From $75k in debt to a millionaire that’s worked with Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and more, today’s guest is one of the top music producers in the industry.
With his decades of experience in music he’s converted those lessons-learned with the best artists to challenge others to achieve their goals in life.
Please welcome Mr. Bellringer, Marcus Bell.
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From 75 K in debt to a millionaire, that’s worked with Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and more today’s guest is one of the top music producers in the industry with his decades of experience in music, he’s converted. Those lessons learned with the best artists to challenge others, to achieve their goals in life.
Please welcome Mr. Bell ringer, Marcus Bell. You’re ready to grow your business. And I love helping entrepreneurs find success. So let’s do this. I’m Damon Burton and Forbes contributor, author of the search engine optimization book, outrank and president of SEO national. I’ve been featured on Forbes, entrepreneur and hundreds of websites and podcasts for helping big businesses grow bigger and make more money by showing up higher on search engines, including shark tank, featured businesses, NBA teams, and Inc 5,000 company.
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Yeah, we got a lot that I want to cover with you. Um, you know, your, your background is in the music industry. I’ll let you elaborate on that here in a little bit. Um, I’ve had a lot of experience in music industry as well. Not as much as you, but I think we’ll, we’ll kind of click on a few things with that.
So why don’t we bring our audience up to speed with question number one is Mr. Bell ringer, who are you and what are we going to learn from you today? Yeah. Well, first of all, I. I stand for dignity and compassion for myself and, and all others. And so everything that I do is, uh, Framework. Right. So, uh, offer, uh, courses and, uh, opportunities like the a hundred days impact challenge to help people that want to make an impact in the world and uplift humanity.
And so one of my expressions is in the music industry, but I also am in the, um, helping impact or space. Very cool. Yeah. I want to get to asking about your challenge here in a moment, but not until we ask question number two, which is what do you suck at Marcus? Ooh, look at a lot of things. I was looking at a lot of things and I try, I try and.
Have others do those things that I suck at. I think that, um, you know, one of the things and being an entrepreneur all my life, uh, there was, uh, a point where I felt like I had to do all the things. Right. I felt like, oh my gosh, you know, I need to learn everything. But as I’ve, uh, got in. More seasoned as an entrepreneur have realized and continue to practice seeking specialized knowledge in areas that I am not expert in.
Um, so. So, whether that is from an operational excellence standpoint. So like organizational design, I know a little bit about organizational design, but I wouldn’t call myself an organizational designer. Right. Uh, I know a little bit about accounting, but I wouldn’t call myself an accountant. Right. I’ve done a lot of contracts, but I wouldn’t call myself.
Uh, Laurier. So if you put me in a high stakes, Legal negotiation and court. I’m probably going to suck really bad there. Right. But you put me in a recording studio with any artists in the world, and that will be my jam. Or you put me in the room with entrepreneurs that are looking to, to, uh, create 7, 8, 9, 10 figure businesses.
Then that is. So there’s a couple of things. You, you, you touched on that, uh, that let’s dig a little bit deeper on. And then what I want to kind of do is set the foundation and help our help the listeners better understand, uh, you know, your a hundred day impact challenge and, and what got you to that and what the goal of that is, but let’s kind of establish a little bit of background behind that.
So, um, You w when did you get into music? How did you get into it? And then how long was that? It sounds like you’re still in music, but at what point did you start to try kind of transitioning to the entrepreneurial world? Yeah, so I’ve been in music, literally my entire life. So as the story goes with my family, they started playing music in the womb.
And so, uh, it was to, uh, when I was two years, That I touched the piano for the first time. And my father saw that had an ability to focus for long periods of time. And so he said, oh, well, you know what, let’s, let’s try. Mark is on piano. And so I just remember touching the keys and all of a sudden. Like the world would disappear.
And so I had a, a child prodigy background and started actually earning money and entertainment when I was six years old. And then my entrepreneurial journey started when I was 12, when I started my first company, which was a record label. And so I’ve known myself to be, um, a creative. Technologists, creative artists, a creative being.
And at the same time, And entrepreneurial being. And so I’ve been studying the world of business. Um, as far as I can remember, I, I, I remember my, and this comes from my family because my father was a serial entrepreneur. So he owned an upholstery shop. He own a restaurant. He had a trucking business. He had, he was a DJ at one point.
And so, uh, so I would see him go from one business to other, and I remember, you know, being a kid and running the cash register and a restaurant called cooking from scratch and Virginia and Norfolk, Virginia. And so I used to take the money from the customers. And so, so business just as music has been in my blood and, and, and my, my life, like.
Uh, it’s the same thing, entrepreneurship and music. And nowadays, as far as I can tell every recording artists, every creative professional, um, also needs to, uh, or should, I would certainly recommend that they develop entrepreneurial abilities as well. You know, being able to create value in the marketplace, articulate that value and exchange that value for.
Uh, resources, um, whether that’s money, whether that is relationships, whether that is specialized knowledge like that. Yeah. You brought up something that, uh, that I wanted to ask later, but it’s a, it’s a good opportunity to bring it up now. So, as I touched on before we hit record in the audience is kind of familiar.
The, I worked in radio for a couple of years. And what always fascinated me is, is not so much the, you know, the celebrity limelight. You kind of get past that pretty quickly. But, um, I always found it interesting to look at, you know, they’re, they’re just human beings, right? These artists, these celebrities and these musicians, uh, So I always found it interesting to look past the celebrity facade and, and just like you talked about, you know, they should focus on, they should bring some sort of element of entrepreneurship into their life and how they can exchange their talent for value and give back.
Was there an artist that stood out in. Their processes, their entrepreneurship, because, you know, you’ve worked with a lot of, a lot of amazing people, but beyond their talent and their musical inclinations, is there anybody that stood out and how they were as an entrepreneur and their structures and their procedures behind their gifts?
Absolutely. They’re the first person that comes to my mind is an artist that I produced her last album. Uh, her name is Shalita, Burke and Salida. Ability with business is extraordinary. And, um, and she has been an, an entrepreneur, uh, for, for a while. She’s, she’s a young artist, but, um, but she finds masters and different domains and.
As a polymath. And so she I’ve witnessed her deep dive into business and, you know, create, uh, you know, all types of, uh, not just business opportunities, but, uh, probably doing better than some big name celebrity artists in terms of what she’s been able to achieve, uh, financially as a business. And is that because, um, they had the foresight to be more patient in their negotiations.
Well, it’s creating value. Right. And so, uh, the negotiations part is more, um, you know, once you have that, Value articulated. And there’s a transaction happening that’s on a transaction level where, okay. You know, you’re hopefully aiming to have a win, win, win situation. Right. Um, and uh, like there’s a, an attorney, a friend of mine at that likes to say, well, you know, that negotiation went well when everyone leaves the table feeling.
Like they gave something up. It makes sense. That makes sense. Right. But not giving up enough that they feel like they’ve been taken advantage of like that. Yeah. Like it was worth giving something up. Yeah. Yeah. You had mentioned that, uh, as, as you became more of a seasoned entrepreneur and you gave the examples of, uh, accounting and legal and this and that, um, what I’ve come to find.
And, and I, uh, I’m curious if, if you’re in agreement agreement is it seems like the most. You mature and the entrepreneurs space, you become a translator. You help other people connect the dots. Is that kinda how you see yourself as helping people identify their gifts and their weaknesses, and then translate between how to make the rest, uh, facilitate the weaknesses to a higher level without them particularly having to do it individually?
Yeah. Well, I look at my role as. When I’m in a recording studio, when I’m in an environment is to bring out the best, uh, to see something inside of someone that they may not necessarily see and, and help elevate that and bring that to light. And so I’ve developed this ability over my life to see what’s missing.
And so I can look. And the charts, for example, and see, oh, this kind of song is missing in the marketplace or this kind of artist is missing in a marketplace and the same capacity. Right. That pattern recognition, that ability to, to see gaps and openings and opportunities, it really is, uh, seeing opportunities where others may not see opportunities.
I translate that into business as well. So because I’ve been exposed to so many, uh, different. Entrepreneurs and, uh, people, small business owners and so forth out of the programs that I support people in or the mentoring that I do, or the advising that I do, uh, whether it’s, uh, you know, a startup, a founder of a company, whether it was in a tech field or whether it’s it’s a minister or whether it’s a politician running for office or whatever, because I’ve seen a lot.
And I’ve been exposed to a lot of my entire life, you know, some of the highest performers in the world, um, in different fields, I’m able to see things that they’re not able to see because they’re so entrenched in their field. And so this is the, the beautiful thing about like diversity, um, is that when you have someone, uh, from a background is different than.
You come from, they’re able to see things about what it is that you do. They’re able to see things about, uh, your activity, your relatedness relationship to your activity and your business, and see the opportunities different. And so, uh, so that’s, that’s what I provide for a lot of people, that type of advisor, um, that type of advisory is being able to see what’s missing and say, okay, uh, what about this?
What about this capacity? And so it’s kind of like, like this, uh, Damon, you know, sometimes people say, oh, if I only had an event. The fact that only, you know, raise this money to do this thing. And, uh, like I say, to some of the people I trained, no one ever has a money problem. There are plenty of resources, right?
Uh, you may have a problem, but it’s not a money problem. It may be a creativity problem and maybe a, uh, you know, a relationship. Uh, if you like, uh, getting in the right networks or finding centers of influence, uh, joining the right kinds of groups so that you can get the type of exposure that’s necessary, but money is just a resource, right?
Is one of many resources to get something accomplished. And I’ve seen people do tremendous work in the world, uh, you know, through collaboration. Yeah, that’s the topic that, um, always drives me crazy in, uh, in the entrepreneurial world is that, um, you know, the whole VC funding first kind of thing. Um, you know, if you have a good value added product, um, there, there’s known as, so I’m not saying VC investing or, you know, funding at all is, is bad.
It has its time and place, but I don’t think it’s a requirement. Um, Uh, I just want to say something to that. Cause every business that I’ve started, I started with the customer first. Yeah. Right. So I’ve, uh, I won’t start a business without the customers first because, um, it’s like my approach to courses like the wealth and impact bootcamp programs or, or, uh, you know, Uh, wealth and impact crypto currency bootcamp.
You know, that didn’t launch that until at least five people said, yes. Right. Ellis least there were enough hands. To have it make sense. So it’s starting the business from a profitable standpoint, and then you have resources to, to start to build out the business. So at least the kinds of businesses that I’ve started, uh, that’s been the case.
I recognize that there are some businesses where it makes a lot of sense to have investors, you know, um, like that. But even, even then, so let’s say you’re starting a tech company and you need to pay for engineering and. Well, there’s some people that are already paying for engineering. So maybe, you know, you can enroll someone that is already paying for engineering to take on your project.
And then that takes care of that engineering costs. All right. So as being creative and looking from looking at the world through the lens of abundance and not scarcity, like. Yeah, exactly. It’s um, it’s, it’s, it’s almost like a superpower when you realize, um, the world is full of abundance. Um, and it’s once you cross that line, there’s like, no, you can’t unsee it.
And then it’s really interesting that, and then, and then it opens, I mean, at least for me, it’s been an interesting evolution as an entrepreneur. To, um, I’ve been fortunate for the majority of my life to be on that positive mindset and entrepreneur or abundance mindset. And it’s, it’s, it’s been an interesting, I would say it’s almost like a challenge for me to conceptualize.
Y the majority of people are, are not like that. And it’s, it’s been an interesting, um, process I’ve had to go through to, to better understand that other side and sympathize with them and to be able to better communicate and translate to them and say, no, no, no, come over on this other side, this other line in the sand, because there’s so much out there that you’re just not seeing.
Yeah. Yeah. Well, well I’ll, I’ll say something about that. Um, so I work on my mindset every single day. It’s a practice. See the environment, uh, that we live in, we sit here in our Western world is an environment that tells us that we’re not good enough. That, that, that there’s a lack because a lot of people profit from that, right.
It’s constructed a lot of, you know, our capitalist world is constructed in a way where, you know, there’s, there’s creating the new. Right. There’s creating and using scarcity in order to evoke desire. And so if you’re present to that, if you’re aware of scarcity being at play, then that’s the first step.
The second step is to work on your mindset and not be drawn into the scarcity that, that you would be, uh, you know, influenced to make decisions that aren’t too, you know, aren’t healthy or. Um, you know, in line with some aims that you may have well, well, that brings us to aims. Well, you first got to create some Ames and a lot of times, you know, we’re not, you know, Ty at least in school not taught how to properly create aims, which is where I created, you know, things like the a hundred days impact challenge.
You know, there’s a structure, you know, how do you create your aims? What kind of aims and then what kind of structure is needed in order to forward those aims, you know, community and, and mentorship and all those things are, are things that I’ve designed inside of the a hundred days, impact challenge to support people with that.
And so if you are putting yourself in an. That allows you to thrive and move towards your full potential. Then what ends up happening is you start to realize your greatness, your inner potential, your inner, uh, ability to create a Bundance. And, and then that starts to ripple out beyond you and your life into the lives of those around.
Yeah, I wanted to transition to that a hundred days impact challenge. So that’s a great topic you’ve, you’ve taken and develop these abilities and it’s kind of culminated into this challenge. So let’s talk specifically about the challenge for a minute. What’s what’s it all about? You started touching on it, but let’s just go more directly into it.
Yeah, sure. So it started, uh, in the wealth and impact bootcamp and around the election time. Every month I do a webinar and this particular webinar was around election time. And, and, uh, I was thinking about, uh, cause I like to keep things relevant and I’m always looking in the marketplace that was happening and, and offering value to the participants in the wealth and impact bootcamp program.
And so I challenged them to elect themselves. Right. Regardless of the outcome of the, of the election that they elect themselves. And as I start thinking about what that means, right? When a president comes into office, well, you have to have a platform. Right. And then, but when they get elected the significance of the first hundred days, that sets the tone of the entire presidency.
And then as I was researching that. I recognize that, oh, wait a minute. That started with Roosevelt as he was trying to take the country out of the depression, right. It, he would basically start at the a hundred days, right. As a president and for the country to rally around and, and move, uh, move the country out of the depression.
And so, so I challenged this group in wealth and I pat bootcamp to take on a hundred days. Right. And then I provided a structure, um, some, some rules to, to that challenge. And the next month Daymond, I came back and I checked in with the group and said, you know, how’s your challenge going? And they began to share one woman hopped on Amory’s her name she hopped on.
And she’s like an energy healer. She said, oh my gosh. Um, you know, I’ve been struggling with my health and because of the activity that I’ve been doing, my health has increased. Right. I’ve gotten, gotten a whole lot better. And then I know. Uh, participant came on and said, you know, I just raised thousands of dollars for this non-profit organization.
And I, I never raised money before. Like when it’s one of my mama say about raising this money. And so he was flying out the next week to go to Haiti for, for a project in Haiti, um, taking that money to a nonprofit out there, and then a musician came on and said, you know, when COVID happened, All my gigs stopped and everything.
And I, I just kinda had my guitar and, you know, collecting dust on the side. And I decided to take one going live every single day and playing my music. And, and that participant starts to build an audience. He, he increased his audience like 3000 people, uh, you know, getting exposed to his music as opposed to in a club.
When I start to see all the results and there were many more that, uh, that demonstrate it. Wow. Something incredible has been created here inside of this a hundred days. And so I said, okay, this is an opportunity for me to create something publicly, right. To give more people access to this specialized.
Give people access to community, give people access to influencers, celebrities, athletes, people that have, um, high high-performance and different fields or money, or, uh, you know, have mastered something and their practices. And so that’s, that’s when, uh, we lost the a hundred days impact challenge earlier than.
Very cool. I got, I got a question, um, about the challenge, but, but first the comment, you know, whenever I hear about like the gentleman you mentioned, who said, I’m going to start, start doing my thing on, uh, you know, going live daily. There’s so much power in that. Um, and just doing that because like you said, he starts to build out an audience, but then he’s also sharpening his skill set and he’s opening himself up to a different audience in a different medium.
And, and that isn’t just music. It could be anything, you know, me as an SEO can go live daily and just talk about marketing things. Somebody else, as a painter can go live daily and, you know, paint something. And I, I I’ve heard countless stories of that being the breakthrough moment for people. And one of ’em is, um, I’m going to slaughter his last name, mark rebel, a you don’t have talking about Reb I L E T.
The dude is living the dream. He plays in his underwear on a keyboard and he gets, he gets, do you know what I’m talking about? Oh, he’s going to be you’re. You’re going to totally fan boy out on him. He’s awesome. He’s this dude that just plays in his freaking underwear. Um, and he, he has, he’s just, I’ve only found he’s been around for a couple of years apparently, but I’ve only found out about him until maybe the last nine months and.
He has just crazy celebrities come on. Um, he’ll have Wayne Brady come on and like ad-lib comedy over his beats. And then he’ll have like a list, musicians, celebrities come in and just sing along. And the entire, none of it’s scripted whatsoever. And it’s the most amazing outcomes. And the dude is just crushing it.
Just crushing it from just hanging out at his house and go on live. Yeah. Yeah. And so it’s deliberate action, right? When you are doing something consistently every single day, it becomes a part of your identity. It’s not that you’re just doing a thing, you become the thing. And so. So we have to be very careful.
I mean, we, we are doing that with something every single day. Right. You’re doing something every single day. Um, so is it something that, that is healthy and something that is forwarding you to a, um, you know, a more uplifted place in lights? Yeah. What type of person is this challenge best fit for? You gave a couple examples, but is there.
They all have different skillsets and different desires, but is there an underlining underlying motivator or a person this is best fit for? Yes. It’s best fit for someone that really wants to impact their lives in a way that they haven’t been. So if you look at, um, when people make new year’s resolutions, for example, uh, for like, oh, I’m gonna lose weight this year, or I’m going to.
Uh, and star going to the gym every day by January 18th, it’s over. Right. Um, or people that say, okay, you know what? I want to start increasing my visibility on social media and they start posting. And then after that first week, it dwindles, it falls off because they’ve not created a structure that. Has them continuing.
So if there’s something important in someone’s life, That they want to get after whether that’s starting a business, whether that’s visibility, whether that’s health, whether that’s, oh, I want to meditate. Whether that’s, I want to have a gratitude practice. Like one of our participants, we we’ve seen a lot of different kinds of challenges.
There’s a woman named Ann Lawrence. Uh, she’s a senior and she’s on the a hundred days and impact challenge. And she’s on her third child. And this challenge is just the first hundred days or she’s doing well. No, she’s done three. She’s done 300 days impact challenge. And that’s, that’s a hundred days with a Z, uh, by the way.
So, so yeah, so on her third challenge, she decided that she was going to clean and clear out something. In her home environment every single day for a hundred days. Right. And the things that she communicates when she comes on the impactors in our circle, uh, because that’s, that’s where, you know, people are able to engage with me and, and, you know, we bring in, uh, celebrities and guests and influencers to come in and, and mentor or.
Uh, what they’re doing. And so he comes on and shares and you can just see that she’s lit up. Right. You know, the, the things that she’s discovered, the things that she’s let go, right? It’s like a transformational journey. And so if someone is looking to transform some aspect of their lives, whether it’s a relationship, whether that’s financial, whether that is, um, you know, their career identity, whether that is.
Their presence in the world, right? The a hundred dayz with a Z impact challenge is that opportunity for them to get after it. Well, you know, they, I want to take the opportunity to give you the last few moments. Um, you know, you mentioned it w it’s with a Z, so I wanted to give you the four to tell our listeners how they can put out more specifically about the event.
So when is the next one and how can they find out more about it? Yeah. So people can join it anytime. Right. So they can just go to the website. It’s a hundred dayz with a Z 2021. So the, you know, the number 100 dayz with a D a Y Z and then 2021. Uh, or if they’re listening thing to this. Twenty twenty two, a hundred twenty twenty two.
If it’s 20, 25 or 2030. Okay. You can go to a hundred days. You better go make sure you own those domains.
I do so whatever year it is, you put a hundred. Uh, day with the Z and you can, you can register. And then, you know, uh, and then you’ll be invited also to the impactors and our circle, which is where, you know, I bring on guests to share their specialized knowledge with, with the group. And you’re able to engage with me and the community and share your wins and, and there’s.
Uh, group that you’re admitted into. And then there’s actually a course inside of the a hundred days as well that people get that helps them construct their aims and, and what’s important in a workbook. I mean, there’s, there’s, uh, you know, when someone joins, they are entering a world that is designed for their success.
Very cool. Marcus bell. I appreciate jumping on learning from others. We will get the website listed in the show notes a hundred days with a Z and the year Marcus bell. Everybody thinks we’re jumping on learning from others. Uh, thanks for having me on, I must love and light Damon Burton here. And thank you so much for listening to the learning from others podcast.
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