Our Safety Net is what holds us back the most in life.
Growing up, most of us were told to do what makes us feel comfortable.
Being comfortable, is the most dangerous place to be in. Growth does not live inside your comfort zone. We are naturally born with the mindset to look for the path of least resistance.
'If I fail, it's ok, because there is something to catch us when we fall.' - That's the mindset we have when we have a SAFETY NET or a SAFETY CUSHION. We have already set ourselves up for failure knowing that things won't work out and we have option B or Plan B to back us up when thing's won't work out.
"If you want to take over the island, burn the f***en boats!" - Tony Robbins.
All successful people take on their challenges with the mindset that there is no safety net and that failure is NOT an option. They approach everything with this mindset. There is no PLAN B, C or D, just PLAN A and they put both feet in and go at 100%
Our mindset has to shift and say
"THIS HAS TO WORK ! THIS MUST WORK. THERE IS NO EXCEPTIONS!"
Why are we capable of doing so much more, when our backs are against the wall and the only way forward is up?
We are capable of achieving unimaginable outcomes when the safety net is removed, because it forces us to take the necessary action to move away from the fear of experiencing pain. We all have a safety-net in our lives.
What is your safety net ? Comment below.
For me back in 2010, when I had lost my full time job as a 3d Animator working in a small studio in Richmond, Melbourne. I wasn't given any warning or hints that my job was being replaced by a college student, which the company could pay less salary to - I was simply given the boot once I completed my work.
For me, I hit rock bottom but it was a blessing in disguise. Over the 2 and a half to 3 years I was working in the company, my salary was the same and my position in the company was the same, but the company demanded more work and much more hours per week, but my pay stayed the same. I would always look outside the window every day thinking that there must be more to life than sitting behind a computer desk Monday to Friday. What ways could I travel more, earn more, meet more people and also become more. This way of thinking circulated my mind for more than 2 years, but I never took action towards it or decided to look into other opportunities, until 3 months after losing my job.
When I lost my job, I was paid just under $1200 every fortnight for just over 2 months, which made me even more comfortable as I was getting paid to basically do nothing and enjoy life. I took my first overseas trip as an adult during that time, but soon after my holiday leave and money was slowly coming to an end and I had become complacent in life.
I had no desire to work another job or do much hard work in general at all. So I went onto Centrelink new-starter allowance ( government welfare assistance) which paid me $520 each fortnight to look for work and to submit job applications once a month but it was not necessary for me to work in a job for the time being to earn the payment.
THIS WAS GREAT!!! But I became extremely lazy!
My desires and ambition were slowly disappearing.
I really didn't need to work at all to earn money. Soon after my friends introduced me to the world of online business and passive income which intrigued me, as I was totally against the idea of having a 9 to 5 job, I began my entrepreneur journey back in November 2010. Centrelink new-starter allowance would pay me out $520 a fortnight, but if I had any earnings from any source of income, I would have to declare it and they would deduct it from the fortnightly payment. This made me EXTREMELY - EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE ( if there is even such a depth of Extreme comfortability ) as I had no sense of urgency to make a lot of money in my business. If I made income in my business for that fortnight, Centrelink wouldn't pay me due to the deductions, but if I didn't make money for that fortnight from my business, Centrelink would pay me!
In business, everyone's first year will always be tough however I began to grow as a person and grow my income utilising my side business online, but then came June 2011. That was the month where Centrelink had to place me into a 9 to 5 job of their liking, as long as it was a job, otherwise they would cut off my $520 fortnightly payments.
This was a wake-up call to me!
They put me into a volunteering role where I was a shop assistant in Boxhill ( suburb in Melbourne, Victoria) where time went by so slowly and I had to serve customers who wanted discounts on clothing items that were already heavily discounted. We are talking $5 items, and then wanting them for $2 each. I also had to serve customers who came in and were on drugs of some kind. I remember this day clearly as it was my biggest wake up call.
I said to myself - "WHAT ARE YOU DOING ANDREW ?"
I believe that experience happened for a reason and that was the day that I stopped my Centrelink payments all together and went full steam ahead on my business as I definitely had my back against the wall at that point.
I realized that day, that I kept going for all the comfortable options in life and they were all things holding me back, from moving forward in life and becoming the person I am today, and having the business that I have today.
Today, 21st of May 2017 my business is worth in over a Million dollars and I am inspired to now change more lives out there, for those who were once in my position and want to make a change and an impact to society.
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