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Let Gratitude Lead the Way

Overcoming challenges is what life is about.  There’s not a single person on this planet who goes untouched, unscathed.  Some of us have to face hurdles while others have to face horrors.  There are levels to what we deem to be “challenges,” and, with each level, a different set of mental, physical and/or emotional tactics we must use in order to lessen the blow and overcome our realities.

Life is an interesting, fragile set of circumstances that can be so bright one moment and dark the next.  So exciting today and mundane tomorrow.  And since none of it is guaranteed, we must focus on celebrating the good and mitigating the bad.  And we must take time to find gratitude in the little blessings that we so often overlook or take for granted.  And some of those blessings can indeed be the victories we achieve in overcoming our challenges.

I think as human beings we tend to gravitate toward to things we lack in life and, instead of appreciate our successes, we admire our problems.  And those forms of admiration can lead down a dark, rabbit-hole filled path of getting stuck in a recurring world of mental block-itis (I made up that word).  Which leads to an inability to face our challenges head on and make the necessary changes to come out ahead on the other side.

As we approach the weekend, take into account all of the beauty around you and also all of the areas in your life where change is needed.  And if you find gratitude in the beauties, you will begin to recognize that the challenges are not necessarily the mountains you have created.  They, in fact, are truly the molehills that they always were, but that you allowed to “grow” due to a longstanding path of admiration.  Squash the hills, adjust your mentality, and let gratitude lead the way to a more self-aware, consciously present existence.

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Own Your Sh*t

We are all dealt different hands.  Some more favorable than others.  Sounds unfair, right?  Well, it is.

But you know what’s crazy?  Like, super mind-blowing?  You ready?…

Life’s not fair.

Just like it’s not fair when someone holds pocket Aces and you hold pocket Jacks, the same is true about every single aspect in life.  So quit complaining about the hand you’ve been dealt and OWN YOUR SH*T!

Own the fact that you’ll never be the smartest person in the room.  Own the fact that your friend is better looking.  Own the fact that you drive a used 2005 Civic while your friend drives a new Suburban.  It is what it is.  You can either complain about it or you can instead do something to better your situation.

So your buddy gets all the girls and you don’t.  Quit whining and do something to improve.  Work out, buy better clothes, pay attention to hygiene, and work on your charm.  You’ll win in the end!

So your best girlfriend always gets straight A’s and you don’t.  Quit whining and do something to improve.  Focus on street smarts and emotional intelligence.  Read more books.  Listen to more podcasts.  Become more diversified.  You’ll win in the end!

So your cousin’s family take lavish vacations every year and you don’t.  Quit whining and do something to improve.  Work harder.  Be hungrier.  Pound the pavement so that you, too, can one day take those lavish vacations or maybe even more lavish ones.  You’ll win in the end!

It’s time for people to stop complaining and to start doing.  And when your hand dealt is not as ideal as you’d like it to be, then just go do something to change it and level the playing field… and remember, always OWN YOUR SH*T!

I Will Succeed

I will succeed.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I will succeed.  Not for a day.  Not for a week.  Not for a month, year or decade.  But for life.  I will forever be successful until the day I die.  I will accept nothing less.

So what exactly is “success?”  Is it having a lot of money?  Is it having a fancy car?  Big house?  Designer shoes?  Sure, you can conclude that having any or all of those things equates to some level of “success.”  But what I mean by “success” is vastly different.

To me, “success” means living a life full of joy, happiness and gratitude.  It means having an amazing family and some die-hard friends.  It means spending time with my kids and being there through all the little moments of their continued growth and development.  It means being able to appreciate the good times and find euphoria in the great.  It means being able to turn moments of defeat into lessons learned so that I achieve a different outcome the next time.  It means being present, always.  Being cognizant of the moments I find myself fortunate enough to experience.  Being mesmerized by life’s subtle beauties and teachings.

So if you have the same outlook as me, I wish you a successful life full of abundance.  I wish you a successful life full of love.  Simply put, I wish you the type of success that money can’t buy.

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Ep. 29 Recap – Joe Triscaro

Joe Triscaro is the principal of the law firm Triscaro & Associates, a firm specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice and business litigation.

Highlights from this episode include:

*Joe’s experiences arguing in front of The Supreme Court of Ohio

*the highs and lows of litigation

*the lengthy trial process and array of claims and filings issued until a case actually closes

*the joys of mentoring sons in wrestling and the importance of childhood athletics

*the mentality needed to succeed in the roller coaster world of trials and litigation

*the types of cases that Joe specializes in and his current and future professional plans

www.triscarolaw.com

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Ep. 28 Recap – Yana Haber

I sat down with my wife, Yana, to discuss a variety of every day life topics, including parenthood, marriage, living your truth, being vulnerable and putting yourself out there, tuning out the negativity from the outside world and hopes and aspirations we seek to achieve in life.

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Ep. 27 Recap – Eric Synenberg

Eric Synenberg is a criminal defense and estate planning attorney, city councilman, and half marathon runner.

Highlights from this episode include:

*Eric’s path from college to law school to legal counsel at State of Ohio Treasurer’s office and ultimately to now criminal lawyer and city councilman

*Becoming a parent and the nerve-wrecking realities of leaving hospital with a newborn child

*Eric’s running regimen and history of past half marathons

*Tips for preparing for the upcoming Rite Aid Cleveland half marathon

*Mentality required to succeed on race day

*The importance of hydration and the motivation of music during the run

*A brief story from my college days about some life-changing advice I was given from one of Eric’s prior colleagues and now current municipal judge

*Eric’s focus in law and issues he regularly handles as one of the city’s newest council members

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Ep. 26 Recap – Jim Krivanek

Jim Krivanek is a commercial real estate agent at one of the largest brokerages in the nation, Cushman & Wakefield.

Highlights from this episode include:

*Jim’s experiences as a former nightclub promoter and manager, including the grueling lifestyle and tolls the industry can take

*how parenthood changes you in all aspects of life, with a focus on some of our biggest fears as parents

*social media and its effects on violence and terrorism

*insights into the commercial real estate industry, with a focus on commercial properties in Cleveland and Jim’s passion for his properties and clients

Contact Jim at jkrivanek@crescorealestate.com

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Ep. 25 Recap – Tony Grossi

Tony Grossi is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and has been covering the Cleveland Browns for almost 35 years.  He currently is a Browns analyst for ESPN Cleveland, 850 AM WKNR radio, and Fox Sports Ohio.  He also hosts the 100 Years Podcast available at www.thelandondemand.com.

Highlights from this episode include:

*Tony’s early beginnings in journalism and his path to becoming the Browns beat reporter in the 1980’s.

*his reactions to the Browns leaving in 1996.

*thoughts on the last 20 years of covering a consistent losing team and some of the horrible draft picks that have ensued.

*his passion and desire for seeing the Browns return to their glory days.

*some of Tony’s fondest memories of the 1980’s playoff contender teams.

*how the industry has been impacted by the Internet and social media.

*Tony’s thoughts of the Browns’ off-season moves and who he predicts they will draft this year at picks 1 and 4.

Connect with Tony www.twitter.com/tonygrossi

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Ep. 24 Recap – Scott Weingold

Scott Weingold is an entrepreneur and partner at the firm, College Planning Network, a company that helps families successfully navigate the college admissions and financial aid planning process so their children can attend the college of their choice − regardless of the cost.

Highlights from this episode include:

*college admissions and financial aid planning process and how families can save thousands using the right resources

*social media and its impacts on us as a society

*the outlook that a majority of Americans have on their work and careers

*motivation behind money and mentalities that rob us of our joy

*Transcendental Meditation (TM)

*Krav Maga

*growing a business and keys to a successful mindset

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Ep. 23 Recap – Ryan Haber

I sat down with my brother, Ryan, to discuss a variety of everyday life topics and issues. Highlights include:

*high school basketball versus LeBron

*Ryan Haber Collection women’s footwear

*how society has changed in terms of college and the unrealistic expectations we put on today’s youth

*our personal experiences and challenges

*social media and the negative ramifications that come with

*mental health and finding happiness

*personal and professional growth and development

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