Count me in as one of those people that is frustrated by my health at the beginning of the new year.

I have noticed clothes getting tighter, belly sticking out more, and an overall lack of being able to focus. Of course like most things it happens gradually over time until one day until it hits us in the face.

The last one is frustrating because often if I’m needing to read something and want to really focus, in ten seconds my mind will automatically start to wander.

I also have felt that my thinking hasn’t been clear. I don’t know what word to use except it feels fuzzy. Not a great feeling when it comes to work.

I took a 10 day trip to Taiwan and Thailand (two different countries and not the same) and on the way back home I made a commitment to come back and change my health.

The main thing is cutting back on the amount of sugar I eat and exercising.

In this episode, I talk more about what I’m doing to get healthier and get my focus back.

Links for this episode:

That Sugar Film on Amazon

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I used to hate being asked this question.

The reason was because I wasn’t proud of what I did. I didn’t want to hear them say “That sounds great” cause it wasn’t great at all to me.

My answer used to be that I work in the family restaurant business. It was my answer for about 10 years.

It wasn’t for me. I wasn’t proud of it. After year four or five I was ready to quit, but didn’t know what other kind of job I wanted to do.

Four years ago I had enough. I couldn’t take another day let alone another year. I made the decision to leave my job and go full time online before I was even financially prepared to do so.

It was tough at first, but turned out to be the best decision ever. My only regret was that I had done it sooner. 

Now if someone were to ask me what I did, I’d say I do e-commerce.

I love being able to say that. Mainly cause I’m proud of what I do.

Just a year ago today I would have said I sell t-shirts online which I loved doing at the time. It changed my life and gave me my first six figure a year online business in 2014.

Since then I’ve evolved my business. Last year I began selling other items like print on demand necklaces through Gearbubble. Turned out to be very lucrative so I focused all my resources on necklaces.

Then in September, I opened my first Shopify store and began dropshipping physical products. Meaning products that were not print on demand. I had an audience I was selling t-shirts and necklaces too and now I was selling physical products.

That soon turned into buying wholesale from China, shipping it to my house, then shipping out orders directly to my customers.

E-commerce is defined as “commercial transactions conducted electronically on the internet.” That certainly sums up what I do.

I’m proud of what I do. Not like before where I was ashamed because working at the restaurant just wasn’t for me.

The reason I’m proud of my answer is because it didn’t happen by accident or pure luck. I created it. I made tough choices along the way. I’ve put in the work. I’ve gone through highs and lows.

If you asked me follow up questions I may also mention that I have a blog and podcast as well. Those are my two other hobbies. I say hobbies cause they don’t generate any income, for now, but I enjoy doing it.

It’s good that I have a business that makes money so that I can do other things for pleasure.

So that’s my answer if you were to ask me what I do.

Does this mean I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life? Definitely not. Not because I don’t enjoy it, but I know I’ll want to find new creative challenges. I like to build things. I like to create. I like to make money too of course.

With the world changing quickly and technology changing even faster, there will be more great opportunities in the future that I may not have even thought about yet. So I’m always keeping my eyes open for something that interests me enough to want to pursue it.

I used to hate saying what I did, so I finally did something about it. I wanted to change my answer and actually feel proud of my answer. So I took control of my life, instead of waiting for a mircale to happen, and worked hard at it.

If you want to change your answer to the dreaded question of what do you do, you certainly can do the same that I did.

 

Do you feel like you never have any free time? You’re already busy and you can’t imagine how you have any extra time to exercise, work on a side hustle, read, or have a morning routine.

Every day you feel busy, but you also feel like you’re not getting anything productive done.

You just wish you had more time.

What you have to understand is that you’re not going to suddenly have free time. Even if you do find yourself with free time, you’re going to fill it with something easy like checking Facebook, watching TV, or doing unproductive busy work.

If that is you, you have to approach it a different way.

I’ve learned that if I wanted to get anything done, I had to make time for it. It had to be done around the same time every day so that I wouldn’t question when i do it.

Because when you come home from a long day at work, have dinner with the family, and put the kids to bed you’re going to be exhausted. When faced with what to do, it’s going to be so easy to turn on the TV and find something to watch.

However if you’ve scheduled that time to work on your side hustle for an hour, then that’s what you have to stick with. That is your time and it’s your choice what you’re going to do.

I talk more about why it’s important to make time to get things done and not rely on being motivated.

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Are you a patient person? Are you willing to wait an hour for your dinner to be cooked and come out? Do you love sitting in traffic jams and having it take 30 minutes to get somewhere that normally takes 5 minutes?

We don’t like to wait. We want to get to where we’re going faster. We want our internet to be fast. We order food and want it out as soon as possible.

When I order a package from Amazon.com, waiting more than 2 days is too long.

This is how our expectations are, but when we expect changes to happen to ourselves and our life situations just as quick, we become disappointed. If it doesn’t happen as quickly as we hope, we give up.

What you need more of in 2017 isn’t knowledge, skills, hard work, or resources. All those are important, but what you need first is patience. If you don’t have patience then you will never finish what you start. You will always start and give up too soon.

In today’s episode I talk more about the importance of patience and why you need more of this in 2017.

 

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Happy New Year!

I hope you had a great 2016 and definitley hope you have an even better 2017.

If you’re like most people you’re thinking about what you want to change and improve this year. You make a mental note of it.

I used to do this, but I have stopped making New Year’s resolutions since 2011.

The simple reason was it wasn’t working. I would always fail. I would always end up making the same ones year after year. If it wasn’t working at all, then I decided to not waste my time making them.

Since I’ve stopped making them, I’ve seen huge changes in my personal and business life.

In today’s podcast I’m going to share why I don’t believe in resolutions and give you suggestions on how to approach making change this year.

 

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Imagine if you had a square block and you’re trying to fit it into a round hole. The size of the hole is roughly the same size of the block. You keep trying to push it in, but of course it doesn’t go in. You try to put it in from a different angle. You think maybe a different side will work. Still it doesn’t go in.

You push it really hard through thinking the force will squeeze the cube inside the round hole. Doesn’t help at all.

How long would it take for the square block to finally go through the round hole? It’ll never go in the way it is.

This is what we try to do when we try to get the result we want. We try to force our way in. We keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results. We think, somehow, that by the power of a miracle the block will go right in.

That’s gotta stop.

Let’s go back to the example. How can you fit the square block into the round hole? You have to try a different way.

So you get some tools and cut away the corners. You try to fit it in and it’s better but still not going in. So you keep chipping away at the block until it finally fits into the round hole.

In today’s episode, I talk about how valuable this advice was to me and how to apply it to your own life.

 

 

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