The global pandemic has ravaged the economy across virtually every sector, but small businesses are paying the highest price. That’s why entrepreneur and Keller Williams Capital Properties co-founder Brandon Green is fully focused on leveraging his extensive expertise and intuitive knack for catalyzing rapid growth to empower small-scale enterprises to embrace resilience and innovation to find an agile approach to recovery and get back on their feet in the wake of COVID-19’s wreckage.

Welcome to the latest edition of the One Away Podcast. This week, we’re excited to share an enlightening episode about how Brandon Green found lifechanging inspiration through a pivotal human connection. His story centers on meeting a transformational mentor – Steve Hardison, “The Ultimate Coach.”

How Mentorship & Coaching Helped Brandon Green Create a Multidimensional Career

Throughout Brandon Green’s professional life, he has taken on countless roles and excelled at each one throughout his career. He still wears many hats to this day. To name just a few, Brandon is currently a(n):

• Award-Winning Entrepreneur
• Highly Sought-After Professional Keynote Speaker
• Impact Investor Known for Driving Results
• Nationally Top-Listed Real Estate Executive
• Top KWRI Faculty Member
• Leading Expert in the Regional Real Estate Market
• Expert on Balanced & Centered Leadership

…and ultimately, he’s a thought leader in his own right. Brandon Green is an on-the-ground leader who delivers clear insight for professionals looking to increase effectiveness and navigate change during challenging times like the current public health crisis.

In addition to his leadership role at Keller Williams Capital Properties, a real estate brokerage with eight offices and 1000 associates, he is also the founder of Chapter 2 Ventures, a company focused on investing in innovative people and organizations that help facilitate positive change through business enterprise.

He’s not just all talk, either; throughout his career, Brandon Green has achieved a demonstrated history of proven success to back up his methodology and help others apply it for their own purposes and objectives.

Brandon Green’s One Away Moment

In this episode, Brandon Green highlights Brandon Green’s One Away Moment. I’m always intrigued by how many guests we invite on the One Away show describe how their most pivotal, life-changing experience wasn’t something they accomplished alone.

Like many of these fascinating conversations I’m proud to host on The One Away Show, my discussion with Brandon centered around how one remarkable person drastically altered his worldview and unveiled a brand new to pursue, paved with potential and promise he’s never thought could be his own.

As he shared his story with me, Brandon Green described how the foundation of a career he built in the real estate sector wasn’t the full extent of the life he envisioned for himself. During a class lecture in Boston Learning, Brandon was struck with inspiration after hearing about the unprecedented success Steve Hardison had achieved in coaching. So, he made the decision to take a risk and reach out.

Ultimately, Brandon ended up meeting the man himself. This newfound connection gave Brandon the push he needed to make a drastic career change. Seeking out coaching from Steve was truly transformative. This experience empowered Brandon to gain the skills he needed to get where he is today.

Insights from Brandon Green’s Story that Mirror BW Missions’ Approach

Over the past 2+ years, we’ve honed our focus at BW Missions more and more onto self-discovery and pathfinding. Even as we delve ever deeper into these deeply personal processes, I’m always intrigued by how much the journey of self-discovery and learning about who you are and what you are truly meant to do always seems to come back to community building.

Even as we dig deep and get fearlessly honest enough to take that deep dive and long, hard look in the mirror, I think the keys to every person’s potential lie in the pockets of others who believe in them, empower them, and accept them as their truest selves so they can stand out in a way where they feel they truly belong. Brandon’s compelling One Away Experience really brings this concept to life.

Top 5 Takeaways from Brandon Green’s One Away Experience

  1. Every time you set a goal, make it about the journey, not the destination
  2. Fearlessly facing down the most daunting hardships in your life will ultimately teach you the most important lessons you’ll ever learn about yourself.
  3. The most unexpected adventures you encounter along the way to your goals might be even more fulfilling than achieving the objective you set initially
  4. Find a mentor who has the keys you need to unlock parts of yourself you’ve never been able to access, just like Steve did for Brandon.
  5. Surround yourself with people who can push you to be better and aid your transition from who you are to the person you truly want to become

Can’t get enough of Brandon Green’s words of wisdom? Find more of his thought leadership, read his story, and join his community on his websiteSend him an inquiry about consulting, investing, and keynote speaking, or connect with him on LinkedIn here. These resources are a great way to put his extensive insights to use in your own professional life. 

How Human Connection Catalyzes Personal Growth

The unique differentiator I admire most about Brandon Green is his unmatched capacity for harnessing the power of creativity. By using a measured and structured approach, he then translates groundbreaking new insights into yielding real-world impacts and applications for the real estate sector. Brandon Green’s holistic, mind-body-soul leadership philosophy helps people and organizations alike foster development and sustainable growth.

The lifelong processes of continuous improvement and personal growth is fundamentally intertwined with human connection. By uplifting others, we can reach ever-greater heights of accomplishment and success. In turn, the mentors, teachers, and thought leaders who invest their time, energy, and knowledge into our own growth and potential is the key to a better future.

Current business leaders across every sector can and must depart their best learnings and most important skills to the next generation in order to ensure a better future and foster continuing innovation on a global scale.

Whether this takes the form of interpersonal mentorships, a professional working relationship, or even just listening to podcasts and reading articles by thought leaders one strives to emulate, sometimes all it takes is one moment of inspiration from another person’s success for you to take that first step forward onto the path less traveled and plunge headfirst into the unknown.

I think you’re really going to enjoy this newest episode of the One Away Show, featuring Brandon Green, but don’t just take my work for it. Listen to his story yourself on Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, or by following along on the YouTube link above. A full transcript is provided below for your convenience

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Transcript – The One Away Show With Brandon Green

BRYAN WISH: What is your One Away moment?

BRANDON GREEN: My One Away moment, as I think about it, it’s been meeting a man named Steve Hardison. 

BRYAN WISH: What about Steve changed your trajectory and put you on a better path forward?

BRANDON GREEN: Steve Hardison is an executive coach. Let me backup a little bit on how all this happened because I think it’s really intriguing. I’ve had coaches in my personal and professional life for a number of years. I caught onto that idea early in my trajectory. I’ve been very familiar with coaches and have had a lot of value from them. Several years ago, I was in a course in Boston on neurolinguistic programming (NLP) which is really good. 

The instructor happened to mention this coach in Arizona who was charting $150,000/year for coaching and it was all paid upfront. It was sort of an off-handed comment and I was like, “What?” I wrote down his information and I went up to my hotel room that evening and found him online. Later, I sent him a note that said, “Hey, I just heard about you in a class. I saw your website — I can’t believe you charging $150,000 per year! I kind of want to know who you are.” It was a very open-ended email, and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to get a response, but I did the next day. He said, “Hey, read these books. When you read them, get back to me.” That was fascinating. I went through the books, read them, and got back to them a few weeks later, gave them my thoughts on the books. 

They were some good leadership books by a man named Steve Chandler. He said, “Great, next time you’re in the Phoenix area, let me know and we’ll meet.” As I’ve done many times in my life, when I’m looking to actually advance something, I just go get it. I said, “I’ll be there in three weeks.” Not having a trip planned yet. He goes, “Great. Then how about Tuesday at 2:00?” I flew to Phoenix and I met him at his home just outside of Phoenix in Mesa, Arizona at 2:00 one afternoon. That meeting changed everything for me. 

BRYAN WISH: What books did he recommend? What did you guys talk about in that meeting that changed the course of your life?

BRANDON GREEN: I can’t remember exactly which books they were but they were by Steve Chandler. He’s got a variety of books that he’s written over time. I got to his house. He invites me to the living room. I don’t know what I imagine in my head but I imagined somebody who was that level of coaching to have a really gigantic opulent, house kind of thing, but not Steve. Steve had a very nice house but a modest house, in many ways. We get into his living room and we chit-chat for a little bit. He says, “Would you like to come into my office for some coaching?” “Absolutely. Thank you.”

We got into his home office which was around the corner from the house in a separated space. He talked about it being a very sacred space and a lot of incredible work with CEOs and entrepreneurs and actors and actresses and stars have been done in that space for a number of years. I could actually even feel it a little bit, and I was like, “Wow, this is definitely an interesting and sacred space.” We sat down and I remember distinctly having an experience that was quite unique. I don’t remember a lot about what we talked about during that meeting but I remember having an experience which was maybe for the first time in my adult life, someone was able to see me for who I was in my entirety in that one meeting. 

It was both a humbling and emotional experience. It was also a little bit scary because we all have the BS factor that we put up or the story that we play or the role that we play in life. It’s how we get through life. It’s quite functional on a day-to-day basis for most people. Only with people that maybe get to know you really well get to know you really, really well. I felt like in an almost instant he was able to see through my stuff into the heart of the matter in one session. 

The session was about an hour long or so and I actually became really emotional at the end of the session which was not like me at all. He gave me two gifts as I left his office. At that moment, I said, “I’m not sure how I’m going to do it and how I’m going to pull together the money, but I’m going to work with you soon. I’ll see you at some point soon.” He said, “I believe you will honor that commitment.” I got into the taxi and went back to the airport. I called my husband and I was emotional. I’m like, “I just had this really emotional experience. I met him in his office.” 

My husband was like, “Wait. Did you drink anything? Where are you?” I knew at that moment, even though I couldn’t describe it, which is often the case with some of our most powerful experiences, they’re beyond description. It’s just a feeling. I knew in that moment that I felt different and I also knew in that moment inherently that my life had changed even though I didn’t know how or when or what specifically would materialize as a result of that meeting, but I knew I was forever changed at that time. 

BRYAN WISH: You said you felt seen for the first time for all of who you were. What did he see about you that you weren’t expecting?

BRANDON GREEN: This has come after many years of hindsight and hopefully growing up a little bit. I realized that growing up, I knew I was very different from the very beginning but couldn’t really describe it. I spent a lot of time trying to mimic what I saw as “normal.” I later realized I’m gay and that had a lot of implications long before I realized that and certainly has had implications going forward. As a result of that, I actually had to create, as a child, almost an alternative identity just to really fit in. In some cases, that becomes really severe. It wasn’t severe for me but it certainly existed. I brought that into adulthood even after I had come out. 

Coming up to the meeting with Steve, I was still bringing some of that in that, while I’ve been out of the closet for a number of years, I was still bringing in this guarded approach to life, to a degree; not fully being there, fully being present or fully allowing myself to show up for someone. That was part of it. He was able to see through that filter really quickly and get beyond that sort of self-identification. What’s also kind of interesting about that is that skill, if you want to call it a skill, actually helped me grow my career. It wasn’t necessarily something I didn’t like about myself. It was something I was actually pretty proud about. 

I started professionally as a real estate agent. I realized quickly that I was really good at it and I could sell a lot of houses to people. One of the reasons I was able to do that is because I could connect with another human and see very clearly what they were trying to accomplish, connect some dots for them and move them forward. The impact of that is I created a lot of friendships out of those real estate transactions. Over time, you end up with more real estate transactions, if you’re successful, than friends you can manage. I actually created, inadvertently through the experience of being gay, a second identity that was the ability to compartmentalize, in many ways, relationships and friendships to be able to go really deep with someone but then realize that I had to move on and forward. 

That had the effect in some ways of being practically important to my business as it grew substantially and I was able to manage a lot of relationships. It had some personal scarring as a result and prevented me from reconciling the difference between these transactional and business relationships that did require some compartmentalization with who I could be at all times which was fully authentic and present with every human, every time, no matter what. Steve, in a moment, was able to sort of organize all of that and point to it for me to see it in a way that allowed it to open up. That was a major a-ha moment where, what I was just describing to you took 30 some odd years to sort out, but in a minute, it all made sense. 

BRYAN WISH: I’m hearing you say that it allows you to be fully you in the relationships that you’ve built but you have a different way of thinking about the different types of relationships in your life.

BRANDON GREEN: Yes. Think about it as a two-way street. In relationships, up to that point for me, I struggled with articulating the expectations around those relationships that really actually were in alignment with what that relationship was in a position to deliver back to me. Let’s take a real estate client. A real estate client, there’s a very specific role that they’re going to play. Then they buy the house and move on. That felt really incomplete for me as sometimes that worked and sometimes it didn’t. There was a constriction on that side from that relationship over to me which created a constriction for me back to them. What I didn’t realize until working with Steve for a while is actually I can be and allow myself to open up to the completeness of who I am, all of it, all the time and that actually creates the boundaries in and of themselves which is what allows those relationships to work.

I think, at its core, that first meeting with Steve taught me A) I had all this stuff going on and I had some real complexities that needed to be sorted out. Some of it was, as a result of my past experience, and some of it was how I was thinking about my future opportunity. Then B) if I could get really present to what I’m actually saying to myself on a moment to moment basis, I could begin to construct the reality for my future that I wanted for myself. That was 100% within my control. Nothing that had happened in the past was actually dictating what was going to happen in the future. I had to see more clearly, the interaction and connection between the two.

BRYAN WISH: It sounds like a lot of deep work happened. Once you started learning that and changing the expectations, what were some of the things that happened in your life as a result of that new framework, mindset, and understanding about who you were as a person?

BRANDON GREEN: One of the first things we did after I started working with him is he had me create a document about how I was really truly thinking about myself in the present time. I spent probably 3-4 months on journaling a document that were all the limited thought patterns that I really had. The thing about limited thought patterns is they’re kind of sneaky. They don’t necessarily sit in front of you every day but they hit you at night or in the morning or when you’re less confident after a call; then they show up. It took a while to actually inventory all of the negative thoughts I had about myself and my future potential. 

Three months, four months or something, and I created this big, long document for Steve. They were pretty ugly. Then we took that document and over the next several months, we took every single statement and reconstructed the statement into a different statement that was the opposite of the statement that I had put down on the paper. I have a fairly high degree of skepticism sometimes that kicks in around affirmation kind of work where you just tell yourself good thoughts and everything is going to be good, but I’m too practical for that. It wasn’t like creating affirmations. It was the understanding of what thoughts I actually was living with on a day-to-day  basis that were actually holding me back and reconstructing my thoughts into new, forward thinking, open thoughts that was the key that would begin to unlock some change that I was trying to facilitate in my personal and professional life at that time. 

Somebody earlier told me that the conversations we have are the most powerful things that we have available to us. Most of the conversations we have are with ourselves. Who is that person talking to yourself and what are they saying? For many of us, if that was an actual live human or friend standing in front of us talking to us about the internal thoughts, we’d be like, “Who are you? Get out of my life. You’re miserable.” Becoming really present to the conversations we’re having with ourselves is a skillset and I think that’s what I underestimated early on. It’s a skillset. It’s a habit. You have to become aware of it and then you have to develop the next skillset which is to do something with it and then develop the next skillset which is then figure out how to take action to materialize things in your life that are important to you. Those are all skills and they’re different skills and they work in sequence and in tandem and you’ve got to develop them all over time. 

BRYAN WISH: What did you do to make all of this happen?

BRANDON GREEN: All the work he does is in-person in Arizona. It was also to pay for all the travel. The work he commits, you have to fly out and meet with him every 3-4 weeks. It was committing to travel to Phoenix every three weeks for a year. After about three years I finally saved the money to do that. It took longer to get the buy-in from Christian to do that even after I started. 

He ultimately ended up visiting Steve with me one time about midway through my sessions. He was like, “Oh, I get it now.” It took some real doing in my relationship to say, “You’re going to spend how much time on the road and how much money for what exactly?” Three years after that meeting with him. I was like, “I’m going to do it.” Three years later, I did it. It was the perfect timing of course. At that point, I was right in the middle of trying to understand what I wanted to do professionally next. By then, I had been in the real estate business for 15 some odd years and I was searching for how to evolve that and had a lot of questions about that and a lot of concerns about that. I couldn’t have worked with him at a better time. 

BRYAN WISH: This was recent?

BRANDON GREEN: I ended my engagement with him 2 ½-3 years ago. It was definitely recent when I ended the engagement with him. My last meeting with Steven was January 2019. I’ve got no sense of time these days. 

BRYAN WISH: It took you 3-4 years to save for this. How did you go about making a plan?

BRANDON GREEN: I’m sure somebody is listening right now going, “I don’t have 150K to work with anybody.” Here’s what I would say about that. The goal to have 150K to work with a top coach in the world or it’s some other large financial goal to achieve some sort of objective in your life and I’ve had many of them, what I’ve realized as a result of having several of these goals, hitting some and not others yet, is it’s about who I have become in the process along the way to get to the goal. By the time I finally sat down and met with Steve and he pointed this out later. In many ways, the work had already  been done. 

Just by becoming who I needed to become, to have $150,000 to pay for Steve, did the work to a large degree. I think that’s the case in all of these goals. I like that orientation for anybody who is trying to grasp the execution of really big goals without being depressed by how far away they are seemingly from that goal is hey, the goal is but a marker along the way. The value though is who you become in the process of generating whatever you need to generate in order to hit that goal. That’s still how I see it today is you’ve got to be in love with the process to get to the goal and not the goal itself whereby the time you get to the goal, the goal is going to feel lesser than or dissatisfying or you’ll just move the goalpost to another goal and then feel an insatiable sense that I can never accomplish or achieve anything which leads to a lot of lack of fulfilment over time. 

It’s not the process. You’ve got to love the process. It’s about who you become in the process along the way and that ultimately became probably the most valuable thing in my time of working with Steve is who I became in order to work with him and who I’m becoming now in order to work with him again. I’ll definitely work with him again. 

BRYAN WISH: What about Steve made him such a special person?

BRANDON GREEN: For anyone listening, just Google Steve Hardison and The Ultimate Coach. You’re going to see there’s some really interesting material on him. There’s two things that make him uniquely unique. One is he is the closest thing that I’ve come across personally in my life to someone who I would say is true and unconditional love. Not that he gives true and unconditional love. It’s that he is in love. Unless you’ve been around that, you don’t even know what I’m talking about. You can imagine. There are certain people in the world that as soon as they walk in the room, the entire energy and atmosphere of the room has changed. 

This idea is often left for some of our most spiritual leaders in the world that have that ability to move the energy in the environment in the room. Steve is that guy. He’s got that unconditional love to him. When you meet with him, you realize that you are loved unconditionally with no judgment. That is a very pure and unique and rare experience. Even from our parents or significant others, it’s very hard to have an experience where someone is loving you unconditionally. Not a lot of that. That’s one element of him. He’s unconditional love and has been one of my best teachers around how to exhibit that and exude that and to be that for myself for other people. 

The second thing that I think is fascinating about him is he’s a capitalist. He’s not running a nonprofit over there. He’s a businessman and he’s incredibly generous with what he does with his money. He charges a hefty fee. It’s like the capitalist Jesus Christ. I don’t even know how to describe it. He’s able to hold both of those things in the same space which I’ve never quite seen and don’t know of anybody else who does. That unconditional love but he’s also running a highly profitable business and makes no apologies for that. It’s a fascinating combo sitting in the same space and it works really well for him. 

BRYAN WISH: Maybe describe or unpack the unconditional love that you felt with him.

BRANDON GREEN: What that feels like is so hard to describe. When I’m in the sessions with him, when I’m speaking to him, when I think about him, or when I think of the work we did together… I want to be careful not to create this hero complex. He was very clear in saying he’s a conduit for ourselves. He’s not the one. He’s just able to hold an environment that allows it to be a mirror for ourselves and for him to show me who I really am. It’s not actually about him which is part of what makes it so unique. 

It’s actually all about me or whoever he’s with and his ability to translate and transmit that. When I’m thinking about that and the work we do and him, what occurs to me is a real true sense that anything is possible. That’s the impact that I have. Anything is really actually truly possible. That’s maybe a tiny bit cliché or cute to say and I’m sure shows up in a lot of movies, but to really be able to feel, in any given time, like truly feel anything is possible right now, without all the other thoughts that start to quickly assemble which is, “Well, yeah, except for blank, blank, blank,” and you’re missing A, B, C, D. That’s usually the waterfall that occurs immediately after that initial thought. Not with him. When I’m working with him and thinking about that stuff. It’s truly a pure view that anything is actually possible to create for myself and those around me. That’s a huge gift being in that. 

I felt the goal was to teach me to do that for myself without him. This isn’t therapy, by the way. It’s a different empowering sense to clarify for me what’s possible for myself and then take action on that. I now know a lot of people who have coached with him and that has been a huge gift that was unexpected. It’s just the network of very successful entrepreneurs and CEOs that he’s coached that I’ve gotten to know.  Incredible things those people have created in the business world. Having some access to that has been incredibly powerful. 

BRYAN WISH: You came to him with these limiting beliefs about yourself. After doing the work with him, you walked away with a completely new sense of identity to where anything was possible. What are you doing now and how have the lessons you learned with Steve entered into this new phase and new chapter of your life today?

BRANDON GREEN: When I started working with Steve, I really thought that in order to transition professionally, there was a lot of stuff I needed to end or leave in order to create something new. He helped me see that it was just the way that I was seeing it at the time. The other way to see it was that I could build on everything that I had created and then create something new and be more of a gateway or a bridgeway between the two worlds. What I’ve been working on the last couple years is how do I take almost 20 years of real estate experience of building some great real estate businesses, honor that, keep that up, build those relationships and still have impact on those businesses that I’m invested in? And begin to expand that into some other areas that I’m also personally interested in. 

I began to broaden the scope of help I’m providing to entrepreneurs beyond real estate to other types of businesses. Entrepreneurs and more generally small businesses with a specific focus on helping people with their finances. This is to the heart of my personal journey around getting out of high school, going on the road and touring and not going to business school and getting into real estate and having some real problems with the IRS and going into debt. Essentially learning the hard way on how to manage small business finance. 

Over the last several years, teaching a lot of real estate agents how to do it. Now it’s expanding and I’m offering webinars, consulting, and a virtual CFO product helping small business owners really get a handle on their finances, organized it, learn how to take their profit and loss statement from a report to an interpretive tool, and empower them to profitability in a way that most small business owners aren’t oriented to because they don’t get into business necessarily for that. They get in for their craft, their service, their passion. All this other stuff has to be dealt with too. I think Steve really helped me see the bridgeway between those things and develop some specific tactics around that. I’m super excited that 1 ½ years after I ended my work with him, that’s really taken off. We’re doing some exciting stuff around that. 

BRYAN WISH: How do you think you would have been limited or held back if you tried to go out on your own without having worked with Steve?

BRANDON GREEN: The path I was on was to sell my interest in things, stop my engagement, end some relationships potentially, and draw a clear line in the sand so that I could start something new. I would not have had the benefit then of bringing 15, 20 years of relationships forward and the joy of recrafting those relationships into a new chapter. What I underestimated is how much other people would enjoy the journey with me. I almost felt like I needed to have the perfect transition structure and project done in 90 days so I could cleanly and clearly go from A to B. What does that in real life? In real life, things don’t happen that way. 

I think I would have attempted a harder stop and a harder start. I can imagine that the success would have been much more challenging because I would have had to recreate a bunch of stuff in a new environment that I’d already created in the old. I’m glad I’ve been able to take the time. It’s taken a lot more time because it’s been 1 ½ years since I stopped working with Steve. I worked with him for a year. It took me three years before that to work with him and one year before. That’s been a six year transition. That slow process has made it more enjoyable and clear for me. I’m confident it’s going to create a steeper curve upward in the trajectory in the next phase of this new initiative. 

BRYAN WISH: What advice would you have for someone who is 25, 26 and they’re just getting into the midst of their career and they’re very ambitious but maybe didn’t have a sense of direction? 

BRANDON GREEN: I want to talk about time and speed around that. The reality is we all have a very distorted perception of how long it takes to do things. For people in their 20s and they’re thinking, “Man, I’ve got to hurry and make some…” You’ve got a lot of time. More time than you think in the macro. On the flipside, there’s great value in being very impatient in the short-term and driving hard on that weekly to do list and the monthly to do list and acknowledging that in the end, if you set ambitious goals, you’re going to accomplish far less than you set out to do. If you manage time and pace on the short-term relatively aggressively but give yourself a lot of grace and patience on the long-term, and realize that what you can really truly create in a period of 36-60 months is remarkable, and it will give you a lot more confidence in the short-term. 

Even just look at if you’re listening now, recall what your life was like five years ago. What did your life look like in 2015? Look at the huge difference that’s been made in that five years. You can truly be or do anything you want in five years, and I didn’t fully appreciate that when I was in my 20s. I felt time was both too short and too long. I realized the reconciliation of it is manage tight on that to-do list and aggressively on the weekly, monthly, but give yourself a lot of patience on the long-run. You’ll be surprised. You’ll be like, wow, feels like it’s been three years but it’s only been 1 ½ years and look how much we’ve been able to do. 

BRYAN WISH: There’s a quote by Will Smith and I don’t have it word for word but it’s so many people get caught looking at the wall but they don’t understand the bricks you have to put down to one day have the wall. It’s really getting the one brick at a time down and understanding the wall you’re trying to build. If you understand that wall or where you really want to go, it’s much easier to put the bricks down on the path.

BRANDON GREEN: And enjoy it along the way. Seven years ago, we bought a dream home; a dream we’d imagined in our mind for three years. I’ll never forget this experience because it’s so powerful. The day we closed on the property, I’m standing in the dining room and I’m looking out the window of this new, beautiful home I just  bought imagining the next home I was going to buy. It caught me. I was like, what? How did I already fast forward the enjoyment of the home that I just bought that day and I’m already obsessed about and thinking about the next home? That’s a problem. In that moment, I was like, I’ve got to manage this ambition and time thing and all the while enjoy what I built and I’ve created today because that’s where the juice of life is. That’s where the good stuff is. That moment changed me. From now on, I’ve been really thoughtful about today and enjoying that as much today as I am about what I’m creating tomorrow. 

BRYAN WISH: Where can people find you?

BRANDON GREEN: and subscribe to our newsletter that we’re going to be launching this fall. Instagram: BrandonAGreen. I’m also on LinkedIn.