The Big Leap is about two main things; one, Your Upper Limits. How much we can accomplish or achieve? How much love and abundance we can receive? And two, Discovering Your Zone of Genius. The difference between stagnation and success lies in the decisions you make in the moments that matter. This podcast is about those turning points -- the single decisions in life and business that change everything because the difference between stagnation and success lies in the decisions you make in the moments that matter. Gay and Mike will talk about business, relationships, limiting beliefs, and creating freedom and from time to time, you’ll also meet some of their favorite thinkers, thought leaders and celebrities and hear about their Big Leaps.
The Intersection of Comedy and Transformation
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44:40Today we’re talking with Kyle Cease, a New York Times Best Selling author who has the unique gift of being able to merge comedy and personal transformation.He’s what would happen if Eckhart Tolle and Jim Carrey had a baby!Kyle believes that “for us to really grow, we almost have to let go of everything—and that less effort equals more magic.”In other words, if we surrender a little more and take more of what Gay calls "Big Leaps," we can transcend the parts of us that are creating out of fear and instead create amazing things.Mike is a huge fan of stand-up comedy, so he asked Kyle what his thoughts were on the evolution of comedy—plus what his creative process is.The answers he gave were so different from what Mike thought they were going to be.You'll also hear how Kyle managed to get himself a gig at the Dolby Theater (the theater they hold the Oscars in!) That and a lot more in this episode…Key Takeaways Kyle describes exactly what he does and his Evolving Out Loud Events (03:32) Kyle tells Mike and Gay about his first Big Leap (07:02) From full-blown stage fright and panic attacks to complete transformation (10:00) Kyle explains the 2 different voices that we all have (17:42) Mike asks Kyle about his relationship with comedy and how it shifted (20:47) Additional Resources Check out Kyle’s upcoming Evolving Out Loud events: http://www.MrBz.com/KCwebsite Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience: http://www.bigleappodcast.com/Apply
How To Come Up With Your Top 5 Life Goals
44:37Today, Mike and Gay are answering a great question that Gay came up with several years ago:How to Come Up with Your Top Five Life Goals These are arguably some of the most powerful questions you could ever ask yourself that ended up being in a book that Gay wrote called, “Five Wishes.”The process is super simple and can be done no matter what stage of life you're in. Once you answer them, you’ll have a great advantage and be on the right path.If you're not following your own life purpose, you can bet that you're following somebody else's,so it's a good idea to figure out where you want your life to be focused.You're going to walk away with a lot of clarity about what you want to do after listening to this episode. Key Takeaways The origin story of how Gay came up with his process (03:07) The question to ask yourself at the end of your life (08:58) How Mike came to terms with his own mortality when he had Cancer (12:45) One of the main causes of stress and discomfort (18:38) What inspired Gay to write his book (39:02) Additional Resources Get your copy of Five Wishes. Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience! The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, and discovering their genius.It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs.
Improving Your Creative Processes with “The Beatles: Get Back”
47:11Mike and Gay take The Beatles: Get Back documentary and dive into it.The documentary was produced and directed by Peter Jackson, and it is an absolute masterpiece. Both Mike and Gay learned a ton about creativity and collaboration during it. Their goal is just to pick it apart and talk about their favorite spots that had the most impact on them. They also open a great discussion about what you can learn from it for your own creative processes.This episode was on the loop for weeks and months because Mike was a massive Beatles fan. He listened to their music, both as an engineer and a musician, and he affirms he thinks they're one of the most incredible bands ever to exist. You will respect them more after listening to this episode as creative collaborators.Key Takeaways What we learned about The Beatles and their creative process (04:48) Is this the essence of the universe? (10:58) How the people involved in The Beatles' production left their mark (14:00) The role of publishing in the music business (17:37) How we are going to apply the insights we got from The Beatles: Get Back (25:27) Additional Resources The Big Leap To learn more about The Big Leap Experience, TEXT BL to +1 (858) 434-5316 or go to www.BigLeapPodcast.com/Apply Watch The Beatles: Get Back The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius.It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
Reinventing Yourself: 3 Ways to Create a Better Future
48:44Some of the things discussed here you have not heard before.Mike and Gay will be talking with Jim Selman, a living legend in the coaching industry.Jim is the person who coined the ideas of corporate coaching and executive coaching (and first used the term in print). But this is not only a history lesson. We will disclose some unique tactics and concepts that will change how you see the world and approach personal transformation.You have the opportunity to shape, create, and design your future, but this will only happen if you take charge of your present and work your way forward intentionally.This episode is not your average coaching discussion. These ideas have been polished through literally thousands and thousands of hours of corporate and personal transformation, working with real people.Are you ready to take control of your future?Key Takeaways Applying the term coaching to executive transformation (02:39) Jim’s best advice for entrepreneurs (06:31) The book: Living in a Real-Time World (11:39) What transformation is at its core (23:09) Come from where you want to go (27:24) Additional Resources Apply to the exclusive Superpower Accelerator Program Get on the Early Bird List for The Big Leap Experience! Join us: paidforlife.com/mastermind Get your copy of Living in a Real-Time World Learn more about Mike Koenigs The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius.It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
5 Principles to Build a Happy and Successful Marriage
36:34Mike has been married to Vivian for 21 years. Gay has been married to Katie for 42 years.Both couples have built successful and fulfilling relationships, tested by time. For both, their marriage has been their priority, the key to their success, and the primary source of happiness. So backed up by that experience, Mike and Gay will dive deep into the mechanics of love.You will learn how Gay and Katie, when they first got together, within months of meeting, sat down at a fireplace and made a commitment to five big concepts. Five big ideas that they've held true to. These non-negotiable principles have given them immense intimacy, power, and love to create that flow we will be talking about.Mike and Gay will also uncover: How the flow of love works between couples What they do to maintain the flow of love with their couple What messes up that flow, and how to get back into it again You're going to learn a lot in this episode!Key Takeaways What the flow of loving energy between couples is (02:10) The Five Big for Gay & Katie (03:45) “Nobody had ever made their relationship itself, the hero” (11:11) Wake up every day saying, “how can I create happily ever after?” (26:35) Additional Resources Apply to the exclusive Superpower Accelerator Program Learn more about Mike Koenigs The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius.It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
Stephen M.R. Covey’s New Book: Trust and Inspire
46:27In this episode, Mike and Gay interview Stephen M.R. Covey about his new book Trust and Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others, as well as his leadership legacy, vision, and current projects.The world has changed all around us in all the ways we know. And yet our style of leadership hasn't kept pace with the changing world.We're still too rooted in the old model, what we might call Command or Control. It’s a more advanced and sophisticated version of it, but it is the same in principle.We haven't shifted the paradigm of how we view people and leadership. And until we shift that paradigm, we won't lead in a new way. We invite you to join Mike & Gay as they dialogue with Stephen M.R. Covey about his new book Trust and Inspire. This book presents a new way to lead, created for a new world that requires it.Key Takeaways The whole idea behind Trust and Inspire (01:34) How Stephen’s leadership changed through writing this book (03:08) How to “trust and inspire” Gen Z generation individuals (07:45) Two inspiring stories about leadership in action (18:08) Why is the concept of “stewardship” a core part of your book? (25:09) Readers, keep this in mind when first going through the book (37:20) Additional Resources Get your copy of Trust and Inspire Apply to the exclusive Superpower Accelerator Program Learn more about Mike Koenigs The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius.It is brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
Why You Should Never Stop Trying New Things
52:22Gay & Mike meet Kirsten Vangsness, the Criminal Minds star, and actress, who talks about creativity, trying new things, as well as some of her exciting personal projects.Gay loves mystery shows! With his wife, he started to avidly watch Criminal Minds. And rather immediately, this one character kind of jumped out at them — Penelope Garcia (portrayed by Kirsten).They ended up watching the show primarily because of Kirsten. When they eventually got introduced to her, it really blew Gay’s mind that she was doing a lot of unusual projects and different things at the same time. Gay wondered, where does she get all this energy and creativity from? Today we will have the opportunity to discover that and a lot more! Throughout her career, on her road from a “starving artist” to TV star and producer, Kirsten has always tried new things and started fresh projects. We’ll learn more about this wonderful woman and what drives her to do what she’s passionate about.Key Takeaways How did Gay & Kirsten originally meet? (03:05) Kirsten’s beginnings as a theater actress (08:53) Her big leap into a network television show (13:13) “Can you still feel Penelope in yourself?” (22:23) Performing vs producing? (26:03) Kirsten’s Agenda & other personal projects (29:39) Additional Resources Visit Kirsten’s website Check out Kirsten’s YouTube channel The Big Leap is a podcast dedicated to helping its listeners achieve their maximum level of contribution, love, and abundance, as well as discovering their genius.Brought to you by Gay Hendricks & Mike Koenigs. For more episodes, follow us on your favorite podcast app!
3 Secrets to Removing Your Barriers to Receiving
32:01What are your limiting beliefs, behaviors, or habits that cause you…To fear…To not take action…To be Unwilling to receive?In this episode, Gay unlocks some of his deepest thinking around this topic and Mike gets to be his real-life guinea pig. Today you’ll learn how to look at your life as an unfolding series of opportunities and go beyond your upper limits.You’ll figure out the fears that are keeping you from receiving and how to remove those barriers without working any harder. Life changing stuff, right? Click the play button for the details.How do you produce more results without doing more work?Open your mind to a counterintuitive idea.More of anything is all about letting go of trying to get more customers or grow your presence in the world and focus instead on increasing your ability to receive. But how do you do that in the laziest possible way?Listen for the full blueprint, and to hear Gay giving Mike some great recipes that he uses on the fly—and you can too.
Biggest Leaps of 2021
32:16For Gay and Mike, the last 2 years have been the most profound times of growth and learning in their lives.In this episode of The Big Leap, they're going to time travel through their own personal Big Leaps from 2021, and some of the Big Leaps they expect for 2022. More importantly, they invite YOU to reflect on what your Biggest Leaps were in 2021, and what you're up for in the next year. Mike would love for you to reach out and share what YOUR Biggest Leaps in 2021 were and what Big Leaps you’re planning for 2022.This is a SUPER fun episode, so get comfy, grab your favorite beverage and Listen now. Mike guarantees you’ll be inspired.Let’s start with some of Gay’s Biggest Leaps from 2021:Gay celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary last year with his wife, Katie, by taking trips to both New York City and Maui.He also had an unexpected Big Leap in the form of what the investing world calls “a liquidity event,” which is when a big investment you’ve made gets bought or sold by a major firm, resulting in a cash windfall.Gay and his wife, Katie, live in Ojai, California and about 15 years ago, they heard about a company called Ojai Energy Systems that was building an environmentally friendly battery. They loved the idea so they invested.A few months ago, a big conglomerate made a bid on Ojai Energy Systems. Next thing you know, they get an email asking to buy ALL of their stock at a great price. Unexpected liquidity event = a big financial windfall.As a rule, Gay and Katie try to invest in anything promising that's local. One of their missions is to help local entrepreneurs get a foothold in the world. Some have been flops but some have gone on to be super successful.For instance, they invested in the Ojai company, KeVita (the popular Kombucha drink) years ago when they were just starting out. KeVita recently sold to Pepsi, and Gay was able to reap the benefits of another liquidity event.Gay and Katie are now in their 70’s. They made their fortune a long time ago and now they’re having fun giving their money away. They created a grant, helping 380 needy families in their area, and made a donation to the local toy shop so kids get gift certificates for awesome toys.Gay says this was one of the most satisfying things they did all year long.Gay has been writing his memoir and a few mystery novels which are his greatest CREATIVE leap of 2021 that are continuing into 2022. Both are flowing super easily but you’ll have to tune into the whole episode to hear about these in more detail…As for Mike… He did things a little differently in 2021…Mike and his wife, Vivian, celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. They decided to focus on as much “happily ever after” as possible. It’s a question Mike asks himself all the time… “What does happily ever after look like?”For Mike, an aggravation-free life = a happily ever after life. That means he says NO to anything that will cause him any aggravation whatsoever.Mike had a VERY big opportunity (that could have been very profitable) come to him last year that he decided NOT to do, because he absolutely knew it would’ve caused him NOTHING but aggravation. In the end, it just wasn’t worth it. Wrong people. Wrong place. Wrong thing.Mike also had his first significant liquidity event last year with a couple more in motion. It’s exciting because there are things he invested in over 15 years ago that are now paying off. One of the things Mike's most excited about is the property they bought in Mexico on a giant strawberry field. He's building a recording studio there and calling it “Strawberry Fields Studios.” (He's always loved the Beatles.) They're also building a regenerative farm so they can be both food and land independent.This was a huge leap for them. In the past, Mike has avoided real estate like the plague because it's always felt overwhelming and scary. Another Big Leap is with their only child, Zak. He is now in college at CU Boulder. Vivian and Mike are empty-nesters and it’s been a pretty big change.So what were your Big Leaps in 2021 and what do you expect your Big Leaps to be in 2022? Go ahead and send Mike a message. He will personally see EVERY response and he really wants to know!
How to Get Back Up Quickly After Being Knocked Down
31:39Do you remember the Bozo the clown toy? No matter how many times he got punched in the face, he bounced right back up.That’s Entrepreneurship in a nutshell.If you’re an Entrepreneur you NEED to expect that you're going to hit turbulence now and again but knowing how to recover is KEY.Our guest, Dave Colina, founder of O2 Water, is very familiar with this concept.He has the grit, the guts, the determination and the hustle it takes to be successful AND he is operating in one of the hardest industries to succeed and make money in… The beverage world.Dave is going to tell you a unique story about his product and the stuff that matters most. This is your opportunity to learn about an industry that has huge upsides and how to build a business like this. Listen to this episode because it doesn't matter what you do for a living. You're going to learn something today.Mike met Dave through a show that he was involved in called “Elevator Pitch” with Entrepreneur Magazine. (Think Shark Tank in a 60 second pitch)He was a contestant on the show and as he stood on stage, Mike fell in love with who he was right away. His immediate reaction is “this guy's got grit.” He's the kind of person that investors want on their team because he's not going to let anything stop him.Gay and Mike know this first hand because they’re both investors in CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) products. Gay was an early stage investor in Kavita Kombucha, (which sold to Pepsi for $225 Million a few years ago) and Mike was an early investor in Bullet Proof Coffee and Good Idea Beverages.The business of Consumer Packaged Goods is really, really, really hard and the Big Leaps that founders need to face are very challenging. Case in point, when Dave was launching O2 water and on his way to his first big Crossfit event he discovered that his manufacturer gave him hundreds of slime contaminated cans.Rather than turn around and cancel, he spent the night squeezing 720 cans to eliminate the bad ones and the event went on flawlessly.Despite all of the challenges, Dave has persevered, made an amazing, HEALTHY product, found HUGE success, puts relationships (over profit) first and gives back to his community.Tune into the whole show to hear more incredible stories about Dave’s journey and learn how you too can Get Back Up After Being Knocked Down.