21 minutes | Feb 11, 2014
013 Getting Fired Changed My Life
Have you ever been fired? I have. Honestly, it wasn't particularly enjoyable, but I'm glad it happened. In this episode, I share my story of how I went from being a fish out of water in the HR world to starting down the path of my dreams. Also, I'm looking to change the format of the Mastermind Podcast a little. Do you have a business you're starting? Would you like to get some tips from the Mastermind community? Send me an email (scott at mastermind podcast dot com) and we'll see if we can get you on the show! Lastly, I'm considering adding a co-host. Are you a podcaster and are you interested in joining me? Let me know.
17 minutes | Nov 9, 2013
011 What Motivates A Leader?
The motivations of a leader are critically important, not just to the leader, but to his followers. Think about the leaders we follow, whether we ...
30 minutes | Sep 17, 2013
009 Kevin Miller Interview
I can't wait to buy Kevin Miller a cup of coffee someday and thank him for setting me free from the prison of the cubicle. Many of his students at the Free Agent Academy would agree. Kevin is an athlete, a branding expert, a husband, a dad, and perhaps what he is most famous for - the founder of the Free Agent Academy - an online school and community for the aspiring and/or actively self-employed free agent. His journey from professional cyclist to guiding entrepreneurs and those seeking self-employment has led him through some deep valleys and literal and figurative mountain peaks. Andy Andrews says, "Experience isn't the best teacher. Someone else's experience is the best teacher." Well, join us and learn from Kevin's experience. You won't be sorry.
15 minutes | Aug 16, 2013
007 Stoking the Fires of Creativity
How do you stay creative? How do you get creative if you are not naturally creatively-inclined? Consume things that spark your creativity - movies, books, art, etc. For me, these aren’t usually new things, which may seem surprising. But, I have certain movies and songs that inspire me in new ways, even though I’ve enjoyed them many times before. And certain people always spark creativity. Whenever I watch/listen to Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, or Phil Keaggy play guitar, I want to pick up my own guitar and explore it. I don’t always try to copy what they’re doing, because that can lead to immense frustration if I can’t duplicate their genius. I try to expand my own playing, though. I remember a story I heard Brian Setzer tell once. He was jamming with Stevie Ray Vaughan and asked if he could play Stevie’s guitar. Stevie said, “Sure.” Brian thought, Sweet! I’m finally going to sound like SRV. I’m playing his guitar through his amp. This will be great. But when he played SRV’s guitar through Stevie’s amp, he still sounded like Brian Setzer. And he realized that his sound wasn’t just about the guitar and the amp, it’s him. It’s his fingers, his soul. And ultimately, that’s what you should be striving for anyway - not to sound like SRV or anybody else, but to sound like you. Do something new. Take up playing guitar or painting. Take a cooking class. Spend a week at Stunt Driving School. Go sky-diving, surfing, hiking, whatever is something you don’t normally do that inspires new thoughts and new creativity. Find your creative comfort zone. What puts you in a creative mindset? As a guitar player, I find my creativity more easily when I’m playing my Strat with my amp tone exactly how I like it. The right guitar with the right amp can inspire better playing. Stay refreshed. What refreshes you? I always feel refreshed after some time at the ocean, a walk in the woods in autumn, or some time alone to just rest and think. What is the secret to creative genius? I don’t know. 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration? Read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. He says you can become a master with 10,000 hours of focused effort. Of course, he also says that sometimes it takes the right coincidence of events - being born at the right time, living under the right circumstances, in the right location. Sometimes it takes the right hardship. They say necessity is the
25 minutes | Jul 25, 2013
005 Cliff Ravenscraft Interview, Part II
Don't miss the exciting conclusion of my interview with Cliff Ravenscraft. He talks about his "rock bottom" experience and his Podcast Mastermind. If you are a fan of Cliff, you need to hear his whole story. Cliff is even more than the Podcast Answer Man, and anyone who knows him has experienced his generosity and expertise. Find Cliff at http://podcastanswerman.com.
28 minutes | Jul 18, 2013
004 Cliff Ravenscraft Interview, Part I
Cliff Ravenscraft has trained more people to podcast than anyone on the planet. He has been podcasting since the TV show Lost was popular (and before), with literally thousands of podcast episodes that he has produced. He was recently called “the king of podcasting” by Michael Stelzner and is known far and wide as THE Podcast Answer Man! If you have never heard of Cliff, where have you been?! Just kidding, but seriously, it's time you got to know Cliff. He's a great guy and this interview includes some things that, even if you already know Cliff, you may not have heard yet. Cliff talks about how the mastermind group principles have shaped his success and I share about the impact that has had on me. Also, if you've never heard Cliff's early podcasts, before he sounded like Barry White, click on the link below. www.gspn.tv/firstepisode In addition, make sure you visit www.podcastanswerman.com. And, don't forget to tune in next week for Part II.