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Fun, Sun, and Income Podcast – September 20th

Listen in as Rich rambles on about his weekend of bartending and gambling and his elatedness over his new Craps table in the garage.  See how fast it takes Rich to lose $200 at Craps while he live broadcasts him throwing the chips around the table.  Also, how the “categorical imperative” or a personal mission statement can help you have a baseline rule book for yourself on how you can become a better person and treat others how they deserve to be treated.

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This Summer Has Been WILD!

….to say the least!

As many of y’all know, I proposed to Crissy last August while we were on the first ever Club Seacret Escape at the Bahamas Atlantis Paradise Island. It was an amazing vacation to say the least….and it feels like that vacation was forever ago. This year has just absolutely FLOWN by.

From planning a wedding, to growing my Seacret business, to growing our travel concept within Seacret, a trip to Houston at the end of April, to going on my bachelor party in Vegas in June, to my birthday the following weekend after that, Fourth of July weekend, another trip to Denver two weeks later, our wedding the first weekend of August, our honeymoon ten days after that….and it feels like I’ve been on a month long bender.

It only seems fitting that here I am sitting at my laptop while in my garage on Labor Day wanting to recap for all of you my last 365 days, especially the last 90.

Without going into too many details, this past spring we had a scare in my family. After a couple weeks of processing it – I could’ve really rolled up into a big ball and hid out in my house too afraid to take action and people would’ve understood – I decided to take MASSIVE action. This scare really opened my eyes and it reminded me of the reasons why I got into the world of entrepreneurship in the first place. Let me go into just a few of those reasons.

  1. Tomorrow Is Never Promised. When I was going thru my six month bout with depression in 2010, it was because I felt like my life was slipping out of control. And it wasn’t any fault of my own. I was slaving away at a job that I used to love, I was above-average successful with it, and my confidence up until then was sky high. The recession was putting a damper on my customers, which in turn was affecting the prices I could charge, which effectively was putting a damper on my income. I was working more and more only to make less and less, which put a strain on my personal life – less and less time to spend with my family and loved ones, and less and less money to pay the bills. Disposable income was DWINDLING. As suicidal thoughts were overflowing in my brain, it began to NOT MAKE SENSE to me that anyone would submit themselves day after day wasting their life slaving away doing a job that they don’t like and was causing so much stress and anxiety, sacrificing so much of their life making someone else money. My line of thinking was this: “If I were to die today, was all the hard work worth it?” And the answer was a resounding no. What made more sense to me was identifying my passion and aligning it with a need in the marketplace. That’s what PURPOSE is all about, as well as LEGACY. I wanted to do something that people would remember me for. So on September 30, 2010….at the end of the work day. I grabbed the nearest cardboard box and packed up the shit on my desk, walked out and never returned. I knew I had about 60 days of back commission to live on while I got my head on straight. I used that time thinking and realizing that “I can’t be the only one that this is happening to.” Whatever I was going to do, it was going to help OTHERS. I wanted to use my story to help and inspire others to be the best version of themselves. Tomorrow is never promised….so you might as well use your days chasing that passion and following that dream. Because a joyous self doing something every day that you can MONETIZE even just a little bit, is better than any paycheck no matter how much you bring in a year, no matter how nice your benefit package is. As Steve Jobs once said, “If you find yourself waking up too many days in a row not wanting what you’re about to do that day, it’s time to find something else to do.”
  2. Life is all about connection, joy, service to others, and love. Nobody ever has laid on their death bed wishing they would’ve worked more in their life. Outside of the one time I celebrated a huge sales month, I don’t have any significant spotlight memories from any place I’ve ever worked at, and I would be willing to bet you don’t either. If you do have those workplace memories, chances are that they involve other PEOPLE and experiences. Most of our most fond memories in life involve other people, our families, and our experiences with them. Life isn’t about some stellar job title or the fact that we have a downtown corner office in some fancy skyscraper. Life isn’t about our material possessions – some fancy car, a big ass house, or whatever other doodads we tend to feel pressured to accumulate. Life is about being around other people. Communicating. Growing. Enriching each others lives. Loving on one another. Not hating on people. Helping others. That’s whats most important. I feel we’ve lost that sense of community, and we need to return to it immediately. The best way we can do that – in my experience and my opinion – is to start reading the Bible. I’ve been reading it non-stop every day for the last 29 months – since my mom was on her deathbed. Not to push my beliefs on my readers, but understanding what Jesus is all about is the quickest way one can understand what life and love is all about, and what truly is important in life.
  3. If You’re Not Growing, You’re Dying. How much of our lives do you think we WASTE by overthinking? By overanalyzing things? By being AFRAID? What if it don’t work? What will others think of me if I fail? I’ll tell you what, friends. Thomas Edison didn’t fail 1000 times when he was making the light bulb. He just found 999 ways that didn’t work. And look what happened. Changed history and the way people all around the world live their lives. Most people think of “failure” as the end of the road, when really people should think of it as a “detour”…but because of that line of thinking, people find themselves not even TRYING to do anything new because in their mind they’ve already FAILED. I found myself regretting soooo much when I snapped out of my depression. All the things, all the ideas I had but was too afraid to act on them. I was too afraid to tell my friends my ideas because I was afraid that they would laugh at them, that they would tell me I was crazy. In fact, they had done just that in the past. If you find yourself with an opportunity in your lap that maybe you don’t know if you can do it or not, or an idea in your head that you might not know what the first step to take is….take Sir Richard Branson’s advice: “Screw It, Let’s Do IT!” I’m going to tell you one thing….the time is going to go by EITHER WAY. You can always find people that have experience in the thing you want to do that will go out of their way to HELP YOU. And if you don’t have those type of people in your life that will help you, that want to see you succeed and be happy…you need to find new people. Sorry for that gut punch, but for real. Audit your circle and find out who is adding value to your life and subtract those who are what I call “takers” or “vampires”. I had to do just that with over 400 people that I considered were good friends but really, they all talked shit and laughed behind my back if they weren’t laughing in my face. And getting back to the time is going to go by either way…..if you have a dream in your heart (God puts those dreams in your heart for a reason by the way), you have to realize that you’re at a crossroads in your life. You have a choice. You can either get busy living or you can continue to get busy dying. If you’re afraid to take action on your dream or a new opportunity to improve you’re life simply because you don’t know the first step, you have to be prepared to ask yourself, “Am I willing to continue to accept my current circumstances of not being entirely happy knowing I’m going to continue to do things that aren’t entirely aligned with my happiness simply because I might be afraid that I’m going to fail?” OR “Am I willing to endure a season of growth, of learning, of humbleness, and possibly even some sacrifice so that I can LEARN what I need to do so that one day I can experience being successful in what I want to accomplish which in turn will make me the most happiest version of myself I can be?” No matter what, don’t put yourself in a position that you will regret that decision.

So getting back to this spring, I made the decision to take some massive action. After two years of being somewhat stagnant in my business, again, outside of my control because of Covid, despite this scare in my family that people would’ve understood if I didn’t do anything….I turned this relatively negative experience around and turned it into a positive. To really communicate to my audience what was truly important in life. To demonstrate to my audience, my team, my friends, and my family that you can either be a WHINER….or you can be a WINNER. That you CAN be the hero in your own comeback story. That life can either affect YOU, or you can choose to affect YOUR LIFE. I was going to figure it out, one way or another. I was learn what I needed to do….and if the answer wasn’t out there….I was going to make my own answer and be comfortable knowing that if that didn’t work, try number 2 would get me closer to the solution. Or maybe try 3, and so on.

So I came home from Houston late April and I started by taking a run with my Seacret business. Thank you to everyone who found it in their hearts to become a customer of mine, try some products, join our travel and lifestyle club with Club Seacret, and/or join our team. Its been an amazing last five months and I cannot thank you enough. And this is just the beginning. We truly will be a company that changes the world and helps improves peoples lives. (We have a couple promotions going on with Seacret currently. Below is a little informational brochure I put together that discusses our current “GetAway” promotion that includes a 6 day/5 night all-inclusive vacation for two to either the Caribbean or Mexico. You can either enroll as an agent for product/club discounts, or as a customer. Or, if you’d simply like to try products and become a customer, visit my Seacret website. $49 gets you an instant 20% off, free shipping at $150. Thank you in advance!)

Then my bachelor party came. We had myself and seven of my good buddies fly into Las Vegas for the weekend, and holy shit was a fun time had. We had such a good time that – after listening to the Bill Burr podcast – I realized that combined with the stories I’ve accumulated in just the last year of wedding planning, add on top of that the stories that I’ve accumulated in the last 31 years of being in the bar and restaurant industry….that I too could do a PODCAST!!! So I immediately went on Amazon, bought myself a podcast microphone, and the next week my shit is on Spotify and Apple Podcasts!!! So look for the Fun, Sun, and Income Podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts! Don’t forget to rate, subscribe, and share!

Another accomplishment that I’m very proud of is one that just happened to drop in my lap shortly before my birthday. I had a very spontaneous meeting with my friend John Ruiz who I’ve known for the last handful of years. Up until that point, I had met him thru some of my regulars at Sgt Peppers, and naturally I had been wanting to meet up with him to discuss my business. Because we had had an at length phone call the week before, he wanted to meet up with me in person. I had 100% full intention of simply listening to him and learning about HIS business. What took place in that next 60-90 minutes was probably the most mind blowing business conversation that I’ve had in my life – outside of those I’ve had in eleven years of network marketing. I left that meeting knowing full well that I was going to help John grow HIS business. John has built from scratch an advertising platform here in the Twin Cities metro area of 200 “screens” installed in local businesses where businesses can spread the word about their brand and as John says, “Be Seen!” The name of his business is iVue Digital, and he only places his screens in high traffic areas where exposure is at a maximum. He has screens in bars and restaurants, fitness centers, auto garages, car washes, etc. His clients report back an increase of 25-50% in exposure and qualified leads of customers reporting to them they saw their ad on one of his screens! So if you’re sick of traditional radio/tv advertising….let’s be honest, everyone is streaming tv and music these days so they don’t have to hear/see commercials anymore, then visit here to request a quote from iVue Digital. OR…..if you’re open to being showcased on the Fun, Sun, and Income Podcast….I’m accepting requests to advertise on the show! Visit here to request pricing! Very economical ad space on a growing podcast!

And then LITERALLY the next week after that….I had a random encounter with a gentleman by the name of Steve Rosenthal. Steve is a rep a company called Universal Sports Auctions here in the Twin Cities and they set up silent auction tables in bars and other locations that customers can submit bids on different sports memorabilia and other things. He was interested in setting up a table at Sgt Peppers and I promised him I would set up a meeting, but in talking, I told him about my podcast and what I do outside of bartending…and we instantly began throwing out ideas of how we could work together. And the result is what you see on my silent auction site! We’ll not only be updating this page with new items every single week, but in the coming months we’ll be doing a huge GALA where we can all get together, socialize, submit bids on some really cool stuff, and benefit charity! I’m talking black tie shit here! Super excited for this partnership with Steve and Universal Sports Auctions!

Which brings us to the wedding. Wow. Can you believe this motherfucker is MARRIED??? I have to pinch myself, STILL. It’s been one day short of exactly a month since we said “I do”. Craziness. Outside of our ceremony being moved from outdoors to inside because of the threat of rain, everything was absolutely BEAUTIFUL….including my wife! Thank you to everyone who made it and helped us celebrate on our special day! Thank you to Geri (event coordinator) and Mike Lynch (Head Chef) at The Lost Spur Golf and Event Center for providing an amazing venue and food! Our guests are STILL raving about it! Thank you to Tammy Uhlir from L&M Photography (@lmphotography_uhlir on Instagram) for doing such a great job on photos! Thank you to Blake and Paul at Party Music for providing the party atmosphere with the music! If you need a photographer or a DJ, both Tammy and Party Music have agreed to provide discounts to anyone who reaches out to them and says that Rich Sandera sent ya!!! You will not be disappointed by the value they provide!

And besides the honeymoon….that brings us to today. Labor Day. And although I haven’t had to work today….I’ve been laboring in front of this laptop for the last four of five hours just wrapping things up after what has been quite the whirlwind of events over this last year. But you know what? The time would’ve gone by either way…and it did. I’m just sitting here feeling so blessed about everything. That i’m alive. That I don’t let fear paralyze me. That I’m not afraid to take action. That I will fight for what I believe in. That I will fight for WHO I believe in. That this gorgeous and absolutely beautiful and rockstar of a woman chose me. That she said “I do” to ME. And the only way I know how to say thank you is to bust my ass for her and for everyone in my life that I truly want to “live life full time” with.

Make every day your day, people. And as I’m writing this, I’m recalling a conversation I had with my friend Tia this past weekend – who unfortunately had a relatives life ended much much too soon. Apparently those who knew him well, know that he was infamous for saying “Have No ZERO days”; meaning, Make every day count. Do something. Take one step. Read a page of a book. Do something every single day to move forward, no matter how small that one thing is. Because something is better than nothing. The time is going to go by either way….and later in life when your life is coming to a close, you’re going to look back on those “zero” days and wish you would’ve done SOMETHING with those 24 hours, especially since at that later point of your life you’re going to begging God to give you just one more hour, just one more day. Put yourself in the situation that you’re glad that you did, not regretting that you didn’t.

And as Ferris Bueller once said, “Life Moves Pretty Fast. If you don’t stop and look around once a while, you’re gonna miss it.”

Employers Need To Start Being CHOOSY With Employees; Stop Being Desperate For Help

I’m not an economist….

I usually don’t watch the morning news…but I’ve been up since about 3 am because my backs been killing me, I need to schedule a chiro visit! So here I am watching KARE11 Sunrise, and they’re talking about Minnesota nurses authorizing a strike. And it got me thinking…

A few years ago there was a major national debate on the minimum wage. I’m here to tell you that I 100% believe that wages WILL rise.

But not before a severe reduction of the workforce. Even a much more severe reduction that’s taken place since the beginning of the first shutdowns in 2020. And here’s why:

Wages rose because the workforce shrunk while many people collecting unemployment decided to continue collecting unemployment. There weren’t many people actively looking for work, especially since they got accustomed to getting paid for doing nothing; sitting at home much like they had for months. The unemployment insurance program is a public benefit and it was very useful for tens of thousands of Minnesotans and Americans, and this post is not to debate that.

To combat short-staffing issues, employers were forced to make a decision themselves to offer higher wages (which they should be able to do themselves rather than be told and be forced by city, state, or federal agencies).

I really don’t know what’s happening these days….but the quality of the workforce has greatly diminished since. You may have read in the last twelve to eighteen months about the “Great Resignation” where people are leaving jobs in an industry they may have been in for years and have loved but have grown to despise based on working conditions, how they’re treated by employers, customers, co-workers. This includes nurses. It includes teachers. Fill in the blank with whatever industry you work in as well and I’m sure it applies.

What that leaves then is when high-functioning, productive employees leave an industry….when you combine that with the fact that employers have to raise their pay offering to attract potential employees, is that low-functioning, less than expected productive employees start to fill the void. And they’re getting paid the SAME as the high-functioning and productive employees. Expectations start to get laxxed, and even worse – tolerated. Labor costs start to skyrocket, because you need to staff appropriately to handle business volume. High-functioning and productive employees morale drops SEVERELY, and they start to resent the fact that expectations for themselves have not only stayed the same but in fact have been elevated because they are expected to take on more to handle and cover the fact that their new low-functioning and less-than-expected productivity coworkers can’t handle as much as they can.

And those high-functioning and productive employees LEAVE. They might go to another company. They might be so jaded that they might just say screw this and start a business for themselves. (See this article, a record number of businesses were started in Minnesota during the pandemic )

And the low-functioning, non-productive employees are left to try and attempt to carry the load of the entire business.

And now I’m seeing a report this morning that more employers are TRACKING THEIR EMPLOYEES because productivity has dropped (which is exactly the message I’m saying…) You think high functioning and productive employees will like to be micro-managed like that? Uhhh…no.

Just like us in the restaurant industry – the ones who SURVIVED – taught us that if we can make it thru the horrid conditions the Governor expected us to survive in (seriously, OUTDOOR DINING in November and December in a Minnesota winter? 🖕🖕🖕) then we can be CHOOSY about what kind of customers we want in our establishments. If you treat our staff like shit, out the door you go and you ain’t coming back.

Employers need to have the same level of expectations for their employees. It’s time for employers to be CHOOSY instead of DESPERATE for employees. You ain’t performing up to our standards to help compliment and run this business effectively? You ain’t showing the traits of an employee that works well with others, isn’t a team player, and you have an entitled attitude? Sayonara. Because if you aren’t going to be proactive on this front….then it’s going to be your productive and high-functioning employees that will be saying sayonara to you.

So yes, wages will increase, but not before a severe reduction of the work force both in quantity AND quality due to high functioning and productive employees being treated like shit.

So back to nurses here….here’s a little snippet from the movie Idiocracy. Here’s what the healthcare industry is going to look like if we don’t take care of our HIGH FUNCTIONING AND PRODUCTIVE nurses!!!

Stop Working For Money, Start Working For Time

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If the thing we value most is time, then why do we fill up our calendars chasing money? When we look back on our lives, the memories we will cherish most are the ones doing things we love with the people that we love…which often doesn’t require more income, but it does require more TIME. Another way to think about is – if you currently made what you currently make but you didn’t have to punch in for it….wouldn’t life be different? OF COURSE IT WOULD. What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you help? What as you passionate about but you’re not pursuing because you don’t have enough time?

A side gig can start off small, and can be done in your spare time. The more you grow it, the more you get your time back, and can eventually replace your main income. Stop working for money, start working for time. Learn more here.

How To Get Un-Stuck

At times, we may get into a state where we just feel stuck. A state where no matter how positive our outlook is, the blows keep on coming. It can get exhausting. The truth is, none of us are immune from problems. Life happens to everyone, it’s how we react to life that will determine the quality of it. Easier said than done, I know. Car break down at the most inopportune time? You’re working overtime busting your butt trying to pay the bills but they don’t seem like they’re going anywhere, possibly even getting worse? It’s easy to want to feel like no matter what you do, it’s not worth it. This post is not to cram some positive thinking hodge podge down your throat. I’m not going to do that because I know that no matter what I say to you about telling you to do something or to think something, it’s not going to work. I will however challenge you to think differently. I will challenge you to think about the process, the process moving from a current struggle in your life THROUGH it to where you want to be. It’s to get you UN-STUCK. So why do some people achieve success and why do others seem to get stuck? Why do some people quit trying to achieve a goal while others achieve them so easily? Why do people quit in the face of adversity? The number one reason why people quit doing the things they want is simply because they fear being uncomfortable. They don’t understand that there is going to be some sweat equity involved. They don’t understand that in order to have something you’ve never had, you have to do things you’ve never done. Most people are simply afraid to step out of their comfort zone. Also, successful people (I’m referring to successful people as those that have achieved what they’ve set out to) have adopted a framework, a process that makes the goal real and achievable.

The first thing you can do is to create a compelling future for the thing that you want to do. This is simply a reason, a feeling that is generated by the action that you want to create. This should be a statement that actually draws you TOWARDS the goal, not keeps you where you’re at. If you want to lose weight you shouldn’t say, “I want to lose weight because I’m fat.” Can you feel how big of a drag that is? There’s no compelling future there, only a compelling thought that you want to go plant your ass back on the couch! Instead, ask yourself how would it feel for you to lose weight? What would it look like to you? How would your spouse feel about you losing weight? How would you feel about the way your spouse feels about you losing weight? Would you feel happy? Would you feel more energetic? Would you be more hopeful? See how this creates positive emotion inside you and how it generates excitement for you to act? A lot different than the opposite, right?

Secondly, MATCH AND MODEL. Find the tools that will get you to where you want to go. Seek advice from people who have done what you want to do. If you want to lose weight, obviously you’d want to get a gym membership and maybe even enlist the help of a personal trainer…at the very least, learn different exercises and how the machines work, talk to a nutritionist and learn about what to eat and what to stay away from. Find people who have done what you want to do and do what they’ve done. Now, if the personal trainer and the nutritionist are overweight and out of shape, should you listen to them? Probably not!!! If you want advice about how to have a healthy relationship, should you take advice from people who have had multiple divorces? Probably not! Find someone that has what you want. Find out WHAT they did to achieve those results. Do EXACTLY what they did to get those results, and guess what. You’ll achieve the very same results. This example may be a little outdated since most refrigerators these days come standard with ice-makers, but we all remember filling up ice cube trays and throwing them in the freezer, right? Think about how UNCONSCIOUS we were at doing that. Did we ever stop and think one time, “I dunno…maybe this time it may not work…” NO! Of course not! A long time ago, someone discovered that if you have temperatures that are less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you can create ice cubes by putting water in this little plastic contraption with little dividers in it that look like squares!

There is one more aspect, and that is the freedom of, or acting despite inner conflict. If you have a compelling future, if you have the tools and have found who to match and model, but you don’t believe you deserve the success you may achieve, do you think you’ll be motivated to achieve it? If you have a compelling future and have the tools and found someone to match and model, but you still don’t believe you can achieve it, do you think you will? Probably not. It is ESSENTIAL for one to be free of personal conflict. You must believe you deserve and you must believe that you can. OR, find a mentor, a close friend that will push you so that you can borrow THEIR belief in you until you develop it yourself. This is acting despite inner conflict. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” Back to the compelling future! Is your goal more important that the pain you may experience or the fear that you’re experiencing now? It should be. There may be other inner conflicts one may experience as well. This could be resentment of others, regret for past actions/choices, guilt for previous actions/choices, among others. I’ll agree with you…just those three last conflicts I listed are tough to overcome. They require deep soul-searching. The good news is that you can DECIDE to live your life differently starting TODAY that you have up until now. YOUR PAST DOES NOT DICTATE YOUR FUTURE.

I’m a Christian. I’m not here to push my beliefs on you, but it’s where I draw a considerable amount of my strength from. My beliefs are my beliefs. I believe that we were created in God’s image. I believe that we were created with greatness and we all have God-given abilities to do anything we want to do. Its just up to us to learn where to find them and how to use them. I also believe that God wants us to live in abundance. Not just in terms of abundance of money, but abundance of health, abundance of love, abundance of friendships, abundance of DREAMS! I believe that God put dreams in our heart not to torment us, but so that we pursue them! Our dreams are most often our purpose! A lot of people will say that what they have currently in their life is good enough. It could be a great marriage, healthy children, a secure job…that’s all fine. That’s okay. But appreciation for what you have is different than a dream that is untapped. Remember when you were a child, an adolescent. We all spoke with conviction about how we thought our lives would look like later in life. We were CERTAIN. Remember it. What did you tell your parents your life would look like? What did you tell your friends you would be doing? Is that the way life is looking for you currently? Most often with most people it isn’t. This creates an inner conflict. Achievement of our dreams is where one finds personal fulfillment. Pursuing your dream gives others permission to achieve theirs! One of the greatest speakers of our time Mr. Les Brown once said, “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” You’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve when you act with faith, belief, and conviction of your dreams. “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right. Which one are you?” – Henry Ford

If you are currently seeking answers, if you are currently looking for a way for you to get “un-stuck” via a proven system for success, watch this video here.

Why Would You Want To Be Wealthy?

The biggest obstacle to achieving wealth is ones perspective about it and what it’s use is. If you have a bad attitude toward those that have it, you’re pushing it away at EVERY level…even the level that will allow you to live comfortably. If you view money simply to live lavishly and to buy material things, then even if you had wealth, you’d piss it away…why most lottery winners end up broke soon after they win.

Change your attitude about money and what it can do, not just for you but also for others! If more money could help you pay your bills each month, would it be worth changing your attitude about it? If more money could help you be more CHARITABLE – either to a huge cause or to a family who experienced a sudden tragedy – without feeling the need to check your bank account for how much you could SPARE, would that be worth you changing your attitude about it? Money is simply a physical manifestation of the world inside your mind! What reasons that you are passionate about would you want to achieve wealth? To not have to work a job, freeing you up to spend more meaningful time with your family? To be able to free yourself from the chains of debt? To be a true philanthropist, everything from spreading financial resources to different causes OR on a bigger scale, starting a foundation or a charity in your own name that benefits a cause close to your heart? Brainstorm the reasons why you would. I challenge you! Feel the smiles come to your face when your putting a POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE on money and it’s BIGGER PURPOSE rather than the negative attitude we are conditioned to have because of the lack of it.

For more on this subject, I strongly encourage you to read “Secrets Of A Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker.
And if you are looking for a proven, fool-proof system to take the first step in building true wealth for you, your family, and even your friends – watch the short video here and fill out your information in the contact form. I look forward to hearing from you.

Find A Way To Win…and Enjoy The Journey

It was February of 2011 and I had just finished up an amazing visit to the city of Chicago with a few friends and a few new ones.  A blizzard had gone through Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and an airport closure that had cancelled thousands of flights back into MSP meant that it was going to be a busy day at the airport at Midway Airport in Chicago.  I didn’t have to be back at the office until 11 am that next day, so I called Delta Airlines and offered to give up my flight on the early 7 am flight in case my seat was needed by anyone needing it and took instead a seat on the later 9:30 flight.

Now that I had a couple of extra hours in the morning, I decided to go out with a bang in Chicago.  Found a bar called Halligan – an old Irish bar and Firefighter hangout – which had great specials and a lively atmosphere.  I met more awesome fun people and enjoyed my last night in the city.

Even with the later flight…you can imagine after a good night out I still managed to be running late for my flight.  Good thing I was already packed….j quickly showered, grabbed my bag and made my way towards the train to the airport.  As I reached the Delta ticket counter at Midway, the ticket agent informed me that I was supposed to be on the 7 am flight….my change request was never processed and because of the cancellations the day before, there were no other seat openings for the rest of the day.  The old me would have been fuming….but the new me just laughed it off.  I’d find a way to win.

I didn’t panic…in fact, my first thought was that I was absolutely starving and saw my misfortune as a chance to get breakfast, haha!  I got back on the train and headed back towards Downtown Chicago, found myself a Starbucks and planted myself there to plan my strategy.  I called my personal assistant to put them on alert for any openings on Delta that may arise, while I navigated my options on the ground.

My first thought was to find a rental car and just drive back to Minneapolis.  After combing through my travel site, it appeared that because of all the travelers whose flights were cancelled, there were absolutely no cars left in the entire city of Chicago.  Wow.  How else can one get out of Chicago?  I then remembered….MegaBus.

With a smartphone equipped with Google as my only ammo…I searched for MegaBus and found their central location.  I hopped back on the train.  Along the way, I struck up a conversation with a few of the passengers about sports, the city…had such a great time that we exchanged contact information and we still keep in touch to this day.  I arrived at my stop and found myself somewhere on the Southwest side of Chicago.  I quickly realized, only to be confirmed by the lady at the desk, that I wasn’t at the ticket office or the place that the bus actually picks up travelers….I was at the bus garage.  There were about a half dozen drivers who were either on the lunch break or about to start their day sitting at a table playing dominoes and watching Sanford & Son.  I needed to go BACK downtown to the stop.  One of the drivers overheard my dilemma and offered to take me downtown an hour later, he was heading that way anyway.

The next 60 minutes was just a cool experience filled with great conversation and just taking in the comradarie of these bus drivers.  The nicknames, the jokes, the competitiveness of the game, the shop talk…I was completely immersed and in awe of the friendship and the family they created for themselves.  It was just one of those times that you realize that people often spend more time with the people they work with than their own families….your work family is a family too.

I arrive downtown at the stop on Canal Street to a crowd of people awaiting their bus out of town.  I instantly spot a gentleman collecting tickets, ask him where I BUY a ticket, and he tells me that I have to call or go online.  I call the 800 number, thinking I’m 20 minutes away from finally getting on my way back home….only for the ticket agent on the other end to tell me that there are no openings on the bus for TWO MORE DAYS.  Again….there was nothing I could do but laugh it off.

Next move, I call my personal assistant to see if there is any progress on either any seats on flights or any rental cars.  Zero zilch nada.  I decided to just head back to the airport and actually talk to an agent at any of the rental car companies and see if there happens to be ANYTHING available.  I get back to Midway and go to the Hertz counter….and was told that there is a minivan available, but I’d have to go to the location in Chinatown to get it.  Ugh. 

Another train ride!  At this point I’m absolutely just loving the adventure.  I hop BACK on the train eagerly hoping the train moves faster so I can get to the rental car before anyone else puts a claim on it.  I was more excited than a kid on a road trip asking “Are we there yet?” repeatedly.

The train got about 4 stops away when I get a phone call.

“Rich, where are you?” my personal assistant asked.

“I’m on the train heading to Hertz to get a rental car.” 

“I found an opening on the 4:25 flight out of Chicago back to Minneapolis.  I can hold it for you, but you need to get back to the airport NOW to claim it!”

I always think of this story when I find myself in a situation where I’m met with an initial disappointment.  Sometimes it’s just NOT EASY.  Obstacles will be put in your way sometimes, but you have to FIND A WAY TO WIN.  Sometimes, these obstacles are put in your way as a test…a test to see if you want it bad enough.  In my experience, if you have faith that you will get it, if you are determined to get it, and commit to action….the universe will conspire to make it happen for you.  It’s not guaranteed, but one thing that is guaranteed is that you’ll never get what you want with a crap attitude and quitting at the first sign of resistance.  My (extra) day in Chicago could’ve been viewed and perceived as one big headache….but it was a great learning lesson that gave me the opportunity to grow and meet MORE people along the way.

Determine what you want. Free yourself of distractions. Be open and aware of your surroundings. Be prepared to sacrifice. Have faith in yourself and your abilities to navigate the course..