A New Beginning

Finals week isn’t even on the horizon yet, and already this summer is looking like it is going to be the greatest summer of my life thus far. Needless to say, these next 3 weeks of school are going to be quite unbearable. Everything is on track for graduation, but I still have 30% of my grade at stake in the majority of my classes, and with each passing day, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain focus! Must…stay…focused.

Anyways, a couple weeks ago, I made a goal to have a new business venture in the works by April 23rd. It’s April 19th, and I already have an idea. It’s obviously still in the planning stages, so I won’t reveal what it is, but let’s just say that it is a highly unglamorous idea, so I couldn’t be more excited! It is essentially the polar opposite of GlowStickJunkie. I’m sure I’ll be writing about it more in the future though, so I won’t spend too much time on it.

On Monday, my best friend sent me a text asking if I would be open to venturing into the Pacific Northwest sometime soon. Without even thinking about it (this could be attributed to the fact that it was almost midnight), I replied, “Absolutely.” So for the past few days, I have been doing a lot of researching and planning regarding how to get there and where to stay (I don’t particularly care what we do when we get there, so I’ll leave that up to him). Getting there and back will cost around $250, and staying in hostels around downtown Vancouver will cost another $250. I thought, “That’s not too bad! $500 is approximately two weeks of working.” But I realized something fundamental: while I’m on vacation, I won’t have any income at all.

I won’t be in the office taking calls or in the warehouse packing boxes, so for the 7-10 days I will be in Vancouver, I will be spending money and I won’t be recouping any of it. Essentially, I will have $800 less in my bank account at the end of July or August if I go on this vacation. It’s really not a big deal, but it highlights the fact that I am still working for money instead of letting money work for me. My goal should be that at some point in the future, I will be able to go to Vancouver, spend 7-10 days there, and leave with more or the same amount of money in my bank account as when I arrived. That is a pretty exciting goal, if you ask me!

So with that goal in mind, I will be going into my next business venture with 100% drive. No more hesitation, and no more putting off work. It feels good to have a new mindset. With my new attitude, long nights of SEO work and site development won’t be so bad.

P.S. If you have even an ounce of entrepreneurial drive running in your veins, pick up Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Workweek. It is an absolutely phenomenal book, and has completely changed by view of entrepreneurialism