“How the f**k are you doing this? I want to do something like this too.”
I’ve heard that from a lot of readers lately. Since I’ve booked my plane ticket to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (July 24th), people are curious.
Is it really possible to destroy your 9-5 job, do what you love, and travel the world?
The answer is…
But you have to be a little crazy.
I’m serious. You have to NOT GIVE A FUCK.
Because if you worry about what people think of you, you have no chance.
Usually, your parents will disagree with you.
Mine did, at first.
It’s not because they don’t love you–in fact, it’s the opposite. They love you so much, they just want what is safe for you.
And I tested the limits of this theory. I declined grad school, quit TWO corporate jobs with no backup plan, embarked on random road trips, and I’m moving to Asia on July 24th. I continue to drive my parents NUTS.
They’d always suggest the “safe options”. “Just get a job to hold you over…always have a backup plan…be careful…don’t move to Asia…(I’m sure you can relate to the last one).”
Well, I haven’t exactly “played it safe”. Hell, for a while I sulked in my parents basement, in a $3 CVS robe, with no income to speak of. I curled up in my bed and cried…multiple times. I felt like a loser.
There was no light at the end of the tunnel.
But I knew I could find a way out–I just needed to plow through.
Develop good habits, build a marketable skill, network, and offer value as much as I could. I knew if I did that, I’d create opportunities.
I was right. I got my shit together in six months…without getting another 9-5 job.
And recently, my dad told me he believed in me. That was cool, especially after all of my ridiculous antics and promises…and frequent robe attire.
Your friends will question you…
When you decide you want to be truly successful, many of your friends question you. They bring up all the possible negative outcomes. “What if you go broke…what if it doesn’t work out…are you sure about this?”
If you want to be successful, you have to surround yourself with the right people. You know that quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”? Yeah, that’s real.
Some of your friends CARE about you because they love you–they want what’s best for you. But others try to drag you down, because they’re scared. If you become a millionaire, what does that say about them? It forces them to question their choices and reality. They don’t want to face that.
So you need to make a decision about which friends to keep around. Be ruthless with your relationships. This is essential to your success–cut out every negative person from your life.
Fuck the haters.
So, are you crazy enough to be successful?
I mean, really successful. Not the conventional, “this is what society tells me is successful but I just think it’s okay” kind of way. Because then you’re settling.
Are you willing to take your parents advice and say, “Thanks, but no thanks. I’m going to live my life the way I want to, even if you don’t understand it right now”.
Are you ready to risk everything for your dreams? Are you okay with being frugal at the beginning? Are you cool with “looking bad”? Because this isn’t always a glamorous journey–especially at the outset.
“It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?”– Jim Carrey
If you hustle your ass off, turn a blind eye to the naysayers, and plow towards the life you want, you can attain it.
Remember: don’t get caught up trying to convince the naysayers you’ve made the right choice. The only way to prove them wrong is with results. So when you start traveling the world, running a business, and living the life you want, that can be your little payback. Until then, don’t worry about it.
Most people aren’t crazy enough to be successful. They aren’t willing to grind in the dirt and destroy their comfort zone.
They are trapped in their own little stories. “I’m just not entrepreneurial minded…I could never travel alone…I don’t like my job, but I don’t know what I’d do if I quit…”
They avoid “looking bad”, and never have a chance to reach greatness.
Are you different?
“…the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” –Steve Jobs
Because if you’re crazy enough to be successful, now is the time to get on your path.
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