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The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins.  ~Bob Moawad

I don’t know your whole story, your background, your current situation, your financial statement, or anything else about you but I can tell you one thing that is a fact.

You can live an epic life.

Before you start thinking of excuses in your head why this statement cannot be true for you, silence that voice for just a moment.

When I say an epic life, it doesn’t mean your life has to revolve around yachts, private planes, or $10,000 bottles of wine. If your dreams are that big, you have a big idea, and you put in the grind behind the scenes, then I have no doubt you can get there.

Just be sure to invite me.

There’s four possible ways you can decide how you want to live your life.

  • Boring– Little risk. Little reward. Lazy. Not much to talk about.
  • Mediocre – Have a paycheck but hate your job. Life seems okay from the outside but lots of complaining. Refuse to take action to correct it. Keep complaining.
  • Above average – You’re moving up. You’re following your passion but something is still missing. You don’t take the extra step needed and quit too easily.
  • Epic – You’re doing what people only wish. You’ve done the unrealistic. Much more difficult but the rewards last a lifetime. You’re in the top 1% of the population.

What is an epic life? For this post, I’m going to just focus on work. An epic life will definitely include all other aspects of your life as well.

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34

Today is my birthday and it’s hard to believe I’m 34 because I don’t feel my age.

It doesn’t seem so long ago that I turned the big 3-0. I was living in Taipei and searching for a direction in life after reaching that milestone. I sat on top of a hiking trail overlooking the best view of the city I had ever seen anywhere (click to see my pic). I remember reflecting hoping the next 30 years would be the best years ever.

That next year of my life turned out to be the best of my life up to that point. I started kickboxing, which in turn introduced me to Eleanor, which led to living in Sydney and a few years later brings me to writing for people like you.

It’s a great start to my 30’s.

For my 21st  34th birthday I’m going to reflect on personal lessons from the last 34 years.

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J..K Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, spoke to the graduating class of Harvard in June 2008. She didn’t talk about success. She talked about failures. Her own in particular. I absolutely love her quote.

“You might never fail on the scale I did,” Rowling told that privileged audience. “But it is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.

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