A Homage to Mentors – Justin Yates and Chad Wade – God’s Gifts to the Entrepreneur | DO 29

Late in the evening on June 1st I received the tragic news that two very close friends of mine were killed in a small plane crash in Wendover, Utah.

You know them actually… Justin Yates and Chad Wade. They’ve both been guests on the show, and Chad as recently as a few weeks ago. Needless to say, it’s a sad time for me and all of my work took a back seat for a while. It was very difficult to concentrate.

Both Justin and Chad left behind young children, loved ones and countless friends that held them in the highest regard. The news affected an extremely large community. My heart goes out to their families.

Justin Yates and Matt TheriaultLate in the evening on June 1st I received the tragic news that two very close friends of mine were killed in a small plane crash in Wendover, Utah.

You know them actually… Justin Yates and Chad Wade. They’ve both been guests on the show, and Chad as recently as a few weeks ago. Needless to say, it’s a sad time for me and all of my work took a back seat for a while. It was very difficult to concentrate.

Both Justin and Chad left behind young children, loved ones and countless friends that held them in the highest regard. The news affected an extremely large community. My heart goes out to their families.

As you know from the show, they were both cherished mentors of mine. As amazing as they were, they were not perfect. They both experienced huge successes and huge failures, and huge successes again. They were “Do Over” personified as they lead by example of never giving up. My life, as well as thousands of lives, is better because they were here. I only hope people will say something remotely the same about me when my time comes.

Life is precious, and short. It’s certainly too short to spend one minute doing something that makes you unhappy. We all have one shot to get this thing called “life” right, and when it’s done… it’s done.

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Give a big hug today to those that you love… and continue to do so as often as possible, and cherish every instance as if it were the last. You just never know when our time will be up. Today’s show is dedicated to Justin Yates and Chad Wade in celebration of their lives, and I can’t think of a more fitting opportunity to celebrate the lessons they taught me and share them with you.

Cheers, peace and blessings to you, and to your successful “do over.”

Justin and Chad… this one’s for you!



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

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Matt:  Hey, this is Matt, “The Do Over Guy,” and this is Your Do Over: Episode 29.

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Well, I’m back and I missed you guys.  You know, I received so many great emails from you the last few weeks.  There’s so much love and support in this audience.  I wished there’s a way that we could get everybody together.  There’s really an awesome community here at the Your Do Over podcast.

I’m confident you all could benefit greatly from associating and interacting with each other.  Let me think about it.  Maybe there’s something I can come up with.  I don’t know what it would be even if it were on a small scale.  I want to try and think of something of how I can make something like that happen because I think that would be a great deal of benefit for you.

I mean all of your possibility if you didn’t notice all of your possibility exists in your community.  It exists in your network and it exists in your environment, in your surroundings, and your relationships.  And conversely, your possibility, it dies without all of that.  So, it’s really, really, really important.  I want to try to put something together.  And I’m trying to respond to all of your emails.  I’m trying.  I’m going to and in fact I’ll respond to some more after I’m done recording this.  But I thought I might multi-task and respond of them here on the air, of which I’m going to do in a minute.

And if you’re wondering where I’ve been, if you’re not on my email list and didn’t get the news.  I lost, well; we lost to two great people on June 1st.  You know then in fact, as they’ve both been guests on the show.  Justin Yates of thinkwithintent.com from episode 9 and Chad Wade of InvestingBreakthrough.com from Episode 27.  Two mentors of mine.  They were both killed in a plane crash in Wendover, Utah on June 1st.  It definitely set me back a minute as I have been spending a lot of time with them in just the 30 days prior or so to their passing.

We had essentially reunited after a year or so of just going off and doing our own things.  We’re going back into business together.  We were very, very excited for the future as I still am.  But it’s just not going to be the same without them.  They both have loving families and children that they’ve left behind and countless people of whose lives they’ve touched and inspired.  I feel so privileged to have been included in their inner circle, to have known them to just be a part of their network of which eventually manifested into valued, respected, and honored friendships.

I mean, they will be missed.  I think all of you who sent me your prayers and your wishes and your condolences are sad as I’m about losing them.  I’m grateful for the lessons they taught me while they were here.  I would not be who I am today without them.  My life is better because of Chad and Justin.

I would like to dedicate today’s episode to them and their families.  In celebration of their lives and the lessons that they taught me, I would like to pass along a few of them to you.  The first thing that I learned from Justin and Chad was how to dream.  I mean, how to define your dream and get a burning desire to achieve it.  And dream bigger than what you think you’re capable of.  That was something very foreign to me.

I’ve been conditioned my entire life to go to school, get good grades, get a job, get married and have a couple of kids and get a couple of nice cars and snuck a little money away for retirement after I’m done working for forty years.  I mean that’s how I was raised but they taught me to dream bigger than anything that I’ve could have ever conceived if I hadn’t have met them.

For example, they’re very much responsible for me creating my “Rebuild The Bayou” Foundation.  They’re very much responsible for me writing a book.  They’re very much responsible for me donating the proceeds from my book to my non-profit organization.  I mean it’s something so big, so much bigger than I could’ve ever imagined for myself.  If I hadn’t been around the right network, around the right people, if I hadn’t been around Chad or Justin.  And so much when I talk about looking in it and finding someone who’s doing what you want to do or someone who has what you want to have.  And then, just do what they do.  Just be who they are.

If you’ll be who they are and you do what they do, you too will have what they have.  If there’s someone else out there doing it, why can’t it be you?  And that’s one amazing gift they gave me.  It wasn’t just how to dream.  It was to actually believe n that dream, to believe that it could actually happen.

I mean it’s one thing to dream but it’s one thing to believe that the dream is actually is going to happen. And then they showed how to take action.  They showed me how to take action and move towards that dream.  Regardless of how many times life punches in the gut, they taught to never ever give up.

They taught me to look at failure as just an opportunity to learn.  They taught me that failure is nothing more than feedback.  They taught me that it doesn’t matter how many times life knocks you down.  It’s how many times you get up that really counts.

They showed me what work ethic looks like.  Those are two of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever met.  They had the results to show for it.  They taught me leadership.  They taught me how to leaf a group of people.  They have taught me how to build a team.  They taught me how to motivate that team, how to get results out of the team for the team’s sake and the individual’s sake.

And they taught me how to teach.  They taught me the value of teaching.  They taught me that when you teach, you learn twice.  They taught me how to be a mentor.  They taught me the value of being a mentor.  And if you’re not one, I highly recommend that we are on the most rewarding things while walking the surf.  That’s what they taught while they were here.

Now that they’re gone, there’s still teaching.  They taught me that life is precious.  Yes.  We all know life is precious.  We utter in casual conversation but do you really know how precious it is?  I mean you never know when life is going to end.

Life is short.  Life is fast.  And you only get one chance at it.  Life is entirely too short to spend one minute doing something you don’t enjoy doing.  It’s entirely too short to worry about stuff like bills, to worry about a job, to worry about he said or what she said, to worry how overwhelmed you are, or how unfair life is.  Or to be bitter because you never seem to get a break or even worse to be bitter because someone else you know seems to get all of the breaks, or to worry whether or not your butt looks too big in your dress, or to be bothered the extra role of fat that begins to overlap your belt.

Life is too short to settle for less than you deserve to settle for less than you want.  Life is too short to be mediocre.  You see these are all problems we weigh so much time concerning ourselves with.  Chad and Justin taught me, don’t waste one minute of life worrying about your problems.

Don’t waste one minute worrying about the challenges, worrying about the obstacles.  Form this point forward; I want you to live everyday to the fullest.  And place your focus on what you want.  Not on what you don’t want.  Not the obstacles, not why you can’t do it, not why you can’t have it.  Focus on how you can.  Place your focus on the solutions.

Don’t settle for “I don’t know what the solution is.”  That’s the easy way out.  That’s what everybody does.  That’s what life’s observers do.  That’s life’s excuse makers do.  It’s what life’s quitters do.  I know that ain’t you.  And that’s all this is just a shift in your thoughts.

It’s just a shift in your thoughts.  That’s how powerful your thoughts are.  For so long, when someone was talking about their thoughts or you have to watch you think about.  You have to focus on the positive. To me, for so long I just spiritual-gobbly gook.  But I really have come to know how important your thoughts are.

You see, your thoughts lead to your emotions.  Your emotions lead to your words.  Your words lead to your actions.  Your actions lead to your habits. Your habits create your character.  Your character creates your destiny.

But it all begins with your thoughts.  So I’m going to request you to start monitoring your thoughts much more closely.  I want you to start today.  They’re so important. They’re vital.  I mean when was the last time you denied yourself something?  Something you really wanted or something you even needed?  Because you thought to yourself, “I can’t afford it.”

I mean some of you do this on a daily basis.  But I’m going to request that you transform your thinking from this point forward to that of “how can I afford it?”  No longer will you think I can’t afford it.  Scratch that.  Scratch that from your thought process.  From this point forward, it’s “how can I afford it?”

And again, don’t settle for that “I don’t know.”  You do know.  It’s doing what you know was where you stopped.  You know more than you think you do.  You’re more powerful than you think you are.

And if you truly don’t know, ask yourself.  If I did know, what would the answer be?  Sometimes that’s a flipping little remark or a smart Aleck remark that someone might ask you but you know what?  It works.

Your brain is the most powerful computer in the universe.  And it will answer any question that you ask of it.  So if you ask yourself the question, “how can I afford it?”  And your answer truly is “I don’t know.”  Ask yourself.  Well, self if you didn’t know, what would the answer be?

Your brain will start to work in a different way.  It will come up with the answers.  And if you still don’t come up with something viable, who could you ask to find out?  But that’s the last resort.  You have the right answers for you.

Another though is when was the last time you looked at an opportunity and you focused more on the cost and the benefit?  When was the last time you spent more time thinking about how much it was going to cost you instead of how much it’s going to make you?

I want you to look at opportunities just as they are.  Opportunities and to understand every opportunity requires an investment.  I want you to look at opportunities as investments in your self, investments in your family, investments in your future.  You’re going to have to put it in before you get it out.

Aside people that complain about their weight but won’t exercise or change their eating habits, they wont do anything about it but continue to complain about how uncomfortable they are or how unattractive they are.  But they won’t do anything about it.  Or the people that expect fire before they ever put a log into the fireplace.  The people that complain their finances but won’t do the additional work because they’re going to miss the next episode of Survivor.  They’re going to miss the next episode of American Idol or the next episode of The Bachelor or whatever is the hot show of the day.

That’s a cost for them.  They’re focused on how much this is going to cost me.  It’s going to cost me my TV time.  As opposed to focusing on how much is this going to make me.  They won’t invest their time to create that better life or they wont invest the money to learn what they need to learn to make the better life.  Or they won’t travel to meet who they need to meet to open the doors for the better life.

So the next time you catch yourself focusing on how much something is going to cost you, transform your thinking to how much is this going to make you.  Not every opportunity is going to be a good one.  That’s not what I’m saying.  I just don’t want you to pass up on opportunities because of reflex.

And when was the last time you thought, “I don’t have the time to exercise because I have to take care of my family?”  I don’t have the time.  I got soccer practice and I’ve got dance class and I‘ve got a tutor them in their school.  I don’t have the time to get in shape.  I don’t have the time to take care of myself.  Or when was the last time you thought I don’t have time to pursue my passion because I have to take care of my family.

It’s softball season for the kids.  After the softball season, I’ll go ahead and start pursuing my passion but right now I don’t have the time.  Or I can’t afford to take risks because I have to take care of my family. We need security.

Do you need security?  Or do you need independence?   I request that you transform your thinking to “I must find time to exercise so I can take better care of my family.  I must pursue my passions so I can take better care of my family. I must take care risks so I can take better care of my family. “

I’m not talking about your responsible.  I’m talking about managed risks because as life goes on and you look back.  Hindsight is 20/20.  As you look back, you start to notice it becomes really clear.  You start to now to notice that those who risk nothing risk everything.

Life is too short not to pursue a better life, a happier life, a more fulfilling life.  It is too short to settle.  If someone else is doing what you want to do, why can’t you do it?  If someone else has what you want to have, why can’t you have it?  Are they smarter than you?  No.  They’re not.  I promise you.

Are they more talented than you?  Maybe.  But you know what?  Skill beats talent every time.  And the good news is that skills can be learned.  And where in life are you throwing out the baby with the bath water?  Where are you holding back in life because you’re more concerned with what someone else gets than what you get?

Maybe because of the loss of Justin and Chad, my reticular activator has been switched on for stupid thinking, disempowering thinking, and negative thinking.  Now what I mean by that is, you know I met a guy earlier this year of where we discussed real estate investment opportunity. I mean this deal is going to pay him 17% on his money in six months.  Money of which he had his life didn’t depend on this money.  It was sitting in a CD earning .8%.  I mean inflation is 3.4%, he is losing money every single day.  It’s in the bank.  And once I presented the initial paperwork with all of the figures, he learned I was going to be making a little more than he was on the deal.  He got all upset and decided not to do the deal.

He was so focused on what I was getting that he completely lost sight on what was in it for him.  He didn’t do the deal.  No biggie to me.  I did it with someone else and the deal actually closed sooner than expected and returned 18% to that person.

And that other guy’s money is still in the bank earning .8%. How much did he lose in six months?  Now he wants to do the next deal with me.  But my point is where in life are you more focused on what’s someone else has as opposed to what you have?

Were you more focused on what they’re getting as opposed to what you’re getting? Are you blocking relationships?  Are you blocking opportunities because you’re envious or you’re jealous or you’re bitter or you resigned or you’re cynical?  Where are you thrown the baby with the bath water in life?

Where in life are you focused on your problems instead of the solutions?  Where are you operating from a place of lack?  Are you focused on poverty?  Or are you focused on abundance?

Where are you settling? Where are you not doing all that you know to do?  Where are you have stepped in?  Were you trying to please everybody?  Those that try to please everybody end up pleasing nobody.  Were you trying to fit in?  What is all this costing you?  What is it costing those that depend on you? And how does that make you feel?

How does it make the people that depend on you feel?  This is what I mean when I say life is too short to spend one moment doing something that makes you unhappy.  Doing one thing that prevents you from living life to the fullest.  Today I request that you stop it.  Just stop it.  Life is too short to waste it on anything that doesn’t serve you ad whether that’s a person, a group of people, unnecessary obligations.

I mean why are you obligated?  What are you obligated to? Are you really obligated to it?  Clean it up.  Clean up what you got to clean up and just move on.  What in your environment isn’t serving you?  How can you get rid of it?  How can you change it?  How can you improve it?  What’s missing that the presence of which would make a difference?

Just stop it.  Stop making excuses.  Stop procrastinating.  Stop lying to yourself that you can’t do it.  Stop settling for mediocrity when you were born to succeed.  Stop being depressed.  Stop being sad. Just stop it.

You were born to be happy.  You were born to live.  Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out.  Now I know this episode is a little more raw, raw than I typically get.  It’s not my style.  But losing two very important people in my life, Justin Yates and Chade Wade, it’s changed me a bit.  No.  Not a bit, a lot.

It’s cost me to look at my own life and analyze where I’m practicing stinking thinking, where I’m not playing it all out, where I’m not doing that I know to do.  I share that with you so that you know that I’m not asking you to do something that I’m not doing myself.  I never endorse anything that I’m not personally benefiting from myself.

I never ask you to do anything that I don’t do myself that I haven’t done before.  I don’t let people come on the show to promote anything that I don’t personally believe in.  I care about you.  I care about your results.  I want you to succeed.  I want you to win.

Life is too short to play not to lose.  Play to win.  I want your Do Over to be better than your first time around.  In the end, I want you to look back and be happy and grateful for this Do Over.  I want you to be happy that you had to Do Over.  For if it weren’t for this Do Over.  You wouldn’t be living the life that you’re living right now.  That’s what I want for you.  That’s what I’m committed to.

We’re in this together.  How do I know?  Well, I know from the many emails and iTunes comments I’ve received.  I want to read some of them to you.

This comes from Chris Gale, “frigging incredible advice.   Simple but really, really encouraging.  Much needed in my life right now.  Thank you.”  Chris, you’re welcome.  Comes from West Gibson, “ I completed a 20-year Navy career a few years back and I’m in a middle of a Do Over myself as I transition into this civilian lifestyle and job market.  I find your words inspiring and can’t wait for each new episode.  Even though I just discovered this Podcast a month ago, I’ve listened to each episode as fast as humanly possible.  I ‘m already putting the tools that you provide to use as I put the wheels in motion for my Do Over.”

Then I started to get emails form you when you heard about Justin and Chad. “Oh Matt, I’m so sorry for your loss.  Have a safe journey and thank you for all you do.  Love and Peace, Angie.”  Thank you Angie.

“So sorry to hear about the loss of your friends.  How tragic.  It’s incredibly difficult to understand God’s timing with certain circumstances in life.  You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers along with the families of Justin and Chad.  May God’s comfort be with all of you as you work through this tough time.  Peace, Rick Mueller.”

Thank you, Rick.

“I’m very sorry to hear the loss of your friends.  Though I just recently downloaded your podcast, your inspiration and that of your guest has been very encouraging to me.  I’ve lost some very close people to me over the years and it’s extremely hard to deal with.  Take all the time you need and I wish and their families the best.  Adam.”

Thank you, Adam.  Peace be with you.

“Wow. We don’t know the day or hour.  We’ll hug everyone a little tighter thanks to you.  Latasha Jenkins.”

Thank you, Latasha.

“Thank you for sharing and know that you travel with my prayers with you.  For your comfort during this time as well as comfort for their families.  Blessings, Mariz.”

Thanks, Mariz.

“I’m sorry to hear your loss.  Please give me regards to the serving families.  My thoughts and prayers will be them along with you and your travels.  Evan” Thanks, Evan.

“As you know unfortunately things like this happen in life and you’re right.  Life is short.  We should cherish every single waking moment, as we never know when our last day on this Earth will be.  Things like this are always difficult to deal with.  So take the time to properly grieve, pray, remember the good times, and how they each touch your life.  Take what you learned, what they brought in your life, and pay it forward.  My prayers and thoughts go out to all those that are affected by this.  God bless.  Eric Foster”

Thank you, Eric.

“What a shock.  I just listened to your interview with Chad yesterday.  I said to myself I was going to listen to it today because it was so inspiring and practical.  I will keep and your friends in my prayers. Thanks for all you do.  You really do make a difference.  Have a safe trip and God bless.  Michelle”

Thanks, Michelle.

“My sincere condolences.  That is just heartbreaking news.  My heart goes out to you and all of the people that have been impacted by these losses.  I know your readers/listeners are here to support you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.  You are appreciated and yes life is precious.  Regards, Shany.”

Thanks, Shany.

“Dear Matt, I would like to just say.  I’m so sorry for your loss.  Death can be devastating.  The next thing I would like to tell you that your podcast has inspired me greatly.  Since I started listening to you, I doubled my claiming business.  Your message has opened my eyes and I’m starting to live again.  So, please know that at your very devastating time, you are making a difference. I will pray for you and the families that these men left behind.  Thank you for your messages and the guts to share them.  Cindy”

Cindy, you’re welcome.  Thank you. I’m happy about your business by the way.

“Life can make unexpected turns that can be horrible.  Just remember that you are making a difference in people’s lives and doing a great service to us all.  Thank you for all you do and I’m sorry for this tragic event that has taken place.  Wendy”

Thank you, Wendy.

“I’m very sorry for your loss.  Unfortunately, it is part of the journey called life.  You are completely right when you say not to do something that makes you unhappy.  When something tragic like this happens, I think of the ways that the person has affected my life.  I make it a point to tell their loved ones and I’m truly grateful for having known them and the positive impact they had on my life.  Again, my condolence on your loss.  Sincerely, Matt Madrigal.”

Thanks, Matt. Forgive me if I mispronounced your name.

“I found your podcast yesterday and listened to 22 of them already while hanging around my son’s basketball tournament yesterday and today.  Tonight when I arrived home I told my husband about your interview with Justin Yates and also from Utah where I live.  I goggled him and found all the news reports about his death this week.  I’m super sorry and send my condolences.  I had no idea.  I’m so sad now.  Please continue podcasting.  I am learning an enormous amount from you.  Rebecca Fuller.”

Thank you, Rebecca.  And much of what you’re learning from me, I learned from Chad and Justin.

“Dear Matt, I’m deeply saddened by your story.  I hope that you may recover soon.  I’m also thinking the same thing about myself, as I am single at 40 years of age.  Sending my prayers to your loved ones who passed away.  God must be at the center of our lives such that death will never be fearful because we have a place up there.  Blessing your journey and take care.  All the best, Bernadette Jenny Wa.”

Thank you, Jenny.  Forgive me if I put your name.

‘I’m so sorry fry or loss and the grief their families and friends have to endure.  Thank you for the update.  We missed you and hope you return soon better, wiser, and stronger.  How I feel after listening to your podcast.  Thanks.  Laura Donathan.”

Thank you, Laura.

“Dear Matt, Thank you for sharing your loss with us.  Somehow it always brings the important into focus for those of us still living.  I can only wish you and your friends and your friends’ families much love and healing as they try to make sense of this and move forward with life.  For me, this was an excellent reminder that it is never too late to try again.  I bought your Do Over book about 8 months ago and I’m just now getting around to starting this small project that talked about back then.  So many setbacks, moves, and things that tried to derail me from moving forward but I have come to realize that this will always happen.  Life is what you make of it and the people who are with you along the way can make that a whole lot more fun.  Just wanted to let you know that I read your emails and I know your heart is in everything that you do.  Best wishes, Ann.”

Thanks, Ann.

“I’m so sorry for your loss.  I’ve had the privilege of listening to both of their interviews on your show and both had an impact on me.  It causes me to wonder why God would take these two who were clearly doing a great deal of good for those who really needed their help. But God has His reasons whatever they may be.  You are indeed right that we should live every moment doing what is worthwhile and engaging in what makes us happy.  It’s easy to lose sight of this especially during trying times.  I wish you and Justin’s and Chad’s families peace.  God bless, Julie.”

Thanks, Julie.

“ I am so sorry for your loss.  May they rest in peace.  Tragic what can be taken in a day.  Take time to grieve.  We will all still be here when you get back.  God bless.  Warmest grace, Grace.”

Thank you, Grace.

“Matt, I’m so sorry to hear about Justin and Chad.  I just finished that episode about a week or so ago.  It was a great podcast.  I enjoyed listening to you and Justin.  I hope you’re doing okay.  Rocko Leon.”

Thanks, Rocko.

“Hello Matt. I’m very sorry to hear about this loss.  My thoughts are with you and their friends and family.  Thank you Matthew.  I’m sorry to hear the tragic news.  I will pray for you and wish peace be also with you.  God speed and I wish you well.  Jessie Toscano.”

Thanks, Jessie.

“Sorry for your loss.  I can’t tell you I know how you feel.  I can tell you that I felt a loss like this.  But as I reflected on what this looks like and what it could say, I wanted to give you some encouragement and what I see coming.  I see this as your time to step in the mentor world and lead.  We all have mentors and you’ve been doing this for me over the last few weeks.  I see this as a time that is a Do Over not monetarily but emotionally and mentally.  You can do this.  You have the skills and support.  I look forward to walking with you and learning what you learn so that I can handle my Do Over with more wisdom.  God bless.  Paul Ashenfelter.”

Thanks, Paul.  It’s funny that you mentioned that because both of their companies have asked me to step in and consult.  They know that I was mentored by Chad.  They know that I was mentored by Justin.  And what an honor to be asked.  Of course, I accepted. So thinkwithintent.com is still moving forward.  InvestingBreakthrough.com is still moving forward.  I’m privileged and honored that I’ve been asked to be a part of that.

“Hi Matt.  It’s strange that from listening to a podcast. You feel as if you know people personally but that’s the way it’s feels. Such tragic news to hear.  My sympathies go out to all the families and friends of Justin and Chad.  I will keep all in my daily prayers.  And Matt, you will come back stronger form this.  With sympathy, Nancy Taylor.”

Thank you, Nancy.

“Thank you for sharing as we are all concerned by the matter.  Sharing this precious life.  My sympathy goes to you in this time of loss.  Nevertheless, those who leave this world also leaves this legacy of their unique qualities that brought sparks into our lives and the warmth in our hearts.  Thank you also for your ongoing inspiration.  Chantel Andre Bercles.”

Thanks, Chantel.  And I’m sure I butchered your name so forgive me.

“Matt, I know you don’t know me at all but your words have been inspiring and I read your last email.  I wanted to say something.  Thank you.  My condolences.  I figured I would just let you know the one thing I believe you have done for your two friends.  You respected and honored them while they were alive by bringing their words, messages, and lessons to all of us your audience.  I cannot think of a better way to pay homage to your friends than by demonstrating your respect for them.  You have given them an opportunity to positively influence my life and for that I am grateful.  I know they would be too.  Thanks, Seth.”

You’re welcome, Seth.  And thank you.

“Hi Matt.  I’m very sorry to hear about your friends, Justin and Chad.  I am praying for their families and friends and for you and your family.  I agree we only live each day as if it will be our last because one day we are going to be right.  I get that from your show.  Your note made me stop and think about what is really important and I appreciate it.  Also, I wanted to let you know although I haven’t written to you before.  I do listen to all of your shows.  I’ve been going through some tough times due to a job loss and your Do Over podcast helps inspire me to push forward with my search.  Sometimes my motivation seems to be up and down so listening to your show while I’m in the car gives me a boost.  Well, I just wanted to let you know what you’re doing with your podcast is making a difference for me.  I’m sure thousands of other people who may not be in contact with you.  As you have assessed what’s important in your life.  I hope the Do Over podcast is still in your list.  Please take your time to sort things out and I hope to hear pod cast whenever you’re ready.  Hope you have safe travels.  Bruce.”

Thanks, Bruce.  And thank you for all your kind words and sympathy during this time.  I wanted to share those emails with you because we can mourn the loss of those that we love.  Yet, don’t forget why you have chosen to still be here.  You were born to thrive.  You were born to make a difference.  Countless people are counting on you.  Don’t take this time you have here on Earth for granted nor take those that mean the most for you for granted either.

My final request for today as soon as this show is over.  I’m requesting that you pick up the phone and call someone just to tell them that you love them.  Call someone just to tell them that they are awesome.  Call someone just to tell them how much they mean to you or even better get in the car and drive to them and do it in person.  And give them a hug while you’re at it.  I would give anything to give Justin and Chad one more hug but I can’t.  They’re gone.

But I can hug and love the people that are still here and so can you.  Do that for me.  Please.  Do it for you.  Do it for them.  God bless you.  He loves you and so do I.

I am Matt, the Do Over guy.  And I will see you next time in your Do Over.

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