If Ya Grippin', Ya Trippin'

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Summary of Main Ideas

A while back, I was talking with my buddy James, and he said to me, “I’m going to become a millionaire, and when I do, I don’t think much is going to change in my life.”

I looked at him kind of funny because obviously a lot changes in your life when you become a millionaire.

He responded by saying, “What I mean is, I’m already satisfied with my life, my family, my faith, and my values. I know that what I’m doing is making an impact in the world, so the only thing that will change is the percent that I can do what I’m already doing. I’m already doing what I love, I’ll just be able to do more of it.”

Who he is isn’t dependent on what he does. What he does is dependent on who he is.

We live in a culture that tells us that all the external things we are chasing will get us satisfaction. All you need is that car, that job, that raise, that wife, that house, or that podcast.

But anybody who has ever gotten what they wanted knows that contentment is fleeting. As soon as you get what you want, you want what's next. If you can’t find fulfillment inside of yourself, you’ll never find it outside of yourself.”

Because success is first internal, then external.

You can’t control the events of your life, and you can’t control the outcome. All you can control is the response. The way that you respond.

Every day that you wake up and do what you love in the short term, you win in the long term.

It’s hard to work for your passion. When 2Words started, I was getting paid in t-shirts and retweets, but I was okay with that.

Because I knew that I loved what I was doing, and that if I did it long enough it would pay off in the long term.

If you want to hold the outcome you desire, you must hold it loosely. As long as you’re gripping the outcome, you’ll never actually get there.

Take a moment. Make a tight fist. Now open it slowly.

In the coming weeks, live with open hands with that thing that you’ve been trying to control.

You know what it is, and you know what will happen once you let it go.


"People who end up as ‘first’ don’t actually set out to be first. They set out to do something they love." Condoleezza Rice

“If you can’t be happy broke, you’ll never be happy rich.” Tony Robbins

Reflection Questions

  1. What one thing have you been gripping, instead of opening your hands?

  2. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what about your life would change? Would you be happier than you are today?

  3. What is that thing that you love? That you would do even if it meant not making a dime?

  4. What blessings are you missing out on because your fists are closed so tight?