If money didn’t matter, what would you do for the rest of your life?
I was having a cup of coffee this morning when the sudden urge to start a Facebook Live session hit me. I went with it. As I was setting up my equipment, I realized something; I am really freaking inspired right now.
A lot of us have centered our lives around our jobs. We spend a good part of our day working so we can make that monthly paycheck, and then we just squeeze in whatever hobbies or activities we have time for. We watch movies with friends or we grab dinner with them after work. We spend time with our family on weekends. We do things like painting, reading, swimming, surfing, shopping, and all other sorts of things we love to do only when there’s no work to be done.
We’ve built our lives around our work, because it’s our work that gives us money.
So what would you do if money didn’t matter?
THE ROAD TO HEALING: FINDING CLARITY
Over a year ago, my best friend and business partner got into a tragic motorcycle accident. His sudden death left me in one of the darkest places of my life. I was lost, in more ways than one, and I didn’t have much left for myself either. I was able to pick myself up, but it was a long and trying process, and it definitely took time. I had to find something to focus on after his death, and so I concentrated on the company we built together. I promised I wasn’t going to let the business down. It was his legacy, and I was going to make sure it lived on. So my target was to bounce back from this and get the company to the million-dollar mark. I put this incredible pressure on myself, and I lived with that weight on my shoulders for a year without even realizing it was there.
I was so focused on making sure the company didn’t die with him, I didn’t leave room in my life for anything else. I forgot the reason I was in business. I went into business partnerships I should never have gone into. I was doing things that weren’t in alignment with me. I sacrificed a lot of things for the sake of this goal, but the biggest thing I gave up was my freedom.
When I realized what was going on, I had to take a month to myself to start over. I had to really get clear on who I was, what I wanted, and what mattered most. Once the weight of my promise lifted, I began to see things in a new light. I realized what I’d given up, I realized that I lost my reasons, and I realized that I was doing things I would have normally never done. I started looking at my life with certain crystal clarity.
I asked myself the same question I asked you: if money were no object—if money did not matter—what is it you would spend your life doing?
I spent a month finding the answer to this question. I would meditate for a few hours every day. I went on long walks. I talked to people I trusted. I had to reconnect with Me. After 30 days of disconnecting and focusing on myself, I came out on the other side well and truly healed. I had my answer, I had my clarity, and I’m ready to share with you how you can achieve the same thing—with our without taking a month (or more) off.
MY REALIZATIONS: THREE HUGE QUESTIONS
Once I took time to myself to clear my head and really get focused, I realized I had three big questions I needed to answer, and I needed to answer honestly. These three questions helped set me back on the right path. They’re simple enough are in no way easy to answer.
- What do I want to dedicate my life to?
- How do I get my time back?
- What is the change I want to make?
Answering the first one brought about even more realizations, and these are important ones. A lot of things are broken around us—systems, processes, procedures, people. We can either complain about them or we can do something about it. We are either Complainers or Creators.
I choose to be the latter, because I can, and one thing I know is broken for certain is the lack of true education. I believe the schooling system gives us enough education to get us a good job—no more, no less. And that’s something that desperately needs fixing. There should never be a lack of education. The information should be there for those who want to find it.
What do I want to dedicate my life to?
Conscious Education. No question. I want to dedicate my life to helping people understand that they can live consciously, they can build consciously, and they can live freely the life they want to have. I want to dedicate my life to Conscious Education. I want to reach out to other Creators like me and show them how limitless our potential is.
I want people to be aware that there are other options. You don’t need to stand passively by and watch things break. You can get in there and fix them yourself.
How do I get my time back?
This one seems simple enough; own a business. Own a conscious freedom business to get my time back. It’s hard to explain, but I have witnessed, time and again, how running your own enterprise gives you back the time you lost. I see amazing superwoman moms having to put their kids in daycare while they go to work. I see father’s leaving their children every weekday and being too tired to play with them on the weekends. I see people stuck in traffic during the commute to and from work, leaving them with no choice but to idle their time away just sitting in a car, doing nothing.
I truly believe that conscious capitalism and the exchange of energy allows us to have more. I don’t think capitalism is broken; I think it’s misguided. I think it’s been warped and forced to resemble something it wasn’t meant to be, and I believe conscious capitalism is the first step towards fixing this.
What is the change you want to make?
I want to redefine the education industry. I want people to realize that there’s more to what the schooling system gives us. And I’m obsessed with this because I know the right education allowed me to free my mind. It allowed me to manifest the most amazing relationship. It allowed me to live the most amazing life, writing books on freedom and creating businesses and opportunities for people. It allowed me to travel the world, speak on stage, and touch other people’s lives.
The right education allowed me to finally be happy.
This is why I’m so driven now. I took a month off to reconnect with myself and I realized that what truly matters to me is freedom. What truly matters to me is helping people achieve this ideal life while creating the change the want to see. These are the people I want to serve; the conscious capitalist, the heart-centered business owner. The people whose hearts are so big they can’t help but go out there and make the difference.
These are the people who are going to change the world, and I am dedicating my life to helping them achieve this in any way possible.
Why am I so inspired? Because there are so many people who inspire me to be.