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088: Michael O'Neal | The Solopreneur Hour: Embracing the Suck and Tips to Make Real Change
Episode 8815th April 2021 • The Success Finder Podcast • Brandon Straza
00:00:00 00:47:50

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Today we’ve got the Founder of Launch Lab and Growth Lab. The host of the Solopreneur Hour Podcast that has over 10M downloads, Michael O’Neal. Originally from Ohio, he was a designer, creative director, and branding expert for over 15 years before he began podcasting.

In this episode, we get into why you should embrace the SUCK. Michael explains why podcasters and those putting out content have a real responsibility to anybody that’s listening and talking in their content. Michael also leaves us with two helpful tips and one of them will only take you 15 minutes a day to make real change. Check it out!

[00:01 – 02:58] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Michael O’Neal
  • I briefly talk about the great values that await you in this episode
  • Connect with our guest. See links below.

[02:59 – 12:48] Michael’s learning journey and Embracing the Suck

  • Michael talks about how his learning changed from his early years vs today
  • Embracing the Suck
  • Michael talks about his mentors and the masterminds he’s been in
  • How masterminds helped Michael in resetting and getting himself unstuck
  • Finding a coach that you relate to in the way you like to learn

[12:49 – 28:37] Self-Education, The Solopreneur hour, The Responsibilities of Podcasters

  • Michael shares his thoughts about Self-education and Traditional Education
  • There’s so much more opportunity to learn remotely
  • What people can expect when they enter Michael’s reality
  • I will help you identify your essence and put you on the map to the right people 
  • The responsibilities of podcasters/Content Creators/Masterminds
  • Success stories from people who joined his mastermind/group/event

[28:38 – 47:50] Creating Success and Tips to Take to Make Real Change

  • A key ingredient/attribute to being successful
  • Patience
  • Exciting things in store for the next 12 months
  • Using a series shortcut to connect different apps on your iPhone
  • Tips/Tactics Actionable Items
  • Figure out the music or whatever you need to focus
  • Devote 15 minutes a day to whatever you want to accomplish
  • Final Thoughts

Tweetable Quotes:

“Don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.” - Michael O’Neal

“Over anything else in the world, consistency is the most important thing.” - Michael O’Neal

“To embrace the suck of the moment, and just understand that, “I’m not gonna be very good at this from the beginning, It’s going to take me a while”, is the most important lesson to learn as a burgeoning entrepreneur.” - Michael O’Neal

“When you’re putting content out to the world. However you’re doing it, there’s a responsibility that goes along with it.” - Michael O’Neal

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Michael, visit Follow him and The Solopreneur Hour on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Check out Michael’s courses:

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