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Episode 12: Global Gratitude with GB

Today we talk about the impact gratitude has had on GB’s life and his movement with the Global Gratitude Jar. He also shares his intimate story of hitting rock bottom and how he got back up.


He’s a jack of all trades, follower of passion, former touring bassist, 10 year plus veteran of personal training in the health and wellness sphere. He is currently an inclusive community builder and the leader towards a global movement towards gratitude.

Most Recent Courage Up Moment:

He’s had a few. It generally becomes where he is so uncomfortable and has to make a change. When he moved to Maui, he was working on a snorkel boat. One day he was prepping the lunch for this guests and he was very sure he was about to have a heart attack. He went to see the doctor and it turns out it was not a heart attack and was possibly anxiety. Deep down, he was really enjoying the work, but he had to engage with his community and help growing it.

Focused Energy

Service to others has been deeply ingrained in him since childhood. In middle school, he lost his father to a brain tumor and another time, their house got struck by lightning and burned down.

Gratitude is the most easy entry way into mindfulness.

Myths about Gratitude and Mindfulness

It will be hard. If consistency is one of your struggles, it can be at first. With a little external motivation, you can achieve it. This is part of why GB wanted to create the Facebook group to give some incentives.

It can be a JOLT, which stands for just one little thing

Impact of Living Into your Purpose

It played into his personal strength of positivity. It didn’t feel like work.

Rock Bottom

In the summer between middle school and high school, he started using drugs. He used drugs most of his teens and 20’s. He was addicted to heroin. He was fully addicted and looking up at the puffy clouds. He imagined if his dad was peeking down from the sky, he would be really sad. That was the day that he quick drugs. He could do it for the memory of his father. Rock bottom is way bouncier than you think. He had nothing but hope from that point on.

First step to bouncing back:

Action and Mindset

Take small steps toward action and build many little successes.


Start with a daily gratitude practice.


From GBs mentor Derek Sivers, “What’s the difference between what I want to do now and what I want most”

Courage Song:

Hard Times by Paramour

Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog


1, Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

2. Wooden by Coach John Wooden


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Instagram: @mingshelby

Facebook: Ming Shelby

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