066: I Just Connect People with Chris Winfield

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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