Before I dive into my self bio I want to share with you a quote that has resonated with me for many years now.
“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are a few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer.” – Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari Computer
Before you can become a “doer” you must know your “WHY”
If you don’t have that, all the systems in the world are not going to help you. Fortunately, passion is something you can work up; it is either there or it’s not. But you must find it within you.
I want you to dig deep and find out “WHY” you are really doing this. Please, don’t just tell me cause you like money. That is not a strong enough reason.
You absolutely must know “WHY” you are doing it.
When I started in May 2002 I really didn’t have any clue how I was going to achieve my goals. I just knew my “WHY” and nothing was going to stand in my way.
My names Josh Paiva and if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am very passionate about what I do.
I had a great childhood. I come from very humble beginnings. I lived in a neighborhood with over fifty kids on two streets.
Nobody really had money but it didn’t matter. We had a lot of fun playing kick the can, basketball, hide n seek, climbing trees, fishing. We made our own fun out of nothing.
One thing I did know from a very early age was that there was something different about me. I was not a follower and didn’t care what anyone really thought of me. I was hungry for adventure all the time.
Before the age of 16 I dug clams in the river and sold to local restaurants. I sold candy in middle school. I collected and sold baseball cards at yard sales. I was constantly trying to find new ways to be self sufficient and not have to bother my parents of money. It felt good to take care of myself.
I just knew I wanted to make some kind of a difference in this world. I had no idea what it would be or how but I was determined.
Throughout high school I just knew I would figure it out. One thing I did know. There was no way I was just going to go to some job and live the rest of my life worrying because my bills are barely paid and have some boss telling me what to do. Or working 80 hours a week trying to get ahead in meaningless jobs. Not gonna do it.
I started taking some classes in college right after high school. I absolutely hated it. Studying and taking tests was not me. My mind was always running.
I was just going through “some of the motions” to keep family happy but I kept my options open. I never told them my real plan of owning my own business and spending my life in my own way!
Sure I got a few jobs. I did what I had to do to survive. But I knew when the right thing came along I would be free from all of it. For the time being I was just trying to eat while I figured it out.
I started noticing most people that I grew up with were either going to school, latching on to a job, or both. Most of us are familiar with going through the motions. I kind of went through some motions but I hated it every step of the way. I really knew deep down inside I couldn’t get some job and work for the next 35 years then living off a pension. I’m not built that way. I was always running from authority and searching for another way.
My other friends were running in illegal trades, drug addicts, or unemployed. I can tell you one thing. I did not want to be any of those things.
By the age of 23 I was done with college and had no intention of settling down and being like everyone else. I was so sick of the small town mentality I decided to do my thing, save some pocket money, and travel. At that point in my life I was living in a garage with no heat, working shitty jobs, and had no direction so nothing was holding me back.
For a while I was going to places like Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador. Met some people like myself and travelled up and down the coast looking for good waves in a 1978 LandCruiser. Was an incredible experience and really cleared my mind. But every year I would come home and right back to the grind. Work, save money, travel, come back broke. I knew I couldn’t do this forever.
Finally that fateful day came. May 2002 there was a “Work From Home” booklet in my mailbox. I remember reading through it over and over again. Stories of people making $5k a month. Some were making $30k a month. At that point in my life if I could even make $2k a month legally I would be set free.
I knew deep down inside that this was what I had been waiting 27 years for. So in May 2002 I started my online/offline business and dedicated my life to spreading the message around the world. I didn’t reach the four corners of the globe in my first day of business, so I got up the next morning and tried it again. Day after day, week after week, year after year of hard work, commitment and dedication to my dream until it finally became a reality.
What I have truly discovered in 14 years is that every small step I have taken has contributed to giant strides I have made in helping to vastly improve my life and other people’s lives.
What I want you to understand is that I have had my fair share of business ups and downs, but I’ve learned to equally appreciate the good and the difficult times because both situations offer me the opportunity to do better and greater things.
No matter how difficult the challenge is in front of you, never give up. That is the essential ingredient to personal success. So hang in there. Stay the course. Persevere. Carry on. Weather the storm. If you do, you will fully understand the meaning of success!
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