Last Monday I’m lying in bed, it’s 4:30am and I’m thinking, “ what the hell am I doing!? ” I’m about to get up to go spend the next 8-10hrs doing something that sucks the life from me day by day. I feel like a balloon that’s getting smaller and flatter as the air slowly leaks from a knot that can no longer do the thing it was once designed to do.
I have spent my working life up until now physically trading my sweat and skills for money, and that’s a treadmill that just doesn’t work longterm. When I was 25, it was doable and seemed like it was the normal thing to do, it’s what everybody does..right? What I found out is that NO, it’s not what everyone does and unless I want to have death continue to be my retirement plan it’s time to change everything and start in a new direction.
I think you and I are a lot alike. I know you have a dream inside of you, we all do. Sometimes it’s just buried deep down from years of frustration, failure and obligation. But this I know without any doubt, it’s still inside of us. We live in the most amazing and exciting time in human history. The internet specifically has opened the floodgates of opportunity that you can use to pursue your dream and build the life you choose.
Take an idea and make it real
In the past there were so many obstacles and hurdles that you would have to overcome to start a business, now there is nothing you can’t create. Anything is possible, you can go from idea to a live website in just hours. Sure it’s going to take some hustle, having a website isn’t enough. The work is getting people to know you have a business, but in no other time in history could you go from having an idea to having a working platform to reach billions of potential customers so quickly and so inexpensively. There is no reason not to start.
But what’s next, how do I do this?
This is the question that comes racing into our mind. It’s like an old station wagon that has suitcases full of doubt and fear packed into its trunk. If we’re not careful we can spend way too much time opening up those suitcases and trying on all of that nonsense. Instead, spend your time filling up on hope, inspiration and possibilities. Here is a great way to start.
The person you will be in 5 years is determined by the books you read and the people you associate with.
I know this to be true in my life and it really is an easy first step towards moving in a new direction, even if you’re not sure the exact destination yet. Just having new positive input will begin to move you into an area where opportunities and ideas begin to present themselves.
When it comes to people, choose wisely. Surround yourself with uplifting, encouraging people that have dreams and are willing to do the work to see them through. If you find yourself continually talking about other people, the past or being negative and not talking about the future, new ideas and possibilities, you may need to rethink who you are spending time with.
I have recently started meeting up with a small group of men that want to work on being better husbands, fathers and friends. We are all driven to succeed and our 1 hour, in person meet up every two weeks is intentional. Life gets busy, but if growing as a person and trying to improve is important, it needs to be planned. Pay attention and be aware of the influence association is having in your life.
When it comes to books, I can’t think of a better place to start then a new book by Seth Godin.
What to do when it’s your turn [and it’s always your turn]
Books are such a powerful influence and I wanted to share one that is truly remarkable. The first book I read from Seth Godin was The Idea Virus back in 2004. Since then I have read every book and quite a few of Seth’s blog posts. Seth will get you to stop, think, possibly reconsider and maybe even change direction. His new book What to do when it’s your turn could just possibly be what you need to move your life towards the direction of your dreams.
One of the many things I love about this book is how you purchase it. You can’t buy just one book, you need to purchase at least two or more copies. Why multiple copies? Because having more than one book means that you can give away the extra copy to someone that you think will be impacted by its message.
Helping someone you care about see the magic they have inside of them and how to harness it is a blessing in of itself, and placing this book in their hands will do just that. I just gave my extra copy to Kyle, my oldest son. Kyle is one of the most creative and talented people I know and I can’t wait to see the journey this book takes him on and how it helps him think, create and contribute in the years to come. If you have kids I can’t think of better gift that will impact their lives beyond measure.
The book is self published by Seth and can only be purchased from the books website http://www.yourturn.link Check out the site to learn more and do yourself a favor, get this book, read this book and then start to live this book.
Doing something for the first time can be scary. But if you’re like me, scary and exciting is a much better way of living than predictable and boring. Stop today and think about your dream, the one that is right there inside of you. I know it’s there and I hope you find it. Use this book by Seth to inspire the change that you are searching for.
This Week’s Podcast
I wanted to share a podcast from Brian Clark at Newrainmaker.fm. In this podcast episode, Brian interviews Seth as they talk about business, life, mindsets, kids and of course Seth’s new book.
For more info on Newrainmaker.fm visit their iTunes page . Be sure to check out their other episodes and subscribe to their Podcast if you connect with who they are. Also, make sure to leave a rating and a comment in iTunes so Brian feels the love.
This post was originally published at Sow.Reap.Live