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Build With Rob

Author: Rob Dyrdek

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Build With Rob is a show about building amazing companies while building an amazing life. Whether you’re a seasoned or aspiring entrepreneur, climbing the corporate ladder, or seeking to live an optimized, balanced life, Rob Dyrdek’s advice will help propel you toward your goals.

Rob Dyrdek builds & invests in startups, takes them to multi-million dollar exits, and shares lessons along the way. His one-of-a-kind venture creation studio, Dyrdek Machine, is a company that builds companies by systematically fusing art, science and magic to manufacture amazing through a process called The Machine Method.
In each episode, Rob provides mentorship to entrepreneurs looking to grow their companies and achieve the best version of themselves. With each guest laying out their visions for life and business and following up with questions for each, Rob gives actionable advice in his two greatest areas of mastery: building businesses and deep life optimization.
On occasion, Rob sits down with his portfolio partners to discuss how the company was created, how the partnership took shape, and share valuable lessons they have learned along the way.
It’s all about being the best version of yourself, doing the things that give you energy every day, minimizing those that take energy from you, and creating harmony to live an extraordinary life. Rob is here to help you achieve that dream.
Listen to Build With Rob on Apple, Spotify, and most podcast platforms.
To be a guest on the show and talk to Rob about your life and business visions, go to dyrdekmachine.com/guest and submit a video.
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Make no mistake, it is truly a decision. It’s you drawing a line in the sand and deciding that from now on, your primary purpose will be to take control of every aspect of your life and drive them all toward your ultimate self. Mastering your own reality, your own being. Controlling your own wants, your needs and your actions. Rob is here in this episode to tell you the cold hard fact that no one else is going to save you. No one is ever going to take an action or give you information that will magically help you live your best possible life. It’s entirely up to you, and committing to self-mastery is the very first step on a long and rewarding journey of discovery, design and optimization that can ultimately lead to the very best version of your existence. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
We all know the feeling of friction, or resistance in our life. It’s those things or people that grate on us over and over. Recurring events or ongoing relationships in our personal lives or work that continuously drain our energy. We start to dread those things, and that has an emotional and energetic effect on the quality of our entire existence. The first step is to become attuned to the aspects of your life that are causing the friction, and try to work out why. Then figure out how you can actively create change in the situation to lessen the friction. These solutions are often evolutions in the system of systems that make up our lives. Too often, we approach these elements in the same way again and again, expecting a different result. But in order to break the cycle, there needs to be a deep understanding of the core problem, and a proactive solution devised and implemented in order to take that energy back and enhance the quality of your existence. In this episode, Rob shares the ways in which he goes about this process in his own life and work. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Changing with intention is all about taking control of inevitable change, doing so actively with a goal in mind, as opposed to waiting until it’s too late and change is forced upon you. Forced change is typically unexpected, and that puts you in a state of being reactive, which, depending on the scale of the change, can be incredibly disruptive to your life. If you can assess your life and decide where to make proactive changes, you maintain control and can guide that change into contributing to your goal of creating a better, more harmonious future-present state. You will never be able to control all change, especially in the world around you, but if you constantly assess the systems that make up your life and evolve them with intention on an ongoing basis, you will be in a better position to react when forced change comes. Going through that process of assessing and creating positive change will ultimately build a higher quality existence. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Habits get a bad rap. They’re often seen and expressed in terms of things you do on an ongoing basis that you shouldn’t. But Rob is here to tell you that we need to rebrand habits into things you do as an initial stepping stone to a much more profound way of living. The definition of a habit is: a regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. If those habits are additive to your life and overall goals, and they’re hard to give up because they give you energy or improve your life, then those are good habits to have. Now there are still the bad ones, both ingrained from an early age and developed over time, and those can be dealt with. But the important thing to understand is that your system of habits make up your lifestyle. The more intuitive and second nature you can make your best habits, while eliminating the bad ones, the better lifestyle you will achieve. Make your best habits effortless, and they will simply comprise the way you live. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
The 4 Levels of the Mind

The 4 Levels of the Mind

2022-12-1827:591

On this episode, Rob explores an important thesis with respect to the mind. Our entire existence is both experienced and controlled by the mind. And he believes that the mind operates on 4 different levels, which determine our experience in the world. The present state of your mind on this spectrum affects your decision-making, your reaction to outside stimuli, your discipline, and many other factors. Level 1 - The Reactive Mind: The state of only dealing with what comes at you, trying to get through the day. Not making any substantial progress but treading water, so as not to fall behind. This state zaps your energy the fastest with little to show for it but survival. Level 2 - The Aware Mind: You at least have an idea of what you need to do in order to be proactive and move your life and goals forward, but taking action is still hit or miss.  Level 3 - The Proactive Mind: You are actually doing the things you need to do to push your goals forward. Pushing through in a deliberate way to achieve your goals. The work is hard, but it delivers results. Level 4 - The Magnetic Mind: The holy grail of mind states. The answers are being drawn right to you, and the execution feels effortless. Maintaining this elusive mind state allows you to evolve your existence on a significantly higher level. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Being ultra present is not just about being in the moment. It’s about developing the skill to step way back and feeling every aspect of that moment. How does one experience the world in a deeper and more vibrant way? Rob really started thinking about this concept after he read The Greatest Secret book by Rhonda Byrne, which he distilled down to the idea that awareness is everything. When you shift your perpetual state from trying to think about all the things going on around you, and instead focus on the feeling of a larger state of awareness of your world, there is a dramatic shift in consciousness that occurs. When you can expand your mind in this way, it creates a deep amplification of your reality. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Personal capacity is both mental and physical. There are limits to both, and those limits are unique to every individual. The more you are able to understand what those limitations are for you, the better you can stay within your capacity and avoid feelings of being overwhelmed or exhausted or burned out. When we get overwhelmed, we question our decisions, we become erratic, we don’t think things through as well, and that can compound quickly. But when you operate within your capacity, you can remain clear headed, confident, and energetic at all times. But it is the ability to define your capacity and then design a system to first operate within it, but then to slowly increase it over time. In this episode, Rob details how to self assess to understand your capacity and design a life that is optimized for it. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
You can be wealthy and still not have financial harmony. This was the situation Rob found himself in, where he made money, but also spent money and felt the pressure of needing to continue to grind to continuously make more and more. It was when he designed and implemented the financial system he still operates on today that that pressure was relieved and he was truly able to work smarter rather than harder. Financial freedom comes back to security. The security of not having to work anymore if you don’t want to. But the tendency as you make more is to spend more because you can. However, if you set clear goals and have a financial framework in place, you can achieve the harmony that ultimately leads to the freedom you seek. In this episode, Rob details how he was able to achieve this harmony and lays out a roadmap for you to do the same. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Your Goals Are Alive

Your Goals Are Alive

2022-11-2124:341

But wait, how can a goal be a living thing? A goal has a lifespan, it evolves and changes, and it requires nurturing and care in order to make into the best version of itself. Just like us. Your goals are always shifting and moving based on new information and external factors beyond your control. Even the simplest goals can face unexpected complications, and the more ambitious goals can become exponentially more complex. That’s why being flexible and treating your goals not as a black and white checklist that must be achieved in order on an exact timeline, but rather as a living, breathing thing that requires patience to guide it to fruition, is the most effective way to pursue them. As Rob says, you need to be diligent, but you also need to give yourself a break. Choose a reasonable timeline and allow it to shift as need be. Accomplishing goals is not binary, it’s not pass/fail. It is an ongoing process that requires consistent attention and recrafting as scenarios naturally change over time. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Swinging back and forth from savor to sacrifice can be inescapable for people who are hard workers. When your personal identity is connected to your work ethic and output, and you are driven by success, you know sacrifice. Then, of course, when you have time to relax, it’s only natural to go to the other extreme. In either case, work or play, when you go too hard into one end of the spectrum, the inertia to move back to the other can take a lot of energy. It is balance and harmony that allows one to move from one to the other seamlessly without being disruptive. The other danger with these extremes, devoid of balance, is the very real possibility of getting trapped on one side or the other. Either only working or only enjoying yourself, neither of which is sustainable in the long term. The best way to maintain and grow the best version of yourself is to create that harmony and never move too far to one side for too long. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
We all know that we change over time, usually at an imperceptible pace, only noticing when we look back at who we were many years prior and see a stark contrast. We react to changes in external factors and that naturally shapes who we are over time. And it may seem that we don’t have any control over this process, but Rob is here to tell you that you absolutely do. Not only that, taking control over your own evolution is the key to becoming who you ultimately want to be. It is about getting yourself into a constant cycle of experiencing, reflecting, and then implementing changes. Evolution is a process whether you allow it to happen naturally or you take the steps to guide it by applying the knowledge gained from experience. It doesn’t matter if your learnings come from success or failure. When it comes to evolution, both are equally valuable as long as you have the right perspective. Ultimately, proactively guiding your own evolution will grow and expand you into a higher level of existence. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
You can call him “Robstradamus.” Not because he is a seer or a prophet, but because he plans his life in a way that allows him to increase the probability of his desired outcomes. Predicting the future with relative certainty is all about designing elements of your life that are in your control in a way that mitigates the effects of the things you cannot control. Building in that future flexibility so that when things inevitably occur that are truly unpredictable, your plan can remain on course in spite of them. And the longer you plan for the future, the longer you continue executing that plan, the farther ahead you can see. The more certainly you can have that your plans will come to fruition. While it’s impossible to predict everything, with the right plan and a great design, you can get more and more accurate every year. Eventually, you can become as sophisticated as Rob, who maintains plans for 1 year, 5 years and 15 years into the future. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Designing your time is not a one and done process. You continue to evolve, the world around you continues to evolve, and thus your time design must also evolve with it. One might think you get to a certain level and it’s all clear. However, the higher you go, the more opportunity you see and the more you are motivated to optimize your systems in order to maximize your energy. In this episode, Rob goes deep on his process for designing and redesigning his time to decrease friction, create optimal output, and ramp up to make the most of the time he sets aside for execution. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
In order to build the life that you ultimately want to live, you must create a plan, write it down, and then set out on that journey. You achieve and evolve along the way as you make progress. But before you can write down a plan, there are many things you need to understand first, that can only be achieved by deep, honest introspection.  You need to understand what motivates you and what brings you joy. You need to understand what you are truly capable of and be as objective as possible about what may be outside your skill set. You need to understand what it is that you don’t want and what pulls energy from you. Going through this sort of self-analysis will give you the information you need to begin designing the ultimate version of your life.  Continuing this process as you find success will serve to hone your plan as you evolve as a person to ensure your plan is always in line with your current self. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Every decision, every action compounds and builds into a moment we call the present. In fact, the only part of time we can actively experience. While we cannot change the past, we can set ourselves up to experience increasingly better future present moments. But what good is the present if you’re not experiencing it to its fullest because you’re too focused on what’s next?  In this episode Rob explores the ways in which you can live fully in the present while building the future toward more optimal present experiences. He also takes us through the five potential states of being, and focuses on the most useful ones (hint: 3 of the 5 are useful). The bottom line is, you cannot create a better future by dwelling in the past or wishing and hoping for tomorrow. Remaining in a constant state of taking action, experiencing, and creating is the only way to solidify a better present moment for the future you. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Just like a relationship, you understand more about where it’s going the farther you get into it. Everything is shiny and fun and optimistic until reality eventually sets in and unforeseen challenges reveal themselves. The true nature of the relationship then begins to reveal itself to you, and you better understand the long term implications of remaining in it, as well as the sacrifices and pivots you must make along the way. Only then do you know if it will actually fit into the life you want to lead. Whether you’re pursuing a goal or building a company, it works the same way. The blue sky optimism is necessary to motivate us to put effort into anything. But you will never understand its true potential until you begin building toward it. Create the plan, take the steps, achieve the milestones, and eventually the nature of the goal will reveal itself, along with the challenges you will face, the sacrifices and pivots you must make along the way. But if you commit yourself to evolving your plan as necessary, that’s when you really start to build belief and make progress. Or this reveal may tell you the end goal is not as viable or worthwhile as you may once have thought, and thus save you an enormous amount of time and energy. At that point, take your learnings, and apply them to the next goal. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
You may or may not believe in the power of manifestation. You may or may not meditate. But Rob is here to show you living proof of the success he’s had and goals he’s achieved in the past four years since he began meditating and actively honing his manifestation skills. He believes you can have anything you want in life, but it begins with developing the skills that provide the power to manifest your reality. It’s not about saying you want a thing all the time, or wishing or hoping for something to come true. It is a deep process that requires feeling the emotions of achieving that thing, smelling the smells of where you are when it finally happens, going so deep and so detailed in your head that you can actually trick your mind and body that that thing is true, real, and inevitable. Only then can you bring it into your life through the power of manifestation. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Simplify Your Goals

Simplify Your Goals

2022-09-1923:14

Your goals should not be too complex. The process of clarifying the path to achieve your vision and breaking it down into realistic major milestones is key to understanding how to get there, building belief as you check them off, and ultimately achieving the goal. This applies to anything you want to pursue in life or in business. Understanding that if you don’t hit the next milestone, there is no next one, and thus no finish line, allows you to focus on the immediate with clear intention. You can then approach the milestone in front of you with more detail, more strategy, more effort. Like anything, you will get better and better at breaking down your goals over time, identifying the right milestones, and optimizing your time to achieve each milestone and prepare to tackle the next. These milestones may evolve over time, but the more clarity you have about the pathway, the easier it will be to precisely augment them to stay on track. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
Measurement is a crucial tool on your way to success in any aspect of your life or business. But it’s equally important to measure what is important, not simply what is easiest to measure. Choosing the right aspects of something to measure and track provides a pathway to improving those aspects. Without proper measurement, it’s far more difficult to understand what needs improvement in order to help you reach your goal. Measurement is also a way to see clear progress over time, and progress is the basis for sustained and even increased motivation. You will be far more motivated to keep pushing toward a goal as you watch yourself move ever closer to achieving it than you will if you lack the clarity of how your actions directly impact your pursuit of said goal. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
How many times have you either said or heard “I can’t believe it’s already August!” or “Where did the year go?” Time has a way of passing so rapidly we don’t even notice until we look back and wonder where it all could have gone. What did we actually DO this whole time? Well, Rob knows EXACTLY what he did this year and EXACTLY where the time went. When it was used to be productive and push his goals forward when it was spent with his family, and even when it was wasted. And he’s never surprised when it’s August. And for him, the year has gone as slow as he wants. This is because he designs and tracks every hour of his day every day. This may sound daunting at first, but once you are in complete control of your time, only then can you begin to bend it to your will. To accomplish your goals, to get the most out of every hour, every day, month, and year. And to slow it down to your desired tempo. Learn more about this episode. Subscribe to Dyrdek Machine Join our Machinist Community Want to be on the show? Sign up here!
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Jeremiah Abbott

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