Hi Lucas, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Before we start the interview process can you tell us a little about what motivates you, inspires you, your rules for business success?
“What motivates me is having the freedom to live life on my own terms. No boss, no fighting traffic, no alarm clock, , no limitations on when I can take a vacation. I’m inspired by people who are willing to do what it takes to achieve their dream lifestyle. I was blessed to have found the drive and determination to find a way to win in life. I never want to take for granted what God has blessed me with so continue to work hard in everything I pursue.”
1) Thanks Lucas, that is awesome. I love the positive mindset. You are founder Manifesting Wealth Network – tell us how the company formed and what made you go into this niche.
I started Manifesting Wealth Network because of a passion for personal development and the massive impact it made in my life. At the age of 23 I was broke, busted and disgusted, $30,000 in debt, working a 9 to 5 job making minimum wage. One night after getting off of work, I ran out of gas and had no money and began digging in-between my car seat for change. At that moment I realized my life hit rock bottom. At that very moment once I got home I began searching for something, anything that could help me turn my life around. I popped in a cd by Tony Robbins and was inspired by his story of overcoming adversity which led me to develop a massive commitment to personal development and pursuing my passion with running an online business. I began reading a new book on success every 2-3 days studying anything I could get my hands on that would lead me to a successful life. That began the process of re-inventing my life. From 23 to 30 I was able to master online marketing and achieve a six-figure income as an online entrepreneur, traveling around the world and living what is a dream life for my wife and I.
3) Can you share some of the biggest lessons you have learned personally and as a business as things have grown? If you were to start again, what might you do differently?
The formula for success is SUCCESS = Effort x Skill
When I first got started in business I spent all my time on working hard (effort) and got very little results. When I began studying others to learn the so called “secrets” and increasing my skill, my level of success increased dramatically. If you want to become an expert in any field, become an expert which can be accomplished by simply reading multiple books on any one subject. That will put your level of knowledge in the 5% of everyone else in your industry. You have to want it bad enough.
If I had to do it differently, going into business, I would have found the most successful person I could find doing what I wanted to do and I would ask them to be my mentor. I would study their techniques and strategies for success and I would interview them to pull out their beliefs as it relates to becoming a success. So not only would I study the how to’s, I would study the mindset and metal processes they went through to become a success. That would have saved me a lot of time.
4) What’s next for you? Where do you see the business in say 5 years time?
In five years I see my business growing worldwide. I want to help the world achieve the results I have achieved with online marketing. The world has changed. The day of the brick and mortar business is dead. People are becoming more accustomed to making purchases online so online marketing is in extremely high demand more now than ever before. My goal is to help people become financially independent by learning how to market online.
5) You have trained thousands of people in multiple countries worldwide, the company has generated over $100,000 in its first year in business, this is quite impressive! Could you share some strategies for how you reached such a wide audience?
The #1 strategy was getting the right people involved in the company early on, attracting the right people as we went along and making sure they fell in love with working with us so they never left. I’m smart enough to know that I’m not smart enough to know everything. By surrounding myself with people much smarter and more talented than I am, together, we have made amazing things happen. We also followed the strategy “Why invent the average when you can copy genius”. Most of what we did was not a revolutionary concept. We studied our competition as close as possible to find new and unique ways to market and figured out ways to make those ideas even better. Because we found so many great ideas and implemented them so quickly, we became a quick success in a short amount of time.
6) Do you have any suggestions for coping with set-backs in business?
Expect them and be grateful for them. The most successful businesses realize that challenges are inevitable. The degree to which you can bounce back from a setback is the degree to which your business will grow. As tough as this may sound, be grateful for the setbacks because they teach you one of the most important lessons of all – what NOT to do. When the team rebounds from a setback, that team will be stronger than it was before the setback. It’s why the MARINES and the Navy Seals are such a tight group – they go through hell together. By taking the valuable learning lessons from setbacks, you set yourself up for much greater successes in the future.
7) How do you keep your business focus – Do you have any suggestions for entrepreneurs who are experiencing challenging times?
You must take control of your day and focus on your top revenue generating priorities rather than let your day be eaten up with reactive actions such as emails, phone calls, and other interruptions. Be laser focused on your time management.
Also, continually set goals and keep those goals in front of you at all times. The goals are like your roadmap and without them you lose focus on where you’re going and you end up running in circles getting nowhere.
8) Is there anyone that you look up to and model yourself on?
Tony Robbins for his unique ability to create a system to keep yourself in peak states of motivation. His training above all other speakers have made a profound difference in my life.
My parents for their directness, and their love. My dad despite all of his struggles, he finished his Masters Program and became a Chief Master Seargent in the Air Force while raising two children. I knew if I could have half the drive as he had there is nothing that could stop me.
9) Do you have any favorite business related books that you can recommend to other entrepreneurs?
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill (absolute MUST READ)
Secrets of a Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – even though it is a fictional book, it’s one of the greatest book on success I’ve ever read.
10) What do you like best about the Internet?
The ability to earn an endless stream of income from anywhere in the world. The opportunities are endless with the Internet. If you have the internet you have opportunity.
11) Lucas thank you for your time and this Interview. Do you have any closing statements? How can people get a hold of you for more information in regards to your business?
Don’t worry about getting a hold of me, I will get a hold of you. If I feel you are someone who is motivated and determined; I will find you. Trust me. The last thing I want to say is that you don’t become in life what you want; you become in life what you think. Stay positive and you will receive positive outcomes. There is no other way. God Bless.