Entrepreneurs are leaders of the future. It’s up to each of us to embrace the leadership capacity that’s within each of us, to utilize our fullest gifts in whatever area and domain we’re called to do. For somebody who is contemplating a startup, you have to pace yourself, trust in yourself, and at the same time learn as much as you can and be as conscious as you can. He says if you signed up on the journey to be an entrepreneur, it’s a multiyear process. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Leadership and startup advisor J. Mathias Bennett says as leaders, it is our responsibility to communicate the vision that we have and be able to create a safe space for the people that are working with us and our vision. So often, the biggest challenge is communication. The biggest error that humans make in the communication is the illusion that it has taken place. In order for communication to actually have been gotten received. You need to get confirmation from the person that they received the content. Learn from J. Mathias Bennett as he delves into leadership and the most effective ways to deliver and receive communication.
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Entrepreneurs: Leaders Of The Future with J. Mathias Bennett
I just want to say thank you by giving you an absolutely free gift that is going to help you a lot in your business. You can grab it at GetHotPayingClients.com. You don’t even have to opt in to anything. It’s just my gift for you being a loyal listener. The gentleman that I have on is someone that I’ve connected with several years ago. I follow him and I find him to be extremely interesting. His name is J. Mathias Bennett. He’s a leadership and a startup advisor. There are a lot of different layers underneath the bio that I’m going to present, and I want to dig into some of those layers. Mathias is originally from the West Coast of the United States. He has over a decade in web technology. He worked four years at Yale University. In the past year, he’s supported entrepreneurs billions dollar financial institutions and universities in over 30 events in Morocco and Africa through inspiring talks, value added training and mentoring and leadership, communication and innovation. Hi, Mathias.
Terri, how are you?
I’m awesome. I know you’re busy and you’re traveling. You do so much. First, let me take this moment and appreciate you for stopping by. I’m so glad to have this chat with you.
Thank you. It’s my pleasure.
There’s so much going on right here, right now all over the world. It just feels like something’s shifting and some things changing. What are you telling people when you’re at these events in Morocco and Africa? What is the focus?
The focus for me, and I’ve said this in different ways when I speak and share is that you are the leaders of the future. As I shared like you are the leaders of the future of Morocco, you are the leaders of the future of Africa, and by extension you’re the future leaders of the world. Now with so much change, it’s up to each of us to embrace the leadership capacity that’s within each of us, to utilize our fullest gifts in whatever area and domain we’re called to do.
You are the leaders of the future and really calling upon us to use our gifts. How did you get into all of this? I know you did web stuff and you worked at Yale, so how did you end up all come to be in what you’re doing now in the world?
I was doing web technology about seven or eight years ago. I really got the call to study the Akashic records to be able to use an energetic database to help people rather than the physical database. For those of you aren’t aware, Akashic records are energetic database of everything that’s ever happened. I did that work for about three or four years concurrently with my work at Yale. Then in the fall of 2011 or 2012, I asked myself, “What do I truly need to be a happy human?” I moved to an island off the Pacific northwest and slept in a tent to find the answer.
I think the people that I’ve met on my journey in the last maybe two decades that really get it on an awake and really conscious way, have all done something in their own way to quiet the world and to discover how they can add value to the world, I just find that really interesting. Is that something that you see or that you find in folks as well?
The ability and really the necessity to be quiet and to really listen to that still small voice within to gain the clarity that you need to move forward is essential especially now.
I liked that you said that especially now. I was just talking at an event. People were talking about people are changing, things on the planet are changing. It seems like we’re going through a big rebirth. What is your feeling about that conversation?
I would say yes. I’ve had the opportunity and privilege, it’s been about two years since I’ve been based primarily in Morocco, supporting entrepreneurship here in Morocco. For me, I see that entrepreneurs are leaders of the future. As we tap in to that still small voice within, as we really are opening up to the higher levels of consciousness on a spiritual plane that absolutely can help and inform the practical work that we do on the ground, whether that’s in Morocco, Africa or Duluth, Minnesota.
Everything does apply worldwide. Whether you’re teaching leadership principles or startup principles or communication, it applies everywhere. I love what you said, entrepreneurs being leaders of the future, and I find that to be so true. It’s interesting to me that people are talking a lot in corporate, and I don’t know if you find this the same. They’re talking about innovation, innovation, innovation. Have you found that and what do you think about that?
Yes. In fact, I’ve been privileged to be a part of supporting innovation for large corporations here in Morocco by actually doing open innovation where we listen and understand the needs of the large corporations. Then bring in emerging entrepreneurs to actually help them solve their problems. We’re supporting cross functional teams of internal employees and also external entrepreneurs to be able to innovate as everybody went.
I’m going to ask you for two different messages. One, if somebody is a startup or contemplating a startup, what’s your best piece of advice for that person?
Best piece of advice for someone who’s a startup? What’s coming to mind right now is pace yourself, trust in yourself, and at the same time be as conscious as you can. Learn as much as you can. This is not a sprint. If you signed up on the journey to be an entrepreneur, it’s a multiyear process and it’s a long sprint. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
I can relate to that so much. It is about the pacing. I’ve seen people all this momentum and they start their business and then there are times that it’s cyclical and the going gets tough and they’re like, “Just forget it. I can’t do this.” I think your advice is so right on. It’s understand that you’ve signed up for this marathon, this multiyear process and trusting your consciousness, being more awake and then certainly continuing to learn and grow because things are changing every day. I’m going to switch the advice on your leadership hat and speak to anyone who in a leadership position. Let’s have a little advice for them if you would.
Communication, communication, communication.
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Let me ask you why do you say that?
As leaders, it is our responsibility to communicate the vision that we have. So often, and this is for all humans, it’s been my experience with my mentor and many others, is that the biggest challenge is communication. The biggest error that humans make in the communication is the illusion that it has taken place. To go further, and you can check this, Steve Saffron is the CEO of Vanto Group connected with Landmark. He talks about communication and I’m paraphrasing here. In order for communication to actually have been gotten received. You need to get confirmation from the person that they received the content in terms of, for example, they can repeat back to you what you said and also the intention that you set it with.
If they are not able to repeat back the content and the intention, what that means is that communication has not taken place. How many times in all of us, we said something with the best intentions and someone takes it the wrong way. Being able to really communicate. There’s another quote, I think it’s from Jim Rohn. He says, “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” As a leader, be able to create a safe space for the people that are working with you and your vision.
I think one of the things that shows up a lot that really points this out is that so many people rely on text and rely on emails for communication where we don’t have a tone of voice. We can’t really check in that that’s what’s said. I remember I’ll share this very transparently. Somebody sent me a very long email. If I printed it, it was probably ten pages. It was huge. I happen to be a speed reader, so I read the email and there was really one main question in the email. I didn’t respond to all of the detail. I responded to the one main question. The response I got back is, “Are you mad at me?” because I did not respond in the way they did. What do we do in a society where so much of our communication as leaders, as entrepreneurs, as human beings, is people are relying on texts and messages and emails?
The simple way to approach that is when you consider a communication to someone, just take a moment to pause. What’s the most effective way to deliver this communication? We have the opportunity to do mass mail, eMarketing or email blast that 10,000 people. What’s the response rate? We can use technology to be efficient. However, we can’t lose sight of being able to have a communication that is effective, that really gets the results that we want. In terms of considerate communication, just take a moment to pause and ask yourself, “Is the means that I am about to communicate with this person about this particular topic the best way?” If it says, “I’m running five minutes late for dinner,” it can make sense. Did you send the text? Especially if you know the person in the meeting. If it’s a deeper issue, it might actually require more human touch in communication where you schedule a time face to face. There are no distractions. You were not in the car. You were sitting with this person, face to face and you can really just share what’s on your heart.
I am so glad to have you on the show. You have so much heart and you have so much knowledge. You’re this person that I view who blends all of the right hemisphere and left hemisphere stuff so well and not a lot of people do that, Matthias, so let go and take a moment to celebrate you.
Thank you. I appreciate it.
You’re welcome. How can the listeners get in touch with you?
The best way to do that is through my website, Mathias.co. From there you can actually learn more about The Principles of Leading with Confident Vulnerability, which I’ve had an opportunity to share many times in Morocco and other parts in Africa. As well as have access to a conscious choice calibration tool to be able to make informed decisions in a way that can support you. There are a number of things that we are working on to be able to support you on your entrepreneurial journey and your journey as a leader. If you’re interested in any type of speaking or mentoring, I could very well support you in that way as well if it’s a fit.
I really appreciate it and have a wonderful day, wonderful travel. Thank you so much for being a guest here in Heartrepreneur Radio.
Thank you, Terri.
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About J. Mathias Bennett
As a Leadership and Startup Advisor, for the last 2 years lived in Morocco, advised and collaborated with one of the leading entrepreneurs in Morocco to build an ecosystem that is the fastest way for young, committed entrepreneurs to gain experience, collaborate with and gain their first corporate client.
I also spoke for 30+ events this past year, sharing a message of Leading with Confident Vulnerability in Morocco and Africa.
I also co-host global conversations on the phone, web and world to help maximize your consciousness, creativity, and help run and host enlightened vacations.
Are you committed to building your local startup ecosystem?
Do you work for a corporation interested in open innovation,
and having me come and speak?
Are you a founder Looking for Confidence and Clarity to create your vision?
Are you a conscious visionary who is clear you’re here to change the world?
Are you an Investor looking for opportunities to fund emerging startup
ventures in technology in Morocco, Africa, UK, US or Iceland?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
For more information you can visit: http://Mathias.co