You Can Always Do Something To Move Forward With Gus Kalathakis

podcast Sep 13, 2021
You Can Always Do Something To Move Forward With Gus Kalathakis

Are you struggling with staying positive amidst the negativity around us?

The world is filled with negativity. It's hard to go anywhere these days without hearing about how bad things are or that something terrible has happened. The internet, TV, and social media provide a constant stream of negative news. This can be overwhelming for anyone looking for inspiration in their lives. But life doesn't have to be like this! There are countless ways you can focus on the positive side even when it seems impossible.

Hey everyone, welcome back to another episode of the Reaching Beyond podcast. My name is Kyle Depiesse, I'm your host, and today my guest is Gus Kalathakis, who’s got a really good story to share. He talks humbly about some of his struggles and challenges in life, how he overcame depression, and how he's rebuilt from there. It's just such a powerful story that I wanted to bring him on the show to talk about his experiences. I’m hoping to provide encouragement and some inspiration — not just to anyone who could be struggling with depression right now, but also to those who are surrounded by so much negativity out there. I wanted to bring a little bit of positivity into your day and interrupt that pattern. 


Who Is Gus Kalathakis? 

Gus Kalathakis is a network marketing professional, weight loss specialist, and lifestyle transformation coach with an inspirational story of survival. Before reaching the age of 30, he built a multiple six-figure bank account as a successful real estate investor, social media marketer, restaurant owner, and professional poker player, only to watch it all come crashing down after a devastating back injury that left him physically and spiritually hurt. 

“I was watching my bank account go down. I was spending money to hold up some kind of image that I thought people needed to see of me. I was only 28 years old at the time, and I ended up gambling hundreds of thousands of dollars. … I gambled myself into multiple six-figure debts. So between spending, gambling, depression, anxiety, pride, [and] ego, I went from the highest high of my life to the lowest low of my life where I ultimately became suicidal because I didn't know how to tell the world.” - Gus Kalathakis

How many of us would feel the same when everything we’ve worked for over many years starts to crumble down and fall apart? In this situation, many people would feel depressed, and Gus was no exception. Six-figures in debt and 50-pounds overweight, Gus eventually succumbed to depression, coming to a point of deciding to end his life to get out of the problem. 

However, a life-changing moment made a complete transformation that allowed Gus to fight and overcome depression, restore his health without needing a back surgery, and create a residual online income that erased his debts.


Getting Out of Depression

Many people have experienced depression at some point in their lives. It can be due to tough personal circumstances, or it can come from not finding meaning in your work. Although depression is a medical condition, for some people it can be a result of feeling worthless due to wrong self-perceptions of not being loved and no one cares. 

Sometimes, all it takes is a simple smile or a gesture of love and care to lift someone up from whatever struggle they are going through right now. For Gus, it took just one message to make a complete turnaround from the brink of death toward a renewed life. 

“That night, looking out from the balcony … I [didn’t] have anywhere else to go. I went from [a] ‘Why God?’ moment to ‘What is happening in my life right now, God?’ And I got a text message from my sister, and it was a video text — it was a get-well-soon message from my nephews, who were one and three years old at the time. … My family just thought I was not feeling well, and as soon as I [felt] better, I [would] get on a plane and come home, but I had no intention of ever getting on a plane and going home and seeing anybody ever again.” - Gus Kalathakis

Who would ever think that a simple video text message saying ‘Hi and hello’ and wishing you well could save someone’s life? As simple as it may seem, the impact is great — it certainly made a significant difference to Gus.

“There was something about that message that got me to [where I am now] at the present. And for the first time in a while, … I didn't feel the depression, and I didn't feel the anxiety. At that time, … I knew that there was something different. … There was gratitude. There was peace in my heart. I must've played that message over a thousand times in tears. And that's when I talked to God and I said, ‘Okay, this has to be from you.’ I always had faith in my life, but … it was the first time I said, ‘I don't know what to do, but I need to just trust you and move forward with all the things that I was saying as a Christian and actually start doing and living. - Gus Kalathakis 

Focusing on the positive can be a great way to overcome depression, and a good way to start is to start practicing gratitude — being grateful for what we have rather than focusing on what we don't have. It's also important that you find peace of mind by finding time each day to relax and recharge. For Gus, finding peace and being grateful allowed him to overcome not just his mental struggles, but also his physical problems like his back injury and being overweight.

Overcoming Injury and Being Overweight

Injuries happen to the best of us, and it can be a long journey back to health. When you're injured, your ability to train goes down significantly. The same thing happens when you’re carrying excess weight on your body. If you're dealing with both issues, it may seem like there's no hope for a better life. But don't give up just yet! There are plenty of ways that you can work on your weight and fitness without the stress or pain of an injury slowing you down. But first, you must have a change in perspective and face your biggest fears,and then start with the things you can control like being mindful of your health, such as your diet and your exercise routine.

“It started with my faith and my mindset — my perspective. I started with the things that I could control, like … I can control what I am reading, I can control what I am listening to, … I could control what I was eating and what I was drinking, and that's what I did. … I was getting my life back together and figuring it all out.” - Gus Kalathakis

Change is something that many of us are resistant to. When we try to make a change, it's difficult because there are so many things in our lives that might be holding us back. But the good news is you can control some of these things too!  One area where you can start making changes — and seeing real results right away — is with your diet.

So I started with just being mindful of food. … Number one rule: Drink your water [and] move your body. I couldn't really move. I was going through the rehab process. … They wanted me to do surgery. I didn't want to do surgery. My chiropractor friend introduced me to CrossFit, which is crazy because most people avoid CrossFit because they don't want to get hurt. I got introduced to CrossFit to learn functional fitness to strengthen my back, … and it was that part of the journey, right? [It was] the combination of food and CrossFit that opened up a door for me from that same person to open a gym in the Virgin Islands a year later.” - Gus Kalathakis

 We all know that diet is important when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, but exercise can be just as important. When you combine the two, your success in both areas will increase exponentially. For Gus, an excellent combination of healthy diet and regular workouts through CrossFit was the perfect recipe for a healthier lifestyle. It also allowed him to build another business in that area, which was a part of his journey to success.


Why You Should Listen to This Podcast Episode with Gus Kalathakis Right Now…

Guys, this is such a powerful interview with Gus Kalathakis. There are so many pieces of wisdom that you can take from this interview to overcome your depression and anxiety, get back up when you’re down, and pursue your happiness and passion.

Before I end, I want to share something Gus said when I asked him what the topic would be if he had to give a TED talk on something he wasn't known for. This was his answer: 

"So a TED talk that I would probably be really good at that you could throw me on the spot is showing people how to create better habits in their health, and how to find time to work on whatever dreams that they have in the pockets of the day, regardless of what they have going on in their life." - Gus Kalathakis 

We all want to live a healthier, happier life. It can be hard to find the motivation and willpower to make the necessary changes in our lives, but the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your habits. If you want to live a better and healthier lifestyle, then start with small changes in your day-to-day routine.

Thank you so much for reading. If you found value from this episode, it would mean a lot to me and it would go a really long way if you took a few seconds and wrote a five-star review and maybe shared it with some of your friends on Apple Podcasts. I'd be so grateful! I'd also love it if you would tag Gus, @gotgus, and me, @kyle_depiesse, on Instagram with your greatest takeaways from the episode! 


Cheers to your success! I’m rooting for you. 


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