Aware of the changes he needed to make in his life but unsure where to begin, Jared Wolff attended The Art of Charm Bootcamp in April of 2015. Stephen Heiner caught up with him in Taipei to find out how he’s been doing since.
Profiles of Success highlights the stories of the men and women who attend our AoC Bootcamp or partake of our other programs. Sometimes we forget just how life-changing our courses can be. These stories remind us and, we hope, will inform and inspire you.
“AoC rebuilt my mental foundations from the ground up, making me a more confident man.” -Jared Wolff
Jared Wolff first started listening to AoC in 2014. He had a nagging realization that he needed to change his life, and as he listened to the show more he could identify that he wanted more choices in that life. His mindset at that time really limited him. He also wanted to add more value to his life and those around him. Something had to change.
We recently caught up with him in Taipei. He left his job in June 2016 to do some worldwide travel, a decision that was shaped in part by his attendance at Bootcamp in April 2015. He’s obviously still on that journey.
Get out of Your Own Way
When asked what was one of his big surprises from training, Jared responded: “You can often be the biggest barrier to your own success. We aren’t very emotionally open, and often many of us are brought up that way.” Jared appreciated being challenged to be more vulnerable and to communicate better and as he did precisely that he saw himself moving from a scarcity mentality to an an abundance mentality.
“I have to admit, it was really tiring, though,” Jared says of the week spent in Los Angeles. “It’s like starting a new job — you have all of these skills and content and mindset help given to you and you’re trying to learn everything and implement everything. But, to be honest, it’s the good kind of tired. I’d advise people to arrive at Bootcamp as rested as possible so they can absorb as much as they can.”
Jared has become really focused on giving value. He even has a standard set for himself to give value at least three times a week, be it by writing a blog post (Jared has two of them — a personal one and a travel one), or giving a gift or compliment to someone, or even taking the time to write an answer to a question on Quora.
Pushing himself in this way has led him to meet many new people and at his going away party he had four groups of friends attend that had never met each other, which is “something I would have never imagined before AoC,” he said.
The Next Step in the Journey
Inspired in part by the changes in his life from Bootcamp, Jared decided to close the chapter on working as an electrical engineer for a San Francisco startup and sold almost everything he owned; over a number of months, he rode a motorcycle first up to Vancouver, then down to San Diego, then over to Colorado before coming back to San Francisco, where he left for Taipei. He’s now been studying Mandarin Chinese for two years as well as Krav Maga. He’s gone from the vague nagging feeling of needing to improve to constantly challenging himself to level up.
“This program has opened so many doors for me and has helped me generate fantastic friendships I wouldn’t trade for the world. Why should someone come to Bootcamp? Simple. It will change your life,” says Jared.
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