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Ocean Man

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Parents. Family. Love. Others.
One of the most important things in my life that I'll do is repay my parents. Facing persecution from the CCCR for their religion, they dropped everything and immigrated to the states for a better future. Not for them, but for their kids. They sacrificed everything in order to provide more opportunity and a better future for me. They didn't know English, they got married young, but what they did bring to the states was a hard work ethic. The least I can do for my parents is to pay off their mortgage.

Unfortunately, I believe my father will be working until the day he can't. Nor does he have a retirement fund. He's already facing health issues at his age and due to his job... he's already having back issues. I need to make sure that my parents' sacrifices weren't for nothing.

Secondly, I'm doing this for family. My future family. My future children. I want to be able to provide as much as I can to my value and to make sure that they never worry about food being on the table. Time is incredibly important to me, as I want to be there for all the moments of my children growing up. I want to be a faithful, reliable, and supportive father.

Next is love. I'm currently in South Korea, but eventually, I'd like to bring my love to the states. We're both young and I haven't been able to receive enough value vouchers to be sure it's the right time to bring her over to America. She'd need to sacrifice everything, learn the language, and come to an entirely new and unfamiliar place. I'd obviously like to be in a position where I can take care of her and there would be no need to worry and that we can enjoy our lives.

And finally, others. I'm happy when I make things that other people use and find useful and/or improves their life. For example, at my slow lane job as a developer... I developed and automated some processes which allowed us to save time not only for our team members but our clients also love the experience! We have a Slack group of where we post daily, positive members from our clients. It's a serotonin-boost when I was able to positively impact and provide value to someone's life. I don't know exactly what my fast lane will be at this moment, but I know I want to help people and provide as much value as I can.

Those are some of the reasons why I'm here and my why. At this moment, I'm spinning my wheels, action faking. Stuck in that "Idea Phase". I also have some larger ideas I'd like to take at scale but would require that I head back to the states. I'm torn between leaving my love here and going back to the states for a while or trying to do something else online. Not really sure.

But that's my why.

P.S. - I've talked to a few members personally in the DM's so far. Such as @Andy Black , @ZF Lee , and I'm glad you all gave me your time to talk with me even if it was only for a little. It was really great talking to you all. I can't wait to meet and form relationships with more of you!

Although I don't really have anything much to talk about, maybe I can provide value in some way... But I'm taking a longshot -- I'd really like to connect with the following folks as well: @Kak , @AgainstAllOdds , @biophase , @JasonR , @million$$$smile . I really enjoy following all your content and you're all definitely people I'd like to know. I don't really have a great circle of folks IRL, and I think you're some great people.
 
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One of the most important things in my life that I'll do is repay my parents. Facing persecution from the CCCR for their religion, they dropped everything and immigrated to the states for a better future. Not for them, but for their kids. They sacrificed everything in order to provide more opportunity and a better future for me. They didn't know English, they got married young, but what they did bring to the states was a hard work ethic. The least I can do for my parents is to pay off their mortgage.

Unfortunately, I believe my father will be working until the day he can't. Nor does he have a retirement fund. He's already facing health issues at his age and due to his job... he's already having back issues. I need to make sure that my parents' sacrifices weren't for nothing.
Beautiful post, @Ocean Man. Repaying my parents was my initial motivation as well and let me tell you one thing: nothing will fuel you more than this. Not a single thing. And nothing will feel better once you accomplish it. You're doing it right. Good luck!
 

Ocean Man

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Beautiful post, @Ocean Man. Repaying my parents was my initial motivation as well and let me tell you one thing: nothing will fuel you more than this. Not a single thing. And nothing will feel better once you accomplish it. You're doing it right. Good luck!
Thank you @MTF. I appreciate the reply and actually you're one of the people I'd love to connect with as well. Or at least have you in my "circle", love your content and experiences. Let's get it!
 

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My why is made up of the followings:
- enjoying financial freedom by creating a business that I am proud of
- have the possibility to create products that improves people life
- spend my best time with my future wife and my kids
- connect with other dreamers
- I LOVE THE GAME of entrepreneurship!!! I think that is the only way that you can be like a Spartan warrior today!
 
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I've been thinking about this thread for a while now. It's hard to put my why into words, but here goes:

No one is guaranteed another day.
  • An ex-girlfriend of mine was diagnosed with cervical cancer 4 days ago (she's only 25).
  • A friend of mine died of cervical cancer 2 years ago at 24. She was a famous musician that participated in a lot of charity work with children. Then boom... after diagnosis, she was dead within 9 months.
  • My uncle worked hard and saved all his life. A year after retirement he began to show symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. In 3 short years, his quality of life has deteriorated massively. (He went out golfing with my dad this past weekend and collapsed on the course.)
  • My girlfriend's mom just retired earlier this year. 2 weeks ago she finds out her kidneys may be shutting down.
  • I could go on
Meanwhile, if I died today (at 36), I think my last thoughts would be "Well, that was a waste."
I'm proud of the charity work I've done, but other than that all I have are regrets of opportunities missed.

I've worked fairly hard all my life, saving like crazy for retirement. But after a couple layoffs, I have only 11k in Roth IRA.
I've come up with some great ideas/systems/designs that added value for my employers. But after leaving those companies, I have no assets of my own.
I've scrimped and saved on luxuries because I value the security of a hefty savings account. But after my most recent layoff, I'm eating rice and beans out of necessity instead of thriftiness.

I feel like I've done everything "right", but I ultimately have nothing to show for it.

My why:
Cultivate ultimate freedom.
  • Life is absurd. I want to have freedom to treat it as such. I want to run a business like an art project if I want to. With FU money, no one can tell me that I'm making silly decisions, because I will have proven that I am an expert at creating value.
  • I only get one body. I want to find out what mine can do. I won't let my life choices be limited by a body that I've neglected. ("Hiking up, then paragliding off the Alps? Sorry, I ate Captain D's for 20 years. Pass.")
  • I only get one mind. I want to have ultimate focus and intellect at the snap of a finger. I won't focus it on consuming only entertainment, or finding outrage porn on cable news. I will be a lifelong learner.
  • I want to have no guilt about spending on things/experiences that make me truly happy. If money is tight, it closes off so many of life's opportunities to me. Right now, I can't spend a dime on anything that's not helping me build income, and it really sucks to live like that.
    Further, I won't buy shit just to impress others. I'll spend for me.
  • Help people less fortunate than I am. People living at the margins of society (elderly, poor, sick, uneducated, abused, etc) have less opportunities than I do. Yes, a portion of them have dug themselves into that hole, but there is a segment of the country wants to believe it's ALL those people's fault they live that way. I've been fortunate enough to have been shown another path, and I'm duty-bound to go back and help lead others.
I want to distill my "why" down into a motto or something... but like I said, I'm having trouble fully articulating it.

Thanks for coming to my TED talk :happy:

Thanks to @Runum for making this thread. Good idea!
 
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For me its about doing what i want in stead of working all day.

My biggest why is being able to go on tour with my band. At the moment thats very difficult to do, and mostly too expensive or risky for little gain.
 

Ocean Man

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I've come up with some great ideas/systems/designs that added value for my employers. But after leaving those companies, I have no assets of my own.
I've scrimped and saved on luxuries because I value the security of a hefty savings account. But after my most recent layoff, I'm eating rice and beans out of necessity instead of thriftiness.

I feel like I've done everything "right", but I ultimately have nothing to show for it.
This.
 

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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.
God bless you brother! This is what life is all about. I’m in the same boat.
 

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Want to see my kids grow up and break free from the corporate world. Obtain as much freedom as possible.
I'm at the point, where I am yet to get started though.
 

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Toby Murphy

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My why is because I can, nothing more nothing less. No one can tell me what I can and cant do that’s up to me to decide and prepare for the ups and downs. If it all goes wrong we will be back at square 1. Working for someone until you get back on track.


Lets see if we can retire at a young age, not just hope we can!
 

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My why is because I can, nothing more nothing less. No one can tell me what I can and cant do that’s up to me to decide and prepare for the ups and downs. If it all goes wrong we will be back at square 1. Working for someone until you get back on track.


Lets see if we can retire at a young age, not just hope we can!
Love the attitude!
 

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I want to be filthy rich, just because I can. You only have one life (as cliche as that is), why would you spend it being normal, slaving away for someone else for some measly pay? F*ck that, I want to travel, drive nice cars, live in luxury. I often think I sound like an a**hole for saying that, but it's what I want so why not try to achieve it?
 

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Building a business and leaving my job is a blessing that I worked towards and feel very grateful for.
I could not have done it without support from my family and from the right mentorship from biophase.
In addition, making a few fastlane friends here who I am really good friends in real life has been a major rock for me mentally. I give all the credit to life's influences and the people who have been kind to me. Yes, I've put in the work and the hours of course but so many things had to happen for me to have the work ethic to begin with. So it is difficult to take the credit and say "I did this". Honestly, for me it's impossible to say that "I did this". I put in the time and the rest was just blessed (yes, sometimes I get a bit spiritual with this game). That is why what I preach the most is - how much time are you putting into your business? If you are starting out, it should be multiple hours per day consistently.

My WHY was simple. Why Not?
Why not do my best and try all I can to find a way out of the corporate job and live a freedom fastlane lifestyle.
I used to go to work from 9-6 pm... I got all this spare time in the evening... so why not use it for something that can blossom into something fantastic?
If others can do it, why can't I? It's not NBA where I need to be a certain height to play. So I can do it!
If others can do it successfully, so can I as long as I choose to invest my energy in it.
The only thing I can't control is how long it would take but I'll be out there swinging the bat at every single shot no matter how silly I may look. What else is there to do in life besides swinging the bat at the fastlane ball? So there really is no better thing to do than to work on a fastlane in free time.
 
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Personally, I want to pursue the arts and it generates little to no money for time invested.

Having passive income will allow me to receive an income, and enough free time to spend my hours actually doing what I care about.

How I make money don't really matter to me just so long as I have it and freedom.
 

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My why is to clear the debts I've incurred, move to where the sand, sea and sun collide, and pursue the active lifestyle I have come to adore.
 

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I've been thinking about this thread for a while now. It's hard to put my why into words, but here goes:

No one is guaranteed another day.
  • An ex-girlfriend of mine was diagnosed with cervical cancer 4 days ago (she's only 25).
  • A friend of mine died of cervical cancer 2 years ago at 24. She was a famous musician that participated in a lot of charity work with children. Then boom... after diagnosis, she was dead within 9 months.
  • My uncle worked hard and saved all his life. A year after retirement he began to show symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. In 3 short years, his quality of life has deteriorated massively. (He went out golfing with my dad this past weekend and collapsed on the course.)
  • My girlfriend's mom just retired earlier this year. 2 weeks ago she finds out her kidneys may be shutting down.
  • I could go on
Meanwhile, if I died today (at 36), I think my last thoughts would be "Well, that was a waste."
I'm proud of the charity work I've done, but other than that all I have are regrets of opportunities missed.

I've worked fairly hard all my life, saving like crazy for retirement. But after a couple layoffs, I have only 11k in Roth IRA.
I've come up with some great ideas/systems/designs that added value for my employers. But after leaving those companies, I have no assets of my own.
I've scrimped and saved on luxuries because I value the security of a hefty savings account. But after my most recent layoff, I'm eating rice and beans out of necessity instead of thriftiness.

I feel like I've done everything "right", but I ultimately have nothing to show for it.

My why:
Cultivate ultimate freedom.
  • Life is absurd. I want to have freedom to treat it as such. I want to run a business like an art project if I want to. With FU money, no one can tell me that I'm making silly decisions, because I will have proven that I am an expert at creating value.
  • I only get one body. I want to find out what mine can do. I won't let my life choices be limited by a body that I've neglected. ("Hiking up, then paragliding off the Alps? Sorry, I ate Captain D's for 20 years. Pass.")
  • I only get one mind. I want to have ultimate focus and intellect at the snap of a finger. I won't focus it on consuming only entertainment, or finding outrage porn on cable news. I will be a lifelong learner.
  • I want to have no guilt about spending on things/experiences that make me truly happy. If money is tight, it closes off so many of life's opportunities to me. Right now, I can't spend a dime on anything that's not helping me build income, and it really sucks to live like that.
    Further, I won't buy shit just to impress others. I'll spend for me.
  • Help people less fortunate than I am. People living at the margins of society (elderly, poor, sick, uneducated, abused, etc) have less opportunities than I do. Yes, a portion of them have dug themselves into that hole, but there is a segment of the country wants to believe it's ALL those people's fault they live that way. I've been fortunate enough to have been shown another path, and I'm duty-bound to go back and help lead others.
I want to distill my "why" down into a motto or something... but like I said, I'm having trouble fully articulating it.

Thanks for coming to my TED talk :happy:

Thanks to @Runum for making this thread. Good idea!
Life is short, and none of us knows if we have 1 day or 10,000 days left.

I want to emphasize your quote, since it touched a nerve for me:
  • If I died today (at [insert your age]), I think my last thoughts would be "Well, that was a waste."
 

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