18 months ago I took massive determined action and decided to defy the norms. After graduating from chemical engineering I thought that is it. The great life begins here. I am going to stop being a poor student, build my career as a dedicated chemical engineer, get promoted and continue to pursue that dream until I become someone significant in one these oil and gas companies. Shortly after my first job, that vision started to fade away very quickly. I kept asking myself, “Is this it? Am i going to keep doing this for the rest of my life?” I was living weekend to weekend. Punching out at 5 PM and arriving late. I started losing drive at my job. Everyday passed by so slowly. I looked at my watch every 10 minutes waiting for the day to end. I started watching “Orange is the New Black” on my phone at the office to pass by time. It was terrible! I couldn't do it anymore and I had to do something about it
It was a very tough decision at the time. I was scared and I didn’t know what to do. But looking back at it, especially after all the breakthroughs I have achieved over the past year, mentally, physically and career wise, it should’ve been a simple answer. Life is too short to do the things you hate. We are born on this earth for a limited amount of time and time is our most precious resource. It’s the only thing that you can never buy back. Why waste it on something that makes you feel like shit? Why waste it hanging out with people who put you down? Why waste it with feelings of fear, regret or anger? Why waste it on trying to please other people around you that don’t even care? And why take it so seriously! Ask yourself one simple question. If I was given a $1,000,000, right now, would you change what you do for a living? Would you alter your vision? If the answer is yes then get the fuck out and do something that you love. I am pretty sure if Cristiano Ronaldo is asked the same questions with three or even 6 more zeros on that number he would never stop playing soccer would he? And he would probably ask you to fuck off!
You have to be passionate about what you do and be truly committed to the vision behind it. More often than usual, the vision is something bigger than yourself. The kind of passion and vision that will propel you forward and give you the momentum to tackle any challenges along the way if the final goal is something you truly love and care about. Challenges are never going to stop, but the way we look and deal with them will. When you start working with passion life is so much more interesting. Personally, I have never felt better. Now I am always in a positive state, laughing, working late, hustling and enjoying the process. I am more physically and mentally fit than ever before. I am a better person simply because I am always in a better state!
Take action and don’t be afraid. Ask yourself a simple question. What’s the worst that is going to happen? Dig deep and find what you care about and start doing something about it. Almost always you can monetize something you are passionate about. Focus on your strengths, couple it with your passion and you are off to a great start. It is very important to be self aware and choose the right journey. I promise you that if you love what you do and you work hard you will be the best at it. All the famous figures, actors, founders and stars are where they are because they did what they love! Why shouldn't you?
I have this vision of a perfect world where everyone works in their true passions. Where everyone is in a great state and shape. That is why the next step for QuadRipple is HustleCo.
The HustleCo Workspace will be a shared coworking space opening Summer 2017 in Calgary with a superior motivational and engaging work environment optimized for entrepreneurs and freelancers. The HustleCo workspace is about much more than just dividing office space and providing desks. It’s about creating a space with a culture so contagious that people are addicted to going to work because the environment fosters creativity, community, hard-work and hustle. The winning and athletic work environment coupled with access to beneficial resources and superior marketing guidance from QuadRipple at the HustleCo Workspace enables members and visitors to reach their full potential unlike any other coworking space on the market.