Online relationships are wonderful.
The opportunity to share thoughts and experiences with people who are too far away to meet in person is invaluable. The web facilitates meeting and actually getting to know people with different experiences all around the world. Still nothing ever matches the impact of face to face conversations; meeting people in person, shaking hands, and seeing how thoughts express themselves through facial expressions and tones of voice. Magic happens.
Coffee in San Francisco
I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with Chris Ducker, the Virtual Business Lifestyle guy in San Francisco. Chris is an entrepreneur first of all, but he has embraced the web for part of his business and that is where I started following him. On the web, Chris flaunts the lifestyle that his he has made for his family by helping people use virtual assistants from the Philippines take over repetitive business tasks.
Should I stay or should I go?
Chris is based in the Philippines but travels frequently and while in San Francisco, he asked if anyone wanted to meet up with him for a few hours. So Saturday at noon, I and a few others met Chris at a San Francisco restaurant. Sacramento is 90 miles from San Francisco- about a 2 and a half hour trip by car and BART. I had to think a while before committing, but finally decided to go.
So what’s your point?
My point today is not so much about Chris Ducker or the interesting group of people that joined us in San Francisco. It’s about getting out of what you know, risking looking foolish and confused and seeing yourself and the world from a new perspective. I was the oldest guy there although there was another retired guy in the group. The others were youngsters and making good money from web-based business. There really is a new world out there which is a night and day difference from the world I knew at their age. My professional experience, though perhaps not completely useless doesn’t give me any advantage in this new world. These days the young are leading the old. And let me tell you that I don’t see anything wrong with that. I came back stimulated. I got some new ideas for my blog and my business venture.
What did I learn?
I can hear the questions in your head as I type. What does a Virtual Business Lifestyle blogger have to teach about outrageous retirement lifestyles? Do you have to embrace entrepreneurship to have an outrageous retirement? I’m not saying any of those things. Outrageous is anything that excites your passion. You might want to stoke up those entrepreneurial coals. But you might choose to run a marathon after being a couch potato for years or be a mentor when you haven’t read a book since college. Set yourself free! Don’t sit at home wishing that something exciting would come knocking at your door because it won’t. You will have to go out an find it. Maybe you don’t need to drive 90 miles but you will need to make some effort to identify and then pursue your passion..
Your life- your choice!
Retirement can be an end of life when you wind down all your passions and coast to the finish line bored and defeated. Retirement can also be a beginning, where you fulfill all the things that you pushed aside earlier. It’s your choice. Retirement just happens. It is neither good nor bad and most people drift into it unprepared. The choice is between ordinary and outrageous. Ordinary is passive. Outrageous is active. Ordinary is closed. Outrageous is open to new ideas and experiences. It’s not a question of right and wrong or good and bad. But it is a choice. You can choose to be safe, comfortable and bored. Or you can choose new experiences that take you out of your comfort zone. I choose outrageous. And that’s why I drove 90 miles to have coffee on Saturday. What are you going to do?