AskPat 805 Episode Transcript
Pat Flynn: Hey, what's up, everybody? Pat Flynn here, and welcome to Episode 805 of AskPat. Thank you so much for joining me today. As always, I'm here to help you by answering your online business questions five days a week. We have a great question today from Richard, but before we get to that I do want to thank today's sponsor, which is DesignCrowd.
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Richard: Hello, Pat. My name is Richard. This is the second question I've posted. If for some reason you answer the first one before this one, feel free to give away my t-shirt. That said, I am a starting up entrepreneur with a site, AFlexibleYou.com. It's about flexibility, and personal maintenance, and physical fitness. My question for you is my education is not specifically in the fitness industry. I have a Bachelors in anthropology and several other subjects. I triple majored. Then I have a masters in education and then an advanced masters in education as well, but I'm working in the fitness industry. I have certifications. How important is it for you or do you think for a potential audience member that someone has say a bachelors in sports science or something like that?
The reason I ask is my personal clients, my one-on-one face-time people, don't seem to care what my background is. I give them good information. They see the value, and it pays off, but as I'm delving into this online environment I'm just worried that people are going to look at me and go, “Well, he doesn't have this and this certification.” Is that ever a worry of yours or any of your clients? Just asking. Thank you for everything you do. This has been a great experience listening to all the ups and downs of the different people on both of your shows, and listening to the podcasts of many of your guests has been an eye opening experience and has allowed me to open my mind to a life outside of the nine to five, or actually more accurately the nine to nine rat race. Have a great day, and I appreciate everything you do. Talk to you later.
Pat Flynn: Hey, Richard. Thank you so much for the question and all the amazing compliments. I totally get what you mean by nine-to-nine, because when I was working in architecture that was basically my schedule too. I'm very thankful that I got let go and I could experience online business. It's just really cool to know that you already have discovered what's available to you. It took me getting let go, and here you are taking action, so well done. Now, to answer your question I want to ask you a question, and that is with me not having business experience in college or not having a masters or a degree in it, does that in anyway affect your learning from myself and the content that I produce?
My answer for you, I'm going to answer for you, it's probably no, although correct me if I'm wrong. You're here asking questions on AskPat and consuming my content, so I assume that you are learning and getting value from what I'm offering. Yeah. To answer your question, I don't think it matters at all. Sure. There may be some people who will want to do background checks and all that stuff, and like you said, you have all the certifications. You're obviously a smart guy, a triple major, awesome. The BA in sports science, yes, it maybe could help, but I don't think it's necessary. If you can do exactly what you said you do to your clients online, then you are good.
Like you said, good info. I would say great info, provide value, and making sure that it pays off. In your blog content, or your podcast content, or your video content online make sure it does those three things, the things that you do with your clients, great info, provides value, and it pays off for them. Give them quick wins. Give them some information that will actually get them results. Then they're not going to really care what your credentials are. You've taught them, and you've given them results. That's really what matters.
That's all I have to say. This is a really easy question, because no, I don't think it matters at all. Yes, there may be some industries where, you know…let me go extreme here. If you are teaching people how to build a rocket and you…you know, even then, if you can prove that you can build a rocket, you don't need a degree in rocket science to do that. Right? Elon Musk, he got a bachelor of science in physics from the College of Arts and Sciences. He also got a bachelor of science degree in economics from Wharton School of Business, so he does have business experience, but he's building rockets, and he's sending people to Mars. I mean, there is no degree for sending people to mars, so he's on his way to doing that.
Anyway, all this to say no. The BAs and the masters degrees, they will help, but what's going to help most are the content that you produce, the value that you provide, and the results that people get from your information. Yeah. I'm living proof. You don't need it, so keep going. Cheers. Thanks, Richard. I appreciate you. I want to send you an Ask Pat t-shirt for having your question featured here on the show. For those of you listening, if you have a question that you'd like potentially featured here on the show, just head on over to askpat.com and you can ask right there on that page.
You know, all this to say for those of you have do have Masters and do have BAs and all this stuff, great, make sure you put it to use. I think you have an advantage, because you have those credentials, but I know from experience that when I entered the real world of architecture that was much different than what I had learned in school. Well done. You got those credentials. Use them to your advantage. It's not the degree you have, but the degree to which you use them. Right? Actually, I think that was a tagline in some commercial I saw.
Anyway, thank you again for the questions. Head on over to Ask Pat to do that if you have a question of your own. For now, I'm going to end this particular episode with a quote from Clement Greenberg. That quote is, “All profoundly originally art looks ugly at first.” Cheers. Take care, and I'll see you in the next episode of AskPat. Bye.
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