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Aaron Walker was just 18 years old when he started his first business in 1978, which he scaled and eventually sold off to a Fortune 500 company. He could have retired at the age of 27, but instead he launched and scaled 14 more successful businesses and worked harder than anyone else.

But something tragic happened in his 40's that changed his life forever, and made him realize that if he kept going the way he was going, the only legacy he'd leave behind was that he was a poor boy from Nashville who made a lot of money. He decided that's not what he wanted to be known for, because really, no one cares about how much money you made, they care about the IMPACT you had on their life.

He wanted to use his God-given gifts for teaching, mentoring, and coaching, plus his years of experience in growing successful businesses, to help others who wanted to follow in his footsteps. 

Aaron Walker is the Founder of Iron Sharpens Iron, a network of masterminds designed to help men (and now women!) achieve excellence in business and in life, and creator of The Mastermind Playbook. He's been a guest on top ranking podcasts such as Entrepreneurs On Fire with John Lee Dumas (FIVE times) and Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn.

"The truth is we're designed to be in community and we need people around us to hold us accountable to go to the next level."

You're gonna want to take out your notebook and pen for this episode. Hundreds of people have paid thousands of dollars for Aaron's coaching and decades of experience, and you are getting an hour PACKED with his best teachings in this episode, for free!

Key Topics Discussed

  • What is a mastermind and why do we need them?

"Isolation is the enemy to excellence."

  • How he was first introduced to masterminds years ago with financial guru Dave Ramsey
  • Advice on finding a good business partner and mentor
  • Why people don't know what they want
  • When and how Aaron realized what his gifts are
  • The tragedy that occured which lead Aaron to sell one of his businesses and didn't do anything for a period of 5 years
  • How his shift to becoming a giver rather than a taker allowed his business to double in profit

"The truth is nobody cares about your success. They only care about your impact on their life." 

  • Advice for if you're feeling stuck on the treadmill of life, what to do to take that first step off
  • Why you want to surround yourself with people who don't care if you like them
  • How he started and scaled his mastermind business
  • The myths about masterminds that are holding people back from starting them

Key Lessons in This Episode

  • Delay gratification! Work hard now to reap the rewards later
  • Most people don't know what they want because we're settling for things we feel competent in

"How are we going to know when we win if we don't know what we want?"

  • You have to adopt the mindset of a winner. You have to play to win.
  • If you're not willing to tell somebody the truth, you're doing them a disservice. But the only way that you can tell them the truth is if you invest an inordinate amount of time and you earn that right to speak into their life, and you can't do that in a short order. 
  • When looking for a mentor, look for someone who has been there, who has done it successfully
  • We fail to the level of our systems and processes, not to the level of our goals. 
  • You must fear missing an opportunity more than you fear failure

"We settle for the things that we're competent in, not the things that give us energy that is our zone of genius. And so I want to say, because you can do it, that doesn't mean you should, and you need to do things that are life giving. Not things that are life taking. There's many things that people do throughout the day and it just sucks the life out of you."

Resources

Carol Dweck: Mindset

Tim Ferriss: Tools of Titans

Work with and connect with Aaron Walker

Website to join a mastermind: viewfromthetop.com

To purchase the Mastermind Playbook: themastermindplaybook.com

Further Reading/Listening

Podcast: Mastering Your Mindset for Business with LIFEAID Founder Aaron Hinde

Blog: Good Business Starts with Relationships