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Get out of the dang crab bucket!

crab mentality

This week I learned something fascinating about both crabs and humans. It is a thing called crab mentality and you have to avoid it at all costs!

“Crab mentality is a phrase popular among Filipinos, and was first coined by writer Ninotchka Rosca, in reference to the phrase crabs in a bucket It describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase “if I can’t have it, neither can you.” The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs. Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless “king of the hill” competition which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise. The analogy in human behavior is that members of a group will attempt to “pull down” (negate or diminish the importance of) any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, conspiracy or competitive feelings.” Source:

I see these crabs all the time on facebook groups. “Doesn’t work here.” “Can’t be done.” “Tried it and failed.” “Maybe where you live that works but not in my small town.” Sound familiar?

Don’t listen to the naysayers. You get your crab butt out of the pit of a bucket. You succeed in business and in life. It will be a fight. Your ideas might be frowned upon by your “friends.” Do it anyway!

Best wishes,
Justin Miller
Chief Strategist
Profit 911 Consulting
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P.S. One way to get out of the crab bucket is to educate yourself. The second lesson Daymond John of Shark Tank and FUBU told me was that the most expensive education is a lack of one. Most businesses fail due to owner incompetence.  You have two opportunities to join me this week on FREE training webinars.

#1: THURSDAY:  How to recruit, hire, and train an event staff!
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#2: WEDNESDAY: How I Make $1,500 Watching One Movie. “How to Break Into & Profit From The Outdoor Movie Business”
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Monday Morning Motivation & Training Schedule

keep moving

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you are all ready to hit the ground running because we have some awesome opportunities this week.

First, there are TWO new free training webinars this week.

#1: THURSDAY:  How to recruit, hire, and train an event staff!
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Here is some of what we will cover:
The best place to recruit knowledgeable stafft!
How to test their skills before hiring
How to interview for effectiveness
How to train and bring newbies up to speed as quickly as possible.
How to weed out the problem employees
When to fire and when to retrain.
… and more.
#2: WEDNESDAY: How I Make $1,500 Watching One Movie. “How to Break Into & Profit From The Outdoor Movie Business”
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Join us for this awesome webinar on one of the most fun services we offer that can be added to almost any event business… outdoor movies!

I’m going to show you…
The Top 5 Reasons You Need to Be In This Business NOW!
Event Basics of Where and How To Operate
A Timeline for a Typical Event (its under 4 hours!)
What Equipment You Need and How To Get It Without Risking Anything
Legal issues with showing outdoor movies
How one customer can cover the cost of your entire startup
And More

Motivational Quotable Quotes:

“People rarely buy what they need. They buy what they want.” – Seth Godin

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson

“Even if you are on the right track, You’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers


Have a great Monday!

Best wishes,
Justin Miller
Chief Strategist
Profit 911 Consulting
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The best motivational video for business

   WARNING: Explicit Language

I usually steer clear of anything with explicit content but if you can see past it, this video really is necessary for you as a business owner to view. It is 1 minute 21 seconds well spent

3 Minutes Will Make or Break Your Day


Today I write you with urgent news. The difference between and a good and a bad day is what happens in 3 minutes.

A research study recently concluded that people who were subjected to 3 minutes of negative news/stories were 30% more likely to report having a bad day.

The flipside: Those that were exposed to positive news/stories were 90% more likely to report having a good day (a full 8 hours after the exposure).

As an entrepreneur you have to remove yourself from the negative as much as possible. The press loves negative stories as people are drawn to them. “If it bleeds, it leads” is often heard as a mantra. I highly recommend that you consume as little media as possible, especially right when you wake up.

To be successful as a business owner you have to maintain a positive mindset. This is one of the major reasons I send these emails each weekday.

Keep it positive and have a great Monday!

Justin Miller
Chief Strategist
Profit 911 Consulting
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All work and no play kills Jack’s business


Your message today is short and sweet. A reminder to have some fun and enjoy life. My car is in the shop today getting brake work done so I rode my motorcycle to the office this morning. It was a brisk morning with temps around 60F and reminded my of fall. While riding, you forget about everything else going on as you have to focus on the task at hand to be safe. I also remembered how much fun it is to get the dusty old kawasaki ninja out and take it for a ride.

As business owners and entrepreneurs our minds don’t stop. We are always thinking about work in one way or another. It is important to play just as hard as we work. To have an outlet for the stresses of our job (which nobody can understand except another entrepreneur). I used to enjoy skydiving for the same reason… for those 1-2 minutes of freefall your mind is clear. Nothing else in the world matters. Then of course the endorphin rush also feels great as well.

You don’t need to be into extreme sports. Your outlet could be family time, fishing, whatever. Just make time for you and what you enjoy. Easier said than done but muy importante.

Have a great Thursday!

Justin Miller

Chief Strategist

Profit 911 Consulting

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P.S. Attention Photo Booth Owners: I will be hosting an exclusive pre-day at Photo Booth Expo in Las Vegas NV on Sunday, April 10th. This will be either a half or full day of in-depth training and workshop on getting more customers at higher prices and growing your business. We are limited on space to only 15 attendees as we will be hosting the meeting in a luxury suite (you know where the rich people stay in the hotel that is a room larger than many houses). If you want some more info, please reply or email and let me know. Our official announcement will be coming in the next few weeks but I wanted to give you a heads up if case you wanted to reserve a spot early.


Scare yourself every day


Today is going to be scary. You are going to face a sad reality that is human nature. This reality faces us every day and we often cower in fear, ignore it, hope it will go away, or want somebody else to do it. This reality is also often the key to what is holding us back in life. It is why we are not rich, what we don’t have enough customers, and why we are not in shape. This reality makes us sabotage our own success. This reality is fear itself.

We often fear and avoid doing the things in business and in life that are the very things that will get us ahead. They are the things you dread. The things you do last in the day or maybe leave for tomorrow. They are the things that require us to put ourselves out there and make us feel vulnerable. They cause inaction. They makes us freeze.

We already know what they are. We know that we should do them. We know that they are important. We just don’t do them. Within you, you already have a path to success. It comes with that uneasy feeling in your stomach. It challenges you. You must move past it. It is never going to go away. Use it to lead you into action.

Maybe it is getting on the phone and making that sales call for the third time to a prospect. Maybe it is having an uncomfortable conversation with an employee or even a spouse. Maybe it is cutting ties with somebody or something that is holding you back. Whatever it is, it is what you need to do NOW. You know that once you do it you will feel much better. You KNOW that it is the right thing to do and yet you stall.

Draw a line in the sand today that you will no longer be controlled by fear but rather run towards it like a firefighter entering a burning building. Fear will be your guide to success. That tasks you dread will be the very first things you do today and every day going forward. Leave your favorite tasks as a treat later in the day. You will get a ton more done and move much quicker this way. If something is on your mind and bothering you, confront it. Don’t let it build up and sabotage you any further.

You are not a victim. You are in control of your destiny. Your future is not determined by fate but rather by your actions. You are responsible for your success. Likewise, you must look in the mirror when you fail. You cannot blame the competition, the government, and employee. You are in complete control. The more you face your fear, the better you feel. The better you feel, the more you get done. The more you get done, the more you succeed.

Stop reading this, go do that one thing you need to get done and are dreading, and get on with life.

Justin Miller

Chief Strategist

Profit 911 Consulting

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P.S. If you need help with this, a coach may be a wise investment. I would be happy to work with you one on one.

Success in business is like a traffic jam (get out of my way)

Yesterday afternoon I was getting ready to cross the I-74 bridge into Iowa and came across a traffic jam due to road construction. Oh boy I thought. How fun. Anyhow, with ample time to kill it started to come to me that getting through the traffic jam is very much like trying to get ahead in business and in life.

The traffic was all in the right lane even though the left lane was not closed ahead for over a mile. I decided to be “that guy” and go in the left lane and get as close as possible to the front of the line. My progress was quickly slowed by two “enforcers” who did their best to block both lanes of traffic so I could not pass. Eventually I did slip by them both as they really didn’t seem to want me to hit their large SUVs with my much smaller sedan. Eventually I got all the way to the barricades and squeezed between two reluctant cars at the last minute possible.

Why do I tell you this? Because there are tons of lessons here. Some of you are sitting there thinking that boy I must drive like a jerk. I can tell you that if that is your initial reaction, then you still have quite a journey ahead of you to excel in business.

First, the media has been repeatedly giving directions from the DOT that using the zipper merge technique increases traffic throughput 20-30%. This means using both lanes and not backing traffic so far to block additional on-ramps. Sometimes they even put up signs to use both lanes and idiots ignore it. So #1, we have proof of a better way.

#2. Everyone else will ignore that truth as they do not want to draw attention to themselves. You can’t just be one in the crowd. Who cares what the doubters think?

jerk that won't move

#3. The “enforcers” want to hold you and everyone back. They think they are doing good but in reality they are hurting everyone. They do not want to see you succeed. They would rather see everyone fail together. Socialism anyone? Ignore these people. Get them out of your life.

#4. It takes a leader. Guess what happened in my rear-view mirror? A line of cars. That’s right. One leader and all of a sudden we have movement. One spark and we have fire. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you it is ok to succeed in business. Just do it.
Be a leader. Do what you know is right. Stick to your guns. You will be rewarded. Yes, people will be upset with your success and try to undermine you. Who cares? You are not responsible to make them successful and some are beyond helping.

Have a kick-butt hump day!

Justin Miller
Chief Strategist
Profit 911 Consulting

It burnt to the ground


Your business tip today comes from learning from someone else’s worst nightmare. It was a little after four yesterday afternoon I got a text from a good friend that said “Anchor Lumber is burning down at this very moment. Crazy!” Well I had to see for myself so I headed down there a couple times and sure enough the building was pouring out smoke so thick you couldn’t even see all the fire trucks. You could smell it from half a mile away. Five fire departments responded with over 10 trucks.

The scene this morning when I drove by didn’t look very promising. Still one fire truck on-site, some heavy equipment moving rubble, and restoration companies boarding up what is still standing. Thankfully nobody was hurt.

The interesting part of this is that I called another friend who used to work there and asked him what he thought about the workers not having a job anymore. His response shocked me. He stated quite confidently that he bets that they will all have paid vacation until something is figured out.

Regardless of whether he is right or not, think about that. Can you business survive a catastrophe like this? Do you workers have so much confidence in the business that they wouldn’t be worried? You need to plan for the worst.

Here are a short list of things you need to have contingency plans for and that I will once again be looking over in my business.
Severe weather
Power Outages
Equipment Failure
Flooding/Water Damage
Electrical Surges
Staff resignations/terminations
Unexpected bills
Vehicle trouble
Legal changes
Illness and hospitalization
…and of course a ton more.
I don’t want to scare you but you will sleep better at night knowing you have a plan.

Best wishes,
Justin Miller
Chief Strategist
Profit 911 Business Consulting