Musings From A Local Starbucks

“Fogged in.” (Photo credit: Koren Delos Santos)

It’s gloomy and raining as I sit at a Starbucks Café in a local Target. The weather today is a stark comparison to yesterday’s—60 degrees, sunny, and warm for New Jersey weather just a mere two days before December. A day before, I was just taking in the sun and mentally preparing myself for the inevitable complete turnaround of the weather once December and January come.

While staring out into space, my brain did what it usually does when I’m daydreaming: think about the people I know who have the choice to stay home or to travel, to sleep early or to sleep late, to get up or to stay tucked in… essentially just things they now have control over because they’re not tied to a job or any sort of commitment they don’t want. I think about the people who have financial independence/freedom.

One of the reasons I started this blog is to provide value through my thoughts and my experiences and, hopefully, to be able to offer a unique perspective. I want to be able to inspire people through my own story and the story of others so that they are empowered to create their own story and not just live in someone else’s. The other reason is to have control of my own time and source of income so that I, too, can have the same choices as the people I daydream about.

I still hold down a regular 9-5. As a matter of fact, I like the people there. Yes, even my superiors (cue the gasp). The job can get boring and mind-numbing at times, but I don’t mind it too much. The thing is, I feel like I’m wasting  40 hours of my life per week stuck in a cubicle. Now that rubs me the wrong way. That doesn’t even include the time it takes to commute to and from work. I’m not complaining about this by the way. I understand this is just the making of a J-O-B and some people work well within its scope.

Not me.

I want FREEDOM. Freedom to do what I want, when I want, and with whomever I want. I know, I know. I sound like a brat who refuses to understand the word “no,” but bear with me for a second. Life is short. Or long. I mean it is the longest thing we’ll ever do. But you get my point. Why can’t we do what we want with the time we have?

Here’s the thing: We absolutely can.

I don’t want to sound like one of those people who say: “Follow your dreams and everything will work out.” There’s a lot more to it than that, but I really DO sincerely and 100% believe that there is absolutely NO reason why anyone can’t make money doing what they love. If done right, I think people can make a living from it, too. What’s stopping people? Well, for one—and this is the only one I’m going to address in this post—HARD WORK.

Cliché, but when was the last time someone knocked on your door and offered you your week’s paycheck without having to show up at your job? When was the last time you won hundreds of thousands of dollars from hitting the jackpot in the lottery? When was the last time you found money that’s equivalent to an amount you can actually live off for a month? What about three months? Six months? A year? My guess is that, for most of us, never.

That’s right. Never. So, if we actually want the benefits that money does offer—the choices and options in life—we must work for it. It doesn’t matter if we acquire it from a job or from our passion turned vocation or income source. Money is money. The difference lies in how we feel while we’re making it. So, here I quote Steve Jobs:

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Changing for the better or changing a situation to make us happier is just going to require a lot of work. But you already knew this. In my experience building businesses, from building a security company in New York City from the ground up to building an e-commerce business that generates 10k in monthly revenue, only one piece remained constant throughout: HARD WORK.

It’s the type of borderline obsessive work that a lot of entrepreneurs are familiar with, but thrive off. At least I know I do. I embrace hard work, truly. It just has to be on my own terms.



6 thoughts on “Musings From A Local Starbucks

  1. I actually do something as well for living my dream life, but it sometimes becomes scary, I feel like I don’t act “normal” however I will endure it and hopefully get my goal. Do you think that feeling insecure and scary is normal or have you ever felt that?

    1. Hey! It does become scary, I totally agree, and I think it may have something to do with the fact that we’re putting ourselves out there for the world to see. I mean, even if it’s a product we’re putting out, it’s an extension of ourselves. I do commend and congratulate you though for acting despite your fears and insecurities. 🙂

      And, yes, I think it’s perfectly normal. If what you’re doing is something you care about, there’s a lot more at stake because you’re emotionally invested in it. Also, yes, I have felt that. I feel it every time I publish a post to be honest. I always doubt whether it’s good or valuable enough. This is the reason why it took me years to jump into this.

      If you not acting “normal” means pursuing your goals with gusto, then that’s a good reason not to be normal. A lot of entrepreneurs were laughed at for their ambition and ideas, pay no mind. You do what you want with your life, believe in yourself and in your dreams and vision and work at it every day. If there’s anything I can help you with, please shoot me an e-mail at

      Also, I am publishing a post tomorrow about the entrepreneur’s emotional roller coaster. I think it’s something you might be interested in. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. Hi Amiel,

    first and foremost, great job on putting together this site ! The layout, paragraphs and font is neat and presentable, it leaves a very good first impression. Written in this article is a representation of 98% of the population’s inner voice, I am sure readers all over the world will resonate with this piece. Reflective and empowering, keep up the good work !


    1. Hi Kendrick! Thank you so much! That’s exactly what I hope to accomplish through this site- to empower people to go after their ideal life. I do hope they listen to their inner voice and own up to their greatness 🙂 I have this immense belief in people’s abilities lol.

      Thank you again!

  3. nice. Yes, I know I feel that way and have been successful in breaking free of the ties of the brainwashed modern society. There has even been some manifesting going on as I continue this journey into entrepreneurship. I don’t believe, I know that my life is so much more than it was. And it will continue to get better. And because you have ‘woken up’ yours will be too. I know that too. Just keep on keeping on and your life will continue to change. For the better. Hard work is not the key here. It is mindset. Namaste.

    1. Awesome, congrats on breaking free! 🙂 And I totally agree with having the proper mindset to succeed although I can’t let go of the notion of having to work hard to achieves one’s goals. I think it’s what separates doers from dreamers, wishful thinking from getting things done, etc. I think both mindset and hard work/action go hand in hand.

      Thanks for the comment and I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my post! 😀

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