Know Thyself

I recently did a 10 minute video interview with Clint Bowers of VOLSTA. I like to do about one a month with someone I’ve never heard of before for two reasons: (1) to help them out with their content / business and (2) to learn from the questions that are on their mind and the words that come out of their mouth. I never prepare or look at the questions in advance – it’s all extemporaneous.

I always watch them after they come out, not for ego-gratification reasons (I have much more efficient ways to gratify my ego) but because I’m always trying to learn from what I said, especially if the questions came from a new and interesting direction.

I particularly liked the Clint’s interview. We covered the most important lesson I’ve learned in business, my biggest failure, perspective on my #GiveFirst mantra, and the importance of knowing yourself.

  • Henning Olsson

    Brad, I immensely enjoyed watching this interview. Having read some of your work (on this blog as well as in articles and books), I found that hearing and seeing you talking freely about some of these topics, made me to think about these things in a way that I hadn’t while reading about them. Please don’t take this as a criticism of your writing – but rather that videos like this can be really helpful as complement. So if you end up participating in more of these video, please post them.

    • Thanks for the kind feedback! I’ll keep doing them.

  • I’ll echo Henning on his comment – the interview format was great. I’m impressed how well you articulated your ideas given that the responses were off the cuff. I’ve read many of your blog posts, but I think interviews bring up stuff you’ve written from way back of which new readers perhaps aren’t aware.

    Also, the #GiveFirst philosophy is similar to what I practice myself. Giving with an expectation of receiving has rarely worked out for me, and shifting my methods to a giving first positively changed the way my life and businesses have worked out. Connect people without worrying about being a profiting middleman; discuss business beta with others. It all comes back around somehow.

    • Glad you like #GiveFirst – a lot more coming on that in the future…

  • This is a powerful bullet point list — there’s a lot packed in that 10 minutes.

    The mindsets of value creation and giving before you get are so significant they should be taught in school IMO.

    They could be unpacked into a full course.

    There is something that’s still missing in the world…

  • Sophia Athena

    believe it or not Brad, your tips on one of the most significant things U’ve learned as an entrepreneur: “U don’t motivate people, U simply create a context in which people are motivated” .. has helped me find the ideas to improve my relationship with my mom, especially in the communication section (she’s an amazing lady, but with the generation gap and stuff, it can be challenging sometimes 🙂 )

  • The way you describe “Give Before You Get” has such a different, deeper feel than what the tagline says….I wonder if that tagline sells it short.

    • Hopefully I do a good job of really explaining it when my next book, #GiveFirst, comes out next year…

  • pawanghuwara

    इंसानों में इंसानियत के आॅसू कम हो गये।
    इसलिए ईश्वर के भी नयन नम
    हो गये।
    इंसानों में सत्य, ईमान , वफा ,परहित के भाव पथरा रहें हैं ।
    सो ईश्वर भी पानी के साथ ओले बरसा रहें हैं ।

  • Gaik Ping Ooi (G.P.)

    As Mario mentioned in his comment, so many great insight packed in just 10 minutes! I started re-evaluating the pay-it-forward/GiveFirst philosophy after reading Jonathan Haidt’s book The Happiness Hypothesis and what he says about reciprocity.

    The part where you talked about motivation is the most eye-opening though. I’ve been in so many situations before where compliments and encouragement never quite generated the expected effect for me. Now that you’ve mentioned the point about “creating the context which people are motivated” — everything clicked! Many workplaces and leaders definitely need to change the way they think about motivation. And this is helpful for individuals to re-evaluate their own situations and pursuits as well. So, thank you!