The lesson Brad Hart taught me YEARS ago
This is not your traditional inspirational email.
In past emails I’ve yammered on about how essential operating with a borderline-delusional level of self-belief is if you want to raise two middle fingers to the rat race, cut your own paycheques, and build your ideal world.
Honestly, without this essential cog turning in your mind, you’re pretty much fucked.
Because when you don’t believe in yourself, nothing works out as intended.
In the most sneaky, silent, insidious ways you’ll undermine your efforts and commit treason against yourself.
I say this because I battled over my own self-belief with my brain for two-and-a-half years, and lost.
After my first foray into building an online fitness business (just over five years ago) was an abject failure…I was crushed.
A project I took on with such high hopes, such certainty, such a clear vision of what my world would look like a mere year later…
…only to find myself living out of my parents spare room a mere 6 months after launching my website.
The plethora of self-belief I’d held in the beginning was goooooooone, and I couldn’t even hold the thought of how I’d go about regaining it.
So I didn’t.
For the next two-and-a-half years I slung lattes at Starbucks, drank my way through gallons of wine, and developed the ability to drink entire bottles of vodka in about three hours.
I’ll put it this way — it’s tough to figure out how to believe in yourself, in your abilities, when your biggest challenge is trying to act sober when you show up to work in the morning still sloshed from the night before.
And then a few things fell into place, and the tide began to turn.
I reached out to Brad Hart (a fantastic businessman, coach, mentor, and the most connected man I know) after watching a financial mindset training he did with John Romaniello. One thing led to another, and we we’re on the phone talking about where I was, how unhappy I was, and where I wanted to go.
Brad believed in me when I didn’t.
We worked out a deal where I took some of the more menial tasks off his plate, and he helped me find the pieces I needed to start moving forward, and believing in myself, my abilities again.
And that, is the point I want to close today’s email on.
You may not believe in yourself today.
But I do.
I know how hard it is to operate with a borderline-delusional level of self-belief when you can’t find so much as a crumb of reason as to why you should.
And something I learned from Brad (as I write this I’m realizing it’s one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in terms of being a leader, is that if you want to help people, you need to let them know, and show them you believe in them.
I believe in you.
You wouldn’t read my emails every day if you didn’t like my message or have your eyes on building a better world for yourself.
And if I can flip the switch from vodka-guzzling hooligan to a barista turned meathead turned writer who earns a living by applying a sorcerous theme to emails…I can sure as shit help you better your mission.
As a member of The Sorcerers Guild, I’ll help you turn “I am not good enough” into “fuck all y’all, I can—and will—accomplish my mission.”
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