Join the eternally curious, interested, and interesting hosts, Mike Koenigs of the SuperBeing Accelerator and Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach®, to amplify your capabilities, value, status, and authority on the Capability Amplifier podcast.
Presentism; Understanding History
What is “Presentism?”
It’s defined as: uncritical adherence to present-day attitudes, especially the tendency to interpret past events in terms of modern values and concepts.
Let’s put it in terms that might be easier to understand in 2021.
Today there is a general lack of understanding of history and geography.
Generation Z has been raised with their phones in their hands so history for them (unless it was forced on them by school) is based on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.
Mike knows this from experience. His son, Zak, is 18. He was the last kid in his class to have a phone. Mike and his wife acquiesced because he couldn’t do his schoolwork without one. His entire generation communicates in ways Mike still doesn’t understand.
They learn through accidental browsing. The algorithm drives the content that is in front of them and whatever they see, they believe. At the same time, they don’t trust traditional “anything”. They trust themselves and only certain kinds of media.
Today Dan and Mike deep dive into what “presentism” is, why it’s happening and why it’s really important that we don’t forget our own history in order to be successful entrepreneurs.
Dan went to school in the 1950’s when they studied history, geography, civics, and religion. Part of your education was to learn things that happened centuries ago, in this country and around the world.
In talking to parents who are entrepreneurs - his Strategic Coach clients and their children really don't get history, geography, or the things that provide context for why things are they way they are. Most of their images of history comes through television, movies, and video games.
Their understanding of history is that things that happened before today are deficient versions of what they have now and therefore they can stand in judgment of how things were 100, 200, or 500 years ago.
On the other hand, when Hollywood does history, they give people who are depicted as living 500 years ago, modern emotions, modern attitudes, and modern thoughts.
The past is a foreign country.
You wouldn't be comfortable living 100 years ago. And if you did, you would bring back diseases that would wipe everyone out in about 30 days because your immune system is better now. You've been immunized to everything people died of back then. You wouldn't be a welcome guest.
There's a pasteurization of culture going on and we don't want people to have feelings that make them uncomfortable.
Virtually all of yours, Dan’s and Mike's growth in life has come from encountering things that were uncomfortable, getting used to it and building new insights and capabilities as a result.
When Mike thinks about presentism, it has to do with collapsing the trust barrier. In other words, a lot of history is being rewritten by present day outrage filters, or a lack of an ability to deal with discomfort.
Look at what universities have become. People are being banned from speaking and silenced on the left and right because it makes someone uncomfortable. Social Media, the best and most efficient delivery mechanisms we have today are selectively censoring, cancelling, and banning people.
It’s gotten ridiculous - some of Mike's very non-polarizing and educational videos are being flagged as being inappropriate and they can’t be boosted on YouTube. These are super benign content about health.
If growth comes from things that make us uncomfortable and building new insights and capabilities, how do we encourage curiosity, loving the discomfort and making that a habit and a discipline?
The best approach that Dan has found is getting people fam...
Everything You Need to Know About NFT’s and Cryptocurrency
Has your news feed been bombarded with articles about NFTs over the last few weeks and months?
Did you know that one NFT just sold for $69 million dollars at the world famous Christie’s Auction House?
Wondering what the hell NFTs are and why everyone seems to be obsessed with them?
No worries… we’ve got you covered.
Dan and Mike are going to explain exactly what NFTs are and why you should be paying attention to them. They’ll also dive into what blockchain and cryptocurrency are all about because these digital currencies and investments are the wave of the future. Remember when the internet first came out and people thought it wouldn’t last?
You’ll learn SO much about what the future looks like so make sure to listen and share it with your friends!
An NFT is a Non Fungible Token. A Non Fungible Token is described as “using relatively nascent technology that certifies the authenticity and ownership of a token through a digital ledger of all its past transactions.” In other words a blockchain, forms the backbone of cryptocurrency.
This technique is gaining an enormous amount of popularity because it’s so flexible in determining and proving the ownership of an asset.
The digital world is exactly the same as the physical world in the respect that certain things are more valuable than others. It's also a medium for great creativity. The entire music industry has shifted over to the digital world. Record stores don’t exist anymore because it’s not a convenient way to sample music but with digital platforms like iTunes and Spotify it’s super easy to sample and download whatever you want instantly.
Here’s the thing… The rules that govern property in the physical world don’t apply in the digital world. The creators of physical things have been at risk in the digital world because it's so easy to copy anything.
How do you know if things are real or not? NFTs are a digital version of property.
The word “Non Fungible” means one of a kind. On the other hand, the most fungible thing in the world is an American $100 bill. If you look at world trade, 85% of all transactions are done in American dollars because it's fungible. $1 gets you something, it doesn't matter where you are.
Non fungible is the opposite because there's just one of them. You can have copies of it, but ownership resides with one person.
This is how a digital artist sold his NFT at Christie’s for $69 million dollars.
Then there’s blockchain. Without it you have no non-fungible tokens and assets because you can't prove who the owner is. The blockchain is absolutely crucial. You had to have it in the digital world or there would be chaos because you’d have no way of proving the authenticity of a “one off.”
Some of the practical applications are if you own a digital asset, now there is a mechanism where you can set up a rule in the blockchain for monetizing contracts.
For example, every time someone sees a piece of art, the owner could get a fraction of a penny. If someone listens to a song that is owned by someone, they're getting a fraction of a penny. A digital contract in the watching governs the rules and makes this happen automatically.
Let's pretend you're a musical artist or any kind of creator of intellectual property. You could go out in the digital marketplace and say, "I'm looking for partners. I'm going to create something you can invest in." In the blockchain, every time someone reads it, you're going to get a fraction of a penny. You basically become a business owner.
This is going to turn the entire world of money raising upside down. You could build this mechanism for paying your partner's dividends and it won't go through Wall Street any longer.
Meet the Guy Who Taught Reese Witherspoon and Bradley Cooper How to Sing
You’ve heard the expression, “find your voice,” but what does that really mean?
We all have a “voice” but do you think about using it to get more of what you want out of life?
Better relationships, better business deals, more exposure, more income...
Roger Love says we need to think about the sounds we make to have great conversations and move people emotionally, showcasing the very best of who we are in every business, or personal conversation and situation.
Roger has worked with some of the most famous singers, actors and speakers in the world. People like Reese Witherspoon, Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and many, many more.
Roger says you are NOT the voice you were born with, but more importantly, he has some great strategies and ideas that will help you find your voice and share it more effectively.
Today you’ll learn what sounds are working for you and what sounds are not, PLUS… Roger will diagnose Mike and help him become a better speaker, step by step. This is an episode you really need to HEAR or or watch on YouTube.
Roger believes life doesn't exist without communication so he’s spent his life helping people figure out what sounds they should be making so that they can have communications that create the relationships, influence, and happiness that lead to them having a better life.
For 17 years, he only taught singers. (people like the Beach Boys, Earth, Wind and Fire and Luther Vandross) Then speakers like Tony Robbins and Suzy Orman started coming to him wanting to work on their speaking voices and that led him to where he is today. 50% of his clients want to sing amazingly. 50% of his clients want to be incredible speakers, influencers and presenters.
"We live in a world that believes that communication is word-to-word based. If you had the right words, you’d have a great conversation, start a relationship or complete a business deal… if you only had the right words.” But science has proven that the words you say are not effective in the way you should communicate with people.
The way the brain processes spoken information is first, for emotion, then for logic. Words by themselves have no emotion. You have to attach sounds to the words. Roger has spent years helping people stop speaking from word to word, and become in control over sounds like the pitch, the pace, the tone, the melodies of their voice, so that others will really understand how they feel when they speak and showcase the best of themselves in every communication.
Roger doesn’t work exclusively with celebrities and singers. When he’s training a superstar singer to sing, he’s helping them sell more tickets and t-shirts, but when he’s helping someone find their speaking voice… it changes their life because it actually influences the way that everyone perceives them.
People need to know that everyone needs a voice makeover. You’re not “trapped” with the voice you were born with. Most of us hate the way we sound when we hear ourselves on a recording. In fact one of the most popular hashtags in the last 10 years is #ihatemyvoice. We grow up hearing the way our parents and loved ones talk to us and mimic it but it doesn’t have to be permanent.
Think of it this way. Actors create characters for the roles they play but they’re not that person in real life, are they? Most of us have a work voice and a home voice and we all know what happens if you bring the work voice home to your family… It’s not very well received
Early on, Roger thought his job was just to teach people how to have great voices. Then he realized that was a small goal and he could use voi...
How to Add an Extra 5-10 Quality Years to Your Life
According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and by 2050 that number is projected to rise to nearly 14 Million.
It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or Dementia and it kills more than Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer combined.
Those are some pretty scary numbers and statistically-speaking someone you know or love has been affected by Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
Mike Koenigs can say that with confidence because it’s directly affected his family (and many of his mentors.) His dad has late stage 5 Dementia. He's watched him go from a strong, smart, capable guy to a shell. He can’t talk, walk or recognize any of his family. His mom has mid-stage Alzheimer’s.
Watching someone you love turn into a vegetable is his most painful life experience.
What if there was a cure or prevention for dementia or Alzheimers?
This is an extremely emotional episode for Mike but one that he's really looked forward to doing because of the exciting, preventative information he's about to share. If you're interested in extending your life and increasing your productivity, OR if someone you love has been affected by these horrific diseases, keep reading, listen and watch.
A wise man once said; "A healthy man has many wishes, a sick man, only one."
If you look at Mike's genetic profile, he's going to get either Alzheimer's or Dementia. It runs in his family so he's on a search to stop it. Honestly, he's more afraid of getting old than he is of dying. As a cancer survivor… he knows what dying slowly and painfully feels like and it’s no fun.
Mike met our guest, Dr. David Haase 7 years ago. He’s a double board-certified expert in regenerative medicine, (trained and practiced at Vanderbilt and the Mayo Clinic) and he's found a way to turn back your clock. His work is based on cutting-edge research in plasma exchange, and in the last 20 years, he's taught over 10,000 physicians his systems.
“The worst corresponding disease to dementia is denial.” - Dr. Hasse
We live in an information economy. We ARE our minds and when we have memory loss, we feel a threat to our identity and may believe there’s nothing we can do about it. Naturally, we go into “fight or flight” mode but if there's not an obvious enemy, the natural cognitive response is to deny there’s a problem. We shut it down to stop the stress and make excuses like “I'm just getting older, or I'm having a senior moment.”
According to Dr. Haase, after the age of 28, all of us are “Dementing and Alzheimering.” It just depends on the rate you're doing it at and when your brain is going to degenerate faster than your body can maintain the rest of you.
Haase believes we are entering a time where it doesn’t need to be this way. He says that most pharma drugs are just well-dosed poisons, but with Regenerative Plasma Exchange, they’re creating an environment where the body does its natural job of healing, with less inhibition.
Regenerative Plasma Exchange is a technology, based in science that has shown remarkable success in both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients. It provides a longer, higher quality of life, improves mental acuity,
Think About Your Thinking to Achieve Financial Freedom
Are you clueless about financial planning?
Do you have a 401k, sitting there, wondering what it’s doing?
Do you even know what it’s supposed to be doing for your future?
Are you still under the impression that you shouldn’t touch your 401k until it’s time to retire?
Do you think you’ll have no money to retire unless your home is paid off?
Our guest is on a mission to make the word “retirement” disappear and change the mindset of every working American. Rather than working your entire life trying to save enough money to hopefully live a life you love… instead living a life where you get to do all of the things you desire, starting TODAY!
His name is Charlie Epstein. He’s a good friend, a client and a 26 year member of Strategic Coach. He’s going to show you how he’s able to make something as dull as paste (i.e: financial planning) interesting.
Charlie’s in a highly commoditized, very challenging market that is governed by all sorts of rules and regulations but he also happens to be the only financial advisor in the world with a one man show, called “Yield of Dreams, Paychecks for Life.” He has the unique ability to get outside of his “box.” He's open, creative, and expansive, all rolled up in a charismatic personality.
Like Mike, Charlie has always been fascinated with the entertainment world. Growing up, his mother was an opera singer, and her father was a starving artist. His father and grandfather were both entrepreneurs, so he was always torn between two worlds.
It was that convergence of the right and left brains that made him question everything growing up. If he didn't think somebody knew what they were doing, he questioned it, so when he started his first business, he didn't know any better. He thought it was up to him to find creative ways to sell commoditized products.
He’s always been enamored with how to create an “experience” for people so they feel special, unique and HEARD. His ministry in life is to ease people's pain and suffering about their money, whether they’re broke or multimillionaires.
Charlie always focused on “how do you allow people to have a different experience about their financial life?” He finds it always came down to, “what did you want to be when you grew up? What do you do now? What happened? Are you going to live your dreams? How do you get around the obstacles that stand in your way?”
Those obstacles could be compliance issues, (because every industry and government them.) or life issues. Then it became a balancing act and how to get around them.
He’s always looked at the entertainment, marketing, and creative worlds and how to combine those with the financial world (in spite of compliance) and look for industry bypasses. One industry bypass he created in 1992 was something he called the 401k Coaching Program, (which came out of working with Dan Sullivan,) and “thinking about his thinking” inside of the financial industry.
He thought, if he could teach financial advisors how to be better at what they're doing in the 401k retirement world, that would be valuable. People asked him “why would you teach your competitors how to get better? That means they're going to be better than you and you'll be out of business.”
On the contrary. He was able to get major companies like Nationwide and Fidelity to write him checks for millions of dollars. Today he’s coached over 10,000 advisors around the country. By starting that business, he created a shortcut to not only coach advisors, but consumer too.
It was an awakening for Charlie when he realized he could live both in the entertainment and financial worlds ...
How to Generate Passive Income + Cash Flow Quickly with Justin Donald, the Lifestyle Investor
Imagine if you were able to create enough passive income and cash flow from investments so that you never had to work another day in your life?
What would you DO with your financial FREEDOM? Travel to exotic places? Buy your dream home? Spend more time with loved ones? Donate lots of $$ to your favorite charities?
Mike Koenigs has a confession to make. He's made equity investments well over seven figures in lots of businesses. Done poorly, equity investments are basically zero-interest loans for an indefinite period of time in exchange for ownership. Unfortunately for him, very few of them have had liquidation events and a couple tanked - a total loss.
This interview is just as much a story about how Mike's entire investment strategy changed, but how that happened - and who influenced him.
Meet Justin Donald, author of the brand new book, “The Lifestyle Investor - The 10 Commandments of Cash Flow Investing for Passive Income and Financial Freedom.
In the book and this week’s episode, Justin shares how to transition from earned income or needing to have a job or business to creating passive income that provides for your lifestyle and builds equity. He’ll also talk about “invisible deals” that aren’t normally available to the public, how to find them and how to use his “strategy stack” to improve deal terms, and reduce risk.
Whether you've never invested or are a sophisticated investor, this episode will change the way you think about money and investing. If you are looking for financial freedom to live life on your terms, without a job or a business, this episode is for YOU.
PLUS you’ll find out how to get a copy of Justin’s brand new book FREE and when you decide to order the book, all the proceeds are going to charity so no matter what… everyone wins.
Mike met Justin a year and a half ago and in minutes, he changed the way Mike thought about investing forever. He has a really unique strategy and investing methodology. He’s a brilliant guy and adheres to strong family values. He is an action-taking MACHINE and we connected deeply.
Justin has been investing since he was 18 years old starting with a Roth IRA after hearing a talk that he should start saving for his future. After that, he was hooked and invested every year since (he’s 40 now). In the beginning, it wasn't a lot. He was making money and paying his way through college so he decided to just put his money somewhere and get it to work for him.
His first big win came when he started generating enough cash flow income from an investment so his wife could quit her job. She was a teacher at that time, earning $36,000 a year. She had a rigid Monday through Friday schedule with weekends and summers off. Justin often had to work weekends and summer was his busiest season. They wanted to be able to travel together and live life on their terms so he thought, “if I can replace her income with passive income, then she won't have to work if she doesn’t want to.”
He found a mobile home park for sale, ran the numbers, and knew that by buying it he’d generate the cash flow to be able to replace her income. He also likes cash flow investments that pay TODAY. He doesn’t want to invest in real estate and hope that appreciation kicks in and he makes money in the future.
The cash flow from that very first purchase was able to replace her $36,000 a year income. They bought her freedom and started their family. Shortly after that, he replaced his income and what it cost them to pay their bills and live comfortably. It was a huge sense of relief, knowing that he technically didn’t have to work.
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Lots of podcasts share the same topics. I appreciate that in this podcast, Mike and Dan are always one step ahead of me.
Dan and Mike are two of the most innovative, strategic thinkers on the planet. If any element of your life would benefit from gaining meaningful and constructive compliance of others, you’re going to love this podcast. Mike and Dan have amassed unparalleled knowledge in the understanding of what motivates people, and because they’re both “systems” guys, they deliver in such a way that I come away from every podcast with not only a game changing idea, but a blueprint for implementing it.
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