Reflections On An Epic 2018 & My Biggest Takeaways w/ Ryan Koral

December 31, 2018

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It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone! 2018 has been incredible here at Studio Sherpas. We had our 100th podcast episode not to mention the incredibly amazing and talented guests we’ve had. I know I learned a whole bunch and I hope you did too!

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for some reflection. I’m going to share three of my biggest takeaways from 2018. They all revolve around the ideas laid out by Patrick Lencioni which are to be hungry, be humble, and be smart and I’m going to go over each of them with you here today.

You’ll also hear some clips from five amazing guests that we’ve had on here over the past year. So get excited all over again as you listen to some incredible people in this industry drop some wisdom all over again!

What are your biggest lessons learned during 2018? Drop a comment below!

In this episode:

  • Why you should always be hungry for more knowledge and the dangers of being satisfied with what you know
  • All the books that Ryan read in 2018 that you should read too
  • Why it’s okay and in fact a good thing, not to know it all
  • The importance of using the knowledge that you have to take meaningful action
  • Clips from some of Ryan’s favorite interviews of 2018


“If we are held back in any way, by not being who we were made to be in telling the stories we have to tell, the stories that we need to share, my hope is that we can do whatever we need to do to share those and to be that person that we were made to be.” [2:29]

“I don’t believe that we fake it until we make it. But I do believe that we believe it until we become it. And so it’s this idea that you are an artist. You already are this thing that you want to be. You are a professional. Now you just need to start acting like it.” [23:59]

“The only way the good ideas came is when you just had a litany of bad ones. And the confidence only comes after realizing that one or ten or literally thousands of failures won’t define you.” [27:37]

“The job of a good salesperson is to determine as quickly as possible if you can help this person. The best way to do that is to be very clear about the value that you can bring to them.” [31:29]

“We’re all human. We all make mistakes. We’re all in a process of learning no matter how much mastery we have at any given thing, we’re always pushing ourselves creatively.” [35:50]

“Don’t worry about this moment so much. Know that it’s just getting you ready for the bigger challenges that you would not be ready for on the bigger stages. Without this moment you couldn’t do it.” [46:02]


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Ryan’s Book List

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Jump Start Your Brain by Doug Hall

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Everybody Always by Bob Goff

The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes

Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

Building a Storybrand by Donald Miller

Small Giants by Bo Burlingham

Harry Potter read aloud by Jim Dale

Episodes Referenced

Episode 76 Real Artists Don’t Starve with Jeff Goins

Episode 101 Embrace The Mess To Find Your Greatest Success with Jasmine Star

Episode 99 How To Make Sales Fit Your Personality with Jim Hoogewind

Episode 93 Think Viral Video Campaigns Are All Luck? Think Again with Daniel Harmon

Episode 56 How To Ensure Your Creative Business Is Constantly Evolving w/ Brett Culp