Lewis Howes, a former professional football player and two-sport All-American, is a New York Times Bestselling author and host of one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, The School of Greatness. Lewis was recognized by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30 His most recent book, The Mask of Masculinity, hits the shelves this month and is sure to be another bestseller.
We were honored when Lewis agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA. So without further ado, here are his answers to your questions…
What is the one fitness activity you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?
I hate cardio (it's so boring), but I always get the best ideas when I let myself go for a run without listening to anything.
The School of Greatness podcast has reached a meteoric level of popularity over the past few years. After interviewing so many amazing guests, are there 1-2 episodes that really stand out?
Tony Robbins is a force of nature and I've been blown away every time I've interviewed him. I also really love Sara Blakely - her energy, passion, and story are incredible.
You recently presented a keynote at the Bulletproof Conference. Are there any "bio-hacks" that you employ on a daily basis? Or, are there therapies or gadgets that are especially compelling?
I'm pretty simple with my daily health routine - I meditate, workout, eat clean, and try my best to disconnect from my phone for at least a little bit every day. If I'm doing all of those things consistently, I find that I don’t need much else.
What is something you enjoy that most people would be surprised to learn?
I'm a huge music show nerd. I loved Glee when it was on TV. I've always wanted to be a performer, but I wasn't given the musical talent the rest of my family got. So, I channeled my performance gene into sports and public speaking.
New York Times bestselling author, world-famous podcast, recognized as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in America by former President Obama. You've experienced a ton of success. But, you've worked your ass off along the way - from creating your first online course to the local networking events you put together back in the day. Looking back over the past 10 years, what 1-2 personal traits do you think have helped you the most?
So much of my success comes from my sports background. Learning how to make a plan, focusing on the plan, and working the plan has been invaluable over the years in achieving my goals. I also think my ability to dream big and envision what is possible has supported me in going places I could only imagine. I really had to see it in my mind before I created it in reality.
Your latest book, Mask of Masculinity, hits the shelves this month. What's the big idea you'd like readers to understand? And what one thing would you like them to do after reading it?
I want men and women to understand that the parts of their life that aren't working can be changed. Men have the power to stop the behaviors that aren't serving them if they are willing to look inside and be honest about what is underneath. Women can support their men in making these changes without making them feel wrong. I would love people to gift this book to the men in their life that they care about.
What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?
I'm really inspired by what Rob Dyrdek is creating as an entrepreneur, investor, and media personality. He is brilliant.
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." I'd put it right outside the biggest university in the country so that the rising generation of leaders are reminded of something that is more important than academic knowledge.
Thanks again to Lewis Howes for being a part of the Joovv AMA family! Also, don't forget to check out his podcast when you get a chance. Lewis hosts a phenomenal show.