A lesson on humility - Glenn reminds listeners 'change is constant'

On radio Friday, Glenn recounted the story of how he went from being a "washed-up alcoholic" who was losing his job to being named one of the most influential men in the world.

Then, he reminded himself and his listeners it won't always be that way.

"Change is constant. And change is good, if we know who we are," Glenn said.


Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: We're looking for a strong man, instead of looking to a higher power and the humble man who will answer to that higher power, knowing that absolutely everything is possible with God.

I will tell you, and I mean this sincerely -- Pat knows my career trajectory. Anybody who has been with me from the very beginning. I was a washed-up alcoholic in 1999. Couldn't afford my own rent. I had no idea how to do talk radio. And everyone said, "You will fail at talk radio." Everyone. They were about to fire me from talk radio on my first job because I went -- in my first six months, I went from eighth place, and I rocketed to 18th place.

And it was a humbling experience. But I just stuck to my principles. I stuck to what I believed was true. But I needed somebody to remind me.

Dom Theodore, a guy who works for me now, he was a vice president of programming, and he was not a talk radio guy. And he was just a friend. And he took me out to lunch. And he said, "What are you doing?" He said, "You're doing talk radio because everybody tells you that's the way you need to do talk radio. And when I first heard you, that's not who you were. And now you're just doing what everybody else is doing. Because, Glenn, you're afraid to fail. And what made you so good and so promising a year ago was, you weren't afraid to fail. You knew, you're going to give it a whirl. And if it didn't work out, you didn't need it that much. You go do something else."

Are we there as a people at all? Do we look at our country, do we look at our jobs, do we look at things and say, "You know what, I don't need my house. I'm going to be totally fine. I'm going to be totally fine."

I said to my wife -- just last weekend we were walking around our house. We need our house that has a security headquarters, unfortunately, at our house. I can't just buy a house that's just on a regular street because of the life I live. Security-wise.

I walked around my house, and I said to my wife, I said, "I'm beginning to hate this. I'm beginning to hate this house. I'm beginning to hate the stuff in it. I want to have an auction and just get rid of all of this stuff and give it all to charity and go help people who are overseas, and I want to live in a small, regular house."

How many of us would be fine with America not being the world leader, but it was a country of principles, it was a country that stood for something? But the rest of the world didn't like us and didn't listen to us. And we didn't have a role at the world's table or whatever. I think the world would be worse off with America. I know that to be true, at least in the past. But how many of us are really okay with saying, "You know what, Lord, I want to be around people who are -- who understand what freedom really is and freedom really comes from serving you, serving each other, loving each other, helping one another." Not having your name up in lights. Not being famous. Not being rich. Not having the biggest house on the street. Not having a job that you never have to worry about.

Since when did we get to this place where we think -- even me. I spend the money that I have coming in. And I think about this -- for the last year, I've thought about this a lot: What are you, stupid? Do you really think -- you had a voice. You had no voice 15 years ago. Ten years ago, you started to have a voice. Five years ago, you were on the cover of TIME Magazine as one of the most influential men in the world. You're not that guy now. What makes you think you're not just going to be a regular Joe two years from now? And what's the problem with that?

It will always be this way. No, it won't. Change is constant. And change is good, if we know who we are. And I'm not sure we know who we are anymore. That should be our goal, to find out who we are.

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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