All my life I’ve wanted to travel the world. I wanted to see places I’d only read about in books, and seen on the Travel Channel.
Three years ago, I never imagined I’d be sitting in an apartment in Shenzhen, China overlooking a 1/3 replica of the Eiffel Tower – yet, here I find myself.
I never expected to have my passport filled to the brim with stamps from dozens of places outside the United States.
There was no way to anticipate the fact that I’d be sitting down with millionaire investors in Guangzhou one day, and mountain biking through the trails of Yangzhou the next.
Skiing in Vail one week and hanging out in a Mexican jungle retreat the next? Ha, only millionaires can do that.
And what about having complete control of my time and how I choose to use it? Does anyone actually have that? Why yes, actually, they do.
Actually make money doing something you’d do for free? That’s only for rock stars and pro athletes right? Well, not quite.
For the last 48 hours I’ve been having a difficult time figuring out exactly what to write about today. I’m halfway across the planet, throwing myself into a variety of new experiences that should give me no shortage of potential blog topics, yet I’ve been drawing a blank all weekend.
Then I noticed that I’d written 300 posts on this site. In 300 posts the trajectory of my life has completely changed. I went from doing everything that society had trained me to do, to realizing just how accessible a different path was.
300 posts. Wow.
The reality is, my life changed after #1. Starting a blog and giving myself a voice was the best thing I ever could have done for myself. It’s given me stories, a business, new friends and so much more. I’m so thankful for that. For this community. For you.
Three years ago I was sitting at my desk wondering how I was going to break free from it. You know what I’ve learned since then? It’s not as hard as you think, but it takes a hell of a lot of work.
Work that most people will never start, let alone finish. What do you want to do with your life? Do you want to head to China and try and work business deals? Live on a yacht in the Maldives? Have the free time to coach your kids soccer team?
What’s your dream life, and what are you doing today to get closer to that goal? Are you even actively working on it? Have you already accepted defeat?
Rather than try and BS my way through a post that I wasn’t inspired to write, I simply started reflecting. Reflecting on how lucky I am to do this. Reflecting on how supportive my friends, family, and this community has been. Reflecting on the now 17 people who have emailed me this year to tell me I’ve played a hand in their own plans to quit and pursue something that makes them happier.
In 300 posts I’ve created enough stories to fill up a lifetime.
I’m living the dream and I want you to do it with me. However, that part is up to you.
Do some reflection today. What are the stories and experiences that stand out? The ones above are some that jump out for me personally.
Start making conscious decisions about the path your on, rather than following the path of least resistance, I have a feeling you might enjoy the change of scenery.