From Bartender To Kajabi Super Hero
No matter who you are. No matter where you are at in life, you can use your knowledge to build your online empire.
Do you believe that?
Do you believe that you have the potential to build a successful business from the ground up?
I believe that everyone has so much potential hiding away inside of them, just waiting to tapped into. If you’re not convinced, here’s another question for you.
How does an introverted bartender become a multi-million dollar business owner?
From Bartender to Online Marketing Superhero
In college James Wedmore was a bartender at On The Border. He became a bartender so he could meet people, without having to make his introverted self too uncomfortable.
He spent $800 on a bartending course, and was excited to put all of his knowledge to good use, but when he started his job… He discovered that with the bulk of orders being pre-made margaritas he was little more than a professional drink pourer.
Talk about a total waste of $800… On top of that, he didn’t even like this job.
James knew there was something more out there for him. He didn’t want to be a bartender for the rest of his life.
He always had his eye out for the next big thing. He needed a way out of this awful job. Then it hit him. James decided that he would put that $800 to good use. He wouldn’t settle for pouring drinks.
You’re not going to believe what James’ first course was about…
Yes, you read that right. James Wedmore launched his first course called Bartend 4 Profit in 2007. It was old school. I’m talking physical book and compact discs old school. But a few months later he made his first sale for $200.
This was only the beginning for James.
When he was going to events researching how to sell his bartending course, James discovered his passion for marketing. And that’s when the self-doubt kicked in.
Bartending was not James’ passion. So he was a little detached from the whole experience. He didn’t really doubt himself because Bartend 4 Profit was just a way out of his crappy job.
Marketing and making videos were a little closer to his heart. So when people were asking him how he made such high-quality videos, he’d get a knot in his stomach when they wanted to learn more.
A little voice in the back of his mind taunted him. “Who are you to be teaching this stuff to other people?”
But James knew he had to pursue this. And by ignoring that antagonistic little voice in his head, James built multiple 6-figure businesses in just a couple months.
By January 2011 he teamed up with his buddy, Lewis Howes to build a course on Youtube videos. It took eight months to create this course, and within 30 days after launching, they had $400,000 in sales.
The really crazy part:
The course was only $97!
This course still makes sales to this day.
Fast forward. 2011-2016 James’ business evolved from there with several courses teaching people everything they need to know about creating professional videos.
All of this started with a guy bartending in a job he hated, with no real background in business.
Who Are You To Build An Online Business?
You ever hear that voice in your head?
It can pop at any time, and stop you dead in your tracks.
When you want to start a side hustle as your ticket out of your horrible job.
When you are ready to invest more into your business.
Anytime you are right there on the edge of a breakthrough. There’s that nagging little voice holding you back from your potential.
What if I told you it doesn’t have to be that way?
Here’s the thing, my friend: that voice never goes away.
You may not want to hear that, but I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you. The life of an entrepreneur is a life full of self-doubt. It doesn’t matter if you want to get into courses on the side, or if you’ve been launching courses for 10 years like James.
Every time you are on that threshold, that voice is right there waiting for you. Right there, trying to claw you back into your comfort zone.
To thrive as a business owner, you have to learn to accept that uncertainty.
You have to make getting out of your comfort zone your new normal. Someone out there needs the knowledge that you have to share with the world. And if you can only focus on yourself, and the fear you feel; you can’t serve the people who need you.
Stop Waiting On Someone To Give You Permission
In our culture today, we are pruned to stop and wait for some “higher-up” to grant us access to the things we really want.
As children, as students, as employees.
We raise our hands before we can ask a question, we wait on a degree before we pursue a career, and when we get a job, we wait on the instruction of supervisors and bosses before we act. We even have to ask permission to take time off to enjoy a vacation.
But if you are waiting for some higher power to reach out to you and give you permission to start your business. Then I’m going to give it to you straight.
No one will give you permission.
As an entrepreneur, you are the boss. You decide when to act.
You don’t need a degree or some official certification before you can start your own business online. You just have to open your laptop and do it.
If you’re reading this, then you already know you have something down deep you need to go after. You know that you weren’t born to work a 9-5 job that you hate until you die. But despite this potential you have in your life, you may still be waiting for someone to give you permission before you pursue your dreams.
If you already own a business and you grapple with this self-doubt. There isn’t anything wrong with you. This is a normal thing that every entrepreneur faces.
You want the good news?
When you start doubting yourself, it’s a good clue that you are on the verge of a big breakthrough.
So instead of fighting this, and trying to make it go away, embrace it. Learn to accept that self-doubt it just part of the process.
This means you are growing and expanding yourself out of the cushy little comfort zone of yours. Take your fear as a sign that you need to press forward instead of retreating into a space that’s familiar to you.
Being a business owner means thinking outside of the box.
Go Beyond Course Creation: Leverage Kajabi’s Features For Every Area of Your Business
James is a killer example of an entrepreneur who is always looking for ways to leverage his knowledge and tools to expand his business.
While dealing with this constant internal resistance, he still manages to use Kajabi in ways that unlock the full potential of the platform. Ways that you may have never thought of before.
Here are some unique ways that James uses Kajabi as a one-stop-shop for his multi-million dollar business beyond courses.
- Tiers for the courses themselves
James has what he calls a VIP level to his courses. They are created as a separate course in Kajabi, and his students get the standard course plus other bonus resources and extras that they wouldn’t normally have access to in the basic course package.
- Mastermind groups
In 2015 James decided he wanted to do a mastermind group. 48 hours after sending out the email each $25,000 spot filled up. But you may be wondering how he put together a mastermind group with Kajabi.
James calls it the Inner Circle Portal. The main interaction within the group is in person, but Kajabi acts as a vault for all of the event dates, member roster, mastermind-only resources, and all the recordings from the group sessions and speakers stored away safely.
It’s such a convenient way of storing all the content and resources in one spot. Plus if he wants to add more to it later he can. No fuss. No hassle.
- Events and workshops
Whenever James is running a live event or workshop, he uses Kajabi to organize and store all of the information people who will attend need to know.
He simply creates a new product in Kajabi and uploads all the times, dates, hotel information all in one place. And if he needs to update anyone on times changes or schedule shift he runs an announcement in Kajabi to keep everyone in the loop.
- A membership site (Real Marketing Insider)
Instead of creating a new product with Kajabi on his regular site, James created a brand new site with several products in it for his members. It’s a streamlined way to organize his membership site with the most freedom and flexibility.
- Team Wedmore HQ
When James’ wife joined the team, she saw so many ways they wasted valuable time each day. She saw a need for some structure, and backend optimization to automate the business as much as possible.
And they are using Kajabi to do all of this!
This revolutionary way of leveraging Kajabi will be the headquarters and online training center for James’ business.
He even has videos that train new employees for any position in his company to automate the onboarding process.
Kajabi serves as a complete internal knowledge base on how to run the company, and it has freed up so much time for James to focus on growing his business. Think of how much stress and hassle this removes from James’ life.
James business is such a great example of how Kajabi can go way beyond course creation and become a full-service platform to serve any area of your business. There are no limits to how you can utilize the platform.
There are no limits to how you can use Kajabi to grow your business.
This isn’t Wordpress I’m talking about here.
You don’t have to worry about piecing together a hundred different plugins that may or may not get your website to do what you want it to do.
You don’t have to worry about sleepless nights spent in “emergency programmer mode” trying to fix a crashed site and pinpoint the tiny little issue that made your whole business collapse.
How Can You Leverage Kajabi to Unlock Your Potential?
If you are starting from square one: you haven’t launched your course yet, but you have these big dreams you want to become a reality.
James’ story shows exactly what is possible for you. Even if you are stuck in a job you hate, living paycheck to paycheck.
James started out as a bartender with big dreams.
Now he owns a multi-million dollar company with 10 team members in the states. He’s expanded his business so much in such a short time. He even had to lease a new office twice the size of his current one. (With an ocean-front view! How awesome is that?)
And if you’ve already started your own business, but you’re scared to take it to that next level. I hope this interview and this article has encouraged you in your journey.
Fear and self-doubt is a normal part of the growing process that you experience as an entrepreneur. But when you press forward with Kajabi in your business you can be confident that your business has the best tools and platform to grow beyond what you ever imagined.
Maybe that potential scares you.
But if you are sitting there, staying distracted, hoping that one day that fear will go away: today is the day to focus on your goals.
If you are waiting for the fear to go away, and self-assurance to somehow magically give you permission before you can start your business (or even grow a business you already started.) I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it’ll never happen.
The only way to make things happen is to get uncomfortable and go after your goals.
Everyone has knowledge that they can share with the world using Kajabi. And someone out there needs that knowledge.
How are you going to get that knowledge out there? By taking action.
Stop waiting for permission, use Kajabi to unlock your full potential, and take your life and your business into your hands.
How are you going to get uncomfortable today? Let me know in the comment below one way you are going to get out of your comfort zone and grow yourself and your business today.
And if you want to learn more about James and his courses check out: http://jameswedmore.mykajabi.com/
And his podcast can be found here: http://jameswedmore.mykajabi.com/
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