Chad Carden is a name you will be hearing very often in the near future. He is a speaker, author, consultant and success strategist for some of the most well-known companies in the country — Weight Watchers, AT&T, UBS Financial — the list goes on and on.
What I love most about Chad’s message on the podcast is the fact that the choices we make every day help us achieve our visions. The choices must be conscious which at times is exceptionally hard to do.
“Experience is not necessarily the gift of life, it’s the experience of others that helps us get closer to what we want to achieve.” (8:00)
Chad got caught up in the lifestyle game and when he woke up one day with more payments than he really wanted, he made a conscious shift in his business to build his future. (12:00). He discusses paying off debt, investing for the future, and making choices to keep him involved in family, friends, and building his legacy.
Chad’s mentors were very influential in his life. His dad introduced him to Zig Ziglar, Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones, and other very well-known success minded people. He discusses what mentors did for him at 14:00. His mentors:
- challenged him to look at everything from an abundance mindset.
- set an amazing example (they embody what they preach).
- were there for him when he needed them. (And it’s easier to approach them than you think).
When Chad was fourteen, the first book his parents gave him was How To Win Friends And Influence People. It became his inner-personal bible and he ultimately ended up working for the Dale Carnegie organization. The principles, in action, were amazing to Chad and he still uses the materials he learned in groups today. (19:30)
“I tried depressed, it didn’t work for me.” (21:30)
Chad’s boys are at the center of his life — he talks about what he wants for his boys at 23:40.
- How the world works.
- How to be grounded.
Success in life and adding significance by adding value to society were two things he really wanted for his boys.
If you’re interested in following in Chad’s footsteps:
- Stop looking for answers, and start asking the right questions on where it is you want to go. “I’ve never done this before, but if I did, what would I do?”
- Make sure that you’re always in CANI mode. (Constant and Never-ending Improvement).
- Find others with commonality — masterminds, communities of like-minded people.
Books Chad Recommends
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino