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Introducing Korbett Miller
Korbett Miller is todays guest on Join Up Dots business coaching podcast.
He is a man who has been a small business owner for the last 18 years, and has learnt the hard way that to allow a business to thrive,.
He believes that this means as much allowing the owner to thrive than anything else.
Leaving Sienna Heights College with a Bachelor’s Degrees in, Business Administration and Management, our guest set about creating one of the most successful martial arts schools in the State of Washington.
Miller’s Martial Arts Academy has become a key part of the neighbourhood for nearly twenty years, and is not just about teaching his pupils to break bricks with their heads (to be honest Im not even sure that this is what they do), but to teach children of all ages appropriate life skills which boost their self confidence.
It teaches them responsibility, persistence, commitment and all the other things that will help the transition to adult hood and a successful life.
And now with his new platform De-Mythify he is out to help the adults of the world, particularly the small business owners who have created income in their lives, but end up disliking the very thing that they have built.
How The Dots Joined Up For Korbett
As he says “I have spoken to lots of burnt out business owners over the last nearly 20 years. I do not think you wake up not wanting to be a business owner. While, certainly, there could be a single event that sours you to the passion of being an business owner, that kind of change of heart only happens over time. It’s what I call the “death by a million paper cuts”. An owner has so many “plates spinning”– get this task going, now go do that task, hey we are out of toilet paper, John called off again, we lost our best customer, customer z is complaining again. All these little things add up so that the cumulative effect is that you wake up hating the thing that you truly loved doing just a few years ago.”
He seems a man who not only still loves what he is doing, but is now finding extra speed and energy because of that passion.
He has found his thing (amongst being a rare horse breeder) and a real estate investor, and wants others to find theirs too.
So how has he managed to stay energised, and keep all those plates spinning day after day, and come back for even more plates?
And is there the right way to start a business, before even the first cheque hits the doormat?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Korbett Miller
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Korbett Miller such as:
Why it is so important to have a business that you can create that bugs you as little as possible, and it is up to the owner to work on this from the very beginning.
Why his advice to his daughters is to become better at something than they possibly could hope to be, and then look at how to make it into an income production line.
Why every entrepreneur should take an hour a day on the “Magic Hour” where you should look at the tasks that should be streamlined and delegated and continue to work at it.
Why it is so important to be able to set your day up for moments of reflection and contemplation, and we should all look to build it in to our days.
Why it is an absolute truth that someone somewhere across the world is making money on something that you can do and can do really well.
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Audio Transcription Of Korbett Miller Interview
David Ralph [0:00]
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when we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling join up dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph
David Ralph [0:38]
Yes. Hello, everybody. And welcome to join up dots with David Ralph is Episode 346. And today’s gonna be a good one. And it’s going to be a good one for people that are starting a business or thinking about a business. And it’s particularly going to be a good one of those who are in a business and are wondering why they’ve done it because it can be difficult and it’s going to, he’s really sorted out the answers and he’s providing a blueprint of having your life and having your business work hand in hand. He is a man who’s been a small business owner for the last 18 years, and has learned the hard way that to allow a business to thrive is really about allowing the owner to thrive more than anything else. Leaving Sienna heights college with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. Our guests said about creating one of the most successful martial arts schools in the state of Washington, Miller’s Martial Arts Academy has become a key part of the neighborhood and nearly 20 years. And it’s not just about teaching these pupils to break bricks where their heads to be honest, I’m not even sure this is what they do. But to teach children of all ages, appropriate life skills, which then boost their self competence. It teaches them responsibility, persistence, commitment, and all the other things that will help the transition to adulthood, and of course, a successful life. And now with these new platform gamify is out to help the adults or the well, particularly the small business owners who have created income in their lives, but end up disliking the very thing that I’ve built. As he says, I’ve spoken to lots of burn out business owners over the last nearly 20 years. And I did not think you wake up not wanting to be a business owner. While certainly there could be a single event that sours you to the passion of being a business owner. And that kind of change. Your heart only happens over time. It’s what I call the death by a million paper cuts. an owner has so many plates spinning gets this task going. They’re doing that task of toilet paper john called off again, you never want to be out of toilet paper that we used our best customer customers that is complaining again. And all these little things add up. So the cumulative effect is that you wake up hating the thing that you truly love doing just a few years ago. Now he seems a man who not only still loves what he’s doing, but he’s now finding extra speed and energy. Because of that passion. He’s bound. He’s being amongst being a rare horse breeder and a real estate investor. And what’s up is to find ways to so the questions are how was he managed to stay and jobs and keep all those plates spinning day after day and come back, but even more plates. And these are a right way to start a business before even the first check hits the doormat? Well, let’s find out. As we bring on to the show to start join up dots with the one and only Mr. Korbett Miller. How are you? Korbett.
Korbett Miller [3:17]
Hello, David, how are you today? Thanks for having me on your show
David Ralph [3:20]
is a brilliant to have you here. Because you’ve come along at the right moment, I must admit, because I have, I have to stand what a introduction was all about when you create something that starts off with a passion. And as it becomes more and more successful, it starts to basically kill you. And you age overnight. So we are going to be talking a lot about that. But just to sort of give a flavor of what your life is about. It’s Harper six at the moment, you’re up, you’re rocking and rolling. What is a normal day for Korbett Miller?
Korbett Miller [3:53]
Well, you know, for me, it’s, uh, I was put First things first. And, you know, I try to see my daughters who are now in high school, I went to school age, but I have three daughters. So I try to send them off to school, say goodbye. And just check in with them. And then I said about kind of thinking about what I need to do for the day for the various businesses that I’m involved in and, and really kind of think about, you know, what are the connections I need to make and what I need to be doing to make an impact in the lives of the people that that I’m service to, and I will try to think about that in, you know, a big part of that, for me is journaling. And, you know, using a journal has been something that, you know, I used to do, you know, back, gosh, you know, like 15 to 20 years ago, but about five, six years ago, I got back in that habit. And it was something that it’s not even just you know, the I don’t even most people don’t go back and look at their journals. But I think it’s just the nature of just kind of writing i think is an important mental exercise, to be able to kind of clarify what what you really want to do and what’s most important, and it’s just, it’s a great way of starting off your day. But also, I think it just gives you clarity that I think and can be sometimes difficult to find in the midst of the storms that we weather in the business world or in our personal lives for that matter. So
David Ralph [5:09]
so so do you actually write down a kind of statement of intent, I know a lot of people and a lot of successful businessmen at the beginning of the year will almost write themselves a letter, but they will read maybe every week, or some people read it every morning as part of their morning routine, setting out what they intended that year to bring forward to them, did you do that kind of stuff as well?
Korbett Miller [5:31]
Well, I do it on a daily basis, I really start to think about, you know, not so much, you know, to do list, I don’t like those tell the truth. I mean, you know, the journals nice. I know, some people actually, they actually I know like Tim Ferriss and a few other people they carry like a three by five note card. And they only put their to do list or what they need to do or what they want to accomplish on that to do list because or on that card. Because it’s sort of, you know, keeps them to what’s most important is the point having a laundry list of what’s you know, all these various and sundry things that aren’t really going to leverage their time, they really want to think about what’s most important. And, you know, again, I think it always gets back to that and most everything that we do, it’s it’s really, you know, I’m a martial artist. So, you know, we talk about leverage constantly. And, and, you know, there’s lots of different leverage, and, you know, leveraging your mind, I think, is one of the most important types of leverage that you can create. So whether that’s journaling or meditation, I think those activities are something that, you know, pay in dividends, you know, tremendously over time. And I think it’s one of those, those things, that’s been a game changer for me, and it’s something that I have I do, soon as I can get my, that’s the first thing I do for I check an email, or I do anything along those lines, I, I make sure that I think deeply about what I want to do and, and really kind of get clear, I think clarity is power.
David Ralph [6:51]
So So do you actually, like being a multi business owner? Do you like all the sort of businesses? Or are there some that you think, Oh, if only I could just close that one down, that would be better?
Korbett Miller [7:02]
Well, I have I mean, there have been ventures that I’ve done, there’s been the expansions that I’ve created, where it’s, you know, because again, you know, in my, in the book that I wrote, sometimes, you know, I tried to put some, some challenges in there as well. I mean, I’ve been through two floods, in my, in my martial arts school, I almost lost all my mats about two years ago, I had a flood when I first opened my school, you know, 18 years ago, and, you know, so there’s always going to be those those tricky little thorns, and I think, you know, strategically learning to quit, I, you know, martial artists are kind of dog people about goals, and whatever. But I think, you know, you’re quitting things all the time, you know, I, you know, I’m going to quit talking to some point, and I’m going to quit writing my journal, and I’m going to quit. So there’s certain things that you have to quit in order to be able to, to create your day. And I think in businesses the same way, it’s being able to not be so connected to something. And it’s difficult sometimes, because you can be so connected to something that you can’t really see if it makes sense or not. And it’s not always rainbows and unicorns, I, you know, I think some people that read my book, and they, you know, hear about what I’m able to do, I think that it’s always easy. And I I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you about my night last night, we had a bathroom floor, I keep going back to water and floods. I don’t know why. But we had a toilet overflow, it was, you know, one of the supply lines was leaking. Or, I’m sorry, one of the handles got broken and flooded last night in the bathroom is one of my program managers cleaned it up. Well, I woke up at one o’clock in the morning last night. And I was thinking, hopefully, it’s not a flood like it was two years ago. So I got in my car drove a half hour to my business in the middle the night to make sure that the toilet wasn’t overflowing and ran back. Now that’s that’s not very sexy, and it doesn’t sound you know, but I think in any business, you you learn to manage the things that you don’t like, if it’s something that the benefits outweigh that pain. And I think, also, there’s another conversation that most business owners don’t really have, and you want a business that bugs you as little as possible. And and I think, you know, people don’t set their they don’t set themselves up for success on that level. And yeah, of course, you know, it’s not fun to wake up Milla night and run down to your school, and check on things, but at the same time, you know, I, I can’t imagine me doing anything else. I can’t imagine working in a cubicle or, or, you know, you know, using the degree that I actually have, as, like, professionally, I can’t imagine me doing that because I just love what I do so much. And it’s something I’ve been doing since I was a kid I was 11 years old as a martial artist. And I knew back then even when I was going through college, I would do projects. And you know, any kind of project I would do for a marketing class or management class was all about having a school someday. So it was serendipitous that I I got into this profession, and I’m still doing it after almost two decades. So did
David Ralph [9:56]
you find it interesting that in the first 10 minutes, you’ve mentioned three flats? I feel like we should call, you know, or something that
Korbett Miller [10:03]
I didn’t funny? Yeah, it’s? Well, again, I think it’s, you know, the title of my book is demystify, because I think there’s, you know, there’s this idea, like, idyllic vision of what a business should be. And it’s, I’m not I was gonna say, it’s floods and, you know, and plagues and locusts, either, right? It’s, it’s this, it’s this nexus of tension, that, you know, I think you have to, you have to be sort of, you know, gritty to be able to deal with, and it’s not for everyone, but I think if, if you can stock, stack the cards on in on the right way, you can have freedom that you want and deserve, and really be able to kind of have a lifestyle that, that people really want from their business. You know, I I’ve made this in doing several podcasts over the last couple of months, I really come to understand it. I’ve spoken with hundreds of business owners, about their business, and it’s actually about entrepreneurship, because I think entrepreneurs, they want wealth, but they want wealth on several different dimensions. Because, you know, they had I’m sure at some point your life you’ve met someone that’s extremely wealthy. And monetarily, and it’s extremely unhappy, is just a kind of a nasty person, they just, they don’t seem to be happy, they, they seem to be bitter, or they’re resentful, or they’re miserly, and they’re not charitable at all. They’re just, you know, a person that has a lot of financial wealth. But there’s things missing in their lives in other ways. And I think entrepreneurs are looking for, they’re looking for time, wealth, they’re looking for wealth of place, and they’re looking for emotional wealth as well. And that’s, that’s really, that’s, that’s the big thing that I look at, from a business owner as to what something brings me, it’s not just about money, because I mean, I could, you know, Microsoft is actually headquartered about five miles away from my school. And there were lots of opportunities for me to go, you know, worked for them. And you know, it was during that boom, time for Microsoft, and I would probably be more wealthy, but I would be more financially wealthy, but I still would be a cubicle dweller, and I still wouldn’t, you know, be expressing myself through my art like I do with martial arts. So for me, it’s it’s really that nexus of, you know, time, wealth, being able to do with my time what I want to do, being able to move and go places, I if I want to take a vacation, I can take a vacation, I can consult with the boss, who’s my wife, no, just joking. I can I can say, Hey, I’m going to go away for a few weeks, and I and my business will still stay there, it’ll still be there. When I get back. And deep emotional wealth, I know that what I do for a living, contributes to the well being and creates better people. So you know, after I get back from dealing with a potential flood, I can go to sleep really well at night, knowing that what I’m doing is making a difference. And, and I think, you know, we want to find those things as an entrepreneur that that can motivate us to do those, you know, to do the work that that will allow us be able to get another night and then be able to get up and do a podcast and be able to continue to carry on carrying on. And that’s that’s really what, why why I do what I do. And that’s exciting for me.
David Ralph [13:21]
Well, you’ve got to be excited, don’t you and the thing that I loved, I love everything you say, but this bit really struck me that it’s up to us to create a business that bugs you as little as possible because most of the time in an employee’s going to a corporate gig, just the fact that you’ve got to go there bugs you. And the fact that your alarm clock goes off it bugs you and I look back on my corporate life. And I would say probably 80% of it bugs me. And right now I’m doing something but hardly anything bugs me. And the things about do I work at making somebody else doing for me or alleviate those somehow, now, do a week saying to all the corporate guys who are in the cubicles and they’re on the train, and they’re listening to these conversations, but literally, you can have your cake and eat it literally you can make more money than you thought possible. And you can enjoy yourself more. And you can take annual leave whenever you want. And it’s just up to you to work towards something, it’s not going to be overnight. But if you work toward something you can have that is that what we’re saying?
Korbett Miller [14:26]
Well, I’m an entrepreneur, I mean, I I really, you know, it’s even with my daughters, my whole thing with my daughters. And you know, I think education is very important. My degree from Siena heights was a very enriching experience. But my advice to them is, you know, get good at something, get good at something really good at something, and then find a way of creating a business around that, because I really feel it and you know, I will be quite I don’t think everyone’s cut out to be a business owner. I mean, you have to really, you have to be able to I think there’s a communication skills that you have to be able to master. I think that communication with yourself, and also with other people. But I think to that, you know, you can be entrepreneurial in a corporate setting. And I think fine, especially nowadays, you know, I think, you know, finding some sort of structure that can reward someone’s work and wet in an appropriate way, I think is there’s never been a time on Earth where that’s that’s been possible. And I think, you know, positioning yourself in a way, whether you’re, you’re in a corporate gig right now, or if it’s you’re wanting to be an entrepreneur, you know, again, for me entrepreneurship is, you know, I don’t know, it’s, it’s, it’s a calling for me, and I think it’s something that, you know, they say, at least in America, that 80% of all small business. I know, I think it’s 90% 90% of all small businesses are businesses under five employees. So
David Ralph [15:59]
by that Totally,
Korbett Miller [16:00]
yeah. And so you think about that there, there are a lot of people that, that struggle with this idea, because that’s really why I named the book demystified. Because I think people feel that it’s really having to do with delegating tasks, and really kind of intelligently thinking about what you want to do, as far as you know, creating work in your business for people for In other words, I know it’s, you know, really, for entrepreneurs, it’s something where, you know, they’ll give someone a job description, and I’ll expect them to sort of do what they asked him to do. But that’s sort of like just telling your kids to clean that room up. Well, you know, they don’t clean the room up, because they don’t have a specific enough instructions. Whereas, you know, nowadays, there’s tools that are available that you can be able to create a sign and manage the work in your business, with crystal clarity, with, with video with pictures, so that you know, anyone that can follow directions and thought a form should be able to do the work in your business. So what what winds up happening, the reason why I call it demystified is because I think people feel that it’s it’s a myth, that you can create the work for your employees, because I think there are lots of myths about small business ownership, especially when you start to hire people. Because people the typical cycle for an entrepreneur is, you reach a certain point where you’re trying to scale your business. And you’re like, well, I can’t, I can’t make you know, any more widgets, or I can’t do anything else with my time. So I need to hire someone that’s going to solve all my problems. But that’s a myth. Because often what happens if you’re not really good at delegating what’s going on in your business, the having employees just adds more frustration. And, you know, you need to have a way of being able to coach people, which I consider myself a pretty good coach, you know, being able to coach people and teach people to lift those mental tasks off of your brain and transplant them onto someone else’s brain. That’s why you’re doing doing that, because there’s a whole conversation in small business around this idea, called decision fatigue, it’s a disease and not really a disease. But in the small business world, it is something that causes people that that’s what causes the death by million paper cuts, is this concept of decision fatigue. And if you’re making all decisions in your small business, or you’re not teaching your employees to do that for you, you’re going to suffer from it.
David Ralph [18:28]
I have just gone through the biggest transition in my business. This is your Episode 346. And just as we’re recording this, I’ve just hired my first VA, which is a virtual assistant. And it’s a lady on the other side of the world who’s going to be doing quite a lot of the work, which I should have handed over ages ago. But I’m I’m very much into that journey of knowing how quickly I can do something called it. So for any of the listeners who have been following on on join up dots your you would have heard this story. When I started the show, I was literally doing seven days a week, 20 hours a day just to get it off the ground, and it destroyed me really did. So I knew that I had to do something. So I look for ways of streamlining everything. And the way that I did it was, I would set a clock on every task to see what is the bottom limit, I can do that task in. And then that would be my benchmark to do it, I would create once and replicated time and time again. So if I ever saw anything that I’ve been doing before, I’d look at how to do it just once and then copy it and sort of multiply it and all those kind of things. And it took me down from seven days to about one and a half days. And then I realized just recently that there was still a lot that I could hand off. So I’m now going into a different direction. And maybe you’re saying that this is a natural progression for business owners and entrepreneurs. But I’ve been looking at what the money tasks are, what, where’s the money, but only I can bring in because of my skills and talents, and everything else that literally somebody else can do, I’m handing it off. So I’m handing off a certain amount of work each month. But really anyone could do and I’ve done it exactly the same as you said, I’ve created training videos, and I put it into a drive and they can watch it and I can see exactly how to do so. But I can just focus in on money that only I can do because it’s me that is the talent. Is that sort of natural journey that people go on in your advice?
Korbett Miller [20:27]
Well, I think you’re, you’re a rarity, actually. Because I think a lot of people just start banging their head against the wall. They wake up one day, and they they wind up hating what they’re doing. And and because they’re still stuck in that seven, you know, seven day a week, you know, grind and, you know, it’s, you know, again, it’s I think it’s an American thing, but I think we we like that idea of being the rugged individual and whatever. But I think, you know, I’ve been doing the same thing for 20 years. I mean, I have taught, you know, they the outliers talk about 10,000 hours. Well, I’ve taught 20,000 martial arts classes. So it’s like, you know, so it’s some, at some point, I think that grind will get to you. And, you know not to say I don’t love what I do, because I love what I do, I still am passionate about it, I, when I get on the mat, I’m still that a 12 year old kid, you know, back in Michigan, you know, doing martial arts and sharing what I love and the passion for it. But I think it’s something that, you know, if because it’s really a conversation around business development, and it’s one of the least sexy terms in the business world, because normally people’s eyes gloss over and they you know, like I’ve heard this before. But it’s it’s really the most important time. Because we’re talking about leverage, I mean that, you know, the hinge that moves the big door in business is business development. And it’s something that has to be done on an ongoing basis. You know, I call it the Magic Hour. And the Magic Hour is really it’s an hour a day that any entrepreneur should take, it’d be sacrosanct It is like, you know, the sun comes up. And you know, I’m going to be working in the business, I’m going to make sure that I do my magic hour in the magic hours where you’re talking about calving, your business creating, assigning and managing the tasks in your business. And there’s different tasks and tools that we use in each of those, those cameras, like in a, I use that intentionally. I’m from Michigan originally. So, you know, everything’s about automobiles and cars. So, you know, a cam is a piece of machinery that inside of an engine, when the piston moves up and down, it translates rotational movement into a straight line. And in business and business life, we spend a lot of time spinning our wheels. But if you learn to cam your business, you translate that rotational motion or that feeling of spinning your wheels into a straight line. But you do that day by day. Sort of like you know, the biggest tree, if you take five whacks at the tree every day, eventually that she’s gonna fall. And it’s the same way in business development, you are going to get your systems in your business created eventually, if you do it ongoing, but it’s sort of like dieting or fitness model for a lot of people, they hear about that read about it, they get a book about it, and then they just don’t do it. And then they wonder why their stress? Well, it’s because you’ve not taken the time to really, you know, Cam your business fully so that there’s a video and checklists. And you can be able to assign that to someone in a calendar, you can throw it to a VA somewhere, and they can do it probably better and quicker than you can do it much more inexpensively, then, you know, you can be able to manage that task, I can be anywhere. I’m going to Arizona next week. And if I need to check on a checklist, I can open it up in Google Drive on my phone, you know, on the shuttle bus go into the hotel, you know, there’s there’s it’s just almost science fiction, like how you can use the Google Drive, especially the forums and why people don’t play with the forums enough. But you can create forums that will literally drive your business for you. But it just takes a little bit of time to kind of get that up and running.
David Ralph [24:09]
I get asked I get interviewed on a lot of sort of business shows now. And one of the things I always ask is what’s your favorite business book, or what’s your favorite business application or tool. And I always say Google Drive, and it doesn’t sound sexy enough. But I just love that I can be anywhere on Earth, and bring up spreadsheets and templates and stuff. And I’ve got loads of different drives under different sort of settings and stuff. And I still, I’m still very on the techie in many ways. But that is sort of mind blowing how it’s so useful. But people still like to have paper or all around them. I have nothing. I have no paper at all. Everything’s online. And I think unless Google gets destroyed somehow it’s pretty safe, isn’t it?
Korbett Miller [24:54]
Yeah, I don’t think they’re going away.
David Ralph [24:57]
Korbett Miller [24:58]
Right. Yeah. It’s it’s, you know, there’s there’s a price and the prices, the privacy and the data that they’re mining from you doing that, I mean, and but at the same time, for me, it’s, it’s, it’s a such a crucial part of what I do. And for a small business owner, and under five, or an under 10, I actually I work with clients that have more than than 10 employees, you know, actually, the more people you have the more of a challenges to keep track all these things. Because, you know, in Drive, you can create the daily workflow for someone I create, you know, daily work plans, or quarterly reports, how to be able to do almost anything in the business. And what’s neat, too, is, is there’s a whole collaborative idea that I think a lot of people don’t get, I mean, I, when I work with clients, I can literally open up the forum with them. So I’m having I can have a video conference with them in a Hangout, or you’re gonna have a few people like I have, I have one hangout where it’s, there’s four market leaders in this business. And they all get together, and I’m sort of their minds moderator. And we’re, we go through and they, they’re there. They’re geographically limited businesses. So they’re not competing with one another. But what happens is they’re sharing their best practices. And we’re actually going through and making the, the, the turbo systems from all the things that they’ve done, collaboratively. So we’re literally working on a form together, and making their systems which is just, it’s just amazing. And it’s amazing how fast you can spin up a business to be able to really start, you know, thinking about, you know, what, what’s most important, again, leverage, right. And, you know, again, I’m the least tech person, I mean, I, I, I run around my pajamas, I choke people, and like, I play games with kids. I mean, that’s, you know, my extent of tackiness. So it’s, if I can do it, anyone can do it really.
David Ralph [26:51]
Which, which is the the message, isn’t it for anyone out there. But if I can do it as well, because other than being able to speak, the microphone, everything else I had to learn. This was about the only talent that I’d built up over years and years and years of being a public speaker. But everything else, knowing what buttons to press and how to record it and how to upload it. It’s just a learning curve. And it kind of stops people in their tracks, doesn’t it when they see somebody like yourself, and I see somebody like me, and I see the Richard Branson’s and the Simon cows, and they think that they’ve got the answers. That’s why they become successful. But of course, it’s those tiny, tiny little dots, but lead to water, isn’t it?
Korbett Miller [27:34]
Again, I think there’s there’s clues, right? It’s it’s difficult, though, because, you know, just like, you know, the theme behind your, your show, it’s it’s hard to connect, how those things came together. I think being curious is is really important. And I think, you know, having, you know, just a way of trying to connect things together or to make associations or find a better way, I think is just, I think that’s one of the raw material that an entrepreneur has to have. Because especially nowadays, I mean, things are changing so quickly with, you know, I mean, we say that, I think every generation says that, but I mean, you know, just learning how to be able to market promote, you know, the changing landscape of social media, and how that affects your business and how you can, you know, scale. I mean, it’s great news, but you’re also there’s a lot of learning that goes on, like you have to be able to, you know, kind of look at what’s going on and be able to assimilate that, again, there’s, that’s another reason to have a system, you know, because some people look at my book, and they say, well, all you’re just being a micromanager, you’re just, you know, putting, you know, I just, it’s just the opposite. When I when I can create these systems, it allows me to have a very frank conversation with my staff about, Hey, guys, how can we do this better is this working. But if you don’t have a system in place, or processes salvage in your business, you’re just kind of guessing. So it allows us to be able to a placeholder for information. So when we learn something new, we have a place to put that in our business, it has a peg, it has a coat hanger that it can find that can be there consistently for us, as opposed to being something that tickles our brain bounces off our skull, and then has gone somewhere which you know, in the 21st century, we’re drowning in information and starving for wisdom. And I think the system is the wisdom in a small business. And if you can’t, if you can’t do that, I mean, that’s, you know, in any, any small business that scales and becomes big, has has a product that has processes well developed and established.
David Ralph [29:36]
But let’s play some words, but take us away from the system. And we are going to backtrack, because that’s why we’ve got you on the show because of your book and because of all the things that you’re doing your plate spinning, but these are words that Jim Carrey said recently,
Jim Carrey [29:49]
my father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love
David Ralph [30:16]
is a key message that we should get out to the world now and especially your daughters and people coming along. But it’s up to them to take a risk on doing what they love to enjoy their life.
Korbett Miller [30:28]
Yeah, I it’s it’s something that you know, for me. You know,
in my book, I talk a lot about my in laws. And, you know, it’s one of the most coolest ironies of my life is that I’ve lost my in laws who were dear inspirations to me and people that helped me immensely. And I remember when I first married my wife of 19 years, it we were, I was going to purchase a martial arts school of this very high profile owner in in Seattle, was bought my first house, I got married, and we thought we were going to have my first daughter, all within the first month. And my father in law, who was a naturopathic physician, it was a master carpenter had a degree in theological studies, this is amazing renaissance man. He had this great conversation, I just have so many great conversations with my in laws. And one of the conversations we had was, you know, corporate, you know, I know that you’re under stress, and I know that, you know, you’re thinking about opening your own school. And it’s not just something that, you know, you know, it’s something that because he actually went back to become a naturopathic physician at 50, I think. And his message to me was, look, you’re going to come back to this at some point, if you don’t do it, because you’re very passionate about it, and you really feel like you can make a difference in people’s lives. So I’m going to give you some seed money, and you know, was just, it was not a lot of money. It’s not like it was, you know, hundred thousands of dollars, but he actually got together with other people in our family, and we got together and raise this money. So I think following your bliss is really important. And I think it’s something that, you know, that was my advice to my daughters is find something that you can be really good at, and then find a way of being an entrepreneur at it. Because there’s, you name it, there is someone in the world, I don’t care what you love to do, I’m gonna give it scrapbooking, I don’t care if it’s a question writing, someone is making a living out of what you’re doing, because time is going to pass you your time, whether whatever philosophical or religious belief that you have, is limited here in this incarnation of where we’re at. So the only have so many sunsets and sunrises to experience. So it’s if you if you can all find a way of, you know, again, I pinch myself every morning when I wake up, because I, you know, if my job goes away, I don’t know what I would do, because I was set on earth to be able to, to teach and share martial arts training with people. And that’s something I love to do. I, you know, it brings up an interesting point for me, because when we talk to our financial advisors, you know, they always talk about retirement. And I always say, that’s kind of a weird thing for me, because what would I retire to do something I hate doing, because I love what I do, and I make a great living at I have, I can leave when I want, I can, you know, take time off when I want, I have a lot of free time. And I don’t and you know, again, there’s mornings where I gotta wake up middle the night and go down there and check on the toilet. But but at the same time. Other times, it’s like, it’s the dream job, I work four or five hours a day, and a couple hours of them is training and improving my skills, which I still love to do. So if you can follow your bliss, I think it’s just it’s one of the most gratifying things that you can do. And, you know, the other thing too, is, is it’s a great example for your children. I mean, it’s, it’s, we want our show be happy. What does happiness mean is happiness mean for them to get a great degree at the University, and then go to be a cubicle dweller where they hate what they’re doing. You know, I mean, it’s one thing I mean, there, there are people that you know, have office jobs and are very similar, but I have a friend who’s an attorney, he thrives in that environment. He loves that. I mean, that’s, that’s his passion. But I think, you know, it’s, it’s being able to recognize that, you know, there’s, there’s a role for everyone, and to find what you really love to do, and then find a way of making that happen. It’s it’s not impossible. It’s it’s not a myth.
David Ralph [34:35]
I’m well known. demystify the whole thing, but um, it’s it’s one of those things where it comes down to mindset, isn’t it, because, as you say, he’s an absolute truth. But someone, somewhere across the world is making money on something that you can do, and you can do really well. But for so many people out there, and I know I used to pick base, I used to think I can just do this easily who’s going to pay this, everybody you can do this as well as I can, because I can just do it easy, but that is the mindset that we’ve got to shatter somehow, isn’t it?
Korbett Miller [35:07]
Well, again, it’s it’s I think, you know, whether that that’s when you’re young, I think it’s like a curiosity. I think it’s, it’s a curiosity and a belief. And it’s, it’s, it’s a curiosity and a belief backed up with hard work. And, and I think that’s the thing that, you know, there’s a grittiness, and I think that a lot of people, you know, it’s part of being an entrepreneur, and again, I’m, I’m the least ego maniacal person on the plan, I, I don’t think that much of myself, I’m a, I consider myself a very good student, I’m not a master of the martial arts. I hate that term, actually. Because I think mastery is a path that you walk, not a place that you get to. So for me, it’s, it’s, you know, always learning your new job and kind of being open to that. But you know, some people have a hard time with that. I mean, it’s something that, you know, they, they want the comfort, you know, my father was part of the Union for 30 years, my dad, my dad was a great example, my dad went to work for General Motors at the car company back in Ohio. He worked 40 sometimes, you know, 70 hours a week, in a hellscape of a factory. I remember, you know, talking about college and career choices, I remember that one of the best motivators for me going to college was it was Bring Your Child to Work Day at this factory in Michigan, and it was in the summer. So the the summers in Michigan are sweltering, it people think that because we’re in far north, it’s like, you know, not that hot, it gets in the mid 90s, consistently in July and August, and it’s very high humidity. It is like Florida, you know. So it’s this really sticky, icky, kind of like, weather. But then I remember being led between these huge shins, not belt, not belching, smoke belching fire. And they’re leading me as this kid, back to where my dad worked, pushing these buttons and scraped and like sweeping shavings off this machine. And I was like, I was like, I wanted to bring my dad with me ever, like data, you can’t be here. This is like, horrible. This is what you do, you know. But you know, it’s it. My dad never aspired to go into management or to leave the union because he felt comfortable there. It’s like, you know, and, and I, you know, I struggle with that sometimes, even though I have several businesses, sometimes I think maybe I’m that person that’s just not wanting enough from what I’m doing as well. So I think it’s finding that balance point. And you will find the balance point at some point where it just, the work will mount up. And you know, you won’t want to scale what you’re doing any further. You’ll feel comfortable, you’ll do it earning a good income, and you’ll have a good balance of family life, I think people will be able to explore that and find out what that is for them. But again, there’s a lot of experiment. There’s a lot of grit, and there’s a lot of hard work between getting where you are and where you want to be. That you know, I think it’s it’s a part of that process.
David Ralph [38:10]
Well, what did you inlaws the up your father in law? What did he seen you the fact that he got the money together and gave me to you? Well, what did he see, but probably at that time, you couldn’t see in yourself?
Korbett Miller [38:23]
Well, again, it’s it’s both my in laws. My my, my father in law was had a degree in pastoral studies from Seattle, you naturopathic physician at a degree in English or mathematics, and then became a natural path. My mother in law, my mother in law was a full charge bookkeeper, she had an English degree from the University of Wisconsin, she was a CPA, and she had was a union psychologist. And she was actually more influential, because she was someone that we used to have these great count, we had this great night, if so probably, like, you know, probably 20 years ago, where we sat up all night making the business plan for my martial arts school. But it was not like any business plan you would ever think about because we talked about things like, well, what are you going to need from this business, to get where you want to be to help the people you want to help to be able to enjoy your life to where you’re not going to be driven into the ground, it was this great conversation about, you know, energy and return, you know, I always talk when I work with, with people in their business, you know, one of the most important metrics that I think most small business owners, because they talk about things like return on on investment, you know, inventory turns, but the most important is ROI. That’s return on energy. In other words, how much you want to put into that business and how much you want to get out of it. Because you know, I have, I have friends that have multiple schools that have, you know, six, seven schools, they’re going on their third wife, they’re, you know, about 4050 pounds overweight, they hate doing martial arts. And the last thing I want to do is be that guy, you know, it’s something where I’ve intentionally not opened up multiple schools and gone off on that path, because it’s, it’s more stressful than I want to deal with. And that was a great conversation with my in laws, it was, it was just, you know, asking very pointed questions, and really, kind of, you know, understanding what I wanted from that business, and, and kind of setting myself up for success. And really, again, it was, it was really the first magic hours that I spent on my business was with Alan, kind of understanding what was going on and, and what I really want it
David Ralph [40:42]
did you do you think that your martial arts background, the fact that a lot of martial arts for my understanding is about conserving energy and using it at the right time focusing in on a single point, I remember seeing this article about that the famous wanting punch by Bruce Lee, but he could almost get the same amount of poundage into that as a normal punch. So he’s obviously focusing it in, but does that sort of come together as well, but you know, the right time to strike and the right time to sort of step back and, and conserve your energy?
Korbett Miller [41:17]
Well, to ensure that you mentioned Bruce Lee, I’m a second generation student of Bruce Lee. But when I was recruited out of college to run one of my instructors schools, he was actually one of Bruce Lee’s first students in Seattle. So Bruce Lee, with my instructor, much better was actually in a book with Bruce Lee back in the the only book that Bruce Lee actually published was this little tiny book that it was called the philosophical art of self defense. And so, you know, even back then, Bruce Lee was talking about the martial arts as being a way of developing a philosophy of living, it was about developing yourself on a broader sense than just about kicking and punching. And Bruce Lee has gotten this second life, on social media with all the pithy cool things that he has about success. But you know, Bruce Lee was a great martial artist, but he was great in many ways. And, you know, there’s, again, I, I think every child should do martial arts, but I think a lot of adults could do well with martial arts, I’m really big into this, this art called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu now, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is kind of all the rage, it’s it’s the ground fighting art that all martial artists use in the UFC, but we use it with the ghee, and it’s much more sophisticated. And I think there’s so many reasons, because there’s so many great analogies with, you know, business life or life in general, with life on the mat. I mean, there’s this tension between prediction and living in the moment. Other words, you just can’t live in the moment because you will never pay your bills. And you’ll never, you know, have any aspirations. You can’t be too predicting too far in the future. Because if you live too far in the future, and we’re going to enjoy your life, and life will pass you by and you’ll wake up one day and thinking, where did life go? So it’s this tension between those, that duality of living in the moment and prediction that martial arts teaches you. And you know, when you’re training with someone, when you’re rolling with someone in jujitsu, and they’re trying to break your arm off, and they’re trying to choke you unconscious, you have to be thinking about what they’re doing that. But you also have to think about where you’re trying to go with with that interaction in that role. And I think there are lots of ways of applying that in our lives as far as, you know, balancing, you know, energy and, you know, dealing with decision fatigue. And, you know, I think, you know, I use that term before, and I think that’s, you know, there’s, that’s going to be the next, the next big thing that people learn in business life is this whole idea of decision fatigue is being a real burnout factor. Do you know what you about this day,
David Ralph [44:01]
my understanding of it is that is the Superman syndrome is it but you take on too much yourself. And you can’t see the wood for the trees.
Korbett Miller [44:10]
Pretty much but it’s actually science, there’s was an article in New York Times there’s this person is doing scholarly research. And it’s literally even small decisions add up, you want to think about it like hit points on like a video game or in dungeons and dragons. So you only have so many decision hit points throughout the day. And then if you make all those decisions throughout the day, what winds up happening is your self discipline is depleted. And literally, they’ve the research they’ve done is they’ve they got a group of people together, they got a control group that didn’t make any decisions. And then they got another control group where they were just asking them questions literally, like, you know, over a period of time, which do you like better? Color a or color? Do you like this model of car or that bottle of car and then run them through this battery of, of, of questions? Well, then what they do is, at the end, the test of self discipline has been to put their hand in a bucket of ice water. Well, the people that had didn’t make decisions could hold their hand underwater, 60% longer. They had more self discipline, because they weren’t making all the decisions. So what you eat in the morning, what you wear in the morning, you know, your morning routine, if you’re making decisions about all those things, and then you go to work, and then your your staff has no, they don’t have systems and they’re asking you, what should I do about customer a, you know, what you do about this was, if you do all that, then you come home at night, and you wonder why you’re crabby or you’re not very happy, or you have no energy, it’s because your energy has been depleted, because you’ve been you have decision fatigue. So that’s the death by million paper cuts. And so the more that people can structure their day, the more that people can, can, can give basic descent two people that you know, that they can make algorithms for making decisions that make sense and their business. Just a simple way of making a decision about this the those simple things, it can really do wonders for the energy that you have to be able to make the important decisions about you know, strategy, and getting new customers and being able to go out and, and really do the more important work in your business.
David Ralph [46:25]
But let’s play some words Oprah said recently, and I’ve started bringing them into this show. And that is basically the perfect segue to these words that you have delivered. This is Oprah
Oprah Winfrey [46:35]
the way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself, what is the next right move? not think about, Oh, I got all of this stuff. What is the next right move? And then from that space, make the next right move, and the next right move, and not to be overwhelmed by it. Because you know, your life is bigger than that one moment, you know, you’re not defined by what somebody says, is a failure for you. Because failure is just there to point you in a different direction.
David Ralph [47:06]
So what what do you mean about those words on decision making? Make a decision? Look at it, assess it, right or wrong? Go again? Is that the right way to build a business as well?
Korbett Miller [47:16]
Well, you know, I think, you know, we underestimate the power of our brains to make decisions. And, and I think, you know, we being rational people that, you know, work with computers all the time, you know, I remember reading that your brain is capable of remembering every word that’s ever been written by anyone, ever. That’s the potential of the human mind. So, all right, your your brain can just your brain almost melts when you hear that right.
David Ralph [47:51]
Well, let me car keys, let No, no, I know,
Korbett Miller [47:53]
I tell my wife that. Right. So my point, though, is that, you know, when you can ask when you can ask your brain, if you can get still. And I think that’s another another great tool for entrepreneurs is, is, again, it’s a martial arts thing. But I think it’s also something that, you know, I think people are starting to really come around on is the whole idea of meditation. And without, you know, being a religious, but even religious, you know, prayer or the, you know, in the Christian faith, I mean, it’s, there’s, you know, there’s, you know, essays, meditations, you know, I mean, there’s, there’s, you know, a lot of power and being able to ask your brain, when it’s quiet, when when you’re not fatigued, when, you know, you have that clarity. And I, I, for me, it’s, it’s, you know, that’s another thing that’s, you know, giving me a reboot in the middle of the day, that’s allowing me to be able to, to have better decisions. And I think it would be interesting to see if they could do some sort of research, I think that could be like a follow up is, can you replenish those, those hit points that well, so that you can become still and make good decisions? But I think that’s, you know, I think that that’s going to be a huge part of our world. You know, again, stateside here, that, you know, my in laws were so forward thinking my in laws had a float tank, do you know what the movie altered state? Yeah, absolutely. They had like a float tank in their basement. So there is such cool people, but you actually float like, magnesium sulfate, like, comp, like compound, where you float on top really easily. But it’s, it’s like a sensory deprivation thing, but it’s used for meditation. And, you know, in our world, I mean, you know, that’s one of the rationales I use for people studying martial arts, you know, you this is where the first generation of humans, after millions of years of evolution, we are the first generation to sit down and stare at a shiny box, and hit little buttons with their fingers. You know, we’re not meant to do that. you’re meant to go hunt things to go, walk long distances to, you know, gather things. You’re not meant to sit and to punch buttons. And I think there’s a deep conditioning of us that’s taking place with this, that it’s, it’s, it’s a little depressing, but it’s it’s actually great for business, because it’s a great way of people connecting back with that with that more primal self that that really is it. You know, that’s what we are meant to do. I mean, martial arts is a way to learn to express yourself, honestly, Bruce Lee said that you can’t hide my one of my instructors, Professor siloed Barrow, he says there You can’t hide in jujitsu, your true self comes out. If you’re a tense person that comes out, if you’re an angry person that comes out, you know, who you are, as revealed. But I think, by if you can learn to meditate, and to be able to bring that calmness back into you, it can really help you and making decisions, whether it’s, you know, you’re in the most Brickell, you know, you know, numbers sort of driven, driven business, you start to make decisions, and I think, learning to tap into your intuition of who you are, because that’s really what your intuition is. It’s, it’s the sum total of all your experiences over your lifetime. And, you know, it’s, it’s being able to kind of make judgments based on that, and a quiet place, I think, is powerful.
David Ralph [51:22]
Oh, absolutely. It’s so powerful. And it really is the theme of the whole show. This is what Steve Jobs said back in 2005, we’re going to listen to it now. But just before I play that, I’m trying to grasp corporate, if everything got taken away from you, and you had to choose one aspect of what you do on a daily basis, which one would you take? Because you seem to love it all? Would you be the martial arts guy? Would you be the businessman? Would you be the author? Would you be the father? What would you do?
Korbett Miller [51:49]
Well, family’s always first, all my daughters have A’s and their names, and that’s on purpose. Ashley Adrien Aleksandra because they come first. But then, you know, families, always the most important thing to me, my life could crumble away, everything could go away tomorrow. And I would, I would, there would still be a part of me that’s happy just to be with my family and hang out with them for sure. But I’m a teacher, I might, my calling in life is to teach people and whether that’s martial arts, whether that’s, you know, coaching people, and as far as their their lifestyle business, I really, I really want to teach people and I, I want to be able to share things with people I like to share. And I like for people to have breakthroughs. And whether that’s, you know, someone winning a tournament, or whether that’s someone like, you know, losing 20 pounds at my school, or whether that’s someone you know, finally being able to take an untethered vacation from their business that they’ve had for five years, and it’s driving them nuts. Those are all things that I like to teach. So I’m a teacher and finding a way of me able to teach this something to someone, I could, you know, go anywhere and be able to hang up a shingle and start to do that. So that’s probably what I, what I would choose,
David Ralph [52:58]
do you know, I’ve got three, well got four daughters, and three of those start with A’s as well, Ashley, Alicia, and Allison, and it never done. Yeah, never dawned on me that we’ve got something in common mother. Well, this is the speech that Steve said. And it really does emphasize, really the whole conversation about just going with it and making the right decisions and trusting your gut intuition. This is Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs [53:21]
Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards, 10 years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leaves you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference.
David Ralph [53:57]
So what’s your big Korbett Miller on that timeline he’s talking about when you look back and you join up your dance is a big dog when it all started coming together for you?
Korbett Miller [54:07]
Well, for me, it was
when I was a senior in college, I was already a black belt. And I already had a relationship with my instructor here in Seattle. And it was making the decision to move literally load up my car, drive across the Rocky Mountains and over the Cascades. And come here to Seattle. And it was something that you know, I you know, it’s funny, I was telling you about, you know, when I started my school, it’s like, my, my wife and I got married, we bought our first house, we had this whole wave of things that hit us all at once. Well, the other wave in my life was when I graduated from college, I broke up with a girlfriend I was going out with for three years, I moved out of my parents house to actually live at home while I was going to college so I could graduate debt free from a private school. And then I traveled 2500 miles to live in the back of a martial art school. All that happened in one week. So that was another one of those quake weeks for me where you know, it was like a watershed nothing. Nothing was the same after that for me so me coming out here was an important part of my life leaving my family behind was scary and you know, my friends behind and but starting a new life for me out here was was, but it was it was important. It was this new adventure and being able to, to live in the back of you know, really a martial arts legends school and to be able to be his traveling instructor and having an apprenticeship where I could learn the industry that I wanted to be a part of, from the inside out was just, it was a great opportunity for me. And, you know, again, there’s so many of those dots or those dominoes that had to fall for me to get to this point. To get to that point, when I came out here. I mean, it’s it is it is scary, you know, I could go into detail about how actually had this relationship with this instructor that, you know, and how we talked about him having a challenge with having a staff member while he was off traveling. And, you know, there’s all these things that Yeah, you look back and the connection of those, it’s, it’s, it’s so important, but yet it’s almost improbable that those things would connect to lead you to where you are and you know, there’s this I can trace almost everything back to this one seminar that the instructor from Seattle had in Chicago, believe it or not, with my first teacher and so when I look back and I look at connecting all the dots, my daughter’s mile my school me becoming an instructor me moving here to Seattle, you know me speaking to you about this podcast and writing this book is all connected back to this James mile my instructor having a seminar Fred dagger bird school in 1980. So it’s it’s kind of mind boggling that it is cosmic I’m I’m probably one of the least cosmically oriented, you know, people from kind of people out there, but it is amazing how that the one Domino falling set in motion, all these things that put me in this one spot. And, yeah, so it is, it is, that’s an amazing saying, and I think any, and I think in anyone’s life, I mean, you can look back and, and trace that, that path that you’re on, and it is something that is it. To me, it does point to something that’s larger than our lives here on earth. And that’s, that’s the evidence I look to.
David Ralph [57:38]
Well, I agree. And we’re going to prove it, because we’re going to send you back in time very shortly on the Sermon on the mic. But with myself, I look at where I am now. And I can absolutely a join up dots and it seems to me without getting too woo woo, it was always going to happen. And that fills me up with competence, but where I’m going forward those dots because stepping stones, and it’s going to take me to a really good place. And I love where I am at the moment. But I could only get here, because of those dots that led me to this path. Absolutely. 100% sure that and I think that’s one of the things that people need to understand, the more action you take, the more dots you create, and some of them are going to be good thoughts, some of them are going to be bad thoughts, but they will lead you forward to the place that you should be.
Korbett Miller [58:25]
Well, and I think that’s another takeaway is that you have to embrace the bad dots to, you know, is is, you know, when I talked about the floods, or like, you know, those were important parts in, in my business development. And you know, you have to take those thorns with it, because that’s who you are, you know, again, if you want to trust your intuition, a part of that intuition is built around you having the grit to go through that experience. And that’s, you know, again, it’s, it’s, it’s being able to, to connect all those together and make it something that, you know, lead you to where you’re at now, I think is critical.
David Ralph [59:06]
Absolutely. Well, we’re going to send you back in time now. Because this is the part of the show that we call the Sermon on the mic, when we send you back in time to have a one on one with your younger self. And if you could go back in time and speak to the young Korbett Miller, what age would you choose? And what advice would you give where we’re gonna find out, because I’m going to play the theme tune. And when it fades you up, this is the Sermon on the mic.
Korbett Miller [59:51]
Alright, so this is 45 year old Korbett Miller, talking to the 23 year old Korbett Miller. And, you know, when I look back at the journey that we’ve had, it was an interesting time that when you came up to Seattle, to be able to, you know, work with James to mile and to be able to, you know, have the relationship with this great martial artists and be able to, you know, work within a school, but I think there’s things that you should know, and you should be able to understand in terms of, you know, I think something that would have really helped you was to really to be able to understand the difference between doing and not doing, I think there were some times that you played it a little safe, and to be able to look back, and maybe there were some opportunities that you didn’t take, or there were some things that you didn’t do, when there were a lot of responsibilities leveled on you, that I think could have been some really great opportunities. So I think the biggest advice that I would have to my younger self is to really, for you to be open, and not be fearful, I think, you know, you know, playing it safe, being fearful, I think can hold you back in many ways. And when you look back at through your life, you know, it’s it’s not the things that you didn’t do that you would want, but it’s, it’s, you know, the experiences of not really engaging and really taking some risks that, you know, I’ll be at calculated, they weren’t risky, but they felt like like that too, at the time. So I would just say, you know, engage, and if you felt fear around something, kind of step into it, and and it’s still going to work out. Okay.
David Ralph [1:01:32]
How can our audience connect with you, sir?
Korbett Miller [1:01:36]
Well, you know, they can, if they’re interested in contact with me, they can go to my website, which is www dot d, d, dash mystify.com. So there’s a dash between the D and magnify, and there’s some videos on there and is a free course, about if they’re interested in learning to create systems and the dimensions of wealth, and just some, some great tools that people can have to really start to kind of get their heads around, really, you know, if they are wanting to be an entrepreneur, what are some steps that they can take to really, you know, whether they have an employee or not, this, the idea of creating systems is really important. And, you know, it’s, it’s something that I will alleviate a lot of stress. And, you know, the title of the book is really demystify, finding freedom in your small business. And I think that’s really why people want to be entrepreneurs is they want to feel free. But that’s the myth. The myth is that very often, if you are successful in business, you feel less free than if you didn’t have the business then if you didn’t have a nine to five, so my job is to help people to find that freedom and to give them concrete tools. It’s, you know, you know, what I do, it’s not it, there is some big picture, there is some larger ideas. But there are other books out there that are really great at describing the 30,000 foot view of org charts and mission statements. My job is to be able to say sit someone on top of the roof of their business, and to look down and really orchestrate what’s going on physically in that business, whether it’s on a computer or if it’s, you know, them doing something else so they can reach out to me there and they can shoot me an email at corporate dot Miller at gmail. com, that’s my email address. And I’m also on Twitter at Korbett Miller. That’s my Twitter handle.
David Ralph [1:03:24]
We will have over links on the show notes. Thank you so much for spending time with us today joining those dots and please come back again when you have more dots to join up because I do believe that by joining up the dots and connecting our past is the best way to build our futures Mr. Korbett Miller, thank you so much. Thank you David. Thanks for listening to today’s episode of join up dots brought to you exclusively by podcasters mastery.com. The only resource that shows you how to create a show, build an income and still have time for the life that you love. Check out podcasters mastery.com. Now
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