Knock Knock… It’s the Universe

Published On: April 4th, 201319.2 min readBy 21 CommentsCategories: Aha Moment, Budapest, Life Purpose, Meaning of Life, Passion, Travel


It’s probably no surprise to you when I say I’m a believer in asking the universe for what you want. And I never cease to be amazed how it shows up.

Here’s something that might surprise you: I love reality TV. If it’s a reality show, you can count me in. I’ll bring the popcorn. Well, now that I’m on the Paleo Diet, I’ll bring the cauliflower popcorn. I really did find a recipe for cauliflower popcorn! If I ever try it, I’ll let you know what it’s like. Anyway, I digress. Back to reality.

Among the top of my favorites is a popular travel show that follows people around the world as they buy property. (I can’t tell you the name of the TV show because we’re going to be on it and it hasn’t aired yet! I’ll share it with you later.) From the first episode, I was hooked. People following their dreams, getting to see the real estate markets all over the globe, and getting a glimpse of how the rest of the world lives – 3 of my favorite things all in one show? I’m in!

I became an addict. I watched every episode – I must confess, some more than once.

It was during the episode where a couple was buying a property in Merida, Mexico, that I turned to my partner, Will, and told him I want to do that. He said he was game, too.

You know the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.”

Next thing I knew, we were exploring different places to live. We went to the city that started this whole journey – Merida, and looked at properties with the same realtor that appeared on the TV episode. Merida was nice, but we ended up falling in love with Budapest, Hungary.

Here’s the thing. The universe and I have an understanding. I had told the universe a long time ago that I would always know where I am supposed to be. That if a great deal shows up – almost too good to be true – that means something. When I follow this formula, things work out perfectly. That’s how I landed in Saluda, NC, when Michelle and I started Wasabi Publicity.

So when Robert, our Hungarian realtor, told us about an apartment for sale on Andrássy Avenue, the most prestigious street in Budapest, and said, “The price is not possible, something is wrong,” my ears perked up.

He asked if we wanted to see it anyway. We love looking at property, so we were game.

The apartment was funky with a weird layout. The intriguing part was the balcony that overlooked Andrássy. We were very interested. And after further investigation, we found nothing wrong with the price. It WAS possible.

I knew then that’s where we were supposed to be.

So why am I telling you all this?

Because if there’s an area of your life where you’re stuck, you might want to stop and ask yourself what your understanding with the universe is. Do you have one?

Have you clearly communicated with the universe exactly what you want and outlined the signs to know if you’re going in the right direction?

If not, stop what you’re doing… now! I suggest you go immediately to your favorite spot and communicate with the universe. Get back in a relationship with the universe and make sure you both have a clear understanding. There is nothing like rekindling that flame to get back in the flow of life.

Share YOUR signs from the universe in the comments below. You may just spark an idea or make a difference for someone else and help change the world.


About the Author:

Drew Gerber

For 30 years, Drew Gerber has been inspiring those who want to change the world. As the CEO of Wasabi Publicity, Inc., lauded by the likes of PR Week and Good Morning America, he sparks "aha" conversations that lead to personal and business success. His PR firm is known for landing clients on Dr. Phil, Oprah, Anderson Cooper, The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Entrepreneur, and other top media outlets. Wasabi Publicity lives to launch conversations that make a difference and change the world.


  1. Doreen Pendgracs April 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this post!

    Just what I needed, as I really want to the universe help make my crowdfunding campaign a success! I’m trying to raise the funds necessary to produce and print my chocolate travel book in a top-notch fashion. With only 9 days left in the Indiegogo campaign, I can really use some help. So come on Universe, please look my way. I’m here waving!

    • Drew Gerber April 5, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Thanks, Doreen! It makes my day, sitting here in my Budapest apartment half way around the world listening to the rain outside, to know my post was just what you needed. Chocolatour – what a great idea!

  2. andrea April 5, 2013 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Awesome post and thanks for the reminder. Sometimes life takes over & we stop asking & start forgetting our hopes, dreams etc. This post has inspired me to create a NEW vision board.

    • Drew Gerber April 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Andrea – first, I love the name Waldorf Salad and Cottage Fries! I’m thrilled you’re creating a new vision board. Be sure to include the Buda in the snow pic from your blog 🙂

  3. Nora Whalen April 5, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

    What an incredible turn of events Drew. I love Budapest! Thank you for modeling action. You didn’t just sit back and keep watching the tv show I am dying to hear more about, you sprung into action and are reaping the benefits! Love it! Have fun!

    • Drew Gerber April 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Hey Nora! It has been a whirlwind of action – Budapest, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia! Wait until I share what I learned from Jesus on the train to Serbia 🙂

  4. Angela Goodeve April 5, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

    It is funny that I came across this article…talk about the universe answering and validating where you need to go! 😉 I have been thinking that I really need to focus on my vision of where I want to be, and trust more in the fact that the universe will deliver…just not necessarily in the way I expect.

    Thanks for the reminder!

    Ang 🙂

    • Drew Gerber April 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Ang! It’s amazing how when we listen, the universe delivers… even in the most unusual ways.

  5. Forrest Graves April 6, 2013 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Drew, I enjoyed your blog…Hers a crazy thing – I have a good friend from Utah with dogs (that think they are people) named Will and Bailey. Budapest or not it is a small world. So, great piece !
    I love the Wasabi brand, perfect ! I would like to learn more and connect, as appropriate.

    • Drew Gerber April 8, 2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Forrest, it IS a small world! Maybe your friend should adopt two more dogs, Drew and Brodee, to make the package complete 🙂 I’m standing by if/when you’d like to connect.

  6. Elaine Seiler April 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Drew, Great post. It is so resonant with my approach, book and website, that I would like to post it on my site ( with credit to you. Hope that it OK w/ you.
    best, Elaine

    • Drew Gerber April 8, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Hi Elaine! Of course, I would love that.

  7. MIkal April 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Great blog post, Drew. I love this: “The universe and I have an understanding.” So many possibilities there. Thanks for bringing this forward!

    • Drew Gerber April 10, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

      Thanks Mikal, I love how the universe works. My team and I were just talking about you! I’d love to connect with you about my new book.

  8. Jane Kendall April 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Drew!
    You and Will are such empowering mentors for me. I found your link just today.
    I have been restless and bored for a while on this island.
    Something has been missing for me in the area of relationships and preferred activities.
    This evening an old friend called and shared some ideas about an amazing part time relocation possibility to a place that sounds like a perfect fit for me.
    More to explore.

    Can’t wait to see your TV episode!

    • Drew Gerber April 10, 2013 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Hi Jane! I’d love to know more about your relocation possibilities! Isn’t it amazing how the perfect thing shows up at the perfect time?

  9. Clint Arthur April 11, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Drew, another great post as usual. You are so very alive at this point because you are living in total harmony with you Life Vision. It’s a peculiar combination of circumstances that allows certain visions to become reality. They have to be inspiring enough to shake a person out of their day to day routine, and yet they have to be realistic enough to give you a sense that they are achievable. Congratulations on your awesome adventure and thsnks for the inspiration.

    A quote along those lines…
    “Accept the challenges so that you may feel the inspiration of victory.” -George S Patton

  10. Piroska Halmagyi April 21, 2013 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Bravo ! I live in Hungary, and agree with you, that Andrássy street is really special. Perhaps you will want to have some public appearences in Budapest or other parts of Hungary. I’ m curious :))

    • Drew Gerber April 22, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Hey Piroska!
      Hungary is magical. As far as public appearances in Budapest, I’m always open to what the universe has in store for me 🙂
      If I ever do have any appearances, you can keep up to date by joining my Weekly Aha!

  11. Marija July 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Wow! Wow! Wow! I don`t even know how I found myself here, reading your blog but I know it is the Universe telling me something. I live in Serbia, Apatin. I love to follow the signs that Universe is showing me and I love houses even though I currently live in an apartment. I wanted to buy a house last year but somehow I didn`t (long story) and now that house is knocked to the ground. I was sad at first, ran there crying my eyes out watching the workers carry old bricks that once were the walls of my beloved house. Ha! That was something! Now I know there is something better out there waiting for me. Thank you for reminding me on that!
    I love the energy you put into your writings. Smile!

    • Drew Gerber July 4, 2013 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Thanks, Marija!

      What a small world. We just bought another house in Stara Moravica, right next to you 🙂 We should do coffee.


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