066: I Just Connect People with Chris Winfield

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On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Chris Winfield, “The Super Connector.”

Here’s what Travis and Chris discuss in this episode:

  • About Chris Winfield:
    • He’s excited every single day.
    • He loves to be able to work and deal with so many amazing people.
    • He tries to connect people to their fullest potential whether that means media, an influencer or a great business person.
    • The biggest thing he sees that holds people back is a lack of awareness of how good they actually are.
  • How did you get into connecting people?
    • Always been the person in the middle of a lot of groups of people.
    • For most of his life he wasn’t fired up every day, he wasn’t happy or grateful.
    • He had co-founded an agency that looked great on the outside, but he hated what he was doing.
    • He was comfortable being uncomfortable. He didn’t want to make changes and so changes happened to him.
    • He didn’t know what he wanted to do, he knew what he didn’t want to do.
    • He made a commitment to himself to meet with one new person every day.
      • The only two rules for it were – be honest, up-front, and vulnerable with them and don’t go into it looking for anything. Just figure out what you can do to help this person.
      • The most important thing is to answer the question of what you can do to help somebody today.
      • You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
    • How did you become the editor for Thrive Global?
      • Through relationships and opportunities.
      • About four years ago he started writing in the personal involvement and productivity space.
        • His editor at Business Insider was Jacqui Kenyon.
        • They reached out about the new initiatives they were doing.
        • The woman behind that initiative was Callie Schweitzer.
          • She and Jacqui got hired by Ariana Huffington when she started Thrive Global.
          • They came to an influencer dinner he was running and they reconnected.
          • He ended up being asked to be Editor at Large for Thrive Global.
        • Is what you know or who you know more important?
          • Both are important.
          • The people are the most important part.
          • Anyone can be expert at something, but if he believed that what he knew was more important it would be a problem.
          • The level of your relationships is important, how deep of a relationship do you have with these people?
        • Tell us about a time where a connection in your life led to a big moment of success?
          • Every single day. He got off a call with someone who runs one of the largest conference series.
          • Somebody introduced him to this guy over a year ago. They stayed in touch and met again at a conference.
          • Now it will turn into something that will be an amazing opportunity.
          • That stuff happens every single day if he is looking and believing.
          • It can quickly go the other direction. If he’s thinking there’s no opportunity and he’s not good enough, that’s how things are going to be.
          • Where he’s at mentally, emotionally, and spiritually is guided by his mindset.
        • What are some ways to add value to someone without them thinking you want something from them in return?
          • One of the easiest ways to figure out how to add value is to ask them questions.
            • People like to talk about themselves.
          • There’s an idea that you have to be super prepared, but that’s not the way Chris looks at it.
            • He wants to understand what they’re all about
          • Being curious and actually caring about people makes a difference.
          • Enthusiasm is really underrated.
            • Showing up and being excited and actually caring.
          • What helped you get your enthusiasm back after your first job?
            • He has a daily practice and daily routines that he does every single day.
              • He does them in the morning to make sure he’s in the right state of mind.
              • He can easily forget how good his life is and how fortunate he is.
              • There’s not any circumstance that will just make you happy.
                • It’s more about the journey and practicing things on a daily basis than any particular area or circumstance.
              • One networking tip that you could narrow it down to.
                • Actually make connections with people.
                  • He meets with lots of different people to help them and he says you need to actually reach out to people and make contacts.
                  • You can’t get something if you don’t ask.
                  • Everything is so simple in life, that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
                  • If there’s somebody you want to get to know, figure out what makes them tick, how you can connect with them, get to where they’re going to be.
                  • The extra mile is never crowded.
                • What’s your advice to people who have a fear of rejection?
                  • Get over it.
                  • Think of it from a numbers perspective – every “no” is one step closer to a “yes.”
                  • What’s going to matter more, every no, or everyone who gets to do what you want to do.
                  • Don’t take yourself so seriously.
                  • You can’t get inside someone’s head, you don’t know what else they have going on.
                • His mind would love for him to focus on the rejection and someone ignoring him, rather than someone who’s loving what he does.
                  • His daily practice, meditation, and gratitude helps with this.
                  • Your ego is a big part of these feelings.
                  • You have to realize that everybody goes through rejection.
                  • If we start to think that our world is everything, there’s always something different.

The Random Round:

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • TV Talk show host.
  • If you could sit on a park bench for any hour with anyone past or present, who would it be?
    • Jesus, seems like the best person to know.
  • How do you like to learn best, books, blogs, podcasts or video?
    • Books
  • One of your favorite books.
    • The Science of Getting Rich by
    • The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
    • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
    • The Game of Life and How to Play It
    • Choose Yourself
    • Manifesting Miracles by Neville Goddard
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine:
    • Wake up between 4:30 and 5:30
    • Get out of bed and say today’s the best day ever
    • Make his bed and have a cup of coffee
    • Read a book.
    • Make two gratitude lists:
      • What I’m grateful for right now.
      • The things that are coming or happening now that he’s grateful for.
    • Meditate for 10-15 minutes
    • Write out a plan for the day
    • Text with some people and send gratitude list to best friend
    • Eat breakfast and do some work.
  • What is your go-to pump up song:
    • YouTube – Imagine Dragons Kendrick Lamar Grammy’s
  • What are you not very good at?
    • Math, organization, housework…most things.
  • Personal Facebook @ChrisWinfield

Tweetable Quotes:

  • Enthusiasm is really underrated.
  • The extra mile is never crowded.

Resources Mentioned:

Buildyournetwork.com – Podcast website

Chriswinfield.com – Chris’s Website

Tribe of Mentors – Book by Tim Ferriss

The Science of Getting Rich – Book by Wallace Wattles

The Magic of Thinking Big – Book by David Schwartz

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Book by Joseph Murphy

The Game of Life and How to Play It – Book by Florence Scovel Shinn

Choose Yourself – Book by James Altucher

Manifesting Miracles – Book by Neville Goddard

Imagine Dragons Kendrick Lamar Grammys

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