Well just got back to Dallas from a 12 day trip out to California and it was awesome. Although I wish the weather would’ve been a bit better, I guess I shouldn’t be complaining giving the fact that there’s been several thunderstorms and bad weather here in Texas.
While out in California I attended one of the most incredible events I’ve been introduced to by my friends Matt Morris and Marc Accetta. SANG is a notable event held yearly and organized by Larry Benet. SANG which stands for Speakers, Authors & Networkers Group. There have been so many amazing people who I’ve met through this event such as Tony Hseih from Zappos.com, Jeff Hayznett, Jack Canfield, Bryan Tracy, Mari Smith, Robin Sharma and so on…this year I was able to meet and hear from Sean Stephenson. Now Sean is someone who not many people know…but they should!
Expected to die at birth, Sean Stephenson has faced many reasons to give up and countless opportunities to embrace pity. He suffered more than 200 bone fractures by the age of 18, reached a height of only 3 ft., and is permanently confined to a wheelchair. However he’s allowed his set backs to inspire millions around the world including Tony Robbins & Bill Clinton. During his speech Sean said whenever we’re having a bad day or dealing with a tough situation, we should ask ourselves, “What’s Funny About This?” So being that I’ve worked around Marc for close to 10 years now, I know plenty of positive mental exercises and how to think positively. However sometimes I need new inspiration and I think Sean’s message hit the spot for what I was about to experience.
The SANG event had ended and I needed to go get my truck to pick up some equipment that was being used during the event. Upon walking to where I had parked my truck 5 days prior and trust me I had been checking on it each evening to make sure there were not tickets and not towed. And everything had been OK, until that day! I get to my truck and there’s a small car parked in its place that said…Parking Permit for The Hangover 2 Movie Premiere! Yes! That is correct The Hangover 2 Movie Premiere crew had gotten my truck towed. Now I am calling the numbers on the signs and no answer, just messages from the Mayor welcoming me to the city! After 15 minutes of this, I become frustrated find a parking attendant and he says oh yeah…I saw them towing it around 3pm this afternoon. You can go down Hollywood Pkwy about 6 blocks and your vehicle is there! That’s where they tow all the vehicles down here. Now I know what you’re thinking Monico, why did you park in a Tow Away Zone…well I didn’t that’s just the spot that the hotel security & staff said I would be safe to park. OK…so now I am walking about 6 blocks in Hollywood, while still on the phone and the Mayor welcoming me to Hollywood, by this time I am very irritated. I finally find the place which was 10 blocks away not 6! I go up to the window and the man looks at me and says, “Oh yes we brought in your car about 4 hours ago…what do you want to do?” What do I want to do, I want my truck back! So $380 later, he gives me my paperwork and says to wait by the gate to get my truck. As I am waiting another guy comes and says come with me and takes me to a parking lot about 7 blocks away and as the gate opens there is my truck in the middle of all these other cars. I feel a sense of relief as I get into my truck and start it and click…click…click! Yep my battery is dead! Here we go….the guy comes back and says do you need a jump! I am saying to myself A JUMP! Really you’re asking me if I need a Jump! I answer calmly and politely yes…so he gives me a jump! I let my truck run for about 10 minutes. As I leave the gated pound, I turn right, he turns left and leaves in a hurry and yep you guessed it…my truck dies AGAIN!
I am definitely not in my happy zone..in fact I even yelled out a couple of choice words! At this point my emergency lights barely were blinking so I know it’s definitely a dead battery. I remember passing an Auto Zone on the way walking to the towing place, however it’s now 8:58pm and as many of you know most car part places close at 9pm. So I now call my girlfriend, Melinda which is supposed to be having a girls night out with her friend from high school. So now they come over from being out on Rodeo Dr. & site seeing! I know I am a bad boyfriend for pulling them away from Rodeo Dr. While waiting for them to come I had also called my friend Mike Putman, which was able to get the Hollywood Parking Police to allow me to leave my truck there overnight and I could get a new battery in the morning. So they finally arrive and the lady says oh wow…you’re parked in LA county…we only have permission over Hollywood! So I am asking well where is Hollywood? She looks at me with a straight face and says oh it’s right over there across the street. She was pointing literally at the other end of the street, not down the road, down the block or anything but literally about 15 steps away. LOL…I kinda laugh out loud and say ok can you give me a jump so that I can at least turn my truck long enough to turn it around. She says well it’s a Hybrid car so they don’t have batteries….WOW REALLY…LOL. Man oh Man I am getting taught a major lesson by the Hangover Crew about parking in their spots! LOL.
Finally Melinda gets to where I am at, I ask if it’s possible for them to go to a Wal-Mart and get me a battery! I thought to myself I am asking her to leave Rodeo Dr. and go to Wal-Mart…LOL! So her friend so politely looks for one and finds one about 30 minutes away but they close at midnight…it is now 11:20pm, so it’s a race against time. They leave and I stay with my truck because aside from it not having any hazard lights, when the parking lady was there, she indicates to me that I am again parked in a Tow Away Zone…LOL! Shortly after midnight I get a text from Melinda saying…Got it, on our way back! I am finally thinking…God Thank YOU! As soon as I say that, the thought comes to my mind about the security brace on the battery and if I have the tools to take it off! Yep you guessed it…I didn’t! I now have about 30 minutes to figure out a way to take off the battery bracket which holds the battery securely so that it doesn’t move around while driving! I am going through my entire truck looking for something…I find a crow bar and a rusty set of pliers! That’s what I am working with! As soon as I look at the pliers, open the hood and shine the flashlight on the bolt. The thought comes through my mind..“What’s Funny About This!”, so after that all the frustration and oh why me attitude and victim mentality just melted and went out the door!
Well needless to say I finally get the bolt off after about 40 minutes, get the new battery in there, truck starts immediately! As I was driving to the hotel to pick up my equipment, I thought man it’s about 1am, I sure could use a drink but everything’s closed. Oh well, as I get up to my room what do I see on the desk a bottle of Absolut…Melinda said they had bought it thinking that we could all use a drink once I got everything resolved…right there I fell in love with her all over again! How awesome & thoughtful is she that after ruining her girls night out night, she was still thinking about me and that I needed to wind down.
Had some drinks with my sweetie, her friend, relaxed and reflected on how lucky I am that mentally I am strong enough to not freak out when life throws you a couple of curve balls. No matter how bad things may seem or how screwed up things might be going, you should take a step back and ask yourself…”What’s Funny About This?” This is just something that I learned from Sean Stephenson during that week at SANG, however I have strong faith in God and know that God has a plan for everything! So I never question, never complain, although sometimes I definitely feel like complaining and just being pissed off, I know that everything happens for a reason!
Enjoy the video of Sean’s Speech at SANG V…This is the same speech I watched….LIVE!