Jun 28, 2019
Hey ya'll welcome to the fourth episode of the Cowboy Perspective! In this episode I get to talk with Luke Abbott former owner/CEO of Monterrey Provisions Company, a food distributor that grew 800% over a 9 year period under his direction. Luke has a perspective I truly value and trust...as you will see we do find ourselves on the topic of parenting quit a bit...so if you are raising kids and ever think what the heck should I do...please know your not alone! I am excited to share our discussion with you!
Links to and lists of information discussed or mentioned throughout this podcast....
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Preparing for Adolescence by Dr. James Dobson
Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins
Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle
Biographies mentioned - Winston Churchill, Ulysses S. Grant
Luke Abbott - Vdriven
(1:25) Introduction to Luke Abbott.
(3:54) Tell us who you are, or what you have done, or something that you’re really into right now.
(5:07) Potential suffering of family relationships when a career begins to take off.
(6:19) Growing up in the world of cowboys and the pros and cons of such a childhood; understanding the struggle of maintaining family connections; social media having an effect on relationships.
(7:52) Let’s talk a little about your favorite book and how that might parallel to leading a team, and that distraction being a major failure as a leader.
(14:12) How big did your first team get?
(14:59) Bonding with an executive team; building a team; learning how to realize that it isn’t always your idea that is executed.
(16:17) Confidence in suggestions and leadership.
(17:32) Reading vs listening literature and influence on daily life.
(19:44) Book: It Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins; influences of books on lifestyle and opinions; acknowledge differences and try to understand social issues.
(22:41) Cultural problem of idolizing what the high-powered people do; discussion of press; being yourself; anecdote of childhood teachings.
(25:16) Training in comparison to learning.
(27:50) What do you feel you gained from the retail side?
(34:00) Promoting Vdriven (Luke Abbott)
(34:58) Let’s discuss Monterrey Provisions a little bit and then also Vdriven.
(35:35) Anecdote regarding wife; if you want something, go and do it.
(37:27) Discussing the importance of positive imagination in reaching goals and gaining success.
(46:15) You seem like a guy who likes numbers, is that true?
(46:25) I also know that you do a lot of sales, so you like them both, but which do you lean to between the two?
(47:32) Summarizing the journey of Luke Abbott; positive effects of having a partner.
(48:19) So tell us a little about Vdriven and what a day looks like for you.
(48:45) Importance of large fundraisers.
(52:20) Does that have to do with CBD?
(53:19) Leadership to distract the employees from the work; spending a lot of time working within the company.
(54:35) Analyzing what needs to be done.
(55:30) Describing the problems to be solved regarding social issues. How can we facilitate our thinking and discussions in ways that we aren’t currently doing because we can’t see it?
(57:05) So, where does your perspective and entrepreneurial spirit come from?
(59:27) Story of Gary Vaynerchuk.
(1:00:26) Sub-culture of entrepreneurial spirit.
(1:00:50) Talk to me about what you think the value of a dollar or a Bitcoin is.
(1:02:33) Do you have much time to want to help?
(1:03:56) Discussing parenting and the different ways to parent; trust and vulnerability learned from children can apply to the work environment.
(1:06:13) Innate feeling of self-doubt inside everyone; self-confidence as a source of protection.
(1:08:10) Letting children learn how to navigate daily life; you don’t have to stay out of the social media, you just need to be aware.
(1:10:07) The acceleration of a need to have discussions with children at a younger age.
(1:11:16) Importance of having the conversations; Dr Dobson as a guide for parenting.
(1:12:00) Describes a book about Bill Campbell, a coach to the big names of the business world; everyone has a coach – “you’re never truly on the top of the mountain”.
(1:15:18) Tells the story of how Neil and Luke came to know each other; emphasis on the importance of human connection and how that can affect life.
(1:17:04) Play the long-term game, treat the people right, and you will be better off for it