Episode 090: What Kenyan Runners Can Teach You About Success

Using Pain to Push You To Greatness

When you experience pain, what do you do? How do you react? Do you avoid it at all costs? Or do you, embrace it, use it to propel you to greater success and accomplishments than you ever thought possible? Today we talk about how a single African tribe has come to totally dominate the running world, and what it means for you.

Episode 090: What Kenyan Runners Can Teach You About Success

DISCLAIMER: Parts of this story that are a bit graphic, so if your children listen to this podcast with you, we would suggest that perhaps you listen to it first and determine whether you want them to hear it–it’s not explicit, we just describe some of the extreme pain that these Kenyan runners endure…

World Changer Show Episode 008: My Story

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So who exactly am I and why do I call myself (and you) a World Changer?

Well, that’s what today’s episode is all about.

As we close down Launch Week, I wanted to spend the last day sharing my story. It’s not all that special, if you don’t count the 42 years of potential prison, the four firings (once by my own dad), and the countless failures, successes, and amazing breaks along the way.

In this episode, you’ll see why I say, “My name is Matt and I am a World Changer.”

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Book Excerpt: One Last Round With Dad, Chapter Five

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, One Last Round With Dad.

I don’t have a release date yet, but there will be much more to come. This is Chapter Five in its entirety.

Father and Young Son Playing Golf Preview of @MattMcWilliams2’s upcoming book, One Last Round With Dad. (Tweet That) | Share on Facebook

As we walked up to the third tee, I was torn apart inside.

What do I say to him? Is this even real?

I decided to do the only thing I knew how to do. I focused on myself. I focused on my golf. I became determined to play this round on my terms. My father was an afterthought now, just like he had been for seven years. This fairytale, or whatever this was, didn’t change that.

You Will Never Change Your Life Until…

Secret of Success is found in your daily routine - John Maxwell

Here are three things to remove from your daily routine and three things to add.

Remove these things:

  1. 10 minutes of social media. I’m not saying to go Amish (I can always make fun of the Amish online because they have no proof I wrote anything). I’m telling you to find 10 minutes to remove. That’s all.
  2. 15 minutes (or more) of email. There are countless books, articles, and podcasts on managing your email. The KISS method of cutting back on email time is this: 
    • Check and respond in batches only during certain times of the day. Some brag that they only check twice a day. Great. I work in service industries so that is not optional, but I still stick to a strict schedule of checking email…and I knock out all of them each time.
    • Don’t check email on your phone unless you are prepared to reply. You probably waste 5-10 minutes each day reading and marketing as unread only to read again later.
    • Follow Rule #7 here and teach other my rules for not sucking at email. They will save you time!

You’ll Never Hear Yes | Michael Pollack and Billy Joel at Vanderbilt

You’ll never hear yes if you never ask.

I’m in a New York State of Mind today because of a Vanderbilt student named Michael Pollack and Billy Joel.

Watch this video and see what happens if you only ask.

What was the worst that could happen? That Billy Joel said no. Let me ask you something…have you ever played with Billy Joel? Neither had Michael Pollack before that moment. So, that is not a risk.

Maybe he could have been discouraged by the potential of a little embarrassment? How long do you think that would last? A few days at most.

Instead, Pollack will be known for life as the guy who asked Billy Joel if he could play with him…and got to. He got to play piano for a living legend.

He traded the potential for a few moments of embarrassment or “failure” for a lifetime of memories and possibly a huge payoff.