A Trio of Career Experts Say Yes to Criticism, Ideas and Mentors with Dave Asprey – #854

Advice on how to find a mentor, make a living with your creative ideas, and ask for criticism so you can take big career leaps.

How’s work working for you?

Maybe your normal sources of inspiration have run dry. Maybe you keep getting stuck on the same series of tasks you can’t quite figure out how to do. Or maybe, you feel like no one’s telling you the truth about how you work.

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, three experts give you real-time tips on how to level up your career.

The truths they share are designed to stimulate many aspects of your career. Steven Herz, Jeffrey Madoff and Kevin Harrington have helped people find not onlysuccess, but also passion and creativity in their work.

If you like this special episode with Steve, Jeff and Kevin, dive deeper into their expertise by listening to the full Bulletproof Radio podcasts:

Embrace Criticism and Don’t Take Yes for An Answer – Steven Herz with Dave Asprey – #745

  • “So often in life, you think you’re hearing yes, and then six months later, you’re on the wrong end of a downsizing or a reorg and you’re out of a job, or someone else gets a promotion,” says Steve Herz.” Well, if you were so great and everything was so yes, yes, yes, why aren’t you where you want to be in life?”
  • Steve is a career advisor who leads a large sports and entertainment talent and marketing firm, and helps athletes, CEOs, lawyers, entrepreneurs and young professionals move forward in their careers.
  • He sees criticism as a gift and guides you through how you can use that feedback, coupled with authority, warmth and energy (AWE) to get exceptional results.
  • “If you can’t listen to the guy next to you who may just know that one little thing that’s going to make that program better, even though you’re contributing 90% of the value of this idea, but it’s not going to work without that tail wagging the dog, so to speak, then you’re not that valuable to the team. That’s the idea is, “Can you listen to other people? Can you make room in the relationship?” because you might be the greatest coder, but if you can’t do those other things, you’re not of great value.”
  • Check out his book: “Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Using Authority, Warmth, and Energy to Get Exceptional Results.”

Feeling Stuck? 40+ Ways to Turn Your Ideas Into a Career – Jeff Madoff with Dave Asprey – #744

  • “Every entrepreneur that starts a business is creating something out of nothing, that’s creativity,” says Jeff Madoff. “I define creativity as the compelling need to bring about change.”
  • Jeff began his career as a fashion designer and was chosen one of the top 10 designers in the U.S. He then switched careers to be a director, photographer and writer. He founded Madoff Productions, a film production company that creates award-winning branded content including commercials, web content, music videos, and documentaries.
  • In our conversation, we cover the three stages of creativity, including inspiration, growth and stagnation, and how you can get started and keep the cycle going, despite stagnation. We also get into how to tell the story of yourself and your company, and how can you get people excited about it by using both familiarity and evolution in your narrative.
  • Check out his book: “Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas,”

Want to Make Millions? Get a Mentor – Kevin Harrington with Dave Asprey – #743

  • “One of the challenges entrepreneurs have is they’re afraid to do it,” says Kevin Harrington. “They don’t know what to say or where to go. Sometimes you just have to raise your hand and just go for it. Absolutely.”
  • Kevin’s first mentor was his dad, who at age 11 taught him a lot of what he knows about the business world. We talk about how you can find a mentor and how it can accelerate your career. It can help you fill in the gaps of the knowledge and skill sets you don’t have, all from a person who is thrilled to share knowledge.
  • Kevin’s the original “shark” on the hit TV show Shark Tank, the creator of the infomercial, pioneer of the “As Seen on TV brand,” and co-founding board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization. His work behind the scenes of business ventures has produced more than $5 billion in global sales, the launch of more than 500 products, and the making of dozens of millionaires.
  • Check out his book: “Mentor to Millions: Secrets of Success in Business, Relationships, and Beyond.”

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A Trio of Career Experts Say Yes to Criticism, Ideas and Mentors with Dave Asprey – #854


Steven Herz

Book: Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Using Authority, Warmth, and Energy to Get Exceptional Results

Jeff Madoff

Book: Creative Careers: Making a Living with Your Ideas

Kevin Harrington

Book: Mentor to Millions: Secrets of Success in Business, Relationships, and Beyond

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Key Notes

  • Your course is called Creativity: Making a Living with Your Ideas. So it’s very actionable,  – 1:26
  • Two questions that come before that, and I actually start my class every semester with that. One is, what is creativity? How do you define it?  – 1:51
  • I’ve had a lot of mentors in my life, and I say my first mentor, I got when I was 11 years old.  – 1:51
  • I believe that a lot of people unwittingly over the last 20, 30, 40 years have been put or put themselves into an echo chamber of yes. There is three factors for that reason. – 5:15
  • So often in life, you think you’re hearing yes, and then six months later, you’re on the wrong end of a downsizing or a reorg and you’re out of a job, or someone else gets a promotion.  – 6:49
  • “Well, what’s the difference between you and the person who’s got something on the wall? They did it.” So a lot of people don’t start.  – 10:06
  • How do you go out and find a mentor? – 11:00
  • We’re really evaluating people on how they make us feel based on their expression, their communication of their qualities.  – 14:10
  • How do you teach creatives to tell their story until they want to puke because it seems like that’s what it takes?  – 20:32
  • You always use your own creativity to nuance it differently and to realize that’s what helped you get to where you are.  – 22:27
  • This metric of AWE, A-W-E, like you say, it doesn’t show up in Wharton. It doesn’t show up in college. It doesn’t show up in law school. Nowhere. It shows up one time. It shows up in kindergarten.  – 25:07
  • I get a charge out of helping people and seeing their success, and I think that’s ultimately what many mentors are looking to see. – 28:13

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