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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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Jul 16, 2017

Episode 214: Jason Calacanis - How To Turn $100,000 Into $100,000,000 (Angel Investing)

Jason Calacanis is a technology entrepreneur and an angel investor. The founder of a series of conferences that bring entrepreneurs together with potentials investors, he was a scout for top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and frequently appears in the media. He is the author of a new book, Angel: How To Invest In Technology Startups - Timeless Advice From An Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000.

Episode 214: Jason Calacanis - How To Turn $100,000 Into $100,000,000 (Angel Investing)

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"I don't need to know if your product will succeed.  I need to know if you will succeed."

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence/Key Traits in the greatest Founders
    • Craftsmanship -- Making something, having attention to detail, understanding the why
    • Passion
    • Intentionality
    • Thoughtful - Do they know why they do what they do
  • As an investor, you need to ask short questions
    • "Small Mouth, Big Ears" -- LISTEN. Let the founder talk
  • Are they a missionary or a mercenary? Need to know
    • Why are they doing this?
    • They need to understand that it is really hard
  • Self awareness is a must -- Jason knows that he is a compulsive gambler. He has a risk taking approach. He likes having an edge.
    • But he also has "tilt control." He knows when to lay down a big hand (poker speak for when you have a big hand but still know it's not enough)
    • You need to know who you are and what you enjoy
  • "I love being the guy cutting a check for a founder that nobody else believes in"
    • "I win about once in every 40 investments. I was a poor kid from Brooklyn and now I'm extremely wealthy"
  • "I found a casino called Silicon Valley"
  • "There are a lot of really dumb people who are fabulously wealthy in Silicon Valley"
  • "Investing in this market is like being dealt the Ace of Spades"
  • Winning big poker hands against Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth
  • Jason covered Travis Kalanick while he was at Scour
  • When Travis showed him Uber, Jason immediately said, "Can I invest?"
  • Were some of the qualities that led to Travis and Uber's success also what led to the problems?
    • He has a fighter mentality. That's why he's been so successful. It's a fair question to ask if that's what has led to these problems as well...
    • Sometimes you have to take a step back and analyze what's happening
    • Getting from A to B, you need to fight.  Going from B to C, you need empathy
  • How do you get paid as an Angel Investor?
    • Go public -- IPO
    • Secondary Shares -- Company buys back shares from early investors (this happened for Jason with Facebook)
    • Company is bought -- WhatsApp, Oculus, Instagram -- Get cash/stock
  • Investing practices
    • How much of your bankroll do you put in play?
    • Build a network -- Technology is the future
  • Ways that everyone can invest
    • Syndicates
    • Angel List
    • Seed Invest

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More Learning:

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

Episode 071: NateBoyer - 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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code "Leader" for 15% off.  Rhone... premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.  Rhone builds clothing around 3 main tenants: Cutting-edge Performance, Premium Comfort, and Simplistic Style.

 

Jul 9, 2017

Episode 213: Ryan Holiday - How To Make Work That Lasts (Perennial Seller)

This is Round 3 with best-selling author, entrepreneur, and renowned marketing strategist, Ryan Holiday. If you'd like to listen to our first conversation, go HERE.  If you'd like to check out the second one, go HERE. Brian Koppelman (screenwriter & director: Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen and Billions) once said, “I don’t have many rules in life, but one I never break is: If Ryan Holiday writes a book, I read it as soon as I can get my hands on it.” I agree.  And I love every opportunity I have to speak with and learn from Ryan Holiday. I'm thankful that he sent me an advanced copy of his newest book, Perennial Seller. And if you care about making work that lasts, I urge you to read it.

Episode 213: Ryan Holiday - How To Make Work That Lasts (Perennial Seller)

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"Give, Give, Give, Give... Build Karmic Debt."

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence = Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick embracing Obstacle Is The Way and Ego Is The Enemy
  • How to build something that is "timeless"
    • When you build your home, are you thinking about how it will look in 10 years
    • When you cut your hair or wear an outfit, do you think about how it will look years later in pictures?
  • Why write Perennial Seller?
    • It's important not to dive in until you have a path
    • Always think, "How do I make this last?"
    • "Literary greatness is 10 years or more"
    • "I have to follow my own advice"
  • Platform
    • How Kevin Hart built his platform (and email list) every night while on stage
    • People need to think about how they are building their platform long before they launch
    • Kevin Kelly -- 1,000 true fans
    • Who are you launching to?
    • "Kevin Hart was knocked on his ass. He would go to cities where he didn't have fans to build up his platform and email list. This was before he was famous."
    • "People want to have a platform, but they don't want to build a platform."
      • You must build it through giving
      • Ryan Holiday built his email list to 81,000 by recommending books.  He recommended 1,000 books before he asked anyone to buy one of his.
  • "Give, Give, Give, Give... Build Karmic Debt." -- The world is not zero sum
  • The success of Eric Barker and his book Barking Up The Wrong Tree. He built his email list up to 300,000 people by blogging/writing regularly for years. He gave for free, provided value. His book sold many and became a best seller because he built his platform.
  • Jeff Bezos -- "Focus on the things that do not change." - Zoom in on something timeless.
  • "It starts by wanting to create a classic." -- Robert Greene
  • How do we avoid falling for the seduction of short term notability to focus on long term success?
    • The "Lindy Effect" -- Nasim Taleb
  • The Obstacle Is The Way sold 3,000 books the first week, then steadily sold more. Now it sells about 1,000 a week.
  • "What are you making and who are you making it for?"
  • "Marketing is not separate, it's part of the puzzle."
  • Ryan discusses still receiving "hate" for Trust Me I'm Lying
  • Idea --> Execution. Casey Neistat "I don't want to hear about your best idea. The idea is the easy part."
  • Writing Routines -- Why Ryan started studying the routines of other great writers
    • "You have to have a routine. You must treat this creative profession like a profession"
    • Being very descriptive with the work
  • Why being in great physical shape is "part of the job"
    • You should do some form of strenuous exercise every single day
    • Seinfeld -- Chain method. Put an X on the calendar every day for exercise
    • Discipline: Doing it even when you don't feel good. You have to get up and do it

"People want to have a platform, but they don't want to build it."

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More Learning:

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

Episode 071: NateBoyer - 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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code "Leader" for 15% off.  Rhone... premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.  Rhone builds clothing around 3 main tenants: Cutting-edge Performance, Premium Comfort, and Simplistic Style.

Jul 2, 2017

Episode 212: Max Joseph - Catfish, Leadership, Making It Count, & Pete Berg

Max Joseph is one of the creative minds behind MTV's Catfish and the director of the indie film We Are Your Friends, has teamed up with the social media app Vero to launch a new documentary series, Charismatic Thinker.  He started as an editor, then become a director. He has written, directed, or produced over 64 short films including commercials and web videos. He worked with Casey Nesitat for his famous video for Nike titled, "Make It Count."  It has received more than 25,000,000 views. Recently, he released his latest documentary, DICKS: Do you need to be one to be a successful leader?  It has received critical acclaim and I highly recommend it. (We discussed "the making" of that film during this conversation).

 

Show Notes:

  • Sustained Excellence = Understanding the importance of leading and managing
  • Why make the film about leadership?
    • Max is a nice guy, not a bully... Was one of the bullied
    • He thought, "If I were a dick, would I be more popular?"
      • "Do I need to be a dick to be a good leader?"
  • As the director it is sink or swim... "You're thrown into it. I did not learn how to lead or manage."
  • Sports can be an education in leadership -- If you don't have that growing up, how do you learn how to lead?
  • A Disagreeable Giver -- (Adam Grant) -- Most reduced form of the film. As a protective measure, that is the lesson in being a great leader
  • "I do think you need to, not be a dick, but turn off the empathy meter some..."
  • A leader must
    • Prioritize the greater vision
  • Why he wanted to talk to Pete Berg ("I thought he would say, "You need to be a dick to be a good leader.") Most people said you didn't need to be one to be successful.  Max was looking for someone who said the opposite.
    • His paradigm -- "You need to be a good coach"
  • "All great leaders have a very strong backbone"
  • Max's parents were too supportive
  • "Being a dick is about ego... You're a dick if you're putting people down just to do it."
  • How to make a living as a smart creative:  "I've always wanted to do this. I love all aspects of filmmaking. I went to Hollywood after college to do this."
    • First job was cutting reels for directors -- "Look you're not the next Spielberg, but can you make this DVD?"
  • "I was a curious, excited, young filmmaker"
  • How did he get the job on Catfish?
    • He emailed Neev after the movie came out... The other guy who was supposed to film and be on the TV show dropped out at the last second. Max said yes and the rest is history (6 seasons, 99 episodes)
    • Read the book: The Surrender Experiment
    • "Every time I surrender to my passion, something amazing happens"
  • "Editing is like being a doctor. You need to put things back together after tearing them apart."
    • "I've had to get better at not being a hero"
  • The famous Nike "Make It Count" video with Casey Neistat
    • Max got to LA 13 years ago. Initially he was unhappy. He hated it.
    • He took a vacation backpacking through Europe and thought, "I love editing, there is real passion there"
    • "Just focus on enjoying one thing I love and that will be enough to sustain happiness"
    • Casey called him and asked him to be his first editor
    • He asked him to fly to New York and then travel the world for the Nike video
    • Casey got a tattoo during it... "Do More"
    • Embrace the adventure... Let the project grow from it
  • Advice: "Everyone has a gift... Has a genius for something. I get really unhappy if I don't do what I love for at least an hour a day"
  • Read Big Magic by Liz Gilbert
  • Look up Max on YouTube and Vero

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More Learning:

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

Episode 071: NateBoyer - 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

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by Rhone.  Use the code "Leader" for 15% off.  Rhone... premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.  Rhone builds clothing around 3 main tenants: Cutting-edge Performance, Premium Comfort, and Simplistic Style.

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