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How to Get More Done | Gary Davis on Impact Theory

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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. PULLED QUOTES 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] SHOW NOTES 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 BOOKS The Medicine of Prayer: A Journey of Faith to Live a Life of Purpose -http://amzn.to/2xaksaR ORGANIZATIONS Cherokee Nation -http://bit.ly/2keDkiN [1:35] The Native American Financial Services Association -http://bit.ly/2xU4dxM [2:35] PODCASTS The Litefoot Show -http://bit.ly/2yR20kE [2:33] FOLLOW GARY INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/2keWEN7 TWITTER: http://bit.ly/2x8ijMN FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/2fIPgYZ SNAPCHAT: http://bit.ly/2wsjqCS WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/2fEanrI FOLLOW DAVIS STRATEGY GROUP TWITTER: http://bit.ly/2fIXVun FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/davisstrategy/ WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/2yBKa4j FOLLOW TOM BILYEU TWITTER: http://bit.ly/2iyjY5P INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/2j7vqX8 FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/2hPStWo SHOP: https://shop.impacttheory.com/ FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/impacttheoryleague TOM BILYEU READING LIST: http://impacttheory.com/reading-list/ FOLLOW IMPACT THEORY TWITTER: http://bit.ly/2iC5lN3 INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/2hPSGJa FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/2iystOf Subscribe to the PODCAST to get episodes early: http://apple.co/2icO5wz -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "How to Make Yourself Immune to Pain | David Goggins on Impact Theory" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78I9dTB9vqM -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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j j (1 month ago)
Gurashish singh Totally agree, that's my favourite interview.
WeirdWorld (1 month ago)
Lizen to ma raps too, plz do plz, thank you.
H I (1 month ago)
"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." Powerful.
NoName Lastname (2 months ago)
He is so wise and articulate!
Wendy Guilleness (2 months ago)
So much wisdom
ZSHERBEAR 777 (3 months ago)
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 .
jmarkes02 (3 months ago)
Walk, Stumble, Crawl, but Keep Moving Forward
Krissy s (3 months ago)
How did 35 people not like this?!?!!
Erick Fernandez (4 months ago)
The Indian In the Cupboard was the first book I ever read in 2nd grade!!! How cool!
marva cooke (4 months ago)
We can learn at any age... Thank you Gary, from a lady who is 76 years old.
William Ritchotte (4 months ago)
That was great
The Masquarade (4 months ago)
Gary Davis is solid in every possible way
Vegan Life Change (4 months ago)
Get Will Smith.
Levi Okumu (4 months ago)
Wow! Very inspirational, I can relate to this guy. Amazing!!!!
anthony brisita (5 months ago)
Wow, inspiring story . You just made me question what do I believe in ? Keep it up , another great interview awesome show !!!
whosdatgirl1 (5 months ago)
Gary speaks with such clarity and you cannot help but gain something from this talk x
Jas Bhabra (5 months ago)
Top man! Wise, kind and encouraging man 💪👍
Coach Alixandrea (7 months ago)
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.
Jacob Lydecka (7 months ago)
Indian in the cupboard, that's all I know him for!
TheGritMagazine (7 months ago)
Please try and get Elon Musk
gidson ashley (8 months ago)
Pretty amazing thanks to impact theory am always motivated with whoever comes on the show..Thumbs up Tom keep it up with your amazing questions n intro... You are a genius...Touch down here in Ghana
Matiss Dzelve (8 months ago)
"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." Cheers!
Michael Bond (9 months ago)
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
Etienne Bunbury (10 months ago)
I think Tons getting broody he’s asked about son a few times!!! Unless he’s now had a few blighters...
Etienne Bunbury (10 months ago)
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...
Jean Cazilus (10 months ago)
Best interview ever!!! Thank you Tom👌🏾💯
Zoesstuff (11 months ago)
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!
Giselle Solorzano (11 months ago)
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.
FinFootiez (11 months ago)
Wow, this was very inspiring and needed to hear some great words of wisdom. Thank you for all the hard work you do Tom and to Gary Davis for the amount of impact he has on people, like myself.
Tom Bilyeu (11 months ago)
It's an honor! Glad you liked the episode!
Fit freak (1 year ago)
how about getting ken segall on, author of think simple
Helena Joan (1 year ago)
I knew it, it was one of the most moving guests I’ve seen on your show. To me, it was a message that struck a chord. Thank you!
Helena Joan (1 year ago)
I’ve honestly got goosebumps from the intro and I haven’t even seen him yet... something must be speaking to me massively
Swiss NBA Superfan (1 year ago)
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
triochrio (1 year ago)
Always thinking after a video from you that there can`t come any better and then your guests thrills me with their stories. It was again so impressive and motivating to do my thing. Thank you
TheAnnestube (1 year ago)
WOOOOW!!!! This was - by far - THE BEST - I've seen and heard since Goggins. Man, this was profound beyond just being inspirational. Hope we're going to hear a lot more from him.
PinkSallyProductions (1 year ago)
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
Loved this one! Thank you!!
Peter Huryk (1 year ago)
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.
Mo Nica (1 year ago)
Ammmmmaaaazing interview!!! Made the eyeballs sweat because a bit. The questions and the answers are so indepth. This series and this interview are life changers. 🙏🏽thank you for everything
littlepeace (1 year ago)
One of the best interviews!!!! Thank you!!!
Tshtsh Alabade (1 year ago)
i love this ...thank you for bringing hope to my self ....respect to your souls both
Nico Kakoulli (1 year ago)
I got suggested by Nathan Simmonds check out his IG @purposegoalslegacy brilliant video & fantastic channel!
Jamie HIBBERT (1 year ago)
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!
Cat's Waxing Studio (1 year ago)
Everyone should listen to this interview! Including children! 👏👏👏👏
Holliday Squared (1 year ago)
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....
Roy Matz (1 year ago)
Legendary for me as a music producer and a rapper.... what i need much love tom, you are the best
Mah Lotfi (1 year ago)
that was so great thanks tom
amerok3 (1 year ago)
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.
Kev the Nubalot (1 year ago)
Please put Gary Davis' name in the video title. Other guests have their names on titles too. Helps his publicity.
Alex P (1 year ago)
Kev the Nubalot agreed this was a confusing episode because the title and thumbnail didn't match the form factor of the others
Joshua Baru (1 year ago)
Thank you Tom and Gary. Thank you. Almost gave up on the dream, but now is not the time to give up. Moving forward in my speed. Thanks Tom for the interview and Gary, for the perspective. God bless.
S Salman Ali (1 year ago)
This is one of the most powerful interview ever! Loved it! Much appreciated Tom!
Elena Babas (1 year ago)
Great person, Gary Davis,great interview! Thank you Tom! Every single interview has something that everybody can relate to or aspire to and get motivated by, thank you again!
Michelle Kalski (1 year ago)
What an amazing and wise man. Props to you Litefoot! Great interview!
Zazen Stoic (1 year ago)
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
Marcus Warren (1 year ago)
What an incredible guy. Thank you both
Adrien Jamai (1 year ago)
My favorite bit: "Be like water."
Zazen Stoic (1 year ago)
Maya, "flowing water" or "spring" in Hebrew
Adrien Jamai (1 year ago)
What's her name?
Zazen Stoic (1 year ago)
Adrien Jamai my daughter's name came from that Bruce Lee thought/quote!
Javier Doreán (1 year ago)
YES this was gooddddd
Ambrose Cooke (1 year ago)
Elon Musk
Very inspiring interview. Gary's mindset for getting something done like his albums were very helpful for me and my projects.
Vittorio (1 year ago)
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. - Vittorio
Varshini Vinyas (1 year ago)
Thank you Tom and team. Actually i was upset about my work but after watching your channel I decided to keep trying until I make it.
sarah kadhem (1 year ago)
Best moment of the week tom bilyeu show
JUTZZZ (1 year ago)
%100 This is dope!!!
MJ ILLUSTRATES (1 year ago)
Great guest, very inspiring. Thank you :) My main takeaway from this one is to keep going. I really needed to hear that.
Krysten Janzen (1 year ago)
This was really helpful!
Jean Cazilus (10 months ago)
Krysten Novak most definitely a mindset changer!!!
Justin Means (1 year ago)
"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.
Shadow KageD (1 year ago)
Woa !! You got NightWolf to speak!!! Nice. Great message, as well. Interesting interview. Gotta rewatch it on normal speed tho ..
Rockstar 52 (1 year ago)
There are all of these successful people but all of them had rough childhood,rock bottom to summarize.So does that mean that if you didn't live through that you cannot suceed?
Rockstar 52 (1 year ago)
Wen Hao So for everyone it's a different type of rock bottom?
Wen Hao (1 year ago)
Everybody goes through rock bottom: It's the mindset of the people which determines the outcome of success: Are you going through it Goggins style, or act as a victim of life?
Rockstar 52 (1 year ago)
Thanks,good luck!
RAW FOOD PHILOSOPHY (1 year ago)
correct, only the rock bottom people can succeed
AntuanFoSho (1 year ago)
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.
Gurashish singh (1 year ago)
Tom please get David Goggins back again. The man has changed so many lives.
Kim Bauer (2 months ago)
He is so so inspirational!!! Amazing man with such depth and insight. Please bring him on again. 😉
Derek O (4 months ago)
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
Sohan Tanna (10 months ago)
Definitely a strong and great interview. Goes great with the channel mission and his content is just fantastic.
Tom Bilyeu (11 months ago)
I would have him back on again for sure!
HG51 (1 year ago)
You the fucking man. Very fitting shirt for this episode. Next hour booked off 💯

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