I didn't want to work for anyone anymore. Ever. I didn't have a regular income anymore. I had to move back in with my mom, because well, you know because this boyfriend and girlfriend thing is quite a complicated matter...
That's when I came across a guy called James Altucher. I don't really remember exactly where or how I came across his work. But I think it was through a book Amazon recommended to me called Love Yourself where his work was briefly mentioned. And that book was a recommendation based on a book called The Power of Now.
Sometimes things just happen for no reason at all. But most of the time things happen for a reason much bigger than I will ever be able to understand. Much bigger than I will ever be able to grasp. Or even see.
And what he wrote inspired me. Because he seemed to have been through a lot more than I could ever imagine. He made it. Lost it. Made it again and then lost it again. And managed to somehow get back up again. Over and over again.
And you can never be quite sure whether he's currently making it or losing it. It's a perpetual cycle of making it and losing it. For all of us. But most of us, we're just trying to hide it. We're always crushing it. Or killing it. Or having the time of our lives.
And not too long ago I wrote a book I wanted to write for a long time. Which I would probably not have written if I didn't come across his work a few years ago. I think it was my eighth book. None of them was a best seller. They were all doing ok. But just a few dollars a month.
So I decided to write that book in just 30 days. Because I didn't want to spend too much time perfecting it, tweaking it and all of this stuff. It should be simple, raw and uncut. It should be me. 100%.
I don't know why but I always feel like editing is like cheating. It feels fake. To me it feels like putting on tons of makeup. It feels like a mask to me. Now don't get me wrong. I love makeup. Or reading a well edited book.
But it usually doesn't tell the true story. It usually hides the truth. Or makes the truth look nicer for the reader. Or the viewer. Or the listener. But that's another story...
So just the other day someone wrote a comment on that book on Amazon. Here's what it said:
“One of the most inspiring books I've read in a while, because it's written in a relatable, authentic way. Too many authors try to turn themselves into gurus. I'm guilty of this too. Yann doesn't try to be a guru here; he simply expresses himself, and through that expression comes many dynamic, pragmatic modes of thinking and doing. In the book, he claims to only give one actionable piece of advice to his readers, and yet this book has already inspired me to take more action than the last five books I've read combined (including books by people who think of themselves as and/or are looked up to as gurus). I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for Yann's future projects.”
This guy also sent me a message to let me know that he will also write and publish a book in just 30 days. It will be a book on finance. According to his first post he's a complete financial failure and never owned more than $2000 in his life. Which might make this the single most important finance book of the year.
Maybe. Maybe not. Who knows?
I will definitely get a copy of that book.
Here's the thing...
You don't learn a single thing from the things that go right and according to plan. Never. You only learn from the things you've screwed up. The things that didn't work out. The things that didn't go according to plan. So I'm excited to read that book.
So why am I even telling you this story?
Because that story is part of one of the greatest gifts of all time.
It's part of the Internet story...
Just a few short years ago I was lost and didn't really know what to do next. I still don't know what to do next or what to do for the rest of my life. But that's ok. That's exactly what life is all about. And then I came across the work of a guy I've never heard of before. And it changed my life.
Just like this guy who wrote that comment on Amazon had probably never heard my name before...
At the end of the day, life is all about experimenting. About not having a detailed plan. Because if you do, you'll miss all the fun along the way. It's all about figuring out what works and what doesn't. 99.9% of the things won't work out. And it's all about getting back up again.
Life is not about doing the same things over and over again until you die. It's about grabbing and creating opportunities and leveraging the available tools that are now available to all of us. To make a difference. To have an impact on other people's lives. No matter how big or small that impact. No matter how big or small your tribe.
And that's the greatest gift of all times...
P.S. If you want to grab a copy of my latest book, it's just 99 cents on Amazon for a limited time only. You can get it here: http://mybook.to/ean
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]