Time to Shed the Baggage and Break Away?

So you want to create a small passive income business? That’s great, but it’s going to take some seed money.

What’s that? You don’t have even one or two hundred dollars to bankroll your dream? You might want to question whether you are even serious about this passive income thing. 

Listen, I understand if you live in India and make like $2/day. But if you’re living in a Western country where you have the opportunity to go out and earn and save a little bit of money, what’s the issue?

Hell, even if all you have is an iPhone, you have enough tech to run a scalable business. What’s your excuse?

I don’t care WHAT you want to do in life—if you make the decision RIGHT NOW that you’re going to do it, then you can. And don’t come at me with that, “Well I COULD NEVER be an NBA player if you’re not a seven-foot-tall black guy.” You know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, I forgot my point… alright. So… what was my point again? Crap. Something about business… oh right, Yeah so you need money.

Actually, what you REALLY should do is save like $20K and move to Costa Rica. The cost of living is dirt cheap so you can live like a king and the beaches are spectacular. That’s assuming you can shed all of your current responsibilities. 

Crap… I’m getting off-topic again. Anyway, the point of this message is that despite their “wants,” most people are too lazy to be champions.

Most people don’t have $200 to spare. And if they did, they DEFINITELY don’t want to risk it on some Internet business …  

… which brings me back to passive income. For me, one of the great things about passive income is that I have lots of time to listen to audiobooks while I’m driving around or lounging in the local coffee shop.    

After exhausting all the books I found interesting, one day I found myself stuck in traffic without anything to listen to. I’d already listened to all the good stuff, so I figured I’d give the last book on my phone a try: “Be Obsessed Or Be Average,” by Grant Cardone.

I pressed play and immediately wanted to throw my phone out the window. I hated this guy’s voice. He was too high energy for me, like one of those used car salesman you see on TV. It was terrible. I turned it off after 30 seconds.

Time passed and once again I found myself in the car with nothing to listen to. I figured I’d give ol’ Grant another try, but this time skipped the introduction.

The first chapter was actually tolerable. I could tell he was of these self-help guys who tries to get you hyped about life. The book starts with him telling his own story. I won’t ruin it for you in case you ever decide to read it someday, but suffice to say he was also once a loser like me—and he pulled himself out of it through sheer determination.

He had an engaging delivery so I kept listening. Then I heard the part that hooked me.

I don’t remember the exact phrasing, but he said something like:

“Getting what you want takes a tremendous amount of work. If you’re not obsessed with making it happen, it never will. You have to get so hyped that you work 15-hour days, 7 days a week until it happens. And then when it happens, you need to upgrade your goal into something else that gets you hyped so you don’t stagnate.”

Something like that. He explains it much better than I can. It was so rare to hear someone say that obsession is a good thing, I was just kind of caught off guard. Especially coming from my 6-day-a-week yoga habit where they preached things like “balance” and “being happy with yourself the way you are.”

I kept listening, drinking every drop of Kool-Aid from the Grant Cardone Goblet Of Hype. Halfway through listening to the book I knew I had to make a change—and I knew exactly what I was going to do: I was moving back to Australia.

Now, that’s a story for another time, and definitely too long for a single email post. But the point is that listening to that book was what made me realize that there was no easy way to get what I wanted. If I wanted to make the big bucks, have a truly interesting life, and become an “important person,” then I had to become obsessed with the outcome.

You look at successful people today and you say, “Wow, they’re so lucky.” But you don’t see the years of crap they had to eat to get to where they are.

If you saw me stuck in LA traffic for 6 hours a day, driving for Uber, eating hardboiled eggs and oatmeal every day, would you have wanted to trade places with me?

Don’t think so.

Yet all of those situations led me to where I am today—working from my computer at home and making money on autopilot.  

There’s no way to predict when you’ll have your breakout moment. You just gotta do the work, but it’s hard when you’ve already built yourself a little cocoon of Netflix and your loser friends. One thing I’m thankful for is my ability to abandon any situation, location, friend or even family member if they try to pop my balloon.

Life is too short for that nonsense. Some day we’re all gonna turn to dust, so you might as well make the most of it.

Bottom line: you’ve got to shed the baggage and break away at some point. Trust me, ripping off the band-aid is worth it. It hurts at first, but there’s nothing like being free. You really can control your own destiny. You just have to do the work.