Have you made it

Stop from what you’re doing right now and take a moment to look around. You’ll see and feel the race we live in.

In our rush from one place to another, from one thing to another, we forget how to enjoy life to the fullest.

You hear of people who just turned their life around when they stopped chasing things and started embracing experiences. They started living for real.

A few years ago, I came across an article about how someone, after many years of owning a house, decided to move to a rented home.

He and his family decided they needed to live more, to enjoy more, to travel more, and be less worried about house maintenance and the like.

It resonated with me then and it still does today.

I never understood these social unwritten “rules:” Go to college in your 20s, get married and have kids in your 30s, buy a car or two, own a house, wait for retirement to enjoy life, etc.

It seems we all follow the same pattern, do the same things, just in different countries and languages.

The truth of the matter is we end up owning stuff, things that after a while don’t bring us any joy, but they do increase our expenses.

There is nothing wrong with having things. But it is wrong when your life’s purpose is around them.

The same is valid when you focus your life on your career or business only and neglect everything else.

Life is about balance, it’s about enjoying every day and every minute of it. It’s about learning and helping others, it’s about leaving a mark.

Have You Made It?

How do you know if you “have made it?”

Is it when you reach a goal, have a certain amount of money, own fanciest car or house?

What defines your success?

From time to time I like listening to Casey Neistat‘s story. It reminds me that life is about choices, about keep going.

Now a successful entrepreneur and vlogger, Casey struggled in his early 20s. To say he struggled a lot it would be a bit of an understatement.

He got his “strike of luck” when he was featured by HBO. At the time he thought “he had made it.” All the doors would open for him and he would have to do…nothing.

Which he did. For the next two years he did not do what he loved (vlogging), he didn’t try anything else. He just floated.

Because “he had made it” he felt he had to do nothing, everything would come to him.

And that’s where the problem lies.

No matter what goals you reach in your professional or personal life, you have to keep going.

Yes, stop and celebrate the successes, learn from the mistakes, and set new, bolder goals.

Life it’s about never settling down.

Stop for a few minutes and watch Casey’s vlog 034. It’s worth it!

How Do You Define Success?

In this crazy, beautiful world we live in, we tend to measure success by the number of possessions we have: Car(s), house(s), boat(s), clothes, etc.

And most of the times, it has to be more and better than your neighbor’s or your close circle of friends.

Owning things is not bad. In fact, it’s good as long as we are grateful and appreciate every little thing.

Because the truth of the matter is, no matter where you are in life, remember to be grateful for what you have, for your health, family, friends, wealth, etc.

Success is about the journey. It’s about giving your best and becoming a better person with each day. So when you look back to fully understand and appreciate how far you’ve become. You are a better, wiser person, parent, friend, child, boss, colleague.

Success is about never settling and always fighting to be better.

Casey Neistat says it very well…

You never actually made it! You’ve never arrived! The journey is the destination! Life has ups and downs, but you have to keep fighting, to busting your ass. You can’t never get comfortable. When you get comfortable, decline happens. You’ve never made it! With each success must come a newer and more ambitious goal!

Ain’t that right?

We never actually make it. Once we reached a goal, we have to go for the next one enjoying the ride and consciously becoming a better person in the process.

What are you doing today to become a better version of yourself?