Philip F. Smith is now a two-time inc 5000 honoree. You might recognize him for his majestic beard and lambo that he often uses to promote his Loan Broker Network through ads on YouTube. Yep, this is the company that the Slimeball Kevi Harrington has slapped his face on so he’ll get a cut of the sales. Anyway, Phil just finished up his son’s baseball game and wants to share a few things with ya.
“So real quick,” Philip says, “my wife kinda mentioned this to me today. Figured I’d make a video on it. So, the one thing that has made me more successful than I ever thought I’d ever be? Because I grew up poor, water was always getting shut off, electricity got shut off, had to use public transportation, all that fun stuff. Never thought I’d own a Lamborghini and be able to sell houses and make money there too, and, ya know, be in the real estate game and everything else I’ve done.”
“But anyway,” Philip elaborates, “give ya an example. So, ya ever play the game Wordle? If you haven’t, go check it out. Basically, you have to guess a five-letter word and you have six tries. So, when I first started playing the game, I was like, ‘All right, I just wanna get it done and figure it out.’ I’ve never not guessed the word. It’s just a once-a-day thing I do on the New York Times’ website. So, at first, ya know, I just wanted to get it done. Then I thought, ‘Let’s push it a little, let’s see if I can get it in no more than four tries.’”
“And it keeps stats for ya. And four tries, ya know, got easier. And then I was like, ‘All right, let me do three tries.’ So today I got one in five tries, ya know, it was a harder word today. A word I didn’t even know existed. And uh, my wife just laughed at me because I was like, ‘Damn, I wish I got it in at least four.’ So she’s like, ‘Are you kiddin’ me?’ So, but that’s how I am with everything. Everything in life I wanna do a little bit better. Doesn’t matter what I achieve, I push myself to get a little better, little better, little better.”
That’s pretty much how Phil approaches everything he comes across. But he gets it. Not everyone is wired like him. If people are already happy, who’s he to get in the way? “This is all personal, right? It’s whatever you wanna achieve,” he continues. “But, I’m just sayin’, for me, that is a big driver of my success in everything I’ve done. I keep pushing myself. It doesn’t matter where I’m at or how much success I’ve already had. I just keep pushing myself to get to that next level.”
It’s not that he’s discontent or unsatisfied, he’s just trying to push his personal limits. “We’re gonna die one day, ya know, and I just wanna achieve things I never thought were possible. For someone who came from where I came from; all my friends were in jail by the time I was 21; I got arrested a bunch of times, committed a lot of crime in my late teenage years. But anyway, so, that’s it. So hopefully this motivates somebody. Push ya in a different direction, help ya out.”
Although he knows it definitely sounds cliche, sometimes you just gotta hear things a different way for it to click. Other than that, he plans on spending his summer not worrying about money and spending time with his family. “That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I bust my butt and put my time and effort into my businesses. But everything’s going well, no complaints, and I guess we’ll see what happens, all right? You guys have a good one.”