In the Loop with Andy Andrews

On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question:


"What should a new writer focus on the most?"

The one most important thing to focus on is writing.

  • You would not believe how many people I talk to who are “waiting to be inspired.”
  • Their short answer is, “No, I am not writing.”
  • Only the process of doing it gets it done.

I hear terribly incomplete advice given to writers.

  • Write what you’re interested in, but keep seeking more information.
  • It will get you excited when you find what you don’t know.
  • You have to think it terms of, “What do other people want to learn?”
  • How will this help others?

Two things I ask myself before any project


  • Is anybody else doing this?
  • Will this help people who are hurting?
    


There are several things in common with the books I really enjoy.


  • Stories—They all started "in the action" and I didn’t really know what was happening.
  • Reveals—That’s who that is! Or thats what’s happening!



So what are the three most important focuses for a young writer? I’ll give you five.


  1. Read
  2. Write Regularly
  3. Write Regardless
  4. Reach Others
  5. Be Relentless

Don’t Give Up—the best book is stuck in somebody’s drawer.

Now, with Amazon and everything, self-published books are much more viable. You don’t have to sell out of the back of your trunk anymore.

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The Toughest Mental Obstacle I’ve Faced

 

On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question about the toughest mental obstacle I had to cross after overcoming homelessness.

 

Has there been any point when I felt like hiding under the pier again?

  • I occasionally feel like crawling back under the pier.
  • I say that jokingly, but I really am very aware of where I am when I walk on that pier.
  • Living under the pier was undoubtedly the worst time in my life, but without that perspective I don’t think I would have become what I am today. 

 

Part of life is the struggle to think a certain way.

  • It’s not just to improve and increase your level of thinking.
  • We are all in the process of becoming.
  • The people who are humbly listening and learning from other people are the people with money and influence.

 

The toughest thing I had to do was distance myself from that pier.

  • I needed to get away from it with my thinking, choices, and actions.
  • Your thinking is the foundation of your success as a parent and member of your community.

 

If you want to read more about how to become a better parent, businessperson, and member of your community, pick up a copy of The Noticer Returns.

 

Questions for Listeners

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  • Phone: 1-800-726-ANDY
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On this week’s episode, I talk about my passion for cooking outdoors, reveal my secret recipe for the best grilled vegetables ever, and discuss why I like to put things that I actually use into the stories in my books.

 

I am kind of a foodie.

  • I enjoy making and eating great food.
  • I don’t know if it’s just a southern thing, but we seem to devise events around food.
  • I really like cooking outside.

 

I’m a grill guy, and I love the charcoal taste.

  • I come from a long line of “grill people.”
  • My dad thought he was good, but he burned everything.
  • All you people who have gas grills. Wrong! You’re cooking with heat and there is nothing to give your food taste.

 

For years I have put things in my books that I like or use.

  • In The Noticer Returns, Jones is teaching how to start a business, and one of the guys (Baker Larson) starts cooking with a Kamado Joe.
  • We cook on them at least three times a week.
  • We do pizza, fish, steak, and wild game.
  • One of our absolute favorites is cooking vegetables.

 

Secret Recipe:

We will cut up whatever vegetables we have and cover them with an Italian dressing to soak for a little while. We’ll then put the vegetables in a basket that goes in our Kamado Joe, and smoke them at about 350 degrees.

 

Kamado Joe Giveaway:

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Direct download: ITL124_The_Andy_Andrews_Guide_to_Cooking.mp3
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On this week’s episode, I talk about how you can win tickets to see me (along with many other awesome speakers) speak at Dave Ramsey’s SMART Conference!

 

This is going to be an amazing event at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, TX—with speakers:

 

Dave Ramsey                        Rachel Cruze

Dr. Henry Cloud                  Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Joy Eggerichs                        Dr. Meg Meeker

Andy Andrews

 

People forget that Dave had to learn his financial stance as an adult after battling bankruptcy.

  • His daughter, Rachel, grew up watching the changes happening in her family as a child, teen, and young adult.
  • She has been raised to understand these principles, and I am excited to hear her perspective.

 

I have already pre-ordered my copy of their book, Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money.

 

Follow the link above to pre-order yours now!

 

Why is it important for people to attend events like this?

  • I work with coaches, teams, organizations, businesses—I can’t afford for people to have average results.
  • Without results, I’m just a guy who can talk fast and is a little funny.
  • The key is to help people truly understand how much they need to learn and how much they don’t know.

 

Have you ever been absolutely sure you know something in your life…and then a couple months later you found out that it wasn’t exactly correct?

  • Could there be something in your life right now that you are wrong about?
  • If that’s true then we don’t know what that might be—there is a lot beyond what we know.

 

It’s amazing to me that I wrote The Traveler’s Gift 15 years ago and people still find it valuable.

  • I do Seven Decisions seminars and I’ll talk for six hours on these decisions.
  • 90% of the stuff I talk about is things I learned after I wrote the book.
  • My approach was to actively pursue more wisdom on these decisions.

 

 

Make sure you are on our email list.

  • In the next week you will get all the details to win tickets to this amazing event on March 29th.

 

Check out these books from the other speakers!

 

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know—by Dr. Meg Meeker

 

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life—by Dr. Henry Cloud

 

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs—by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

 

Questions for Listeners

Do you have a question? Call in and your question might be featured on the show!

 

  • Phone: 1-800-726-ANDY
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On this week’s episode, I talk about the new “anger management”—conflict resolution.

 

When I hear the term still used, I always think, “Anger management? Why would you want to manage something like that and not get rid of it?”

  • You can defuse a conflict, but that doesn’t mean it’s over.
  • If the underlying causes of a conflict are not dealt with, there really is no resolution.

 

Society believes two things about change.

  • You must have a deep desire to change.
  • You have to be at rock bottom.

 

However, I believe the two things people need are…

  • An understanding of what’s in it for them.
  • Proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the change will be good.

 

When something is demonstrably good for you, that change will occur whether you are looking for it or not.

 

Imagine conflict resolution as two people across from each other on opposite sides, playing double solitaire.

  • You’re both trying to get rid of all your cards in the same line.
  • You both win, or you both lose.
  • The only way to win is to not hold any cards back.

 

A resolution to conflict is going to require change, and the change must have both parties winning.

 

Are you feeling “stuck” in some part of your life?

  • I put together a free 3-part video series on the exact process I went through to move forward in multiple areas of my life.
  • You’ll get a couple of cool free gifts when you participate in the series.
  • Check it out here: GuidedTraveler.com

 

Questions for Listeners

 

Do you have a question? Call in and your question might be featured on the show!

 

  • Phone: 1-800-726-ANDY
  • E-Mail: InTheLoop@AndyAndrews.com
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Direct download: ITL122__The_New__Anger_Management_.mp3
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