Today’s guest was diagnosed with dyslexia at eight years old. After the initial overwhelm he learned how to use what others called a learning disability as a super power.
Then, after building up a successful real estate agency for five years he threw it all away after a chance phone call that lead him to talking on stage about being your best you.
This professional speaker and peak performance coach is here today to help you increase productivity, reduce stress and have more energy. Please welcome Christopher Dedeyan.
- 03.30.81 Life During COVID
- 12.32.35 How to Cope Up with Dyslexia
- 19.23.47 Transition from Real Estate into Speaking
- 25.33.50 Types of Affirmations
- 32.26.70 Website
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Today’s guest was diagnosed with dyslexia at eight years old. After the initial overwhelm, he learned how to use what others called a learning disability as a superpower. Then after building a successful real estate agency for five years, he threw it all away. After a chance phone call that led him to talking on stage about being your best.
This professional speaker and peak performance coach is here today. To help you increase productivity, reduce stress, and have more energy, please welcome Christopher Dedeyan, you are ready to grow your business. And I love helping entrepreneurs find success. So let’s do this. I’m Damon Burton, Forbes contributor, author of the search engine optimization book, outrank and president of SEO National.
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We got a lot of good things to talk about, um, help our guests by answering question. Number one is who are you and what are we going to learn from you? Yeah, it’s them. So my name is Christopher Dedeyan, like you said, I’m a professional speaker and a peak performance business and life coach. And what are you going to learn from me today is essentially whatever you’re going to ask me.
I’m going to answer, but I definitely have a wild, like a Brigham. Bag of knowledge when it comes to personal development, peak performance, brain chemistry, entrepreneurship, and so on. So it really depends about where this conversation is going to go. But there’s a lot of things that I guarantee we’re going to have some fun talking about and give some value to your audience.
Yeah, let’s do it. But not until I ask the question. Number two is what do you suck at? Okay. What do I suck at? So that’s an interesting question, right? Uh, lately I’m not going to lie. I’m having issues with my work-life balance. Seeing how much I’m putting time in my business is truly growing. It’s not something that I suck up in the, in the grand scheme of things, but lately it is something that I’m looking at with the load of work.
With the contracts that I’m signing with my team growing. So definitely something that I’m really leaning into and I’m appreciating it because I truly believe that things happen to you for a reason. And did universe is trying to teach me something. So there’s something for me to learn out of this. So that’s what I’m currently working with.
Why don’t we talk about that for a minute, because I can tend to relate with that. You know, when I’m on the other side of the mic, I have to talk about work, life balance and things like that. And, um, even even me, you know, that not being the norm, I’m running into that a lot lately, too. Largely for reasons you mentioned just big opportunities, things growing, uh, So what’s what what’s put you in that position has, but for me, it’s been like COVID has facilitated, you know, I’m on the lucky side of things.
Is that the same thing for you? Yeah. I mean, COVID played a huge role and by what am, I mean by COVID played a huge role when COVID hit. I was a solopreneur since then. I just, two months ago hired my eighth colleague and employee and granted it’s beautiful. My business has been thriving and because I’m a speaker and a coach.
Obviously the speaking side took a little step back in the beginning. Then we got into doing speeches on zoom, but my coaching practice just blew up and started hiring more and more people now as a business grows, uh, there is uncomfortable parts to it. It just like. When you’re starting a business, you’re an infant.
Then you go into those teenager years, which I’m pretty much there within my business. Then you go into the maturity and once you have your maturity, you have the systems and processes in place. You have the proper employees, you guys know what you’re doing. It’s running like a well-oiled machine, but when you are growing, there are growing pains.
And that’s what kind of started for me. Now. That’s one thing. Second thing, I’ve been an entrepreneur. Men since, since my early twenties and I’m 32 years old. So over 10 years, plus at this point, I very much know how I work. I’m an intense character. I work very intensely, but then I go on intense breaks when I’m with my family.
I’m intensely with them. When I’m working, I’m intensely working now due to COVID. My way of coping through my breaks, or how do I relax, was working hard, going on vacation, working hard, going on vacation, going, seeing family so on and so forth with COVID not being there or start with COVID to being present in a vacations, not being as predominantly available.
All I did, I put my head down in a worked, worked work. I was working every single day and I love what I do. And I didn’t notice how much I was working and I’m like, wait a minute. I have to find other ways to mediate this part of overworking. And that’s where I started being more mindful towards it. And I do all the proper steps.
We’ll talk about my morning routine with my meditation and so on and so forth, but I still had to be more mindful to create moments within where I believe. Did go on little vacations. I was calling it and finding ways to kind of take a step back and take breather. So then I could come back and just be massively bringing some value to my community, to my customers, to my C-suites, to my fortune 500 and to my employees, uh, on the, on the work-life balance kind of thing is where you mostly trying to protect yourself or do you have five kids, family, things like that, that you’re also trying to protect.
So great question. I’m actually single. Uh, I, uh, obviously I’m very involved with my family, my, my parents, my sister, niece, and so on. So I’m very family oriented for the moment I’m single, but I was protecting it for my wellbeing. And I do know that I have ambitions to have a family have kids so on and so forth.
So I’m trying to get the proper. Systems in place the proper foundation. So then when that time comes, I know what I need to do now, when it comes to work life balance as well. One last thing I’m going to see over here on this end. I do not believe it’s 50 50. It really is intertwined. And it’s in percentages to where you are within your journey.
So, brother right now, like I said, I’m a single dude. So there’s a lot of percentage of my time, which is put towards building my business and working towards it. Once I meet a girl, started dating her fiance, marriage, kids then have to adjust certain things. And I have to be aware of that and their seasons as well.
You can be very strategic of being like what your wife, you know what, babe? I just started a new company. You have to give me one year of just let me put my head down and work like crazy. I’m going to be less present on this, that end, but it’s strategic. So understand that there’s a little sprints within the marathon.
So that’s the way I kind of go about the work-life balance and minimum. Once a week, I completely take a day off minimum ones. Yeah. So for all the ladies that can’t see him visually he’s clean cut. He has a beard and he even wore a suit on zoom. So I’m just saying when he puts out a contact information, wait until the end.
He’s going to give it out. There you go. Yeah. Thank you, my brother. I appreciate that. That was really funny, but yes. Um, always a dress like this as I’m walking from one meeting to another, even on zoom. Yes. I truly, I truly believe that. And I have pants on as well. Just putting it out there. I’m not one of those zoomers that don’t wear pants.
No, I’m fully dressed. I’ll take your word for it.
Now. Um, you talked about being a speaker and then you also talked about being an entrepreneur now. Um, but, but somewhere in the middle you had kind of said. Your current entrepreneur journey, or maybe it’s just this particular business sounded like it was a little bit newer. Cause you were a solopreneur for awhile.
And then now you’re bringing on teams or is it the same business? And then now you’re just deciding to bring on team members. It’s the same business that’s just growing. I mean, my, my schedule is growing my. My clients are growing. So I just don’t have any more time to do what I need to do at a high level within my business.
So I’m like, how do I create my time? How do I become more efficient and more effective is by delegating? How do I delegate? I hire people that have the same mission and vision as me. They’re not working for Christopher or den enterprises, they’re working for the same mission and vision. So I just find the strategic partner.
With that, uh, realm. So we could advance our mission vision within the organization. So, yeah, it’s the same thing, which my company’s done in enterprises. Our main goal is to optimize. People, want to perform, and we do that through the vehicle of peak performance, speaking, coaching and consulting. What type of people do you find yourself working with mostly like what type of entrepreneur or business owner or what’s the demographic you see?
So Damon, great question. And I’m very, very specific on the demographic that I work on, but there’s different, like I’ve value letters, right? So I have free content that’s for anybody that wants to perform. So any level you’re new, you’re an entrepreneur. Your season and so on and so forth. I have group coaching programs that are more mid tier, but still like a high tier.
And then anything that’s a executive one-on-one with me or a certain team members that I have. Uh, we’re talking about C-suite, we’re talking about entrepreneurs that are quite seasoned. I do mention in that realm. Uh, I don’t take sick civics to make them into Ferrari’s active Ferrari’s and make them into F1.
So that’s just the clientele that I work with. That’s the clientele that hired me to go speak to their companies, the fortune 500 and beyond what’s the so separate from like a, like a speech for a day. Um, w the more ongoing engagements, what type of length of time is that again? So a coaching engagement or a consulting contract is anywhere between three months to 12 months.
So those are the timelines that I, uh, I take and I dictate. And that’s usually where I see the best results because I still. Need to be working with that individual at X amount of time. And I’m very strategic on the people that I pick as well. Like I’m blessed enough to be in a position right now, Damon, that not only the client chooses me, but I choose the client.
And if somebody is not ready to put in the work, put in the right time, be resourceful, be coachable. That’s not people that come into my organization, but the second they are, we get them from where they are to where they want to be in. That could be. Proper mindset, health, double their income. If not more than that, grow their business, have better relationships.
Uh, uh, just all of the above. Cause I truly believe if you want to be a great entrepreneur, it starts with the person. So even before you step into the office, what are the proper rituals? What are the habits? What time are you waking up? What are you eating? What are you going when you went to bed? How are you communicating?
So on and so forth? So Christopher, why are you so special that you have these talents? What’s your bad. I love that. I don’t know if I’m special, but one thing that I would say to that is brother. I am probably one of the most resilient people you will meet. That’s why. I’m able to talk like this is because I’m just not better than anybody else.
I’m not better looking almost smarter. I’m not this. I’m not that I will just outwork everyone. And why that started is because I was actually diagnosed with dyslexia at eight years old. So for people don’t know what dyslexia is. It’s a learning disability that has to do with the reading and writing. And when I was diagnosed, At that young age, I realized I’m like, Hey, if I want to succeed in education system that we were giving in north America, I have no choice, but to put in two or three times more work than the average person.
And that has cultivated a reality within me that I have continued as an entrepreneur in my life as an adult and so on and so forth. So that’s what really started for me. And because I think like this. I get the results that I get, because the reality is failing is nothing more than just giving up. But if you just keep on learning through those failures, you’re going to succeed.
So I’m not afraid of failing because my whole life has been just one failure to another. I’ve been blessed enough to learn from them and adjust myself towards the next one. So when you were younger and got diagnosed with dyslexia, was there, um, so now you use it as a superpower, but was there a moment where there was some frustration or was it like, so at what point did you, was there a point where you said no.
Well, obviously there was a point, but at what point did you go wait a second. I can, I can do something with that. Yes. Yes. My brother, man. Thank you for asking that question because people like there might be listening to me right now. I’m like, oh wait a minute. He seems very polished. Does he really have dyslexia and so on and so forth or X, Y, and Z.
It is a process like anything else at eight years old, when my parents told me you have dyslexia and we’re taking you out of the school that you are right now in the middle of the school year and putting you in a special school, which is a school specialized for students with learning disabilities.
All I understood. As a kid is I’m losing my friends and I’m going to a special school. I didn’t want that. I didn’t understand what it was. Then I get into the school and I realized, oh my God, there’s hundreds of kids like me that have learning disabilities. So I’m like, okay, I’m not alone. So then I started figuring out how, how dyslexia works.
What are the proper tools, methodologies that I need. I had the proper structure to teachers. Then once I got to the end of the high school, my, Hey, what do I want to become? I actually thought I’m like, you know what? I want to be a lawyer. I like wearing nice clothes. I like talking. I’m like, that’s something I look into.
And then once I started looking into that career, I realized that like 85% of the job is reading and writing I’m dyslexic. I’m like, forget about that. I’m like, let me find a career that has no reading and writing were very little, that’s why I went into Firebag. I actually went studying that. Loved it as I was going through that process.
I was so I would call it not even embarrassed. I had this misconception of what people might think of me being dyslexic. So I didn’t want my peers, my teachers, my bosses, to know that I had dyslexia. That’s when I started figuring out when I was older, I’m like, you know what, no, this is something I could deal with.
And it started talking about it. And I started realizing that firemen wasn’t my actual calling, but my calling was being an entrepreneur. And this is because my whole life, I was getting ready to be an entrepreneur because of my. Damon. I remember when the teacher used to come into the classroom and say, kids put yourself in teams.
Even before she finished a word three, I had my head up and I was looking for who reads the best, who writes the best. Let me put a team together and delegate delegation one-on-one entrepreneurship. I remember in college when I was feeling, I used to go see the professor afterwards and I used to be like, oh no, that’s not what I meant.
This is what I meant. I used to negotiate my graveyard pass. I had these things naturally getting cultivated because I had no choice to succeed in education system that was given now, granted, once I started becoming more comfortable in my early twenties, You know what, let me go into entrepreneurship and F this belief of the dyslexia.
I could still figure it out. So I went into brokerage. I became a real estate broker, which demands a lot of reading and writing. Like I was selling multimillion dollar properties that you have to do contracts for, you’re liable for, but I figured out ways and tools at that point, I was very mature enough to figure out how to deal with it.
As I started succeeding in a real estate business and it took a year and a half, like granted, anything like in any business, it took a lot of time to start succeeding. But once I started picking up one of my speech therapists, they used to follow me in high school, gave me a call and said, asked me a question about a real estate property.
And afterwards you say, how’s it going? And brother, and I’m almost done with my rant of worry, but it’s going to answer all of your questions over here. So after she’s like, how’s it going with you? I went on a rant as you guys seeing that I’m definitely able to do that. It’s going great. I’m in my mid twenties, I am succeeding.
Like whatever success was, the car, the money, like the whole. And she’s like, I am the keynote speaker at this event put together by the learning disability Institute of Quebec. I would love for you to come and tell us your story as how you are a successful entrepreneur, which would dyslexia. Oh my God. I love, I would love to Damon that same evening.
She sends me an email and the subject letter in big caps. It’s written Chris. I don’t think you should do this speech because there’s still a lot of people that have a negative misconception of what learning disabilities are and what dislikes are. And you might actually lose some clients because. Now I know she was coming from a place of love.
She was coming from a place to protect me. I’m like, you know what? I think we should do this speech. I’ll call you Monday to tell you why Monday rolls around, give her a call. And I’m like, Bridget, listen, if I don’t do the speech, I’m not being authentic. I’m not helping the kids that are in the school.
Benches. I’m not helping my next generation of kids. I’m not helping my future kids because it’s something that a red, a Terri I’ll be somebody. Um, not that I want to do the speech. It’s like, absolutely. I have the same idea as you. I just want it to come from you. You know, I didn’t want you to be forced to make no problem.
So how many people are going to be at the summit is like about 200 Damon. I walk into the. I opened the door looked left and right. Dairies in 200 people, it’s more like a thousand people at this point. My heart is beating. I am sweating. I’m like I get myself into, I’ve never done a speech in my life. I’m like, I’m a broker.
I’m seeing speakers one after another, going on to doctorates. And this that, that the alphabet after their name. And I’m like, whoa, like, what am I doing here? And then. They invite me to go on stage. And it was like this divine moment that the universe was preparing me for that. And then from that moment on, I realized everything I have to do is helping people become the best version of themselves through speaking, coaching and beyond.
And then from that moment, I shifted everything towards that. Everybody. Almost everybody I’m going to say in my circle, Potter was crazy. I had succeeded or created a great business and I was young in it and I was going to become even more like successful. I was like one of the up-and-comers in the brokerage world of where I’m from.
And then when I did a complete shift towards the industry, that’s not very much known, especially those people that really thought I was crazy, but I’m truly blessed that I did that. Now, the only reason why I’m saying this is because it shows the arc of my understanding of what happened with my dyslexia.
I did not understand it started getting comfortable, wanting to hide it from people. And then when I went to onstage the first time I said it loud and proud to a crowd of people that I don’t know that I’m dyslexic is when my life truly changed. So it. The actual art and that’s what it is. It’s not a one-shot.
So if you see anybody going through anything there’s processes to get to that, just realize that maybe you’re looking at somebody step 75, but you’re at your step 17. There was a process to get there. Step 75. Yeah. Uh, so, so that’s a great story. And I, I got a question or two about it, but. Uh, emphasize your last comment.
I agree because a lot of, a lot of early eager entrepreneurs want to go from zero to level 10, but what they don’t understand is you learn the things at steps, two and five, that help you at steps eight and nine. And if you skip those, if you get lucky enough and I wouldn’t even say it’s lucky, but if you get lucky enough to go from zero to something higher by skipping steps, it’s not sustainable.
And eventually it’s going to come back. And it take you out because you miss those little things. Um, when, so when you transitioned from real estate and into speaking, like how long of a transition did it take you to kind of exit real estate? So before answering that Damon, what you just said is so spot on, please.
I hope people like relisten to that part because it is so true. It is really important to understand the steps and understand that whatever difficulty you’re going through learning from step two, three are extremely valuable for your step eight, nine, and 10. So I just wanted to highlight that awesome job on that.
Uh, so in regards to your question, Um, somebody wants again, I kind of alluded to it. I’m an intense character and granted I know it and I use it to my advantage. I don’t do anything half I’m in or I’m out. So the second that I knew that everything was towards switching it and grabbed it, that could be the wrong way, or it could be the right way, but it’s the way that works for me.
So the second I got off that stage, I actually had. My first ever coach. And he had seen that, that speech and he’s like, Chris, you hired me to make you become a peak performing a broker brokers. Like that’s our we’re going to do is like, you’re going to become one of the greatest keynote speakers of our modern time.
And I’m like, Trevor, what are you talking about? Can we even make a career out of this? He’s like, yeah. And he’s like, you’re going to become one of the best ones. So from that moment, I shifted completely everything. The process took me anywhere between six to 12 months, but it was from that moment on that I started diminishing it.
So yeah, after that point, which was in marched on 17, I worked another year or so, and I stopped mid 2018 and I stopped my license 2019. So that was the timeframe. And throughout that process, I was building my website, figuring out what, who am I as a speaker? How can I get gigs and so on and so forth. So it was, it was quite.
Yeah. Um, what, what are those fantasy plaques in the back? Uh, actually, it’s so crazy. These are actually plaques that have gone when I was at that high school. So Vanguard, which is a school specialized for students with learning disabilities. And there were plaques for, uh, I think one of them is the best ambassador, best grades, best student.
And the other one was over here as a valedictorian. And these are the ones that actually mean the most to me, because there was a time in my life. I didn’t even know if I was going to finish high school. Obviously. Now I have a college degree and so on, but there was a time I didn’t know, with my dyslexia and funding it off a completely on the bottom.
I have trophies of real estate that I’ve made, like, you know, like hundreds of thousands of dollars and that’s completely on the bottom. So you see where my, the value ladder stands within the things that were more important to me. So it’s funny that you bring it up. Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m glad I waited.
I was going to ask earlier that that ended up being good timing. So let’s go back a little bit. You talked about, um, morning routines. Why don’t you talk a little bit about that? Yes. Thank you for, for mentioning that because I truly believe if you want to be peak performing individual, it’s all about your habits and rituals.
And for me, my morning starts every single day at 4:00 AM. So 4:00 AM I wake up, make my bed from four, 10 to four. 15 4 20. So by like 15 to 20 minutes, I meditate after I do a couple of stretches. See how my body’s feeling after the workout, see what do I need to attend to? And so on. Then I go into my home office, look at all my affirmation.
So read my affirmations, read my goals for the year. I’m priming myself. I’m putting myself in that proper state of mind. So my subconscious mind and my reticular activating system knows what we’re going towards. After that’s done. I sit down, I write three things that I’m grateful for. So I start my gratitude press.
Then I go into looking at everything that I have within my agenda and that day, because there’s so many things and have a busy schedule. I have difficulties, not difficult, but better. Don’t have a lot of time to set intention for every single activity right before, because I’m legit jumping from one meeting to another.
So in the beginning of the day, I look at all my meetings and I say, how do I want to show up for this meeting? Who am I speaking to? Is this a sales conversation? Is this a podcast? Like, how do I want to show up during this podcast? How do want me to be present? What do I want to bring to Damon and your audience?
These are the things that I tell myself even before the day I started. So once they got in my subconscious mind is guiding me throughout the process when it’s happening, why. Then once that’s done, I have about anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour before my, my a workout. And that’s where I call my mastermind time, which I do work that demands high levels of creativity.
I’m not doing any emails. I’m not on social. I’m not responding to my colleagues. I’m not responding to anything, but philanthropy is just creation. So I do content creation. I’m creating a speech. I’m creating my, uh, courses or X, Y, and Z. Because my brain is such at a high level of, uh, brainwaves, which is alpha and theta.
My. Creativity so much higher. My productivity is so much better. My efficiency so much better. So that’s the moment that I do that. Then I go to, to the gym. I do CrossFit six days, five days a week from Monday to Friday, six to seven, then come back home, do a 20 minute or 15 minute yoga section to stretch it out.
Uh, and then take my shower, uh, get ready. And then I’m usually eight 30, uh, at the office working. Let’s see lady see, even. It does yoga. I do yoga out of necessity cause I go hard and CrossFit and I got injured a couple of years back and I realized that I just wasn’t stretching enough, like this stupid young dude.
And I’m like, wait a minute now getting a bit older. I’m 32. I’m like, okay. If I want to go intense and CrossFit and do competitions, it’s fun. So far I have to stretch. It’s so important. Yeah. So if you wake up at four, like what time do you call it a day? What time do you go to bed? Yes. Great question.
That’s usually the second question that people ask is they’re like, oh my God, what time is he going to bed or whatever? I get eight hours of sleep. I monitor my sleep. So I go to bed pending if it’s summer or winter is different chronic low times, but usually I go to bed. 8:00 PM. So I have to be in bed at 8:00 PM to wake up at four.
That gives me that sweet spot of like seven and a half to eight hours. I work great within that timeframe. Uh, I started my night routine at 7:00 PM. So the last hour of the day, no electronics, no TV, no work. All I’m doing is reading a book, starting my meditation, my cool-down, uh, my period, maybe cleaning up the house, the kitchen, if need be, and then going into.
Yeah. Yeah. Can you give me an example of like the types of affirmations you go with? Yes, so I have a bunch. Okay. So I’m going to categories. I have couple of quotes that I thoroughly love there that I reread. So those are some of the quotes that I do. I even have some scriptures that I read, not necessarily for the religious part, but for the.
The spiritual part of things. Uh, one, if you want all kind of, ad-lib one that are truly love from Albert Einstein, which is not as known, uh, everything is energy and that’s all there is to it match the frequency of the reality you want, and you cannot help, but get that reality, it can not be not the way.
This is not a philosophy. This is physics. That quote, legit changed my life. The first time I read it, cause I’m like, wait a minute. He’s saying, if you match your frequency of what you want, you can not help, but get that reality, you cannot be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics I’m like, all right, philosophy, understand physics, understand physics is more palatable is what is he talking about?
And that’s when I went into studying the brain biochemistry and realizing, oh my God, everything that you do with affirmations has an actual link. If people want more information about this, I would say, just go study quantum. Everything is there now that’s just one part of it. Then I’d go into my IIN. So I created a list of I AMS that put me in a proper state, so I am powerful.
I’m great. I’m a phenomenal speaker, almost nominal, uh, philanthropy, uh, philanthropists. I am a great entrepreneur. I am a, uh, guests on podcasts, TV, radio shows, whatever I want on a call in. So I have a list and I just go through it. It takes two seconds. It anchors me. I do like a certain. Power position at the same time to boost up my serotonin, my, uh, my, my positive energy within it.
And then I sit down to start my day. So those are the affirmations that I do, and I have different types of affirmations at different parts of the, of the day as well. When I take my shower, the last five minutes is under cold shower and it’s called shower. Yes, a hundred percent. So the, the whole, a Wim Hof method, something that I’ve been doing for the last three years, I don’t do the full shower, uh, cold to be quite honest, I do a normal shower get ready.
And then the last three to five minutes, I do cold shower. And then I do different type of affirmation while I’m doing the cold shower. I do a different type of breathing and I do it a certain type of stretches within that culture. Yeah. Um, when you do, um, you know, when you talk, talk about listing three things or, you know, part of these affirmations, well, you kind of already, you kind of already answered it.
I was going to ask, does it ever get redundant? So that’s, that’s still a great question. Here’s why I’m going to kind of give this analogy in 2017, I decided to do a newish resolution, but I didn’t want to do a news resolution like everybody does and stopped. So I’m like, you know what, I’m going to do a newsletter every single month and I’m going to compound it from the previous month.
So that’s how. My journey started in personal development. So one month I’m like, you know what? I’m going to read every single day. Then when I was eight, I’m going to start your gut then was, Hey, you know what? I’m going to go. I’m going to work towards getting my body fat percentage under 10%. Then one of them was gratitude.
And then I sat down and this is why I’m telling you this story. I’m like, I started thinking, I’m like, if I have to do three things, I’m grateful for. For a month, that’s 90 things. I’m like, I don’t think I have 90 things. I’ll probably repeat myself brother. That was in 2017. There hasn’t been a day that I’ve repeated myself since we have so much to be grateful for.
And even if you repeat yourself, it doesn’t matter. Just take time to look at it and really notice. Grateful we are. If you’re listening to this, you’re blessed. You’re among the 1% of this world, because you have a phone you’re listening to a podcast you’re alive. Just that in itself is immense. Right? And you’re getting this great content and information you’re in a different level.
So these are things that you just realize that when you practice a gratitude that, oh, wait a minute. There’s a lot more that I’m grateful for then I think so it’s very hard to repeat yourself. You might repeat yourself, but that’s not the goal of the. Yeah. You know, uh, as we kind of go through wrapping up, um, oh, one thing that I found was interesting is, is, um, there was, uh, I was at a marketing event just about two weeks ago and Tony Robbins ended up being one of the speakers.
And he had talked about what you were just talking about, about how, if you’re listening to anything, you know, you’re in this 1% or, you know, if the way that he put it, which is what I’m getting at is we’ll just get there. Is that he said, Even the people, what people in America don’t understand is how fortunate they are.
Because even if you are on the welfare system, if you’re on government assistance, you are in the top 1% of earners collectively across the, the entire world, you know, because of the. Of those dependent on government assistance are infinitely better off than third world countries. You know what, Brad, I love that you mentioned that.
And there was an article that I read several years back and I can’t even refer to it like where it was, but there, it was essentially saying that. CEO is a fortune 500 companies are like mostly immigrants or kids of immigrants. And that’s exactly why. So I’m born and raised in Canada. Montreal blessed.
Both my parents immigrated here. I’m from Armenian descent. My father left Armenia when it was a part of URSs in a day. So it was a part of the Soviet, uh, culture. It was very much a communist approach. They ran away from that. So my father for. My whole life has been telling us how spoiled we are. Granted.
We’ve had everything it’s one and so forth, but there’s that different understanding. My mother being Armenian, born in Lebanon, which there’s always a war ran from the war to Lebanon, went to Africa. There was a civil war. There went to the states on and so forth. They tell us these stories. So because we understand that, oh my God, we’re so blessed being in north America.
Even if you, like you said, you were in a welfare or whatever. You just take a step back and notice what’s happening in other countries we’re beyond blessed. And those people are blessed too. Especially now with social media, like the world is becoming so small. I hire people from all around the world. Now that before didn’t exist, well, they have certain opportunities, but even at that, we just have more opportunities.
That’s just honest truth. And once you realize that, then you work towards it. Yeah. Christopher Dedeyan. Am I hope I’m close enough. You got a great brother. I appreciate you jumping on learning from others. I’ll give you the last few moments to tell our listeners how they can find out more about Damon. First of all, thank you very much for having me on the show, bro.
It was a blast. I love your energy. Uh, and yeah, so essentially you could reach me at any on any social media at Christopher and my family name is spelled D E D E Y A N. I’m very active on my YouTube. I have like two or three videos per week. So if you want any content on peak performance, entrepreneurship, or personal growth, go check that out.
Instagram, same thing office. I have podcasts. I like, I mean, I’m everywhere. If you’re interested to look into potentially getting coached by me and go check out my website, or if you want me to come in as a speaker and speak to your community, your team, and bring that to the next level, you could check out my website, which is dedeyanenterprises.com.
Dedeyanenterprises.com. Very cool. Christopher, everybody. Thanks for jumping on learning from others. Damon Burton here, and thank you so much for listening to the learning from others podcast. I sincerely hope that today’s guest helped you learn something since 2007, I’ve generated millions of dollars for businesses like yours.
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