There is a time in our lives when we think “is this it? Is there more to life? am I going to go for it or am I going to settle?”. That time comes at different times for people, some have it early and some have it late but the time does come. That time came for me when I was 27 years old and I was tired of being less than what I was capable of. I didn’t have a great degree I could lean back on for a job. The path I was on wasn’t taking me in the direction I dreamed of going. So, there came a time where I had to make a LEAP of faith and go after what I wanted in life. I knew I didn’t want the traditional 9-5 job, I didn’t want to settle for less when I knew I was capable of more, and I didn’t want to look back and tell myself “WHAT IF”. I was willing to take the LEAP of faith and go after my dreams of being my own boss and start my entrepreneurial path….and yes, it was scary but it is worth it.
You may be sitting there reading this and thinking “what in the heck is he talking about? what has he accomplished in life that is so special? why is he trying to give business/life advice?” If so, you’re asking the right questions and you have a right to know. I am not trying to guide you where you should go but I am simply sharing my story and the events that have led me to where I am today and will guide me where I want to be in the future. I went from being broke, $40K in debt, to earning well over 6 figures per year for the past 5 years of my life. That is not something I am telling you to boast…I am telling you that to bring validity to what I am sharing. I CAN RELATE to you if you are struggling right now because I have been there. I’ve had sleepless nights because I was so stressed about the direction I was going, I’ve had to move back in with my parents, and I have had to cut relationships out because I realized they weren’t allowing me to be the best version of myself. These are all things, especially young adults, go through. We leave college and get excited about the opportunity the next chapter has to offer and after a few years, we realize there must be more to life than this 9-5 job we are doing. I decided I wanted to be more in life, and age 27 I took my LEAP of faith and it changed the direction of my life.
I saw my friends succeeding left and right. Some were making their way through professional sports, some were making their names as lawyers, and even some starting their own businesses….It seemed everyone had it all together except me. However, that all changed when I met Paula Smith. Paula became my mentor and took me under her wing when I first started working as my own boss in the retirement planning world. She was tough, tells it like it is, and expected nothing but my best each and every day. Having her as my personal business mentor has changed the direction of my life in so many ways and I am forever grateful.
Paula told me her story and how the events of her life led her to the enormous success story she is today. She believed in me and gave me the confidence to take the LEAP and go after what I dreamed of….but she also explained that it will be the hardest thing I would ever do. When you control your income it can be very difficult at the beginning because there is no consistent cash flow coming in but she asked me a very simple question that changed my thought process.
” David, do you want someone to tell you what you are worth or do you want the opportunity to be paid what you are worth?”
That question clicked for me, I wanted to control my future and not put it in the hands of someone else. Long story short, Paula helped push me to the point of taking my life into my own hands and go out on my own. She was and still is a powerful mentor that has shared her experiences that has allowed me to generate success very early on in my professional career. The reason I am sharing this today is that I know many of you may be struggling with where you currently are but afraid of making a change or even confused about what options you even have. That’s ok, you don’t need all the answers right now and I certainly don’t have them. My advice, from someone who has been there, is this. Pursue more and start seeking knowledge. You need to find a mentor that can guide you. However, you need to choose a mentor that will push you forward and not backward. Someone who has attained a life you wish to have….that can be an entrepreneur or a CEO at your company. Whatever direction of life you want to go in you need to find someone to help you get there. As kids, we have parents to help guide us and teach us how to live. As teenagers and young adults, we have teachers and coaches that give us the tools we need. However, as young professionals, we don’t have anyone. Most people stop learning from others and try to figure out everything on their own. That is why I started this site, to share the things that I have learned in hopes that it will benefit you as much as it has me.
Don’t be afraid of your LEAP. Pursue your leap because there will be a time in your life that the opportunity will come knocking and you don’t want to miss it. My goal is not only to create a life my family deserves but it is to create a LIFESTYLE. Life is not about out working and putting in more hours than the next guy. It is about helping people and finding a path that allows you a lifestyle you want. So, find a mentor, whether it is a one on one in person mentor or a virtual mentor….just find someone. Ed Mylett and Grant Cardone are two people I use as my virtual mentors because they give me the tools I want to have to create the success I plan to achieve, so go find yours.
Do you want a JOB or do you want a LIFESTYLE? I have an opportunity for people who want to be paid what they are worth and take off the lid of their potential. Have the ability to travel the world, work anywhere with a wifi connection, and join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. Do not be afraid to take your LEAP, reach out to me to learn more.
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