We have a bias for travel that takes us into nature or at least near nature. All of our best ideas seem to be born and cultivated when we're in the great outdoors. Our history has shown that we're at our most creative when immersed in tall trees, hiking massive mountains, and circling glacial lakes.
We tend to make this kind of travel a priority during summertime so that we can then channel all of the great ideas that bubble up into our autumn life-planning process.
During our most recent round of outdoor adventuring, we also had tackling some interview questions on our "things to ponder" list. The questions were focused on our success as small, small business entrepreneurs. We rarely take time to deeply consider these things because we make a point prioritizing keeping ourselves busy living our NVR life rather than talking about it. In an increasingly social (media) world, you see a lot of pontificating without the action to back it up. We don't want to be those people talking about a wonderful life and not living one.
So we hiked Glacier National Park and Banff National Park like it was nobody's business, and we reflected and game-planned all along the way. And we successfully tackled those interview questions.
That's a lot of inspiring surroundings, right? The conclusion?
We're at a pivotal point in the trajectory of our NVR life. It's no surprise though.
Pondering our success – in the interest of answering the interview questions – we reaffirmed several things that we already knew. This phase of our NVR life hit a pinnacle about 3 years ago, and we've successfully ridden that high ever since. Early in 2014, we made some significant decisions in order to honor and best deal with that reality (that had been swirling up since late 2012 and all through 2013). For example, we made the decision to not add head-count to our business, and to, instead, focus on nurturing our relationship with long-term clients, referrals from those clients, and new clients with outstanding potential. It's tough to say "no" to new business. In 2007, when this all started, we never thought we'd face a decision like that.
And that's just what we decided on the consulting side of our world, we're not even talking about the travel writing side of things or the many other pursuits that fill our time..
If we are nothing else, we're change agents. It's why businesses hire us to guide them, it's why people trust our instincts. Opposingly, though equally as critical, we're also good about seeing things through – about not "moving on" too hastily or recklessly.
We're steadfast, yet forward-thinking.
We're committed, yet agile.
This combination is why we're successful.
While acknowledging this reality helped to shape the framework of our interview responses, it also did a lot more than that. It's time for us to move on to another phase. We've been in "heads down" mode – very focused on and committed to making this phase of our life a big success. Mission accomplished. We're now ready to lean into the "change" side of things, to celebrate that success.
While all of the piece-parts of our life will remain mostly the same, the "mix" will be significantly different in the coming months and years. Details will unfold over time. We haven't even figured it all out yet. But get ready for some fun stuff too; we're really going to shake things up.
Our core message today is that you can be wildly successful as a location-independent entrepreneur living a "dream" life. But it takes work – especially to have enduring, fulfilling success. We're going to be getting into our take on this in the weeks ahead.