Clay Clark: All right, Thrive Nation, welcome back to the Thrive Time Show on your radio. Those who are tuning in from other places throughout the country, we appreciate you so much as a business coach that is passionate about helping people. The past- the last in-person workshop we met people from California and people from Canada. We had some people from Texas. We had people from England, people from all over the planet are beginning to learn more and more about the business school without the BS.
What did I say? Business coach school without the BS? Yes! And as captain of the ship, my name is Clay Clark. I’m the former SBA entrepreneur of the year and business coach and I have been sent here on a mission, on a purpose to mentor millions. And when I say I’m on a mission to help you and I’m on a mission to mentor millions, I sincerely am on a mission to help get you in that situation, in that position where you’re going to be financially free and you’re going to have the time freedom that you’ve always been thinking about.
Here’s a rhetorical question for you, here’s something to think about, something to marinate on: if you had all of the money in the world, if you had all the money in the world, if you had that, what would you be doing right now? Let’s say you had all the money and all the time freedom, what would you be doing right now? I view money as just a unit of time. That might be a weird thought, but let’s just go with me on that rabbit trail for a second. I view money to be just a unit of time. So basically if you have a bunch of money, you can buy your time back when you’re alive. You can’t make more time, but you can buy it back.
As an example, over this past weekend my wife and I went to Atwoods as we typically do. We go to Lowe’s as we typically do, and I basically spent the weekend planting trees, feeding chickens, trying to kill and trap that bobcat that keeps ravaging our chickens in our backyard there. Spent time with the bunny- We have this new bunny- I thought that the bunny was going to be a boy but it turns out that the bunny was a girl so I named the bunny Carl, but now that we’ve spent so much time getting to know Carl, we feel like that we need to keep the name Carl, which is causing some gender confusion for the rabbit I’m sure.
But the thing is I was able to enjoy those things because I didn’t have to do something else. During the work day, I don’t go and get my own lunch. There a great thriver out there called The Urban Lunchbox, and I buy lunch from him because I’d rather eat healthy and automate my good eating habits by having him provide the food and drop it off for me. So I’m asking you this: what are some of those things that you’re doing right now that you wouldn’t do if you had the financial freedom to pay somebody else to do it or to automate it or to hire somebody or to outsource it or whatever?
So today we’re talking about this concept called “purpose.” Purpose. What is your purpose? Mine is to be a business coach. What is that purpose- What, my purpose, my special purpose? Is it to retire before I’m 65 or at 65? Is my purpose to get a degree? No, no, I’m saying “why?” Like why would you get a degree? Why would you want to retire? What do you want to do? What is it that you truly are put on the planet to do?
I owe you a special thank you, by the way, because I know my purpose. My purpose is to mentor millions. I have no other purpose as it relates to business other than to do that. And as it relates to being a human and a husband, I feel like it’s my duty- it’s my job to try to become the best husband I can possibly be. And I’m fairly competitive so I hope that you’re a great husband, and if you’re listening and you’re a man, then I hope that I’m a slightly better husband than you because I’m very competitive.
And so we’re talking about this purpose, right? And we’re going to talk about the seven steps that you need to take to guarantee your success once you have determined your purpose.
If you don’t know what your purpose is, here’s something that I will encourage you to do. This is an exercise that I’ve done often throughout the years to help me find my purpose. I ask myself, one, if I had the time freedom and financial freedom right now, what would I be doing? Write down that answer. And then the second question to ask yourself is why would I do that? And the third question, you guessed it, we’re peeling back the onion. We’re getting down to the power of why? That’s W-H-Y. Why would you do that?
So again if you had all the money and all the time you could possibly have, what would you be doing? And then why would you be doing that? And then one more time, why? And there you will find your purpose. And so we get on to step number one to help you guarantee your success. You absolutely have to do this. I have seen people absolutely throw away all of their potential by not implementing these seven steps. So once you have your purpose, you want to write down these seven steps and you want to active them. You want- Thomas Edison said that knowledge without application is absolutely meaningless. So you have to take action once you know these seven steps.
So step number one. You must recognize the negative powers of drifting and commit to never become a drifter. Let me, a business coach write this down, okay? I’m gonna give you some time to write this down. You must recognize the negative powers of drifting and you must commit to never giving in to them. So here’s an example.
I don’t know what you wrote down, I don’t know what your purpose is, but my purpose, I wrote down my F6 goals, so my faith goals is I like to get out to church once per week. And I prefer to go to a church where the music style is the African American praise and worship experience. Brother Carlton Pearson is obviously no longer a Christian but back in the day when he was, his church Higher Dimensions was incredible. I loved the music, the energy, the preaching, the teaching, I loved the whole thing. So faith, what are your goals and when do you need to do that?
Then family! What are your family goals? My wife and I, we wanted to have five kids, we kind of wanted to live off the grid and be enveloped by trees and chickens and sort of live off the grid and that’s what we do along with being a business coach.
Then friendships! Who do you want to get close to, who do you want to get to know? Who do you want to be in your inner circle? Who do you want to be able to pick up the cell phone and call? Being able to get ahold of Michael Levine, the former PR consultant for Nike, for Pizza Hut, for Carlton- Charlton Heston- I got on a Carlton kick here- Charlton Heston, Cameron Diaz, being able to get hold of that PR consultant is powerful! Being able to get ahold of Lee Cockerell, the former executive vice president who used to manage Walt Disney World Resorts, that was huge for me as a business coach, getting the chance to know him. But it didn’t just happen, I did not drift into these relationships. I mean, David Robinson, the NBA hall of famer, who would have thought he would have teamed up with the Thrive15.com team?