deep dive #001 - lessons learnt from taking the jump and falling w/ Canadian Author Antoine Airoldi

Antoine Airoldi is a 24yr old Canadian Author (and great friend) who did something that takes guts, that takes courage, and not many others can do - he pressed the buzzer and jumped. He stared fear in the face and had the courage to try - even though he, unfortunately, ended up on the wrong side of what he was hoping to happen

Antoine demonstrated a true Champions Mindset in this setback, however, and chose to view everything as a learning experience that has now made him stronger for his future. He now has an unrivaled thirst for growth and attaining new knowledge and skills - a mindset that many people can learn from

We sat down and asked Antoine a number of powerful, thought-provoking questions and took a deep dive into the lessons he's learned from his life experiences

1. What is the book or books that you always find yourself turning back to, and why? Or, what are the books you recommend others read most, and why?
The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin. The book has removed the fear of creating and overthinking what society would think of me. Seth claims that the new economy can only survive if we create. If we don’t, it will fail. There are many more books like this, but this one enabled me to write my first book, which helped me reach a lot of confidence in myself

2. How do you view or define failure? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
I don’t have a favourite failure per say. I do know that right now is my all-time favourite failure. Not having a job after university, moving out of my college town and possibly going back is definitely a life-changing experience. It just comes to show that life is not guided by a compass. It also made me reflect on my 'why', my choices, my career, the skills I have yet to acquire. During this time, I’ve had many companies mock me, devalue me, and even laugh at the lack of experience I currently have. But what most people forget is that they do not see your full capabilities. A human can grow and grow. Humans are learning machines. All it takes is an opportunity. Tom Bilyeu and Tai Lopez preach a continuous education because it’s the only way to success.

3. Where do you thinkpressure comes from, and why?
Pressure comes from my mother. I love my mother, but she still sees the world as black and white. Since I currently work part-time for her, all I can say is that it is hurting me more than helping me. She means well but is removing my ability to grow. I moved back to my hometown and I see her more often. But her advice means well, but I must let it go a lot.

4. What are your thoughts on simplicity?
We’ve been told at a very young age to keep things simple. I think it is the most idiotic advice ever. How can one grow if they stay simple? If I would listen to society, three years ago I would’ve stayed pushing carts at Wal-Mart instead of getting more serious with my life. I’ve also never read one book where the author was simple. Most books were written were by those willing to take risks

5. What do you do if you catch yourself overcomplicated something? If you have what was it, and how were you overcomplicating it?
It usually ends in failure. If there is no clear path, it may be very difficult to know where your heading. For example, after many trial and errors, I let go of my website. I used to want to perfect it but didn’t know the reason behind it

6. What comes to mind when you think of the word fear? When was a time in life that you overcame a fear?
I’ve had a lot of fear of not fitting in, especially in school. The academic world was quite challenging, having profs not help that much, and so on. But that fear never really held me back since I kept pushing forward.

7. What is an unusual bit of advice, or tip that you use for getting out of your own head and into action?
You need to learn as much as possible. It doesn’t matter if it has nothing to do with your career; maybe it will become a part of it one day. You never know. Take the risk to learn something new every day

8. When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do? How do you bring yourself back on task and keep the focus?
The best advice is to sometimes go back to it when you are ready. For example, if you’re working on a book and it doesn’t make sense to complete it, giving up is not a bad idea. The best ideas are those that quitting is never an option

9. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
Do everything at 110% - No quitting. Just become the best practitioner ever

10. How would you finish this sentence: “It all comes down to…”
Hard work and being open to learning new things.

Nick Maier