Hi! My name is Matt Wells.
Sure, I’ve accomplished a few things in my life (ie – college degree) but I’ve always done it while working for someone else. I’ve always felt that I’m capable of more and destined for greatness, but have constantly been putting it off, usually for less than productive activities (I’m looking at you TV).
Why? Well, that’s a great question. I’m not totally sure about the answer to that, but I’m pretty sure that it has something to do with a combination of:
- Lack of direction as to what I really want to do with my life
- A subsequent lack of confidence, and
I’ve tried several different careers over the last several years and none of them have really struck me as my calling. I would go to work and do my job, all the while telling myself that someday I would beat the system and figure out a way to make a living independently and escape the rat race.
Then I would go home, eat dinner, hang out with my beautiful girlfriend, and watch TV with a beer in my hand until the next thing I knew, it was time for bed. I’d wake up the next morning feeling down on myself because I had let another day slip through my fingers without taking any constructive steps towards achieving my dreams. It wasn’t that I didn’t have any ambition because I knew that I ultimately wanted to achieve a life of independence and self-sufficiency, I just didn’t know how to get there. I realized that I’m not lacking ambition, I’m Slacking Ambition.
I’ve never really been sure of what I want to be when I grow up. As a result, I worked in the service industry for a long time. I always knew that I was destined for more, so I went back to college and got degree in political science. Why? I’m not really sure. I just found it interesting. I never really had any concrete plans for what to do with my degree. I just figured that having once would be enough. Then I graduated and reality set in. So I got a job at a credit union. I quickly realized that I hated it and that I was meant to do more with my life. So I quit to become a real estate agent.
I got my license and had all the optimism in the world. Then I get smacked with reality again. Being a real estate agent is hard and there is significant moolah to put up for MLS dues and you don’t pull a regular paycheck. I wasn’t able to make the real estate thing work and it made me depressed. So I finally stopped paying my MLS dues, and got a job serving tables again until I could figure out what was next.
That’s when I landed a high paying sales job at a well known tech company selling back-end enterprise IT infrastructure management software to the government. It felt so good putting in my notice at the restaurant I was at and telling the other employees how great things were going for me. I was on my way to success and finally doing something with my life. Then, reality kicked me in the shin again. I really, really hated it. Not only was my soul being crushed with the stress of sales quotas that I no chance of hitting, but my libertarian tendencies were causing me real grief about selling to help grow the size of the government.
That job didn’t work out either. It officially ended in July of 2015. Since then, I have been making ends meet thanks to the amazing resources we have via the power of the internet with apps like Lyft and Uber. I’ve also realized what I want to do with my life.
I’ve always wanted to be in radio and media production in general. I listen to podcasts more than any other form of media. I’ve wanted to start a podcast for years and years but have procrastinated and put it off over and over.
That’s when it hit me that I should do a podcast devoted to helping people like me who are destined for greatness but don’t know how to get there, where we investigate the underlying reasons that we procrastinate and start learning about strategies and actionable goals that we can implement into our daily routines to stop slacking and start living the lives we want for ourselves.
The internet is the most revolutionary and powerful tool that mankind has ever known. It allows regular people to create media platforms and reach audiences in ways that were not possible a generation ago. I want to learn to harness this power so that I can escape the rat race and achieve freedom, then educate and inspire others to realize that they can too! I also want to provide tools and resources to help avoid procrastination pitfalls, be more independent, and start achieving actionable goals to create tangible change!
This is the beginning of long journey and I invite you come along with me. Together, we can learn how to avoid getting distracted, increase our self discipline, stop procrastinating, overcome fear, stop slacking and start living as the ideal vision of ourselves!