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Where is Your Current Path Leading You?

Life is linear.

It’s full of cause and effect.

Everything happens for a reason.

What you put in is what you’ll get out.

 

I ask myself the following questions everyday when I’m on my lunch break at work:

  • Why am I here?
  • What am I doing this for?
  • Do I want to do this for the rest of my life?

I can’t answer the first 2 questions yet, but the last question is always answered by a resounding “NO WAY.”

I had a meeting with my manager last week and he said that I can do whatever I want within the company because I definitely have the skill set to do so. I take that as a great compliment but do I really want to do whatever I want within the company? Do I want to turn into him?

My best guess is that he’s in his sixties. I know he has gout which affects him greatly. I know he’s on salary so he gets the same wage regardless of how many hours he works. He’s working 50 hours next week which means he opens and closes everyday.

I hate working 35 hours a week and opening and closing the same day twice a week.

What he’s doing isn’t called living; it’s called working way too fuckin much. I often wonder, “why is he doing it?” or “why can’t he retire yet?”

Everyone I work with is miserable. One guy keeps on having kids because he gets 3 months of paternity leave. I wish I was joking…

Two other people constantly wonder if they’ll get fired soon. Another is trying to get a job somewhere else. Another is around 50 and is still living paycheck to paycheck.

I don’t want to turn into these people. I don’t want to live to work and work to live. I want to enjoy living, meet interesting people, and experience incredible things throughout the world. I don’t want to wait until I “retire” either.

I won’t have the opportunity with this job. I won’t have the time. I might have the money but I won’t have the health.

How about you? Where will you be in a few years if you continue on the same path? In 10 years?

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If you’re scared shitless at that question like I am, stay tuned to the blog. I’m getting everything together to do a complete relaunch at the beginning of next year. Until then, stay positive and keep moving forward.

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What Makes an “Expert” an Expert? And Life Help from Ken Block

Today’s Thought-Provoking Questions of the Day from the Micro Business Kid:

  • What makes an “expert” an expert?

It’s not having a fancy degree or anything like that; it’s about someone’s experience in a certain field. It’s also very relative. Anyone who has more experience than you in something would be considered the expert compared to you. If you’ve never operated a business, then I would be considered a “business expert” compared to you. But if you were to compare me to Warren Buffet, he’d be the business expert. Make sense? The term “expert” is misused all the time; people use it to appear better than someone else or more educated or whatever. Bullshit. It just means you’ve done it longer than someone else. You can be nice and share your expertise with the world or keep it to yourself. You’re not some untouchable figure; you’re still a human just like the rest of us.

  • This is one that you’ll have to answer yourself:

You exist – But do you live? Does being alive look like being inside a cubicle from 9-5 for 40 years of your life or does it look more like this?

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These questions are designed to make you think. There are no right or wrong answers. I got the ball rolling on the first question so you know what I think. What about you? What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

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What’s Your “American Dream?”

I do realize that not all of my readers are based in the United States but I’m an American and German and the 4th of July holds a special place in my heart.

As citizens of the United States, we celebrate the 4th of July as everyone else.

As citizens of another country who moved here to pursue the “American Dream” it takes on another meaning as well. You see, exactly 4 years ago, on July 4, 2008, we opened our doors at our shop on St. Pete Beach officially for the first time.

I remember it like it was yesterday. My dad and I spent that summer fixing up the shop, creating all shelves and display areas. We spent lots of time developing the lay-out and everything else. I experienced my first dose of “hard-work” then.

Our first customer; and only customer of that day, was a young guy who was on vacation in the area from Indiana. He was leaving the next day but stopped by to pick up a shirt. If you saw my family and I, you’d probably think that we just won the Championship in professional soccer, basketball, baseball, football, hockey, rugby, cricket, motorcycle racing, bicycling, and skateboarding.

All the hard work seemed to have paid off in that one purchase. Of course, its been nothing but hard work since but it was nice to be naive.

After we closed for the day, we ate dinner at our landlord’s restaurant which was luckily a very nice authentic Mexican restaurant. I proceeded to go to the beach which was a 5-minute walk to watch the fireworks with my girlfriend of the time and my parents climbed on top of the building where our shop was with our landlords and had a beer with them. (One of the perks of being next to a liquor store.)

Here’s to our nation’s independence and our personal pursuit of happiness and realizing the American Dream. The American Dream isn’t a 3 bedroom house with a white picket fence with 2 cars and 2.2 kids anymore. The American Dream is having the freedom to do what you really enjoy and make an honest living doing it. If we’re going by my definition, we’re pretty damn close.

So….what’s your American Dream?

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Some Questions to Provoke Your Thoughts

Welcome to Wednesday which means we’re bringing you some Thought-Provoking Questions of the week today!

  • Why do businesses outsource their social networks?

It makes absolutely no sense to me when they do this. They’re also doing it wrong in the process. People go on social networks to escape all the bullshit in life which includes having advertisements constantly shoved down our throats. So what do these businesses do on social networks? They shove advertisements down our throats…fun, huh? The key word in “social networks” is social. People want to connect with other people when they go on these sites. They don’t want to be friends with some  emotionless company. I guess these corporations really don’t have souls so they need to hire others to connect customers because they’re socially awkward?

  • Why do we underestimate ourselves sometimes? How can we stop?

I wish I had the answer. Maybe it has to do with self-confidence? Maybe if we have high self-confidence all the time, the “barriers” that stand before us get smaller? Maybe we just have to take action quicker so we don’t have time to think and try to talk ourselves out of doing whatever is making us uncomfortable?

And a question that only you can answer for yourself…

  • As another passes, are you any closer to achieving your dream?

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Why Do We Need the Approval of Others? …among other things

This week at the Micro Business Kid is all about changing things up and trying out a new schedule. To help you get past “Hump Day,” Wednesdays will provide you with the thought-provoking questions of the week! Expect 1-3 questions a week.

  • Why do we need the approval of others?

When we were growing up and did something great, we’d usually tell our parents and if we got an excited response from them, it was the greatest feeling in the world. When we didn’t, our moods would suffer.

When we were teenagers and did something cool, we’d tell all of our friends on Facebook about it. Again, if we got a lot of comments or likes, we’d feel great about ourselves. If we didn’t, we’d feel like shit and maybe even delete the status because you got embarrassed.

(If you have a normal job) and did something great at work like get a raise, you couldn’t wait to get home to tell your significant other. If they shared in our excitement, it was the greatest thing ever. If all what they said was “eh, that’s cool” we’d get all depressed.

Why is that? Why do we need other people to know about and share in our accomplishments? Can’t we just do something incredible just for the sake of knowing that you did something incredible?

  • Why do people, in general, let the things that hold them back, hold them back?

Everyday, we hear stories about people who have physical or mental hindrances do absolutely fucking incredible things! Why is it that people with “handicaps” do such amazing things, while perfectly “normal” people don’t do a damn thing with their lives? It may have something to do with their perspective of life. The “handicapped” people probably look at life differently. Maybe some of them know they don’t have much longer to live so they really do make the most of each and everyday.

On the other hand, we all die, and we should realize this. Why do some people persevere through all the bullshit in their lives and do some really great things while others simply give up?

* If anyone is offended by my word choice, I’m sorry and didn’t mean to offend anyone. I simply don’t know the correct word choice. If you do, please let me know in a nice way. Please don’t call me a fuckin’ idiot 🙂

  • Why do we focus more on the people who don’t show up more than those who do?

A friend of mine put together a really incredible convention the other week for the Indonesian community in California. All sorts of dignitaries and such showed up. I asked how it went and she said that it went really well, but a lot of people didn’t show up, and this upset her parents which led her to become upset.

I told her that she needs to focus more on the people who showed up instead of those who didn’t. I mean, people only have one Saturday night a week. Maybe they had other plans? Maybe they got confused about the date? Maybe they simply forgot? Whatever the reasoning, it doesn’t matter. That would be like telling everyone who showed up when they were leaving, “thanks so much for coming, but I just wish someone else showed up too.” Not only does this not make sense, this will certainly piss off those who indeed did show up.

That would be like me saying thanks to the 2,000 or so people who have come across this blog but being extremely upset that the other billions of people in the world didn’t come across it! Be grateful for all your followers, readers, customers, etc and don’t give a shit about the ones who aren’t. We all have things going on and different interests.

Maybe those people who aren’t currently your followers will eventually come around and become followers? (They probably will) so don’t worry about it! Focus on adding value to the lives of people who know you or your business and that’s all you can do.

On that note, a great, big THANK YOU to all of you who read this post and have read other posts before. It really means A LOT to me. It’s also great to hear from readers that they’ve benefited from what I’ve written in some sort of way. That’s why I created this blog! If you wouldn’t mind, please take some time to let me know how I’m doing!

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