What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?


What’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?

The question in of today’s blog challenge through the Suitcase Entrepreneur is: “what’s your definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?” I find it to be a fascinating question as it speaks to two of the pillars of Life Athletics that many people often see as opposites, work and play. 

It’s a wonderful cliche that when you love what you do, it’s not longer work, but I do wonder how many people achieve that. I used to have a fairly severe mental block to the idea of making money for doing something that I love. My upbringing was one where hard work was emphasized, by at least some of the adults around me, and looking like you were having fun would get a stern response. Hard work was meant to be hard and not enjoyed. This is something I carried with me for some time. 

I used to paint a lot and would show my work in galleries. It was all for fun but when people started to inquire about purchasing them I freaked out. To me at the time the idea of selling my paintings meant that I would be giving up the joy of it. I stopped painting for years. I’m not the only one who has had this limiting belief. Just yesterday I asked a friend who blogs, if she wanted to join me in this blog challenge. The idea of it being daily and assigned freaked her out and she said that she couldn’t stand to lose the fun.

My way out of this kind of thinking has to just focus on the fact that I’m doing something that I like and to remember how often in life I’ve wished to be doing just this very thing. My dream of turning Life Athletics into a network and community of people all working to live extraordinary lives is fueled by my love of seeing people grow and my desire to surround myself with extraordinary people.

To me, freedom in business means doing something that I love, surrounded by people I love, with enough flexibility to maintain other interests, manage my important relationships and to powerfully deal with anything that might come up in life. Essentially freedom in business means that I’m empowered to live well by the work that I do. It also means mobility and the chance for lots of adventure.

Adventure... excitement... a Jedi craves not these things!

Not being a certified Jedi allows me to enjoy adventure and excitement without disapproving comments from little green aliens with awesome ears. The dream of running business primarily through the internet is that it would allow a freedom of movement or of home. Being able make money from anywhere means that I could live anywhere. I’ve long dreamed of living in Spain, or spending my winters on a beach in Bali. A life that involved healthy doses on SCUBA diving, sailing, kayaking and motorcycle trips in gorgeous locals would be my kind of adventure.

Now it’s your turn, Life Athletes! What is YOUR definition of freedom in business and adventure in life?