Classic Influence Podcast Show

Welcome to the Classic Influence Podcast Show where we explore the timeless lessons learned from the legends of influence, leadership, power, persuasion, and sway.

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 and The Magic of Assuming Command) 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 legends 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 the influential German philospher Friedrich Nietzsche, “to him who fights a great fight, who needs models, teachers, comforters and cannot find them among his contemporaries.”

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Note: To see the list of Classic Influence Podcast episodes, with links to all of the resource guides, click here: CIP Episodes.

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

A populist champion of the poor, Huey Long grew up during America’s Gilded Age, and got involved in politics in the years before the Great Depression. Despite the considerable economic hardships he faced throughout his early life in Louisiana, and the ferocious political opposition he faced throughout his political career, Huey Long rose to become one of the Pelican State’s greatest political stars. Beyond his fierce ambition and quick mind, it was bold action that set Huey apart. In fact, Huey Long was willing to take whatever bold action was necessary to overcome his humble origins, make a name for himself, and do as much good as he could along the way. In this episode of Classic Influence, we’ll travel back to Louisiana in the early 20th century and see what we can learn from the bold and brash actions of Huey P. Long. This episode also looks to the example of Robert M. La Follette, and his surprising response to the political machine in Madison, Wisconsin when they warned him not to run.
  1. Williams, T. Harry (1981). Huey Long. New York: Random House. Pg. 35.
  2. White, Richard D. (2006). Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. New York: Random House. Pgs. 8-14.
  3. Greene, Robert (1998). The 48 Laws of Power. New York: Penguin Books. Pg. 227.
  4. “The ‘Famous Five’ Now the ‘Famous Nine.’” United States Senate. http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Famous_Five_Seven.htm

CIP 031.

Take Bold Action (Part 1): Be Bold and Let Boldness Do Its Work: Napoleon Bonaparte Escapes His Island Prison

Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the greatest military leaders in history. Beyond his capacity as a strategist and tactician, however, it was often Bonaparte’s sheer boldness that enabled him to achieve the outcome he desired. As Napoleon repeatedly revealed, once unleashed, bold action can become a powerful force of its own, commanding attention, sweeping down obstacles, and building the momentum you need to succeed. Listen in now and learn how boldness can be a game changer in the pursuit of your goals.
  1. Roberts, Andrew (2014). Napoleon: A Life. New York: Viking. Pg. 724.
  2. Smith, Timothy Wilson (2007). Napoleon. London: Haus Publishing Limited. Pg. 125.
  3. Headley, Phineas Camp (1858). The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. New York: Derby & Jackson. Pg. 333.
  4. Gifford, Jonathan (2011, March 19). “Leadership and Courage: Napoleon Returns from Exile in Elba.” Jonathan Gifford: Business. Leadership. History. https://jonathangifford.com/leadership-and-courage-napoleon-returns-from-exile-in-elba/
  5. Scott, Sir Walter (1836). The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the French. Exeter: J&B Williams. Pg. 302.
  6. Englund, Steven (2004). Napoleon: A Political Life. New York: Scribner. Pg. 428.
  7. Markham, Felix (1963). Napoleon. New York: Penguin. Pg. 226.
  8. Dietrich, William (2015). Napoleon’s Rules: Life and Career Lessons from Bonaparte. Burrows Publishing. Pg. 77.
  9. Singal, Jesse (2017, July 11). “Daniel Kahneman’s Gripe with Behavioral Economics.” [Interview.] The Daily Beast. https://www.thedailybeast.com/daniel-kahnemans-gripe-with-behavioral-economics
  10. Greene, Robert (1998). The 48 Laws of Power. New York: Penguin Books. Pg. 228.
  11. Jackson, Curtis and Greene, Robert (2009). The 50th Law. New York: HarperCollins. Pg. 19.
  12. Frost, Robert (1961, January 20). “The Gift Outright.” Poem recited at John F. Kennedy's Inauguration. https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/about-jfk/life-of-john-f-kennedy/fast-facts-john-f-kennedy/the-gift-outright-by-robert-frost
  13. Dennis, Felix (2010). The Narrow Road: A Brief Guide to the Getting of Money. New York: Penguin. Pg. 44.

CIP 030.

Profit from the Power of Frames to Achieve Your Aims: President Franklin Roosevelt Reframes His Race for a 3rd Term

In 1940, with America on the cusp of entering World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to run for an unprecedented third term. Despite the longstanding and deep-seated tradition—going all the way back to George Washington, who voluntarily left office after just two terms—Roosevelt, a savvy political operator and masterful communicator, found a way to frame the decision so that it not only won the support of a majority of Americans, but also helped spur the nation to meet the emerging Nazi threat. In this episode of Classic Influence, we’ll travel back to the 1940 presidential campaign, hear from President Roosevelt in his own voice, and discover the surprising power of a well-crafted frame. This episode also reveals how Harriet Tubman used reframing as part of her covert missions to rescue slaves, and how it helped her to become “the Moses of her people.” As illustrated by President Ronald Reagan to devastating effect in his own race for the White House, listen in and discover how frames can be tremendously powerful tools of influence. Listen in now and you will also learn the 4 core steps of reframing, along with 5 strategies for generating new, more effective frames, and you will quickly discover why reframing is an indispensable tool in the pursuit of your own clear purpose and goals.
  1. Olson, Lynne (2013). Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and Americas Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941. New York: Random House. Pg. 211.
  2. Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1940, July 19). "Radio Address to the Democratic National Convention Accepting the Nomination." The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=15980
  3. Fairhurst, Gail (1996). The Art of Framing: Managing the Language of Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  4. Axelrod, Alan (2003). Nothing to Fear: Lessons in Leadership from FDR. New York: Portfolio. Pg. 204.
  5. Beerel, Annabel (2009). Leadership and Change Management. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Pg. 72.
  6. Bolman, Lee and Deal, Terrence (2017). Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership, 6th Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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

One dark night in the winter of 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was leading a mass meeting at his local church when his house was bombed. What he did next became a defining moment in his life, and in the fight for civil rights. Borne out of King’s habit of taking time get outside of the arena, it was not the action that anyone expected, but it was just the right move for the moment and the movement as a whole. In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll take a trip back to Montgomery, Alabama during the early years of the civil rights movement to discover one of the most powerful practices, and key secrets to King’s success. As we learn from Dr. King, a master strategist and critical thinker, your future will largely be determined by the quality of your decisions. To make the most effective and strategic decisions, you must recognize the threat of reactive, unchecked passions, and avoid being moved by your emotions and moods. This episode also reveals one of the most crucial steps you can take to ensure you are making the best, most effective and strategic decisions you can to ensure the outcomes you desire.
  1. Bruns, Roger (2006). Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Pgs. 41-42. Quote: "In some ways it was the most important hour of his life. His own home had just been bombed, his wife and baby could have been killed; this was the first deep test of his Christian principles and his theories of nonviolence." Quote: One elderly grandmother said at the time, "It used to be my soul was tired and my feet rested; now my feet's tired, but my soul is rested." Pg. 40. Quote: "We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence. We must meet violence with nonviolence. Remember the words of Jesus: 'He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.' We must love our white brothers, no matter what they do to us. We must make them know that we love them. Jesus still cries out across the centuries, "Love your enemies." This is what we must live by. We must meet hate with love."" Pg. 42.
  2. Oates, Stephen B. (1982). Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King Jr. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Pgs. 66, 89-90. Quote: "My wife and baby are all right;" he paused, "I want you to go home and put down your weapons." Pgs. 89-90.
  3. King, Martin Luther (2010 [1958]). Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. Boston: Beacon Press. Pgs. 43, 54. (Stride) Quote: For his Sunday sermons, he said that he "needed at least fifteen hours to prepare." Pg. 48. Quote: Now, in what he described as "the most decisive speech of my life," he had "only twenty minutes to prepare." Pg. 48.
  4. King, Martin Luther (1998). The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Warner Books. Quote: "As I thought further," King himself explains in his autobiography, "I came to see that what we were really doing was withdrawing our cooperation from an evil system, rather than merely withdrawing our support from the bus company. The bus company, being an external expression of the system, would naturally suffer, but the basic aim was to refuse to cooperate with evil." Pg. 44. "At this point," King recalls, "I began to think about Thoreau's 'Essay on Civil Disobedience.' I became convinced that what we were preparing to do in Montgomery was related to what Thoreau had expressed. We were simply saying to the white community, 'We can no longer lend our cooperation to an evil system.'" Pg. 44. "I jumped in my car and for almost an hour I cruised down every major street and examined every passing bus. […] Instead of the 60 percent cooperation we had hoped for," he wrote, "it was becoming apparent that we had reached almost 100 percent. A miracle had taken place." Pg. 45. "Men were seen riding mules to work, and more than one horse-drawn buggy drove the streets of Montgomery." Pg. 45 "They knew why they walked," King said, "and the knowledge was evident in the way they carried themselves. And as I watched them I knew that there is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity." Pg. 45. Quote: "It had happened so quickly I did not even have time to think it through. It is probable that if I had, I would have declined the nomination." Pg. 45.
  5. Menand, Louis (2018, April 4). "When Martin Luther King, Jr., Became a Leader." The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/when-martin-luther-king-jr-became-a-leader Quotes: "What had given King pause about endorsing the boycott was a concern that it might be unethical and unchristian," writes Harvard historian Louis Menand. "The boycott might be unethical because, if it shut down Montgomery buses, it would deprive other riders of a service that they depended on, and deprive bus drivers of the way that they made a living. It might be unchristian," he continues, "because it was a response to an injury by inflicting an injury. It was revenge. King felt that he had to work through these worries about the movement before he could lead it." Quote: …Including, at the very least, "a room in the basement of his church for the organizers to meet." Quote: "He says in his autobiography that he wasted five of those twenty minutes having a panic attack. Fifteen minutes later, he was picked up and driven to the Holt Street Church."
  6. Shelby, Tommie (2018, April 4). "10 Historians on What People Still Don't Know About Martin Luther King Jr." TIME Magazine. https://time.com/5197679/10-historians-martin-luther-king-jr/ Actual quote: "Everyone knows King was a Baptist minister, movement leader, and master orator. But he was also a philosopher."
  7. Gardner, Howard (1995). Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership. New York: Basic Books. Quote: "Once you become dedicated to a cause, personal security is not the goal. What will happen to you personally does not matter. My cause, my race is worth dying for." Quote: "King hailed the decision as a victory for all Americans…"Pg. 207. Quote: Which helped him to better adapt his message to them, "depending on whether he was speaking to his home congregation, an unfamiliar congregation, a sympathetic interviewer, a hostile reporter, the viewers of a television talk show, or the readers of an elite magazine." Pg. 210. Quote: Taking time to stop and step back also enabled King to develop a better "sense of when to listen, when to compromise, and when to hold his ground," writes Howard Gardner in Leading Minds. Pg. 210. Quote: "King repeatedly had to decide where to go, whom to confront, how hard to push, when to turn on the heat, and when to allow things to cool off." Pg. 212.
  8. Finkleman, Paul (2009). Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present. Oxford University Press. Pg. 360.
  9. Payne, Charles (2005, December 2). "Unsung Heroes of the Montgomery Bus Boycott." [Interview.] NPR. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5035704
  10. Tassell, Nige (2016, March). "Martin Luther King and the March on Washington." History Revealed, Issue 27. Pg. 29. Quote: As the bus "boycott's chief architect," King "became nationally recognized as one of the Civil Rights Movement's most high-profile leaders."
  11. Edwards, Sharon (2017, May 17). "Reflecting differently. New dimensions: Reflection-before-action and reflection-beyond-action." International Practice Development Journal, Volume 7, Issue 1, Article 2. https://doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.71.002 (PDF)
  12. Taylor, S. E.; Brown, J. D. (1994). "Positive illusions and well-being revisited: Separating fact from fiction." Psychological Bulletin. 116 (1). Pgs. 21–27. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8078971/
  13. Sobel, Andrew and Panas, Jerold (2012). Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Pg. 81. Quote: As the celebrated management consultant Peter Drucker put it, "Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."
  14. Borton, Terry (1970). "Applying the Process Approach" Chapter 8 in Reach, Touch and Teach. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  15. Bennett, William J. (2001). Virtues of Leadership. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc. Pg. viii.
  16. Phillips, Donald T. (1998). Martin Luther King, Jr. On Leadership: Inspiration & Wisdom for Challenging Times. New York: Warner Books. Quote: King found close to a thousand people crammed into the church, "spilling into the aisles, standing on the sides and in the back. An estimated four thousand more people were crowded together outside on the lawn and in the streets listening to what was being said from a loud-speaker that had been mounted on the church's roof." Pg. 38.
  17. King, Martin Luther (1967, November). The Trumpet of Conscience. Quote: "The limitation of riots, moral questions aside," he said, "is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary," King continues, "but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility."
  18. Greene, Robert (2018). The Laws of Human Nature. New York: Viking. Quote: You are easily "infected by all of the drama that others churn up; you are continually reacting to what [other] people give you…" Pgs. 22, 184. Quote: Without a clear purpose and framework "to guide your decisions, you never quite reach the goals that you set." Pg. 22. Quote: Rather than "reacting to what others give you," or being constricted and controlled by the grip of your emotions, you will find, "with a calm spirit," that you are able to "entertain a wide range of options and solutions." Pg. 21. As Robert Green writes in The Laws of Human Nature, "like an athlete continually getting stronger through training, your mind will become more flexible and resilient. Clear and calm, you will see answers and creative solutions that no one else can envision." Pg. 21.
  19. Heifetz, Ronald A. (1994). Leadership Without Easy Answers. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Pg. 252. Quote: "Rather than maintain perspective on the events that surround and involve us, we often get swept up by them." Pg. 252.
  20. Greene, Robert (2006). The 33 Strategies of War. New York: Penguin Books. (GreeneWar) Pg. 19. Quote: When you get outside of the game, when you "elevate yourself above the battlefield," (Greene P. 19) or get "on the balcony," as Heifetz puts it in his book, Leadership Without Easy Answers (P. 252)…
  21. Gergen, David (2001). Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton. New York: Simon & Schuster. Pg. 42. Quote: In short, getting some distance, "observing the patterns of action from afar," writes Harvard Kennedy School professor David Gergen, helps to foster more effective action.
  22. Thoreau, Henry David (1910). Walden. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Pg. 427. Quote: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately," Thoreau later wrote, "to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
  23. Twain, Mark (1961). Twain: Wit and Wisecracks. White Plains, New York: Peter Pauper Press. Pg. 7. Quote: "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."
  24. Bennett, William J. (2001). Virtues of Leadership. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc. Pg. viii. Quote: "A night that had been on the verge of chaos came to a quiet, if uneasy, close. Pictures of King urging calm from his shattered porch made the newspapers across the country, and support for the civil rights movement swelled."
Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). All music by Kevin MacLeod unless otherwise cited: "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Gagool (Building Weapons in Dark Plant)," "MJS Sting," "Fantasy Theme" by Rafael Krux, "Pennsylvania Rose (Happy Ending)," "Land Of Pirates" by Alexander Nakarada, "Sweeter Vermouth," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Sound Effects: All at FreeSound.org: "Star Wars Proximity Bomb" by Paul368, "G8-breaking-window" by Iamgiorgio, "Donkeys-Braying-at-the-market" by Felix Blume, "Canadian-horse-carriage" by Vero Marengere, "Traffic-heavy-slow-middle-east-gridlock-throaty" by Kyles, "Large-crowded-room-voices" by MeFrancis13, "Crunching Glass Shards" by JorickHoofd, "Crushed Glass" by SubUnit23, "College-backyard-barbecue-party-ambience" by StrangeLandsPod. Voice Credits: Female Voice Outtro: LauraPro @Fiverr.com Show Tags/Keywords: action, critical thinking, effective, inclusive, influence, leadership, Martin Luther King Jr., moral leader, reflection, strategic, strategy

CIP 028.

Hammer Optimism into Your Plans: Ernest Shackleton's Miracle Trip from Elephant Island

One of history’s greatest sagas of survival, the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew’s quest to cross the South Pole, is a gripping reminder of the power of optimism, endurance, and hope. Where the expeditions of scores of other daring explorers ended in drunkenness, despair, and death, Shackleton’s leadership, his command of the psychology of his crew, and his capacity to project a cool and collected optimism in the midst of the most trying circumstances, and in the face of the most devastating setbacks, led to a life and death difference for his men. In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll travel to the frigid waters and the mammoth sheets of ice of Antarctica to learn from the leadership and influence of one of history’s greatest explorers.
  1. Perkins, Dennis N.T. (2000). Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition. New York: Amacom. Pgs. xiii, 42-43, 45, 48, 51, 79, 81.
  2. Ainsberg, Arthur (2010). Shackleton: Leadership Lessons from Antarctica. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse. Pgs. 5, 60.
  3. Morrell, Margot and Capparell, Stephanie (2001). Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer. New York: Viking. Pgs. 5, 39, 77, 107-108.
  4. Alexander, Caroline (1998). The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Pgs. 54-56, 153, 164-165, 171, 182-183.
  5. Butler, George (2000). "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition" [Documentary Film]. United States: Discovery Channel Pictures.
  6. Worsley, Frank Arthur (1931). Endurance: An Epic of Polar Adventure. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Pgs. 1-4, 6, 49-50, 53, 88, 97-100, 183.
  7. Coonradt, Charles A. (2007). The Better People Leader. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher. Pgs. 11-12.
  8. Frankl, Viktor (1984). Man's Search for Meaning. New York: Pocket Books. Pg. 86.
  9. The Holy Bible. 1 Corinthians 15:33.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Cold Journey (by Alexander Nakarada)," "Bonfire (Medieval Bonfire Music)" by Alexander Nakarada, "Jokull-Metal Version" by Alexander Nakarada, "Dungeons And Dragons (Epic Fantasy)" by Alexander Nakarada, "MJS Sting," "Fantasy Theme" by Rafael Krux, "Pennsylvania Rose (Happy Ending)," "Land Of Pirates" by Alexander Nakarada, "Sweeter Vermouth," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Sound Effects: All at FreeSound.org: "Wood Colliding Tall Ship Crashing" by Jagadamba, "Wind Gust" by Crashoverride61088, "Wind Loop" by Mrlindstrom, "Cold Howling Wind" by Alan McKinney, "Door Slam" by Adriann, "Rough Baltic Sea" by GirlwithSoundRecorder, "sailing-boat-bow-wave-close-perspective" by Pfannkuchn, "Sea lions screaming in the port of Iquique (Chile)" by Felix-Blume, "Wind" by Deku.

Voice Credits: Female Voice Outtro: LauraPro @Fiverr.com

Show Tags/Keywords: elephantisland, endurance, ernestshackleton, georgiaisland, hope, influence, leadership, optimism, polarexplorer, shackleton, southpole

 


 

CIP 027.

Adopt the Champion Mindset: Arnold Schwarzenegger Takes the Throne

In 1970, Arnold Schwarzenegger won both the Mr. Universe and the Mr. Olympia contest making him the greatest bodybuilder in the world. At just 23 years old, he was also the youngest Mr. Olympia ever. Of course he won the genetic lottery, only a fool would deny that. But that was only enough to get him into the game. What set Arnold Schwarzenegger apart was his profound ambition, relentless work ethic, and an ability to stay hyper focused on his dream. But the real secret to Schwarzenegger’s success was a hard lesson he had to learn, and it was the key to scores of others. In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll travel back to the first decade of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s meteoric rise and discover what we can learn from his story about how to achieve your most difficult goals.


  1. Schwarzenegger, Arnold (2007). "Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Reg Park." Office of the Governor of the State of California. https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=8164
  2. Schwarzenegger, Arnold (2013). Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pgs. 31, 59-60, 117.
  3. Pancho, Kelly Lynn (Director). (2009). "Still Pumping." (Arnold Schwarzenegger) Documentary. UK: Lionsgate Home Entertainment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvOUVil7W5s
  4. "Reg Park Biography." IMDb, An Amazon Company. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0661918/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Egmont Overture Finale," "Behind The Sword" by Alexander Nakarada, "Better Times (Africa Inspired Slow Start Upbeat Later)" by Alexander Nakarada, "As I Figure (Spanish Acoustic)," "MJS Sting," "Long Road Ahead," "Morocco Sting," "Thaxted" "Sweeter Vermouth," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Sound Effects: All at FreeSound.org: "Rooster" by Kangaroovindaloo, "Fitness Room" by J.Zazvurek, "Rolling Metal" by Vincentbikerider, "man-laughing-heartily" by Craigsmith.

Voice Credits: Female Voice Outtro: LauraPro @Fiverr.com

Show Tags/Keywords:commitment, committed, leadership, power, purpose, success, winning, winner, champion, champ, mentor, apprentice, master, Arnold, Schwarzenegger, classic, influence, Greek, titan, Hercules

 


 


CIP 026.

Escalate Your Commitment. Burn Your Ships: Hernando Cortés Conquers the Aztec Empire

In 1518, in defiance of the greatest empire on earth, the Spanish conquistador and explorer, Hernando Cortés, risked everything in pursuit of his goal, including his reputation, his wealth, and his life. Despite the grave risks and considerable forces allied against him, Cortés, with one bold stroke, turned the tide of events in his favor. Listen in now as we uncover the pivotal incident in the life of this notorious Spanish conqueror, and extract the key lesson we can learn from his example. Drawing on a parallel incident in the life of Alexander the Great, this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast also details the vital importance of purpose and renunciation, and how we often need nearly impossible challenges in order to unearth and mobilize our greatest inner resources and personal power.
  1. Marden, Orison Swett (1908). He Can who Thinks He Can, and Other Papers on Success in Life. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Pg. 92.
  2. Tarcher, Jeremy P. (Ed.)(2007). The Prosperity Bible: The Greatest Writings of All Time on the Secrets to Wealth and Prosperity. New York: Penguin. Pg. 24. Quote: "Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships" writes Napoleon Hill, "and cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success."
  3. Brown, Robin (2019). "Cortes vs. Moctezuma." All About History Aztecs, First Edition. Bournemouth: Future Publishing Limited. Pg. 87.
  4. Knipping, Toine (2012). Mind Your Business: Thoughts for Entrepreneurs. Bloomington: Balboa Press. Pg. 247. Quote: "We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it." —Ernesto "Che" Guevara
  5. Stahn, Carsten Easterday, Jennifer, & Iverson, Jens (Editors)(2014). Jus Post Bellum: Mapping Normative Foundations. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Quote is from Seneca the Younger. Pg. 90. "To be everywhere is to be nowhere." — Seneca
  6. Brooks, David (2014, January 13). "The Leadership Revival." The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/opinion/brooks-the-leadership-revival.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 "Only the masters of renunciation leave an imprint," writes New York Times journalist David Brooks, "only those who can say a hundred Nos for the sake of an overwhelming Yes."
  7. Hunter, Mark (2015). The Brink: How Great Leadership is Invented. New York: Morgan James Publishing. Pg. 109. Quote: "We go home in Persian ships, or we die." —Alexander the Great
  8. The Holy Bible. Matthew 10: 9-11
  9. Marden, Orison Swett (1911). Pushing to the Front. Petersburg, NY: The Success Company's. Pg. 569. Quote: "We should never leave any bridges unburned behind us, any way open for retreat to tempt our weakness, indecision or discouragement. If there is anything we ever feel grateful for, it is that we have had courage and pluck enough to push on, to keep going when things looked dark and when seemingly insurmountable obstacles confronted us."
  10. Fisher, Mark (2010). The Instant Millionaire. New World Library. Kindle Edition. Kindle Locations 327-330. Quote: "If you want to succeed in life," writes Mark Fisher, "you have to make sure you have no choice in the matter. You have to put your back to the wall. People who vacillate and refuse to take risks because they don't have all the elements in hand never get anywhere. The reason is simple. When you cut off all your exits and put your back to the wall, you mobilize all your inner powers. You want something to happen with every fiber of your being."
  11. Branson, Richard (2007). Screw It, Let's Do it: Lessons in Life and Business. London: Virgin Books. Pg. 67, 78. Quote: "It was challenges that took us from being cavemen to reaching for the stars."
  12. Nowlan, Robert A. (2016). The American Presidents from Polk to Hayes: What They Did, What The Said, & What Was Said About Them. Denver: Outskirts Press. Pg. 377. Quote: "If there is not the war, you don't get the great general. If there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman. If Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name." —Theodore Roosevelt
  13. Brown, H. Jackson (1990). P.S. I Love You: When Mom Wrote, She Always Saved the Best for Last. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press. Pg. 13. Quote attributed to Mark Twain, but may be apocryphal: "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines [Bowl Lynns]. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Five Armies," "Impending Boom," "Midnight Tale," "As I Figure (Spanish Acoustic)," "MJS Sting," "Long Road Ahead," "Morocco Sting," "Thaxted (Bilbo Baggins Sad Adventure Needed)" "Sweeter Vermouth," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Sound Effects: All at FreeSound.org: "Forest Fire Inferno" by Dynamicell, FreeSound.org, "Breaking Tree" by Robinhood76, "Wood Colliding Tall Ship Crashing" by Jagadamba.

Voice Credits: Female Voice Outtro: LauraPro @Fiverr.com


CIP 025.

Mine the Miners—Create, Don't Consume: The Pioneering Producers of the California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush led to the largest mass migration in U.S. history. From all over the world, men came to mine their fortunes. But it wasn’t the gold that led to the most enduring fortunes. In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll travel back to Sacramento Valley in the mid-1800s, meet a few of the pioneering producers of the Gold Rush Era, and explore the vital wealth building mindset these icons helped unveil. Listen in now and discover a far more resourceful mental map for looking out at the world. This episode also reveals the secret formula for success direct from California’s first millionaire.
  1. Bigler, Henry William (1962). Chronicle of the West: The Conquest of California, Discovery of Gold, and Mormon Settlement. Berkeley: University of California Press. Pg. 82.
  2. MacLowry, Randall and Longsworth, Laura (2006). "The Gold Rush." [Documentary Film]. American Experience. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/goldrush/filmmore/pt.html
  3. Brands, H. W. (2003). The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream. New York: Anchor Books. Pg. 38.
  4. Wiegand, Steve (1998, January 18). "The California Gold Rush: An Era Remembered." The Sacramento Bee. http://www.calgoldrush.com/part1/01overview.html
  5. Hendrickson, Nancy (2013). How the California Gold Rush: Changed the Face of America. San Diego: Green Pony Press, Inc. Pg. 16.
  6. Gillon, Steven M. (2006). 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America. The History Channel. New York: Three Rivers Press.
  7. Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2008). 50 Prosperity Classics: Attract It, Create It, Manage It, Share It. Wisdom from the Best Books on Wealth Creation and Abundance. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Pg. 144, 295.
  8. Downey, Kirstin (2014). Isabella: The Warrior Queen. New York: Anchor Books. Pg. 9
  9. DeMarco, MJ (2011). The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live for a Lifetime. Phoenix, AZ: Viperion Publishing Corporation. Pg. 130.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum,""Danse Macabre,""MJS Sting," "Long Road Ahead," "The Parting," "Whistle," "Morocco Sting," "Greta Sting," "Wizardtorium," "Achilles," "Sweeter Vermouth," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Sound Effects: "Bow River Windy" by Lwdickens @ FreeSound.org, "Wind Loop' by MrLindstrom @FreeSound.org, "Hissing Snake" by AaronGNP @FreeSound.org, "Angry Snake Hiss Pass Long" by Csaszi @FreeSound.org, Ragnar Lothbrok Speech Scene Vikings Series, "Wind Gust" by Crashoverride61088 @FreeSound.org, "Rattle Snake" by 7h3_Lark @FreeSound.org.

Voice Credits: Female Voice Outtro: LauraPro @Fiverr.com

Show Tags/Keywords:create, produce, owner, ownership, mindset, influence, leadership, power, purpose, success, grit, GoldRush, Gold, LeviStrauss, SamBrannan, SuttersFort, mine, miner, pioneer, California

 


 

CIP 024.

Cast Off the Culture of Comfort, Convenience and Ease: Theodore Roosevelt Becomes the Apostle of the Strenuous Life

Writer and explorer, fighter and reformer, scholar, historian, statesman, and sage; Theodore Roosevelt disdained idleness. “In this life, we get nothing save by effort,” said the Panama-Canal-Building, Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning President. “I never won anything without hard labor and…working long in advance.” In fact, the “highest form of success,” Roosevelt said, comes “to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil.” Listen in now to this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, and discover how Theodore Roosevelt became first an apostle, and, ultimately, the champion and exemplar of the Strenuous Life. This episode also exposes the frightening prospects for those preoccupied with comfort, convenience, and ease. Finally, you’ll learn how hard work and strenuous action are like secret weapons of success enabling you to achieve what Roosevelt called “the splendid ultimate triumph.”


  1. Nasaw, David (2006). Andrew Carnegie. New York: Penguin. Pgs. 33-40.
  2. Yardley, Jonathan (2006, October 15). "Andrew Carnegie. By David Nasaw." (Book Review). The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/12/AR2006101201097.html
  3. Carnegie, Andrew (1908). The Empire of Business. New York: Doubleday. Pg. 77.
  4. Goodwin, Doris Kearns (2014). The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pg. 34.
  5. Jackson, Bennett; Deming, Norma; Bemis, Katherine (1919). Thrift and Success. New York: The Century Co. Pg. 242.
  6. Roosevelt, Theodore (1922). Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pg. 13.
  7. Ward, Geoffrey C. & Burns, Ken (2014). The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Based on a Documentary Film by Ken Burns). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Pg. 6.
  8. Morris, Edmund (1979). The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. New York: Random House. Pg. 32.
  9. Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt (1921). My Brother, Theodore Roosevelt. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pg. 50.
  10. Marschall, Rick (2011). Bully! The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, Inc. Pg. 40.
  11. Russell, Richard (1964, May 27). "Telephone Conversation Between President Johnson and Senator Richard Russell," Document No. 52. Tape F64.27, Side B PNO 121 and F 64.28, Side A PNO 1. Recording and Transcripts, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v27/d52#fn1
  12. Boller, Paul F. (1996). Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press. Pg. 194.
  13. Beschloss, Michael R. (2003). The Presidents. Pg. 299.
  14. Oaklander, Mandy (2019). "23 Surprising Things that May Extend Your Life." The Science of Living Longer, Time Special Edition. New York: Time, Inc. Pg. 36.
  15. Chandler, Steve (1998). Reinventing Yourself: How to Become the Person You've Always Wanted to Be. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press. Pg. 49.
  16. Hardy, Darren (2011). The Compound Effect: Multiplying Our Success, One Simple Step at a Time. Philadelphia: Vanguard Press. Pg. 18.
  17. Burns, James MacGregor and Dunn, Susan (2001). The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America. New York: Grove Press.Pg. 26.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum,""Danse Macabre," "Midnight Tale," "Hero Down," "MJS Sting," Thaxted," "Long Road Ahead," "The Parting," "Whistle," "Morocco Sting," "Greta Sting," "Wizardtorium," "Achilles," "Sweeter Vermouth," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Sound Effects: "Bow River Windy" by Lwdickens @ FreeSound.org, "Wind Loop' by MrLindstrom @FreeSound.org, "Hissing Snake" by AaronGNP @FreeSound.org, "Angry Snake Hiss Pass Long" by Csaszi @FreeSound.org, Ragnar Lothbrok Speech Scene Vikings Series, "Wind Gust" by Crashoverride61088 @FreeSound.org, "Rattle Snake" by 7h3_Lark @FreeSound.org.

Voice Credits: Female Voice Outtro: LauraPro @Fiverr.com

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CIP 023.

Construct Your Own Heroic Life History: Ragnar Lothbrok, The Everlasting Legend of the Viking Leader

According to legend, Ragnar Lothbrok was the most famous Viking of his age. And he remains one of the greatest heroes of Viking history. But did a Viking leader named Ragnar Lothbrok actually exist? In this episode of Classic Influence, we’ll explore the power of this everlasting legend, and why the Vikings told and retold his story over and over again. This episode also reveals the power of story and legend and myth, and how a compelling epic can shape and, at last, radically transform the future. Drawing on the example of Ragnar Lothbrok, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and others, this episode also unmasks the power of your personal story, the cardinal importance of assuming your rightful role as both the author and the protagonist of your own heroic life history, and the power the storyteller role plays in the pursuit of your own grand aspirations and goals.


  1. Sprague, Martina (2007). Norse warfare: The Unconventional Battle Strategies of the Ancient Vikings. New York: Hippocrene Books, Inc.Pg. 225.
  2. Sawyer, Peter (1997). The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings. New York: Oxford University Press. Pg. 19. Quote: "In the year of our Lord 845, the vast army of Northmen breached the frontiers of the Christians. This was something that we never heard or read of happening before…"
  3. Logan, F. Donald (1991). The Vikings in History, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge. Pg. 118.
  4. Ferguson, Robert (2009). The Vikings: A History. New York: Viking. Pg. 183.
  5. Kane, Njord (2014). The Vikings: The Story of a People. Spangenhelm Publishing. Pg. 32.
  6. Sprague, Martina (2007). Norse warfare: The Unconventional Battle Strategies of the Ancient Vikings. New York: Hippocrene Books, Inc.Pg. 227, 233.
  7. Dougherty, Martin J. (2014). Vikings: A History of the Norse People. London: Amber Books Ltd. Pg. 112.
  8. Parker, Eleanor (2018 July). "The Immortal Viking." BBC History Magazine, Immediate Media Co. Pg. 30. Quote: The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok "read like they've been plucked from a Hollywood blockbuster," and, in fact, they've become central to the popular Vikings series on TV.
  9. Vaughan, Kenton (Writer and Director)(2014). "Secrets of the Vikings: The Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok." History Channel. T5 Vikings Productions, Inc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VOZEl7ygsA
  10. Le Guin, Ursula K. (1992). The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction. New York: HarperCollins. Pg. 31. Quote: "There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories."
  11. Philip, Neil (2007). Myths and Legends Explained. London: DK Publishing. Pg. 6.
  12. Kontur, Daniel and Simpson, William (Producers). Kontur, Daniel (Director). (2017). Myths & Monsters. Season 1, Episode 1, "Heroes and Villians." [Documentary Film Series]. UK: Netflix. Quote: "We use stories to explain to ourselves why we do things in certain ways."
  13. Lipton, Bruce and Bhaerman, Steve (2009). Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (and a Way to Get There from Here). Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. Pg. 25.
  14. Asacker, Tom (2013). The Business of Belief: How the World's Best Marketers, Designers, Salespeople, Coaches, Fundraisers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders Get Us to Believe. CreateSpace. Pg. 38. Quote: "…We all become the stories we tell ourselves."
  15. Gottschall, Jonathan (2012). The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. Boston: Mariner Books. Pg. 18.
  16. Elphick, Joanna (2018). "The Mighty Sons of Ragnar Lodbrok." All About History Book of Viking Sagas, 1st Edition. San Francisco: Future Publishing Limited. Pgs. 95-97.
  17. Logan, F. Donald (1991). The Vikings in History, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge. Pg. 126.
  18. Jones, Gwyn (1968). A History of the Vikings. New York: Oxford University Press. Pg. 216.
  19. Taylor, Lily Ross (1975). "The Divinity of the Roman Emperor." American Philological Association. Arno Press. Pg. 65.
  20. Albert, Edoardo (2018). "The Ultimate Viking." All About History Book of Viking Sagas, 1st Edition. San Francisco: Future Publishing Limited. Pg. 88.
  21. The Columbia Coaching Certification Program's Front-End Coach Intensives (Internal or External), Fall 2007, Dr. Terrence E. Maltbia Faculty Director. New York, NY: Columbia University. (CCCP) Quote: "Today, life history methods are employed in many fields including sociology, psychology, theology, political science and adult education; to name a few."
  22. The Columbia Coaching Certification Program's Front-End Coach Intensives (Internal or External), Fall 2007, Dr. Terrence E. Maltbia Faculty Director. New York, NY: Columbia University. Quote: "In a nutshell, life history can be thought of as an account of the series of events that make up your life. It is the story of your life and it is often written or shared in a way that highlights significant experiences, events or turning points and, importantly, the meaning we attach to these experiences and events."

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Virtutes Instrumenti," "Virtutes Vocis," "Danse Macabre," "Midnight Tale," "Hero Down," "MJS Sting," Thaxted," "Long Road Ahead," "The Parting," "Whistle," "Morocco Sting," "Greta Sting," "Wizardtorium," "Achilles," "Sweeter Vermouth," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Sound Effects: "Bow River Windy" by Lwdickens @ FreeSound.org, "Wind Loop' by MrLindstrom @FreeSound.org, "Hissing Snake" by AaronGNP @FreeSound.org, "Angry Snake Hiss Pass Long" by Csaszi @FreeSound.org, Ragnar Lothbrok Speech Scene Vikings Series, "Wind Gust" by Crashoverride61088 @FreeSound.org, "Rattle Snake" by 7h3_Lark @FreeSound.org.

Voice Credits: Female Voice Outtro: LauraPro @Fiverr.com

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CIP 022.

Spurn the Most Treacherous of Emotions, Beware the Ambitions of the Beast: The Hubris of Emperor Nero, Rome's Original Antichrist

Nero stands out as one of the most monstrous, and universally hated emperors in the long history of the Roman empire. And, yet, the reign of the once popular emperor began in relative peace. What allowed for such a dramatic transformation? Were there any early signs of what barbaric slaughtering was to come? In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll travel back to ancient Rome and watch as Nero, flooded with unquenchable hubris, burns his own ambitions to the ground. Drawing on the wisdom of ancient Greece, celebrated theologians, and modern presidents, this episode explores why hubris is at the dead center of the most toxic of human emotions. For those with enough foresight and social intelligence to appreciate just how hazardous hubris can be—the key lesson from Nero’s life—this episode also reveals a few key tips for keeping a grip on this most treacherous of emotional states.


  1. "Nero" (2017). All About History Book of Kings & Queens, Seventh Edition. San Francisco: Future Publishing Limited. Pgs. 44-45, 47.
  2. Suetonius (1959). The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume II. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Pg. 155, 157, 177-179.
  3. Lucius Cassius Dio (1925). Dio's Roman History. Volume VIII. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. Pgs. 111, 115, 187, 193.
  4. Note: The fiddle did not yet exist; Nero was known for playing a stringed instrument known as the cithara. The fiddle is often used because of its double meaning (he "fiddled" or fidgeted around; an ineffectual response to the crisis.
  5. Wilkes, Jonny (2017, April). "Nero's Greatest Crimes." History Revealed. Bristol: Immediate Media Company. Pg. 41.
  6. Simon, George K. (2013). The Judas Syndrome: Why Good People Do Awful Things. Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House. Pg. 54.
  7. Fitzgerald, Allan D. (Editor)(1999). Augustine through the Ages: An Encyclopedia. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Pg. 680.
  8. Seeskin, Kenneth (Editor)(2005). The Cambridge Companion to Maimonides. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pg. 175.
  9. Sadler-Smith, Eugene (2017, January 23). "Why Hubris Causes Leaders to Significantly Overreach Themselves." Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/why-hubris-causes-leaders-significantly-overreach-themselves-546913
  10. Hornum, Michael B. (1993). Nemesis, the Roman State, and the Games. New York: E.J. Brill. Pg. 15.
  11. The Holy Bible. Proverbs16:18
  12. Sidey, Hugh (1988, November 7). "The Presidency: Will These Mud Crawlers Learn to Fly?" Time. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,968875,00.html
  13. Beard, Mary (2015). SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. New York: Liveright Publishing Corp. Pgs. 397-398.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Achilles," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 021.

Milk Your Assets, Face the Brute Facts: The Cunning and Charismatic Cleopatra Assumes the Egyptian Throne

Flooded with political ambition and romantic intrigue, the saga of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Cleopatra, has captivated historians and storytellers throughout history. Contrary to the modern myth, however, it was not beauty, but her cunning and charisma, her savvy and self-belief, that enabled Cleopatra to make her mark on the world. In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll explore how Cleopatra defied the political patriarchy, and influenced Julius Caesar to support her ambition to rule.


  1. White, Frances (2014). "The Ruthless Rise to Power of Cleopatra." All About History, Issue 18. Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing, Ltd. Pg. 70. Quote: "With an eager and curious mind driven by a near-insatiable thirst for knowledge," Cleopatra learned to speak nine different languages. "…Even her esteemed scholars were amazed by her aptitude for languages," writes one historian, "readily conversing with any foreign visitors," whether they spoke Egyptian, Arabic, Ethiopian, Hebrew, Median, Parthian, Syrian, Trogodyte, Latin, or her native Koine Greek.
  2. White, Frances (2014). "The Ruthless Rise to Power of Cleopatra." All About History, Issue 18. Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing, Ltd. Pg. 70. Quote: While Cleopatra's early life was filled with the wisdom and "wonders of the academic world," sheltered within the wealth and lavish "luxury of the royal residence," the real world outside the palace windows and its protective walls was being pushed to the breaking point, "in danger of being ripped apart." "She would steal Caesar and Rome's support while her brother slept; her charisma would succeed where her brother's sword had failed." (p. 76).
  3. McDermott, Bridget (2013). "The Last Pharaoh and the Fall of Egypt." All About History. Issue 2. Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing, Ltd. Pg. 67.
  4. White, Frances (2014). "The Ruthless Rise to Power of Cleopatra." All About History, Issue 18. Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing, Ltd. Pg. 72. Quote: In a grossly misguided effort to keep their bloodlines pure, keeping marriages within the family was typical of Egyptian royalty. Cleopatra, however, was not having it. She was not some "naïve wide-eyed child torn from her books to rule a kingdom on the brink of war," as her brother's guardian-advisors assumed.
  5. Greene, Robert (1998). The 48 Laws of Power. New York: Penguin Books. Pg. 206, 207. Quote: "She wanted to rule alone and to restore Egypt to its past glory, a goal she felt none of her other siblings could achieve…" (p. 206).
  6. Goldfinch, Lottie (2014, November). "Cleopatra: Queen at Any Cost." History Revealed. Bristol: Immediate Media Company. Pgs. 84-85.
  7. Roller, Duane W. (2010). Cleopatra: A Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pgs. 56-57.
  8. Jackson, Curtis and Greene, Robert (2009). The 50th Law. New York: HarperCollins. Pg. 27.
  9. Greene, Robert (2012). Mastery. New York: Viking. Pgs. 115, 116. Quotes: "To reach mastery requires some toughness and a constant connection to reality" (p. 115). "Masters," Greene writes, "are those who by nature have suffered to get where they are. They have experienced endless criticisms of their work, doubts about their progress, setbacks along the way. They know deep in their bones what is required…" (p. 116).
  10. Collins, Jim (2001). Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don't. New York: Random House. Pgs. 67, 70. Quotes: Management consultant Jim Collins, in his book, Good to Great, reports that one of the chief guiding principles of those few organizations that successfully transitioned from "good" to "great" was their willingness and ability to "confront the brutal facts of reality head-on" (p. 67). "When…you start with an honest and diligent effort to determine the truth of the situation," Collins writes, "the right decisions often become self-evident. Not always, of course, but often. And even if all decisions do not become self-evident, one thing is certain: You absolutely cannot make a series of good decisions without first confronting the brutal facts" (p. 70).
  11. Greene, Robert (2012). Mastery. New York: Viking. Pg. 116. Quote: "In this day and age, you must get the sharpest dose of reality that is possible… You must go in search of it and welcome it. …Gain as much feedback as possible, no matter how hard it might be to take. Accustom yourself to criticism."
  12. Jackson, Curtis and Greene, Robert (2009). The 50th Law. New York: HarperCollins. Pg. 25. Quote: "The firmer your grasp on reality, the more power you will have to alter it for your purposes."
  13. Michaelson, Gerald A. (2001). Sun Tzu: The Art of War for Managers. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation. Pg. 100-101. Quote: "Know the enemy and know yourself, and your victory will never be endangered; know the weather and know the ground, and your victory will then be complete."
  14. Holiday, Ryan (2014). The Obstacle is the Way. New York: Portfolio. Quote: "The obstacle is the way. The obstacle in the path becomes the path."
  15. Maxwell, John (2007). Talent is Never Enough: No Matter How Gifted You Are, These 13 Choices Will Make You Better (Workbook). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc. Pg. 135. Quote: In stark contrast, when successful people face the inevitable obstacle or setback, rather than moving on to the next shiny object that comes along, explains psychology professor John Norcross, they see it as a "reason to recommit and a reminder to refocus on their goals with more determination."
  16. Davis, Paul K. (1999). 100 Decisive Battles from Ancient Times to the Present: The World's Major Battles and How They Shaped History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pg. 59. Quote: The defeat of Pompey—and, later, his treacherous assassination (at the hands of Ptolemy's commander, Achillas)—put Caesar at "the pinnacle of power, effectively ending the [Roman] Republic."
  17. White, Frances (2014). "The Ruthless Rise to Power of Cleopatra." All About History, Issue 18. Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing, Ltd. Pg. 74. Quote: "Cleopatra would have to use all her cunning just to make it into the city alive." "...arguably the most powerful man in the known world..." (p. 74). "Caesar needed Egypt as much as Egypt needed Rome and she would use that fact to her advantage" (p. 74).
  18. Greene, Robert (2001). The Art of Seduction. New York: Penguin. Pg. 7. Quote: Cleopatra... "like Venus emerging from the waves..." Caesar and his generals were "dazzled at the sight" of this royal seductress "appearing before them suddenly as if in a dream" (p. 7). What's more, "they were astounded at her daring and theatricality—smuggled into the harbor at night with only one man to protect her, risking everything on a bold move," writes Robert Greene in The Art of Seduction (p. 7). It was indeed a daring risk, destined to be a defining moment in her life, and "no one was more enchanted than Caesar" (p. 7).
  19. Burstein, Stanley Mayer (2007). The Reign of Cleopatra. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Pg. 98. Quote: Julius Caesar was enthralled with the bright, colorful, and charismatic Egyptian Queen and, writes Plutarch, after "succumbing to the charm of further intercourse with her, he reconciled her to her brother on the basis of a joint share with him in the royal power" (p. 98).
  20. Goldfinch, Lottie (2016, January). "Cleopatra and Rome." History Revealed, Issue 25. Bristol: Immediate Media Company. Pg. 40. Quote: "Cleopatra finally had the military support she needed to rule Egypt."
  21. "In a lavish display of the new union, a fleet of Roman and Egyptian ships sailed down the Nile accompanied by the grand royal barge where Cleopatra and Caesar sat together" for all of Egypt to see (White 2014, p. 77).

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Dub Eastern," "Transition One," "Greta Sting," "Cowboy Sting," "Morocco Sting," "March of the Spoons," "The Forest and the Trees," "Hidden Agenda," "Thief in the Night," "The Chamber," "For the Fallen," "Achilles," and "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 020.

Surface Your Submerged Assumptions: President Kennedy and the Curious Consensus for the Bay of Pigs (Part 2 of 2)

John F. Kennedy is widely regarded as one of America’s most popular presidents. On matters of leadership, communication ability, and social intelligence, political scientists and historians continue to rank Kennedy as one of the greats. In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast we explore how President Kennedy responded to his biggest blunder as President, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and the leadership lessons we can learn from his response. Drawing on the wisdom of ancient Greek philosophers and modern management scholars, this episode also reveals one of the most common causes of failure, along with a couple of key tactics you can adopt to avoid this type of mistake, and significantly improve your probability of success.


  1. Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
  2. Janis, Irving (1983). Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes, 2nd Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Pg. 14.
  3. Wicker, Tom; Finney, John W.; Frankel, Max; and Kenworthy, E.W. (1966, April 25). "C.I.A.: Maker of Policy, or Tool?" The New York Times. Pg. 20.
  4. Kotelnikov, Vadim (2017). "Challenge and Manage Assumptions." 1000 Ventures. http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/creativity_challenging_assumptions.html
  5. Robbins, Stever (2012, August 28). "Challenge Your Assumptions." Quick and Dirty Tips. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/productivity/time-management/challenge-your-assumptions
  6. Schlesinger, Arthur M. (2002). A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. Pg. 250, & 240.
  7. Halberstam, David (1972). The Best and the Brightest. New York: Random House.
  8. Einstein, Albert (1946, June 23). "The Real Problem Is in the Hearts of Men." The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1946/06/23/archives/the-real-problem-is-in-the-hearts-of-men-professor-einstein-says-a.html
  9. Matthew13:54-57. The Holy Bible.
  10. Proverbs 12:11. The Holy Bible.
  11. Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2004). 50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Work and Life from 50 Landmark Books. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Pgs. 87-88.
  12. Conwell, Russell (1901) Acres of Diamonds: A Lecture by Russell Herrman Conwell. San Francisco : John D. Morris and Co.
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CIP 019.

Look First to Your Frames for the Seeds of Success: Russell Conwell's Acres of Diamonds (Part 1 of 2)

Revealing the surprising power of mental maps, this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast takes you on a journey to the diamond mines of Golconda, and extracts the lessons we can learn from the tragic loss of the Persian farmer depicted in Civil War captain Russell Conwell’s most famous essay, “Acres of Diamonds.” Drawing on Henry David Thoreau’s experience living in the woods at Walden Pond, this episode also briefly explores the power of the unconscious mind, and the inherent inclination for people to slip into mindless mental habits and routines, often undermining their own deeply held desire to succeed. Geared toward avoiding the mental traps and flawed conceptual maps that so often hold people back, this episode concludes with a few key tactics you can adopt to improve your thinking, and, therefore, your decisions and your life.


  1. Hillis, Newell Dwight (1902). A Man's Value to Society: Studies in Self-Culture and Character. Chicago: Fleming H. Revell Co. Pg. 177.
  2. Conwell, Russell (1901) Acres of Diamonds: A Lecture by Russell Herrman Conwell. San Francisco : John D. Morris and Co.
  3. Tolle, Eckhart (2004). The Power of Now. Vancouver: Namaste Publishing. Pg. 7.
  4. Robbins, Mike (2018). Bring Your Whole Self To Work: How Vulnerability Unlocks Creativity. Carlsbad: Hay House.
  5. Halpern, Diane F. (2014). Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking, Fifth Edition. New York: Psychology Press.
  6. Richardson, Robert D. (1986). Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind. Berkeley: University of California Press. Pg. 171. Richardson was paraphrasing Thoreau's Journal entry dated August 5, 1851. Thoreau's exact words were: "The question is not what you look at, but what you see."
  7. Snow, Peter John (2009). The Human Psyche: In Love, War and Enlightenment. Salisbury: Boolarong Press. Pg. 306.
  8. Rolfs, Martin (2011, February 11). "Looking at What the Eye Sees." NPR's Science Friday.
  9. DiSalvo, David (2013, June 22). "Your Brain Sees Even When You Don't." Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2013/06/22/your-brain-sees-even-when-you-dont/
  10. Thoreau, Henry David (1910). Walden. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Pg. 427.
  11. Covey, Stephen (1990). The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pg. 157
  12. Wilde, Dana (2013). Train Your Brain: How to Build a Million Dollar Business in Record Time. Bloomington: Balboa Press. Pg. 121. See also: Butzer, Bethany (2010). The Antidepressant Antidote: Five Steps to Get Off Antidepressants Safely and Effectively. Bloomington: Balboa Press. Pg. 103.
  13. Wilson, T.D. (2002). Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Pg. 24.
  14. Wind, Yoram & Crook, Colin (2006). The Power of Impossible Thinking: Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business. Upper Saddle River: Wharton School Publishing. Pg. 5.
  15. Hill, Napoleon (1965). The Master Key to Riches. New York: Ballatine Books. Pg. 141.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Dub Eastern,""Wish Background," "Transition One," "Greta Sting," "Cowboy Sting," "Morocco Sting," "March of the Spoons," "The Forest and the Trees," "Hidden Agenda," "Thief in the Night," "The Chamber," "For the Fallen," "Achilles," and "Cartoon Battle." FreeSound.org: "Stream River" and "Water Splash" by InspectorJ, "Donkey Braying" by Beskhu, and"Whoppie" by RatSalsa. "Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 018.

Craft a Compelling Image to Increase Your Influence and Amplify Your Power: Blackbeard Becomes the Dark Lord of the Skull and Crossbones

Blackbeard remains the most famous pirate in the entire Golden Age of Piracy, and for good reason. In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll examine the key characteristics that set Blackbeard apart from the pack, and how this cunning pirate captain used the power of a fearsome image to achieve his aim. We’ll also briefly explore the five most fundamental factors in creating an effective image or personal brand, a vital part of the process of maximizing your influence and power. Finally, you’ll discover why the most effective impressions must begin with a deep understanding of your audience.


  1. Woodard, Colin (2014, November 14). "Blackbeard's Face Was His Greatest Weapon." Smithsonian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU7k920I5pc
  2. Johnson, Captain Charles (1927 [1724]). A General History Of The Robberies And Murders Of The Most Notorious Pirates, From Their First Rise And Settlement In The Island Of Providence To The Present Year. London: Routledge. Pg. 88.
  3. Leeson, Peter and Matson, John (2008, November 26). "What Would Blackbeard Do? Why Piracy Pays." Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pirates-rational-choice/
  4. Leeson, Peter (2007). "Pirational Choice: The Economics of Infamous Pirate Practices." PeterLeeson.com. Pg. 4. http://www.peterleeson.com/Pirational_Choice.pdf
  5. Konstam, Angus (2007). Scourge of the Seas: Buccaneers, Pirates, and Privateers. New York: Osprey Publishing Ltd. Pgs. 83, 88, 155.
  6. Fox, E.T. (2013, October 24). "The Most Terrifying Pirate in History" Smithsonian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--QdMC9qGQQ
  7. Westlake, Hannah (2018). "Blackbeard." All About History Book of Pirates, 2nd Edition. Bournemouth: Future Publishing Limited. Pgs. 98-101.
  8. Pickman, Sarah (2006, August 8). "Too Great a Cruelty: Archaeology's Top Ten Vicious Pirate Acts." Archaeological Institute of America. https://archive.archaeology.org/online/reviews/pirates/poll.html
  9. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan (1902). Tragedy of the Korosko and The Green Flag: And Other Stories of War and Sport. New York: D. Appleton and Company. Pg. 58.
  10. White, Frances (2017). "Blackbeard: King of the Pirates." All About History, Issue 51. Bournemouth: Future Publishing Limited. Pgs. 31, 32.
  11. "Edward Teach: Blackbeard." (2015, February). History Revealed, Issue 13. Bristol: Immediate Media Company. Pg. 43.
  12. Ailes, Roger (1988). You Are the Message: Getting What You Want by Being Who You Are. New York: Doubleday.
  13. Lynch, Lt. General (Ret.) Rick (2013). Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American General. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. Pg. 197.
  14. Dombowsky, Don (2014). Nietzsche and Napoleon: The Dionysian Conspiracy (Political Philosophy Now). Pg. 71.
  15. Matthews, Christopher (1988). Hardball: How Politics is Played Told By One Who Knows the Game. New York: Simon & Schuster. Pg. 194.
  16. Anderson, Dorothy Middleton & Eastman, Margaret (2014). St. Philip's Church of Charleston: An Early History of the Oldest Parish in South Carolina. Charleston: The History Press.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Long Road Ahead,""Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 017.

Leverage the Paradox of Self-Reliance: General George Washington Wins the War By First Building Belief and Rapport

Surveying the disciplined strategy, transforming leadership, and dogged determination of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War, this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast reveals three key lessons we can learn from Washington’s effective prosecution of the war in the years leading up to the alliance with France. Looking back to the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, echoed in the insights of modern social science, this episode also reveals the power of the paradox of self-reliance. Finally, illustrating how this theme surfaces repeatedly throughout history—beginning at least as far back as classical Roman mythology—you will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for why self-reliance is so fundamental to your ultimate success.


  1. Brands, H.W.; Breen, T.H.; Williams, R. Hal; & Gross, Ariela (2012). American Stories: A History of the United States. Boston: Pearson. Pg. 189.
  2. Rees, James C. (2007). George Washington's Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Pg. 60.
  3. Hamilton, Ross (Editor)(2016). "George Washington." All About History: Book of U.S. Presidents. Dorset: Imagine Publishing Ltd. Pg. 17.
  4. Tarcher, Jeremy P. (Ed.)(2007). The Prosperity Bible: The Greatest Writings of All Time on the Secrets to Wealth and Prosperity. New York: Penguin. Pg. 790.
  5. Engber, Daniel (2010, April 30). "Why Do We Love to Root for the Underdog." Slate. https://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2010/04/the_underdog_effect.html
  6. Wertheim, L. Jon & Sommers, Sam (2016, March 15). "The Eternal Appeal of the Underdog." The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/opinion/the-eternal-appeal-of-the-underdog.html
  7. Vandello, Joseph A. (2007, December). "The Appeal of the Underdog." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Volume 33, Number 12. Pgs. 1603-1616.
  8. Nietzsche, Friedrich (1997). Twilight of the Idols, Or How to Philosophize with the Hammer. Translated by Richard Polt. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing. Pg. 6.
  9. Ellerman, David (2006). Helping People Help Themselves: From the World Bank to an Alternative Philosophy of Development Assistance. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. Pg. 269.
  10. Ballou, Maturin M. (1899). Edge-Tools of Speech. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co. Pg. 61.
  11. Greene, Robert (1998). The 48 Laws of Power. New York: Penguin Books. Pg. 98-100.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Long Road Ahead,""Call to Adventure,""Mighty and Meek," "Achilles," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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If you like this show, then you’ll love Mastering the Power of Grit, available as an ebook or a paperback on Amazon. Following a format similar to this show, shared through their own compelling stories, Mastering the Power of Grit reveals the timeless lessons learned from the legends of grit, and the corresponding strategies, tactics, tips and tools you can use to master the power of grit to achieve your own most daring dreams and goals.

CIP 016.

Assume Ultimate Ownership, Embrace Radical Responsibility as a Rule: President Lincoln Pays the Ultimate Price

Examining the extraordinary experience and soaring example of President Abraham Lincoln, this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast explores one of the vital, indispensable prerequisites of success. Unmasking the secret behind the greatness of legendary leaders like Lincoln, this episode also reveals how people are so often duped into giving their power away. You will also discover how the ultimate ownership mindset leads directly to the power and strength you need to achieve your ultimate dream.


  1. Lamon, Ward Hill (1895). Recollections of Abraham Lincoln, 1847-1865. Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Company. Pg. 118.
  2. Day, Harvey (1966). Seeing Into the Future. London: Thorsons Publishers Ltd. Pg.175.
  3. Goodwin, Doris Kearns (2005). Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pg. 49, 53.
  4. Sandburg, Carl (1939). Abraham Lincoln: The War Years, Volume 4. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company. Pg. 269-270.
  5. Boller, Paul F. (1996). Presidential Anecdotes. New York: Oxford University Press. Pg. 146.
  6. Fears, J. Rufus (2007). "The Wisdom of History" Part 3, Chapter 7. The Great Courses. Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company, LLC.
  7. Covey, Stephen (2004). The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. New York: Free Press. Pg. 131.
  8. Hamilton, Ross (Ed.)(2016). "Abraham Lincoln." All About History Book of U.S. Presidents. Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing, Ltd. Pg. 60.
  9. Petro, Joseph; Robinson, Jeffrey (2005). Standing Next to History: An Agent's Life Inside the Secret Service. New York: St. Martin's Press. Pg. 16. Note: The U.S. Secret Service was originally created to deal with counterfeit currency. It was not formally tasked with protecting the President of the United States until after the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Long Road Ahead,""Call to Adventure," "Failing Defense," "Mighty and Meek," "Achilles," For the Fallen," Darkest Child var A," "At Launch," "The Rule," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 015.

Develop Deep Self-Belief: Napoleon Bonaparte's Lucky Star

Drawing on the experience and beliefs of Napoleon Bonaparte and his “lucky star,” this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast examines the extraordinary power that becomes yours through simple self-belief. Grounded in the success literature and the academic literature in positive psychology, you will also learn strategies and tactics you can adapt to develop your own unshakeable self-belief, the indispensable prerequisite for achieving your greatest ambitions and goals.


  1. Abbott, John Stevens Cabot (1855). The History of Napoleon Bonaparte, Volume 1. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers. Pg. 344.
  2. Anonymous (1846). Anecdotes of Napoleon Bonaparte, His Ministers, His Generals, His Soldiers and His Times. Manchester: S. Johnson & Son. Pgs. 283-284.
  3. Bloch, Heinrich (1922). "Napoleon's Superstitions." The Living Age, Volume 314. Boston: The Living Age Company. Pg. 642.
  4. Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2004). 50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Work and Life from 50 Landmark Books. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing. Pg. 44.
  5. McLynn, Frank (2011). Napoleon: A Biography. New York: Arcade Publishing. Pgs. 96, 97, 250, 289.
  6. Meneval, Claude François (1895). Memoirs to Serve for the History of Napoleon I From 1802 to 1815. London: Hutchinson & Co. Pg. 378, 380-381.
  7. "Napoleon on Suicide" (1895, February 9). From the manuscripts of Napoleon Bonaparte. The South Australian Chronicle. Pg. 7. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/93970818
  8. Rathus, Spencer (2013). Psychology: Concepts and Connections, Ninth Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Pg. 358.
  9. Schwartz, David J. (2010). The Magic of Thinking Big. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pg. 21.
  10. Selin, Shannon (2016, July 8). "Superstitious Napoleon – Did Bonaparte Really Believe in Bad Luck, Ghosts and Evil Spirits?" Military History Now. https://militaryhistorynow.com/2016/07/08/superstitious-napoleon-did-bonaparte-really-believe-in-evil-spirits-omens-and-lucky-charms/ See also: Alexandre Brierre de Boismont (1862). "Des Hallucinations, ou Histoire raisonnée des apparitions, des visions, des songes, de l'extase, du magnétisme et du somnambulisme." Paris. Pg. 46.
  11. Sewell-Rutter, Colin (1999, September/October). "So You Want to Be a Leader?" Manager. Telford, UK. Pg. 8.
  12. Strathern, Paul (2009). Napoleon in Egypt. New York: Bantam Books. Pg. 22.
  13. The Maxwell Leadership Bible, NKJV, (2002). John C. Maxwell (Editor). Philippians 4:13. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Bibles. Pg. 1453.
  14. Tracy, Brian (1995). Brian Tracy's Little Silver Book of Prosperity. New York: Barnes and Noble Books. Pg. 60.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Long Road Ahead,""Call to Adventure," "Failing Defense," "Mighty and Meek," "Achilles," For the Fallen," Darkest Child var A," "At Launch," "The Rule," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 014.

Aim First for Self-Reliance: The Roots of Cornelius Vanderbilt's Transportation Empire

Exploring the roots of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s early success as a budding titan in the transportation industry, this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast is designed to enhance your understanding, and deepen your appreciation for the importance of self-reliance to your success. Drawing on the wisdom of some of the early self-help thinkers, this episode will also help you to gain a better understanding of how a lack of independence, autonomy, and self-will can leave you weak and vulnerable, ultimately stunting your growth, and undermining your efforts to succeed.


  1. Downey, Kirstin (2014). Isabella: The Warrior Queen. New York: Anchor Books.
  2. Nasaw, David (2006). Andrew Carnegie. New York: Penguin.
  3. Yardley, Jonathan (2006, October 15). "Andrew Carnegie. By David Nasaw." (Book Review). The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/12/AR2006101201097.html
  4. Dyer, Wayne (2007). Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. Pg. 74.
  5. Aeschylus (1926) [circa 5th century B.C.]). Fragments. Translated by Smyth, Herbert Weir. Loeb Classical Library Volumes 145 & 146. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. FRAGMENT 223: "God loves to help him who strives to help himself."
  6. Koch, Marylane Wade, (2011) "Cornelius Vanderbilt: American steamship and railroad magnate." In Bromberg, Howard (ed.) (2011). The Incredibly Wealthy: Great Lives from History. Pasadena, California: Salem Press.
  7. Renehan, Edward J. (2009). Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. New York: Basic Books.
  8. Hobbes, Thomas (1998). Leviathan (Oxford World's Classics). Edited by: J. C. A. Gaskin. New York: Oxford University Press. Pg. 84.
  9. Dyck, Arthur J. (1994). Rethinking Rights and Responsibilities: The Moral Bonds of Community. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press. Pg. 12.
  10. Strauss, Leo & Cropsey, Joseph (Eds.). (1987). History of Political Philosophy (Third Edition). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Pg. 333.
  11. Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1841). Self-Reliance. White Plains: Peter Pauper Press.
  12. Jordan, William George (1907). Self-Control, Its Kingship and Majesty. Buffalo: Corlis Company Publishers.
  13. Everett, Charles Carroll (1892). Ethics for Young People. "Always Try It Yourself." Boston: Ginn and Company.
  14. Barnum, P.T. (1855). The Life of P.T. Barnum. New York: Redfield.
  15. Jordan, William George (1907). The Majesty of Calmness: Individual Problems and Possibilities. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company.
  16. Allen, James (1903). As a Man Thinketh. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  17. Jackson, Curtis and Greene, Robert (2009). The 50th Law. New York: HarperCollins.
  18. McRaven, William H. (2017). Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life and Maybe the World. New York: Hachette.
  19. Peterson, Jordan B. (2018). 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. New York: Random House Canada.
  20. Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1841). Self-Reliance. White Plains: Peter Pauper Press.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Danse Macabre," "The Path of the Goblin King," "Long Road Ahead,""Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 013.

Dare to Run More and Greater Risks: P.T. Barnum Risks It All on an Unknown

Drawing on one of the transforming incidents in the early days of P.T. Barnum’s life as a showman and promoter, in this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast you’ll discover the indispensable role of risk in seizing ambitious opportunities, overcoming limits, and conquering unfamiliar terrain, and how bold, calculated risk-taking is often what separates the superstars of success from the vast majority who are merely mediocre. You will also learn five key tactics you can use to strengthen your capacity to run more and greater risks, as you learn to take the bold actions necessary to expand and accelerate your success.


  1. Vitale, Joe (2006). There's a Customer Born Every Minute: P.T. Barnum's Amazing 10 "Rings of Power" for Creating Fame, Fortune, and a Business Empire Today—Guaranteed! Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Pgs. 80, 127, 180.
  2. Barnum, Phineas Taylor (1888). The Life of P.T. Barnum: Written By Himself, Including His Golden Rules for Money-Making. Buffalo: The Courier Company Printers. Pg. 309.
  3. "People and Events: Jenny Lind, 1820-1887." Stephen Foster (film). American Experience. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/foster/peopleevents/p_lind.html
  4. Sullivan, Robert (ed.) (2010). LIFE 100 People Who Change the World. New York: LIFE Books, Time, Inc. Pg. 91.
  5. Maltz, Maxwell (1960). Psycho-Cybernetics. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pg. 117.
  6. White, Richard D. (2006). Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. New York: Random House. Pg. 75.
  7. Jeansonne, Glen (1993). Messiah of the Masses: Huey P. Long and the Great Depression. New York: Longman. Pg. 86.
  8. Roosevelt, Theodore (1899). The Rough Riders. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pgs. 122-130.
  9. Jackson, Curtis and Greene, Robert (2009). The 50th Law. New York: HarperCollins.
  10. Keller, Helen (1957) The Open Door. New York: Doubleday. Pg. 17.
  11. Arden, Paul (2006). Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite. New York: Pengin. Pg. 26.
  12. Marden, Orison Swett (1899). Character: The Grandest Thing in The World. Thomas Y. Crowell and Company. Pg. 6.
  13. Landrum, Gene N. (1999). Eight Keys to Greatness: How to Unlock Your Hidden Potential. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books. Pg. 203.
  14. Robbins, Anthony (1995). Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life. New York: Simon & Schuster. Pg. 30.
  15. Englund, Steven (2004). Napoleon: A Political Life. New York: Scribner. Pg. 322.
  16. Markham, Felix (1963). Napoleon. New York: Penguin. Pg. 226.
  17. O'Neal, Bill (1979). "The Clanton Gang a.k.a. The Cowboys." Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
  18. Russell, Mary Doria (2017, April). "Who Was the Best Huckleberry? One Doc Holliday Actor Stands Above the Rest." True West. Pg. 40.
  19. Roberts, Nancy (2008). Ghosts of the Wild West. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.
  20. Ortner, Mary J. (2001). "Captain Nathan Hale (1755—1776)." The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. https://www.connecticutsar.org/captain-nathan-hale-1755-1776-2/
  21. Hatfull, Jonathan (2014). "Heroes and Villains: Joan of Arc." All About History, Issue 10. Dorset: Imagine Publishing Ltd.
  22. Towne, Stephen (2016, June). "Dangerously Discreet: The Civil War's Most Famous Female Spies." American History, Volume 51, Number 2.
  23. Clinton, Catherine (2016). "Five Women of the American Civil War." The American Civil War Story, 150th Anniversary Edition. Bristol: BBC History Magazine, Immediate Media Co.
  24. Wilkes, Jonny (2017, January). "Harriet Tubman: Moses of Her People." History Revealed, Issue 38. Bristol: Immediate Media Co.
  25. Orta, Josep Palau (2017, September-October). "Martin Luther Sparks the Reformation." National Geographic History, Volume 3, Number 4. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Partners, LLC. Pgs. 60-69.
  26. McCullough, David (2006), 1776. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pg. 183.
  27. Frankel, Max (2002, October). "Learning from the Missile Crisis: What Really Happened on Those Thirteen Fateful Days in October." Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/learning-from-the-missile-crisis-68901679
  28. Schlesinger, Arthur M. (2002). Robert Kennedy and His Times. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Pg. 438.
  29. Branson, Richard (2012). Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School. New York: Penguin. Pg. 10.
  30. Smith, Preserved (1920). The Age of Reformation. New York: Henry Holt and Company. Pgs. 65-67, 71.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Drankin Song," "Porch Blues," "MJS Stings," "Cowboy Sting," "Danse Macabre," "The Path of the Goblin King," "Long Road Ahead,""Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Evening Melodrama," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 012.

Expand Your Perspective, Effect Strategy to Win the Greater Game: The Supreme Pontiff's Immaculate Deception

Continuing with the life story of Cesare Borgia, this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast explores Cesare’s approach to dealing with the Borgia family’s nemesis, Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere (who later became Pope Julius II), as an illustration of the dangers of failing to think strategically. In this episode, you’ll discover the power of maintaining a strategic perspective, and the significance of expanding your perspective to include the broader context of your strategy, tactics, decisions, and goals. This episode concludes with four core strategic lessons we can learn from Cesare Borgia’s fall from power.


  1. Strathern, Paul (2009). The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior. New York: Bantam Books. Pg. 257, 263, 286.
  2. Dreiser, Theodore (1914). A Traveler at Forty. New York: The Century Co. Pg. 335.
  3. Hibbert, Christopher (2009). The Borgias and their Enemies: 1431—1519. Boston: Mariner Books. Pg. 260, 268, 271.
  4. Lee, Alexander (2013, October 1). "Were the Borgias Really so Bad?" History Today. https://www.historytoday.com/alexander-lee/were-borgias-really-so-bad
  5. Garner, John Leslie (1912). Caesar Borgia: A Study of the Renaissance. New York: McBride, Nast & Company. Pg. 248.
  6. Sabatini, Rafael (1912). The Life of Cesare Borgia, 3rd Edition. London: Stanley Paul & Co. Pg. 426.
  7. White, Richard D. (2006). Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. New York: Random House. Pg. 241.
  8. Hayden, Erik (2012, March 22). "Everyone Loves a Good Etch A Sketch Meme." Time. http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/22/everyone-loves-a-good-etch-a-sketch-meme/
  9. Goodman, J. David (2012, March 26). "Microphone Catches a Candid Obama." The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/us/politics/obama-caught-on-microphone-telling-medvedev-of-flexibility.html
  10. "Cesare Borgia." (2018, January 18). Encyclopedia of World Biography. Encyclopedia.com. http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/cesare-borgia
  11. "Cesare Borgia." (2017, January 24). New World Encyclopedia. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Cesare_Borgia
  12. Najemy, John M. (2013). "Machiavelli and Cesare Borgia: A Reconsideration of Chapter 7 of 'The Prince.'" The Review of Politics. Volume 75, Number 4. Pgs. 539-556. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43670906
  13. Ricks, Thomas E. (2017, June 2). "Churchill had his faults, but he was a far better strategist than his generals were." Foreign Policy. http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/02/churchill-had-his-faults-but-he-was-a-far-better-strategist-than-his-generals-were/
  14. Heifetz, Ronald A. (1994). Leadership Without Easy Answers. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Pg. 252.
  15. Greene, Robert (2012). Mastery. New York: Viking. Pg. 184.
  16. Porter, Jennifer (2017, March 21). "Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing It)." Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2017/03/why-you-should-make-time-for-self-reflection-even-if-you-hate-doing-it
  17. McManus, John C. (2004). The Americans at D-Day: The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion. New York: Forge Books.
  18. Manchester, William (1983). The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874—1932. New York: Bantam Books. Pg. 348.
  19. Counsman, Randy & Glass, Nancy (2018). "The Pope Who Founded Modern Diplomacy." Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (Documentary). CNN Original Series. https://www.cnn.com/shows/pope

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Drankin Song," "Porch Blues," "MJS Stings," "Cowboy Sting," "Danse Macabre," "The Path of the Goblin King," "Long Road Ahead,""Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Evening Melodrama," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 011.

Saturate Your Mind with a Lifelong Orientation to Time: Cesare Borgia's Fight to Rise

Exploring the remarkable power of your time horizon, this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast reveals the surprising benefits of aligning with and orienting to the long view. Drawing on the life story of Cesare Borgia and his father, Pope Alexander VI, as well as the research of former Harvard professor of political science Edward Banfield, you will also learn the hazards of failing to implement this essential mental frame and how to avoid them, and three key application tools for helping to ensure your success. Finally, you will discover the single most critical secret of self-discipline.


  1. Strathern, Paul (2009). The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior. New York: Bantam Books. Pgs. 257, 260.
  2. Church, Jeffrey (2015). Nietzsche's Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period. New York: Cambridge University Press. Pg. 95.
  3. Hofele, Andreas (2016). No Hamlets: German Shakespeare from Nietzsche to Carl Schmitt. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pg. 36.
  4. Tracy, Brian (2004). Getting Rich Your Own Way: Achieve All Your Financial Goals Faster than You Ever Thought Possible. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Pg. 4.
  5. Tracy, Brian (2000). The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. Pg. 163-164.
  6. Phillips, Derek (1986). Toward a Just Social Order. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Pg. 410.
  7. Lustig, Robert (2017). The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. New York: Penguin.
  8. Tracy, Brian (2018). "The Key to Long-Term Success." Brian Tracy International. https://www.briantracy.com/blog/leadership-success/the-key-to-long-term-success/
  9. Tracy, Brian (2010). Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want—Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. Pg. 54.
  10. Hill, Napoleon (2007). Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement. New York: Penguin.
  11. Shoda, Yuichi; Mischel, Walter; Peake, Philip K. (1990). "Predicting Adolescent Cognitive and Self-Regulatory Competencies from Preschool Delay of Gratification: Identifying Diagnostic Conditions." Developmental Psychology. Volume 26, Number 6. Pgs. 978–986. https://www.webcitation.org/62C0yfhcJ
  12. Shoda, Yuichi; Mischel, Walter (1989, May 26). "Delay of Gratification in Children." Science, Volume 244, Number 4907. Pgs. 933-938. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2658056
  13. Shoda, Yuichi; Mischel, Walter; Peake, Philip K. (1988, April). "The nature of adolescent competencies predicted by preschool delay of gratification." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Volume 54, Number 4. Pgs. 687-696. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3367285
  14. Taylor, Richard S. (1962). The Disciplined Life. Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers. Pg. 17.
  15. Barber, James David (2009). The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House. New York: Routledge.
  16. Truman, Margaret (1972) Harry S. Truman. New York: William Morrow and Co.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Drankin Song," "Porch Blues," "MJS Stings," "Clenched Teeth," "Cowboy Sting," "Danse Macabre," "The Path of the Goblin King," "Long Road Ahead," "In Your Arms," "Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Evening Melodrama," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 010.

Stay Hungry to Make Your Mark: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Drum Major Instinct

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we examine the role and importance of ambition to your success, and how misguided social norms can unintentionally sabotage your best efforts. Looking to the example of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and drawing on the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr., this episode also serves as a sort of call to arms for you to raise the bar and reexamine your focus in light of your true, perhaps hidden, aspirations.


  1. Brinkley, Alan (1982). Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression. New York: Vintage Books.
  2. Leamer, Laurence (2005). Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
  3. Schwarzenegger, Arnold (2013). Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  4. Kluger, Jeffrey (2005, November 6). “Ambition: Why Some People Are Most Likely to Succeed: The Science of Ambition: How Genes, Family Affect.” Time Magazine. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1126746-1,00.html
  5. Movers and Shakers: The 100 Most Influential Figures in Modern Business (2003). Perseus Publishing. New York: Basic Books.
  6. White, Richard D. (2006). Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long. New York: Random House.
  7. Earhart, Amelia (1928). 20 Hrs. 40 Min: Our Flight in the Friendship. New York: Arno Press. Pg. 110.
  8. Marden, Orison Swett (1919). Ambition and Success. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company Publishers.
  9. Gibbs, N. & Duffy, M. (2012). The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. New York: Simon & Shuster.
  10. Eldredge, John (2001). The Journey of Desire. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
  11. Nohria, Nitin & Champy, James (2000). The Arc of Ambition: Defining the Leadership Journey. Cambridge: Perseus Books.
  12. Collier, Robert (2008). The Secret of the Ages. Wilder Publications, Pg. 42.
  13. Shenkman, Richard (1999). Presidential Ambition: How the Presidents Gained Power, Kept Power, and Got Things Done. New York: HarperCollins.
  14. King, William (2013). Ambition, A History: From Vice to Virtue. New Haven: Yale University Pres. Pg. 3.
  15. Pressfield, Steven (2012). Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work. New York: Black Irish Entertainment, LLC.
  16. Jones, W. Randall (2009). The Richest Man in Town: The Twelve Commandments of Wealth. New York: Business Plus.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Drankin Song," "Porch Blues," "MJS Stings," "Clenched Teeth," "Cowboy Sting," "Danse Macabre," "The Path of the Goblin King," "Long Road Ahead," "In Your Arms," "Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Evening Melodrama," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 009.

Crown Yourself: Huey Long's Campaign for the Poor

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we reveal some of the key lessons we can learn from Huey Long’s 1928 campaign for governor of Louisiana, including the importance of transcending rules, boundaries, and cultural norms in order to get attention, gain power, and meet the needs of your tribe, or your own individual purpose and goals. We also look at how people can get trapped by the status quo, and how culture can be used and abused to reinforce the existing power structure. Finally, we explore the importance of being mindful, strategic and purposeful in regards to how the rules, norms, beliefs, and values of organizations and society can subtly constrict your thinking and, thereby, limit your vision, ambition, and goals.


  1. Brinkley, Alan (1982). Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression. New York: Vintage Books.
  2. Smith, Gerald L.K. (1975). Huey P. Long: Summary of Greatness Political Genius, American Martyr. Manuscript. Pg. 8.
  3. Williams, T. Harry (1981). Huey Long. New York: Random House. Pg. 182.
  4. Williams, T. Harry (1981). Huey Long. New York: Random House. Pg. 267

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Drankin Song," "Porch Blues," "MJS Stings," "Clenched Teeth," "Cowboy Sting," "Danse Macabre," "The Path of the Goblin King," "Long Road Ahead," "In Your Arms," "Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Evening Melodrama," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 008.

Conquer Fear Through Action: Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we examine a revealing experience of Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota Badlands. We’ll also explore a few lessons we can learn from his experience as well as a few of the tactics he used for overcoming his fear. We also look briefly at Eleanor Roosevelt’s experience during the women’s rights movement, and her approach to dealing with her own fears. This episode emphasizes the importance of both your actions and beliefs in regards to fear and how to adopt the most resourceful mindset about confidence and courage, one that will serve you throughout your life.


  1. Roosevelt, Theodore (1922). Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pgs. 54-55.
  2. Peterson, Christopher & Seligman, Martin E.P. (2004). Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification. Chapter 9: "Bravery [Valor]." New York: Oxford University Press. Pg. 223.
  3. Barnes, Paul; Baucom, Pam Tubridy; & Burns, Ken (Producers). Burns, Ken (Director). (2014). The Roosevelts: An Intimate History [Documentary Film]. United States: Florentine Films.
  4. Peterson, Christopher & Seligman, Martin E.P. (2004). Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification. Chapter 9: "Bravery [Valor]." New York: Oxford University Press. Pg. 215.
  5. Roosevelt, Eleanor (1960). You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Pgs. 29-30.
  6. Robbins, Anthony (2014). Money: Master the Game. 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pg. 183. "Here's the truth," writes Anthony Robbins, "the ultimate thing that stops most of us from making significant progress in our lives is not somebody else's limitations, but rather our own limiting perceptions or beliefs. No mater how successful we are as human beings, no matter how high we reach personally, professionally, spiritually, emotionally, there's always another level. And to get there, we have to be honest with ourselves…"
  7. Silver, Idora (1996). The Chutzpah Connection: Blueprint for Success. Reno: Chutzpress. Pg. 59. "The mind has an amazing ability to help you create the behaviors necessary to be consistent with your thoughts."
  8. Isaacson, Walter (2011). Steve Jobs. New York: Simon & Schuster. Pg. 55. "I taught him," Bushnell said of Jobs, "that if you act like you can do something, then it will work. I told him, 'Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.'"
  9. Dennis, Felix (2010). The Narrow Road: A Brief Guide to the Getting of Money. New York: Penguin. Pg. 44. "One cannot banish fear," writes Felix Dennis in The Narrow Road, "but one can face it down, crush it, bury it, padlock it in the deepest recesses of your heart and soul—and leave it there to rot."
  10. Goodwin, Doris Kearns (2014). The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. New York: Simon and Schuster. Pgs. 39-40. Quoting one of his childhood friends, Doris Kearns Goodwin explains, "'by constantly forcing himself to do the difficult or even dangerous thing,' he was able to cultivate courage as 'a matter of habit, in the sense of repeated effort and repeated exercise of will-power.'"
  11. Roosevelt, Theodore (1922). Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Pgs. 52. "Most men can have the same experience if they choose," Roosevelt wrote. "They will first learn to bear themselves well in trials which they anticipate and which they school themselves in advance to meet. After a while the habit will grow on them, and they will behave well in sudden and unexpected emergencies which come upon them unawares."

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Americana," "In the West," "MJS Stings," "Western Streets," "The Builder," "Clenched Teeth," "Cowboy Sting," "Danse Macabre," "At Launch," "Long Road Ahead," "Crusade," "Daily Beetle," "Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 007.

Hustle While You Wait: Walter Chrysler's Siren Call

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we look at the strategy Walter Chrysler used to crack into the automobile manufacturing business. We explore a few lessons we can learn from Chrysler, as well as a couple of short anecdotes from other historical legends, including General Stonewall Jackson and theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. This episode emphasizes the value of maintaining perspective, optimizing time, and hustling while you wait.


  1. "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week." —General Patton
  2. "Before anything else preparation is the key to success." —Alexander Graham Bell
  3. "It is better to act on a plan that is still weak," wrote Napoleon Hill, "than to delay acting at all."
  4. "Procrastination is the archenemy of personal initiative," wrote Hill, "and if you let it become a habit this early in the game, it will plague your every move."
  5. "That is where it happened...I spent four days hanging around the show," he said, "held by that automobile as by a siren's song." Curcio, Vincent (2000). Chrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive Genius. New York: Oxford University Press. Pg. 108.
  6. Einstein quote: "The kind of work I do can be done anywhere. Why should I be less capable of reflecting about my problems on the Potsdam bridge than at home?" Fadiman, Clifton and Bernard, Andre (eds.) (2000). Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes. New York: Little, Brown and Company. Pg. 184.
  7. Movers and Shakers: The 100 Most Influential Figures In Modern Business (2003). Perseus Publishing. New York: Basic Books. Pgs. 150-151.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Danse Macabre-Big Change," "In the West," "MJS Stings," "Fluffing a Duck," "The Builder," "Long Road Ahead," "Call to Adventure," "Achilles," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 006.

Start with What You Have, Where You Are: The Legend Behind the Story of Robinson Crusoe

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we explore the story of Scottish buccaneer and navigator Alexander Selkirk—the inspiration behind the legend of Robinson Crusoe—and the wisdom and insights we can gain from his experience as a castaway on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile. We explore the significance of self-reliance and resourcefulness, and the need to lean into your challenges, rather than turning your back.


  1. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." —Theodore Roosevelt (1858—1919)
  2. "Do not wait," said Napoleon Hill, "the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along."
  3. The Duke's Captain, Woodes Rogers, was skeptical of this strange and strangely fit and agile man, who by now was "clothed in goat skins who looked wilder than the first owners of them." Rogers, Woodes (1712). A Cruising Voyage Round the World: First to the South-Seas, thence to the East-Indies, and homewards by the Cape of Good Hope. London: A. Bell and B. Lintot. Pg. 125.
  4. The "governor," as he quickly came to be called, proceeded to astonish the crew with both his remarkable agility and speed—even outrunning and outlasting their dogs—as he caught two or three goats a day and helped to restore a number of the crew, who were suffering from scurvy, back to full health. Rogers, Woodes (1712). A Cruising Voyage Round the World: First to the South-Seas, thence to the East-Indies, and homewards by the Cape of Good Hope. London: A. Bell and B. Lintot. Pgs. 127-132.
  5. "The best place to succeed is where you are with what you have." — Charles M. Schwab
  6. Rogers (1712, Pg. 130). "One may see that solitude and retirement from the world is not such an insufferable state of life as most men imagine, especially when people are fairly called or thrown into it unavoidably, as this man was."
  7. Steele, Richard (December 1713). The Englishman, No. 26. Note: Richard Steele (1672-1729) was an essayist and reporter and briefly a Member of Parliament. He was also a cofounder (with Joseph Addison) of The Spectator. See also: Balkan, Evan L. (2008). Shipwrecked! Deadly Adventures and Disasters at Sea. Birmingham, AL: Menasha Ridge Press. Pgs. 148-149. "I am now worth eight hundred pounds, but shall never be so happy, as when I was not worth a farthing." Note: A "farthing" is about a quarter of a penny.
  8. "Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so?" asked the late great U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841—1935). "Too often," he said, "it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out."
  9. Rogers (1712, Pg. 130). Despite the great hardship, Rogers wrote, "he found means to supply his wants."
  10. Rogers (1712, Pg. 130). "We may perceive by this story," Rogers concluded, "the truth of the maxim that necessity is the mother of invention…"

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Danse Macabre-Big Change," "Clenched Teeth," "MJS Stings," "Evening Melodrama," "Expeditionary," 'Five Armies," "At the Shore," "Long Road Ahead," "To the Ends," "Call to Adventure," "Not as It Seems," "Truth of the Legend," "Achilles," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 005.

Concentrate Your Power: Casanova's Great Escape

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we explore the success philosophy of the legendary seducer Giacomo Casanova. We also touch on some of the overlapping ideas from thinkers as diverse as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Andrew Carnegie.


  1. "Imagination can kill a man. Or it can aid him in rising to heights of achievement that border on the miraculous, if he keeps his mind busily engaged in the direction of the things he desires most." —Napoleon Hill (1883—1970), Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion, pg. 154.
  2. "He would do anything for her, even risk his life, which in fact he sometimes did." Greene, Robert. 48 Laws of Power. Pg. 233.
  3. "Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs." —Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life
  4. Casanova himself, Robert Greene tells us, "attributed his success in life to his ability to concentrate on a single goal and push at it until it yielded." Greene, Robert. 48 Laws of Power. Pg. 175.
  5. They mistake urgency for value and importance. Covey, Stephen. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
  6. "There is no such thing as destiny," Casanova wrote. "We ourselves shape our lives."
  7. "I have always believed that when a man gets it into his head to do something, and when he exclusively occupies himself in that design, he must succeed, whatever the difficulties. That man will become Grand Vizier or Pope." Casanova, Gicamo.
  8. "Here is the prime condition of success," wrote the Scottish American steel baron Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men in history, "Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it." Carnegie, Andrew.
  9. "The one prudence in life is concentration," wrote Emerson;" the one evil is dissipation: And it makes no difference whether our dissipations are coarse or fine." Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1866). The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Comprising His Essays, Lectures, Poems, and Orations. Volume II. "The Conduct of Life." London: William Clowes and Sons. Pg. 339.
  10. "We race from one thing to another, but the people who are winning have a consistent focus for what they are trying to do." Godin, Seth.
  11. "Focusing is about saying, 'No.'" Jobs, Steve.
  12. To succeed, wrote Emerson, you must put a decisive end to all miscellaneous activity and concentrate your power "on one or a few points." Learn from the example of the gardener, he said, who "by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, instead of suffering it to spindle into a sheaf of twigs." Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1866). The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Comprising His Essays, Lectures, Poems, and Orations. Volume II. "The Conduct of Life." London: William Clowes and Sons. Pg. 338.
  13. "There is," said Vince Lombardi, "only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything. I do," he said, "and I demand that my players do. Any man's finest hour is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle…victorious." Ekeren, Glenn Van (1994). Speaker's Sourcebook II: Quotes, Stories and Anecdotes for Every Occasion. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  14. "So [it is] with the power of thought," wrote Charles Haanel in The Master Key System, "let power be dissipated by scattering the thought from one object to another, and no result is apparent; but focus this power through attention or concentration on any single purpose for any length of time and nothing becomes impossible." Tarcher, Jeremy P. (Ed.)(2007). The Prosperity Bible: The Greatest Writings of All Time on the Secrets to Wealth and Prosperity. New York: Penguin.

Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Danse Macabre-Big Change," "Court of the Queen," "Darkest Child," "MJS Stings," "Evening Melodrama," "Failing Defenser," 'Impending Boom," "To the Ends," "Truth of the Legend," "Sneaky Snitch," "Call to Adventure," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 004.

Resolve to Pay the Price: Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll look at the development of the H-4 Hercules (Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose), around the time of World War II, and the lessons we can learn from Howard Hughes’ experience, including the importance of commitment, risk, hard work, follow through and conviction. We’ll also discuss one of the secrets of Hughes’ success.


Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Danse Macabre-Big Change," "Achilles," "Black Vortex," "MJS Stings," "Evening Melodrama," "Covert Affair," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 003.

Cultivate a Fantastic Obsession: Walt Disney's Epic Dream

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll explore the vision of Walt Disney, the role that a great dream or grand aspiration plays in ensuring your success, and how you can cultivate your dream until it becomes your own fantastic obsession.


Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Danse Macabre-Big Change," "Call to Adventure," "MJS Stings," "Evening Melodrama," "Covert Affair," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 002.

Select Yourself: JFK's Campaign for President

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we look at John F. Kennedy’s decision to run for President, the pushback he faced from within his own party, and the lessons we can learn from his response, including the critical importance of being the master of your own fate.


Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Death of Kings," "Fife and Drum," "Danse Macabre-Big Change," "Achilles," "Black Vortex," "MJS Stings," "Evening Melodrama," "Achaidh Cheide," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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CIP 001.

The Power of Initiative: President McKinley's Message to Garcia

In this episode of the Classic Influence Podcast, we’ll explore the role and importance of initiative and the ownership mindset in your success. Drawing on the experience of Captain Andrew Rowan and President McKinley’s famous “message to Garcia” during Cuba’s war of independence from Spain, as well as the reception of Elbert Hubbard’s essay, “A Message to Garcia,” you’ll begin to see the surprising influence of men and women of initiative. You will also discover the one factor that makes this quality so essential to your success.


Music Credits: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), "Heroic Age," "Take a Chance," "Fife and Drum," "Danse Macabre-Big Change," "Achilles," "Black Vortex," "MJS Stings," "Evening Melodrama," "Covert Affair," "Cartoon Battle." Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

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