I have to admit, I squealed a bit when Chris’s assistant emailed me back stating Chris would be game for a Q&A as part of my Unlocking Potential series.
Chris is full of wisdom, insight, and complete passion when it comes to marketing and living life to the max. His way of working and writing has gotten me to expand my mindset to be a bit more okay with being a bit more weird.
As Chris would agree, weird is good.
Without further ado, please welcome, Chris.
Q: What’s your story in three sentences?
I started out by writing a blog that got more popular. I helped many businesses figure out how to be human at a distance. I continue to help people find ways to build their business by understanding where they belong and how they can better serve those people.
Q: Alright, that was rude of me. Use some more words to explain. How the heck did you build such a strong tribe?
I rarely need more words. The people who I’ve surrounded myself with are people who seek to be of service and who seek to connect others. Growing capabilities and connections. It’s an easy model.
Q: What have you come to find are the two or three most effective ways to get people to share a product, a story or a blog post with one another?
I find that people share what they feel resonates with them. Where most folks get it wrong is they seek numbers, not resonance. Why try to get “everyone” to see what you do? Share it with the folks who feel they belong in the circle with you. They are who want the information in the first place.
Q: What are three qualities you think every person aspiring to be a successful entrepreneur need to have? Why these three over all the other qualities?
I think entrepreneurs need to be service-minded, need to be brave, and need to be eager to share their resources at every turn where it makes sense. I think these three are great because they set up a simple framework for persistent growth of the self and of one’s networks.
Q: I asked John Saddington, who was my 11th Unlocking Potential interview, this same question. What is the biggest challenge you’re seeing today’s entrepreneurs facing?
I think most of the people calling themselves entrepreneurs are actually just people trying to make and sell things without the mindset of serving a particular group of people. They lead with the question “How can I make money” instead of “how can I help someone else succeed?”
Q: Would you tell about the most recent time you had faced a huge challenge yourself and how you did or didn’t overcome it?
I face challenges daily. I think the theme recently is, “Be willing to be even more humble and learn what you aren’t fully understanding.” That lesson keeps being introduced to my life, so I’ll keep learning.
Q: What are you afraid of? Really. Emotionally.
I’m afraid of sharks. I’m afraid of not being able to provide. I’m afraid that my ability to serve will somehow miss the people who most need what I can do to help.
Q: What are a few habits you’ve developed that were essential to your success?
I’m an expert communicator, so that serves me well. I’m very driven to produce. I’m very disciplined. Those really all help.
Q: What is something you haven’t shared with your tribe yet about yourself?
It’d be really hard to figure out what I haven’t shared. I’ll talk about anything. Poop. Sorrow. Depression. Whatever. I’m a fairly open book.
Q: Right now, in the present moment, what would you do or create if you had unlimited resources and time?
Q: Where can people find your remarkable work and what is the best way for someone to reach out to you?
I’m pretty easy going. chrisbrogan.com is a good enough place to start. Grab my newsletter and hit reply. I write back.
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