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Hello and welcome to Operation Self Reset. My name’s Jake Nawrocki, and this is episode number one, the first of many episodes to come down the pipe from OperationSelfREset.com. I thank you again for joining me. This is going to be an awesome, awesome podcast. I hope you get a lot of information, knowledge, and fun facts to share with your family at Christmastime, because there’s nothing better than a fun fact, right?
So let’s dive into this. We’re going to be doing things a little bit differently today because this is episode number one, and you want to get to know me, Jake Nawrocki. Who am I? I know. It’s going to be a very deep, interesting conversation. I have a lot to share with you. But also we’re going to talk about what Operation Self Reset is and what it means to me and what it means to you. Obviously, the reason you’re listening to this podcast is not only to hear my amazing voice—I know I’m talented, thank you—but to get information that can change the way you think, act, and believe. And it’s basically on the mindset of resetting things that have gone okay in your life. You know, some things have gone well; some things have gone badly, and we want to change the bad into the good so we can have our lives just be great full time.
And that’s what life is all about because every single minute we spend on this life, excuse me, on this earth is very, very precious. There are only so many ticks in your chest, a.k.a. your heart, that, and the craziest thing is with all the technology, with all the iPhone apps and all that crazy stuff there is no way to determine when that ticker is going to run out. So we really need to make the most out of this life. Because, gosh, it is amazing, isn’t it? There have to be times in your life when you wake up, you, you go on a trip, you meet with new friends or old friends or whatever, your experiences that sometimes you just go, “Wow! That was a great time. Wow! That was amazing. Wow! That scenery was beautiful.” You know there are times like that, just little slivers that make us go, “Wow, I really appreciate life.” And that’s what everything is all about literally. In the end, that’s what life is all about.
So before I start talking about how I came up with the idea of Operation Self Reset, I want to give you a little history on myself and where I came from and how my values got started. They all began with my father. He was a very motivating, inspiring kind of guy. He was that guy that anytime things happened, events occurred, good or bad he always had a quote to say or some line, and it was one of those things like you roll your eyes, “Oh my god, please, come on. That’s ridiculous.” But as time went on from when I was a young guy, I started gaining and started realizing a lot of those ideas and speeches and quotes really benefited the outcome of where I am today. I’m really thankful now. At the time I was thinking, This is so crazy and stupid. You know? But my father—it was so funny—when we would be traveling to hockey practice in the morning around 5:30 a.m. Hockey, ice, excuse me, ice time is very precious so there are a lot of times you have to wake up early and get to the ice rink. And I was six or seven years old. My dad would have these plastic binders with all these cassette tapes in them. He was the type of guy that would go to the seminars and buy all the products, and listen and read and improve himself and all that stuff. And my dad would throw these tapes into the car, and we would be listening to them on the way to hockey practice. And, of course, as a young kid you’re not going to be listening to how to make the most out of life and inspire others and all that stuff. I was thinking, This is crazy stuff.
But it’s so funny looking back, because I really now crave it, you know? I’m really glad he put those tapes in even though I absolutely hated them, and he and I did not talk on the car ride because he wanted to listen and I didn’t even want to know that that tape was going on. But as time progressed, I realized that a lot of those things I learned really helped me out in life, and when I turned 26 years old, before my birthday I had a great outcome in my life. I went to college. I got a great career. I bought a house. I got a girlfriend, a dog. I had a nice vehicle. Everything literally was going well. There were no real issues in my life at that time. I had some funny stories from work. I had some great friends and family. A lot, I mean literally everything surrounding me was, I don’t want to say perfect, but it was great. I had a great time, you know?
So when I woke up on my 26th birthday, that’s when the transformation started. I woke up and I was lying there alone. My girlfriend went to work, and I was just hanging out and I was lying in bed just thinking to myself, My gosh, I just feel sick. I feel horrible. I feel insecure and mad and angry and disappointed, even though I had accomplished so much in my life. I bought some real estate properties. I managed people, and it was just that I had a rewarding life, but internally I was not happy; I didn’t feel rewarded. I didn’t feel satisfied. So when my father called me to wish me happy birthday, I explained the feelings I was going through. I said, “Dad, I should be happy today. I feel like I should be going out and partying and hanging with my friends and just enjoying my birthday because that’s what you usually do on your birthday, right? You go out, hang out, have a couple of cocktails and, and just enjoy that day.”
And so I started talking to him about the feelings I was having, and he said, “You know what, Jake? You have to go and explore yourself.” And I said, “Well, what do you mean?” He said, “Well, those pains and those issues and the insecurities that you are having right now, there’s a reason for that. I don’t know what the reason is, but you have to go out there and find it.” I said, “All right, well, how do I find it? Do I just go on the Internet and plug in ‘I feel sick today’ and start searching?” And he said, “No, you have to go out there. You’ll start meeting people. You have to start traveling. You have to start putting yourself out there and having experiences that you would never encounter otherwise. Go meditating or do yoga or just try some things that are totally different, totally out there that you might find the reasons for the feelings that you have right now.” And I said, “Okay. I think I can do that.”
So that day I decided to write down a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish and go and see and talk to and stuff like that, and during that time I started finding my journey. It was so weird. I set out for a goal and I didn’t even know what the outcome was going to be, but throughout that time I realized that—are you guys ready for this?—I wanted to be a motivational speaker. And it’s so crazy, you know? It was one of those things, when it hit me I started talking to all these people. I mean, I invented products—I’m going to talk about that more in a little bit here—and I started going up to these meet-ups and talking to others and I realized naturally I started just talking about the positive things in life. And people would really do that thing, you know if you whistle to your dog and how he tilts his head and he’s looking at you? And he doesn’t know what you’re trying to do, but it sounds interesting to him. That’s the response I was getting from people. Now maybe that’s a crazy person look, you know, like “This guy’s loony.” But it was one of those things when I realized that I was really affecting people around me it was really powerful. I really found my journey, my passion. And it was so cool to feel that.
So after I discovered myself basically, I was thinking, Man, that’s cool. I want to be a motivational speaker. Yeah, high five to Jake! Whoo! But then I thought, Whoa. Who am I to stand up in front of people and present this: “Oh, does your life suck? Well, I have the answers for you! Go explore the world!” You know? No, they’re not going to listen to a 28-year-old guy, which I am currently. And I started really analyzing this and really thinking You know what? There hasn’t been anything, I have no platform. I have no foundation. And I’m trying to think of stories that have happened to me, and I have a boatload of stories that have happened to me that are hilarious. Then I have some that I’ve reached my goals that I want to share with you guys that will really help you along your journey of changing the person you are to the person you want to be.
So I started really thinking about this, and as time goes on life still continues. That’s always in the back of my head, and I’m always thinking, Oh, it would be so cool to be a motivational speaker. It would be so cool to be a motivational speaker. As life continued, my wife, or excuse me, my girlfriend and I got married, and we started doing improvements on the house, hanging out with friends, going on trips and all that stuff. And it came time to decide, “Are we going to plan for a family?” And it was one of those things…I don’t know if you’re ever really ready to start a family, but it was one of those things that I thought, Yeah, you know what? We can take a step in that direction.
As we were starting to think about that, some of my real estate deals that I did earlier in life were not going all too well. As we all can agree, the economy was not doing too well, and currently, it’s still doing just okay. It’s better than it was a couple years ago, but a couple of my real estate deals that I have are through a bank that the mortgages were coming due which means that I was going to have to pay the balance due on the buildings. These were two buildings on the east side of Milwaukee that had a combined value of, we’ll say, around $500,000. So the bank basically said, “You know what, Jake? Your mortgages came due. How about you come on in, and we’ll talk about maybe reassigning your mortgages or some other options for you.” And I thought Yeah, sounds good. Okay. Great. So we scheduled an appointment. I put on my suit. I got all my paperwork, all my taxes, all this and all that. And I went in there with confidence, right? Because confidence is key to any meeting. If you can present yourself well, they should respond well, and you’ll get a deal done, right?
So, I went in there with all my paperwork. I was feeling good, you know? I was feeling positive, you know? Okay. So I sat down. I gave them all my paperwork, and I said, “Okay, well, obviously my mortgages came due. I don’t personally have $500,000 in cash. Is there any way that you guys can extend my loan here a little bit? What’s the deal?” So the gentleman across from me, the loan officer, was looking over the paperwork, and he said, “Well, you know what? Currently, Jake, I don’t think we can renew you at this bank, but I would suggest you go out to other banks and see what they have to offer. Maybe they can pull over these mortgages, and you can start having a better relationship with a different bank.” And I said, “Okay, not a problem. Sure. Great. Sounds good.” Shook his hand, left there feeling confident. Went home. I started calling all these other banks and telling them my situation and saying, “Hey, you know what? I have about two properties valued about $500,000. Do you think you guys could take over the mortgages?” And they said, “Well, do you have any money to bring to closing?” And I said, “Well, not really.” I told them my situation, like anybody out there listening: you have money but you don’t have $50,000 to put down on buildings you already own, which to me still boggles my mind, but whatever.
So I called these banks. I called the connections. I talked to everybody. I was scanning for people. Calling old friends, calling coworkers, all that crazy stuff. Well, so what happened? Nothing. There was no outcome. No bank said, “Yeah, come on in, Jake.” So I went back to my bank where the notes, or excuse me, the mortgages were originally, and I asked them again, “You know what? I searched. There’s just nobody out there that’ll take me over. The economy’s kind of crappy right now. What do you think about renewing me, these mortgages on these buildings?” And the gentleman across from me again was looking at the paperwork, head down, not really saying much. And I was shaking in my boots a little bit. And he said, “Well, Mr. Nawrocki, sorry to say but either two things are going to have to happen. You’re going to have to sell the buildings outright for a loss,” because the loan to value on the buildings was just outrageous because the economy had dropped, the housing market had dropped, all that stuff. And he said, “Or, you can foreclose on them and hand over the keys and this will be a very quick meeting.” And I said, “Wait, what did you say?” He said, “You can foreclose on them and just hand over the keys and that’ll be it.” I said, “Whoa.” Man, talk about a wave of emotion that comes over you.
Now, I know there are a lot of people out there in America that have lost their personal homes, their personal cars and all this stuff, but for me this was very emotional because I had emotionally attached myself to these buildings. I worked my butt off. You know, a lot of sweat equity. I worked hard to get them rented, all that stuff. I put my heart and passion into this, these buildings. So I was sitting there, basically, with tears rolling down my face. I was red in the face. I was flustered. I didn’t even know what to say. I was just mad at the situation. I was mad at myself. I was mad at this guy, and I couldn’t really be mad at that guy cause he wasn’t not in control. He was just the pencil pusher. So I left that meeting, shook his hand, still showed confidence on the outside, but I was a total wreck on the inside, and I just went home and I was devastated. I thought, Oh, my gosh. This is possibly the worst thing that could ever happen to me, right? So I was trying to think of other ways to go about this, and I was talking to other people and telling them now obviously that they were going to foreclose on these buildings and I didn’t have the money outright. And so the bank started calling me—the bank where I had the mortgages—and they start grilling, drilling me on where do I have my money. “Do you have it in CDs? Do you have it in savings? Do you have it in cash?” You know, “Where’s the money?” And I said, “Whoa! Whoa! I don’t really have the money.” So then they searched, they basically searched every document, every account, everything that I own and scanned for loose money to shake it out of me. And that’s when I really started thinking, Oh my gosh, there have to be other options out there for me. I didn’t want to lose these buildings. I worked my butt off on them, like I said.
And so a friend of mine said, “You know what? You should talk to this lawyer.” And I contacted this gentleman, this lawyer, and he said, “Well, have you ever thought of bankruptcy?” And I said, “Oh my god, bankruptcy. Geez. No, I haven’t. What is this? How does this work?” So he described the whole thing to me, and we started proceeding toward that goal of bankruptcy. Well, luck be a lady. Soon after that happened, my wife told me that we were pregnant. And I shouted, “Yes! Whoo! We’re having a baby!” And then inside, I was thinking, Oh my god. So let’s look at the picture here. So I have a decent job, but I’m going to lose my buildings possibly, so I’m going to be filing for bankruptcy which is going to cost a lot of money because I have to pay off this lawyer and then on top of it you’re going to throw a baby in my arms and say, “Now go!” Wow, that was a moment in my life I will never forget. And my wife currently…awesome, awesome lady, so loving, so genuine…she wanted to look at life the same way I did—as very positive and loving and all that stuff. But my mind was totally having a different position than where she was thinking.
So that’s when I started freaking out. I tried, but I started going downhill. And I’m not talking skiing or having fun downhill. I’m talking about rolling downhill, got pushed backwards, head-over-heels. So I started thinking to myself, What are my options? And trying to figure this out and then I started sitting down and talking to my friend, Jordan, who I’m going to be interviewing here in a little bit. He said, “Dude, this is your platform. This is your moment.” And I said, “What do you mean?” And he said, “This is the moment that you have been looking for your whole life. The stars have aligned. The universe has spoken to you. You can now relate to so many more people on this level.” And I was thinking, Oh my gosh. And it was amazing when this hit me. Talking about looking at the positive out of disaster: this was my moment to say to myself, “You know what? This is where I’m going to create Operation Self Reset: Changing the Person You Are to the Person You Want to Be.” I was obviously not in a good position right then. Obviously you know the whole story, and I know that there are other people out there that are in the exact same position as me. Obviously a little different. The circumstances might be changed, obviously. But I know that there are people that are searching, and they need help in finding their motivation again, their inspiration of just getting out there and changing the way they think, act, and believe because for a while there I was really down in the dumps. I wasn’t eating well. I was eating poorly.
And—this is super embarrassing, and some day I’m going to look back on this and laugh because I don’t even know why I’m saying this—I was so much a wreck with myself that I barely brushed my teeth, and I’m Mr. Teeth Guy. You know, I love good teeth and I did not care. My mind was totally in the gutter, right? And so I recently went for a check-up, and the dentist said, “You know you have five cavities? Did you have cavities when you were younger?” And I said, “Yeah, I had a lot of cavities when I was younger.” And she was drilling me with all these questions, “Oh, do you drink soda?” And I said, “No, I’m a pretty healthy guy.” And the orthodontist came in, and he said, “Yeah, Jake, you have five cavities.” I said, “What? Whoa, whoa, whoa. What did you say?” “Five cavities.” And he showed me the picture, the x-ray of all these cavities in my mouth and it’s not that embarrassing but it’s just so funny. My god. My whole life I’ve been trying to be Mr. Teeth, you know? Make sure they’re straight and organized and they’re clean and white and all that stuff, and then I had these five cavities, and that’s when I realized, “Oh my god, I let go.” I just was not thinking about myself. My mind was totally in a different universe, you know what I mean? And I just had to share that little tidbit with you. So that’s a fun fact about me. So let’s hear a fun fact about you? Go! No, I’m kidding.
And so it was just a really crazy process, and that’s when I said, “Oh my gosh, I’ve got to start this. I’ve got to hunker down and I’ve got to help others.” And this is why I started Operation Self Reset. There are so many people that are struggling so bad that are trying to stay on the positive side, no matter if it’s hating your job or just hating your relationship, whoever you’re with. It’s about just changing yourself, your mindset and believing in yourself. At the end of the day, when you go to bed, your mind is thinking, right? It doesn’t matter if you read a book before bed or you listened to an audio book. You’re thinking about your goals, your future, what you have to do in life tomorrow or waking up or the things that are going on all around you. But have you really invested the time in yourself in thinking, I need to change myself. I want to become a better person? No, not too many people do. And that’s why Operation Self Reset has been started—to reset yourself, basically.
There have been so many times in my life that I thought to myself, Wow, I can’t believe I always stay so positive and thinking such good thoughts. I don’t know why others have issues of trying to find their path in life. I found it. I nailed it.”And then these events happened in my life, and that’s when I thought to myself, I’ve got to get out there and help. And help others that are like me and help myself.
So throughout this process, I’m going to be putting things on the blog. I’m going to be doing podcast interviews with successful people, people that have invented products, business people, financial people, health gurus, all that crazy stuff, and not because I want to share the people that I know and puff out my chest and say, “You’ve got to listen to these people because these guys know everything.” No. It’s because I want to share their mindset. Why the mindset, you ask. Well, because the mind controls everything that goes on around you. If you’re mentally tough and say, “I’m determined to lose ten pounds.” Well, you know what? It doesn’t matter how strong you are physically, if you’re not mentally tough to push away from that cake or that special dinner and leave some extra on the plate so you’re not clearing it like a hog. You’re not going to reach your goals. And that’s why I wanted to invite people on this podcast to pick at their brains, figure out what makes them tick. How did they get past those self-confidence struggles in their lives? How did they find the motivation to keep going day after day after day?
You have to be honest with me when I say that there are days that you wake up and I wake up that you just don’t want to do things. There are times you are just so checked out, you are just mentally burnt out and you don’t want to deal with it. It doesn’t matter how much coffee or tea or energy drinks you pound or whatever, sometimes you just don’t have it within you. But how is it that successful people find that motivation? That’s what I want to ask them. That’s why I want to interview these people and sit down and pick at their brains because they have so much to offer, and it’s so true. When I was exploring myself I learned that the more people you talk to, the more people you find out they’re like-minded to yourself, you realize, “Wow! You can learn so much from other people.”
We get so caught up in just hanging out with our usual group of friends. They say that the five closest people that surround you all make the same amount of money. You all have the same goals. You all have the same interests and all that stuff. Your five closest people. Think about that for a second. Your five closest friends or family or coworkers or whatever it is. You probably all make about the same amount of money. You probably all hang out at the regular spots and talk about the same things and have the same interests, right? But once you put yourself out there, and you really start to realize that there are other people that want more in life like yourself or want to change their lives like yourself, the world is unbelievable. It’s untapped. There are so many cool people out there that we can learn so much. That’s why when on the news or 60 Minutes, they interview only the most interesting people, right? They’re not going to interview Joe the low-life who just sits at home and plays video games. No, that’s not interesting. What is he going to say? “This is 60 Minutes. Joe, how do you feel when you wake up and continue to play video games for the next 23 hours and then you sleep one hour?” “I feel good. I wake up in the morning, and then I drink some Mountain Dew, and then I play video games.” “That’s very interesting. Back to you guys.” No, nobody cares about Joe, right? Everybody wants to know the successes, right? But nobody really talks about the failures. And when people fail, how do they bring themselves back up to succeed again?
It’s so funny when you hear those stories out there on entrepreneurs. They say, “Oh, I created this multi-million-dollar company and then we went bankrupt, but then I started a multi-million-dollar company again.” You wonder, How the heck do you do that? Like, what’s going on? What am I missing here? What’s the missing link? So that’s why I want to interview these types of people because they are just hustlers. They get out there and they do it. And they have the mindset of just energy and positive and tips that they can share with us to enlighten our lives together. Me and you. It’s just not about me. This podcast is not about Jake Nawrocki and about how I’m so cool and I’m bankrupt right now and I have a kid on the way and you need to listen to what I say because I know everything. No way! That’s the point of these interviews and getting out there and just talking to other people.
Now you might be saying to yourself, “Jake, you know what? I don’t want to start a business. I’m not an entrepreneur. I don’t have any inventions. Why should I continue to listen to this? I want to reset my life. I’m not here to get inspired to start a multi-million-dollar company. Why should I listen to these interviews?” That’s a very good question, and I’m going to answer that. The reasoning is because the more people we talk to about mindset the more we can gain from one another and improve our own lives no matter what we learn. If you want to lose weight, if you want to keep your kids on a positive track and trying to find their journey, try to find your own journey, change jobs. It doesn’t matter what challenge or thing that you want to change in your own personal life, we can learn so much.
And the reason why I’m interviewing these successful people, especially in the beginning here, is because I personally believe that the successful people have gone through some stuff that a lot of other people have not. They have challenged themselves in ways that the average Joe—no offense, if your name is Joe—has not. That’s the reason why I’m asking these successful people. They have gone through the lack of self-confidence. They’ve gone through the family issues. They’ve gone through the financial tough times. There’s so much that they have already gone through and trekked through, high and low emotional roller coasters, and we can gain that information without going through it. We’re almost getting a cheat sheet on advancing ourselves without going through the personal failures. They do say, and everybody says, and I agree with this too that sometimes you, individually, and I have to go through these failures before we can succeed. Very true. But sometimes it’s nice to get a heads-up, right? I mean it’s just like if you’re driving, you’ve got a friend that drove an hour ahead of you, and he says, “Hey, FYI. There’s a cop two miles off this exit.” That’s good-to-know information right there. So you’re going to slow it down, proceed with caution, and carry through. That’s why we can learn so much from one another.
In summary here, I could keep talking and talking about mindset and talking about the things that I have learned so much from other people that have influenced me. The thing I just want to let you guys know is that we’re in this together. This is a community. This is not me just talking directly to you. Currently on my website I have a voice box. It’s on the left side of the page. You can click on it. You can record questions for me. I will answer them for you. We will almost have an open conversation that will be delayed because it’ll take a little bit for me to record the podcast, send it out, and then we’ll continue the conversations. But, again, feel free to go to the website: OperationSelfReset.com. Follow me on Twitter: OpSelfReset@twitter. Tweet to me; I’ll tweet to you, and then we’ll tweet together because I think that’s what it’s made for. I guess, sure. And then also too, go to YouTube. I have a channel there: Operation Self Reset. And feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, concerns, comments—good or bad—feel free to lay it on me. I’m a tough kid. I can handle this stuff.
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