I used to think that being a billionaire meant you had to be super smart, super cool, or even superhuman. None of these things are true.
If you want to be a billionaire you have to be passionate, enthusiastic, and dedicated. That’s all.
When you persevere past the point when most people give up, you’ll find that there’s not much competition at the top.
Sometimes what holds you back, and has even held me back in the past, are your thoughts. Your insecurities and negativity are just that: thoughts.
To dive more into this, I am bringing out a previous episode with Dean Graziosi. Dean is a NY Times bestselling author, THE top real estate trainer, and an incredible author and speaker. He knows what it takes to reach our full potential.
And it’s something anyone can do.
Learn how you can make simple shifts to reach the top on Episode 585.
Lewis Howes: This is 5-Minute Friday!!
Welcome, everyone, back to another inspirational interview on The School of Greatness Podcast. We’ve got Dean Graziosi in the house, and most of you know of him as someone who has been on TV almost every single day for the last fifteen years. He did a number of educational interviews and infomercials, teaching real estate, for over fifteen years on TV, and it’s been amazing to hear about his results.
Dean Graziosi: “How did you get to be a billionaire?” I think that’s the wrong question when you see somebody successful. I think it’s more of like asking them what their “why” was or how they overcame obstacles, or how they persevered. And I don’t think it’s about the story, it’s just, I think so many people give up on the five-yard line. I think so many of you are just there and you think it’s so much heavier.
When you start playing at a higher level, there’s not a lot of competition. And it’s not doing much different. I’m just being honest with you, I’m not doing much different now than I did to start my collision shop and start my auto sales. I’m doing the same thing, just on a bigger scale. I still have to overcome negativity, I still have to get out of bed. I still am stressed some days, and there’s some days I question myself.
There’s some days I make bad decisions and it’s just how you get over them, how you handle it, and how you go forward, is everything. How do you be the observer of your thoughts, and that’s something I would, and I only say this is because I’ve been obsessed with it for the last three years, because I want to be the observer of thoughts immediately, and I’m not there yet.
I want it to trigger, because when you’re having a bad day, an angst day, a stressful day, you feel awful, or overwhelmed. Most of the time it’s just the thoughts we’re having in that particular day. And when you can look back and view those thoughts, you can make a decision to throw them out or not let that spin you up, or feel it for ten minutes and then throw it out. But when you leave them there, they just linger.
And the more I’ve become aware of my thoughts, you know, what thoughts are clouding your judgement in a marriage or in a relationship, or in your partnership, or trying to get a raise or taking your life to another level, whatever it is in your life, most of the time it’s those thoughts that are messing with us. And if you can observe them you can adjust them.
It’s not the objects, it’s the things that we get to experience. So, you can’t buy your way, well I had a lot of pain as a kid, which we all did, and I know I thought for a time in my life that money would fix that, and there’s nothing more than the experience. My daughters on her first trip, her first business trip. This is worth millions to me, I’d give up all my books to have that, so it’s the moments and the experience, not the things.
Success is easier than people think. I think there’s a lot of days I’m, like, “When’s everybody going to figure out I’m not that smart?” I’m just being honest. Literally for years I would say, “People are going to figure out I’m not that smart.” I’m just enthusiastic, and I have the momentum, so I would say that the truth is, don’t be over-prepared, be overly enthusiastic and committed.
And I would say last is that I found a way to let thoughts be things, not who I am. If thoughts can be automatically a thing, but not who I am in my soul, then I’ve lived a good life.
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