Experiments are fun---keep shooting arrows into the abyss in search of new shapes and identity. For the last few months, Playfull has lurched as almost all accounts were compromised (email, Facebook, Twitter, website inclusive). Falling prey to identity theft does not help the build, nor does constant travels on the road without a safe space for centering. What cannot be thefted however can be found in process. A good meander, a mighty mountain scramble (or three), perusing a favorite, familiar bookstore---each reminds us what others simply can't take from you: you.
A peripatetic mindset ignites creative solutions for working remotely, a useful skill everyone could benefit from in the 21st century. According to a recent study run by the Freelancer's Union (Forbes 2016), an estimated 50% of American workers are expected to join the independent workforce in less than 3 years time. What this means is that over 53 million freelancers are estimated to leave their full-time jobs to join the "gig economy" by 2020 in search of more flexibility of time to spend with their families or in pursuit of more fulfilling careers while mastering the tight-rope act of work-life balance.
Calling on all entrepreneurs, there is no better time to play to the beat of your own drum than now. Not to mention the world needs you. Just be sure to create a strong vision and be thoroughly rooted in your values as they will without a doubt be challenged.
Lastly, find your tribe---this is key. Those who care and understand your pursuit will help build you up, not tear you down. Find them. There is no time nor energy for naysayers, only time for hope, resilience. On, on!
Here's to a few insights found on the road.
Signed, A free bird.
In conversation with a taxi driver in Dubai, UAE, an insightful story:
Taxi man: "I don't know why people who come here are so afraid to visit in the summer. When I first came to the Middle East ten years ago from Ethiopia, there was no such thing as air-conditioning. Today so much people come to Dubai because of good air-conditioning. Why? People say they want to stay all day in this A/C thing, and I think [he laughs] these people are very strange. I prefer the sun."
What goes up, must come down. But don't forget to fasten your seatbelt (just in case).
There are many paths to the top, or you can forge your own. Be forewarned, as many will tell you, "It's not recommended."