Thankful? Yes. Satisfied? NEVER!

This is the time of year when we think about all we have to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for my beautiful wife and our two girls. I’m thankful for my team and the support they give me. I’m thankful for my clients, my friends, and my church.

Thankful? Yes, absolutely! Satisfied?? No way!

Like the song goes, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Why? Because nothing kills dreams and motivation faster than satisfaction with the way things are. Being satisfied means you no longer want more. There’s no demand to learn, expand, grow or go all in. You think you have enough. You think you can just coast along or get by. You might as well be dead.

What if we stopped at the first version of the computer or the first model of the automobile? Technology is constantly evolving and improving and so should we.

You’re probably reading this thinking I’m a lunatic. Really, Cardone, never be satisfied? Isn’t the payoff for hard work satisfaction, comfort and the right to relaxation? It has to do with one question: What is your purpose? When you know your purpose, then there’s always more to do, ways to do it bigger, better or faster.

Think of the term “customer satisfaction.” This commonly used expression makes me nuts. Why would anyone want a satisfied customer? What you should want is a customer who is so ecstatic that they tell everyone they know about the excellent experience they had with you. Customer Excellence, yes! Aim for that.

So this Thursday think about all you have to be thankful for. Make a list. Be gracious and take nothing for granted. Then flip the paper over and write down your goals and the things you want to improve and expand on. Go ahead and eat the turkey, watch the game and enjoy your family… and when the holiday is finished, get moving and make things happen.

Look at places in your life where you have told yourself you are satisfied, where you have settled for average. What can be better? What more can you do? What’s your big goal? Are you satisfied with your progress towards reaching it? Ask the right questions and go beyond satisfaction. Go for greatness.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • j
    Reply

    Seek Jesus and HE will solve all of your problems, nothing else will. God Bless.

  • Grant Cardone
    Reply

    Thank you all for your comments. I’m grateful for those too! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and that you also remembered your goals as well as gratitude. If you focus on creating wealth, you will have a lot more to be thankful for. Imagine next Thanksgiving having reached your goals. Imagine what you’d be able to give back to your family, your friends and your community.

  • Chevy Roy
    Reply

    I Am Satisfied Every Time I Close A Deal. The Hunger To Learn New Creative Ways To Get In Front Of Customers Is Key With Me. The End Result Must Be Balance. I Can’t Sacrifice My Family Along The Way! I Make People Happy!

  • Josh
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    Its not just working hard but who are you working for? Yourself? Or someone else? Absolutely nothing wrong with hard work but most people don’t expand themselves. They settle and that’s usually what ends up making them work so hard for 40 years with no money and no time.

  • Shyam Sasidharan
    Reply

    Customer Excellence – that term was always there, but nobody thinks about it, if not Grant. Thanks for bringing up such a wonderful thought, Grant.

  • Dave Jennings
    Reply

    I know that I’m gonna eat some good turkey and ham and all that stuff tomorrow and will be full! However I know I will be hungry for more on Friday!

  • Shane Murphy
    Reply

    Love this! My motto has always been that “Great is never satisfactory.” Being great and killing it is swell—but the moment that you stop being hungry for more—you actually stop being great.

  • Joe
    Reply

    Strive for the best always, but… remember the ultimate goal is not in this life, but in the life to come!

    And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

    19And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

    20But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? Luke 12: 18-20
    It’s not the rest that is being condemened, but rather the greed!!

  • Nicholas Cardin
    Reply

    Grant; Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! This article reminds me to be “Inspirationally Dissatisfied”

  • Ed Stabb
    Reply

    A mere lover of silver will never be satisfied with silver. And a lover of gold- gold. This too is vanity.
    -Solomon King of Israel

  • Monique M T Hackett
    Reply

    Great article thanks for the advice

  • Guest
    Reply

    Are you lost?

  • Donald
    Reply

    From “Regrets of the dying”

    2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

    This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
    By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

  • Dennis Plintz
    Reply

    Grant I love your stuff, your appetite for success and overall approach to business and life!!!! Keep on learning and leading.

  • Papa Joe
    Reply

    “Satisfied? No Way!” I agree with Grant on this one. When
    you climb to the top of Everest you look around for a bit, take a few
    pictures, plant a flag in the snow, then climb back down and find your
    next mountain to climb. Everyone who’s still at the top of Everest is
    dead. Happy Thanksgiving! -Joe Cardone

  • Donald
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