On Keeping The Dream Alive + Remembering Why You Started
About two months ago as I was packing up my stuff and moving out of my apartment in Vancouver, six months into my Canadian adventure, I had a sudden realization that freaked the shit out of me.
I’d forgotten why I started.
I’d forgotten why I wanted to run my own business in the first place...
‘To do good work for good people, to live my life on my own terms, and to see the world.’
I had a good handle on the first part, but the ‘live my life on my own terms, and see the world’ parts — not so much.
Since I’ve been in Canada I’ve seen and done some awesome things, and met some amazing people. I’ve got mad love for this country. But on the business side of things, it’s been a hectic and stressful time... a bit more than usual. I’ve had to get a lawyer for the first time (hot tip: get one before you need one), I’ve screwed myself over more than once, and I’ve made a couple more mistakes than I’d care to. Overall, it’s safe to say — I’ve learnt a hell of a lot in the last 8 months.
This kind of stuff is inevitable when you’re running a business, and in life, too. Shit is gonna hit the fan. You don’t know when, you don’t know how, and you don’t know who’s going to be involved. You can do your best to avoid it, but it’s all part of life.
So even though I’ve had lots of adventures since I arrived in this fine old country on September 22nd, 2013, I feel like a lot of that time has been spent working, and stressing about my biz. I kept having this same thought running through my mind over and over — I'm sitting on the plane at the end of this adventure, waiting to take off back to Aotearoa, and think to myself ‘Holy shit, I was staring at a screen and stressing about my business for 95% of my time here.’
Just that single thought gave me a decent kick in the ass, and I knew something had to change.
Getting out of the hecticness of the city, and making the move to the oh-so-chilled-out Whistler was Step One. Step Two — a business switch up.
Getting out of the hecticness of the city, and making the move to the oh-so-chilled-out Whistler was Step One. Step Two — a business switch up. Over the last couple of months I’ve totally changed up the way I work, so I can give myself more time to explore and see the world — just as I'd planned to when I first started out on this journey. I’ve packaged my services, and from here on out I’m committing to only ever taking on one main client at a time (instead of juggling 2-4). I'm stoked, and my clients are stoked too. It's a win-win.
If you’re feeling slogged out and a little off-beat, remember why you started. Take a step back and ask yourself how you can re-invigorate your life with that same crazy passion you had at the beginning. Do what you need to do to keep the dream alive.
It's so easy to get caught up in the business side of things and lose sight of your original vision. It happens to everyone, but the most important thing is recognising that you've veered slightly off-course, and taking action straight away, to get back on track.
Don't lose yourself in the murk of the journey.
Maybe you just need to take a look back at your very first blog posts. Maybe it’s checking out some photos from the beginning of your journey. Do what you need to do to remind yourself why you started.
Have you ever had a similar time when you realised you’d forgotten why you started something? What did you do?