The Foolishness of Living within your Means – Skate across America Day 21

Oct. 24, 2010

Total Distance for today: 0
Total Distance for Trip: approx. 233 miles
STATUS: in Baltimore, arranging opportunities ahead

WARNING: This post will be TERRIBLE advice for the majority of people but solid gold for the right few. You’ve been warned!

As we grow up, most of us are taught to “live within your means” and “don’t spend more than you make!” Well, that pretty much makes sense, doesn’t it? If we spend more than we make, we go into debt. If we go into debt, we become someone else’s slave. Yup: It’s a great rule, and so, as pioneers, entrepreneurs, and world-changers, I feel we must break it!

We’ve talked before about the importance of giving, as it reinforces in our minds that we are capable of giving, and therefore, sets us down the right path of expanding, creating beyond ourselves, and becoming more. Well, this same attitude applies to how we approach finances with business and big projects. The truth is, if you want to create things greater than you have already created, you will have no choice but to stretch what you currently believe is possible. In other words: You need to be pursuing projects that you can’t afford! Set a goal that is impossible, relative to your current resources, and find a way to make it happen. That’s where inspiration, innovation, and growth take place. It’s in crossing the “impossible bridge” that we learn that “impossible” is only a wall in the mind. Tell yourself there is no wall, and in time, you will learn to walk right through it!

The point is not to live extravagantly; maybe you should be eating Ramen Noodles, while pursuing $1,000,000 investors for a worthy project or cause. Don’t live extravagantly; live greatly! I challenge you today: if you’re bold, live beyond your means. Create beyond yourself.


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