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In early 2011, I told my soon-to-be wife about my intentions to write a book.  I told her I wanted to be an author.

I revealed to her that the book I wanted to write, was going to be called ‘5 Years Till Forever’, and that it would be published around late 2016 or so.

I asked her to bear with me, as the book was going to take some time to write.  This was especially true, because I had some Big Crazy goals that I felt I needed to reach first.  Goals that I needed to make happen within the next five years.

The Book That Wasn’t

The premise of the book was to be a real-word account about my journey of going from just being laid off, and having very little money in the bank, to reaching a strong and secure financial point in my life.  A point in my life where I could essentially retire early, and be free to pursue my life’s purpose (my Dharma).

The complete title of the book, sub-heading and all, was to be called ‘5 Years Till Forever: 1,825 Days to Dharma’.

Well, the book was never published or written.

A lot occurred in those past five years.  All the goals I was setting up to achieve, so that I could reach ‘multi-millionaire’ status and retire early didn’t pan out like I had planned.

For example, one my big goals by the end of that five year period, was to own 10 investment properties free-and-clear, so that I could live off of the passive income from each.  Once I reached THIS point, I would THEN be able to get started on what I was called to do.  I would be able to finally begin living a life of purpose.

The Magic of Goal Setting

A funny thing happened though.  Nothing happened the way it was ‘supposed to happen’.

I didn’t become a multi-millionaire (but I am still on track), I didn’t ‘hit it big’ in any of my businesses, and I didn’t pay down the mortgages on those 10 homes.

I also had a couple of monkey wrenches thrown into the whole process (kids, career rebounds, moving, life events, etc.).

What did go right though, was that I reached my main objective.  It didn’t happen exactly like I had planned it.  The book wasn’t written, and every detail of the process didn’t occur in the order I thought it needed to.

But, I did reach my objective, and I reached it through decision.

Five years came and went.  And so, I had to decide if I was going to put off what I really wanted to do with my life for another five years – Or decide to do what I really wanted to do, now.

As you can probably guess, I chose to stop waiting.

I decided to be who I wanted to be.  To do what I wanted to do.  I made the decision to go for it, to seize my moment.

I decided to strive!

And that decision has made all the difference.

Five years have passed, and through much focus, effort, and consistent action, I’ve positioned myself to do exactly what I want… to do what I believe I am meant to do.

I decided to live my forever!  I decided to live my purpose, and my purpose is to help you.

Living a Life of Purpose & Freedom

Today I am publishing not a book titled ‘5 Years Till Forever’, but a post on this platform, with the same message and title I wanted to provide to people five years ago.

It didn’t happen to me!  I made the decision to make it happen, and you have the power to do the same.

The fact that you are reading this intro message on The STRIVE, is a testament to the fact that lofty goals can come true.  You can live the life you’ve always imagined.

The life you’re chasing may not come to you in the exact way you envision it, but it will come, it must come, when you decide to strive.

So here we are.

Are you ready to come alive, to live the life you’ve always wanted?  Are you ready to strive?


CEO and Founder of The STRIVE; a global motivational media brand, publishing success insights, empowering self-improvement strategies, and encouraging stories on motivation, money, and mindset.