In one of those trips around the net I landed on nice place called A Daring Adventure. That’s how I first knew about Tim and his work. I felt full of hope I could change things, and it was like a bit of magic or my brain paying attention, that same day I found his book, How To Be Rich and Happy. Things have not been the same.
Having Tim here in our Hall of Warriors is a dream come true, after all, he gave me the weapons I needed to finally start living. Without further intro, let’s welcome Tim Brownson to our Hall of Warriors:
What are you most passionate about? And why?
My job and (good) Life Coaching in general. I left a very well paid job to take up coaching 8 years ago. I now earn a lot less money, but have fun every day. If I can’t get passionate about that, then I should be rethinking my future. On a personal note, also my wife, my dogs and the St Louis Rams!
What was your inspiration or motivation to begin your project?
Insanely high stress levels. Quite simply I was burning out and wanted to do something that I actually enjoyed and wasn’t sucking the life out of me. Now if I have to work 70 hours in a week, which I almost never do, I’m doing it because I want to and not because I’m trying to hit a quota set by some greedy corporation. I’m cynical like that 😉
What is the biggest reward you have received while working on your project?
No one thing comes to mind, except maybe when a guy read How To Be Rich and Happy a book I co-authored with John P Strelecky and was so impressed he offered $50,000 to help us with our project to give 1,000,000 copies away to good causes. Whenever a client says to me “I never thought of it like that” or something similar gives I get a huge buzz because I know I have helped them shift their thinking and that’s what I am paid to do.
If you had the ability to change the world in any way, would you? And if so, how?
Would I? That’s probably a lot more profound a question than it sounds on the surface because who am I to mess with the cosmic order of things? Having said that, I would like to see more tolerance because that would impact Society on every level for the better. Not sure I’d do it though because I think people have to come to their own realizations.
What advice can you give to someone who is struggling to find happiness?
Stop struggling. Struggling intimates it’s a fight and it isn’t. On a more practical level meditation has been scientifically proven to increase happiness levels as has giving back, setting goals and postponing short-term gratification. Also optimistic people have been proven to be happier and optimism is a learned skill as has been demonstrated by one the the founders of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, so go and buy his book Learned Optimism
Who is the most remarkable person you have ever met? And why?
I’m going to cheat a tad as I have never met him in person and only had 3 or 4 e-mail exchanges and he did once left a comment on my blog, but Seth Godin is pretty damn remarkable. The guys energy, foresight and ability to communicate ideas is on another level. I have also met a few remarkable people who have been seriously ill (mainly with cancer through my wife’s work) and bounced back better and stronger after going through horrendous trials and tribulations that I’m pretty sure I’d have crumbled under.
What are some of your future goals or aspirations? Do you have a plan to accomplish them?
To be happy and to give 1,000,000 copies of How To Be Rich And Happy away.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced during your life?
Probably ongoing health issues that mean I have to manage my time very carefully. I still haven’t got the bottom of it other than being told I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but I’m working on it and have even started a new regime today that involves taking some foul smelling, nasty tasting supplements that probably came from a Witch Doctor.
Tell us about your biggest success in life, perhaps something you struggled with that you were able to overcome above and beyond your own expectations
Probably seeing How To Be Rich and Happy get published in China. That was so cool to get the book and not even know which part of the cover was your name. And also my marriage, 16 years in and I’m happier than ever!
What is something that you wish you knew before you started your path?
My company name A Daring Adventure wasn’t as clever as I thought it was and would suck for SEO purposes. Everything else has been a cool learning experience so probably best not knowing too much up front for fear of being overwhelmed.
If you were a cat, which type of owner would you choose?
A cat, a cat? I wanna be a doberman because they are loyal, don’t take life too seriously are highly opinionated and like to be tickled and take naps. Ok so if I did have to be a cat I’d be a male Lion. Just so I could wander into local bars and mess with peoples heads by ordering a glass of sauvignon blanc.
For his answers, his insane knowledge about the brain and his mission to change the world by helping others to really live their lives, we give Tim the title of:
The Cheerful Sensei
Tim changed his life completely, he left behind what he didn’t like and now enjoys his work and has a wonderful sense of humor. He’s willing to share his knowledge with those who visit his blog and even gives away 4 books for free to his subscribers. That’s why, in all the Hall of Warriors, Tim is the first one to reach the rank of Sensei.
If you want to know more about Tim, please visit his blog A Daring Adventure where you can learn a lot from how your brain work and how to achieve the results you want. Also don’t forget to pick your copy of How to be Rich and Happy, I promise, if you complete all exercises in that book you will create the life you want.