"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha.
I always found it challenging to say what or who exactly I was, or might become. I had the tendency to dwell on all the things I wasn't. At that time, those were the things I knew best.
Like all my friends and family, I wanted to be successful, but I didn't know what that meant.
Marriage? Home? Children? Money? All of those, if I was fortunate.
Those were the goals my family and those around me taught me to aspire to, and part of me, I wanted them too, instinctively.
But deep down, I was searching for something else, something more.
I had this feeling that our time is short, shorter than we ever know, and I wanted mine to be meaningful. And purposeful. And creative. And impactful. Above all, different. I wanted to leave a mark on the world.
It took me a while, but then I realised that what makes life worth living is to enjoy life, to have fun.
There is a kind of energetic clarity at that moment. I wanted that, whatever that was, to be my life, my daily life.
Many times I daydreamed about becoming a teacher, a nurse, a bookkeeper, a proficient bilingual translator, an excellent copywriter. But the ultimate dream was to discover the highest service I could offer to the whole.
I asked myself: What if there was a way, to achieve my higher purpose while having fun all the time instead of working? Or else to enjoy work so much that it becomes practically the same thing.
The world, sadly, is tormented with pain and misery; the daily drudgery is strenuous and often biased.
Maybe I could contribute, I thought, to find some remarkable, improbable dream that seemed worthy, that sounded fun, that seemed a good fit, and chase it with single-minded dedication and purpose.
We often hear that life is a game. Whoever denies that truth, refuses to play, and often gets left on the sidelines. I didn't want that. I wanted to make a difference.
I thought, just maybe, I find a way to do something that is fulfilling to me but at the same time offers great value to others who can benefit just as much.
The Path of Discovery
I tried different ways to discover my path, I worked in various jobs and started a couple of business ventures.
I didn't succeed in any because my heart wasn't in any of them, but what I learned from those experiences was that I needed to get myself into my highest state of self-awareness, particularly, if I wanted to become a better person and a successful entrepreneur.
In reading different philosophies, I learned the concept of kensho or satori - sudden enlightenment and a state of consciousness attained by intuitive illumination representing the spiritual goal of Zen Buddhism. Who wouldn't like to experience that? That would be awesome.
I also learned that if we want to change our whole approach, we need to stop being a 'linear thinker.' According to Zen, linear thinking is nothing but a delusion, one of the many that keep us unhappy. Zen says. No future, no past. All is NOW.
In every belief, it seems to be that self is the obstacle, the adversary. Zen says that self doesn't exist. Self is a mirage, and our stubborn belief in its reality not only wastes life but shortens it.
I needed to find my flow in life to allow me to work towards the path of least resistance.
It All Starts With A Mission
When I started my early business adventures, my mission was nothing more than how much money I could make, in other words, it was all about me. Self was my obstacle, my adversary.
I knew deep down that I was going in the wrong direction and that to attain success; I needed to seek out experts who could effectively and efficiently teach me fundamental principles.
I decided to transform myself so that I could experience personal inner growth, and I started to evaluate my habitual patterns.
I needed a mission and a plan on how I was going to get there.
I always knew that I desired to help others realise their full potential. I wanted to increase my value to society, empower them and be an inspiration to others; this became my Mission.
Choosing The Plan Of Action
Today's news is filled with doom about the economy and alarming predictions about a permanent downsizing of traditional jobs.
To me, this is the time to talk about improving the quality of people's lives and building wealth.
Of course, when it comes to improving your life and wealth building, it always begins with a choice.
Measuring wealth involves working towards certain fundamental principles.
Deep down, we sense that wealth includes not only what we earn, but contains the passion of our relationships and the choices we make and how we work with those choices.
How Do We Begin To Build Wealth?
For me, it started by investing in myself - recognising that I could use help in the form of knowledge - and committing to the process of educating myself.
I discovered that time (a key ingredient for getting anything done) was essential to building wealth and that I had to become better at managing money and spend it wisely.
I am also learning that personal inner growth, examining my belief system and cultivating beneficial relationships is all connected with building wealth.
"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius.
My mission is to help others who are in a similar situation to mine. Those like me are in the process of unlocking our higher purpose and achieving financial freedom.
We want to make a contribution to solve people's problems and do it through the digital world.
I chose the digital world because the internet has changed our lives; the way we communicate, do shopping, learn and research things, it has become a part of our daily living.
Experts tell us that there are vast opportunities that exist out there because of this digital world that we are living. For many, it represents freedom, and that is something that attracted me to this opportunity.
If you like the idea of this opportunity, dare to step out of the status quo and create a life on your own terms, then you are ready to start your digital education.
All you need is a working computer, a decent Internet connection and the commitment to achieving your goals.
This video will show you how you can turn your interests into income and create a life and business that you truly love. Stuart, my mentor, will talk about the tools, training, resources and community support to help you succeed in the online arena.
There is nothing to lose and a lot to gain with this education, just put aside 1/2 hour of your time and find out how you can help individuals achieve their lifestyle goals.
If you have any questions, please write them in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.
To Your Success,