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Skylar Lewis Part 2 | Rise Up: Reaching Your Highest Potential

Skylar Lewis is the CEO of Superior Restoration and Rise Up Kings. After overcoming the inconsistencies in his own life, Skylar shares what he has learned: caring for your employees and investing in personal growth will bring you fulfillment.

Josh Smith (00:03):

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to the sharpest tool where we take this thing out of marketing with everything we bring to the table. I'm back here with Skylar Lewis, who is the CEO of superior restoration. And if you missed our last episode, we dove into a bit about scholar's journey up until the point where he is working literally one day a week for the past couple of years, as a CEO of superior restoration. If you want to learn how we got to that point, you definitely want to check out that episode. But today we're actually going to talk about the primary focus that Skylar has right now, which is his mastermind coaching group rise up Kings. So Skylar, welcome back to the sharpest tool. Yep.

Skylar Lewis (00:40):

Glad to be back.

Josh Smith (00:41):

Awesome. Well, today's episode, I want to explore a bit about the journey of you getting to the point where you're at today, which is a handling a mastermind in a coaching group rise up king. So first off for those who haven't seen your Instagram ads in California, or people who might not be familiar, what is rise up King's

Skylar Lewis (00:59):

Yeah, fantastic. So rise up Kings was born out of a need that I saw. A lot of people were playing a lot of men and specifically it's it's program for men they're playing below their potential. Like they're, they're not showing up, they're being inconsistent with their routines. They're not performing at their highest level. And so rise up Kings is, uh, is actually a three-day event. It's a business slash kind of bootcamp where we help guys just expose some of the areas that are preventing them from getting to the next level, whether that be leadership, whether that be disciplines, maybe past experiences in our life that are causing chaos in their business or their personal life, maybe their marriage. So it's, it's a, it's a, it's a program that focuses on the four pillars, which I believe every man, every human actually needs to focus on to be a balanced in life, which is faith, family, fitness and finance. And so we address those pillars at the course to support guys on getting to the next level and not only their business, which we all want right. More profitability. But how do you invest in your faith on a regular basis? How do you invest in your marriage? Because a lot of guys struggle to build a business while still staying connected and in love and you know, within their marriage and having that.

Josh Smith (02:13):

Yeah. So who is this designed for? You mentioned men. Is it a man? Who's got a specific thing that they have to be business owners. Who's a design for

Skylar Lewis (02:21):

Yeah. Specifically. So my niche, what I'm good at teaching and working with guys on. And, and I like to get guys in that are in similars. Cause they, they, they, uh, they get a lot more out of it. So it's men who are business owners who are married with kids and that have a faith background. So they need to have a business and they need to have a family. Cause that's where the struggle is. Right. If you're single, it's a lot easier to go hustle and grind. Then if you have a family to manage at the same time.

Josh Smith (02:47):

Got it. Awesome. And I was taking a look at the website and I was watching some of the testimonials that are on the website from people who have gone through the program and it's pretty moving. So, you know, seeing some of the guys, even men who probably wouldn't get emotional about things, getting emotional, just about the experience that they've had at the bootcamp, from your experience doing the number of these that you've done, what are men really getting out of it? What are they walking away from? What do they answer into it? I guess thinking it's going to be, and then what do they end up walking away from it with?

Skylar Lewis (03:18):

That's great. A lot of the guys think it's just a business kind of seminar, but what we have found that you can't show a guy how to get to the next level, you can't show a guy. Everybody believes most people believe they're playing below their potential, but how do you get a guy past that? You have to have them experience that he's playing below his potential. So we do specific physical, mental, emotional exercises where guys want to quit with everything within them. They want to quit, but they continue to push through. And when they push through, they push through a little bit. Then they pushed through even more and more and more until they realize like, holy crap, I'm holding back in so many areas of my life. Like I'm not giving my all on my marriage. Like I'm loving her with 50% of my heart.

Skylar Lewis (04:03):

Like I'm not, I have walls built up and I'm not truly like being vulnerable and connected with my wife and I'm not being the father that I want to be. And I'm not like I'm not taking care of my body physically. And I have so much more to give and they get to actually experience that through these experiences. We put them through. So when they walk out, they know, Hey, they have 50% more that they can go give in their business with their employees, with their wife and in all areas. And so that event, it pulls out that side of a mat. It opens up those walls that he had built up over the years through just trauma, by some guys that cheated on their wives. Some guys have been cheated on. Some guys have had abused. Some guys have had all kinds of crazy stuff happen, like life happens, but we don't realize all those things throw up walls and they create insecurities and they prevent us from, you know, building a million dollar business or a 10 or a hundred million dollar business. It prevents us from getting there. So we expose everything. We give them that experience. So when they walk out, they're like renewed, refreshed, and they know for a fact that they can give way, way more.

Josh Smith (05:06):

Yeah. I love that. Hey, it sounds like you never would have been able to really start rise up Kings if you follow that normal path or, you know, the average journey that most business owners potentially take. So I'm just kind of curious, when did you first realize you wanted to approach business differently was a specific moment or event? Tell me a bit about it.

Skylar Lewis (05:27):

Yeah. So I come from a faith background, Christian, and I feel like it's my responsibility to not only just create income, but also to, um, love on people at the same time. So that's the way I build superior restoration. I just didn't really know how to do it. Like I knew I wanted to love on people and treat them properly, but I didn't know a lot of the, the ways I was going about it, it was actually creating some more chaos and damage sometimes when I would connect with employees and disconnect from them, it was confusing, you know, and it would be like, I try to pour into them and then I, you know, go on vacation for a long time. It was just, it was just creating this, this kind of chaos. And so I realized what I was doing was not allowing my business to scale my inconsistencies, my leadership style, not wanting to avoid conflict because I wanted to be liked by my employees.

Skylar Lewis (06:16):

So I wasn't able to address conflict, head on. It was all these things that were preventing me from getting to the next level in my business. And so it clicked when I realized like, man, there's so many areas that I'm dealing with when I started to share that I found out a lot of other owners struggle with some of the same leadership issues and being undisciplined and just some of these other issues. And so that's why I decided to kind of start rise up. Kings was because of that. Like, it was from the moment of pain at superior restoration. I realized like, Hey, this, this needs to be taught.

Josh Smith (06:48):

Yeah. Do you feel like that was something that was drilled in at some point? Was it a comment or was it just this kind of self realization that you came to?

Skylar Lewis (06:57):

The self realization, self realization that I wasn't showing up the way that I needed to and I, and I wanted to support other people on, on that path. Cause business, I mean businesses challenging, man, you, you go through a lot of ups and downs, a lot of struggles. If you're trying to do anything worthy of like anything big, like there's going to be, there's going to be struggles. And so yeah,

Josh Smith (07:15):

You mentioned a few things, you know, uh, wanting to be liked and not wanting to have the tough conversations, like as a leader, kind of curious what other factors or maybe principles did you need to change or recognize that you needed to change in yourself to achieve this level of freedom within your business?

Skylar Lewis (07:30):

Yeah, so I, well, one thing was, I, I actually genuinely needed to care about my employees and I originally thought I did care about them, but when I actually dug deeper, uh, I realized I care about more about the money and the, and the business that I actually cared about the team. So I had to, I had to have a major shift where I genuinely did actually care about my team members and that allowed me to start operating differently as a leader. Right. Cause people can tell, people can tell if you actually care about them or if you don't and they will read you. And even though in the back of their mind, they'll know this guy doesn't really care. Like they'll still follow you, but you will build such a stronger tribe and loyalty. And just a team of committed people. If you actually at your core really do care about your team and their families and know their family's names and like actually are pouring into your team. So I feel like that's a better way to run a business than it being only about the numbers. The money will come with the right strategies and, and that right. Uh, team and that leadership style that you bring.

Josh Smith (08:32):

Yeah. Yeah. You talked a bit, a bit about mindset on one of your podcast episodes with a guest, and it's very evident that you've had a shift in kind of how you've been thinking, how you've been approaching your mindset. Not everybody might be able to have the same kind of self-realization or safe self-actualization that you did. So for somebody who may be in that place, where do they begin if they want to see changes like that?

Skylar Lewis (08:53):

Yeah, that's great. Well, two things that was born from pain, that realization of taking care of my employees, my business was in chaos. I felt like I needed to, uh, I was trying to sell it. I hired a coach to go get me out of the business. I was over the business. And so I hired a coach and I realized I was the problem. It wasn't my employees that, that my team, I was like, I have a crappy team. I need to, I need to move on from this. This is annoying. And he pointed out, I was like, actually, dude, you're the problem like you're causing this. And it was a huge realization, um, born out of that pain. And so for people that want to get to the next level and start to expose some of the areas in themselves that are preventing them from getting to the next level, I would say hiring a coach, right?

Skylar Lewis (09:33):

Hiring a coach is a great place to start going to a seminar or an event, either as rise up Kings there's Tony Robbins, there's all kinds of different events. You can go to that. Start to expose you of the areas that are working in your life and in your business. So I'd say that's a starting point. It starts with the desire first that the realization that, Hey, I'm preventing my business from getting to the next level. If you can come to that realization, that's number one is, Hey, it's me. That's preventing me and my marriage and my business. And with my, as, as a father, like, I'm the one, that's the problem. If you know that, then the next step is cool. How do I go work on it now? And then there's resources. There's books, there's seminars. There's things you can go do to work on yourself. But a lot of people don't think it's them. They think it's the economy. It's other people. It's their team. It's their wife. It's everything else. No dude, it's you it's, you that's preventing your next level of growth.

Josh Smith (10:25):

Yeah. I love that. You know, there was a, I was coming to my mind is a GK Chesterton. Who's a author back in the early 19 hundreds. And there was a question that was posed. There was a lot of turmoil with world wars that were kind of coming in and out of wars and things like that. And it was a question posed to people about like, what's wrong with the world. And people were invited to submit their answers to a columnist and he was pretty famous for having a one-word response. And he just said, me, no problem with it. And I think about that sometimes as a cross application to, to business, it's that realization of like controlling what you can control. You see Tony Robbins see a lot of these guys that are preaching on that, right? Gary Vaynerchuk, whoever it is, even you in the rise of Kings, you know, seminars, it's like focus on what you can control and where you potentially have potential deficiency, stop pointing the finger at everybody else because that's where the real change starts to happen to your sphere of influence. So that's just popped into my head with that. So speaking of resources, I know you were a student, um, or a member of the Tony Robbins university. So I'm kind of curious what role has education or coaching like that played in your life?

Skylar Lewis (11:31):

Hire my first coach executive coach, about four years and the superior restoration three or four years. And, uh, and I hired him actually to help get the business, you know, ready because we were just dealing with a ton of chaos ready for, for sale or for something. And so he, I worked with him for about five years and he completely changed the way my mindset worked around leadership around systems and processes. So I'm a big proponent of personal growth. I've been to probably 15, 20 different seminars. I've got a ton of different coaches and what's neat is everything that you learn, right? So if you go spend a couple grand or five grand or 10 grand on something, if you get one nugget that you can pull from that, that lesson, and you use that now over the next 30, 40, 50 years of your business career in life, it's always a hundred percent of the time going to pay dividends.

Skylar Lewis (12:24):

It's going to pay, it's going to 10 X, your best mate. I paid 75 grand for one coach, which was the most I had ever spent. I mean, a massive amount of money. However, what I've learned and have been able to implement over the last five years has already, I've already got my ROI on that money. And so just looking at it that way, right? The investment into yourself is going to pay dividends because you're going to show up differently. You're going to think differently. You're going to be able to train your team with what you're learning. So I'm all about hiring coaches, consultants, and then going into events and experiences that help you kind of level up.

Josh Smith (12:56):

I love that. Was there anything about the Tony Robbins experience specifically that stands out in your mind is like, that was game-changing for me? Yes.

Skylar Lewis (13:03):

Tony Robbins was great. I think one of the biggest things I've taken from Tony was his ability to help people manage their state of mind. Right? So that, that is probably one of his best tools instead of, instead of going out throughout your day in like a poor state or a low level state or low energy state, because we're all going to have things come at us is, Hey, how do you switch your state and show up in a high performance state show up in a peak state where you can go right before this call, right? If I had an attorney call me and I'm getting into a lawsuit or having a major issue, I don't want to jump on this call with you into that state. I got to do some things to pull me out, to show up in a peak state so I can provide value and be at my best. And so that was one of the most impactful things that I've learned from Tony through his events,

Josh Smith (13:46):

Love that. Love it. You know, there's so many different coaching programs too, out there and mastermind groups, just curious from your perspective, how do you go about validating whether or not something is the best fit?

Skylar Lewis (13:56):

Yeah, that's a challenge. Cause a lot of times you can't test, you can't test these groups, you know what I mean? So with the right, like, whereas at Keens, we, uh, we have a 12 month mastermind that we offer people at the end of it and where we hold them accountable on a weekly basis to all their business goals in their life. So it's really getting clear. There's a ton of masterminds. So you have to get clear what you want, right. Are you, are you, what do you want to improve? And then just see their marketing and have a conversation with them. But first get clear on what you want. That's the most important thing. Most people don't know, like I want to grow, but I don't know where, or how this get clear-headed what do I want to learn? Like who do I want to be? And then ask and based on your questions and have their responses, you can tell, you know, if that program is good or not.

Josh Smith (14:37):

Yeah. I've also heard you talk about collapsible timeframes. So humor me here in our, our guests, let's say what's a collapsible timeframe.

Skylar Lewis (14:45):

I love it. So most people operate off of a right setting, an annual goal for their business or for their life or for their fitness or whatever that looks like, right. A new year's resolution. And so what I do is I've collapsed. There's a principle called the Pereda principle and what it is. It states that work expands as to the time available for its completion. So if I set a goal and I gave myself a year, I will find a way to make it, take a year to get that. But if I give my like, even with my team, if I can get my team of four to finish something, they'll, they'll do it on the last week. They'll fit it on the, on the last week of the quarter, they'll do almost all the work. But if I give them 20 days to finish a goal, they will find a way to get it done with the 20 days. So I teach that and that's what we do with our, with our people is we help them set goals and collapsing timeframes, where we set them now on monthly targets. And we said, weekly targets. So now they're getting things accomplished in one week that would normally take them a month because we're starting to collapse the timeframe. It's just a new way of, of things like shorten the timeframe, have some accountability around it and be around some other people that are doing some things like that. And you'll produce at a higher level.

Josh Smith (15:55):

Yeah. I think one of the, one of the practical principles of something like that, a collapsible timeframe or shortening things is you, you realize pretty quickly what things are important, what things are not right. What are your most valuable activities that are actually going to move the needle towards the goal? And I think a lot of times that's how it can really change your workflow in life. Has that been your experience as well?

Skylar Lewis (16:15):

Yeah, because you only have so much time, but we only have so much time to do fit our family and fit everything else in our faith or fitness or relationships, everything. So we have to get clear on, Hey, what's what is most important? And so when you start maxing out in life, you got to start cutting away. Some of the fat of things that aren't aren't as important to you anymore. I go through that on a monthly basis. I'm like, Hey, I'm because I'm working on a podcast. I have my book, I'm coming out with the advan. I have superior restoration. I have all of these have that. I'm the incoming president for a group called EO entrepreneurs organization. So I have all these things I'm working on and I have to, uh, I don't know, I can't, I can only do so much. So I'm like literally every month figuring out, okay, what else do I cut out? Or what else do I give to somebody else to leverage? That's not as in

Josh Smith (16:58):

Love that. So what are some realistic expectations for somebody who wants to start implementing collapsible timeframes, uh, in their own routine? I think

Skylar Lewis (17:06):

The first thing would be, uh, there's a book called the one thing or nothing but read that book, but the most powerful books that I've read and it's starting to look at any, what's the most important thing, right? What's the one thing that would push my business forward this month. What's the one thing that I can do this quarter that would make the biggest impact in my business. And it's not, what do I have to do is the worst thing to ask yourself. It's Hey, what's the one thing that I need to get done this this month or the one thing that will make the biggest impact. And then you reverse engineer to say, okay, that's maybe it's a hire a general manager or hire operations manager, hire a new technician. And so then you reverse engineer that and you say, okay, what do I have to do this week?

Skylar Lewis (17:46):

What's the one thing I have to do this week to accomplish that goal? Well, it's not, what do I have to do? That's the worst question. What's the one thing that's well, you know, I'm gonna, I'm gonna post, I'm gonna post the app this week and then, okay, what else? What's another one thing. Well, I'm going to talk to five people I know in the industry to see if anybody else would say cool. So I usually said three targets every week, every single week, I said three targets, uh, what I want to accomplish all based on that one thing question, I just asked myself that, so that that little thing can be game changing. It's got the, to do list, start focusing on just the highest priority. Things,

Josh Smith (18:20):

Love that. You know, the other one that comes to mind, um, that really illustrates this principle, another book recommendation, you would be the 12 week year by Brian morass,

Skylar Lewis (18:29):

That one. So that's all about collapsing timeframes. He calls them the mini year, right? So went for a year. You break each, each quarter represents a year now. So you have the opportunity to have three years with them one year by collapsing those timeframes.

Josh Smith (18:43):

Yeah. That was it. That was a mind shift on this side, for sure. Well, awesome. Are there any last, less than at least when it comes to these collapsible timeframes that are any kind of pitfalls that in your experience people should watch out for?

Skylar Lewis (18:54):

Yeah. I haven't heard of that question asked regarding that. That's that's interesting. So yeah, you could easily overwhelm yourself. The main pitfall is inconsistency, setting a goal, getting clear on what you want and then just not following through with it and not doing it regularly. So if you're going to do something, just practicing, be consistent with it. So just commit to it. Long-term to practice it. Not as a thing you're going to try and also just put it on a spreadsheet or have it written down somewhere, your specific things, and then have a routine where you check in on that specific goal, like on a weekly basis, you're looking at that goal. So some routine that can keep it top of mind, because if it's not top of mind.

Josh Smith (19:32):

Yeah. That's awesome. Well, Skylar, you've already given us a lot, but for home service business owners listening right now, and especially with everything that we faced so far this year, is there any kind of final piece of advice you might give them?

Skylar Lewis (19:44):

Yeah. It's all on you. It's all, it's all on you. So you have an opportunity to, uh, do something great. And, and one of my, my one piece of advice is take a risk. So take a risk this year, this next year, and go try something that will push you to do something that would cause you to grow. So a lot of people play safe, but Hey, if, if everything's all on, you start to push yourself to stretch your limits, to see what you're capable of. Cause you aren't capable of.

Josh Smith (20:13):

I love that. Well, Skylar, for anybody who's been, uh, their interest has been piqued about RiseUP Kings. Where can they find out more about you and

Skylar Lewis (20:20):

About the rice and beans.com.

Josh Smith (20:22):

Awesome. Well, I appreciate you taking the time Skylar out of your busy schedule to chat with us today. I have no doubt. This is going to resonate with a lot of people, a lot of men out there and really encourage them and empower them to start taking a bit more of that, that ownership that that you're talking about. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Skylar Lewis (20:40):

Get grateful to be on the show. Thanks again.

Josh Smith (20:41):

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