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If at first you don’t succeed… Do Over! Discover a better life. Get lasting results.

Matt “the Do Over Guy” Theriault, author of the book “Do Over,” launches the first episode of his podcast Your Do Over to show people discontent with their current situation how to start over, get a better life and create lasting results. Easier. Faster. Smarter.

It takes no more effort to believe big than it does small. That’s great news!

If at first you don’t succeed… Do Over! Discover a better life. Get lasting results.

Matt “the Do Over Guy” Theriault, author of the book “Do Over,” launches the first episode of his podcast Your Do Over to show people discontent with their current situation how to start over, get a better life and create lasting results. Easier. Faster. Smarter.

It takes no more effort to believe big than it does small. That’s great news!

Your Do Over | Discover a Better Life | Get Lasting Results | Inspiration | Motivation | Success (mp3)

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If at first you don’t succeed…Do Over! Discover a better life. Get Lasting Results.

Hi! This is Matt “The Do Over Guy” Theriault and Welcome to Your Do Over-Episode 1.

During an era where countless people, businesses, and organizations are feeling the pinch, running out of time, running out of money, losing confidence, feeling as if life is unfair, praying for another chance, and unless something is done- life is going to pass them by. Life is going to pass them by. Fortunately, in the nick of time there is now a place where the ignored underestimated and unknown steps to producing results and making life work are revealed. Save your career. Save your business. Save health. Save your relationships. Save your life. Get from where you are to where you want to be, faster and with greater ease than you ever thought possible.  Say hello to “Your Do Over”.

Welcome to your do over!  Welcome to the very first episode. I am broadcasting live from downtown Los Angeles, right across from the Staple Center, in my downtown loft. I don’t know how the sound quality is going to be

Inside of this loft, I’ve got tall ceilings and big walls and there may be a lot of echo- and if there is, and if it is annoying enough I am going to change that for you the next time round, okay. So this is the place where once a week, you will hear, learn, and hopefully take action on the ignored, underestimated, and unknown steps to producing results.  Ideally whatever threw you off your last endeavor won’t interfere again as I will be leading you through not only my own hindsight but others much more successful than I in transforming it into foreside. They say that hindsight is 20/20; the intention of this show is to make your foreside 20/20. There is a saying that goes something like learn from others mistakes as you won’t be here long enough to make them all yourself.  So what you can expect from “Your Do Over” is a multitude of tips and strategies,  and recommendations , suggestions, inspiration, motivation, and just about anything that will cause your do over to not only be a bigger success than all your previous attempts, but  also easier.

Certainly, there is going to be hard work involved and this place is no different. But we are all about learning to work smarter and sharing what can make your do over so much better.  Learning to work easier includes time saving tips,  different services, different technologies,  and how to create systems, how to delegate , whatever I can contribute to making your do over easier, faster, and also- that all comes over into being able to work smarter. So, I will be giving you tips and strategies and techniques on how to work smarter.

Although I have a wealth of information to share with you that can make a significant impact on how your do over unfolds, learning from others who have risen and fallen and risen again through interviews and guest appearance will be a primary focus of this show. You know there are so many people out there who are finding themselves in a do over right now, so to speak. They are starting over.  There are people that have lost jobs, or maybe they have a failed marriage and they are doing that over again, or maybe their career is just spiraling down, or their business is just spiraling down, or maybe the organization that they lead has found itself in tough times and they have got to start over.  So we will have a lot of these people coming onto the show and I will get the biggest success that I possibly can and the biggest comeback stories- and just learn from their past, learn from their mistakes, learn from their lessons from hard know university, and like I said before “take their hindsight and transform it into your foresight.”

So, that you know who I am, I am going to tell you a little about my background, and share with you how my do over has come about.  You know when I go out of the Marine Corps, I spent the next fifteen years of my life in the music industry and was a music producer, music distributor,  and I owned a small, little record label, but I had a major label distribution. It was just myself, but at my peak I had three or four employees- I had four employees at one point. I was just living the good life. I mean- it was not uncommon for me to experience six figure months and doing this in my late 20s early 30s. I was just- I didn’t have a care in the world, life was really unfolding easy for me. And, then one day it all came crashing down. They say that the only thing that will never change is that there will always be change. With the events of the Crash and the events of 911 those took a significant toll on my business, creating major setbacks. Emerging business models came along, the way people listen to music, and the way people acquire music, it completely changed. I mean- the musical download came along and it just completely wiped out my business and it did it pretty quickly. In a six month period I went from a six figure months and by the end I was lucky to have a six figure year, even half of that. And as they say, “The music video killed the radio star,” well I would say, “they digital download destroyed the cd distributor.” And that is who I was –and at age 34 I found myself dead flat broke. I had to start life all over again. I did not have a plan B. I though music was it. It came to me so easily and it hardly even seemed like work; I had no backup plan.  And after a year of soul searching and applying for jobs, I came to the harsh reality, or I discovered the harsh reality that there is not a whole lot of demand for an “out of work music industry entrepreneur” and for six months straight I was bagging groceries. It was pretty tough, and if you have ever made a lot of money and lost it, I can really empathize with you, it is not a great place to come from. After this year, I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know what was going to get me back to my previous lifestyle, the lifestyle that I had become accustomed to,  the type of income that I was accustomed to- I just didn’t know what the other options were.  I just happen across some other people in basic conversation sharing my struggles and discovered that real estate is where the money is.  There are more millionaires and billionaires created through real estate and real-estate investing than any other industry in the world.  And so, I said Okay, well if more people have done it that way then that is probably where my best chance of getting my life back, or where my do over has the greatest chance of being a success.  So I did what I thought was the logical thing, I went out and got a real estate license and started practicing real estate as an agent and I have to tell you that was not the answer.  When they say real estate is where the money is that is not the type of real estate they are talking about. Now, certainly I had some good years and I got up to a good six figure a year income and it was okay, but you know what, the lifestyle was not even close. I mean- I was working seven days a week. My weekends were gone. I mean they were no longer my weekend they belonged to my clients, or they belonged to a house that I had to hold open-and it was just awful.  And so, at the end of my real estate agent career I had a couple clients that gave me repeat business over and over and over again. You know I would show up to our meetings in my suit and tie, and they would show up in a jeans and a t-shirt. And they showed up typically twenty minutes late, or something like that, and they all ways seemed like they were on the go. They were always on their way to a weekend getaway, or a vacation, and you know I was just sitting on the wrong side of the desk.  I was sitting on the wrong side of the desk in the real estate industry and I would just look at them and imagine, and day dreaming, “Gosh, I wish I was you.” So, they were real estate investors, very different from real estate agent. If you have a real estate license you realize that it does absolutely nothing to prepare you to be a real estate investor. So I came across an organization that actually teaches real estate investing and I jumped- jumped in. I made the total commitment; this is what I am going to do. That is the type of real estate that I want to be in and here I am almost three years later now, I am a full time real estate investor and I actually have real estate agents working for me. I am the guy that shows up in the jeans and the t-shirt. And so, that is my story- real brief.  I am sure as we go along this journey and explore your do over. You’re going to learn a little about me, and I so hope I get to learn about you as well. But that is my story in a nut shell and just recently I did release a book called Do Over, you can pick up a copy at DoOverBook.Com. It is available in paperback, audio book, and e-book. That’s an electronic format that is available for instant download, so that you can have it immediately. The book, it show people discontent with current situation, how to start over, how to get a better life, and create lasting results and do it easier, faster and smarter.  The book is half auto-biographical, half personal development, for lack of a better word. And, it is just where I am sharing the lessons I learned in music industry as a businessman and how I have been able to relate them to the real estate industry.  You know it seems like they have absolutely no relationship, but they absolutely do because it is just business. Business is business: the principles apply universally, and the other thing that applies universally is that you are dealing with people. And, anything that you want out of life, anything that you’re striving for, you are going to have to go through another person to get it. So, the dynamics of people stay s the same regardless of what you are up to. So, I have created this plan, I wrote this book, that regardless of what you aspire to it works universally. The principles are universal: so whether you are up to doing over a new career, you are up to doing over a love life, or your marriage, or you’re up to doing your health, maybe you have lost a bunch of weight and you gained it back and you want to lose it again- whatever it maybe the principles apply regardless of what you are up to.  So that is a little about my life and where I came from; that is a little about my book and what I am up to. And, there is another big part of my life that I am up to right now, and it has to do with a non-profit organization that I have created,  called Re-build the Bouie, I am creating new housing for families misplaced by hurricane Katrina. I am spreading financial literacy through that area. It’s a very socially, demographically, economically depressed area where education can go a long way to make a big, big difference. And, I am donating the first two hundred thousand dollars raised from my book to that cause. I am not putting one dime in my own pocket, so not only can my book do over- get you started on the right track for your do over, it can give someone else a little bit less fortunate a second chance as well.

How I came up with this cause is actually part of the lesson today. Back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit I remember watching the TV and seeing these really disturbing images: people on their roofs screaming for help,  people neck high in water just trying to get to safety,  and watching bodies just float down the street- it was just amazing. And, I have never been touch so much in my life. I have never really had a political bone in my life. I have never really been to interested in anything other than myself and my own business, and my own pursuits, and my own family, and my own friends- outside of that I didn’t have  a lot of interest in anything  else until that moment.  And that was what, five years ago now? And it just really struck me, I remember looking at the TV and I was like these are Americans. These are American’s in America in need of help and not getting it. I was just inspired and moved to do something about it. So, I committed, I declared, “I am going to make the difference there. I am going to contribute at least one house.” And so, that is what I had committed to five years ago and I have not done it yet. I have tried a few different money raising ventures with little to no avail. And then I came up with- you know what, I am writing my book, why don’t I use that, why don’t I combine my passion with this great cause, and see how I can make them work together . And so that is how I came up that and how I put them together.

And so I just started thinking of things that are bigger than myself.  You know I read a book called The Magic of Thinking Big, a while back and shortly after it really changed my life. Shortly after that book I attended a seminar where there was a dentist that stood up and told his life story and a couple of years previous to his speaking he had started an organization called “Homeless Not Toothless”. I think you can visit his organization and see how it has grown at HomelessNotToothless.Org.  It’s grown nationally- I am pretty sure of. And, what his organization does is that it provides free dental care to the homeless.

And he was sharing a conversation that he had had with one of his homeless patients and the homeless patient had shared a story, both about he was fortunate enough to meet both Dr. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi in his lifetime. I mean- how impactful, how blessed, and what was he to meet those two guys in his lifetime. And he went on to tell the story, and he asked both of them the exact same question, I mean it was a really ballzy question, I can’t believe he asked this. I don’t even know if I could have opened my mouth to ask this question to those two guys, but he had asked them, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi,” at separate times of course they were not together, “if you were to live your life over what would you do differently?” Wow, I mean, one man liberated an entire country and another man a significant difference in the Civil Rights for all of mankind, I mean how much more do you want from them?  That is why I think it was a ballzy question, but anyway what was remarkable about the story was Mahatma Ma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King’s answers were identical. “If I lived my life over I would have dreamed my life bigger.” And that literally stopped me, I mean, it completely floored me. The hairs on my arm still stand up when I tell the story, and they are standing up right now. And, it made me think about all the small little things that occupy my mind on a daily basis, like how small in comparison to what is going on world, how small is worrying about your mortgage, or worrying about a car payment, or worrying about a dumb little argument that you had with your girlfriend, or your spouse, or all those small little things that essentially ruin our days, and they take up our time and they really prevent us from living life to the fullest. So, I was like, you know what- I need to start thinking bigger. I need to think about something bigger than myself, something bigger than all my small little problems, and that is how I came up with Rebuild the Bouie by the way. And that whole idea was developed by that great book, The Magic of Thinking Big, the main concept of the book was that beliefs, your thoughts, they do not discriminate. You know, they very much compare it to the law of gravity. You know the law of gravity. If you were to jump off a building the law of gravity would not care, the law of gravity would not care if you were: short, tall, ugly, attractive, rich, poor, dumb, smart, – it wouldn’t care; you are going to hit the ground.  The law of gravity does not discriminate and your beliefs and thoughts very much act in the same way, they don’t discriminate either. So successful thoughts lead to successful result. Mediocre thoughts lead to mediocre results. Negative thoughts lead to negative results. Small thoughts lead to small results, you know, big thoughts lead to big results. Beliefs are beliefs, and it takes no more success to lead to success than it does to failure. I mean, that is the great news. What is great about that is that you get to choose what you believe in; you get to choose. So, in a nut shell, you are what you think about most of the time. So, I have made a conscious effort to just think big. Think big, BIG, BIG. Regardless of what the negative thoughts in my head might be: arguing against it, what the people in my environment might be arguing against it, what the circumstances, or what the economy is doing, whatever is out there that is telling me I can’t do it- I don’t listen.

Each show is going to end with a practical application, because they say knowledge is power. Well, that is absolutely….inaccurate. Knowledge is potential power, unless you apply that knowledge you will experience absolutely no power from it. So you have to apply the knowledge, you have to take action on that knowledge to actually produce power. So, here is the homework assignment, think of a time that you were really proud of yourself. I mean, think of a time when you were really, really, really proud. Think of an accomplishment of yours that really excited you. And during this next week, I want you to start thinking about:  what you can do that can be even bigger? What could you do that would make you even more excited? What could you do that would make you even more proud of yourself? And think about how you can do it. Think of how you can do, not of how you can’t. Think about how you can do it. Watch those thoughts that argue against it though, and watch for those people that argue against it. They are everywhere, and unfortunately, a lot them are the ones that are close to us, our family and our friends; so watch out for those people that argue against it.  There are quite a few people that are around me that think I am naïve and completely foolish for thinking that I can generate two thousand dollars from my book sales to buy a new house to buy a house for a family displaced by hurricane Katrina. I mean I am an unknown author, my distribution is minimal and they think that I am absolutely foolish and naïve and that I don’t really have a chance. But, you know what I am a big thinker now and I have go faith and if you follow that up with action, absolutely nothing is impossible. Bruce Springsteen, big thinker, wanted to be a rock star, he had faith followed up with action and today he is a rock star. Robert DeNiro, big thinker, and he has got faith and he followed those both up with action, and today he is one of the greatest actors of our generation. Martin Luther King had a dream of equal rights for all mankind, and we are probably closer to it than we have ever been, a great deal is owed to him because he had that dream, he thought about it, he was a big thinker. You know if you don’t think big and you don’t have the faith, and you don’t follow it up with action, then life as you experience it is going to remain- tomorrow is going to be the same as today. If you are happy with that more power to you, but if you want something different you have got to follow up your big thoughts with action. So this week think of something big that you can go after make sure it is something that excites you and just start thinking about how it might be accomplished. And, just by doing that you are going to create something pretty amazing, and you are going to get your do over heading in the right direction. Shoot me an e-mail at [email protected], [email protected] if you are stuck, and I will see what I can do to help. I love to help. I don’t want this to be a one way communication. I want this to be an interacting podcast, so feel free to send me an e-mail at [email protected], and I will answer as many of these as I can as quickly as I possibly can.  I am going to keep these podcasts somewhat short. I want to get to the point; I want to give you a lot of meat. So, count on thirty minutes give or take a few minutes for each episode, and next week I will be interviewing a great story of rise and fall and rise again. A real great do over, a great comeback story. He was a successful financial planner, he hit rock bottom do to family health problems, all the way to the point where he was sleeping in his car, and today he has pulled himself back up as a very successful real estate investor and he is doing it using none of his own money, none of his own credit believe it or not. I don’t know how you start a real estate investing career when you don’t even have a house to begin with, but he did it, and here just in less than two years he already has a net worth of a million dollars. He is a shining example of working smart. He has got some really great insight, tips, and strategies, and techniques to share with you as well. So, well, I am Matt “The Do Over” Guy and I will be here next week for your Do Over.

Thank you for tuning into Your Do Over, where the ignored, underestimated, and unknown steps to producing results and making life work are revealed, and remember: “Knowledge is potential power.” Take action on what you learned today. This is not your learn over, It’s Your Do Over. To review the resources references reviewed in today’s show and to receive a complete show transcript visit Stay connected to Matt “The Do Over Guy” Theriault on twitter at the Do Over Guy, and on Facebook at