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Xav243

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Hi Everyone and Hi @MJ DeMarco ,

My name is Xavier, I’m a 37-year-old French guy living in Belgium. I almost finished reading Unscripted and this is how I heard about this forum. I am wondering whether I should read also Fastlane as in I had the impression Unscripted was a better version, more detailed version of Fastlane. What do you guys think?

Anyway, I am very thrilled to be subscribed to this forum. I was surprised there is an entry filter as in you have to state the reason you want to be part of the community. I found it great as it increases the odds of having entrepreneurial like-minded people that can help each other, which is the reason I joined. Bringing value to the world. This is a key lesson from MJ and it makes so much sense but so few people do it as it is just me-me-me. Not only in business, that is something I can see everywhere and I always felt the strange one as I always tend to want to help people. Not in the sense to sell them something, but just to help, make them have a nice day, bring a smile to their face. That makes me really happy.
The 2nd big lesson from MJ was the value of time. I rarely saw time as a valuable thing for me (for money of course)….and now I understand I was very wrong! 4 decades of work for maybe 2 decades of relaxation is clearly a (legalized) scam….Time is the much precious thing we have; we can die anytime. A big thank you to MJ for that!

Since the age of at least 20 as far as I can remember, I always had this idea of creating my own business but never really understood how. I had a passion with Japan at that time, my dream was to go there. I shared this idea with some friends of the time who all told me I was crazy, that could not happen, the filter to go there is too hard, and also because of this, because of that, bla bla bla.
I did not care, I really wanted to go there, and a few months later I was in a university in south of Japan as an exchange student. In retro perspective this was the first time I can remember I encountered resistance from others like to push me away from achieving my dreams because they could not achieve theirs. At least I felt it like that.

Fast forward to now I actually liked Japan so much that I lived there for 8 years, been a manager and lived towards the end in Osaka (those were 2 big dreams I had there), married a Japanese woman and had a child with her (another dream, but much easier to achieve hahaha). Now we left Japan and are living in Belgium.
Looking back I achieved many of my goals I had set for myself and I am very happy. Now the next one is actually the very first one I had as a kid: have my own business, change lives and those of my family for the better. While reading Unscripted, I feel I have some skills that could help me with being an entrepreneur. I am resilient, disciplined (this is strengthened by my profession, financial analyst), not afraid to take criticism (criticism is part of the everyday game in Japan as you are for them ALWAYS strange), but I feel I am like the idea guy MJ described towards the end of the book. I don’t know why but it is like I always have an invisible force that is doing everything it can to prevent me doing anything apart reading more and more…..
So I hope I can find here the force to unblock myself and finally make some steps to achieve this goal as I am confident I can do it.

Thanks for reading. I and looking forward to exchanging with each of you and help each other out!!
 

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smark

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Oct 25, 2017
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Hi Everyone and Hi @MJ DeMarco ,

My name is Xavier, I’m a 37-year-old French guy living in Belgium. I almost finished reading Unscripted and this is how I heard about this forum. I am wondering whether I should read also Fastlane as in I had the impression Unscripted was a better version, more detailed version of Fastlane. What do you guys think?

Anyway, I am very thrilled to be subscribed to this forum. I was surprised there is an entry filter as in you have to state the reason you want to be part of the community. I found it great as it increases the odds of having entrepreneurial like-minded people that can help each other, which is the reason I joined. Bringing value to the world. This is a key lesson from MJ and it makes so much sense but so few people do it as it is just me-me-me. Not only in business, that is something I can see everywhere and I always felt the strange one as I always tend to want to help people. Not in the sense to sell them something, but just to help, make them have a nice day, bring a smile to their face. That makes me really happy.
The 2nd big lesson from MJ was the value of time. I rarely saw time as a valuable thing for me (for money of course)….and now I understand I was very wrong! 4 decades of work for maybe 2 decades of relaxation is clearly a (legalized) scam….Time is the much precious thing we have; we can die anytime. A big thank you to MJ for that!

Since the age of at least 20 as far as I can remember, I always had this idea of creating my own business but never really understood how. I had a passion with Japan at that time, my dream was to go there. I shared this idea with some friends of the time who all told me I was crazy, that could not happen, the filter to go there is too hard, and also because of this, because of that, bla bla bla.
I did not care, I really wanted to go there, and a few months later I was in a university in south of Japan as an exchange student. In retro perspective this was the first time I can remember I encountered resistance from others like to push me away from achieving my dreams because they could not achieve theirs. At least I felt it like that.

Fast forward to now I actually liked Japan so much that I lived there for 8 years, been a manager and lived towards the end in Osaka (those were 2 big dreams I had there), married a Japanese woman and had a child with her (another dream, but much easier to achieve hahaha). Now we left Japan and are living in Belgium.
Looking back I achieved many of my goals I had set for myself and I am very happy. Now the next one is actually the very first one I had as a kid: have my own business, change lives and those of my family for the better. While reading Unscripted, I feel I have some skills that could help me with being an entrepreneur. I am resilient, disciplined (this is strengthened by my profession, financial analyst), not afraid to take criticism (criticism is part of the everyday game in Japan as you are for them ALWAYS strange), but I feel I am like the idea guy MJ described towards the end of the book. I don’t know why but it is like I always have an invisible force that is doing everything it can to prevent me doing anything apart reading more and more…..
So I hope I can find here the force to unblock myself and finally make some steps to achieve this goal as I am confident I can do it.

Thanks for reading. I and looking forward to exchanging with each of you and help each other out!!
Welcome and wishing you all the best in your journey!

Feel free to start a thread about your (future) business if you already believe you know what you want to get into. It's a great way to get feedback from others who may have gone down a similar path.

At 37, you still have a lot of time to make your dreams a reality.
 
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Xav243

Xav243

New Contributor
I've Read UNSCRIPTED
Sep 6, 2020
3
3
12
Belgium
Welcome and wishing you all the best in your journey!

Feel free to start a thread about your (future) business if you already believe you know what you want to get into. It's a great way to get feedback from others who may have gone down a similar path.

At 37, you still have a lot of time to make your dreams a reality.
Hey Smark, thanks!

I don't really know yet what I want to get into....Still in market's listening mode.

Thanks for the nice words, I sometimes do think I am a bit late in the game. But better late than never!
 

smark

Bronze Contributor
Speedway Pass
Oct 25, 2017
95
210
152
Limassol, Cyprus
Hey Smark, thanks!

I don't really know yet what I want to get into....Still in market's listening mode.

Thanks for the nice words, I sometimes do think I am a bit late in the game. But better late than never!
It's never too late.

Warren Buffet didn't become a billionaire until age 60.

Ray Kroc was just a salesman (and a bad one at that) by his early 50s before he got involved with McDonald's.

Numerous examples illustrate the above point.

Also, no one knows what to get into. Not until they actually do at least.
 

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