You weren’t born to live your life according to a script. A script that makes millions slave from eight to late every day from Monday to Friday, pay bills and then die.
You weren’t born to be just another cog in the giant wheel of life. You were destined for something much greater. But the script took over.
It programmed you to get an expensive college education. It put you in debt even before you started earning (or took a chunk out of your parents’ retirement fund!). It often made you chase a well-paid, uninspiring job. The job numbed your creativity but paid the bills and allowed the 1.5x lifestyle you desired to keep up with your peer. It made the hours for dollars trade-off seem “normal” because everyone else was doing it.
But how normal is trading 5 days of economic slavery for 2 days of freedom over the weekend? In which financial world would you accept that ROI? Yet millions of us do that every single day, without questioning that mathematical formula.
We mindlessly commute long hours for a job we are “okay” with but don’t love. Life becomes one unquestioning mechanism of coping and living for the weekend – we become ‘comfortably numb’; till we get gentle nudges from the Universe that something is not quite right. Ignore those nudges and one day the Universe may knock you down with a sledgehammer.
Let me tell you a story from my life that was my sledgehammer moment.
I was an ambitious professional doing very well in the heady financial markets world of trading. In 1999, I was convinced that I had made it with the proverbial success metrics of a great lifestyle – a comfortable income, a fancy apartment and a beautiful girlfriend. I believed I was set for greater success – but fate had other plans.
I remember it like it was just yesterday. I was in a cab in Hong Kong and it was raining hard. The thundering skies raged cold November rain against the windows of the cab as we crawled through a crowded street near Lan Kwai Fong at 6 in the evening. It was cold outside. Yet, I began sweating after looking at images of the tumbling stock prices on a neighbouring building.
The tech stock market crash wiped out all my personal savings and reset my economic life to zero.
In a moment’s time, my dreams were shattered and I had to start from scratch to financially rebuild myself. My dreams were shattered, or so I thought.
But you know what? A strange thing happened.
Although I had been more in sync with my left brain that helped manage numbers, finance, investment banking, logic and data, I found myself attracted to the right brain world of meditation and mindfulness. I was a student once again.
A few years later, I surpassed my previous financial success –knowing that I had transformed my inner reality. An axis within me had shifted. I was able to see success in a much larger context than ever before.
You should probably know that I’m no monk with a desire to renounce the world. Success to me is about balance. It’s about balancing a well-lived life with growth in all areas of professional and personal life.
As years passed by, I came to the realisation that my experiences could be of value to others who’re walking the same journey as I am.
Coaching friends and colleagues came naturally to me, which is when I pursued a certification as a life coach.
But while one-on-one coaching can be high impact, its scope is limited. I yearn to help as many people as I can in the years to come. This has led to the creation of MindWealth Inc (Canada).
MindWealth www.mindwealth.co is built on the trifecta of mastery in careers, finance and mindfulness. Along with global masters in specific subjects, I will be sharing ideas, strategies and simple tactics that you can use immediately to transform your life and claim your mastery.
If you do need my help or would just like to chat, I’d be honoured. Feel free to drop an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss aspects of your growth in your career, personal finances and/or spirit. I promise to respond to you at the earliest.