They say that success leaves clues. In this podcast, we will have guest professors who have graduated from The School of Hard Knocks, come in and teach lessons about the principals that they've used to reach their level of success. We'll learn about their ups and downs so that we can implement what has worked and stay away from their pitfalls. We, as a class can learn from other people's failures and start moving in the direction of our own version of success. Are you ready for class? Grab some pens, paper, and highlighters, because class is in session.
Fear 101 Class with Clarence "Mr. Kratos" Gleton
As kids, we all were afraid of something. Whether it was something under the bed or in the closet, Jason or Freddy Kruger, or some other scary thing. When we became adults, we've realized how silly it was to be afraid of those things, but now, we have bigger and scarier adult fears. They keep us from doing things or stop us dead in our tracks. We just assume, from watching movies, tv, and books, that courage will just appear when we need it the most. Yeah, if you think that's laughable, I get it. So do I, but that's what we really think. I'm an action guy, so imagine Schwarzenegger having to jump into a flying helicopter to save his own skin saying, "No. I'm scared!" That would be a hilarious sight to see!
If you're anything like me, I draw on people's experiences when it comes to certain things. One of those things is fear. For example, how do firefighters deal with their fear to run into a burning building? How about police officers who get into shootouts with suspects? My favorite example is the special operations teams like the Navy Seals or Army Rangers. How do they go into what seems to be a no-win situation, knowing that things will still get dicey? Are all of these people fearless? I've had the pleasure of speaking to maybe one person who has been of one of those professions, but I do know someone who has had the pleasure of being in front of half of my dream people to talk to. Actually, people would say that we look alike. Ok, spoiler alert, we're actually identical twins. My twin is probably the best person within my current circle of influence who has the credentials to speak on fear. So with that being said, let's welcome to classroom guest professor Clarence Gleton.
Branding 103 with guest professor Emmanuel Clark
What drives you to buy product A over product B, when their both the same product? Price? Name-brand vs. off-label brand? Experience with the product? Product placement? The commercial of the product? I guess it could be any number of things that can make you choose one over the other, but let's really take into consideration what leads up to that decision. Ultimately, how can you and your brand be the one that the customer ultimately chooses?
Guest professor Emmanuel Clark of Black Nasdaq, a black owned marketing agency, comes in and teaches the class a lesson on branding. He gives away some secrets on how he grew Black Nasdaq to over 85k followers, how to use psychology in your marketing and branding and so many more. If you're looking to either improve your branding or get started with your branding, this is the one class you will HAVE to take notes because I got him teach on a little of everything.
Let's welcome to the class, guest professor Emmanuel Clark.
Overcoming Class with Actshun Terrell
People loves an underdog story, but no one likes being that underdog in any story. The underdog tends to deal with an insurmountable amount of pressure, self-doubt, loss of faith and many times their possessions. But somehow, someway, the underdog is able to triumph in the end and get more than they had in the beginning. Life is hard. Being an entrepreneur is hard. Everything is hard. The great Bruce Lee said that, "we shouldn't pray for an easier life. We should pray for the strength for the life that we have."
Today's lesson on Overcoming is being taught by guest professor Actshun Terrell has literally went through hell and has come out of it better than before. In his lesson, he becomes the underdog and come out victorious. He'll tell us how, with detailed steps that he used, to come out the other side of hell and is now walking towards heaven. He has a powerful story and is a walking testimony to all of us who is facing troubling times and we're starting to lose our way. Let's welcome to the class to teach us a lesson on Overcoming.....guest professor Actshun Terrell.
Business Systems Class with Creighton Wong
You ever met someone who was anal about the details? Maybe it was the way they like to keep their desk and you borrow a pen to use and put it back, and they know someone moved it? How about when they have a certain way of doing things and when you try to introduce them to a different way of doing it, they can't budge from what they know? You've probably even called them crazy from time to time, right? Yeah, I know you have because I've done that too. How about when it's brought to your attention that its you who is that crazy person that is very particular about certain things? Did you think you were crazy or you just want it your way, however way you do it?
Needless to say it was brought to my attention by no one else but my wife that I'm that crazy person who needs to have things in a certain manner. I'm not like that with everything, but with certain things. Of course leave it to the love of my life to pick something out about me that I was completely blind to. Of course I didn't want to believe her, but once I asked my circle outside of my wife if it was true or not, I gotta admit that I was pretty disturbed by the resounding yes. I still don't believe them, but I guest if I had to be realistic, I can see why they gave me that resounding yes.
Those who don't create systems and automating them, find themselves spending more time working in the business instead of working on the business. If you're looking to replace yourself one day, it is very imperative that create the systems to replace yourself. That is the most optimal way to think about your business. If you are able to replace yourself in an area of your business, that means you have more time to yourself to do whatever you want to . Be it sleeping in with your significant other, or maybe play a round of golf or two. It also frees you up to put your mind on more business. Even if you were to hire someone, you've already got the procedures and systems in place to do exactly what you do and how you do them. Coming into the classroom to talk more about creating systems for your business is our guest professor for this week, guest professor Creighton Wong.
Guest professor Creighton Wong, is a business owner, business marketer, world traveler, adventurous foodie, and all around curious about living a full life! He is an above the knee amputee who has been an accomplished athlete, competing in the Iron Man and decathlons. He's known as a traveling nomad, growing his business from where ever he ends up at. As founder of Exponential Clients, his goal is to grow 1000 businesses. 1000 BUSINESSES!!!
It was an amazing lesson that he taught to the class that had me solidify everything that I've always told my clients about making technology work for them and not the other way around. You'll see from his speech that professor Creighton knows what he's talking about when it comes to business. He has done more in his life, despite his physical disability then anybody know who has all working limbs. If you play your cards, maybe you'll be one of the 1000 businesses that he wants to help.
Motivation Class with Guest Professor Xavier "Mr. Hope Motivates" Robertson
By definition, motivation is the state or condition of being motivated or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something. Motivation can come from all types of places. You can get motivation from videos, books, music, speeches, or motivational speakers. On those days where I need a little more motivation, I have a whole playlist on Spotify for motivation. That list consists of artists who I feel have that sound of hunger in their songs. For example, I have the original Rocky theme song in my playlist. If you're a fan of the Rocky movies, you know just how pivotal that theme song is. You know that as soon as you hear that song, that inner motivation to get things done no matter how dire the situation is, coming out of you. In my playlist, it's heavily packed with the first albums of the artists I like. Mainly because from those albums, you hear the hunger, the motivation in which they release their passion in the albums. Some of those artists are able to keep that same hunger throughout their careers and then there's some who loses that hunger. That's motivation.
There's a passion and a hunger that is tied to motivation. To see it live and in person, or virtually, look at all of the underdogs that somehow scratched and clawed their way into the wins column. That is why the famed Hail Mary play in football is exciting. Motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic. You're either going to find your motivation from inside of you or from your outside surroundings. How else can you explain the underdogs that finds a way to win? Everyone loves an underdog story like Rudy, but without that intrinsic or extrinsic motivation, what are your true reasons for what you are doing? Once you figure out your "Why", you'll find your motivation.
So, what is your "Why"?
Guest professor Xavier "Mr. Hope" is a Motivational Speaker, Author, Mentor, Life Coach, Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Born and raised on the west side Detroit, Mr. Hope matriculated through one of the most prestigious high schools in Detroit, Renaissance high school and then went on to complete his Bachelors of Science in Biology. Now Community activists and mindset transformer, Mr. Hope, through his books, podcasts, and social acts enable individuals to experience physical, mental and financial wellness in overflow and abundance.
I can personally say that from time to time, I question whether or not my thinking is on the right path...Ok, in all honesty, I just want to make sure is it me that's crazy? Or is it the other people that's crazy? I say that because, sometimes I think to myself, "I can't be the only thinking this here!!!" From this conversation I had with the guest professor, I realized that maybe it's just everyone else that's crazy. For him to be so young and just understands this stuff, proves that he's beyond his years in wisdom. So if you're in need of a little motivation to get you across that finish line, guest professor Xavier "Mr. Hope Motivates" can be that guy to pull it out of you.
Sex Ed Class with Guest Professor Dr. Erika Miley
No, it's not a typo. You've read that correctly. Welcome to Sex Ed Class. Honestly, it is a tad bit out of my comfort zone to have this discussion outside of a few people or let alone, outside of my house. However, I've made a commitment to be completely transparent. I am a bit of a risk-taker, but this is far more of a risk for me than I care to admit to. I will say, however, that by taking this risk, I've learned a few things along the way. So while some of you probably read this title and had your minds go straight to the gutter, I'm almost positive to bet that after reading and listening to this episode, you'll walk away just as I did.....Enlightened and dare I say more knowledgeable.
So let's take a minute real quick before anyone gets TOO excited. I know, I hate to do that to you, but it gets better later. Trust me. So again, you're probably wondering, "What does this have to do with entrepreneurship??!!" I had those same thoughts as well. When I talked to this week's guest professor, that was the main question that I had presented. The answer I received....WAS EVERYTHING.
Of course, I was a bit puzzled and had even more questions I wanted to ask. Call it curiosity mixed with a tad bit of intrigue. The more and more questions that were answered, the more and more questions I had. Being completely in the moment, much like how I took you guys on that little sexual fantasy rollercoaster there, that's when I realized that there are so many things that can be uncovered from this conversation and that I HAVE TO RECORD THIS AS AN LESSON!!!! So that's exactly what I did. Let's welcome our guest professor who is going to take us all to our climax, guest professor (soon to be) Dr. Erika Miley.
Guest professor, Dr. Erika Miley is a Mental & Sexual Health Therapist, sex nerd, and shame buster. She has a podcast called Sex Talk with Erika Miley and runs a group practice called the Center for Mental & Sexual Health. I think once you check out this lesson that she does with us here at The School of Hard Knocks, you'll probably end up subscribing to her podcast as I did. She's an amazing person that pushed my boundaries about sex, in a good way. She also busted some myths that I had and some other well-known myths as well.
Phys Ed Class 🔥🔥🔥🔥
By far the podcast with Huff was everything! From the in-depth questions to the not so cookie cutter answers! This podcast was about real life situations and real life solutions! Keep up the amazing work!
Love this show. Always keeps me interested and always look forward to new episodes. Can’t recommend it enough.
-Tabby from Your New Best Friends Podcast