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You Are Already a Millionaire: All You Have to Do Is Show Up

| June 20, 2013 | 21 Comments

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I just got back from an inspiring couple hours with my friend and Under30CEO contributor Michael Peggs.  Throughout the course of a couple beers, we got into some pretty deep, philosophical stuff about life, business, and the future.  What came of it was this:

Whatever you believe your future to be is true.  You just have to show up.

The problem is: most people just never show up.

Lots of people have big dreams and ambitions, but it’s only the people who execute them who are actually successful.  Everyone else quits, stops showing up, listens to the naysayers, or throws in the towel.  They never push through the struggle or truly act upon what they want to do in life.  Their dreams, stay dreams…

It’s all about your beliefs.

In the most humble way possible, I know what I am “destined” to be.  Not in some bullsh*t way– but I know who I’m going to be because my mind is made up.  Why?  Because my parents raised me with the confidence to make it happen.  My dad always told me “whatever you want to do, you can figure out a way to do it,” and my mom has always thought everything I’ve ever done and will ever do is amazing.  So, as a five year old kid, crushing it at the lemonade stand, I pictured myself in the boardroom overlooking my empire.  Because of these beliefs I know I’m well on my way.

When P. Diddy was asked if he ever doubted himself, after about a three second pause, exuding confidence like only Diddy could, he flat out said no.  The man has never shown doubt in himself.

As Thomas Edison said, “The most certain way to succeed is always just to try one more time.”  

It’s the damn truth.  You just have to show up and try one more time.  Sure, being successful takes incredible sacrifice, the ability to go through hardship, and a high tolerance for pain…. so, if you don’t believe that you have what it takes to go through this, then give up now.  But, if you’ve always truly believed you were going to make it big, then you are already that person.  Congrats.  You might not be to the end goal yet, but you’ve made it.

Stop Stressing

Over the last six weeks, I’ve never been more stressed in my life launching our members-only travel platform, Under30Experiences.  When Peggs asked me why I was so stressed, I had no answer.  We came to the conclusion that I want it to be successful so badly that I was literally working myself to the point of insanity.  If you’ve read my health and fitness content lately, on going beast mode, or increasing productivity, you know I believe as much as anyone that stress will kill you.  I sure as hell don’t want to grow old quicker than I have to.  So it’s time to stop stressing.  Here’s how…

First, understand where stress comes from.

It’s quite simple– stress comes from thinking about things in the future that you can’t currently control.  You’re late for work.  Well, guess what– you’re already late.  Sure, you can control how late you are by blowing through traffic lights, but guess what, it’s already been decided– you are going to be late.  You have two options at this juncture– stress about it or don’t.  TRY your hardest to chose the later.  Remember, you are already that insanely successful person if that’s what you believe– you don’t have to stress about it.

Secondly, understand that you’re already late for work and what is done is done.

Want to understand this concept?  Educate yourself and watch the Buddha documentary on Netflix.  There is a part where the narrator says, “If you understand the glass is already broken, then each moment with the glass is precious.”  That’s what Buddha believed.  Just like when Neo goes to see the Oracle in the Matrix.  The Oracle already knows the vase is broken and doesn’t care.  You look at the world a whole lot differently when you have the mindset of a person who already knows what is going to happen- in this case– that you are successful.

Lastly, understand the concept of being present.

I used to think this hippie term was some esoteric thing, until I read Leo Babauta’s post via Zen Habits on being mindful.  It’s all about focusing your thoughts and energy into the present time.  Instead of thinking about how your boss is going to yell at you, suck it up, and enjoy the ride you are on at the present time.  Appreciate the fact your car is working, and that you are blessed to even have a job.  If you are present, then you’ll again remember– you are on your way of becoming that successful person and this is just a bump in the road.  Enjoy the journey.

Imagine a world where you believe you are successful.

All you have to do is show up and execute.

Matt Wilson is Co-founder of Under30Media and Adventurer in Residence at Under30Experiences.

About the Author: Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is co-founder of Under30CEO. After two years traveling and working from his laptop, Matt's official title became Adventurer in Residence, heading up Under30Media's travel company Under30Experiences. If Matt is around he will be easy to spot as his long luxurious hair is generally flowing freely in the breeze.

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  • James

    Nice Article,

    I guess you could say I’ve hit a bump in the road, and this is just what I need to motivate me!

    Keep doing what you’re doing Matt, :)

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey James, I appreciate it. Thanks for breaking the ice on the comments– a lot of people don’t believe in this type of mindset, but I’m glad you do. Keep it up. Thanks again.

  • Harry Alford3

    Matt, great article! Reminds me of what my mom has always told me, “Showing up is the hardest part.”

  • steeve971

    I honestly believe this article should be use as a tool to go through hard times or if you ever doubt yourself.
    But the problem is sometimes even if you believe in yourself, you still have that 5 minutes where you question everything and unfortunately doubt yourself. I often have to fight with myself to push that fear away and keep going…
    Something is sure is that i will eventually become the successful man i want to be! Just don’t know when and how but i can feel it deep inside…

    Thank you for this article Matt!!!

  • susie

    Its so true!! thank you for motivating me with your articles!

  • James

    Sure – mindset is everything, and that’s one thing that I truly believe. If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to be tenacious beyond belief. Period.

    <— see this over here, that's my private jet. 5 years from now, I promise.

  • Carey

    Great post and great insight on what it takes to be successful. You nailed it. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Harry, I love it. Thank your mother. Keep on showing up my man.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Steve– glad you liked. Keep doing what you’re doing, and show up everyday.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    No problem Susie, thanks for reading!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Carey– glad you liked. Happy to help.

  • http://www.callboxinc.co.uk/ Hannah Hamilton

    I’ve never seen such optimism like yours Matt. If people want to be successful they got to have those mindset. There’s no harm in trying and rejections or failure are just part of one’s journey to success, I really believe in that. Success is when you begin to see the results of your hard work. Inspiring post Matt. :)

  • munfeen

    My hubby has recently started his business (we both 27), “before it’s too late” he said, I’ve never seen such passion before; he works crazy hours pimping out rides, but has yet to make a sale… he stresses himself out with what if’s and I subscribed to this so i could relay the information I get… I want him to remain motivated but its tough for me to do so, any advice? He is starting to listen to all the people who believe he’s just a banker…

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    You guys should come meet some people who will believe in him at http://under30experiences.com!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Hannah– it’s more than optimism– it’s really just confidence. I know what I believe in and I stick with it. It’s not about thinking on the bright side, it’s believing that I’ll make it happen.

  • http://www.callboxinc.co.uk/ Hannah Hamilton

    I admire the confidence Matt. Hope you always have it no matter what. :)

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  • Ciara

    Brilliant post, reminds me of a great book my manager gave me called “The Secret” you should definitely check it out.

  • MacNeal

    Hi Matt…. I’m Looking for this Buddha video, this article really got me going. What is the name of the documentary?

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