Episode #269: Charlie Spaniard (UFC Fighter) Interviews Ryan Hawk – My Leadership Framework

Charlie Brennaman (AKA “The Spaniard”)  left the comfort of his hometown and full-time job as a Spanish teacher to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. What started out as a dream soon turned into reality. He fought at every level of the industry, including an 11-fight UFC career. After upsetting #6 ranked Rick Story in 2011, his life changed as he skyrocketed into the world rankings and went head-to-head with the best fighters in the world, such as UFC Champion Johny Hendricks.

Charlie asked me to be a guest on his podcast.  His thoughtful questions created great dialog and some topics were discussed that I had not talked about publicly.  We thought it would be a good idea to flip the script and release this episode on The Learning Leader Show as well.

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“As you learn more, you realize there is so much more to learn.”

Show Notes:

  • The WHO – “The most important question is WHO. Who will be your mentor? Who will be your friends? Who will you help? Who will you spend time with? You don’t need to answer what until well after you’ve answered WHO.” — Jim Collins
  • The importance of cognitive diversity
  • Growth oriented people — Why I like to be surrounded by those types of people
  • The importance of time and maturity and “life reps” to develop my curiosity.
    • “As you learn more, you realize there is so much more to learn”
  • “Great leaders are willing to push.”  — The impact Ron Ullery and Bob Gregg had on my life
  • How preparation builds confidence — “The greatest medicine for fear is preparation”
  • Building leadership skill over time
    • “Finding your voice as a leader.  It’s time to speak up.
    • There is a part of leading that is the “directing” part
    • Earning respect through your actions before saying a word
  • Playing quarterback is the “most cerebral position in all of sports”
    • The incredible mind recall and brain capacity of Aaron Rodgers
  • Why the Arena Football League helps you anticipate
  • The importance of consistency – “Showing up” everyday
    • Why loving the work is so important when embarking on a difficult challenge
  • Who you marry will play a big role in your future success — “Marry well”
    • Reading The Five Love Languages
    • Say “thank you” multiple times per day to your spouse
    • Write “thank you” notes every week
  • “How you do anything is how you do everything”
  • The impact of my family upbringing — Episode to listen to: Keith Hawk & AJ Hawk
    • The responsibility to sustain excellence because of being lucky to have great parents and siblings
    • The importance of “showing up” as a parent
  • The decision to go to Miami University and compete against Ben Roethlisberger to be the starting QB at Miami
    • Why I moved to Oxford the day after I graduated high school
  • “Taking the next step” — What I learned from Alison Levine
  • Why I started The Learning Leader Show instead of pursuing A PhD at a University
  • Framework: Learn, Experiment/Do, Reflect, Teach.
  • The practice of writing one “thank you” note per day from John Kralik and how it could change your life
  • Why joining The Learning Leader Circle is a good idea
  • Use the “Get To Know You Document

Framework = Information intake (learn), Experiment (do), Reflect, Teach

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Episode 200: Keith Hawk & AJ Hawk — Showing Up, Doing The Work, Earning Trust, Helping Others, Winning The Super Bowl, Celebrating #200

Episode 234: Jocko Willink — Why Discipline Equals Freedom