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.
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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).
Find an online tutorial.
Reach out to mentors.
Follow… study… experts.
Take a specialty course.
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5. We make lists and timelines.
Find a task management routine that works for you. I get a little gratification in checking off my spreadsheets. I set goals and I push harder to achieve them within a certain time frame.
Numbers and categories are good in any form measuring of productivity.
6. We practice discipline.
Sometimes we don’t want to do something, but we have to. So we do it. And we can’t just do it sometimes, we have to do it regularly. Aristotle said it himself,
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
7. We prioritize.
Beyonce only gets twenty-four hours in her day. Prioritizing is knowing what we have to do for what we want.
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We consider the scale of what we are willing to not have in exchange for it.
In short, we make sacrifices.
8. We see what we can do for other people.
If you don’t have anything to offer, people aren’t going to want to work with you or help you. I don’t reach out to anyone if I don’t have something to offer, even if of little value, I do what I can.
In travel, maybe that means staying at someone’s home, but making dinner or buying drinks. In business, it means you create something to offer if you have to.
If you can develop genuine and mutually beneficial long-term relationships, you’re going to be alright :)
9. We stand up for ourselves… and others.
When I was in seventh grade getting bullied, my mother told me “if you let someone slap you, people will stand in line to slap you.”
Although I hope I never get in a fist fight, this rule of thumb applies to business, school, training, and freelancing.
Don’t put up with anyone’s sh*t. Don’t let people take advantage of you.
Achievement is about growth, and if you let people push you down, you cannot grow. However,
[clickToTweet tweet=”If you stand tall and pull people up with you, you’ll grow together” quote=”If you stand tall and pull people up with you, you’ll grow together”]
10. We Ask
Because the worse thing that can happen is that someone will say no, leaving us back where we started.
11. We take care of ourselves
Happy people do better work. Healthy people do better work. If we aren’t physically, mentally, and spiritually adept than we can’t focus on our goals.
12. We don’t give up.
Cliche as is, we know that our goals may not be all rainbows and unicorns, but they are worth it.
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13. We love it.
That passion doh.
Do you agree? Did I miss anything?
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Good points, but it’s difficult to apply
Great list! So much more tangible than the waterfalls + butterflies inspirational quotes. I can’t imagine what life would be like if I stopped learning and doing “homework” after college (aka uni :) )!
Thanks for the feedback Christie!
Well Steph, I’m sorry, I tried to resist but I just cannot hold back any longer. I fight it, and I tell myself “NO”, and it just happens anyway.
Yes, I have totally fallen in Love With everything you have become. No,No, I’m not going to stalk you, I couldn’t keep up. I’m just going to become your most loyal follower. You have my commitment, and my loyalty will not wavier.
OK, seriously, You have done a remarkable job creating a life for yourself that seems to absolutely fit “Who You Are”.
Congratulations for that. A relative few are able to follow the passion through to actualization. And, my friend, that is a very big deal.
You have given me a few comments on my “Tweets” which I appreciate. Feed back tells us we are on the right path. So, I plan to give you as honest feed back as I possibly can. But I had no idea you had come so far in accomplishing this complicated goal in a market that is so susceptible and vulnerable to so many variables. Economies, politics, weather, competition, and so many other influences. I guess if things are bad in one place you can buy a ticket to another, but, regardless of the complications, Stephanie, It looks like you are well on your way and have built something to be very proud of. And that is just GREAT.
I am so sure the road has not been easy, and the challenges have had to be many. I’d love to hear about those sometime. But for now, I will follow your postings on instagrams, Tweeter and what ever Social Media you are on. It is remarkable how that Social Media has turned into a force of its own.
Ok, I’ve gone on way more than I intended. I guess that reflects my enthusiasm for what you have accomplished. Thank You for reading my little rant. Hope you will accept my admiration for You and your successes. AND I really do hope we can exchange thoughts from time to time. You never know, our paths just may cross at sometime in the future.
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Congratulations again Stephanie,
You are a True Winner
This is unbelievably inspirational, and I really appreciate your support!
I think people don’t recognize the challenges it is to free-lance, to travel, and to really make those dreams into goals. Thanks for the encouraging words that keep me going throughout this transition. It’s exactly what I needed to hear!
Completely agree about calculated risk. People mistakenly think risk means putting it all on the line without any thought or strategy. That is why people fail, they don’t create a real strategy that helps them navigate the challenges. You can’t completely eliminate risk but you can minimize the surprise factor of unexpected challenges. I wanted to share: http://entrepreneurialambitions.com/2012/08/13/why-a-strategy-is-important/
Great point! I tried to emphasize that too. I’m glad that you caught that. I put a lot of time and thought into my risks. I’ll check out your article now!
who does your blog? i mean the website? is it one of the big ones like WordPress etc? let me know thanks
Yes, I use Word Press. I work with the Designer CPH Originals and the Developer Organization Dani Lyn the Brand.
Absolutely agree!!! You didn’t miss anything! Digest and apply it is!!!
Encouraging one that make those who wonder have a second thought! Believe to yourself and do what you want to do! Thank you for the motivation!