What’s Your Excuse?

Book Cover for Life Without Limits by Nick VujicicI just finished reading Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic. I was given this book to review courtesy of the Blogging for Books program of Waterhouse Multnomah Publishing Group. I was very excited to get this book for review. I have watched several of the YouTube videos of Nick, and I have checked out his website as well. He is a very inspirational young man and his book does not disappoint.

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You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

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We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” before. There’s a lot of truth to this statement. In general, healthy eating habits lead to a healthy body and unhealthy eating habits lead to an unhealthy body. Did you know the same is true for your mind though? Your mind becomes what you feed it.

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My Kind of People

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I just got back from a three day seminar on how to build a speaking business. It covered everything from discovering your own personal passions to creating products to augment your topics. The best part of the whole event though was the people. Ever since I started down this path of self-employment, I’ve discovered that these are my kind of people. People with a passion and a purpose. People who are choosing their own destiny. People who don’t accept failure and don’t cry every time they don’t get things handed to them on a silver platter.

How about you? Have you discovered “your kind of people”? Are you associating with people that bring you up, or tear you down? Are they speaking into your life, or are they sucking the life out of you? Personally, I’ve never been happier with any group I’ve ever associated with. I hope you can find people like this to surround yourself with as well.

Are You Strong Enough to Quit?

Quit Now

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The other day I was listening to a podcast by a fellow Free Agent Academy member, Andy Traub, in which he talked about the fact that he was a quitter. He said he’s quit tons of stuff. In fact he’d just quit serving in a roll recently at his church. He was quite proud of being a quitter.

So obviously there’s something more to this story, right? There is. He is talking about quitting things that aren’t in your strengths so that you can make more room for the things that are. So often we get ourselves involved in a million different things at once just because there’s a need, or it’s something we are capable of doing, but it isn’t really within our strengths or passions. When we allow that to happen, often the result is that other areas of our lives suffer. We shouldn’t allow that to happen.

Another positive thing about quitting is that at least you tried it in the first place. Many people live in fear of failure and never even strike out to try new things. How do you know if you’d be good at it or that it’s something that really fires you up? There is no shame in trying something and discovering that it’s not your thing and then gracefully backing out of it. Don’t let your fear of failure hold you back. Failure is a part of growth. Learn from it and move on.

Are you a good quitter? What do you need to quit at?

What Are You Investing In?

I’m going to cheat a little on this post. I’m going to use it for both of my blogs. Honestly, it applies to both.  In case you haven’t checked out my other links before, I have a Personal Finance blog and a Personal Growth blog. This post covers both topics.

Right now my wife and I are travelling to a camp near Colorado Springs. When all is said and done, this extended weekend trip will end up costing us around $3000. But I don’t view it as a “cost” actually. It’s an investment. We are heading to an intensive business retreat that is being held there. I will be meeting together with a group of fellow, like-minded, entrepreneurs there to work on our businesses together. There will also be “professors” there who will be covering various topics on how to grow our businesses. I expect to have my “investment” returned many times over the course of the next few weeks and months as I put into practice the things I learn at this event.

So what are you doing with your money? Are you just spending it, or are you investing it? What areas of your life could you use some help in? Find someone who is an expert and invest with them.

P.S. If you have a business or have thought of starting one, you can find out more about the group I am involved with at Free Agent Underground.