Summary: Stephen shares an inspiring story from Sean Stephenson on handling life’s little curve balls.
#00:00:14-4# Hey guys, Stephen Esketzis here from Marketing On The Move. I am coming to you with a really quick podcast. I am on my way to playing some soccer and I want to give you this one tip.
#00:00:25-0# For some reason, Sean Stephenson dropped a massive knowledge bomb, which really, really [unclear] with me. I think it is going to resonate with you guys too. I wanted to share what it was with you and how it sort of impacts your life.
#00:00:37-1# I had this moment yesterday. What happened was a friend reached out to me, and he goes, Steve, you have stop doing this thing. I was doing something, which I probably should not have been doing, and it was like, As a friend I am coming to you and you need to stop doing this thing. I cannot really say what it is but he was telling me to stop doing this thing, you should not be doing it, you are better than this…I cannot go on being your friend without telling you, without giving you a head’s up he goes. It is sitting on my conscience, and I need to tell you this because if [unclear] something happens, I need to make sure that I have told you how I feel, but you can make the decision yourself ultimately. I really have to voice my opinion, he goes, I feel strongly that you should not be doing this. I am like, Man I appreciate the message, I see where you are coming from, and [unclear] about the change that I have to make.
#00:01:36-2# The reason I am telling you this is what happened when I was at Funnel Hacking. Sean Stephenson, the guy in the wheelchair, who is a crazy, crazy motivational speaker, none like anyone I have heard before, who just did some amazing, amazing things in his life. I saw it from all the mushiness, the one really big lesson I learned, I think this one is bigger, probably the biggest — what he said was, Picture this. Picture an infant or a toddler playing around at the dinner table and he picks up a knife. Then this toddler, who does not know any better and just having fun, holding a knife, was about to go an actually point the knife into his eye and poke his eye out. Before that happened, when that toddler was just about to do it, like millimeters away, the parent grabs the knife away from him. The toddler was having fun, the parent grabs the knife away from him, and he starts crying. Little does the toddler know that the parent grabbed the knife away from him to stop him injuring himself, but the toddler does not see it that way. He sees it as I was having fun, he doesn’t know any better, and he just starts crying because the toy got taken away from him.
#00:02:49-9# What Sean Stephenson said was, using that as an analogy, that is what happens in life when you get a curve ball thrown at you. He goes, If someone passes away in your life that you really care about, if your business fails, if so and so happens — life tends to take things away from you. However, there is a sort of learning to it all, and it is always for a reason. We cannot see the big picture yet because we are that infant — we are playing in the role of the infant. But every single time that happens, there is always a silver lining. There is always a reason that when something is taken away, it is because it is going to be replaced with something better. He goes, you cannot see it, and in the moment it might be painful, it might be super painful, but at the moment is not the long-term reason why it happened to you. Whatever it is, if you had a partner who passed away, if your relationship has ended, if your business is failing, if you are just going through depression, whatever it is. There is a reason that life throws a curve ball at you, whether you like or not, but the bigger picture you just cannot see it yet. He goes, the thing is, you have to listen to the parent who is actually warning you about taking the knife out of your hand before you injure yourself, or you going to be obtuse about it and just hold on it and keep going and going until you hurt yourself.
#00:04:09-3# That is what hit me with what my friend was telling me the other night. He actually called me and he goes, Steve, man look I have to tell you this thing and you have to stop doing what you are doing with a certain thing, and he goes I just cannot let you keep going without telling you this. It just hit me, one-on-one, it all made sense to me. Sean just said that in the talk, and now instantly, something, a great example, started happening.
#00:04:39-5# I want to give you guys an idea like that because that to me is huge and I am never going to forget that in my life and I hope you guys do not either because I know how powerful that is going to be the in rest of my life going forward. I want to make sure that you guys really understand and see how powerful that is and seize the value in that because it is just something, which you cannot take for, granted, like the universe. Look, I am not even one for all these mushy stuff, a lot of this I just thought was bullshit, and then I started listening to friends and things that were really into all the universe stuff, that power, this power of now, power of me, all that kind of stuff. I have to be honest, I am not super into it all, however, there is that part of it that I just cannot ignore. This to me was something you could not ignore because it is just so powerful, and it happened to me. Whether you take it in or not is actually up to you guys, but what I found most valuable was that the universe always has a bigger plan. You just cannot see it yet and whatever happens, whether good or bad, it is always for your own good. I just wanted to share that with you guys today. I have just arrived at soccer so I am going to wrap it up. You have to think about it today. What negativity has happened in your life that has led to greatness, that you just could not see it at that time? I am it has happened to you. It has happened to me a lot of times and if it has not happened to you yet, it will happen soon. Something bad will happen, but there will always be a silver lining. The parents taking away that knife from your eyes, while you might be unhappy for a short period of time, in the long run, it was for a good reason.
#00:06:09-2# Hopefully that little bit of wisdoms helps you out today guys, whether you are driving to work or on the commute, or whatever you are doing. I am off to play a bit of soccer, get some energy, feeling good. Hopefully I have another podcast interview for you very shortly. I have a couple of people lined up so I am working on that but I will — take on that bit of wisdom guys, and I will speak to you soon.
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