This happens to me all the time. Especially since I work from home, and I have no one really telling me that I need to get to work, or I need to get shit done. In fact, I could spend my entire day contemplating the length of my fingernails, and no one would be the wiser. That's one of the dilemmas of people like me, who work from home, who are creative, who need to get in the mood to create shit, and who sometimes are just not in the mood to do anything. Just today, as I psyched myself up to write this blog post, I spent 3 hours procrastinating in the following manner. I read manga on a couch that got more and more comfortable as time went on, took a 15 minute nap, cut my fingernails, ate my lunch, drank some coconut water, read some more manga, browsed Facebook for something (anything, please God). Finally, I sat down on…
When an oak tree puts out acorns, it knows not all acorns are actually going to result into another oak tree. In fact, one oak tree can put as many as 10,000 acorns in their masting year. And statistically, only one of those acorns is going to take seed properly and grow into a fully-grown oak tree. If you think those are poor stats, I absolutely agree. (Btw, these stats are from the fascinating book, The Hidden Life Of Trees, which I highly recommend). I actually use the same analogy for myself when I do my work. People ask me why I do so many things, and I work such long hours. There are many reasons for it, one of them being that I wasted my entire 20s drinking, partying, and being stupid, so now it's my time to catch up. But more importantly, I know how this universe works, and how the planting of ideas takes fruition. Out of the hundreds…
Recently, I read this awesome quote attributed to Wesley Snipes (on his Twitter account), and I instantly copied and pasted it into my archives of useful quotes. It’s basically the title of this post – Don’t let the internet rush you; No one is posting their failures.
Boom! Bam! Bing! Absolutely on point. As soon as I read it, I got goosebumps, and that’s when I know something that I am reading (or listening to or whatever) is important. That’s how your body’s intelligence tells you that something is important. It’s not a random coincidence that your body chose that exact moment to get chilly.
The reason I wanted to write a blog post on this topic was because it’s so relevant to all of us creatives and entrepreneurs out there. All we see are the success stories. All we see are those people out there making millions and smashing every business goal set in their lifetime.
Meanwhile, we are sitting here, making piddly amounts of money, hoping that one day, our work will pay off; someday in the far, far, far off future, perhaps. (more…)
When I first quit my job to start my own business, I didn’t take it seriously, or as seriously as I take it now. I would let people distract me from my work, I would roam around during my most creative hours looking for dates or doing groceries, and I got embarrassed when people would tell me I didn’t have a real job.
I bought it upon myself. I didn’t take the work that I was doing seriously. The problem was that I thought that I wasn’t working on a full-time job anymore, and therefore, I started behaving as if I were on a perpetual holiday. Thankfully, that didn’t last long, because I realized I had to start making money soon or move back in with my parents. And I was not moving back in with my parents.
Now, my mentality towards my business is completely different. No matter what else is going on in the world, my business and my creative work comes first. (more…)
In this episode, I’ll be talking about my own journey (a somewhat “rocky” journey) of quitting the 9-5 and starting my own online business based on my passions—meditation, spirituality, and digital nomading. Quit your job? What?
We all want to quit the cubicle, travel the world, and work on a business that is based on our true passions (at least I think so based on the people I meet). We know we need to get out of that shit, but most of us don’t do it.
The answer is easy: we are afraid.
But there are reasons – really great reasons in our heads that say we cannot quit our 9-5 to pursue our passions.
I had a long list of my own reasons – fear of failure, of the unknown, of disappointing my parents, of succeeding, of taking on too much too fast, of poverty, of bankruptcy, of being on my own, of jumping into the abyss, and much more.
I still quit my job. And you can quit your job, too!
You know why?
Because the reasons didn’t matter anymore. I had to get out and do my own thing. It was time.
I knew if I delayed any further I would be delaying forever! I didn’t want regret to take over my psyche.(more…)
I woke up at 439am today to work on my life purpose – my online business.
Yes, I’m a morning person. Please don’t hate me. But before I quit my 9-5 and started my own online business, I used to wake up at 7am thinking that’s early enough.
Even so, I had no real purpose in life or aim.
I meandered for a whole decade (from 22 to 32)
- I spent way too much of my time on drama. You know that needless drama created by yours truly to add some spice into your life (watch out for that drama creator in yourself and stop her before she gets too big for her britches).
- I spent way too much time:
- Crying over being single or
- Being in relationship with someone unworthy or
- Meeting the wrong kind of guys or
- Meeting the right kind of guys at the wrong time.
- I spent way too much time in my head:
- Over-analyzing useless crap,
- Incessantly worrying over inconsequential matters, and
- Feeling anxiety over the unrealized (and unpredictable) future.
- I spent way too much planning out my future purchases and spending the money I was going to earn before I had even earned it. All of my cash was earmarked for cute shoes, and lots of travel (travelling for the sake of travelling).
In this episode, I’ll be talking about building a passion-based business. This way, your business will be based on something you love, rather than based on something you think will make money (which is how a lot of people end up building businesses – and end up hating what they are doing).
We are The Millionaire Hippies, so in our case, we want to build businesses that are spiritual, abundant, easeful, and prosperous.
If you are a major snowboarder, we would try to build a business based upon that, or if you are a yogi and nutritionist, the same applies.
As Ed Dale (one of my mentors) says every market is a market, and the possibilities are endless. You really can make money in any business you put your mind to.
In this episode, I want you to realize this fact before jumping head-first into a business that you aren’t really passionate about.(more…)
I quit my job to start a business without a safety net. That’s why I’ll succeed. You should do the same – quit your job without a safety net. Let me explain why.
Before I quit, for three months straight, I sat at my desk wondering why I was still there.
Don’t get me wrong.
I loved my job, I loved my boss, I loved my colleagues. I was lucky enough to be one of those rare individuals with a great boss and a great job. But there was this urge inside of me to start my own thing.
I would look at the CEO and founder of our company and I would feel this insane jealousy bubble up inside of me.(more…)