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Some Insight from Ernest Hemingway

ernestI have the same fear. I’m trying to really live but it’s difficult when I work at least 20 hours a week, go to school, and run 2 businesses. Besides the business part, I don’t control my time. If you control your time, you control your life. Work and school is something where I just go through the motions and jump through the hoops. There are too many days that I feel are wasted. Too many days where I’m not really working towards anything and my wheels are just spinning under me.

I need more instances where I feel alive. More instances that get my adrenaline rushing that let me know that I’m alive. Playing it safe never really got anyone anywhere. Life should be measured by how many near-death incidents you’ve had; not by how many days of vacation your employer “allows” you.

That’s what we’ll be working towards starting in 2013. Hope you’ll join me.


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You Don’t Get to Decide When You Die – Live Accordingly

These are some rough sketches that my dad did for me. I think he’s an incredibly talented artist who’s creativity has been oppressed by other responsibilities. I hope to incorporate his artwork into this blog and eventually offer prints and original paintings for sale to help keep you motivated through your hardships. Whether it’s making it through the day, growing a business, getting out of debt, or creating the life that you have always wanted. Or a combination of a bunch of things.

We waste a lot of time. Doing something tomorrow or one day turns into doing it never. We think we have a lot of time and that we’ll live for many more years but the truth is, we don’t really know. We don’t know when we’ll die. Part of what makes life exciting is not knowing the answer to that question. But it also makes us take a lot of things for granted. We don’t really live as if we’re dying.

But we are. We die a little more each day until our time is up. Don’t be afraid to live the life you’ve always wanted to live until its too late. Life is for living, not for working. There’s more to life than spending most of your life working in a building being surrounded by people that you probably didn’t choose to be around. You should spend more time with friends and family and not your annoying co-workers who don’t add value to your life.

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Bob Dylan is One Smart Dude

This quote resonates with me particularly well because I totally agree. This is the lifestyle that I’m searching and yearning for. It’s why my priorities are what they are.  It’s the reason for this blog.

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Reflections of Someone Who Triumphed Through Difficult Times

It’s times like this, usually at night before I go to bed, that I have some time to reflect and really think about things.

This past year was the exact opposite of the year before. I hit rock bottom last year. I lost a job, my parents fired me, I broke up with my girlfriend, moved out of our apartment, lost most of my furniture, and lost my mind. Last October to December was rough.

I was fortunate enough to get a last-minute plane ticket to Germany and spend a month with friends and family that I hadn’t seen for 5 years. That was such a great time in my life. I met new people and did new things. I came back refreshed and with a new outlook.

The spring was full of bullshit encounters with my ex trying to get my furniture back. I’m happy to say that those scars have finally healed.

The bubble burst on our business and sales ran dry basically overnight. I had to find a job…any job. In the slowest recovering region in regards to the recession, that wasn’t easy.

Also, because of that, I had no money to go to school in Chicago where I was going to fulfill a life-long dream of playing college soccer. I spent the previous 2 years training and trying out for professional teams but that didn’t quite work out and this was going to be the next best thing.

Instead of being in Chicago meeting my teammates, I was a newspaper delivery dude for 2 months. I worked 2:30-4:30 am, 7 days a week making about $150 a week. Deduct gas and wear and tear on my car, and it was more like $110. Ugh.

I was fortunate to get a job at a Mexican restaurant as a “cook.” I spent most of my time washing dishes. The restaurant was in turmoil and we got a lot of new cooks and a new back-of-house manager. I never got more than 20 hours a week. At $8/hr, it just wasn’t cutting it.

Through my mom I was really fortunate to land an interview with a big bank. A month later, after my background check and all that was completed, I was hired.

Wearing a tie to work and being clean-shaven was something that was totally new to me.

About 2 months into the gig as a 20-hour part-timer, the girl who was hired along with myself decided to quit without notice. I stepped up and took over her hours. My hours went to 25, then 32, and now 36 hours a week. We had a meeting the other morning and someone asked about the position and my managers said that they didn’t put out a request for someone new because they gave those hours to me. I guess they’re happy with my performance.

My mom talked to her branch manager and he said that my managers can do what they want with the hours so if they have someone who seems capable and they want to keep them in their branch, they’ll do whatever they can to keep them.

I guess this is my “trial period.” As long as I keep on doing what I’m doing, I’m pretty confident that I’ll be going full-time soon. It’s almost unheard of for someone to go full-time after being with the company for such a short time but I think I’m really in the right place at the right time. I’m extremely fortunate but I believe that all the bullshit that I’ve been through has brought me to this place and that good things come to those who keep on fighting through hell. Along with the hours, there’s a good possibility that I’ll get a raise.

I don’t mean to brag or boast; I hope this inspires people who are going through hell to keep on going because it paid off for me. Crazier things have happened. Don’t give up; that’s usually when things start turning themselves around. Just when you’re about to give up, something crazy like this can happen.

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How’s This For Motivation?

I’ve had great difficulty getting motivated lately. Along with an annoying cough. I came across this and thought it was great. Another way of putting it is that you don’t have to live your life the way anyone else is telling you you should. It’s your life. Make something out of it. Don’t wait for permission.

You really can do anything if you persevere, are intelligent, and a little lucky. But if you think you can’t do amazing things and don’t even try, there is no way that you will ever be successful. I’ve recently realized that you have no chance to succeed if you don’t even start.

This is where most growth happens. It’s also where your micro business will grow the quickest. Usually, the things that you don’t really want to do, are the things that you need to do most. It’s funny, there’s really no such thing as a “comfort zone;” it’s all mental. As you carry out more and more things that are outside of your “comfort zone,” it will expand and those things that seemed difficult at first will become really simple after a while.

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Helpful Quote of the Day (HQD) #1

Along with the Thought Provoking Question of the Day, the Micro Business Kid will also give you the Helpful Quote of the Day. Life definitely isn’t always easy and we can all use some help now and then to get through the day. Starting and growing a micro business could possibly be one of the most difficult things you’ve ever done. There will be days that you want to say screw it and quit. But you better not! You have the Micro Business Kid to help you through the tough times and to help you celebrate the good ones.

Today’s Helpful Quote of the Day:

“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.”

-Chris Guillebeau from his book, The Art of Non-Conformity


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