In this episode, I talk to Aaron Walker, Founder of ViewFromTheTop.com, about entrepreneurial mindset and how important it is to youngsters, about resilience, and fatherhood.
Aaron Walker is, without question, a veteran entrepreneur. Starting his first business at 18, and selling to a Fortune 500 company nine short years later, demonstrates Aaron’s passion for success. Unwilling to rest on past success alone, Aaron started, bought, and sold eight successful companies over the past 36 years. Having a strong desire for personal development has kept Aaron in a weekly mastermind group for more than a decade with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham, and seven other notable Nashvillians. Aaron has enjoyed a 35-year marriage with his beautiful wife, Robin. Today, Aaron spends the majority of his time helping men grow in Success and Significance as President and Founder of View from the Top, a premier life and business coaching resource.
(02:05) When you hear the word successful, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
(02:25) And what does accomplishment mean to you?
(03:25) Aaron’s family and business background
“Can’t couldn’t do it and could did it all.”
(13:24) One of the things that struck me in our first conversation before the podcast, was your sense of balance, or work-life integration. High achievers really struggle with this a lot. Why do you think that is? What is it about balance or integration that sets you apart and probably helps you with your clients?
- Adam Grant’s Give and Take
- Gary Vaynerchuk’s Jab, Jab Jab, Right Hook
“Quit holding the cards so close to your vest.
(23:17) I want to go back to your client Bill. For a person like that, a archetypal high business achiever. What is the process or system that you put in place for him to start really implementing that giver mentality rather than “I want to accumulate as much material as possible.”
“Fear missing an opportunity more than you fear failure.”
“Failure is in not trying, not in not succeeding.”
“The answer is always no unless you ask.”
(31:05) You run a mastermind yourself, Iron Sharpens Iron. What are the key components for a successful mastermind? As somebody who’s interested in joining or creating your own.
“Never go into a mastermind with family members or a partner.”
(38:27) My wife and I are expecting our first child. I’d like to get your advice for a new dad who’s ambitious but also want to be present.
(45:01) What book or books have most influenced you, and why?
(46:26) Who’s your Mt. Rushmore of people that you respect in terms of business success, life success, relationships, if you can think of 3 to 4 people.
Aaron’s gift to podcast listeners: http://viewfromthetop.com/sweetadversity