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Way back when my why was my kid and raising her. We invested in real estate and had a small business. The kid grew up, the investments paid for her education. She has since moved to Hollywood and is actively pursuing her dream. Even though we had some bumps in the road, overall our strategies and planning worked.

Now I am in a different phase in my life and we travel a lot more often and explore more places. Still doing REI and redirecting business interests. Also reading Unscripted.

I am always curious about why others get involved in entrepreneurship. What is your why?
 

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Hi there!

My backstory is that I was married, and mainly spent the last 11ish years raising my kids.

I have dabbled a little bit as a makeup consultant and have appeared in a few really small commercials. But just here and there. Nothing sustainable or big $.

Went through a divorce last year, and now at the point where my kids are starting to get older, spending more time with sports and friends, and I need a new challenge.

Financially, I’m comfortable from the settlement but it won’t last forever. I have no desire to do the 9-5 thing. I believe I was meant for more. A lot more! So here I am!

Nice to meet you as well!


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We are gifted a few decades in our life.... a few measly decades.

The question isn't why I , or anyone else for that matter, wouldn't work hard to escape the societal prison we find ourselves in.

No, the question is why wouldn't we.
 
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My why has many layers, but the strongest is that my single driver of happiness is autonomy. Having someone tell me what to do gives me anxiety (literally, I'm now medicated for it because it was giving me chest pain). My singular focus is creating an offering that gives me freedom.
 

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Wow......a member from ancient times......2007. Was still in my mid-20s back then, about to quit my job to go to a crappy art school.

My Why........to make enough money so that I can solve many of life's problems, and to provide for my parents, earn enough to attract women......
 
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Wow......a member from ancient times......2007. Was still in my mid-20s back then, about to quit my job to go to a crappy art school.
LOL. I imagine some of our members were in elementary or middle school when this forum began. It is cool to see it has grown from where it began but that first year of fastlane posts were magical. I learned so much from all these new friends on the interwebs back in the dark ages.
 

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My why is twofold.
1. I want to provide financial security for my family. For now that's my parents and siblings.
2. I want to have the freedome to life where I want how I want and money plays a big part in that.

Ultimately I guess for most people there why's will shift or change a little bit throughout there lifes, but money as a resource to fulfill/help with your why's is a constant.
 

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One word: Freedom.

Freedom from bosses...
Freedom from government...
Freedom from media indoctrination...
Freedom from financial strait jackets...
Freedom to pursue what's important to me, not what society says should be important.

Nice to see you Greg!
 

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One word: Freedom.

Freedom from bosses...
Freedom from government...
Freedom from media indoctrination...
Freedom from financial strait jackets...
Freedom to pursue what's important to me, not what society says should be important.

Nice to see you Greg!
Preach!
 

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My why is financial independence, I'm 19 years old and I just don't see myself in literally a traffic slowlane at 7:30 in the morning. I've been caught up in it a few times since I got to get my college classes at 8:00 and to me that's just disgusting. When I graduate in 2.5 years I want to have a viable business that's going to allow me to sleep through a traffic rut and grab a coffee at the center of Zagreb, Croatia without any hassles in the traffic. Silly isn't it? But definitely keeps me going!
 

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Thankless jobs.
I hate Being told what to do.
I hate being Underappreciated and being a cog .
No control over my future, I mean really you dont have any in the slowlane, well thats been my experience.
Freedom from trading 5 for 2.

A whole bunch of freedom really and I find it more Interesting.
 

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Way back when my why was my kid and raising her. We invested in real estate and had a small business. The kid grew up, the investments paid for her education. She has since moved to Hollywood and is actively pursuing her dream. Even though we had some bumps in the road, overall our strategies and planning worked.

Now I am in a different phase in my life and we travel a lot more often and explore more places. Still doing REI and redirecting business interests. Also reading Unscripted.

I am always curious about why others get involved in entrepreneurship. What is your why?
Great to see you!

I was wondering where you went.

Still remember my first year around here, when I was running around posting shit like a wantrapreneur.
You told me to lay off the posting and do something better.

Took me some time, but I did.
I'm now working on freelancing, with plenty of projects to write for and markets to learn about.

Really appreciate the time you took to call me out.

As for my why?

Back then, I just wanted to find a way to help me get rich quickly, to take myself and my girl out of the blasted system of education and jobs.

Now, I have come to understand that Fastlane and UNSCRIPTION is simply a bigger picture of how jobs and education are run. It's not that having a 9-5 or a college degree are evil. It's just that they are means to supply enterprises with the talent it needs to produce great products and services.

If I and my girl want more that the system can't give, we need to make our own business systems, and do some things differently than the regular folks. And that needs learning and improvements.

In other words, I'm in the Fastlane to prioritise learning and improvement over just taking the money and running away from the SCRIPT lol. I also hope to impart what I picked up to my girl, as I'm tired of hearing about the boy practices of 'laying em chicks' and some other Sidewalk dating rubbish. I need to provide value to my girl, that changes her life.
 
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Great to see you!

I was wondering where you went.

Still remember my first year around here, when I was running around posting shit like a wantrapreneur.
You told me to lay off the posting and do something better.

Took me some time, but I did.
I'm now working on freelancing, with plenty of projects to write for and markets to learn about.

Really appreciate the time you took to call me out.
I wasn't sure you would ever understand. Glad you stuck it out and are making the changes. Good luck on your projects.
 

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Thank you for asking this. It’s so easy to get bogged down with the hard middle stuff and forget about the end goal.

My why is to have more time with my kids, to homeschool them if possible. It seems counterintuitive because owning a business takes up a crapload of time but.. at least it’s time spent moving towards that goal.

Since joining the forum I’ve tripled my income at my small service-based business and started a new online marketing venture, learning at night and on the weekends. I have one client so far.

On one hand, I feel like such a pos for not moving faster.. on the other, at least I HAVE been going forward. Anyhoo.. welcome back to the forum dude. It’s always encouraging to have the heavy hitters care about the newbies.
 

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To spend time with my family, and do all the things with them that humans should do. I have been amazingly lucky to be home every single day with my daughter, who is now almost 8 months old. I look at the other parents who were in our maternity classes together, and the dads spend almost no time with their child due to their demanding jobs, and they are terrified to do anything of any real responsibility with them.

I get to spend all day with my daughter, and it has been amazing. She has no idea, this is just going to be normal for her as she grows up. I wouldn't trade this for anything. I have been to every single doctors appointment, every checkup, every adventure. I have missed nothing. As she grows, I don't want to miss anything either.

We were at a friends house and he is a paramedic, he went and grabbed his work belt to show me and his little boy, who is almost 3, almost started to cry and says "Don't go work daddy!!". I don't EVER want this to be me.

Oh, and being able to eventually live anywhere in the world I want, drive any car I want, fly in any plane I want, go on any boat I want, and eat anything I want, at any time that I want, will also be a nice touch.
 

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My why actually started with dentistry.

My husband has a few broken teeth and a few missing teeth, gum disease, bone loss, etc. In other words, he needs a LOT of dental work.

All I wanted to do was be able to afford to get my husband's teeth fixed.

I think that was the stimulus that freed me from thinking that I should just be content with the money we had. I realized, "This is a legitimate thing for me to pursue, and if I can't afford it, then I need to raise my income. I am an intelligent, creative adult, I have a brain, and I have choices. So what do I need to do to make more money so we can afford this?"

Still haven't gotten there...

But after that kicked my brain into gear, wondering, "How can I make it so I can afford this," I later 10x'd my goals. Instead of just saying, "I need to raise an extra $15k for dental work," I'm looking at how I can create a system that will raise an extra $15k/month.
 

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To spend time with my family, and do all the things with them that humans should do. I have been amazingly lucky to be home every single day with my daughter, who is now almost 8 months old. I look at the other parents who were in our maternity classes together, and the dads spend almost no time with their child due to their demanding jobs, and they are terrified to do anything of any real responsibility with them.

I get to spend all day with my daughter, and it has been amazing. She has no idea, this is just going to be normal for her as she grows up. I wouldn't trade this for anything. I have been to every single doctors appointment, every checkup, every adventure. I have missed nothing. As she grows, I don't want to miss anything either.

We were at a friends house and he is a paramedic, he went and grabbed his work belt to show me and his little boy, who is almost 3, almost started to cry and says "Don't go work daddy!!". I don't EVER want this to be me.

Oh, and being able to eventually live anywhere in the world I want, drive any car I want, fly in any plane I want, go on any boat I want, and eat anything I want, at any time that I want, will also be a nice touch.
This is a beautiful post!
 

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To spend time with my family, and do all the things with them that humans should do. I have been amazingly lucky to be home every single day with my daughter, who is now almost 8 months old. I look at the other parents who were in our maternity classes together, and the dads spend almost no time with their child due to their demanding jobs, and they are terrified to do anything of any real responsibility with them.

I get to spend all day with my daughter, and it has been amazing. She has no idea, this is just going to be normal for her as she grows up. I wouldn't trade this for anything. I have been to every single doctors appointment, every checkup, every adventure. I have missed nothing. As she grows, I don't want to miss anything either.

We were at a friends house and he is a paramedic, he went and grabbed his work belt to show me and his little boy, who is almost 3, almost started to cry and says "Don't go work daddy!!". I don't EVER want this to be me.

Oh, and being able to eventually live anywhere in the world I want, drive any car I want, fly in any plane I want, go on any boat I want, and eat anything I want, at any time that I want, will also be a nice touch.
I hear you. I’ve been to all of our kids Irish Dance exhibitions on St Patrick’s Day in their primary school. I do the school runs in the morning, and the homework’s and dinners with them when they get home at 2:30pm.

I play outside with them till the cars come home just after 5pm and we go indoors because the road gets too busy.

I’ve taken all three of my sons to hurling camp this week, and been there early to watch each of them before it finishes at 2pm.

I’m less interested in building a massive fortune to leave them, than making sure they grow up UNSCRIPTED.


Don’t get me wrong... I absolutely love this game of business. I love the struggle. I love the process. I love trying to get over, around, or straight through the problems in front of me.

I love that I’m building the business I want, how I want - and that I’m not following anyone else’s blueprint. (I don’t take orders well... haha.)

There’s so much cool stuff I want to do in my business: create and sell courses online, teach digital marketing to local youngsters and get them helping local businesses, build some plugins and launch some SaaS products, grow a paid email newsletter, write some books maybe?, get my head round Facebook and YouTube channels, maybe even Udemy, build info-seeker funnels for stuff where I am not the subject matter expert, etc, etc, etc.

I get paid to do all this cool stuff? Pinch me quick.

I even enjoy the constant struggle to overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and shiny object syndrome - and keep chip chipping away ... every single day.

But at the end of the day, I have to be the man I want my sons to grow up to be.

I have to become fully unscripted.

I have to figure all this stuff out, otherwise I leave it up to my sons to do so.
 

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One word: Freedom.

Freedom from bosses...
Freedom from government...
Freedom from media indoctrination...
Freedom from financial strait jackets...
Freedom to pursue what's important to me, not what society says should be important.
All of this, plus some.

I am building a business focused on fighting aging. I don't want to make people immortal. I want to help them, and myself, live healthier for longer. I saw too many loved ones suffer through the final decades of their lives not being able to enjoy the things they really wanted to. I want to fix that.

Aging well can solve many social issues. Reducing the cost of healthcare for older people alone will dramatically impact our society in an extremely positive way. I want to be a part of that.
 

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All of this, plus some.

I am building a business focused on fighting aging. I don't want to make people immortal. I want to help them, and myself, live healthier for longer. I saw too many loved ones suffer through the final decades of their lives not being able to enjoy the things they really wanted to. I want to fix that.

Aging well can solve many social issues. Reducing the cost of healthcare for older people alone will dramatically impact our society in an extremely positive way. I want to be a part of that.
@Kak ... where’s that video of the guy who wants to get those circulation improvement machines into every city in the world?
 

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Freedom from bosses...
Freedom from government...
Freedom from media indoctrination...
Freedom from financial strait jackets...
Freedom to pursue what's important to me, not what society says should be important.

Nice to see you Greg!
Agree with all of these except the 2nd one. I don't think that's ever possible in any country unless one is exempted from paying any form of taxes and is above the country's laws.
 

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I don’t have a why - it’s just in me!

Personally, I always have to be working, selling, hustling, grinding. I don’t have a reason for it. I’m very comfortable financially but my genetics tell me to keep moving.

If you’re not working on something, you’re working on nothing which means you’re living on what you already made - that’s not good!
 

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I do remember your username back when you were a moderator. Good to see you back.

Hard to believe I joined this forum 7 years ago when I was 20.

My "why" is freedom from jobs, bosses and poverty.

I want to master the game of business and economics so I can be generous to other people.

I believe business and economics is governed by first principles that can be learned and taught and which can be used to arrive at complex insights and opportunities that are worth taking a "bet" or "gamble" on.

As we all know, it's a cold heartless economic system out there. Nothing is free and generosity is rare. You have to strive to be valuable to a market. I want to master that game then turn around and be generous.

I did not start to make money until I started reassessing the principles in my mind causing wrong decisions and insights in business. One of the reasons failure is important because it sparks the reassessment of principles in your mind.
 

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am I really the first one to mention supervillainy?

well dibs then.
 

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I don’t have a why - it’s just in me!

Personally, I always have to be working, selling, hustling, grinding. I don’t have a reason for it. I’m very comfortable financially but my genetics tell me to keep moving.

If you’re not working on something, you’re working on nothing which means you’re living on what you already made - that’s not good!
I suspect I’m like this too. When our kids are all grown up and when I’ve FU money in the bank, I’ll still be moving.

I like doing stuff. I like helping people. There’s always more people in the world that can be helped. There’s always more kids being scripted who could be helped.

It’s like the old coach down at the hurling camp I was at this week. He’s apparently been saying for years that he’ll retire next year. I see how much he loves coaching the littlest kids. I also imagine he thinks about the little kids to come, and how he wants them to get the best start.
 

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I change lives every day. My why is the freedom to be able to do that.
Dammit. @ZCP always manages to say in a couple of lines what takes me a couple of pages.
 

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