EPISODE 59: College Drop out to Fortune 100 Advisor – Truth about Business with John Spence

How to turn around your world with self education

Business and People Podcast John Spence

Business and People Podcast With Walt Bayliss: Episode 59
College Drop out to Fortune 100 Advisor – Truth about Business with John Spence.

John was a CEO of the Rockefeller foundation at 26 – But what’s really impressive is what he’s done since then!

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Show notes:

I had dreams of being a CEO and travelling all over the world and all that stuff and no one else was gonna fix it for me. I’ve messed it all up. And that’s when I began my journey of trying to understand how successful people work, reading, studying, getting mentors.

They let me in on probation and really low expectations for a community college. But I just decided I’d become a fanatic. I would study everything. That’s when I started listening to tapes, reading books, reading, you know, in the old days, Zig Ziegler and Napoleon Hill and on and on and on.

instead of me competing against other people or hammering, when else I went inside and said, I’m just going to try to be better than I was yesterday.

I think all of us are fearful that we’re not there. We’re not good enough to do this, that we don’t know what we’re doing.

I think the good leaders they realise that they’re going to have to be push themselves for lifelong learning

skill set is honed through through chaos through crisis is that you just, you don’t learn how strong you can be until something really big happens. And everybody looks at you and says, well, what are we going to do?

IQ. Basically competence. This [books] doesn’t make my IQ any better, but what it does is it gives me access to information.

no matter how advanced computers get, they never have empathy. So the ability to make genuine connections with other people EQ.

The creativity seems to be the number one soft skill that a CEO’s are looking for worldwide.

You gotta be deeply passionate about something you’re highly skilled at with that third one an entrepreneur that people are willing to pay for. I mean, lots of people that are passionate and skilled, but no one to pay for it. That’s called a hobby.

one of the greatest things great strategic thinkers do is figuring out what to say no to.

My definition of success is when your self concept and your core values are in harmony with your daily actions and behaviours. In other words, we need thought deeply about the kind of person you want to be, the values you have, and you’ve got a clear picture in your mind and the kind of life you’d like to live. And you actually do that

to me it’s all about service and helping people. And if your goal is to change people’s lives in a positive way, take away something that’s painful to them, allow them to achieve something they want to achieve, but truly through your product or service, their life is better.

the wisdom was one thing, but the wisdom to the action was what changed everything. It’s nice you read the book, John, what are you going to do differently now and now I’m going to hold you accountable. I think that’s one of the big things that changed my life.

the three biggest problems I see right now are lack of a vivid compelling and well communicated vision and strategy for growth. Number two is courageous communication. And number three, which is actually the biggest one, is lack of disciplined execution and accountability.



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