Leading up to my first official blog post for Electric Family, I tried to think of the best way I could introduce myself to you all. My first thought was to give a standard introduction article about my family and friends, where I grew up, where I went to school, and so on. Then I snapped out of that drone’ish mindset, realizing I’m not here to write an elementary school autobiography. I imagine that through this series, I’ll eventually get to those topics in a more interesting way.
Today, I would like to talk about sacrifice and what it means to me. People are usually motivated by many similar end goals in life. These goals can range from love and happiness, to fame and power. I believe the key factor of achieving goals depends on the reasons behind reaching them and how much you are willing to sacrifice to make sure they come to fruition.
In August of 2013, our entire team was working on Electric Family part time while working other jobs to pay our bills. Everything started getting so crazy after we launched the Adventure Club bracelet in July 2013. In order to keep the company moving ahead, we had to make a decision to either move home and work full time on EF or let the company go and enter the corporate world. We had a nice gig down in San Diego -- beach, friends, and a happy lifestyle, but it was so clear to me what had to be done. For the next year I worked out of my mom’s garage with 2 of my closest friends from childhood. We didn’t pay ourselves (we still don’t), have any sort of social life, and gave up everything we loved in San Diego to chase our dreams. If we failed, I would have at least known that I had given everything to make it possible. However, if we had stayed in San Diego, I would have gone the rest of my life wondering “what if”, and that’s something I could never live with. I am forever grateful to my family and friends for their support during this time.
Everyone has dreams and aspirations of what they strive to become in life. Unfortunately, very few are willing to do what’s necessary to reach those goals. If you want to be a professional surfer, living by the beach and surfing everyday is highly recommended. If you want to be fitness professional, but are currently out of shape, you might find it difficult to achieve your dreams. However, you must ask yourself, how badly do I want it? It’s amazing what we can achieve once the mindset is clear and we take that first step of commitment in the direction we desire.
Electric Family has taught me that if I want to achieve my goals and make a real impact in this world, I will have to be completely selfless. To me, life isn’t about the self; it’s about being apart of something that’s bigger than “me”. I am committed to doing everything in my power to make sure I leave this world a little better than when I arrived.