How To Grow Intellectually Every Week


 In this episode John and Kelly discuss the importance of growing intellectually every week – and how to do it. John tells the story about not growing intellectually during his 30s and 40s because he was too busy. Big mistake. He rectified that in his 50s big time. John talks about how important it is to have a “system” in order to consistently grow. And how important it is to make sure your personal growth is strategic relative to what you want to accomplish. Many people think they’re growing when they really aren’t. Kelly also tells about her journey of growing. How she started as a little girl reading legendary books like Think and Grow Rich and The Richest Man in Babylon. Inspired by her father. Towards the end of the podcast John outlines a simple way to create a personal growth “system”. Pick two or three of your favorite podcasts that are in areas that are strategic relative to what you want to accomplish. If you’re an entrepreneur, probably a podcast on marketing and a podcast on employee empowerment. Then first thing every Monday morning pick one podcast from each and then commit to listening to the two or three podcast episodes selected by the end of the week. When you’re driving to or from work or exercising. It’s a simple system.

About the Hosts:

John Mitchell

John’s story is pretty amazing. After spending 20 years as an entrepreneur, John was 50 years old but wasn’t as successful as he thought he should be. To rectify that, he decided to find the “top book in the world” on SUCCESS and apply that book literally Word for Word to his life. That Book is Think & Grow Rich. The book says there’s a SECRET for success, but the author only gives you half the secret. John figured out the full secret and a 12 minute a day technique to apply it.

When John applied his 12 minute a day technique to his life, he saw his yearly income go to over $5 million a year, after 20 years of $200k – 300k per year. The 25 times increase happened because John LEVERAGED himself by applying science to his life.

His daily technique works because it focuses you ONLY on what moves the needle, triples your discipline, and consistently generates new business ideas every week. This happens because of 3 key aspects of the leveraging process.

John’s technique was profiled on the cover of Time Magazine. He teaches it at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business, which is one the TOP 5 business schools in the country. He is also the “mental coach” for the head athletic coaches at the University of Texas as well.

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Kelly Hatfield

Kelly Hatfield is an entrepreneur at heart. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of the ripple effect and has built several successful companies aimed at helping others make a greater impact in their businesses and lives.

She has been in the recruiting, HR, and leadership development space for over 25 years and loves serving others. Kelly, along with her amazing business partners and teams, has built four successful businesses aimed at matching exceptional talent with top organizations and developing their leadership. Her work coaching and consulting with companies to develop their leadership teams, design recruiting and retention strategies, AND her work as host of Absolute Advantage podcast (where she talks with successful entrepreneurs, executives, and thought leaders across a variety of industries), give her a unique perspective covering the hiring experience and leadership from all angles.

As a Partner in her most recent venture, Think It Be It, Kelly has made the natural transition into the success and human achievement field, helping entrepreneurs break through to the next level in their businesses. Further expanding the impact she’s making in this world. Truly living into the power of the ripple effect.

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Kelly Hatfield:

How do driven entrepreneurs like you and me? Who want to play the game of life at our full potential? actually do that? So that we met seven figures a year and experience the overall exceptional life? It's all about leveraging our most valuable asset, our brain. But how do we train our brain to actually rewire our autopilot so that all of the right actions and focus happens automatically without thinking, as we create the exceptional life in business health, and our significant other relationships? These are the questions and this is the podcast that answers them. This is where your net seven figures a year freedom begins.

Kelly Hatfield:

Welcome, I'm Kelly Hatfield. Hey. And

John Mitchell:

I'm John Mitchell. And today, the topic we're going to talk about is the idea of growing intellectually, how's that for a cop? A topic, Kelly.

Kelly Hatfield:

I'd love it. You know how I feel about that. I feel, you know, there's all kinds of quotes about this. But if you're not growing, you know, it's the alternative. You're you're basically dying your state. You're sitting still. So I think this is such a really important topic for right now. Always, but especially for right now.

John Mitchell:n mind, this is I don't know,:Kelly Hatfield:

You know, I've been a lifelong learner. So I was really lucky to have a dad, who you know, the richest man in Babylon Thinking Grow Rich, I mean, introduced to me when I was 12. Probably Wow. And, you know, so I've always been a reader, it was a lifesaver for me growing up, it was a real outlet for it as an escape. So I was really lucky to have that instilled in me from an early age, I will say that when life got really busy, and I was not an entrepreneur, yet, I was focused in a career because I had a career for 13 years before I started my first company, we at the same, you know, I was worked for the same company and kind of worked myself up through the ranks, but I can totally relate to the feeling too busy, you know, and being exhausted, your you know, you've give it all during the day, when you get home, you're just like, that's the last thing that you want to do. And most of my growth would come from a couple of different things, it would come from the different conferences and things that were related to the company, you know, that we would go to quarterly or whatever. So growth will come from that. And then the other place that growth would come from would be from trying new things, pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, you know, failing, you know, things, going to end the growth that comes from, you know, going through bad experience. But it wasn't until I was probably 35, I would say so this was 15 years ago, you know, where I came, I

John Mitchell:

thought that would be about three years ago, when

Kelly Hatfield:

I you, bless you, I knew there was a reason why you're one of my favorite people. But I came across Brendon Burchard, and I read a book called I think charged. And it really started my whole journey of a real strategic approach to growth and high performance. And, and then from there, you know, in working with you, and understanding to how important the growth is strategic and this is one thing that you just said, I want to make sure everybody caught that the growth is strategic to what you want to accomplish. So for example, let's say through some introspection, you know, and just some self evaluation that you identify that maybe one of the things holding you, your company back is you and maybe your leadership skills, then your focus in terms of your growth should be on soaking up as much as you can about improving as a leader, you know, in improving your ability to influence and move your team like right, but is that your challenge that the thing that's either holding you back or that you need growth in to kind of take things to the next level, maybe it's marketing, maybe it's whatever that is, but that then you have a real strategic plan around the input that you're getting around that particular topic. So for me, my growth plan is, or my plan that I have is I subscribe to different channels, you know, on YouTube, of people that I love to hear who their guests are usually entrepreneurial in nature, you know, all marketing is something that's top of mind right now. And so I've got a couple of real estate, you know, so I'll figure out kind of what my focus is, for particular, I usually do it by the month now, right? And we're all go deeper on a particular topic for that month, or quarter. And then I'm just feeding stuff in right in like, I don't even have to think about it, it's in my folder. I click on it, I'm listening to it while I'm on the treadmill in the car while I'm getting ready in the morning. So that you're doing while you're doing other things that doesn't take up additional time.

John Mitchell:

Right? Well, that is brilliant. And I think that this idea that that you got to be growing in, in areas that are strategic to what you want to accomplish. Because, you know, if you ask people are you growing? Everybody says they are. But when you ask them, What do you do, and you find out they're listening to Joe Rogan, or, you know, I mean, you know, it's entertainment, it's not really growing them relative to what they want to accomplish. And, you know, I tell you, if you have a system, you know, when the one of the my wetsuit evolved for me as a system, is I have like, three or four podcasts that I listened to, that I really like and in areas that again, are strategic, you know, marketing and, and that type of thing. And every Monday morning, I just look at those three podcasts and I go, Okay, what what topic really interests me and I'll look at their last 10 or 15 or 20 episodes, and see what are the two or three I'm going to listen to this week. And and it's and again, I just you know, it's that version, what I did 17 years ago Today, and it's so simple, it's just, you know, pull up my phone first thing Monday morning and figure out the two or three episodes, and boom. And he always reaffirmed in my daily visualization, what I'm doing that I'm going to listen to it when I'm driving to or from going to lunch on, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and, and it's consistent. And it's just, it's such a game changer. And I'm, I'm just blown away by the brilliance of other people and how they can see things for influencing your employees, or they can see things marketing ideas that you would have no clue about, if you just stayed in your own head, you know?

Kelly Hatfield:

Well, absolutely. And I think being a entrepreneur, you know, if you're a solopreneur, entrepreneur, like it can be a lonely place, sometimes you can feel if you don't have the right support system around you, you can feel like you're often an island, and it's easy to get into this silo. And to continue to do things the way that you've always been doing them. And hey, that's great if it's working, and you're continuing to see year over year growth, but likely, that's not what's happening. Because we all get to a certain point of growth, where it's like, okay, for whatever reason, I'm having trouble getting to the next level, you know, it's not me here isn't gonna get me to the next level, I've got to expand my skill, set knowledge, whatever the case may be, to make it to that next level. And so I think that, you know, having a focus, and there's one other thing that I want to touch base on as a teaser, to a future episode, because hey, this stuff is only as good is if you take it in, process it and decide whether what pieces of it, you're going to take that maybe you're going to take action on in your own business. And so one piece that we have that is critical, I think, to really getting as much as you can out of taking in this information is how you process the information, and I could sell it, what I'd love to do is in our next episode, talk about the deep thinking, and how that goes hand in hand with the input that you're getting from this growth material throughout the week, because that truly was the game changer for me, because, hey, I've listened to the best of the best podcasts, you know, and would be like, Oh, that's a great idea. While I'm on the treadmill, and I'm like as soon as it comes in, and that's a great idea. I'm off thinking about something else or right and nothing ever happens, like, for example, the book club. Yeah, you know, that rattled around in my head for months before I use this thinking method that we'll talk about in the next episode, to get that out on to paper, put it into action. And it is made a tremendous impact in my business that I can't even measure it and put dollars on yet, because of the things that it's done for our company for our team, the level of engagement. I'm not even sure how to quantify what that one idea has brought to write my companies. So I want to dig in a little bit further in a future episode and talk about that method. Because it is the I think that it's the missing piece of the puzzle that I had any way I can speak for myself when it came to growth was that I wasn't getting the ideas out onto paper and processing them and and putting them into action steps.

John Mitchell:

You know, I love that idea of of that is a future episode. Yeah, I was just talking to one of our clients just before we started doing this, and I was telling him that being successful comes down to continually having more clarity, and I was telling him, you know, through our methodology, clarity is coming from three things. First of all, you're you're taking this a synced articulation of your life, and you're feeding itself to yourself every day, okay, that's, that's one way that you're getting clarity because the more you feed that clarity about your life, the deeper you see your life. And so that provides clarity, then the second way is setting aside time to think which you know, two times a week and we call it deep thinking and you know, what you're really doing is you're creating an output venue for all the input that's coming in. And then the third component is the personal growth component. But you know, you take those three things, and it's like, that's what creates clarity on steroids is those three things together and not only that, does it create more clarity now you know, through the call man and date methodology, it makes that clarity show up in your thoughts and actions automatically. So that's I think the beauty of this but but It's all sort of built or around, fundamentally growing intellectually in areas that are strategic relative to what you want to accomplish. Love it. Anything else to add to that? I

Kelly Hatfield:

don't think so. I think again, another brilliant ending where I couldn't have said it better myself.

John Mitchell:

Okay, well, let's, you know, Kelly, let's quit while we're ahead. As this gets go downhill, so let's just stay right where we are. Okay, until next time, we'll see you.