#001: Jeff Willmore, Former Landmark Forum Leader, The Entrepreneurship, Accomplishment & Autonomy Course, Discussing Ontology & Phenomenology, Business as a Self-Expression, Uncommon Knowledge

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I sit down with Jeff Willmore who has led transformational programs for over 23 years to over 80,000 people all over the world. He's worked with Olympic and professional athletes, Navy Seal and Special Forces members, top executives from all fields, Oscar winning actors, Grammy Award winning musicians – he's trained with the best and worked with the best! He owes much of his development, abilities and skills to the extensive training and development he got in transformational methodologies at Landmark Worldwide – very likely the top, personal transformational coaching faculty in the world.

He was lucky enough to be born into a life where he was destined to live a life where he had a fair amount of success and achievement (close family, college degree, successful entrepreneur and getting “more” successful, etc.) and yet he fell into the trap that the “Time = Money” worldview and illusion creates for all of us: he worked too much, he didn’t take time for his family and friends (and other values that were important to him), and seemed to spend a lot of his energy and life fighting to overcome his own limitations (the belief that I’m not a ‘people’ person, self-doubt, I don’t need anyone, a deep fear of speaking in front of people, wanting to be liked, and so on). He realized how much he sacrificed in order to have “success.”

In his own transformative process and journey, he discovered for himself great achievement and accomplishment and how to help others attain it as well. Not just in one area – but in a life. He knows how to teach and coach others to accomplish their professional dreams, their vision, their business goals while at the same time really living – travel, building wealth, family-time, taking care of your health, and living a life of contribution.

He helps extraordinary people who are already performers or top performers leap to the next level and fulfill their vision by learning to see themselves, the marketplace and the world differently. They learn to act as a leader in the marketplace and in their life.

He has worked on the principles behind The Entrepreneurship, Accomplishment & Autonomy Course for the last 10 years. He designed the course using the latest research in cognitive science (How do we know what we know? How do we learn?), behavioral economics and biology. The unique structure and methodology deliberately steps away from the “tips and techniques” kind of education that betrays top performance and adulthood and instead, allows you to embody the advanced knowledge of a market leader and allows you to design leading edge practices based on your own original thinking.

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Topics

00:02:42: On empowering business leaders to thrive while being authentic

00:03:15: Jeff's Background

00:05:33: How the Montessori Method has become bastardized

00:07:30: Buddhism, The Landmark Forum, Transformation

00:08:23: The EST Training

00:10:10: Becoming a Landmark Forum Leader

00:15:33: Melding the ontological and phenomenological work at Landmark into a program for Business Leaders

00:18:11: Shyness within the context of ontology and phenomenology

00:22:34: Leaving the Landmark Forum Leader body

00:31:25: Principles around the evolution of organisms

00:36:33: Doing business without sacrificing life commitments

00:38:52: Psychological traps of success

00:43:35: Self-handicapping & transforming our relationship to failure

00:50:56: The experience of aliveness

00:52:25: The experience of purpose

00:55:24: Goals vs Outcomes

00:56:07: The unworkability around the predominant intellectual & philosophical frameworks taught in business schools

00:59:40: Uncommon knowledge

01:06:39: What does it mean to be a human being?

01:07:42: Interpretations

01:08:38: Ontology vs Psychology

01:09:15: Using psychology inauthentically

01:13:00: The Landmark Forum & Buddhist Monks

01:13:55: Being the biggest asshole in the room

01:14:33: The #75hard challenge

01:20:55: Cold Showers

01:25:31: Psychological compliance

01:30:07: Plant Medicine

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