Chasing Your Convertible Ferrari
What is something you wanted to be when you were a kid? Was it an astronaut? A rockstar? A teacher? Or in my case, a restaurant owner? You see, we ALL had our own dreams, in fact, we NEVER stop dreaming. But, something stopped those young dreams from becoming goals; it was a lack of vision.
Ever since I was a child, I have always had big goals. I wanted to own my own restaurant, be my own boss, be a great future father to my kids, impact and better people, and one of my favorites, drive down the Pacific Coast Highway with a hot blonde in the front seat of my red hardtop convertible Ferrari. Imagine a 9-year-old telling you all of that; you'd either be amazed or in shock (I know my family sure was).
I have always planned my future, and I still do. Whether it be envisioning my future house, my future wife and family, or my successes. I wanted to have set goals because it would make me want to follow through with it more and more. I would see my friends change their ”favored career” around 5 times a year and I couldn't believe it… Why wouldn't they just stick to one thing and GET IT DONE?! I soon figured out I was the unorganized one…
It was in 5th grade when my teacher contacted my mother to let her know that I had the most chaotic cubby that she has ever seen. She then proceeds to tell my mom that I was actually paying a few girls in the class to organize my desk cubby TWICE a week!
See in business and in life, how you do one thing is how you do everything. So yes, my room and truck are both ALWAYS messy, but that doesn't impact my vision for my future. Us entrepreneurs tend to let the small potholes in life prevent us from seeing the destination. How can you expect to go forward when you're only looking at the ground? You'll be walking blind, visionless, and on your way to taking the wrong turn.
I genuinely encourage you to start asking yourself consistently ”What if?” because it will lead you to start painting a mental picture of your goals.
”What if I got this $100,000 contract with a client?”
What could that do for you? Would you buy a new sports car? Would you invest that money into real estate? Would you take your family/friends on a HUGE vacation to Hawaii?
I can assure you that gaining or losing clients isn't the cure for everything. But it DEFINITELY will help you get a grip on reality and what YOU can do to change it.
By having a clear-cut vision of your future, you'll ALWAYS have that goal/lifestyle on the horizon. Are you going to chase that vision? I sure know I am chasing mine in a red hardtop convertible Ferrari (;
Leandro is a ‘Teenpreneur’ whose passion is saltwater aquariums; which have helped him through many tough times. Leandro started an aquarium cleaning service in San Diego called, Reefalicious, as well as co-founded a clothing brand for entrepreneurs called “Enspired.” Leandro pioneered the Young Entrepreneur Society (YES) Club at his school and is now a director at multiple schools. He helps fellow students like him who have the burning desire to start their own business and pursue their passions successfully. He aspires to be the person he wished he had when he was younger.