What do I mean, “Be Awesome Not Broke”?

“Be Awesome Not Broke” is a challenge: If money is keeping you from being who you want to be
—an entrepreneur, a home owner, a world traveler—
it’s time to learn how to use your money intentionally, to live that awesome life

You see, money can both help and harm. You can use it to proactively create the life you want, or be afraid of it and always see it as a roadblock. If it’s the latter, know this—it doesn’t have to be. You can learn to use it as a tool to create meaning, purpose and freedom, rather than see it as a limiting factor in your life.

(Me doing what gives me a sense of freedom – nature, exercise and leaping off things)

“So, that means you…”

To clarify up front, I am not a financial advisor or planner. I don’t wear suits! I’m not here to optimize your stock returns, and we don’t focus on retirement (saving for your future is important, but so is living a meaningful life now).

My job is to help you be more intentional with your money so you can better align your spending with your goals and values. Once you learn how to use money to bring you the greatest return on happiness (ROH), you can move from feeling stressed and guilty to intentional and empowered.

How do I know? Because I’ve made that journey myself. If you want to know how I got into this work and why I do what I do, then pour yourself a glass of scotch and sail away with me as we embark on the history of that journey.

Stepping into the drivers seat

I am not a born risk taker. I was a good boy who went to college right out of high school (because that’s what you do) and got good grades. I got a cool sounding job, working for Sony Music in New York! I also realized very quickly that I hated it.

Yet I stayed there for two agonizing years. Even though I had the opportunity to join two badass friends with a start-up music production company. Even though I had a savings cushion in the bank to let me take that opportunity. There was nothing physically keeping me at Sony. But mentally, I was trapped. Why?

  1. I believed I needed a steady income to survive.
  2. It never occurred to me I could actually follow my own dreams.
  3. I didn’t have a plan.

For two years my belief of “I don’t have enough” kept me from doing what I truly wanted. For two years I lived the status quo due to fear and (perceived lack of) money.

Welcome to what work used to look like.
It was as much fun as it looks.

Since I’m writing this as the founder of Be Awesome Not Broke, obviously something has changed. What made the difference and allowed me to make the leap?

  1. I finally believed I deserved it.
  2. I created a plan that proved I could do it financially.
  3. I engaged with others—friends, coaches, experts, etc.—who could guide and encourage me along the way.

Has it all been sunshine and rainbows since? Absolutely not. Entrepreneurship is a 24/7 personal growth experience that gives you the highest highs and lowest lows—sometimes within the same day

But you know what? I’ve found what I love to do. I’ve found that work doesn’t have to suck. I became more intentional and giving with my money and time. I found my awesome.

Working during my 7-week road trip of 2016 at Crater Lake National Monument. This is more like it.

I did it. So can you.

This is why I focus specifically on removing money as a roadblock for people—because I’ve seen how doing it changed my life.
I know how awesome it is to live from a place of excitement and gratitude rather than resentment and resignation.

If you’re feeling financially stuck and ready to make a change, then let’s take a look at what it would look like to work together.


Copyright 2017 | Be Awesome Not Broke

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