2018 was certainly a challenging year for me. I lost my father, closed a business, started another, continued to grow Mythology Diner, signed a new book deal, travelled all over the world, help launch global brands into the marketplace, took an amazing awareness course that led me to make a conscious decision to stop worrying. Not only did it stop my worrying, but I became more conscious of life as a whole and just how precious it truly is. We have one shot at this, and the last thing I ever want to happen is to be on my deathbed with regrets.
My advice: Take that chance with your business, tell that person that you love them unconditionally, be silly more often, travel more but, most of all, do whatever it takes for you to be happy. I feel that true happiness is in each and every one of us. It is always present day in and day out, and it is up to YOU to choose it. If something you do does not lead you to happiness, stop doing it, it really is that simple. It must be nurtured daily, just like we train our bodies, our minds must be tended to daily.
I write these words on December 31st2018 not actually knowing what 2019 will hold for me, except for a few things. I know that I will continue to dedicate the necessary time for myself and what I need to feed my soul and help correct mistakes I have made. I know that my son will be a top priority for me, and that my relationship with my wife will grow even stronger. I don’t know what my career holds this year, and to be honest I don’t want to know yet. There is something special about being an entrepreneur that I did not realize back in 2011/2012, the mystery that is not knowing, accepting that and being able to go with the flow. Things are ok, they always have been and they always will be.
I never thought that quitting my job (and a steady paycheque) would ever allow me to be able to pay my basic bills, never mind support a family, write more books, have an amazing child and grow; grow not only as a businessman, but as a human being. The truth about this life is you never know when or how you will earn a living, you never know when you check your email what is coming (or in many instances going) your way. It took me many years to be able to be ok with this and actually embrace it.
Sometimes it will be tough, but you must keep going at all costs. To all the bosses out there, to all the people grinding when most are relaxing, keep it going. Keep on hustling and growing every day. The world needs more risk takers, more leaders, more daredevils, more people kicking ass in the arena daily, and of course to be a catalyst for more growth, because as Dr.Seuss said:
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.” Dr. Seuss
Happy New Year everyone, I will see you in 2019!
From one Plant Addict to another,