Archives For Motivation

Is Getting Rich the Answer?

February 3, 2014 — 6 Comments

You know what I’m talking about when I say that, right?  We always talk about nice it would be to get rich – then we’d be happy, or then we’d finally do what we want, whether it’s quit the job you hate, travel the world, or pursue what makes you happy.  Getting rich must be the answer.

However, as the old saying goes, wish and one hand poop in the other and see which one gets filled first!

After I sent out the post about how Drake’s rich father handles money, another reader emailed me his story.  Basically, he’s rich now because he recently sold a business for millions, and now he’s trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life.  Here’s what he said – let’s break down each paragraph:

I have it pretty good and it’s hard to bitch about a job and work environment that you created but it definitely makes me ponder what I would want to do differently next time.  I know these things for certain:  I hate  commuting, but I don’t like  working from home all the time; I hate sitting in front of a computer all day, I like working out at lunch, I like being creative and building a real product, I like selling at first but hate the repetition of doing it over and over again.

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Getting into my Ferrari in China

Don’t mind me, just getting into my Ferrari!

One of our biggest motivators of buying things we can’t afford is the fear of looking poor.

How embarrassing it must have been for me to drive around in a 1993 white Chevy Lumina with a maroon interior – so embarrassing that I thought the better decision was to take out a $28,000 car loan just so I wouldn’t look poor anymore. But guess what, although I might have looked like I had money with the new car, now I was officially poor!

My car ran just fine, but I made excuses to justify buying a new car. I needed something more dependable – even though my trusty Chevy Lumina never left me stranded on a Dallas highway. It wasn’t the fear of a break down that fed my bad decision, but the fear of simply appearing poor.

Are you afraid of looking poor?

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America, Hell Yeah.

November 4, 2013 — 6 Comments
America, Hell Yeah with stylish shoes

Stylin’ USA shoes in Hong Kong

As we gazed across the bay to the beautifully lit city of Hong Kong, I couldn’t help but notice the young man’s shoes as he walked in front of us. They weren’t the typical high-price Faragamo’s that are becoming normal in the ultra-affluent Hong Kong, instead they were simple canvas shoes decorated on the top with the US flag.

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It’ll be ok

February 11, 2013 — 23 Comments

When we’re kids, it’s easy to find a reassurance that everything will be ok.  Whether it’s the bump in the night, the stressful math test, or the rough first break up, our parents and other adults are quick to remind us that the end of the world is not imminent.

Cactus Flower

Just as a flower blooms…. just kidding, I like this picture my wife took so I added it in this post!

However, adults don’t have that luxury.  We’re forced to find our own reassurance when making big decisions and often times people are quicker to tell us the reasons to not do something than the reason to do it.

Sometimes we just need someone to tell us, “It’ll be ok”.  We want the reassurance that our big risks are worth it and that all possible negative consequences have been property dealt with and that success is guaranteed.

But of course, you know that no one can ever guarantee you success.  Hopefully, you’ll find support from friends and relatives, but at some point you just have to accept the risk and go for it.  Prepare, make an educated decision, trust yourself, and make the leap!

It’ll be ok.  We’re in the process of making our leap and as you might have read last week, we’re very nervous.  However, we’ve prepared for it and now it’s time to leap.

Dan and J at Machu Picchu

If you subscribe and receive my posts to email, you’ve seen my occasional comments about my awesome wife. We’ve shied away from expanding on her career and goals on YLTL, but we have some big things coming up in the near future so you might hear more from her. I’ll leave it at that for now because we’ll get into more of it later…

Without further ado, here’s J:

Let me first say this post seem serendipitous. It was the result of a silly exchange between husband and wife. I’m currently building a web site featuring news content and videos as a professional journalist. When I asked Dan to review a couple of my recent posts, an audible chuckle drifted from his home office. “Uh, there’s a factual error in here,” he said. “Drew Brees didn’t throw five interceptions – that was last week. He only threw two yesterday.” I rolled my eyes and mumbled a whatever. “Then fix it,” I said with a wink. He baulked at the idea of tweaking my post and went on to ponder his topic for Break Free (shh, don’t tell him I let you in on a little secret – but stay tuned for something big). That’s when something came over me. Only half kidding, I slyly said, “I’ll write your post if you fix mine.” Most likely only half believing me, he responded with a simple yet sarcastic, “OK.”

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