Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman is a speaker, mentor and author. After teaching Spanish for three years and winning Spike TV’s Pros vs. Joes, he left his job to pursue professional fighting. In 2011, he was ranked #7 internationally and recently published Driven: My Unlikely Journey from Classroom to Cage.
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Time Stamped Show Notes
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- [01:00] – Charlie is a small town guy who dreamed big
- [01:31] – Value Bomb Drop: Find that fear and fight it head-on—remember that preparation removes doubt from every equation
- [03:26] – What is something you’ve changed your mind about in the last 6 months? Waking up early
- [04:49] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: I knew nothing about marketing, got a thousand copies of my book, and 958 ended up living in my basement
- [06:35]– Marketing is not an evil word, it’s an empowering word
- [07:14] – Never forget that you’re responsible for your own journey
- [07:54] – Entrepreneurial AH–HA Moment: Signing up for the UFC
- [10:43] – In order to succeed, surround yourself with the best people in the world
- [11:43] – What is your biggest weakness as an entrepreneur? Control
- [12:00] – What is your biggest strength? My mindset
- [12:26] – What is the one thing you are most FIRED up about today? The Fighter’s Mindset Podcast
- [15:09] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “The know-how”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Don’t go around telling people how good you are. Let them tell you”
- What’s the personal habit that contributes to your success? “I drink a gallon of water a day”
- Share an internet resource, like Evernote, with Fire Nation – Google Drive and Good Budget
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – Extreme Ownership
- Imagine you woke up tomorrow morning in a brand new world, identical to Earth, but you knew no one. You still have all the experiences and knowledge you currently have – your food and shelter is taken cared of – but all you have is a laptop and $500. What would you do in the next 7 days? – “I would go out and train at high intensity and post it online and build a following on my journey and just replicate the process”
- [19:06] – Parting piece of guidance: “Take action today. Don’t make an excuse.”
- [19:42] – Connect with Charlie on his website
- [19:48] – Charlie has a special GIFT for Fire Nation here!
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