Brett Trembly is a founder of Get Staffed Up, a virtual assistant staffing company that liberates law firms with incredible offshore talent. He is also the founder of Trembly Law Firm, a business law firm in Miami.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
I grew up in a small rural town called Belen, New Mexico. Once my father closed down his business, my father, step-father, and mother were all teachers, so our means were very humble. I had a great support system with loving parents and grandparents and friends, but it could be a challenging place to grow up. Lots of kids were bullied, and the schools weren’t always as safe as they could have been. The story that my parents always tell, however, is that in first grade I started selling pens and pencils to make my own money. I had an answer for every excuse, even at an early age.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
That the world doesn’t revolve around me, and that I would regret the things in life I didn’t do much more than the things I did.
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Just work hard and the business will come. Go straight to graduate school, don’t take any time off. Employers won’t like gaps in your resume. Stay in your lane. Trust the process.
These are all manipulations designed to hurt you while you’re young.
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
Two years into my business, I was in a bad place. I was overworked and didn’t always know how I would pay my bills. I was in major hustle mode, meaning I was doing everything myself. I even had self-doubts creep in for the first time in my life. It wasn’t until I started reading the aforementioned books and got a coach that I realized there was a better way, and that by trying to do everything myself, I was sabotaging my growth. After I made my first hire, everything changed. That’s why I believe so much in our philosophy of delegating your way to freedom.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
Surrounding myself with the right people. You become the amalgamation of the five people you spend the most time with, so only surrounding yourself with positive, can-do action takers makes all the difference. You either get positive support or negative support, and either will shape your future.
What is your morning routine?
I wake up between 6 and 6:30 a.m. on most days. Right now I’m training for a triathlon, so my routine is to wake up, drink water, eat a banana, work out for two hours, then go to work.
When I’m not training, I wake up and do meditation, affirmations, look at my vision board, exercise for 30 minutes, read for at least 10 minutes, and scribe about my workout, my health, and my previous day.
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
My Miracle Morning routine.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
Block scheduling is crucial. You must eliminate interruptions. All activities in your day should be planned. Otherwise, your day owns you, instead of visa versa. Holding office hours so people on my teams can get in touch with me, but only during a block of time every day, saves me hours upon hours.
The second piece is having a personal assistant, or two, to manage my email, my calendar, and protect my time.
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s the foundational book that every human wanting to be more, do more, or experience more should read.
Other influential books have been Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter, The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries and Laura Ries, 80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall, Traction by Gino Wickman, Extreme Ownership by by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins, Relentless by Tim S. Grover, and The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
“Life is short.” This guides me every day. “Delegate your way to freedom.”
The quote that guides our company.