Moments after my daughter and I arrived at Santa Lucia train station in Venice, we were headed down the Grand Canal. After soaking up all that beauty, she turned to me and said, “You know how you imagine a place and then you get there and it’s smaller than you expected it to be? Venice isn’t. Venice is better.”
It’s wonderful when something surpasses our imagination, isn’t it? Venice also made it onto my better-than-I-thought-it-would-be list.
Also on my list is grandparenting and working for myself. I waited a rather long time before I had grandchildren in my life, but, of course, I really didn’t have much to say about when they would arrive.
Happily, I ventured into self-employment years ago and keep discovering new delights all the time. One of the surprising discoveries about working for yourself is that you can begin when you’re 20—or 70.
Yet too many people miss the joy of creative self-employment because a tiny little word keeps blocking their way.
Have you ever had a new idea, a new vision that excites you so much you can’t keep it to yourself? I’m guessing you have. And I’m also guessing that along the way you shared this idea with a friend or family member and were greeted with, “How are you going to do that?”
Since you hadn’t thought it out—it’s a brand new idea, after all—your grand idea may have died a premature death.
“How are you going to do that?” can be a dangerous question. We can even stop ourselves from moving forward when such a fear-inducing thought arises in our own mind.
There is, however, a way to get past that challenge. At the outset, when “How are you going to do that?” pops up, shift your focus to what it is you want to do. Begin with the end in mind. Then get busy figuring out how.
Start by listening to folks who are farther down the road. As the Persian poet Rumi observed, “When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from someone who’s never left home.”
If that journey is starting your own business, the same wisdom applies.
Our new publication, Incomes Abroad is a reliable source for finding the answers you need. In every issue you’ll meet people who have found the how-to for building their income-producing life overseas.
Whether your vision includes working from your laptop on a beach…running a charming boutique…or welcoming guests at your bed and breakfast in a village in the south of France, Incomes Abroad will connect you with small business owners who have set up shop all over the globe.
While the stories are fun to read, they’re also loaded with practical information and ideas you can incorporate into your own enterprise—whatever it may be.
Before you know it, you could be sharing your story and telling people, “As a matter of fact, this is how I did it!”
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