Grow Your Income To The Size of Your Dreams…

Job

For eight years I worked in this building and for an entrepreneur like me the first four years in this building felt like a prison with no end of sentence in sight. From 8:00-5:00 every day my day consisted of someone else telling me what to do. For eight years if I wanted to take a vacation to spend time with my family I had to ask permission. If I didn’t feel well then I had to ask permission to stay home and only could IF I had saved up some “sick leave.” If I wanted a raise then I just had to stick around longer because there was a pay schedule for those kinda things based on your time of service. My value was determined by the years I worked at that job and somehow my value would eventually have a cap on it – once I hit the required years of service there was no way up from there.

Although the lack of freedom at work didn’t change the second four years and in fact became worse, there was an end of sentence in sight during those last four. My buddy showed me a way out of the “job life” and into a life of freedom. He showed me a life where I could vacation whenever I wanted without needing permission. He showed me a way to work the hours I wanted to work and how I could work those hours from wherever I wanted. He also showed me how to give myself a raise if I wanted one and when I wanted one and how my value wouldn’t be determined by my employer anymore.

I wanted that life! I dreamed of that life. I prayed for that life and now I got it. Most people don’t know what they want in life and instead only know what they don’t want. They don’t dream anymore because their dreams have dollar signs attached to them. They shrink their dreams to the size of their income instead of growing their income to the size of their dreams.

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Time Freedom Anniversary

Time Freedom Anniversary

WOW!  It’s almost unreal that today marks TWO full years since I made the decision to divorce the employee/employer system. Just over two years ago I had someone else telling me when I had to be at work, when I was allowed to take vacation, and when I was allowed to spend time with my family. Before I received any of my paychecks my employer would give a large portion to the government, another portion to a mandatory retirement fund, another to group health insurance, and then I would get what was left over.  My employer also controlled the amount of my paychecks, which determined the size of the house  I could afford, car  I could drive, activities that my kids could participate in, what groceries we could afford, etc. Didn’t matter how hard I worked either because I could never make more than my boss, or their boss, or theirs. My boss required me to spend more time at my job than I could with my family. So two years ago I got sick  of working in that system and decided to give my time to those who mattered most…my wife, daughter, and son. Since I made that decision I have been present for EVERY sweet and funny  moment of my children’s lives. I have had complete time freedom to do as I please. I have time to play in our vegetable garden, play outside with the kids, go to EVERY swim lesson, go on walks as a family in the middle of the day, volunteer at VBS, workout at any time of the day, go to the store when it’s not crowded, lay in bed  longer just because I feel like it, read more books , etc. When you have time freedom you can do ANYTHING at ANYTIME! It’s really quite incredible! Thank you  Lord for answering my prayers 6 years ago. I never imagined it would’ve been this good!

Smonday

Monday Morning

Over 23,000 people will die of a heart attack today and many already died at 9:00 a.m. Why? Stress. Why are they stressed so much on a Monday morning? That’s when they start their workweek. Why is their job stressful? They don’t enjoy it? Why don’t they enjoy it? It could be for a number of reasons… terrible boss, they don’t like their co-workers, it keeps them away from their family, but the #1 reason is because it’s not what they are supposed to be doing! They were meant for something else. God didn’t put you here on earth 🌏 to be miserable 😭 😩! He has you here for a purpose and when you are living out your purpose with passion you’re not going to be stressed! You’re going to be happy 😊; thus reducing the risk of a Monday morning heart attack! BEST NEWS of the day is that you have a choice!!!! 🙌🏼 You get to choose where you work and who you work with. No one is forcing you to work at your current job or business! You get to choose that. So if you’re not happy where you are at, change it! I did. 👊🏼 You can too!

You Do This Nearly Every Day And Don’t Realize It

I recently recorded a Facebook Live video about this and I found that it was pretty shocking to people that they didn’t even realize that they were doing this. Most people don’t. Facebook has even caught onto how often it’s done and has even altered everyone’s posts to enhance it.

How many times have you eaten at a great restaurant and had the best burger or meal you’ve ever had and told your friends about it? How many times did you check out a new restaurant and recommend it to your friends? Probably a lot.

How many times have you come out of watching a movie and told your friends and family about it? How many times have you told someone that they should go see that movie? Tons!

How many times have you shared a video of some company doing something kind or caring for someone or have shared some “feel good” story about what some business has done? Probably a good bit as well.

Just the past two weeks I recommended an awesome protein pancake mix on Facebook and I’ve had numerous people message me that they bought it based off of my recommendation. I seriously had people go to the store specifically for it because I made a post about it. These people never would’ve bought it if it wasn’t for me posting about it. Have you ever done something like that? Sure you have.

Guess what you did when you do any/all of the above? You gave those movie producers, restaurant owners, businesses, free marketing. They didn’t even have to pay for your word of mouth marketing and they gained business from it. You found something you liked. You recommended it to your friends. They followed your recommendation. Those businesses benefited from it. You got NOTHING.

The fact is, we do free marketing for companies all the time. We do it so much that Facebook has caught on and now has altered the way recommendations show up in your news feed. Know what type of marketing that’s called? Network marketing! That’s right… you’re engaged in network marketing all the time; you’re just not getting paid for it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if when you recommended a movie, let’s say Jumanji, those movie producers paid you when your friends and family who you recommended it to went and saw it? How nice would it be that not only would you get paid when they saw it, but let’s say they recommended it to their friends as well and the movie producers said, “Hey, these people likely wouldn’t have seen our movie if it wasn’t for your initial recommendation to their friends who then referred these people, so we want to pay you for the income we made from those people to!” That’d be awesome!

Well, that’s what my wife and I do. We get paid for referrals. We also get paid for the referrals that our friends make as well because they never would’ve been using our products if it wasn’t for our initial recommendation. So when people say, “I can’t do what you do,” the chances that they’re already doing it are about 100%. They just don’t get paid for it.

Work Hard or Work Smart?

work smart not hard

Several years ago, five to be exact, I had never heard the term “work smart.” I didn’t know the difference between working hard and working smart because working hard was all I knew how to do. If I needed more money the only thing I knew to do was to work more hours. If my current job didn’t allow me to work anymore hours than I was already working then I just had to get a second job. If that wasn’t enough to earn what I needed to earn then I started doing other income producing activities on the side, which took up more time. Trading hours for dollars was common and it’s what I became accustomed to.

Trading hours for dollars was common and it’s what I became accustomed to.

Five years ago I was working a full-time 8-5 job practicing law, running a CrossFit box before and after my full-time job, owned and operated an online fitness apparel company, and was also putting designs on clothing on sites like Zazzle and CafePress to earn some extra income. All of that lead to me working 18 hours a day. So I know what working hard and working a lot is, but working smart was not on my radar.

A lot of people who own businesses or make investments tend to look at the ROI (return on investment) before they put money into something. I was on the other end of the spectrum. I was working so hard because I didn’t have any money to begin with. The only thing I had to invest was my time. It wasn’t until 5 years ago when I was introduced to an opportunity that allowed me to earn a lot more money with a lot less time, which forced me to value my time more. Instead of spending several hours a week on my online apparel business, I decided to close that business; not because it wasn’t successful, it was actually very successful, but I made that decision because at that time I was earning nearly three times that amount with the same amount of time doing something else. I decided to spend my time where I would get the greatest return for my time investment.

When I understood that I began to look at all areas of my life where I was spending income producing time. The next thing on the chopping block was the CrossFit box. I LOVE LOVE LOVE training people! It’s a passion of mine, but I had debt to eliminate and a serious financial hole that I had to climb out of and CrossFit was taking up a lot of time out of my schedule, but wasn’t producing the income I needed. In my first month of this new opportunity I replaced what I made running the CrossFit box and several months later I walked away from training.

A couple months after that I met my wife. We got married and then 11 months later were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. Needless to say I didn’t want to spend the majority of my time working and instead wanted to spend it with what mattered the most – my family. So I looked at what was taking up most of my time which was my full-time job. In my first year with my new business opportunity I nearly matched my salary practicing law and in my second year I nearly doubled it. So I didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize my time practicing law was worth less than half of my time building my business. In 2016 I walked away from that too.

I posted this question on social media earlier this week: “Would you rather work 8 hours at $10/hour ($80 in 8 hours) OR work 10 minutes and earn $80? (10 min. vs 8 hours for the same pay)”

Seems pretty simple, right? You’re probably thinking “I’d be a fool to work 7 hours and 50 minutes more than I need” yet people do it every day.

too busyThere are so many opportunities out there that produce a much higher ROI, but people either 1) Don’t know about them; 2) Know about them, but they talk themselves out of it without trying (this is the biggest one); or 3) Think they’re too busy to take on anything else (if this is you and you got to this point of this article then go back and read everything above again because you missed it).

The point of all this is that you don’t have to spend time away from the things you want to do or the people you want to be around and doing so is by your own choosing because now you know there’s an opportunity out there that’ll give you that time freedom – one where you can work smart and not hard. Be different than the “masses” because many times the “m” is silent. 😉

Give Things Up to Go Up – A Simple Exchange

The quality is poor in this picture on the left, but then again so was the quality of my life back then. For YEARS I lived a life where the most common question among my friends wasn't "are we going out tonight" and instead was "where are we going out to drink tonight." It was an every day thing. Getting drunk wasn't ever the goal. We just wanted to get drinks after work. It was just a social thing - what everyone did. It was a formed habit. The topic of conversation each night... gossip, gossip, and more gossip. Until 2013 that's just what I did and then I had a sort of awakening one day. I don't even know how to explain it. I just remember meeting everyone out one night after work and after the gym and when I got to the bar I had a moment where time nearly stood still. I saw people whose marriages were falling apart from constant drinking, I saw people cheating on their significant others, I saw people getting in fights in one corner of the bar, I saw people stumbling around slurring their speech and embarrassing themselves, among many other things. None of these things were commonplace by any means, but I think all of it was happening at once so God could show me that there was no bright future going down the track I was headed down. At that moment I walked out of the bar having not even had time to open up a tab and never turned back. So much time was wasted every day after work for years when I could've been spending time becoming a greater version of myself. I'll never get that time back and I really don't spend time concerned about that time lost. All I can control is the controllables and one controllable in my life is how I spend my time now. If I have spare time now I listen to personal growth and development podcasts. I listen to talks and watch YouTube videos on business. Mariah and I watch videos and read books to grow deeper in our faith. We are committed to growth in all meaningful areas of our lives. This is not a condemnation on drinking or a judgment on anyone who does. I don't think it's wrong or bad to have a glass of wine or a beer, but that's not where I was at back then and the frequency of the social drinking was terrible. I just simply realized that I didn't know anyone's life that was improved from it and knew that nothing in my life was going to get better from continuing that social habit. I was right. When I broke that habit and began spending that wasted time on something meaningful my whole life changed. Look at what has happened since I made those positive changes! I'm married to an AMAZING woman and mother, I now have two BEAUTIFUL children, I have hung out with my man-crush Drew Brees TWICE, I built an incredible business with my wife which provides an awesome residual income stream for our family, and I had the honor of speaking on stage in Dallas Cowboy Stadium at a leadership event in front of 20,000 people! Time is important and is our most valuable resource. Once it's gone it's gone and you'll never get it back. Spend the time you have on this side of the grass wisely. Create meaningful relationships and know that your friends and associations are either stretching you or choking you. Cut bad habits, cut the cable, quit reading and watching the news, and instead spend time doing things that matter. "Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present." Roger Babson #beforeandafter #winning #growtogo #blessed

The quality is poor in this picture on the left, but then again so was the quality of my life back then. For YEARS I lived a life where the most common question among my friends wasn’t “are we going out tonight” and instead was “where are we going out to drink tonight.” It was an every day thing. Getting drunk wasn’t ever the goal. We just wanted to get drinks after work. It was just a social thing – what everyone did. It was a formed habit. The topic of conversation each night… gossip, gossip, and more gossip. Until 2013 that’s just what I did and then I had a sort of awakening one day.

I don’t even know how to explain it. I just remember meeting everyone out one night after work and after the gym and when I got to the bar I had a moment where time nearly stood still. I saw people whose marriages were falling apart from constant drinking, I saw people cheating on their significant others, I saw people getting in fights in one corner of the bar, I saw people stumbling around slurring their speech and embarrassing themselves, among many other things. None of these things were commonplace by any means, but I think all of it was happening at once so God could show me that there was no bright future going down the track I was headed down. At that moment I walked out of the bar having not even had time to open up a tab and never turned back.

So much time was wasted every day after work for years when I could’ve been spending time becoming a greater version of myself. I’ll never get that time back and I really don’t spend time concerned about that time lost. All I can control is the controllables and one controllable in my life is how I spend my time now. If I have spare time now I listen to personal growth and development podcasts. I listen to talks and watch YouTube videos on business. Mariah and I watch videos and read books to grow deeper in our faith. We are committed to growth in all meaningful areas of our lives. It is a simple exchange we chose to make. We have chosen to exchange pouring alcohol into ourselves for the pouring of leadership and personal development into ourselves.

This is not a condemnation on drinking or a judgment on anyone who does. I don’t think it’s wrong or bad to have a glass of wine or a beer, but that’s not where I was at back then and the frequency of the social drinking was terrible. I just simply realized that I didn’t know anyone’s life that was improved from it and knew that nothing in my life was going to get better from continuing that social habit. I was right. When I broke that habit and began spending that wasted time on something meaningful my whole life changed.

Look at what has happened since I made those positive changes! I’m married to an AMAZING woman and mother, I now have two BEAUTIFUL children, I have hung out with my man-crush Drew Brees TWICE, I built an incredible business with my wife which provides an awesome residual income stream for our family, and I had the honor of speaking on stage in Dallas Cowboy Stadium at a leadership event in front of 20,000 people!

Time is important and is our most valuable resource. Once it’s gone it’s gone and you’ll never get it back. Spend the time you have on this side of the grass wisely. Create meaningful relationships and know that your friends and associations are either stretching you or choking you. Cut bad habits, cut the cable, quit reading and watching the news, and instead spend time doing things that matter.

“Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.” – Roger Babson

Quote of the Day – Comparison Is The Thief of Joy (# 2)

“Average people compare themselves to others; successful people compare themselves to their potential.”

Something I’ve noticed over the last several years is that so many people count themselves out of something or tell themselves they can’t do something because they compare themselves to somebody else. People give up on their dreams because of it, which is a pretty depressing thought. I know people who know what they want and know how to get it, but they will tell themselves they can’t do it because they look at the success of some other person and will say something like, “I can’t be successful like them because I’m not as talented as they are” or any number of reasons. They compare themselves to someone else and count themselves out because they don’t believe they’ll be as good at what they want to do as someone else is. They rid themselves of joy and the success they could have in life.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Here’s a perfect example from a personal experience. At the time I was introduced to AdvoCare I was about as lean as I had ever been and didn’t really have any weight to lose. I saw a lot of people having success in AdvoCare and I noticed that nearly all of them lost a considerable amount of weight. So I told myself, “I’ll never be successful in this business because I don’t have a great weight loss story.” I began to count myself out before I even started. I compared myself to others and chalked their success up to some incredible weight loss story. Luckily I broke out of that mindset and decided not to allow comparison to steal my joy. I did what I wanted to do and now I have been able to retire from the practice of law at the age of 35, both my wife and I are work from home parents, we have eliminated six figures of debt, and we have complete time freedom to do what we want and when we want.

So if you want something in life, put your blinders on. Don’t look to your left or right. Focus on the end goal and achieve it. It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing.

comparison is the thief of joy