steve jobs

Great Beginnings

So, I'm sitting at Victrola Coffee Roasters in Seattle (Justin you are right, best coffee ever) and I'm in awe that this is all happening. I just wanted to share with everyone how I got to this point in the process. About a week or 10 days ago, I was sitting at my house and I pulled out a notebook I usually write in, and found the goals I had written down for 2015. These included personal goals, business goals, and travel goals. I found I had reached almost all of my personal goals, a few of my business goals and a couple of my travel goals (not bad). Then, I picked up the pen and I wrote "What makes YOU happy". Travel, human connection, laughter, sharing stories, family, friends, etc (and 20+ more things). Maybe I will post a photo of the actual page so you can see everything. Then I went down the list and I asked myself how many of these things am I doing everyday? Am I maximizing my humanity and happiness or just my bank account? I am fortunate enough that I am doing really well in the real estate business, but I got to a point where the marginal gains in money, wasn't making me any happier (shouldn't be a shocker). I continued to write a list of what I could do to make a life worth living. What would maximize happiness even if it created contradiction to societal standards? Travel. Write. Inspire. Repeat.

It wasn't more than 10 minutes after writing my intentions down that I knew I had to get moving. Website, check. Social media, check. Backpack, check. Computer, check. Sense of adventure, check. Before I knew it, I was on a plane to Seattle for 10 days with no plans other than to make some memories. What it boils down to: you can do WHATEVER you want to do. If you're worried about money, you are already worried about the wrong thing. We are programmed to do just that, and that is our fatal flaw. At what point are we just working to afford work? No doubt, some people have found their passion in their work and I applaud that, but that can't be said for 90% of the population. Is it easy to follow your passion? It is, as soon as you acquire that mental ability to let go and flow. I'm grateful to be where I am, and I am grateful for you. I can only end this with one of my favorite quotes,

“the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

•Steve Jobs

Shall we?

-Joe

p.s. I saw a house yesterday that had a full T-Rex skeleton in the living room, how "unrealistic" is that?