Follow the Example of Great Leader
What contributed to your growth as a leader? I mean a lot of things contributed, but the first one is coaches, masterminds, and mentors. I look at books as one way to be mentored, but I also see that as like, that’s just like the consistent drip that needs to kind of always happen. Kind of like an email campaign every week. I get an email from some company cool. Every week I read a book or every month I read a book and I’m just always keeping my mind in alert. Right. But the main thing is I paid a lot of money to coaches. I mean, I literally was never afraid to be like, I need a speaking coach. I need a business coach. I need a financial coach. I need a spiritual coach. I need a, like whatever that is, you know, you pay to go to the dentist, keep your teeth clean. What I’m trying to say is, if I want to be the best leader I’m gonna pay the leaders that I aspire to be like and have them teach me to be clean and to do things right and keep me in alignment. The biggest thing is like, there’s been many times I’ve wanted to throw rocks. I wanted to throw in the towel. I’ve wanted to sling mud and be like, dude, did you guys not see these guys all just screwed me? That just cost me 500 grand. And you know, I went through a lawsuit, multiple lawsuits that I’ve had to sue companies and be like, okay, you didn’t pay. It’s frustrating. You want to just be like, they suck and I want to spit that in front of 12,000 people in my Facebook group and I want to put it on a podcast, get thousands of down. Like, I just don’t say this. Like, I just I’m like, I don’t need the validation from all these people. The coaches have helped be like, and does it, who does it serve? How does it, how does that affect you and get you farther? And I’m like, you’re right. You’re right. Okay. That to me has helped me really remember the leader that I want to step into.
Trial By Fire
Then trial by fire. I mean, I think that like what’s developed me is I’m always constantly looking to stretch my leadership. So it’s like, where can I step into lead something that makes me a little bit uncomfortable? For example, we’re hosting the ultimate sales bootcamp where I’m doing this with two juggernauts on social media, who have made way more money than I’ve probably made. You’re like, oh wow, I’m gonna go speak and co-host with them. They’re gonna be analyzing every little thing I do, how I do registration, how I do this, and how I do that. I’m like, great, I get an opportunity to stretch myself. This is really great. I get an opportunity to step into a greater position of leadership in a bigger stage and a bigger audiences.
What Are You Currently Doing to Grow as a Leader?
This next question, it’s like, what are you doing to currently grow as a leader? And what kind of pushes me is I am always looking for higher quality people to lead. So for me, it’s like, what am I currently doing to grow? How am I surrounding myself in bigger circle of high net worth people? And then I’m saying, can I be seen as a leader to them? Do they look up to me and say, I love what he’s doing. I love how he operates. I love how he shows up. I love his content. I feel inspired when I’m around him. You’re like, wow, like me and, and a lot of times you’re like, really? Like, you are looking at me? Right? And they are just like, yes. When I allow my own internal, like child, like that little boy, that’s kind of the insecure, like, oh, like I wanna be like them one day when I allow them. When I allow that to be like, oh, there is no hierarchical element of they’re so much cooler than me. I just look at all things as even playing field, no matter how much income, fitness accolades they have.
There is Only One You
Which brings me to the next thing, I say there’s only one, Sam. Sam is the only Sam. A lot of competitors are starting to come into this D2D training world. And I just go, great. They’re not me. That’s phenomenal. What people pay me for, is me. What people are led by, is me. If they choose to be led by someone else, then phenomenal, I have an abundant mindset around it. But, my whole mentality is like a, Sam is a Sam and I will influence those that I need to be that need to be influenced by me. I will show up as my highest self and that journey to my even higher self. I will inspire millions of people and that’s what I choose for myself. I hope you choose that same thing as a leader.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
The next thing is, am I’m branching outta my comfort zone in other elements? I own two software companies. I rarely talk about them. Vanilla Message and Recruit-o-matic. This journey, over the last three years, developing tech, developing tech systems, and tracking, all of that has been such an interesting journey. I started an eCommerce business a few years ago where I had to find inventory, marketing, influencer marketing, to all these different things, to do a baby romper that we invented and, you know, different side projects to put myself out there. I’m buying a commercial space here now and mobile home parks and just trying different things that now stretch myself. I know how to lead a door to door sales team really well. You’re like, great. But, do you know how to lead investors? Do you know how to lead tech people? Do you know how to lead a developer? Do you know how to, you know, like all these different elements and then you can compile and say, wow, there’s likeness amongst these categories in life. Now I’m becoming a well rounded, powerful leader without being distracted for my mission. Everything would align for my mission, but it’s like, how am I really diversifying my opportunities to lead is another piece in this. Get out of your comfort zone and stretch yourself.
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