New Year, New Tribe with Aaron Young
52:40 · 2019
Scott: We are always honored to have one of our regular guests on here who is one of my closest friends, a guy that I respect, adore and is part of our extended family. I always enjoy visiting with him. I’m honored he will be here in Austin. I’ll get a chance to hang a couple of days with him. It’s a small group setting. Without further ado, we are honored to have Aaron Young from Laughlin Associates join us.
Aaron: Thank you. I feel the same way. Your influence both from friendship and a business perspective have enhanced my life, have been dramatic over these last years. We had the candlelight processional at Epcot. We had Whoopi Goldberg as the narrator. Was it your mastermind or was it a bigger event?
Scott: It was our mastermind group. We had 83 or 84 mastermind members. There are 120 people total.
Aaron: We all lined up. When the time came, we walked in and we watched this phenomenal presentation there at Epcot with the trumpeters, the orchestra and the choir. Whoopi Goldberg kept doing all this very positive Christmasy stuff. I always think of Whoopi Goldberg as being very left-leaning politically. I liked her as a comedian but since she’s become a mouthpiece for the left, I wasn’t sure where it would go. I listened to her present. There was the written part, but then there were her own personal comments at the beginning and the end. I want to say it reminded me, Scott, that even though we get divided a lot of times, there are so many things that we, as Americans or as humans, are united on. Everything she said made me love her again.
I thought we get so polarized by politics that we forget the basic good humanity of almost everybody. Almost everybody is trying to do the right thing, trying to be good and trying to look out for their loved ones and themselves. It’s important that we don’t get stuck in a rut and start dividing up. We keep finding the things that make us similar. It’s critical that we keep opening ourselves up to new experiences, to new voices, to new opinions. Whether or not we accept them is our own choice, but we shouldn’t get closed off because when we start rejecting other people’s opinions or somebody that looks different or speaks differently or whatever, it limits our world. It shrinks our world. That’s one of the things that I’ve loved about working with you and meeting your people. You are doing things wildly different than what I’ve been doing in my business. It opens my mind up to a lot of new ideas, new horizons I didn’t even know existed a few years ago.
Scott: We like to surround ourselves with like-minded people. We all like that same and similar interests and similar outlooks in life and things like that. That’s always been very obvious on Facebook or in politics. You see a lot of leftist versus the rightist, the conservatives. There are not so many people in the middle. A lot of times people like to surround themselves in their same niche or their same click or their same group. It feeds on each other. I also think it limits a lot of people from expanding their horizons or learning what other people are doing. That’s one of the things that I love so much about our relationship is when we’re alone, we’re constantly picking each other’s brain, what are you doing with that or how did you get this to work or what troubles you have or any hurdles that you need to help overcome or dealing with any clients, things like that. That is a beautiful thing. That is