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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.
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.
Did you know that the things you do today will influence the results you have tomorrow? Every single habit you have right now will lead to your future results.
So if you are currently broke, and you don’t want to be in the future you need to create habits to make you rich.
That means you need to start reading every day, watching my YouTube videos every day. You need to be listening to empowering audio every single day…. and you need to be creating content to grow your wealth every single day.
It all starts with the daily actions you take. Every single day you want to focus on moving the ball forward, just like in football. The goal is to keep getting first downs until you get into the end zone.
If you quit or give up, you turn the ball over and have to start over.
Put together a series of daily steps that you do no matter what every single day of the year…. and do them.
The idea here is to simply create your own reality by doing the habits every day that winners do.
Want to get in shape? Eat less and exercise daily.
Want to get better at guitar? Practice for 1 hour every single day.
Want to improve your speaking? Grab a camera and record yourself giving a presentation every single day.
It’s really a simple idea, but it’s difficulty is in the execution of that idea. Without daily action towards improvement, you’ll never improve.
So focus on the things you need to do today to create the reality you want tomorrow… or 3-5 years from now.
Let me ask you this question real quick.
If I were to give you $10 million right now, what would you do?
What’s the first thing that you would do? Once you’ve thought of this, all you’ve gotta do is find a way to turn this into your current reality, like make it happen, find a way to bring it into existence in your life. It’s gonna, of course, right now, you’re probably thinking, like sure, yeah, but I don’t have $10 million. What’s the point of thinking this way?
Well, the first couple of things, it might be used like you moving somewhere or going to do something, and a lot of the time, you don’t even need $100,000 to do that. Like, say you want to move somewhere.
For me, I live at the beach because I realized, I asked myself where I wanted to live, and it was at beaches, so that’s what I did. I incorporated that into my life. I worked to make the money to invest into, in my case, I built a business that allowed me to move to the beach, but for you, you could save up for six months or a year, and make the decision to move, if that’s what you want to do.
Or get into alignment with something else that you want to do. But just ask yourself that question right now.
If you had $10 million just given to you, what would you do? Find that, and then go do it. Turn it into a reality.
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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.”
16) “If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.”
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.”
7) “Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.”
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.”
January 29, 2018
Location: sitting at the desk in our villa in Playa Encuentro, Dominican Republic watching the rain over the palm trees
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…
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:
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.