273: Jake Ducey: The Unity of Wealth, Work, and Fulfillment

At twenty-one-years-old, Jake Ducey is the world’s youngest published inspirational author and is the Director of Self Reliance Institute, where he has built both a school and an orphanage in San Marcos, Guatemala. Since 2012 Jake has traveled to Guatemala, Australia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

His experiences in such countries, after quitting a basketball scholarship and leaving a drug-filled life at 19 years old to wander the world without a map, have become his first full book, “Into the Wind; My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose.

Favorite Success Quote

“Your income is directly proportional to the need for what you do and your ability to do it” ~Jim Rohn

Key Points

1. Circumstances do not Dictate Your Fulfillment

We live in a world where when people are unhappy, they often make rash decisions that can put them in a financial sink hole. And while it should always be your goal to live a life that is full of fulfillment and joy and to love the work that you do, sometimes you need to wait.

But just because you are not where you want to be, does not mean that you cannot have fulfillment and joy in the present moment.

Learn to reframe your current situation and find meaning within it.

If you are at a job  you hate, then see the job as a means to earn the money you need to start your dream business, take that year abroad, or provide for the people you love.

When you are able to reframe things and find the positivity within them, like Victor Frankl in the Nazi death camps, you will be able to find meaning in any situation.

2. Learn to Develop Inspiration through Dissatisfaction

If you are unhappy with where you are, and you really are ready to make a change. If things still suck even though you have changed the situation in your head, then you have to learn to draw inspiration from dissatisfaction.

If you are unhappy, use your pain to fuel you towards the pleasure of something new.

If you are single, use that pain to get you off your butt and out into the world meeting women. If you are broke, use that pain to earn and keep more income.

3. You Don’t Have to Pick Happiness or Profit 

So often in our modern world, people are lead to believe that you have to sacrifice all of the joy from your life now, for profit later.

This simply isn’t true.

You can have both, you just have to want it bad enough.

You can make a living, while traveling, and doing work that you love! You can have it all, but you have to make the definite decision and pursue it with all of your soul.

4. Figure Out Where Your Money Is Going and What Possible Sources of Income You Have 

If you are struggling with finances, one of the best things that you can do is to take an honest stock of your spending habits. Where is your money going, where should it be going, and where do you want it to go?

Cutting out a few dollars here and there on things that aren’t truly important to you can be the funding you need for your new business or that trip to Thailand with your friends.

Once you know where your money is going, it is time to figure out what possible sources of income you have? Could you do some freelance writing? Uber driving? Air BnB rentals?

What options do you have and which ones will bring the most satisfaction and income?

5. You Have to Reprogram Your Brain

Your subconscious mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

If you can learn to reprogram it to eliminate all of the crap you were indoctrinated with from society, you will be able to live a life that you never thought possible.

It will require work and some deep digging that may be painful for some of you..

But it will be worth it.

Influential Books

1. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

2. The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier

3. You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor

4. The Power of the Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murry


Connect with Jack Ducey


The Times Have Changed. This is the Way Forward in 2024.

Here’s how I can help in my new FREE training on becoming a stronger Grounded Man:

1. The new path for men that creates a purpose driven life and doesn’t require you to lose your personal power, put women on a pedestal or sacrifice your goals.

2. Why men consistently settle and ignore the most important areas of life like the quality of their intimate relationships, social life and happiness and how to optimize all three without sacrificing professional growth.

3. The biggest mistake 97% of men make that breeds loneliness, breakups and emasculation that is absolutely reversible with this counter intuitive strategy.