I’m excited to launch a new potential series, this is the first in the series, called EntRoundup, where the idea is, so this is the concept, we take a clip from different entrepreneur-related channels, channels that I look up to, channels that inspire me, some of the channels that I’m paying attention to, and take one of their clips that I think is one of the best of from the past month, and give you a snippet of it, and mash them altogether, and it’s kind of the best of the month.
So if you’re limited on time, and you don’t want to watch everybody’s channel and everybody’s video this is kind of a sneak peak into the world of a couple of awesome entrepreneurial channels, and hopefully get inspired to make a change in your business and in your life. So I’m looking forward to launching the series, and hearing your thoughts.
Best Of The Month – August 2017
Hang Around Winners
So this is strange for me, I want to be real. Anybody else been watching the Olympics, especially track and field, over the last like 20 or 30 years? Who dominated in track and field?
USA dominated. You had Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, Michael Johnson came with the gold shoes on. Alright I’m just trying to let you all know.
Ain’t nobody else going to win the gold, but the USA. Kersee was there, they was murderin’ them. All of the sudden, something happened.
Hey look, you all think I’m talking about him, and I’m not. I’m not dealing with him. I’m telling you the environment you’re in is so important.
Look, this guy, this guy is not only murdering the field, but what happened was oh, man, he murdered the field. He don’t compete, he dominates.
But what he did for Jamaica was not bring a gold medal, he brought a culture to Jamaica.
He didn’t bring a championship home, he brought a culture home. I got to help you all, let me explain somethin’ to ya’.
So you in America, and they’re sayin’ to you that this is his record, so theoretically, you know how fast he is. Come on, you hear me?
Theoretically, you know how fast he is. So what you’re doing when you’re practicing is you’re trying to beat his time, theoretically.
I need you to hear what I’m saying. This is why you need to be in an environment, because theoretically they told you how quick you needed to be and so you’d race, and then you’d look at the clock, and coach would say “you missed it.”
Alright, try again. And you try again. And you missed it. But over in Jamaica, they weren’t racing against a theoretical clock.
They, too, became gold medalists and dominated, because they was running against the real thing every single day.
Did you hear what I said? They weren’t running against the clock.
They weren’t in their minds saying okay, how fast did I go?
They were running against the fastest man in the world, so they knew how fast they were going.
Listen to me. And the reason why you are not where you want to be, you want to be a 10 and you are running with sixes every day.
You are hanging around fives every day. The people you talk on the phone to, five, and if you became a 10, they’d hate you so much that you afraid to be a 10 ’cause you going to lose them.
You hanging around scrubs. And when you start winning, all you do is win.
And some of you are losers, and all you need to do is start hanging with some winners. And then you’re going to see winning, and it’s going to spill over on you.
Know When To Go All In
Just spoke to the USC Football Team and I said something in there that really caught my attention. I said something.
I’m sure you’ll edit and make it fly, because that’s how you do it, D-Rock. For 80 or 90% of you, this is going to be the best, this is going to be as good as it gets.
This is the prime, this is the best. And this rant is about timing. You need to be aware of when you have your big opportunities.
You need to squeeze so f’ing hard when you’ve got that moment. You have to understand that sh**will always change.
If it’s terrible right now, it’s going to get better.
If it is phenomenal right now, it is going to get worse.
That is just the way it’s always been. I’m not smart, it’s just f’ing history.
So please, if you take anything out of this mini little rant for D-Rock, it’s about timing.
Recognize your moments and strike.
That has absolutely been the foundation of my success, whether it was selling my baseball cards when I just felt it, whether it was the internet itself, whether it was other things like starting Vayner Media when I had all these other opportunities, but I wanted to triple down on my strengths during this golden era.
Sometimes they’re fun, sometimes they’re taking a step back, in theory, but it’s all about knowing when to go all in.
And the one thing we get is regret when we didn’t squeeze our best opportunity.
So when you’re a football player at USC, that is a big time f’ing opportunity because most of you don’t go to the League, and most of you aren’t successful in the League, and this is your apex.
And whether you’re a manager in a store right now, whether you’re a great student in high school, whether you’re awfully pretty right now but you know you’re not going to be as pretty one day. I’m being serious now. I know this is silly sh** but when you have your best situation, when you have the f’ing leverage, you need to f’ing strike.
And when you don’t, you don’t pout, you put in the work to rebuild your next leverage.
I had YouTube, I had Twitter, and when they weren’t as big anymore, I didn’t cry that Instagram or SnapChat came, I put in the work to build myself back up and matter in that ecosystem.
And now that I’ve got the Instagram moment again, I’m pounding. I’m pounding harder than I did the last time, ’cause I learned, ’cause from pattern recognition from experience you get better.
And so if this can inspire you, if you’re sh–t’s good right now, quadruple down, and if it’s not, stay quiet and build and look for that moment when you know it’s good, pound. Because squeezing when you have the opportunity is the key.
You Win Or You Learn
Joe Rogan: That’s a characteristic that I see in almost everybody that I respect. They all think that everything they do sucks. Or at least they have very, very high standards and are often disappointed by their own work.
Maynard James Keenan: Well, you know, I think I have some of that, but I also have that idea of like, it’s something that my fa… I don’t know if I talked about my dad with you. But he was my wrestling coach in high school. He was also my Earth Science, Biology and Environmental Studies teacher.
Joe Rogan: Really? What a drag, you went to school with your dad being the tea… That’d be f’ing hard.
Maynard James Keenan: But I learned a lot because he was no joke. He didn’t pull any punches for me, he drove me as hard if not harder than his other students. He didn’t show any favoritism. But one of the things that was always his thing on the mat, and I’m kind of paraphrasing, but basically, you either win or you learn. Especially in that high school/college setting. You’re learning about yourself. If you went out there and you got your ass handed to you, then you just got beat and didn’t learn anything, well yeah, you’re a f’ing loser. You take the moment, reflect on it, build on what you did wrong, and now you’re actually in a way, you’ve won. Now you know more about yourself, you know more about your limitations or what you need to improve or expand your talents or your limitations. So I guess whenever I’m doing a thing, I’m always looking at it from a learning perspective, so there aren’t necessarily mistakes unless they’re fatal, and then you wouldn’t know anyway, so whatever.
Joe Rogan: That really is the right way to look at everything. You win or you learn. You have great experiences because you were successful, or you have very beneficial experiences ’cause you realized what went wrong, or what, just one more wrinkle, one more piece of information, or one more experience that you can add to your database of knowledge, and it’ll make you better at everything you do.
Run Your Own Race
Passenger: How do you cope working in an environment where there is so much malicious people and envy, where only the powerful ones get a break and the introverted are left out? How do you cope working in that environment?
Hmm. Well I’m not introverted, so I don’t have a problem with that, but I think in an environment where there’s a lot of Malicious people and envy. I just try to stay in my lane and focus as much as I can on my vision.
Now sometimes I get off track and I allow negative conversations or comments to affect me. And I’ll talk about them, I’ll think about them, for a couple of days, but typically I’m pretty good at being committed to my vision, staying in my lane.
You know, my friend Chalene Johnson, she always said run your own race. Don’t try to run anyone else’s race, don’t try to be like anyone else, or feel like you have to keep up with other people.
And so I really just focus on my vision, and being committed to that. So that’s what I try to focus on. I remember early on, I got in a, in probably 2009, I got in a Twitter battle with this guy that I’d never met, he was another marketing social media guy.
I think he might have written a book or something. He had a little bit of credibility in the social media space, and I remember he said something that offended me, and I started tweeting back.
And then he kind of fed into my going back and forth with him. And we were like, for three days, both reacting to each other, calling each other names, and I remember some people were supportive and jumping on with me, and kind of going after him.
And at one point in day two, someone was like, you just need to let this go. This is not, one, it doesn’t look good for you, two it’s a waste of your time, and three, it’s taking you away from your vision.
And I remember early on just that lesson. I can’t remember who told me that, but I remember early on just being like, yeah, this is not helpful just to constantly combat with other people who are malicious or envious or attacking in any way, so any time I see negative comments now, or anything that I feel like could take me off track, I just smile or say “thanks for the feedback” and keep focused.
And I think that’s what you should be focusing on is staying committed to the vision, and on running your own race.
Remind Yourself Of Your Why
Interviewer: How do you stay motivated, and how do you motivate people when they start to slack?
Now, motivation is kind of a strange word, because it doesn’t really mean what we think it means.
We think it means that we’re fired up to do something. We think that it means we’re eager and passionate to make something happen.
And we think that somehow we should just be able to turn on that eagerness and turn on that passion.
But we can’t. ‘Cause you just can’t turn on passion, you can’t just turn on the desire to execute a task. It just doesn’t work that way.
And honestly that isn’t even what motivate means.
Motivate doesn’t mean to yell and scream and encourage.
No, to motivate actually means to provide a motive, a reason why.
So to motivate someone is to explain to them why they’re doing what they’re doing, how it will help them, where it’ll take ’em.
Why they should continue to work and to struggle and to fight.
And when you need motivation yourself, don’t look for someone to scream and yell, don’t look for someone else to give you motivation, look at yourself. Look at yourself, and remind yourself why.
Why you are doing what you are doing.
Remind yourself that this struggle, this temporary pain, this fight, this fight that you’re in, this is what will make you stronger and faster and smarter and better. And then with that motivation, go forward into the fray, into the storm, into the heat of the battle where victory is forged.
You can have boundless energy, an intense, white-hot drive, and dreams so big they wake you up in a sweat every night, but if you don’t dominate all areas of your life, you will collapse under the many forms destructive forces take.
You must be the leader in all areas. If you can dominate your own thinking, your competitors’ thinking, and the public thinking, then you own the space. But it start with you. It’s a bad idea to ignore your ambition.
It’s a worse idea to deny your energy and your obsessions, but it’s even worse to let them take their own course. Confidence is vital not only to staying on this course but also to setting the course, reinforcing the course for everyone and then making sure you win.
The Best way to gain confidence is to dominate your space. If you know you’re weak in a certain area move to dominate the problem so that it is no longer an issue. There is no domination without discipline. This place was built on people not having the energy and the creativity to say “I’m going to create my own game in life.” Money is a Major area that you absolutely have t dominate.
Own Your Life
My intention in creating Master Class came from the understanding that everybody’s story is the same. All stories are connected.
And there is nothing that anyone who’s living on Earth has ever felt or known or experienced on a soul level that hasn’t been felt or known or experienced by someone else.
One of the most difficult things in life is feeling that you are the only one, you are the only one who’s traveled this path, who’s felt this way.
Steve Harvey: I had nowhere to go, I was homeless at the time, I’d lost my family. Next thing I know, I’m in this car for three years, man, I’m struggling.
Who’s experienced such devastation or joy or triumph or victory, so for me, I define a master as someone who has fully stepped in and owned the full progress and trajectory of their life.
Kevin Hart: Persistence pays off. That’s lesson one.
But hearing stories told from the mouths of people who know how to live, how to course-correct, how to keep going, how to never quit, how to rejoice in the good times, and have faith in the bad, those people are masters.
Anyone who can do that is a master. And their ability to share their stories only helps the trajectory of others who listen.
How Bad Do You Want It
So the Instagram Live folks, if you couldn’t hear this, he was asking about concert photography, how do I get started?
How do I have a relationship with these folks?
Start small. But start. Like, all this pontificating, wondering, like, do you have a camera?
Are you going to a show?
I don’t care if you’re buying a ticket, a $9, $10 ticket to go to the local show, you need to start taking pictures, because the area that you’re talking about working in is very specialized, it’s hard to break into, it’s hard to make real money.
And I’m just setting these things up for you, this is the reality of this situation that you’re asking me to do.
I don’t know if you want to make a living and a life doing this stuff, or if this is a hobby, but it’s very hard to break into, and it’s very hard to make money.
I want that to cue one of two things in you.
You either go well, I don’t give a sh–, this is the thing I’m doing.
I want to do this more than anything, and I’m going to do what it takes.
And if it’s hard, that’s awesome, because there’s going to be less competition.
Thing two would be like, oh my God, Chase says it’s hard to make money and break in, I don’t want to do that.
If Chase says it’s hard, it’s really hard. Great, then don’t do something… Go do something else because you didn’t really want it bad enough.
Let’s pretend you’re in the first camp. You want it.
You’re like I don’t care, I’m going to do this. This is my calling in life.
If that’s the case, start small.
Start taking pictures, buy the $10 ticket, work your ass to the front of the row, the thing, you’re getting smashed in, you’re taking those photographs.
What can you do to a, get great at your craft, b, go there all the time.
Not just on the Friday and Saturday night shows, shoot all of the shows, because you got to put in time to master your craft.
If you’re just another sort of low to medium level concert photographer, no money, no game, it’s not going to happen for you.
It might be fun, and you might be able to get a couple of free shows out of the deal, but I’m not assuming that that’s your goal.
I’m assuming that you want to be the best.
And I could be wrong, so take this with a grain of salt.
But if you want to be the best, you have to… How are you then so known that the first club that you…
Do you know the owners, do you know the sound guys, do you know the bands that are coming? How into it are you? Are you doing the other 50%?
This fricking thing comes up in every single episode, this video that I put out called The Other 50%.
You should watch that. Are you doing the other 50%? Then, go beyond that one club.
Are you the guy who’s known, like, oh man, I got… The Pixies are comin’, I want Xavier to shoot it.
You have to become that guy. And the way you do it is you’re there all the time. Just showing up, you’ve heard that just showing up is half the game.
You have to have talent, you have to be skilled, you have to have all those things, but just being so relentless with your pursuit of the thing is incredible.
This is the most important sentence that Tywin ever says. According to Tywin, power does not come from telling other people that you have it, it comes from showing them.
Tywin does that in many ways, and I want to start with some of the sub-communications of power, meaning the things that Tywin does with his body language and his voice.
And I have to give Charles Dance here, massive amounts of credit, because he did a phenomenal job of acting these scenes out. So let’s explore how Tywin enters crowded conversations, first off, with a boom.
I’m told we still have his sisters.
The first order of business is ransoming Sir Jaime.
Council Member: No truces, we can’t afford to look weak.
Council Member: We should march on them at once.
Council Member: First, we must return to Casterly Rock to raise more…
They have my son!
Charlie: Now you may struggle to be heard when there’s a lot of people speaking, many of us do.
You might stop and start, try to find your way in politely and ultimately not get listened to at all. But not Tywin.
He startles people by going from silent to booming in an instant.
That grabs attention immediately. But what’s interesting is that he often doesn’t stay booming for too long.
Once he has attention, he quiets right back down.
This makes his quiet mode of interaction just as frightening as his booming tone, because you never know when he’s going to switch.
You don’t need to scream like Tywin does, but the lesson of entering with a slightly louder and deeper tone is one that applies just as well to modern-day interactions.
Pay attention to any group and you’ll see that the person who is listened to when there’s a lot of people trying to speak is often the loudest when entering.
Don’t stay loud forever, though, if you’re going to use this small piece of advice, because that can just be obnoxious. You may also have noticed that Tywin is very comfortable with silence.
This is a power move that I discussed in another video, so I won’t spend too long on it, and I’ll link to it here if you want to click the little white button in the corner, but Tywin likes to use silence right after people have said something to provoke him.
It gives them a few extra seconds to regret their decision to stand up to him, and to sit in fear of what he might do next.
My father won the real war. He killed Prince Rhaegar, he took the crown, while you hid under Casterly Rock.
The king is tired, see him to his chambers.
Charlie: The silence that Tywin makes creates a staredown like you might see for boxing or UFC promotions. The first person to flinch or look away loses, which is why fighters go to such great lengths to not give an inch of ground.
And this isn’t just an arbitrary rule that was made up for boxing.
Flinching and breaking eye contact are built in evolutionary tells that communicate fear, which is why they can sometimes matter even more than raw strength when it comes to a confrontation.
Because when one animal isn’t afraid, that’s a good sign that it has an advantage that needs to be respected.
Just watch this charging gorilla back off when a puny little human doesn’t flinch, even though the gorilla could obviously tear him limb from limb.
Man: He charged and charged and charged again, and I think, and I’m sure, if I would have even flinched once….
Charlie: But Tywin’s subcommunications of power go beyond the ape realm.
His word choice is a distinctly human way of using power.
He doesn’t ask people what to do or make threats by saying if you do this, then I’m going to respond like this.
He tells people what they are going to do, using the word will.
It conveys absolutely certainty that they will do as they are told, and again, the certainty that Tywin will be listened to adds to the sense that he should be listened to.
Taking action is a cure-all. Taking action solves all the problems that you’re going through.
Whatever problem you have, whatever thing is in front of you, whatever obstacle is there that seems unsurmountable, it’s not going to get fixed by just sitting and complaining and wallowing and feeling sorry for yourself.
It happens from taking action.
As soon as you can move from that place of being unhappy and desperate, and sorry for yourself to how do I solve this?
Who do I need to contact to help me?
How can I use the resources I have to fix this?
As soon as you start moving to that land, that’s when you start to make progress.
Taking action is the cure-all.
And this is what happens so many times to entrepreneurs, not even just with problems but with ideas in general.
How often do you get an idea for something that you want to do, and then you say tomorrow I’m going to do it, and then tomorrow comes and you don’t do it?
How many times?
That happens over and over and over and over and again.
It’s a human condition, it’s not just entrepreneurs.
We have these things, these ambitions, these drives that we set for ourselves and then we don’t follow through on.
The best way to start on that idea you have is to take action.
Do something immediately.
As soon as you set a goal, I want to start a YouTube channel. Great.
What are you going to do on your YouTube channel?
I want to interview people. Amazing.
Today, set up your YouTube channel, and send out 10 emails to people to ask them for interviews.
People that you know, people that you think will say yes. When you commit to somebody else, you’re much more likely to follow through.
And what happens is, perfection becomes the enemy of action.
You want to make it perfect, and because you make it perfect, it gets more, more, more, more, more complex and complexion is the enemy of execution, because you build it up to this big thing, this big scary thing that has to be perfect, you don’t do anything.
Before I set up my YouTube channel, I need to have the perfect channel art, or I need to have the right thumbnails, and I need to know what my script is going to be, and I need to know my intro and opener and I need the gear, and all of these things that you need to have to make a perfect video.
And because it becomes this big thing, you don’t do anything about it.
And then the next day you wake up, and it’s gone, poof.
As soon as you set a goal for yourself, I want to go and do this, the best next thing you can do is take some form of immediate action, and ideally, commit to somebody else, whether it’s a friend, whether it’s a potential customer, whether you’re sending emails out, whether it’s your family, whether it’s a neighbor, commit to somebody else, because when you do that, you’re much more likely to follow through, because you won’t let them down.
You’ll let yourself down all the time.
You let yourself down every morning when you wake up and hit the snooze button.
You’re letting yourself down.
The first thing you do in the morning is let yourself down.
You set a goal, boom, I let myself down.
You let yourself down all the time.
But you won’t let other people down nearly as much.
So take immediate action, and then follow through with somebody else, so that you don’t let yourself and them down.
So thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed. I’d love to know what did you think of this video, was there a lesson that really rung true for you that you’re going to apply immediately somehow to your business or your life? Leave that down in the comments. Really excited to see what you have to say. Also, should this series continue?
This is a test series, this is the first edition. There might be a volume two, there might be volume three, or we might just kill it altogether based on the results, what you guys have to say, so let me know.
If you have suggestions, leave it down below as well. Thank you guys so much for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love. I’ll see you soon.