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Leading A More Fulfilled Life

 

He was nine years old when he began selling Christmas cards and newspapers to support his family. In high school he was having problems with the law, and affiliated himself with an LA based gang. His high school math teacher told him he would “never succeed at anything in life.” He would later join the Navy for two years, and after that, had a series of random jobs including janitor and door-to-door encyclopedia salesman all while living in his car.

With no house, no money and nowhere to go, he took a chance by taking a loan out for $700 to start John Paul Mitchell Systems. This man is John Paul DeJoria. With a net worth of over $3.1 billion, John now has his hands in a variety of different businesses like Patron tequila, Harley Davidson, and many other big names.

John Paul explored what he needed to change about his life to achieve the dream of starting his own business. Now obviously, not everyone is like John Paul. Many of you have decent living situations and jobs already, but lack an excitement for life. The hunger for something more fulfilling lingers like a pit in your stomach. Here are some suggestions.

Look Back To Your Youth

You’d be surprised at what interests follow you from when you were younger. As a kid, when you looked around the walls of your room, did you have posters of accountants at work, and stock brokers making phone calls? If you did, you were one of a kind.

Kid’s have a high energy for life. They’re excited about it, and they don’t know why. Think back to the dreams you had growing up. Did you want to be a surfer? An astronaut? An artist? A cowboy? Maybe you wanted to be a surfing cowboy that occasionally paints on the moon. Whatever it may have been, look into one of your old childhood dreams as a hobby, even if it’s just for a day. If you’re getting the feeling that it’s childish and weird, then you’re doing it right. You’ll notice a loss of fulfilment from your childhood begin to blossom. And you never know, it may be worth considering as a regular hobby.

Be Materialistic Sometimes

Don’t let the hipsters get you down about spending money on a new motorcycle, or a new in-ground pool with adult inflatables. Go ahead and treat yourself to an expensive spa day, and afterwards, eat somewhere way out of your price range.

There are times in life when you need to buy something really fun. Purchases like this can be as necessary as paying your mortgage. You spend all your time busting your butt to get in the hours to make a living, why not reward yourself. Keep in mind that it’s “healthy spending” so long as it’s VERY seldom. Don’t get in the habit of frequently purchasing unnecessary things, for that will only lead you to an eternity of unfulfillment and debt.

Look at Where Your Time is Spent

For many people, their time is spent either at work or at home. Let’s start with home. When you walk in your house, and look around — what are you feeling? If you always feel like your living space is messy no matter how many times it is cleaned, maybe it’s time to downsize your belongings. What is on your walls? Is it just family photos and wine-mom quotes? Take another decorative-angle at your walls and consider a creative architecture display, or perhaps local art. Choose something that is similar to your personality. The last thing you need after a long day at work is to come home to a house that stresses you out.

Now let’s take a look at your work. There isn’t much you can do about the decor of your work. Depending on where you are, chances are the decor is drab. What you can change is the place you work. If you’re working in a field that isn’t fulfilling to you, you’ll probably find the above suggestions completely unhelpful. Your job is what maps out your personal life. If you’re unhappy at work, you can bet you’ll be unhappy outside of work too. A mere change in position within the company can help, for example, going from a sales representative to a more stable position like accounts receivable.

Finding more fulfilment in your life is difficult. It takes work, and it takes the risk of trying new things. The pit in your stomach doesn’t go away, in fact, it grows heavier overtime. If John Paul never took chances, he might still be living in his car today.

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Logan Randalll
Logan Randalll
LOGAN is a writer from the Northwestern part of the U.S. He enjoys discussing topics that relate to business and travel. When he’s not working he spends his time touring sushi restaurants, and dancing at jazz clubs.

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