E.46 – Why Emulating Your Heroes Won’t Bring You Success – Jay Wong

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  • May 15, 2017
Jay Wong

I brought Jay onto the show because he’s amazing (I want to stop writing there and let you guys discover that for yourself but I’m not going to be a dick).

Jay has been immensely supportive on my journey. He is the executive producer and host of the Inner Changemaker Podcast.

In a little over 2 years, he’s turned his podcast into a $100,000 revenue generating machine. He recently sold his first business, Toronto Internet Marketers.

He’s the founder and creator of Podcast Your Brand, Close the Gap and numerous other personal development programs.

His podcast was featured in Dundas Square.

I brought Jay onto the show to share more about how he abandoned the 9 to 5 to discover his unique ability and what’s allowed him to succeed.

The One Takeaway – Dance With Your Unique Ability

In the podcast, Jay shares how one on the biggest lessons he learned from one of his mentors, Dan Sullivan, was discovering his “unique ability” – the gift that you bring to the world that other’s don’t have.

Jay and I go into great length during the podcast about why it’s important to use your unique ability and how to identify it.

A huge part of this is based on how well you understand yourself. The deeper your understanding with self, the deeper you can understand what it is you’re meant to contribute.

Jay and I talk about what he did to gain a deeper understanding of himself while vegabonding aboard in China. We get into some of the exercises he practiced regularly and what he discovered from dating himself.

When we use our gifts and talents to contribute to the world, it’s highly correlated with our own personal happiness.

The book “The Alchemist” has sold over 65 million copies worldwide for a reason. It affirms that many people believe we’re born with a deeper purpose, a sense that we all have gifts to contribute.

When we use our gifts and give back to the world with our talents, we’re much happier because we feel connected to our life’s purpose.

And so the big takeaway from this podcast is to figure it out your unique ability and dance with it.

It may seem obvious but no one is going to figure it out for you. Because no one can figure out who you’re meant to serve or how you’re meant to contribute in this world but you.

And there isn’t just one way to do it. There are many ways.

But you have to be willing to get on that journey. Take a step on that path to figure it out. Because odds are you won’t figure it out standing still.

In the podcast, we discuss exactly that – Jay’s journey to discovering his unique abilities and how he was able to leverage them into creating his business today. Tune in to hear more.

7 Things You’ll Takeaway

– the importance of building a team around you @ 7:40
– How Jay discovered his unique ability @ 16:45
– What motivated Jay to go vagabonding and what Jay learned about himself in the process @ 30:40
– How learning Mandarin shifted Jay’s life and what it taught him on a meta level @ 33:30
– The importance of running mini-experiments in your life @ 37:10
– Why emulating your heroes won’t make you succeed @ 47:10
– The exercises that helped Jay figure his unique gifts and how to bring them into the world @ 50:10
– And much, much more.

Connect with Jay

Inner ChangeMaker Podcast
JayWong TV

Mentioned in the Podcast

  • Debbie Millman interview on the Tim Ferriss Show – one of my favourite Tim Ferriss podcast episodes ever and it was also Tim Ferriss’ all-time highly downloaded
  • Paul Lam – my brother from another mother. This man is making a dent in the universe by interviewing guests on his podcast The PathHunters and inspiring his tribe to pursue their path
  • Kolbe Index – we talk quite a bit about this throughout the episode. Tune in and you’ll learn more.
  • Better Than Before – the book I’m reading currently. At first I was not a huge fan and now it’s growing on me. A perfect example of peeling back the layers. We all have things that grow on us.
  • Gretchen Rubin – author of Better Than Before and the Happiness Project
  • Stickkk.com – how I get 95% of my goals done
  • Align and Accelerate – the online course I created that’s complete badassry and can help you in crushing your goals
  • Dan Sullivan – one of Jay’s first mentors
  • JuVan Langford – this man popped up during our conversation when we discussed clarity. Of course he would. This man is the master of it. You can hear my podcast with him here.
  • Phillip McKernan – this beauty popped in our conversation as Jay talks about how we always know – it’s more about how clear are we? A lesson he learned from Phillip McKernan. My podcast with him here.
  • Calvin Simpson – Another beauty of a human being. You can listen to when I was on his show here.
  • Strategic Coach – where Jay got to learn from some of the best coaches in the world before heading off vagabonding in China to figure out how he was going to contribute his “unique ability” to the world
  • Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron – the book that provided Jay with exercises during his vagabonding trip in China. We talk a fair bit about the brain dumping exercises he did while travelling which you can hear more about in the podcast
  • Jay’s Time Square YouTube Video – at the end of the podcast we chat a bit about when Jay was featured at Dundas Square aka the Time Square of Toronto. You can check out the video here.