Whoa whoa whoa, 2020 has been quite the year and it’s only July. As I’m sure you have, I’ve made several pivots in my business this year. One of those was around my live event, which you’ve heard me mention on past episodes, was canceled due to the pandemic. We decided that the plans we had were too good to just put it off completely, so we pivoted it to a virtual event, which is going live on August 3rd. As I was reviewing content from the 2019 live event, I came across the presentation from Julie Stoian. And boy am I glad I did.
I’ll admit, I really didn’t grasp how great of a presentation it was in the moment. Maybe because I was moving around at 100 mph while the event was going on. Whatever the reason, when I found it and watched it while sitting at my desk in silence, I was taken back by how powerful her words were. That girl has a way with words and that’s what I want to share with you today.
How to create the life you want with Julie Stoian
Julie Stoian was brave enough and gracious enough to share some really intimate experiences that happened in her life that led her to be the million-dollar business owner that she is today. It wasn’t a fun path but it taught her a ton of great lessons. And below I’m going to highlight the 8 lessons I learned from this presentation by Julie Stoian.
The things you need to be successful don’t have anything to do with technology
You might think it’s the techy things that will make or break your online business but chances are, that’s false. Learning those things are usually the easiest to learn or outsource. What makes people successful is the strategy and the relationships (more on this one below).
Learn the skills to get people to buy stuff online for financial security
Julie Stoian described that when she learned how to get people to buy from her online her life was forever changed and she knew she’d never be under pressure for money again. Diving into DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson really opened her eyes to what really got people to take action online and she invested all of her time learning those skills, even as her world seemed to be falling down around her.
Learn how to write like Julie Stoian
Julie was using blogging as an escape from the depression she was facing. She didn’t know it at the time, but this skill set, when combined with the marketing knowledge she was learning, would be the catalyst for her million-dollar business. Words are far more powerful than design.
Write about the hook and the story to get your business to blow up
Those words that you write can turn passive website visitors into paying customers if you formulate them right. Julie Stoian says that when you write for your website, you need to think about the “hook” and the “story” of that message. The hook is what gets their attention and the story is what keeps them around and wanting to learn more.
Julie Stoian show us that sales funnels get your audience to go in chronological order
You’ve heard me talk about Clickfunnels, which is a platform that helps you build sales funnels. Julie Stoian explained sales funnels really well. She said they are simply a series of chronological steps that your customer takes in the buying process. But not every purchase needs to happen through a sales funnel. They work great for cold traffic (people that don’t know/like/trust you) but someone who is already warm can likely just go right to your Shopify store and make a purchase.
Traffic is people. Find the people you can serve the best
Whether it’s through ads, influencers, or through organic social media, you’ve got to find a way to generate traffic for your business or it won’t survive. Learning this skillset will ensure that any time you release a new product or service, you’ll have people waiting to buy it.
Build strategic relationships like Julie Stoian
Julie shared how she entered the competition Russell Brunson held for his Expert Secrets book release. After the first week she was on the top 10 leader board but how could she possibly stay on there?! She was competing against the likes of Tony Robbins and Grant Cardone. That’s when she decided to go outside of her immediate audience and look for strategic relationships to help promote. And guess what – it worked!!! Julie Stoian came in at #4! Moral of the story, if you want to get further faster, you need to leverage strategic relationships.
You are allowed to make mistakes
Julie Stoian shared that after building some great relationships in the space (see above) she realized something profound. One of the biggest things that separated really successful business people and average businesspeople was their willingness to make mistakes, fail, and get back up. Learn this and you’ll be unstoppable.
Those are my biggest takeaways from this presentation that Julie Stoian gave last year but you need to click play above so you can hear the details of the impactful story that she shares. Not many people will open up like Julie did – let alone in a room full of hundreds of strangers. But we were all thankful she did. So go and click play above!
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She’s been around the block, built a family and multiple, multimillion dollar businesses - what’s not to love about this HERo! Alison speaks from her heart and years of proven results. Would not be without this podcast in my back pocket.
- Info needs to be consistentby joness59 from United States
I missed that you mentioned the link to your bundle at the beginning of the podcast. At the end you mentioned the site is becauseicanlife.com/bundle. This is an invalid URL. I spent time trying to figure out the link until I saw it posted in the notes of your podcast. My feedback is to make sure the info you provide is consistent. Other than that it was a real good podcast. Hope this was helpful. Stephen Jones (your old Boise neighbor)
- I LOVE MY MOM❤️❤️by bridges!! from United States
WOOT WOOT!!!!!! Gooooooooooooo MOM YOUR THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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She’s really cool and everybody should and will Love her and this was the most spectacular thing in the whole universe because she is an angel
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she is so awesome and i love this podcast so much!!!!
- AMAZING!!!by Dad in church from United States
Seriously love you!
- Best Podcast!by Thesimpsoncrew3 from United States
Alison is so encouraging and a wealth of information! Real, Genuine and Relatable! So thankful she took the leap as she has paved a way for us to do the same!!!
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Seriously, if you are looking for a heart-centered coach who is going to break it down for you and hold your hand to the online marketplace, this is your leader. Follow her. Do what she says. Listen to everything she says. Take notes. Take action. Rinse and repeat. So happy this podcast has been born!!!
- Wow! So powerful!by BevSchweig from United States
I am loving Alison’s podcast! She is so down to earth and honest! You can hear the passion she has for helping others in her voice! She has over delivered once again. Can’t wait to hear more!
- Inspired!by Jen 850 from United States
Alison’s enthusiasm is infectious! I want to get started right now!
- Love!!!by Beastajt from United States
I have been a huge fan of Alison for years now! So excited she has launched a podcast!
- Thank You Alison!by Savjack28 from United States
So glad Alison is now doing a podcast. Very inspiring!
- Because I can! Love,Love, Love!by Mysterious____ from United States
This podcast is really great! Alison is such an inspiration!
- So inspiring!by Heather of come home from United States
Thank you Alison! You always know just what to say to help me get out of my way. I’m for sure going to start recognizing those fake negative thoughts and turn them around. ❤️
- Finally!!by shellcoates from United States
It’s about time Alison made a podcast!! I’ve been waiting! She is a professional business mastermind, yet so relatable as a mother and woman. Go Alison!!!
- The Because I can Life Podcastby My Beautiful Child And Me from United States
Alison is the real deal. She doesn’t just preach and leave us on our own. Alison works her online business right along with us and teaches from her own experiences. She shares the highs and lows and gives us the tools we need to succeed. She is kind and welcoming and supports us even when we feel we are failing. The community she has created for us to find like minded people who want to make a difference is the best group I have ever been a part of. I love that she is always up dating her course that we have life long access. The fact that she takes the time to do FB lives a few times a week where she is open to all our questions is remarkable. I am grateful I found her. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or a seasoned business owner, Alison offer something for all of us. Connie Leonard
- Real and Inspiringby lastev from United States
Alison delivers relevant content that works. Most importantly, she is your biggest cheerleader and keeps you motivated to work hard and kick fear!
- An inspirational podcastby Dude202 from United States
I love listening to podcasts to inspire myself in my business growth. An enjoyable and helpful podcast!
- BEST COACH EVER!!!by Oak&Willow from United States
If you are looking to start your own e-commerce business, you will be hard pressed to find a more honest, passionate, caring person than Alison. She puts it all out there for you to see how to be successful. This podcast is going to change lives!
- All Entrepreneurs Must Hear Thisby seesnow99 from United States
I’ve been following Alison for a while now. I bought into her 0-100K system. My store is up & running thanks to her & a lot of hard work. If you want to have an e-commerce business & have the best support team ever, look no further. I’ve done tons of webinars & online research. Nothing compares to what I have learned from Alison. Her online Facebook group is nothing short of phenomenal. You can post your struggle & ask for help. Five hours later, you come back to loads of encouraging posts from fellow “clanners” who have been there & they’re offering helpful advice. I have been in her course since May 2018 & have watched her course get better & better. That’s because she’s constantly adding to it. The best part about all of this is that Alison is genuine. She really wants to see her students succeed. This podcast is just another way to encourage us & all of you at the same time. I’ve met her in person more than once & her sincerity is more than evident. Sit back & enjoy the podcast! Better yet, take that jump & come join us in the Because I Can Clan!
- Yes I can!!by A. Nieto from United States
Yes!! Loving the podcast! Real and raw reminding us all that we all start somewhere and we can each be successful.
- So. Much. Info.by An Interpreter from United States
I've learned so much about being an entrepreneur from Alison. Her teachings have changed my thinking, my shopping, and my future. I'm so happy she now has a podcast!!
- Yessssss!by ryanhelms from United States
Thank you Allison for sharing all your knowledge with us!
- Amazing!by sarakappas from United States
Alison is always so fun to listen to and as usual, is giving us amazing content that can really change your life!
- So true and authentic!by Daxy111 from United States
Alison is seriously the best and most talented business mom I've learned from! You rock!!
- Perfect Morning Pick Me Up!by Arichards130 from United States
This podcast is the perfect morning pick me up to kick my behind in gear and get motivated to live my best life everyday! I’m still in the beginning stages of my journey, but I’ve seen, heard and felt the real life stories of Alison’s students who continually inspire, support and encourage me to keep walking my walk and doing the work to realize my goals! Like Alison said, usually the best place to start is the beginning, so just jump in!
- Lucky us!by Wild Azalea from United States
Alison’s passion for helping others comes through loud and clear. I have already learned so much from her and look forward to future podcasts.
- So motivating!by LexHemming from United States
I’m loving this podcast. I feel like I CAN do whatever I put my mind to. It’s so nice to have such a positive, motivational, sincere example of what you can do when you trust yourself and step out of your comfort zone. Can’t wait for more episodes.
- INCREDIBLE!!by Dragonmaster191 from United States
Seriously Alison is just INCREDIBLE!!! She is such a huge inspiration! She is so honest and real and you know she honestly truly cares about helping others succeed!!! I know she loves celebrating us when we learn from her and take steps to change our lives for the better....Because I Can!!!!! Thank you!!!!!
- My new favorite podcast!by JBest4 from United States
I’m loving Alison’s podcast! She has been so successful in her businesses and to have the privilege to learn from her is incredibly valuable. I could listen to her all day because she is so genuine and relatable. Her passion for helping others really shines through too.
- Awesome content!!!!!by dtorell from United States
She is so inspiring and has made the mistakes so we don’t have to. Thanks for your drive to help others help others
- Amazingby Sarah Because I Can from Canada
I was never one to listen to podcasts. But now I am hooked! Alison is brilliant I am learning and continue to learn from her. She knows the e-commerce business inside and out implement what she teaches it’s amazing! I am definitely enjoying the journey of the Because I Can Life.
- Like Rachel Hollis...but betterby Erin_Verb7 from United States
Alison is inspiring and makes you believe in yourself, but she doesn’t stop with the warm fuzzies. She takes you by the hand and shows you how to turn your money making dream into reality with action steps designed to help you create your own success, not just dream about it.
- Your Millionaire Best Friendby VinaHowell from United States
Alison’s podcast feels like an invigorating conversation with a best friend. If you’re interested in a life of “more”, learning marketing and e-commerce, and hearing someone whose persistence and authenticity is unmatched, this is the podcast for you.
- Awesome sauce!by Coolcv1998 from United States
Alison you are in your element!! You are so easy to listen to. This is as real as it gets. Can’t wait for more episodes. Add this to your list for sure everyone!! Just awesome!
- Inspiring!!by Olga Bella from United States
Alison just makes me want to jump up and cheer. She is so inspiring!
- ✨SO much goodness!by Briestarr from United States
Alison shares so much goodness in this podcast! If you want tangible tips to take your biz to the next level and get inspired at the the same time, listen in!
- So good!by Trendytikes from United States
I love that she’s not only shelling out entrepreneur inspiration, she’s giving out real step by step advise for moving forward with business goals!!
- So motivational! Love it!by elizathere321 from United States
Love all the free advice Alison!
- Awesome Alison!by Chelli C from United States
I’m such a fan of Alison. Her podcast didn’t disappoint!
- Rockstar!by Christine Michelle James from United States
Looking forward to this! She rocks whatever she touches!
- YESSS!! About time!!!by LINDS100k from United States
Love Alison J. Prince! Can’t wait to learn more from her in this amazing podcast!!
- Ready to learn!by tjshrews from United States
Ready to soak up more info from this lady and her amazing family. Gives great practical tips for growing an online business! And...I just love that her whole family is involved!
- The best Cheerleader!by KimHenrie from United States
When you are feeling like a failure, you need Alison to cheer you on and to keep you going. She’s always reminding you that you were made for more.
- From a Dads POVby StartupDadHQ.com from United States
So happy Alison has launched this podcast. So refreshing to find parent entrepreneurs who are crushing it in business but at the same time being REAL, TRANSPARENT, and VULNERABLE about what it's really like to build a business with a family (without sacrificing the family)! So many families out there are struggling working 9-5 or more and still unable to provide for their families. Alison's journey is a tremendous inpiration that it doesn't have to be like that and as a Entrepeneur myself I'm looking forward to some solid advice and tips through this podcast. Thank you Alison!!
- Left me wanting more!!!by kristin.sparks from United States
Alison I love your passion for helping others succeed, it comes through loud and clear. Can’t wait for the next one.
- Excitingby Queen Bee of three from United States
I’m excited to see how this podcast evolves! We all need a pep talk now and then but I can’t wait until Alison digs in to some more juicy details for those of us already working the program. And I would love to hear interviews with successful fellow clambers. Thanks again!
- Get Into This Community!by MindYourMomentum from United States
You will never find a more supportive community anywhere else online than in Alison’s Because I Can Clan. Beginner? Everyone’s cheering for you to succeed. Intermediate? Everyone’s cheering for your continued success. Advanced? Everyone’s still lifting you higher. No matter your level, you’ll learn something new every week, if not every day. So excited to now have a podcast to listen to on my daily walks! #becauseican #becauseicanclan
- Most Caring Coach❣️by 23569 from United States
Alison is the best inspiring coach to help people start their own online businesses. If you have a dream to do this, know that Alison can help, inspire, encourage, and nicely kick you in the butt if that’s what you need! You can do it with her help and with the help of her team, which includes her husband Jared and her children who themselves made $100k in less than a year. Legit legit legit! You can live the Because I Can life!
- Life changing!by rubyandedie from United States
Alison knows her stuff when it comes to e-commerce. If you have ever wanted to start your own business she is the lady to follow!! Not only that but she helps you build confidence and belief in yourself!! Seriously listen to what she says!
- So Grateful!by Brosky1213 from United States
Alison is such an inspiration!
- Love Alison’s authenticityby Sawshee from United States
Alison has a great way of sharing her passions as if she is already your best friend. She’s is truly authentic and wants to bring value to as many lives as she can. I’m loving this already! Keep them coming!!!
- Beca Millerby Beca Miller from United States
“Because I am not going to settle!” Alison is full of gold! I strongly recommend listening to her podcasts and learn how you don’t have to settle and can reach your dreams.
- Just WOW!by Walter Gro from United States
Alison is so inspiring and informative! We were so moved by her story of creating her business and changing her families future that we’ve got our kids listening too! Love it
- Love love love!by mlci from United States
Wherever you are in your entrepreneurial journey Alison has the message you need. ❤️
- Not aloneby melnemlove from United States
Having your own business can feel like you are all alone. Alison and her program make me feel like I have a personal coach and cheerleader. Can’t wait to see how far I can go...because I can!!!
- Alison is the expertby Mm1982us from United States
Alison isn’t just the expert, she is a mom entrepreneur and knows real life experiences and feelings and helps you overcome yourself and get out there! Excited you finally have a podcast!
- Best everby nyecreate from United States
This is will help anyone no matter where they are in trying to run their life and business.
- A podcast full of awesomenessby JLO52006 from United States
This podcast talks about the real life of a success entrepreneur, Alison Prince, and other like it. She tells you how to run a business and have a life too. She’s down to earth, tell it like it is presence, is exactly what people want to hear. She’s honest, open and funny. Take a listen, and you won’t regret it.
- Speaks from the heartby Lisa Dinsmore from United States
Alison has a great knowledge of business and shares that with us. She truly cares and wants other to succeed just like she has. I’m so excited to continue learning from her as she shares her knowledge.
- I’m learning new thingsby Trippy6911 from United States
My garage is full of stuff that I can sell, I had no idea where to start. My cousin recommended I listen to Alison and truth be told I’m beginning to have an idea on how to get my business going. I truly recommend listen to her or even watching her YouTube videos.
- Authenticityby Samantha Richardson from United States
She’s the real deal and no Bs, her passion to help others shows in everything she does. I love following/listening/ watching Alison because shes knowledgeable and is taking you through her experience! I’m soooooo excited for a podcast! Can’t wait to hear what more I can learn from this woman!
- Thank you, Alison!by stacyj:) from United States
Thank you for your words today! Very inspiring to me! Can’t wait for the next!
- The best!!by Lacegan from United States
Alison knows her stuff in the e-commerce world and is so great at showing others the path to success too!
- This is the best person & podcast to learn E-Commerceby Viciousinc from Canada
Alison is hands down one of the best people on the planet to learn e-commerce from. Not only has she successfully gone through the process and failed forward along the way, she also shares everything and does it with such genuine grace and humility. It’s hard to find people that walk the walk and do it in a way that lifts up the people around them. This is that person. Listen and more importantly apply everything she says. Thank you Alison!!
- Life Changingby N Family from United States
Alison is an expert in her field. If you want to change your financial future this is the podcast for you!
- Real Dealby Mashie422 from United States
She is so authentic and her messages are heartfelt and real. So glad to finally have a podcast from Alison!!
- Got my wheels spinningby iRunOnEmpty from United States
Alison has a way of getting you to not only think about your goals and your dreams, but Act on your goals and your Dreams. I’m ready for that Because I Can Life!
- Alison Prince WALKS THE WALK Like No Other Person I Knowby Supreme Dragon Slayer 69 from United States
Full Disclosure. I met Alison and her amazing family just a few years ago and in that time I have witnessed an incredibly humble person step into even more of her greatness. This is someone who chases Impact over Significance in everything she does. In a world where most “big marketing gurus” who just yell louder to be heard and rely mostly on manufacturing celebrity to become a house hold name... Alison has been actually walking the walk for decades. She is family focused. She is heart centered. But make no mistake. She is one of the most BRILLIANT Marketers and Business Builders in the world. She had proven herself time and time again on her multiple businesses in multiple niches. All. From. The. Ground. Up. So yes. I know her. Which makes me qualified to write this review bc if you do have an opportunity to ever meet her in real life, feel good knowing she is the same in real life as she is on this podcast. Dave
- The real dealby Utah PT from United States
If you really want to know what it takes to change your life then you better listen. Alison knows what it takes to start and grow your new online business and love your entrepreneur life.
- So happy Alison finally is releasing a podcast!by Arushi-315 from United States
So ready to listen to all these episodes.
Welcome to today's podcast episode. All right, August 3rd, it's coming up. It is the very first time that I will be launching a virtual conference. Now last year, we were able to do it live, but this year has been, you know, 2020, a little bit different. And I was in the 2019 folder, kind of just going over some of the things that really good about last year's event. And just making sure that I can make sure everything's ready to go for this event that's going to happen coming up. And I came across Julie Stoian's story in his presentation. And as I was listening to it, there were things that I missed last year, and I don't know if it was because it was live. So I was moving around, trying to get things set up trying to, you know, all the things that can happen during a live event. And so this time, as I sat in the silence, and just listen to her words, it struck me to the core, and I knew I had to share her story with you her presentation. With you, Julie Stoian has a way with words that will move you. She knows how to ask questions she knows how to get you thinking in a way you've probably never thought before. So we're gonna dive into Julie Stoian Stein's amazing presentation from last year and then stay tuned to the end because I'm gonna go over the top 10 takeaways so here we go.
Hey, you are listening to the Because I Can Life podcast where we believe we can decide our own income, choose happiness kick in the teeth and never, ever stop. Why? Because we can. I'm your host, Alison J. Prince and I went from being a junior high science teacher to building four online multi million-dollar businesses with four kids at my feet. Each week. I'm bringing you real conversations that have led me as well as other experts to stay into our dream online business lifestyle so that you can get the answers you need to craft your because I can I as well take that first step and commit now to your because I can live by downloading your free personal bundle at Alisonjprince.com/bundle.
Julie Stoian 2:19
I'm from Connecticut. So it was a bit of a journey for me. And I was like, Okay, I'm in Salt Lake and then we got an Uber, I was with Jada, and I was like, Alright, here's where we're going. And we drove forever. And at one point, I looked at the Uber driver, and I'm like, are you gonna take us into the woods and kill us? Because like, Where are we going? But I knew Alison would just like, blow our minds. So this is amazing. So I just want to thank Allison for letting me be on her stage and be with her tribe and her people. You guys are amazing. So I am going to tell you a story today and I hope that this story gives you belief I want everyone in their seats today, to not walk out of this room without believing without a shadow of a doubt that they can be whatever they want to be, they can do whatever they want to do. And they have all that they need inside of themselves to reach their goals. How many of you feel like, in business, you're sort of making it up as you go? really
only half of you.
I've really good news for you. That's actually how it works. And it's really good news because the more I got to know, people in business people that I really admired. I realized they were making it up as they went to. And I thought, Oh my gosh, okay, so that's what we do. We make it up as we go. We don't feel equipped. We don't necessarily feel like we have a plan and that's actually normal. So that was really encouraging to me. So Allison asked me to speak this morning. Awesome. The skills are the things that we need to be successful. And I thought about that for a long time, as I was brainstorming what I was going to talk to you about, and I thought, you know, I could get really techie up here. But the truth of the matter is that the skills and the things that you need to be successful are the things that I see in all the successful business owners that I work with. And that I asked advice of, aren't actually really techie skills. So I want to go into those for you this morning. So, a little bit of a disclaimer, I'm going to tell you a story. And it's a really hard story to tell. So I apologize in advance if I get squishy. And I also apologize if I pass out on stage because I live at sea level and this is hard, y'all. Holy cow. Like out of breath, and I'm nervous and I'm a mile high in the sky. So Alright, how many of you are moms? Oh, yeah. All right. Awesome. Almost the entire room. Okay, so my story started all the way back at the very young age of 21. I grew up in a small conservative Christian community. And in that community I was, I was the girl who did everything right, right. I got good grades. I worked in my youth group. I was a singer in my band at church. I met a man named Andrew at the age of 16 years old, and we started dating, and we did everything right. And in that community in that culture, you didn't have sex until you got married, and you got married as soon as possible. Because you couldn't have sex. And, and then the moms, like the women had children and raise their babies. So I was a good Christian girl. And I was like, Alright, so we dated for four years, was a long four years, and we got married.
He was 19. I was 21. The identity that I was wearing at the time, and at that time in my life was I am a Christian. Mom. The problem was that I was all these other things, too, that I was really ashamed of. I had three babies very quickly in three years. So I had a baby at 22, another one at 24. Another one at 26. The child that was born at 26, almost died, she had a very significant heart defect called transposition of the great arteries. And so I remember being in the hospital and my three year old was at home, my one and a half year old was at home, my newborn was in the hospital hooked up to all these machines. I was like, holy, I didn't sign up for this. Like, this is insane. I'm 26 years old, I've got a baby on the hospital bed. I got two little kids at home, you know, not both of them in diapers. But I'm a Christian mom, and this is what I do. I fell into a very, very dark depression was probably postpartum. It was postpartum depression at the time. And I had all of this ambition lying underneath the surface. I wanted to work. I want had to work so bad you guys. I remember talking to my sister and my mom, like, I could go do this. And I could go do that. And every time I talked about it, it was always, but you need to stay home with your babies. Julie Stoian, what are you gonna do? Like you're gonna damage them if you go to work. And I remember I got a job offer like I would like, apply for jobs online, and then I'd get the offer. And then I'd be like, maybe do I have the courage to do it? And then I would say no, like, no, I'm sorry, I can't. And I lived in this shame cycle of being the Christian mom and having ambition and having a brain and I remember I'd go to church, and I'd question things and I'd read the Bible. And I'd be like, but didn't God make me with this brain? Like, why are you guys telling me that I'm not okay. And I remember struggling with that identity so much all throughout my 20s. And so as kids do, they, they grew up and I started writing, I started blogging as a way as an outlet, because I was like, I was losing my mind you guys. I will testify to this day that still homeschool with children is the hardest job in the world. It is 8000 times easier to stand on the stage than it is to stay home with kids. Yeah, I knew that this crowd would feel me on that. And so my kids started to grow. I started to blog, like blog my way out of depression. And
I remember when Eden, she was five. And it was finally time for Eden to go to kindergarten. And I was so excited. I was like, oh, all my kids are in school all day long. Now I now Now I can have a career. And of course, I panicked. Because I didn't know what I was going to do. And I was writing at the time and I thought, you know what, I'll just I'll be a writer. That's what I'll do. I'll be a writer. But still, I had the wrong identity. And it wasn't that being a Christian was the wrong identity. It was just that the identity that I was wearing at the time, was not allowing me to bring all these other pieces into my personhood at the same time. Like I couldn't figured out that I could be a Christian, and I could be a mom, and I could want to be a business person. And that was all okay, like I was really struggling with that. And so instead of learning how to integrate those feelings, and living with them all, I made the very poor decision of deciding that I had to erase one and pick up a new one. And so at the age of 30, I was really looking for someone to help me get out of the life that I was in. So I met. This is all just sort of, like coincidental except I don't think it's coincidental because I believe that God does everything for a reason. At age 30, I met Well, I reunited with my biological father, so I was adopted. And I had never really known my biological father. And I felt like at the time he came in riding on a horse, do you know what I mean? Like, we were broke at the time. We had no money. You know, I didn't have any like, way out. For like a career in a job, and he came onto the scene, and he was an entrepreneur, he had money. He was a businessman, a family, man. And all of a sudden I saw, oh my gosh, here's my chance, like, I can, like, get myself out from under this and I can go and like, reunite with my father. And somehow I thought that maybe he'd have an identity that I could put on that would allow me to become the person that I knew that I could be. So my father was really charismatic. And he started taking care of my family. He started, like giving me ideas about businesses that I could do.
And I remember the whole inside of me lit up and I was like, see, like, this is my genetic heritage. I'm an entrepreneur too. And he was like, I'll help you. I'll like help pay for things. And this was like, the best, like answer to prayer that I thought I needed. And so the reunion kind of like kept going and after several months, I started to notice some things that weren't right about him. But I wanted to ignore it because I couldn't imagine that like this wasn't my way out to becoming the person that I wanted to be. And so I ignored all the red flags that my intuition told me. And I just want to stop right here and say that the one of the skills that you're going to need to be successful in business is you have to listen to your gut. And I talk oftentimes when I'm in brainstorming with the team, and we talk about different hats that we wear when we're brainstorming. I know there's a part of us that's really analytical. There's the part of us that's really positive. There's the part of us that's really like negative, we look for the holes and things and then there's a part of us, that's the emotional, the red hat is what we call it. It's our gut check. Make sure you make room in your business in your personal life. To give honor to your gut, check Honestly, guys, I'm going to stand here today and tell you, I haven't figured this one out yet. This is a bad pattern for me because I'll have gut checks, and then I'll ignore them. So I had a gut check, and I ignored it. And I ignored it. And I ignored it. And I remember I went on a vacation with my father and we were going to Hawaii. And we were going to see my brother, I had a half brother, like I had this whole family that I had never met before. And I was so excited. And I went to there to meet my brother and his new baby. And I was like, Oh my gosh, this is new. My new family like this is the last piece of me. And I remember being at the oceans shore with him. And he said, Julie Stoian, I have to tell you something. As I go, okay, like, what is it? I thought he was going to tell me something about my mom or about my birth or something like that. And he's like, well, I can't tell you. I can't tell you. I was like, okay, and he said, but I wrote about it. And I wrote it in an email. Let me let me get my phone. And I'll show you I was like, Alright, cool. So he hands me the phone. I remember as clear as day leaning over the phone, my hair had fallen in front of my face, and I looked at the phone. And it said, Dear Julie Stoian, ever since reuniting with you, all I can think about is I want to kiss you.
And I didn't know what to do. I was panic stricken. But at the same time, I had just reunited with this father that I was like, This is gonna be my way out. This is gonna be my identity. This is like, it was like, and then it was like, all of a sudden, I was faced with something that was clashing with my gut with my morals with right and wrong with everything. And I was going to have to let him down. And so in that moment, I remember I put the phone down. I was like, I can't talk about this right now. He's like, Okay. And I went home, I went back to the hotel room, and I wrote a note and I was like, No, no, no, no, we can't No, no, no, no. And I handed them the note and I ran because I was so scared. He got so drunk that night. And I knew that I had caused that. And so what proceeded to happen in the next six months, as he continually pushed and pushed and pushed, I fell into a psychologically and sexually abusive relationship with my biological father, because I was so desperate to trust somebody else for an identity that I gave up everything that I knew to be true about myself, because I thought he had the answer. It was the darkest, most terrible time in my whole life.
I became suicidal. I became depressed. I lost all sense of myself until finally, one day and I'm not going to get into it because it's dark and really gnarly. I had a moment of snapping back to my own intuition and I said, I'm done. I am done. Like I am done. Looking for other people to tell me who I am and what I meant to become. And I got myself out of that relationship that was the single hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life, untangling myself from an abusive relationship, and being able to come to terms with the fact that the father that I lost as a child that I got back as an adult, I had to say goodbye to again. And so, that all happened. And what I was left with was a broken marriage. My identity was shattered, and the person that I thought was going to rescue me had become my aggressor. I had no identity left that I knew what to do with. And so I began the journey of piecing together who I was going to become, you know, as you can imagine, with that kind of trauma, my marriage fell apart. I ended up divorced. So now I was, I was divorced. I had three children. I was kicked out of my church. I lost all my friends. I did what any hurting, stressed out? Mom would do. I looked at my life and I said, I have got to figure out how I can be in charge of my financial future of my destiny of who I'm meant to become. So, and guys, I made so many mistakes along the way. So many mistakes. So what I did is I took my writing gig and I was like, You know what? I'm gonna do this. I've got no health insurance. I made a really poor decision with Tinder. And I ended up pregnant. So now I was three kids pregnant, divorced, no insurance, no job, no way out. No support. It was just like, it was crazy. And so I launched myself into I'm gonna pull myself up by my bootstraps. I'm going to get it together. And I'm going to figure out how to do this myself. And this was the beginning of the next piece of the identity that I needed. And you know, it's really funny. I think a lot of us think that the way we're supposed to learn things is supposed to be a certain order. But when we're in that sort of pit, and we're in that trauma, the only thing that I could think of at the time was I have to figure out how to make money. Right? I couldn't worry about my psychological needs or any of those other needs. Like I just had to figure out how to make money. And I stumbled upon work by Russell Brunson. How many of you know who Russell Brunson is? Okay. I stumbled upon his work and I started reading his books I read.com secrets. I read expert secrets. No, I hadn't read that was he hadn't written it, I read.com secrets.
And I realized I was like, Oh my gosh, this is what I need to understand. I had this moment of like, if I can learn the skills of teaching people how to buy And to buy. And I do it on the internet where all commerce is moving, right? We know all commerce, all advertising, all communication, all entertainment, everything is moving on the web. If I can dedicate myself to learning how to get people to buy stuff online, I will never have to worry about my financial future again. And so I would argue for all of you sitting here, if you're not sure what you have to invest in, in your business, the marketing skills to sell your products to gather people around you to build a loyal customer base to build a tribe, to learn how to sell those are the skills that you can stick in your pocket. And you can carry with you no matter what kind of business you build. And so what kind of skills am I actually talking about? So these are the skills that I learned.
Number one, I learned how to write and all of you should take some time to learn how to write. There's so many free resources out there, there are some paid resources. Or if you absolutely can't stand to write, hire a writer and put them on your team, because the written word, whether you're writing it for your ads, whether you're writing it for your product copy, whether you're writing it in your funnels, the words that you use are the single most important piece of your brand out of anything. It is way more important than design. And I was a naturally a good writer. So as I started to learn, I realized writing that was the thing and not just writing but learning how to write good stories, and write good hooks. How many of you kind of know what I mean when I say hooks? Yeah, okay. So a hook is basically, if you think about it in fishing, it's the thing that hangs off the end of a poll, and it has the bait on it, and it Yanks the fish right so when the fish Swimming in this direction and the hook comes in. What does it do? It pulls them in another direction. And so with your writing with your businesses, hook, and story and copy are the single greatest skill that you could invest in to make your business blow up. The second skill that I learned and I think, I don't know if Alison has talked about this, I think she has his sales funnels. How many of you know what sales funnels are? Okay? Half of you. Alright, so sales funnels. It's just a really fancy way of saying, website pages that go in chronological order. With a website, you have a brochure, right? You have a Shopify store, you have a brochure, people come to your site, and they see all that you offer, and then they can decide. And that's awesome. But funnels are the way that you capture a new customer. So imagine for a second you have your Shopify store over here, right? And this is the store and you have maybe 100 people that already know about your store in they come back and they buy and they kind of know what they want. We call that warm traffic. We call that hot traffic. These are people who know and like and trust your brand and your products. And they just come back to Shopify and they buy and they buy and they buy. But then we take a new customer over here, we'll name him Stanley. And Stanley has no idea who you are. He doesn't trust you. He doesn't like you. He doesn't have any vested interest in your products. He just has a problem, right? He just has a problem. I need to solve this problem, whatever that problem may be. Let's say you sell toothbrushes. I have dirty teeth. Right? He just has a problem. A sales funnel meets someone where they're at meets someone at the point at which they have a problem offers them the solution that they need. And when they say yes to that solution, a toothbrush. The sales funnel offers him the next few things that we know he's going to need when he buys a toothbrush. Right, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, a toothbrush of the Month Club. Right? That's what a sales funnel does. Now when Stanley goes through that funnel, and he buys the toothpaste in the toothbrush in the mouthwash, and he goes through that funnel. Now he's got all these products and he's like, wow, I really like that. Alison Prince, she makes great toothbrushes, right? I think I want some more. Now what does he do? Now? He goes over to the store, because now he's warm, and now he's hot. Now he understands the brand. And now he goes to Shopify, and he buys all his stuff. And everything's good. And obviously, I'm telling the context of funnels in the context of e commerce because I know that's what you guys do, but that's what sales funnels do. sales funnels are your pioneers that go out into the internet, find the people that will be interested, warm them up with a really good product that meets them where they're at. So that From then on, you can take them and you can send them back to your Shopify store. I Again and again and again to continue to buy. Does that make sense to everybody? Okay.
You've got to learn that skill. It is like your own personal ATM machine. So copywriting hooks in stories, funnels. The third thing you need to understand is traffic traffic is people understanding how to find the congregation's of people that have problems that you can solve. So if you sell toothbrushes you're looking for basically anybody who has dirty teeth. For some of you, your pockets of people are going to be really really big, right? If you sell you know, potty training book and like potty or whatever, like everyone in America needs that if their parent if you're selling, you know, I don't know premium like wine racks, well, you're gonna have a smaller audience, but you need to be able to go find where those audiences are. So that's through three things in traffic that I think you should really focus on. One is ads, advertising, specifically Facebook and Instagram advertising where most of you will advertise. Number two, understanding how to work with the blogging scene, whether you are a blogger, writing and trying to rank for keywords or whether you're working with bloggers who are going to promote your products, and three, organic social media, how do you present yourself? How do you own the platform you're on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, those would be you know, the ones that I would, you know, and for everybody, I recommend that you focus on one and then grow. So that's what I did in the depths of my despair. And of my brokenness, and my depression and anxiety, I started learning these skills. And I just like I went all in, and I grew my business very, very quickly, and accumulated these skills. And I for the first time in my entire life, felt like I finally Had the keys to the financial freedom that I needed, that I no longer had to depend on anybody else because no matter what happened, no matter how many products fail, no matter no matter how many launches go south, I have the keys to the kingdom because I have the skills in my pocket to be able to launch anything that I want to launch. And that was huge. That was very empowering for me. So in 2014, I made 23,000 in 2015, I made 70,000. In 2016, I made 325,000 2017 I made 1.3 million, and it was crazy.
It was crazy.
So once I got that under, you know, in my belt, I hit another identity block for me. And this is where I figured out that it's not so much about erasing one identity and like putting another one on. It's about custom creating the one that's right for you. And so now I had the skill so because I can leverage the skills I have for financial freedom. The next thing that I realized I needed happened in early 2017. My business was growing. I just made 325 grand. I was like, holy crap, this a lot of money. In 2017, I was in Russell's world, like I knew about Russell Brunson, he launched this contest. It was an affiliate contest for his new book expert secrets. And how many of you know that the internet marketing scene is like 99% men and 1% women? Yeah. So I was like, I got this. So I started to promote. And I remember the first day the leaderboard came out, it was the top 10. And there was all these prizes. And nobody knew who I was. I was just like running my own thing over here on the side. And my name I was the only female on the list at that point in the contest. And I was number six. Now, I didn't know Russell at the time, but he said over at the clickfunnels office, they were like, Who the heck is Julie Stoian's Stoian like, Who is she? story on, by the way? I was so excited. I was like, Alright, I'm in it. And I remember I hit a block because no matter how much passion I had, no matter how many skills I had, I was up against Tony Robbins. Yeah, Jeff Walker who's like Product Launch Formula, Grant Cardone I was like, is not gonna work. Doesn't matter how much money I throw in ADS. And that's when I began to adopt to the identity that I am capable of forging powerful, strategic relationships with other business owners that are going to help me get farther faster. And I struggled with this you guys because I was kicked out of my church, I lost my friends. I lost my father. And I carried around with me this idea that I was not cool enough. I wasn't whatever enough that I had to be to have the strategic friends that I needed to get the job done. And in that moment, I started reaching out to people that I was terrified to reach out to bigger influencers and leaders, who was like, Hey guys, I'm running this contest. I'm the only female and I really I was like, you know, I'm just gonna, like lean into the fact that I'm a female, and that there's a lot of people here that are that are not females, and that the internet marketing scene is dominated with men and I all of a sudden started to rally the troops. And I got all these other influencers to promote the contest using my affiliate link. Yes. And I didn't give them anything. It was just like helped me. But I asked you guys I asked. I was really mad at Russell Brunson during that contest. This is actually how we met because, and he knows the story because I've told it a million times. I wasn't happy with the way he was running the contest because he was changing the rules a lot. It was like that Hunger Games you guys, it was like, there was so much drama. Oh, it's terrible. And turns out it wasn't. It was Dave that was running the affiliate contest. And so one night, I was so mad. And I got on Facebook, you know, like Kermit the Frog on the computer. And I'm like writing this post about how I think he's not doing he's not playing fair. And I'm gonna lose this contest because he keeps changing the rules. Well, the post kind of went mini viral. And it wasn't it was kind of a little bit of a scathing post about Russell
700 comments later.
Russell shows up on the thread. And I'm like,
he's like, hey, why, why are you saying all this? And I was just like, oh, be cool. Be Cool. Be cool, be cool. And anyway,
Russell agreed to do a book interview with me on that thread. Because I was mad. He was unwilling to do a book interview with me because I wasn't like popular and Even though I was in the top 10 the entire time he had done an interview with everybody else. I was like, can you do an interview with me? He's like, Okay. Anyway, we became fast friends. he graciously like, understood that I was under high pressure. And he was like, gave me the benefit of the doubt. He's like, you're probably not as mad as you seem. Anyway, and I was like, thank you. And then we had a book interview, and it was awesome. And like, I got to know him and we became fast friends. And it was it was really cool. I ended up placing fourth in that contest. Yeah.
I beat Tony Robbins, you guys.
It was so fun.
And that's when I realized that it wasn't just enough to have the skills. I also had to have the Alliance. I had to have the network. I joined Russell Branson's inner circle A few months later, guys, I paid $25,000 like the entire amount of money that I made in 2014. I paid him To join his inner circle, I was so sweaty as I was walking to the bank to make that bank transfer. I was like, This is crazy. And I got to the bank and I was like, but no, I know that relationships matter. I know that mentorship matters. I saw it with my own eyes and like, I get to the bank, and I'm in my yoga pants. And I don't look like someone who's about to spend $25,000 I'm pretty sure I had a kid or two on my hip. I went up to the counter, I'm like, I need to wire 25 grand. She's like, Alright, hold on. She goes against her supervisor. She goes into my account. Well, she sees that my account has a lot of money in it. Because I had been making a lot of money and she I could tell she wants to ask so bad like what do you do? Ah, the life of working behind our laptop and we don't have to get dressed right. But she didn't ask me that but she did say who is Stripe?
That's like, oh Stripe. Yes, Stripe is like my merchant that like gives me money. Like oh,
Anyway, so I wired the $25,000. And by the way, whenever you're about to make a big purchase, if you wait to feel cool about making a big purchase, you'll never make a big purchase. Because like, I sweat so bad that entire time. And I was like, I can't believe I'm doing this. I can't leave, but I did it. And I joined Russell's inner circle. And the first person that I met when I joined inner circle was Alison Prince. Yeah. where I am today, cuz guys, I wish that I could be up here right now and be like, hey, so the end of the story is happily ever after. Right? And it's bullshit. Sorry, Alison, I know I'm not supposed to swear. But it's this is not true.
So in that process, the identity that I needed to become successful right, the identity at first i for a long time, I sort of threw away my Christian heritage because I felt like it was either or I could either be a Christian mom, or I could be an entrepreneur. And I realized that that was completely false. And so I adopted the identity of becoming a marketer of someone who would, would leverage the skills for financial security. And then I had I adopted the identity I added to that, I'm also going to be the one who forms strategic alliances, and gets the people in my corner that I need to grow because you can only grow as big as the investment you're willing to make in other relationships. So I had that. And then the third one and the one that I'm working on right now, today, the one that I haven't quite figured out very well, but I'm trying is the identity that says, you can make mistakes, forgive yourself and try again, and that the most successful people are not the people who have a past that go like this. But are the people who allow failure and allow shame and the things that hit their lives that make them feel like oh my gosh, if anybody knew this, I would just be nobody would love me anymore, who can take those things and turn them into the jet fuel that they need to get to the next level. That's where I am right now today is learning how to forgive myself for all the things, all the mistakes I made along the way feeling like Gosh, I'm such a train wreck. And like, who's ever gonna trust me and believe me and all that kind of stuff. And that is the identity that I'm adopting now because more than anything else that you do in your business more than the digital marketing skills more than the Alliance, if you cannot get a hold of your fear of failure and fail Anyway, you will only go as far as your fear lets you go. And so I have started putting back the pieces of me that were me back then pieces of my Christian identity that I really love and cherish and want to be a part of That can live simultaneously with all the other things that I've done. And so my hope for all of you listening is that no matter how many kids you have, no matter how broken your marriage is or no matter how mental illness, debt, shameful stuff in your past that you feel like you can't overcome that, that is those things are not going to hold you back unless you let them hold you back. And it's a combination of forward thinking and also forgiveness for the things of what you can learn in the past. I hope that you can go home remembering that it's okay for you to do things out of order. I was busy learning the skills before I ever dealt with all the other stuff that was okay, that was okay. So if you are the kind of person that needs to be really focusing on the skills, then lean into it, lean into it, whether you're hiring people or learning them for yourselves, because all Have you are going to need digital marketing skills to grow your businesses if you're the kind of person who is hidden in the closet and like doesn't like to reach out doesn't like to ask for help doesn't like to reach out to influencers on Instagram or, or doesn't like to find a new coach or feels like I'm not worth investing in those relationships, you can start there. Or for those of you who are just getting started and you feel like your life has disqualified you from being a million dollar business owner, you've got all this identity crap on you. That's not true. You can start there. But I'm like living walking proof that you can do it.
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So anyway, I thank you guys for taking that journey with me. I was really nervous to share it cuz I was like, Oh, this is gnarly. But I hope I hope that humanizes the people that you look up to No, Allison is like one of them. You know, I don't know how many of you are on my email list. But I wrote an email the other day, and I talked about how I felt like when I became friends with Allison that God had, like, bestowed his favor on me.
But even when In saying that, Allison has her skeletons
we all do, right? And I think the faster we can just be like, here are my skeletons. Here they are. This is me, this doesn't define me. But this is a part of who I am. It's a part of what makes me great. It's a part of what makes me human, the more comfortable we become with that, the more free we become to grow our business. So thank you very much, you guys.
Now my hope is that you absolutely got inspired from that presentation and got a little bit more clarity from Julie Stoian. So what I want to do is go over the top takeaways and just a shout out for Julie Stoian. What an amazing voice she has. She's been able to help me to think in ways that I didn't even know existed. And I truly treasure our friendship over and over and over again and so grateful that our paths have crossed. So let's dive in to the top 10 takeaways number one, things you need to be successful don't have to really do with technology, you do not have to have techie skills to be successful. Number two, learn the skills of getting people to buy online and you never have to worry about your financial future again. Number three, learn how to write the written word is the single most important piece of your brand. Number four, write about hooks stories and copy to make your business blow up. Number five sales funnels are ways to get your customers to go in chronological order for you to be able to serve them so that they want to buy from you over and over again. Number six traffic is people find the traffic of people whose problems you can solve. Number seven, in the depths of Julie Stoian's despair, she learned the keys to put in her pocket, so that she can launch anything online that she ever wants to sell. Number eight, build strategic relationships with other business owners. Number nine, you have to have skills plus and network and number 10. The identity that you can keep working on is that you are able you are allowed to make mistakes, and you can forgive yourself. Hope you love that podcast episode as much as I did listening to the first time at the event and then the second and third and going on the fourth time of listening to Julia Stoian Have a beautiful, wonderful week and I will see you next week on because I can live podcast.
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