This Blog is No Longer a Business―Here’s Why:

For the last year, an opportunity has been brewing behind-the-scenes that led to a formal job offer a few months ago. I wasn’t looking for a job at the time, but after much deliberation… I said yes.

Starting today (May 1st, 2017) I am the full-time Brand Director & Dean for Platform University, an established monthly membership site from Michael Hyatt.

This is exciting news, and it comes at the perfect time!

My wife and I just welcomed a new bundle of joy into our life, alongside our firstborn son Damien (still less than two years old).

Meet Lukas Robert Meese, born April 1st, 2017:

Lukas Robert Meese
(Despite his birth date, Lukas’s cuteness is no joke)

When Megan (Michael’s daughter & COO) approached me with the job offer, I had a lot of questions and was careful to take weeks to decide.

It can be tough for any entrepreneur to even consider walking away from something profitable after the sunk cost of blood, sweat, and tears that business requires.

Ultimately, my wife and I decided that from every angle we looked at this opportunity, it was a well-timed win.

In a past podcast episode, I’ve referenced my philosophy that all entrepreneurs are drawn to the allure of owning their own business by some combination of three primary motivators.

I’ve since changed my language a bit, but the thesis of each motivator remains the same:

  • Influence – Many entrepreneurs are searching for a feeling of significance, legacy, or the sense that they are making a positive contribution to the lives of other people in the world.
  • Independence – Many entrepreneurs are looking for a business that allows them to work when they want, where they want, on projects they enjoy―an overall sense of freedom.
  • Income – Many entrepreneurs are motivated by the fact that compensation is tied to action―and the only limit on financial opportunity is your willingness to put in the work.

Of course, every entrepreneur is different.

Two or three of these primary motivators show up in every entrepreneur, but each person may have different priorities or understand each motivator in a slightly different way.

For me, my strongest motivator is independence―mostly because of how important my family is to me. Influence would be second, because I want to leave the world a better place than I found it―and that requires a measure of influence, whether in terms of depth or scale.

Income is actually my weakest motivator, because I only care about making money so much as it affects the other two (it takes money to eat, sleep indoors, and build an email list).

It was important for me to get crystal clarity on these motivators before I evaluated the offer from Michael Hyatt, because the job comes with one big stipulation:

I agreed to no longer sell my own products, or actively promote affiliate products via this blog―an established online platform.

That meant stepping away from Notable Themes, giving my co-founder full ownership and control (sidenote: this happened nearly a month ago, and the business is clearly in good hands).

That also meant permanently closing several online courses I’ve sold in the past (don’t worry, past customers will still have full access to courses they have already bought).

Before making such a sweeping decision, I consulted several trusted friends and advisers. I also compared what I knew about the job offer to what I knew about my current online business.

  1. Independence – I’ll still work remotely from my own office (or home). I’ll set my own hours, and have freedom to take unlimited paid time-off as I wish. I’ll have the support of a team of more than twenty full-time employees to handle admin, customer support, and other tasks I’d rather not worry about―including making sure I get paid every month!
  2. Influence – I’ll be leading Platform University to serve thousands of paying students, and tens of thousands of people who want to grow their influence online―but haven’t yet joined the membership site. There is no question that I will have a greater impact in this role over the next few years than I would have on my own in the next decade.
  3. Income – I’ll be working with a business that rewards employee contribution, including a no-cap bonus plan tied directly to financial results. That’s a company-wide initiative to remove any ceiling on professional growth, and foster an entrepreneurial spirit.

Best of all, very little about what I will teach will actually change!

In fact, I’ll be able to spend even more of my time exploring the Always Be Teaching mindset and serving our students by finding new & improved ways to approach online education.

Platform University is dedicated to helping students build a successful online platform to build an audience and create impact in their lives, often starting with a blog. That’s not a far cry from teaching people how to build an online business from their blog, which has been my most recent blogging focus.

This new role increases my independence, influence, and income―while giving me the opportunity to help thousands of students do the same for themselves!

I’m excited to dive in and get started, but you might still be wondering ‘what happens next?

  1. I will continue to publish posts on this blog, though I’m honestly not sure how often;
  2. My podcast will remain an archive, you can listen to (and learn from) at any time;
  3. All my courses are now closed to new students, though past students can still login;
  4. Notable Themes will continue to operate in my absence (and more than likely, thrive);
  5. I won’t be taking on any consulting projects, and I’m ending those I already have.

Finally, I just want to say thank you for all your support over the last few years. There is no way I could have gotten where I am today without the support of an incredible group of people that definitely includes YOU.

If you have any questions about this transition, please let me know in the comments below. Otherwise, I look forward to sharing this journey with you and I hope you’ll join me at Platform University soon!

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  • Congratulations John! It’s always a huge step as an entrepreneur to walk away from what you have given your life’s work to! However….Platform University just jumped up in value adding you to the team!

    • Aw shucks, thanks Jeremy. Glad you think so 😉

  • Congratulations! May this position be better than you’ve ever hoped! Good luck! GIANT step!

  • Congrats John! That’s fantastic. I have enjoyed your writing, teaching ,friendship and influence for years now. And am forever grateful to have known you through launching my own online business. Best of luck!

    • Wow, Lij, thank you for the kind words. I’ve enjoyed having you along for the ride. It doesn’t end here!

      • Darn Tootin! I look forward to learning lots more from you 🙂

  • Kelly Talamo

    You made a great choice!
    Well done!

    Kelly Talamo

  • Proud of you bud. I know you wouldn’t have done this for anyone but Michael.

    • Thanks Matt! Very true. And thank your being a good friend and adviser throughout this whole transition (and with the decisions leading up to it).

  • Steve Drinkard

    Congratulations John… best wishes to you and your young family. Sounds like a great move for you.

  • Anna

    Congrats, John! Sounds like a really great fit. Best wishes to you during the transition.

  • Congratulations, John. Wishing you the very best. This sounds like an awesome opportunity — and at the right time, too. What a perfect fit. And to work with Michael Hyatt and team — how awesome! Guess I’ll have to rejoin Platform University again! (I let my membership lapse.) …Congrats on Lukas, too. So cute! …On another matter, John, thank you so very much for your professional kindness to me two-three years ago.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Connie! And for sticking around this long. I’ll definitely look for you inside Platform University.

  • Grant

    Too cool, John. May you and your family enjoy all of life’s best as you continue on your quest to always be teaching!

  • tola akinsulire

    Congratulations
    I pray you find fulfillment and accomplishment in your new season of life

  • Dan K

    Congratulations John. On to bigger and better. Cheers!

  • John, this is absolutely incredible. Congratulations on being able to fulfill all three of your motivations while serving others. I’m looking forward to seeing all the awesomeness you bring to Michael Hyatt’s team. They’re lucky to have you.

    • Robby, you’re the man. Thanks for being such a key part of my go-to team during the last two years of my business, and cheering Rachel and I on in this transition. Honored to call you a friend!

  • I am super honored that you have joined us, John. You are going to kill it. We are blessed to have you!

    • Thank you, Michael! I’m honored to call you a mentor, friend, and coworker 😉

  • Mark Maenche

    Looks and sounds like a great opportunity John. Congrats! I have followed both you and Michael online for a long time now and it is interesting to see the twists and turns that life takes. I am sure that Michael’s team is only improving with your addition. All the best to you with your new adventure and the new addition to the family.

    • Thanks Mark! I appreciate the kind words and encouragement.

  • Congrats, John. I love the 3 I’s … great takeaways. I will miss your blog. Good thing we’re friends. 🙂

    • Don’t worry Mike, this blog isn’t going anywhere! If anything, I’m hoping to write more often than I have in the last several months―though the pressure to sell, sell, sell will be gone.

  • I’ve enjoyed your stuff, John. Thanks for what you’ve done these past years. And honestly, many of us envy you! Working with Michael would be a huge honor. God bless you as you step out in this new season of life. I’ll see you in Platform U! I’m a charter member.

  • Congratulations John! It sounds like you are making some incredible moves.
    What a beautiful new baby, and delighted at the opportunity with Michael Hyatt. Excited for you and those you inflence-lije me!
    Thanks!

  • John! Congratulations. I”m excited for you, and BTW Baby Meese is adorable. 🙂 Excited to hear about your journey here on your site. 😀

  • Congrats John – I wish you all the best in your new role. I look forward to seeing how you will help grow Platform University.