Welcome back to The Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning podcast, EPISODE #208, I’m Andrea Samadi, author and educator from Toronto, Canada, now in Arizona, and today’s guest ties in perfectly to what we have been talking about on this podcast the past few months. Before I introduce him, I have to mention that he contacted me through LinkedIn and asked if I was looking for podcast guests. I always am and do have a running list of people I reach out to as our topic is specific, tied to how the most current brain research can help us to improve our productivity and results.
✔︎ Who is Blaine Oelkers, and why did it take 3 seconds for Andrea to notice something unique about his work?
✔︎ The mistake that 99.9% of people who read the book Think and Grow Rich make.
✔︎ What were in the "missing pages" of Think and Grow Rich that Blaine Oelkers discovered?
✔︎ What is the "secret" that we should all know, while studying Think and Grow Rich.
✔︎ Strategies to become crystal-clear with whatever it is that we want to create.
✔︎ How neuroscience supports what Napoleon Hill teaches in Think and Grow Rich.
✔︎ Simple strategies to break and form new habits.
✔︎ The importance of "cleaning" your mind.
If you recall, our last episode with Greg Link[i], who partnered and worked with the late Dr. Stephen Covey with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People mentioned how many of the principles that they used for success over the years took some time before they were accepted in the corporate world, let alone the K-12 school market, so when I come across someone who’s an expert, or even known as a Chief Results Officer, I want to know who they are, who and what and who they have studied, and how exactly they are getting these high levels of results that most of us want, but take such hard work to achieve.
While researching our next guest, Blaine Oelkers[ii], a lifetime entrepreneur, a graduate of Purdue University and Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship program, I learned that he’s coached 1000’s of people with what he calls their Personal Implementation Plans (PIPs) elevating his clients to a higher level of productivity and results that he calls You 2.0, when I saw exactly what I was looking for.
It's rare for someone to teach these success principles, without having studied with one of the “greats” at least for a period of time, so I always look to see where their love of self-improvement began. I will be sure to ask Blaine this question, but it became clear to me that he has a sound knowledge of the most influential success books when I saw that he has taught the book we covered to launch our year with, Think and Grow Rich, and has some tips to help us to be more effective while studying this book, along with some lost passages! At this point in my research, I ‘m beyond curious how he knows this top secret information and wonder if it has to do with the fact that he shared the stage with American author and entrepreneur, Jim Rohn.
I suppose we will all have to find this out in the interview. Let’s meet Blaine Oelkers and see if we can kick our productivity up a notch and uncover where he learned these secrets for success from.
Welcome Blaine. Thanks so much for reaching out to me. I’m not sure if you noticed that it took me about 3 minutes to write back to you that you were a perfect fit for the podcast!
INTRO Q: I mention in the backstory that I’m always looking for people who can take our understanding of productivity and success to higher levels, and I have to open up with the question I was thinking the whole time I was researching you—where did your love for self-improvement begin, who did you study, and what do you think makes you stand out from others in this field—I saw it immediately.
Q1: I opened the year with a 6-part series on Think and Grow Rich[iii] after studying this book for the past 3 years with Paul Martinelli. I have to say that when you teach something, you study it so differently as I could tell that didn’t finish reading it until I had to explain it to others. I wonder what did you uncover that 99.9% of people miss every time they read TAGR? Here’s my guesses—that people don’t FINISH the book? Or they don’t IMPLEMENT the ideas Napoleon Hill suggests? Or they don’t read the book with effort and like Greg Link mentioned on my last episode-they don’t really “ponder deeply” with what they are reading.
Q2: What do you think “the secret” is that Hill says will stand out to you, and every chapter mentions it? Bob Proctor would never tell us what the secret was as he said we would stop looking for it.
Q3: What are the lost passages of TAGR? How did you come across them?
Q4: We’ve spoken often on this podcast about the importance of creating a crystal-clear vision of what you want. Why have you found this to be important, and how do you help others to remember this? WYTABA
Q5: How has neuroscience proven that WYTABA works? RAS
Q6: When you begin to connect the science to some of these success strategies, I know that belief is formed. What’s been your experience of working with corporations/leaders over the past few decades. How have things changed with this understanding of neuroscience?
Q7: We’ve also covered breaking/forming habits often on this podcast and I love how simple you make this. What should we all know if we want to form a new, healthy habit (like exercising more or cutting out unhealthy foods?)
Q8: What are some simple ways that we can keep our mind free of negative thoughts?
Q9: Any questions that you think I’ve missed that would be good to add