Do you believe in coincidence? Faith? Last year I had an interaction that made me confirm my decision to quit my six-figure job and pursue entrepreneurship. The best part? It happened out of nowhere. Do you have that errand you run that you actually look forward to? Everyone seems to have one store they love going to although Amazon is quickly replacing most of them. Whether it’s Best Buy, Target, or in my case the PGA Tour superstore. I find myself going a few times a week to look at new clubs, get some repairs done, and wander around. My girlfriend always laughs when I go because I say I’ll be back soon but it usually takes over an hour.
In September of last year, I had been working on the website migration and my mind was working 24/7. Thoughts like, “How would I make my passion for writing into a full-fledged business? How could I help people change their lives and achieve their goals? Why can some people really make thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions online?” I still wasn’t 100% with my plan to quit but kept feeling like I needed to take the leap. To clear my head I went to the PGA store.
As soon as I arrived I parked next to a beautiful, all black Rolls Royce (pictured above). Straight out of the music video $500,000 car next to my 11-year-old Trailblazer at the time. Although I do live in Scottsdale, a wealthy suburb of Phoenix, I see nice cars driving around all the time. Rarely do I park next to one that is worth nearly three times what I paid for my house! I decided to take a picture of it and make it a meme to give myself some motivation and continue to work hard and trust the vision.
I went back to my car to get my clubs for repairs when I saw a guy in his mid to late 30’s and his girlfriend walking towards myself and the Rolls Royce. When they opened the trunk to put in their golf purchases I knew I had to ask him a question, what the worst that would happen? Luckily I had the blog on my mind and love asking successful people for advice (reason #38 of why I love having a blog, learn how to start one here).
My question was simple, “Great looking car. I run a personal finance blog and would love to share with my audience what one piece of advice. How do you become successful enough to purchase this expensive of a car at such a young age?” He was slightly surprised by the question but nice enough to answer. “You have a blog? So you’re already doing it. You have to work for yourself if you want to make serious money. You can work for others and make good money but if you want the life changing money you need to become an entrepreneur.”
I was shocked by his tidy response and could tell they were heading somewhere or would have asked him 101 other questions. Regardless, that one answer confirmed to myself that I was doing the right thing. At that moment I knew I would eventually find success by following my vision. Entrepreneurship is how you make money that others never will by working for a corporation. Don’t believe me? Look at the facts:
Millionaire Facts on Entrepreneurship:
- According to the book The Millionaire Next Door, only 20% of millionaires inherited their wealth. The other 80% earned their cash on their own.
- Most modern American millionaires today (about 80%) are first-generation millionaires.
- The top 10 (and I’m sure more) richest people in the world founded or co-founded their business. Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerburg are doing ok paying the bills.
- On average, millionaires are 61 years old with $3.05 million in assets. (Let’s change this age!)
That moment made me feel so confident in my decision to move forward with my new life. The life I create, not one I simply live in. Not one I work on someone else’s dream. Is it harder? Yes, it will be exponentially harder but I know it will be worth it. It’s easier to work hard when you have a vision and know what make a plan to see it through.
Do you have any other experiences that have been so simple but life changing? Let me know in the comments!
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