When I was 22, I had earned a job with Edward Jones Investments. I passed the Series 7 broker exam and Series 66 and hit all the benchmarks with the company. I was Will Smith in ‘Pursuit of Happyness’, and thought I’d made it.
I knocked on more than 1,000 doors, pushed through rejection, and held $5.5 million under management in my first year. I had an office, a secretary, a handful of expensive suits, a nice car, and a $500,000 house (because I thought that meant success, but more on that at another time).
The company sent one hundred other brokers and me to a sales seminar, and Tony Robbins asked us to write down on a piece of paper what we wanted to achieve. Not a goal or objective we would hit this year, but an actual vision for our life. I took a moment and started writing. I completed the assignment, looked around, and noticed I was the first one done. I read through my response and quickly realized this is not where I want to be.
I did everything the company set in front of me and in many ways I was succeeding although, internally, I was unsatisfied. I wanted to help people in a bigger way than just investing their money. I wanted to help people move forward in life, help artists share their passion with others, and assist entrepreneurs and business owners with starting and growing their businesses.
To many people, it didn’t make sense; things were going well and I worked my butt off to get where I was. Though to me it was clear as day: I needed to shift. I woke up the next morning put on my suit and went to the office. I shared with my leader that I will not be continuing with the company. He said I was crazy and asked why in the world would I quit now? Without hesitation, I said, “Life is way too long to be doing the wrong thing.”
I have worked for myself ever since. Today, I have the privilege of helping professionals and entrepreneurs move forward and reach their potential.
I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to serve others, and I will never forget the many lessons I learned at Edward Jones.Life is way too long to be doing the wrong thing. Click To Tweet
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