E19: Ryan Bennett on the Intentional Growth Model, the Problem with SMART Goals, and How to Be a Better Listener

Welcome into The Sandbox, a podcast for the 20-somethings who want to live the best version of their life and are seeking the skills, strategy, and mindset to do just that.

Today’s guest is Ryan Bennett, who developed a method called The Intentional Growth Model to help people reach their full potential.

Ryan’s profile includes being an ESPN Academic All-American, founding member of a tech start-up, high-performance coach, speaker, and author of The Intentional Day.

But these titles didn’t come easy. With the competitive fire leftover from collegiate baseball and a freshly printed degree in hand, Ryan set out to Silicon Valley to start building his business empire. But after a few years of iterations and modest growth, Ryan had to close his startup and label it a failure.

This was the start of his rebuilding journey. He eventually traded the remote for a book, late night drinking for early morning coffees, and a storyline of failure for a life of personal growth.

There are a lot of goodies in this conversation, including the 4 major elements of The Intentional Growth model, why he believes SMART goals don’t work, how to build your coalition of growth partners, and much more.

This episode is perfect for people who find themselves setting New Year’s resolutions with nothing to show by February 1st. I hope this episode gives you the framework to change that narrative.

Show Notes:

[9:40] An introduction to the Intentional Growth Model

[13:09] Why SMART goals don’t work

[22:20] A simple tactic on how to be a better listener

[26:34] The important difference between a task and a discipline

[35:05] How to find the right growth partner

[47:22] Ryan’s birthday ritual

Favorite Quotes:

[13:58] “Goal setting by itself just focuses on the outcome. But the problem is the outcome is just the scoreboard. We can just be in the game and wish we will win.”

[19:58] “Am I good enough for the wife I want to marry?”

[40:29] “When we share that win with someone, we get to live it all over again.”

[45:52] “I probably won’t hire anyone unless they have a failure on their resume.”


Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden

OUR MOMENTS Couples: 100 Thought Provoking Conversation Starters for Great Relationships

The Intentional Day E-Book

More of Ryan:

Website: www.theintentionalday.com

Instagram: @Ryan.Performancecoach

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