Episode 023: AJ Hawk – Why Does This Show Exist? What Does The Future Hold?

One of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve had doing this podcast.  My brother AJ and I discuss why I am doing this podcast.  AJ has no fear to ask me anything and dives deep into my “Why” and we discuss how this show will progress…

From The “About Me” page on www.LearningLeaderShow.com

Leaders are learners. The best leaders never stop working to make themselves better. As Kobe Bryant once said, “There is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own.” That’s really why the Learning Leader Show exists. To come together to understand the journey successful leaders are on so that we can better understand our own.

This Show is full of stories told by world class leaders. Personal stories of successes, failures and lessons learned along the way. Our guests come from diverse backgrounds—some are best-selling authors, others are genius entrepreneurs and one even made a million dollars wearing t-shirts for a year. My role in this endeavor is to talk to the smartest, most creative, always-learning leaders in the world so that we can learn from them as we create our own journey.

Episode 023: AJ Hawk – Why Does This Show Exist? What Does The Future Hold?

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“The scientist is not the person who gives the right answers; he’s the one who asks the right questions.” – Claude Levi-Strauss

Some Questions AJ Asked Me:

  • How do you do this show? When do you have time?
  • What’s your ultimate goal with the podcast?
  • How do you do it better than others?
  • How do you feel about where podcasts in general are headed?
  • Would you ever charge people to listen to your podcast? (NO)
  • How about doing in person episodes?
  • How do you make sure your podcast doesn’t feel scripted?
  • What is pronoia?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why I love doing this podcast
  • My goals – Goals already achieved and others I have for the future
  • My thought process on making a great podcast
  • The importance of my preparation for each episode
  • The facts behind the growth (HUGE) of podcasts
  • Why I believe in pronoia and what it means
  • The importance of taking action

“There are two types of pain you will go through in life: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret.  Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn

Continue Learning

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Episode 003: The Incredibly Interesting Story Of Maurice Clarett And How He Built A 6 Figure Income After Spending 4 Years In Prison

Episode 011: Brady Quinn – Why Certain People Are Great Leaders And Why Others Are Not

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

I really enjoyed having this conversation with AJ.  Would you like to see us do it again?  Reach out to us on Twitter (@OfficialAJHawk & @RyanHawk12) Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell


AJ Hawk Bio from Packers.com

Ranks No. 1 in franchise history (since 1975) with 1,025 tackles, having surpassed John Anderson (1,020 from 1978-89) for the team mark in the 2013 regular-season finale.

Has posted 100-plus tackles in four consecutive seasons (2010-13) and in seven of his eight years in the NFL (2006-08, 2010-13).

Has led the team in tackles five times during his career (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012-13), which ties LB Nick Barnett for the franchise record (since 1975).

Followed the likes of Lawrence Taylor (1981), Derrick Thomas (1989), Junior Seau (1990) and Willie McGinest (1994) as one of only 29 linebackers drafted in the top five since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.


Played in 51 games at Ohio State with 38 starts, collecting 394 tackles (196 solo), 41 stops for a loss, 15½ sacks, seven INTs, 13 passes broken up, two fumbles recovered and three forced fumbles; also returned both a blocked punt and INT for TDs…A three-year starter (2003-05), he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors each of those seasons…Available for every play during his college career, he started his final 37 contests in consecutive fashion…Earned his degree in criminology.

 Given name Aaron James Hawk…Nicknamed “A.J.” by his parents since birth, after legendary Indy car driver A.J. Foyt…From Centerville, Ohio…Married the former Laura Quinn, The couple has a 3-year-old daughter, Lennon Noel, and a 1-year-old son, Hendrix Knight…Brother, Ryan, played QB for the Birmingham Steeldogs of Arena Football and played in college at Ohio University…

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