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If you’ve ever looked up “how to live a fulfilling life”, you know they’re just making stuff up, right?
Complain less. Volunteer. Spend time with children who aren’t yours — Yeah, that’s weird.
These are all band-aid answers to a much bigger question – What makes a life complete?
You can volunteer every day if you wanted, but if you’re constantly worrying about money, you’ll never truly be happy.
Similarly, if you dedicated your life just to wealth, you can be sitting on millions of dollars, but since you never went to the gym and neglected your family and friends, you’ll end up a fat, lonely, and senile old man.
So how do you live a beautiful life? — There are 4 major categories (pillars) you need to remember: Health, Wealth, Relationships, and Happiness.
Too much emphasis in one category and your life will be unbalanced. Not enough emphasis and you create a void in your life.
In order to create strong and balanced pillars, we need to dissect them one by one and set up strong foundations.
“Arguments about money is by far the top predictor of divorce,” – Dr. Sonya Britt, Kansas State University.
If you never take the time to learn how money works, you’ll be struggling your entire life.
The book that changed my perspective on money was Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
To sum it up, the poor teach their kids to get a job and work for money. The rich teach their kids to invest into assets and have money work for them.
Read the whole thing if you haven’t. It’s a great read and a fantastic starting point that will change the way you think about money.
Now, how do you acquire that money?
There are 3 main ways
I assume you’re not inheriting any large sums of money anytime soon, which, leaves the other two.
Offline is simple. Get a job, learn a trade, clock in hours. The downside to this is if you don’t go to work, you don’t get paid. When you do get paid, it’s from the work you did two weeks ago, and the cycle repeats.
When you work online, you do the work once, and it pays you years into the future, every day, and even while I sleep.
If you aren’t making money online yet or thinking about how to make money online, you’re going to get left behind.
Technology is advancing every single day. Once simple jobs become automated and you haven’t expanded your skill set, you will be replaced.
If you don’t know where to start, you can read my story of how I travel the world and make money online but the gist of making money online is by answering two questions:
- How can you create something of value in a market better than what’s out there?
- When you do that, how can you reach your potential audience?
A few ideas you can start today:
- Create your own e-commerce store – With the best training on how to do so
- Create a youtube channel
- Start a blog
For many years, I wasn’t able to tell my family members I loved them. This was either a confidence issue, a mental issue, or most likely a mix of the two.
I overcame this by being completely honest and taking a long hard look at myself.
How would I feel if this was the last time I saw them?
Unless you have a weird dysfunctional family that just wants to kill each other (the Lannisters in Game of Thrones), it’s important to get closer to your family if you want to live a beautiful life.
I now have very fulfilling relationships and my secret is due to just one book: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.
In short, there are 5 ways that humans receive and give love. If you show love in a way that isn’t the other person’s main love language, they won’t get the message. If you do know their love language, you can speak to them in a way that very few people do, and really make an impact on them.
This book is a game changer. And yes it works with dating too.
This is the most important pillar and the one I prioritize above all else.
You can always decide right now that you want to make more money, have better relationships, or do what makes you happy, but if you do enough damage to your body, you’ll die before you can achieve any of them.
Health can be broken down into two parts:
For a long time, diet has always eluded me.
What foods are healthy? What foods are bad? Will I ever have a six pack?
It’s no secret that bodybuilders have cracked the code. Once I started studying how they looked at nutrition, I finally figured it out. And it’s actually pretty simple.
Pair this with Intermittent Fasting and you’ll have a sexy summer body in no time.
What about exercise?
If you’ve never been to a gym before, download the StrongLifts 5×5 App on your phone. This is a beginner program that focuses on the fundamentals.
I’ve recommended this to all my friends who want to start going to the gym but have no idea what program or exercise to do.
Your strength will go from helpless baby to Superman in the span of a month. And it’s completely free.
If you want something a little more advanced, check out the Greek God Program.
Start following this advice and when girls start behaving like those Axe commercials towards you, you can send me an email saying thanks.
“I just think we need a chance as humans to fail in order to discover what actually works. You know? People don’t think there’s a process to being happy.” – Earnest Marks, Atlanta
Traveling through Southeast Asia for 6 months, I thought I was living the dream. I was traveling for free, partying on islands, creating YouTube videos, and living on less than $10 a day.
And then I realized, I wasn’t happy.
Now don’t get me wrong, I had a blast and I highly encourage everyone to travel for an extended period of time.
Just don’t do it how I did.
From the beginning, I set myself up for failure. I made a deal with my buddy to film and edit videos for his YouTube channel while he paid for my flights, lodging, and activities.
Sounds awesome right? Free travel and all I have to do is film and edit? (which I love doing anyway)
Here’s everything that went wrong:
- From the beginning, he wanted to make videos that I was never a fan of – vlogs
- We traveled to the destinations that he wanted to go to and I had little say in it
- When traveling with someone else, everything you do is a group activity
- Sharing a one bedroom apartment leaves very little room for privacy
- There was no end goal
At 24, I was at the point in my life where I needed to start becoming a man, meaning, no more living on someone else’s terms.
If you’re the creative type, creating content that doesn’t make you money and doesn’t excite you is the most life-sucking activity you can possibly do.
The lesson here is, you’re in control of your own happiness. You’ll never be happy doing things for other people that you don’t want to do yourself.
If I was to do it all over again, I would create a Me Cheat Sheet to figure out what I truly want in life, save up more money, buy a nice camera, travel alone, and go on adventures with other travelers I meet along the way.
How to Prioritize
Now that you know the four main pillars to living life to the fullest, you may be wondering which pillar to work on first.
Here’s how i prioritize: Health > Happiness > Wealth > Relationships.
Why do I put relationships last?
Working on relationships take the least amount of effort but has the greatest amount of impact.
Once you know how to interact with your friends, families, and loved ones better, you can focus on improving your own life as much as you can.
Happiness – Create a Me Cheat Sheet and figure out what you want out of life. You truly have to understand that, after health, your happiness is what matters most. Figure out a way to do what makes you happy, makes you money, and ultimately helps you become the person you want to be.
Wealth – Learn how to make money online. I won’t lie, it’s tough, but it’s worth it. I started by drop shipping with Shopify. If you want to learn the exact strategy I use, check out the Internet Lifestyle Academy.
Relationships – Read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, figure out your family members love languages, share as much love as possible.
You now know how to live a beautiful life.
Start working on your pillars and begin creating the life of your dreams.
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