Oct. 17, 2022

027: Steve Sims | Nothing Is Impossible with The Modern Day Wizard of Oz

027: Steve Sims | Nothing Is Impossible with The Modern Day Wizard of Oz

Welcome Back To Go Big to Give Big Podcasts with Randy Molland and Steve Arneson Today we are joined by Steve Sims! Do you know anyone that’s worked with Sir Elton John or Elon Musk? Sent people down to see the wreck of the Titanic on the sea bed? Or closed museums in Florence for a private dinner party and then had Andrea Bocelli serenade them while they eat their pasta? – you do now!

Quoted as “The Real Life Wizard of Oz" by Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine, Steve Sims is the best selling Author of "BLUEFISHING - the art of making things happen”, a sought-after coach, Top rated speaker in the US speaker after keynoting at a variety of networks, groups and associations as well as the Pentagon and Harvard – twice!  What would you achieve if you weren’t afraid of being laughed at?

In the age of “gotcha” culture, people are terrified to do anything that might be laughed at. Steve Sims is the exact opposite.

In Go For Stupid: The Art of Achieving Ridiculous Goals, Steve teaches you how to ignore what everyone else thinks and go for big, stupid, ridiculous goals. From organizing a private dinner in front of Michelangelo’s David to securing a tour of SpaceX led by Elon Musk himself, his accomplishments always start with the same questions: How far can I take this? What would make this a stupid achievement? Steve examines famously stupid goals in history, the key habits of successful people, and lessons from his career to helping you let go of your fear and get out of your own way. 

If you do something amazing, you will be ridiculed until you are revered. Stop overthinking and go for ridiculous, stupid goals. Once you “go for stupid,” you open the door to the life you always dreamed about. 

Let’s hear more from the real-life Wizard of Oz himself! Steve Sims!

[00:00 - 08:10] Steve Sims: The Modern-Day Wizard of Oz

  • Steve Sims is a best-selling author, speaker, and coach who has worked with celebrities like Elton John and Elon Musk.
  • He is also the host of the Art of Making Things Happen podcast and is launching his new book, Go For Stupid, on October 18th.
  • Steve shares his favorite story of when he managed to do something impossible. In this story, he took over an entire museum for a private dinner party and had Andre Belli perform while guests ate their pasta.
  • Passion is key for successful entrepreneurs, as it allows them to focus on what is important to them and

[08:10 - 15:38] Steve Sims Shares His Insane Superpower

  • Steve Sims says that the key to building a deep, personal relationship with clients is to never sell them anything but to instead challenge them and grow together.
  • Sims says that the first step in this process is to remove the word "impossible" from your vocabulary, as it gives the client fuel for their ambition.
  • Sims shares his story of how his wife helped him come up with a superpower for his character in a Marvel movie.
  • By being honest and sharing what makes him unique, Sims builds trust and credibility with his clients, which leads to more successful transactions.

[15:38 - 23:20] Entrepreneurs Who Are Ignorant to Naysayers

  • Entrepreneurs are ignorant of the naysayers and love to laugh and ridicule them
  • Elon Musk disrupted multiple industries, including banking, cars, and the auto industry
  • Steve Jobs was also laughed at by his peers, but he persevered and became one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history
  • Today's entrepreneurs should look at those who laughed at them in the past and realize they're not invited to their party.

[23:20 - 30:27] Stupid is the New Smart

  • Steve wants to create an impact before he dies, and his focus is on creating a positive impact on people's lives rather than just making money.
  • He wants to pivot away from focusing on making money and instead focus on creating a meaningful impact in the world.
  • He believes that everyone deserves a second chance and that this is an important message to share.
  • He wants to create a movement around this message, and he plans to do this through his podcast and social media platforms.

[30:27 - 37:42] Giving your Time

  • Steve talks about the moment he had given an aa piece of advice young couple who were starting their own business and had trouble with marketing and branding
  • Steve offered to help the couple for an hour and three quarters for $5,000 giving them tips for transcribing their plans into bullet points that they can follow
  • The catch is to only pay him if they failed to follow the bullet points they’ve set.
  • The couple has since hired Steve's services regularly and is now doing well

[37:43 - 38:48] Closing Segment

  • Reach out to Steve Sims
  • See links below 
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“You can't trust someone when they're selling something, but you can trust them when they’ve sold it” 

- Steve Sims


Connect with Steve Sims by following him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Tiktok.  You can also visit his website at http://stevedsims.com or Join his inner circle – The Sims Distillery - https://simsdistillery.com 

Resources Mentioned: 

Podcast – The Art of Making Things Happen - https://www.stevedsims.com/podcast/

The Book –Bluefishing – The Art of Making Things Happen - https://www.stevedsims.com/book/

Go for Stupid Grab the book this coming 18th Oct at an Amazon URL near you!


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