5 Answers to Simple Questions That Might Change Your Life. Forever!

by Chris C. Ducker · 20 comments

Start UP Mentor 2012

Over the weekend, I took part in Cebu’s first ever Startup Weekend, and played the role as a Mentor to the many highly talented individuals and teams that came to the event to make a difference. To affect change in their lives, by doing something amazing.

It got me thinking myself.

So, today I have a very short, simple and direct post for you.

Simply look at the five questions below and answer them. When you’re done doing that, get to work on making the most out of the answers – even if it means making drastic changes.

The Questions

  • Are you enjoying what you do everyday?
  • Do you spend the amount of time you want to, with the people you love?
  • Are you focused on working on something you feel makes a difference?
  • Does discussing what you do for a ‘living’ get you excited?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10-years?

If you’d like to share your answers below, please do.

If you’d like to share your Action Plans, please do.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason Gass May 17, 2012 at 00:30

I enjoy my job , helping people stay healthy but, I am trading time for money and other peoples well being while sacrificing my time with family.

Not right now, but am starting my lifestyle plan which is based on time with my daughter

I make a difference in peoples lives everyday, but am looking to continue doing so while enhancing my world.

Discussing my lifestyle plan gets me super stoked and everyone I talk to about it gets exited and wants to join in!

In 10 years I see myself supporting my family , living anywhere, working virtually and living the dream! (basically your life Chris :-)))


peter watson May 18, 2012 at 00:29

Hey Chris interesting topic,

Well i hate my day job but when im away from my day job im busy working on my brand connecting worlds with culture on my website http://www.oneforiligan.com and busy training to become a fully trained web designer and SEO specialist and putting things in place for my online magazine and many other projects,

i dont spend as much time as i would like with my one and only Melba mirambel from iligan city in video chats or any other close friends or family here in london or the philippines

yes i do feel what im doing makes a difference because from my experience people i have met and when i tell them about the philippines and iligan city, not many people know about the wonderful place the philippines is in all respects, business,tourism,the people,just everyday life

yes my new venture of promoting the philippines does .

In ten years time i see myself being fully set up with multiple business ventures in place and living in the philippiens with my one and only melba mirambel from iligan.


Dwayne@TWC May 17, 2012 at 01:26

I can honestly answer yes to maybe one of those questions. When I talk about what I am doing with other people they don’t really get it so that kinda bums me out but I keep going because I know where I want to be in 10 years.
And the best part is I know it will be a million times better than I can imagine it now.


Chris C. Ducker June 1, 2012 at 19:22

Hi Dwayne

The fact that you keep on keepin’ on is very important.

The true grit that IS being an entrepreneur is evident in everyone that I personally know as being ‘successful’.

Stick with it, bud.



Jamie Alexander May 17, 2012 at 02:46

My answers are yes, yes, yes, and yes.

My 10 year goal is to be earning enough to be living comfortably on a tropical island, where I never have to wear footwear (apart from flip-flops) again, lol.


Carmen May 17, 2012 at 18:26

I definitely enjoy what I’m doing and it’s probably why I’ve been doing it for over 20+ years. I try to spend as much time as I can with the people I love though besides my part-time biz, I work full time but I make the time. I am definitely focused thous there have been days that I don’t feel motivated. I love discussing what I do and looking at people’s reactions what has been upsetting me lately is how other VA’s are discussing not using the word Virtual Assistant just because of people’s reactions. I think it’s up to us to educate. In 10 years I want to own a huge office building and run my virtual office from there.


Michelle May 18, 2012 at 00:08

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I LOVE what I do. I was finally able to quit my day job almost 1 year ago and I’ve been following my passion for “freedom” every since.

Though I have to agree with Dwayne@TWC… people don’t really get it and I don’t like to brag so I don’t get to talk about what I do very often. :-P That and I don’t *really* get to see my loved ones as often as I’d like because they are all working 9-5! lol.


Paul Donovan May 18, 2012 at 00:17

1. 50/50 about what I do every day. Because every day is a different thing. But I would rather not be doing the heavy lifting as much.
2. Not even close. Workaholic!!!
3. Not focused enough, but working on it
4. When I talk about what I am GOING to do soon gets me going, but what I do to earn my base living today, not too excited.
5. Unless I make a change, in 10 years I’m going to be broke, living on welfare or working in a fast food joint. But where I really want to be, that’s easy — in the Philippines with the one I love, and doing what I want to be doing (which involves traveling and exploring the country, and neighboring countries).


Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon May 18, 2012 at 09:24

1) Well, I don’t enjoy going to school to learn mostly things that I will never need to use again and that frankly, I don’t give a crap about. However, when I get home and start working on my businesses, YES I enjoy what I am doing a lot!

2) I feel that I could definitely improve in this area. It’s hard to balance going to school for 8 hours a day and then coming home and having to do homework. On top of that, I put a ton of time and effort into my businesses. So unfortunately, spending quality time gets put to the side – however this is something I’m definitely going to improve on.

3) YES – Through my mobile apps and blogs, I do really think that I am making a difference.

4) Yes, I tend to get very excited and passionate when talking about my businesses.

5) In 10 years I see myself making at least a full time living from my businesses. Obviously, I would love to be making tons of money, but the minimum I am going to accept from myself is a full time living. It’s going to be hard, but I know I can do it.



Anna Aaberg May 18, 2012 at 21:52

Yes, yes, yes and yes.
In 10 years I see myself still traveling around the world making a living from my sites, meeting interesting people, experiencing different cultures.


Ralph@Retirement Lifestyle May 22, 2012 at 08:28

The answers, in order, are:
1. somewhat, i.e. part of the time
2.Yes, but I need more people to love
4. Yes


Florian May 22, 2012 at 20:37

Good questions. Focusing is the ONE thing which is really hard for me, too. I’m currently writing something like a “dream plan” where I plan what I want to do in what time and why I should do it.


eddy May 25, 2012 at 20:37

1: I hate my job with a passion.
2: sort of, I skive quite a lot because I hate my job.
3: I am a horder of knowledge and tend to help everyone else except myself, Maybe I dont believe I can do it, so try to live my life through the success of others
4: NO No No
5: depressed that I didn’t do more with my knowledge and abilities.
6: I have ideas all day every day, but I dont have the drive to do follow through.

I worry about my gramatical skills and seem to overanalize things.
I know I have some great abilities to sell and form communities as I have done in the real world and on other online sites that I had, but as I have become more discontent I have lost the drive and motivation. I think I need to succeed just once in something to make me realise that it is possible and I can do it to.

One thing I tell the young kids I meet.
When I was young and in school it was cool to be the naughty boy that everyone knew, I just wish I knew that that coolness would not carry on into adult hood, Now I have to work very hard at everything I do because of that silly attitude I had 30 years ago


Mickhyle May 28, 2012 at 20:37

I love people I learn from anyone, loved ones, not necessarily. I have just started my career and I’m seeing and spending less time with those I love.

on a part time basis, I am focussing on a lot that makes a difference.

What I’m doing for a living always excites me but what I’m going to do for a living will give me the ecstasy of excitement.

Ten years from now, I am highly skilled, highly sought for – a solution based guru, and a helping hand.


Chris C. Ducker June 1, 2012 at 19:12

Solution-based Guru.

Love that – go for it!!! All out.


tobi May 30, 2012 at 05:56

i guess i enjoy what im doing NOW ive just started this road to become a entrepreneur ive been reading all the books for the right mindset and i believe that’s one of the most important thing no matter what venture your doing. As for my loved ones i do see them but im only 20 so its more about building my future and they understand that. So right now im at the beginning of the road to SUCCESS but i know that im going to stay on that road because the road to FAILURES is for the quitters. so in ten years from now i WILL be where i want to be and thats financial freedom. :)


Adam Beckett May 30, 2012 at 22:35

Hi Chris, finally got back to join in the discussions here on VBL..

Yes I enjoy what I do.

Any excuse to spend as much time on the beach as possible, I’m there; since my clients tend to be based at the British seaside which is handy for the few trips I take out to them – but mainly because my semi – passive allows myself, my Fiance Jen and Susie the dog to enjoy a lot of mini breaks splashing about and getting sandy – when I’m not working like a dog that is :)

Yes I spend enough time with people I love.

It takes me two hours a week to tick over with my business, but I like to work a bit more to grow my small empire when I can fit it around my Family Life.

Yes I’m focused on doing something that makes a real difference.

Ultimately even though I deal in commercial energy contracts, the biggest buzz is developing future opportunities for green energy, there’s a Big World that need saving out there for future generations.

BUT. Gas and electricity deals are boring! which is why I inject a passionate focus into everything I do with my main business.

There’s still something missing though – What I really, really love doing is helping other people to achieve their own personal Nirvana, just like you’re doing Chris – that’s why I created Bootstrap Cafe to give everyone the opportunity they deserve ..

10 years from now?

tootling around the coast in our as yet non existent Motorhome ( a nice one!)

Writing and getting back into my photography, nine years happily married, Jen’s health good, the pooch (and me) still hanging on in there, still fit as a Butcher’s dog.

Spreading a lot of love and helping to create some Freedom Lifestyles via my self-created information products and services, distributed online via affiliate partners, whilst still enjoying a nice healthy residual income from the energy deals.

Hope this has given you a brief insight into my present and future, certainly enjoyed visualising it all myself. Now back to grafting!!

All my very best, Adam


Chris C. Ducker June 1, 2012 at 19:10

Great to see you commenting again, mate.

Thanks for the great insights and its clear that you are very much on your own way to brilliance and success, thats for sure.

Keep it up!!!



Jeff @ Digital Nomad Journey May 31, 2012 at 04:18

1. Yes, and I get to learn a lot , plus keep up with changes in the SEO/PPC industry.

2. I’ll let you know,when I find someone I love :)

3. In my spare time, yes.

4. Yes,since it’s ever changing, always fresh.

5. Traveling, digital nomad style with my laptop. 100% debt free, with years of savings.


Chris C. Ducker June 1, 2012 at 19:11

No matter what industry you’re in, keeping up to date with whats going on is absolutely paramount to your on-going success.

When you start traveling, let me know… Will be good to see you here in the Philippines, my man!



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