Why This Man Sold Everything and Decided to Run Across America

run across america to raise awareness, follow your passion

What are the days without passion, the future without daring to dream big, the dreams without doing something about them, and life – without leaving a mark?

Not much, I’d say.

In this post I’m going to share with you a story of an idea that grew beyond measure, an example of courage to go against all odds and go after what you want, a proof that it’s never too late, and an ideal that never went away, but has been expanding inside one man’s mind so that it can become something beautiful that’s about to happen – the Dare2Dream Tour.

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Every single day hundreds of millions of people are following the crowd.

They are living the mundane lifestyle, have daily worries and problems that take away all their energy.

Most of the time they spend their days doing stuff they don’t want to do, often for people they don’t really like. And day after day they become a bit more depressed, start losing point in all of this, and leave their hope behind.

But inside each of them there is so much potential and power.

Everyone’s a little universe and has tremendous abilities to turn every idea into something big, to change lives and leave a great legacy.
But only if he dares to do it.

Unfortunately, not only doesn’t he take no action, but he also doesn’t dream big, can’t take the decision to step outside of this zone of comfort he’s been building through the years (or should I say others have built for him).

That’s the difference between the few that actually achieve greatness, become successful, or simply follow their passion and feel alive, and the rest.

Not often do we have the pleasure to hear about them, however. As they are not many, and don’t spend their time complaining or seeking attention, but actually taking daily action towards their goals.

Such is the story of Roc Powell.

It has everything in it – a dream that’s been on his mind for decades, dissatisfaction with his current lifestyle, the desire to help others, not having support, having to find his own ways of staying motivated and sharing the idea behind his project, selling everything he owns, embracing uncertainty, excitement, big plans and breaking free from the life he’s always known.

And the story is just beginning.

This guy has been working over the last few months to follow his dream. And on July 4th he’s starting a great adventure to run across America in a way that’s never been done before – running from one state capital to another.

It’s roughly a 14K mile trip and it will take a year.

It’s going to be a daily challenge to push his body, mind and spirit and it will test the limits of human endurance.

Is this possible?
What made him decide to do that?
And – most importantly – what’s his message and goal?

I’ll let him tell you that himself in an interview he did for Let’s Reach Success.

Roc Powell on Leaving the Corporate World Behind, Daring to Dream and Raising Awareness

1. Tell us a little about yourself and the Dare2Dream Tour.

I am a 55 year old corporate executive who, like many others, worked hard, raised a family and as I began nearing retirement, I found an emptiness that hasn’t been filled, wanting more from life. It was time to give back.

The Dare2Dream Tour is a 14,000 mile solo run throughout our nation, running from state capital to state capital, to bring awareness in our own abilities to rise to the highest level possible.

There is a lot of suffering in many families in this world. Whether from dealing with a child who is fighting cancer, a wounded soldier having to adopt to a missing limb, or a single mother with breast cancer who is having to be strong for her children.

These families are dealing with these issues every single day and possibly for the rest of their lives. I cannot begin to comprehend the pain they and their families endure, but I can, in a small way, begin to understand their struggle by removing myself from the comforts of my life, running for a year, with the hope of instilling a deep sense of compassion within myself, so I can fully appreciate what it means to make a difference in someone’s life.

The Dare2Dream Tour is to raise funds to be able to help in any way possible.

2. When and how did you come up with the idea of taking that tour?

I think the seed of running the country was planted when I was young, riding in our car on long family vacations.

Looking out the car window and dreaming what it would be like to climb a passing hill, walk in the fields along the roadside, and hike the forest trails as we passed through them.

The seed began to germinate and sprouted the idea of a cross country run after I ran my first marathon, many years ago.

I love maps, and one hobby of mine is to track every road I have ever been on, even going out of my way to find a new one.
I started plotting the route for a run almost 30 years ago, reading every book about others who have made the journey.

3. Will this be your great legacy? And do you think it’s important to leave a mark in this world?

I have often thought about how I, as an individual, can make a difference in this world.

Every season or events in our lives should be used as a building block to raise us up to a higher level.

I think the Dare2Dream Tour is only a stepping stone to my real calling of being a living Dream Weaver.
By this I mean I want to help others live their dreams. I want to help others succeed, even if they do not know where the help is coming from.

We have all read stories of “paying it forward”, can you imagine the pure joy someone has, when suddenly their student loan is paid off, or they receive a notice that their mortgage is paid, even something as simple as their groceries were just taken care of!

Compassion for all people and working to make this a better world should be everyone’s goal and legacy.

The Dare2Dream Tour is not about me, but helping me become a better human being.

4. Did you feel discontent with your life when you were a part of the corporate world and were living the 9-5 lifestyle?

Have you always felt there’s something more to life and better things you could be doing with your time?

The Dare 2 Dream Tour will bring awareness of life’s possibilities, no matter at what age you decide to become who you are meant to be.

I traveled for most of my work career and loved meeting people around the world, experiencing different cultures, seeing many of the greatest sights that earth has to offer. I was in the air more than I was on the ground.

Yes it was a nice satisfying life, but I began to understand that is not what we are put on this earth to do.

I made the decision 6 months ago it was now or never to step out of my comfort zone and begin to live the life I believe I am meant to follow.

5. Does everyone have hidden potential and powers that are just waiting to be unleashed?

We all have a treasure hidden inside of us.

Think of baby eaglets, day-in and day-out sitting comfortably in their mother’s nest, all their needs are taken care of. Then one day they are pushed out of the nest and find that they can rise higher on glorious wings that they previously did not know existed.

Or take a human baby in their mother’s womb. It has arms, legs, lungs, and eyes that will only be used when it is thrust into the strange and wonderful world we call life.
It’s only then that the child can begin to develop and grow its true human potential.

Untapped possibilities lay dormant within all of us, waiting for the right conditions to blossom. It is our responsibility to make those conditions a reality so we can reach our greatest potential.

This is the heart of the message of the Dare2Dream Tour.

6. You decided to follow your passion. But what about the risks?
And do you think we all need to dream bigger and go after what we want?

The biggest risk is doing nothing.

Let me ask you a few questions. When you started out in life, was it your goal to end up where you are now? Are you where you thought you’d be in life? Do you have something you want to do with your life? Is something burning inside you that makes you want to reach for more? Are your dreams diminished to a life of two week vacations with one of those cleaning the garage?

People are living life by default, instead of by design.

When we have worries and burdens, we have a tendency not to dream or set goals. We tend to feel hopeless, as if life is never going to get better.

We can live the way we’ve been living or we can change the way we’ve been living. We are in complete control. We can keep talking about it or we can make a choice to change and make things better.

We can’t allow our checking account dictate how big or how small our dreams can be.

To succeed we must ignite what is in our heart. Seeds of greatness are planted in each of us. Water that seed! Make a difference in this world and in other people’s lives. Be an example of reaching for dreams and doing the impossible.

7. What does one need in order to take the decision to change and act upon his dream?

There is only one thing a person needs to do, and that is to decide to do so.

Don’t just fan the flame of your desire and dream, but build a roaring fire. Begin to believe in the possibilities, talk about them, and breathe life into them.

Life will give you what you focus on. Dreaming and not acting on them is just wishful thinking.

8. What are the biggest limitations that prevent us from doing something about our goals?

And which of them did you have to overcome in order to create the Dare2Dream Tour?

The fear of failure is what holds many back.

I redefined my thoughts on what failure and success really are. Not trying is failure.

There is success in everything we do. Even if I do not complete the entire run, I still have succeeded.

Training has made me very healthy. My knowledge of anatomy, and nutrition increased. I have learned a lot about my inner soul and spiritual beliefs in the process and have something to build on. If I did not even attempt to start, then what is there to nourish and grow?

9. How are you planning to stay motivated while on the road for one year?

It’s all about meeting people and building a network throughout the country.

Talking with, but more importantly listening to other people’s stories is one way.

I find beauty everywhere I go. Looking for that next breathtaking view, or anticipating what awaits me around the next corner, adds to the sense of a never ending adventure.

But just one thought of a child alone in a cancer center is enough to get me moving in the morning.

10. Do your family and friends support you in this? And do you think support is crucial in such a situation?

It is interesting that the ones closest to you are the ones who don’t always share your dreams.

At first I was rather taken aback by their nonsupport and upset by their unbelief.

It took a while for me to understand that the dream was placed in my heart, not theirs. Once I truly understood this I was able to move forward with, or without, their support. It was not needed for me to believe in myself.

11. Many great things will come out of your journey this year.

Tell us about the books you’re planning to write and other projects and ideas you have that will be a result of it?

The doors of new opportunities will definitely open up during and after this adventure.

I am currently working on a book titled “An Experiment of One”, which will be about my experience on the road, the training and preparation going into the run, people and places met along the way.

This is only the beginning though. Other books such as photo journals, travel journals, inspirational stories are other possibilities.

However, I think the best projects are yet to come, these range from a foundation designed to help others, to advocacy for walking and biking paths along our road system, to endurance clinics.

One could dream a life time with the possibilities.

12. How does it feel to know you’re following your passion and making a difference?

In one word – freedom.
In a few words – truly being alive.

In preparation for the Dare2Dream Tour, I sold everything I own. My car, my home and furnishing, and almost all of my clothes.
No bills, no debts, no worries.

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Here’s what makes Roc’s project unique:

• he’s an individual who wants to make the world a better place;
• he wants to inspire people to become who they always wished to be;
• he’s taking this message on the road;
• it’s an year-long journey;
• he left everything behind to make this happen;
• he’ll test his limits;
• he’ll learn a lot and will then share it with people;
• he makes us believe in human’s potential again.

If you like Roc’s mission, want to see how the tour will go and even follow him throughout it, you can connect with him:

Dare2DreamTour – Here you can read more about the run, see what Roc’s currently doing to get ready and make a donation.
FB page
Email: Roc.powell@yahoo.com

So what do you think about this adventure? Do we need more people like that these days?
And can it inspire us to do something about out dreams too?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income