John Mann

John Mann

Turning 40!


So I recently turned 40 and came to the realization that I'm not sure what age milestones mean anymore. I remember when I was so excited to turn 18 to vote, 21 to drink, 25 to rent a car... then it all came to 30. Now that I am 40, I'm realizing that I have learned a LOT about life, people, relationships, work, careers, etc... and the most important thing I think is that I have a lot to learn. Very cliche I know, but I always believe (eventually) that cliches become cliches because they are often true. I always think I can do things, but what is it that I really want to do? I want to finish my book. I want to get in better shape. I want, I want, I want... blah, blah, blah... what about, I hope to help someone else reach their dream. The best feeling in the world is when you help someone else succeed. Winning the lottery from what I hear is only exciting the first month. The feeling of helping someone reach one of their goals lasts a lifetime. So the want that I have now is this...

I want to inspire others to think of others

We are destroying our world out of greed. The 1% debate is quite funny if you take the world as a whole. The majority of Americans are the 1% of the world. Someone recently summed that debate up very well, it is the haves vs the have-mores. I liked that. When you have 100 million dollars, why do you want 200? When you have 1 billion, why do you NEED 2 billion? What number makes it stop? I don't claim to be above any of this. I'm truly blessed, I have a great job (actually, I am working 3 jobs right now)... because I am a hard worker and blessed to be in the industry I am, I do want certain things. Good food, warmth, and a good internet connection. So I'm not trying to be hypocritical, I am aware of my current situation. But I don't think if I had 100 million dollars, that I would go buy a 30,000 hat, because I could. Now, for those who have known me for a while, there was DEFINITELY a time that I would have told you differently, but that brings me back to my topic... turning 40. I've learned lessons, painful and some funny, over the course of my life and I am slowly maturing and realizing to make good decisions, not just selfish ones. Good decisions aren't always (or actually are rarely) the easy ones. I am still learning that. I'm trying to be better. But to be better for others, I need to take care of myself, what I eat, how I exercise, and what my thoughts are. If are thoughts lead our actions, then what truly are you doing? I am not perfect, but I am learning more and more from everyone I meet. I hope to inspire at least one person this year. I enjoy that goal. I hope I can inspire as my wife has inspired me in such a short time. Thanks for stopping by and good night for now.

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