Be What You Are. What Are You?

What are you?

This seems like a simple question, but it may not be easy to answer.

Or you may answer it, but then notice your day-to-day actions might not reflect your answer.

I’ve known a long time what I was supposed to be, but never committed to it.

Until now.

But even what I thought I was supposed to be is not the truth of what I am; this is probably true for you, too.

What Am I?

Since high school, I’ve known I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I wanted to go to college and get a degree in accounting, which I did, because I thought accounting was the back-bone of business and would help me when I started my own ventures.

I got to my senior year in college and decided I didn’t want to be an accountant, but when I told my mom I wanted to change my major, she wouldn’t allow it; she thought being an accountant was a “safe” choice that would provide a comfortable living. She said that accountants will always be wanted and that I would never be short of work. I mean, I guess she was right. All you had to do was look at the number of employers who used staffing agencies for recruitment to see that there was always a need for them. At this point, I just didn’t know what to do.

Not being true to myself and changing my major, and subsequently getting a job in accounting, was a mistake for me that resulted in a lot of wasted time. I didn’t excel as an accountant and I wasn’t very fulfilled.

That is not to say that accountancy cannot be a highly rewarding career path however. A good friend of mine works in accounting and he leads financial seminars to pass on his monetary wisdom to the next generation. And I know for a fact many companies use accounting services like and many others to outsource all of their work, so it is a decent job but just not the one for me unfortunately.

He is also very involved in the marketing side of the business. Just the other day he was telling me about financial marketing experts like LeadJig that can help financial advisors to promote their services.

Ultimately, finding what works for you and your ambitions is fundamental.

With complacency comes regret. – Mario Armstrong

I think it’s risky playing it safe with our lives, and a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.

Ironically, I was never comfortable as an accountant because I wasn’t living an authentic, purpose-driven life. I mean don’t get me wrong its a great career path as many businesses use Accountants Perth way or more local to them for their tax/payroll needs, but this just wasn’t a role that would fulfill my needs.

I was supposed to be an entrepreneur.

A Conscious Choice

After dabbling in entrepreneurship, but never fully committing, I decided at the end of 2011 I was an entrepreneur and I was going to find my way.

No matter what.

I turned down a marketing job interview at Kimberly Clark, that my wife swears to this day I probably would’ve gotten. I decided instead to start a business plan consulting practice that I knew wasn’t a long-term solution, mostly because it didn’t scale, but figured if I took the first step, the rest would eventually take care of itself.

If you read this blog regularly, you know I saw this program on HGTV and the idea for WeMontage was born, and I was on my way to living an authentic life:

My Vision Board

Mario Armstrong challenged me to create a vision board via his Facebook group, The Never Settle Club, a place for people looking to turn their life’s passion into a reality.

My vision board is simple in that it focuses on three things:

  1. Family
  2. Spirituality
  3. And clarity about my goal for my business

It’s that second item, spirituality, that speaks more to the truth of what I am than just being an entrepreneur. And even clearer now is my purpose, which is not just to be an entrepreneur, but to also inspire others to do the same.

Hence, the existence of this blog.

Here’s a video explanation of my vision board:

Do you have a vision board? I’d love to know what’s on it.

Do you know what you are?

What are you?

Are you spending time being true to what you are?

If not, what will it take to make a change?

I think all you need to do is simply decide to change.

Hit me in the comments with your answers. Be well.

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  1. This speaks to me. Thanks Jimmy. Great article. I believe being a single guardian and student I’m challenged about being able to fully step out. I’m trying (dislike that word) to make it happen in time. Keep writing.

  2. I don’t have a vision board, but I know that nothing new grows in the comfort zone. Sadly I never even had a backup plan. Or maybe happily. I always wanted to be a writer and a photographer. And a mama.

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