Is it just me, or are people are too coddled in this country?
I heard this 10-year-old kid order a “truffle burger” the other day. I didn’t even know that word until 3 years ago.
I saw another kid YELLING at his mom in the grocery store. I just thought what my parents would have done if I’d ever done something like that.
I see kids being told “Good job!” for getting an 87% on a test.
So I started thinking, why are kids so soft these days?
Could we perhaps look at…ourselves?
After all, we’re the adults these kids are learning from.
The same ones who watch Food Network, just to watch it…but never actually cook the meals!
The same ones who dream about starting a business, and watch Shark Tank and read blog after blog…but never actually do anything about it!
The same ones who say “I’m gonna try to cut back on carbs this month…”
TRY? A few years ago, on my parents’ anniversary, I called them and asked how they got to 31 years of marriage. My mom said something super interesting:
“You just don’t give yourself any choices,” she said. “You’re in it forever and you know that going in.”
You don’t try. You just decide to do it, no matter what.
It’s almost like we’ve created a whole culture where we’re judged on what you aspire to, not what you’ve actually accomplished.
In my life, one of the first things I learned about living a Richer Life was taking a honest look at what I SAID vs. what I actually DID.
I said I wanted to be flying around on jets, earning money while I was sleeping, helping millions of people using psychology….but I wasn’t taking any steps that would actually get me there.
I would look at guys with cooler clothes than me and say, “I wish I could dress like that” — then do NOTHING to learn how to dress better.
I would see guys who were more built than I was — lean, more muscles — and not only would I do nothing, I actually said, “I could never look like that.” I literally told myself what I COULDN’T do instead of what I WANTED for myself.
Eventually I realized I could sit around and watch TV shows, read magazines, and dream about living the life…or I could actually do something.
Ironically, when I started taking small steps (eventually leading to bigger steps and a more successful business), I actually started living a cooler life than the one I used to dream about.
But I never would have imagined that 5 or 10 years ago.
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I wanted to create a Rich Life for myself. A Rich Life isn’t just about money, btw. It’s about giving yourself the chance to try new things — whenever you want.
For example, take a look at this random whiskey tasting I did last Wednesday:
Whiskey tasting last Wednesday night in Manhattan
You guys want to do this together?
To start building a Rich Life together — whatever that definition means for you?
To give yourself the ability to travel, or work less, or even work more if you love what you do?
I want to do it with you. Starting Wednesday, I’m going to share a new series on how to actually get the things we say we want.
For example, a few months ago, I took a last-minute trip to Singapore and posted a pic eating chili crab. Some guy on Instagram said, “Wow, must be nice, I’d love to take a last-minute trip to Asia.” I want to show you how.
You want to be able to hire a personal trainer or pay someone to clean your apartment? No problem.
No more fantasizing. No more trying.
Let’s actually do it.
So, leave a comment below if you’re excited. Comment if you know what a Rich Life means to you. Comment if you have questions you want me to answer about starting a business. Shit, comment if you hate me! I don’t give a damn. I love hearing from you, top performers, weirdos, and nutcases alike.
Talk to you Wednesday.
P.S. By the way, IWT is hiring. We’re looking for an amazing UI/UX Designer to join our design team. It’s full-time, 100% remote, and you’ll have the ability to reach millions of people.