Class #67: What I've Learned

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Robert Greene [Twitter] is a multiple time New York Times Best Selling Author.  He's best known for his books The 48 Laws of Powers, Mastery, The Art of Seduction, and The 50th Law.  In addition to writing about these various principles, he's also applied them to his own life.

In this class we talk about:

  • Dealing with the publishing world.
  • Terrible marketing campaigns.
  • Writing with a partner.
  • Having his book popular with world leaders, hip hop stars, and in prison.
  • Being contacted by people from all walks of life.
  • Helping an actress with her craft.
  • Siding and working with the underdogs.
  • Helping an NBA player with dealing with their management.
  • Learning about the sharks in the music industry.
  • His new book "The Laws of Human Nature."
  • How humans are charged by emotions.
  • Being a freelancer and being needed.
  • How to keep his publishers dependent on him.
  • Living in Paris fresh out of college and seeing models everyday.
  • Becoming friends with a guy who was awesome at seduction.
  • Being too nice to girls.
  • Seduction being about more than just sex.
  • Meeting 50 Cent -- being intimidated by him & intimidating 50 Cent.
  • The ultimate forms of power.
  • Nearly having a book cancelled.
  • Living what he was writing about.
  • How he would write a book with Bill Clinton.

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Class #65: Losing Friends

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Robert Patrick Lewis [Twitter] is a former US Army Green Beret.  Now a civilian, this ex-Special Forces member has lost many friends in both combat and by suicide. 

In this class we talk about:

  • Never having an exit strategy in life.
  • Getting out of your comfort zone.
  • Being from a military family.
  • Knowing that loss and sacrifice would happen.
  • The Hollywood perspective of what war is like.
  • Being in a post-9/11 military.
  • Being “all testosterone and gunpowder.”
  • Not taking orders well.
  • Having a very romanticized version of Special Forces.
  • Not thinking about losing friends until he actually lost them.
  • Not thinking about the possibility of losing his own life.
  • Adapting to change.
  • Being told the reality of loss.
  • Learning the mission is more important than the men.
  • Keeping in touch via social media.
  • Reality of violence in combat zones.
  • Trying to find humor in all situations.
  • The list of lost friends growing each Memorial Day.
  • Losing his first friend in Baghdad by explosives.
  • Having to wait until after families are notified.
  • Not dealing with memories until he is ready and able to.
  • The constant change of leadership.
  • How combat is pure chaos.
  • Realizing his own mortality and that he has been given a lease on life.
  • Making his life worth while.
  • Losing at least a dozen of his friends.
  • Having friends who committed suicide.

Related Link: Robert Patrick Lewis on Class #24

Extra Credit #16: The Drummer With The Broken Arm

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Tony Thaxton [Twitter] was the long-time drummer for Motion City Soundtrack.  During that great run he got injured, busted his arm, and his career was put on hold.  Wondering how he dealt with that?  Don't miss Tony Thaxton's recent Man School: "Life on The Road."

In this Extra Credit we talk about:

  • Becoming the victim of many Def Leppard jokes.
  • Being injured just by falling (only a little drunk.)
  • Being sent home with just a sling and some pain killers.
  • Never breaking any bones before.
  • An X-Ray error.
  • Being sent to get a MRI.
  • Viewing surgery as a last resort.
  • Breaking his humerus bone that is very hard to heal correctly.
  • Getting ready to record a new record with a broken arm.
  • Having to go through the surgery.
  • Recording the drum parts last for the new record in a different way.
  • Going through physical therapy.
  • Experiencing an arm infection.
  • Missing out on a music video shoot.
  • Having his girlfriend give him IVs.
  • Having a low white blood cell count and missing Thanksgiving.
  • Still being able to tour with Weezer.

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Class #64: The Childhood Truth with Lewis Howes

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Lewis Howes [Twitter] is an athlete, lifestyle entrepreneur, and the host of the great podcast The School of Greatness.  He was a past Man School guest and we talked about that he had to be the best at everything.  On this episode he shares about being sexually abused at the age of five.

In this class we talk about:

  • Having his NCAA football record broken.
  • Feeling free after talking about his sexual abuse.
  • No longer having to always be defensive.
  • Taking everything as a personal attack.
  • Not being able to respond to criticism.
  • Being ashamed of his childhood abuse.
  • Receiving overwhelming love and compassion from his family and friends.
  • Making a decision to approach life from a place of love.
  • Being abused by his babysitter's son at 5.
  • Not thinking anything about his abuse until he was 12.
  • Having suicidal thoughts.
  • Being grateful of his progress.
  • Being especially scared to tell his mom.
  • Talking about it in his podcast and getting a positive response.
  • Allowing others to share their experience with him.
  • Knowing that others felt the same fear of opening up about their experiences.
  • Being vulnerable.
  • Knowing how to start talking about his past abuse.
  • Striving to give his best on everything.
  • His evolved take on competition and greatness. 

Related Link: Lewis Howes shares his secret on his podcast

 

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Class #63: My International Marriage

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Alan Cox was on the TLC reality show 90 Day Fiance which featured the engagement and marriage to his Brazilian bride Kirlyam.  There international story one not to miss (whether or not you saw the show.)

In this class we talk about:

  • Having a unique romance.
  • How many people actually have international relationships.
  • Not meeting his Brazilian wife online.
  • Being a Mormon missionary.
  • Going to Brazil for his mission assignment.
  • Not being able to date while being a missionary.
  • The gorgeous, exotic, and friendly women of Brazil.
  • Meeting his wife but not immediately dating her.
  • Visiting Brazil after being a missionary.
  • Reconnecting with his now-wife via social media.  
  • Making sure that she was his true eternal companion.
  • Not being able to ignore romantic feelings.
  • Thinking that it was illogical to be in this long-distance relationship.
  • Having supportive family and friends.
  • The troubles of getting a K1 fiance visa.
  • Dating for four months before he knew he wanted to marry her.
  • Planning a proposal that she knew was coming.
  • Having a K1 fiancé visa that is only good for 90 days.
  • Living in the United States vs. Brazil.
  • Being found by TLC for the reality show “90 Day Fiance.”
  • Being followed by cameras and microphones for three months.
  • Training himself to ignore the cameras.
  • Planning a wedding in only one month.
  • Having to wait a long time for visas to go through.
  • The pressure of trying to make his wife feel at home.
  • Not being nervous at his wedding.
  • Doing the little things to make his relationship work and keep the spark alive.

 

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Class #62: Life On The Road

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Tony Thaxton [Twitter] is the former (and long-time) drummer of the rock group Motion City Soundtrack.  He also hosts the podcast Feliz Navipod (hear Caleb on there).  After eleven years touring the world, Tony broke down.  Despite living his dream (and perhaps yours), he quit the band in order to stay in one place.

In this class we talk about:

  • Being a touring musician for eleven years.
  • His first band in high school.
  • Playing house shows at 18.
  • Finding out how much he wanted this career.
  • Going to new countries to perform.
  • Joining Motion City Soundtrack at the age of 24.
  • Immediately recording with a real producer after joining Motion City Soundtrack.
  • Still not being able to pay his rent for a while.
  • Not moving out of his parent’s house until 2007.
  • Touring in music and not making a ton of money for the first couple of years.
  • Not getting too carried away with partying and excess.
  • Doing what he wants to do for a living even if the money wasn’t always there.
  • Success without having radio hits.
  • Growing a fanbase. 
  • Playing close to 300 shows in one year.
  • Living out of just one suitcase.
  • Not being the band that was all about picking up women.
  • Not being able to sleep a lot.
  • Taking turns with his band mates driving on early tours.
  • Graduating from vans to tour buses.
  • Not always being able to see the sights.
  • Eating at a Hard Rock Café in Dublin by himself.
  • Feeling like a spoiled brat.
  • Being good at not fighting with his other band mates.
  • Being in long distance relationships.
  • Playing in 19 countries.
  • Touring starting to wear him down.
  • Being use to saying goodbye to people.
  • Having to shut his emotions off and, being too good at it.
  • Coming home and not wanting to leave again.
  • Not knowing how to cope with depression.
  • Realizing that he needed to stop touring.
  • Not knowing what to do once he left the band.
  •  Having a nervous breakdown.

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Class #61: The Custody Battle

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Michael Show [Twitter] is a 30something year-old guy who has two children by two different mothers.  He currently lives with the mother of his second child even though they broke off their relationship years ago.

In this class we talk about:

  • The struggles of his personal lives.
  • Having a kid at age 19.
  • Maintaining peace with his kids’ two mothers.
  • How he met his first child’s mother.
  • Having sex with the first woman only one time before she got pregnant.
  • Not knowing much about his first child’s mother.
  • Hoping that the relationship’s honeymoon phase would last forever.
  • Having to report back to his girlfriend all the time.
  • Wanting to do the right thing.
  • Coming home to a big surprise.
  • Going through years of custody battles for his first child.
  • Getting “screwed” in family court.
  • Having the ultimate goal to make his daughter feel loved.
  • Meeting the second child’s mother mid-custody battles.
  • Having a more traditional dating relationship with the second woman.
  • Realizing that his relationship with the second woman ran its course.
  • Never allowing new girlfriends to come around his daughter.
  • Getting the second woman pregnant a year and half after they officially broke up.
  • Being protective of his children.
  • Having his house alcohol and drug free for the sake of his kids.
  • Not partying at all.

 

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