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How to Design Your Dream Life – From Someone Who’s Done It

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Ever thought what your life would look like if you woke up one day and it was just PERFECT?

You know… you wake up in a place that you love looking out the window, next to the person you love.

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It all starts with getting specific about what that looks like for you.

As you know, you can’t ever achieve anything if you aren’t specific about what it is that you want.

Want to get in shape?
Make it a habit of exercising every day and eating less.

Related: Create Your Reality: Your Future Depends on What You Do Today

Want to learn how to make an extra $500 a month?
Write down the goal you have and then break it down into achievable milestones.

Getting specific at this point makes everything more likely to happen, because you can make an action plan around the goal.

The same is true with every aspect of your life. Get specific about what you want, and you’re more likely to achieve it.

19 inspiring Paulo Coelho Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Paulo Coelho Quotes
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and author. He’s most widely known for the incredible novel, The Alchemist.
The Alchemist is one of those books that can be read year after year, and new messages are learned each time. I’ve put together this list of 19 inspiring Paulo Coelho Quotes for Entrepreneurs.

19) “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting

18) “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

17) “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

16) “If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.

15) “He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.
14) “when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

13) “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.

12) “I’m like everyone else—I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.

11) “When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

10) “We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

9) “Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.

8) “…to die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world.

7) “Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.

6) “There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.
5) “Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

4) “before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.”

3) “To show you one of life’s simple lessons,” the alchemist answered. “When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.

2) “If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

1) “That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

 

An Open Letter to Entrepreneurs Having a Tough Time Right Now

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I get it, Entrepreneurship is glorified in the media and we only see the highlights on everyone’s social media posts.

No one shares the raw stuff anymore. The tough side of being an Entrepreneur. The stuff that you don’t want people to see, because it’s not glorious.

But the times you are going through right now? The hardships, the struggles to pay your bills on time, the struggles with seeing your business fail? This is the time that will make or break you. This is the time that you’ll reflect back on and say either “I’m glad I worked through it” or “I wish I would have worked harder.”

So if you’re going through a tough time right now, know that it will be okay.

One thing I did back in 2012 before my business took off, was I wrote myself a note. The note was simple and its something anyone can do.

All it said was “Dear Chris, thank you for pushing forward. For continuing to build your business throughout the good and bad times. Because of what you’ve done, you’ve positively impacted the lives of hundreds of people.” and I signed it “past Chris”

Now that’s not exactly what it said, because I don’t have it with me right now to read and write to you, but you get the idea.

The tough times never last. You will get through them. It’s just a. matter of time.

But, I’ve got faith in you. You’ve got this.

Actually, here’s a video to watch that relates directly to this:

I recorded that video in 2013, and it’s still true today.

7 Reasons Why Spending Money on Experiences Makes Us Happier

Why Does Spending Money Make Us Happier?

January 29, 2018
Location: sitting at the desk in our villa in Playa Encuentro, Dominican Republic watching the rain over the palm trees
Time: 10:18am

Life has been an absolute dream come true for me over the last few years. Today, I wanted to write about why I believe spending money on experiences makes us happier than buying stuff does.

Why am I writing about this? Well, I often find myself having conversations with people and they tell me they would love to live my life and go do the stuff I have done.

The good news is that now they can. Click here to learn more about turning your “bucket list” into your “liv’d list”.

One major reason for me writing this right now is that it’s raining outside, and it has been for the last 4 days. WHERE IS THE SUN!?!? We’re in the Caribbean, it’s supposed to be sunshine and beaches all day, right?

Well, life doesn’t always turn out that way. If it did, we wouldn’t appreciate the sunny days as much.

So here are…

7 Reasons Why Spending Money on Experiences Makes Us Happier Than Buying Stuff.

If you weren’t aware yet, the millennial generation is now the largest age demographic. Some people are probably bothered by this, because it seems like each generation has something against the other generations, for whatever reason.

Millennials “aren’t spending our money on cars, TVs and watches,” Taylor Smith, CEO and co-founder of Blueboard, told CNBC. “We’re renting scooters and touring Vietnam, rocking out at music festivals, or hiking Machu Picchu.”

Want to see something kind of funny? This is actually the scooter I have in the Dominican Republic right now…

While I would rather be driving around in a Tesla, this type of transportation works so much better for the life I live. I’ve had a scooter as my main transportation in Bali, Thailand and now the Dominican Republic. It works so well for the minimalist beach lifestyle.

It’s 0-60 time… well, honestly I don’t think this little Yamaha Jog can get to 60mph :-p

Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, believes in the Easterlin Paradox, which states that after our basic needs have been met, money will only increase happiness to a certain point for the following reasons:

  1. Happiness over material items quickly fades.

    Spending money makes us happy, we can all agree on that. Especially those of us who were raised in the USA. All the advertisements make us want to BUY ALL THE THINGS! 
    It’s honestly kind of crazy, but the point of advertising is to get us to want things so badly that we have to buy them. I’m in advertising and love the fact that this is true, it allows me to live this life. However, the problems arise when we realize that the things we buy, that feeling we get, it only lasts for a little while.The new iPhone, the new car, the new _______ (fill in the blank). Once we have the item and we’ve had it for a little while, it loses its appeal. It just is part of our “stuff”.Experiences on the other hand… like traveling, running with the bulls, diving with sharks, visiting waterfalls, or doing other items on our Liv List… these things stay with us. They become a part of our identity, which brings us greater satisfaction long term.Those experiences will always be with us. We’ll look back when we’re old and wrinkly and get that dumb grin on our face thinking about how cool it was that we did it.

  2. Experiences define your purpose and passions.

    We can all agree that everything we do in life should be based around our purpose and our passions, and not just because we want certain material possessions.Yes, yes… I know, it isn’t always that easy and straightforward. But, can we at least agree that our life SHOULD be based around our purpose and passions?Think of it like this… if you’re a sports fan, you have all the t-shirts, the autographs, you watch all the games… do any of those top going to the arena and watching the team play live? Of course not! I actually still think about the time I went to see the Duke Men’s Basketball team play in Cameron Indoor Stadium, standing in the student’s section with my face painted… the energy was just incredible.That right there, that single experience is better than all the shirts, hoodies, anything I could buy… and I went to that game in 2010.

  3. Possessions don’t contribute to social relationships.

    “We consume experiences directly with other people,” says Gilovich. “And after they’re gone, they’re part of the stories that we tell to one another.”My girlfriend and I went to Machu Picchu with the Under30Experiences tour group a few years ago, and we still to this day talk to the people we had that experience with. We actually met up with one in Austin a few months back and went kayaking on the river around the city. (More experiences)
    I’ve gotta say that having experiences like these are much better than the temporary feeling of just buying something.

  4. Moments are more memorable.

    While experiences tend to only last for a short period of time, they provide an incredibly high level of memorability because of anticipation.Think about some experience you’ve had. Maybe it was a concert, or show or whatever. You hear that the performer is coming to town, you anticipate buying the tickets, you anticipate attending the show once you bought the tickets, you get excited simply going in the car to get to the event… and then the event actually happens. BOOM. The whole experience is full of excitement, anticipation and memories are cemented in your brain because of that.It’s not just the couple hours of showtime that you remember. You remember the little things leading up to it as well, and how you felt before, during and after it.

  5. Experiences introduce you to a whole new world.

    Growing up in upstate New York, I had a very different perspective of the world as I have now. I had a terrific childhood and wouldn’t change it for the world. It helped shape me into the dude I am today.Random, but did you know you can get ordained as a Dudeist priest? haha no lie. I am ordained as one.

    See that, a new experience you might not have known about!Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to live all over the world and see just how differently people’s upbringings can be. Each of these new places opens my mind up to what life could have been like. Each time it makes me think about how great of a childhood I had.I never would have known this if I didn’t travel. Sure, I could see it on the Discovery channel or something, but when you see it in person, when you interact with people, when you’re there… that makes an enormous difference.

  6. The garage full of stuff – aka STUFFOCATION
    Weird word, right? I didn’t make it up. Someone else did. But I liked it, so I’m using it.Is your garage jam packed with junk you completely forgot about? Does looking at it give you that feeling of “what the hell is all this shit?” If so… you might be stuffocating. Ha, that word again!Each time you see the garage full of junk, that feeling happens in your body, whether you are aware of it or not. Want to know something that’s pretty cool? You can actually list the stuff for sale on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace… or even hold a garage sale!You can then use that money to have experiences, start a business, or buy cheeseburgers. (I don’t know what you would do with the money)
  7. Keeping up with the Joneses is a losing battle

    Every time you try to out-do your neighbor, it’ll just lead to more and more… stuff.Why would you be competing with your neighbor anyway? Who cares what they have or don’t have? Sure, the new car will be nice… for the next month or so… but what then? You’ll see the new version and want another.
    The tendency of keeping up with the Joneses tends to be more pronounced for material goods than for experiential purchases,” says Gilovich. This is because, according to research from Ryan Howell and Graham Hill, it’s easier to feature-compare material goods than experiences.“It certainly bothers us if we’re on a vacation and see people staying in a better hotel or flying first class. But it doesn’t produce as much envy as when we’re outgunned on material goods.”What this basically means is that spending money on experiences, rather than stuff… can decrease envious behavior, which means you’ll be happier and healthier in the end.In other words, spending money on experiences can decrease this envious behavior, which means that we’ll be healthier and happier in the end.

 

Now is the time where I leave you with something extremely wise, and an action step so you can start spending your time and money on experiences instead of stuff.

** Inserts wise words here**

You already know what to do. Now it’s just time to do it.

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3 Questions To Figure Out Everything You’ve Ever Wanted

Figure Out Everything You've Ever Wanted

Figure Out Everything You’ve Ever Wanted

Playa Encuentro, Dominican Republic
11:59 am on a Saturday
Jan 27, 2018

Did you know that you can figure out exactly what you want out of life by asking yourself 3 simple questions?

It’s crazy to think about to be honest… That everything you’ve ever wanted can be broken down into 3 questions.

 

  1. Who do you want to be?

    – This is like when you were a kid and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up… and you said an astronaut, or a pro athlete, or a unicorn trainer.
    – Think about what you would love to be able to answer when someone asked you that question.
    – That is where your attention should go.

  2. Where do you want to be?

    – By far one of the greatest things about being alive in today’s day and age is that an airplane can get us anywhere we want in the world, in 48 hours or less. Yeah, I know that it’s not that easy…
    – But shut that part of your brain down for a minute and bear with me.
    – It is entirely possible for you to go to an airport and fly somewhere right now, and figure it all out. This wasn’t always possible. Hell, right now you can drive someplace and get there in 24 hours. You can drive from NY to Florida in less than 24 hours. (I’ve done it)

  3. What do you want to do?

    – Now this is the tough part. Not many people know this, because they have never taken the time to actually ask themselves.
    – So, right now think about what you would do if money was no object to you. (the link there goes to an incredible video about what you would do if money was no issue)
    – Think about the stuff you would do every day. Would you work inside? How about outside? Would you do something that required your mind or your body like working with animals?
    – Seriously, think about this stuff. There’s jobs and businesses that already pay people to do these things. You can get paid to do pretty much anything you can imagine.

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