Years ago, the master instructor Dick Dillingham posed the following question in class “If you didn’t have to work for money, what would you do?”
I loved that question and got busy in my journal writing down all the things I would do if my lifestyle was taken care of and I didn’t have to “work for money.” Since then that question has come up many times, and just like the first time, I grabbed my pen and journal and started writing. I thought I had some pretty good answers to that theoretical question.
And then, theory became reality.
Now that didn’t happen overnight. It took 18 years of 6-7 day a week work to get here. I’m very fortunate that through a combination of decent investments, great partnerships, a lot of hard work, a handful of side hustles, and my husband’s successful business, I now must answer the question. What I find interesting, is I don’t know the answer to it.
Here are three observations in all of this thus far:
- Not having the answer is uncomfortable, and somewhat embarrassing, given how much time I’ve spent thinking about it and how self-aware I feel I am. And yet, I realize that is an unnecessary judgement, and I forgive that, and I’m excited about the new opportunity this provides.
- The point I’m in now was never the destination. I can see now it’s part of the overall journey, and the fact I wasn’t overly focused on getting to this point, but instead focused on smaller goals along the way, enhanced the journey.
- What took me 18 years, could actually be done in 5. I see that now, and my hope is to help anyone else who wants it to be able to achieve their version of this goal a lot fast.
Stay tuned. I’m much closer now to answering this question. I’m also being careful not to over think this. My mind is a powerful servant of my heart, which is king.