Lessons From Tommy Shaw, Jon Foreman and more!

Tommy Shaw

Having just come off of 2 Incredible Mastermind events in LA and 3 Masterminds/Inner Circle events in Dallas with so many amazing people, I thought how could it get any better than that?

Then Nashville happened!

It started when my friend and Dallas Inner Circle Mastermind member Seth Mosley (Billboards #1 producer & #3 songwriter in Nashville) invited me to come out to Nashville to meet Jon Foreman (Lead singer of Switchfoot) and for Seth and I to lead a private Mastermind for all his Nashville peeps!

Below are 7 Powerful Lessons & Aha’s from the trip:

Lesson 1 – It’s All About True Connection

My trip got off to a great start when seated next to me was none other than Tommy Shaw of the rock group STYX. Well, as good fortune would have it, STYX is on tour with Def Leppard and the lead guitarist of DL is my good friend Phil Collen who I had just spent 3 days with including hosting a private mastermind in my home. In fact, there were over 60 of us who also attended the Dallas STYX and Def Leppard concert and then joined Phil back stage, so I had instant credibility and a connection with Tommy.

Now here is what is interesting. This was early morning and Tommy and STYX had played late the night before (with DL, Phil and the guys). He wasn’t in a mood to talk, especially to a stranger, right? Right! But because of the quality of person Phil Collen is and the huge respect and friendship he had with Phil, it opened a HUGE door for us to not only talk but to truly get to know each other. Yes, it took a little time and vetting on his part but once credibility was established he was totally engaged and completely genuine in our conversation throughout the flight.

And just like with Phil, I was struck at what a truly phenomenal person Tommy was. We covered a lot of ground including music, the tour, personal development, upcoming projects and influences in our lives.

The icing on the cake for me was I have always been a huge Tommy Shaw fan! In fact, when we introduced ourselves I said, “Tommy Shaw, Montgomery Alabama?”..,with a questioning face. Serendipity at its best!

Look for a Tommy Shaw interview coming soon! It will be under Lessons From A Rock Star (along with the one we did with Phil). 😉

Lesson 2 – To Play at a High Level and Maintain It, You are Forced to Become the Best Version of You

Playing life and/or business on The Big Stage demands that you play at a higher level in every area. Both Tommy and Phil said that because of all their travel and concert demands and success, they learned to pay attention to everything–things most people take for granted: their personal development, attitude, generosity, caring, their personal lifestyle and health.

They each told me they feel the best they have ever felt in spite of their rigorous tour schedule and being at an age that many people have a hard time just getting out of bed. But the fact is they must be in the best shape of their lives (physically and mentally) to do what they do!

To have continual success you have to not only become better at what you do, but also support that success with improved health, relationships, finance, personal development.

Lesson 3 – The Power of Intentions

I am a huge music fan. And although I love many kinds and have a default towards rock (just flew to LA to see the Foo Fighters) my favorite band is Switchfoot. The heart and soul of their music just resonates with me.

Last year after seeing them in concert I really had a strong belief I would meet and work with them, in particular the lead singer and songwriter, Jon Foreman. I didn’t know how or when I would meet them/him, but just felt it would happen.

Then amazingly, through my Inner Circle members Robert Helms and Andrew Lanoie, I was introduced to Grammy winner Seth Mosley (Billboards #1 producer & #3 songwriter in Nashville at only 27). Not long after, Seth joined my Dallas Inner Circle group and we were talking about Phil Collen being in Dallas at my mastermind and I mentioned to him that I was also a huge Switchfoot fan, in which he replied he had just produced a song with Jon! Oh yeah!

Next was the invite to Nashville to come see Jon in concert and for us to meet him personally. The concert was amazing! And again, here was this very authentic, humble guy just hanging with us afterwards. He was kind enough to let me do a periscope interview with him and then the kicker was he invited Andrew and myself out to their recording studios in California.

Some might call it coincidence or even luck, but I know that setting the intention was a huge catalyst in making it all happen!

THE POWER OF INTENTIONS!!

Lesson 4 – Being Authentic With Passion

Meeting Jon Foreman was of course amazing for me. But what really stood out the most was how authentic, giving and humble he was. Just like Tommy and Phil, Jon has reached a pinnacle of success. Yet all 3 are genuinely real and authentic. No arrogance or false humility, just true to who they are.

Once you realize happiness doesn’t come from external success and pleasing others, you are then free to be yourself and follow your passion. You then attract and spend time with the people you want to be around. And with those people you are free to be yourself.

Lesson 5 – While Teaching, You Learn and Expand

Part of my Nashville trip included a private coaching session I did with Seth, Joel Auge and Andrew Lanoie. Joel is the founder of Hit Grab (many Facebook games including Mouse Trap) and also Fan.si (working with major music groups). Andrew was 15 years at William Morris Talent Agency and an investor in the real estate space.

As we delved into Seth and Joel’s business models I knew that I was getting equal value back, observing their creative genius and learning how their minds work and how they think. While being in the coaching role it still expanded my own thinking and stretched my imagination.

Lessons 6 – Expanding Your Network

The final day of my trip was with Seth Mosley and his Private Mastermind Group ‘Music and Money’. This is a powerhouse group that meets once a month and is made up of songwriters, producers, entertainers, artists, label executives, financial and investment people. Plus one of my best friends, Robert Helms flew in to join us. Being with this group really drove home the point of the power of personal connections. Not just hanging around successful people, but genuinely connecting with them, getting to know them personally and truly enjoying being with the person, not just the success.

Anytime you attend an event (especially in an intimate, small setting) it is one of the best ways to grow and expand your long term network with like-minded people!

Lesson 7 – Quality Attracts Quality

The common theme among the people I have been meeting and masterminding with (and our mastermind attendees) is the quality of the individuals (not just their biz results). Quality people that attract quality people. For me, having been Jim Rohn’s 18 year business partner, I do tend to attract Jim Rohn fans. Hey, I know I’m biased, but you can’t find a higher caliber person than a Jim Rohn fan!

A great example is I met Jon Foreman through Seth, who I met through Andrew who I met through Robert Helms. I’ve known Robert for 20 years, and he attended over 20 of my Jim Rohn and other events. He’s a huge Jim Rohn fan.

This is Gold if you understand the point! These were all highly referred relationships and connections from people I already had a huge appreciation for and a high trust relationship with.

In your associations, your first litmus test should be what type of person are they. As Zig said, never do a good deal with a bad guy. Get around quality people and build relationships, and everything else will take care of its self.

Final Thought

If we want to play at a high level, we have to think at a high level. When you hang around high-quality, high-level people, you start to think like them. You pick up on their intricacies, their focus, their drive, their willingness to share and help. It’s contagious…positive peer pressure!

Are you ready to play up? Ready to get outside your circle and comfort zone?

Two of the questions I get asked the most is, How can I become part of one of your mastermind groups? And What masterminds do you have coming up?

First we have the Iconic Larry Thompson (was 30 year friend of Jim Rohn and close confidant). Larry’s 2-Day Mastermind Event, with Special Guests (collectively who have earned over $250 million) and will be held at my home in Southlake, Texas. It is the last one of these we will be doing, I highly recommend you join us.

Secondly, we have a few openings in our new Dallas Inner Circle Group that includes Seth Mosley, top golf coach Nick Bradley and many more awesome members (including from LA, Nashville, Florida, Belize, North Carolina). And lastly, we have one open spot in our LA Group.

Go to http://www.kylewilson.com/coaching-and-consulting to get the details on LT Mastermind and the Dallas and LA Inner Circles!

Let’s Do Something Remarkable!

Kyle Wilson
Founder Jim Rohn Intl, YourSuccessStore.com, LessonsFromNetwork.com and KyleWilson.com

P.S. Both the Larry Thompson and Inner Circle Masterminds are filling up fast, go to http://www.kylewilson.com/coaching-and-consulting to secure your place!

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