Brendon Burchard is one of the most watched personal development trainers in the world—and the numbers prove it:
- 50 million people have watched his videos in the last year
- 30 million people see his posts every week on Facebook
- 1 million people have completed his online courses or video series
He’s a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author of books including The Motivation Manifesto and The Charge. He also produces a self-help series on YouTube, and he hosts his own podcast, The Charged Life.
In this episode of The Pursuit, Kelsey Humphreys talks with Brendon Burchard about his story—what inspired him to study personal development, how he supercharged his life… and how you can find your charge, too:
1. Be intentional.
Brendon Burchard was 19 and depressed, going through a breakup, when he got in a car accident and was immediately faced with three deep questions: Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter? He changed after that experience, at, what seemed like, the end of his life. He got intentional with every area of his life—psychology, physiology, persuasion, productivity, purpose. Now he encourages and equips his students to do the same, every day.
“Figure out the questions you’re going to ask at the end of your life, figure out what questions you’d ask to see if you were happy with your life,” he says. “Then wake up every day and live intentionally so you"re happy with the answers at the end.”
2. Be consistent.
Burchard laughs whenever he hears that he “came out of nowhere.” Because, in reality, he has been creating and distributing one substantial piece of content once a week, every week, for more than 10 years.
Too many people overthink this concept, Burchard says. Instead, they just need to focus on consistently creating and distributing value.
“What I tell people is you’ve got to release at least one significant chunk of content every week,” he says. “You’ve got to do something every week that’s significantly moving your business forward, whatever it is.”
The No. 1 thing people don’t realize, he says, is they’re losing their day by starting it in reaction—by being reactive rather than proactive.
“Sometimes entrepreneurs, successful people, need to put their blinders back on. They"re losing their day to distraction, to faulty obligations.”
Burchard? He has strict disciplines—routines and time blocking techniques, “laws” he won’t break. Productivity, he says, is not about time management, but about knowing your moves forward, about realizing that you own your own life.
4. Think big.
“Too many’s people vision is caged in their current circumstances, or their current competencies—what they’re capable of. You have to raise your ambition beyond where you"re capable of now,” he says. “There"s nothing about my hometown that said I"d be working with an Oprah or an Usher or Fortune 50 CEOs, Olympians—the highest level.”
“Your ambitions, don"t limit them based on yesterday. Your ambitions, don’t limit them based on your current skills. Where do you want to go and what would be required of you to grow into that?”
“We can all be motivated, but sometimes we need to find something to fight for to really be committed,” he says. “If you don’t have something to fight for, then find something to love for. You need something outside of yourself—a mission, a purpose, a person, a cause, a dream—that gets you off your butt and gets you really in the game.”
Want to start getting more results out of yourself? Commit to something bigger than yourself and your personal goals. Ask, What’s required of me to serve at a higher level? Are people growing with me?
If Brendon Burchard has inspired others to find their charge and share their message with the world, “then the day is good, life is good and I feel blessed.”