Got Life?

THE DECISION

The other morning, I got a call on the hotline from a woman named Shakira (I’m guessing it’s spelled like this. Women can get touchy about this kind of thing!). She wanted to see if it would be good to start handling a situation she has now because she is leaving the country for a year. As a person who loves to travel, I asked if it was for business or pleasure. She told me “pleasure” then proceeded to tell me her back story. It was great. She has been working in corporate America for years, then started to start her own business, at which point she halted everything. “What am I doing?” Very good question! So she’s quitting her job and leaving the country. To that I say… CONGRATULATIONS!! On quitting your job, stopping the starting of your own business and on deciding to travel the world!

To make sure I’m not misunderstood in the future and accused of being a hypocrite, I think her not starting her own business is great in this situation because she is going to travel the world instead. She can always start a business, but having the courage and overcoming the inertia of the linear lifestyle to just leave is not always doable until one’s mind is in a certain place.

I’m always talking about we’re not here to work (or at least I’m not here to do so with my life). Shakira stopped because it didn’t make sense. To go from working a job to owning a job. I don’t think many people understand what it is to leave the country and travel. I’m not talking vacation, but exploration! Now if you have kids, then this could be an issue if you believe in the linear lifestyle (in short, you’ll make excuses that its too hard with kids. However, your kids will learn more from traveling than they will ever learn in school if they’re old enough). If you have a significant other and they don’t want to go…leave ‘em (for some, drop the spouse. That may be long overdue anyway. Digressing!) If one is holding you back from enriching the quality of your life, that’s not good for business. Terminate the contract/relationship.

Sometimes we just need to uproot ourselves and boldly go where you haven’t gone before. Life has so much to offer and you’re waking up, working, worrying, sleep, repeat. Not for me. Don’t you want better?

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Shakira realized during our talk that she may not even want to come back so the situation would be a non-issue. I recommended she just travel and enjoy. It’s the last thing you want to think about while “getting some life” as she put it. If she does come back (I hope she does not really) then she can handle thing then.

Not everyone can just uproot like that. I understand that. Still, you can create a dramatic change in your lifestyle in a short time. Is it a scary thought? Hell yea! But let me tell you, it will probably be one of the best things you ever do. Sell or give most things you have away and start over. You’ve gotten most things because the linear lifestyle says you should have it. For those who may one day see where I lay my head, you will notice right away (how clean my place is) that I don’t have much furniture and what I do have is not normal. The common questions are always about chairs and couches. I don’t want any. I love to travel and they only get in the way if I want to up and leave. Plus, I like functional space. I do capoeira in my house. I have parties and don’t have to move anything. I build cardboard furniture (as a hobby) and use that instead. I have created the lifestyle I want. It’s not for everyone, but many can learn from it. Some people like…stuff. I’m not suggesting that having widgets, gadgets and furniture is bad in itself. What I am saying is how much is needed and what is the true cost of it (financial, physical, emotional and mental)?

simplicityA SIMPLE LIFE

One thing that becomes obvious when going to other not-so-modern countries or not-so-modernized-areas in modernized countries is that they live a simple life. And guess what, they’re happier people. Not all of them, but a simple life, to me, is very enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Chicago with all of the joys a big city brings. It doesn’t mean I have to mimic it in my dwelling. Do I really need [insert standard items found in one’s home here]?

When I say simple life, it does not mean people always have less stuff. Looking at how the average person acquires items in this country and other modernized countries, it creates a more complicated life. How? Financing. Credit cards, leasing items, rent-to-buy, working many hours to keep up with payments, space management, etc. Too much for me. If you started living without credit, that would make things a lot more simple. If you don’t have the money to buy it, then you probably don’t need it or you may be living above your means. But this is not my point. All I’ll say for now is that there are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to have a simple life which we’ll explore at a later time.

MAKE MONEY ONLINE

One thing Shakira had a concern about was her income while out. We hung up before I could suggest some online sources of income while she’s traveling around the world. There are so many ways to make money it’s ridiculous. We can enjoy life and not be broke! In-for-mation Age. We don’t need to physically be around to do much of anything anymore.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

When talking to Shakira, I wanted to say what’s your first destination, because I’ll meet you and we can roll out together. She did sound attractive on the phone. Plus, her attitude was awesome.

Hey Shakira, you know how to contact me. ::wink wink:: Send me some pictures of you and your trip 😀

I can work from anywhere in the world as long as I have an internet connection. A phone helps too but I can always use Skype or other online phone services. I run a business like any other. I work extremely long hours and bust my ass to get things done. With that said, I do get more control of my time a.k.a. my life. The more I get done with Executive Trustee Training, the less I have to work in the business and more on the business (there is a big difference. Words mean shit!)

HER HIPS DON’T LIFE

shakira hips

Shakira got up and stopped the madness. Her hips are leading her to other places with new and exciting things to do, see, learn and experience. What are you going to do? Do you need to pause your life and examine it before your life violent halts like a you’re a crash test dummy and forces you to re-evaluate it? I think the former is wiser than the latter, unless you like cars that much.

crash-test-dummies

Remember, a good business is always analyzing and tracking where it is verse where it is trying to go. Bad situations can be seen well before they happen and be averted. Just like Shakira will probably be using a map and track where she is to her intended destination (though getting lost is a part of the fun at times). I really enjoyed talking with her and am glad she is doing what’s she’s doing. I recommend those who can follow suit.

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5 Responses to “Got Life?”

  1. Saqera | March 17, 2013 at 16:35 #

    (ahem) Its spelled Saqera! (Q, no U….or H, I, or K for that matter, but totally understandable) hahaha
    I think this blog post is awesome! Happy to inspire the convo. I actually had more questions. Like can they take money from my account. I’ve been calling my loan agency to secure a copy of my promissory note and they have been giving me the run around. Jerks… Anyhoo…I thought our convo was pretty kick ass, so let’s chat. You’ve got my email now! First stop London!!! 😀

    • 1stTrustee | March 17, 2013 at 17:01 #

      I think I just got the green light. (let me go do some push ups and shave now). 😀
      So ummm…Saqera…how about a picture? Lol!

  2. PEDRO | March 3, 2013 at 05:48 #

    Thank YOU for the right words at the right time. Many of us need to learn to live with less. It’s not really a financial statement, as much as it is a mental statement. We will continue to add to the space, like so many of our peoples, who really know not what they do. Just to keep it simple, I just wanted to express gratitude for exercising these muscles!
    Cheers

    • 1stTrustee | March 3, 2013 at 09:21 #

      We must be careful of the way we use our words. “Many of us…” is probably better said as “I need to…” Some people may like complicated. While I promote a more simple lifestyle, “simple” does not imply less stuff all the time, though that is can be a part of what I mean when I speak on the subject. But the real question is, what are you going to do to make your life more simple? And when because now is the time! 😀

  3. Eliott Moore | February 21, 2013 at 20:21 #

    Wow, that’s really a beautiful concept: traveling and exploration. When we let go of the burdens of our own guilt, over obligations that are really non existent, there awaits the real freedom every individual has access to. That is if we believe this. For myself I find belief to be critical in following through, not to say one can’t be successful by just “plugging-in” to an already proven method or strategy, but belief allows us to do the seemingly impossible. Where as “fear” tends to “paralyze” thus  contributing to indecisiveness and immobility. The aforementioned lifestyle change is something me and my spouse have always dreamed of. We want kids and have always looked at the decision as an “either or” decision. But looking at things with “new eyes,” this actually woks out to a “have your cake and eat it too” proposition. Why not have kids and travel with them? It would be way better in my opinion than teaching them to be stationary “citizens” that rarely venture far from their range or “unteaching” them the loads of nonsense that will surely end up filling their heads stateside. Why not educate them first hand? Take the problem of “proving” history. Let them see touch and feel for themselves. Touch the soil in west Africa; see the pyramids in Egypt for themselves; understand their origins in the first person; understand how people do things outside of your “personal “space. Better yet why not expand their personal space to include a worldwide community. Long story, but the bottom line is there’s still time for me to unlearn and rethink. I want my children to know and arrive with the implicit understanding they are in control of there lives and can make it what they want.

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