Episode 194: Nate Checketts – CEO Of Rhone: Leaving Comfort To Make An Impact

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“If I didn’t think people could change, then I think life would be less meaningful.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • It’s easy to say someone “got lucky” but that is almost never the case
    • Routine – The best have a routine for long term success. Need good years, need good months, need good weeks, need good days.  You must plan for that success.  Create routines
  • Advice from Jack Dorsey:
    • How to stay focused?
      • Focus on one thing at a time
      • Set specific days for certain meetings and do not deviate.  Take ownership of your calendar and schedule
  • Nate’s Routine
    • Wake up at 5 am
    • Spritual time, meditation
    • Write in The 5 Minute Journal
    • Exercise, Yoga, Running
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – At his desk by 7:30
  • “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Ben Franklin
  • “Be the dentist of your own calendar”
  • The story of getting Rhone started in 2011
    • Nobody was doing premium menswear
    • Feb. 2013 incorporated
    • Spent an hour each way on the train commuting to his job working on Rhone
  • “Why does it feel like taboo to talk about inspiring men?  It shouldn’t”
  • Describing the fund raising process
    • “Raising capital is much more art than science”
    • “The biggest key for us was photography.  People needed to see it”
  • Why Shane Battier is a Rhone guy
  • After raising $8M, how do you decide where to spend that money?
  • Speaking about the success of his Dad, Dave Checketts (CEO of Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks)
    • How to instill a work ethic in your children?
    • What it was like growing up with ultra successful parents and how that impacted him
    • How Nate and his wife parent their children
    • How the quote “He was born on third base and convinced he hit a triple” has motivated Nate
    • How he made money creating a sports camp in his backyard growing up
  • “You can’t teach effort”
  • Books to read:
  • Learning Leader = “I love the idea of being an eternal student.”

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin

Continue Learning:

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

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

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers From 178 Questions

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

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

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