Nobody wants to do drugs. But only those who have done them know how hard it is to get out once you’re in. Today, after overcoming years of addiction, I’m grateful to be in a position to share with others how they could control theirs.

When I was in my early 20s, I was in trouble. A lot of trouble.

I was doing — and dealing — drugs. I was an addict, and I hated myself.

That’s what people don’t talk about when they bring up drugs. The self-loathing and degradation that go into being an addict are brutal.

I’d try to quit every day. I would quit 10 times a day for 10 years. I’d do drugs, then I’d say, “I’m not gonna do them again.” Guess what would happen next?

Then one day, it clicked. I never used drugs again.

This was my secret to control my addiction

I flipped it.

Instead of drugs, I pushed my addiction into something incredible.

Education and helping people.

Every highly successful person who I have either met or studied has the ability to be obsessed with something. They take their obsession to the point of losing sleep, not eating, and doing whatever it takes to make it happen.

At the end of the day, flipping my addiction changed everything. Not trying to be in control, not trying to turn it all over, but just saying:

“I’m going to take this addiction, and I’m going to pour it into work.”

Fast-forward decades later. I’m healthy, happy, fulfilled, and continually obsessed with my purpose. I have an amazing wife, two beautiful daughters, multiple bestsellers like The 10X Rule book published, and more milestones I want to reach than ever.

So, if you have an addictive nature, congratulate yourself that you have the ability to be addicted to something.

Then, turn it into something phenomenal, leave your mark on this world, and help as many people as you can in the process.

Be Great,

Grant Cardone

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Star of Discovery Channel’s “Undercover Billionaire,” Grant Cardone owns and operates seven privately held companies and a private equity real estate firm, Cardone Capital, with a multifamily portfolio of assets under management valued at over $4 billion. He is the Top Crowdfunder in the world, raising over $900 million in equity via social media. Known internationally as the leading expert on sales, marketing, and scaling businesses, Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 business books, including “The 10X Rule,” which led to Cardone establishing the 10X Global Movement and the 10X Growth Conference, now the largest business and entrepreneur conference in the world. The online business and sales educational platform he created, Cardone University, serves over 411,000 individuals and Forbes 100 corporate clients throughout the world. Voted the top Marketing Influencer to watch by Forbes, Cardone uses his massive 15 million plus following to give back via his Grant Cardone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring underserved, at-risk adolescents in financial literacy, especially those without father figures.

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