what I'm thankful for

What I’m Thankful For

Erik Thoughts of a Mastermind 9 Comments


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, here in the United States. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for what is around us in our life.

Showing gratitude is a part of living with an abundance mindset, but around Thanksgiving, this is where it’s really emphasized.

In this post, I want to share what I’m thankful for, and talk a little bit about more personally how life has been going for me.

What I’m Thankful For

First, if you are reading this, I’m thankful for you. I’m incredibly thankful I have the ability to write on this blog and share my thoughts with you.

This blog has literally been life changing over the last 23 months. I’ve meet incredible people through this website and I’ve learned a ton.

Thank you for reading.

Family, Friends and Giving

Some other things I’m very thankful for are my family, my health, my friends, and my ability to live with an open and abundance mindset.

I’ve talked about my family a little bit on the blog before, but I love the experiences and fun I can have with them when I go home. I’m lucky my grandparents are still living and kicking it, and my parents and sisters are amazing people.

They provided me a great childhood, and now, I’ve taken that as great starting point and am trying to make the most out of it everyday. Everyone has a different starting point, but life is a series of choices. I can start out well and end horribly. A person can start horribly and end well. It’s all in the daily disciplines, which I look to perform to become better.

I’m also incredibly thankful for my health. There are many people who physically cannot do the things I can do – a blessing and privilege. At the same time, I need to use this to my advantage, and stay healthy through exercise. 

Over the last 2 years, I’ve met some amazing friends through this blog. There are 10ish people, who live in Minneapolis, who I call some of my best friends now (who I met through blogging). My most recent girlfriend, an incredible woman, I met through this blog!

Humans naturally seek connection and a community of like-minded individuals. Blogging has allowed me to connect with like-minded people who are trying to improve their situation and grow over time.

Some other friends I want to specifically call out are my business partner for my subscription box, and co-host on my podcast. Both of these ladies push me to become better and do what matters, and I’m thankful they put up with me 🙂

Another two friends I want to call out are friends I’ve met at work, who have given me the opportunity to grow and mature, laugh and become exposed to alternative ways of thinking and doing.

Thank you.

The Energy You Put Out into the World WILL Come Back to You

Over the last 2 years on this blog, I’ve written a lot. This post is #453, and I’m not slowing down any time soon.

I’ve realized something.

The energy you put out into the world WILL come back to you at some point. It might not come back in that very moment, but the good you do in the world will come back.

It’s kind of like Karma. Do good things and good things will happen to you. Do bad things and bad things will happen to you.

I’ve tried to put a ton of energy into this blog, and I’ve gotten a ton of great energy back. It’s invigorating and makes me want to keep going.

When you send me emails saying you’ve paid off some debt, or are looking to start investing, that makes me incredibly happy!

I want to see you succeed at the highest level.

If I succeed, that’s great. But it’s lonely unless I can share my success with you and you can succeed.

I’m thankful I’ve been able to write and share my message with you, and I’m looking forward to continuing with my purpose.

A Focus on Giving

Last week, I had a post about the holiday giveway on my podcast, and in that post, I talked about a change in mindset I’ve had over the past few months. I’m in a fortunate situation at a young age financially with the habits I’ve established.

At the same time, I recognize others are struggling and could use help.

A few weeks ago, I went to the casino with a high school friend. When I was 19, I definitely had a slight gambling addiction, and probably lost a few hundred dollars over the summer between college semesters. I definitely didn’t lose a ton, but I was constantly thinking about blackjack.

I grew out of it when I went back to school, but still enjoy playing cards and trying to win a little bit of money now and then.

Many People Need it More than Me

I was on the bus the other week and next to me was a woman talking on the phone.

“I was just at Dollar General and I spent $25. I’m off to work but don’t think I can make it for Thanksgiving. I’m also not sure I can get presents for our cousins.”

I didn’t have any cash on me, and felt sad. She was busting her butt and stressed over $25 – something I haven’t been stressed about since I started my day job.

A few days later, before I went to the casino, an idea popped into my head. Thinking about the woman on the bus, I said to myself, “if I win, I’m going to take my winnings and give some away to people on the street.”

Once in a while, I go on YouTube and watch videos where people with tons of money are giving away $1,000 to waitresses or something crazy like that.

I kind of want to be able to do that.

I ended up winning over $100 that night and asked for all twenty dollar bills.

So far, I’ve helped out 2 people.

One person was in a wheel chair at Target and stopped me as I was checking out. She said, “Excuse me, I’m a little bit short. Can you help?” I said, “Sure, how much?” She said, “I’m not sure, maybe 5-10 dollars?”

I handed her a $10 and said have a nice day. My joy was from the giving, I didn’t want anything back.

This Monday night, I was walking to the bus and a younger guy with a piece of cardboard approached me.

Mumbling under his breath, I couldn’t hear him and had to ask him to speak up.

“Can you help me get something to eat?”

I responded, “Sure, how much do you want?”

“Umm…. (he was a little shocked) I think $20 might be good?”

I reached into my pocket and got out a $20 and gave it to him.

“God bless you and thank you for the money. I’m going to go get a pizza.”

Walking away, I was happy I was fulfilling my promise to myself and the world.

I’m excited to keep doing this. The energy that I put out into the world WILL come back to me.

The universe is abundant and infinite, and I’m one in this world.

Wealth is nothing without those around you to share it with

When I was having a few tough conversations in the last week of my relationship with my ex-girlfriend, there was one point where I became very sad and said to myself, “It doesn’t matter how much money you have if other things are taken care of. You can still be very sad or unfulfilled.”

I could have millions of dollars and be sad. I could have millions of dollars, but if all of my friends and family around me are suffering, that is not a good scenario.

I don’t have millions of dollars, but I do have some dollars.

Make no mistake, I have a high income for 26. With this high salary, I have a responsibility to do good with it (for my self, my future family, and my friends). I can use this money directly or indirectly.

Mainly, I’ve chosen to use it indirectly and I plan to continue to do this. With a strong emergency fund, I can take more risk at work and in my hustles, and devote more time towards reaching many.

I plan on continuing on this path because really, you are part of my family. You are a human, I’m a human. All humans on this Earth are brothers and sisters.

There is light in everyone and I’m trying to see the light. No one is perfect, I’m far from perfection and will be the first to admit that. But we all are family.

I’m thankful for you. Keep shining.

What are You Thankful For this Thanksgiving?

Now, it’s your turn. I’d like you to think about what you are thankful for.

What are you thankful for? Who is important in your life? What has made a positive effect on your life this year? Is there anything you are so glad that has entered into your life, which you’d hate to leave?

I’m thankful for my family, my health, my friends, and the opportunities that come with living with an open and abundant mindset.

I’m excited for the future and I hope you are as well! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Readers: what are you thankful for? Do you show gratitude throughout the year or just once at Thanksgiving? Are the holidays stressful for you?

Thank you for reading,


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Comments 9

  1. It’s nice to hear that you’re giving back. I fully believe that what you put out in the world comes back at you ten fold. I try to put only positive out there for that simple reason. Besides, no one needs anymore negative in their lives! And you never know who’s life may be impacted by just a simple smile, hello or a helping hand at the right minute. I discovered the positive impact I had on a life at my 25th high school reunion. It brought me to tears and has had a profound effect on my life ever since. Stay Positive and Spread Good Vibes!

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      Thank you Lisa for the comment 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your story from your high school reunion. It is kind of crazy, and I’m excited to see where I can go from here. Yoga is helping a lot on that front. Do you do affirmations or meditation or anything like that?

      1. Hi Erik,
        Not really. I just get up and remind myself that today is a good day to have a good day. You only have so much time allotted to you in life, why spend it being miserable and crabby? I just try to smile and spread happiness. An example of this: I had my small house bursting at the seams with family this weekend and I was pretty sick. No one realized it until I was in bed sleeping because asleep I couldn’t control the cough and had no smile to reassure the kidlets. I did what I could with a smile and sent them on their own for a couple errands I didn’t need to help with. A good time was had by all (including me) and no one will remember this as the Thanksgiving Mom/Mimi was sick and we had to be quiet and couldn’t do anything.

        That was a long way to say, I just enjoy my life and spreading happiness as much as possible. Have a Marvelous Monday and a fantastic week!

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  2. I’m thankful for the health and happiness of my family. I’m thankful that we have what we need to take care of our children an ourselves. I’m thankful that I have a great network of people in the personal finance world to challenge and expand my views and keep me excited to continue learning. Erik, you’ve been a part of that, so thank you.

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