I’ve been around the world a few times and I’m talking about places where real life is going on. Including here in the US. I’ve seen 48 years of life, have two kids and been with my wife 27 years.
Life is hard and I’m going to share four life lessons I’ve learned while traveling the world. I’ve watched the most poor people in the world achieve every day success, against all odds. I’ve talked to some of the amazingly wealth, worked with unlikely successful people and am continuing to build our production business. Underneath all of the self help advice washing around the internet, a few basic truths resonate, no matter who you are. Why doesn’t anybody want to share these with you? ... Because most people want you to believe they have something you don’t.
1. Everyone is doing it the same
You thing they're talented, wealthy, good looking, charismatic, or know something you don't. It's not true. They don't have anything on you, well, except one thing.They want it more than you do and they’re willing to work harder for it and sacrifice more on the way. Every amazing athlete I know has worked harder when no one's watching. I spent time with a YouTube celebrity. He has millions of followers, lives off of YouTube earnings and brand deals. You know why? Because he works his ass off 24/7 creating his vision. Stop looking around at what the other guy's doing. Out work him. It’s really that simple.
2. Everyone is making it up
There’s no secret sauce. I thought when I arrived in my 40s I’d have this understanding. Life would sort of lock in. It hasn't! Don’t delude yourself into thinking that rich guy, that CEO, that athlete, the amazing parents down the street have unlocked the system. They haven’t. I talk with a lot of successful people in the TV and film industry. I was always asking, so what’s the process, the system, steps to getting this film thing done? I’ve stopped asking. There isn’t a system. Everyone from the top to the guy in the street in India are making it up. Really, I’ve had a guy who’s made several films tell me, "Erik I make it up every day, don’t tell anyone!" So start making shit up and pretty soon it will become a system. Or at least they will think it’s one!
3. Nobody has it easy.
You have no idea what that person is going through or has been through. Everyone is dealing with some real heavy crap and it’s not fun. Their life might look magical - have a nice car, beautiful condo and friend everywhere. That’s real, but they’ve probably worked their ass of to get that. But, it never becomes easy. We worked with a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and now a very successful social media influencer. She walks in the room, beautiful, charming personality, and that’s real too. What you don’t know, to maintain the outlook she has on life, she has to see past the hate she gets from people. Sadly people like to destroy success, and they come at her. It’s not easy at all, but you’d never know it just looking at her Instagram feed.If you have friends, family, anyone telling you you can’t do something or that it won’t work. You know what!? They've seen your success, even if it's a tiny glimmer that's why they're attacking you. When that happens, smile, because they just confirmed you are doing it right. No one pays attention to mediocrity, but they will come after success. What do you do? - Get used to it and get to work.
4. Quit while you’re ahead
This has got to be some of the dumbest advice I’ve ever heard! Who said that anyways?! This is the time to actually keep going! Every successful person I’ve talked to right down to the guy in the street eking out a living, never gives up. Persistence has to be the most universal key to life. There you go. If you want the secret sauce...it’s persistence! It’s a little known fact, right when it seems like it’s all going to come apart...it will get worse, but if you're persistent you’ll make it happen (precisely at the moment when everyone stopped when they were ahead!) I have an old adventure racing saying I want to share with you: "Never pull yourself from the course. Let the course remove you."
Get back out there and keep going. Forget what others think and quit looking at the other guy. Look in the mirror.
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