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“People stand out because they’re themselves and they’re different from everybody else. They move our emotions and they do something in a really excellent way. We’re drawn to people that just have excellence in them, aren’t we?” – John Walsh
In a competitive world that presents many difficult challenges to navigate, it’s important to stand out in authentic, empowered ways and make a positive impact where you can. And for those who care about making a positive difference, it’s important to leave the world in some way better than we found it. Today’s inspiring Finding Brave guest has made it his mission to help others do this, by supporting people’s standout growth and helping individuals realize that your own success and happiness are directly determined and shaped by you personally, and that you are ultimately responsible for what you create and achieve.
John Walsh is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and entrepreneur with a passion for helping people and businesses accelerate their potential and transform from start to standout as fast as possible. His primary focus is on helping students and young professionals but he also coaches executives and advises emerging businesses.
Before he founded the Standout Movement and became the President and CEO of StandoutX, John spent 20+ years as a successful Finance and Strategy executive with The Walt Disney Company and The Madison Square Garden Company. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Disney’s employee-owned credit union.
It is my hope that John’s journey — from being homeless in high school to a highly successful executive and now entrepreneur — is inspiring and educational. Both John and I want to help our communities understand that it is very important to give ourselves the flexibility, freedom and confidence to change, so that you can stand out and impact the world in the way only you can.
Highlights from this Episode:
- Why John is so passionate about the work he does today, and how his compelling backstory can motivate others [5:02]
- The 6 distinct segments he breaks his life journey into [6:50]
- What allowed John to not be crushed by his initial very difficult life circumstances, but to also succeed and achieve and create what he has today [10:05]
- The key messages that he would like readers to take from his new book [16:48]
- John’s advice to others on embracing themselves, regardless of their age or gender [18:50]
- Where the powerful acronym ‘STANDOUT’ came from, and what it means to him [23:14]
- What excellence is and isn’t, and a way that women can reframe it to take advantage of the “superpower” that they possess [28:00]
- How people will respond when you become curious about them [32:17]
- One crucial thing that is holding so many of us back from standing out right now [33:26]
- John’s “breakdown moment” where he left a “secure” path to pursue his dreams, and the real reason that he did it [35:30]
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“I’ve always been ambitious, but that doesn’t mean that it was applied ambition.” [10:08]
“I was always running from that guy (myself) of 10 or 20 years ago and not wanting to go backwards, and that’s a powerful motivator.” [13:06]
“I was always different, and it worked for me. So I always wanted to be different, and part of standing out is recognizing you can’t stand out if you’re the same as everybody else.” [17:37]
“I either removed myself from the people or I removed myself from the situation. I found places where I could be myself and where I could be accepted for being me, whatever that was.” [19:50]
“I think there’s a superpower in women, to be able to tap into that ability to create a deeper emotional connection to people.” [30:37]
“The greatest problem solvers ask the greatest questions.” [32:18]
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