February 6

Priorities and a bit of my story

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Man it was cold…and even though I talked to people daily…
I felt alone.

That was 3 years ago when I first started working for myself.

At the time I really had NO idea how to work for myself. I was putting in a ton of hours. My newborn daughter and 3-year old son were seeing less and less of Daddy as he achieved greater ‘success.’ To be honest I just listened to the cliches…

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” ~ Anonymous

Man that sounds awesome…but I wish I would have read between the lines…

“Sacrifice everything at all costs to be successful.”

Is that what you REALLY want to do?

After a year or so of believing this is what I needed to do…I stopped. I refocused my life, my business, and I soon realized I was just hurting my own family just to achieve ‘success’.

It really boils down to what your definition of ‘success’ is.

It wasn’t about accolades among my peers, it wasn’t about a million dollars in the bank account, it wasn’t about the stuff.

For me it was family.

So what is it for you??

Best,
Brad

P.S. I told Todd I was writing this article and he wanted me to put in this quote from him about success…

“Success to me is treating our affiliate partners BETTER then any other company in the entire world…oh yeah and say we want to pay them 500k in commissions for our upcoming launch…yeah say that…make sure you put a link in for affiliates too…ok yeah that’s a good quote”

Here’s the link per Todd’s awesome quote request 😉

Trading Concepts Product Launch Starts Feb 12th (you in??)


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  • Amen, Brad! I work way too many hours writing copy. The problem is… if I don’t write, I don’t get paid. Then the bills don’t get paid. Fortunately, I’m single, so I just have a dog who needs my attention. But I want a life outside of my copywriting business. I don’t always want to be under the stress of meeting yet another deadline. I want to take a vacation once in a while and just have time to smell the roses. I love working for myself, but it certainly isn’t all rainbows and unicorns like some make you think. This year, I’m trying to cut back on projects to take back some of my life. It means less money, but I think the trade-off will be worth it.

    • Yeah…without work, eating is hard 😉 When I finally ‘smelled the roses’ (thanks to my wife) I focused my business and was blessed enough to work with top people who made it easy to work less and focus on my family. Todd has been an amazing client who’s family focused too…and same goes for John Carter…so working with people who have families and have their priorities more in line with yours, makes life a WHOLE lot easier!

  • Lori Greiner (of Shark Tank fame) once said: “Entrepreneurs work a 90 hour week so they can work a 40 hour week.”

    Classic.

    But hey, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life” – Harvey MacKay

    Who said you have to work?

    I play all day 😉

    • I saw an interview when Colin Powell retired…he said something like “Now I can focus on my family and be the father they needed me to be.” Here’s a guy that achieved GREAT things, but his kids are grown, his grandkids are older, and he’s missed being a father. I’ll take less stars on my shoulder to have a relationship with my family. (since I currently have 4 I can give up a few if needed ;))

  • Hey Brad… I know that pain brother. We’ve all been there, sadly for me, I feel like I’ve been there more than once.

    I have a few things I can point to as lessons I’ve learned in my nearly five-year venture as a full-time trader / entrepreneur.

    1. PIck your partners carefully – by that I mean, get it all on paper first, before you put any time and or money into a professional relationship. Deal with only those who have integrity and honesty. And anytime you have reason to suspect otherwise, end that relationship as soon as possible. If you don’t, the true cost of continuing a relationship like that will cost you far more than you can ever imagine.

    2. Focus – focus on only what is working, and don’t spend much time on the things that don’t. Focus on the 80% of what brings in a return, and discard the rest. It’s good to diversify in your business operations, but not at the expense of sacrificing what is working. And make the decision early on for what exactly you consider to be ‘working.’

    3. Keep it real – The most important thing I can point to in my life and business is the fact that I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of all things. If I find myself out of his will for my life, it’s like fighting a losing battle. But the reward of being in his will, far exceeds anything I could ask or imagine. I take great comfort in that.

    Don’t lose focus of the true reason I’m pursuing the business opportunities I’m pursuing. Money is great, but how will your life look when you have money, and nothing else? Don’t love money, love the relationships you have, and use money as a tool to strengthen and grow those relationships.

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