Not all who wonder are lost...

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Have you ever woken up, business as usual and say to yourself " there has to be more to life"? This has been my question since I graduated college and "real adulting" hit me. I went to grade school, got through middle school and managed through high school and finally followed through with college. I did everything I was told to do for a "successful" life. Then I was given a piece of paper granting me access to the "real world". This piece of paper dictated my level of knowledge, profession, language, class and direction. Only in my world, it was an expensive monthly payment way more than I could afford, with a few skills I learned from late night cramming and social events. 

Every morning, I along with millions of others are awaken to their sunrise jingle of choice and follow suite with their rat race routine. I was making a difference in others’ lives but my own, particularly in the financial and lifestyle department. I knew in my heart there was more to life than having to go to work with a fixed pay and scheduled time: vacation, bereavement, sick and personal days. There must be more to life than this.

I began searching and over the years spent a lot of money on education and “get rich schemes” (yes I fell for some and some were legitimate, I didn’t believe in myself or the product enough to put in the real hard work it takes).

Creative solutions: What I have learned from these experience is you first and foremost must work on yourself. You can only pretend for so long before you either give up or become what you pretend to be. What is the difference you ask? One works and plays the part and the other just plays the part. It is imperative you focus on your own development and mindset. This is what creates your foundation and makes it solid.

Don’t be afraid to dabble, just don’t get stuck there Spend time to do some introspective thinking. What makes you, you? What are you passionate about? These two questions were difficult for me to answer because I had a skewed view of thinking. I personally had to start there, changing my mindset. I had to focus on every thought and separate what was healthy thinking and what was unhealthy. It was exhausting and emotionally draining!!!! But well worth it, please keep in mind this is something I continue to struggle with or rather a healthier way to state it is: this is something I work on daily, like a muscle.

Spend time to do some introspective thinking: What makes you, you? What are you passionate about? These two questions were difficult for me to answer because I had a skewed view of thinking. I personally had to start there, changing my mindset. I had to focus on every thought and separate what was healthy thinking and what was unhealthy. It was exhausting and emotionally draining!!!! But well worth it, please keep in mind this is something I continue to struggle with or rather a healthier way to state it is: this is something I work on daily, like a muscle.

There is no easy way to success: This was a kick in the face for me when I finally understood it. I was so insecure about myself that I never put in the work needed for success. I realized (bringing it full circle) that I needed to work on myself first and foremost. 

Find your why: You must think about what you will be working towards, there is no destination this is a journey. Learn to enjoy it, when times are low you must have a solid ground to lean on... this is your why. Think bigger than money!

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