Your Business Model and Your Excellent Adventure
Enjoying an excellent adventure that involves extended travel will probably include finding ways to create cash flow on the road. Since you don’t want to work 40+ hours a week as you travel, it’s crucial to find ways to create more income in less hours.
One great thing about my life is for 18 years I’ve found ways to make money doing what I’m passionate about. Y’know, the “Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow” idea from Marsha Sinetar’s book.
Fine, but at age 52 I’m aware I never stop DOing. I’m ready to be a human BEing rather than a human DOing. Ready to DO different things.
One of the awful things about my life is by doing what I love, my hands are in everything. That doesn’t bode well for delegating so I can walk the Great Wall of China or hike a mountain for a day in the Canadian Rockies. Hmmmmm…. What to do?
I’ve always delegated the tekky work of building websites, etc. I’ve learned more technology this year so far. I wouldn’t build a website, but I’m learning to video and upload to YouTube, Facebook and other stuff. In the past if I didn’t get it right the first time I’d cry or scream and pull my hair out (don’t worry – I have thick hair). Driving traffic to websites bores me to tears so I’d move on to the next thing.
Selling someone else’s audio or video products (even if they’re awesome) – not so much fun.
Writing in my blog – big fun!!
Driving traffic to a blog – not so much.
Could I have a great-looking, quality T-shirt designed to sell with a cool, Excellent Adventure logo on it? Sure. Do I care much. Nah! Will I do it? Maybe. We’ll see.
I must become less attached to the “I must create it all” and “I must be passionate about it all” mindset to be successful at this. I must be willing to open up and create more streams of income to build the cashflow needed to hit the road. My aim is to do it with my websites I always ask this of mentoring clients before taking them on: “Are you willing to be open, coachable and teachable?”
The teacher always teaches what she needs to learn.
So, it’s about creating systems. Oooooh, that sounds like fun!
Then implementing those systems. Um, would rather stick knitting needles in my eyes. But here’s the cool part (there’s a cool part?) once those systems are in place and working well I can ride the trains in Thailand with my husband or go to a Farmer’s Market and buy flowers in Paris for our apartment.
It’s like life. Full of trade-offs.
PS: Tuesday of next week (8/16) the “extreme makeover” of “Your Excellent Adenture” will finally go live. It’s going to be amazing. I’m so excited. Make sure you drop by, okay? Promise? *smile*