Purposeful, Productive, and Profitable Life

Marc Teo - Master Implementers

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How would you describe yourself and what you do?

My name is Marc Teo. My company is Master Implementers, and we help full-time employees build a six-figure income by way of a side hustle without recklessly quitting their jobs or burning out at the same time. We offer a two-day workshop that leads to a one-year coaching program. We deep dive into helping folks to lead a profitable, purposeful, and productive life.

So we focus on three key areas – clarity, congruent, and commitment. First, we help you get clarity about your life, what you want to do, why you want it, discover your purpose, and systemize your how, having a crystal clear process that is relatively productive and focused. So that’s the first one. After that, we make sure that the things you do are congruent. We make sure you’re effective, you’re doing the right stuff, and we are aligned. And the last is about creating a commitment- how to be consistent with your action, growth, and progress, without burning out, struggling, and giving up.

What inspired you to be an entrepreneur.

I was in the self-education industry for a long time. I did startups and entrepreneurship for a long time. And one thing I really loved was the fact that I got to create way more impact, value and there’s a line to why I want it ever since I started about ten years ago in this journey. I was making good money by teaching, investing, marketing, and whatnot. And why I decided to be a full-time entrepreneur is because I felt that I wasn’t feeling very aligned with the mission for many years. And I realized that my journey was helping people make more money.

I realize that many people are, either number one, not taking enough action, the action that is required to make money in the first place. Or number two, even if they weren’t making money, they weren’t feeling very fulfilled or happy or just purposeful with how they live their lives. So right now, my whole focus is to help people create a six-figure income. But really, the first focus or the first tip I have for people is to ensure that they wake up feeling excited and looking forward to living their lives every day.

I think that’s why I decided to quit my full-time job. I think this mission separates everybody else, or at least to create a place and add more impact and value to the people around me.

My big vision is to help empower folks to become excited every day to live their lives. There’s a big question about whether it is income or whether it is to have healthy relationships. So one thing is the purpose for sure, but sometimes, I feel that people tend to have too much expectation of their purpose. But I always remind them that it’s not just about having that perfect purpose where the angel comes down from the sky to tell you, “This is your purpose.” So my goal right now are what keeps you excited, what is the direction you can move towards to being excited, and fulfilled at the same time.

I think a lot of smart, intelligent, hardworking people are not feeling fulfilled or happy. And it’s just a waste of potential and a waste of their efforts. So it really draws to me because a lot of people around me have been like that. And that’s why I think there’s a very core desire in me to help people be more excited and fulfilled, and that’s what they’ll do first thing in the morning.

What is grit and what lessons have you learned from it as a result?

I think grit if, given the origin sensor, I resonate a bit so much, which means taking action if you don’t feel like it. So this quote that I’ve used for a long time is, “the most important time to do it is when you don’t feel like it.” Grit, I think, is not doing things when they’re easy or going smoothly. I think it’s demonstrated when days you don’t feel like it or when you’re down or unmotivated. And then, when you have grit, you are able to do it, despite feeling down, despite the challenge, or having internal struggles, when you do it, even though when do you don’t feel like doing it, or when people are not watching or looking at you. I think that is when it’s truly demonstrated.

How did you get your initial clients?

For two to three years, I’ve been extremely active in sharing social media – habits, productivity, investing, and business. And I was doing it absolutely to teach myself because I knew the more I taught people, the better I got to learn; and that I could connect or indulge myself too.

So when I first started my business, I was extremely nervous that I wouldn’t get any clients. But a lot of them came in very fast and very easily. So I asked them if they were willing to sign up with me even if I was more expensive than somewhere else. And they say, yes. It is not because of my exact offer or product, but because they have been receiving value from me for a long time, even though I wasn’t really thinking of that. So for investing, business, mindset, or productivity, these people have followed me for about two to three years. And that’s how I got my initial clients.

What is work-life balance for you? 

I think it all boils down to what you want. I love to share this question, which is I always ask people, “What do you think is the opposite of the word distraction?” Most people would think it is focus. And then I ask people, “Can you be very focused on a task, say even answering emails at work, but still, be distracted? Can you even be very focused on checking social media?” So if we look at the word distraction, the root word is traction and not focus.

So traction is gaining progress on the things you want. So the thing is, I can be gaining traction for my life if I’m scrolling social media or even working like crazy mindlessly. But I think it all boils down to the question, what is your intention?

What is work-life balance to me? Number one is my intention; I’m living a life that I feel excited about. I feel fulfilled without sacrificing my precious time with my family and friends. So I think the big thing about work-life balance to me is being able to do what I want, whenever I like it, and not feeling guilty or bad about it.

How do you unwind?

I teach this system in my 2-days program – productivity and purposefulness, called the 3 Rs system. I think I got inspired by Alvin’s on how he creates systems for many different things. So what I mean by the 3 Rs system is I connect three things: recharge, review, and relaunch.

So what I do is focus on recharging three major areas of my life – physical, emotional, and mental. From an hourly, daily, monthly to quarterly basis, I have routines and activities that I do on multiple periods for me to recharge on an ongoing basis. So, for example, I’m very particular about my time to unwind because I always want to be sustainable in what I do. So on a daily or an hourly basis, I do multiple debriefings every hour. I acknowledge myself for what I’ve done. That helps me not only to rest physically but also to recharge and unwind emotionally.

When I talk about mentally, it is the fact that people are constantly stimulated around the world with information from social media and whatnot. So what I do when I recharge mentally is that I manage to take a social media detox, whether it is for 20 minutes, even for one hour or two hours. So every hour, about five minutes, I do my deep breathing. So I’m taking a mental recharge from all the stimulation that is happening. I also have a shutdown routine on an hourly basis every day.

Every week, I have a weekly schedule where I’ll take about two to four hours of my life to recharge; whether it is book reading, a mentor’s stimulation detox, or resting emotionally, I do something that I enjoy. So all the way from monthly to quarterly basis, I’ve actually organized mini-retreats for myself, whether it’s going for massages, going to the onsen, or going to the spa. And I schedule them on my calendar, which has a very high priority. I always make sure I unwind, and I stay sustainable throughout the year.

I realized that people cannot take a lot of rest or unwind or still feel bad or guilty about it because, number one, they don’t understand the purpose of unwinding. Which I think that’s something that we want to get more people to understand. The second thing is that they are unsure of what they should do. Should I be working, or should I be spending time with my family, should I spend time with my friends, should I be reading or resting. So once I put rest as part of my schedule, something that I schedule in advance, I can go in full-on and rest and be present 100%. And that’s how I want to make sure that every time I unwind, it’s very effective. I’m not saying that everything should be scheduled, but I have a very strong intention with everything that I do.

How do you respond to negative feedback?

I think the one big thing for me is I’m into growth and learning. So I generally love feedback, whether it is positive or negative. And I constantly remind my friends to be honest and direct when giving me even negative feedback. Over the years, I’ve reframed my mind to constantly focus on taking any feedback as positive because it’s always for me to learn and grow. But, on the other hand, if I receive negative feedback, for example, something that I do and they disagree with, I remind myself that I’d rather make a mistake now than later.

Like in investing, I’d rather invest or pick the stock wrongly now that I still have a smaller portfolio, I still have fewer commitments, and I still have more time to do it compared to maybe 5-10 years later that I have a seven, eight or even nine-digit portfolio.

And I always start the sessions that I don’t plan to be perfect. I’m going to make mistakes. That’s what helps me on a mindset perspective basis. I also ask myself if the feedback can be a bit more emotionally charged, or a little bit more negative, or it’s sometimes very harsh criticism. This leads me to another question that I ask myself: What is the person’s intention who’s giving the negative feedback? Is he there to piss me off? Then maybe it’s just more for his issue than mine. Is it for me to learn and grow? Then I could just set a tone that could be a bit more confrontational or be more negative, then I will remind myself, which is the intention is for me to learn and grow, and then I’m fine with it.

So I always have this conversation in my head, where I draw myself, take deep breaths, and remind myself of all these things. And this is how I respond to negativity better and not to get too emotionally affected by it, but to just use it as learning opportunities so that we don’t have to repeat those mistakes in the future.

What career advice would you give someone who is 20 years old or perhaps your 20-year-old self?

My 20-year old self was just reading a lot of books, attending a lot of classes, and watching videos about business and self-development. But my biggest struggle when I was at that age was, I just wasn’t taking action. And that’s a very basic one, which is why it’s called master implementers. Because even with all the knowledge, if you don’t translate that knowledge into action, which is implementation, you’re not going to get the results you want. So I think the first call way back to my 20-year old self is I just have to keep taking action over and over again.

But on a bigger scale, I have actually come down to three core advices I will give myself. I think number one is I would advise anyone to focus on gaining clarity for life. What drives you? What excites you? What fulfills you? What exactly do you want to do 10, 20, 30 years down the road? If you do it right now, can it support your purpose or vision?

The other two are samples of what I would call both high-income and high-impact skills. So it’s not just making money, but creating high impact and high value for other people as well. So the second one, how can you actually learn how to attract people, especially the right people? How can you help people? Well, is it through your content? Through your conversations? Through building networks? Can they create Win-Win relationships? How can you attract the right people to support not only your vision for yourself but also help other people at the same time?

And the third one, I would say, how can you effectively look to create a transformational effect on other people’s lives? And I think for 20-year-olds, they will ask how do they transform people? That’s such a big thing. What I tell everyone is, transformation is not an overnight process. It takes time over and over again. So even if you help people with 1% or 2% improvements, eventually, their lives will be transformed. So how can you create a massive impact in becoming better at what you do – talking to people, or speaking to them to help them transform through education, or content, through coaching, through your products or services, or even persuading them to try something out?

I think anybody could use these no matter what industry they’re in or what stage of the market they’re in. So I will say these three core things should be taking action no matter what you learn.

How can people connect with you?

Facebook:  Marc Teo Zi Jie 

Facebook Group: Master Implemeters

Website: https://marcteo.com/


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