Podcast #130 with Jayson Gaignard of Mastermind Talks

Episode 129


In Episode #130 Ari brings Jayson Gaignard, the creator of Mastermind Talks, onto the program for a memorable interview. During their conversation, Jayson shares his fascinating story which involves dropping out of high school, early entrepreneurial success, dangerous encounters with debt and, of course, the origins of the Mastermind Talks.

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Time Stamped Show Notes: •29:20 – Introduction of Jayson Gaignard, founder of the Mastermind Talks •30:30 – Jayson shares the Tim Ferris connection and how Mastermind Talks got started •31:45 – Early success isn’t everything—despite Jayson’s incredible fortune early on, by August of 2012 he was $250,000 in debt •32:15 – The notion of the connection economy led to the first ever Mastermind Dinner •33:25 – The bank can take your car and your home, but it cannot take your connections •35:10 – Jayson is a huge proponent in the power of morning rituals •35:50 – Every time Jayson has stretched himself, he has found a way to make it work •37:05 – Never tarnish your word and always invest in your network •37:55 – How Jayson determines which tips and tricks will work best for each individual Mastermind talk •39:50 – Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel—It’s that simple and that hard •41:00 – Technology tools Jayson uses to keep track of everything◦41:35 – Contactually ◦42:20 – Mainly, Jayson is always trying to have better people in his network ◦43:35 – Zapier ◦44:00 – Mention.net

•45:50 – The actual Mastermind◦46:00 – 3-Days, $20,000 and only 150 people are admitted ◦47:00 – An Experience day, a Mastermind day and a Learning day

•48:10 – Is there a common type of person that joins the Mastermind? •48:15 – An entrepreneur is someone that goes from working in their business to on their business, but there is a second type of entrepreneur that goes from working in their business to working on themselves •49:30 – The value of Mastermind Talks is NOT the speakers on the stage but the general people in the room •50:35 – Jayson explains what his normal workday looks like •53:20 – It’s a slippery slope once you start acquiescing to other people’s request •54:30 – Jayson’s Top 3 Tips for Being More Effective◦54:50 – Focusing on relationships ◦55:20 – Make sure the goals you’re pursuing are your own ◦56:39 – Your health is your wealth

•57:55 – MastermindDinners.com and MastermindTalks.com

7 Key Points: 1.Early success does not equate to sustained success. 2.No one can take, tarnish or destroy your relationships but YOU. 3.Perfect the power behind morning rituals. 4.Business is all about how you make people feel. 5.Do not work IN your business, work ON your business. 6.The value of the Mastermind experience isn’t in Jayson or the speakers on stage, but in the general audience. 7.Never forget that the goals you’re pursuing need to be your own and no one else’s.

Resources Mentioned: •Uterus Spa – An article from Fast Company about a woman who went to get a steam-treatment (as recommended by Gweneth Paltrow) for her uterus •One Medical – A membership based medical office which costs $100 a year •Glasses Off – iPhone and Android app that claims to be able to break people free from reading glasses by training the eyes •Hydra – Camera applicant that takes multiple pictures and stitches them together to create HQ images •Searching for Sex – New York Times article looking at the Google search patterns related to sex •Top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs – Article from Mercola talking about the top anti-inflammatory herbs available •MixMax – Gmail plug-in that claims to do a variety of things including tell you if your emails have been read by the recipients •Productivity Pack – A Pro subscription to a variety of things including Evernote, Dropbox and the New York Times •Alibi – Tracks movement on phone to prove exactly where you are at any time

Reviews, Comments and Questions: •05:15 – Review – From listener ? – “This is an inspiring podcast with relevant guests to help me in my everyday life. I know have a better understanding of why Less Doing is a powerful concept.” •03:50 – Question – From Ari Meisel to the Less Doing Community – Do the Less Doing Listeners want a way to financially support the Less Doing podcast directly, other than advertising? Is there interest in a Patreon campaign?

Credits: •Music and Audio Editing provided by Felix Bird •Show Notes provided by Mike Rossi