Make Life Your Business
Make Life Your Business
T he outcome is inevitable. We're all going to have to deal with the situation one day. Every single one of us. You and I are not always going to have tomorrow. There's going to come a time when you can no longer make a change. It will be too late. The sun will come up but you won't be able to see it. The people around you will keep living their lives and you won't be there to see it. This scares most of the population. This truth leaves you with two choices. You can be scared of it, ignorant to it and surprised by it when that day finally comes, or you can be aware of it, respect it and motivated by it. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the fact that one day, every one of our hearts is going to stop beating. One day, every one of us is going to take our last breath. We are going to die. And we all have a hope that it's a long way away from now, but there's no guarantee. It could be 40 years from now, it could be a week from now. It's impossible to know. Why am I telling you this? Isn't this supposed to be a "pick you up", "You can do it!" kind of book? It is and it isn't.
What's important to me is to make sure you understand that you only go around this big ol' world one time. I used to think I had forever. I put off changing on so many occasions. I thought "I'll do it tomorrow." Unlike the typical story though, I didn't have a near death experience. What I did have was a moment that woke me up.
I had thought about writing a book for a long time. I imagined seeing it on the shelves next to the biggest names. I always wanted to extend my reach and help as many people as I could. I've wanted to make an impact on people since I was 5 years old. I remember sitting in front of the television set watching an old VHS tape of a Garth Brooks concert. I was captivated by his performance, just as everyone in the audience was. It was at that point in my life, at 5 years old, that I decided I wanted to affect people like that. I wanted to do for others, what that little VHS tape did for me. I thought I was going to be a singer just like him, and though I still do sing, it didn't work out that way.
Nearly 14 years later, after finishing the required years in the education system, I started working. I was introduced to the world in a whole new way. I was making money! But it wasn't the way I had hoped to when I was a kid. That 5 year old boy inside of me was not mesmerized, he was lost. I spent the first 8 years of my career at a job feeling unfulfilled by what I was doing. I worked at a rental car company and was hired as the "closer" so to speak. When you brought your rental car back after your trip, I'm the guy you would see. I would greet you, ask if everything went well and provide you a receipt. I was doing the same thing over and over. The situations would change on occasion, but at the end of the day, I felt like my time was being wasted. I was 26 years old when I finally left that environment. 8 years of my working life, gone. Though it felt like much longer.
While I feel like I spent entirely too much time there, there were some benefits. I met some people who will be my friends for a lifetime. I also had time to read. Something that I never enjoyed in school. But when you can read about the things you want, it's amazing how your mind can change. I started picking up books about success, controlling your thoughts and emotions, how to change yourself and how to help others change. I read so many books, it's hard to know how many it truly was. I can promise that it was over 200 in the Personal Development category. I would come home from that job and watch video of Tony Robbins, Richard Bandler, John Grinder, Grant Cardone, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar and so many others. I remember stumbling upon a book one day called "The Mind Made Prison" by a guy named Mateo Tabatabai.
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