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.