OYS 058: Discover What it Takes to Blaze Your Own Trail to Success w/ Andy Audate!


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If you are anything like me, you HATE the word “average.” Think about it, how often is average a positive word?

Average performance, average income, average capacity, average creativity, average perspective, average abilities, the list could go on! Clearly, average sucks!

But the truth is, our culture has conditioned us to accept average and stay stuck stumbling through life like a mindless zombie, walking around at 1mph all day, every day. I don’t want to live life on those terms and neither should you!

I don’t want to be average, I want to be above average, I want to be EXTRAordinary!

What does it look like for Kaizenites like you to break through the average and blaze your own trail?

Good news! I’ve got a trailblazing phenom who’s been through the struggle of “An average life” and who’s left that all behind to embrace a more exciting and more fulfilling future – all this at the ripe old age of 23!

Kaizenites, I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend, Andy Audate.

Andy is a published author, millennial motivational speaker, and serial entrepreneur. He is widely recognized as a captivating speaker with a delivery that is high energy and inspiring.

Raised in a city of impoverishment and a college dropout with little formal education; Andy took a path of entrepreneurship, forcing a course of endless self-education. See what I mean about trailblazing!?

This path has not only allowed him to change his circumstances but allowed him to effectively communicate the desire to be great to others. Right now, Andy CRUSHING it in my neck of the wood in Los Angeles, CA.

Here are a few takeaways from today’s podcast episode with ANDY AUDATE:

  • The opportunity is in the show up.
  • If you don’t have a sense of direction, you won’t get the best out of life.
  • Take care of what’s around you.
  • Plan to work but also work the plan!

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Outline of This Episode

  • [4:30] I welcome my guest, Andy Audate.
  • [4:50] Your life is right now!
  • [10:30] The opportunity is in the show-up.
  • [15:00] Andy talks about how he learned to HUSTLE.
  • [20:30] If you don’t have a sense of direction, you won’t get the best out of life.
  • [24:00] What led Andy to get on his feet in LA? How did he connect with Les Brown?
  • [34:30] How has Andy’s faith moved him along on his journey?
  • [39:00] Why it’s important to learn from older mentors.
  • [41:00] Attracting the right audience with a real brand.
  • [43:00] Plan to work but also work the plan!
  • [45:45] Take care of what’s around you.
  • [49:15] Closing thoughts from Andy.
  • [51:30] Who should connect with Andy?

Blaze your own trail!

Wouldn’t life be easier if we all had that fairy godmother from Disney movies who comes along and waves their magic wand to make all of our dreams come true? Of course, it would! Wake up, my friends, that ain’t gonna happen!

If you want to see a radical change in your life, you’ve got to learn to blaze your own trail.

Do you really think guys like Elon Musk had someone who took them by the hand and nurtured them every step along the way? No! While it’s wise to gather mentors around you who you can learn from, your path is ultimately YOUR responsibility.

One of the most important steps in beginning to blaze your own trail is to get fed up with your current situation. Are you sick and tired of average?

When will you no longer tolerate mediocre results in your life, business, and relationships? How much longer are you willing to “wait” for your raise and handle your employer’s year-after-year BS?

When will you stop telling yourself, “I’m going to wait until my partner finally figures his/her sh*t” out?”

Whatever your pain of “average” is, use it as fuel to move from point A to point B. Until you’ve determined that point A is not a place you want to be, you’ll never do the work necessary to pick yourself up and move to point B!

Kaizenites, I challenge you to look at whatever point A is for you right now and stare it down. Write it out, stick it on the refrigerator or by your computer – get SICK of seeing it so you get off your ass and put in the work to change your situation!

Don’t accept “average” or “normal” – break free!

Tap into a source of strength.

I’ll be real with you Kaizenites, I’m a person of faith. I’m convinced that in order to get things done in life, you’ve got to tap into a source of strength to keep going.

For me, it’s my personal faith. Whatever that is for you – great! I’m not here to judge or to tell you what you need to believe.

Over the course of my career and through all the conversations I’ve had with high capacity leaders and entrepreneurs like Andy Audate, one thing stands out – they all have a source of strength they go to.

Some leaders have a rock-solid marriage that gives them strength while others draw their strength from their friends or mentors. Whatever that is for you, find it, and go to it on a regular basis to keep yourself in the right mindset and ready to take on any struggle that comes your way.

Don’t buy the lie that you can go through life alone! Everyone needs someone or something outside of themselves to keep them going, that’s a good thing – it helps you develop humility.

So what’s your plan? Where will you go in good times and in difficult ones to tap into that source of strength? Take some concrete steps today to identify what that is for you, I promise you – it’s worth it!

Why it’s important to give back and invest in the next generation.

While it’s true that you are ultimately the only one responsible for your success and failure, you’ve got to recognize that we don’t exist in a vacuum!

The American gift of individualism is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s wonderful and it’s helped us invent, explore, innovate, and push boundaries. On the other hand, it can lead to isolation, depression, a lack of community, and a deflated sense of communal responsibility.

I love that classic line from Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” I like to think of individualism as a gift of great responsibility and I want us to use it to further our own dreams but also help others along the way.

Someone at some point gave you an opportunity, a word of encouragement, or a friendly nudge in the right direction. Maybe for you, it was a solid family background that gave you a great start in life or maybe it was the right mentor who helped you see things from a different perspective.

At the end of the day, we all have a responsibility to appreciate those who’ve helped us and to give back and invest in the next generation.

This is exactly what happened for Andy Audate when he connected with renowned speaker, Les Brown. Andy already had a great mindset – he was taking responsibility for his own path and making things happen and then he got the opportunity to connect with Les.

Les was kind enough to pour time and energy into Andy and helped build him up into the successful leader he is today. Remember – it’s a two-way street! Andy’s opportunity with Les would have meant nothing if he hadn’t put in the work to get into the right mindset.

Here is the takeaway, Kaizenites – put in the work BEFORE you get the opportunity and once you’ve established yourself, look for ways to give others a boost!

Another classic saying fits here, “A rising tide lifts all boats!”

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