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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