#018: Why Seeking Out Mentorship Matters with Grant Baldwin

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In this episode, Erick Rheam interviews professional speaker, podcaster, and founder of The Speaker Lab, Mr. Grant Baldwin on why he thinks it’s important to seek out mentors in key areas of your life.

Grant discusses how he felt when he decided to make a fundamental shift in his life in 2006 and pursue a career in public speaking.  He unpacks how he transitioned into professional speaking and what it was like to earn his first $1,000 for a speaking gig.

Grant talks about the deliberate choice you must make to intentionally rise above the chaos.  He’s also a master of surrounding himself with the right people so he can realize success.  One of the first people that helped him was his dad when he gave Grant a loan to start his business.  It’s a beautiful story about how a father supports his son.

He also talks about the entrepreneur life is really making it up as you go and having the courage to keep moving forward.  One way to mitigate that is to realize that most successful entrepreneurs are making up as they go as well!

Grant talks about his pivotal decision to pick up and move his family away from his hometown in Missouri to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his speaking dreams.  He walks us through his mindset and how he justified such a big move.

He discusses the power of a mastermind group that he leverages to help him navigate major decisions in his life and why it matters so much to him.  He shares his thoughts on bringing in people to help him address specific areas in his life from business, health, marriage, and finances.

He tracks key metrics to ensure he’s intentional with relationships like how many date nights he has with his wife, how much time he spends with his daughters, how much time he wastes on his phone, and is he engaging with his primary mastermind group daily.

Grant Baldwin

As founder and CEO of The Speaker Lab, Grant Baldwin has helped thousands of people build successful and sustainable speaking businesses.  Over the last 15 years, Grant has become a sought-after speaker, podcaster, author, and accomplished entrepreneur.

Featured on the Inc. 5000 list, Forbes, Inc. Entrepreneur, and TheHuffington Post, he has committed his expertise and insight to equip others to share their meaningful message with the masses.

His leadership and dedication to creating a one-of-a-kind organizational culture are evidenced by the impact of the team he leads.

Grant lives near Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Sheila, and their three daughters.

Resources Mentioned

  1. Subscribe to the podcast
  2. Rise Above Chaos book
  3. Work with Erick
  4. The Speaker Lab
  5. The Speaker Lab Podcast

Action Step

  • Identify at least 3 mentors