How would you like to learn more in a week than most people learn in a year? Well, I'm going to teach you exactly how in today's episode.
Hey everybody, Dan Henry here. And I'm very excited about today's episode because I get to teach you guys an amazing, amazing technique for learning more in a week than most people learn in a year or learning more in a year than most people learn in a decade. So why would you want to learn more? Well, I mean, guys, you can't build a successful company or really achieve anything in life without knowing anything. You know, the simple fact is if you ask Warren buffet, how he became so successful, one of the things he says in multiple interviews is that he reads 500 pages a day out of a book. And if you think about this, right, there are so many books out there by so many brilliant people. I mean, Sam wall who built the Walmart corporation, he wrote a book called made in America.
That's a great book to read because literally it's made by one of the most successful entrepreneurs in human history, right? I mean, literally one of the most successful entrepreneurs in human history wrote a book. And you have a ton of people that have written books with all kinds of golden nuggets and things that can really teach you to up your life, your relationships, your, your business, et cetera, plus, and this is the other thing is if you are into marketing and advertising, you also know that in order to tell great stories, right, in your, in your ads and your emails, et cetera, you have to know stuff. Right? And most of the stories that I tell in my marketing and in advertising, and I've spent millions of dollars on Facebook ads and YouTube ads and other forms of advertising is stuff I've read in books.
So the thing is, is most people don't read books. Like if you ask the average human being, how many books a year they read, they'll tell you zero. Most people will say, Oh, they'll say something like one or two, or they'll say something like, well, I read a lot, but it's fiction and that's fine. You can, you can use fiction, but reading books by entrepreneurs, by successful people you know, biographies or how to books is a great way to become smarter, to become more knowledgeable, to have more tools at your disposal. And it is one of the secrets to success, but how do you read that many books? Ha ha like, how do you do that? How do you find time for that? Well, I always like to find a way to make two things in my life occupy the same space. And so one thing I've been doing recently is a morning walk, a morning, knowledge walk, as I like to call it.
Now, what is this? Well, if you're into health and fitness at all, you know or you should know that 10,000 steps a day, 10,000 steps will absolutely allow you to increase your metabolism and burn fat. And like, one thing I'm doing right now is I'm trying to lose weight and really get shredded as they say, and I've lost about 20 pounds in the last few months. I feel great. And because I've lost that weight because I've increased my cardiovascular strength and all that, I've performed better in my business. Absolutely. And one of the things that I've been doing recently is I, when I get up in the morning, I go for a walk and I have a, one of those aura rings. You can also use my fitness pal in your phone. And I try to get about 8,000 steps in. And this ends up being about a 45 minute to one hour walk.
And it will, you know, your, your phone, if you keep it in your pocket, or if you have like an aura ring it's one of those expensive ish rings that you wear in your hand, it tracks your sleep and all that. And I'll do another podcast episode on sleep, but it tracks how many steps you take. So when I get up in the morning, I try to get about 8,000 steps in which, which means that for the rest of the day, aye, you know, I have plenty of time to get 2000 steps in just walking around my house or my office. And when you get 10,000 steps in per day, you just feel so much better. If, if you really track your steps, you'll find that if you're getting less than 10,000 steps per day, a lot of people get 2000, 4,000, 3000.
That's not enough. And when you get the required amount of steps, you don't have to work out. You don't have to go bike riding or do cardio. You literally just have to get 10,000 steps in. You just have to walk total 10,000 steps and you will feel better, lose weight, et cetera, et cetera. You'll sleep better as well. Ever since I started walking 10,000 steps, I get up every morning at seven 7:00 AM. Whether I set my alarm or not, I feel good. It's easier for me to go to sleep at night. If I only get 5,000 steps in, I lay awake in bed going, Oh, you know, you know, thinking about stuff and you don't get good sleep. If you don't get good sleep, you don't perform good. So here's what I do when I take that morning walk. Yes. I try to get those 8,000 steps in for health and whatnot, but I put my AirPods in and I listened to an audiobook.
Now this could be either listening to an audiobook on audible, or it could be using a Blinkist, which is an app that summarizes books. And what I usually do is, and I talked about this in another episode, I'll usually take a book that I'm interested in. I'll listen to the summary. And if it sounds good, I'll actually listen to the whole. And so what I'll do is as I'm walking, that's like an hour, right? That's 45 minutes to an hour that I get to listen to an audiobook. And if you put it on 1.5 X speed, you get to listen to, you know, more like an hour and a half of the book condensed into an hour. And so what happens is every morning I'm learning something new and you might think, well, damn, that's only, it's only like what a chapter or two of a book.
Yeah. But if you're doing that every day or even five days a week, that's one hour out of your day, where at the end of that hour, you have now increased your health. You're losing weight, you're increasing your cardiovascular strength or, or, or state. And you're also ensuring that you get good sleep at night. You're ensuring that you get up easier. The next morning, you're learning a ton. You're coming up with ideas for ads and emails and marketing. Cause guys, I get a lot of my ideas from books for, for the stories I tell. I mean, I can't just randomly make stuff up. If you put me in a little box and shut me off from the rest of the world, it's not like I'm just going to randomly make up things. I get inspired by reading books, by seeing current events by, by just experiencing life.
And, you know, there is so many books and so much knowledge and books and so many stories. I mean, one, one content marketing strategy that you can do, literally, like if you're like, let's say you're looking for content on your YouTube channel or on your Instagram. You can literally just summarize books. You can take one section or story out of a book and you can summarize it and people get a ton of value out of that. And so like just, just that alone, just, just the fact that I will get unlimited marketing ideas, unlimited content ideas from reading and you know, an hour or listen to an hour of a book a day is enough right there. But I also get the knowledge. I also get the knowledge and increase my skills and just become smarter. And, you know, on my road to eight figures, I found that the more books I read and the more knowledge I gained, the faster, everything in my life went like literally the faster I grew in almost every aspect of my life.
And so, you know, when you condense all of those things, you know, the sleep, the getting up early, the health, the productivity, the increased feeling of a state of general wellness, the knowledge, the marketing ideas, and you pack that all into simply one hour a day. You, you have to do it. I mean, there's just too much value there that's, that would be like eating a protein bar that had like 50 grams of protein. And it's only 50 calories. I don't think that exists, but if it did, they would be in my pantry. You know what I mean? Like, that's, that's a lot of value for very little, little time. And so I make it a point every morning to get up and take that walk. I grab a cup of coffee in a, to-go mug and I do it right away. I put on my running, my running or walking shoes.
I grab a cup of coffee in a, to-go mug, put in my, my AirPods and I walk. And I'm so focused because there's nothing around me, but trees and asphalt, there's nobody bugging me. There's nobody bothering me and asking me questions. I'm just focused on listening to that content, to that book. And I'm getting in my 10,000 steps. It honestly, it sounds simple, but it has really changed my life and just improved so many aspects of my life that, you know, I I'm addicted to it. I'm like literally addicted to it. I cannot go through a day without getting that hour walk in. And you might say, well, Dan, I could probably burn the same amount of calories in 20 minutes or 30 minutes if I did like really hard cardio or, or high-intensity interval training. I'm like, yeah, sure, you could, but you are not going to be able to concentrate on an audiobook, going ham on jumping rope or, or, or a stationary bike or doing calisthenics or Tibo or whatever, whatever you want to do.
It's not like you're gonna be able to focus on listening to an audiobook. So to me, the most optimal thing to do is get that slow and that slow burn cardio, that, that walking actually is really effective. And, and, you know, getting that in actually provides the time for it. Like, so if you say, well, Dan, I don't have an hour a day. Well, if you did it for an hour a day, you would have an hour a day because you'd get up earlier because you'd get better sleep and you get more done during the day. Cause you'd be more productive. So you'd have at least an extra hour of time, you would make more money because you be able to grow your business, both with the knowledge you gain and the marketing ideas you'll get. So again, you know, this act that costs you an hour create so much more time and you just feel so much better.
So I highly recommend that you take every single, every single morning, get up, grab a cup of coffee or whatever. If you don't drink coffee, whatever it is, put in your AirPods and listen to a book on audible or, or whatever. Okay. And walk for an hour. And that's the thing, man, is, is these are the little things everybody wants to talk about, you know, Facebook ads and, you know, YouTube channel and blah, blah, blah, guys. I'm going to tell you one thing right now. I have done a lot of things to grow my wealth, to grow my income, to grow my business. And yes, I have learned techniques and, and, and you know, strategies for ads and emails and funnels. And that's all great. But I'm going to tell you right now, and I'm being 100% honest. When I say this, the things that have moved the needle in my business most have never been one little technique or funnel or script.
It's always been making massive changes to my mindset or my life, right? Like just that morning walk that morning, knowledge walk literally has done more for me in my business and my life than any, any script or, or, or, or funnel I could think of. Because by doing that, it allows me to have the tools I need to execute on those strategies and techniques. You absolutely. I don't care what funnel you have or what Facebook ad strategy you have or what marketing strategy you have. If you can't execute it, it means nothing. And if you like, there's a list of things that I say, you know, I can't take you seriously as an entrepreneur. If you don't actively work on your sleep, I can't take you seriously as an entrepreneur. If you don't you know, actively watch what you eat and eat good food.
I can't take you seriously as an entrepreneur if you don't have your health in check. And when I mean health, I mean, you know, exercise and, and, and, and, you know, and, and being in a generally good state of wellness, like, I, I just can't take you seriously as an entrepreneur. If you're drinking every night and you're partying, I just can't. And I know, I know entrepreneurs that make seven figures that party all the time, and you know, what happens to their business. It literally looks like the Tesla stock price after Elon Musk goes on Joe Rogan and S and smokes a blunt. Okay. Like it just, it's just up and down, up and down, up and down, it's volatile because, you know, they have a good idea. They do something in their business and it works great, but then they go out and party and they get distracted and then boom, the business goes down and it's always a struggle.
Whereas ever since I stopped partying and ever since I stopped drinking and I really focused on my health and my wellness, my business has this steady, solid, upward trend with very little volatility. And the only volatility it does have is when it spikes up. And so I know it doesn't sound sexy, and I know it's not the thing you want to hear, but it's the truth. If you don't focus on your knowledge and improving your knowledge, improving your, your wellness, improving your health, health is wealth. You're not going to be able to grow a business or your income, or you will. It just ain't going to happen. And if it does happen, it's going to be a very brief 15 minutes of fame, and then it's going to crash. So I highly recommend you guys implement the morning knowledge, walk into your routine into your life.
You will absolutely see a difference and see a change. And I'll do another episode on how I get good sleep. I made a post the other day where I I use an Oura Ring to track my sleep. And all my stats were like really, really, really good. And people were commenting and saying, how do you get your stats that good? How do you get that good asleep? Well, I'll do another episode. And I'll talk about that. Some of things I did to increase my, my sleep, and one of them is actually this, this 10,000 steps a day. Absolutely. That was a big chunk of what gives me good sleep, which then gets, gives me you know, allows me the ability to make better decisions and the ability to be more productive. And it just all snowballs. So hope you guys enjoyed this episode and I'll see you in the next one.