Remember in the very first episode how I told you I was not only going to talk to super successful people, but those in the process of figuring it out, too? In this special episode, find out what it’s like working for yourself a few weeks after quitting your job from someone going through it!
He recently left his job at the productivity website Asian Efficiency where he hosted their podcast, ran their webinars, wrote articles, and did some coaching.
He’s going out on his own to start his own productivity consultancy focused on helping small business owners learn how to become more productive and profitable. Learn how to start working for yourself!
Lesson to glean from our conversation include:
- The importance of understanding the purpose of your work and your work needs as you design your business model.
- How he is going to engage his target customers.
- Exploring the pros and cons of his revenue generation options.
- How he financially prepared to go out on his own.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Building your financial runway.
- Working for yourself.
How Zach Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 5:45 am
- Ideal work environment: For writing: In the morning, when it’s quiet, alone. For planning: with a team.
- Superpower: Getting people excited about doing the work that will give them the results they need.
- Definition of success: Living intentionally.
- Self-reflection practice: Journaling and being friends with Stephen 🙂
- Book recommendation: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen; The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg; The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Stephen Pressfield
- Regains focus by: Pomodoro sessions, drinking water, and breathing exercises.
- Favorite productivity tool: TextExpander
- 90-day goal: Figure out a sustainable business model that aligns with his strengths.
“Whatever people invest in me I want them to get 20x back.”
Here are two things Zach suggests doing to start preparing yourself for the self-employment lifestyle:
1) Find a group of like-minded people that will support you and give you feedback.
2) Find a business to emulate.
Resources + Bonus Materials
UnStuckable Interview With Zach Sexton About Maximizing Your Energy: