On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Ben Hardy, the number one writer on medium.com and author.
Here’s what Travis and Ben discuss in this episode:
- About Ben Hardy:
- Finishing up his PhD in business psychology studying the difference between wannabe entrepreneurs and real entrepreneurs.
- Does a lot of speaking and spends time with his foster children.
- Most excited about launching his book Willpower Doesn’t Work.
- If you do not create and control your environment, your environment will create and control you.
- Launches March 6th.
- What is the difference between real entrepreneurs and wannabe entrepreneurs?
- What’s the difference between dreamers and doers?
- When a person starts investing money into their goals and their dreams, they experience the “sunk cost bias.”
- You can use investment to create motivation.
- Change your environment so you can change yourself.
- When you invest into yourself, you never lose your money.
- When you become invested in something, two things happen:
- You feel like you need to make good on your investment.
- You put yourself in proximity to have great mentors.
- How much time and money did you invest in your blog before you saw a return?
- He had been reading and studying before he started investing dollars.
- Writing a year and invested a lot of time and around $5,000-10,000 before he made any money.
- Started consulting and made $21,000 in a week.
- You have to think long-term and you’ll have a lot of nay-sayers.
- Consistent, quality effort will gain traction over time.
- Just because you’re spending money, doesn’t mean you’re going to get results.
- Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important, and why?
- Both, you need to know the right people to get the right leverage, but if you don’t know how to contribute, you can’t get what you want.
- You have to have something enormous to contribute to a mentorship, even if you’re paying for it.
- Travis paid for a mastermind with John Lee Dumas and switched his thinking to “how can I give something to John Lee Dumas?”
- He’s now introduced as John’s friend.
- Why do you think so many people neglect to network?
- People just don’t understand it, they don’t want to throw their money at something that doesn’t make sense.
- A lot of people are unclear on where they want to go.
- Once you know what you want and the skills you need to develop, then you need the right relationships to get you there.
- If you want to play in the big world, you have to take risks.
- You need to have vision.
- When the why is strong enough, you’ll figure out how.
- When you spend time with people who are on completely different levels than you, you start skipping levels.
- Talk into your mastermind experiences.
- If you invest in failure, you’re going to fail faster and learn quicker.
- Winning is rarely the path to learning.
- With masterminds, it’s not what you get back, it’s about collaboration.
- In western culture, we’re so individualistic, but it’s really about how the environment transforms the individual.
- Just getting access is the starting point.
- When you finally started to connect with people at a higher level, did you experience a lot of rejection?
- Rejection is par for the course.
- It’s better to have people come to you than to go to them.
- If you’re pumping out work that can’t be ignored, it’s very easy for people to want to connect with you.
- Don’t let that stop you from making the ask, but double down on the work.
- You can buy your way into any relationship, but if you have a lot to give, people want to be in your circle.
The Random Round:
- What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
- If you could sit on a park bench for an hour with anyone past or present, who would it be?
- Michael Jordan, he’s fascinating.
- How do you like to learn best, books, blogs, podcasts or video?
- Audio Books
- What’s one of the best audio books you’ve listened to recently?
- The Body Keeps the Score
- Give us a glimpse of your morning routine?
- Drive to a parking lot and journal
- Meditate and pray
- Starts the day
- What is your go-to pump up song:
- Duel of Fates – Daft Punk
- What are you not very good at?
- Organization and Logistics
- Find him online at benjaminhardy.com or medium.com
- “When you invest into yourself, you never lose your money.”
- “If you want to play in the big world, you have to take risks.”
- “When you spend time with people who are on completely different levels than you, you start skipping levels.
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Willpower Doesn’t Work – book by Benjamin Hardy