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73 - All I Ever Wanted Was To Be A Millionaire… And Then…

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Powerful message from Ryan Moran that I needed to hear today. On today’s episode Russell plays an inspiring video from Brian Moran which calls on the viewer to be grateful for what they have in the moment instead of in hind sight. Here are some of the inspirational things you will hear in this video.

-- Find out what happened to make Russell’s evening a difficult one.

-- Why Brian Moran’s video was just what he needed to remember to be grateful.

-- And why it’s in our nature to look for problems instead of being happy, and how we can change that for ourselves.

So listen here to find out why it’s important to appreciate the life you have now, instead of waiting until later.

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I realized the other day that there are two sides to everything. There are the problems that we feel in the moment, and there are the positives that we think about in the rear view mirror. We feel the problems, and we long for the positives. We rarely, if ever, pause to appreciate the positives while we’re still in them. And instead we just experience them later. And we experience them in the sense of missing the times that used to be.

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Transcripts:

What’s up everybody? This is Russell Brunson and welcome to the Marketing Secrets podcast.

Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing amazing. I just had a really quick message I wanted to share with you guys today. In fact, it’s not even my message. I’m going to give you the back story to kind of set it up.

Last night I got home from the office. I had a great day, a lot of work. I got home to my beautiful wife and my five amazing kids and we had a good time for like an hour and then the dreaded night time routine begins where we had to get them into bed. And I don’t know about you, but for us it’s a nightmare. Plus we got, a lot of our kids are sick. They’ve got coughs and it’s just kind of, adds to the stress.

So this hour long process starts and it was hard, way harder than most nights for some reason. We started with, we try to read scriptures every night. And this night should have been the easiest, because we try to read one chapter each night and there was only 6 verses in this chapter. So it’s like, we each read one, that’s it. It’s going to be so easy.

No, it was a nightmare. And then my son was wearing my daughters jammie pants, and he was mad and she was mad, so she runs off crying. So I try to get her to stop crying by getting the pants back from him, and then he gets all mad and throws them, and then he starts crying. And then Norah’s coughing hysterically. And then Aiden’s having a coughing attack so Collette starts hitting Aiden on the back to help get the coughs out, and Norah thinks that Collette is beating up Aiden, so she starts screaming bloody murder, thinking it’s child abuse, so much so that she starts coughing and puking herself.

So finally we get the kids in bed, get the kids’ prayers said, it was just pure chaos. And then Norah, who is insane right now, she won’t sleep, in fact we just ordered her a doggy bed to put in our room and see if we can get her to sleep in the doggy bed instead of in her bed. So anyway, she’s going crazy. Collette goes to go watch Poldark {inaudible} a show that I would rather die than watch. So she’s got her in there, finally Norah passes out. I go in to watch something else in a different room just because I need separation or I’d be like, ugh {inaudible} for a little bit.

I pull out my phone and start flipping through and there’s video that Brian Moran posted and man, it was awesome. I watched it and it was like exactly what I needed for last. After I watched it I sat there just grateful and thankful. And I looked at this moment that just minutes earlier had been a horrible, miserable moment to something I became super grateful for.

So I just messaged him this morning saying, “Hey man, can I please post that video on my podcast so that everyone else can hear it, because I think it’s important and special and cool?” And he said, “Yes.” So with no further ado, I’m going to queue up the video. Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoy this episode and we’ll see you guys tomorrow.

Brian Moran video:  When I was a kid all I wanted to be was a millionaire. Now that I am a millionaire, all I want is to be a carefree kid. There was a time in my life where I lost a lot of weight and I had abs for the first time in my life, but I felt too skinny and all I wanted was to add some muscle. Now that I’ve added some muscle, all I think about is how much I miss my abs.

Before I was a father all I wanted was kids. I wouldn’t trade my daughter for anything, but I sometimes miss the days when I was alone. When she was a baby and she was crying in the middle of the night, all I wanted was for her to be older. Now that she’s older we have such a stronger connection, but sometimes I miss the days when she was a baby.

When I was growing a small business, all I thought about was growing a big business. Now that I’m growing a big business, a successful business I sometimes miss the days when it was small and simpler. Growing up in a small town near Cleveland, Ohio all I thought about was getting out. Now that I live in a big booming city, I miss home.

I realized the other day that there are two sides to everything. There are the problems that we feel in the moment, and there are the positives that we think about in the rear view mirror. We feel the problems, and we long for the positives. We rarely, if ever, pause to appreciate the positives while we’re still in them. And instead we just experience them later. And we experience them in the sense of missing the times that used to be.

A friend of mine lost her brother recently and my heart just broke for her because I knew all she thought about, all she wanted was to have her baby brother back. And I knew that she thought that if she had her baby brother back, that she would appreciate him so much more and love him so much harder than she ever had. Now I have a brother and I don’t spend 24 hours a day thinking about how much I love and appreciate my brother, but if anything ever happened to him, all I would think about was having my brother back.

It made me realize that there are things in my life that I overlook that if they were taken away from me, it would be the thing that I longed for the most. The times when my daughter is screaming, if anything ever happened to her, all I would want would be to comfort a screaming baby. If my business went under and I was working for someone else, I would long for the grind of starting something new, spending long hours building something.

If I was going hungry, the extra flab covering up my abs, I would gladly trade my hunger for a little bit of fat, if I had food to eat. The beautiful curse about being human is that we are wired to find problems. That does not make us happy, it actually makes us miserable. But it also makes us grow and create and to solve those problems. We rarely, if ever, pause to appreciate the things that are in our life that we could be grateful for until it is too late.

But you get to control what you focus on. You get to control whether you consciously appreciate things that are in your life, or if you focus on the problems and you wait until later when you feel that sense of longing for how things used to be. No matter who you are, where you are, what you have or don’t have, I can promise you there is someone else looking at your life longing to be in your situation, even in a situation that right now you see as a problem. There is someone who looks at your life and longs to be in that situation, even though once they got it, they would problem long for something else.

No matter who you are or where you are, you have so much to be thankful for and to appreciate. These are the good old days.

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