I was always someone who had been consumed with the idea of career success. I’ve continually strived to do and be bigger and better than the year before. I saw career success as a way of enriching my life. I believed with career success came financial success, and that’s all that mattered.
I thought money was the only way to find true happiness. In fact I was obsessed by the notion. I was going to do whatever it took to make buckets of money, because its money that makes us happy right?
Well the career success came and even the money came (to some extent) so then why didn’t I feel fulfilled. Hadn’t I got everything I had ever wanted?
No, I hadn’t. Because all the years I was obsessed with working my way up the career ladder, I had forgotten what was truly important to me; Seeing the world.
Travel has always been a big part of my life. Throughout my whole adult life I have traveled. I have always had a passion to see and experience the world. It’s always been a deep need within me.
Over the last few years I have hit some very low points in my life. But the event that bought me to my breaking point was losing a parent. Through the grief I went through all the cliché questions; Why am I here? If I die tomorrow will I be happy with what I have accomplished?
It was at this time I started to question the path I was currently on (being so focused on my career for one) and the answers shocked me.
I realized that although I had a great career, reached all the goals I had set for myself in my profession, I was not actually happy.
I was climbing the corporate ladder, so to speak, but wasn’t feeling any more successful or fulfilled.
For years I had thought my career was the most important part of my life. I worked so hard, and although I have no regrets, I wish I had seen the bigger picture sooner.
It wasn’t until I was 37 that I fully understood what I was supposed to do with my life. And it had nothing to do with the current career path I was on. Doh!
So I sat down and reworked my ‘life plan’, and this time I did it from the heart. Sometimes we get caught up with what society expects us to do that we forget who we are and what we actually want to do with our lives.
So I gave up the career that I had spent 15 years working so hard at building. And it has been the best decision I have made.
Of course I still have to work to support my amazing travel lifestyle, but instead of working 70 hours a week in an un-inspiring workplace, I now work 10 – 20 hours a week on a business that is fulfilling and inspiring… and one I can run from anywhere in the world.
A change of career is not for everyone and I am not suggesting every person should quit their jobs to travel the world full time, but it’s certainly the best decision for me.
My lifestyle and happiness now comes before my work, and as much as I love what I do, I love my freedom, my lifestyle and my happiness a lot more. So long gone are the days I would work 16 hours and be miserable at the end of it all. Now I only work when I want, how I want, and most importantly, in a business that inspires not only myself but others as well.
Would you give up your career for a laptop lifestyle?