In the Loop with Andy Andrews

A listener calls in with a story of how The Traveler’s Gift has changed his life

A.T. asks Andy what people say his books have done for them:

  • The importance of choosing with whom you associate
  • Finding a love for reading that they didn't know they had
  • Seeing a need to change something in their life

Andy talks about association and the affect it has on our lives:

  • You tend to live the average of your closest associations
  • So, you have to choose who you're going to be around
  • If you don't want to live like average people live then you have to change the association you have with the average lifestyle 

Addressing change and what that looks like

  • Little changes now can mean massive change further on in life
  • Everyone is changing
  • So, if you're going to be changing, why not move in the direction that you want to end up?
  • Change can be achieved while interacting with people or in your own thought process.
  • Every great thing that ever happened in your life happened because something changed

Question for Listeners

What small steps will you take today to move toward your ultimate goal?

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What small steps will you take today to move toward your ultimate goal?

Direct download: ITL058.mp3
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Andy and AT discuss how to develop good reading habits and how they will change every aspect of your life for the better.

The role books have played in Andy's past, present, and future

  • While living under a pier not long after his parents died, an old man names Jones introduced biographies to Andy
  • Biographies became the basis for the rest of Andy's life and writing
  • Andy then identified the 7 decisions/principles based off the 200+ biographies that he read

What about people who don’t like to read or say they don’t have the time?

  • “I don't like to read”
  • What does that have to do with anything?
  • Are you expecting yourself to read?
  • The point is not do you want to read; the point is—what do you want?
  • “I don't have time to read”
  • Reading has to be a discipline that helps you get what you want out of life
  • It is essential to discipline yourself to make time for it
  • Statistically:
  • People who read make more money
  • People who read have a lower divorce rate
  • People who read have fewer problems with their children
  • People who read get promoted at a faster rate
  • People who read get hired at a higher paying rate

The best way to get yourself or your children to read:

  • Find books that don't bore you
  • Books of short stories
  • Sports books or books about athletes

If you already got your copy of Andy’s free eBook, The Perfect Moment, please share it with your friends! Click here to get it.

Question for Listeners

What do you do to find reading time?

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Find something to read aloud to your family

Direct download: ITL057.mp3
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Do your actions match your intentions? Find out on today’s episode of In the Loop!

A.T. brings up a blog post Andy recently wrote called “An Important Announcement for Men Everywhere.”

  • The post is about why we need to remember that watching football (or anything on TV, really) is not what this time of the year is all about
  • Andy explains that he really does love watching the game of football, regardless of who is playing, and he can tend to get wrapped up in it
  • His boys love watching it with him, but he has noticed that if he isn’t there to watch a game, they don’t watch it on their own

Somewhere along the line, Andy began to understand that you put your time into what is most important to you.

  • When he listed the time that he spent reading about and watching football, he discovered that it was much more time than he was spending reading about things like being a better dad

What do we consider to be important in our lives?

  • Most people would say things like their wife, husband, kids, etc.
  • But does that answer match up with reality? If we look at how we spend our time throughout the day, will our actions reflect that belief?
  • Andy realized that his actions were not matching up with what he thought he considered to be important in his life

It doesn’t matter what we intend to do with our time.

  • Intentions have no power
  • Intending to do something is not the same as actually doing it
  • We tend to judge other people by their actions and ourselves by our intentions
  • There is a big difference, however, between “intentions” and “being intentional”
  • “Being intentional” means doing specific things with purpose

Because of this, Andy has been very specific about the games he watches with the boys over the past few years.

  • Doing things with the entire family is more important, long term, than not doing activities that include the entire family
  • Watching football games can be a great bonding experience in families where everyone is into it
  • What he’s finding more and more, however, is that there aren’t very many families where everyone is truly into it
  • If your whole family is into it and it’s a great bonding experience, by all means, go for it

If you already got your copy of Andy’s free eBook, The Perfect Moment, please share it with your friends! Click here to get it.

Questions for Listeners

  • What activities does your entire family do together?

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Direct download: ITL056.mp3
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Andy and A.T. discuss the movies that Andy enjoys watching with his boys, his wife, and by himself.

What are some movies that really shaped Andy growing up?

  • Andy saw a ton of Disney movies as a kid
  • He loved the animal ones
  • They gave him a great love for the outdoors
  • He loved John Wayne movies and other Westerns
  • He hated—and still does—horror movies

What movies did Polly and Andy enjoy when they were dating?

  • Polly does not like to go see movies…in fact, she’s never even seen Star Wars!

What movies does Andy like to watch with his boys?

  • A Christmas Story is one of his favorite movies
  • His manager, Robert, insisted that he and Andy go see it in the theater
  • They were the only ones in the theater, and they couldn’t stop laughing
  • Andy and his family watch it every year
  • The reason why it appeals to him is because it conveys how a kid actually thinks about the world around him
  • One of the good things about watching movies with kids is that all the great old movies are totally new to them

The Legend of Bagger Vance is another one of his favorites.

  • Disclaimer: Sports Illustrated actually listed it as one of the worst sports movies
  • Andy wholeheartedly disagrees; it is a brilliant movie

Andy and Polly love O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • They sit there and quote every line
  • “Gopher, Everett?”

What movies from the last five years did Andy really enjoy?

  • True Grit blew Andy away, and he didn’t see it coming
  • Why would you remake a movie that featured John Wayne and won an Oscar?
  • About 15 minutes into the movie, Andy realized he was blown away
  • He hates to say it…but he thinks it’s even better than the original
  • Note: Andy accidentally referred to the directors of True Grit and O Brother, Where Art Thou? as the Farrelly Brothers. Both films were directed by the Coen Brothers.

Listeners, don’t forget to sign up for AT’s Early to Rise Challenge!

Questions for Listeners

•    What movies do you enjoy watching with your family?
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Direct download: ITL055.mp3
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