Life Isn’t What I Thought It Was

If you have a moment, I would like to indulge you in a story.

This story centers on a young, motivated, eager, genuine and personable young man who was beginning to feel the pressures of life.

He awoke each day feeling as though he was stuck in a rut and could not escape. He had worked for the same employer for nearly eight and a half years, in the same industry for 16 years, and as I understand it, he enjoyed both.  As time passed, however, he realized that he could not see himself working there every day for the rest of his life.

After all, he was only in his early 20’s and the rest of his life, seemed like an eternity.

He would begin questioning himself and his decisions.

“There must be more to life than this. How can it be possible that I am destined to walk the aisles of this store day in and day out?”

From here, the floodgates opened up and a series of questions began to pour into his mind:

Where did I go wrong?
How did my life end up this way?
How could I have let this happen?

Things would change one magical day when he met the most influential person he had ever seen.

This person (who, for arguments sake, I will call Sarah)  did what all people should do and challenged him to be better and made him see that there was more to life than just walking up and down the same aisles.

With Sarah, who (spoiler alert, is now his wife) by his side, he said goodbye to all that he had known, packed his bags, and moved across the country.

Now suddenly optimistic about life, he began searching for “the meaning of his life.”

He wouldn’t like what he found.

Yes, he had packed up and moved across the country.
Yes, he had seemingly started over.
Yes, he had a new outlook on life.
Yes, he had a renewed vigor.

But NO, these were not the solutions to his problem.

He had given up everything to go somewhere else only to find that he would end up in the exact same rut-causing routine that he had so strongly desired to leave behind.

He found himself, yet again, in a dead-end J.O.B., unfulfilled and looking for more.

After some deep thinking:

He realized what he was missing.
He realized what is what that he so strongly desired.
He understood what it was he was searching for.

Mel Gibson in Braveheart said it best, “Freedom!”

Suddenly, he realized that it wasn’t so much the wandering of aisles that he disliked or that he needed a change of scenery.  He simply grew tired of ‘slaving’ away in a 9-5 J.O.B. making someone else’s life that much better, while not bettering himself.

There is an amazing quote by Tony Gaskins Jr. that goes something like this:

“If you don’t build your own dream someone else will hire you to help build theirs.”

The man, who by the way, if you haven’t figured out (another spoiler alert), is me, took it upon himself to do the following:

I immersed himself with the people that I wanted to become. I read books, took seminars, and networked. Plainly put, I studied the masters. I understood that if I want what someone else has, I had to become him or her, learn from him or her and ask him or her to teach me how he or she did it.

Within two years, I opened two different companies; two companies that I know over time will help me build my dreams.

So, how does this apply to you?

It took me sixteen years of working for someone else to begin to figure out the path I wanted to take, and I don’t want it to take you the same 16 years. I want you to be able to do it in 16 months or less.

So how do you do it?

There is no doubt in my mind that within everyone is a great idea screaming and trying to get out.

It is my suggestion that you listen to it.  Once you hear it loud and clear, take action. Action is the driving force behind change.

Imagine you are an actor and the director is setting up the next scene. He/she looks over your way, gives you the nod and says, “Action.”

Do you know what will happen if you sit around waiting for the director?  They will cast someone else and move on, leaving you back where you started; maybe even working in a retail store, patrolling the aisles, awaiting the end of your shift.

You need to take control of your life and not wait for the director to yell action. In the real world, this doesn’t exist.

Here is my promise to you once you decide to take action:

As you move forward life becomes easier, problems are only ideas waiting for solutions and what you thought was once difficult, will no longer be.  You just need to take action.

Cheers to your success,


About Joel Scott 93 Articles
I am a family man first and foremost. Everything that I do is for my family. They keep me focused and moving forward. My world was turned upside down when I visited Africa for the first time. That trip left me with a newfound purpose in life: To cause and create profound change in every corner of our world.

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