If I asked you what you truly wanted in life, you’d likely say to be happy. Plain and simple.

All our lives, we have been led to believe that there is a formula for success, and that happiness is the reward.

For half of my 20’s and into my early 30’s, all I wanted was to be happy. I wanted a job I loved. I wanted to be happy when I woke up and when I went to bed.

I thought happiness would ultimately come when I could quit my job. So I tried to figure out a new career path or find a job that interested me or make money online. If I could just get the result I wanted, then I would finally be happy. 

It never happened. I never found the answer. I never got the result I wanted and therefore I never was happy.

I didn’t know at the time, but I had it all backwards.

In today’s podcast episode, I talk about what finally got me unstuck in life and how I was able to achieves success by first finding happiness within me.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  1. The reasons why I failed at getting unstuck in life and having success.
  2. Why happiness has to come first in order to have success.
  3. How positivity and optimism affects and improves our quality of life.
  4. Ways to create a positive mindset.

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Life has been, many times over, compared to a roller coaster ride; it has its ups and downs. We experience happy moments and we relish those moments. We experience disappointments and then we wallow in negativity. Unfortunately, we tend to experience more of life’s downward spiral than the glorious highs; and oftentimes, we get stuck.

When things were not ideally what I want them to be, I easily slipped into the blame game and blamed everything and everyone else–but myself. There was a point in my life that

I became a very negative person. I complained a lot and naively believe that I wasn’t at fault. I was stuck in a vicious cycle of negativity and of feeling hopeless.

One day, I realized that if I were truly to become a better person, I needed to get to the real root of the problem: me. What I needed to see was that everything that happens to me was largely a result of my choices.

In today’s podcast episode, I tackled a question by one member of our get busy living community about the obstacles I faced when I was stuck. I do feel that it is fitting that we address the question as we each have our own episodes of feeling stuck and wasting away.

Learn:

  • The obstacles that prevent us from being the person we always want to be.
  • Take responsibility of your choices and your life.
  • Adopt habits that will set yourself up for success.
  • Expand your horizon by opening up to possibilities.
  • The importance of consistency in experiencing meaningful and lasting change.

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I’m currently in Taipei, Taiwan for our annual trip back here. My wife is from here. We met here when I lived here for a short time. Being here always brings back great memories from 2007-2008.

It was nine years ago this month that I made a decision to move here. I was at a point in my life where I needed to get away from my job and my problems. I thought by going as far away as possible that I’d figure out what I wanted to do with my life.

After two years of living here, I didn’t figure out what to do with my life, but life changed dramatically for me.

I experienced so many pivotal moments because I stepped out of my comfort zone. I didn’t just take a tiny step out of my comfort zone. In some instances, I took a huge leap. I did things I thought I would hate but ended up really enjoying it.

In today’s episode, I share what those moments and how each one was a step towards changing my life for the better.

 

 

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I went through a month where I was unhappy making $500 a day. I know it sounds crazy and I hate to admit it, but it’s true. I was not happy with making that much money at that time. If someone would have told me five years ago I’d make $500 in a day, I’d give up ice cream to have that.

But it’s true that I wasn’t happy. Why? Because I was comparing what I was achieving with others. I also compared what myself to earlier months when I was making much more than that per day.

It made me unhappy and I wondered what I was doing wrong.

Thankfully after a month I realized that being jealous of other people and comparing how much I was making to others was stupid. It only hurt me and held me back.

If comparing yourself with others is holding you back in life, you need to listen to today’s episode.

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When it comes to doing something out of our comfort zone, all these crazy scenarios play in our mind. It’s so frightening to think about it. One reason is the fear of the unknown. We try to predict in our mind what will happen because if we know we’ll feel more comfortable. However, it’s nearly impossible to know.

When we do try to predict, we imagine the worst case scenarios.

Then we decide to stay where we are at now, even though we’re miserable and unfulfilled. But hey at least, we’re keeping ourself safe from the unknown.

In today’s episode, I answer an email from a reader who currently is working two unfulfilling part-time jobs, but dreams to be an actress. What holds her back is fear of the unknown, failure, and making less money than she is now.

You might be in a similar situation. If so, I hope this episode will give you a much needed wake up call.

 

 

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Last week I had a great time speaking to a group of apsiring entreprenuers at the University of Virginia.

It was great to be able to talk about how I went from a frustrated and miserable employee with no idea what to do with my life, to someone who now has an online business that allows me the freedom I have always wanted.

It wasn’t an easy journey and I’ve certainly had my ups and downs, but I stuck with it and with each experience it made me a better person.

In today’s episode, I share what I said to them. My road to being able to call myself an entrepreneur is applicable to any age whether you’re 20 or 60. Because I believe it’s never too late to start what you’ve wanted to do.

 

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