I’ve read a lot of motivational books.
For me, self-help books are like gym memberships. I have a whole shelf next to my bed full of name brand gurus instructing me how to live my life to the fullest.
I really don’t know why I buy all these books. Deep down, I know they all say the same thing, but on the surface, I believe that this book is the one that has the secret to achieving everything I want in life.
Reading the books isn’t enough. The key is to put into action all the ideas and suggestions, and just like a membership to a gym, not only do you have to pay for it, but you also have to go and do the workouts, on a regular consistent basis.
He had the same issues that I had, and he was born in 1902, and for years worked different odd jobs including being a travelling salesman. At age 53, he began to find success with franchising the restaurant chain.
Two take-aways I got from the movie are that it’s never too late to find success. I always hear about these young geniuses who strike it rich at a young age, or find themselves recognized on 30 under 30 lists. But at age 46 (where I am now) there just doesn’t seem to be a lot of people who “make it”.
The other message I got is that it is all about persistence. Keep at it.
Persistence is also a main theme of many of the self-help books I read. But there is also another message that I frequently read.
“What is your Why?”
In other words, why do you get out of bed each morning, and do what you do? I translate this into what is your life’s goal.
I know for a lot of people it’s just getting through the day. Make sure the mortgage or rent is paid. Food on the table, and gas in the car.
For me, it is something bigger.
You see, I love to travel. So does my wife. It’s one of those big things we share together. In fact, we were married for over 15 years before we had our kiddo, and many of those years we took amazing trips all over the world.
We have slowed down a bit since our family grew by one more, but that hasn’t stopped me from working on my big life’s goal.
Can I share it with you?
I want to own 12 houses in 12 different cities all over the world.
That way, I can simply fly around the world, and every month stay in a different city.
Plus, what a legacy that would be for my kid – being able to give him not just 1 house, but 12 different ones.
And for you, the reader, how cool would it be to be able to stay in one? Yep, that’s right, as I get these different homes, I plan on renting them out on Homeaway, or Airbnb. Not only will you be able to share my experiences, but I’ll be able to get a little extra money to help pay for these places.
- San Francisco
- Cape Town
I’m already 1/6th to my goal. Yep that’s right I have 2 places. Of course you know about my house in Austin, but can you guess where my other is? Post your ideas in the comments below.