Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Tom Bilyeu
On today’s episode, Erick sits with Tom Bilyeu, the founder of Quest Nutrition, as he gives us insights on keeping that drive we need to accomplish what we all wish we could.
Tom Bilyeu is an American entrepreneur best known as a co-founder of Quest Nutrition, the second-fastest-growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014. He was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Bilyeu is also a member of the Innovation Board for Peter Diamandis’s X Prize Foundation
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
Need a sneak peek? Below are the main takeaways from the episode.
Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Tom Bilyeu
“So you have to figure out what is that thing that I can do and keep doing and struggle and fight because life has a certain amount of that no matter what you do. And going back to that you have evolutionary pressure to work hard. So if you know you’re going to have to struggle at something, then you should very much struggle at something that gives you energy…”
“…it has to do with the directives that are embedded in your brain from an evolutionary standpoint. So you must work hard. It’s embedded in your brain, to acquire skills that matter to you, that allow you to elevate yourself and others in service. Have a goal that’s both exciting and honorable. So exciting. And honorable means that you’re just amped about it, you dig it. So I dig storytelling, I do. And I want to help people through storytelling, I do my life circumstances have led me to that the way that I’m hardwired I just have an outsized response to stories. And so I’m drawn to that. And because of life experience, I want to use stories to help people. So that’s very exciting for me. Now, it’s also honorable, because I’m not just looking to make myself rich or be admired for telling a cool story. I actually want to help people with that story. And I hold myself accountable for that. So when you have that cocktail, you’re working hard to garner a set of skills that allow you to serve not only yourself but other people, it that’s fulfillment…”
“What I learned long before I actually became successful was that success wasn’t going to change my insecurities. And I think most people go into it thinking that success is going to eradicate their insecurities. They look at somebody that’s successful with this admiration. And they think when I’m that successful, I will look at myself with that admiration. And it doesn’t work like that. So and what’s super interesting, it’s not surprising at this point, this will surprise me in my 20s. But like I said, thankfully, I learned these lessons when I was still struggling, is that you know, your insecurities are gonna go with you wherever you go. And the name of the game is really about skill set and skill set in a few different ways skill set in, there are things that I want to accomplish in this world, and I must get good at them. But then there’s also a skill set in managing my own mind. And that is the real juice. So you gave me that poster outwork everyone. And when I was writing a message on it, it’s like to outwork everyone, there, there is a certain thing that must be true in your mind, which is you have to know that all you have is this moment. And so success is not something in the future where you will cross the finish line and feel forever the way you’ve always wanted to feel what people think success will feel exactly like this moment, whatever your life is, right now, if you if it’s a mess, I could give you a billion dollars, and it would still be a mess. And so understanding the name of the game is really to optimize the way that you respond to your environment, the way you respond to your challenges the way you respond to difficulties. That’s it.”
“As you get older, you try things, you find the things that work, and the world of things that the young people are trying, which is why they don’t know whether it’s gonna work. So they’re trying everything begins to narrow, narrow, narrow, narrow, narrow, narrow, narrow, until you’re like, “Ah, here’s that narrow bandwidth that actually works.” When you get there and you think you’re at the pinnacle. You are my friend. That is how people get trapped by being old. You’ve got to discard all that and say, I’m going to try things maybe it didn’t work in the past, but maybe it’ll work now. Read voraciously, find new ideas, put them to use. If you learn something, use it that day. Push yourself, push yourself to get better to get faster to learn new things, reading podcasts, YouTube videos. I am insatiable in my appetite for knowledge because I am always shocked…”
“One of the coolest quotes I’ve ever heard in my life is “don’t sell out what you want most for what you want right now.” And I think that is a quote to live by right there. So that’s the big one is really making sure that you are focused and excited about what it is that you want long term. And even just having a phrase that you can say to yourself about what it is that you want most, I think would be hugely beneficial. So often people don’t have that level of clarity. So when we’re talking about procrastination, just the raw desire to actually see something through to the end is going to be critically important. ”
“The big thing and this is why I always tell people, there needs to be two things true about the goals you’re trying to accomplish. One, they need to be honorable, and two, they need to be exciting. So we’ll set honorable aside for a second and just focus on being just absolutely committed out of enthusiasm to accomplishing your goal. And this has been one of the things that have propelled me the most in my career is that I legitimately am excited about the thing that I’m trying to build. And because I value myself for this sincere pursuit of this thing that is both exciting to me and honorable, and that it’s, you know, going to lift people up if I actually accomplish it. And I’m holding myself accountable to actual results. But the game, the game, which is the right way to think about it, the game of trying to turn my potential into usable skills that can do something tangible in the world to make that goal that’s exciting, honor will come true. Because all of that game is predicated on making sure that I love the time in the field that I’m leaving everything out on the field, and I value myself for that. I don’t value myself for accomplishing it. But I value myself for actually trying to pursue it…”
“Being an artist right now, this is like the best possible time to have something that you can do by yourself, that you can improve on by yourself, that’s ultimately going to have real-world consequences for you when we get to the other side of this. So here is and something tells me that if you’re playing professionally, you already know this. But here’s the reality about greatness. Greatness is about doing the things that are tragically boring, and that you have to repeat over and over and over to get better at them in a deliberate way. You don’t just want to repeat them blindly, but in a deliberate way, buckling down and doing the things like for a musician, playing your scales, practicing your improvisation, practicing your cold reading, all of the things that are very easy to put off, when you have a job and you’re busy and you’re making a living…”
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