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Are You Willing To Endure Short Term Pain For Long Term Gain?


Just another Saturday working with many more to come!


As I have just released my third book, and the year isn’t even half way over I have been getting some questions primarily, “you are working really hard how are you living the simple life you describe in your teachings?” I will say that is a very fair question, and I have an honest answer, as always, no BSing in Gary land 🙂 Some people misconstrue The Simple Life, as a way of life that doesn’t require hard work, while some think you just hangout all day in your bathrobe waiting for people to feed you grapes. Luckily, most people who follow me are motivated to make a change for the better in their life and understand hard work is required. But there have been a some here and there squawking “oh the way you did it is really expensive I’ll never be able to afford that” or “I can’t do what you did” insert any of numerous excuses here. I will guarantee with that attitude you will not be able to live the life you want. I have a saying:

“It is much easier to criticize others and make excuses than it is to be creative and come up with solutions to your problems.” 

So if you find yourself trolling social media posts to leave negative comments or leaving scathing book reviews to get your frustration out, you need to stop it. You need to focus that energy on changing your life, not complaining and crapping all over people you don’t even know.

With anything in life that involves changing for the better, there will definitely be some pain involved. So this year I have dedicated myself to being a successful author, which means I need to put my butt in gear and get things done. I made the decision I would take on a pretty hectic schedule this year in order to benefit my business and my life for the longer term. I will probably accomplish more this year than most authors would do in five years, but the possible reward is well worth it. I have found these short term sacrifices is what separates the doers from the excuse makers. Just like building my off the grid house, I made the life decision to sacrifice income and growth in my business for a couple years in order to get the project done. It isn’t always about the mighty dollar.

It boils down to what is your pain threshold? Simply, how much pain are you willing to endure to further your life endeavors? That old saying comes to mind – “no pain, no gain.” Here is another crucial point – when you do something you are passionate about a great deal of the time it doesn’t even feel like work. Why else would be here pounding out this blog post on Easter Sunday? Because I want to, no one is forcing me to do this. There is also another benefit of working on my own terms, days are just days. I don’t give holidays or weekends any special consideration. When I feel I need to take some time off, well, I take some time off.

I have received a lot of emails in the last six months telling me how envious people are of my life, and they are fascinated about how I did it. It is pretty simple a lot of short term pain for long term gain, you should have seen that coming 🙂 I’m not going to lie, I get a little uncomfortable when I realize people are truly interested in how I live. It is simply my life, no angle or thought process on how to make it interesting to others, this is it I do it everyday. If no one was buying my books or paying attention, nothing would change I would live exactly the same way.

So it boils down to if you are willing to make some sacrifices now in order to make your life better in the future. I have found most people are just not willing to make any sacrifices… they just want the easy button, don’t be that person. The time is now, start making changes no matter how small they are today, and then another one tomorrow… on and on. Next thing you know you are healthy, debt free, and living the life you want. If you are unwilling to put in the short term pain, there will be no long term gain. You can wish and hope all you want there are no unicorns or pots of gold at the end of rainbows!

Below is a little motivation showing the reward from my short term sacrifices – the view my black lab Barney and I have each night on our hikes and bike rides. Remember I have no special powers if I can do it anyone can!

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This is the third book in The Simple Life series, and I really enjoyed writing it. It wasn’t easy, as I get into some touchy subjects that most people will not touch in similar books. But as I say in this book, these are the elephants in the room, and if you don’t address them I believe you are making your life more difficult than it has to be. Trust me I have been there, so I don’t pull these out of thin air – just like everyone else I have made a few wrong turns in my life. I’m a firm believer in getting to the point and ripping the band aid off your problems or difficulties. If you are looking to pet fluffy bunny rabbits and chase unicorns this book is probably not for you… or maybe it is just what you need 🙂


Get My New Book Free – The Simple Life Guide To Decluttering Your Life


As promised in my last blog post here is the official call for Advanced Readers for my next book The Simple Life Guide To Decluttering Your Life: The How-To Book of Doing More With Less and Focusing on the Things That Matter. If you have signed up previously as an Advanced Reader, don’t worry you will receive a free copy, so no need to do anything.


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