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How I'm Plotting 2018 And How You Can Use My Strategy And Tools For Free

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How I'm Plotting 2018 And How You Can Use My Strategy And Tools For Free


Want to see how I'm plotting 2018? 

In this tutorial style video I reveal the two simple tools I use for planning the year ahead and the process I use to do it. 

One thing that fascinates me is that all of us humans have the EXACT same amount of time.

We all have 24 hours in a day and there's no way to cheat that...

So why do some people achieve so much more than others? 

In this video I show you the exact tools and process I use to plan my year AND I even give you FREE access to my tools so that you can use them yourself. 

Here's what you'll discover:

  • How I plan my years, quarters, months, weeks and days 
  • The "project scoring tool" I use to prioritize my decision making using an algorithm 
  • The "2018 War Map Calendar" I use for planning my year in advance and sticking to a schedule 
  • A walkthrough of the exact process I use to plot my plan of attack in advance
  • FREE downloads of both tools I use so that you can use them yourself starting immediately 

Here's the links to the tools I mention in the video: 

  1. 2018 War Map Calendar -- Get access here.  
  2. RICE Project Scoring Tool -- Get access here

I hope you enjoy the video and get some real value out of it when planning for yourself. 

Let me know what you think in the comments section below? 

To your success!

Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

How to Achieve Peak Performance by Taking Daily Breaks and Vacations

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How to Achieve Peak Performance by Taking Daily Breaks and Vacations

As business owners we are constantly faced with the internal and external conflict of achieving "work-life balance".  At times we can feel guilty for working too much and at other times for not working enough. 

We hear the saying to "work smarter, not harder", but how do we know if we're working hard enough? On the contrary, there are people working extremely hard with very little reward for their efforts who may need some time for reflection and planning to gain perspective of the bigger picture. 

Today, Nick Fisher & I discuss my daily routine and approach toward achieving work-life balance. 

In this episode we cover:

  • Why I personally don't feel the need to take vacations
  • How to get in the zone
  • The importance of spending time outside of the zone
  • My daily routine
  • Experiencing real burnout vs falling for the trap of the illusion

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments. 

To your success!

Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

How to Gain Laser Focus In a World of Distraction

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How to Gain Laser Focus In a World of Distraction

Finding focus in a world full of distraction can be an extremely hard thing to obtain. 

Sometimes we need to think outside the box by inverting the equation and adjusting our lens to which we view things. 

The first step toward finding focus is to ask yourself "what is the opposite of focus?" -Distraction. 

We can then identify our main distractions and eliminate them one by one, taking back control of what our mind focuses on. 

Today I sat down with Nick Fisher to discuss a tactical approach for eliminating distraction and maximising brain power for the things that matter. 

Here's what we cover:

  • Why I only have 4 apps on my phone
  • How to simplify and outsource your life
  • The zones of focus and the time it takes to enter each level
  • Tactics for maximising productivity
  • How much sleep you should be getting per night
  • How to block time and embrace the chaos

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.


To your success!

Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com


The Greatest Factor That Determines If You'll Be Successful

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The Greatest Factor That Determines If You'll Be Successful
Finding the key commonalities behind what makes an individual thrive in a given circumstance while others may crumble has been an obsession of mine over time.

I've been fascinated in finding out what separates the greats from everybody else.

Are they smarter?
More educated?
Do they work harder?
Do they wake up early?
Do they read a lot?

A lot of the time in the past I've believed that I've found the thing that makes people so successful, but then later realise it wasn't.

However, I've recently observed that there is ONE THING in common in every single instance.

Today I sit down with Nick Fisher to discuss what that one thing is and how you can utilise it for yourself. 

Here's what we cover:

  • The one thing that makes people the best at what they do
  • Michael Jordan's secret to becoming the best basketballer in the world
  • Is talent nurtured or is it something we're born with?
  • How to identify your key interests and turn them into a business
  • If you need coaches to help you achieve greatness

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

To your success!

-Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

Crossing the Chasm: How To Go From Nothing To Starting A Profitable Business

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Crossing the Chasm: How To Go From Nothing To Starting A Profitable Business


How do you go from knowing nothing about business to starting your own consulting business, getting a client and making a profit?

This is the journey/question that nobody has been able to solve.

The online training market is divided into two worlds:

1. Helping existing businesses grow
2. Presenting opportunities to people who want to start a business

The business opportunity market has a bad reputation (and for good reason). Most people believe that its impossible to go from knowing nothing to starting their own successful business and making a profit.

Whenever somebody say's that they can help somebody make this transformation they are met with extreme criticism and skepticism.

Is it actually possible to make this transformation?

And if so, how?

Sam Ovens and Mitch Miller discuss this question in depth and provide practical advice to anybody wishing to cross the chasm themselves.

Here's what we cover: 

• Differentiation of Sam vs. Rest of market
• Why belief in the system is crucial for success
• How to be a consultant if you have no skills
• What does a flower vase have to do with success in consulting
• How to gain confidence when starting out
• Achieving results by not focusing on the outcome
• Why changing your environment brings profound changes

This is one video you do not want to miss!

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below? 

How I Would Start a Business From Scratch (If I Lost Everything)

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How I Would Start a Business From Scratch (If I Lost Everything)

Starting a business from scratch can be a challenging endeavour.  

Many people become paralysed by self doubt and uncertainty when starting a business. This is why gaining momentum and establishing a proof of concept within the marketplace is a crucial step in achieving future success. 

In today's video I sat down with Nick Fisher to discuss how I would build a business from scratch if I were to lose everything and had to start over. 

Here's what we cover:

  • My personal story of how I got started 
  • Why you should only focus on months, weeks and days when in a financial emergency
  • Strategy for long term growth and scale
  • Importance of being open to experimentation and evolving your vision over time

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments?


To your success! 

-Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

How Do You Gain Self-Confidence In Business?

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How Do You Gain Self-Confidence In Business?

Why are some people more confident than others?

Is it something they're born with or is it something else? 

One question we get time and time again is: "How do I gain self-confidence in business?"

Many people believe that they need self-confidence in order to start working towards their dream. The reality is that self-confidence only starts building once you've started working towards your dream. This thinking trap cages most entrepreneurs and paralyses them from action. 

In today's video I sat down with Nick Fisher to discuss self-confidence, the thinking trap that plagues most entrepreneurs and how to systematically build self confidence no matter who you are.

Here's what we cover:

  • Why the real thing holding people back is not confidence, it's practice 
  • How to cross pollinate the fundamentals success in sport and business 
  • Turning your thoughts upside-down and getting exceptionally good at what you do
  • Lessons learned from early stages of business growth
  • The interesting observation of how humans self-sabotage themselves
  • Changing your environment to induce change in your life/ habits
  • My personal plan for mastery - Wake up, go to desk

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments?

To your success! 

Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

Is It Better To Be A Specialist Or A Generalist?

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Is It Better To Be A Specialist Or A Generalist?

The man who chases two rabbits catches none, but how does the man know which rabbit to chase?

How does he know that he wants that particular rabbit?

In today's episode we discuss whether it's better to be a specialist or a generalist in life and business...

Here's what we cover:

  • Why man must chase two rabbits to find out what they truly want
  • The hiring strategy of Google
  • The strategy and benefits of developing T-shaped knowledge, skills and characteristics 
  • Three things to master when starting a business
  • Why being comfortable as a generalist is the best way to become a specialist
  • The importance of seeing the unforeseeable and it's correlation to making money

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments section below.


To your success! 

-Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

How You Do One Thing Is How You Do Everything

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How You Do One Thing Is How You Do Everything

Early in my career I noticed a pattern...

I’d build things up to a certain point, then I'd break them down to a certain point. 

For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction:

A destructive action creates a destructive reaction, and a constructive action creates a constructive reaction. Pretty simple.

The pattern of somebody's existence in one aspect of life, big or small, will be present in their existence in everything else.  It doesn't matter how small something is, it will be present in the largest thing that person does. You can't have a breech in a tiny thing and not expect it to show up in something massive. It reflects everywhere.

Realizing this makes you take everything a lot more seriously. If somebody isn't committed to their business and their success, that lack of commitment will show up everywhere in their life. 

The cool thing is that you're not stuck this way. I think this is the mistake a lot of people make. They think that once they identify the pattern and cause and effect, they think that that's who they are, and they're stuck like that forever. That's not true at all. 

Here's what we cover:

  • How to identify the fractals of a persons existence by observing actions
  • Optimising the connection between supply and demand in the current marketplace 
  • Why knowing what to learn is more important than learning everything
  • Why Sam doesn't personally text, use Snapchat, or Instagram
  • Identifying problems in your life and finding the underlying reasons behind them

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments section below.


To your success!

-Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

How Do You Deal With Friends And Family Who Are Against You?

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How Do You Deal With Friends And Family Who Are Against You?

“9 out of 10 businesses fail”
“Don’t get your hopes up too much”
“Maybe you should just finish your degree”

These are the verbal blows that entrepreneurs are hit with when we go against the status quo.

Do you have friends and family who are against you when it comes to entrepreneurship and business?

In today's episode we discuss methods to deal with friends and family…
(Including the 1 question you can ask them to turn the tables and get to a mutual understanding)

Here's what we cover:

  • The importance of asking why
  • How to guarantee your success
  • How to surround yourself with winners
  • Measuring your progress and growth
  • Why you should analyse yourself daily

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments section below.


To your success!

-Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

Why Being Yourself Is A Myth In Life And Business

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Why Being Yourself Is A Myth In Life And Business

Why do people think its bad to be somebody who you're not?

Why do people always say "Be yourself". "Stick to your roots" and "Don't forget where you come from?"

In this video we discuss why being yourself is a myth and a limitation in both life and business.

It's counter-intuitive and it goes against everything that you've been told.

Here's what we cover:

  • The battle between your current and desired self and how to win the war
  • The first step to massive change
  • Why people don't have business problems
  • Making the world your stage
  • Regulating your dark side
  • Why life is an extremely popular delusion
  • The biggest challenge of humankind

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

To your success! 

-Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com

How Do You Come Up With An Awesome Business Idea?

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How Do You Come Up With An Awesome Business Idea?

How do you come up with a good idea for your business?

Most people believe that the thing stopping them from starting their own business is a "good idea". I hear people say things like: "I just need an idea". "All the good ideas are taken" or "I had an ides for something but then somebody else did it".

Most people put ideas on a pedestal and scour the earth for the right one but they're making a huge mistake.

If you search for ideas you will never find one. You must go looking for problems instead. 

Here's what we cover:

  • The art of harnessing desire
  • The dangers of false confidence in business
  • How to find and solve problems in the current marketplace
  • The importance of eliminating confirmation bias when conducting market research
  • The foundations of a buying economy and how to sell to it

Check out the video and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

To your success!

-Sam Ovens & the team at Consulting.com