I had the pleasure of interviewing Kyle Jones, Founder & COO of iCRYO Cryotherapy. Kyle graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Science and Business Management. Kyle’s fitness background is diverse. From playing college football on a full ride scholarship, becoming a two-time National Powerlifting champion and a professional physique bodybuilder, Kyle has an extremely competitive driven personality. Kyle helped launch the first cryotherapy business at 25 years old and launched what is now known as iCRYO just a couple years later. At 29 years old, Kyle owns and operates one of the world’s largest cryotherapy franchise companies. Kyle’s leadership strengths come from years of personal development with some of the most elite individuals on the planet such as John Maxwell. Kyle’s ability to showcase electrifying energy in the room and bring out each of his teammates God given potential are key factors to his leadership and success.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you get to be where you are right now?
Growing up all my life in the big city of Houston, Texas allowed me to be around a diverse group of people. It allowed me to connect with people starting at a young age. My dad being an entrepreneur since the day I was born took a big role in my upbringing. Networking became a big part of who I am today. I will be the first to take control and command a room of thousands but also be the first to listen to “the little guy” because you never know who that person could potentially introduce you to next. I have lived my life by the 6 degrees of separation and will always continue to connect with the next person that might lead me to the next big move in my life. Connecting with everyone that crosses my path is the reason I am where I am today.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How did this quality help you overcome obstacles on the path of becoming an influential and inspiring leader?
I am an extrovert without a doubt. My willingness to be able to spark a conversation with complete strangers has been a huge reason why I am where I am today. I made a promise to myself years ago to never have a comfort zone and to keep expanding my network as far as possible by meeting new people in every way possible. I believe people get comfortable too fast and that’s where most talented people lose their dreams, in their comfort zone.
What does it mean to be mentally-strong in the hyper-competitive world of running a business or an organization?
Mental strength is probably one of my best qualities and I believe every business owner has to be mentally tough. Being told “no” or being rejected in some way shouldn’t knock you off track, not even a little bit. I always tell people you need to be can’t be offended if you want to make it in this world today.
A lot of people in the business would feel as if talking about mental health makes them appear weak. How do you feel about showing mental strength and setting an example of what it takes to have strong mental stamina to succeed?
Stamina in every aspect is essential for long-term growth. Most people hit a wall of adversity and quit when realistically, it may take you 100 failures to get that one win you were looking for. Your mindset is everything. It’s how you look at your failures. I see them as learning experiences. A failure is a way you found out how not to do something. You learn where you messed up, get back to the drawing board and figure how to fix it.
Is there a particular person, a book, or place of wisdom that has inspired you to become a successful and mentally-strong leader?
Church is a place that has inspired me! With social media owning our world, I think people fail to realize sometimes that the person with the most followers on the planet doesn’t even have social media, aka Jesus Christ! A man by the name of Logan Stout, one of my mentors in life, has taught me to true meaning of loving people. It changed my whole perspective in life. Loving people unconditionally is something the world is lacking.
Can you give us 5 tips on maintaining strong mental health stamina to succeed in the modern business world? Tell us a little about why each point matters.
1. Love People – Putting people first shows that you care more about the team than you do yourself. In doing so, it gets to team to work together for the win!
2. Be Unoffendable – This allows you to always stay the course and to never get knocked off track, getting you to the finish line faster than your competition.
3. Celebrate EVERY win – Victories fuel your gas tank of passion and passion can set you on the path to momentum.
4. Only Focus on your “Controlables” – The only things you can control in life are where/how you spend time, energy and effort. If you focus on the things you can control and not dwell on the things you can’t control, it will help you create a healthy train of thought and a positive mindset.
5. Keep Moving – I live every day knowing there is no such thing as being stagnant. You are either moving forward or moving backward, there is no staying the same place. Do something every day to get you one step closer to one of your goals in life, which you should always have more than one!
What does it mean to be mentally-strong in the age of information and technology?
Some people might say knowledge is power and I would tend to disagree. Knowing the information is only half the battle. Applying the information you know is the rest. There are many people that know more than I do, but are afraid to apply their knowledge. As a result, they are stuck in the same place they were years ago.
Can an imbalance in private life cause a mentally-strong leader to deviate away from the path of success? Why? How to alleviate this problem?
Being a stronger leader should carry over in every aspect of your life. Having true mental strength, you should be able to switch gears through your day to cater towards whatever situation it is that you are currently in. There are times I might be having struggles at home but the people in my working environment would never know because I compartmentalize everything so they do not effect one another.
What works best to maintain a strong mental stamina as a leader? Yoga? Meditation? Listening to music? Something else?
Everyone has their means of finding balance in the world. Me personally, I find that music and exercise are my sanctuary of finding peace in the day and disconnecting from the world even if for a short time. I do believe finding something to balance out your mind is crucial. Growth takes recovery and rest.
In 2019, what will be the best way to recharge energy?
I don’t believe in New Year resolutions. Instead I create my “word for the year” and every time I sense myself falling of track, I remind myself of my word. In 2019 my word is FAMILY. This is my word for the year because my wife and I are trying for our first child together. Every time I even think about taking a break or quitting, I remember I am doing this all to give my unborn child the life he or she deserves.
If the readers of this interview series would like to read more about you, how can they reach out?
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