Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change

Build the Boat

October 11, 2023 Travis Maus Season 2 Episode 38
Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change
Build the Boat
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Ever felt stranded, lost or stuck in life? Has the thought of taking charge and building your own boat, both literally and metamorphically, ever crossed your mind? If it hasn't, this episode promises to spark that thought. We take a deep dive into the concept of 'building your own boat' to navigate life's tumultuous seas. It's about harnessing your ambition and leveraging available resources to chart your own destiny. We'll share personal anecdotes about the times our audacious ambitions were met with skepticism, and why we believe our drive to create our own pathways is vital to success.

Our journey doesn't stop there; the second half of this episode is all about growth and the audacity to think you can change the world. We'll discuss how celebrating our successes, and those of our friends, can fuel our growth. However, buyer beware – we'll also investigate how ego can be a growth inhibitor. The episode wraps up with an empowering conversation about taking ownership of your life, fixing root causes of problems, and not allowing a negative mindset to thwart your progress. If you think you're just a small cog in a big machine, this episode may just flip that notion upside down. Be prepared to challenge the status quo and walk away with a renewed sense of possibility and purpose.

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This is unleashing leadership. I'm your host, travis Moss, and it is episode 38, quote day, and I've got a fun update on some of the things going on in the background with our quote day. And, for those new to unleashing leadership, this will give you a little bit of framework of where this comes from, what the inspiration is to it and, for those who have been following along, it shows you in real time how things can be growing. So quote day was inspired from seed planning group. We have a newsletter that we do every two weeks and it started out that I would present a quote that I found inspiring and talk about why it was inspiring to the team. It has since evolved to now. I have team members coming to me and saying here's something that I read over the weekend or an inspiration that I've had, a quote that I've had, and I would like to present this to the team and explain to the team why I'm inspired by this. It has been infectious and contagious and you get that kind of energy that is just as a leader. When you see that that can, that contagion, that man it's, it's like you're getting in a shot of adrenaline. It is the greatest feeling in the world. It's like five cups of espresso. I'm just ready to go from that. It is so damn cool. So quote day is growing and you know we do quote day every two weeks at seed. Why are we doing it every every week? On unleashing? Because I got years of quotes built up. This quote. I actually don't know where today's quote comes from. I don't know if I partly made it up, because I do that. Sometimes I'll take somebody else's inspiration. I'll kind of twist it more to my situation, change the words around a little bit, sometimes add to it or subtract from it. I don't know who actually wrote it. So if you know, if you've heard this quote before that we're going to cover today, I'd love for you to share with me who it came from, so we can give some props to them. But we do it every week here in this show because I've got a lot of stuff to share and it's again. It's a shot in the arm, man. It is so energizing. So if you've got a quote, if you're listening, you've got a quote, remember. You can go to our website, you can contact me button and you can send me your quote. I'd be really interested to know what's inspiring you. All right. So here's the quote. And today's episode is called build a boat. Here's the quote. Someone asked me if I was stranded on a deserted island, what book would I bring? And the answer is how to build a boat.

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Listen, there is absolutely nothing keeping you where you are, nothing except your mindset. That's the only thing. If you don't believe you can learn, and if you don't believe you can apply what you've learned to grow beyond your situation, you are always going to be wanting. You are always going to be only where you are right now, where you're wanting to be someplace different. There are opportunities out there. There are endless opportunities. You can grab a hold of them. They are within reach to you, but you got to be able to see them. It's almost like they're invisible. They're just sitting in front of you waiting for you to grab them, but you can't see them. You don't know they're there.

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You need a better frame of mind next time you feel like you want to complain about something, next time you're frustrated, mad, pissed off, whatever it is. Instead of complaining, say I'm going to solve this problem today so I never have to complain about this again. Fix the damn problem, not the symptom of the problem, the root cause of the problem. Treat the virus right. Treat the bacteria. Treat the pathogen. Treat the cancer. Deal with the problem. Stop complaining Next time you feel helpless, like you got no control. Do something. You do have control. You are not helpless. You never are helpless.

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When I don't know something that I need to know, I go and learn it. It's, it's just a part about being me. I want to go forward, right, and I know there's place to learn thing. I get books, I got internet. The amount of information out there is just about endless. It doesn't matter what your college degree is anymore. If you want to learn something, you can learn something.

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I Don't wait for people to rescue me. Right, I don't need a life raft. I don't need a boat to show up on the shore. Oh, you're stranded. You must need me. I don't build a whole damn city, right, I'll build a yacht, right. First thing, when decide if I want to be on that strand. I am, maybe I like the island. Maybe that's where I do want to be. Hey, look what it's got to offer me. Great, how do I take advantage of this? Or maybe I look at and go damn, I'm not gonna survive on this island. I better get off then. I'm gonna build the boat, but I'm not waiting for somebody else to make that decision for me or tell me how to do it. I'm just gonna do it. I'm gonna start doing it. I'll probably screw up a bunch, but I'm gonna figure out some stuff along the way.

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People have laughed at me and written me off so many times. I Want to build something. I don't know how to build it. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach, so I'm gonna take on something big. I Read a book about it. So somebody comes me says how do you know how to build that? And I told him I read a book. And they laugh at me, they roll their eyes at me. This is my life, this is. I'm not making anything up right now. They literally laugh at me and roll their eyes and then they make jokes about how I read books to do things. And I make jokes because I like laughing myself a little bit too and it is kind of funny. You know like sometimes when you look back in hindsight you go I can't believe I had the guts to do that. That was stupid. It would have been way better off asking for some help on that. But nope, I dove right in and tackled it myself.

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Or I'll watch presentations on things. Right, watch YouTube videos, google things, research things. Go to sit down presentations where somebody's talking at you those same people who are laughing at me and rolling their eyes. They're not taking notes, or they take notes and never look back at their notes. They're not watching the videos, they're watching the tiktoks on you know funny cat videos and stuff, but they ain't doing the stuff that they're supposed to be doing to get better. They just kind of walk away. You know, like what the hell? That's not my responsibility to learn that stuff. I have tried it and I've learned. I learned from my mistakes.

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And people say, well, you don't got the right education. How could you know that? How could you be that person? Because I've actually done it. You can learn about in a book or you can do it. Which one's more powerful? I know how to apply it. You don't. You just read about it. Life ain't as easy as the books make it sound.

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Right, you got to go out there and you got to forge your way. You got to deal with, you know, back to our very, very first couple episodes. You got to be adaptable. You got to change the changing world around you, right, can't be a victim there. You got to go do stuff. So I've done things and I've achieved things.

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Sometimes you forget what you've achieved. Sometimes, like we always talk about in our company, slowing down a little bit and recognizing what we've done, and they say, good friends, they're not threatened by your success, they are proud of your success. I've got some friends that are more proud of my success than I am and the things that they think I'm successful I look at. I'm like I never even thought about that. Those are real friends. And then I've got other people in my life that are really threatened by what I'm doing. I challenge them, it's challenging to them, right, they're threatened and I've grown, I've passed them. They don't even understand that. They've blinked.

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The person I was 15, 20 years ago, 25 years ago, who I was when I was growing up Right, who I was as a young man, who I am now Completely changed, who I was at, you know, when I first started in business, who I am now Completely changed, changed in the last year, even change the last two years, change the last five years to growth. Growth is compounding, right, if you're always growing by 10% a year, right, if you're always growing by 10% a year, 10% of a big number is a lot, but their ego has them in a packing order. Their ego has them at, you know, standing at the precipice. However, excuse me, however, a lot of people have actually stopped growing, but they don't know that. So, all of a sudden, you've passed them by, I've passed them by, right, and Then they end up. This is actually happened.

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This is the most odd, peculiar thing people who have been arrogant and have rolled their eyes and laughed and walked away and Made disparaging comments. They come back years later and now they got their hand out. Now they want help. Well, you, you've become successful. So now, how can you help me? And so I say well, this is the best way I can help you. I can tell you how to catch up. Remember our story If you're training with me and you stop training and Then you decide one day you want to catch back up, you can't go to where I was, you got to go to, and you actually can't even go To where I am. You got a. You got to meet me at the next intersection. So I tell them you gonna meet me at the next intersection. That's what you need to do. You got to earn this, I had to earn it, you got to earn it, and then they get mad or frustrated or don't want to play.

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Steve Jobs said People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do so. You're gonna a two-for-one today. You get two quotes, but people are crazy enough to think they can change the world once you do. There are crazy people and then there are people that we call crazy and the latter group, the people that are called crazy. Those people are the ones who are reading the books, watching the presentations, trying and learning, doing and achieving, growing faster than everybody else. They are seeing and processing the world in a different way and, as a result, they are doing things that other people can't imagine, that threaten other people.

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So the people who are sitting there calling them crazy, if they're doing that because they got the wrong mindset, because their frameworks all messed up, they are clinging on the idea that everything is exactly how it looks, and then if, and, and it's exactly how it's supposed to be, and they are Helpless and powerless and cannot change anything, and that they are too small to do anything. So they just got to get in line and follow along. If they just sit on the beach long enough, someone's gonna come by to save them. They'll be rescued. They're waiting for everybody else. Be the guy who is not supposed to build the boat, the guy who's not supposed to have that skill set or understand how to do it or be capable of doing it. Be the guy who does it anyway, who figures it out and does it. Be that guy, because that's how you address your situation. You take ownership of it. You become accountable. Fix it yourself. Be the crazy one.

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