Classic Influence Podcast – Episodes List

Welcome to the Classic Influence Podcast Show where we explore the timeless lessons learned from the legends of influence, leadership, power, persuasion, charisma, hustle and grit. Whether you work in business or politics, education or entertainment, or whether you simply want to tap more of your potential power and find greater success, your capacity for influence is indispensable to getting the outcomes you desire. Influence is the master key to success.

Distilled from the stories of history’s heroes and today’s superstars of success, this show is based on the idea that, as Isaac Newton once said, we can see further by standing on the shoulders of giants. “Look back over the past,” wrote Marcus Aurelius, “…and you can foresee the future too.” Drawing on his graduate school training at San Diego State and Harvard, as well as his training and experience as a qualitative researcher at Columbia, where he now teaches, John C. Welch (author of Mastering the Power of Grit) reveals the most critical patterns and themes that surface in the research of those who have mastered the power of influence—champions and heroes who stand as timeless legends of leadership, power, hustle and grit.

Listen in as we work to unearth the wisdom and insights of the hustlers and heroes of history to discover the strategies, tactics, tips and tools you can use to master the power of influence to achieve your own most daring dreams and goals.

Remember: “History belongs above all to the man of deeds and power,” wrote Nietzsche (1844—1900), “to him who fights a great fight, who needs models, teachers, comforters and cannot find them among his contemporaries.”


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  1. CIP 001. The Power of Initiative: President McKinley’s Message to Garcia
  2. CIP 002. Select Yourself: JFK’s Campaign for President
  3. CIP 003. Cultivate a Fantastic Obsession: Walt Disney’s Epic Dream
  4. CIP 004. Resolve to Pay the Price: Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose
  5. CIP 005. Concentrate Your Power: Casanova’s Great Escape
  6. CIP 006. Prosper Where You’re Planted: The Legend Behind the Story of Robinson Crusoe
  7. CIP 007. Hustle While You Wait: The Siren Call of Walter Chrysler
  8. CIP 008. Conquer Fear Through Action: Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands
  9. CIP 009. Crown Yourself: The Kingfish Campaign to Seize the Governor’s Terrain
  10. CIP 010. Stay Hungry to Make Your Mark: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Drum Major Instinct
  11. CIP 011. Saturate Your Mind With A Lifelong Orientation To Time: Cesare Borgia’s Fight to Rise
  12. CIP 012. Expand Your Perspective, Effect Strategy to Win the Greater Game: The Supreme Pontiff’s Immaculate Deception
  13. CIP 013. Dare to Run More and Greater Risks: P.T. Barnum Risks It All on an Unknown
  14. CIP 015. Develop Deep Self-Belief: Napoleon Bonaparte’s Lucky Star
  15. CIP 016. Assume Ultimate Ownership, Embrace Radical Responsibility as a Rule: President Lincoln Pays the Ultimate Price
  16. CIP 017. Leverage the Paradox of Self-Reliance: General George Washington Wins the War By First Building Belief and Rapport
  17. CIP 018. Craft a Compelling Image to Increase Your Influence and Amplify Your Power: Blackbeard Becomes the Dark Lord of the Skull and Crossbones
  18. CIP 019. Look First to Your Frames for the Seeds of Success: Russell Conwell’s Acres of Diamonds (Part 1 of 2)
  19. CIP 020. Surface Your Submerged Assumptions: President Kennedy and the Curious Consensus for the Bay of Pigs (Part 2 of 2)



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