100: VIEW FROM THE TOP – Aaron T. Walker

Aaron Walker is, without question, a veteran entrepreneur. Starting his first business at 18 and selling to a Fortune 500 company nine short years later demonstrates Aaron's passion for succeeding. Unwilling to rest on past success Aaron started, bought and sold eight successful companies over the past 37 years. Having a strong desire for personal development has kept Aaron in a weekly mastermind group for more than a decade with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham and seven other notable Nashvillians. Aaron has enjoyed a 36-year marriage with his beautiful wife, Robin. Today Aaron spends the majority of his time HELPING MEN GROW IN SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE as President and Founder of VIEW FROM THE TOP, a premier life and business coaching resource.

Aaron's new book, View From The Top, is guaranteed to motivate and inspire you to live a successful and significant life.

Interesting Notes

  • Aaron loves to create things. He loves to grow things. He loves to figure out what is going to make it stick and go.
  • At 13 years old, Aaron started working for his Dad who has a construction company. They remodeled the pawn shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Aaron fell in love with the business. And at 15 years old, he is sure of himself that it is what he wanted to do for a living.
  • He met some friends in school who has a lot of money. He encouraged them to open a pawn shop and they did. He was 18 years old then. He worked day and night in the pawn shop. When he was 21 years old, he was able to pay off a $150,000 loan. He continued the pawn shop and opened 4 other stores.
  • At 27 years old, a Fortune 500 company in Texas came knocking on his door and made him an offer he cannot refuse. He sold his pawn shop business.
  • 18 months later, Robin, Aaron's lovely wife, urged him to get a job or start another business. So, he bought back the pawn shop he was working for way back when he was 13 years old. He spent another 10 years rebuilding it. He rebuilt it four times the size it was when he bought it.
  • In the midst of their success, Aaron's family lived in $18,000 a year for nine years. He put his money back into his company. He learned to delay gratification.
  • August 1, 2001, at 41 years old, Aaron's life came to a screech and halt. He was heading to his office when he ran over a pedestrian crossing the street. He killed the pedestrian.
  • The incident made Aaron sell the business and retired for the second time. And in the next 5 years, Aaron's family traveled, changed location, and built a new house.
  • God gave him the grace to deal with the past and overcome it. Again, with the urging of Robin, Aaron opened a construction company. He built high-end residences and small commercial buildings. They were able to build $500,000 to $2M houses. They did it for the next nine years. They took the business to number 1 for 3 consecutive years.
  • With his successes, Aaron decided to retire when he turned 50 and he did.
  • However, his fellow in the mastermind group told him “You are too young to quit. You need to teach other people!”
  • So, his fellow taught him into coaching. Not long after, Aaron launched his business View from the Top. He coaches men nationally and internationally. He has 8 mastermind groups that he facilitates. He has a community wherein men from all over the world participated in.
  • He works Monday to Thursday. His day off are Friday to Sunday. He has employees. He also has virtual assistants.
  • Aaron's book View From The Top is available at Amazon.
  • He is giving away 3 documents to this podcast listeners. These are:
    1. Personal Assessment – where you can look deep into your identity, ideals, values, and career
    2. Productive Day – helps you understand how to live and get the things you want
    3. What Do I Want? – helps you know what would you do with your life tomorrow
  • To get the documents, visit viewfromthetop.com/ron. Aaron hopes his giveaway would help you live a more successful and significant life.

Advice, Tips, and Tricks

  • When you have responsibilities at home, the worst thing you could do is give up and quit. Because that would cause more stress in your life. Aaron recommends these:
    1. Read Brian P. Moran's book The 12 Week Year. It focuses more on the task you will do every day for 12 weeks. It teaches you to focus on the goal and the dream, not on the task.
    2. Read the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less of Greg McKeown. The way of Essentialism is to focus on 1 or 2 things and make a plan. Every day you must work on your plan for 2 hours.
    3. Read the book Deep Work by Cal Newport. It teaches you to quit doing the shallow work and get in there and do the deep work.
    4. Only read a couple of books at a time to avoid information overload. If you do repetitive things, day in and day out and you focus on 1 or 2 things, a harvest will come that you would not be able to take in.
  • You cannot multi-task because you cannot give 100% to two things.
    1. Give your 100% focus on one thing at a time.
    2. If you want to get a lot done, turn off all your devices and notifications. Have focus blocks on your time.
    3. Lock inside a hotel room and plan for the next quarter. Write what you want to do every single day for the next quarter.
  • Prioritize your priorities. You've got to put the big rocks in first – the things that really matters. Then keep focused on what matters every day.
  • Get rid of the people with a fixed mindset. Instead, develop a growth mindset, that is, with enough training, education, discipline, and instruction, you can get your plans done.

Quotes

  • “Happiness is a choice, not a trait.”
  • “Every day I decide, ‘Today is the day I'm going to be happy!'”
  • “No amount of money will ever keep you anywhere.”
  • “You won't be happy unless you are meeting your purpose, your desires, and the things that you would want to do.”
  • “CAN'T could not do it, but COULD do it all!”
  • “Don't just do what did not work. But do more of what does work.”
  • “Fear missing the opportunity more than you fear failure.”
  • “You can't let other people steal your dream.”
  • “Failure is in not trying, not in succeeding.”
  • “Go out there and go forth. You can't just let other people hold you down.”
  • “Procrastination is your biggest enemy.”
  • “It is not about information. It is about execution.”
  • “If you don't write it down, it is just a dream.”
  • “If you don't plan your day, somebody else will plan it for you.”
  • “You've got to have a plan to implement your strategies.”
  • “You've got to know what you want.”
  • “If you do the redundancy day in and day out, it will energize your body mentality, and you're going to win.”

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