141: Striving to be the Best and Grinding to Get There with Kevin Stimpson

On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Kevin Stimpson, entrepreneur, sought-after international speaker, branding expert, and the CEO of Strive & Grind.

Here’s what Travis and Kevin discuss in this episode:

    • About Kevin Stimpson
      • He’s most excited about getting his brands out there and serving more people at lower price point.
      • His first love was basketball, but he wasn’t tall enough to play in college.
      • He moved into information systems and technology in college.
      • Right after college he moved into a management training program and was mentored by 7 or 8 IT VP’s.
        • Everyone was stressed out and overweight and unhappy even though they were successful.
        • He realized that this wasn’t where he wanted to be.
        • He went into learning mode about entrepreneurship.
      • He moved from Boston, MA to San Diego, CA, hired a coach and realized what they were doing was confusing and not making a lot of money.
      • Strive & Grind pivoted to become a branding agency.
    • Was personal development something that you had to work on?
      • He always wanted to be great, but he didn’t know that personal development was a thing.
      • He wanted to be successful and make a lot of money.
    • Did you get a lot of flack for starting your online business.
      • No, because he didn’t tell anyone.
      • They invested $36,000 into a business coach.
      • Within their first 12 months, they made their first 6-figures in revenue and quit their day jobs.
      • They moved to San Diego with the intention of being around other entrepreneurs.
    • Why should people spend money on a branding package?
      • Everyone should invest in branding because it comes down to clarity.
      • Branding is what people are thinking, feeling, and saying about you.
      • You have to stack up the value of what it is that you’re doing.
    • Talk about how important it is to having branding, offering and fulfillment align.
      • What can you do to look at other industries and their product offerings.
      • Our magic came from doing things in an all or nothing manner.
        • They’re super competent in what they do.
      • Talk about how networking has helped you to be able to build your business.
        • He believes it’s a two-way street, he’s been investing tens of thousands of dollars a year.
        • He gets a lot from other people who are at a different level and they’re able to connect him to other people.
      • Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important, and why?
        • Both of them hold equal weight.
        • You can’t add value to people if you don’t know anything.
        • Work on the networking side if you have to choose one.
        • Your “what’ can get you there, but it’s going to take way longer.
      • Talk about the importance of masterminds.
        • He’s invested around $100k in masterminds in the last three years.
        • Masterminds fuel your life and fuel your business.
        • When you don’t pay, you don’t pay attention.

The Random Round:

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • Dancing
  • If you could sit on a park bench with anyone for an hour who would it be, and why?
    • Tyler Perry
    • He’s overcome so many challenges and now he’s at the top.
  • How do you like to consume content?
    • Video, Audiobooks, Books
  • What’s a book you’d recommend?
    • Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got – Jay Abraham
    • 92 Ways to Talk to Anyone
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine?
    • Wake up between 4 am and 4:30 am
    • Read, journal, write, pray
    • Workout at the gym
    • Work between 9 am and 4 pm.
  • What is your go-to pump up song?
    • Knuck if You Buck
  • What is something that you are not very good at?
    • Doing chores
  • What is one place where we can find you the most?
    • Facebook – Kevin Stimpson
    • StriveandGrind.com

Tweetable Quotes:

  • Your environment is what creates who you are, but you are the one who creates your environment.
  • Your “what’ can get you there, but it’s going to take way longer.
  • Masterminds fuel your life and fuel your business.

Resources Mentioned:

Buildyournetwork.co – Podcast website

BYN.media/fb – Facebook Group

Strive & Grind Website

Free Sales Training from Kevin

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