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The View from the Top podcast is a world-class podcast created for men interested in living a life of success and significance. In this weekly podcast, hosts Aaron Walker and Danny "Sunshine" Bauer interview men in the Iron Sharpens Iron Masterminds facilitated by Aaron Walker. Guests share what entrepreneurial insights and success stories from working in a mastermind. This show is for men interested in being successful businessmen, intentional husbands, and better friends. Men should come here regularly for inspiration and to get to the amazing guys at The View from the Top. Each episode is 20-30 minutes perfect for your commute, workout, and making your chores at home more enjoyable! Aaron Walker has been in a mastermind with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and Ken Abraham for more than a decade and now he wants to share what he has learned with you, the listener.

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The View from the Top podcast is a world-class podcast created for men interested in living a life of success and significance. In this weekly podcast, hosts Aaron Walker and Danny "Sunshine" Bauer interview men in the Iron Sharpens Iron Masterminds facilitated by Aaron Walker. Guests share what entrepreneurial insights and success stories from working in a mastermind. This show is for men interested in being successful businessmen, intentional husbands, and better friends. Men should come here regularly for inspiration and to get to the amazing guys at The View from the Top. Each episode is 20-30 minutes perfect for your commute, workout, and making your chores at home more enjoyable! Aaron Walker has been in a mastermind with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and Ken Abraham for more than a decade and now he wants to share what he has learned with you, the listener.

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The View From The Top podcast is absolutely one of the best podcast I’ve ever listen to. If you want positive change in your life this is the podcast for you. Thanks to BIG A and all his associates for all they do. Mike Benton

Excellent resource!

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Motivational and inspiring podcast, to say the least!

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36 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
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1
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1

You have time so decide where and who you’re hanging with

By Benton0679 - Feb 27 2018
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The View From The Top podcast is absolutely one of the best podcast I’ve ever listen to. If you want positive change in your life this is the podcast for you. Thanks to BIG A and all his associates for all they do. Mike Benton

Excellent resource!

By TheExitCoach - Apr 08 2016
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Motivational and inspiring podcast, to say the least!
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The View From The Top with Aaron Walker

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The View from the Top podcast is a world-class podcast created for men interested in living a life of success and significance. In this weekly podcast, hosts Aaron Walker and Danny "Sunshine" Bauer interview men in the Iron Sharpens Iron Masterminds facilitated by Aaron Walker. Guests share what entrepreneurial insights and success stories from working in a mastermind. This show is for men interested in being successful businessmen, intentional husbands, and better friends. Men should come here regularly for inspiration and to get to the amazing guys at The View from the Top. Each episode is 20-30 minutes perfect for your commute, workout, and making your chores at home more enjoyable! Aaron Walker has been in a mastermind with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and Ken Abraham for more than a decade and now he wants to share what he has learned with you, the listener.

Rank #1: Average is just as close to the bottom as it is the top

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  In this short, but mighty, throwback episode, Aaron shares an inspirational talk he gave in 2017. In that talk, he discusses the danger of accepting an average goals for your life. As Aaron shared in the talk, successful people like Justin Constantine, are heroes because their goals were bigger than their excuses. 

 

What’s Covered in this Episode
  • Why it’s important to reflect on your goals last year and why you need bigger goals NOW
  • The important thing Michael Phelps did that made him a champion
  • The powerful quote that brought a tear to Aaron’s eyes
  • Three resources that you can use right now to help you plan and live a better life

 

Key Quote to Think About 

“Start saying “I am a hero. I am a champion.’

 

Key Questions to Think About
  1. What did you achieve in 2018?
  2. What do you want achieve in 2019?
  3. What’s holding you back from achieving what you want to in 2019?

 

Resources to Check Out

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

Personal Assessment from View from the Top

What Do I Want from View from the Top

Steps to a Productive Day from View from the Top

Justin Constantine on TEDx

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

  Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email 

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Jun 26 2019

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Rank #2: Business is Going Bananas!

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This is Matt Miller’s second appearance on the podcast. If you don’t know who he is, Matt was an Air Force pilot-turned-entrepreneur, and is currently the founder of School Spirit Vending. Matt gives everyone an update on where his business is today!

Highlights from This Episode:

● How are things going with Matt’s business, School Spirit Vending?

● Where would you like to be a year from now? No, really?

● After trying to get Matt’s business off the ground for a decade, finally, things are going bananas!

● Matt got interviewed on several podcasts and promoted his landing page at the end.

● What kind of content went into Matt’s ebook?

● Matt and his company have raised $4 million dollars for schools across the country, in the last 9.5 years.

● Matt knows he has weaknesses when it comes to certain aspects of the business. This is why it’s so important to hire someone who is strong in the areas where you’re not.

● Masterminds like Iron Sharpens Iron are incredible. Feel free to reach out!

● Matt had a health scare recently.

● What kind of health changes has Matt had to make?

Resources:

Viewfromthetop.com

Global Leadership Summit

Ssvbusiness.com

Mybusinessonpurpose.com

Mar 08 2017

29mins

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Rank #3: 100 Episodes! Thank You for Listening!

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Thank you so much for listening and supporting the show! Today’s guest is just your host Daniel Bauer to update you on what’s to come next. This is actually going to be the last episode in season one. It’s been two years of hard work, but that does not mean it’s over. Stay tuned for season two of the podcast where we’ll be going even BIGGER!

Highlights from This Episode:
  • Thank you so much for listening!
  • This will be the last episode of Season 1.
  • Daniel shares a story about his Better Leaders and Better Schools podcast.
  • Joining Iron Sharpens Iron was the best thing Daniel did (right after getting married to his amazing wife).
  • Daniel has ten other men in his life that challenge him to be a better man.
  • What has Daniel learned over the last two years of hosting this show?
  • Always trust God.
  • Put your family first, not your business.
  • What is success really worth to you?
  • What can you expect in Season 2?

Resources:

ViewfromtheTop.comBetterleadersbetterschools.com

One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do, by Phil Cooke

Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time, by Rory Vaden

Feb 15 2018

17mins

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Rank #4: How To Get Things Done

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker offers a short nugget about niching down. . It’s about breaking big tasks into smaller ones.  Danny has had the privilege of working with Aaron in his ISI Mastermind and wanted to make a shift in his life and do something more meaningful and live a life of success.

Dreaming big then taking big action are often incongruent.” - Danny Bauer

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

One Quarter at a Time

Aaron shares a story about yard work where all the leaves had fallen.  He was a bit overwhelmed and decided to break it up into quarters. He started with one quarter and finished everything in one quarter prior to moving to next quarter and so on.  Aaron looks at business the same way. It’s too difficult to tackle the big picture all at once and his 38 years of experience in business that says you won’t be effective and you won’t last long term.

I visually said I am going to stay in this quarter and get all the limbs up, get all the leaves up, all the twigs, the debris and anything that was out there and I was gonna stay focused right here.  I’m going to niche down to this one quarter. ” - Aaron Walker

 

Resources

12 Week Year by Brian Moran

Brian Moran teaches us how to intentionally focus.  Having an annual goal is sometimes difficult.” - Aaron Walker

 

Live a Life of Success

Aaron encourages you to live a life of success and not worry about what others think. Pay attention to the warning signs and act on them.  Be proactive in your approach.

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

So that is Today’s Challenge: Take your big project divide it into multiple sub-steps and micro goals.  Make a plan on how to achieve the small stuff and the big goals will follow.

And did you know that you are much more likely to accomplish those tasks that you tell people about in public? Don’t keep your to-do list a secret. Send a tweet to me @alien … and Aaron @VFTCoach

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

Links to Books:

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

12 Week Year by Brian Moran

NIV, Foundation Study Bible by Zondervan

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

  Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

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Feb 06 2019

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Rank #5: How to Deal With Dissatisfaction In Your Life

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker and Danny “Sunshine” Bauer discuss how to deal with dissatisfaction in your life.  We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

How to Change the Feeling of Dissatisfaction

Aaron discusses how dissatisfaction plays a role in your life.  Setting and attaining goals then still feeling a sense of dissatisfaction in not uncommon.  He talks about when he he becomes dissatisfied he thinks about the things he is grateful for.  Aaron and his wife live a modest lifestyle by choice. They do choose to travel more than anything else to gain experiences.  This allows his family to compare how blessed their life is.

Satisfaction is attained on the other side of being grateful; showing gratitude.” - Aaron Walker

Comparing To Others For Gratitude

Camora Island average yearly income for a family of 4 is $600.  The conditions of the world should cause us to be happy where we are in comparison to others.  We should be grateful for our conveniences and not complain. Aaron challenges us to be grateful daily in the privacy of our home with our family.

I just want to tell you from a business man’s perspective that one more win is not going to give you the satisfaction you are striving for.” - Aaron Walker

Journaling for Focus

Journal daily about what you are grateful for.  One cannot be ungrateful and grateful at the same time.  Aaron discusses focusing on being grateful and you will see your day change.  Your sense of gratitude will change when you list the things you are thankful for.

Your attitude will change, your disposition will change, what you are modeling to your children will change.” - Aaron Walker

  Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s challenge is to get your perspective right when you are feeling down and dissatisfied.

Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have.

And while you’re at it … pick up my friend, Seth’s book called Ambition. It’s definitely worth the read.

Ambition:  Leading with Gratitude by Seth Buechley

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

  Mastermind Member Spotlight

Jeff Ristine is a real estate  with unquestionable integrity and can answer any question you have as it pertains to real estate.  Reach out to Jeff at jeffristine@me.com You won’t be disappointed.  

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe now and visit viewfromthetop.com to learn more. And if you enjoyed the show how about telling a friend and leave a review of the podcast wherever you are listening right now.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

Copyright © 2018 View from the Top

Dec 19 2018

16mins

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Rank #6: God is Your CEO

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Chris O'Byrne is the owner of JetLaunch, a book designing service where you can get your entire book cover designed in one month or less. Chris is also the father of a newborn child, despite having 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren, at the age of 52. As you can imagine, his life has become quite busy with a new child in the family!

Highlights from This Episode:

● When was the last time Chris experienced joy?

● What was going through Chris’s mind, that he was about to bring a new daughter, Grace, into the world?

● Chris has 7 grandkids. He can’t believe he’s having another child at 52!

● What do people consistently ask Chris for help doing?

● How did Chris get into starting his company, Jetlaunch?

● What is Chris currently obsessed with?

● How did Chris begin to find a project developer?

● What kinds of routines does Chris have that help him to be successful?

● How does Chris incorporate his faith into his business?

● God is the reason why the business is successful.

Resources:

Viewfromthetop.com

Global Leadership Summit

Jetlaunch.net

Mar 15 2017

18mins

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Rank #7: Marketing Insights from Seth Godin

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Danny Sunshine Bauer and Aaron Walker discuss how to take your business to the next level of success and build one on the foundation of significance.  This is a long game. There are no shortcuts, but you can do it. Danny and Aaron are here to tell you how.

“According to Seth Godin in This is Marketing business owners can’t be seen until they learn how to see.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

See What….See Who?

According to Danny, many business owners have it all wrong. They take a one size fits all approach to marketing.  They first get excited about an idea. Next they create what they think is the next big product or service that everyone will be crazy for. Now that their widget is made, they reach out to the masses of people and use shortcuts, ads, and spam to interrupt people’s attention and hopefully make a sale or two.

“But this approach does not work.  In our Iron Sharpens Iron masterminds, we talk each week how to live a life of success and significance.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

 

Cheap and Spammy Marketing

Several business owners resort to cheap and spammy marketing when they start their business.  Danny and Aaron say they are guilty of this but credit Seth Godin with how they view the people they are trying to serve.

I think that they were just unaware.  They were just trying to make a dollar.  They were trying to create a product that they can mass market.  They tried to interrupt the market and just get people to buy. And I think it's a really bad way and Seth has really brought great clarity to my mind in how to build the tribes and how to make things that matter for people who care and really go after that tribe, that community. - Aaron Walker

So be bold. Introduce yourself. Tell them you appreciate their work. Give them a specific example. Keep it short. Say goodbye.

 

MVA

The minimal viable audience really resonated with Danny and was a game changer for him.  In discussing this with Aaron, he shares that he didn’t agree. Aaron had to read it 3 times and reflect before he shifted his mindset.

I want to have the atmosphere that we really reach out to people that want to be a great dad, a great husband, have a life of success and significance.  People that really want to rally around how to build a life of success simultaneously with significance. And I thought, you know what-there's this many people that need to probably be involved at this time.  Maybe that will change over time. Maybe it will grow. But for right now, this minimum viable audience is this group of people that we have now. We have 14 groups. We're in nine different countries around the world and I'm feeling really good about this minimum viable audience.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

  Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Mar 20 2019

24mins

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Rank #8: Include Your Wife; She Wants You to Win

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David Cooke is the owner of D’Franco Finishes, a decorative company that helps you love the house you live in. One of the biggest lessons David has learned while being a part of the Iron Sharpens Iron community is to include your wife in your successes and big-picture plans. Out of everyone in your life, she wants you to win the most.

Highlights from This Episode:
  • Why does David want to start a podcast?
  • How does David plan to serve his clients through a podcast?
  • Since researching on how to start a podcast, what has been something unexpected that David has learned?
  • What advice does David have for aspiring podcasters?
  • Why did David decide to invest in a coaching program?
  • Fear can show up in a couple of different ways in your business and in your relationships.
  • Set your intentions and then work backward. Sky’s the limit on what you can accomplish.
  • While working in the Four Steps program, what has helped David the most so far?
  • It has given David glasses. He can finally see his path!
  • Iron Sharpens Iron has helped David become more transparent with his wife. David can’t believe how stupid he was not to do this before!

Resources:

ViewfromtheTop.com

Dfrancofinishes.com

Podcastpilot.com

Nosweatmedia.co

Fourstepstobusinessfreedom.com

Dannysunshine.com/foursteps

Jan 24 2018

22mins

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Rank #9: Why You should Leave Some Relationships

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  It’s never easy to end a relationship, but that’s even harder to do when that relationship is a family member.  In today’s episode Aaron Walker is going to share a story about a domineering mom that was driving her son and daughter-in-law nuts while causing chaos to reign in the family.

If you struggle with some boundaries with family members than this episode is for you.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Confronting My Mom

Aaron shares a story about a man who is really struggling with his mother and how she is driving the family crazy.  He knows if he goes to her it will cause division in the family and cause stress, but the man just can’t take it anymore.  The mother does help with a number of things making it even more difficult.

“So his mastermind members kind of got around him virtually speaking and said you’ve got to confront her and he didn’t want to do it.  He said he’s been dealing with it for 16 years and she was difficult as a teenager and young man and I just know how my mom is. But you are going to have to deal with her if you want any sense of peace in your own family.” - Aaron Walker

 

Deal With It

Aaron encourages you to deal with those relationships today that need to be dealt with even if they are family members.  Do not allow them to rule or dictate your life. By allowing this you are affecting generations to come negatively.

“You can’t let somebody steal your joy and you can’t all them to dictate what is going to transpire in your life.” - Aaron Walker

Challenge

Go to that person in prayer, never in anger so you can restore that relationship.  Get people around you that hold you up and encourage you. Find people who are going to tell you the truth and look out for your well-being.  Take the courage to deal with the relationship. Form strong boundaries, even with family members.

“Small minds talk about people, great minds talk about ideas.” - Aaron Walker

  Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

  Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #10: Show up and Keep Moving Forward

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Scott Beebe is the Founder and Creator of the Four Steps to Business Freedom program. He is a business coach, trainer, and strategist. When Scott was let go from his job, he credits Aaron Walker for helping him and inspiring him to find his life’s purpose. On the show, Scott discusses why he built the Four Steps process and how it helps business owners succeed.

 

Highlights from This Episode:
  • Why did Scott start the Four Steps to Business Freedom process?
  • Scott credits Aaron for helping him during tough times when he was let go.
  • Scott took baby steps and slowly but surely he built Four Steps from the ground up.
  • Aaron offers a weekly call and it’s the most powerful thing in his coaching. Just by showing up to the call, it keeps you accountable and ready to take on new challenges.
  • Remember to keep showing up and to keep moving forward.
  • The Four Steps process is not magic. However, when small business owners follow a systematic process, magical things start to happen.
  • A vision without implementation is just a hallucination. The key is execution.
  • How does the Four Steps process set business owners up for success?
  • The bigger we become, the more structured we have to be.
  • Scott shares an amazing client success story!

Resources:

ViewfromtheTop.comMybusinessonpurpose.com

Fourstepstobusinessfreedom.com

Dannysunshine.com/foursteps

Jan 31 2018

25mins

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Rank #11: Three Reasons You’re Not Completing Your Task

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show, Aaron Walker discusses “Three Reasons You’re Not Completing Your Task.”

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Show Highlights:
  • We’re making goals too hard
  • We’re taking on too many goals at once
  • What Aaron has done that has helped him be a success
  • Get people around you - get accountability!
  • Write it down
  • Focus on lead indicators
Resources:
  • The 12 Week Year
  • The One Thing

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Pick a personal goal and consider what the lead indicators will be that will get you to your lag result. Measure your progress daily … remember “Don’t Break the Chain!”

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Mastermind Member Spotlight

Greg Gray - Leadership Development & Business Coaching

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Sep 19 2018

11mins

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Rank #12: Expert Interview with Mike Michalowicz

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Aaron Walker’s exclusive Iron Sharpens Iron expert interview with Profit First author, Mike Michalowicz as Mike shares how he turned everything around and goes deep teaching from his Profit First system.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Mike lost three multi-million dollar companies before his 35th birthday.  He was awarded the New Jersey's Small Business Association, Young Entrepreneur of the Year when he was 26 years old.  He sold his first company, to a private equity company and then his second company to a Fortune 500, so he's working his way up.  Mike is a former small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal. His books have been translated in 10 different languages. He's an active partner in multiple companies including an American manufacturer of business growth consultancy and an augmented reality Tech Firm in a Certification Organization for accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The reality is, behind that was a lot of grand mistakes, horrible errors, almost losing my family, losing all my money, just really horrible stuff.  I actually think that may be some interesting components and I suspect many people listening in have experienced those elements or just challenges.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Most Humbling Moment

Mike is married, has three children and currently lives in a beautiful section of New Jersey.  He was very successful and sold his second business for millions and started angel investing. Due to his investment choices, Mike had to share with his family that he had lost everything.  They had to move, sell all of their possessions, no sports, horse riding lessons or after school activities, then his 9 year old daughter offered to support their family.

“She ran to her bedroom, grabbed her piggy bank, and she ran back down to me and said, Daddy, I'll support our family, don't worry.  I'll support our family. And it was the most humbling moment of my life.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Full Time Author

Mike went through 2 years of depression, started boozing and found himself in a very dark place before he finally turned it around.  Luckily for Mike he was able to climb out of the gutter. He is now a full time author and owns a few businesses. These days he is definitely living a life of both success and significance.

“I'm really writing books to fix all of my own erroneous ways and hopefully in the process of serving others to address their challenges too.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Profit First

Mike explains that we have been taught the formula to profit incorrectly.  We have been taught that profit comes last, that profit is the bottom line.  He suggests that we put profit first and use the formula sales minus profit equals expenses.

“All I care about is the deposit came in your business immediately take a predetermined percentage of that profit, allocate it toward an account called profit.  We hide it from ourselves, we remove our profit. It's the pay yourself first principle apply to our business. And as a result, you start forcing profitability in your business.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

The members of Iron Sharpens Iron are quite spoiled because each month Aaron brings an expert in to speak to us regarding business, leadership, or life.  These expert interviews are just one of the ways there is tremendous value in joining the mastermind.

“I don’t know about you, but Profit First has been a huge benefit to the finances in my business.  It’s paid for some pretty great trips to the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, and Zimbabwe. And my wife always wonders how we can afford it.  I tell her the business! That’s because of profit first.” - Danny Bauer

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

  Resources

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

  Connect with Aaron

Website | Twitter | FB | LinkedIn | Instagram | Email

Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Apr 10 2019

52mins

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Rank #13: How to Accomplish your Three Year Vision

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Today I’m joined live with Aaron Walker and we’re going to talk about our live event and the come as be party we’re going to throw ...

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

The Story

In The Success Principles, Jack Canfield talks about attending a Come as You’ll be Party in 1986.  Guests were encouraged to come with book covers, awards, clothes, and pictures that showed them as they would be living 5 years in advance.  At this event, Jack showed the cover of his New York Times bestselling book - that was nothing but a dream at that point.

In 1993 the first Chicken Soup for the Soul was released and Jack went on to write over 80 books.  More than 500 million Chicken Soup books have been sold—and the original has been translated into 40 languages.  Jack says that party flooded their minds with powerful images of already having achieved their aspirations.

Seneca says If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

Habakkuk 2:2 from the Old Testament says: Write the vision down so that those who read it will run.

These quotes speak to how powerful vision is in our lives.

Come As You Will Be Live Event?

Aaron talks about having a vision and making it come to be.  You have to believe it in your mind first and then it will happen.  The theme caused members to talk in the future and envision where they would be.  

“At the time I stood up and shared my future I hadn’t even written my book and said I would have 10 masttermind groups.  It was scary. Now my book is written and we are getting ready to launch our 15th mastermind group and I am 50% greater than where I thought I would be and I am a year ahead of schedule.” - Aaron Walker

 

Mindset Change

You must work your way to it becoming real and not just perceived.  Aaron talks about what has to happen today. You must focus on the things that matter and plan. The 12 Week Year has changed the way we do things.  In Iron Sharpens Iron we have daily and weekly accountability partners that keeps us going.

“In Iron Sharpens Iron we focus on the task not the goal.” - Aaron Walker

If you could use some help getting your priorities in order, I want to welcome you to Iron Sharpens Iron mastermind. You can read all about it and fill out an application at viewfromthetop.com

In ISI we help men live lives of success and significance.

  Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

May 01 2019

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Rank #14: God Makes Your Seeds Grow

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Matt Miller is back for another amazing podcast episode! If you don’t know who he is, you can listen to Matt’s two interviews over on episodes 4 and 51. Today’s show focuses on Matt’s new podcast, Sowing Seeds, and why you should be planting seeds for God.

Highlights from This Episode:
  • What is the Sowing Seeds podcast about?
  • Aaron Walker challenged Matt to write a book.
  • What does the idea of ‘sowing seeds’ really mean to Matt?
  • Matt became a gardener 10 years ago and has learned some important lessons about growing seed.
  • God wants you to just do your part. Trying to take on the burdens of the world is too much for our shoulders.
  • Matt had a heart attack a little over a year ago at 49 years old.
  • How does Matt have such a positive outlook on having a heart attack?
  • What would success look like for the Sowing Seeds podcast?
  • In the next year-and-a-half, Matt and his wife will be empty nesters. There’s still a ton of work to do!
  • Matt highly recommends Gary V’s podcast.

Resources:

ViewfromtheTop.com

Ssvbusiness.com

Sowingseed.net

Episode 004 — Matt Miller

Garyvaynerchuk.com

Jan 04 2018

32mins

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Rank #15: Expect Nothing From Anyone And Youll Never Be Disappointed

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. Today, Aaron Walker and Danny “Sunshine” Bauer discuss expectations. We hope you enjoy today’s show. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com

Show Highlights:
  • Every day isn’t necessarily great, and that’s okay ...
  • How expectations can mess up our quality of life
  • What Tony Dungy taught Big A about expectations
  • How often do you focus on what you can control vs other people’s behavior?
  • Should we really have low expectations
Resources:   Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Right before your next business meeting or high stakes convo with your partner, I want you to do two things for me:

Pause 15-30 mins before the next important meeting or conversation

And answer these questions:
  • What expectations do I have for this event or have I placed on this other person?
  • What expectations might they be coming to this event with?
  • Are these expectations fair? How might this play out if I set aside my expectations and instead engage in a curious way?
  • What is in my power to control during this event? What do I need to take ownership of?

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Mastermind Member Spotlight

Ryan Claterbaugh -- Owner of Mr Mister Mosquito Control

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Nov 28 2018

10mins

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Rank #16: Expert interview with Rory Vaden

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Aaron Walker’s expert interview is with Rory Vaden.  Rory is the co-founder of Southwestern Consulting, a self-disciplined strategist and internationally renowned speaker. Rory Vaden is the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs. His insights on taking action and overcoming procrastination have been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, and several other major media outlets. As a world-renowned speaker, His Tedx talk on "How to Multiply Time" has been viewed nearly 2 million times and he was recently named as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world by Inc Magazine.

His new book Procrastinate on Purpose is the first book ever to focus on emotional side of productivity and it provides five methods to literally multiply your time.” - Aaron Walker

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Evolution of Procrastinate on Purpose

Rory’s new book evolved as a result of his last book Take the Stairs.  In that book Rory writes about two types of procrastination. 1.) Classic procrastination which is consciously delaying what you know you should be doing.  2.) Creative avoidance which is creating stuff for ourselves to do as a way of doing those things and feeling productive. His new book Procrastinate on Purpose focuses on a third type of procrastination called priority dilution.

“Priority dilution is when the movers and shakers, the do-gooder, the check lister, the leader, the entrepreneur, the person who is making stuff happen; it’s people you wouldn’t think normally struggle with procrastination and yet the have the very same net result which is they leave the officer at the end of the day with their most significant priorities left unchecked, not because they are lazy but because we have allowed our attention to shift less important but perhaps more urgent tasks. ” - Rory Vaden

 

Game Changer

Time management appears to be logical given all the tools we have to work with but in today’s world time management is emotional.  There are so many things in our emotions that dictate our time. Additionally, everything changes when you add the component of significance.  Rory shared that importance means how much will this matter, urgency is how soon will this matter and significance is how long will this matter.

“Everything you know about time management is wrong. ” - Rory Vaden

 

Resources

Procrastinate on Purpose by Rory Vaden

LinkedIn

Blog

 

Live a Life of Success

Aaron encourages you to live a life of success and not worry about what others think. Pay attention to the warning signs and act on them.  Be proactive in your approach.

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

Today’s Challenge: Pick up a copy of Procrastinate on Purpose and start using the focus funnel to start prioritizing the work you will do today.  For each task ask yourself can I eliminate this task? Can I automate this task? Can I delegate this task? Can I procrastinate on this task? and finally Do I need to concentrate on this task?  

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

  Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Feb 13 2019

27mins

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Rank #17: It’s Time to Build a Meaningful Legacy

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Tim Crough is a Performance Coach and the owner of Move Right KC. Now that Tim is reaching his 40s and has had a successful career, Tim is focused on building a legacy that brings a deeper connection to his family and the people around him.

 

Highlights from This Episode:
  • When was the last time Tim really experienced Joy?
  • Tim often asks his clients what are their ‘so you can’ goals. What are some of these goals Tim has heard?
  • Why did Tim start Move Right KC?
  • The more you push your body, the more your body is going to compensate.
  • How did Tim not get trapped the ‘lifestyle changes’ of a growing business?
  • Tim did a mission trip to Uganda, which experienced a genocide in 1994. It was a very humbling experience.
  • Now that Tim is a little over 40, he wants to focus on building his legacy.
  • What does that look like in the next 20 years?
  • How did Tim discover Iron Sharpens Iron?
  • What tips does Tim have for being a better husband?

Resources:

ViewfromtheTop.com

Moverightkc.com

Timcroughfitness.com

Tim on LinkedIn

Dec 27 2017

27mins

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Rank #18: Forget Balance; Create Harmony, Instead

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Tom Rubens is an Entrepreneur, Author, and Business Coach. Tom is all about creating a harmonious culture. In fact, he says to forget about balance because it naturally implies conflict. When you strive to create harmony, you create peace within yourself.

 

Highlights from This Episode:
  • How do you create a harmonious business culture?
  • People often want to strive for work/life balance, but balance, by its definition, implies conflict.
  • All relationships have blind spots, and we need someone to help us see them.
  • How can we engage in a conversation that is about our blind spots?
  • What did Tom learn about himself when he was writing his book, Lifeness?
  • How did Tom’s son know tomorrow was going to be a great day?
  • You can always set the intention of how your day is going to go the day before.
  • Why did Tom decide to start his own business?
  • So many people are great at helping others, but they’re absolutely awful at marketing/selling themselves.
  • Why did Tom join Iron Sharpens Iron and what kinds of benefits has he seen so far?

Resources:

ViewfromtheTop.com

TomRubens.com

Jan 17 2018

30mins

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Rank #19: How to Create a Top 10 Idea Dump

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Raul Figueroa is a Chicago native with a fantastic wife and young daughter. Raul has been in customer service and sales for the last 15 years! On today’s show, he discusses his process towards writing down his ideas, and creating an ‘idea dump’ that helps him find creative solutions to problems, as well as new ideas to pursue.

Highlights from This Episode:

● When was the last time Raul experienced joy?

● What do people consistently ask Raul for help with?

● Out-of-the-box thinking is both a blessing and a curse.

● What kind of skills does Raul have that help him to be an effective sounding board?

● What’s Raul’s process towards generating his top ten lists, or his ‘ideas’ list?

● What is Raul currently obsessed with?

● Will robots take over some of the duties of our virtual assistants?

● How did Raul get involved with School Spirit Vending?

● How does Raul combine both his faith and business life?

● It’s important to set boundaries and be more mindful of your actions.

Resources:

Viewfromthetop.com

Global Leadership Summit

Schoolspiritvending.com

Mar 29 2017

21mins

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Rank #20: Creating Timeless Value

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show, Aaron Walker interviews John Lee Dumas.

John came up with the idea to launch a daily podcast interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs when he realized no one else was doing it.

All of his favorite podcasts – ones that shared interviews with individuals who were doing amazing things and leading inspiring lives – were once per week, and some of them only once every other week.

As a Commercial Real Estate Broker, John found himself in the car every single day driving back and forth to appointments wishing there was more motivational content available to him on-demand.

That’s when he had his own AH-HA moment and decided that he would be the one to create that content.

The name EOFire, short for “Entrepreneurs On Fire”, was inspired by the late, great Stuart Scott, who was famous not only for being an incredible sportscaster, but also for a phrase he loved and used often: “HE’S ON FIRE!” Scott would use the term in reference to a player who was on such a roll that he couldn’t be stopped.

When John heard Scott use the phrase during the 2012 playoffs, he knew it was a perfect fit for his podcast that would share the journeys of entrepreneurs who couldn’t be stopped.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com. Show Highlights:
  • The highs and lows of living in Puerto Rico
  • The EoFire transition after 2000 episodes.
  • Are you listening to the new Master Classes or Variety Shows offered on EoFire?
  • JLD’s shift from success to significance
  • People listen when you’re passionate
  • Haters tell you, you’re doing something right
  • JLD’s love for quotes and gratitude
  • The power of batching

“I want to create a stand alone, valuable course that people can come back to time and time again.”

-John Lee Dumas

Resources:

 

Take Action … Next Steps from the Show

JLD emphasized how important quotes and gratitude are to him. In today’s challenge, share your favorite quote or what you are grateful for with us on Twitter.

If you accept this challenge send us a note on Twitter to Aaron (@vftcoach) and Danny (@alienearbud) and use the hashtag #viewfromthetop

 

Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Mastermind Member Spotlight

Jeff Smith - The Alexa Guy

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Sep 12 2018

29mins

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From Envelope Cx to Sustainability Training with Stevan Vinci

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About this Episode

Energy efficiency and regulation is the focus of this Green Building Matters episode. We talk with Stevan Vinci, a LEED Fellow with various sustainability-focused credentials and many certified projects. Stevan shares how he got into sustainability, regulations, envelope commissioning, and the future of the movement.

Key Talking Points

  • Entering sustainability: How Stevan moved from mechanical engineering into sustainability and green building certifications
  • Looking at the bigger picture in this sustainability movement
  • Envelope Commissioning (Cx) & LEED
  • The future of sustainability

Key Milestones of the Episode

 [1:50] Stevan’s original story 

 [4:24] How did you get into sustainability? 

 [5:26] Mentors

 [7:08] Greatest accomplishments

 [8:58] What is your stance on ratings?

[11:26] Current projects

[12:17] Understanding envelope commissioning

[16:42] What does a good envelope commissioning project look like?

[19:14] Are we properly training people with envelope commissioning?

Key Quotes

  1. ”I was more ‘buildings” minded...
  2. “You can design for a rating like LEED...or you can design for true sustainability.”
  3.  “Our philosophy is making sure the design is right, that the building is going to perform the way the owner wants it to perform…”

Key Resources

  1. Morrison Hershfield
  2. LEED Accreditations
  3. Green Globe certification
  4. LCA certification

Connect with Steva  Vinci

Stevan Vinci is the Sustainability Specialist and Building Envelope Commissioning Practice Lead for Morrison Hershfield;.

LinkedIn

Connect with Charlie Cichetti and GBES

Charlie on LinkedIn

Green Building Educational Services

GBES on Twitter

Connect on LinkedIn

Like on Facebook

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GBES Pinterest Pins

GBES on Instagram

GBES is excited our membership community is growing.  Consider joining our membership community as members are given access to some of the guests on the podcasts that you can ask project questions. If you are preparing for an exam, there will be more assurance that you will pass your next exam, you will be given cliff notes if you are a member, and so much more. Go to www.gbes.com/join to learn more about the 4 different levels of access to this one-of-a-kind career-advancing green building community!

If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on iTunes.  We have prepared more episodes for the upcoming weeks, so

come by again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the Green Building Matters Podcast!

Copyright © 2019 GBES

Sep 04 2019

33mins

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Guaranteed Happiness Today.

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.   In this heartwarming episode, Aaron discusses the importance in practicing gratitude. A lot of us assume that gratitude is a feeling, but Aaron shows why gratitude is more than that. It is a powerful practice that changes your life and the life of everyone around you. Coach A shares how to tap into this power to make your life richer.

The best part, you don’t even need a lot of money to be rich in gratitude.

 

What’s Covered in this Episode
  •     The importance of gratitude in your life and the life of others
  •     A simple exercise to strengthen your practice of gratitude
  •     Why not having enough money is no excuse for being kind
  •     A family practice from Aaron’s family that helps the entire family become more appreciative

 

Key Quote to Think About

“Money magnifies what’s in the heart. It doesn’t change it.”’

 

Key Questions to Think About
  1. What are you grateful for? Name at least 5 things
  2. What’s one way that you can share your blessings with others? It could be a joke, a kind word, a few bucks, or something else.
  3. Have you ever experienced a random act of kindness? How did that feel?

 

Resources to Check Out

View from the Top: Gratitude Day!

The Little Prince

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

  

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

  Connect with Aaron

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Jul 24 2019

5mins

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Don't Forget to Laugh

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.   In this inspirational episode, Aaron shares the power of enjoying the moment. Specifically, laughing. Aaron reminds us that life isn’t all about making money, moving up the corporate ladder, and paying off debt. Life is also about enjoying the laughs we have along the way.

  

What’s Covered in this Episode
  • Why the really important thing in life is not what you think
  • Why reflection is good, but regret is horrible for moving forward in life
  • How being big in relationships matters more than having a big bank account (A lesson from Aaron’s Dad)

 

Key Quote to Think About

 “Life is more than what your bank account shows.’

 

Key Questions to Think About
  1. Did you laugh today?
  2. What’s one regret that you have not forgiven yourself for? How is that impacting you today?
  3. If today was your funeral, what would the 5 closest people to you say about you?

 

Resources to Check Out

View from the Top: Don’t Forget to Laugh

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

  

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

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Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Jul 17 2019

7mins

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Are you a Liar, Cheater or a Prostitute?

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.   In one of the most powerful episodes yet, Aaron tackles the concept of moral inventory. Coach A challenges us to examine the ways we act even when no one isn’t aware.

Can what we do behind closed doors impact the future?

You bet.

Coach Aaron explain how and why. He also shares why keeping to the moral standards we set is important for ourselves and for our children.

What’s Covered in this Episode

  • Accepting the challenge of personal moral inventory
  • The meaning of the title, “Are you a liar, a cheater, or a prostitute?”
  • Aaron’s personal story about being a liar, cheater, and selling his integrity for 30% more money
  • The slippery slope we often engage in to protect ourselves from seeing the truth
  • Taking the stand for your own personal moral inventory
  • Why it’s important to be a moral example in your own life and that of your children

 

Key Quote to Think About

“The litmus test for me is that If I can do it and feel comfortable about my grandchildren and children knowing exactly how Big A is doing with his life…”

 

Key Questions to Think About
  1. If you needed a character witness for a court case, who would you turn to? What would they say?
  2. What areas of morality do you struggle publicly? In private?
  3. How often do you check your moral inventory? Make a goal of checking it regularly.

 

Key Resources

View From the Top: Am I Telling the Truth? The Real Truth!

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

  

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

  Connect with Aaron

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Check out Aaron Walker’s daily podcast, The Mastermind Blueprint available on your Amazon Echo or iTunes.

Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Jul 10 2019

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Make Your Marriage Work

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  When most of us mention “iron sharpens iron”, we often mean that in the sense of a workout or a business, but this principle also applies to your marriage.

In this episode, Daniel talks with Aaron about how to sharpen the “iron” of your marriage so it doesn’t rust. Aaron shares insights he gained from 30+ years of marriage. Aaron also shares why he believes “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by Dr. John Gottman is one of the most powerful books you can read to help your marriage thrive.

What’s Covered in this Episode

  •     How to balance passion for work and relationships in a busy world
  •     How to keep distractions out of your bedroom
  •     Why you need spontaneity in your marriage

Key Quote to Think About

“I came home with a pocket full of money and a house full of strangers”-Aaron

Key Questions to Think About

  1. What was the last spontaneous thing you and your spouse did together?
  2. Aaron talked about the little things that can destroy
  3. What is your marriage’s secret weapon?

Resources

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

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Jul 03 2019

22mins

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Average is just as close to the bottom as it is the top

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  In this short, but mighty, throwback episode, Aaron shares an inspirational talk he gave in 2017. In that talk, he discusses the danger of accepting an average goals for your life. As Aaron shared in the talk, successful people like Justin Constantine, are heroes because their goals were bigger than their excuses. 

 

What’s Covered in this Episode
  • Why it’s important to reflect on your goals last year and why you need bigger goals NOW
  • The important thing Michael Phelps did that made him a champion
  • The powerful quote that brought a tear to Aaron’s eyes
  • Three resources that you can use right now to help you plan and live a better life

 

Key Quote to Think About 

“Start saying “I am a hero. I am a champion.’

 

Key Questions to Think About
  1. What did you achieve in 2018?
  2. What do you want achieve in 2019?
  3. What’s holding you back from achieving what you want to in 2019?

 

Resources to Check Out

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

Personal Assessment from View from the Top

What Do I Want from View from the Top

Steps to a Productive Day from View from the Top

Justin Constantine on TEDx

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

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Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Jun 26 2019

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What if I ask and they say no?

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you Aaron discusses”What if I ask and they say no?”

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Fear of Rejection

Aaron talks about when he first started his business 5 years ago, people told him to get on podcasts.  Specifically John Lee Dumas-Entrepreneurs of Fire. Aaron wanted to be on his show. Everyone around him said there was no way he would get on the show.  He has been on the show 4 times and is #5 in John Lee Dumas’ top ten.

“What would have happened if I didn’t ask? - Aaron Walker

 

Transparency

Aaron says that after 6,000 podcasts they are starting their 12th cohort in Iron Sharpens Iron.  He says he says no at this point in his journey than he does saying yes. He asks the listener to think about what they are trying to do that may resonate with the person you want to say yes to you rather than no?

“We have got to develop a sense of courage to go out there and ask.” - Aaron Walker

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

 

Connect with Aaron

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Copyright © 2019 View from the Top

Jun 19 2019

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Expert interview with Greg Salcicolli

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Aaron Walker host an expert interview with Greg Salcicolli.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Greg Salcicolli Introduction

Aaron starts by talking about how a guy named Cody Foster recommended Greg’s book to him. He mentions how he and his wife had a disagreement 2 days before he received Greg’s book in the mail. Aaron took the book to his backyard and started reading. He was shocked to find the very first chapter addressed the exact same problem he was having with his wife. Aaron was impressed by the book and bought copies for everyone in the mastermind group, and they all enjoyed it.

“I’m reading the book, and I’ll be dad gummed if you’re not talking in the first chapter about the same problem my wife and I were discussing.” - Aaron Walker

 

The Reason that Great Men Fall

Aaron asks Greg the reason that great men fall. It is not an overnight process, it takes a combination of a lot of things. Greg says it usually starts with the orientation of one’s ego. If your ego is pointing you in the wrong direction, it can cause problems in your life. You have to focus on the right things or your ego orientation will cause trouble. Greg says to work on bad habits and isolation. We make mistakes when we are in isolation. We are not designed to be alone all the time, we are designed to work together on things.

“The seed bed where fall starts and begins, is with an ego that has a wrong orientation.” - Greg Salcicolli

 

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Jun 12 2019

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Stop Hiding and Be Vulnerable

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer interview Aaron Walker as they discuss vulnerability.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

The Foundation

Aaron talks about how authenticity is the foundation of what they are building at Iron Sharpens Iron. Aaron says it is important to be vulnerable and transparent, because it allows you to overcome the difficulties in our lives. He also says getting up in front of people and being transparent is encouraging and inspiring to them. This can build a cycle of transparency and authenticity that benefits everyone involved.

“The more you are transparent with people, it gives them permission to be transparent with you, and now we have an authentic conversation.” -Aaron Walker

 

Personal Bias

Aaron says by telling the truth, people can spare others of the challenges that they have faced. People also have a tough time seeing their own flaws, and having others being honest with you and your flaws can lead to great changes. He uses the duct tape activity as an example. One person sits in the middle with duct tape on their mouth so they cannot speak, while the group around them gives their honest opinion on things they can improve. The more people that share the same view on someone can change how they view themselves and their flaws, and this ultimately helps people work on their flaws.

“The more people share in those groups and the more they are honest with the people that are participating, the more it helps them.” -Aaron Walker

 

The Reasons People Hide

Aaron talks about the reasons that people are not transparent. He says the main reason is because of trust. If people are not sure if they can trust you, they usually won’t be fully transparent. Aaron stresses how important it is to be a trustworthy person, and to be confidential when someone tells you their story. Aaron also says there has to be a good time and place to be vulnerable. This is not small talk, this can’t be something that gets brought up at the dinner table.

“I highly recommend that you don't form a new relationship and air all of your dirty laundry immediately, people have to earn the respect to share at this intimate level we are referring to.” -Aaron Walker

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Jun 05 2019

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Step by Step

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Aaron Walker for a solo show where he discusses the benefits of a healthy mind and body.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Healthy Mind and Body

Aaron starts off by speaking about how he was born a long term thinker. Long term thinking allows you to make educated decisions that may impact your future. This concept is prevalent in a book called “The Daniel Plan.”  Aaron asks and answers one of the questions asked in the book. Do you view food as fuel, comfort, or medicine?

I’ve never looked at food as medicine in my entire life, but I’m kind of viewing it that way now and I am personally seeing the benefits of it.” -Aaron Walker

 

How Much is too Much?

Aaron gives some background info on his mindset regarding health. Aaron has never been a guy to work out every single day or watch every bite he takes, but he thinks being in great shape is important. This is obtainable without a crazy new diet or strenuous workout routine. These things may ultimately hurt more than they help. Aaron says a balanced life is important, and find someone to hold you accountable. Your goals are not as far off as you might think.

“I want to encourage you to not be that guy that just goes nuts, gets rid of everything and exercises 7 days a week. You’ll burn out, you won’t hold that pace.” - Aaron Walker

 

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May 29 2019

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I Have the Money, What's the Big Deal?

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Aaron Walker for a solo show.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

I Can Afford It

Aaron talks about how he and his wife decided to sell their house and buy a smaller house. This has helped him realize what was important to him. For instance, family is something that means the world to Aaron. Once you are able to sit down and think about this, make sure to always take your family into consideration.

 

What Is Getting In Your Way?

Aaron asks us to evaluate what is getting in the way of our lives and what is most important to us. He would like us to take some time and really dive deep into these underlying issues. Is there something that is getting in between you and your family?

“Always air on the side of your family. Businesses don’t have feelings but family does.” - Aaron Walker

 

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May 22 2019

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Expert Interview with Bob Burg

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Aaron Walker sit down with Bob Burg.

Bob Burg is a sought out speaker for company leadership and sale conferences. Bob talks with broadcast personalities and a former President. Bob has been named by the American management association as one of the top 30 most influential thought leaders in business.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

Why another book on leadership?

Bob says that he loves leadership and there is still so much to be learned. Bob talks about influence and how leadership is intertwined with it. The book shares more of a story rather than a how-to book.

Bob believes leadership is changing and there can be an endless amount of books on the topic.

What is a Go-Giver?

Someone understands that they are given an enormous responsibility to bring value to those they lead. Bob describes to move from the “I” to the “other focus” and put the interest of others before their own.

“When we think of traditional leadership we sometimes think of the stereotype that the leader is all about themselves. I do feel that this is changing though.” Bob Burg

With a go-giver leader, they willingly give up their self-interest and understands the more value they bring around them, the more it will benefit the organization.

It takes vision and holding on to that vision to be a successful leader. Doing this helps create unity with the community and see the goal.

  Keys to Leadership
  1. Hold your vision
  2. Getting others to see your vision so they too can become leaders
  3. Everybody Matters
  4.     Having people feel good about their work
  5.    Stand for something
  6.    Who you are is one of the most important aspects of being a leader
  7. “When someone has a high character we trust them because they stand for something” Bob Burg
  8.    Practice giving leadership
  9.    Handing over leadership to others
  10.    Coach those that are in a leadership position
  11.     Great leadership can trickle down

Hiring Traits

Bob says he would look for someone that has a history of the “other”. Having the person focused on the team and not the individual self. If you have that as a starting base, then you can look to get to the level 5 leader.

“The level 5 leader will take the blame and assign the credit.” Bob Burg

The level 5 leader will be the leader that is there for you and will run through a wall for you if they have to.

Top 3 Pieces of Advice

  1. Understand people do things for their reasons, not our reasons
  2. A great leader always asks questions: How do my goals align with their goals?
  3. Understand earning trust will be your most valuable asset
  4. Understand the prevalence of technology is vast, but it is always about the people

Get in touch with Bob

Website: thegogiver.com

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May 15 2019

31mins

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Robin hurt my Feelings- Adult Emergency

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Aaron Walker’s Adult Emergency: He needs help because Robyn hurt his feelings!

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

The Story

If you’ve been married for some time, are you laughing like you used to? Is the same sense of intimacy there?  Does your heart skip a beat when your wife walks in the door because you are so excited to see her? If not, why not?  What’s going on?

“I know for me whenever there are relational issues in my marriage I don’t have to look much further then myself to find a culprit. It’s not about who is to blame, but I need to own when I screw up.  My worst sin is getting so engrossed in my work I spend all my energy at work and leave little for my family when I get home.” - Danny Bauer

Adult Emergency

Aaron talks about a time when Robin hurt his feelings by telling him that they don’t laugh like they used too.  When Aaron and Robin have disagreements, they don’t holler and yell or scream and fight, they sit down and talk through it.  Aaron wanted to defend himself but realized what Robin said was the truth.

“We don’t laugh anymore because I’m a knucklehead, because I get so focused on what I am doing and I’m so intense about what I’m doing and I get laser focused.  I forget to laugh sometimes.” - Aaron Walker

  The Challenge

Aaron admits that he is guilty of forgetting to laugh sometimes.  He forgets to relax and have fun and let his guard down because he is so busy trying to make money and build the community and create his best life.  Aaron wants to challenge and encourage you today to go home, get your spouse, go out, have fun and laugh. It’s worth it.

“But what is the point in all that if we forget to laugh?” - Aaron Walker

  Summary

Sometimes that’s all we need to wake the heck up!

“It was a small point in the story, but I highly recommend that you put artifacts around your house that illustrate and symbolize your ideal relationship and life to the fullest.  We need reminders of our why.” - Danny Bauer

At VFTT we help men live a life of success and significance.  If your priorities are out of whack or if you’re not laughing like you used to with your wife, we can help.

If you could use some help getting your priorities in order, I want to welcome you to Iron Sharpens Iron mastermind. You can read all about it and fill out an application at viewfromthetop.com

In ISI we help men live lives of success and significance.

  Join Iron Sharpens Iron

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Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

  Resources:

Deep Work by Cal Newport

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May 08 2019

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How to Accomplish your Three Year Vision

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Today I’m joined live with Aaron Walker and we’re going to talk about our live event and the come as be party we’re going to throw ...

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

The Story

In The Success Principles, Jack Canfield talks about attending a Come as You’ll be Party in 1986.  Guests were encouraged to come with book covers, awards, clothes, and pictures that showed them as they would be living 5 years in advance.  At this event, Jack showed the cover of his New York Times bestselling book - that was nothing but a dream at that point.

In 1993 the first Chicken Soup for the Soul was released and Jack went on to write over 80 books.  More than 500 million Chicken Soup books have been sold—and the original has been translated into 40 languages.  Jack says that party flooded their minds with powerful images of already having achieved their aspirations.

Seneca says If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

Habakkuk 2:2 from the Old Testament says: Write the vision down so that those who read it will run.

These quotes speak to how powerful vision is in our lives.

Come As You Will Be Live Event?

Aaron talks about having a vision and making it come to be.  You have to believe it in your mind first and then it will happen.  The theme caused members to talk in the future and envision where they would be.  

“At the time I stood up and shared my future I hadn’t even written my book and said I would have 10 masttermind groups.  It was scary. Now my book is written and we are getting ready to launch our 15th mastermind group and I am 50% greater than where I thought I would be and I am a year ahead of schedule.” - Aaron Walker

 

Mindset Change

You must work your way to it becoming real and not just perceived.  Aaron talks about what has to happen today. You must focus on the things that matter and plan. The 12 Week Year has changed the way we do things.  In Iron Sharpens Iron we have daily and weekly accountability partners that keeps us going.

“In Iron Sharpens Iron we focus on the task not the goal.” - Aaron Walker

If you could use some help getting your priorities in order, I want to welcome you to Iron Sharpens Iron mastermind. You can read all about it and fill out an application at viewfromthetop.com

In ISI we help men live lives of success and significance.

  Join Iron Sharpens Iron

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May 01 2019

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I'm in Financial Trouble and See No Way Out

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  In today’s show Aaron Walker discusses financial trouble and what he did and what you can do too in order to get out of it.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Stress and Financial Trouble

Aaron shares a story about a father who comes home late from work and he apologizes for being late.  He’s not giving attention to his kids or his wife due to the amount of work he needs to do. He is thinking this because of the bills he needs to pay and thinking that if he works harder he can get out of this vicious cycle.

“I was sitting at our kitchen table paying our bills, we didn’t have any children yet and literally started crying.  Robin asked what was wrong and I told her we can’t pay our bills, we don’t have enough money to pay our bills.” - Aaron Walker

 

What Do You Do?

When your business is doing well and making money, you start to think that you can handle everything until the business slows down and you can’t.  Aaron and his wife took all of their credit cards that they were using and put them in an envelope, sealed it and took it to the bank and they have been there for over 30 years unopened.  Best decision the Walker’s ever made.

“You always default back to the path of least resistance.” - Aaron Walker

 

Over-Extended, Lack of Priorities

Sometimes we find ourselves over-extended and our priorities are all messed up.  According to Big A this leads to a vicious cycle of catching up and deciding to pay this or that.  In his younger years there were times when Big A put money in front of his family and that caused incredible stress on him.   That’s reactive living. That’s living outside of your means. Big A got rid of his credit cards, started living within his means, delayed gratification, and began to be proactive with his finances.   Since then, he’s been able to be much more present and connected with his family. In short, he has his priorities in order.

“It will allow you to be more present with your family at home.  You won’t feel the need to do one more email, one more client, I just have to close this deal so I can make that payment.  Be proactive not reactive. Build some boundaries today and take your life to the next level.” - Aaron Walker

If you could use some help getting your priorities in order, I want to welcome you to Iron Sharpens Iron mastermind. You can read all about it and fill out an application at viewfromthetop.com

In ISI we help men live lives of success and significance.

  Join Iron Sharpens Iron

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Apr 24 2019

10mins

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Why You should Leave Some Relationships

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  It’s never easy to end a relationship, but that’s even harder to do when that relationship is a family member.  In today’s episode Aaron Walker is going to share a story about a domineering mom that was driving her son and daughter-in-law nuts while causing chaos to reign in the family.

If you struggle with some boundaries with family members than this episode is for you.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Confronting My Mom

Aaron shares a story about a man who is really struggling with his mother and how she is driving the family crazy.  He knows if he goes to her it will cause division in the family and cause stress, but the man just can’t take it anymore.  The mother does help with a number of things making it even more difficult.

“So his mastermind members kind of got around him virtually speaking and said you’ve got to confront her and he didn’t want to do it.  He said he’s been dealing with it for 16 years and she was difficult as a teenager and young man and I just know how my mom is. But you are going to have to deal with her if you want any sense of peace in your own family.” - Aaron Walker

 

Deal With It

Aaron encourages you to deal with those relationships today that need to be dealt with even if they are family members.  Do not allow them to rule or dictate your life. By allowing this you are affecting generations to come negatively.

“You can’t let somebody steal your joy and you can’t all them to dictate what is going to transpire in your life.” - Aaron Walker

Challenge

Go to that person in prayer, never in anger so you can restore that relationship.  Get people around you that hold you up and encourage you. Find people who are going to tell you the truth and look out for your well-being.  Take the courage to deal with the relationship. Form strong boundaries, even with family members.

“Small minds talk about people, great minds talk about ideas.” - Aaron Walker

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Apr 17 2019

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Expert Interview with Mike Michalowicz

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2.  Up next you can hear Aaron Walker’s exclusive Iron Sharpens Iron expert interview with Profit First author, Mike Michalowicz as Mike shares how he turned everything around and goes deep teaching from his Profit First system.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Mike lost three multi-million dollar companies before his 35th birthday.  He was awarded the New Jersey's Small Business Association, Young Entrepreneur of the Year when he was 26 years old.  He sold his first company, to a private equity company and then his second company to a Fortune 500, so he's working his way up.  Mike is a former small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal. His books have been translated in 10 different languages. He's an active partner in multiple companies including an American manufacturer of business growth consultancy and an augmented reality Tech Firm in a Certification Organization for accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The reality is, behind that was a lot of grand mistakes, horrible errors, almost losing my family, losing all my money, just really horrible stuff.  I actually think that may be some interesting components and I suspect many people listening in have experienced those elements or just challenges.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Most Humbling Moment

Mike is married, has three children and currently lives in a beautiful section of New Jersey.  He was very successful and sold his second business for millions and started angel investing. Due to his investment choices, Mike had to share with his family that he had lost everything.  They had to move, sell all of their possessions, no sports, horse riding lessons or after school activities, then his 9 year old daughter offered to support their family.

“She ran to her bedroom, grabbed her piggy bank, and she ran back down to me and said, Daddy, I'll support our family, don't worry.  I'll support our family. And it was the most humbling moment of my life.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Full Time Author

Mike went through 2 years of depression, started boozing and found himself in a very dark place before he finally turned it around.  Luckily for Mike he was able to climb out of the gutter. He is now a full time author and owns a few businesses. These days he is definitely living a life of both success and significance.

“I'm really writing books to fix all of my own erroneous ways and hopefully in the process of serving others to address their challenges too.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Profit First

Mike explains that we have been taught the formula to profit incorrectly.  We have been taught that profit comes last, that profit is the bottom line.  He suggests that we put profit first and use the formula sales minus profit equals expenses.

“All I care about is the deposit came in your business immediately take a predetermined percentage of that profit, allocate it toward an account called profit.  We hide it from ourselves, we remove our profit. It's the pay yourself first principle apply to our business. And as a result, you start forcing profitability in your business.” - Mike Michalowicz

 

Join Iron Sharpens Iron

The members of Iron Sharpens Iron are quite spoiled because each month Aaron brings an expert in to speak to us regarding business, leadership, or life.  These expert interviews are just one of the ways there is tremendous value in joining the mastermind.

“I don’t know about you, but Profit First has been a huge benefit to the finances in my business.  It’s paid for some pretty great trips to the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, and Zimbabwe. And my wife always wonders how we can afford it.  I tell her the business! That’s because of profit first.” - Danny Bauer

Apply here to join Aaron’s exclusive Iron Sharpen Iron Mastermind. You’re just one click away from living a life of success and significance.

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  Resources

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Apr 10 2019

52mins

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Can You Maintain A Sense Of Character & Integrity While Competing?

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s podcast Aaron talks about two colleagues. One of them Dave was a trusted friend for years. The other Bob -- used to be a competitor and turned a friend. In addition to an abundant versus scarcity mindset, listeners will be reminded of the importance of relationships.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

Competitors and Friends

Aaron talks about his business partner David and their competitor Bob.  One might think they would be at odds but over the years, Aaron found Bob to be a very honest man.  Aaron calls him a friend to this day.

Danny discusses the idea of playing a finite game where there are clear winners and losers. Aaron usually calls this game one of scarcity.  When you play a finite game you can’t win unless your opponent loses.  But the real game you need to play is infinite. This is the game of abundance. In an infinite game, everyone can win.

“During an infinite game there is no real start and finish no clear winners and losers.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

Encourage Others

If you are struggling for ways to encourage and uplift others here are a few ideas:

  • If you have a podcast, blog, or vlog -- promote your friends and competitors and what they do
  • Share their work generously via social media and or email
  • Write a referral on LinkedIn

All these steps will take less than 15 minutes, but the ROI is priceless.

In Summary

In this episode, the point is how Aaron is playing an infinite game.  Danny says that Aaron has taught him that relationships are key to success and to do positive unexpected things for others frequently.

“In some respects there is no direct benefit for Aaron plugging Dave and Bob’s businesses. There are no affiliate deals. He doesn’t get a finder’s fee for someone that does business with them.  So why do it? Because it’s uplifting. It’s encouraging. It’s good for relationships and it’s good for business.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

Given two people in your community:

  • One that selflessly promotes others and shares referrals
  • Or the guy who has to “crush” the competition on his way to being #1

Who would you rather work with?

And that’s why Big A has experienced so much success in his life.

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

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Apr 03 2019

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Using Generosity and Gifts as a Business Strategy

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Danny Sunshine Bauer and Aaron Walker discuss what place does giving and generosity have in your business?

As business leaders we are often looking for ways to scale, to serve more, and ultimately to increase the bottom line. But if you do your research and find something personal and meaningful, gift giving can set you apart from the pack.  If you are ready to add gift giving and generosity as a winning part of your business strategy then continue listening. Up next … Aaron Walker interviews John Ruhlin, author of Giftology.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

John Ruhlin-A Different Angle

John is the author of the book Giftology that ISI is studying right now and many of the guys in ISI want to give but they just don’t know how.

John grew up on a farm in Ohio milking goats before going to school every morning, is one of six kids and heated their house with wood.  So John comes at this from a different angle than most. He pays homage of Giftology to one of his mentors who was an attorney (his girlfriend’s dad at the time).  John’s life changed when he asked his mentor to buy pocket knives and he wanted engraved paring knives and he couldn’t figure out why paring knives.

“It was a lightning bulb moment, it wasn’t about the knives, it was about understanding the depth and psychology of relationship building and reciprocity.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

 

Gratitude and Appreciation

“What Giftology is about at the core level is that everybody says that relationships are important but most leaders fall short and are not congruent with what they say and what they do action wise.” - John Ruhlin

 

Perception of the Recipient

Aaron discusses the perception of the recipient with John and the potential scenarios that people are thinking when given a gift.  Whether it be what is he trying to get from me and dealing with government contracts and legalities of accepting gifts there will always be obstacles.

“When you give a gift and don’t ask for anything in return, people can sense your intentions.  Usually I am acknowledging them for their time they have given to me.” - John Ruhlin

According to John, less than 1%, regardless of the reason for the gift it is rarely returned.  With all of the policies, rules, etc. a gift that is tasteful, personalized and follows the agenda and mission the recipient usually accepts it as really thoughtful.  It is an artifact of the relationship. John does say to stay away from government contracts-you don’t want to get anyone in trouble.

 

In Summary

Danny is hopeful you could see how powerful gift giving and generosity can be as a winning business strategy.

“Since learning this strategy I now budget 10% of total revenue for gifts.  That challenges me to come up with a number of fun ways to express my gratitude to leaders I serve.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

Gifts Danny has set in the past:

  • Beautiful leather passport wallet and luggage tag
  • Philly Eagles superbowl champion jersey
  • Personalized golf balls
  • Running watch
  • Subscription to the NY Times Crossword
  • Amazon Echo device to a tech enthusiast

Challenge:  If you budgeted 10% of your revenue for gifts what would you like to send?

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Resources

Giftology by John Ruhlin

 

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Mar 27 2019

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Marketing Insights from Seth Godin

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Welcome to the View from the Top podcast, Season 2. In today’s show Danny Sunshine Bauer and Aaron Walker discuss how to take your business to the next level of success and build one on the foundation of significance.  This is a long game. There are no shortcuts, but you can do it. Danny and Aaron are here to tell you how.

“According to Seth Godin in This is Marketing business owners can’t be seen until they learn how to see.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at viewfromthetop.com.

 

See What….See Who?

According to Danny, many business owners have it all wrong. They take a one size fits all approach to marketing.  They first get excited about an idea. Next they create what they think is the next big product or service that everyone will be crazy for. Now that their widget is made, they reach out to the masses of people and use shortcuts, ads, and spam to interrupt people’s attention and hopefully make a sale or two.

“But this approach does not work.  In our Iron Sharpens Iron masterminds, we talk each week how to live a life of success and significance.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

 

Cheap and Spammy Marketing

Several business owners resort to cheap and spammy marketing when they start their business.  Danny and Aaron say they are guilty of this but credit Seth Godin with how they view the people they are trying to serve.

I think that they were just unaware.  They were just trying to make a dollar.  They were trying to create a product that they can mass market.  They tried to interrupt the market and just get people to buy. And I think it's a really bad way and Seth has really brought great clarity to my mind in how to build the tribes and how to make things that matter for people who care and really go after that tribe, that community. - Aaron Walker

So be bold. Introduce yourself. Tell them you appreciate their work. Give them a specific example. Keep it short. Say goodbye.

 

MVA

The minimal viable audience really resonated with Danny and was a game changer for him.  In discussing this with Aaron, he shares that he didn’t agree. Aaron had to read it 3 times and reflect before he shifted his mindset.

I want to have the atmosphere that we really reach out to people that want to be a great dad, a great husband, have a life of success and significance.  People that really want to rally around how to build a life of success simultaneously with significance. And I thought, you know what-there's this many people that need to probably be involved at this time.  Maybe that will change over time. Maybe it will grow. But for right now, this minimum viable audience is this group of people that we have now. We have 14 groups. We're in nine different countries around the world and I'm feeling really good about this minimum viable audience.” - Danny Sunshine Bauer

Thanks for listening to today’s View from the Top podcast. To make sure you don’t miss any of our episodes click subscribe right now and if you enjoyed what you heard today please tell a friend and share on social media.

Learn how to live a life of success and significance at viewfromthetop.com

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Mar 20 2019

24mins

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The View From The Top podcast is absolutely one of the best podcast I’ve ever listen to. If you want positive change in your life this is the podcast for you. Thanks to BIG A and all his associates for all they do. Mike Benton

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Motivational and inspiring podcast, to say the least!