Episode 152 “Kill The Ponies That Don't Perform”
We’re tangled…. Chuck gots a new deck and having mic issues for podcasting apparently. Derick mention that last week he has been rearranging too in his living room. Derick talks about his trip to the recycling center in his Subaru Outback.
John talks about getting rid of everything on Ebay and Amazon, which made organizing easy. Derick talks about trying to reorganize. Derick says it is freeing to get rid of stuff. Josh says everything you see, that you own, that you don't use, is a reminder of a failure.
Derick talks about handcopying sheets of paper and doing homework for the Copy Hour. Derick talks about his blog response on the 5 stages of the Copy Hour. Derick talks about the one word change to make headlines effective.
Josh talks about his experience with taking the Copy Hour class. Derick mention that he ramp up the studies for the classes. Derick says he need to not rely on his client work for meet his income needs. He need Watch Me Code to be a reliable source of income soon.
Derick talks about the power of writhing down your financial goals and continually look at it to help make decisions in the future. Chuck talks about doing the same practice to help meet his goals.
Josh says to look at all the levelers and controls that he has access to, to control the next 10 to 20 percent goal.
John talks about the book, How To Fail at Anything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams. John talks about writing down affirmations and following them to completion. Derick talks about selling 150 copies of his Docker product.
Josh shares some info on the 80 20 rule. Josh ask for the Tony Robbins of Docker… Derick talks about the thing you can do with Docker for development.
John talks above the freak-o-nomics of owning a Tesla. Josh suggest a podcast tour to increase income on Watch Me Code. Chuck suggest a JS podcast he knows to get some traction.
John says he launched the Simple Programmer T-Shirts this past week. Josh mentions that he is happy about WooCommerce. John this is something that they will just have for fans.
Josh says he predicted 60 sales. John says people were upset that he was throwing away T- Shirts. Chuck says he uses t-shirts for garage clean up.
Chuck talks about hiring a human. Chuck talks above moving off of service that he does not use. Chuck mentions doing a beta launch of the Get a Coder Job book. John talks about his issues with pre selling a book, in Chuck’ s situation.
Josh suggest outline the book if he is going to pre selling the book.
Thoughts for the Week
John - You shouldn't be trapped under the expectations of who you were before.
Derick - Trust the Process. When in doubt, handwrite it out.
Chuck - Having that plan.
Episode 151 “I Want To Be A Pig Farmer…”
Chuck expresses his need to become a pig farmer, in recent times at least. John talks about how this is why EntreProgrammers is a soap opera for entrepreneurs.
Chuck talks about having a rough time with hiring and all kinds of business challenges. John relates this to exercise, being sore, and worn out. There is a purpose and reasoning.
Chuck asks about when to pull the plug on references criteria for his new hires. Josh mentions that the information he gets form the references is pretty low, after the test project.
Josh asks questions about pull the plug, on employees now, compared to the ones Chuck is about to hire. Chuck talks about the test projects he had the candidates do.
John talks about why he is understanding about people on UpWork, who work from the Philippines, verses those in the US. John stresses the need for people to have “Mommy Skills.”
Chuck talks about the pay the candidates are asking for pay, verse what he is paying now, and all the stress to keep up, if he has to do it himself. Chuck says he is looking for an excitative assistant, and any for regular tasks. John says to make the job descriptions clear.
John and Josh talk about what the new interviews are telling them as far as time they need off or can't do. The EntreProgrammers talk about complicated needs that they have when hiring new people. Also the communication they have with the team for short notice communication for important events.
Chuck says he is creating a standard operating procedure for hiring. John talks about he and Josh going to attend a Perry Marshall event for learning marketing. Josh talks about the celebrity type business and how he wants to study how they work in the marketing world.
John talks about going main stream while gaining freedom. John talks about doing optimal work for his business. Josh talks about how Simple pProgrammer is a known company in the programming niche. Josh talks about mirroring what John is doing on YouTube, to the email list.
John his talking about how they need to get people hooked on their content for more sales and a growing following. John talks about have a corporate clean brand instead of the startup or raw version. Kind of like Toyota to Lexus.
Josh talks about having a mental model for the project they were doing. John talks about having 100 percent growth. John says they built a good machine and model.
Josh says someone is says that John is a free range horse that does not need to be chain to the plow. Chuck asks to what degree can he use his celebrity to leverage his business. Josh says that Chuck is a curator and some who brings information together.
Chuck talks about starting new podcast, where he is note the “main guy.” \
John talks about give the 24 hour challenge to the EntreProgrammer Sub Groups.
Thoughts of the Week!
Chuck - Once it all in place, it going to get done…
John - If I’m doing something, it need to be a 9 or above…
Josh - Investing time in understanding your own DNA, is worth the time.
Episode 150 “#Fail”
Derick asks If Chuck still has his PR40 mic. Chuck changes our his podcasting mic. Derick talks about how his new gaming channel has gain more subscribers. More talks about the difference in usb mics and regular condenser or dynamic microphones. Derick talks about being apart of the copy hour classes, and getting bad photocopy sheets to work with.
5 days in with the Copy Hour classes and Derick feels like he is learning a lot and gaining much insight with the conversations. Josh asks some questions about exercises and how this is changing Derick’s perspective on how ad copy is created.
Derick talks about pattern interruption, and how encouraged this is. Derick says the gears are starting to turn in his head with the things he learned among the EntreProgrammers and the Copy Hour class-mates.
Josh talks about scientific marketing and how giving away free products can work against the business, by cheap’n the value of the product.
John talks about the book the Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes, as an example for Enterprise companies to gain as a client. Derick says in a month he will regret taking these classes, but will eventually see the results payoff.
John talks about running a 5 minute mile in a treadmill. John shares how he plays to hit his goals for the year. Josh suggests starting the Simple Programmer journal. John says he came up with his own version on a journal.
John starts his day with visualization, practicing gratefulness, thoughts, ideas, and lastly, facing mistakes and failures. John says his big idea is to create a failure journal to help shift the mindset. John shares his idea about hanging Costco racks and Craigslist hire mistakes. John kills the Christmas ornaments. Listen or Watch this part.
John talks about in detail sabout the mistakes in not vetting the hire to create racks in his house. In all, the failure journal might me a good idea of up coming Devs.
Josh talks about reading the book, Anitfragile by Nassim Taleb
Chuck talks about the failed transition between Podcast editor companpies. John talks about getting a week buffer for the editing in podcast episodes. Chuck says he is tried of hiring. Chuck talks about Grace his new hire, and how she is doing a great job for Dev Chat TV. Chuck thinks he still needs help in the future.
Chuck explains his plan for his 12 week plan. John shares how he kills procrastination. Chuck shares how fast they can move ahead if that can automate tasks.
Chuck shares some info on the Dev Ops Remote Conf. Chuck talks about double his revenue, and creating some new podcasts on his channels.
Thoughts for the Week
Derick - Whatever you suck on, triple down on it.
Chuck - Have a plan.
John - What can you cut out that you don’t need.
Josh - Once you get past a certain point, improvement take more effort.
Episode 149 “Lay Off The Gravy”
Josh talks about watching Parks and Recreation and compares and episode to how someone or some company was interested in buying Simple Programmer. Josh and John, for fun entertain the idea. But they found out that they might as well purchase some of their websites, for traffic purposes. John negotiates down the prices for the sites he purchased.
John talks about the extreme anchor technique from the book, “Never Split The Difference”. Flash Bang! John talks about his new style for negotiating.
John talks about how to create revenue from dead assets with the sites that Simple Programmer purchased. John says that Simple Programmer will recoup their cost in a year.
John announces that Josh hit the first mile stone. Derick talks about his Christmas vacation and family challenges during the holidays. Derick say he needs another vacation. Derick say he has been working on the first version of his Docker project. Pre-Sales are happening on January 16th.
Derick talks about getting a new client and learning about new products and strategies. Josh says he is surprised to see JS is being use to kill bugs. Derick say he is only working for his client 5 hour a week.
Derick also says things are moving forward, and hoping the ebook launch sales will do well. John, again talks about his excitement over VR and the Oculus Riff. John talks about his interest in investing in VR. But he says building VR games or going to companies like Blizzard to invest in VR.
Derick chimes in on his thoughts on VR, but he thinks that augmented reality will be the next big thing.
John ask Chuck how CES is going. Chuck talk about the huge event and tons of things to see. Chuck talks about book time with companies to talk business. Chuck too talks about his visit with companies that offer AR and VR. Chuck talks about trying the InBody program to measure body fat. John mention his experience with InBody.
Chuck talks about his interest in the watch band device from InBody to measure body fat. Chuck talks about the company called Finch that uses AR, that track motion to play games.
Derick ask about the EntreProgarmmers sub groups. John talks about the lastest needs for the team as they start uploading their episodes. John talks about acquiring sponsorships for the groups.
Chuck talks about being ready to go to MircoConf. now that he canceled some plans. Josh says he does not know if anyone else is going to go from the sub groups. Derick mentions that he went to the Copy Hour. Derick talks about his experience with buying copy hour, and not getting the discount code. But still a good investment.
Derick talks about starting a YouTube channel about playing video games. Josh think this will be bigger that his current business. Derick’s channel is call Code Ninja Gaming. Derick talks about his thumbnaill for his videos. John talks about starting a fitness channel, but really wants to start a gaming channel too.
John mentions that things he is doing with his clean up week. John says one of the most destructive thing he did last year was checking stats. John talks about deleting social media apps and email from his phone. Derick says he stop checking Twitter.
Thoughts of the Week
Derick - It can be difficult to get back into the swing of things. When you get back. You need a plan to do so.
John - It’s all fucking gravy…
Chuck - What do you want?
Josh - Patience and Consistency.
Episode 148 “We Did No Work This Week…”
Josh says he did very minimal work, but made the most sales then ever. Josh says they are looking at a new record for product sales. Also acquiring a new affiliate form China. Josh says this person can help grow Simple Programmer by 20 percent.
John and Josh talk about the new subscriber numbers with the help for the new affiliate help. John mention his new Oculus VR. John say he is all 100 percent in on the new VR technology as far as education and playing games. John talks about being able to use the lenses to virtually see his desktop.
John says you need a good computer graphics card to run the VR lenses. John say he thinks that the more people start to use VR, that more they will leave behind old technology. John think VR is going to replace screens.
John excitingly talks about the possibilities of incorporating VR into teaching people any kind of task or production. John say he is now pretty convinced about the new direction of VR.
John say it does make you feel sick when you are using the lenses. So people may have to build a tolerance to motion sickness. Chuck jokes about those who will blend reality and the VR world.
Chuck talks about his experience in screening 17 people for the job the is offering. Terrible experience with some unqualified people. Chuck says only 4 people past the in depth interview. Chuck says hiring sucks. Chuck talks about the scheduling for his remote conferences.
John says they are flopping on the Podcast Awards event he was planning. Mostly because people were not interested.
Josh says they are devoting Q1 to the book launch. Josh thinks this should be a 3 month campaign. John says the award for winning the Podcast Awards was going to be 1000 dollars, but publicity for the podcast was more valuable instead.
John says he is not devoting time into the project, but he might have someone to take over and improve the project. Josh says they are now delegating more for the project that will for sure hit, and they are taking bigger swings.
John says if they do things right, the book launch could be a multi million dollar project. Josh says since John started blogging content about the book, their website traffic has increase. Josh says they had many signups of for the book when they had mention the book on YouTube.
Josh talks about their plans for the the kickstarter campaign for the book. Chuck asks about the rules of doing a kickstarter campaign as far as the product.
John talks about the Amazon earnings for the previous book. John says they never know and they just got to take chances.
John says he want to talks to the VR guy to maybe incorporate VR to their content. Chuck says he got a bad review at his Java Script Jabber podcast site, because of covering 4 episodes at Microsoft Connect. Chuck talks about the things people disagree with him about. “You’re being a jerk…” John says he gives them the flaming bird.
Chuck talks about how the shows change audiences every once in awhile. John says to follow your heart and do what makes you happy.
John says that Josh has double the business for Simple Programmer and is doing a great job for the company.
Thoughts of the Week
Chuck - Short term sacrifice…will payoff in the longterm.
John - Understand the stages of growth. z
Josh - Shut off your work brain sometimes…