You’ve Earned It! How I Refused Anything Less Than Success (And You Can Too) By Chris Roberts


For a few, life seems to come easy. But that’s not reality for most. Born to fifteen-year-old parents, largely raised by his single mother in neighborhoods where gangs, drug activity, and poverty were the norm, and on his own at the age of fifteen, Chris Roberts watched peers play and thrive, while he learned survival. With disarming wit and candor, You’ve Earned It! chronicles how he was remarkably able to see the world in such a positive way, and find opportunities, where others would give up or break down. His is not a tale of a superhuman, but of super determination. Through colorful anecdotes and insightful advice for how you too can chart your own course, topics include:

  • Ÿ How to learn from mistakes, as we’re human and will make them.
  • Ÿ The importance of facing your fears and continued development.
  • Ÿ Recognizing that the most rewarding course is rarely the easiest.
  • Ÿ Handling inevitable change and setbacks.
  • Ÿ Setting financial goals—celebrating small wins and regularly measuring your achievements.

Like a welcome mentor, You’ve Earned It! delivers all the inspiration and self-permission you’ll need to craft the blueprint toward a life you thought was out of reach.

CHRIS ROBERTS is the president of Fusion Sales and Marketing, Inc., owner of Fusion Properties, and co-owner of High Trek POS. He served as a reserve police officer for four years and received multiple service awards. He lives in Washington State with his wife and three dogs.

Keys to Earning It

1. Visualize

Do you believe that you can do anything? Have you stopped to think about what that looks and feels like? Can you see it and feel it? If so, you will eventually live it. Start right now; begin believing. You are not a victim of your circumstances and environment. You are the results of your attitude and actions.

2. Develop Yourself & Teach Others

Educate yourself in your free time with books, pod casts and webinars. Engage in positive conversations about everything. It is critical to ask lots of questions and learn how to be an active listener. When you teach others your knowledge, you learn and refine, and when you learn and refine you get efficient. When you learn, refine and get efficient you excel. So, share your knowledge and thrive like you never thought possible!

3. Financial Freedom

It is critical to understand, measure and cut expenses while creating multiple streams of income. Save and invest; spend last. When you make more money above your reasonable comfort level, invest it or save it. Understand the concept of measuring your return on your time aka Gross Margin Return on Time (GMROT); this refers to analyzing how you allocate your time and what you get back for using it. Lastly, continue to always stretch your financial goals beyond each achievement you make.

4. Build Good Habits

Stop the bad or nonproductive habits that are not assisting in achieving your goals. Practice and develop constructive and productive habits that will. The more often you practice these, the quicker they will become second nature.

5. Set Goals

Set reasonable goals and stay on them adjusting as needed. Keep pushing through and out hustle and out work everyone around you. Hold yourself accountable so others don’t have to. Write down your goals and use your phone or other tools to set reminders to stay focused.

6. Face Your Fears

Think of something that scares you to death. Imagine how it would feel to overcome that fear. Find the courage to do it and face it; you will overcome it. Even the most insignificant fears we face can build a mountain of confidence.

7. Align Yourself

Surround yourself with people, mentors, pictures, or words that will keep you on track, inspire you to go get it and earn what’s there for the taking. You’re not a victim and no one is going to hand you your dreams or success. So, go earn it.

8. Recalibrate your process

Continuously evaluate your processes to ensure you are staying aligned with your road map. It is important to seek and be open to feedback. Once your focused, GO, GO, GO!

9. Give Back

There is no greater reward than to change someone’s life for the better. You can do this in many ways. It does not take much. The fulfillment you will achieve when you do, is incredible. The world needs you and when you’re ready, please give back.

When you master this list and achieve your version of success, take a good look in the mirror and be proud because You’ve Earned It!

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