Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 1
A 1937 motivational personal development and self-help book. -Think and Grow Rich(Napoleon Hill)
Lesson Nugget: Reading success books can show you a different perspective on business and can change your mindset.
"Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth" - Secrets of the Millionaire Mind(T. Harv Eker)
"The Field Guide to Personal Growth: - Grow - Clay Staires
udacity for entrepreneurs, grow your business
-So if I'm watching this and I feel like maybe how you felt, where I'm kind of stuck in a wage cage, or I guess I'm sacrificing the potential to make-- the potential to making a lot of money for this maximum security of a salary. What would you encourage me to do, or what should I do if I want to maybe-- to maybe make that jump from being a schoolteacher to becoming a millionaire? What would you recommend I do?
-Well, I think first of all, I would be doing cartwheels. Just in celebration that if you were in the wage cage, that you even knew that it was possible to do better. See that's where I was trapped. I mean it's not like everybody out there in the wage cage is going, oh I wish I could get free and use my wonder twin powers.
-They don't even know. They don't even catch it, Clay. I mean they are locked in. This is how the world works. You know, this is my paycheck. And I have to make my life fit in this paycheck. And if somebody else comes along and says, well you can do better than that they go, no, you're trying to sell me something. You know, get away type of thing.
-Because my brain was so trapped I didn't even know that there was another world. I didn't know that there was another world available to me.
-Let me ask you this. If I'm watching this, I know you've read a lot of books that have made a big impact on you.
-Is there a book or two you might Mobile that I read if I'm watching this that might help me sort of break out that wage cage? I mean, do you like T. Harv Eker books? Or what's a book that you might recommend?
-I would say, I mean, the very first book that I dove into was a book called ThinkAndGrowRich, Napoleon Hill.
-You may have heard of that before.
-Yeah, there you go.
-There you go.
-I might have heard of that. And, um, as a matter of fact, I just went to a birthday party this evening and gave that book to a kid that was turning 30 years old.
-Bam! Because his whole idea he's wanting to be an entrepreneur. He's wanting to move forward. He's beginning to feel this wage cage himself. And I said, man to start your journey, do is I do.
-I've interviewed so many people about their path from poverty, or their path from kind of average income to something sensational. And I hear that book all the time ThinkAndGrowRich.
-Clay, I'm reading that book down, I'm lay-- I'm sitting on the beach down at down to Mobile, Alabama. I'm sitting down there and I'm reading this thing. And it is so offensive to my brain. It just doesn't fit. I actually scream a few times. And my wife says, hey, you OK? I'm going to be fine.
-And I throw the book down into the sand and I'm picking the thing back up because I'm going, ah! I've got to get this thing into my head. Because it was so outside the box for me. I mean I was chained in the wage cage. And so I never did know that there was a world available to me.
-Now for you, that would be great. You know, for other people, it was like everybody else had this pixie dust and it was possible for them.
-I know when I read the book for the first time, it felt like, I have pretty poor vision, but when I got glasses and I-- and I put it on my glasses for the first time it allowed me to see clearly where I was going. Wow. I can't believe what I've been missing. That's how I felt when I read that book.
-Yeah. It just pissed me off.
CLAY CLARK: Really?
-The whole thing. The whole thing just pissed me off. It just made me mad. And then after that I jumped into TheMillionaireMindset, by T. Harv Eker.
CLAY CLARK: OK.
-That came across a little bit better. All of the sudden I was going, OK. That thing got me all worked up. The first book got me all worked up. T. Harv Eker came in and actually started putting some legs on it. And then I ended up going to a weekend intensive down in Dallas.
-Was that good?
-Oh yes! I mean that-- that weekend, I know, will continue to be, for the rest of my life, a real sign post. A real change of direction for me.
-Does your wife recognize, I mean did she recognize there is was huge change when you went that conference?
-Oh, definitely. Oh, definitely. Because I came back and I mean I was all T. Harv.
-You know, I was just kind of wearing his shirt, had the face on it. It's kind of scary. But-- but, you know, I came back and-- and I spent the first four months when I came back every morning out on our back porch, sitting there with my hand over my heart just speaking, you know, all of the-- the wealth mindset to retrain my brain.
-Because, I mean, that thing rocked me. Just really messed me up. And it was when I came out of that, that I actually saw for the first time that it was possible.
-I think-- I think what's amazing is that we can be going through life and there could be something that can be introduced, just a new thought, and it can serve as a catalyst that can forever change the direction that we're headed.
CLAY STAIRES: Oh, yeah.
-And that is as just awesome. And, Clay, now you have a great website people can go to if they want to get your book and learn more about you. It's claystaires.com.
-What's the title of your book up there?
-My book is entitled Grow and it's a field guide to personal development. And so, Clay, if you're wanting to grow, if you're wanting to expand, if you're wanting to increase your capacity to process more complexity, then I can guarantee you this is the path you're going to go on. It might look a little different for you, or for-- than it did for me. But the sign posts are going to be the same for every single person.
-It's a wonderful field guide to know, what should I expect? And even as you read through the book, you're going to be able to discover, I'm right here in chapter four. This is where I am. And you can look at chapter five, six, and seven and say, OK. Now this stuff is coming up.
-I can be prepared for it. So when it does come up, I don't just, well, you know, you just kind of fall apart and start sucking my thumb.
-I appreciate you so much for giving up your time here. I know you've got a lot of things going on. And with a-- with the family and the business, and the speaking, and the traveling. But I just, again, want to tell you thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to mentor people that maybe haven't had that epiphany yet.
-Or maybe feel like they need to hear a story like this. So, thank you so much for your time. I appreciate it.
-It's great to be here, Clay, thank
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