61: Virtual Freedom: Overcome Superhero Syndrome and Start Outsourcing with Chris Ducker

"The superpowers that you possess as an entrepreneur will start to backfire. The way I see it,  you have a choice to make: break down or build your team."

—Chris Ducker, author of Virtual Freedom

When it comes to growing and scaling a business, the very superhero skills that facilitate your success may also one day become your biggest weakness. How can it be that you—the entrepreneur—might be the very person holding yourself back in the quest to move from employee-at-everyone-else's-whims to strategic business owner building a scalable operation?

This week's episode with serial entrepreneur Chris Ducker is a preview of what's to come in my new course, Delegation Ninja: Turn Frantic into Freedom, which kicks off on Monday, June 6. 

What would you do if you could work less and play more this summer . . . and still get everything done? If you weren’t up to your eyeballs in tiresome chores and tiny to-dos? What would you create? Who would you spend time with? The more important question: how much is your time worth? 

In this 8-week course, you’ll learn everything you need to know about delegating like a pro—how to stop being the bottleneck in your life and work and start strategically getting help instead. You’ll learn what to delegate, how to assign tasks effectively to ensure you get the results you want, and how to find the perfect person (or team) to hire. Learn more and enroll at PivotMethod.com/delegate

Now onto this week's episode! Chris Ducker is long-time "digital nomad" friend despite the fact that we live across the planet from each other, and an authority on virtual staffing. He is successfully running multiple businesses with hundreds of virtual team members. Listen on as we discuss superhero syndrome, the delegation gap, and the many tasks entrepreneurs should absolutely not be doing in their business. 

More About Chris Ducker

Known as the 'Virtual CEO' and regarded as the number one authority on the subject of virtual staffing and personal outsourcing, Chris Ducker is a serial entrepreneur who owns and operates three businesses in the Philippines, amounting to almost 300 employees - including a call center, a recruitment consultancy and a co-working space to support local startup entrepreneurs.

An advocate of virtual team building and as a result, smarter, faster business growth, Chris is also a popular international keynote speaker, business blogger and podcaster.

Topics We Cover

  • Superhero syndrome and why it is harmful to you and your business

  • Bootstrapping your way to success, and what to do when overwhelm hits

  • The sensation of The 4-Hour Workweek and the need to complete the outsourcing circle

  • Success is not dependent on a constant hustle and grind

  • The gap between recognizing the need to delegate, and actually taking the step to delegate

  • The tasks an entrepreneur should not be doing

  • Why we are stunting our growth and impact by trying to be superheroes

  • What Chris still struggles with when it comes to managing a virtual team

  • How to improve your prioritization

  • Not getting into a business based solely on passion—and the need to focus on profits and the long game

Podcast: Delegate Like A Ninja: Top Tips From Jenny Blake & Chris Ducker

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