S1E7: Chris Voss | A Positive Mindset Makes You Smarter

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S1E7: Chris Voss | A Positive Mindset Makes You Smarter

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Chris Voss, CEO of The Black Swan Group Ltd., author, and former FBI hostage negotiator, shares how a positive mindset is key to living an ideal life. Chris breaks down how gratitude cultivates a meaningful life and successful career, and he explains that antifragility is impossible without curiosity.

Developing Antifragility

Chris is the real deal. His experience in the FBI taught him that all people can be reached — not because they are weak or bad, but because they are human beings. Chris uses this fundamental truth, in conjunction with the wealth of his knowledge and experience, to help others become expert negotiators. 

Chris shares that his vision for his clients and his company is to help them become antifragile. Referencing Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Antifragile, Chris shares that this means to use adversity to your advantage. Implementing EOS® in his life has been part of helping him hone and perfect this skill. 

In order to become antifragile, Chris claims that you must be curious. Curiosity opens your mind, makes you smarter, helps you see patterns quickly, and allows you to pivot when challenges arise. 

[13:34] “How do you not get mad in the moment? Well, it’s impossible to be angry and curious simultaneously… Curiosity makes you antifragile.”

Antifragility requires teamwork. Having a team that shares your core values and runs on a positive mindset can put you back on track if you fall out of balance.

Gratitude Is Essential

Chris prioritizes practicing gratitude. He explains that expressing gratitude multiple times a day is just like brushing our teeth multiple times a day: it is essential for our health.

[20:54] “You’re 31% smarter in a positive frame of mind. That’s no small edge… [I]t’s not emotions that are bad for business — it’s the negative emotions.”

Chris warns against the self-righteousness that can coincide with negativity, and he stresses that it is impossible to live your ideal life unless you’re grateful.

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About Mark O'Donnell

Mark O’Donnell is the Visionary at EOS Worldwide, an entrepreneur, and a Certified EOS Implementer®. He has been involved in start-ups since he started his first business with his brother, Tommy O’Donnell, in 2007. Mark started several other businesses, landing him and his partners on the Inc. 500/5000 list nine times. From there, he pursued his passion for helping other entrepreneurs as a Certified EOS Implementer®. In 2020, he stepped into the EOS Worldwide Visionary role. Mark’s passion is influencing and inspiring human achievement towards a bigger and better future.

About The EOS Life Podcast

The EOS Life® podcast celebrates entrepreneurs who have eliminated the frustration of owning businesses that ran their lives and are now living lives they love. We dive into their amazing journeys of entrepreneurial ups and downs where they’ve been able to create a world for themselves in which they do what they love, with people they love, making a huge impact on the world, getting compensated appropriately, and having the time to pursue other passions.

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