156. It’s Life or Death Without Time Blocking | A True Story with Steven Gendel

Sep 3, 2018 | 0 comments

What if getting your priorities done was literally a matter of life and death?

We know that living The ONE Thing isn’t easy. Surprisingly simple, yes – but certainly not easy. Whether you’re an employee, an entrepreneur, or a stay-at-home parent, there are always things that pop up and try to pull you away from your most important priorities. Most of us have the luxury of being able to accept that and try to do better tomorrow… but what if you didn’t have that opportunity?

That’s the reality for our guest Steven Gendel, whose son was born prematurely and weighing under two pounds. Over the past 19 years of his life, he has had 50 neurosurgeries and there isn’t a day that goes by without a moment where he almost dies. So today we have a conversation about what it looks like to not only thrive in your career but quit your corporate job to build four businesses, while every single day knowing that one of the people who matter most to you may not actually make it through the day – a situation that forces you to get extreme clarity on your priorities.

In this episode, you will learn…

  • [6:05] How you can go from living to thriving, even in a dire situation
  • [9:30] What you need to do so that your businesses can grow even if you have to spend six months in a hospital
  • [31:50] Why you need to empower the people in your world (and how to do that)

The ONE Thing to Implement From This Episode:

One of the things that impress us most about Steven is that he always shows up with a smile on his face – there’s a peace about him, and you have to wonder if it’s because he wakes up every day with true clarity on what matters most.

Based on what you heard today, what can you start doing differently? What are the things you’re doing today that you would stop doing, at the drop of a dime, if something happened to the people who matter most to you? Are any of your so-called priorities, in reality, just distractions?

What’s the ONE thing that you can do that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?

If you want some support in answering those questions, head over to the1thing.com/event to sign up for The ONE Thing Couples Goal Setting Retreat (Nov. 17-18, 2018 in Austin, TX).

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