I Have a πŸ†’ Job

I work for myself when I buy stuff and sell it for a profit. That’s called arbitrage, taking product from one market and introducing it into another. Profit is the motive, and I really enjoy providing value by recognizing the difference and making goods more available. It’s rewarding when you realize that there is demand that isn’t sufficiently being met, and being the supplier.

I enjoy that my schedule is mine. I could clear out next week and practically do whatever I want. It just so happens that I want to make money and provide value, so that’s what I plan to do as soon as my alarm clock goes off tomorrow and I’ve had one or two caffeinated drinks. Having a free schedule allows me prioritization, which is a fancy word for freedom in that I can choose what I think is more important for me to do. I like not having a dorky boss telling me what to do, or making those choices for me.

Sometimes I will opt to go and service my business instead of taking a contract job. I tell the people who hire me when I’m available instead of them telling me where to be and when. I’m still soaking it in really, and I’ve been self employed for about a year and a half now. So Amazon will offer me work in advance, so that I can schedule my “work-week”, but I already know that basically I will be working all day every day whether I’m delivering packages, sourcing products, creating content or whatever. And it’s nice because even if I commit to such a job, I can always cancel as long as I give sufficient notice (45 mins).

But when I go out and source goodies, electronics or clothes or shoes, it kinda looks cool when I take a pic of all that stuff. What you don’t see is the risk and work. It’s risky to purchase product and introduce it to Amazon or eBay or another market in that it might not sell. Then your fucked! Or the price could drop and you might not much much (if any) money. The price could go up! Either way, it’s on you. So although taking pictures is cool and all, behind the picture is work. I might use the #easymoney tag on the Gram, but there simply is no such thing. Finding, transporting, shipping and actually selling product requires R/D and sweat. It’s fun though, and I enjoy chasing the rewards.

Why I Will Continue to be Successful

There are few guarantees in life. Death is guaranteed, as are taxes and pain. All good things, right? And only one of them can you really control, and that’s pain. Seeing as pain and struggle is guaranteed in life, it becomes something one can accept and use as valuable information. And that, my friend, is what I think makes the difference.

I’m no sado-massochist. I hate pain, as is biologically normal. I remember meeting a goth-type in Junior College who tried to convince me that he enjoyed pain, as he strolled along a nice academic lawn setting, with sunglasses on. I called him on his bullshit and told him that he should be in some dark hole scraping himself if that were true. Perhaps that is another guarantee in life, that most people are full of shit.

And apparently I’m full of vinegar as I write this at 1:30 in the morning. I don’t think so. Because really I want to make this an uplifting article, positively so. Pain is to be accepted though, because it is the most powerful sense that you have. How many senses do we have? Sight, taste, hearing, smelling and feeling. The last being the most powerful. Touch. And there is little subjectivity to the hard-wiring of the nervous system to the brain.

If you want to achieve substantial progress, you have to be wiling to endure hardship. Replace you with I in the previous sentence and it becomes a note to myself. Of course it’s rational and good to want to avoid unnecessary pain, but it’s also rational to realize that certain pain is unavoidable if you’re determined to achieve something difficult, whether it by physical stress or mental.

Anyway, the goodness of life is contrasted with the darkness of hardship. Any extremely successful person of any objective measure has endured much pain. Think of someone that you respect because he or she achieved great success. I’m certain that person has been tough, enduring physical, social and mental adversity. Just as your senses communicate information directly to your primal brain, the saying proves true- everything is mental. Internal or external, the power one has is in how one chooses to deal with the situation given his or her options. Sometimes there are no options, and that makes the decision easy.

So I think that I am learning a most important lesson at the right time in my personal growth, and that is that my success is a factor of how I choose to embrace or ignore the often painful realities of my situation. Many times I have chosen to ignore certain truths I faced, most likely because I couldn’t handle the repercussions of acknowledging them. I believe that I have progressively embraced more and more empirical truth about my life as I’ve grown in maturity and processing capability. I’ve seen much personal growth in myself, especially recently, as has been validated by those whose opinions I value.

So I believe that I will continue to be successful, as I define success in the quality of my relationships and objective measurements in business and how I live, because I have learned to learn. I have learned to experience difficulty as gathering information to better myself, and become more efficient at accomplishing what I set out to do. Sometimes I learn that my objectives are too difficult, and I make the conscious choice to give up on things. But the difference between being successful and failing overall is whether or not you remain conscious of the decisions you make, and truly consider the repercussions of such decisions, if you ask me. (:

Why I’m Going to Win

I’m going to win because I’m winning now. I’m getting what I want, despite adversity. And I welcome adversity as it comes, because it’s unavoidable. I’m getting mine. And it would take an act of God to stop me. I’ve always faced adversity. From myself, my family, and my environment; in that order.

But despite graduating high school from a motel room and coming from a family torn all different directions, I’m still here. We’ve all got problems and a history of them. I dodged some close calls. But haven’t we all? And life goes on.

But finding that sweet spot between survival and peace is thriving and abundance. It’s balancing the hardship, adversity and resistance with moments of pause for recharge. One cannot always be bombarded. Even machines need time to rest and recharge. Humans need love and connection; sleep and recreation.

I feel like struggling out of difficult situations is what life is all about at this point. I know that getting stuck in a struggle can be very discouraging, but pressing onward is even more rewarding. When your really struggling rewards will come as complete surprises. And who doesn’t like surprises?

Having 0 expectations allows for only upside. Tailwinds only help those facing the storms. And if you eat shit and take personal responsibility, eventually you’ll come across a pleasant dish you can savor and you can earnestly expect that quality will continue to improve.