Get Busy Living Podcast Episode 15

When I think back over my life, I’ve found that time and time again, the hard choices I’ve made were the ones that provided lasting positive change in my life. When I took the easy road, it didn’t have any impact – it was only the hard choices that really brought about change.

I’m where I am today because I’ve had to make hard choices the past three years. They weren’t the most fun at the time. I would have rather been goofing off, watching movies, whatever was on TV, reading magazines.  but I knew I had taken the easy road before that and it led to a life I didn’t want.

If you feel like you’re not making any progress in life, or your just feel stuck, take a look at the type of choices you are making on a consistent basis.

Typically these fall into two categories: easy or hard.

The easy choice take no willpower to do. You just do them. You’re more than happy to do them. It’s comfortable. It’s easy because you’ve done it hundreds or thousands of times. It has become a habit.

The hard choice take a lot of willpower. You don’t automatically make that choice. It makes you uncomfortable. You may not want to do it. It’s hard to do because you haven’t done it that often. It’s not a habit.

When faced with a choice, we immediately will choose the easy one. It’s naturally what we want to do. We always want everything to be easier in our life. Easy feels good. Easy feels relaxing. Easy is stress free.

But the easy choice sometimes is disguised as the wrong one. It appears as the choice that will make you happier, but making the easy choice the majority of the time will lead to unwanted results in your life.

On the other hand, when you make the hard choice the majority of the time, it can lead to extraordinary results. The hard choice is what you know you should be doing. The hard choice will lead you to the edge of your comfort zone. It gets you closer to the goals you dream about.

It is a tough battle when deciding between the two. They don’t get along. They’re like the angel and the devil that sits on your shoulders talking to you. Each one wants you to listen to them.

The easy choice wants you to take the rest of the day off. Just begin tomorrow it tells you. It wants you to turn on the TV and find something interesting to watch, instead of what you really need to be doing.

The hard choice wants you to do what you said you were going to do. It doesn’t want you to put it off till tomorrow. It wants to make your dreams come true for you, but it can’t do it for you. You have to do the work. It tells you to turn off the TV, and do what you should be doing.

Which one do you choose most of the time?

Listen to episode 15 to learn more!

 

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This episode is about one of my favorite hobbies. It’s something I began to do when I started to get busy living.

I went back and forth if I should do an episode about this because it’s different than the topics I’ve covered so far. However to me it fits under the get busy living theme. I’m sure many of you love to travel or would love to travel more. You want to travel like a millionaire without actually paying full price.

I’m going to say before you decide to listen to this episode or not is if traveling isn’t for you, then this podcast won’t be helpful to you. I just want to be honest upfront because I know your time is valuable.

If you don’t live in the United States, it’s going to be harder to take advantage of many of the offers I talk about. It doesn’t mean there aren’t travel deals in the country you live, but everything I talk about assumes that you live in the United States.

I know i have listeners from all around the world and just want to be upfront because I value your time.

If you’re still with me, then let’s get started to talk about traveling.

Traveling is something that I wanted to do more of when I dreamt of the type of life I wanted to create. That’s why I wanted more freedom in life.  I wanted to travel. Traveling gets me excited. I love being at airports. I get excited the night before I know we’re going somewhere.

However if I wanted to be able to travel more, I had to figure out a way to make it more affordable. That’s what led me to travel hacking starting in 2011. And it has allowed my wife and I to take trips we would never be able to afford.

When we travel now, I look at our options for flights and hotels. Sometimes I’ll use the points and miles I’ve collected to lower the cost or make it free. Or if the price is right, I’ll just pay and save those points and miles.

The points and miles have allowed us to take amazing trips, stay in nice hotels for half the cost.

I hope by the end of the episode you get a great overview of the potential with travel hacking and how to get started.

Some topics I cover:

  • What is a mistake fare?
  • How we stayed in a $550 per night hotel for only$164 per night
  • What is travel hacking?
  • How i got started with travel hacking
  • My mistake when getting my first credit card
  • How to get a two night stay valued at $2000+ for free
  • Why changing your points into cash is a horrible idea
  • How to quickly get elite status at hotels
  • How to check in luggage for free
  • Who should not be signing up for credit cards
  • How to double the rewards you get
  • When I keep paying the annual free and when I cancel
  • An example of how my wife will fly domestically for free with me until the end of 2015
  • and more…

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Get Busy Living podcast 13

We’re going to have a lot of average things in our life, but love shouldn’t be one of them.

Just because we get along with someone so well doesn’t mean they are the best for us. Sometimes true love isn’t simple, but in many ways, it’s always worth it. I know it’s hard to do most times, because when there’s nothing really wrong with our relationship there’s no reason to break up, but there is.

If your heart has been telling you something else for awhile, then maybe it’s time to listen to it.

Because we need to and deserve love that leaves us feeling thankful everyday.

If that’s what you want, don’t settle till you have it.

I’m lucky I found extraordinary love, but it wasn’t easy. To meet my wife, I had to go through tough times and uncertainty. I didn’t just meet my wife and knew immediately I was going to marry her. I wish it was that easy. I had to break someone’s heart first, trust my gut, and then take risks I’ve never taken before.

Hope you enjoy episode 13!

 

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What to do with your life when you have no idea

You’re ready to change your life. You’re motivated. You’re willing to work so hard to succeed, but there is one problem.

You have no idea what you want to do.

I completely understand. I’ve been in that situation and you’re not alone.

The topic came from a question that I got in an email from a podcast listener. Her question is very common. It’s something I experienced so I know there are others who feel the same way.

She asked me what she should do if she has no idea what to do. She wants to take action, but doesn’t know what to take action towards. She still doesn’t know what she wants, and even what she is good at.

She can’t figure out any action plan. She wants to do something and change the way things are now. She lacks a dream.

It is frustrating to be in a current life situation that you don’t want to be in. You want more and do more but just don’t know what. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead end job, or you’re unemployed. Either way you want a change. You feel that if you just knew what you wanted to do in life, you’d focus all your attention on it and work so hard at it.

But what is it?

In this episode, I talk about how I overcome the wall of being unable to find out that one thing I was meant to do.

Some topics I cover:

  • Why I felt like I wasted my 20′s
  • The different jobs that I thought I possibly wanted to do
  • When I decided to take massive action and change my life, what the first thing I focused on
  • The five things that I did to help me find my answers
  • and more…

 

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(This is part 2 of my story. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, do that first so you’ll know what’s going on.)

I told you about my decision to finally quit my job. I first want to address some points that weren’t so clear. It was brought on by comments by Sam, who runs a blog called Financial Samurai.

Quitting my job was harder because it was a family business. While my mom would have welcomed me back anytime if I wanted a job again, I still felt bad to quit. She relied on me a lot to oversee the restaurant when she was off or out of town. There was no one else she could trust. So my guilt made me stay longer than I wanted. I felt my mom has given me so much so I should help her out. However, that was at the expense of my health and happiness.

Looking back, I wish I would have taken the leap to go on my own sooner. I didn’t though. I was scared. I got too comfortable getting that paycheck.

Yes I could have quit, tried to make more money online, and if it didn’t work go back to work in six months. I would have a job and my old salary in a second, but I didn’t want that at all.

When I did decide to quit the restaurant, I didn’t want to look back. I didn’t want to have that safety net of being able to go back to the restaurant if needed. If I had that mindset of “I could always go back”, I wouldn’t be so determined to make it on my own.

In 2013, I finally felt that way. Enough was enough for me.

May 2013

We just got back from a four month overseas trip. It wasn’t all pleasure while we were away. I had to think how I was going to earn more money this year.

Now I had all this free time. At first, it felt strange. I’m never home on a Friday or Saturday night. It felt nice, but strange.

I’ve often repeated this advice because it helped me so much at the beginning. If the results I’m getting aren’t what I want, then I’ve got to try something different, or else I’m going to keep getting the same results. 

My app sales seemed to want to stay about $60-$100 a day on average for all of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.

No matter how much money I was spending into updates or new apps, it remained the same.

In 2013, I could not keep doing the same thing. I had to try something different.

My plan to make more money in 2013

One goal of my mine was to create a product for this blog. I had been working on one since 2012. I released Get Busy Living in 30 while we were in Hong Kong in March 2013. I hoped for a January release, but it wasn’t ready. Finally in March I had to get it out there and stop trying to make it perfect. I imagined if I could sell one a day at $49 that would be a great monthly addition to my income.

However, it hasn’t done what I hoped.

Maybe cause it’s I don’t market it that much. I just have it advertised in my sidebar and it’s mention when you subscribed to my list. That’s it. Maybe I should do more marketing for it.

The most important thing though is I know it’s not because of the content. I’ve gotten feedback from many people who said the course has truly helped them. Some call it life changing. That’s the best thing I can hear.

I wasn’t going to be financially independent from just this course so I had to try something else.

In 2012, I learned about re-skinning games. The idea behind that is taking an already created game that is sold by the owner as a license. It means I don’t own the game. I just own a license to sell the game and change it however I want. Usually just changing the grahpics is enough. The game play is the same. The games are monetized by ads and in-app purchases.

Games are a huge market. That’s where all the money is made in the App Store.

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Stop Your Limiting Beliefs - Get Busy Living Blog

In Oxford, England, 25-year-old medical student Roger Bannister cracks track and field’s most notorious barrier: the four-minute mile. Bannister won the mile race with a time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.

For years, so many athletes had tried and failed to run a mile in less than four minutes that people made it out to be a physical impossibility. The world record for a mile was 4 minutes and 1.3 seconds, set by Gunder Hagg of Sweden in 1945. Nine years later Roger finally broke it. Within a year, 30 runner ran a mile under four minutes. The year after that 300 did.

What was the difference? The power of beliefs.

Before runners believed it was impossible. They tried and they failed. After it had proven it could be done, hundreds of runners were able to do it. Physically they were the same runner. What changed was their beliefs.

I wouldn’t be in the position I am right now talking with you, if I didn’t believe that I was truly going to turn my life around. I tried many times before, but I always lacked belief that it was possible for me. I just hoped that it was, but hope wasn’t enough.

What was different this time was my unwavering belief that I was going to change. No matter what. I was willing to do what it took. Even when that initial excitement wore off, I was still determined. It was that determination that changed my life and has led me to this point. Even when I felt down and had doubts, belief that I was going to make it, lifted me up and kept me moving forward.

If we are going to be successful in achieving our goals , we have to believe that we are capable of making it happen. we have to believe we’ve got what it takes, and that we are able to pull it off. We have to believe in ourself.

Where do our beliefs come from? Do they come from what we watch on TV? Do they come from the conversations we hear all day long? They can. They can also come from our parents and the people we spend the most time with. If we want to succeed, we have to start to choose our beliefs wisely rather than being a sponge and just soaking up whatever belief comes our way.

What I cover in this episode:
  • What feeling stuck really means
  • What happens when you start off with the mindset of failure
  • The story of Steve Jobs and the first iPod
  • How lifting a car changed a grandmother’s beliefs
  • Four sources where our beliefs come from
  • How to shape our beliefs deliberatly
  • An unbelievable story about not knowing something is impossible

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