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Lewis Howes

6 Years of Greatness

The School of Greatness is turning six.

I’ve been hosting The School of Greatness for six years.

We’ve done 750 episodes.

That’s 750 conversations with inspiring people like Kobe Bryant, Scooter Braun, Maria Sharapova, Tony Robbins, Sarah Blakely, Maria Shriver and more.

When I started, I hoped it would reach millions of people. Now the podcast has over 90 million downloads.

My life has changed for the better because of The School of Greatness. I hope yours has, too.

Anniversaries are a great time to reflect back on how far you’ve come.

That’s why, for this 5-Minute Friday, I’m bringing back a conversation with Robert Greene from my first podcast episode ever.

Robert Greene is a best-selling author known for talking about strategy, power, and seduction. His books include The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law (with rapper 50 Cent), Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature.

You can hear the sound quality was different back then. That’s because I started out recording episodes on my iPhone! I now have an entire team that supports me and my business.

Robert discusses the idea of having the discipline to achieve mastery after finding something you’re passionate about. Interestingly enough, that’s why I started this podcast and why I continue to do it.

Thank you for listening and joining me in the pursuit of greatness.

Learn about the concept of mastery and see where it all started in Episode 750.

“You possess all of the tools you need for success and achievement.” @RobertGreene  

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • What powerful people have in common (3:05)
  • Why Robert Greene wrote a book with 50 Cent (4:35)
  • The secret to 50 Cent’s success (5:52)
  • Plus much more…

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Transcript of this Episode

Lewis: This is 5-Minute Friday!!

Welcome to 5-Minute Friday this is episode 750 and also today is the 6th year anniversary of the school of greatness podcast. Guys we are doing this together we are living our lives fully, we are taking on our dreams, we are learning challenges from the lessons we go through and we one huge family. I am so grateful for all your support over the years and big thank you to our sponsor design crowd. They’ve got hundreds of thousands of designers from all over the world that will create designs for you, all you have to do is fill out the form of what you’re looking for, whether it’s a logo or website or t-shirt or whatever it maybe. You submit what you’re looking for and give details of what it is that’s inspiring you for this and then designers will start creating branding for you. You can get feedback from them and then when you want to pick a winner you choose one of them and just pay that.

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This 5-Minute Friday is with our very first guest Robert Greene and I’m so excited to share this with you it’s when I did it on my iPhone and the audio recording was bad just to show you that it doesn’t matter where you at now, you can always improve any area of your life, your health, business, relationship and take things to another level. So, without further ado let’s dive into this 5-Minute Friday.

Thanks so much for coming on the show Robert.

Robert: Thank you very much for having me Lewis and I’m excited.

Lewis: First of before we get into the content why did you decide to cover this topic?

Robert: Well prior this book I’ve been working for let’s say 13 years or so researching power in all of its different forms from great political figures to seducers to artist. Then I have the opportunity to actually interact with a living power figure 50 cent and I notice that all of these people shared something, it was something that a quality they all had it wasn’t anything physical it was something about how their minds operated and I just thought if I can figure out what these people shared it would be the ultimate book. It would be like the ultimate power itself, I could reduce it to something relatively and for the process that these people went through I say attain of a superior level of intelligence. And once you have this intelligence basically the world is yours to conquer if you have setbacks it’s inevitable in life and you know how to get back on your feet, it’s like the key to everything. So, I wanted to share this knowledge that I have from so much research with my readers.

Lewis: Amazing. Now, can you tell more about your [?] with 50 cent, I think it’s pretty cool that you actually wrote a book with him and how much did you spend time with him and what did you really learn how he got to where he is?

Robert: Well he contacted me, he was just curious to meet me and we met in the backroom in a steakhouse in New York City in 2006 I think it was. It was kind of intimidating because I was the only sort of white guy there.

Lewis: He had a huge entourage.

Robert: He had a huge entourage and it’s kind of like something out of the godfather, but it ended up really well and you wouldn’t think of looking at us because we didn’t look simpler or anything but we got along really well. We shared interesting strategy and warfare and like to talk about sports and empowering maneuvers and what people are really up to in the music business. So, we decided to do a book together, I spend about for 6 months I was pretty much hanging out with him. I’d go back and forth to L.A but I was in New York a lot, I would hang out with him in all these meetings, I went to his house and hang out in his strange mansion in Connecticut that he bought from Mike Tyson and then I went to Vegas a lot with him, party a lot with him but neither of us was party animals. So we got to know each other pretty well and being around him you know I was sort of considering, I never got to be around Napoleon Bonaparte I’m now that old but I thought this is my chance to be around a real kind of I call him Napoleon Bonaparte, he really see in real time what a powerful figure is like and he was amazing and I had to deduce from that time the secret to 50 is fearlessness and that’s what the 50 is about.

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