When people first learn that I’m a professional traveler, their jaws drop faster than a nineties cartoon. I have managed to raise an eyebrow or two about my “career.”
It’s not a “project,” it’s a career.
People ask, so how did you trade corporate Los Angeles for a one-way ticket to Australia? How did you make a career out of travel? How do you write for so many online publications and get featured in Forbes?
Freelancing can be suicidal, and making sacrifices to travel in your twenties can be unsettling… but how cool is not settling?
I wanted to see the world and be my own boss, so I went for it!
I’ve had the privilege of meeting other people who have taken similar paths in making their dreams into goals in travel, social media, journalism, and through UCLA. Whether your goals are geared towards fitness, law school, med school, or entrepreneurship, this is what we all have in common.
1. We take calculated risks.
If you aren’t willing to try something different, something out of your norm, you won’t get past ordinary.
Key the strategy: don’t “leap” … “step” out of your comfort zone… put some thought into how, and like Nike just do it!2. We identify our strengths… and our weaknesses.
Everyone has talent. What’s yours? Leverage it.
What’s your weakness? Kanye’s is clearly his ego, yours might be a lack of experience in an area that will compliment what you’re already doing, or you may be lacking the tools you need to move forward.
Self-evaluation is the key to staying confident during rejection and failure. It’s the only way to grow.
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3. We make changes.
Can you identify a single company or personality that doesn’t make changes and continues to be successful?
Think Apple. Think Miley Cyrus… okay stop thinking about Miley Cyrus, but a quick cultural case study proves for a demand of ever-going evolution.
Transformations can be for the better or for the worse, but a plateau means you aren’t growing. Not growing? Not living.
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4. We seek guidance.
Homework doesn’t end in uni, it just takes on a new model. Instead of a grade, you get real life, tangible results (in or against your favor).