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Good morning, good afternoon or good evening, depending on when you’re tuning in. My name is Jonathan towards Herrera and you are watching or listening to the JTH show today. Today. I want to talk about rather actually ask you, do you have a diverse mentality, but first roll the intro.short text that can be expanded to show more details.
Alright. So before we get started, why don’t we first look at the definition for these two words? Alright, so let’s start with diverse, right? Which is showing a great deal of variety, very different. According to Google, of course, and then mentality and mentality, I guess has two different possible definitions. And the first one is the characteristic attitude of mind or way of thinking of a person or group. And a second one is actually one that I think it’s my favorite, which is the capacity for intelligent thought.
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I like that. So, you know, when it comes to being diverse, many people always think financially, right? Cause that’s what a lot of videos out there always attach this word to, or maybe you’re thinking more of the political landscape, right. When it comes to maybe referencing a race, you know, but in fact, the war is not an, should not be limited to just those two categories really.
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It’s about, in my opinion, looking if you have a diverse mentality and what I mean by that, well, you know how it is right with these shows with me and talking to you, it’s always something that inspires me out of conversation that I have with someone now or something that I watch. Now, my I’m going to tell the JTH show about this. And here I am, again, having a conversation with someone that, you know, seek me to give them advice about a business.
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They want to start. And at the end only because he said, wow, that I, that I feel like I turn on the light bulb. This individual is going to sell some kind of health supplement and they want to start from nothing. They want to start off the, whatever the company they’re going to be, you know, doing business with whatever they provide. And sometimes they’ll provide like, Oh, a ready to go website.
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And here are all the pamphlets and the books and everything. And you know what a lot of people have, you know, side hustles that involve products that are already are well known, but they, you know, they’re resellers, you know, Tupperware, Avon, you know, Herbalife and in so many others. Right. And Hey, good for you. There’s I’ve known some pretty good stuff now. I’ve never done it myself, but I know that there’s, some people have made some good money with it. I know also some people would say, be as dude I tried it.
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I actually lost money. Well, I’m sorry to hear that. But I, I I’ve heard both sides. Right? Good stories and bad stories, but that’s not what this is about. What this is about is, you know, the individual telling me, you know, I don’t just don’t want to be like, you know, the other people that I went to that meeting at a zoom meeting, he went to, I want to do more. And I was like, you can, and you should. He’s like, yeah, I just don’t know how to stand out. So start talking about kind of like what he’s doing between social media, what he’s doing, you know, with a website. And a lot of it was like, Oh yeah, they, they, they told me that they’re going to send me some posts and just to repost it.
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And they’re going to send me a website and to Justino configure it to look nice for me. And I’m like, okay, stop, stop. Why don’t you have your own website that may be points to this. These are what I, they sat on eat too. Okay. Why, why are you making your own posts? OBS, dude. Come on. So am I all right. So no problem when it comes to what you feel you can and cannot do, but it’s not because you know, they’re, they’re not letting you, right.
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He’s like, Oh no, no. They’re just saying, you know, you want to sell it? Just sell the damn product now, which is the end of any product or service sell it. So what I was telling him is I’m like, dude, you need to do this. You need to do that. You know, a lot of the stuff that maybe some of you guys already saw that I’m doing with like the JTH show or the San Diego tijuana.com site, or, you know, God. So any of the other websites and you know, stuff that I do. And he’s like, dude, you have an army. I’m like, well, first of all, I don’t have an army. I do have a team, a team that I love. If you guys are watching this, I love you guys.
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But no, it’s not just the team. It’s it’s who com conforms your team. Right? And I’m like, well, you build one too. Right. Which is, you know, my, my, my thought to him or my advice and his, you know, he’s like, well, I can’t afford all that. Am I w you can afford it. Why do we know how much it takes to hire an employee? Do you know how much it takes to light, have an office? And I’m listening. Am I been there done that, by the way, I’m like, I get where you’re coming from.
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And my friend, let me tell you, you are not thinking in a diverse manner. You’re thinking what’s in your, in which, in your line of sight right here. And I fear that that’s what the problem that are, there are a lot of people have that. They only think of the possibilities. There are in front of them, not understanding how big the world really is now, before I continue them. I understand, because in fact, my own tax guy told me this, right.
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You’ve reminded me about, about the following. He reminded me that, man, have you heard the whole Trump Koolaid that he’s feeding people and our, my, yeah, the whole buy American hire American listen, sorry. I sound really good impression. I know, listen, I understand that. I understand that there are many people that are unemployed here in the United States. I understand that. I also understand that there are many people like me and like other entrepreneurs that can not barely afford ourselves, by the way, yet alone pay for someone else’s fourth 40, 30, $50,000 salary.
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Let’s not be hypocrites to live in the U S is not cheap. And to make money in the U S it’s also not easy, but doesn’t mean that you don’t try. It doesn’t mean that you just say like, well, it says I can hire American can do it. Well. I mean, that’s the mentality. You have good luck. It is not the video for you. That means that you’re trying to stay and put all your eggs on one basket. And that basket is the USA in essence, if that’s what you want.
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And that makes me happy. That makes me feel patriotic and everything. Good luck. And that’s fine. I think it’ll work great for you. Right. Has worked great for other companies. I don’t know how to do that. I know how to be diverse, how to be diverse in who I hire, how to be diverse and the money, the currency that I take. As long as it’s the right amount, I’ll take vessels. I’ll take pounds. I’ll take yen. I’ll take, because all that helps all of my employees eat.
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It helps my family eat and it helps my companies grow. I am diverse in a sense of when I can, I will hire American when I can. I have hired American. I’ve said before I had a business in Oklahoma with people and everything I paid in dollars to other Americans. Right. For those of you guys are like, can’t believe you dumb liberal. No, I am also diverse by the way, my point of views, when it comes to political matters, I, in that sense was very, you know, at the time when I could, I was very patriotic and I paid here, people in the U S and then my business shifted and I did other things.
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And now I’m doing this. And now I have people that I worked in remotely. That is my phenomenal team that is helping me grow all the companies that I have. Right. Because I diverse my way of thinking, right. I wasn’t like the person I’m describing where I’m like, well, if I cannot do it by myself here, or rather with three, four or five people that are, you know, in an office somewhere, then I guess I cannot do anything with my life. You know? And I told him, well, first of all, if you want to do it right now, you can go to things like fiver and hire some individuals in there.
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And then I guess you can put a filter on there to only hire people in the U S no, no. That makes you feel good. Right? Does it mean, well, he mentioned something like, well, you know, it’s just like my tax guy, you know, we’re going to be, you know, babe pays ugly, technically taken his work over Caesar’s I’m dead. Right? I’m like, dude, stop whispering. Like someone’s listening to us to, you want to give work to people in the U S could have Fiverr. There’s tons of people that are on fiber that live in the U S but if we can get past that, you can go to tons and tons and tons of other websites and make networking connections, where individuals will refer you to other people to help you grow whatever your dream is.
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Right. I worked with people in Australia. I work with people in China. I worked with people in the Philippines. I love the Philippines, by the way, I love the Philippines. And it’s people. I really do. I work with people in Mexico who I obviously awful love and, you know, and it’s great. It’s been phenomenal. You know why? Because I diverse the way I thought if I need an example, something that I cannot do.
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In fact, like this guy right here. Yeah. That graphic I’m okay with Photoshop. I’m okay. With premier pro and other tools I can, I can do pretty good job or brims are pretty good material, whatever artistic pictures. Right. But can I do that if I taught myself to YouTube videos, maybe, but guess what? I didn’t want to do. Spend the time learning how to do one graphic. What do I do? Instead?
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I hired someone. I hired someone on Viber. Where were they at to me is irrelevant. But because I was in this way, I’m like, let me go check it out and to see where they were India again, when I did it, it was relevant to me. I needed a graphic because I needed a brand. And now my, I need to go do this. You imagine if I would have only thought about going somewhere here, where maybe there’s a printing place here, and then I to take a picture and then find someone on Craigslist or whatever, because I wasn’t diversified enough in my mentality.
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Right? Same thing when it comes to your business and the skills that your business will have is, you know, your clients and your competition, by the way, will, will, you know, fear you, right. Be a little hyperbolic, your boat, fear you. And we’ll actually take notice in you base on what skills or your company has. Now that those skills are not just dependent and should never be dependent only on what skills you have as an entrepreneur, they should be dependent on the skills that your team brings to the table.
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Now, if you’re a person that I’m sorry, but your hair at your head is so far up your rear, that you think that you are the company that, you know, without you, there will be no company. And without you, everything falls apart, then you have a bigger problem than us. Not me saying that there’s much, there are much, much smarter people that have settled, that, that are much more successful. Go read your quotes. You really are many, at many, many, many levels as good as your team.
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Right? And I have a phenomenal team that I put together with people from all over the world. And anything that any of you guys have seen that I’ve done, that you guys follow me on social media or watching videos. A lot of it is done with people and out of the brains of people that I hire again, from all over I’m very well diverse, right? So that’s what this video is about, is asking you, what is it that you want to do? And how diverse are you?
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How many eggs of whatever eggs you have, right. Of course, metaphorically, I’m asking, go to the fridge. I’m saying, how many eggs do you have? And how many baskets I’ve been told that, right? That they can do business with me as much, because you need to do business other people to not have all their eggs in my basket. I respect that. There’s a part of me that was like, miss opportunity for me. That’s more money out of my pocket. Listen. But when I get over that, and then I put my actual thinking hat on, and I think like a business owner, I’m like, that’s fair.
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That’s, that’s true. You know, this person can have, you know, all their business with me, you know, and you know, at the same time, the, the, the better side of me comes on. It’s like, datey come on, man. Like share the wealth, man. There’s nothing wrong with sharing a little bit of the wealth with other people, right? Always, always being, having an edge over your competition, which I believe I do in one of my services, one of my companies, but, you know, understanding that they’re going to diversify and you should to diversifying your skills, diversify, and the people that you bring on to your company, diversify in the tools that you learn.
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Here’s another very quick example, before we finished, imagine this, God, I must’ve been 2000 and I want to say 10, a long time ago. I used to work at a cable company and there was this guy that was phenomenal. And I mean, good at spreadsheets at Xcel, I should say. And then the manager at the time decided to move a lot of the operations, you know, to Google in a, in, out to the Google drive, Google word sheets, all that stuff.
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Right. And I remember this individual was pissed. Cause see what San attachments. And now the attachments tell me, we guys might remember this the way you attach things now on an email, it wasn’t like, you know, it was back then where it converted to a Google sheet, you attached to any, it was an attachment I’m talking about long time ago. And you know, the manager would come back and be like, can you please, you know, load this into a Google sheet and you know, send me the link. And ASIS shared a desk with the person real close to him is I got, I don’t know how to negotiate and pissed off all the time.
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And it made me think about him. You know, when I was, I was doing this video, I’m like, Hmm, I wonder I was doing, but at the same time, I wonder if he learned Google sheets. Cause he was so pissed. He wasn’t diverse enough. He didn’t want to be diverse enough rather. Right. He thought is going to be some kind of fad, Google fed. I remember he’s like, whatever dude, you did not going, gonna knock out Microsoft, whatever, blah, blah, blah. They’ve been around from my gut, you know, done on whatever it is. A nine seventies, eighties, whatever the hell they know Microsoft has been around with Excel. And he is like, I have all these certifications and now I have to learn Google sheets.
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They can even do these formulas. And at the time to be fair, it was kind of buggy. I remember. And plenty of bugs in it and look it now and you know, look at the world now. I mean, yeah. A lot of people still use Excel. Sure. But I would say and mean, you tell me how many times you probably have open a Google sheets, a spreadsheet over the classic, you know, Excel spreadsheets. Right. And is it going to get any better for Microsoft Excel? I don’t think so. In terms of competition, I don’t think so.
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I think products that Google will continue innovating their products to, or I’m sorry, brands like Google will continue innovating their products to compete with not only Microsoft, but other brands. Right. And so vice versa, you know, it’s not just about Google. That’s not my point. The point is that you’re going to have companies that come out that are going to have a product. That’s maybe something that’s a little bit better or maybe significantly better. Then your product that you have mastered, mastered, and you know, you might need, and you’ll be looking at yourself like that guy was maybe 10 years ago.
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And you’re like, damn, I don’t know that one. I’m pissed off now because you know, I’m supposed to do this for my job. In this case, it could be for your business. Now I’m not saying go and learn everything, stop it. No. What I’m saying is if you’re going to have company diverse, the skills that collectively your company has, and it could be between two people, he can be between three people. It can be you and your spouse. It could be you and your cousin, you and your sister. What do you know that they don’t? What do they know that you don’t collectively, those are the skills of the company.
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So diversify your mentality. When you look at something, make sure that you’re not looking at it from a very linear perspective. Right? Look behind, look ahead, look underneath fine, whatever tool, whatever process, whatever scale, and make sure that you have that in your arsenal now, is that mean, does that mean up here? Maybe if you have the capacity or does that mean, and your address book, right?
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Who are you going to reach out to right now? You want it to do a logo? Like I did. What will you do besides how to do a logo? That’s your mentality. You see that’s that’s, that’s what I’m referring to many people right now. If I were to challenge you, if I were to challenge you to do something, to think about your next to do thing, did you think, do you automatically go how to do this on Google? Or do you look for services or do you go to Fiverr or do you look at your address book or do you look at the people that you already work with that you already work with?
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Excuse me, you’re like, Hey, anybody know how to do this? What is your mentality? And what is often what you kind of like go to start training yourself. Trust me, it has worked wonders for me. I’ve been able to achieve a lot, a lot. The music you heard earlier, the logo, the websites. Do I know a lot of how to manipulate it. Yeah. I know how to make things bigger and smaller and color and shading and grading and shadows and all this other stuff.
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Right. I know how to edit my own videos, but right now I hired. And by the way, a little, a little preview for some of you guys, the video format may or may not change. Cause I’m having one of my team members take over the master edits and I’m biting my nails the first few days, you know? Cause you know, letting go of the puppy that I’ve been doing for quite some time now and yeah, but I’m going to go ahead and tell ya, take over it, see what he brings to the table. I’m interested in seeing that, right? I’m interested in seeing what can he bring to the table in terms of editing skills that maybe I don’t have that I don’t need to learn that I can focus on something else, but his skills are now part of my arsenal.
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Right? Very proudly. I can say that, Hey, I, we have someone that can do this. Hey, we have someone that can do that too. I’m going with this and you can do it too. So don’t don’t don’t look, don’t tell me your thumbs down me because you’re like, Oh a rich dude. I am not rich whatsoever. What so ever, but I just have a different mindset. They be telling me, okay, Tommy JT, how does this apply for a restaurant? Huh? I went, opened a restaurant. Fair enough. You’re gonna have to be diverse.
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Where the, your providers of your produce of your proteins, all that. And that’s a mentality you should have not just be like, I have one guy doesn’t provide me the produce. One guy is going to provide me this. No, it applies to write about anything. E-commerce right. A physical brick and mortar store. When it comes to business, being diverse is going to be key for you to have that mentality and saying, yep, I can, I can have all these possibilities of people that I can reach out to.
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So anyways, that’s it for today guys. Thanks for listening as always make sure you like and subscribe and until next time, see ya.