Real talk: Last week we got some awesome but very constructive feedback from one of our marketing mentors, Mike Volpe, CMO at Cybereason and former CMO at Hubspot.
I’ll be honest — at first, it didn’t feel great.
But here’s the thing, feedback isn’t supposed to feel good. And growth isn’t supposed to feel comfortable.
It’s supposed to level you up and make you better at what you do. And that doesn’t come easy.
On this episode of Seeking Wisdom, DC and Dave sit down to have a spontaneous and unfiltered conversation about our meeting with Mike. They shared their thoughts and experiences with growth, the mindset you need to have, and how to absorb feedback and use it to propel yourself forward.
If you’re ready to level-up your career and grow professionally, I think this episode will give you the wisdom to get there. 💪
P.S. If you’re serious about this, I’ve got a deal for you. Hint: it involves a private coaching session with DC and Dave. Listen to the podcast to learn more.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
01:20 – DC’s advice to Dave on how growth really feels, the fight or flight feeling (and why you need to ignore it), and why you should always sleep on feedback before acting
06:40 – A growth lesson from CrossFit: “the beatings will continue until there is progress” and Dave’s thoughts on why you need (and should be asking for) those beatings
08:02 – Dave’s qualifier on getting tough feedback from Mike Volpe: it’s going to hurt but if it’s from someone whos already seen the story, and done it before, how can you not be open to that?
08:33 – DC’s two favorite growth quotes from Lou Holtz’s commencement speech, The Most Powerful Speech: The Three Rules to a Less Complicated Life: “you’re either growing or you’re dying” and “don’t overcomplicate it”
11:12 – The Drift mantra: always be learning and if you’re not learning seek out the hard feedback from everyone else
13:28 – A $750,000 offer to the Seeking Wisdom community: a 30-minute, no agenda, private coaching session for 25 (randomly selected) people who email “I’m in” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
15:58 – How to score a free trip to Hypergrowth and hang out with the speakers (pst: it might have something to do with subscribing to the Seeking Wisdom podcast)
3 Key Points:
- There are two major keys to true growth. Number one? Hard feedback has to come from someone you trust. And number two: You need to let feedback marinate before you take action. Seek feedback from mentors that you trust — you’re more likely to listen. Then when you get feedback, sleep on it. Give yourself time to fully understand it before making moves. Try and figure out why you were getting the feedback you were getting, where it was coming from, and if that perspective correct. And then, and only then, develop a plan for how you can take action on feedback.
- For everything in your life, you’re either growing or you’re dying. While this may sound a bit harsh, it’s vital to growth. Momentum is everything and growth only occurs if you’re constantly pushing your boundaries and capabilities.
- The struggle will continue until there is progress. Simply put, unless you internalize the feedback you’re getting, and make a plan of action, you aren’t making progress towards getting better. Be proactive and ask for feedback regularly and always dig deeper into the specifics.
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