Photo: Nick Aarnio featured in the Selkirk Journal for winning a wake board contest.
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Yesterday I wrote an article on the "no cash diet" and how I used guts and passion to get into the business of my choice by removing my addiction to money. Money is a fictional barrier to entry and so many people do not pursue their dreams because they think that money is a real and concrete.
In reality, money does not exist, it's abstract and it's created in any amount at any time by those who have mastered it.
So many dreams are killed and buried because too many people think that money is required to live our dreams.
Tim Ferris, the author of the "4 hour work week" talks about the "deferred life plan" that so many people live.
Who wants to be the old-bald man driving the super-sexy red sports car? Why not have the sports car while you're still relatively young?
So many of us have the "someday" attitude towards the things we want now. As Tony Robbins says "the road of someday leads to the town of nowhere."
The key with achieving a dream is to begin living it now; feel like you have already achieved it and begin living it today. You have to believe that you have already achieved your dream and emotionally feel this belief deep inside of your core.
Somehow, I was able to become a full time, professional real estate investor although I had no money to invest. I put everything on the line and made the decision to pursue my passion. Once I had made the decision, I put all of my energy and passion into my transformation.
HOW TO LIVE YOUR DREAM TODAY.
My brother, Nick has been an enormous inspiration for myself in regards to being able to "live your dream today".
Ever since my brother was 6 or 7 years old, he knew he wanted to snowboard and wakeboard. He would obsess over snowboards in the summer and wake boards in the winter (yes, he had the seasons backwards). His room has always been covered in posters of snowboarding and wake boarding. He constantly is watching videos of the sports and consumed any and all media that had to do with the industry.
From day 1, it was love at first sight. My brother fell in love with board sports and has been 100% obsessed ever since.
Years ago, when my brother and I were around 10 and 12 years old. My brother would always insist that my mother take us to the local snowboard store to look at the boards. Very often I would find myself at the store with my brother on a Saturday afternoon looking at the boards and dreaming of what it would be like to ride one.
My brother was this enthusiastic kid that would make friends with all of the guys working at the snowboard store and he would learn how to fix the boards, wax the boards and set up the boards.
When my parents asked my brother what sports he would like to pursue in the upcoming year, every year he said "I want to be a professional snowboarder and a wake boarder". My parents simply didn't have the money to support these kinds of very expensive sports. My mother was a teacher and my father was a self employed T-shirt salesman and they didn't have $250,000 for a wake board boat or exorbitant amounts of cash to pay for my brother to live in the mountains or on lakes to pursue these two ultra-expensive "rich kid" sports.
My parents encouraged my brother to pursue some "cheaper" sports like rowing (apparently that's an easy ticket to the olympics), cross country skiing or soccer. All of these sports required no cash.
Still, my brother was stubborn and said that he wanted to pursue wake boarding and snowboarding although there was no feasible financial way of doing so.
My brother would save up ALL of his money just to buy a used snowboard in the winter and a cheap wake board from Costco in the summer. He would relentlessly solicit my father, uncle or anyone else with a boat to tow him the lake on his cheap Costco board all summer long.
In the winter, he would go to the local hill at the small park by our house and build snow jumps and take his used snowboard there to practice tricks until it was too dark to ride.
Every season he saved up all his cash, sold his old equipment and traded up for new equipment. Pretty soon he had pro models and was competent at both sports. He used almost 100% of his meagre teenage income just to participate in his dream and keep his passion alive.
In his early teens he was hanging around the wakeboard shop so much that the owners of the store hired him to work there. The logic is simple: If this kid is at the store all day anyways, we might as well pay him. (Much like working for FREE).
Shortly after being hired, my brother became the best at selling wake boards because he was so passionate about the sport. He read every magazine he could get his hands on, knew what equipment was coming out next year, he knew which boats to ride behind, he knew which lakes to go to, he was obsessed and the obsession radiated enthusiasm. He was magnetic when it came to wake boards.
One day, my brother ran into a few of the best local wake board pros. They liked my brother's enthusiasm and quickly my brother made friends with the local pros.
Pretty soon he was out at private islands, using the $250,000 boats for free, competing in contests, riding on private lakes and living the dream in every sense of the word.
My brother's enthusiasm even opened the door to run and manage a local wake board club for the summer. He was now getting paid to participate in his dream and was in custody of a professional $250,000 wakeboard boat that he didn't have to pay for, insure or gas up. My brother was smart, he controlled the boat, but didn't own it. As the manager of the club, he had his own wake board students and was on the lake wake boarding every day. Best of all, he was now getting paid to do what he loved.
On the weekends, Nick was doing contests and was hired to train private "rich kids" who could actually afford to participate in the sport. His enthusiasm and persistence had made him into the expert and authority in the field.
Today my brother is one of the "local pros" and is able to participate and do well in local competitions. He has been able to live his dream on passion and enthusiasm alone and he has done it all with very little cash.
He never had to buy a $250,000 wakeboard boat, he just had to be enthusiastic, persistent and positioned in the right spot consistently to live his dream.
The formula for living your dream today is simple:
- Understand what your dream is, feel it deeply inside of your soul.
- Become obsessed with the lifestyle and person you wish to become. Radiate enthusiasm and show your passion.
- Position yourself in the industry of your choice, work for free if necessary. Be persistent and consistent with your enthusiasm and quality and opportunities will come to you at an alarming rate and magnitude.
NOTE: The above process IS NOT FAST and may take 10 years or more (the story about my brother is over a 16 year time span, most success take AT LEAST 10 years.) Persistence and resilience separate the successful from the failures.
I admire the way in which my brother was able to take money out of the equation and make it irrelevant to his dream. He was living a "no cash diet" and didn't let anything stop him. Passion is a very powerful motivator and will remove almost any obstacle in the way of your dream.
What are your passions? What is holding you back from living your dream today? How can you take money out of the equation and get into the lifestyle of your choice now?
Consider the options and let my brother's story be an inspiration to you as you search your soul for the life of your choice.
Thanks for reading,
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