101 : Erin Moody | The Power of Networking: Utilizing Other’s Experiences To Find Success

Born and raised in Florida, Erin Moody is a corporate dropout turned podcaster and freelance writer. She went on a personal development journey and found out she was struggling with low self-esteem, limiting beliefs, and a propensity to please everyone but herself. She realized she wanted to help others take back control of their lives and stop living lives based on the expectations of others.
In this episode, we get into how Erin is helping people through her program by utilizing LinkedIn. She talks about making one small change that you can repeat in your daily life and finding out why it’s critical to your success by investing in your Coach. Check it out!

Erin’s learning journey and Masterminds


The Mastermind Effect:  01:56

Let’s dive into it. The ability to learn and the amount of knowledge that we have today are overwhelming. When you and I were younger, we learned from textbooks, teachers, friends, family, coworkers, but that’s changed. How has your learning changed from your early years versus today?


Erin Moody:  02:26

For me, learning a lot was based on watching my parents and how they did things. Obviously, in school, we learn through textbooks and teachers.  Now, I still read a lot of books, but they’re more from people like Simon Sinek and other thought leaders. Then, podcasts are a big one. And then, interestingly enough, things like YouTube are like a go-to. There was no such thing as YouTube when I was growing up, or even really the internet until middle school.  The online platform is how we’re learning nowadays. Even with my books, I use Audible. I’m using my phone to listen to books. It’s definitely different.


The Mastermind Effect:  03:18

For me, it was like later in high school. What I’m hearing is it’s not your learning that has changed, but how you’re able to have access to that information. I hear it called YouTube University. You’re still reading books, but you’re taking them in auditorily. It’s just a different sense.


Erin Moody:  03:48

It is very true. Like the teachers, they’re still teachers; they’re just different people, not necessarily professors and things like that.


The Mastermind Effect:  03:59

Not the standard Professor way in standard education.

The Mastermind Effect:  04:01

We’ve got more ways to take in information than ever, and it’s confusing the amount of what we have access to. Some people learn through accountability buddies, mentors, coaches, and masterminds. Who are you currently learning from, and more importantly, how did you connect with them?


Erin Moody:  04:23

I have a coach right now. She is a coach for coaches. I found her through LinkedIn. She helped me initially get my LinkedIn game to where it is now and and now she is helping me take it a step further with my coaching. She’s the main person that I’m working with right now.


The Mastermind Effect:  05:05

You found it through LinkedIn. We’re building a platform to help people find out who they should be learning from so they don’t have those challenges. But LinkedIn is a great resource out there. 


One of the things you said that I loved the most was working with someone, the coach for coaches. Even when you believe in yourself, if you’re going to be a coach, or if you’re going to have a mastermind, you need to continue to invest in yourself. Is that something important to you to make sure that you continue to invest in yourself so that people investing in you realize you’ve got skin in the game?


Erin Moody:  05:39

Absolutely. If you ever go and listen to our podcast, one of my biggest things is all about personal development. I am constantly trying to improve. I don’t think that there’s a single person out there who doesn’t have something to improve on. That is something that I’m committed to. I’m sure I’ll get to a place with this coach, and then hopefully, I have to move on to maybe a higher-level coach to get me to the next level. But definitely, something that I think that you should constantly be doing.


The Mastermind Effect:  06:13

Coaches help us because there are times when we get stuck. It’s like, we can’t see the forest through the tree. It’s really difficult. 


Right now, we’re still going through a pandemic, and I believe that this is causing a reset and how we’re able to accomplish things. How have masterminds and coaching helps you when you’re looking to get unstuck?


Erin Moody:  06:38

That’s probably one of the biggest things that she helps me with. Typically, you’re reaching out to a coach because they have more knowledge than you have with what you’re trying to do. With my coach, she helps me get unstuck because I don’t know where to go next. I don’t have the knowledge because I’ve never done it before. 


It’s very similar to my coaching clients or career coaching. They know they want to get a new job, or maybe they want to switch careers. But aside from just applying online, that’s not getting them anywhere; they don’t know what to do. They’re coming to someone like me to help them with the process because they don’t know and don’t work in that industry. Coaching helps you to be able to tap into the knowledge that someone else has without you having to do all the trial and error to learn it.


SelfEducation and Erin’s Reality


The Mastermind Effect:  07:32

It’s their experiences. We talked about at the beginning of the show is being able to utilize someone else’s experience. It’s their successes and failures because we learn almost more from our failures and do not do the same thing. If they can prevent you from stepping in that land mind, right around that corner, why wouldn’t you? How much does it cost you not to have a coach that you are willing to go through that pain point?


Masterminds have been around for a long time, probably since the apostles. Benjamin Franklin creates Leather Apron Club. And then, Napoleon Hill talks about masterminds and his book Think and  Grow Rich. To me, there’s this huge boom going forward of self-education versus traditional education. Where do you see the shift and the importance of self-education and traditional education are going forward?


Erin Moody:  08:33

I’m still a big proponent of traditional education as well. I have a master’s degree, and I’m going in for a second Master’s. When you’re doing self-learning and finding coaches, you have to find good coaches. When you’re going to university, for example, you can look at a lot of things like the Princeton Review. See the level of program you’re going into. It’s not necessarily that way with coaches. Some of them might be part of the ICF (International Coaching Federation). You could potentially look at them for that, or they might have reviews. But it’s not as easy to necessarily see that you’re getting high quality. 


One of the things we talked about before that you’re doing is trying to vet coaches for people. I think that that will go a long way. It’ll be helpful for people that maybe they’re looking to make changes and grow, and maybe in the past, you might have done something like going to a counselor or a therapist or something like that. But now we have coaches that can be more specific, and maybe you don’t need to talk to them about your feelings. You need someone to help bridge that gap but not necessarily going into an actual degree program. 


One of the differences is when you’re going for a degree program; you’re getting foundational learning, learning theories, and things like that. When you’re working with a coach, it will be typically more action-oriented, where they’re going to say, “Okay, what are you looking to do? Where are you now? Now, you need to do this.” 


The Mastermind Effect:  10:24

You talked about anywhere from therapy to mentors to coaching. Is it like do I need to talk to someone about my feelings or my facts? And my coaches more about the facts? There can be little feelings right there, but the importance of having that vetting process with masterminds and coaches; making sure that your $500 or $5,000 is utilized. What you were talking about there is the Success Finder, which the beta will be out here soon. It is making sure that you don’t get jaded by the process and that it’s there to help compliment what’s going on from both aspects. 


Speaking of that, when people invest in their future, they have a better than a vague idea of what they’re going to get. They have some expectations of what the outcome should be. What should people expect when they enter Erin’s reality?


Erin Moody:  11:14

If you’re working with me, you will be thinking about what I need to do to get into this job process. One thing is foundational, but you have to have a great resume. Your LinkedIn needs to be updated. We do a cover letter as well just to give you that whole package. That’s the basis.


Then from there, we are doing coaching calls. It will be specific to the actual client’s needs because some people are great at interviewing, but they have no idea how to network or vice versa.  It just depends. The coaching calls will be more getting into you and what you need, and then me helping you get to the next level so that when you do get that opportunity, you shine in your interviewer. It’s very individualized and targeted,


The Mastermind Effect:  12:12

It’s not a one-size-fits-all. It’s something that’s there tailored for that individual or that team or whatever it is, for them to find the best version of themselves in the areas that maybe they’re uncomfortable. We talk about how your comfort can kill you. You’re helping them get uncomfortable a little bit, and how can they get better in that area? You’re uncomfortable with networking, here are the steps that we need to do. Is that sound right?


Erin Moody:  12:37



The Mastermind Effect:  12:39

People have a way of surprising us, whether it’s their drive, grit, grind, or whatever it is. The people you work with your hand-selecting them. Has anyone been through your coaching, your mastermind, or listen to your podcast that has surprised you because of what you’ve put together? What was the outcome?


Erin Moody:  13:01

I’m not surprised because I know that everyone can do it. Sometimes these people could be surprised. Maybe they’re going into it because they have a goal. They want to get a new job or change their life. But there’s like that little bit of doubt in there. I think that anyone can do whatever it is that they want to do. It takes action consistently and over time. 


For me, I wouldn’t say that I’m surprised, but I think that a lot of people are when you start taking that action and doing what you’re supposed to do.  People get surprised at how quickly things start to happen for them. I am a very motivational and inspirational person. 


The Mastermind Effect:  13:49

Is there a success story that you could share with us of your clients or people who have gone through with what you do?


Erin Moody:  13:55

I’m currently working with a client who didn’t think he was great at networking. But after talking to him, I am like, “You’re doing fantastic. You need to take it to the next level.”  We work together. I think we just had one call. And he was like, “I can’t believe how many people are now reaching out to me and how many connections I’m getting.” It took like one little tweak because he was already doing 90% of what he needed to do. You just needed that extra little thing, but he didn’t know how to do it. With our calls, it’s just me encouraging him and telling him to keep it up and keep going. 


The problem with networking is you have to put a lot out there. Some people won’t respond, or they’ll kind of initially respond and not follow through. You have to learn how to have that little bit of rejection—thick skin. That’s really how a lot of it goes. It’s just really learning a couple of tricks and staying consistent in keeping at it and keeping up the motivation because it is like a part-time job.


Creating Success


The Mastermind Effect:  15:18

Networking is a full-time job at the end of the day. On how you’re doing it, you need a team of people behind you. That’s why they’ve got Erin. 


On solo shows, we talk about the pillars of success, hanging out with the right people, networking, willingness to invest in yourself, getting a coach, joining a mastermind, taking action through massive experimentation, and working with different people. It takes many other things to be successful, like mentorship, coaching, experimentation, partnerships, and willingness to fail. I think it is a key one because when you define success, you also define failure. What do you feel is a key ingredient when it comes to being successful?


Erin Moody:  15:59

I would definitely say action and consistent action. You will not succeed if you never try. It’s not necessarily where you have to take these crazy actions every single day. It’s more figuring out, “okay, this is what it’s going to take to succeed; I have to build this habit, and how do I just even get started with the habit.” 


My general advice is if you want to do something or you have this big goal, think of the smallest thing that you could start with that you could commit to doing every single day. Then once you get that going, you add on that. It’s staying consistent, taking that action, and talking about it. Talking about starting your business for five years with all your friends is fun, but you’re going to be in the same place in five years if you never start doing it and doing it consistently.

The Mastermind Effect:  17:06

If you don’t talk about it, you don’t bring it to the universe, and people won’t hold you accountable. But if you do talk about it, and you’re not standing stuff with the right people who are gently pushing along and saying you talk the talk and time to walk the walk, I think we all need that in our life. 


As we’re getting ready to come to an end here, I think there’s always new ideas brewing in times of prosperity. It’s easier to win when the world’s winning, but innovation and ingenuity come when we feel the squeeze, and right now, the world is still feeling that squeeze. What are you working on right now that will take place over the next 12 months that excites you?


Erin Moody:  17:53

I’m looking at some additional ways that I can help people with the job search. One of the biggest things that I hear from clients is having the time.  Working with me, they learn what they need to do, but then it’s having that time to do it. I potentially look at adding some like networking function into the services that I have to help them with that. I have a ton of connections, but how can I get my connections to help clients and figuring that out yet. That’s what I’m thinking through,


The Mastermind Effect:  18:31

I love it. We might have something to help you with that and have your group build-out through that. What is one last tip, tactic, or an actual item that if someone implemented today, over the next 30, 60, 90 days, they’d see a real impact on their personal and business life?


Erin Moody:  18:49

I’m a big proponent of mindset. One of the things that we talk about a lot on the podcast is changing your mindset. When I started down my personal development journey three or four years ago, I was very negative and pessimistic. Everything that went through my head was negative. One of the biggest things that you can do is assess the thoughts you think throughout your day. If you’re noticing that they’re negative, then it’s starting to work on. You’re changing that and how you can start to maybe look at a little bit more of the bright side. Everything’s not going to be positive all the time. But I’m thinking about it a little bit differently. We talked about failure briefly. Instead of thinking, “I’m a failure” because something didn’t go right. Think through from “this didn’t go how I wanted it” to “what can I learn from it and how do I avoid doing it again?” Having that different perspective and the way that you are.


The Mastermind Effect:  19:52

Being honest with yourself and the feeling and saying it’s a real thing. How do I work through this, and who should I surround myself with? Who should I work with and help me with that? I love that. Genuine, and it’s simplistic, but we don’t do enough of it. 


Erin, I appreciate it. We’ve got Erin Moody, founder of Career Designs and the co-host of the Style Your Life podcast. Erin Moody, thank you so much for spending your time with us today.

Tweetable Quotes:

“Coaching helps you to tap into the knowledge that someone else has, without you having to do all the trial and error to do it.” – Erin Moody

“You are not going to succeed if you never try.” – Erin Moody

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Erin on Linkedin. Check out their podcast at https://www.styleyourlifepodcast.com/ 

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