When I moved up to Byron Bay many years ago I wasn't actually moving here. I'd bought a property that was a bit of a fixer-upper and I just came up here to renovate the place.
I just never left.
I did renovate the place – but I also fell in love with Byron Bay and decided to stay.
At the time I'd already created enough passive income to live on so there were no worries there, but I didn't have any specific purpose for being there.
It meant that I spent some time just sitting around, thinking to myself… yep – You've done it James… You're retired.
It didn't take long before I was bored out of my brain.
If I had to take one more day just sitting around in paradise surfing and eating yummy food I was going to scream.
I know… First world problems, but there's only so long you can do nothing before life starts to look a bit grey and bland.
I don’t know how people sit around and do nothing much.
I remember hearing this question from some motivational guy… maybe it was the one with massive hands and teeth (you know who I mean).
Anyway, he asked the question “Why?”
Why are you doing what you do? Why are you trying to be successful?
When people couldn't answer specifically enough he went on…
“If you had zero money worries at all and you can make all your choices based on desire alone… what are you going to do to fill your days?”
Good question! That's right at the core of where I was.
Most people think they'll be happy just sitting around in paradise – playing.
I know, for five minutes, I thought that would work for me too.
The happiest people I find, tend to do what they do simply because they enjoy it…
They're not looking for retirement… they're looking for ways to make what they do even better… Improve upon what the did yesterday,
…and they want to do that until they die.
For me – property being my passion, I knew exactly what to do…
I knew I had to find some property that interested me and do something interesting with it.
That's what I did, and I've never looked back.
I've quit the rat race, but I'm not retired, far from it.
I'm often flat out like a lizard drinking – going to meetings, on the phone, coaching people, driving to a property, inspecting a property… etc
Yeah, I still get to live somewhere amazing and the only rush hour traffic I encounter is when I go for a surf in the morning, then I do some work, plus some gardening if I feel like. I just do it for me… for the fun.
That question: “What would you do with your time if you could make all your decisions based on desire alone?”, is a critical thing to know about yourself.
It's often the place where most people feed themselves a bunch of BS. Say things like I'd <Insert your hobby here> all day.
But how long will underwater basket weaving or being a remote control helicopter pilot really keep your interest?
It's not because they don't know what they want to do, it's because if you've got a job or even run your own business, chances are you've never had the time to really consider it.
Most people have never allowed themselves the time to think about what an interesting, engaging inspiring day looks like – nor how to make that happen regularly.
I believe that if you want to be inspired, this is a question you're going to need a really strong answer to.
You need to be able to answer that question in a way that convinces others… because it's easier to fool yourself than them.
Get to something that gets you excited… get's your heart pumping… then you'll know you're onto something.