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Gay men and the law of attraction
Chad Nash built two tech companies and traveled the world for three years. He credits all this to how he and all gay men can use the law of attraction. While you’re here manifesting your best life, get your free copy of the 5 Building Blocks of a Happy Gay Life here.
Meet the lion, Chad Nash
On this Queer Money®, we interview Chad Nash. Chad hails from Blue Springs, Missouri. He started his first business of mowing lawns and shoveling snow at the ripe old age of 8. This would be the first of many businesses of his. Chad studied computer science at Missouri Southern State University.
Chad’s also the CEO and founder of both Data Springs and Inner Lion. Chad has been traveling the world for the last 24 months with no end in sight. He’s also currently preparing to launch iScubaToo, a diving app that puts in one place your dives, other divers, new dive spots and more.
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Are you truly happy with where you’re at in life?
What’s the right recipe for quitting the cubicle and traveling the world for four years and counting? Many LGBTQ people, Millennials and others may be making a YOLO mistake doing it wrong, while others are living it up today and still building their tomorrow.
Enter Chad Nash, who says “I didn’t choose to be gay. I just got lucky,” and that perception has made all the difference. Nash, the author of Lion in the Cubicle, was born and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri. He was an entrepreneur from a very young age. Like many kids his age, Nash’s first business was a lawn mowing company with the slogan, “I’m not happy until you’re happy.”
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After moving to San Diego and launching Data Springs, a software company that creates third-party modules on the DNN platform, Nash decided to recreate his life. He sold his home with a pool, sold his fancy cars and left it all to travel the world for a few months.
A few months turned into a few years and counting and, in the process, the building of iScubaToo – the Airbnb for divers to find quality dive shops anywhere in the world. There are some who would say Nash was lucky, but Nash disagrees.
Chad’s 5 tips for how gay men can use the law of attraction for success
1. Ask better questions
Many gay men who grow up in small towns feel like they’re stuck and must either spend a life in hiding or run away. Though Chad speaks fondly of his hometown, he says, “When you’re gay in a conservative, religious area of the world, you know something’s not right when they keep telling you you’re wrong.”
This contradiction of knowing that he wasn’t what society would have him be, inspired him to ask lots of questions. “If they were wrong about me, what else isn’t what it seems,” he asked. “Could I open a business? Could I move? Could I follow my dreams?”
Chad was following Jim Rohn’s recipe for better outcomes, asking better questions. Jim Rohn said, “When you ask better questions, you get better results.” These questions took Chad from mowing lawns creating his own software companies and traveling the world.
2. Avoid hard work
Hard work isn’t the goal. Passionate and inspired work are. Chad says, “People from Missouri are hardworking, salt of the earth people, but you don’t see a lot of free-flowing money because it goes against natural law.” People are actually repelling rather than attracting what they want.
Chad says, “like attracts like and that unto itself is drawn.”
You can’t force motivation or success, because they’re still forced. Rather, Chad follows a happy go lucky approach to life, and this has made all the difference. This contradiction with the struggles of many in the world made Chad ask why life is so hard for some and not others.
Chad says, “there’s more going on than A + B = C.”
3. Focus less on how and more on why
“In my experience as an entrepreneur, the lighter you can be the more the good stuff flows,” says Chad. Most people are too hard on themselves when “it’s not going right,” and they refuse to stop until they find a solution. When you burden yourself with guilt and shame for not being smart enough or good enough, as many gay men do, you can’t attract positive results.
Whether working for yourself or someone else, things will go wrong, you’ll have bad days and you’ll have setbacks. For Chad, these are times not to reset his intentions. He says, “People are too focused on the how that they don’t consider the why, and you must trust putting the cart before the horse sometimes.”
The tough times are when Chad re-engages with his meditation, yoga and journaling, and he reminds himself that the sun comes up every single day. This is a lot of what we talk about in the 5 Building Blocks of a Happy Gay Life available here.
“Until you slow down the train, you can’t turn around in the right direction,” Chad says.
4. You can do it, so just do it
When starting a business, too often we’re focused on the small things, the name, the logo, the tagline and the domain, Chad says. The consequence is that these small hurdles stop them from ever starting. Chad continues, “There’s no better tagline in business and in life than ‘just do it.’”
Don’t sacrifice the good for the great because success isn’t a goal. Success is a process. In interviewing Chad, David says, “the reality is that success happens in concentric circles, and you might actually be happier being one circle out from where you planned.”
5. Be ridiculously optimistic
As Oprah Winfrey says, “Everything you want is downstream.” Too often, we’re focused on lack and a scarcity mindset can’t create abundance. Chad refuses to be a victim.
“There’s no failure,” Chad says. “ You’re either winning or you’re learning. ” It’s always about observing where you are relative to where you want to be and being willing to do what it takes to get there. “What is the next step you need to take to meet your definition of success,” David asks.
So, what’s your next step to reach your definition of success?
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We’re David and John Auten-Schneider, the Debt Free Guys (www.debtfreeguys.com) and hosts of the Queer Money® podcast. We help queer people (and allies) live fabulously not fabulously broke by helping them 1) pay off credit card debt, 2) become part- or full-time entrepreneurs and 3) save and invest for retirement.