Hey there! I'm Danny, and this site is where I share my successes and failures of building digital products to diversify my online income streams.
But first you may be wondering...Why is this site called 'blackbelt entrepreneur'?
Great question, and in short, it's because:
black belt: (symbol) of hard-work, dedication and a way of life
entrepreneur: (noun) one who seeks to transform the world for the better by solving problems, managing risk, and making a profit.
...and also I'm a big fan of martial arts (currently a year into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with my 3 sons and love the journey) and the symbolism just felt like the right fit when starting up as a creator. The mental toughness is critical, without that you're doomed to stay in failure mode due to giving up easily, and there will always be ups and downs to learn from and celebrate even the smallest win towards reaching the next level.
Over the last 12 years I've spent part-time working on experimenting with publishing kindle ebooks, website building, affiliate marketing and online course creation while holding down a 9-to-5 job as an Agile software project leader in the enterprise payments industry for a top 10 U.S. Bank...and no regrets, I'm super glad I did all of that added work...even though it was a slow process and challenging everyday helping my wife Maria raise our 5 children.
As one of my favorite online business mentors Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income would say I got "Let Go" from my job in early 2023 (I mean, he wrote an entire book about it so it felt perfect to plug it 🙂
Yea, bummer. I was just one of thousands however, due to the major layoffs in the technology industry as a whole during the economic downturn.
So I was given a fork in the road moment. Focus on building a new resume and start applying to any old job or double down on my online business efforts.
I chose #2.
Agiletactix was born
With a clean slate, I quickly shifted my focus on taking control of my Agile training brand and a lot of what I'll be sharing here will be focused on that journey. After spending the last 5 years building Udemy courses I've learned that there is a viable market to serve and that's my commitment.
I’ve built this site to take my experience and knowledge of over 20 years in team leadership, project management, tech innovation, automation and productivity to help others create and build sustainable online income streams.
To achieve this, there are three key phases every digital creator must go through to build a digital training business that you and your students are not only excited about every day, but one that delivers real results.
Ok, so let’s get started!
The Japanese martial arts concept known as "Shu Ha Ri" is used to describe 3 key phases of learning progression or training and is present at the core of every online course business. As an online leader, you must pass through these phases to become a recognized authority in your niche.
These are the three stages every online business owner will go through at some point in their entrepreneurial journey.
Stage 1: Shu "The Beginner"
In this stage, the student learns by applying step-by-step based on instruction.
Stage 2: Ha "The Practitioner"
In this stage, the student starts to apply what has been learned.
Stage 3: Ri "Advanced"
In this stage, the student starts to create freely without depending on the teacher.
Get in on the action and start building your online training business today!
Whether you're new to online course creation or have created several courses already, each of these stages are a part of the journey to growing your business. We learn from each other in order to succeed. So while I may be teaching, I learn more from everyone of my students each day!
It's all about having the right mindset, creating and sharing value, and practicing what you preach.
Join me today inside the Course Academy and let's start building your epic course by leveraging modern project management tips, tools and strategies to plan, build and launch your profitable online course.