How to 'Mindfully Hustle' Your Way to Millions (and Never Burn Out)

How to ‘Mindfully Hustle’ Your Way to Millions (and Never Burn Out)

In this episode of Deconstructing Success, you’ll hear from a guy who has co-founded four multi-million dollar software companies, was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations.

He’s also someone I’ve been honored to call a friend for many years and one of the most productive and generous people I’ve ever met.

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As I was listening back to this interview and reflecting on our conversation, I was reminded of something that Albert Einstein once said:

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Once you listen to this episode, you’ll understand exactly what he meant…

Neil Patel

Neil Patel literally wrote the book on HUSTLE (serious, it’s coming out in September) but he’s not a “work until you drop” kind of guy.

Is it possible to be a mindful, (gasp!) balanced…and still hustle each day? 

((The answer might surprise you.))

I’ve seen Neil speak around the world and I’ve read countless interviews with him but I’ve rarely heard people ask him about how he’s able to accomplish so much…or how he got to where he is today…and (perhaps most importantly) what he does to stay at the top.

We’ll cover all of that (and so much more) in this exclusive interview with super hustler Neil Patel in Episode #2!

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5 Big Things You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • The big realization Neil had as a high school student when his first business was already earning $20,000/month in revenue and how it changed the course of his life.
  • The “big-picture / small tasks” productivity approach that Neil follows to focus on (and accomplish) what’s important and set himself up for success the next day.
  • The rules, filters, free tools and delegation system that Neil uses to process over 1,000 emails each day!
  • The “divide and conquer” approach that Neil and his business partner Hiten Shah take, and how it eliminates the need for constant communication and “useless meetings.”
  • How Neil decides what to work on each day using goals. Why he starts with monthly goals, the importance of “5-day weeks” and breaking everything down to today and “right now.”

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5 Big Questions I Ask Neil in Our Interview:

  • How do you know if you actually hit your goals?
  • How do you actually manage to answer 400 emails per day (and do it relatively quickly)?
  • What was the last major failure that you experienced (that you don’t actually want to talk about) and what did you learn from it?
  • How do you decide what to say NO to?
  • How do you define success?

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5 Fast Facts About Neil Patel:

  • He’s the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, QuickSprout and KISSmetrics.
  • The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world.
  • He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations.
  • Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.
  • He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP, TechCrunch and Viacom grow their traffic and revenue.

Complete Show Notes:

  • The realization Neil had as a high school student when his first business was already earning $20,000/month in revenue. [7:10]
  • How Neil defines success and how that definition has changed over the years. [9:57]
  • Growing up Neil thought that if he could make $100,000/year, he would be happy. He did that. And was happy…for a month or two. So he kept “raising” the bar and setting new goals…with the same results. Find out how his father’s simple lifestyle helped him to rethink what true happiness actually is. [11:10]
  • How a chance meeting in India with an entrepreneur (who had recently sold his company to Microsoft) helped him embrace minimalism and giving up more and more things. [12:41]
  • The mindset and life philosophy that Neil keeps to stay centered and prevent extreme mood shifts and swings that so often overtake entrepreneurs. [13:59]
  • How a clear mind helps him get more done and why it’s important for his overall content and balance. [15:27]
  • The “big-picture / small tasks” productivity approach that Neil follows to focus on [and accomplish] what’s important and set himself up for success the next day. [16:21]
  • How Neil decides what to work on each day using goals. Why he starts with monthly goals, the importance of “5-day weeks” and breaking everything down to today and “right now.” [17:21]
  • The “divide and conquer” approach that Neil and his business partner Hiten Shah take, and how it eliminates the need for constant communication and “useless meetings.” [18:10]
  • The dead-simple litmus tests which Neil uses to measure his fitness progress and if he’s reaching his “fitness goals”. (Hint: one goal revolves around clothes and the other is based on “bleeding”). [18:46]
  • The two questions that Neil asks himself when he doesn’t accomplish something that help him to learn from it and prevent it from happening again. As well as, the 3 questions that he asks himself when he accomplishes something “too quickly” and why this can actually be a negative thing for him. [20:24]
  • What a day in the life of Neil Patel looks like from the time he wakes up at 6am and how he uses “blocks” to help him stay focused on what he’s supposed to do. [21:46]
  • The rules, filters, free tools and delegation system that Neil uses to process over 1,000 emails each day! And why he answers 400+ of them personally each day. [23:22]
  • How Neil decides what to say yes and what to say no to, given that he gets multiple offers from celebrities, billionaires, and investors. [28:29]
  • How Neil learned to beat FOMO (the fear of missing out.) [29:20]
  • The type of tasks Neil delegates and his simple simple delegation process. [29:51]
  • Neil talks about his last major failure and what he learned from it. Plus how he evaluates his successes, failures, and mistakes. [31:29]
  • Why Neil never burns out, the actions he takes and the attitude he adopts to help him avoid “burn out”. [34:52]
  • Neil’s awesome travel “hack” that helps him stay healthy and stick to his routine when he’s on the road. [35:23]
  • The last new skill he learned and why. [36:17]
  • The one productivity tool that Neil uses every day and where he “wastes” his time…kind of. [36:58]
  • Why he loves to watch the news and how this affects his mentality and attitude. [37:17]
  • How Neil retains his positive attitude in the face of depressing news…and a good summary of the election (courtesy of Elon Musk.) [38:09]
  • Neil’s work setup and what he’d spend money on rather than the newest, fanciest phone on the market. [39:07]
  • What genres of music Neil listens to while working, and how his music choices change depending on what he does. Also, how he feels about having lyrics and why it’s important to have people around. [40:41]
  • How he uses his most productive times to write, how he plans his posts to maximize his effort, and how he delegates extra work on his blog. [41:48]
  • How Neil ensures he sticks to writing every single day and why he enjoys writing. [42:38]
  • Neil’s attitude to his writing and what learns from writing. [43:19]
  • The best piece of advice Neil ever received and how following this advice quickly landed him a $1.2 million dollar contract. [43:42]

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Learn More About Neil:

One Question for You to Answer Right Now:

How do you decide what to work on each day?  Leave a comment below with your answer.

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12 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jo

    Chris, here’s wishing you millions of listens to your podcast.
    Neil Patel is really inspirational – I’ve seen his name but never paid attention but now I feel like I know him. I immediately went to his website because I want to learn more about and from him. Unroll.me and Gmail tasks are new to me and I can see the productivity benefits of using them. His simple easy approach to maintaining balance is profound.
    Thanks for the great interview.

  • Jasper

    this was awesome!

    I am a huge Neil Patel fanboy and I’ve listened to so many different interviews he has done but this is definitely one of my favorites! He has such a great outlook on life :)

  • ali

    He is very helpful guy , his blog is known world wide, a lot of starters uses his blog to learn
    Thanks for the episode

  • Neil Patel is Very Hard Working and Humble, He replies to every single query I have asked. His Guides about Affiliate Marketing and SEO are awesome.

  • He is amazing guy i have been following him form last 2 years. Almost 80% of knowledge about digital marketing received form his blogs.

  • I am a loyal reader of Neil Patel and dedicated follower. He is one of those very few persons in my life who helped me somehow to think out of the box and enjoying & living life beyond a job. Every time I read his posts help me to get many new ideas which I try to implement on my business and most of the time I got remarkably good results. I believe, he is one of the best teacher for me and I always learn something from Neil. Thanks Neil and wish you all the very best for your future projects.

    Regards
    Soumya Roy

  • Thanks heaps for this Chris!
    I really enjoyed this interview! Neil is the internet marketer I look up to the most :)

    Keep adding more podcasts to your site. Great work and thanks again!

  • Ross Hudgens

    Hey Chris pumped to follow along with this and good interview with Neil! I’d suggest getting a high end mic, audio quality was slightly off but looking forward to seeing how the podcast progresses from here.

  • Great interview Chris!
    Loved how Neil selects which business opportunity to partner in by looking at return on time/money investment, win-win deal, alignment with his long-term goal. I personally decide on what to work on based on the next phase I want to bring my business too-very short term view. And then look at what I must build/do today so the best conditions are in place for me to reach my goals.

  • When it comes to Content Marketing Neil Patel is King. He is my inspiration I survive in blogging because of Neil Patel

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