Episode 198: Ian Robertson – The Winner Effect AND How Stress Can Make You Better

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“Success breeds success.  The mere act of winning makes it more likely you’ll win again.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Ability to set goals — Not too big but not too easy
    • Self belief — Self Confidence
  • Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic motivation
  • There will always be someone better than you.  The focus should be on improving your own self
  • Why Elon Musk and Steve Jobs transcend the norms
    • “A lot of people suffered in Steve Jobs desire to build those products”
    • Steve and Elon are anomalies, not the norm
  • “To be #1 in the industry is NOT a good goal”
  • What happens to lottery winners a year later? — “Ashes in your mouth”
  • How the brain is complex
  • What it means to be a bad dad — Pablo Picasso
  • “Success conveys power… Power changes your brain.  It creates narcissism”
  • Bad Dad’s “hide the ladder.”  They get up the tree, then do not show others how they got there.
    • “Keep a ladder down for others”
    • “They must see that it’s not God Like… That they can do it”
  • Study: Kids — Those who believe they can do better and influence their IQ, do better in school.
    • With fixed mindset, failure hurts the ego
  • How can stress make you stronger?
    • Tiger Woods example — Being nervous before a competition is a good thing (with the right mindset)
  • If you have a big presentation and you say to yourself, “I’m nervous.” You’ll do worse than if you say “I’m really excited.”
  • Adopting a challenge mindset, visualizing the reward
    • “Create a challenge mindset”
  • If you’re nervous, don’t say “I feel calm.” That’s not true and your brain knows it.  Instead, say “I’m excited.”  Use that energy for good.
  • Using the Joe Buck “So What” method — It can help with irrational fear of disapproval
  • Can too much happiness be bad for you? — Yes, over protecting our children can be bad.  They need to experience adversity.
  • “Leaders by definition have to have a vision.”

“Success conveys power… Power changes your brain.”

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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