What can you do in 2 years anyways?
That’s a good question. 2 years ago, I started making some changes in my life that led me to where I am today. One of those, included starting this blog. That decision led to a whole lot of other things that I’ve been able to do over the last 731 days that I used to think were impossible. A few of them include:
- Getting my first ‘real’ job ever (at a place that didn’t rhyme with QPS). Thanks Todd!
- Running my first 5k.
- Running my first triathlon.
- Working my way up to Marketing Director.
- Running my first half-marathon
- Becoming an extra in a movie.
- Quitting a job for my first time ever.
- Getting recruited for the first time ever (by two companies).
- Making a really poor decision that eventually turned out great.
- Running a marathon
- Going on road trips to Texas, Florida, the entire West Coast, Canada, Mexico, California and more.
- Starting a clothing line
- Funding 50+ entrepreneurs on Kiva.
- Moving six (6) times.
- Going skydiving with 41 awesome people.
- Going Bungee Jumping with 20 other awesome people.
- Quitting my job for the 2nd time in 6 months.
- Speaking at Universities.
- Creating a presentation that’s been seen over 111,000 times.
- Selling my car, moving out of my apartment, packing up my Cora bag and “officially” becoming homeless.
- Visiting London, Hawaii (2x), Austin, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami, San Antonio, Portland, Denver, and a whole bunch of other places.
- Starting my own online marketing agency.
- Running my first Half-Ironman.
- Writing a book that’s been downloaded 10s of thousands of times.
- Speaking at Target HQ in Minneapolis (yes, that Target).
- Starting my own business.
- Writing 212 blog posts on this blog (we’re just starting to hit that boiling point). Boom.
- Meeting countless friends, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, working on inspiring stuff that pushes me to get better – a lot better.
Along the way, I’ve become a completely different person than I was two years ago. A few years ago, every time I tried something new, there was this voice in my head yelling YOU CAN’T DO THIS! THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE! 2 years ago, I would have agreed, given up before even trying and gone home.
2 years later, that voice is still there, but it’s a little quieter and a little easier to ignore and I usually go ahead and try it anyways – even in the little things (Yesterday for the first time in 25 years, I learned how to dive. After about a half-dozen belly flops, I managed to eek out a couple half-decent dives. There’s more work to do, but it’s a start!).
It’s quite humbling to look back at the last 2 trips around the sun and see how things have changed since then. In some ways it feels like it hasn’t even been a few months and in others it feels like it’s been ages. I look back at old posts and sometimes it’s hard to realize that I’m the one who wrote them. I look at my impossible list and wonder if I’ve really actually done all those things. But I am and I have. It’s been hard, but it’s also been worth it 100 times over.
So what can you do in 2 years anyways?
Turns out – quite a lot.
All you have to do is start.