Metamorphosis – New Year, New Beginnings: The Sequel – SPE17

Today we are talking about New Year’s resolutions and how to make this 2019 a very kick-ass one.

But first.

Compassion. The one thing that makes us human. The ability to show compassion for other people. The ability to treat others kindly is what defines us as people. Treat yourself and others kindly as you are making positive changes in your life. Everyone is going through some kind of battle that we might not be able to see because we are too preoccupied with our own battles. Remember. Compassion. Regardless of what you are going through.

Admission. I have approached this podcast from a wise-ass, preachy, know-it-all kind of way, as if I know everything and have all the answers. And nothing could be farther from the truth. I am not a perfect human being, I make mistakes, I have insecurities, trauma and a lot of things that I need to work on. I don’t know everything. I don’t have all the answers and I am learning just as much as you are from this podcast. Thank you for trusting me enough to value my opinions here though.

So, the podcast is going to take a different direction. As you are making changes and learning something from the podcast, so am I. And we can help each other learn and grow together, side-by-side. We will guide each other into becoming better people by holding hands, as opposed to one pointing in one direction and the other following. Let’s make this a fun journey of self-discovery, where everyone grows including me.

And now..

Your life isn’t gonna change just because the digits on the calendar did.

There is more to the New Year than “New year, New you”. In less than a month, your resolutions will begin to fade into the background and you lose both interest and enthusiasm. Does this sound familiar? To me it does. It’s been me every single year for the most part.

You tell yourself that you will exercise more/quit smoking/becoming rich/control spending habits..

12 months later, you realize that you are nowhere close to those goals than you were at the beginning of the year. Still overweight/unhealthy and broke. So year after year, you keep on writing the same resolutions and last year’s resolutions become this year’s resolutions. That’s happened quite often for me.

Not anymore. No longer.

Let me help you keep your resolution promises to yourself this 2019. In a few minutes I will show how to approach your resolutions so that they actually happen this time around! And together we make this 2019, an amazing one.

Let me help you make your new year’s resolutions ACTUALLY happen this year. Aren’t you sick of spending every New Year regretful and thinking about all the stuff that you could have done… but didn’t? Don’t you deserve to finally have the best year of your life? It’s time for you to make things happen and if you have not already.. then..

You are not alone.

According to the Statistic Brain Institute, 91% of resolutioners will fail on their resolutions during the upcoming year, while a mere 9% will be successful.

The question is.. which group do you want to be part of? The 91% or the 9%?

If you want to be like the 9% then don’t do what the 91% does. Forget what the majority of people do.

Ask anyone what their resolutions are and you will hear:

“I want to get fit.”
“I want to get rich.”
“I want to quit smoking.”
“I want to be a better person.”

You WANT to do something. And it just stops at that. It’s too vague and it’s not specific enough.

To make your resolutions happen this year, follow this simple 4-step-formula Break your goals down into bite-sized chunks.

  1. Be Specific.
    Don’t be general (you ain’t a general in the army. Joke is lame af but it gets the point across well :D)
    e.g: instead of saying “I want to get fit.”, say “I want to lose 12kgs.
  2.  Give yourself a deadline.
    “I want to lose 12 kgs by the end of December 2019.”
  3. Make monthly mini-deadlines.
    Then ask yourself how many kilos you need to lose each month
    12 kgs/12 months = 1kg/month
    Break the months down into weeks
    1kg/4 weeks = 0.250 kgs/week

So to lose 12 kgs/year, you have to lose 0.250 kgs/week.

4) Ask yourself. What do I need to do each month/week/day to lose 12kgs?
How many hours of cardio do I need to do and how many calories do I need to consume to accomplish this goal by Dec. 2019?

If you want to go further, you can break it down into days too, which becomes 0.0357 kgs/day ≈ 35 grams (of course losing weight is a gradual process and you cannot lose a specific amount of weight every single day).

The calculations are merely done for illustration purposes to show you how to approach your NY resolutions. The same logic applies to kgs/money/cigarettes/exercise etc.

So this is how you break down a resolution so that it can happen. But this is not enough. You also need to know how to stick to it. Going to the gym for a month or two this way is easy, but what about the other 10 months until the end of year? Huh?

How many times did you make a resolution at the beginning of the year only to realize that you are nowhere close it at the end of the year. I.e. You failed. If you are like most people.. many times.

The commitment is not the important thing here. Deciding to commit to something is easy. Sticking to it is hard.. so you need to look deep within yourself and ask yourself, why is it that I want to make this resolution happen?

Find your why. Why do you want to lose weight (are you actually doing this for you or to fit in with the crowd/people’s approval?) Once you come to the realization that you are doing this for you, that’s when things start happening for you.

Why do you want to become rich? Is it really so you can buy a fancy car so people can validate your ego? Or is it because you want more freedom? That is actually the main reason that people want money. Freedom of choice. Freedom to determine your own life and take your life into your own hands (not a boss or corporation’s) Freedom to travel. Freedom to shop. Freedom to enjoy life whenever, wherever and in whatever way they wish.

Why do you want to stop smoking or drinking alcohol? Because it sucks. And it smells disgusting. And you deserve to put something better into your body than something that can harm it and give you the illusion that it makes you happy, while making you a slave to a substance.

Find your why. Why do you want to do what you want to do? And go beyond surface reasons. Go beyond the surface. There is something much much deeper to everything than you can imagine.

Happy New Year and remember that whatever you are going through, I am here for you.

I love you, Samotination.


DaVinci slept only 2 hours a day!? Can I do that too!? – Samotivation Podcast Episode 16


Merry Christmas and happy holidays wherever you  are listening to this podcast from!

Waddup, Samotination! How YOU doin’!?

This is the Samotivation go-to-bed-better-than-you-woke-up podcast! and.. as you can tell from my sleepy energy-less start to this post, today’s episode is about sleeeeeeppppp and we have a medical expert on, who will walk us through, how you can get better sleep, feel better rested and fresh in the morning (as opposed to groggy, unrested and in potato mode).

Also!? Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci slept only a total of 2 hours of sleep every day? Or that Nikola Tesla only 3 hours a day? Absolutely crazy! Which is why I have my friend on today to tell us whether this is sustainable over the long term? Or is it downright crazy and dangerous?

Sleep is such an important thing.. and you only realize it when you don’t have it! When you are out late and then you have work the next day… and then you wake up like… arghhh I don’t wanna go to work.. and you pull the covers over your face.. and throw your phone across the room, when the alarm goes off..

I have heard many people say, I wish I didn’t have to sleep. Sleep is such a waste of time.. and it CAN feel like that sometimes.. if you have a high pressure, time-intensive job, if you are a college student, if you work in the medical/PR field/24h restaurant business if you are starting your own business then.. it can definitely feel like sleep is a waste of time.

Imagine how many things you would be able to accomplish if you did not sleep so much. How many things you can do if you could just keep on working without the need to rest and get some shut eye.

That’s what today’s episode is about! Enjoy and happy holidays!

With Respect,


Why Excuses are BS! (and why I should stop making this podcast!) – Samotivation Podcast Episode 15

PLEASE DON’T CRY! I’m obviously not going to stop making this podcast. Wipe away those tears 😛

WADDUP Samotination!?

THIS is the Samotivation go-to-bed-better-than-you-woke-up podcast with your host Sami Wehbe! Today’s podcast is about excuses. Why I shouldn’t do this. Why I shouldn’t do that. And all the reasons that you will fail doing something you KNOW you should be doing.

This is episode we will take a look at the many excuses that you have so you can realize just what utter BS they are! Excuses are liars. Even bigger liars than friggin politicians are! I shouldn’t be hating on policy-makers since I studied politics.. but maybe that’s why I hate politics and politicians so much. Nevermind. Let’s get back to the point.

Today I will be giving you a glimpse into the many excuses and self-doubt that I had when I first came up with the idea of this podcast and what you can learn from my experience and even know.. why I shouldn’t continue this podcast, but will do it anyway 🙂

BTW! Free Samotivation audiobook of the month brought to you by!
The Richest Man in Babylon (by George Samuel Clason) One of my favorite books on money management and how to save and multiply your money! It’s written in the form of a fable that takes place in Babylon. This is one of the most popular books among bankers and the finance community.

Today, I will share the many excuses I had when I first had the idea of creating this podcast and what you can learn from my experience.

Samoticabulary (oh yeeee word-play game strong!) Word of the week! Because a better you, starts with a better vocabulary! And being to amaze everybody in the room with your long list of fancy ass vocabulary words that no one will understand but you.. and maybe that snobby 4.5 GPA, Harvard Graduate whose grandfather has an entire hall named after him on campus!

RIGAMAROLE. Spelled r-i-g-a-m-a-r-o-l-e

What does it mean!?

  1. any long complicated procedure (bureauracy)
  2. a set of incoherent or pointless statements; garbled nonsense, i.E BULLSHIT!

Sami hates listening to friggin’ rigamarole. (Damn right he does!) Especially when people come up with a list of excuses as to why they are not living the life they want/why they are unhappy/dissatisfied/bitter (and insert whatever negative pessimistic feeling a human being can have.


Hope you enjoy this episode! 

I love you, Samotination!

With Respect,


Dude Gets Scam Call and Decides to Waste His Time and the Scammer’s – Samotivation Podcast Episode 14

Waddup Samotination!?

How YOU doin’!?

As promised, to make up for the podcast episode that I missed the week before, here is an exclusive podcast episode for you of an Indian phone scammer trying to pull a fast one on me.. little did he know that in the end, I pulled a fast one on him. Just for context, Jack Johnson is a popular singer, actor and surfer. He has a really catchy song called “You and Your Heart”, make sure you listen to it before you listen to this podcast. BTW! If the audio is not clear in the podcast, you can check out the subtitled YouTube video of the full call below! TURN ON SUBS!

Love you, Samotination!

With Respect,


What 36 Hours in India Taught Me – Samotivation Podcast Episode 13

Waddup Samoti-nation!?

Let’s start off with the most amazing thing ever about India? What can that be? Bollywood movies, Shahrukh Khan, dancing, girls, the Taj Mahal (that I didn’t get to see), the fact that so many of the CEO of the world’s biggest and most successful companies are Indian: Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Adobe, Harman. While all of those things are amazing, my favorite thing in India was….. THE FOOD! The butter chicken and the garlic naan, roti, chappati (and basically every other type of bread there!), the biryani, the kebab!

The most amazing thing about India was the food. If you know me well, food plays a very central role in my life 😀

(The pic above is not mine! I was so busy ENJOYING the food that I completely forgot about taking a picture :D)

All jokes aside, the highlight of my trip was not all these amazing things in India!

It was the good friends that I met with there, after a year of not seeing each other, sending eachother Whatsapp essays and 10 minute voice recordings, tagging each other in memes and sending each other weird videos and songs 😛

There is a quote from my favorite book the Godfather that goes like this:

*DJ Khaled Voice* ANOTHER ONE!

And I’m also gonna make YOU an offer you can’t refuse! The FREE audiobook version of the book! You can get it @

Just make sure that you are on the US site and NOT redirected to the UK or Canadian one. Otherwise, I don’t receive any commission hehe gotta support the platform somehow, right!? 😀
Select the US site!

So, what DID 36 hours in India teach me about my life!?

1) Moments matter more than the time spent doing something or being somewhere.

2) When you live with intention, you live more happy.
Consciously choose to enjoy your life and the present moment!

3) The world is so much bigger than my problems, my fears, insecurities.

4) People are not as different as politicians and the media would like us to believe.

5) I am blessed with so many things that I take for granted.

6) Sometimes what you perceive as cheap is very precious for somebody else. Not just talking about $ v/s rupees or currency. I mean bread and basic things that we take as granted. Most of us are very privileged but we refuse to see it.

7) Food is amazing. And India has the best food.

8) Friendship is the equivalent of family.

9) Friendship makes distance miniscule and irrelevant.

10) The people make the place. If you are unhappy take a look at the people that you are surrounding yourself with.

11) Surround yourself with winners. People who strive for more in their lives and be better.


Hope you enjoy this episode!

With Love and Respect,


Why Your Network Determines Your Net-worth (and your life worth!) – Samotivation Podcast Episode 12

Waddup Samotination (my own term for everyone that forms the Samotivation family, my fans and listeners!)

Grant Cardone says that “Your network determines your net-worth”, which basically means that the people that you choose to surround yourself with will determine whether you are the prince or the pauper in all senses of those words.

The prince and the pauper analogy goes far beyond financial capabilities and the stacks (or slacks *lack of stacks*) of cash that you have in your wallet/bank account/covert off-shore bank accounts (if you are a corrupt politician).

For simplification purposes, let’s assume that the prince has an abundance of everything, not just financial wealth, but wealth and abundance in every area of his life: his health, his relationships and his life overall. He leads a happy and fulfilling life. And he is surrounded by other wealthy people, who live in a similar prosperous environment like he does.

And now let’s go to the pauper. The pauper has a dearth of everything, he only sees lack around him, in his wealth, his relationships, his health is not at its best (because he is always worrying about having something to eat and his is surrounded by other poor people, who like him live in very unfortunate and inhumane circumstances.

Let’s make something clear. I am not saying that money necessarily brings you happiness. Though I believe it is better to have money (an abundance of money) and be unhappy, than a lack of it and be unhappy. The great American motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar said “Money won’t make you happy… but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” Very good point, Zig!

Damn right, money won’t make you happy. I live in the richest country in the world and I have seen some of the most wealthy, yet unhappy people, as well as some of the poorest, yet happiest people I have ever seen. And then you have the people in between, the grey area, making good money and depending on their attitude towards life, they are either happy or unhappy.

Here’s a question: why do we have to choose between having an abundance of wealth and happiness? Why can’t we have both? Why can’t I be happy, healthy AND rich!? That sounds pretty damn good to me!

The Samotivation Podcast is about having abundance in each and every area of your life!

Anyway, ignore that shameless self-promotion! Let’s go back to the point.

The people you choose to surround yourself with determine the quality of your life and what you have (or don’t have). I don’t mean that by necessarily putting yourself in the company of rich people, you too will come rich. Or that if you are surrounded by happy people, you too will become happy, but if you are able to surround yourself with people, who you can learn from: how to become rich, how to become happy, how to live a more meaningful existence, how to get good at karate.

I really enjoyed making this episode and I KNOW that you will enjoy listening to it!




Bullying. LIVE Podcast Episode with Mohamed Al Balushi. Full Video on ! – Samotivation Podcast Episode 11

Bullying is a very important topic and one we believe should be addressed more. In this LIVE video podcast, we talked about our experiences with bullying in school, why bullies bully others, how to respond to a bully and mental health and wellbeing as a whole. Enjoy!

You can listen to the audio podcast or see the LIVE video for yourself today. Part 1 and 2 below!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Why the TGIF Mentality (THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY) Keeps You Average and Gives You Diarrhea! – Samotivation Podcast Episode 10

Thank God it’s Friday! OMG weekend. FRIYAY! TGIF!!

Let’s add other acronym to the above. STFU PLS.



Allow us to take an empirical approach to breaking down the TGIF mentality. Ready for an experiment? Did you put your protective goggles and gloves on? This could be some highly explosive and flammable stuff we are dealing with right now! We might have to apply water to the burned area here.

I hate 3/4 of my life!

Let’s assume you work from Monday to Friday and get two days off. This is how a typical week looks like to an average Joe or Joette:

Monday – Back to work after the weekend 🙁

Tuesday – After Monday 🙁

Wednesday – Hump day. Getting closer to Friday, but still 🙁

Thursday – One day before Friday :I

Friday – TGIF! Last day of the week OMG! 🙂

Saturday – Weekend 🙂

Sunday – Still weekend 🙂 but not for long! Back to work tomorrow, so…  🙁

Note: You can shuffle these around depending on where you are in the world. In Qatar, the equivalent of a Friday in America is a Thursday and the equivalent of an American Sunday is a Saturday. Same same as they say in Qatar!

So after my comprehensive research and mathematical calculations (I failed Calculus in uni and withdrew the second time around btw! :D), we discover that you hate 5/7 days of your life each week and only enjoy 2 (the weekend).

So that means that you spend about ¾ of your life in anticipation of a third. In other words, you hate the majority of your life! You hate your job, your career, your university and where you are in life. That’s even sadder than the above week breakdown. Now is the time to apply water to the burned area 🙁

You have to earn the right to say TGIF. If you worked your ass off that week and gave it your all then you can say TGIF. But for the most part, looking back at the week that passed we all know that we could have done so much more than we did. So none of us have earned the right to say TGIF. I include myself in that equation.

2) You do the minimum, yet expect the maximum.

Minimum effort = maximum results? That’s not how it works and you don’t need an A in calculus to understand this mathematical and logical fallacy (said the guy who failed Calculus). You expect to do the minimum with as little effort as possible and want to reap massive rewards. It sounds great when you think about it? But we both know that this is not how things work. If you want amazing results then you have to put as much effort into what you are doing as possible. 10X FTW! Imagine planting a seed that needs a liter of water every day (okay. It’s an exaggerated amount. A liter will probably kill the plant, but let’s assume that it needs a liter of water every day. Hey. Listen. I ain’t Old MacDonald. I don’t have a farm). So back to our seed, it needs a liter of water every day to grow into a beautiful tree with little birdies chirping on it. However, the TGIF mentality whispers into your ear seductively: “Hey… How YOU doin’? This is TGIF… Did you miss me? How about just watering the plant with as little effort as possible. Just use that 250ml cola bottle over there. That’s all you need!”

Do this for 5 years and your little seed, has turned into a raisin that was probably eaten by a squirrel or rat and now turned into organic compost 🙁 Speaking of shitty situations btw…

3) TGIF gave me diarrhea

By TGIF, I mean the restaurant, as well as the mentality. Yes, I got food poisoning from TGI Fridays, as did 2 of my friends. Both the restaurant and the mentality gave me diarrhea. Physical and mental diarrhea. I was not satisfied with the quality, nor the quantity of my output (this sentence has many layers to it 😀 ) In other words, the TGIF mentality (and restaurant) gave me shitty results that I was not happy with and this caused me a lot of pain in my life (literally).

So what did I learn from this experience? First off, I am never gonna eat at TGI Fridays and I am never gonna feed myself the TGIF mentality because it made my life very shitty and meaningless.

So, Sami what’s the solution?

Change TGIF to TGIM!

Take back the 3/4 of your life that you lost because you hate it! Embrace Mondays! Switch up your attitude at work, at uni and wherever else that you are. It all comes down to mentality. Once you change your mentality, your entire life will change! Then when it does, contact me!  Don’t waste 5 days of the week being unhappy so you can be happy for just 2 days. Always be happy and grateful!

Hope you guys enjoy this episode!

With Love,


What a month of Karate has taught me – Samotivation Podcast Episode 9

– “Come on, Sami! GET UP! ONE MORE!!! DON’T QUIT!” says Sami’s Karate Sensei as Sami lies on the ground hyperventilating.

– “You can’t do it. You’ll never make it. Give up already. You are not as good as the others anyway. You are just a white belt noob. Who do you think you’re kidding, man?” – uninvited, Sami’s brain replies.

– “STFU! YES I CAN! WATCH ME! GET OUT OF MY WAY, BRAIN!” Sami’s body feels like it’s going to give out soon and yet somehow manages to pull through and do the exercise/stretch/punch/kick through SHEER WILLPOWER.

Damn son. I didn’t know my brain could limit me and at the same time push me towards my goals. Powerful epiphany. Take some time to think about it.

You can use your brain in any way you want to. You can choose to let it limit you and make excuses or you can change your limiting beliefs, push through and tell friggin Obstacle Mountain to get out of the damn way, so you can achieve your goals.

A typical Karate session goes like this: me being exhausted, sweaty, hyperventilating and about to give up; to me doing it and surprising myself with how I was able to!

The benefits of Karate go far beyond the time you spend in the dojo. This is something I realized after a month of attending Karate classes. An hour of training does not just make you a better fighter and increase your flexibility, agility and strength; it makes you a stronger and more confident human being, i.e:

Karate (and other martial arts) make you a better person.

A bold claim to make, isn’t it?

Let me explain why.

Martial arts is more than just learning a few kicks, punches and throws. Martial arts is about bringing out the strength, power and confidence that lay dormant inside each and every one of us, and have been eager to come out and show you (and the world) how amazing and powerful you really are. Karate teaches pacifism. Not aggression.

Seems like a paradox, in it?!

Karate is a combat sport afterall. If executed with enough force, a karate punch or a kick could actually kill your opponent. So, karate gives you the ability to kill. However, with the ability to kill comes the responsibility to protect others (even those who try to hurt you).

If an attacker were to approach you with a knife or a gun, karate doesn’t teach you to hurt them, but to disarm them and disengage them from combat by knocking the murder weapon out of their hands and demobilizing them through a body lock, kick or punch so that you minimize harm to not only yourself but to them as well.

Which leads me to the first thing that I learned from Karate:


You might acquire superhuman strength, but that doesn’t make you powerful.

What determines a person’s strength is not their power, but their self-control and their ability to respond with the right amount of force (which could mean no force at all) in any given situation.

In the case of physical assault, sometimes a physical response is necessary to protect yourself. A good punch or knockout kick in the face is usually enough to disarm an attacker. Karate can teach you how to do that very well! 😀

However, sometimes by avoiding a confrontation and not responding to taunts/slander you have already won the fight, i.e. you used less force than the person who tried to taunt you. Let them wear themselves out with all the BS they are throwing your way and saying about you. Remember that when they point a finger at you, they have four fingers pointing back at them. Everything they say and do will go back to them, call it karma, God, destiny whatever. Usually what they are saying about you is actually what they think about themselves. More on this in Episode 7 – People’s Opinions. Zimbabwean Dollar 2.0!

Self-control is true power.


When my body refuses to do an extra kick or crunch and I do it anyway, that carries forth into other areas of my life: my job, relationships, sports, studies, etc. When I feel like I have lost, I want to give up and all the odds are against me, I do what I need do regardless of how I prepared I am or whether I feel like it. Which is not always the most pleasant experience to say the least.

But, this is the cost that you need to pay to become the person that you want to be. A bit of discomfort is definitely worth living a bigger, better and brighter existence!

3) Everything you do is for you and you only.
What do I mean by this? The effort you put in the dojo is not for your Sensei. The amount of hours you study is not for your professor. The quality of the work you produce is not for your boss, it’s for you! All of it is for you!

The karate session will end. Your studies will end. Your job contract will run out. What happens after these things? You develop your skills and work ethic through these experiences. You are not doing it for any of these people. You are doing it for YOU, so that you become a more wholesome and stronger human being.

What you do in the dojo, at school, at work, in your home is not for sensei’s sake, your professor’s sake, your boss’ sake, nor is it for your family’s sake. IT’S FOR YOU! So don’t try to cheat other people by putting in less effort, because all you are doing is cheating yourself.

I learned this and so much more from my 30 days of Karate classes. Listen to the podcast above to learn more!

I interviewed Karate Master Iain Abernethy, author of Mental Strength: Condition Your Mind, Achieve Your Goals on my podcast a few months ago. You can listen to the episode here!

Btw! You can get the audiobook version for free using this link: !!

Thank you for reading!

With Love and Respect,

Hustle Like a Refugee (Inspired by Grant Cardone and Jarrod Glandt) – Samotivation Podcast Episode 8

Immigrants are 3 times more likely to become millionaires than Americans are. Facts.

That’s just one of the things that I learned from Grant Cardone’s ‘Hustle Like an Immigrant’ episode (below). Grant says that immigrants are 3 times more likely to become millionaires than Americans are? I will go farther than that and say that: Refugees are 6 time more likely to become millionaires than the people whose countries they flee to, running from war, bloodshed, starvation, and poverty.

That’s right! Refugees are more likely to succeed than those living in their own countries. It seems that the most marginalized peoples and communities end up becoming the most successful, such as African Americans, Jews, Palestinians, Syrians, Iraqis, Yemenis, Armenians, Indians, Africans, Asians, Latin Americans and other refugees and immigrants from marginalized backgrounds.

Basically, those who history has done the most damage to or attempted to erase from itself, through genocide, slavery, the pillaging of resources (both material and human) and forced migration. Those people are more likely to become millionaires when they go to a new country, than the people in that country itself are.

The immigrant/refugee mentality has made these people so successful and that is what Grant Cardone talks about in his CardoneZone episode.
More about this later and in this new episode.

Let me tell you a bit about Grant Cardone, who inspired this episode.

Grant Cardone is an NYT best-selling author, sales expert, might I say Sales GOD! , world-renowned speaker, real estate mogul and someone who made it from ZERO to almost a BILLION dollars in real estate holdings. That’s a lot of cash money!

Grant (or Uncle G as many call him) is someone that I respect a lot because of what he has been able to achieve and make out of himself despite all the odds stacked against him (losing his father at the age of 10, losing his brother 10 years later, a severe drug and alcohol addiction, being raised by a single mom and being broke and scared all the time, labeled ADD, ADHD, OCD and more. He was constantly told by ‘professionals’ and family to chill out, calm down, relax and take it easy. Sounds very familiar 😀

I’ve been told similar things: “Relax, Sami.”, “Good things take time, Sami!”, “You are too young and naive and inexperienced. Be patient.”, “You have an attitude problem. You think you are better than everybody else.” and etc. I see some things in Grant that I can relate to a lot.

To give you a sense of this guy’s mindset, let’s look at some of his book titles (You can get all of these audiobooks FOR FREE with this exclusive Samotivation link just for you! All you have to do is register for the free trial!)

– If You’re Not First, You’re Last
– Be Obsessed or Be Average
– The 10X Rule
(the basic idea of this book is that to achieve a goal, you must set it at 10X the initial goal to make it happen. 10X the goal, 10X the effort and 10X the determination will make your goal possible. What a powerful idea to live your life by!)

I learned from him that 40% of America’s most successful companies were founded by immigrants or their kids. I wonder what makes these people so successful? Why were they able to succeed against all odds and why are they more likely to become millionaires than Americans themselves are?

They don’t speak the language and when they do, they get mocked for their accent or the mistakes they make. They don’t understand the culture. They don’t know the values of the country, the roads, they have no family or friends there, they are basically going into unknown territory. How do they make it so far in life then?

He says it is because of their NEVER QUIT, NEVER COMPLAIN, NEVER WHINE, WHATEVER-IT-TAKES mentality.

I couldn’t agree more. They out-hustle locals. They do all the things that we, as locals, don’t want to do and I have seen this in Bulgaria, Russia, Italy, Canada, the US, Qatar, the UAE, Lebanon and more. They outwork us and they do bigger things than we do. Why?

To quote Meek Mill (you can play the song below!):
I’m the type to count a million cash then grind like I’m broke
That Lambo, my new bitch, she’ll ride like my Ghost
I’m ridin’ around my city with my hands strapped around my toes
‘Cause these niggas want me dead and I gotta make it back home
‘Cause my momma need that pill money and my son need some milk

For them, making money is not about proving something to somebody. It’s not about flashing a Rolex at a club or to family and friends, it’s not about pulling up in a luxury Italian car to show off, it’s not about flashy useless designer clothing. It all comes down to their thirst for survival. Making money for them is about survival. Being successful for them is being able to survive. To eat. To put bread on the table for themselves and those that they love. And they will do this at all costs. This is the refugee mentality. This is how to hustle like a refugee.

They equate achieving their goal with their survival! Let me repeat that again. They equate themselves making that goal happen with them surviving. And in many cases that is the reality. They need to make it to survive.

“My momma need that pill money and my son need some milk.” My mama back home is relying on me and what I can send her back home. My son needs some milk. What more is there to say?

Let me just say that this podcast is not about creating a distinction between a local, immigrant or refugee. This is about acquiring the refugee mindset and the edge that refugees have over all of us, regardless of where you come from: their thirst and their need to succeed at all costs. The only way to guarantee that you achieve your goals. And you don’t need to be a refugee to hustle like one. This is all about your mindset and what is takes for you to succeed: The Refugee Mindset. So hustle, like a refugee!

Hope you enjoy today’s episode!

With Love and Respect,