The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk

258: Jesse Itzler – Creating Your LIFE Resume (Living With The Monks)

Jesse Itzler is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, cofounded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company.  His latest book is titled, Living With The Monks. He’s a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game” music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go.” When he’s not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he’s an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.

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“I invest in people… You must look into their eyes before making a decision.”

Show Notes:

  • Sustaining excellence:
    • Spending time around the 4,000 people who used Marquis Jet, “I always asked them about their habits.”
    • You have to create the system that works best for YOU:
      • Attack fear, take risks
      • Get up early in the morning
      • Create daily wins, momentum
      • Be a great connector, build relationships
      • Run — Create great exercise habits
      • Winning habits, routines, mindset. A system for self
  • For 27 years, Jesse has only eaten fruit before noon
  • Relying on gut instinct… How to build this, make better? Must spend time alone, to think.  Running is where this happens for Jesse (in the car for Sara)
  • Why?
    • Awareness with time… Understand your own mortality
    • A constant drive to build a “life resume”
    • You only get 1 shot to do this thing
  • Hiking Mount Washington — Helps you feel “super alive… It’s addicting.”
  • Have you always been this way? “I get bored easily. This has nothing to do with money.”
  • Always being urgent to accomplish something
  • Always carving out time for yourself.  Carve at least 1 hour per day.
  • Put parameters around your time
  • YOU are the business plan. “I invest in people… Have you ever looked into his eyes?”
  • “At the end of the day, people drive companies.”
  • Why live with the monks?
    • “I did the physical part while living with a SEAL.  I needed to focus on the spiritual part.”
      • Lived in a monastery with 8 monks… 4 had been there for 50 years
  • How living with the monks helped him handle “decision fatigue”
    • How it free’d up so much energy
  • “The power of cumulative work”
  • “Always do something hard”
    • It sets the tone for yourself
  • Don’t back away from challenges — Build the grit muscle
    • Do small things every day (clean, make the bed, finish tasks, do the dishes now)
  • “I’m turning 50.  I only have 28 summers left if I’m lucky.”
  • The perfect day =
    • Family time
    • Wellness time (running)
    • Business time
  • “Get your heart rate up!”

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