“I wanted to create something on my own… my sense of security was based on, ‘I need to make money.’ Because I didn’t have it as a kid.”
This was how I began my response the other day when Adam Cox asked me how I made the mental shift from a young man scraping by in a new country to an entrepreneur with an eye towards building wealth.
But the truth was, there wasn’t a big mental shift for me. Not at first.
We think of these two things—the experience of surviving on a paycheck provided by someone else and the experience of running one’s own enterprise—as two entirely different states of being.
One is powerless and one is powerful. One is limited and one is limitless. One is based around a scarcity mentality and one is based on creation and growth.
The struggle I ran into as a young business owner was that I carried that scarcity mentality with me into entrepreneurship. I didn’t charge into this bold, new adventure with the true belief that I was limitless, that I could innovate and create and leave behind a meaningful legacy.
I was—and always had been—a guy who was just doing what he had to do in order to eat. In order to have a roof over his head. In order to provide for a family one day.
Don’t get me wrong; I did want to be wealthy. But I saw wealth as something I had to suffer for… and something I could never get if I didn’t fight for it tooth and nail.
Adam asked how I made the mental shift from survivor to thriver, and the truth is, it took a long time. It took a lot of missteps. And thankfully, the process involved a lot of career-defining epiphanies.
You can watch the interview in full if you’re interested in hearing the full conversation. But here are the big-picture bullet points:
I encourage you to watch the entire discussion when you have a moment. Not only do I have a lot to share about my own errors and life lessons, but Adam brings his own powerful insights to the conversation. You can watch it above.