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The last four days I had the privilege to be in New York City to attend the 10x Empire conference by Brendon Burchard (http://www.brendonburchard.com/) and it was revolutionary! It was my first time in New York and the city was everything I had heard about it and more (I'm going through withdrawal).

The conference was everyday from 9 am to 9 pm, so there wasn't as much time as I wanted to explore the city. It was my first time there and since I didn't know when I would be back, I decided to see as much as I could at night.

Wednesday night I was heading back to the hotel from Madison Square Garden and I caught the metro (subway) back to the hotel, it truly is an adventure on the subway system in New York! I wasn't really sure if I caught the right line so I asked some young men about in, after they confirmed I wasn't heading to Brooklyn (at midnight), they asked why I was in new York.

I told them I was there for a conference and they asked what the conference was about, now to put this into context I was coming from the conference so I was in my dress shirt and dress pants. I told them it was a sales/training conference and they asked what I did...... This is the moment things became real for me.

The very first thought that popped into my head was what I always tell people: I deliver bread. But before I could say it, something hit me like a ton of bricks, delivering bread is not what I do. While delivering bread provides me income, it is far from what I do and then it sunk in and I told them: I'm an author!

They asked me what I write about and I told them work, probably because what I was wearing they asked me if I wrote about working in Wall Street (I'm still laughing about that one). I told them I write about helping the everyday working person find work that they love, I help them learn to not settle but pursue their passion. Immediately they wanted a card, they kept talking about what they were going through at work and all their struggles, they said they wanted help. It felt really good to help (I sent each of them a copy of my book today) and it felt good to settle some things in my own mind.

What do you do?

That moment I realized that while my dream is not fully supporting me yet, it's what I do, I'm living my dream. I have been truly blessed to sell over 20,000 copies of my books, to be featured on 3 podcasts, to have done 5 guest posts and 2 interviews. I have been asked to speak at a conference later this year in Texas, the Lord has blessed. I'm living out my dream and getting closer to being fully supported by what I believe in.

Maybe the reason we get so easily discouraged and give into to our doubts and fear's is because it's not real for us, if we can't see it, why would anybody else? If I had kept the mindset of only being a bread man I wouldn't have helped/encouraged those guys. When they saw that someone like them could do what they loved and actually have success, it gave them hope. Here's a news alert: we all need hope.

What do you do? What are you doing? Are you pursuing your dreams? Are you figuring them out? Are you planning each step of the path? What do you do? Has it become real for you?

If you are going to get serious and make changes in your life, at one point or another, it has to become real for you, otherwise, all you have is a nice hobby. Making income from a day job is great but it doesn't have to be what you do, YOU determine what you do, so...

What do you do? Has it become real for you? Will you let it become real?

"Never let your small business keep you small-minded" Brendon Burchard


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Comment by Kimanzi Constable on April 18, 2012 at 11:30am

Thanks for reading the posts and the kind words Gary, they are much appreciated!

Comment by Gary M Foote on April 18, 2012 at 3:56am


What a great post! So exciting and encouraging to see the transformation that is taking place in your life. I especailly love the part that you met these guys while you were investing in yourself to become better and what you love. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Kimanzi Constable on April 16, 2012 at 10:55am

Izmael, for ten years I worked at a job I absolutely hated and thought about quitting everyday but didn't know how or where I would go, what I could do. I followed Dave Ramsey and heard about Dan Miller, I picked up 48 Days and once I finished, I determined to start my journey. I talk about it in a interview I did with another 48 days member: http://www.4pointscoaching.com/114-finding-your-voice-going-for-broke/

Comment by Izmael Arkin on April 16, 2012 at 5:20am


This is really interesting. I like the line "That moment I realized that while my dream is not fully supporting me yet, it's what I do, I'm living my dream". It goes back to the whole "enjoy the journey" concept that I hear being preached all the time yet rarely being followed. I'm guessing that most people say it but rarely are people able to follow it because people simply don't know how. If you don't mind me asking, what do you think has happened that has allowed you to begin to enjoy this journey? 

Comment by Kimanzi Constable on April 14, 2012 at 5:01pm

You had that moment when it became real and you're living out your dreams, that's awesome and inspiring! To write especially for the voiceless children is much needed in our society today, coaching them is also much needed, I'll pray for you. Sounds like the Lord has really made things clear for you and is giving you affirmation of your calling, you're a rockstar!

Comment by Margie Latch on April 14, 2012 at 2:23pm

Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed your post.  The unexpected, transitional moments we experience along the way to living our dreams are awesome!

My aspiration is to both write for and about children...especially the voiceless.  I've written 5 children's stories and have, by God's grace, just found an illustrator and an avenue to publish as an e-book.  The moment I told the illustrator (who happens to be a very talented high school student) that she was hired was my first "bright light" realizaton that I'm really going to get to do this! I've been walking on a cloud ever since.

In addition to that, I'm looking at becoming a little girl's Life Coach.  I do it already as a hobby, when God gives me the opportunity.  There are so many kids who need a leg up...with God's help, I know I can do it, the only question is how. 

First things first though... getting my stories out there where they can be seen.

God bless!


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