As a kid I never knew what to say. I was always a bit self-conscious. I felt like what I had to say was pointless, irrelevant, and boring. So I didn’t say anything.

I kept my mouth shut and was always the quiet kid. This attitude followed me through high school and even extended into my college life.

We are all like this

In my opinion, most of us millennials are like this. We don’t want to stir things up. We have become accustom to letting the adults handle everything while we sit on the sidelines.

But now it’s our turn. We’re out in the world. We are finishing school. Starting jobs. And changing the way the world operates.

I was lost

When I graduated from college a little over two years ago, I felt like everything was over. I was prepared to go into the black hole known as work.

I just finished majoring in accounting, which I wasn’t really thrilled about. I chose that major because it was the safe path. It’s a stable career. But it also has its downsides. Like it’s not very exciting. At all.

So when I started work I was really depressed. I hated my job. And I was worried that I would become like everyone else. That I would just go to work, come home, watch TV, then go to bed and wake up the next day and do it all over again.

Not only that, but I was studying for the CPA exam after work every day. I had no free time and no direction for what I wanted to do next in my life. Life had lost all purpose.

Sometimes I look back a see how stupid I was

Just because college was over and I was working didn’t mean it was all over. However, at the time I thought it was.

But like most people my age, I was blowing things way out of proportion. I made a decision to recommit myself.

In high school I had some thoughts about entrepreneurship. I knew a few people’s parents who had owned businesses and I was drawn to the idea. But I never really thought I was cut out for it. Once I started work, I knew I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I wanted to be my own boss.

So I committed myself to learning how to be an entrepreneur. I’m still not an entrepreneur today, but I have learned so much in the past two years. I feel like a completely different person today than I was back then.

I committed to change

I committed to learning as much as I could about, not only becoming an entrepreneur, but also about becoming better person. I read a ton of nonfiction books.

I first started reading books related to entrepreneurship and making money. Then I started a personal finance blog, since this is an area that I was extremely interested in. I self-published 5 books on Amazon. I was (and still am) so driven on generating income on the side. While my side income hasn’t grown, I have.

What’s the point of this blog?

The reason I am starting this blog is because I want to get away from personal finance. I’ve hit a plateau with that blog. Not only that, but I have so many other ideas not related to personal finance that I want to write about. But I don’t think that is the appropriate place for those posts.

Truthfully, I am a little burned out with the personal finance niche. I am still busting my ass trying to reach financial freedom. But I need to talk less and do more if I hope to reach that goal. Currently I am exploring an ecommerce business, but that’s not relevant right now.

A place to express myself without holding back

This blog will be a place for me to express my thoughts. I am constantly reading and listening to podcast interviews of some of the most fascinating people on earth. As a result, I have so many thoughts of my own that I want to put out there into the world.

Truth is, I really enjoy writing even though it brings me stress at times. But I need to get my thoughts out into the world. I can’t contain it anymore! I’ve been sharing these thoughts with my girlfriend and family, but I want to share them with you now!

That’s why I’m here

I want to talk about lifestyle design. I want to talk about getting everything you want out of life. Most importantly, I want to talk about living a life you love and loving the life you live.

If this doesn’t interest you, don’t follow this blog. If you do want to live a more fulfilling life, hit the follow button and introduce yourself in the comments below!

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40 thoughts on “If You Want to Live a More Fulfilling Life, Check This Out

    1. Nice to meet you Rio! It appears that we have similar interests after reading your blog. I look forward to hearing more from you!

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  1. Hi Justin,

    Thanks so much for following my blog! Naturally, I clicked through to yours. I really like the way you write and (obviously) identify with your point of view. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    It’s nice to find a like-minded friend out there in the interwebs.

    Molly

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    1. Hi Molly,

      I appreciate the kind words, it really means a lot! Like you said, it’s great to connect with similar thinkers as ourselves. I look forward to reading your posts as well!

      Have a great weekend,

      Justin

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  2. Hi Justin. It took me many years, and many twists and turns to finally live the life I love. More importantly you have to work at it and never give up even when life throws those curve balls our way. Good to meet you and hear your thoughts!

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    1. It’s great to hear that you are living the life you love! I’m working hard every day trying to get to where I want to be.

      I look forward to hearing more from you. Have a great day!

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  3. This is a very powerful start to your blog 🙂 it was very enlightening and a great way to introduce yourself, it’s so refreshing to see someone free themselves like you have 🙂 I hope your journey is fun and adventurous and that you can share more with us!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, it really means a lot!

      I’m working on opening up more and sharing my own personal experiences. I’m excited to share more in the future.

      Have a great day!

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  4. Justin, you’ve hit on a universal dilemma. Some of us lead what seems like a charmed life because they make their living doing fulfilling work that they want to do. I’m 69 and in a transition that I believe will get me there. It has taken me a long time, but I’ve learned a lot and I’m happy to be here now.

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  5. Hey Justin, thanks for the follow. I can relate to the first 4 paragraphs and understand the rest. Recently I made a big effort to put myself out there and tell the world what I believe and why I live the life I live. I walk afraid to tell people my whole truth in fear of judgement. I realized you shouldn’t try to please everyone because it’s not possible and you lose your true yourself in the process. We have to be genuine, true to ourselves and then the right people and places will fall into place.

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    1. That’s awesome that you’re putting yourself out there more! I agree that you need to be genuine. You’ll end up attracting the people that you actually want to be in your life, not just pleasing the people already in your life. Thanks for the comment Mani!

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  6. Excellent information presented in a non threatening manner. Learning who we are and what our purpose is can be a challenging undertaking. As we find true PASSION in life, the effort to achieve success substantially reduces as our focus and delivery of our message becomes more succinct and accepted. When the motive of the message is PURE and delivered for the benefit of ALL those capable of receiving it, the outcome is growth and development. This INNER growth and development is the FIRST place we need to start our search for true happiness and fulfillment.
    I look forward to future articles.

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    1. I agree with what you say about inner growth! We have to figure out who we really are first before we can really feel fulfilled. Thanks for the comment, have a great day!

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  7. I loved that you mentioned the educational system not nurturing an individuals creativity, and that it can’t be measured or assessed, so they can’t pay teachers based on a pass/fail standard. It’s such a corrupted system, that when we finish school, half of us, or more, don’t know what creative skill we have, or what our passions are (like you’ve mentioned), and we aren’t supported or encouraged to pursue careers that let us express our creativity. Most of us are encouraged to get the safe job, with practical benefits, and a clear direction, but what about how it makes us feel? It’s something I’m also passionate about. So great to see you taking a different approach than what I’ve seen before – “I acknowledge that I don’t know my passion, and I don’t know how to find it”. Good read!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Lucy! I know what you mean about not knowing what creative skill we have. I’ve noticed this for myself and many of my friends as well. I see a lot of room for improvement with the current educational system, that’s for sure.

      Thanks again, have a great day!

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      1. Agreed, it’s needs a complete shake up. Kids are going to school believing they’ll be nurtured, but come the time they graduate, they feel suppressed and confused about what they are even capable of doing after school.

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      2. I know exactly what you mean! It was a real shock for me once I was finally out of the educational system. I felt so lost and confused. Only after a couple of years do I finally feel like I’m starting to make some headway!

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      3. Yeah! It took me until five years later to discover my passion, but then I didn’t even feel confident enough to pursue it. I did, but I was so insecure because I was never encouraged to nurture creative ability, or explore different passions. We are just told to learn “practical” skills, and value a pass grade, instead of valuing and pursuing knowledge and passion.

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  8. Justin, you are on a very important, seeking path. This is the time when you start realizing that life is more than just a job we do. Especially, if we do the job we hate. Life is so much more than that!:)
    The point where you are now is important as you realized there is something more than the job, you started looking for more passion as this is what your heart really needs. You are on the right path:) keep searching your purpose!

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  9. Hello Justin. My name is Joe Gwerder. I see you have recently began to follow my articles (blogs). I do not wish to respond to any of your specific posts but rather to you personally. Although I believe you represent a large number of people with similar struggles and questions, I also truly believe you are a leader among your generation whether you realize this yet or not. I say this because you are aware and you accept the responsibility of change. Always remember the 3-A’s. Awareness, Acceptance and Application. You have already found the first 2 and with time you will discover how and where to apply you efforts. I am extremely optimistic about the positive changes to the human condition that your generation, and specifically those like you, are bringing. You are very wise to challenge many of the old status quo’s that have been handed down. The past should be used as a learning medium and not as a precise blueprint of how to live today. Learn from those of us who are in the older generations and then apply what you feel can and should be improved upon. I applaud you for having the courage to search and not just conform. You are headed for very good things. “Listen” and you will find your passions. Joe

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Joe, I really appreciate it!

      It means a lot for you to say you think I’m a leader among my generation. I just want to do my best and make the most of this life that I have!

      Thanks again, I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

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  10. “Most importantly, I want to talk about living a life you love and loving the life you live.”

    I would like to say that I love your writing a lot and it’s so aligned with what I’m (and most people) going through.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you can relate to my writing. I think it’s important for us to spread a good message to help others going through a similar situation.

      I enjoy your blog and look forward to seeing more from you 🙂

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  11. I think it’s so funny seeing people experiencing similar life situation especially when you think about the past where you thought your probably the only one feeling that way.

    Keep on going. Enjoy life all of you. haha 😀

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    1. It is nice to see that others share a similar experience. It lets me know that I’m not alone in this journey. Thanks for the comment!

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  12. Hi. I’m Lou

    I am trawling through your posts wondering how you managed to get inside my head!

    Some really great well written posts here. I write about similar subjects, just far less eloquently than you!

    Glad to have found you – I will stop stalking your blog now. X

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    1. I’m glad you enjoy the posts, it really means a lot to me! I’ll do my best to put out good stuff going forward. I look forward to seeing more from you 🙂

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  13. Hi Justin. So glad I clicked on your Gravatar. Will have this blog available as I need it.
    See my notes on the “Permanent Semantic Template” and create all your own certainties – that’s all their is!.
    Thank you,
    Bridie.

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