Don’t Quit Your Day Job… Yet

jon-acuffI started “reading” Jon Acuff’s book Quitter this week. I say “reading” with quotes because I’m listening to the audiobook while getting ready in the morning and during my morning commute. I don’t really count this as reading a book by the way, like some people. You’ll hear them say, “I’ve read 42 books this year” and you know… they listened to them. They didn’t really “read” them. Slackers.

Quitter-jon-acuffWell, I slack off too once in awhile and like to listen to the books, especially when the author reads them. Tina Fey and Bossypants, hilarious. Jon Acuff reads this himself and the guy just cracks me up. We grew up on opposite ends of these United States, but I can tell we are from the same era. It’s like 25 years ago we were both sitting down on the family couch for TGIF watching Full House and Family Matters, just 3000 miles apart. He has another book called “Stuff Christians Like” that is all satire and good comic relief.

I’m only two chapters in, so I don’t have a ton of knowledge to share with you yet, but a couple nuggets I gleaned so far is that you need to discover what your dream job really is. In college, I thought I was supposed to be a pastor and so I went to Fresno Pacific and majored in Biblical and Religious Studies. Then, inbetween pastors, I lead our church’s college group of 150 so students for several months. All it took were those couple months and I knew full time ministry was not my calling. I then thought I wanted to be an Ironman triathlete and then realized I weighed 240 pounds and don’t particularly enjoy the running part. Jon Acuff had a similar experience. I absolutely love what I do now and can’t imagine doing anything else.

Instead of starting with the “WHAT” you want to do, look at “WHY” you want to do something. This was a great thing to consider for me. I thought about it for awhile and figured out why I do what I do. I am a Dad.

I love taking care of people and feel very protective over them even after knowing them for just a short while. I enjoying taking the stress out of my client’s lives by helping them dial in certain areas of their life or taking the responsibility completely off of them.

Another question he asked that was fun to think about was, “what would you do if you didn’t even get paid to do it”. For him, it was to be a writer. He claimed that he wrote a blog for 2 years without making any money, it was just the joy of it. I would honestly do what I do, maybe it would look a little different, but here are some thought provoking questions for you:

What would you do even if you didn’t get paid?

What are you naturally gifted at?

Do people compliment you for something that you do, but you discount it and say it’s nothing? Maybe it’s not.

Or another fun one: What would you do if you won the lottery? Not what would you buy (that’s fun too), but what would you then do with your time?

Thanks for reading!


Still Studying…

I graduated from Fresno State almost 10 years ago with a degree in Finance, but the learning/studying never stopped. If anything, I’m learning more now, day by day about the world of Finance than I ever did in the classroom. Life has a way of teaching you better than any textbook can!
My latest endeavor to better myself and offer better service to my clients is my pursuit of an internal designation from my company called Portfolio Manager. I’ve already been approved for the program that will start me on my way and now my next step in getting there is to read this book and take 16 tests. I’m about halfway through the book and 4 tests completed…only…12…more…

Taking over the Web!

I’ve been trying to do everything I can to build my business these last 7 years. Now, I’m expanding to the web. I invested in a better web client to “juice up” the website from the standard one that my firm provides. And, the newest thing is that I paid to have Web Enhancement Services, which if anyone were to Google my name, an Ad with my name would pop up. It’s on the right side of the page and links to business site.

I’m pretty excited!

I must love my job

I took this picture of my cd player last night when I got in the car to go home. 9:45pm isn’t bad right? Not when I got to the office at 6:30am!
Besides a OB spot for my prego wife and a trip to the gym I was at the office. I figure it was at least 13 hours!
What’s crazy to me is that I had to force myself to go home last night and here I am again already sitting g in my chair with the tv and computer on at 7am.
It’s tough times in the economy and I’m in a 100% commission job. So even though it’s hard, I still love what I’m doing.
Have you found or what is your “dream job”?
-from my iphoneI must love my job