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We brought NASCAR star Kenny Wallace onto our live show today in order to interview him on his life as a free agent. Self-employed.
We got WAY more than we bargained for, and it's all good. More than good, it was GOLD. Over 100 people tuned in live, and this will motivate the many of thousands who hear the podcast.
My friend and a Professor at Free Agent Academy, James Woosley, brought Kenny on the show and spearheaded some great questions that steered our time to some real depth and heart.
Kenny, who admittedly is often a self-described goof-ball in public, spent 45 minutes sharing an impassioned and fairly serious message about our responsibility to discover our passions and go after them. And that self-employment is a key way to live them out.
Kenny got out of highschool and knew he wanted to race cars. He believes there is an epidemic in our current society of 32-36 year olds who don't know what they want to do in their life. "The most important thing you must have coming out of high school or college is a passion and know what you want to do in your life," he quipped during the show.
"You'll know you're doing what you want to do when the days roll together," he continued. In our modern society of dreading Mondays, looking at Wednesday as 'hump day' and living for Friday, Kenny truly shared a burdon that people by far and large have accepted this.
"It's a gift to know what you want to do," he continued. But don't for a second think that he just had an easy road. He's worked hard and done a lot to make his free agent life a reality. Along with racing cars, he owns 12 rental homes that he invested in during a high point in his finances. Those provide income today. He also took on being a spokesperson for two companies.
Kenny got fairly adamant about living wisely and purposefully. "Instead of buying a new car or bigger home or diamond studded Rolex, save up for a rainy day! Those 'things' are just little trophies." Kenny inspired us to stay humble and pursue a life of consequence and meaning. Not because he did it right to begin from, he learned from his mistakes.
He ended the show referencing an old boxing legend. When someone mentioned to the boxer that he'd been knocked down a tremendous amount, he replied with, "Yep, but I got up more than anybody." Kenny cites that as a key to his success.
Listen to the full show below for the whole story...and get inspired. But don't stop there. Do something about it.
Find Kenny online:
We covered a lot of ground in this show with me seeking couples to work with, announcing an interview for next Tuesday's show with NASCAR star Kenny Wallace, then a long chat with Andy Traub on the necessity of just getting started.
Yesterday I made a post that I'm looking for two couple to work personally with on the journey to free agency. I was alerted this morning that the submission form was not working, so if you went to apply and couldn't, my apologies. The details are posted here and the submission form is here.
Next, our professor of ROADMAP at Free Agent Academy, James Woosley, is joining us on Tuesday's show (May 24 at 11am Mountain time here) to interview NASCAR racing start Kenny Wallace. James is a big NASCAR fan and appreciates the fact that Kenny is a true, blue free agent. We'll talk about his journey and what being a free agent means to him.
The bulk of our show today was with Andy Traub, whose business is at www.MoreProfitTechnology.com. Andy is our 'ONLINE' professor at Free Agent Academy. He's a free agent, a family man and a great paradigm shifter regarding the realities of free agency and business.
Our primary focus was on the need to just-get-started. This is a soapbox for Andy, and rightly so. You owe it to yourself to listen to what he had to say in the show replay below. Here are a few quotable quotes Andy rolled off:
"Failure is an option, as long as it's not fatal." - Andy Traub
"Perfection is an excuse." - Andy Traub
Then he took us through these stages of starting and building your business:
I really tried to think of a title that wouldn't be misleading, as I'm NOT looking to hire anyone. I'm looking for a couple of…couples…who want more for their lives and desire to pursue free agency in earnest. Couples who have (or will) sit down and get real with where they want to be in 5-years. And...who they want to be for their kids and the world. Couples who put 'leaving a legacy' and living a life of consequence ahead of getting a new leather couch.
*Also, couples with a couple grand, as that's how much it will cost, just to be fully open and up front at the outset.
Why a couple? The stakes are higher and urgent enough to make you do the work. 'Crap or get off the pot' so to speak.
I'm sure you've heard the quote, "If you want something done, ask a busy person." I think it's absolutely true. And couples with kids are busy. No time or money to waste. You gotta be efficient, get the most bang for your buck and get results...fast.
Most of my focus is on getting people to join Free Agent Academy and go through our online school and curriculum. From discovering your calling, to discovering your idea, to discovering your brand, to building your online storefront and launching, to having an abundant business and life!
Occasionally though, I like to work one-on-one with folks as well. I have a '90-Day MFA' (Master of Free Agency) program where I join you personally in our courses. Working directly with me can accelerate the process, thus the '90-Day' reference. But more important than the time, I get to join you and take you deeper. Especially in the areas of personal life that make or break this journey to successful free agency and lifestyle design.
My heart is ultimately for couples, as is my wife Teri's (you can read her amazing blog at www.StumblingAroundInTheLight.com). The family lifestyle is what we know. We know the struggles, the overwhelmedness, the yearning to do and be better and have more purpose and meaning…
So…if this is you, apply here. Let's see if you're ready and we're the right fit. This page will tell you a bit more about the process and the form to fill out is at the bottom of the page. Please though, only fill it out if you are honestly interested in doing this now, not far off in the future.
- 90-Day MFA with Kevin: Couples
I'll attempt to respond back to you within just a couple hours of your submission.
P.S. This is my crew at Christmas 2010, the last decent all-family pic I have! Our oldest is 15, youngest is 15 months. We know family life, and we DON'T have it all under control! But, we live a very, very countercultural lifestyle. Teri and I are both home full-time, we have a growing business that pays our bills, the kids are homeschooled. It's not easy, but that's not the point, is it?! It's what we believe is best for our family. What lifestyle design and reality do you believe would truly be best for your family?
So...if you feel 'called' to do or achieve something in and for your life, what justifies putting it off? Examples:
If the word 'called' doesn't resonate, then replace it with whatever word works for you, such as 'burdened' or 'impassioned.' The point being that every morning and all day, there is a cloud over your life that the present circumstances are not OK. They can't go on forever. You're not content.
And let me make the point that there are MANY, MANY people leading inconsequential lives who do NOT feel much pain as a result. They haven't, and maybe never will be, awakened to more. They'll never serve others or impact another person. They'll just exist, like packing peanuts (filler) in a gift box. You aren't them, for better or worse.
If you aren't actively doing something to change things however, why? Seriously. What is honestly a reasonable justification to put things off? What goes through your head? I'll do it when…
- Kids are older,
- Job is more secure,
- I have enough money set aside or get out of debt,
- Just till things calm down some,
What else, or what do you think about putting off and delaying important things?
Read more further down below:
I posted this discussion on Facebook and talked over the comments in the Free Agent Underground Show. You can read some really inciteful comments here:
And listen to the show here:
Free Agent Underground Show - "What justifies waiting?"
In the show I shared about how Dave Ramsey built his business while still working out of debt. Dan Miller did the same with 48 Days. If those guys had waited till they had all their ducks in a row, we wouldn't have all benefited from what they felt convicted to do.
My story is very much the same. I'm just nearing the end of the hole I dug for myself with past business and financial failures. I'm grateful I didn't wait, as my kids are getting older fast and the lifestyle that I felt convicted to provide for them...is now or never.
Is this a call to throw caution to the wind, not count the costs, risk everything and go after your dreams?
Have caution. Count the costs. Seek counsel. Repeat.
But going after what you you truly believe is best WILL have risks. It WILL be overwhelming. It WILL take much sacrifice. You WILL work harder than every before. The only way to avoid those realities is to do...nothing. Try to stay safe and under the radar.
Do you really think life will subside and the time will ever be right?