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Three "Influencers"

Jason W Womack

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13. Three "Influencers"

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Three "Influencers"

Um, three influencers and we're going to move into the second day of building that productivity's portfolio, and yesterday I shared with you that there were three factors that go into that productivity portfolio. One was to know how we think and we plan, and we looked at some different ways of doing that yesterday I shared with you this perception thiss focus that I have on looking at my work through the two lenses, one is a noun lens one is a verb lens. The second thing that we looked at yesterday was now that I've got some thinking done now that I'm planning some things, how I communicate that, and by the way, that's kind of be what kind of be the wall that we crossed today when we start taking those ideas and then sending them out to our colleagues are co workers or clients or vendors, and we work collaboratively the best together, so at the end of that, we need to build in some kind of a tracking system. And I know one of the comments from this morning was around the idea of buildi...

ng some kind of a system and where yesterday I was a little bit more theoretical. Aboutthe systems that one build and what needs to go in there today we are actually did go into some time based tools and I'm going to share with you the audience exactly what I'm using today. Will they change in the next two years, guaranteed? Will there be a new app for that? I promise. Will there be another down low that's going to make everything better, faster and easier, but I figured I'd kind of bring back that curtain and just show the audience here's how business of a few that works globally organizes collaboratively, so I hope you're wondering right now, it's going like, well, what influences what influences my thinking big and what influences my making, mohr and we've come up with these three factors. Of course I wrote about him in the book, but I thought I would share just a little bit more behind the scenes with you. One is going to be that concept of habit of routine off what we might call normalcy for those of you watching this online. For those of you sitting here, we've kind of broken normal for you, and I don't know when the last time was that you sat in a film studio with a clipboard writing notes down for seven hours at a time I mean, thank you, because what's normal becomes that routine becomes that comfortable I'm going to share with you some of the dangers that I've found with putting things on routine some of the dangers that I found with making something normal and just what that does we're also going to talk today about your networks, your social networks, your mentor networks, your teacher networks the connective ity that we have hearing that someone from the global audience sent a thank you card to your child's teacher yes, we could look at that from all sorts of different angles but here's what? I know they remember you now they remember you chinese people are really inspired by your your story there of the teachings and we got a few comments and six kids mama don't if she really does have six kids but hats off chief of managing that brute I love jason's example yesterday of how he personally called a student a parent each day that was so inspiring and I think a lot that really resonated with a lot of parents out there long teachers as well. You know, yesterday we talked about the dots that connect along the way and sometimes we look out and we wonder why I was given something right now why was asked something right now why I think I should do something right now I know that way back when I was wondering looking back in time it seems like it all connects and the story the impetus for so for those of you looking to implement something like this, what started me off was one of my first professional mentors. I've had mentors all along, I've had academic mentors, I'd had college job mentors, I'd had high school job mentors, but I was a first year teacher in ojai, california, and I had my superintendent her first year of super intending our district my first year as a high school teacher, and she brought all of us together all of this first year group from kindergarten teachers to the big people teachers and she said, create in your file cabinet a file that has your initials on it, your initials only and she said through the year, you're going to throw things in that file that remind you of why you became a teacher, and within weeks I had already started putting things in there was my own experience one day that I just wrote down on a piece of this, and I want to remember that something came in from my principal, my parents or my students, and I put that in there and I'll tell you today I started that file in nineteen ninety six I still have it, I wish I could say that around the world there was too much gratitude being passed around, I wish I could say that maybe someday I can for now I truly believe that we're in a gratitude starved society I think it's easy for people the end of the day and forget what happened that day that made possible made things great made more made me think bigger and so a lot more to that story where it came from j k o your network is the people who influence you're thinking the people who influenced my thing that people who I invite into that space that I call home in that space that I call person and was fascinating to me is if I let my mind wander down this stretch if I let my mind actually think about who influences me sure it's my wife it's my good friends it's the people that I get to have conversations with it's also the magazines I subscribe to it's also the google alerts that I'm a what made aware of it's also the choices I make of what products to buy what stores to walk into I have a short exercise that will ask you to do right now here in the live studio audience if you can turn a new piece of paper go to the bottom of a piece of paper you're in but today's we're going to date stamp this this is wednesday I'm gonna ask you to back up seventy two hours seventy two hours in the past and as much as you can write down people's names who you've spent time with I hope I make your list over the past thirty hours at least we've spent a good portion of those hours together and then keep on going. And for those of you in the live online audience, if you think to yourself, who are those people that you've let have a conversation with you that you've allowed to influence the way you think, what finds what what I find amazing is that one interaction that could be moments seconds long can actually have a duration that goes far beyond that. Now, if I do this for riel, there have been times where I sit down, I make my list of the past seventy two hours and the most peep the most time I've spent with some of those people have actually been flight attendants, they've actually been the waiters at a restaurant, they've actually been the client on site, because although I may spend a lot of time with people during the day, oh, in moments I was just remembering on our flight back from new york to london, I actually had about a half a now our conversation with one of the flight attendants about my book, those thirty minutes, and I promise you, I'm still thinking about that conversation. I'm still continuing that influence, so when you make that list one of the things that we have to talk about today because today's topic is making more in collaboration and I don't know if you want to do this physically or mentally, but if you put a check mark next to the people that you'd like to be spending more time with, if you put a little minus sign next to the people that you think you know, I've gotten enough from them for now to kind of move into that where am I going next? So, of course, that third influence too productivity performance engagement is where am I? You know, I often ask clients I said where's your favorite pick place to think and then was your second favorite place to think and they'll do things like where is it hard to think? You know, when I was writing the book, I had four and a half months to write that book from the time the publisher said you're on till they said we want it, and I found that within the first month I had experimented with what happens if I try to write up my desk with my two computer monitors, what happens if I write it a desk with one laptop monitor and what happens if I write a desk with no computer on the table and I had different experiences let me see if I can connect one altogether, I'll give you example back to writing the book we go from context to your network, toho mio stasis I've been writing for years or think about what it is that you've been doing for years when I started changing my influence of network, when I tried, it started changing my influence of context, so here's what I did while I was writing the book, I read through a magazine article and newspaper article I'd see something online, I would print a picture of the person that I was reading about a politician, business person, an athlete. I put that picture on the wall or on my desk because that was the person who I was writing that section of the book for I did this people long past historical figures, people who in the past I wish abraham lincoln could have rid chapter seven of my book because I think he and I would had a neat discussion about purpose. I wish some of the folks from these very successful startup companies would we chapter five of my book because that's, where I talk about the significance, significance of network and someone asked the reason they said jason was the optimal number of connections toe have on a certain network, I said, I don't know if it's an optimal number, I know it's, the optimal I'll take three amazing connections who fire at me the questions that I'm not asking myself if other people are playing safe not asking me as it was the three hundred people who like something or share something how can I set myself up to make that more something that showed up yesterday and what I love those of you watching online right now if you'd just give us one liner, what is your mohr and then I'm gonna turn to the audience right now as we're thinking about that and I would love to get from a couple of you you wrote some things down yesterday as you start to cross this chasm as we start to think, well, that was my mom or that I wanted to make for myself yesterday what is that mme or how does that build into what the mohr is that you'd be like you'd like to be sharing in collaboration and so either I'd love to get from a couple of you a couple of fill in the blanks so when I call on you would actually ask for a few, but when you think to yourself I am making maur what are those those now nhs right? What are those things that you're making? So I'm gonna look around the in studio audience to make eye contact with someone unless someone smiles and says, oh, jason, I want to share but what are some of the things that you know based on your work yesterday you're thinking last night you're thinking here about those influences or productivity I am making mohr let me just get a couple from a couple of years ago tony and then and I will pop back to rick so if I'm understanding this correct I hope to be making more content making mohr global citizens making mohr inspired travelers and memories for students perfect gonna go to rick and and joshua uh I'm making more choices really came down to choices and that's tight in tow looking at the time I spend doing things adding up how much it takes and it's more than twenty four hours therefore it's impossible you know there's this idea could always do more push harder learn more work faster and I added it up and I said no it's impossible it means you have to make choices and I thought back to your description of your magazines and saying get rid of this subscription it's not happening so making choices for may I don't know if you were I put that quote up by steve jobs yesterday from the book that I read his biography by isaacson and one of the things that I heard steve say this and interviews I read it again in the book and I'm I'm using it to my own advantage I think but steve makes reference to the fact that we think or it's easy to think that focus means you put your attention on something and what I got from mr jobs was focused means saying no to things it actually means looking at that list of things that would take me ninety eight fifteen minute blocks of time in a day knowing I only have ninety six and so back to that choice making thank you, rick for sharing that welcome joshua thank you yeah, I have to I have just been you know, I've gone to deep place in my mind I have a personal professional and professionally right now I have a small company there's four of us and we're growing and I'm making more jobs and that is so exciting because it allows me to allow others to be at their best and use their gifts and that's incredibly interesting it's just the things that you're talking about when I'm at my best that whole idea what's important and then you asked, what am I making more making more jobs making more impact for my clients? Um personally, this is touches directly to things that I'm afraid of um and I'm conquering fears so I'm making more victories over my fears and that sounds weird to say I'm making more victories, but I am I'm the one who's choosing to move forward and face my fears I'm making that happen that's interesting yesterday one of the comments came in from the online world about what they were making more of and it was in that more professional more compensate torrey mohr financial aspect and the reason that I wanted to spend some time on this right now is there is no right or wrong if anything I found that by decade it's changed for me every decade every job opportunity every new client that shows up with a new possibility what we could be doing together all of a sudden you get to reflect review or re move something that I wanted to be making more off and so whether that you know for me is is that hiking the grand canyon twice in thirty six hours right four five six years ago when I first started doing this once was enough and then as I talked about it with my mentor kevin with my wife jody it was like you know what not that I want to do more miles but and I shared this with you a little bit yesterday I wanted another thirteen hours with my mentor kevin and one way that I was able to establish that and by the way what was fascinating to me is it it wasn't necessarily the thirteen hours that we had but for the three or four months leading up to it any time we e mailed each other it was always used are you still up for the challenge you know, what's your training plan would you eat today? What'd you do last weekend? Hey here's, a new product that I'm experiencing, experimenting with whether that more for me can be rolling around the world if you would have told me back in nineteen ninety seven is a second year high school spanish in history teacher that I'd have a company that was worldwide, a book translated into four different languages that I'd be speaking and edinburgh one day london in one day in new york the next day I probably would do what I I can't believe it sometimes people ask me this why'd you leave teaching, I get that question all time why'd you leave, you must have been a great teacher s I wass still am. Bottom line, I had to leave teaching I wanted a bigger classroom, creative, live but ah, blip on the radar. But think back ten, twelve, fifteen years ago when I got into education, someone said, jason, you could sit in san francisco and be teaching the way world in new zealand or belgium are here in san francisco that people would fly from new york. It seems crazy now. Yesterday we talked about our m I t s that when jodi and I sat down and started our small business, it was just the two of us and backing up from that one. I know a lot of people watching this, you have a side hustle, you have, ah, nighttime business, those of you just launching something, those of you changing a direction of your career career, having identified what are top for miti's, where are most important things? And one of them you remember, was lifestyle business, no lifestyle businesses sounds kind of, I'll do the california area and fairy lifestyle business. What does that mean? So jodi and I wrote down thirty days in a row of away from work living somewhere, and over the past several years we've moved to costa rica, lake tahoe, we've moved to mammoth lakes, we moved to alaska, we found a place that we could call home for thirty days, and I am telling you we thought different we talked different, we slept different today, we're going to talk about routines and how those routines can hold us down or by changing routines can launch us forward. One of the routines that I've studied over the past several years with the clients I serve and with myself has been rest and sleep. And on one of these thirty day events because we want a lifestyle business, so I probably should take a look at what that means to me. I did this experiment for all thirty days I did not set an alarm clock for the morning and I didn't use a clock to tell me when to go to sleep. And over those thirty days what we found was that I went to bed about when I went to bed and I woke up about when I woke up and when I average that out, I just wrote down what time I turned out the light and the time I got out of bed when I average that out, it was six hours and fifteen minutes. Now it was fascinating is up until that point. For more than three and a half decades, I have held myself to the standard of what I had learned about how much sleep one needs, which live audience would they tell us? How many hours did we need? I was told that and when it came down to it over thirty days of going to sleep, when I was tired of waking up when I was done, I woke up in an average of six hours and fifteen is there now does that mean that some days I need more absolute only some days I have to have less? I've been there but what was need to me is I could hold myself to a standard that was much more mine. It was much more jason's. What I want to make more of I love having conversations with the best in the world the left seat, the four stripes that's the captain. So next time you're in the airport, just look at how many stripes there wearing. The four is the captain. So say hey, captain, if they have three, don't call him a captain. Well, you can, but if the captain's there hill remind you you're not right. If it's a three stripe in the captain's out there, they'll accept the compliment. It's always fun. Yeah, I actually get into the cockpit with these guys because I want to know what's it like being in charge of three hundred people's lives for eight hours. And this one conversation. I remember this one because jodi fired this photo. The next photo is actually me and jodi got to sit in which seat, of course we put her in the left seat. So here I am. I'm talking this guy and what I wanted to know from him with the difference of altitude and attitude as it related to flying. Because I'd heard them use these terms, right? Our altitude is this, and our attitude is this, and the only thing that I knew about attitude was that when I was a kid, I had a bad one, at least with my mom said, well, he was telling me, was altitude pretty easy, right? How far above the ground are we right now? And do we have room to pass that mountain pass attitude? He explained to me, jason's, not good or bad attitude is the direction in which the plane is leaning. Tell me more about that, he says, well, well, I'm flying from one coast to the other, the way the wind patterns work most of the time, he told me, were actually off course. Our attitude is off, so what we do is we talk or the autopilot kicks in and it changes our attitude and I thought, whoa that's an interesting concept changing my attitude is not some emotional response thing, changing my attitude, and I look out at the experiences that I'm having a look back at the feedback that I'm receiving and I ask myself, is there a little change that I could make in the direction I'm leaning best? Worst thing had happened to me years ago share with you a little about my health past that one of the things that got me into this whole game was I wasn't as healthy as I could have been when I was doing things a little bit overweight, I was livid at shape. I don't have an exercise routine that changed over the course of a few years, and the best worst thing that happened to me is I actually participated in a triathlon and I placed in my age group, I got a medal uh, I say that's the best thing because coming cross that line and getting that award, it was like, oh my goodness, the short guy did it worst thing because now I kind of expect that toe happen, so in order to do these kind of things and again back to today in collaboration, I've put myself next to the best people that I can put myself next to my friend qana, who pretty much for about seven, eight years locally, one any race he got into. So I just started racing with corn and doing like qana did watching him before the race, watching him the week before the race, talking to him two months before the race and although I'm not first place, I was pretty darn close these the more that I want to be making these air the mohr than ounce att the end of the day for me it's how do I spend more time around the people who get me the people who accept me the people who love me people when I walk away from them I feel better oftentimes that's my wife jody every time it's our dog zuma if anyone's ever walked into a room after you fool anybody have a dog, anybody that totally different cats right now we have a dog you lied to get the mail, you come back and what you're back I missed you, my parents of cats you walk back in there like, hey, whatever so what is the more that you want to be making to the live audience? I'll ask you what is that mme or that you want to be making and how does that manifest itself? How does that grow so too? We've got some to go absolutely actually I'll start off jeremy, he said, my more more I want to make more art, more money, more clients and have more victories it's like the more victories down. Lloyd was saying he wants to have more impact in his organization. Jesse alice saying I'm making more available time in my present moment and flora saying more pleasure, more wellness maurine my clients for learning more on dh having travel for me on sunday, saying more is being the change you want to see in the world could impact

Class Description

Are you ready to stop wasting time and do more of what you love? In this workshop, Jason Womack will teach you how to be YOU, more.

Jason will cover the basic principles of human performance, share insights from positive organizational psychology, and reveal tips from his book, Your Best Just Got Better. You’ll learn the mindset for success, how to gain more customers, and how to be braver on a daily basis.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll be equipped with the tools to impress your clients, get more referrals, increase sales and get more work done — without draining your energy, time, or happiness.

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Lisa Lloyd

As a staunchly creative person, I have never been that interested in many of the business-minded productivity books, blogs and websites out there. I find them too dry and too focused on doing less and making more (money). I am at a point in my life where I want to do more and hopefully make some money doing it. But the “more” is the most important element. Jason Womack is the first person to help me encapsulate and identify just what “more” means to me. I have always been great at envisioning the big picture and I’m constantly daydreaming about my Ideal Day, but I get hung up on the details of how to get there. For me, the envisioning and organizing myself in a way to make it happen, seem like utilizing two sides of my brain and I find it nearly impossible to make the two halves work together. A stalemate ensues, and once again, I’ll find I’ve done nothing to advance my own cause. Jason’s method of unpacking, and breaking things down into elements, each with its own set of exercises, is perfect for my type of mindset. Even though there are exercises to complete, they are part of an ongoing process of organization and behavior modification. There are no cookie cutter answers here, and last time I checked, life didn’t work that way. The exercises are meant to be ongoing and fulfilling; teaching you why you do the things you do, as well as understanding the people around you. The methodology here can be applied to any business, including, and probably most importantly, the business of you, creative or otherwise. The workshop is, at times, an emotional experience, forcing you to really dig down to what matters and why. It reminds me of being a child, daydreaming about what I wanted to be when I grew up, never once thinking that anything would ever stand in my way. I feel the wall breaking down, and the two halves are talking. Thank you, Jason, for helping me get out of my own way.

a Creativelive Student

If you want to make more time in your life and you want to create more of what you've been wanting -- whatever it is -- this course is for you. Jason has created some very doable tools, even for the non-habit-prone, ADD-minded, to help you prioritize, focus and get more of what you want (yes, by thinking bigger!) I attended the live program and have turned much of what I learned into habits, something I rarely do!

a Creativelive Student

LOVED this presentation by Jason Womack. Inspiring, encouraging and achievable.