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23 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
The Books That Changed Our Lives - Part Two
“There's nothing better than a remarkable person who writes a remarkable book that can affect you in remarkable ways.” Welcome to Part Two of The Books that Changed our Lives. This time, Mike and Gay are focusing on different types of books than they did in Part One. Some may surprise you, including Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Poetry, and Fiction, that can take you to a completely different world. And as usual, Gay always blows Mike's mind, so he ended up buying a whole bunch of new books before they ended the episode and now Mike has a gigantic reading list to tackle. (They're all linked below.) Key Takeaways (01:28) Let’s talk about fiction! (One of Gay’s favorite genres) (04:07) The Single Book that started Mike’s multi-million dollar career (09:51) The Power of Poetry (11:28) The Wizard Academy Experience (13:56) The thinking of 100 different geniuses shaped humanity (15:04) The Four-Hour Work Week was a Game changer Additional Resources Here are all of the books Mike and Gay talked about on this episode: 100 Years of Solitude Watership Down Info Marketing 10 Poems to Change Your Life The Wizard Academy Books: The Wizard of Ads Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads Magical Worlds of the Wizard of Ads Genius The Four-Hour Work Week The Big Leap Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It Subscribe to The Big Leap Podcast: https://bigleappodcast.com/ Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
44 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
The Books That Changed Our Lives - Part One
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ― Charlie Tremendous Jones Are you a big reader? Is there a book or two that, after reading, completely changed your entire life? That’s what today’s episode is all about. The books that changed Mike and Gay's lives. Gay and Mike are both BIG fans of books (and have written quite a few themselves.) In fact, Gay decided at an early age that he wanted to be a writer. He just knew that there was something extraordinary about putting words down on paper. Growing up, to Mike, books were so magical, and the thought of being able to write a book seemed impossible. Mike can remember the first time he met an author… He literally thought of them as a movie star! When he started to get deep into reading about personal development, he wound up meeting his now wife, Vivian, in Greece. She had written a book, so Mike was SUPER impressed. On that same trip, Mike was introduced to Arielle Ford, Debbie Ford, and a whole group of authors. It felt to Mike like fame oozed off of them. Mike thinks that there's just something really romantic about the notion of being an author that he won’t ignore as they go through their list of authors and talk a little bit about not just the books, but the person behind them. Today they'll tear through seven books each, including a few Mike had never heard of before (that he ended up buying while they were recording!) Let’s dive into The Biggest Books That Shaped Us and Why. Key Takeaways (05:36) Find out what Gay’s #1 book is. (08:39) The book that shaped Mike’s brain at the right time in his life. (11:57) The book that taught Gay a lot about spirituality. (15:06) One of Mike’s “weird” books. (17:36) The book that Gay really likes to recommend to EVERYone. Additional Resources Subscribe to The Big Leap Podcast: https://bigleappodcast.com/ Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
40 minutes | Aug 11, 2022
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Life
Today, Gay and Mike are getting really raw and diving into a heavy subject… Taking Responsibility for Your Own Life. They talk about how to get a teenager to take responsibility, and their own personal struggles with family members experiencing Dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. They'll also get into the internal struggles they have when they know they're not taking responsibility, lying to themselves and stuck in their addictive ways. Taking responsibility for your own life is one of the BIGGEST challenges that any human being will ever face. Needless to say, it’s a complicated beast. In the different stages of our lives, taking responsibility often means different things, so we have to deal with it in different ways. For example; how do you go about taking responsibility for the lives of the people you care about when they can’t or won’t? Gay and Mike know it's not a sexy subject, but they want to show you how radically cool it is, once you really understand the dynamics of it. Full disclosure… part of the reason why Mike asked Gay to do this episode is because Mike has a 19-year-old son who’s going through some big challenges right now. He went off to an expensive college that Mike and his wife are paying for. They told him up front what their expectations were. He didn't meet those expectations and now he has to live with the consequences—and he REALLY doesn't like it. Mike would bet his left arm that anyone who’s raised a teenager is shaking their head YES, right now! Mike knows you'll love this episode and he's positive you'll have some comments. It's going to touch home in all kinds of ways. Key Takeaways Mike talks about the struggles of raising a teenager in college (03:41) Mike and Gay discuss the difference between Responsibility and Fault or Burden (12:34) Gay gives us his best advice on negotiating behavioral issues with teenagers (20:28) “The act of taking responsibility for your life lines you up with the creative forces of the universe.” Gay explains (27:48) Gay tells us about the big turning point in his life (30:36) Additional Resources Subscribe to The Big Leap Podcast: https://bigleappodcast.com/ Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
45 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
5 Steps to Finding + Staying in Your Zone of Genius
Some of Mike and Gay's most POPULAR Big Leap episodes have to do with operating and staying in your Genius Zone, which of course came from Gay’s book, The Big Leap. But Mike believes that today’s podcast is the BEST one they've ever done. If you've ever wanted to find a way to spend all your time doing the thing you LOVE to do, the thing you're BEST at, the thing that makes you lose all track of time… then you're going to love this episode! Another really juicy area they get into is, how do you know if you’re an addict? (This is by FAR the best rabbit hole they've ever gone down!) So let’s dive into The Five Steps to Finding and STAYING in Your Zone of Genius! Ask Yourself; “What do I most love doing?” Cultivate a state of wonder or live in your wonder questions. Find what you do that provides the greatest positive outcome per time spent. Find what you do that makes you lose track of time while you’re doing it. Spend as much time per day as possible operating in your Zone of Genius. BONUS: It’s just as important to RE-commit as it is to commit. Listen to all of the steps in much more detail by watching or listening to the podcast. Key Takeaways What do I love doing most? (03:45) How to live in your wonder questions (04:48) What do you do that provides the greatest positive outcome per time spent? (13:36) What do you do that you lose track of time while you’re doing it? (16:00) Gay explains what addictions are and how to know if you’re an addict (20:13) How much time per day are you operating in your zone of genius? (26:20) It’s just as important to recommit as it is to commit (30:18) Additional Resources Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
57 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
Gay’s New Memoir - “Loving Life. Tales of My Wondrous Journey.”
Should You Write One Too? Should you write a memoir or why should you write a memoir? Gay just finished writing his memoir, which is coming out very soon. It's called “Loving Life. Tales of My Wondrous Journey.” In today’s episode, Gay and Mike are talking about four of Gay’s most interesting chapters, including: His secret birthday wish Adventures in non-ordinary consciousness (which involves some psychedelics) Thrown off the bus at the border And celebrating his big brother Gay actually reads from these chapters. They’re not only interesting adventures but they're also things that make you think—and he’s hoping to inspire people to learn more about themselves. Gay thinks the main value of writing or reading a memoir is seeing life from another person's perspective and asking yourself, “How is that like me? Or how is that different from me?” That's an incredibly valuable thing because the unexamined life is not worth living. Gay says, “It wasn't until I started wondering about the bigger aspects of myself in life that I really developed something that I now call happiness. Unless we have self knowledge, there's no possibility of being happy because you don't know yourself well enough to give yourself loving, compassionate understanding that I think heals us in life.” They also talk about how Gay went about writing the book and how you might go about writing your own memoir. Even if it’s something you’ve never considered, maybe you'll be given good reasons to do it. Mike learned A LOT about Gay and how he thinks in this episode, and they think you're going to learn a lot about the way you think—plus enjoy the entertaining storytelling. Key Takeaways My Secret Birthday Wish (05:14) Adventures in Non-Ordinary Consciousness (15:36) Thrown Off The Bus At The Border (42:51) Celebrating My Big Brother (47:36) Mike & Gay discuss the process and advice for writing your own memoir (53:06) Additional Resources Subscribe to The Big Leap Podcast: https://bigleappodcast.com/ Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
34 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
Attaining, Atoning and Attuning with Chip Conley
You Probably Have More Life Ahead of You Than You Think Today Gay and Mike are interviewing one of their heroes. Someone whose wisdom they have great respect for, so needless to say, they've been looking forward to this one for a while. His name is Chip Conley. He’s a New York Times bestselling author and the hospitality maverick who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand. He’s also the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered at a beautiful oceanfront campus in Baja California Sur, Mexico. In today’s episode they'll talk about where you’ll find the greatest level of purpose in your life—plus Chip explains attaining versus attuning and atoning. Chip tells them that “You probably have more life ahead of you than you think! If you're 54 and live until you’re 90, you’re exactly halfway through your adult life. When you know you have that much life ahead of you, it's time to start planning and doing the things you've always wanted to do, and make the Big Leap.” Chip is a big believer in the fact that resilience alone will just wear out your knuckles. It buys you time, but adaptability buys you a future. Having the courage to be adaptable, creative, curious, and the willingness to make mistakes along the way. The biggest mistake you could ever make is not even trying. Key Takeaways Chip talks about moving from Attaining to Atoning (06:03) Chip explains how he got into the boutique hotel industry (08:24) Chip talks about how he navigated interfacing with millennials when he ran Airbnb at age 52 (13:04) Chip talks about what motivated him to start Modern Elder Academy (20:31) Chip explains the Modern Elder Academy’s mission and purpose (25:40) Additional Resources Check out Chip’s daily Wisdom Well Blog: http://www.MrBz.com/WisdomWell Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
46 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Bill Moses’ Epic Journey with Kevita and Flying Embers
The guest today is lifelong entrepreneur, Bill Moses, the co-founder of Kevita and CEO and Founder of Flying Embers. Today he’s going to share some of his Big Leaps, including the one that saved Kevita when everyone else wanted to throw in the towel because it looked like they might lose it all. He’ll tell Mike and Gay about his ideas for creating alignment, building trust, and aligning values and drive. Surprisingly, it's nothing obvious. You'll also learn what Bill's genius zone is. It’s an amazing skill that if you’re able to duplicate it and spend most of your time in this space, great things will happen for you, too. All things that every entrepreneur needs to know. You'll find out what Bill's daily practices are that keep him centered, and a really cool gadget he uses that gives him more energy and keeps him at the top of his game. Bill says, “You could never expect the unexpected, but you could envision it, and you can make it a reality with a lot of hard work and daunting conviction.” Bill is living proof of this statement, so let’s dive in and learn from a master. Key Takeaways Bill tells Mike and Gay about the major Big Leap that turned Kevita around when it looked like they were going to lose it all (22:56) Mike asks Bill, “What keeps your fire going after a big exit and keeps you in the game?” (26:10) Bill answers Mike’s question, “What is your Superpower or Genius Zone?” (31:26) Mike asks Bill, “What is your biggest personal or professional upper limit challenge that you routinely find yourself bumping into?” (34:41) Bill tells Mike and Gay what his “perfect hero’s journey” looks like within his companies (39:01) Additional Resources Connect with Bill on LinkedIn: http://www.MrBz.com/BillMosesLI Check out Bill’s latest beverage company, Flying Embers: http://www.MrBz.com/FlyingEmbers Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
45 minutes | May 24, 2022
The Intersection of Comedy and Transformation
Today we’re talking with Kyle Cease, a New York Times Best Selling author who has the unique gift of being able to merge comedy and personal transformation. He’s what would happen if Eckhart Tolle and Jim Carrey had a baby! Kyle believes that “for us to really grow, we almost have to let go of everything—and that less effort equals more magic.” In other words, if we surrender a little more and take more of what Gay calls "Big Leaps," we can transcend the parts of us that are creating out of fear and instead create amazing things. Mike is a huge fan of stand-up comedy, so he asked Kyle what his thoughts were on the evolution of comedy—plus what his creative process is. The answers he gave were so different from what Mike thought they were going to be. You'll also hear how Kyle managed to get himself a gig at the Dolby Theater (the theater they hold the Oscars in!) That and a lot more in this episode… Key Takeaways Kyle describes exactly what he does and his Evolving Out Loud Events (03:32) Kyle tells Mike and Gay about his first Big Leap (07:02) From full-blown stage fright and panic attacks to complete transformation (10:00) Kyle explains the 2 different voices that we all have (17:42) Mike asks Kyle about his relationship with comedy and how it shifted (20:47) Additional Resources Check out Kyle’s upcoming Evolving Out Loud events: http://www.MrBz.com/KCwebsite Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
45 minutes | May 13, 2022
How To Come Up With Your Top 5 Life Goals
Today, Mike and Gay are answering a great question that Gay came up with several years ago: How to Come Up with Your Top Five Life Goals These are arguably some of the most powerful questions you could ever ask yourself that ended up being in a book that Gay wrote called, “Five Wishes.” The process is super simple and can be done no matter what stage of life you're in. Once you answer them, you’ll have a great advantage and be on the right path. If you're not following your own life purpose, you can bet that you're following somebody else's, so it's a good idea to figure out where you want your life to be focused. You're going to walk away with a lot of clarity about what you want to do after listening to this episode. Key Takeaways The origin story of how Gay came up with his process (03:07) The question to ask yourself at the end of your life (08:58) How Mike came to terms with his own mortality when he had Cancer (12:45) One of the main causes of stress and discomfort (18:38) What inspired Gay to write his book (39:02) Additional Resources Get your copy of Five Wishes. Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience! The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, and discovering their genius. It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs.
47 minutes | May 5, 2022
Improving Your Creative Processes with “The Beatles: Get Back”
Mike and Gay take The Beatles: Get Back documentary and dive into it. The documentary was produced and directed by Peter Jackson, and it is an absolute masterpiece. Both Mike and Gay learned a ton about creativity and collaboration during it. Their goal is just to pick it apart and talk about their favorite spots that had the most impact on them. They also open a great discussion about what you can learn from it for your own creative processes. This episode was on the loop for weeks and months because Mike was a massive Beatles fan. He listened to their music, both as an engineer and a musician, and he affirms he thinks they're one of the most incredible bands ever to exist. You will respect them more after listening to this episode as creative collaborators. Key Takeaways What we learned about The Beatles and their creative process (04:48) Is this the essence of the universe? (10:58) How the people involved in The Beatles' production left their mark (14:00) The role of publishing in the music business (17:37) How we are going to apply the insights we got from The Beatles: Get Back (25:27) Additional Resources The Big Leap To learn more about The Big Leap Experience, TEXT BL to +1 (858) 434-5316 or go to www.BigLeapPodcast.com/Apply Watch The Beatles: Get Back The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius. It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
49 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Reinventing Yourself: 3 Ways to Create a Better Future
Some of the things discussed here you have not heard before. Mike and Gay will be talking with Jim Selman, a living legend in the coaching industry. Jim is the person who coined the ideas of corporate coaching and executive coaching (and first used the term in print). But this is not only a history lesson. We will disclose some unique tactics and concepts that will change how you see the world and approach personal transformation. You have the opportunity to shape, create, and design your future, but this will only happen if you take charge of your present and work your way forward intentionally. This episode is not your average coaching discussion. These ideas have been polished through literally thousands and thousands of hours of corporate and personal transformation, working with real people. Are you ready to take control of your future? Key Takeaways Applying the term coaching to executive transformation (02:39) Jim’s best advice for entrepreneurs (06:31) The book: Living in a Real-Time World (11:39) What transformation is at its core (23:09) Come from where you want to go (27:24) Additional Resources Apply to the exclusive Superpower Accelerator Program Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience! Join us: paidforlife.com/mastermind Get your copy of Living in a Real-Time World Learn more about Mike Koenigs The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius. It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
37 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
5 Principles to Build a Happy and Successful Marriage
Mike has been married to Vivian for 21 years. Gay has been married to Katie for 42 years. Both couples have built successful and fulfilling relationships, tested by time. For both, their marriage has been their priority, the key to their success, and the primary source of happiness. So backed up by that experience, Mike and Gay will dive deep into the mechanics of love. You will learn how Gay and Katie, when they first got together, within months of meeting, sat down at a fireplace and made a commitment to five big concepts. Five big ideas that they've held true to. These non-negotiable principles have given them immense intimacy, power, and love to create that flow we will be talking about. Mike and Gay will also uncover: How the flow of love works between couples What they do to maintain the flow of love with their couple What messes up that flow, and how to get back into it again You're going to learn a lot in this episode! Key Takeaways What the flow of loving energy between couples is (02:10) The Five Big for Gay & Katie (03:45) “Nobody had ever made their relationship itself, the hero” (11:11) Wake up every day saying, “how can I create happily ever after?” (26:35) Additional Resources Apply to the exclusive Superpower Accelerator Program Learn more about Mike Koenigs The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius. It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
46 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Stephen M.R. Covey’s New Book: Trust and Inspire
In this episode, Mike and Gay interview Stephen M.R. Covey about his new book Trust and Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others, as well as his leadership legacy, vision, and current projects. The world has changed all around us in all the ways we know. And yet our style of leadership hasn't kept pace with the changing world. We're still too rooted in the old model, what we might call Command or Control. It’s a more advanced and sophisticated version of it, but it is the same in principle. We haven't shifted the paradigm of how we view people and leadership. And until we shift that paradigm, we won't lead in a new way. We invite you to join Mike & Gay as they dialogue with Stephen M.R. Covey about his new book Trust and Inspire. This book presents a new way to lead, created for a new world that requires it. Key Takeaways The whole idea behind Trust and Inspire (01:34) How Stephen’s leadership changed through writing this book (03:08) How to “trust and inspire” Gen Z generation individuals (07:45) Two inspiring stories about leadership in action (18:08) Why is the concept of “stewardship” a core part of your book? (25:09) Readers, keep this in mind when first going through the book (37:20) Additional Resources Get your copy of Trust and Inspire Apply to the exclusive Superpower Accelerator Program Learn more about Mike Koenigs The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius. It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
52 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Why You Should Never Stop Trying New Things
Gay & Mike meet Kirsten Vangsness, the Criminal Minds star, and actress, who talks about creativity, trying new things, as well as some of her exciting personal projects. Gay loves mystery shows! With his wife, he started to avidly watch Criminal Minds. And rather immediately, this one character kind of jumped out at them — Penelope Garcia (portrayed by Kirsten). They ended up watching the show primarily because of Kirsten. When they eventually got introduced to her, it really blew Gay’s mind that she was doing a lot of unusual projects and different things at the same time. Gay wondered, where does she get all this energy and creativity from? Today we will have the opportunity to discover that and a lot more! Throughout her career, on her road from a “starving artist” to TV star and producer, Kirsten has always tried new things and started fresh projects. We’ll learn more about this wonderful woman and what drives her to do what she’s passionate about. Key Takeaways How did Gay & Kirsten originally meet? (03:05) Kirsten’s beginnings as a theater actress (08:53) Her big leap into a network television show (13:13) “Can you still feel Penelope in yourself?” (22:23) Performing vs producing? (26:03) Kirsten’s Agenda & other personal projects (29:39) Additional Resources Visit Kirsten’s website Check out Kirsten’s YouTube channel The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius. Brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
32 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
3 Secrets to Removing Your Barriers to Receiving
What are your limiting beliefs, behaviors, or habits that cause you… To fear…To not take action…To be Unwilling to receive? In this episode, Gay unlocks some of his deepest thinking around this topic and Mike gets to be his real-life guinea pig. Today you’ll learn how to look at your life as an unfolding series of opportunities and go beyond your upper limits. You’ll figure out the fears that are keeping you from receiving and how to remove those barriers without working any harder. Life changing stuff, right? Click the play button for the details. How do you produce more results without doing more work? Open your mind to a counterintuitive idea. More of anything is all about letting go of trying to get more customers or grow your presence in the world and focus instead on increasing your ability to receive. But how do you do that in the laziest possible way? Listen for the full blueprint, and to hear Gay giving Mike some great recipes that he uses on the fly—and you can too.
32 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Biggest Leaps of 2021
For Gay and Mike, the last 2 years have been the most profound times of growth and learning in their lives. In this episode of The Big Leap, they're going to time travel through their own personal Big Leaps from 2021, and some of the Big Leaps they expect for 2022. More importantly, they invite YOU to reflect on what your Biggest Leaps were in 2021, and what you're up for in the next year. Mike would love for you to reach out and share what YOUR Biggest Leaps in 2021 were and what Big Leaps you’re planning for 2022. This is a SUPER fun episode, so get comfy, grab your favorite beverage and Listen now. Mike guarantees you’ll be inspired. Let’s start with some of Gay’s Biggest Leaps from 2021: Gay celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary last year with his wife, Katie, by taking trips to both New York City and Maui. He also had an unexpected Big Leap in the form of what the investing world calls “a liquidity event,” which is when a big investment you’ve made gets bought or sold by a major firm, resulting in a cash windfall. Gay and his wife, Katie, live in Ojai, California and about 15 years ago, they heard about a company called Ojai Energy Systems that was building an environmentally friendly battery. They loved the idea so they invested. A few months ago, a big conglomerate made a bid on Ojai Energy Systems. Next thing you know, they get an email asking to buy ALL of their stock at a great price. Unexpected liquidity event = a big financial windfall. As a rule, Gay and Katie try to invest in anything promising that's local. One of their missions is to help local entrepreneurs get a foothold in the world. Some have been flops but some have gone on to be super successful. For instance, they invested in the Ojai company, KeVita (the popular Kombucha drink) years ago when they were just starting out. KeVita recently sold to Pepsi, and Gay was able to reap the benefits of another liquidity event. Gay and Katie are now in their 70’s. They made their fortune a long time ago and now they’re having fun giving their money away. They created a grant, helping 380 needy families in their area, and made a donation to the local toy shop so kids get gift certificates for awesome toys. Gay says this was one of the most satisfying things they did all year long. Gay has been writing his memoir and a few mystery novels which are his greatest CREATIVE leap of 2021 that are continuing into 2022. Both are flowing super easily but you’ll have to tune into the whole episode to hear about these in more detail… As for Mike… He did things a little differently in 2021… Mike and his wife, Vivian, celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. They decided to focus on as much “happily ever after” as possible. It’s a question Mike asks himself all the time… “What does happily ever after look like?” For Mike, an aggravation-free life = a happily ever after life. That means he says NO to anything that will cause him any aggravation whatsoever. Mike had a VERY big opportunity (that could have been very profitable) come to him last year that he decided NOT to do, because he absolutely knew it would’ve caused him NOTHING but aggravation. In the end, it just wasn’t worth it. Wrong people. Wrong place. Wrong thing. Mike also had his first significant liquidity event last year with a couple more in motion. It’s exciting because there are things he invested in over 15 years ago that are now paying off. One of the things Mike's most excited about is the property they bought in Mexico on a giant strawberry field. He's building a recording studio there and calling it “Strawberry Fields Studios.” (He's always loved the Beatles.) They're also building a regenerative farm so they can be both food and land independent. This was a huge leap for them. In the past, Mike has avoided real estate like the plague because it's always felt overwhelming and scary. Another Big Leap is with their only child, Zak. He is now in college at CU Boulder. Vivian and Mike are empty-nesters and it’s been a pretty big change. So what were your Big Leaps in 2021 and what do you expect your Big Leaps to be in 2022? Go ahead and send Mike a message. He will personally see EVERY response and he really wants to know!
32 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
How to Get Back Up Quickly After Being Knocked Down
Do you remember the Bozo the clown toy? No matter how many times he got punched in the face, he bounced right back up. That’s Entrepreneurship in a nutshell. If you’re an Entrepreneur you NEED to expect that you're going to hit turbulence now and again but knowing how to recover is KEY. Our guest, Dave Colina, founder of O2 Water, is very familiar with this concept. He has the grit, the guts, the determination and the hustle it takes to be successful AND he is operating in one of the hardest industries to succeed and make money in… The beverage world. Dave is going to tell you a unique story about his product and the stuff that matters most. This is your opportunity to learn about an industry that has huge upsides and how to build a business like this. Listen to this episode because it doesn't matter what you do for a living. You're going to learn something today. Mike met Dave through a show that he was involved in called “Elevator Pitch” with Entrepreneur Magazine. (Think Shark Tank in a 60 second pitch) He was a contestant on the show and as he stood on stage, Mike fell in love with who he was right away. His immediate reaction is “this guy's got grit.” He's the kind of person that investors want on their team because he's not going to let anything stop him. Gay and Mike know this first hand because they’re both investors in CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) products. Gay was an early stage investor in Kavita Kombucha, (which sold to Pepsi for $225 Million a few years ago) and Mike was an early investor in Bullet Proof Coffee and Good Idea Beverages. The business of Consumer Packaged Goods is really, really, really hard and the Big Leaps that founders need to face are very challenging. Case in point, when Dave was launching O2 water and on his way to his first big Crossfit event he discovered that his manufacturer gave him hundreds of slime contaminated cans. Rather than turn around and cancel, he spent the night squeezing 720 cans to eliminate the bad ones and the event went on flawlessly. Despite all of the challenges, Dave has persevered, made an amazing, HEALTHY product, found HUGE success, puts relationships (over profit) first and gives back to his community. Tune into the whole show to hear more incredible stories about Dave’s journey and learn how you too can Get Back Up After Being Knocked Down.
43 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Rewind: 5 Systems to Overcome Distractions and ADHD
Hey look… SQUIRREL!! Did you look?! Mike knows he would have. He has major ADHD and is easily distracted.You? It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or how successful you are. It happens to the best of us. The important thing is not what distracts you, but how quickly you can recover from those distractions to get sh*t done. We all know how easy it is to waste a lot of time with distractions, but what if you could reel it in and put that time into something that brings you freedom and joy? Things that could grow your business and improve your lifestyle. If you feel like your brain has a million squirrels running around inside, this episode is for YOU! Make sure to listen or watch on YouTube. Mike has always been super, super ADHD, but he's learned enough about his brain over the years to treat the “challenge” as a creative gift. People are always telling him that they can’t believe how much stuff he gets done. However, he knows in his heart of hearts, that if he would have focused on just one thing, he'd be richer than he is. He's not unhappy. It's more that he's learned to accommodate his lack of focus. He's interested in A LOT of stuff. He likes doing a lot of things, loves lots of relationships, but when the rubber needs to meet the road, he'll get stuff done to reach the finish line. In this episode Gay and Mike share five key systems they've developed that not only work for them, but Mike teaches and incorporates them in his advisory work with clients to make sure they’re focused and get what they want. Here are the steps to move yourself out of distraction quickly: Make a “to-do” list daily: From 1 - 10, starting with the thing you want to do LEAST. Doing this every day helps set your priorities and stay organized. Both Gay and Mike are big 3x5 card and white board users. (Mike carries them wherever he goes!) Yeah, there are more modern / digitized ways to keep track of the things you need to accomplish in a day, but they've found that the 3x5 card method really works, and lots of uber successful entrepreneurs use the same method. (Watch the show to see how this is done.) Anchoring + Grounding Exercise: First thing in the morning, take a big, deep breath and get totally into your body. Relax through your fingers and toes, all the way to the top of your head. Then, imagine shooting roots out of your legs and into the center of the earth. Imagine these roots grabbing the earth's core like bird feet, tightening and holding the center, but flexible, like a palm tree. Take another big deep breath, get super aware of your surroundings, then ask yourself what emotions or feelings you want to experience today. Hone in on your Genius Zone: The more you focus on your “genius” and doing what you most love to do, the easier it is to protect against distractions because you've got more to protect. You're protecting your genius. Decide what the price of your freedom is, decide who and what you want to attract and get really, really good at saying NO to the things you’re no good at or don’t want to do. Wait until the last minute: This one might feel counterintuitive, but it works for Mike. He tends to procrastinate, but the pressure of a deadline and HAVING to finish a project in time really gets his creative juices flowing. He's found that if he waits until the last minute to start / finish a project, it takes him less time to complete than if he starts weeks before. A Healthy Lifestyle: Sleep until your body wants to wake up, take healthy supplements, meditate, get outside and connect with nature, intermittent fasting (this has been a game changer for Mike—his brain works better on an empty stomach), cut out sugar, caffeine and gluten. Don't worry too much about what distracts you, measure the time it takes you to get back. The quicker you can get back to whatever you're supposed to be focusing on is the key. Listen to the whole episode to find out why Gay thinks distractions are a POSITIVE thing, plus how they’ve been able to buy their freedom, work because they want to and because it gives them an outlet for creativity, connection and impacting others. Tune in here now and share with someone you love.
28 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
How to Install a Big Leap Operating System in Your Mind
Our guest, Laura DiFrancesco is a REAL renaissance woman. She’s a true Polymath who’s had a great deal of successes and taken a lot of incremental risks along the way. Most importantly, she's got a POWERFUL commitment to learning. Today’s episode is all about learning how to think and behave like a Polymath by studying the questions she asks herself. You’ll learn the value of covering a lot of territory in yourself, opening up to those multitudes of genius and letting it express itself in many different ways. Listen to and Watch this episode to find out How to Install a Big Leap Operating System in Your Mind. Laura grew up in Chester County, PA on a farm with her sisters and parents. From a very early age she was shadowing her parents at board meetings (both of them are entrepreneurs) and doing tax returns by the time she was in fifth grade. Her dream was to become an entrepreneur. In order to do that she triple majored in international business, finance and real estate at University of South Carolina. She did that in three years before getting her JD and MBA at Villanova, went to work in corporate law then started her own businesses and practice. She’s accomplished all of this and she’s only in her 30’s! One of Laura’s seeds of genius is her FULL BELIEF in herself. One of her deepest core beliefs is whatever she is drawn to, she can do in some fashion. Everything from getting dirty on the farm to putting in 200 hours making her own evening gown for Miss Pennsylvania, USA. It's the idea that no matter what sparks her interest, she can do it because she has faith in herself and faith that the universe will support her in her journey. She follows her passions and that's what's led to so many of the Big Leaps in her life. Laura has “Jane Street Law,” which is her corporate law firm specializing in negotiating multimillion dollar transactions for all types of businesses and companies. She also owns, “Flourish” a co-working space and her latest Big Leap is an educational platform through her personal brand. Her intent with the educational platform is to inspire others, whether it's sharing what she knows about law, business, lifestyle, design or any number of her passions. She also has a new program called The Vault, which is a 24/Seven access to a legal mentor. It's as if you had a personal Google for all the legal concepts that you need in business with tons of video lessons, glossaries, guides and checklists. Everything that you need to be successful in your business. Don’t listen to all the so-called “experts” telling you that you need to “niche down.” SO many of us are multi-passionate and it’s VERY possible to find incredible Success as a Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur. Don’t forget to check out Laura’s new program www.LauraDiFrancesco.co/The-Vault
51 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Rewind: This Is How To Pull Out Your Inner Genius
You know how you watch your favorite movies and TV shows over and over again because they’re SO GOOD? That’s the idea with today’s REWIND episode! It’s one of the most downloaded episodes of all time and Mike and Gay thought you might want to revisit it this week. How well do you read your body to know what’s really going on? How much time do you feel you stay in your Superpower zone? What % of your day or life do you feel STUCK? Like you’re just not going anywhere? Like nothing has changed, moved forward, or inspired you in a REALLY long time? What if you could access an unbounded source of creativity inside of YOURSELF at any given moment? What if you could use your own natural body resources to feel good ALL the time? Imagine being able to use your body as a dashboard that tells you exactly what's going on in your life. Gay Hendricks and Mike Koenigs produced a new episode of The Big Leap that they think you’re going to LOVE — Especially if you’re interested in learning how to turn ON your deepest creativity. They include a very practical process that Gay uses to get unstuck. They'll also talk about a big distinction between your zone of genius and your zone of excellence and how to get yourself there AND a really practical tool that Mike only uses with his $50,000 Superpower Accelerator Vision Day clients. (And how he activates energy to get in sync, and create together!) It's a never-fail process! Gay describes something he calls your “emotional dashboard” and how to read your body in ways you may never have done before. It’s something that’s had a massive impact on Mike. It’s a Superpower Visualization you'll be able to start using today. Something we all need help with is how to open up and let more of our true creativity emerge. There's a difference between ordinary creativity where you're using your creative skills to do things for other people and true creativity where you're using your skills to do things for other people that benefit yourself. Gay says the antidote for getting unstuck, doing what you’re good at, and drawing on your genius is inviting people into the fourth genius. This gets you past The Big Leap and into your Zone of Excellence, where you’re doing stuff you’re good at. When Gay is working with a private client (in addition to visioning) he spends a lot of time beforehand creating a space inside himself for connecting with that person, knowing something about their journey, and making space for that. Dedicating himself to serving them is incredibly important. When Mike is working with high-end Superpower Accelerator clients, he always asks them to go out into an imaginary future a year from now, look back at where they are now and ask themselves, what will it take to get to this other place. Sometimes the act of simply shifting them out of the present and looking back at where they are now is enough to kind of pop into the SuperCreativity Zone because Mikes thinks our creativity is sitting there waiting to be invited. So what are some of the resources and tools for pulling out your inner genius? What are the techniques that they've used with their highest-level clients over the years to activate that center and get them in the right fit space? You’ll have to listen or watch this episode to find out AND to hear some powerful questions that you can use to elevate your relationships with people you care about and how you can elevate anyone you come in contact with.
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