Imagine being able to travel for 6 months, never looking at your Facebook account or even turning on your computer, and still earning a living. For some that seems like cheating, after all HOW can you possibly make money without showing up for work…but it’s really not.
There is more than one way to “work.”
For example, I have relatives in Sweden that work for several years, and then take a year off to travel…an entire year! I used to live in a seasonal area where the residents would work their asses off for 6 months, and then take the remaining part of the year off.
It’s all about what you want and the cool thing is that you can change your mind, adjust your compass, and begin a new route at any moment.
An uncle once said that you can get anything you want in life as long as you are willing to pay the price. The price for getting the kind of lifestyle where you are able to do exactly what you want each day is earned differently for each person.
If your goal is to have the ability to go on vacation whenever you choose and for any length of time you desire (as opposed to a limit of 2-3 weeks each year), then one thing that is the same is that is some way, shape, or form, the money you earn and/or the time you invest is used to build assets that will work with or without additional involvement from you, to buy your freedom.
You can achieve this by measured investments which is the traditional path to freedom that most of us are familiar with. You’ll get you there eventually (barring any major financial upsets) and according to most financial charts you’ll be looking at 40 years before you see your freedom. Not bad, but just a slower pace.
You can achieve this by creating something (a bonus, a business, a product, an invention, etc) that rewards you with a large lump sum of money that allows you to purchase assets (such as rental or interest income) that will continue to pay you.
You can also achieve this by creating a source of residual income such as book royalties or ongoing commissions that may require a large time investment up front, but very little time investment after the payments have begun.
There is no one “right” answer and you don’t have to choose just one path. That’s the beauty of being open to creating a lifestyle you really want!
So, where do you start?
First, you need to take a look at what you’re doing right now. What’s working well and what’s not? Do you have a job, or do you have a business?
What I mean by that is this.
If you have a business, then you have systems in place that allow you to walk away for any length of time and still earn an income. If you cannot do that, and your “business” requires your day to day involvement to earn money, then you have a self-employed job.
There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I know a lot of people with great jobs that love what they are doing. However, at some point, they aspire to be able to walk away from the day to day involvement and still earn a living.
In order to do that, you must pay some price to get to that point.
I discovered this reality about 7 years ago when I was in the mortgage industry. While I was able to work from home and I had some flexibility with my working hours, I discovered that I still needed to actively work to get paid. At one point, I actually skipped a trip to Mexico because of client deadlines!
That was NOT the lifestyle I was after so, at that point I began making adjustments.
So what adjustments do you need to make to really get to the point you want to be?
If you have a story to share, or experience with something that would be helpful to others, then maybe a book or online training is the right course of action to get you started. Maybe you have a business or an idea for a business. How can you design that business to give you the freedom you want?
Yes…I said “design” because YOU are the architect of your life and you should design it in a way that allows you to wake up each morning with a smile on your face and your heart and mind filled with all the possibilities that are in store for you.
So what is it for you? Let me know: Dawn@YourResearchDiva.com
Until next time…
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