In the darkest days of COVID, April and May 2020, I was faced with a stark reality: my business was dying (or was it dead?!)
The online business I founded with my wife back in 2006 was on life support. (A travel business with a dozen employees - but noboby could travel due to the pandemic!)
And the lifestyle and financial freedom I had enjoyed from it for so long were crumbling. The various "hobby businesses" I was involved in at the time weren't bringing in the income I now needed. I had to get serious. What was I to do? How was I going to reinvent myself?
Faced with these realities and yet a newfound sense of opportunity, I took a personal day retreat here in Florida and asked myself a series of the following questions. I took a good hard look at my journey thus far - from college until that day. Assessing my skillsets, interests, how I'd changed, who I was becoming, what I wanted for me and my family and so much more.
What follows are many of those questions and...
Recently I sat down with my friend Vincent Pugliese for his excellent Total Life Freedom Podcast. In this episode we discuss lifestyle freedom and he pulled out so many of the foundational, pivotal stories from my career. If you wanted to know more about my journey then this show is for you.
Becoming an entrepreneur is not all it's cracked up to be. Lots of twists and turns, some highs and lows throughout the chapters of life already written. From the heady days of politics and White House Christmas dinners to a house fire and almost losing a child you'll hear how the journeys of business can take unusual turns.
In this episode, one area that stuck out to many was my personal "pivot retreat" and a list of questions I had to answer. Since this episode aired I've had many people approach me about this list of questions. So I've put them together here for you. Feel free to download and use personally or professionally as you wish. May they help you clarify your calling and...
We all have fears. They have been around since the beginning of time. Although fears may not go away completely, there are ways to crush it. Make overcoming fears a key focus and you will realize more success and fulfillment in life.
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
Fear, uncertainty, doubt, anxiety - we are familiar with these. If we're honest with ourselves, they are in the back of our minds - or maybe at the forefront - daily.
I'm no brain scientist, but I hear that all information and data we encounter - including fear - get filtered first through our amygdala. This is the first filter of anything that comes into our thinking.
Our first reaction is either fight, flight, freeze or appease. It's our body's response and built-in system designed...