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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Bielak

From the Archive: Michael Hyatt The Next Gen Dragon

Before I get to the episode I have in store with you today I want to share with you what it means to me to be back.

I started the podcast back in the May of 2016 but it really took off in June. I had just finished high school and like most students was perplexed as to what to do next. During that moment I thought to myself "what did I learn in my time here?" For the most part regarding actual life skills I couldn't name much. I had learnt my business and communication skills from my mom, The Art of Charm, The School of Greatness and the #AskGaryVee podcasts. I had been listening to podcasts since the end of grade 9 and, I realized how much I learnt from listening. I thought, what if I had my own show? Then I decided why not give this a shot.

It started with my interview with Lindsey Hamilton and has catapulted ever since. In the first 3 months I did over 10,000 views and was so grateful for all that I accomplished. However, I wanted to double down, continue the podcast full time and not attend university. Long story short I attended university and currently attend the University of Guelph-Humber. It was the best decision I made but it didn't come without sacrifices or self doubts. These doubts are what caused me to feel fairly depressive during all if not most of first year university. I was rather aimless.

You must have an aim in order to pursue your vision.

In first year my desire to be involved kept me engaged in university with societies like the Guelph-Humber Consulting Association and DECA UGH. I learnt about case competitions, partied, had fun but I never really felt fulfilled. It was the end of the winter semester of first year when I unexpectedly met Michael, I had left a boring keynote speaker from the Tony Robins Real Estate Wealth Expo to grab coffee. Low and behold I sat down in Starbucks and sitting in the coffee shop right in front of me was Michael Hyatt. (I may have freaked out when I realized it was him) I struck up a conversation and he told me this "Daniel be sure to live your youth". You have time to for success. I took his advice, I went to New Zealand and I think ever since then I have had an aim.

When I got back from traveling I hit up Michael, asked him for an interview and in the summer of 2017 we did an interview.

Michael's words from the interview have stuck with me. Maybe it is because we have similar stories but likely it is because of his authenticity. His most latching words was his talk about the 20 mile journey we all have to take and that the first rule of success is showing up every day. That never got out of my head.

Then with his advice in mind in second year university I became President of Guelph-Humber Consulting Association, Mentor for DECA UGH students and have had tremendous success among my mentees, I became a four time top three placings student in DECA competitions, competed in the LIVE UofT case competition, won fourth by one point at the Royal Roads University Design Thinking Challenge and developed a mindset of being blissfully dissatisfied, grateful and hungry. I started to further develop my aim.

This summer (2018) I then completed a course from IDEO/+Acumen on Human Centered Design, got clear on my priorities, joined Enactus Humber to try and make a large scale impact in the social entrepreneurship space, doubled down on my charity work with Crafting For a Cure and, clarified my aim. I realized the man I must become in order to accomplish my goals is a man that is consistent. That's why I wrote the article on consistency. It is my one word for this year and the rest of time because you are only as good as your last at bat.

As you can see Michael Hyatt has had a large impact on my life. I know that if you listen to his words he can have a big impact on yours too.

Enjoy the interview!


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