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The weekly podcast with serial entrepreneur, Dave M. Lukas, devoted to giving you incredibly useful and unique insight from the world's top entrepreneurs with a focus on their non-traditional methods for achieving success, their Misfit side. Misfit was created to give YOU the breakthrough entrepreneurship strategies and actionable advice to accelerate your success! The show's open format and Misfit 3 concept, combined with Dave's intuitive and engaging interview style quickly uncover each guest's key tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can start using in their lives right now. Learn more about the show at www.misfitentrepreneur.com and become a member of Misfit Nation by signing up for the Misfit Minute, the FREE weekly email with specific resources from the week's "Misfit 3," and actionable tips and items from the world of Misfit Entrepreneurs. It is delivered every Friday to your inbox!
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The weekly podcast with serial entrepreneur, Dave M. Lukas, devoted to giving you incredibly useful and unique insight from the world's top entrepreneurs with a focus on their non-traditional methods for achieving success, their Misfit side. Misfit was created to give YOU the best, actionable advice to accelerate your success!

The show's open format and Misfit 3 concept, combined with Dave's intuitive and engaging interview style quickly uncovers each guest's key tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can start using in their lives right now.

Learn more about the show at www.misfitentrepreneur.com and become a member of Misfit Nation by signing up for the Misfit Minute, the FREE weekly email with specific resources from the week's "Misfit 3," and actionable tips and items from the world of Misfit Entrepreneurs. It is delivered every Friday to your inbox!

Jul 31, 2019

This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Aaron Walker. Aaron is an almost 40-year entrepreneur veteran. He started his first business at 18 and sold it by his mid-20’s to a Fortune 500. He went on to start over a dozen other businesses and started Masterminding 20 years ago with people like Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller and others.

This led him to start the Iron Sharpens Iron Mastermind group – one of the most renowned and successful groups of its kind. Aaron is also the author or the best-seller “View from the Top – Living a Life of Significance.”

Aaron has seen it all, done it all, and has succeeded through grit and determination. But what also has made him so successful and one of the biggest reasons I wanted him to come on the show and to share his wisdom with you, is his straight forward authenticity. Aaron teaches in way to easy to understand, learn, and implement. And it’s the lessons he’s learned in building businesses and Masterminds that I've asked him to give you in this episode.

www.ViewFromtheTop.com

Aaron has lived in Nashville his whole life and has built all his businesses from there. He grew up poor in an 800 sq. ft. house with 4 kids. His dad was a general contractor, but not a great business man. Aaron started working at 13 and fell in love with business and decided that he was going to be an entrepreneur. He put in extra studies and night school and graduated at the beginning of his junior year.

He met some people with money to invest and opened his first store. He got married 2 weeks out of High School and he and his wife went on to build several success companies – selling the first one at 27 years old to a F500 company. That gave him the ability to do some other things and set him up financially. He then went back and bought the company he worked for at 13 and grew it by better managing it and better selling the services.

He was 40 years old, working 3 days a week. He had it made. One morning he was driving to the office and a pedestrian stepped out in front of Aaron’s truck and was killed. His life came to a halt. Aaron wasn’t at fault, but when you are responsible for the death of someone, it changed everything.

It devastated Aaron. He couldn’t handle the stress and the knowledge that, even though it wasn’t his fault and he was not arrested or anything, a man died by his truck. It ate him. Over the next few years, he sold the business, took 5 years off, moved to a different area, sought counseling, and really changed most of his life.

One day, his wife came in and told him he had to get going and do something. Aaron had gained almost 50 pounds. So, he did. He started a construction company, built it to great success and sold it at 50, retiring.

At that point, Dave Ramsey and Dan Miller suggested that he coach. He started helping other entrepreneurs and doing Mastermind groups and is now launching his 15th Mastermind in 8 different countries.

What do you think is the reason God/the universe, etc. put you in the situation with killing the pedestrian? What was your biggest takeaway after years of thinking about it?

  • At the time of it happening, you don’t see anything that can come up. You just think your life it over.
  • It was a total blindside that disrupted his entire life for years.
  • The truth is that we are all just one second away from being blindsided in some way.
  • Our life can change in a Nano-second. Here’s what he learned. His legacy would have been – Poor kid form Nashville, makes enough money to retire by the time he is 27 and nobody really cares.
  • Aaron realized that he had no significance. His life was not impacting the lives of others.
  • He asked God for another chance and promised the act outward instead of inward. To that point, it had been mostly inward.
  • Now, he hopes to be remembered by people as “my life was different after having known Aaron.”
  • He thought about it and said that to himself you can do both – you can both success and significance.

Define what significance means to you and for others…

  • Each person must identify what success means.
  • For Aaron, it the ability choose his schedule and how he runs his life and being financially independent. Money is a great thing if it is not your master.
    • Having a clear conscious is critical.
    • We can be content, but not complacent. Don’t ever be complacent but seek contentment in what you do.
    • You also must have meaning and purpose.
    • Lastly, Aaron wants to leave a legacy of wisdom.
  • Significance is a different thing.
  • To Aaron, significance is meeting the needs of others. Focusing on them and being present with them, truly listening.
  • It means taking the time, even when you are busy, to sacrifice and help others.

At the 25 min mark, Aaron talks about “Gratitude Day…”

What are your best principles and thoughts on how to succeed in business?

  • People must get over their sense of fear.
  • The 18/30/60 rule. When you’re 18, you think everybody’s talking about you. When you’re 30, you find out it’s not true. When you’re 60, you don’t care.
  • Read the book The Big Leap and learn how to push through those “upper limit challenges.”
  • You also must have a written plan for how you are going to reach your goal and what you are going to do. Then all you have to do is execute.
  • Focus on the task and not the goal.
  • Establish 3 goals every 4 weeks.
  • Be consistent. It takes a certain length of time to reach critical mass in anything you are doing. Delay gratification.

There is real truth in the statement that you are the sum of the 5 people you spend time with. The wrong people are an anchor around your success – get rid of them. Get people around you that encourage you, hold you accountable, point out your blind spots, give you the truth, and support you and help you.

Great minds talk about ideas, small minds talk about people!

What are some of the key components of a successful Mastermind Group?

  • You must have a genuine group
  • You must have a set of shared core values It must be consistent (weekly, monthly, etc.)
  • It needs to be all encompassing. 60% professional, 30% personal, 10% spiritual is how Aaron’s groups breakdown.

How does someone start a Mastermind group and find the right candidates?

  • You must first decide on your core values and make sure you group is built on them.
  • Nowadays, virtual groups are easier and allow for more transparency.
  • You must determine what it is you want to accomplish with the group and be clear on it.
  • One word of caution for “in person” groups. Go slow and give info over time to see if they can be trusted. Don’t give everything out right away.
  • Decide on the type of group you want to have. Men or Women focused, gender neutral, etc.
  • You can buy the Mastermind Blueprint book from Aaron.

At the 49 min mark, Aaron shares some final pieces of wisdom…

  • When Aaron was growing up, his mom would tell them not to use the word “can’t.”
  • She would say “Can’t couldn’t do it and could did it all.”
  • Build a mindset of “you can.”
  • Find ways to do things. Fear missing an opportunity more than you do failure.
  • Failure is in NOT trying – NOT in being unsuccessful because you tried.

 

Best Quote: “Can’t couldn’t do it and could did it all...”

 

Aaron's Misfit 3:

  1. Show empathy and be empathetic to those around you.
  2. Be transparent to a fault – with a few.
  3. Authenticity is the thing people are starving for the most – be authentic.
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