Perspective: Andy Andrews on wisdom, knowledge and perspective – BTTDL048

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672789e7f1759ac9edb1c8da79bd2895Andy Andrews is an American author and corporate speaker, known for his 2002 bestselling book The Traveler's Gift. He has written over 20 books and sold more than 3.5 million copies around the world.

Andy Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestsellers How Do You Kill 11 Million People?The Noticer, and The Traveler's Gift, and is also an in-demand speaker for the world's largest organizations.

The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift continue to appear on bestseller lists around the world. His latest book, The Noticer Returns, will be available in bookstores everywhere October 1.

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  • http://ThatGuyKC.com/ ThatGuyKC

    Awesome interview! Huge fan of Andy Andrews and a new fan of your podcast. Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

      I think that was my takeaway too. I’ve been such a non-fiction reader for a while now. I forgot the deeper stuff lurking in fiction.

      • http://ThatGuyKC.com/ ThatGuyKC

        I like Andy Andrews, but some of my favorite fiction are thrillers. Have you read any James Rollins or Matthew Reilly?

        • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

          No, I will have to check them out.

          • http://ThatGuyKC.com/ ThatGuyKC

            Checkout “Ice Station”. Will rock your world.

          • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

            The description started to make me think of Captain America. :)

          • http://ThatGuyKC.com/ ThatGuyKC

            “Scarecrow” Schofield is the most badass character I’ve ever read. Butt-kicking, loyal, shrewd Marine special ops. Once the bullets start flying they don’t stop.

  • Chris

    Great Job. I always look forward to the interviews you have here. I used to be a big non fiction only guy, but I found it lacks your own creativity if everything is pasted in black and white for you. I’d like to see what Andy Andrews has to offer. Picking up The Traveler’s Gift now, can’t beat it for .99 cents.

    • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

      You won’t regret it.

  • troyrutter

    After reading non-fiction for years (and writing my own traditionally published non-fiction book) I started catching up on what I had missed. Haven’t read Andy’s first book, but will definitely check it out!

    • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

      All Andy’s books are good! :)

  • Cranberry

    Enjoyed the interview. When Andy said what you think about, read, dwell on, etc. drives your choices, that really struck a chord. We talk to our kids a lot about making good choices, and the consequences of our choices (both good and bad). But I now see how it goes beyond that. We need to take it deeper and address what’s filling their minds that is influencing the choices they make. A big ah-ha moment for me.

    • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

      This was an ah-ha moment for me as well. I had forgotten that this has such an effect.

  • Kevin Smith

    Fan of Andy Andrews for years and you did a great interview. I have been buying the Traveler’s Gift for many colleagues and family members since I met him at a conference in 2004. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

    • http://www.twitter.com/erikjfisher/ Erik Fisher

      Well, I’ve read it, an if you thought The Noticer was good… :)

  • Joshua Swift

    Great podcast. I love Andy’s books and enjoy your podcast. I look forward to picking up The Noticer Returns, unless I randomly win it (please, pretty please). If I sent you some bacon would that increase my odds of winning?

  • http://www.onesolutionfor.me/ Trey Smith

    Loved the podcast Erik. My one takeaway from this episode was to balance my fiction / non-fiction reading. For years I did not read anything, then I began reading fiction only, and recently I have found myself reading mostly non-fiction. I needed that perspective from Andy and love his stories. Thanks.

  • Suzi

    The Noticer is my all-time favorite. book. ever. I can hardly wait to read The Noticer Returns! The greatest thing I take away from this podcast … and all Andy Andrews books/resources … is PERSPECTIVE! :)

  • ekail

    Major Andy Andrews fan. Thanks so much for the podcast. My takeaway: “Thinking logically to the wrong conclusion…” is big in so many areas today. Taking time to listen, reflect, and have empathy for others is critical to enlighten yourself toward understanding others perspectives so that you can make the right choices. Thanks Erik! And Andy!

  • http://productivitypad.blogspot.com/ Ben Nielsen

    Alright, I might have a new favorite episode. I was so excited when I saw who was going to be. Favorite quote, “Parenting is the fulcrum of society” why is it that nobody seems to get that basic, age old concept?
    Thanks Erik, awesome job once again.

  • http://www.50by25.com/ Laura

    I really loved the concept of looking at your own life with the context of someone who is already successful. (This was indirectly implied in the comparison of someone whose accomplishments are complete vs someone who is in the middle.) I thought it would be a neat way to look at your problems if you approach them from the mindset of, “I know it all works out in the end to be a great success – so how do I get from where I am now to that success?” Really positive way of thinking!

  • http://www.tammyhelfrich.com/ Tammy Helfrich

    Great interview, Erik. Andy is so wise. I loved this line, “It’s an issue that should have been handled when he was 8.” Wow. What a powerful thought about how our parenting affects the future of our world.
    I also love the reminder that fiction and nonfiction can both speak to us in different ways.

  • Kyle

    Great podcast! My biggest take away is something that I have been seeing more and more recently. Learn from the mistakes of others. If we all start our lives at the same point and don’t learn anything from those who have gone before us, we do not advance. Of course, mistakes are inevitable, but I think we should do our best to learn from others, and to pass on that which we have learned, so we can grow and become better.

  • http://brownsbalancedlife.blogspot.com/ Joshua Brown

    I love your interview and Andy Andrews! My biggest take away from your interview is that I need to reread the Noticer again so I can do a better job of applying the concepts into my life.

  • Bob McLear

    There are many solid insights from this interview, my biggest take-away is that managing people in the business world and coaching are just extensions of parenting. That one resonates the most with me.

  • Amber

    Love this….I can’t get enough of Andy’s wisdom. I have read every one of his books at least twice :)

  • mills1196

    Loved the podcast! I think learning from others is such a valuable lesson. Also what we dwell on daily has such a major impact on who we become. I love Andy and the wisdom he imparts in his writing!

  • http://www.chancescoggins.com/ chance

    Great job, Erik! :) Nominating you now – congratulations!!

    If anyone wants another chance to win The Noticer Returns, I’ve got 10 more to give away this week at chancescoggins.com – and an awesome guest post from Andy about putting his boys to bed.

  • http://organistheidi.com/ Heidi Bender

    Awesome interview! My greatest take away is that we can learn principles that can be applied to our lives from fiction. I also, liked the bit about parenting being the crux of many of today’s problems.

  • Tom Cooperider

    I fully agree that what we think about determines our decisions and so often we don’t guard our thoughts. So appreciate Andy.

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  • Wolfric

    Lionizing parents of 70 years ago is both myopic and a tired platitude: ALL older generations have complained about newer generations since the dawn of time. The reality is that most children’s lives back then did not at all resemble the idyllic image depicted on “Leave it to Beaver”– conditions in an era that pre-dated child abuse laws were often incredibly harsh, and while some children managed to thrive in spite of this, others did not fare nearly as well (wow–an awful lot like today). Similarly, if the internet, violent video games, counter-culture music, and wide-spread media infiltration/influence in homes had been present 70 years ago, those parents would have endured the exact same struggles that today’s parents face, likely with the a comparable level of successes and failures.

    Whenever a speaker makes a sweeping generalization like this without taking into account the underlying variables that render such comparisons invalid, it makes me question the value of what he or she is presenting. Many great podcasts on this show, but this one wasn’t one of them as far as I’m concerned.