Ep #17: Free Yourself From Struggle

In this episode, we show you how to stop struggling through life's problems, dilemmas, headaches, messes, can of worms or whatever you call it. We look at problems as challenges that open up new opportunities to grow and prosper. Stop the struggle and learn how to be flexible like water flowing around these challenges effortlessly.

 

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Ep #9: Growing Pains and Not Growing Feel Good

Ep #7: Take a Mind Dump!

Ep #5: Why Motivation Sucks

Bruce Lee – Be Like Water

Joe vs The Volcano Video Clip

 

Transcript: (Read Time: 23 Minutes)

Siri Shakti: Welcome to the RockStar in Life podcast, where you learn the secrets to unleashing your inner rockstar, so you can make the world your stage.

Dr Dan: Hey fellow RockStars in Life. Doctor Dan in the house, and I've got my lovely co-host …

Siri Shakti: Siri Shakti.

Dr Dan: What's up everybody? Today we are going to be talking about from struggle to solution.

Siri Shakti: That's right.

Dr Dan: Yep. I also thought of … what was the other name I came up with, but it kind of didn't fit into just the one thing, as we're going to talk about a variety of things? But the other one was Turning Your Problems Into Opportunities.

Siri Shakti: Yes.

Dr Dan: Yep. So we're going to be talking about a lot of that, and to start off we want to talk about stop struggling through life, trying to push through and making everything just so tough.
I'm sure either you've said it or you've heard somebody else say it, and it was just like, “Why is life got to be so hard? Why is it got to be so tough?”

Siri Shakti: Hey, are you quoting me?

Dr Dan: I am. Yeah.

Siri Shakti: I think I've said that a few times.

Dr Dan: That was exactly what I was doing right there. But it's something that we actually learn many times. We kind of joke about this, even between you and me, and also even with my business partner, whatever. He kind of waits for it now, Ben waits for it, when he's talking about how like, “Man, why are we having so many things coming at us in bad ways? All these things are happening to us and it feels like we just can't catch a break,” and he knows what I'm going to say is, “Yeah. That means that something good is coming,” right?

Siri Shakti: Yes.

Dr Dan: How do you say that again? Every …

Siri Shakti: Well …

Dr Dan: With every action-

Siri Shakti: There is your equal and opposite reaction?

Dr Dan: Exactly.

Siri Shakti: I always think it's like the Yin and the Yang. There's a balance. And I think the same thing now is whenever I'm going through a real struggle, or a challenge, I know I'm growing and I know good things are on the horizon.

Dr Dan: Yeah. And we know we have a bunch of wins and everything seems to be going your way, and then at some point you're challenged, because to be honest, if everything was all rainbows and unicorns and lollipops, then life would be boring, right?

Siri Shakti: Yeah, it would be.

Dr Dan: I mean, I think I mentioned this before, if you're playing a video game and the video game is the exact same over and over again and you can win really easy at it and if there's no challenge, then why would you want to play that video game?

For people out there that don't play video games, let's say you're watching a TV show or a movie, and it's just the same boring stuff and there's no conflict, and there's not anything they're overcoming, or any challenges in life. I mean, think about it. Any movie you've ever watched, or any TV show you've ever watched is always going to be some kind of challenge that they have to overcome, otherwise it'd be boring.

Siri Shakti: My god, the movie would be awful. Yeah.

Dr Dan: Or imagine if you're a sports fan and you're watching a football game or basketball game, and then everybody just walking and dribbling and not really doing anything.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. I mean, if you think about it, the best novels out there, the best movies, are all about people overcoming challenges and opposition, and that's just like the human story. That's what life is about.

One thing too that came to me when we were talking about this subject is that as much as we want to get away from the struggle, and of course we don't want it to become our constant focus, like I'm just going to sit here in the struggle, but sometimes it is a messenger. Sometimes, I know for me, I've gone through some stress and struggles that have taught me great lessons. I mean, there's many in my life I could pull from.

Of course, we're going to be discussing today like not to just sit and stay in the struggle, but the other part of that is of course, the other side of the coin is that when it's in your life, it's there to give you a message, and being able to be sensitive to pick up on that is part of the learning and growing.

Dr Dan: Yeah. Exactly. It's part of the learning process. And if you're not … I don't want to say you're not smart enough, but it's like, what do they say? Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on you, right?

Siri Shakti: Yeah.

Dr Dan: Or shame on me. Shame on me.

Siri Shakti: Shame on me, yeah.

Dr Dan: Yeah. And it's kind of the same thing, is learn from those lessons and always be learning, and don't try and force your way through problems, if you call them problems. Some people call them problems, dilemmas, headaches, mess, can of worms. I don't know if anybody still calls that can of worms. Or whatever you call it.

For me, personally, I've mentioned this before, I like to call problems challenges, because it's a way better and different feeling when you say, “Hey. I've got this challenge,” instead of, “I've got this problem.”

Siri Shakti: Or I have this curse.

Dr Dan: Yeah, I have this curse, I have the … yeah, right? The world's after me. So instead, I have this challenge that I need to overcome, because people want to overcome challenges. When you say a challenge, it's like, wow, somebody can win at this, and that somebody's going to be me.

So I do recommend start calling your problems challenges, and when somebody else says, “I have a problem,” say, “No, you don't. You got a challenge.” And don't let other people call them problems in front of you anymore. Some people will tell you to shut up. They want it to be a problem, but who cares? It will be fun, right?

Siri Shakti: Yeah.

Dr Dan: But my point is, is don't give these so-called problems or challenges, any wasted energy, making it more than it should be, give into that negative energy where it's like something that can control you and you have to fight through and make it through to the other side. I mean, that just sounds very struggle. I mean, I even threw my arm up and I was like, “Struggling,” like this pretend struggle to get through, because that's what you internalize yourself when you think that.

And it reminds me of Bruce Lee, or Akido. I don't know if you've seen that clip. I think I played it on if you were paying attention, the one that it reminded me of, where he's like, “Be like water.”

Siri Shakti: Yes.

Dr Dan: You pour water into a cup, the water becomes the cup. And flow and be like that. And that's the same thing for Aikido, is that martial art is not to struggle with somebody and fight them. Instead, it's to allow them to use their own energy, the attacker's force, their own force that's coming at you, you just redirect it.

Siri Shakti: Wow.

Dr Dan: And it takes a lot less energy, because now you're not fighting head-on. Now you're using its own energy.
I mean, have you ever … I don't know. I've done this before, I don't know if you ever have. Actually I did this a couple days ago. I think we were at Fashion Island or the Spectrum, I don't remember, but Mayleena was getting all … our middle daughter. She was getting all antsy and joking around and getting silly, and she was pushing into me.

Siri Shakti: I think that was Fashion Island.

Dr Dan: Yeah. She was just kind of like throw herself into me as we're walking, as a joke, bumping me, and I just moved out of the way a little bit.

Siri Shakti: She just like-

Dr Dan: I was pushing against her for two times, and then she came back for a third and I just moved, and she went right by me. That didn't take any energy from me at all. It did for her. I mean, that's really what you're doing right there, so you're not giving it power.

One example I want to talk about is rivers. If you've ever been around a river and you've actually looked, or you can even look this up online, and you'll see how the water in a river doesn't push rocks. It doesn't go, “Hey, there's a rock in my way. There's this big boulder in my way. Well, hey guys, let's push this boulder out of the way.” It doesn't sit there and stop and go, “Hey, I can't get past this boulder. It's really heavy, it's hard to move, so I'm just going to sit here and not go anywhere.” No. It's flowing, right? So if the river's flowing, the water goes around it.

Siri Shakti: That's right.

Dr Dan: It doesn't even give it a second thought. It just flows right through it. And if you ever looked at the boulders or the side of a riverbed or anything like that that's been there for a while, you'll see just how smooth that is. I mean, there's some beautiful pictures I found online when I was looking this up a long time ago, and the rocks are so soft and smooth, and the riverbed and everything it's just like really soft, because the water wasn't chipping at it, it didn't have a pickax or anything and was shaving it or anything. It was just flowing around it. And the more and the longer it float effortlessly around that boulder and that rock and the sides of the river, it would smooth it out. It would chip away at it. Not even chip away, it would just smooth it out.

Siri Shakti: That's so beautiful.

Dr Dan: And there was no struggle. I ended up having to look this up because I'd heard a long time ago that the Grand Canyon was formed from water. And people come from all over the world to marvel at the Grand Canyon, and it's 277 miles, which is 446 kilometers long, right?

Siri Shakti: It's huge.

Dr Dan: It's up to 18 miles wide, which is 29 kilometers wide, and more than a mile, 6,000 feet, 1,800 meters deep.

Siri Shakti: Wow.

Dr Dan: And it's a result of the Colorado River carving and flowing … they called it carving, but really just flowing around the rocks, smoothing it out as it just continuously kept doing what it was doing and just flowing through.

Previously they believed it was from this river, from the Colorado River, doing this for five to six million years of doing this, but a new study says it could be as old as 70 million years.

Siri Shakti: That is amazing. That is so remarkable.

Dr Dan: Yeah. And that's just water flowing.

Siri Shakti: Yeah, yeah.

Dr Dan: Just flowing.

Siri Shakti: That's such a great lesson. As you're saying this, I'm thinking about things going on in our own life that we can use this lesson for as well. And I know one thing that's come up is … because you know how it is when you have children. I mean, you go through struggles-

Dr Dan: No, I don't. How is that?

Siri Shakti: Well, we know very well, don't we? And our son, Bodhi, just turned nine, and it's so funny. I was just talking to one of my friends. She's a mom of three kids as well, and she's like, “You know, they always say it's like terrible twos, but I'm beginning to think it's terrible nines,” because their son is nine. And I'm like, “Me too. What's going on?”

Dr Dan: No, no. Ben had a better one.

Siri Shakti: What?

Dr Dan: I think it was just a couple days ago, he goes … I told him, I was like, “Man. People say terrible twos and stuff,” and he goes, “No. It's terrible fours.” And I'm like, “What?” He's like, “It's a terrible four life.” And I was just like, “Man, it's so true.”

Siri Shakti: Good one.

Dr Dan: So true.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. So we're going through some struggles right now with him, and just today I was really feeling it and I was feeling like just down in the dumps, like jeez, how are we going to get through this? And I feel like this is lasting forever.
And then, as I was sitting down, preparing for today's episode, I was reminded how we've been through experiences different, but just as much of a struggle with our daughters who are now teenagers, and I felt the same way. I thought, my god, how are we going to get through this? It's so hard. And we got through it. They grew out of that stage, and now they're teenagers going through different things.

So I could even use this lesson for what we're going through with him, learning how to flow with it and in a sense be like water. Flow with what's happening, redirect instead of, like you were saying with martial arts. Like, instead of dealing with it face-on, redirect and find a way to move the situation without pushing against it.

Dr Dan: Yeah. And another thing to keep in mind as well is, you know, maybe you've heard that saying and I know you probably have, is to sleep on it, look on it with fresh eyes.

Siri Shakti: Yeah, right.

Dr Dan: And there's so much truth to that because … and I'll tell you the reason why, is because the person you are right now when you're going through this challenge, which some would call a problem, and they're stressing about it, and they're worried about, or they're angry about it, or whatever it is that they're feeling, is not the same person that wakes up and goes, “You know what? I'm going to try and work through this.” It's you, but it's one of your different personalities.

And without going to deep into that, just understand that you can access that at any time. Sometimes it could just take a couple minutes, couple deep breaths, meditate on it, do some yoga, jump in a cold shower, jump in a cold pool. I mean, there's so many ways you can get through this and get to that other side to where you can look with fresh eyes. And sometimes you just need to scream into a pillow, go into the closet and cry. Right?

Siri Shakti: Hey.

Dr Dan: Was that all too close to home?

Siri Shakti: That was … all right. Okay. I've done it a few times.

Dr Dan: Yeah. Put your head into a pillow, scream, go work out, go for a run, cry in the shower. I mean, whatever you need to do. It's always going to be a little different. Maybe you have your go-to thing. Obviously don't do something like go eat bad junk food or something like that. Don't do something unhealthy.

Siri Shakti: Go binge on chocolate cookies. No. No.

Dr Dan: Yeah. Don't do that. Don't go stuff your face, don't go smoke cigarettes or anything like that. Do something healthy for you, or scream or cry. Whatever you need to do to get yourself through it, but the whole point is, is that come at it when you can take a step back, right?

Siri Shakti: Yes.

Dr Dan: You could take a step back. And I even like to sometimes schedule it for later. I mean, you've heard me say this before when you're like, “Hey, can we talk about this?” And I'm just like, “You know what? I don't want to deal with that right now, so let's schedule it.”

And I do that in my own head so many times, where I'm like, “You know what? I don't even want to think about that because it's stressing me out right now, so I'm going to schedule that for Tuesday at 2 PM.” And sometimes I'll go back to it even earlier, and I'll solve it. Sometimes the same day, sometimes the next day, sometimes I will wait a few days. And sometimes, it solves itself.
It's just about not trying to get into this deep rabbit hole of despair and feeling crappy, and just beating yourself up and just feeling down, right?

Siri Shakti: Yeah. You're really good at that. I'm step-by-step getting better at that. Baby-steps, one step at a time.
I do know that there's such value to what you're saying because I know that there's been many times where I've brought things to you and I'm like, “We need to talk about this,” and it's something that is happening that I feel at the moment is very important and feels like a big struggle and you have said, “Let's talk about that later.” And I remember a few times feeling frustrated, like, “He's just putting me off. I want to talk about this,” but then-

Dr Dan: I want to struggle with somebody on this.

Siri Shakti: But then an hour or a few hours, sometimes a day passes, and then I'm like, “You know what? It wasn't even a big deal.” I got over it, and actually so many times we didn't even have to talk about it.

Dr Dan: Exactly.

Siri Shakti: Yeah.

Dr Dan: Yeah. And this happens a lot as well even with my partner Ben. Me and you have done this, but even with my partner Ben, we'll sit there and he'll stress about something and be like, “Did you hear about this?” or, “Did you know that this might happen?” or, “Something's going on and we need to prepare, in case this happens,” and I'm just like, “Look, let's take a step back and this might never happen. So if it might never happen, then let's not stress about it right now. Let's wait it out, see what ends up happening, and if it happens, then we can come up with some solutions. Then we can take it on, or do whatever we need to do to solve it and we can find solutions.”

And it's important to mention that I'm not saying to ignore things and not to prepare for them at all, but there are many times when there's nothing you can do about it, so why even stress about it? And you don't know if it's going to happen.

Siri Shakti: Yes.

Dr Dan: And it's great. It is great to prepare for it, but take a step back and ask yourself, is this something that I really need to stress about? Right?

Siri Shakti: Yeah. Yeah.

Dr Dan: I mean, I can solve this tomorrow. Or maybe it will work itself out. Let's see instead of just spending hours and hours and hours of stressing about it.

And I'll give you an example. In my own business, a few years ago … wow, it's probably like seven, eight … no. Eight? Seven or eight years ago, I remember I created a course on a particular strategy and I had sold thousands of copies of this strategy.
It was actually a few strategies, and a few of the services that I recommend using that were free and some were paid, they made some big changes. Some went out of business, and it changed a lot of the different things and messed up, not the whole strategy but quite a few things in it. And actually this sounds familiar because this happened not that long ago and it seems like it might happen again, and it just keeps happening.

A lot of people were screaming, “The sky is falling.” People were crying and screaming and they'd be like, “My god, what does this mean and what's going to happen? Does it mean this business is over, and this won't work anymore? We can't do this anymore.” So I didn't stress as best as I could. Now, I used the time to research instead.

So once I was not stressing and I was feeling good about it, I'm like, “You know what? Let me use this time to research this new challenge. Not a problem, not a dilemma. Let me research this challenge, let me look online, let me see what else is going on, let me see if there's any ideas. Let me come up with some new ideas.” And I actually ended up finding because of that, because I had a different frame of mind and a different way of looking at this, I was able to find some new strategies that I'd never even thought of before. And I created a whole new course around it.

So I found an opportunity from the challenge, while everybody else was stressing, I created a new opportunity out of this. And to this day, whenever something happens while others are crying in the shower and worry like, “Oh, no, sky is falling,” I'm actually looking for opportunities. I get excited, because I even, with consulting clients, depending on what your business is or anything that you do, or if you're offering services as well besides consulting … I mean, it's all the same, because I did the same thing with clients that I offered services for and consulting clients. Because what happens when something changes? They're trying to find a solution to their challenge, to their problem, whatever, whatever they're calling it, right?

Siri Shakti: Yeah.

Dr Dan: And if you reach out to them, or if they reach out to you, if you're their go-to person, they're going to reach out to you and say, “Hey. I've got a challenge,” or, “I've got a problem. I need help with this,” and you'd be like, “Opportunity,” and they're going to pay you more because you're the problem solver, you're the challenge solver.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. Yeah, I mean you think about it, it's the different between being an innovator and not. If we look at … let's just talk about technology. There's been so many companies, I think … what were we talking about one time? I think it was like cassette tapes, something like that.

Dr Dan: Yeah, cassette tapes.

Siri Shakti: The people that created those, and this is just one example-

Dr Dan: Or you had 8-track before that.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. And-

Dr Dan: Or you had, what? Records, you had all that. Whatever the heck there was before that.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. And these companies, they didn't innovate. They didn't continue growing, so they had to go under, because they were being phased by new technologies.
This happens all the time, and it's the same thing that you're talking about. Something changes in your business, things go differently than you expected, but instead of sitting there just numbed by the frustration and confusion of it-

Dr Dan: Cry into the shower.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. You pick yourself up and you find the opportunity that is … there's always an opportunity, you know?

Dr Dan: Yeah. you look for-

Siri Shakti: A solution.

Dr Dan: … opportunities.

Siri Shakti: Yeah.

Dr Dan: Yeah. There was another time I remember, when I had broken my foot, right? I mean, you remember that.

Siri Shakti: Yeah.

Dr Dan: It was a couple years ago.

Siri Shakti: I remember.

Dr Dan: I broke my foot in the weirdest way. The doctor actually said, “You know, I have …” I think he said he'd never seen that bone break off, and he goes like, “If I instructed you, if I told you, ‘Hey, go break your foot in this spot …'” he was like, “I don't think somebody could actually do it. It's very difficult.”

So my point of the story is that I broke my foot, and my foot was so swollen, and I was on medication, I was in pain. I basically would go for my bed to my electric reclining chair in my office, in my home office, so I'd go from bed to there, bed to there, back, like once a day basically because I would stay there all day. It was more comfortable in there.

So I would lay on there, and instead of just sitting around and crying and feeling sorry for myself, I was in pain, but I used it as an opportunity. Instead, I was like, “Well, can't go anywhere, I can't really do that much, I can't even really be on my desktop. I can be on my laptop but it's not really that comfortable,” so me and my partner ended up mapping out a coaching program that we were going to do. And it was a group coaching program, so we mapped it out, we came up with everything we're going to do, we put it all together. It took us a couple days to do that, and then we started selling it. We started pre-selling it before, because we were doing a live group coaching.

And in that two weeks that I was laid up … I was actually laid up longer, but in those first two weeks that I was in pain, we did over $100,000 in sales and money in our pocket.

Siri Shakti: That's awesome.

Dr Dan: Because I was laid up so while other people were like, “Man, I can't work, I can't do anything,” we did six figures. Did $100,000 after I broke my foot.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. And you were on pain medication-

Dr Dan: Yeah. Basically-

Siri Shakti: … not feeling good.

Dr Dan: … we would get on the phone, we'd spend like an hour, two hours talking to different people, people that wanted to get into the coaching course, then we would take a break, I'd take a nap, and then wake back up and then do it all over again.

Siri Shakti: I remember that.

Dr Dan: And we had fun. We had fun talking to people and just having a good time, and connecting and getting to know them a little bit more, and talking to new people we've never talked to before, and then talking to people that we have talked to but it's been a while. So I made the best of it. I also used that time to learn new strategies and learn some new stuff. Right?

Siri Shakti: So cool. Yeah. I remember that very well. I remember bringing you food while you were laying in bed.

Dr Dan: Yeah. It was very interesting.

Siri Shakti: You were incapacitated.

Dr Dan: Yeah.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. Yeah. As you're saying this too, one thing that I thought of for myself is that sometimes when I have been really feeling the struggle, like in my daily life especially in our home school world, because … I mean we've been doing this for a while, like 10 years. So of course we've gone through a lot of challenges over the years, and I'm always looking for the solution, but earlier on, when we first got started, I know a lot of parents go through this at the beginning, we're so taught schoolish ways. It's so ingrained in us to teach in the way that public school does, that we naturally carry that over to our home schooling.

So I always felt at first that I needed to teach how a teacher does in a public school, I needed to set it up that way. Like we needed to sit at a table all the time, have everything set up, very organized in that way. And our kids are like us. We're free thinkers, we like moving, we're very hands-on, creative, so that was not working at all.

You think I would've learned faster. It took me a year to figure this out, of constantly like, I felt like I was banging my head against the wall. But finally, one day, I was like, “You know? I'm done.” Like, “We're just going to do home school wherever we need to do it.”

So one day we'd sit at the kitchen table do work, the next day we'd be laying on our bed, our master bed, working with each one of them one-on-one, one day we'd go to the park, bring a blanket and we'd all sit there and do some work or do some reading, sit at the benches. So I decided that it didn't matter where we were sitting anymore. It just mattered that we were getting the work done, and I learned to be a lot more flexible.

So that was just like a small distinction, and it really was just a slight change to what we were doing, and that was the solution. So sometimes it's just looking for the just the smallest thing that needs to shift, that will take you out of that struggle and back into that feeling of flow and whatever you're working on.

Dr Dan: So be like water.

Siri Shakti: There you go. Be like water. Yes. Back to that. That's what this is all about.

Dr Dan: Nice.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. And you know, the thing is, is over the years, I have found ways to cope with stressful situations because sometimes when you're going through it, it isn't over in a day. I mean, especially if it's something you're dealing with in business, or with your child like I was talking about, you're going through it, so it's not just like one day and we're done with it.

So there's something that I do that you guys might want to try, and this has worked for me really well. I'm really big on creating kind of another persona, or almost like an alter ego for yourself, and for each one of us that's going to look different. But this alter ego is an image of yourself that is strength, that is courage, that is able to withstand the pressure. And for me, it's kind of like this warrior queen type of image. And I'm not going to get into what that looks like because she has this whole wardrobe that goes with it of what I imagine myself wearing.

But for me, when I need to, I call upon this part of myself, and I actually imagine that I'm stepping into this persona. And I feel it, I make sure that I'm actually taking it on and feeling it. And this part of me has almost in a sense a shield, and this shield can block or deflect any scenarios or challenges that I don't want to feel energetically, so I can use that shield to protect myself, especially if I'm dealing with another person that is maybe being very negative or a situation like that.

Dr Dan: So it's kind of like Wonder Woman, right?

Siri Shakti: Kind of like a Wonder Woman, yeah. But a cooler outfit actually I will say.

Dr Dan: Nice.

Siri Shakti: But that little exercise I have done many, many times over the years, and it has helped me so much because then I'm able to tap into that part of myself that is strong in that way, and that can get through any sort of challenge, and see it to the other side.

Dr Dan: Nice. I like it.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. You should try it. Try it out.

Dr Dan: Very cool.

Siri Shakti: Yeah. Well, awesome. Is there anything else that you'd like to add before we give our RockStar mission for today?

Dr Dan: No. Before we give our RockStar mission for today, be sure to go to rockstarinlife.com to get links to the resources mentioned, this episode's transcript, download our free books, training, yoga, meditation, home schooling advice, and so much more being added every single day and week. Go to rockstarinlife.com and join the RockStar in Life revolution today.

Siri Shakti: Awesome.

Dr Dan: All right. So today's RockStar mission if you accept, which we know you will now, right?

Siri Shakti: Yes, yes.

Dr Dan: It's been a while. You're probably feeling really good about doing this and you're like, “Man, I want to feel more of this. I feel awesome.” It's going to be a simple one.

First, you're going to write down three challenges, whether they were in your past, maybe you didn't handle them the way you wish you would've now that you know these tools that you could've used, right? You could've used these tools that we taught you today. Or if there's something happening right now to you, these challenges that you used to call problems and dilemmas or can or worms. So things that might be happening right now, or might happen in the future, that you're kind of worried about. So write down those three things.

Now, from those three things, come up with at least three ideas for each of those, on how to solve those challenges, or turn them into opportunities. So three challenges and come up with three ideas for each of them, how you could turn them into opportunities, or solve them.

Siri Shakti: Yes.

Dr Dan: Right?

Siri Shakti: That's right.

Dr Dan: And I already gave the example of when I broke my foot. Some people look at that and be like, “I broke my foot. What am I going to do? I can't work, I can't work, I can't do this, I can't do that,” or something like that. Well, I used that as an opportunity, right?

Siri Shakti: Yeah.

Dr Dan: And I understand, maybe in your business you have to be at a physical location and you're going to have to take time off from work. Well, look how fortunate you are. Now you can be at home, be on the internet, map out some ideas, some things that you've always wanted to learn or do.

Maybe one of your passion projects or something that you thought, “Hey, I would like to start an Etsy business, or seeling something on eBay, or selling something on Amazon, or creating an invention, or whatever it is, or creating an online course teaching people how to basket-weave, right? Whatever it is you might want to do. Teaching baby sign language because that's what you do. You know how to do that, but that's not your profession and you're like, “Well, I could create a course on that and sell that.” So it's your opportunity, it's your time to do that, because you've got time off your foot, like I did.

Or, maybe you just got fired from your job and it sucks and you feel like crap, and you don't know what you're going to do. Well, maybe you've always hated that job. Maybe you felt like it was sucking the life out of you, like in that movie, Joe Versus the Volcano, where you're sitting there under those fluorescent lights and they were flickering, and they were sucking the life out of them. I always feel that way too.

Siri Shakti: That's the best movie.

Dr Dan: Without even knowing about that movie, whenever I was under fluorescent lights, I feel like that, right?

Siri Shakti: Yeah. Totally.

Dr Dan: When I worked out of my office in Pleasanton, California, I ended up turning off my lights so people would be always like, “Why are your light off?” I'd leave them off and bought some full spectrum back then, there wasn't as many full spectrum lights out there. Now they make a lot of them, but daylight. I would put daylight lamps in my room and I would just have those on instead.

So use that as an opportunity. Now you have the opportunity to either pursue your dreams, your passions, or something like that. Or find something else that you can do for now, while you pursue your dreams and things that you want to do, right?

Siri Shakti: That's right.

Dr Dan: You have the opportunity.

Siri Shakti: Yeah.

Dr Dan: So look for those opportunities, be like water. Don't struggle, just flow, and wear down your challenges.

Siri Shakti: Nice. Beautiful. All right guys. Well, don't forget to get out there and be a rockstar in your life …

Dr Dan: And make the world your stage.

 

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