Every Day Is Mindset Day | Ollie Marchon on Modern Wisdom

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Key Takeaways

  • Find your talent and passion, then double down on it with work ethic. Work as hard as you can to get a seat at the table.
    • “If I can get a seat at the table then I’ve got a chance to eat and I’ve got a chance to listen to the people that are at that table that know more than me” Ollie Marchon
      • Once you’re around those people, you get to network and communicate with them
  •  You don’t need a huge social media following to be successful, you can have a small but loyal following and do just fine
    • “When it comes from a business entrepreneurial sense, I wish, I wish that I’d realize 10 years ago that going wide and shallow is nowhere near as effective as going narrow and deep” Chris Williamson
  • Don’t attach suffering to success
    • “If you begin to attach your sense of success to the amount of suffering associated with the process of doing work, you have gone too far” – Chris Williamson
  • Keep what’s working, drop what isn’t
    • “The things that serve your life and are working, you keep them in. The things that aren’t, you change them.” Ollie Marchon
  • Constructive criticism from your wife, business partner, or other respected individuals will actually help you improve
    • Listen to criticism from people with good intentions, but ignore criticism from trolls or people with bad intentions 
  • “You just can’t keep everyone happy and ultimately if you try to keep everyone happy, the person that’s not going to be happy is yourself” Ollie Marchon
    • “Even with the best customer service and the best intentions, you can’t keep everyone happy”

Intro

Books Mentioned

How Playing Sports Shaped Ollie

  • Ollie is a former professional rugby player turned fitness owner
  • Playing any sport at the top level is both physically and mentally demanding
    • “You’re using every waking moment to try and just get a little bit better, understand the game a little bit more”Ollie Marchon
      • “It’s a full-time job”
        • You’re also constantly traveling and getting used to new time zones and environments
  • To play rugby at the top level you need a combination of speed, endurance, strength, and power
    • You also can’t take things for granted. If you get seriously injured, you can be out and never play the sport again.

Get A Seat At The Table

  • Find your talent and passion, then double down on it with work ethic. Work as hard as you can to get a seat at the table.
    • “If I can get a seat at the table then I’ve got a chance to eat and I’ve got a chance to listen to the people that are at that table that know more than me” Ollie Marchon
      • Once you’re around those people, you get to network and communicate with them
        • That’s how you discover new opportunities and level up in life

Social Media Followings

  • “The game that no one is playing right now is the honesty and integrity game”Chris Williamson
    • Chris doesn’t edit his podcasts because he wants to give listeners the raw and pure form of his conversations
  • You don’t need a huge social media following to be successful, you can have a small but loyal following and do just fine
    • “When it comes from a business entrepreneurial sense, I wish, I wish that I’d realize 10 years ago that going wide and shallow is nowhere near as effective as going narrow and deep” Chris Williamson
  • Before you can receive from your audience, you must first give to your audience
    • “If you decide to consistently give to the audience, they will give back to you” – Chris Williamson

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

  • When it’s Sunday night and you’re not looking forward to going to work, you may want to reevaluate your job. The same is true about Wednesdays and hump day:
    • “When the whole world is talking about hump day, I’m like it’s fucking mindset day…it’s only a positive mindset today.”Ollie Marchon
      • “If we’re waking up Monday morning feeling sorry for ourselves we’ve got to go to work, what the fuck are we doing?”
  • Wake up every morning with a shark mindset; ready to attack the day
    • The narrative we tell ourselves is the narrative we live-out
      • “Win the morning, win the day” Ollie Marchon

Advice For Being A Top Performer

  • Learning requires effort
    • “Through more effort comes more learning” – Ollie Marchon
  • Organize your life in a way that you don’t burn yourself out
    • Don’t attach suffering to success
      • “If you begin to attach your sense of success to the amount of suffering associated with the process of doing work, you have gone too far” – Chris Williamson
  • Keep what’s working, drop what isn’t
    • “The things that serve your life and are working, you keep them in. The things that aren’t, you change them.” Ollie Marchon
  • As a leader, you need good and honest people around you and consistently reflect on your performance
    • Constructive criticism from your wife, business partner, or other respected individuals will actually help you improve
      • Listen to criticism from people with good intentions, but ignore criticism from trolls or people with bad intentions 
        • “If it’s a legitimate criticism, your response should be thank you” – Chris Williamson

Workout Routines & Fitness Advice

  • Your training routine should give you the most bang for your buck and leave you feeling fulfilled
    • “I need to enjoy it, it needs to be sustainable, needs to be repeatable” – Ollie Marchon
  • Ollie’s KPI (key performance indicator) for workouts is the squat
    • He does different variations of it such as the goblet squat which helps build your core
      • He then moves onto core workouts such as the hollow rock or side plank
        • For the upper body, he recommends doing press-ups (also known as push-ups)
          • Example workout routine: 10x press-ups, 10x goblet squats, 10x side planks on each side, and then do the standard squat
  • When working out the lower-body, look into unilateral patterns such as the split squat, a lunge, or step up
  • Ollie recommends finishing every workout with some stress pump work like a farmer’s carry or pull-ups and five rounds of that 
  • When it comes to mono-structural workouts, you can do: 60 seconds on an assault bike, 30 seconds rest, 60 seconds on a skier, 30 seconds rest, and repeat that for 10 rounds 
  • If you’re just starting to lift weights:
    • Focus on having a proper technique
    • Stick to basic workouts
    • Do progressive overload
  • The best workout for you is the one you enjoy doing and can do consistently

Ollie Shares Life Lessons

  • “You just can’t keep everyone happy and ultimately if you try to keep everyone happy, the person that’s not going to be happy is yourself” Ollie Marchon
    • “Even with the best customer service and the best intentions, you can’t keep everyone happy”
  • “Just have better conversations”Ollie Marchon
    • If things are weighing on your mind or something is wrong, chances are it can be fixed with a conversation over the phone
      • Every minute you spend thinking about having a conversation is a minute you could have saved by just having the conversation
        • “Inaction is a killer”

Additional Notes

  • Ollie studied psychology, chemistry, and biology because he thought he was going to become a doctor
  • Ollie started his first job when he was 14
    • His father instilled in him a hard work ethic
  • Ollie is currently working on becoming a better parent
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