It’s already the end of January 2014 and as I sit in Starbucks after a meeting with a friend I think about Freedom. I know that freedom has a universal meaning, but also has a special for each individual who attains it.
When I think of freedom I think of growing up in an era when I would travel with my family on a drive when I was just a boy and the struggle my parents had doing something as simple as a drive. There were times when they would be refused to be served gasoline, or even a new tire if there was a flat. I knew as even young boy that I wanted to live in a different world than that. Didn’t like being called names living in town where our family was one of only 4 black families and my parent had 7 boys (no girls).
I watched them fight in a world and never complain or teach me to hate. If kids called us names, or put up ugly signs, my parents taught me and my brothers that we could do anything and our color cannot be a barrier. The funny thing is when I think of freedom, I realize that because of the contribution of my parents I am free of hatred, and blaming others for my failures or success.
Yes few have many freedoms, and those of us who live in a free country with freedom to worship, freedom to vote, and soooo many other awesome freedoms should NEVER take those freedoms for granted. The big question that comes to my mind is what will do with it? Since life is so short, and no one knows when their time is up, are we free to live that purpose in which we were created? If not, I ask you to consider living in a way where you do what it takes, pay the cost whatever that is to secure your freedom to live your purpose.
The sad news is that you are given 168 hours a week and no more. If you spend 20-25% of that time sleeping, 7% in traffic, 5-15 hours in front of the TV or entertaining, 10.5 hours a week eating meals, 3 hours a week at soccer practice or even piano lessons, and to top it all off 40-60 a week working to fulfill someone else’s purpose, then you tell me what time will you have to live the purse you were created?
As an adult I get experience freedom at another level because I traded even more of my freedom away for the freedom to live my life’s purpose some 8 years ago when I went out on my own to be in business full time. Here is the trade off that was necessary for me to be free before age 50.
- Leave the security of 100k + job
- Spend the time that I gave to the company to make them rich, to spend in my own business, and to fill my mind with all I could about my business
- Shut off TV and general entertainment like radio, just listening to music etc., until we could see success
- Had to inform my wife and children that the price would not be only mine, but all of us would have to participate at some level
- Had to stop focussing on credit and begin to focus on assets
- Had to work while many were playing, partying, sleeping, etc.
- Had miss trips to the beach, camping, and even some family events
- Had to now practice principles and live by a principle centered philosophy
- Show my children by example and not tell them
- Commit to daily spiritual, mental and relational growth
- Accept personal responsibility for all results and not blame ANYONE!
There are so many other trade offs I had exchange for the way I lived and now I cannot ever, ever be any more happy about possessing my freedom.
I feel as happy as Fredrick Douglas when he got his freedom, or a free as the abolitionist “John Brown” made the slaves whom he set free, or even the freedom of those who are set free of addiction (modern day slavery), all because of the “BIG TRADE OFF”.
Now about 18 months ago I started with my business partners an opportunity to offer people around the world a similar opportunity to plug in for their trade off an opportunity to sieze the day. To gain the ability to start their own business and work closely towards their freedom to serve God, spend quality time with family, and even give more time, donations, many things to charity, and whatever else is a part of your purpose.
Ingreso Cybernetico was created to empower the dreams of so many that often die with in them. Not to chase money, but to follow the dream that each subscriber was born with. The opportunity to learn about the world of the internet and master proven business strategies, and learn to use state of the art tools to position them in the market place for a lasting change.
We are happy to announce that we have people from all walks of life are able to live their dreams with this company. 18 year olds, 81 year olds, single parents, deaf, who are so grateful for the opportunity and my mother would cry and shout to you if she were alive not to trade your dreams for a flse sense of security. Many are dealing with being laid off, downsized, and even fired to start over after giving 10-30 years to a company who offered security. I learned from my lay off in 2005 that I was better off putting these dreams my own hands and seeking God’s grace for something better, and more lasting that enabled me to be more.
Just 3 years ago my mother passed away and I wish that she could have experienced so much of the dreams that died with in her. I think of her and angry that she never was told about such a business while raising her 7 children with my dad. The fight to train us that we must be 100% responsible and look to no one else for our failures or success but God himself. I think mom and dad lived her dream with the freedom to be able to raise their family with the principles of life (This is a freedom that does not exist for people from some countries)
The question is: Is you dreams, family, and aspirations worth fighting for and make huge tradeoffs? If so then see this partial quote below.
“Security in all of nature does not exist as whole, neither can any man experience it. Life is either a daring adventure or NOTHING at all” – Helen Keller
Helen Keller if you remember was blind, couldn’t hear or speak, and wrote more books than most have read and we still quote her today, then what are you going to do with your fully operational body in comparison?
Thanks for reading the blog post, I don’t like to write them this long but would love to see your responses written below about what you will do for your freedom to live your purpose.
Dwayne M. Golden, CEO
Ingreso Cybernetico, SAS