How Discipline Played an Important Role in My Evolution from an Employee to Entrepreneur

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This post is not about the latest investment advice or a breakthrough trend in personal finance, rather a reflection of my evolution from a Corporate professional to a full time internet marketer and blogger living the mobile lifestyle.

While there are several factors that contributed to this successful transition, one of the more critical ingredients that made the transformation possible is discipline; discipline in living, learning, applying and giving.

It’s amazing how successful individuals, no matter in what field of practice, always share certain characteristics and discipline is one of them.

For example, without a strong and disciplined approach to living and saving, an average couple making the average annual income in the United States would never be able to retire on time or early and with financial abundance. Similarly, without a disciplined approach to learning, applying, monitoring and tweaking, an entrepreneur cannot be successful at his or her chosen field.

Utilizing that very same disciplined approach, I was able to break into a top ten university out of high school to become the first in my family’s lineage to attend and graduate from college. I went on to pursue a Masters degree, and subsequently several certifications that have left an alphabet train after my name.

Many stop right at high school graduation. Some may push through and complete college. But only few pursue higher heights.  Not because they are not interested, but rather because it takes sacrifice and discipline to achieve those heights, and that of course is a trade off not many are willing to accept.

Fast forward a few years in Corporate America….

I was making a mid six figure salary with excellent benefits all under the age of 30.  I was happy with how I was managing the core pillars of my life which include my faith, family, fortune and fitness. I kept accumulating more fortune, enjoyed the relationships with my loved ones, kept in great shape and gave away a fixed percentage of my income back to causes I believed in.

I was not unhappy at all, but I felt that something was missing to go from good to great. It was my drive for entrepreneurship and creation.  Having experienced so much success in my past, I knew I could achieve what I wanted by applying the same disciplined approach that worked for me in the past.

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The beauty of a disciplined approach to success is that once you have executed it, it becomes that much easier the second time around. Moreover, the psychological advantage you have is tremendous because you know you can do it.  This is exactly what enables successful individuals to make it back to the top despite having to start all over again. They know they can do it because they have been there before. They know what it takes to make it work.

Fast forward a few years to today, I am managing a portfolio of healthy investments of all sorts, in real estate, the stock market, brick and mortar businesses and the cyberspace. The model that I have established allows me to live off of my investments and enjoy the mobile lifestyle that anyone can achieve in my opinion, but few are willing to do what it takes to get there.

Reflecting back on the core pillars of my life, today with the grace of God my faith is stronger than ever before, I have more fortune, more abundant and satisfying relationships, and I continue to give back more.  The beauty of this cycle is that the more I give, the more I get back multiple times over. I don’t know the science behind it, and likely there is none, but that has got to be one of my most lucrative growth strategies ;)

I am thankful for what I have and what I have been able to achieve, and none of it would have been possible without a disciplined approach to life.  Whether it’s investments, personal finance or entrepreneurship, this disciplined approach to life has helped me growth personally, professionally and spiritually.

Sunil owns over a dozen profitable niche websites and is the author of “How to Go from $0 to $1,000 a month in Passive and Residual Income in Under 180 Days All in Your Spare Time“, a FREE report you can download instantly from his Extra Money Blog, where he discusses expedited wealth building through solid personal finance, entrepreneurship and internet marketing. In 2007, he sold his ecommerce website for $250,000 to a top Ebay Power Seller and since then has sold several niche sites for five figures each. You can read more about him and his work on his blog.

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