Creating an Abundant & Sustainable 3-day Weekend Lifestyle
Welcome to another episode of The HERO Show. I am your host Richard Matthews, (@AKATheAlchemist) and you are listening to episode 186 with Wade Galt — Creating an Abundant & Sustainable 3-day Weekend Lifestyle.
Wade helps people create THE LIFE, LIFESTYLE, & LEGACY they most desire personally and professionally. With 15+ experience as a software company founder, corporate consultant, sales implementation coach, and life coach — he helps employees, entrepreneurs, and business owners create a sustainable 4-Day Work Week lifestyle.
Wade has lived ocean-side in North America & South America with his family and enjoys 3-day weekends with his family or at the beach, playing volleyball with friends.
Here’s just a taste of what we talked about today:
3-Day Weekend Lifestyle
The 3-day weekend lifestyle fundamentals applies to students, employees,side-hustlers freelancers, start-ups, solopreneurs, business owners, executives, CEOs & Mentors. The goal is to inspire people to work less, make more and create a lifestyle that they deserve personally & professionally.
Wade’s business is all about helping people grow and understand that if they put in the focus time, they can create a situation where they have time for other things, and be able to balance that.
In Wade’s case, his four days a week of work can be hectic and crazy. But at the same time, the three-day weekends, which he does over 90% of the time, is where he gets to come down and be fully present and disconnect from his superhero ego and be a regular guy who just has a family and enjoys basic, simple things.
Unpacking Wade’s Superpower
Wade’s superpower is to help people not take life seriously, so they can enjoy it. This type of superpower developed over time because of his realization that some people are being driven by what other people would think about them, as well as their insecurities, the tapes in their head, what they’ve been told, and who they’re supposed to be.
He shares that if someone’s default state is not happiness or contentment on some level, then he/she probably is doing something not so accurate or not so effective. It is Wade’s goal to help people see what’s important in their personal life and in their businesses.
Other Topics We Covered on the Show:
- We also talked about gifted vs. bright individuals and the importance of giving yourself permission to play.
- Then we talked about Wade’s fatal flaw in his business. One thing he struggled with the most is having that level of self-acceptance to be a perfect Dad for his children. He is still in the process of overcoming this type of flaw as his children grow up and ask for some breaks and alone time.
- People’s self-judgment and not being clear about their vision is Wade’s arch-nemesis in his business.
- Wade’s personal heroes are his Dad who is an entrepreneur that constantly showed him how to build a business, his mom who always inspires him, his wife who willingly stayed at home for their family, and many more people.
- Lastly, two principles that Wade lives by every day are: to be considerate and persistent.
Wade mentioned the following book/s on the show.
- High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
The HERO Challenge
Today on the show, Wade Galt challenged Alex Sanfilippo to be a guest on The HERO Show. Wade thinks that Alex is a fantastic person to interview because he is a brilliant entrepreneur who is still growing and still evolving, he definitely has an amazing story to share on the show.
How To Stay Connected with Wade Galt
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With that… let’s go and listen to the full episode…
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Richard Matthews 0:01
Heroes are an inspiring group of people, every one of them from the larger than life comic book heroes you see on the big silver screen, the everyday heroes that let us live the privileged lives we do. Every hero has a story to tell, the doctor saving lives at your local hospital, the war veteran down the street, who risked his life for our freedom to the police officers, and the firefighters who risked their safety to ensure ours every hero is special and every story worth telling. But there was one class of heroes that I think is often ignored the entrepreneur, the creator, the producer, the ones who look at the problems in this world and think to themselves, you know what I can fix that I can help people I can make a difference. And they go out and do exactly that by creating a new product or introducing a new service. Some go on to change the world, others make a world of difference to their customers. Welcome to the Hero Show. Join us as we pull back the masks on the world’s finest hero preneurs and learn the secrets to their powers their success and their influence. So you can use those secrets to attract more sales, make more money, and experience more freedom in your business. I’m your host, Richard Matthews, and we are on in 3…2…1…
Richard Matthews 0:56
Hello and welcome back to the Hero Show. My name is Richard Matthews. And today I have live on the line Wade Galt. Wade, are you there?
Wade Galt 1:03
I’m here. Happy to be here, man. Thanks so much for having me.
Richard Matthews 1:06
Awesome. Glad to have you here. So where are you calling in from today?
Wade Galt 1:09
Richard Matthews 1:11
Naples. I got to go there last year during the pandemic. It was a very pretty town. I was not expecting that down there. But it’s right outside of Everglades, right?
Wade Galt 1:20
Yeah, just outside the Everglades by the beach. So it’s not that big of a place but very cool. A lot of nice people and the beaches nearby which I love.
Richard Matthews 1:30
So if you want to know the trigger memory I have for Naples because we travel. When I pulled the slide out in my RV when we parked, we parked right at the edge of the Everglades there next to Naples. And I pulled the slide out and the slide topper exploded off of the side of my RV and caused a bunch of damage on the side of the RV and I had to drive into Naples four or five times to get parts and get fiberglass repair stuff. And I did fiberglass repair on the side of my RV in an afternoon so I could get this light in and out. So that’s my memory of Naples.
Wade Galt 2:06
We’ll have to get you a better one next time.
Richard Matthews 2:09
Yeah, that end because we were in the Everglades. I thought mosquitoes were bad in Central Florida but you get down there, they’re like a black sky of death that come in and just take your children away.
Wade Galt 2:22
It’s a good excuse if you’re looking like get rid of your children. But yes, it can be a lot.
Richard Matthews 2:26
Yeah. Awesome. So what I want to do before we get too far into this is just go over your bio for my audience who may not know who you are. So Wade teaches entrepreneurs and professionals to create an abundant and sustainable three-day weekend lifestyle, which is super cool. So they can better enjoy their family friends in life. You got 20 years plus software company, founder, Business Growth coach, and author of books on business growth, finance, personal growth, parenting, and spirituality. He and his family live in Oceanside in North America and South America. And he enjoys his three-day weekends and Fridays at the beach, playing volleyball with friends plus weekends with his family. So with that very brief introduction, Wade, why don’t you tell us a little about what your business is and does and who you serve?
Wade Galt 3:07
Sure. So I serve entrepreneurs and historically, I’ve cut my teeth who grew up in the insurance agency industry. And those are also entrepreneurs. And in some ways have perhaps a steadier business model than most, but they have a more invested model. So if you’re an insurance agency owner, you have a brick and mortar business, usually, you have people, you are invested, you don’t get to side hustle it, you got to do it. And so I’ve grown up in that industry, helping them with everything from recruiting sales coaching, work in a 3-day weekend lifestyle, four-day workweek type situation, compensating their team members that involve the software company that I created to help them compensate and motivate team members and create a great work environment for team members. So all around just running a small business of anywhere from five to 20 people. And that’s what I grew up doing. And I was blessed to and have been blessed to work with a lot of really awesome people in that business model. If you do it well, you’re looking out for people looking to help with their basic finances. And then I got to work with the insurance and the owners and just see the pattern that really money is an amplifier. I mean, you’ve probably experienced this, if you’re not that happy, it’s not going to make you happier, it’s just going to perhaps have you have happier or cooler toys. And if you’re happy it’s going to hopefully create more happy experiences or happy experiences with cooler toys. But at the end of the day, happiness is separate from money and so I got to see how important time investments were for people whether or not parents invested time with their kids or not. And what that meant to the kids how that played out. Whether or not business owners would invest time with their employees or not as far as training them and developing them versus throwing a couple of videos out of them in a book and saying okay, go to it. So, for me, a lot of it’s been about helping people grow and understand that if you put in the focus time, you can then usually create a situation where you have time for other things, and can balance that. And in my case, my four days a week can be kind of hectic and crazy at times, and we have kids. So there are all sorts of things going on and dropping off and picking up. But at the same time, for me, the three day weekends, which I do over 90% of the time, is where I get to come down and be fully present and disconnect from that type A, I guess, superhero ego of mine, and just kind of be the regular guy who just has a family and enjoys basic, simple things.
Richard Matthews 5:39
Yeah, I’ve been the same way I have been running my business, four days a week for maybe three years now. A little longer, possibly, I can’t remember exactly when I started making that cut over. I’ve talked about it on this show a lot about one of my fatal flaws was a lack of self-care. And it presented mostly in having a terrible relationship with time. Namely, I was letting my time walk all over me. And early in my entrepreneurial career, I thought that the only way to grow was to work more. And since you’re never really done as an entrepreneur, I just worked until I fell asleep. Which was not a great way to run your business or grow your business or have a good lifestyle with your family. And I started getting into this idea of like, what happens if I start applying creative restrictions to my time, what happens if I only work five days a week? Or what if I only work eight hours a day, what happens? And eventually, that got down to what happens if I work four hours a day, four days a week. And I found that doing that in my business dramatically increased the productivity that I have because it forces you to focus on what’s next. And it dramatically increased my growth and increased my team size and increased everything we do in our business by applying those creative restrictions. And it gives us the ability to have those 3 day weekends all the time.
Wade Galt 7:18
Yeah, it’s funny, a lot of people think it’s easier to work four days, it’s actually harder. And you know that so if you’ve done it because you don’t get to do that thing. You talk about your relationship with time mine is similar. I’m the guy that thinks that I can make the 15-minute drive in five minutes, because everything’s five minutes, and then you show up five to 10 minutes, like, oh, God, it was the light. No, you’re 10 minutes late, it wasn’t one light. And as entrepreneurs with time, especially if we don’t have children or spouses that are saying, hey, we miss you, or are you ready to do something now? It’s so easy just to keep throwing time at it. And it’s not intended to be this obsessive or zero balanced lifestyle, it’s just meant to be, Oh, I’m going to get the result. But as we all know, the results sometimes take longer than we think. And if you don’t put a creative restriction on hey, I’m going to stop work at six o’clock every day, or whatever it might be, well, six o’clock turns into 9 pm very quickly. And oops, you just miss time with the kids, you stepped inside for dinner, maybe technically you were there, but you weren’t fully there because your head was somewhere else. And so just for me, these are the times as a parent, our children are 15 and 12. These are the times that we most want to enjoy. And having watched a lot of entrepreneurs that make the majority of their income much later in their career. Because just like compounding investing, the better you get, usually we’re not athletes, our productivity decreases, we used to get better over time. So I’ve seen these people where they’re making so much money later. And they didn’t need as much earlier, they need more time when their kids were just with their youth of being able to do things I’m about to turn 50 there are things I can’t do that I used to be able to do. And so from that perspective, a lot of what I do is help people realize what is most important. And to your point with what you’re doing slowly, pretty gradually simply start putting some time restrictions and getting clear about what you really want to accomplish. Rather than just saying, Well, I’m supposed to work 40 hours a week, I’m supposed to a certain amount of time, in order to feel good or to feel responsible. And the challenges you give people as if you’re looking at this from the lens of well, I’m being lazy if I don’t work 40 hours or I’m in some way slacking. So okay, well then now, especially if let’s say even as a citizen, from volunteering or as a parent from time with your kids, what might else you be slacking on that’s not work? Because if you only look at work, you say well then I’ve got to put all my time there. But if you have other dimensions to your life and most of us do, and hopefully you do, then you realize if you overwork, you’re actually doing it wrong. And people whoa, I thought it was hustling. I thought, if I’m hustling, I’ve got to be a good guy. No, you can over hustle, you can do it wrong, you can miss out. There are so many books about dads, there are the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon, the song by Harry Chapin, of people just missing out. And the sad thing is when you see people that miss out, not because they’re mean, or greedy, or selfish, or don’t love their kids or their family, because they’re just distracted. They’re just missing a variable. And there are some people that say, no, wait, I just want to keep working. That’s a different story. So for me, the people that I really have to make sure I connect with are not so much trying to change people. But the people are saying, Wait, I’m trying to do it right. I’m trying to balance it all. But it feels like I’m missing something. And sometimes as an entrepreneur, we think that doing five projects is going to get the best result when sometimes one is actually going to do that.
Richard Matthews 11:02
And I think the thing that’s helped me the most to make that transition over the last several years is redefining what I thought success was for my day, not success in my life, but what a successful day looks like. And it used to be, a successful day as I’ve gotten as much accomplished as possible. And I realized that didn’t lead to the life that I wanted. And I apply this to lots of things in my life, but it’s, I just need to make progress today. And if I made progress, then I’ve had a successful day. And I sort of apply that thinking to everything. We’re working on renovation projects in our RV right now. When you’re living full time in an RV and traveling, doing what we do, doing a renovation project on it, while you’re living in a small space is very difficult. Like yesterday, I pulled out six nails that I needed to pull out. I was like, that’s it, I’m done, I’m gonna move on. It wasn’t a big thing. But it’s progress. And then later today, I’ll probably pull off the velcro that’s all glued down to get done. But it’s little bits of progress. And I do the same thing with my business, I’m working right now on a big marketing piece that’s got a lot of little moving pieces that have to go together. And every day, I’m just like, okay, I got the video in bed done today. Okay, I got the Table of Contents done today, okay, I got this other thing of the day. And if I get one thing done, doesn’t even have to be big, I get one thing done, I’ve made progress. And that progress over time, snowballs. And I realized if you make that one thing, something that is driving towards your larger goals. And make sure it’s on that line of these are the things that are important, then you don’t have to put in 100 hours a day. 100 hours a day is obviously hyperbole. But when you put in that kind of time, a lot of what you’re doing is not on that important line. And you could get the same result if you took all that stuff out and put that time into the other things in your life that you find valuable.
Wade Galt 13:10
Yeah, absolutely. I find that if I were to say to you, look, Richard, I’m going to work out once and I’m going to get my perfect body. You’d laugh, I’d laugh, we’d know that doesn’t happen. And yet sometimes in business, we convince ourselves that there’s a different set of laws. If you understand farming, we know there’s seasonality, but more than seasonality. There’s you invest, it takes time, it takes resources, and it grows. And for some reason, we want this shorter path or this quicker path. And yet, as you said, it doesn’t happen that way. And definitely for me when I’ve looked at my journey, just as a human being, whenever I forget that I’m a multi-dimensional human being, then it’s easy to say, oh, I made progress and work today. That’s all needs to be done. But if I realize there’s a body, a heart, the mind, spirit, there are all these different parts, there’s family, there are friends, then you realize oh, I didn’t do this today. I didn’t go for my bike ride today. I didn’t meditate today, or whatever it is that makes you happy. You can go for a walk in nature. You realize, okay, well then, today, I really didn’t do it the best way 10 hours doing one thing and missing out on two or three other things isn’t best. And sometimes it needs to be done. As you know sometimes if we have a deadline that’s coming up, and we’ve said we’re gonna deliver by a certain deadline, there is being an adult and saying yes, I said I do that. And even it’s uncomfortable. I’ll make sure I have that happen. But that’s very different than having a lifestyle that constantly creates that indefinitely to your point, the more things I put on, then I begin to become fatigued mentally. And then I don’t make good decisions. And so sometimes I know for me, there’s sort of a time when I know I’m off if I hit towards the end of the day, and I started gravitating towards my social media business account, so social media business count. So now I’m productive, it’s business, but I’m still in there. I’m just reading other people’s content, there’s nothing wrong with strategically going in and supporting my friends who are also posting content. I’m not so extremist to say, well, if you’re reading somebody else’s content you’re losing. If you want to have relationships with people, they’re not just going to support your posts if you don’t support theirs. But I’m talking about just going in and kind of like, okay, well, I’ve got another hour, I’ve got to be working. So I’m just gonna go in there, I’m gonna hit click, and hit click, and it feels like working. And maybe I’m getting a little bit done. But I’d probably be better off just calling it a day, and coming in the next day fresher. And to your point, knowing what are those eight to 10 things? What are the eight steps I need to take to get to that one project? And did I get another step done today?
Richard Matthews 15:42
Yeah, and I think it does a lot to really understand what you want out of your life, and there’s nothing wrong with putting stuff off in your business, to make sure that you are having lunch with your kids. That’s one of my top things or, taking a scooter ride with your wife in the morning. And that is an okay decision to make. And I think more entrepreneurs didn’t give themselves permission to do that. And part of the reason I think that is it’s for whatever reason, we like to think to ourselves that I’m going to accomplish all of my goals in a year, or whatever the short timeframe is. And the reality is, like you said, skills compound over time, and the effort that you wouldn’t compound over time. And if you would give yourself 10 years to accomplish your goals. You would A be more likely to achieve them and B enjoy your life more along the way. So that’s sort of where I’m at. And I realized over the last 10 years, I went from being a nobody to being world-class. And it’s an interesting thing that you can do that. It doesn’t matter what place you’re in if you spend 10 years doing something, you can become world-class at it because most people won’t. So that’s where my thinking comes on that.
Wade Galt 17:14
Yeah, I think definitely to something and I don’t know how I got this, this came from just me sometimes you read enough stuff, and you don’t know who to quote, but it really wasn’t a quote, you just kind of threw enough good information at you. And then finally grasp something. And for me, it was this idea that if I give myself a year to do something that’s really important, it feels like this really huge challenge. If I give myself 10 years, it feels inevitable. So long as I’m willing to put in the work, and then the question becomes, well, are you willing to put in the work for 10 years? Okay, then it’s probably not that important. Raising children? I’m willing to do that. Okay. Yeah, I’m willing to put in the work even when I don’t feel like it. Even when it’s not sexy, even when I’m not getting shoutouts on social media. Yeah, I’ll do that.
Richard Matthews 17:57
Even barfed on in the middle of the night?
Wade Galt 17:59
Absolutely, being willing to do that, and saying that those are truly the two or three things that are that important. And realizing that the other things come and go. And I’m human, like everybody else, it’s nice to get recognition, it’s nice to get told you’re awesome. And even as a podcast host, we get these interactions with people, which is kind of almost surreal, where you meet somebody. And because you know, the other person on the other side of the mic is somebody who has good intentions and whatnot. And you understand the overall process, you kind of go in deeper and share a little bit more than you would in a normal situation if somebody just met at a party, because otherwise, this would be very self-indulgent for you and I sit here. She’s like, well, here’s what I do. Here’s what I do. I’m awesome. You’re awesome. We’re all awesome. And yet, it’s one of those things that if you’re committed to helping people with it, you’ll go into that uncomfortable space. And yet, at the same time, there’s a sense of having to pull back and say, okay, yeah, well, the interview is really fun. As you and I both know, there’s the production, the editing the all the other pieces that either you have to do yourself, or make money somehow to have somebody else help you do that. And again, are you willing to do those pieces? And if the answer is like, Yeah, I’ll do that. Then great. But to your point about, the work, let’s call them the 12 to 15 hour days, and what are those things you’re doing in those last three hours that if you didn’t get done, or in those last five hours, it wouldn’t have mattered. Start seeing how you can take those off because I can promise you, you’re not going to wish you spent less time with your kids, you’re not going to wish you spend less time with your friends with your family, your loved ones, whatever word it is, and also doing activities that you enjoy. I made that mistake of thinking that as a new father that the best thing I could do was to stop playing beach volleyball. So I could be as present as possible for my wife and our child. And it was almost creepy like okay, Wade six years not playing my sport. And in my case, not have that physical release not having time with friends. I became grouchier and grouchy is a very light word for it. So again with the best intentions, but poor strategy, I was again missing out on even just that day, and somewhere I got this from somebody, the idea of if you have a good day today and a good day tomorrow and a good day the next day, you’ll have a good life. It doesn’t have to be this huge thing on a board with all these accomplishments. And so yeah, I love your idea of looking to make every day just better or living in alignment with who you are not so much your whole life, the whole life’s a lot, you’re not gonna live that in one day is what Howard Jones said. So just a little bit of time.
Richard Matthews 20:35
Yeah. And there are two things you said I want to pull out of that first one was, are you willing to put in the work for 10 years? I love that. Because I’ve always told people, I was like, we vastly overestimate what we can accomplish in a year and vastly underestimate what we can accomplish in 10. I really like that, just like the additional thinking of like, if you’re going to do it, are you willing to put in the effort for 10 years, because if you’re not, it’s probably not worth doing. We run a podcasting agency, I personally know about all the effort that goes into podcasting, and we do all the work for podcasters. So they don’t have to do anything, but show up for the interview, which is the fun part. And that’s why I run my podcast the way I do because I only show for the interviews, part I enjoy, and my agency takes care of everything else, which is cool. That’s my own shameless plug for Push Button Podcasts. But the point there is, having that system in place allows me to know that, hey, this show The Hero Show is something that I’m willing to put in the 10 years for, I will interview people a couple of times a week for 10 years because I enjoy that process. And I know the impact that will make, just the body of content that it’ll create over that course of time, I’m willing to put in that effort, because I have something to back that up. So I’m behind that. That’s the first thing. And then the second thing you said, which I think was really brilliant, is learning to take time for yourself the things that you enjoy. And I think a lot of times, especially as entrepreneurs, we like to imagine that we are selfless, and we’re giving our value to the world. And that’s why we run the show is to show entrepreneurs that that’s what they do, cuz a lot of times, that’s a problem we have. And then somehow in that process of learning to give the value, we have to each other we forget about ourselves. To quote the air airlines, you got to put the mask on yourself first, before you put it on someone else. And I know you hear all the time, especially in the parenting world, you should live vicariously through your kids. And help them do whatever they want to do. And one of the things that I’ve held very staunchly too with my kids and with my family is like, hey, you are coming along the journey with me on my life. And I’m teaching you how to live is what I’m doing. I’m not living for you. And I get some pushback from other parents on this, but if my son wants to be in gymnastics, and I want to do something else with myself and my wife and something that we’re doing, and he has to take off gymnastics, or can only do it for a little bit of time, you’ll be an adult at some point, if you want to keep doing that you can practice you can do things when you get to be an adult, we’ll help you and support you. But right now, this is what we’re doing as a family. And showing them that you are allowed to pursue your own passions. That’s part of what life is, I don’t really know how to put that other than, you are allowed to be important in your life.
Wade Galt 23:41
Absolutely. And if you don’t do that, you’ll resent them. There were times where I did resent my kids. And it wasn’t their fault. They’re two and five. And I’m resenting them, because as if they did something when it was how my wife and I set things up primarily me how I decided I wanted things to be. And when I wasn’t getting out of what I thought I would, then somewhere in my mind, it was their fault. And it wasn’t their fault. It was me simply making choices like anything else, you make choices, sometimes they don’t work out your way. And that’s fine. But being clear about what I most want, at least going forward as best as I can, and modeling that for our children. And it sounds you’re doing the same. And I have a friend of mine. He’s been traveling a lot with his kids. And again, just showing them just by demonstration, this is a possibility, you might decide you still want to go back to a corporate job in a cubicle 40 hours a week for the rest. Great, God bless, there’s nothing wrong with that. I just want you to understand that this is a possibility. And I want you to kind of see a little what it is that I do to make it happen. I mean, you might take a course on a specific tactic like how to maximize SEO, you’re not gonna have to take a course on how to live life or how to be an entrepreneur I’m going to show you, and then you can run with that and do what you like?
Richard Matthews 24:59
Yeah, I like that. Essentially that’s the way I approach parenting in general is I’m going to show you how I live life. And if sometimes that means you have to sacrifice some of the things that you want to do now that’s okay, because that’s a part of life too. And when you get to be an adult, you’ll know how to run your own life, because we showed you. So I want to talk a little bit about your superpowers in your life, we talk on this show, every iconic hero has a superpower, whether that’s super strength, or the ability to call down the thunder from the sky, or, genius intellect. In the real world, heroes have what I call a zone of genius, which is either a skill or a set of skills that you were born with, or that you developed over the course of time that really help you slay your villains or help the people in your life slay their villains. And the way I like to frame it is we look at all the skills that you’ve developed over the course of your life, there’s probably one skill that sort of ties all those together is the common thread, like the thing that underpins all of those things. And a common thread is where you find your superpower. So with that sort of framing, what do you think your superpower is?
Wade Galt 26:07
Whether it’s inside work outside work, otherwise, I help people not take life seriously, so they can enjoy it.
Richard Matthews 26:24
I was gonna say it’s an interesting superpower, I’ve never heard anyone say that on the show. So I want to unpack a little bit and find out what do you mean by taking life too seriously?
Wade Galt 26:34
Okay, so I was slash M, and can be intense. In the old school, they’d say you are gifted. And that’s a nice way of saying people think oh, my child’s gifted, she read enough books, remember watching the police reading a book, the curse of the gifted child, like, we’re kind of a little nutty. Everything has to be a certain way. Everything’s supposed to be perfect. We think we know everything, there are just so many different things. And my daughter’s like this. So it’s great, I get to see it, I get to watch it. And so there’s a lot of seriousness, for me at least, about how things should be real simple, quick story. So I was raised, Catholic, and there’s so much I’ve gotten from that. And I’m in maybe second grade, and I’m coming back from Sunday school with my cousin. And we’re being dropped off at our house by my aunt. And my cousin is doing cartwheels. And my mom, like you do not believe what they did to Jesus, they put them on this thing. And they put nails in and there was blood in there. Like, I’m like that intense kid. The whole thing freaked me out, just the whole story and all that. And so I’m like, we got to fix this. And there are people starving. So for me, that can awaken my compassion to realize, yes, there are other people and we want to do well with them and help people around the world and help people get food and water and all this stuff. But there’s a part to me that gets so serious with that. That’s like, nope, you know what, I’ve got to just put my head down for the next 50 years and work as best I can. And maybe someday, something positive will happen. And then with that, and this is an editorial, but I believe there’s a level of seriousness people have just in what did you say? You offended me, Why did you do that? And I’m not talking about people intentionally trying to hurt people. And I am all about trying to use words that are gentler for people that we don’t intentionally hurt people. But I think there are certain things like I fart, sometimes shocker. I’m a guy, I’m a person, it’s okay. I’m not going to do it in church while the pastors or priests are speaking. But if I can accept some of my humanity, and my God, I’m always on stage. And I’ve always got to be worried about what they’re thinking, and so I meet a lot of people that that’s what’s driving them. They’re not getting to drive their life. They don’t have their hands on the wheels, their insecurities, the tapes in their head, what they’ve been told, who they’re supposed to be, that’s driving who they are. And so they don’t get to relax on a weekend and I’m not talking about anything inappropriate.
Richard Matthews 29:17
They don’t give themselves permission to play.
Wade Galt 29:19
They don’t give themselves permission to play. Like, no, I’ve got to do this. I’m 49 now, and the world needs to be taken. And yes, there are certain times if you’re an adult, you certainly know there are certain times where you have to show up as an adult and behave as an adult and do certain things. But I just think a lot of people whether it’s the seriousness of the entrepreneur that thinks they need to know everything in their business, instead of being able to say hey, I don’t know everything and we are going to figure this out. The parent that thinks they have to know everything and so it’s because I said so and I know this and I know that and again, I used to think these people were control freaks or and maybe somebody could say yeah, on some level they perhaps are, but what I would find it and I have this too, that’s why I’m aware of it is, it’s that sense of love, or wanting to do good that gets so passionate that it becomes almost self-deprecating, or perfectionist to the point where we won’t accept anything less than perfection. And we’re humans, it’s not going to work out that way. So you’re already hosed before you start and you’re not going to be happy. And so for me, temporary happiness is certainly not the only measure of life, because there are certain things you can do that will make you temporarily happy, they’re not good in the long run. Overall, whether you want to call it fulfillment, joy, some people call it bliss, your default state. If your default state is not happiness or contentment on some level, then to me, we’re probably doing something not so accurate or not so and I don’t mean morally wrong, but just not effective, if that makes sense. So I help people do that, in their personal life and in their business to say what’s really most important, let’s get those things right. And then the other stuff, we’ll do our best, but we’re not going to get it all right. And can we allow ourselves that because then that allows a whole lot of freedom, to be us and to be imperfect, and to be human and to make mistakes and to try. And as an entrepreneur, if you can’t make mistakes, and can’t accept that you can’t be an entrepreneur, you can do it once.
Richard Matthews 31:22
Yeah, failure are stepping stones to success.
Wade Galt 31:26
Richard Matthews 31:28
So there are two things you brought up in your stories that I want to touch on one of them is, you talked about being a gifted child, and our gifted individual. And I wanted to touch on that, because this is a discussion I had with my wife who’s got a degree in education, like educating young children. And something that I didn’t realize until she pointed it out to me. And so you know, IQ comes on a spectrum of low IQ numbers all the way up to high IQ numbers. And when you get into the higher IQs, like the 120 Plus IQ ranges. In education, they split those into two different subcategories. One of them they call gifted children, and the other one they call bright children. And so I didn’t know this, but it’s really interesting to know if you are in the gifted category, because a lot of times you look at yourself and think, well, I’m crazy, because I don’t act like the rest of everyone else. But in the category of smart people, the overwhelming majority of people who have high IQs are bright. And the way they define that is, if you ask a bright person a question, they will then give you the answer. These are the people that go up, show up on Jeopardy, and win a million dollars over and over again, because they know all the answers to everything all the time. My wife’s that way, she’s very bright. And she knows all the things. And if she doesn’t know the thing, she can figure the thing out, that’s what a bright person does. And then the same high IQ, if they’re a gifted child, if you ask them a question, what they’re gonna respond with is not an answer to the question. But they’re going to ask you a question. Why are you asking that? What’s important about it? And they don’t give a damn about the answer. What they care a lot about are the motivations and the reasons and the underpinnings. And what’s interesting about that, the whole thing is that you’re gifted, high IQ individuals represent generally less than 10% of the population whereas bright individuals represent 90 plus percent of the population of the smart people. And you definitely know when you have a gifted kid in your life, or a gifted person because they’re more interested in the questions and the underpinnings than the not. Anyways, I never knew that about myself or knew that they made those types of delineations. And when my wife pointed that out to me, it’s just sort of helped click a lot of things into place about how I interacted with the world. So I don’t know if that’s helpful at all. But that’s a useful thing to know about the world.
Wade Galt 34:10
Yeah, it’s not a low-maintenance thing. And we would watch some of the parents trying to get their kids tested so they can prove they were gifted, so they could be on a certain educational track. And my sister happens to be a teacher. And so she would just Wade is gifted, and she might have told me, I might have missed it. Because maybe I was not interested in what she was saying. But the whole bright versus gifted thing, but the way I tell people to look, on an IQ test, yes, I would score high. Socially, I was an idiot. And in some ways, so sometimes I’m a little more intentionally not, I mean, laissez-faire about it, as opposed to an idiot these days, not as concerned. But I think sometimes people think, oh, that must be great. And there is that at least for me, a saying that I’d heard years ago was, for whom much is given much as expected. And there’s kind of that sense of, well, okay, well, you’re smart, you must be able to do these things you must figure out these things or you can figure this out. And the thing that I found, at least that’s missing from that is, you still really can’t change people, people still do what they want to do. So as I like to joke, I have a master’s degree in psychology, all these years of coaching a wife, two children, and two dogs, not that I have them, but they’re in my life, and I still can’t get the dog to poop where I want. So that’s what all those credentials mean for me, I mean, obviously, there’s good to those, but to be able to make something to force an outcome. That’s, I think, the humility of the person that is whether they’re brighter, gifted or just concede things to say, well, yeah, but they’re still people get to choose. And so what we think might be best or not might be able to be some and make happen.
Richard Matthews 35:55
With us interesting, too, is whether you’re brighter, gifted, or not, all of those things come with their own superpowers and their own fatal flaws, which is one of the reasons why we talked about this show. But the other thing that you mentioned was, you didn’t say it exactly like this, but sometimes you have to be an adult. And so we talked about how important it is to give yourself permission to play. But the other times you have to really get stuff done, if you said, you’re gonna do something, you need to do it, you have deadlines, you got to make stuff happen. And I think part of the misconception people have in their head about this whole, how do I balance that work, life thing is we have the metaphor that always gets used is that legal scale. The trying to get your work and life into this weird balance. And the problem I’ve always had with that is, it’s an impossibility one, and it doesn’t really reflect a life well. So it’s a poor metaphor. And because it’s a poor metaphor, we end up making poor decisions, because we base things on that, like I’m trying to get to this magical work, life balance. And I found for myself, at least a much better metaphor is to think of your work-life balance more along the lines of the way that rubber band works. So a rubber band has two states, It’s either sitting there, and it’s not doing anything, it’s rest, or it’s being stretched. And if you want to make forward progress, you stretch the rubber band. You go on one side and it rockets forward, but the state immediately following rocketing forward, state of rest, and you have to go back and forth between having the times where you were putting in the effort and doing things and sometimes as an entrepreneur, you’re like, I’ve got to hit this deadline or get this project done. You might work six days, 10 hour days to hit a deadline, get it all done. But if you keep that pace up, you’ll break that rubber band, and it won’t go anywhere, because you’ve broken it. But at the same time of giving yourself permission to play. To take the time to rest, you also had to give yourself permission sometimes to stretch and work hard. And I think that metaphor, at least for me works a lot better.
Wade Galt 38:10
Absolutely. I think one of the things and you know, Batman’s probably my favorite hero in some ways. And I’ve learned to appreciate a lot of the different heroes, but I just love that he’s human. But if you do any following of Batman, you realize he’s going, and then he’s got to recover because he’s not from Krypton. He literally has to heal, because he just went out and he did his thing for 8, 10, 12 hours, or two days, or whatever it is. And obviously, that’s not a lot of your episodes is watching him sleep. But he’s human. And understand that if he doesn’t do that he can’t keep up that pace.
Richard Matthews 38:53
Yeah, and we’re the same way, we need to take take the time, and I’m not sure why it is. But we find at least in the entrepreneur space more people struggle with giving themselves permission to play than permission to work. So that’s why we talk so much about the one side but anyways, that’s I think, is a better metaphor. So if your superpower is to help people not to take life so seriously, And to use the language we were just talking about, give themselves permission to play a little bit. The flipside of your superpower is always the fatal flaw. So just like Superman has his kryptonite, or wonder woman can’t remove her bracelets of victory without going mad. You probably have something you struggled with in your life something that has kept your business from growing the way that you might like. For me, we mentioned this earlier, I struggled with lack of self-care. You know presented is not having a good relationship with my time not having good relationships with my clients, didn’t have good boundaries. also struggle with perfectionism for a long time, which I thought was a high standard and you realize that if you’re never shipping product, it’s actually no standard at all, it’s pretty terrible. But I think more important than what the flaw is how have you worked to overcome it? So people who are listening might learn a little bit from you?
Wade Galt 40:04
Sure. So for me, it’s been somewhat of a level of self acceptance around needing myself to be a perfect dad. And dad’s a pretty big role, parents, moms, dads, it’s a pretty big role. For me, feeling I have to do it perfectly to the point that when, if I’m away for work, and feel like, okay, I’m supposed to be at home, or if I’m not fully present, or not allowing myself that times, and I’ve gotten better at this more recently, perhaps it’s because also our children have gotten older, and now they’re more independent and actually asked for breaks, okay, like, some quiet time or whatnot. And I feel like, oh, wow, I get to go work now. So I kind of went so far, and it’s a little bit of there’s seriousness in there, there’s this sense of, okay, I’ve got to be the perfect dad. Otherwise, I’m going to screw them up. Because I’m pretty aware of what can go on. But there’s that idea that no matter what happens again, we’re all humans, we’re all going to have some sort of wound of whatever it might be. So for me, it’s been that self acceptance of, can I accept myself actually, as the parent, as am I doing well enough? Because that’s where for me initially, that answer, which was misguided was, okay, I need to be fully present, fully available. And I almost made making money and progress and success. Not a bad thing, but an unnecessary thing. And I can look back and say, Well, gosh, you know what wouldn’t have been bad if I made it to zero to all my income, that wouldn’t hurt my family, I still value certain things. So I think I kind of thought smaller, because I was so afraid of becoming the guy, or the entrepreneur, that couldn’t stop, that I shied away from thinking bigger, so I was afraid, okay, if I think bigger, I’m going to get into something really big, I’m going to get seduced by it, I’m gonna get so into it. So I’m gonna forget about my family, my kids. And so it’s that whole concept of, hopefully, we can move towards something rather than try to avoid something or move away from something. So for me, it’s been more about, okay, how can I simply be the best dad, the best human being the best person I can do, and help as many people as I can, and be open to what that looks like. And it might be that that’s me helping millions of people in a small way, which sounds so again, exhilarating, and awesome. Or it could be something as simple as I’m going to help 10 people this year, but I’m gonna help them in a way that makes a huge impact. So somewhere between that perfectionistic borderline, perfect dad, savior complex, have to save the world have to help millions of people just that expectation, way up here, that the constant measuring on myself was here. So at times, at least as an internal reference point and say, How am I doing? I’ve always felt I’ve done pretty well as a dad. But as an entrepreneur, at times, I made it harder on myself than it needed to be because I created these standards, almost like maybe even the way Superman would approach the world of No, I have to be perfect. Instead of acknowledging, yes, there are still these parts in me, that aren’t gonna be perfect. So just being hard on myself to the point and again, being too serious with myself taking myself too seriously. I saw something recently on a post by Dr. Daniel Amen, which I thought was great. And he called it the 18, 4, 60 rule. He says at 18. You don’t care, assuming you’re worried about what everybody thinks about you, at 40 years old, you don’t care what anybody thinks about you. And at 60, you realize nobody was really thinking about you that much in the first place. You’re just, not a bad way. But it’s not like everybody’s looking at you like what are you doing? So from that perspective, just taking life a little less seriously is my challenge. That’s why I guess I’m so in tune with that.
Richard Matthews 43:57
Yeah, it’s a really interesting place to be because what’s interesting is nobody puts those expectations on you. Either way, you put those on yourself. And they were internal expectations. And we all do that. Where it’s like, this is how expect myself to be as a dad, and this is how I expect myself to be as an entrepreneur. And a lot of that comes from the stories we either here or we tell ourselves or have been told about what is the successful entrepreneur look like? And a successful entrepreneur is they’re pouring oil on the duck’s and they’re ignoring their family, and they’re sacrificing everything for the dollar. Which is a sad story, but it’s also not a true story like there can there can be people who do that. And it’s a story that people can choose. But it’s not the only one. And it’s interesting that we have those internal like, I can’t push myself in the entrepreneurial space because I might end up in this story, but what’s interesting is the moment that you choose to think, well, I can still be successful, but I don’t have to follow that path. So like, you’ve already made a different choice. And the same thing with being a father, because I got four kids, my oldest is just about to be 12 in a couple of weeks, which is crazy. I’m not sure I’m ready for a teenager. But I constantly have the thought in my head, like, how badly am I royally effing them up? Because especially we’re doing really different stuff, then the quote unquote, normal families, because we’re traveling full time, they’re living tiny, they’re moving all over the place. They got friends all over the world kind of thing. That’s not a normal thing. So I regularly get asked the question from other people who aren’t living my life, they’re like, how are you handling this parenting thing doing what you do? So I constantly have to answer that question as a regular part of life because of what we’ve chosen to do. And realizing that one of the benefits I have, is that there’s not a lot of expectation in my head, about how a family should be run, or how you should be a dad in this situation, cuz there’s not a lot of stories to reference on it. So it’s like a sub benefit that I don’t have these stories that I’m holding myself up to. It’s just like charting my own path kind of thing. But in the entrepreneur space. I do that a lot, too. I’m like, I don’t want end up in this place. And I always have to come back to what are my rules for success? So what I do is I always work on, can I ask myself a better question. How can I get that goal and still achieve these things? How can I double my business this year, and still have lunch every day with my kids? And then when you start asking yourself questions like that, you start realizing that, hey, you can write your own story.
Wade Galt 47:12
Yeah, that’s so huge for me, I look at when we were moving back and forth to Peru, my wife’s from Peru. And what we would do is, since they’re south of the hemisphere, their summers are winter. So what we would do is we would rent out our place here and go down to Peru. And the first couple of times, we had to put some of our stuff in storage, so we could rent our place furnished. And afterward, each time we declutter more. And so we kind of got used to going back and forth. That was a very cool process. I enjoyed it a lot. First of all, just the idea that we did that is something that, as you said, is not traditional, not what a lot of people are doing. And yet there were so many beautiful things we got to experience as a result of that. And yet, it was something that if I had to help myself to what it’s supposed to look like, it would have been very difficult to do that. Because some of the decisions we made no financial sense. But they made life sense. And that was something we were moving towards, that was a very clear thing to us like we’re gonna move towards this. And at certain times, it costs us extra money. But then, at least from my experience, or my perspective as an entrepreneur is, I don’t know how much money I’m supposed to make or not make, sometimes money shows up, but I wonder how the heck you got here. And sometimes I work my tail off and nothing comes back. So this idea of pretending I have the wisdom to know what’s going to sell what’s not going to work, if I knew it was going to sell, obviously, I’d only work on those projects, or what’s going to impact people, I’d only do those things. So I think that’s the part, the living in uncertainty, the being okay with it, and perhaps not being too dogmatic. So as a simple example, gosh, maybe eight years ago, I decided to start eating vegetarian. And I’d been looking at that for years. And one of the things that really pushed me over is I have more energy, my body type I don’t do as well with red meat. I love the taste of it, but I get really sluggish after and whatnot. And eventually, I moved towards a few years ago, eating more vegan. And the funniest thing to me is some of the people who are the most critical of vegetarians are intense vegans like you know how bad it is to kill the animals and it’s this whole intense thing like whoa, I’m not throwing stones. I got a lot of stuff I’ve done in my life that is less than I’m not always nice to people. Like there are so many different things. And some people say what do you do if you go to a party and somebody made pizza and that’s all there, I’m like, so I’ll eat the pizza, I’m not here to preach to people on how to live their life. I’m trying to eat healthier. It gives me more energy. I can see where it’s more compassionate. There are different things even if you hear me again, I’m not trying to sell but it’s something that works for me. But again, it’s that intensity. That Sometimes the idealist the person that wants to change the world has worked can be very hard. If people don’t agree with me and validate what I’m saying, and yet what I’m finding more and more. And this was even the thing to your point about, redefining who I choose to be as a dad, is just to be comfortable with the fact that yes, I spend a lot of time with my kids, and do a lot of other cool things. And yes, I will tell inappropriate jokes in front of my children. And it’s okay for me, that’s okay. And everybody’s got their thing. I am not perfect. I’ve written books on spirituality, and God, if I could live up to a fifth of whatever in, that’d be awesome. So there’s just so many things, I think we’re when we can, there’s this liberation of the entrepreneur to time to say, okay, I don’t want to be told what to do. And I’m going to do what I want to do with my time, and almost the first impulse, it’s almost adolescent, like, you’re not going to tell me what to do. And any entrepreneur knows that you’ve got to have more than that motivated to be an entrepreneur, you’re not going to make it alone just on that. Even the people that are successful, they’ll say, well, but I’m going to be the best at something or I’m going to be better I’m going to prove it to you. There’s there’s something more. And so we’re usually looking for that freedom.
Wade Galt 51:11
But I think what happens is a lot of us can be told this is only a one dimensional two dimensional thing. This is about money, freedom, and time freedom. Okay, but what about life freedom? What about how you live your life, who you choose to be how you choose to relate to people, the impact you choose to make in the world, and getting to be free of whether or not what you do is going to get a lot of likes on Facebook or Instagram. We’re not. And again, not looking to be a rebel because the rebels never free the rebel has to rebel. So the rebels not free because if I say, white, the rebels got to say black. If I say chocolate, the rebels got to say vanilla or whatever it might be, as opposed to person saying, no, I’m truly free. I like doing this and no, I don’t like doing that. Or, yes, I may practice being a vegan. But today, this person I love made this dish and it has meat in it, they put their heart and soul into it. And I don’t have to be like, Well, hey, let me tell you about, I can just be like, wow, thank you for that gift. And I think that’s the part that’s the level of freedom. And I still don’t know how to express it. But the best way to put it, it’s something that I believe that is, I believe there’s a God, I believe it’s divinely given, I believe it’s something that is a self love and self acceptance and acceptance of what’s going on. And I think that energy, whatever that is, when that inspires entrepreneurs, when that inspires changemakers. When that inspires employers, parents. Wow. And that’s the best way I put it, that’s what I try to bring. And so sometimes for me, the only way I know to reach people is with an inappropriate joke is for them to just laugh, because they’re like, and then sometimes you just catch them and you hit their, like, 18 year old but that’s funny, and they just start laughing and they’re trying to be so serious for me, my superhero real would be taking really, really serious people with the doilies and everything, and getting them to not take life so seriously, not just to say hi, I got you’d laugh at a fart joke or something. But to give themselves a break. And to just be like, hey, it’s gonna be okay. We’re all doing our best.
Richard Matthews 51:50
Yeah, it’s really interesting. And we tell inappropriate jokes around our kids all the time, too. And what’s funny is like, my son’s just got to the point where he’s starting to get them. And it’s really funny. And for me to tell them too.
Wade Galt 53:13
It’s a joy.
Richard Matthews 53:23
Yeah, it’s a joy. I’m like, Oh, he’s growing up. But I wanted to tell you, just a short story about something that happened to me a number of years ago has to do with the whole expectations that we hold ourselves to our head, and then how they express themselves in reality. And it was a negative experience I had with another individual who didn’t quite understand what’s going on in my life. I spend an obscene amount of time with my kids because of what we do and how we live our lives. And where I’ve gotten to in my life and business, we have a lot of time, a lot of time together, and we spend a lot of time adventuring, all this kind of stuff. And we were at a campground where they were doing karaoke. And my wife was up singing a song and my young daughters were on the dance floor in front of her spinning around and dancing, have a good time. And I’m sitting in the back of the room, they got like the karaoke book, where you can flip the pages and look and see which song you want to sing. I’m terrible at karaoke, just the worst. My wife should probably win awards when she sings not me. But I was looking through the book, trying to find a song that I thought I could actually pull off and I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to my kids, because my kids are incredibly well behaved. And they’re having fun, they’re dancing to moms singing. And it’s like two songs in my wife’s got up a couple of times come back feel that people have sung and I’m still flipping through the book looking for a song because I haven’t found one that I think I could actually sing. And my wife’s up for a second or third song or whatever, and this older gentleman comes over and he puts his arm around me and he goes, son, I just want to tell you something that I think will help your life out. And he’s like, I’ve watched the way you interact with your kids over the last 20 minutes or so, never met me before, doesn’t know anything about my life. And he says you’re the worst father I’ve ever seen. You don’t pay any attention to your kids, you should take some time to pay attention to your kids. And I was just, hit me a ton of bricks because that’s every father’s worst fear. That you’re not actually spending any time with your kids or doing anything like that. And I remember thinking at the time, I was like, whoa, dude, first off, why would you say that? But second, you don’t actually know anything about me, you don’t know where I’m at with all of these things. And because it hit me so hard. I had to talk to my wife about it, and reevaluate, am I actually doing things well? And my wife is like, seriously, one of the best guys, I know, best fathers I know. Like, don’t worry about that guy, he’s an idiot, which is true. But in my own head, I still had to deal with that expectation my life that I’m doing a terrible job as a father. And we all have in our heads, we have that room full of the negative thoughts, the bad ones that we’re like, I don’t know why these are here, but I can’t get rid of them. So maybe you lock them up in a box, somewhere in there, all dusty back in the corner, but they’re there. And I realized, like one of the things that I have to do when I’m looking at those negative expectations with my life is I have another spot in my head, that just to the point of the show, I call it my hero’s throne room kind of thing. And I go back through, and the foundational memories, like the statues that you’re working on, this is myself, my family. And this is what I’m doing for my business and how I’m working as an employer and how I’m doing these things. And I have to remember, a lot of times when I’m dealing with the negative thoughts to go back in and be like, okay, here’s who you actually are, because you’re not defined by what you think you’re defined by what you do and the actions that you take. And I think a lot of times we miss that and we think we are our thoughts and we’re not our thoughts, we are our actions. Because the actions are what build our life. So anyways, that’s just one of the ways that I personally deal with some of those those expectations that we have in our head that we struggle with.
Wade Galt 57:18
Thank you, I know I at least can say that I graduated from I’ve played cars with my son when he was younger. And been Sally with the cone on her head for those y’all who know the movie cars while he had literally, I kid you not 70 cars next to him once share damn one of them with me. And I’ve done that to the point where yes, I’ve earned my, at least for that age and stage of his life. I’ve earned my dad badge there like, yes, I can sit here with my son. And be Sally with a cone on her head no offense to Sally either. But come on, at least give me sporty Sally and take the cone off something. And yeah, so from that perspective, I think you’re right on being able to decide what’s your at least not even standard to hold yourself or judge yourself by but at least to aim for.
Richard Matthews 58:08
Yeah, so I want to move on a little bit and talk about your common enemy. Every superhero has their arch nemesis, it’s the thing that you constantly have to fight against in your world. So just like spiderman who always fights to save New York or Batman’s fighting to save Gotham, or Google fights to index and categorize the world’s information. I like to put it with your clients, it’s the people that come to you, and read your books, or go through podcasts or things that you’re dealing with to help people. It’s a mindset that you have to help them overcome regularly, that you’re constantly fighting against that if you had your magic wand and someone signed the dotted line with you if you could just bop my head and that mindset was gone. And you could help them achieve the result that came to you just that much quicker, what is that common enemy that you have to fight against?
Wade Galt 59:04
It stems from self-judgment, or what we’ve been talking about, of having somebody else to find what your success is, even as a business person from a money standpoint. And the choice is really what I need to help them do is get clear of what their vision is. And it sounds so simple, it almost sounds cliche, but really get them clear about what is it that’s really important, not what’s even my vision, you might not want to work four days a week, you might want to work six days a week, that’s fine. But what does it look like? And for me, it usually starts with impact, who do you want to impact, because the money will come as a result of the impact and sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes you do things that impact people, and it doesn’t make money. And those are your hobbies. So you might still have that but who is it you want to impact? What sort of income do you want to make? And what sort of work do you want to do? And about how much do you want to work? So you have time for life. If you get clear about those things? And you get those right. Nothing else matters. But usually, what happens is people are looking at how many followers do I have? Did I hit the company goals? Whatever it might be all these different measures are not impacting the income type of work I’m doing. And then free time, in other words, to have a life now. And that leaves out one part is that somewhere over here, which I believe is the very first thing is you first decide what type of life do you want to have outside of work? When I ask people, there’s an exercise I have clients do and say, okay, what are the 20 most positively impactful things that have happened in your life? Write them down, if you would and there are a couple of things, but the main thing is, where did they happen? And usually at least 80% of them or more, usually 90% happened outside of work. And so if outside of work is where life, memories if that’s where that happens. Well, then us spending more time at work and increasing that seems a very foolish thing to do. So it’s one of the basic premises I’ll tell people to look if you only have one day per week, where you can enjoy life, you only have Sundays off, getting to having Saturdays and Sundays off, you’ve literally just doubled your memorable lifespan if that makes sense. If assuming you die at the same time, you’re going to die anyway. And the same concept, you get to three days. And of course, it’s just a concept, but it’s about outside of work, most people understand what that can look like. And then inside work saying, okay, now let’s do that same thing the four days to three days to five days. What would it look like for you to be now making things that would now show up on your 20 most impactful things where yes, I help this amount of people with my work, I help these people liberate themselves. So a lot of it is helping them very similar to what you’re doing helping them see themselves, helping them not just see their zone of genius, but what could their superhero vision, what could that look like, if they fully believed in themselves, if they were willing to do that if they’re willing to take a risk? Knowing that, yes, there are still bills to be paid. There are still things that need to get done. But there’s a lot of the times at least even in marketing budgets, that we throw money at something to hope it works or in courses will take 10 courses when we only needed one. And we’re delaying, because like you said, the perfectionism thing? Well, I’m not gonna release it yet. Well, no, you release something, and maybe iteration five would be good enough. But helping them get that vision, that’s true enough to them. And then simple enough and reasonable enough that they can start acting upon it. And then sometimes there’s a transition period because maybe they are working 60, 70 hours a week. And it is earning the income and the kids are at a certain stage in the family certain stages like okay, wait, how do I now dial this back? And very often, that’s first finding those things, as you did, of saying some time constraints and saying, okay, well, let’s just work 60 hours for the next month a week instead of 70 and it’s 60 and one minutes cut off, and show back up on Monday. And let’s look back and see what are the 10 hours of extra stuff you really didn’t need to do. And let’s unlearn this habit of just throwing labor at stuff. But overall, yeah, getting clear on what is their vision that they most want, and simple enough that they can start acting upon it.
Richard Matthews 1:03:15
Yeah, I always tell people, you have to get clear on the monster you want to build. Because businesses are their monsters, and if you want to be a Steve Jobs and build an Apple computer that serves 2 billion people and is iterating on the most technologically advanced devices, every couple of years, your business is going to look very different than someone who’s like I want to do life coaching or whatever it is. And like I’m looking to impact people through my books or whatever, you have to sort of know what your goal is. And how that grows. I have a friend of mine who used to be a client, but we’ve just become good friends over the years. And he’s talked to me a number of times about, he’s in real estate. And he makes a metric crap ton of money, the kind of money that makes me like, I don’t even know how you make that kind of money. Like, more money every month that I make every year and I make pretty good money. And he always looks at me, he’s like, I’m jealous of your life. He’s like because you thought about what you wanted to do with your time more than I did. And my business has me trapped. And he is like you have more freedom than me, even though I make 10 times the money you make. And it’s a really interesting place to be because I started off earlier than he did. And he started to change a lot of his business and fix things so he could have that freedom now, but if you don’t start off with that, how do I want my business to fit into my life? And not let me build a business and then I’ll figure out my life later. Then you’re starting off on, not necessarily the wrong path like you said earlier, maybe an inefficient path, but there are better ways to accomplish that stuff and not miss out on life because you can always make more money, you can always grow a new business. But what you can’t do is you, you can’t get back those Saturday football games with your kids. You can’t get back the lunches that you missed with them. That you can’t rewind that time you can’t. Like I said, my son’s turning 12. And those make me emotional to think about but like, I’ve been there everyday for him. I didn’t miss anything. And that is, to me, it’s the most important thing I could do. So I’m really excited that that’s happened. But I wish more people took the time to work that out in their lives. So they don’t have any regret. So anyways, that’s my thinking on that.
Wade Galt 1:06:00
And that’s why for me, how we see ourselves and being tough on ourselves extends into, well, I’m supposed to be pretty, I’m supposed to this, I’m supposed to that, and all the extra expenses on stuff we don’t need, whether it’s no offense, but the basic premise of the cosmetics industry was let’s tell you, you’re not enough. And then let’s sell you some stuff. There’s a lot of industries that for the most part, that that’s the premise of it. See I was blessed, I grew up a dork I grew up a socially trombone, braces, butt cut. And later on I learned how to interact with people and become reasonably popular enough, whatever the word is. But I got to know very quickly, that my friends were my friends, they weren’t friends with me because I was good-looking, because I was popular because this that, and so I got to see through a lot of the nonsense. So to me, a lot of that nonsense isn’t important. And I’m not saying I’m better than people. I have a friend who says, Wade, I was very popular very early, and then it’s very seductive. You’re being told, hey, we want to do this or do that. It’s like success, people tell you, you’re great. And you want to just keep being on stage, instead of realizing that there’s time to be on stage and times to not. And so for me, if you’re one of those people that say, well, I’m making so much money and I can’t get out. So who says your expenses have to be what they have to be used as you have to live or you have to live or drive what you have to drive. And at some point, if you don’t do the inner work, of who you are as a person, and what’s most important to you, then everything else is a distraction. One of the main reasons why really successful entrepreneurs, seven, figure eight figure nine figure entrepreneurs don’t have the lifestyle that they want, or that they say they want is because they’re so busy either proving, or they’ve got a lot of pain in their past, and they don’t want to think about and if they slow down, they’re gonna have to think about those things or whether it’s something that happened to them parental relationships, relationships with kids, whatever it might be, or just insecurities in general not liking themselves. So it’s actually not an easier journey. I’ve had quite a few people, I don’t know if you’ve had this happen before people like, almost make fun of me for being a lifestyle entrepreneur, as opposed to I want to make as much money as I can as quickly as possible entrepreneur, as if there’s only one flavor. And there are so many flavors, and each has its spot. And as I’ve told people to look right now, kids are 15 and 12. I’m still a lifestyle entrepreneur, I’m ramping myself up to travel more digital nomad, and do different things. And then perhaps yes, scale, or maybe not, or maybe I’ll just become a teacher, whatever it is, but allowing that freedom. And I think at the end of the day, this is still about who we are, and who we choose to be, and who do we want to be. And who do you want to show up as and what experience do you want to have every day. Is it going to be this one of constantly measuring yourself against something and seeing that you’re beneath and saying I’m not good enough? Or is it constant looking at and just saying okay, here’s where I am today? And I’m a little bit better than I was yesterday or maybe I’m not maybe a little bit worse than I was yesterday, but the other day, it’s all gonna be okay. And I have good people around me that care about me or as best as I can I have two people around me that care about me and I care about them or I don’t and I’m finding people that I care about and I’m going to build relationships whatever it is, but that’s the more important part because most of the everything else the followers the likes the money is trying to get that stuff. So first go for the happy life and add income to it and whatever as opposed to adding ridiculous amounts of income if you can, awesome, but to try to replace the happiness, the fulfillment, the joy, the friendships with ridiculous amounts of income, it’s been done so many times ineffectively that hopefully, we’ve figured that out.
Richard Matthews 1:09:47
Yeah, it reminds me of something I read in a history book one time. I can’t remember what history book it was but they said, you can always tell the rise and fall of empires when the people don’t have food or sex, and that really struck me because you realized that its connection and sustenance. Like if you have those two things, those are the things that as human beings we actually really care about. Because of the rise and fall of empires not, is everyone rich or poor? That’s not it is, do they have food and sex? And when those two things get messed up, that’s when empires fall. And I know it’s a very strange example to bring up. But that’s the reality of what’s important to people.
Wade Galt 1:10:46
I love that I’ve always said my hypothesis to end all wars is every guy and it’s a little bit towards males because usually, the males were the ones causing the wars.
Richard Matthews 1:10:56
Yeah, that’s true.
Wade Galt 1:10:57
A beer, a football game, whether you’re an American watching American football, you’re in any other part of the world watching football, or as we call it soccer here in America. And a little bit of action. No guys go into war. They get that every week, why would they pick up a gun man, they’re happy. So that’s a really simple plan for world peace.
Richard Matthews 1:11:16
Was it Jeff Foxworthy says, give me a beer and let me see something naked.
Wade Galt 1:11:22
There you go, done.
Richard Matthews 1:11:25
Solve all the world’s problems right there, oh man. I’m going to skip a couple of questions I have here because we’ve been talking for a while. And I want to talk a little bit about your heroes tool belt, I call this the practical portion of my show. And just like every superhero has their tool belt with awesome gadgets, like batarangs, or web slingers, or the big magical hammer they can spin around and fly with. I want to talk about the top one or two tools you couldn’t live without in your business could be anything could be the notepad you use to keep track of your thoughts, your calendar, marketing tools, something you use to actually do your product delivery, something you think is essential to the work that you do.
Wade Galt 1:12:01
Okay, cool. So on a very practical level, for my podcast, acuity, the scheduling tool. Calendly is like that just something that does the scheduling and automatically makes sure that the scheduling happens. That’s, as far as appointments, podcasts, interviews, that sort of stuff. It’s a very simple tool, it’s a very inexpensive tool. That’s a huge one for me. As far as another tool, it’s not one particular intervention, but audible. So listening to great audio books, and keeping my mind in the right place. Being on top of that, when I don’t do that, I lose track little. And when I’m doing that, even if I’m not always specifically implementing what’s in the book, but just listening to people that have a good mindset. And it could be audible slash podcast, somewhere in their, podcast app.
Richard Matthews 1:12:49
Just something keeping your mind engaged.
Wade Galt 1:12:51
Keeping my mind full of good things. And other than that, there are a couple tools, I love PodMatch for finding guests, that’s how you and I found each other. I love PodPage, which helps put together my podcast page very quickly and pulls it in. I love Kajabi, which hosts my online courses. I’m getting to love Circle, the online community software. So for me a lot of its software and tools that makes things easier. But I guess probably my favorite one would be Zoom or Zencaster, somebody just lets me to connect with people because to me connecting is this interaction, talking with awesome people. And now as a podcast host, and as a guest doing that, that’s probably been the biggest positive shift in my business in the last 10 years, because I used to have to go to a retreat or workshop or something to find that. And sometimes that’s good. Sometimes it’s not good. Sometimes you come back from workshop, you want to implement everything, when really all you needed was to connect with some of your, if you’re a solopreneur, if you work from home, or if you’re a small business entrepreneur, you need that connection with other entrepreneurs just to make sure you’re not just all crazy and connect with people.
Wade Galt 1:12:51
It’s a good way to put that. I just want to point something out to you that I think is hilarious, cuz I asked that question in every interview, and probably 80% of the time. And we’re up to like 200 interviews. It’s like 180 interviews, probably, when I ask questions, the most important tool, it comes back to something related to the calendar, whether it’s their scheduling, the calendar they have on their table, their planner calendar. And I find it interesting because I remember a couple of years ago, I told my mom and my stepdad that entrepreneurs live and die by their calendars. And my stepdad told me I was crazy. He was like, that’s insane, you shouldn’t do that. Because they’re not entrepreneurs. And I remember thinking I couldn’t do what I do, if it wasn’t for my calendar, we’re to the point where like, I’ve got my family calendar, and I got my Work calendar, my kids all have the access to the calendar on their devices. And like if they need me for something, they know to put it on Dad’s calendar, because it blocks my time out from everything else.
Wade Galt 1:15:15
Well, it depends on how you use it because you’re using it as a filter. If some people just say let anybody schedule anytime. That’s what I love about acuity or like what you’re saying, If you block out those times, that’s what helps me remember to not lose my center.
Richard Matthews 1:15:30
Yeah, not lose your center and realize what are the things that are important, and I’ve got all sorts of tags I use on my calendar, I’m using a digital calendar, and it talks to a camera, I think we use Schedule once, which is similar to Acuity. But I have tags, I’ll drop on the day that like, driving day, and it blocks all the day out. So people can book appointments on it for when we travel, or like if my wife put something on there, like, hey, we’re doing dinner with our friends, it goes on the family calendar, if it’s on the family calendar, whatever that event is plus two or three hours in either direction, it blocks everything off automatically. And the calendar is really important. And I find it’s a very common thing for entrepreneurs in order to do the work that we do because it’s very intense. And that’s why we talk a lot about giving yourself permission to play that sometimes you have to put on your calendar like I’m playing today, that’s what we’re doing. Like we got to Saturday, we’re going out with friends on the boat that’s on the calendar.
Wade Galt 1:16:30
Richard Matthews 1:16:31
So, yeah. That’s definitely a cool thing for today. And I’ve been super impressed with the way technology has gone over the last couple of years, because I remember when I was a kid, we used to look at things in TV shows and be like, it’d be really cool if we could instead of being on a phone call, we could like have a video call. And like, now our businesses run on video calls, which is just insane. To think about where we’re at, and I know, our kid’s world is going to be completely different than ours, I’m pretty sure they’re going to be able to holographically jump into each other’s minds before the next couple of years are out. But it’ll be crazy.
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Richard Matthews 1:18:44
So I got a couple more questions for you. Then we’ll wrap up.
Wade Galt 1:18:46
Richard Matthews 1:18:47
So I want to find out about your own personal heroes. So just like Frodo had Gandalf or Luke and Obi Wan or Robert Kiyosaki, the Rich Dad or even Spider Man had his Uncle Ben. I want to talk about who some of your heroes were. Were they real life mentors, speakers, authors, maybe peers who were a couple of years ahead of you, and how important were they to what you have accomplished so far in your business?
Wade Galt 1:19:09
Sure, so my first two are my parents, I’m blessed for that. My father is an entrepreneur, and showed me that you can have a life that involves freedom and you choose to do what you want to do with your time didn’t tell me, showed me, he continues to demonstrate that. My mother is somebody who’s always been reading about spirituality, psychology, human things, how do we love each other better? How do we live better, and has always inspired me to be in that conversation? So those are, I’d say the first two. As I’ve grown up, interested enough, my sister and my brother, my sister, is very much somebody who tries to bring people together and build community and help people. My brother who’s also an entrepreneur is just so committed to growth and excellence and being his best and helping other people. So just from my core, I mean, those are my four, that’s my nuclear family. My wife is an awesome person, in that she is about to say she’s utility belt, she’s willing to, she’s willing to fill in the space if she’s willing to she has a master’s degree. She’s willing to be a stay-at-home mom for all these years and do whatever it is like she will put her time into what’s most important, and valuable. So in that sense, I’m very grateful for that. And then I have people. I’m a huge fan of, there are so many works, I love Sting of the lead singer of the police, what he’s done as a musician, what he’s done in the world to help people kind of like Bono, huge fan of Jesus and his work. 30% market share 2000 years later, great job. I’ve read a lot of him. But I’ve also read the Doubt Aging, I’ve learned from Buddhism, I’ve learned from Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Debbie Ford, all sorts of different people, Pat Flynn, Brendon Burchard, there’s a lot of people I’ve learned from, they’ve just how to better live life. And some of the later mentors have been more specific, or Dan Sullivan, the Strategic Coach, very specific mentors to being an entrepreneur. And so more perhaps tactical, or some of the other mentors were more about living life and enjoying life, I guess the best way to put it is for me. When I’m at my best, I’m open to seeing that in many places, as opposed to it being just one person. And that’s kept me on track to know that, in my experience has been most heroes have definitely had their tragic flaws, too. And so I’ve experienced those where I put a hero up at a pedestal and they were perfect. And then you see the tragic flaw and they’re like, Oh, they’re human too. And then it goes the other way. It’s like, no, just take what’s good for them. So yes, I’m blessed to have a lot of people. And I’m probably missing a lot that has even been thought of but blessed, very blessed.
Richard Matthews 1:22:10
I find it interesting. Whenever asked that question how often, moms, dads, teachers, husbands, wives come up as heroes. And I always think about I hit the jackpot with my parents, they were just amazing. And I don’t know, because I didn’t do anything about that. Like, that’s just luck of the draw kind of thing, I guess.
Wade Galt 1:22:33
You were a good swimmer.
Richard Matthews 1:22:35
I was a good swimmer. Yeah. But my parents aren’t perfect. They have their own their own things. And I remember learning early on that, if I wanted to be an entrepreneur, I wasn’t gonna be able to watch my dad, because he was not an entrepreneur. So I had to have like other heroes in that space, and find different people and like you find some entrepreneurs that are really good. And like, why their family life sucks. You’re like, I’m not gonna pay attention to their thoughts on how they’re living their family life. And so you realize that kind of have to understand that people are people. And they can be a hero. And they can also have things that you’re not like, I’m not interested in learning from in that area. And so you learn to pick your influences as you grow up, which I think it’s an important skill.
Wade Galt 1:23:33
Richard Matthews 1:23:35
Yeah. Okay, so the last question for you. Guiding Principles. One of the things that make heroes heroic is that they live by a code. For instance, Batman never killed his enemies, he only ever puts them in Arkham Asylum. So as we wrap up, I want to talk about the top one, maybe two principles that you live your life by, maybe something you wish you knew when you started out in your own entrepreneurial journey.
Wade Galt 1:23:55
The most important one, I’m not sure where I got this from was the idea of consideration. And if there’s one thing I can teach my children, it’s that and I try to do that as an entrepreneur, consideration, the sense of considering the other person, so some combination of empathy, treating other people the way first, perhaps the way you’d want to be treated, then eventually evolving the point where you’re like, oh, actually, the way they would want to be treated, assuming that’s it’s a healthy thing and whatnot. So really just considering other people. So for me, if I had the magic wand, it would be food, water, clothing, shelter, safety for everybody on the planet. I think that’s something that when we as entrepreneurs tap into that level and it can look different mine is just one vision. But when we’re able to do that, that makes a big difference. And when I’m able to come from that place of trusting God the universe well enough to say, Okay, I’m going to do what is high impact what’s going to make a good impact on people’s lives positively. Doing the podcast, a long game, like you’re doing, things that we can’t always prove right away, it doesn’t always cash out. But in the long run, hopefully, is planting good seeds. So I’d say consideration definitely is more of that perhaps softer skill. And then on the other side is just determination that you’re just going to do something until it gets done if it’s that important. Not that you force it, because there might be some times we say, Okay, that wasn’t my calling, you thought something you supposed to do didn’t work. But assuming that the main reason why it’s not happening is not that you’ve gotten some grand sign that says, no, you’re not supposed to be doing this. But it’s just hard work. That well, yeah, you can still despite the three-day weekends, you can still decide this is worthy of it. So whether there’s a parent that’s worth putting in the effort, whether as an entrepreneur to say yes, it’s worth making an impact on people’s lives and doing the work. So yeah, consideration and persistence.
Richard Matthews 1:25:57
Yeah, one of my life by quotes is, I can’t remember, it’s one of the guys from World War One. But it’s never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever give up. And that persistence to keep going makes you uncomfortable like people can’t compete with you in the marketplace, because most people are willing to give up. And if you’re just the one who’s like, nope, I’m gonna keep going. Maybe you change courses, maybe you shift gears. But it’s only when you stop or quit or give up that you aren’t going to make the impact you’re looking for. So I love that. So I think that’s a good place to wrap the interview. But I do have one little challenge I run at the end of every episode that I call the hero’s challenge. And I do this to help get access to stories I might not otherwise find on my own because not everyone’s out there on PodMatch or other places looking to do interviews like you and I might be so do you have somebody in your life or in your network that you think has a cool entrepreneurial story? Who are they first names are fine, and why do you think they should come on our show and share their story? First person that comes to mind for you.
Wade Galt 1:27:04
I’d say Alex Sanfilippo with PodMatch just because he has in such a short period of time well, who he is, is a tremendous high character individual. And so on the surface will seem like well, he just started a business in a year and it’s doing so awesome. But of course, he’s done other work before that puts him in the position to be that guy. But Alex Sanfilippo I think there’s an awesome human being and a brilliant entrepreneur who is growing still growing still evolving. And yeah, just awesome.
Richard Matthews 1:27:37
Awesome. I recognize the name I feel like we may have already talked to him, I have to double check on our things. We’ve done a lot of episodes. In comic books, there’s always the crowd of people at the end who are clapping and cheering for the acts of heroism so are analogous to that as we close is where can people find you? Where can they light up the bat signal so to speak, and saying I want to get on this whole three day weekend bandwagon. But more important than where is who are the right types of people to reach out?
Wade Galt 1:28:08
Sure. So for people who are just looking for the work, I do around books, parenting, spirituality, that sort of stuff and go to WadeGalt.com that has all my books, online courses, some of them are free, some of them are not. And then as far as people who are looking to create a three-day weekend type lifestyle, whether you’re an employee, an entrepreneur, or a freelancer, or anywhere in between, go to 3DayWeekend Club.com.
Richard Matthews 1:28:35
Awesome, so we’ll put links to both of those in the show notes. And I can just speak from experience, it’s definitely worth putting the time and effort to figure out how to run your life with a three-day weekend. So definitely take the time to reach out to Wade because I don’t teach people that I just live it. So if you want it definitely reach out to Wade and do that. And thank you so much for coming on the show today, Wade. I really appreciate getting to hear your story and your thoughts and the way that you think through these things. It was invaluable for me at least. So you have any final words of wisdom for my audience before I hit this stop record button here.?
Wade Galt 1:29:06
Just be you. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share this. And again, two examples of people who are going for what they can do and think of And not Or I want this and that not from a greed standpoint, but to consider a lot more things are possible and what we often give ourselves credit for so look for the and button.
Richard Matthews 1:29:25
Yeah, I like that. Because it’s a better question. I talked earlier, better questions, get better answers. If you ask how can I have this and that? That’s better than saying how can I have this or that. So unlock the power of your thinking mind there. So again, thank you so much for coming on today, Wade.
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