TYL #3: Surprising Insights on Life and Work with Russell Simmons and Co.
Written by Tracy on 23 Feb 2016
Hey there, Timmbit Nation!
Ok, so I’m not John Lee Dumas… but still, I’m just so excited about this friggin’ podcast!
Today I’m calling an audible, and bringing you something that was completely unplanned until Saturday around 11am. You should know that this is my usual style (doing things at the last minute), but because of the podcast and the fact that people like to have things once a week when they’ve been promised to have things once a week, I’ve had to learn to be a bit more organized. Because of that, I had actually planned the first 12 weeks of the podcast in advance of the launch, which if you know me, required an act of God and a really long to-do list.
And, of course, the temptation to take Aderol.
But I digress. I have never taken Aderol.
Either way, I had an event to attend this weekend, and that event was so exhilarating and inspiring that I literally hoped in the car, drove directly home, set up my microphone and podcasting equipment, and started recording. No scripts. No plans. No set up. Just a pure deep dive into everything that I learned from this amazing event while it was fresh in my mind and the ink was still drying in my notebook.
I knew I had to share this with you because not only did I get the chance to hear from some of the most well-known entrepreneurs in Dallas, but I also got to see…
Live. In person. Wearing a Yankees cap and bright white Nikes. The. Russell. Simmons.
I thought I would have to achieve Oprah status for something like this.
So, without further ado, I give you my top 5 takeaways from a hour and half with Russell Simmons, Trey Bowles, Nina Vaca, Salah Boukadoum, Gail Warrior, and moderator James Ragland.
Here’s a play-by-play, in case you only have a little time and want to hit your favorite parts first:
0:50 My plan for the podcast
1:10 How my plan for the podcast changed radically
2:10 WTF is the Dallas Festival of Ideas
3:20 Holy crap… that is Russell Simmons
4:20 The reason I don’t really like most “panels”
4:35 Why this panel was completely different
5:00 An introduction to the panelists (these people rocked)
7:20 Salah Boukadoum’s bio- solving the world’s problems
8:20 Trey Bowles’ bio- building an organic entrepreneurial “scene”
9:45 Nina Vaca’s bio- the boldest 5-foot Ecuadorian woman you’ll ever meet
11:05 Gail Warrior’s- winning in a man’s world
12:20 Recap of these awesome panelists
12:35 My five major takeaways from this ridiculously cool panel
13:00 How to live with spirit, purpose, and faith even when you don’t feel like it
13:45 Russell Simmons gets deep on the “grass is greener” idea
15:00 All about the present moment and your energy
16:00 Where does “purpose” fit into all this
17:30 How to serve those who are underserved
19:00 Salah drops the mic on artistry and how to create a vision for your life
20:20 How to choose your own future regardless of your past
21:15 Russell Simmons’ first entrepreneurial endeavor
22:00 The hard truth about your station in life
23:00 Russell Simmons throws down the gauntlet
23:25 Nina Vaca’s unusual path to the top
24:25 Salah’s insight on creating something that no one’s created before
25:00 Connection and community are key
25:20 Who to keep in your circle of trust and who to let go
25:55 What to do when you don’t want to be anyone around you
26:40 It all goes back to the law of attraction
27:00 Nina becomes a part of the community
27:40 Gail Warrior on support and teamwork
28:25 It always takes longer than you think
28:40 How long it takes Russell Simmons to get a business up and running
29:35 Problems that successful entrepreneurs have before they become successful
30:05 Dealing with being on the brink of bankruptcy
30:50 The real story behind this podcast
31:20 Courage v. fear
31:40 How to know when you’ve failed
32:10 A new way to think about failure
32:55 Your greatest teacher in life
33:40 Russell Simmons on a mindset of abundance
34:35 My final thoughts on being in the same room as these amazing people
35:25 My call to action for each of you—get involved
36:10 How to get even more out of this podcast
I’ve also compiled a list of references that I mention during the podcast (links included!):
Now I want to hear from you!
What's the #1 insight you gathered from today's podcast?
What are your Top 5?
Leave a comment below to get the party started.