Hi everyone, my name is TJ.
I can't let go of the idea of being an entrepreneur and will pursue it until I get it. I believe the number one most important thing is to have the desire, and I have that.
A little background:
Grew up confused as hell. Had a lot of things happen in my life such as being poor, people dying, using drugs, etc. that didn't allow myself to experience a normal childhood and teenager years.
I got good grades and got paid to go to school for 4 years. To be honest, I never felt like I should have been there, but the fact that it was free and was making a profit (and that I didn't have the strength to let it go) kept me there.
I had severe depression and tried everything, even anti-depressants. I finally began to think for myself, and have read tons and tons of books. I eat an amazing diet, take a few supplements, get plenty of rest, meditate, and lift weights. I also condition my mind everyday to have the mindset of success. People tell me I am crazy. I tell them to never ask how I have so much motivation and why they want to play video games and smoke marijuana all day. By being healthy I give myself the energy I need to succeed.
Now graduated, I'm working two random jobs. One pays $10 an hour the other pays $11 an hour. One is purely for the money, the other is a non-profit that helps people with mental illness. It will be hard to leave the second job when the time comes, but I disagree with a lot of Psychology and Psychiatry anyways. America doesn't need another pill. We need to de-stress and to eat REAL food, have REAL connections with people, etc.
I was surrounded by negative people. People who kept telling me that I am stupid and to abandon my dream. When they see me reading a book I stopped telling them what I was reading because I knew it would shock their reality if I was reading something like "The Millionaire Fastlane." I've eliminated friends and family who don't support me in this journey. It has been hard, but I will be a lone wolf if I have to. Cutting ties and eliminating those that bring me down has been one of the hardest parts in my journey.
The idea that success is a process has changed my life. Whenever something happens, such as a person doubting me, I don't see that as an obstacle anymore. I see it as an opportunity. As soon as their doubt seeps into my mind, I smile and say "This is when you train your mind to overcome obstacles. This process right now is what is conditioning your mind for success."
I haven't had anyone in my life with these same sort of goals as me, so it has been hard to break free of this trap. I've been talking about it with a lot of people, and am starting to find like-minded people.
I feel like the barriers I've overcome so far give me the confidence to know that I can keep going. Sometimes I feel bad for kids that I grew up rich. Every friend I have that has rich parents that give them whatever they want, sit at home all day using drugs and playing video games.
My biggest problem as of right now is not having a direction to pursue. I'm shifting my thinking from selfish desires to finding needs. I need help in this area. I think deep down I need to be able to simply make a few thousand a month on my own to give my brain the shock it needs to realize I can do it. Small steps for now.
The other day I saw someone throwing away a bunch of boxes. They were Toner Cartridges for printers. I said I'd take them, 7 in total, brand new. Looked at completed listings on eBay and they are worth about $50 each.
To work on my chops and build momentum I am going to go for the Craigslist attack for a month or two and see how that goes. In the meantime, I will work on finding needs.
I feel like I need that one thing to pour my heart into and completely dominate. To focus purely on that one task and see what happens.
I live in Utah and have been to Arizona numerous times. Maybe one of the reasons why I liked the Millionaire Fastlane so much was the fact that I hate winter and get depressed without the sun and have been considering picking up and moving to Phoenix (its the sunniest place on EARTH, look it up!)
Aside from that, I am obsessed with nutrition, play guitar, mountain bike, and my childhood dream was to win a motocross race which I never got to do since I was poor (I'd force my grandpa to tie a broken motorcycle to the back of his four wheeler with rope and get towed along, that's the closest I got). Once I have a fastlane business, you can be sure to see me cruising the streets on a motorcycle!
I started a blog to document my progress, but not sure if with as little posts as I have that I should post it up.
I realized after writing this I got a little personal, but hell, this is an introduction! I'm hoping to add some value to the forum on my journey and help you guys out in anyway I can.
Hey TJ, welcome!
"If you want to be rich, add VALUE to people's lives."
- Brian Sher
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