In the Loop with Andy Andrews

Andy answers an interesting listener question about the seven decisions from his first novel, The Traveler’s Gift.

Andy answers a listener question: “How did you come about identifying the seven decisions from The Traveler’s Gift? I’ve never come across a book that encapsulates those ideas the way yours did.”

·      The first chapter of The Noticer actually tells a lot about how Andy found the seven decisions.

·      An old man named Jones got him to start reading biographies. Andy was instantly hooked after reading about Winston Churchill.

·      Eventually, he read more than 200 biographies from the library. He began to ask himself, “How did these amazing people turn out this way? Were they born like that, or was it something they did?”

·      Andy eventually identified seven things these people did that made them great. These became the seven decisions in The Traveler’s Gift.

Andy began to realize that if you asked these great people if they knew they were doing these seven things, they might know that they embodied three or four of them, but there would at least be a few of which they were unaware.

·      He began to ask himself, “What happens to somebody who knows about all seven and actively pursues them?”

·      Eventually, Andy came to realize that these seven “things” weren’t just “things”—they were principles, which are at work whether you are aware of them or not

·      The crazy thing is that 30 years later, Andy is still discovering new things about these principles

·      The power of the principles, however, lies in how you apply them to your life

Questions for Listeners

·      Which of the seven decisions has affected your life the most? In what ways?

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Andy talks about his new ebook, The Perfect Moment: Capturing Life’s Greatest Gifts, and how you can get it for free!


Andy’s new ebook is called The Perfect Moment: Capturing Life’s Greatest Gifts

·      It came from a particular moment he shared with his son, Austin

·      While they were fishing, Austin, at eight years old, said one of Andy’s all-time favorite quotes, “The reason I like to fish is because when everything is still and quiet your whole self is full of hoping, and whether you catch anything or not, you get to hope. It’s a great feeling isn’t it? Hope, I mean. It’s next best to excitement.”

·      Later on, when he and Austin were throwing the football, Austin pointed out why the moment was just perfect, something Andy had totally missed


How many perfect moments have we missed?

·      We spend so much time focusing on what’s wrong, that we rarely notice when things are great

·      The book is designed to help readers notice and create perfect moments in their own lives

·      You will be able to create more memories that your family will remember forever


Here’s how you get the ebook:

·      Go to to get the book

·      All you have to do is type in your e-mail and a link to download the ebook will be sent to you immediately

·      You’ll also get added to the Andy Andrews VIP e-mail list, so you’ll get each blog post and all the podcast notes delivered right to your e-mail

·      If you’re already on the e-mail list, you’ll get the book sent to you automatically in a few days


Questions for Listeners


·          After reading The Perfect Moment, have you noticed any perfect moments in your life? We want to hear about them!

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Andy answers some amazing questions from listeners, including a 1st grade teacher and an anonymous listener with an insightful question about adversity.

Amanda, a 1st grade teacher, wanted to share how Andy’s books have affected her life positively

She had the opportunity to incorporate The Boy Who Changed the World into a social studies lesson and her students loved it

Andy says it’s not about what’s in the book; it’s about what you do with what’s in the book

Surprisingly, The Boy Who Changed the World has been really popular with high school graduates

Public schools, especially in small towns, are dying to have adults come in and read to the kids. It’s an awesome opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of other people

An anonymous listener asks how to help a close friend gain perspective. Can a lack of adversity be a hindrance to gaining perspective?

Yes, a lack of adversity can be a hindrance to perspective

When things are going great with your finances, marriage, etc. people tend to not dig as deep for answers

This is a perfect example of what we tell people about adversity—adversity is not necessarily a bad thing. It will shape you into something better

Many people don’t understand the battle between “good” and “the best.” When things are good, we tend to not strive as hard and struggle and push past a certain point

Finding your purpose is the best motivation to push past good and attain the best. Your purpose will ignite your passion

We all have periods when there is no adversity, hopefully. When Andy is in a comfortable place, he has to intentionally remind himself of the purpose he wants to fulfill.

He asks himself, “What is it that I want to affect, that I want to create, that I’m after, that I want to help?”

Then, he asks, “Who do I have to become to be the kind of person people will listen to? Who do I have to become to be the kind of person that my family needs me to be?”

Asking those questions will give you a tremendous amount of responsibility and control over every aspect of your life

If you’re interested in reading what In the Loop host Andy Traub (A.T.) writes, check out his blog at Andy (Andrews) highly recommends his blog post “5 Things to Do When Leadership Leaves”.

Questions for Listeners

Have you volunteered time to read to young children at school? We’d love to hear about your experience!

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This week’s guest, Michael Hyatt, is the former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers. He is also an author and speaker and blogs every day at You can also follow him on Twitter. He and Andy discuss why building a platform for yourself is more important (and easier) now than ever. You also get to hear Andy sing part of his famous “Happy Birthday” song!

Andy would not have a career as an author if it were not for Michael

·      He was the CEO of Thomas Nelson when Andy was attempting to publish The Traveler’s Gift

·      Michael showed Andy’s manager, Robert, how to write a great book proposal for The Traveler’s Gift

·      Andy gave the manuscript to Michael’s wife, Gail, which led to the contract for the book

Michael’s new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, is being released on May 22, Andy’s birthday

·      Andy says this is one of the few new books that will actually break new ground for readers

·      This is the book Michael wishes he could put in the hands of every author he ever had to turn away as a publisher because they didn’t have a platform

·      The game has changed because it’s easier now than ever to have your own platform thanks to the Internet and the rise of social media and blogging

·      This book will show you, step-by-step, how to build your platform

·      This is a book for anyone who thinks they may want to write a book, for anyone who wants to increase the membership in their church, for anyone who wants to become a speaker or performer

One problem today is that so many people are waiting to be picked. They think no one will ever notice them.

·      Because of the tools available to us now, that excuse is gone

·      If you want to know how to utilize those tools, Platform will show you how

·      The best time to build a platform is before you need it

·      The best time to build one was 10 years ago, the second best time is today


If you purchase Platform during the first week of its release, you can e-mail the receipt to Michael and you will receive $375 worth of free bonus content. For more information, go to


Questions for Listeners


   ·      What topics would you like to hear covered in future episodes of In the Loop?

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Chris LoCurto is the host of Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership podcast, which Andy was a guest on a few weeks ago (you can listen to the episode here). You can find Chris at and

Andy asks Chris: “What is the coolest thing going on your life right now?”

Chris says teaching business owners and leaders the information from EntreLeadership is the most exciting thing for him

Andy thinks EntreLeadership is an important book because it gives business owners a direction that they previously couldn’t put into words

The lesson from EntreLeadership that has the biggest impact is personality styles

We give direction the same way we like to receive direction

If you try to give someone direction that way they don’t like to receive information, you’ll never get through to them

As a leader, it’s your job to learn how to communicate to people in a way they will understand, not theirs

Responsibility is great because it gives us hope and control over situations

When you can change the culture of where you spend your most time (for most, your workplace), it starts changing the way you look at everything:

Your family

Your kids

What you do on your weekends

When your home life, finances, or personal fulfillment is suffering, it’s inevitable that your work performance will also suffer

This is why Andy’s message works for companies in every industry

Regardless of your profession, the principles of leadership and entrepreneurship apply to you, because we’re all in sales

Questions for Listeners

What’s the best example of leadership you’ve ever seen?

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