How I Killed My Comfort Zone by Cruz Maldonado
How I Killed My Comfort Zone
Ever since I was a kid, I remember that I always had dreams of having my own business. I always had the vision of being a leader and being the man in charge! However, no one in my immediate family has owned their own business or even tried to start one. The only person I knew who had done great things was my grandfather on my mom’s side. He was a well known architect in Mexico and had his own residential and commercial construction company. He was also the city commissioner for many years and had many accomplishments through the years he served. He helped get schools and medical centers built. He always put others before him and I believe that helped him reach the level of success he had. I remember him as being very generous, grateful and giving. I’ve always admired him and looked up to him.
As I graduated high school I went to work at a slaughter house and meat packing company, which was supposed to be only for the summer to save money for school, but somehow turned into three long years! I was also attending school part time aside of having that full time job. The problem there was that I got “comfortable” and got stuck in that mindset that I had enough and I was getting my bills paid so I was ok there. I got a promotion while being there and became a lead man so with that new responsibility I was not allowed to continue to take time from my job to attend school. I made the decision to quit that job to continue my education and moved down the road to a welding and fabrication shop where I learned fast and moved up the ladder fast as well. I was assigned many responsibilities but was being way underpaid and undervalued. So I left that job as well and went to work at a near by city at another welding shop where I was offered more money and better benefits and was also allowed time off for school. Bad management was a big issue there and it was stressing me out. To make things worse I was ending a six year relationship that I couldn’t let go because I was emotionally attached and I had got “comfortable” again.
I finally decided that I had had enough and I had to do something for myself because I was the only one responsible for my happiness. The first thing that I did to help myself was that I started working on my personal development. That helped give me the courage to leave that relationship and think on what I needed to do to create a better future for myself. I firmly believe that God puts you through certain situations to mold you and prepare you for the life you deserve.
I always liked watching the home remodeling and house flipping shows on HGTV. I would watch those for hours and think “man wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to do that”. One day at work I decided that if I liked that so much I should look into it and see what I needed to do to get in that business. I found out that there was going to be a seminar in town about real estate investing, so I looked for someone to go with me because I didn’t want to go alone because that was outside my “comfort zone”. Unfortunately I found no one to go with me, however, I did find a lot of discouragement and negativity about it. I almost decided to forget about it and not go, but something inside told me I had to be there. At first I couldn’t paint the picture of how everything worked, it all seemed to easy, so I thought it was some kind of joke. Some people there got up and walked out, but I stayed confident and kept listening. I signed up for another seminar and another one. I had totally got out of my “comfort zone” and I did it alone with no one to walk beside me! I started working on building my network because I learned that “your net worth = your network”, again taking me out of my “comfort zone”. I’ve met some amazing people and have found some great mentors.
I now have started my own business in real estate investing and my company’s name is Lone-Star Investments, LLC. I am located in Texas, but will soon be expanding to other states and eventually reach my goal of going nationwide, heck I’ll find a way to expand to other countries! I am grateful for the process that it took to get me where I am now and the person I am now. It has been a bumpy road, but I am now an all terrain vehicle! From now on I will focus on my vision, on my dreams and I will stay committed to them so I can reach all of my goals in life and give back to others as my grandpa did! I am grateful for my past but I do not look back to it or dwell on it because of what I went through I now here. Life is not about what happens to you, but about how you react to what happens to you. So friends, this is a little about me and how I “KILLED MY COMFORT ZONE” and started y business. If I could do it, you can do it as well, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Get out there and MURDER YOUR “COMFORT ZONE”!