Many people would say “no” to that question.
On paper, we may look free — we have places to live, friends and loved ones to hang out with, and endless opportunities when it comes to careers, but on the inside, we feel overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, and anger. No matter how hard we try to be in control of our lives, we end up feeling more and more out of control.
We tell ourselves we’re not enough, and with this low self-esteem, we self-sabotage relationships, opportunities, and other good things in our lives. All of the sudden, it feels like we’re living in a self-made prison of negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, and painful memories.
Even if you had all the money in the world — if you don’t feel like you’re enough on the inside, you won’t be happy, and you certainly won’t be free.
How do we become free then? How do we break out of negative thought patterns, toxic relationships, or careers that only hold us back? How do we live a life of purpose and joy, with the freedom to make our own decisions and be happy?
Today’s guest wrote a book on this very subject, and it released just this week! I’m so honored to welcome back DeVon Franklin back to The School of Greatness to tell us how we can stop living in chains and start having healthy relationships with ourselves and the people around us.
DeVon Franklin is a Hollywood producer, New York Times bestselling author, renowned preacher, motivational speaker, and a great friend of mine. You may have heard of some of DeVon’s best-known films Heaven is for Real or his film, Breakthrough, which stars Chrissy Metz from This is Us. Or maybe you’ve heard of Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner, which is the highest-grossing faith-based film of all time.
In other words, he’s a big deal.
DeVon is also a fantastic writer and the author of several bestselling books. He and his wife, actress Meagan Good are the co-authors of The Wait. DeVon Franklin’s books also include The Success Commandments, Produced by Faith, and The Truth About Men.
On May 4, 2021, DeVon Franklin released a new book: Live Free, in which he teaches you how you can LIVE FREE from unnecessary stress and anxiety to claim a happier more fulfilling life by learning to set your own expectations rather than accepting those imposed on you by culture, career, and relationships.
In addition to being an incredibly creative and inspirational force in the world, DeVon is an accomplished businessman. He’s the President and CEO of Franklin Entertainment, which recently signed a deal to become part of the 20th Century Fox family of companies.
And finally, DeVon Franklin is a major motivational speaker. With appearances on The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Dr. Phil, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, and more, it’s no wonder he’s one of the most highly sought Christian speakers out there! Beliefnet even named him one of the “Most Influential Christians Under 40.”
But aside from being a prolific content creator, inspirational speaker and writer, and social media influencer, DeVon is an amazing human being. He is a man committed to loving his wife and modeling healthy relationships and healthy manhood to everyone who watches him, and he’s a true inspiration to me as well. I’ve had him on The School of Greatness back on Episode #769 and Episode #409, and each time I learn something valuable about relationships. Today’s episode was no different!
Join me on Episode 1,106 to learn about the biggest myths about relationships with the incredible DeVon Franklin!