The Crane Crew Intro Episode

THIS IS THE CRANE CREW SEASON 1, EPISODE 1, AND IN TODAY’S EPISODE YOU AND I WILL START CHIPPING OFF THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF REALITY AND VIEW WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT. SO COME AND HANG OUT FOR A BIT, YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS.

                  WARM WELCOME TO YOU AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME TODAY. I’M ANTHONY CRANE AND THE FOCUS OF THIS PROGRAM IS YOU, THIS IS NOT A VANITY CHANNEL. IN FACT, I TRY MY BEST TO ONLY REFER TO TOPICS OR EXPERIENCES I’VE HAD THROUGHOUT MY LIFE ONLY TO OFFER CONTEXT ABOUT WHAT IT IS I’M TRYING TO SHARE WITH YOU. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW DETAILS ABOUT ME, WHO I AM, WHERE I COME FROM, AND WHY SHOULD YOU BE LISTENING TO ME? THEY ARE POSTED IN THE “ABOUT ME” SECTION ON MY WEBSITE: THECRANECREW.COM.

SELF AWARENESS IS GOING TO BE A JOURNEY:

WHAT IS REALITY? WHAT IS PROOF? WHY CAN’T PEOPLE JUST SAY WHAT THEY MEAN AND QUIT WASTING TIME TRYING TO FOOL EACH OTHER? WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING WEALTHY AND BEING RICH? …YOU MIGHT BE RICH RIGHT NOW…. WHAT CAN YOU DO RIGHT NOW TO GET CLOSER TO PERPETUAL HAPPINESS? APPRECIATE WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU HAVE.

WE’VE ALL BEEN TOLD BEFORE ’FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS’, ‘ YOU CAN BE WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE’, ’YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO’, RIGHT? BUT NOBODY TOLD YOU HOW!

HAVE YOU EVER HAD THAT FEELING THERE’S MORE TO LIFE, IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS HARD, AND THERE’S THINGS YOU SHOULD’VE LEARNED BY NOW, BUT HAVEN’T? I’M SURE WE ALL HAVE, WE JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE ANSWERS OR WHO TO TRUST IS TELLING THE TRUTH.

WITH THAT SAID, THIS IS THE INFORMATION AGE, THE INDUSTRIAL AGE HAS BEEN OVER FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS, OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM HASN’T CAUGHT UP YET, AND THERE IS AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MISINFORMATION OUT THERE. MOST OF IT HAS A HIDDEN AGENDA. MY GOAL HERE IS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF I CAN IMPROVE JUST ONE PERSON’S LIFE THRU THIS PROGRAM, I’VE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT I’VE BEEN SENT OUT TO DO.

I SERVED 16 YEARS IN THE MILITARY, HAVE TWO WONDERFUL DAUGHTERS, I’M HAPPILY MARRIED AND HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL FREEDOM FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND I ARE BOTH VETERANS AND HAVE BUILT A SUCCESSFUL REAL ESTATE INVESTING BUSINESS AND IT’S TIME FOR US TO TRANSCEND TO THE NEXT STAGE IN OUR LIVES. UNLESS YOU MEAN LUCK = KNOWLEDGE + OPPORTUNITY. OPPORTUNITY = KNOWLEDGE + TIMING

DURING THIS JOURNEY, I LEARNED THE MOST IMPORTANT KEY ELEMENTS THAT SHAPE WHO WE ARE AND INFLUENCE WHO WE WANT TO BECOME AND MANIFEST THAT INTO REALITY.

NOW, THIS KNOWLEDGE COMES WITH  CAVEATS AND A PRICE TAG, AND I’M NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT THE PAINS AND SUFFERINGS OF LIFE IN GENERAL, BUT SOMETHING YOU’LL SOON DISCOVER — IS THE MEANING OF HAVING THE MORAL OBLIGATION TO PAY IT FORWARD AND SHARE YOUR DISCOVERIES WITH THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING ANSWERS. I’LL SHARE WITH YOU THE OTHER PRINCIPLES I LIVE BY TOO AS TIME GOES ON.

SO THIS PROGRAM IS THE MEANS I USE TO BROADCAST THE TRUE REALITY OF THINGS FOR THOSE LIKE YOU WHO ARE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS. THE “HOW”.

NOW FORGET ABOUT CONSPIRACY THEORIES, I’M REFERRING TO ANSWERS TO THE MOST PROFOUND QUESTIONS ABOUT PURPOSE, WHAT’S IMPORTANT, WHAT’S NOT, HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE AND IGNORE ALL THAT GARBAGE HOLDING YOU BACK. ANSWERS THAT WE SHOULD ALL KNOW BY NOW, BUT DON’T.

HERE’S A FUN RIDDLE THAT’S SAFE FOR WORK AND YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH YOUR KIDS IF YOU WANT TO:   WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE, THAT WILL DISAPPEAR THE MOMENT YOU GIVE IT AWAY?                -A SECRET.

EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, SOMEONE SUPPOSEDLY HAS SECRETS TO SHARE, “5 SECRETS TO A BETTER BODY”, “THE SECRETS TO LANDING YOUR DREAM JOB”, “SECRET RECIPE, SECRET THIS AND SECRET THAT. WITH ALL OF THOSE SECRETS OUT THERE. THERE ARE NO MORE SECRETS! THEY’VE ALREADY GIVEN THEM ALL AWAY! IT MAY BE HELPFUL INFORMATION BUT DON’T CALL THEM “SECRETS”, IT’S MISLEADING AND ONE OF THE REASONS WE ALL HAVE TRUST ISSUES!

BUT THE ANSWERS TO REAL MEANINGFUL QUESTIONS, NOW THAT IS SOMETHING YOU WONT FIND EASILY AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE MISINFORMATION GOES BACK MILLENNIA.

IT’S NOBODY’S FAULT. SO DON’T BLAME YOUR PARENTS, YOUR TEACHERS, YOUR PASTORS, COUNSELORS, IF YOU’VE EVER FELT THAT THEY MISGUIDED YOU. WHO’S AT FAULT IS NOT IMPORTANT. THEY HAVE ALL BEEN FED THE SAME MISINFORMATION AND THEN PASSED IT ALONG, AND MOST LIKELY EXPECT YOU TO DO THE SAME. WITHOUT QUESTION.

HERE’S A GREAT EXAMPLE TO ILLUSTRATE MY POINT:

MY DAUGHTERS ARE NOW IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, BUT I REMEMBER HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH MY OLDEST WHEN SHE WAS IN LIKE 3RD GRADE, AND LEARNING ABOUT OUR SOLAR SYSTEM. I’VE ALWAYS MADE AN EFFORT TO BE INVOLVED IN THEIR JOURNEY AND HAVE TRIED MY BEST TO SEE THE WORLD FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE, AND SHARING THEIR EXCITEMENT OF DISCOVERY. SO I ASKED HER, “TELL ME ABOUT IT”. AND SHE SAID “WELL, THE SUN IS A STAR AND PLANETS REVOLVE AROUND THE SUN AND SOME PLANETS HAVE MOONS AND…”. OK, HANG ON, SO HOW MANY PLANETS ARE IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM?” SHE LOOKS ME STRAIGHT IN THE EYES AND WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY SHE SAYS: “EIGHT”.

I WAS TAKEN ABACK AND MY FOUNDATION WAS SHAKEN. IN MY HEAD, I’M OUTRAGED, I’M ROARING AND FLIPPING TABLES AND COULDN’T ACCEPT THE DISCONNECT OF MY FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS. MY ENTIRE LIFE, EVERY ACADEMIC BOOK, EVERY GREAT SCIENTIFIC MIND IN OUR WORLD HAD AGREED, SAID, SWORN, THAT OUR SOLAR SYSTEM HAD NINE PLANETS.

UPON FURTHER INQUIRY WITH MY DAUGHTER, I DISCOVERED THAT IT WAS PLUTO, PLUTO WAS THE ONE KICKED OUT OF THE TEAM. PLUTO WAS DEMOTED TO A “DWARF PLANET” AND THEREFORE NO LONGER AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF OUR “REAL PLANETS”. IN FACT, TO MY FURTHER DISMAY, SOMETHING CALLED “PLANET NINE” (WHICH I GUESS IS 10 TIMES BIGGER THAN EARTH) WAS NOW BEING TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION TO BECOME THE TRUE NINTH PLANET.

CERTAINTY, THE MOST DANGEROUS THING

IT IS A MAJOR REASON FOR ALL CONFLICT IN THE WORLD. THE REASON YOU FIGHT IN TRAFFIC, WITH YOUR SPOUSE, GIRLFRIEND, BOYFRIEND, PARENTS, TEENAGERS. ALL THE WAY TO CONFLICTS BETWEEN NATIONS AND WARS. AND STAR WARS TOO, ALLEGEDLY.

THE CERTAINTY THAT I AM RIGHT AND YOU ARE WRONG, THAT MY RELIGION IS BETTER THAN YOUR BELIEF, THAT I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY, THAT I’M MORE SPECIAL, THAT OF COURSE MAN LANDED ON THE MOON! OF COURSE THE WORLD IS FLAT! OF COURSE WE’RE THE ONLY LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE! …THE LIST GOES ON. EVERY CONFLICT CAN BE REDUCED TO ’CERTAINTY’ AND THE ONLY SOLUTION IS FOR EVERYONE TO RELAX, AND OPEN THEIR MINDS TO “WHAT IF?” OR “WHAT IS THE TRUE REALITY FOR THEM TO SAY OR ACT LIKE THAT?”.

WHAT IF MY WIFE IS RIGHT AND I HAVE A LISTENING PROBLEM? OR WHY DID EVERYBODY SAY “GET A COLLEGE DEGREE AND YOU’RE GUARANTEED A HIGH-PAYING JOB”? WERE THEY ALL LYING?

NO! OF COURSE THEY WEREN’T! AND IF THEY WERE, NOT INTENTIONALLY… LOOK, HERE IS A REAL PSYCHOLOGICAL TRUTH TO KEEP IN MIND NEXT TIME YOU HEAR PEOPLE TALKING: WHAT A PERSON SAYS [THEIR CHOICE OF WORDS], SAYS MORE ABOUT THE PERSON SPEAKING THAN WHAT THEY’RE SPEAKING ABOUT.

LET ME UNTANGLE THAT STATEMENT:

COMMUNICATION IS AN ART. THE COMMONLY ACCEPTED SLICE OF PIE SAYS THAT 75% OF COMMUNICATION IS NON-VERBAL, 20% IS HOW YOU SAY IT, AND ONLY 5% IS WHAT YOU SAY.

FOR THE SAKE OF CONTINUITY, I WON’T AGREE OR DISAGREE THAT THOSE NUMBERS ARE TRUE, AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU, THAT’S NOT THE POINT. HERE’S AN EXAMPLE, A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO COWORKERS:

“MAN, SORRY I’M A FEW MINUTES LATE”

“THE BOSS WILL BE FURIOUS”

“YEAH, WELL I CAN’T HELP IT IF THE BOSS HATES HIS LIFE AND IS ALWAYS ANGRY”

“NO, HE’LL BE FURIOUS THAT YOU’RE LATE AGAIN”

“YEAH, I KNOW, I GOT CAUGHT IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC AND THEY MUST HAVE HAD NEW DEPUTIES TRAINING OR SOMETHING, IT WAS MOVING EXTRA SLOW. I CAN’T HELP IT.”

“BUT NO ONE ELSE WAS LATE”

“YEAH, WELL I LIVE IN THE BUSY PART OF TOWN, I CAN’T HELP IT”

“WELL, LAST WEEK YOU GOT CAUGHT IN TRAFFIC BECAUSE OF SCHOOL ZONES. AND THEN TUESDAY YOU SAID THE TRAIN CROSSING IS WHAT HAPPENED TO STOP YOU. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED LEAVING YOUR HOUSE LIKE 30 MINUTES EARLIER?”

“MAN, YOU’RE STARTING TO SOUND LIKE MY DAD”

SO, NOW THAT YOU KNOW, CLEARLY, HIS CHOICE OF WORDS SAY MORE ABOUT HIM THAN WHAT HE WAS ACTUALLY SAYING, RIGHT? DO YOU THINK HIS BOSS IS ACTUALLY HATING LIFE AND ALWAYS ANGRY? IS HE JUST SIMPLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND HAS A SKEWED WORLD VIEW? IS EVERYONE OUT TO GET HIM? HOW LIKELY IS HE TAKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SAY THE WORLD IS OUT TO GET HIM?

YOUR PERCEPTION OF REALITY IS YOUR REALITY

FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS OF MY LIFE, I GREW UP IN A THIRD-WORLD COUNTRY, IN A SMALL APARTMENT, IN A “HUMBLE” NEIGHBORHOOD. AND PROBABLY LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, I GREW UP ADMIRING PEOPLE THAT SEEMED TO HAVE IT ALL, MONEY, POPULARITY, A BIG HOUSE, A FEW COOL CARS, ETC. YOU GET THE GIST. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I DIDN’T KNOW, THAT OTHER PEOPLE LESS FORTUNATE LOOKED UP TO ME AND MY FAMILY. BECAUSE WE OWNED A CAR (EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AN OLD MODEL AND I MOSTLY USED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ANYWAY), OR I HAD CLEAN CLOTHES AND CLEAN SHOES (THEY LOOKED NEW BUT WERE REALLY HAND-ME-DOWNS FROM MY COUSINS). IT DIDN’T MATTER.

MY WIFE AND I DID GROW A REAL ESTATE INVESTING BUSINESS FROM THE GROUND UP, AND THANKS TO THAT, WE ACHIEVED FINANCIAL FREEDOM. IT TOOK A LITTLE TIME, A LOT OF LEARNING, AND A LOT OF PATIENCE. BUT FINANCIAL FREEDOM IS NOT AS DISTANT AS YOU MAY THINK.

I TOLD YOU IN THE BEGINNING THAT I’LL SHARE WITH YOU THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING FINANCIALLY RICH AND FINANCIALLY WEALTHY. WELL, THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT RICH MEANS YOU HAVE A SIZABLE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND ASSETS.

                  NOW, SIZABLE IN ITSELF IS A VERY SUBJECTIVE TERM. IT CAN MEAN $5,000 IN THE BANK OR $100,000 IN EQUITY, OR $200,000 IN RETIREMENT FUNDS, ETC. EACH PERSON DETERMINES WHAT ’SIZABLE’ MEANS. AND THAT IS THEIR TRUE REALITY.

IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, ASK FIVE RANDOM PEOPLE DOWNTOWN IF THEY THINK $1,000 IS A LOT OF MONEY OR NOT AND HOW IT MIGHT CHANGE THEIR LIVES. YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED.

WEALTH ON THE OTHER HAND MEANS THERE IS A CONSISTENT STREAM OF PASSIVE INCOME COMING YOUR WAY MONTH AFTER MONTH REGARDLESS IF YOU WORK OR YOU DON’T AND IT COVERS ALL YOUR LIVING EXPENSES. ACHIEVING FINANCIAL FREEDOM (OR RETIREMENT) IN MOST CASES IS RIGHT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS AND CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED A LOT QUICKER AND EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. AS WE GO ALONG, I’LL SHARE WITH YOU DIFFERENT WAYS HOW.

SO HERE’S A QUICK TAKEAWAY YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW OR WHEN YOU GET HOME LATER SO YOU CAN GET AN IDEA OF HOW EASY IT REALLY IS. GO BACK SIX MONTHS AND BREAK DOWN ALL YOUR LIVING EXPENSES, BILLS, LOAN PAYMENTS, ETC. TAKE OUT ABNORMAL EXPENSES LIKE CONCERT TICKETS, VACATIONS, OR BIRTHDAY PRESENTS, ETC. ADD IT ALL TOGETHER AND DIVIDE THAT BY SIX. THAT NUMBER IS YOUR GOAL PER MONTH, IN PASSIVE INCOME, THAT YOU NEED TO RETIRE.

THE BOTTOM LINE, THE QUESTION TO ASK EVERYONE IS HOW LONG CAN YOU SURVIVE IF YOU STOPPED WORKING RIGHT NOW?

IF THE ANSWER IS 10 MONTHS, 25 MONTHS, OR 100 MONTHS, YOU ARE RICH.

IF THE ANSWER IS FOREVER, THEN YOU ARE WEALTHY. BELIEVE ME, WEALTHY IS BETTER.

SO WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS.

THAT’S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR TODAY, NEXT EPISODE, WE’LL DISCUSS WHY EVERYBODY LIES, HOW TO DEFEAT ROAD RAGE IN TWO EASY STEPS AND START OUR PATH DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE OF REALITY ..YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT.

THANK YOU