My name is Fernando Valencia and I’ve had the honor and privilege of knowing Sean for 13 months after meeting him at a Business Mastery event in January of 2019. The stories and buildup to how I got there is for another day and another blog. I’m writing this one to give people insight into what it’s like to be in close proximity to someone like Sean on a regular basis and the amazing acceleration it’s had in my personal life and career – while also guiding me to be able to step into my purpose and mission.
There’s this hallucination that Sean and I have gotten into this hardcore agreement of him coaching me, when in truth there’s never been any formal agreements. I’ve been asking questions like a lunatic, to which Sean has blessed me with answers. Spending time with Sean, I noticed he loves when people pay attention. He’s a man of a massive intentionality, with what he does, what he says, and (because he’s human), with his emotions. Being in proximity with him, I’ve picked up on his patterns and have been able to ask him about the way he suggests and does things. As his protégé, I’m going to give you a behind the scenes look and breakdown into five things I’ve learned from and about Sean.
1. Practice Your Listening Skills
Firstly, and simply, when it comes to Sean, you need to practice your listening skills. Listen deeply to what he says and how he says it. It takes time, but you can pick up on what he chooses to say and doesn’t say in, certain situations.
2. Take Notes and Journal
It is literally built within the formula. Journaling is a part of self-mastering. I have, and you’ll see in a lot of videos we make together in mastery, a notebook. The truth is, I didn’t get this from Sean, I got this from previous mentors and books and things I knew when I was around great people. Great people like Sean appreciate someone with a notebook, who is prepared to pay attention. Let me say that again. Someone with a notebook is prepared to pay attention. So, I would always write notes – at least three to four books on just notes from what Sean would say. Despite going to the same speaking engagements, I would always take notes and I would always quickly ask him questions after.
As a side note, if you ever get really close to Sean, he appreciates thorough, well thought out feedback. After doing this over and over and over, he was actually looking forward to my remarks. That was the very beginning of a beautiful open relationship between Sean as mentor and me as his protege.
3. Always Be Honest
One thing that I can say about Sean is that he can read, listen, and see right through you trying to dance around something. The more direct you can be upfront, the more it creates a level of respect, understanding, and directness in the answers coming from him. If you ask a vague question, you will get a vague answer. He’s looking for more information to speak into your listening. When in proximity to Sean, be direct, have an idea of why you’re asking the question, and ask with as much sharpness as possible. When you do ask the right questions to Sean, he notices and will respond accordingly.
4. Keep An Open Mind
Sometimes a lot of what Sean says might not land right away. The truth is sometimes I would say I’ve heard that before and sometimes I would completely say I don’t agree. It was my ability to stay open-minded and curious to what Sean says that’s allowed me to grow. As mentioned earlier, a lot of what Sean says is very intentional, so when you stay curious and open-minded to things that you might not specifically understand, it opens up growth potential, possibilities, and breakthrough. Even though you might not at first agree with what Sean says, my recommendation would be to stay open-minded and curious.
5. Know This Is In Your Best Interest
Lastly, number five, is to know in your heart that Sean has your best interest in mind. If there’s one thing I can say after observing this man (and I observe very diligently), is that he does truly care about people. The reason why it’s important to put it into this blog is because it’s uncommon There’s a lot of people who don’t care about other people’s best interests but, rather, their own. Truthfully, when I first met Sean, he made all these elaborate promises to me. I didn’t believe him. I wasn’t sure if he was going to honor the things he said. Through time, and there’s more time to be tested, he has honored his word. He really is a man of integrity.
This is what it’s like to spend a day in the life of Sean Callagy’s protégé. I’d love to continue to train with you; it’s an honor to be the humble apprentice to such an amazing man and his work that I look forward to continuing to distill, put together, package, and be the voice for all of you within our Unblinded community.
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