From a very young age, I had to deal with loss, death, and grief. Later on, I battled addiction for a long, grueling decade. And with each passing year, I still can’t believe I’m alive to see the light of day…

When I was 10 years old, my dad died. 

Another 10 years later, I lost my older brother in a terrible accident. 

During this time, I became addicted to drugs, which nearly cost me my life at 23 years old. And I can still feel the cold metal of the .45 caliber pistol against my head to this day.

When my mom finally cut me off and I ended up in rehab, a counselor told me I’d be back there again in no time…

Loss after loss after loss led me to believe I would never live to the age I’m at today. 

I mean, how could I hope for another year, when so many had slipped through my fingers?

Looking back on all these experiences, I think I’ve been waiting to die ever since my father passed away.

Back then, I never thought I’d live to see 15 and get my driving license. Or 18, to drink legally… 

And man, when I did get to 18, I was in so much trouble that I thought there was ZERO chance of me making it to 20.

Even when I stopped doing drugs, I was just waiting to die every day… 

But I didn’t die.

I outlived my older brother, my dad, and my mom. 

I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I’m alive and better than I’ve ever been… 

I’ve achieved more than I thought I’d live to even see. At age 64, I have amassed over $4 billion in real estate assets and helped millions of people around the world with my books, programs, and events. And I never plan on stopping this cycle of 10X success.

After decades of being completely lost, I found my purpose

And if you’re feeling a little lost right now, know that you also have the power to change everything.

As you get older, you will change your mind about your current beliefs.

You will live longer than you think.

And you can — and will — do more than you ever imagined.

Keep going, keep growing, and 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.