109: The Journey of a Young Gun with Griffin Bruehl

On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Griffin Bruehl, known for achieving rapid success as a corporate flight attendant, entrepreneur, investor, ambassador, writer, and speaker.

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

  • About Griffin Bruehl
    • Has been a corporate flight attendant for about three years and is growing into the leadership role.
    • He’s expanding into more keynote speaking and will soon be launching a clothing line geared toward flight attendants.
      • Expanding on his brand with all of his logos, etc.
    • He was flying with JetBlue for a couple of years.
  • What is a corporate flight attendant?
    • A flight attendant on a private jet.
    • Has to provide high-end service for the top .001% of individuals.
    • Gets to know who these people are and what their preferences are.
  • Where did the desire to become a flight attendant come from?
    • In high school he loved aviation, but he needed a way to get out of his town.
    • He met a flight attendant and she told him what he needed to do to become a flight attendant.
      • She helped him get on with a small regional airline, he eventually started working with JetBlue.
    • He fell in love with the career and the industry.
      • He wasn’t making any money with JetBlue and felt like he was in a rut and not around positive people.
    • He met a pilot on a private jet and asked what it would take to be a flight attendant on a private jet.
      • He did the training.
      • Met a mentor in training and he paved the way for him to get on a private jet as a flight attendant.
      • His first client was extremely particular and mean, no one wanted to fly her.
        • He flew with her for about a week and by the end of the trip she ended up liking him.
      • This started his career and created a niche market for him.
    • Were you nervous meeting A-List celebrities, billionaires, and household names?
      • He was more nervous because he didn’t know what he was doing.
      • He started to realize that these people were just human, they still get tired and make mistakes like we all do.
        • He realized that he’s working with them, not for them.
      • What have been some of the biggest networking challenges that you’ve had to overcome?
        • As a corporate flight attendant, you’re an independent contractor and business owner.
        • When it comes to networking, you just have to show up.
        • What separated him from others is that he would be there and be present.
        • When people go to networking events they start to say, “I’m new, I’m learning,” people don’t want to hear that.
        • Don’t point out the things you’re not good at.
        • You need to take no’s as “not yet’s.”
          • Continue to follow-up until you’re a part of the crew.
        • How important is self-confidence to your ability to overcome objection?
          • Self-confidence is the most important thing.
            • It sets the tone of the entire trip.
          • If he wouldn’t have had confidence in who he is, he wouldn’t have gotten 90% of his work.
        • Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important, and why?
          • Who you know – had he not have met his mentor, he wouldn’t have made the connections he did.
          • If you surround yourself with the right people and aren’t the smartest person in the room.
            • The people you know help you with what you know.
          • Tell us about a time when a connection led to a big moment of success.
            • He met Brandon Adam’s fiancé on a run in Orlando before becoming a flight attendant.
              • They become friends and now he works with Brandon and he’s his mentor.
            • One encounter can lead to an entirely new path of your life.
          • Do you get close enough with anyone you fly to form a personal relationship?
            • He tries to keep his distance to an extent.
              • There are a couple who he would connect with outside of work.

The Random Round:

      • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
        • Coding
      • If you could sit on a park bench with anyone for an hour who would it be, and why?
        • Patrick Collison with Stripe
      • How do you like to consume content best, books, blogs, podcasts, or videos?
        • Videos
      • What’s a book that you’ve read recently?
        • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
      • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine
        • Changes due to travel
        • Gets up and makes the bed
        • Has breakfast every day
        • Reads and organizes day
      • What is your go-to pump up song?
        • Hall of Fame
      • What are you not very good at?
        • Learning when to say no.
      • What is one place where we can find you online?
        • com
        • Instagram – The Journey of a Young Gun
        • Facebook – The Journey of a Young Gun

Tweetable Quotes:

  • When it comes to networking, you just have to show up.
  • Self-confidence is the most important thing.
  • Make sure you’re not the smartest person in the room.

Resources Mentioned:

Buildyournetwork.com– Podcast website

BYN.media/fb – Facebook Group

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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