05 Oct What it is all about
I just finished watching a show on HBO about 4 young guys hanging out in Los Angeles
trying to make it in the world of Show Biz. You might know the show,
but even if not it doesn’t really matter. It is about 4 guys who are best buddies
and would do anything to help each other and who went west to make their dreams come true.
I don’t really watch TV very much but there was something
about that show that made me think because it reminded me of my
college years and the bond I had with my college buddies
(and still have although they are halve a world apart).
Perhaps you also remember the days where you had no plans other than to hang out
with your friends. I like just chilling and relaxing so much that I managed to stretch
my college time to a full 7 years long.
I just loved hanging out with my friends, spending afternoons in coffee shops, talking, going
to parties and just living the Carefree life only College Students can live.
In other words I was (and still am) fundamentally Lazy.
But one day I was faced with the prospect of soon having to get a real JOB,
something I obviously was dreading. I was about to finish my college degree in Germany
and the thought that I might have to get a Real Job made me cringe,
so I applied to a College in the US with the “true excuse” that If I want
to make anything of my self in the business world I needed to improve my English.
(which is true)
Now don’t get me wrong.
My parents are not rich so that they could bankroll all these 7 years of college.
My dad is a (now Retired) high school teacher and my Mom is a Stay at Home mom.
But Education in Germany, where I am from, is FREE and I always did have side jobs
that paid for my living expenses.
I was a waiter, a Cashier, a Factory worker, a Runner, worked in the
Mailing Department, and even as a cable runner for some TV Shows.
Whatever Jobs I could get I did, just to stay away from a Real Job.
And the year in a college the US was in a fairly inexpensive school in
Illinois (although still a pretty good college)
And also I knew that some day this would have to end,
but somewhere deep in myself I resisted that.
And that was a good thing.
Because I resisted it so much I ended up always looking for a way to get my “old life back”
To be able to again just hang out with my friends or now my family vs. having to go to work every morning,
be someone else’s subordinate (Aren’t we all born Fre*e?)
And that ultimately lead to me creating my own business and designing my life
around my desired lifestyle not the other way around.
Now, being able to just say, “Hey, I feel like just hanging out all afternoon at a Coffee-shop”
or going to a lake just or just take a week off and go somewhere without having to worry about anything
would take a completely different approach to life and business than most people have.
I also realized it will take money to live that lifestyle and that is o.k.
What is it about “Conventional Wisdom” that says that when we grow up we need to be
Serious, and can’t have fun anymore and we have to just do what is “normal”
(aka get a job and work until we are 65).
Why should we have to accept what “Most” people say is a fact of life?
Why can’t we look instead at what you want to do, no matter what others think.
or even better
What it takes to design your life around your dreams standards and goals.
Who says you can’t create enough Wealth and prosperity in your life within a few years that lasts a lifetime?
What is it that you REALLY want to do all day long.
That is a powerful question.
There is really no reason to accept life the way it is if you don’t like how it is.
I believe if you want to find a way to design a life that allows you do whatever
you always dreamed about while making a GREAT living, then you can do that.
People do look at me like I am a little weird when I tell them I go to Europe
to spend time with my friends and family for 4-5 weeks each year.
But I don’t care because the one having fund doing it is me, not them.
And aren’t we all a little weird in our own ways, anyway?
This was a long story.
Thanks for hanging in there with me and listening to me.
So what does this have to do with this show on HBO?
Well what this HBO show reminded me of was the following.
While these guys were just hanging out, they also had a few characteristics
which I believe are crucial to their ultimate success.
– The first one is they knew WHAT they wanted.
– Second they were willing to do what it takes to get there
– Third, they have fun while going after it
– Fourth they didn’t care what others said.
These guys as I saw it left Queens, NY to go to Los Angeles with one mission, and one mission only.
To make it in the Movie/TV world.
And no matter what life threw at them, they were committed to stick it out and ultimately made it work.
While at the same time having lots of fun.
And that put a big smile on my face.
Because for me that is what is all about.
Finding what juices you and what can give you what you want,
and then sticking to your life Plan no matter what, and having fun doing it.
And what really I realized is that this is ultimately how I designed my businesses.
My wife Michelle and I did this from the start with the outcome in mind that we wanted to be
able to make lots of money, put our business on autopilot so that
we could take large amounts of time off to just hang out,
go travel and hang out with friends.
Thanks to my Real Estate Businesses I am now able to go and leave the business for days and weeks at time
(the longest I was gone is 5 weeks). And when I am in my business, I am having lots of fun.
I don’t know what your goals and dreams are, they are very personal to you.
But what I do know is that you should consider following them, no matter what people around you say
even if it takes some work for a short time so that you can then relax the rest of your life.
And have Fun doing it.
How cool would that be?
I can tell you from being there, nothing beats the knowledge that you can do
What you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want and
not worry about much.
So go out and do it!!
Life on the other side is indescribably good.
To your Success,
P.S. My parents just came over from Germany for the second time in 1 month and they are staying for 3 weeks.
So this will be an more or less off-month because I will spend a LOT of time with them.
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