In Today’s Episode You’ll Learn:
The biggest lessons Navid taught me, and I am passing it on to you through interviewing him, is that life is too short and you need to make the best of it. As simple as that.
Navid has been on my radar for some time now. I knew I wanted him on the HERO Edition, but not until we were in the middle of the interview that I finally understood what about Navid was so appealing.
Navid is probably the most genuine guest we had so far – he is just like you and me, and he’s the living proof you CAN do anything you set your mind on. Navid talked about what he wanted to do with his life for a long time – but he didn’t take action. He waited, for something, for someone, for himself.
Not until he has experienced a personal loss, did he jump into the water. When he was telling me about his loss and grief, I couldn’t help but thinking about the fact that much like him, I didn’t take action until I was literally forced into it by the army; I know a little bit too well what Navid is talking about – and I think you do, too.
After his brother’s death, Navid decided to just go ahead and do it – life seemed way too short to be waiting. He jumped out of his comfort zone and reached out to people that are rock-stars in our (not-so) little community; He didn’t have a site, he didn’t have a podcast, he has never interviewed in his life – but he asked Pat Flynn for an interview; And got it.
This is how Navid Moazzez’s legend started, but it’s far away from why he is so successful. There are 2 things Navid does best:
- Creating meaningful relationships
- Creating Leverage
What is so special about Navid, is that once outside his comfort zone, although frightened like the rest of us humans, he makes everything he does about the other person, and not about himself. If you were wondering how a newbie entrepreneur, who has been in business less than a year gets to pull off an amazing summit with the BIGGEST names in the market – the answer is simple: He was there for them first, and did everything in his power to help them. FIRST.
But how do you get to the position of being able to offer help to the brightest stars? Is it pure boldness and jumping out of your comfort zone? Of course not. There is a secret ingredient Navid mastered: Leverage.
Take what you are good at, what you know you can do well, and twist it to fit the context of your actions: Make a leverage out of what you already know. For Navid it was taking the research skills he learned in Law school and turning them to his favor- making him a better interviewer and, ultimately, separating him from the crowd.
I am honored to be able to release this episode 24 hours before The Branding Summit takes place – I feel that bringing you the “behind the scenes” of this summit – and Navid’s journey in general – will shed some light on your personal journey, and more than anything Navid or myself could say right now, will give you hope and set an example on how YOU can build an empire in less than a year.
Navid is a recovering law school student who turned lifestyle entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster, online marketer and personal branding strategist.
Right after high school and spending one year in the United States playing soccer living the good life, Navid was accepted to the top law school in Sweden – where he was born and raised. It seemed great at the time, and even though he got pretty good grades and did an overall great job for the first few years, he finally realized that it was never his calling in life and that he didn’t enjoy it at all in the first place.
Navid wanted to do something extraordinary and live an unconventional, more exciting life and most importantly do work that matters to him, to other people, and hopefully to the world. He wanted to make a difference.
It wasn’t until recently that he realized things won’t just happen by chance and that he actually has to make the change himslef and go out there and take massive action.
Once he realized that law school was not really for him, he devoted himself to countless personal development books, attended many seminars around the world, and slowly started to get more and more into the business and online marketing side of things. But it all starts with getting the right MINDSET.
Navid’s life was never the same after stumbling across The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. Having heard much about how some people went on living every moment as an exhilarating experience, he decided to explore living life by feeling alive each second.
This became even more true when Navid’s younger brother, just 22 years old, passed away in April 2013; it was definitely the worst experience of his life. He then realized even more than before, how precious life is and decided to work extremely hard and explore all the things he is passionate about in order to achieve greatness in business and life.
Navid’s devotion and determination to live his own personal legend led him to jumping out of his comfort zone and reaching out to big names, launching his online consulting business, hosting his own podcast and gathering THE Branding Summit all by himself.
Navid is a living proof that you can start from scratch and build yourself – heck, he did ALL THIS in less than 12 months!
1. Do you have a sidekick?
As general, Navid takes contractors from Fiverr.com or Elance.com as he needs them, but there is one designer that has been with him from the very beginning, and he is Navid’s guardian angel, helping him with all the technical things.
All in all, thanks to the growth of his business, Navid is thinking of hiring a few team members to up the stakes, and sees delegation as an important part of growth.
2. What’s your super power when it comes to getting things done?
The biggest super-power is to be able to take something that comes naturally to you and create a business leverage out of it. For Navid it was research; He has always been good with in-depth, profound and fast-performed researches. He used this given talent to create interviews that stood out and separated him from the crowd of other interviewers, which led to creating meaningful relationships with the interviewees, who happened to be market leaders. These relationships then led to business growth and success beyond imagination – and everything started with a simple knack for research!
3. What is your kryptonite, when it comes to time management?
Being a perfectionist, Navid likes to be thorough with everything he does; In-depth research and articles are a necessity for him, but having the business grow and working pretty much alone it becomes hard to keep the same level of quality as the quantity grows daily.
Distractions, even if work-related, are an on-going battle.
4. Name your top secret weapons for gaining time:
- RescueTime – a tracking tool that allows you to know and limit the time you spend at certain activities and web sites.
- TwitterFeed – allows you to share content people in your niche share, without spending the time to follow it on busy days.
- LeadPages – a service that allows you to create landing pages that convert in seconds. We’ve had Tim Paige from LeadPages on this show (link to Tim’s interview).
5. What is your biggest secret, the one that helps you get more time?
Burpees!!! Doing the 100-burpees challenge made Navid feel that if he can do this he can do anything, and it was a big push for his motivation, and ultimately his productivity.
6. If a genie gave you one extra hour every day for the rest of your life, what would you do with it?
Given one extra hour a day, Navid would spend it surfing. Eventhough currently it’s not a big part of his routine, but had he lived near the beach and had the time he would invest it in becoming a professional surfer.