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A story of 2 lions...

A story of 2 lions...

In the early days of my dream building and goal setting, I became entranced with a vision of one day living in an estate home with two lion statues guarding the front entrance.

And through the process of goal setting and goal achievement, especially in my income and finances – including doubling, tripling, and quadrupling my income many times over, over the course of many years – this vision that I saw in my mind, this goal I’d set for myself, has finally come to fruition.

Let me tell you about the lions, and let me first start off by saying that your goals and dreams aren’t going to come easy. But if you stick to the process, they will come.

So, here’s my story about the lions:

They were bronze lions, originally cast in 1920 in Asia for a magnificent estate.

And then, over the course of their lifetime, they made their way over to Dallas, Texas. And that’s where we found them: sitting in a field outside of an antique shop.

The intricately crafted detail on these lions is out of this world. The teeth, the mane, the tail; the feeling you get when looking at them… it’s unreal.

And as soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted them.

If you look for anything remotely similar, these things are worth a good $100k+

...Little did I know the bumps and hurdles we would go through just to have them.

Remember, you have to be committed to your dream if you are going to bring it forward in your life!

The first of these many hurdles was the lack of communication on the brokerage platform we purchased them.

Once we finally got through and confirmed our purchase, they told us the shipping quote would be $3,000.

A few days later, the shipper told us the lions were not the original size they quoted, so it would cost us 3x the original amount for shipping alone.

We didn’t think anything of the mis-measured comment, and were told by the seller that the shipping company was trying to get more money out of the deal.

I could tell you all about the back-and-forth miscommunication that took place about the shipping cost, but it would take several paragraphs to explain.

So in summary, after being in contact with the seller, the brokerage platform, the first shipper, and then a second shipper, only then were we able to finally sort out the cost.

But then began the confusion around the date of arrival…

The date kept getting pushed back and we had no idea why or when they’d actually arrive.

We were told a date, and then it would change. And then a new date would be emailed over, and then it would change.

On a Sunday afternoon (3 days before they were scheduled to arrive – which would have been a Wednesday in September), I get a call from a guy named Arty with a strong Southern accent.

And he’s telling me he’s 30 minutes away with the lions in his cargo van, ready to drop them off, asking me if we have a forklift ready to get them out of the truck!

“Well, Arty,” I started. “We weren’t expecting these lions until Wednesday… This is a Sunday afternoon; there’s no chance in the world our moving company on this end of the transfer will be available.”

Arty doesn’t know what to do… these lions happen to weigh 600 pounds each, so it’s not exactly a one-man job (lol).

So, Arty resigns himself to stay overnight in West Palm Beach, and we call the moving company first thing Monday morning.

They couldn’t assist our friend Arty with the lions to drop them off at our home, but they agreed to let him bring them to their warehouse for the time being, before they could send someone out with the forklift.

Long story short, the moving company pushed their times twice that week, and when they finally were able to deliver the lions that Friday, just imagine two 18-wheeler trucks pulling up to the front of our house on a very quiet gated street.

One truck with our life-size lions, and another one with a forklift. Keep in mind… this is now about two months AFTER we originally confirmed purchase of these lions.

Moving 600-pound lions across the country isn’t for wimps.

Three guys jump out of the moving truck, and the forklift driver gets the forklift off the back of the second 18-wheeler… Holly was standing on our front step watching them lift the pallet with the first lion off the truck, and she had a sinking feeling in her gut. Here’s what she saw:

They drove the forklift up the driveway, and towards the front pedestal where it would stand, and upon arrival, lining that lion up to where it was meant to live…

Low and behold, there’s not a chance these lions would fit!

You see, we DID measure our front pedestal before confirming purchase.

And based on the measurements that were listed online (4 feet long), there wouldn’t have been any issue.

But remember when that first shipping company said they hadn’t been measured correctly??? Yeaaaahhhhh, right, forgot about that.

From tip of the tail to front paw was no less than 7 feet in length, not even including head and mane that extended further! A solid 2 feet LONGER than the pedestal.

The supervisor of the moving crew looked at Holly and pronounced, “well we can stand here and look at this all day long, but it won’t change the fact that these lions aren’t gonna fit.”

I was on a call with a private client at the time. I see Holly pacing about 20 feet away from where I was sitting on our couch in the living room… I started wondering what was going on.

I got off my call, and Holly looked at me with wide eyes. “They don’t fit.”

“WHAT??? What do you mean, they don’t fit?”

“The pedestal is TOO short,” she responded with a grimace on her face.

By this time our residential coordinator as well as security had pulled up to ask what all the fuss was about.

All this trouble for 2 lions that wouldn’t even fit on the pedestal.

And then began our process working with contractors to rebuild the pedestals… from scratch.

If you want to know the rest of the story, be sure to read the email I send on Thursday.

But in the meantime, let me say this…

The point I want to make in all of this, is that your dream requires sacrifices, it requires you to overcome challenges and boundaries, it requires you to put aside the voices of the naysayers telling you it’s not going to work.

Your dream also requires money. And it probably requires a good sum of money.

Look, I’m not talking about money for money’s sake, but money as a tool for you to do good in this world and make an impact.

If you’re struggling just to get by, there’s no way you can fully express your God-given creativity and potential into the world. And that’s what this world needs from you.

Growing your income is a very important part of the overall personal growth process.

On Wednesday, November 24, I am launching a brand-new program called “DOUBLE YOUR INCOME.”

This program has been in the works for several years, and I’m not saying this to toot my own horn, but you would be hard pressed to find a better program out there to guide you in the process of growing your income, even DOUBLING IT!

It’s going to be available at a killer offer rate for our Black Friday Holiday special, but only for a very limited time (5 days in total).

Just like getting my lions has required me to grow financially in major ways, so will your dreams and goals, no matter what they may be.

So what goal are you going to set for yourself financially? Why not start with DOUBLING your income? What do you have to lose?

I’m going to share all in this revolutionary money program, being released on November 24 – so mark your calendar. It’s an important day.

More on the lions coming soon.

‘til then…