Matt is joined in this episode by new friend, Greg S. Reid. Greg is a best-selling author (Three Feet from Gold), speaker, and filmmaker. Matt and Greg decided to come together over the holidays and discuss a few points with the intent of contributing to your “do over” now and into the New Year.
Among many tangible golden nuggets of wisdom, Greg surprises Matt with a special “world premier” type of an announcement on how YOU can participate very easily in Greg’s new project.
5 Important Lessons from the Episode
- The most successful people don’t give up! Think about the struggles that you are facing and ask yourself if you could be “three feet from gold.”
- Money is energy and wherever you focus energy is what you will attract. If you focus on lack, you will get a whole lot of nothing; but if you focus on opportunities, you will attract abundance into your life.
- Don’t let your current circumstances define you as a human being. Your past mistakes and your current challenges can never change who you are.
- Seek counsel, but do not ask for opinions. Opinions are based on ignorance, lack of knowledge, and inexperience. Counsel is based on wisdom, knowledge, and experience. For some, this may mean not taking advice from friends and family.
- The most important thing you can do to start your do over is to join a supportive environment. Even if you have to spend money to join a mastermind or hire a coach, it will change your life!
What You’ll Learn:
- How to shift your goals from possibility to probability.
- How you can use community and conversation to guide your success.
- The three powerful areas that are vital to a successful do over.
- Why everyone should have a mentor, coach, or role model.
- Why looking for unexpected opportunity may be the best decision you can make.
- The two factors that determine your motivation and success.
- Why changing your “inner circle” will change your life that very moment.
- The simple tip that will increase your daily productivity.
- How using proper delegation can help your focus.
- Why understanding the difference in counsel and opinion is important.
Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:
- Get started on your own “do over” by downloading “The 3 Pillars of Creating the Ultimate Do Over” at https://FreeDoOver.com
- Three Feet from Gold by Greg S. Reid and Sharon L. Lechter
- The Road to Riches by Napoleon Hill and Greg S. Reid
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That is a 55-minute mp3 audio program that I made just for you with three specific steps on how to get success as you start over and that is yours for free at freedoover.com. Happy holidays to you. We’re right here in the midst of the holidays. In fact, it’s December 21, the day that I’m recording this episode. The day that the world was supposed to end but God bless us today as we’re all still here. So praise that for sure.
Now I was really trying to wind down here at the end of the year, take my foot off the gas a bit. Actually I was really trying to take my foot off the gas entirely during the holidays. You know, I had a phenomenal year. It was my best year ever since the music business and I’m truly blessed. God has given so much more than I needed this year and I’m very, very grateful.
I’m so grateful for what He has given me and I’m grateful that I get to share it with you and I get to share it with you on a way that I hope it positively impacts what you’re up to in your do over. Whether that’s a tip or whether that’s motivation, whether it’s inspiration, I mean, the whole intent here is that, you know, this content, it’s actually makes a difference for you.
So I hope you’d get that and, you know, as I was trying to take some time off here at the end of the year, something came up. That’s why I’m here right now talking to you right now. I mean, a really cool opportunity that I just, I couldn’t let it get away. You see, with this year that I had, it was pretty much myself and my partner locked up in a very small office all year long, just grinding away.
We produced some amazing results and we’re not done yet, though. We’ve got more world to conquer. We’ve got more of our message to spread and we’ve got more people to help. But I know there’s a limit to what we can do on our own. And we absolutely push that limit this year.
I know. I mean, I talked about it on this show frequently that your possibility, you know what’s possible for you, it lives inside of your community. It lives in the conversation that you have within that community. When you’re immersed in your community and you’re interacting with that community, that’s where your possibility lives.
That’s where it moves from possibility to probability. Now I don’t know if you call that a law or what but I’ve come to know it as one of the really just great truths from my life and so many of those that I had the honour of working with and conversely, it works the other way as well.
I mean, I know if you isolate yourself. If you stop having those conversations inside of your community, your possibility dies there. It dies. It lives with the community, it dies without it. It lives with conversation, it dies without it. Your possibility, it will live in your community and it will die without a community.
So what I’m getting at here is almost, I guess, this entire past year, my partner and I, we’ve, not been, in the community. We have not interacted with very many people; we haven’t had very many powerful conversations. I might say that I’m referring to the big conversations.
The type of conversations that are bigger than what you might otherwise imagine for yourself. So one of our commitments for the New Year was to enrol and participate in a new community. Whether we’re going to create a new community or we’re going to find a new community, we had to get involved and participate in a new community.
Specifically a community with either, like-minded individuals like entrepreneurs, go getters, people that dream big and people that live big and preferably, you know, a community that has already accomplished what we’ve set out to do. Personally, I mean, I’m really committed also to finding a new mentor or a coach that can look at what I’m up to from the outside looking in, and then guide me and counsel me in my endeavours and take what I see as possible and transform it to the realm of probability.
That’s you know with a new community’s what we’re looking for and I’m certainly looking for a new coach or a new mentor. This is, it’s another aspect of success that I frequently discuss. I mean, if there’s something you want to accomplish, one of the first things on your to-do list should be to go on and find someone who has accomplished it and find out how he did it so you can follow in their footsteps so you can model that person.
So you can mimic that person, so you can duplicate those results. I mean, your environment, your community and, when I say community, I’m referring to the people that you interact with on a regular basis and your mentor, your coach, your role model, plenty of different names for that type of person but just someone to follow. Someone that has laid, set the example for you to follow.
I mean, those three things are absolutely vital to the success of your do over and those three areas are, or I should say, were lacking in my life. My environment is a small office; My community, really consisted of just my partner and myself; and I don’t have anybody in my life right now to look up to or seek counsel from at the moment.
So I have to create that. I know how important those things are and I know that nobody’s going to deliver them to my front door step. So I have to create them for myself and I should say that I have to, or actually I shouldn’t say that I have to, I should say that I get to. I took that first step this past week and immersed myself in a community of thriving entrepreneurs for a week out in Las Vegas and decided that I take a very expensive leap of faith and put what I know and what I teach to the test to practice what I preach here to you.
The advice and the suggestions and the recommendations that I give to you, I’m doing that myself. I give myself that same type of counsel, that same type of coaching. I coach myself in that way and I’ve put it to the test because sometimes it can be a little scary. You don’t know where it’s going to work or not but I decided I was just be wide open. I’m going to be a blank canvas.
I’m going to be a student who just doesn’t know anything inside of this new community that I’ve got involved with and sure enough, miracles happen almost instantly, almost instantly. I connected with a dozen individuals or so who are up to some very big, big things and I believe I created a few new really good friends and I’ve found a coach, a new mentor.
I’ll tell you about him at a later episode and that process and I’ll keep you up to date with the progress but I have a very special treat for you as I was able to get one of my new friends on the phone. A very busy friend, this is a very impromptu phone interview and I haven’t done really any preparing for this whatsoever.
I don’t have any, hardly anything written down. I’ve got a couple notes from past interviews and good questions that I like to ask but that’s about it. We’d just kind of go by the seed of our pants here and I just like, “Let’s do this. Let’s just go ahead and do this and you know, who knows what’s going to come of it. I have no idea.”
Now my new friend perhaps you’ve heard of him, maybe this will be your first time hearing of him. He is quite remarkable. I mean, he is so remarkable that the Napoleon Hill Foundation, the very Napoleon Hill, the author of “Think and Grow Rich”, the 20th biggest selling book of all time. The foundations has united with our guest today and essentially invited him to carry on Mr Hill’s work.
You know, he’s already an established writer. He’s a speaker and he’s a filmmaker and he’s loaded with words of wisdom and great little stories and titbits. You know, he’s also loaded with grace as he has taken time out of his busy schedule during the holidays to join us here today.
You may be able to tell that I’m a little under the weather but I didn’t want to miss this opportunity. So here we are for a relatively short but very special episode of the Your Do Over Show. Now I guess we’ll get into without further delay. I welcome to the show Mr. Greg S. Reid. Greg welcome to the show.
Greg S. Reid: Thank you for having me, been looking forward to this Matt.
Matt: Yeah, me too, me too. This is awesome that you’ve been able to squeeze us in over the holidays. This is going to be, I’m very excited about whatever comes out of this. Whatever happens, it’s meant to be, right?
Matt: Cool, so I guess just tell us a little bit about yourself, about your background and how you’ve come to be who you are today.
Greg: Well I’m just a regular guy but most probably I guess I could say is I’m a new husband and a father of an eight month old baby and one greatest blessings and accomplishments probably I ever had in my life.
Professionally, people might know me as an international bestselling author, speaker, and filmmaker, been publishing about 46 books, 30 languages and I believe there have been 22 bestsellers. I’ve been featured in five motion pictures. I got to tell you, it’s been an incredible rollercoaster ride and a great adventure, needless to say.
Matt: Right, no, definitely. You definitely got your accomplishments for sure. So did you start out doing that? What were you doing before all of this, all of this happened?
Greg: Well, I was in advertising. I used to sell promotional items to businesses all over the country and did that for, gosh, 20 years of my life and then one day I did a speech at a local university and someone said, “Boy, you should write a book.” And I thought, “That’s a great challenge because I never really read a book.”
You know, so I went to Barnes and Noble, I bought all the bestsellers. I realized I could probably do that too and I wrote my first one and became a big sensation worldwide. Ever since then, I got bitten by the bug and here we are.
Matt: Got it, what was the first book?
Greg: It’s called The Millionaire Mentor. A lot of people think I mentored millionaires or I work with big corporations but I actually mentor intercity kids in my hometown of San Diego. I’ve been kind of successful so as I drive up in a brand new car, the kids would say, “Here comes the millionaire mentor.” And it becomes kind of badge of honor.
Matt: Right, that’s funny. We’ve got to know each other here these last couple of weekends. Spent a couple of hours together and you just said something else that makes us kindred spirits almost. I was giving a speech to a bunch of realtors and I was all done. Someone said, “You should write a book.”
Matt: And it turned into this giant thing and then they heard my story about my time in the music business and they dubbed me “The Do Over Guy.” So almost identical, I didn’t know that about you. So I guess what you’re most recently known for and probably your biggest accomplishment is your dealings and affiliations with the Napoleon Hill Foundation and your book, Three Feet From Gold. How did that happen?
Greg: Well, it’s a blessing. What happened is I was meeting with the gentleman named Don Green who’s the president and CEO of the Napoleon Hill Foundation where he granted me a very unique opportunity to help modernize and update the principles found in the 20th bestselling book in history, “Think And Grow Rich” So when we went on this journey instead of going around and talking to people like Napoleon Hill did about richness and success and motivation, I took it from a different standpoint.
I wanted to ask people why they didn’t quit because we’ve all faced a lot of challenges these past few years and I could not relate to another billion dollar success story but I could relate to one throwing the towel from time to time. That’s what this project turned around to be a great achievement for us because I think that went a 20 twenty different languages or 21 different languages the first year. We’ve been getting a lot of raving reviews because people can really relate to what I believe.
Matt: So I actually just learned this past week was essentially the Napoleon Hill Foundation is, I guess, pass the baton if this the right words to you to taking over, I guess, Napoleon Hill’s position in our society and how it’s associated with the book. Is that accurate?
Greg: Yes, but it’s also sharing Lector, my co-author for Three Feet From Gold. We call it the golden ticket so to speak of. We have access to Napoleon Hill’s handwritten notes and letters and audios and videos that no one’s ever seen. We’re, like I said, we’re helping modernize it because a lot of people cannot relate, you know, to the stories of J. C. Penny or Woolworth or Henry Ford back in the day but people know Nascar, they know Chick-Fil-A, they know rematch real estate, they know all these modern things. So what we’re doing is sitting down with those iconic figures to find out their stories and then sharing them with the world.
Matt: That’s awesome. I was really excited to have you on today because you are so deeply immersed in the 13 principles by Napoleon Hill and I wanted you to bring that perspective to a survey that I conducted with the listeners of the show. I discovered through this survey that the top five challenges that they’re facing in their do overs.
I like to just speak on this a bit and get your perspective and insight and perhaps some of these, you know, they might have been an issue for you or maybe they’ve been an issue for someone that you’ve worked with and you just kind of share your experience on how you overcame them or how you know people have overcome them, sound good?
Greg: Excellent but before we get there, can I share with everyone what Three Feet From Gold is all about?
Matt: Oh, please do, please do.
Greg: Based on the first chapter of Think and Grow Rich where a guy named R. U. Darby got bit with the gold fever and went out West. He started digging and found a couple of nuggets of gold. He buried it and hid it and went home and told his family and friends. They chipped in money to buy equipment so they can pull it out by the orchard.
At first, truckload comes out and sure enough it’s filled with gold. They’re going to be rich. All of a sudden, the gold ran out. He kept digging but the gold ran out. Defeated, he walks out of that mine and says, “I quit.” And sees a junkman walking by and says “Hey buddy, give me $200, I’ll sell you this mine and all the equipment. I’m going back home. I’m done.”
The junkman realizing the equipment was worth thousands said, “Of course, you’ve got yourself a deal.” But Darby goes home defeated. The junkman goes to a local engineer and says, “What happened?” “This Darby guy hit gold and ran out.” The engineer starts laughing and he goes, “Everyone knows that a gold runs in a straight line kind of a like a pencil. It’s called a gold vane.” What Darby did is he came in one side, hit gold, and popped in the dirt.
He just goes back to where they discovered treasure, go 90 degrees up the opposite direction, just three feet and you’ll tap back into the vane. Not only did the junkman pulled millions of dollars out, but that’s what Fort Knox is today. Moral is, how many times have we or someone we know quit one clash work from a degree or sales or marketing or anything that challenging gets tough? We realize that the most successful people are those who don’t give up truly when they’re three feet away from their treasure.
Matt: Right, I’m gathering that you want to point that out because we have a lot of people that could potentially be three feet from fold and as they’re in the bottom of their Do Over.
Greg: I say that because you’re about to ask me some questions, I think are very poignant. Not what we’re going to go for. So go ahead, hit me.
Matt: Okay, cool. So the biggest challenge and it’s probably no surprise but this is great time to talk about it from you associated with Think and Grow Rich is money. Having the money to start over whether they want to start over a new job or they want to start a new career completely or they want to build a business. Whatever that may be, money seems to be the big challenge and especially in today. How would you, what would be your advice for people that have that challenge?
Greg: Well, understand that money is, I’m sure you’ve talked about a thousand times on this show, is energy. It’s whatever we put our energy into is what we attract back towards us. If we look at what we don’t have and focus on what we’re missing, the chances are we’ll see a lot of just that, what we don’t have. When we start focusing on the opportunities at hand, well, sure enough that comes as well. One of the greatest interviews I did was with a guy named Truett Cathy who founded Chick-fil-A restaurant.
I remember asking. I said, “Why are you so successful when other people aren’t?” and he looks at me and said, “Stop planning.” And I go, “Stop Planning?! That goes against everything we’re taught.” He says, “Well, the secret of success is to look for unexpected opportunity but keep your eyes peeled for that opportunity.”
And I say, “Like what?” He goes, “If I want to go to the end of the street and that’s my goal, I just get off my backside and start moving out that way. He goes, “Where people are going to plan and look down and just focus on their challenge at hand, they’re not going to see opportunity.” And I said, “Like what?” He goes “What if a kid left his skateboard or bicycle out or if I get real lucky, I’ll wave down a neighbour and hitch a ride to the end of the street.”
He goes, “Either way, I’ll get to my goal, my destination. I’m just not so focused on how it’s going to happen.” And I realized when it comes to financial matters, it’s the same thing. So many people think of what they have right at their disposal, what they have right there in their hands but they’re not looking at all the opportunities that literally lay around us.
So for me, in the one thing I would do is change my energy from focusing on what we don’t have or lack and start focusing on the opportunity that truly is three feet away from us at right now.
Matt: There’s a shift in focus.
Greg: That’s it.
Matt: I agree, I agree. The second obstacle or challenge that people are dealing within their do over is negative thinking, self-doubt, not believing that they can actually do it. Obviously they’re coming right out of, you know, some sort of success and probably been beaten up pretty bad. And you know, sometimes that’s a hard place to start once you had success and then to hit the bottom and dust yourself off and pick yourself up and do it all over again. How do you deal with doubt or negative thinking or do you?
Greg: Absolutely but one of the, again, I got to go back to that. You heard me talk about Genevieve Bos just started Pink Magazine. I remember when, you know, most people listen to this when we’re doing our Do Overs. Our biggest challenge is we look back and we used to have a lot more success in our life and we think ourselves as failures or losers or, you know, has-beens because we don’t have it today.
She said one of the greatest lines to me. Her name is Genevieve Bos who started Pink Magazine and she said, “Never let your mistakes or setbacks or circumstances determine our value as a person.” I said, “You don’t understand what I’m going through Genevieve. I used to be rich, I used to have all these prosperity and now I’m doing it over and I feel challenged, struggled and…”
She reached into her purse and she goes, “What is this?” and I said, “It’s a hundred dollar bill.” And she showed it to me and she goes, “Do you want it?” and I said, “Yeah.” And she crumpled it right in my face and she goes, “Do you still want that piece of paper?” and I said, “Absolutely.”
She throws it on the ground and steps on it. “Do you still want that piece of paper?” I said, “Yeah, I really could use it right now.” She looks at me dead in the eye and she says, “Then why is it in life, when we have challenges, when we get crumpled, when we get thrown onto the ground and stepped on, we think our value changes as a person. Just as like that $100 bill value doesn’t change when it gone through the ringer. Our values as human beings doesn’t change just because we fell on some hard times. So understand our value of what we were, where we’re going isn’t based on the situation at hand and never let our circumstances define what our value is as a human.”
Matt: A good lesson. Absolutely, very visual. The next one is, it’s kind of the same but definitely it was defined in the survey as distinct and that’s motivation. Motivation to actually get going. So not necessarily the negative thinking but the motivation to pursue your do over, what would you say to that?
Greg: Well remember this. Right now, Charlie Jones had a great quote and says that, “We are the same today as we are going to be in five years except for just two things. The people we meet and the books we read. It’s who we hang out with, it’s what we put in our head that determines our motivation, our success.”
You and I had a conversation about this in Las Vegas. Here’s the fact, people listening in. Right now, we are a direct reflection of the five people that we hang around the most in our attitude, our income and our lifestyle is the exact average of that group.
When we change our association, our life would change that moment. So back in high school, if we hang around the smoking section, chances are we’re a smoker. If we hang around the jock, we’re a jock. If we’re hanging around with other people that are complaining, griping, moaning, talking about all the problems around in the society, well chances are that’s the dialogue we’re having.
If we’re hanging around hypothetically with myself and my friends and his friends, imagine sitting in a circle of Matt and two of his best friends and me and my two best friends. If you were just a fly on the wall, will your attitude change? Of course, it will have to because we know that there are problems and challenges but we’re looking at the solutions.
We’re looking on the way out. So I believe if we want the better attitude, if we want more motivation in our life, then surround ourselves with other like-minded people and they help us get to where we want to go.
Matt: Absolutely. I’ve covered that so many times on this show that I think your environment and the people that you associate with are probably have a bigger impact than anything else that you can possible do.
Matt: Period, exactly. Next one is focus. This is actually been a little bit of a challenge of mine. I came out of my do over and I wanted to take on the world and I focused on just a whole lot of stuff. I got a little bit of a slow start but once I did focus on one thing and then just started adding things once I’ve mastered that first thing, it really started to shift for me. How do you deal with focus? Because I know you’re up to a whole bunch of things.
Greg: Yeah, well I do the hardest thing first and then the rest is easy. That’s it. Do the hardest thing first and the rest is easy. The challenge with us is usually we have this long list in our head or on a piece of paper on our To-Do list and it’s all these things we need to do and the hardest thing is usually at the bottom.
I realize that if I could just start my day and do the hardest thing first, the rest of the day is pretty much piece of cake and I could get through it. What happens is if we sit and do little chores, we have little processes to do and we keep on thinking we’re putting this big thing off, well chances are we’ll quit before if we ever get to there and never get around to it.
They’ll round to a thing like to talk about. So for myself, I realize for focus, if I could just do the hardest thing first and get out of the way, the rest of the stuff seem simple and by the end of the afternoon, I’ve accomplished many of the things that we’re on my to-do list by simply getting the tough one done first.
Matt: Right, right, take on the big one first. Awesome, also when I was referring to as focus, you’re a writer, you’re a speaker, you’re a filmmaker, you’re a husband and you’re a father. So there’s a lot of things going on in your life. How do you deal with focus that way?
Greg: Well, I again, I have this firm belief about a principle and a lot of people don’t agree to it but I’ll just tell you what I do because you’re asking me the question. I believe in working your strengths and hiring your weaknesses so I’m a big fan.
So the realities are is that being a father later in life, I do have a lot of things going on so we hire a full time nanny so who can help us with the kid so we can focus and keep going on our careers while we have time with our child.
When I got challenges in my business, for example, if I don’t need to write another book, which I have one due right now, I bring on the best ghost writers and copy editors. I’m working on a film right now so I just hired two of the top cinematographers to come in and start planning it out and writing the screenplay.
So the reality is I got many different plates spinning absolutely but if you actually walk in to my office, I got a pretty clean desk because what I do is delegate. I work my strengths but I have no problems with letting other things go and hiring the weaknesses so I can focus on what I do best.
Matt: Nice, nice, do what you do best and delegate the rest.
Greg: That’s it.
Matt: Awesome. This next one, it wasn’t the most common but through the people that I’ve talked to, all of my coaching clients, it’s certainly is the one that seems to hold people up the most. And that’s spousal or family support. The people that are really close to you. I’m blessed to have a great partner right now that is ultimate support.
I mean it’s a 100% support but I wasn’t so fortunate in the first two and I don’t know how I would’ve dealt with it before and I don’t even know if I be where I am today if that didn’t change in my life. How would you address that if you’re not getting the support from your spouse? Like your partner in life?
Greg: It’s kind of interesting. The realities are, you and I talked about the direct association and there’s no closer association than that person into our lives. And for myself, as I was very important when I found my new wife to make sure that I surrounded myself with somebody who showed the same ideals, goals, dreams because, you know, besides just in business, you know, I like doing crazy adventures to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and go skydiving the next week, we do run with the bulls and we do, you know, just crazy adventures and make sure I surround myself with somebody who has the same thoughts, beliefs system so I’m you, I got somebody that strongly supportive. Now on the same note, if we don’t have somebody who’s strongly supportive, I would really sit and think about who it is we’re getting our input from.
I don’t understand this. One of the great interviews I did was with a gentleman who’s invented String Theory, how the entire universe pulled it together. He says, “Happiest people seek something called counsel where unhappy people seek something call the opinion. They listen to it.” I say, “What’s the difference?”
He goes, “Opinions usually based on ignorance, lack of knowledge and inexperience.” Sometimes that’s our family members. So if you go to someone who’s never written a book before, “I’m going to write one!” They might go, “You can’t write a book!” “Why not?” “I don’t know, you just can’t” Well that’s your opinion because it’s based on ignorance, lack of knowledge, experience, they never done it.
Well, counsel’s based on wisdom, knowledge. These are the mentors that are already picked the way. If you go to Mark Victor Hansen who wrote Chicken Soup and say, “I’m going to write a book.” He’s going to say, “Great, but before you get started, here’s what you need to know. I’ll give you counsel based on wisdom, knowledge and experience.” John Schwartz said “If we spend our daily lives only seeking counsel and not asking for people’s opinion, our life would change accordingly.”
So for myself when I was in situations where my close friends or family members didn’t agree or believe what I wanted to do, I just didn’t really share my dreams and goals too much with them and I saw at a mastermind group and other positive like-minded people that five circle of influence and from there, that’s where I did all my unveiling.
You know what, I created an environment where I was free to share what we wanted to do and opportunities and potential what could be. So my answer to that would be is to surround yourself with the mastermind group, get yourself one that shares the same ideals, goals and thought processes so that you’re not brought down by people’s opinion and you’re surrounded by counsel.
Matt: Nice talking to you Greg, we’ve got so much stuff in common. I’m not going to point every single little of thing out but it’s just really awesome to, I guess.
Greg: We’re blood brothers, man, that’s why we did the little pinkie swear, right?
Matt: That’s right, that’s right. It’s just, you know when you’re, the life of an entrepreneur, the life of doing over on your own, it can be a very lonely place and when you connect with someone that’s a little bit ahead of you and game and you hear things that confirm what you’re doing. It really makes a lot of difference so thank you for sharing your insight, sharing your stories with us. It helps me and I know it’s helping a lot of the listeners.
Greg: Well, excellent. I thank you very much for having me. Is there any last words of wisdom I can…
Matt: Yeah, absolutely. Let’s go, let’s end on a really positive note. Up to this point in your life Greg, what are you most proud of?
Greg: Like I said, I will book end it then. The thing I’m most proud of is my wife and my child and the happy productive life that I’ve been so fortunate to actually step on to the plate and live. You know, one of the worst things we can do is look back and say, “I wish I would have…” You know, the graveyards are filled with millions and billions of people that the world couldn’t live without.
For myself, I figure, “You know, I’m just going to leave it all out on the court.” If I think of something, I go do it because you know what, not everything’s going to be a great success but I’m never going to have to look back and say, “Gee, I wonder what would have happened…” or “I wish I would have…” There’s one thing that I could say that the most proud is that I lived my life each and every day to the fullest because, you know what, there’s no other way to go.
Matt: Right, right. With that type of mind set, the future’s got to look really bright for you. What’s in your future right now that’s really exciting you?
Greg: Right now, I’m working on something that has nothing to do with me. It’s about us. I’m working on a brand new book project and a brand new website called “Secret of Happiness” because so many people, if you ask a thousand people what happiness means to them, you get a different answer.
So I’m creating a portal where people can go to SecretofHappiness.com and tell us what your definition is. And from there, I’m going to compile these stories and create the next, you know, Chicken Soup for the Soul type of work book program where people are going to, instead of talking about the doom and gloom and the sad and tear jerker thing, I want to know what makes people smile.
What puts a grin on your face? What makes you excited to wake up each and every day? And so the Secret of Happiness is going to be a web portal like nothing the world has ever seen and has nothing to do with the guru or an aim behind it. It has to do with us because it’s all for the people, we the people because bottom line, I want to hear what other people are doing so I can start doing it too.
Matt: That’s awesome. The Secret of Happiness?
Greg: Yeah, TheSecretOfHappiness.com. Just go check it out and we’re building the site and the whole bit. What’s going to be nice is going to be, like I said, a website, it can be a book series, it’s going to be all these incredible thing s and I invite people listening in to this to go to that site, check it out and start tell me your stories right now.
Because I’m going to hand select the best ones and actually publish your story in this book, there’s no charge, nothing. You just got to be part of something that’s literally going to go out and have your words inspired the world.
Matt: Wow, that’s awesome. I’m sure you’re going to get a ton of those from this audience. I had no idea that was coming. So thank you for that invitation. Thanks for making that open us.
Greg: You’re the first person, I swear, I ever offered it to. This is the debut, right here on this show.
Matt: There you go, you heard it here first. Awesome, well Greg, thanks for taking time out on this holiday season. I know you’re a busy guy. If we want more, because I get comments and feedback all the time on the shows and the guests that we have, so would you open to coming back in the future if we miss something?
Greg: Absolutely, anytime, anything. Look, you and I are friends joined at the hip right now. So anything I can ever do to be in service, don’t be shy. Call on me and everyone listening in, my personal email address is greg, G-R-E-G, @gregsreid.com, R-E-I-D. [email protected]. You call me and you email and say, “Hey, I’m working on this, I need some help.”
You’re not going to go to my secretary; you’re not going to an assistant. It goes right to my iPhone. I’d be glad to answer anything I can do to be of service to you or to others and thanks for very much for having me, Matt. I appreciate everything you’re doing to make the world a brighter place.
Matt: Thank you, Greg, that was very gracious. Glad to have you here. Alright, bud, have an awesome day and happy holidays, happy new year, I’ll talk to you next year.
Matt: Take care.
How awesome is that? I mean, I believe that might be our very first world premier here on the show and I’m actually looking right now at Greg’s new website. It looks awesome. I can see right there in the upper right hand corner, it says, “Submit your happiness”. So if you feel so inclined, take up on his invitation and if you’d like to potentially be published in Greg’s new book, go to thesecretofhappiness.com.
And submit your story. Submit your version of what makes you happy and what happiness means to you, alright? So a couple of points I would love for you to take away from this show and take these lessons in to the New Year. Greg was in a bit of a hurry so I didn’t want to waste too much time interacting with him today. I wanted to get as much as out of him as possible so that you and I, we could just talk about it later.
Like right now, okay? So we got a bunch of stuff. Let’s go over it, let’s review it. First, we talked about your environment, community and a mentor. How much of an impact that on your success, the success of your Do over that’s going to have. It’ll probably have more success than anything else and given that fact, if you don’t have a supportive environment like my community and, or a mentor or coach.
You have to take charge and go create it, okay? No one’s going to do it for you. You have to create it and if you create it, I mean, you might have to buy it. Maybe pay to create the environment or join a community that has an entrance fee or maybe something like I did. Actually hire a coach, I hired a coach this past week of which I considered to be a fairly healthy amount of money is what the investment was for me.
But you know it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter to me that how big of that investment was because I know; I know what type of an impact the right coach would have on my results. I know what type of impact the right coach will have on your results. I mean, the results I know that I’ll get from this relationship will completely dwarf the fee that I had to pay, completely dwarf it.
And that goes for the same for you. So if you don’t have a coach, if you don’t have a mentor, you got to go find one. If you can’t find one, maybe just going to have to hire one enough to take that leap of faith. I just know that’s going to give for you. So that’s first, create your environment, your community and get a mentor. Hire one if you must.
Second, Greg mentioned something during this episode that we kind of breezed over rather quickly but it’s really important and it kinds of ties in to what I just said. You know, who you are right now and how you’ll be different one year from now, five years from now, ten years from now. The difference between now, who you are now and who you’ll be then will be defined by the people you meet along the way, who you interact with, the company that you keep and the books that you read between now and then.
So make it a point. If that’s the case, make it a point to meet great people. Go out of your way to meet great people and make it a point to keep a steady flow of great literature pumping through your brain. Two great places to start might be Greg’s book for example. If you haven’t read it, Three Feet from Gold, go get it. Great book.
A newer one he just put together with a bunch of very powerful friends. I just finished this actually, The Roads to Riches, The Roads to Riches. Of two very awesome reads. Three Feet from Gold and Roads to Riches, okay? Put those at the top of your reading list for the New Year or maybe even read them both while you’re on your break.
Third point that Greg mentioned was the difference between a counsel and opinion. I’ve talked about this before when I mentioned it something to the extent of choose your mentors wisely, you know. People give us their opinions all the time. I mean, opinions are everywhere. Everybody has one and they’re totally free and typically the value of those opinions are almost always indirect proportion to what you paid for them.
So choose your mentors wisely. Ignore the opinions and seek counsel. That’s the distinction. You have opinions and you have counsel. You want the counsel. Ignore the opinions. Seek wisdom, seek from counsel from people that have accomplished what you set out to accomplish. Be proactive about either joining or forming a mastermind group.
A collection of friends or a collection of associates of like-minded associates that are all up to big things, again, that fits right into what I’ve been saying. Your environment, your community, your mentor or mentors, coaches, leaders, you know. Be proactive and create that community and create that mastermind group.
You know, life is really, it just comes down to it, this whole episode. Life is a people business, isn’t it? Yeah, I mean, whatever you want out of life, you’ll have to interact with other people to get it. In fact, I’m reminded by one of the great quotes by one of the greatest thought leaders on personal development, ever.
If you help enough people get what they want, you’ll get what you want. That’s how to get what you want is to help enough people get what they want and that’s going to come back to you. That’s the immortal wisdom, the immortal counsel of the late Zig Ziglar. You know, November 28th of this year, we lost one of the great ones.
So Zig, if you’re listening, hopefully you’re resting in peace. You have our blessings and our wishes and our prayers with you and your family so that’s it for today. That’s actually it for the year really. As I mentioned, it was an awesome 2012 for me. I hope the year treated you the same and if it didn’t, no worries because the past does not equal the future.
And the best is yet to come for you. In 2013 actually, it’s just a few days away. You can start fresh. So enjoy this time with your family, enjoy this time with your friends, the people you care about most and just let go of whatever failed to meet your expectations in 2012 and take the next week or so just to rejuvenate.
Enjoy that time, rejuvenate, get some rest and then hit the ground running there in 2013 and I’ll be back on January 1st to take on your Do Over with you, deal? Deal, good. God loves you and so do I. I am Matt, the Do Over Guy and I will see you on the next episode in the new year of your Do Over.
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