“Be kind to your future self.”
From running one of the most notable sports agencies to being named humanitarian of the year. David Meltzer is by all measures a successful entrepreneur. He has built companies, community centers in Africa, and continues to help develop people just like you. Growing up David’s father left his mother with six kids to take care of. The only time David was truly sad was when he saw his mother crying due to the stress that a lack of money was bringing upon her. From that day on he knew that he was going to do anything in his power to become massively successful, retire his mother, but her the house and the car. Despite growing up with the Doctor, Lawyer or Failure mentality, David pursued a career in entrepreneurship, that followed a specific priority list.
Profitability, Purpose, Passion.
These are the three areas needed to build a successful business. But the order is critical here, so often entrepreneurs believe if they follow their passion that profit will come. Instead, David teaches us that if you focus on the profitability of a company you have the ability to help more people, and then have fun doing it. This is how David built one of the most notable sports agencies, and how he continues to develop his number one rated podcast, The Playbook. Remembering the more profit you make, the more people you can help, the more fun you can have in life will help you build your priorities.
These priorities help David live a life of abundance, and now he shows people how to adopt that abundance mindset with just a few simple steps.
First, adopting the idea of radical humility. This is the simplest thing to do, even though you are often told that humility is difficult. All you have to do is ask one question.
Do you know anyone that can help me?
This one question will change your mindset, we are taught that asking for help is a weakness, but in fact, it is the strongest thing someone can do. When you begin to adopt this idea of radical humility, and you start asking this one question multiple times a day the universe will allow help and abundance into your life. The more often you ask for and accept help in your life and your business the stronger you will become.
Next, you will want to embrace gratitude, forgiveness, and accountability in your life. Start to say I get to do this instead of I gotta do this. Open your heart to forgiveness and start asking, “How did I attract this into my life?” What am I supposed to learn from this?
When you start holding yourself accountable for what has happened in your life, you can take control of what will happen in your life.
Once you begin to get your mindset right, the money you have created in your business will begin to allow you to help others. We have heard the phrase “money can't buy happiness” for years. This is true to some extent, but money has extreme power over the world. Money does not make you evil, and it does not make you happy, but it does give you the ability to shop. What you choose to shop for will determine what money brings you. When David explained this fact, he is not referring to shopping at a mall, but instead on a much grander scale. A prime example of this is for David’s 50th birthday he went shopping, he got two community centers in Africa. He bought life, help, and comfort to young women and children for years to come, instead of going out and shopping for a Ferrari which will bring him temporary happiness.
What you decide to shop for and where you decide to put your money will ultimately bring you happiness, not the money itself. This is true for your time, and energy just as it is for your money. This is why David chooses to spend his time empowering people to empower other people. Through his new book, Game-Time Decision Making, and his number one podcast The Playbook, David is giving so much value to help you find ways to empower people in your life. This idea creates a ripple effect, when you listen to one podcast, or read his book, and you can then implement the steps to improve your life. This, in turn, helps improve and influence lives of those close to you, and the ripple keeps going. But the best thing you can do for your future is just be kind to your future self, read that book, make that investment, fill yourself with the knowledge now that your future self will need to succeed.
Is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, the world’s leading sports marketing agency. Dave is an award-winning humanitarian, an international keynote speaker, best-selling author, Chairman of the Unstoppable Foundation, and is profiled by national publications such as Entrepreneur, Forbes, ESPN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Yahoo and more.