It has been a while since my last blog post. Life has been very interesting the last few months and to expand upon that thought, the last few years.
I used to define myself as Jeff the successful investment banker and put a lot of pride and ownership in the role that I played in the world of corporate finance. I had grown in business to the 10,000 + hour point of being an expert, spoke at conferences and conventions all over the world, owned almost every material thing that money could buy (boats, planes, second homes, fast cars, trophy wife, etc.) and yet it was not enough. All of the stuff did not fulfill me.
Life has a way of giving us a shove down the path that we need to follow and it is my belief that everything in life happens for a reason. As the real estate market collapsed and the investment banking world that I have known for so many years as a bull turned into a bear, I sold the last of my stocks and assets, my marriage unwound and to summarize – some huge changes took place in my life which forceded me to take a hard look at myself. What is important (family, friends, relationships), what I am passionate about (business and pleasure), how can I be more present in life so I am living in the present moment instead of letting my mind run off about what I should, would and could be doing in the past and future.
What an enlightening process and I feel so blessed and filled with peace every day as I go through the experience. A couple of initial reads were a huge help: Ekhart Toole – The Power of Now and Robin Sharma – The Leader Who Had No Title. Those two books have led to many more which I have made a point to study and implement into my life on a daily basis. I have learned to love awakening at 5:00 am to get through my hour of personal work and goal setting before my exercise sessions which I try to follow up with daily meditation to look into my heart and get out of my mind. The process has also led to some new business breakthroughs which I will begin to cover daily with my posts.
Wishing you Health & Wealth in all areas of your life!
At first the change was difficult so I burried myself in books and learning to help me work through the issues, stay present and continue to enjoy my redefined life.