I have made a decision – an important decision, at least for me.
I have decided that today is the beginning.
Starting today, I will do whatever it takes to live in a “beautiful state” rather than a “suffering state.”
If you know what I’m talking about, then you’re familiar with Tony Robbin’s excellent new book, “Unshakeable.”
The first eight chapters are about financial freedom – an important topic – and contained some good reminders for all of us – even a professional investor like me.
The last chapter is about true wealth, and had Katie and I in tears as I was reading sections to her.
I have been blessed with a terrific family – concerned and loving parents, a beautiful and caring wife, and four wonderful children. My family is more important to me than anything else. I have also been blessed with a career that I love and provides enough financial resources for some comfort and security. I always assumed that my sphere of influence would be larger than it is, but I am shocked by how much gratitude I feel for my small, wonderful corner of this world.
However, I have not been immune to periods of darkness in my life. I have felt stress (fear), sadness, and even the dark cloud of depression hanging over me. I have been confused about how to proceed in my life, felt a lack of desire to even get out of the dark state, and felt totally hopeless. During these times I have stopped doing things that I enjoy and stopped being sensitive to the people that I love most. In other words, during these times I’ve largely stopped living.
I have always been told some variation of, “Matt, you can’t control your surroundings, but you can control your response to your surroundings.” However, the message never sank in until I finished, “Unshakeable.”
Tony Robbins – Thank You!
I am totally dedicated to living in a “beautiful state.” I will do whatever it takes.
I am doing it for my good parents to try and honor the wonderful legacy they have given me.
I am doing it for Katie – the love of my life – who deserves a happier spouse.
I am doing it for my children with the hope that my example will encourage them to find their own beautiful states.
I am doing it for myself because I refuse to live in a “suffering state” any longer.