The Foolish Story Of Tim Conley – FA175


Who Is The Man Behind The Mic?

So if you tuned in to last week’s show, you would have heard all about how Tim approaches his T.I.M. concept and how he has applied it to his life.

This week we’re going one better.

With Lain Ehmann returning as our guest host, we’re getting all the gory details of Tim Conley’s life journey, from his early struggles to the man he is today. Tim’s story is one of persistence, determination and good old-fashioned hard work and is sure to inspire anyone dealing with any self-doubt about where they’re at in their own life.

If you’ve ever wondered how our host got to where he is today, or what drives him to keep pushing forward, then listen in as Tim and Lain explain it all.

Nurture The Flame Inside Of You…

  • The beginnings of entrepreneurial activities.
  • Developing a disdain for authority.
  • Tim’s take on mindset and self-doubt.
  • A first failure and how to deal with it.
  • Pushing through the low times.
  • Only you can bring yourself success.


Enjoy Your Foolish Adventure.

You can check out Part 1 of the T.I.M. & Tim Story.

The Foolish Story Of Tim Conley – FA175
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  1. This is a great podcast Tim and Laine! I really love how you described the shortcomings and the “failures” you experienced, instead of saying everything just worked. I would be interested to hear more about why you were so unhappy with the pool company making $50k a month in revenue. Was it just because you were working too much? How many hours a day during the week and weekends were you working on it? I’m glad someone is talking about paying your dues

    1. I’m glad you liked it Reggie.

      Part of the story was cut in editing as the recording was about 1.5 hours long. I had an amazing office manager who helped me grow the company, but she decided to not return to work after having her baby.

      I tried to find a quality replacement, but couldn’t. I didn’t have a plan on how to replace my office manager as I had intended to make her a partner. Not having a plan and a system in place quickly had me doing to jobs and doing them poorly.

      I also had consulting clients at the time so I was working 12 to 16 hour days 6 to 7 days a week for months.

      I got so burnt out that fixing the company was not an option for me.

      This is why I’m so adamant that people build systems and a management team into their company so they don’t repeat my mistakes.

      Talking about paying dues doesn’t get people to buy “how to get rich online” products. For over 3 years of FA I’ve only talked about doing the work necessary to build a sustainable business — one that becomes an asset and may eventually give true passive income.

        1. The one in the pic is me being jealous of a custom Honda CBR 750 that I saw in Bangkok next to the guest house I stayed in.

          I ride a Suzuki Boulevard C50T that was given to me by my father-in-law. Can’t say no to that.

          After seeing a lot of custom bikes in Bangkok and especially in Bali, I’m thinking of building one when I get home.

  2. Great to hear a bit more of your story Tim! Great interviewing Lain! 🙂

    I’m thankful that you’ve been willing to work with people like me in B2C niches, so much of what’s around is either for local businesses or B2B 🙂

  3. Hi TIm, one thing I’d like to discuss is: were you always this “happy” sounding? To elaborate… on your recorded podcasts, you always sound “up”, sometimes “too” up, and since i’m “down” (i.e. not yet experiencing the success I want, not yet making the money I want), I find it hard to take you “seriously”. i.e. it’s the “I can’t believe / identify with this person because he is not like me, and not equal = not likeable, etc.

    But now, to hear how you struggled with early poverty, and to hear how you had your own down times and your failures, I want to ask if you “force” yourself to be up all the time, because it sends a message to the listener that you are happy because you are successful…

    or do you force yourself to be up all the time, because the downside is a slippery slope that is much harder to recover from?

    Did you always have this positive outlook, or did it come around after you experienced success?

    or did you get success because you had the “happy” go-getter personality?

    For many years I had a positive outlook, the bottomless pool of optimism that “yes is it possible for me to become wealthy through my own business, yes i am smart enough, yes I can make this happen”, but after years of consulting with clients who didn’t heed my advice and then they got into serious trouble and went out of business, you have enough of these negative experiences, you mistakenly equate their failure is your failure, and it just drags your optimism to the shed and beats it down.

    and yet something still causes me to “try again”, still thinking it is possible, iterating with some pivot to try a different approach to get further along. But I am definitely not “up”, i’m more of a wary, battle tested realist at this point. As a result, I don’t “trust” people who are “up” all the time, it feels “fake”.

    This topic is probably deserving of it’s own podcast, it’s so important to be able to recover from setbacks and still maintain a positive outlook, even after you’ve eaten more than your share of crow and foot in mouth.

    If I think deeply about this, I understand the need to project a positive attitude, especially when working with NEW clients who need to feel you are the right person to work with, you have the skills, you have the success, etc. But when you aren’t feeling it, it feels like faking it, and the realist inside makes that “faking” it feel like you described when you say “you feel like a fraud and you will be exposed any day”.

    All we really have is our attitude and our aptitude. You could be the smartest person in the world, but with a negative attitude you’ll never experience success.

    So how do you turn it around? Sheer willpower?

      1. When I’m recording a show I am up. I’m excited to do them each and every time. So that comes across. Also, I seldom get to share my experiences as I’m diving into someone else’s story.

        I’ve had some very dark periods in my life, but I’ve always had this little flame of optimism and I just won’t let it go out.

        The best thing I’ve ever found is to get around people who are passionate about something you want to succeed in. It has helped me nurture that flame.

        If that doesn’t help, then talking with a professional therapist may be needed to get out from the depression that can sink in during those dark times.

        All the best.

  4. Great podcast Tim (and Lain). Very interesting and good stuff to think about. Thank you and keep it up.

  5. Hi Tim,
    I found you through Dan and Ian.Enjoying your stuff.Just wondering when ”” is launching.Thanks.
    Cheers bruce

  6. Funny, I didn’t even realize I didn’t know your story, Tim, until this episode started! I’m currently working on my story (aren’t we all) and I’ve benefited greatly from your podcast and the valuable information you and your guests put out while I’ve been working on Days Island to get it up and going. Just like you, I’m working on valuing my time more than anything else. Thank you for this!

  7. Really interesting story Tim that I can relate to if just a little bit. Though I am surprised you didn’t negotiate harder with the military based on how smart you are. In 1990 I scored 98% on my ASVAB and was offered whatever I wanted. I told the recruiter where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do as well as some other terms. (Germany and UH-60 Blackhawk flight engineer by the way)
    Anyway it is nice to know the backstory behind our mentors.
    Troy in Las Vegas

    1. I did do some negotiation. I first tried to get into the graphic design field, which is what my full ride scholarship would have covered had I choose university instead. They said there were no openings and then I said I’ll take anything that isn’t a cop, cook or mechanic. If I get either of those jobs I’ll leave. I was serious. I think I would have gone awol.

      The job I did get was decent. It used my math and science skills which I enjoyed. It got me out of the office and into every building on the base. I got to advise the top ranking commanders on the base as an A1C.

      What I loved about the USAF was that I got thrust into responsibilities that 20 year old civilians would never get to experience.

      Love the pic.

      1. Awesome Bro. Oh, and thank you for your service. I appreciate you helping out. You AF guys treated us well the few times we worked with you.
        Yes you are correct. I went in at 22 and soon found myself responsible for over $12M worth of aircraft and many lives, including that of several Ambassadors and super (I mean SUPER) high ranking officers…oh yeah, and the First Lady. You know…typical 22 year old stuff. LOL

  8. This episode was way over due, if you ask me. But it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Best episode so far; thank you!

    1. I’ve wanted to do an episode to show more of me for a long time. In the first year with Izzy, I was busy just sharing knowledge. Since then I’ve just showcased other amazing people.

      Then I realized that after 3 years I really hadn’t told who I was to listeners. It turned into 2 parts.

      I chose to run the second part of the interview before this one as it was more business related. I thought it would be better to ease people into my mind. 🙂

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