Q&A: Turning Pro, Making Products, Finding Focus (FS039)

On today’s show we answer a handful of questions from eager listeners, tackling subjects like finding focus, sticking to your voice and making your product before building an audience (and vice versa).

Want to ask your own questions? Speak it in or write it in and tell us who you are, what you’re building and what you’re struggling with.

Special thanks to Jeff, Kiri, Jackie, Avon, Vesone and Olio for the questions they sent in. Hope the answers are helpful.


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Show Notes

DiscoverDoubleBass — Great looking site by Fizzler Geoff Chalmers who asks question #1 on this episode about when to release his first product. Such a handsome brit… and he’s lovin’ the podcast.

I like that lamp: make your own lamps and lampshades — Website by the wonderful Kiri Masters, a Fizzler who asks a question in this episode about turning pro.

When Will You Turn Pro?“… why some people are able to “turn pro” (in a Steven Pressfield kind of way), while others are stuck pretending and failing.”

Green Exam Academy – FREE Online LEED AP Exam Study Guide Resource — We bring up this site by Pat Flynn in an answer to Olio’s question.

13 Successful Founders Share First Product Stories — Hear how they made their first product along with lessons learned, what they wish they’d known and their best advice.

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Fizzle’s Productivity Essentials CourseProductivity Essentials Course — Chase’s course within Fizzle on the essentials of productivity comes up several times in this episode. The handful of insights, exercises and paradigm shifts (like the CEO and Worker Bee modes) are well worth a dollar (the cost of admission). Sign up for Fizzle and get it today.


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  • http://www.discoverdoublebass.com/ Geoff Chalmers

    Hey guys, thanks for answering my question. You guys were right that in the end it was best just to get on with it and launch with what I had. I’ve recently added my first product and it went really well…. but it took me a lot longer than I thought it would do to get ready, so getting started with what I had was the right call. I think Caleb’s suggestion of sharing with the audience that the product is on the way is a great one.

    Thanks for all your help along the way! I’m loving the podcast, but need to get back to slapping the bass! :-)

  • Gil Michelini

    Thanks for the insight. I am EARLY stage of building my thing and I appreciate every Fizzle Friday.

  • http://www.carolinefrenette.com/ Intuitive Leadership Coach

    You guys are HILARIOUS! I enjoy listening to your podcast while cleaning the house (!) and am constantly bursting out laughing. You guys should make it a video-cast :)

    On a more serious note… Love everything I’m learning here.
    Merci les gars,
    XO

    PS: Which one of you is Canadian? You mentioned TPS so… :)

  • Paul Parry

    Pushed our thing out the door this morning. It was like a stroppy kid on its first day at school. It’s probably sulking in the corner of the classroom as I write. Thanks for all your help, fellas!

  • Tom Ross

    Awesome podcast. I literally started crying a little laughing so hard at the response to Geoff. I held it together right up until “What I love about Geoff’s question!” sounding like Sebastian out of the little mermaid.

  • Jurgen Dombro

    Not only are you guys funny, your real, with always great info and substance you cover! Thanks for being there or here!

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