Calvin Johannsen will inspire you to start experimenting. It’s the guiding principle of this guy’s life.
He believes it’s the most effective method to learn about yourself and your possibilities.
He’s been working for himself for the past 7 years since leaving college. Calvin is the owner of VisualHouse, a video and multimedia production company based in West Des Moines, IA.
Last year he climbed over 100 mountains in 100 days. He did it for 3 primary reasons:
- To demonstrate his dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
- To set and commit to goals.
- To test his personal character.
The most important lesson he learned from that experience was discipline and how to develop it.
A few more awesome lessons from our conversation include:
- Be curious. Create short-term experiments without being attached to the outcome and learn from it instead.
- Breaking down time as the most valuable currency and looking at life in terms of how you spend time based on your hourly rate.
- The most important question you can ever ask yourself is, “What do I want to do with my life?”
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Self-direct your learning.
- Practice self-awareness.
- Manage your energy.
- Learn about yourself.
How Calvin Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:00am
- Ideal work environment: Secluded with no distractions, zoned in, sitting at the computer, blackout curtains on the windows and listening to ambient music on his headphones.
- Superpower: Curiosity.
- Book recommendation: The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills or The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz, Ron Jose Ruiz and Janet Mills.
“When’s enough, enough?”
“I hired myself after college.”
“Ultimately, in our life, we have a finite number of minutes and you can’t purchase more.”
“Do you really need to make $25,000 a month or do you need to make $5,000 a month or $3,000?”
“I’m living life on my own terms, instead of someone else’s.”
“The thing I’m most passionate about is self-awareness and self-mastery.”
“If you can make yourself a better person, you’re going to be a better business person overall.”
Calvin gave this advice regarding Scramble Therapy and becoming less boring:
1) Scramble Therapy is essentially designed to get yourself out of your own bubble.
2) Challenge yourself. Undertake tasks like doing something completely new every weekend.
Resources + Bonus Materials
Possum Living by Dolly Freed
Video of Calvin describing the concept of time trade: