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The View From The Top with Aaron Walker

The View from the Top podcast is a world-class podcast created for men interested in living a life of success and significance. In this weekly podcast, hosts Aaron Walker and Danny "Sunshine" Bauer interview men in the Iron Sharpens Iron Masterminds facilitated by Aaron Walker. Guests share entrepreneurial insights and success stories from working in a mastermind. This show is for men interested in being successful businessmen, intentional husbands, and better friends. Men should come here regularly for inspiration and to get to the amazing guys at The View from the Top. Each episode is 20-30 minutes perfect for your commute, workout, and making your chores at home more enjoyable! Aaron Walker has been in a mastermind with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and Ken Abraham for more than a decade and now he wants to share what he has learned with you, the listener.
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Apr 17, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  It’s never easy to end a relationship, but that’s even harder to do when that relationship is a family member.  In today’s episode Aaron Walker is going to share a story about a domineering mom that was driving her son and daughter-in-law nuts while causing chaos to reign in the family.

If you struggle with some boundaries with family members than this episode is for you.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Confronting My Mom

Aaron shares a story about a man who is really struggling with his mother and how she is driving the family crazy.  He knows if he goes to her it will cause division in the family and cause stress, but the man just can’t take it anymore.  The mother does help with a number of things making it even more difficult.

“So his mastermind members kind of got around him virtually speaking and said you’ve got to confront her and he didn’t want to do it.  He said he’s been dealing with it for 16 years and she was difficult as a teenager and young man and I just know how my mom is. But you are going to have to deal with her if you want any sense of peace in your own family.” - Aaron Walker

 

Deal With It

Aaron encourages you to deal with those relationships today that need to be dealt with even if they are family members.  Do not allow them to rule or dictate your life. By allowing this you are affecting generations to come negatively.

“You can’t let somebody steal your joy and you can’t all them to dictate what is going to transpire in your life.” - Aaron Walker



Challenge

Go to that person in prayer, never in anger so you can restore that relationship.  Get people around you that hold you up and encourage you. Find people who are going to tell you the truth and look out for your well-being.  Take the courage to deal with the relationship. Form strong boundaries, even with family members.

“Small minds talk about people, great minds talk about ideas.” - Aaron Walker

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

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Apr 10, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Aaron Walker’s exclusive Iron Sharpens Iron expert interview with Profit First author, Mike Michalowicz as Mike shares how he turned everything around and goes deep teaching from his Profit First system.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Mike lost three multi-million dollar companies before his 35th birthday.  He was awarded the New Jersey's Small Business Association, Young Entrepreneur of the Year when he was 26 years old.  He sold his first company, to a private equity company and then his second company to a Fortune 500, so he's working his way up.  Mike is a former small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal. His books have been translated in 10 different languages. He's an active partner in multiple companies including an American manufacturer of business growth consultancy and an augmented reality Tech Firm in a Certification Organization for accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The reality is, behind that was a lot of grand mistakes, horrible errors, almost losing my family, losing all my money, just really horrible stuff.  I actually think that may be some interesting components and I suspect many people listening in have experienced those elements or just challenges.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Most Humbling Moment

Mike is married, has three children and currently lives in a beautiful section of New Jersey.  He was very successful and sold his second business for millions and started angel investing. Due to his investment choices, Mike had to share with his family that he had lost everything.  They had to move, sell all of their possessions, no sports, horse riding lessons or after school activities, then his 9 year old daughter offered to support their family.

“She ran to her bedroom, grabbed her piggy bank, and she ran back down to me and said, Daddy, I'll support our family, don't worry.  I'll support our family. And it was the most humbling moment of my life.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Full Time Author

Mike went through 2 years of depression, started boozing and found himself in a very dark place before he finally turned it around.  Luckily for Mike he was able to climb out of the gutter. He is now a full time author and owns a few businesses. These days he is definitely living a life of both success and significance.

“I'm really writing books to fix all of my own erroneous ways and hopefully in the process of serving others to address their challenges too.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Profit First

Mike explains that we have been taught the formula to profit incorrectly.  We have been taught that profit comes last, that profit is the bottom line.  He suggests that we put profit first and use the formula sales minus profit equals expenses.

“All I care about is the deposit came in your business immediately take a predetermined percentage of that profit, allocate it toward an account called profit.  We hide it from ourselves, we remove our profit. It's the pay yourself first principle apply to our business. And as a result, you start forcing profitability in your business.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

The members of Iron Sharpens Iron are quite spoiled because each month Aaron brings an expert in to speak to us regarding business, leadership, or life.  These expert interviews are just one of the ways there is tremendous value in joining the mastermind.

“I don’t know about you, but Profit First has been a huge benefit to the finances in my business.  It’s paid for some pretty great trips to the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, and Zimbabwe. And my wife always wonders how we can afford it.  I tell her the business! That’s because of profit first.” - Danny Bauer

 

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

Resources

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

 

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Apr 3, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s podcast Aaron talks about two colleagues. One of them Dave was a trusted friend for years. The other Bob -- used to be a competitor and turned a friend. In addition to an abundant versus scarcity mindset, listeners will be reminded of the importance of relationships.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Competitors and Friends

Aaron talks about his business partner David and their competitor Bob.  One might think they would be at odds but over the years, Aaron found Bob to be a very honest man.  Aaron calls him a friend to this day.

Danny discusses the idea of playing a finite game where there are clear winners and losers. Aaron usually calls this game one of scarcity.  When you play a finite game you can’t win unless your opponent loses.  But the real game you need to play is infinite. This is the game of abundance. In an infinite game, everyone can win.

“During an infinite game there is no real start and finish no clear winners and losers.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

 

Encourage Others

If you are struggling for ways to encourage and uplift others here are a few ideas:

  • If you have a podcast, blog, or vlog -- promote your friends and competitors and what they do
  • Share their work generously via social media and or email
  • Write a referral on LinkedIn

All these steps will take less than 15 minutes, but the ROI is priceless.

In Summary

In this episode, the point is how Aaron is playing an infinite game.  Danny says that Aaron has taught him that relationships are key to success and to do positive unexpected things for others frequently.

“In some respects there is no direct benefit for Aaron plugging Dave and Bob’s businesses. There are no affiliate deals. He doesn’t get a finder’s fee for someone that does business with them.  So why do it? Because it’s uplifting. It’s encouraging. It’s good for relationships and it’s good for business.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

 

Given two people in your community:

  • One that selflessly promotes others and shares referrals
  • Or the guy who has to “crush” the competition on his way to being #1

Who would you rather work with?

And that’s why Big A has experienced so much success in his life.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

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Mar 27, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Danny Sunshine Bauer and Aaron Walker discuss what place does giving and generosity have in your business?

As business leaders we are often looking for ways to scale, to serve more, and ultimately to increase the bottom line. But if you do your research and find something personal and meaningful, gift giving can set you apart from the pack.  If you are ready to add gift giving and generosity as a winning part of your business strategy then continue listening. Up next … Aaron Walker interviews John Ruhlin, author of Giftology.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

John Ruhlin-A Different Angle

John is the author of the book Giftology that ISI is studying right now and many of the guys in ISI want to give but they just don’t know how.

John grew up on a farm in Ohio milking goats before going to school every morning, is one of six kids and heated their house with wood.  So John comes at this from a different angle than most. He pays homage of Giftology to one of his mentors who was an attorney (his girlfriend’s dad at the time).  John’s life changed when he asked his mentor to buy pocket knives and he wanted engraved paring knives and he couldn’t figure out why paring knives.

“It was a lightning bulb moment, it wasn’t about the knives, it was about understanding the depth and psychology of relationship building and reciprocity.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

 

Gratitude and Appreciation

“What Giftology is about at the core level is that everybody says that relationships are important but most leaders fall short and are not congruent with what they say and what they do action wise.” - John Ruhlin

 

Perception of the Recipient

Aaron discusses the perception of the recipient with John and the potential scenarios that people are thinking when given a gift.  Whether it be what is he trying to get from me and dealing with government contracts and legalities of accepting gifts there will always be obstacles.

“When you give a gift and don’t ask for anything in return, people can sense your intentions.  Usually I am acknowledging them for their time they have given to me.” - John Ruhlin

According to John, less than 1%, regardless of the reason for the gift it is rarely returned.  With all of the policies, rules, etc. a gift that is tasteful, personalized and follows the agenda and mission the recipient usually accepts it as really thoughtful.  It is an artifact of the relationship. John does say to stay away from government contracts-you don’t want to get anyone in trouble.

 

In Summary

Danny is hopeful you could see how powerful gift giving and generosity can be as a winning business strategy.

“Since learning this strategy I now budget 10% of total revenue for gifts.  That challenges me to come up with a number of fun ways to express my gratitude to leaders I serve.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

Gifts Danny has set in the past:

  • Beautiful leather passport wallet and luggage tag
  • Philly Eagles superbowl champion jersey
  • Personalized golf balls
  • Running watch
  • Subscription to the NY Times Crossword
  • Amazon Echo device to a tech enthusiast

 

Challenge:  If you budgeted 10% of your revenue for gifts what would you like to send?

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

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Resources

Giftology by John Ruhlin

 

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Mar 20, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Danny Sunshine Bauer and Aaron Walker discuss how to take your business to the next level of success and build one on the foundation of significance.  This is a long game. There are no shortcuts, but you can do it. Danny and Aaron are here to tell you how.

“According to Seth Godin in This is Marketing business owners can’t be seen until they learn how to see.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

See What….See Who?

According to Danny, many business owners have it all wrong. They take a one size fits all approach to marketing.  They first get excited about an idea. Next they create what they think is the next big product or service that everyone will be crazy for. Now that their widget is made, they reach out to the masses of people and use shortcuts, ads, and spam to interrupt people’s attention and hopefully make a sale or two.

“But this approach does not work.  In our Iron Sharpens Iron masterminds, we talk each week how to live a life of success and significance.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

 

Cheap and Spammy Marketing

Several business owners resort to cheap and spammy marketing when they start their business.  Danny and Aaron say they are guilty of this but credit Seth Godin with how they view the people they are trying to serve.

I think that they were just unaware.  They were just trying to make a dollar.  They were trying to create a product that they can mass market.  They tried to interrupt the market and just get people to buy. And I think it's a really bad way and Seth has really brought great clarity to my mind in how to build the tribes and how to make things that matter for people who care and really go after that tribe, that community. - Aaron Walker

So be bold. Introduce yourself. Tell them you appreciate their work. Give them a specific example. Keep it short. Say goodbye.

 

MVA

The minimal viable audience really resonated with Danny and was a game changer for him.  In discussing this with Aaron, he shares that he didn’t agree. Aaron had to read it 3 times and reflect before he shifted his mindset.

I want to have the atmosphere that we really reach out to people that want to be a great dad, a great husband, have a life of success and significance.  People that really want to rally around how to build a life of success simultaneously with significance. And I thought, you know what-there's this many people that need to probably be involved at this time.  Maybe that will change over time. Maybe it will grow. But for right now, this minimum viable audience is this group of people that we have now. We have 14 groups. We're in nine different countries around the world and I'm feeling really good about this minimum viable audience.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

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Mar 13, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker is going to talk about the book The Talent Code. One of the big ideas we will discuss is targeted practice.  Using the example of basketball and shooting the ball is an easy way to look at targeted practice, but what does it look like in business?  

This book has got to be in the top 10 of the books that I've read over the past 20 years without a question, because it talks about how greatness isn't born.  It's grown. - Aaron Walker

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Doing Deep Work

Aaron talks about the great talents out there that are naturals but they put in daily work.  Michael Phelps, Drew Brees, Phil Mickelson are among some of the best. They put in regimented daily practice to be the best.  They do the deep work required to get better each and every day.

And I think about us here at View From The Top and the things that are really important to us. And I think about, you know, we've got to do these Facebook lives.  We blog, you know, we do these podcast interviews is a regimented routine and there's so many times that I do not want to go to the green way and do a video, but I'm like, you know what I said I was going to do them.  They're affective. I don't feel like it necessarily, but it works. That's deep practice. - Aaron Walker

 

Targeted Practice

Danny discusses three things when it comes to targeted practice.

  1. Be Committed-Commit to the process
  2. Find your niche
  3. Know your rituals and routines

I want you to get focused.  I want you to be committed. I want you to be consistent it everything that you set out to do.  I want you to have a plan. Once you implement the deep practice, you too can be hugely successful - Aaron Walker

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

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Resources

Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

 

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Mar 6, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker is going to talk about ambition.  Ambition is defined as an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction as power, honor, fame, or wealth in the willingness to strive for it's attainment.  How do you measure your ambition? Are you motivated or complacent?

I have huge ambitions, maybe too big at times. I struggle with turning it off and also managing my emotions if I don't achieve everything I set out to do. - Danny Sunshine Bauer

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Embrace Tension

Aaron says if you're holding on to the tension or if there's no tension in your life, there's probably something going awry.  Something is not going right because you are not paying attention. Aaron points out that the good news is that it is probably helping you.  But the bad news is that the tension never leaves you.

I want to encourage you today to embrace the tension.  The tension is what keeps us safe. The tension is something in our lives that creates a thought within us.  Are we doing the right thing - Aaron Walker

 

Keep It In Check

Sometimes we need to keep our ambition in check and some of us need to find ambition.  Aaron will continue to confront you on all fronts while keeping himself in check with his own ambition.

So we'll go on this journey together.  Right Today. I don't have all the answers for you.  I wished I did. I wished I had figured them out long time ago, but I'm studying. I'm praying.  I give it to God each and every day to learn, to continue to be ambitious, but at the same time, I want to learn to be content.” - Aaron Walker

 

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

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Feb 27, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker discusses how to get out of your comfort zone.  He had an interesting experience at a conference where someone was literally shaking.  She wanted to meet Big A, but at the same time was quite intimidated.

“But here’s the secret.  Aaron.…He’s just like you and me.  He also puts his shoes on one at a time.  I’ve seen him do it!” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

What The Worst That Can Happen?

Aaron encourages you to get outside of your comfort zone.  His tip-those people want you to approach them.

“Who would those people be without you?  They would be nothing without you, your fanfare, without you buying their products, your dollars, those people would be absolutely nothing.” - Aaron Walker

What is the worst thing that can happen? Probably nothing. We really blow things out of proportion in our heads. And that fear holds us back from experiencing greatness.

 

What The Best That Can Happen?

We also have to think what is the best thing that can happen?  That is really what should frighten you because it’s about opportunity lost.

“I forget at this point if it was MJ, Kobe or Lebron who said it, but it doesn’t matter.  You miss 100% of the shots you never take. People that are our heroes are just like us.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

So be bold. Introduce yourself. Tell them you appreciate their work. Give them a specific example. Keep it short. Say goodbye.

 

Google Get Out of My Comfort Zone

If it seems too risky to be bold then Google how to get out of my comfort zone and try one of the recommended activities:

3 things you can do that are low risk and quite fun:

  1. Strike up a conversation with a stranger
  2. Ask the next cashier at a retail store for a discount
  3. Lie down in a public place …

“Those may seem a little crazy, but I guarantee nothing bad will happen and you just might gain a little more courage.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

 

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.


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Feb 20, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker throws a curve to Danny “Sunshine” Bauer by improvising without Danny knowing.  Aaron wants to talk to his listeners from the heart and this was recorded on Valentine’s Day thus the importance of his message.

Robin and I are celebrating our 41st Valentine together and I’m only 58.  We have had our ups and downs over the course of our marriage and it will be 39 years.” - Aaron Walker

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

What is Love

Aaron says that through his marriage with Robin, they have grown the most over the last 39 years when going through difficult times.  They peel back the onion and figure out what is left. What really matters. Aaron shares a story about a friend that struggles in his marriage from an event that happened many years ago with his wife.  The friend has sort of forgiven his wife but it continues to come up and it’s all about him. Aaron told him to apologize to his wife and tell her that he was setting her free so they could move forward in their lives.  He demonstrated love to his wife during this time.

“Dude, you are a jerk!  Do you realize you have your wife in prison?  She has said she is sorry, she has repented, GOD has forgiven her. ” - Aaron Walker

 

Unpacking-This is Love

How do you have a significant life and live through these types of events in your life?  Danny challenges listeners by asking if they have are surrounded by a group of men that they can confide in to garner authentic advice.  

“He shared his heart to you, he poured it out for an hour right?  And in that very vulnerable authentic moment because you all have such relational capital built up you're able to not necessarily give him what he wants to hear but what he needs to hear  ” - Danny “Sunshine” Bauer

 

“You know that is what we all need in our lives.  I’m so glad Sunshine you pointed that out because when we’re alone, I always talk about isolation is the enemy to excellence, it’s so true in every area of our life personally and professionally, we’ve got to have guys around us that when we drop that veil that we have the facade eliminated in our lives and go I’m hurting.”  Aaron Walker

 

Danny shares with the listeners and with Aaron that something that resonated with him in the story is how this man is going to turn the corner.  The advice Big A gave is not natural and the advice given was on point. How do you help someone open up his hand and let it go.

“I even wrote about that in my book View From The Top and I wrote in their that bitterness is it’s own prison.  I mean really you are holding yourself captive, you are not letting yourself be free.”  Aaron Walker

 

Listen to this episode to help unpack what it takes to love.  Danny and Aaron take you on a journey to help you lead a life of significance and success.

 

Live a Life of Success

Aaron encourages you to not lie to yourself and to get people around you to help unpack it.  Be honest and vulnerable and open up. Life is fragile, we are not guaranteed today of tomorrow.  Have not regrets!

“I just want to encourage you guys today, if there is something that you are dealing with, whatever it is whether it be financial, relational, whether it is somebody you need to forgive or somebody you need to let go, whatever that thing is, it is going to cloud your vision.  Everything that you do is going to be ran through that filter if you don’t relinquish it.”  Aaron Walker

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s Challenge: Tomorrow is not guaranteed-Reflect on this:  There is a study that has been done on the top regrets of the dying.  Here are the top 5:

 

  • I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself not the life others expected of me.

  • I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

  • I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.

  • I wish I would have stayed in touch with my friends.

  • I wish I would have let myself be happier.

 

Meditate on these, pray and reflect on these top 5 regrets.

 

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

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Feb 13, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker’s expert interview is with Rory Vaden.  Rory is the co-founder of Southwestern Consulting, a self-disciplined strategist and internationally renowned speaker. Rory Vaden is the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs. His insights on taking action and overcoming procrastination have been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, and several other major media outlets. As a world-renowned speaker, His Tedx talk on "How to Multiply Time" has been viewed nearly 2 million times and he was recently named as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world by Inc Magazine.

His new book Procrastinate on Purpose is the first book ever to focus on emotional side of productivity and it provides five methods to literally multiply your time.” - Aaron Walker

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Evolution of Procrastinate on Purpose

Rory’s new book evolved as a result of his last book Take the Stairs.  In that book Rory writes about two types of procrastination. 1.) Classic procrastination which is consciously delaying what you know you should be doing.  2.) Creative avoidance which is creating stuff for ourselves to do as a way of doing those things and feeling productive. His new book Procrastinate on Purpose focuses on a third type of procrastination called priority dilution.

“Priority dilution is when the movers and shakers, the do-gooder, the check lister, the leader, the entrepreneur, the person who is making stuff happen; it’s people you wouldn’t think normally struggle with procrastination and yet the have the very same net result which is they leave the officer at the end of the day with their most significant priorities left unchecked, not because they are lazy but because we have allowed our attention to shift less important but perhaps more urgent tasks. ” - Rory Vaden

 

Game Changer

Time management appears to be logical given all the tools we have to work with but in today’s world time management is emotional.  There are so many things in our emotions that dictate our time. Additionally, everything changes when you add the component of significance.  Rory shared that importance means how much will this matter, urgency is how soon will this matter and significance is how long will this matter.

“Everything you know about time management is wrong. ” - Rory Vaden

 

Resources

Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden

LinkedIn

Blog

 

Live a Life of Success

Aaron encourages you to live a life of success and not worry about what others think. Pay attention to the warning signs and act on them.  Be proactive in your approach.

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s Challenge: Pick up a copy of Procrastinate on Purpose and start using the focus funnel to start prioritizing the work you will do today.  For each task ask yourself can I eliminate this task? Can I automate this task? Can I delegate this task? Can I procrastinate on this task? and finally Do I need to concentrate on this task?  

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

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Feb 6, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker offers a short nugget about niching down. . It’s about breaking big tasks into smaller ones.  Danny has had the privilege of working with Aaron in his ISI Mastermind and wanted to make a shift in his life and do something more meaningful and live a life of success.

Dreaming big then taking big action are often incongruent.” - Danny Bauer

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

One Quarter at a Time

Aaron shares a story about yard work where all the leaves had fallen.  He was a bit overwhelmed and decided to break it up into quarters. He started with one quarter and finished everything in one quarter prior to moving to next quarter and so on.  Aaron looks at business the same way. It’s too difficult to tackle the big picture all at once and his 38 years of experience in business that says you won’t be effective and you won’t last long term.

I visually said I am going to stay in this quarter and get all the limbs up, get all the leaves up, all the twigs, the debris and anything that was out there and I was gonna stay focused right here.  I’m going to niche down to this one quarter. ” - Aaron Walker

 

Resources

12 Week Year by Brian Moran

Brian Moran teaches us how to intentionally focus.  Having an annual goal is sometimes difficult.” - Aaron Walker

 

Live a Life of Success

Aaron encourages you to live a life of success and not worry about what others think. Pay attention to the warning signs and act on them.  Be proactive in your approach.

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

So that is Today’s Challenge: Take your big project divide it into multiple sub-steps and micro goals.  Make a plan on how to achieve the small stuff and the big goals will follow.

And did you know that you are much more likely to accomplish those tasks that you tell people about in public? Don’t keep your to-do list a secret. Send a tweet to me @alien … and Aaron @VFTCoach

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

Links to Books:

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

12 Week Year by Brian Moran

NIV, Foundation Study Bible by Zondervan

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

 

Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

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Jan 30, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker shares a heart tugging story about a woman and her colleague and the choices they made on Sept 11.

At the core of the story is this question -- What are you delaying on that there is warning signs that you’re not dealing with?

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Something Wasn’t Right

Aaron shares a story by Sean Coen in the story grid about a lady on the 96th floor during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks who could feel a heat wave kind of come through the glass.  She knew something wasn’t right so she grabbed one of her co-workers and headed toward the exit. The co-worker decided that she needed to go back and get the pictures of her children and family.  That was her fatal mistake because as she went back, the second tower was hit by another airplane and everyone on that floor lost their life.

What are you delaying on right now that you know there are warning signs and you are not dealing with?” - Aaron Walker

 

5 Books That Have Changed My Life

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

We need to have a growth mindset not a fixed mindset.  We need to think about the way we are approaching life.” - Aaron Walker

 

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

We need to narrow our focus down.  It helps us to be an inch wide instead of a mile wide and an inch deep.  We focus on the things that are important in our lives.” - Aaron Walker

 

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

It is a must read!  This book teaches you to listen to other people and how to talk to them.” - Aaron Walker

 

12 Week Year by Brian Moran

Brian Moran teaches us how to intentionally focus.  Having an annual goal is sometimes difficult.” - Aaron Walker

 

NIV, Foundation Study Bible by Zondervan

We need to read a book that helps us with our moral compass, how to be men of character and integrity.” - Aaron Walker

 

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

If you will read this book, it will help you to overcome those upper limit challenges.” - Aaron Walker


Live a Life of Success

Aaron encourages you to live a life of success and not worry about what others think. Pay attention to the warning signs and act on them.  Be proactive in your approach.

These 5 books you can read in the next 60 days.  You need to read the bible daily.” - Aaron Walker

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

So that is Today’s Challenge: I want you to reflect right after this episode and generate a list of things you know you have been putting off. Don’t evaluate why you have been putting these things off, just identify those tasks. If you can get them done in 5 minutes or less, do them right away. If they’ll take a bit longer to execute. Put a plan in place. Establish a date when you will knock out those items.

 

And did you know that you are much more likely to accomplish those tasks that you tell people about in public? Don’t keep your to-do list a secret. Send a tweet to me @alien … and Aaron @VFTCoach

 

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com


Links to Books:

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

12 Week Year by Brian Moran

NIV, Foundation Study Bible by Zondervan

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

 

Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

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Jan 23, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker discusses I’m stuck and I don’t know what to do.  We will go on a journey with Aaron while he is earning his pilot's license. We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Unpacking the Difference-Mastermind Groups

Aaron received an email asking what is the difference between an accountability group and a mastermind group.  He has been involved in both for over 2 decades. His simple definition of the difference is that a mastermind group includes like-minded people that come together that help encourage, provide resources support and provide accountability to the goals you have set.  

In mastermind groups, theoretically you will only go so far; there is only so much personal information you will share. Quite honestly there is a limit.” - Aaron Walker

 

Unpacking the Difference-Accountability Groups

An accountability group is another level.  This is a smaller group that you want to share with intimately and they ask pointed questions.  The topics range from your personal life at home and with your family and your faith to your business.  The questions come every week, so it is very difficult to lie which makes you think during the moment.

I suggest that your accountability group is all men or all women.” - Aaron Walker

 

Success and Significance

Danny talks about his experience with accountability groups and mastermind groups.  Both he has experienced are spiritual in nature and what they do in Iron Sharpens Iron.  In the accountability group pain points came up and he gave his group permission and asked them to ask the hard questions about his life and marriage.  In the mastermind group it is organized by topics. How do men lead a life of success and significance.

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s challenge:  If you are on that journey and would benefit from being in a group that is business minded and focused on growing as a man, a husband, a father or a friend and you want to make that transition we welcome your application.  Use the link below to start living a life of success and significance.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

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Jan 16, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker discusses I’m stuck and I don’t know what to do.  We will go on a journey with Aaron while he is earning his pilot's license. We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Getting Stuck

Aaron wanted to learn how to fly and started lessons.  They started to do full power stalls which causes it to break left.  Aaron let go of the throttle and grabbed the yoke which caused the plane to stall.  His instructor told him not to let go but Aaron did on the next stall. At this point the plane quits and Aaron was stuck.  The airplane would not start; the instructor had cut the fuel selector switch off to prove a point. They ended up trying to make an emergency landing on a golf course but the instructor pointed it straight done and ended up getting it started.

 

I said that thing would have worked a lot better if I hadn’t have been stuck and you would have told me what to do before we did the full power stalls I wouldn’t have been quite as nervous.” - Aaron Walker

 

4 Steps to Getting Yourself Unstuck

  1. When we get stuck we need better instruction- surround yourself with people who have the answers.  “Get trusted advisors around you; be vulnerable, be transparent, be willing to say I don’t know and that will help you get unstuck.” - Aaron Walker
  2. We try to get back where we were at.  Find a place that is even better. Strive to go forward and not back. Stop comparisons and change your mindset.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to your colleagues, friends or family.  You will always feel like you don’t measure up if you continue to compare yourself.  Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle or end. You will remain stuck.
  4. You’re trying to prove something to somebody; maybe it’s yourself, maybe it’s your dad, maybe it’s a brother, maybe it’s somebody you need to prove yourself to.  It gets you stuck. Stop doing that.  You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone.” - Aaron Walker

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s challenge is to get connected.  The number one enemy of excellence is isolation.  Danny encourages you to be a part of the Iron Sharpens Iron mastermind that he has been a part of for the last three years.  This has been the secret to Danny’s success.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

 

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

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Jan 9, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show, Aaron Walker interviews Chris Brogan. We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Early Blogging and Online Community

Chris Brogan is the CEO of Owner Media Group that creates and sells online courses, e-Learning and training programs that helps you discover how to attract more customers, sell what you know online and live a life on your own terms, grow your email list, and his focus is to provide you the educational tools you need to make your life and business thrive.  

Chris is a giving individual and author.  He comes up from an entrepreneurial past and began blogging when most people thought it was journaling.  Chris was part of a virtual community and his first blog took 8 years to become successful. He was writing about a lot of different things and always shared his opinions, but writing from the wrong place.  

 

In the old days I would give my opinion on a lot of things.  There is one thing we humans have about as much as we inhale and exhale and that is we opinions.” - Chris Brogan

 

Productivity Blog

Chris was writing about personal productivity and was gaining a lot of traction.  He believes it became popular because everyone was offering what type of softwares you should have so he thought he would start asking what are you trying to accomplish first.  Chris has been able to ride this through a lot of different waves due to his style.

 

I had a different way of saying things and it was a way I guess I connected with people and made them see themselves.  One of the weird compliments I receive a lot is you make it look easy.” - Chris Brogan

 

Why Should You Hire Me?

Chris believes that there is more than one way to get to your end goal.  He believes that he articulates things so they are actionable. Chris wants people to get in, get the information, go try it for themselves, prove if it works for them and then get out.  He looks at things objective, pliable and flexible.

One other thing that separates me from the rest is that I don’t try to stick to one approach; I like to take a lot of different paths to a goal.” - Chris Brogan

 

Paying Attention To Your Tribe

Chris tries to make as many paths as he can so he can be found.  He just completed his 9th book Find Your Writing Voice.  As part of this book you can join a Facebook group and has created a road to community to give his listeners a voice.  Chris is very easy to get ahold of and is very engaging.

I don’t really spend as much time on my complainers but I do what I can to love on the people who feel like I’m helping them.” - Chris Brogan

 

Resources

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth

Impact Equation

Find Your Writing Voice

Connect with Chris Brogan

Owner Media Group

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s challenge is to have a hard look at how easy it is for your clients to communicate with you.  

Make one change to streamline this process and remove the barriers that clients may face.

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

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Jan 2, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker and Danny “Sunshine” Bauer discuss practicing radical generosity in business.  We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

Personal and Professional Highlights of 2018

Aaron takes a look back and sees the growth and the excitement of what's going on in Iron Sharpens Iron. ISI grew 35 percent last year. From podcasts, Alexa briefs, blogs and FaceBook live, developing the processes and the systems have been essential.  Aaron credits Scott Beebe, with My Business on Purpose as helping them focus on developing good systems and processes and Aaron’s executive assistant (and daughter) Brooke with helping with these systems and processes. One of the things Aaron is most excited about in 2018 is that they have  developed a strategy and a system by which the men that join Iron Sharpens Iron can go through eight modules to onboard easier so they are prepared to join the ISI community.

Most businesses are trying to grow two to five percent a year and we grew 35 percent and that took a lot of hard work.” - Aaron Walker

 

Iron Sharpens Iron Mastermind

Danny Sunshine Bauer wants to strongly encourage the listeners to apply to Iron Sharpens Iron. His own experience with Scott Beebe who Danny says he is a systems guy and a genius with the group and can help out so many different business owners, but within the community that Big A has built at View From The Top.  Danny has seen similar growth in his business with Better Leaders and credits surrounding himself with men in Iron Sharpens Iron.

I attribute so much of the success that we've experienced because we meet consistently, you know, we've built those relationships. It's authentic, it's deep, ans sometimes you get that truth that sometimes hurts, but it's a wake up call. It's mere moments and it gets you back on course.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

 

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

In 2019, Aaron wants you to think about delegating.  Focus on letting go and delegating what you can to grow your business.  He wants to encourage you in 2019 that you do not have to do everything and to hand what you can over to someone else and let them handle it.

You either gotta eliminate, delegate or automate in your business and you've got to figure out what only you can do and then automate or delegate the rest of the things.” - Aaron Walker

 

Winning Business Strategy

Being radically generous is a winning business strategy.  At VFTT, the giftology philosophy exists in small gifts. They do personalized anniversary cards and they order those for every couple and it has their name on the front of the card and send on their anniversaries..They also do a few other things, not because they have to but because they love the guys in ISI and appreciate them and they want them to stay around and want them to feel welcomed. Aaron wants members to feel that they belong to an organization that includes my family as well.

“Think about the ways that you can add value to the people that are in your community. What are the little things that you can do? We do videos a lot and we send out personalized videos to each and every member thanking them for the things that they've contributed. Or we'll send them welcoming them to the group or we'll send videos out a wishing them Merry Christmas or can't wait to see you at the live event in there.” - Aaron Walker

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s challenge is to practice radical generosity in your business.

Aaron and Danny just want you guys to really make it a part of what you're doing. Try to allocate a certain amount of your budget each year for others.

Allocate a certain amount to give generously on purpose.

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

Links to Books:

Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Client Retention by John Rulin

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability in business and in Life by John G. Miller

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

 

Mastermind Member Spotlight

Lane Beene lives in Texas and has been married to his lovely wife for 27 years.  He is with the United States Air Force officer flying F-16’s for 27 years. He is a real estate investor for the past 15 years and some of the deals that he comes up with in Fort Worth, Texas are absolutely amazing. Reach out to Lane if you have any interest at looking into a real estate investment.  Lane can be reached at beenef16@yahoo.com

 

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe now and visit viewfromthetop.com to learn more. And if you enjoyed the show how about telling a friend and leave a review of the podcast wherever you are listening right now.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

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Dec 26, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker and Danny “Sunshine” Bauer discuss how to finish strong.  We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

How to Finish Strong

Aaron has some systems in place that he has developed over time as he as learned through failures and successes.  One of the common threads he sees when visiting with people is that people are over-committed.

Greg McKeown talks about it in his book; We’re much better off being an inch wide and a mile deep than an inch deep and a mile wide.” - Aaron Walker

 

Systems that help him to be a success

Middle Game-most are starters and finishers but we needs to shore up our middle game and finish strong

Focus, plan-map out the year on a google spreadsheet and community-lean on as a lever to pull from and lean on

 

Have a Plan

One of the things Aaron does each year includes mapping out with his CEO what they want to accomplish.  They will send 20 hours over two days and finish with knowing what their focus will be each day.

It’s as simple as getting out a google spreadsheet.  Writing down all the things we want to accomplish and I will literally know the theme every month, the books we will read, the questions we will ask, the blog topics that we will write about.” - Aaron Walker

 

Accountability Group

Aaron meets with three guys once a week on Friday morning.  He is also in a mastermind group with Dan Miller and has been for over two decades every week.  Motivation wears out and you need to refuel. These accountability groups will help you to do so.

Guys if you don’t have a plan, an accountability group or a mastermind group, I don’t know how you think you are going to accomplish all of the tasks you need to do.” - Aaron Walker

Common Denominator

Aaron sees a common a denominator among all people.  They don’t even know who they are themselves. So Aaron wrote a document called Personal Assessment.  It talks about your identity, ideals, relationships, faith, career, etc.

 

Download the "Personal assessment," "What do I want?" and "Steps to a Productive Day" here:  viewfromthetop.com/greenway

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s challenge is to get 1% better everyday.  Put up those chocolates or invest that money. Start eating that salmon.  It’s hard to see in the moment how much you are getting but over time that actually equals to you becoming a 37 times more powerful person over time if you just make smarter choices.

 

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

Recommended Books

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

 

Mastermind Member Spotlight

Scott Hooper is an amazing person and the thing he does best is voiceovers.  If you need an intro or an extro, Scott is unbelievable. Aaron uses him personally and highly recommends him.  For amazing voice over work connect with Scott Hooper here:  110percentfun@gmail.com

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe now and visit viewfromthetop.com to learn more. And if you enjoyed the show how about telling a friend and leave a review of the podcast wherever you are listening right now.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

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Dec 19, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker and Danny “Sunshine” Bauer discuss how to deal with dissatisfaction in your life.  We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

How to Change the Feeling of Dissatisfaction

Aaron discusses how dissatisfaction plays a role in your life.  Setting and attaining goals then still feeling a sense of dissatisfaction in not uncommon.  He talks about when he he becomes dissatisfied he thinks about the things he is grateful for.  Aaron and his wife live a modest lifestyle by choice. They do choose to travel more than anything else to gain experiences.  This allows his family to compare how blessed their life is.

Satisfaction is attained on the other side of being grateful; showing gratitude.” - Aaron Walker

 

Comparing To Others For Gratitude

Camora Island average yearly income for a family of 4 is $600.  The conditions of the world should cause us to be happy where we are in comparison to others.  We should be grateful for our conveniences and not complain. Aaron challenges us to be grateful daily in the privacy of our home with our family.

I just want to tell you from a business man’s perspective that one more win is not going to give you the satisfaction you are striving for.” - Aaron Walker

 

Journaling for Focus

Journal daily about what you are grateful for.  One cannot be ungrateful and grateful at the same time.  Aaron discusses focusing on being grateful and you will see your day change.  Your sense of gratitude will change when you list the things you are thankful for.

Your attitude will change, your disposition will change, what you are modeling to your children will change.” - Aaron Walker

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s challenge is to get your perspective right when you are feeling down and dissatisfied.

Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have.

And while you’re at it … pick up my friend, Seth’s book called Ambition. It’s definitely worth the read.

Ambition:  Leading with Gratitude by Seth Buechley

 

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

 

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

 

Mastermind Member Spotlight

Jeff Ristine is a real estate  with unquestionable integrity and can answer any question you have as it pertains to real estate.  Reach out to Jeff at jeffristine@me.com You won’t be disappointed.  

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe now and visit viewfromthetop.com to learn more. And if you enjoyed the show how about telling a friend and leave a review of the podcast wherever you are listening right now.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

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Dec 12, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show, Aaron Walker interviews Dan Cockerell on “How is the weather in your kingdom?”

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below.

Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

Dan Cockerell has held various management and executive operations roles at the Walt Disney World Resort, both in the theme parks and resort hotels, and was the sixth executive to hold the position of Vice President, Magic Kingdom since the park opened in 1971.  He earned his MBA in 2001 at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.

Dan puts great value on spending time in the operation and frequently spent time in the park, assisting cast members and interacting with guests.  He believes that building relationships is critical for leadership success, and his approachability in the workplace is a testament to his people-first philosophy.

In addition to his operational responsibilities, Dan Cockerell has been a keynote speaker for the world-renowned Disney Institute for 18 years.   He has addressed open-enrollment participants as well as attendees in customized programs including the USAA Bank, General Motors, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, the Southern Methodist University Business School, Porsche A.G., and United Airlines.  He also participated in the Sodexo Quality Life Worldwide Conference Panel, moderated by Arianna Huffington, in 2015.

Dan provides customized, authentic presentations, focusing on leadership and management practices, drawing upon his extensive Disney career with relevant examples and inspiring storytelling.

Show Highlights:

  • Dan learned hospitality through osmosis at Marriott and Disney
  • Integrating the important aspects of Disney and bringing that to a new culture
  • Dan’s non-negotiable quality standards
  • Moving from How to Why
  • Tips for letting go at sa world-class environment like Disney
  • The key to great customer service is starting with your staff
  • Building a “guest-centric” approach
  • Where entrepreneurs are failing these days
  • Why Dan goes to the desert for vacation
  • Checking the weather in your organization
  • 3 tips to creating a positive environment in your organization

 

“Rest and relaxation is the key to better performance.”

-Dan Cockerell

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“If it’s in your head, that doesn’t mean your employees know it.”

-Dan Cockerell

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

What are you going to do for yourself this week? You can’t lead at your best unless you live at your best!

 

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

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Dave Sanderson: Cultivating Personal Leadership

 

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Dec 5, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker and Danny “Sunshine” Bauer discuss “How to live without upper limits.” Recently in Iron Sharpens Iron the men read The Big Leap which inspired the content of this episode.

We hope you enjoy today’s show. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com

  • Push through those upper limit challenges
  • Be involved in community
  • Show gratitude to those who invest in you
  • Have a mindset to live a life of abundance and a life without limits
  • Focus on right now, today, this minute, this hour
  • Advice for those dealing with worry, criticism and arguments
  • Eliminating distractions
  • Invest in personal development

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Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Invite constructive criticism into your life and have your colleagues tell you what your superpowers are.  Have them tell you what your blind spots are. This will help uncover what your upper limit challenges are so your colleagues can push you to be a better man.

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

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Mastermind Member Spotlight

Curt Stowers is the founder of F5 Financial and has managed over $100M in portfolio assets and developed/administered financial plans for over 50 families in Naperville and the surrounding area.  Curt’s goal as a financial planner is to ensure that families, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs have a comprehensive financial plan in place to reach their life goals.

Curt is a man of integrity and has a great moral compass.

Reach out to Curt at curt.stowers@f5fp.com.  To learn more, visit F5 Financial’s website at  f5fp.com.

 

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Nov 28, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker and Danny “Sunshine” Bauer discuss expectations. We hope you enjoy today’s show. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com

Show Highlights:

  • Every day isn’t necessarily great, and that’s okay ...
  • How expectations can mess up our quality of life
  • What Tony Dungy taught Big A about expectations
  • How often do you focus on what you can control vs other people’s behavior?
  • Should we really have low expectations

Resources:

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Right before your next business meeting or high stakes convo with your partner, I want you to do two things for me:

Pause 15-30 mins before the next important meeting or conversation

And answer these questions:

  • What expectations do I have for this event or have I placed on this other person?
  • What expectations might they be coming to this event with?
  • Are these expectations fair? How might this play out if I set aside my expectations and instead engage in a curious way?
  • What is in my power to control during this event? What do I need to take ownership of?

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

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Ryan Claterbaugh -- Owner of Mr Mister Mosquito Control

 

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Nov 21, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show, Aaron Walker discusses “You don’t deserve it.”

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

Show Highlights:

  • What are you doing to show recognition within your family or business?
  • How to demonstrate more grace in your life?
  • One exercise to try with your kid today
  • How to grow kids that don’t have to “earn” love
  • Do you deserve success?
  • Pushing through upper limit challenges

Resources:

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Get your partner and bring her on a date for no reason other than you love her. Grab your kid and take them and do something fun -- just because you love them. Give an employee a gift card to take their family out to dinner just because they’re great.

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

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Jaime Jay: Hire the best Virtual Assistants to take your company to the next level.

 

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Nov 14, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker discusses “How do I get peace in my life?” We hope you enjoy today’s show. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below.

Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

Show Highlights:

  • Are you pursuing the right thing?
  • Do you have passion for what you are doing?
  • The gift of contentment by helping others
  • There is peace when you’re pursuing the right thing
  • Money doesn’t equal peace

 

Resources:

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

If you feel a bit lost start by helping someone else and worrying a little less about yourself.

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

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Mastermind Member Spotlight

Charlie Cichetti: Sustainable Investment Group

 

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Nov 7, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show, Aaron Walker interviews Lee Cockerel on the topic of creating world class customer service.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. “As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.”

One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.

Lee has served as Chairman of the Board of Heart of Florida United Way, the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the board of the Production and Operations Management Society and the board of Reptilia a Canadian attractions and entertainment company. In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service for the state of Florida where he served as Chairman of the Board.

He is now dedicating his time to public speaking, authoring a book on leadership, management and service excellence titled, Creating Magic…10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney. which is now available in 13 languages and his latest book, The Customer Rules…The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service. Lee also performs leadership and service excellence workshops and consulting for organizations around the world as well as for the Disney Institute.

Lee and his wife Priscilla live in Orlando Florida.

 

Show Highlights:

  • Lee’s challenging upbringing and how he ended up at Disney
  • How to double your salary and get fired in 90 days
  • Lee’s point of view on customer service and how he developed it
  • How Lee’s work experience prepared him to lead at Disney
  • Three steps to creating world class customer service
  • The one question Lee asked before making every decision at Disney
  • What Lee considered his hardest part of the job
  • Do you experience your product/service like your customers do?
  • Lee’s fitness journey and what it’s like to be in the “O-Zone”
  • Do this to get rid of regret, wishing, and hoping
  • Consider your circle of friends. Do you need to quit hanging out with anyone?
  • Do people trust you?

“You find out who your real friends are when you’re unemployed.”

-Lee Cockerell

 

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“Being nice only goes so far, you have to deliver.”

-Lee Cockerell

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Experience your product or service like one of your clients. Try to see your business through their eyes. Are you creating the experience you wish your customers would have?

After visiting your website, buying a product, or if you have a physical business - experiencing the actual location and staff share you ONE TAKEAWAY with me and Aaron on Twitter..

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop


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Danny Bauer - build your vision and get liberated from the chaos of operating your small biz!

 

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Oct 31, 2018

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker and Danny “Sunshine” Bauer discuss how modern businesses are thriving by offering a subscription service to their clients.

Recently in Iron Sharpens Iron the men have been focused building a business and not a J-O-B. The latest book we have read is called The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry by John Warrillow. Amazon Prime, Netflix, and even Iron Sharpens Iron are all great examples of the power of building a subscription business.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Show Highlights:

  • The subscription services Aaron currently subscribe to
  • What makes Amazon Prime and Netflix so profitable?
  • Subscription services for the “little guys”
  • How do insert your business into the everyday life of your clients
  • The importance of onboarding
  • How to sprinkle “happiness bombs” into your business
  • Big A’s biggest takeaway from reading The Automatic Customer
  • Aaron’s excited about the ISI meetup in Nashville

 

Resources:

 

 

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Read The Automatic Customer and consider how you can add a subscription model to your business.

Send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop to tell us how you plan to use a subscription service in your current business.

 

Connect with Aaron

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Join Iron Sharpens Iron

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Mastermind Member Spotlight

Philip Scarborough: Elite Realty Group

 

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