Kevin Rudolf | Stop Being a Slave to “Success”

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One relaxing evening by the pool, I was listening to the music of one of my childhood heroes, Kevin Rudolf. I was jamming out, really feeling his music on a visceral level, head bobbing, and all. I related to the lyrics in a way I couldn’t as a young boy. As I dove deeper into his music, some of which I had never heard before, I was enthralled by how moving, upbeat, and positive his lyrics were. The songs were actually… I hate to use the word because it’s so cliché… inspirational. Kevin Rudolf had created the soundtrack to my life.

In that moment, I thought, “Huh, I should reach out to this guy to interview him on my podcast.” I searched for his email, which was shockingly easy to find, and typed up my proposal to him. I had to talk to Kevin. I wanted this more than I wanted a girlfriend when I was in sixth grade. It was April 1, 2019, over a decade after discovering him, and I wasn’t fooling around. At 6:29 PM, I sent the email (I’ll share my email templates later).

Now, the waiting game. If he didn’t answer, I would follow-up a few more times before letting it be.

At 8:42 PM, I received my reply:

Hey Jordan

Thanks for reaching out. I’d be happy to do the interview. When are you thinking? I can check the schedule with my manager and we’ll make it work.

Yes! I did it!

I leaped up from my seat with the most child-like excitement I had felt in years, parading through my apartment, yelling, jumping up and down, the whole nine yards. If anyone saw this, they would have thought I just won the Superbowl.

As soon as I calmed down a minute or two later, my good friend Savannah called me. I picked it up.

“Guess what?!?”

“What, Jordan?”

“Kevin Rudolf just agreed to come on the podcast! Remember, Let It Rock?

“No way!”

I shared my excitement with everyone. I texted my little brother, my mom, posted it to Instagram, Facebook, and even LinkedIn. I couldn’t believe it. My journey was, in a way, coming full circle.

Listening to Kevin Rudolf’s music with my early generation iPod Touch on the bus on the way to school as an 11-year-old, never in a billion years would I have been able to conceive the thought that I would interview him a decade later for something called a “podcast.” Wild.

We recorded that podcast in April of 2019 and it went well.

Recently, Kevin and I met up in Miami to record another podcast and have lunch.

Please, enjoy.

Connect with Kevin on Instagram.

I wish podcasts like this existed when I was in college.

Jim McKelvey Billionaire Co-Founder of Square

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“There’s a lot of good podcasts, with a lot of major big names. The reason why I find Jordan’s goes from good to fan-freaking-tastic is the interaction. Shortly said it’s not boring. I’ve heard so many people interview amazing people, and jus totally flop. Amazing people have been interviewed countless times and if you hear them on one platform i hateeee hearing them basically default and go through the motions of what they’ve said on other platforms. Jordan makes the person he’s interviewing exactly that- a person. Somehow he manages to reach into their life and connect, pull out the wisdom they have to offer, and lead them towards applying it directly to day-to-day life. Yes I love ooober-major-big phenomenal achievers, but if I can’t relate then i can’t relate and the wisdom they have to offer just falls flat. Here Jordan is consistently pulling out wisdom and emphasizing how it’s applicable to my day-to-day life, and I’m all the better for it.”
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About Growth Mindset University

Growth Mindset University is where tomorrow’s leaders learn the lessons they should have learned in school but didn’t so that they can succeed in the new age of business and life.

Join author and serial entrepreneur Jordan Paris as he shares inspiring stories and valuable lessons in marketing, business, health, psychology, communication, human behavior, and more by talking with the brightest business minds, world-class athletes, and other influential thought leaders like James Altucher, Dean Graziosi, Robert Greene, Dan Millman, Mark Manson, Grant Cardone, Ryan Serhant, and other luminaries.

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"Jordan is an incredible podcaster. The show is high quality all-around, from the guests to the music to the audio quality. It is clear Jordan is passionate and knowledgeable about what he does. I've listened to 5+ in the less than 24 hours since I've discovered this show and I'll be listening to it regularly from hear on out. I listen to A LOT of podcasts (Gary Vee, Tim Ferriss, Lewis Howes, etc.) and Jordan's show is in that upper echelon. It's a must listen!"
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“Jordan is extremely passionate with a nice touch of calmness to him. He allows the guests to speak majority of the show instead of narcissistically trying to add his 2 cents in all the time and make it about him. If you’re interested in hearing substantial content from people of superb interest in today’s world, listen to this podcast.”
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“Started listening to GMU about a month ago and it is now in my weekly routine along with Rich Roll, Tim Ferriss, and Lewis Howes. Love the interview format and I’ve learned a ton that I’ve been able to apply to my own business.”
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“I've been listening to Jordan's podcast for about 3 months now and I just want to take a minute to congratulate him on the great conversations he is sharing with the world. I listen to it every morning during my workout at the gym and during my commute. The episodes that speak to me the most are the ones related to education and innovation. Today I listened to the episode with Naveen Jain ... WOW!!!!! it was revealing and his energy was just contagious. It's been my favourite episode so far. I am very inspired by the things that Gen Zers like Jordan and other folks out there are doing because they are revolutionizing the world of work.”