If you were given a timeframe from your doctor that you had only one year left to live, how would you respond? What would you do with your year? Would you tell anyone or keep it to yourself? On this episode of The Amazing Seller, you’ll hear from Scott as he discusses a sobering topic, death. Not to put everyone in a dark mood, Scott simply wants to help sellers like you keep your eyes on the prize. Let’s face it, we often tend to think that we will live forever and that there is no end to our story but the truth is, the end comes for all of us. Tune into this episode to hear Scott expand on this critical topic.
Life is precious and short!
Don’t worry TAS followers, Scott is just fine! The reason that Scott decided to discuss this topic is due to some recent news about a dear family friend. After experiencing some odd numbing in his extremities, this individual went to get further testing to find out what was going on with their body. As it turns out, Scott’s dear family friend was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease (MND) or Lou Gehrig's disease. Facing this news head-on, Scott’s family and friends are rallying around this person and doing everything they can to keep a positive outlook and a good attitude. Find out how this news has helped Scott think of the future a little differently by listening to this episode of The Amazing Seller.
If you’ve been around the TAS community for very long, you know that Scott is passionate about helping sellers like you connect to something greater than yourself. Some sellers are religious, some have no religion, and many are somewhere in between – that’s great! Whatever your faith tradition, it has been shown time and time again that people who practice gratitude have better outlooks on life and have more positive energy surrounding them. Maybe practicing gratitude isn’t for you, that’s fine – whatever practice that keeps you grounded and humble – find it! Listen to this episode of The Amazing Seller to hear Scott go further with this important topic – you don’t want to miss it!
What motivates you?
What is the one thing that keeps you on track and moving forward in life and business? Are you looking forward to all the things that money can buy or are you looking for something more valuable than possessions? Let’s face it, the one thing that you can’t get with more money is time. Is all the hard work and long nights spent building your business worth it in the end? Each person has to decide that for themselves – some see the short-term loss of freedom in exchange for a brighter future as a good bargain. Whatever approach and goals you have set in your mind, remember – you won’t get there the easy way. Tune into this episode of The Amazing Seller as Scott offers some helpful reflections on setting goals, achieving them, and so much more.
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE AMAZING SELLER
- [0:03] Scott’s introduction to this episode of the podcast!
- [4:45] Dealing with loss.
- [9:30] Scott talks about a family friend’s recent health diagnosis.
- [19:00] Practice gratitude!
- [21:00] What is your end game?
- [29:00] Closing thoughts; money isn’t the point.
TRANSCRIPT TAS 786
TAS 786: The LIFE and DEATH Game (IMPORTANT Wake-Up Call)
Speaker 1: 00:00 What if you were given just two years to live? The doctor tells you that there's a good chance that you're going to die in the next two years. I know that's kind of dark and it's kind of harsh, but there's a reason I need to, I must share this with you today, so hopefully you will have the most intentional, the most present life that you could possibly imagine.
Speaker 2: 00:28 Well, Hey, Hey, what's up everyone? Welcome back to another episode of the amazing seller podcast. This is episode number seven 86 and yes, that intro was a little bit dark, a little bit harsh, but I needed to do that because I need you to wake up. If you are in
Speaker 1: 00:49 the trenches and you're not looking up because the truth is, well, we are just letting time fly by and we're not really considering what we're doing with our time now. Yes, we are going to spend time building our businesses, but are we building the business because we want to say we've built a business. Are we building it because we want freedom and have this flexible lifestyle and everything that we've ever dreamed of. But then we find ourselves trying to go too big because everyone else is. If that is the case, well I hope that this episode will make you realize that we are so fortunate and so lucky to be able to wake up every day and have the opportunities that we have, whether that's business or whether that's connecting with people, impacting people's lives. And I really wanted to share this with you today because number one, like I said, I wanted to kind of shake you up, but there's a personal story that I'm going to share with you that really rocked my world just a couple of weeks ago.
Speaker 1: 01:57 And it's a about a good friend of mine who this story of walking into a doctor's office and having them say that you have a very short period of time to live and actually they don't know the length of time or the of his life that he has left. But, uh, they do know. And just from past, uh, you know, studies and other people that have been diagnosed with this, which I'll share with you here in a minute. It's not generally a long lifespan and it's not really a good lifespan because you go through a lot of different changes and a lot of loss. So the reason why I'm sharing this with you guys, it's not about a tactic for selling more on Amazon or selling more on your e-commerce or getting more traffic with this episode really is, is it's a wake up call. I get a lot of people that reach out to me whenever I do one of these type of episodes and they go, Scott, I love them.
Speaker 1: 02:53 I want more. I love the inspiration. Well, I love the motivation. I also love the kick in the button, the reminders, and that's, this one's about I, I wasn't sure I was going to share this to be honest with you because it is a little dark. It is a little harsh, but I know myself personally, when I hear stuff like this, I go, Whoa, Whoa, Scott, put the brakes on, man. You know, life is too short is what you're doing, going to get you to where you want to go. What is your purpose? What are you doing this for? And it makes you think twice about spending time on, on stuff that doesn't really matter or it allows you to be more intentional and be more present, which I think we've all lost with, you know, having social media and with having our phones and with having all of the distractions of even building a business as a distraction.
Speaker 1: 03:43 We've got all these different people telling us different ways that we can do it. And what I really want you to do is just focus on what is going to, what is going to affect you, what is going to make you happy? What are you going to do with the time that you have here right now? And I don't want you living in fear. And the last thing I want to do is live in fear myself and say, Oh well that might happen to me. You know, it could, I mean anything can happen to any of us, but we can do our best to treat our bodies better. Uh, we can, you know, do things to help us as far as you know, living a better life with our family and with friends and, and with maybe business colleagues or the people that we surround ourselves with.
Speaker 1: 04:27 So that's really what this episode is about. And I don't have like a huge outline here for you, uh, to go through, but it is going to be some, some of my thoughts. Uh, and I'm going to just dig right in. Uh, now I've had some experience with losing people in my life. Um, if you've read my book, the take action effect, uh, that one there in the book, one of the big losses I had in my life was really early on and it taught me how precious life was or is, uh, is with my mother. My mother passed that 50 years old and basically, and not to sugar coat it, she dropped dead. Uh, she literally was, uh, you know, she didn't drop, but she, uh, she actually was sleeping and never woke up, which was a great way to go. If you want to look at the positive side of things.
Speaker 1: 05:10 I mean, it's better than going through a drawn out, uh, you know, uh, cancer or anything like that. My, my, uh, wife's father passed away of cancer at 56 and he passed away. Um, and it was, you know, very long and drawn out and painful and it's just terrible to watch someone kind of wither away. Uh, so, you know, I do have, I do have experience in this and I, I, I'm grateful that I do in a sense, because now I get to share that with people like you, but it's also hard. It's not easy. It's hard. Uh, and I did a whole session at brand accelerator live when I was at revealing my take action effect book. And my mother was, uh, was a part of that book in a sense, because she taught me very, very early on. I mean, I was in my early twenties and she taught me how valuable life was and how, um, I need to appreciate that.
Speaker 1: 06:08 Now that doesn't mean that you fall off the wagon, right? You start saying, Oh well I'm going to, you know, someone, you know, you lose someone and you're like, Oh, I'm going to start treating life every day. Like it's my last and all of this stuff. And then we'd get into the grind and then all of a sudden you know, it, your head's down and you're missing stuff. You're missing stuff. I mean, how many times have you driven to a certain destination and you didn't even take a minute to look around at the surroundings because you're just in autopilot. We all do it. Right? But what I want you to really do, and myself also, I mean I'm actually restructuring what I'm doing now because last year, to be quite honest with honest with you, it was stressful. Um, it was great. We did a lot of great things, but it was a lot.
Speaker 1: 06:50 And, uh, and it made me, you know, step back and go, I got to re evaluate this. Like I didn't get into this thing to have stress. I got into this thing because I wanted to help people and because I wanted to earn enough money to support my family and live within our means and just enjoy the time that we have here. So again, if you're listening to this and you're feeling like you're trying to chase that, that dollar amount because everyone else is saying seven figures, eight figures, and you're like, I got to hit that in order to be successful or whatever, I want you to reevaluate what you're really doing and what you're doing at four. I talk a lot about your why, figuring out your why. Why are you doing this, right? Are you going to regret the time that you're, that you're not able to be with someone or be with your family because you're devoting all of his time here and there's ways that we can do this and I've done it where I stay up real late when the kids are sleeping and then I would just get up, you know early and I would sacrifice sleep and I've done that for periods of time.
Speaker 1: 07:45 That's the way that I still don't miss out on those, on those special moments, you know, if you might hear it. My voice right now it's a little horse. I just got back from a volleyball tournament with my daughter and I will not miss that. Now there is one, there's one time I'm going to miss it this year, which I'm kicking myself for. I had already committed to go into with my wife. It's actually like a, a little a second honeymoon, let's call it because we, we went there last year, it was Puerto Rico and we're going to go back and we already booked it and everything and we're like, you know what, it's one tournament. My son and my daughter are going to be there so we are going to miss one but we have not missed anything. We're always there. Even at the practices, a lot of parents just drop their kids off. [inaudible]
Speaker 1: 08:27 you know, my wife and I are in the stands. We're sitting there, we're watching actually we've got practice tonight, the time of armor that I'm recording this and I am a, I'm excited to go there and watch her and we worked on some stuff yesterday. I want to see it live now in practice. And so yeah, that stuff to me is everything. And if that means that I can't build an eight figure company, I'm okay with that. I'm okay with that. It doesn't matter that I don't need that. Okay. Um, now I'm not going to lie. I mean, it has entered my mind at times when you start seeing like some of the other people in the industry and what they're, what they're, you know, bragging about and what they're saying, I'm like, well, I could do that. And then I'm like, yeah, but what's it gonna take to do that?
Speaker 1: 09:06 It's going to take a bigger team. It's going to take more time and resources on me. It's gonna take more stress. Do I want that? No, I don't. So you know what? They can have it. I can do just fine over here and I'll be happy and I'll still be making an impact in. That's what I really want to do. So, anyway, let's, um, let's, uh, let's dig in. I'm going to share the story with you guys. So, uh, basically a really good friend of mine, um, and I met him through my wife back in the day. We've been married now 25 years. And, uh, I met him probably 27 years ago. It's my wife's cousin's husband. And you might've heard me talk a little bit about him here in, um, in the past here and there. Uh, you know, he's been a big part in my life, in my kids' lives.
Speaker 1: 09:50 Uh, just a really great guy, hardworking guy. I, uh, he actually helped me build my house, um, back in the day. Um, we've done projects together. Uh, we've, we've worked together on side projects and stuff. We've played sports together. Uh, we've just had picnics and parties and just one of those people in my life that, uh, I in my head said, you know what, we're going to be buddies till the day we die, which will be when we're, when we're old, right? Like when we're, you know, a hundred years old, I'm going to live till a hundred. Uh, so yeah, so that, that was it, right? Like, I'm like, this is the guy, he's like a brother from another mother. And so we, uh, you know, we had them visit about a month and a half ago and he was complaining about just some, uh, some numbness in his thumb or some twitching. Um, it didn't have really his, uh, his same grip that he had had, um, in the past.
Speaker 1: 10:44 And he was just noticing that and he thought maybe it had something to do with what he does at work. He carries a backpack a lot of times. Um, a pretty heavy, about 50 pounds on his back. And um, so they started doing some research thought maybe it might be Lyme disease, it might be some of these other things that could, that could affect your, uh, your nervous system. Um, and just give you like different problems with nerves and stuff like that. So they were going through a whole bunch of testing and stuff and then they thought maybe it's his diet too, cause he's a little, I don't want to say, well for him he's overweight. He should be about 180 pounds. He was about probably two 15 to 20. And uh, so, you know, a little bit, you know, but he figured he'd get his, his um, you know, diet in check, which was great.
Speaker 1: 11:26 Cause I'm all about, you know, trying to keep healthy on the inside as well. And so, you know, they were here and everything was, you know, fine. But we were talking about that and he was just like, you know, yeah, I've been doing some research and it's, you know, there's this backpack, uh, uh, backpackers, um, uh, what was it? Um, it's kind of like a, uh, I guess a syndrome that you can get or, uh, a lot of the people in the military, a lot of the soldiers carry heavy backpacks. Get this. It's a syndrome. I guess this is what you would get from carrying around these heavy backpacks and it pinches your nerve up in you're up in your neck and then that controls obviously your, your grip and your, your legs and certain things. And so they were thinking maybe that was it.
Speaker 1: 12:10 They were actually hoping that that was it. And you know, the other thing that they were considering is possibly ALS and you know, maybe it was Lou Gehrig's disease as it's known. And they're like, man, I really hope not. So let's try to, you know, figure out all the other things. But you know, a lot of the signs and a lot of the symptoms, they kind of, they are, you know, aligned with that. But there's also a lot of other things it could be that are similar symptoms. And so, you know, anyways, so they had to wait like, gosh, I think it was like a, at least a month and a half. Uh, what they were here about a month and a half, two months ago. And they just went in and finally got to the, the, uh, the neuro doctor had, I'm not sure what the actual name of the doctor is, but it's where they actually specialize in, um, the nervous system and in kind of all of that stuff.
Speaker 1: 12:57 And it's also where they can weigh out certain things to say it's not, you know, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. And so anyway, uh, they ended up going there and we knew that they were going there, they were going to keep us posted. And that was a long day for us because we know we're just kind of waiting and I'm thinking positive. I'm like, it's, it's going to be something that's going to be curable or at least it's going to be something that is going to be, you know, you're going to live with. And a well to say that, uh, we were disappointed is an understatement because, um, it was confirmed that, um, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS and it, it hit us, it hit us pretty hard. Um, all of us. And, um, I'm actually breaking up right now because good. I mean, such a great person, great guy.
Speaker 1: 13:55 And I just can't imagine, um, living, um, without, you know, this person in your life. And, uh, it, it made me number one, want to figure out what we can do to help. Like everyone does, right? Like when you're diagnosed with something, the first thing you're gonna do is you're like, we're going to beat this thing, which we are, right? Like it's, it's all about that. I think positive energy goes a long way. Um, so that right there, it just boom, it just like hit me. And then, you know, not that long ago, right? Like the time of recording this, uh, what's it been about a week and a half, two weeks now. Koby Bryant goes down and a helicopter copter, a crash with his daughter, and I'm like, Oh my gosh. Like, we got this happening, we got this over here. Oh my gosh, do I really care that I'm trying to build a bigger business now?
Speaker 1: 14:53 I've already kind of reevaluate what I'm doing. So I'm not in that like this year. Like I'm not thinking that way. I was already simplifying and scaling back and doing more of what matters to me. But that stuff just woke me up and I'm like, wait a minute. Like what the heck are we doing here? We need to take each and every day and we need to make it intentional on what we're doing and we need to be grateful and we need to be present, right? And so when I started this podcast, uh, you know, when I did the intro, it's really like for you to think about yourself is what you're doing right now that you know that you've spent too much time today. Like you want to do this, but you're taking time away from a, you may be getting coffee with a friend or you're taking time away with your kids or your or your wife or whatever.
Speaker 1: 15:46 Now, I'm not saying you can't do anything in your business because we have to, right? People got to go to work every day for eight hours, but it's being more intentional. So you're able to really concentrate your time and energy on doing what matters in that moment. If that means you're building your business in that moment, then that's perfect. Focus on that. But also really think about the time that you're not doing something productive and you're just kind of killing or wasting time. But you're, and I'm doing the air quotes, but kind of classifying it as you're doing work, right? We've all done that, right? It's like, well, I'm on Facebook kind of browsing around and stuff and uh, yeah, this is a, this is going to help me cause I'm going to learn more about my market. And then you go down a little rabbit hole where you start watching, you know, a whatever, a video on America's got talent or something, right?
Speaker 1: 16:38 Like we've all done it right? But if we can catch ourselves or give ourselves limits or timelines to really be able to be intentional with the time that we're doing things. Now, I actually share this every single Monday with, with inside of brand creators Academy, which is our Academy where we're helping people build brands. And it's a great community. It's what we call our brand creators tribe. And these people are awesome, but every Monday we get on and I actually share my notebook of my week. So I'm very intentional with every single thing that I'm doing. So my daughter's at school, that's my time that I get to, uh, you know, really hunker down and get some good, uh, you know, solid business stuff done right. And then my wife and I can have lunch together cause boom, I'm intentional with that. Right. And then after school, if she is busy and maybe doing homework and if I want to do another hour, I can, uh, or it's practice time at five 30 and I'm done and I'm checking out and I'm going there to.
Speaker 1: 17:43 So everything to me is intentional. I can still do work. I can still, you know, do things that aren't necessarily just for someone else. Cause we do have to do things for ourselves. Another thing is like, I'm very intentional. Every single morning I'm getting up early enough that I'm not effecting the morning routine with my daughter. So I'm getting up an extra hour. Uh, I actually now about an hour and a half and I'm doing 45 minutes of walking. I'm walking through my neighborhood, I'm going up Hills, I'm out there, depending on the temperature, I'm either got my hat on, my gloves on, I've got a flashlight and I'm going and I'm climbing Hills and I'm, I'm just out there for 45 minutes. My wife's like, you Scott, you're crazy. And I'm like, well, I get it in right every day. We actually had a volleyball tournament just recently and we had to leave the house here at six o'clock.
Speaker 1: 18:30 We had to leave the house at six o'clock so my daughter has got to get up around five, five 15 five 30 and uh, and then from there we got to go, right. So what did I do? I got up at four 30 those mornings, but I went to bed a little bit earlier. Right? And so then I get up. So I'm able to be intentional with that and we're, I'm really leaning on this intentional thing and I want you to as well. I'm getting this intentional and being present from a recent, uh, an event that we went to, my wife and I, it was on her bucket list and it was actually full circle. And I share this in my book to take action effect is we went and we spent a day with Oprah and about 12,000 other people, uh, actually about a thousand other men and the rest were women, but that's fine.
Speaker 1: 19:17 Uh, but we had an amazing time, but her main, her main message was be intentional with your time. Be present with your family, your friends or whoever you're spending time with and really be grateful, right? Be grateful for the day that you have or the opportunity that you have. All right. So I just really wanted to share this with you because I do, I do believe that we get tied up in like, we think we need to do this over here in order for us to grow. A lot of times it's just we're, we're, we're chasing that shiny object cause everyone's saying that messenger is the next thing. So I gotta learn messenger. Right? But really if you just created your content on a regular basis and you didn't skip that, you would probably be further ahead with traffic. But the messenger thing is really sexy at the time.
Speaker 1: 20:12 Right? And I'm not saying don't do messenger if, if that's where you're at in your business and you see that that's going to be the thing to work on, then work on that, but don't work on that and five other things because then you're scattered and then you're like, well, I really wanted to get this done. So yeah, I'll, I'm going to skip practice tonight for the fur, you know, Johnny's baseball. Um, you know, I'll, I'll hear all about it later. I'm just gonna stay home, work on this because you're trying to do too much because you think you have to, right? So the thing I want you to really do right now is I want you to, I want you to reevaluate your why. I want you to reevaluate. What are you doing this for? What are you this business for? And a lot of people were like, I'm doing it for freedom.
Speaker 1: 20:52 Well, if you're building a business, okay, you are going to have to work. Okay? And there's no passive, truly passive income out there that doesn't require some of your input. Now you can hire other people, but here's the deal. You start hiring more people. Guess what? More responsibility, more money that the business has got to generate. So you got to think about that. Uh, there's actually a podcast that I've been listening to and I've been following Brian Clark Clark from Copyblogger from, for years, and he's got a podcast. Uh, it's fairly new, I believe, and it's called seven figure. Small meaning build a small business. You can still hit seven figures. It might take a little bit more time. You might not be able to dump as much money into a, you know, maybe your, a, your team or whatever and you don't really need to because up to that point, you can probably run the business almost by yourself, but you could probably add a couple of VA's or something like that.
Speaker 1: 21:52 But I really love that message because everyone thinks the answer to success is scale. Right? Like my good friend Greg Mercer, jungle scout, he's got a company right now that started with just him and his wife and now they have over a hundred. And I think the last I checked, 125 employees for jungle scout, right? They've got, you know, they've got a whole bunch of things that now it's turned into it. It wasn't like that years ago. Now for him, that might be good for him. For me [inaudible] not interested, not interested. Okay. Because again, if I got that, if I got that, uh, that message from the doctor that said, we're giving you just two years to live, would I the time and the stress that I would undertake, now some people are built for that. I'm not. So if, if that was the case and I'm like, man, I was chasing this thing and then when I get there, what, what is the reward?
Speaker 1: 22:53 Just that I have more money to put into the bank or to maybe buy one more property or is it okay at the pace that I'm going and I, instead of buying two properties, I only buy one. Right. Like, so those are the things that I'm considering that I'm thinking and I'm not saying there's a right or a wrong, right. All I'm saying is be aware. Okay, this, you know, this life that you're living there is a timeline. Okay. And everyone's timeline is going to be different. You know, Colby, his timeline was shorter than his, you know, that that was expected and it's tragic and it sucks. And it really took my wife and my family, it took us back. We're like, Oh my gosh. Like I felt like, like literally someone in my family died. It was terrible. Uh, I mean, what a great guy, a great, you know, person and things that he had planned to do and he was going to an event with his daughter.
Speaker 1: 23:51 He was going to an event to a tournament, so he wasn't playing ball anymore. Now he was watching his daughter who was I think in eighth grade, right? Like, Oh, like that stuff really hit home to me. Okay. So again, I just wanted to share this with you. Um, I wanted you to kind of reevaluate where you're at. I wanted to kinda kind of wake you up just like I would if you were a buddy of mine or a friend of mine that I live next to. I'd be sharing these same thoughts with you because I care about you and I care about you. Uh, really seeing your own vision and being able to say it's okay that I'm not comparing myself to the, the seven figure or eight figure business. Because quite honestly, the seven and eight figure businesses that you're hearing about the profit isn't necessarily as impressive as saying that I did seven or eight figures.
Speaker 1: 24:51 I know a lot of seven and eight figure businesses that are lucky to make $150,000 a year in. That's, that's even rare. A lot of times they're waiting to build that up so they can sell the business and that's when they'll make their money. So again, this isn't to say there's a right or a wrong, it's to say this, there's life, you know, and there's death, right? And right now if you're listening to this, you're living, so take the opportunity to really embrace the life that you've been given and really be intentional with your time and figure out what it is that you want and then figure out that number. Maybe like I said, if it's that freedom thing that we all want, what's the number for you to be free, right? From being able to go to work and also ask yourself, do you want to be free to the point where you're not doing anything or do you want to be free where you can choose what you do and work on certain projects?
Speaker 1: 25:51 Like right now, brand creators Academy, I love it. It's not like work to me, right? We're building a brand in there as an example. It's fun for me to play in the building a brand from something or from nothing to something. I just enjoy it. So that's like, if I ever retire, which people, they always kill me. They're like, so what are you gonna do when you retire? I'm like, I'm doing it. Like I love this right now. Will I say that last year I took on a lot? Yeah, I took on a ton, right? I was, you know, still selling our digital course, uh, econ business formula, which we actually stopped selling. Um, and it wasn't that it's not a great product because it is, I just didn't want it to continually have to promote that thing and get people interested and, and do all of that stuff.
Speaker 1: 26:40 I would rather connect with people on a regular basis. So I said, okay, well, wait a minute here we're doing brand accelerator live. That's a live event. Another big thing that we did, but I found out that I love that I loved meeting with the people. I loved hanging out. I loved learning together. I loved seeing people come together that I was able to help come together. So that's something that I enjoyed, but it was still stressful. Okay. But I was able to get through it and I learned from it. And now I'm going to still do it. But on my own terms, um, you know, the same thing. We, we did a, uh, um, well we did the book, we did the take action effect book, another massive thing for me. Right. Did that, um, which was great and it's done, but it was a lot.
Speaker 1: 27:20 So I'm not saying I wouldn't do any of those things again. It's just I would probably not do them all at once. Did an Airbnb. We did the Lake house, right. We did the Lake house, which has been great by the way. I should probably do an update on that cause that's been a great decision. But it was stressful. It was stressful. And while we're doing that, we're planning an event and while we're, while we're planning an event, uh, we're writing the book and while we're writing the book, you know, we're, uh, we're, we're reconfiguring what we're going to do. Are we going to do econ business formula or are we going to kind of like put that, you know, put that product on the shelf and not promoted anymore. And then are we going to do brand a brand creators Academy wasn't even thought of until after we did brand accelerator live because I seen how much I wanted to connect with those people on a regular basis.
Speaker 1: 28:02 And that's where we came up with doing that monthly. Which by the way, if you're listening to this, it is an open rate. Now we're actually only opening it, um, probably three or four times a year. Um, and the other reason for that too is cause I don't have to worry about promoting it right all the time. I just promote it three or four times a year and I'm done that way there. I can just focus on helping people, um, with the free content, with the podcast and stuff like that. Um, which by the way, April 6th is when we're going to be opening. Again, just a little side note there for you if you're interested, but, you know, so everything I did last year, I wouldn't change it. Um, but I did learn from it. I did learn that wait a minute, that's a lot. I don't need to do all that.
Speaker 1: 28:41 And if it starts to weigh on me and I feel heavy, I need to get rid of that. And that's what I'm doing this year. So it's, it's, this year is very simple, right? I'm not building a bigger team. Uh, I'm simplifying things. I'm, I'm making things, uh, more, uh, just, just a lot less stress. And it's not that I don't have other plans that I want to do in the future. It's just I'm not going to do them right now. Right. And I think you need to do the same thing for yourself. Now, am I losing a lot of money? Opportunity? Yes, I am. You know, and for me personally, I'm, I'm going to be honest, it's probably between 700,000 and a million dollars. I'm probably leaving on the table. I'm okay with that. I'm totally okay with that. Uh, I'm not, I'm not worried about missing out on those opportunities.
Speaker 1: 29:29 Um, I know that the opportunities that I'm, that I'm leveraging right now are fulfilling me and they're making me feel good and they also are helping people and I'm okay with that, that other stuff, if I want to do stuff down the line, I can, um, if it aligns with what we're doing. But I think you just, you need to really take a self assessment and see like where you're at with your why, why are you building the thing that you're building and what is most important to you and then ask yourself that question. If I was given that diagnosis, which for the next two years or more, hopefully it's going to be for the next 20 years. I'm hoping that we're going to be that rare case that we're going to be able to prolong this. Um, so fingers crossed and I would love it if you would, um, send your thoughts and prayers.
Speaker 1: 30:14 Uh, I mean obviously you don't have to send them to me, but just, just be thinking of, of uh, you know, my, my good close friend. Um, and just wishing him the best. I mean, all the positive energy we can get out there would be just, you know, just really, really, um, powerful I believe. Um, so anyway, that's what I wanted to share with you guys today. I know it was a little bit of a darker episode, but I also want it to be a wake up. I want it to be actually a breath of fresh air for you to be able to walk outside your door and maybe take a minute and just look up and look at the sky. Look at the beautiful trees, look at the beautiful lawns. Look at, look at the landscapes, look at the birds that just flew up to your bird feeder that you haven't looked at because your head's been down.
Speaker 1: 30:56 Like all of those little subtle things and just be grateful that you're able to wake up and you're able to experience this thing we call life. All right, so that's all I got for you guys today. If you guys have any thoughts of your own and you want to send them my way, you can always send firstname.lastname@example.org or when this goes live, you can always post it on Facebook. Uh, and you can let me know there. Just tag me and I'll see it. And uh, yeah, I just want to make sure that you understand and you probably do.
Speaker 2: 31:33 All right guys. So that's it. That's going to wrap it up. As always, remember, I'm here for you. I believe in you and I am rooting for you, but you have to, you have to. Come on, say it with me. Say it loud. Say it proud. Take action. Have an awesome, amazing day. And I'll see you right back here on the next episode.
Speaker 3: 31:57 Well, Hey, one last thing before you go. I know that that was a really deep and a real emotional episode. What I would really love for you to do is let me know whether it's this episode or any other episode that you've listened to. How has it really helped you any way, shape or form? I want to know who is listening and also how these episodes are helping you. So if you could do that, just head over to iTunes, leave me a review over there. Let me know what you think. I read every single one of them and they really do fuel me. It gives me more energy to hop back on here and help more people. So if you can do that, that would be awesome. And then the last thing is if you could subscribe to this podcast this way here, you never miss an upcoming episode. That would be amazing as well. All right, so thanks again. I'll see you soon.