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July 14, 2017
Location: sitting in the Panaria cafe in Valencia, Spain
Time: 12:01 pm
It’s 3 days after the run and I still get goosebumps thinking back on this. The last few days have been pretty crazy. We left Pamplona, where the actual run was a few hours after the run and weren’t 100% sure where we were going to go… so last minute we ended up going to the train station and booking tickets to Valencia… a very nice city closer to the ocean in southern Spain.
While on the train, I decided to pull out my phone and write out an overview of the emotions, thoughts and everything that I experienced the day before, the night before, day of and during the Running With The Bulls event at the Festival of San Fermin Pamplona.
I’m not going to act all brave and tell you I had my shit together the whole time coming up to the run, because…well, I didn’t.
It was similar to how I felt before swimming with sharks in the Bahamas… Pretty nervous, but excited.
Okay so let’s get right into it…
the night before my girlfriend Sam and I had the pleasure of wandering around the town a little bit and seeing just endless crowds of people with white shirts, pants and red handkerchiefs and belts EVERYWHERE. It was truly an incredible site.
At around 10pm we headed back to the hotel and I started reading EVERYTHING I could about the running. Peoples stories of strategies, where to be, what to do, everything I could.
Sam also found where she would be for the run… ABOVE the bulls up in a balcony, like a normal, sane, human… unlike myself.
She found a great balcony overlooking Dead Man’s Corner
While I was reading through all of these peoples blog post encounters, just like you’re doing right now, I came across one that mentioned that every night at 23:00 (11 pm) there was an epic fireworks show. I looked at the clock, and it was 22:40 (10:40pm) just in time for us to walk out, grab a beer and watch the fireworks.
It was pretty impressive, although from the blog post I read it promised to be the best firework show anyone would ever see. Turns out I got really spoiled living in Orlando, Florida because I was right down the road from Disney and SeaWorld who both did unbelievable firework shows…and I’d see them pretty much every night.
I also worked at Universal Studios as one of my last jobs (bartending) so I was able to see amazing shows there as well.
Okay, back to the story… after the fireworks show was over, we headed home and decided to go to bed because I wanted to wake up around 6 to make sure I was ready for the run, even though it officially didn’t start until 8am.
4am: woke up… went back to sleep
5am: woke up again.. went back to sleep
I was both nervous and excited, so kept waking up not wanting to miss it.
5:45am: got up and out of bed and felt a calming sensation come over me. The dream I had left me assured i’d be fine.
6:30am I start walking towards the square extremely nervous
6:45 follow a few different groups of people until I find the actual course
7-7:30 walk up and down the course a few times and I see Sam up in the balcony she’s watching from
Fear subsides a bit and I feel a sense of calm come over me.
I start chatting with a kid from Seoul and it’s his first time there as well. Chat with him a little but then the cops come to clear off the street. They told us we needed to go to a different spot..
7:35 cops close the steeet and make everyone get off the track
I see a group jogging down side streets and ask a policeman if there is another spot to get on the track and he tells me yes and to follow the crowd pointing to the group running down these side streets.
7:40 I arrive at a spot close to the beginning (near Santo Domingo) and see people crawling under a fence.
At this point, I think “well, I could just watch from the fence here and be safe“
I mean, it’s crazy to run with bulls. It’s insanity. They’re HUGE…right?
Well, 5 seconds later I realize I came to run and I will run. It is decided.
I climb under the fence and start stretching and jumping around keeping my muscles warm.
7:50 I overhear the group next to me chatting and one guy told his friend he didn’t look well… guy was sweating and a little nervous looking so I patted him on the shoulder and told him he’s got this. I then ask him a few positive questions to get him present.
Tells me he’s from North Dakota and here with his friends and wives. Turns out Sam was in the same balcony as the wives (and one of the husbands who nailed)
He starts smiling and I wish him luck.
7:55 5 minutes until the release. Stretch and breath
The next 5 minutes flew by and I was just jumping up and down and stretching. Chatting a little bit to a group from the midwest USA… turns out Sam was up in the balcony with these 3 guys’ wives. Small world, huh?
…. the clock ticks closer and closer and the crowd starts getting louder…
8:00 the first firework goes off symbolizing the first bull has left… and maybe 10 seconds later the next.
I see the people in the balcony watching and cheering, cop taps me on the shoulder and yells ‘corre!’ And I jump off the wall quick to run.
About 5-7 seconds later the crowd is crazy, about 3 people between me and the center of the street… everyone pushes to the sides as the bulls approach and come flying past. My head is swiveling from side-to-side looking for both people, the street and the bulls. I spot the first bull of the group coming around behind me and a half second later its directly to my right.
There’s 2 guys to my right and the first bull flies right past, doing what it wants to do… get clearly through the pack without running into anything or anyone.
The next second the rest of the pack is there… I’m basically at a very slow jog because EVERYONE rushes to the sides and slows down. All the bulls run past and…
My adrenaline is pumping like crazy. I read how its super fun to get into the arena at the end of the run and see the excitement of the crowd once you arrive. So, I decide to run behind with the rest of the people who chose to run.
After about 5 seconds, I see an older gentleman who was knocked down and ask if he was ok. He pointed to his hip and smiled to signify he was okay… I offer a hand, but he declined so I kept running.
I follow the bulls far enough behind to not distract (as the rules stated to do) and follow them all the way to the arena. I’ve got tears of joy in my eyes… and they don’t seem to stop.
The whole way i’m running, I have cotton mouth and am just grinning from ear to ear… to the sides of the street I see a few people on the ground holding their legs or hips or shoulder but didn’t see anything too bad. No one was gored in this run, thankfully.
At the turn sam was at, I look up and see her and try to yell hello.. my cotton mouth is too bad and I can’t get the words out. She turns and goes back in the apartment before I can get her attention, so I sprint off towards the arena.
I get closer to the arena and some of the cops are yelling that it’s time to close the gate… I sprint ahead to make sure I get inside… once inside, I immediately run to the side of the arena as I was told to do in a few of the posts I read.
I’m very teary eyed.
But i’ve got a big ass grin on my face and tears of joy rolling down my face. Everyone is hugging and taking pictures and cheering.
Thousands of people in the stands are cheering and I tear up again. This happens about 5 different times where an overwhelming feeling of joy hits me. It’s crazy.
Once you’re in the arena, they let other new bulls inside the arena… fresh bulls, not the ones that just ran… I move even closer to the wall.
Here’s the official statement of what happens once inside the bullfight arena (Plaza de Toros)
“Immediately after the Bull Run (encierro) heifers (vaquillas) are released in the bullfight arena (Plaza de Toros). They will chase all the runners who made it into the arena. It is less dangerous to be hit by a heifer, especially because their horns are taped. However, they can cause damage and one man has been paralyzed from being hit.”
As soon as these heifers get back into the arena, I stay and watch some people dodging them and seeming to play around with the heifers. One makes its round and then exits… after that a countdown happens and another is rushed in…
And then a countdown begins. I was hoping it would be for a cheer or something…
Turns out it was for another massive heifer. It runs around the arena and appears to be heading in my direction. All the people are moving towards my side of the wall. I’m about 2 people off the wall, but theres still a lot of people in front of me closer to the center of the arena.
The heifer starts in our direction…The crowd runs directly towards the wall and I’m about the 3rd person out of 5 off of the wall now. I’m pretty nervous… but then the bull stops, and decides to run the other way. Maybe another person got its attention and directed it away from our side..
Either way, I find the nearest exit and get out of the ring as soon as possible…. I remember Sam was going back to the hotel after so I could meet up with her, so I decide to head back. I’m teary eyed and jacked up out of my mind with adrenaline.
That really just happened.
Fuck. That happened.
I did it.
Big ass grin on my face and more tears of joy.
I read that most of the runners grab a beer after the run to calm themselves down a bit and I see quite a few runners in a pub immediately outside the arena and I decide to join them in the mini-celebration.
I order a beer and watch a little bit of the re-run to see what happened on the run… nothing bad comes up and I’m happy.
And just smile.
Here’s a few videos of the run that I was in that took place on July 11, 2017… the 5th day of the Running of the Bulls.
Here is a longer video of the full run:
With all of the negativity that seems to be taking over social media, it’s important to remember that there are good people out there.
People who want to spread happiness and joy and not just anger and hate.
I’m so happy and grateful that I’m able to share this video with you.
Honestly, these are just 2 normal dudes who decided to make a simple difference in peoples lives.
The look of pure surprise and joy that is experienced by the receivers of this makes me so damn happy.
Here’s what the guys on the page had to say
“We’re just two regular guys. Anyone could do this! Go make a difference today. We plan on filming more videos like this. Please leave your ideas in the comments.”
If you are reading this right now, there’s a great chance that you live a life of abundance and have more than a lot of other people do. Sure, you might be struggling a little. I’ve been there. Hell, I still go through it from time to time.
The thing is, it’s important to always find ways to give back.
Whether it’s your time volunteering, or just lending a helping hand or listening to someone who is having a tough day. This is something we can all do.
Thank you so much for watching the video. Be sure to share this on Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to see this video on other people’s timelines and spreading happiness instead of hate.
January 17, 2016
Location: my condo in Chiang Mai, Thailand
I’m currently reading the book, How Rich People Think, by Steve Siebold and wanted to document some of my thoughts and view points on being rich and creating wealth.
For those of you that know me and grew up with me, you know that I didn’t grow up rich, and I didn’t grow up poor. We had everything we needed and a little more. I’m extremely grateful for that. The good thing was that my home town was extremely cheap to live in, so money went a lot further there than it would in many other places.
But, growing up this way I had always been told all of the typical things about money that you probably have heard throughout your life.
If you were born in the USA, you probably grew up hearing similar viewpoints. For those of you outside of the USA, I can’t speak for your family because it may have been different than what I grew up with.
Think to yourself for a second, how many times did your parents, teachers and others in your life tell you things about money that you just blindly listened to and followed because they were older and therefore knew more than you?
I know for me, it has been difficult to realize that a lot of what I was told when I was younger didn’t have to be my reality.
For example, the idea of working hard for money.
While I do believe working hard is one of the most important things you can do, and I thoroughly believe that you absolutely must work your ass off to develop skill-sets that bring in money, you don’t always need to work hard to earn money.
When it comes to marketing, I have worked my ass off. I’m constantly learning, reading, hiring coaches and mentors and testing and tweaking different campaigns I run and products I’m selling.
You know why?
It takes hard work to learn and implement the stuff that produces money.
What isn’t hard is taking what has been proven to work from your tests and then turning it into more money.
In particular I’m talking about finding a need in a market and providing a solution to their problem(s) and either eliminating the pain that they were experiencing, or providing more pleasure to their life by solving the problem(s).
Once you figure out how to solve a particular problem, you can use advertising to get more exposure to something that has been proven to work.
What that proves to me, and should prove to you is that…
Making money is easy.
Once you develop a skill set that can produce money, doing it over and over again can be done with minimal effort. In fact, you can hire people to do the exact steps you were doing to produce that money.
It’s not rocket science.
Although, it is hard work up front.
Okay, so back to the point of this blog post and where this idea came from..
Here is an excerpt from the book.
“The average person believes being rich is a privilege awards only to lucky people. World-class thinkers know in a capitalist country they have the right to be rich if they’re willing to create massive value for others.
This distinction in thinking leads the middle class to the lottery and the world class to work. While the masses are waiting to pick the right numbers and praying for prosperity, the great ones are solving problems.
They believe if they make life better or easier for others, it’s their right to be rich.
They’re always thinking of new ways to build a better mousetrap, and are often scorned by the masses for being materialistic, self absorbed and greedy.
While the masses are watching television and surfing the web, champions are thinking,working and dreaming of a better life.”
The funny thing is that the lottery was just at 1.5 Billion dollars. A lot of my Facebook news feed was full of people hoping and praying that they hit the jackpot and then never have to work another day in their life.
I don’t play the lottery because I don’t believe in getting something for nothing. The whole idea of just being given an enormous amount of money without providing massive value doesn’t add up to me and it doesn’t resonate with my core beliefs.
Sure, I would take the $1.5 Billion if I won. I know exactly what I would do with it as well. 70% of it would be re-invested in boring and safe things that provide me with a safe return every year. 10% would be given to charities, 10% would be to buy a few apartment complexes and the other 10% would be re-invested in new businesses and hiring teams to run the new businesses.
However, I didn’t enter to win it so there was no chance for that to happen.
Bill Gates said it best, ““If you are born poor its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake.”
You can’t help the situation you are born into, it simply happens.
However, you can choose how you react to it and the knowledge you learn along the way and most importantly the people you surround yourself with.
Is your current friend group holding you back from becoming great? It may be time to get rid of some of them.
Head to local meetup groups and conferences where you have the opportunity to meet people who are doing what you want to do. Find people who have the lifestyle you want and do whatever you can to learn from them.
Do work for free for them in exchange for mentoring. Be their errand boy/girl and go get them coffee. Do the little things to stay in front of their minds and they’ll do what they can to help you out in return.
At first, it sucks. After a while, you’ll start to notice that you’re thinking differently.
You’ll notice that the way you talk to others is different. The thoughts you have in your own mind are different. You start to believe that, “yeah, making $10,000 a month is actually pretty easy” and you build a business to do that.
Pretty soon you’ll be around people who are doing $100,000 a month and you will realize that it is possible.
The sky really is the limit.
Now I know you’re probably thinking, yeah yeah, Chris, you are already making good money with your business, of course you believe this shit.
…and you’re absolutely right. Don’t believe me.
However, here’s some blog posts I wrote about years ago that you may resonate more with.
Okay, so as you can see this shit is real. It’s currently January 17, 2016 and I’m chilling in Chiang Mai, Thailand with my girlfriend writing this post.
It’s been years since I started implementing the stuff I’m sharing with you now and it just goes to show that you can become rich if you choose to be.
I honestly believe anyone with the right mindset and work ethic can become rich. It’s just up to them to actually go through with it. Some days are going to flat out suck, others are going to kick so much ass you’re going to just sit back and think “how the hell did I get so lucky?”
Over the last few years, I’ve had my fair share of both of these days and I 100% believe that it was my mindset and my belief that I will do whatever it takes to make this whole internet marketing thing work for me.
The beauty of this is that I’m able to live my absolute dream life because of these beliefs and if you want to become rich (whatever that means to you), you have the right to do it.
You just gotta surround yourself with the right people, learn from your mentors and work your ass off until you can duplicate yourself.
Hey! So a few weeks back I went to Mexico to Mastermind with my buddy Brendan and discuss growing our business and get a new viewpoint as well as visit a new country.
…and we happened to rent a house on the beach.
…and I happened to notice a coconut tree in the backyard!
Which of course meant I had to have fresh coconut juice. Granted, I had never done this before so it was a new experience for me. I figured it would be fun to share with you how it all went down.
Thank you to my girlfriend, Sam, for laughing at me the whole time and getting these pictures.
So the first idea I had was to throw rocks at the coconuts and hope I hit them and eventually one would fall…
this worked for a little while, but there has to be a better way, right?
Next step was to try to hold my buddy Brendan up while he pulled them off the tree…
that didn’t work.
Why not try a chair!
Sure enough, this worked and it was easier than the previous attempts.
Alright so now to open these coconuts…
Step 1 is to break the outer shell.
I found the easiest way was to bang the side of the coconut off of an edge of something strong…in this case, the wall.
You can see in the picture how it’s cracked a bit. We found that by cracking the top and then breaking the sides so they had a deep cut into it, we were then able to peel off the exterior layer.
At this step, you just peel and peel until you have the outer shell completely off.
Sometimes while you are breaking them you go too far and this is what happens..
Although, you’ll see on the table there that one of the coconuts is entirely peeled…the one that’s sitting on the table is fully peeled.
The next step is to find a shell or rock that has a flat edge on one end and comes to a point on the other.
We tried the knife shown in the picture, but in a normal situation you mind not have a knife to use.
So you’ll place the pointed edge of the rock/shell into the top of the coconut and use another rock to hammer it in. The shell will crack a little bit at the point where you hit it. That’s a good sign.
Once that happens, you’ll want to repeat the process and make a circle of these little cracks in the coconut.
This will make it easier for you to pick out the broken shell and get to the inside.
Once you have cracked it a few times, you can start peeling the hard exterior off. Then all you need to do is poke a little hole in the interior (the white part) and you’ll be getting fresh coconut water!
and if anyone is wondering what it’s like to work while in Mexico this is where I spent a good chunk of my days when not hanging out/surfing..
Yes, to have my lifestyle you do have to work your ass off. But it’s 100% worth it.