What I’ve Been Scared to Write, or: My Big Goal

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That’s my goal. It’s not the income I want to make. It’s not what I want to be worth.

It’s what I want to give.

In the last post, I shared how Usain Bolt’s running technique can unlock the mystery to achieving goals when there are defined rules. Today I’m thinking out loud about what to do when you’ve got a big, crazy goal and the parameters aren’t defined.

… did I really just write that? What am I thinking?

I’m scared to put it up for you to see. I’d rather write it in tiny font on a tiny post-it, tuck it away in the unexplored corners of my sock drawer. But I know myself: If I do that, I’ll never do that.

But doing that feels a bit like flying through a large cloud without knowing how to read instrumentation. Am I going north, south, east, or west? Up or down? Could I be upside down?

So I put that up there. And it floats up above, not as a pall that casts a long, dark shadow, but as a sun I will use as a compass. I would like some rules though, so I’ll make up my own.

Here are my rules:

  • I start from zero. I don’t include what I’ve already given or what I give off of my current salary from my day job. This is in addition.
  • I’m honest and transparent. I give you regular updates on how I’m doing, resources I’m using, and track my progress. I do this to keep myself accountable and to share my tools. I hope it inspires others to give more radically.
  • I do not expect anyone else at JMC to give. This is my goal, not theirs. If they want to contribute anything they earn from JMC, it will be added to the count.
  • I give to organizations, not individuals. (Our goal is to provide our readers resources to help their families thrive based on our experience. We believe part of an abundant life is learning to do it for yourself–though not by yourself. We’re here to walk the journey with you). My giving will be to organizations working to solve problems I care deeply about. JMC will not accept solicitations for giving.

How do I do it?

I’m not sure. I said it was undefined, right?

I’ve only made money in defined paths: a job, writing, and speaking. I’ve only made things for fun without ever monetizing it. So what makes me think I can achieve it?

Because technology and information have democratized opportunity like never before–if you know where to look and are willing to put in sweat equity (and, yes, even if you’re not a techie). Don’t confuse this for being easy. I don’t expect easy.

What I’m trying to build is a machine that generates money with the intention of investing much of the proceeds in charities and research that make life better for my fellow humans.

Then I’m going to teach my children how to build machines of their own while they’re still young so that they can accelerate their learning. They already know basic business principals, so now it’s about layering in technology. I hope to instill in them a lifestyle of giving.

Along the way, I will write down everything I learn so you can build one for yourself as well as teach your children. And I hope that you’ll team with me in giving more radically than you ever imagined.

The options I’m exploring are affiliated marketing and drop shipping. In the next few weeks, we’ll write about what we’re learning about each–the pros and cons–and share the resources we use.

Each of these these two options are interesting, but which one is better to start? We’ll investigate.

Believe and Commit.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy, I sure hope you’re right. Do I believe it can be done? Yes! So I guess that means I’ve got $500,000 already toward my goal? (I guess all this talk about clouds and sunshine has me dreaming of a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow…waking up now.)

I find that once I’m committed to something, I figure out a way to get it done. And that’s what I’m going to do here–as my Texan friends say: get ‘er done!


Do I enter the school of hard knocks and stumble my way through or pay money to accelerate my learning?

One way to accelerate learning is by taking courses. Connor, M, and I will be checking out various courses and giving you our take on what’s helpful and what still needs more supplementing.

Another way is by hiring a coach. Is this something I should do now or later? How do I find a coach and what should I be looking for? I’ll let you know if I do hire one and my process.

What if I fail? Worse, what if I fail publicly?

Part of me feels like I just made life worse for myself. The fear of failure, especially a public humiliation, while very real, is a poor reason not to do something you’re passionate about.

(Zuzzy, Zack, and Liza: Daddy feels scared too. But life is about facing fears to achieve your dreams, and I can’t wait to see you work to achieve your own.)

But I am reminded of a quote I saw on a wall the other day from another president:

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” – John F. Kennedy

Into the Woods I Go

Unlike Usain Bolt, my journey is not in a straight line. It’s an exploration through the wild.

Laugh with me when I trip.
Pick me up when I fall.
Celebrate with me if I make it.

Do you also have a big goal?

Imagine the possibilities!  What if you could invest in or partner with a group that works to restore the world?  Even better, what if you could create a machine generating enough income to not only improve your life but that of many others?  Think about all the lives that will be improved because of your investment!

Download my FREE 17-page Guide to Achieving Your Goals and you’ll get tips on how to clarify your goals, create a plan, map the future, and help get past times when you feel discouraged.  (You can preview it here.)  Start achieving your goals today!

Tired of waiting for “someday?”  You have a dream you’d like to come true, but going for it seems too scary.  So how do you do it?  This FREE 17-Page Guide is exclusively for subscribers. It will help you clarify your goal and develop a plan that will maximize your chance of achieving it.


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Next: Money and me? It’s complicated. I’ll share my story and how it’s led me to want to spend my life giving.



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