Brian Bogert is a passionate human behavior and performance coach, speaker, business strategist, top sales professional and philanthropic leader who believes in helping growth-minded individuals achieve the best version of themselves: their most authentic selves. Before coaching full time, he and his business partners led the Phoenix location of a global insurance brokerage firm, where in just a decade they expanded the revenue from $250,000 to $15 million. Before that, he was a top earner as a sales professional and mentored new producers nationwide. Brian teaches how to leverage radical authenticity and awareness to create the intentional life you’ve been dreaming of, but have struggled to create. His revolutionary strategy—embrace pain to avoid suffering—has helped individuals and companies break beyond their normal to achieve the success in life and business that they’ve always wanted. If you want to create a life of no limits and gain freedom, Brian and his team will get you there.
1. What does thriving mean to you?
Living as my most authentic self and experiencing joy, freedom, fulfillment and making an impact in other peoples lives along my journey.
2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?
Giving until it hurts and always seeking to find if and how I can help others.
3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?
Allowing shame to contain my thoughts, emotions and actions.
4. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from the coronavirus experience?
Our reach and potential for impact are far greater than we believe. Technology allows us to leave a mark on the whole world. We all seek human connection and we have found ways to do so virtually even though it’s not ideal.
5. What was an embarrassing / painful moment you can share?
When I was 20 I found myself alone and isolated after an injury. The world had bought into the narrative I had created for myself that I didn’t need anyones help and when I needed it the most, no one was there and I was not able to be vulnerable enough to ask for help. This was 100% my own doing and was an embracing and lonely time that I learned from. We all need help and we need to have the courage to ask for it.
6. What did you learn recently?
We need to remove the word “should” from our vocabulary. It is a shame based word that automatically implies whatever we are doing isn’t good enough.
7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?
I was invincible and could do anything I set my mind to and didn’t need anyone else’s help. Oh boy was I wrong.
8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?
I became a student of human behavior and mastered the art of vulnerability and authenticity to foster and develop human connection. Everything we do involves the human element.
9. Is there a book(s) you have read multiple times or a resource you keep going back to?
Two of my favorites are Mindset by Carol Dweck and Give and Take by Adam Grant. There are many favorites but these I have read multiple times and reference often.
10. What is your favourite quote or motto?
We all must choose our pain, or our suffering will choose us.
11. What are your top VALUES?
Integrity, Gratitude, Presence, Awareness and Intentionality, Love, Generosity
12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?
Continuing down my path to impact the lives of one billion people positively over the next thirty years.
13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?
All of the values listed above.
14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?
15. What are you thankful for?
Life and the ability to have lived and to be living.
16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?
You can either get stuck by what has happened to you or get moved by what you can do with it. Break the patterns, heal the wounds and choose to be you.
17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?
Celebrating the sale of my business and the official launch of a new one with my wife and kids.
18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?
I am not a cryer. Nothing wrong with it but I just dont usually express emotion that way. Except for our wedding day. The doors opened, I saw my beautiful wife and I lost it. And I do not have a good looking crying face. Its bad. So, there are basically no good photos from our wedding because I was crying so hard and couldn’t stop which then turned to laughter. None of us expected it!
19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?
Negative energy. I have been and actively am quick to remove negative, non-productive energy sources in my life. I have zero time and tolerance for it.
20. What rule should we be breaking?
Telling anyone they “should” be someone, do something, etc. As explained above I’m not a fan of the shame based nature of the word. People have one life that they need to live on their terms. Unfortunately our society kills the authentic energy and uniqueness in people by funneling everyone into all the things we think everyone “should” be. How about this? Be great, be YOU!
21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?
Drive a formula one car
22. There are 12 step programs for addiction recovery. If you had to come up with a program for THRIVING what would the steps be?
Very simple. Raise your level of awareness in everything in life. Once you are aware of anything you can be intentional with it. With heightened levels of awareness and intentionality people get to become who they are already are, their most authentic selves. This is when magic happens and the door begins to open to perspective, motivation and direction and when people truly start to THRIVE.
23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?
24. How can people connect with you?
Instagram & Twitter: @bogertbrian