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.
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).
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.