What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?
I love adventure. But adventure can mean different things to different people.
Sometimes, I don’t think I’m very adventurous because I’m not into extreme sports like white water rafting, snowboarding, marathon running or skydiving. I don’t even like swimming because I’m not a strong enough swimmer to feel confident around deep water. For as much as I’m an island girl, I’m not really a beach girl at all. I must prefer the mountains.
You can have adventures without being a mega-athlete. And I do enjoy things like rock climbing and trekking which might be considered “extreme”, except that I don’t have much experience with either (I also love kayaking and snowshoeing but have only done it less than a handful of times). I just know that I liked it when I tried and would like to do more of it. Like the time I went on a yoga/rock climbing retreat last month in California.
I’d love to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, trek the Appalachian trail, run a marathon or walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But these are such faraway concepts for me. To be able to have the “freedom in business and adventure in life” means that my business can fund adventures.
I love Stefan Sagmeister’s take on freedom and adventure. Every 7 years, he takes an ENTIRE year off from his design studio to take a sabbatical. His concept is to intersperse our ‘retirement’ years during our career when we have more health and agility to explore, create, and play for the sake of exploration, creation and play. His “breaks” give him creative material that he can apply back into his company, and it’s absolutely brilliant!
Adventure doesn’t have to be of the extreme sports variety. It could be joining a monastery for my quarterlife crisis. Or writing my first book. Or simply starting a new chapter. I’m a simple homebody for the most part, who loves to curl up to a good book or take siestas. Sometimes I even feel like I’m boring.
Freedom in business and adventure in life means you’re living a work/play lifestyle that’s fun in work and play. While you’re putting effort in your business to make it run, it feels effortless because you love what you do so much. Business no longer feels hard, because you do it with ease.
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