Glen Gerreyn

Episode (46) –Glen Gerreyn: Best Selling Author & World Class Speaker shares why it is important to have hope and to never give up on your dreams

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Glen Gerreyn is an Australian speaker and a writer for the past 12 years. He has spoken in front of the 500,000 people worldwide and at world’s famous TEDex events and appeared on the Today Show and Can of Worms and on the ABC National Radio.

 

On today’s show,

 

Glen answers why is important to have hope and never give up on your dreams.

 

Glen also covers

 

  • How Nelson Mandela’s book changed his life when he was on the edge of depression because of his incurable disease
  • Hope and not giving up on your dreams are important to survive
  • Why he would rather die hopeful than hopeless
  • Why is it important to believe that the quality of our life really depends on the quality of emotions that we experience
  • How he managed to gather 2,5 thousand people at a dance party to raise funds for his Youth Center
  • How he realized that you can start a business with no money at the age of 12
  • The rejection is part of the process of learning how to become better at what you do
  • His Life Changing Question is ”Where do you draw the line on spending your time on  your responsibilities and then spending your time on your dreams?”
  • Why your dreams should become your responsibilities
  • What are his rituals and habits that help him have the fulfilled life
  • How reading of the things you don’t agree with helps you own your own thoughts
  • The real value is in the books you haven’t read yet
  • The key to success in business and in life is asking people for help and making relations
  • What is the one thing that is still on his bucket list

 

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Transcription

Today we have on the show Glen Gerreyn.  For the past 12 years, Glen has been speaking and writing his career.  Collectively he has spoken to over 500,000 around the world including children and parents, students, employees, business leaders, sporting groups and community organizations.  He has spoken at world famous TEDx events, appeared on the Today Show and Can of Worms and ABC National Radio.  He is also the author of five books: Who Am I, Gifted For Greatness, Men Of Honour, Oxygen 102 and Get Your Hopes Up.  He has a very powerful message to share with us today.  I am very excited to introduce you and welcome to the show, Glen. Glen, welcome to the show.

If just one question could immediately transform the quality of your life or the results of your business, would you want to know what that question was?  Life and business strategist, Kevin Bees, interviews success masters to discover their life-changing questions.  Welcome to the Life-Changing Questions podcast.

KEVIN:

So, Glen really fantastic to have you on the show today!  Welcome!

 

GLEN:

Hi [0:01:07]

 

KEVIN:

Glen, I didn’t get to share in the Bio there, but I got to see you presenting recently and the amount of passion and energy you brought to the room was inspiring to me.  I would love for you to share a little bit with our listeners today, what’s brought you to this place where you get into serve so many people and we heard half a million in your Bio.  We would love to hear a little bit more about your background, about how you got here and how you are doing what you do?

 

GLEN:

Yeah, absolutely.  Well, I am started off, when I was in the high school, I was the state champion sprinter and I qualified for the world juniors when I was in my senior high school, but towards the end of the 12th, I got hit with an incurable disease called Ulcerative Colitis, which is very similar to Crohn’s disease.  The doctors put me on a disability pension at the time and told me I won’t be able to walk again rather than run.  So lived like that, basically shut up on own for like five years.  I weighed amazingly 55 kilos.  I was taking 16 tablets a day and I suffered pain 24×7 and [0:02:11] where I was like borderline depression.  Why?  Because not too many people [0:02:16] what to do when your dreams actually don’t come true and so I lived like that and then at 22, I read Nelson Mandela’s book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’.  I got so inspired by the story that I took the two dollars that I had, those leftover from the disability pension that week [0:02:31] youth centre in Queensland. One [0:02:35] in 1998 and then schools, companies, football teams started asking me to come in and share my story.  So I’m in a point in my life, where I honestly feel like I’m living my dream.  I get to speak to all types of different groups across all different settings from parents to high school students to defence force and yeah, I just feel like spreading this message of hope and optimism and expectancy in one’s future.  So I feel very blessed by the opportunity.

 

KEVIN:

And what a wonderful way to look at that, I mean, you come to a place where  your dreams didn’t come true, but now what’s come out of it sounds like it’s may be even bigger, even more fulfilling than you could have imagined.  You shared the message around hope and getting your hopes up particularly and that’s the name of one of your books.  I wonder if you could tell us a little bit more about that as listeners of the show, why is it important that we do get our hopes up?

 

GLEN:

Well, I think not everyone has the natural affinity with the word ‘hope’.  Some might call it positivity, some might call it belief, vision or [0:03:37], but no matter what your expression of hope is, I think we can probably all agree that it’s essential in the struggle for us to both survive and thrive.  I think hope for me is really made up of one or two combination of belief and expectation and once we are in that positive emotional state, it actually releases neurochemicals called endorphins that enable us to overcome obstacles that we are not otherwise be able to scale.  And the reason why I say to the people you need to get your hopes up is because there are so many people in our nation that take their life.  This has just gone over 3000 a year just in Australia and so many people who kind of give up on their dreams.  As for me, I would actually rather die hopeful than die hopeless.  All the way to the end I want people living with hope.

 

KEVIN:

Profound words of ‘die hopeful rather than dying hopeless’.  This is a really powerful message and certainly you have linked that there with the signs as well when we have that the least of possible expectation that’s gonna bring in the endorphins and that’s gonna give us the positive feelings of [0:06:08] also Glen, the quality of our life really is the quality of emotions that we experience.

 

GLEN:

Absolutely, absolutely.  And I don’t want just hope to be like an idea [0:05:03] I just give you an example that this illness, Ulcerative colitis, that I suffered with for like 25 years, they just put me on some new medication the last 3 years.  It was the first 22 years, it was flaring up every 3 to 6 months.  In the last 3 years, I haven’t had a single flare-up which pretty amazing and when they did my last check up, they said that there is actually no sign of the illness whatsoever and that’s after 25 years.  So I think when you carry a message like this in your heart and in your soul, you tend to [0:05:38] and it becomes very much a part of who you are.

 

KEVIN:

Wow!  I mean that’s an incredible story there.  There’s no sign of it now.  So really the message behind that is there is hope even when you think that there is no hope.  There is always hope if you keep that belief and keep moving forwards.  Now one of the things you told us, you became young Australian of the year in 1998.  Now I remember the fabulous story you told around one of the first business ventures you got into, which is around arranging the dance party.  I wonder if you would tell us a little bit about that, about how you managed to achieve that?

 

 

 

GLEN:

I convinced the owners of this lodge where I house [0:06:12] 6 months so I could establish a youth centre, but I still didn’t have any money, so I thought why don’t I just organize this big youth event like this big dance party that kind of raise some funds for the youth centre, but again I had no money to start the dance party on.  So I got in touch with a local printer and I said, “___ listen if you could print all these fliers, I would love it if you could do give me a 30-day __ and I promise I’ll pay you back in 30 days.’  They agreed.  I then went crazy and hired stage, trusses, lights, stage sound equipment.  I hired all these stuff and convinced them all to give me 30 days to pay them back.  Now all I need is like 250 people to turn up and I’ll be able to pay the bills back that I have accumulated and have a little bit of cash leftover to buy some equipment for the youth centre.  And this was back in the days where there was no social media.  So I had to physically go and put these posters up in every stall front then wait and see if anybody actually turn up and I get to the night of the dance party and unfortunately I actually didn’t get 250 people to turn up.  I actually ended up getting two and a half thousand!

 

KEVIN:

Wow! ha, ha.

 

GLEN:

Which kind of freaks me up just a little because [0:07:25] to ask my mom to be in the [0:07:29] my brother to help out security, so there are four of us and two and a half thousand young people.  Thankfully that all went really well.

 

KEVIN:

Incredible!  What an incredible story of resourcefulness, I mean, you didn’t have access to the funds you need and of course that must have really helped move the youth centre you created along very nicely?

 

GLEN:

I did.  Absolutely.  And it’s amazing like when I look back now, my first foray into the business world was when I was 12 years of age.  I learnt at 12 that I could buy a wholesale lollies, package them all up and sell them at twice the amount that I purchased them from.  As a 12-year-old boy which was a tidy profit.  And I go and knock on people’s doors just after dinner and try and sell them these lollies when people want something sweet and I learnt at 12 that business is a numbers game.  The more doors I knocked on, the more chance I had of making a sale.  The rejection that I would get when people said ‘no’ didn’t really bother me because I would just race onto the next door because then eventually someone would actually say ‘yes’.  And at 16, I started a DJ company.  I had all these albums, but I had none of the sound equipment, all that turntables, but I learnt I could hire all these stuff, the speakers and the turntables for 150 bucks, charge the school 300 dollars, and I learnt as a 16-year boy that you can start a business with no money.

 

KEVIN:

Very, very great message.  I think there is real power in there as well about racing from door to door because so many times I speak to my clients who need to be calling their prospects and of course they get the fear of that because of the rejection.  But your approach and the message for them, of course, is keep going because that next person who is waiting for your call, they really need you.  They need your part; they need your service; they need your sweet lollies to eat after dinner.  So keep going.  Race to that next door.

 

GLEN:

Exactly and rejections [0:09:21] is part of the process to learn in.  You now, there’s this old silicon valley mother, you know, fell early, fell often, fell forward and as long as we keep falling forward, we will eventually get to [0:09:33].

 

KEVIN:

Yeah, very important analogy.  Now Glen, one of the key things that we’d love to know from you is around the questions you ask.  We know the quality of questions you ask yourself really impacts the quality of the life that you lead.  So with that being true, what’s one question that you have asked that’s had the biggest positive impact on your life?

 

GLEN:

I think for me the question will probably be around ‘Where do you draw the line on spending your time on  your responsibilities and then spending your time on your dreams?’

 

KEVIN:

Oooh!

 

GLEN:

Very important question and my answer, I guess that I would kind of come up with out of that, it was a question that I asked myself and I think we all ask ourselves that question.  This is question that lot of people tend to ask of themselves and my answer to that would be, if your dreams and your responsibilities are going in two different directions, then you’re probably living the wrong life.  Your goal should be to fuse your dreams and your responsibilities together until your dreams actually become your responsibilities because you are ultimately responsible to live the life you are born to live.

 

KEVIN:

Hmm.. Okay, there’s a lot to take in there.  That’s a really powerful question, so the question is ‘Where do you draw the line of spending your time between your responsibilities and your dreams?’  Is that right?  Have I got that right?

 

GLEN:

Yeah, absolutely right.

 

KEVIN:

And, of course, but the key message for you that comes out of that is, you really need to be fusing those two together.  How do you bring your responsibilities and your dreams together?  As if for you in having done that then you find this combination of living your dreams because you are spreading them as your hope and empowering lots of people out there and of course there is your responsibly, so the two have fused together for you.

 

 

GLEN:

Exactly and you know even in a different [0:11:19] one of my goals is to be a great dad.  And so I am a dad, not just a dream, but a responsibility so I’ll do a 150 flights a year, but I will as much as I can, try and fly up in the morning and fly back in the afternoon, even though I am due in another state the next day, so I’m home to pick up my kids in the afternoon and it’s amazing out of the 10 possible pickup and drop-offs that you could do for your kids to take them to school, I average 4 a week.  But it’s an intention.

 

KEVIN:

Hmmm..

 

GLEN:

And you know, it comes at a cost in terms of my tiredness, but it’s my dream, it’s my responsibility.

 

KEVIN:

I love that.  And that comes back to what you said before certainly around the hope. Hope isn’t just something that you want to experience, it’s a value that you want to have and so if the value for you is, you want to be there, your dream is to be there with the kids, so let’s manage the responsibilities to fit that in the life for that.

 

GLEN:

Absolutely, absolutely!

 

KEVIN:

Really wonderful insight and I love that question, so just as a recap in case you didn’t catch it, ‘Where do you draw the line between spending your time on your responsibilities and on your dreams?’ and of course the answer that comes out of the question for you, if we can get you to fuse your dreams in with your responsibilities, that’s where you gonna find the most level [0:12:36] so really fantastic question, Glen.  Glen, what I would also love to ask you is, you are right there, you got five bestselling books that you shared as you are helping people to live the lives of their dreams and giving them the hope.  You know, you are helping them discover who they are and helping them realize that they are gifted for greatness, helping them to step into being men of honour, so I wonder if you could tell us, what are some of the habits or rituals that you share with the people you present to help them live the kind of life that they really could be living?

 

GLEN:

Yeah, I guess my habits and my rituals is, I guess I workout every day, so I have a gym up in the top floors just above my garage and to be honest, I spend quite a lot of money on it.  And I was actually feeling guilty that I spent so much money on this gym.  It’s got everything in it, full of corporate gym gig, you know, bench presses, lat pulldowns, squat rack.  I have got dumbbells from 5 to 40 kilos.  So I was feeling guilty, maybe I shouldn’t have spent so much money on this, but [0:13:32] my brother-in-law, he works for a [0:13:36] he said to me, he said, ‘Glen, any one of these 90-year-old men would gladly spend what you spent on bone density right now.’

 

 

KEVIN:

Hmmm.. powerful! [Laughs]

 

GLEN:

[0:13:48] this is a great kind of ritual for me.  Its not just the way [0:13:54] I have a got a new goal at the moment.  I read somewhere that in terms of fitness, if you wanna classify yourself as fit, you need to be able to do a hundred burpees in 7 minutes and 50 box jumps in three and a half minutes.  So I am constantly setting goals in the area of my exercise and fitness.  Now the ritual I do is that I read my journal everyday and sometimes its only for 20 minutes, but I make the time somehow, whether it’s in the morning, the evening to do that every day and I try and write 20 words a day.  It’s my commitment to myself.   You know, [0:14:33] try and write of roughly 50,000 words, but I never try and write a book, I just try and write 20 words a day and if I write 20 words a day, after a period of time, I end up with a book.

 

KEVIN:

I love it.  Some really great disciplines in there.  So a hundred burpees in 7 minutes and 50 box jumps in three and a half minutes.  Are you there?  Can you do it?

 

GLEN:

I only started with the burpees probably about a month ago, so I’m up to 70 at the moment.

 

KEVIN:

Wow!

 

GLEN:

And I’ve got the 50 box jumps in three and a half.

 

KEVIN:

That’s impressive [0:15:06] down on this episode, so …

 

GLEN:

Yeah, ha, ha!

 

KEVIN:

A hundred burpees in 7 minutes.  We wanna hear from you.  Have you done it?  Can you do it?  We’re certainly looking forward to hearing about your progress on that. And really the habit of reading and journaling daily, I mean, it’s something that we hear frequently again and again and again.  I guess it’s a way to really condition your mind.  What do you think is the real benefit you get from doing that, Glen?  What happens for you when you do that on a frequent basis?

 

GLEN:

I think with the reading and the journaling, because you can read something and then really forget about it.  So for me, reading just helps to shift my perspective and I try often, occasionally I’ll pick up a book that I know that I’m not gonna absolutely agree with everything that this author has to say because I wanna challenge my thinking and I wanna own my own values and my own principles.  I wanna own my own thoughts.  So the only way to do that is read something that you might not necessarily sometimes not necessarily actually agree with fully.  I know it because [0:16:03] world, we watch the movies we wanna watch.  We re-read the articles we wanna read.  We get [0:16:10] so we can become very enclosed in our thinking, so I like to read broadly.  I mean I still subscribe to Rolling Stone magazine.

 

KEVIN:

Cool!

 

GLEN:

And I have been subscribing to that for 15 years.

 

KEVIN:

Yeah, wow!  wow!

 

GLEN:

It’s a youth culture kind of magazine, but I wanna stay connected obviously to my youth audience.  You know, I have been subscribed to Time magazine for, I don’t know how long.  And there’s a variety of other publications, but I love to do that. Now, I always go and pick up a book.  I will monthly order from Booktopia that I have a budget for.  [0:16:48] order a whole bunch of books and now I’ve got a massive, [0:16:53] 5000 books in my library and I have had someone ask me, have you read all the books?  Now I might say, that’s a really dumb question to ask.  To get real value from these 5000 books on my shelves is actually the real value is in the books I haven’t read yet.

 

KEVIN:

Hmmmm… I like that distinction.  I feel less guilty about the books on my shelf that I haven’t got through yet.. ha, ha, ha..

 

GLEN:

[Laughs] yes…

 

KEVIN:

The values there and I can go and pick them up.  That’s a really, really great message for around that and so, of course, 5000 books; it sounds like an amazing library.  If anyone needs a book and you’re in Glen’s area, not gonna store.  I’m sure.  I’m sure he’s got the one that you need.

 

GLEN:

Yeah, ha, ha.

 

KEVIN:

Talking of books, I know you released five books.  For the listeners of the show, if you wanna read more about Glen, check out the page notes today.  I have all of those books listed there.  I can highly recommend them, really fantastic books. Glen, if there is one book, after the listeners have read your books, if there was just one book that you would recommend that they should be, what would that book be?

 

 

 

GLEN:

There’s a great book called ‘Never Eat Alone’ by Keith Ferrazzi.  I don’t know if you’ve read it, but I actually found, out of the myriad of books I have read, its one book that fundamentally applied the strategies and it actually worked.

 

KEVIN:

Huh!  Interesting!  Interesting!  And you know something really funny, it’s one of those books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet.  [laughs]

 

GLEN:

It’s all about relationships, that’s networking, but more about relation because I was never that networking guru, you know that guy that could easily hand his card up there, I could never be that guy, but also I recognized the value in relationships and this book put it in such a great way.  For instance, he tells a story of how his dad worked in a steel factory, his mum was a cleaner and his dad worked on the steel floor, and so he asks.  His father says, I wanna speak to the CEO.  CEO said, what is it [0:18:52] to his office and says, what do you want?  He says, “Listen, I don’t want my son to have my life.  I want him to have your life.  How does my son have your life?”  Which is a great question, huh?

 

KEVIN:

Great question!

 

GLEN:

So the CEO just happened to be on the board of one of the top private schools in the area and said, ‘Why don’t I give your son a scholarship4 at this school?’  And what he learnt is people actually wanna help.  If they can help you, they’ll wanna help you.  And just the ability to ask people for help.  I think sometimes in our individualistic society, we want to do all ourselves, but there is no such thing as a self-made person.  There have always been people [0:19:34] relationships the key to success. Even in business, you know, business is all about relationships and if people like you, then they will like what you have to offer them as well.

 

KEVIN:

Wonderful message, so don’t be afraid if someone gets result or an outcome that you want.  Go and speak to them.  Have a conversation with them.  I think it’s a really powerful message to share in there.  Certainly the book, I’m going to be pulling off my bookshelf and dusting off and reading [0:19:58] got a couple of books there __ so I’m really looking forward to reading those.  And Glen, I also would love to know from you around your bucket list.  If there was one thing on your bucket list that you’re still excited to go and accomplish or one thing you’re already proud that you’ve already accomplished, what would that be?

 

GLEN:

One think I’m actually proud, wanting to accomplish is that I would love [0:20:18] inauguration of the US president.  I really wanted to go to Barak Obama’s, but I couldn’t make it happen, but I think, that would be a great thing to tick off a bucket list.

 

 

KEVIN:

That would be really awesome, although [0:20:32] next for you as president after Trump ____.

 

GLEN:

Yes, it could be anyone after Trump really, anyone’s [0:20:42].

 

KEVIN:

We look forward to hearing about that.  That would be a really great thing to go and attend.  Well, you’ve been absolutely fantastic today.  We’ve really enjoyed having you on the show.  You have shared so much knowledge and wisdom and I guess as a recap for the people  listening, the key, question that you should be asking, the life-changing question, you should be asking is, ‘Where do you draw the line on spending your time between responsibilities and your dreams?’ and if you can do something right now today to help move those two closer together, that’s gonna help you live with a higher level of fulfilment and of course don’t forget we’re expecting to hear messages from you saying that you’ve done hundred burpees in 7 minutes and your 50 box jumps in three and a half minutes.  So Glen, we really appreciate your time today.  Thank you so much.

 

GLEN:

Kevin, thank you so much for having me on [0:21:27].

 

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