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I’m Fine, Thanks…..Are You Sure?

Now, before you go looking up the definitions of “apathy” and “calamity”, let me list them out for you.

Apathy: Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.

 

Calamity: An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; a disaster

What Inspired This Article

The motivation for writing this article was inspired by two separate events in my life yesterday.

Firstly, I attended a breakfast yesterday morning with some fellow NetworkingInVan.comConnectors of the Month“. Many of which, I was meeting for the first time.

The breakfast meeting not only provided a great start to the day, it also helped me reflect on how powerful storytelling can be when communicating “who I am” and “what I do”.

I listened to the others tell their stories and felt inspired in a number of ways. And, I walked away with one distinct thought on my mind……man……I need to work on “my story”!! That being said, there were many great conversations and relationships started that I look forward to continuing!

Secondly, I came across a video on Facebook that caught my eye and also inspired me to write this post (more about the video below).  I actually saw it posted by a couple of friends/business colleagues that I greatly respect (David Wells & Lewis Howes).  Not only for the way they approach business and life, but also for the approach they take in helping others discover and follow their own passions in business and life.

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Full dislaimer here…… the theme of this post is “complacency” and why I refuse to let it be a part of my life. And, in order to explain why I feel this way, I believe it’s now time to tell a bit more of “my story”.

Only 3 short years ago, I would have to say that I was definitely trying to “keep up with the Joneses”.  I was married, living in the suburbs in a nice 3 bedroom house and working a 9-5 sales job.  Life was good (enough)…..so I thought at the time.  But, something was missing.  I didn’t feel inspired by my job and I started to feel resentful about my own lack of drive and willingness to follow my passions. Needless to say, my own complacency led to all kinds of problems in my personal and professional life.

That all started to change when I decided to quit my job and start a website development company with my good friend and current business partner, Mike Olaski in 2007.  It was my first entrepreneurial venture……and it was scary as hell to say the least!! I jumped in with both feet and, in many cases, learned by the school of hard knocks….through trial and error and making mistakes (and there were ALOT of mistakes). Looking back, it was the best decision I ever made in my life……and it was one that would change my life forever…..both on a personal and professional level.

Keeping Up With My Own Aspirations

Fast forward 5 years later and I am now divorced, living in a different city with ridiculous rental costs and growing multiple businesses in an industry that my university degree could never have prepared me for………and I couldn’t be happier!

Now, sparing all the fine details, I have definitely experienced some significant changes in my life over the past 5 years. And, at times, some of these changes have been extremely difficult to face and not at all how I expected my life to go.

But, with each painful, challenging moment in life, I have come out on the other side stronger, happier, and more motivated to follow my passions and life aspirations.

Needless to say, I made a decision 5 years ago to never be satisfied with complacency. And, now I can honestly say that I wake up every morning excited about my where I am at in life both personally and professionally and inspired by others around me that also refuse to let complacency into their life!

Even though I believe that I have purposely chosen my own happiness, in many ways, by the decisions I’ve made the past few years.  I also feel extremely fortunate for all the amazing people that have come in to my life over the past 3 years (I’m sure you know who you are…..and if you don’t, I’ll be sure to let you know).

And, I am excited for everything the future holds including the numerous online businesses that I will be launching over the coming months around topics that I am  passionate about, want do more often, learn or get better at in my lifetime. (ie. speaking, health & fitness, relationships, travel, sports, etc).

I’m Fine….Thanks!

If you’ve ever thought to yourself…..”I can’t stand my job” or “I just can’t do this anymore”, I’d encourage you to take a look at this movie trailer for I’m Fine, Thanks.  Here’s an excerpt about the film:

I’m Fine, Thanks is a new, feature-length documentary about complacency. It’s a collection of stories about life, the choices we all make, and the paths we ultimately decide to follow.

We examine the factors that motivate and drive our major life choices. And, most importantly, whether or not the path we follow through life – and the habits we form based on that path – are truly connected with who we really are as individuals.

This is a movie about the moment people realize the life they’re living is not the life that’s true to their heart… and, as a result, what they decide to do about it!

The creators of this film (Grant Peelle & Adam Baker) have given their blood, sweat, and tears (not to mention tens of thousands of their own dollars) to organize the whirlwind road trip and capture the first initial chunk of the film.  And, they have now turned to a crowdfunding platform called Kickstarter to raise the additional funds required to turn their film into an amazing project that will ignite a movement of people who are tired of settling for mediocrity.

I’ve already “backed” their initiative with a modest $100…..but every little bit counts…..that is the whole point of crowdfunding!  Their fundraising goal is $100,000….so if there are 1000 other people out there like me that felt inspired by what they are doing, they will reach their goal and we will all have a small part in helping them reach that goal!

So, please, do yourself a favor and watch the video below.  And, if you feel compelled to donate…..visit their page on Kickstarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cranktank/im-fine-thanks

I know that I still have a long ways to go in communicating “my story” in a way that inspires others to take action in their own lives.  But, part of my inspiration comes from hearing other people’s thoughts on this topic and what drives them in life.

So, please feel free to leave your comments below and let me know if you’ve ever had a moment in your life where you’ve said “enough is enough” and then took action to follow your own passions.

16 Responses to I’m Fine, Thanks…..Are You Sure?

  1. Marc Smith May 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Was glad to be at the breakfast as well and I’m inspired you took the time to capture the moment and what it made you reflect on.

    Good one!

    Marc
    http://www.30dayadventures.ca

  2. Shannen Cullen May 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Amazing article Trevor!!

    I feel my life had always been a train wreck. When I married the first time I didn’t sign up to be a single parent, however I have never been more proud of my son than I am today. When I married and divorced the second time it took a huge toll on my self esteem. I mean really, who wants someone who has that in their past? Well true love has still not found me, but oh well.

    A life changing moment in my life was moving to Mandan, which I did in January of this year. I rented an apartment over the phone and moved without a job. Pretty big risk, but my parents needed me as they have numerous medical issues and I really needed a change. Long story short I feel for the first time in a long time I am exactly where I am supposed to be. After a stressful month of job hunting, within two months of starting a new job I was promoted to supervisor and will be making more money than I ever have. Sometimes you have to jump when you can’t see the net :)

  3. tturnbull May 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Hey Shannen,

    Great to hear about your new job! Ya….sometimes the best things happen when you just close your eyes and jump :)

  4. Ekaterina May 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Interesting post, Trevor! It is fun to learn about your story and the businesses you develop. Especially Zero to Money Making Website. =)

    As an individual who is loves with personal growth, I consciously create my moments of ‘enough’ – I would say ‘no more of these’ – when I notice that something is out of my vision. Or when I notice where I am too hard on myself.

  5. Trevor Turnbull May 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Hey Ekaterina,

    Thank you for the comment. And..ya…I found the one of the hardest parts was not even “saying” enough is enough…..but actually taking action to do something about it! :)

  6. Lisa May 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    You are frickin’ amazing Trevor, you sharing yourself with others in so many ways is inspiring. In my dictionary of people, you are in so many places…inspiring, motivated, enthusiastic, positive, purposeful, and living ones passion. Thank you for sharing this post.

    Trevor…any advice on how to discover your passion? This is where I get stuck. Jumping, eyes closed…not afraid of…it is so frustrating to figure out where I need to go and be in order to jump! I think it has to do with people, helping them achieve success….by that I don’t mean being an employee…I want to lead it, be creative with it…connecting people….

    Can’t wait to check out the video.

  7. Ekaterina May 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Trevor, you are so right about taking actions! It is easy to say and much harder to follow through.

    To make it easier I usually recommend people to connect with their “big why” so even through it might feel hard but they are motivated to follow through. As human beings we need a purpose – a dream that will come true, a difference that will be made, significant others that will become happier…

  8. Trevor Turnbull May 25, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Hey Lisa,

    Thank you……it was an easy article to write….but a tough one to publish! :) Glad to hear you found some inspiration from it!

    As for advice on discovering your passion…….definitely check out the video at http://zerotomoneymakingwebsite.com. Mike and I have built this training course to help people discover their passion and learn how to turn that passion into a life changing online business. Well…….it’s much more than that…..but give it a look and let me know what you think!

  9. Karisa May 25, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    This is an amazing article Trevor! I think it is so inspiring because so many of us struggle with finding and connecting with our true, authentic self. As Lisa mentioned earlier, part of that struggle is understanding who you really are at your core and then, in fact, doing something about it to make a change can be very scary. This article is very timely for me with what is going on in my life right now and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. As you know, there has been some calamity in my life in the past few years and although I don’t feel compelled to make such huge changes personally and professionally as you did, I do feel that something inside of me has shifted. Because of what has happened, I am following my heart more, not worrying about what other people think of me and just doing what feels right in my heart. That, in itself, has been very freeing. We all have that inner voice guiding us down the path that is right for us, whether we choose to listen to it, is up to us.

  10. Trevor Turnbull May 25, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Hey Karisa,

    Now that I think of it…….you also inspired me to write this article with your birthday text the other day. Trust me, you are an inspiration for me as well! After all, I have no idea how you keep up with those cute nieces and nephew of mine. And…….find the time to start a new non-profit childcare center!!

  11. Trevor Turnbull May 25, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Thanks Marc………looking forward to keeping up with your 30 Day Adventures!!

    http://30dayadventures.ca

    I might have to think of my own challenge for you! Will go check it out today.

  12. Jen May 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Trev, LOVED the blog post. Great to hear about the real Trev! Very insightful.

  13. Trevor Turnbull May 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Thanks Jen…..been pretty overwhelmed by the responses :) And, to think that a NetworkingInVan.com event sparked everything!

  14. Teri Conrad June 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Bold move my friend and you won’t regret it! The truth shall set you free and inspire others along the way! Let’s get together soon! Cheers!

  15. S. June 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Well, like I always said .. “be authentic, be provocative and be inspirational”. I guess those 4 hours with the whiteboard helped 2 years ago. Great Article Turnsy. You’re definitely living the dream, while inspiring others to do the same.

    S.

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