OK, folks, it’s time for me to admit that I need your help.
This blog is all about one thing – getting away from the corporate/world ladder I started to climb.
When I created this a little more than a week ago, I treated it like a grown-up version of the LiveJournal/DeadJournal/Xanga/whatever online diaries we used in middle school and high school. I vacillated between talking about my new business ideas and my personal ideas without getting too personal.
Well, that doesn’t work. It’s time to get personal. It’s time for you to join me in the risky idea of starting my own business and trying out Lifestyle Design, a newish concept of creating passive income so you can free yourself financially and find time to do what you want to do. That doesn’t mean becoming lazy and doing nothing. It means getting over that mentality of “work for work’s sake” for 40+ hours a week and finally doing all the things you’ve always wanted to do but always made the excuses not to do.
My list so far? Road trip the U.S., travel and blog about Europe (and more), learn how to play the drums, learn how to surf, become conversationally fluent in Spanish and Arabic, jump back into learning contemporary dance, write a novel, run a half marathon, and take up some crafting and decor skills.
Sound ambitious? My dreams always have been, but I was pointing all of my energy into areas that were making me successful but not necessarily happy. Even if “happy” is a nebulous word to define, then I certainly wasn’t excited, pleased or content.
I was succeeding in the areas that I believed I wanted to pursue or that I knew others would want me to pursue. I certainly didn’t think that at the time and I’m definitely glad that I had those experiences, so even now it’s tough to reflect and feel satisfied that I’m choosing to do something different. It’s difficult to dedicate so many years to one goal and then realize that’s not the goal at all.
Many of us make the same mistake, and I’m trying to step away while I have the chance. Right now, I’m fortunate enough to have the time to take a breath, rearrange my priorities, and start over again. Tonight, I picked up a book that I read in February and and decided to start re-reading it again with the idea of implementing even more changes. It’s Timothy Ferriss’ “The 4-Hour Workweek” about Lifestyle Design, automating your income and finding the time to do what you want.
Do I know how I’m going to be successful with this yet? No. Am I going to make mistakes with the ventures that I decide to try? Yes. Is it going to help me to hide it from you until I’m successful? Absolutely not, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do the past few weeks. If I’m going to fail, I’m going to fail right in front of you, and I’m going to stop being embarrassed.
Consider this a renewal. I intend to blog daily about Lifestyle Design or my goals, not mere status-update posts about what I’m eating for breakfast.
Care to join me?