How to Thrive In The ‘Next Normal’ With John Meese

How do we move forward in the “next normal” as 2020 is about to be the past? What does thriving look like in ANY economy? That’s what we’re talking about with John Meese in today’s episode.

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Spiritual Foundations

“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.”

(Titus [3:14] NIV)

I think this verse applies to us especially in these times. As entrepreneurs and business owners, what we're doing is not just about making money. Don't get me wrong, it definitely is about making money and that's fine, but it is also about providing for urgent needs.

Be encouraged! You are needed because you provide for the urgent needs of others…You are not living an unproductive life.

Tip of the Week

My tip this week is very simple, but the effect on your life will be profound!

Batch your tasks. Put like tasks together.

A great example of this for me is email. You may be thinking that e-mail is one task, not a batch, which may be true for you if you only have one email address. I have several that are active and I used to check them all sporadically throughout the day. Most definitely a distraction. I now do this one time per day. It may take 30 or 45 minutes, but I respond to what is necessary and move on.

This also works with content creation. For instance, I often record multiple podcasts in succession. I'm already setup to record…already “in the zone”, so it makes sense to knock out more than one. Once I get a few weeks out of the way, it leaves some days on my calendar wide open, giving me the chance to create, or to recreate.

An Interview with John Meese

John Meese is on a journey that would inspire any entrepreneur. I met him several years ago when he was still working his first job out of college, making about 30k a year.

At the time, John had a new wife, new baby and was looking for a way to be an even better provider for his family.

He became a student of Michael Hyatt's Platform University as well as my Copywriting Academy…two tools that helped him make his first 10,000 dollars online in one week selling his first digital course.

John made quite an impression on Michael Hyatt and was ultimately given the position of Brand Director and Dean of Platform University.

Even while playing such a huge role in Michael Hyatt's organization, John still found time to continue building his own brand and launched a successful software company, Notable Themes, which produces some high quality themes for WordPress (such as the one you're viewing right now..)

Of course the path of an entrepreneur is not without obstacles. One of John's most recent ventures, a shared workspace for his fellow entrepreneurs in Columbia, Tennessee was shut down just 58 days after a successful grand opening due to Covid 19. The story of how John dealt with that situation is worth the listen to this week's episode.

John didn't just lay down and let the pandemic dictate his business's fate. He even managed to take advantage of the situation.

He started contacting other well known entrepreneurs asking them if they would share their experience dealing with the pandemic. Of course, with all the lockdown free time, he got lots of yeses.

Check out the fruits of those efforts (some great podcasts) available right here. You'll find info on John's upcoming book, Survive and Thrive – How to Build a Profitable Business in Any Economy (Including This One), at the same spot.

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Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at