Building a business? It’s key to surround yourself with like-minded individuals to encourage and support you! Jeff is one of those like-minded individuals I actually met via The Art of Work Facebook Group. Here’s his inspiring story!

Jeff Brown - Small Business LivingAngela: Why you choose or what inspired you to choose the lifestyle you did?

Jeff: I spent 15 years working in different jobs. But that isn’t me. Working, getting a paycheck signed by someone I didn’t know, clicking out and leaving it all at the office. No matter how much fun I was having, there was always an….itch that I couldn’t describe. I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Even making no money, having a larger to-do list than Christmas list, I had so much joy by creating a platform and by having no constraints on helping small business become successful. My lifestyle now gives me the greatest freedom to be able to consult and help small businesses realize unimagined success.

Angela: What roadblocks did you initially encounter?

Jeff: The hardest part is when you spend weeks working on things and feel like you are getting nowhere. You bust your butt and look to find that you have only picked up 3 new subscribers. That’s such a hard place to be. It feels like hope stepped aside for a second and let personal doubt have center stage for a while. But fortunately, I have a loving bride and an incredible community of people who pull me out of that place and get me back on my feet, striving for success.

Angela: What successes have kept you motivated?

Jeff: My faith is my number one motivator. To please my Father who redeemed me is the greatest joy I can possibly experience. I strive for the smile and nodding approval of the man who gave up his life so that I could have eternal life. Number two is my family. Experiencing life with my wife is such an exciting and thrilling journey. To think that we are going to raise children and leave a legacy is incredible. The thought of impacting my family tree? Indescribable. That’s what drives me every day.

Angela: What words of wisdom would you like to share with those on their own lifestyle design journey?

Jeff: Never. Stop. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t make it.

I had a good friend once tell me that he was positive that I wouldn’t be successful. We are no longer friends and I haven’t talked to him since. Those kind of people aren’t friends. Get rid of them.

As long as your dream is moral and right, never stop pursuing YOUR dream. You can spend your entire life staying busy, or accumulating money, but at the end of the day, you’ll be on your deathbed and you’ll be disappointed. But pursue your love, make it your career and you’ll never be upset. Sometimes, that will result in a lot of money. Sometimes it won’t. But I promise you will finish your life with more joy than you could ever have dreamed possible.

Angela: Get Started: What is one action individuals should take today to get started?

Jeff: Oh man. A third of the blog posts I make are on this topic. Just sit and write. Don’t pay attention to the words. You will spell out your greatest desires and thus, your calling. Then ask your closest friends to tell you the greatest strengths they see in you (I promise, you’ll be surprised by what they tell you.) Take that information and design the perfect job description.

No matter what you come up with as a job description, this is your calling. Strive to make this your daily life. Every day, take one more step toward making that real, whatever it means for you.

Angela: Other: anything else you’d like to add

Jeff: Life is a game of inches. It will take time, but don’t let it deter you. Learn as much as you can about yourself, and play to those strengths. If you are a visual person. create graphs and posters for your goals and put them around your house. If you are numbers person, quantify your experience and strive toward your dream life.

Getting you here is my personal mission in life. If you have questions about getting here and making the changes necessary, I would love to talk to you. My contact information can be found on the Small Business Living Blog and I would love to talk with you.

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