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3 Vital Lessons That Can Take You From Broke to Billionaire – Daniel Gefen

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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 Daniel Gefen!  He is a walking testament to the power of the “hustle”, and I am excited for you to get to know his story over the course of the podcast!

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

In this podcast, Daniel shares powerful insight on how his past experiences and the adversity he has overcome has given him a rare drive and sense of ambition that is matched by few in the entrepreneurial space today.

While there were a lot of gems this inspiring entrepreneur dropped, here are the three most important ways Daniel believes you can revolutionize your life:

1. Just because you are down, does not mean that you are out.

I remember how cold the damp tile felt underneath my cheek.  It was just after Halloween and I could see the spider webs of frost beginning to cover the aging window in the dorm bathroom.  Somewhere out there, on that casket black and blustery night, my girlfriend was sleeping with another man and I didn’t have the courage to do anything about it.  At that point, I had been lying on the floor of the bathroom stall for nearly a half hour trying to summon the strength to stand.  Just beyond the reach of my fingertips lay my makeshift noose that had failed to support my weight.  I was 19 when I tried to kill myself.  I felt like I had lost everything and I had tried to end my life.

It was in the coming days, weeks, and months that I had to learn that I still had a future in front of me if I wanted it.  You don’t have to accept that your losses or pain will dictate the quality of your coming days.  Dive deep into developing your potential.  Read books that will give you the information you need to move forward.  Seek out mentors or teachers that will model positive and constructive ways of conducting your personal and business lives.  Surround yourself with a circle of influence that enables you to make better choices with your life.  DECIDE that you are a person of worth with the skills, talents, and passions necessary to find your version of success!

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli

2. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and start taking action.

Experiencing heartbreak is a fundamental aspect of the human experience.  We have ups and downs in our careers.  We lose romantic partners that we were deeply invested in.  We have loved ones pass away.  However, I want to challenge you to believe that wallowing in your self-pity, does nothing to help you move forward towards success.  Sometimes we have a confluence of bad things happen in our lives.  Like a perfect S@#t storm, we can easily get lost in the rough waters that our challenges stir up within us.  Right now, I want you to understand that your heartbreak does not define you.  The scars that our past hurt have left with us, are simply lessons to help us to live better in the future.  

No matter how bad it has gotten, you ALWAYS have tools to keep moving forward.  Even if you have lost your financial stability, the important relationships in your life, or even your self-esteem, you still have an essential tool at your disposal.  Place your hand on your chest and feel your heart quietly beating.  Right there, in that quiet pumping of your heart, is your permission to believe that you still have a shot at success.  As long as your heart keeps beating, you will wake up tomorrow.  Remember and realize that every single day that we wake up, we are given a blank slate on which you can write a new narrative of success!

You will never ever be successful, until you turn your pain into greatness, until you allow your pain to push you from where you are to push you to where you need to be. Eric Thomas

3. Be humble and grateful for the gifts that others give you.

We live in a society that is built around the idea of getting what you believe to be yours and leaving others in the dust.  While this might help you to amass some wealth and influence relatively quickly, it also burns bridges.  Nobody finds success in a vacuum.  We have teachers that inspire us.  A parent that pushed us to be better.  A friend that encouraged us to take a positive chance.  We all have had the positive influence of others that has helped us to get to where we are today.  

Remain humble and grateful for the gifts that others have provided you.  Adopting gratitude into your daily practice, allows you to live in a peak state of high performance.  The motivational speaker and business strategist Tony Robbins speaks about the power of cultivating a grateful mindset when he states, “When you’re grateful you can’t be angry. When you’re grateful you can’t be fearful. Anger and fear is what stops most people.”  So, push yourself to express thankfulness to your co-workers, friends, family and anybody else that has helped you along your journey.  

“Be humble.  Be hungry.  And always be the hardest worker in the room.” – The Rock

Was the article TOO LONG?  Check out the “How to Be a Grownup Podcast Video Breakdown” below:

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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  1. Hetty Ashiagbor

    Mar 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for this! It’s a great reminder.

  2. Spanish to english

    Mar 7, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for sharing the lessons. It help me feel more confident and try to go ahead.

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Top 12 Addicted2Success Podcast Episodes for You to Listen To

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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We are almost 6 months into the year and there has been so many great articles, videos and podcast episodes featured on Addicted2Success.

The Addicted2Success podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the business section of the apple podcast store and we are officially live on Spotify, Stitcher and SoundCloud now so you can’t miss a motivational beat.

Here are the Top 12 Addicted2Success podcast episodes of 2019 for you to listen to

If you feel that any of the below podcasts have inspired you in any way shape or form please share the episodes on your insta stories, facebook, emails or direct message them to your friends as this would be deeply appreciated as we are on a mission to spread powerful self development advice to the world.

1. Dr. Dain Heer – How To Be More Conscious With Your Thoughts, Feelings And Emotions

Dr. Dain Heer is an internationally renowned author, speaker and facilitator of consciousness and change. For over 17 years, he has been inviting people to embrace their true greatness—people from every culture, country, age and social strata of society.

Originally trained as a chiropractor, he has a completely different approach to healing by facilitating people to tap into and recognize their own abilities and knowing.

2. Ashley Hann – 4 Ways To Master Magnetic Confidence

Ashley Hannawacker is an online branding and marketing strategist, author and speaker. Ashley specializes in creating powerful, cohesive online brand experiences and is an expert at making websites that make money.

Ashley is very passionate about personal growth and mindset through which she has led various presentations, coached leadership trainings and written a #1 best selling book: Magnetic Confidence: Attract the Results, Relationships and Life You Want.

3. Jason Stone – The 3 Principles To Building A 6 & 7 Figure Online Business

Jason Stone is widely known by celebrities and almost 2 million people around the world as @Millionaire_Mentor on Instagram. Stone has successfully launched multiple 6 and 7 figure Instagram and Internet platforms and is becoming a well known social media influencer and marketer. Known for his e-commerce success in the automotive industry in his early years with Treadstone Performance Engineering.

4. Les Brown – How To Achieve The Ultimate Level Of Self Motivation

One of the greatest Motivational Speakers of All Time “Les Brown” shares his powerful wisdom on what it takes to face any fear and how to reach the ultimate level of Self Motivation.

Les Brown goes deep in this conversation, he pours his heart and soul into this and keeps this one real and raw. Don’t Miss This!

5. Tony Robbins – 5 Ways To Master Your Money And Impact Millions Of Lives

Advisor to Billionaire’s, Athletes, Celebrities and some of the top leaders in the world! Tony Robbins is the go to guy for Success strategies and Joel Brown had the fortunate opportunity to chat with Tony about achieving success in this half an hour exclusive interview on the Addicted2Success Podcast!

6. Jay Shetty – How To Be Remembered For Your Love & Contribution

Jay Shetty is a philosophical content creator, story teller, Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur and former monk who has created a brand and movement that has reached over 1 Billion views and is dedicated to Making Wisdom Go Viral.

7. T. Harv Eker – How Multi-Millionaire’s Think

T. Harv Eker, the Best Selling Author of Secrets of The Millionaire Mind shares his insights and unforgettable advice on creating a life with abundant wealth and success.

The strategies he shares will change the way you view money forever!

8. Peter Sage – How To Live Your Best Life

Peter Sage is a well known international & serial entrepreneur, author, philosopher and teacher. His unique way of looking at and relating to life has inspired tens of thousands of people worldwide to Reinvent themselves.

Whether by improving or turning around a business or developing a new and empowering psychology through practical yet profound shifts in awareness, Peter hopes his insights and teachings can offer something of value to those who seek it.

9. Yahya Bakkar – How To Powerfully Sell Your Story To The World

Yahya Bakkar is a powerhouse speaker and leadership coach.

Yahya has spoken on over 500 stages around the world and he believes in giving you motivational, practical & transformational content to help you become the most courageous, confident and charismatic version of yourself.

10. Ajit Nawalkha – 4 Powerful Mindset Shifts That Will Change Your Life Forever

Speaker, Coach and Author “Ajit Nawalkha” shares his powerful advice on how to create emotional and mental shifts within to achieve more as an entrepreneur so you can move closer to your dreams.

Ajit’s new book “Live Big” is out now. In Live Big: A Guide to Passion, Practicality, and Purpose, Nawalkha shares 25 shifts—changes in your mental, physical, emotional, or even spiritual state—that will propel you on your road to success.

11. Olivia Arezzolo – How To Master Your Sleep For More Success

Australian Sleep Specialist Olivia Arezzolo shares her powerful advice for achieving more success through better sleep. Olivia writes for some of the world’s top publications on the power of sleep routines and how to live a more empowered life with new and healthy habits.

12. Grant Cardone – How To Increase Your Hunger For Success

Grant Cardone shares his advice on what it takes to be obsessed with your success. Get your hands on Grant Cardone’s New Book “Be Obsessed or Be Average” now.

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4 Ways YOU Can Create Powerful Habits – James Clear

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Author and habits expert James Clear says if you want to make big changes, first you have to think small. His new book, “Atomic Habits,” zeroes in on the idea that small adjustments add up to larger changes over time.

Checkout his new book Atomic Habits on Amazon now!

What Are Habits?

Let’s define habits. Habits are the small decisions you make and actions you perform every day. According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. 

Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits. How in shape or out of shape you are? A result of your habits. How happy or unhappy you are? A result of your habits. How successful or unsuccessful you are? A result of your habits.

What you repeatedly do (i.e. what you spend time thinking about and doing each day) ultimately forms the person you are, the things you believe, and the personality that you portray. Everything I write about – from procrastination and productivity to strength and nutrition – starts with better habits. When you learn to transform your habits, you can transform your life.

Listen to the full podcast interview below to learn the ways that James Clear has Mastered his Habits!

As James Clear says:

Becoming better is not simply a matter of willpower or work ethic. It’s also a matter of strategy. What people assume is a lack of willpower or an unwillingness to change is often a consequence of trying to build good habits in bad environments.

  • If you are trying to read more books, don’t do it in a room filled with video games, Netflix, and a television. Move to a less distracting environment.
  • If you’re very overweight, don’t try to follow a workout program for college athletes. You can get there eventually, but that’s not a battle you need to fight right now. Start with a manageable change.
  • If you’re surrounded by people who tear down your goals, then work on your projects in a different location or reach out to like-minded people.
  • If you’re trying to stick to a writing habit when your kids are home from school and your house is in chaos, then work on it at a different time. Switch to a time of less resistance.

Build your habits where it is easy to do so. Re-define the situation. Create a game where the odds are stacked in your favor.

It sounds simple, but how often do you find yourself fighting difficult battles and ignoring easy ones? There is plenty of time to fight the difficult battles. Win the easy battles first.

The smartest path is to improvement is the one of least resistance. Fight battles you are destined to win.

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How To Relentlessly Live In Your Potential – Ben Kelly

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Ben Kelly

Millionaire Entrepreneur, Speaker, Trainer and Investor Ben Kelly shares his principles with you for Rapid Transformation.

Ben Kelly was a financially crippled bricklayer with large debt along with a debilitating mindset and low self worth as he struggled for purpose with a feeling of very little hope of a better life.

However, Ben managed to turn that around in 2 short years through a strong desire to learn, grow and apply all that he learned in facing his fears and identity attachments that held him back.

Ben leads a movement of thousands around the world, speaking to large groups throughout Australia, the US, the UK and Asia sharing the lessons he has learned and the process that helped him to go from a depressed bricklayer unable to voice himself to being able to confidently speak to thousands on how life can change in a moment with a strong growth mindset and a willingness to leave behind what is not in service to your greater self.

His successful network marketing business has allowed him, along with his sister Peta to retire their single mother of four “Christine” and alleviate all of her financial burden. Ben loves travelling the world to lead people to their own empowerment, growth and expansion so they can step into greater expressed versions of themselves.

 

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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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