When people told Gary Davis that he would never become the first Native American rapper, he created his own record label and signed himself as an artist. Since then he’s recorded 11 albums and performed hundreds of concerts all around the world. Gary has also starred in feature films The Indian in the Cupboard, Mortal Kombat, and Kull the Conqueror as well as hit TV shows. As a prominent political figure and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, he’s a vocal proponent and lobbyist for Native American issues. His deep desire to give back was the catalyst for his 54,000 mile tour across North America, bringing hope to people living on reservations. Hear from the award-winning rapper, actor, author, entrepreneur and political figure in this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu.
Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Impact Theory is a first-of-its-kind company designed to facilitate global change through the incubation of mission-based businesses and the cultivation of empowering content. Every piece of content Impact Theory creates is meant to underscore the company mission to free people from The Matrix and help them unlock their true potential. Impact Theory exists to inspire the next generation of game-changing companies and creators that will make a true and lasting impact on the world.
1. “I knew that if it was going to happen for me, I had to keep moving forward.” [7:09]
2. “The key is to keep moving. “ [7:36]
3. “Every experience that comes your way is a tool.” [8:04]
4. “Dreams are tough because without a timeframe, a timeline, they may just stay dreams.” [12:10]
5. “If you don’t love you, you can’t love anybody else.” [28:47]
6. “Failures are our greatest teachers.” [33:00]
Gary walks through what his father and grandfather taught him about hard work. [3:11]
Gary explains how you can develop the mentality to always keep moving forward. [6:22]
Tom and Gary discuss steps to move you towards your goals. [9:46]
Gary explains why you need to set aggressive timelines to achieve your dreams. [12:38]
Gary shares the lessons he’s learned from industry role models. [14:35]
Gary talks about having true independence and not being afraid to stand alone. [18:46]
Tom and Gary dive into the importance of leading by example. [25:06]
Gary expounds on the trauma of self-hatred and how to cultivate self-worth. [28:36]
Gary shares how to not internalize failure. [31:28]
Gary talks about the benefits of being a real entrepreneur and how to cultivate confidence. [36:57]
Gary defines the impact that he wants to have on the world. [45:34]
MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
The Medicine of Prayer: A Journey of Faith to Live a Life of Purpose -http://amzn.to/2xaksaR
Cherokee Nation -http://bit.ly/2keDkiN [1:35]
The Native American Financial Services Association -http://bit.ly/2xU4dxM [2:35]
The Litefoot Show -http://bit.ly/2yR20kE [2:33]
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"We have to be out there telling our story. We can't let other people tell our story for us and continue to not have the ownership of who we are." "We just have to do that and hopefully it's leading by example."
RUN TO THE ROAR. I love that nugget of wisdom. However, I find it somewhat offensive that anyone would only expect to hear that statement from the dad as opposed to coming from the mom . The very purpose of my watching many of your segments is by my desperate attempt to overcome the same type of negative rhetoric that I have endured for the past 22 years & sadly comes from my own husband .
44:40 gave me goosebumps. I can't even tell you how much this just impacted me, as someone who has procrastination issues and big goals. Game changer, because I know that the things I'm working on are what I'm meant to do... I don't need to keep looking, so then the only other option is to step my game up.
"People need to understand that their life is not a mistake. That their life isn't just 'because'. That they've been put here for a reason. We're all here for a purpose. NONE of us were put here to do nothing."
Bless you, Gary Davis! Such an amazing interview. I got so much out of it! Thank you!
"Failures are our greatest teachers. (..) If something ever doesn't go the way that you've planned and you find yourself in that situation, don't panic. The most important thing you can do is stay calm, stay present."
I've consumed like 5 hrs in 24 hours of your incredible interviews, I'm so impressed the power of your questions. The background knowledge of the guest; and want to say Gary Davis so far has had the biggest impact in my head. Just what I needed to hear. Thank you for sharing great wisdom
This guy seems totally present connected yet somehow disconnected. His mind and soul and sense of purpose make him appear so humble yet so strong powerful! A man that has come from oppression the likes of which is unimaginable to most yet has a burning desire to bring and bestow hope on a people. His people and humanity at large!
We are all in this beautiful struggle this thing called life together and yes he’s correct we are all human and have the ability to empathise. Still he’s also recognised that he alone can and must be responsible for steering his course!
I love beautiful souls Xx
Could someone confirm what his mother says “Run to the War or Raw...” it’s at around 40 minutes in.
Peace and life everyone...
This was incredible. I missed this episode, but saw a clip from a montage on Facebook and this guys spirit spoke to mine - I had to find the full video. This did not disappoint! Many an amen was said and by the end I was literally jumping up and down in elation! What a story - what a powerful message to live out. So many incredible lessons from his family and community and lifestyle. A thousand times, thank you Impact Theory team for this one!
I think that he could have mention that confidence comes from learning and auto-education. Every day I read a topic about finance and business I feel more confident when I prepare quotes and how I interact with big enterprises.
Hey I'm Marc, I'm a big fan from Switzerland (french part)! This Gary Davis' interview was to me the most powerful video among your great content. I had to stop in the middle of the show to take another step forward in my life before continuing. Instant motivation and energy. Wow. Thank you Tom Bilyeu for your research and your open questions that made this episode (and many others) so intense in terms of wisdom and fluidity. I think writing practical and inspiring philosophy is my talent, my way to order my thoughts, but also my mission, and, in front of all the doubt we can all face, some external drive can only help. Thank you my man, and I hope you can see this message! Peace to you and your family
Thanks Tom and team. Another new name to me, I don't live under a rock, honestly, though it feels like I must have been as I've not heard or read any of Mr Litefoot's contributions. He is definitely a guy I will be looking into, love his mindset & admire his strength of character. I can sense & hear how much he learnt from his family, not just having a 'rock bottom' in his childhood, but also having towers of strength & models of great attitude to inspire him along the way. What an incredible life he is building by (to paraphrase his words) standing on their shoulders. Great stuff 🌹 #impactsub
During the "After Impact", I could not help but think of Brett Gurewitz, Greg Graffin and Bad Religion. Before the Matrix even came out, they got me thinking of the world in a different way. Really enjoyed this episode because it reinforced the "Do It Yourself" ethic.
A brilliant interview and loving all of your videos, however, there is still a piece missing... How do you identify your "X" your destination? This is where I struggle, I have ideas and thoughts but cannot fathom where I want to be, which direction I should take!
this is super knit picky but is there a reason why Gary's name isn't in the title? This one has a lot of little gems that are huge for everyday living .... thanks for having G on and for another great interview....
Awesome interview. One of the best. Great spiritual warrior. Great leader. Great wisdom. Great planner. I love how he embodies the native american depth. My nickname "Amerok" is in honor of their old ways.
Great interview and info, as always! Thank you for helping me better myself as well as my wife and children and our MINDSETS! Btw, check out rapper Oddisee for more informative and inspiring music #hardwork
This is great!
And I just came to an insight regarding film.
What if you could turn these interviews in to short films ?
Just as ''locked up abroad'' from national geographic - but then ofcourse in an impact theory kind of way?
What if you could do that with netflix? wasn't impact theory not going to be on netflix?
thankyou for reading this.
"Take baby steps on your dreams" but "have an aggressive timeline on your goals" and "be like water, whatever happens continue adapting to the way the situation changes and you will grow" great insights.
Rockstar 52 No, this is just their perspective on how they achieved their success. Your job is to figure out how you're gonna achieve your own legacy, then one day you too can also tell people your own story of how you made it.
I've watched that interview with David Goggins SO many times, I know both his AND Tom's words almost by heart. I could play either one of their roles in a film! 😅 That was a life-changing interview... for ME at least
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