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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 24, 2019

Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  In today’s show Aaron Walker discusses financial trouble and what he did and what you can do too in order to get out of 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.

 

Stress and Financial Trouble

Aaron shares a story about a father who comes home late from work and he apologizes for being late.  He’s not giving attention to his kids or his wife due to the amount of work he needs to do. He is thinking this because of the bills he needs to pay and thinking that if he works harder he can get out of this vicious cycle.

“I was sitting at our kitchen table paying our bills, we didn’t have any children yet and literally started crying.  Robin asked what was wrong and I told her we can’t pay our bills, we don’t have enough money to pay our bills.” - Aaron Walker

 

What Do You Do?

When your business is doing well and making money, you start to think that you can handle everything until the business slows down and you can’t.  Aaron and his wife took all of their credit cards that they were using and put them in an envelope, sealed it and took it to the bank and they have been there for over 30 years unopened.  Best decision the Walker’s ever made.

“You always default back to the path of least resistance.” - Aaron Walker

 

Over-Extended, Lack of Priorities

Sometimes we find ourselves over-extended and our priorities are all messed up.  According to Big A this leads to a vicious cycle of catching up and deciding to pay this or that.  In his younger years there were times when Big A put money in front of his family and that caused incredible stress on him.   That’s reactive living. That’s living outside of your means. Big A got rid of his credit cards, started living within his means, delayed gratification, and began to be proactive with his finances.   Since then, he’s been able to be much more present and connected with his family. In short, he has his priorities in order.

“It will allow you to be more present with your family at home.  You won’t feel the need to do one more email, one more client, I just have to close this deal so I can make that payment.  Be proactive not reactive. Build some boundaries today and take your life to the next level.” - Aaron Walker

If you could use some help getting your priorities in order, I want to welcome you to Iron Sharpens Iron mastermind. You can read all about it and fill out an application at viewfromthetop.com

In ISI we help men live lives 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.

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 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

 

Connect with Aaron

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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

 

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.

Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

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