“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
There are people all over the World that are having astounding lives full of hope and promise and fulfillment. The most encouraging thing about them is how totally normal and ordinary most of them are!
I’ve had, during various trips, the pleasure of meeting a lot of them. One common thing you hear when you speak with them is; prior to branching out on their own to pursue a cherished goal was their total realization that there had to be something more to life than just ‘selling shoes’ or ‘insurance sales’ or ‘doing 9 to 5′ in some cubicle.
Like the Lady I met in Belize. She’d been an Administrative Assistant to some rising executive that could barely tie his own shoes but he was making 6 figures annually while she barely made ends meet. After a couple of years of being both disgusted and bored with her job and her life; she quit.
She wasn’t sure what she was going to do but she knew her current situation was a total dead end. Now, she’s in a Tropical Paradise, living in San Pedro town and she has a small trinket and craft shop catering to the tourists that flock to the area to sightsee or scuba dive or fish!
She cashed in her 401k and left the states for good. Her reasoning was, if she failed, she could always go back home and get another job. If that did happen, her life would not be any worse than it had been before moving to Belize. Having failed…at least she’d given it a shot!
Having the regret of not trying was a more powerful influence on her than the uncertainty of never knowing how grand her life could really become if she took the chance!
And that’s a common idea all these folks have. The people that go for it. The ones that want more than just getting up and driving to a job, then…having lunch in some break room, then driving home again…over and over and over; all reached a point where they’d regret not trying to do something out of the ordinary.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
“There’s a whole World out there. Go grab some of it!” – D. G. Gaw
All the best,