Think Different Theory

Live with Gratitude and Thankfulness


In this episode, I talk about the importance of really truly living with gratitude and focusing on the positive things in life. We often take so many things for granted and we don’t even realize how much we have.


I used to look consider myself a realist and always looked at good things as good, and bad as bad, but once I shifted my perspective and started having some thankfulness, my life totally changed for the better. I hope this episode will help you do the same for yourself.

Here are the key topics discussed in this episode:

  • Taking a step back and being thankful (00:59)
  • The crazy concept of making money from home (03:10)
  • Living in constant gratitude makes problems go away (05:26)
  • Things start to change when we focus on the good (06:07)
  • The whole week without complaining challenge (08:55)
  • Focusing on good and positivity(10:25)


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May 29, 2019


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00:03          One of my favorite podcasts to listen to is, actually by a friend of mine, his name is Case Kenny, and he runs a podcast called New Mindset, Who Dis?. And, on that podcast, he talks a lot about how he believes that people with perspective run the world. And it’s so true, because those with the right perspective, understand things at such a greater level than other people do, because they see things differently, and they see things from a broader view. And it’s so crazy how one perspective shift can really change your life. Here’s what I mean.

You are now entering a new paradigm.

00:30         So, here’s my issue. I wanted to find the answers to life’s biggest questions. Things like, how do I become happy and live with purpose? How do I make more money doing what I love, and what does it mean to be truly successful in all areas of life? My name is Josh Forti, @JoshForti on Instagram, and I ask life’s biggest questions and share the answers with you. My goal is to help you find purpose, happiness, and open your mind to new realms of possibility by helping you think differently about everything you do, know, and understand. On this podcast, we think different, we dream bigger, and we live in a world without limits. This is a new paradigm. Welcome to The Think Different Theory.

00:45          What’s up guys. Welcome back to another episode of The Think Different Theory. My name is Josh Forti. And, I’ve just got to like, take a step back and just look. I’m sitting here looking outside, and it’s just a gorgeously beautiful day outside. The sun is shining, it is warm, they just cut the grass, it smells nice, and it is just… it’s a beautiful day and it is a day to reflect, and it is a day to just say, “Wow, thank you so much for everything that I have, and how blessed I’ve been.” And that’s actually kind of what I want to focus on today. I’m actually gonna do a real short episode. And, just talk to you about the importance of giving thanks, and focusing on the positive things in life, and really truly living with gratitude. And, I used to not be someone that did that. I used to be the person that, you know, I did look at the bad in life or I, you know, I called myself a realist, and I looked at the good things were good things, the bad things were bad things, and the things that were in different indifferently.

00:59          Right? And so often, we take for granted so many things that we don’t even realize. Like we don’t even realize that we’re taking them for granted, which I guess is that, you know, the definition of it, but like, we don’t realize how much we have. And I sat down and I really thought about things, because you know, for me, I’m someone that I like to have big goals and big dreams, and I’m always trying to get to the next level, and the next level, and the next level, and I’m never satisfied, and you know, pushing myself and trying to get the podcast up, and trying to get the, you know, my business up, and you know, fitness and goals and this and that, like everything I’m constantly pushing and pushing and pushing. But, I hardly ever just take a step back and go, “Whoa, this is, like I’ve… I’ve been blessed with so much, and I have so many different things to be thankful for”, and I want to… I just want to kind of talk about that real quick here.

01:45          I want you think about this. Every day we wake up and we’ve got roads to drive on. Like I know this is something that yes, like everybody has got it, yada yada, you know, but like, think two, three, four, five, six, 700 years ago, or a thousand years ago, they had nowhere near the ability to just go and drive somewhere on a paved road. Now we have vehicles that can take us, you know, 60, 70, 80 miles an hour that we all own it. And we have the grocery store where we can just go get food. You know, there’s so many people in the world even still that don’t have that. And then you look at the Internet and oh my gosh, like, I was thinking about this the other day, 30 years ago, pre-internet, 40 years ago, pre-internet, like and not even that long ago.

02:28          Like how did people communicate with their customers? How did people communicate with their friends? How did people, you know, get in front of it and start movements, and share their message with the world. You couldn’t do it on the Internet. It cost a lot of money, to go out and do it in real life. And now we can go and we complain about, ‘Oh Instagram is limiting my reach, and Facebook algorithm”, blah, blah, blah, and pay to play the… Like, you do realize that you now have the ability to even have those platforms. You now have the ability to even use those tools, and to go, and you know, live from home and work from home. I thought I was thinking about that the other day too, and I’m just kind of sharing some of my thoughts. I was sitting there going, cause I was having…

03:10          I’m having a bad day. And, it was one of those days where it’s like, “Oh man”, you know, and I look around, I was like, “Man, at least those people that have a job, they can clock out at five o’clock, and forget about it.” And I thought about it and I went, “I am taking for granted the fact that I’m literally able to make 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100 thousand dollars a month, from home, from my living room, from my bedroom, from my office, like in home. Like, that is such a crazy concept. And if you have told that to people 20, 30, 40 years ago, or any time ever before in the history of mankind, that you could sit in front of a screen and make that kind of money, or have that kind of impact, or live that type of life, they would have not believed you. That that would’ve been such a foreign concept to them.

03:58          And I think so often we get so tied up in the fact of like, aw man, my business is only making $10,000 a month now, man, man, I can’t believe this isn’t going right. This isn’t going right. And I’m like, and you’ve got no risk. You’re, you’re building a $10,000 a month business where you’re not renting an office base, you’re not holding inventory. You don’t have to have employees. Like, what are you, why are you complaining? But I do it all the time too. And I’m constantly reminding myself of how good things really are. And when I started doing this, and this probably happened to me about, I don’t know, maybe eight months, nine months ago, maybe, maybe a little bit longer than that, when I really started focusing just on the good in life and being thankful every single day, it was hard. It was weird because I would go and I started like actually verbally doing it out loud.

04:43          I’d be like, aw man, I’m just so thankful today that I just got a car to drive and yeah, someday I want a Lamborghini. But I got a really nice jeep sitting out there or you know, what, someday I’d love to have like, you know, a really big house to live in overlooking the water or whatever. But man, my house or my, you know, my apartment’s in a great neighborhood around a lot of nice houses, around really good people. It’s safe. Like these are things that so many of us just take for granted. And my life started to change. It didn’t happen overnight. It wasn’t this radical like, oh my gosh, I magically just started giving things one day. And uh, you know, my entire life changed. No, it was gradual. It was over time. But now I can’t imagine, you know, complaining about the things that I used to complain about on a daily basis.

05:26          And yes, I’m not perfect. And yes, you know, I still complain about stupid stuff. Like one of my Starbucks is late, but I try my very best to always go, man, I can’t believe I just complained about my Starbucks being late. I’m paying $5 or $6 for a cup of coffee. Who am I? You know what I mean? Like it’s just such a perspective shift. And when you do that and you live in constant gratitude all the time, so many of your problems just naturally go away. Now your big problems are still going to be there. You still might have stress, but guess what? That stress all the sudden becomes entirely different because now you’re thankful for the stress. And I remember, you know, the other day, well not the other day, I guess there’s a couple months ago and it’s, I’m really go wrong in business. And uh, there was a lot of money in limbo.

06:07          I mean, like tens of thousands of dollars were kind of like in limbo. We were moving around and like we’re worried of, oh, is this getting PayPal froze funds and like all these other things. And I’m just like, you know what? God thankful. I’m thankful today, right now for being able to have these problems. I’m being thankful today that I’m not stuck in a job where I’m making seven 50 an hour and I don’t know the way out. And I have a boss that’s terrible. And you know those different things. I’m thankful that I’m not in that position now that I’m in the position I am in now. But then I realized that even if I was in that position, I should still be thankful for having work and still be thankful to be able to provide, you know, like it’s all a mindset in no matter where you are in life, when you focus on the good, suddenly things start to change a little bit.

06:51          You start looking for opportunities to make things go well rather than looking for opportunities to make things go poorly. And I’ve just found it in my own life to be true. And I would imagine several of you, maybe you’ve experienced this for yourself, whatever I tend to focus on really tends to magnify and really tends to see. I see more of it. It’s like this. Have you ever bought a car or noticed a car and then all of a sudden you start seeing them everywhere. This happened with my jeep, this happened when, you know, my parents bought it like a Subaru. This happened like so many different times in my life. But you get in and all the sudden I buy a jeep and now all I see is jeeps everywhere and it’s still to this day I see so many jeeps. Why? Because I’m focusing on a jeep because my attention has been brought there and now it’s been magnified.

07:34          And now the same thing when if you’ve got, you know, this huge massive image in front of you and you take a magnifying glass and you look at one thing, that one specific spot of that big picture is going to magnify and you’ve got to look at life like that. It’s like, okay, you’ve got this huge massive map in front of you of life. All of these different events, whatever you choose to look at and focus on and put that magnifying glass on, it’s going to blow up and you’re going to see a lot more of it. Same thing, you know, like if there’s a zoom on a computer and you click the button, you say zoom there it seems, and you see a whole lot more of that, you know, and everything else kind of goes off the screen. And what you focus on is going to magnify and there’s going to be more of it.

08:11          And I’m not saying it’s going to magically make all your problems go away because it won’t, but it’s going to make dealing with those problems so much easier. And it’s going to put a lot of things into perspective that most people don’t have. The ability that you do. And by most people, I mean in the history of time, you know, maybe you, you know, maybe everybody has access to the Internet, but the fact that you have it and that millions and billions of people before you did not like, that’s crazy perspective to think about. Not even your grandparents had access to that. You know? And so you think about that. You look at that and you go, okay, today I choose to be thankful. Today I choose to be grateful. Today I choose to look at the good inside of everything. And when you do that, even when it’s hard, even when you don’t feel like it, it will continually brighten day.

08:55          And I’ve been in such a different mood, a much better mood ever since that started doing that. And I want to encourage you to do the same because it will really, really change your life. And I believe everybody should at least try it. If it doesn’t work for you, great. But I’ve never met a single person that looks on the bright side of everything for an entire month and doesn’t complain about something. Actually, that’s one exercise I did. I haven’t done it in a while, but I probably should do that again. But I remember, um, this was move, Gosh, several years ago probably. I made a commitment that for a whole week I was not going to complain about anything. And when I did, I had to pay. I thought it was a quarter or a dollar or something like that into the jar. And it was amazing to me how fast that jar started to fill up and how much money I had to put it in a jar right at the beginning because I complained about so many things.

09:40          But then I stopped my complaining. And what was interesting was I shifted my focus and I had a really good week and I remember sitting at the end thinking, wow, I wish that I was always so conscious and willing to, you know, lose it, lose all my money when I am committed to not complaining. And it’s just those little acts. It’s just those little things that you get done with them and you go, wow that you know that really, that really helped, that really changed and was really thankful for that. So be thankful for your opportunities. Be Thankful for things that go well and for things that don’t go about because even when they don’t go out, you have the opportunity to deal with that. Be Thankful for you know your car, your roads, your cell phone, you know your family, you the house over your head because so many people take those things for granted and I’m trying to do those same things as well.

10:25          Pass on. Good pass on positivity, focus on good. Focus on positivity and good and positivity will come back and magnify itself to you. How the universe works. That’s how it’s created. And if you ever studied quantum physics, you’re going to understand how to much, much deeper level on how that all works. All right, that’s all I got for you. Like I said, a shorter episode today as always, hustle, hustle, God bless. Do not be afraid to think different because those of us that think different are going to have better perspective. Those of us that think different are going to be grateful for the little things. Those of us that think different are going to live in constant gratitude. Then those of us that think different are going to have the best life we can possibly live and make the biggest impact we possibly can. I love you all and I will see you on the next episode. Take it easy fam piece. Okay.

12:23          Yo, what’s up guys? You’ve been listening to The Think Different Theory with myself, Josh Forti, which I like to call, “A new paradigm of thinking”, and real quick, I got a question for you. Did you like this episode? If you did, I want to ask a huge favor. See, the biggest thing that helps this podcast grow, and that will spread this message of positivity and making the world a better place, is if you leave a review, a rating and subscribe to the podcast. What that does is, it basically tells the platforms that this is out on, that you like my stuff, and that I’m doing something right. So if you could take like three seconds out of your day and subscribe, leave a rating, and a review, I would be forever grateful for you. Also, I want to hear from you. I want to know your feedback, your ideas, and your questions for future episodes. So be sure to hit me up on Instagram in the DM @JoshForti or via email