How to Handle Chaos

Bad things happen to good people. Hurricane Harvey is a perfect example of this. People didn’t plan on this happening—and that’s why you have to be financially prepared in advance. As I just flew back from relief efforts in Houston, I’m reminded of what I talk about in The 10X Rule—people underestimate the effort required to keep the show on the road. When chaos comes, when the hurricane hits, how do you handle it?

There is no class on chaos in school. You’re taught how to read and write in school but nothing on how to handle chaos. How silly is that?

It’s been a chaotic week in Houston. Who would have on their plan this year…

  • 1 million people displaced
  • 100,000 homes destroyed
  • They’re calling it a 1,000-year flood
  • 40% of small businesses won’t survive this event
  • Harvey will exceed the combined cost of Katrina and Sandy.

There are severe cases of people who don’t have their meds and people who’ve been separated from family. Ask yourself, “Am I ready for chaos?” Do you have the money? Do you have the friends? Do you handle chaos or do you add to the chaos?

Here are my tips for handling chaos:

1) Stay Committed to Success & Prioritize: On Tuesday I wasn’t worried about who was going to handle the supplies once I was in Houston because the first step was simply going to CostCo in Miami to get the supplies. You don’t need to figure everything out from beginning to end, just start by going A from B. Get moving!

2) Your Safety and Success First: Put yourself at risk, not in more danger. You can’t help anyone if you get yourself hurt.

3) Start Getting Products/Results: You need to have something to give when people are in need. Products are solutions, and solutions give results. The fact is, the only way to fix chaos is with results.

4) Economics: Start raising more money through whatever means possible and use the money to solve more problems and prepare for the next chaotic event. I got many of my friends to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief simply by stepping up to lead. We live on an economic planet, so you are not going to solve chaos without money—sorry, it’s not going to happen.

 

Handling chaos is one of the most important lessons you can learn in life. It was 22 hours turnaround time from the idea I had on Tuesday of bringing supplies to the people of Houston to the landing of 10X airlines in Houston on Thursday. I told my COO on Tuesday that I wanted to bring supplies to the people of Houston because the city is so close to my heart.

As many of you know I grew up nearby Houston, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I started my business in Houston and lived there for several years before moving to California years ago. When I saw there were millions of people affected by the storm and recovery efforts were needed, I knew I needed to take action.

There was a severe need for basic supplies.

The people of Houston couldn’t wait, and I wanted to help the city and the people that have been so good to me… so I asked others to join me in the support.

Here is list of items we took to Houston:

  • 761 Cardone shirts
  • 8244 Diapers
  • 1356 Adult incontinence items
  • 320 Toothpaste tubes
  • 1872 Toothbrushes
  • 13500 Baby wipes
  • 390 Razors
  • 300 rolls of Toilet paper
  • 432 Poise pads

Grand Total – 27,145 items

Special thanks for all the help to all the groups we are working with—including American Red Cross, Volunteer Ministers, LightSpeed VT, Hamlin & Associates, Bankers Healthcare Group, Cushman & Wakefield, and Andy Frisella the MFCEO.

After packing my plane full of supplies and flying into the area to contribute goods to the efforts, I still want to help, so thru Sunday, I am donating ALL proceeds of 2018 10X Growth Conference tickets to relief efforts.

If you have been thinking about how you can contribute, this is it. Let’s show the people of Houston what 10X is all about.

Be great,

GC

 

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  • Rosemarie O Rosales
    Reply

    Grant, you’re AWESOME!! THANK U FOR YOUR GENEROSITY, WE LOVE YOU!

  • Amber
    Reply

    Omg that is truly amazing you’re a real hero!

  • Adeline
    Reply

    Amazing and inspiring work…well done!

  • domenico
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    VERY WELL DONE FOR YOUR GOOD WORK I HAVE A LOT ADMIRATION FOR WHAT YOU DID. YOU ARE REALLY GETTING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD DESPITE HELL AND HIGH WATER…

  • Joel Betancourt
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    Awesome efforts on helping with the Houston devastation! You guys rock!

  • Tyronne Ratcliff
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    Love what you’re doing for the people of Houston,keep up the great work GC!

  • Alan C
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    Grant, you are an admirable man with a blessed humble heart and such an amazing unselfish spirit that does not fa reacts remembers Gods golden rule as to pay it forward in

  • Alan C
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    Grant, you are an admirable man with a huge blessed humble heart with such an amazing unselfish spirit that goes to show without any hesitation nor fear to to react and fulfill one of Gods golden and sacred rule as to pay it forward in any and every which way possible. You are not only an inspiration to many but you a perfect role model to many more…I pray and ask of others to pay it toward too, as I know we all trying to do better for ourselves let us of whom are not in such horrific crisis, sacrifice what we can.

  • Alan C (671 in 702)
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    Grant, you are an admirable man with a huge blessed humble heart with such an amazing unselfish spirit that goes to show without any hesitation nor fear to react and fulfill one of Gods golden and sacred rule as to pay it forward in any and every which way possible. You are not only an inspiration to many but you a perfect role model to many more…I pray and ask of others to pay it forward too, as I know we all trying to do better for ourselves, let us; of whom are not in such horrific crisis, sacrifice what we can.

  • Sarah
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    Great to hear! I am from Canada and just returned from a week of volunteering as part of Harvey relief. We were tearing apart drywall, ceilings and insulation in homes where people required the help. I wish them all the best as they begin their re-build phase. So worth it and so enjoyable to see the gratitude. We can all make a difference in one way or another.

  • Heather Mcmurray
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    I think FEMA ought to fund small monolithic dome homes built on pylons, as one family did in FL. These would win out over the winds and flooding so that the work doesn’t have to be repeated over and over.

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