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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The month of February was a busy one for me. Three out of the four weeks in the month I was traveling somewhere. I love traveling and it’s one of the reasons I wanted freedom from a 9-5. But when it comes to getting work done, I have a really tough time doing it while traveling.

One reason is that I like to go out in the city I’m in. We were in Los Angeles and Las Vegas early in the month. Those are great cities with lots to do. So the only time I had to do any work was in the morning before leaving and at night before bed. The same when I was in New York City the last week of the month.

Because my time when I could work was so limited in February, I had to choose what I wanted to do. I knew I could not get everything I wanted done. I had to figure out what my #1 priority was.

It wasn’t a hard choice. My business was my #1 priority. Everything else that I needed to get done could wait. That means now my inbox is way out of control. I just didn’t have the time to sit and reply to all the emails. That valuable time was used instead on my business.

And that decision paid off because I had a five figure month selling t-shirts in February. If I didn’t devote the time, I probably would have just done a few thousand.

I know you’re busy too, but I know also you do get free time during the day. It might not be much, but you do have time to yourself. What are you going to do during that time? Watch TV? Get on Facebook? Work on your side hustle? Exercise? Read?

You have to figure out what is important to you so that you can make it a top priority. So when you do have free time, you’re not trying to figure out what you should do.

 

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