Hi there! Something I’ve heard over and over again while learning about blogging is that I need to be genuine with my audience. I need to tell them my story in order to help them understand why I am creating this blog. I want to share with you how I went from “chained”to “unleashed” so to speak.
When I was twenty years old I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had no idea. I loved music but knew I couldn’t support a family with a career like that. So I thought about going into the medical, law, or fitness industry but couldn’t make up my mind. I literally spent years thinking about which one I wanted to go in to.
I just wanted to do something that I loved but also make a ton of money at the same time. There were lots of careers out there that I could get into and make plenty of money, but I didn’t truly love any of them.
All throughout high school I learned that I needed to do what I was passionate about. I also knew that I needed to be able to support a large family because having a big family was something important to me.
When I finished high school I left on a two-year mission two months later for my church and thought that I had plenty of time to decide what I wanted to do with my life. Well, wasn’t I wrong. Soon that two years became two months, which became two weeks, which then turned into days and I still wasn’t any closer to making a decision.
After two years I had finally completed my mission, but now I needed to decide what I wanted to do with my life. While making a decision I took a job as a delivery driver for Pizza Hut while living with my parents. I figured I could give myself a little more time before making a decision right? After all it was a decision that would affect the rest of my life.
Well one day (now I forget if my dad had approached me, or I just found it on his bookshelf) I ended up reading “No Excuses” by Brian Tracy. From the moment I picked it up I was hooked. “No Excuses” talked about how I could literally accomplish whatever I wanted to in life. I just had to change my mindset.
If I thought I was only worth $150,000.00 a year than that is all I would probably end up making in the future. But if I thought I was worth $100,000,000.00 I could accomplish that as well within my life with a little more work.
It than hit me. All throughout high school I had heard the phrase “go to school, get good grades, go to college get a degree and go into a career until your 65 when you can than retire”. I was told that, this is how I become successful in life. Honestly I dreaded thinking that, that is how my life would be.
One thing I had wondered about quite a bit growing up was how did people become millionaires and billionaires? What kind of jobs did that have that earned that could earn that much money in a year?? I’m sure many of you have wondered the same thing.
I also learned that a lot of the super wealthy people dropped out of high school and college! Then those left who did go to college or university didn’t even use their degree to become wealthy. Instead, they got their knowledge from learning out on the street making mistakes, doing a self education and finding a mentor to teach them.
After learning this I thought to myself, “well if that’s how the rich became rich, than that’s how I wanted to do it. If other people can accomplish becoming wealthy without college, then I could as well!” I than made a choice that I would not go to college (which my parents weren’t very comfortable with at first).
It has been almost three years since I made this decision and I haven’t regretted it one bit! Just to warn you, you have to be super confident in yourself to go out there and make it on your own.
Self Education-What I Have Learned So Far
Well I’m not going to say everything I’ve learned just because that would be a dump truck of information. Here are a few key things though.
If and when you choose to go down this route that I have gone down, you are going to need to have to decide what you want to do (I’ll get more into this later). The most important thing you can focus on is becoming the best version of you! I first learned this concept from Tai Lopez when he said it’s very important to work on the four pillars of life health, wealth, love and happiness.
I also chose to learn about business and sales in general as knowledge and skill in those two areas are required to find true financial freedom. Throughout my three years I have learned about many types of business models and what is required to make them all successful.
Throughout my three years I tried out many business ideas. I was what they call a “serial entrepreneur” someone who could never stick to one idea. As a result I ended up wasting a ton of time.
One thing I just recently learned is that I need to stick with one thing and not switch so frequently. I finally thought long and hard about what I wanted to do (like months). Did I want to get amazing at sales and just sell my entire life? Did I want to be a part of a D2D company with the opportunity for ownership in the business? Did I want to drop ship? Did I want to grow a network marketing company? Did I want to start a blog up? Did I want to go out and start my own company from scratch or did I want to do Real Estate?!
There were just so many choices after many years of learning! Well after months of thinking on the subject I decided that I really wanted to start up this blog. The one thing I am passionate about in life is becoming the best version of myself that I can, and helping other’s to do the same! I figured that creating a blog would be the best way to do that, as I have the opportunity to reach millions of people!
In fact creating a blog has been something on my mind for a while, creating a blog was one of the very first things I tried when I started on this journey. Unfortunately back then I didn’t have the patience or knowledge that I now have to stick it out.
Whatever you do choose to do remember that it is a marathon and not a sprint! Make one decision and stick with it for at least five years!
I have also learned that consistency is key in self education. You cannot take a break from it, otherwise it is very tempting to go back to old habits. Whether that is reading for at least fifteen minutes a day or listening to at least one audio to keep up.
Another thing I have learned in this process is that getting this type of education requires sacrifice. The government isn’t willing to dish out money for this type of thing. All the costs for books, audios and training has to come out-of-pocket. When you pay $2000.00 for a course that means you are going to have to delay gratification on something else.
I’ve learned going down this route that it is very important to invest as much as you can into yourself. The more you can invest, the more edge you will have over the competition! That is key!
How to Start a Self Education-The Basics
The very first way I started to teach myself was through books. My father had a bookshelf with many books on personal development, business, sales etc. I would read those as often as possible! Books are so important because you can literally read someone’s entire life work within a couple hours!
Example: You can go get a book on Sam Walton and learn about his entire life story and how he came to create Walmart and become one of the most successful men to have lived. You can read the entire book in a matter of hours! You can learn from his mistakes that cost him millions so you don’t have to. The people who write these books can be your mentors, the best part is you can usually find these books for twenty dollars or less!
Soon after reading, I also started listening to audios/CD’s. One of the first people I listened to was Tony Robbins. Many of you are probably familiar with him, if not go check him out. I remember in one of his audios he talked about how you need to turn your car into a university on wheels!
The average American spends about 293 hours each year driving!! Imagine what you could learn in that 293 hours listening to audios!!!!
I would recommend looking up YouTube clips by Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Grant Cardone, Tai Lopez on YouTube first. Start listening to as much as you can!
Then of course you can get information from google. You can literally google anything and 99.9% of the time you will find an answer. There are so many people out there who do not use this great resource to their advantage!
Remember it isn’t just good enough to learn, you than also need to act on what you learn from the mentors you listen to if you want to see results.
I named this page “becoming unleashed” for a reason! I realized I had been mentally chained up to think I could only amount to so much in my life. I didn’t even know there was an alternative besides going to school, getting a degree and working for the rest of my life. Once your mind becomes “unleashed” a whole new world of possibility awaits you!
In order to start this process there are a few different books I would recommend! First I would recommend that you read “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki, “No Excuses” by Brian Tracy, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill or “You Were Born Rich” by Bob Proctor.
You can get them at a bookstore, or amazon! You could even get an online version for less than ten bucks! I promise you it will be worth it if this post has peaked your interest at all.
I so wish that these books were mandatory as part of the school curriculum growing up. It would have drastically changed my high school experience.
If you have just recently graduated in the last couple years than this is something you need to do. Especially if you aren’t quite sure what your life purpose is. Once you find your purpose life is way more thrilling.
Now if you are a little older don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to learn and grow and live out your life purpose. It will be a more difficult though than those who still have a fresh start like I did.
If you have ever read one of those books leave a comment on something that you learned from them that changed your life! Now if you haven’t read one, go read one, come back and leave a comment! I love hearing what insight others have gained.
If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment as well! If you have any feedback on how to improve my website or this post please let me know!