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The most simple way to build a successful business


The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast – Bonus Episode

The Most Simple Way to Build a Successful Business

If you want to take the island, you need to burn the boats

If you ask an underdog why the succeeded, the likely answer…

they didn’t have a choice!

In this bonus episode of The Happiness of Pursuit podcast, I’m going to share some of the insights I gained after 7 years of procrastination and failure and how you can set yourself up for success.

I was going through some Instagram posts and stumbled across a great post from Andy Frisella (@andyfrisella).

This quote and caption reminded me of a similar quote from Peter Diamandis, which has its roots from greek military philosophy; “if you want to take the island, you need to burn the boats.”

Both of these quotes underscore the importance of removing the excuses. If you look at someone who has succeeded, especially the underdogs, there is a common story behind that success – and it came down to the simple fact that success was the only option. Failure meant they lost their life savings, or they wouldn’t be able to put food on the table.

For most people, just thinking about that level of pressure causes anxiety – yet for so many of underdog stories it was out of necessity that they built something great. I am not saying you need to go out and bet the farm, but you need to understand the driving force behind motivation.

If you have ever heard Tony Robbins speak about what motivates people, he breaks it down to two simple things; pain and pleasure. Either the outcome has to be so painful that you have no choice but to change, or so pleasurable that you WANT to change.

So many people read motivational posts on Instagram, buy all the “personal development” books – and when its time for the rubber to meet the road and put these lessons to work – they do NOTHING…I’ve been there!

I wasted 7 years doing nothing. I gave up on two businesses just because it got tough.

It wasn’t until my wife and I were told that our daughter would likely have Cystic Fibrosis, Downsyndrome, and spent 8 weeks going back and forth to the hospital trying to figure out what was going on that I realized how much more life meant – ergo the PAIN part of the equation.

Fortunately, we had a little miracle, no health problems – but the awakening had happened and ever since then I have been on a mission to help people find their passion and take action to build a better life.
The moment I stopped procreating and simply removed the excuses I started to see exponential success in every aspect of my life and it continues week after week. There are still setbacks, but the way I handle them now has changed significantly.

What can you learn from this episode of The Happiness of Pursuit Podcast:

I wanted to distil these lessons into something that you can apply immediately to build a successful business, and start living the lifestyle of your dreams.

IMPORTANT: You MUST write these down – it’s far more impactful than doing it digitally, trust me – that 7 years of failure was from going digital, go old school on this one!

  1. Write down exactly what you want – and be specific – the clearer this vision is, the more chance you have of finding it (if it’s your dream job, where is it, who is your boss, how many people report to you, what does your average day look like, what does your best day at the job look like, what’s your title, what do you wear to work, who are your customers…you get the idea).
  2. What’s holding you back from getting there? Be honest with yourself. If it’s self-doubt or lack of confidence write it down. I have seen people with the WORST situations make miracles happen – they are around us every day – what’s important is for you to understand HONESTLY, what’s holding you back so you can start to eliminate it. This might even be some of the relationships with your closest friends that are holding you back – just be real with yourself!
  3. What is the one thing you can do as soon as you finish writing down steps 1 and 2 that will move you closer to your goals? Don’t waste your time planning, especially DO NOT write a business plan. Make this a super simple, easy to accomplish step. For example, if you’re trying to land that dream job, make it a goal to reach out to 1 person from the company to inquire about what it’s like to work there. The important thing is doing this RIGHT NOW – like literally, do not waste ANY TIME – you need to start building momentum and these little wins will go a long long way…

To prove how willing I am to help you reach your goals – send me a photo, a screenshot, or any proof that you completed step #3 and I’ll schedule a 30 minute call with you to help you with whatever it is you’re stuck on – better yet, tag the post on Twitter or Instagram with #HOP and @douglasjfoley and I’ll make it a full hour!

You have all the opportunity in the world – just burn those boats and you will take the island of your dreams!

Have a great week!


Doug Foley
Doug Foley is a podcast host, content marketer, and problem solver. He is also the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters, a proud father of 2, and is on a mission to help people find their passion, take action, and build the life they want to live. He frequently writes about entrepreneurship, personal development, and motivation.
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