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, 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


  1. I love you Grant thank you so much for this email and I mean THIS email with THIS message. I wanted to be a part of many of your events but I felt intimidated because I am a recovering addict and I thought that I wasn’t good enough. I’ve been clean and feeling so empty and I know now it’s because I haven’t replaced my addition with something else I can be obsessed with that is actually beneficial and profitable. Knowing you came from the same background of addiction and obsession and compulsion gives me hope and a renewed desire to chase after the dream that’s been in my heart for years. I love you for this. Thank you so much. I hope this message reaches your ears. God bless you!


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