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The Best Career Question I Ever Was Asked

A good friend of mine, that I worked with in the corporate world when we were in software together, left that world and launched into his own business. Years later he would catch up with me and ask a question that would change my life. He said . . .

If you could fast forward your life two years from now and design the ideal life for yourself, what would it look like?

I was in the mindset of the corporate employee who was more concerned about survival than designing my future life. He pressed for an answer and I came up with an anemic response of living totally debt free, traveling at will, having great relationships, and leaving some kind of legacy after I am gone. He looked me directly in the eye and said, “let’s go for it!” I thought he was smoking something illegal but he was enthusiastic and said he would help me. And help me he did!

Nearly four years later, we’ve been able to break free of debt, we travel a lot, have some amazingly wonderful relationships and I’m making a difference in peoples lives that will last forever. Who would have ever thought a simple question could spark a radical change in our lives.

My only regret is that I was not asked that question sooner and had started on the path of designing life on my terms. Fortunately, it’s never too late. So what changed?

I quit listening to “broke” people. If someone is not where you want to be in life and living the life that you want, then do not let them stand in your way and impact your thinking . . . they will all try and will all have an opinion – DO NOT LISTEN!

I immersed myself in personal development and entrepreneurial training. They don’t teach this in schools and yet, it’s the only thing that will create real freedom in your life. You need all of this in order to own a business . . . (You do not want to “own” a job or work for someone else).

I started to hang around people who were thinking bigger than me. If you’re the smartest person in the room – then you’re in the wrong room – leave immediately.

I became a leader of my life and in my life. Leaders make the tough decisions, take the risks, take the hits, and keep fighting. Be fearless.

I started building a business that does not need me in order to run. Having that option is freedom.

And so I ask you . . .

If you could fast forward your life two years from now and design the ideal life for yourself, what would it look like?

Two years will come and go. You can survive or you can thrive. I’ll give you the same promise my friend gave me . . . I’ll help you. I know how. The question is . . . are you willing . . .