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, charisma, hustle and grit. Whether you work in business or politics, education or entertainment, or whether you simply want to tap more of your potential power and find greater success, your capacity for influence is indispensable to getting the outcomes you desire. Influence is the master key to success.

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

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

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

 

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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.

If you like this show, I encourage you to check out my new book, Mastering the Power of Grit. Following the same format of 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. It’s available as both an ebook and a paperback on Amazon.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

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.

Show Tags/Keywords: grit, gumption, habit, influence, initiative, leadership, mckinley, mindset, ownership, president, results, success


 

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.

If you like this show, I encourage you to check out my new book, Mastering the Power of Grit. Following the same format of 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. It’s available as both an ebook and a paperback on Amazon.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

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.

Show Tags/Keywords: 1960, author, campaign, choose, delegate, democratic, destiny, kennedy, master, party, political, president, truman, yourself


 

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.

If you like this show, I encourage you to check out my new book, Mastering the Power of Grit. Following the same format of 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. It’s available as both an ebook and a paperback on Amazon.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

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.

Show Tags/Keywords: ambition, aspiration, disney, disneyland, disneyworld, drive, eye, fantastic, goals, grand, minds, obsession, purpose, risk, see, success, vision, walt


 

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.

If you like this show, I encourage you to check out my new book, Mastering the Power of Grit. Following the same format of 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. It’s available as both an ebook and a paperback on Amazon.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

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 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.

If you like this show, I encourage you to check out my new book, Mastering the Power of Grit. Following the same format of 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.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

  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 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.

If you like this show, I encourage you to check out my new book, Mastering the Power of Grit. Following the same format of 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.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

  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 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.

If you’re enjoying this show, please share it with a friend. Also, please check out my new book, Mastering the Power of Grit. Following the same format of 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.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

  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 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.

If you like this show, please share it with a friend. Also, please check out the book, Mastering the Power of Grit. 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.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

  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 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.

If you like this show, please share it with a friend. You can also support us by checking out Johnny’s book, Mastering the Power of Grit. 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.

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

  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 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.

If you like this show, then you’ll love Johnny’s book, Mastering the Power of Grit, available as both an ebook and 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.

For additional resources, updates and more, be sure to subscribe to our email list by visiting us online at http://www.classicinfluence.com/ambition

Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

  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.

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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.

If you like this show, then you’ll love Johnny’s book, Mastering the Power of Grit, available as both an ebook and 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.

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Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

  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.

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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.

If you like this show, then you’ll love my book, Mastering the Power of Grit, available as both an ebook and 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.

For additional resources, updates and more, be sure to subscribe to our email list by visiting us online at http://www.classicinfluence.com/strategy

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Notes, Quotes and Works Cited:

  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

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