Do you like your job?  Or do you dream about winning the lottery and doing something else?

 

As far as jobs go, I actually really like mine.  However, I want to see the world and I don’t want to wait.  I want to hike, explore, have adventures and do all of this while I’m still healthy enough to enjoy it.

Problem is, traveling the world doesn’t exactly pay the bills and I think my colleagues would notice if I just stopped showing up one day.
 



4-Day WorkWeek

Occassionally I’ll pick up a self-help, inspirational type of book to try to freshen my engines and re-focus.  I happened across a best-seller called The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated), by Timothy Ferriss.

 

Now, I admit.  I read the title and thought, “that sounds entertaining” and really didn’t expect it to be something that would contain any real substance. I read a sample chapter, and decided to buy.

 

Once I started, I could not put it down! Most of the time I feel these types of books are filled with hypothetical, rather common-sense types of advice that may give you one or two things to make you go “humm”, but not much else. This one, though, changed my life.

 

Mr. Ferriss articulated in the very first chapter something that I’ve been thinking for a long time. Most of us have our priorities all wrong. We give the best years of our life to a job or way of life hoping that it will be enough to sustain us for a “someday”, when we retire. The thought is, if you work hard now and sacrifice, you can enjoy yourself later without worry, when you’re old.

 

We survived the tornado 2011

We survived the Girard Tornado

I’ll tell you what.  My house was destroyed in less than a minute this year by a tornado. My mother passed away two months later. Living in a camper, with no way to cook a meal, a refrigerator just big enough for the basics, no internet,no TV and really just the bare minimum of possessions, I found myself re-evaulating the age old question of “Why are we all here?”

 

Do you know what I figured out? It’s not to earn the most money, or drive the fanciest car, or have the biggest house on the block. It’s about building relationships, and that’s all. Relationships with your friends, your family your god, and with complete strangers. Everything else can disappear instantly, but how you lived your life with those around you will remain long after you are gone.

 

I’ve always wanted to travel, to go out west and hike the national parks. I want to see every state, including Alaska and then start going to other countries. If I wait until retirement age to do this, will I be able to hike? Am I going to be in tip-top shape to raft the Grand Canyon? I don’t think so.

 

So why am I waiting? Oh yah, it’s that little thing called reality. I don’t think people are going to feed me on my good looks and gasoline doesn’t just fall from the sky. How am I going to pay for all of this? This is where most people give up.

 

The 4-Hour Workweek made me realize it’s all about choices. If you really want something, you have to make it happen. You have to make a plan and take action.

That’s why I am starting this blog. I am going to document to you and anyone else who wants to make a life changing decision, my journey, including failures and successes from start to finish. In the upcoming days, I will explain what my decision is and how I am going to achieve it.

 

I don’t expect my dreams and plans to be the same as yours. In fact, they may be completely different. But one thing we all have in common is that if you have a dream, you have to take action to make it happen.

 

Think I’m crazy? Maybe I am, but it’s going to be fun. In the mean time, if you get a chance, pick up a copy of Tim Ferriss’s book and let me know what you think.

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