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[00:00:00] [00:00:00] Colin Stuckert: [00:00:00] So I'll also give you, I'll give you guys each a minute and do a quick intro and then we'll just dive into, yeah I got a question we'll dive into right after that.
[00:00:07]John, why don't you go ahead.
[00:00:08] John Seigler: [00:00:08] Yeah. Name is John Siegler originally from Illinois. Been a entrepreneur at least part-time entrepreneurs is, I was in fifth grade and moved here to Austin in 2015 by sheer accident. I'd never planned on moving to Austin at all, but things happen in life where you go with the flow.
[00:00:28]And now I'm in the field of artificial intelligence, Ms. Studying this provides three years. So yeah, that's for me in a nutshell.
[00:00:36]Armando Rivera: [00:00:36] Armando. Go ahead. Nice. Yeah, nowhere near as interesting as John, I'm not studying AI, but I'm a standup comedian and writer and content creator. I'm in Los Angeles, California.
[00:00:49] I'm autonomous right now, just going anywhere and seeing where things take me.
[00:00:53]Colin Stuckert: [00:00:53] Awesome. So guys, all right. I've known each of you for a while in different capacities, right? That I'm obsessed with improvement, making money, doing things that matter, and pretty much every time we get together in some way, There's probably not a S there's probably not an instance where I've ever been with either of you where we haven't talked about either business or personal development or like a book or an app or something.
[00:01:15]It's always there. It's always constant. Hey, this is this is going to be a fun thing. I want to do that. We're in these every week, like I said so for, better human podcasts listeners out there, we're going to, if you ever have anything, you want us to talk about cover, whatever we can do that, but for now, we've got a few questions we're gonna aim for 30, 45 minutes and feel free to interrupt.
[00:01:33] Raise your hand, whatever, or just straight up interject. Let's just have a good time. So the first thing we're talking about is one thing you're struggling with right now, like one thing that is something that you're working on, we want, who wants to go with that? Anything come to mind. Or you guys just got it all figured out.
[00:01:47] Armando Rivera: [00:01:47] Yeah. There's nothing going on in my life. I'm doing it all perfectly.
[00:01:51] Colin Stuckert: [00:01:51] So while you were in the show a week ago, and you were talking about how your life is a hanging by a thread, so what's going
[00:01:58] Armando Rivera: [00:01:58] on? Yeah. Honestly I would [00:02:00] love I'll let John take this one and then I'll answer right after him.
[00:02:02] Cause I basically yeah, I was here on Monday,
[00:02:04] Colin Stuckert: [00:02:04] so I can go to if you need a sec, John, but if you got something,
[00:02:07]John: [00:02:07] no, like currently my biggest thing is like what I'm building hasn't been done before in my field call them the last time we spoke, I'm in the field of machine learning, artificial intelligence and that company primarily focused on B2B and looking at the data, I learned a lot Educating the business consumers a lot harder versus educating the, a normal consumer.
[00:02:28]And so in December I started making like small pivots behind the scenes. So right now I'm building an AI platform, low key behind the scenes. But it's all, it's actually in the fashion apparel space. That's where I made that pivot, but it's very different. So you know, a lot of times, you go on any type of a apparel site, if you want to customize like a t-shirt or anything you're stuck within the confines of the platform.
[00:02:52] So they like, let's say a t-shirt, they make you pick X colors of the shirt, gray, wide, blue, whatever. And then what they do is say, Hey, upload an image. And all they do is print the image on the middle of your shirt. And that's your customized. Sure.
[00:03:05] Colin Stuckert: [00:03:05] So you're talking about print on demand like Printful or some of those platforms.
[00:03:10]John: [00:03:10] Or, it's just very limited. And what I I read this research paper from the, this Chinese guy where he created this AI type of AI tool that was, that allows someone to, let's say, Collin, that gray shirt you have on. And let's say, we're going to use that as the template.
[00:03:26] So you want your shirt to be like, shaped like that, where it has the open
[00:03:29]Colin Stuckert: [00:03:29] Yeah, I'm wearing a Henley for those that are just listening right now. We both have handling time actually.
[00:03:34] John: [00:03:34] So say you want that type of style, but you want a very different design. So let's say you seen a design of a, say a picture of, I'm going to say white tiger stripes.
[00:03:44]For example, and all you have to do is upload that image of your shirt upload the design. And it's going to create the shirt with the white tiger, like a completely different shirt on its own,
[00:03:57] Colin Stuckert: [00:03:57] rather than you placing the artwork.
[00:04:00] [00:03:59] John: [00:03:59] Rather than you having to
[00:04:00] Colin Stuckert: [00:04:00] manually try to out drag it drag and drop it and it doesn't.
[00:04:03] Yeah. Yep.
[00:04:05] John: [00:04:05] Not only that, a lot of sites don't even let you do that. Don't even let you to upload if you were to upload that white tiger image, this is going to print
[00:04:13] Colin Stuckert: [00:04:13] right in the middle and like a box.
[00:04:14]John: [00:04:14] It completely recreates the shirt. So the entire shirt is a white tiger
[00:04:19] Colin Stuckert: [00:04:19] striped shirt.
[00:04:20]John: [00:04:20] And that's never been done before in the field of customization in fashion.
[00:04:25] So I reached out to a guy, I saw, I read a research paper and it was very complicated stuff. But I'm probably like two weeks away from launching the beta. And that's the first hardest part is the software and building that, the next part is, okay, you want to purchase this shirt? Now the logistics on the backend, because fashion was not built.
[00:04:46] To be fashion was built in batches. So a lot of times manufacturers have to create things, not one by one customized. So that's what I'm building behind the scenes now. But I had to focus on a particular product on a particular type of fashion. So let's go back to Amazon. When Jeff Bezos started Amazon, he wanted to have an e-commerce store that launched everything, but he knew he couldn't start that way.
[00:05:11] So he started with books. Yep. Robin and research, and I've actually found out. It makes more sense. I'm starting with leggings. Women's lightings. So women have the ability to upload, let's say Hulu limited leggings. Is there anything and any design that they want, anything it could be Design of a rainbow or flowers or whatever.
[00:05:29] And the entire legging has been transformed into that design pattern and that we make it on the back end and then send it to the individual. And that has been extremely difficult. But it's not been done in the marketplace. So that's why I'm excited about it. We're just trying to transform how things are customized.
[00:05:46] I think the future of customization is using artificial intelligence and you're creating.
[00:05:51]Colin Stuckert: [00:05:51] Yeah. So how where within that is something personal, a personal struggle. So you were doing revenue, [00:06:00] you were doing revenue with like a different product, you said you pivoted. And so that always requires some kind of mental shift, soul searching pain, probably whatever.
[00:06:08]And then now you're moving into this, but this is the new thing. So I didn't have customers. So talk me through the entrepreneurial, the mindset, the habit changes like, like you, John Daley, What are those things that you have to do? Because the success in something like this is like pretty much all on your shoulders.
[00:06:23]John: [00:06:23] Correct. So in the field that I'm in, there's never an end. You're constantly having to learn the latest new software stack, the latest new algorithm, just the hardest parts is keeping up with everything in this industry. It just, there was no slow down at all. And I don't want to burn out. I can feel myself cause you're I haven't been a software developer for 10, 15 years.
[00:06:49] You know what I'm saying? I'm, self-taught, I'll learn everything from reading books and just practice. And so the hardest part is just I think sometimes I second guess myself, because I'm not the standard. Typical guy, if you see a artificial intelligence developer, he doesn't look
[00:07:04] Colin Stuckert: [00:07:04] like me, imposter syndrome, you struggle with that.
[00:07:06]John: [00:07:06] And so in my mind, it's like the, this little governor is telling me, like sometimes you're not good enough or you don't look like the normal guy or whatever. And I'm just fighting that devil that governor in my mind to that maybe I'm not good enough now, but I'm trying, I'm getting better every single day.
[00:07:25] Colin Stuckert: [00:07:25] Do you have any strategies for finding that inner voice? Yeah or run okay. That's good. I want to unpack that. So running is obviously your meditation and I've known you've been running for a while you say you do it like every day or whatever. So run me through that process of what that looks like on a daily basis.
[00:07:39] And like, how do you, like when you're running, do you like enter a flow state where your mind is silences and that helps you? What is going on in your mind to which that would help we're running would help you? Sure.
[00:07:49]John: [00:07:49] So my daily regimen, I wake up at four 15 and I'm at the gym by four 30.
[00:07:54] And I get on the treadmill because it's too cold to run outside right now. And the first [00:08:00] half I run about five miles. Now, when I'm running, I forget I'm running because I get trapped in the music and I'm projecting. I'm not, I don't have a to-do list, essentially. I'm just projecting, like, where am I going?
[00:08:14] And what am I trying to do that keeps replaying in my head over
[00:08:17] Colin Stuckert: [00:08:17] and over. So you say projection, do you mean manifesting. Correct. Okay. So there's different way to say that. So yeah you're visually manifesting your future and then you connect that to your running flow state.
[00:08:26] And that becomes like this meditative thing. In fact, I heard it was a research paper done or something where somebody made this, it was a comment somewhere where there are certain class of people that get like this crazy high out of running where they just they just get into it. And it's amazing.
[00:08:42] They love it. Whatever, I'm not that person I never was. I never liked riding running. And across it, it was the hardest thing for me. But I've see other people that do that. And if you've been doing it for years and it just comes naturally, you're probably one of those people
[00:08:54] John: [00:08:54] I am. Yeah. I love running I wouldn't say I love running.
[00:08:57] I love when I get in that zone. Yep. There's something that happens after like the first 10 minutes is probably the hardest part because your body is like warm up and like break. Break in, but man, after that 10 minute Mark, I just feel like I'm just like just floating and track in my
[00:09:13] Colin Stuckert: [00:09:13] mind.
[00:09:13] Yep. That's a flow state. Yeah. That's amazing.
[00:09:17] John: [00:09:17] Yeah. That's probably the number one thing that helps me. And then I'll walk every night. I walk when it gets dark. We're not a lot of people are outside and I have my headphones on and I'm talking out loud. So if someone was outside or heard me, they think I'm crazy.
[00:09:30]Yeah. This guy has like schizophrenia or something, so caught in, in just life and just in the spirit and the positivity, and just. Being one with the earth. It is really
[00:09:42] Armando Rivera: [00:09:42] helps me. That's so awesome too, that you say that because you basically are like, it's something I've been trying to do myself.
[00:09:49] You're basically just envisioning yourself as like the hero in your story. You see yourself at that point, you're going through you on the treadmill. Is you going through the Rocky [00:10:00] montage of punching the hanging cow, just going through it, running up the stairs? Yeah.
[00:10:04]That's amazing, dude. That is this is so awesome.
[00:10:06]Colin Stuckert: [00:10:06] Have you Armando, have you never heard of like visualization or manifesting like any strategies for that? I have. I definitely
[00:10:12] Armando Rivera: [00:10:12] have. And I think it was one of those things where like, when I read on the, like the material that's out there for it it was harder to apply from reading the material.
[00:10:22]But I've done that in my life from. Since I was a kid, when I was in school and I would, do bad in class and the teacher would pick me out specifically and make, use me as the example of the stupid kid or what not to do. I always took that. I internalized it as and that's why to this day, I can't ever watch a movie without seeing an underdog and being like that, guy's going to make it, he's got it. That's me. And so yeah I visualized from as a coping mechanism when I was younger, too, just as a strategy to this point.
[00:10:58]Colin Stuckert: [00:10:58] Yeah. So Joe Dispenza's work has been game changer for me.
[00:11:01] The one book on his that I read recently was breaking the habit of being yourself. All man is so good. And the thing that really stuck out with me because. I've been following Tony Robins for years, I've done Tony Robins power morning routine. When I was in Florida, before I moved to Austin. And my I'm basically changed my life and all the success I've had since then.
[00:11:19]And then I fell the habit. So visualizing, manifest, manifesting these things are not new to me, but sometimes you have to hear it in a different way or different contexts. And you have to think about it differently for it to have a different impact. And Joe Dispenza's like chapter two or three, he actually goes into talking about quantum mechanics and he actually brings up, I believe it was that where he brought it up.
[00:11:40] He brings up Einstein's relativity equation. So you guys, the equals MC squared, listen, I don't have very strong understanding of how it works or at all or anything, but he's basically saying through that equation or that equation says this, that, that energy and matter are interchangeable.
[00:11:58] Okay. What that means is like this [00:12:00] table here, if I go, I burn it like energy there's energy that will be released or whatever. And when I actually, you actually see energy moving, energy, we think of as just things that are moving or we're like light beams or fire or whatever, but there, but everything around us has energy and it can be energy.
[00:12:13] They can entertain to whatever. So what that did for me was I thought, okay a thought is energy. We know that it's an electrical signal in the brain. So that can be the same thing as matter a physical thing. And then if we take the light into the actual analogy, realm and think about it if I have a thought, which is electrical signal, and then I do something in the physical world to create something or put something together or change something.
[00:12:34] And then I have a physical matter change that all originated from a thought of my mind. And so for me, like when I started thinking about that and then connecting that to manifestations and visualizations, things like this, I'm thinking myself like you could make a case to where you think something and you visualize it.
[00:12:50] And then quantum only the universe kind of response to that energy. And then it translates into matter in the real world. And so that's kinda how I'm thinking of it right now. It's so huge. And I'll give you guys an example real quick. We listed it. We were about to list our house for sale about a month ago.
[00:13:05] And it had been a year. And since we moved out here and we were going to listen for kind of a higher, quite a bit higher price than what we got a four, and I had actually talked to some agents saying Oh, that you won't be able to do that because the bank won't appraise it this way. And this and that.
[00:13:20] And then I talked to someone else was saying like the appraisals haven't caught up to the actual pricing. And everyone knows if you've been paying attention to what's happened in the markets, like assets are inflated, the printing trillions of dollars, buy Bitcoin, et cetera, and GameStop.
[00:13:34]And then, so I was like, honestly, I think we're in Alyssa at this price. And I don't, I think we're going to sell fast because the previous owners had it listed for a while for a year. It's a very unique property. It's an hour from Austin. Like it's out there, but I was like no, 2020 changed, ever changed things.
[00:13:49]At least for right now. And so I started visualizing, we're going to sell fast. We're going to get out asking price. And so I, within two days we had a full [00:14:00] offer. For asking price on the property. And we're now under contract. I sorted out the first day we had four people that wanted to see the house.
[00:14:07] It was insane. And I actually only just remembered that. And so here's the thing about visualization. It's you almost want to maybe journal or track when you visualize, because I think we forget that we did visualize and then something happens and we don't give it credit and then we lose the habit.
[00:14:23] So I thought that was fascinating.
[00:14:25] Armando Rivera: [00:14:25] Absolutely. And it's funny because I'm, I'm, I've, I have a spiritual background. I'm a very spiritual person, myself and whether you call it the universe, whether you call it God, whether you call it people step out on things like faith or they step on things like they met manifesting things, taking things from your mind, putting it out to the physical world and also having the self-awareness me.
[00:14:47] And you talked about this last week, having the self-awareness to know when you're in the place to do that as well. Because I think that's another problem that people have is that, they visualize and they try to manifest and they're just in no way doing anything
[00:15:00] Colin Stuckert: [00:15:00] and they're not connecting it to real life.
[00:15:01] Like at all. I don't know, my goals are like, okay, I want to be in the NBA and be like Kobe, but like I'm 34 and I don't really work out. And I haven't played basketball in five years. It's what's your goals and your visions and your visualizations. They have to be connected to something that's attainable.
[00:15:17] And when they are that's when it's like rocket fuel for actually making it happen, john Sherrill has struggle. He's gone.
[00:15:23]Armando Rivera: [00:15:23] I love that, John.
[00:15:24]Colin Stuckert: [00:15:24] Yeah. So John shared a struggle, right? Do you have one Armando?
[00:15:30] Armando Rivera: [00:15:30] Yeah, no, it's I love that. I, I know that you could totally relate to what John said, and I could relate to what John said from knowing you for new years.
[00:15:37] And you've known me John, when you said that, it, you have that voice, that governor in your head, that's constantly you can't do this or you may not look like the people that do it, or you may not have the same background, upbringing, education, whatever, have you, you get that, that CA we deal with it every day.
[00:15:54]I'm a content creator. I'm just creative in general. And with something like standup [00:16:00] comedy, cause, with a standup comedy background, something like standup comedy, you're constantly like, one of my biggest one of my biggest standup comedy influences is Dave Chappelle.
[00:16:08] And so it's been that way for a long time. He's one of the greatest, right? And it's one of those things where You see that, and then you think I didn't have the life he did, or I didn't do something that he didn't do by this age or and or other guys that I knew it with standup comedy.
[00:16:25] It's an interesting thing because it's very you get a lot of people who need a therapist who are on stage talking about their issues, which is great to be open, but it's people who should probably also taking start taking steps to speak to someone professionally about them. So it's things like, Oh, I didn't have such a horrible life like that person did.
[00:16:44] I had my own struggles, this guy had this and that. So I totally get that's definitely a big struggle of mine, the imposter syndrome and
[00:16:51] Colin Stuckert: [00:16:51] comparing.
[00:16:53] Armando Rivera: [00:16:53] Yeah, comparison is death, man, when you w
[00:16:56] Colin Stuckert: [00:16:56] WhatsApp's happiness too
[00:16:58] Armando Rivera: [00:16:58] completely, and what's most important to point out about comparison is that not just comparison to people who are doing better than you, it's also people who you are doing quote unquote, better than because you mean by
[00:17:10] Colin Stuckert: [00:17:10] that.
[00:17:11] Armando Rivera: [00:17:11] So being, without being in, we, I've learned this, with you and just stoicism from the Stoics in general, if you're not at an even keel, then you don't when you're too much one or the other way you're wrong. You're just wrong. And that, the comparison kind of complex is an example of that.
[00:17:30] Where if you look at someone and you go, Oh, at least I'm not in their position and not in a way of gratitude and understanding when you look at someone's superiority.
[00:17:39] Colin Stuckert: [00:17:39] So what you're saying
[00:17:40]Armando Rivera: [00:17:40] Completely, if you feel, yeah,
[00:17:42]Colin Stuckert: [00:17:42] Let me unpack what I think you're saying real quick. So it sounds like your, your, so Aristotle called it the golden mean, and in nature things establish equilibrium too far to either pull, you usually get like destruction, disrepair, whatever. But in the middle you have [00:18:00] equilibrium, you have the perfect dose. It's the Goldilocks effect, right? So yeah, in comparison, you can compare people above you and that causes problems.
[00:18:08] You can care, compare people below you to where then you get a superiority complex. And basically the more you do it in either direction and the less kind of centered you are, the more you're going to warp your brain in a negative way. And if you actually think about this analogy, I've used it for health because, for awhile it was.
[00:18:24] Trying to get people to eat better and live better and everything. And now I'm more focused on how to help them change. It's you can eat too much food and you die. You just die slowly. You can eat no food and you die pretty quickly. And you can eat the right amount of food and you can live October for a long time.
[00:18:36] Same thing with water. You can drink too much water where you can literally die as they did in that week. Contest that radio show where someone killed himself because they drink Tomas damn water, and you can drink no water. And you're dead very quickly. And this applies to everything, like everything in life, you can look at the spectrum.
[00:18:49] And so when it comes to, comparison yeah, I you got to try to like, not do it at all. Actually it seems like outside, just from one
[00:18:56]Armando Rivera: [00:18:56] it's you have to remove it completely from your life where, if anything, when you look to other people, it should really just be, attempt went.
[00:19:04] Whether it's people who are less fortunate and you it's a template should be gratitude, you should be grateful for what you have and, and obviously putting good stuff out there for them. And then also people who are quote unquote, above you in whether it's a career, whatever you look at that as another template for maybe where you want to be.
[00:19:22]Colin Stuckert: [00:19:22] Yeah. It's learning it's data.
[00:19:24] Armando Rivera: [00:19:24] So I think that's been, yeah. Yeah, absolutely. And that's been my personal struggle. That's been a daily thing to make sure. Cause especially with something like a creative field, like comedy, it's like you look at people and say, I've seen plenty of guys get given opportunities that they didn't work hard for, at all.
[00:19:41] Like truly I,
[00:19:42] Colin Stuckert: [00:19:42] and explain that to me. Because obviously you don't have an insight in through life, so you're right. You're right, yeah. I think maybe they did work hard or maybe they did it in a complete different way. And there's also the reality that some, sometimes opportunities fall on people's lap.
[00:19:54]But that doesn't necessarily mean they're going to take advantage of it. It doesn't mean that like they might burn out in two [00:20:00] years, it might be the wrong time because they haven't developed the habit. So this early opportunity is actually destroying them. I think all the time as an entrepreneur, if I would've had Earl like early mega success, the way somebody startup founders have where they wake up and they're 25 with billions of dollars, I'd be like, bro, I'd have some major existential life questions to be battling on a daily basis.
[00:20:18] And I think probably, yeah, I would not be the person I am at 35 that would have happened. I like, who knows if I would've, it would've been pure gamble if I came out better, and I think John knows what I'm talking about with that. In fact, John, I'm curious with your early struggles, how is what you're going through today been informed by those early struggles?
[00:20:36]Is it easier to deal with the pivoting and the craziness of being an entrepreneur? Or do you feel like you just are used to it's as the same thing? Or did you like, do you just feel like way more resilient where it's just doesn't affect you as much? Compare that to earlier?
[00:20:49] I would say the
[00:20:49] John: [00:20:49] latter I remember when I was younger and my mother, we, we never had money. We were broke and my mom and did the town next to us, Naperville, Illinois, a lot of rich people. And that's where I played football. I grew up playing football there and we just never had money for anything.
[00:21:08] And my mom would say, you see those kids. You're going to wake up one day, they're going to be old and life's going to hit them in the face. And they're not going to know how to react. You guys are going to know how to fight. You guys are fighting. And at that age, you're just like yeah, whatever, fuck this.
[00:21:24]So then yeah, as I get older, and I started going through a lot as an early entrepreneur. It was hell on earth. It really, it, it still is. It's hard to say. I'm not sure I want to be. But I wouldn't change it for the world. I wouldn't change it for the world at all.
[00:21:37] Yeah at all. Of course when you're in the midst of when you're in the middle of that storm, it sucks right. Being homeless or, it's hell, but it just made me so much strong today. I actually look forward to struggles. I look cause to me, if it's not a challenge, something's wrong, I'm not fulfilled.
[00:21:55] My wife's not fulfilled. Like I don't like doing start a company pennies for money. I could have started a few [00:22:00] companies and probably retire right now if it was just for money, but that wouldn't fulfill me. I like things that are challenged that are like creative, that are out there that are like, you know what?
[00:22:09] Let's try to build this. Let's see if we can. And that's when I'm at my that's when I'm happiest, even though it sucks and I'm like crying inside. I'm just so happy as well. So I wouldn't change for the world, man. I love it. I love the struggle. I love it.
[00:22:24]Colin Stuckert: [00:22:24] So yeah, you've gotten to that point where you've identified what actualizes you and what actualizes a lot of entrepreneurs is always some form of problem solving or creation of some in some way.
[00:22:34] How do you identify that though, compared to things where, like you said, maybe it's, maybe it seems easier and less of a challenge, but might have more market potential or, like how do you delineate between that? Do you just have a good radar now?
[00:22:46] John: [00:22:46] You're talking about between like choosing an idea, essentially
[00:22:50] Colin Stuckert: [00:22:50] what to work on,
[00:22:51] John: [00:22:51] I look at the, I'm a data guy, right? So I'll look at the marketplace and I'll look at, is this being done right now? And or is it not being done? And why is that? Maybe there's a reason why maybe timing, maybe the technology is not there. And But for me, if the timing is right, the technology is right.
[00:23:06] It's a huge challenge and no one is doing it. That to me is like the aha moment. It's you know what? I want to try to do that because there's a saying, set your dreams so high to even if they fall short, you still accomplished a lot.
[00:23:20] Colin Stuckert: [00:23:20] Yep.
[00:23:20]John: [00:23:20] And what's the point of trying to reach for a goal or make a million dollars, 10 million.
[00:23:24] I'm like, dude, listen, go for the beat. Let's try to go for something billion dollars, 10 billions of dollars. That's a huge idea. And Hey, we fall short. We still make what maybe a hundred million, versus I'm just go big man. Okay. And this may sound crazy, but death inspires me. A lot of people look at Devin in a sad way, but for me it's more okay, if every single person that you know of is going to die one day, they're human, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk.
[00:23:49] These guys are again, the multi-billionaire human. Why not go for the big idea? Cause we're all gonna die one day. And my mother always told me the richest place on earth is the funeral. As the graveyard,
[00:23:58]everyone there had [00:24:00] an idea and they didn't go for it. Yeah.
[00:24:02]Colin Stuckert: [00:24:02] Or they did. And they D they, they dropped dead with lots and lots of money and no happiness or actualization. Yeah. Yeah. Correct.
[00:24:09]John: [00:24:09] They just gave up a lot of people just give up too quick. They get hit once in the face and you know what, it's over.
[00:24:13] It wasn't meant to be, the bigger idea, I love big ideas and go for it, man.
[00:24:17]Colin Stuckert: [00:24:17] Yeah. Let me think about it though. Imagine the. The dude that owns two Italian restaurants and he's managing them. And he's like in payroll and he's one of those kinds of like owner operators, that's just there or grinding.
[00:24:29]Do you think his life is that much easier than somebody building a billion dollar company? And a lot of it, maybe some instance it's actually harder because at least a billion dollar company, or like the startup as a bunch of money, they can hire people and they can leverage systems and they can do things like that.
[00:24:41]A lot of the CEOs they've done research on this where the average CEO reads like 20 books a year because they have to be idea machines, vision machines. So a lot of your job as a CEO and I can attest to this, his vision and thinking, and actually clearing slate as much as possible. So you have room for that creativity, right?
[00:24:58]Yeah. Dude life is in your note about death. So I'm curious how you think about that. And maybe Armando can give his take, but for me I've experienced death. I've experienced loss in my life, close up. And I've also studied the Stoics, right? So that helps with it. But I always feel the urgency with time and it's connected to death.
[00:25:19] It is because obviously your idea of scarce scarcity of time is because you think it's gonna eventually be, you're not going to have it one day, right? Maybe aging will solve this, but that's actually another motivation why I want to have a lot of money, because if we do figure out a human aging at first, it's going to be the wealthy that are going to have access to it.
[00:25:34]So death gives me motivation to to be in the moment. Although that is one of my biggest struggles, my biggest struggle is probably next thing as Neval Rob Scott says, where you're in this, you're what you're doing now is always about what's next, and like obviously typing entrepreneur, like that's a common theme where you're always like future focused.
[00:25:54] What's next bill grow. You got to reconcile that though with the only thing that we ever have, which is the moment, we [00:26:00] never, ever can get to tomorrow and you're never, ever going to go back to even five minutes ago. The only thing we have is a moment. And so when we're in next thing, mode as like Buddha talks about the root of all suffering is basically in some form of being in the past or the future.
[00:26:12] So for me, death has been something that I've seen up close. I've been very fortunate and I've worked at it to turn it into fuel, to be grateful for life and also to honor their memory. Like they don't have time and I got time, so why the fuck would I waste it? So that's my perspective on death, but maybe that's actually a good topic.
[00:26:31]Why don't each of you go maybe your Mandigo first you thought about death. What, how does that play up in your life? Yeah, dude,
[00:26:37]Armando Rivera: [00:26:37] My, I've, like you have, I think we all, most people we've experienced death up close, whether it's a family member, a friend, someone, I my wife's grandmother just passed away.
[00:26:48]And then, I had a grandfather passed away a few years ago. I had lost an art and the cousin to COVID last year. And it's one of those things, especially if you have the opportunity to go to a funeral and go to your family, member's funeral, go one to pay respects.
[00:27:03] And to remember, they you put it perfectly, they now don't have the time you have time. So why would you waste it? You have every waking moment instead of waking up and being like, fuck man I didn't, my coffee beans are stale this morning, or,
[00:27:20]Colin Stuckert: [00:27:20] somebody didn't choose me.
[00:27:22] I don't have permission. I'm not good enough. I didn't go to college. I'm not this color, that color or that Oh, Jesus Christ. The amount of victim, hood mindset, bullshit excuses that our society is written with is fucking massive.
[00:27:34]Armando Rivera: [00:27:34] And the thing is some of those things exist, they technically all exist.
[00:27:40] In here, right? Yep. They're all your struggles, but when you die, they
[00:27:45] Colin Stuckert: [00:27:45] don't fucking matter. And also your results don't give a shit about what you think is right or wrong. That's a big thing for me. You can be right and morally superior and you can be a victim because somebody did something to you.
[00:27:56] But does that get you any closer to your [00:28:00] goals? It doesn't. And it actually holds you back more.
[00:28:02]Armando Rivera: [00:28:02] The evidence shows the
[00:28:03] Colin Stuckert: [00:28:03] opposite. Exactly. It holds you back because you create limiting beliefs about how you're a victim and you can't do this because the role's out to get you. And I promise you the world.
[00:28:10] If you think it's out to get you, it will always get you. There's always something that's going to happen to fulfill that story that you tell them.
[00:28:16] Armando Rivera: [00:28:16] Totally. Just. Something like death. And my parents are getting older and it's something I'm constantly, it's crazy how many external things have put that to the forefront and not a way that's, cause you don't want to get to the point where you're afraid of living life because of death.
[00:28:31]It's definitely propelled me forward where I'm trying to live in that balance where it's I, the day I die, want to remember that I enjoyed every moment with everyone around me, my wife, my dog, my siblings, hopefully one day kids. Being on this podcast, talking with having good conversation with good people.
[00:28:49] And while also doing that thing where having that next, okay, how else can I take this and move forward and craft the future. Cause it starts, doing comedy and then it's become writing and then video editing. And then I get into the Adobe suites and they have a new augmented reality program and I've been messing with that and it's okay, You go down the rabbit hole of the possibilities and with R H I w I think it's fair to say it's with our part personality types.
[00:29:20] We go, what else is there? How
[00:29:22] Colin Stuckert: [00:29:22] far can I take the Sandras to 100%,
[00:29:26] Armando Rivera: [00:29:26] 100%. So you have to you wrangle it in and remember that, you got to also do something now, enjoy the moment, because at some point, it, death is coming for all of us.
[00:29:35]Colin Stuckert: [00:29:35] Yup. John, what about you?
[00:29:37] John: [00:29:37] What was the question again?
[00:29:39]Colin Stuckert: [00:29:39] just your perspective?
[00:29:40] Armando Rivera: [00:29:40] Yeah,
[00:29:41]John: [00:29:41] Like we all have loved ones that passed like 2018 was one of the worst years of my life. The last six months, I have, my dog was killed and I had five close people to me die every month someone died. It was just, it was, I was numb.
[00:29:54] I was numb. And, I just started reflecting on everything and, the only guarantee in life [00:30:00] is death. And so you might as well just go for the idea
[00:30:03]Colin Stuckert: [00:30:03] in Texas.
[00:30:04]John: [00:30:04] To me, I try to keep everything simple, man. Like we have to stop being so petty. Like I can assure you the problem that you're going through is not going to kill you. I think a lot of people I think that comes with like more of an old-school mindset. So I try to talk to a lot of like older guys mid fifties and sixties and they kinda keep me grounded.
[00:30:23] I'm like death and don't take things so serious. You're young, this isn't going to kill you. But I think if people can train themselves to think of death as a positive thing, even when a loved one dies, they don't have to deal with the struggles here on earth. Anymore. I think it just free you low key.
[00:30:41]It free. Yeah man, keep it simple.
[00:30:44] Colin Stuckert: [00:30:44] Go for it. Yeah, I agree. And will you actually see what that is? So perfect. What do you see with technology is in this, the steam here, it overlays a lot of what we're talking about, but you have unlimited information more than any of us can ever consume.
[00:30:58] Okay. And so I've thought about this though. It seems like the 1% are still the 1%. And when I say 1%, the successful self-made whatever, right? Why is it that when you have all the, how to information that you could ever need to do anything pretty much like it's out there for free. Why is it that the 1% it's the 1% where the 99% is still defaulting to like, whatever, like these other old paradigms or they, maybe they don't realize the internet is amazing or maybe they're just using the internet a certain way.
[00:31:28]And so my theory is that you actually have. For those that don't know how to focus. And that don't think like the 1% you actually have a disadvantage in the internet age, because you have more distractions than ever before in history. Yeah. And so if you're not, if you're not already thinking like the 1% and able to like the 1% will figure out no matter what they figured out 40 years ago, a hundred years ago, they're gonna figure out now and gonna figure a hundred years.
[00:31:48]And the internet for the 1% though, it's fucking rocket fuel. Like I can do shit in two years. It used to take 10. And like my business grew. And if I would've had my, actually my business wouldn't even exist without the internet. There's [00:32:00] that. But it's like in the world today, You can focus your, all your energy on petty nonsense on victim hood, on, on narratives, on bad labels and stories.
[00:32:08] You get sucked into these things, right? You can basically spend your entire life building false narratives around just not truisms, right? There's a lot of false information out there. And there's a lot of things that are exaggerated. It's not based on the data from things like climate change to whether meat is bad for you to I got a whole slew of them.
[00:32:23] I can red pill anybody in 10 minutes. But it's like the internet makes it more difficult to see truth and more difficult to focus and more difficult to actually get results because you, because again, it's got to come internally, and so I just, Oh man, there's so much here. And I just want people to, yeah.
[00:32:39] I think death is that thing though, that can really help align your vision and your focus and move you away from distraction and pettiness and drama, which people get sucked into easily. And to things that actually matter. Think about when was the last time. Or have you ever considered Oh, I was just spending three hours on some like news from rabbit hole and I do I feel great now.
[00:33:00] Cause the answer is never yes. To that. You actually feel worse than like almost dirty in a way, but then you like do it the next day or next week or whatever. And it's analyze what the hell you're doing with your time. Is it actually useful or not? Is it actually building you up or not?
[00:33:12] And you'd be surprised how many things in your life, like for the average person to which they engage in activities that don't actually make them feel good, but they have no control over their awareness. And they're so addicted to the technology through big tech and whatever. That they just are doing these things.
[00:33:28] That's making the life worse. Yeah. And they don't even realize it. And so I think death can be a great equalizer for that. That's such a,
[00:33:35] Armando Rivera: [00:33:35] that's such a good point too. It's I think it also comes from, if you even want to get into the social issues that are happening in this country, people don't realize that we go back to our habits because we haven't evolved far enough.
[00:33:49] We've evolved, but we're still. W we're, we're far from being primates, but we're still so close to
[00:33:56] Colin Stuckert: [00:33:56] it. That makes sense. Let me unpack this cause this is my [00:34:00] past life specialty. Okay. So human being's homosapien sapiens, right? We're basically the same as our ancestors 200,000 years ago.
[00:34:07] Okay. Now there are subtle differences, but the thing that has changed the most is we've culturally evolved for sure. 10,000 years ago, it used to be acceptable to do these certain things. And we've gotten to a point where it's relatively safe and there's certain norms or whatever. But our physical biology and our brains have barely nudged at all 10,000 years in the scope of millions of years of evolution is quite literally like a speck of sand and the sea of time. And people were like, we can't comprehend this because humans are just, aren't built to think in these terms, we have no, like you cannot even really visualize what a million is.
[00:34:40]Like the human brain can't really understand that, and a billion forget about it. Like we just like insane. So yeah. Our evolution, our behavior, our mindset, like we have not actually adapted to an environment where you have cheap. Can you feed your food, which is actually car based. And plant-based you have information available instantaneously and thus like distraction.
[00:35:01] And you're minus contented with all these things or whatever. You have artificial environments. I'm sitting in a chair right now. I can sit on a plane. Like I sit in a comfy bed. I'm not walking as much as I should be. I should be walking 15 miles a day with my tribe. I'm not, I'm isolated in a room.
[00:35:13] I should probably be with my family right now, like on and on the mismatch goes, right? So in a nutshell, modern humans are mismatched or current environment, but guess what? Technology doesn't slow down. It's actually speeding up at a rate that is even faster. And you have things like Moore's law and probably by 2040, we'll hit the singularity.
[00:35:30] And then who knows what's going to happen. Maybe we'll all upload our consciousness to one collective heart drive and that'll be the end of humanity and will be something else. So yes, the modern environment. Is basically monetizing a slow death and distraction and depression and all the things that are happening.
[00:35:46] And the thing about 2020, that really bothered me the most was this idea of this perceived level of safety or these band-aids ban bandage approach to health or whatever, and no focus on nutrition, diet, whatever. Now the new thing [00:36:00] is if you just get a couple shots in your arm, then you can go back to living your same life of bullshit, eating nonsense, no exercise, not walking, not getting sunlight, not spending time with friends, family, and you can become a debt slave that is now also a technology, social media politics slave or whatever.
[00:36:17] Like it's a nightmare. Yeah. Yeah. And I think that's what you're trying to say, right?
[00:36:24] Armando Rivera: [00:36:24] Yeah. Yeah. All of that in a nutshell, but truly we're still, I forgot where I heard this, but we're still. We're still the it's very simple. It's very simple. Where we're driven by very simple things, man.
[00:36:37] And I think people
[00:36:38] Colin Stuckert: [00:36:38] forget that yes, primal urges that are now being monetized, like our prime orders are being monetized and lots of profit. And that's why the status quo is what it is. And big medical is what it is. Big pharma is what is big food is what it is. And politics is basically like pro-wrestling a spectator sport to keep you basically doing the same things.
[00:36:54] And under the illusion that you have some say in it, when you don't right. And when you, at least don't at the societal level, but each one of us has say in how we live our lives and we can buy Bitcoin and we can become sovereign. We can have passports and we can choose how we spend our daily lives and be healthy.
[00:37:08]I'll give you an example and this is maybe something to close out the show, cause we're getting close to the end, but. I believe that homo sapiens are actually diverging right now. So maybe in a thousand years it will be like a split where you'll have homosapien sapiens, like 1.0, like typical, modern average American, which is actually overweight.
[00:37:25]And I shouldn't say American, but like it's any Western industrialized nation, like China's catching up with us with the obesity and things like that. You have basically sitting in front of screens, you have the Wall-E effect. You've seen the movie, Wall-E where they're like in the things and everyone's fat and like getting carved around, it's like you have that happening.
[00:37:41] Where technology and big food convenience is making people sick or at a faster rate now. But what do you have on the flip side though, if you have these, the 1% or whatever percent it is that can eat food in a certain way and make choices to be healthy and to sleep and to use technology like or rings to attract their sleep and to use [00:38:00] like apps to become more successful and more knowledgeable and more effective, right?
[00:38:04]Think about the divergence, the small percent that can be healthy and figure how to make money faster. They're going to outperform the 1% is actually getting sick or slowing down over a thousand or 10,000 years. You might have a homosapien 2.0, enslaving homosapien, 1.0, and then you get it.
[00:38:23] Then you have red rising, which is my favorite science fiction series of all time, which is basically about the golds enslaving, all the other colors. It turns into a color class thing. And I'm thinking myself, as I read this, I'm like, This is Laura where humanity is headed. It's insane.
[00:38:37]Armando Rivera: [00:38:37] We're headed into in, in the law.
[00:38:39] We may never see this.
[00:38:40] Colin Stuckert: [00:38:40] We might, I'm not gonna see it to that extent. No, fucking like hundreds or thousands of years. But
[00:38:44] Armando Rivera: [00:38:44] when you look at how w how tribal everyone is, how tribal we still
[00:38:49] Colin Stuckert: [00:38:49] are, and yeah, but that's, again, w humans are tribal creatures. That's not going to change exactly how to mitigate it.
[00:38:55] Armando Rivera: [00:38:55] Exactly. Yeah. We're going to move into that, that, you pick a science fiction movie, the districts, the whatever.
[00:39:02] Colin Stuckert: [00:39:02] Yeah. I'm going to have,
[00:39:03]Armando Rivera: [00:39:03] Oh, a hundred percent. You're going to have the haves, the have nots. And you're going to have a group of people who maybe were the great, whatever of those people that took the initiative.
[00:39:14]Just like you had people before who came to this country and were bootleggers and and stuff like that, who at their time, they. Found out how to manipulate that, that the,
[00:39:25]Colin Stuckert: [00:39:25] you mean like the mafia. Because it's not like the bootleggers limiters weren't slaving humanity,
[00:39:29]Armando Rivera: [00:39:29] but exactly. Because you made the point before of that group of people no matter what
[00:39:36] Colin Stuckert: [00:39:36] time they'll figure it out.
[00:39:37] Armando Rivera: [00:39:37] Yeah exactly. Go far as go, as far back as the Vikings the first time they went to England, it was one Viking that took a group of men and they didn't think he could do it. They didn't believe were like you there, first of all, there's no land to the West. So you can't wear, what are you going to find?
[00:39:54] Where are you going to go? It doesn't matter what time people like us are [00:40:00] in. We're going to figure it out. We're going to look for where and John, you said a great you're like, I feel crazy. Yeah. Same with
[00:40:07]Colin Stuckert: [00:40:07] success today is crazy because you're not doing what everyone else is doing.
[00:40:10] Armando Rivera: [00:40:10] No. And no matter what time you're in, if your people, if you were up a specific, if you're a certain type of person, you always, you're always going to feel that way.
[00:40:20] Yeah. Yeah.
[00:40:21]Colin Stuckert: [00:40:21] John, what do you, what are your thoughts on that you think are you, do you have an optimistic outlook for the future of humanity, a pessimistic or a neutral?
[00:40:28] John: [00:40:28] I'm probably gonna say pessimistic now. Yeah. Because I think. The consumer behavior has changed a lot. I think consumers are just getting weaker. I feel like they're getting weaker, man. Like we need solid thinkers. Like people like us to around 50 years, a hundred years, thousand years from now.
[00:40:49] And I don't know if we're going to be around. I'm coming to people today are focused on followers. And how many likes I it's just too weak today. I'm not sure. I would hope to be optimistic, but. I'm probably 70% pessimistic, like 30% optimistic
[00:41:05] Colin Stuckert: [00:41:05] confirming my theory, which is we're going to have a branching off, but I don't know what's going to happen with that branching off.
[00:41:10] Is that branching off going to be like the smarter humans are gonna go colonize Mars and live with Elon? Or is it like leave the rest to like Alicia with Matt Damon where they fly up and live outside earth and then earth is going to be the shit hole, right? Or are we just gonna enslave everybody like red rising and we're going to be the gold and we're going to alter our body and live forever.
[00:41:26] And then everyone else is going to be doing our labor
[00:41:28] Armando Rivera: [00:41:28] and but that's John, right? I Either way, it's a pessimistic view because.
[00:41:32] Colin Stuckert: [00:41:32] Natural selection. It's not one city, right? Like this is Darwin one. Oh, fucking won it 100%. But it
[00:41:38] Armando Rivera: [00:41:38] happens every day.
[00:41:39] Exactly. And that's exactly why, like I don't go to the Serengeti and go play with lions. Cause I know that line will fuck me up. It's not lion King, yeah. I mean that it is what I think people, I think that's a great point. It's that people just need to be realistic.
[00:41:54]I think we're, people like us are always constantly seeing whether it's good or bad, we try to [00:42:00] have a good view in the future, but we see the trends we
[00:42:03] Colin Stuckert: [00:42:03] see where things are. Yeah. So one to close out. One thing that you've done differently from your friends and family in your life that has been responsible for your success or your at least like relative different results than the people around you.
[00:42:21]Cause I know there's things I've done compared to my friends and family and peers and other people and, or let's say even high school, like people that I went to high school with that are like still living in Cape coral. Nothing wrong with it. Like great people. But that's not for me.
[00:42:33] So I've done things and made different decisions and thought differently and had different habits. Is there like one or two different either, either decision and or habit that has contributed to that? Whoever's ready. Can go.
[00:42:43]John: [00:42:43] I would say
[00:42:44] I would just say taking risk, man. I think too many people. And again, this goes back to when you're talking about in regards to debt, I can see many people, just, they just really think that number one, they have control of 'em.
[00:42:57]Colin Stuckert: [00:42:57] Of the future. Like literally, if anything, like we almost have no control of anything.
[00:43:02]John: [00:43:02] It was funny. We all take risks every day. When you get in your car and drive your takeout, buy grocery from a food, from a grocery store, you're taking risks, right? You just, you eat at a restaurant, you're taking risks. Cause you got food poisoning. But yet when it comes to an idea when it comes to a dream, Oh no, I can't do that.
[00:43:19] Oh no, I can't. And they try to justify it. Yup. Me, I've just never been afraid. And I think my mother, since I've been a kid, she was always just just go for it no matter what's going to happen. So I think I just take more risk, but also I have a higher pain tolerance than almost probably anyone
[00:43:36] Colin Stuckert: [00:43:36] I know.
[00:43:36] And time preference. High preference as well. Yeah, that's a big one. So I'll give the listeners real quick. So concept with this right in the age of Robin hood game, stop, everything is going on right now, right? It used to be Warren buffet, 30 years minimum. Then you could have results. Now in the current age, you could have results in two or three years, because that's now the term because everyone is day trading, right?
[00:43:58] So if you can always have a longer [00:44:00] time preference than what everyone else is doing in a different market, a business, whatever, you basically are more thinking longterm and all the results come from long-term and they come from doing something different. So when you have a time preference, that's rare and you think longer than everyone else, like that's winning.
[00:44:17] That is correct.
[00:44:19] John: [00:44:19] And a lot of people just, they don't you're right. They don't have that time preference. And they're just not willing to go through the pain to get their
[00:44:27] Colin Stuckert: [00:44:27] pain threshold. Yeah.
[00:44:29] John: [00:44:29] Threshold is so important. Like you mentioned the 1%, I think what separates 1% from everyone else has nothing to do with knowledge.
[00:44:35] I think knowledge is number two. I think number one is the grit. So being able to persevere, man, I'll never forget. I used to call it, this, I used to knock on doors in Chicago. This is before I became like a really winning with my ideas. And this is Chicago, by the way, knocking on doors in the winter.
[00:44:52]I can remember many days it was negative 20 degrees and I'm outside two hours a day knocking. Just wondering, what the hell am I doing? Cause I wanted this Camaro. I wanted this car, mind you. I had just got off of unemployment. So I was making $5 a month and I see this ad. Saying a hundred percent commissions and that's all I thought was, wait a minute.
[00:45:13] If I can make $10,000, I keep that. Yup. Yup. And then within two months I bought that Camaro and I was crying. I remember being in the car, tearing up because I thought I was gonna have to get my toes cut off. Cause they were frostbitten from because they were black. You ever seen the movie? Adam Sandler?
[00:45:32] Armando Rivera: [00:45:32] Dirty deeds
[00:45:33]John: [00:45:33] amputated, but I'll never forget when I bought that car and guys will honk at the stoplight dude, that's a rat car. I was like, dude, if I can do this, I can do anything. Yeah. I got spit in my face and had guns pulled out on me, you name it. And it's just that grit man, that, that fight that crazy psycho in your mind.
[00:45:55] I think that's everything knowledge comes through.
[00:45:57]Colin Stuckert: [00:45:57] Yeah. Now is today, it doesn't even matter almost [00:46:00] right. Almost none at all. Like your, I would say you say grit and it's the same thing. For me it's, I would say it's habits or at least like the specific habit of taking action consistently.
[00:46:14]And so I actually call this the, a success loop, right? Maybe a feedback loop. I got to figure out what to call to make it nice and sound catchy. But what I realized recently, I've been talking about this all my content this is an irrefutable law of life. So to get anything, if you want to be happy, you want to be successful.
[00:46:29] If you want to like, just stay alive, you have to take action at the top. And then you have this, you have the line that goes to feedback, right? So you take action. Something in your environment gives you feedback. Then the loop goes back to taking action again. But that loop you now are going to take better action because you have learning from the feedback.
[00:46:47] So you take better action. And this is where compounding comes in, right? And this is where consistency and all the longterm results coming. Because every action you take, you get results or feedback, and then you take more action. And then it goes on, on, on you're learning, you're taking action. So you're also moving things forward, but then you're taking better action and better action learning and better action, whatever.
[00:47:04] So that is applicable to everything in life. If you want to be a monk and renounce all worldly possessions, you still have to wake up every day and do your chores around the monastery. You gotta meditate. You gotta be mindful and you have to control your mind. Or it will just regress to its mean of monkey mind, right?
[00:47:19] There is nothing to which you can prevent taking action in human life and get any kind of result. It is. The constant is irrefutable, right? That simple thing. You could have average or even below average intelligence, but if you take action consistently and try to learn even a little bit, at least you'll learn what doesn't work, as Edison talked about and you try something else, you will eventually find a way to get some kind of success.
[00:47:43] And that's why they say a lot that certain business or an idea, the failure rates very high. But if you bet on an entrepreneur over 10 or 20 years, they're almost always successful the re and like the real true entrepreneurs there's definitely people that nowadays are watch preneurs, or they might start a business here and there, or they have a blog.
[00:47:59] They write every so often. [00:48:00] Like I'm talking like people like John and I would even say our model you're on that path, to like the just straight I have no other choices what I have to do with my life entrepreneurs. Because it's just my personality, for whatever reason.
[00:48:12] So if you can build that success habit into your life, you will be successful. Eventually it, it might not be with this business or what one, or you might not be a movie star or whatever, but you'll find some level of success. Anal build find happiness, because the way to find happiness is to apply the same damn fucking thing.
[00:48:29] Take action, learn, take action, learn what doesn't work, what works, and you do more of it. And so obviously to build that habit, you need grit because your point is this success loop is fucking hard because you take action and it doesn't work. And you're like, Oh shit. Okay. I guess I'll try again.
[00:48:43] And then you do that and then you get beat down. You could be down and you'd be down and you'd be down. You might take a hundred actions that have no results in 99 point 99% of humanity is already quit. 10 tries. Yeah. No. And that's where the comes in a hundred percent. Yeah. Armando, give us your answer to that question.
[00:49:00] And then we'll tap out. It's definitely,
[00:49:02]Armando Rivera: [00:49:02] It's a mix of what you guys said. It's that grit is that discipline. The knowledge comes with having the discipline because when you, when I've noticed with every single thing in my life, and I'm sure that you guys have seen this too, whenever it's something that I wanted, the knowledge was just a by-product of wanting that thing.
[00:49:20] When you wanted the Camaro, you're like I got to fucking sell or whatever it is, door to door. So you figured out how to do that. And you're like, I'm going to do it better every time that'll get me to that car or that'll get me to start a business. Or, for me I want to send a lot of Madison square garden one day that's one of that's.
[00:49:36] One of my big long-term goals is to sell out
[00:49:39]like a lot of my comedy influences had I want to have a media company. I think it's that discipline. Is having that discipline and the grit because you do you go into that exactly said the feedback loop and add that's just the, that's just the professor.
[00:49:54] That's like your career loop, add your personal life into that. Add
[00:49:58]Colin Stuckert: [00:49:58] it applies to [00:50:00] everything is what I'm saying. You can a hundred percent, you can cause like humans, if you go in space in your restaurant, they have exercise four hours a day or their muscle mass wastes away. know, That's not the perfect analogy for where the human animal is and what life is in general.
[00:50:12] Like everything regresses to disorder to entropy. Like it's actually fascinating that I'm just like, I'm a Powell star. Does that stays together somehow every day, like I wake up and I didn't fucking just fall apart. It's fun. Fascinating. Okay. And that's life. But life requires energy and motion and there's all these things.
[00:50:28] And so yes, it applies to everything. And what I want to say about what you just said, the knowledge part, this is what people don't understand. This is probably the secret to. Why most people get stuck in the what, at least in the way they think about what success actually is. So have you ever read a book that has shown you step-by-step how to be successful in anything like in anybody name, a book where that actually exists?
[00:50:49] No. There's a book that shows some stories and you try to emulate those stories and learn from them. But if it was like, okay, I want to start the next Amazon, where do I find a step-by-step book on how to do that? Or I want to like fucking compete with Elan and electric cars. Like I could go and do exactly what Elon did.
[00:51:05] I could start with a high and expensive car and I can use that to scale and make money to fund a mass car. And then I can do that because I want to get to Mars and I want to have earth be sustainable off solar. I could follow the exact playbook, but does that mean I'm gonna have the same results, right?
[00:51:21] Like I'm not Ilan. The market conditions are different. The competition is different. The economics are different. It's a fucking different time. Everything is different. The learning comes through the success. Loop through the action goes to the feedback, and then it goes back to the action again.
[00:51:36] And then it goes to the feedback, the action in the feedback, right? They are the same thing in a way, we're learning comes from everybody thinks they need the next course or the next this or the next step. And there's value in knowledge. There is, I've been, I'm obsessed with personal development, but nothing in my personal development has ever given me step-by-step to do anything in my fucking life, dude, literally, nothing other than even meditation, I've tried follow a step by step and it [00:52:00] didn't work for me. I had to basically, yeah. Is just like a very fuzzy, like maybe guideposts to where you could maybe go, but your is very likely to be missing like a thousand steps and you got to fill in all those steps yourself by taking action learning.
[00:52:16]So I guess if I summarize that you can't. Ever know how to be successful without taking action and then learning the steps that you have to take to pivot and change and do whatever to get, to be successful. There's no plan. There's no, step-by-step, there's no guru. Nobody can do that for you.
[00:52:35] Armando Rivera: [00:52:35] No. Cause and it's constantly changing you start and you may, that's another fear that people have aside from death is I might change my mind and I don't want to look stupid to people because I said I was going to do this first, when I started and now I want to do something else.
[00:52:52] And it, because we're constantly changing. You're absolutely right. You have to embark on the journey and you may end up somewhere over here.
[00:53:00]Colin Stuckert: [00:53:00] No, you will end up somewhere. You absolutely will. What is the only constant in the universe?
[00:53:06]Armando Rivera: [00:53:06] Time passing,
[00:53:07] Colin Stuckert: [00:53:07] but what is time imply? Change. The only constant in the universe is change.
[00:53:12] Yeah. Think about that a second. Okay. The only constant is change is the only thing we know for sure yet humans are obsessed with certainty and certainty doesn't exist, right? Like it's what? And this is where I actually go to a compassion for my fellow humans because homosapiens are not set up to deal with our modern environment.
[00:53:33] I don't look down on overweight people or people that struggle with their finances, whatever. I just want to fucking help them. I want to like somehow figure out like why environmentally I developed the way I did so I can pull out things to get to them. And that's why the next phase of my life is the better human school and that's launching and everything.
[00:53:48] And you can learn firstname.lastname@example.org. But I lost my train of thought. I just, I really liked people. I want to help them but most people do not like their environment, their biology and all the things in their environment that are like [00:54:00] basically toxic to them and to what they want.
[00:54:02]I don't blame people. Nobody should blame themselves. But these are what we've talked about in this conversation a bit are really some of the principles that if you can internalize them, you can build a successful life. And that doesn't have to be millions of dollars. It's amazing what you can do, but you could build a happy life.
[00:54:17] Like you'd be happy, like with nothing, you'd be the monk in the monastery. That's fine. Yeah, that's why we're doing this. And every week, tune in, we'll be having more of these is anybody have any closing thoughts or recommendations or shows or apps, or just quotes anything that you want to leave for the audience before we part ways?
[00:54:31] And if you want to pull your socials or what you're doing, or if you have a website or anything, feel free to do that as well.
[00:54:36] John: [00:54:36] No risk, no reward.
[00:54:38]Colin Stuckert: [00:54:38] And actually though every day you wake up, is it. You're taking on risk. Yeah. So staying inside cause you think you're going to prevent some boogie virus risk or whatever, like you're a pro you're more likely to die in a car accident for most people, especially if you're a certain age brackets.
[00:54:52]So anyways, no,
[00:54:53] Armando Rivera: [00:54:53] no same thing, man. Take risks. And just fucking do things do as much as you possibly can and be in the moment
[00:55:01] Colin Stuckert: [00:55:01] take actions. Yeah. And actually risk and risk. You can build the risk habit. You don't have to go out and take massive risk. And most people shouldn't.
[00:55:09] And if you actually talked to a lot of experienced entrepreneurs, a lot of them are very risk averse. Calculated, it's calculated risk and it's they do the research. They agree on some first principles in their mind. Then they attack that because they have faith in it.
[00:55:23] Yeah. And then in a lot of instances, you're pivoting nonstop and you're changing. So you're actually not taking a lot of risk at all because you're controlling a lot of the outcome and you've thought about it and you and your, et cetera. So yes highly recommend thinking about it. That way, small daily actions can build your tolerance, small risks here and there can build your tolerance for that.
[00:55:40] And then eventually, maybe just something big, or you can just build success. $1 at a time, like it doesn't have to be crazy. Everyone thinks you need invest millions of dollars to be successful. It's what about just starting a company where you sell a program or a course, or you do freelancing and you can literally be profitable from day one and then just leveling up from there.
[00:55:57] You don't have to take these crazy massive monetary [00:56:00] risks. Maybe take some time risk, or maybe take some ego risks. That's actually a risk that everybody should take massive ego risk because when you realize that. It doesn't really matter. And yeah, somebody might talk shit about you, but then like in five minutes, they'll be back on Tik TOK, watching stupid videos.
[00:56:13] They don't really care about you. Like those are the risks that you should be taking is those societal social risks. And then with your money and your finances, these are things be very calculated. It's amazing what you can do, especially the internet. Like you can test things for free, like that used to cost tens of thousands of dollars.
[00:56:28]Are you like, I don't need to build a website to test this product or have this, I can do an MP, a MVP. I can do lean startup. Yes, you can go straight to me. And we'll talk about that in the next one. We'll talk about risking and you know how to think about whatever that'd be a good topic.
[00:56:39] All right, guys, appreciate you both. Coming on the show. I will have links to your socials and everything that you want. Anything you want me to promote in the show? Everybody can learn more about the better human school email@example.com. We have a pre-launch offer going on right now for 250 students get lifetime access.
[00:56:52] Get in there. It's what I'm doing with my life. And I appreciate it. That call
[00:56:58] John: [00:56:58] is a beast, by the way. Yes.
[00:57:00] Colin Stuckert: [00:57:00] I paid him to say that
[00:57:01]John: [00:57:01] he can
[00:57:02]Armando Rivera: [00:57:02] meet you, man. You as well. Seriously. I hope everything goes well with what you're doing and let's just keep pushing guys.
[00:57:10] Colin Stuckert: [00:57:10] That's fine. Maybe we'll both hop in your next week.
[00:57:12] Remember every Monday and Friday, if you guys are available. I'm going to eventually have six people on do cool school chats like that too. So this is just the start boy. It's just the beginning. Right?
[00:57:21] Armando Rivera: [00:57:21] See you, man. All right guys.
[00:57:23] John: [00:57:23] Talk soon.