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Josh Shipp: How to Build an Empire of Impact

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Left at birth as “someone else’s problem”, abused, and given up on by countless foster homes.

That was the life of our next guest before one family changed the course of his journey forever.

He is now a recognized teen expert for media outlets as MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20 and Good Morning America.  And he’s spoken to more than two million teens live about turning your passion into your profession and building an empire of impact.

Please welcome our next professor on The School of GreatnessJosh Shipp.

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The School of Greatness Podcast

Josh Shipp on the School of Greatness podcast with Lewis Howes

“What is your next step, and what is the training and accountability to get there?”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The Shocking Story of Josh’s Troubled Youth
  • How to Build an Empire of Impact
  • Whether being Exposed to Trauma is Integral to Success
  • The Inextinguishable Value of Mentors in Various Parts of Your Life
  • How to Get the Attention of Any Mentor you Could Dream of
  • How to Put “Skin in the Game” to Create the Urgency to Make Big Things Happen
  • Josh’s Biggest Mistakes and Challenges to Success
  • How to Implement Self Imposed Boundaries as an Entrepreneur
  • Plus much more…

“Intentional, consistent, incremental improvement. That’s Greatness”

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  • Music Credit: Stars by Raya (Vena Cava Remix)

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What’s your biggest takeaway from this episode?  And what are your thoughts about success and trauma?  Do you think someone needs to go through extreme trauma in order to have the opportunity to reach the highest levels of success?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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26 comments
yjones2319
yjones2319

I have a question?  If you become an adult at a early age and then actually became the adult in your family because the parent is the one that was brutally raped at the age of 18 and is now over 60 years old and still not over the incident, then how does the adult child have a relationship with the victim because the adult child does not TRUST the parent (victim)?  I hope someone can understand this or please ask questions if I should try and clarify.  Thank you.  

yjones2319
yjones2319

No, I don't think you have to go through great trauma to become successful but when you do suffer it shapes who you are and drives you to succeed. The trauma or trajedy makes everything else or anyone else unimportant. If you are a survivior of trauma then you may look at everything you do and everyone you meet differently than anybody else. Hope this makes sense.

Gary Auerbach
Gary Auerbach

Listened to the episode tonight Josh driving...great stuff! Been playing any frisbee?

Greg Audel
Greg Audel

I am really proud to have joined Team Josh & the YSU Crew. Like most big decisions, it a lot of thought and consideration. Generally, when you do a Pros and Cons List, answers become more clear. In this case, every answer was a check in the PRO column! And, thanks for the card!

Mollycules
Mollycules

Wow. My heart is feeling so open and inspired after listening to this. Josh and I share a lot with regards to our past and it's so awesome to see that he's transformed trauma into a creative and inspiring tool to help others too. WOW lewis...wow...seriously....thank you so much again for doing what you do.

RobbGorringe
RobbGorringe

Great guest choice. Although I haven't heard of him before, there's something that all of can relate with with about— Pain.  It's just amazing that someone can go thru such a hellish childhood, and yet come forth like gold. Amazing.


Robb

RobertGarcia1
RobertGarcia1

First of all, Josh, THANK YOU for opening up. Its not easy to talk about the unpleasant parts of your life. I admire your courage. I'm the guy that mailed you my book, Teen Juggernaut. I was stunned and very humbled by your story.


Lewis, I hope this is a part 1 of 2. To be honest, you guys barely got under the surface of Josh's many talents. I wanted to hear about his ascension, the struggles he had in his early days as a speaker, the services and topics he covers, memorable stories, and how he built his reputation.


TREMENDOUS INTERVIEW. Thank you Josh and Lewis for teaching me so much. I just got an opportunity to work with an 850 student charter school in San Diego as a consultant, and I can't wait. If I can help either of you, let me know. My goal is to one day be on the show.


www.bluedragonent.com.


Dr. Rob.

melis_wilson
melis_wilson

What a great episode, Lewis! This one really resonated with me as I have experienced a traumatic situation in the past myself. I actually hadn't heard of Josh before this, but I'll be following what he does in the future. His story is very powerful and, while it is unfortunate that terrible things like that happen, I always love to hear about people who have turned a bad thing in a positive and go on and inspire others to do the same. 

To answer the question you pose, I wouldn't say that it's impossible to reach high levels of success if you haven't experienced some kind of trauma in life, but there definitely seems to be a relationship between the two. Going through a traumatic experience can either make you or break you, and those that make it through usually end up discovering their passion and then become determined to succeed. 


Great job with your podcast overall. I've really been enjoying the guests you've been having lately and the focus of the episodes. I look forward to seeing who you'll be talking to in the future!


Melissa

fydx3
fydx3

Excellent interview Lewis.  I'm a fan and follower of Josh's which led me now to you.  Genuine, authentic and the real deal.  Well done to both of you and thank  you.


kylemusserco
kylemusserco

This is full of incredible business and life lessons.  What an amazing story of overcoming incredible odds to lead such an impactful life.  


Hats off to both you guys.  Great work!  

alyssadazet
alyssadazet

A variety of fascinating topics covered in this one Lew.


I'll tell you one thing... it makes me want to foster some kids and drown them in limitless love!

BrianONeill
BrianONeill

Great interview! I think going through hard times when you were younger is a big plus when it comes to being an entrepreneur. I started my first business at the age of 21 and I will be turning 51 in April of 2014.

The one thing I don't think people understand that being an entrepreneur is a journey not a race. After all these years I'm finally seeing some real success and I never had a plan B! It can be a real painful journey at times, but that's part of the game. Keep Failing forward!

trainingedgesports
trainingedgesports

This message really spoke to me.  As a husband and father, I can relate to the challenges that go along with keeping that a high priority.  I have a newfound passion for making a lasting impact and am excited to get that rolling.  Thanks for sharing this story.  The messages shared on your podcasts are messages of hope and inspiration.  They have lead me to realize there is greatness within wanting to be set free.  Thank you Lewis Howes.  You are making a difference!

csmnyc
csmnyc

I feel like I'm missing the point with these podcasts. Halfway through I couldn't remember who this guy was or what he did, but only that he was lucky to make it out of the fostercare system. I still question anyone that says, "Just find your passion and you will be successful." Is that why 99% of the people can barely get by is because they haven't found their passion, thus they're working low-paying redundant jobs?

I keep listening to these podcasts in hopes of getting something out of them but either I'm that shutdown or I just can't relate to any of the topics or guest speakers. Sometimes I automatically tune out when the musicbeds are unbalanced and that's just a habit from when I worked at a radio station.


Do people feel that connected immediately when listening to the speakers or does it take a couple listens to start to get it? Anyone? Bueller?

Isaiah Hankel PhD
Isaiah Hankel PhD

Excellent interview Lewis, Josh is great. I love what he said about looking at mentors first steps to success instead of looking at where they are at now. I know that when I  was a teen and starting to pursue my passion for being an entrepreneur,  I would get intimidated by the end goal. I would try to compare myself to my heros and it was frustrating because I was so far off. Eventually I learned that every successful entrepreneur stated out with a dream and a day job, and wasn't much different than me. I wish someone would have told me that earlier.

Lewis Howes
Lewis Howes

good times, thanks for coming on my man!

Rebecca Blurton
Rebecca Blurton

This was fantastic. Thanks all the way from Melbourne, Australia.

Really appreciated the pointers on how to get on your ideal mentors radar.

Bec Blurton

heatherbowling
heatherbowling

Surviving trauma. People are in trauma all the time. Those who find a way to make it out the other side, they are resilient and have what it takes to make an impact for everyone around them. They win.


My favorite moments are

* making sure my story has a point. It isn't about me, it's about what you can get from where I've been

* focusing on step B

* be an "otherish giver"


Thanks for another great interview.

GeneHammett
GeneHammett

Lewis,


Great episode! I love the DIG DEEP approach you take. Josh is a powerful speaker.  I have seen in live before and my wife is in one of his high end programs to launch her career as a youth speaker.  


Also let me say thank you for our conversation at NMX.  It helped me with a big decision on my podcast.  Do you remember me at John Dumas's party?


Gene

IndependentIan
IndependentIan

Powerful Lewis Howes! 


I don't think people need to go through radical trauma to do amazing things. Richard Branson seemed to have a fairly un-traumatic life (hot air balloon crashes and a brief brush with the law aside...)


Steve Jobs too had lots of challenges, but his biography is free from any intense trauma (I guess you could say being adopted is dramatic...)


That being said, it sure seems to help.

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@wmat  I don't think you are dreaming as there are many people in their 40's who've gotten away from the lives they weren't happy with and taken on a new path.  A few that come to mind are Pam Slim http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/ and also check out Chris chrisguillebeau.com/

csmnyc
csmnyc

@LewisHowes @csmnyc The battle is to try and find my passion. That's all I've been hearing since the mid-90s is you have to find your passion to be happy. Really? If it was only just that easy and not as hard as working some job just so I can afford a roof over my head and some food to eat.


Sure it would be nice to afford a Life Coach, or whatever that guy sees once a month, and it would maybe be nice to have a mentor but that means I would have to have someone to look up to and frankly I never had that. I get the accountability but this is more about figuring out the starting process than anything else.


I'll give a listen, again, tomorrow as with your other podcasts to see if I am just missing it while it stands there in front of me.


Thanks for taking the time to respond Lewis.

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