Episode 59: Self Awareness for College Students, Vaynerchuck Style

December 6, 2016
Week #14, the end is near
Today’s Topic: Self-Awareness
The home exercise I gave last week was to listen to Gary Vaynerchuk’s #AskGaryVee podcast, where he recently released a chapter of his most recent audiobook about Self-Awareness. Since this is a difficult topic to conceptualize and give advice on, I used his chapter and questions he is asked about self-awareness as the springboard for our discussion today.  If you didn’t get the chance to listen, it’s a good idea to check it out before listening to this episode, but not necessary.
  • What are some easy ways to become more self-aware?

    Can self awareness be taught? Gary says no

  • I say yes b/c I’ve seen it in the form of “development of insight” which is one part of self-awareness
    Need a supportive environment with trusting people.

Four factors that impact self-awareness:

  • trouble with monitoring self
  • memory issues
  • trouble with reasoning (insight)
  •  issues with coping
    What’s the most common mistake founders (students) make when building a consumer-based business?
    • Lack of self awareness and confidence, but have humility
    • Making same mistakes repeatedly, not learning, not practicing trial/error
    Tips for presenting for potential client?
    • Strengths-focused, know what you’re good at. Know you.
    How does humor play a role in (business)?
    • I’ll take it from a learning perspective.
    • Humor in teaching
    What was the biggest decision in your life that made you successful today (my very early childhood self-awareness moment)?
    • Elementary school reading “The Pearl”
    • Realization of how easy things came for me, and that I didn’t need to work hard to get good grades
    Toughest thing I had to do for my career?
    • Right now (PhD program)
    How do I keep low self-confidence from keeping me from succeeding?
    • Help people “unwind” anxieties from the past via therapy
    • Communication over drugs
    • Hierarchy of needs, need to fix confidence before you can tackle goal achievement
    • Being confident for others
    How would suggest telling someone they need to stop (doing something)?
    • Plant seed first
    • When that fails, they need to be “smacked”
    • “The Market” = natural consequences
    Do you think it’s necessary to have an outgoing personality to be a success (ful entrepreneur)?
    • No
    How do I overcome my people-pleasing nature?
    • Agree w/ Gary here, but there’s a certain level of satisfaction that comes with learning to effectively say no.
    How personal is too personal when it comes to “putting yourself out there”?
  • What’s more important, IQ or EQ?
Home Exercise
  • None from me. Focus on your real home exercises this week!
Previous Week’s Home Exercises
  1. Write down you goal for this semester. It should be one single goal, something you really, really want, and something you can achieve in 3 months.
  2. Now that you have a goal, it’s time to map it out. Begin to break the goal down in chunks. Each chunk can be broken down further into steps (not all at once if you don’t want). Give at least one chunk a deadline.
  3. Take something you’ve been procrastinating on, and “put it to bed.” Either do it, or figure out why you’re not doing it, and take care of that issue. Or don’t do it, and be fine with the fact that you’ve changed directions, or it’s really not due yet.
  4. How does online learning relate to your goal this semester? It might not currently, but is there a way you can leverage any low cost/free online resources? Think about the lifelong learner.
  5. Pick one of the Wealth-Building Principles and determine how it can help your goal become a reality. This might be more of a long-term play for many, but consider these principles and which ones you might want to better embrace as you focus on your goals.
  6. Take stock of where you’re at with your goal progress so far. Make adjustments as needed.
  7. Evaluate your need to seek help. Do you need help with your goal? Where would you expect to find that help? Write down your possible solutions and make a plan to get that help.
  8. Figure out one way to build resiliency and anti-fragility in your life. Is there any way that the goal you’re working on will make you more resilient or anti-fragile?
  9. Brainstorm 1-2 people you can target as mentors to help you reach the goal you’re working on, or some other goal that you have on your radar. This exercise is meant to be long-term in that it might not relate right now to what you’re working on, but my pay off down the road. Start laying the groundwork now.
  10. Explore your school’s disability office as much as you feel comfortable. It might mean simple web research, calling them, or even making a visit. Find out the services they offer and determine whether they can help you with your goal.
  11. Determine your present momentum direction (positive or negative?). Where is the friction? Work to lessen it.
  12. Figure out what you’re grateful for, and write it down. Better yet, tell somebody else.
  13. Listen to one episode of Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast (23 min long). The episode is actually a chapter from his newest audiobook Ask Gary Vee, and it’s all about self-awareness.
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