I walked away from my grandmother’s business when I was 21 years old.

By that point, she had already been grooming me for 3 years to take over the business by the time I was 25.

Taxes, insurance, and accounting.

Pretty solid business considering everyone needs taxes, insurance, and accounting.

And I was really good at it too.

I handled all the automobile and homeowner’s insurance and was second hand to the owner, my grandmother, a no bullshit business owner.

At 18, she used to tell me I handled clients better than most adults she worked with over her 40 + year career.

But not only did I work full time with my grandmother, I also kept a 2nd job in a restaurant 5-7 nights a week to help pay my bills, since I was living out on my own.

And then, when I was 21, I made what everyone told me at the time was the stupidest decision of my life. I walked away from my grandmother’s business and started working full time at the restaurant.

It caused a gut-wrenching wave of emotions through my family. My grandmother didn’t talk to me for years. Understandably so, she was hurt.

And the kicker, I had no solid direction of what I wanted to do with myself. Just a bunch of ideas and dreams.

I wanted to go back to school but I didn’t know what for or how I was going to pay for it.

I just wanted time to figure it out.

My own space and time to think.

But I messed up a bunch.

I couldn’t get out of my own way.

Lost direction for a few years.

But I never let go of my ideas and dreams. I wrote notes to myself all the time just to document my thoughts and get them out of my head.

Through all my own bs, I knew I’d figure it out somehow because a failed life was never an option.

It’s in my nature to solve problems and strategize solutions.

And figuring out my life’s direction was a problem that needed solving.

So, at some point during my 20’s I stopped the self-pity party of believing everyone was right that I made the stupidest mistake of my life and started putting the pieces together.

In the coming years, I moved across the country alone (more space and time to figure it out), finished college on my own dime, got married to one of the most amazing guys I’ve ever met, we started a successful consulting business together, run our own podcast together, and now we’re currently traveling Europe for 3 months (more space and time to figure things out).

A couple things I’ve taken with me in all the years that have passed since working with my grandmother — always, always keep records, take notes, and have full insurance coverage! 😉

And I always have ever since I was 18.

I write down notes on everything – dreams, ideas, phone calls, meetings, events, people, the good and the bad. It’s all documented. Whether it gets shared or not, I always have a reference to go back to.

I contribute my success, as many twists and turns as it’s taken, to my meticulous note-taking.

If you don’t write down your ideas, thoughts, dreams, and hopes, how can you ever materialize success?

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If you want to grow your mindset and start honestly materializing your success, we have an amazing resource here at The Creative Hustler put together for newbie entrepreneurs, creatives, and side hustlers called The Growth Mindset. It’s a 12 question workbook meant to provoke deep thought so you can visualize your dreams and manifest your goals into reality.