I’ve been killing myself today, working on some edits for one of my books. (Look at that pic over there! lol) This is something I’ve spent probably the last month or two on.
A question you might ask yourself is what have you done to chase your dreams? Either today or this week?
Fortune is not something that just happens to us. We have to chase our dreams. We have to work hard on them.
I’m literally re-editing Sold Out, my first book that I published in 2012. I had worked on for ten years prior to publishing it. I’ve re-edited the entire thing probably five or six times since. And I’ve literally reprinted the entire thing out in paper version and I’m doing some re-writes and pretty serious revisions on it.
This is in preparation for Book 5 of the series, which I’ve started. But it’s also because I know I’ve grown as a writer and the new me is WAY better than the old me.
But more than anything else, it’s because I haven’t reached my dreams. I’m guessing you probably haven’t either.
Let’s work hard, people, and get after them! We can achieve our dreams if we just believe in them, work hard, and never give up!
It’s dawned on me of late that I’m increasingly the perfect balance (or collision?) between east versus west.
I grew up in a disciplined household with lots of structure. I went into the Marine Corps and got even more structure!!
I followed that with years of extreme ambition. Of starting a company. Of working insane 18-hour days and going nine years with basically just a couple of vacations. I was chasing success and I never really caught it.
And after the exhaustion and burnout finally overtook me, I began moving toward the Eastern mindset. I’ve read dozens (if not a hundred plus) books on Eastern Philosophy.
These days, I’m big-time into mindfulness, living in the moment, and Shaolin Kung Fu. Into smiling, taking deep breaths, and living as if I have less than five minutes remaining in my life.
I know that many people in the West are very familiar with the typical advice and motivation seen in self-help books around here, but I think Eastern Philosophy hasn’t spread (or caught on) as well.
As such, I’ve decided to start a string of blog videos about some of the things I’ve learned, and the things that have really helped me.
Here’s the first video in which I talk about the book called The Power of Now. It’s a book that has really made a huge impact on me. I’ve already uploaded the second video to the series, which helps explain the last point I make in video 1, which I bungle a bit.
Hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to watch Part 2 if you enjoy it! Thanks!