Craig Price Gives Us a Reality Check & Lots of Laughs – Episode 16

What do you do when you’re an introvert who talks about negativity and has no answers for a lot of questions you’re asked? You start a podcast featuring subject matter experts and approach strangers every day asking them to have a conversation with you. Well, at least that’s what our friend Craig Price did.

Craig is a highly sought after business keynote speaker who has helped thousands of people learn to find the value in negative thoughts and emotions. In this very special walking dead episode (you’ll get the joke inside the interview), Craig shares with us how he gave birth to Reality Check Podcast after gum surgery literally forced him to shut up for 4 weeks and why “not knowing anything” has helped evolve his life and career.

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Share Some Shut Up Love –>  Ignorance is my favorite tool. I don’t care if people think I’m goofy or stupid. @realitycheckpod on #shutupshow (click to tweet)

Fun Facts:

  • Craig did stand-up comedy for years.
  • Craig is a natural introvert who finds it uncomfortable seeking out strangers to talk to.
  • Craig is the founder and host of Reality Check Podcast.
  • Craig is the author of Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide

Defining Shut Up Moment:

I don’t have a fear of trying, but a fear of results. I moved across the country at 20 without knowing what I’d do for work. I found a job shortly after. I then moved again to do stand-up. I was affected by the economic crisis and, as a result, I moved again. That’s when I went to work for the Olympics and where I met my wife. I’m not afraid of taking risks. I’m more afraid of what happens after I take those risks. But I assess the temperature of the water before I jump in.

Shut Up Tips:

It’s not the end of the world to be wrong. Unless it’s a life-altering decision, not everything is as important as we project it to be. – Craig

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. – Epictetus (via Berni)

In order to succeed, your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby (via Berni) 

I assess the temperature of the water before I jump in. I’m not yes man. I say no to a lot of things after thinking them through. I’m really good at researching so I can make a decision quickly. – Craig

Most people are indifferent, they don’t really care. That kind of rejection is sometimes helpful because it’s teaching you what you did wrong. Sometimes they don’t have a need for what you’re offering. You’ve got to put rejection in the context. A lot of people take everything personally when 95% of the time it’s not personal. It’s really what their needs are vs. what you’re trying to sell them. – Craig

Q-TIP: Quit taking it personally. Often it isn’t about us, the reason we experience rejection. – Phil  

Craig Recommends:

Reality Check Podcast has evolved into an eclectic, non-demographic audience featuring Craig’s guests and catering to their communities. Know an expert who should be on Craig’s podcast?

Find Craig:

Reality Check Podcast – Craig’s podcast hits 100 episodes in August 2013. Check out his new episodes every Tuesday (our very own Phil Gerbyshak is featured on episode #96). – Craig gives talks on turning negativity into productivity.

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