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John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker, and the best-selling author of the book Duct Tape Marketing. He also wrote the books The Referral Engine, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, and SEO for Growth. His newest work is The Self Reliant Entrepreneur which contains 366 daily meditations to feed your soul and grow your business. He is the host of Duct Tape Marketing Podcast and has been doing his podcast since 2005.



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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • [02:54] Jeremy introduces his guest, John Jantsch. 
  • [5:14] The inspiration behind the book The Self-reliant Entrepreneur
  • [8:12] John shares how he started and how he got to where he is now
  • [9:20] What made John decide to do podcasting
  • [12:23] Why John broke down his book into different themes for each month
  • [16:24] A sneak peek of a day inside The Self-reliant Entrepreneur 
  • [20:54] John shares how he chose the authors quoted in the book.
  • [23:01] A sample of a question posed in The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur
  • [25:01] Why John chose to work with small businesses 
  • [27:02] Why John chose ‘evolving’ as a theme in his book
  • [32:17] John reads an excerpt from the month of October from The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur
  • [42:05] John’s favorite authors
  • [44:09] John’s lowest moment in business
  • [46:33] John’s proud moment in business

In this episode…

As an entrepreneur, you’re your first and last resort when making day-to-day decisions that move the needle in your business. The questions are: how do you inspire the clarity and deep insight you need to make those tough decisions daily? How do you challenge your mind to innovate and grow your business? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Marketing Consultant and Business Leader, John Jantsch talks about the 366 daily meditations that can be found in his book, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur that can help entrepreneurs feed their soul and grow their business.  

John’s 366 daily meditation is the result of over 30 years of experience and wisdom. As a seasoned entrepreneur, he has seen all the ins and outs of starting a business and he realized that there are certain themes that repeats themselves over and over again through each new venture that he enters into.

In this episode, Jeremy and John discuss what inspired John to create The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur. They talk about what the themes in the book represent and how taking a moment each day can help a budding business owner understand himself and his motivations for his business even better. Tune in as they talk about life’s ups and downs and what you can get from accepting every hardship and triumph as an opportunity to learn and to grow.

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Episode Transcript

Intro 0:15
You are listening to Inspired insider with your host Dr. Jeremy wise.

Jeremy Weisz 0:22
Dr. Jeremy wise here founder of inspired Insider. com where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders like the founders are experts and they end up selling a killer for $600 million. But we talked about early on how they built it from scratch and bootstrapped it and p90x founder Tony Horton talks about how he made money as a street mind. Like that’s actually how he made food and rent money. Richard he would put his head on the street and do street Miami and that’s how he made his his rent and before he obviously sold hundreds of millions of dollars in p90x Atari founder Nolan Bushnell talked about how when he was Steve Jobs, mentor, Steve offered Nolan 33% of Apple for $50,000. And why? He said no, that’s a big. That’s a big Miss. So this episode is brought to you by Rise25, which I co-founded with my business partner john Corcoran and a Rise25. We help b2b businesses connect to their dream 100 clients and referral partners. And what we do is create a systemized incoming referral pipeline, which generates ROI using a podcast and for me, podcasting is one of the best things I’ve done for my business in my life, but it’s much more personal. Because it’s not just about your business in my mind is about leaving a legacy for yourself and your guests. And it was inspired and Richard thoroughly to this by my grandfather, who was a Holocaust survivor and him and his brother were in concentration camps in Nazi Germany were the only members of their family to survive. And his words and legacy live on because of the interview. The whole cost foundation did with him. Which you can watch my about page and it’s really inspired me and I watch it at least twice a year to to hear about it and that wouldn’t be possible if they didn’t do the interview. So yes, podcasting will help your business but it helps you and your guests leave a legacy. And you can check it out. Check us out at if you have questions, you can email us support at where we handle 99% of all the work behind the scenes and the strategy. So I am super excited about today’s guest Richard Rossi. He’s co founder of two of the world’s largest and most prestigious enrichment programs for high achieving students. Da Vinci education Da Vinci com. In 1986 he co founded InVision EMI which grew into the country’s largest provider of live leadership and career exploration programs for high achieving students. A 50,000 students a year attended in attendance with over 200 staff and annual revenues exceeding 120 million dollars. And they sold InVision EMI in 2011. He didn’t go and sit on a beach. What he did was he went and started another business. And in 2013 he started a business that now fill stadiums with parents and students and if you want to think about and visualize it, think that visualize a stadium 10s of thousands of people think TED Talk meets Tony Robbins meets rock concert, and they put the biggest names in the world on the stage in the STEM fields. I’m hoping to take my daughters to this and when they’re old enough and they create a magical experience where high achievers kit high achieving kids come and they find their tribe, you know, the people that they’ve been looking for, you know, you know, people are high achievers are, you know, a little bit different, you know, and they find in a positive way, and they find the other people exactly like now. So in the past few decades, more than 640,000 students from More than 118 countries collectively have attended these academic programs. Now, Richard, it’s amazing the impact that you’ve had and your companies have had. And also that wasn’t enough. He’s also created the highest level mastermind in the world for biohacking, maximum health and radical life extension. He’s assembled a rockstar group of advisors and faculty at the da Vinci 15 calm, that’s five zero calm. And some of the people he’s assembled are amazing. Like George church, Professor of genetics at Harvard, Bill faloona is a leading researcher for life extension longevity, Dave Asprey, Dr. mercola, Rhonda Patrick, and so many more, Richard, that mean you you deserve that intro and I wanted to say every last word of it, so thank you for joining me.

Richard Rossi 4:50
So happy to be here. Thank you. I’m excited to be here. Um,

Jeremy Weisz 4:54
I want to start with with the journey and you know, we will find out I just want to tease Because I personally want to know what you do, what you’ve done as far as your health and longevity and what you’ve seen in the research. So we will dive into those and what you’ve done personally and what you recommend. But I want to start off with the journey and it kind of starts with your parents. They were immigrants, they escaped World War Two, and having you talk about your mom’s journey and influence a little bit.