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Right with us right now we've actually got Steve Dailey. Steve, you're the Founder and CEO of Achievement Bridge. And thank you so much for joining us.
Absolutely. Josh. It's a pleasure.
So talk a little bit about who you serve. You have been coaching and providing training programs and code, you know, kind of coaching leaders for quite some time. You've been doing this for a while.
Right Way before was a thing you know, when I started until people I was the business coach, they couldn't hear the business word and they'd asked me, so what sport? Yeah. And now business coaches on every business card from babysitters to attorneys. So I've watched the industry grow, and specifically where I have kind of landed here in my focus my niche, if you will, is seasoned entrepreneurs, people that are in the second half of both business and life. And I really enjoy helping those individuals really get to the dream that they've always had when they launched their business in the first place. And along the way, I've put it and have a kick ass life along the way.
Yeah, what are some observations that you've made in terms of people that perhaps have been working professionally for quite some time and it They decided to start a business say in their 50s.
Okay, there I recently was collaborating with a colleague and we we coined the term unretiring or read careering. And so, I think one of the first things that an individual that makes that decision needs to really lock in is that as much as they know, they have to be okay with being new in a new effort. When we get to 4050 years old, you know, we feel like we're kind of past being new with anything and and intend to try to bring all of our history and experience as authority into a new chapter but the truth of it is, that wisdom that you've learned is valuable, but only as valuable as the degree to which your you open yourself to be Curious and open minded and and vulnerable, really and being new. So that's one big obstacle that I see are opportunity. Actually, I would, I would call it that, that needs to make a shift.
And so I guess there might be a fear, let's say someone is professionally, you know, working professionally, you know, they've achieved some seniority and in the work that they're doing, and you know, to start a business or to make a change, like that, might feel like I'm starting all over. And so that's, you know, that that may feel a little frustrating for some people.
Well, it. So there's two things there, Josh, one is what pushes us through fear is the sense that we have to or we must, and there is a condition in our marketplace economy in general to Today, that's not being talked about very much very loudly. But somewhere north of 65 to 70% of everybody hitting the age of 50 does not have a good plan for how they're going to take care of themselves financially through the rest of life. So if you don't just if you if you're if you're becoming aware of that, and and you don't do anything about it, then you the options are very, very limited. So, yes, there's going to be some fear but the reality of what you're facing in terms of really, what are you going to do to be comfortable for the rest of life besides going to work at the local coffee shop or something, you know, can can help you get past that fear now? You're right. Going through a whole career of being, you know, senior being looked up to being in charge, etc. and All of a sudden kind of starting at what might feel like the bottom can seem, gosh, maybe like you're surrendering to being less than who you've become. But the truth of it is becoming a small business owner inventing something that the marketplace values and launching it into the marketplace is really a massive, we'll call it move upward. It's it's a new job of greater significance and what comes with it as a lot of freedom and potentially arrays and anything that you've ever done before.
So Steve, one thing that you're known for, in coaching is, you know, again, people that might be you know, they they've been in business they've been working in in their career for quite some time. And, you know, but yet there's there's an unmet Need an unmet thing that they want to do? And so they come to you. I would imagine some people have a lot of questions around. What does a transition even look like? Do I have to quit my job? How do I do this? I mean, what do you usually find with your clients?
Well, so almost everyone has a, you know, I don't know I need to put a name to this but a syndrome where they have one foot on the dock and one foot in the rowboat, and they have to figure out how to balance that for a while until they're until they really just push off. I don't recommend usually that a person just jump in the rowboat and start to paddle and hope that it works out. I think it's important to preserve and protect, you know, whatever you've got that you've accumulated financially and or if you're still working You know, protect that, but having a plan that you can set into motion, so you can eventually take that foot off the dock is is really important. Now also say that no matter what you do the the move into a new a new business is going to cost more money than you think and take more time than you think. And you need to just face that. So okay, it does it's not going to take forever as not gonna. If you do good plan, it's not gonna you're not going to go broke doing it, but it is something that that you need to muster. A bit of courage around.
And what would be an exit? Can you give me maybe a story or two from from people that you've worked with and what their journey has been?
Yeah, for sure. So
So let's talk about recurring. So I've I've worked with I'll give you an example of an individual that was very successful in the banking industry. He prided himself in, in, in being a being a good resource, not only from a banking perspective from but from actually a business acceleration perspective in his role as a banker for specifically small business people, like we're talking about here. And he came to me and he said, Look, I really think I can make a bigger difference. I see some common things coming up in the conversations I have with people. And I'd like to turn that into a business that actually I feel like will energize, be more energizing and potentially more successful, I can never do it in the bank. And so we created a brand a positioning, a literal, you know, identity persona for him, that he could go to former clients. And an inner and reintroduce himself. Look, I really enjoyed our work. Here's what I've decided I'm going to do to make a bigger difference for the people I, I might come in contact with, I wonder if you'd be open to some work together. And so we created a whole not just the brand and persona but also a process that he started to market. And it was only gosh, it wasn't. It wasn't six months before you start to have enough clients to feel like that he could kind of give a shove off the dock. It was a year past that, that he was making more money than he was making it in his banking jobs. So really, really fun work there. Another quick story, I was working with a physician that had basically just hit the ceiling, hit the end of his rope on dealing with the medical marketplace and all that came with it and we read invented him into a new type of care, a concierge type service for patients. And in his case, we not only he was able to eliminate the burden of his practice in its old form, but now enjoys a lot more time mountain biking, and still making a living. So you know, it's fine. It just depends on where a person wants to take their their future.
And when people engage with you, what does that look like? What do they paint? How does How do you charge them? I mean, how do you how do you work together?
Well, I have a model that I that actually teach my clients that starts with participation with other people like them, in other words, a collaborate peer collaboration, asset or community and we call it a tribe and so all of my clients start there. And then depending upon how much support they need from me, then we we figure that out. And there are several different programs or slots that we might fall into the support that I give. I'm pretty radical about this, I definitely am very much against, you know, pay by the hour, sort of, or a number of sessions kind of a thing. A lot of coaches do that. Look, I'm either in or I'm out, if I'm in the lights always on, and I'm your partner. And so I have what I use what I call an open access model. Some coaches look at that as oh my gosh, people are going to take advantage of you. And I'll just tell you, that rarely happens. And everybody gets at least as much and usually more than what they need.
Yeah. Yeah. And you know, on the flip side of that, if you say, Well, you know, you're buying a block of eight hours. I just the dynamic is Not real great. I think you have a lot of people feel like, Oh, I got to use every minute of that because I don't want to waste that money. And then I just I think it just it really sets up but not a very great relationship.
No, I completely agree you want the focus to be on the person, the individuals transformation and advance into what they want? And and, you know, you there's you just can't contain that with a, you know, one of those sand clocks in the background, or, you know, saying, you know, driving in the background, it just doesn't work.
Yeah, completely agree. Well, great. So, Steve. And so when people want to come find you over achievement bridge, what would be some great ways that, you know, maybe they're not ready to quite engage with you, but what would be some other ways that they could maybe kind of dip into your content or your thought leadership?
Right now I appreciate you asking. So there at achievement bridge calm, there's a couple of opportunities. You'll see right away. access to a virtual framework I've put together I call it the seven triggers to seven figures. So you have an aspiration to achieve your first seven figures in your business, or a new business, or and or you have, you've hit a seven figure business, but you want to put seven figures in your pocket. There's some really powerful secrets right in that framework there. And you get a sense of how I look at how business is done, how businesses have done while I've also this community or tribe that I mentioned earlier is called the entrepreneur excellence Alliance. And I put offered up on my site, access to the entrepreneur excellence Manifesto. It's a short two and a half minute video that basically I guarantee will inspire you whether you're already in a business or aspiring to be in one you will be fired up about You know what real business looks like and what your cause behind it should be, to really be fulfilled and successful. So, either one of those are great. I'm very easy to get ahold of and and would welcome any conversation or, or query
what Steve, thank you so much, Steve Dailey, you're the Founder and CEO of Achievement Bridge. And that's on the web at achievementbridge.com. Thanks so much for joining us.
All right, Josh. Thank you. It's been a pleasure.
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