Very early in my adult life, I knew that freedom was an important value for me. I wanted to do what I wanted to do with whomever I wanted to do it with. I wanted to make my life not make a living. In our culture, freedom is purchased with dollars. I realized in the mid-1980s that I would have to sacrifice freedom for a few years in order to gain decades of freedom in later. I stopped listening to music on the radio. I began to associate listening to the radio with a corporate machine sucking money and brain cells from me. How many hours of your life have been sucked away listening to car commercials on the radio? How many songs you don’t really care for do you have to sit through to get to one you like? How many hours of talk-radio are just hosts repeating what everyone else is saying that day or even worse, reading the days events to you off the wire?
I turned that dead driving time into active learning time. My car became my success university on wheels. Rather than listen to the brainless babble and commercials, I listened to Brian Tracy, Roger Dawson, Denis Waitley, Tom Hopkins and other success coaches. I remember Brian Tracy saying over and over, “If you study a subject an hour a day, you will become an expert. In five years, you will be a national expert.” That had a massive impact on my thinking patterns and belief systems. When I started listening to these guys I went from Subconscious Incompetence to Conscious Incompetence on the learning scale. Within a few months, I was at level three Conscious Competence. Within a year, I was at level four, Subconscious Competence. Now, I teach this material worldwide. Thank you, Brian Tracy. I would have never learned that important lesson, along with countless others, if I was listening to 98-Rock like everyone else I knew.
The lessons I learned from those “Masters” changed my life for the better in many ways. I became a better teacher, friend, money manager and person. It hasn’t always been easy, but day-by-day, I chipped away at my self-doubt and created a new set of beliefs that have continued to evolve with me.
Fortunately, I’ve continued to work and challenge myself to the point that some of my masters have become my friends and colleagues. Brian Tracy wrote the foreword to one of my martial arts books and has served on my board. Tony Robbins was on my TV show five times and did a 4-minute keynote address for me at my final NAPMA World Conference for no charge.
I tell you this not to brag, but to inspire you to realize that what I’m teaching you works. It’s worked for me and it will work for you. But, you gotta do the work to taste the success.
John Graden is a fun, exciting, and inspirational speaker, author, and trainer.
John Graden is the author of The Impostor Syndrome. The Impostor Syndrome is the feeling you’re not as smart, talented, or skilled as others think you are. It’s the feeling you’ve been faking it and are about to be found out. Learn more about the book at:
A martial arts master teacher, he is the author of five books including The Impostor Syndrome: How to Replace Self-Doubt with Self-Confidence and Train Your Brain for Success, Mr. Graden has been profiled by hundreds of international publications including over 20 magazine cover stories and a comprehensive profile in the Wall Street Journal
Presentations include: The Impostor Syndrome, Black Belt Leadership, The Secret to Self Confidence, and How to Create a Life Instead of Making a Living, John has taught his proven and unique principles of success to thousands of people on three continents since 1987.
From keynote presentations for thousands to one-on-one coaching sessions, John Graden is a dynamic speaker, teacher, and media personality who brings passion and entertainment to his presentations.