt’s blog at:  michaelhyatt.com

Dan MillerDan Miller

Some time in the late 90s, I happened upon a local radio program here in Nashville by Dan Miller. You might know him from his 48 Days to the Work You Love projects. He’s a very unorthodox guy and known for his ability to “think outside the box,” which happens to resonate very well with me.

One of my favorites stories that he shares is that one time he was on a national radio program and the subject was “starting your own business.” The host asked him if he had a list of businesses that could be started with little or no money. Dan responded by saying, “Yes. Just visit my website.”

After finishing his interview, he quickly came up with a list and had it posted on his website before the show aired. That particular list he created on a whim has been downloaded thousands of times and helped thousands of people.

But that’s not all. My VERY favorite Dan Miller story is one that hits closer to home.

Last year, I met up with a new friend who was in town for a few days. Prior to coming to town, he had emailed Dan and mentioned that he would be in the Nashville area. To his surprise, Dan offered to take him to lunch! That left a lasting impression upon my friend, and on me! I love that Dan is approachable and has a passion to help people succeed.

Check out Dan Miller’s blog at: 48days.com

Over to You

I suggest that if you’ve been using “learning” as an excuse to put off “doing,” that you limit yourself to 2 or 3 podcasts or bloggers to learn from at a time. Once your business is off the ground and your productivity is soaring, you can always add more if you feel it’s needed.

Question: If you had to pick your 2 favorite podcasts to faithfully listen to, which would you choose, and why? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Just take a step,

Michael

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