9 Years After my 25th Birthday


Photo taken by Gene Bradford on my 33rd Birthday!

Nine years ago when I turned 25 I remember thinking of goals that I had set for myself which today as I turn 34 make very little sense to me. My life would turn around in as little as those next 3 years.

6 years ago I decided to leave the world of being an employee and becoming self employed. Now I realized that at that moment I resigned to many of my goals.

Challenging, Interesting, and Fun

It has been an interesting 6 years. I have launched many projects. Some which have survived others have been abandoned.

As I turn 34 today I realize I have been able to do many things that I don’t think would have been possible if I would have not left being an employee for larger corporations.

Letting Go

From returning the home I bought at 25 to the bank that truly owned it, my luxury convertible which turned out to be a lemon, and a laundry list of material things I did not need in my life such as a Country Club Membership where I played golf every day.

Somewhere easier to let go others like the foreclosure process of what was my house took a huge toll on me like. These experiences have allowed me to focus more in finding what is my purpose in life.

Photo taken on my 33rd Birthday

Photo taken by Gene Bradford on my 33rd Birthday!

The Return on Letting Go

I earned a lot more by giving up those material things that were tied to my goals at age 25.

Here are a few things that I was able to do:

Memories and Opportunities to Grow

I have been able over the last 6 years to do a list of things that have been fun others very challenging and not fun at all. Most of these experiences good or not have created memories and opportunities to learn and improve myself.

In summary I feel better mentally, physically, and with more control of my life.

I am grateful for those that have been with me throughout my life but most importantly in the past 6 years.

One Big Favor

As I celebrate my 34th birthday today I can only ask you for one thing.

Understand that we are here on earth with a mission. To define that mission might take a lifetime. But take a moment now to realize and think of what you have accomplished and put one thing you want to do in the next week or so on a piece of paper.

Just one goal which you want to accomplish it can be simple it can be complex just make sure you will go after it.

Another and more important Favor

One more thing I love the work Mark Horvath does if you can take a moment make a donation to Mark’s organization, share Mark’s work with a friend, or help someone in need out today it would mean the world to me.

Happy Birthday To Me

Daniela on my 34th Birthday

Photo Taken by Lucy


  1. Lois Ardito on April 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Happy Birthday, dear Friend. You are wise beyond your years! Loving family man and amazingly faithful friend and I wish you only the best today and everyday. My love, Lois

    • Raul Colon on April 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      @loisardito:disqus thank you for being a mentor and a friend. I love ya!

  2. Kaila Smith on April 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    What an awesome treat for all of us on your birthday. This was humbling, inspiring, and very thought provoking. My goal for next week:send out my resume to 3 places of interest! Wishing you another successful year!

    • Raul Colon on April 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Kaila that is awesome if I can help in any way let me know. Do you have your resume ready?

  3. Ramon Morales on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you so much, Raul. Your achievements are a compelling testament of your integrity and resliency.

    • Raul Colon on April 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

      @guarionex88:disqus with teachers like you that are there to support and help how could I not follow the path of integrity and resiliency.

  4. Nando on April 24, 2014 at 8:26 am

    What a great opportunity to be able to look back to great decisions that frame what’s coming. Hope you had a happy birthday, and continue your growth.

    • Raul Colon on April 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

      @NandoJourneyman:disqus it if was not for you brother and a few others my growth would take even longer. Thank you for your support and give Rocio a big hug on my behalf!

      • Nando on April 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

        I’m glad I somehow helped you navigate this path. I think it’s time now for me to be the grashopper. We’ll see you in a few days…

        • Raul Colon on April 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

          At the end we are all grasshoppers (even if you eat meat. LOL).

          Can’t wait to see you and Rocio!

  5. Yvonne Perez-Borroto on May 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    You’re a true role model. I’m thrilled that you’ve been able to grow and gotten so far. You and your family are a great source of inspiration to me. We love you and can’t wait to see what’s next in store for you! Keep the joy alive.