I’ve never shied away from openly discussing my past struggles — namely, my former addiction. For nearly 10 years, I was putting some kind of poison in my body around the clock. It would take a massive wake-up call and certain life changes for me to finally knock the habit and quit drugs forever…  

I was first introduced to drugs when I was 16 years old. 

Believe it or not, from that moment on, I wanted to stop… 

But I went on to do drugs for years and years

Although I overdosed three times and had been beaten nearly to death by dealers, I continued to use… 


Daily failure killed my confidence and self-worth. As a result, I started leaning harder into the downward spiral in hopes that I’d hit . 

To someone else, three ODs and pistol-whipping would be a sufficient all-time low

However, it was only when I nearly lost my family that the message started to sink in…  

What It Took to Quit Drugs Once and for All

At 25, I was in the worst throes of my addiction. Nothing up to that point was enough for me to break the cycle. 

Until I disappointed my mother

I showed up to a family gathering, high on drugs and acting a fool. Needless to say, I embarrassed my mother. 

Right there, she told me to never come around again until I was clean


Equally vital to quitting was what I did afterwards to get rid of these demons for good. 

See, in the treatment center, I was assured I would fail and use again by a “well-meaning” counselor. 

That pissed me off and I wanted to prove him wrong

More importantly, I had a realization…

The Truth About My Addiction

At the end of the day, addiction was never my real issue. I was just hyper-focused on the wrong things. I only ever got into trouble because I was bored and ignoring my potential. 

From that day forward, I made sure I had my full attention on my dreams and no empty spots in my schedule. 

And this mindset has not only translated into years of sobriety but massive financial and personal success

To sum everything up, if there’s anything you can learn from my experience, it’s that getting on a dark path is not the end of the road


Whether it’s as serious as drug addiction or simply losing your motivation, you can turn it around. 

You just have to chase the real greatness within yourself

Go after it, 

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.