Recently, Lee Cockerell and I hosted a one-day mastermind event in Orlando.
Twelve people from around the country joined us to discuss opportunities and challenges they have in their business.
Even though I help Lee host the event, I know I walk away learning more than anyone else. Here are six lessons I learned during the mastermind.
Choose the better story: When faced with two options, choose the one that will create a better story for you or your family. T
Take care of yourself: You can't take care of others if you haven't taken care of yourself first. Take care of yourself, then your family, then your career.
Quit Feeling Guilty: Do your best and then forgive yourself.
Let it go: You don't always have to have the last word or always be understood. Let it go. And the more often you let it go, the easier it will be to let it go next time.
People aren't always happy for you: When you become great, not everyone will be happy for you. Be great anyway.
Talk behind people's backs: Start saying good things about people when they are not around and see what happens.
In the last episode, Jason Swenk joined the Jody Maberry Show to talk about being recommendable.
Now, Jason returns to ask me three questions.
What was my scariest moment as a park ranger?
You will have to listen to the episode to hear this story. But I will tell you there was one night where I was concerned if I was going to make it back home to see my family. But faced with a tough situation, you have to find the courage to take the next step.
What is the one thing holding me back from launching my book?
Myself. It is that simple. But the book is in process and slowly coming along.
What is your worst client story and what would I change?
Once, I had to fire a client. Also, once, I was fired by a client. Both had similarities. Understanding what happened in both cases led me to understand how important it is to have clarity. Clarity in the work and expectations. But also clarity in who I should and should not work with.
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Jason Swenk was recommended as a guest by Aaron Walker. I mention that because I turn down nearly all requests to be a guest on the podcast. Since most episodes are just me, there simply is not room to have many guests. Usually, if I have a guest, it is already someone I know and have a relationship with.
But when Aaron Walker suggested Jason Swenk as a guest, I considered it. Once I did research on Jason, I knew he would be a great fit for the show.
Even though Jason has accomplished so much, the conversation has to start with the recommendation, though. What is a recommendation worth? What does it mean to recommendable?
Here is the other important thing about this interview...I messed it up. We recorded once and I strayed from my system and deleted the interview. I had to go back to Jason and let him know I made a mistake and ask if we could record again.
Jason creates so much content he is on a different level than most of us. In this interview, Jason explains why he creates so much content and what he does with it to serve more people. As Jason creates more and more content, it becomes easier to find out who he is and what he believes.
And that takes us back to the recommendation from Aaron Walker. Creating as much content as Jason has, someone like Aaron can get to know him. You can tell he is different and has something to say. Creating content has made Jason recommendable.
There lies the secret of this conversation...keep creating content until you have something to stand on. Keep creating until you become recommendable.
Once you get recommendable people will recommend you.
Here are all the places you can find Jason.
Recently, I had the pleasure of spending a couple days exploring Glacier National Park with some friends.
During my time in the beautiful mountains of Montana, I noticed a few things. Of course, I am going to share what I learned with you.
Here are the lessons from Glacier National Park;
Every day is a gift
Policies and procedures can get in the way
What you put out comes back to you
Time is the most valuable thing you can invest in someone
Recently, I returned from the Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop in Austin, TX, hosted by Great Escape Publishing. I team up with Great Escape Publishing to host their podcast, Great Escape Radio.
While I was at the Workshop, something big happened. The 20th anniversary of the day I moved away from my hometown of Peoria, IL was while I was in Austin.
On the day of the anniversary, I posted on Facebook to commemorate the special day. The post got some wonderful responses from people;
"I Love This"
"What a great story"
"You're amazing!! You carve out the life you wanted to live...proud of you!!"
There were many comments like this, all cheering me on for such a bold move. And someone sent me a private message asking me why I left everything I knew and set out with no money and no job prospects.
In this episode of The Jody Maberry Show, I examine why my big move still gets so much fanfare 20 years later. Why do people congratulate me? Why do people ask me why I did it?
We will discuss that and more on this episode.