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Apr 15, 2019

Kylon jumps on the mic to answer the most common questions from Successful Dropouts. 

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Mar 11, 2019

Sam talks with Mandi Holmes about her dropout journey, building systems and growing her business from a one-person operation to a 17-strong team. Mandi not only dropped out of college once, but twice! She now runs She Can Coterie, a full-service business and marketing management agency for online, service-based, women business owners.

 

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Mar 6, 2019

Sam talks with Seth Hymes about the highly in demand career of a digital marketer, the opposition people can find following this unconventional route, and also about his new film "Wally got Wasted!" Seth has helped hundreds of people including dropouts get jobs and clients with no previous experience or education, this is a must listen for anyone looking for a next step in their dropout journey.

 

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Feb 18, 2019

Kylon sits down to interview Sam Watt, his partner in Successful Dropout. 

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Jan 28, 2019

Kylon and Te share a big announcement, habits to master that make you superhuman, memory techniques, and more! 

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Jan 18, 2019

Stephen Warley appears on Successful Dropout for the third time to discuss some practical and sustainable ideas for accelerating the growth of your business.

Stephen also talks about his upcoming January Accelerator which he is yet again offering at a massively discounted rate to members of the Successful Dropout community!

 

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Dec 31, 2018

Successful Dropouts Kylon and Te talk about their end of year habits and share ideas for dominating 2019. 

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Nov 5, 2018

Is it better to specialize in one thing, or to be pretty good at a lot of things? What are the pros and cons? 

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Oct 9, 2018

This week Kylon and Te jump on the mic to share what's been happening in their life, and also share a big announcement about the future of SD! 

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Sep 11, 2018

This week Kylon jumps on the mic to share what's been happening in his life and businesses recently and where things are going in the future. 

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Aug 28, 2018

I figured I owed the Successful Dropout community an explanation on we haven't published a new episode in weeks. :)

-Kylon

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Jul 9, 2018

Pleased to share yet another Gienger Family Roundtable Discussion. This time on the topic of accountability. 

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Jul 2, 2018

Damien Foord is on Successful Dropout for the 3rd time to demystify the process of building a great brand.

A brand is more than just your logo and your business card. It’s much more than your reputation or what people think about you or how you make them feel. A brand is how you make an effort beyond yourself—a company or project or just a professional persona—relatable on a human level.

For people that went to university, they largely live off of their uni’s brand until they have enough experience and expertise of their own. For dropouts, we don’t have that luxury. That’s why creating a deeply resonating and emotionally connected brand is one of the most important things a dropout can do.

Get the Branding for Dropouts PDF and worksheet here! 

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Jun 25, 2018

Jeff leads Your Project X, a social venture dedicated to helping people (re)discover their purpose to build careers they’ll love. He has more than 19 years experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, professor and change-maker. He is the founder of five social ventures, including IBM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consulting practice. In 2011, he developed the curriculum for the first MBA in Sustainability on the East Coast, at Bard College, where he was the Leadership professor. He was also two-time Chairman of the Carnegie New Leaders at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

This week Jeff and I discuss actionable strategies for shifting your perspective and thinking in order to realize opportunities that may be right in front of us. As much as we’d like to think we are open minded to new opportunities and changing the trajectory of our careers, we are almost always searching for new solutions from the same mindset that gets us stuck in the first place. How do you change this? Jeff and I outline and discuss six new methods that you can put into practice today:

  1. Get advice from someone that has nothing in common with you
  2. Change your setting
  3. Alter your mind (not in that way though!)
  4. Get rid of your phone
  5. Draw your future fulfilled 
  6. Come up with the worst ideas possible

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Jun 18, 2018

Cheyenne is a writer and futurist with a fierce love for leveraging digital communication. She’s mostly ghostwriting, copywriting, and content writing about life, innovation, technology, and human-centered design. When she’s not writing or learning something new, Cheyenne travels and spends time with her little boy. She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This isn't Cheyenne's first time on Successful Dropout and her episodes just keep getting better! This week we talk about how to succeed and live your best life in the face of suffering, especially past trauma in your life. No one is immune from suffering, but you can't play the victim. Suffering if one of life's greatest teachers, and it's your responsibility to learn and grow from those negative experiences. Let them temper you. The simple truth is that character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.

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Jun 11, 2018

This week I'm incredibly excited to bring you an episode from Systems for Success. SFS is a podcast led by my dad, Lonnie Gienger, and once a month our entire family gets together for a "family roundtable discussion" episode and we teach on specific topics as a group. This week we discuss financial management and how to control money so it doesn't control you.

It's also exciting for me to have the SD community meet my entire family all in this one episode. They are all entrepreneurs, podcasters, teachers, influencers etc...just generally high achievers. We like so say "you may be born into the Gienger family, but you still have to become one". :)

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Jun 4, 2018

This week we were able to get Stephen Warley from Life Skills That Matter back on the show! Stephen has dedicated his time and energy to training people how to approach and navigate the future of work and new realities when building their careers.

In this episode we discuss one of the most important skills which could be considered the basis of all self development, is self awareness.

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May 28, 2018

To kick of this new season of Successful Dropout I was able to get our longtime business partners and best friends on the show (missing my sister Chelann though!) to talk about the pros and cons of partnership. We've been partners with Landon and Kennedy Wilkinson for over five years now, and friends for even longer. Together we have grown multiple six figure businesses and we don't plan on stopping anytime soon.

Throughout our partnership and friendship we've have many ups and downs and we've learned a lot. In this episode we break down the last five years of business partnership experience into some key actionable steps that you can take to decide if getting a business partner is right for you, and if so, how to do it in the best way possible! 

Here are some of the things we talk about:

  • About our business partnership, how long we have been partners, what we have accomplished, where we are headed.
  • Why having a business partner is great and why it’s not so great. When is it ideal, when is it not ideal?
  • How do you choose the right business partner?
  • How do you mitigate the risk of partnership?
  • How do you keep the partnership healthy?
  • What do you do when things start to get ugly?
  • And More! 

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May 21, 2018

Episode 100 marks the end of a season, and the beginning of a new one. Kylon talks about the history of Successful Dropout, and his vision for the future of this community.

He also shares about his experience with Ayahuasca in the mountains of Costa Rica.

This episode is about change, and new beginnings. 

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May 14, 2018

It was a pleasure to sit down with Zachary Babcock on his new show, Underdog Empowerment and talk about my entrepreneurial journey, the school system, and the Successful Dropout community. 

If you are having second thoughts about school, this is for you! 

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May 7, 2018

Rob had everything lined to succeed in college...a healthy scholarship, a spot on the baseball team and more. But he decided to opt-out on the last possible day and take life into his own hands. At the time all he had going for him was 5k in inventory which quickly turned into 250k sales in 13 months through selling on Amazon.

This episode is special because Rob used to be a listener of Successful Dropout, and he's now worked his way up to becoming a guest! It's so amazing to be apart of a community and movement that is inspiring people to step off the conveyor belt and build the best version of their lives. Rob and I talk about his journey, and then go deep into the process of Amazon FBA. If you want a great platform to start building your first business on, Amazon FBA might be for you! 

 

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Apr 30, 2018

Sivana is an ambitious and outspoken 20-year-old who believes the reason most young people aren’t achieving what they want is that they are unclear on who they want to become, undisciplined, and have a lack of support in education outside of the current system. From an early age, she has had her hand in different endeavors, including a successful fashion resale business, to a failed PR business. As a college dropout, Sivana has traveled from a suitcase for 14 months forging relationships and working with Forbes CEO’s, NYT bestselling authors, and online influencers. She is now on a mission to leave an impact through new forms of education, digital marketing, and influence. Sivana is passionate about speaking to high school students, reading way too many books (if that’s even a thing), and watching reruns of Survivor.

Sivana is very much a kindred spirit and the epitome of a Successful Dropout with her approach to life and work. From her struggle to know herself, to her commitment to get 1% better everyday and her "RAD" system of reflect, align, do...Sivana has thrown herself into the self-directed life. We haven't heard the last of her! 

Some of the things we talk about

  • Making money in high school
  • Success versus accomplishment
  • Struggling with who you are and what you should do with your life
  • A system for figuring out who you, what you want to do, and how you're going to get there
  • On purpose and passion
  • On people judging you for dropping/opting out of the status quo
  • Turn stress into an adventure
  • Always asking "what's great about this?"
  • The power of committing to being 1% better everyday! 
  • When is quitting something good...and when is quitting something bad?
  • The importance of never losing momentum
  • Advice for people who are thinking of dropping out of college
  • Advice for people who are already on their entrepreneurial journey

A system for progress and achievement (RAD)

Reflect - Take the time to get to know yourself, what you want to do, be and have. 

Align - Place yourself in the right situations with the right people that are headed where you want to go.

Do - Take massive action! Take the first step! 

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Apr 23, 2018

Jeremiah is the Cofounder and CEO of SimpleTiger, a boutique digital marketing agency specializing in SEO for entrepreneurs. The SEO industry is plagued by smoke and mirrors, blackhat techniques, and a lack of transparency, and Jeremiah wants to change that for good. For 11 years, Jeremiah has helped companies like Segment.com, Shopify, NBC, MTV, E*Trade, LG, and Sports Illustrated see significant gains in their search results, organic traffic, and revenue.

Jeremiah's story is a fascinating journey that illustrates the importance of introspection and understanding yourself to the fullest. If you have self-knowledge, a world of opportunity opens up for you that would not be available without it. Truly, it's hard to overstate the importance of this. 

Some of the things we talk about

  • Poor grades in school and what that means
  • Understanding your unique learning style
  • The importance of self awareness
  • Just in time learning
  • Tips for SEO and getting your site more exposure on Google
  • Building an SEO agency
  • Benefits of working remotely
  • The future of work
  • Parting advice for students

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Apr 16, 2018

This week I decided to sit down with my wife and sister and answer some questions from the SD community. 

Between the three of us we all run six figure businesses, manage employees and staff, run podcasts and communities, two of us dropped out of school, we've been broke, had business partners, worked with spouses, siblings and friends building businesses, we've failed, we've succeeded, we've switched, pivoted, or quit things...you name it.

We got a great response and you guys asked some fantastic questions that we do our best to answer here.

We don't have it all figured out, but we can speak from a lot of experience and the fact that we are STILL in the process of figuring it out. 

Here are some of the things we talk about:

  • Benefits of a brick and mortar business versus an online business
  • Business plans
  • Business partners
  • Raising money to start your business
  • How to start a brick and mortar business with a family and busy schedule
  • Being business partners with family and friends
  • How to be a great podcast guest/what to look for in podcast guests
  • Important financial knowledge to learn and keep in mind when starting a business
  • Business and taxes - what to do?
  • How do you build a business or endeavor that attracts people/customers?
  • The importance of culture, customer service, and your product

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Apr 9, 2018

Brodie is a public speaker and serial entrepreneur. Brodie currently owns and operates a number of businesses including a commercial real estate brokerage, a telecom marketing agency, and a high-risk payment processing company.

Brodie currently travels the country with his wife hannah speaking and attending a number of events on the topics of addiction, personal development, fear, motivation, and entrepreneurship. Brodie uses his past experiences with his battle against drugs and alcohol to inspire and empower others to overcome their afflictions.

Some of the things we talked about:

  • Brodie's journey dealing with alcohol and drug addiction
  • Getting himself together, become a real estate agent
  • Relapse!
  • How do you get to know yourself? How do you go about understanding who you are?
  • The important of meditation and it's real purpose
  • Starting a telecom company
  • Dealing with fear
  • Underlying rage and how it can be useful
  • Why hardship and failure is essential
  • Brodie gives advice to his 18 year old self
  • Recommended books
  • More!

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