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The 7 Necessary Steps to Designing a Purposeful Life Without a Place to Call Home

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At some point, everyone has dreamt about leaving the 9-to-5 grind and hitting the road, and we see more adventure travelers making a living from crazy beautiful places all around the world every day. Most people lose hope in the dream when it comes to determining the next steps.

Pushing your life adrift with purpose, can be done and the following tips will help you make it successful without a permanent address, traveling, and creating income:

1. Make Your Income Mobile

First and foremost, you have to transition away from the desk that has burdened you for years. Whether you keep the security of your corporate job or venture out with your entrepreneurial spirit, you need to employ your abilities to create income wherever you find yourself. If you need inspiration, walk past any coffee shop, and you’ll see a dozen people doing what you’ve dreamt about, with a latte and a scone in their hands.

By employing today’s technologies, people are performing sales, marketing, design, executive assistant roles, thousands of miles away from the actual office. The location is not a factor, it becomes focused on finding reliable power and wi-fi.

“To get rich, you have to be making money while you sleep.” – David Bailey

2. Define a Purpose

It is easy enough to cut the cord with the office and work from home, yet, truly spending time adrift with a purpose requires the removal of the crutches of routine and consistency. Moving where you lay your head each night takes the definition of your purpose.

Your immediate thoughts may be centered around reconnecting old friendships, expanding your passion for photography, or exploring new and old places with fresh eyes. It’s important to define your purpose so that you have a direction.  Maybe your desired result is to write a book, put it down.

3. Define the Boundaries

Expand your purpose by determining your physical, time, experiential and emotional boundaries. Coupling your boundaries with your purpose will help in determining where you’ll focus your time, how you will handle new opportunities and define your timeframe. When the journey gets tough, you will be thankful for having written down your mission.

4. Recruit a Partner

Finding an amazing travel partner who can join you during different parts of the journey simply enhances the experiences you will encounter. Also, it will add significantly more emotional value to the parts of the journey you share.

Ensure your missions complement each other’s, as it is quite important to make sure you understand each other’s goals before packing a bag. Consider how you will feel when the trip is no longer all about you.  

5. Have a Lifeline

Some of your plans will not go as designed. Keep a positive attitude, though, as most of the detours will result in greater experiences that you never envisioned. There will be a couple of times that make you question your sanity, but where you categorically want to be prepared is for the endless “where are you?” emails from your Mother and the truly catastrophic emergency.

Make sure you have a lifeline that knows your location, upcoming plans and knows how to help if there’s an emergency. Not just anyone can do this task. Determine the one person that would leave their life to save you, without question, and most importantly, without placing additional drama into the situation. Provide copies of everything. Consider what you will need if your things are stolen or lost. Provide your lifeline with an emergency fund, for you to get home if needed.

Prepare them, your Mom will call them anytime you don’t answer an email within 24-hours or haven’t posted to Instagram all day. Make sure they have patience, a sense of humor, and know when to stop telling you, “it will be fine” and engage the emergency plan.

6. Always be planning for the next move

Being adrift is about allowing the change to direct the journey. The goal is not to stick in one place all year, so it is important to be thinking about your next moves. Prepare a 30-day view of work demands and keep revising the plan as needed. Ask yourself questions like, “Where will I be in 30-days?”, “What is required to continue making my income?” and “Where is there reliable wi-fi?”

“Plan your next move, because every step contributes to your goal.” – Sukant Ratnakar

7. Share your Experience

Certainly, you must share photos for friends & family to experience the journey with you, and, depending on your profession, may want to expand to your clients. Share that you’re on a journey that is providing you with more balance and fostering a healthier person, but also makes you a better provider for your clients.

Not everyone will take the leap of faith. Doubts that all will be okay while adrift are louder when your life is more established. If you can create a vision and launch your journey, then it will be one of the best experiences of your life.

Do you live a nomadic lifestyle while running or working with a business? Leave your experiences and thoughts below!

A former Chief Operating Officer, Kristian Besley, has gained priceless experience by running towards organizational challenges and crafting and implementing solutions with unreasonable variables. He currently advises entrepreneurs on how to frame their business concepts, develop strategic plans and implement solutions to reach the next level. You catch him pedaling a Bianchi or riding motorcycles around the Bay Area. Converse with him and find out what he's up to at KristianBesley.com or on Facebook.

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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