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You've heard it before, most likely in a sarcastic or degrading way. I mean it in a helpful and motivational way. "Get your priorities straight." What are the 5 most important aspects of your life? What are you doing to engage, grow and enjoy those things daily?

 

I can promise you, if you are not putting more time into those aspects of your life than the fluff, the reactionary things, the demands of other people and the things that others think you should be doing, you will be disappointed, you will have regrets and your joy will be much less than it could be.

 

When I was a kid and teenager I loved making money. From the time I was six years old I earned $2.50 per day moving sprinkler pipes on our family farm. After the pumpkin harvest my brother and I would get my grandma to bring out my grandpa’s truck and we would pick up all the pumpkins that were missed. We set up a pumpkin stand in front of my grandma’s house and sold dozens of pumpkins every fall. I also supplied the faculty staff at my elementary school with a cardboard vending machine where I sold candy bars and chips. I would trade my money to my mom for one dollar bills and keep them in a pencil box. The box was so full it was hard to close. When I was nine I asked for a pig for my birthday. I raised it for about a year and sold it at the auction, I’m not sure what my dad got out of it but I made $150 dollars. I cleaned cars and mowed lawn for money. My grandpa turned me onto the stock market early in life by purchasing me some stock in a new bank. By the time I was about sixteen years old it was worth around seven thousand dollars, so I started asking for stock for my birthdays and Christmas. When I graduated high school I had accumulated a pretty large lump of cash.

 

After serving a religious mission for two years in Argentina, I bought into the belief that I needed to get a degree to be worth a damn. However, nothing about the classes I took for 3 years added to my life. In fact, most of the classes were a complete waste of time because I had already been studying finance for years, so sitting in business classes was like going back to junior high. Only this time I was paying for it and working less. How much sense does that make? None!

 

I was so bored with my classes that I thought I would die if my job was anything like that, so I kept switching degrees and trying to find something I enjoyed. Eventually the tens of thousands of dollars I had accumulated in my teens was gone and I had to finish up a degree and get back to working full time, so I went into nursing.

 

I actually had a lot of fun in this because for the first time in college I felt challenged and motivated. I was learning again. By the time I finished I was in debt, against all my financial knowledge I had followed the ridiculous cycle of the system. What was I doing?

 

I felt a good sense of purpose for quite a while in nursing but I wasn’t making enough money to satisfy my financial goals, and I had dreams of influence and charity that were never going to come true without a change. I moved into marketing for a health care company which brought more freedom and more money but I still had a need to chase my own dreams so that’s where this website came in. I’m back! I’m invested in the market again. I created a plan to have X amount of money by the end of the year and I’m more than a month ahead of my goal. I am building my online presence and community and I’m having a ton of fun doing it. I have written a book with my son. I’m working on my own book and I’m making money in ways that excite me. I’m able to contribute to the causes I appreciate and I’ve been able to help other people share their stories and achieve their goals.

 

The point of this post is to let you know two things. First, your priorities come from self-awareness and must be cherished. Do not set them aside. That’s where your success and joy are. Number two, make money doing something you’re good at and passionate about, then work, play, and home life will all blend effortlessly. There is nothing I love more than spending quality time with my wife and children, and when I’m working on a project that excites me, I find joy in that as well.

"Without health all other assets lose at least some value. You must preserve and maintain your health to the best of your ability. Today is the youngest you will ever be, and the first day of the rest of your life. Do everything you can to make sure you are able to enjoy the gifts this life has to offer you."

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.

1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2) I wish I didn’t work so hard – I missed my children’s youth and my partner’s companionship.
3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.

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