Grant Cardone and the simple idea that changed everything

Grant Cardone is a well-known American author, motivational speaker, real estate investor, and sales trainer. We’re going to take a closer look at his life and what we can learn as educators.

Cardone was born on March 21, 1958, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He experienced a challenging childhood marked by the loss of his father at the age of 10. His mother was left to raise him and his brother, Gary, on her own. The loss of his father and the financial difficulties that his family faced after this tragic event had a significant impact on Cardone and his views on wealth and financial security.


How Grant Cardone was raised


In his own LinkedIn article, bestselling author and renowned sales trainer Grant Cardone talks about the life philosophy he developed whilst growing up without his father.

“When I was 10, my dad died of a heart attack. Growing up without the direction of a father was difficult. Most of my teenage and early adult years I was described as “out of control” and “troubled.” […] A person told me, ‘Life isn’t about what has happened, it’s about what you make happen.’

“That simple idea that my future was more important than my past began a shift that allowed me to start creating on my life rather than being a mere spectator of it. 

“The miracle in my life happened because of the 100 percent philosophy.

“I began showing up early and staying late. I hit the wall and went all the way. You too can make a miracle happen if you quit putting half of yourself into something and put yourself 100 percent into something. Giving 100 percent gives success in such large proportions that it changes lives forever. Doing things part way never feels as good as going over the top does. Go over the top. See, it’s better to crash going all the way than playing it safe and never feeling anything.”

Sometimes it only takes one quote, that resonates deeply with us, to change everything. For Cardone, this was definitely the case.


Lessons learned from Grant Cardone

Cardone’s experiences with financial difficulties and addiction during his early life had a profound impact on his personal philosophy and his approach to business and wealth creation. He’s known for his aggressive and highly motivated approach to business and life, which is reflected in his training programs and books.

If you’d like to check out the stories of other successful people, read about the upbringing on Warren Buffet and Bill Gate’s childhood.