We all have superpowers but what is the best way to leverage your superpower? Outsourcing.
In this episode of Freedom In Five Minutes, we explore instances where I focused on my superpowers and opened up amazing opportunities for me and my community.
Overview & Episode Content
- Exercise and Jiu-Jitsu
- Bringing Jiu-Jitsu Classes Near Home
- My Superpower: Connecting People
- Your Superpower is Unique
- My Inspiration for Automation Superpowers
- Outsource the Tasks Beyond Your Superpowers
Exercise and Jiu-Jitsu
If you have been listening to the podcast for a while, then you know the main exercise I do. I tend to hate working out and it is hard for me to just lift weights unless I challenge myself somehow. It’s a good thing that my personal trainer keeps me accountable because it is difficult for me to just lift weights.
So what do I do? I practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And although I have taken a break from the sport for a year and a half, now I am back. Cool things have happened just a few months since my return to the sport.
One, I’m close to earning my blue belt. I am currently at white belt but I’m curious how long it will take me to earn my blue belt. It’s funny because I might be a white belt at Jiu-Jitsu but I am a black belt in business. And I actually used that line in this story I am about to tell you.
The gym I go to is called Halo Jiu-Jitsu Training Center by world-famous Angel Lopez. He is just a monster when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu competitions. Halo is a great place and I absolutely love it.
But I live up in the hills in Fresno, California — away from everywhere else. To get to my Jiu-Jitsu classes down in Fresno, I have to travel 40 minutes from my house up in the hills. The problem is that I have to travel a total of 80 minutes a day just to go to the gym and back. But don’t get me wrong, I’ll keep going to the gym no matter what.
Bringing Jiu-Jitsu Classes Near Home
Halo Jiu-Jitsu Training Center is quite a popular place down in Fresno and I have known about it for quite a while already. I have known about it even while I was still going to a different gym.
At first, I was not sure if Halo would be a great fit for me because they have some pretty tough guys who go there. And it’s not just Jiu-Jitsu training — they have Muay Thai, MMA, and they have members who fight professionally.
I simply wanted a place to exercise, not looking to become a UFC fighter or anything like that. So, I put it off for a really long time. Up here near where I live, there is a martial arts studio. But it’s a more traditional karate studio that my kids have been going to for quite a while.
One Friday night, a few months ago, a professor of Jiu-Jitsu visited that martial arts studio that I was going to at that time. He was doing a free class to explore the possibility of teaching a class in the nearby studio.
The Jiu-Jitsu professor brought with him a couple of blue belts, a purple belt as well as the black belt professor himself. I thought I would be pretty good at Jiu-Jitsu. But I could barely do anything against the blue belts.
Of course, it was the same thing against the purple belts and the black belt professor himself. They smoked me and I am not used to that at all. I was expecting to be decent at martial arts because I have been doing it for so long but they actually destroyed me very quickly.
That’s when I discovered they were from Halo. I realized then that it was a really cool gym to be part of.
My Superpower: Connecting People
I decided to go and check out Halo Jiu-Jitsu Training Center and subscribed to a membership. In fact, I even enrolled for private lessons with Angel Lopez to accelerate my learning — but that is not the point of this podcast.
The point of this podcast is that the Jiu-Jitsu professor checked to see if it was possible to start teaching at the martial arts studio near our place. Despite a series of miscommunications, he wanted to teach. Most people would not do the work unless incentivized but this professor did.
Just a few weeks ago, I saw that same professor at Halo one evening. So I went up to him to talk. He told me that he really wanted to teach at the little studio uphill but he wasn’t really incentivized.
So out of curiosity, I asked him how much he needed to get paid in order to start teaching at the studio uphill. He told me the cost and an idea immediately popped into my head. This could be my first angel investment!
I told him immediately, “Okay. I’ll make sure that you get paid that amount.”
So, the Jiu-Jitsu professor went up to our area on a Friday. He and the sifu at the martial arts studio uphill worked out a deal. And because of that deal, there is now a Jiu-Jitsu studio just minutes away from my house! And one of the instructors is from Halo. That is so cool.
Your Superpower is Unique
I go to Halo Jiu-Jitsu Training Center every day to work out and become better at Jiu-Jitsu. In the evenings I can go to the martial arts studio near our house just five minutes away and learn Jiu-Jitsu with my kids.
So, what’s the point of all this? The reason why this is very important is because not too long ago, I was part of something called Warrior Week. Coach Sean, a friend of mine, said life-changing words to me.
He said, “Comparison is what brings sorrow.”
As soon as you compare yourself to others, you become sad. Why? Because you are not thinking of your superpower.
I learned to focus on what I am good at after that conversation. But what am I good at? I am good at two things: making deals and getting people together.
My superpower is figuring out a way to make a deal. I do not know how it comes naturally to me but it is one of the things where it simply just happens. And boom — a quick deal and there is a Jiu-Jitsu studio next to me.
The other thing I am good at is fast starting — to quickly start and test something. I might be decent at building systems or leading a team of 200 employees. But my superpower is making deals and being a fast start.
With both of these superpowers, I brought Jiu-Jitsu closer to me and the entire mountain community where I belong. That was something I thought would be beneficial for my community and bring much joy to a lot of kids if only we had access to something like Jiu-Jitsu.
How I Reinforced my Automation Superpowers
The only way to get a Jiu-Jitsu class near our place was to make a business deal and incentivize somebody. But how do we know if this setup would work? Well, we do not know. That is why I am doing a little angel investment for a few months to see if we can get students and become profitable.
Six months from this recording, maybe this is something that we would no longer do. But if it is profitable, then maybe it is a brilliant idea and something that we should continue to grow and hopefully become a centralized and important gym up here.
It’s funny, because I used to think that I would be terrible at these things — being a fast start and a deal maker. And that these two things were not that big of a superpower.
I used to look down on myself with types of skills and thought, “Man, how is that guy building all of those systems and automations the way I would want it to be?”
I get so impatient after doing about 30% of the work — and it would still be cool. It would still be way better than what most people would do. But that one guy does the job perfectly. Just like Jermaine Griggs who automates everything and you would never even guess that his outputs are automated.
I look at these people and think, “How cool would that be? But that’s just not me.”
So how did I become like these guys? How did I get someone like Jermaine Griggs to do these things for me?
Outsource the Tasks Beyond Your Superpowers
Well, Jermaine offers a program that I can invest in and he lets his guys do the job for me. I made a deal with Jermaine Griggs who became one of my mentors and the best thing about this is I have his ear.
He would tell me, “What you have with your Virtual Systems Architects is awesome. I am going to share this with the rest of my crew and business associates.” Which happened a lot of times already.
Now, I made a deal. I bought Jermaine’s courses and I would ask him if he needed testimonials. I also pitched my VSAs in case he was interested in doing some test projects with my VSAs for a month. The important thing here is that I make it a point to make deals.
You have your own superpower and the more you compare yourself to others, the less efficient you become. So, outsource the rest of your load! I am not good with any type of video editing so I delegated that task to Jeremy Finlay of Salesumentary. Paying a good amount of money to delegate my sales video production was worth it! Now, these guys know what my business is all about — which might lead to more opportunities.
All that being said, what are some things right now or what are your superpowers that just light you up or frustrate you? I want you to carry out your superpowers and outsource the rest. Is it something that you can outsource to a Virtual Systems Architect at ProSulum.com? Or is it something that you can outsource to a Virtual Art Director at WithMyCoffee.com? Can you outsource some of your load to someone you know?
You need to outsource the tasks that you are not good at. Holding on to these things will never not help you. I know that I am guilty of it sometimes but I want you to be free of it.
Everytime I keep unwanted tasks, I remind myself to outsource and figure out how to delegate them.
Resources and Links
This has been Dean Soto and you just listened to this week’s Freedom In Five Minutes podcast episode. Go check out FreedomInFiveMinutes.com and ProSulum.com if you want your own Virtual Systems Architect. Thanks for checking this episode and I will see you in the next one!