My biggest enemy in my 20’s was trying to find my passion. I didn’t know it growing up. I didn’t know it in college so I chose a major that sounded fun and not that practical. After college, I began working in the family restaurant business just to have something to do and make money. Once I figured out my true passion, I’d pursue that.

Years passed and it still didn’t come to me. I read books to learn how others found theirs. I did tests from books to find what I was passionate about. I came up with a bunch of interests but I wasn’t sure if I was truly passionate about any.

After spending my adult life coming up with nothing, I needed another strategy.

I stopped searching for my passion and just followed what I talk about in this podcast episode.

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I was looking through the episodes that I’ve done of the podcast and saw the title was from episode 18: One year after I quit my job and went all in. That was recorded in June 2014.

I hadn’t realized the two year anniversary was this month.

That was a major turning point in my life. I had a big decision to make. Do I continue working at my horrible job, just to have financial security and working in my free time to build  up enough online income? Or do I quit to be free and take a leap of faith?

I decided for my own sanity it was time to quit.

I didn’t dwell on whether it was the right decision. I didn’t worry about what if I couldn’t do it. t just focused on how I was going to make money.

Since that turning point in my life, I’ve had many ups but also some downs. That’s the life of an entrepreneur. Many people couldn’t handle it and therefore would rather settle for the comfort of a steady paycheck. Despite being on a roller coaster ride, I wouldn’t change a thing. I make more money now and I’m happier.

In this episode, I talk about the lessons I’ve learned these past two years to help you if you wanted to be your own boss or even help you achieve your dreams.

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Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. – George Washington Carver

What excuses do you constantly tell yourself? I’m willing to bet some of them are mentioned in this podcast episode.

When you have an excuse, what you are doing is immediately telling your brain to stop being unrealistic and go back to being realistic without even trying.

The excuses you tell yourself have so much power over you, but when you get a closer look at the excuses, you realize they’re not that powerfull. They just act to scare you from getting out of your comfort zone and succeed the majority of the time.

It’s time to stop letting excuses prevent you from living your dreams.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.  – Benjamin Franklin

After listening to today’s episode, I want you to stop saying these six excuses because they’re only made to hold you back.

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Isn’t it a good thing to tell people what our big hairy goals are? By telling them won’t they help keep us accountable?

Be careful about doing that.

There will be a lot of people, including family and close friends, who won’t agree with what you’re doing. It’s not like you’re breaking the law, but it’s almost gets the same response. They won’t understand why you would want to quit a nice and stable job. They won’t understand why you’re doing whatever it is you dream about doing.

They try to dissuade you and they believe they’re doing it out of love. If enough people tell you the same thing, it could cause you to believe they are right.

In this episode, I talk about why it’s so important to keep your goals and dreams to yourself.

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We all want to make progress and move forward, but sometimes we feel stuck and we aren’t sure why. The answer lies in behaviors that we’re doing, but we don’t realize it’s these things that are holding us back.

These were behaviors I was guilty of doing. I didn’t realize they were problems for me. I thought the answers I was looking for to help me get unstuck were elsewhere. Instead they were always inside of me. I was doing the same things

I talk about these types of behaviors so we’re more aware of them. If we know what they are, we can begin to remove them from our daily lives.


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I don’t understand it when people think it’s too late to make changes in their life and start living their life the way they want.

Is there a rule that I missed that says after we reach a certain age, that we’re stuck with our life the way it is?

Someone who’s 35 might feel like it’s too late while another person is 55 and feel it’s too late. That just proves that it doesn’t matter your age. It’s your perception.

Don’t you think the person who’s 55 will wish they were 35? They’ll wish they could go back 20 years and go after their dreams or change how their life is.

Thinking it’s too late to get a life that you want is one of the biggest myths holding you back in life.

The only time it is too late to do anything is when you’re physically not here anymore. Until then, don’t waste this only chance at life that you have.

If I compared myself to my friends, I was way behind. By the time we turned, 30 they had good jobs, got married, and even had kids. I was lost, confused, lonely, and unhappy.

I’ve always been a late bloomer. I didn’t get married till I was 34. I didn’t achieve my dream of being my own boss till I was 36. I’m 37 and still don’t have kids yet.

Do I wish I was 27 and living the life I am now? Absolutely, but when I was 27 I was still young and naive about life. I didn’t know what I know now.

When I turned 30, reality hit me. I had nothing to show for in life. I was unhappier at 30 than when I was 20. It wasn’t supposed to be like that. Instead of giving up, I made a promise to myself that my 30’s would be the best decade yet. I still have three years till 40, but I’ve done a pretty good job so far.

I could have thought I’m a loser at 30 for not knowing what I want to do in life. I could have continued to feel sorry for myself and wish I could go back and do things differently.

Sure there are some limitation as to when it’s too late to do something. If it requires physical talents like being a world class tennis player or soccer player, then it’s too late. It doesn’t mean I can’t start to learn how to play tennis or soccer. I could still find ways to compete.

If I wanted to learn the guitar and be good enough to perform, I could start to learn now at the age of 37. If I practiced just 30 minutes a day for a year, I would improve so much.

A guy went from a recreational table tennis to being ranked in the top 250 in England after playing every day for a year (see the video). What could you achieve if you did something every single day?

Other than physical limitations, most everything else has no expiration date. Who says you can’t go back to college now and get a degree? Just because your classmates could be old enough to be your child doesn’t mean you can’t go back.

Who says you can’t be an actor at any age? Watch movies and television shows, and you’ll see actors of all ages.

Do you have a book inside of you that you’ve wanted to write? Nobody wonders how old the author is being buying a book. In fact, nowhere inside of the book reveals the author’s age.

Want to start your own business? I read somewhere once that the older you are when you start your business, the better the chance of it succeeding. The reason is because of many more years of work experience. You’ve made mistakes in the past. You’ve had success in other areas. I also think there’s a different mentality. The older you are willing to work harder to make be successful. If you’re young, you think if it doesn’t work, you’ve still got more chances to try again.

Want to make a career change? Why can’t you? You have experience in one career that your next employer would probably appreciate more than a recent college graduate who’s only learned from the book.

If you can’t find the career you want, why not create it? We live in a time when companies empower people to write bestselling books, be a Youtube celebrity, make money selling handmade goods, or even sell t-shirts without any design experience or inventory.

Again it’s the mentality that you’re supposed to have everything in your life figured out by a certain age. Once you choose, you can’t change.

Stop thinking that way.

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