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264 - Operation Growth

264 - Operation Growth

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My game-plan for personal growth so that I can increase my contribution.

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Good morning everybody, this is Russell and I’m so excited to be hanging out with you guys today. I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited for today. A lot of cool things happening over here. First off, I woke up this morning at 4:45 and jumped in the float tank and did some floating and meditating. I haven’t quite figured out the whole meditation thing yet, but I’m trying. It’s really hard. Maybe someday that will work. Regardless, I got to float in salt water, and it was warm like a bath tub for a long time, so that was sweet.

I went and lifted weights with Dave Woodward, which was awesome, and then hung out with the kids, and now I’m heading into the office. So a couple of cool things, one is we’re doing this really cool project with Fiber Fix, is a cool viral video that went viral a little while ago, but their funnel isn’t converting, so we’re doing this swap with them. They’re going to help us with this video in exchange for us helping them with their funnel, if we can beat their funnel. So the test goes live today and I’m crazy, crazy proud of the funnel, so I’m excited to see how that goes. So that’s going live today, with a bunch of other things.

But what I wanted to talk to you about today, because this is an exciting day, when I start talking and geeking out and getting really excited about it. And it kind of ties into something I’ve been thinking a lot about, and I’ve even done some podcasts about this. But I want to bring you guys in on this thing because it’s going to be really cool and exciting.

If everyone is doing it, we’re all going to grow together. So you can choose to be part of it or not. But if you choose to be part of it you will see insane amounts of growth in your life. So here’s what we’re doing, first thing, I need to set this up a little bit. If any of you guys have ever studied Tony Robins, one of the things he talks about is the six human needs. There’s four needs of the body and two needs of the spirit. Our body, a lot of people never actually get their needs of their spirit met, they just don’t because they never get to that level. But everybody gets the needs of their body met. So the needs of the body, I don’t know how many times we have to go into this.

Basically there are four human needs. Four needs of the body. One of them is significance. We need to feel significant. The opposite of significance is the second one, which is love and connection. So there’s this internal dilemma we have as humans. We want to feel significant, look how great I am. But we also want love and connection, which is like look how great you are. There’s this connection. So two of the human needs.

Then there’s, I’m going to blank out right now….Love and connection, significance….then you’ve got variety. We need excitement, change, all these things happening. But we also want certainty. So there’s the other two human needs. Variety, which is craziness and new things, and then certainty which is like, I need to be certain in everything. So during this podcast, I don’t have time to go into all of those things. I’ve done some podcasts in the past and maybe I’ll do some in the future because it’s exciting. Part of our whole goal here on earth and in this life is to master our body.

So understanding those first four human needs and how to create addictions and how to break addictions all through those human needs is fascinating and we could talk about that for a year, in fact, maybe I will sometime. But after you get the body mastered and figured out, the next step are the needs of the spirit. The first need of the spirit is growth and the second is contribution. I always think about this, there’s times in people’s lives where we need to grow. You go to school, you’re growing. When you are starting new career, you’re in a growth phase. There’s a time in your life when growth is super important. But eventually you start to grow and some people get stuck in this. They learn and grow and study and they love going to school, they grow, grow, grow but they never transition to the next need which is contribution.

When you’re going through this growth phase, you’re trying to become something. But eventually, if you just keep growing, the only person that benefits is you, which is kind of a selfish need when you look at it. But it’s necessary because as you grow and as you become something more than you are now, then you can turn around and contribute that to other people. So you contribute in a lot of ways. As an employee, you’re growing and then after a while that growth of what you’ve learned you start contributing to your company and help some people.

If you’re an expert, for a while you’re in a phase where you’re trying to learn and become something and then you turn around and start teaching and coaching other people and now you’re contributing. So there’s this transition from growth to contribution that’s fascinating. And again, we could talk about that forever, it’s so exciting. But that’s kind of what I wanted to do today.

Dave and I are talking about today about a bunch of things we want to do. We thought how fun would it be to create a phase in our life right now where we get back to growth. In Clickfunnels, what we’re doing, we’re in this huge contribution phase and we’re contributing. And I feel like, me personally and everyone on the team… personally, I went through ten years of growth, trial and error. Learning and studying and everything to be able to contribute at this level we’re at right now. And the problem is that I’ve seen this so many times from friends and mentors and people I know. There was a time where they grew and started contributing, but then they stopped growing and then the contribution stopped. And it freaks me out and I do not want to be that person who is not able to contribute anymore because I stopped growing.

I think there is a cycle between growth and contribution. Because as you contribute you start growing. And then it grows and you….there’s a really cool spiral that makes everything rise together. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve focused on my own personal growth. I do things here and there, things are happening where I’m trying to grow. But not where I was like, I’m going to go back and grow and really focus on growth for a period. I don’t know if that’s a month, six months, a year, two years. I don’t know what that is, but I feel like right now if I focus more on growth, it’s going to make my contribution bigger. So I’m excited for that.

I think back about the big growth phases in my life. When I first started this business, I went through a huge growth phase, where I was consuming for 18 months. I think we all do this, we consume, we learn, we’re trying things. We aren’t having success yet, but that growth we go through is what makes it so we can contribute and if we don’t go through that, it’s hard. In fact, it’s funny, it’s one of the things that….yesterday my coach, Tara that I was working with talked about. Some of the people we work with, we’re giving them….we’re building out a whole funnel and giving it to them and they didn’t have to grow to get it, so they're struggling to have the contribution and have an impact on their business because of that. There’s value in going through that growth phase.

So when I first started my business I went through this huge growth phase that got me from not knowing anything to, “I now have something that I’m selling online.” There’s a huge initial growth. And then I started selling stuff and it was awesome and it worked for a while. Then I kind of stopped growing and I was just contributing from the momentum I’d gotten from my initial growth phase. And I was doing well, and probably the next year and a half, two years, I was in that contribution phase and was doing well. But then I started making enough money where I could start blowing money on courses.

Right now, we’re moving. We’re about to move offices, so I’m trying to clear off my 1,000 book shelves. It’s insane. Everyone in the office calls me a book hoarder and a course hoarder. And I’m totally hoarding these, but I went through this phase then for the next probably year and half, two years where I started buying everything. Literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in courses and trainings and books and CD’s and everything. And I went through this time where I was just geeking out and studying everything.

And what was cool at this point, I had this little business it was fledgling, it was kind of doing well enough to support itself and give me money for my addiction which became marketing books and courses. But as I would learn things I would immediately go back and apply to the business and we started growing. Probably two or three years I went through this phase where I was buying everything. All my money went reinvested back into education. And I was going through this huge growth curve which gave me the ability to contribute more.

And after two or three years of that, then I stopped focusing on growth and started focusing mor eon contribution. It was good, and that’s kind of what brings us to today. So I kind of want to stimulate a growth period in my own personal life and my team’s life. I want to challenge you guys to do it as well. .This is what we’re doing. Dave and I talked about it today, I’m going to have a meeting when I’m at the office and get everyone on board because it will be fascinating and cool.

I’ve basically been taking all of my courses, because in the move I’m trying to clear off bookshelf space. I’ve got hundreds of thousands of dollars in courses that I’m ripping all the CD’s and putting them in audio format and putting them on my iPad and my iPhone. I’ve got maybe 50 or so courses now that have been switched to that. I’ve got every Dan Kennedy course ever created. Every Jay Abraham course created. Dan Solomen, Matt Furey, John Rees, Mark Joyner, all of the classics, all of the good ones. Everything.

So now they’re in a format where I can start consuming them. So I’m going to do this with my team, I’m going to get all the people that, not everyone geeks out with this, but there’s a group that do, and I want to get the 5 or 6 of us together and say each Monday or Friday we’ll pick a course and each person picks a different course. Then you’ve 7 days to speed learn it. Go through it, take notes, study it. And then the next week later come back together as a group and say, “Okay, what did you learn from this course?” and have everyone share it. “These are the 5 or 10 things that I learned in this course that are applicable to us.”

So I just got this growth and I’m going to contribute it back to you now, and we can contribute it as a company, now the growth flows into contribution. And I figure if there’s 5 or 6 of us pounding through an entire $2,000 marketing course each week, I think the growth and contribution we’ll be able to do is going to be insane. So that’s part number one of this. That’s what we’re going to do.

I would recommend you finding a group of peers or friends or people in the Clickfunnels group, or people who work with you, but find a group and do this together. This is something that’s hard to do by yourself. If you’ve got some accountability it will be easier and better. It doesn’t have to be a $2,000 course, it could be an audio book, it could be pounding through a book a week. It could be whatever that is, but find a way to compress decades of information into days.

Tony Robins is the first person I heard say that, he said, “You can read a book that takes a decade of someone’s time and energy and put in a format where you can consume it in a day, and you can literally learn in a day what took somebody a decade to learn.” That’s the power of books. That’s what I want to do through here. I want each week for me to get a decade worth of stuff in a couple days. But multiply that by 5 or 6 guys on my team. I’m getting half a century worth of stuff every single week. And as a team we’re growing and contributing and it’s going to be awesome. That’s kind of the first step.

The second step is, and I talked about this a little while ago, I want to, not just from a learning…..Did you hear that car, some guy thinks he’s way too cool. So that’s the firs thing, the second thing, I don’t just want to grow from a learning standpoint, that’s a big piece of this. But the other piece I want to learn, is I want to grow in other aspects of my life as well. I’m going to use this opportunity for both.

What we talked about doing today, Dave and I. And I talked about this a little while ago, figure out all the different tests we can take on ourselves to figure out where we are in things. So Wellness FX for example, has an amazing blood work. You can do all this blood work and they ‘ll give you back this panel for everything, your testosterone levels, your fat levels, your cholesterol, everything. So I’m going to go and I think Dave’s going to go and try to get everyone else to go do a Wellness FX and get our initial blood work done, and I want to do another food allergy test. I want to do a 23 Me test, which is like, I actually already did that one. But everyone else is going to get a 23 Me test, which is going to tell you your genetics.

We’re going to make lists of as many different tests like that we can take. Personality test, we did a disc profile recently. Other ones like that and try to get baselines of all this stuff, so I get to become more aware of all this stuff. My body, my personality. The love language test, all these things so I have a better picture of where I’m at to figure out where to grow from there. Half of growth is being aware of where you are today and most of us don’t really know. We’re kind of just wandering around bumping off things and hoping we’ll eventually get to where we want to go.

But the best way to get to where you want to go is having a map to help you get there. So we’re going to be doing all these tests to figure out , here’s the game plan and map of where we’re trying to go. We’re going to make an excel sheet and bust out as many tests as we can find. Personality, health, blood, urine tests, if that’s what it takes. I don’t care, whatever it is. Take tons of tests so we can get some baselines as well and from there make cool decisions.

So that’s kind of what’s happening. I’m going to meet today with my team and see who wants to get in on it. And we’re going to start going through a huge growth phase of our learning and also getting tests done to figure out where we’re at and figure out how to evolve and grow from there.

So we can grow more, contribute more, and help change the world even better. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got some big visions to change the world and I feel like we’ve just gotten started. Anyway, I hope this gets you excited, it gets me excited. What I would do is find 3 of your friends and have them listen to this podcast and become accountability partners. Each of you pick a book or a course a week or whatever it is and start mass learning and figure out how you can apply it to your businesses and figure out how you can apply it to your life. If you wanted to test things as well. There’s a bunch of them, Wellness FX is a great one, it’s kind of expensive. But you get all your blood work on everything, it’s a good place to start. The Disc Profile is awesome. If you’re in my inner circle, we’re giving everyone in the inner circle the Disc Profile and Mandy is our, besides me, the other coach in the inner circle. She’s coaching everyone through which has been amazing.

But start finding those things so you can start getting baselines of where you’re at on everything. It’s going to be a fun project. So there you guys go, operation growth has now officially begun in my life. And it’s now, you’ve got permission to start on your life as well. I hope that helps you guys. I’m at the office, I’m going to go have my meeting. Talk to you guys soon, bye everybody.


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