Be Grateful for All the Things You Don't Have

by Brandon Steiner August 27, 2014 0 Comments

I know I am always talking about how important it is to be grateful for what you have. Well, today I am grateful for what I don't have.

There are a few things I remind myself of everyday:

  • Health is everything.
  • Be grateful for what you don’t have.
  • Don’t be envious of what you don’t have.

Recently I had back surgery and I was feeling pretty down about it. I didn’t want to go. All you think about are bad things that could happen when you’re put to sleep and they cut you open.

Between filling out all of the necessary paperwork and answering tons of questions, mentally I was spent.

Do you have/have you had:

  • High blood pressure?
  • Stroke?
  • Diabetes?
  • Cancer?
  • Other Operations?
  • Heart problems?
  • Depression?
  • Allergies?
  • Kidney issues?
  • Arthritis?
  • Heart attack?
  • Past surgeries?
  • Mental health issues?
  • Etc…

I can go on and on. There were probably 100 things on that list. As I’m checking things off the list I thought to myself, “Wow, back surgery doesn’t sound all that bad considering all these boxes I’m saying, 'no,' to.”

So, what’s my point? Well, while the back surgery gave me a little scare, I realized that there are a lot of things I don’t have…and that’s a good thing. For the most part, I’ve maintained my health and that’s something I need to always be grateful for.

What are you grateful for?

Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner


Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.

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