I’ve held every job from being a pastry chef in a gourmet bakery to fixing iPhones at the Apple Store Genius Bar. In May of 2013 I left the corporate 9-5 world behind to become an entrepreneur.
I was still living with my parents, had next to nothing in savings and ditched my 401K to design a video production company that would place me in the White House along with NFL and NBA arenas around the country.
Travel Hacking, Couch Surfing, Finding Myself
After working in my business for a year and a half, it started to feel more like a job again. I was struggling to find the motivation to make the money I so desperately needed. I had moved out and got my own place, built a business (which brings in more expenses) and did everything right… Or so I thought.
I was in a funk and had no clue what to do. But if there was one thing that was certain, I wasn’t living my life purposefully and I had to find a way to reignite the fire fast.
After a group spiritual retreat I discovered there was a dream buried beneath the internal clutter.
I had covered it up so many years ago out of fear of failure or disappointment. But just like any dream, no matter how long you run away or hide from it, it’s still going to be there nagging you until you scratch the itch.
I always said after I graduated college I would walk across the stage and get a one way ticket to California to make it in the film industry. I didn’t aspire to become the next Stephen Spielberg anymore but I knew I had to go to California.
Have you ever had a hunch or a gut feeling that you just have to do something and the rest will fall into place?
Here’s What Happened When I Crushed My Fear
I was afraid of what California might bring. I was afraid that I would go and never come back. I thought if I put my successful business on hold, I wouldn’t make money and I would lose all my clients (in turn losing myself). Here’s what following my dream did for me:
1. I Flew 30 FREE Travel Hacked Flights in 16 months
I had aspired to travel and see the whole country. California was really just a starting point for me but I knew I didn’t have the money to fly all over the place and I certainly wouldn’t be able to afford the lifestyle for long. I discovered travel hacking and generated hundreds of thousands of skymiles in just two months. You can watch the video on how I did it HERE.
2. I Produced A #1 iTunes Podcast (Year Of Purpose)
One of the most important things I learned from my first job out of college was to surround yourself with people who are more successful than you. If you want to make six figures, find a millionaire that would be embarrassed to make $100K. If you want to be a multi-millionaire, find someone that thinks making $500K in a month is a bad month. I started to interview the people who had been there and done that (partially for my own selfish curiosity but also to share with others). You can tune in to the podcast HERE.
3. I Published A 3x #1 Bestselling Book, Life Re-Scripted
I never considered myself a writer. In fact, I grew up with a learning disability that prevented me from retaining any information when I read a book. I also taught myself how to ‘improperly’ hold a pencil (I was such a rebel) so it’s painful for me to write more than a page worth of notes let alone a non-fiction book. You can read Life Re-Scripted on Kindle or in Paperback HERE.
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Here’s What I Believe To Be True
A lot of transformation happened when I stripped myself of the securities of home. I couch surfed for two months and ran my business from the road. I thought it was impossible but when I made $6,000 in my first month on the road, I knew that I had just taken the impossible and made it possible.
With that said, I’ve learned so much about myself but there are three complete truths that I live by:
1. At your core, you already know who you want to be.
We hear questions all the time like, “What is my purpose?” or “How can I live a meaningful life?” You can put motivational posters on your wall all day and Instagram quotes until Henry David Thoreau rises from the dead but nothing moves until you do.
2. The world is a reflection of you and how you move through it.
For the longest time I was blaming other people for how my life was going. Stubbed my toe on the door frame? Must have been the fault of the guy that built my house. Having a bad day because it was raining and I didn’t wear the right shoes? Must be the weather man’s fault. When you finally realize that your life responds based on how YOU respond (and react), then you will find the silver linings in every day.
3. When you ask the world for help, it tends to take care of you.
I was a bit hesitant to include this last one. Some people might refer to this as “woo-woo” or out in left field but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. In August of 2014, I set the intention to build a business and a lifestyle that would allow me to travel the world and have the freedom to be happy each and every day. One year later and I traveled 25 flights in just 12 months time, saw 40 out of 50 United States and built connections all over the globe that were inviting me to come hang out with them in Indonesia and Italy.
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I’m here for you as both a mentor and as a friend.
I want to hear your stories. I want to know how else I can help you. I want the YOP experience to be our experience, together. That’s how we all learn and grow together, including me.
I do my best to respond to emails. I treat everyone equally. And I firmly believe that I’m not special, just a normal guy who enjoys living life and making magic happen. Let’s do this together.