My sister, brother, and I are all convinced that wanderlust is in our DNA. We inherited it from our father who would seize any opportunity to pack us all in the family station wagon and head out to parts unknown.
Back in the olden days of the 20th century, books on self-employment were mostly written by academics who hadn't actually done it themselves, and all the advice involved building a mammoth corporate empire. None of that appealed to me when I was starting out on the road to self-employment.
One of the simple pleasures of working for yourself is experiencing new things. There's nothing quite like the rush of facing a new challenge and overcoming it, or learning something you would never have if you were cooped up in an office all day.
When you think of ice sculpting, do you immediately think "great business idea?" Probably not. It's hard to picture carving chunks of ice with power tools as little more than an eccentric hobby.
Despite the fact that work can be one of life's greatest sources of satisfaction, too many of us believe the opposite: that work is an inevitable joyless slog. It's not our fault. It's what we were conditioned to believe.
When starting out, many self-employed folks miss out on a host of valuable resources right under their noses. Keep an eye out for these gems, collect them, and your success is all but assured.
Anyone who is serious about building a business needs to be clear about both spending and investing their time and what that means. Just as we invest money in the expectation of a greater return in the future, we need to invest our time in the present in order to see a bigger reward later.
After a vacation in Spain, Karen McCann and her husband returned the following year to study Spanish. The Ohio residents were especially enchanted by Seville. "We spent four spring vacations in Seville, staying for longer and longer periods," says Karen. "Of course, moving abroad—or moving anywhere—has its challenges. But you don't have to wait until all the stars are aligned, the dog passes away, the grandkids are all happily married, and you win the lottery."
There are numerous reasons for wanting to be self-employed. Money is only one of them. For more and more of us, a big motivation is being in charge of our own time. It may sound like a radical notion at first.
Bring a Sense of Curiosity on Your Big Adventure. “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education,” observed Albert Einstein. For many of us, sadly, the destruction of curiosity began long before our school days. When I was growing up, my incessant questions were often dismissed with a reminder that curiosity killed the cat. The message, intended or not, was that shrinking was preferable to exploring. This repeated warning has an impact that goes far beyond the deceased cat.