Listener: “James, I would love to take you up on your offer to be on my podcast. I’ve just started a new one. I’ve been podcasting for some time, but I now have a new podcast that’s called Gainfully Unemployed. I first heard of you through a mutual friend, Tim Conley at the Foolish Adventure podcast. I was in Episode Number 94, I believe it was, and you came several episodes later, and I really, really enjoyed your view on things so I would love to have you share your story on my podcast. Thanks for all the information that you share. I really enjoy it. Thank you.”
James: Well, that was Carl from Gainfully Unemployed, and the good news, listener, is that I did take Carl up on his offer and we recorded the show. You can go listen to it at Gainfully Unemployed, and if you have a podcast or you have an audience that you’d like me to speak with, and if you want to interview me perhaps then hit me up, send me a note at support @ superfastbusiness.com and we can get in touch. Tell me about your show, what your audience is interested in, what sort of reach or customer base you have, and then we’ll organize a time to get on there and spread some good ideas.
Listener: “Hello, this is a test, I just wanted to say hello and see how everything’s going. I liked your presentation where you talked about your trip to the hairdresser and anyway thanks a lot for providing great value and have a great day. My name’s Greg, signing off.”
James: Thank you Greg, if you enjoyed the hairdresser one you might also enjoy the Ferrari visit and also the gellati factory. Those were also popular episodes in that sort of series, from the European tour. I will certainly put up more stories as I encounter things in my everyday life, and I guess that’s part of the fun, sharing real stories and having a look at how we could approach our businesses as a result of something we learned out there in the wild. So thanks for commenting, Greg.
Listener: “Hey James, Gabriel here from Intronesia in Merimbula, New South Wales. Mate, I love your podcast. I’m listening to it frequently and I have a question for you. The question is this: When do you know when to stop? When do you stop building? When do you realize that you have enough and that you’re happy with the way your business is and there’s no need to keep building?
Part of the issue that I have at the moment is once you achieve a certain level of happiness and financial freedom, so-called freedom, it’s kind of difficult to be able to stop and just enjoy it. My big question and my big dilemma in 2013 is, how do you make the decision of whether it’s worth it to keep working more and more and more or if you should just stop and try to consolidate what you have? Okay? So it would be great if you could actually talk about it in one of your next shows. And hey, enjoy the pool. See you.”
James: Now that comment came from FreedomOcean.com, my popular podcast with Tim Reid, and we talk about that sort of stuff all the time. Where do you stop? Well, I say enjoy the journey, make sure that you are getting the results you want and that you’re prepared to pay the price. So for me, I’m doing what I love. I like talking on the microphone. I like making videos, I like discussing business. It’s what I would do regardless of money.
If I didn’t have to do anything else, then I’d probably gravitate towards this, which is pretty much what I’ve done, and money has become less of a concern and I now have a more flexible schedule. I pretty much have a free calendar. So it comes down to just gravitating to the things you enjoy, and if it happens to be able to make an income then that’s great. You can be doing something that you’re good at, something you enjoy, something that makes money. That’s the classic hedgehog principle from Jim Collins, Good To Great.
And I just say pick where you’re at. Are you happy with what you’ve got? If you’re feeling trapped by material things, read up on some Dalai Lama or some minimalist stuff. Maybe you can be happy with less. I know that I get a great amount of satisfaction in my business when I rub my whiteboard down, when I remove complexity, when I streamline things, when I eliminate, delete, purge.
You know I have very few things in my garage and in my wardrobe because I don’t want to be bound by them. I like to be kind of flexible. Have a backpack, passport and a Mac Air, I can be anywhere in the world in a day, and that’s what I enjoy. I like to be able to enjoy the fruits of those decades of hard labor. So make sure you enjoy yourself along the way there, Gabriel, I really appreciate you asking that question.
So that finishes our listener feedback show. If you want to leave a message, again go to SuperFastBusiness.com, click on that Speak thing and I’ll potentially put your recording up and if you’ve got a question I’d love to answer it. It’s another way for us to hear what our listeners sound like. We can sometimes see the avatar but this is a great communication thing. I don’t know if you like this format or not. Let me know, it’s the first time I’ve ever done this, and maybe it’ll be the last time, but if you enjoyed it, then leave a comment or leave me a message and I appreciate you tuning in. Thank you. I’m James Schramko, and I’ll help you profit faster.
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