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.
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Free Agent Underground Show - "Why NASCAR star Kenny Wallace believes in free agency"