Geoff Woods is full of great stories in today’s episode. Geoff is host of The Mentee Podcast and he came by to share how he went from employee to entrepreneur in just 10 months.
Geoff Woods’ journey as an entrepreneur (and a self-described Super Connecter) began with tragedy, but a Jim Rohn quote helped Geoff shift his life course: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Geoff wanted to own his own business, wake up every day and feel like he was making an impact, but he didn’t have anyone in his life that.
Geoff wanted to make an impact, followed by the money, and he’s able to do that with a knack for networking. “I try to find a way to add value to people.” He always asks, “What are you working on and how can I help?”
Geoff didn’t just want to make an impact. He also had the courage to act. His first goal was in real estate, so his first step was connecting with people who owned property. “The very first time I opened my mouth, I had the opportunity to become the owner of a 10-story building on the water in North Carolina.” Things only got cooler from there.
Jay Papasan and Gary Keller approached Geoff because they were looking for a new CEO for a publishing company. Geoff took the call because he had a couple names in mind, but ultimately he discovered they were looking for a CEO just like him. “Because I led with trying to be a super connecter, because I led trying to add value, I now have the opportunity to call a billionaire my partner.”
Geoff’s success, and his constant endeavor to add value to other people’s lives, starts with overcoming the limiting beliefs that make us believe we don’t have value to add. “The reality is you have value to give, you just have to figure out how to give value to those people.” Learn new skills and meet new people to increase the value you have to offer.
Geoff is learning the value of leverage. He can only contribute time towards things that align with and further his goals, but he still wants to add value to the people who approach him. He is learning to create systems and hire a person to manage those systems, which in turn creates opportunity for people in his community.
Geoff has advice for how you can find the best mentors, available in a free guide. He provided a great overview:
- The mentor-mentee relationship is something that happens over time. “For you to walk up to a successful persona and ask them to be your mentor … is the same as men walking into a bar, seeing a hot woman, dropping down to one knee before you’ve said anything to her and saying, ‘Will you marry me?’”
- You don’t even realize the value you bring to the table
- Being in the position of the mentee is the most powerful position you can be in
- Successful people look for up-and-comers who are hungry
Geoff provided an extra tip not in his guide: drop your ego and speak from the heart.
I can’t thank Geoff enough for being so authentic and vulnerable with us. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out The Mentee Podcast.
SOME QUESTIONS I ASK:
- How has Geoff been able to connect people to create awesome things?
- What doors have opened for Geoff because he has the courage to act?
- What filters can entrepreneurs apply so that they don’t lose sight on the impact and the value they want to have in the world?
- What are opportunities Geoff has had to turn down because he would not be adding value?
- Can Geoff share his approach to building the mentor-mentee relationship in the right way?
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL LEARN:
- The power of adding value to other people’s lives
- Why success follows entrepreneurs who have the courage to act
- Geoff Wood’s approach to building a mentor-mentee relationship in the right way
- Plus much more…
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