Marc Von Musser Former Director of Coaching and Training for Tony Robbins PART 1

Episode (25) – Marc Von Musser – Former Director of Coaching for Tony Robbins Shares the question that took him from his darkest moments to everything he has to be grateful in his life today.

 

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 Marc Von Musser:
Former Director of Coaching and Training for Tony Robbins
Marc lives in Carlsbad, California with his lovely wife of 23 years and has been blessed with two amazingKevin Bees Interviews Marc Von Musser (ex Director of coaching at Tony Robbins) on the 'Life Changing Questions' Podcas daughters. When Marc isn’t helping people achieve their dreams, he can be found running with his daughter on the trails, practicing martial arts, bird watching, tracking, hiking, surfing or scuba diving.

Marc has an MBA in strategic leadership, Master NLP, Real Estate trainer, coach, sales trainer, real estate broker and 2nd Dan Ji Do Kwon Tae Known Do

On todays show,

Marc Von Musser shares a passionate and inspiring story of how he overcame cancer, supported his daughter to go from being bullied to being state champion, and how he lives his life to identify and awaken the greatness within the people he meets

Mikael also covers

  • What coaching is and why successful people insist on having coaches.
  • Why doing the right thing is not enough to succeed
  • How he overcame obesity to achieve health and how he is helping others to do the same
  • Change is about making a decision first, then getting a solid WHY and getting leverage to succeed
  • Power of Accountability
  • The one question that turned his life on a dime for the better forever.
Tony Robbins Coaching Director is sharing his‘Life Changing Question’. You can listen here Click To Tweet

 Resources Mentioned in this show:

https://bodytransformation.tsfl.com/
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Episode Transcription:

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:

Today, we have a very rare and exclusive interview with Marc Von Musser, who is the Former Director of Coaching and Training for Tony Robbins. Marc lives in Carlsbad, California with his lovely wife of 23 years. He has been blessed with two amazing daughters. When Marc isn’t helping people choose their dreams, he can be found running with his daughter on the trails, practising martial arts, bird watching, trekking, hiking, surfing, or scuba diving. Marc has an MBA in Strategic Leadership, [0:00:46]. He’s a real estate trainer, coach, sales trainer, and a real estate broker, and I’m so very excited to welcome to the show today, Mr. Marc Von Musser! Welcome, Marc!

 

MARC:

Thank you so much, Kevin! It’s an honour to be on your show! I’m excited!

 

KEVIN:

Marc, you are right! Your bio is super impressive. I don’t know anyone who has achieved so much into their lifetime. It’s very inspiring.

 

MARC:

Oh, thank you! It’s one of those things that I would say for everybody is, you know, [0:01:13] and that really was one of the things that I watched my dad do and he failed a lot more than a lot of people, but he also had a lot of great successes because he built that muscle to pick himself back up, learn from it, come back stronger, and so he put scuba things on me when I was 12, taught me how to surf when I was 8, showed me how to shoot a bow when I was about 9, and how to time flies,and so I love life and that’s really a big part that I wanted to continue to maintain, so thank you!

 

KEVIN:

And so be full of action, Marc and in your bio there I showed that you’re the Former Director of coaching with Tony Robbins organization. I didn’t mention that’s a fantastic [0:01:54]. What a great place to be! Could you tell the audience a little bit more about what is it that you do there?

 

MARC:

Yeah! Great question! And it was an honour, like you mentioned in my bio. I remember I started delivering newspapers before school at 4:30 and 5:00 in the morning everyday for 365 days a year when I was in 5th grade, when I was about 10, and when I got to be 18, I remember I worked all of the time, all of the way through high school, but when I was 18, I remember somebody I have the blessing of taking a class in college called behaviour modification and the entire semester was this professor, who had six PhD’s and he had, when he was 21, he could not read or write, and he had a dream of being a teacher and that led him on a quest to have 53 years of consistent college after World War II. He taught himself; he went to Nebraska, and so I have the blessing of being in that class, which was really stories about, you know, somebody that was fat, now they were thin; here’s how they did it. Somebody that was poor, now they’re rich; here’s how they did it. So for six months we studied how to turn a dream into reality. So many years later, that company started on this journey about how do we create our life versus be a part of someone else’s dream, and when I realized there was this whole [0:03:19] and all of these books and training courses, so that’s where I put my energy and my money and Iremember a buddy of mine, who was a self-made millionaire when he was 27. He was humble; he was a guy that really was impressed with. He started as a teller in a supermarket, saved this money, bought a house, lived in a garage, rented out the rooms, fixed it up, long story short, by the time he was 27, he was paying cash for Rolls Royce. He owned five apartment buildings and four houses, and nobody knew it except for me because he drove a used Honda because that was more fiscally responsible.Everything he had was paid for and he told me about a guy that he knew about. We connected and he was the one that first taught me about Neuro-Linguistic Programming and then he told me about a friend of his, who was coming out with a book and he said, “Whatever you do, you need to get it.” This guy’s the real deal and becauseI respected Eric so much, I got the book;I had to go to several book stores and it blew my mind and that was in limited power and that led me on a journey. What I loved about it was it was different. It was to the point and it was so powerful that it really launched my next level; that just really launched me in, you know, turning a dream into reality. So then I continued my path and while Tony studied human development, my focus was predominantly on the sales process and why people said “yes”. I loved all human development, but I also really loved the sales aspects. And then many years later,Ihad been coaching and training some of the top performers of Tony Robbins and when they had an opening, my name was the name that kept popping up with Tony andso I got a phone call from their CEO, who is an amazing man, hyperbrilliant,and we went to lunch and that’s how I got on board. It’s an honour. It’s a privilege, wherethere’s not just Tony. Tony is spectacular, but to be around that many people who were looking to take life, their business, their family, their experiences to the next level is that keeps me on [0:05:25] exciting to watch so many people that are excellent in their lives and who have turned failure into fitness or failure into financial freedom.So it’s a great, great place. I love what I do and I’m surrounded by the most amazing coaches on the planet. It’s amazing!

 

KEVIN:

And it certainly is an amazing peer group, be it the level of quality and expertise in the team, it just blows my mind each time I get the opportunity to connect in with the team, but I know there are some people listening who may be haven’t had a coach before or maybe someone who’s even had a bad experience of coaching, perhaps you could share with us, what could someone expect if they [0:06:04] a good quality coach or even several coaches.

 

MARC:

Sure! Great question! Coaching in general is just like most things in life. There are some that are spectacular; there are some that are good;and there are some that should not be doing it at all. If you look at the [0:06:19] or you look at some of the professionals World Cup soccer teams or football teams, the coach absolutely can make the difference. What the coach can do is see tendencies and patterns that you cannot see when you are in the fight or you are in the game. There you have a strategy that will help you get the win and win in life, so what we find with life coaching or business coaching is it allows you to learn from the mistakes of other people. It allows you to be aware of patterns that you might not be aware of and so for example, if you were in new business and you’re a small business, let’s say, you are in the zero to one million dollar range per year; you might do really well in that one million dollar range, but you are not aware of what happens to your business once you go to one to ten million. There are new land mines that can destroy you. There are new issues that you need to become aware of. As you become bigger, you become less flexible. Your ideal client might change. Your offer might change and a lot of times people are stuck in their business because they are using the same patterns that worked at the beginning, but they will not help you to get to the next level. So a coach can help you see past your blind spots. A coach can help you identify the top 20% of what you do that makes you successful. Most peopleare too busy working in their business to work on their business. So coaches will help you there. In life,coaches will also help you get clarity on what do you really want, where are you really,help you move past your limitations that show you a way, help you find a way to turn your dream into reality, and that could be something as simple as losing weight and actually doing it; that could be finding or having the relationship of your dreams; that could be how do you go from being an employee to being an owner or possibly how to be a better employee so you don’t have the liability. So coaching is really designed again around what do you want. The reason that our coaches are at such a high standard is we also know the truth that not all coaches are the same. So we have a gruelling process of very very long and intense training system that is about 400 hours just to get on the team and then we train another 250 hours per year just to stay on the team. So we’re training nonstop. We’re harnessingdistinctions of what works, how to make it even better, and so when somebody comes to us or comes to a high level coach, they are getting the benefit of hundreds or in this case millions of people that went before you and it accelerates the growth curve in reality. People hireus because they want better results in less time.

 

KEVIN:

Wow, that’s probably the most comprehensive description of coaching and the value of it that I’ve ever heard and certainly I had the benefit of being a member of the team. I am a member of the team andI’ve gone along to interview process that Marc spokeabout. The best wayI’ve been able to describe os the TV show the apprentice – but on steroids.

 

MARC:

(Laughs) Exactly, yes!

 

MARC:

Sure! Tony brought up a really great point; Tony Robbins brought up a really great point in his book, which I cannot recommend highly enough, it’s called “MONEY Master the Game” and he brought up something as well that, if you want to be successful tomorrow, you need to start paying attention to have people that are experts in financial wealth or doing it and Tony went out and interviewed 40 billionaires that were billionaires that didn’t inherit it, that people got made it in this lifetime and what he did was he asked them a question, “If you could go ahead and could not transfer your wealth to your child, what would you want them to know?” So it was a brilliant question and one of the points he brought up in one of the billionaires that create wealth, he brought up a great point, he said if you were not earning money while you sleep, you are trading time for money and so he said that, you know, for those of you that are consultants, you’re limited if you are working one on one with people, you are limited, we call that [0:11:10] you have a 40-hour window of which you can generate income. If you get sick, have been bed ridden in a car accident, you are out of business. And what a lot of people have a model which worked in the 50s, 60s, and 70s,it does not work the same today. So one of the things thatI did when I learnt that was I started looking at what are models that will work 24 hours a day, whether I was sick or not. And I got with several billionaires, which is great because you are right; we have several millionaires on our team. We have people that are retired at 35 that are experts in their fields and we started researching what are the trends in the marketplace. Tony brought up a good point that if you do the right thing at the wrong time, you are in trouble. For those of you who are in America, an example would be buying real estate in 2006. In 2006, it was the right thing to do, but the wrong time, as people found out. We watched prices plummet in that country and people lost their entire fortune in one year when prices went from,let’s say, at million dollars for a house, you could pick it up for two to three hundred thousand, and so if you had a lot of property that was a proven business model for hundred or two hundred years, but not then, and so one of the things that we looked at was, where are the trends. Now in my case, I’m in America and we have now the honour of being the fattest nation in the world. And there are several reasons for that. Mexico keeps trying to catch up to us and will knock us off, in which case we come back with a fury and we add a few fifty million more fat people, and that was the trend, which unfortunately it’s getting worse, not better. So what we looked for was what was the trend that we could serve on a very high level. What was the trend that, you know, any business owner, are you part of the market? Or are you holding on to a dying market?

Some people, for example,are still making some money in records;however, selling records today in a record store would be oneof the examples of somebody that’sholding on to a dying business, as opposed to digital. Steve Jobs with Apple andiTunes was able to take the future and get ahead of it. That’s a kind of a comparison. So what we did is, we created a program where we harness the power and it’s very unique. I’m very excited about it because it works 24 hours a day, even when I’m working with Tony. I’m working with Tony; however, we created a project and a program, which harnesses the No. 1 rated product in the country, in the U.S. for weight loss according to consumer report readers and we combined it with thecoaching model that was leveraged. So for example, we found that when people wanted to lose weight, there are proven models in this country where they would have a grouped setting, but it required everybody in the community to drive 10 to 30 minutes to go in a meeting and so what we do is we hold those meetings online. So we still get the same benefit. We have a superior meal replacement product where the average person can lose between 10 and 30 pounds a month and we have the programs been around for 30+ years; it’s [0:14:30] by 25,000 doctors; it has over a million clients. So what we look to do was recognize the two major trends in this country, which we combined. One was the trend towards obesity; over a hundred and thirty million people in America are obese. We also found 85% of them are trying to lose weight. We also wanted to merge it with a new technology, which was again, how do we reach a 100 people in 1 hour instead of one on one. Most of the home-based business models, whether it was [0:15:04] company, Tupperware, Amway, Arbonne, Shaklee; those were built meeting one on one in somebody’s kitchen or somebody’s coffee table. That’s a very slow way to go the business. We wanted to create it harnessing the power of the internet where we might have 50 to 100 people on a call, who either wanted to be ahealth coach or they want to lose weight and so that’s how we got in front of it, and it’s a great project; it’s a lot of fun and the side blessing is every day the coaches are users as well. So I have a coach chain, who just started 16 days ago. He’s already dropped 15 or 14 pounds. Feels great. His pants are now baggy and he’s half way to his goal of getting down to 165 pounds. So it’s a lot of fun. We leverage the internet; we leverage the trends, and again when you are in front of the trends, you are gonna be able to attract a large number of clients rapidly. So very long answer, so that’s what we are doing.
KEVIN:

Fantastic! I can really feel the passion and the energy behind that [0:16:11]. What a difference that you are going to make and I know that I have seen pictures of yourself using this program and you made a radical [0:16:18] within a period of few months, I mean you were …

 

MARC:

Yes!
KEVIN:

In the pictures,I saw [0:16:26] page for the group.

MARC:

Yeah!

KEVIN:

You went from looking like someone who was very overweight, you actually looked older than you were too and then someone who was actually quite leaner [0:16:34] it appeared a few months.

 

MARC:

Yeah! Let me explain that too because I get a lot of people because I love training and I love bodybuilding nutrition; however, bad habits effect everybody and life effects everybody. In my case, I had been building as a bodybuilder and I got up to 202 pounds. I am not sure what that is in kilos, but I got up to 202 pounds with a 30-inch waist. I was strong as 10 men. My benchpress was over 400 pounds;I was squatting 500 pounds, but all of a sudden I had two hernia surgeries and next thing, you know,Icouldn’t lift, next thing you know I had my dad died, my mom died. Within a 7-year period,I mean,I got hit with more than most people see in a long time and I had it all at one time. A good friend of mine committedsuicide and I missed the signs and I just felt horrible because he was a spectacular human and so what happens when you are doing that plus combined with age plus combined with stress, where the real estate market was collapsing in front of us and I watched. I specialized as well in helping [0:17:37] for closure, so it was a very dark time and I now had surgery and I couldn’t move. So I went and I also got burned out on weightlifting. So I went from a really strict diet to not being able to move and not realizing that a lot of the things that happened and my diet shifted from quality proteins and quality fats and quality vegetables to pretty much fast food or just whatever was convenient. And I got really fat.

Here,I couldn’t move and next thing you know,I also had a cancer at that time and so Ipretty much felt like everything in the world was collapsing, so I’m sure there was a certain bit of depression in there and I got fat. And it wasn’t until I saw how fat I got that I realized this is not who I am. And so if I’m the one that put on the weight, I’m the one that can take it off and so I spent four months body building, cleaning up my diet impeccably. I calculated my fat, my content, my calories, how much I spent everyday on burning, and after four months I dropped like 10 pounds, then Iplateaued and no matter what I did, it was not coming off anymore, partly because I was all alone, partly becauseI was working so much, partly because my stress and cortisone levels were elevated and a buddy of mine had tried the program I shared with you and it’s the foundation of 100 days to [0:19:03] and Ioriginally started at 202 pounds. The picture that you saw was actually 192. My first picture got messed up, so I never was able to fully get my 200-pound picture when I was still fat. Then I started, I took another one about 10 days later at 192 and I continued on until I got down to 150 pounds. But when I found the right product, I have the right system, Ihad the right accountability/coach, I dropped 46 pounds,I believe, in just under 3months, 2-1/2 months or so, and I felt great the whole time. It was the easiest fat loss. I lost 11 inches in my waist and only 1 inch in my chest. I was able to start running again and lifting again without pain and actually enjoyed how I looked. So that’s how I got there.

 

KEVIN:

Incredible! Wow! Marc has really has so much value to add, we need to cut his interview into two episodes. So definitely check out part 2, where you could hear Marc share his truly life-changing question and also hear about how he helped his daughter to go from her darkest day to her greatest triumph. It’s an episode you will not want to miss. Catch you in part 2.

Thanks so much for listening to the life-changing questionspodcast with you host Kevin bees. We’ll catch you next time.

Welcome back to Part II of the interview with Marc Von Musser, the Former Director of Coaching at Tony Robbins.  Marc shared with us in Part I why successful people insist on having a coach and also how to overcome obesity and transforming life into health.  If you haven’t checked that episode as yet, please do and without further [0:00:22] let’s jump into Part II, where you’re gonna get to hear Marc’s truly life changing question.

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:

[0:00:48] we mentioned about habits and we know that habits and rituals of our past led us to where we are now and the habits and rituals that we instil today are gonna lead us to our future.  So, given the results that you attained, what do you think are the key habits and rituals that really led you there?

MARC:

Sure!  First and foremost, I would say before the habit, it is imperative that anybody that is going to make change that they make a decision and I don’t care if you are in business and you are making a hundred thousand dollars a year or a month; if you want to make a million, you need to make the decision.  You need to realize that you are up for the challenge.  What most people do is they go after a goal with a why?  I mean they are like, “Yeah, I’m gonna try it out.  I really want it.”  You will not get it if you really want it.  You will get it when it’s a must.  And if you think that the economy is more powerful than you are, you will lose.  If you think your obesity is stronger than you are, you will lose.  So I always tell people, even before you start your habits, you got to make a decision.  And this big reason why a coach will help.  Once you make the decision, you need to know why.  In my case, it was very simple.  I had done everything else, but I didn’t have a strong enough “why”.  I’ll start my diet tomorrow, I’m gonna go to MacDonald’s today; I’m super busy; I haven’t eaten in 12 hours; I’m starving; it’s the only thing; I have to get something to eat.  But something happened, you know, it was a gift from God that it was a very dark day.  When I was there as about 200 pounds, the cancer didn’t wake me up, my dad dying didn’t wake me up, suicide of a friend didn’t wake me up, it made me sad and depressed, but it didn’t get me to change.

It wasn’t until my daughter came home in sixth grade and she is the most beautiful spirit you can imagine.  She is that girl that’s nice to everybody, even when they don’t deserve it.  And she was crying and she couldn’t talk for about 15 minutes.  So here is this beautiful spirit, she sat on my lap, cried for about 15 minutes and all she could ask was, “Daddy, can you teach me to run fast?”  And I said, “Yes.”  And what I learned was, this beautiful girl, who was not very physically active, she was getting bullied at school.  The one thing I thought in my chaos storm, where everything seemed to be going South, at least I thought I had my family [0:03:10] and here I was and I found my daughter was absolutely being destroyed in school.  So what I learned was, they used to sing songs in PE about her, “Fat kid, fat kid, how slow can you go?  Fat kid, fat kid, better move, she’s gonna blow!”  And they would sing that because she couldn’t run one lap.  She could not run 400 meters and they marked her and teased her and marked her when she went to lunch.  And she couldn’t escape the bullies.  So what long story short, I was a 192 to 200 pounds.  So I got a big “why”.  I got fired, I got pissed off.  I reached out to every coach around the world.  I realized that 200 pounds was too fat to run.  And even though my instinct would have been to teach her how to fight, she is a lover, and the best way to do it is the best revenge is success.  So long story short, I reached out to Dr. Keith Livingstone [0:04:10] New Zealand and Australia.  He is a world class coach.  He will help the intelligent training.  I became friends with him; I became friends with Olympic athletes, Olympic runners.  So what long story short, I made up my study.  I dropped 55 pounds total and my daughter within 18 months was now the fastest girl in San Diego in her school, [0:04:30] school.  And it not only brought us closer together, it also helped turn her darkest day into her greatest victory.  But it started with a decision.  And then once that decision was made, then we started reaching out to the best coaches I could find, then that led to behaviour and habits like you said.  Every day we ran, no matter what.  Every day we also worked on our nutrition.  Every day we visualized and we said okay what else could we do.  We watched video of running; we worked on [0:05:03] every day.  We celebrated every small improvement.  We had fun; we ran in the rain.  We ran when it was super hot.  We had Slurpees in the car, like Slushies.  We did what other people weren’t willing to do and within 18 months, again out of over 1000 girls, she was the fastest girl out of all the runners in middle school for whole San Diego.  Yeah!  So the same applies to anybody in business.  The same applies to anybody that wants to lose weight.  You make a decision.  Then when the decision is made, you burn the boats.  And that when you are in it, you need to study, because if you are spending 40 hours a week watching television, television is your goal.

 

If you want to be successful, you need to dedicate an hour a day in building your skill.  What do you want to do?  Do you need more sales? Study it.  Do you need to go ahead and find out how to find your ideal client, study it.  Now where most people get in trouble is they don’t have a coach holding them accountable.  So that’s really why this program is so important for everybody.  Because you can have, I don’t care how old you are, how many times you fail, the average millionaire has failed 13 times before they kept it.  The difference is they picked themselves up and they come back stronger.  So that’s really, you know, in terms of the habits.  It’s gonna be different for everybody and every goal.  If my habit is to lose weight, first and foremost I have to know why I want to lose weight.  No. 2 is, I would also wanna have an accountability partner, somebody that’s not going to let me off the hook.  I would also want leverage.  One of our coaches, they had a contest with their friend, if they cheated, they had to eat a can of dog food.  So that kept them honest for the 12 weeks.  Another friend, he did it.  He had an accountability partner.  He had a very successful coach, who charged him $3000 or free.  If he did not send over his picture of his food as he was eating it, he could cash the cheque.  If he did not do his training, he could cash the cheque.  Needless to say, he didn’t pay the cheque and he had a transformation like he had never seen.  So I would do that.  I would also find out what foods are making me fat.  Probably sugar, carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates, probably fatty foods, deep fried foods, processed flour, and then you would want to eliminate those and replace them with something else.  And there’s a few more processes that we go through to make sure that it’s lasting change and not just for a contest or something in the short term.  Business might be different, but again you need to start with what you want, and again where are you spending your time; that will tell you where you will be tomorrow.

 

KEVIN:

I love it and such a fantastic story there Marc about your daughter, I mean to turn someone’s darkest day into their greatest victory.

MARC:

Yes.

KEVIN:

What a very powerful piece!  The key thing I take out of it is that every day if you make a decision that you are gonna do something, you could be the fastest girl in school.  Every day you gonna do something, the running, the nutrition, the visualization, and certainly celebration.

I think that is the key thing [0:08:24] you can get so busy achieving and then move on to the next thing, we forget to stop and celebrate and look how far we came.  I remember a speaker, [0:08:33] remember his name, but he gave the great example by walking up the side of a mountain and he got half way up the mountain and it had been really hard work and could only look how still had this half way to go, it still looked far; then he turned round and looked back down the hill and he saw all that he had accomplished already and how far he had come already and that was such a great feeling, so I think the celebration is a key piece that we could all do a more of.  One of the other key questions that I wanted to ask of you, Marc.  I know Tony shares with us that one of the strongest forces in human personality is to remain consistent with how we define ourselves.

MARC:

Yes.

KEVIN:

So, I would love to know from you, how would you describe yourself in five words.

MARC:

Sure!  My goal here on earth is to help others identify and awaken to the greatness within.  That’s what I do.  So everything that I’m doing, I run it through that model; whether I’m working with you, whether I’m working with the business owner, whether I’m working with somebody to transform their body, I’m constantly looking how do I identify the people that are ready to transform, help them to see the greatness within them.  That’s my purpose and so the “100 days to 100k” for example, I have noticed when people are a 50 to 100 pounds overweight, that deludes their vibration or their identify about how great they can generally be.  Because obesity generally is associated also with a level of shame or sadness or frustration.  It doesn’t matter how much money they make and so that’s one of the things that we work with them on.  So I’m constantly looking for people, okay, what’s the greatness within them?  What do they really want?  And then helping them believe in that until they can pull that identity fully.  Once they see it, then the rest of the work is just doing the exercises and the activities.  So that’s really what I do.  I look to identify and help people awaken into greatness within.

KEVIN:

Aha! What a powerful definition in terms of your identify and to run everything through that motive is very powerful.  [0:10:40] finish about two more questions for you.  So one of the people that we had on the show was the World’s No. 1 bucket list expert.  He’s someone who goes in the world and helps people to design their bucket list and live their dream life styles, so I would love to know from you what may be one of the things you have been most excited to achieve on your bucket list and what’s the one thing that you still have on your bucket list that you are looking forward to achieving in the future.

MARC:

Oh, I’ve got tonnes!  You know there are so many different things, I would say the thing I’m most proud of is living my purpose.  It’s not the black belt, I love that; I love martial arts.  It’s not bench pressing 400 pounds, those all are fun, but living my purpose when I see somebody awakened and I see somebody find the light within them where they no longer will stand for a standard less than their best, nothing makes me happier than that.  So that, I would say, is what makes me happy.  In terms of things that I’m going to continue to do, right now I’m looking to take my body to another level and next year I will compete in a master body building contest; I will be doing [0:11:43] which is a 50-hour [0:11:44]; I will be doing that.  I will probably run some ultramarathons 50-mile and 100-mile; 50k and 100k trail marathons next year, trying to think of what else I have on the agenda.  Also helping build some businesses and making a lot of people very successful with a 100 days to 100k, so I’m very much interested in there; taking the coaching department to an even higher level, so there is so much to do.  I will write a few bestsellers, well and just in terms of that too, I’m looking for ways to contribute back.  Helping to do something, whether or not that be some form of contribution or doing free seminars, workshops for people, that’s still a part of work we are still looking to do.

KEVIN:

I love it!  I love it!  And you’re gonna have cram-packed years, so many amazing things in there, I mean the body building, [0:12:35] the need to challenge ultramarathons, absolutely incredible list of things to have on your bucket list and to be focussed on them [0:12:41] and Marc, if people wanted to find a little bit more about “100 days to 100 k”, I know it’s only available in the U.S. at the moment, where is the best place for them to visit?

MARC:

Well, there’s a couple of ways; they can look me up on face book, Marc Von Musser, that’s one.  No. 2, you can also go to my website, which I believe is https://bodytransformation.tsfl.com and if anybody wants information on life coaching, they can get a hold of me at lifecoaching@tonyrobbins.com, Attention: Marc.

KEVIN:

Absolutely perfect!  Marc, it’s been a real pleasure to have you on the show today to hear your stories, you’ve made yourself such fantastic transformation that you are making with the people that you work with, one final question for you.  You have read and studied so widely..

MARC:

Sure!

KEVIN:

If there was just one book that you would recommend for all of us to read, just 1 book, what would that one book be?

MARC:

Again, great question!  There are so many.  If there was one, I would probably say “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  I would also highly recommend reading “Outwitting the Devil” by Sharon Lechter and Napoleon Hill; you had her as a guest.  I would also recommend “Unlimited Power” by Tony Robbins.  For people wanting to build business online, I would highly recommend “Reaching Out and Looking Up Clients On Demand” by Russ Ruffino, showing people how to leverage and scale their business and using the power of the internet and you can get a hold of send me an email on that at marcvonmusser@gmail and I can get you plugged in there as well.

KEVIN:

Great recommendation!  And I have one final final question for you.  So Marc, as we discussed before, the quality of questions we ask ourselves really impact the quality of our lives, that you shared with [0:14:36] there have been times when you were really struggling and things were going against you, things were going South and I understand you were even depressed at that time, you shared with me that you were asking a question at that time, may be it wasn’t serving you, what was that question?

MARC:

Sure!  Also great question for asking.  So when I was going through, a lot of times people confused that, “Oh, you are making a lot of money, so everything must be great.”  And that was not the case.  When I went through a 7-year dark awakening period, you know, when my dad died, my mom died, my worker partner great friend committed suicide, two of my friends died of cancer, I lost a million dollars in real estate collapse, I mean  just that kind of things, I was hit in a car accident, messed up my neck, hernia surgeries, cancer, daughter was getting bullied and a bunch of other stuff, my question that I asked, probably a thousand times, two thousand times a day was, “Are you [0:15:33] kidding me?” and what I didn’t realize was that question was creating the reality of “Are you kidding me?” another now this is gonna happen, now I’m getting hit by somebody who wasn’t looking, you know, in a car, now it’s like so and so stole money, now so and so the market collapsed, and so that became my reality and what I found was once I shifted my question, “What am I grateful for in this moment?” my entire life changed on a dime.  In that moment, I realized when I was diagnosed with cancer and it was like I heard God in my head, and I heard it’s like, “You get cancer.  If it’s the option for your daughter, would you take it?”  And I said, “Absolutely” and in that moment I was no longer bitter, I was no longer sad or frustrated, I would take the cancer for my daughters any second of the day and I was grateful for it.  And then I remembered I was like, ‘Wow! Nobody shot at me today!” I was not in Libya when that was going on.  I have friends over there; I was not in other parts of the world where people were being shot at and being told to stay inside.  And I thought you know what, I can still write a book.  I am grateful that I can tell my family that I love them one more time.  I am grateful that I can tell my friends I love them, I care about them.  I am grateful that I could help steer my daughters on their destiny and I am grateful that, you know what, I still have a car.  I am grateful that I have the ability to earn money in anything I do.  I am grateful that I have my health and that I didn’t die in a car accident, but may be only have a month left, that’s a month more than somebody today.  And so by shifting my focus and I literally overdosed on gratitude and I still do it to this day.  Gratitude is not just a healing emotion, it is a massively powerful emotion and energy as well.  So all day long, if I have a challenge or something, I am grateful for it, because I know that on the other side of that, that challenge is a blessing, it’s a lesson, it’s a muscle that I need for me to get my life to the next level.  If I’m running [0:17:52] and they hurt like crazy, I’m grateful for the mountain, so that I can build my legs to make them that much stronger.  It doesn’t mean it might not hurt, but I’m grateful that I can run one more day.

Somebody today will never walk again.  And when I shifted my mindset, my world changed rapidly.  And so that would be the key I would say for me was, “What am I grateful for in this moment, in this challenge today?”  And I start every day before I get out of bed, that’s one of my rituals and habits.  I am grateful for my bed, my [0:18:26] bed rocks.  I remember sleeping on the ground when I was a kid.  Now I have got about a $4000 bed, it’s amazing.  I literally wake up in the middle of the night, roll over and think to myself, “This bed [0:18:38]!”  So even if I’m in the traffic, like I was this morning, I am grateful because I said, you know what, this will give me more time to connect.  Sure enough I come around the turn and there’s two cops with their radar guns getting people tickets.  So I was grateful for that.  So gratitude is the key emotion and key energy that I start with that question nonstop all day.

KEVIN:

Wow! What a really powerful shift, so from “Are you effin’ kidding me?” to “What am I grateful for?”  Marc, what I really love about that question is not just you asking that when things are going well, you actually used that question when things are stuck against you, when things aren’t going well, you find the gratitude in that.  I mean, to even find the gratitude when you are running up the hills and your legs are [0:19:24], to be grateful is [0:19:26] or to be grateful that [0:19:30] you have another month to live; that’s such an incredible story!

MARC:

Yup! I am so grateful that, you know, the lessons that I had and again once I made that shift, you will be shocked how quickly life changed.  Because it works either way and there’s a price  for success and there’s also people forget there’s a price for failure and a lot of times people won’t make the simple shifts like that to change your question to make sure that you are finding the good in it, so it really changed my life rapidly.

KEVIN:

Marc, it’s been absolutely fantastic speaking with you today.  Thank you so much for all of your time and energy.  I really appreciate that.

MARC:

Outstanding! Thanks guys!  Have a spectacular day and make your life your dream.

Thanks so much for listening to the life-changing questions podcast with your host, Kevin bees.  We’ll catch you next time.

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