winding-roadMy husband and I were on a walk one afternoon when he commented on the fact that he “had nothing to show” financially considering he’s been working for 20 years.

Now my husband and I don’t live a “regular” life, he in particular has lead a very interesting, rewarding life. For 4 years he worked 6-months in New Zealand and then spent 6-months in Italy. He lived in Japan, the UK, and the USA.  He works from home developing software and applications for a variety of companies. What I love about him is that he chooses lifestyle over money. How he lives and enjoys his life is very important to him.

I love to write, draw, paint and design. I haven’t had a full-time day job since 2009. We have “followed the sun” for the past two years. Travelling up to North America when it’s been winter here. However, because of our values and our lifestyle, we don’t have the ability to earn a “steady” income and paycheck and therefore stash a nest-egg away in the bank. Being an entrepreneur is scary because there is no certainty. Other entrepreneurs have felt this at one point or another.

But I’m straying from the point a bit, so here it is.

We entrepreneurs are told a myth. The myth is that the path to success is a straight line. People who are successful knew what they wanted, worked hard and consistently to get where they were and took no detours along the way.

That isn’t true. I’ve been reading “The Startup of You” by Linked In co-founder Reid Hoffman and he gave me some pretty interesting stories about the COO of Facebook, himself and Zappos. The similarities are this, successful people are adaptable, take risks, and although they have core values, they can translate that into a variety of work based on their strengths.

So many successful people have started out just where you (and I) are at now. And don’t think even for a minute that success may not be a few years, or even months away. As I told one of my clients recently the path less taken is harder because there are more obstacles in the way.

People don’t get what you’re doing. Hey even you don’t get what you’re doing sometimes, but not knowing is part of the journey. Try new things and take new risks.

Here’s what you should be doing instead:

  1. Find other people who have done what you want to do and follow them on Facebook or Twitter (Reid Hoffman’s advice)
  2. Get advice from people who are respected in your industry, not your brother-in-law…
  3. Do not beat yourself up about something failing or not doing as well as you’d like, at least you took the risk and tried it
  4. Take a look at where you are now and take steps towards where you want to be, but know that you may need to change directions based on the market, your interests changing, a change in your client or customer needs
  5. Celebrate that where you are will be part of your journey to success and will become part of your success story!


© 2012 Lakshmi Gosyne

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