If you are not willing to risk the usual...

If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

- Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, and motivational speaker.

What is the value of a life with purpose?

I spent the majority of my life being ordinary. It wasn’t until I read Rich Dad Poor Dad that I realized I was just following the herd and doing precisely what I’d been told to do my entire life - go to school, get good grades so I can get a good job and have a good life. 

I wrote my book to share my unique perspective on how I overcame an ordinary life. You can grab your copy here.

What they don’t tell you is that this particular life is very unfulfilling. What has made the single most significant difference in my life has been going after the very difficult things. 

The thing is, you have to be willing to be all in… When I first started in business people would constantly ask me what my plan B was… I told them my plan b is the same as my plan A. When someone has a plan B - it tends to always work itself out to end up being the plan b option.

How to find your purpose (and help others at the same time)

I helped a guy start a company years ago, and when we met he told me that he was going to work at Starbucks and start his job part time… I told him that if that was the case I completely understood but I was not interested in helping or working with him: "I only want to work with people that are all in." Long story short he now has an incredible business that installs and maintains fish aquariums in schools, houses, and businesses all over the Chicagoland area and he has built an incredible life on his terms and every time we connect to this day I’m still fascinated at how his plan A has turned out.

Starting a purpose-filled life

This is one of those scary things to give an action plan on because there are a lot of factors that can influence someone's decisions, but I would really want to evaluate everything in my life and try to determine is there anything that I do or want to do that just sets my soul on fire?

If yes, then I would really start evaluating my options and ask myself some serious questions about my decisions - maybe you’re about to go to college and you have 20K set aside for it, or maybe consider holding off on college for a year and risking the 20K on yourself starting this business before you go off to college. 

The good news about school is that you are never too old to go to school - but it does get more difficult over time to start a business because of your personal responsibilities

If no, you need to stop doing a lot of stuff that you’re doing and start trying to live outside the box...It is obvious that what you’re doing isn’t working - one of the best lines I’ve ever personally been told was that just remember when you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.

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