Rewind the clock 1,825 days.
That's 43,800 hours ago! And it brings us to April 30, 2015. Exactly five years ago.
On that day, I showed up to work and decided to quit my “9-5” job. And, if you click the link below you can buy my course and learn how I made $425 million dollars from the comfort of my couch!
... HAH. Just kidding.
Wouldn't that be nice though? lol. All due respect to the people who rake in the bills doing that, honestly! I hope one day I can create a system that gives valuable information to people and simultaneously floods my bank account. But I’m not there yet. So until then, I’ll get back to the story.
This is not a post about how I’ve made it.
This is not a post about how successful you can be if you do exactly what I did.
Shit… This isn’t even about “success.” This is simply day 1,826 of me enjoying the process and believing in myself. And if this happens to light a fire under one person’s ass and motivates them to do something they love, then the purpose of this post is a success! Ok. Back to the story. It's April 30, 2015. I woke up that morning and knew things would be different by the end of that day. I walked into my office that day with a job. And structure. And responsibilities! And then walked out of the office the same day with a world of opportunity! A free man!
For the record, I had a pretty cool job at a sports marketing firm. And it was a great learning experience. I just didn't wake up with a passion for what I was doing anymore. And I knew I had to do something about it, because I wasn't happy and I wasn't helping anyone, including myself.
It was time to move on to the next chapter of my life. I was pumped!
But if I’m being completely honest I was scared as shit at the same time.
Because I had no idea what was next. I knew what I wanted to do. But I had no clue how to get there. As each day went by, I got more and more excited. I was well aware the next chapter wasn't going to be an easy path, so I needed to brace myself for a bumpy ride. Soon enough I was prepared to enjoy the process, not the destination. And the more I started to fall in love with that process, the less stressful it was. And very soon life priorities began to change. I started spending less time doing the “cool” stuff and more time on what really mattered. Ok quick side note. I’m not going to lie. I freaked out a little bit immediately after quitting. After a few too many drinks the following weekend I booked a one way plane ticket to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. And I ended up backpacking Southeast Asia solo for 6 weeks. But I’ll save that story for a later date lol.
Ironically, that crazy trip was the first major mindset shift for me. Upon returning, there was a laser focused vision that kicked in and I started putting all my attention on my mind and body. And becoming the best version of me. Sometimes the security you feel in your current position is only an illusion. And by taking the leap of faith outside of your comfort zone, you will realize that the “secure feeling” is actually more like a weighted vest holding you back from a world of opportunity. The past five years have brought a plethora of ups and downs. There have been times where I’ve felt like I’m on top of the world. And times where I’ve sincerely questioned my sanity (more than a few).
I’ve been to 34 countries. And made thousands of new friends.
I've slept on a train overnight through Austria and somehow talked my way into a few nights stay at 5 star resort in Barcelona.
I've gone off-roading through a dessert in southern Israel and floated for hours in the Dead Sea.
I drank the most wine I've consumed in my entire life during a six hour dinner in Tbilisi, Georgia. And then somehow made it to a basketball game in the middle of Armenia the following day.
I've seen the best views of Lake Bled in Slovenia and I've felt like a local after partying 4 days straight in Belgrade.
I’ve had the best gnocci in the world in a hole-in-the-wall osteria on the outskirts of Bologna and I'm pretty sure I can die happy after inhaling some baklava in Istanbul.
I've gotten my haircut for $1 in Macedonia and taken a selfie with a random wild goat on my hike in Montenegro.
Alright I think you get the point. I’ll stop there for now. But trust me, there's an abundance of untold stories. The point is, the day I decided to take the leap of faith towards living the life I wanted to live was one of the best decisions of my life. Every single day I try to focus on a few things:
- Being grateful for things I have and not worrying about the things I don’t have
- Giving unconditionally without the expectation of anything in return
- Attacking life as unapologetically and passionately as I can
There have been many who supported me along the way. I can’t thank you enough! There have been many who rooted against me along the way. I can’t thank you enough!
Here's to the next five years... and hopefully many more after that.
If you've scrolled down this far then you're the best! I appreciate you taking the time to read my posts :)
Make sure to stay updated with the latest blog posts here: www.kevintarca.com/blog