How to Become Extraordinary In Any Field | Will "Willdabeast" Adams on Impact Theory | Transcription

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Intro (00:00)

I think a lot of people are afraid to jump all the way. A lot of us say we believe, but we don't really show it because if we showed it, we would be okay taking a chance in a relationship, taking a chance, switching jobs, taking a chance, going against our parents wishes. A lot of people stay in those bubbles. I think it's really fear and lack of jumping in life all the way. Everybody, welcome to Impact Theory. Our goal with this show and company is to help introduce you to the people and ideas that will help you actually execute on your dreams. Alright, today's guest is the go-to choreographer for some of the biggest names and show business, but that was not always the case. A former NFL hopeful he dreamed of finding glory on the grid iron, but a series of injuries forced him to pursue an alternative path as a dancer. Against everyone's advice, he moved to LA, desperately low on cash, but even more desperate to prove himself. He poured himself into his craft, spending every second pushing himself to get better, and it paid off. He gained national attention after he and his dance crew made an impressive appearance on America's Got Talent. That performance, coupled with some shrewd moves and a ton of hustle, helped him begin booking a steady stream of high-profile jobs. Not satisfied with simply dancing, however, he began making hip-hop dance videos to show what he could do as a choreographer. The one he did for Upgrade You by Beyonce became the most watched dance class video in history, and to date has more than 100 million views. At one point, it actually had more views than Beyonce's own video. His hard-hitting, hyper-connectic dance style and infectious enthusiasm have made him the choreo of choice for massive celebrities such as Demi Lovato, John Legend, Jason Derulo, Usher, and the Black Eyed Peas as well as gigantic global brands such as Nike, Hennessy, and Delta Airlines. He's also an entrepreneur who has racked up millions of followers across his social channels, established himself as one of the most influential people in the dance community, and propelled his "I'm a Beast" brand into the stratosphere. So please help me in welcoming the man YouTube Red tapped a star in his own pilot called One Shot. Will Will the Beast Adams? Good man. Welcome to the show dude. Thank you. Wow that intro. I don't think I'm going to say anything. I'm good. I think you've got a lot to say, and what really interests me is most people don't know what they want ever in life, but you had to lose the first thing that you wanted and being able to replicate that again and to find something that you've committed to so passionately. What was that moment like when you realized I'm not going to be able to physically make it to the NFL? Absolutely. It was a surprise. I grew up, I moved around a lot as a kid. I grew up always idolizing athletes. Never dancers. Michael Jackson was huge. Everybody I know was doing the Moonwalker at least trying to, but my thing was always number 22, Emmett Smith. That was like goal. That's who I'm going to be. I always had my heart set on that from day one. Somehow I'm going to make it to the NFL. This is what I love to do. That was the dream from day one. When my body started not reacting the way that I wanted it to, or when I realized, man, there's a bunch of other people that are just as fast as me that jump higher, that play on better teams that are getting recruited in ninth grade. I'm here my junior year wondering what I'm going to do next. It was scary. It was scary because I didn't have a backup plan. That was it. It was like, this is what I'm going to do my whole life. So kind of rewiring my brain to think differently put me in a place of being uncomfortable, which I think is the most important thing for growth. I jumped from there. Once the injuries kind of happened, I had to change my mindset, change my focus. I knew that I still wanted to make my life great somehow. I still wanted to live happy. Their dance was for me after all of that. You said that you were actively putting yourself in a position to rewire your brain. Were you conscious of that at the time? No. Well, I think a little bit. I think my high school teachers would think so because I was always telling them I didn't need to listen to them because I was going to make it. So that was always my thing. They would be like, you need to learn calculus and stat. I was like, you guys, I'm good. Don't worry. Let me just be average right now. Trust me. You guys are going to know who I am in 10 years at the time thinking for sports. But I think that it was a thing that I was always doing no matter what because if I didn't make this football team, it was like, okay, well, that happened to me for a reason. Or if I didn't get this audition once I started dancing and all of this stuff, even in high school, when I started getting into dancing a little bit more simultaneously during football, it was always that didn't happen for a reason. That didn't happen for a reason. But not for me to stop, but for me to go whatever path was meant for me. So it was always happening my whole life. Even when I told you about moving it around a lot as a kid, it was always me having to adapt and always change and roll with the punches. So my father taught me that. My dad was the same exact way. So I think I was already preparing myself for something which out here in Hollywood is 100 nose to one yes. So I think it was always in the works. Let's talk about that 100 nose to the one yes. How do you deal with that? And you may be more telling how do you help your students deal with that? What do you tell them? Yeah, I mean, honestly, now that I'm a lot older, you deal with it with a glass of wine.

Path To Success In Dance Career

How to deal with 100 Nos to the 1 Yes (05:33)

But before that, I think the way that I was dealing with it the most was knowing that what was meant for me was going to come. It's very hard to understand in the beginning. When I first got out here in 2009, I would always get depressed or I would always be very angry about it or always say, "Why not me? Why didn't they choose me? I danced great. I have what it takes." And I wasn't understanding that that maybe was meant for somebody else on that day because something else was coming to me. And I think the thing that helped me kind of understand that the most was season three and season four of "So You Think You Can Dance," I auditioned. With the Vegas made it, these are like my first years dancing for real, taking it serious. And I made it with household names to the close to the end with like people like Twitch who the whole world knows now, right? And here I am 18 years old and I got cut and at the time I was taking it the wrong way, always being like, "I gotta know. This means my life is over. I'm not going to make it as a dancer now that this is what I want to do.

Comeback and be a choreographer (06:35)

This is just like football. Oh no, not going to work out." And then the silver lining started coming, you know, four or five years later coming back on the show and actually becoming a choreographer for the show and working with Twitch and actually teaching him my moves. This is what kind of got me in the mindset of thinking, "Wow, everything will come full circle." And that wasn't meant for me because I was meant to actually come back and do something else. So it kind of took examples. I would be lying to you if I said that right off the bat, I was always somebody that could deal with the nose. I wasn't. I would get frustrated. I would want to not quit but also want to be like, "Maybe I'm supposed to do something else." Always questioning myself, always. Until I realized, you know, I had a greater purpose than maybe being a running back and being one of one million people that that already played the sport or being somebody that danced behind all the artists like a Beyonce or Usher or Chris Brown. Maybe there was something else that I was meant to do. Maybe I'm supposed to work with the kid that nobody knows who he is right now and introduce him to the world. So what I find so interesting though is through all because to me, like everything happens the way it's meant to happen is very passive. It's dangerous that it makes people think that they can be passive. Yes. But you were anything but passive. Absolutely. So how would the belief that, "Hey, this all happens for a reason?"

It happens for a reason (07:51)

How do you stay true? Very true. It's very true. I think it's a balance of, I tell my kids this too now that I'm a choreographer and teacher. If I know that I'm doing every single thing that I can to achieve what I want, then I'm okay when it doesn't happen. So for instance, I know that I cross train. I know that I make up dances every single week. I know that I make up music mixes that I think other people wouldn't think to put together. I know that I think outside the box. I know that I focus on building my brand, being able to speak to any kind of person and network with any kind of person, but also pushing my body and also trying to create moments that have not been done before. I don't want to make up the best routine of single ladies, which everybody knows this already. I want to make up something that nobody else has done. So when I leave not getting an audition or not getting a job with an artist, I'm happy. I'm happier. I'm not happy that I didn't get it, but I'm happier knowing that well, will you're doing everything that you could? So that's kind of the approach that I have. I am very hungry and I am a go-getter, but I have that confidence in myself that if I'm doing all the things nonstop that I'm supposed to be doing to get that goal, then it's okay that I didn't. That's kind of the approach that I have because you're right. A lot of people do settle in and are passive and like, oh, it's not my timing and they sit back and relax. No, I do 10 things a day. I make sure that I do 10 things a day that are pushing myself and pushing my brand and pushing my body so that when it does come, I'm ready because the worst thing is for somebody to get the phone call, hey, Beyonce wants you to choreograph for Coachella and you have not been on your game ready for that moment. And so I make sure I'm never in that position. I'm always ready. Stay ready so you don't have to get ready. I'm sure you've heard that. I haven't, but I like that a lot. Okay. Well, there it is. Stay ready so you don't have to get ready. One more thing that you said that I really want to, that really resonated with me was we need to train like we suck.

Train like you suck (09:39)

I have said that to my kids. It's like the opening I have and I think it's, I think it's important because if you have an iPhone, if you have any kind of phone, if you have a computer, anything, if you have access to internet right now, which most of us do in the world, you see a new five year old kid going viral every single day, whether it's for sport, martial arts, dancing a lot on every TV show. Now it's to the point that you cannot be comfortable. Now it's to the point where if you aren't on your game getting better every day, someone is going to pass you. I think it's always been like that, but now we can all see it before we couldn't always see the kid in China or the kid in Japan or the kid, you know, the kid at Walmart, Yodeling, we didn't always know about them. Now it's instantaneous where we all can see it right away. And I think with, you know, the people that I train and even myself, you have to have that belief because if not, you're not going to grow or get better. LeBron James is a freaking super human and every single year that I've watched him get better, he's come back with something new every year, every year that he plays and that kind of mindset's like you're already the greatest in of your era arguably of all time. And you practice as if you haven't done any of the things that you've done. And I've seen that same thing in Michael Jackson. I've seen that same thing and people like Peyton Manning that I look up to so much. So that's what I try to push myself in because it's like why be comfortable? You know, for me, I want to keep growing until the day I leave the earth, you know, so I think that that really works with motivating people but also motivating myself because I think I'm great. But if I settle where I'm at right now, my nine year olds are going to be better than me and some of them already are. So I have to keep pushing myself and have that mindset every day.

How do you push yourself? (11:23)

And mechanistically, how do you push yourself like that? Do you have drills? Yeah, I think it's for me, it's making myself uncomfortable. Honestly, I remember first starting out to dance and I didn't want to take bad layer jazz. It was like, I can't do that. No, no way. I'm not going to do that. I'm a football player. I can't do that kind of stuff. But then when I started taking basic jazz classes for me as a dancer, right, things that I was uncomfortable with. Hip-hop kid, I like hardcore B-boys and poppers and crumpers and all this stuff that was very masculine, it bit me in my butt later on in life. So now my approach is do things that I suck at to make myself better. The muscle memory thing, you know, like doing crunches, doing it until it burns is only doing so much. That's maintaining to make myself better, muscle confusion, cardio that I don't like doing. But the stuff that I know that my body needs is the stuff that doesn't make me want to be excited to do. So that's kind of the approach now is always thinking of new ways to do things that I haven't done before. So I think that's for me the most important thing because I can DJ in my sleep. That's something that comes natural for me. What I can't do in my sleep is go to a marketing meeting with my team. So I know for me, I need to go sit and learn something or go to YouTube space for a week and learn from other creators that have different markets that I do or different ideas, even Photoshop. I just passed that along to my team. But what happens if somebody in my team is sick or can't do it or moves on to something bigger and better, I want to learn how to do all this stuff myself so that I have no excuses and that I'm not dependent on anybody. Even though I think I need a team, I think it's great for me to just push myself to keep getting better every day and things that I would have never imagined that I'd be doing myself. I love that. What do you think about people that say, "Look, just focus on your strengths.

Focusing on Your Strengths (13:10)

Don't waste time to be weaknesses." I think it's good and bad. I think if you do something really, really well and focus on it, it works for certain people. So the strengths are great. But I think that as time goes on, you always have to add to that. And that's kind of my journey is keep adding to whatever people think. Or is the only thing that you can do because most household names in the dance industry think of me as now business person, entrepreneur, more so than dancer. So I think I try to mostly use my strengths, but also surprise people with new things I can bring to the table. I love that. To innovate like that takes a lot of self belief. How did you cultivate that self belief?

Believing in Yourself (13:47)

Being told no all the time, being told I can't all the time. And I think for me, I know that there's certain things that I'm not amazingly great at. But I guess the self belief thing really came from always knowing that I was meant for more. For me, I always thought, why should I limit myself? I believe that anybody can do anything. I think you can break the model. Steve Jobs, break the model. Mark Zuckerberg, break the model. Elon Musk, break the model. I think that there's no one blueprint that you have to follow. And that's what I get most of my inspiration from myself. So you and I agree on that completely. You can do anything you say your mind to. Absolutely. But most people don't. So solve a riddle for me. Why don't they?

Fear (14:43)

I think they don't because of fear. I think a lot of people are afraid to jump all the way. It's kind of like having faith. A lot of us say we believe, but we don't really show it. Because if we showed it, we would be okay taking a chance in a relationship, taking a chance, switching jobs, taking a chance, going against our parents wishes. A lot of people stay in those bubbles. And it's very hard for those people, I believe. I think it's really fear and lack of jumping in life all the way. And I used to be afraid as well. But when I moved out to LA with $800 in my pocket, that's me jumping all the way. Because I like taking care of myself. I like feeling safe. I like feeling secure. But I knew I wasn't going anywhere if I kept playing the game that way. And I think that this is all kind of that. Some of us are born into having good situations. Some of us aren't. But I think that a lot of us have to make our own path. And I think one or two decisions that I could have not made would not have me sitting right here with you right now. So then talk to me about June 25th, 2009. Yeah. Oh man. Tough day. I was driving. Driving in a stick shift car that I'd never driven before. So I'm stalling out every five seconds on the highway. Not doing well at all. And we hear the radio come on. And they're speaking about Michael Jackson on the radio. And they're saying that he's gone into cardiac arrest and being rushed to UCLA. And I'm just like, no way. No fricking way. All of a sudden I learned how to drive a stick immediately because I wanted to rush home to the TV. And the news is broken that Michael's passed. That was a wake up call for me personally. Michael's actually tattooed on my leg. That was a wake up call for me because at the time I was in community college. America's Best Dance Tree was the biggest TV show in the world.

Following His Dance Passion (16:35)

I was already like itching to get to LA. I was like, why am I in school right now? Why am I staying and doing this? And I immediately was like, well, you can't waste another day. You can't waste another second. You can't waste another minute. And literally four weeks later, I was on a flight to LA moving and living with four other people and just trying to figure it out anyway I could. And that literally that really changed me because that was one person that I told myself I will dance for one day, somehow meet him something. And I just looked at life like, if I waste any more time, I'm going to have more things in my life that turn into what I feel right now with Michael. And it might seem crazy because I'm sure millions of people feel attached to Michael Jackson. But I really, really did. And it's changed me forever. What do you think is the most important trait that you have as a person that's led to your success? I guess I'm in perseverance for sure. But I also think it's not a, I guess I don't know if this would ever be used as a trait, but this word amnesia. I forget about what's happened in the past. I use it. But I also forget right away. I forget about getting told no. I forget about, you know, you're not good enough. I forget about being cut. I've been cut national TV. So you think it ends twice. America's got talent. America's best dance crew all within a span of three years.

Developing Confidence and Resilience (17:55)

And I had to, the next day I was sad. I was sad sitting in my room. Not wanting to leave. Not wanting to talk to anybody. But then I eventually got up and forgot about it and kept moving forward. So having amnesia is the best thing that I've had. You know, I think that if you don't, holding on to things is great. You know what I mean? And even holding on to people are lessons that you've learned or learning from them. But if you can't let things go fully, I think that it's a detriment to you and your progress. Yeah. That's really interesting. How do you do it though when you're getting made fun of, when people are bowling you, especially if it's somebody that you like and respect? Yeah. No, you're right. It's tough. It's really tough. I think that especially for kids, it's really tough handling all of that stuff. I am a believer that public school is great for you. I am a believer that dealing with all of that stuff with the turmoil with the bullies, I think it helps shape you. For sure, I wouldn't have any other way because I wouldn't be as thick skinned and tough as I am now. But I think the best way to deal with it is to think about there's going to be another day. There's going to be another week. You're going to get through these times. It doesn't last forever. That's what I have to say to a lot of young kids now. Yes, this might be horrible right now. You might live in a neighborhood or be on section 8 or have food stamps, but there's more. You're going to get through this. Or the same thing vice versa, kids that live with parents that are overbearing or are in social groups where you have people that judge you for what kind of clothes you wear or wanting to be friends with every kind of person or whatever. I've seen it all. I've lived through it all. I think for me, the best way for me to deal with it was having an outlook as if I do conform, like I said to these other people or to their ways of thinking, am I being true to myself and how is that going to affect me? I know some people that can fake it. I'm not one of those people. I just am not. That's more important to me than anything is feeling happy inside and being a good person to every kind of person inside. Getting picked on, if that's the worst thing that happens in my life, I think I'm doing pretty well. That's really cool. I don't know if you put the sign there, if it's just in a lot of your videos, but unity through diversity. Millennium, shout out to them. Great studio, great organization that's helped me in my life. They've put that there. I think it's beautiful. It's what we need. The dance community is so special. It's so special. It's the biggest melting pot of all kinds of people that I've ever experienced in my life. I say this at our personal events for Amabese and Buildabese, but I say it all the time. The dance community and what we create and what Amabese has created, which is our brand of family, every size, shape, color, ethnicity, religion, economic class. It's what I want the world to look like. It's what I want the world to be proud of.

Unity through Diversity (20:47)

So unity through diversity is just beautiful. I don't think that you can have to only agree with this side or only be friends with people if they think exactly like you or if you guys all voted for this person, now we can be okay. I think there's ways to have conversations and not have to segregate opinions or even ethnicity or gender or everything that's going on right now in our world. That's what that sign represents. I'm very proud to dance in front of that all the time. Most of my videos are in front of that sign. It's really, really cool that you even caught that. A lot of people don't. A lot of people say, "What's the space with the red wall?" That's it. That's all they notice. So that's cool that you noticed that. I like it not only for the reasons that you just talked about, but to me, there's a danger in seeing yourself as a master. When you think you're great at something. And so what I find so interesting about what you've done with diversity and what you guys do in the Buildabese program and all of that. Thank you. How many eclectic different people that you bring to the table and watching your videos and seeing how many different styles and body types and everything of dances that you have.

Becoming New and Powerful (21:57)

And that the dance styles themselves are so diverse is to me that's escaping the problem of mastery. In going back to what you were saying at the beginning and getting out of your comfort zone and doing something new, you actually become far more powerful and effective. It's true. As an artist, as a business person, as an anything quite frankly. I agree. It's beautiful. It really is. It's so cool now because we're creating our own identities and kind of becoming the stars of today. It used to be with Sammy Davis or Fred Astaire or the Nicholas Brothers. It's getting back to that now where dancers are stars and they're being comfortable in their own skin. And now they're getting to call themselves masters of what they create themselves, which is also a testament to social media a lot because it's accepted now. And dance is so cool. It's like, why not have a bunch of flavors of it? We do it with singing. Sam Smith is nothing like Josh Groban. Josh Groban is nothing like Justin Timberlake or Justin Timberlake. In the Bruno Close, but they're still so different. So that's where it is now with dance and it's getting better.

Being Authentic And Learning From Relationships

Authenticity Is King (23:06)

It really just hit me a second ago when you brought up social media that you are one of the many faces of entrepreneurship. And all of this, even when I think about what I'm doing now or how I built my last company, I would say you are too. But what I love, you're just talking in terms of maybe revenue, but when you really just stop and think about what you've built, how many lives you touched and that you fund everything through building a successful business. I mean, there's no question about that. And when I look at your Ripp Jean jacket, big fuck off necklace and and the dreads, it's like, this is the face of entrepreneurship in this century. And that is so cool. And what I love about that and what I hope people really see in you, one, authenticity is always going to be king. And then two, there is no mold anymore because anybody can find, if they've really got something of value, anyone can find their audience. Yes. Pretty extraordinary. Yes. I 100% agree. And it's finding your audience. Finding your audience is so important. That was what was so important to me. And I guess you're right. And and you know, I've always said people was like, who do you want to be like, what, what creative directors, what dancers? I love it all. But I've always been chasing Diddy. I've always been chasing now. Mark Zuckerberg, like I said, I've always been chasing Cirque du Soleil, people that push the game and change the game, even Coachella, even just events planning, even, you know, all of those things. Now I'm like, oh man, it's not that I'm chasing a certain person or event or a style, but I'm chasing people that have new ideas and and are doing things in different ways that people haven't seen before. Uber Air coming soon, LA. Like, you know what I mean? Like, let's get it. That's how I feel is like, what can we do that people haven't received before? And in what new ways Netflix, even stranger things, like it's so cool. All these things that we all become obsessed with out of nowhere that are like, Oh my God, this is freaking brilliant. I love pushing and changing. I want to be a part of that. You know, I feel like I only hear a few names that are talked about forever. Like, I want to be a part of that. I want to make change and last. I want to be in history books. Like, and it is not about this dance was awesome. It's so much more than that. I think finding your audience, you have to show them something different at the same time, while also, you know, catering to what is is authentic about you. I think it's very, very hard to do because a lot of people that I see influencers now say, okay, this is how this person did it. I'm going to do the same thing. It's like, no, that person already exists. You can take a few things and not steal, but you know, use the same approach. But I can't do the same exact show as you. It's not going to work. You have your audience built. It'd be another version of that, you know, you have to come with something new. Every day, I wake up and I think what else can I do to keep that growing and to grow, you know, new people that would fall in love with what I'm doing in the brand. And that's where I sit now is having anxiety every day over that. It'll truly. Yeah. All right. Well, speaking of falling in love with things, let's talk about Janelle. Let's talk about you guys working together. You guys are, A, when you dance together, it's so amazing. Thank you. The way that you guys are able to move in unison in a way you just don't normally see two people be able to do. There's one really cool video of you guys. I think maybe last year is Bill Debeest, where you end the dance, this move where you twist together and then fall back. Literally, one of the kids jumps on you. He's freaking out so much. And I saw, all right, that was really badass. So yeah, I think people can get the dancing cool with their partner. But I want to know what's it like to work with your partner? So I can just name a few, a few one, one words off of this stress. Fun. Dynamic stress. Good times. It's such a good time. I've learned more from being in the relationship and working with her than I've learned from anything else and traveled all over the world. But just that dynamic and working with your partner and then also having the relationship at the same time and then creative freedom when we both believe in ourselves so much.

Learning and Growing from Relationship (27:16)

We both believe in each other as well so much. But it's having kind of being with a person that's exactly like you that believes in their gift so much is such a hard thing. Sometimes the balance out. And it's taken us a long time to figure it out. We've been working together for probably six years of like choreography working together, known each other for about seven, eight. But it's the biggest roller coaster I've ever been on in my life and I love it. Short story. I pick up my phone this morning and she's on her way to get her her custom made wedding dress. And she Face Times me and is like hysterically laughing and like you'll never guess what happened. I'm like what do you know? And I'm like are you mad? Are you upset? Are you like what's going on? And she's like just yes. And I'm like what is your appointment not today for your dress? She's like no. They opened up a Chick-fil-A in Burbank. And I'm like oh this was the news that you had to tell me. And the reason why is because she had this like goal and this dream since four weeks ago for us to be the first people to open up a Chick-fil-A in Burbank. It's that kind of stuff in our relationship that like keeps us going and like it's so cool and such a like a wild ride. And then I would have never imagined so it's a really cool dynamic and yeah she's the best thing that's ever happened to me by far. Alright help me reconcile something. Yeah. I've had the very good fortune of just off-camera, sitting with the two of you and hearing you guys talk about your dreams. Yes. And there are not many people I've ever met in my life that dream as aggressively as you guys. Indeed. And yet the things that really give you deep and lasting fulfillment have nothing to do with those dreams. Yeah. So why go so hard? For me I can speak for myself. I want to go so hard because I want my family to never have to worry. I want my kids. I want to be able to say you don't need it. Not you can't. And that's with anything. Whether that's us going to see the grandma and grandpa. Whether that's them being able to have friends over and us be able to have everybody and take care of everybody. I remember what that was like as a kid feeling like oh man I can't do what my friend can do. Those little moments and it's not about money but those little moments in my life. I always remember like I don't want my kids to feel like we're in a place of I don't know if I can go on this field trip. I don't know if we can have this kid over because we can't feed everybody.

Living How You Want (29:34)

I don't want to have those feelings ever. And also it's so important to me to have a family Christmas of her family, my family being able to go to a log cabin somewhere and us be able to take care of it for everybody. That stuff is so important to me. So it's really not so much about us making money or being so successful being it but being able to live the way we want to live. Even just now. We're at a certain level. Sometimes we think that we're doing better than we actually are but even the fact that we can go to Morton's we that wasn't normal for us growing up. Going to Morton steakhouse and watching the game and being okay and not having to worry. So Janelle and I sometimes look at each other like damn this is awesome. This is awesome because we get to wake up and say I can go to the gym if I want to go to the gym. We cannot do anything all day if we don't want to do anything all day or we can walk into our frickin dance studio and design a t-shirt and have it on the internet the next day like being able to live the way that we want and eventually have real financial freedom. That's so important to us just so we can even just spend time to so for it to be nothing for us to go to her her nephew's six-year-old birthday party. You know that's so important. That's like more than anything more than closed. I think her her thing kind of goes with shoes maybe a little bit. I think she works hard so she can buy whatever shoes she wants. Maybe just a little bit but like being able to live the way we want and take care of our people and do stuff for others. Like that's really it. I love Bill to be so much. I think two years back we have the most students we ever had a thousand students from over 22 countries that flew to LA to dance with us for four days audition for our company but I want to be able to do that with 10,000 and I want to be able to to give scholarships to people to actually go to college not to just come dance like that's our goal that's like so important to us give back like those things real life that's that's that's what we're about and and we want to be able to do that by having our impact and pushing ourselves to be badasses in our industry to where we create so many dope things that we actually can do that. Yeah. I love that. Yeah. All right man before I ask my last question tell these guys where they can find you online. Okay you can find me online at That's like our system of where we put our tutorials our clothing our tickets for all of our events. My personal Instagram is wildebeest that's with two L's a lot of directors call me wildebeest. I don't know why two L's it's wildebeest it's easy the animal that killed Mufasa so easy right wildebeest underscore underscore that's my instagram my youtube is wildebeest atoms which is where all of our videos live all of that stuff and yeah really everything funnels in that our clothing our network my youtube channel and yeah be on the lookout for some really really amazing things and a lot of projects that we're looking forward to creating together and also follow my fiance too because she's a better dancer than me and what's her handle her handle is Janelle Janestra with no underscores at all that's it and the Janestra's with a G not a G. Very Italiano G I N E S T R A almost forgot because it's about to be atoms. Yeah I can't wait. Yes. My last question what's the impact that you want to have on the world? I think for me and what I represent personally I want to be able to change people as much as I can but when people see me there's a quote that somebody used I can't remember off the top of my head right now but somebody said I don't see color a lot of people say that right when they see me or when they see me walk in a room my relationship or just growing up in Indiana right they'll have that conversation with me well I don't see color I don't see color but we all see color unless we're not fortunate to have sight it's what you

The Impact of How You Show Up as Your Authentic Shell (32:47)

do after you see that color that makes you the kind of person that you are and I want to change that for people and I want for people when I see this black man that sometimes surprisingly like Obama oh my god he's well spoken this is such a surprise I don't want people to attach a stereotype but I want I want people to see that anybody can have any trait anybody can do anything anybody can lead in any type of way and then that we all have something to offer and that's this is my shell but I want people to see my soul and I want people to see that in everybody and and not judge at all but but make opinions based off of that and I think obviously Dr. King started with that a long time ago I want to carry that trade on Wow that's exceptional thank you man for the piece thank you so much for coming on thank you thank you for having me love easy easy trust me easy guys it hit me so hard as he was talking that this is one of the many faces of entrepreneurship and the era that we live in that social media has changed things so profoundly that so many incredible voices like this are able to build a huge audience and businesses that are legitimate and touch lives is absolutely extraordinary when he said that this is his shell that really rocked me I love that the most as you dive into his content you are going to see that you're going to see a radiant beautiful encouraging hardass you're going to see him push people you're going to see him push himself you're going to see somebody that holds people to an extraordinary standard and because of that he gets extraordinary things not only out of himself but out of the people that are around him which then turns that whole organization into something that is incredibly special and I think what they're doing with the beast network is absolutely amazing I think it's only going to continue to grow there's a reason that these guys have accomplished what they've already accomplished I truly believe that this is just the beginning and if I can contradict him I will say that the trait about him that I think is most tied to his success is not perseverance which is absolutely critical it's that he's excitable this is somebody


Outro (35:01)

watch how many times go back and watch the episode watch how many times he lit up like a Christmas tree when you get him talking on any random subject he has taught himself to fall in love with things to let a moment be a big moment that the death of Michael Jackson impacted his life as much as it impacted many of the people closest to Michael which is incredible and that to me is how life should be lived you should be giving meaning to things meaning that is extraordinary that uplifts you that pushes you forward and makes you create something in life and he is one of the most spectacular examples of that that I've ever seen so I hope that you really will follow him I hope that you will look deeply into what he's doing I hope they'll join what he's doing because it's a pretty extraordinary mission all right if you haven't already be sure to subscribe and until next time my friends be legendary take care wow you're amazing everybody thank you so much for watching and being a part of this community if you haven't already be sure to subscribe you're going to get weekly videos on building a growth mindset cultivating grit and unlocking your full potential

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