Advice for Junior Wolverine in the kitchen this morning

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This morning my son Cuyler (age 20) and I were drinking chai & mixin’ it up in the kitchen.

We were discussing Cuyler’s #1 frustration. (Hint: What happens when Junior Wolverine hangs out with the Big-Dog Wolverines?)

I had to quick run upstairs and shoot this video to capture the spirit of our convo:

"So many options for growing my business, but what should I do NOW?" Tell me your most pressing business problems and I'll show you your BEST next step.

P.S. You know that crazy word I introduce in the middle of this video? Aptly defines the Truth Seminar. Super-early bird registration available here.

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13 Comments on “Advice for Junior Wolverine in the kitchen this morning”

  1. Perry: Cuyler certainly impressed quite a few of the Big Dogs/Ferocious Wolverines at my event. You and I are lucky that our boys not only get to spend time with us in business and learning by immersion but they like it and we like them. And it’s also true that when we’re quiet and we learn from them.

    I also loved your observations about how “classical education” has changed…right on.

    Anyway…life is good. Enjoy and be well. Pass on the best to the whole Marshall Clan.

  2. The building/acquiring/thinking/learning/doing new things with an eye for and application of principles within a ‘Classical’ context is such an important and critical message in this one Perry. Building foundations, the Earth’s Core, Universal Connectivity/ Laws, Covalent Bonds, Human Nature. What’s the purpose if it doesn’t last and persist well?
    = Brilliance.

  3. P,

    So. Much. Power. in this vid.

    Question: Did you “seek the ancient ways,” and try to incorporate them into your future messaging (that made you “rich and famous”), or did you “stumble across and cobble together truths, get famous” and then start incorporating the ancient ways as a matter of course once you had a platform?

    I have similar conversations with my now 25 and 22 yo sons (and have for years) all the time. And – they. keep. coming. back. for. more.

    Something must be working.


    1. I’ve always been conscious of the ancient wisdom. Proverbs has always been a staple and when I took English lit classes I realized how woven it is into western civilization. The Pre-Gutenberg emphasis is an acceleration and magnification of that original spark.

  4. What Dad tells him isn’t necessarily what he will do. Aren’t you telling him how to he 40? ;-) He’s a young man in a hurry, just like his Dad was.

    If he’s interested in business, there are so many ways to build that foundation that you speak of. I saw his enthusiasm and energy on display when I met him at a PP event in Chicago a few years ago. He’s clearly taking it all in and trying to figure it all out. What else could feed that “figuring it out” energy?

    As someone working through the Eight Essentials of Planet Perry as my foundation for a new business…there are some practical lessons there, like, take time to listen to what is inside you, identify your core strengths and interests and build your business around that, make what you do a joy for your customers, etc. I wonder if he would enjoy interviewing people with successful businesses to hear what they did to get there. He might find himself an opportunity that way, kind of like information interviewing in job hunting.

    Also, some of Richard Koch’s books might be interesting for him: The 80/20 Way, The 80/20 Individual, for example. The more I read Richard, the more I feel like a “real” entrepreneur. And that’s what he’s seeking.

  5. I’m also an EE. My son dropped out of community college and taught himself to write code. He got a job in Los Angeles building virtual reality applications. A college degree would have been wrong for him; I’m sure of that.

    I think your advice for your son is wise.

  6. Completely agree with you Perry that there are some ‘gurus’ today who put their own interests ahead of the needs of their clients and customers. Too many, in fact. Thanks for NOT being one of them.

  7. This reminds me of the story in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. To the Dad’s horror, he found that the boys had worked out a great process for making actual MONEY and were putting it into practice in an assembly system on his driveway :O

    If you’re going to be successful, you have to start somewhere. And the first lessons teach you the values that will take you forward.

    From the times I have met Cuyler, I am quite certain that his future is very bright!

  8. Thank you for sharing! Shared with both Kathryn and Donny (my teens) as they often feel this way as well. And I have to remind them that, we live in a world that is starving for leaders who can think critically. The world is starving for those that ask different questions, those that walk to the beat of their own drum. And the awesome thing is that, it is possible for ordinary people to choose to do extraordinary things! It is about showing up, paying attention to those you surround yourself with, asking different questions, learning to actively listen and then take action regardless of fear. Robert Collier once said, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Mindset and passion coupled with action can change the world.

  9. Junior needs to learn patience. This happens after a couple of failures. I’m rather glad that in Germany there is no home-schooling. Even if schools/universities are getting stranger they are a great place to experience life.

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