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Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers from 178 Conversations

 

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers from 178 Conversations

This is an episode unlike any other… I’ve listened through some of the best answers to the question: “What are the common characteristics/themes amongst those who have sustained excellence over an extended period of time?” We (my editor, Scott Donnell and me) pulled out some of the best, most useful answers and created an “all-star” Sustaining Excellence episode. I think you’ll like it. I welcome all feedback via Twitter or you can send me an e-mail.

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers from 178 Conversations

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In This Episode, You Will Learn

#78 Kat Cole – A scale, a balance of 2 buckets: Courage & Confidence + Curiosity & Humility. “They are productive achievers vs destructive achievers”

#127 Adam Grant – “They are dedicated learners. What’s fascinating by them is no matter how much excellence they achieve, they are always raising the bar. The more they accomplish the more they expect of themselves. Curiosity is the starting point for all originality”

#107 Simon Sinek – “They have vision, they have charisma? I’m not so sure that’s true. They don’t need a Steve Jobs vision.  One thing I’m comfortable saying is courage.  It takes tremendous courage to stick to your values.”

#117 Tim Urban – “The impact you make is the level of measurement for a leader.  It’s different than what’s normal”

#86 Seth Godin – “They’ve made a choice”

#114 Cal Newport – “The leader respects how hard everything is that’s worth doing.” Everything’s harder than you think. Impactful contribution is really hard.”

#115 Amy Porterfield – “The first word that comes to mind is consistency… Followed mentors. All create consistent content and show up consistently. Have a drive to follow up

#42 Rob DeMartini – “To measure success you have to look at more aspects of their lives.  What was I seeing that was consistent? 4 things: Naturally curious, do they want to see how things are working? Could it be different? If you’re curious, it opens up so much. Energy & Optimism. Personal Awareness

#105 David Burkus – “I think there is a consistent dissatisfaction… I need to be proud of what I’ve done, but constantly frustrated that I’m not further along.  That balance.”

#82 Dan Pink – “Curiosity, they follow their noses, especially if they know a lot of stuff. Generosity, I love the way you put it, sustaining excellence. Reasonably generous people. They don’t pull up the ladder when they get to the top. They are hardworking and conscientious, grit. Peter Drucker comes to mind”

#74 Tim Kight – “People who consistently perform. Intentional, purposeful, and constantly building skill.”

#77 Adam Braun – “3 things: Tremendously intrinsically motivated, integrity, surround themselves with people who play a level above them.”

#48 Cameron Herold – “Sense of vulnerability… Checked ego at the door. Realize they aren’t the smartest person in the room. Sense of curiosity.”

#122 Sarah Robb O’Hagan – “One of the biggest single things is curiosity, goes hand in hand with humility. They don’t ever feel like they’ve reached the top of the mountain.”

#98 Alison Levine – “Resilience more than anything else. Resilient about putting one foot in front of the other.”

#68 Joey Coleman – “I think all leaders have 3 general things in common. 1) A growth and learning mindset. Constantly thirsting for knowledge and learning. 2) Gratitude, they recognize how lucky and blessed they are. Take time to appreciate the gifts and blessings in their lives. 3) Gentle with themselves

#108 Steven Kotler – “Ferocious about forward progress.  Nothing mild about how they attack life.  Level of commitment. The day to day.”

#43 Philip McKernan – “The eyes, peace of mind.  I can see that. Use the eyes as a gateway to see their bullshit.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 073: Jay Bilas – World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

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If you enjoyed hearing a compilation episode like this, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Mizzen and Main: Performance fabric menswear. The most comfortable/durable dress shirts you will find on the market. I personally own 22 of them. To get free shipping, use the code “ryanhawk” — To get $50 off when you purchase three shirts, use the code “ryanhawk3” — Thank you for your support!

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Episode 178: Sol Orwell – CEO, Digital Nomad, Vulnerability As A Leader

 

Episode 178: Sol Orwell – CEO, Digital Nomad, Vulnerability As A Leader

Sol Orwell is an entrepreneur and business developer, most known for his work as the co-founder of Examine.com. He was recognized as a 2014 Game Changer by Men’s Fitness and profiled by Forbes as a seven-figure entrepreneur.

Sol describes himself as semi-retired, which allows him to travel three to four months out of the year. He does not take investment money to retain control of his companies and free time.

He has stepped back from an active role in Examine.com to focus on other projects. He blogs about business development in the context of making money online on SJO.com and serves on the advisory board for Schwarzenegger.com as a health and fitness expert.

Episode 178: Sol Orwell – CEO, Digital Nomad, Vulnerability As A Leader

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“I did what any normal person would do – I gave the company to my #2 to run, paid him more than I paid myself, and basically became a digital nomad.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes to sustain excellence = “A deep level for creating creativity.”
  • Why Deep Work is so critical to Sol’s success
  • A typical day:
    • 2 minute cold shower
    • The 5 Minute Journal
    • A 10-15 minute walk — “Get the brain started”
    • Get to work
    • Done with work by 2:30 every single day
  • Friday’s are always no work days… Just “reading days”
  • The specific process Sol has taken to build a life around “creating businesses around my interests”
  • The process of purchasing Examine.com for $41,000 (and why he did it)
  • Putting his #2 in charge so he could travel the world and be a “digital nomad”
  • The Picasso Principle
  • How to create this lifestyle: Have no ego, create a blueprint, execute, trust others
  • Creating a “Side Hustle” — A how to
  • Why you must “Get Started”
  • The #cookielife
  • Vulnerability is “when you don’t know what the response will be when you put yourself out there.”
  • 1,000 true fans
  • Why Sol does not take VC money
  • Changing his name to Sol Orwell… Why?
  • How travel can create empathy and why that’s so important for a leader… Being grateful
  • Learning Leader = Constantly learning. Have self-awareness. Take criticism, and foster the spirit to accept it
  • “Luck is a function of observation”

“I think a big part of entrepreneurship is to realize that you can trust other people. You can be rewarded for trusting other people. You don’t have to necessarily look over their shoulder.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 073: Jay Bilas – World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Sol Orwell on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by  Mizzen and Main: Performance fabric menswear. The most comfortable/durable dress shirts you will find on the market. I personally own 22 of them. To get free shipping, use the code “ryanhawk” — To get $50 off when you purchase three shirts, use the code “ryanhawk3” — Thank you for your support!

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Episode 177: Michael Gerber – “The World’s #1 Small Business Guru” (The E-Myth Revisited)

 

Episode 177: Michael Gerber – “The World’s #1 Small Business Guru” (The E-Myth Revisited)

Michael E. Gerber is a true legend of entrepreneurship. Inc. Magazine
 calls him “the World’s #1 Small Business Guru” — the entrepreneurial and small business thought leader who has impacted the lives of millions of individuals and hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide for over 40 years. Michael is the author of the mega-bestseller “The E-Myth Revisited” and five other E-Myth books concerning small business and entrepreneurship.  The Wall Street Journal named the E-Myth the #1 business book of all time (November 2011) having sold millions of copies and has now been applied in 145 countries, in 29 languages and is taught in 118 universities.

The originator, in 1977, of the small business coaching industry, with his founding of The Michael Thomas Corporation, The E-Myth Academy, E-Myth Worldwide, Michael E. Gerber Companies, since that time having served over 100,000 small business clients. And today launching “Beyond The E-Myth: The Evolution of an Enterprise: From a Company of One to a Company of 1,000!: The Course – The Program – The Book” – a revolutionary process to prepare a small company for acquisition by readying it to scale (Scale to Sale).

Episode 177: Michael Gerber – “The World’s #1 Small Business Guru” (The E-Myth Revisited)

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“You must work ON the company to perfect the system IN the company.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes within the best performers:
    • They don’t think about “me”
    • They think about the puzzle… And what’s missing from it
    •  Steve Jobs, Apple.  Tom Watson, IBM.
  • The importance on learning how to play the saxophone and having the desire to be the best in the world — how that translated to success later in Michael’s life
    • “I only teach people that want to become the best saxophone player in the world.”
  • Practice, Practice, Practice — Doing it the right way. Having a plan
  • The most important aspects for Michael’s early success:
    • Vision – You must believe that you can do something beyond what seems possible initially
    • Discipline – You must practice
    • A great coach – The importance of great mentors in our lives
  • The agreement between coach/mentor and mentee at the beginning of the relationship is critical to the long term success
  • Why McDonald’s is the most successful small business on the planet
    • Working ON the store to perfect the system IN the store
      • Lesson: So can you. Go to work to prepare your company to scale and sell just like Ray Crock did
  • The focus should be on the system (Starbucks, McDonald’s)
  • The eight steps to grow and scale
  • Beyond the “E-myth”

“If you can’t scale it, you can’t sell it.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 073: Jay Bilas – World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Michael Gerber on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by  Mizzen and Main: Performance fabric menswear. The most comfortable/durable dress shirts you will find on the market. I personally own 22 of them. To get free shipping, use the code “ryanhawk” — To get $50 off when you purchase three shirts, use the code “ryanhawk3” — Thank you for your support!

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Episode 176: Jeffrey Gitomer – Why Sales Is The Greatest Profession In The World

 

Episode 176: Jeffrey Gitomer – Why Sales Is The Greatest Profession In The World

Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of The New York Times best sellers The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, The Little Black Book of Connections, and The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude. All of his books have been number one best sellers on Amazon.com, including Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless, The Little Red Book of Sales Answers, The Little Green Book of Getting Your Way, The Little Platinum Book of Cha-Ching!, The Little Teal Book of Trust, Social BOOM!, and The Little Book of Leadership, and 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling. Jeffrey’s books have appeared on best-seller lists more than 850 times and have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Episode 176: Jeffrey Gitomer – Why Sales Is The Greatest Profession In The World

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“Most sales are made after the 7th NO.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes within the best performers:
    • Great attitude
    • Deep belief in themselves
    •  Approachable and good sense of humor
    • You like to hang out with them
  • How to judge a great sales professional:
    • Will you do business with them again?
    • Will you refer them to friends/family
  • Understanding the ethics of a sales professional
  • Why sales is the greatest profession in the world
  • The duty of the sales leader
  • The Wells Fargo Fiasco
  • Why Jeffrey was banned from USAir
  • A live role play — How Jeffrey sells books on a plane (he sells to me)
  • Keys to successful cold-calling: Engaging, approachable, having a good time
  • Why Jeffrey believes he’s the greatest sales professional in the world
  • Why new managers need to be trained/coached (A LOT)
  • Jeffrey’s process for speaking to large audiences
  • Why Jeffrey prefers to drive a Lexus
  • Using creativity to differentiate and dominate
  • Saying thank you like John Ruhlin
  • The process of learning from customers: Why it’s absolutely vital to your success

“People don’t like to be sold, but they love to buy.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 073: Jay Bilas – World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Jeffrey Gitomer on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by  Mizzen and Main: Performance fabric menswear. The most comfortable/durable dress shirts you will find on the market. I personally own 22 of them. To get free shipping, use the code “ryanhawk” — To get $50 off when you purchase three shirts, use the code “ryanhawk3” — Thank you for your support!

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Episode 175: Michael Hyatt – How To Get Noticed In A Noisy World

 

Episode 175: Michael Hyatt – How To Get Noticed In A Noisy World

For years, Michael Hyatt had people write and refer to him as their virtual mentor. His mission is to help high achievers win at work and succeed at life. Michael writes on personal development, leadership, productivity, and public influence.

He is the author of the New York Times best seller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. It is also a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. In addition, I am the founder of Platform University. Michael is also the co-author of the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best seller, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want.

He is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, an online leadership development company. They help overwhelmed high achievers get the clarity, confidence, and tools they need to win at work and succeed at life.

Episode 175: Michael Hyatt – How To Get Noticed In A Noisy World

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“Being present at work is a strategic advantage.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Sustained excellence = People who have the ability to “lead themselves” and are disciplined in all aspects of life
  • The power of taking a 2 week hiatus – Unplugged, reading novels, cognitive input, relationship building with family, sets the tank to FULL when you get back
  • Doing 4 big launches per year — all hands on deck,
  • Being present at work and being present at home.  Being present is a strategic advantage.
  • Having 5 daughters — “The goal of parenting is to de-parent to help your child self-actualize”
  • Studying James Altucher and Bill Murray and their approach to life
  • Goal Setting — Too many people set goals within their comfort zone.  We need to challenge our imagination
  • Michael’s book Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World and the impact it’s had on so many
  • His blog: Started in 2004. The first 4 years it only received 1,000 visitors/month. Now it gets 1,000,000/month
  • Platform = “Deconstructs how to get heard”
  • How he’s built his company from 1 to 21 employees
  • Having multiple revenue streams — Speaking, Writing, Online Courses, Membership Site
  • 5,000 members a month paying $37/month
  • Why you need to “get started”
  • “5 Days To Your Best Year Ever”
  • Start a blog, podcast, vlog, newsletter
  • Career advice: Be hyper responsive to people, have a “courage to act.”  Always keep your word even when it’s expensive.
  • How his new book helps people get clarity about where they are going

“Tension is the enemy of performance.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 073: Jay Bilas – World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Michael Hyatt on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by  Mizzen and Main: Performance fabric menswear. The most comfortable/durable dress shirts you will find on the market. I personally own 22 of them. To get free shipping, use the code “ryanhawk” — To get $50 off when you purchase three shirts, use the code “ryanhawk3” — Thank you for your support!

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