Date: November 26, 2012
Location: Valle Escondido, Boquete, Panama
The first thing I want to get off my chest is that I live in what some people would call a dream world. I’ve always been super ambitious and i’ve always been chasing after goals that were way beyond my current reality.
I was absolutely positive that I would become either a professional basketball or soccer player and would live the life of a pro athlete. You know, getting paid to play sports would have been a pretty awesome life. Too bad I’m only 5’10 and that’s a little short for playing a pro sport.
It also didn’t help that I grew up in a small town in Upstate NY and there wasn’t a lot of competition that would take me to the professional level.
Alright so onto the next part of my life…
College…ahh that great thing where you’re supposed to learn what to do with your life.
I really struggled with choosing a college. I despise the cold and wanted to get away from NY and go far far away.
I applied to colleges all the way down the East coast of the US… but ended up going to the University at Albany where I majored in drinking and partying 101. It was a rough time. I didn’t know what I wanted to major in and started taking business classes and then switched to wanting to be a Chiropractor… this led me to kickin ass in school and getting a 2.14 and a 2.2 GPA.. talk about real intelligence!
My dad is a real good guy and showed me how much money I had just cost him with screwing around that first year. This led me to switching colleges and going to Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY for a year in a half. I got my grades back together a little bit and ended up getting an Associates Degree in Business Administration.
I was also dating a girl at this time and ended up following her up to Buffalo State College and spent 2.5 years living in Buffalo… man that place was a blast and really taught me about myself. It was here that I really realized that I didn’t want to get stuck in a corporate office doing the work of Dilbert every day of my life. I wanted to do something different.
I wanted to become a full-time Entrepreneur.
Thinking back on that time, man was I naive.
I thought that because I decided to become an Entrepreneur, everything would magically work out. You know the movies where the main character decides to pursue his dream and all of a sudden life is perfect and they live happily ever after…
If only that was the truth!
I struggled….and struggled… and struggled. There was even a time when I looked in my checking account and saw $0.76!
What the f^$%?!?! This stuff’s supposed to be easy!
I guess the life of an Entrepreneur wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
When I left Buffalo, I moved back in with my parents for a few weeks and then made a very drastic life decision. I packed up my car and moved to Orlando, Florida.
Thinking back right now, leaving NY was one of the best decisions of my life. It got me away from everything I was comfortable with and got me to step WAY out of my comfort zone.
I had a cousin living down there who’s house I could stay at for a few weeks until I found a place.
This is where I learned to hustle. I went out every night to different networking events meeting people like crazy.
I met a girl who then introduced me to her brother and I then moved into a sick lake house in Windermere, Florida. It was here that I spent the next 2 years of my life and eventually started working in a night club at Universal CityWalk and eventually learned to bartend there.
After living in that house for a little over 2 years, I went to Costa Rica on an adventure with two of my business partners.
This had a major impact on my life.
I learned that life really doesn’t need to be all super stressful and that everything doesn’t have to move at 100,000 miles per hour like it does in the US. I learned to appreciate the finer things in life, learned how to surf which was on my bucket list and even realized it doesn’t cost millions of dollars to live in a different country.
Oh yeah, I didn’t die when I was there either! Another silly lie we learn growing up in the states is how dangerous traveling to other countries can be… I believe it absolutely can be dangerous in these other countries, but it’s just as dangerous in a lot of major cities in the US.
When I got back to the states after that trip, my life was different.
I wasn’t as happy as I was being in Paradise. I was still going to work at the night club and had some fun doing that job and it helped pay the bills, but I wasn’t passionate about that.
Some of my family members (mom & dad not included, sorry guys) said that in the pictures they saw from me being down there I looked truly happy.
Life really seemed to be coming together for me…
After taking that first trip to Costa Rica, I’d made a decision that I would no longer be content with the status quo.
This led me to putting everything I owned in a storage unit (mainly books on marketing, life and dating). I packed a carry on suitcase and was on my way to live in beautiful Panama! This is where I’m at today (November 26, 2012) but I know that I will continue my vagabonding journey all thanks to Internet Marketing.
My dream lifestyle is now a reality. It’s quite funny when some of your friends send you messages saying “you’re living the dream!” and all I can do is smile and agree.
Now that I have begun my dream lifestyle, I’ve been able to focus on the things that are truly impactful in my life. I’m creating courses on things that I know about, helping my friends make money on the Internet using Empower Network’s training and finding a way to live my lifelong mission…
which is to positively impact the lives of over a million people on this planet.
Helping people find happiness makes me feel awesome about myself. It’s something that makes me feel that little thing in the pit of my stomach that lets me know I’m doing the right thing.
Now I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite quotes.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
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