DSCN1056 Every day I read something that gives me a little more insight into how my mind operates.  Before I quit my job I would have conversations with one of my co-workers about my plans for my future business.  She used to say to me, “You have a good job. You make a good salary. Why can’t you just be happy?” And my response was always the same, “because I’m not.”  Then I would tell her about a trip I was planning and she would say, “You are always going somewhere. Why can’t you just sit still?” And my response was always the same, “because I can’t.” It never really occurred to me until recently that these two parts of me, my independent business nature and my insatiable wanderlust, are two halves of the same coin – both driven by that part of me that ignores the fear, steps off the cliff and then checks to see if my bungee cord is attached. Maybe it isn’t prudent or exactly smart. But I choose not to live my life ruled by fear. Of course I get scared. And I may proceed cautiously and hesitantly but I proceed!

 I love to travel. I love to go places and explore. When I was little and we were driving around I would ask my mother if we could get lost. I know she often wondered if they switched babies on her at the hospital. I am saddened by people who are afraid to fly or who claim to have no desire to see new things. Or when I hear of people who are adults and have never left their city or state. But even if you are afraid to fly (which is a valid fear today) there are so many things to see right here in the US. Or take an international cruise or train trip. You can drive to Alaska dontcha know?  In 2007 my brother and I did a road trip from Atlanta to LA. Talk about family bonding! We got in the car and just followed the I-10 til we got home. It was a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

 I believe I bring that same sense of adventure to my business ventures. It is hard to make taxes seem fun and sexy. But I approach each case with the same sense of wonder and excitement and take on the challenges without fear of failure. Some cases are more complex than others. But so it getting lost in Prague without a map and finding yourself outside of the tourist area where no one speaks a word of English. Bring it on IRS!


7 Reasons People Who Travel Are More Likely To Be Successful by Aly Walansky

 We all want to be successful, and some of us will be, while others won’t. There’s a lot of debate about what creates the road to success.

It’s perseverance, working hard, and being focused and motivated, no doubt. But can success come from knowing when to walk away and take a vacation? There’s a lot of evidence that people who travel frequently tend to be rather successful. Here’s how:

 1. Fear of the unknown drives your ambition. Traveling helps you acquire skills naturally while building your character. “Frequent traveling gets you outside of your comfort zone, opening up new worlds and experiences. Faced with new scenarios and encounters, you learn effective coping strategies that help you survive and manage your fear of the unknown,” says Dr. Ben Michaelis, a clinical psychologist and mental health expert.

When you travel, you learn to take action and accept challenges. You also learn creative ways to adapt to change and use your resources wisely. All of these behaviors lie at very core of achieving success in business, and inspire innovation and creativity.

 2. Trying something new can expand your horizons. So many of us go to the same desk in the same office and work at the same computer each day. It’s comfortable. But sometimes we can learn a lot and think more when we leave the familiar and see new things.

We may leave with some new ideas. Embracing change can help us in all areas of our lives.

 3. You’ll always see the big picture. When we don’t take time away from work, it’s easy to get caught up in the immediate pressures of the day to day. A little time away, even if it’s just a long weekend, can create the psychological distance to make it easy to see what really matters.

“When we get some distance, it’s easier to see the big picture, to focus on what we want versus just what’s right in front of us, and to be more open to taking risks to get to what we want. While it’s nice to turn off fully on a vacation, I suggest setting aside just 15 minutes at some point to think about what really matters in your work, because you’re much better equipped to see it with psychological distance,” says neurocoach Josh Davis, Ph.D.

Reconnecting with what really matters in your work will make you better at prioritizing.

 4. Vacations improve your overall health. “Stress accumulation increases our risk for almost every disease. Disease and poor health affect the ability to consistently maintain personal and professional goals.Vacations can decrease anxiety levels and boost metabolism. Not only do vacations impact our health, but they also promote creativity, allow time to recharge, and boost positivity, increasing productivity in the long run,” says Jessie Gill, a holistic nurse. There’s a beautiful world out there waiting to be explored.

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