Surfer’s Paradise

I spoke last week at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  Without question, if I had attended a school with views and surroundings like Pepperdine has, there is NO WAY I would’ve ever made it to class.  (I barely made it to class in Northern Iowa…)

One of the things I most enjoy about traveling and presenting in different places is getting to see how other people live and imagining what life might be like if I transplanted my family there.  I’ve lived in California before, so I know what “life” is like there — both in Northern and Southern areas.

However, there are experiences I wasn’t able to have in the previous trips to Cali, and this last trip allowed me to cross one major item off of my bucket list.  I finally went surfing.

Now before I go into how badly I got my ass handed to me by the ocean, it’s worth mentioning that I’ve wanted to surf since I was probably 12 when my parents took my sister and I to Hawaii.  I imagined that I’d pop up on the first wave and ride it all the way in to the beach.  In my mind, I was Brody from Point Break.

It’s made nearly every Big Dream List I’ve ever filled out, and with the help of Succeed Faster alum, Dave Glanzrock, I finally get to say that I tested my manliness against the Pacific and it chewed me up and spit me out.  This time.

While I watched some of the pros pop up off their boards with the mere hint of a wave, I started wondering what these dudes did for a living.  Why were they in the 54 degree water on a Thursday morning?  What was life like for them?  Where did they live?

Of course, you can only daydream and ponder these things for a minute or two before the surf picks you up and slams you back to reality.  Over and over and over… (am I selling how badly I got douched with sand?)

After breakfast at the world-famous Sugar Shack, we drove down the coastline and saw amazing homes that were no doubt built decades ago when people could still afford to buy land on the coast.  There was a lot for sale that Dave and I surmised would be a great place to build a surfer’s paradise.  The lot was about 12-15’ wide and probably 80’ deep.  The home that could be built on it would be described as a shotgun home because you can fire a shotgun from the front door right through to the back.

Asking price of the lot: $3 Million.

What I want you to do is listen to your inner voice — does it say, “That’s ridiculous.”?  Or, do you think, “Maybe someday..”?

While I don’t see myself buying the lot and building The Carroll Surf-Inn right away, I do believe in Dreaming Big and putting some completely (seemingly) unattainable goals on my dreams list.

While others would turn their nose at a $3M lot, I find immense enjoyment in letting my subconscious run wild with how I’m going to make the money to pay for that lot over… and over… and over.

You want to Succeed Faster?  Figure out exactly what you want out of life.  Get really specific.  Write it all down.  Then get to work thinking about how you’re going to make it happen.

We’ll teach you how to do all this and more at Succeed Faster in Chicago July 13-15, 2012.  Hope to see you there!