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7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself

28 December 2010 6,489 views One Comment

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“Become what you always dreamt of becoming.”

Inspired by an article featured on Dumb Little Man. Try answering these [7 questions] for yourself and be true to yourself while thinking about the questions and answering them with sincerity. It’s hard to sometimes be “real” with yourself, but honesty is the best policy. Since 2010 is coming to a close I thought that I’d do a little bit of self-reflection. Let me tell you…this year freakin’ flew by in a heartbeat.

On a scale of 1-9, how satisfied are you with 2010?
I changed this to a scale of 1-9 from 1-10 from the original article. I hate even scales! I would give this a 5, but on a scale from 1-9 it seems like that value would deem me indecisive. I thought about giving my satisfaction level a 6, but realistically that seems a little too high. I’ll settle with a 4. And by “settle” I mean regretfully accepting that 4.

Why did you score that way?
Thus far, 2010 has been a journey of more lows than highs. It has pushed me further mentally, physically, and emotionally than any of my previous 23 years gracing this planet with my footsteps. Why did I score my satisfaction level (4) so low for this year?

It’s been about a year and two weeks since I graduated last December–college that is. That was a proud moment. I finally accomplished something worth semi-bragging about. I got a degree and I didn’t know what or how I was going to use it towards my benefit. However, that was LAST December of 2009. This year has been tough, but it has also allowed me to grow, develop, and mature as an individual.

In the beginning of 2010 I was working two part-time jobs for an allocation of “full-time” hours. Unfortunately, in January, I was laid-off from one of my jobs for I don’t know what (no reason was given). I had worked there for a solid 10 months without ever receiving a raise and busting my ass off every time I worked. I put forth 200% of my effort / work ethic towards work regardless if I like it or not. That goes for anything because that’s just how I am. It was pretty much a “Thank you Gregg for all your hard work. I’m going to reward you by giving you some time off, permanently.” Following that same week I found out that I was laid-off from my other job. They were cutting back hours and I was the newest employee there. Damn. A college grad from a respectable university with no job what-so-ever. How was I going to pay off my rent? Pay for my daily, weekly, monthly food expenses? And the most frightening of all the expenses, the pile of student loans and debt? Yup, I had no sense of direction or plan. About 2 months went by and I had no clue what I was going to do. But that’s when…

I found Craigslist! No, get your heads out of the gutter. I didn’t list myself in the personals section. What I did do though was suck up what little ego I had left and found miscellaneous jobs in the Central Coast. A college graduate looking on Craigslist for jobs no one else, not even owners of these businesses or their kids, wanted to do. Fortunately, I found a furniture and mattress liquidation company started by two former Cal Poly graduates. No, I didn’t sell furniture or mattresses. I shook a sign on the sidewalk in the good ole Santa Maria summer heat for 8 hours a day a few days a week. That wasn’t too demoralizing, but definitely not something I saw myself doing the rest of my life. And you think you’ve had it bad. Give me a break! That gig didn’t last long, but it was enough to hold me over. I had some money, but not enough to really go out and enjoy doing things that I wanted to do.

About five months passed after my graduation and I landed a sales job in Orange, California. I’m not going to go too much into detail about this because I’ve wrote about it previously. If you’re bored you can check out my post titled, Listen to Your Heart.

Ultimately, to justify my rating of a 4 for satisfaction of 2010 it’s just because things didn’t go the way I had planned. They never do, right? Expect the unexpected!

What are your biggest accomplishments this year?
Not becoming homeless? Staying sane? Listing myself on an online dating site? They say 3 out of 5 people meet online these days…I don’t know!?

Actually, I do know…Getting back on my feet after being knocked over time and time again. The punches keep coming and I’m not going to let them break me down. I almost let those punches get the best of me. I was closer to the edge than some of you may have thought. I’m still here and for that, I am grateful. I really don’t know what I just said that, but I felt like saying “grateful”. 🙂

What are the biggest lessons you learned this year?
To think about life like a puzzle. You have to start somewhere. Usually, it’s the four corners and you work your way inwards. There is no shortcut towards becoming successful other than working hard to get to where you want to be in life. In order to succeed you must build a foundation to grow from. It’s going to take blood, sweat, and tears whether or not you like it. Some people get lucky, but most of us don’t. Success doesn’t come without commitment.

What are your biggest goals that you want to achieve next year?
To develop a career with a great company. To create financial stability for both my brother and I. To have 1,000 unique visits a day to Drop Beats Not Bombs by end of Q1 2011. To have at least 50 pictures of people on our Twin Sandwich Project website. There’s a lot more…I’ll probably write about those in the near future.

What new habits do you want to cultivate?
Being persistent in writing in my Gournal (guy’s journal). Setting goals and writing them down. Not just writing them down to say I set goals and wrote them down, but develop an action plan of how I’m going to achieve those goals. Maintaining and building upon existing relationships (staying in touch with friends!). To NOT take the little things for granted. Shoot…stick your hand out your car window and let it catch the wind. Feel the wind brush between your fingers! Yeah, those kind of little things.

What are your immediate next steps to achieve them?
Heck, I don’t know? Have Glenn punch me in the face if I fall off course? HA he wishes. First and foremost, staying true to myself and holding myself accountable. A lot of the time I tell myself “oh it’s alright” when it’s really not. I’ll settle for less when I shouldn’t be.

Life is a big unknown. I’ve learned to stay positive [most of the time], accept the lemons that get thrown at me, and make the most of it. I’ll catch my big break…or win the lottery!

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