What got me to this point?
So, I’ve recently started to think hard about my future and reflect on my past. I’m not one of those people that has a “rags to riches story.” I grew up in what I believe was a middle class family with two working parents that worked in the public sector. They have since retired and live off their pensions. I number of my life decisions have been made simply on the fact that my parents worked their whole life, making less than they would in the private sector, but yet they always had health insurance and that golden nugget at the end of the road, their pension. So when I was finishing up high school, although I wasn’t particularly motivated to go to college, I knew I had to in order to get a job and make money.
I applied to only three colleges, I was accepted to all three, but they were just state colleges, nothing special. The one I chose was strictly based on the fact that one of my friends was already enrolled there. I know easy right? I really could have spent more time evaluating colleges, but I don’t think it was a mistake; it was just me taking the easy way. I move into my dorm and attend all the orientation sessions and meet my adviser for the first time. I was enrolled in the computer programming curriculum. He goes over my classes with me and says I need to take Calculus. I said, to him, I had a really hard time with Pre-Calc in high school, I don’t think I can do that. I ask him what other “Computer Related” majors there are and he tells me about “Network Administration” I said, as long as there is no Calculus, I can do that. So he sends me to a new adviser who is in charge of that curriculum.
I still think about it today, I wanted to be a Computer Programmer, but I took the easy route and took Network Administration. Fortunately, I met who is now my wife at that school, but I ended up only attending that school for two semesters before deciding to transfer to another school. After transferring, I ended up getting my associates degree at one school, then getting my Bachelors of Technology in Network Administration at another school. While working on my Associates, I married that pretty lady who I met early on in my college career.
When LIFE got real.
My first year of college was, let’s say a warm-up to real life, I was out on my own, my only real job was going to class and having fun. I wasn’t financially literate at ALL. But once I got married, things got real, I was now in charge of all my financial decisions at a young age, and my decisions affected me and another person. The first time I had to fill out a FAFSA and get everything in order to be enrolled in college, I changed my perspective about what my priorities should be, When you see the dollar figures of how much you are spending on classes, all the sudden, it makes a lot of sense to actually try, I mean really try. I wasn’t a 4.0 student, but I certainly tried. I did have a 4.0 at least one semester, but I always was on honor roll.
Like many college programs, the last semester or two usually involves an internship. I needed to find an internship in the “Network Administration” field to seal the deal on my degree program, this turned out to be a little more challenging that most of my classmates. You see, my wife wanted to transfer to another school to finish her Bachelor’s degree, but that school was on the other end of the state. So where our college professors can usually hook you up with an internship locally, their connections run short the further you get away. So here I am, moving to Buffalo, NY, I don’t yet have degree and I need to find an internship on my own. I knew we were moving well in advance, so I was applying to all kinds of jobs, calling all kinds of businesses, looking for an internship with no luck as of yet. Me being the super optimistic person I am, thinking I’m so damn smart just out of college, I’m not worried at all. We move into an apartment in the city of Buffalo with what little money we had. But still no internship lined up. Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months, I needed to line something up no later than September of that year, My bank account was like a time bomb, counting down every day… Groceries, utilities, rent, gas, etc, just eating away at the balance. Fortunately my wife was able to find a summer job, so that helped.
There is a catch 22 in the education world. Employers want someone who has a degree in XYZ with 2-4 years of experience for entry level jobs. Guess what I didn’t have… EXPERIENCE or a DEGREE. Internship opportunities are much rarer than they seem. I found myself in a pretty desperate situation. I was literally walking up and down the streets going from business to business asking if I could do my internship for them. Finally I walked into a tiny storefront, the sign said something like “Horoscope Publications,” curious I went in and spoke with the guy behind the desk. I gave him my 60 elevator speech and he explained that he didn’t need an IT guy because he is the only person that works there and he runs his computers himself. But he didn’t just turn me away, he talked to me. He asked me questions about my skills and why I’m walking down the street store to store. He asked me a question no one has ever asked me before:
Why are you looking to work for someone else, why not start your own consulting business and work for yourself?
I think I answered his question with something like, “I think my school wants me to work at an established company.” I said my farewells and thanked him for talking with me then left. I decided to walk home at this point. That couple miles gave me time to think. It occurred to me, maybe he is right, maybe the school would let me do that, at least I wouldn’t have to interview with anyone. HaHa! So by the time I got home, I spoke with my wife about the idea and she said I should go for it. I reached out to my adviser who needed to run it by the internship committee because no one has ever done that before. After some time they got back to me and agreed to let me do this, but had some additional requirements, such as I needed to write a daily journal and explain things like, how I registered the business, how I do my taxes, how I market my services, etc… I ran the idea by my friend who lived in the city also and asked if he’d be interested in being my business partner (he has a similar education as me) and he agreed.
It’s on! I started the business, completed all the startup requirements and was on the lookout for customers. We kind of lucked out because my wife’s summer job was at a Law firm and they had been complaining about their IT guy for some time, so my wife suggested they contact me because we have a new startup and we are looking for customers. Bang! First customer! We met with them, they gave us a laundry list of things that weren’t working and we went at it. they were perfect, about 15 employees, a server and a remote office. After their first big list of work, they would call us a couple times a week for more support and they seemed pretty happy with us. Along with this one client, we were sending out flyers and walking business to business trying to meet people looking for IT support. He did get a call from a one person shop that needed some help, so we met with them. Great! Another client. We came up with a plan to help them out with a project they needed done and we they seemed happy with us, they called us a few more times for other things and we did our best to help them, but we ran into an issue that we couldn’t help this business with, it really required the expertise of a programmer, which neither of us were, so we looked up someone in the yellow pages and referred this business to them. Unfortunately, that was the last time we heard from them.
One thing I noticed about running my own business was that I didn’t mind working 12 to 18 hours a day, there was so much I needed to do or wanted to do. I would just grind away. My business partner and I wanted to provide website hosting and offsite backup services, so we threw together some servers and payed particularly close attention to security. It took some time but we felt it was a good use of time. We had one major upgrade project for the Law Firm to get all their machines upgraded to Windows XP (I know this dates me) and get their server upgraded and all the machines on the domain. It was pretty straight forward, but seeing how some machines were a mix of Windows 2000, ME, and XP Home, it was a decent project to accomplish with minimal downtime. We completed the project in a weekend and the following week, there were a few minor things to attend to, but something unfortunate happened, we fixed the problems! After that project was complete, they started calling for help much less because everything worked correctly! Oh No, right? Well, they were very happy with us at this point and only called once every couple weeks, so our cash flow dried up.
What happened next was easy took over again. Our cash flow was low and my business partner was hinting toward needing to get a real job for steady income. I can’t blame him, I was thinking the same thing, but I really wanted the business to succeed. I don’t remember the exact series of events that went down, but at one point he just stopped showing up at my house every day for work, then he informs me eventually that he was moving out of state. It was a bit of a blow, but I was just a few weeks away from completing my internship, so it kind of worked out timing wise. So that was the beginning of the end of my first business.
Easy took over and I applied to a not-for-profit IT administrator job and they offered me the position. This was my first real job complete with health insurance and paid leave. Amazing right? I learned a lot at this job, not only IT wise, but politics in the office and how management has to leverage technology to fill the gap when they can’t afford more people. It was interesting. I enjoyed this job even though I only worked there for a year. During my time, I actually taught myself PHP and designed a small helpdesk issue tracking web application. As mentioned above, I always had an interest in programming, but since I passed on learning it in school, I had to learn it on my own. An opportunity came up in my old hometown, so I ended up moving back there and found a job at a small IT consulting business. I mean small, when I got hired, the size of the company doubled! When I went to my job interview, I was all dressed up in my nice interview suit and the guy who interviewed me was wearing jeans and no shoes. I almost didn’t know if it was a real company, no website or anything. But the guy was awesome and I took a chance.
This new job was exactly what I wanted to be with my first business. He was a one man shop, usually with one tech, and a few dozen small/medium size businesses around the city which he provides IT support for. To this day I still don’t think I even went to every business he supported, it seemed like every week I was going somewhere new. I loved this job; he was by far the best boss I’ve ever encountered. I worked here full time for about two years, and then went down to part time/as needed after that. In fact, I’m not sure I ever really left permanently. It was about mid-2009, during the “Great Recession” and I got spooked, really spooked. Our biggest client sent out a company-wide email saying that they needed all IT support request (my company) to be approved. It was clear that they were trying to cut costs, but with the recession in full swing, I got scared. My boss assured me it’s nothing to worry about, but I couldn’t shake it.
I ended up looking to the public sector for a new job. I thought it sounded great; the pay was more that I was making and there is health insurance and a pension. Not to mention job security. At this point in my life, I have a house, car loans and a wife and one child. Job security sounds really good to me. Not knowing if I’m going to have a job next week really made me nervous. I can almost feel the entrepreneur inside myself dying. I was hoping that maybe if I worked at this IT consulting firm long enough that my boss would make me a partner. It would have been great to own a business, I mean; he wasn’t going to want to run the business forever.
When the government came knocking.
So the public sector job I applied for called me in for an interview, and then another, then an offer was on the table. I informed my current boss that I was leaving, he was certainly disappointed, but he offered to keep me on part time to help him out when he needs me. I was happy to still work with him in that capacity. So I accepted the offer. No salary negotiations or negotiating about days off, it’s all determined by your grade and steps in the union contact. You get your fingerprint filed in the state database and your background check has to come back clean. You work X hours a week, you punch in, you punch out. When you want a day off, you fill out a form. When you need to take a sick day you call a certain number and answer the questions. Much different than what I’m used to.
Having everything about the job essentially “predefined” was kind of relaxing, I knew exactly how much I was going to make for the next 5 years. Silly me even thought I could always move into management if I wanted to. So here I am working for a government IT department, but I was assigned to a nursing home. I worked there for a few years as a Systems Administration, managing all the computers, servers, phone system (VoIP), network equipment and Security systems. It was actually a pretty easy transition from my old job because I used to just show up at businesses and I was expected to just figure everything out on demand. So when I walked into this new job, I already knew exactly how to approach everything and not get overwhelmed. I guess that’s why employers want to hire people with experience. During my time, I used my previously learned PHP skills to create a helpdesk issue tracking web application that tracked all the building inventory and phone equipment. This system got the attention of the central IT department who were interested in replacing their mainframe based issue tracking solution. My understanding in the workflow that goes along with issue tracking and change management earned me a spot on the team of people who were in charge of the project to find a new solution. And when the “higher ups” decided on our new ticket system (without the input from the team, figures…) I was in charge of the project for deploying and training staff on how to use it.
One day, it came to my attention that there was rumor that the nursing home was “for sale” the government body I worked for could not make the home profitable, or even break even, so they wanted to get it off the books, so to speak. Here came the worrier inside me. I freaked out, I thought I’d be safe! Then I found out it was true and they had some potential buyers. I freaked out more. But like all things government, everything moves slowly and information is hard to come by. The good news for me was, I was simply assigned to the nursing home, I was technically still an employee of the central IT department may be able to just move me to the main office. So naturally, I figured out ways to make my job necessary in central IT, to the point that I was working in Central IT three days a week on “projects” and working at the nursing home two days a week.
Eventually I was working in central IT five days a week and I was sort of deploying Central IT people to nursing home on my behalf to handle break fix stuff, while managing some of the other projects remotely. Meanwhile, as I’m coordinating the work of these other people, my new boss tells me he wants to make a new management position for the helpdesk staff and he want to put me in it. I’m scared as hell. I’ve been working with these guys for years and now I’m going to be bossing them around. Dear lord. I accepted the job and tried to be enthusiastic about it, but I was super nervous and was scared to death that I would make huge mistakes. I was afraid to fail. Being afraid to fail or make people angry with me really affected my ability to lead. After being in the position for about a year, I didn’t like who I had become. I felt like all I was doing was acting as a middle man between my boss and my staff. It was always, “well this is what the Director wants us to do” or “I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but this needs to be done.” Also, I had some real attitude issues with my staff, but there was no way to discipline them. All I can do is “talk to them,” because of the way the union contract works, its damn near impossible to fire people. You can imagine the kind of environment this breeds. Some people complain all the time which rubs off on other people, or some people don’t work very hard, so the diligent workers see that and thing, why am I busting my ass so hard while they sit around doing nothing. Being a manager was not exactly what I thought it was. I really didn’t want to continue down this path.
The escape plan
It was obvious to me that I was miserable, I considered demoting myself back to my old job, but it had already been filled and that person would be booted if I did this. As my wife and I had considered moving to a new location, we started to more seriously look at the possibility of making it happen. OK, I made that sound too easy. There was a lot of talking and convincing on my wife’s part because at this point in my life, I’m super-duper scared of leaving my job and picking up everything and leaving. I’m afraid of everything, no paycheck, no health insurance, no pension, etc. Eventually I had applied to some government jobs in New England and figured if I can get in there, I’ll have my little security blanket that I like so much and be able to try something new. I will admit that it is fun to start something new. I always like walking into a new place and trying to figure out how I can help. It’s fun. And people are always so excited when you make their computer experience better.
At this point in my career, I’m a Systems Administrator with ten years’ experience. I tend to undervalue that fact, but it certainly opens a lot of doors. Next, I secured a job at another government body in New Hampshire. I love NH. It has everything I love. Water for fishing, mountains for climbing, trails everywhere. And if we want to swing down to Boston, it’s a quick bus ride into the city. It’s great. Oh, and no income or sales tax. Sure they still get your money in other ways, but not filling out a NH tax return is nice. So here I am, new job doing new stuff and everything is very exciting.
What’s happening now?
I started off with a bang; I designed a configuration management solution that automated the configurations of servers and applications on those servers. My plan was to help manage web servers for departments in a consistent and predicable way. I achieved that. The problem was, like my old job, there are IT people assigned to different departments, they are “embedded” in these departments and spent their time supporting the needs of the department. I learned that there is this weird grey area between the central IT department, who provision servers and the developers who are supposed to design applications to put on those servers. The guys who provision the servers tend to “hand over” the servers to the developers to finish setting them up to meet their needs. There is a problem in this arrangement, most developers are not trained system administrators, and they know nothing about applying standards to servers. Worse yet, when you aren’t properly trained to do something, you tend to “hack it till it works.” So where do I fit in here? I’m supposedly an “expert” with application management, particularly web application platforms like IIS, Apache, Tomcat, and Web service proxying. So when the developers break something on their servers, I have to try to fix it for them. And of course when I tell them what’s wrong and how to fix it, they are happy to make it sound like it was their idea all along. It’s actually kind of humorous because my boss and I know they have no idea what they are talking about.
So anyway, back to the automation piece. We planned to use our system to automate the management of these departments web application platforms (Apache and IIS) so we deployed our strategy to a couple departments. No Issues, works great, they love it. Then a couple more, everything worked correctly, but these departments are different… They didn’t realize that they would lose full access to these servers under our plan. We sold it to them that we would manage the servers and they could focus on their job, developing applications. Somehow it escaped them that they would not be allowed to hack around on the servers anymore. So they bitched and moaned until they got their way and we had to and control back to them. Our CIO bent over to the department heads and gave them exactly what they wanted. Anarchy. Which is fine, I’m not complaining by any means, that’s actually less headache for me. But now what? What a great question. What’s my purpose at my current job? My big plan to automate services that has the potential to save thousands, if not tens of thousands of man hours a year is built and ready, but because of politics, it’s not going anywhere. I really thought I was helping people, helping my colleagues save time, but their egos got in the way. It’s hard to remain patient, when they call for help on their servers and in the back of my mind I’m thinking, “if you had just let me automate this for you, you wouldn’t have this problem,” but that would be unprofessional and not very productive at this point. Oh well. I’m a senior engineer making the top pay in a government job, which trust me isn’t much. My boss is only a few years older than me, so he isn’t going anywhere soon. Not that I would want a management job, not in government. Not interested in finding a new job. But not interested in working as an employee either.
What I’m changing
For the past few years I’ve been testing the water in going into business for myself, or at least making money doing something on the side. I taught myself the Ruby programming language so I could make a web application that offers tools that people in my line of work would find useful, like network monitoring and network testing/scanning. It’s pretty useful, I actually use it often, but I’m the only one. It never really took off because I couldn’t find a way to monetize it. Since I like mountain climbing, I designed a web application that would provide information about all the mountains in New England, including the current weather on the peaks. It also let you track the mountains you’ve hiked and you could keep notes about the hike and share it with friends. That was pretty cool, but Facebook has a pretty good grasp on the social media world and getting people away from Facebook is not an easy task. It certainly didn’t help that a hiking friend of mine, made me feel like it wasn’t something that he would use, and he was exactly the audience I was targeting. So that died.
My entrepreneur wheels keep turning and I keep thinking, what I can do to be successful. I think about it a lot. So much so that sometimes when I’m having a conversation with someone I’m thinking and not really paying attention to them. Which isn’t good.
When I in high school, I was a runner. X-country, track, indoor track, summer running camp. Every season of every year, I was running. One of my most memorable events (not as memorable as my wedding or my children being born, but definitely up toward the top of the list) was winning the state championship in X-Country. What a great memory. When I left high school, I rarely ran anymore. Hey, it’s hard, and its time consuming. Then around 2008 I was a little fed up with my weight, so I started running again. Good lord did my knees hurt. So much so that a couple weeks after starting up again, I had to stop for 4 weeks. My knees hurt so bad that if I sat in my office chair for any duration of time, I had to get up super slowly and stretch a little before walking out of my office. But once I felt better, I got out on the roads again. I got faster and faster and started running longer and longer. So in the fall of that year I decided to do a 5k.
When I showed up at the registration tent, the attendant said are you signing up for the half-marathon. I thought… Gee, I wasn’t planning to, and I decided to go for it. I’ve never run a half-marathon before. I don’t think I’ve ever even run 13.1 miles in one run before. I ran it and I actually did quite well, I think I ran around a 1:45. But after the race was done, I decided to take a little time off. Ten years later, here I am again fed up with my weight and I decided to get serious about training again. Now, I’ve run off and on throughout the years on my treadmill, but every time I start running outside, my shins always get jacked up and I give up. So this year in 2018, I decided, I’m going to run again, and I’m going to get whatever help I need from a professional to fix my shins. So, of course, after pounding the pavement for a few weeks, my shins started to hurt. My doctor referred me to Physical Therapy (PT) and when I was in contact with them I specifically asked for a therapist who is a runner. Little known to me, my therapist is a well know triathlete and ultra-runner in New England. I had only three appointments with her, she gave me a list of exercises to do and I performed them daily.
After a few weeks off then a few weeks of easy running, I started to feel better and my legs didn’t hold me back as much. I had a goal in mind and I told myself I wanted to run a Half Marathon in October with a friend of mine. I was determined, I planned my workout schedule. One day off, one day cross fit, 5 days running. I ran and ran, rain or shine. Finally race day came. I was as ready as I could be. I ran the first few miles with my friend, then he got ahead of me, Around mile 3 I was all by myself, I could see my friend 200 yards ahead of me, but there was no one around me. It stayed that way the whole race. I got to mile 12, I could still see my friend, my legs were running on empty, all I had left was my arms, I pushed though and crossed the finish line. If you have experience running, you know your arms can work just as hard as your legs. I pushed myself so hard that when the race was over; my shoulders were so jacked up that I couldn’t even touch my hands together behind my back. So I realized I need to do more shoulder work to prevent that. I came in 42nd and ran a 1:35 I averaged 7:19 per mile, immediately, I thought, gee, I bet I could run sub seven miles next time. So the next day, I’m out pounding the pavement. Not training for any purpose, just to run.
So my friend says to me a few days later, “I’m doing another half in a couple weeks if you are interested.” I was a little reluctant, but I decided to go for it. I trained just like I had all summer and fall and showed up at this race. This time, I felt good about my pace and the beginning; I tried to stay right about at sevens. My friend had some cramping issues and had to drop back, but I just tried to keep on my pace. I felt pretty good until about mile 10, when I seriously wondered if I’d be able to finish, the demons in my head kept telling me to walk. But I pushed on. I finished 14th with a time of 1:34 and I was very proud of myself. Later, I posted about my success of my Facebook wall and my old X-Country coach reached out to me and said “I’m proud to see this, I know what you were doing 20 years ago,” I had to think about it for a minute, but 20 years ago was 1998 the year we won states. I also realized that 2008 what ten years after we won states. It was a huge event in my life and somehow, coincidentally, something keeps triggering in my mind, telling me to get serious about training on these anniversaries.
Why am I talking so much about running? My point is, I set a goal for myself, a hard goal, and not only did I beat my goal by much more that I thought I would, the minute I completed the first race, I set more goals. They include continuing to train, to run a full marathon in 2019 and run a 50 mile ultra-marathon in the next 5 years.
I’ve decided that I like the focus I get from running consistently. I like that every time I go for a run it’s hard. And when I’m out there, I can think. I don’t think when I watch TV and watching TV is easy. I’m done with Easy.
I’m going for Hard
- Learning is Hard: So I’m going to dedicate more time to learning.
- Reading is Hard: So I’m going to read more books. I like reading; I’m just not very good at it. I read slow and find that I need to read things more than once to understand. So I’m going to read more, particularly about how to be successful financially.
- Writing is Hard: I’ve decided that as I read more, I’m going to write about what I’m learning, right here on this site.
- Starting is Hard: Writing this article was hard, I’ve wanted to for a week now. This morning the blank page was staring at me and I couldn’t even think of the first word, then the data started flowing from my mind through my fingers to this text editor. Hours later, I feel like I have made a lot of progress, and I feel good!
- Settings Goals is Hard: But I sat down and set some goals for myself today. 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years. That way, I’m working toward something, starting now.
- Helping others is Hard: I like volunteering, but it’s hard. I’ve been volunteering in various capacities for the last few years with my kid’s school and Youth organizations. I have a drive to make a difference in other people’s lives and I’m going to follow the spark and do more of it.
- Changing is Hard: If I ask myself what the next 5 years is going to bring, its one of two answers, if I change nothing, it will be exactly like the last 5 years. If I change, it can be anything I want. So i’m going to make a new outline for the next 5 years. It will be hard, but I’m going for it.
I’m done with Easy.
- Complaining is Easy: especially at work. I’m going to focus on listening to what the complaints are about and look for opportunities to fix things or capitalize on the opportunities that are brought up.
- Giving up is Easy: It’s easy to choose the path of least resistance, the sit in the corner and not say anything path. Hide out.
- Procrastinating is Easy: waiting to start a task. Thinking I’ll do it later. There is no better time to start something than right now.
- Waiting for retirement: I refuse to sit idly by, waiting to retire from my job so I can collect that tiny pension and continue to live poor after retirement, just like I do now. Seriously, when did the thought get in my head that said, hey work 30 years so you can get a pension that’s 50 of your salary when you were working full time. Assuming there is a pension at all.
Where I’m going
Aside from “Going for Hard” I have a few interests that I have added to my goals list. I recently read “Rich Dad’s: Guide to Investing” by Robert Kiyosaki. The book really changed my perspective on a lot of things. I’m planning to write a future article here to outline some of the key takeaways from that book, but for now, here are some things I now know.
I’ve decided I have an interest in real estate. Roberts book didn’t change my mind on this, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years. The book reinforced my desire to pursue it. I’d like to own some rental properties, but I don’t have much excess cash to start dropping big deposits on properties and taking out mortgages. Not to mention, I know nothing about being a real estate investor or being a landlord. So I have some specific goals about learning more about these subjects. And I have longer term goals of buying some properties. So now that it’s on my list it will happen.
Secondly, I want to learn about and start some sort of a business. This is hard, especially with my current skills. I specialize in architecting large scale computer system platforms; there isn’t exactly demand at the local small businesses that are looking for a guy to work off hours implementing these types of systems. It’s generally reserved for large businesses which huge computing resources. So then there is computer programming. I would consider myself an intermediate programmer, I’m sure I could pick up a project here and there, but it takes a lot of time and the value is really driven on an individual bases, not for masses of people. My though process is, I need to find a business that:
- The Value I create does not need to be manufactured. For example: I’m pretty good at making furniture, I’ve made most of the furniture in my house. I enjoy making furniture, but it takes a lot of time to make one piece. If I decided to make furniture to sell, sure I could sell it for $500-$1000 each, but if I get an order for 5 pieces, it’s going to suck up my time for the next 2 months. I love the idea of making quality pieces, but to me it’s just more “stuff.” There is too much stuff out there already.
- The Value I create should be useful for anyone. People seem to buy “stuff” thinking it will make them happy, but I don’t believe it ever works out. Adding to the “stuff” problem is something I’d like to avoid. I want to actually provide a service that effects people in a positive way.
- I don’t want to work more to make money, I want to work less and make more money. My time should be put into a product that can pay dividends over time, not working for an hourly rate. For example, being a IT consultant, I only get paid for the time I bill for, versus a computer programmer, who can design a really great game, that takes them 1000 hours to build, but if they sell 2 million copies, they end up working much less in the long run and getting the dividends of their effort over time.
Lastly, I want my time to have purpose. I want to make a difference in people’s lives. That is one of the reasons I’m writing this today. I decided to start today, remember starting is hard and I’m Going for Hard. Even if only one person reads this and they can relate to even one thing I said and it motivates them to think hard about the changes they want in their life. I’ll feel like I made a difference. And if even one person promised to themselves that they also are done with Easy. I’ll keep writing.