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The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk

As Kobe Bryant once said, “There is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own.” That’s why the Learning Leader Show exists—to get together and understand the journeys of successful leaders, 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 each create our own journeys.
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Jun 29, 2015

032: Steve Sims – How To Create World Class Experiences | Why Elon Musk Is A Great Learning Leader

Steve Sims is one of the coolest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.  He leads a life that most people would love to lead. I am very grateful that John Corcoran introduced Steve to me.  This was a fantastic episode where we covered a ton of topics ranging from how Steve creates the best experiences in the world for his clients to how he now is a regular speaker at Harvard!  I promise you will love this episode.

Steve Sims is the visionary founder of Bluefish: the world’s first luxury concierge that delivers the highest level of personalized travel, transportation, and cutting-edge entertainment services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest.

Just some of the extraordinary experiences that Steve and his Bluefish team have made possible for his A-list clientele include: Visiting the International Space Station, Taking a submarine trip to the Titanic, Becoming James Bond for a weekend in Monte Carlo, Hanging out and jamming with celebrity recording artists, such as Guns & Roses drummer Matt Sorum and playing guitar with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Taking private cooking lessons with the world’s finest executive chefs, Trekking on a luxury safari in the Amazon & Serengeti, and much more!

 Episode 032: Steve Sims – How To Create World Class Experiences | Why Elon Musk Is A Great Learning Leader

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“Your Imperfections are your perfections.” – Steve Sims

The Learning Leader Show

“Nurture and invest in your relationships, don’t focus on it just being a business relationship.  It’s always personal.” – Steve Sims

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is the one common characteristic in all successful people?
  • How did you get started in this profession?
  • What is the definition of a cool person that you want to hang out with?
  • How do you related to affluent clientele?
  • Where does your work ethic stem from?
  • What is your dream event?
  • Why is Elon Musk such a great learning leader?
  • Which individual leader has had the most influence on you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why being massively curious is the key to success
  • About Steve becoming the real life “wizard of oz”
  • Steve’s experiences with Mike Tyson
  • About the makeup of a great learning leader like Elon Musk
  • Why Jayson Gaignard’s attention to detail is so powerful and inspiring
  • The importance of reaching out to your network constantly
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.” – John Wooden

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

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?

This was a loaded episode full of great content.  Steve Sims is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From UglySims.com   

Steve Sims is the visionary founder of Bluefish: the world’s first luxury concierge that delivers the highest level of personalized travel, transportation, and cutting-edge entertainment services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest.

 Just some of the extraordinary experiences that Steve and his Bluefish team have made possible for his A-list clientele include: Visiting the International Space Station, Taking a submarine trip to the Titanic, Becoming James Bond for a weekend in Monte Carlo, Hanging out and jamming with celebrity recording artists, such as Guns & Roses drummer Matt Sorum and playing guitar with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Taking private cooking lessons with the world’s finest executive chefs, Trekking on a luxury safari in the Amazon & Serengeti, Joining a filmed marine conservation expedition to the Pacific Islands, Heading out on the legendary Sardine Run in Southern Africa, Singing live on stage with legendary rock band Journey, Having Florida Georgia Line sing “Happy Birthday” in a private backstage concert, Meeting and greeting renowned recording artists and celebrities, Enjoying a walk-on role on a hit TV show

In addition, Steve has also:

Launched BLUECause, which has raised over half a million dollars for non-profit organizations – without taking ONE CENT in administrative or any other fees

Been featured in Ivy League publications, including: Forbes, The Wall St. Journal, South China Post and The London Times and over 50 others

Invited to speak regularly at Luxury Clubs, Entrepreneurial Groups & Universities worldwide, and even had the honor to Speak at Harvard – TWICE!

Been featured on over 30 TV shows

 

 

 

Jun 25, 2015

Episode 031: Gary Vaynerchuk on Leadership, Self-Awareness, Empathy, and Bill Parcells

I originally sent a cold email to Gary roughly 6 months ago asking him to be one of the first guests on my podcast, The Learning Leader Show.  He initially responded and said, “No, I won’t do it as I’m not recording any podcasts now, but maybe you can convince me to do it later.”  Well, six months later (after many emails), Gary and I recorded an incredible episode.  I’m extremely proud of this, and I was especially happy to hear the kind words Gary shared about me and the persistence I showed as well as how I handled a couple scheduling issues we’ve had along the way.  Enjoy this episode with the Great Gary Vaynerchuk!

Gary Vaynerchuk is an entrepreneur, investor, author, public speaker, and an internet personality with millions of follows across multiple social media platforms.  Gary has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and Time.  He’s appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Ellen.

Welcome To Episode 031: Gary Vaynerchuk on Leadership, Self-Awareness, Empathy, and Bill Parcells

Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

The Learning Leader Show

“I want to build the single biggest building in town.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is the most common characteristic shared amongst the most successful people you know?
  • What is the #1 trait you look for in a business partner?
  • What is your interviewing process?
  • How do you prioritize your time?
  • How have you developed such a great network of successful people?
  • Do you care if people like you? Are you okay with being polarizing?
  • How do you always maintain so much energy?
  • Who are examples of great learning leaders?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of self-esteem AND self-awareness
  • The characteristics you need to have to work with him
  • Gary’s method for “hiring fast and firing fast”
  • Why he chose to do this specific podcast, The Learning Leader Show
  • The most important values he learned from his Mom and Dad
  • The powerful of being full of gratitude
  • Why Bill Parcells is a better coach than Phil Jackson
  • Gary’s biggest flaw as a person

“Your energy level should come from always having a high level of gratitude.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

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?

This episode was absolutely jam packed with great information on a variety of topics. Gary was incredibly inspirational.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

From www.garyvaynerchuk.com in his own words:

I have been a businessman for as long as anyone close to me can remember. You can be fancy and call it being an "entrepreneur," but at the end of the day, I do business. While most eight year olds were learning how to properly squeeze a lemon, I was managing seven lemonade stands across my neighborhood in Edison, NJ. When I turned twelve, I set my sights on my local mall, where I became something of a legend selling baseball cards on weekends. In high school I joined the family business, a liquor store called Shoppers Discount Liquors that my dad started. It wasn’t long before I became obsessed with collecting wine.

 

My core thesis has always revolved around one question: Are you marketing like the year you actually live in? That’s it. It’s not about where things are going to be in 5 years, and it’s definitely not about how we’ve always done it. Do what works. Right now.

 

In 1997 I was selling wine with an email list while most stores were still faxing their customers. Building on that, I quickly came to recognize the importance of e-commerce, and launched WineLibrary.com, one of the very first wine sales sites. As soon as Google Adwords came out, I was the first (and for a long time the only) person to advertise against people searching for “wine.” All of this helped me to grow the store from a $3 million business to a $60 million business, and it was just the beginning.

 

Within a year of YouTube popping up, I knew it would be an incredibly powerful platform. Armed with a Flipcam and a NY Jets bucket, I started Wine Library TV in 2006 to share my knowledge and passion for wine with a community that desperately needed a fresh voice. It wasn’t long before 100,000 people were watching my videos every day (shout-out to my Vayniacs – love you guys).

 

In the spring of 2009, my brother AJ and I launched VaynerMedia, a strategic creative agency focusing on social and digital. VaynerMedia has helped Fortune 500 companies like GE, PepsiCo, and Mt Dew execute against their KPI’s, and build their digital brands through micro content and other storytelling techniques. The idea took hold, and what started as a 6-person project 5 years ago has swelled to a 400-strong team spread across the country.

 

After years of angel investing in companies like Twitter, Tumblr, Uber and BirchBox, I just launched VaynerRSE, a $25 million seed fund that will help invest in and launch the next generation of world-changing technology companies.

 

When I’m not spending time with my family, who mean everything in the world to me, I speak and share my experiences in business with people around the world. I have also found a passion for storytelling, so definitely check out my latest book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. I’m so excited you have taken a few minutes out of your day to drop by. Don’t forget to say hey.

 

 

PS: I love to hustle!

Jun 21, 2015

Episode 030: Keith Hawk – Being An Effective Business Leader Is A Lot Like Being A Great Dad

This episode was very special to me as I had the opportunity to record a phenomenal episode with the greatest learning leader I’ve ever known.  This is a really special Father’s Day episode.  There are a ton of actionable takeaways for all of YOU:  The great listeners and friends of The Learning Leader Show…

Keith is a 35-year veteran sales professional and sales leader.  Over the course of his career he has developed a rich understanding of what it takes to be a successful sales professional.  For over 15 years he's led one of America's greatest sales organizations, at LexisNexis.  He continues in a customer focused role to this day at that global organization, speaking to customer groups around the world on the topic of solving business problems with the solutions offered by his firm.  In addition, he continues to lecture regularly on topics such as leadership, selling to executives, and his personal favorite:  the true role of the sales professional.

Episode 030: Keith Hawk – Being An Effective Business Leader Is A Lot Like Being A Great Dad

Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio

“Your job as a parent is to open doors for your kids to find their passion.”

The Learning Leader Show

“It’s your duty as a leader to be in a great mood.” – Keith Hawk

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What one common characteristic do all successful leaders share?
  • What advice do you give to a 25 year old young professional?
  • What is a “Conscious Competent”?
  • What do you say to those who view positive psychology with skepticism?
  • How do you prepare for a big speech to thousands of people?
  • How can people prepare their kids to be professional athletes?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why trust is so important to be a successful leader
  • The importance of being a great communicator and great writer
  • The definition for success
  • Why you should write in a daily journal
  • The role we play to help children find their passion
  • The elements that define a quality life
  • Why soldiers and athletes tend to be great employees

 

Continue Learning

“When it comes to great leaders, it starts with trust.”

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

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

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?

This was a very special episode for me and I absolutely loved it.  My Dad shared exceptional content and it was so much fun! Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From http://getrealselling.com

 

Keith is a 32-year veteran sales professional and sales leader.  Over the course of his career he has developed a rich understanding of what it takes to be a successful sales professional.  For over ten years he led one of America's greatest sales organizations, at LexisNexis.  He continues in a customer focused role to this day at that global organization, speaking to customer groups around the world on the topic of solving business problems with the solutions offered by his firm.  In addition, he continues to lecture regularly on topics such as consultative selling, selling to executives, and his personal favorite:  the true role of the sales professional.

Jun 18, 2015

Episode 029: Dave Carroll – How To Create A Movement Through Storytelling (United Breaks Guitars)

Known as a master storyteller, Dave Carroll’s incredible talent was introduced to millions when his 2009 anthem ‘United Breaks Guitars’ became a worldwide sensation. The song chronicled his experience in the customer service process with United Airlines. His creative use of social media to share that message as an Independent Musician, has reached over 150 million people. As the #1 most watched YouTube Music Video in the world in July 2009, United Breaks Guitars has been called ‘one of the most important [videos] in Google’s history,’ and became a metaphor for change and innovation. Dave Carroll and United Breaks Guitars are now recognized as ‘household names.’ United Breaks Guitars won the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Video of the Year Award and Dave Carroll was award the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Digital Artist of the Year. Dave was also nominated for the 2010 ECMA for Entertainer of the Year.

Episode 029: Dave Carroll – How To Create A Movement Through Storytelling (United Breaks Guitars)

Subscribe on iTunes  or Stitcher Radio  

The Learning Leader Show

“Your comfort zone can be your worst enemy.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Why is storytelling so powerful?
  • What is your process for writing a song?
  • What was your thought process when writing “United Breaks Guitars”?
  • When was a specific moment that you knew you had created something special?
  • How can regular people make a viral video?
  • What does the term learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How Whoopi Goldberg gave him the idea to license “United Breaks Guitars”
  • About Dave’s song creating a 10% drop in United’s stock… Worth $180 million
  • Dave’s feelings on Harvard Business School using his video as a case study
  • The specific moment when Dave realized he had gone viral
  • Startups he’s involved in
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.” – John Wooden

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

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?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Dave Carroll is leader who has created a drastic change in the customer service industry. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From http://www.davecarrollmusic.com/bio/

 

 

Dave Carroll is an award winning singer-songwriter, professional speaker, author and social media innovator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He began his music career with his brother Don in the band Sons of Maxwell and has been enjoying success as a solo artist since 2008.  He released his debut solo album Perfect Blue in 2008 and a second solo album in 2012 called Raincoat in Vegas. For over two decades, Dave has charmed fans with his approach to music. His ability to extract the essence of a message and craft it into song is a rare gift that is attracting fans of all ages, while his sense of humor and disarmingly warm stage presence makes each live experience a memorable one for audiences around the world.

 

Known as a master storyteller, Dave’s incredible talent was introduced to millions when his 2009 anthem ‘United Breaks Guitars’ became a worldwide sensation. The song chronicled his experience in the customer service process with United Airlines. His creative use of social media to share that message as an Independent Musician, has reached over 150 million people. As the #1 most watched YouTube Music Video in the world in July 2009, United Breaks Guitars has been called ‘one of the most important [videos] in Google’s history,’ and became a metaphor for change and innovation. Dave Carroll and United Breaks Guitars are now recognized as ‘household names.’ United Breaks Guitars won the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Video of the Year Award and Dave Carroll was award the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Digital Artist of the Year. Dave was also nominated for the 2010 ECMA for Entertainer of the Year.

 

The United Breaks Guitars trilogy has awakened companies everywhere to the importance of focusing on the customer and on delivering exceptional customer experience. Dave Carroll is a musician with a message, demonstrating the power one voice can have in today’s socially driven world. Dave has become internationally famous as one of the world’s top media relations innovators & customer experience authorities. He is also widely sought after as a content creator & songwriter.

Dave  has been featured in major news media around the world (including ABC’s ‘The View,’ ABC’s 20/20, CNN, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone Magazine, Wall Street Journal & BBC to name a few). Several case studies and book references about United Breaks Guitars have been published including one’s by Harvard Business School, University of Toronto and a Thesis by Allison Soule for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On February 16th, 2011, Dave Carroll and United Breaks Guitars were featured as part of a question/answer on the hit show Jeopardy. 

 

Dave has testified (and sung) on Capitol Hill in Washington, delivered keynotes at Columbia University’s Brite Conference, TedX Hoboken, NewComm Forum, Mesh Conference, Atlantic Brand Confabulation (with Gene Simmons), SXSW Interactive, The Power of PR CPRS Conference, G-Force Prague, G-Force Melbourne & other significant customer service & corporate events (including for RightNow Technologies & Sandvik Coromant).

 

 

Jun 15, 2015

Episode 028: Jeff Goins – The Art of Work… Be A Little Bit Uncomfortable Everyday

Jeff Goins’ latest book, “The Art of Work” is a powerful piece of literature that combines inspiring stories and how they can apply to all of our daily lives.  His book has morphed into a full blown movement.   

Originally from Chicago, Jeff moved to Nashville after graduating from college and spending a year traveling with a band.

In college, he studied Spanish and Religion and spent part of his Junior year in Spain, which unlocked a passion for travel, writing, and making a difference in the world. After a year of letter-writing and long-distance phone calls, he moved to Tennessee to “see about a girl.” In 2008, he married her.

Now, he lives with his wife Ashley, their son Aiden, and their dog Lyric just outside of Nashville. He’s the former Communications Director for Adventures in Missions, a nonprofit organization, and spends his time writing books and trying to take over the Internet.

He’s written and guest-blogged for over 100 magazines, publications, and blogs. He’s also a speaker, online writing teacher, and consultant.

He’s written four books including The Art of Work (March 2015), teach a popular online course called Tribe Writers, and makes the world’s best guacamole.

Episode 028: Jeff Goins – The Art of Work… Be A Little Bit Uncomfortable Everyday

Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

The Learning Leader Show

“Ideas are cheap. Actions are costly.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is one characteristic all successful people share?
  • Why couldn’t you call yourself a writer?
  • Why did your book publishers want you to open with a different story?
  • When was a specific moment that you knew you had created something special?
  • What is the primary advice you give to people?
  • What does the term learning leader mean to you?
  • Which individual leader has had the most influence on you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How a lot of successful people have many fears
  • The power of storytelling and the impact it has on people
  • The principles in finding your vocation/legacy
  • What it was like saying “Babe, you don’t have to go back to work”
  • Why we need to all be a little bit uncomfortable everyday
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.” – John Wooden

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

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?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Ben Greenfield is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From GoinsWriter.com

Hi. I’m Jeff, the author of four books including The Art of Work, which you can get right now.

A little about me: I believe we all have a story to tell, but sometimes the best stories don’t get the attention they deserve. I’ve been writing for most of my life, but only recently stepped into my true calling as a writer. I started this blog in 2010 with some burning questions:

How do writers make a living?

What does it really take to get published?

How do you pursue a passion without burning yourself out?

What I found in this search was a community of like-minded individuals sharing many of the same struggles. Here is where we wage war on the blank page, where we band together to find purpose in our art and lives, where we discover our true voices. If you have a passion for creativity and changing the world, this is for you. I usually publish new articles and podcasts two to three times per week and always seek to serve my readers.   

 

 

 

Jun 12, 2015

Episode 027: John Corcoran – How To Be As Charismatic As President Bill Clinton

John Corcoran is one of the most giving human beings I’ve ever met.  Prior to us recording this episode, John consistently went out of his way to introduce me to other inspiring leaders… Since we recorded he has introduced me to many more extremely intelligent learning leaders.  I am so grateful to John and so fortunate to call him a friend.  This was a fantastic episode where we covered a ton of topics ranging from hearing world leaders argue in the white house to the best way to tell someone thank you.  I promise you will get a lot out of this episode.

John Corcoran has worked in Hollywood, written speeches for President Bill Clinton and lost his job when Arnold Schwarzenegger became the Governator. Even though he's lived in California most of his life, he is the world's worst surfer, although he does speak Valley Girl fluently. His day job is working with small business owners and entrepreneurs as a lawyer and business advisor.

Episode 027: John Corcoran – How To Be As Charismatic As President Bill Clinton

Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

The Learning Leader Show

“Do not underestimate the value of a small gesture.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did you get the job in the Clinton White House?
  • What did you learn the most from Bill Clinton?
  • How do you sense the difference between a giver and a taker?
  • Where does your ethic stem from?
  • Why do we fail to implement after learning a great new idea?
  • What impact did your Dad getting fired have on you?
  • Which individual leader has had the most influence on you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why and how President Bill Clinton was so charismatic
  • The importance of consistently making introductions
  • What it means to give when you do not have any power
  • Why Jayson Gaignard’s attention to detail is so powerful and inspiring
  • Why humility is a key trait in a Learning Leader
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.” – John Wooden

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

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?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Ben Greenfield is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From SmartBusinessRevolution.com   

In John’s words: At 23 years old, I landed a job as a Writer in the Clinton White House.

I didn’t go to an Ivy League School, come from a family of wealthy donors, or have any “insider connections” to land me the job.

I got the job because I’m good at developing relationships with the right people. I’m good at getting to know VIPs and other successful leaders.

I wasn’t always good at relationships.  In fact, I was pretty clueless about social cues when I was younger. I would come home from school in junior high and play video games for hours. It was pretty pathetic.

Then my father got laid off. In fact, my Dad got laid off three separate times while I was growing up. Each time, we went from living a comfortable life to barely making ends meet.

I desperately wanted him to call someone up and say “give me a job!” But he couldn’t, because he didn’t have the relationships.

That experience taught me the importance of building and nurturing relationships with VIPs, top performers and other influential people who don’t just know you, but who like you and want to help you succeed.

 

Your Competitors Are Making More Money Than You Because They Have a Better Network

Every year, tens of thousands of people lose their jobs. And thousands of small businesses go under. Far too often, people suffer because they don’t have the right relationships to help them get ahead.

The business world is not a pure meritocracy. Getting an education, going to a good school, and getting a good job is not enough to cut it. Too many good businesses go under because their owners don’t create the right relationships.

The people who are really successful – and who get the best rewards – reach the top because they actively seek out the right network.

 

A Powerful Personal Network Will Make the Difference Between Rich and Being Ignored

I have used the same relationship strategies that got me a White House job again and again. In Hollywood. Working in the heart of Silicon Valley. And in starting and running my own boutique law firm that brings in over six figures of revenue each year.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet (and work for) Presidents and famous CEOs. My writing has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Art of Manliness, and on some of the most popular blogs and podcasts today. I’ve interviewed an incredible array of  successful entrepreneurs. I’ve gotten some incredible perks.

 

I don’t say these things to brag; I am saying all this to show you what is possible for you.

I want to show you that you can use positive, “win-win” relationships to move forward in the business world. Even if you are shy, or introverted. Even if you hate marketing yourself. And even if the idea of “networking” makes you want to puke.

 

 

Jun 10, 2015

Episode 026: Ben Greenfield – How To Become Super Human and Hack Your Environment…

This episode was absolutely packed full of action oriented takeaways to help us all “hack our environments.” I always take notes while recording these podcasts… With that said, I’ve never written down as much as I did with this episode.  Ben shared a number of different tips to help us all live a better, more meaningful life. 

Ben Greenfield’s mission is to show you how to get your body performing at peak capacity, with maximum fat burning efficiency and ideal hormonal and health status, in the safest and fastest way possible.

Rather than pounding you with complex workout videos and difficult diets, Ben will instead teach you how to achieve your goals by optimizing lifestyle parameters that go way beyond simply “exercise and healthy eating.

You’ll learn about fat burning efficiency zones, gut health, mental performance, maximizing recovery, boosting libido, and enhancing every possible aspect of your body – rather than just work out like a madman and eating boring food.

Episode 026: Ben Greenfield – How To Become Super Human and Hack Your Environment…

Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

The Learning Leader Show

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what brings you alive.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What one common characteristic do all successful leaders share?
  • Why did you originally decide to home school your boys?
  • How do you raise super human kids?
  • How would your parenting style be different if you had girls?
  • What are some tips for people who work from 8:00 – 5:00 every day in an office?
  • Which individual leader has had the most influence on you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How to hack your environment (one tip: get a stand up desk)
  • How to get in touch with food… How to grow a garden
  • The definition for success
  • Why you should write in The Five Minute Journal
  • How your kids can be super human
  • The elements that define a quality life
  • The secret behind the anti-aging clinics

Continue Learning

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Ben Greenfield is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From BenGreenfieldfitness.com  

Ben Greenfield’s mission is to show you how to get your body performing at peak capacity, with maximum fat burning efficiency and ideal hormonal and health status, in the safest and fastest way possible.

Rather than pounding you with complex workout videos and difficult diets, Ben will instead teach you how to achieve your goals by optimizing lifestyle parameters that go way beyond simply “exercise and healthy eating. 

You’ll learn about fat burning efficiency zones, gut health, mental performance, maximizing recovery, boosting libido, and enhancing every possible aspect of your body – rather than just work out like a madman and eating boring food.

Jun 7, 2015

Episode 025: Mike Michalowicz – Why You Should Put Profit First…

This was a very interesting conversation with Mike Michalowicz… Mike has had some very great moments and some low moments… Including a heartbreaking story about telling his family he went broke.  The response from his daughter in particular was incredible.  You’ll want to hear Mike tell this story…

By his 35th birthday MIKE MICHALOWICZ (pronounced mi-‘kal-o-wits) had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor… and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.

Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Among other innovative strategies, Mike created the “Profit First Formula”, a way for businesses to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward.

Mike is now running his third million dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is the former MSNBC business make-over expert; is a popular keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics; and is the author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, which BusinessWeek deemed “the entrepreneur’s cult classic.”

Episode 025: Mike Michalowicz – Why You Should Put Profit First…

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The Learning Leader Show

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what brings you alive.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Why do we fail to execute on these great ideas?
  • Why don’t you like the content that Tim Ferriss produces?
  • What is one exercise people can do to get out of their comfort zone?
  • Which three people would you love to be at your dinner table?
  • What books have influenced you most?
  • Which individual leader has had the most influence on you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The heart breaking story of his daughter offering up her piggy bank when Mike went broke
  • How to use swearing well
  • Tactics to become a better public speaker
  • How Dale Carnegie has influenced him so much
  • How to properly set goals
  • The elements that define a quality life
  • How long it takes to become an overnight success

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Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

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 love learning from people who bring a new idea to the table… That is what Mike has done.  Mike is an extremely interesting person. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From mikemichalowicz.com

By his 35th birthday MIKE MICHALOWICZ (pronounced mi-‘kal-o-wits) had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor… and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.

Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Among other innovative strategies, Mike created the “Profit First Formula”, a way for businesses to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward.

 

Mike is now running his third million dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is the former MSNBC business make-over expert; is a popular keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics; and is the author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, which BusinessWeek deemed “the entrepreneur’s cult classic.”

Jun 4, 2015

Episode 024: Natalie Jill – How To Be Healthy, Happy, and Fit… And How Natalie Maintains Great Abs Year Round

This was an extremely enjoyable episode for me.  Natalie Jill is a very intelligent leader who has a fantastic understanding of the human body.  I promise you will have more knowledge about your body after listening to this episode.  This is episode is great for anyone who wants to learn more about the specific activities (lifestyle eating and exercise) to be healthy, happy, and fit.

Natalie Jill helps millions of people become the healthier versions of themselves… In her words: I DECIDED to fix things. I put everything I knew into play- from goal setting, to vision boards, to eating unprocessed foods, positive thinking and getting negatives OUT of my life. I did NOT starve myself. I didn’t try any fad “quick fixes”, I didn’t do dangerous diet pills and I didn’t do unhealthy calorie restrictions…I used a FORMULA.”

Episode 024: Natalie Jill – How To Be Healthy, Happy, and Fit

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The Learning Leader Show

“You have to be authentic and real.” – Natalie Jill

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did you get started with this career?
  • What does a vision board do for you?
  • What is your goal setting process?
  • What is the 7 day jump start plan?
  • How do you execute your plan?
  • Why do you hate the elliptical?
  • What do you suggest for people who have to travel a lot for work?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About vision boards and how they can help you
  • About The 7 day jump start plan
  • Why writing down your goals ensures you hit them
  • She practices addition (i.e. – eating more veggies will help you stop eating sweets)
  • How to get out of your comfort zone
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “I show a lot of videos… You can’t photo shop videos.” – Natalie Jill

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Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

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 love discussing how we can all become healthier, happy, and fit!  It’s a fascinating topic and Natalie is an expert.  I really enjoyed speaking with her.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From: Natalie Jill Fitness

 

Natalie Jill helps people across the globe reach their health, fitness, and business goals.  Natalie left a very successful career in corporate America to follow her passion with health and fitness. As a Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist and functional fitness trainer, Natalie leveraged the power of the internet and in a short amount of time she was able to help millions of people worldwide get in shape and be their best selves.  In the process, she created a globally recognized brand with over a million social media followers worldwide and created an online business that has reached and transformed hundreds of thousands. Although many see Natalie Jill as a fitness and nutrition expert, she is increasingly garnering attention for her ability to help others create, define, and monetize their brand in the online space.  In health & fitness, or in business; Natalie brings out the BEST in everybody she works with and helps them GET RESULTS!

Jun 2, 2015

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

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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…

Jun 1, 2015

Episode 022: Steve Scott – How To Earn $50,000/Month Self-Publishing on Amazon

I love learning about people with fascinating lifestyles… Steve leads an incredibly interesting life.  I also enjoyed learning about his daily routine and the process for creating successful books. Steve lives the kind of life that Tim Ferriss describes in The 4 Hour Work Week.  Striving to do the activities that he wants… In Steve’s case that involves a lot of traveling, writing, and running!

Episode 022: Steve Scott – How To Earn $50,000/Month Self-Publishing on Amazon

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“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” – John Wooden

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How much money do you make?
  • What is your writing process?
  • What are your daily routines?
  • What is your best-selling book?
  • How did you decide to do this as your life’s work?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • $65,000 is the biggest income he’s earned in a month
  • How to focus on “habit stacking”
  • Why Steve disagrees with the typical book publishing model
  • Steve’s travels and climbing mountains
  • How to get out of your comfort zone
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “A learning leader is someone who is deeply curious about the world… And sees it as a fascination, not a fear…” – Kare Anderson

 

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Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

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 love learning about people with fascinating lifestyles.. Steve leads an incredibly interesting life.  I also enjoyed learning about his daily routine and the process for creating successful books.  I really enjoyed speaking with her.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Who is Steve Scott? (In his own words from SteveScottSite.com)

 

I’m a firm believer in the idea of the “Internet Lifestyle.” Money is great and all.  But I think it’s not as important as creating the life that YOU want to live.  The greatest thing about having an affiliate business is the flexibility to do things on YOUR terms.  Don’t believe me?  Well, I just spent seven months traveling through Europe in 2010 (from April to November.)  I literally lived the laptop lifestyle where I bounced from one city to the next.  During this time, each week I averaged 5 hours on my money making businesses and 10 hours writing/marketing this blog. This experience validated all the notions I had about being able to work hard, travel the world, and do what you want to do.

 

I’m just an ordinary guy who has a relatively normal existence on the Jersey Shore.  I live in a modest two-bedroom apartment on the ocean.  Most of my days are spent working.  And during my free time I like to do fun activities like running, hiking, skiing, surfing, reading and spending time with my loved ones.

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