MJ Demarco, author of The Millionaire Fastlane, is a good entrepreneur to find inspiration from because he worked his way up. Most of us who are starting online businesses are in similar boats. It’s tough sometimes to not give up on achieving financial freedom. One way to prevent yourself from giving up is to learn about others who have succeeded, especially when you can relate to those individuals. Here are three relatable, inspiring facts about MJ Demarco to give you a boost:
1. He Lived with His Mother Until He Was 26
This isn’t the common thing you think of when you look for inspiration. Usually you think of the people who walked again after doctors told them there was no chance they’d be able to. How is living with your parents longer than expected inspiring? It allows more people to relate to Demarco if they are in similar situations. It helps give them more palpable hope because they will think that if someone else in their situation could still become successful, then they can too.
Society has a stigma when it comes to living with your parents past a certain age. But if you allow the embarrassment or insecurity over it to hold you down, you’ll slow your progress.
2. Although He Graduated from College, He Didn’t Interview for Jobs
Another thing society cares about is making sure everyone gets a job. Ideally, you should go to college and then find a good job. However, many college graduates are settling for jobs that they’re overqualified for because they couldn’t land a position they were educated for. MJ Demarco was bolder when he graduated from college; he didn’t interview for jobs because he knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur.
Demarco worked many odd jobs while building a business in his spare time. Examples of jobs he had during that period were mopping floors, delivering newspapers at 3am, and delivering flowers. This shows you that regardless of what kind of job you have or whether or not you’re employed, you can successfully build a business too.
If you’re living with your parents and don’t have a job, you have the opportunity to focus all of your attention on building an online business. The biggest challenge in that pursuit will be maintaining self-discipline and consistency. For those who are employed, you’ll face the problem of finding “enough time” to work on your online business. I certainly understand the struggle; I feel like I don’t have enough time too. But as several entrepreneurs have pointed out, we all have the same 24 hours each day to work with. We have enough time. The problem comes down to productivity or time management.
3. He Used to Lack Ambition and Motivation
It’s easy to imagine the successful entrepreneurs you see as being ambitious by nature. Not all of them had a strong drive as children and teenagers. MJ Demarco is one example of an entrepreneur who lacked ambition and motivation when he was a kid. It took an event to spark that inner ambition inside of him. I think that everyone is capable of being ambitious. They just have to come across the catalyst.
MJ Demarco shared the story in his interview on Eventual Millionaire of how he had the ambition flared inside of him when he saw a Lamborghini Kuntash, one of his favorite vehicles, parked while he walked to the ice cream store. He stopped and asked the driver what he does for a living, expecting him to be an athlete. The man, however, was an entrepreneurial inventor. Demarco realized that he didn’t have to become an athlete or celebrity to be rich. He was also fueled by a desire to help his mother who was struggling as a single parent.
Entrepreneurs, athletes, and celebrities are really not that different from everyone else. They feel light years away when you’re struggling at the bottom to work your way up, but they have gone through traumas and hardships too. You can easily find at least five successful people that have similar stories and backgrounds to you.
I know I have. Peter Voogd and Eric Thomas are two examples of people I can really relate to. We have been through similar situations, so they help inspire and motivate me. They show me that it IS possible. MJ Demarco and I also have the last fact in this article in common. We both used to lack ambition and motivation. Certain events in my life created ambition inside me.
How about you? Do you have anything in common with MJ Demarco or any other successful people? Let us know in the comments below who YOU find inspiring and why.