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Ryan Lee: Running and Growing Virtual Companies


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Ryan Lee has a reputation for getting a tremendous amount done while working mostly from coffee shops. In this episode of Freedom Fast Lane, Ryan Daniel Moran asks Ryan Lee, “How do you get so much done in so little time?” If you run a virtual company or are looking to work online, this podcast on freedom of time and productivity will be of extreme value for you.

Cool Stuff Ryan Lee Has Done

Ryan Lee was a recreational therapist, gym teacher, and had a personal training business. He started his first website in 1999 for his personal training business, and he was the first guy to do a paid membership site specifically for strength and conditioning. Ryan Lee was featured on the cover of Millionaire Blueprints, and is now known more as the “Millionaire Maker” and the ‘guy who teaches other people.’

How to Get Stuff Done Without a Big Team and a Big Office

Ryan Lee thinks most people get distracted and sucked into the internet vortex and waste time. However, the secret to success is being hyper focused. Ask yourself, “What is the most important thing that will have the most impact?” Figure out what those activities are, and do them.

He likens the morning to a sprint and being hyper focused for two hours. Before Ryan checks email or contacts his team, he does his most important task of the day first. The afternoons, however, bring a more relaxed and flexible approach.

A lot of entrepreneurs struggle with the 24/7 hustle where they feel guilty if they’re not constantly working. As long as you know you got the big stuff out of the way in the morning sprint, then Ryan says you should be okay with that.

The ROWE Philosophy

The Results Only Work Environment philosophy is based on the idea that we pay people based on results. With the way technology is, you are able to give people the freedom to do their own work. As long as you have specific results and outcomes you want your team to meet and an understanding that if they don’t meet them that their job is on the line, then that is a solid model to work within.

If you give people the freedom and let them make their own decisions, then as long as they know that they are going to be held accountable and what they need to get done, Ryan Lee questions, “Why do they have to be in the office from 9-5?”

Ryan Moran says it’s about surrounding yourself with a team that supports your lifestyle rather than trying to adjust your lifestyle or business to what is the most productive. This is different to most schools of thought, but is the exact reason why Ryan Lee has been successful.

Two Different Environments

The ‘creative’ work is the things that will drive your business, such as marketing and big ideas. Figure out where you need to be to get in that zone. Find that place to go there and do that work.

The ‘other’ work is the stuff you hate doing, such as bill paying and housework. You need to find a different area to do that in and make sure it’s separate from your creative space.

Most people try to do both kinds of work (the stuff they hate and the stuff they like) in the same area. Even in your creative space you can start to feel as though you are in a rut. When you do find yourself in that situation, make sure you change your environment to get a different stimulation in order to tap into your creativity.

This ROWE lifestyle can mean entrepreneurs often feel isolated and bored so you need to do what you can to make it fun and exciting. Ryan Lee suggests leaving space open in your schedule for thinking, and reward yourself on completing tasks and meeting goals.

Essentially the best advice is to do your most productive thing first, and do it in a dedicated spot. Find what works for you, and see what doesn’t.

Organizational Project Tools

Ryan Lee suggests having one specific organizational project management tool, and be consistent. For example, if you love Google Docs, then stick with that. However, both Ryan Lee and Ryan Moran use and like Basecamp. The worst thing to do when managing a virtual business is doing it via email in a constant stream rather than project based by teams.

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Links to Resources Mentioned

The 1 Thing (book)

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