Breaking Free from Your Default Life with Matt Aitchison

Breaking Free from Your Default Life with Matt Aitchison

Are you leading a rich life? Or are you drifting without intention, just trying to make it through the day? If you think there is more for you than what you have now, this show is for you.

Wealth is our topic today. We’re not talking about the usual definition of wealth, but what it means to you. To some people, having a happy, healthy family is wealth. To others, it’s freedom. To many, it’s the sports cars and big houses. But it doesn’t matter what your dream life is if you’re not thinking and acting in a way that gets you results.

Today’s guest is Matt Aitchison. He is the creator of The Rich Life Academy and host of the Millionaire Mindcast. “Matty A” is here to talk about breaking free from your default setting by auditing every aspect of your life and reengineering it so that you will exceed beyond the present identity you have for yourself.

We as human beings will never exceed or excel beyond the identity we have for ourselves.

Matt Aitchison and The Rich Life Academy

Matt Aitchison is a millennial entrepreneur, a 7-figure real estate investor, speaker and avid adventurist. Most importantly he is a proud husband and father to two beautiful girls who make his live a whole lot richer.

After some huge mistakes early in his life, Matt was determined to change his trajectory. He always dreamed of living a big life. He wanted to be financially free, make a difference in peoples’ lives, travel frequently, and have a bunch of fun while doing it all.

He decided that entrepreneurship would be his vehicle to unlock the life he always dreamed of. Now he is passionate about helping people design an intentional way of living that creates abundance and wealth, whatever that means to the individual.

If you identify yourself as a grinder, that’s all you’ll ever be.

What You’ll Learn

  • What are the main drivers for the pursuit of wealth
  • The amount of mental real estate worrying about financial security takes up
  • What holds most men back from taking time to step into a better life
  • How we mistake movement for achievement
  • Why a lack of clarity keeps men stuck in a default life
  • How to make a detailed vision of your future and reverse engineer your path to success by breaking it down into smaller goals
  • How to make sure you’re not opting in to things by default
  • Protecting your time as a parent
  • Why some men are proud of being miserable
  • How hoarding responsibility puts a strain on your relationships and keeps you stuck
  • Asking yourself the right questions
  • How to start on your dreams when you feel like you have no time
  • The R.I.C.H. Life Audit
    • R–relationships, personal and professional
    • I–income and investment
    • C–community and contribution
    • H–health: mental, physical, and spiritual
  • How to redesign your ecosystem of friends and mentors
  • How to do a time audit of your weekly activity
  • How “busy” is the new “lazy”
  • Why we get distracted and overwhelmed and flow into things that do not serve us
  • How to play the game of life at a higher level
  • The smart, small choices you can make every day that will add up over time

Don’t confuse your current circumstance with who can become and what you can achieve.

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Abundance versus Scarcity

Hey guys for this week’s “Five Minute Thursday” I wanted to highlight a few takeaways from our interview with Jason Mackenzie, founder of the The Book of Open.

Abundance Empowerment through Vulnerability

For most men, we associate vulnerability with weakness.  To be honest, even hearing the word “vulnerable” my first thought is “unwanted exposure to weakness.”  However, vulnerability is a strength.  Vulnerability is empowerment through authenticity, which is being true to one’s self.

I have been working with men/fathers for the past three years, and I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that if men are going to be “vulnerable” with each other, it has to be in an atmosphere or situation where it “cool thing.”

I can tell you from experience that men will check out when you start talking about sensitive stuff like “let’s share our feelings.”  Men simply don’t respond to that when in the presence of another man.  In fact, it’s even hard for us to do this with our wives for the most part.

However, men are good at one thing…problem solving.  We love to problem solve.  We feel empowered when we share our wisdom and give advice.  To be honest, being vulnerable is sharing a struggle or an obstacle and simply asking for input.

The way to kick start a “cool atmosphere” of vulnerability is to ask for advice from a friend.

Here’s an example that will really hit this home…If you are sitting across that table with a friend and he says:

“Hey Mike, I am struggling in my marriage and I need to share my feelings with you about it.”


“Hey Mike…man…so check this out, Jen and I are having some tough times lately.  There is a ton of tension between Jen and me.  I can’t really figure out how to get things back in the groove.  Have you and Becky been through this?  If so, how can you help me out man?”

Which one of those sounds better and would be received better?  It’s the same dilemma and situation…just teed up better.

Abundance versus Scarcity

Jason hit upon a great topic that is powerful for all of us and that is having the right mentality.  Our brains are wired up to default to fear and keep us from danger.  This part of our brain is the amygdala and it has been a part of our hardwired DNA since the beginning.  This is the part of our brain where we hear the voice of fear and consequences.  It’s the same part of your brain that will talk you out of risks and tells you are not good enough.  It’s not our fault; it’s just part of our hardwiring.

It takes a trained and disciplined mind to look at our lives with abundance vs. scarcity.  Successful people don’t think about what they are going to lose by taking a calculated risk.  Successful people consider what they will lose if they don’t take a calculated risk and move forward.

So, the next time that fear voice starts to bend your ear, remember the words of wisdom from Jason Mackenzie on this subject.  It’s all about perspective and reframing.

No One Relates to Perfection

I grew up in the 80’s and I was a die-hard WWF professional wrestling fan.  Hulk Hogan, Rick Flair, Jimmy Superfly, and so-on were my heroes.  The most hated guys in that sport at that time was “Mr. Perfect and Mr. Wonderful.”  Want to know why?  It’s because no one can relate to inflated egos and perfection.

People relate to real-life authenticity and transparency.  Our greatest human need is the need for community and relationships.  It’s impossible for us to relate to others that view themselves as superhuman or “perfect.”

The big lesson here is there is connection and empowerment through being authentic, vulnerable, and transparent.  People relate to us better in that mindset and we are more willing to accept ourselves.

Guys, thanks for checking out this week’s “Five Minute Thursday.”  See you next week and have an awesome weekend!

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Thank you for checking out this week’s show, Abundance versus Scarcity, with Jason MacKenzie, Founder of the Book of Open.