Very successful entrepreneurs take the time to analyze their lives and to look closely at their vision and their purpose in life. They put their lives on paper. They take the time to construct mental images that guide them on their journey. While most people are winging it, they put their life mission and business vision and goals on paper. Then they go to work executing their plan.

The Dream Killers

everydaymermaid:

There are people in this world I refer to as Dream Killers. You know them. They are your friends. They are your family. They are your followers online. They are anyone who is quick to spew negativity into your goals, dreams, aspirations, and even your inspirations meant for others. They are the…

Yes!

Failing While Daring Greatly —

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

The narrow road to becoming a man of noble strength and love inevitably involves a poignant list of as many failures as it does sucesses.

I’ve been receiving a lot lately from Brene Brown and her teaching and world class research on shame and vulnerability.  She has given some remarkable Ted talks.

In a recent Ted talk she gave great visibility to failure:

“You know what the big secret about TED is? This is like the failure conference…You know why this place is amazing? Because very few people here are afraid to fail. And no one that gets on this stage so far that I’ve seen has not failed. I have failed miserably, many times. I don’t think the world understands that because of shame.” – Brene Brown

An excerpt from a  speech Teddy Roosevelt delivered in Paris in 1910, known to most of us as “The Man in the Arena” quote, touched some deep place in my heart as a young man on this subject of failure and success:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Something in me knew that this was true when I first read it years ago. What matters most is the willingness to risk and actually enter the arena, to spend oneself on a worthy cause with courage and action, knowing that inevitably there will be moments of error “because there is no effort without error and shortcoming,” and that “daring greatly” is of high value regardless of the failure or success of the endeavor. My heart rose with longing to be that man.

And yet, looking back, at the time this value of “daring greatly”, even if it ended in failure, was merely inspiration and not yet an internalized value forged in fire.

Life is different now.  And on my personal list I’ve got a few big check marks in “the thrill of victory” category and even more big check marks in the “agony of defeat” column.

I’ve come to learn is this: the seeming failures, over time, seem to bring more fruit than the successes.

And each time failure comes, it’s not that the failures hurt less. It’s that they hurt better.
I have a garage wallpapered in unfilled hunting tags.  And I don’t have enough fingers to count the failed relationships and fitness goals. I have lists of failed real estate projects, business ventures, writing projects, financial investments, dismal college savings accounts for the kids.  It gets deeper.  I couldn’t save my brother’s life.  I battled for eighteen months against brain cancer. I fought to save his marriage, his career, his humor, his dignity… so much of it in the end was sand running through my calloused fingers.  The list goes on…

Checkmarks in both columns only come from taking risks. From choosing to live in a way that requires God to show up.

And remember, “There is no effort without error and shortcoming,” reminds Roosevelt.

Dallas Willard suggests that it requires true courage to lay down control of outcomes.

In 1962 JFK created the Navy Seals as a specialzed unit of the world’s most elite force for handling the most dangerous missions.  In Cade Courtley’s book, Seal survival guide, he emphasizes a Navy Seals motto:

“Plan for success and train for failure.”
There some deep truth of the masculine journey in this motto.

Plan for success and train for failure.

Better than asking,

“Where are you succeeding?”

I would rather ask,

“Where are you daring greatly?”

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Both are essential.

What are your checkmarks?

Are you risking enough to be acquiring a healthy mosaic of failures?

How have you interpreted them?

Father forgive me for judging failure as a category very different from how you intended.  Forgive me for interpreting failure through a lens of fear and shame rather than from a place of sonship.  I invite you to teach me afresh – I want to unlearn how I have learned the significance of failure. I want to experience your interpretation of failure and your way of using it as a context to initiate me and mature me as a man, and to validate me as a son.  I give you alone permission to interpret the list of defeats in my life.  Father, I ask as well that you would remind me of the victories we have had together and help me to hold onto those tightly in my memory.

I ask that you would give me increasing courage to “dare greatly” and risk the possibility of failure, because the life of whole-heartedness and the intimacy that I so long for with you is available on no other path…

Via — www.becomegoodsoil.com “Failing While Daring Greatly”

Failing While Daring Greatly —

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

The narrow road to becoming a man of noble strength and love inevitably involves a poignant list of as many failures as it does sucesses.

I’ve been receiving a lot lately from Brene Brown and her teaching and world class research on shame and vulnerability. She has given some remarkable Ted talks.

In a recent Ted talk she gave great visibility to failure:

“You know what the big secret about TED is? This is like the failure conference…You know why this place is amazing? Because very few people here are afraid to fail. And no one that gets on this stage so far that I’ve seen has not failed. I have failed miserably, many times. I don’t think the world understands that because of shame.” – Brene Brown

An excerpt from a speech Teddy Roosevelt delivered in Paris in 1910, known to most of us as “The Man in the Arena” quote, touched some deep place in my heart as a young man on this subject of failure and success:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Something in me knew that this was true when I first read it years ago. What matters most is the willingness to risk and actually enter the arena, to spend oneself on a worthy cause with courage and action, knowing that inevitably there will be moments of error “because there is no effort without error and shortcoming,” and that “daring greatly” is of high value regardless of the failure or success of the endeavor. My heart rose with longing to be that man.

And yet, looking back, at the time this value of “daring greatly”, even if it ended in failure, was merely inspiration and not yet an internalized value forged in fire.

Life is different now. And on my personal list I’ve got a few big check marks in “the thrill of victory” category and even more big check marks in the “agony of defeat” column.

I’ve come to learn is this: the seeming failures, over time, seem to bring more fruit than the successes.

And each time failure comes, it’s not that the failures hurt less. It’s that they hurt better.
I have a garage wallpapered in unfilled hunting tags. And I don’t have enough fingers to count the failed relationships and fitness goals. I have lists of failed real estate projects, business ventures, writing projects, financial investments, dismal college savings accounts for the kids. It gets deeper. I couldn’t save my brother’s life. I battled for eighteen months against brain cancer. I fought to save his marriage, his career, his humor, his dignity… so much of it in the end was sand running through my calloused fingers. The list goes on…

Checkmarks in both columns only come from taking risks. From choosing to live in a way that requires God to show up.

And remember, “There is no effort without error and shortcoming,” reminds Roosevelt.

Dallas Willard suggests that it requires true courage to lay down control of outcomes.

In 1962 JFK created the Navy Seals as a specialzed unit of the world’s most elite force for handling the most dangerous missions. In Cade Courtley’s book, Seal survival guide, he emphasizes a Navy Seals motto:

“Plan for success and train for failure.”
There some deep truth of the masculine journey in this motto.

Plan for success and train for failure.

Better than asking,

“Where are you succeeding?”

I would rather ask,

“Where are you daring greatly?”

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Both are essential.

What are your checkmarks?

Are you risking enough to be acquiring a healthy mosaic of failures?

How have you interpreted them?

Father forgive me for judging failure as a category very different from how you intended. Forgive me for interpreting failure through a lens of fear and shame rather than from a place of sonship. I invite you to teach me afresh – I want to unlearn how I have learned the significance of failure. I want to experience your interpretation of failure and your way of using it as a context to initiate me and mature me as a man, and to validate me as a son. I give you alone permission to interpret the list of defeats in my life. Father, I ask as well that you would remind me of the victories we have had together and help me to hold onto those tightly in my memory.

I ask that you would give me increasing courage to “dare greatly” and risk the possibility of failure, because the life of whole-heartedness and the intimacy that I so long for with you is available on no other path…

Via — www.becomegoodsoil.com “Failing While Daring Greatly”

6 quick reasons to work with a Certified Financial Planner

1. You don’t know what you don’t know.

2. You have good intentions but never set aside time.

3. Doing it all yourself isn’t efficient.

4. You’re not objective.

5. Keeping up with change is a full time job.

6. You see the trees, but not the forest.

The drive to perform.  The strength to endure.  The will to recover and go do it all over again.  As an athlete, your motivation comes from the inside and is reflected on the out.  your best is determined by your mind-set paired with your body’s ability to perform at its peak.  Like all finely tuned machines, it needs the proper FUEL to get it going and keep it running.  When your body is fueled by Mila, you’ll compete at your highest level, naturally.

Mila is unlike anything you’ve encountered before.  It’s not a lab-created supplement.  It’s not a powder you have to force yourself to choke down.  It’s not a potentially harmful injection.  Produced by Mother Nature and packaged as it was produced.  Mila is a whole, raw food meant for consumption.  Your body craves omega-3s, fiber and antioxidants, and that’s just what Mila delivers.  Mila pushes your performance to new levels, helps you endure strenuous activity for a longer period of time, and makes recovering afterwards that much easier.  With Mila, your body is finally getting what it needs.  Start fueling your body the right way, right now.

Testimonials

"I give Mila full credit for a complete turn around of my endurance by giving my body what it needed and resolving my horrific GI issues. Before Mila I couldn’t run past 7 miles without GI issues. Since adding Mila to my daily nutrition a few months ago, I have PR’ed by ~ 2 hours on a road 26.2 and trail 50K’s. My road 50K has improved by ~ 40 minutes. Since adding Mila, my body craves healthy food."

-Holland Carley, Ultrarunner 

"I routinely put in 30-hour training weeks as I prepare for ultra-cycling and ultra-running races. Mila helps me recover way quicker, run faster and hydrate when preparing for hot, desert runs. I would recommend Mila to any athlete looking for performance gains. It is a raw food ‘not a supplement’ which I like. It helps tremendously with re-hydration and recovery."

-Jennifer Vogel, Ultrarunner and Ultracycler 

"I have now been eating Mila for close to 8 months. As an ultra distance athlete, I have found Mila to be very helpful with sustained energy and endurance throughout training, as well as during races. Previously, I struggled with hydration and blood sugar issues that have since been resolved by introducing Mila into my diet. As an added bonus, Mila has 15x’s more Magnesium than broccoli, so I have been able to discontinue the use of my Magnesium prescription used in the treatment of my heart condition!"

-Traci Phillips, Ultra-runner, Owner/Lead Photographer@Traci Lynn Photography
“As most everyone knows, our business of Breakthrough Nutrition is two fold. Our main priority is coaching athletes, but we also have a store side to provide athletes with the nutritional products they need. Our core customers are endurance athletes who can, and do, actually benefit from taking assorted gels and powders. Up until now, I have only really endorsed one product in the past year… For the past 2 weeks I have been experimenting with a new product and I have been overwhelmed by my body’s response. I’m not going to go into how I ran 13 miles the other day or any of the other things I’ve done over the last 10 days. What I will tell you is that for the last week I have awoken every day pain free. For over the last year I would have soreness and swelling on my lower spin from my disk being inflamed. That stopped about 7 days ago. I have also made more strides in my recovery from my pinched nerve in the last 10 days than I have in the last 4 months. 

I hope you are rolling your eyes right now, and I hope you are skeptical because I was. When I sat down to hear about this product, I asked Heather Cortese to not tell me the benefits as I did not want to create a placebo affect. Be skeptical. Someone needs to be because what little skepticism I had just ended when I was laying down 6 min miles on the treadmill 30 minutes ago.” 

-Clifton Duhon, President of Breakthrough Nutrition, Triathlete
Professional Athletes Fueled by Mila

The drive to perform. The strength to endure. The will to recover and go do it all over again. As an athlete, your motivation comes from the inside and is reflected on the out. your best is determined by your mind-set paired with your body’s ability to perform at its peak. Like all finely tuned machines, it needs the proper FUEL to get it going and keep it running. When your body is fueled by Mila, you’ll compete at your highest level, naturally.

Mila is unlike anything you’ve encountered before. It’s not a lab-created supplement. It’s not a powder you have to force yourself to choke down. It’s not a potentially harmful injection. Produced by Mother Nature and packaged as it was produced. Mila is a whole, raw food meant for consumption. Your body craves omega-3s, fiber and antioxidants, and that’s just what Mila delivers. Mila pushes your performance to new levels, helps you endure strenuous activity for a longer period of time, and makes recovering afterwards that much easier. With Mila, your body is finally getting what it needs. Start fueling your body the right way, right now.

Testimonials

"I give Mila full credit for a complete turn around of my endurance by giving my body what it needed and resolving my horrific GI issues. Before Mila I couldn’t run past 7 miles without GI issues. Since adding Mila to my daily nutrition a few months ago, I have PR’ed by ~ 2 hours on a road 26.2 and trail 50K’s. My road 50K has improved by ~ 40 minutes. Since adding Mila, my body craves healthy food."

-Holland Carley, Ultrarunner

"I routinely put in 30-hour training weeks as I prepare for ultra-cycling and ultra-running races. Mila helps me recover way quicker, run faster and hydrate when preparing for hot, desert runs. I would recommend Mila to any athlete looking for performance gains. It is a raw food ‘not a supplement’ which I like. It helps tremendously with re-hydration and recovery."

-Jennifer Vogel, Ultrarunner and Ultracycler

"I have now been eating Mila for close to 8 months. As an ultra distance athlete, I have found Mila to be very helpful with sustained energy and endurance throughout training, as well as during races. Previously, I struggled with hydration and blood sugar issues that have since been resolved by introducing Mila into my diet. As an added bonus, Mila has 15x’s more Magnesium than broccoli, so I have been able to discontinue the use of my Magnesium prescription used in the treatment of my heart condition!"

-Traci Phillips, Ultra-runner, Owner/Lead Photographer@Traci Lynn Photography
“As most everyone knows, our business of Breakthrough Nutrition is two fold. Our main priority is coaching athletes, but we also have a store side to provide athletes with the nutritional products they need. Our core customers are endurance athletes who can, and do, actually benefit from taking assorted gels and powders. Up until now, I have only really endorsed one product in the past year… For the past 2 weeks I have been experimenting with a new product and I have been overwhelmed by my body’s response. I’m not going to go into how I ran 13 miles the other day or any of the other things I’ve done over the last 10 days. What I will tell you is that for the last week I have awoken every day pain free. For over the last year I would have soreness and swelling on my lower spin from my disk being inflamed. That stopped about 7 days ago. I have also made more strides in my recovery from my pinched nerve in the last 10 days than I have in the last 4 months.

I hope you are rolling your eyes right now, and I hope you are skeptical because I was. When I sat down to hear about this product, I asked Heather Cortese to not tell me the benefits as I did not want to create a placebo affect. Be skeptical. Someone needs to be because what little skepticism I had just ended when I was laying down 6 min miles on the treadmill 30 minutes ago.”

-Clifton Duhon, President of Breakthrough Nutrition, Triathlete
Professional Athletes Fueled by Mila

If you are an athlete you understand the importance of what you put in your body can make or break your sports, workouts, and overall performance.  Us athletes want to eat our best and put the best whole raw foods in our body so our overall performance is rockin!  This amazing whole raw food is the most nutrient dense food on the planet and gives athletes that extra edge we all need to perform at our best.  We are athletes and what we have experienced with eating Mila in our sports has been amazing.  We have so much more endurance, our hydration is better, but the thing we have both noticed the most was that our body recovers from our hard workouts so much faster.  I never feel sore anymore and our body’s are ready to go everyday no matter what we throw at them.  We work our bodies hard daily too so we love our Mila.  We wanted to share this information with you so you can experience the same thing we are experiencing.  If you are looking for the best food out there that will make you feel your best Mila is the food for you!

For Athletes I recommend putting the Mila in your water bottle throughout your workouts.  We also make Mila bars (see our Mila recipes) that we eat before we workout that gives us the energy we need and endurance to make it through and feel great too.  We love Mila in our smoothies too.  Those are our favorite ways to eat Mila for our workouts and sports.  The greatest part about Mila is it can be added to anything you eat or drink as it barely has any taste or smell.

How Mila helps your overall performance:

Doing your best hinges on two key factors: physical ability and mental focus. Mila optimizes both. The proprietary blend of Salvia hispanica L. seed that is Mila promotes the formation of lean muscle mass, lubrication of joints and mineralization of bones. This incredible seed has been used for centuries to increase performance ability. Ancient Aztec warriors often survived on a handful of it alone during battles, understanding the physical strength, increased energy and heightened focus it delivers.

With its perfect balance of essential omega-3s and omega-6s, Mila also increases flexibility of cell membranes, creating improved nutrient transport and nerve transmission within your body. This whole, raw super food boosts your brain’s power and makes focusing on your end goal that much easier. You’ll have an edge on the competition when your mind and body are optimized by Mila.

How Mila can help your Endurance:

Mila causes a powerful scientific reaction to happen within your body that extends your endurance levels. When Mila is mixed with liquid, a gel forms in the stomach that acts as a physical barrier, blocking your digestive enzymes from breaking down carbohydrates. This slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, fueling your body longer. By regularly consuming Mila before activity, you’ll prevent the dizziness and fatigue usually brought on by a crash in your blood glucose level. When you have to go harder longer, Mila endures it all with you.

What Mila does for Hydration:

All active people know that hydration levels directly affect performance ability. How many times have you seen professional athletes chugging sports drinks before running onto the field? Mila is like these sports drinks, minus all of the unnecessary sugars and artificial flavors. It’s pure, natural fuel for your body. With the ability to absorb at least 12x its weight in water, Mila holds onto moisture and prolongs your system’s hydration. This regulates electrolyte balance and nutrient absorption, which is especially important for runners. By mixing Mila with water, juice or foods rich in moisture, you’re preparing yourself to endure during times of extreme exertion.

How Mila helps your body recover quicker:

One of the defining characteristics of a true champion is the will to keep going, to never give up. Recuperating after activity is never easy, but Mila acts as your body’s natural medicine to speed the recovery process. With its anti-inflammatory properties, the Salvia hispanica L. seed aids in your body’s fight against muscle swelling. For marathon runners, bodybuilders and other athletes undergoing intense conditioning, this is an absolute must. Prescribed centuries ago by Aztec doctors, this healing seed was used by warriors to relieve joint conditions and muscle pain.

We have personally experienced all of these incredible benefits and that is why we are so passionate about this amazing whole raw food.  We want to share this food with you so you can experience all of this too.

If you are an athlete you understand the importance of what you put in your body can make or break your sports, workouts, and overall performance. Us athletes want to eat our best and put the best whole raw foods in our body so our overall performance is rockin! This amazing whole raw food is the most nutrient dense food on the planet and gives athletes that extra edge we all need to perform at our best. We are athletes and what we have experienced with eating Mila in our sports has been amazing. We have so much more endurance, our hydration is better, but the thing we have both noticed the most was that our body recovers from our hard workouts so much faster. I never feel sore anymore and our body’s are ready to go everyday no matter what we throw at them. We work our bodies hard daily too so we love our Mila. We wanted to share this information with you so you can experience the same thing we are experiencing. If you are looking for the best food out there that will make you feel your best Mila is the food for you!

For Athletes I recommend putting the Mila in your water bottle throughout your workouts. We also make Mila bars (see our Mila recipes) that we eat before we workout that gives us the energy we need and endurance to make it through and feel great too. We love Mila in our smoothies too. Those are our favorite ways to eat Mila for our workouts and sports. The greatest part about Mila is it can be added to anything you eat or drink as it barely has any taste or smell.

How Mila helps your overall performance:

Doing your best hinges on two key factors: physical ability and mental focus. Mila optimizes both. The proprietary blend of Salvia hispanica L. seed that is Mila promotes the formation of lean muscle mass, lubrication of joints and mineralization of bones. This incredible seed has been used for centuries to increase performance ability. Ancient Aztec warriors often survived on a handful of it alone during battles, understanding the physical strength, increased energy and heightened focus it delivers.

With its perfect balance of essential omega-3s and omega-6s, Mila also increases flexibility of cell membranes, creating improved nutrient transport and nerve transmission within your body. This whole, raw super food boosts your brain’s power and makes focusing on your end goal that much easier. You’ll have an edge on the competition when your mind and body are optimized by Mila.

How Mila can help your Endurance:

Mila causes a powerful scientific reaction to happen within your body that extends your endurance levels. When Mila is mixed with liquid, a gel forms in the stomach that acts as a physical barrier, blocking your digestive enzymes from breaking down carbohydrates. This slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, fueling your body longer. By regularly consuming Mila before activity, you’ll prevent the dizziness and fatigue usually brought on by a crash in your blood glucose level. When you have to go harder longer, Mila endures it all with you.

What Mila does for Hydration:

All active people know that hydration levels directly affect performance ability. How many times have you seen professional athletes chugging sports drinks before running onto the field? Mila is like these sports drinks, minus all of the unnecessary sugars and artificial flavors. It’s pure, natural fuel for your body. With the ability to absorb at least 12x its weight in water, Mila holds onto moisture and prolongs your system’s hydration. This regulates electrolyte balance and nutrient absorption, which is especially important for runners. By mixing Mila with water, juice or foods rich in moisture, you’re preparing yourself to endure during times of extreme exertion.

How Mila helps your body recover quicker:

One of the defining characteristics of a true champion is the will to keep going, to never give up. Recuperating after activity is never easy, but Mila acts as your body’s natural medicine to speed the recovery process. With its anti-inflammatory properties, the Salvia hispanica L. seed aids in your body’s fight against muscle swelling. For marathon runners, bodybuilders and other athletes undergoing intense conditioning, this is an absolute must. Prescribed centuries ago by Aztec doctors, this healing seed was used by warriors to relieve joint conditions and muscle pain.

We have personally experienced all of these incredible benefits and that is why we are so passionate about this amazing whole raw food. We want to share this food with you so you can experience all of this too.

If you’ve been thinking about trying something new… DON’T.

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I’ve been talking to a lot of people about their dreams and goals lately, and I keep consistently hearing this word and it makes me cringe.

Here it is:

"I’m going to give this or that a TRY…"

It just hits me like a ton of bricks and My heart breaks for them, because I know they’re setting themselves up for failure.

In the words of master Yoda, “Do or do not; there is no try.”

It’s all about mindset…

The truth is they’ll TRY something for a week, maybe a month. Then they’ll move on and TRY something else, and then something else… It’s a vicious cycle that sucks every last drop of life out of you.

Don’t just try. 

COMMIT…

- to life
- to family
- to finances
- to friendships
- to relationships 
- to new business’

So if you’re thinking about trying something… Don’t. But if you’re ready to Commit to something then by all means let’s get started asap!

COMMIT and go get it.

#LivePURE

If you’ve been thinking about trying something new… DON’T.

——————————————-

I’ve been talking to a lot of people about their dreams and goals lately, and I keep consistently hearing this word and it makes me cringe.

Here it is:

"I’m going to give this or that a TRY…"

It just hits me like a ton of bricks and My heart breaks for them, because I know they’re setting themselves up for failure.

In the words of master Yoda, “Do or do not; there is no try.”

It’s all about mindset…

The truth is they’ll TRY something for a week, maybe a month. Then they’ll move on and TRY something else, and then something else… It’s a vicious cycle that sucks every last drop of life out of you.

Don’t just try.

COMMIT…

- to life
- to family
- to finances
- to friendships
- to relationships
- to new business’

So if you’re thinking about trying something… Don’t. But if you’re ready to Commit to something then by all means let’s get started asap!

COMMIT and go get it.

#LivePURE

Even if you don’t quit your day job, there are definite benefits to starting a side hustle. Here are 3 advantages that come with having a side business:

1. Less Reliant on Others for Your Income

One of the harsh lessons of the most recent recession is that your day job doesn’t translate to financial security. Gone are the days when companies were loyal to their employees. These days, you can find your hours or commissions cut, or be the subject of a layoff without a lot of notice — or sympathy.

If you start a side business, though, you can rely less on your day job for financial security. With a side business, you have another source of income. While it won’t make up for the loss of a lucrative day job, it can go a long way toward helping you as you look for another job. Plus, you can use the extra income to build up your emergency fund for just these situations.

With a side business, you have a little more peace of mind, and a bit of income diversity to fall back on when you need it.

2. Unlimited Earning Potential

Your side business means unlimited earning potential. With a “regular” job, you are limited by the constraints of the situation. You can only receive so many raises — and those are often capped. Additionally, your earning potential might depend on others in your team, on the whims of a boss, or on a company’s financial situation.

When you have a side business, your earning potential is unlimited. You can always make more money over time. You can grow your business in a way that isn’t limited by the realities attached to working for someone else. It’s better than cutting your budget as well. You have more flexibility to pay down debt, build wealth, and even spend on things that you want to do when you have a business that provides you the chance to keep earning more.

3. Possibility of True Self-Employment

Not everyone wants to quit the day job and turn to full-time self-employment. However, for those who think that maybe a little more freedom is desirable, the possibility of true self-employment is a definite advantage of a side business. Not to mention all of the tax benefits, but I don’t have the time to go that deep down the rabbit hole right now! With effort, it might be possible to grow the side business to a point that it becomes the primary income source. While self-employment does come with some disadvantages, by and large it’s possible to get to the point where you can set your own schedule, and have a little more freedom with how you use your time, and when and where you work.

You don’t have to turn your side business into your main income source, but having a little side income can be a good way to improve your financial situation.

Even if you don’t quit your day job, there are definite benefits to starting a side hustle. Here are 3 advantages that come with having a side business:

1. Less Reliant on Others for Your Income

One of the harsh lessons of the most recent recession is that your day job doesn’t translate to financial security. Gone are the days when companies were loyal to their employees. These days, you can find your hours or commissions cut, or be the subject of a layoff without a lot of notice — or sympathy.

If you start a side business, though, you can rely less on your day job for financial security. With a side business, you have another source of income. While it won’t make up for the loss of a lucrative day job, it can go a long way toward helping you as you look for another job. Plus, you can use the extra income to build up your emergency fund for just these situations.

With a side business, you have a little more peace of mind, and a bit of income diversity to fall back on when you need it.

2. Unlimited Earning Potential

Your side business means unlimited earning potential. With a “regular” job, you are limited by the constraints of the situation. You can only receive so many raises — and those are often capped. Additionally, your earning potential might depend on others in your team, on the whims of a boss, or on a company’s financial situation.

When you have a side business, your earning potential is unlimited. You can always make more money over time. You can grow your business in a way that isn’t limited by the realities attached to working for someone else. It’s better than cutting your budget as well. You have more flexibility to pay down debt, build wealth, and even spend on things that you want to do when you have a business that provides you the chance to keep earning more.

3. Possibility of True Self-Employment

Not everyone wants to quit the day job and turn to full-time self-employment. However, for those who think that maybe a little more freedom is desirable, the possibility of true self-employment is a definite advantage of a side business. Not to mention all of the tax benefits, but I don’t have the time to go that deep down the rabbit hole right now! With effort, it might be possible to grow the side business to a point that it becomes the primary income source. While self-employment does come with some disadvantages, by and large it’s possible to get to the point where you can set your own schedule, and have a little more freedom with how you use your time, and when and where you work.

You don’t have to turn your side business into your main income source, but having a little side income can be a good way to improve your financial situation.

If you start thinking to yourselves, “I did all this. And all by myself. I’m rich. It’s all mine!”—well, think again. Remember that God, your God, gave you the strength to produce all this wealth so as to confirm the covenant that he promised to your ancestors—as it is today.

— Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (The Message)

What is the world’s greatest lie?” the little boy asks.
The old man replies, “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.
Paulo Coelho