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How To Get Everything You Want In Life w/ Alex Charfen, Coach to Billionaire Entrepreneurs

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“If you want to grow or scale, you can’t do so without daily behavior change. Daily.”
— Alex Charfen

Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we’re joined by Alex Charfen, a serial entrepreneur who has has spent his life seeking to understand how to make business grow – a question that eventually evolved into wondering: “How do you help people grow?” Through his research and years as a top consultant to billionaires, the Fortune 500 and global 100, Alex discovered what he calls the long-misunderstood Entrepreneurial Personality Type (EPT). Best-selling author Robin Sharma recently described Alex as, “the most progressive entrepreneurial mind on the planet” – and for good reason. Since the tender age of 8, Alex has been starting, growing, and selling businesses, and teaching tens thousands of people all over the world how to do the same. He is even a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, and USA Today.
As you guys know, we don’t often talk entrepreneurship on the show, focusing more on health and fitness. Well, Alex has some important things to say about that, as well. But more importantly, I think that this episode fits into an important area of reaching one’s true, superhuman potential: financial freedom and life balance. Entrepreneurship may or may not be for you, but either way, you’re going to take away some amazing lessons from Alex and everything he has to say, which ranges from entrepreneurship advice, inspiration, motivation, health, and even tips to create a better romantic life…
In fact, this episode got deeply personal, and at one point Alex launched into full-on coaching mode, turning the mic back on me and coaching me through one of my biggest struggles at the moment. Although it was a huge moment of vulnerability that I think a lot of people wouldn’t broadcast to thousands of people all over the world, I decided to leave it in, because I think there’s a lot of value and applicable takeaways there… Let me know on twitter or via email what you guys think.
This episode is brought to you by the online course Creating a Meaningful Life. If you enjoy the discussion of mentors and how to surround yourself with the right people, we cover it IN DEPTH in this online course. Click the link above to get a special discount for listeners of this podcast only.

This episode is brought to you by the online course Creating a Meaningful Life. If you’re looking to create meaning and purpose in your life and build the life of your dreams, this is the course for you!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Alex’s troubling childhood, and the path he discovered to overcome it
  • How reading and autodidactic learning changed Alex Charfen’s life and made him the success he is today
  • How did Alex Charfen go from “special education” to advanced placement courses?
  • The story of how Alex Charfen discovered entrepreneurship, and why it was so pivotal for him
  • Alex’s entrepreneurial war stories, including why he sold his company at the age of 17
  • What was Alex Charfen’s secret to success? How did he do it?
  • What was “The Alex Charfen Rule,” and why did Alex’ school have to implement it?
  • The other businesses that Alex Charfen started, and how he got into them by chance
  • A HILARIOUS story of how Alex became the trusted advisor of a Fortune 500 company
  • What does Alex mean by “transparency,” and why is it such a powerful skill to master?
  • A deep-dive where Alex coaches me through a personal issue I’ve been struggling with
  • How can you move yourself forward if you’re looking for a romantic relationship?
  • What is Alex Charfen’s superpower?
  • How does Alex learn, and what are the strategies he uses to learn faster than other people?
  • What differentiates “normal” entrepreneurs from billionaire entrepreneurs?
  • A discussion of whether or not entrepreneurship is for everyone – and why?
  • How can you determine if you were born to be an entrepreneur?
  • What are the “3 awakenings” of the entrepreneurial personal type?
  • What are the rituals, habits, and behaviors that Alex advocates for improving performance?
  • Why is it so important to drink LOTS of water
  • The science behind “hyper hydration” and why it improves your life
  • What are the books that have most changed Alex’ life?
  • What is the most important takeaway from this episode?

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Favorite Quotes from Alex Charfen:

“I grew up knowing that I was fundamentally different from other people.”
“I obsessively read about success. And I think that the very thing that isolated me, that pushed me away from people, is why I’m successful today.”
“For the first time in my life, I produced something. That was me. And I never stopped.”
“I was making about $100 a week in junior high school. And I had 2 guys working for me!”
“The more transparent we are as human beings… the more we are willing to really let people know what’s going on for us… the more we say out loud what we’re actually feeling… that’s how you step into a leadership role in ANY room.”
“Each time that I’ve said ‘man, I’ve really got this… I’m really good at…,’ my life grows, and I suck again.”
“If you want to grow or scale, you can’t do so without daily behavior change. Daily.”
“You can have it. All you have to do is be willing to change everything.”
“Compared to any predator out there, we suck. Terribly.”
“If you look at the top 20 prescription drugs today, they treat dehydration.”
“To me, water is the gateway drug to long-term success.”
“There’s nothing wrong with you, and you’re not alone.”

Jonathan

Jonathan

Jonathan Levi is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor from Silicon Valley.

After successfully selling his Inc 5,000 rated startup in April of 2011, Levi enlisted the help of speed-reading expert and university professor Anna Goldentouch, who tutored him in speed-reading, advanced memorization, and more. Levi saw incredible results while earning his MBA from INSEAD, and later went on to teach a best-selling online course on the subject. With this unique skill, he has become a proficient lifehacker, optimizing and "hacking" such processes as travel, sleep, language learning, and fitness.

  • DrD2

    This was very good. One of my favorites. The show about Taoism Chinese medicine and Jimmy Page was still the best.

  • DrD2

    I do not think this was appropriate. Selling drugs? Really? You can do better than this.

  • Juan

    Excellent podcast. Really thought provoking and explorative of what it means to be human. Keep on rocking Jonathan!

  • Justin

    O man, Jonathan I have the same problem. Thanks a lot !

  • anonymous

    This is another episode that on the description I didn’t think it would really apply to me, but I decided to listen anyway. I’m so glad i did. Some great useful info!