He Believed

By warrensfinest 09/28/17
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At one point in my life, I used cocaine, Xanax, MDMA, Adderall, alcohol, and pot on a regular basis... I was addicted to alcohol, Xanax, cocaine, and Adderall from age 17 in 2010, until June 19th, 2016 when I got clean...

AND NO! No, no, no, no.... Don't think this is the usual recovery spiel where I give you some horror story that you don't benefit from and you have friggin' nightmares for the next two weeks after you read it! Because at the age of 24 and in only one year, I lost 50 pounds, became an international author, became my family's first college graduate, saved enough money to buy my dream BMW and send my mother grocery money every two weeks, etc...

And today I'm going give you the advice that not only allows you to get/stay clean but inspires you to chase your own dreams and have just as much, if not MORE success than I've EVER had...

Hello, ladies and gentlemen...

My name is Danny Range...

I was born and raised in the ghetto of Warren, Ohio, fifteen minutes outside of downtown Youngstown, and now I've dedicated my LIFE to showing people like you how to become the happiest AND richest version of themselves POSSIBLE...
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Did you know the average human's attention span is 8 seconds? I mean, I Google'd that so it's probably completely made up. 8 seconds does seem a WEE BIT exaggerated, but ANYWHO!!!! The human attention span is really short, alright? So--instead of losing you quick--why don't I just come out and give you the answer? You know, the answer to the question everyone fighting this epidemic wants to know... "How the heck does one GET clean... STAY clean... And then figure out how to support themselves, while fighting the temptation to use???"
I believe the answer to that question is THE PROCESS I've been preaching to over 20K people that have begun following me on Instagram over the last year and a half...
Five points and I'll go into detail about ALL of them!!!!!
Find a routine, develop discipline, find something you're passionate about, stay positive and keep a good attitude, and have a COMPLETE and UTTER belief in yourself!!!!!
Ladies and gentlemen, if you process these points and apply them to your life, not only can you get and stay clean...
But there is NOTHING in this WORLD that you can't ACCOMPLISH!!!!!!
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Let's do an exercise, shall we? And note that I saw this somewhere else and just applied my own principle to it... I want you to imagine the most AMAZING and fully-functioning restaurant in the world... Get creative with this too, alright? DON'T GET BORING ON ME!!! Think of who you're sitting across from, think of what you're eating and how the silverware looks, think of that beautiful glass window that shows the downtown skyline of some amazing city you're in!!! Ok, ok, ok... Now that you've done that, I want to ask: Why didn't you think of McDonald's when I mentioned the most amazing eatery in the world? Are you laughing at me now? Why? The place you envisioned is likely worth a few million, while McDonald's is a BILLION dollar industry!!!!!!! But how the heck is that possible? That a place that serves a dish that tastes like dog food could smash your fancy, imaginary place and make it look like a joke? SIMPLE ANSWER: THEY HAVE AN AMAZING ROUTINE!!!!
The way they make their food, it's so easy that a handicapped person could do it and that' not an offensive joke so don't get sassy with me--I know how easily offended my fellow Americans can be nowadays--they really do hire handicap people!!! They do something that's simple, that they can do easily and over and over again, and they NEVER stop seeing improvement because of this!!!!
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ENDLESS IMPROVEMENT IS WHAT A GOOD ROUTINE CAN DO FOR YOU!!!! When you feel like your life is in shambles and you want to turn things around, the easiest way to start from scratch is to come up with a schedule... A good routine of positive habits that you won't mind doing over and over again! Write it down if you have to! When I first moved back to my father's house as a drug addict trying to save his life, I woke up at 6 AM every day, worked until 4 PM, exercised for an hour and a half, then I came home to eat dinner with the family. Once dinner was done, I'd unwind by watching my beloved Cleveland Cavaliers and I'd finish the night by writing my dream project of a book or my motivational speaking posts for social media.
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PROCESS THIS!!!! That is ALL I did for the first six months of recovery!!!! SIX MONTHS STRAIGHT!!! Sound boring to you? Holy BaJesus, IT REALLY WAS!!! And there was no reward at first. I was still fat and weighed in at about 40 pounds overweight. I still didn't have a dime to my name after months of attempting to save. I had a seven-hour window for sleep and NEVER got seven hours because I went to bed craving drugs to the point of my mouth watering... It sounds so miserable to people and that's what turns some of them off from my method, but you know what? IT WORKED.
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HOW BAD DO YOU WANT A BETTER LIFE?! I asked myself this question EVERY DAY and EVERY NIGHT when I wanted to relapse and it PUSHED me to keep pressing because I DID WANT A BETTER LIFE!!!!! You need to ask yourself this question when things get tough and I PROMISE YOU!!!! If you want a better life as bad as I think you probably do, then you WILL keep pushing. And then after some time passes, you begin to notice something... Your wallet is fatter... You smile is brighter... You get more sleep... Your head doesn't feel as heavy... AND THE ONLY THING IN THIS WORLD THAT YOU'LL FEEL ADDICTED TO IS POSITIVE RESULTS!!!!! It's common sense people: If you only do the right things, you will ONLY SEE a good change in your life. Find your routine...
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Get this in your head right now: YOU NEED TO FIGURE THIS CRAP OUT ON YOUR OWN!!! Read that twenty times and say it out loud if you have to! And no, I'm not saying you shouldn't listen to me or that you shouldn't get yourself into a program if you're struggling. In fact, you can ONLY BENEFIT from some good guidance and by asking questions to the right people!!! Do you know who Isaiah Thomas is? If you don't, he's one of the top three scorers in the NBA. ONE OF THE TOP THREE IN THE WORLD AT WHAT HE DOES (and he's only five foot seven)!!! But I read a story where--during the playoffs--Isaiah was on the phone with Kobe Bryant before a game admitting that there were flaws in his game and he asked Kobe how HE COULD GET BETTER!!! If the top professionals in the world can admit that they need help from time to time, then there is no reason you or I can't ask other people for advice!!!
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The reason I had you read that sentence is that you can get treatment all you want, or move into mommy and daddy's house like I did and try to hide from it, but it's impossible to avoid facing temptation again at some point!!!! There will be a time when somebody throws that substance in your face and I'm not sitting next to you with all the answers, neither is your sponsor... You will have to develop the DISCIPLINE on your own to learn how to say no!!! So, how does one develop discipline? Obviously, it's easier said than done! But for me, the answer is to find something that DRIVES YOU!!! DOING SOMETHING YOU LOVE!!! Finding your passion is the answer to defeating addiction...
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Let's say I asked you this: WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE? What would your answer be? For those of you who are career driven and money obsessed like me, the question is actually, "What is your dream job?" "What do you WANT to do for a living?" For those of you who aren't--and that's alright as well!--the question is, "What you like to do after work?" "What do you WANT to do with all your free time?" Think hard about that for a second...
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Now I KNOW you thought of something!!! And if you didn't, you're probably lying because this can go deeper than you think!!! If I asked that question and the first thing that popped into your head was, "Well, I'd like to be a rapper but that's impossible and I'm too embarrassed to admit it to anybody." First off, NOTHING is impossible and ESPECIALLY if it's been done before. Second, ALRIGHT LIL WAYNE!!!! Where can I get tickets to your first concert?! All jokes aside, THAT IS YOUR ANSWER!!!! Whether you pursue that as a career or you just do it in your free time, THAT is what will introduce you to TRUE happiness. A REAL HIGH!!!! Something that lights a fire inside of you and gives you a reason to JUMP out of bed in the morning!!!! Focusing your time on a passion will create the discipline to say "no" to the substance because you won't WANT TO LOSE the happiness you now have... It will allow you to ENJOY the routine that would otherwise feel boring at times.
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Some people think this only works for me and they don't believe they could work 80-90 hours a week like I do without their head popping off or exploding... How do you think I do it? NOBODY wants to work that much and the only way it's possible is because only HALF of that FEELS LIKE WORK! 40 hours as an Accountant is like smashing your face on a cactus over and over, yes. But the rest of the work is my speaking, my writing! I COULD DO THIS ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT, AND NEVER GET SICK OF IT!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!! IT SAVED MY LIFE AND KEEPS ME AWAY FROM SUBSTANCE!!!!
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Some of those same people feel like they can't relate to me at all! The fancy suits, the cars, the pictures with all the models on social media... Like I'm some privileged kid who can't relate to you. Are you serious? I was raised by a single mother and moved 20 times before the age of 14. I remember walking down the beach in Miami with my skull cracked open after a drug feud, clinging for life while having zero idea where I was. I remember raising my head from that floor covered in blood after an overdose. I COME FROM NOTHING AND I AM AN ADDICT, JUST LIKE MOST OF YOU!!!!! And the same guy that walked down that strip, the same guy that rose his head off that floor and moved from house to house without a dime, is telling you that it's very easy for him to avoid drugs and alcohol because he found something to fight for. FIND YOUR PASSION!!! It'll save your life...
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Don't get me wrong here: I want to be honest with you, alright? I may make it sound like it's so easy to do and that can be my flaw at times, but I want to clarify that this will NOT be easy... There will ABSOLUTELY be ups and downs, but this is normal for ANYONE on Earth!!!! The president has ups and downs and so does your favorite athlete, singer, and the richest guy you know. How many of you know who LeBron James is? I basically just asked if you've been living under a giant rock for the last twenty years or not... But LeBron is my role model!!! He grew up 45 minutes from me and I went to his first ever home game in Cleveland. Some of you may not have caught it, but I did say my sobriety date was June 19th, 2016, remember? THAT'S THE DATE THE CAVS AND LEBRON WON A TITLE! I basically said, "Ok, Cleveland won a title, so that means pigs can fly and I could probably stop partying if I wanted to..." Haha!
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But my point in mentioning it, is that something LeBron said in his speech after the Cavs won comes to mind... He said and I (kind of) quote: "I don't know why the man above always gives me the hardest road, but instead of asking, "Why me?" I just kept pushing." THINK OF THAT!!! One of the greatest athletes in the HISTORY of sports is admitting in that quote that he sometimes sits at his house and says, "Man, I tell you what... My life is pretty hard." Hilarious, right? A multi-millionaire who accomplished everything he ever dreamt of, yet he has bad days. So yes, YOU WILL HAVE BAD DAYS, BUT IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!!!! In fact, you can get through these days by simple staying positive and keeping a good mindset!
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BE GRATEFUL FOR THE LIFE YOU HAVE!!!! Because if you can't appreciate what you already have, you can't keep the mindset that it takes to attract the things you want. Repeat after me: EVERYTHING IS FINE!!!!! AND NO, STOP THINKING THAT EVERYTHING ISN'T FINE! Just say it with me... EVERYTHING IS FINE!!! Feel it. Smile while you say it. SAY IT OFTEN!!! Even when things in your life aren't fine. It's extremely difficult to process for some and it took me 15 months; I'm still battling with it! But what I'm getting at, is that you can't fight through the tough times if you don't find a way to feel good. You need to convince yourself that EVERYTHING IS FINE and allow yourself to feel that it IS, so your good mood can attract the good karma that allows you to have better days in the future!!! If it sounds corny to you, just think of how corny it sounds to be the other way around. You had a bad day, so you feel the need to pout about it. Oh, ok...you're pouting. Sweet! What did that accomplish? Nothing? Oh, alright. Are you still in the bad place you were before you whined about it? Yes? Oh, alright... SO IT DIDN'T HELP!!!! Why not try the optimistic approach???
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If you can't process this point, then everything else I told you today is meaningless. Once you do get this engraved into your brain, suddenly that tall mountain you need to climb doesn't feel like it's so tall anymore. You'll start to see that you begin to appreciate small victories and see the good in things. Overcoming adversity doesn't come in big swings, it's about doing the right things over and over and then you look back a year after doing it to realize that you've come MILES AHEAD OF WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE!!!! IT'S BEAUTIFUL. It's the most INCREDIBLE and EXHILARATING thing I've EVER experienced and I can't wait to hear the feedback once you've tried it and seen the results. STAY POSITIVE AND KEEP THAT GOOD ATTITUDE!!!!
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The most important part of all this though… My favorite principle… And the one that seriously did save my life, is the one that ties it all together… You can’t discover a life-saving routine if you don’t believe you can. How can you be passionate about something if you DON’T BELIEVE IN YOURSELF? You can’t find discipline if you don’t believe you can… There’s no way to keep a good attitude if you don’t believe…

How many of you have heard of Robert Downey Jr? What a dumb question, right? Who hasn’t heard of the Ironman? Although, something a lot of people haven’t heard about him was how he was caught one night driving naked while high on coke. He told police he was trying to throw imaginary rats out of his car… Now I’ve done a lot of crazy stuff in my life, but that’s a new one! Hopefully, they didn't bite him first! He was also arrested after breaking into his neighbor’s house and was found passed out in their child’s bathroom on drugs. In prison, he recalls beating beaten half to death and waking up laying in a pool of blood... Robert Downey Jr has been sober since 2003 and is worth 250 MILLION dollars today… He BELIEVED he could get clean and turn his life around when the entire world was laughing at him, so he DID…

People told Ronda Rousey that women don’t belong in combat sports and would NEVER fight in the UFC, but she believed that she could. Steve Jobs was in his garage with a few friends, calling companies about these things he called “Apple computers” and people were laughing at him!!! HANGING UP THE PHONE AFTER LAUGHING AT HIM!!! But he believed in his vision and Apple became the richest company EVER made… I could go on for HOURS about stories where somebody was considered a NOBODY…where somebody was hooked on drugs and looked like they had NO HOPE...but they BELIEVED they could take that next step and so they DID!!! I don’t care if you don’t think you have a chance…I don’t care to hear this excuse or that excuse about why it’s going to be so hard for you… Because I already KNOW!!!!! I KNOW!!!!!! THAT YOU CAN DO IT!!!! I’m not just talking sobriety…IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF… IF YOU STICK TO THE PROCESS I HAVE INTRODUCED TO YOU TODAY…AND YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF…IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR DAMN MIND TO, DAWG!!!!! Then you can… And then this world is yours for the taking… BELIEVE IN YOURSELF…

If you want living proof and the best example I can possibly give you, you’re reading the example's article right now... Now I have a degree, but my degree is in business. I moved into my father’s house DEFEATED as a man because I was my family’s first college graduate with a good job, yet I had zero dollars to my name because of drug addiction… I thought I was an embarrassment and didn’t know where to turn next… All I knew was that I wanted to write a book about my life and tell my story to people in person as well. I followed that process I explained to you guys even when I had ZERO proof that it would work… I didn’t know how to write a book… I didn’t know what it took to be a motivational speaker… My loved ones and my friends freaked out… My best friends teamed up and did everything they could to stop me from writing my book because they didn’t understand my vision… My own father got into an argument with me one night and told me I was delusional, that this wasn’t "some meal ticket" and it wasn’t going to work...that I needed to shut my mouth, grow up, and stick to working the job I hated because "that’s just how the world works…" I FELT LIKE I HAD NOBODY!!!! The people I turned to said they didn’t believe in me and some even admitted to rooting against me… IT ALMOST CRUSHED ME, MAN… But I KEPT PRESSING!!!! Fast forward a year…ONE YEAR of trusting this process… I wrote the book, it has sold in five countries, sold over 1,200 copies, and as far as motivational speaking to tell my story in person like I wanted… My first speech is scheduled in two weeks and the local news plans to interview me for it.

You don’t need anybody but yourself to get what you want in life. And the beautiful thing about it is, when you start doing the right things and thinking the right way, the people you DO NEED in life WILL SHOW their faces. If they’re meant to stay in your life, they’ll do their best to stay there… My father will attend my speech in October and is rooting for me. And those friends rooting against me? Most of them have purchased my book and constantly tell me that--when my dream of a movie deal comes true--they want to be the first to watch it. I’ve had NEW people walk into my life and I don’t understand how I EVER lived without them!!! They’d never be here if I didn’t get sober. I feel BETTER physically AND mentally than ANY combination of drugs and alcohol has EVER had a CHANCE of making me feel, just by doing what I love on a daily basis and telling myself to find ways to be happy. I’ve talked to thousands of people around the world who have got clean and they ALL confirm the same thing, guys... If you start doing the right things, if you feel good about yourself while you do it, and you believe that everything is going to be ok, THEN IT WILL BE…

Junkie, crackhead, gangster, lunatic, psychopath, a**hole, bad person, underachiever, etc… I've also been called a philanthropist, college grad, businessman, author, speaker, genius, family man, role model, inspiration, model, comedian, etc... But you know what I like to call myself??? I am Warren, Ohio's Finest example of how temptation can break you down and turn you into something that NOBODY should strive to be…Then, I got clean and became Warren, Ohio's Finest example of how overcoming adversity can inspire you to find your purpose in life…

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