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One thousand podcast episodes is quite a journey, and James celebrates it with a look back over some of his most memorable recordings.
He’ll revisit guestings by such names as John Carlton, Jay Abraham, Perry Marshall and Pat Flynn.
You’ll gain some of the most lasting insights from his interviews.
And to round out the episode you’ll hear messages from guests and well-wishers.
Table of contents
1. When James learned what a podcast was
2. The very first words spoken on the show
3. An interview over breakfast
4. If you don’t yet have the confidence, perform
5. The first ep to make 10K downloads
6. Be the guide, not the hero
7. One powerful piece of wisdom
8. A poem on a business show
9. So cheesy it’s actually moving
10. This guy tries to be the best student
11. Where do you get your happiness?
12. Leveraging your alter ego
13. When you become someone’s role model
14. What’s around the corner?
15. Because it’s not too late…
16. A great guy you may know
17. Some sage advice on distraction
18. One of the all-time greats
19. A lively pair of sisters
20. To have, to do, or to be?
21. Does your yes have meaning?
22. Learning to handle scary
23. Just too much goodness
24. What an OG says about recreation
25. The myth of the $10 million revenue
26. A guy who gave online his all
27. The boring work is where it’s at
28. A seven-time surfing champ up close
29. What’s a little teasing between mates?
30. Escaping the comparison trap
31. How do you define success?
32. A case of mutual admiration
33. Do you have the courage to be disliked?
34. The speaker who made it big online
35. Charging what you’re worth
36. Looking for the greater good
37. A surfer’s milestone
38. Raising the freak flag
39. A model of loyalty
40. In the wake of a big decision
41. Selling the holy grail
42. A fast way to get answers
43. Overcoming a limited mindset
44. An alternate way of doing things
45. The danger of fame
46. A welcome catch-up
47. A summary of the episode
48. Some fun facts about the show
49. The stuff people have had to say
When James learned what a podcast was
The show wasn’t always the James Schramko podcast. It first aired as Internet Marketing Speed, which became SuperFastBusiness, and just recently became James Schramko.
It also wasn’t James’s introduction to podcasting. Before he even knew what a podcast was, Timbo Reid and Luke Moulton invited him to guest on Small Business Big Marketing. It went so well Timbo asked him to do a podcast with him, which was the very popular FreedomOcean.
James then realized he could take the audio he’d been publishing on his own blog, submit it to Apple iTunes, and have his own podcast. This he did, and that was the start of this show.
In this celebration episode, we’ll look back with James at some of the most memorable episodes he produced, starting with the very first that he recorded around the middle of 2009.
The very first words spoken on the show
What it lacked in audio quality, James’s first episode made up for in the caliber of his guest, none other than copywriting legend John Carlton.
As James tells it, though, he stuck a recorder on the table between him and John in a hotel room, and proceeded to ask questions with zero preparation. Hopefully he’s improved some in 14 years.
An interview over breakfast
The next interview was with Noah Kagan, in which James mentioned he loved Noah’s unsubscribe page. And Noah spoke of the value of every customer – or nearly all of them, anyway.
Another detail of interest was that Noah had forgotten they had the interview, and so was eating breakfast at time of recording.
If you don’t yet have the confidence, perform
Skipping ahead, we take a listen to Episode 428 with Michael Port, which delivers a valuable lesson.
Accomplishment, says Michael, is self-efficacy, which can contribute to high self-esteem and confidence. And When we’re confident, we’re much more willing to go after what we want fully.
Sometimes, however, when we lack that confidence, we have to act “as if”, and this is an imagination technique that Michael recommends for situations that might make you nervous, because performance is a big part of the things we do on a daily basis.
That, says James, is profound.
The first ep to make 10K downloads
This next episode was highly popular, the most downloaded of the show. It tackles ikigai, a Japanese term meaning reason for being.
Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self, which makes it elusive for many people.
It is believed that knowing one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. It is also referred to as “a reason to get up in the morning.”
James got the concept from a friend of his, had his team research it, and discussed and recorded the resulting document by himself, one of his rare solo episodes.
Be the guide, not the hero
We hear a lot about the hero’s journey in story marketing, but in Episode 528 guest Eric Hinson proposes a counterintuitive approach.
People think, ‘Oh, I’m the hero. I’m helping the customer.’ No, you’re not the hero. You need to be the guide.
You need to be the one solving their problem, and projecting a clear vision for your customers as to why you’re going to be helpful.
So dig in, know your mission, know your values, know why you exist.
One powerful piece of wisdom
James thinks Episode 529 has had the greatest impact in his life, of all the episodes he’s recorded. In it, Nam Baldwin delivers a powerful framework for dealing with setbacks.
Keep it NEAT.
A rise of emotion is Normal – in fact, Expect it. Then Accept that these things may happen from time to time. But then Tidy it up. Don’t dwell.
James carries that advice with him to this day.
A poem on a business show
Mindvalley’s Vishen Lakhiani made an appearance in Episode 580, and shared a poem by Rumi, a first on the podcast.
When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety. If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me without pain. From this, I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There’s a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it.
That poem shifted Vishen from a place of near breakdown to calm. Divine wisdom, says James.
So cheesy it’s actually moving
In Episode 587, guest SJ Meeson asked if she could be cheesy.
A lot of what she’d accomplished at that point, she attributed to James’s help. And a lot of it, she said, was God’s doing as well – whatever strategy James gave, He amplified.
That’s how SJ reached 30,000 women in just over a year, and she thanks James for the learnings and for his community.
James plus God – winning combo.
This guy tries to be the best student
Next guest is Ryan Levesque in Episode 588. What a dynamo, says James.
One thing he’s noticed about Ryan – he wants to be the best student. If he wants to do something, he’ll seek out an expert for help, and work strongly with them.
Ryan calls James one of the most instrumental, impactful mentors he’s had in his business journey. He remembers what should have been a 30-minute welcome call that stretched into two hours, with James just listening to him, letting the thoughts come out.
James is a good listener, but Ryan, he says, is a clever guy. No surprise he’s a success.
Where do you get your happiness?
John McIntyre was another guest with advice for coping with the negative. Again, says James, very useful when you’re an entrepreneur.
The big shift, says John, is realizing that you actually create your own happiness. It doesn’t come from something outside.
You can buy a Lamborghini and give yourself permission to feel good for a few weeks. But the next stage of that is realizing that happiness is really a choice, that you choose to feel that and then you live from that feeling on a daily basis and do the things that make you happy.
Like Vishen said, says James, you don’t have to chase it. It’ll actually find you. So relax a bit. Chill. It’s going to be fine.
Leveraging your alter ego
Episode 635’s guest, Todd Herman, is an interesting chap who talks about alter ego.
We all have these different stages and roles that we play in life, says Todd. We’re not one single self.
We have many selves that show up in life, and it’s an extraordinarily healthy way to view ourselves. Because then, we create context.
We can choose the self we want to show up in a specific context. And if we don’t have a certain belief in ourselves, we can channel an alter ego, our inner James Schramko, for instance, to tap the qualities we need.
Like James’s inner Kelly Slater in the surf, says James.
When you become someone’s role model
Guest Steve Mastroianni, in Episode 642, was a guitarist James met in his travels, who took on James’s guidance and got some great results.
James is a huge inspiration, says Steve. When facing a problem, he thinks, what would Schramko do? That conjures up systems, simplicity, and a lot of experience.
And when he thought to write a book, James was his framework. Not that he’d created a framework, he was the framework.
What would Schramko do? James hopes it’s always a good thing, because he wants to be a good example.
What’s around the corner?
John Carlton has had many appearances on the show. Episode 651 is another one.
John was reminiscing how far back he and James go. An astonishing ride.
John considers himself and James historical figures, still living in an era as it changes. And it will continue to evolve.
James, he says, is the big prognosticator – he figures out what’s going to happen around the bend, and prepares for it and prepares his clients for it. John just went on the ride.
James can’t even pronounce John’s word for it, but he acknowledges he has some gift for looking ahead. This was evident during the pandemic, when his clients were ready with multiple traffic streams and product lines.
Because it’s not too late…
Episode 671 features a special fellow, Ian Freestone.
Ian was a pastor, and James’s roommate on his first Maldives trip. The second time he and James went to the Maldives, James had him read the manuscript for Work Less Make More and give his feedback.
That book, as Ian puts it, smashed the ceiling over his head. It inspired him to build his own online business, at an age some might consider late to the game.
And James was with him all along the way, encouraging and inspiring and answering his questions.
A great guy you may know
Pat Flynn needs little introduction. At the time of Episode 673 he feels he’s grown up as a CEO, a long way from the scrappy entrepreneur he was.
With live events, and books and online courses, he still finds time for his wife and kids. And he gives a quick shoutout to James for being instrumental in his success.
Such a talent, says James. A great family man, and a great person to know, the way he treats customers and his team. A real role model.
Some sage advice on distraction
James often likes to bring authors onto the program. Nir Eyal in Episode 682 is one, talking about distraction.
The first step to mastering distraction and mastering our behaviors, says Nir, is to master our internal triggers, these uncomfortable emotional states.
If all behavior is prompted by a desire to escape discomfort, that means time management is pain management.
If you don’t fundamentally understand the root cause of why we do what we do, why do we do things against our better interest, then you’ll always go off track.
Time management is pain management. It rings true with the sort of stuff James talks about. So don’t do all the stuff you hate doing, says James – hire a virtual assistant, leverage stuff with software, or 64:4 it, and just don’t even do it at all.
One of the all-time greats
It took eight tries, but James finally managed to get one of his all-time original mentors onto the show. Jay Abraham graced the podcast with his appearance in Episode 683.
Jay quite appreciated James’s respect and the quality of his questions. And from what he could tell, James was having a good time doing what he did, which Jay said was more than half the battle. If you’re having a good time, he said, everything else flows from that.
It was Jay’s hope that his answers gave clarity and inspiration, and a context that very little happens in the world if you don’t make it happen.
A lively pair of sisters
James met the Merrymaker Sisters at an event. They became members of his community, and later made a lively guesting on the show.
They got so many action steps from James, they said. And the trainings made them feel supported and validated, and let them know when they were on track.
To have the external point of view and their questions answered by someone who’d achieved what they wanted made them feel less alone in business.
To have, to do, or to be?
Rich Schefren in Episode 714 was one of the OGs of online marketing. And he discusses an interesting model for living and doing business.
It was described to Rich as be, do, have. And different people do it in different orders.
Have, do, be, says Rich, would be the opportunity seekers or dreamers. They wait to have something, which would enable them to do something, and then doing that thing, be the thing they aspire to.
The doers in life, of which Rich would have considered himself one, would do, have, be. I’m going to do certain things that will get me certain things, and then I’m going to be a certain way.
And while that gets stuff done, it’s still not ideal, because what you do and have doesn’t necessarily make you happy.
You’re going to kind of have to be, do, have. You’ve got to be the thing first. And for Rich, that required some deep reflection as to how he wanted to proceed with the rest of his life.
Does your yes have meaning?
Episode 718 featured Rhonda Britten, very famous for her mindset teachings, and a guest on Oprah.
When Rhonda feels desperate, she says, she knows: do not act! Do not make a decision! Because it will be bad.
You have to get centered, you have to get awake, you have to get aware, you have to be okay with yes and no. If you can’t say no, your yes means nothing.
Build your no muscle, says James, that’s for sure. Rhonda’s amazing.
Learning to handle scary
Peter Shaw of Episode 754 is James’s go-to mindset guy, an NLP trained expert, and wonderfully creative.
As you get better at dealing with scary things, says Peter, at going outside your comfort zone, the world becomes less scary over time.
But scary things don’t go away. They just become more nuanced.
And you don’t just go down for stuff you like, and ignore the rest. If you’ve got scary stuff in relationships, but you ignore that, then at some point, you’ll have to turn around and face it, and it will look very large.
So try to pursue the scary and exciting that’s in front of you, but over time, make sure you don’t miss any area of your life.
There’ll always be difficult things to face, says James. And the question is, are you doing some scary things on an ongoing basis to make that scary thing smaller? Or are you letting it build up into a monster?
Just too much goodness
James loves this next guest. He helped Kevin Rogers set up his membership CopyChief, and has seen him become an industry legend.
In Episode 783, Kevin talks about less being more, something James helped him with.
Kevin is a creator – he likes making stuff, gets lots of ideas, and is quick to implement. And he has a team whose job is to make his visions reality.
As a result, however, he had too much good stuff, and it overwhelmed some members, who would leave as a result. James helped him remedy that.
The less is more concept actually prompted James to create playbooks in his own current membership – one-page, concise, actionable resources.
What an OG says about recreation
The blessing of his podcast, says James, is he gets to talk to the likes of Perry Marshall, who offers his take in Episode 791 on recreation.
You need to have recreation, says Perry. If you don’t have recreation in your life, you are screwing up.
And your recreation needs to be just as stimulating as your work.
When your recreation feeds your creativity, which you enjoy, which then feeds your business, which lets you have more recreation, it becomes this virtuous circle. Then you suddenly find you’re much more successful than everybody else, and you’re having more fun.
James concurs. When he broke his ribs, life without surfing was very sad. So work hard but play harder.
The myth of the $10 million revenue
John Warrillow, author of Built to Sell, showed up in Episode 797.
There’s a saying, says John, revenue is vanity. However, it’s very common for us to have some sort of external measure of success, and a $10 million revenue is as good a number as any to chase.
John would encourage people to consider why that’s an important number for them, and what it will do for them, because a $10 million business with three clients that represent 80 percent of the revenue is largely a worthless business.
James has had students achieve eight figures, and good for them, he says. But you’ve got to be careful what you wish for.
A lot of haven’t thought through what that number actually means in terms of responsibility and complexity.
A guy who gave online his all
Nigel Moore had a great success with the membership system, and talks about it in Episode 799.
One of Nigel’s friends introduced him to James’s world. Nigel was impressed with the idea of an impactful, fun, leveraged business, helping and serving and teaching other people to avoid potential mistakes in their business journey.
He joined in June 2013, and has since built, in his words, an amazing seven-figure business doing awesome stuff for their clients and growing every day.
All hard-earned, says James, and congratulations.
The boring work is where it’s at
Author Jay Papasan of The ONE Thing fame guested in Episode 801. And he advocates doing the routine stuff that makes for success.
Just show up every day and do it, says Jay. You will be so much more successful than everybody else out there.
Everybody wants to wait, and then sprint to the finish line. It’s more fun and more exciting, but it’s not sustainable.
Success is boring when you think about it. You do a handful of things over and over, and without knowing it become very good at them.
Jay proposes a question: How do I identify my one thing?
And then you’ve got to make a time commitment to go get that done, or it’s worthless. Clarity without execution does nothing.
James loves that episode. He himself stumbled across the One Thing formula on his won, and has used it as part of his weekly group coaching format since 2010.
A seven-time surfing champ up close
The next guest was James’s neighbor and a world surfing champion seven times over. Layne Beachley generously agreed to an interview and appeared in Episode 802.
Layne constantly competes with the best version of herself, she says. And it’s amazing how the best versions of us change.
Our values, our expectations, our desires, our vision, all evolve as we do as human beings. Layne is competitive and driven now in a very different way from how she was in the 80s, 90s and 2000s – a more sustainable way.
James can relate – he’s not as competitive as he used to be decades ago. He’s more collaborative, more supportive of others.
What’s a little teasing between mates?
Episode 805 was with John Lee Dumas. For this appearance, James’s team spliced together an audio exchange of mock vitriol between the two:
John: He’s a little bit of a pessimistic narcissist.
James: Something I hated about your podcast, it was just so repetitive, I thought the intro was a parody.
John: That was maybe the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done. Boom!
James: I’m not your customer. I’m not your audience. And my opinion does not matter. So don’t worry about it.
John: I would never worry about it. This is going to be unfortunate for you to hear. But we’re more like each other than you’d want to believe. We’re friends/frenemies.
James: I hate to say this, but after this podcast, I like you a whole lot more than I did, 40 minutes ago. You’re growing on me, JLD.
John: I hate to say this, says James, but I don’t hate you anymore. [laughs]
The two are actually good friends, and very happy for each others’ success.
Escaping the comparison trap
Rand Fishkin of SEO Moz and Witeboard Fridays joined James for Episode 811. And he shared some wisdom about comparison.
Rand doesn’t envy folks with more success on paper, and he recommends others do the same. You can turn off the comparison switch, he says, and you can make yourself a lot happier that way.
And you can build something better that way, he goes on, because you can build it for you, the way you want to build it. Build big or small, it’s up to you, but there’s a beauty in being able to remove yourself from a comparison mindset.
It’s a recurring theme, says James. Design your business and life the way you like. Don’t let someone else tell you what it should be. Have your own version, whatever that looks like.
How do you define success?
Dean Jackson is a dear friend of James, and Episode 813 is one of the many episodes they’ve had together.
Dean has gone through the exercise with people of, I know I’m being successful, when… And a realization is that no one has ever defined success as an amount of money.
His conclusion is, if you’re really looking for a life, that’s what the purpose of a business is for, to support or fund the life that you really want.
Dean is the ultimate lifestyle designer, says James, and you can look forward to more content with him.
A case of mutual admiration
Bond Halbert, son of Gary Halbert, guested on Episode 827. When he speaks, James listens, and the respect is mutual.
Bond recalls meeting James at a John Carlton event. John told him himself that James was sharp, so Bond sat next to him on purpose.
Bond has since, he says, taken all of James’s advice. They’ve been in masterminds together, and once tied for a prize, to the delight of both.
Do you have the courage to be disliked?
Episode 853 features a somewhat controversial personality, Rob Moore.
When you’re scared to piss people off, says Rob, you dilute your own brand. Then you don’t create polarity, then you don’t create memorability or shareability.
Rob himself says he knows who he wants to piss off, and will enjoy pissing them off, which is really going to help his brand.
For that kind of clarity, he says, you have to have the courage to be disliked, something too many people lack. When you have the courage to be disliked, you have ultimate freedom, because you will speak and promote your truth.
To not be held back by fear of criticism and judgment of others is the greatest gift you can give to yourself, says Rob.
The speaker who made it big online
Episode 888 was actually reserved by James’s guest, community member Brendan Elias. It’s a superstitiously lucky number.
Brendan did in-person conferences, and his business obviously suffered during the pandemic. James helped him revive it online.
Brendan has done quite well since, and credits James for his success. It changed his life and he is hugely grateful.
Charging what you’re worth
Will Wang is a regular on the show, and in Episode 893 he shares a big lesson he gained from James.
Will had a proposal for a client, charging $3000 for his services. James urged him to charge higher.
If Will could potentially make this client anywhere from $150K to $500,000, why was he charging three grand?
James got Will to quote five figures, which the client agreed to. It changed Will’s business and his life.
If you can produce great outcomes, says James, then you can charge for that.
Looking for the greater good
Mark Joyner was in the online game before some of the people James followed. A military guy with knowhow in psychology, he shares a great insight in Episode 897.
The way Mark sees it, the universe is potentially a growth machine. Whatever happens to you, if you just trust that it’s there for your betterment, there is some greater good that you will draw from it.
Looking at the universe that way, he says, is useful because it will force you to find what good there is in whatever happens to you.
Like James’s artist grandmother taught him, you can’t have light without shade and vice versa. Every experience you have will have a lesson or a gift contained within it.
A surfer’s milestone
Episode 901 was a special one, where James shared a significant milestone in his surfing.
James was waiting in the lineup when a huge line of swell emerged. There was no one between him and the wave, and he thought, This is my wave. This is the one.
He made his approach, stuck the landing, and was on the wave.
As he threaded through the crowds, the wave started to arc up, and down to the left he saw whitewash. He was in the barrel.
Eight years of buildup, and James got his first barrel.
Raising the freak flag
Another famous author, Gino Wickman, joins James in Episode 914.
Gino’s wish for everyone on the planet is to let their freak flag fly.
Gino lives to help entrepreneurs and leaders maximize their freedom, creativity and impact on the world, and to do it with humility. And he believes if we can all live from our souls and shed whatever screwed us up in life and just fully be us in all of our glory, the world will be a better place.
Again, says James, recurring theme. And if you hear it enough, you start to believe it.
A model of loyalty
Brenton Ford has been in James’s community for 13 and a half years. His sharing in Episode 925 is inspirational.
When Brenton first started working with James, he didn’t even know how to register a business. His company is now very steady, very strong.
He found some notes in his cupboard the other day, and among them 10 points he wrote a decade ago, describing what he wanted his future life to look like.
Among them was living by the beach, earning a certain amount of income, being able to surf when it’s good. Nearly all the points were ticked off, and a huge part of that, he says, was working with James.
James is quite grateful in turn to Brenton, for introducing him to Nam Baldwin, and for inspiring him to move to Queensland, a point on his own list for the life he wanted.
In the wake of a big decision
Episode 927 was another solo episode for James, in which he talks about his decision to switch to a personal brand.
He was ready, he said, to be front and center and not behind the scenes. If you spoke to a lot of the online people whose names you know, he may have been somewhere in the background.
Possibly, he’s too late to the party for the personal brand. But maybe he’s not. It’s a hypothesis, but he feels good about it, like it’s the right thing to do.
If you’re not going to promote yourself, says James, who’s going to promote you? The decision has so far worked out well.
Selling the holy grail
In Episode 938, we hear from another copywriter, Kenneth Yu, on talismans and the holy grail.
Kenneth’s copywriting strategy is largely about talismans. A talisman is an object you outsource your belief to because it can produce a benefit or a result.
The holy grail was a talisman, said to bestow immortality on whoever drank from it. And Kenneth asks, can your product or service be this holy grail?
When your product, service, or personal brand is the holy grail or talisman, results come a lot quicker. Because when a person believes in your offer, they will pay a price for it beyond what its actual market value is.
Kenneth has some great content and actually has a recorded training session inside James’s membership.
A fast way to get answers
James’s guest for Episode 950 is Nils Vinje, another repeat guest. James has tracked his growth from a very low base to multi thousands of dollars a year, which is testimony both to the process and to Nils’s ability to implement.
Nils says he questions every piece of his business at every stage. That’s why he loves his and James’s private chats as well as their group calls – he never has to go more than a day without getting an answer.
Nils had heard before that you need to focus on outcomes. But James gave it context and examples, which made it a big aha for Nils.
James often interprets things for people, and he give credit to Dan Dobos for underlining the need to show students just what an A paper looks like.
Overcoming a limited mindset
Josh Aharonoff in Episode 952 is another implementer.
Josh remembers sharing with James his plans for growth and his strategy and tactics. James asked him, why he was settling for something so small, when he had a method of scaling to a much higher level?
Josh believed it was doubt in his ability to manage a large business. And he realized, in order to properly grow, it’s not enough to just implement things – you need to have an entirely different mindset.
It is, says James, it’s all mental. He hopes this episode has some impression on listeners in the way they think about things.
An alternate way of doing things
Brian MacCarthy, another copywriter, speaks to gratitude in Episode 957.
No need to be stingy with gratitude, Brian says. Gratitude makes everyone feel good. It even feels good to write it.
As Brian wrote James’s sales page, it struck him what a helpful thing it was to work with James and see how he lived his life. And it struck him that James had things figured out, and he wanted to be able to do things well like that.
It was immensely gratifying, says James, to see Brian gain insight and make changes in his life with his help.
The danger of fame
In Episode 963, riveting personality Chris Haddad makes an appearance.
Chris lives a weird life in general, he says, where people treat him sometimes like he’s famous, paying him lots of compliments and flattery. And when he was younger, he needed that.
Now he doesn’t care. Recognition only matters insofar as it builds his business and helps people.
Anybody seeking fame for the sake of fame needs to step back and take stock, says Chris. Because real world fame, he believes, is a toxic, toxic thing for humans in general.
So good to hear that, says James. Guest after guest on this episode supports that – being real, and being yourself, not doing things for some sort of external affirmation.
A welcome catch-up
This final episode, 984 is a catching up between James and previous guest Chris Dufey.
Chris really wants to thank James for the idea of no compromise. He says it’s one of the most important lessons he’s actually applied to his life.
At present, Chris is financially free. He has a fantastic family – a wife and four daughters – and life, he says, is amazing.
Chris is extremely grateful on a day-by-day level, and James, he says, has helped him with that.
James respects that Chris has done the work to get where he is. To see him apply the discipline of his body building to his business is terrific.
A summary of the episode
James wants to summarize the episode thus:
Find someone who can help you, who’s already been there and has experience.
Back yourself, and be yourself. Don’t be the person you think you need to be or someone else says you should be. Work your own plan. Don’t compromise on that.
Pick a business model that will deliver you the life you actually want.
And don’t chase too hard or get stressed out when other people are doing well. The universe has a plan for you.
And anything that happens, you can work with that. It is normal to have setbacks, and to get back up.
And if you are curious, if you ask good questions, if you take some of the hints from the guests in this podcast, that’s some actionable material.
Some fun facts about the show
A few bits of trivia about the podcast:
The episodes were not numbered in the beginning. At some point, James’s team put them on a spreadsheet, deleted what was deemed substandard, and numbered what was left.
The episodes from James’s other podcasts – FreedomOcean, ThinkActGet, and SalesMarketingProfit – are still on JamesSchramko.com under their own categories.
A couple of previous episode were recorded in cars and hotel lobbies.
James has a good number of repeat guests on the show, because of the value they consistently deliver, but no sponsors.
James can’t have a show without his team. They edit it, enhance the sound, fix mistakes. They make the show notes and send the email broadcast. They post the episodes on the website and socialize it. They tell the guest when their episode is out.
The show has been a massive education for James, and some of the guests have become customers.
And lastly, video is clearly now important to the show, much for the marketing potential as well as the viewing experience.
The stuff people have had to say
There have been audio and video message submissions for this episode, expressing congratulations and appreciation for the podcast and what James does, from the following:
Joan, a member who in a previous illness used to listen to James from the computer in her corridor. She and her family consider James a part of their clan.
Chris Bell has followed James since 2011 or 2012 and highlights the value James has brought to numerous entrepreneurs and listeners. He resonates greatly with the episode guesting James Swanwick and thanks James for the strides he’s made in the business he runs on Kleq.
Dean Jackson offers his congratulations on Episode 1000 and looks forward to speaking again with James. He owes him several episodes for their 25-part series.
John Lint from Kleq.com says he learns something new with every episode, and thanks James for his leadership and ethical marketing.
Greg Merrilees says James’s material changed his life. James has been his coach now for almost 10 years, with the result that he now works less and makes much more. He looks forward to another 1000 episodes.
Ezra Firestone calls James a hidden mentor and likens him to the Energizer bunny, unstoppable. Ezra credits James with a lot of his early success and grasp of business fundamentals, and is super stoked for his achievement.
Justin Meadows is amazed. He admires James’s commitment to consistency and delivering awesome value through the podcast. The nuggets he’s gained have helped him build the business and lifestyle he loves.
Pat Flynn is super proud of James, super stoked for what’s to come, and super grateful for their friendship.
Ryan Levesque says James was one of his earliest mentors in the industry. He would not be where he is today, he says, were it not for the guidance and mentorship of James Schramko.
Dr. Ellen McNally is a chiropractor in the United States who has listened to the show for quite a while, and appreciates the relationship James has with each of his guests. She is also a Kleq user who is very grateful for the recommendation of the tool.
James has received quite a few written congratulations as well, from member Kylie, Andre Chaperon, Tom Breeze, Wilco De Kreij, Andrew Fox, Chris Brown, Trevor Crook, Dan Ryan, Eric Wagter, Dan Norris and Mark Whitehand.
While it is a 1000th episode celebration, James does want to make it about you. His wish for you is that you be yourself, that you let the universe deliver what it’s trying to send you that is good, that you have a great life, that you have that work-life magic. And if you could continue to listen to the podcast, enjoy.
P.S. If there’s a topic you’d like, or improvements you’d suggest, just reply to any of James’s emails. They go straight to him.
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Adrian Crawford says
A legend. Always great info, balanced thoughts. FABULOUS. Congratulations on 1000