AMPLIFY DAILY: Friends and Foes (Day #70 of 365)

Thomas K.R. Stovall
Thomas K.R. Stovall
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DAY #70 OF 365 | Sunday, March 10th, 2024

YESTERDAY’S RECAP

If you missed yesterday’s AMPLIFY DAILY, I walked through the final update on the event I hosted today at SXSW, with a promotional window that actually ended up being less than 12 hours.

The event ended up being fantastic, and I ended up with somewhere between 25-30 attendees…

And the greater majority of them were people who I’d never met, so I also got the opportunity to expand my network.

I’m glad I got to share this with you, so you can see what it looks like to market an event inside of an “attraction-based” narrative.

Friends and Foes…who do you choose to give your attention to and guard your energy from?

CATEGORY: Mindset

In today’s video, I’m taking you on a blast through the past into my days in tech.

Some of y’all know that way back in 2012, I created an enterprise microfeedback platform, which is now patented, and has a number of trademarks…

A few years later, I created a membership organization for founders of emerging startups…

It grew organically to close to 6000 founders across 16 countries, who had raised and generated close to half a billion dollars in their startups…

In starting my microfeedback company, I raised a tiny amount of capital, just over $100K, from friends and family…

This gave me enough to get v1 of my software platform built, apply for the software patent, apply for trademarks, get high quality design done for presentation collateral, and other necessary business basics…

That money was gone almost IMMEDIATELY, and I spent the next 6-7 years scuffling and scraping and taking just about every dollar I could find and dumping it into the business…

It never made it over the hump, and it became one of the stories we’ve all heard of a startup that just didn’t pan out…

I still believe in that business to this day, so much so that it is still a legal entity, and I plan to revisit it in the future when the time is right.

My first investor became convinced that somehow he’d been scammed, and has absolutely trolled me online and offline for the last DECADE…

The disgusting, racist, hate filled comments he has put in voicemails and in print are absolutely reprehensible…

I’ve only ever met him with respectful responses back, and at some point, I had to block him on all platforms, emails and phone calls included…

He’s gone so far as to wish me death, in print. It’s unreal…

The craziest part about it…this person is a LIFE COACH, and a public figure in the city where he lives…BERWYN, ILLINOIS.

Then there’s my buddy Brad…

I’ve known Brad for about 12 years now, and he’s a very successful entrepreneur…

Brad makes millions of dollars yearly, and classifies himself as “baby rich,” as he socks away multiple 7-figures per month in net income…

Some of his closest friends, some of them people in my network as well, sock away $4-$5 million in net income PER MONTH…

Which is why Brad considers himself just baby rich. Context matters right?

This past weekend, Brad and I got a chance to spend some time and catch up…

And we both came to the conclusion that it is time for me to also be “baby rich,” and that Brad has a stated intent to invest some of his dedicated time and focus to help me do that now…

I have 24 hours a day, every day, the same as you, the same as Brad…

Do you think I give a SECOND of my brain space to that investor who has been trolling me all these years?

Do you think I listen to his voicemails, or read his emails?

The answer is a resounding NO! I have all of those files getting saved automatically, neat and organized, in case I ever need to bring a legal action of any sort…

But I don’t even allow myself to be exposed to the energy in his messages, won’t even open them…

Why on earth would I allow that energy in my space, to corrode my focus, when I have people like Brad in my life, who I can choose to redirect my energy toward?

So the question for you is, who and what are you intentionally giving your energy to…

And protecting your energy from? That is THE QUESTION.

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