Seven days in Hawaii changed the course of my life forever. Seven days and thousands of dollars. The year was 2012. I had taken my first jump into being an entrepreneur, a jump I took without a parachute. I was sick of my job, sick of living an ‘average’ life and finally bought into the belief that being an entrepreneur was my ticket to freedom. Man, did I have plans…. vacations, cars, philanthropy, you name it.
Monetarily, my first venture was a Titanic level failure. It didn’t help that the company I joined went from personal development to real estate investing in a period of about 6 months, yet sometimes, even in crashing and burning, the entire course of your life could change for the better.
In the summer of 2012, I took my entire family to Hawaii for a vacation/live event. Even though the investment in doing so was enormous, there was just something telling me I had to be there. I had to get to Hawaii, I had to take the entire family, or else I’d regret it for the rest of my life.
If you want something you’ll find a way…if not, you’ll find an excuse. #entrepreneur
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Between the event, the airfare, the hotel…the trip was going to cost more than I had ever spent in one place outside of buying my house or buying a car. Like I said, Hawaii was calling, so I put together the money any way I could think of.
- I pulled some out of my retirement
- I sold my car
I did whatever I could to come up with the huge wad of cash it was going to take to get all 5 of us to Hawaii.
In those 7 days:
- We hung out on Waikiki
- We visited Pearl Harbor
- We sat in a room for hours learning from Bob Proctor
- I met one of my best friends, Sam Crowley, who taught me everything I needed to know about going for my dream AND launching my own podcast
The intangible things I got from those 7 days far outweigh the Armageddon like failure of the company I joined.
You see, I wanted out of the job I had and the life I was living.
I had long since decided that’s what I was going to do.
It wasn’t until February 2012, when the dominoes started falling, and I started taking whatever actions I needed to take in order to get those 7 days in Hawaii that I truly made the decision to change my life.
Unless you take action, you haven’t really made a decision – Tony Robbins
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You can ‘decide’ all day long how you want your life to go. But nothing is going to change until you take action to make it so.