Don’t you think it’s about time you followed your passion?
In this video, Joshua Bevan learns how important it is to achieve success by following your passion. Using your special talents to help the world is not only vital to your own happiness, but it is also the key to living a life of true love and meaning. We all know that finding and following your passion can be challenging, but, as Joshua finds out, you have been given a gift to give to the world. Once you truly believe that following your passion can lead to success, the proper path will become easy.
We’ve heard it before: You’ve been given a gift. You have special gifts.
But the thing that they don’t say is that the gift is not for you. The gift is for you to give to the world. Let me put it like this: When I was eight years old, I went to Jill Flores’ birthday party. The party was a regular 8 year old’s party… balloons, cake, games.
One of the cool things that I remember is that Jill’s family had a big property and they collected a lot of big crazy stuff from movie sets and theme parks… It was all basically junk, but it was really fun to play around.
Now, when you go to a party, what do you bring? A present, right? Well, at the time, I was not an eight year old girl. I didn’t have any frame of reference to pick out a present. Nor did I have any money to buy one if I did. So my mom bought the present. I think it was a my little pony. Then my mom wrapped up the birthday gift, gave it to me, and drove me to the party. When we got there, I gave Jill her gift, and I had a great time at the party.
That’s the way it works when you’re eight, and that’s the way it works for the rest of your life.
You have been given a gift. It’s been wrapped up nice and pretty. But the gift is not for you. The gift is meant for you to give to the world.
Once you start giving your gift to the world, you are going to have a great time at the party.
Now, when I was 8, my mom went out and got a my little pony, wrapped it up and handed it to me. What would happen if I never gave that gift to whom it was intended for? What if I just stayed home, and let the pretty wrapped package gather dust on the shelf? Two things would happen:
- Jill would have lost out on that my little pony. Not a huge bummer if she misses one toy horse. But, what if a lot of the other kids stayed home also? What if the only kid that came gave Jill a my little pony sparkling stable, but she had no ponies to put in it? The same thing is happening in the world right now. Too many people are wasting their time in jobs that they hate while their gifts sit on a shelf gathering dust. That doesn’t just affect you. That affects all of us.
- The second thing that would have happened if little eight year old Joshua was to scared to take his gift over to Jill Flores’ house, is that I wouldn’t have had any fun at the party. I wouldn’t have gotten any cake and ice cream. I wouldn’t have been able to play any games. I wouldn’t have been able to ride that giant spinning barrel that I’m pretty sure used to be at Magic Mountain.
When you give your gifts to the world, you have a good time. That’s the best part about your special gifts. Not only are you good at giving them, you have fun doing it! So do it. I understand that we all have to tread water a little bit. But there is plenty of time in everyday. Message me and I will help you look at your schedule and find some time to give your gift to the world.
I used to think that you had to work hard at success in order to be able to enjoy your passions. But it’s the opposite: you must work hard at your passions in order to enjoy success!
Let me know what your passions are. Tell me about your gifts. And tell me how I can help.
In this episode, Joshua learns that there is no such thing as too much confidence. Arrogant people are put in the same category as selfish or rude people. True leadership comes from being sure of where your going and letting others know about it.
Too Much Confidence
Today, I’m going to share with you a quick lesson I learned about confidence. Are you ready?
There is no such thing as too much confidence.
Did you get that? You want it slower this time? There is NO such thing as too much confidence.
We all know that your success has a lot to do with your level of self-assuredness, self-confidence.
The more positive and definite you sound like with your decisions, the more likely other people are going to follow your leadership. You want to attract more people to your line of thinking, no matter what industry you are in. Bigger leader = more followers = more success!
Confidence is attractive.
And the higher your confidence, the more attractive you become to others. Simple, right?
But Joshua, too much confidence comes across as cocky and arrogant!
No. There’s no threshold. There’s no line you cross that makes you all of a sudden become cocky.
Cockiness and arrogance come on a different scale. They come from a lack of consideration for others. They are on the same scale as rudeness and selfishness. Cockiness and arrogance come out when your actions and decisions only benefit you don’t reflect consideration for the other person’s thoughts or feelings.
As long as you’re a genuine, authentic human being who thinks about the world around you when you make decisions, you have no danger of EVER being too confident in those decisions or in yourself.
What do you do to boost your self-confidence? How do you work on being sure of your decisions? Share with us in the comments below.
In this episode, Joshua Bevan learns from a successful Real Estate investor that the best way to be successful is to act at the speed of instruction. If you want to Earn all you can and save all you can so you can give all you can, you must open the shrink wrap of those seminar education systems and start applying what you learn.
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A few days ago Ryan brought up a great point about the value of education. It sparked an awesome discussion about those of us who go to a seminar and buy an educational product and then take it home and do nothing with it.
We are shelling out big bucks at the seminar and it just sits there in the – I love the term that someone said – the “shelf help” section of our book case.
So some people say that knowledge is power. But I like to think of it as only
Applied Knowledge is Power.
Let me tell you about a friend of mine. My friend J has a motto. Almost a mantra. J says, “Act at the speed of instruction.”
And J doesn’t just say it, he lives it.
I admire J very much. He is not only a great business man and real estate investor. But I also admire him as a kind, giving family man.
Now, I tagged J in this video, but I know he’s not going to respond right now because, at this very moment, he is accomplishing another page in his dream book.
Congratulations! Way to go, buddy!
Now a few years ago, J was in a tough spot, to put it mildly. To respect his privacy, I’m not going to get into the details, but let me just say that major health issues led to major financial issues. To the point that J was selling his personal positions on ebay just to put food on the table for his family.
Now J worked his butt off just to try to find the investment for a Real Estate Investor Education program.
By the way, this system that J uses is, in my opinion, THE Real Estate education that everyone needs. If you want the info, private message me and I’ll get it to you.
So the key that J implements that I personally am learning from him is: every time he learns something, he applies it immediately.
When he is told that a successful investor has many Real Estate agent contacts, he is on the phone calling up agents. When an instructor teaches him how to analyze a property for a short sale, he has a hundred spreadsheets filled out by the end of the day.
Now really awesome thing is, it works. In fact, it has worked so well for J. that in a few short years, he has grown his business, net worth, passive income, and accomplished so many pages in his dream book that he is going to need another book to start dreaming even bigger.
So that’s the key. That’s what I learn from J. Act at the speed of instruction.
Making an investment in yourself, an investment in your future is awesome. But for heaven’s sake, take it out of the shrink wrap. This is not a comic book action figure that keeps its value if it’s never opened.
That’s the big deal. So I know that you’ve figured out who you want to be and what you need to learn. So find someone who can help you gain that knowledge…
APPLY it. Start doing it.
Tell us all what you are looking to learn in the comments below, and, as a group, we can help you connect with the right person. I’ll see you later. Have more fun.
In this episode Joshua Bevan learns from a group of evolutionary psychologists why fear and stress is a reflex when we are presented with an embarrassing situation.
If you liked that video, check out another video where I learn to face my irrational fears.
Why does embarrassment cause stress?
Hey, Joshua Bevan here, learning how to earn all I can, save all I can, so I can give all I can.
I read an article written by a group of evolutionary psychologists that really helped me put some of my fears into perspective.
We all know about the Fight or Flight response, right? It was developed over time to help me when I’m in physical danger. When the lion starts charging me, I’ve got to gear my body up to protect myself.
I’ve got to choose between pulling out my spear and killing the lion, or running as fast as I can and hoping to get away.
That makes sense…but here’s the really interesting part:
In the world I live in, I’m not presented with physical threats very often. My life is rarely in that kind of danger. Yet my body still gears up. I get that stress response.
My heart starts racing, pupils dilate, heavy breathing, digestion shuts down.
But all of this happens when I’m “just” about to talk to a new person or stand on stage in front of many people. There’s no physical danger here. The worst thing that can happen is that I can embarrass myself.
Embarrassment? So what? What does my tribal hunter/gathering ancestor care about embarrassment?
Ah-ha! But he does! You see back, then my survival is all based within the tribe. If I did something that was socially unacceptable, the rest of the tribe would punish me.
Watch. Say I was foolish enough to put on my best loincloth and seduce the chief’s woman. We sneak off and make passionate love on the bear skin rug.
Now when the chief walks into the wig-wam, he’s going to be pissed. He and all of his homeboys are going to beat me up and leave me in the jungle- all alone.
I’m all alone in the jungle. I’m not going to survive. My genes aren’t going to be passed on…
Now let’s take it a step further. What if the whole tribe is trying to figure out where to find the best hunting area.
I stand up in front of everyone and tell them my idea. But they all think my speech was lame and my idea sucks. They all laugh, and I’m embarrassed.
If I present embarrassing ideas over and over again, the tribe won’t accept me anymore. They will leave me alone to die.
To our ancestors, embarrassment equals death.
But do us, it doesn’t. That’s what we have to remember. In the embarrassing moment, I know it feels like you’re facing death.
But when it’s over, we can all look bath and laugh. Tell me about your most embarrassing moment, one where you thought you were facing death. Leave a comment below or post a message on Facebook.
I’ll see you later, have more fun!
Joshua Bevan shows how society is failing our youth. True talent is squandered in the quest for mediocrity.
The message: Stop Being Average! Work on improving the areas in which you excel. Others will help you in your weak areas.
Hi there, this is Joshua Bevan learning how to earn all I can save all I can so I can give all I can. Something came up yesterday with a HUGE life lesson in it, and I had to get out the camera and tell you the story today.
One of the parts that I love about owning my own business is that I write my own schedule and can make the time to give back to the world in the way I want. One thing I really enjoy is volunteering as a director at a summer camp. I started as a counselor and loved it so much that I now train young adults how to be awesome counselors as well; how to truly make a positive impact on the lives of the campers. So last night while we were at a fundraising event…
If you have a few dollars extra to make a tax deductible donation that would go a loooong way to improving the lives of local youth, send me a personal message or email and I’ll put you in touch with the right people. Thank you!
…So last night, we were at a fundraising event, and I was chatting with one of my best counselors. I’m not going to use her real name on here because I don’t want to embarrass her, but we’ll call her Nicole.
Nicole is a junior in high school. She is a wonderful writer. I’ve been lucky enough to read some of her short stories, and it blows me away, how good they are!
Now, Nicole also happens to be a good student. She works hard to earn good grades in all of her classes. This particular night, she was stressed out over an upcoming history test. She was having trouble memorizing all of the names and dates.
This got me thinking. Here’s a girl who has a great creative writing talent – and writing is something she LOVES. With the proper encouragement, I have no doubt that she will become one of the great writers of our time.
But our society is failing her.
Instead of nurturing and developing the talents that each individual excels with, our system is designed to encourage each individual to focus on being average, across the board.
I’m going to tell you what I told Nicole last night:
Stop being average!
You are allowed to be great!
I’m giving you permission right now to stop focusing on improving your weaknesses. If you’re particularly good at memorizing facts, that’s ok. If not, that’s ok too, because there are other people whose strengths lie in your areas of weakness. You will find them, and help each other succeed.
But for now, the best thing you can do is focus on your strengths. What are you good at? What do you LOVE to do?
And just like you now have permission to have weaknesses, I now also give you permission to love your strengths.
Put most of your focus into working on those strengths. Love doing it! Know that there is always room for improvement. You can always learn something from each new person that you meet.
That is how you become GREAT!
How are you working on becoming great? What are your talents? What do you love?
Tell me and the rest of the community about it. Leave a comment below and we’ll help each other succeed.
Your family’s food bill is a great place to “Save all you can.” In this video, Joshua Bevan shows how easy it is to grill a turkey that was on sale for the Thanksgiving holiday. It is so easy, anyone can do it, any time of year!
Hey, Joshua Bevan here learning how to earn all I can, save all I can so I can give all I can. It’s not too often that I get to do a save all you can video, but I just love this time of year. Uh, right now, we’re mid-November, and because of the holidays that are coming up, you can get a great deal uh on a turkey, a whole turkey.
5 bucks for this 16 lb Turkey. Great Deal.
So I’m super excited about all the fun that we’re gonna have actually preparing this bird, it’s going to be delicious food, but the best part is, all that money that we’re saving on all those meals, we’re going to actually be able to put to good use, to better the world around us, and that’s the best part about of it of all.
If you want some more videos on exactly what I’m doing to prepare, uh, I’m going to put some links up on joshuabevan.com/grilledturkey.
So I’m going to go ahead and chop this up. I’m gonna chop this turkey up into pieces and that’s going to be perfect for grilling. You know, the inside of the box thinking is that we have to roast this turkey, and we have to roast it whole, and augh, that’s just such a pain. But oh my gosh, if you prepare a turkey right, it can be delicious for leftovers, for sandwiches, all kinds of good meat, you know, this 16 lb bird is going to feed my family for days and days, so it’s gonna be a great thing and I’m super excited.
There ya go, basically now we have all our turkey in pieces. These pieces are gonna be perfect for grilling and what we, what we have left is this carcass here, that still has good meat on it so what I’m gonna do, is I’m gonna put it in a little stock pot right over here, with all of the uh you know, special prizes that, that came inside the bird. Put water in there, put some vegetables, and boil that, and, and then eventually I’m gonna strain it and pick the meat off. That’s gonna be good soup, with the vegetables, maybe we’ll put some either rice or pasta in there with it, maybe potatoes, but that’s gonna be a really good soup, and it’s basically free! That is with whatever’s leftover from this meal, so that’s gonna save a lot. That’s a whole meal basically free.
Awesome. Now on to the brine.
Now brine is basically sugar and salt in a water solution. Some people like to put extra spices in there, but me personally I think it’s a waste because I like to put all the spices on later in a rub, and I’ll show you that later on.
So basically what I put in my brine is kosher salt, and honey, and I’ve made some hot water right here, and we’re just gonna pour them in and stir them in and make sure that they dissolve very well.
Turkey Brine Recipe
1 Gallon Water
2 cups Kosher Salt
1 1/3 cups Honey
Great, so that’s dissolving in there perfectly. If you want all the exact measurements go to joshuabevan.com/grilledturkey.
So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna take that brine and we’re gonna pour it just into a regular cooler, this is a regular picnic cooler, and we’re gonna pour it right in there (pouring noise…..), get it all in there perfectly. Now it’s still quite hot but what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna cool it down with some ice. I got some ice cubes right here, we’re just gonna pour that right in there (ice cube noise….). Now we’re gonna let that sit and make sure it cools before we put our turkey pieces in there. We don’t want it to be hot at all because if it’s hot then it’s gonna cook our turkey and that’s a bad thing.
So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna take all of our pieces and just put them right in there, right in the brine.
Now I’m gonna leave this 4 to 8 hours in this cooler, and the cooler is gonna keep it nice and, nice and cold so I can just leave it out in the garage or in a good corner of the kitchen where nobody’s gonna bother it. I’m gonna go about 12 hours on this one though because of the timing that I want to serve for lunch tomorrow. But for the, through the magic of video editing, I’ll see you in a couple of seconds!
Now comes the fun part. I get to grill today.
So I let my turkey soak overnight in the brine. Oh man, that looks delicious. So what I’m going to do is take these pieces out of here. Let them dry off. Let them get up to room temperature. I’m gonna put a dry rub of super-secret herbs and spices on there. No. I’m kidding. Go to JoshuaBevan.com/GrilledTurkey. I’ll put the whole recipe for my special dry rub on there. It’s delicious.
Poultry Dry Rub Recipe
3 Tablespoon Cumin
3 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Oregano
After the dry rub, we throw them on the grill. And then, when we take them off, let them sit on the counter for a little bit. And then comes carving time.
So after I let the turkey rest so that all the moisture and flavors get locked in, I’ll carve the breasts and thighs into nice thick slices. And then after that I’m gonna put some of that delicious meat onto sourdough bread, with some lettuce, and tomatoes, and pickles, and give it a good spread of my famous white barbeque sauce (I’ll put the recipe for that up on joshuabevan.com also)
White BBQ Sauce Recipe
2 cups Mayonaise
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Horse Radish
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoon Honey
Now, this is a tasty sandwich! I hope that this video gives YOU the courage to try something new for your family. Make sure to share those experiences below, um, in the comments section, and especially if you want to invite me over for dinner, just write your address underneath. So, remember that the kitchen and, in this case, the backyard grill, is a great place to save all you can! I’m going to keep enjoying this delicious meal, I’ll see you later, have more fun! MMMMM……
In this video, Joshua Bevan learns the subtle but important difference between motivation and inspiration. This distinction will help when staying focused on goals.
Let me know what your dreams are. And how I can help. Leave a comment below
Motivation vs. Inspiration
Hey, Joshua Bevan here, learning how to earn all I can, save all I can, so I can give all I can. Listen, I got a message the other day telling me that my videos are very motivational. First of all, Thank you. I appreciate the compliment.
Here’s where I’m going to get a little nitpicky on word choice:
I don’t believe there is such a thing as a motivational speaker. I think that the best he can hope to be is inspirational. A leader can try to inspire you to do your best, but the motivation to actually put in the footwork to learn and grow and accomplish comes from within yourself. It comes from YOUR goals.
“I’m very self-motivated,” Alyssa Fumarolo states. “I want to do my best and I also want to help people. I can combine that, and that’s my motivation right there.”
“I just feel like I’m on a journey with God right now. I mean, he’s going to guide me,” says Trevor Ball while he strums his guitar.
Anissa Medina says without hesitation that she finds inspiration in music. “Straight-up, music!”
“It’s amazing to look around you, to see the sun, to enjoy the breeze, and to look at human nature: all the differences we have, all the variations and multiple challenges that come our way. We still live and enjoy this life,” Sam reflects.
You get the idea. Yeah it’s semantics, yeah it’s a blurred line, but the point is that training and education and seminars are great – don’t get me wrong. I love personal growth! Just don’t forget that it only takes you part of the way there.
You have to put in the work if you have a dream. You CAN achieve it. I know you can.
Now find the motivation within yourself to make it happen. And tell me how I can help! Leave a comment in the box below. I’ll see you later. Have more fun!
I got a new Kodak zx3 Playsport Waterproof Video Camera and had to test it out. I handed my toddler the hose and he let it rip. Watch the fun that ensues…
This is a great great camera. It is compact and shoots great HD video. If you interested in getting one, click here to pick your color.
We all have people in our live that love us, but always try to talk us out of our dreams. In this video, Joshua Bevan shows us how it is possible to keep those people in our lives and continue to pursue our own vision of success.
Different Vision of Success
Hey there, Joshua Bevan here from JoshuaBevan.com learning how to earn all I can, save all I can, so I can give all I can. I just got in from a week unwinding in Big Bear, CA. As you can see, I’ve got the mountain scruff going on here. Before I get back in to the swing of things, I wanted to shoot this quick video about success.
Now we all have people in our lives that are very close to us but always seem to shoot us down. They call themselves “realists.” Their advice is “practical.” Well I have friends who call these people the crabs in our lives. For those who haven’t heard it, I won’t tell the crab story right now, but I hope someone will post a link below for you to check out.
I know that can be very frustrating; working hard to accomplish a goal and someone close to you suggests that you put it on hold for a while. Maybe it’s too big of a dream for right now.
One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that those people love me and want the best for me.
Success looks different to every person. The problem comes when my vision of success looks completely different from theirs. Even though to me it feels like they are standing my way, to them it looks like they are being loving and supportive – they are just supporting a different vision.
What’s the solution? Dump everyone that doesn’t see my future like I do? No.
That’s what I used to think, I used to push them away. But you can’t do that. These are close friends and family. They are people who love us. Here’s the best bit of advice that I’ve ever received:
Surround yourself with positive people.
Surround yourself with positive people.
Surround yourself with positive people.
The more positivity around you, the easier it gets to strike a balance. The easier it gets to separate. To thank them. Use their energy, love and support, but ignore their advice. It gets easier and easier every time I add one more positive person in my life. The see-saw starts to tip in my favor. Focusing on success begins to get easier. Huge goals start to get closer and closer.
I want you to achieve your goals. Tell me about what your vision of success looks like. Leave a comment down below or sent me a private facebook message. We’ve got this.
I’ll see you later, have more fun!
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While building his businesses from the ground up, Joshua Bevan sought out some of the best mentorship. He has learned that the path to success is difficult and simple at the same time. Joshua has committed his life to learning how to, “Earn all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” Through videos, blogs and speaking events, he will pass that knowledge forward.