Welcome back to The Mastermind Effect. Today we got the Founder of Renee Bobb Training, Renee Bobb. She is a publisher that helps thought leaders and influencers publish their ideas. Renee also has a mastermind program that she’s currently scaling and is also a proud owner of a Professional Women’s Basketball Team.
In this episode, we get into what she’s building with the professional sports team she owns for the athletes after their careers. Renee shares with us why you should be ready for a shift when working with her through the tools, resources, and realities she builds with you. Lastly, she explains why she has several coaches in different aspects of her personal and business life. Check it out!
Renee’s learning journey and Masterminds
The Mastermind Effect: 02:01
Let’s dive into it. The way that we learned has changed over the last 5 to 10 years compared to when you and I were younger. Originally, it was textbooks and teachers, and then that became our family, friends, co-workers, the people around us, but it’s really a sliver of what’s possible. How has your learning changed from your early years versus today?
Renee Bobb: 02:43
It’s changed so much. And I think the internet plays such a big part now that I have access to all types of knowledge and all types of wisdom. I also take heed some great advice that I’ve received from my mom about making sure that I surround myself with great people. The people I’m around have experiences that I can learn from. Hopefully, they’re also willing and open so I can ask questions and be able to get the help and support I need.
The Mastermind Effect: 03:15
I think you just kind of almost had the tagline from the opening of the show: we learn from other people’s experiences. And I can tell you, for me, my life drastically changed. When I chose to start surrounding myself with different people it’s like, “Okay, you have a cup, and that cup only has so much room for it.” As time goes on, it gets full, and you have to realize what’s filling that cup. You might not be serving that cup, and that cup might not be serving you, right? So it’s time to empty it. It’s okay to replace that and find who’s going to help you. Have you found that that’s something that you learn that when you started surrounding yourself with the right people– the needle movers, the results leaders– that your world around you really changed?
Renee Bobb: 03:56
Oh, most definitely. And what’s interesting is back in the day, when I had a financial issue, I would go to my broke friends. It’s like, you know, birds of a feather flock together. It’s like, “What is wrong with this picture?” What is it that they can share with me and tell me when they’re in the same situation that I’m in? So now, I really strive to make sure that I’m in a space where I’m around people that know so much more than what I know. And then the most interesting aspect is I don’t want to be the smartest one in the room. I don’t want to do this last month on the table because I can glean something from others that, again, have gone through other situations that I haven’t necessarily gone through myself.
The Mastermind Effect: 04:38
Yeah, it’s amazing when you realize not being the smartest person in the room is being really smart. I mean, I still sit there and it’s by design. But I look at some of the people that I get to learn and listen from such as yourself and all these other amazing result leaders out there and I’m like, “Wow!” I had someone ask me recently, “Why do these people have conversations with you?” Just like because I opened that opportunity, I chose to step into that doorway. In turn, you get to have amazing conversations. That kind of goes in, you know. What I want to talk about next is our ability to connect with people and learn, again, continues to change drastically. You know, some people, they learn from masterminds, they learn from accountability buddies and online courses. There’s a lot of ways to learn. Who are you currently learning from? And more importantly, how did you connect with them?
Renee Bobb: 05:29
So right now, I’m have several different avenues. One is that I’m a part of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, where they have advisors. If I have an issue, I have a challenge, I have a question, I can go to a list of over 200 different advisors and get some insight from them that can help me in the area that I may be dealing with. Also, I’m a part of Mike Zeller’s Mastermind group. My main reason for being a part of that group is I wanted to surround myself with entrepreneurs that have experience in the teaching, coaching, training, and book publishing space. And also to get exposure from different environments. We did a mastermind in Cabo Mexico then we just did a mastermind in Austin, Texas. And when would I have had the opportunity to be in that space had I not been connected with Mike Zeller? The thing that I love about his mastermind is that you get an opportunity to be in the hot seat. You get to be honest about what is it that’s keeping you from getting to the next level, and then you have all these amazing leaders and thought leaders around you that are sowing seed into you as well. So those are my main two. And of course, I have other mentors, like my spiritual mentor and my financial mentor. I have mentors, and I always will keep coaches around me to sow into me. So I’m a great coach, but a great coach has a great coach.
The Mastermind Effect: 07:06
I think that’s an important question when anyone listens to this who are not in the coaching space, but they’re looking for a coach or a mastermind– someone to help level them up and get them to where they’re going.
If you are in a conversation with someone and you sit there and say, “Who are you learning from?” Who are you leveling up through? What experiences are you getting? They’re like, “Oh, no, right now, I’m not with anyone. But hey, I’ve had plenty of coaches, plenty of men.” That should be a big red flag right there because even the best coaches have a coach. So I want to really stick that out right there.
When you heard what Renee said, she’s like, “I’ve got this coach for this, I’ve got this mastermind, and I’ve got this mentor, then I have access to a board of directors of over 200 people that if I need to go there, you should always continue learning from my mistakes. I’ve been a successful business person, entrepreneur, but I stopped learning…” No, don’t go there. Learn from what I’m telling you. Learn from what Renee is telling you.
So, you know, a lot of times we get stuck, and we don’t know how to execute what’s in our head, we’re still going through a pandemic. But to me, I feel it’s causing a reset in how we can accomplish things and what we find is important to us. How have masterminds helped you when you’re looking to reset yourself and get unstuck?
Renee Bobb: 08:28
So several things. One is, whenever I’m in a situation, I’m the type of person that I’m willing to take responsibility for where I am. So my first step is holding the mirror up to myself and saying, “Renee Bobb, how in the world did you end up in this situation?” Then also, you know, looking at what resources can I tap into that can help me with the process of beginning to solve the problem. And then having a willingness inside of me, and the motivation inside of me to take the action steps that I need in order to solve the problem. They don’t go away by osmosis. So there are things that I have to do to be able to solve these problems. The main thing is, I’m a student, I always take time to learn about what it is that I need to do to be able to grow from the situation I’m currently in. So everything in life is either a lesson or a blessing.
Self-Education and Renee’s reality
The Mastermind Effect: 09:29
Wow! Lesson or a blessing. And they can be both when we think about it and how it guides us. So, sticking in the area of masterminds, they’ve been around for a while. If you think about it, the first one was probably the apostles. Then from there, Benjamin Franklin created the Judo club with a leather apron club. Then this Napoleon Hill guy kind of rounds it out, writes a book about it, and solidifies really what a mastermind is, as it’s not a new concept to us. There continues to be such a large boom in self-education. Where do you see the parallels going between self-education versus standardized education?
Renee Bobb: 10:10
So the wonderful thing is that during the pandemic, we’ve had to make such a shift from where you used to be physically in the classroom and learning from an instructor. But now, everything is pretty much online which gives you access to so much great content. I teach a mastermind myself. It’s called the Wealth Building Mastermind Group. We meet once a week for a month.
I really focus on behaviors, so I give them some great information, great content. And then I want them to apply the information, and then track the results. So we’re able to see where you’re actually stuck because I know that people learn in different fashions. Some people are visual, some people think they can read and they can get it. So I combined all those different styles. That’s the one thing I love about where we are now is that you get to incorporate all these different styles into learning to help you to move the needle.
The Mastermind Effect: 11:07
Let’s go a little bit deeper because I’d love to hear more. I want the listeners to kind of understand. Typically, when someone works and invest in themselves, they have a better than vague idea of what the outcome is. What should people expect when they enter Renee’s reality and work with you?
Renee Bobb: 11:23
They should be ready for a shift. What’s interesting is they always say that they knew they had it within them. They just didn’t know how to bring it out. So my job is to really give them tools, resources, and strategies that produce results, by also having them track what’s happening.
Let me give you a great example. So we’re dealing with the money aspect, I have them write down every penny that’s coming in, and every penny that’s going out. So now they’re crystal clear about what’s happening with their money. Some people have never done that before in their lives. And what’s interesting is, they’re shocked to see that they have more money coming in than what they expected. They’re also wasting a lot of money on things that they don’t even use, but it gives them an opportunity to take control over their finances.
The Mastermind Effect: 12:17
Yeah. I think if you look at any personal relationship with yourself, or you look at just a relationship between two people, in general, one of the toughest things, one of the biggest argumentative sore points that can happen revolves around finances, around money. How it’s being spent, how it’s being earned, and where those resources are going. And if that’s such a sticking point, to have someone or a group of people guide yourself in that area, gosh, that seems pretty dang important, learning from what a lot of people have gone through.
I feel that from time to time, people have a way of surprising us. Whether it’s the grit, the grind, or the willingness to learn, give us the success story of someone that’s gone through your mastermind or your coaching. What was the outcome because of that?
Renee Bobb: 13:09
One of my clients during the month of December, when we started out, we identified how much they want to generate in the month and how many days and hours they’re going to work.
Then we also identified what are they going to do in order to generate income. Her financial goal was $10,000. Towards the end of the month, she was getting panicky. So what I asked her to do is to continue to do the work, continue to trust God and let go of the results.
She contacts me on January 2, and she says “Renee, you’re not gonna believe this, I was able to generate $10,500.” So she was able to reach her goal by letting go of the results and focusing on creating value for others and doing the work to produce the results. She was so excited, so happy and motivated.
But the one thing that she realized is about consistency. It has to be a ritual, just like how we physically go to work every single day. It has to be the same thing as an entrepreneur. And sometimes it’s like nobody’s telling us what to do. We tend to want to sit back and think that everything’s going to happen. No, you put the work in. You get the results you desire, but let go of the expectations. Then you’ll be shocked at how everything begins to happen.
The Mastermind Effect: 14:41
Yeah, I mean, if you’ve got a project, or you’ve ended this, you can think about this correlated in different ways. You know, and I’m talking to the listeners here, you got a project that you got to do, or you’ve got a goal in mind that you’ve got to do, you might need to look at that.
Something that’s holding you back a lot of times if it’s a project, you’re like, “I’ve got to be everything to everyone and I’ve got to do it all.” I had something that included over 30 people on that needed to happen for the company that were building, The Success Finder. And I’m just like, well, if I don’t do this process, then what worth am I giving?
I’m like, Well, wait a minute, it’s going to take me days. And I had someone who was better, faster, smarter, they had it done in like two hours. Then the outcome was like, I still felt a sense of accomplishment, because I worked with that person to help guide them in what needs to be done, but they did it.
The same thing and the same aspect, focusing on the end product, and saying, “If I don’t get that, it’s gonna cloud everything along the way.” You can’t bring those mission, vision and values, the mvv, to whatever you’re trying to do in that sales process. Because you’re always worried about that end number, be yourself and the guide, because you’ve surrounded yourself with the right people, it happens, it’ll happen.
Renee Bobb: 15:49
You are so right. Then what’s interesting is when you are doing that process that you just mentioned, I don’t know who turns on that chatter but that chatter comes on. “You can’t do it, you’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough.”
You have to have either people in your life to turn the chatter off, or you have to have systems, whether it be listening to motivational videos, podcasts, reading, praying, and meditating that we’ll set that voice down. So you can focus on your greatness and doing the process that you just mentioned.
The Mastermind Effect: 16:20
And I also want to keep going on that one, because I think it’s important where they’re sitting there saying, “Okay, well, you know, it’s Brandon, and it’s Renee.” You know, whether they know us or not, they’re like, “Well, they’re doing this, so they’ve got to have some form of success.”
Every successful person has three people in their mind, in their life; the crabs, the cheerleaders, and the challengers. The crabs can be your own inner voice, they can be the people that you need to get out of your cup that are just pulling you down because they don’t want to see you succeed. You can be your crab, people around you can be your crab. The most successful people on the planet can still sit there and doubt themselves. I don’t care who you are, because I’ve talked to some of them. I’ve talked to the ones that are coaching them. It’s there. It’s some of the names that I’ve heard. I’m just like, Are you kidding me? And I’m not going to throw it on this because of privacy reasons. But shocking, shocking. So we all have it. Crabs, cheerleaders, challengers– the three C’s in our life.
Renee Bobb: 17:14
Yeah, you know, what’s interesting about that I had been nominated for this prestigious award from the Tennessee Titans as the Volunteer of the Corps, volunteer quarterback of the year.
So Matt Hasselbeck was the quarterback at the time. There were three of us that were going to get first place. First place was 10,000, 2nd place was 5,000, and third place was like 2,500. So when I show up, there are thousands of people there.
I brought my mom with me. And for some reason, I believe that I was going to win third prize. And so is that self-esteem and self-doubt that we had that we carry with us? When they said, third prize winner goes to Dr. Such and such. That’s not me. I was like, “Oh, my goodness, I’m going to win second prize.” So why couldn’t I believe that I was going to win first prize, they called out the second prize winner. And guess what, I ended up winning the first prize of $10,000. And it was amazing. But it was like, “What is it within me that’s causing me not to believe in my greatness?”
So I had to physically do some work on shifting my thinking because there was something about my thought pattern and my background that caused me to believe that I would come in third place, as opposed to first place. So it took me time to work on that. I want to encourage people that you just don’t show up and be great. It takes time to work on those things. When you recognize there are things you need to work on.
The Mastermind Effect: 18:54
Yeah, and having the right corner person in your life, when those moments are creeping in, you need to pick up that phone, get on it. They will whip you right into shape. They will let you know because they’ve seen your greatness. They’ve seen what you can accomplish. They can see what your purpose is. And they’ll help pull you out of that. So thank you, thank you so much for sharing that.
When I do the solo shows, and I work with the coaches in my life, we talk about success, defining success, and what it takes to be successful. And just a few of the things that we talked about are mentorship, experimentation, partnerships, willingness to fail, and on the flip side, willingness to define success. Because when you define success, you, in essence, have defined failure. And that’s why so many of us really stay out of that arena of saying, “Well, what’s successful to me?” What do you feel is a key ingredient in being successful?
Renee Bobb: 19:47
I feel like one of the key ingredients is to thy own self be true. So you, knowing yourself and you knowing what you bring to the table every day. I asked God to allow me to shine, and allow me to be the catalyst to help somebody else be successful, which means that they see what I’m doing.
They know where I’ve come from and it really inspires and motivates them to want to be their best selves. So that’s kind of the focus that I have. And when I’m doing that, I end up being successful.
Interestingly, I have two amazing children. I have a son that’s at the University of Alabama. He’s a senior and I have a daughter. She’s 27, she’s a nail tech, but both of them are entrepreneurs, which means that they watched their mother, the good times, the bad times, and they took what I’m doing, and they incorporate that into their life and their business. So it’s like that, learn by doing, but also, let me lead by example. You know, let them see me cry, let them see me struggle, and let me share with them how I’ve been able to make it through.
The Mastermind Effect: 20:56
Yeah, and those moments, sometimes I call them dinner table moments. You know, when you and I have grown up, the dinner table was a sacred place. It was a place where like, you go to and talk about your day. It was a place to just be together and not have a cell phone. I think those dinner moments, if we want to just use that, or those entrepreneurial moments, or those parenting moments are so important then for them to see the reality, to see what it really is. You’re not maybe giving them every piece of the puzzle because they need to grow into that themselves. But they’re seeing enough to be like “Man, Mom’s going through this, and she’s successful.”
Renee Bobb: 21:38
Right. And it’s so important. I share this with everyone, everybody I’ve come in contact with. That’s the importance of telling your story. So we glean when you put yourself out there not to tell everything, but to tell your lessons learned so that we can learn from your experiences, good and bad.
The Mastermind Effect: 21:55
Yes, absolutely. That’s how we learn. From other people’s experiences, it’s like a free book that you can get into. So you know, as we’re coming closer to the end here, I’ve got a few more questions for you.
I feel that there’s always new ideas brewing in times of prosperity. It’s like when life is good and the world is winning, it’s easier to be successful. But I think innovation and ingenuity come when we feel the squeeze, and the world is still feeling the squeeze. What are you working on right now that’s going to take place over the next 12 months that excites you?
Renee Bobb: 22:27
As you know, I own the Music City Icons, a professional women’s basketball team here in Nashville, Tennessee, and we’re a theater to the WNBA and then overseas teams as well. So due to the pandemic, we did not have a 20 basketball season.
And 2021 is looking a little shaky, but I ended up partnering with a company in Atlanta, Georgia that does really amazing basketball tournament. So we’re actually going to do a basketball tournament where we’re bringing in eight professional teams in Nashville, Tennessee.
I have an opportunity to incorporate a lot of the COVID prevention strategies and processes. So I’m working with entrepreneurs that have created products that we’ll be able to use at these basketball games, making sure that we know we’re abiding by the rules and regulations. But the players still get a chance to do what they love to do, which is play basketball. The fans still get an opportunity to watch a really good basketball game and still be in a safe environment. Step two is when these athletes come into town. Before they come into town, we have some training that they’ll be able to do online, which is going to help them to make the transition after their basketball career is over. Because we both know so many professional athletes that when their career is over, they don’t have another job. They don’t have any money.
We put a lot of supportive services around these athletes, including financial literacy, career development, and we’ve incorporated some technology classes. So now they can get into a career where they’re able to use their talents, their skills, and generate some revenue that can create the life they desire after they play basketball.
The Mastermind Effect: 24:18
You’ve got my mind racing in the first two sentences. I’m thinking it’s like the neurons are going up and I got to talk to her about this offline. I gotta talk to her about this. And wow, I love that. I think it’s very important.
One of my friends was an Olympian and afterwards, you know, the the letdown of the years of training and then it’s over. What now? It’s not like all the glitz and glam happens after people. Not everyone is Michael Jordan. Not everyone is and I’m trying to come up with another name here.
The Mastermind Effect: 25:09
Last one for you. What is a tip, a tactic, or an actual item that anyone listening implements that over the next 30, 60, 90 days, their personal or business life would see a real impact and change?
Renee Bobb: 25:30
That’s such a good question. I have several of them. But one would be spending time renewing your mind. Whether it’s picking up a book, watching some YouTube videos, you know, getting those subliminal videos that you watch while you’re sleeping, to start clearing out any of those blocks that you have that are keeping you from moving forward. Take the time, invest the money, invest the energy on working on your mind, and I promise you, everything in your world will begin to change.
The Mastermind Effect: 26:04
Yeah, absolutely. I love that. When I started doing that, I didn’t fully realize it, but the impact that it has, I’d say there’s a clarity, there’s peace, and you become less reactionary because I’m a person that wears their emotion on their sleeve. And you make more decisions based off of tethering something to that experience, as opposed to reacting to that experience. So really let that sink in what Renee just shared with us, that’s unbelievably important. And I can tell you, it’s done amazing for me.
“Everything in life is either a lesson or a blessing.” – Renee Bobb
“Tell your lessons learned, so others can learn from your experiences, good and bad.” – Renee Bobb
“Take the time, invest the money, invest your energy on working on your mind. And I promise you, everything in your world is going to change.” – Renee Bobb
“Consistency has to be a ritual. You put the work in, you get the results that you desire, but let go of the expectations and you’ll be shocked by how everything begins to happen.” – Renee Bobb
Connect with Renee, call 615-753-5647 or visit https://reneebobbtraining.com/
You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me a message, or e-mail me at email@example.com. I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can move beyond your limits.