Real estate is a ‘Lifestyle choice’ didn’t cut it this week.

For me to say that this week has been full-on is an unquantifiable understatement. It’s not that I’m afraid of work, however after pumping out over 80 hours to date, followed by a full weekend & a gruelling calendar for the following week, my ‘real estate is a lifestyle choice’ statement, just wasn’t cutting it.

Don’t misunderstand; I love what I do. REALLY love what I do.

However, regardless of how much you may love something, the inevitable highs and low points, a roller coaster ride of ups and let downs with early starts and late finishes; it’s more than natural that the little voices inside your head may begin asking the question ‘is it worth it?’

Of course, you start questioning your motives and re-evaluate your reasons for doing what you’re doing & if the price you’re paying is ultimately worth it.

Simply having a strong ‘why’ isn’t enough.

It needs to be so much deeper than that. The great leaders, the true movers and shakers all have one thing in common besides the ‘why.’ They are very clear in the understanding that it’s the ‘journey’, not the ‘destination’ that truly counts. It’s something that has taken me a long time to figure out.

Even though I’ve heard it spoken 100 times & more, read it in just about every self-help book; this life lesson for me took a very long time to sink in. A very long time.

Yes, for those that want the shiny new toys, overseas trips, beautiful homes & giving a great start and opportunity for their kids to name a few, are true & tangible rewards and reasons to push on. But it’s not, and never will be enough. These aspirations will fall a well short second place to the fact that the ‘journey’ will trump on any destination reached. It’s the journey and what you are able to push through when it’s most demanded from you that will count in the end.

And for the most part, the journey is about the people who surround you. That rely on you. That are counting on you. That you sincerely want to help. To simply make an impact & have contributed to a fellow human being. Overcoming the greatest challenges and obstacles and how you learn and grow as a person. All the mistakes or ‘growth lessons’ the wins and tribulations. The gruelling 10 & 15 hour days, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the sleepless nights and EVERYTHING in between.

That is what matters. That is what you will remember when you think you have ‘arrived’ at your predetermined destination. A ‘destination’ which as you grow becomes more believable and achievable; and one that you may never want to reach because you learn to THRIVE within the ‘journey.’ And how that makes you feel (self-pat on the back) and the strength of character, resilience, joy and wisdom you accumulate along the way and the personal growth and self-fulfilment is the key. Everything else is a bonus.

That is what will push you through. Not give up, not waiver on your path. Not throw in the towel.

Which brings me to one of the most profound lessons I received at the impressionable age of 15 working as a kitchen hand at a local Red Rooster outlet.

“To have what 5% of the population have, you must do what 95% of the population won’t do.”

It was a profound statement which was a significant ‘sliding door’ moment and very relevant to the week just passed & coming.

It was a story I wrote about in my book, ‘The 60 Second Entrepreneur’ and I encourage you to click on the link below, download a complimentary eBook and proceed to read the full extract in chapter 8, page 153.

Ebook - The 60 Second Entrepreneur

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