What Are the Thought Leaders of Tomorrow Working on Today?
What were athletes like Shaq and Derek Jeter doing as kids to prepare for their future all-star careers?
What first steps did performers like David Bowie and scientists like Stephen Hawking take to start changing the world – and what can we learn from them in our own thought leadership journeys?
In this week’s episode, we explore the makings of a successful thought leader, and discuss what you can start doing now to become a more effective thought leader.
“If you have the best ideas, but you don’t actually spend the time to think strategically about how to share those ideas, no one will actually hear them. And if nobody hears them, you won’t actually be able to make the impact that you would have liked to.” – Brenden
We also talk about the importance of learning from old-school thought leaders like Jim Rohn and Bob Burg, especially when it comes to strengthening our personal brands, and how contemporary thought leaders like Lewis Howes and Jay Shetty are changing the game.
Billy: “I do think it’s really important to underscore this idea that there are certain things that are timeless. So we can’t ignore those things in exchange for us chasing the new things.”
Brenden: “How do you immortalize ideas? That’s another way I like to think about this. How do you make ideas permanent?”
So what can you be doing today to become a better thought leader tomorrow?
- Figure out what everybody’s already saying. When you start keeping up with the conversation, you’ll gain a better perspective on what you can add.
- Find where your unique voice fits in. Keep track of your original ideas in an app or notepad.
- Remember to do what works for you, and don’t be afraid of experimenting with new strategies, ideas and technologies.
In This Episode
- Why it’s important to consider what tomorrow’s thought leaders are doing now (04:15)
- Important lessons from old-school thought leaders, like Jim Rohn and Bob Burg (07:06)
- The top tenets old-school thought leaders all had in common (10:24)
- Why books are an important part of a thought leader’s tool chest (12:47)
- Another way to immortalize ideas: speaking engagements (15:33)
- Why it’s critical to be early to new technology and distribution trends (18:11)
- Thinking about your personal brand in terms of decades, not days (21:34)
- Why you need a YouTube channel (29:07)
- What tomorrow’s thought leaders are working on today (35:36)
- Why you can’t be afraid to define your brand in new ways (44:42)
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