Today we have got Max Zheng, Founder of Human Prosperity Inc. Back then, Max was unmotivated and sometimes depressed for over 30 years of his life and never tried to figure out how to better until 2018. It took him 2 years of iteration to figure out how to be happy and productive every day. Once he did, it was so good that he just had to share it with the world and founded the company in 2020.
In this episode, we get into why he built his most recent company. We talk about how he wants to save others from years of suffering before living their dreams, and why he has dedicated his life to enabling everyone to be happy, productive, and live their dreams every day. Check it out!
MAX’S LEARNING JOURNEY
The Mastermind Effect: 01:37
When you and I were younger, the way that we learned was usually through textbooks and teachers. But there’s been just this large boom over the last 5 to 10 years in what we have access to. There’s just so much more information out there. We learned from the textbooks to the teachers, then family, friends, and our coworkers. But that only gives us a sliver of what’s possible. How is your learning changed from your early years versus today?
Max Zheng: 02:06
In early years, I learn what’s fun school. You go to school; you go to class. Teachers teach you about different things and subjects. That’s great but at the same time, when they teach you, they don’t really teach you how to learn. They just teach you to learn English, Math, and things like that. Then, you keep on remembering it. You repeat it so many times and then eventually remember it. That’s the Rote memorization technique and it’s not very effective. It is the most popular one but it’s not very effective. The way that I learn things is very different in terms of how I approach things. For me, “to learn something is you need to love what you’re trying to learn”, is my motivation. You must understand where’s the passion coming from, why you need to learn it, and like how much you enjoy doing it. When you have that motivation, that you love doing something, learning becomes easy and fun and you will be able to learn so much faster. That’s one of the components of learning fast; to be able to have the motivation and love for learning.
Second is how you go about learning it. That has to do with the different techniques. As you learn and do something, you must learn different techniques to maximize the amount of time you spend on something to learn it. For example, reading. There are tons of different speed-reading techniques, and you want to kind of learn those different kinds of techniques for you to read faster and consume information faster, so that you don’t have to spend five hours doing something. You can just spend one hour reading a book and it saves you a lot of time at the same time. You can consume so much more information that is more useful for you.
The third thing is once you try to consume the information, you have to remember it. You can read and learn as much as you want, but if you don’t remember it, there’s no point. That’s why it’s important to use the right memorizing techniques to remember what you have learned. One of them is a low-key technique where you can just use location like your body to map different things into t remember. Another popular one is called Dorian link technique, where you can just use a story to create a story in your mind, create image. Whatever you’re learning in a book, make a story out of it or the major topics and create a story with the image and then from one topic to the next. That’s our last link from one topic to the next by creating an image. By doing that, you can remember all the information easily for a long time. Lastly, to learn something you want to teach or apply the knowledge. That’s where you can learn it twice and learn so much deeply. Those are different things on how I approach learning now versus back in school.
The Mastermind Effect: 05:17
One of the things you talked about there and in Episode 22, where Nick Peterson talks about the “intention intervention gap”. It is like what you were talking about which is, “you can read it, but if you don’t remember it, or implement it, and take action on it, what did you really do?” What was the purpose behind it? How do you shorten that the amount of knowledge that you’re reading, and being able to implement? What you want to get out of it? The other one that I really liked that you talked about is, how you learn while you’re learning. You want to make it fun and you want to love what you’re learning. I think a lot of the older systems out there aren’t looking at it from that standpoint. They’re still utilizing the old methodologies. This is how it’s always been done, and it doesn’t work that way.
The Mastermind Effect: 06:03
We have so many ways of taking in information today. Some people utilize mentors, others use accountability, partners, masterminds, coaching, mentorship, and a lot of ways to learn. Who are you currently learning from and how did you find them?
Max Zheng: 06:24
I am starting as a coach just a few months ago. Since I want to learn about coaching, I use LinkedIn as one of my resources to learn about what’s out there. It is like a network. Once you connect with people, they want to share information. Networking, for me, is like one of the great ways to learn information and can create relationships. Right now, I am in a coaching program in terms of how I can achieve one a coaching business. I pay a lot of money for it, but it is worth every single penny. A lot of people don’t think too much about paying. They don’t even know what a coaching is and think coaching is too expensive and not malleable. That’s not the case. Top executive, famous people, and all the successful people on TV have coaches. Not just one but multiple coaches in various ways. That’s how they have become successful because they have experts in every single area and helping them to become the best person they can.
It’s important to hire a coach to help you do that kind of stuff. Coaching is hiring professionals, not just coaches. It can be any kind of mentor or anyone in that category, or just a different person providing with expertise and depending on the different angle as well. Because when you are doing something just by yourself, you’re so focused on doing what you’re doing, sometimes you lose track of what’s around you., Even though you think you just can’t lose track, once you get into the weeds, it’s really important to have someone else watching you from a different angle and making sure that you’re going towards the right direction. That’s why a coach is really important area.
Another place where I’m learning different things is reading. I am constantly reading about new things, and I make it a point to read daily. An hour or two a day spent on learning, reading about different things. I picked this up from Bill Gates. He reads one book a week and that’s how he is so successful. He is consuming a beverage, that knowledge. A book can take knowledge from a single person’s life experience. It is important to form a good habit of learning and reading. Read at least one book every one or two weeks and if you do that, the amount of knowledge you can learn and acquire and the leverage to be successful is exponential.
The Mastermind Effect: 09:36
You said you were taking a coaching program right now, who was that that you had mentioned?
Max Zheng: 10:12
It’s a high performing coach, Calm. They specialize in helping coaches to run their own coaching business. One of the people in the district for coaches is Tina Fey and she is my coach.
The Mastermind Effect: 10:30
I think people get stuck a lot of the time, they don’t know how to execute what’s in their head. That’s why they have the coach, the mentor, and the mastermind, in those different areas. As we’re still going through the pandemic, I feel that it’s creating a reset on how we’re able to accomplish things. How has coaching or masterminds and mentors helped you reset yourself when you’re looking to execute what’s in your head?
Max Zheng: 11:24
It’s two things. One is by providing you with the knowledge of the experience of other people. Once you see how it’s already done, then it makes it easier. They got knowledge that you haven’t gone when it comes to business or coaching. You can try to do it yourself, but it is going to be trial and error and it is not an effective use of time. You can also read books, but it is a lot of knowledge that you have to read by yourself. Applying the knowledge from what you read is not that easy. That’s why it’s important to have a coach, a person that you can talk to, and hash out the idea. They understand the situation and customize the solution to your specific needs. That’s the second thing about having a coach. You have someone who understands what you’re going through and customize solution, instead of just based on textbook style.
The third thing is that coach helps you understand where your gaps are and your shortcomings. As I mentioned, sometimes you get in the weeds and sometimes just don’t see the forest. It’s important to have someone outside to see that for you, so that they can push you along towards the direction that you already set for yourself.
The Mastermind Effect: 13:18
Absolutely. It’s amazing what the world of coaching can do and how you’ve got some of your highest performers out there. The people that you’re seeing are unbelievably successful. They’ve got multiple coaches, mentors, and people that are helping them through their life. One of the three pillars of success is the willingness to invest in yourself. It should be the best investment out there.
When someone typically invests in their future, they have a better idea of what they’re going to get out of it. We’re able to have an expectation of the type of people that could be in the room in the course and the program. They know what the outcome is going to be based around. What should people expect when they enter Max’s world for your coaching platform?
Max Zheng: 14:11
I want to help people to become a genius in their life, where they can be happy, productive, leave the achievement every single day, and be a genius in any field of their choosing. I don’t want you to be just happy. For me, happiness is just a start. It’s a baseline that you must have. I’ll help you with that. Once you’re happy, I want to help you to be productive by teaching all the different techniques, including how to memorize things, how to read, how to learn faster, how to optimize your body and mind in terms of what kind of foods you should eat, how to exercise when you should exercise, what kind of meditations you use, and what are the benefits of meditation. I’ll walk you through everything in terms of optimizing your brain and body so that they are in a state where you can perform at peak. Once you are in that state, I’ll teach you techniques on how you can be productive and making sure your concentration is at 100% throughout the entire day. It’s important to use different kind of techniques. Pomodoro is very popular technique that take breaks every single 30 minutes. It is simple and powerful. There are things like flow, which you can really get into, to reach the peak of productivity. You are so in love with what you’re doing, and time just passes and goes away. You’re learning so much faster and you are fully enjoying yourself. Those are some of the techniques.
Once you know that life is not just about learning things and it is about getting things done, that’s where dreams come in. I want to make sure people understand what you’re trying to achieve in your life in terms of what do you want from your life. For you to get to what you want, you must know what you want. It’s important for you to know what makes you excited every single day and walk towards it. Then, once you figure it out, if you plan and execute towards it, I can help you along with that. Last thing that I can help you deal with is skill development. This is where the genius part comes in. Anything you do in terms of particular skills, even for professional skills. I will help you figure out exactly how you are going to approach learning. In terms of techniques for developing the skills, you will break down to three different kinds of things. There is this book called “Talent Code” which states that you can break it down to three different things—ignition, motivation, and master coaching. Once you have all these things, you know, then you can develop your skills to be expert level and essentially become a genius in whatever you want to do.
The Mastermind Effect: 17:36
That’s super powerful. Has anyone been in a room that you’ve created, or on your three-year program that has surprised you? What were they able to accomplish with what you worked on with them?
Max Zheng: 17:55
I can provide some examples. One is my first client. When she came to me, she had low self-esteem, low competence, afraid to talk to other people, afraid to make friends and, and was simply completely just by herself. She is afraid to do anything. She’s too afraid to even walk on her dreams and things like that. What I taught her within the first session I had with her was to really love herself. Loving yourself completely, including her fears of flaws and failures. When you do this, your world changes in terms of how you approach life. Now, you’re not worried about failing, you’re not worried about what other people think about you. You are loving all those things. Therefore, you’re able to unshackle your chain. For me, all these fears are these things that limit you and completely lock you down. It’s like chains. Each of them is a chain holding you to the ground. It is important to unshackle all those chain by cutting them off by using love., By just loving that fear, you will completely transform yourself. My client did this in one week. The next week I met her, she was a completely different person. She was happy, excited and she was able to not be anything anymore. At some point, she was able to announce that to the world. It’s publicly available on our own LinkedIn post where she claimed the results.
The Mastermind Effect: 19:49
I think it’s super important that she was able to announce it to the world, to speak your truth, to speak what your goals are, to speak what you’re looking to accomplish, and what you have accomplished. That goes into one of the things that we talk about when it comes to being successful and there’s a lot of elements when it comes to creating success. There’s mentorship, coaching, experimentation, partnerships, and willingness to fail when it comes to looking to be successful. What do you feel it takes to be successful?
Max Zheng: 20:30
For me, success is about understanding exactly what life is in terms of what is necessary and what is not, and what it takes to be able to do what you want to do in life. Success is to be able to become a genius in life. That means you should be able to be happy completely by yourself. If you can be happy, no matter what’s going on. and without depending on external things. If you need a car or a fancy car to be happy, then you’re not going to be successful. You’re not going to be happy when you are constantly chasing after something external like fancy car, bigger house, or bigger promotion. It’s something we want. So That’s a key word. We want them, but we don’t need them. It’s important to distinguish the need versus the want. The only thing we need is really to be happy. As long as you achieve that happiness inside you, need is completely up to you. You are essentially successful if you achieve happiness without depending on external thing. Once you are completely happy inside, you will have the unlimited energy for you to reach for your dreams and to learn all the different practical techniques to help you get there as soon as possible. For me, the second part of success is defining what that those dreams and desires are, and then simply planning towards it. Once you have that happiness inside, you will have all the energy you need to get there no matter what. It doesn’t matter if everybody says you cannot do that. You’re stuck in things like that does not matter anymore. You have energy inside you and that’s all it takes for you to realize your dream.
The Mastermind Effect: 23:08
Absolutely. When you define success, the problem is you’ve also defined failure. There’s a fine line, but everyone’s definition of success is going to be different. There are always new ideas brewing in times of prosperity. it’s easy to succeed when the world’s just going great. But I believe that innovation and ingenuity really come out in times when we feel the squeeze and there’s a little bit of a squeeze in the world right now, no matter where you’re living. What are you working on right now that’s going to take place over the next 12 months that excites you?
Max Zheng: 24:10
Lots of things. But before I talk about that, I want to touch on the failure part as well in a bit more. In terms of failure, these companies are afraid of it. Don’t be afraid to appreciate it, love it, and learn from it. If you keep doing that, you’ll be growing stronger. Don’t be afraid of failing many times because each time you fail is time you learn and grow. For me, the only failure is when you are not doing anything. Even if you fail, if you fail to succeed in whatever you do, you are a success. The only failure is when you are saying, “Oh, I’m too afraid to do it, I’m not going to do it”. When you do not do anything, that’s the only time you fail.
The Mastermind Effect: 25:19
I completely agree with you. Back to what we were. What’s the big project you’re working on that’s going to take place over the next 12 months?
Max Zheng: 25:34
Right now, I am fully transitioning to full time on my company. I just quit my day job last week and it’s a very exciting time for me. There’s a lot of different things I’m going through right now. First thing is that I just recently launched a genius training program which is available for kids and adults. You can learn how to be a genius in life in terms of being happy, productive, and how to do skill development.
The second thing I’m going to do is start expanding out and trying to make this training program to other platforms. For now, I’m just making myself on LinkedIn. One of the main reasons I left my day job is that I want to have more time to build my next space in my company. Coaching and training is phase one of my company.
The second phase is building software to digitize my offerings so that people can just go to iTunes store or any app store and just download an app. They can just go ahead and start training themselves in terms of their happiness and productivity, and even plan for their dreams. I want to make that available as cheap as possible, so that you can just download it, pay a few bucks for it, and bam, you can start becoming a genius in life, right on your phone. I want to make what I provide available to everyone. The mission of my company is to enable everyone in the world to be genius in life. They can build that software platform out, and it’s going to be available on iOS, Android, and on the web, as well as desktop and mobile versions. Eventually, I’m going to build a social media platform for skill development. That’s going to be the exciting stuff for next 12 months.
The Mastermind Effect: 28:01
Awesome, and I look forward to seeing it. What is a tip, tactic, or an actionable item that you could leave the listeners with, that if they were to implement over the next 30, 60, or 90 days, they would see results, whether it’s in their business or personal life?
Max Zheng: 28:23
Love themselves. As mentioned earlier, ability to love yourself is one of the most important things to be able to remove all the chains holding you. Start loving yourself completely. Do not leave anything. It’s very important to love yourself completely, including your fears, flaws, and failures. That was the number one thing I would recommend. Second, you must believe in yourself that you can be a genius, and you can do anything you want. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. It’s important that you believe in yourself completely, to make things happen at the same time. Love yourself to unshackle the chain that’s holding you back and you will be successful.
The Mastermind Effect: 29:55
Love yourself first before you can love what you’re doing and love others. “Love thyself”, that is the powerful way to end this. Max, I appreciate the time that you spent with us and the knowledge that you left here today. I’m looking forward to relistening to this.
Everyone, we’ve got Max Zheng, founder of Human Prosperity. Thank you so much for your time today.
Max Zheng: 30:27
You’re very welcome.
“Success is really understanding what life is in terms of what is necessary and what is not. What it takes to be able to do what you want to do in life.” – Max Zheng
“To really learn something, you need to love what you’re trying to learn.” – Max Zheng
“When you have that motivation, you actually love doing something. Learning becomes easy, fun, and you’ll be able to learn so much faster.” – Max Zheng
“It’s really important to have someone else on the outside watching you, from different perspectives and angles to make sure you’re going towards the right direction.” – Max Zheng
“For you to get what you want, you have to know what you want first.” – Max Zheng
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