Classic Influence Podcast_Timeless Lessons from the Legends_Learn from the Wisdom of History with Your Host Dr. Johnny Welch, M.B.A.

“History belongs above all to the man of deeds and power, to him who fights a great fight, who needs models, teachers, consolers and cannot find them among his contemporaries.”

—Friedrich Nietzsche (1844—1900),
German Philosopher

Classic Influence Podcast:

Timeless Lessons from the Legends

Welcome to the Classic Influence podcast.

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 leadership and influence is indispensable to getting the outcomes you desire.

Through compelling storytelling and rigorous analysis—focused on the strategic application of the wisdom of history and insights from social science research—Classic Influence explores the timeless laws and lessons of the heroes of history and the icons of influence, strategy, and power.

Listen in as your host—the Harvard and Columbia trained researcher, author, and speaker, Dr. Johnny Welch, M.B.A. (author of Mastering the Power of Grit and The Magic of Assuming Command and, coming October 14, 2023, The Strategist Code)—works to unearth the most critical paradigms, principles, and practices, the recurring characteristics, patterns, and themes to discover the strategies, tactics, and tools you can use to increase your power and influence to achieve your own most daring dreams and goals.

Distilled from the stories of history’s heroes as well as today’s titans 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.”

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

“Look back over the past,” wrote Marcus Aurelius, “…and you can foresee the future too.”

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Classic Influence Podcast–List of Episodes:

Classic Influence The Wisdom of History Distilled into Practical Strategies, Tactics and Tools
  1. CIP 001. The Power of Initiative: President McKinley’s Message to Garcia
  2. CIP 002. Select Yourself. Decide for Yourself that You Have What It Takes: John F. Kennedy’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 018. Craft a Compelling Image to Increase Your Influence and Amplify Your Power: Blackbeard Becomes the Dark Lord of the Skull and Crossbones
  17. CIP 019. Look First to Your Frames for the Seeds of Success: Russell Conwell’s Acres of Diamonds (Part 1 of 2)
  18. CIP 020. Surface Your Submerged Assumptions: President Kennedy and the Curious Consensus for the Bay of Pigs (Part 2 of 2)
  19. CIP 021. Milk Your Assets, Face the Brute Facts: The Cunning and Charismatic Cleopatra Assumes the Egyptian Throne
  20. CIP 022. Spurn the Most Treacherous of Emotions, Beware the Ambitions of the Beast: The Hubris of Emperor Nero, Rome’s Original Antichrist
  21. CIP 023. Construct Your Own Heroic Life History: Ragnar Lothbrok, The Everlasting Legend of the Viking Leader
  22. CIP 024. Cast Off the Culture of Comfort, Convenience and Ease: Theodore Roosevelt Becomes the Apostle of the Strenuous Life
  23. CIP 025. Mine the Miners—Create, Don’t Consume: The Pioneering Producers of the California Gold Rush
  24. CIP 026. Escalate Your Commitment, Burn Your Ships: Hernando Cortés Conquers the Aztec Empire
  25. CIP 027. Adopt the Champion Mindset: Arnold Schwarzenegger Takes the Throne
  26. CIP 028. Hammer Optimism into Your Plans: Ernest Shackleton’s Miracle Trip from Elephant Island
  27. CIP 029. Wield Power with Wisdom, Get Both in and Out of the Game: Martin Luther King Jr. Assumes Leadership, Becomes the Symbol of the Civil Rights Movement
  28. CIP 030. Profit from the Power of Frames to Achieve Your Aims: President Franklin Roosevelt Reframes His Race for a 3rd Term
  29. CIP 031. Take Bold Action (Part 1): Be Bold and Let Boldness Do Its Work: Napoleon Bonaparte Escapes His Island Prison
  30. CIP 032. Take Bold Action (Part 2): Dare to Defy the Established Order, Risk to Skip Ahead: Huey Long Cuts a Barrier-Breaking Path to the Top
  31. CIP 033. Take Bold Action (Part 3): Boldly Strike Out to Accelerate Your Ascent. Embrace Your Beginner Status, Limited Knowledge, and Rookie Mistakes: Theodore Roosevelt Boldly, Brazenly Begins Anew
  32. CIP 034. Take Bold Action (Part 4): To Achieve the Unbelievable, Back Bold Action with a Bastion and a Base: The Herculean Daring of Bloody Mary’s Fight for the Throne
  33. CIP 035. Take Bold Action (Part 5): Be Bold in Pursuit of Your Aims: The Celebrity Power of Frank Sinatra, and the Daring Don Rickles, Upstart Comedian Extraordinaire
  34. CIP 037. Escalate the Intensity, Increase the Stakes: Orville and Wilbur Wright’s Extraordinary Obsession with Flight
  35. CIP 038. Make Your First Dollar, Profit from the Power of Proof: Dale Carnegie’s Baby Steps Rise to Blockbuster Success
  36. CIP 039. Find Courage Under Fire—Count the Costs, Then Forge Ahead: General George S. Patton’s Greatest Nightmare and Moment of Truth
  37. CIP 040. Get Leverage, Change the Calculus: The Crafty and Courageous Roma and the Birth of Ancient Rome
  38. CIP 042. Win Lasting Influence, Listen for the Underlying Need: Mahatma Gandhi Builds the Bedrock of an Unbreakable Charismatic Bond
  39. CIP 043. Believe Absolutely to Inspire Absolute Belief: Joan of Arc Turns the Tide of the Hundred Years’ War
  40. CIP 044. Exploit the Hidden Power of Simplicity: Alexander the Great Fulfills the Prophecy of the Gordian Knot
  41. CIP 047. Put Your Name on the Building, Take the Title You Desire: Steven Spielberg Occupies the Universal Lot
  42. CIP 048. Reframe Your Role, Take Whatever Title You Require: Walt Disney Heads to Hollywood in Pursuit of a Fantastic Dream
  43. CIP 049. Expect the Unexpectable, Vigorously Guard Against the Negative Expectations Trap: George Dantzig Solves Albert Einstein’s Unsolvable Problems

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