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When is enough,enough?…

Is it when you dread your alarm clock not because you don’t want to wake up but because you don’t want to go to a place that you hate…
Or when you get that ridiculous comment from your boss…
Or when you miss that birthday…
Or when Christmas morning gets here and your stuck at the office…

Define what’s enough.
What is to far?
Where do you draw the line?

By making that decision you will finally be able to breath and have peace of mind, because this forces your values and actions to line up.

If you have been out of line to long like many of us then maybe it’s time to design an escape route. Don’t quit your job today, instead lets put every once of energy we can into designing a future that you can put your heart and passion into.

I personally knew exactly what I hated and didn’t want in my life anymore but that wasn’t enough to get me out of the career I was in. I had to know what I did want before I was ready to design that life and creat an adequate exit strategy from what I didn’t want.

Start here,
What do you enjoy?
What do you want to do? (Don’t put a job title down that is to narrow and small.)

My list looked like this:
I want to help people.
I want to travel the world with my wife and kids.
I want to do what everyone else says is impossible.
I want to make a difference.
I want to give more than I have ever dreamed of.
I want to put normal (status quo) to death.

There are more than a few careers or businesses that line up with these desires, and those are just the ones that I know of.
The point is there are many more options that meet what you want out of life when you just look at what you want and don’t narrow it down to one specific job title or industry. This greatly increases the odds of the work you choose being one that you are passionate about. One that you can put your heart into. One that never seems like work.

95% of people hate what they do. 95% of people also accept the first job offer they receive that is perceived as any better than their current work. 95% of people when asked what they want can’t give you an answer other than more money. They have dreams but don’t see any way to live those dreams other than winning the lottery, so they accept what they have not believing that what they really want is possible, therefore when asked they just say more money. And after a while most of them don’t even remember what their dreams where in the first place.

Don’t do what the 95% do!

Life is about freedom. Freedom to make choices. Freedom to be with the ones you love. Freedom to do what you love. Freedom to stand out and make a difference. Freedom to pursue our dreams. Life is about more than money and when you can see that freedom is available and it doesn’t cost a million dollars you will start making choices based on your dreams not your circumstances.

I recently read of a young couple who had a dream to sail around the world. They lived within their means, saving money for 4 years. They then bought a sail boat and moved to the beach where they could spend their afternoons on the water training and getting ready for their trip. After 18 months they decided it was time they sold the cars rented out the house, pulled their 3 boys out of school and with $40,000 in the boat, supplies and bank they set sail as a family. 13 months later they pulled back into the dock and sold the boat for $36,000. Total cost of their trip, $4,000 and 13 months. That is crazy. That Is impossible. Everybody said this is nuts that they can’t do it. Did they listen, no. They were not the 95%. They knew exactly what they wanted and they were not going to settle for waiting on retirement or winning the lottery to do it.

What is it that you really want? What freedoms do you want that you don’t currently have?
I always ask myself 3 questions that help me get into action.
What?
Why?
How? (do I get there)

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8 ways to find your Calling, for High School students

How to figure out What You Want To Be when you grow up.

Most of us at 5 when asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” could instantly spit out an answer. Lets be honest at 5 there only were only about 5-10 jobs that existed and they all seemed exciting or fun. Then when we turned 13 we were asked the question again. Our knowledge of the jobs out there had grown and we knew that some jobs were boring and definitely not for us. So we picked being a cop or firefighter maybe a nurse or a doctor. The same thing that helped us determine what we wanted at 5 is what helped us at 13. We made our choice by combing through the jobs that we knew that existed and picked the one that excited us. The one that we thought we could through ourselves into that would challenge us but that we could also have a blast doing.
So what changed from 13 to 17/18? More choices. More knowledge. More at stake. Now it’s pick a college not a career. Or it’s pick both. How can we know what to choose? What if I make the wrong choice? Now instead of listing 30 things that you want to do when you grow up you can’t even pick one.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have your cake and eat it to. You can find your passion and purpose and your own unique talents and skills and do work that is uniquely you and love every second of it.

I am about to give you a list of questions and ideas that when answered will help you have a deeper understanding of:
Who you are
What you stand for
What your passion and purpose is
What your talents and strengths are
And hopefully how you can (find, create or do) the work you love.

1. What is the bigger picture?

God created us to know and enjoy Him. And we are saved and brought back into that relationship. Now out of that we are blessed to be a blessing.
How do you fit in to Gods bigger story? (You don’t have to answer this immediately but I would encourage you to think about it before moving on and when you finish come back and write your answer.)

2. Who do you want to be?

This is a little different than what you want to do but even more important. Who you are doesn’t change if your job someday does. How do I know who I want to be?
First ask yourself this. What kind of parent do I want to be? What kind of spouse? What kind of friend?
Who inspires me? Why?
Then ask your self why you want to be that kind of person.
I personally answered these questions by looking at men and women who woke me up. Who made my life better. Then I found what it was about them that so impacted my life. I then took characteristics and pieces from them all and pieced a picture together of the man that I want to be.
(Be careful not to confuse being with doing here. Just because a football coach made me want to be a great mentor doesn’t mean that I have to become a football coach.)

3. Lets say Bill Gates gives you $300million. Three years from now what will you be doing on a day to day basis?

This gets to the meat of what impact you want to make on the world. If you have had 3 yrs to buy houses and cars and clothes and travel the world then you pretty much have what you want. But that will get boring after a while. When you run out of stuff to buy and places to go, Who do you want to be around? Who do you want to enjoy life with? Who’s life do you want to be better because you are here? How will you impact them? Don’t just say give the money away. Dig deeper than that. What value can you bring to people?

4. What excites you? What do you love doing?

What do you always find yourself sharing or talking about? This could be a lot of hobbies or sports. The point isn’t to nail down what your passionate about but to make a list of all of those things so that you can see them together. Once you have them together you may find that they all have the same common theme or two.

5. If you could prove the world wrong and do one thing that they all say is impossible, what would it be?

Mine is to create a few companies one of those companies is a coffee shop where anyone can come in relax and engage with and share in their community. Where people can meet and help and play a role in each others lives as well as the life of the city. I don’t think it matters how young I am or how the economy is. The world says that it is crazy to try but know one ever created anything of value that the world didn’t first think it impossible.
So what is it for you? Do you have a dream of a place that you want to create? Is there something that needs to exist? If you want to be a coach but you don’t want to teach don’t just accept what the world hands you. Explore other options. Like coaching at the pro semi pro or travel ball levels. Options like that open the opportunity for you to do what you love without having to accept the job that comes with it.
Norman Vincent Peale said,”There is a magic formula for success: No enterprise can succeed without it; any enterprise can succeed with it. Indeed, it can lead to success in life itself. The formula is stated six powerful words-short words, only three of them containing as many as four letters. They are these- and mark them well: find a need and fill it.”

6. What are your strengths? What are you good at? What work do you do that is unique?

You can use online resources to help if you need to. I bout a book called StrengthFinders and then took their online test that found and listed my top 5 strengths and how I can improve them. It also gave resources that showed me what strengths I need to find in other people to help me get where I want to go. The online test if you sign up for it on the site cost $10 it is well worth it and saves a lot of time. They also give jobs that you might be interested in that go with your strengths.
What do you always over deliver on?

7. If you could create a masterpiece, a piece of art that embodied all of who you are and connected on a deep level with others and left them inspired and in a state of awe What would it be?

(A speech, a book, an idea, a movement, song, dance, service, business, lesson, painting or maybe a story.) Dont count yourself out because of the word art. Art is only an expression of the human soul fully alive. Art can be anything. Art engages your imagination and creativity and expresses your uniqueness. People love art and pay a lot of money for it because it shows them what is possible. It inspires them. Making art takes guts but in you taking the chance and putting your work out there you overcome your fear and that is what makes it valuable.
If you were not afraid what would you creat? What would you do? What will your art be?

8. One year from now what will you look back on and be proud of? What about 5 years? 10?

Most people let fear keep them from living out their dreams and their passions. They look back and say if only I would have had the courage. If only I knew then what I do now.
This doesn’t have to be you. You don’t have to live with regrets. This is an exciting time. You get to go on the adventure. Discover the world. Create the world that the next generation will live in. So what is it that you can do That you can start now, that 1 year or 100 years from now can be looked back on with pride not regret.

Find a need and fill it. That is the best advice I have ever herd when it comes to making money. That is the basis of the free enterprise system and the reason that I became an entrepreneur. You can design the life that you want to live. You don’t have to wait on a certain age or a specific degree. There are needs in the marketplace and you can take your talents, your strengths, your heart and passion and meet those needs. And when you do it’s called business. You can do what you love and get paid for it. You can have your cake and eat it to. And best of all, you can be You when you grow up.

Answer these questions and when you know what it is that you want to do then take a serious look at yourself and see what skills you have already and what you will need to be able to accomplish your goal. Then get to work on building those skills.

Don’t wait until everything is perfect to start though. Start now. Look for how you can feel those needs now although they may be much smaller until your skills are developed. The important part is to get moving. You can adjust and readjust along the way.

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From Passion to Profits. How to get paid doing what you love

In my last post How to find your Passion Purpose and Profit I asked 21 questions to help people find the answers to what it is that they truly love and enjoy and shared that they could earn money doing what they love. The response has been amazing. Within a few hours it had earned the top spot as my most viewed post ever!
Then I started hearing responses of people who immediately started taking action and were having amazing results and was blown away by the impact those simple questions were having on people.

Many people started calling and emailing asking how they could earn a profit in their specific field of passion. That is when I realized just sending someone to find a mentor or read a book wasn’t going to be enough that there were Questions that I needed to help answer.
Like these
“How can I support my family doing this? Will living off of my passion not kill the passion? Would knowing that I have to put more products out to make more money not force me to sacrifice quality and creativity?”

First I want to say that I completely understand and have asked these questions myself. Some this week.

1. How can I earn money doing what I love?
Norman Vincent Peale said,”There is a magic formula for success: No enterprise can succeed without it; any enterprise can succeed with it. Indeed, it can lead to success in life itself. The formula is stated six powerful words-short words, only three of them containing as many as four letters. They are these- and mark them well: find a need and fill it.”

This is the foundation of all Business.
Mixing your strengths and passion what needs can you fill? The answer is how you make money. And it might start with one thing and move on as your passions and strengths are more and more defined and refined.

2. Will living off of my passion not kill the passion?

Don’t quit your day job.
Although you know your passion now and your ready to be the next John Mayer or Seth Godin if you quit your job today chances of you making it nearly disappear. If you want a step by step guide to quitting I would recommend reading Quitter by John Acuff.

3. Would knowing that I have to put more products out to make more money not force me to sacrifice quality and creativity?

Start small.
This is the key. Most entrepreneurs see the big picture of what their business is going to be or can be. The goal is to navigate to that end not jump out of a plane and hope the wind carries us to that destination. You do this by starting where you are. The need that we found earlier, how can you meet that need for 1 person tonight or this weekend. Take action now. No matter how small.
You have to start somewhere. You can not serve thousands until you can serve one.

Once the income you make from your passion is large enough then you can make the jump without ever worrying about sacrificing your art or feeding your family.

Most people think you have to just jump out of the plane and hope everything works out on the way down. That’s why they never start but those who start wherever they can grow their passion and income together and when they are full grown they give birth to the life of our dreams.

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How to find your passion, purpose and profit

How many times have you wanted to pull your hair out because you knew that there had to be a way to love your work but you couldn’t see it. Have you wanted to do something that matters to you and to the world but don’t know how.
For me it was “There has to be more than earning a living. I want to live my life. I want to see my kids before their grown. I want to spend time with the beautiful woman I married. We said to death do us part but now it seems like To work do us part. Is work, death? Is this the way it’s supposed to be? How can I live the life I want and make money?”
Then I got around a group of people who lived differently. They seemed to have their cake and eat it too. They were doing what they loved and not only making enough to survive but enough to thrive. It was contagious. I couldn’t help but want what they had and my first bite was all that I needed to know that it was possible for me to live my dream as well. And if it can happen for me it can happen for you. Am I there yet? Nope but I’m well on my way. And if you are ready to find what you love and throw yourself into making a way then you can come as well.
Do you have to know what you want to start? Nope. All I knew was what I didn’t want. I had a level of disgust with where I was to just make the decision that enough was enough and I learned the rest along the way. It wasn’t until a year later that I started to realize what I was really passionate about. What I wanted to do with my life. The impact that I want to make.

The way I came to the realization of what I really wanted was by answering some very different and unique questions for myself for the first time ever. The questions here are some of those that lead me to finding what I love they are worded a bit different and there were many more but I believe these are a good start to finding ones purpose and passion. Take your time cut off your notifications get by yourself and answer honestly. You might hesitate and try to answer with what you think others would want you to say. Don’t. If what you really love is being a mom or driving a BMW write it down. You will only get out of this what you put in so Gods 11th commandment is now effective and it says Thou shall not kid thy self. Sorry if that offends you. Sort of. Lighten up. Have fun with this. See you on the other side.

1. What do you love to do?

2. What are your strengths? What are you best at?

3. What excites you? Makes you feel most alive?

4. What do you always find yourself sharing or talking about?

5. When was the last time you got lost in your work? What were you doing?

6. What do you always over deliver on?

7. Lets say Bill Gates gives you $300million. Three years from now what will you be doing on a day to day basis?

8. If you knew you couldn’t fail what would you do?

9. Would you continue to do the work you do if you didn’t get paid for it?

10. Is there something inside of you that you can’t not do?

11. Do you have a dream or an idea that you don’t just want to exist but you believe deserves to exist? What is it? (Could be a course, a business, a service, a product, a piece of music or art. Use your imagination.)

12. What are you always happy and excited to help people with?

13. Who inspires you? Why?

14. Who do you want to become? What characteristics do you want? What skills? Why?

15. If you could make a statement with your life what would it be?

16. If you could sit through your own funeral 100 yrs from now, what would you want your spouse, children, friends or community to say about you? How do you want to be remembered?

17. When was the last time you were so excited about what you were about to do that you couldn’t sleep? What was it and why did it fire you up?

18. What are your top 3 dream jobs/businesses? Why are those special to you?

19. If you could create a masterpiece, a piece of art that embodied all of who you are and connected on a deep level with others and left them inspired and in a state of awe What would it be?
(A speech, a book, an idea, a movement, song, dance, service, business, lesson, painting or maybe a story.) Dont count yourself out because of the word art. Art is only an expression of the human soul fully alive. So art can be anything, what will yours be?

20. Who do you know or where can you find someone who is where you want to be or who has the qualities or characteristics that you desire? What do they do differently than you? Imitate them. Ask them to mentor you.

21. One year from today you wake up and spend some time reflecting over the past year. What 1 goal would you be proud to have accomplished? Same thing for 3 years, 5 years, 10 years.

How can you take what you love mixed with your unique skills and talents and make a profit?

What art can you create that people want and need? Remember art can be anything.

There is someone who has your same passions who earns a profit doing what they love. What are they doing?

The same applies with your skills and talents. What are others doing to earn an income with your same talents?

It may be a little harder to find someone who shares your passions and talents who is designing a life around doing what they love but they are out there. They may be in a different industry or have slightly different passions but you can still use them as a model.

The point is people all over the world wake up with a fire in their gut to do what they love everyday and they get paid for it. Some enough to enjoy the life of living their passions. Some enough to help others live their passion (like a friend of mine who makes a living serving others and is able to also fund several missionaries who’s passion is to take a message of hope to places no one else wants to go). Some even make millions every year. Will everyone? Nope. Not everyone has that passion or drive. And the point isn’t to make millions it’s to find Freedom. Freedom to do what they love whatever that may be.

What does freedom look like for you?

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