Lunch with a Billionaire

Lunch with a Billionaire

Today I ate lunch with my first billionaire and I asked him the question…

“Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your 25 year old self if you could go back and offer one piece of advice to him?”

Without a beat he replied, “There is no better time than now!” Throughout the lunch he proceed to give incredibly simple but valuable advice on ways to be successful and live a life worth living.

Here are the top five success lessons I learned from Red McCombs:

1)   Be a Team Player: Paraphrasing one of his stories Red said “If you can’t get along with the team, you can’t play on my team.” He talked about a time when he had to let go of one of his favorite players because he was acting up in the locker room after games and the other guys didn’t want to be around him. Be a team player and help out when and where you can. You contribute to the bigger picture.

2)   Best Time is Now: There is no better time to start something than right now. Just get in and do it. He said “It’s not about picking the right thing, its about picking something and doing it right. Do it better than the other guy does it and you will be successful in no time.” He is right, be better than the other person selling the same thing you are selling and word gets out.

3)   It’s Not Easy or Accidental: In a condensed version he said “Business is not easy or accidental. You need a plan and need to understand this is hard work. If you get those two things down early, you will have a fun ride and enjoy life. Plan and work.” Remember… you are the one who makes things happen in your life, no one else!

4)   Only Focus on One Thing at a Time: If you are at a meeting, focus on that meeting. If you are doing a deal with a future investor, only be present in that room. Focus on the here and now and don’t let your mind slip away to other tasks. If you stay focused you will accomplish more, have more and be more successful!

5)   Don’t Call Me at Home: Red is 86 years old and works six days a week and has for decades. But when he is at home, you don’t call him. That is his time with his family, with his wife and kids, it is not about work. He mentioned being with his family as a very important thing and was quoted for saying “I don’t care if the station is burning down, don’t call me at home, it can wait till tomorrow!”

What I like most about Red is he is a real guy who is genuine, down to earth and business savvy. He cares about his family more than anything, loves to do business with quality people and continues to take calculated risks. He speaks from the heart and knows where he stands on what he believes.

I would eat lunch with Red any day of the week and am thankful I had the opportunity to do so today! Go out there and make your dreams come true. They are waiting for you as long as you remain a team player, start now, plan, stay focused and care about the most important people in your life…. Your family!

Question: If you could ask an extremely successful person one question, what would you ask them? 

The Power of Niagara Falls

The Power of Niagara Falls

We go down to get an close look at Niagara Falls and when we do, a cloud of mist covers them. It is so thick you can barely see ten feet in front of you. You know it is there but you just can’t see it.

This happens to me often. I know what I want, or where I want to go but sometimes I can’t see it. I know it is there. I know it is possible because other people have told me it is there but I just can’t see it.

We leave the Falls and check into our hotel room. We are on the 16th floor and as we walk in, we watch 150,000 gallons of water per second pour out of Niagara Falls. It is clear as day!

The mist is still down below but up here you can see the powerful world wonder. It is spectacular and mesmerizing. I can look at it all day!

This experience is a good reminder for me to start the week.

Some of us might be standing in the same spot hoping to see something we know is there but we have mist standing in our way. We know it is there, but we just can’t see it.

It is time to move, change location or do something differently or you will be looking at mist your whole life. You deserve to see wonderful things but you are in charge of what you see!

If we go and make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen, if we change our location or surroundings that are currently not getting us what we want, think of the possibilities?

I hope you have a great start to your week and you get all the mist out of your way! As always…

Dream BIG,
Ryan Avery


Great Quotes About Good Communication

Great Quotes About Good Communication

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes

“Communication is about being effective, not always about being proper.” – Bo Bennett

“Intelligence, knowledge or experience are important and might get you a job, but strong communication skills are what will get you promoted.” – Mireille Guiliano

“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re sining in, they still know good music when they hear it.” – Lou Rawls

“The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” – Joseph Priestley

“We need men and women to sit down and talk to each other about sex honestly and openly. That would help us fight Aids so immediately. But our lack of communication is hugely problematic.” – Emma Thompson

“I thought my life was mapped out. Research, living in the forest, teaching and writing. But in ’86 I went to a conference and realized the chimpanzees were disappearing. I had worldwide recognition and a gift of communication. I had to use them.” – Jane Goodall

“If you’re a politician, you might want to learn the Buddhist way of negation. Restoring communication and bringing back reconciliation is clear and concrete in Buddhism.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is never going to be a substitute for face-to-face communication, but we have seen since the alphabet, to the telephone and now the internet, that whenever people find a new way to communicate, they will flock to it.” – Howard Rheingold

What is your favorite quote listed above and can you add one of your favorite quotes about communication? Leave a comment below and let’s hear your thoughts!

How to Find a Mentor

How to Find a Mentor

When you are struggling with finding your focus and perusing your passion it is important to have a mentor. I met with my mentor this morning to go over the tour, the book and my life.

I am struggling in a few areas and when we struggle we need to talk to people who have been through what we want to accomplish. They can provide relief, insight and valuable information for what you need and want.

How to find a mentor:

1) Pick three people who have accomplished what you want to accomplish and learn everything you can about them. Where do they live? What do they do for a living? Where did they get started?

2) After your research, pick the top person you want as your mentor who you feel most connected to.

3) Ask your circle of connections (online and off) if they know this person and would mind connecting you with them. If no one replies, find them online and get their contact information yourself.

4) Know exactly what you want from the mentor (Guidance to get into college, advice for how to start your business, keeping you motivated, etc.).

5) Email them and let them know who you are, why you are exactly reaching out to them and why you think it is worth their time to meet you. Make this email short, sweet and offer three times to meet for coffee or lunch.

6) Don’t be vague and don’t ramble. Most of these mentors don’t have time to pick a time and place and they wont read long paragraphs. If you know where they work or live (which you should, revisit step #1) you can provide three times with two locations nearest them for conveniences. You want to make the first meeting as easy as possible for the mentor and again that first email should be short, sweet and to the point.

7) If they don’t reach out to you, keep trying and be persistent. Let them know you are willing to work around their schedule and share why you are interested specifically in them and no one else.

8) If they do reach out and say yes, make sure to respond in a timely manner, agree on a time and place and send out a reminder email the day of, saying something along the lines like “looking forward to seeing you at (the spot) at (the time) and thank you again for taking the time. It really means a lot.”

9) Pay for their lunch, dinner or coffee. Make sure you treat them and you are there before they arrive.

10) During the meeting know exactly what questions you are going to ask them and let them talk more than you. If you two bond, let the person know and make sure to send a HAND WRITTEN (Keywords there) letter thanking them and hoping to see them again soon.

After that, let your mentorship develop. Set times that work well for you to regularly meet and keep treating your mentor as much as you can to coffee or lunch. Everyone has to eat right?

Mentors are incredibly valuable for the determination of your success. I use mine all the time and would not be where I am today with them! Everyone faces difficult times but not everyone has a mentor. If you want to lessen the load of struggle on your life, find a mentor and reach out to that person today! As always…

Dream BIG,
Ryan Avery

Question #1: What are other ways you can secure a mentor?
Question #2: What is the best advice you have received from your mentor that you can share with us?


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