The year was 2006. I was a professional poker player. And while I had once enjoyed poker, it was quickly losing it’s vitality. My heart was aching for something else. Little did I know that I was already …
In 2006, I had a vague feeling of unease. I felt like something was missing, but I didn’t know what. I was playing poker professionally and making a good living, but I yearned for more. More fulfillment. More excitement. More purpose. More joy.
It’s been over half a decade since, and today I’m making a living doing what I love. I’m absolutely in love with the work I do and my life. But the journey there was filled with stumbling into pitfalls and getting shoved back by walls. That’s why this article is all about the mistakes I made during my path.
Building an online business is tough. I should know, because I’ve wasted years and over $10,000 trying to make it happen. I’ve fallen for many get rich quick schemes. I’ve even spent thousands on a 1-on-1 coaching program that didn’t pan out.
In this article, I go through the pitfalls I’ve spectacularly fallen into, and I also share the realizations I’ve had to help me turn it all around.
In 2006, I felt the urge to do something else. At the time, I was a professional poker player, but I felt like it was time to turn the page. However, I struggled for a long time. I wasted over $10,000 on get-rich quick programs and coaching. And it took me until early 2009 to create my first successful website. But when things clicked, they really clicked.
At the end of 2009, I was making multiple thousands per month via my online websites. I was starting to do what I was truly interested in.
Aikido changed my life. When I first started, I was hesitant and scared. I had trained in martial arts before, but I’d always had a mental block that held me back from giving it everything I had. I constantly looked to my trainer (or Sensei) for approval.
I was constantly second-guessing myself. But one day, everything changed.
What do you really want from life?
I mean really, really want. If you sit down and think about why you want anything, you can almost always discover that the main reason is because you want to feel a certain way.
It could be to feel peace of mind, fulfillment, purpose, or even freedom.
You may think you want money, but what does money give you? Freedom? And what does freedom give you?