Podcast

Episode #11: Investing in Yourself

On today’s show, we are talking about personal development and what it means to invest in yourself.  Today’s podcast is about mindset. In particular, this is the way that Russ and Mika have approached a lot of the growth in their lives. The two of them have learned that there is nothing more important...

Today’s podcast is about mindset.

In particular, this is the way that Russ and Mika have approached a lot of the growth in their lives.

The two of them have learned that there is nothing more important to invest in that investing in yourself. Over the years, they have done this in many different ways.

In this episode, you’ll hear about the coaches, the trainers, and the programs that they have been involved in, and why it is important to invest in yourself.

In this episode, you will learn:

• Why you are your biggest investment.
• Our first exposure to personal development.
• The benefits of hiring a business coach.
• Why investing money in yourself takes things to another level.

Mentioned in this episode:

RussPerry.co
MikaPerry.com
DesignPickle.com
Russ Perry on Instagram
Mika Perry on Instagram
The Sober Entrepreneur by Russ Perry
TheSoberEntrepreneur.com
The Russ Perry Show
Wake Up Warrior
Ayurveda (Idiot’s Guides) by Sahara Rose Ketabi
The Highest Self Podcast
Michael Schafer PHD 
The Lie that Perfectionists Tell Themselves
“You Can Cry” by Marshmello and Juicy J (Feat. James Arthur)
“It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” by Three 6 Mafia
Tight Wipes
Magnolia (1999)
Sweat
Google Calendar
Garrett J. White
Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Transcript:

Russ Perry: Hey, everyone. Welcome again to another episode of Good To Be Home. I’m Russ Perry.

Mika Perry: And I am Mika Perry.

Russ Perry: Today I wanted to let you know, you are your biggest investment. That’s the topic for today. We’re actually talking about something that is more about a mindset, and how we’ve approached a lot of growth in our life, and that is investing in ourselves in many different ways, and so we’re going to get into that today, talking about the coaches, the trainers, the programs we’ve been involved in, warrior, which is a big topic of improvement that I’ve invested in. However, before we get there, you are going to launch into our segment. Mika, what is it?

Mika Perry: Reading, listening, eating, loving.

Russ Perry: Dun, dun, dun. That’s right. If you are new to the podcast, we talk about what we are reading, listening, eating, and loving every week. You can get the full list as well as past episodes of this podcast on our website, goodtobehomepodcast.com. Mika, kick us off.

Mika Perry: For reading, I am reading on my Kindle app called The Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, by Sahara Rose Ketabi. What is Ayurveda?

Russ Perry: I thought it was spam. I messaged you, did you buy this, this … I thought our Amazon account got hacked?

Mika Perry: Yeah, I did buy it. Ayurveda is, Ayurvedic medicine is the most ancient form of medicine and health in the world, I think, and it originates in India. I actually haven’t started it yet because I just downloaded it yesterday but this leads into my what am I listening to? It’s the author’s podcast, and it’s called The Highest Self Podcast. I mentioned before that I have now gotten into naturopathic medicine. It used to be called alternative medicine, and I heard from other people it shouldn’t be alternative anymore because it’s becoming so mainstream. One of the podcasts that has found a lot of success, I’ve noticed, is really just blowing up is this one called The Highest Self. It’s all about Ayurvedic practices, and principles, and applications, and it’s really using these traditional herbs based on … The biggest principle are your doshas. Everyone has three doshas, vata, pita, and …

Russ Perry: Kata.

Mika Perry: Something. Kafa, I think.

Russ Perry: kafa.

Mika Perry: It’s like air, fire, and earth. It dictates what you should eat. Should you eat cold foods, hot foods. What kind of exercise, what kind of herbs, and supplements, and lifestyle changes do you need to make based on your doshas?

Russ Perry: Wow. What about wind, water, and heart? Is it involved in that, too?

Mika Perry: Wind, air, vata. I’m very vata, and you I think are pita.

Russ Perry: Got it.

Mika Perry: Anyways, I’m just starting to learn all about this. The podcast that I will say is very … If you’re not familiar with yoga and some of the terms, and it mentions very Hindu type of things, but the Sahara Rose is a very millennial, current, younger than us person talking about a very ancient thing, so it’s pretty cool. If you can get over that aspect, which I do, then you can gain a lot of information if you’re interested in Ayurveda. Eating. This is something I’m not eating now, is eggs. I did a food allergy test a couple months ago, and found out that I am allergic to eggs, and interestingly enough, if you have an egg allergy, it’s the egg white that you’re most allergic to, not the yoke, but I’ve avoided both. I found out that it is helping my eczema. That’s a huge … I have these huge flare-ups, and egg allergies comes out in the form of skin rashes and skin conditions. I did an elimination diet. I have yet to eggs bring back into it, into my diet. I’m also kind of just afraid of doing it, so I might just stay off of it, because life has been pretty easy without it.

Russ Perry: Right. 10 out of 10 vegans would agree, don’t eat eggs.

Mika Perry: Last one, what am I loving? I am loving getting back into personal training again. Not doing it, but getting personal training. I am loving having a trainer. I have a trainer twice a week now doing weight training. I respond really well to weight lifting, so it’s really improved my mood. The way I feel in my body, and I can already tell, muscles and strength.

Russ Perry: That’s great for this topic as well, and we’ll talk about why the matters for you. Before that, my list. Okay, I’ll get into it. Reading, shout out to my friend Michael Schaefer, PhD up at Northern Arizona University sent me a Harvard Business Review article titled “The Lie That Perfectionists Tell Themselves.” It’s about the diminishing return of perfectionism, and how actually getting things done is much more beneficial, and the pursuit of perfection, and the pursuit of trying to make it better, and better, and better actually causes it to be worse over time, and actually doesn’t improve it that much more marginally. It’s a quick read. I’ll link to it in our list over at goodtobehomepodcast.com, but I love that, and my friend Michael is a pretty funny guy, and he said, “Took me a while to write this email. I kept on working on it over, and over, and over again.” Listening. I am loving the hit single, not by Cardi B, but by a trio group here. The hit single’s called “You Can Cry,” and it’s by Marshmello who is a DJ. Got famous on SoundCloud.

Russ Perry: James Arthur, who is the eighth season of the X Factor winner, and then my homie Juicy J from 36 Mafia, who’s having a resurgence of his career, I’m super pumped. If you don’t know who Juicy J is, you may know him as the Academy Award winner for Best Original Song from 36 Mafia, from the movie Hustle and Flow in 2006. They won that. It was big, one of the top 100 hip hop songs of all time. It’s Hard Out There To Be A Pimp. He’s having a good career. He’s a producer, and good to see Juicy J back on top. Shout out to him. Next up, what am I eating? It’s your DIY eggless carbonara, Mika. I loved it last night, and I ate it all up, and it was like a slam dunk for the family. I hope you post a recipe on that, but it was delicious, and thank you for that delicious dinner. Finally, I’m loving tight wipes for my sneakers. When you actually bought these for me, or bought them and I was like, these are dumb. Why do you need wipes for sneakers? Can’t you just use regular Clorox wipes?

Mika Perry: Russ was using Clorox wipes.

Russ Perry: Apparently you shouldn’t do that, and so you bought these things but I’ve been on a bit of a Nike shoe kick lately, and these are awesome. If you need your shoes to look tight and wipe, I recommend tight wipes on Amazon.com.

Mika Perry: Nice. I saw you standing out there in the garage, like buffing them, and cleaning them, and all your shoes. Do you find it kind of therapeutic?

Russ Perry: I do. Every day I come home. I put the shoes I wore that day on my workbench, and then during the weekend, I usually have five pairs of shoes up there, unless I wore workout shoes.

Mika Perry: That’s why they’re out. Okay.

Russ Perry: Then I clean them all at once.

Mika Perry: I was like, why are all of these shoes in our garage?

Russ Perry: It’s kind of like a holding assembly line for me to get to it, and it is really nice, and I put on some music, and I clean them. Yeah, and I put them back on the shelves to be worn the next week.

Mika Perry: You’re turning into me, and I love it.

Russ Perry: All right, so let’s get into the main topic of this week, and this is all about this concept of investing in yourself. I want to start with talking about when I first heard about the idea of coaching, or personal development, and I thought this was ridiculous. In fact, I think I remember my first exposure to personal development was Tom Cruise’s character in the movie Magnolia, where he’s like this motivational speaker, and it’s kind of a … It’s a cool movie. It’s kind of a dark movie, and he’s over the top, but I don’t know who he’s trying to emulate, whether that’s a Tony Robbins, or someone, but it wasn’t flattering, and he had kind of a messed up life. That to me was always this, people who are broken, and who are lost, they’re the ones who go get coaching, and personal development books, and all of that. It turns out that I love the stuff, and started reading books about it, and what I learned was it is a direct attempt to get better, and to grow, and that if we’re not active about it, if we don’t actively seek out ways to get better, then we just either stay the same, or over a longer period of time, we move backwards in life.

Russ Perry: We don’t improve. We get … Our body decomposes. Our health degrades. Our financial situations get strained, and so I learned earlier on that hey, personal development is a lifelong habit and a skill, and it’s something that is really ultimately the best thing we can do for ourselves. If we’re taking care of ourselves, then we can take care of others, and we can help each other. We can help our families. We can help our kids, so I don’t know when that shift happened, but I do think there’s a stereotype out there. I also thought it was kind of crazy, too. You’re like, how much am I going to pay you, and I’m going to sit, and I’m going to talk, or I’m going to listen to people talk to me, or I’m going to read this book, and it costs all this money, and some personal development stuff is really expensive. Yet I found that every time I went through that, and I did those things, what came out the other end was rewards, whether monetarily or not, that were far greater than that. I don’t know. What was your first exposure or mindsets into kind of investing in yourself and personal development?

Mika Perry: I would say that fitness a little bit.

Russ Perry: Ah, yeah.

Mika Perry: Investing in workout programs or a trainer was probably my first time I really paid money, so investing, time and money, into myself, into improving myself.

Russ Perry: That was one of your things you’re loving is personal training, but let’s just start there, because that’s the most concrete example I think everyone can understand. The results and the impact you get working out or doing physical stuff on your own versus with the trainer.

Mika Perry: Even not just a trainer, but now there’s so many apps out there, like the Sweat app. You do have to get a subscription, where you get a guide, a body guide, bikini body guide or something, so that is an investment, but everyone’s realizing, everyone that does it realizes, wow, that was great. My results are so much better and doing it on my own, going to the gym and like, oh, what do I do?

Russ Perry: The irony is, is those guides aren’t telling you anything new. The trainer isn’t telling you anything new. It’s how accountable do you want to be to the results that you desire? If you want zero accountability to changing your body, or changing your mind, or changing your life, then do nothing, and you’ll get the results of zero accountability. If you’re a super committed, accountable person, then hey, no problem. Actually, my friend Mike Schaefer, I mentioned earlier, he is a PhD in mechanical engineering. The guy is so, has so much … I don’t know if he’s ever read a personal development book in his life, because internally he has so much personal accountability. I, not the case. I am not like that at all, so I require that external accountability, but the external accountability that you require, maybe it is just an app, or if that’s not getting the results, maybe it is a one-on-one type of experience.

Mika Perry: Yeah, and for me, I feel like I’m a pretty accountable person, but in the area of fitness, I just know the results that you can get, because I’ve experienced that after investing in myself in fitness, is so much better than doing it on your own.

Russ Perry: With working out, what are the results that you’ve had from the investments you’ve made?

Mika Perry: You achieve the physical results faster. You’re leaner, stronger, muscle mass, so you get the physical, outside benefits, but then also the mental and not spiritual, but just a well being of benefits. You get to a higher degree. If you have the help and the accountability to go at it at a much higher percentage, if not 100% effort, rather than doing it on your own.

Russ Perry: Yeah. When I was dealing with so much stress, and I stopped drinking, I got sober, what do I do with all this stress? How do I manage it? I was just masking it with alcohol and working too much. What I turned to was working out, and the physical side of getting out there, lifting weights. Running was this pressure relief valve. What I didn’t know at the time is that the actual act of moving your body, moving some weight, getting your heart rate going, does release the dopamine and the feel-good chemicals in your body. There’s a huge biochemical benefit beyond the long-term body composition results that working out can get, and so back to your topic of investing in that for yourself, it’s not just about looking great in a bikini, although I more than anyone care about my bikini body coming up this summer. It’s about the unintended consequences, the unintended positive consequences where you’re just a better person to be around. You can manage life better.

Russ Perry: I know I have a lot more patience with our kids when I’ve gone for a run in the morning. I don’t make everyone cry like I did this past weekend.

Mika Perry: We’ll definitely be doing a diet and fitness episode coming up soon, so we’ll kind of go into all the details of that, but back to your original question about, what was my first exposure to investing in yourself, definitely training and fitness programs. I went to Orange Theory, lost my baby weight the first time. That was great. I won the weight loss challenge in that.

Russ Perry: I got second. I was so mad.

Mika Perry: Yup. I got first place for the club, for the gym, but then on a professional business level was when I hired a business coach who would be both of our life coaches, or business coaches. That was the first time, and I’m all about it.

Russ Perry: Right. I want to mention this, because again, there’s probably people out there who don’t know what a business coach is, or a life coach is, but they’ve probably heard of therapy or counseling. I think there’s a huge difference to be outlined or to illuminate here. This is my opinion on it. Therapists and counselors are phenomenally talented for the right time, for the right moments, when you and I had our marriage problems, we saw a Christian counselor, Jamie. He was awesome. We loved him. We’ve mentioned him I think before, but the main thing for Christian counseling is they focus a lot on what happened, and kind of just getting you back to square one. There’s really not much accountability for where are you going from here, to create or build something bigger, or better, or different? Not going to move you past that.

Mika Perry: He was repairing us.

Russ Perry: Correct. Yeah. That’s a great way. There to repair, and there may be some serious stuff in your life that you’ve had to go through, whether it’s abuse, or sexual abuse, or whatever it might be, or just the damage you’ve caused others with your addictions, and sobriety, and drinking. Therapists are going to be awesome, and to a certain extent, there’s medicine involved, psychiatrists that can help. However, once you’re repaired, there is then the next chapter of growth and development of investment, is what you mentioned, is in coaching. We found a coach, I found a coach for you. Her name was Deena Patton. We love her. She’s a good friend of ours. I actually ended up hiring her, too, because her sales pitch, I work with women and really smart men.

Mika Perry: She got you.

Russ Perry: I was like, oh, I’m a smart man, and you’re a good salesperson, but it was all about, where do you want to go? What’s the future involved? What is coaching? What did you pay for, and what did you get?

Mika Perry: I paid for weekly calls with her, and it was great. The first time we spoke was like an hour, just kind of get to know you session. Like a consult, to see how she could help, because she wasn’t going to help you if she knew she wasn’t the right fit. That’s one thing. When you’re trying to find a coach or someone to help you, is that they’re not willing to take on anyone and everybody. They have a specialty. For her, it was helping women entrepreneurs, and at that moment in my life, that’s what I was. I was struggling to get my business going. I was having a hard time balancing it with my home life, and so we decided that we’d start working together. We’d have calls once a week, and it was great because our coaching evolved as I grew, and learned, and my business grew, too. I started with, where are you at, what are you struggling, and the cool thing about coaching is that she really is not, or he is not telling you what to do. They know how to ask the right questions to uncover the answers that you already have inside yourself.

Russ Perry: It’s like a big mirror, or a virtual mirror, and this conversation, and a good coach won’t tell you what to do. They’re going to literally just hold up this mirror, and all you to see it maybe for the first time, what it is that they see, and then you make the decisions from there to change, or accelerate, or stop, or start, whatever it is in your life down the path you want to go on.

Mika Perry: Yeah, and so she would give me these really useful tools every week that I could apply to my life and my business. One great thing that I learned from Deena specifically is that your business will not grow unless your home life is set, unless you have that foundation. We’ve mentioned this in a previous episode and I’ll say it again here, because it’s super important. She helped me create parameters, and boundaries for myself, and for my family, and for my relationship with you, Russ, that I had to honor and have integrity around first. Then I could jump into business, and strategies, and she definitely gave me some great tips and tools, and ideas, and we’d brainstorm on ways to market, and sales, and numbers. Always know your numbers, so it was a great balance in balancing business and life by working with her.

Russ Perry: Right, and I loved her from day one for one reason. She made you use Google Calendar. She said she wouldn’t take you as a client unless you used Google Calendar.

Mika Perry: Really?

Russ Perry: Yeah.

Mika Perry: I don’t remember that.

Russ Perry: I specifically remember, because I’ve been telling you forever to use Google Calendar, and you’re like, no, I’m a paper calendar. I’m only using this paper calendar. She said, “I’m not gonna work with you, you can’t be a businesswoman unless you use a digital calendar.” Then you’re using Google Calendar. I’m like, yes. I love Deena. She is the best. I love that. I love that, and I did work with her, too. I worked with her from before Design Pickle started. I worked with her almost for a full year after we launched, and she gave me really detailed mindset frames to go through some things, where in hindsight, today, I wouldn’t have a problem with, but a great example is like, I had this really important consulting contract at 2:00 actually, that was paying for our bills, and our family. Eventually had to leave those to choose to grow Design Pickle, and how would I leave those engagements in an honorable way, respectfully coming out on top, and she was a guide through that. Again, though, moving us down the path that we wanted to go down.

Russ Perry: I think with any type of investment in yourself, hiring a coach or consultant is really important. One other thing I’ll add is just make sure they have the life or the lifestyle that you’re going after. It doesn’t make sense to hire a business coach if they’ve never had a business. It doesn’t make sense to hire a marriage coach or counselor if they’re not married or they don’t have a good marriage. I don’t care. It just is a fact, and maybe you could do that with therapists. You can hire a therapist who’s not married that’s really good at marriage therapy because they just are super impartial, but with coaching, it’s all about that experience. It’s all about the insight, and the guidance, and being able to hold that mirror up. I think this leads us into the conversation on one of the most influential programs that has been in our life to date, and that’s the Warrior Program that I’ve been involved in.

Russ Perry: For those of you who don’t know, Warrior is a program founded by a man named Garrett J. White. Pretty intense. If you go look it up, you’re going to find a lot of screaming. You’re going to find a lot of cussing, and blog, and posts of people lifting logs, and all of that, but there’s a softer side to Warrior. Ultimately, though, what Warrior is is it’s a leadership and training program for men, specifically married entrepreneur men, and I chose this program in 2015 way after we had gotten through the challenges that we had gone through in 2011 and 12. I say way after [crosstalk 00:21:55].

Mika Perry: Yeah, and it seemed like an eternity.

Russ Perry: Right, exactly, but I chose that program because the people inside of it were where I wanted to go in life. Successful business owners, entrepreneurs that had good marriages, had good connections with their kids and family, were living a lifestyle of integrity, and honesty, and to be honest, I didn’t find that in the other programs I had been involved in.

Mika Perry: A lot of questions I get about Warrior is, how as a wife, how did you feel when Russ told you he was going to be part of Warrior and embark on this? Russ had been part of programs like EO, entrepreneurs organizations, and masterminds. Before all this, I was like, what the heck is a mastermind? I actually had a client once that ran masterminds, and I was like, what, you all get together, and everyone pays $25,000 and talk about business, and what? Now I get it, because that really takes everyone to the next level together, collectively, and you bounce ideas off of each other, and use each other as resources. All those things that you had been involved in, there wasn’t one that addressed the importance of being a husband and a family man, and Warrior did that. While it seems intense on the outside, it really values being a husband and a father, and so I was super comfortable investing quite a lot into this Warrior program, both time and monetarily.

Russ Perry: Great, and it comes back to the point, though, of investing in yourself, and what are you worth? I wanted to leave no stone unturned in my personal growth as a husband, as a father, as a businessman, and so I was willing to invest a lot of time and money into a program, taking kind of a risk, because there’s not as much evidence as there is now for the success of Warrior, and what that’s done in people’s lives. When I joined, there was some success, but it was really Garrett’s word and kind of my trust in him as a leader. The guy who founded the program, but now there’s tons. There’s programs, there’s conferences, there’s all sorts of stuff. There’s books.

Mika Perry: It’s grown a lot since you started.

Russ Perry: It’s grown a lot, but I knew I wanted extraordinary results, so I was willing to go to almost an extreme level in hindsight, to invest time and money into this program, because I knew I would hold myself to the highest level of accountability. I wasn’t going to come back to you after all that experiences and things we’ve done, and not do the things I said I was going to do. Warrior has become, I’d say like a framework inside of our lives that has dominated the last three years, but ultimately what we just use it as can be no different than other business, or other life, or other coaching engagements for anyone else who’s listening. It’s basically a methodology that we’ve used to continually hold ourselves accountable for growth, and to invest in ourselves. The day it stops doing that will be the day I go off and find something else. I don’t see that time happening any time soon, but it is very, very, very powerful, and like I said before, the ultimate power in it isn’t what is taught, because truthfully, what’s taught in Warrior can be found in a lot of other business books and programs.

Russ Perry: It’s how we’ve held ourselves accountable to each other, ourselves, our relationships, our connection with our kids, and that’s come out of that program.

Mika Perry: I’ve been a total fan of Warrior. It’s funny because Russ went to Warrior, Warrior Week, the first one, the month we had Paige.

Russ Perry: Right.

Mika Perry: I was pregnant, going into kind of prelabor as Russ went on this intense thing for Warrior Week for a week in Laguna. Since then, I’ve seen the benefits that this has brought to Russ, and then ultimately his family, and me, that I’ve been really excited to also support Warrior, too. I’ve become friends with the Warrior wives, and you’ve created and cultivated these amazing friendship with these men. You call it the brotherhood now, and I think that’s wonderful, because at the end of the day, we all need a community of like-minded people to connect with, and this is definitely the guys that are just on the same life path, who treat their wives with the utmost, amazing care and love, and at the same time, go at it with business, with crazy tenacity, and then have date nights with their kids. I can’t think of a negative thing that’s happened from Warrior at all. I want them to make a Warrior women. I heard that. I don’t know how they would do that with Garrett screaming at everyone.

Russ Perry: I don’t think he screams to women. I think it’s more like woos and …

Mika Perry: Oh, yeah. Like that?

Russ Perry: Instagram posts.

Mika Perry: That would be hilarious.

Russ Perry: Yeah, so guys, this episode in talking about investing in yourselves, there’s millions of programs out there all around the world. We’re a Warrior family, so we’re super biased on it. If you’re a guy listening to this and you want to learn more about Warrior, go to my website, russperry.co. I train on it. I’m a certified trainer, actually. That was another level of accountability, is last year, I was the sixth certified trainer in the history of the company to be certified to train other people, and the reason I did that was it was just again, that how much accountability can I have to myself? To be able to teach others on something, you have to know it pretty much inside and out, and so whether it’s Warrior or whether it’s something else, I think for anyone out there who’s wanting to grow and expand themselves, you have to just kind of take a look and decide, am I investing in that? Actually I mean with real money.

Russ Perry: You can read as many books from the library or 99 cent Kindles as you want, but until there’s an actual painful amount of money you’re investing in something, you probably aren’t going to take it very seriously.

Mika Perry: That’s so funny you bring that up, because I was going to mention, reading, or podcasts, or you listening to us right now is an investment in yourself.

Russ Perry: It is.

Mika Perry: It is, of time. It’s an investment of time, but you’re right, that putting money down on the table will up the accountability for anyone, and make you take that seriously because you want to get your money’s worth.

Russ Perry: Right, and if you, the listener, paid $100 to listen to the podcast today, you would be jotting down crazy notes, and doing everything we said.

Mika Perry: For sure.

Russ Perry: Don’t worry. We’ll figure out ways to sell you stuff later on, but for now, take this free advice, but this is step one, and I think for podcasting and books, that opens your mind. Then what you do from that point, that’s where the masterminds, that’s where the coaching, that’s where the one-on-one stuff comes in, the Warrior. Ah. There is this new possibility that I heard online, or I heard on iTunes, or I read, or I saw. I want that, or I want to become that. Now, how am I going to hold myself accountable to get after it, and to do it?

Mika Perry: Yeah.

Russ Perry: I’ll use this podcast, actually, as an example. We have a team that helps us with this podcast that isn’t cheap, but we’re doing this podcast now. We invested in consultants. We invested in ourselves. We invested in this program, and now we’re doing it. How long did we talk about this? We talked about this for years.

Mika Perry: Years.

Russ Perry: To do, and until we actually paid money to someone else to help us, it wasn’t getting done. The results are there.

Mika Perry: Yup.

Russ Perry: Mika, final words for someone out there who’s considering or wanting to know more about coaching.

Mika Perry: I think first is to put your guard down, put down your stereotypes. It can be thought of as self-help. There’s that, kind of a stigma of if you’re in the self-help section of the bookstore, you have a little bit of shame, or you’re trying to hide, because you’re admitting that you need help. Guys, if you’re willing to admit that you need help, that is a sign that you’re already growing, and it’s a sign that you are smart, and intelligent, and you value your life, and the meaning of your life in this world. Invest in yourself, because it’s worth it to the generations to come after you, especially if you’re a parent. You know that when you’re happy, and you’re good, you’re a better parent. When you’re frustrated and you’re dealing with things, you’re not a good parent. It trickles down, so if you want … If you have a goal, not for yourself, but if you want to be a better parent, invest in something for yourself that’s going to elevate you as a person, whether that’s physically, or mentally, or spiritually, or income, something.

Mika Perry: Find something that is bigger, further down the path than where you’re at now, and find somebody or a program to invest in to get you there. Accountability does wonders. Even if you’re like, I have accountability, everything will go better if you invest in that.

Russ Perry: I think faster, too.

Mika Perry: Faster.

Russ Perry: It happens faster.

Mika Perry: It does. Yes. Yeah, so if you are on any sort of time crunch, like pretty much everyone else on this planet right now, trying to accomplish everything, you know time, there’s only so much time in a day. If you want to make the best use of that time, go hire a personal trainer. If you have a business, and it’s not growing, you’re frustrated, go find a business coach. If you’re having marital problems, see if there’s some repair that needs to happen first. Go find a therapist, whether it’s Christian or whatever. Find somebody to help you find a third party, a third party person is so much easier to talk to than a friend, or a husband or wife. Find someone who knows what they’re talking about. A therapy knows a lot of tools and strategies to get you out and repair you, and then once you’re there, you may not be fully repaired. You still have to work on yourself, but then if you’re ready to take the next step, then move into the coaching, and find someone who is really great at coaching whatever your goals are.

Russ Perry: Nice. I’ll leave you guys with this. Thanks again for listening to Good To Be Home podcast. Check us out online, goodtobehomepodcast.com, but there is a famous quote by Einstein. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them, and what I’ve seen in life-

Mika Perry: Einstein.

Russ Perry: Einstein. So smart.

Mika Perry: Every time.

Russ Perry: Life isn’t getting any easier. Our kids grow up. Our businesses become more complex. Shoot, even getting sober, you think it’s going to be smooth sailing, and it’s not. There’s more problems you’re having to face and deal with, so we are today at a certain mindset that is trying to deal with all these problems, but yet the problems are getting harder, and life is getting harder. By investing in yourself, it’s almost like an insurance policy that you’re going to be able to rise above that, and be able to solve those problems, and get through them. When you stop doing that, that’s when life can be down, and then all of a sudden you’re backpedaling, so never stop investing in yourself. We hope, today, you’ve kind of gotten a insight into our path on that, and if you have any questions, obviously just reach out. You can connect to us on Instagram, Russ Perry or Mika Perry. Thanks again, and we’ll see you next time on Good To Be Home.

Mika Perry: See you next time.

Russ Perry: Thanks for listening to this episode of Good To Be Home.

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Russ Perry: See you next time.