How Hardship Shaped Me

How Hardship Shaped Me

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope you enjoy your day today and you take the time to thank those who have served our country. I’m grateful to live in a free country where we can pursue our dreams and live the life that we want to live. In the month of May, my wife and I were able to save 80% of our income towards our future.

We don’t take that for granted. We’re blessed to be in the top 0.19% richest people in the world. It would take the average laborer in Ghana 375 years to earn the same amount that we earn in one year. There are people in Bangladesh in the clothing industry making less than a dollar a day. 1% of our wealth could feed a family of four in Somalia for 12 months. We have so much to be grateful for. I’m grateful for the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. If you want to feel a little richer and see where you fall compared to the other 7 billion people in the world, check out www.globalrichlist.com. 

This last week, I was on the Build A Bigger Life podcast. It was a neat experience to share my story in front of such a big audience. I’m aware that there are billions of people who have gone through harder things than I have and it seems unfair to those who don’t get the opportunity to share their story but have gone through more than I have. I’ve gone through some tough challenges but at least I’m not a slave tied to a corner of a room who is being starved to death in a country who limits freedom. That person exists today and experiencing hardship. There are young women being sold into sex slavery as we speak while we get to complain that it’s too crowded at our Memorial Day event.

I implore you to take the time to reflect on how good you have it and how blessed we are to live in the United States. Life is filled with difficulties but we have so much to be grateful for.

On to lighter topics!

Everyone of the guests on Adam Carroll’s podcast has an amazing story. Someone who is choosing to live life differently and build a bigger life, not lifestyle. Building a bigger life to me means enjoying the small things and spending time doing what you want. Getting off the hamster wheel, discovering your passion and doing those things. Spending time with loved ones and giving to the people around you. If you’d like to listen to stories of people doing just that, check out his podcast. He’s been a big inspiration to me and I hope to be able to do what he does.

If you would like to listen to my interview: 

 He came and spoke to our students last year. Check out the video below:

And if you would like to listen to his TEDx talk that has over 2 million views:

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