It has never been a better time to be a good person.

//Wrote this awhile back, just didn’t have the time to put it out.

With all the craziness with the racist NBA owner, I wanted to write this. It has never been a better time to be a good person. The amount and rate at which information is traveling is unprecedented. The real you is going to be exposed, good or bad. It was just easier to hide yourself back in the day because information didn’t travel as fast, and people were sharing a lot less. It’s not a bad thing; transparency is good.

This whole situation can be summed up as someone’s personal flaws being exposed. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised that an eighty year-old white male was found to be racist. He grew up in a different time and a different era. What is morally correct in one generation might be completely wrong in the next. Time and progress changes everything. Steve Jobs said, “Death is very likely the single best invention of life.” I believe this because, though I do not wish death upon anyone, death will clear out irrelevant ideology and morally from the past and bring new life. However, until that day comes, please stop with the hatred and the mob mentality. If you hate someone because of their hate, you’re just as bad. Seek to understand. You don’t have to agree, but don’t perpetuate the hate.

The Internet/social media has given everyone a chance to be in the spotlight. The reason why everyone loves social media is because, in a way, social media gave us the power to be famous, the power to broadcast our lives like celebrities on tabloids. It feeds our narcissistic hunger to be popular, important, or someone people read/care about. On the flip-side, we now have the power to inspire, share, and motivate people faster than we ever have before just by living our lives and being true to our self. That said, it’s like everything else in life; it is about balance.

I want to share a story

The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied only a little while.

The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The businessman then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full and busy life, señor.”

The businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats; eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the businessman replied, “15-20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor? Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”-Author Unknown

I love this story, even though on the surface it would seem like the moral of the story goes against everything that I am. This story tells a message that I have always believed in, and that is to do what you love. Yes, I consider myself a businessman, and I think in a very similar fashion as the businessman in the story. However, I see myself as the small fisherman doing what he loves. It just happens to be that my beach is the office, gym, and the place I go to when I meditate.

What this story really nailed home for me is, everyone is different. Everyone has their own path, dreams, and aspiration. Some people want to be a billionaire philanthropist trying to save the world, and some people just want to sit at home and eat Cheetos. There is no right answer for everyone. Don’t ever let anyone or society tell you how you should live your life. If you’re perfectly happy in your current situation and don’t find the need to be more successful or reach higher, don’t. “Do you, boo-boo.”

What makes you happy might make the next person miserable. I just happen to be someone who enjoys pushing the limits of my body mentally and physically. I like challenging myself to be better every day. I like working twelve-to-fourteen-hour days. Does it make me a better person than the next guy? No, I’m just different. In fact, I’m probably a little weird. I would like to argue that a homeless person who is happy is 100% more successful than anyone who is unhappy and wealthy. Though, that said, this is mostly a hypothetical example, as I think it is hard to find a happy homeless person, but there are some out there.

Money comes and goes; love comes and goes; friends come and go. However, the only thing that can never be taken from you are the moments of happiness in your life. No one can go back in time and take those moments away from you (Not yet anyways). Whether that be launching your first successful business after decades of hard work, lying on a beach, or just lying next to a loved one, find out what makes you happy and be successful.

Be a Creator

Most people are used to the term of being called a “consumer”. That’s because most people consume things like food, entertainment, and a variety of things. However, how many people would call themselves a creator?

Well, I’m telling you that if you want to consume things beyond your wildest dreams, you need to learn to be a creator. So what do I mean by a creator? Simply put, be someone who creates things that are of value to society. Instead of reading an article, learn how to write an article. Instead of watching a funny video, learn how to create a funny video. Instead of buying a product, create a product. Instead of going to an amusement park, build a fucking amusement park. The shift in thinking is slight, but it is a huge difference.

Think of anyone successful and nine out of ten times they were a creator, from Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, to Jay-Z.

The beauty of being a creator is, it is virtually limitless to what you can create. You’re only limited by your imagination. The problem with consuming is the experience is limited to only things people have created. What I mean is, if it doesn’t exist you can’t consume it. Yes, common sense, but I don’t think many people realize this. Where as if you are a creator, if it doesn’t exist, you can bring it to life.

Being a creator is hard because you are putting yourself out there. One of the hardest things for people to do is share a personal poem, painting, or creation. That’s because most people are afraid that people won’t “get it”, or they are afraid of being judged and criticized. When you create something, it becomes an extension of who you are. Then you have to put it out in the world to be judged and criticized. It can be a very scary thought. The pain of being “rejected” is very real. However, that’s the risk you have to be willing to take if you want to achieve your dreams.

I see changes, but…

I see changes within myself, but is it enough? I wonder if other people have this feeling that whatever they’re doing isn’t good enough. I always feel like I can do better.

Compared to last year, I am a much more disciplined person. I have been using my calendars, agendas, and daily to-do list. A quick look through my agendas and notebooks is proof of this; there is more of an abundance of information in them. However, I still feel as though I haven’t improved much.

It’s probably the fact that I am not where I want to be yet, and that is okay. I just need to learn to take it a day at a time and not get discouraged.

Starting over…

So, I have been feeling like I have been stuck in a rut again. Surprise! Surprise!

Haha. It seems like this feeling comes up with me a lot. I have decided that I need to make a couple of changes in my life. First, I want to give this blog more direction and a centralized theme. From now on, I am going to only write about my journey on becoming a successful entrepreneur here. However, because “entrepreneur” is such a vague and ambiguous term, I will touch on a plethora of different topics, mostly dealing with business and personal development.