Today I am challenging you to become as creative as possible about finding alternative routes to do more of what you want.
Let’s say you want to earn enough to live in a gorgeous home. Most people think they have to buy or rent such a place. Not Joe. When he was in his early 20s, he found himself drawn to the ocean and wanted to live as close to it as possible. He got the idea to offer his services as a yacht sitter and almost immediately found himself living in luxury.
And lots of overseas adventurers offer to be caretakers or house-sitters as a way of providing themselves with accommodation.
You see it isn’t really all about the money.
You can use “alternative currencies” to get what you want. Maybe you want to run a hospitality business in some far-off tropical resort…well you won’t have to pay for publicity if you host a visiting travel writer. If you’re the travel writer, you may not have to pay for your meal or accommodation in the pursuit of your love of travel.
So how can you cultivate alternative currencies? Start looking for options—and open yourself to offbeat ideas.
There’s a silly scene in Wayne’s World which finds Wayne and Garth lying on the hood of their car at the end of an airport runway reveling in the wake caused by planes taking off.
Actor and scriptwriter Mike Myers says this scene was inspired by a favorite pastime in his family called No Money Fun. The idea was to come up with entertaining activities that didn’t cost a cent.
No Money Fun is a terrific way to activate the imagination and it comes with the built-in reward of all that free fun.
Marnie loves the symphony but, with her errand-running business in its infancy, season tickets are a bit out of her reach. That didn’t stop her from enjoying the full spectrum of concerts last year, however. She became an usher at Symphony Hall and heard every note.
In addition, she was paid a tiny amount of money for her services so she was following a favorite rule of the entrepreneur’s unwritten code: find ways to get paid to do what you want to do.
Thinking this way is new to Marnie. She says, “Before I had my own business, I just assumed I could only do things that I had the money for. Now I look for ways to make things happen in the most creative possible way. Sometimes that involves no money at all.”
There’s an even bigger benefit in all of this, one with long-term rewards. Mastering No Money Fun is first and foremost an exercise in learning that there’s never just one way of accomplishing things. It can banish uninspired thinking and open up a new world of creative possibility.
Best of all, you’ll be living your life from a position of abundance and imagination. What business wouldn’t be better with that kind of thinking running it?
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