1. 433: Success, Self-awareness, and Stress Management with Dave Valentine Elzie D. Flenard III 35:04

Elzie hosts Dave Valentine, Founder of DreamQuest Agency, for a deep dive into agency growth. Dave shares insights from his agency journey, emphasizing the pivotal role of reliable lead generation and operational efficiency. A focus on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and effective task delegation emerges as a key theme, with Dave highlighting the long-term benefits of documenting processes for scalability.

The conversation explores the significance of focus, clarity, and intention in business strategy. Dave advocates for niche specialization, comparing the efficiency of specialists to the challenges faced by generalists. Introducing the Dream Agency Quest program, Dave outlines its two versions, offering yearly growth support and a three-year commitment for agencies contemplating a potential sale.

Dave encourages entrepreneurs to embrace self-awareness, believe in their services, and resist the allure of every opportunity. The Dream Agency Quest emerges as a valuable tool for agency owners seeking to scale, grow, and potentially sell their businesses. The episode concludes with gratitude from Elzie and an invitation from Dave for entrepreneurs to reflect on the impact of focus and intention on their businesses.

Highlights:

07:00: If you don’t have SOPs, standard operating procedures, for your team to follow, it doesn’t matter if you’re a really great practitioner. I was and am a very good digital advertising person. I knew how to target the right copy and put it to the creative. And this was before they had a lot of automated targeting that’s pretty savvy now. So I could do it, but I could never train someone else to do it. And so I always found myself going behind the people that I hired to do that work and doing it for them.

15:28: After I sold my first agency, I had a lot of people say, dude, how did you do that? You know? I mean, because that’s what people want to do. And in 2020, I started consulting with agency owners, and I started to see they would see immediate success. So they would go from making $10,000 a month to $25,000 a month in 45 days just because I was like, “hey, here’s how you do lead generation. Here’s how you set up the systems. Here’s how you take sales calls.” And it’s so rewarding to see other people be successful when they’re using your playbook.

31:27: So one of the ways that we do this is that no one person at any company that I own ever makes more than 5 times as much as the lowest-paid person. So if I want to take a raise, that’s cool.That’s great. I have to get the bottom person up so that I can have that race. And what that does is create this community amongst our employees where they go. Dave has a job that I don’t want. I’m glad that he makes more than me exponentially, because I don’t want to do what he does. But I also know that I’m not getting fleeced, that I’m still making a lot of money, and that I’m being taken care of. And so it’s just being thoughtful, conscious, and aware of the actions that we take that affect other people and the planet.

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Elzie Flenard The Mayor of Podcast Town

I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur as a teenager. I would create my own board games and basketball leagues in my bedroom. I would dream of flying cars and spend hours solving problems with business ideas.

I've had just about every job out there - I was a janitor for a short time, I've worked fast food, I worked in an ammunition factory (wasn't a bad gig actually), I've cleaned the bottom of barges --- I even worked in a CD manufacturing company! I've worked in corporate as an electronics technician, electrical engineer and operations manager.

These experiences shaped me. They helped me become the business leader and entrepreneur I am today. I've been podcasting since 2016 and I look forward to many more years of having conversations with bright minds from all walks of life.

I get to live my dream of being an entrepreneur. I get to chart my own path and impact others through my work ... I'm truly Livin' the Dream!