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3 Simple Steps One Entreprenuer Took to Go From Homeless Shelters to Impacting Thousands – Kyle Lipton

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Welcome once more to the “How to Be a Grownup Podcast Breakdown”!  My name is Erik Andress and I am the host of this show.  Today, I am humbled and grateful to bring you the words and wisdom of entrepreneur Kyle Lipton!  He is a walking testament to what we can accomplish when we align with our true purpose in the universe and have a positive vision for our future.

Check out this podcast interview with Kyle to learn all his tips, tricks, and techniques that he wants you to know to live a empowered life:


In this podcast, Kyle has dropped some powerful knowledge and discusses his past hardship that has given him a rare glimpse into how to access a drive and clarity of purpose that many entrepreneurs can only dream of having!

While there were a lot of gems this inspiring entrepreneur dropped, here are the three most important ways Kyle believes that you can do to exponentially increase the abundance in your life:

1. The instruction booklet for “lasting success” is there, you just need to go and get it

We live in an amazing time in human history.  Right now, in your pants pocket or purse is a small device that has access to all the knowledge that humanity has to offer.  Your cell phone, tablet, or personal computer is a key to open the door to virtually infinite free knowledge that can help you.  Start listening to podcasts.  Understand that there are so many podcasters that bring you weekly shows that can bring you knowledge, on a weekly basis, that could rival college courses taught on similar topics in years past.  Use your library card!  There is a plethora of information just waiting for you to unlock it in countless tomes that have been written by powerful women and men that want to guide you towards the life that you deserve to be living.  

When we expand the knowledge that we have at our fingertips, we drastically increase the tools we have to deal with any difficult situation.  Don’t curtail your ability to be a beast at life.  Give yourself every opportunity, every chance, every last possibility that you that you can by becoming a voracious life-long learner!

“If you are not willing to learn, nobody can help you.  If you determined to learn, nobody can stop you.” – Anonymous

2. Your circumstances do not define you, your work ethic does

Kyle spoke beautifully about his past experiences with financial hardship and the steps that he took to remove himself from that mindset.  There is a wonderful parable, that I have said on the podcast before, that I think addresses this point nicely.

Once upon a time, there was a young man that was facing a lot of challenges in his life.  His grades were in the toilet, his girlfriend has just broken up with him, and his car had just gotten towed.  On top of all of that, in the middle of the night, he had heard his parents arguing about a potential impending bankruptcy.  Feeling totally overwhelmed, one night he finally broke down in front of her Dad and told him everything that was weighing on his shoulders.  Without a word, his father brought him into the kitchen and put two pots on the stove, lit the burners, and instructed his son to watch.

As the pots began to simmer and boil, his father dropped an egg in one pot and a potato in the other.  The son began to protest and say that he really needed advice from his father, but the Dad once more instructed him to be quiet and watch.  Soon, the Dad ladled the egg and the potato out onto the countertop and allowed them to cool.  The father waved his son over and asked him to look closely.  “What do you see son?” the father asked with an amused smile on his face.

“A potato and an egg,” the son replied hastily.  “What does this have to do with anything Dad?”

His father then explained that the potato and the egg had each faced the same struggles and hardship-the boiling water. However, they had reacted differently from each other. The potato went in strong, unrelenting and tough, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin shell protecting its insides until it was put in the boiling water.  From there, the egg turned into something chewy and durable.

The father put his hand on the son’s shoulder and said, “It is not the adversity we face, but rather what we are made of.  We all have pain, heartbreak, and hopelessness in our lives.  It is how we face down our challenges that define who we are as men.”

We must push ourselves to believe that this storm will pass.  When we decide that we are stronger than our hardships, when we decide that we must persevere, that is when we are truly embarking on the journey towards real success.

Champions keep going even when they don’t have anything left in the tank. Eric Thomas

3. You won’t move forward in life, if you don’t start asking for help

Those of us that choose to frequent a website like this live in a different kind of culture than most of our fellow Americans.  We choose to prize personality responsibility.  We choose to, in the words of the ex-Navy Seal Jocko Willink, take “extreme ownership” of our actions and outcomes in our life.  That is why it can be so difficult for us to reach out and ask for guidance or aid when we reach a deadend in our knowledge of any given topic.  It does not make you weak to ask for people to point you in the direction of new and sustainable success.  If you want to get into the best shape of your life, hiring a personal trainer can help you get there.  If you want to bring your business to the next level, there are countless coaches, webinars, and programs out there to help you move forward in the way that makes best sense for you.  If you want to strengthen your relationship or become the best parent that you are capable of being, it is vital for you to seek knowledge for trained professionals.  

There is no weakness in asking for help when your goal is to better yourself.  Reach out to people in your community or those online that you could learn from.  Teachers are not relegated to the classrooms in your high school or college.  There are so many people out there, in fitness, in business, in the therapeutic fields, in the trades that have valuable information that you can use to drastically increase your quality of life.

“The only mistake you can make is not asking for help.” – Sandeep Jauhar

I hope you’ve enjoyed the “How to Be a Grownup Podcast!”  If you have some takeaways from the interview I missed, SOUND OFF in the comments below.

Erik Andress is an educator, a family man, and creator of the “How to Be a Grownup Podcast”.  On his podcast, Erik Andress and his fellow guest hosts explore how people are following their passions, purpose and living a life they love. Interviews are centered around careers, changing the world and overcoming personal obstacles. In addition to his podcast, Erik has written for “The Huffington Post” and has been featured in “The Atlantic”.  You can check out every episode here and follow Erik on Instagram at @erikandress

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6 Ways to Expand Your Consciousness for More Success – Garrain Jones

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Garrain Jones is a powerful transformational leader and speaker who has broken through barriers most would see as impossible.

Every industry he has stepped into he has achieved a high level of success and he continues to expand his network into the millions and networth into the multiple millions because he continues to challenge the way he looks at his potential and his life. He loves teaching others how they can do this too.

In this podcast episode Garrain shares 6 interesting ways to expand your consciousness so you can achieve more success. He also shares a powerful exercise to create clarity and power in your life, this episode is not to be missed.

 

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Garrain Jones is the author of “Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life” and is a leader who believes that you can create whatever you believe and that you put your heart and soul into.
 

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How to Share Your Vision and Ideas With The Super Wealthy – Kevin Harrington

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Kevin Harrington is an American entrepreneur and business executive. Harrington is the founder of “As Seen On TV”. Kevin has appeared on the television series Shark Tank and has launched over 500 products resulting in more than $5 Billion in sales worldwide.

 

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5 Habits Of Radically Authentic Leaders – Malaine Lea

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New Jersey’s very own Women’s Lifestyle Architect and 6 Figure Transformational coach “Malaine Lea” shares the habits of Radically Authentic, Highly Impactful and Incredibly Intentional Leaders.

As a Lifestyle Architect Malaine Lea loves supporting you in redefining and designing who you really are from the inside out.

 

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6 Things You Must Do To Transform Your Life – Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield the author of Chicken Soup for The Soul and The Success Principles hangs out with me last week to talk about how YOU can transform your life with self development.

Jack Canfield has sold over half a billion books in his lifetime and has developed a number of incredible exercises and ways of thinking over the last few decades to help you elevate your success and live a life of empowerment.

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What You Can Learn From My Ultimate “I Am Screwed” Moment.

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When I was 16 years old, I had the ultimate “I am screwed moment.”

Everything from this point on happened in slow motion. What I’m about to describe probably happened in the space of thirty minutes but it felt like five hours.

I was walking down the street with my buddy one night, eating a paddle pop ice cream. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a group of about twenty teenagers running towards us, dressed in black.

I instantly knew that something was up and as they got closer, we both realized we were screwed and there was nowhere to run to.

Seconds later the gang of teenagers came straight towards us as fast as they could.

“I got lucky and copped a baseball bat to the head. My friend wasn’t so lucky. He was repeatedly stabbed by several different people and there was blood everywhere.”

As I saw what happened to my friend, I knew I’d be next. I was hit so many times with the baseball bat that I was numb from the pain. Everything started to go white.

Then I heard a faint voice. The voice was calling my name out.

I listened to what the young man was saying and realized he was saying that his little brother knew me. All of a sudden, he put out his hand, lifted me off the ground and told me to run in the other direction, or I’d end up like my friend.

I somehow managed to get on my feet and run, but I was not giving up on my friend. I ran around the back of the shopping center that we were standing outside of and entered the building. I ran to the first security guard I saw and told them I needed help.

In my search to get help, miraculously, my friend had made it into the shopping center and he was being treated by a number of bystanders for his massive knife wounds.

I went over and spoke to him. He was okay and things looked better than I expected. I had about sixty seconds of calmness. Then I looked to my left.

Through the glass doors, I could see the same gang of teenagers running into the shopping center. Everyone including the two security guards ran in opposite directions.

My friend with his multiple knife wounds also ran and there were bandages everywhere as he made a run for it (I’m not even sure how he was able to move).

This time I was the unlucky one. I ran into the part of the shopping center that was closed for the night and three of the youths followed me. I’d never been so afraid because I saw what they did to my friend.

I ended up in the shopping centers food court and I hid in the darkness. I tried to control my breathing, but it was hard to silence the fear inside of me. I still remember the white Nike pants I was wearing and the bright red Sean John jumper I had on (I later discarded them because of the memory they left).

Again, through some kind of miracle, the three boys did not see me. They ran off in another direction and I stayed under the table.

The pain of my wounds started to set in. I knew deep down I was safe and so the fight or flight response was turned off. All of a sudden, moving and walking felt very painful.

I could feel broken bits of teeth in my mouth.


The aftermath.

After some time had passed, I manage to reconnect with my friend. By that time there was an ambulance on the scene and he managed to get his knife wounds treated. He got lucky and no vital organs were affected.

The next day I went to school and people could see I had gone through one hell of an ordeal. One of my friends in the year level below, came and found me and explained to me that it was his older brother and friends that attacked me.

They had mistakenly thought that we had come from a party, because of the direction we came from, where he was beaten up. He told me that because they had recognized me, to some degree, I was spared.

The story doesn’t end here though (I wish it did). Even after the brutal event, one of the attackers was still upset with me. I didn’t know why and it made no sense. I had multiple times where he and his friends were waiting for me in certain places and I was told they would harm me.

Through a mutual friend, I was able to resolve the conflict and I found out that a few of them were close friends with a few of my friends. In the coming years, I got to know my attackers.

“They were not the horrible violent people I encountered on that night. They slowly changed their ways and one of them has gone on to do extraordinary kind acts all over the world.”


A revelation from this “I am screwed” moment.

After this horrible event had occurred, I tried to make sense of it. I was not a violent person in any way but in a way, I had created this path for myself.

During my teenage years, I let rap music and violence dominate my life. I thought they were both cool.

The revelation from all of this was that I knew I had to change my life. I knew that the path I was on had led me to this moment and only I could change things. The next time an attack like this happened, I may not be as lucky.

I gave up rap music, I changed my group of friends, I started a business with my brother, I quit smoking and I disengaged from anything that was violent. Looking back, an “I am screwed” moment can be extremely valuable. It’s during these difficult times that we learn about who we are and what we can do to change our lives.

I would never have become obsessed with legacy, giving back and personal development if I hadn’t had this life or death experience.

I’m now fully aware of my mortality and I’m never going to take another day for granted.

Everything can change in a split second for better or for worse. What you do in that moment is up to you.

Nothing happens randomly (even this attack). Everything happens for a reason and when you ensure you get the lesson from it, you can go on to do extraordinary things.

I’m typing these words and reaching millions of people with them, partly because of this “I am screwed” moment.


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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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6 Ways to Expand Your Consciousness for More Success – Garrain Jones

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Garrain Jones is a powerful transformational leader and speaker who has broken through barriers most would see as impossible.

Every industry he has stepped into he has achieved a high level of success and he continues to expand his network into the millions and networth into the multiple millions because he continues to challenge the way he looks at his potential and his life. He loves teaching others how they can do this too.

In this podcast episode Garrain shares 6 interesting ways to expand your consciousness so you can achieve more success. He also shares a powerful exercise to create clarity and power in your life, this episode is not to be missed.

 

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Garrain Jones.

 

 

 

 

Garrain Jones is the author of “Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life” and is a leader who believes that you can create whatever you believe and that you put your heart and soul into.
 

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How to Share Your Vision and Ideas With The Super Wealthy – Kevin Harrington

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Kevin Harrington is an American entrepreneur and business executive. Harrington is the founder of “As Seen On TV”. Kevin has appeared on the television series Shark Tank and has launched over 500 products resulting in more than $5 Billion in sales worldwide.

 

Listen to this Addicted2Success episode to find out how you can share your vision in the most effective way

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5 Habits Of Radically Authentic Leaders – Malaine Lea

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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New Jersey’s very own Women’s Lifestyle Architect and 6 Figure Transformational coach “Malaine Lea” shares the habits of Radically Authentic, Highly Impactful and Incredibly Intentional Leaders.

As a Lifestyle Architect Malaine Lea loves supporting you in redefining and designing who you really are from the inside out.

 

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Malaine Lea.

 

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6 Things You Must Do To Transform Your Life – Jack Canfield

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Jack Canfield the author of Chicken Soup for The Soul and The Success Principles hangs out with me last week to talk about how YOU can transform your life with self development.

Jack Canfield has sold over half a billion books in his lifetime and has developed a number of incredible exercises and ways of thinking over the last few decades to help you elevate your success and live a life of empowerment.

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Jack Canfield.

 

Or you can watch the FULL Video interview here

 

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