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Expand Your Impact

Expand Your Impact
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This final section is really only for those who did the work in the last four sections. By now you should have an understanding of the mindset shifts you need to make to go from fear to faith, inaction to action, and start thinking about abundance, not scarcity.

You should have clear outcomes for you and for those you serve through your business in the form of offers. And you’ve started to build the systems to have consistent visibility and awareness, leads, customers, and clients through your content and product ecosystems.

There’s no guarantee how long this process will take you. Industry reports show that it can be anywhere from 2-3 years for new creators. If you’re established and dedicate the time to implementing these systems and making these shifts, it could be a matter of days that you start to see results and only a few months until you have everything built out - your dream business.

This is the work we do for our clients. We help them make the mindset shifts and define the outcomes, then we come into the business to build out the systems for them in as little as 60 days.

But now that you’re here, it’s good to get a taste of what’s available to you once you have everything in place. What we all want is to expand the opportunities, the leverage, the profit, the upside, and the impact we have on our businesses, our industries, and the world around us.

How we do that is what we’ll cover in this last section of the book. Remember, though, that without the implementation steps, this will remain a dream for you and your business.

Creators constantly have too many projects for their time and resources. What a profitable business does is give you the ability to green light more projects. You can expand your team, you can invest in new equipment or facilities. You can buy or invest in other businesses. You can fund the creative projects you’ve been dreaming of.

But if your business isn’t generating a profit every year, then you get none of those desired outcomes. You will stay stuck where you are, struggling, treading water, trying to stay afloat. None of us want that outcome for you, so make sure you implement and track and get your business to the point where it’s oversubscribed and profitable, first.

The process we’ve laid out in this book follows a very standardized path laid out and perfected for over 100 years in the film industry: that of a feature film.

Every project starts as an idea. Whether in the mind of a producer, a director, or a writer, as soon as they start working on the project they enter a phase called development. This is the mindset and outcome pieces of my five-part framework. You’re deciding on the genre, the outcomes, the cast, the locations, the budget.

Once you have all of that nailed down, you then start the next phase of financing. You go out to the marketplace, whether it be studios or independent investors, and raise money for your film. This continues the outcome part of the framework - you’re testing your offer, or “pitch”, with the market to see if there’s interest. You repackage, repitch, and repackage, and repitch for as long as it takes.

Once you’ve raised the money then you go into preproduction, the planning stages of the project. This is similar to the planning you’ll do with your product or service. How will you make the thing? Who will help you do it? How long until you want to have it done?

Then you’re into production, a whirlwind of a few months of filming your “movie” - whatever your movie is for your business. It might be a product or a service, but you still have to create it and get it ready to become a valuable part of your product ecosystem, just as film studios build a library of films and grow more and more valuable with each one.

Next you have post-production, and then the daunting task of distribution and marketing. Easily 50% of the success of your film - and your ability to deliver on the promise of your offer - is in the distribution and marketing. This is where you expand your impact - your MOVIE is complete, and now it’s about how many people can you tell about it. You use everything you’ve created - your content, your product, your testimonials - and edit a trailer, an offer for the world to see. It’s a sample of your core product - your feature film that will be in theaters or at a festival or available online.

Every single part of the process is essential to a successful film. You can see countless examples of films that skipped or skimped on development, and made a lackluster movie. You can see incredible films that never got released theatrically because they didn’t distribute and market it properly. You can see movies that failed only because they spent too much on production and marketing that they made it near impossible to be profitable.

All of these apply to your business as well. We all want to have a blockbuster business - just like a movie that had a massive impact on the audience, the industry, and the business of the filmmakers. We now need to create your blockbuster business. That comes from implementing everything we’ve talked about in this book, but expanding you as a leader, and your impact with the market you’re in.

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