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Each week on this show, you'll get to learn from world class Mentors who are sharing behind the scene strategies which will help you level up your life and business. Jim Rohn said, "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with." If you're interested in upgrading your 5, and living "The Good Life" then this podcast is for you!

The Mentee Podcast Wyatt Graves

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 281 Ratings

Each week on this show, you'll get to learn from world class Mentors who are sharing behind the scene strategies which will help you level up your life and business. Jim Rohn said, "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with." If you're interested in upgrading your 5, and living "The Good Life" then this podcast is for you!

    S5E73: From Trailer Parks to Real Estate Empire with Brooke and Christian Torres

    S5E73: From Trailer Parks to Real Estate Empire with Brooke and Christian Torres

    In this episode, I have the pleasure of sharing a recent conversation I had with Brooke and Christian Torres. With years of experience in the trailer park industry and real estate investment world, they started their own business and quickly scaled an impressive real estate portfolio consisting of trailer parks and RV resorts across the country. 
    Today, they share their story, including growing a trailer park portfolio to $100 million in one year's time. This husband and wife duo bring an incredible energy and drive to the table that is sure to captivate you. Join me for this informative and exciting conversation!
    Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation: 
    The power of being relationalLessons learned from hiring a contractorFlipping a trailer park portfolioTapping into the power of mentorship
    Episode Highlights: 
    [10:09] The Power of Being Relational to Become Transformational
    When it comes to building relationships, focusing on commonalities is key. By avoiding transactional interactions and instead seeking to connect with others on a deeper level, you open up the potential for long-lasting and meaningful relationships. Whether you're living in a high-end building like the Porsche Design tower, or simply meeting new people in your day-to-day life, take the time to ask questions and show interest in their lives and this will lead to unexpected opportunities. Rather than forcing transactions, let trust and connection grow naturally over time. This approach can lead to lifelong connections with high-performers and successful individuals who can help you achieve your goals.
    [33:54] Flipping a Trailer Park Portfolio
    Brooke and Christian's experience in growing a trailer park portfolio can be attributed to their prior success in business. As co-CEOs of a company focused on RV resorts and mobile home parks, they were able to increase revenue from $6 million to over $25 million in just two years. The company had a portfolio valuation of $100 million when they joined, and Brooke and Christian leveraged their skills to take it to an impressive $400 million valuation. Their commitment to building the company over two years resulted in annual revenue of $25 million. This experience gave them the expertise and confidence to start their own business and scale it rapidly to become industry leaders.
    [37:32] How Brooke and Christian Leveraged Their Past to Build a Trailer Park Portfolio
    Brooke and Christian's experience in scaling a company provided them with invaluable knowledge about what not to do. They used this insight to approach their own business with a clear plan of action. After taking massive action, they repositioned properties that they knew fit the model of a successful company they had previously worked with. This allowed them to accumulate a valuable portfolio that was attractive to potential buyers. Ultimately, they sold $78 million worth of their portfolio to the other company, while keeping three properties for themselves. Their ability to learn from past experiences and leverage that knowledge enabled them to build a profitable trailer park portfolio.
    Resources Mentioned: 
    Connect with Wyatt Graves: LinkedIn | Website 
    The Mentee Podcast: Website | Apple | a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/4vCHLP2hdnsQAzAxNJcxG8" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 56 min
    S5E72: The Future of Sales and Content Creation: ChatGPT's Disruptive Technology with Ariel Levin

    S5E72: The Future of Sales and Content Creation: ChatGPT's Disruptive Technology with Ariel Levin

    Content creation is strongly tied to the growth of your business. But if writing content is not really your strong suit, there’s an AI that is currently disrupting industries when it comes to creating content. Let’s get to know ChatGPT.
    In this episode of The Mentee Podcast, I interview Ariel Levin about ChatGPT and how they're using it.. As an AI language model, ChatGPT has the capability to generate human-like responses to a wide range of topics and questions, including those related to sales and content creation. Learn how to leverage ChatGPT in creating content as well LinkedIn as your platform of choice, especially if you’re in the B2B space.
    Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation: 
    The benefits of ChatGPTLeveraging LinkedIn to network and grow your businessUsing chat GPT to fund raise investment capital on LinkedInExecution matters.How to market to your target audience
    Episode Highlights: 
    [03:13] How ChatGPT is Disrupting the Content Creation Space
    In content creation, ChatGPT can be used to generate high-quality written content, such as articles, blog posts, and social media posts. It can also be used to suggest topics and headlines, and to provide insights on content performance and engagement.
    For instance, if you're planning a trip anywhere in the world, it can suggest an itinerary for you. It can also create a course or a presentation for you to create a presentation. In other words, it can create a ton of things for you.
    In the context of sales, ChatGPT can be used to generate personalized responses to customer inquiries and provide recommendations based on their specific needs and preferences. It can also be used to automate lead generation and follow-up, helping sales teams to more efficiently and effectively engage with potential customers.
    [07:07] Leveraging ChatGPT and LinkedIn in the B2B Space
    LinkedIn is still uncharted territory for many and underutilized for others. And those who are going to embrace it can really advance their careers and jumpstart their business in a big way. But it does require work, and there are no shortcuts. 
    LinkedIn is a powerful social media platform for B2B marketing as it allows you to connect with potential clients, industry peers, and thought leaders. You could ask ChatGPT to give you ideas on how to promote your business. You can ask for ideas for a slide presentation and ask it to expand on each of those subjects. Ask questions about marketing collaterals to develop, connection request templates for LinkedIn, follow-up messages to write on LinkedIn, and post suggestions.
    LinkedIn and ChatGPT can be powerful tools for B2B marketing and customer service. By leveraging these tools effectively, you can increase your brand awareness, generate leads, and provide excellent customer support.
    Resources Mentioned: 
    ChatGPT
    Connect with Wyatt Graves: LinkedIn | Website 
    The Mentee Podcast: Website | Apple | Spotify 
    Connect with Ariel Levin: LinkedIn

    • 30 min
    S5E71: A Permanent Solution to America’s Housing Crisis

    S5E71: A Permanent Solution to America’s Housing Crisis

    Too many people lack stable housing, but how do we solve that crisis? One method is creating affordable housing, but that's not a permanent solution.
    Enter Mike Kaeding: he aims to rebuild the housing system in America. He wants a solution that ends the problem permanently.
    Tune in to find out how he leverages business success into a solution to one of America’s biggest problems.
    Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:
    The long-term solution to housing in AmericaWhy you should (or shouldn’t) get unaccredited investorsHire the right people for your company
    Episode Highlights
    [02:38] Mike’s BHAG
    Mike's company, Norhart, reduced construction costs by 30%. They aim to rebuild the housing system by building more housing. By increasing the supply to match the housing demand, they hope to bring prices down.
    [10:05] Mike’s Journey
    Mike’s company has thousands of units, but their platform is construction. They do all manufacturing and most trades in-house as well.
    Mike's parents started the company, but he's been involved even while young. He initially didn't want to be part of the business, but his dad encouraged him to take over. The company doubled in size every few years.
    [14:36] Finance Talks
    Banks typically fund 75% of a project, but the true constraint is human capital. Mike's company needs top talent. They've recently opened up to outside investors and are considering removing the bank so investors can get more returns. They've also created a system to get around the problems of accepting unaccredited investors.
    Notable quotes from the Episode:
    [07:18] "The average American's salary, about 30% of that goes to housing. My dream is to make that 15% rather than 30%."
    [09:51] "How do we make the whole system, how do we figure out the whole nation to be affordable in the next five to ten years?"
    [12:05] “I didn't really know what I was doing, but I think that was sort of the magic because we could start questioning everything. Like, why is construction done the way it's done?”
    [30:01] "The number one thing that I learned, and it totally changed the game of our company from growing at meager rates to now growing very substantially and seeing a radical improvement in this industry is one simple thing: It's hire the very best people."
    Resources Mentioned:
    Connect with Wyatt Graves: LinkedIn | Website
    The Mentee Podcast: Website | Apple | Spotify
    GoBundance Membership
    VIP Private Mastermind Event
    Connect with Mike Kaeding: LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram
    Invest in apartments with a href="https://www.norhart.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 33 min
    S5E70: You’re Doing It Wrong: How To Master Sales

    S5E70: You’re Doing It Wrong: How To Master Sales

    When you need a job done, should you figure out how to do it, or find someone else to do it? If you want to make money, it’s the latter.
    In this episode, Justin Ledford explains how to make money through subcontracting. Rather than do something yourself, find the people with the expertise. Connect them with people who need work done.
    Tune in to the episode to find out how to use subcontractors to create a win-win situation for everyone involved.
    Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:
    Find the best people for the jobWhat “sales” really meansLearn the Triad of LifeYou don’t need to buy a company in an industry
    Episode Highlights
    [04:24] Sharing the Dream
    Justin had a dream of retiring before 40 and living in Costa Rica. He was a sales guy but saw his wife working late at night. Together, they decided to start a company. He invested in mentors to learn the best way to start a roofing company. After that, he began teaching others to do what he was doing.
    [13:27] Transitioning from Houston to Costa Rica
    Justin’s family lost a lot of money when he was young. He had to grow up quickly. That experience taught him the value of money. He started hustling and saved more money than the adults in his life.
    [24:39] Getting into an Industry
    You don’t have to buy a company in an industry. Justin instead contacts subcontractors and connects them with people who need jobs done. His two moneymakers are insurance companies and the government.
    [36:36] Two Stories of Success
    Ralph, a home builder, contacted Justin through YouTube. He makes six figures per contract through government jobs. Another story is that Justin took a government contract and found the best subcontractors to do the job.
    Notable quotes from the Episode:
    [03:09] "It's not necessarily the money that makes me thrive anymore. It's more about the impact and following my passion."
    [12:40] “I always follow the rule: ‘Always win on the buy.’ My second rule is: ‘Always win on the buy.’”
    [16:31] "I've already geeked out on the industry. I studied how to be a good roofing salesman. I already own the business, so I knew about it. But I didn't master my craft."
    [33:56] “You’ve read the book, Who, Not How? We have people who are getting them done. They’re making profits, we’re making profits, and it’s just a match made in heaven.”
    Resources Mentioned:
    Resources Mentioned:
    Connect with Wyatt Graves: LinkedIn | Website
    The Mentee Podcast: Website | Apple | Spotify
    GoBundance Membership
    VIP Private Mastermind Event
    Connect with Justin Ledford: IG | YouTube | a...

    • 47 min
    S5E69: The Power of Clarity: Why Finding Your Focus is Key to Goal Setting

    S5E69: The Power of Clarity: Why Finding Your Focus is Key to Goal Setting

    Setting goals is essential for growth, but we must clearly understand our values, priorities, and direction in life before we can set them. We will discuss why finding clarity is necessary to accomplish our goals and why making time for ourselves is essential.
    By the end of this episode, you will better understand why finding clarity is essential for achieving your goals and have practical tips on gaining it. We discuss how we can be as intentional as possible toward our goals and experience the life we desire. Join us for this episode as we ignite your journey toward finding clarity and achieving your goals. 
    Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:
    Reconciling where we are and where we want to beChase the dreamMaintain meaningful connectionsHave a vision
    Episode Highlights:
    [3:01] Reconciling Where We Are And Where We Want To Be
    We want to be clear with our goals. The first step in doing this is reconciling where we are and where we're going. New goals have been achieved, and pivots need to be made for new ideas. Spend some time finding clarity on what we need to do daily and how those activities would add to our overall goals.
    [12:05] Chasing the Dream
    Our actions should inspire our kids when they see us living our life. Make them feel inspired to live the life that we’re living. So not only are we supposed to chase our dream and show that to our kids, but we also inspire them to do the same thing. We need to make sure our goals are identified and then make them happen.
    [13:21] Maintain Meaningful Connections 
    If we're not intentionally doing things, then we're just existing. We must keep track of who we have meaningful conversations and with whom we connect. It is important for us to be able to live the life that we want to live.
    [39:15] Have a Vision
    We have to think big and have a vision. Without a vision, how will we know if we're going in the right direction? Thinking big means getting a clear vision that can lead us to the clarity we aspire to achieve. Be clear on what we need to do today to win the day so that we can wake up tomorrow knowing that yesterday was fruitful and successful.
    Notable quotes from the Episode:
    [13:19] “If you're not intentionally doing things, then you're just existing.”
    [25:39] “Without a vision, how will you know if you're going in the right direction?”
    [40:10] “Find out where you want to go, and then get around other people who are already there, and you'll become like them.”
    [40:22] “People get where they want to be because they are intentional about it.”
    Resources Mentioned:
    Connect with Wyatt Graves: LinkedIn | Website
    The Mentee Podcast: Website | Apple | Spotify

    • 43 min
    S5E68: Recipe for Success: Think, Be, Do, Have

    S5E68: Recipe for Success: Think, Be, Do, Have

    You have the power to become who you want to be. The decision-making process begins with elevated thinking. It is shaped by self-imposed life messages and accelerated by surrounding oneself with the right people.
    Keith Craft, founder and lead pastor of Elevate Life Church, joins me to discuss his principles of leadershipology. He is the author of the best-seller, Your Divine Fingerprint. A millionaire before becoming a pastor, Keith has gone from making his dreams come true to helping make others' dreams come true. Through ministry and his leadershipology, Keith’s mission is: “To be a loving leader, mentor, and motivator (coachivator) of biblical excellence that helps people reach their full God-given potential.” 
    What life messages should you live by? How does your God-given uniqueness provide an answer? Why is who we align with important?
    Tune in to the episode to start elevating your life today! 
    Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:
    Align yourself with who you want to beBuild your life on your life lessonsLeave an imprint that only you can leaveElevate your thinking to elevate your life
    Episode Highlights: 
    [12:53] From Words to Life Messages
    Avoid following life messages others impose. It can lead to insecurities when we fail to meet their expectations. Instead, we should decide our life messages to live by. We have the power to establish meaning in the words that make up life.
    [20:50] What Our Unique Fingerprints Mean
    Humans share 99% of DNA, making us more alike than we would normally think. Amongst our uniqueness is our fingerprints. No one else will ever have our same fingerprints. God made it so we can fulfill our purpose of leaving an imprint that nobody else can leave. 
    [27:08] Thinking Before Being 
    Thinking usually takes a backseat and is controlled by individual preferences. But how we think determines our attitude and how we live. It also creates our words, leading to our life messages. We must elevate our thinking to find the right messages to live by.       
    [40:59] Getting What We Decide, Not What We Deserve
    We have preconceived notions of what we deserve in life. Sometimes we act upon these notions to demand and seek happiness by leaving or quitting. But happiness is a choice. We have to decide what we want and then choose to become the person who can get it. Our thoughts determine decisions.
    Notable quotes from the Episode:
    [3:49] “Your alignments are more important than your assignments.” 
    [19:25] “Once you have a life lesson, you can build your life on that lesson.”
    [45:22] “When you elevate your thinking, you elevate your life.”
    Resources Mentioned:
    Connect with Wyatt Graves: LinkedIn | Website
    The Mentee Podcast: Website | Apple | Spotify
    Connect with Keith Craft: a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithcraft/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 53 min

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One of the greatest podcasts of all time

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Covers ALL the bases!

From family to finance and health to spiritual and everything in between… this is a great podcast!

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The Mentee is transforming my world 🔥🔥🔥

I guess I’m having a binge month right now because THIS is the kind of conversation I listen to while I’m creating, going about my mornings, and most faithfully, while I have lunch everyday.

Gosh, this podcast. I love a story. I love an origin story. I love a success story. I love a testimony. I love answers. Real-life, real-time, current and wisdom-packed answers. The Mentee is a gold mine. This podcast is formatted in the most flowing way.

By Wyatt’s questions alone, there is a conversational flow that happens every episode where I, as a listener, feel so represented by a true spokesperson who asks so thoughtfully and meticulously of these mentors about their experiences. Wyatt has moves at a cadence that’s in our favor and carries on the dialogue as bridge for us.

Being a 24 year old in this eye-opening, deprogramming era of my life, I pause a heck of a lot to take notes… This is a powerful place where I spend time letting the interviews play on Spotify and have many revelatory moments. The Mentee has given me the language to define so many common hangups in my life experience while listening to the guests’ personal stories. These were hangups I didn’t know were common but thought were just me. I can undoubtedly come and find an abundance of wisdom, opportunity, have my mind blown, or hear something of relief/uplifting being shared at The Mentee table. Everybody needs to hear this. All the way down to the book suggestions, this Podcast helps you start breathing, broadens your perspective about life/ relationships, and makes one not feel alone.

Coming from a person who learned to despise asking for help—school played a huge part in that, I’ve regained the assurance through this podcast that—> just as much as I, personallyyy, want others to have a painless experience, enjoy life, and would be more than happy to share a resource or refer someone, there really are people out there who have the same heart. This podcast gives me hope in humanity. The humanitarian that Wyatt is has blessed me, likely unbeknownst to him as my mother currently works with his teams in business.

Before ever meeting Wyatt, all would describe him as the one whose resources spread far and wide. The one who changed their life. I, actually, have witnessed and overheard Wyatt being a resource and a problem solver for people on the spot! Just in passing through my mom’s office amongst his team.

A big concept for me in 2022 has been learning how to look at my life and myself and my thoughts “objectively.” That simple concept was a posture that I’d hardly ever taken on when it came my own life and problem solving. Yet, it’s the way we look at other people’s problems everyday.. we see solutions for others so quickly when someone lays out their dilemma.

It’s easy to zoom out for other people, and very seldom had I done that for me. Maybe just a fear of zooming out and seeing how complex I made it, and facing the feeling of wasted time.

This podcast WILL remind you,“Relationships. Connections. Resources.” The Mentee has given me relief that “asking for help is something that even the greatest mentors still do.” It’s a hallmark in my mind now.

Here I find alignment with the conversation and new pattern of thinking I needed. That would route me to my truest and most aware self.

As a start-from-the-beginning kind of viewer, I went back and listened to the early episodes to hear how it all came about.

So I must say, Thank you Geoff for starting this podcast…, and thank you Wyatt for not letting it go

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