It took me a year, from the initial idea to taking action, to start living without money. This was in 2010. Likewise, four years later, ending the moneyless escapades and finding my way back to the so-called ordinary life took a full year.
Still, teleporting your mindset from the worry-free travels to becoming a start-up CEO was quite a sudden shift.
On the road I had learned to take things as they come without even trying to hold on to the illusion of being on the driver’s seat. There’s very little we can actually control. Things just happen and then you react to them. Simple!
This is actually the end for the age-old debate between determinism and free will. The space between what happens and how you react to it is dedicated to your free will. Otherwise, c’est la vie.
Needless to say, this learning point adds nicely to the mental capacity of an entrepreneur. I was basically given eight months to get a new company rolling — in a very challenging environment — and I failed. There wasn’t enough money coming in so I was asked to resign.
My resignation period was three months, of which the first two — September and October — I was feverishly thinking what should be my next step in life. I was obsessed with the idea that I need to know what will I do December 1st onward. Then I remembered: it’s okay not to know what happens next.
Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Pffff. It’s okay. Relax. Enjoy the “not-knowingness”.
I decided to just be and let opportunities arise without forcing them into existence. And it worked. I’ve been way more productive and happy after that. There are many exciting avenues popping up in front of me. I still don’t know what’s happening next but that’s fine.
I don’t need to “find a job” or try to get to some semi-permanent state of being. I’m already doing a lot of things that I love. I keep myself busy in exciting and meaningful ways. Hence, I don’t necessarily need to be employed to feel useful. Should something like that appear, yes, I’m ready to jump in. If not, I’ll just continue being an every-day entrepreneur.
How do you treat uncertainty? Does it excite you? Or do you feel the need to be in control? Choice is yours.
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