Roadblocks & Setbacks – Wednesday May 3-9 2017

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I hit some snags yesterday and for literally a week

When I started work. I had a strategy in mind and a lot of intent and drive to complete things. All of which came to a screeching halt.

After my internet decided to slow down and refuse to work. 

However the issue wasn’t the internet. It was my computer.

My computer was five years old. It’s “ancient” by most standards and it’s only now running into issues. There was a brief glimmer of hope when my Dad went and fixed the vast majority of the problems. However this is a roadblock that I have experienced a few times in the past. Not to mention we couldn’t figure out the main problem.

To put things into perspective: the hard drive was fried. This made identifying and fixing the problem difficult.

So my Dad ordered a new computer which didn’t arrive until yesterday, the 9th of May.

This is by far the longest period I haven’t posted an article for.

And let me tell you: it was pretty weird.

This was another roadblock that occurred in my life though and I’ve talked about them before.

Obstacles that get in the way and prevent us from succeeding in our own lives. 

I believe strongly that those are simply tests of how strong our own will and determination is. For some, people give up when faced with these problems. Or even run away from these situations.

Others prompt limitations on themselves. I have a tendency to limit myself when it comes to finances. It’s a work in process.

But there are some who overcome them, and see them as puzzles. They find creative ways to grow from these hardships. This is how I see most of my issues, but obviously there are some areas that need work.

I understand that sheer will or belief won’t always fix a problem.

The computer I was using was old and the solution was to buy a new one. When your hard drive goes, you’re pretty much screwed. But I was creative in fixing my problem. I used my phone from time to time, and even went to my cousin’s apartment and worked a little there.

Mind you I wasn’t as productive during this period, but it’s the thought and the little action I took. It’s progress.

My point in all of this is that you are looking for an alternative. Avoid giving a problem more power through dwelling on it. Much like giving up, running away or having a limited thinking mindset does.

When roadblocks are in your life

I believe they’re a sign. Either it’s a sign that you’re doing the right thing or the wrong thing. That comes down to your emotions and mindset around the whole situation. It requires an understanding of yourself. Furthermore, you need to look at the problem and ask yourself how it impacts you.

I’ve had computer issues in the past, I’ve talked about them on this blog before. I kept going though because what I’m doing I believe in strongly.

The “easy route” can be damaging.

I talk about in my book some strong views against working a day job, as that gets brought up a lot. For justified reasons, I am working literally in my parents basement after all.

I refuse to get a day job though because they make me unhappy. True, I would get money and improve my financial situation. It’s an easy route to take in life. But I’m not arguing about the validity of having a day job.

I’m arguing about me getting a day job specifically and I see a trade-off for me. I’d be improving my finances at the cost of harming my own mood, ambition to work this business, and my mindset.

I believe that our brain is the most important investment in the world. You can’t put a price on it. So I’d be trading a $15 or $20 per hour wage with something that can be immensely invaluable.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a terrible trade to me.

So what can you do about roadblocks?

You may be asking me at this point.

And I’ll tell you to embrace them, as they are challenges. Take the time to attempt them, learn from them. Failure is part of the process.

But as long as you believe you are on the right path, continue to forge forward. You will have roadblocks and setbacks in life, there’s no avoiding them. The question is is your mind ready to move forward or will you cave in?

Continue to invigorate yourself and learn more and more about yourself and what you can do. Continue to work on removing your limitations and strive for new heights!

To your growth!

Eric S Burdon

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