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How to take Control of your Future

Ever notice how some people seem to be lucky — good things seem to attach to them like moss to trees. They seem to have great careers, exciting lives, and fulfilling relationships.

Let me let you in on a secret:

How to take control of your future

So let’s say you are not living up to your potential. Let’s say that you are not in a fulfilling career, life or relationship. How do you change your luck? Here’s how to take control of your future.

Educate yourself

A doctor can’t practice medicine without a degree and residency. If you don’t like your career, retool. Go back to school to learn a new craft and work really hard at it. Don’t quit your existing job — educate at night while still earning your day pay. Commit yourself to learning your new craft with an insatiable desire.

Work Harder than Everyone Else

Working hard brings about a lot of luck. Make it your mission to outwork everyone on your team. It doesn’t always mean working longer hours than everyone else, it means working smarter than everyone else. Be organized, learn from mistakes, find ways to make your work style more efficient, and tweak your activities until they produce bigger results.

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Make Big Audacious Goals

Make goals, big audacious ones, and see them through. Track your progress and shift gears if the goal becomes elusive. Study others that have accomplished similar goals, introduce yourself and have candid conversations with them as to how they accomplished theirs. Mimic their behavior and activities to meet your goals.

Help Others

As you begin becoming lucky through all this hard and smart work, share your success with others. Help others that have a desire to accomplish something big but just haven’t put together the pieces to make it happen. Be a mentor.

Conclusion

Your future belongs to you. Why not take control of your future and accomplish things you keep putting on the back burner? No more excuses, work hard and smart and get it done. If you would like to share some recent successes, tell us about them in the comments below.

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Steve and his wife built a software company, sold it and retired early. Steve enjoys blogging about lifestyle freedom, financial independence, and technology. If you like this blog, subscribe here to get an email each time he posts.

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How to Accomplish More (Dream Big Baby!)

Throughout the years, I’ve met lots of people who dream big. Here are some common dreams I hear:

  • I am wrapped up in a career I hate, I would just love to [job they would love to have]
  • I have a great idea for a product, I bet it will do really great
  • I would love to retire early and travel
  • It would be great to save a million dollars and only work on things I’m passionate about
  • If only I could become a scratch golfer [or similar sports-related goals]
  • I want to work for myself and plan out my own day

I’ve met lots of people who set these types of goals. Some make them happen and some don’t. Meet an interesting couple that made their dreams come true:

Dream Big: Bob and Robin Charlton

Bob and Robin Charlton were in their late 20’s, in debt and working in jobs that no longer excited them. They had a dream to travel more. But how could they do it? They had an epiphany. They decided that if their dream was to come true, they had to put a plan in place to make it happen. Here’s how they did it:

  1. They dared to dream big: Retire within 15 years
  2. They set goals for accomplishing the dream
  3. Robin retooled her skills so that she could get a better paying job
  4. They attacked their debt and built an emergency fund
  5. They invested every extra cent into index fund investments
  6. They reduced their expenses and rented out part of their home to bring in additional income

Fast forward 15 years later, Bob and Robin retired at age 43. Now they travel to exotic locations– for many months at a time. They are still very frugal and live on 4% per year of their investments — a safe withdrawal rate that will last them the rest of their lives without the need to work again. Dream big, it pays off!

Bob wrote a book entitled “How to Retire Early” that tells their story in detail– it is very inspirational. If you want to see their travels, check out their website.

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Dreaming Big Without Committed Goals

I could mention another 5 or so people I’ve known over the years that have shared their dream with me and I’ve seen them convert that dream to reality. However, I could tell you about another 50 or so people who have shared their dream but never saw it through. Here’s why:

  • It must be a shared dream. If you’re married, your family must buy into it or it will not work.
  • Dreaming is not enough, you also need goals. You must have a plan for making it happen. You have to set “dream big” goals and create a list of tasks you do every day that supports that goal.
  • You have to analyze everything. Once you begin working on daily tasks that support your goal, you will find that some things work and some don’t. You must build in the time to analyze everything you do and adjust until you find the right formula for what works.
  • Conquering big dreams takes a lot of work.  If it were easy, everyone would do it. It’s very hard and time intensive to your reach your goals, so be prepared to sacrifice to achieve it.

Conclusion

I hope this post has inspired you to dream big and to figure out what goals you must put into place to make them a reality. If you’re working towards a “dream big” goal (or have already accomplished one), please share your story in the comments below.

About this Blog

Steve and his wife built a software company, sold it and retired early. Steve enjoys blogging about lifestyle freedom, financial independence, and technology. If you like this blog, subscribe here to get an email each time he posts.

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