A long time ago, Grant Cardone worked at McDonald’s, but then he got fired.
“I was a terrible employee. I showed up late. I had a bad attitude. They’re like “Dude, give me your hat, get out of here” and I said, “I’d be happy to.”
He then went on to a sales job and was fired from that one at least three times. Since then, he’s amassed success and fortune as host of National Geographic’s “Turnaround King,” motivational speaker and author of four books. He says his failure earlier in life happened because he just didn’t care about those jobs.
“The problem is that so many people are going to work doing something they don’t even believe in. Who wants to work 10 hours of that? I don’t even want to do 30 minutes.”
According to Cardone, people never get burnt out from work. Instead, they get burnt out when they’re not “on purpose.”
“There’s nothing wrong about being obsessed. I’m obsessed about my family, my wife, my two little girls. I’m obsessed about my next book project and a radio show that I’m doing. I’m obsessed about helping people. It doesn’t mean I have a disease. Steve Jobs was obsessed. Bill Gates was obsessed. Abraham Lincoln was obsessed. Oprah was, and is still, obsessed. That’s not a problem. That’s passion.”
Cardone predicts business is going to be very difficult in the next 10 years and the only way to stay in the game is to play it:
“Banks are going to continue not to lend. Consumers are going to continue to be uncertain. In 2013, it’ll all come back to what our real situation is here. While the information age makes people informed, it also provides misinformation. It makes it difficult for people to have trusting relationships. American people need to relearn how to do business in America. It doesn’t mean the future is going to be terrible, it just means it’s going to reward only the people who know how to play the game now.”
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