In the Loop with Andy Andrews

On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question on how I’ve learned more about the Seven Decisions since writing The Travelers Gift.

 

I am kind of shocked that, at some point, most of the stuff I talked about in the Seven Decisions seminars were things I learned after writing The Travelers Gift.

  • At first I thought of the concept of the principles like a rock, but now I think of it more like an onion.
  • You can know how to use a principle, and change the world with it! But there are other layers that can be peeled away to expose new potential.
  • It’s not enough to know what works; you have to know why it works.
  • When you know why a principle works as it does, you can use it in different areas of your life or business—even when they seem to have no connection to one another.

 

A hallmark of successful people is that they always want to be better.

  • That’s a healthy attitude to have, toward one’s self and one’s work.
  • When you want to increase your effectiveness, a lot of it has to do with your mentality.
  • Take golf, for example. There is a certain amount of talent that a person has to have to be a successful golfer, but what sets those at the highest level of the sport apart is usually something mental.

 

I really believe that no matter where you find yourself in life, there is more.

  • When I started doing the Seven Decisions seminars, it was a 3-hour event, and I was using that time to explain everything I knew.
  • Now, I could do at least an hour and a half on each decision.

 

Tune in to the full episode to hear how Andys golf cart ride with a golfing legend further illustrated to him that mentality can be more powerful than experience or expertise.

 

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Direct download: ITL187_-_The_Truth_About_Your_Potential_and_How_to_Keep_Getting_Better.mp3
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On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question on how to influence your level of belief.

 

I think everyone struggles with belief in themselves at one point or another; a strong belief is something you must constantly maintain.

  • Having a great level of belief is so powerful.
  • When you are working with belief, you will become so much more effective in whatever you are working on or struggling with.

 

You have to remember that every choice youll ever make is totally determined by what you think and how long you think about it.

  • You direct your belief the same way you direct your thinking.
  • It’s determined by what you watch, what you read, and the people you spend time with.
  • Thinking logically to a wrong conclusion is something you can catch and overcome.
  • Thinking logically to an incomplete conclusion is trickier: you’re getting results, but they’re not the best results and can keep you on the wrong path indefinitely.

 

Tune in to the full episode to hear how Andy kept up his level of belief while 51 publishers rejected The Travelers Gift.  

 

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Direct download: ITL186.mp3
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On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question on determining your kid count, and why you shouldn’t let fear be the deciding factor.

 

Some people grow up and they’re dying to have kids.

  • Polly and I were not like that, and we got married kind of late.
  • Several years went by where one of us would say, “Are we going to have kids?” and the other would say, “Yeah…sometime.”
  • Polly finally said, “If we’re going to have kids, we need to have them now.”
  • Austin was born when I was 40, and only then did we realize just how much we loved kids—and wanted to have more.

 

I think there are huge benefits to being older parents, but be careful about waiting too long.

  • Especially don’t let finances dictate when you’ll have children.
  • How many times do we hear people say, “We were dirt poor and didn’t really realize it until we looked back”?
  • To become the adult you are, you had to go through some tough times.
  • Isn’t it curious that oftentimes the one thing that made us who we are is the thing we try to keep our kids from going through?

 

Tune in to the full episode for more details about Andy’s own family’s beginnings, and to hear the question Andy asks troubled families that’s always a game-changer—even for the wealthy.

 

ALSO in this episode: A special announcement about several opportunities to hear Andy speak LIVE this summer!

 

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Direct download: ITL185__When_Should_I_Start_My_Family_and_How_Many_Kids_Should_I_Have_.mp3
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On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question on the boats I’ve had to burn in my life.

 

When I read about something that happened in history, I try to figure out how it applies to us today.

  • I always loved the story of Cortez “burning the boats” because it’s relevant to almost everybody’s life.
  • To inspire his men to conquer Mexico, Cortez ordered his boats to be burned so they had no choice but to fight and win.
  • Everyone has either done it or will need to do it at some point.
  • Sometimes we run into situations where it becomes necessary, and if we want to grow, we do it.

 

I never really paid attention to the things in life that I needed to get rid of until that story hit home.

  • For me, there have been relationships or situations that have run their course, or relationships that did not need to continue past the moment of meeting the person.
  • Usually it’s not that the person is bad. It’s just that I am very aware of certain things that I feel I am supposed to do with my life and must carry on accordingly.
  • Some of the boats I’ve had to burn are simply conveniences, but it’s always done because of my purpose in life and who I want to become.

 

Henry Cloud has a book called Necessary Endings, and it is the doctoral thesis on burning the boats.

 

In the full episode, youll hear the details about some surprising boats Andy has had to burn, why he chose that strategy, and how its helped in his lifes continuing journey

 

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Direct download: ITL184.mp3
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On this week's episode, we have Austin back in the studio with us to talk about his business, Sporty Citrus.

This business has taken off in a way that I dont think we could have imagined a few years ago.

  • It’s amazing what Austin is able to grow in pots—he grows grapefruit, satsumas, oranges, Meyer lemons, and a lot more.
  • If Austin is running behind or has a really big job, I’ll help with the trimming or will drive him around.
  • Apparently I don’t get paid very often, and I haven’t been able to get myself fired yet, but Austin really handles most of the work by himself.
  • He started with a little trailer on his bicycle.

 

There was a point where Austin was hired to work on a property with 25 mature citrus trees.

  • The entire property had not been touched in 15 years.
  • We would go there every single week all summer for a couple hours.
  • I knew it was worth the sweat when he would be working on the tree next to me and I realized it provided a wonderful opportunity just to think of new things to talk about with one another.
  • That time with him was something special.

 

We also got to talk to Austin himself this week, about Sporty Citrus and a lot more. Here are a couple excerpts:

 

Whats been the coolest experience thats come out of Sporty Citrus?

Coming up, I’m going to get to speak at the Business Council of Alabama.

 

Is there any pressure on you because your dad is an author and people are seeking out his advice on what to do with their kids?

I wouldn’t say it’s weird, but it’s definitely something I keep in mind…and I’m cautious.

 

In the full episode, youll hear how Andys wife, Polly, took advantage of a prime teaching moment when the boys began a silly argument about a chore

 

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