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A good question to ask yourself is: “If money was no object then what work would I be doing?”

So far this is my answer:
I’ve been giving Maths grinds to school leaving nieces, nephews, and kids of friends for the last 4 years. I’ve also recently started helping coach my kids sports teams.

It’s amazing the difference between kids at 10 and under who will try anything you suggest, and kids at 17 who think they “can’t do it”.

It really bothers me.

I’ve always wanted to catch the kids younger, before they believe they “can’t do Maths”. Thinking they “can’t do Maths” feels like the start of a slippery slope where they label themselves as someone who “can’t do” many other things.

Mother Theresa’s quote in my signature springs to mind. I’ll help my own kids first. Then nieces and nephews, and kids I come into contact with.

Something I’d love to do is take on local youngsters and teach them digital marketing. Maybe I even pop into schools and do it...

There’s something magical about creating a Google Ad and then doing the search 10 minutes later and seeing YOUR ad pop up on Google.

I’m circling this idea of helping the local youngsters help the local businesses get online with a Facebook page, website, Google Ads and Facebook Ads campaigns. This is a concrete deliverable for the kids to work towards. By doing that, I’d get to help them with so many stories and little mindset lessons...
 

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I'm just tired of wasting my life on 11-6 job where I'm really working only 2-4 hours a day for the most time. Can do better than that.

Long why would be to build a business that would help other people with their businesses and maybe someday would be able to create a product that would somehow help even more people. But that's more How.

Why? To gain freedom both in time and finances for my family and help even more people on their road to freedom.
 

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It's good to see someone who is a member of this forum from such a long time, it's really incredible.

In 2007 I was a student and in 2008 after completing my MBA I got a job. But in the first few months, I understood that life is not meant to be lived like that. So with the help of my father and my family, I launched my first B&M business in 2011 and got freedom from 9 to 5.

So my why's are :
1. To provide my family and loved ones with the best in the world.
2. To enjoy the luxuries of life while I am in good health and perfect senses.
3. To realize my full potential. To understand why I am here. How could I contribute towards the betterment of society?
4. To get the strength of exercising my choice whenever and whatever I want.
 

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My why comes from a place of thankfulness.

I am blessed with the propensity to conduct business. I can't even believe that just taking all of this one day at a time has allowed me to be a part of the things I am.

This is what I was made for. Anything less than the perpetual exiting my comfort zone in support of continuous advancement is not living up to what I believe is my full potential.

Benjamin Franklin said most people die at 25, We just don't bury them until they are 70.

Solomon in the book of Proverbs said without vision, the people perish.

We all know someone that has tossed vision away for television and alcohol. Tossed ambition away for what is comfortable. Young people in their 30s and 40s giving up. The people who won't even look for a better job let alone start a business. The people who never leave their home country their entire lives. A safe existence that lands them in a subsudized nursing home waiting a few miserable years to fully die. We are surrounded by death. Death of potential. Death of what could have been.

We are all born and subsequently led into a purpose. We have skills and interests. We are all different. I believe that we all have something to give that is bigger than us. To do this we have to keep pushing the envelope. Keep saying YES. Make your comfort zone a lot bigger. Thankfulness proceeds use not complacency.

In the process, at least in terms of business, I will have provided value to countless customers, income to countless employees, returns to investors and partners, and donations to countless charitable causes. Finally, I can sow into the next generation and build people up to do the same. Building something bigger than them.
 

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Glad to have you back here @Runum

Fun fact: Runum was the first forum member I ever met in person! Awesome guy!

He convinced me to go to Beer and Pancakes in Phoenix. Which was the name of the unofficial summit at the time.

Another fun fact... at that time... 8 years ago or so... meeting someone from an internet forum was outside of my comfort zone.
 
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Glad to have you back here @Runum

Fun fact: Runum was the first forum member I ever met in person! Awesome guy!

Another fun fact... at that time... 8 years ago or so... meeting someone from an internet forum was outside of my comfort zone.
I remember that meeting in SW Houston. Good to hear from you @Kak
 

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Agree with all of these except the 2nd one.
I'm not suggesting not to pay taxes, licenses and all other government BS.

They are necessary evils. Do what is required and that is it.

I view the government like the dentist: the more you take care of your teeth, floss, and brush, the less you need to you see him.

We all know someone that has tossed vision away for television and alcohol. Tossed ambition away for what is comfortable. Young people in their 30s and 40s giving up. The people who won't even look for a better job let alone start a business. The people who never leave their home country their entire lives. A safe existence that lands them in a subsudized nursing home waiting a few miserable years to fully die. We are surrounded by death. Death of potential. Death of what could have been.
Well said, featured post+!
 

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LOL. I imagine some of our members were in elementary or middle school when this forum began.
Jokes on you, I was in kindergarten!

The thing I'm working on right now is setting myself free.

With that freedom achieved, long term I want to help as many people as I can and make a positive impact on the world. Do the meaningful work.

I used to care about cars, houses and such, but while I still like them, they do not matter to me no more. I don't really care about what car I will drive no more. I don't have anything to prove to anyone. They will be the background of my life, not the substance.

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.
This hits very close to home, I can't wait until I can afford to get my mom major dental work done, she's a beautiful woman with a very bad set of teeth due to an incompetent doctor. I want her to be able to laugh in public without hiding her mouth.
 
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My why comes from a place of thankfulness.

I am blessed with the propensity to conduct business. I can't even believe that just taking all of this one day at a time has allowed me to be a part of the things I am.

This is what I was made for. Anything less than the perpetual exiting my comfort zone in support of continuous advancement is not living up to what I believe is my full potential.

Benjamin Franklin said most people die at 25, We just don't bury them until they are 70.

Solomon in the book of Proverbs said without vision, the people perish.

We all know someone that has tossed vision away for television and alcohol. Tossed ambition away for what is comfortable. Young people in their 30s and 40s giving up. The people who won't even look for a better job let alone start a business. The people who never leave their home country their entire lives. A safe existence that lands them in a subsudized nursing home waiting a few miserable years to fully die. We are surrounded by death. Death of potential. Death of what could have been.

We are all born and subsequently led into a purpose. We have skills and interests. We are all different. I believe that we all have something to give that is bigger than us. To do this we have to keep pushing the envelope. Keep saying YES. Make your comfort zone a lot bigger. Thankfulness proceeds use not complacency.

In the process, at least in terms of business, I will have provided value to countless customers, income to countless employees, returns to investors and partners, and donations to countless charitable causes. Finally, I can sow into the next generation and build people up to do the same. Building something bigger than them.
Wow... what a post.
 

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Hi,

My why is simple and rather large:
To live.

I believe the "sidewalk" people are not living their life. I feel empty inside when I go to work from nine to five to earn my weeks of vacations. It's depressing, yet some people never question that lifestyle.

I want to live and I want to live fully. Not just watch people that made it with envy, jealousy and hatred like everyone else seems to be doing.

You cannot live if you do not have a purpose, and my purpose certainly isn't to get that promotion or to retire after 35 years of shitty mental conditions, even though I'm in a golden cage right now.
 

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My why has changed multiple times over the last 10 or so years that I’ve been an entrepreneur. My why used to be to have enough money to pay the bills. That’s why I started, I had to have some more income or go and get another job.

Then my why changed to being able to work less hours at a job and more hours at home so I could see my wife and new baby more often.

5-7 years ago (don’t remember exactly lol) I quit my last “normal” job and my why became to try and build an empire.

3 years ago I moved cross country to Arizona. I hired someone to run the day to day operations of the business not long after and my why became enjoying this beautiful state with my little kids and my wife. I decided I didn’t want an empire business right now. I want to work a few hours a week and spend the rest of the time by the pool!

Every day when my oldest gets home from school at 2:30 we all go swimming. During the summertime we all hop in the pool at least 2 times a day if not 3...

My “why” for the foreseeable future is to be able to spend as much time as possible with my family. When they grow up... maybe I’ll build that empire.
 

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I was the giddy kid who had just conquered the hardest course program his school offered and gallivated into what was described to me as a "completely open and beautiful, rewarding field" of opportunity.
Barely 2 months into my first Job (Critical IT infrastructure), working 12 hour days where the boss would get testy if you tried to take your (federally alotted) 15 minute breaks and dealing with bureaucratic stops and lurches that would make a soviet party-member weep with joy; I realized that the script was complete bullshit and that someone was trying to make me a the stop-gap cog in their machine, that they wanted me to sit at a desk, sacrificing days of my life to carry their failures like atlas himself until I was old and decrepit and ready to keel over and die.
At that point I started listening to the Tim Ferris podcast and poking around with Chris Guillebeau and Seth Godin books because I knew I could do something that will provide value to others the way I did at a job but be infinitely more rewarding and impactful.

I had my FTE when they tried to put me on night shift (still 12s, this due to the night shift staff having nervous breakdowns and quitting, a frequent occurrence) while I was going to a night school program out of pocket, and promptly left.

I took two months for myself to complete school and poke around with PoD merch (didn't pan out), and took a smoother, less-demanding position elsewhere that has a better mission I can toil under for the time being.
I'm currently playing around with a lot of ideas (like most wanterpreneurs) but I'm getting ready to take the leap, and I think I'd be perfectly willing to quite this job to do that.
 
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*Hate traffic
*I love to have time to think, read and learn new stuff
*To help my family which for the most part I sustain
*Physically I'm a magnet to girls yet they don't take me seriously due to my current lifestyle. I live and spend as if I were a college student.
*If I ever have kids I don't want them to struggle the way I (or my parents) have. I don't want to bring wage slaves to this world.

I don't want massive wealth. Just enough to live comfortably and be able to support those around me. Enough not to have to sell my time to soul consuming jobs.
 

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This hits very close to home, I can't wait until I can afford to get my mom major dental work done, she's a beautiful woman with a very bad set of teeth due to an incompetent doctor. I want her to be able to laugh in public without hiding her mouth.
Love this!
 

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My why is to be able to use the restroom whenever I want.
Also entrepreneurship opened my eyes to everything. Use to think it was just about business but it taught me about mind set, self control, where to put your happyness, the 3 F's, suppressing emotions, value, financial education, and much more.
 

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I 'was' always a Dreamer. Being a kid, i vision many things.
Creating a Remote controlled Skates.
Building something through which we can walk on Air.
Seeing a similar age kids who not able to have foods, i thought of growing up and earning loads of money to help them.

I even built things as a kid.
Created poison for rat using roadside plants.
Created low cost Bow & Arrow with aim function.
Flew a small kid bus with motors.

Visioned to have a library of mine. Every day, me, sitting on a rocking chair under a sunset and reading books to learn and explore the world of history, science, philosophy, mystery, universe, magic, religion, anything else. To understand what am i, why am i born, why is this world, what's the purpose, why pain, why happiness.

I visioned to be an inventor. To be known as someone who made a good impact in this world.

Then around 2009 i learned about INTERNET. I was 16 old. It was MAGIC for me. A real one. I explored. I become fascinated. My craving became big. My vision became bigger.
My dreams got possibilities. I started learning.
I learned about Google.
I thought of creating something to compete with google.(don't laugh)

Then i entered College. Computer Science. To make my dream reality. But...
Something happened.
Something started creeping inside me. SCRIPT.
Something started leaving me. My Visions.
Something was dying. My Dreams/Me.

I became lost. My thoughts became something which was not mine. And I knew that. I felt that. But was not able to change.

Then i graduated. I joined a job. 2 months. That's all it took for me to understand. This is not my life. This is not what i want. But. As usual, i was not able do anything.

my WHY, is bringing back my REAL self. To bring back my visions, my dreams. To get the freedom and control to dare to think to compete with google, even if it's joke.

Benjamin Franklin said most people die at 25, We just don't bury them until they are 70.

Solomon in the book of Proverbs said without vision, the people perish.
I died before 25. I am 25 now. And 25 will be the age i will be awakened.

I was Unscripted. Now again want to be Unscripted.

my WHY to get my REAL ME and achieve Freedom.

Story Ends...
 

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I love this question because I take great pride in the fact that I am sitting here answering it.

My why is no small thing.

My whole life I haven't ever had the privilege or luxury of being in a position where I could worry about helping anyone but myself. I've been trying to survive the whole time and I got sick of it. I got sick of it some time back, but now I am ready to do something about it.

To best explain it I have to share a bit of my life story, so bare with me.

I was born to an alcoholic father, a damaged man who only acts out of self interest. My mother who mostly raised my sister and I, has battled with depression this whole time, resulting in days at a time where she couldn't get out of bed while my sister and I went to school hungry.

Just as I had reached high school at the age of 12, my Mum got a new partner. A couple of years later we all moved in together in a nearby neighborhood. This stabilized life for some time, enough for me to get through High School.

The year I completed high school my sister was molested by the very man who took us in. The night it happened we ran through the street in our pajamas to my girlfriend's house at the time for help. When we arrived her father answered the door to let us in and we called the police from there. As a result of all that, my Mum took my sister and moved town, leaving me at 17 to start looking after myself.

After this event, it gave my girlfriend the courage to confide in me that her father (the one who had answered the door that night) had molested her and her sister when they were much younger. I then supported her through that situation which really took its toll.

Finally, 4 years later, at 21 years old it was all wrapped up and I could start to get on with my life. I got an apprenticeship as an electrician and begun working. I had been bricklaying and concreting while everything else was unfolding, but now I was going to get a qualification. Unfortunately, all of the repressed issues from my life leading up to that point were beginning to catch up with me because I finally had time to catch my breath.

I ended up splitting up with my girlfriend and living out of my car while going to work. I would pretend to everyone that I was doing fine and all was well. At work I would tell my bosses I had to buy my lunch, so I would drive around the corner and sit there for half an hour before coming back because I had no money. I spent it all on petrol and drinking on the weekend to run from my issues.

One day I decided I would actually go and get something to eat for lunch. McDonald's was running a promotion at the time. A double beef and cheese was only $1. So I went to the car park and got out, opened the doors and started rummaging through all the rubbish to try find a dollar. It was a couple of 20 cent pieces and the rest were 5 and 10 cent coins. It came to 95 cents.

Now I knew dam well that I could bullshit my way out of that last 5 cents to the checkout worker, but that 5 cents was a tipping point. It was the straw that broke the camels back. I broke down. I couldn't move. It felt as if I was being punished by god for merely existing for 22 years and I couldn't take it anymore.

After a bit, I pulled myself together and I decided to go back to work hungry and use that as motivation to do something about it.

Unfortunately, my mental vulnerability mixed with a willing to do whatever it took to start thriving rather than constantly just trying to survive culminated in me making a poor choice. I went down the path of crime. I started selling ecstasy.

Becoming an ecstasy dealer ticked a lot of boxes for me at the time. Before that, I was a nobody and a nothing that lacked everything apart from insecurity. Being a dealer gave me validation from girls that previously wouldn't have noticed me. All of a sudden there were guys lining up to shake my hand and buy me a drink. I didn't have to worry about lines to get into clubs or how much money I had. I felt like a king.

This went on for a few years, but as it always goes with the going up, there is always the coming down.

Little did I know that I had become the focus point of an undercover operation over a period of 5 months. I was charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of MDMA and ended up getting a sentence of 4 years and 6 months with a minimum to serve of 2 years and 9 months before I was eligible for parole.

On December 13th last year I completed that 2 years and 9 months which is 1,002 days. In that time I read a fair few books, 2 of which were millionaire fastlane and Unscripted. Another very notable book that helped me change my way of thinking was "Man's Search for Meaning" by Dr. Viktor Frankl. The best lesson learnt from that book was the power of taking responsibility of your actions and concentrating on what you can do rather than trying to influence external factors.

I used that 1,002 days to instill good habits and beliefs in myself that have sent me on a trajectory i never would have had the chance of heading on had I not ended up where I was. It really was the best thing that happened to me.

I am now signed up to mentor other prisoners who are reintegrating back into the community and looking to start public speaking to share my story and hopefully help others learn from my mistakes.

I am still only 28 and I am moving into the world of business now, which is incredibly exciting for me.

It feels great to get all this out, but I guess I need to be able to summarize my why in the future, so here it goes:

My why is to empower myself with the resources and ability to give others the wisdom and resources to be able to act in the best interest of themselves and their community as a whole.

Wish me luck! (but between you and I, I'm going to make my own!)
 

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Because there is so much more to life then 9-5. God gave us this beautiful Earth to explore, not to stuck in a cubicle whole damn life.
Having sense of freedom to do what we want, when we want and how much we want is something we all should strive for.
And after we reach that state, its time to spread that mindset to others as much as possible.
 

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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?
Did you know that @Runum has accomplished more than most of us on this forum ever will?

Let me tell you how. Let it be a light to influence your "why."

@Runum picked the path less traveled. His impact is incalculable. The ripple effect of his "why" is immeasurable by you and I because we can count the immediate circle, but not the future generations. Not the mothers and fathers and grandparents and siblings and children and children's children to the 7th generation after us.

You see, Runum owned houses. Runum owned product businesses. Runum was an entrepreneur before I was. Runum understands how to make yourself unscripted.

But Runum's why runs deeper than his modesty. You see, he selected to do what you and I haven't. He went intentionally into the fire to bring people out of it. Runum is a school teacher, but not just an ordinary (extraordinary) school teacher. He picked the hardest school he could find. He picked the toughest, roughest school he could find. He picked the one most ordinary teachers might have passed on. And he did it intentionally. Part of his "why" is to reach the least of us. The hard cases. The underserved. The undervalued.

Day after day as the calendar clicks by he pours himself into them. He teaches them. He molds them, and he gives them hope. He wears crazy Hawaiian shirts because it brings them a smile, and when they smile he knows he can win. The kids love him, and he invests in their futures.

When people come here asking who has the largest bank account, they might just skip by Runum, and they'd be making a fatal decision, because Runum is worth more than me and MJ and most of the "famous" posters here combined. You're just counting wrong. You are counting dollars. Runum's investment has been in something different, and his success outpaces mine by a factor of 100:1.

You want to learn about scale? Try counting the scaling affect of changing the next generation. Impact incalculable. One life saved from the garbage heap is worth more than all the products I will ever sell combined.

I am proud to know a glimpse of his story, and thrilled that he has chosen to come back here for part of his next chapter. Everyone that reads this at a minimum should have him on their "follow" list and listen to what he says.
 

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Did you know that @Runum has accomplished more than most of us on this forum ever will?

Let me tell you how. Let it be a light to influence your "why."

@Runum picked the path less traveled. His impact is incalculable. The ripple effect of his "why" is immeasurable by you and I because we can count the immediate circle, but not the future generations. Not the mothers and fathers and grandparents and siblings and children and children's children to the 7th generation after us.

You see, Runum owned houses. Runum owned product businesses. Runum was an entrepreneur before I was. Runum understands how to make yourself unscripted.

But Runum's why runs deeper than his modesty. You see, he selected to do what you and I haven't. He went intentionally into the fire to bring people out of it. Runum is a school teacher, but not just an ordinary (extraordinary) school teacher. He picked the hardest school he could find. He picked the toughest, roughest school he could find. He picked the one most ordinary teachers might have passed on. And he did it intentionally. Part of his "why" is to reach the least of us. The hard cases. The underserved. The undervalued.

Day after day as the calendar clicks by he pours himself into them. He teaches them. He molds them, and he gives them hope. He wears crazy Hawaiian shirts because it brings them a smile, and when they smile he knows he can win. The kids love him, and he invests in their futures.

When people come here asking who has the largest bank account, they might just skip by Runum, and they'd be making a fatal decision, because Runum is worth more than me and MJ and most of the "famous" posters here combined. You're just counting wrong. You are counting dollars. Runum's investment has been in something different, and his success outpaces mine by a factor of 100:1.

You want to learn about scale? Try counting the scaling affect of changing the next generation. Impact incalculable. One life saved from the garbage heap is worth more than all the products I will ever sell combined.

I am proud to know a glimpse of his story, and thrilled that he has chosen to come back here for part of his next chapter. Everyone that reads this at a minimum should have him on their "follow" list and listen to what he says.
Was already a @Runum fan but didn’t know any of this and I’m blown away! Wow! So much respect!
 

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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.
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" Henry David Thoreau

This is what drives me. I don't want that for my family. Road raging minivan-driving dads. Over-involved and self-important soccer moms. All of them mad at their own choices, not me, but completely unaware of it.

My family is my "why." The time I get to spend with them is so precious. I've lost two friends in the past several years who died suddenly, also. It just sharpens my resolve to use my time the way I want to use it-with those I love.
 

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"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" Henry David Thoreau

This is what drives me. I don't want that for my family. Road raging minivan-driving dads. Over-involved and self-important soccer moms. All of them mad at their own choices, not me, but completely unaware of it.

My family is my "why." The time I get to spend with them is so precious. I've lost two friends in the past several years who died suddenly, also. It just sharpens my resolve to use my time the way I want to use it-with those I love.
Henry David Thoreau is my favorite philosopher
 

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