Welcome once more to the “How to Be a Grownup Podcast Breakdown”! My name is Erik Andress and I am the host of this show. Today, I am humbled and grateful to bring you the words and wisdom of entrepreneur Kyle Lipton! He is a walking testament to what we can accomplish when we align with our true purpose in the universe and have a positive vision for our future.
Check out this podcast interview with Kyle to learn all his tips, tricks, and techniques that he wants you to know to live a empowered life:
In this podcast, Kyle has dropped some powerful knowledge and discusses his past hardship that has given him a rare glimpse into how to access a drive and clarity of purpose that many entrepreneurs can only dream of having!
While there were a lot of gems this inspiring entrepreneur dropped, here are the three most important ways Kyle believes that you can do to exponentially increase the abundance in your life:
1. The instruction booklet for “lasting success” is there, you just need to go and get it
We live in an amazing time in human history. Right now, in your pants pocket or purse is a small device that has access to all the knowledge that humanity has to offer. Your cell phone, tablet, or personal computer is a key to open the door to virtually infinite free knowledge that can help you. Start listening to podcasts. Understand that there are so many podcasters that bring you weekly shows that can bring you knowledge, on a weekly basis, that could rival college courses taught on similar topics in years past. Use your library card! There is a plethora of information just waiting for you to unlock it in countless tomes that have been written by powerful women and men that want to guide you towards the life that you deserve to be living.
When we expand the knowledge that we have at our fingertips, we drastically increase the tools we have to deal with any difficult situation. Don’t curtail your ability to be a beast at life. Give yourself every opportunity, every chance, every last possibility that you that you can by becoming a voracious life-long learner!
“If you are not willing to learn, nobody can help you. If you determined to learn, nobody can stop you.” – Anonymous
2. Your circumstances do not define you, your work ethic does
Kyle spoke beautifully about his past experiences with financial hardship and the steps that he took to remove himself from that mindset. There is a wonderful parable, that I have said on the podcast before, that I think addresses this point nicely.
Once upon a time, there was a young man that was facing a lot of challenges in his life. His grades were in the toilet, his girlfriend has just broken up with him, and his car had just gotten towed. On top of all of that, in the middle of the night, he had heard his parents arguing about a potential impending bankruptcy. Feeling totally overwhelmed, one night he finally broke down in front of her Dad and told him everything that was weighing on his shoulders. Without a word, his father brought him into the kitchen and put two pots on the stove, lit the burners, and instructed his son to watch.
As the pots began to simmer and boil, his father dropped an egg in one pot and a potato in the other. The son began to protest and say that he really needed advice from his father, but the Dad once more instructed him to be quiet and watch. Soon, the Dad ladled the egg and the potato out onto the countertop and allowed them to cool. The father waved his son over and asked him to look closely. “What do you see son?” the father asked with an amused smile on his face.
“A potato and an egg,” the son replied hastily. “What does this have to do with anything Dad?”
His father then explained that the potato and the egg had each faced the same struggles and hardship-the boiling water. However, they had reacted differently from each other. The potato went in strong, unrelenting and tough, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin shell protecting its insides until it was put in the boiling water. From there, the egg turned into something chewy and durable.
The father put his hand on the son’s shoulder and said, “It is not the adversity we face, but rather what we are made of. We all have pain, heartbreak, and hopelessness in our lives. It is how we face down our challenges that define who we are as men.”
We must push ourselves to believe that this storm will pass. When we decide that we are stronger than our hardships, when we decide that we must persevere, that is when we are truly embarking on the journey towards real success.
“Champions keep going even when they don’t have anything left in the tank.” – Eric Thomas
3. You won’t move forward in life, if you don’t start asking for help
Those of us that choose to frequent a website like this live in a different kind of culture than most of our fellow Americans. We choose to prize personality responsibility. We choose to, in the words of the ex-Navy Seal Jocko Willink, take “extreme ownership” of our actions and outcomes in our life. That is why it can be so difficult for us to reach out and ask for guidance or aid when we reach a deadend in our knowledge of any given topic. It does not make you weak to ask for people to point you in the direction of new and sustainable success. If you want to get into the best shape of your life, hiring a personal trainer can help you get there. If you want to bring your business to the next level, there are countless coaches, webinars, and programs out there to help you move forward in the way that makes best sense for you. If you want to strengthen your relationship or become the best parent that you are capable of being, it is vital for you to seek knowledge for trained professionals.
There is no weakness in asking for help when your goal is to better yourself. Reach out to people in your community or those online that you could learn from. Teachers are not relegated to the classrooms in your high school or college. There are so many people out there, in fitness, in business, in the therapeutic fields, in the trades that have valuable information that you can use to drastically increase your quality of life.
“The only mistake you can make is not asking for help.” – Sandeep Jauhar