I started chasing “the carrot” right out of college. The carrot I was chasing (it’s different for everybody) was money…and lot’s of it. I wanted to be able to travel the world freely, experience other cultures, meet people around the world, and document it for others to see. So what did I do instead? I started selling real estate as I figured it would get me the money I needed to finally do what I loved most.

So I thought…

Unfortunately, I was chasing the proverbial carrot. I started making great money and then I started to see the carrot dangled a little bit further, then a little bit more. I kept chasing that carrot, all the while missing out on what mattered most to me…seeing the world and showing it to others.

I thought that after I reached a certain level of financial success I would have made it, things would be different at that level of success, and I could do what I really loved. But nothing changed, even as I hit each level of so-called success.

In fact, during my time chasing the carrot I had a chance to work with National Geographic in a very limited way, but there wasn’t as much money to be made and I was starting to make really good money in real estate. I lost out on a potentially amazing opportunity because I was chasing that carrot.

Below is a simple but powerful video, with audio from Alan Watts. Certain aspects really resonated with me as I look back on that carrot-chasing time in my life.

The first line in the video hit me the hardest (after I watched the whole thing of course). Alan states, “In music, one doesn’t’ make the end of the composition the point.” Yet I was making the end goal, lots of money, the point of my life. In the end though, I would rather die with more stories than money. Chasing that carrot I saw was not helping me walk my talk.

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Chad is “Ready-Fire-Aim.” That means he prefers to try first, ask questions later. He lives by the idea of “failing forward” and believes it takes 10,000 hours (or 10 years) to master whatever it is one is currently doing. Chad doesn’t want to waste the rest of his life mastering somebody else’s dream, so he’s willing to keep trying any number of his thousands of ideas until one finally works. Chad is Stampabout’s ideaman, go-getter, and the “risk” in “calculated risk.” Chad is a sales and marketing professional that has sold and marketed everything from real estate, a healthy vending franchise system, payment processing systems, and beers to local bar patrons. He owns an ecommerce consulting company, EcommerceInfluence.com, that helps his clients convert more visitors to paying customers.