Our Journey from Finance To Freedom, How to Start Your Side Hustle, and Why You Should Fully Integrate Work and Life

work Aug 16, 2017

"If there is something that's not right about your career or your life, think hard about the cost of inaction and how much it's costing you to leave the status quo unchanged."

We were recently featured on the Zero To CEO Podcast with Austin Belcak (click on the play button above to listen) to talk about our journey into entrepreneurship, how to start your side hustle, and the why your work and life should be fully integrated. The intro from Austin is below:

Today on the ZTC podcast, I've got Matthew & Joseph Moheban from Live220.

Matthew & Joseph started out their professional lives following the "traditional script." Go to college, major in business, get a job in finance, and climb the ladder.

After three grueling years in the finance world, they decided it was time to re-write their script and live life on their own terms. Now they help coach students and young professionals on how to follow their passions and live their ultimate life.

 


 

Austin is the founder...

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Preview: The 7 Obstacles Keeping You From Your Ultimate Life

time Aug 10, 2017

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The feedback on our free 7-Day email challenge has been amazing. In this challenge we dive into the 7 most common obstacles keeping young professionals from living their ultimate life, and how to overcome each one.

Your ultimate life is where you do work that lights you up; where you're free from all the traditional limitations of time, money, and work; and you live on your terms every single day.

If you're living anything less than what that means to you, it's time to make a change. Our 7-Day Challenge will help you do that.

Below we included the Day 1 email as a preview of the challenge.

 


 

Day 1: Time

“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.” -Steve Jobs

Why Time?

Time is the foundation for everything. It’s nonrenewable and the most valuable resource in our lives.

Ironically, it's also the resource we most undervalue.

  • We’re comfortable wishing away time to get to the end of...
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Interview with Great Minds on Entrepreneurship, Leaving Corporate America, and Claiming Your Ultimate Life

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2017

We were recently featured on Great Minds' Set The Tone Sunday interview series. We focused on our journey from the corporate world into entrepreneurship, the obstacles we faced, and our advice to others who are thinking about making a big change in their life.

Great Minds, started by our close friends Zach Westerbeck and Chris Williams, is an amazing worldwide network of young people that share a common goal: to become the greatest versions of ourselves, both personally and professionally. Definitely check them out on their website and connect with them on social (links below).

Website: https://illuminategreatminds.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IlluminateGreatMinds/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/illuminategreatminds/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq6FOOTA8bhL56F2fu637BA

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3 Life-Changing Lessons from Jordan Spieth's Open Championship Win

life Jul 25, 2017

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"Here we go again."

Jordan Spieth had just hit a drive an amateur golfer would be ashamed of hitting.

But Spieth was the 3rd ranked golfer in the world, and he did it on the 13th hole during the final round of a major championship on Sunday.

And this wasn't the first time Spieth has "blown it" in one of these tournaments.

At the 2016 Masters Tournament, Spieth had a 5-shot lead with only 9 holes to go.

Three holes later, he made quadruple-bogey. He lost the tournament by 3 shots in what is considered one of the worst meltdowns in professional golf history.

This nightmare from the Masters resurfaced at the Open on Sunday. How could it not?

"As you can imagine, thoughts came in from my last scenario when I was leading a major on Sunday." -Jordan Spieth

At this point, Spieth had already dropped three shots in the final round.

And then came the shocking drive, which put Spieth at risk of another meltdown on the sport's biggest stage.

He creatively...

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The Mentality That Could Solve Every Problem In The World

life Jul 13, 2017

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“Never tell your problems to anyone...20% don't care and the other 80% are glad you have them.” -Lou Holtz

It was a Saturday morning back in 2005 when I first learned to think like a lion.

I was the tight end on my high school football team and we were in the red zone on offense, close enough to score on 3rd down. The quarterback called a play designed to get me the ball in the end zone for a touchdown, everything you could hope for as a tight end.

I got to the end zone, and as I turned around to look for the ball, the quarterback had already thrown it. I jumped to catch it, but the ball sailed over my outstretched hands and out of bounds. 4th down.

Running off the field, I was really frustrated that we didn't score. I was wide open and he missed me!

One of my coaches approached me on the sideline after the play. I expected him to say, "great route!" or "we'll run that play again and get you next time!"

Instead, he started coaching me on...

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Seize Your Ultimate Life By Asking These 5 Questions

work Jul 07, 2017

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"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers." Voltaire

How often do you just accept what life throws at you?

Live another day, another week, another year waiting for your ultimate life to present itself?

When was the last time you challenged a fundamental assumption about the way you work, play, or live?

It's pretty natural to just do what everyone else is doing, especially as young professionals when we're led to believe there is a standard path to success.

But doing what everyone else is doing never leads to creating our ultimate lives.

We end up competing in an endless chase for the next raise and promotion, with the hope that our ultimate life will eventually reveal itself like a bright yellow brick road that we can calmly take.

I know better. And so do you.

It wasn't until I asked myself these 5 questions that I was able to leave my corporate job, start the company of my dreams, and live life on my terms.

1. With no limitations and...

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Set "Unrealistic" Goals, Transform Your Life

life Jun 28, 2017

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"Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic? What's the point of being realistic?" -Will Smith

What are "Unrealistic" Goals?

"Have you ever been told that something you wanted to do is unrealistic?"

"Have you ever told yourself that something you wanted is unrealistic?"

"Have you told someone else that something they wanted is unrealistic?"

We ask these questions in our workshops all the time. Without fail, we get 100% of hands up in the air.

As humans when we hear about something that seems highly or almost certainly unlikely, our natural reaction is to call it “incredibly challenging”, or “impossible”, or "unrealistic".

As a result, most people set Realistic Goals, or goals that are achievable in the traditional sense, given traditional circumstances.

So for a young professional, this could be:

  • A raise
  • A promotion
  • More vacation days
  • More responsibility
  • Saving to buy a...
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3 Money Concepts Helped Me Give Up a 6-Figure Income at 25

money Jun 14, 2017

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How I escaped Corporate America by learning all money is not equal

“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.” -Edmund Burke

Too often, we use money as the basis for life’s most important decisions. Money either explicitly or implicitly determines:

  • Where we go to school and what we study
  • Where we live
  • What we do for work, and who we work for
  • How we spend our time (work 5+ days with weekends off- every week, every month, every year, for 80,000 hours)

Money is why I majored in Finance, chose a secure finance job over an entrepreneurial fellowship right out of school, and stayed at that job for three years even though I was overworked and unfulfilled.

I started out really liking my job- I loved the people I worked with, was making good money, and was one of the top analysts in the group.

But as time went on and the better I performed, the more work got assigned to me.

I...

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10 Ways to Get More Free Time Every Week, Part II

time Jun 10, 2017

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This is Part II of a two-part post on how to increase your free time every week to get the things that really matter done. If you missed Part I, you can read it by clicking here.

 


 

“There is nothing less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” –Peter Drucker

Most of us have goals we'd love to accomplish and experiences we'd love to have (more time for things we love or with people we love, a new skill, a passion project, an online business, etc.), but we don't think we have enough time to make them happen.

In Part I, we talked about how you can! All it takes is identifying what really matters to you, focusing your energy in that direction, and minimizing or eliminating everything else.

Strategies #1-5 were:

  1. Schedule Time Blocks
  2. Refuse, Delegate, & Outsource
  3. Use Your Weekends
  4. Work from Home
  5. Change Jobs

Let's jump back into it!

6. Use 80/20 Analysis

The Pareto Principle, created...

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10 Ways to Get More Free Time Every Week, Part I

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"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" -Henry David Thoreau

What would you do with more time each week?

2 more hours? 5 more hours? 10 more hours?

I've heard so many people say, "if I only had more time, I could..."

  • Read a book/more books
  • Learn to cook
  • Travel more
  • Volunteer
  • Get in shape
  • Freelance
  • Start a passion project
  • Start a blog or a podcast
  • Start a business

Guess what? You have the time. All it takes is identifying what really matters to you, focusing your energy in that direction, and minimizing or eliminating everything else.

Make Time For What Matters

"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." -Stephen Covey

How we spend our time determines what we prioritize, whether we realize it or not, whether we like it or not.

The problem is that it's easy in the short-term context of today, this week, and this month to overemphasize the importance of...

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