Momentum Podcast: 511

Success Is The Best Personal Development

by Alex Charfen

Episode Description

Success is the greatest personal development vehicle there has ever been. You can read as many books as you want, take numerous courses, and hire a coach, but if you aren’t out there making things happen, you won’t feel the personal development you desire. When you move forward, that’s the best personal development.

If you’re like me, you’re an evolutionary hunter, and you learn the most when you’re on the hunt. The more you’re on the hunt, the more you’re out there succeeding and developing. Get yourself into momentum by learning and growing. Success creates growth, and it’s only going to happen if you’re out there making it happen.

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One of the questions I get most often from entrepreneurs when I speak or when I'm out in public or when somebody asks my advice is, "What's the best personal development course for entrepreneurs? What's the best mindset course that I can take? Because I want to get my mind right around growing." And I take a different approach to growing your mindset and to personal development.

See, I think success is the greatest personal development vehicle there's ever been. I'm Alex Charfen and this is the momentum podcast, made for empire builders, game changers, trailblazers, shot takers, record breakers, world makers and creators of all kinds. Those among us who can't turn it off and don't know why anyone would want to. We challenge complacency, destroy apathy, and we are obsessed with creating momentum, so we can roll over bureaucracy and make our greatest contribution. Sure, we pay attention to their rules, but only so that we can bend them, break them, then rewrite them around our own will.

We don't accept our destiny, we define it. We don't understand defeat because you only lose if you stop, and we don't know how. While the rest of the world strives for average and clings desperately to the status quo, we are the minority, the few, who are willing to hallucinate there could be a better future. And instead of just daydreaming of what could be, we endure the vulnerability and exposure it takes to make it real. We are the evolutionary hunters, clearly the most important people in the world, because entrepreneurs are the only source of consistent, positive human evolution, and we always will be.

I have a unique approach to personal development and to mindset development for entrepreneurs. I think, I believe, that we are evolutionary hunters. We are that small percentage of the world that gets up every morning, goes into the future, creates a new reality, comes back to the present and then demands it becomes real. We are different than the rest of the world. We are meant to pursue things, to change things, to create new outcomes.

Evolutionarily, we were meant to go out and kill things to keep the tribe alive every single day. That's why we have that restless agitation, that innate motivation that compels us forward towards what we want to achieve. And I think what sometimes happens to entrepreneurs as we start thinking, if we're not in that momentum, if we're not creating the progress we want, if we're not creating the outcomes we want, if we're not actually feeling like we're on the hunt and succeeding, we start thinking, "I need to develop myself. I need to change my mindset. I need to change how I'm thinking."

And here's what I can tell you. After 25 years with working with entrepreneurs, the most transformational experience you can have in your life is to build a successful business, to grow a team, to make a massive impact in people's lives, to do what it takes to become a leader of a company, to do what it takes to become a leader of a movement. And if you don't have the company you want, you haven't become the person who can run it yet. But I want you to get there, because here's what I know about personal development and mindset and moving in the right direction as an entrepreneur.

A lot of our clients come to us and they say, "Part of what I'm dealing with is I think I need more personal development. I think I need help with my mindset." And we tell them, "We can help you with that in our course. We can help you with that in our coaching." Because what we do is we show entrepreneurs the simple frameworks that create momentum for evolutionary hunters, for people like you and I, and then we watch them grow and evolve at an accelerated rate that they never thought possible.

In fact, it's crazy how many changes we see, not just our clients go through, but our team members go through. See, we spend forever working on ourselves and thinking about mindset and personal development, but the fact is if we just go out and put together what we need to to create success on a daily basis, we will develop faster than we ever have in our lives. We are evolutionary hunters. We developed the most. We create a mindset, that positive mindset the most. We get into the right place personally the most, by going out and making a kill.

And here's what I want you to know about this, this is why this is so important. When your company is in momentum, you will be in momentum, your team will be in momentum and you will see growth like crazy. And I've watched this in our coaching products. I'll give you an example. We have clients who will double their business in a year, but because they're in momentum, they'll also get in shape and spend more time with their family. We watch people who start having success in their business and they start having more success in their marriage. Momentum anywhere creates momentum everywhere, and if you can create it through your business, it is going to help your entire life. In fact, it's not just for you, it'll happen for your team members.

I'll share a really personal one on our team. We have one of the best ... Actually, that's not fair. We have the best designer I've ever worked with. She's consistent, she's fast, she's easy to work with. She's fun to work with. Her name's Carina and she's amazing, and I love Carina. In fact, she's from Venezuela. She lives in Ireland and so she speaks with a Latin American accent. She makes me feel like home. I absolutely love working with her. And since she started working with us, she recently quit smoking and she shared today on one of our team meetings, her personal win is that she has not had a cigarette since she quit smoking. And she actually said, when she told us that she had quit, that she couldn't stay on our team with everybody doing so much and accomplishing so much and keep smoking.

She said it just didn't make sense. So she had to quit. Why? Well, because she's in momentum. She's on a team that's in momentum. That personal development decision to quit smoking was because she was feeling the momentum of an evolutionary hunter. And when we start feeling that momentum, we get rid of constraint everywhere. And it's not just Carina.

Deanna, who's absolutely amazing as well. You'll hear me say that a lot about my team. I think I work with some of the most talented people on the planet and I have the best team I've ever had right now. And Deanna, who runs our coaching and content, recently went through a transformation. In fact, our events weren't that far apart. I saw her at our first event this ... or at one of the earlier events this year. And then at our last event, she lost like 20 pounds. She looked like a different human being.

She went home from the first event, and from that event to the one that I most recently saw her at, she had completely changed everything. She lost weight, got in shape, looked incredible, lost inflammation, gave up alcohol, and went through this entire personal growth. And I believe it's because she was on a team that was in momentum. When I asked her what it was, she said, "I just felt great. I felt like I wanted to feel better. I was in momentum. It's part of what we do here." And to me, that is just such a profound effect that you can have through a business, through getting into momentum. When you get into momentum, when you move forward, that is the best personal development. Success is better for entrepreneurs as a personal development tool than anything else.

And here's what I want you to know. It's not just for your team. When you build a team and become a leader to people you work with, it'll transform who you are. It's not easy. Anybody who tells you it's easy, run away from them. Now we can make it easier. We can give you some guidance and frameworks, but it's not easy. Every person who I've ever coached to build a team goes through massive personal growth and massive personal change, and you will too. But that will change your mindset. That will give you personal development. It will grow you faster than any course that grows personal development or mindset in a vacuum.

You're an evolutionary hunter. You learn the most when you're on the hunt. In fact, I would propose that you barely learn anything when you're not. And the more you're on the hunt, the more you're out there making things happen, the more you're succeeding, the more you will be developing.

And I feel like the unplugging from success and trying to develop yourself personally is counterintuitive. We're like sharks. We have to be swimming through the water 100% of the time or we feel like we're dying. And so I want you to get into forward momentum and start learning, start growing, and that will grow you faster than anything else. And when you grow your perspective, and when you grow your company, your perspective and your mindset will shift more than anything else. And when you are successful, you will have personal development more than anything else.

I recently talked to a friend of mine, Chris Winfield, who runs an amazing company and he helps entrepreneurs, mostly women, on clarify who they are, go out and get media, get exposure and start succeeding. And when I asked him to describe his business, he said, "We're a company that helps people create massive success." And then, "But we're really a personal development company. We just show them how to be successful in order to develop themselves personally." And when he said that, I felt like I'd found a kindred spirit, because that's exactly what we do. We show people the tools for success and the result is personal development.

So here's what you need to know. If you want those tools for success, let me share with you what we share with our clients. Number one, entrepreneurs have to have three things in their lives in order to be in momentum in anywhere in your life. Whether you have something that you're personally working on, like weight loss or quitting smoking, or whether you want to grow your business, whatever it is. One, you have to have a clear outcome, crystal clear outcome as to where you're going. Two, you have to have a clear scoreboard that indicates success. And three, you have to know what your role is and what the role is of the people around you.

So in the terms of an evolutionary hunter, you have to have a clear hunt that you're on. You have to have perspective as to whether you're gaining or losing your prey, and then you have to know what your role is in the tribe and what the role of everybody around you is. When you have that outcome, transparency and accountability or outcome, scoreboards and accountability, you will be in momentum.

Second, if you want to have clear outcomes in your business and clear outcomes for your life, have a strategic plan. 99% of small businesses do not have a strategic plan. They have no forward looking, future looking plan that shows them where things are going and that's why so many entrepreneurs are not growing. That's why so many business are constrained and stagnant because the team doesn't know where you're going. The entrepreneur doesn't know where you're going.

In order to have that crystal clear outcome, you must have a strategic plan. And then third, if you want to succeed consistently, you have to have a process to communicate that strategic plan and renew it and build the infrastructure of your business. You have to consistently hire the right people, document the right processes, execute the right projects so that your business continues to grow and you create that success.

See, when people join our coaching programs, this is what we show them. How to create outcomes, transparency, and accountability. How to create a strategic plan and then a system where they can consistently know that they are executing the right projects, documenting the right processes, and hiring the right people. When you do those things, your business will grow and you as an entrepreneur will grow more than you ever thought possible.

I watch it happen in our coaching programs all the time. Momentum in your business will give you momentum everywhere. If you feel like you need personal development, if you feel like you need help with mindset, go out and succeed and you will acquire both of those. See, success creates growth, and we as evolutionary hunters learn the most and grow the most when we're in momentum, on the hunt, chasing our prey and making it happen. I know that is how it works for me, and I know that's how it works for you.

So if you're ready to start developing personally, if you want to grow your mindset, if you want to be able to explode your business, reach out to us and let us help you. If you identify with being an evolutionary hunter, then our systems are the only ones out there that are made specifically for people like you and I to grow a business and make a massive impact, have a game changing team and leave your dent in the universe.

Go to, answer a few questions from my team. Download a copy of the Billionaire Code Decoded, we'll show you exactly where you are in your business now, what you should be focused on next, and how you can create momentum right away. Success is the best personal development for entrepreneurs, hands down. You can't beat it. Go to, and let us help you get there.

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