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

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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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  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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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.

 

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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